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Victorian Townhouse, Highgate - LLI Design Going green: How to bring the outside into your home Boxx Creative’s redesign of Miramonti brings conscious design to Northern Italy

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MATT LIVSEY HAMMOND www.mattlivseyhammond.co.uk Founded over 24 years ago, Matt Livsey Hammond Ltd have firmly established an impressive portfolio of work and an enviable international reputation as crafters of fine metalwork. With a dazzling and eclectic catalogue of projects ranging from sweeping balustrades in palaces, hotels and private homes to bespoke furniture and lighting pieces which are sculptural in their detail and beauty, the company specialise in filigree work, curving balustrades, furniture, lighting, mirrors, interior gates and ornamentation. All pieces are handmade to the highest standards combining traditional blacksmith arts, carving and casting methods with modern hi-tech production techniques where appropriate. A wide range of metals can be worked including wrought and cast iron, steel, bronze, aluminium, copper and brass, incorporating other natural materials such as glass, wood, stone and precious stones where the design calls for it. A wide range of finishes is available including chemical patination, clear and coloured waxing, specialist paint finishing, gilding and plating. Recent commissions have included elaborate curving balustrades for a French chateau, luxury Verbier chalet and magnificent Mayfair townhouse, along with finely sculptured supersofas, interior gates and


enormous steel, wood and glass cabinets for a London mansion. Recent commercial work has included ornate balustrading and bespoke chandeliers for a Venetian style restaurant in St James, Piccadilly. Current projects are varied and include a sweeping balustrade and gates for the grandest of villas in Kazakhstan, a solid bronze balustrade for a house on the Wentworth Estate, and an 80 metre balustrade for amansion on the Bishop’s Avenue. Matt and his specialised team of craftsmen are passionate about their work, and the trademark appearance is one of elegance, balance and fluidity. The detailed quality and artists’ attention to detail are evident in every piece of work, whether on the scale of the ornate baroque staircase balustrading commissioned for a palace, or the delicate filigree ornamentation ordered to complement a piece of furniture. The team’s enthusiasm and commitment are evident in every project, and they are delighted to have been commissioned to supply metalwork and furniture for some of the most exclusive properties in the UK and around the world. Matt Livsey Hammond Ltd provides a complete service from design and construction to fitting and finishing. However an advisory and design-only service is also available. March 2019 Luxury Interiors Magazine 03


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Illuminating an Icon - VIVI at Centre Point


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Boxx Creative’s redesign of Miramonti

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Going green: How to bring the outside into your home

Events News


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Grand Designs Live to return to London


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City workspace nearing completion with 5-metre Ficus tree


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Victorian Townhouse, Highgate - LLI Design

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Illuminating an Icon - VIVI at Centre Point Nulty is delighted to have completed the lighting scheme for the all-day dining destination, VIVI, the new restaurant located in the iconic Centre Point in London’s West End. Working alongside Gordon Young Architects and hospitality group rhubarb, Nulty has designed a fun and flexible lighting scheme to complement the playfulness of the interior design whilst respecting the listed heritage of the building. This architecturally interesting space with views across New Oxford Street takes its vibrant interior inspiration from the decade in which it was built, the 1960s. The lighting design showcases the eclectic material palette whilst creating layers of light which help it transform from light and airy during the day, to intimate and sophisticated for evening service. Director Emilio Hernandez comments, “For us a key part of our lighting concept was not only to showcase this unique dining destination, but to also preserve the views when looking out of the building. Lots of our light sources are specifically

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concealed in order to counteract any unwanted reflections that could occur from the enormous glazed facade that frames the restaurant.” Once inside the glass fronted entrance, you are greeted by a mix of neon pink slogans, large illuminated industrial lettering replicating the original Centre Point signage and a bespoke light installation, which carefully climbs the wall to draw the eye upwards towards the restaurant.

A bar area to the front has a diffused light integrated under the countertop to elevate the feature tiling, washing it with light and picking up the texture and shapes in the material. A frosted light box is back illuminated and forms the backdrop to the bar, creating an eye-catching drinks display. Suspended above is a curved wine rack that has been fitted with an integrated LED strip, to capture the sparkle in the glassware and further frame the space.

Upstairs opens up onto a central dining area that is defined by a large bespoke chandelier, handmade by designer Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt, from layers of custom coloured plexiglass. A floral display placed under the chandelier is highlighted by a discreet downlight purposely hidden between the plexiglass layers to further accentuate the natural shapes of the flowers.

The symmetry that runs throughout the interior design concept continues with the private dining booths. Each area is sectioned off by intricate chain-mail curtains mounted in a curved brass frame, which houses an integrated LED strip to illuminate the exterior, creating a visual barrier and ensuring privacy for diners. Bronze pendants are carefully suspended over tables inside and add further intimacy to each space.

Carefully placed downlights punctuate the main dining area and are grouped together in clusters to create a clean ceiling aesthetic whilst drawing focus onto the dining tables below. A timber backdrop embossed with the brass lettering ‘VIVI’, is grazed with a linear line of light from above, creating a feature wall and highlighting the texture in the wood.

Paul Robinson-Webster Director of VIVI says, ‘Our overarching vision for the project was to ensure that the building’s 1960s heritage was captured in the interiors – we wanted the essence of that iconic decade to run through everything, while also creating a modern, bright and atmospheric space. Therefore, we knew that the lighting design would play a crucial part in the project.” March 2019 Luxury Interiors Magazine 07

Company News

Rotpunkt urge kbb industry to support further education apprenticeships Award winning designer and manufacturer of quality German Kitchen furniture, Rotpunkt, show its support for further education in the kitchen industry, following the successful submission by FIESTA [Furniture Industry Education and Skills Training Alliance], which has led to IFA [Institute for Apprenticeships] approving new Level 3 apprenticeship standards for Fitted Furniture Design. Helping to ‘provide a clear path into the kitchen industry’, this announcement marks an important step for a qualification that sits just under the Level 4 & 5 FDA Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design, currently offered. Chairman of TKET (The Kitchen Education Trust), Craig Matson said, “To get to this point has taken a lot of time & effort and special thanks should go to the Furniture Makers Company for the financial support they have given towards getting approval of this apprenticeship along with a number of others for the furniture industry. One of the next steps is to develop the existing Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design as an apprenticeship degree, and a survey is currently being circulated to establish the kitchen industry’s appetite for developing higher education options to develop a professional pathway into the industry. Companies are urged to complete the following 08 Luxury Interiors Magazine March 2019

survey developed by FIESTA and on behalf of trade associations across the UK furniture and interiors industries, so that demand for any future developments can be established: https://www.surveymonkey. co.uk/r/2N89D2M Matt Phillips, Head of UK Operations, Rotpunkt, says “Having already completed the survey, we strongly urge UK kitchen retailers and fellow manufacturers to also have their say, impact opinion polls and ultimately, future production. Without feedback from industry influencers, leading brands and companies that make up our sector, how can we collectively maintain our competitive power? It is therefore my recommendation that we all take time to communicate our needs to the right industry bodies so that we can all become instrumental in the matter of further education. In fact, skills shortages are putting significant pressure on the kitchen industry, which is why apprenticeship schemes that encourage new levels of engagement are imperative to safeguard the future of highly skilled kitchen design that is qualified and cutting-edge.” FIESTA plans to call on schools with effect from March 2019, with a view to invite post-graduates to visit key manufacturers throughout a trial period. If successful, it plans to roll out this scheme across the UK and more information on this trial can be found here: https://www.fiestalearning.com/fiesta-schools-week4-8-march-2019/

Company News

Moores reports strong growth over past 12 months Moores Furniture Group Ltd is pleased to report market bucking growth in the last year. Steve Parkin, CEO of Moores who led an MBO back in November 2017 says: “It is our objective to continue to develop enduring partnerships with our suppliers and customers and further enhance our industry leading client service proposition. The business has been transformed. We have a strong management team, a clear focus, robust processes, new and contemporary products and a best in class customer service.” Thanks to this clear strategy and focus, combined with traditional British craftsmanship and the latest environmental practices, Moores Furniture Group has enjoyed an excellent first year since the MBO and is looking forward to a prosperous future. “We’re really turning ourselves around. We’re winning back more customers, contracts and multiple industry awards. The business is going to grow this year by north of 20% again,” Parkin says. “We’ve a lot of opportunity ahead of us for the next three to five years.” Moores prides itself on its heritage and its roots as a quintessentially British company; for over 70 years it has been manufacturing and hand finishing all its products in England at the company’s factory in West Yorkshire. Offering high quality products is standard for Moores. “What really differentiates us is our customer service, designing kitchens alongside our customers and providing the after-care that is needed. Our quality of service is

“We’re growing in the public sector, the retail area, the high-rise area and we achieved over 25% growth in private development last year.” down to the people who deliver it with pride and passion. We have put a great deal of effort into ensuring we have a team of staff who are driven, knowledgeable and share the company’s philosophy and values. One of our proudest achievements in 2018 was coming from a very low ranking with Barratt Homes to being awarded the position of their best supplier! We’ve moved significantly with them and this turnaround is testament to our commitment to be the best,” says Parkin. Moores has also been investing in greener and more sustainable business practices, with fantastic results. The company won several prestigious awards over the last year including the RoSPA International Dilmun Environmental Award and the Supply Chain Sustainability School ‘Gold Award Status’. Looking ahead, the opportunities for growth continue: “We’re growing in the public sector, the retail area, the high-rise area and we achieved over 25% growth in private development last year,” Parkin says. “We’re not purely market growth dependent as we see market share available to win. We’ve got several key channels that we operate within and are seeing substantial business opportunities with market share to be won in each of them.”

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INSPIRA LUXURY BATHROOMS Here at Inspira Luxury bathrooms we have an experienced team well known in the trade and local area for providing Outstanding customer services and design support to our customers and installation experts. Part of the PHS group of companies we have developed from a trade focused business who provides quality goods, at competitive prices to a business offering state of the art digital design and bespoke products to suit every requirement and budget. We have 3 branches based on Team Valley – Gateshead, Tyne tunnel trading estate – North shields and our latest outlet Belmont industrial estate- Durham. Why not come along and learn for yourself what people are talking about in any of our showrooms where we have some of the industries most beautiful products on display with a host of working Models and interactive settings.

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People on the move VELUX appoints new managing director to lead roof window business from UK headquarters in Scotland VELUX® Company Ltd has appointed a new managing director to lead its roof window business from its UK headquarters in Fife, Scotland.

A range of over fifty styles for bathrooms big and small

Mick Schou Rasmussen joins the company, which recently unveiled plans for a £7 million expansion at its UK and Ireland head office building at Woodside Way in Glenrothes.

UK, Mick spent four years as Managing Director of VELUX Denmark. Before that, he was heading up the Eastern European region where he was responsible for seven sales subsidiaries including Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Belarus. He also spent five years as the Managing Director of VELUX Russia based in Moscow.

The 41-year-old brings more than 15 years’ experience of the roof window industry having worked for VELUX as Managing Director in Denmark, Russia and several Eastern European countries. Prior to moving to the

Mick, who will lead a team of over 250 staff across the UK and Ireland, will be responsible for growing the business through Brexit and devising a clear business strategy that will grow the roof window market.

SMWF appoints Graham Jones as sales and marketing director Luxury furniture group SMWF Limited, owner of Smallbone of Devizes, Mark Wilkinson Furniture and Brookmans has appointed Graham Jones to the role of sales and marketing director. Jones joins a team led by executive chairman Ian Gray, who was appointed in September 2018 to drive forward the future success of the company. “I am excited to be joining a company that includes much loved iconic British brands. As leaders in the design and manufacture of luxury and bespoke cabinetry, made by skilled artisans, the business has tremendous potential for success not only in the UK, but around the world, particularly in the USA where they already have established showrooms,” said Jones. Gray added, “I am delighted to welcome Graham to SMWF. He has exceptional knowledge, sales skills and significant experience of the kitchen industry. I am confident he will be a great asset to the team.”

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SMWF has a flagship London showroom in Knightsbridge as well as a workshop and showroom in Devizes. The company was acquired by New York-based real estate development firm Extell Development Company in November 2018.


Catalano Green Lux Basins Catalano Green Lux basins showcase stunning design for luxurious bathrooms. The collection comprises countertop and semi-inset basins ranging from the generous 80 x 40cm size to the compact 40 x 40cm size. Basins are defined by their ultra-thin edges and softly shaped interiors, giving the Green Lux collection an elegant presence in any bathroom. Green Lux basins are available in Gloss White, Gloss Black, Satin White, Satin Blue, Satin Green, Satin Brown, Satin Grey and the newly launched Satin Black finish. In addition, the Gold and Silver Collection of Green Lux basins feature metallic finishes. Inspired by traditional techniques used for producing high quality jewellery, the Gold and Silver Collection finishes are created from pure silver and 18K gold. As a result, basins have a beautiful shine with an outstanding resistance to abrasion. Gold and Silver finishes are combined with a ceramic finish of either Gloss White or Gloss Black. All Catalano basins have Cataglaze applied on the interior of the basin as standard. Unlike traditional glazes, it is blended with the ceramic at 1250 degrees, making it an integral part of the product. Cataglaze ensures smooth surfaces so that ceramics are anti-bacterial, easy to clean and stay brighter for longer. Cataglaze has a lifetime guarantee, ensuring Catalano ceramics retain their beauty for many years. To complement Green Lux basins, new furniture has been launched for 2019. The Carolina smoked glass countertop units feature 2 drawers, bevelled edges and LED lights in the countertop for a striking look. For a more minimalist look, the Catalano Ceramic Top is a hygienic ceramic countertop designed for the Green Lux 60 and 40cm basins which is simply mounted to the wall. For added practicality, a towel rail can be added to the

countertop in a Gold or Chrome finish to harmonise with the chosen colour scheme.

Catalano www.catalano.co.uk 020 8685 6815

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Boxx Creative’s redesign of Miramonti brings conscious design to the mountains of Northern Italy London-based design studio Boxx Creative completed the interior design of Miramonti, a luxury boutique hotel, in Brescia, Italy. Located just over two hours away from Milan, the hotel is surrounded by stunning natural beauty and is popular for seasonal activities including: skiing, ice climbing, hiking, fly fishing, porcini mushroom picking and wine-tasting at the vineyards nearby. Inspired by its surroundings, Miramonti, meaning mountain view, draws its name and design from nature. A deep terracotta facade evokes the changing seasons and rich natural Italian colour palette. In the bedrooms, the complementary green and blue colour schemes, punctuated with deeper accents, are both balanced and calming. A well-thought-out strategy for the hotel was Boxx Creative’s first step in its transformation; maximising every square foot to increase bedroom numbers, providing flexibility of room use and creating defined room types for couples and families. The Deluxe Doubles provide an appealing space for couples to relax in comfort inside the room or outside on the balcony. The spacious Family Suites have the option to connect through to en-suite

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Project The majority of the furnishings were made completely bespoke by a talented artisan in his local workshop. The bedrooms feature wooden headboard panelling, metal framed open cabinetry storage and sturdy desks, each thoughtfully hand-crafted. The unique hand-made wooden flooring with individually controlled underfloor heating system, adds warmth and grounding to each room. Beautiful reeded glass panelled doors with curved frame detailing provide privacy to each en-suite and rippled wooden under-sink cabinets hang beneath attractive natural stone basins.

bunk-bed rooms, which comfortably accommodate a family of six. Boxx Creative redesigned each floor of the hotel and created the interior schemes; drawing on the elements of: earth, fire, air, water, wood and metal. Materials were selected for their authentic properties and link to the surrounding environment and feature in the natural stone wash basins, carved wooden bedframes, solid trunk coffee tables, round metal bedside tables and soft natural fabrics. Nicola Keenan, Interior Designer and Co-founder of Boxx Creative: “We always focus on quality and environmental impact in our work. All design details have been fully considered across the hotel. Carpet made from recycled fibres line the corridors and is inlaid within the sustainable, hand-crafted wooden flooring. Locally sourced and sustainable materials were used wherever possible and the build contractor was chosen for his energy saving principles and employment of workers within the area.”

Nicola Lindsell, Interior Designer and Co-founder of Boxx Creative: “Lighting was incredibly important to the client. We chose Italian designed, Flos feature pendants in each of the en-suites and Scandinavian inspired adjustable wall lights to create an appealing focal point in the bedrooms.” Visitors can experience the new re-design at the hotel from 2019. Miramonti provides a beautiful tranquil place where guests can experience total relaxation in their surroundings, reconnect with nature and rebalance. Owners of Miramonti: “When we decided to redesign the hotel we were conscious of finding a suitable partner that matched our values and design style. We loved working with Boxx Creative as they had a great knowledge of suppliers and long-term sustainable options. Throughout the redesign they presented options which reflected our sustainability goals as well as our overall artistic vision for the hotel.” Boxx Creative worked with Mariell Lind Hansen, the Norwegian interiors and architecture photographer whose artistic style beautifully captured the eclectic mix of natural, Scandinavian inspired and made-to-last design.

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Going green: How to bring the outside into your home Going green has never been so popular. More of us than ever are ditching plastics in our daily lives and choosing to enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors. And when it comes to interiors, the trend for ‘bringing the outside in’ is also on the rise. Bringing botanical elements and natural materials into a scheme blurs the lines between garden and home, delivering bursts of colour, texture and vibrancy. “Adding greenery to a scheme is the perfect way to refresh your interior,” says Roselind Wilson, Owner and Creative Director of Roselind Wilson Design. “It breathes new life and energy into a scheme and complements both muted tones as well as darker, moodier palettes. When it comes to an easy way to instantly transform a space, bringing the outside in is definitely the way to go.” THE NATURAL TOUCH We all know that a walk in the countryside is the ultimate stress buster, but it’s a somewhat tricky thing to achieve if you live in the middle of a busy city! So, what’s the solution? Instead of taking yourself into nature; bring nature to you. “We’re naturally drawn to the great outdoors. Being around nature can help us feel refreshed and reinvigorated,” says Roselind. “So bringing natural elements into the home such as plants, flowers, and even indoor trees and ferns, can work wonders to improve our mood and reduce stress levels. Greenery is thought to bring balance and harmony to a space, creating a calm and relaxed mood. When we surround ourselves with the beauty and tranquillity of nature, stresses disappear as we find comfort and reassurance in our natural environment.” 16 Luxury Interiors Magazine March 2019


FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT House plants are all well and good, but what if you’re somewhat lacking in the green-fingered department?! It’s all too easy to forget to water plants, which is one of the reasons why sales of faux versions are booming. “Faux plants really are big news at the moment,” says Roselind. “There have been great improvements in quality, meaning that the best ones are now completely lifelike. They’re also maintenance-free and safer for pets and people with allergies. It’s easy to see why they’re the ultimate way to add instant greenery!” In Roselind Wilson Design’s Eaton Mews North project, the team created an incredible faux living wall in the basement kitchen. Troughs of fake foliage were attached to the wall to create a sea of green which was then covered with a large glass screen. “The result is a dynamic and vibrant backdrop to the dining area which will never go out of style,” says Roselind. “The faux green wall alludes to the idea of outside space, but also creates a sense that the room extends beyond its own boundaries.” Another way to effectively add faux greenery is to follow the ‘Rule of three’ principle as Roselind illustrates in her Holland Park project. Three bright green faux bushes have been placed at regular intervals along the dining table, creating a pleasing symmetry and a link to the hedges in the window boxes outside the property. “The ‘rule of three’ is a design principle that uses groupings of three, or layerings in odd numbers, to create an effect which is pleasing to the eye,” says Roselind. “This approach can be applied to all kinds of elements such as accessories, artwork and furniture. The owners of this period property wanted a simple, pared-down design scheme. The dining room was left white to maximise the light and space, with fresh bursts of greenery to reflect the hedging outside.” March 2019 Luxury Interiors Magazine 17

Feature BRILLIANT BOTANICALS “Botanical prints are a great way to bring the outside in, and they also add a softening effect to interior schemes,” says Roselind. “In the girl’s bedroom in our Richmond project, we wanted to create a bedroom fit for a princess with a soft palette of duck egg blues and lavenders. For the blind we chose a floral fabric with an intricate pattern and rich tones which provides a striking contrast to the geometric rug.” The guest bedroom of this same house also features botanical patterns, this time a dark red floral pattern for the blind which acts as an accent within the calm, understated scheme. “Here, we wanted to create some rustic charm by using different floral fabrics paired with bold stripes and rich textures for a comfortable yet elegant style,” explains Roselind. “We kept the design and furniture simple to prevent the scheme from looking dated, and instead created a modern-rustic feel using pattern, layering and texture.” 3 TOP TIPS FOR BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN 1) Add greenery “One of the easiest ways to bring the outside in is to add

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greenery,” says Roselind Wilson. “However, make sure you take the proportions of the space into account. If you have small rooms, consider hanging plants. And if you’re using a large plant, only include one; whereas for smaller plants, group them together in odd numbers to create a stylish look.” 2) Choose floral patterns Another great way to inject a burst of nature into your home is to incorporate floral patterns, whether for wall coverings, window treatments or upholstery. “Keep in mind that contrasting patterns and sizes will keep things fresh, while too many matching florals will look busy and outdated,” advises Roselind. “Offsetting floral patterns with layers of texture and colour will provide balance and prevent your room from looking overcrowded.” 3) Use natural materials “Add rustic charm by incorporating natural textures such as wicker, rattan and jute into your scheme,” says Roselind. “Also consider using eco-friendly materials. Whether it’s bedding or paint, there is always an ecofriendly option that will have long-term benefits for the planet. For example, linen is more ecologically sound than cotton because it requires significantly less water during processing.”


Founded in 2013, pulling in together the decades of experience and industry knowledge, BENCA Joinery team was formed to serve the needs of high end market for bespoke furniture and cabinet making for a private residential and commercial sector. BESPOKES KITCHENS & KITCHEN ISLANDS We build and create stunning quality hand made kitchens designed to your specification, some are curved, some are long, some are full of technologies and some are used to extend the distinctiveness to the new or existing kitchen but all in all, we can make it happen. We make kitchens for traditional country homes through to the most modern of environments.

Designed by TOR Interiors and manufactured and supplied by BENCA Joinery, Clapham Common Project

BESPOKE FURNITURE We can help design and build hand-made fitted furniture from bespoke built in wardrobes and cupboards, shelving, bedside tables and bed frames, bookcases, cabinets and many more. Using a wide range of effects, such as wood or wood veneered materials, that can be left natural or stained to enhance its natural elegance and blended in seamlessly with your existing decoration or your bedroom, there are a number of different wooden furniture pieces you can add. WORKSHOP Fully equipped workshop based in Tottenham, London with woodworking machineries and spray painting booth facilities including the tools to fulfil the most challenging joinery tasks. Designed by Flare Architecture and manufactured and supplied by BENCA, Shoreditch project

Designed by MODESTE London and manufactured and supplied by BENCA Joinery, Maida Vale Project

Partnered with interior designers, architects, construction contractors, property developers as well as directly with private clients on projects in London and nationwide too. Previous projects worked on include:

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The uniqueness in our business is a talent and attention to detail. We specialise in manufacturing and installing bespoke furniture in traditional dimensions but we also seek challenging projects where you combine different materials and colours as well as enhancing the curves and shapes of the furniture and detail finishes for a exceptional furniture design. All we can add to this is that we will exceed your expectations.

• Other bespoke kitchen furniture (dining tables, sideboards, dressers, display cabinets) • Bespoke bedroom fitted wardrobes & walk in dressing rooms • Other bespoke bedroom furniture (bedside tables, chest of drawers) • Bespoke living room/reception room furniture (alcove units, bookcases, TV/Media storage units, coffee table) • Bespoke home office furniture

• Bespoke hallway furniture (console tables, shoe storage, hallway storage, window seat benches)

Phone: +44 (1753) 478 963 Email: info@benca.co.uk Website: www.benca.co.uk

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What are 3D visuals? 3D visuals are essentially images generated digitally. We create a scene on the computer using advanced software that allows us to build in a three-dimensional world. Once the scene has been constructed, materials and textures are added. We then render it, which converts the 3D space into a ‘photograph’ image. What are 3D visuals used for? 3D visuals are used to communicate your vision, your idea, before it takes place in the physical world. Architects, property developers, interior designers and other professionals really benefit from the use of 3D visuals. How does Mighty Visage Work? Our main purpose at Mighty Visage is to understand and duplicate our clients’ vision. During the process of creating your 3D visual, we will show you the development at each project stage, giving you the opportunity to make changes and rectify anything you need before the next stage. This process ensures your complete satisfaction without any hidden fees. How much does it cost? 3D visuals can reduce project costs as making changes digitally is cheaper than physically at the end of the project. We understand that every customer, and every project is very unique. We consider the whole project and price it individually. Depending on intricacy of design, and amount of work involved. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information. newprojects@mightyvisage.co.uk 020 3150 1755

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Awards News

HLM Architects makes Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work for 2019

HLM Architects is one of a handful of architecture practices to make the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work for 2019 list. It has also retained its ‘Two Star’ accreditation status, given to organisations that make an ‘outstanding’ commitment to workplace engagement. Karen Mosley, Managing Director of HLM Architects, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the whole practice and benchmarks us against all types of companies UKwide, not just those in our sector. “In today’s society it’s common for individuals to have many competing demands in their lives and work-life balance is important. Our aim is to always do what we possibly can to promote wellbeing, engagement, personal growth and inclusivity. “We work with a ‘one-team’ culture across our studios, have an Academy 22 Luxury Interiors Magazine March 2019

“I would like to congratulate HLM Architects on their achievement of a Two Star Accreditation status and being named as one of the UK’s Best Companies to Work for. Best Companies have been producing the Accreditation standard since 2006 to acknowledge excellence in the workplace.” to help individuals progress and develop new skills, offer agile working befitting a modern workforce, and give support at every level.” Jonathan Austin, Founder and CEO, Best Companies said “I would like to congratulate HLM Architects on their achievement of a Two Star Accreditation status and being named as one of the UK’s Best Companies to Work for. “Best Companies have been producing the Accreditation standard since 2006 to acknowledge excellence in the workplace. We are proud that organisations like HLM Architects focus on their employees

and have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that they’re a best company to work for.” HLM Architects is an architecture firm headquartered in London with offices in Sheffield, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and the UAE. The company has 150 employees and is led by Chairman Richard O’Neil. It also offers landscape architecture, interior design and sustainability services to the health, education, defence, justice, hospitality, workplace & civic and living & communities sectors. Clients include major developers, contractors, health trusts, universities and the Ministry of Defence.

ALMA FLOOR – LUXURY LEATHER FLOORING Since installing our first leather floor twenty years ago, we have been manufacturing and fitting leather floors as a bespoke offering through ALMA STUDIO, our London based luxury interiors finishing company. To simplify specification and selection, we have recently launched our ALMA FLOOR collection of luxury leather floor tiles. Hand made in London, ALMA FLOOR offers a choice of 55 colours, 13 textures and 11 tile designs. ALMA FLOOR provides amazing possibilities for creating luxurious statement floors for both commercial and residential projects. Our leather floors have been installed within hotels, restaurants, marine, retail and corporate workspace as well as luxury residences. ALMA FLOOR tiles fitted by the ALMA installation team are offered with a 10 year guarantee. Our brochure and samples can be ordered via our website at www.almafloor.co.uk or from visiting our London E1 Studio. ALMA FLOOR sample selection boxes are available for use by interior designers and architectural practices. ALMA1938.COM 12-14 Greatorex Street London E1 5NF Tel 0207 3770762 www.alma1938.com www.almafloor.co.uk

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CLEVER EVOLUTION OF TAP TECHNOLOGY WITH BLANCO’S EVOL-S Renowned for pioneering kitchen tap design and technology initiatives, BLANCO UK has launched the clever EVOL-S Volume smart tap, demonstrating another step towards sustainability and smart functionality. This revolutionary smart tap has an integrated measuring function with a precise rotary control to give users the exact amount of water they need. The specific volume is set with the scaling wheel while the measured amount is delivered via the intuitive touch sensor system. The standard mixer tap functions of temperature and flow are controlled by the lever on the opposite side – the EVOL-S is available handed left or right. The two-in-one design features a pull-out spray, a 180 degree swivelling spout and the innovative dial gives users the option of predefining the volume of cold water – from 100ml to 5 litres. A blue LED light lets the user know that the volume function is ready to use and, whilst in use, the light flashes. Available in stylish Chrome and Stainless Steel UltraResist finishes, the EVOL-S is the perfect addition to any kitchen. For further information on BLANCO UK, please call 01923 635 200 or visit www.blanco.co.uk.

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Flagship city workspace nearing completion as 5-metre Ficus tree is craned onto top floor Construction work at Uncommon’s fourth space and flagship 41,430 sq. ft. flexible office development on Liverpool Street is nearing completion. Officially opening on the 4th April with 850 desks to members, the new addition joins the existing three Uncommon spaces in Borough, Highbury & Islington and Fulham, with more to come in 2019.

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Uncommon offers luxury co-working offices in central locations with an emphasis on design led spaces and a focus on health & wellbeing. Their aim is to promote a healthier way of working in an environment that evokes creativity, as well as productivity. The spaces draw inspiration from Scandinavian design with a combination of rich textures and tonal colours to stimulate focus and maintain levels of calmness.

Project In keeping with this, ahead of the opening, the team will be craning in one of London’s largest living trees in a workspace. The craning of the Ficus benjamina tree will be a major operation, with the 500kg/5 metre tall tree having to be lifted in via crane, using 15 strap lifts. In addition to this, a vast tree trunk will also be craned in. The trunk has been halved and polished to form two long desks. Living greenery is central to Uncommon’s wellness strategy and the Liverpool Street space houses over 500 plants, to help filter the air and provide a more natural feel to the space. Central to this is the 5-metre Ficus benjamina tree, situated in the central atrium of the top-floor communal mezzanine space. Surrounding the tree will be hanging chairs, perfect for relaxation or break-out meetings. Native to Asia and Australia the Ficus tree is the official tree of Bangkok and in natural conditions can reach up to 30 metres. This species will be carefully cultivated to ensure it remains a healthy size for its surrounding environment. In addition to meticulously designed spaces, the reception of the Liverpool Street space will feature an interactive light installation, from designer and director, Marcus Lyall. The installation will be activated through pulse; individuals can place their finger on a censor which monitors the heartbeat and in turn, the installation will pulse with each heartbeat, and measure the heart rhythm and depending on the rhythm, the lighting will react in different ways. Speaking of his collaboration with Uncommon, Marcus said: ‘’ I’m currently exploring how light and sound can help us understand our body’s internal signals and as Uncommon have an emphasis on wellness and balance in their spaces, I wanted to explore this combination in a creative way, to showcase how our feelings and senses can be displayed.’’

Complete with a full-service coffee lounge space, the top-floor area will include hot desks, break-out areas and a theatre-style stepped area. Founder and interior designer for all Uncommon spaces, Tania Adir, says “Our goal was simply to create the best flexible office building in London. The building benefits from an unbeatable location and an abundance of natural light, we have then added the elements that make it an Uncommon space. “Over the last few years there has been a major shift in the office market. Flexible office space is no longer the preserve of the unambitious, bland occupier. People demand interesting and versatile space that is flexible enough to adapt as they do. This is appealing to start ups and far larger businesses – our largest occupier currently has 200 workstations.” Tania continues; “The economy is driven by SMEs so we will provide high quality space for our members. We want people to feel better about being at work, so we’ve applied the very latest thinking in sound design, aroma, ergonomics and the psychology of productivity. “We don’t believe anyone else in the sector has taken such a close look at wellbeing at work. This isn’t just about the occasional yoga class or desk massage – this is a completely different way of looking after your members, and a real breath of fresh air in the industry.” Located across from Liverpool Street station members have direct access to the Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City underground lines, as well as London Overground services and trains to the east of England. Perfect for City commuters there is bike storage for members within the building.

Set within The Crosspoint, the cylindrical building, acquired from Lord Sugar’s development company, is Uncommon’s latest flexible workspace, which has been created to appeal to established businesses, scale ups and individuals looking for the best office space in the City of London. The interior fixtures and furnishings have been sourced from Italian artisan designers, specifically for their ergonomic qualities. Stand out pieces include two large custom designed co-working tables from Riva 1920 cut from a single tree trunk, bespoke meeting room tables and sideboards from Cattelan, specially designed angular polished Portoro marble bars, brass and bronze detailing, smoked glass shelving, a feature fire place made from perforated extruded metalwork and hand-crafted, walnutclad relaxation pods. The space also incorporates the principles of Activity Based Working (ABW), which research suggests can help increase productivity and overall effectiveness. ABW is a method, where instead of forcing individuals to carry out the majority of work on a designated desk, it encourages people to recognise that different work activities can be better supported by spaces and features designed specifically for a task. Partly open, with only the top floors left to complete, the Liverpool Street space offers private office space, open-plan working, phone-booth style enclosed areas and a rooftop with views across the city. The space has already attracted a number of full-time members, from established financial companies to startups and charities. March 2019 Luxury Interiors Magazine 25

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UK GOVERNMENT MINISTER: UK FURNITURE INDUSTRY MAKES A ‘GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO OUR COUNTRY’ Ms Maggie Throup MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group (APPFIG), secured a Westminster Hall debate on 23 January 2019 that examined the contribution of furniture manufacturing to the UK economy. Ms Throup used the opportunity to champion UK furniture manufacturing and raised some of the policy issues that the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) has been highlighting. During the debate, Ms Throup raised four key issues: trade and export; standards and regulations; skills and education; and the environment. All of these areas are key BFC policy concerns, which can be found in its manifesto. The debate was well attended by MPs from both sides of the House of Commons and from constituencies across the UK. Richard Harrington MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business and Industry, responded for the Government. He acknowledged the economic importance of the furniture industry, commented how ‘furniture is fundamental to all our lives’ and provided clarity on the Government’s position on some of the BFC’s key policy concerns. Mr Harrington mentioned that ‘the country has a rich history of producing world-class furniture’. On Brexit, he said: ‘The Government will do everything we can to ensure that the movement of goods remains as frictionless as possible to the benefit of industry across the UK.’ On safety and regulation, Mr Harrington said: ‘We need to maintain the industry’s reputation for excellence in both quality and safety’. On skills and education, he said: ‘The Government are keen to ensure that the industry has the skills it needs’. Mr Harrington concluded the debate 26 Luxury Interiors Magazine March 2019

by stating that he recognised ‘the furniture industry’s great contribution to our country and of the strong position it is in to make a positive contribution to a more sustainable future.’ The chairman of the BFC, Jonathan Hindle, commented: ‘The debate highlighted the important contribution of the UK furniture industry to the UK economy and allowed a number of the industry’s key policy concerns to be discussed. I’m very grateful to Maggie Throup MP for seeking the debate and look forward to working with her, the APPFIG and Government departments to ensure that the British furniture industry continues to thrive.’

“The debate highlighted the important contribution of the UK furniture industry to the UK economy and allowed a number of the industry’s key policy concerns to be discussed. I’m very grateful to Maggie Throup MP for seeking the debate and look forward to working with her, the APPFIG and Government departments to ensure that the British furniture industry continues to thrive.”

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Events News

GRAND DESIGNS LIVE TO RETURN TO LONDON WITH A MYRIAD OF NEW FEATURES From the 4th – 12th May 2019, London ExCeL will play host to Grand Designs Live; bringing the height of home and design innovation to London for the 14th year running. Proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, the show will boast a range of new exhibitors and features, as well as all the usual favourites, with design guru and TV broadcaster, Kevin McCloud leading the event. Whether you are starting out on your first renovation, building a new home, redecorating a room, installing a new kitchen or simply looking for ideas, Grand Designs Live is the must-visit event for anyone wanting to learn about the world of interiors, design and self-build.

As Grand Designs the TV series turns 20 in April 2019, the show will be celebrating with fun and exciting features focused around past and present houses, and their owners. In line with its green agenda, Grands Design Live will work with returning Charity partner for 2019, Friends of The Earth, launching the brand-new movement the ‘Green Finger Campaign’. A Wildlife forest will be created at Grand Designs Live to show visitors how and where to create wildlife friendly environments in whatever outdoor space they have to work with, from a 7 acre plot to a 5sm balcony. Visitors will be invited to take regional specific wildflower seeds away with them to plant and create their own wildlife friendly environment ; then print their fingerprint on a map of the UK to indicate where they live; producing a visual and interactive heat map of where people are supporting the cause. Friends of The Earth will also provide interactive workshops and demonstrations throughout the show, including the construction of wildlife hotels. Grand Designs Live will continue to support their initiative, as launched in May 2018, to reduce the usage of single-use plastics at the show; prohibiting the sale of plastic bottles from all in-show catering points along with the distribution of plastic straws. Plastic cutlery and show goody bags have been replaced with biodegradable alternatives. Visitors to the show will be encouraged to use refillable bottles and water points at the show’s cafes. Eco-minded visitors will also find an all-new area of the show focused on the art of upcycling; showcasing a platform for skilled upcycling designers to give insight into their craft.

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Also not to be missed is the new interiors feature – The Under the Stairs Project, which will see eight interior designers showcase bespoke installations, using a commonly neglected area in the home, the space under the stairs, giving visitors the opportunity to browse and pick up inspirations for their own mini grand designs. Judges for this exciting new competition will include Kevin McCloud and Jenny Gibbs from the KLC School of Design. Established favourites such as Kevin’s Green Heroes will showcase the most ground-breaking and eco-friendly products on the market, and the popular Ask An Expert will return alongside a host of inspiring and informative seminars at The Grand Theatre, which will be compered for 2019 by Property Expert and TV Presenter Kunle Barker, and offer visitors the opportunity to consult and hear from specialists across a range of home-improvement areas, from finance, to architecture, design as well as totally unique talks such as ‘Kevin’s top 20 from 20’; covering Kevin’s top 20 houses from his 20 years of Grand Designs on TV.

NaCSBA and Grand Designs Live will also hold a parliamentary reception on Tuesday 7th May from 7pm in The Houses of Parliament. This invitation-only event will be hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Self-Build, Custom & Community Housebuilding & Placemaking with the likes of The Housing Minister Kit Malthouse, Richard Bacon MP and Kevin McCloud will be in attendance. Grand Designs Live would encourage the public to get involve with this exclusive event by submitting questions to the event panel through Grand Designs Live social media or email via info@granddesignslive.com. Covering Build, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens and Interiors the show offers a great day out with hundreds of innovative ideas for the home, instructive talks and demonstrations. Get access to amazing brands launching new products, compare prices and check out homewares not yet available on the high street.

As part of the linking between Grand Designs Live and National Custom and Self Build Week, talks and an expert clinic focusing on Self-Build will take place on the weekdays, including topics themed around ‘Busting the myths of Self-Build’. Grand Designs Live feels strongly that supporting this initiative is important as the UK has a much lower rate of self-building than other European countries. The self-build sector currently accounts for between 7-10% of completions in the UK, while in Austria it accounts for around 80%. Evidence suggests that 53% of people in the UK would consider building their own home given the opportunity. March 2019 Luxury Interiors Magazine 29


Victorian Townhouse, Highgate - LLI Design LLI Design have recently completed a total refurbishment of a 3 storey Victorian townhouse on a leafy residential road in Highgate, a desirable residential area of North London. Our clients wanted to create a warm, comfortable home with modern touches. Although the house was in reasonable condition, the joinery and fittings throughout the house were dated, had been well used and looked tired. Many of the period features had been stripped out and those that remained had not been maximised. The house lacked character and personality although it benefited from ‘good bones’, nicely proportioned rooms, a delightful garden and a handsome exterior. LLI Design felt that more could be made of the period features, enhancing some and reinstating others to bring out more of the Victorian feel of the property. The brief was to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming home referencing and emphasising the house’s Victorian past as well as adding more contemporary elements to the scheme. Layout The house comprised of c. 2500 sqft / 230 sqm spread out over 3 floors including a cellar and a lovely rear garden. The ground floor comprised of a generous hall leading to 2 connecting reception rooms and at the end of the hall an extended kitchen. There was a small WC and stairs down to the cellar. It was decided to leave the cellar as it was and use it for additional storage. The first floor is divided into 2 bedroom suites. The Master Suite; comprising a good size principle bedroom with steps down to an ensuite and off the master bedroom, a small dressing room. 30 Luxury Interiors Magazine March 2019


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Project We created a Nursery Suite at the front of the house comprising of a sizeable bedroom and an ensuite bathroom. On the half landing up to the second floor is a kid’s bedroom and on the top floor a Family Bathroom, Guest bedroom and a generous Study Room. Ground Floor - Entrance Hallway Although the entrance hallway was a good size it lacked character. We reinstated the stained glass in the fan light window above the front door and side window, in a bespoke design, bringing light, colour and texture into the hallway. The original tiled floor had long been removed so we re-tiled the whole of the entrance hall in crisp black and white period tiles with a border pattern. This immediately visually increased the size and lightness of the hall area. Considering the overall size of the house almost no provision had been given to coats storage, so as not to compromise the size of the hall we nibbled a small amount out of the generous dining room adjacent to the hall in order to create a generous cloaks cupboard. This created a small return in the dining room; so that this wasn’t visually intrusive in the dining room we ensured that the coving, skirting and dado detail wrapped seamlessly around the new return. The new return had the added advantage of creating an alcove for a sideboard, thus making the whole alteration seem natural. We commissioned Nigel Tyas to produce a dramatic copper and glass pendant light in the stairwell that hung from the top floor ceiling down to the ground floor, giving a visual connection and really creating a wow factor. Ground Floor - Living & Dining Room In the living and dining rooms we specified new light greyed oak parquet floors and traditional white marble fireplaces, in one of which we installed a wood burning stove. Bespoke pale grey lacquer joinery was designed and installed either side of the fireplaces in both rooms, incorporating plenty of storage, with asymmetrical shelving which we lit with

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individual accent in joinery spotlights. At the side of one of the fireplaces we incorporated a black steel log store. Both the dining and living rooms had the original ornate plaster ceilings, however they had been painted white throughout and were visually lost. We really brought this feature out by painting the plaster relief in close, but contrasting, tones of grey to emphasis the detail. Ground Floor - Kitchen The kitchen extension, although a good size, was rather dark, with a wall of folding sliding doors on one side at the back overlooking the garden. The architectural style was traditional and in keeping with the architecture of the house. We enhanced the rear extension by adopting a contemporary aesthetic, installing folding sliding doors in dark grey aluminium on 2 sides, which allowed in copious amounts of light and gave a real sense of connection with the garden. We redesigned the existing kitchen to suit the family. Creating a bespoke joinery kitchen in lacquer with walnut drawers and interiors. The styling is contemporary classic in soft colours with plenty of storage, including a generous larder and breakfast cupboard to house a kettle and toaster as well as a small wine fridge. Thus eliminating all clutter with everything being behind doors when not required. We specified a boston sink along with a composite worktop and added colour with ceramic deep blue tiles as a back splash. We designed and fabricated bespoke metal brackets from which to suspend 3 glass pendant lights which hover over the island below the glass skylight. First Floor - Master Suite - Dressing Room The dressing room was re-designed with bespoke oak full height units to make the most of the space. First Floor - Master Suite - Master Bedroom We stripped back and reinstated deep alcoves either side of the bed, giving them lacquer interiors and a shadow gap March 2019 Luxury Interiors Magazine 33

Project around. Delicate downlights in the shelves add interest to the room. An accent ceiling light was added for dramatic effect. First Floor - Master Suite - Master Ensuite The master ensuite, which overlooked the garden, was redesigned and fitted with a large double wall hung vanity unit, with elegant composite basins on a thick natural stone shelf with a lacquer vanity unit underneath, wall mounted taps and double mirrors above. A sculptural composite free standing bath sits near the window. We specified a large matt tile for the floor, steps and walls, with a contrast ceramic polished narrow rectangular tile for the shower enclosure. Dramatic lighting under the vanity unit and in the shower alcove add to the sense of well being. First Floor - Nursery Suite (Bedroom 2) The Nursery suite was redesigned, with playful illustrated cloud roman blinds and a colourful watercolour dot wallpaper. The ensuite bathroom was redesigned featuring a wall hung vanity unit with deck mounted basin and a bath with a shower over. Second Floor - Bedroom 3 We created a fun playful childs bedroom on the half landing featuring a playful illustrated fox roman blind. Lighting Design To enhance the interiors a new lighting scheme was designed and specified including new fittings and garden lighting which adds the feeling of the garden and terrace being an additional “Outdoor room”. An Intelligent Lighting system was installed in order to create moods, ambience and timed events internally and externally, controlled from wall mounted keypads and also by iPads / iPhones. Summary By subtle changes to the spaces and by adding texture, color and interesting material choices we were able to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming family home. We have achieved a harmonious and calm aesthetic throughout with modern touches within a timeless design.

As with the majority of LLI Design’s projects, the construction, joinery, home automation and landscaping were carried out by our in-house vertically integrated teams - Pegasus Property & Pegasus Automation.

Linda Levene Design Director LLI Design

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Project News

FutureBrand UXUS opens new London office Leading international design studio and consultancy FutureBrand UXUS is excited to announce its expansion into the UK, with a new office opening in the capital this month. This new London location will strengthen the studio’s global presence, providing a new base for the company, in addition to its existing New York and Amsterdam offices. With a dedicated team in London, FutureBrand UXUS will have greater proximity to the exciting retail and hospitality opportunities within the UK and Northern Europe. Alice Ellis, Senior Client Manager, Joseph Lane, Senior Designer, and Adam Thompson, Senior Creative Strategist will form the London team, facilitating greater collaboration and seamless experiences with existing FutureBrand and FutureBrand UXUS clients.

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Chief Creative Officer, Architect and Co-Founder of FutureBrand UXUS, Oliver Michell says “We are looking forward to expanding our reach and influence in the UK by opening a new London design studio. Our company has been working with British clients ever since FutureBrand UXUS’ inception 15 years ago, most notably Selfridges, Jaeger, the Chapman Brothers and Tate Modern, to name a few; naturally, we’re excited to continue building relationships within this vibrant, pioneering culture.” FutureBrand’s London Managing Director, Kate FulfordBrown says “We’re very excited to work even more closely with our FutureBrand UXUS colleagues; having them here on the ground in London strengthens our ability to deliver great, completely connected brand experiences to existing and new clients alike.”

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FutureBrand UXUS has a long history of delivering stellar projects in London, with some of its most exciting projects situated in the capital in recent years. L’Occitane flagship store on Regent Street, London, opened 2018 FutureBrand UXUS teamed up with French natural beauty, skincare and fragrance brand, L’Occitane en Provence to create a retail experience in the brand’s first flagship store on Regent Street. FutureBrand UXUS designed a new immersive experience that offers customers a luxurious and sensorial exploration of L’Occitane’s full range of natural beauty products, all inspired by the south of France art de vivre and Provençal beauty secrets. FutureBrand UXUS’ vision for the space was translated into an enchanting retail experience with education and trial at the core, sharing the L’Occitane beauty of life philosophy with the curious customer. Tate Modern Shop on Bankside, London, opened 2016 This retail space by FutureBrand UXUS is housed at the base of the gallery’s distinctive pyramid extension which was designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The concept of this store design was to create a space that occupies the crossroads of culture and commerce and invites visitors to explore the world of art through the museum’s retail expression. Part shopping destination, part cultural hangout, it was designed as a ‘permanently temporary’ space with the flexibility to respond to the gallery’s fastchanging exhibition and project schedule. March 2019 Luxury Interiors Magazine 35

Product Overview

Spring Living with Lundhs Real Stone Step into spring with the natural beauty of Lundhs Real Stone. From food preparation to floral arrangements, Lundhs’ 100% natural stone worktops are the perfect kitchen surface. With its unique blend of feldspar crystals glistening in the sunshine, Lundhs Real Stone is as beautiful as it is practical and is guaranteed to bring a touch of nature to your home. Sourced from the quarries of Norway, Lundhs Real Stone worktops are brought to you directly from nature’s landscape. Crafted by nature millions of years ago, Lundhs Real Stone provides homeowners with some of the world’s most unique and natural materials, boasting both aesthetic and practical qualities. Offering four different materials in two distinct surface finishes, the exceptional Larvikite and Anorthosite kitchen worktops epitomise the concept of bringing nature into the home. From the warm brown tones of Lundhs Antique, to the crisp deep blue hues of Lundhs Emerald, the complex blend of feldspar crystals in each piece of stone ensures that your worktop is completely unique to you with its own individual fingerprint. Every Lundhs Real Stone is delivered with a certificate of authenticity, stating the origin of the stone and leaving customers with their own unique piece of Norway in their home. A complex blend of beautiful feldspar crystals, each piece of rock from Lundhs is completely unique with its own individual fingerprint. The product of minerals melting and mixing under extreme heat millions of years ago, Norway is the only place in the world where Larvikite can be found. WWW.LUNDHSREALSTONE.COM/UK 36 Luxury Interiors Magazine March 2019

Product Overview

Young by Michael Young - Sofa and easy chair for urban spaces When space is scarce there is no room for errors and furniture needs to be able to deliver more than good looks – and this is exactly what the Young sofa and easy chair by Michael Young do. Making a sofa that’s ideal for two people to socialise and also be able to find some privacy in, is a delicate equation where the proportions need to be just right. Add great comfort and style and you have Young by British designer Michael Young, who dives into the Swedish design sensibility in his first collaboration with Offecct. “Swedes have a good sense of style and I wanted to do something that was somewhat Swedish and simple. Upholstery is one of the most difficult things to do because it’s so uncontrollable, as opposed to product design which is just as much hard work but you know the exact outcome. So I’m very happy that Offecct is realising my take on a casual couch and easy chair, and about our collaboration in general which has given me new insights about upholstery,” says Michael Young. Every angle and element in this sofa and easy chair has been carefully thought out. Quilted textile covers the soft seating, which rests on a delicately shapen wooden frame. The size, appearance and function make Young suitable for public spaces and hospitality areas, as well as offices and domestic spheres where space is limited. “In many urbanised parts of the world where square metres are expensive, there is less room for furniture, so the objects you furnish with have to do a good job in every sense. We wanted a modern club sofa with an adjoining easy chair that not only fits into those smaller

spaces but could also address different needs. It was wonderful to work with Young who understood our mission and also the scale of the objects very well,” says Anders Englund, Design Manager at Offecct.

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Project News

Keeping it Natural: Drummonds, a dream en suite by Summer Williams This master bathroom by interior designer Summer Williams forms a key part of the refurbishment of a Victorian townhouse. For the owners, this is the first time that they have ever had an en suite and they wanted it to be ultra-luxurious, with a large bath, shower and double vanity, carefully placed to leave the room feeling light and spacious. With the benefit of a designer’s eye, Summer Williams devised a clever floorplan, at the heart of which was Drummonds’ magnificent freestanding cast iron Usk bath, centred under the window. There is a deliberate symmetry in this bathroom, with mirrors, lights and taps also carefully aligned. A simple colour palette of silvers and whites is carried throughout, underlining the sense of space and peace, with built-in storage keeping clutter out of sight to enhance this calm feeling. Drummonds’ freestanding Double Ladybower vanity forms another key focus point in the bathroom and its richly figured Arabescato top is echoed inside the large shower enclosure, creating the sense of a grand wet room within a relatively compact area. The brassware throughout the entire bathroom is also from Drummonds, cast using the lost wax process to create weighty pieces with a forever feel. From taps to baths, Drummonds manufacture their products using traditional processes; an investment in quality which gives them unique permanence and beauty.

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Interior Designer: Summer Williams of Summer Williams Design www.summerwilliams.com Arabescato Vagli marble slabs + Thassos AAA marble Hungarian Point floor tiles from Lapicida www.lapicida.com

Project News

Nulty Bespoke Produces Clever Pendants For Pioneering Women’s College in Cambridge Nulty Bespoke brings passion and vision to the design and production of 36 beautiful pendants for the newly opened Porter’s Lodge and entrance of Newnham College. This main reception space serves multiple functions including hosting exhibitions and launch events, and as the first port of call upon entering this highly esteemed seat of learning. The challenge was to create a sense of welcoming warmth while simultaneously addressing the varied practical needs of the space. Surface-mounted lighting fixtures provide a soft, warm, and diffuse lighting effect complementing the architect’s vision of a timber-coffered ceiling. Colour temperature was crucial, as anything cold and austere as a first impression wouldn’t have reflected how the space was intended to be used. The luminaire solution provided by Nulty Bespoke composed mainly of two perfectly proportioned brass disks. The material of brass was selected for its lustrous qualities that not only aptly reflect the college’s revered history but also work best to help bring out the warm tones of the timber ceiling. A series of small LED lights are concealed in the reverse of the lower disk, shining light onto to the larger disk above, creating a rich, lustrous glow in the space. Focused accent lighting is provided via a miniature, retractable LED spotlight housed within the centre of each pendant, flush with the lower brass disk. When housed in its fully recessed ‘resting’ position this downlight serves to shine a warm pool of light on the ground beneath, echoing the rhythm and symmetry of the timber coffers. However, it can also be extended and adjusted to focus light at various angles within the space as necessary, whether it be a historical document in a showcase or a portrait of an alumna on the wall.

All the lighting technology (drivers for the lights as well as emergency batteries) is concealed behind the upper disk. Crucially, this ensures everything that is exposed is purely decorative. The feature luminaire’s indirect lights and focused directional downlight are controlled independently, introducing flexible layers of light, which allows the space to be addressed separately as required.

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Product News

A guide to painting the kitchen with Benjamin Moore Paints For a simple yet effective kitchen update, turn to Benjamin Moore Paints. Delivering exceptionally richer and truer colour in over 3,500 shades, a simple colour change can help you make a huge impact on your kitchen scheme from cabinetry to walls and everything in between. Ideal for those not wanting to undergo a complete kitchen overhaul, an accent wall can help you to make a distinctive statement in the heart of the home. When it comes to the colour choice, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and what will work best in the scheme. Whether you’re looking to add a splash of colour to a sleek white scheme or wanting to complement wooden cabinetry and accents with more earthy tones, there are endless possibilities when it comes to accent wall colour choices. From zesty yellows to ravishing reds and calming sage greens, choose from Benjamin Moore’s vast and varied colour collection to find your perfect shade. Opting to paint your kitchen cabinetry provides you with the flexibility to work with a varied palette. If you want to stick to white or a lighter shade on your walls and worktops, a darker paint on your cabinetry can create a truly standout scheme whilst a complementing neutral shade will also provide you with subtle colour variations without overpowering the space. It might be hard for some to believe, but with the right preparation, any type of kitchen cabinet can be painted. Even a glossy or laminate cabinet can be painted as long as the surface is primed with an adhesion promotion primer first. Ideal for cabinets and woodwork, Benjamin Moore’s Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd paint is easy to apply as well as extremely durable, making it perfect for the busiest room in the home. Being an alkyd paint, it delivers a flawless, brush-mark free finish with exceptional toughness, but since it is water-based, it eliminates the strong odour and difficult clean up associated with oil-based paints. As with all Benjamin Moore paints, it is available in all Benjamin Moore colours and whites.

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For the ultimate wow-factor, fully embrace your chosen colour scheme and paint the same shade across your walls, cabinetry and island. Whether you opt for a daring blue or an all-out white scheme, this approach to kitchen décor is guaranteed to deliver a beautifully cohesive scheme. With 15 different products to choose from, Benjamin Moore can provide you with a suitable paint for each and every surface in every one of its colours, meaning you don’t have to worry about continuity of colour or quality. Underpinning all of the fantastic Benjamin Moore product lines is the proprietary Gennex® Waterborne colourant technology. All Benjamin Moore paints are custom mixed, giving customers access to an unrivalled palette of colours. Gennex® colourants fortify the paint to enhance colour durability for a long lasting and resilient finish.

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Omar’s Place, Pimlico Featuring Havwoods End Grain Wood Flooring Transformed in May 2018, this new eatery in London’s Pimlico is a stunning example of a historic building turned bustling restaurant / bar space. The culinary vision of restaurateur and hotelier, Omar Shabaan, the latest London hotspot was designed to establish a ‘neighbourhood haunt’ that seamlessly integrated into its location. The interior needed to be cohesive with the Mediterranean-inspired menu that was to be offered. Tasked with bringing this concept to life was Londonbased commercial design curator Sella Concept, whose team of spacial designers, led by Tatiana von Stein and Gayle Noonan, worked closely with architecture consultants from Wilson Holloway. The result is a space that is as welcoming as it is unique, with a distinctive Milanese aesthetic. A bold mix of materials includes polished terracotta and multi-coloured terrazzo tiles, rust-coloured tubular suede banquette seating set against scalloped Sapele wood slats on the walls. The flooring plays a major role in uniting each design element in the restaurant, with Havwoods’ product

specified to cover the whole surface of the floor. End Grain from the brand’s Henley collection was not only chosen for its durable engineered construction but its unconventional style, too. The natural warmth of this flooring was selected to supplement this bespoke interior, with the design’s distinctive cross-section showcasing the beautifully-organic growth rings of the wood. The product is conveniently supplied in standard length planks, with a tongue & groove fit system, so offering a highly convenient choice for commercial installation but with the visual effect of individual wood tiles when laid. The Henley collection from Havwoods presents a range of high-performance, pre-finished engineered planks with a superior-quality oiled and lacquered surface. An excellent choice for high-footfall installations, or areas that are exposed to heavy-duty use such as restaurants or bars, the textured surface ensures that any superficial scratches and marks are naturally disguised without distracting from the floor’s original aesthetic. Sawing, brushing, burning and planing techniques are applied to the wood in order to add character, and every product is tested to ensure that these processes have not weakened the plank’s structure. Applied with a traditional tongue and groove fit profile, Henley is available in a variety of widths ranging from 120260mm. March 2019 Luxury Interiors Magazine 41

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Luxury Interiors Magazine - March 2019  

Luxury Interiors Magazine is a leading trade publication within the interior design industry, providing an extensive look at breaking news,...

Luxury Interiors Magazine - March 2019  

Luxury Interiors Magazine is a leading trade publication within the interior design industry, providing an extensive look at breaking news,...