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Time flies and here we are at the start of yet another year and our annual book of forecasts and predictions for the forthcoming year. This year we have taken a select number of key individuals, designer and architects who are respected in their field of interior design, architecture, commercial design, navel or aviation design. We asked them a little about themselves, we wanted to learn more about the design mind behind the great work, so we talked to them about their lives, loves, inspiration and ideas. The designers profiles are at the start of the book in no particular order of relevance.

As you are aware, we ask designers for their endorsements throughout the year, these are the products and services that they use day in day out in commercial projects, domestic schemes and indeed in their own homes. We have selected just some of those companies, products, services and new ranges endorsed by designers over the past twelve months. These expert recommendations include ideas for the kitchen, bathroom and everything for your design scheme from flooring and fabrics to lighting and wall coverings. We hope that you will find this useful, it is second only to having a designer with you. We return to regular monthly issues next month - so, until then... Best wishes Joanne

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Laura Pomponi CEO & Founder, Luxury Projects The car you drive... JEEP. Your favourite place to travel to in the world... I’m so lucky to have been in my life in almost 100 countries, therefore my favourite place is simply to discover a new special and hidden location! Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar... Hotel Shangri-La and Six Sense Spas. Restaurant... I love food and cooking, therefore always a special trattoria as well as a gourmet restaurant! The place that gives you the most energy... BEING in front of the SEA in any season! And the place that enables you to totally relax... Relaxing? Simply reading books and writing poems better close to the beach or staying with friends & family. Your favourite food and drink... Pasta & Pims, obviously not together!!! Anything else interesting... Bringing my SMILE and happy positive approach to life everywhere I go! What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?

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Keywords: space, warm atmospheres to be lived in, cosy feeling.

And key trends that we should be aware of?

The increasing importance been given to space and to the related functionalities create one significant change in architecture and interior design: focus on creating not “crowded” spaces with the introduction of few important highend design pieces and be-spoken furniture as lighting devices. Space still means luxury and luxury means the possibility to enjoy big spaces. In the be-spoken free standing furniture and tailormade details arereally becoming an important distinguish aspect of the interior design. As in the project of a yacht interior a not dominance of structural furniture and the introduction, where possible, of free standing pieces, give more an homely feeling but at the same time a great added value allowing a lot of flexibility in any eventual future changes and refits. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design. 1.

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Emotion is the leitmotif that runs through all of our work. “Our philosophy is to really enter owners’ emotional worlds so that we can create new emotions for them,” Start from scratch, a unique opportunity to develop new concepts Art and technology combined with attention to detail

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Lighting and Entertainment Systems Research & Innovation on materials

Fortunately Luxury Projects studio is generally not so influenced by the current “trend”, thanks mainly to our Clients challenging us with different and incredible requests, coming firstly from their cultural background. For the just mentioned reason Luxury Projects interiors are characterized by a cross-over of styles and the research of materials. We see yachts rich of colours and warm, joyful atmospheres in wide bright spaces where there is no contrast between living inside and outside.

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to be able to create a new emotion for them, with a unique opportunity to discover new concepts and learn about new “savoir-fairs”. Each design should reflect a different taste: it’s all about a crossover of styles and always respecting the diversity. A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life? Simply merging dominant common passions: traveling, discovering new cultures, curiosity for details. My approach is eclectic, using ideas picked up in both my work and leisure time. A really helpful and totally different professional background as engineering creates the perfect mix of creativity with a very organized approach to job and life.

What projects are you currently working on? I’m currently working on various residential interior design projects in Qatar, Geneva, Shangai and Malaysia and an architecture and interior design project in India. Commercial projects include Floating Suites & Restaurants, 2 yacht interiors, 1 interior and exterior and 5 refits throughout Europe. I’m also looking forward to some private jet and helicopter projects which are on their way.

How important are The International Yacht and Aviation Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The International Design and Architecture Awards are a so well-known and recognized Award, that we are really pleased already to have been shortlisted and 2015 Winners with our MY YOLO, best Power Motor Yacht under 35mt.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

Listening to the Clients, we approach every project with a scratch mind, starting from the real beginning, considering the first aim entering into their emotional mind-set so as

Getting some innovative projects we are working on, that will allow the LP team to express their creativity and innovative approach to them.


Dragana Maznic Principal, Dragana Maznic Design What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? • Technology has profoundly altered the way people live, becoming an integral part of Design and Architecture. We are using the achievements in technology to realize the dream of humanity. Virtual and real world are overlapping.

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The pulse of our time is reflected in new generations that seek instant gratification and amplified experiences. As a result designers are revamping aesthetic codes, breaking the rules, developing new visions for the way we live; they are imagining lives liberated from convention and trying to strike the right balance between timeless and society’s need for continuous change. A reaction to globalization and loss of regional identity is a need for individuality. Elegant purism is infused with unique ethnic archetypes from difference cultures that epitomize personal style and reveal wonderful values. Dark tones, cosiness and comfort are the order of the day putting former rigor and austerity aside. Moody mysterious ambiances offer security and refuge from global uncertainty. Bold textures and materials derived from nature connect with human spirit, stimulate the senses and add softness to the experience. Reclaimed materials are creeping into luxury projects striking a tension between raw and refined. Design of objects and spaces is more emotional and sensual. Designers are creating soothing spaces that allow for reflection, visual delight and ability to restore the sense of well-being. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design. 1. 2.

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Comfortable luxury and organic design Sustainable methods; using eco-friendly building and decorating products; recycling and repurposing used or useless items Personalization; creating fascinating blends that give living spaces unique character Seamless world ; merging sleeping, bathing and living spaces into one another; blurring the line between interior and exterior spaces Work environments that speak to Millennials : more flexible, shared and adaptable spaces that generate innovation.

And key trends that we should be aware of? •

Future of light: Statement light fixture;

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off they look like sculpture, on they cast lovely light and shadow patterns; Incorporating art into urban reality and everyday life Stunning prints that appear on furniture, photo wallpaper, tableware and everyday objects Painterly rugs: whether it looks like Motherwell or Monet Mixing warm metals; rose gold, copper, black Creating unexpected riskier combinations: pairing contemporary with rustic, pure classic and chic, slick and vintage Retreat to something vintage or nostalgic in contrast to digital world Defining what is essential and having less “stuff”; Clutter free spaces.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Make purchases that have longevity and quality, that can endure design and are sufficiently well made to last forever, rather than following passing trends. Make sure you fall in love with your design and furniture before proceeding. Life is more beautiful when you wake up to something you love.

The car you drive... Audi S4 Midnight Blue. Your favourite place to travel to in the world... Northern coast of Brazil. Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar... Exedra Hotel Nice, France; Milos Restaurant Miami Beach. The place that gives you the most energy...The sea. I am an avid kitesurfer; long sandy beaches along the sea are my absolute heaven. And the place that enables you to totally relax... Remote Islands of Aegean and Adriatic Sea. Your favourite food and drink... Fresh seafood and freshly squeezed veggie and fruit drinks. www.draganamaznic.com

A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life? Design, Architecture and Art are my greatest passions; family and special people in my life are my greatest love; nature, music and sport my greatest inspiration. It is a perpetual struggle to keep the balance between the three; however, they are inexhaustible source of my happiness How important are The International Yacht and Aviation Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? They are incredibly important as they help elevate the design and raise the bar in these industries. The recognition of talent and achievement is a wonderful reward for designers’ hard and dedicated work. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Yacht design has always been a dream due to my passion for the sea. I will definitely focus more on Yacht Design in the next several years, without abandoning my relentless fight for elevating design and architecture in Toronto. My ambition is to keep pushing the boundaries and inspire and challenge people around me to create groundbreaking architectural and design statements that will transform our city.

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Anna Grace Davidson Owner, Anna Casa Interiors Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar... Plaza Athene, Paris. Your favourite book / film / song... Book:Shantarum, Film: Notebook. Your favourite food and drink... Italian truffle pasta and a good red wine! Your favourite way to spend an afternoon... Lunch with friends, or with a great book on a hot beach. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be... A spiritual healer!

Tell us a little about your background (education, experience, etc) I was born in Kiev and grew up in Berlin but have been based in here in London for many years. I enrolled in private lessons in Berlin with a celebrated art professor who had previously taught at the University of St. Petersburg and under his tuition developed artistic skill in a variety of different mediums. I chose to go on to study graphic design and typography, winning one of only 30 places at University. After I graduated I took up a job at an advertising agency in East Berlin as a graphic designer. This wasn’t creative enough for me though and that is when I realised my passion was for the interior design industry. I expanded on my skills as an interior designer in the UK by working on all sorts of inspiring international projects and eventually opened up my first showroom in Chelsea Harbour Design Centre along with my Interior Design Studio , followed by my second showroom in Mayfair. How would you describe your own personal style? I would describe my personal style as eclectic and timeless. I like creating contemporary designs with different styles combined. One of my favourite colour palettes at the moment is shades of grey. Where does your inspiration come from? My inspiration stems from a variety of things – people, travel, culture, books, fashion. All of these elements inspire me daily and all over the world when I travel. I am constantly inspired by different things and people everything from successful entrepreneurs to interior designers.

trends inspired by the 50s and 60s along with a rise in the consumer’s desire for real quality and craftsmanship. I see the 50s and 60s era of design as classic but there is always that window for new inspirations from modern design. I also predict that metallics, especially iron, bronze and rusty finishes, will be big and dominating the trend reports in 2016. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The awards are important as they showcase the best talent and professionals in the industry which helps set the standard and benchmark for designers across the country and the globe. What projects are you currently working on? I am working on several upcoming international projects at the moment in both the residential and commercial sectors, including an office building and residential properties within Mayfair and Belgravia, London, Battersea Power Station in London and Residential properties in Germany. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? For the next twelve months, besides working on different interior projects, I am planning to continue designing more furniture. There are so many brands out there that I would like to work with and this year may just be the year to branch out even more.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? In terms of product and furniture design in particular, I think there will be a focus on reinventing and modifying iconic designs of the past to reflect a modern, contemporary style. I think there will be a lot of colour

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Guy Oliver Owner / MD, Oliver Laws Ltd Tell us a little about your background in design.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

My parents were always moving, always fixing up old houses. I spent a lot of time as a child going to antique fairs and museums, travelling and reading about decorative arts. I loved to draw and to sketch plans and layouts. I always had a passion for Art and Design. I studied History of Art and History of Architecture at The University of Edinburgh. My first work experience was with Sylvia Lawson Johnston in my native Aberdeenshire working on beautiful Scottish country houses. I went on to a full time position as a trainee director at Colefax and Fowler with Imogen Taylor. There were further studies, I was one of the first students at The Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture all the time supporting myself by taking freelance work with the likes of Paul Dyson (designing wonderful exhibitions and parties at The Royal Opera House and also working alongside my mentor and friend Michael Inchbald). I met David Laws who was looking to retire and I worked and eventually assumed ownership of his practice. All the time reading and studying, I won a scholarship to the Attingham Summer School and became part of a network of those Alumni. In 2006/7, as well as running my practice, I was a consultant to Andre Balazs, not only designing projects with him but also interviewing other designers. It was a fascinating time. My job is my passion and every day I appreciate that I get to do what I love.

Subconsciously we are all products of our age but good design is always good design.

How would you describe your personal design style? Intuitive, understated, inviting, atmospheric, comfortable

Where does your design inspiration come from? Taste is experience and I absorb a lot through my life, travel and study.

It should be intelligent, seductive, sometimes whimsical and always inviting. I hope that I am someone who ignores trends and finds solutions that are appropriate to the design challenge. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design. All design is about creating solutions, to that end it is important to consider: 1. The ‘story’ you are telling 2. Use 3. Personality 4. Sustainability 5. And, the most important, love your project. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? Listen, plan, believe in what you are doing How important are The International Hotel and Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? It can be tempting to live in a bubble. It is important to communicate a project that you’re proud of and for people to see what you can do. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? I am always seeking to improve my skills, I love what I do and I am very lucky to be at a point in my career where projects that I love come to me. I am a trustee of SAVE Britain’s Heritage and I want to make more people aware of the excellent work of that charity.

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Your most treasured possession... An engraved silver pen that my parents bought me many years ago. Your favourite holiday destination... South Carolina / The Outer Banks. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar... The Connaught, Fera at Claridges, The Fumoir. Your favourite book... Great Expectations (and the David Lean Film of it). Your favourite film... Too many to mention here – Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dr Zhivago… Your favourite song... Right Now Pharrell Williams – Happy. Your favourite food and drink... Macaroni and cheese Fresh Lime Juice with Sparkling Mineral Water (sometimes with Myer’s Rum, sometimes with Cranberry Juice). Your favourite way to spend an afternoon... I love Greenwich. I have spent many an afternoon walking in the beautiful park, the Naval college and the painting collection in The Queen’s House. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be... Working with UNESCO or working for a philanthropic individual running a foundation / charities supporting education, artisan training, art and culture.

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Maliha Nishat Design Director Interior Design dwp | design worldwide partnership Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar... I love Toni Chi’s work. His interiors always seem to have a freshness that inspires; yet they are timeless and never age. His design is effortless, clean, simple and never fussy. I never get tired of visiting the hotels he’s designed like the Park Hyatt in Shanghai which happens to be an old favourite. My favourite restaurant would have to be Zuma, Dubai, and Budda Bar would have to be my all time favourite bar. Your favourite book / film / song...my all-time favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. It is such an absorbing read with such powerful messages on real life issues. A timeless classic by all means. Maroon 5 has been my current favorite band for quite some time and growing up I listened to a lot of U2 and am a massive fan of Bono.

Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) After obtaining my degree in Interior Architecture at The American University in Dubai in 2000, I joined the local design industry and shortly thereafter relocated to Melbourne. I started at HBA in Melbourne, which at the time was a very small office with a boutique F&B specialty offering. However, it didn’t take long for small F&B projects to expand into full-fledged hotels and multi-use developments. I started doing more and more hotels and I developed a real love for hospitality design and eventually specialized. I worked on some of the most awe inspiring projects, mostly in Hong Kong, Macau and China, where the clients always wanted something bigger, better, and wow. I am back in Dubai, which is hometown, and have begun another exciting phase of my career as Design Director at DWP. How would you describe your personal interior design style? Timeless elegance, human scale and comfortable, effortless style. I prefer my environments to be uncomplicated and to feel like home. I do try to bring in that effortlessness into my design, where a traveller staying in one of the hotels I design must feel an even greater sense of comfort, and feel like they are home away from home. My style is simple, comfortable, classic contemporary, eclectic and unfussy. Where does your design inspiration come from? As designers we need to take inspiration from every single thing and learn to create but personally I am often inspired by nature and I like to keep things simple. Nature is vast and powerful and has so many different elements which can be drawn upon. No one ever seems to get bored of being in nature. I also take a lot of inspiration from travel. I love travelling and often bring my experiences into my interiors. The world

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is merging. People are travelling, their minds broadening, and eclectic people and environments are more the norm now than they ever have been. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? We have never experienced design style as we are right now. Where the world is getting smaller, design styles, cultures and eras are merging. People are getting more exposed, and there is little fear in taking design risks. Retro meets classic, meets ultra modern, meets ethnic. The blend of styles due to global crossover is the new design style. What projects are you currently working on? It’s an exciting time for us at DWP right now with the projects we are currently managing. We have been fortunate enough to work with some of the most open minded clients and operators. • The Doubletree by Hilton in Bay Square. The thing I most enjoyed about this project was pushing the boundaries of the brand and creating a truly unique, comfortable and stylish hotel. Both client and operator loved what we’ve done and the design process felt effortless. We see this hotel trending once it opens its doors – we can’t wait! • Zabeel Residence: This is a flagship project for the developers and the brief was simple: luxurious living, simple design. Of all the projects I have been fortunate enough to be involved in, this one probably holds closest to my own personal design style. • Deira Waterfront: This project is extremely exciting as we are designing multiple hotels of multiple star ratings as well as a heritage hotel. Being part of old Dubai, one of the greatest experiences has been exploring the old meandering alleyways of the souks for inspiration and discovering the true essence of the region – engaging all senses.

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Laura Hammett Director, Laura Hammett Tell us a little about your background in design... I studied Interior Architecture at Brighton University and went on to work for a few design studios based in London which gave me a real insight into the industry. Following on from this I set up an online boutique where I sold handcrafted luxury homeware. My business grew and I was able to set up a shop where my first interior design clients started coming through the door. By 2008 the interior design side of the business was thriving and the boutique naturally evolved into a design studio. In 2011 my husband Aaron joined the business and along with our strong team of both architectural designers and FF&E designers we offer a full turn key design service. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? We are finding that we are moving towards consciously putting comfort first, without taking away from design led joinery and finishes but ensuring that we are creating a livable, luxury hotel feel for our well travelled and discerning clients.

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If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? Lighting is crucial, sophisticated lighting design with layers of light elevates the overall mood and design of a project. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The awards are a great way to be recognised amongst our peers in the industry as well as celebrating our passion for design as a studio. three; however, they are inexhaustible source of my happiness

Your favourite book...One Day. Your Favourite Film... The English Patient. Your favourite song...Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole (song I walked down the aisle to). Your favourite food and drink...Italian food & wine. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon...Alfresco dining with friends and family in the sunshine. Your favourite holiday destination... La Bandita in Tuscany where we got married. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be...I would own a boutique cake shop. www.laurahammett.com


Warren Foster-Brown Managing Director, FBEYE Where does your design inspiration come from? Design inspiration comes from anything and everything that happens around you, from sitting on a plane to art galleries, magazines, social media, interactions with others and every thing you see and experience. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? The Design in hospitality industry is constantly evolving and in a way we do not have a set style of design, this is the case for the hospitality industry. Each project comes with its own merits and sense of style be it country specific, brand specific or personal tastes.

Design – Asia Pacific for our project The Westin Hotel Singapore elevated us to a new level of exposure and recognition not only in Asia but also in Europe. It gave us an added inspiration to pursue an excellence in design and to design many more award winning projects. What projects are you currently working on? 1. InterContinental Singapore 2. Park Hotel, Farrer Park, Singapore 3. Amari Hotel, Johor Bahru Malaysia 4. Shama Branded Residences, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2016 and beyond

5. Westin Bayshore Hotel, Manila, Philippines

1. Timeless

7. Westin Resort, Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia

2. Technology 3. Health and Wellness 4. Palate

6. Westin Sonata Hotel, Manila, Philippines 8. Sonata Premier Residences, Philippines 9. Savoy Resort, Boracay, Philippines 10. Sheraton Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar

5. Sustainability What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? How important are The International Hotel and Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? Awards are like testimonials of one’s accomplishments and any award is special. Being awarded IHPA 2014 for Best Hotel

To carry on creating unique spaces, destination resorts and city properties, ensuring we surpass our clients and operators expectations and foster successful business relations for future projects. We are fortunate to have many repeat clients.

Your most treasured possession... My Health. Your favourite holiday destination...Botswana. Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar... Chateau Les Crayeres, France / Saint Pierre, Singapore / Cook & Brew, Westin Hotel, Singapore. Your favourite book / film / song...The Fountainhead / Dead Poets Society / A variety of Genres. Your favourite food and drink...Thai Cuisine / Champagne. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon...A nice lunch followed by a nice massage leading to cocktails with friends and family. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be...Pop Star / Theatre Set Designer www.f-b-eye.com

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Tim Gosling Director and Owner, Gosling Ltd Your favourite holiday destination...The Caribbean, I was born in Jamaica so I feel at home as soon as I step off the plane and that warm blanket wraps around you like a massive hug. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar...The Coral Reef Club in Barbados run by the O’Hara Family along the Goring Hotel in London (run by the Goring Family) have got to be the two best hotels in the world. Your favourite book / film / song?...The fishes of the Thames 1795. Your favourite food and drink...Anything that’s bad for me. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon... Sketch Pad, sharp pencils and a clear diary. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be...Dead. Anything else interesting...Yes, without this sounding like an Oscar acceptance speech , none of this world be possible without my incredibly talented team of designers that work with me every day – Phil Sturdy, Photis Photi and Ruby Mogford who worked with me on the Cocktail Cabinet. Where does your design inspiration come from? I collect a vast amount of books from the 18/ 19 and 20th Century, I spend a large amount of time absorbing historic understanding of detailing. I also am always on the look out for brilliant craftsmanship – specialist in all kinds of things. I feel that gives me a great sense of inspiration – learning how something was made, the hours taken to achieve something. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? We have never had a period like this – a time when all styles and design are open to us at any one moment across the world. We can type into the Internet and literally find anything we want at the touch of a button – The only thing holding us back is WHAT you looking for. I believe design is splitting into two sections – those who are now specifying objects that are readily available anywhere in the world – and those designers that actual are interested in spending time creating

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these objects with craftsmanship and integrity. Looking back on this time I think you will see a design movement along the lines of Ultra Exclusive Craftsmanship. How important are The International Product Design Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? I think for anyone in design, to have a sense of recognition is always a positive thing. I also believe that the IPD awards pulls the design world together as a community – it’s wonderful to come together to celebrate our succeses . What projects are you currently working on? We are lucky enough to be working on a Palazzo in Venice, a Carbon Fibre Super Yacht, an Elizabethan listed building in Leicestershire, a rather wonderful Queen Ann’s House in St James Park in London and numerous other individual pieces of bespoke furniture.

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Maurizio Pellizzoni Founder & Creative Director, Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd Your most treasured possession... the watch that belonged to my Dad. Your favourite holiday destination...anywhere in Italy. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar... Dream Downtown New York / Burger & Lobster / Shoreditch House. Your favourite book / film / song...The Picture of Dorian Gray /A Single Man / Masterpiece by Madonna. Your favourite food and drink...Mojito and Pizza Tell us a little about your background (education, experience, etc) I grew up near Lake Como and come from a family who work in the business. I founded my consultancy Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd, more than seven years ago in the Chelsea Design Quarter. I completed a BA in Interior Architecture at London Metropolitan University and I’m a member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and the Society of British Interior Design (SBID). I am honoured to have received awards from SBID, the International Design Awards and the International Property Awards. How would you describe your own personal style? Like my own home interior, I prefer a style that embodies a comfort with eclectic luxury achieved by accenting with interesting pieces, materials and striking designs. It’s important for me to combine everyday pieces with luxury items to create a welcoming yet polished home. My signature style isn’t apparent with every project I undertake in the sense that I like to interpret my clients’ tastes rather than imposing my own to ensure a unique and characterful end result. Where does your inspiration come from? I have created interiors for listed, period properties, new buildings, spacious country mansions and bijou townhouses in the UK and abroad. My aesthetic is inspired by the glamour of Lake Como, cosmopolitan New York, and daily life in London where I live. Fashion based industries such as ours change frequently, making it imperative for us to keep ahead of the game in terms of new trends. For me, the best way to evolve and keep up with new trends is taking inspiration from fashion, movies and whatever is happening around us. London is an ever-changing and a cosmopolitan environment and it feeds my creativity naturally. Travelling to a different city is always a good way to explore a new culture

and see something new that can be used for the next design; my luggage is always packed with memorabilia from the places I visit and my mind registers the different trends that I consolidate into my work. My interest for novelty and trends is always counter-balanced by my roots in classical Italian design and this is the skill and the eye I like to teach to my staff. The timelessness of our work lays in this classicism, while the trendy touches will make it current. Finding the balance is a difficult craft.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? For the past few years, interiors have been very pared back and understated due to times of austerity with the state of the economy. Most people were creating organic themed interiors and also trying to re use materials - upcyling became a popular trend. Interior design is now moving forward with the sense of a luxurious feel going back into the interior. This trend is being successfully integrated with the use of luxury materials such as marble and metal In particular, shiny golds are definitely coming back into interiors to give a more glamorous look to the interior. For colours I can see strong block shapes and colours like red and blue re-surging, which harks back to the Memphis movement that dominated the scene in the eighties with its post modernist style. It’ll enable us to be more playful with our interior decoration schemes with graphic prints and clashing tones.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? 2015 was a great year, with some new and exiting projects including my first project in the USA. For 2016, we are planning to start some more projects in the USA, New York is one of my goals.

www.mpdlondon.co.uk

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Michael Ong & Jeremy Tay Directors, Prestige Global Design How would you describe your personal interior design style? M+J: Prestige Global Designs is very diversified in all interior design styles. We create and build luxurious interiors worthy of the finest hotels for residences, show suites, hospitality and offices. The award-winning form prides itself on luxurious design customised to individual requirements, and ingenious planning for maximum spatial functionality. Prestige Global Designs seeks to exceed the expectations of business and home owners that are accustomed to the finest life has to offer by transforming their living space into a showcase of prestigious living. Prestige Global Designs understands the effects of textures, colours and materials in interior design, and uses these elements to transform the simplest room into one of splendour and sophistication to meet the unique demands of its clients, bringing their fantasies to life in a masterpiece of functionality and beauty. Where does your design inspiration come from? M+J: We have a very strong passion in design. Basically, design inspiration can come from anything and everything around us – fashion, cars and even fragrances that conjure certain emotions and thoughts.

creates diversified interior design styles that combine with luxury and opulence with details that are unique to individuals and their projects, creating beautiful interiors that speak volumes about their inhabitants. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2016 and beyond. M+J: Modern Classical, Modern Luxury, Contemporary, Contemporary Resort and Chinoiserie (East Meets West) If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? M+J: Identify a suitable design theme that is suitable for the client’s lifestyle. What projects are you currently working on? M+J: We are currently working on two landed projects and three condominium projects in Orchard and Nassim areas. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? M+J: Continue to create good designs with good workmanship and grow a stronger team.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? M+J: Prestige Global Designs believes and

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Your most treasured possession... M+J: Family, friends and our wonderful team. Your favourite holiday destination...M: France J: London. Your favourite book/film/ song...M: Tales of the Two Cities/ Notting Hill/ Hung Up J: Harry Potter/ The Notebook/ The Scientist. Your favourite food and drink... M: Salads J: Seafood and Fruits


www.ebonyandco.com Worldwide Showrooms New York London Moscow Amsterdam Dublin Geneva Barcelona

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Lori Pinkerton-Rolet Director, Park Grove Design Ltd

How would you describe your personal interior design style? My personal style is eclectic and I love mixing antiques, contemporary pieces and intricate hand-crafted pieces to create a wholly unique environment. I am definitely not afraid to use colour but I my own home there are plenty of neutrals with small accents of saturated colour. Where does your design inspiration come from? Design inspiration comes from everyday interactions, whether it be the diachronic effect of oil on the pavement, the colours of the pebbles on Brighton beach or the textures of a plant I haven’t seen before. These inspirations form the basis of my Twitter design blog #colourschemeoftheday Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2016 and beyond.

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Upcycling Texture Comfort Integrated technology Uniqueness

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? My key piece of advice for interior schemes is to develop a clear mind image of the way the complete scheme will ‘feel.’ That was the individual elements can be assessed both individually and in context with other pieces as to whether or not they enhance or detract from the overall vision. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Park Grove Design is currently developing several projects at the iconic Grand Hotel on Brighton seafront. In conjunction with Armstrong Keyworth we’re also working on concept design for the Restaurant at London’s Sloane Club and new build highend care facility for The Royal Star & Garter charity. Following Park Grove’s recent office move we look forward to increasing our staff over the next twelve months. We have a super core team under the supervision of Managing Director Carly Gordon and now there’s room for more!

Your most treasured possession... My most treasured possession is my home by the sea. Your favourite book / film / song... I have too many favourite books to pick just one but The Wizard of Oz and The Piano are both in contention for my favourite film. My musical tastes are wide and varied so it is simply impossible to pick a favourite! Your favourite food and drink...Chocolate should be an entire food group and like any true American I drink iced tea all day long. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be... when I’m not working as a designer I’m a practicing Mediator working in Family, Civil and Commercial alternative dispute resolution. www.mediationbydesign.co.uk works particularly in resolving disputes within the creative sector! www.parkgrove.co.uk

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Kamini Ezralow Director and Owner, Ezralow Designs Where does your inspiration come from? Inspiration for me comes from everywhere and everything. Whether it is nature, fashion, art, music – there are kernels of ideas that grow into an expression of design. I specifically also look to past design eras, such as Art Deco and Hollywood Regency. Inspiration also comes from where I come from – my background, upbringing and respective influences have contributed to and somewhat set my foundation not only as a designer, but also who I am as a person. Today, these influences encourage me to look at things in a new / different way; they continue to shape my personality, life view and design sense. I am a fifth generation South African of Indian origin, raised in Hong Kong, where I attended a German School. My life path then took me to Los Angeles, where I continued my journey of design and encountered everexpanding fields of inspiration. A completely different landscape and culture embraced me as a designer – from the sun, surf, desert, Hollywood Glamour and a world where anything is possible, at least from a design point of view. I draw a great deal of inspiration from my Indian culture – the colours, textures and crafts of India have all played an important role in my design. It is also the landscape of the country – from the deserts of the Rajasthan interspersed with the vibrant colours of the national costume encrusted with jewels, to the hues of sandy taupes and tropical greens found in the South. In between there are incredible architectural monuments that blend seamlessly in a sea of colour and texture. Growing up in Hong Kong, the concepts of Feng Shui, of harmony and flow were ever present. Having grown up and married a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, these concepts were deepened and expanded in my mind and life as I learnt moreabout traditional Taoist influences in design. For example, the integration of nature into design and the assimilation of design into nature. Similarly in considering the aspects of Feng Shui and harmony with the surroundings it is important for me to try and make sure that we follow the natural flow. These are essential and invaluable tools in developing a design scheme.

So in summary, I think all cultures that I have experienced and continue to experience provide inspiration and are relevant to my growth as a designer. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I feel today’s world is increasingly hectic and fast paced, so as a result I find that clients are looking to immerse themselves in environments that are not only pleasing to the eye, but to the soul as well. It becomes about comfort and function, as well as beauty. I do also feel that in a world of ‘instant’ with emails, texts etc. the longevity of design has more of a focus. In our studio, we are placing emphasis more and more on integrating antiques and vintage pieces into schemes, while also designing bespoke furniture that are artisan-crafted and built to last. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to development projects, what would it be? A good team – from the structural engineers, architects, interior designers, contractors, sub-contractors and fit out specialists, to specialist decorators and lighting designers. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The awards are important because we feel that there is a misconception of how essential good Design is in daily life. In effect we are architects of the interior - the IN–vironment. Design creates the framework within which people live their lives and how they express themselves. By having design awards the public has a better understanding of the contribution design makes to the wellbeing and quality of ones life. What projects are you currently working on? We are working on a duplex apartment in Cadogan Square, a residence in Marylebone, a house in Wimbledon, a house in Dulwich, and completing residential projects in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. We are also working on our second furniture collection and expanding our accessories collection.

Your most treasured possession... Some of my mothers Sarees and jewellery from when she got married. Vintage pieces that hold special meaning for me. Your favourite holiday destination... Blue skies, aqua crystal clear water, white sands and palm trees…anywhere! Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar...This is a hard one to answer as there are so many wonderful hotels / restaurants / bars all over the world that I love. Just some that come to mind now – The Blue Bar, The Savoy, The Sukhothai, The Aman Resorts…just to name a few. Your favourite book / film / song... another hard question to answer succinctly – I love all genres of film and music. Your favourite food and drink... Anything vegetarian Asian… and champagne! www.ezralowdesign.com

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Karen Taylor CEO and Founding Director, Taylor Howes Designs Ltd Your most treasured possession...Very hard to pick one thing, but if I had to, it would have to be my collection of British 20th Century art. Your favourite holiday destination... I am lucky that I get to travel all over the world for both clients and sourcing fabulous new product. Without doubt though my favourite place is where I walk my dog in Daymer Bay, Cornwall. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar... I love the Hotel Costes when I am in Paris, Clos Magiore in London is the most romantic restaurant and the bar is George in Mayfair is definitely a favourite. Tell us a little about your background I left school at sixteen and worked for an art dealer, then in PR and finally selling property – all skills that have been useful in running a successful interior design practise. I bought by first flat when I was nineteen and invited property developers to dinner. They loved what I had done and the instructions started from there. Now of course there are some great teaching schools and I lecture at KLC, an interior design school here in London, so training is a lot more formal these days How would you describe your own personal style? I love colour and glamour. I always go for things that have a lot of detail involved and am a stickler for symmetry Where does your inspiration come from? I work with an incredibly talented team of 27 at our new studio in Knightsbridge who are passionate about design and constantly inspire me on the creative front. I always say to the team that design inspiration is everywhere – which of course is my best excuse to check out retail fittings out! Name five key themes to consider when approaching property development in 2016 and beyond. • Use of space is number one, in particular flexible entertaining and living spaces. Whilst open plan living has not been as successful with families as had initially been hoped, it is important that people thing about the spaces they need in home and incorporate these through the use of sliding doors and walls. • You need to provide the WOW factor when entering a development and so therefore it is a good idea to design one or two key bespoke pieces and find inspirational art. • Do not be afraid of using some colour

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– there are two many bland beige developments on the market. You need a point of difference. • Keep technology simple – clients really want it paired back and this saves hugely on budget. • Developers often under specify the lighting. Lighting is key in order to present a property at its best, so try to emphasise its importance when deciding on budgets. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to development projects, what would it be? Know your market – imagine how the prospective purchaser will live in the space How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? It is always a great achievement to have your work recognised by your industry peers. Awards provide the opportunity to reflect on your recent work and be proud of what you have accomplished – something that I know a lot of us often forget to do! What projects are you currently working on? We are currently working on a couple of family houses in St Johns Wood and Hampstead, a mews house in Knightsbridge, a number of apartments in exclusive One Kensington Gardens development and house in Dubai. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? At the end of last year we moved into a fabulous 5,000 sqft office in Knightsbridge and so now that we have more space, I am looking forward to growing the team and launching our new furniture collection.


Emre Sandan Shipyard Manager, Sarp Yacht What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Everybody prefers individuality and the use of more natural materials – it is moving towards ‘organic’ design. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2015 and beyond. •

Balance

Environment

Innovative materials

Flexibility

Emotion

And key trends that we should be aware of? Lighting is the biggest key trend What projects are you currently working on? We are developing a new yacht series between 29-70m for Sarp Yacht.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Keep it simple. A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life? It is a balance. I like to be with my family and friends and I also adore being around yachts so I like to work hard. It is my passion.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

The car you drive...Motorcycle BMW R 1200 Gs. Your favourite place to travel to in the world...Bruges. Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar...Dubai Buddha Bar. The place that gives you the most energy... Mountains- I am rock climber. And the place that enables you to totally relax...Anywhere in Nature. Your favourite food and drink...Sushi and Rosé wine

The new sport and custom lines we are creating for Sarp Yacht between 29-70m are very important for us.

www.sarpyacht.com

How important are The International Yacht and Aviation Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? They are important for acknowledgement and motivation.

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Nikki Hunt and Andrea Savage Principals, Design Intervention Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) Design Intervention id is helmed by partners, Nikki Hunt and Andrea Savage. The company was founded by Nikki Hunt in 2004. Nikki was born in the UK and studied Economics at the London school of Economics before moving to Asia in 1990. Nikki lived in Hong Kong and Jakarta before settling in Singapore. Andrea joined the company in 2010 and was made a partner soon after. Andrea is an Australian national who studied design in London. How would you describe your personal interior design style? Design Intervention is a Singapore based design studio. Our team comprises interior designers, architects, stylists, Interior architects and project managers. Thus, enabling us to take a project from conception through to fruition: creating a totally bespoke home. We do not have a house style; rather our portfolio is as diverse as our clients are. We believe that good design improves quality of life, affects mood and invokes a sense of wellbeing. Our mission is to enhance the lives of our clients by creating homes that are uniquely tailored to their lifestyle, aspirations and personalities.

Where does your design inspiration come from? Our team of 24 is made up of 12 different nationalities – each bringing their own unique experience to the Design Intervention team. With such a diverse group, we inspire each other. We believe design is a passion. If you are truly passionate about design then inspiration will be found in everything around you-the set of a TV show, the details on a friends dress or the colours in a garden.

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If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? Restraint. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The Design Awards play a critical role in raising industry standards. They inspire design professional to strive for new, fresh ideas and higher standards of workmanship. Celebrating excellence motivates and drives the competitive spirit in us all, resulting in the pursuit of excellence and ever-higher standards.

What projects are you currently working on? We are working on a ski resort in Niseko Japan, a penthouse in Singapore and a bungalow in Sentosa.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Later this year, we plan to officially launch our Signature series of in-house furniture designs for purchase online. We have found that in this globalized world, the same, wellknown pieces are available to everyone all over the world. Whilst they may be lovely pieces, this means that it is increasing difficult to personalize our homes. At Design Intervention, we have been designing our own pieces to give a unique signature to our projects. We have put together a collection of our favourite designs, which will be available to purchase on line later this year.

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Designers Endorse Throughout the course of the past twelve months we have spoken to many designers and architects. From those who work on residential design schemes, to commercial projects, hotel design, yacht and aviation design. They have in turn given us their personal recommendations, the companies the use, the products they love, the new collections they will be implementing into their schemes. We have listed and featured some of these recommendations over the next section of this book. From furniture to flooring, lighting to kitchens and bathrooms these are the designers personal endorsements.

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Furniture should be functional and practical, of course, but it should have the aesthetic qualities that you would demand from any key piece - it must always be beautiful.

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Atelier Alain Ellouz Atelier Alain Ellouz realised this table in partnership with Philippe Hurel. It has been created with a very pure line concept in which a meeting between quality materials pays homage to the art of sculpture. The feet are cast in solid bronze and are topped with a backlit alabaster slab which forms the shape of the table. It is a dual function table, working as a dining table in an informal environment and as a formal meeting table in a director’s office. The shape lends itself to the dining experience as the tapered smooth ends allow for a smooth distribution of dishes and encourage the act of sharing. This feature along with the option of the back light allows the room to feel intimate and extraordinary creating a focal point in any room it sits within. Since 2000, sculptor and entrepreneur Alain Ellouz has been working with alabaster. The heart of an alabaster rock is rich in subtle patterns that are revealed only by light. As many other precious stones whose brilliance is concealed, alabaster in the rough actually has the appearance of a grey and dull stone. Several steps are required for its transformation into a piece of art or collection piece. www.atelier-alain-ellouz.com

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Fiona McDonald The Fiona McDonald Otto Cabinet is inspired by the elegance of 1960s Italian design. Fiona McDonald wanted a cabinet that acted as a focal point for the room, a stand out piece that transformed its surroundings. Handmade in England, The Otto Cabinet is a real celebration of timber. The designers went to great lengths to select just the right mix of sap and crown walnut for the door detailing. The result is a showcase of the tree’s natural grain and contrasting colour. Shown here in American black walnut, it is available with Timber or glass internal shelves and comes with an antiqued brass key. Custom sizes and timber options are also available. Inspired by Italian design and working with a small team of skilled craftsmen, Fiona has developed the Contemporary Collection – a British made range of furniture and seating, together with a selection of Italian-made mirrors and lighting. Serving both commercial and residential projects and with flexibility over measurements and finish, they provide a truly bespoke service. Fiona has been sourcing antiques for over fifteen years. Her showroom in central London has an established reputation for elegant and distinctive mid-century design. www.fionamcdonald.com

Northcroft Argento Wide Writing Table in Dapple Red high gloss features black legs and small square handles. All pieces are available in a wide range of finishes and features can be adapted to suit personal tastes. In 1982 Michael Northcroft founded Northcroft which is now the largest furniture design and manufacture practice in London. Even though the company is larger, the ethos remains the same. The best materials are carefully chosen by Michael. Waste is minimised. The thinking behind the designs is always to be based on tangible ideas and thought patterns. Although Northcroft designs and makes for the latest generation of stars and entertainers, from the start they have been about designing for people. This encompasses all those that work with him; talent must be accompanied by dignity. All suppliers are hand-chosen, and what they provide is regularly discussed and inspected for quality and suitability. Michael Northcroft only uses responsibly harvested timbers from temperate regions. Many tropical timbers are too precious so they never source from those areas of the world. www.michaelnorthcroft.com

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Nathan Anthony Bonn, a sculptural design that uses a pared-down aesthetic to convey lightness is the spirit of modern architecture. With a chassis that appears to float in space, supported only by its cantilever wood and metal legs, Bonn creates an uninterrupted line across the width of the frame. Building on this linear look, Bonn seating features knife-edged and boxed seat cushions that are minimalist in shape but cozy in feeling. “Bonn uses space and openness to enhance the spaces around a piece that are normally closed to the eye,” says designer Tina Nicole. “The result is a soft, modern look that is both soothing and stimulating.” “Bonn works beautifully with a wide range of other interior decor objects,” says Ms Nicole, blending in easily with other styles while also making its own singular design statement. www.nafurniture.com

Duistt The Julius chair inspired in mid-century modern design is a timeless and understated luxury piece that will follow you for life. The lightness of the brass structure contrasts with the strong upholstered seat. This is a luxury piece constructed with noble materials, like brass and cotton velvet, with small details that enhance its beauty, such as the engraved screws and the hidden structure of the chair that makes it looks suspended. Julius chair is a very versatile piece that can be used as a dining, living or office chair. It is constructed with polished brass structure and velvet upholstered and is available in other finishes. Created in Oporto, Portugal, in 2014, Duistt is a furniture brand specialising in upholstery. Like the city, the company breaths history and modernity. It blends ancient knowledge and techniques with modern aesthetics. Duistt designs refined, sophisticated, high-end pieces and pursues perfection in every aspect of their products. Their design takes in consideration three major premises: aesthetics, quality and comfort. As the entire Duisst collection, this product presents itself with in temporal design of classical references, built to last. www.duistt.com

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April Russell April Russell’s inspiration in creating the Bunny Bar stems from her childhood in Long Island and experiencing first hand, the glamour of the Cocktail Hour. April’s bespoke Bunny Bar has been designed to be chic and sexy and simultaneously add an injection of fun and drama into any entertaining space. Dressed or undressed, doors closed or open, this stunning cocktail cabinet will bring glamour to every occasion from a relaxed evening tipple to a full cocktail soiree. Crafted by hand in England, the Bunny Bar is a chic statement piece crafted internally in oak. It features an exterior frame of reeded mouldings which is then finished in a specialist painted technique made to resemble vintage rattan. The interior back surface is finished in clear glass with two 10mm polished edged shelves. A further piece of glass protects the work surface from spills and splashes. Two drawers with antique brass detail are finished in a Hermes Tangerine lacquer and lined in saddle-stitch leather. The base of the bar is made in steel with an antiqued bronze patina. The piece includes a base shelf painted to match the fronts of the doors. This statement piece can also be adapted to any colour or bespoke finish and can even be adapted to house a television or a work station. www.aprilrussell.com

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Simon Horn Furniture Simon Horn offers luxurious beds, furniture, mattresses, linens and accessories for every bedroom, from the classic French designs for which they first became known to charismatic retro and contemporary looks. One of their latest collections, Valentino embraces the trend for glamorous mirrored furniture. Handmade from panels of antiqued glass with timber framing artfully painted to resemble rusted metal, the splendid bed also features delicate diamond shaped feet and angled side panels on the head and foot-board. The result is a homage to art deco style, perfect for both contemporary and classic interiors. The look can be carried through with the coordinating Valentino three drawer bedside and four drawer chest. The Valentino collection can be seen in London at both the Kings Road showroom and Harrods’ Bed Department. www.simonhorn.com

Christopher Guy Christopher Guy Harrison is the founder and head designer of the international furnishings brand. For the past 20 years Christopher Guy, known worldwide for his unique and decorative furnishings, has been creating projects that emanate a contemporary mood with classic values and his intricate love for world designs, with a special brand of elegance that goes beyond beauty. Originally renowned for their expansive range of ornate mirrors, including the Camilla, the collection quickly evolved to include distinct upholstery, chairs, beds, tables, lighting and accessories; positioning the brand at the forefront of international design. He is famously known for the “Chris-cross” back leg of his chairs, this signature design was inspired by the corseted waist-line of Scarlett O’Hara in ‘Gone with the Wind’ and the crossed legs of a delicate ballerina. One of Guy’s most recent designs is an elegant occasional chair, released in his Summer 2015 collection, which was inspired by the summer vines in Provence, France. This particular chair has his signature “Chris-cross” legs created by using hand crafted blonde-wood and finished beautifully with a Calico fabric seat. This product has been used in Guy’s most recent interior design projects and is available to order via the Christopher Guy catalogue. www.christopherguy.com

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KITCHENS


Kitchens: the heart of your home and your practical yet beautiful living space


Martin Moore Celebrating their 40th anniversary last year, Martin Moore was one of the very first handmade kitchen companies. In the early days, they built kitchens from reclaimed timbers, but soon developed their own hallmark style of classic, timeless, English furniture, designed and made to order with a quality which transcends fashion. Drawing on the classic forms of English furniture, the calm and well-ordered proportions of their bespoke kitchens make them perfect for Georgian, Victorian and even modern homes, where they can be highly contemporary - as shown in the simple lines and minimal detailing of this ‘Architectural’ kitchen. Combining painted hardwood and English Oak, the cabinetry is framed and panelled in a classic style which will never date and which works beautifully in both fitted and freestanding elements. White worktops, white walls and a pale stone floor underline the modern aesthetic. Taking this on a step further, the panels are framed with gleaming chrome inlays. A new design option within the Architectural collection, this introduces a refined way to add discreet luxury or to zone a large living kitchen. www.martinmoore.com

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Keir Townsend The brief was to create a contemporary open plan entertaining and dining space for a City professional with a love of fine wine. To achieve this, antiqued mirrors were used on the two columns of the kitchen island to conceal the immovable pipework and visually extend the space. Underneath these there are two symmetrically positioned wine coolers which face the dining and living space in order to display the collection of wines and allow for ease of access when entertaining. Several slabs of granite threaded with iron pyrite, or ‘fool’s gold’ as it is commonly known, were hand selected from the quarry for this bespoke dining table and the same stone was used for the worktops and splashbacks, creating continuity between the kitchen and the dining zones. A single slab dining table was requested, so the design had to work around the constraints of what was possible to get into the 9th floor apartment. To complement the table, black woven leather and patinated metal frame chairs were selected. The Bronzed diffuser glass ‘chandelier’ was specially made to Keir Townsend’s design in order to add an element of Art Deco. Dimmable LEDs were added underneath the cabinets to enhance the atmosphere through accent lighting. A timber flooring was used throughout, which was specially created with hard wearing pigment in a bespoke colour to complement the rest of the swatch. www.keirtownsend.com

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Linley This elegant family kitchen at Laurel Grove, a stunning new-build family home within a secluded private estate in the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames, was inspired by the design of the LINLEY Helix dining table; the kitchen combines traditional cabinet-making with sleek, contemporary design. For this project the LINLEY design team were tasked with creating a bespoke kitchen equipped for the demands of family life while also providing space for entertaining guests. In the style of a smart, city residence, but with the added benefit of an abundance of space and natural light flooding through large windows and French doors, the Laurel Grove kitchen represents open-plan living at its very best. Taking cue from the colours and materials of the Helix motif on the dining table, the kitchen pairs specially dyed dark grey solid oak cabinetry with a hand painted soft grey finish. The overall design is described as a LINLEY Profile Kitchen and incorporates many innovative touches. The LINLEY profile design is highlighted by polished nickel strip detailing which, as well as providing the consistent linear detail throughout the kitchen, cleverly incorporates the custom-built polished nickel hinge mechanism, an example of the efficiency of LINLEY engineering. The drawers and cupboards are finished with hand engineered nickel handles with chamfered edges that inform the rest of the design: The cabinetry features the same chamfer detail, as do the drawer insides and worktop edges, softening otherwise blunt edges. Created with longevity in mind, this kitchen has hard-wearing Caesarstone composite worktops, designed to endure the rigours of family life. www.davidlinley.com

PEEK Architecture The property is a grade II listed building and had been empty and neglected since the 1980’s. The building used to be the ostentatious, private dining rooms for the Adelphi Theatre, and was owned by the famous entrepreneurs, the Gatti brothers., hence it was called Gatti House. The kitchen was designed to sit in the large open plan living space, flanked by tall windows overlooking The Strand and with views to the Thames River. The ornate plasterwork had to be lovingly restored in the room, and the design brief was to create a kitchen, which would sit well within this period setting, but with a touch of theatre about it. The extractor for example is a downdraft and the hob is induction, so that at first they are not noticed and do not protrude at all from any surface. The sink and taps are housed in a marble clad recess, flanked by the deep blue units, which at night can be lit with an LED, appearing like a kind of feature bar or servery, from across the room. A boiling water tap negates the need for any kettle to be stood on the worktop. Ovens are housed on the other side of the large island unit, again hiding any hint of a normal kitchen. The island unit keeps a bar and restaurant type feel with a thick mitred, honed, carrara marble work top, and antique mirror cladding to the rear side. The honed marble worktops look ‘pre worn’ and are very tactile. The antique mirror cladding to the facing side of the island unit gives it a more ‘furniture’ feel, and the downdraft extract gets a few smiles when it suddenly appears from the worktop. www.peekarchitecture.co.uk

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Cochrane Design Luxurious and ultra-bespoke Macassar kitchen with grey graphite marble work tops, state of the art appliances and layered lighting scheme. This design provides a large luxurious high end kitchen with enough space for the whole family to move around easily without getting in each-others way. There are separate zoned areas for breakfast and more formal dining as well as a casual seating area. The use of a palette of warm darker tones with ambient lighting was incorporated for evening time. The intricate lighting scheme compliments the high gloss Macassar bark kitchen, sourced from a Macassar farm and harmoniously blends with the horse leg inspired wenge and chrome island legs. Rich Macassar wood teamed with elegant grey graphite marble and the ambient lighting creates a luxurious unique timeless blend. The kitchen has been designed with three primary zones as well as multiple secondary zones which enable several people to work in the kitchen simultaneously. The different lighting “scenes” effectively create the right atmosphere for each part of the day – which is extremely important as there is always someone or something going on in the kitchen. The great attention to detail throughout such as leather inserts in the bottom of drawers (which stop cutlery clattering) or the soft illumination of every shelf with hidden iGuzzini LED strip-lights which project to the back of the cupboard, spells luxury on every level. www.cochranedesign.com

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The bathroom is our sanctuary away from the world, the one space where we can truly close the doors to the world and forget the day.


Above: THG THG Paris, French manufacturer of high-end bathroom fittings, will be celebrating their 60 years in the industry in 2016 and are thrilled to introduce you to the ‘Beaubourg’ collection. Inspired by the ‘factory’ style, this series puts forward sophisticated and timeless curves bringing an authentic spirit to bathrooms. These fittings use raw materials like metal, ensuring a touch of character in bathroom decoration. The ‘Beaubourg’ collection is available for washbasins, showers and baths with a range of coordinated accessories. It is also available in a wide choice of finishes, including chrome, gold, soft gold, nickel and rhodium silver.

THG is the company of choice for important projects such as private palaces, hotels and yachts. They have had many significant partnerships with well-known designers including Pierre-Yves Rochon, Jamie Drake, Olivier Gossard, Alberto Pinto, Olivia Putman and Chantal Thomass, to name a few. They have also worked with many premium brands that include Lalique, Daum, Baccarat and Christofle. THG have also fitted bathrooms in luxury locations all over the world such as the Majestic in Cannes, the Hermitage in Monaco, Le Crillon in Paris, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Indeed, THG always aims to provide top of the range products consistent with their fantastic reputation.

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Right: Grove House by Cave Interiors The brief was to return this house to its former glory as a single family dwelling and crucially to re-plan the spaces and restore all its original features as well as adding all the mod cons to bring it into the 21st Century. This badly neglected house was brought back to life after being carved into offices in the 1960s and restoring the original glamour and elegance was very important. It was crucial to recreate the original grandeur with regards the space-planning and design of the Master En-suite and to see it transformed was particularly thrilling. The wow factor for the Master En-suite was a must with luxurious sanitary ware, fittings and materials. Traditional/original styling was paramount so as to fit in stylistically with the period of the house whilst still maintaining a style that would appeal to the incoming buyer. By re-planning the entire Master suite and incorporating and matching the original and listed paneling and cornicing from other areas of the house, the scheme of the bathroom now flows beautifully through from the Master Bedroom and Dressing Room. This, along with the bespoke mirrored vanity unit made to Cave Interiors exacting design, traditionally styled sanitary ware, polished cast iron bateau bath, calacutta marble tiling fitted flush with the plastered walls, topped off with the beautiful antique crystal chandelier all gave this space the wow factor the client was after. www.caveinteriors.com

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Keir Townsend The client mainly lives abroad and his brief was to create a feel of a luxurious hotel suite without losing the all important home from home factor. His preference in bathroom design was for a dramatic, dark, but warm palette of colours. He also preferred to have a walk in shower to a bath, as the 1600mm x 1400mm space could not accommodate both. He felt strongly that the bathroom space was very important and wanted to create an element of a ‘wow factor’. To achieve this brief, the basin was designed in recycled glass, which is an ecological material, but looks like a semi-precious stone, especially when lit up from within. It was in fact, the translucency of the material that attracted Keira to it and then go on to design the basin to accommodate LED lights inside to create this dramatic luminous affect. The LED light is dimmable, so the basin can be used as a night light. The taps are a mix of crystal , obsidian and chrome. The cabinets were made bespoke for us in bronzed waterproof thermal surface material. The Wall tiles are glass backed with silver and antiqued bronze leaf, which is a reflective surface that helps visually extend the space. Emperador ceramic tiles were chosen for the walls and mosaic tiles in the shower and the floor tiles are ceramic with textured wood effect. IP-rated wall lights with dark textured wood panels and architectural mesh shades add a touch of softness to the other hard surfaces of the bathroom. www.keirtownsend.com

Lefory Brooks Lefroy Brooks have gone back into the archives to recreate historical pieces from the great town and country houses of England and France. Marble is the third material to be developed by the luxury bathroom company after brassware and chinaware. The new consoles are available in two categories. Marble countertop consoles with solid brass legs are available as a single console and also in an extended double basin format. The Edwardian console with turned legs, the La Chapelle with cabriolet legs and the Mackintosh console with Deco square, tapered legs. The second range of consoles is manufactured from solid marble throughout with turned pillars. The Russborough console with classical columns, the Demi Lune with bowed front and the Piano console with its sleek Deco lines. The marble is acid etched providing an authentic matte finish. Consoles are available in white Carrara or black Marquinha marble. The Lefroy Brooks quarry is located in the Massa Carrara, close to their Lucchese design offices. The designated, single source ensures the hue and vein of the marble is consistent and coordinated over the whole range and each console is engraved with the Lefroy Brooks mark. www.lefroybrooks.co.uk

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Samuel Heath Elegance and glamour redefined, Samuel Heath’s iconic Style Moderne is a highly distinctive collection of taps showers and bathroom accessories inspired by the grace and glamour of the Art Deco period. The elegance of this collection is an authentic reflection of the era yet its individual identity is secured with a modern interpretation. The collection is available in 7 stunning finish options including the recently launched non-lacquered brass which will develop its own natural patina over time. Leaving the brass untreated means that through repeated use and exposure the metal will react to moisture and touch to develop a distinctive character. There are also 3 different control options to choose from: classic lever or cross tops as well as the opulent Luxe. Samuel Heath commissioned bespoke designs from an artisanal glass designer and hence Luxe was born, a stunning collection of individually cut controls which are available in two shapes: a faceted barrel lever and a flat roundel. The complementary accessories, many of which are available in freestanding or wall mounted options, can be ordered with either black or white ceramics. With the Style Moderne collection, Samuel Heath has reinterpreted one of the most dynamic and influential design periods in history. www.samuel-heath.co.uk

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West One Bathrooms 2015 has shown us that the bathroom has become a key element of the home, acting as a multipurpose space balancing both functionality and design appeal. The upcoming year will be defined by a number of trends, including: dramatic colours, use of mirrors, metallic accents and bringing traditionalism into the contemporary. Space in itself will be a main focus, whether it be clever storage or transforming small areas, in an effort to create a more spacious feel. We have seen that bathroom spend continues to increase, with special attention on cloakrooms and guestroom bathrooms, but we expect that master suites and en-suites will become an equal focus in 2016. It will be interesting to see how these rooms will be designed more decadently and boldly than before. It is foreseeable that luxury and opulence will be at the forefront, with the use of gold, nickel and bronze finishes to offer warmer tones, combined with marble and textured materials to create a less clinical finish. Popularity for mindfulness will continue throughout the year and bathrooms will be a reflection of this as they are made into a sanctuary within the home. More of our customers are incorporating saunas and spas within the bathroom to create a wellness room feel. www.westonebathrooms.com

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Hansgrohe Axor One, designed by London based design duo Barber & Osgerby, is Axor’s first all-in one interactive shower control element. With its monolithic but soft form, Axor One creates a new spaciousness in the shower. By consolidating many individual controls into one simple element it streamlines both the look and functionality of the bathroom. Temperature is set by turning the central dial; a small lever directly below regulates water volume and the Eco Mode reduces water consumption up to 50%. The flow of water is activated by pushing the large paddles on and off (which you can do with the back of the hand or elbow). With clearly distinct symbols, up to three water outlets can be used simultaneously making Axor One a convenient and engaging shower experience. A variety of special finishes are available through Axor Manufaktur. Bronze, Nickel, Gold Optic, Red Gold, Black Chrome and Brass are all offered in a polished and a brushed version. In addition, there is Stainless Steel Optic, allowing Axor One to become as visible as the user would like it to be. www.hansgrohe.co.uk

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Pierre Frey The Guiro wallpaper collection draws inspiration from all of the ancient aboriginal customs. Tapa or “barkcloths” were made in the islands scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean. Today, what is commonly called ‘barkcloth’ is a soft, thick, slightly textured fabric, so named because it has a rough surface like that of tree bark. The contemporary collection plays on the effects of diverse materials such as straw, silk, paper, pleating and the use of the chromatic palette of Mother Nature itself. Pierre Frey and his designers have, over the decades since the 1930s, drawn for inspiration on a number of historical and geographical sources. Inspiration has come all the way back from imperial China, to the 18th-century of France and present-day Africa. Guiro is adorned with geometrical patterns which are intrinsically linked with Wallis Island in beautiful Polynesia. This Wallcovering is a print with stripes on a pleated textile paper, having the options of availability in red and a tonal color or black and white . The original document can be found in the archives of the Maison Pierre Frey. www.pierrefrey.com

The Silk Gallery Inspiration for the new silk collection, “Reflections”, came from The Director of the company Kathryn Thompson’s recent trips to Dubai in the U.A.E. The city’s dramatic 21st Century skyline is an architecture of geometric forms enclosed with flat surfaces and glass which shimmers in the sunlight from dawn to dusk. The elegant skyscrapers, built with modern steel and glass engineering techniques, feature vertical and curved shapes of every type. It is these geometric shapes and their reflections on the surrounding landscape created by the passage of the sun which have inspired the new designs, Geo, Silhouette, Shadow, Spectrum, Rotation and Orbit amongst others. In “Silhouette” The Silk Gallery have tried to capture the essence of the Palm Beach hotel in form and colour with the traversing sun. The colours of “Geo” attempt to convey the reflection of the mid-day light off the steel and glass Burj Khalifa whilst “Shadow” tries to capture a more sombre landscape in the fading light at end of day. The use of silk throughout this collection seems appropriate to convey the intense reflections of the sun off the skyline and the surrounding gulf waters as well as the haze off the desert backdrop. The colour pallet is likewise influenced not only by the cityscape but also takes into account the surrounding landscape of desert and sea with sandy tones and blue hues. www.thesilkgallery.com

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Lelievre With a chic contemporary spirit the Twentieth Contract collection offers a range of materials and textures relevant to the hotel and traditional market. Developed in flame retardant Trevira CS polyester fibres, these fabrics reflect nature, the play of light on surface textures and a harmony of elegant motifs. Inspiration for this collection comes from handcrafts and a certain ‘savoir faire’. In imitation of natural fibres, raffia, subtly woven horsehair, light embroidery, polished stone and wool blends the collection is attractive and so easy to use so it’s all ready to go. Carriere, like a slice of veined marble polished by craftsmen, the subtle wave design of it is woven in rich heavy satin. Although using modern technical processes, the weave and shaded colour variations mimic the warp yarns in traditional hand weaving techniques. These effects can also vary from one production to another. This fabric gives the optical effect of marble or stone, with the fluidity of the curtain creating curving columns. The repeat does not need to be aligned as each panel has an individual cut marble appearance. www.lelievre.eu

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AyKa Design Textures was inspired by K. Michelle Evans’ travels to South America during my visits to Brazil and Argentina. Having seen the most amazing landscapes and colours, she was touched first hand by their many living abstract forms and the beauty of their surroundings. These forms inspired her to think about recreating these textures on a rug that would eventually inspire the end user and be seen as a piece of art. The objective was to create a three dimensional design in a two dimensional form that would also be functional for the end user. Art, Beauty and Comfort were the goals while trying to achieve a texture that was not easy to construct by hand by using the Tibetan Knot. The silk yarns were first handspun creating additional various thickness which would enhance the design once flattened in a two dimensional form. Then they were first twin dyed twice to achieve a double tone on the yarns themselves giving a three dimension tone before weaving. The rug was looped tightly and as each color in the design was changed, the yarns were joined and knotted with threads hanging. These were kept until the finally finishing of the rug when carefully they were all hand cut at the end of the weaving at various heights to recreate the three dimensional element of the design. www.aykadesign.com

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Sylka SYLKA has high hopes for success in 2016. SYLKA experienced one of its most successful years in 2015, which has seen them spread there stunning collection of carpets and rugs to a wider global market; where they have become the must have addition to many luxury residences, yachts and boutiques. However, SYLKA hope to have even more success in 2016 with a strategy that will see a significant expansion of their brand in the UK and overseas. Their plans for 2016 include the launch of two new ranges the luxurious Cashmere and Speckle collections, which will be available in a range of natural shades to complement any interior space. SYLKA is made with the innovative NuSilk fibre system. Although delicate and luxurious to touch, the polymer from which NuSilk is derived makes SYLKA extremely durable and hardwearing. NuSilk is also the only fibre system of its type that retains its beauty and delicate feel after cleaning, all of which has helped contribute to SYLKA’s outstanding success throughout 2015. Thanks to its ability to withstand spillages, sun damage and heavy foot traffic, SYLKA has been specified on hundreds of projects ranging from boutiques in London’s prestigious Harrods department store to some of the world’s most luxurious super yachts. SYLKA’s luxurious range of flooring has been recognised around the world leading it to be named National Brand of the United Arab Emirates at the Luxury Lifestyle Award and helping it pick up a trophy at the design et al International Product Awards. Picture caption: SYLKA’s new Cashmere collection has a deep lustre and an unrivalled finish that is extremely soft to the touch. “We love working with SYLKA™ - not only is their product and service exceptional – it has a wonderfully luxurious quality that appeals to the senses. Our clients not only enjoy the look and feel of the carpet but love its practicality too.” - Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves, directors, Hill House Interiors Ltd www.sylkacarpets.com

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Thibault Van Renne Several months of detailed pixel by pixel designing went into creating this piece. It features fine intricate work that explores the boundaries of possibilities when using hand knotted weaving. An oriental design floats on a background that is designed to resemble icebergs upon seawater. The subtle color combinations emulate those found in nature and have an ephemeral quality. These features give the piece depth and create the illusion of movement. At the end of the 6 months weaving time, the weavers cut out the design by hand to create a three dimensional effect. This unique piece with its striking combination of colours, textures and intricacies is eye catching and beautiful but also carries a poignant message that is extremely relevant to our current climate. Thibault Van Renne rugs’ superior quality is achieved by using selected natural raw materials and by applying authentic traditional production methods. Experienced local weavers work for them with Cashmere wool, natural silk, hemp and nettle. The pile and high knot density make for particularly strong and nearly indestructible rugs. All-natural vegetable pigments are also used exclusively to create the various colours. More attractive, more colourfast and better for the environment. The rugs are also washed and treated in an environmentally friendly way. For each rug, several samples are created until the quality meets their stringent criteria, resulting in rugs that are easy to maintain,and furthermore makes the rugs stain- and dirt-resistant, longwearing and suitable for under-floor heating. Thibault Van Renne is able to create exactly what you want in any size you wish. They can adjust existing motifs, come up with personalized designs without supplement and develop new colours at the customer’s request. www.thibaultvanrenne.com

Heirlooms For more than 30 years Heirlooms have continued to develop as a manufacturing couture house, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is feasible whilst still ensuring their linens are designed with practicality and durability in mind. As a small couture house, their focus is always on the individual. They work closely with clients and designers to create linens that perfectly compliment the interior concept and colour palette. Materials, craftsmanship and expertise at Heirlooms, all linens are manufactured in-house, using the finest Italian-woven fabrics and state-of-the-art embroidery machines built to their own specification. The highly skilled designers, cutters, machinists and embroiderers have a deep love and understanding of materials and how they work together. They personally measure, cut, stitch and check every item, ensuring the highest standards of accuracy, workmanship and durability. It’s this human touch that makes Heirlooms linens as individual as the people they create them for. Even the most extravagant superyacht, residence or jet is, at heart, a highly personal project. With Heirlooms linens, that ideal becomes a reality. Striving for perfection in everything they do is an attitude shared by all the people involved in creating unique linens. www.heirlooms-linens.com

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Atelier Alain Ellouz. With each point of view, a new perspective is given. Harmony features elementary forms with variation and richness of material suspended spheres like planets and moons that appear to be moving through space. This is the magic performed by this captivating light sculpture from Atelier Alain Ellouz. Harmony 10 is composed of 10 alabaster spheres, ranging in diameter from 24 to 32 cm, each suspended by a metal rod. The metal rod which hides the power supply is available in finishes: white, black, antique gold, chrome gold, or polished mirror. The alabaster is shaped and treated in their workshops by teams of craftsmen. These attentive sculptors mix bold innovation with oldworld techniques- bringing to life beautiful, unique and hand-crafted pieces.

Crestron One of the most exciting developments in the new technologies that have emerged over the last few years is how useful they are in our day to day lives. Mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, have really transformed the way we communicate, entertain ourselves, and interact with the world around us. This trend is continuing and the next exciting phase of developments is going to be about how we interact with our home and everything in it. Crestron PYNG is at the forefront of this trend and some really exciting stuff is just around the corner.

A specific and rare crystallization of gypsum and silica creates the unique white and translucent alabaster. Preserved underground, the stone leaves this darkness and is then able to reveal the secrets of its patterns. Because of its natural softness, the stone has a history of being used for sculptures. Naturally translucent, alabaster has also been used in stained glass and lighting fixtures for centuries. Appreciating this history, while innovating for the future, Atelier Alain Ellouz has realised contemporary lighting forms in order to highlight the unique aesthetic qualities of this stone. Simple and modern, this chandelier by the variation of the height can offer an infinite combination of compositions within its chosen space. It is versatile in its finishes making its easy to personalise with bespoke templates, stem finishes and the shape and finish of the plate with the possibility of the plate being completely invisible. www.atelier-alain-ellouz.com

This dream is a reality with Crestron home automation. A smart home adjusts to your lifestyle, making control easy and accessible. Managing your home’s devices is a breeze by using the elegant and intuitive touch screens, or your very own smart phone. Switch to your evening lighting scene, check your security cameras and turn off the music in your children’s bedrooms at the touch of a button. From controlling multi-room audio and home cinemas, to wine coolers or heating and lighting control, Crestron makes your house a home. Choose the home you want when you want it. PYNG technology empowers homeowners to personalise system scenes and settings at any time without risk. Making changes is quick and intuitive, requiring no special training or technical knowledge. A compact hub connects all the accessories you need with the app, runs scenes and events even without the presence of an iPad and continuously backs up all home settings to the cloud – making changes easy and secure. www.crestron.eu

Collier Webb The Collier Webb Coco Chandelier is constructed using traditional methods which include sand and lost wax casting. The chandelier has in excess of one hundred castcomponents. Each casting is hand finished and polished to the highest standard prior to being coloured in any of the Collier Webb metal finishes. Although the piece was originally based on a design for a candle mounted chandelier,Collier Webb has modified the composition to enable the light to be wired to clientspecification. As the chandelier is bespoke made to order, the height can be specified.This is achieved by varying the length of the rods that connect the ceiling rose to the main body. By blending traditional craftsmanship with the latest technologies, Collier Webb have created a range of elegant and versatile products which are crafted to the highest standards of manufacture and finish. These are products will compliment classic and contemporary environments equally and they can be personalised in a choice of finishes to reflect individual style and taste. www.collierwebb.com

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NEXT ISSUE The Design Issue

Published 20th February

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Some of us are born with a natural sense of style whilst others try hard to achieve it. It is worth remembering though that style cannot be replicated, only created; it is as individual as ourselves. Be bold, fearless and have passion.

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