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20 Art Deco Inspiration Mayfair Apartment by Casa Forma

32 Style The Key Ingredients

34 A Retro Classic Elandess , a 60 m yacht by Abeking & Ramussen, interiors by Bannenberg & Rowell

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Beautiful homes deserve beautiful features 70 Integrity and Individuality Farm house with Lap Pool and Sunken Garden – by Peter Gluck & Partners Worcester, New York

80 Simply Bedrooms Why is it that we scrimp on the bedroom budget, or simply don’t give the scheme within this area of our homes the attention that we may bestow on other rooms?

74 The New Artwork For Floors? 84 The Dominance of the Super Yacht 76 Pool House Glamour 84 Chairs 96 Simply Bedrooms 88

The Influence Of Scandinavian Design

98 Waterfront Living 92 House Integrated Space The Lake by Yoo,Living Gloucestershire 96

Design In Focus

108 Screenplay 108 Fabrics A return to the days of decadence 114 Next Issue


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Next month we launch the Luxe et al part of design et al. It is not really a new title, just an extension of existing sectors in design et al - the areas that, in our annual survey, you told us you wanted to see more of; principally interior schemes for luxury hotels on a global scale and also the ever-glamorous super yacht design scheme. I am, of course, more than happy to explore these areas in greater detail, the design of the ever more decadent super yachts is one of my personal favourite areas of the magazine. We will explore these areas in more detail in Luxe et al which will be published seasonally. For now however, as a little taster, we have taken a look in this issue at interior schemes for two super yachts, both very different in style and scope but both quite exquisite in their own right. The first issue of Luxe et al will be published in November 2010 and will be available with design et al’s ever popular design issue at this time of year. We are really excited about this ultra glamorous issue and even more pleased about the fact that the following month we will be publishing the latest in our series of ‘The World’s Most Glamourous’ design books – the

new addition to this group will be The World’s Most Glamorous Yachts – a closer look at the world of the super yacht. Exciting times, even for those of us who haven’t got the backing off the bank account to purchase such items. We can dream, but more than that we can all take inspiration from the interior schemes which are both innovative, sleek and glamorous for the most part. Finally, my last little piece of news concerns our design award programme. As you are aware the International Design & Property Awards were a great success with thousands of you voting online for your favourite schemes in all categories from pools, to projects for residential schemes, hotels and yachts – we will be taking a closer look at some of the winners in future issues. For 2011 however we have decided to divide the awards and expand upon them so that we have four awards in total for Yachts, Hotels & Property, Interior Design and a new group – Product Awards, for the important components that make up every successful scheme. We are looking for the design icons of today and design classics of the future. Again I think it is vitally important that our impartial judges are you – there will be no panel of so called experts, you decide. Until next month then... kindest regards as always Joanne


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C.P. Hart opens Manchester Showroom Premium bathroom supplier C.P. Hart is this month set to launch a stunningly beautiful showroom in Manchester city centre. Collaborations with some of the world’s finest designers will complement exclusive in-house ranges in the 4,000 sq ft showroom, which spans eight rooms over two floors on Manchester’s distinguished Deansgate. Exhibiting the latest bathroom trends and an insight into future styles with collections from the design houses such as Philippe Starck, Alessi and Sir Norman Foster, C.P. Hart Manchester will provide products that not only create a luxurious bathroom experience but also serve as timeless design classics. In keeping with C.P. Hart’s reputation for seamless service, visitors to the stunning new showroom will also enjoy highly personalised support and expert advice. Customers will be meticulously guided through every aspect of the bathroom purchase experience from product selection to exceptional design direction and detailed project management. The new showroom will be launched on 21st October 2010 but is already open for enquiries. Pop in to see the impressive changes taking place - 261-267 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EW. Alternatively call 0161 214 7200 for more information or email the showroom manager david.taylor@cphart.co.uk Design Et Al 37 17


The Heveningham Collection THE HEVENINGHAM COLLECTION by Annie Eadie is the ultimate in stylish, elegant iron furniture custommade in Great Britain. Only the highest quality materials are used throughout the manufacturing process and all furniture is hot zinc coated, followed by powder coating, thus ensuring that the furniture is both luxurious and highly durable. Perfect for the home, terrace, conservatory or poolside. THE HEVENINGHAM COLLECTION designs include, elegant dining sets, chaise longue, armchairs and tables in a variety of sizes, bar stools, benches, Versailles tubs and swing seats which have proved extremely popular with clients in a wide range of locations and climates such as The Cote d’ Azure, Tuscany, Geneva, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Chicago, Toronto and Aspen. THE HEVENINGHAM COLLECTION designs have supplied many discerning hotel groups such as The Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, The Berkeley, Claridges, and The Mandarin Oriental in London, Whatley Manor in Wiltshire, The Fitzwilliam in Dublin, Limewood in Hampshire and many other locations around the world. Courtyard House, Park Lane, Upper Swanmore, Hampshire SO32 2QQ Telephone +44 (0) 1489 893481 www.heveningham.co.uk e-mail: sales@heveningham.co.uk Squirrel Design Squirrel Design is a respected and established family business specialising in creating inspirational bespoke wooden structures that encourage a greater appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoor environment. Squirrel Design’s wonderful Tree Houses range from single, magical hideaway spaces to larger, adventurous schemes including rope walkways, trap doors, zip wires and more. Children are happy to spend hours playing and exploring – using their imagination – and adults can escape from the everyday pressures of life, up in the trees. Every project is designed specifically for each customer’s own garden or woodland, and can include a variety of different features. Each Squirrel Design project is carefully and individually designed, and skillfully built to provide customers with a wonderful space to spend time in – for play, leisure, entertaining, living..... Contact Squirrel Design on 01454 238967 enquiries@squirreldesign.co.uk www.squirreldesign.co.uk

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Art Deco Inspiration Mayfair Apartment by Casa Forma

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At close to 4,000 square feet the Edwardian Mayfair apartment has been constructed on a grand scale – however until its new ownership back in 2008 its structure was very different. It was purchased early 2008 and work began in August of the same year. The project was a challenging one for leading design company Casa Forma but one that was well worth the effort, work and time involved.

“Only two original features remained at the time of purchase, the first being the ceiling in the lobby and the second the panelling in the hallway”

The previous owners, an American company, had used it for accommodation and consequently although well maintained the property had a series of small bedrooms, an ill equipped and positioned kitchen and an interior scheme straight out of the 1980’s. There was therefore considerable structural work to undertake before aesthetics could be considered. The apartment which was purpose built in the early years of the twentieth century, was not listed which meant planning permission was easier to obtain, the designers were however very keen to remain sympathetic to the period of the building and its original features, so therefore they worked very closely with conservation groups. The nine bedrooms in all were small and the the corridor that linked them rather dreary so the first task for Casa Forma was to re figure the structural internal layout. There were several options and it was a case of going back to the drawing board a couple of time, but the final layout comprises of two large, spacious and light reception rooms – a dining room and drawing room to the front of the apartment, four bedrooms with en - suite bathrooms and an incredible master suite, which occupies almost a wing in its own right. Only two original features remained at the time of purchase, the first being the ceiling in the lobby and the second the panelling in the hallway, so the aim of the design scheme was really to bring the interior scheme up to the level of the exterior of the building, which is a fine red brick Mayfair home on a distinguished street. The floors were unfortunately past the point of repair, having had carpets nailed in to them for many decades, but keen to re instate flooring that was in keeping, Casa Forma’s designers looked at the parquet flooring in other apartments within the building and commissioned a replica. The wood throughout adds a distinct sense of warmth

and depth to the scheme, and contrasts well with the elegant sleek finish of marble, silk mix carpets by Starck carpets and bespoke tiles elsewhere. The scheme throughout is sumptuous without being overly decadent, refined whilst comfortable, warm and luxurious without being lavishly attired. “The flat is warm and yet there aren’t any of the usual warm tones, reds and oranges used,” Killian Lynch from Casa Forma explained.” We have achieved warmth through the soft gold tones, rich finishes and layering of textures – wood, silk mix carpets and rugs, fabrics, marbles and exquisitely made bespoke pieces which have been commissioned for the apartment.” Amongst these pieces the mirrored glass television cupboard, designed by Wendy Uren with glass from Stirling Studios is amongst my favourites. There is a distinctly art –deco feel to the apartment which lends a glamorous undertone to the scheme – to my mind the most glam of periods design wise, and yet this is not a pastiche – the period and style is simply reflected rather than re created. This is noticeable in the hallway, where large artwork pieces, commissioned to be in proportion with the doorframes with the artwork by Brazilian born artist Isabella Flude can be found. Her pieces take inspiration from art deco jewellery, which is both an inspirational and interesting addition to the hallway. The kitchen, which has been relocated to the front of the apartment, is a light and spacious room, with a silver/grey lacquered hi gloss finish kitchen by Pedini and appliances by Meile. The windows here, which look like they may have been original, were designed by stained glass artist Melissa Vogel to fill the roundels, which occur throughout the apartment. The master suite comprises of a bedroom, study area and, of course, a vast bathroom, which includes a wet area. The colours are dramatic, black and a variety of tones from gold through to bronze are prevalent throughout. The copper bath is by Drummonds and tiles were created by Steve Charles. The result is a luxurious room, which is clearly so without being gaudy in any way and is perfectly housed within the framework of a distinguished apartment.

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STYLE - The Key Ingredients Style is something that is clearly hard to define, some people have it naturally, others try very hard and never quite pull it off. In my opinion it is simply because they try too hard. To have style you need to be relaxed, comfortable and confident in your own abilities. You need to be bold, progressive, forward thinking and have a real sense of your own individuality – this comes with confidence of course. “the same rules apply to interior style as do to couture - vintage never goes out of style, you can mix and match current design with vintage, quality is the essential ingredient and a good designer label is always an investment which will stand the test of time.” A good starting point therefore is at the beginning, before you embark on a project take time to research the market, see what is out there and decide what you really like. If you have not worked on your home for sometime, be prepared that you may be a little out of touch. It is kind of like keeping your clothes from the past decade in your wardrobe, without ever updating your look or visiting clothes shops, this season’s look will no doubt be somewhat of a surprise to you. However the same rules apply to interior style as do to couture vintage never goes out of style, you can mix and match current design with vintage, quality is the essential ingredient and a good designer label is always an investment which will stand the test of time.

experts, so scheduling deliveries and employing builders can be someone else’s responsibility.

So, now that we have the basic rules covered, it is time to decide what is ‘you’. And this is important to create and developing your own sense of style. Magazines and books are a good starting point, but they are simply that, you need to think about style and your own individual look in the context of your life and within the framework of your home.

Now as to the direction of design, well I do not like to make broad statements, tell you black is back with lime green, only for you to read in another title that blue is a must for the forthcoming year. These are fads, and as you know fashion fades, whilst style has longeivity. So I never talk of colours or even particular styles, creating a stylish home is about developing a look, taken from years of life, travel, experiences and education. You can not nip into a high street store at the weekend and buy it. However if I must make a prediction I would say that design will continue to move in a glamorous direction, we want comfort and quality these days. If you want my advice, never buy anything you think is faddy or will not stand the test of time, if you think you may not like it in 12 months, and it is very `”now” it likely to be so over already!

The question of using an interior designer is one that is ever present. Should you use one or go it alone? My honest advice would be yes, certainly do employ a designer to work on your project, but do not call them until you really know what you like and have an idea of the basic components of the scheme. Designers do save you money, you will avoid costly mistakes and you will also leave the hard work to the

As a designer myself many of my very discerning clients have known as much about interior design as I have, they recognised quality, brands and understood the market perfectly, they were however simply too busy in the own business and personal lives to think about putting together the scheme and managing the project on a daily basis. What I am saying therefore is that designers are not just for people who have not got a clue where to start – infact this can be a designer’s nightmare! Interior designers are employed successfully by style conscious people who do not need any extra work in their lives.

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A Retro Classic Elandess , a 60 m yacht – Abeking & Ramussen interiors by Bannenberg & Rowell

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“Elements of the 1960’s and 70’s have been stirred in for good measure with the Client occasionally adding to the mix with examples of esoteric colours and furniture garnered from his travels. ”

Interior schemes for super rich and their super yachts are fast becoming as indulgent and progressive as they are for their homes. We want to celebrate this, it is a bold step in the right direction. We took a closer look at an interior scheme by U.K based company Bannenberg & Rowell Design. The client, an existing yacht owner who had worked with the company in the past, asked Bannenberg & Rowell to develop a distinctly contemporary interior without straying into any uncomfortable minimalism, which was strictly off the menu. He particularly wanted to push the boundaries further than his first yacht, which was already a departure from conventional interior design thinking. Elements of the 1960’s and 70’s have been stirred in for good measure with the Client occasionally adding to the mix with examples of esoteric colours and furniture garnered from his travels. The well established 58m platform developed by Abeking over a number of years was gently extended to 60m at the swim platform and bow, giving the yacht a perceptibly leaner profile. Although the general arrangement was largely pre-determined, Bannenberg & Rowell optimised the lower deck guest cabin layout to produce four cabins, which could be configured as a pair of full- beam suites. The Owner’s Stateroom on the Main Deck

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and Skylounge on the Bridge Deck were also extensively planned. The Bannenberg & Rowell special materials team were hard at work on this project and presented Abeking with some items, which were occasionally met with a blank stare. They quickly recovered their composure however and enthusiastically constructed an interior with black oak, wormy maple and a palette of citrus tones on black painted glass. Some of the more unusual materials included glass panels embedded with leaves and raffia ( for the day heads) and sandwiches of oak and acrylic which were backlit and used in the Owners Study and Stateroom. Certain areas, in particular the main staircase, became a real test of Abeking’s ingenuity. The interior sub contractor – Rodiek- produced several tenth – scale models of the stairs before putting them into production. Other custom-designed pieces in the interior include the carbonfibre and stainless steel coffee table in the Main Saloon, the glass and hammered metal dining table, a cantilevered rosewood console table outside the Owner’s Study and a glass – topped desk for the owner, supported on metal cross- members with lightening holes in a nod to ship construction techniques.


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Is your car worth more than your kitchen? An interesting question I think and one that is sure to be a little confrontational I fear. I see so many homes with cars worth perhaps fifty, sixty, seventy or even eighty thousand pounds in total in the drive, but the kitchens, well some of them are not worth 10% of that value.

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So, the owners think they would like a new kitchen, but they have parted with the best part of fifty thousand pounds for their car, so the kitchen budget is at best half of this sum. Why? Have we gone crazy, have we got our priorities wrong? Some of you are not going to like this I know, some of you are going to disagree vehemently but I have to say I believe we have got it wrong. A flash car may speak volumes when you are out on the road, but isn’t your own personal living space worth more to you and to your life? I am not saying we should forgo the pleasure of driving a cool, fast, comfortable car, by no means do I believe that. That would make me the worst sort of hypocrite and I am not that I hope. What I am saying however is that if you allocate more budget for your car than your kitchen, you may want to have a bit of a rethink. Kitchens are without doubt the priority in your home, these days that are more than simply a room in which to prepare meals, they have extended into vast areas of living space, which form the focal points of our homes. They are practical, purposeful and very functional. They house areas to dine, socialise, relax, spend time with the family and of course take care of all the practical aspects associated with cooking and cleaning- or at least loading the machines that do that sort of thing for us! Your car by contrast does none of the above, will loose money as soon as you drive it out of the garage and will continue to do so for an indefinite time period. It will require regular maintenance, services, extras and insurance. Your kitchen on the other hand, will be an investment, add between ten and fifteen per cent to the value of your home and will make it all together more saleable if you get the design right. It is however unfair to make such silly comparisons I know, and before you get very frustrated reading this article and call up to complain, please read it in the vain in which it was written- a little “tongue in cheek” perhaps. My point is quite simply to stress the importance of the kitchen in the home not just from a design perspective but also when allocating budgets or considering expenditure. We have discussed many times the functions of the kitchen, design principle and expectations, but all of these ideals will fall short if you do not allocate sufficient funds to create them. It is rare I know to read an article on kitchens, which does not discuss the practicalities, but let’s face it: we can’t have that without paying for it. At this point I am not suggesting that the most expensive design is necessarily the best, I am simply saying take a look at your priorities and if they are out of sync re - jig them a little bit. Your kitchen/ living space is arguably the most important area of your home, both from an investment perspective and equally importantly on a day-to-day basis for quality of life. We have selected some of our favourite investments for your home, in the form of the kitchens overleaf. But please remember if you have any queries or questions don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Helpline on 01244 346 347, or email enquiries@design-et-al.co.uk. Design Et Al 37 49


Left: With over 30 years experience in designing and manufacturing handmade bespoke kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and home studies. The Original Country Woodwork can provide advice, design, manufacture and fully install bespoke furniture to your requirements. They will fully project manage every commission from design to completion. This service is offered to customers throughout the united kingdom. The business is situated in Beverley, East Yorkshire, with their workshops at Driffield, East Yorkshire, and a new showroom now open in Collingham, Wetherby, West Yorkshire. The company provides businesses, and private clients, with a professional and coherent design and installation service, and has fully qualified tradesmen to cover all aspects of the installation process, including any building, plumbing and electrical installations that may be required. The Original Country Woodwork will design any style of furniture to complement your home, be it contemporary or traditional. At their showroom, they have a stunning hand painted and walnut kitchen, with working appliances by Kuppersbusch. The Original Country Woodwork Showroom within Spa Interiors 5, Elizabeth Court, Collingham, Wetherby West Yorks. LS22 5JL 01937 579876 www.tocw.co.uk Above: The key to kitchen design is to look beyond the traditional identity of the space as merely a ‘kitchen’! Of course, it must perform as a kitchen when called upon to do so, but today’s kitchen design must go further and be interpreted also as “living space” design; an area dedicated to the needs and requirements of the individual or family that avoids noticeable dividing lines between functions, morphing harmoniously from one area to another, reacting on cue when called into action. Today a great deal of modern technology is at our disposal to make this happen, systems can control all the electrical functions within the home, lighting, security, appliances, and audio-visual and in some cases you can operate them from anywhere in the world. We are moving towards more hidden elements; ovens, hobs etc that conceal their function until required, leaving the space free of obvious use. For more information on how to achieve this look contact Acanthus, Sandon Estate, Derby Road, Liverpool, L5 9YN. Tel: 0161 929 9393 / 0151 207 1057. www.acanthus.co.uk

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Right: Martin Smith, Managing Director of Smith Brothers, who has been involved in selling kitchens and bathrooms in Yorkshire for nearly 40 years, comments, “They say if you live long enough, you will see a cycle of fashion trends being repeated and designer kitchens are certainly no exception. High gloss finishes and deep profile worktops were certainly in vogue in the 1970s and have returned again – with a few enhancements this time round. “What is so exciting about Kitchen Design now, is the move away from the “boxes on walls” mentality. Thus designers are allowed a much greater freedom of expression using differing heights and shapes of cupboards and work surfaces. Whatever your unique style, whatever your aspirations, at Smith Brothers, we have the kitchen and bathroom solutions to create your dream room. There has truly never been a better time to get in touch. Contact us: Telephone : 01904 415222 Osbaldwick Link Road,York YO10 3WA www.smithbrothersyork.com Left: Earle & Ginger have been established for over 10 years, designing and installing unique, individual kitchens in Manchester, Cheshire and throughout the North West. Earle & Ginger have built up an excellent reputation for their attention to detail which also gained them exclusive rights to build and install Metris kitchens in Manchester and South Manchester, Earle & Ginger were also finalists in the much coveted Grand Design Awards, for their kitchen design in the ‘Best Eco House’ category. Building on the success of the Didsbury showroom, Earle & Ginger and have now opened a new and exciting showroom in Hale village, South Manchester. The showrooms not only feature a gorgeous Metris Wave Curve kitchen (Winner of Best Kitchen Design in Grand Design Awards 2010) but now display a new and exciting model from the stunning Comprex Kitchen range. Earle & Ginger have been granted exclusivity by Comprex Kitchens, and are the only kitchen design company approved to supply and install in the South Manchester and Cheshire areas. Earle & Ginger have an enviable selection of classic and contemporary kitchens and their range of surfaces and materials will astound you. They supply every style of appliance from all the top brand names and manufacturers, and can help you with all aspects of your new living space from underfloor heating to ambient lighting. Visit the showroom in Didsbury or Hale and find out how they can help you create your dream kitchen. You can also visit the website www.earleandginger.com to see more of the range of beautiful kitchens they design and install.

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The Clean Sleek Townhouse Kelly Hoppen’s home - London

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Kelly Hoppen’s London home is homage to her talent as one of the UK’s most celebrated Interior Designers. The classic Georgian townhouse is 2,500 square feet and is imbued in her trademark neutral colour scheme throughout - while walls, black wooden sliding doors and flooring and grey pored resin flooring. With plenty of natural lighting throughout the house, Kelly has complemented this with concealed lighting coming up from behind the walls. With its eclectic mix of furnishings and designs by Kelly, the house is enriched with textural aspects such as couture covered black sofas, velvet cushions and lingerie satin curtains. Kelly installed two luxurious bedrooms with pure white ensuite bathrooms, a separate walking wardrobe, a gym, laundry room and a gorgeous garden.

“A truly ambitious project, the entire renovation of this Georgian townhouse remarkably took just five months from concept to completion”

A truly ambitious project, the entire renovation of this Georgian townhouse remarkably took just five months from concept to completion. The entrance area has two large antique mirrors and is tastefully accessorised and decorated with flowers and photographs. An outstanding art piece of Mohammed Ali from the Michael Hoppen Gallery also hangs in the entrance hall at the bottom of the silk-carpeted staircase. Kelly has combined her own accessories with mirrors from B&T Antiques in London and lights by Rob Clift. The kitchen is an expansive open space which combines functionality and aesthetics perfectly. The custom made Boffi Kitchen installed by Alternative Plans has been designed to be a ideal space for family and friends to sit, talk and eat and contains a bar surface area with vintage Talisman stools. Beautiful pendant lights hang over the bar surface area and a fantastic fireplace by BD designs with its surrounding designed by Kelly faces the bar. The large sash windows light the kitchen area to maximum effect. As you walk through the kitchen towards the dining room, custom made cupboards fill the walls and an antique Caucasian rug by Gallery Yacu fills the kitchen with colour. Often used for special occasions and evening meals, the dining room is full of character. A beautiful oak table sits in the room centre and large white and black lights by Kevin Reilly elegantly hang over the dinner table. One of Kelly’s favourite items in the house is the Peter Beard photograph, which is hung on

the wall opposite the dining table. Naturally lit during the day, the dining room overlooks the back garden. Kelly has seductively designed the living room which had existing dark wooden floors, with a large fireplace and black glass chimney breast, lingerie satin curtains, couture covered and loose covered black and grey sofas, black and grey velvet cushions and vintage taupe damask armchairs, a coffee table and Kelly Hoppen mirrors. The floor lamps and crystal light chains dramatically and softly light up the room to suit all moods and ambiances. Kelly is a fan of Marilyn Monroe and has a large photograph of the muse in her living room with other artwork from the Michael Hoppen Gallery. The living room leads out to a terrace and a staircase at the entrance of the living room also sweeps up to the master bedroom which has been designed around everything Kelly dreams of is sensual, luxurious and breathtaking beautiful. The bed by Duxiana in the room centre is covered by sirocco fabric, with throws and cushions by Kelly Hoppen. A vintage chair is placed next to the focal point, a dressing table with photographs of Kelly’s family and a second image of Marilyn Monroe. The Japanese inspired wardrobe made from black wood was designed by Kelly and conceals television unit and her clothes. The ensuite master bathroom with its pristine white walls is a tranquil haven. The bath, taking centre stage is raised on a platform, the black wooden path leads on to a white glass painted bath top. The basin, by Marble City, is designed by Kelly Hoppen. The guest bedroom, which is located in the basement of the house, is classically decorated as the master room. The two hanging lights by Tom Dixon on either side of the bed, and sheep skin rugs add a relaxed feeling to the bedroom. Two chairs by Century French Bergere are placed on either side of the black wooden wardrobe. The back garden has been designed by Chris Moss, and is beautifully accessorised by Kelly. The tables and wooden armchairs by Nik Skinner and dining chairs by Vincent Sheppard make the garden a comfortable and cosy setting.

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In recent years we have dedicated time, budget and considerable effort and thought into the design schemes within our bathrooms. They have become sanctuaries and mini spas in our homes, a place to escape the stresses and strains of life, a place to unwind and relax. Therefore it is only right that they should be beautiful. From a personal perspective I am not a fan of the over clinical bathroom, the striped back utilitarian look, reminds me too much of a hospital or private clinic. And whilst this is still popular there is a considerable move towards the ultra glam in bathroom design. Chandeliers are now commonplace in many bathrooms as are dark seductive finishes to walls, floors and ceiling. Provided lighting is excellent, this is a look that works well in a room with good dimensions are proportions and in period properties. Advances in technology has meant that is possible to produce bathroom components in a wide range of interesting and flexible materials, ranging from glass and wood to Perspex, with the ability to change colour according to mood and environment. Baths in particular have achieved a new style status with a real departure from the traditional finishes to bold colours and textures, ranging from hi-gloss primary colours to cowhide baths. Your bath can now

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Integrity and Individuality Farm house with Lap Pool and Sunken Garden – by Peter Gluck & Partners Worcester, New York

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“To maintain an appropriate scale between the old and the new, the fifteen-foot high, ninety-five-foot long lap pool building is literally suppressed to one level, so that the pool opens on to a sunken garden and terrace, creating a sense of privacy without obstructing the landscape with fences or walls.”

It is difficult to imagine that this addition, which includes a lap pool and sunken garden, forms part of an eighteenth-century white frame farmhouse situated in an open field with a view of two silos and a hillside beyond, presenting a picture-perfect image of American rural vernacular architecture. The owners asked for an addition that would be twice as large as the original, and would include an art gallery and lap pool.

with the landscape. We were very aware of the surrounding landscape which is very green and arable farming land.” Again this consideration was made when designing the exterior areas too, and so the sunken garden was created outside the lap pool area. The intention here was to create a space that was not visible from the road so as to obstruct or impair the landscape and to provide a private patio space for the family.

Peter Gluck and Partners are known for their integrity of design and sensitivity to the relationship between architectural form and context. Rather than specializing in a particular building type or architectural style, their aim is to provide interesting and appropriate responses to often difficult and conflicting requirements. They believe that the architect must take responsibility for the architectural process from conception to construction, assuming oversight in all aspects of design. And so, therefore, a project that required sensitivity and vision was ideal for them. The context demanded a design that would sustain multiple interpretations, allowing the original farmhouse to remain prominent in the composition without limiting the sculptural possibilities of the new structures. The new forms evoked the outbuildings traditionally added to the rear of farmhouses, and their shapes and materials linked them to the barns and silos on the site. As a whole the house remains abstract while responding to the context. The same design principles developed earlier for the Mies and Wright projects operate here with an anonymous vernacular building, enhancing the original both by respect and contrast.

Four separate forms contain the new living room, master bedroom suite, gallery, and pool, their separateness reducing what might otherwise be the overwhelming size of the new structure. To maintain an appropriate scale between the old and the new, the fifteen-foot high, ninety-five-foot long lap pool building is literally suppressed to one level, so that the pool opens on to a sunken garden and terrace, creating a sense of privacy without obstructing the landscape with fences or walls. The buildings each respond to larger landscapes of their own, extending the house into exterior spaces that are defined by a combination of built and landscape form. Architecture does not stop at the outer wall of the building but integrally includes the spaces created by reshaped earth and the surfaces composed of plantings.

“It was vital that we preserved the integrity of the original eighteenth century farmhouse”, architect Charlie Kapliin explained. “The challenge that we faced here was really to extend the size of the house quite dramatically yet still allow the original house to be the prominent feature. We overcame this difficulty by several means, the fist being to keep the additions single storey and the second was to use barrel vaulted ceilings to remain in keeping

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The resulting composition now functions as a family homestead and retirement retreat, as well as a center for the display of local artists’ work. The two functions are spatially and symbolically separated but not remote from one another. We may conclude that it is a perfect case of the old working hand in hand with the new, the past and present in perfect symmetry, but this project is actually more than that. For it allows the original framework of the home, the historic element to retain its stature, stance and indeed its dignity. And moreover it allows it to keep its presence, there are no strong bold visual statements here the result is a sympathetic one, not merely to the home but also to the natural environment and landscape. As such we really ought to commend it for its different values and perspective.


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Simply Bedrooms Why is it that we scrimp on the bedroom budget, or simply don’t give the scheme within this area of our homes the attention that we may bestow on other rooms? Is it because all too often we spend so much time and money on the kitchen that we neglect this personal space which is so important?


I am guilty of this. Do I think that because this room is not on display to everyone that it does not need to look as good as the rest of my home? Yet when I go to a hotel bedroom I am the critical visitor, the room must be perfect. In this instance my personal space is vitally important. Is this for security, because I am away from my ‘territory’ and this is my only space? Or is it simply because I feel that it is important to sleep in a tranquil, peaceful space that is both aesthetically pleasing and also practical. In this instance I become a bedroom critic out of my own natural environment I will comment on layout, practicality and function. So if the bathroom and bedroom dimensions are not in proportion I will criticise the space, similarly wardrobe and general storage is of key importance before I even start to think about the décor, bed and general scheme within the room.

“Today the bedroom forms part of a vital integrated living space of its own, comprising of the bathroom, dressing room and bedroom”

But I am not alone, rarely have I seen a bedroom in an average domestic house that is as well designed for example as the kitchen. Clearly this area is arguably the most important and is used by all members of the household but the bedroom should not be overlooked, nor should budgets be small. For you cannot underestimate the importance of welldesigned comfortable personal space. Bedrooms are the most private room in the house, even more so than the bathroom but all too often they can become a dumping ground, you cannot deny that this is very bad for the mind and soul. Today the bedroom forms part of a vital integrated living space of its own, comprising of the bathroom, dressing room and bedroom; and the balance between the spaces is crucial to its success. Walls are not essential, but part walls are advisable. A couple of years ago the fully integrated sleeping and bathing space emerged as a popular trend. Bathrooms within bedrooms, partial walls between the bed and wet room, shower room or expansive luxurious bathroom created a first floor open living space very similar to that of the ground floor kitchen/ living space.

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At first sight this looked great; open and light and the continuity and flow between the spaces worked well, but as for the practicality of the design, well that was often a debatable point. To my mind a sense of privacy is important. A practical open-plan living area may work well in a living/ kitchen space: here fully integrated space works well but this is rarely so elsewhere. I don’t think that I fully appreciated this until I stayed at a very nice hotel in Antigua, the contemporary suite was openplan, spacious and expansive and the bathroom divided by a part wall behind the bed. Very sleek until you consider the practicalities. Do you really want your partner to see you shaving your legs from the terrace while he enjoys a drink? There are some things that should always be done in private. By all means make you’re bathing space an extension of your sleeping space, but for comfort steer away from fully integrating it. The same rule I feel applies to baths in the bedroom. Some years ago I rented a house that had a bath in the bedroom. It was a talking point “Why would you have a bath in your bedroom?” People would ask. Well the answer is I wouldn’t, I never did, it didn’t seem very practical and it just cluttered the room. Today I stay in hotel rooms that claim to be luxurious because they have a bath in the bedroom. Please, just put it in the en suite it not only looks better, it also works better. So where should you start when considering your prospective bedroom scheme? In short you ought to consider the word generosity and make it a key focal point of your room. The scale and scope of the room should be generous, as should storage. Practicality and personal preferences ought to be considered here so mirrors and pictures can be to the height and to suit individuals rather than to the average throughout the rest of the house. And most of all the space should reflect your needs, preferences and be essentially an area to escape from the outside world.


Above: TV Wardrobe Leading the market, this wardrobe has been especially designed to accommodate an integrated TV within the wardrobe doors themselves, a feature not offered by any other wardrobe manufacturer. Combining stunning aesthetics and impeccable functionality, the doors on this wardrobe are able to slide even when the screen is on. Available in a large range of finishes including dark oak, grey oak, leather and a combination of high gloss and matt lacquer. For something unique, there is even the option of real gold and silver leaf! Prices excluding fitting and VAT: wardrobe as shown (excluding TV) around  £7400, Loewe HD TV including DVD player and speakers, £2400.00. Available from Interiors of Knutsford, 17 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6DW. Tel: 01565 750304. Web: www.interiors-knutsford.co.uk . E-mail: chris@interiorsltd-knutsford.co.uk Left: Pier Wardrobe Designed by Studio Kairos for B&B Italia, the Pier wardrobe system is priced from £1500 per linier meter. Innovation and simplicity, technology and harmony are the inspiration behind this project, aimed at finding new storage solutions that differ from the proposals already available on the market. The system starts from the movable partitions which can close off both wall niches and walk-in-closets, becoming a traditional wardrobe. There are four opening systems: flush sliding doors, sliding doors, hinged and hinged-sliding doors, which can be applied to the different models from the storage unit closed on four sides, to the area which requires a made-to-measure solution. Visit: www.bebitalia.it

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The Dominance of the Super Yacht Yacht design by Terrance Disdale

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The rise of the super yacht has been well documented in recent years, with billionaires clamouring to out do each other, the boatyards are full and business is booming. Ten years ago a thirty metre long yacht was considered to be big, and the port would almost come to a stand still to see it pull in. But today yachts of this size are commonplace, a starter model even.

“The brief here was to create a comfortable yet relaxing environment, that wasn’t ostentatious or formal and included an element of Zen.”

We took a look at the interior of one such super yacht, by Terence Disdale. At over seventy metres in length it is a vast but elegant vessel, which combines quality construction with superb exterior and interior design.“ The demand for large yachts has reached unknown heights”, he told us. “We are continually having to turn projects away. This must have been a Godsend for all the up and coming yacht companies”. So whilst the boatyards are clogged up with people looking to spend £50 million upwards on their new yacht, the second hand market is booming. With boatyards struggling to meet the demand people are opting to buy second hand, and refurbish the interior. “Interior refits happen not generally because of wear and tear or even trends”, Terence told us. “But simply because the vessel has changed hands and the layout does not suit the original owners”. “This yacht, like all our projects started life as a blank canvas”, he continued. “Our first consideration when embarking on this sort of project is the space planning, interior traffic flow and service facilities. There are of course all the usual structure constraints to consider such as fire separation zones and awareness for noise and vibration aspects”. The difference between an interior scheme within a yacht and a house are really quite clear, certain elements of the scheme such as the tables, lamps, sofas and chairs need to be fixed down securely. Care needs to be taken to maximise ceiling heights as they are physically low, therefore the design scheme needs to work a bit harder to ensure that the impression of height is created. Storage is important in any home and no less important within the design

of an interior scheme within the yacht, so adequate provision really needs to be made for this. And finally paintings, objet d’ art and sculptures require extra careful attention, even hanging a painting means more than simply placing a hook on a wall. The brief here was to create a comfortable yet relaxing environment, that wasn’t ostentatious or formal and included an element of Zen. The scheme certainly has a tranquil sophistication and understated glamour. The accommodation is for twelve, in five luxuriously appointed double and two twin suites. There is an outdoor stage on the upper deck, a helipad, fully equipped gym with adjacent steam room and large Jacuzzi dip poll with jet stream. “Planning service areas and galleys is of prime importance as the available space is limited”, Terence continued “Apart from catering for fourteen guests, the galley must also cater for eighteen crew, three times a day, every day. Consequently the surface areas must be very durable as well as fireproof”. “We choose lots of texture and natural materials including limestone, wired brushed oak, bronze, bamboo, carved ebonised doors, rattan ceilings, leather, parchment, shagreen and suede. And of all areas I think that the bar is probably my favourite part of this yacht. The bridge deck bar lounge is wonderful; it features two huge coffee tables, which I designed with a giraffe skin pattern, which I had carved in South Africa. And the floor feels great, we created it from ebony with different plank diameters so that it has a really interesting feel when you walk barefoot over it.” The main deck has an inviting, warm and sophisticated presence to its principle area. The main living space houses an enormous u shaped sofa perfect for both informal relaxation or more formal pre dinner drinks before proceeding to the dining room. Large Japanese style sliding doors open here to enable the space to be one vast area. Flexibility is clearly the key.

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The Home Cinema In the last few years technology has changed the way in which we view our TV screens, watch television and movies and their importance in the home. The result has been the emergence of a new space in the home ‘the home cinema’.

The term of course is open to interpretation and can have quite a different meaning depending on your outlook. For the high-end custom installed products, the term usually indicates a room fitted out as a private theatre, complete with automated lighting, curtains and projector. For the mass market it is a widescreen television with some speakers on a stick. For me the later is simply a big TV, the former is a home cinema room. You cannot argue that if you want a true cinema experience at home, there is nothing quite like sitting in comfy seats in a darkened room with a projector, screen and decent sized speakers. For this to work well you will have to dedicate a home in your room for this purpose and consider its design thoroughly. Converted garages have been an option in recent years for some people, but are not totally ideal, from an aesthetic design perspective at least. In short I feel that the true Home Cinema Room is for those of us who have a room to dedicate to this purpose. If you are looking for a “cinema’ experience you will need to look for images signifiicantly larger than those currently offered by flat panels. Very large flat screen solutions are helping the mass market to understand the benefits of having large displays and they will steadily become more common and affordable to a wider market. The home cinema projector however offers a number of advantages such as a borderless screen, no aspect ratio constraints, larger screen capabilities, more sophisticated integration possibilities and a smaller volume. In short these distinct features are the difference between a big flat screen TV in your living room and a true home cinema. Flatscreens and projectors are however often used in the same place. The screen is used for every television and by contrast the projector is devoted to movie watching or for big events. The goals therefore of leading manufacturers has been in recent years to make projectors more consumer friendly so that we can use them for anything

including TV, games, movies etc If you have decided to go down the route of designating one of your rooms as a Home Cinema the design of the room will have to be carefully considered. This is something you will need to take you time on, mistakes can be very costly. It is important to work very closely with your installer and a designer if at all possible. You need to consider functionality and aesthetics as one package rather than individually. Once you have an idea of the sort of kit you will need and have taken a closer look in your installers demo rooms, you should ask for a site survey. For the most part these are carried out at no extra charge, and will allow the installer and designer to look at aspects such as the age of your property as well as layout and positioning. Your next decision will be your choice of equipment, so do test out everything that is recommended for this purpose and spend sometime selecting the right products for your needs and requirements. Lighting and electrical power are also aspects that will need careful consideration. You will need to think of the type of lights you require, how many zones should be lit, what type of lights to install (incandescent and fibre optic are ideal), and whether the lights should be integrated or linked into a macro. Dedicated home cinema rooms should also have emergency light on the exit, floor and steps. It is also worth bearing in mind that large home cinemas use a lot of power and also require ventilation and cooling. Once you have the basic functions taken care of you can of course think a little more about the aesthetics, such as seating, wall and window coverings and even the finer details to authenticate your cinema look, such as a refreshments area or bar or even a popcorn machine. If you would like any advice on home cinemas, installers or designers who specialise in this area please do not hesitate to call the design et al customer helpline on: 01244 346 347.

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Waterfront Living The Lake House by Yoo, Gloucestershire

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It is not your usual Gloucestershire collection of homes, the county famous for its pretty villages and Cotswold stone is now home to a new phase of new architecturally beautiful properties- situated in a picture perfect location close to the waters edge. Set around a network of six lakes spread over 650 rural lakes; the Lakes by yoo is a joint venture with Raven Group and international design, branding and property investment company yoo. This project is a unique combination of beautiful country living with all the urban luxury you could imagine - from stylish interior design to a concierge service to prepare your home and stock your fridge on arrival.

“The design has been considered for the needs of our modern lifestyle from providing family gatherings to a weekend retreat from the city”

The Lakes is a number of firsts rolled into one development - it is the first time that the company have worked in the Cotswolds, the first time Jade Jagger and yoo designs have been available in the UK and the first yoo properties available to short term visitors and holiday makers. Purchasers and visitors can choose between a lakeside property by the yoo in-house design team or one by Jade Jagger. The properties are both minimalist in design, bringing sleek modern city glamour to the countryside retreat. From the outside , homes have contemporary glass fronts over looking clearwater lakes, the floor to ceiling windows flood the interiors with light and each property has a large decked area that extends over the lake - a wonderful setting for alfresco dining in the summer. Jade Jagger has designed the layour and features for the “Jade” homes at The Lakes. Her interiors combine a bohemian, Ibizan summer style with modern glass and wooden exteriors. The layout is striking with a double height entrance hall and atrium, filling the space with plenty of light. The entire living area downstairs is open plan with folding doors into a spacious kitchen- where there is an aga and drinks bar. The dining room table is the focal point of Jagger’s layout and their is a wood burning stove in the kitchen. The snug with long cushions is ideal for kids sleepovers, making this the perfect location for families and couples alike.

Folding doors feature throughout these signature homes, giving owners the option to close off rooms or open them up to give the impression of more space. Damask sofas, white walls and William Morris wallpaper also make the living spaces appear larger with splashes of colour. Upstairs there is a very large master bedroom and en sute plus two further bedrooms and a bathroom. Jade has managed to create an uberfashionable space without sacrificing practicality. It is what she describes as “forgiving modernism”. She comments “I like modern furniture and clean floors, because I have loads of dogs and children and I think you should be able to wash the floor down, but hard core modernism in interiors ages badly, because you always want it perfect and clean.” On-site communal facilities will soon include a state-of -the-art clubhouse which will have stunning south facing views, a spa, gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. Also to be included are an outdoor heated pool and tennis courts. The concierge and housekeeping teams are on- call to provide everything from luxury car hire to child care, ensuring that every visitor feels totally relaxed an in holiday mode. The development strives to adhere to a concept of sustainable luxury, with a dedicated on site landscape and ecology manager responsible for creating and maintaining wildlife and flora habitat, including nationally rare species. Other sustainable initiatives include an on site market garden, the use of sustainable timber in the construction process and certain properties are fitted with solar panels and ground source heat pumps. The homes designed by in the in house team have a more conventional layout and spaces are flexible to allow residents to add their own touches.The design has been considered for the needs of our modern lifestyle from providing family gatherings to a weekend retreat from the city. The intention here is to mirror individual aspirations while providing a backdrop for peoples own ideas and personal styling.

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