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NAMES IN THE FRAME Structured sofas have the edge



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Star Studded The brightest and best flock to London as the capital plays host to the UK’s biggest design shows

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Editor’s Letter Finding the space for fulfilling lives at home Pulse The best new products for residential schemes Diary Design-related events around the UK and worldwide News A report from the CABE agency examines changes in

domestic architecture in the UK; new lighting regulations phased in 20 Company Profile Lifestyle and furniture brand Mufti aims its smart casual products at new trade customers



BATHROOM FOCUS 22 All the Fun of the Fayre The vintage hues of this season’s fabrics call to mind the colours of a classic village fete 30 Profile: John Makepiece One of the UK’s most talented makers of wood furniture and now the coordinator of the V&A’s Furniture Futures event later this month 36 100% Desirable The products set to make a big impact at this year’s show 45 A Year in Design Stand-out pieces making their debut at Decorex 56 You’ve Been Framed Fashion-forward designers are combining upholstery with metal and wood to create structured sofas in a diverse range of styles 63 Age of Aquariums How elaborate fish tanks can add drama to any interior 68 Turn Over a New Leaf Look beyond the greenwash to find geniune eco products 79 Garden Arty Beautiful artworks bring an extra dimension to garden schemes

88 Fit Fittings Bathrooms get physical with gadgets and products that go beyond cleansing and wellbeing by claiming to enhance health and boost fitness 95 Long-Term Care A six-bathroom home in Berlin is designed with the owners’ old age in mind by building in disabled access 99 Glossy Glamour A study in restrained opulence, this master ensuite combines black lacquer with an abundance of marble and the latest shower technology 103 Clean and Green Manufacturers have made eco issues a top priority but interior designers still need to encourage clients to join the green revolution 107 Make a Splash Stylish new surfaces to bring light, colour and texture to your bathroom schemes 109 Bathed in Light Brighten up your bathrooms with this selection of beautiful and practical IP44-rated lights


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142 That Riviera Touch A chic retreat for Cannes festival goers combines classic furniture with touches of zingy yellow for a pared-down look 148 Glam Rocks R Interiors goes for all-out glamour when designing the interior of a stately home apartment 152 Let There be Light A spectacular glass staircase and clever use of LEDs brighten up a Holland Park house 155 Home of Good Taste Fine wine and contemporary art find the perfect home in this stylish Paris apartment



171 Showrooms New places and spaces around the UK 172 Eco News How RugMark, champion of the rights of rug makers, is working to end the use of child labour in the industry 173 Interior Adventures One month in the life of an interior designer 173 Making It Michael Marriott has created a five-piece, self-assembly plywood stool for Paul Smith that is fun and affordable 174 Pulse Kitchen & Bathroom The very best in new bathroom and kitchen products 177 Books Reviews of the latest interior design-related titles 178 No 1 Fan Piers Roberts and Rory Dodd get in a spin about vinyl | September 2009


HOME OF GOOD TASTE Fine wine and contemporary art find the perfect home in this stylish apartment designed for the owner of a private sommelier service WORDS KATE BURNETT PHOTOGRAPHY ARNAUD RINUCCINI


ertrand Faure Beaulieu is a man who understands the importance of personal service, whether it is in the design and decoration of his home or in the founding of his new business, Sarment, a private sommelier service. Faure Beaulieu and Michelin-starred head sommelier Philippe Messy launched Sarment in June to offer a small group of clients a personalized fine-wine experience. Faure Beaulieu often uses his Paris apartment for dinners designed to showcase the company’s wine expertise and the flat has been designed to be both a comfortable private home and a space for entertaining clients. Faure Beaulieu commissioned Parisian designers Atelier FB, led by Florian Bochard, to design the interior, which is also a showcase for a collection of contemporary art. His close working relationship with architect, interior designer and art buyer reflects the very personalized but understated service that forms the heart of the business he offers. Faure Beaulieu aims to get to know his clients very well, to understand their taste and help develop it through

the wines he recommends. The flat is not intended to be a checklist of early 21st century interior design — although many of the pieces come from well known designers and manufacturers, such as La Murrina, Flos and Artemide lighting, furniture from Arketipo, Knoll and Poltrona Frau and rugs from Tai Ping. The lighting in the apartment has been designed for flexibility to accommodate an ever-changing array of art pieces. Rooms are also entirely given over to art, such as the ‘white cube objets d’art room’, which forms a mini gallery for floorstanding and wall-hung pieces. The kitchen provides a practical and well equipped backdrop for Sarment’s regular entertaining. The kitchen is by Schiffini, the appliances are from SubZero and Gaggenau and there is a Franke sink with Dornbracht taps. The floor picks up the blue of the living room furniture to inject energy into the room. A visit to Faure Beaulieu’s apartment is a total sensory experience — the beautiful space and the art within form a dramatic backdrop to the food and, most importantly, the wine.

A KIND OF BLUE Above: the vivid blue Ribbon chair and footstool by Pierre Paulin for Artifort dominate the living room Right: the kitchen includes a fridge and wine cellar from SubZero in addition to the 1,500-bottle wine cellar in the basement Below right: the ‘white cube objets d’art room’ is overseen by a pendant light in Venetian glass from La Murrina

Contacts »Arketipo »Artifort »Atelier FB »Dornbracht »Gaggenau »La Murrina »Sarment »Smeg »SubZero »Tai Ping | September 2009

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idFX - Septembre 2009