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s we slowly creep towards the long-awaited summer months, here at Inex we can’t wait to go outside into the sunshine and explore everything the outdoor designers of the world have to offer. Unfortunately, travelling far and wide to discover the innovative creations hidden in every corner of the globe isn’t as easy as we’d like, but you’re in luck – this issue, Inex will hop across continents in a flick of a few pages so you can discover some beautiful outdoor designs without having to leave your seat.

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First, we travel to the glorious coastline of Normandy to wander around the wondrous and quite frankly, weird and wacky Les Jardins d’Etretat. Inspired by the Impressionist and enthusiastic gardener Claude Monet, the garden was originally created for the famous French Actress Madame Thébault, with the first tree planted in 1903. Monet had determined the general mood of the garden, which has been carefully preserved to this day. The main terrace of Les Jardins d’Étretat sits on the famous cliff d’Amont. At this unique place, Claude Monet spent many long hours working on his canvases – a series of paintings and sketches based on ‘Les Falaises d’Étretat’. The connoisseurs and lovers of art from across the globe travel here for inspiration. This terrace is a magnet for artists, garden aficionados, nature, architecture and art lovers, as well as the admirers of Claude Monet’s work and successors to the master painter. Turn to page 62 to join the enormous number of creative individuals who have been inspired by this extraordinary example of landscaping. Next, we journey across the globe to New Mexico to roam around the grounds of The Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden – the home of Origami in the Garden, a collection of over 20 outdoor sculptures that tell the story of the art form. Turn to page 33 to have a mosey around the grounds and discover the art of making something out of nothing.

Cover: This sculpture by the Spanish Artist Samuel Salcedo is one of seven hidden Les Jardins d’Etretat that captures the most unpredictable and unexpected emotional expressions

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Lulie Fisher discusses why she was always destined to become an interior designer and how following her heart led her to opening her own design studio.

Uncover Sentient Veil, a jewel-like canopy hidden within the historic galleries of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Inspired by natural forms, Nulty Bespoke has designed a spiral of light from 24 petalshaped shades that gently cascades through a threestorey stairwell.

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Origami in the Garden is a series of sculptures exploring the ancient art form of origami.

An explanation on why habitats are the key to a successful workplace design.

Simon Tilbrook, Director at Fenwick & Tilbrook, summarises what each paint type is best for.

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Architectural ironmongery company Izé unveil a unique gold ‘hand-le’ designed exclusively for London’s St Martins Lane hotel.

Explore Les Jardins d’Étretat, an open-air museum of contemporary art under the skies of Normandy.

An invatation to discover the world of Le Corbusier’s colours: the Polychromie architecturale.

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A look at how one company are taking the basic elements from IKEA kitchens and creating something spectacular.

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MAY EVENTS Inex rounds up this month’s industry must-see events, trade shows, seminars and exciting exhibitions from all over the globe so you never miss a thing.

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Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York 20-23 May The 30th annual ICFF – North America’s platform for global design – will map the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next. For the fourday duration of the fair, the Javits Center will be abuzz with more than 36,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers and visual merchandisers. icff.com

THE CANADIAN FURNITURE SHOW

The International Centre, Toronto 25-27 May The Canadian Furniture Show brings together industry professionals – manufacturers, retailers, designers, importers and suppliers – from Canada, the United States and all over the world, to display their latest collections and trends. It is the place where buying decisions are made for the entire Canadian furniture industry. canadianfurnitureshow.com

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Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver 29-30 May DesignThinkers, Canada’s only annual conference for visual communicators, is a must-attend for informed, forwardthinking creative communications and design professionals. The inspiring twoday event that takes place in Vancouver offers in-depth analyses of trends and best practices in branding, design thinking, design management, communications technologies and user experience with a range of opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues, new and old. designthinkers.com

INTERIOR LIFESTYLE TOKYO Tokyo Big Sight 30 May-01 June

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is an international trade fair for Tokyo to propose lifestyle concepts in interior design markets from around the world. Interior Lifestyle Tokyo derives from two trade fairs – Ambiente, the largest consumer goods trade fair in the world, and Heimtextil, an international trade fair for household and commercial textiles. interior-lifestyle.com

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Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) 05-08 June

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QUIRKY, COLOURFUL AND ECLECTIC Before launching Lulie Fisher Design Studio in 2016, Lulie spent more than 25 years working as an architect and interior designer at Foster + Partners in London and later at Aedas Interiors’ studio in Dubai. Coming from a highly creative family, Lulie was always destined to become an interior designer. She has recently been appointed to design the luxury beach- and golf-front villas launched as the first phase of the landmark Blue Amber resort in Zanzibar.

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Q. Can you please provide us with a description of your professional career? A. I studied architecture at Liverpool

John Moores University graduating with a BA Hons degree in 1988 and a postgraduate diploma in 1991. During my university years, I did a wonderful summer of work experience at the Richard Rogers Partnership (now Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) and a year of professional practice for Frank Fitzgibbons in Los Angeles. After finishing my studies, I was lucky enough to be accepted for a position as a junior architect at Foster + Partners’ studio in London. I spent 12 amazing years there, working my way up through the ranks to a project director. I led the design of many buildings including the London School of Economics Library and the Robert Gordon University in Scotland. I left Foster + Partners in 2003 to follow my dream of living in Italy and established my own design studio where I restored historic properties and remodelled the interiors. From my Italian studio, I also continued to work for Foster + Partners in the capacity of interior designer on the Yacht Club de Monaco, the Vista Palace Hotel, Monaco, the MGM Lifestyle Hotel and the Mr Chow Restaurant in Las Vegas. In 2008, I again relocated, this time to Dubai to take the position of interior design director for the MENA region at Aedas Interiors. Here, I built up a team working with some of the world’s leading hotel brands, developers, individuals and institutions. In 2016 I decided to again follow my heart and established my own design company, Lulie Fisher Design Studio, which I formed with some very talented and likeminded designers and colleagues, and a year and a half later we are lucky enough to be working with Penny Royal Gibraltar on the stunning Blue Amber Resort in Zanzibar, The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority, Accor, Jumeirah, Emaar, Carlson Rezidor, Omniyat and Aldar.

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Q. What inspired you to become an interior designer? A. I am passionate about all fields of

design. I was brought up in a highly creative family environment – my grandmother was the first female architect to study at the Architectural Association in London where she met my grandfather also an architectural student – and I have a love of fashion, art, reading, architecture and design. My addiction to colour and patterns and all things tactile led me inevitably into interior design where I could indulge these passions having kept them rigorously in check during my Foster + Partners years!

Q. Who has been your greatest source of inspiration throughout your career? A. My greatest inspiration was my mother

who brought me up to love art and architecture and to be interested in everyone and everything and to love reading which she did voraciously. I would come home from school to regularly find piles of books by my bedside which she had hand-picked for me as her latest must-read list.

Q. How do you approach your projects? A. I approach all projects with a completely

open mind. Together, with my small team of designers, we brainstorm ideas and a concept, always looking for a fun and unusual angle to provide design inspiration.

Q. Who is your favourite interior designer and why? A. I love the work of many different

designers for different reasons – Gio Ponti for his complete immersion in his period, Carlo Scarpa for his geometry, Verner Panto for his craziness, Norman Foster for his rigour and timeless elegance and India Mahdavi for her form and colours.

Q. Would you say that you have a design style? If so, how would you describe this style? A. I would say my design style is quirky,

colourful and eclectic. These traits are not necessarily appropriate for all projects and design solutions and I sometimes have to work at controlling them. Blue Amber gives me the opportunity to bring these design characteristics to life.

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Q. What do you believe is the biggest challenge for today’s interior designers? A. Unrealistically tight programmes and the client’s

desire to see realistic CGI renders at concept stage when the design should still be fluid and exploratory.

Q. What has been your biggest accomplishment to date? A. My biggest accomplishment to date has been

bringing up my daughter and seeing her flourish.

Q. What has been your most notable project? A. My most notable project to date has probably been leading the interior design for Aedas Interiors of the 500,000m2 Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi – a five-star stateof-the-art teaching hospital where I led the design of the public areas, the clinics, the patients’ rooms and suites and the royal floors. 1 7

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Q. Can you talk us through your concept for the Blue Amber luxury villas? A. Blue Amber is a place to unwind and soak up the

tranquillity and beauty of its natural surroundings. The colours and textures of this extraordinary site have been translated into a design language through the use of natural, earthy palettes and textured surfaces, reflecting the rugged land and the tranquil and impossibly blue waters. These natural palettes are juxtaposed with elements of luxury and sophistication and some surprising and playful touches to create elements of surprise. These features combine together to create an interior design, which is casual yet refined, and simple yet luxurious. Dreamy pale blues have been introduced into the sanitaryware collections in the form of freestanding sculptural bathtubs with floor-mounted faucets and stunning washbasin vessels mounted on live edge timber vanities. The spicy and earthy colours, intricately carved doors with their brass detailing, the sometimes rich, sometimes weathered timbers, and colourful patterned fabrics that embody the vernacular of Zanzibar have provided strong inspiration for the design. Local handcrafts and art pieces will be used to accessorise creating an unmistakable sense of place.

Q. Have you witnessed any recurring requests from your clients? A. To complete our design work quickly is every client’s request.

Q. Do you have a preferred colour palette that you enjoy working with? A. I try not to be influenced too much by trends as an

interior needs to look as relevant today as tomorrow. I avoid cream and beige in favour of white and grey which act as a perfect backdrop to layer in the vivid and vibrant colours I like to introduce. I am into green and pink a lot at the moment though.

Q. Can you please talk us through the brief that you received for Novotel Hotel & Resort? A. The design of our Novotel Resort on the Palm

Jumeirah was required to follow the brand tenets of being a casual, contemporary, natural, family-orientated environment with the introduction of some surprising and disruptive elements.

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Q. How do you personally feel that you fulfilled this brief? A. We achieved this by using pale and warm resort-appropriate hard finishes and layering in eclectic and fun casual groupings and clusters of colourful furniture, lighting and design elements. The openplan ground floor area seamlessly flows from arrival, check-in, chill-out, kids play and marketstyle dining where the guest can browse from I N E X

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Q. What advice would you offer to those that are considering a career in interior design? A. You must be passionate about all fields of

design to be an interior designer. I know that sounds obvious but reading, visiting exhibitions, visiting buildings, travelling, fashion, all provide important and rich sources of inspiration.

Q. What do you believe is the biggest challenge for newly-qualified designers? A. The biggest challenge for newly-qualified interior designers is probably to get enough exposure to space planning. This skill takes years of practice to accomplish well and therefore senior designers are reticent to give this task to juniors.


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Q. Do you have any favourite suppliers for your interior schemes? A. My favourite suppliers

would include Moroso, Muuto, Hay, And Tradition, Kvadrat, Mutina, Arte, Pierre Frey, Verpan and Louis Poulsen.

Q. What can we expect to see from you over the next year? A. We are currently working on the beautiful Blue Amber luxury resort in Zanzibar, a unique and standout

concept for a new brand of Jumeirah Hotel, the Vida Hills Hotel public areas on the Emirates Hills Golf Couse, a flagship Novotel Resort on the Palm Jumeirah and Studio Republik, the brand extension for Fit Republik which comprises music, dance and drama studios, fitness activities such as aerial, GX, boot camp and spinning, a rehabilitation centre, health and wellbeing activities and a high-performance personal training facility. luliefisher.com 2 1

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A JEWEL-LIKE CANOPY

Sentient Veil is a jewel-like canopy containing multiple miniature sound processors interwoven with hundreds of digitally-controlled lights installed within the historic galleries of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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he work pursues intimacy and sensitivity through intricate miniature components and layers of diffusive, hovering material close to the scale of a human body. Sentient Veil is composed of digitally-fabricated cellular textile lining floating over the ceiling surface of the gallery. The work is composed of finely detailed interlinking skeletal components containing distributed computational controls with soft LED lighting and whispering interactive sound functions. Movement of visitors within the space trigger choruses of whispering responses emanating from miniature custom acoustic resonators integrated within the fabric of the sculpture. Glass vessels containing chemical protocells and carrying interactive LED lighting are also integrated within the sculpture.

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The work contains textile-like details that respond to iconography within a religious painting by the 15th-century Italian master Fra Angelico, located within an adjacent gallery. A direct dialogue with adjacent paintings, where the hybrid new fabric of the sculpture, carrying ambivalent, alien synthetic qualities, resonates and enriches the subtle meanings of traditional fabrics seen within the painting of nearby masters. philipbeesleyarchitect.com I N E X

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A FLOATING SPIRAL OF LIGHT Located on Lonsdale Road in the heart of Notting Hill, just a short walk from Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road, this former restaurant has been transformed into a luxurious, fully-furnished London home.

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Trevor Morgan, Managing Director at Nulty Bespoke, explains: “We wanted a warm, golden quality, similar to candlelight – this has been achieved through careful design of the form and by the use of gold leaf and miniature 2800K LED lamps, each of which supply 180 lumens of ambient light.”

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The floating, sculptural quality of the chandelier adds visual interest, complementing the muted backdrop of polished plaster walls, wrought iron balustrade and oak handrail, adding warmth and a welcoming feel to the hall.


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Three different shades were designed. These were laser-cut from acrylic and then drape-formed over a mould. The edges were hand-polished to achieve a crisp top edge and a curved bottom edge. Precision-machined components, with a polished nickel-plated finish, house the lampholder, clamp the cable and beautifully transition from the cable to the shade. The 24 cables emanate from a laser-cut ceiling plate – behind which is housed the electrical terminations in a bespoke wiring loom, and the transformer. The cables are I N E X

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held in position by two rolled mild-steel hoops with precision-turned cable clamps, again in a polished nickel finish. This creates the correct spacing for the cables. The spiral was achieved by careful computer modelling of the shades in the space and by ensuring that each drop-cable was cut with perfect accuracy. nultybespoke.co.uk 3 0

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THE ART OF MAKING SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING Origami in the Garden tells the story of the art form through a collection of over 20 outdoor sculptures. The Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden (TTSG) located on a scenic byway south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the home and sculpture garden of Artists Jennifer and Kevin Box. It is also the permanent studio home of Origami in the Garden, an outdoor sculpture exhibition developed for public gardens and outdoor museums. Each sculpture is inspired by a blank piece of paper that has been transformed into museum-quality metal and tells the story of creativity and the art of making something out of nothing. 3 3

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‘Painted Ponies’ is the first collaboration between Kevin Box and Chinese Origami Artist, Te Jui Fu. The ponies display the colourful papers that are often used in origami, as well as another Japanese paper-folding technique called kirigami, which means cutting paper. Here, scissors are used to make four cuts in the paper square to more easily achieve the details of the pony’s legs and ears. The symbol on the back of the large pony is a collaborative signature. The Chinese character of Te Jui’s last name, Fu, means teacher, and the box that encloses the character represents Kevin’s last name. The Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden is a private residence nestled in the Little Garden of the Gods on Highway 14, a National Scenic Byway. With towering rock formations encompassing the three-acre sculpture garden, visitors meander through a distinct southwest landscape discovering sculpture along the way. In Virginia, visitors can explore an oasis of colours, agriculture and peaceful trails leading through the garden giving an opportunity to seek each sculpture on an intimate level. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a great place to experience larger than life trees, open spaces and a variety of different gardens to explore the sculptures that are within them. origamiinthegarden.com

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WORKPLACE DESIGN - IT’S ALL ABOUT ‘HABITATS’ Andy Tatton, Sales Director at Boss Design, explains why ‘habitats’ are key to successful workplace design.

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to support the different types of activity-based working. At Boss Design, we have identified six habitats that need to be considered when creating an optimal and flexible work environment. Let’s take a closer look:

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the place where visitors discover what defines an organisation and what makes the culture unique. No longer confined to receiving visitors, when planned correctly the reception area can also perform as a business lounge. By introducing a range of furniture options, the welcome area can be exploited to maximise efficiency and utilisation. Hospitality is central to the user’s experience, but the welcome area should also provide opportunities for helping visitors find their way, and ensure that their waiting time is both comfortable and productive. I N E X

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Everyone needs a home and many people require a dedicated workstation due to the nature of their work. However, recent studies show that personal workspaces are getting smaller and are shrinking in floor area as people spend less time at their desks – hence the rise in popularity of hot desks, benching and touchdown facilities that provide highly mobile workers with access to tools and technology. However, whilst the walls may be coming down in the workplace, focus work is still seen as a crucial activity, so nearby enclaves or enclosed spaces are perfect for when people need to concentrate, make phone calls or conduct confidential interactions. Well-planned home spaces should help people improve individual work processes, speed up the development of ideas, improve learning and gain access to information quickly.

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These spaces are the primary paths through the workplace that provide plenty of opportunities for planned and unplanned encounters. When planned strategically, circulation spaces are about encouraging the serendipity associated with spontaneous informal exchanges. Knowledge moves quickly through networked groups and from chance encounters – in the stairwell, over the water cooler and in the reprographics section. Sympathetically located standing height tables and bar stools can encourage spontaneous exchanges, and visual displays such as monitors and writable surfaces can support impromptu discussion and idea sharing.

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Collaboration spaces are becoming more commonplace inside organisations. Today, it’s normal for people to be away from their desks holding meetings formally or informally, on or off campus, so ideally, collaboration settings should be located adjacent to home settings to assist in the speed of the development of ideas and flow of knowledge. When teams need to concentrate or engage in confidential collaboration, it’s important to consider both acoustic and visual privacy. Technology, furniture and interior architecture should all be integrated to provide a plug and play environment. Breakout spaces serve as great areas to collaborate. These spaces encourage interaction and spontaneous conversation, and should be designed with mobile and casual furniture, work tools and technology. Indeed, equipping these habitats with comfortable seating can provide relief from hours in desk chairs.

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There’s often still a need for a formal meeting environment to accommodate board meetings, seminars, client presentations or informal networking events. Spaces for staged meetings not only provide the means to share information at many levels and through many different styles, they are also about conveying the company image, learning and developing new ideas, and ultimately expediting effective decision-making. Such meeting spaces should be dynamic – supporting different postures, ensuring technology is accessible, and providing flexible furniture.

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Work cafe

Cafes and coffee bars where employees from every department can intermingle are breeding grounds for fresh ideas. Very often, these spaces tend to be a signature space that can define a company’s culture, improve productivity and become a magnet that attracts employees to the workplace. This habitat provides for a combination of working, socialising and refuelling, and can foster employee productivity and wellbeing. It’s a compelling way to generate energy – a hub where people choose to work. The space should be a magnet for people and activities and provide a variety of settings to support collaboration, not just lunch-style tables and chairs. Whereas a standard cafeteria’s activity spikes at breakfast and lunch, with some activity around break times, the work cafe is a dynamic hub throughout the entire working day. By creating a series of habitats in the workplace, employees will be attracted to their physical environments that feel less like nine-to-five institutions and more like a homeaway-from-home, and a place where they can be at the top of their game. Designers must now tailor the space available to suit the various work activities being carried out, and with the habitats firmly in place, the careful choice of office furniture will further aid wellbeing and overall productivity in the workplace. bossdesign.com

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PAINT – THE FINISHING TOUCH When it comes to paint, you’re not just deciding on colour. The vast range of finishes available offers up a whole host of options for different areas of a home, depending on the effect you want to achieve and where the paint is going to be used. There is also a massive difference in the quality of the paint. Some paints contain more cheap fillers and are thinner – so they will take more coats to cover and are likely to fade and mark more easily. Here Simon Tilbrook, Director at Fenwick & Tilbrook, summarises what each paint type is best for.

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aint is normally oil- or water-based. Water-based paints are typically more environmentally- and userfriendly with less odour, quicker drying times and the brushes can be cleaned with water. Oil-based paints provide tough, glossy finishes but have higher VOC levels, longer drying times and the brushes need cleaning in turpentine or spirits.

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matt paints can seem dull so it’s important to choose a paint with high levels of chroma or colour intensity. This will really bring out the gorgeous range of tones you’ll see in different lights at different times of day and create a paint effect which ‘pops’. I N E X

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Interior eggshell is a tougher finish but with a soft and delicate 10% sheen. Lower sheen levels such as this mean that, although it’s an eggshell which you may typically associate with woodwork and metalwork, it is perfectly suited to walls too. The added durability makes it ideal for higher traffic areas such as hallways and, as it’s also wipeable, it’s perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. Interior eggshell is highly versatile, meaning you can paint everything from your walls to your radiators in it – perfect for a super coordinated look. Kitchens in particular are fabulous painted in interior eggshell – the paint can transform cupboards and cabinets while making sure they can endure cooking and cleaning day in, day out. Outdoor surfaces, including woodwork, plaster- and metalwork, are ideally suited to exterior eggshell. The finish is designed to be tough enough to withstand weather conditions, keeping moisture out but, at the same time, breathing and flexing as surfaces such as wood expand and contract. Garden furniture and seating look excellent with a rich coat of paint to complement planting and create welcoming outdoor areas. A lower sheen level of around 20% enables surfaces to be rich and colourful but without the harsh glare of a glossy finish. Masonry paint is, as it says, for exterior masonry such as concrete, pebbledash and brickwork. The paint is acrylic, so application is smooth, but the paint is tough and flexible to cope M A Y

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outside in the elements. With a sheen of around 15%, you can achieve stunning effects outside to really show homes and garden walls to their best advantage and create beautiful and inviting exteriors. We love the idea of a rainbow of painted houses along a street. Multi-surface primer, can be applied to any surface prior to painting to ensure there is a good bond. This is especially applicable if the previous coating was an oil-based product. Oil and water don’t mix! While many paints are self-priming, it is often advisable to use a primer. Primers can help to achieve greater coverage with the top coat of paint, meaning you need to use less paint to achieve the perfect colour-rich result. Primers also help extend longevity of paintwork and a good primer will enable you to paint virtually anything – the possibilities become endless. A quality paint will always deliver a better finish. Opt for a paint which is thicker with high levels of chroma and opacity to ensure colours that are rich and intense. A good quality paint should be rich in pigment and so require fewer coats and provide better coverage. They are typically easier to apply too by brush, roller or spray. Choosing a superior paint will also help to maintain that freshly-painted, pristine appearance for longer and provide added durability so you can wipe surfaces clean. There’s so much more to paint than just colour. fenwickandtilbrook.com 5 7

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A GOLDEN HANDSHAKE Specialist architectural ironmongery company Izé has produced a unique gold ‘hand-le’ as part of the refurbishment of central London’s St Martins Lane hotel. 5 9

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held out in greeting. The hand, which is not strictly a handle, sits at the back of the tea room, next to the entrance to the ‘secret’ Blind Spot speakeasy late-night bar. It is both a gesture of welcome, and, in some way, deliberately discomforting. Made of brass and plated in real gold, the piece was cast in dental cement 6 0

from the hand of a female member of the hospitality team working at the hotel. It has been made by the lost wax process and polished to a brilliant sheen. Dave Bradshaw, Managing Director of Izé, said: “This was an unusual and interesting project for us. We used our technical skills and our ability to source the best manufacturing techniques to make this unique and intriguing object. You have to hand it to the hotel – they have created a real talking point.” ize.info


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The main terrace of Les Jardins d’Étretat sits on the famous cliff d’Amont. At this unique place, Claude Monet spent many long hours working on his canvases – a series of paintings and sketches based on ‘Les Falaises d’Étretat’. The connoisseurs and lovers of art from across the globe travel here for inspiration. This terrace is a magnet for artists, garden aficionados, nature, architecture and art lovers, as well as the admirers of Claude Monet’s work and successors to the master painter.

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activities should comfortably run in a useroriented infrastructure, which should take precedence over any other considerations. This movement is grounded in the principles of expediency, minimalism, sustainability, ethics and technological efficiency. Its leading representatives are the Architects Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Santiago Calatrava and the Designer Vito di Bari. The principles of NeoFuturism have rapidly spread across the fields of art, sculpture, architecture, machine building, the fashion industry, cinema and even literature. The burgeoning popularity 6 4

of this movement has been spurred on by technological advancements and innovations, which have created a host of opportunities carrying the potential of turning Neo-Futuristic ideas into reality. However, they spread through the field of the garden and landscape design at a much slower pace – all due to the fragility and vulnerability of the plants – the fact that poses the biggest challenge to the designers wishing to create trimmed sculptural plant compositions. Such compositions offer a new material for architectural and spatial planning of the gardens of the future.


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Alexander Grivko and his team of landscape architects from landscape design company Il Nature drew inspiration from the life of Claude Monet and the story of the garden’s foundress Madame Thébault. They re-conceptualised and restructured the garden in 2015. The historical plant compositions being restored, Les Jardins d’Étretat expanded its boundaries and enriched them with new imagery. The merit of this project lies in an harmonious combination of the old historical garden with contemporary architectural and aesthetic ideas, eventually resulting in a Neo-Futuristic object.

The gardens feature over 150,000 plants. This is a veritable experimental laboratory, where the main task is to search out and test new technologies for plant care, and to experiment with trimmed plant shapes. The garden space is shaped by the massive compositions of trimmed plants, whose forms embody the landscapes and the natural world of Normandy. The plants are moulded into different shapes, such as the ‘waves’ of the English Channel, ‘sea’ spirals and whirlpools, ‘oyster farms’, ‘rocks and arches’ of the Alabaster Coast and much else. Les Jardins d’Étretat is not only the attempt to showcase the biodiversity and natural beauty of 6 5

the ecosystem, but also the opportunity to demonstrate new architectural methods in the art of landscaping. Les Jardins d’Étretat is an open-air museum of contemporary art under the skies of Normandy. The museum features a unique collection of art objects. An unusual combination of trimmed plants and contemporary sculptures communicate striking individuality to the gardens and set the atmosphere. All this combined, Les Jardins d’Étretat represents the art of gardening at its best and occupies a special place in the field of garden landscaping. The museum display consists of permanent and temporary expositions. The permanent collection of contemporary sculpture is an indispensable architectural core of the garden, whose main message, artistic integrity, dramaturgy and general ambience would be lost without these sculptural highlights. This exposition brings to focus the striking individuality of Les Jardins d’Étretat in the world of landscaping art. I N E X

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Temporary exhibitions of contemporary sculpture coincide with the annual summer season launches at Les Jardins d’Étretat. The major goal of these exhibitions is to develop a social, natural and artistic milieu aimed to stimulate creativity, improve ethical values, preserve the environment and protect historical and cultural heritage. This experiment in garden and park architecture turns it into a most innovative type of contemporary art. The outstanding talent of the creator of Les Jardins d’Étretat, – the Architect and Landscape Designer, Alexandre Grivko – has manifested itself through the innovative approach to linear and spatial compositional arrangements, which flow artistically into the infinity, without beginning or end. Through balancing abstract trimmed plants arrangements and their volume, the author demonstrates his loyalty to Neo-Futuristic principles in his work. His ideas have already found their devotees and followers. Grivko maintains that the landscape surrounding a person is an extension of this person’s inner self. Therefore, his major goal is working on a precisely set volume, by avoiding excessive graphic linearity or bright colour palettes. The leading principle for all his creations is defined by the position of a person in space and by his or hers subsequently experienced states of self-awareness, striving for harmony, and absolute visual comfort. M A Y

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The philosophical leitmotif running through Grivko’s creations is the transience of time, which must be perceived, accepted and understood, whilst one is looking back to the garden’s past history. New advanced planting technologies and plant care methods have given the author a freedom to create trimmed compositions in large sculptural groups, where plants serve as material for unique sculpted living forms. They possess their own “breath and plasticity”, evoking the qualities of a stone through firmness and heaviness, plasticine – through softness and elasticity, rubber – through flexibility and lightness. The bionic architecture at Les Jardins d’Étretat is represented by the vivid texture of evergreen, trimmed plant compositions, evocative of the Normandy landcapes. This unique artistic material shapes into a new organised space, which charms with its rigour and weightlessness, conjuring up the sense of timelessness, calm and personal cosmos. The historical, artistic and architectural significance of Les Jardins d’Étretat lies in the bold adherence to individual principles of Neo-Futurism, and through joining the garden compositions into a single large-scale Neo-Futuristic object. In this manner, the art of the future keeps apace with the time, mirroring present stages in the cultural advancement of humanity.

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The garden is set at the entrance to Les Jardins d’Étretat. Avatar was also the title for the keeper of the universe, permeating it with his divine presence. Jardin Avatar is a gateway leading beyond the bounds of reality, into the magical surrealism. Even the trees can make their own music there. Strikingly trimmed plants beckon the visitor to step into a fairytale where everyone finds their own path towards their own Avatar.

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The art installation ‘Clockwork Forest’ was created by the British ‘Greyworld’ collective, which specialises in producing interactive art in public spaces. The Clockwork Forest is the first chapter of the new fairytale yet-to-be-told. Turn the key, and a clockwork melody shall accompany your every step, as you wander through this magical garden.

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This installation, made from a plastic membrane by St. Petersburg Artist Alena Kogan was commissioned especially for Les Jardins d’Étretat. The installation transforms a clifftop into a seabed, instantly changing our viewing angle and recalibrating the scale of our surroundings.

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Jardin Émotions

The Jardin Émotions has been modelled on the first French oyster farm owned by Queen Marie-Antoinette, which historically lies at the foot of Les Jardins d’ Étretat in the waters of the English Channel. The vision of the ocean floor became the main inspiration for this garden. The trimmed plants echo the landscapes of the underwater world and the oysters’ habitat. It is also a home to the set of sculpted expressive faces. The sculptures capture the whole range of emotions symbolising various ‘moods’ of the ocean and its inhabitants. 5

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These seven sculptures by the Spanish Artist Samuel Salcedo were made from a mixture of polyester resin and aluminium powder and reveal a wide range of human emotions. The artist has captured and conveyed the most unpredictable and unexpected emotional expressions, such as the lips awaiting a kiss, or a displeasure hidden in the sulky pout, signs of fatigue or satisfaction, pain or pleasure. The interpretation of each mood is predominantly in the eye of the beholder.

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Jardin Impressions is the heart of Les Jardins d’Étretat. The garden opens up the legendary spectacular historical panorama of the ocean and the cliffs of Étretat, which had inspired the great artists of the past. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Eugène Delacroix, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet and Vasily Polenov – all came here to paint. The trimmed plant compositions seem to embody the tides and ebbs of the English Channel, enhancing the effect of immersing into its waters.

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The sculpture of Claude Monet is made of entirely natural materials and is part of ‘The Tree Hugger Project’. It has been commissioned especially for Les Jardins d’Étretat and points back to the landscapes and views of the cliffs of Étretat, painted by the founder of Impressionism in the late 19th century.

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Imagine wandering deep into the forest and clinging with your entire body to it. This is the sensation experienced by the viewers looking at these soft, round ‘lounge stones’.

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Jardin d’Aval

Jardin d’Aval is a meeting and relaxation point for the garden’s visitors. It was inspired by the fairytale Alice in Wonderland. The garden is magically surrounded by fanciful plants and numerous yew arches symbolising the famous Aval Cliff of Étretat. Jardin d’Aval boasts a rich collection of orchids which enhance the surrealist effect through their unusual colours and shapes.

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This environmental project by Viktor Szostalo came into life as a humorous attempt at illustrating ‘100 Ways to Hug a Tree and Not to Look Stupid’. The sculptures on display were made from fallen tree branches and wood waste. The artist’s ‘wicker people’ hugged trees in seven countries around the world. However, after taking part in the UN World Climate Summit, the project took on more serious ecological overtones. How long will the people living on earth feel connected with nature?

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Jardin Zen

Jardin Zen embodies the harmony between man and nature. Only the plants with white blossoms grow here, instilling into a viewer a sense of the virginal purity and unity of man and nature. The garden features a sound installation, which is meant to reawaken the deepest sentiments of goodness. In this manner, one discovers new ways of perceiving the world through art. 14

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The installation by the Russian Artist Sergey Katran features an array of terracotta sculptures shaped as the sound waves of the word ‘art’ uttered in 125 languages. The author transforms a spoken word into a visible tangible object, offering his own new reading within the boundaries of contemporary art. The sound installation is produced by the Artist ::vtol:: (also known as Dmitry Morozov), the Neo-Babylonian Dialogue, and offers the rare opportunity to hear the word ‘art’ pronounced in 125 languages by the Linguist Villy Melnikv and Artist Sergey Katran.

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This garden is the centre point of Les Jardins d’Étretat. It is composed of mazes made of large-scale trimmed plants, evocative of the troubled waves of the ocean. The silvery leaves in the plant compositions resemble the sea foam on the crests of the storming waves crashing against the cliffs of Étretat. Jardin La Manche is admired for its ability to inspire vivid emotions in visitors. When falling into the maelstrom of the tempestuous element, one wishes to find an escape from it ‘by staying alive’.

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Jardin d’Amont

Jardin d’Amont towers majestically above Les Jardins d’Étretat. The plants morph into cliffs and merge with the shoreline of the horizon. They imitate the rocky layers of the White Cliffs of the Normandy Alabaster Coast and astonish with their mathematical precision and geometric simultaneity. The terrace of Jardin d’Amont is the highest vantage point of Les Jardins d’Étretat, overlooking the enchanting landscape from a bird’s eye view. Les Jardins d’Étretat possess a unique botanical characteristic. Throughout all four seasons of the year, they retain their appearance and remain evergreen. Owing to advanced scientific methods, the garden has learned to resist the wind rose and withstand constant sea breezes, thus, preserving the sculptural shape of the fragile trimmed plants. ilnature.co.uk

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Christina Meyer Bengtsson has designed a kitchen for Reform. It’s an extraordinary collaboration that will benefit a New York charity founded by Bengtsson’s husband, Chef and entrepreneur, Claus Meyer. I N E X

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Inspired by the eclectic style of the Art Deco era, Christina has designed a kitchen that celebrates unexpected combinations. Distinct colours, like a warm golden brass, a soft grey and a tender mauve combine with a black countertop to reflect Meyer Bengtsson’s passion for contrast. The golden brass in particular supplies the luxury and sophistication. 1 1 0

Internationally admired and respected Fashion Designer, Stine Goya, has a preference for the combination of strong colours and gold and, after seeing Christina Meyer Bengtsson’s design, she installed the golden brass kitchen in her new showroom and head office in Copenhagen. reformcph.com


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THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE GRIND WORLD The rich heritage architecture of an 1870s warehouse was the backdrop for Biasol’s eighth collaboration with Grind. The project occupies a prime location in London’s up-and-coming Clerkenwell neighbourhood, alongside some of the city’s next generation of dining venues.

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The building is a restored Grade II heritagelisted warehouse that once belonged to Colour Merchant, Thomas Mabe. Behind its intricately patterned brick and terracotta facade, Biasol sought to create a vividlycoloured but elegant interior that would contrast with the architecture while respecting its heritage. The venue spans 260m2 across two floors, with four distinct zones – at ground level, the main dining room accommodates 60 diners, with a cocktail bar and private dining space, while the basement level houses a more intimate bar and night spot, alongside the open kitchen and amenities. The project’s materials palette draws together custom design elements and products from places near and far – Denmark, India, the United States and Australia, to name a few. In the main dining room, a plush banquette in a navy blue velvet wraps around the walls, below navy timber panels with a chevron pattern. Slender brass lamps and beautifully worn timber floors nod to the building’s history while, overhead, angled oval mirrors create unexpected connections between groups of diners. The furniture is light and elegant – marble-topped tables in circle, square and rectangle configurations with slender Ferm Living chairs upholstered in dusky pink velvet.

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Alongside the entry, the casual dining zone features a second banquette – upholstered in a blush-hued velvet – which looks toward the main bar clad in herringbone-patterned Carrara marble tiles. Behind the bar, display shelving continues the brass theme. Opposite, a neon artwork by Toronto Tattoo Artist Curt Montgomery is a playful addition. A key challenge was to open up the interior, so Biasol worked within the existing floorplan and strategically removed walls to make it function as two interconnected zones. I N E X

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Downstairs, the materials palette continues in the intimate bar. Biasol wanted to give the space a relaxed, feminine vibe, with delicate materials and a finely resolved colour palette. Structured around a bar topped with cool Verde Guatemala marble, the space is equipped with slimline furniture – high and low marble tables, and brass-legged stools and sculptural Gubi Beetle chairs wrapped in pale pink felt. Chevron timber panelling reappears, this time in a rich green above a teal velvet banquette. Along the bar, countertop lamps with a bulbous, almost retro form create a moody lighting scheme, perfect for late nights and good times. Across Biasol’s eight collaborations with the Grind team, it has evolved the brand to give each project a distinctive identity. Here, those design elements come together to form a sleek new flagship that celebrates the brand’s character. biasol.com.au 1 2 3

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CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK’S NINTH EDITION The ninth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) will take place from 22nd to 24th May. As the annual focus for London’s leading design district, the festival programme has been created to reflect the unique nature of this vibrant London hub which is home to a plethora of creative businesses, design consultancies, showrooms and architectural practices.

2018 will again play host to hundreds of design-led fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and public-facing installations. Activities will run over three days and follow a distinct trail north to south from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.

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For 2018, CDW has commissioned Made Up studio to create an identity especially for the festival. Made Up’s work is rooted in drawing, geometric shapes, isometric grids, interconnected forms and a surreal threedimensional aesthetic, and covers work for realms such as advertising, editorial, branding and exhibitions.

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CDW’s exhibitions are hosted in distinctive spaces around the area linked by a route running through the centre of EC1. There are seven exhibitions, each with a different curatorial focus.

Exhibition venues from north to south: Light

New for 2018 is an exciting exhibition dedicated to light. Fabric, a former coldstore turned nightclub, will host within its brick vaults an exhibition of top international lighting brands showing the latest collections, cutting1 2 4

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Elements

New for 2018, Elements will bring together a leading selection of ironmongery, hardware, switch plates and architectural accessories within a streetmarket-style pavilion on St John’s Square, becoming a go-to destination for designers looking for the perfect final finish.

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Platform

Hosted within the subterranean depths of The House of Detention, Platform showcases exciting up-andcoming design talent in the former remand prison.

Project

Set in the Garden of St James within the beautiful grounds of Clerkenwell’s parish church, Project brings together a leading selection of contract furniture, lighting and surface brands from around the globe.

British Collection

Now in its third year, British Collection will be located in the barrel-roofed Crypt of St James’s Church. Upand-coming designers from the UK will showcase their latest furniture, lighting and product designs within this historically-rich space.

Detail

Detail can be found within the Garden & Crypt of the Order of St John. Detail reflects principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour, showcasing the best and most prestigious names in the world of luxury interiors who will be exhibiting throughout the venue’s majestic church, crypt and cloister garden. 1 2 5

CDW Presents

Each year, Clerkenwell Design Week presents new design projects and commissioned installations located within high-profile spaces across Clerkenwell. Working with leading names in design, engineering and architecture, these projects aim to bring spectacle and energy to the district whilst pushing the boundaries of design concepts, process and material capabilities. clerkenwelldesignweek.com

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Desired Designs With the warmer weather just around the corner (hopefully), it’s time to consider enhancing the look of an outdoor space with some gorgeous garden accessories.

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Relax in style in your home or garden with this Bloomingville single garden hammock in pastel pink. Made from durable cotton canvas, this hammock chair has an eye-catching print. £71 beaumonde.co.uk

GLOB O ROYAL CHAIR HAMMOCK

Globo is the perfect place to dream away. This spacious, comfortable hammock chair with two massive suspensions redefines outdoor comfort. This luxurious version of a hammock chair is the ideal way to relax. £POA boutiquecamping.com

MULTI-STRIPE HAMMOCK

This multi-striped hammock will heat up your summer afternoon with its muted hues of warming red, orange and relaxing blues. It is perfect for reading, sleeping or relaxing in the summer sun. £37 diy.com

INDOOR OUTDOOR HANGING CHAIR

This impressive hanging chair has been intricately woven around a strong metal frame in a smooth egg shape. Perfect for relaxing in a garden, each piece has a luxurious cream armchair-style cushion and headrest for ultimate comfort. £375 coxandcox.co.uk

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This cream boho-style hammock will be the perfect finishing touch to the corner of any garden, deck or patio. £220 en.dawanda.com

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STRIPED HANGING GARDEN CHAIR

An alternative to the traditional hammock, this hanging chair offers all the relaxation of a hammock with the comforts of an armchair. Read, listen to music, sunbathe or just watch the world go by – this stylish hanging chair lets you do it all. £19.99 domu.co.uk

HAMMOCK CHAIR

This cotton braided hammock chair is perfect for hanging in a gorgeous spot in a garden on a sunny day or use as an indoor hanging chair in the living room or a bedroom. £POA idyllhome.co.uk

A SIESTA BRAZILIAN HAMMOCK

This high-quality double hammock is made of pure organic cotton and thanks to a diagonally flexible weave, the fabric of this hammock really follows the contours of your body, providing you with unique comfort. £149.90 vivalagoon.com 1 2 9

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MALTA OVERHANGING PARASOL

This Malta turquoise overhanging parasol is perfect for adding that bit of shade and cover when you need it, in style. ÂŁ60 diy.com

ALMOND ROUND CANTILEVER PARASOL

This umbrella will be an excellent asset to any garden furniture set to give you incredibly large shade. Ideal for the summer months. ÂŁ649 bridgman.co.uk

OUTDOOR UMBRELLA

A stunning vintage beach umbrella with modern qualities designed to age gracefully and naturally. This timeless umbrella is great company on any sunny day and is made to be an essential part of your sun-drenched days and endless summers. $249 cranmorehome.com.au I N E X

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Finished with beautiful natural cotton tassels, lightly varnished beechwood and custom-designed aluminium alloy hinge and hardwares, this makes for a beautiful basic style. $249 cranmorehome.com.au


The beauty of this parasol lies in its simplicity. A touch of colour magic and the traditional straw parasol is transformed. The beautiful parasol is the ideal finishing touch for any garden, patio or to take to the beach. £1990 gomodern.co.uk

PADDO GARDEN PARASOL

The Paddo garden parasol is just stunning. This isn’t just about looks though; made from ultra-durable Sunbrella, the Paddo garden parasol will last for years to come. £720 gomodern.co.uk

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SYWAWA TAHITI GARDEN PARASOL

The Tahiti garden parasol definitely has the wow factor. Made from polypropylene raffia, this stunning contemporary parasol is designed to give that holiday feeling. The beautiful Tahiti parasol is the ideal sun screen for gardens, patios or even the beach. £1990 gomodern.co.uk

PARASOL SHADYLACE VERT

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BLACK RUSTIC BICYCL E PLANT HOLDER

Made from metal to look like a cast iron vintage bicycle, this plant holder is a quirky little ornament for your plants this spring and will help add some colour to any patio. £24.95 melodymaison.co.uk

ANTIQUED LION  GARDEN STATUE

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Add sophistication and architectural drama to any outdoor space with this lion statue.This will look perfect flanking an entryway, standing near a garden gate or hidden among some foliage. £102 audenza.com

This Dachshund-shaped bench is sure to add a quirky touch to any home and can be used both indoors and out. The four-legged friend makes a great place to rest your feet and as it’s crafted from a tough, durable resin, he’s fine to stay outside over winter. £185 audenza.com

QEEBOO BABY  RABBIT CHAIR

Young and old can sit down, lean back and relax against the rabbit’s ears of these eccentric seats. Whilst the array of vibrant indoor bunnies will add a perfect pop of colour to your home, nothing adds drama to a garden better than the Outdoor Light Up Rabbit chairs. These illuminated silhouettes never fail to gain attention and add a touch of charm to an alfresco space. £99 smithersofstamford.com I N E X

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A classic way to express cool style in a garden, the Seletti Brogue Shoes can be used for multiple purposes or simply as an ornamental feature on a doorstep. £65 smithersofstamford.com

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RUSTY RED CAST IRON WILLOWS STATUE

Crafted in weighty durable cast iron, the Willows country gentleman statues come in the shape of Mr Rabbit and Mr Rat, both equally adorable and dressed to impress. £POA thefarthing.co.uk

SHABBY CHIC DISTRESSED GREY FRUIT URN

Crafted in resin with a distressed textured finish, this grey fruit urn is a delightful ornament for an outdoor space. With a mixture of fruit and a muted tone, it looks perfectly placed between plants. £POA thefarthing.co.uk

CONCRETE BOWLER HAT

The Bowler Hat is manufactured in cement and is quite possibly the most stylish way to express yourself in the garden. The classic curves of the Bowler offer ultimate longevity within the home, office or garden, whilst the smooth concrete finish brings a modern, urban tone that never fails to delight. £47.50 smithersofstamford.com

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Product Spotlight This month’s selection of innovative new products not to be missed.

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MAPEI ARE SUSTAINABILITY– CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK Mapei Are Sustainability – a global corporate focus to protect the earth, use energy and resources sustainably, minimise waste and develop and supply products with end-user safety in mind. As a leading company in the global construction market, the Mapei Group is taking further steps towards social responsibility – ethical behaviour, the quest for excellence and transparent communications are its corporate values – and this year will be showcasing its sustainability commitments through daily events at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018.

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22:00) where Italian food and drink, plus music will be provided, please email ukmarketing@mapei.co.uk to register your interest. East London-based florist, Grace & Thorn, will be holding daily Terrarium planting workshops, 13:00 to 17:00, with the aim to help people in the city live a greener life. The workshops operate on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability. 1 3 6

For a second year, Mapei UK is working closely with established architecture practice, Harper Downie, to present an installation as part of the official installation series. Mapei’s installation will host ‘Conversations at Clerkenwell in partnership with Mapei’, an arena for world-class talks and programmes, located in the Design Fields. The installations embrace the special character of the area by using public spaces to present a wide-ranging mixture of solo shows and street installations. Collaboration and working together is a principle inherent to Mapei’s ethos with this project reflecting Mapei’s strong relationship with architect practices and the wider specification supply chain. The Mapei Group invests 5% of its annual turnover into research and development activities with a total of 70% of this sum channelled into the development of environmentally-friendly products. Mapei also produces Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to help architects, design engineers and other buyers have a better understanding of a product’s sustainability characteristics and its impact on the environment. Certification bodies and protocols for buildings, such as LEED and BREEAM, have implemented criteria for sustainability and imposed specific requirements for construction based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method. mapei.co.uk info@mapei.co.uk 0121 508 6970 *Booking is essential for these events as places are subject to availability – please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk


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Visual display products are often the last thought during an office refurbishment – and sometimes neglected completely.

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This means that an expensive refit can be spoiled when a client hastily makes a purchase decision based on immediate need. All too often ‘traditional’ whiteboards and noticeboards are installed, and this can have a detrimental effect to the overall appearance and functionality of any workspace. Casca is a brand synonymous with quality and style, and Casca Glass writing systems have been a feature of the interiors world for several years. Casca has now partnered with some of Europe’s leading brands to bring the finest quality visual display and presentation products to its new showroom in the heart of Clerkenwell. Now, for the first time, architects and interior designers, as well as discerning endusers, can view these products under one roof to keep abreast of the latest products, and ensure that the ‘finishing touch’ to their office layout is included in the form of designled wall-mounted boards. Come and see Casca Glass at 5 Albemarle Way to see how your space can be transformed.

ANOTHER BUILDING GETS THE SELECTAGLAZE TREATMENT The City & Guilds Group’s Grade II Listed head office is situated on the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in Smithfields – a busy area of London. Whitbread’s Premier Inn recently acquired a section of the building and is currently constructing a brand-new hotel right next door. With heavy plant machinery adjacent to the offices, noise pollution was increasing and becoming disruptive. The primary double glazing did little to stop noise ingress, so secondary glazing was specified for one side of the building to help combat the nuisance. Although noise reduction was the primary aim, City & Guilds Group also knew it would improve thermal performance with the secondary glazing. There were blinds in all the windows, so it was suggested that they were rehung between the primary and secondary glazing. However, to create a seamless uniformed look internally, all the units were set back 10mm from the face of the wall.

A total of 51 units were installed and a wide range of products were combined for the specification, including; Series 42 fixed lights, Series 45 and 41 casements, Series 10 and 15 horizontal sliding units, all designed to suit the existing fenestration. Employees at the City & Guilds Group have been very impressed with the level of sound attenuation received and it has made the working environment across all the office floors far more peaceful. 1 3 7

Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of secondary glazing; established in 1966 and a Royal Warrant Holder since 2004. It boasts a wealth of knowledge and a range of extensive products. selectaglaze.co.uk enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk 01727 837271 I N E X

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BESPOKE ILLUMINATION FROM CHRISTOPHER HYDE LIGHTING

Christopher Hyde Lighting is renowned for its traditional designs and has now started to develop more contemporary ranges. Providing lighting for a wide range of interiors is what Christopher Hyde excels in doing. Many architects and designers approach the company to produce bespoke designs. Using its artisan skills, the lighting specialist is able to manufacture almost anything a client desires. As an expert in manufacturing of cast fixtures including creations of low wax cast decorative details, Christopher Hyde produces exquisite designs. In keeping with changes within the lighting industry, Christopher Hyde offers advanced LED technology including integral and retrofit energy-saving light sources; emergency lighting and various dimming alternatives.

HAKWOOD LAUNCHES FOUR NEW NEUTRAL COLOURS

Hakwood, a global and international leader in high-end wood flooring, has launched four new neutral wood flooring colours. This sophisticated range is in keeping with the latest interior trends, the additional colours use white, grey, brown and khaki undertones, rather than the more common red and orange base colours. These four new colours have been aptly named: Misty, Tempest, Bay and Vision. Understated and elegant, these colours will provide the right ambience for many interiors to come.

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BOSS DESIGN’S TRINETIC TASK CHAIR SCOOPS IF DESIGN AWARD

Lyndon by Boss Design has been awarded the esteemed Design Guild Mark 2018 for its soft seating collection, Manta. Awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the impressive Design Guild Mark recognises the highest standards in the design of furnishings in volume production by the finest British designers. Designed by the Lyndon design team, Manta subtly harmonises handcrafted luxury with a contemporary edge. Featuring a twoseater sofa along with a matching armchair that is now also available in a relaxed back option, the collection offers a compact and informal seating solution that is ideal for corporate receptions, breakout areas and hotel lobbies.

The prestigious iF Design Award has been bestowed on Boss Design’s revolutionary task chair, Trinetic, having claimed top spot in the competition’s Office category. Trinetic won over the 63-member jury with its revolutionary design that is already changing the face of the task chair market. In development for three years, Trinetic represents the largest investment ever made in a single product by the UK furniture industry. Its ingenious design means no manual user adjustments are needed. Instead, a combination of three independent pivots actively and intuitively support the thousands of micro-movements made by users across every hour of every day; making this product truly unique.

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Silentflor vinyl sheet flooring from Polyflor’s collection of acoustic floorcoverings was chosen for the interior design scheme of a brandnew burger restaurant, The Counter Custom Burgers at The Quay, Glasgow. Approximately 220m² of heavy commercial Silentflor flooring in Light Industrial Concrete was fitted in the front of house areas of the restaurant. Another 100m² of Polysafe Standard safety flooring with sustainable slip resistance was also used for the back of house kitchen and staff zones. The Silentflor range includes 36 stunning designs in a 3.7mm gauge and 0.65mm wear layer format. The collection’s eight contemporary concrete and 12 abstract designs have been specifically developed to achieve a modern on-trend look.

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AMTICO SHOWCASES DESIGN PROWESS AT CLERKENWELL 2018

Global flooring manufacturer, Amtico, will return to Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) for the third time, showcasing its latest collections of luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and carpet, while also debuting its exclusive ‘pop-up’ design booths. Based in the Garden of St. James, stand PB1, the Amtico design team will be available throughout the event, hosting oneto-one sessions for designers and specifiers alike – presenting the perfect opportunity to discuss any aspect of an existing or upcoming flooring project.The pop-up booth will allow designers to collaborate with Amtico experts and seek advice on a flooring scheme, from an initial chat, through to sketching ideas and exploring design possibilities.

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BLANCO’S MODERN FARMHOUSESTYLE SINK

KELLER KITCHENS FOR THE BEST DELIVERY TIMES

Keller Kitchens not only produces beautiful, smart kitchens, the company also boasts fantastic customer service when it comes to delivery times. Keller Kitchens are manufactured in its own factory in The Netherlands, meaning that the quality of materials and parts are of the highest standard and can be shipped to the customer with ease. Keller is meeting the market’s demand for quality kitchens delivered to customers’ homes in record time.

The latest addition to BLANCO UK’s STEELART collection, BLANCO CRONOS, combines contemporary designs with traditional farmhouse-style. The stainless steel sink comes with a matt finish which imitates the trims of electric kitchen appliances creating a modern look.The sink’s eye-catching apron front can be customised to the user’s kitchen whereby the height of the sink can be levelled with the worktops and kitchen cupboards, ensuring a seamless and smooth design. BLANCO’s CRONOS is available in two versions: the IF version (suitable for classic and flushmounted installations) and the U version. Both the IF and U versions of BLANCO’s CRONOS are designed for an 800mm base unit.

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KOBE LAUNCHES COLOUR PRODUCT CATALOGUE

KÄHRS TO SHOWCASE ‘RAW DESIGN’ THEME AT CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK

Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, has launched a comprehensive product catalogue to guide customers through its extensive selection of curtain, blackout, voiles and sheers and upholstery fabrics.The printed guide focuses on over 160 collections and includes popular examples of Kobe’s back catalogue of fabrics. It also has beautiful photography of products in situ, as well as sample shots, information on the composition of each fabric, size and number of colours included in each range. Said Kobe UK MD, David Harris: “We’ve invested heavily in the catalogue to ensure our collections are showcased to their full potential.”

Kährs will be celebrating a theme of ‘Raw Design’ at London’s Clerkenwell Design Week, with the launch of new nature-inspired and sustainable ‘ultramatt’ wood flooring designs. Joining the Kährs collection this year is a selection of ultra-matt lacquer designs, which embrace minimal light reflection and give the floors a look of newly-sawn timber. During the event, Kährs will be hosting a number of ‘Raw Design’ workshops which will demonstrate the new designs and discuss how nature has inspired Emanuel Lidberg, the Head of Design at Kährs. Meet the Kährs team during Clerkenwell Design Week 2018 (22nd to 24th May) at the Kährs Design Studio, 5 Albemarle Way, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JB.

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INTERFACE SETS OUT TO CREATE +POSITIVE SPACES AT CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK

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BATHROOM AND COLOUR INNOVATION FROM BETTE AT CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK

Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, will showcase how +Positive spaces need better products – creating happier people and a healthier planet – as part of Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. Showroom visitors will experience Interface’s latest collections – biophilic-inspired Human Connections, and LVT ranges Boundary Metallics and Studio Set – and see the different ways they can be used to design spaces. Interface recently unveiled a unique carpet tile range, Conscient, that emits virtually zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds), one of the biggest contributors to poor indoor air quality. This sustainable carpet tile range will also be on display at Clerkenwell Design Week.

Bette will be revealing its new ‘effect’ colours, launching a new bath and showing some of its most innovative products in the Design Fields exhibition space. Bette has created new effect colours which open up a multitude of possibilities for bathroom design.The first of these is Midnight – a new shade of anthracite that has been combined with sparkling particles. It is being shown on the geometrically-embossed BetteLoft Ornament freestanding bath. Bette will also be launching a new glazed titanium-steel bath. The new BetteStarlet Spirit is a classic bath with a refined, minimal bath rim that combines proven styling with modern lightness.

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