September 2013 PREVIEW EDITION inex-online.com
A profile of the influential individuals, companies and partnerships driving the interior design industry forward
inex showcases striking exterior installations and products that blend cutting-edge design with practicality
Helping professionals to keep abreast of trends, this focus highlights styles in texture, pattern and tone
inex unveils the greatest iconic furniture pieces still prevalent in todayâ€™s contemporary design world
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Due to the fantastic response received from the launch of inex-online.com, I am proud to present the preview edition of inex Magazine in advance of the inaugural issue. The following pages provide an example of what to expect from inexâ€™s free digital-only magazine series. inex Magazine features world-class experts from the fields of decorative and structural design. The pages showcase the latest trends, high-end projects and expert insight from the design community, as well as solutions from highly skilled manufacturers. Readers receive the latest design news, trends and events to stay up-to-date with our fastpaced industry. Pictured above is the innovative retractable glass roof with glass mezzanine floor from the exquisite renovation by McKinley Spaces of a Kensington mews house. This lowered glass floor serves as a roof terrace and also allows light to penetrate down through all four floors of this modern property. I visited Elvaston Mews to speak to Daphne McKinley about her remarkable project, skip to page 28 to read the full feature. Also featured in this issue is a dedicated exhibition guide for London Design Festival 2013, providing all the information you need to get the most from these leading design events. Other highlights include a look at the fantastic eco-friendly yet aesthetic garden office solution, tetra shed, an insight into how acoustics can transform a commercial space and a journey back to the 1960s to look at the evolution of handle-less kitchens.
Front Cover: Willow Installation by Sharon Marston studio. Read her interview with inex on page 52. Image above middle: Prints of Karl Lagerfeldâ€™s exclusive photography on show at the Cassina Showroom 14-22 September.
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September Diary Insight The 1960s were deemed a pivotal moment for kitchen design as the first handleless kitchen was launched by Siematic. Inspire Stay abreast of the latest trends with inex’s design forecasts. Do you see wetrooms as a troublesome project inclusion?
that blend cutting-edge design with practicality. This month exrated is reversed as we profile internal lighting that echoes the external.
Exrated inex profiles striking exterior installations and products
Image Top: ‘Vernacular’ - an exhibition of contemporary design and craft from Ireland will be
Expose inex unveils the greatest iconic furniture accessories still prevalent in today’s design world - all thanks to a little contemporary twist. Ever thought to frame your indoor plants?
held at Tent London as part of London Design Festival 2013. Middle: Only a few more months to see the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, designed by Japanese architect
5 Minutes inex speaks to specialist designer of bespoke sculptural light installations, Sharon Marston.
Sou Fujimot. Open until 20 October. www. serpentinegallery. org Below: Viaduct
Residential Award-winning property development company McKinley Spaces has completed its latest residential project.
will be hosting an exhibition of furniture by Muller van Severen during London Design Festival.
Commercial Interior design plays a huge role in shaping the visual identity of commercial spaces, but it also leaves a profound psychological imprint on the people that use them.
Garden As the popularity of working from home increases it is paralleled by the growing need for home offices, however, finding internal space to accomodate a working environment can be an issue.
Bedrooms Heavily influenced by boutique hotel design, luxury bedroom design is growing in popularity.
Paints Eco-friendly paints with every bit as much verve and vigour as their chemical cousins.
Products Design Directory
Maison & Objet Paris Nord Villepinte 6-10 September The Paris trade show devoted to interiors returns this month, leading into Paris design week, which takes place immediately afterwards. The theme of the main exhibition is energies: not conserving them, but expending them to make more interesting environments; other strands include Funtasy and Psychotropia. maison-objet.com
Lightopia Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein 8 September 2013 – 16 March 2014 Since the invention of the incandescent light bulb, the design of artificial lighting has been one of the most fascinating tasks of designers, artists and architects. With »Lightopia«, the Vitra Design Museum is dedicating the first comprehensive exhibition to this transformational development. The show will feature current works by such artists and designers as Olafur Eliasson, Rogier van der Heide and mischer’traxler, which demonstrate the new applications of light while also emphasising its archaic, emotional power. design-museum.de
Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr Science Museum Media Space 21 September 2013 – 16 March 2014 Fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life. Humorous yet melancholy, these works had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr, who has now made a new selection including over 50 previously unseen works from the National Media Museum’s Ray-Jones archive. Shown alongside The Non-Conformists, Parr’s rarely seen work from the 1970s, this selection forms a major new exhibition which demonstrates the close relationships between the work of these two important photographers. sciencemuseum.org.uk/mediaspace
Open House London 2013 Various venues 21-22 September This year’s theme ‘Celebrating architecture, people and place’ explores issues that are relevant to local communities and how the built environment is evolving – including the design ofhomes, the role of architects, engineers and contemporary design in revitalising places and above all showing how good design can make London a more liveable, vibrant and enjoyable city. openhouselondon.org.uk
Arctic Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen 25 September 2013 – 2 Febuary 2014 Louisiana’s autumn exhibition ARCTIC is an account of the descriptions and dramatizations of the magical, cultural and artistic attraction that the Arctic regions in general and the North Pole in particular have had for human beings for generations. It has inspired both poets and visual artists to create more or less imaginative visions of destruction and utopias, and still does so to a great extent. louisiana.dk
Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam 26-29 September With its emphasis on discovery, emerging talent and trends, Unseen is the place for professionals and the public to come together, learn and discuss. Curated by Marcel Feil, Foam’s Deputy Director of Artistic Affairs, the programme of events for 2013 combines some of the bestknown names from the photography and art worlds with the talent of tomorrow. An underlying theme is the abundance of images in today’s world and how photography and photographers are coming to terms with an environment that is both new and unsettled. unseenamsterdam.com
London Design Festival 14 - 22 September This September sees one of the most important events on the global design calendar, the London Design Festival in its eleventh year. The Festival expects more than 250 partners and over 300 events celebrating the best in design. As ever, the Festival also delivers its own varied programme of commissioned projects with highlights at St Paul’s Cathedral and at its hub venue, the Victoria and Albert Museum, with a number of site-specific installations. Ben Evans, London Design Festival Director said: “It is a strength that design
can interest the public as well as a professional audience. The London Design Festival is designed to do just that, with trade fairs alongside public installations. Design is for everyone.” Over the past eleven years, a number of key design exhibitions have become an integral and vital part of the London Design Festival, each offering an exciting mix of designers, products, talks, installations, restaurants, bars and innovations housed under one roof. These Design Destinations are hubs for conducting business
Image Above: The Endless Stair, landmark project for this year’s London Design Festival, will be sited on the lawn in front of the worldrenowned Tate Modern.
during the Festival, providing a focal point for international buyers, specifiers and the media. The festival has announced two new Design Destinations: FOCUS/13 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, and Southbank Centre. The following pages will give you all the information you need to make the most of these six Design Destinations; 100% Design, Decorex International, DesignJunction, Tent and Super Brands London, Focus/13 and events at Southbank Centre. londondesignfestival.com
100% Design Earls Court 18-19 September Now in its 19th year and second under the new ownership of Media 10, 100% Design returns as a key event supporting the design industry; promoting the best in global design and uncovering emerging brands. This year is the show’s biggest ever with 3000m2 of additional floor space and features including Sustainable Materials, Co-Design, 3D Printing and Urban Agriculture will inspire this years show focus. This year’s visual concept and show theme is ‘Creative Balance’. This was conceived by communications
design agency Thomas.Matthews and provides the exhibition’s visual identity and an exploration of creative process and its value in the commercial world. Following last year’s success, the curation of the show will again focus on four industry sectors, each arranged around a central ‘hub’ by a different designers – Interiors by Talenthouse, Office by TILT, Kitchen & Bathroom, Eco Design & Build by Material Lab –creating clear navigation for visitors. New sections have been added including ‘Gateway’, which provides an opportunity for early-career designers to be recognised at the show. Nations, including France, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, South Korea, Taiwan and China are showcasing their design prowess in the International Pavilions. British designer Benjamin Hubert will create the 2013 auditorium, providing a dramatic backdrop to ‘Talks With 100% Design’. Confirmed speakers include Tom Dyckhoff, chairing a panel debate on UK Architecture and a session from New London Architecture with Peter Murray. Giulio Cappellini will headline Thursday’s programme, with subsequent sessions being staged with the RSA, Frame Magazine and The British Council. 100percentdesign.co.uk Decorex International Kensington Palace 22-25 September Decorex is the longest-standing design and interior show during the London Design Festival. This year the show moves to a new location; that of Perks Field & The Orangery, Kensington Palace where over 300 companies come together to exhibit new products ranging from contemporary, traditional and bespoke furniture to lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and wall coverings, accessories and bespoke services. Exceptional quality, beautiful materials and outstanding craftsmanship are recurring features across Decorex. Exhibitors demonstrating such
Image Top: 50 new and upcoming talents and a handful of established designers from all around the world will be exhibiting at Mint 14-30 September: 2 North Terrace, Alexander Square. mintshop. co.uk MIddle: ‘Copper Mirror Series’ by Amy Hunting and Oscar Narud will be presented at Gallery Libby Sellers during London Design Festival. Below: ‘Crafted in Kyoto’: The renowned city of Kyoto, Japan, presents the best of Japanese craftsmanship at Tent London.
attributes include Amy Kent with her hand-knotted wool and silk carpets; handcrafted Moroccan tile specialist Habibi Interiors with the launch of its new range of customised panels; and Cox London is releasing a new collection of handmade lighting and furniture designed and produced in London. A myriad of other product typologies grace the exhibitor stands including hand-painted organzas, glass chandeliers, bone china lighting, handcarved water gilded furniture, complex textiles, luxury tableware and high quality metalwork. The great variety on display provides a key source of new products in one location. Informed by the historic site of Kensington Palace, the theme of the show is the Silk Route, when silks, porcelain and other luxury goods were introduced to Europe. This theme is being interpreted into the design of the main entrance, this year the job of interior designer and hotelier Kit Kemp. Furthermore, the central Champagne Bar is created by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The design seeks to demonstrate the studio’s love for the interior design process and captures the excitement of the build phase of a project in its rawest
state. decorex.com designjunction The Sorting Office 18-22 September For the second year, the voluminous industrial 1960s Postal Sorting Office in Holborn is the backdrop for designjunction, a design show presenting an edited selection of global brands and emerging companies. For its third edition spread over three enormous floors, the show not only brings together exhibitors of furniture, lighting and accessories but also pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings. This year, the organisers are placing greater emphasis on illumination with the launch of an area dedicated to high-end decorative lighting, suitably called ‘lightjunction’. Staged in partnership with experts Cameron Peters Fine Lighting, the show brings together international lighting brands to exhibit their beautiful yet practical lighting designs. British producers are wellrepresented at the show, with brands such as Modus, Assemblyroom, Dare Studio, Jake Dyson, Innermost, Pinch, MARKProduct and Bark Furniture joined by European manufacturers such as Zanotta, Bolon, Carl Hansen, &tradition, Laufen, Artifort, Fritz Hansen and Girsberger. Part of the ground floor is home to a series of interactive Flash Factories, where the process of industrial production is brought to life through live demonstrations, from authentic craft making to 3D printing. Furthermore, over 30 design-led pop-up shops are selling furniture, fashion, art, ceramics, glassware, books, watches and accessories at the show, including Patternity, Tokyobike, Outline Editions, Anything and Dezeen Watch Store. And fans of 20th Century collectibles will be able to purchase originals from Midcentury
Image Top: The Ochre showroom, 46-47 Britton Street, will be open for the duration of the festival. Above: Annual Student Wallpaper Design Competition at the Imago Gallery, 13-22 September. Left: Zaha Hadid Design Gallery launches a unique sonic installation during London Design Festival 2013.
Modern show, taking up residency at designjunction. Live debates and panel discussions are happening throughout the day in a new seminar theatre designed by architecture duo VoonWong+BensonSaw. In addition, visitors can enjoy food and drink from a selection of London’s finest street food eateries. thedesignjunction.co.uk Tent London&Super Brands London Old Truman Brewery 19-22 September Now in its seventh year, Tent London returns to the Old Truman Brewery with its showcase of home grown and overseas talent. Garnering a reputation for showcasing new ideas across multiple design disciplines, this year the show organisers have concentrated on rooting out undiscovered European talents such as Vera & Kyte, Atelier Violeta Galan, Grand, Orée, Philipp Aduatz and Tokio. Showing alongside are UK-based established independents including Studio Jon Male, Chisel & Mouse, Thomas & Vines, Suzanne Goodwin, Room39, Erica Wakerly, Bold & Noble, Inca Starzinsky, Curiousa & Curiousa and Parris Wakefield. Breaking up the stands are Project Spaces, which give architects and designers the possibility to experiment with ideas and processes, three dimensional environments, colour, material, light and human interaction. Furthermore, countries demonstrate their design prowess with unseen work from over 100 designers and companies from Norway, Taiwan, Hungary, Ireland, Spain and China. New for 2013, Brink is an 800m2 space dedicated to the best design graduates from the UK and beyond, putting them in front of a professional audience attending the show. Sister show Super Brands London is co-located with Tent, giving international brands temporary showrooms to broaden their exposure in the UK market.
Image Above: ‘Graphic Africa’ will be showcasing at Habitat as part of the London Design Festival at 208 King’s Road. Left: designjunction returns to the centrally-located 1960s Postal Sorting Office which has three floors and an impressive 120,000ft2.
Participating companies include Edra, Ligne Roset, Objekten, Munna, Surface View and Jacuzzi. Furthermore, talks, demonstrations, workshops and idea sessions make up the Super Talks programme, this year under the theme Mobilised. tentlondon.co.uk Focus/13 Design Centre Chelsea Harbour 22-25 September Focus/13 is an annual interior design event which takes place at the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour – an established venue in West London that houses 99 showrooms with over 500 brands producing everything from fabrics, wall coverings, tiles and carpets to furniture, lighting, accessories, kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor living. This four-day event marks the start of the autumn season and a foray of new product launches are unveiled, with many of the showrooms featuring original displays and hosting bespoke events and workshops for the attending designers, architects and specifiers. Throughout the event, international names take to the stage in a series of talks and debates that explore current interior trends as well as issues confronting the
industry. Industry insider and stylist Emilio Pimentel- Reid is leading a curated tour which brings together his round-up of his favourites from across the venue. Specially commissioned for the event is the Tatler Restaurant where visitors can relax and enjoy a meal throughout the event. Visitors can make use of the free shuttle service between Sloane Square and the Design Centre, which stops at selected Chelsea showrooms as well as Decorex throughout the day. FOCUS/13 is part of the Chelsea Design Quarter. dcch.co.uk Southbank Centre 14-22 September Southbank Centre is fully embracing design during this year’s London Design Festival. Returning to the Queen Elizabeth Hall’s brutalist undercroft for the second year is Designersblock, a buzzing showcase for talented young designers, now in its 16th London edition (19-22 September). New design talents are also joined by more established exhibitors as part of its Designers In Production showcase. International designers are given a platform with showcases dedicated to Swedish, Mexican and Indian
design talent (18-22 September). Furthermore, the Southbank Centre Shop is dedicating its window to the characterful Italian homewares brand Seletti, whilst Polish company Zieta is launching it’s new +3 range that uses a process of inflating metal into unique designs (13-30 September). British producer Mathmos, the inventor of the lava lamp, is celebrating its 50th birthday with the world’s largest lava lamp displayed with vintage photography showcasing the history and story of the lamp (11- 30 September). Furthermore, Geraldine and Wayne Hemingway have curated an exhibition on 1950s design, exploring the icons of the 1951 Festival of Britain and highlights of Mid-Century Modern style. The future of design also has a voice with ‘The Fifth Element’ – a live exhibition of installations aimed at pushing the boundaries of design by fusing research and scientific technologies to create experimental concepts (15-22 September). In the Sunley Pavilion, a three-day series of talks, debates and film showings are exploring the themes of ‘Design Entrepreneurship’, ‘Design Past/ Design Future’ and ‘Design in Film’. southbankcentre.co.uk
Image Left: Dornbracht are exhibiting at 100% Design. Shown here is Footbath from the Personal Needs collection. Right: Bloom Pendant Lights by Desinature, who are exhibiting at 100% Design.
Timeless kitchens The 1960s deemed a pivotal moment for kitchen design as the first handleless kitchen was launched by SieMatic. This pioneering company has become synonymous with modern and streamlined kitchens ever since.
anaging Director Bernard Otulakowski initially trained as an interior designer, meaning that some would say his vision for the company is set apart based on his enhanced industry experience. It can be hard to put an individual spin on a domestic area that always serves the same purpose. We spoke to Bernard about how designers can provide the best kitchen for their clients. “Each kitchen should reflect the lifestyle, taste and needs of the homeowner. A kitchen should be functional and a joy to use. When things are designed well and offer real quality, it makes the overall experience for the homeowner more rewarding. INEX-ONLINE.COM
“Longevity is essential too as a kitchen is used daily and needs to be resistant the changing needs of the user. For example, we create interior storage systems which can be modified over the years, so as someone’s needs change, the interior compartments can be altered to suit.” Changing concepts and attitudes towards the domestic kitchen’s purpose has evolved its function within our homes. “The kitchen is very much the heart of the home these days and so the design has come to reflect that,” explains Bernard. “It is now an integral part of the home, and rather than being closed off in a separate room, it is now the central space for activity
from which everything else radiates. Stylistically it has evolved to become a thing of beauty which rivals and can exceed the furniture found in living and dining spaces.” It might seem daunting and potentially risky to choose fashion over classic for an aspect of the home that is likely to remain invariable for an extensive period of time, especially on an area that has a daily function. How can we follow the latest kitchen fashion without the worry of it becoming dated? “Grey is the new neutral colour of choice whether it’s used to decorate a kitchen in its entirety or used as an accent colour,” says Bernard when addressing this issue. Individuality is the key for
something that fundamentally looks the same, but can also be hard to achieve because of this. “Open storage is also very popular as it breaks up the lines of the kitchen and blurs the boundaries between living, dining and kitchen areas. It also lets people share and display their belongings to create a really individual look. “SieMatic work with trend forecasters to help develop product ranges for 2015 and 2016, so we’re always working very far in advance. Having said that, our designers need to work with clients to ensure they create a kitchen which is original and reflects their tastes. The customer ultimately dictates what we create and this is often affected by the economy, with neutral colours and styles typically being more popular in difficult economic times. There can be lots of influences on the creation of our new finishes or ranges; our designers may take INEX-ONLINE.COM
Images p.14-15: SieMatic S2 in Lotus White and SieMatic kitchen from 1960. Above: Multimedia options from SieMatic. Below: SieMatic S3 kitchen with interchangable colour system.
inspiration from their journey to work, architecture, the seasons changing or seeing the beauty in decaying materials. “We have years of experience understanding these vital matters and continually revise our understanding to suit modern lifestyles. We pass on this experience to our designers so that they can tailor our kitchens to suit each customer. We make sure our designers have a keen understanding of ergonomics and lifestyle factors. “We know how fundamental designers are to our brand and so we work with them to make sure our kitchens can provide everything they need. A great example of this coming to fruition is the BeauxArts.02 range which was created in conjunction with the designer Mick De Giulio,” adds Bernard. This new kitchen concept has a very different aesthetic from SieMatic’s signature handle-less kitchens as it lets the user mix and match different door styles, finishes and handles to create a contemporary look. Technology has had a huge impact and generated advancements for Siematic kitchens who now provide kitchens with touch screen computers and access to the internet, TV, radio, iPod docks and integrated lighting. Other recent new concepts from Siematic City Country and BeauxArts have caught many by surprise and have proven to be very popular.
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Washing away your fears Stay abreast of the latest trends with inexâ€™s design forecasts. Stephen Pelling, Specifications Manager at Impey Showers, explains why designers should not fear including a wetroom.
ncorporating a wetroom within a bathroom layout has never been easier and equally, the products available have never been more reliable. Suitable for use upstairs or downstairs, in a compact hotel en-suite, or a large scale family bathroom, a wetroom can be installed to suit any spatial situation and is the ideal way to incorporate a stylish showering experience. Talk of wetrooms being difficult to install and troublesome to maintain is now well and truly a thing of the past provided that guaranteed, tried and tested products are used
and installed properly. No longer should architects and designers fear specifying a wetroom into their project due to concerns that a problematic installation will throw their time-scale out of the window and cause unwanted costs and delays. Previously, one of the hardest parts of installing a wetroom was forming the gradient, which would have been achieved using plywood, or by eye with a concrete screed. This process has essentially been deskilled, as it is now possible to install a pre-moulded wetroom floor former
with a built-in gradient, so all of the hard work has been taken care of. In the past, one of the common issues that architects and designers encountered when specifying a wetroom, is to be told that there is a pipe or joist obstructing the drainage of the floor former, which would take both time and money to relocate or remove. This problem has now been rectified as it is possible to use a wetroom floor former that has a rotating drainage system, so any obstruction can easily be avoided by simply rotating the drainage in a different direction to ensure that a
project stays on track and meets the time schedule in place. We all know how the role of the bathroom has changed over recent years from a practical space to a haven of relaxation, so the pressure to create an extra special design is greater than ever. Now, aesthetics are just as important as functionality and it just so happens that a wetroom will help architects and designers to tick both of these boxes. Sleek, stylish and discreet; a wetroom provides a bathroom with a feeling of freedom and space. The days of a bulky shower enclosure are behind us and it is now fairly common for the bath to be replaced with a luxury wetroom configuration, particularly where space is limited. Homeowners and hoteliers alike are looking to embrace a European, open plan style of living and including a wetroom can help to achieve this. The openness that a wetroom provides allows designers to ensure that the dĂŠcor of their project has a continuous flow, without a cubicle imposing upon both the design of the bathroom and the space available. Even where freestanding glass panels are situated around the wetroom area to avoid water from splashing the rest of the bathroom,
Images: Aqua Screen Pure Panels by Impey Showers
the appearance remains seamless. Wetrooms are the perfect showering solution for architects and designers looking to create an extra special design that has an ideal balance between form and function. Specifying a wetroom has never been easier as the products have become more accessible and reliable to meet consumer demand. Perfectly suited to both commercial and residential bathroom applications, a wetroom can offer designers and architects the practicality needed, yet the luxury desired.
To bed with crystals
Heavily influenced by boutique hotel design, domestic interiors are seeing a growing emphasis on the bedroom.
nd what’s not to love about a generous space with a magnificent centrepiece bed, showcased by well-chosen furniture and accessories? For interior designers, this means that bedrooms have become an area where the professional eye is very much in demand. Leading bed specialist And So To Bed’s first shop opened on London’s Kings Road more than 40 years ago. It was founded by one of Britain’s leading antique bed dealers who, facing a shortage of vintage pieces, started to manufacture his own. Since then, the company has built its niche recreating important designs from the past and introducing pieces with classic contemporary flair. Offering a bespoke capacity, the company has always worked closely with interior designers and the Kings Road flagship store, in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter, has just opened a dedicated meeting area for professional designers. And So To Bed’s creative team has INEX-ONLINE.COM
always found inspiration in historical designs; from the iconic Louis Philippe litw bateau and Gothic four posters to brass Victorian bedsteads. They often reconfigure traditional designs so that they work in modern bedrooms and with modern mattresses too. Nowhere has this been more important than in the issue of size. Vintage beds are
Images: The glittering ‘Grand Versailles’ by And So To Bed
small in length and width, whereas today the fashion is for ever-larger sleeping arrangements. The 6ft wide SuperKing has become a very popular size and in response to customer demand, And So To Bed often translate their designs into the 6ft 5in. Emperor and even into the 7ft Large Emperor. They are not shy of design evolution either. Several of And So To Bed’s most spectacular largescale designs are fusions of old and new such as the clubby ‘Churchill’, inspired by a wing-backed armchair and the glittering ‘Grand Versailles’ encrusted in Swarovski crystals. The bed may be centre stage, but it needs a supporting cast. And So To Bed also make bedsides, armoires, chests and dressing tables – as well as many smaller accessories including chairs, mirrors and lamps. With looks ranging from Art Deco to the versatile ‘Eclectic’ collection, there is a portfolio of coordinated elements. This underlines the new emphasis on bedrooms being put together to achieve the coherent, glamorous looks seen in boutique hotels and interiors magazines. Inspired by properties such as Soho House, people now devote ever larger spaces to their bedrooms at home, especially the master bedroom suite where they want a luxurious personal sanctuary. andsotobed.co.uk «
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Illuminate interior landscapes
inex profiles striking exterior installations and products that blend cutting-edge design with practicality. This month, internal lighting that echoes nature.
This month we bring nature indoors as we look at lighting that has nature to thank for it’s design concepts. In the midst of summer we look towards autumn and think of inventive ways to prolong a summer ambience. The natural connections between light and summer provide an excellent opportunity for playful designs. The Australian designer Peter Schumacher has been extending his collection of lamps that are built like trees. From small domestic to full sized five-metre trees perfect for public indoor environments, ‘Leaf Lamp Trees’ can ‘grow’ from the floor or suspend as hanging tree crowns. The birch trunks and branches are joined with wedged ends, the leaves
thin unbleached and starched wool felt, providing a completely natural product, even joined without glue. Peter’s original ‘Leaf Lamp’ won the Green Furniture Award 2010 and continues to spread into public places across Northern Europe. The first installation was made in the arrival hall of Gothenburg Landvetter Airport in early 2013. Charlotte Sandberg, interior quality manager at Landvetter, explains why she loved Peter’s design: “We wanted to create a calm and natural atmosphere in the arrival hall with the theme ‘A walk in the park’. The travelers walk from the airplanes into the hall along a balcony, above the glowing foliage, and take the escalator down among the trees.
Image Left: Leaf Tree Lamps at Gothenburg Landevetter Airport. Right: ‘Paves’ by Swiss artist Vincent Kohler.
The end result is magical.” Johan Berhin, founder of Green Furniture Sweden, producer of the Leaf Lamps explains why Peter Schumacher’s designs are so popular: “Trees in nature are not only beautiful, they all have their own shape and a foliage that holds surprises and spreads harmony. It’s probably the explanation to why the Leaf Lamp has been so successful. I see the Leaf Lamp as the new age chandelier, also giving a soft and inviting atmosphere with acoustically very good qualities.” Swiss artist Vincent Kohler unites lighting with stone in his 2006 installation, Paves. Over 100 slabs, made from resin and polystyrene, are freely assembled and stacked
to appear as natural looking stones, much like the interlocking basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. The supernatural element is only released as 15 of the 100 stones rhythmically illuminate before fading back to their more natural state. Although not available for purchase, a product like this would create a stunning garden feature, where the stone is transformed to illuminate the darkness of night. Following the trend of bringing the outdoors in, lighting based on this concept would act as a quirky and contemporary interior statement. greenfurniture.se vincentkohler.ch «
Frustrated by judgments claiming the limited palette of environmentally friendly paint, the interior designer and passionate environmental campaigner Edward Bulmer has turned his attention to making truly eco-friendly paints with every bit as much verve and vigour as their chemical cousins.
dward Bulmer’s range of 100% natural paints, in glorious pigment-rich tones, is called simply ‘Pots of Paint’. Working with Europe’s leading traditional natural paint maker, Edward has developed his collection of ready to use, easy to apply natural emulsion and oil paints which have no harmful emissions, allow walls to breathe and are made with only sustainably produced raw materials such as beeswax, milk casein and linseed oil. There is practically no waste generated by the production process and the paints themselves smell good enough to eat. Natural plant and mineral pigments are used to create the fifty different colours in the Pots of Paint collection. The tones are Edward’s inspiring reflections on nature, ranging from ‘Warm Stone’ and ‘Fair Blue’ to the wonderfully named ‘Cuisse de Nymphe Emouvant’ (a subtle flesh pink!) The need for environmentally INEX-ONLINE.COM
sensitive options has never been greater. Against a background of the rising incidence of unexplained allergies and chronic diseases, ‘passive paint inhalation’ of synthetic and petrochemical-based products is increasingly looking like a major culprit. It’s known that decorators are more likely to contract lung cancer – and yet most of us are happy to live in houses with up to 70% painted surfaces, all giving off toxins and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) for up to five years. As well as their unhealthy emissions, normal petrochemicalbased paints are notoriously wasteful, yielding up to 30 litres of toxic waste per litre of paint manufactured. Even if you do nothing else ‘green’, choosing natural paint for your home or workplace is a significant way to improve your quality of life – and the environment too. potsofpaint.com «
Colour displayed Above: Verdigris Below: Laylock
on many levels Award-winning property development company McKinley Spaces has completed its latest residential project. Situated in Elvaston Mews, a prime location in South Kensington, an original 19th century terraced stable mews has been re-structured by McKinley Spaces, transforming the building, which had been used as a commercial garage since the 1960s, and doubling the space and interior into a state-of-theart residential home.
Above: The first floor master bedroom with external terrace
he sheer transformation of space is the most impressive aspect of this restoration. Company founder Daphne McKinley’s incredible vision to transform a little 1,800 sq ft commercial garage and into this 3,650 sq ft stunning property is the magic of this stunning, contemporary building. “Designing a mews is very difficult because you aren’t given the space to work
with,” says Daphne. “You have to be innovative with layout and ways to bring light into the building, but at the same time create a sense that it is no longer a mews house, but a spacious living environment.” The innovative ways that space is created is the fundamental beauty of this project. Every nook and cranny has been utilised with concealed storage and every room holds inventive versatility. “Movable space
is so important for urban living,” reflects Daphne, and this property has plenty of it. From movable wall dividers and dual purpose doors to a sophisticated stacker system for two cars, space has been intelligently considered. The revolutionary aspect of 4 Elvaston Mews is situated at the top of the building in the living area. With planners denying a roof garden, Daphne overcame the planning issue
Right: The retractable glass roof with glass mezzanine floor serves as a roof terrace and also allows light to penetrate down through the property
Left: The bespoke McKinley kitchen incorporates a vast slab of Corten steel, creating an industrial aesthetic
with a genius idea: to have one great big sliding roof and create an inner platform which is dropped below, so that if it was sunny you could have the roof open and the space to walk up onto it and be outside, but overcoming any planning issues because itâ€™s internal. This retractable glass roof with glass mezzanine floor serves as a roof terrace and also allows light to penetrate down through the property. From the urban rooftop nature continues down, quite literally, as you continue downwards. A set of minimal, bespoke suspended steel and glass stairs connect to glass landings on the ground, first and second floors. Light penetrates the building, flooding through glass. Natural light is thrown into the building all the time. The simplicity and clean lines of the interior architecture is emphasised by the application of a carefully selected shade of white on all walls, reflecting the light to further illuminate the property. â€œWe did a lot of lighting tests and wanted light coming into INEX-ONLINE.COM
the building as opposed to light being put in afterwards. I’m very conscious of light and this is one thing that I absolutely love - it’s light and it’s a green effect. It’s so important for one’s wellbeing and health to have natural light,” continues Daphne. The first floor’s Japanese-inspired bedroom has a walkout terrace with glass flooring that floods the lower levels with light, although you would never know from looking at it. “The technology is so clever and lovely to work with as you can get all sorts of great effects,” says Daphne, pointing out a special film that is blurred when looking straight out, but clear when looking diagonally providing ultimate privacy. The building has been pulled back to create a bigger terrace for this floor, which creates a strong enclosed feeling to be treasured in a built-up area. On entering the property, the sense of height and space is appreciated as you look towards a multi-functional room with its own glass balcony looking out onto a
Right: A set of minimal, bespoke suspended steel and glass stairs connect to glass landings
Left: The lower ground floor and internal balcony
waterfall and beautifully green living wall, drenched in sunlight, which grows from the lower ground floor. It is almost unbelievable that this oasis is all internal space. “The reason I’ve brought the garden inside was because we have so little space outside,” says Daphne. “I thought the solution would be to bring the garden inside to give everybody a feeling that they’re still in the garden even though they are sitting in the basement. I visited 150 properties to see what was lacking and the main thing was light in basement areas, which is why I brought the first floor right back. Although we lost square footage, we gained a huge amount by bringing light in.” The design team excavated the lower ground floor to dramatically increase space in the main living
area. On descending the bespoke concrete deconstructed staircase, the magnificent double height living wall and waterfall flows into a sunken pool – that Daphne is enthusiastic to have fish swimming in – is fully appreciated, complete with stepping-stones. Daphne was keen to incorporate an industrial element to the house to complement its urban setting. The kitchen worktop incorporates a vast slab of Corten steel, creating an industrial aesthetic in stark contrast to the light interior. This dramatic juxtaposition is echoed throughout the house with the implementation of a spectacular Corten Steel bespoke fireplace. This contemporary take on a centralised traditional fireplace unifies the building as it stretches visibly from
Above: The master bedroom en-suite’s bespoke William Garvey cabinetry and a striking Japanese inspired ‘Geo’ teak bath
the living space up to the ground, first and finally unified with the urban landscape as it looks through the glass roof of the second floor. Not only is 4 Elvaston Mews aspiring to complement nature, it is also the perfect example of modern domestic lifestyle. The whole house is integrated with state of the art AV connected straight to an app, meaning you can control lights, heating and even run a bath from any location. Along the hallway LED lighting illuminates the space. All four levels can be accessed via the cylindrical, vacuum driven pneumatic passenger lift that spans the center of the building, or as Daphne calls it, a ‘beam me up Scottie lift’, which she sourced in Miami. Elvaston Mews was recognised as INEX-ONLINE.COM
the best single residential property development in London at the 2013 International Property Awards. McKinley Spaces were particularly proud to have completed the awardwinning project on a tight budget; a great example of how you don’t have to spend an excessive amount to achieve a superb finish and quality for a client. The house embodies Daphne’s approach and ethos to property INEX-ONLINE.COM
development. Her signature style is very much client driven as she aspires to create spaces for rejuvenation and tranquility. Each development is different, but with an overlying green theme, where the use of natural light, gardens and under floor heating mean low carbon emissions. “The one element that I think is sad in many ways in London is that we don’t have much promotion of sustainability,” explains Daphne. “I would love to see green roofs to attract nature back into the city, like insects and bees, because there is so much carbon coming off roofs.” McKinley Spaces creates volume and space with an emphasis on interchangeable functionality, incorporating
the use of natural light to facilitate in modern living, and this residence clearly illustrates the innovative approach that is at the heart of the company. “I love to make people smile and every person that comes into this property smiles,” says Daphne. mckinleyspaces.com «
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Tessellating garden offices
As the popularity of working from home increases it is paralleled by the growing need for home offices. However, finding internal space to accomodate a working environment can be an issue.
Garden offices have become increasingly popular in the last few years, but many available on the market are standard cuboid offices that do not provide much character or visual appeal. Designed by architects Innovation Imperative, tetra shed is an award winning tessellating modular building system. Constructed from eco-friendly engineered timber, externally finished in any cladding material of choice and internally lined with birch faced plywood, plasterboard or MDF as standard
these striking single garden offices start at around ÂŁ15,000 and double garden offices from around ÂŁ25,000. Designed to exceed the Building Regulations, tetra shed is suitable for permanent year-round use. A host of enticing furniture and fitting optional extras allows each owner to customise their tetra shed to best suit their needs. â€œThe cost and lifestyle benefits of working from home are certainly appealing to more and more people. The price of a season train ticket is increasing at a much quicker rate
than salaries, which is an added financial burden for commuters,” says David Ajasa-Adekunle, Director at Innovation Imperative. “We wanted to create a modern, elegant and practical cost comparative alternative to the ubiquitous cuboid garden offices and modular building systems on the market. Clusters of up to six modules have primarily been designed as additional work, rest and play space for homes. Larger tessellations can be used for a range of applications such as classrooms, exhibition space,
corporate events, tourism and leisure facilities as well as retail space, and the individual module cost reduces significantly with an increase in the number of modules within the cluster.” tetra shed is also a response to another growing trend, that of the increasing acceptance and adoption of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), namely modular construction as the most viable means of meeting more stringent performance targets to tighter project time and cost
Images: The interior and exterior of one
constraints. tetra shed homes will soon be available for self-builders either as flat-packs or partially assembled kits. Multi storey hotel room and residential tetra shed units are also in proposal, where joined modules will provide sleeping, bathing and work space with scope for a kitchenette in the 3 module option, which would provide very affordable, quick and easy to construct studio homes, especially for first time buyers. tetra-shed.co.uk «
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Interior design plays a huge role in shaping the visual identity of commercial spaces, but it also leaves a profound psychological imprint on the people that use them.
Studies have shown that interior design can contribute to a person’s general wellbeing, increasing levels of happiness, productivity and social interaction. It is for this reason that companies throughout the commercial sector are increasingly seeking stylish, inspiring designs that immerse the user and encourage design interaction on a more emotional level. While aesthetically pleasing surroundings are apparent to most, the importance of acoustics when it comes to the commercial environment is often overlooked, making many spaces a hub of distracting background noise and subconscious disengagement. There are many factors that contribute to noise levels. From air-
conditioning units and ventilation and heating, to computers and printers, telephones and traffic – not to mention the significant noise levels that general chatter can cause. If we’re surrounded by hard, reflective surfaces, then we often get higher background sound levels and increased exposure to unwanted noise. Noisy buildings and poor acoustics leave people distracted, unhappy and unhealthy, and studies have shown that buildings without appropriate sound absorption can lead to headaches and other stress related symptoms for occupants. Open-plan office space is one of the most susceptible environments to background noise. This kind of office design is becoming increasing INEX-ONLINE.COM
Images of commercial flooring options by Interface.
popular however it naturally leads to unwanted acoustical issues as sound pools conflict. From the end-user’s perspective, good acoustics in commercial spaces are vital for clear communication and general wellbeing. Carpet can play an important role in reducing sound reverberation because it absorbs up to 10 times more airborne noise than any other flooring material. When deciding which flooring materials will help fulfil your acoustic needs, there are two main considerations. These are:
sound absorption, which relates to the transmission of airborne sound within the room; and impact noise which is related to the control of sound from one space to another. Sound absorption is a measure to assess the acoustic environment within a room – a sound remains present in a room after it is made because it is reflected off surfaces. Impact noise is mostly relevant when you want to assess the sound that is transmitted from an adjacent room. Generally the structure of the building and the insulation of walls including partitions, play a very critical role in reducing disturbances and preventing sound from being overheard outside the room. This could be important, for example when considering unwanted noise of footsteps from a corridor, particularly in an office. Placing sound reducing materials, such as carpet, in the rooms can dramatically reduce the intensity of sound from
both impact noise and background noise. If you understand where improvements can be made, noise levels can be lowered quickly and efficiently by installing the right sound absorption system. Carpet tiles are one of the ways companies can effectively reduce the level of noise pollution in a room, in order to create the ideal environment to enhance the wellbeing of the end user. interfaceflor.co.uk «
Living art brings health indoors inex unveils the greatest iconic furniture accessories still prevalent in today’s design world - all thanks to a little contemporary twist. Ever thought to frame your indoor plants?
hen it comes to wall art one might think towards tapestries and oil paints, yet one company has designed a new centrepiece to incorporate two popular interior accessories: wall art and interior plants. For some time, there has been a growing trend in landscape design that aims to make the external areas an extension of the internal space. Using Living Art is a great way to bring the outdoors in, providing a radical, elegant and low-maintenance alternative to traditional indoor pot and plant combinations. But bringing the outdoors in goes much further than making a stunning aesthetic statement. Indoor plants help to filter and purify the air, generate oxygen and create a healthy, relaxing and rejuvenating internal environment. We are all aware of the benefits
of indoor plants as they contribute to a feeling of well-being, with a calming influence and help to reduce stress (plants have been known to reduce blood pressure). There is certainly evidence that plants help to improve air quality; according to research carried out by NASA in the 1980s, many plants successfully remove common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde and benzene. The research also confirmed that plants add humidity to a room, helping to reduce the risk of common ailments such as dry throats and eyes often caused by low humidity. Not forgetting that they add oxygen and remove CO2 during the day – all of which adds to air quality, benefiting health. A wide range of plants were tested for the research and it was shown that each brought specific advantages, so choosing a well-
selected plant combination will provide a broad range of benefits. Scotscape’s Living Art combines indoor plants with wall-frames to give a contemporary edge to wall decoration. In addition, they can help to suppress indoor noise, making the environment more comfortable for a room’s occupants. The range, which was launched at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show, essentially brings the beauty and elegance of vertical greening indoors. Developed in Spain by the University of Seville, Living Art is available in a range of three frame sizes, three frame colours and a vast range of plant options to choose from. The system operates independently making it easy to install and maintain, providing a fresh and elegant alternative to traditional pot/plant combinations. scotscapelivingwalls.net « INEX-ONLINE.COM
ALTERNATIVE BATHROOM COMPANY Monochrome
THE SOFA & CHAIR COMPANY The Fenton
ORIGINAL BATHROOMS Elite bathroom designs
QUOOKER Nordic boiling water tap
CORIANDOLI Spring two-way shower spout mixer
BLUEBELL Architectural entrances
CHAD LIGHTING Bruges range
LANDSCAPE The luxury planter collection
o1. HARLEQUIN Poetica Named after a species of daffodil, Poetica is an enchanting homage to the natural beauty and intrinsic charm of England’s spectacular countryside and its delightful cottage gardens. In style and feel, Poetica is reminiscent of a nature lover’s scrapbook, filled with notes, sketches, cuttings and botanical studies of flora and fauna. Yet Poetica also enjoys a contemporary edge with an array of attractive and complementary textures and effects: limed paint, handmade paper, wooden wall panels and even a distressed paddle finish, which was made using an old wooden butter paddle as a printing tool! The whimsical prints include botanical studies of daffodils, magnolias, poppies, trees in silhouette, grasses, seedheads and ferns, drawn with a refreshing lightness of hand and tinted in watery hues. They are accompanied by a distressed-look, textured printed plain and a selection of enchanting embroideries, embellished weaves, floaty linen voiles and attractive appliqués. harlequin.uk.com
o2. ALTERNATIVE BATHROOM COMPANY Monochrome A key trend on the catwalks, monochrome is making its way into our homes too. Always chic, it’s a great look for bathrooms. The Alternative Bathroom Company shows the way with the incredibly stylish and glamorous Neorest collection. Super-luxurious, Neorest bathroom furniture features a specialist high gloss lacquer finish with a glass-like translucent surface reminiscent of Japanese lacquer boxes. Each piece of its super-sleek cabinetry is beautifully crafted and houses dedicated bathroom storage. alternativebathrooms.com
o3. THE SOFA & CHAIR COMPANY The Fenton Interiors made Iconic, Gatsby era, provoking, indulgence and award winning are the words that come to mind when describing the stunning Fenton Chair. The Fenton Chair has been nominated for an International Product Design award, designed by S&C’s very own Johnathan Barber and is a focal point of discussion between world renowned interior designers and has even caught the eye of Luxury British car manufacture Aston Martin, who have featured the chair in their Aston Martin member’s magazine. The artistic piece which is upholstered in velvet and swivels on a plinth which gives the owner that extra enjoyment and extravagance, is a unique centrepiece ideal for a contemporary interior space. It’s fluted inside back and arms are filled with feather and down to offer exceptional levels of comfort. thesofaandchair.co.uk
o4. ORIGINAL BATHROOMS Elite bathroom designs Original Bathrooms has been a landmark on the Kew Road for over thirty years. The highly experienced sales team work on projects big and small from private houses to hotels and residential developments. Always know for their beautiful and imaginative displays in a ‘tardislike’ showroom, OB has product to suit all your needs and every occasion. Following the huge success of their ‘marmite’ room the OB team have found another new and exciting range, Adatto Casa, which ticks all the boxes when it comes to design form and function in your bathroom. original-bathrooms.co.uk
o5. QUOOKER The Fenton
Quooker, the UK’s only dedicated 100°c boiling water tap inventor, has launched the new Nordic, a dedicated boiling water tap which is available exclusively through Quooker’s kitchen dealer network. The Nordic comes in two models, the Nordic square and the Nordic round, each of which is available in either chrome or brushed chrome finish. The new Nordic is packed with Quooker innovations. Each Quooker tap has full height adjustment and 360 degree rotation with both a push-and turn safety handle and a visual signal; a bright LED ring lights up when the tap is touched. Grooves on the handle provide a tactile alert and give extra grip. quooker.co.uk
o6. STERALD Swing The Sterald Swing is based on Stelrad’s popular Compact Vertex radiator but sees the addition of a one piece, curved steel front cover that gives it a modern and aesthetically pleasing designer feel. It comes in white as standard but can be specially ordered in up to 35 colours, with a lead time of six weeks for delivery, making it an extremely attractive product for interior designers and architects, looking to match radiator colours with corporate or specific colour décor. Stelrad’s Marketing Manager Sarah Baker says the Swing is already attracting significant interest: “It’s a very stylish and instantly modern feeling radiator that will make the Swing a vital part of a room’s design. By introducing the Swing we’re continuing to see the radiator as very much a positive contributor to the décor. The quality, the look and the feel of a designer radiator should make a statement and add to the validity of interior design not detract from it. We’re confident that we’ll see a serious push for the Swing in the months ahead.” stelrad.com
o7. CORIANDOLI Spring two-way shower spout mixer
o9. BLUEBELL Architectural entrances
Coriandoli proudly introduce an industry first; The Professional spring two-way shower spout mixer which includes a separate horizontal spout for conveying filtered drinking water. The detachable spout end will ensure water can reach all the areas a normal tap cannot and with the press of a button deliver a shower spray for washing down. If you think this mixer will be too large for your kitchen there is the smaller version as the top of the hose spout is only 475mm. The Directors of Coriandoli are Ronald and Christine Heal who have both dedicated their entire careers to the tap industry. Ron was the former director of one of the UK’s largest manufacturers, Tantofex, which became part of the Ideal Standard family in 1996. coriandoli.org
iDoor by Oikos is the first interior safety door design led concept available for professionals to use with confidence. The armoured door has evolved from entrance function to an interior furnishing function. Versatility, customisation and technical performance features including burglar-proofing, noise insulation and fire resistance are combined with flush with wall or coplanar solutions. Bluebell the UK partners of Oikos Italy a worldwide manufacturer of decorative wall finishes, and security doors, with a comprehensive range of products developed to be highly technical, aesthetically stunning as demanded by architects, interior designs, building professionals in contemporary design. bluebellfinishes.com
o8. CHAD LIGHTING Bruges range Bruges was developed specifically to give the effect of a bedside lamp, without taking up space on the bedside table. However, it turned out to be so elegant and striking, that we were asked to develop it further for a hotel dining room, where it was mounted all around the oval shaped room. It is such a flexible design, that there is now a range of wall and floor lights of this design. The wall light range incorporates many variants, some of which include a flexible arm reading light, and some have an adjustable LED head. There are also different switching options and the versatility to work with different sized shades. The shade colours are also flexible. There is a standard shade card – but if you don’t see what you like there, shades can be matched to other fabrics and colours you are using in your scheme. chadlighting.co.uk
10. BENE Cube_S Bene’s new CUBE_S workstation programme is an intelligent answer to new work cultures. Thanks to modular components, workstations and storage can be combined in multiple ways within an open-plan office. At the fore are the efficient use of space, flexibility and comfort for employees. Bene’s new CUBE_S programme offers an alternative that is both functional and aesthetic. It was developed solely for the requirements in open space, to condense the space needed for people and office materials into a formally minimalist, homogeneous unit. CUBE_S is a modular workstation unit, an efficient and comfort-enhancing combination of storage space and workstation that can be integrated into compact layouts. The special feature enabling the storage area to be connected on the sides means not only that comfort is maximised, it also gives users the necessary freedom to organise their workplace individually. bene.com
11. LANDSCAPE The luxury planter collection Designers and discerning clients alike have embraced the magnificence of these contemporary planters, specifying their use for prestigious projects as diverse as offices, airports, golf clubs and sports stadia. The Luxury Planter Collection consists of 4 styles – 3 sizes in each – and 16 standard colours. A limited edition “Sorbet Collection” of 6 pastel colours is currently available, and a bespoke service offers designers the opportunity to customise style, size and colour. Fabricated in galvanised steel with a polyester powder-coated finish, the planters have been designed for interior and exterior use. luxuryplanters.com INEX-ONLINE.COM
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Byron & Byron The Floral Collection Byron & Byron Ltd have launched The Floral Collection. This unique and innovative range of curtain poles is available in two versions: Neons and Romantics. Neons is an exciting and bold statement of colour, incorporating colours that “wow” on stunning designs. Romantics offers vintage classic designs with a selection of contemporary finishes. The three dimensional Flower inspired finials are hand-finished all in the UK. byronandbyron.com
Anglia Traforat Range Anglia Fireplaces has continued to forge its reputation as an innovative and visionary fire distributor and retailer with its new appointment as sole distributor for Spanish-based Traforart. The company, based in Barcelona, offers a variety of stylish models with a choice of fuel. From wood burning, natural gas and LPG, to bio-ethanol fuelled stoves that are suitable for properties without chimneys, the new range offers something for every taste and style. fireplaces.co.uk
Tarkett Luxury Vinyl Tile Range Flooring expert Tarkett has launched an innovative new range of Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVTs) for the home – iD Inspiration 70. The company has used its years of experience developing LVTs for the commercial sector to produce the range that will sit alongside its iD Selection 40 collection. The ranges retain commercial specifications meaning that they are extremely hard wearing. But Tarkett has designed these new collections for the smaller room sizes and interior aesthetics of consumer homes. tarkett.co.uk
C.P.Hart Giro Furniture Range C.P. Hart’s successful own brand furniture range Giro has been updated to include six new contemporary finishes including gloss, matt and wood effect surfaces. The perfect choice for a modern minimalist bathroom or cloakroom, Giro is a versatile collection of modular furniture pieces that offer designers style at an affordable price. cphart.co.uk
VitrA Designer Collection 2013 Bathroom specialist VitrA has announced that its Designer Collection 2013 brochure has been relaunched and will be exclusive to select bathroom showrooms across the UK. In addition, this new brochure presents a special new 20% discount on previous listed prices on furniture and mirrors. vitra.co.uk INEX-ONLINE.COM
Leicht Contino Range Leicht UK has introduced the Contino range. As the latest handless kitchen from these German kitchen experts, the first Contino kitchens are now on display in the UK. leicht.com
Ellis Furniture Spirit Kitchen Range Ellis Furniture has added two new design led finishes to its Spirit range of kitchen furniture. Offering the perfect combination of superior quality and luxury with a contemporary design, Spirit also comes in at a very desirable and affordable price point, making it a most attractive offer. The new Spirit Chocolate Grey combined with the new Spirit Cirrus creates a truly warm and calming kitchen. Featuring the latest melamine (MFC) textured doors in natural and warm tones, the contrast between the richness of the Chocolate Grey and the warmth of the off white Cirrus is dramatic and inviting. elliskitchens.co.uk
Scion Khalo Weaves and Textures The Khalo Weaves collection was influenced by Native American textiles and encompasses simplistic plains, checks and stripes. Textures is a comprehensive collection of contemporary plains, including 14 varying textures from stylish tightly woven designs to more uncontrived open weaves. scion.uk.com
Drummonds Bathing in Paradise Every detail of these freestanding cast iron baths are hand finished by skilled craftsmen. Showcased here are brightly coloured baths in a fantasy inspired setting. The Humber is shown in rose red, transported to a fantastical forest setting, complete with overgrown, Alice in Wonderland-esque foliage. drummonds-uk.com
Solus Ceramics The Year of the Hexagon Hexagon tiles are the breakout success story of 2013, and to meet this demand Solus Ceramics have developed a range composed entirely of hexagon shapes. Often called ‘nature’s perfect shape’ due to their appearance in beehives, flowers and snowflakes, hexagon shaped tiles are a great way of bringing organic unity into a space. solusceramics.com
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Parapan Zest Yellow High gloss, acrylic Parapan is now available in the Zest Yellow bringing the choice of glorious colours to 24.The comprehensive palette includes sophisticated neutrals and vibrant brights offering a brilliance and depth of colour that is UV stable and will never fade. parapan.co.uk
Heckmondwike Array Carpet Range Heckmondwike FB is celebrating the huge success of its Array range of fibre bonded carpet tiles one year since its launch, which is proving a popular choice with education and commercial buildings. Renowned for its six vibrant Accent colours, Blue, Black, Red, Lime, Purple and Magenta, this range has opened up exciting design opportunities for architects and building designers with fibre bonded carpet. heckmondwike-fb.co.uk
Amtico Signature Collection 78 new products were introduced to Amtico’s signature collection earlier this year. This collection has a thicker 1.0mm wear layer, offering longevity and is suitable for high traffic areas in healthcare, retail, office, education, hospitality and leisure commercial housing, government buildings and commercial spaces. Products can be fitted alone or combined in a nnumber of striking designs, as pictured. amtico.com
Lapicida Semi-Precious Collection Gemstone colours and embellishments are a huge interiors trend for walls, floors and tops. Lapicida lead the way, constantly building their Semi-Precious stone collection as they source new and ever more exotic materials from around the globe. The collection is available as both tiles and slabs lapicida.com
Costello & Welch Ajar Sideboard Design team Costello & Welch has expanded its range of Ajar side tables with an elegant new sideboard. Featuring a design twist that causes the door to shut at a slightly inverted angle, the cabinet is typical of Costello & Welch’s playful innovation. The doors and drawer fronts are made from a carbon twill, a creative choice of material that looks striking paired with the cream coloured frame. Handmade from veneered and lacquered oak, the sideboard also sports graphite lacquered handles and a blackened mild steel base. costellowelch.com
Extex Glow in the Dark Fabrics Solar is a new pioneering fabric – the first luxurious, outdoor furnishing fabric of its kind. A printed fabric with glow-in-the-dark effect that appears as a subtle and sophisticated tone-on-tone patterned fabric by day transforming into a striking luminescent galaxy at night. extex.co.uk
Andrew Martin Museum Wallpaper Collection A year in the making, the new Museum Wallpaper collection from Andrew Martin has been created from 13 unique designs, comprising 53 wallpapers inspired by a breadth of themes including art, photography, textiles, ceramics, travel, natural history and architecture. andrewmartin.co.uk
Bonaldo Bonaldo Furnishes with Light Bonaldo presents Kadou and Muffin – two items of interior décor which were extremely successful at the 2013 Salone del Mobile furniture show. Both products are designed by the Japanese Ryosuke Fukusada – in the illuminated version, confirming once more the ultimate versatility of his products. Kadou was presented at the show in the version with a matt base designed for use as a coat stand. Bonaldo now launches it in the Kadou Light version, a coat stand which can also light its surroundings: Kadou has thus been turned into a floor lamp. bonaldo.it
Tom Faulkner Vienna Dining Table From tables and chairs to lighting and mirrors, Tom Faulkner’s sleek and engaging designs sit beautifully within both contemporary and classic settings. Every piece is hand made and hand finished to order in his Wiltshire workshops. tomfaulkner.co.uk
Hansgrohe Axor Starck Organic Developed by Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe, and Philippe Starck, the organic-minimalist design and harmonious lines, reminiscent of shapes we see in nature, characterize Axor Starck Organic and give the collection an exciting, powerful and sculptural immediacy. hansgrohe.co.uk
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Image right: Scultpural light installation used in motion picture ‘Mirror Mirror’. Image Below: ‘Midnight Light’ Image Far Right: ‘Willow’, all by Sharon Marston Studio.
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orking to an architectural scale, Sharon Marston specialises in the design and creation of bespoke sculptural light installations for interiors. The studio has won international acclaim for its range of breathtaking chandeliers, vibrant backdrops and luxurious room dividers and has pioneered the use of fibre optic technology in bespoke lighting. Each design introduces the light source through the specialised use of fibre optic filaments, which, combined with colour and form, give the work its signature ethereality.
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How has your work in different disciplines influenced your work with lighting? The properties of fibre optic filaments do lend themselves to being easily crafted and manipulated using fashion and textile techniques. After working with woven polymers within costume design for so many years it seemed natural to elegantly illuminate the work with another textile based component.
Illuminating the sculptural pieces by introducing elements of fibre optic technology added a sense of drama and ambience to the work, the collaboration of Jardin Blanc with dance choreographer Yolande Snaith really pushed my experience in previous disciplines into the field of lighting. Who has been your greatest influence? I have many, from the work of designers such as Issey Miyake and how they dramatically manipulate material to dance choreographers such as Akram Khan, Momix and Caroline Broadhead.
Where do you see the boundaries between contemporary art and lighting? My most experimental piece would be the Flight light. This particular design is intricately made up of twisted, arched shapes which are sculpturally assembled across fibre optic filaments. Through pushing textile and fashion techniques in such a sculptural way the work blurs the boundaries between art and INEX-ONLINE.COM
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Image right: ‘Storm Light’ by Sharon Marston Studio
lighting. Due to the organic nature of the work it becomes very difficult to create a single piece that is ever exactly the same, making each piece that is produced in our studio a unique one-off installation. What is your signature style? My signature style is ethereal yet elegant, intricately crafted and organic which allows for viewers to appreciate the work from a distance as well as up close and in detail. Which project are you most proud of and why? The Marina Bay Sands Casino installation, this piece really stretched the scale that can be achieved within the studios work. The installation spread over 20 metres in length, 10 metres in width and 15 metres in height with 2 escalators descending through the centre of the installation. The studio has been invited to exhibit a selection of its signature chandeliers at critically acclaimed central destination designjunction, and will also create a unique sitespecific installation for SuperBrands at TENT. The two very different installations provide an insight into the extensive array of projects that Sharon Marston studio creates around the world, and illustrate the wealth of materials and design processes used to bring each work of art to life. www.sharonmarston.com « INEX-ONLINE.COM
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