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Cover Story STAFFAN TOLLGARD
Step into Staffan Tollgård’s eponymous Design Store and you would be forgiven for missing the fact that this designer was born and bred in Sweden. Spend a little time in the store, though, and the many subtle references to a modern take on Scandinavian design rise to the surface.
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The weathered grey barn-wood that clads the mezzanine and architectural columns is a nod to Staffan’s Swedish heritage; the laid-back, easy-going atmosphere testimony to his belief that great design should be appreciated and shared in an immersive, welcoming environment. cover_new.indd 1
The fact that the company’s design practice is housed on the mezzanine, tucked just out of site, but at the heart of the Store’s concept, also has a Swedish functionalism to it.
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Staffan Tollgard Design Store A World Of Designs In One Spectacular Setting
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Step into Staffan Tollgård’s eponymous
Our designers know the stories behind
Design Store and you would be forgiven for
each design decision we have made, and
missing the fact that this designer was born
behind the products and design that we
and bred in Sweden. Spend a little time
are selling. These stories will appeal to
in the store, though, and the many subtle
certain clients, so we must know how to
references to a modern take on Scandinavian
tell them, and we must have the space
design rise to the surface. The weathered
and the setting to do it in, calmly and
grey barn-wood that clads the mezzanine
completely. We’ve tried to design the
and architectural columns is a nod to Staffan’s
Store to be a very different shopping
Swedish heritage; the laid-back, easy-going
experience. It shouldn’t feel like a shop –
atmosphere testimony to his belief that great
more like a beautiful home that you can
design should be appreciated and shared in
recreate in your own.”
an immersive, welcoming environment. The collection of brands in the Store The fact that the company’s design practice
spans 19 countries. The designers
is housed on the mezzanine, tucked just
span another 13. The international
out of site, but at the heart of the Store’s
blend has captured the attention of the
concept, also has a Swedish functionalism to
interior designers, architects and clients
it. Staffan’s vision for this multi-tasking space
that have visited the Store since it has
was the creation of “a truly immersive design
opened. Staffan’s success in choosing
experience where each and every element
exclusive high-quality brands and
is for sale and specification. Through our
working with long-standing (and often
hybrid nature of interior design practice and
family-run businesses) that tell a distinct
design store we have tried to embed the
design narrative is exemplified in a few
products in a residential environment that
of the international brands that the Store
tells a strong and interesting story about us,
sells. Many of the brands are engaged
who we are and where we come from. The
in a dialogue with their cultural heritage;
idea of home is paramount to every project
all are inspired by their homelands
that we work on. And it is paramount to the
and determined to create new design
stories behind the furniture and pieces that
typologies that move design forward.
we sell. Where was the designer inspired? What experience does this particular manufacturer have that is unique?
Seyhan Ozdemir from Turkish design dynamo Autoban recently visited the Store to see how their work is being showcased. Autoban’s furniture range was born out of the architectural design firm’s own interior projects so there is a lot of common ground shared between the two practices. As Seyhan explained to Staffan during her visit, their furniture collection tells a number of different stories, unique to each of their design projects. Early on, Autoban struggled to find products to properly tell the story of their hotel and commercial projects. So they designed their own. Inspired by the diversity of daily life in Istanbul and their increasingly international work-scape they have won numerous design awards for projects and pieces. Stand out pieces at the Store include the iconic Box sofa, the Nest Chair, the Deer chair and the Tulip lamp. Neri&Hu are another husband-and-wife architect team whose work is proudly displayed at the Design Store. Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu’s pieces are rooted in an aesthetic of cultural provocation. Their designs speak of their Chinese heritage, their irrepressible energy and their commitment to quality above all else. Neri&Hu passionately want to convey to the world stage that great design can come from China. Their commitment to quality has seen them join Autoban under the manufacturing umbrella of De La Espada, whose expertise in solid wood out of their base in Northern Portugal is the perfect fit for their designs that modernise, refine and update historical references from their Chinese design heritage. Iconic pieces include the Solo and Duet chairs. Stellarworks is also based in Shanghai and boasts an eclectic fusion of French, Japanese and Scandinavian heritage, manufacturing and design influences. Their Lunar pieces, by Danish design duo of Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou that together make up Space Copenhagen, sit beautifully in the store, together with other Stellarworks stand-out items including the Laval Crown chair and armchairs that clearly illustrate the cross-cultural sampling at the core of their design philosophy. Another designer innovating in the Far East is British design icon Michael Young. Rooted in a spirit of enquiry and industrial adventure, his Hong Kong based brand, EOQ, is pushing the boundaries of furniture design using industrial technologies to design future modern classics. Several of his pieces are shown at the Design Store including the Joseph and Bramah lighting collection that use his signature extrusion process. Staffan picks out the Bayer shelves as a personal favourite. The shelves combine forged links with shelving of smoked oak, walnut or even driftwood, set in dramatic opposition to them. An endlessly-configurable unit that is equally at home in a luxurious residential setting or as a room divider in a high-end restaurant, and that
The international fusion at work in the Design Store has resulted in a bold design language that speaks to an international design savvy audience. The careful curating of the brands offers a sampling of the best that the world of design has to offer under a beautifully designed roof. Was it the Swedes that invented the smorgasbord? www.tollgard.co.uk
illustrate EOQ’s growth into a brand of real distinction.
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Electric Beauty The Democratisation of Design and its Impact on the Electrical Industry Before a small selection of consumer brands – most famously Apple, led by its late founder Steve Jobs and chief designer Sir Jonathan Ives – turned the notion completely on its head, it was once accepted wisdom that function would always trump form when consumers were faced with choosing between competing technology products. Today, despite their transformative effect on the intersection of design and technology, manufacturers charged with mass producing consumerfacing technology could be forgiven for cursing Apple, Ives, Jobs. Why? Because the success of the company’s products – iPod, iPhone, iPad – has completely and irreversibly reshaped our expectations of technology. Take headphones as an example. Jump on a bus or train in an international city like New York, London, Hong Kong and you’ll notice that headphones are no longer just a device for listening to music. Today, they are fashion accessories, labels, brands; available in a rainbow of different colours,
complete with funky designs on the earphones. This trend has had a transformation impact on the electrical industry too. For years, plugs, sockets and light switches were just an accepted compromise in a consumer’s otherwise perfect bathroom, kitchen, lounge, or hotel room. The democratisation of design has put paid to that cosy little compromise. Interior designers everywhere invest a significant amount of time and energy creating a space that perfectly matches their client’s vision. A sleek and stylish minimalist space with leather finishes and eclectic furniture through to a grand, imposing function room kitted out in mahogany and brass. Every detail is obsessed over, as designers instinctively understand that the finished article is the result of a thousand small, carefully made decisions. However as electrical manufacturers start to raise their game – offering a wide selection of customised finishes
matching seasonal trends – interior designers are running out of reasons to write-off wiring accessories - sockets, light switches, dimmers - as an inevitable eye sore to be hidden away, covered up or concealed . On the contrary, the latest innovation in fashionable, customisable sockets, USB charging modules and light switches presents interior designers with another big opportunity to bring their grand design to life. As with all consumer trends, the winners will be designers who quickly mobilise and successfully ride the crest of the wave. At MK Electric, a Honeywell company, we have already embraced this trend with our Decorative Collection, offering 5000 different combinations of wiring devices matched closely with the hottest interior design trends. Bespoke designs can also be developed using MK Electric’s Design Service team, offering ID experts a full palette of designs and textures to lift a room aesthetically. As the democratisation of design marches on, your clients will expect nothing less.
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Lighting a modern family home
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This new build contemporary space was designed to be open plan, light and airy, a warm family home, a party venue, and a series of intimate spaces linked by distant focal points. A potentially conflicting set of requirements, but all possible with careful planning and imaginative lighting design.
Custom Dining Room Lighting
Dramatic Dining Room Lighting
The naturally light dining area presented a challenge of very few fixing points. Brilliant Lighting developed a custom mounting for the discreet table lighting.
In the evening or in party mood, the dining room lighting provides a wonderful backdrop. Floor recessed colour changing LED sets the scene here in a soft pink.
Open plan Hallway and Stairs lighting The entrance hall, seating area and spectacular staircase receive different lighting treatments but the net result is a wonderfully unified lighting scheme.
The streamlined kitchen sees constant use. We needed to develop a highly functional scheme with a contemporary sleek feel.
The Concrete Staircase
The staircase rising from the heart of the ground floor provides a stunning focal point aside the more formal lounge. It called out to be lit but represented a real challenge; it was fabricated out of concrete prior to us starting on the project, and with marble cladding and a glass handrail it provided no obvious fixing points for the lighting.
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MRA designs London flagship store for House of Hackney 131 Shoreditch High Street, London E1
Architecture & Interior Design has created the first UK flagship store for luxury British brand House of Hackney. Located at 131 Shoreditch High Street, the store showcases the brand’s full product range, including fashion and interiors and new categories such as sleepwear, accessories and stationery. Founded by life and business partners Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle in 2011, House of Hackney has built up a cult following through its luxury stockists and website. MRA’s brief was to create a showcase to support House of Hackney’s highly personalised service and reflect both its nonconformist spirit and its roots in traditional, high-quality craftsmanship. Stephanie Srivastava, Director at MRA, explains: ‘House of Hackney wanted to create a space dedicated to their product, a destination for their customers where the “beauty of the collections can be seen in their entirety”. The store provides a “touchpoint” for followers of the brand, a tactile opportunity to engage and be entertained while being immersed in their statement prints.’ Solution The store, which comprises 2,000 square feet (186m²) arranged over two floors, is devised as a series of themed rooms: Garden, Fabric and Fashion. The design embodies the brand’s playful, irreverent style and the store is decorated in House of Hackney’s trademark prints, together with new collections. The backdrop features dark furniture in House of Hackney’s signature ‘midnight’ colourway, which acts as a foil to offset the highly decorative product on offer. The style is classic Victoriana with a twist: richly ornate detailing that is accentuated by the vivid prints of the fabrics and wallpapers on display. An eye-catching awning, featuring House of Hackney’s ‘Hackney Empire’ print, immediately gives the store a strong street presence, creating the ambience of a traditional storefront. The House of Hackney logo is picked out in delicate gold lettering, mounted on the existing stone fascia panel. Spilling down the steps and on to the street, an array of fresh flowers and plants draws customers into the Garden Room. Creative florists Wild at Heart have curated a special ‘Wild at Heart x House of Hackney’ flower shop inspired by the collections. Traditional black-and-white Victorian-style tiling contrasts with the flamboyant decoration, and a new floral print, used for the papered feature wall and on the bespoke tiles to the back of the florist’s counter top, adds to the natural exuberance. Space is provided for the florists to make up bouquets, with a butler’s sink and feature brass taps, adding activity to the front area of the store. In the Fabric Room, large-format shelving provides a showcase for House of Hackney’s richly decorative cushions, while the wallpaper range is displayed on oversized hinged panels to show the full pattern repeat. A library of fabric and wallpaper samples, beautifully tied with ribbon, and smaller items, such as fine bone china, is displayed within shelving near the cash/wrap desk. The desk features a marble top and is clearly defined by the dramatic globe pendant luminaires located above. The Victorian tiling is reprised, a change in scale delineating the separate ‘rooms’. The Fabric Room is enhanced by octagonal feature mirror panelling to the ceiling, adding a sense of grandeur that matches the fabrics on display. The Fashion Room houses the brand’s celebrated apparel designs, alongside footwear, sleepwear and lingerie. In the centre, a grand ‘conversation seat’ upholstered in ‘Wild Card’ fabric lends an opulent salon feel, providing a space to wait while partners try on clothing in the fitting rooms, which feature ‘Hackney Empire Stripe’ paper and curtains. At the rear of the store, a double-height space creates a perfect environment to show the full effect of the brand’s signature ‘Hackney Empire’ luxury wallpaper. Featuring a carnival of animals in a riot of colour, this adds a sense of theatre as customers take the spiral staircase to the lower floor. On reaching the Furniture Showroom on the lower floor, visitors are immersed in House of Hackney’s furniture collections in a series of room sets, curated by print. The interior reflects the luxury signature style of the brand with a traditional foundation of faux fireplace, parquet floor and panelling, together with an attention-grabbing feature bed set dressed in ‘Dalston Rose’. Overhead, a grid system enables the creation of a flexible display space, much like a stage set, where screens can be suspended and moved to form different ‘rooms’. Frieda Gormley, House of Hackney, comments: ‘MRA has designed a captivating interior for our flagship store. Beautifully designed and crafted, it is a perfect backdrop to House of Hackney's collections – both fashion and interiors.’
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“Practically, Bang & Olufsen is perfectly suited to large residential refurbishments. Few realise how upgradable Bang & Olufsen is both its hardware and software can be replaced making their TVs superbly future-proof,” says Malcolm Stewart, CEO of Kensington AV. “We are a ‘one-stop-AV-shop’ for the design profession,” says Stewart, who has intimate knowledge of prime residential refurbishments having managed bespoke installations for prestigious architects, interior designers, A-list music celebrities and Russian Oligarchs.
BANG & OLUFSEN CHELSEA Acquired by Leading Luxury AV Installer, Kensington Audio Visual
ondon, UK, October 15th 2013 - London’s leading luxury AV installer, Kensington Audio Visual, has acquired Bang & Olufsen of Chelsea, and in November will launch an Experience Centre for designers in its new King’s Road showroom where lighting design, architectural light fittings, lighting control, AV, home automation solutions and security can be showcased for the interiors and architectural design industries and also endusers. For the first time, London-based design professionals can source Bang & Olufsen, “the world’s leading luxury audio visual
brand” (Superbrands), from a specialist AV trade installer. Bang & Olufsen has previously only been available as a ‘retail’ brand, but now designers can safely specify Bang & Olufsen with the reassurance that it can be seamlessly integrated with control systems and fully supported by a specialist AV consultancy servicing professional designers. This comes as Bang & Olufsen announces the introduction of a new wireless speaker platform, the first ever to use wireless technology that is robust enough for high-end digital sound, at CEDIA 2013 tradeshow in Denver, Colorado. With
the new wireless technology, audiophiles will be able to enjoy 24-bit, uncompressed music wirelessly. Interior designers can achieve cinema-quality surround sound without the wire clutter. The new wireless technology by Bang & Olufsen incorporates WiSA’s (Wireless Speaker and Audio Association) open standard to achieve the ultimate sound performance in multi-channel wireless set up. Therefore, Bang & Olufsen’s next-generation wireless speakers, to be introduced this Autumn, will connect to any WiSA compliant third-party television, Blu-ray player, AV receiver or the like – simply, flexibly and brilliantly.
“We make life easy for interior designers by offering in one service all the expertise across the technical specialisms in a high end refurbishment – they have less people to deal with and a single point of responsibility. Our clientfacing staff speak fluent Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew which also helps smooth relations with our exacting high-net-worth central London clients.”
Kensington AV runs regular CPD courses dedicated to Lighting Design and Control and also Audio Visual/ control systems for architects and interior designers (enquiries to email@example.com)
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SAHCO HOME COLLECTION 2013 To decorate a room and give it an unmistakable touch. With exclusive cushions and plaids of the new SAHCO HOME COLLECTION. Six different cushions in selected colours, materials and sizes offer almost endless possibilities to set accents. Hand-made from sophisticated SAHCO- fabrics like ARLECIN, BOUQUET, COSMO, ELE- MENTO, SATINEE and TRESSA partly with a three- dimensional look the cushions reflect what is without a doubt special. A small but delicate selection of three different plaids in a size of about 140 x 190 cm / 55 x 75â€? supplement the HOME COLLECTION. Made of the most precious and sophisticated materials such as pure cashmere or merino wool they enchant with a unique touch and look, a harmonic colour match to the cushions of the collection. The new HOME COLLECTION is a choice of unique cushions and plaids, created with the love for detail.
SAHCO AUTUMN COLLECTION 2013 The new SAHCO autumn collection pays homage to the detail, to the subtle distinction that turns the good into something outstanding. The fabrics radiate selectness and elegance, they are eye-catching and stylish. Three decorating and upholstery fabrics woven with sophisticated techniques distinguish themselves by their exclusive quality and loving attention to detail. The characteristics of fine silk yarns, a generous jacquard design and selected colour ways mark the fabrics of this collection. The combination of linen yarns with viscose accentuates the fine quality.
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SHH Creates Ultra-luxe Chelsea Apartment SHH has completed a truly exceptional residence in the heart of Chelsea (in the west end of London), which revives the glamorous spirit of art deco, thanks to the extraordinary quality of finishes created by the SHH team, together with a global roll call of the very finest craftspeople and manufacturers. “It was a privilege to work on a project with such incredible attention to detail” commented SHH Chairman David Spence. “The scheme was definitely something pretty special for everyone involved.”
SHH, celebrating its 21st year in business this year, is one of the UK’s leading design and architecture practices, with many years’ experience and a long list of leading creative awards in the high-end residential sector. The company brought the full breadth of its skill base to bear on this ultra-luxurious, multi-million pound project, including architects, interior designers and lighting designers, to fulfil the brief (set by an international businessman client and family), where rare and luxurious materials have been carefully sculpted to form a unique interior that is striking and bold, but never ostentatious.
The 600 sq m apartment is spread over three floors and was initially taken on by SHH’s client in shell form, with careful space-planning needed at to make the best use of space “Although the floor plan was generous, there were some major challenges to work around” explained SHH Associate Director and Project Architect Guy Matheson. “The first of these was that there was very little natural light on all floors, including the upper floor, which is also where visitors first enter the apartment. We therefore took the unusual decision to locate the master bedroom on this storey to ensure that the main living quarters on the central storey below benefited from
the apartment’s major light source - the outside garden. To maintain a dramatic sense of arrival, however, we made the doors to the bedroom suite ‘disappear’, so that the focus instead is on the central stair, which we moved to its present location and which draws visitors’ eyes straight down through the space.” The new free-floating, triple-height stair – and the extraordinary 12-m high olive tree bas relief behind it – is one of the dominant design features of the scheme. Visitors first approach the apartment via smart but unassuming double doors, which give little away about the delights and >>
surprises within. Irresistibly drawn to the right once inside, the visitor’s eye alights on the softly-lit relief and then follows the tree’s sinuous form down the full height of the apartment to the lowest level two floors below. SHH worked closely with finishes experts DKT on the creation of the relief, whose impact is further enhanced by the contrast between the softly lit hallway and the luminous surface of the relief itself. The subtle and sophisticated entrance hallway is lined with a palette of natural materials in neutral and soft brown shades: a palette that has been applied to every surface, from the grey and
chocolate stones of the floor and skirting to the polished plaster walls and the bronze panels of the ceiling. Layers of lighting offer a range of settings designed to change the mood subtly when required, through a combination of wall-lights, inset ceiling spots and strip lighting, as well as the backlit bronze panel in the centre of the space. The subtle and sophisticated entrance hallway is lined with a palette of natural materials in neutral and soft brown shades: a palette that has been applied to every surface, from the grey and chocolate stones of the floor and skirting to the polished plaster walls and the
bronze panels of the ceiling. Layers of lighting offer a range of settings designed to change the mood subtly when required, through a combination of wall-lights, inset ceiling spots and strip lighting, as well as the backlit bronze panel in the centre of the space. Across from the main entrance doors on the upper floor is a further pair of doors that lead directly into a large and handsome dressing room. This space forms a lobby which connects the two ‘hidden’ master bedrooms – his to the right and hers to the left. In front, facing the doors, is a wall of cream-coloured >>
<< wardrobes, whose slim doors are covered in leather. Studs form a decorative detail around the edge of each door, finished off with a horn handle from Ochre, a Londonbased designer and manufacturer. In the centre of the room is a specially-designed island, which has been devised to store a range of accessories. Seamless Industries were again commissioned to create the lustrous metallic surface of this piece, which is topped with leather. A contemporary chandelier in platinum-coloured glass from Dutch lighting designers Brand van Egmond makes a striking centrepiece. To the right and left are more doors, this time in semiopaque glass, behind which are stored the couple’s clothing. Here, SHH integrated special lighting that allows the clothes to be viewed from the outside even when the doors are closed. The oak floor adds warm tones and visual interest thanks to its interesting Versailles parquet design (from Weldon Flooring). Walking through to ‘her’ bedroom, the atmosphere is immediately transformed into one of femininity, with soft cream and pastel shades bathed in light from the full-height windows along the far side of the room. On the right, the bed (from Silvano Grifoni) boasts an ornately carved headboard, which catches the eye with its leather upholstery and gilt woodwork. On the left, a delicately detailed fireplace by Stone
Studio, carved from Bateig Beige limestone, is set against a wall clad in White Cloud onyx, sourced from Mega Marble. Bateig Beige is used once again for the thresholds on the external doors. The fireplace design was inspired by a vintage wallpaper sample discovered by the design team and subsequently expressed in limestone by a British sculptor. Lelievre fabrics are a popular choice for this room, used for the sheers at the window, the bedspread and the upholstery for both the armchair and the ottoman. A striking studded surface pattern makes the ottoman upholstery a focal point – built by Interior Joinery, one of SHH’s trusted contractors, it contains a TV which is displayed and stored by remote control. In the adjoining en suite bathroom the freestanding bath is a stunning piece of Indian craftsmanship made from Italian Giallo Sienna, sourced from Stone Studio. The SHH architects made sure the floor was reinforced in the early stages of work on the project in order to support the weight of this ‘His’ bed impressive piece of stone. This is truly has a mahogany a temple of well-being, with classically frame with reindeer styled gold-plated taps and vanity suede upholstery, unit from UK manufacturer Acajou opposite which is contrasting with a wall of random a wall of bespoke geometric mirrored tiles and a large stained oak units contemporary mirror made to an SHH This home design. is a place designed
for pleasure and The styling of his bedroom and relaxation, and not bathroom is more sober but no less a place for work, striking. The bathroom is sleek and but in case, a small relatively simple, lined in Botticino study is also located Fiorito stone throughout, sourced
from Mega Marble. In the bedroom, the far wall is glass from floor to ceiling and, like her bedroom, shares a view down onto the gardens behind the property. ‘His’ bed has a mahogany frame with reindeer suede upholstery, opposite which is a wall of bespoke stained oak units built and assembled by Hannah Contracts which houses a fireplace, this time in Hermosa stone. He too has his own pop-up TV ottoman, designed to resemble a travel trunk. This piece was made by Interior Joinery, who also made the discrete desk which has just enough space for a laptop. This home is clearly a place designed for pleasure and relaxation, and not a place for work, but in case business meetings should be necessary a small study is also located on the top floor. The study can be found to the right of the doors that lead to these bedrooms, through a discrete opening immediately adjacent to the top of the stairs. This is a compact space which is part library, part study, part meeting room – a space where the husband can take calls and handle paperwork away from the more social areas below. Its location at the entrance to the apartment allows contacts to pop in for quick conferences without intruding on the family. Furniture in the study includes a zebrano veneer table and a light sourced from Wired Design. The social hub of the house is undoubtedly the expansive, 120 sq m living space on the residence’s middle floor >>
MASTER SUITE This has been divided into four ‘zones’ – the piano area, the dining area, the TV area and the fireplace area. The standout fireplace in this room is hewn from a single slab of Rosso Vaticano onyx, sourced from Stone Studio. J. Robert Scott seating - sofas and chairs surrounds the fireplace, with coffee tables and side tables by American furniture manufacturer Bolier Decca and lamps by Rebecca Scott. More J. Robert Scott sofas are arranged in the TV area. A focal point of the scheme here is the bespoke silk carpet from Stark Carpets that serves to unite all the elements in this section of the room. The ‘up and over’ tables and also the TV unit were made by Interior
Joinery, one of the team of expert contractors trusted by SHH and commissioned by them to work on this project. In the dining area, Interior Joinery also made the sideboard and the walnut dining table to SHH’s specifications.
Many of the design ideas stem from plant and organic The living room is clearly designed forms,” David both for relaxation and for entertaining and, for those times when guests are invited for lunch or dinner, the glossy table sits ten comfortably. Robert Langford dining chairs are upholstered in Zimmer + Rohde fabric and, like the dining table, the sideboard is also made by Interior Joinery with lacquer work by Page Lacquer.
“It is the thread that pulls through the apartment’s design.”
The allocation of space in the living
area is emphasised by the design of the ceiling lighting, which forms pools of light above the four areas of the room. Additional illumination is created by a selection of striking lamps. Two pieces of particular note are the sconces either side of the fireplace. Made by Ochre, the bespoke design of these lights (to an SHH design) is based on eucalyptus leaves whose shape seems to also echo the organic arrangement of the ceiling lights. Another clever touch can be found right next to the dining table. What seems like a mirrored panel set into the wall is in fact a concealed door which slides back to reveal a compact kitchen (made by renowned Italian manufacturer Boffi). This kitchen can be used by the family for day-to-day snacks and refreshments, while a larger kitchen on the floor below can be used to prepare meals on a larger scale. A dumb waiter connects the two and the lift also serves the upper kitchen with a door that opens directly into the space. The middle floor also houses the children’s bedrooms and bathrooms. There are three bedrooms, all en suite, one each for the client’s older son and the daughter (the third is a guestroom).
The boy’s bedroom is perfect for a teenager – lots of travel-themed accessories provide fun and playful details, combined with more subtle grown-up styling. >>
A Giant Anglepoise lamp in a smart navy blue is the first thing that catches the eye. Navy is the key colour in the room with blue lacquer shelving and wardrobe doors, both made by Hannah Contracts who worked on most of the joinery in the room, and navy blue in both the blinds and curtains. A chair from Conran Contracts, another focal point, has been upholstered in a bold blue Kvadrat fabric. In the girl’s bedroom, pink – what else? – is the colour of choice. The wardrobe doors, designed by SHH and made by Hannah Contracts, make the biggest pink statement, but the hot pink Tai Ping rug and pumpkin-inspired pouffes add to the fairytale feel. Every princess’s bedroom needs a coronet and this one, which resembles a little pink nest, was specially commissioned from Swedish-based designer Olga Popyrina. There is plenty of room for furry friends on the elegant étagère, made in Italy by Fratelli Boffi. A matching desk has been colonised by a Porta Romana lamp with its witty birds-feet base and feathery shade, and above it, four prints by Miró add a sophisticated touch. The en suite bathroom features a Sistema Catalano cx 35 basin and a Bonomi C4 tap, whilst the neighbouring guest bathroom is a symphony of stone, clad in Rossi Lepanto from Mega Marble, whilst the stand-out Botticino Fiorito basin was supplied by Vitra Piu Due. More fun is to be had – for the whole family this time – on the lower floor, where movies are screened in the cosily luxurious cinema whose walls are lined in soft grey striped Loro Piana cashmere. According to Guy Matheson, the client was particularly interested in his home cinema: “Cinema and audio-visual are quite an important interest in his
life and he was keen to get the best audio-visual, which is why we have such an impressive cinema.” Oversize floor cushions make a soft vantage point for the children at the front, while the adults can sit back in a row of four custom built chairs complete with authentic drinks holders. At the back of the room is a bar for drinks and coffee and snacks. Vintage photographic prints – many featuring Marilyn Monroe (by Eve Arnold) - have been deliberately chosen to add a sprinkling of Hollywood stardust. Technology specialists Phaseliner worked with SHH to set up the audio-visual technology used here. Wherever the gaze alights in this beautiful home, it is rewarded. And while the impact of the whole is breathtaking, the quality of the finishes simply demands closer inspection which in turn reveals the expertise of the team involved. There are many beautiful homes in London but very few can boast an interior of such a high standard. “It was a privilege to work on a project with such incredible attention to detail and where we could use the very finest materials and finishes” concludes Guy Matheson.
“This scheme was definitely something pretty special for all the team.”
“It was a privilege to work on a project with such incredible attention to detail and where we could use the very finest materials and finishes”
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Over the four days of the show, an impressive lineup of industry experts, including a host of leading retailers, will offer advice on key industry issues and future-trend forecasting. Makers, New Design Britain Awards, and DesignersBlock so whether you are looking for the latest products and features, up-to-the-minute industry knowledge or invaluable trend insight, For more information or to register for your complimentary ticket visit the
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IN2UIT AWARD-WINNING TAIWANESE BRAND IN2UIT BRINGS IN2UITIVE DESIGN TO SPEAKERS
product design and in the last two years it seems that audio speaker specialist IN2UIT can do no wrong in the eyes of its peers.
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ith the German iF Product Design Award 2013 its most recent acclamation as well as two Consumer Electronics Show Design and Engineering Awards to its name the Taiwanese company has now made its minimalist and elegant ‘audio art’ line of speakers available to customers in the United Kingdom. The new range includes the Filo and Collage and gained much attention after their exhibition at the recent Grand Designs Live show in London as the world’s first electrostatic speakers. Priced at £239.99 (inc VAT), the Filo is part of IN2UIT’S Audio Art Collection and is more than just a speaker, it is also an artistic creation.
Also from IN2UIT’s Audio Art Collection, the Collage lives up to its name as a fine piece of modern art with a clever blend of materials, shapes and finishes but offering all the same wireless digital audio features as the Filo. At £399.00 (inc VAT), the Collage is for the connoisseur of finer things and is truly a fine piece of audio art engineering. It is available in two colour combinations including white and beige or black and red and can be the centrepiece of any room proving that speakers can be beautiful – inside and out. It can also be wallmounted or sit on the table top.
Wall placement adds an extra punch of bass as the waves bounce and reverberate off the wall. A wall bracket and table top stand is included so it can be placed just about anywhere in the home or office.
IN2UIT founder Marcus Solomon said: “IN2UIT is leading the path of new and exciting design for music speakers. Unlike past thin speaker technology fads that have come and gone these speakers deliver true hi-fidelity acoustics wirelessly.
With up to 10 hours of playtime from each single charge, the Filo uses ELECTROSTATZ® technology to deliver high-resolution quality sound by wirelessly streaming music from any tablet or smartphone device to its less than 5mm ultra-slim profile speakers.
“IN2UIT is also the leading the path of green devices with ultra-slim profiles and small carbon footprints packaged in functional, yet iconic designs that users will find intuitive, minimalist and very meaningful.”
IN2UIT has made everything about the Filo pure and minimal. They have removed the unnecessary and kept only the essentials. The Filo is available in blue, grey or red to match any home décor and can be wall mounted and hang like a piece of art or simply sit on the table top.
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THE INTERIORS GROUP COMPLETE FIT OUT FOR ONEX
he Interiors Group have completed a fit out with a high end finish for the office of Onex located in Duke of York Street London. Onex is an international & successful private equity firm with a long, established track record and a disciplined, active-ownership approach to investing. The company focuses on creating long-term value by building industry-leading businesses in partnership with outstanding management teams.
fit out with a welcoming reception area, three external meeting rooms, a small kitchen, shower, small comms room, a combined filing, copy & storage room, four executive offices, multiple person offices and three or four open plan seating areas. The Interiors Group removed all existing ceilings, skirting and installed a new plasterboard ceiling throughout with a bespoke plaster in lighting system comprising of white goods lighting.
The brief was to provide space for Visitors are welcomed by Quarter ten people, a spacious and luxurious cut Teak feature walls throughout
the reception area, Basaltina Honed stone floor and a black back painted reception desk, then leading into the open plan area giving a spacious yet plush feel. All glass and doors to the front of house meeting rooms and the separation door are smoked glass. There are black back painted glass doors to all solid doors and clear glass to the back of house with a black partition frame throughout. The Interiors Group have provided new Element 7 white, oil sanded, wide board wood flooring laid
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by Mak Studio Our clients purchased a 1970â€™s ranch style house in great need of updating. Their vision was to rebuild it into a home for their young family. Surrounded by towering redwoods, the original house was dark and damp. The clientsâ€™ requested that their new house be visually warm and filled with light and that rooms should be connected both visually and experientially with the outdoors. They also wished for more outdoor space. This was a challenge as the majority of the property is heavily sloped.
Our design solution for capturing more light was to wrap the house in a band of clerestory windows. This strategy brings light from all directions as it moves around the house through the course of the day. Original spaces with 8’ ceiling heights were reconfigured as passageways leading to new rooms that are 10’ to 11’ in height. The transition from low to high volumes further enhances the perception of light. The lot is wide but shallow with an original entry porch just a few steps off the street. To heighten the sense of outdoor space at the front of the house, we relocated the entry at the end of the property’s width and created a landscaped courtyard leading to the front door. At the rear of the house where most of the property is sloped, we introduced more outdoor space by building a large roof terrace over the new addition below. This roof terrace connects directly to the living room, allowing parties to flow outdoors where guests may enjoy a meal under the open sky or gather around the fire at night.
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MA Show 2013 presents emerging creative talents of postgraduate students Design students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have just showcased the very best of their work at an exhibition which ran from 18-25 October in the University’s PR1 Gallery.
The show was testament to the diversity of work the students create following research that generates new knowledge in the design community. Works on show were wide-ranging and a tribute to the enviable relationship the design and fashion courses have with industry partners. Alex Bellingham had produced ground-breaking research and ideas for immersive 3D environments for Sony Computer Games Europe. In contrast, James Burton presented new design tools developed for Games to aid the creation of games design artwork at speed, putting them in a real competitive position. MA Interior Design students Alice
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UCLan’s postgraduate courses cover a range of areas including animation, ceramics, children’s book illustration, games design, graphics, interior design, product design, fashion and surface pattern. One of our greatest strengths is our partnering with industry - we have developed links with many artistic and commercial partners who have helped to inform course practice and enhance employability opportunities.
Fulton (from Milan) and Chen Zhao (from China) have created a new design concept for local business Lunar Caravans to attract a younger audience to the market. Alice commented: “We’ve targeted a new age demographic by coming up with a modern design for the lunar pod, which has a retro feel combined with contemporary good looks to create a product that has personality the audience will empathise with. We’ve enjoyed working on a live brief with the company and their research and development department. We look sale in early 2015.” Our commitment to nurturing creative thinking and original ideas, combined with a dedication to maintaining ‘making’ and traditional processes, set UCLan’s design and
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Now is a great time to study a postgraduate course in design at the University of Central Lancashire. Our courses have been reshaped so students can complete their studies in one year in response to their financial needs. With a diverse range of courses available, there are opportunities to collaborate with students from other design disciplines and practitioners on live projects. Our students’ lead on the change agenda and their research gets them noticed. Design MA Animation MA Ceramics MA Children’s Book Illustration MA Product Design MA Design MA Games Design MA Graphic Design MA Interior Design MA Toy Design MA Transdisciplinary Design MA Antiques (distance learning) MA Creative Thinking (distance learning) MA Games Design (distance learning) Fashion MA Fashion and Lifestyle Brand Studies MA Fashion and Lifestyle Promotion MA Fashion Design MA Surface Pattern and Textiles MBA Fashion Brand Management
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Rosewood London, the Capital’s newest luxury hotel opens today marking the presence of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® brand in Europe. Located in Holborn, one of London’s most historic locales, where the City meets the West End, the hotel, with is wrought-iron gates leading to an intimate courtyard is a unique retreat set in the very heart of London. Following an extensive renovation to sensitively transform the 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building, the original architectural features have been painstakingly restored by an expert team of craftsmen, including the magnificent Grade II-listed frontage and dome, and the grand Pavonazzo marble staircase which rises up through all seven storeys of the hotel beneath the 166-foot cupola. Guests enter via a wrought iron gated carriageway which leads to the courtyard giving a sense of arrival more akin to a private manor house than a hotel. Rosewood London’s 262 guestrooms and 44 suites convey the feel of stylish London residencies, public areas are filled with artwork and books and restaurants offer both classic and contemporary British dishes, while the event spaces nod to the building’s past as the headquarters of Pearl Assurance Company. The accommodations, event spaces and public areas have been designed by Tony Chi and Associates. Chi brings his signature style to the hotel combining a rich composition of materials including lacquer, textured wood veneers and prismatic mirrors. Among the suites, is some of the finest accommodation that London has to offer, including the Grand Manor House Wing. Accessed via a private elevator and its own street entrance, it is the only hotel suite in the world to have its own postcode. Six bedrooms, a dressing chamber, a library, a dining room and several sitting rooms are lavishly arranged over 6,318 square feet of living space. The Garden House features a stunning garden terrace overlooking the London skyline while the stately Chancery House possesses elegant grandeur. The hotel’s bar, designed by the renowned Martin Brudnizki, evokes a convivial atmosphere with a roaring fire at one end >>
<< and wooden bar running along the other. Warm, cost and comfortable furniture is organised to create discreet, intimate corners on a wooden herringbone floor strewn with hand woven rugs. A wellcurated cocktail list is accompanied by a menu of curries and casseroles, featuring spicy Indian dishes and European-style stews. Rosewood London is designed to be one of the most exciting places to drink and dine in London. The Mirror Room, a striking salon elegantly adorned with mirrors, offers appealing and social all-day dinging and afternoon tea. The Lobby Lounge, the public meeting space, is the window into the stylish world of Rosewood London. Holborn Dining Room, also designed by Martin Bruknizki, launches in February 2014 and will be operated by Des McDonald bringing a fun, vibrant atmosphere to the refined elegance of the historic setting. Once the East Banking Hall of Pearl Assurance, Holborn Dining room is a smart, bustling brassiere with a menu of simple yet sophisticated British dishes. Brudnizki’s interior draws on classic British design, mixing reclaimed oak with antique mirrors and leather upholstery. The dining room includes a bar and dining counter, each topped with aged copper and patina brass. The dining room leads to The Terrace in the hotel’s peaceful inner courtyard, where guests can dine alfresco or enjoy a fine cigar. Adjoining the restaurant is Holborn Delicatessen, launching February 2014, which also opens directly onto High Holborn with a range of coffees, teas and delectable treats for those on the move. Guests will be able to choose from a wide array of great British products, from marmalades and clotted creams to locally produced cheeses. EPR Architects have provided an Executive Architect role with both Interior Designers in order to implement their designs during construction stage whilst securing Listed Building Consents and various legislation compliance processes. In addition to Front of House areas EPR Architects have designed and implemented all adjacent back of house areas (with Tricon assistance to Food and Beverage). Recreational facilities include Sense® spa, Rosewood’s award winning signature spa brand and a fitness suite featuring the latest equipment from Technogym®. Rosewood London’s central location also makes it the perfect venue for both grand corporate events and intimate, social soirees. The 11 event spaces include the Grand Ballroom, three heritage boardrooms, the Living Room, and the Dining Room with show kitchen. A first for London, the hotel offers a unique Event Studio, showcasing Rosewood London’s collection of china, linens, crystal, silverware and event accessories for personalised events.
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Architects acted as Executive Architects in collaboration with Ace Hotel and Universal Design Studio (Interior Designer and Design Architect) for the development of Ace Hotel London Shoreditch. As well as being the first Ace Hotel outside of the US, it was also the first new building undertaken by Ace without period architectural features to draw inspiration. The approach was to tune in to the authentic voice of Shoreditch, to engage local artists, craftspersons and builders to foster a sense of place at home with its surroundings. Both exterior and interior design focused on traditional craftsmanship, embedding the space within the historic context and material heritage of Shoreditch The concepts developed by Ace Hotel, UDS and EPR Architects were then responsible for realising the complete design. A key role for the team was co-ordinating this extensive team of designers & consultants and ensuring the aesthetics were not compromised by existing building constraints, whilst still remaining fully compliant with UK regulations.
the guestroom floors undertook a less radical â€˜soft refurbishmentâ€™. The team also worked closely with Hackney Council to gain planning consent for a complete refurbishment of the main frontage. The council were keen to minimise the massing and fully supportive of the proposals in terms of public usage. Flexibility of the space and public interaction within the space were fundamental to the design and meant that services & acoustics were essential criteria throughout. The construction works commenced in April 2013 and were carried out by County Contractors. Attention to detail and coordination of the key elements of design by EPR, Ace Hotel and UDS were fundamental to the radical transformation into a boutique hotel now truly fitting to the neighbourhood, and the works will now continue into 2014 with a new ambitious scheme for the seventh floor function room spaces.
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