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hat is it about designing people’s homes that excites you as a designer? Is it the chance to open their minds and evolve their worlds with something ground-breaking and new, an opportunity to take an old building in need of care and update it, or simply the joy of seeing people rethink the way they use their home space and the beauty and simplicity of making people happy? I think most will agree that the happiness factor of completing a project for a client wins every time. This is certainly the case for our designer in profile this issue. Monique Tollgard LOVES designing family homes. That is not to say that is all she does, but it is a big part of her portfolio of work and the sheer joy she feels at making a person or family happy in their home is near indescribable. Turn to page 40 to hear all about her beginnings as a documentary-maker and how her communication abilities have lent themselves to the design world. Fresh from RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Lucy Clark, Chris Breadshaw and Anke Summerhill are on hand to talk about their recent garden installation. A beautiful collaboration, this is the second time that they have come together as a team, to share their experise and produce a serene garden of breathtaking beauty. Lucy, Anke and Chris take us through the nuances of designing outside spaces with the relation to the inside. With our biggest UK shows of the year on the horizon, we reveal what’s in store for visitors to 100% Design and Decorex as well as insights into the Hospitality Design Show. Decorex has moved on the calendar this year, as well as exploring a new exhibition space, so it’s so long Syon Park and Hola Olympia! Get ready to see how the events team pulls this off in its new home. We’ll be there, beady eyed and ready for a dose of something fresh and exciting for the year ahead.
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NEWS Including news from around the globe on design projects, completions, awards and industry appointments
21 T HE DESIGNERS’ ADVISOR Polly Williams, Camberyard, discusses insurance and GDPR
21 SPOTLIGHT: HOSPITALITY DESIGN SHOW
11 BIID UPDATE
22 SPOTLIGHT: DECOREX 2019
14 SHORTLIST The editor’s selection of sought-after pieces from a variety of designers.
27 A SK THE DESIGNER We ask: how important is branding in design?
16 CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: REVIEW
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28 PROJECT IN DETAIL: THE OYSTER CLUB Faber has filled every nook and cranny in this unusual seafood bar space in Birmingham
30 SPOTLIGHT: LYNDON DESIGN 36 PROJECT IN DETAIL: FARFETCH LA OFFICES Studiofibre has delivered a beautiful LA workspace for the brand Farfetch 39 DESIGN STORIES: RAFE BURRELL 40 DESIGNER PROFILE: MONIQUE TOLLGARD Monique has a totally different perspective on design, having started her working life as a documentary maker and actress. Now, with husband Staffan, she runs Tollgard Design Group and is the cheerleader of their studio 44 THE STUDIO SERIES Lucy Clark, Chris Beardshaw and Anke Summerhill answer questions about their recent collaboration at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 46 RESIDENTIAL DESIGN 47 MY ICON: TIM MURRAY Tim shares his respect for Art Deco designer Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann
50 PROJECT IN DETAIL: PROJECT VERDE No12 proves that London on the outside doesnâ€™t have to equal London on the inside 53 SHHHH Poppy Szkiler, Quiet Mark, listens out for the good, the bad and the ugly of acoustics 54 SURFACES 57 SPOTLIGHT: JAMES LATHAM 59 SHOWROOM SHOWCASE Post CDW, Parkside showroom reflects on the vibrancy of the event and what it means to function as a tile studio in Farringdon 62 PRODUCT GALLERY 63 THE STUDIO SERIES Lucy Painter, Studio, discusses re-writing the job advert for better curation of talent 65 LAST WORD Fiona Livingston reveals her love of the movies
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NEWS BRIEFING MORE DESIGN PROFESSIONALS LOOK FOR NEW JOBS , BUT PAY TAKES A HIT The number of professionals applying to new design jobs jumped up by 45.9 per
LDA DESIGN APPOINTS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR Mike Foster has been appointed new Managing Director for LDA Design for the next three years. A landscape architect by profession, Mike has over 30 years’ experience in consultancy, joining LDA Design in 2001. His expertise is in masterplanning and landscape design for complex, large-scale mixed-use and residential developments and
cent in May 2019, despite
for nationally significant infrastructure projects. Mike has
average pay dropping by 0.6
been helping to steer recent growth, including the launch
per cent, according to the
of a new studio in Manchester, and he has been developing
latest job market data from CV-Library. The findings, which compared data from
the business culture in preparation for LDA Design’s transition to employee ownership. Mike comments: “As a
May 2019 with the same
business we are moving at pace with growth in offices and
period last year, also found
professional services, along with our continued commitment
that newly advertised job
toward Employee Ownership. I know that a shared sense of
vacancies in design jumped by an impressive 21.8 per cent year-on-year.
purpose will be fundamental to our success. Part of my role will be to make sure that everyone at LDA Design feels they are equipped to shape the future of the company.”
SAMANTHA POPE LAUNCHES LONDON BASED STUDIO
IDENTITY AND DESIGN FOR SERATA HALL
an individual personality, expressed through the brand
Serata Hall, the latest bar from Albion & East, has now
goods to all the Albion & East Sites daily. & SMITH designed
the luxury residential and
opened in Shoreditch with an identity by London-based
the utilitarian sub-brand for Tiny Tower bakery, which can
hotel design industry. Based
branding agency & SMITH and design studio Red Deer
be seen across the tags, wrapping and bags. Working
in London and West Essex,
Architects. The new identity for Serata Hall builds on the
alongside Red Deer architects, & SMITH created an identity
success of the brand’s two sister sites, Canova Hall and
inspired by a Victorian greenhouse and botanical ephemera,
Martello Hall, and cocktail bar Cattivo, all developed by &
with the main logo being a green and gold monogram
and property developers,
SMITH over the past five years. Whilst a cohesive set of
anchored by a hand holding a frond of botanicals. Subtle
creating bespoke, luxury
subtle design codes connects the three locations by look
touches include menus tied with string, finished with
interiors, delivering full interior
and feel, such as a personalised shorthand monogram,
hand-drawn botanical illustrations as well as branded
& SMITH has ensured that each of the three bars retains
tote bags and keyrings for locals and regulars.
Highly sought-after for her wealth of interior design knowledge and experience, talented designer Samantha Pope has launched her new company, after 14 years in
Samantha and her team provide personal design services for private clients
architecture, furniture design and turnkey styling service.
URBAN SKI-WEAR DESIGNS Designed by Toronto interiors firm Burdifilek, the latest flagship for high-end outerwear brand Mackage brings the brand’s distinctive urban ski chalet concept to a historic building in the heart of downtown Montreal. Seeking to protect the heritage building’s architectural framework, original elements were retained and revitalised with contemporary details. Existing historic stonework and exposed structural beams were set against European nero marquina marble herringbone floor and lightly wire-brushed oak plank to create a beautiful backdrop for products to shine.
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rollout. The largest of the three venues, Serata Hall centres around bread, with a wood-fired pizza oven and its own in-house small-scale bakery, supplying bread and baked
SAVE THE DATE FOR DECOREX INTERNATIONAL Decorex International will make its debut at Olympia
printed fabrics. New for 2019 is a boundary-pushing
London this year, from the 6-9 October, marking an
collaboration that takes visitors on a journey through a
12 - 18 September
exciting new chapter in the show’s 41-year history.
series of interconnecting spaces for an immersive and
LAPADA, Art & Antiques Fair
Offering a showcase of the very latest in high-end
personalised encounter. Each area will be beautifully
BERKELEY SQUARE, LND
design, an exceptional speaking programme and highly
created by a selection of top international interior
anticipated curated exhibitions, the annual gathering
designers and overseen by one of the UK’s leading
attracts the leading names in luxury interiors from across
architects. Decorex will continue to nurture new talent
the world. Visitors can discover the new collections and
with Foundation, a platform for the next generation of
commission bespoke pieces from over 400 established
designer-makers of contemporary, bespoke furnishings.
The LAPADA Fair offers an unmissable opportunity to source and buy some of the world’s most coveted works of art, antiques, design, and decorative arts.
brands and up-and-coming makers. Displayed will
Decorex International 2019
be a variety of designs from hand-painted wallpapers
6 – 9 October 2019
18 - 19 September
and bespoke furniture, to conceptual lighting and
Hospitality Design Show EXCEL LONDON
The Hospitality Design Show will turn the capital into the ultimate destination for the design developments transforming the world of hospitality.
SOCIAL FLEXABILITY SLEEP + EAT THEME
into one Sleep & Eat Conference, curated by Heleri
Sleep & Eat returns to Olympia, London, 19 – 20
New York based architecture studio recognised for its
November. With the theme for 2019 of Social FlexAbility,
sophisticated, design-led approach and emphasis on
the show will be exploring one of the most challenging
sustainable and environmentally conscious materials
issues of our technology-enabled age through Sleep
and building techniques. Last year saw the introduction
& Eat Sets, concept guestrooms, restaurant and bar,
of ‘Eat’ to the acclaimed Sleep event, adding a further
and the Sleep & Eat Conference. As in previous years,
raft of hospitality industry influencers, entrepreneurs
the event will also feature an international exhibition,
and global brands. The show welcomed a record
bringing back world-renowned manufacturers and
number of designers and buyers from across the
introducing newcomers to launch their latest collections
hospitality sector, including an increase of 24 per cent
and showcase their most design-led products. Visitors
in international visitors. Sleep & Eat 2019 returns to the
can also expect a range of experiential spaces tapping
National Hall, Olympia London, on 19th-20th November.
into art, innovation and young design talent. This year,
Register for a complimentary pass now.
in recognition of the continuing convergence between
hotels, restaurants and bars, the event’s previously
Image: Alex Michaelis & Tim Boyd,
KING’S CROSS, LONDON
separate conference streams are being merged
Photography by Ed Reeve
Presenting breakthrough brands shaping design today, designjunction is the interior design show you don’t want to miss during London Design Festival.
Rande. The pop-up Sleeper Bar, beloved by visitors as the place to gather, network and socialise, is to be created this year by Michaelis Boyd, the London and
18 - 21 September 100% Design BUSINESS DESIGN OLYMPIA, LONDON
100% Design is at the commercial heart of London Design Festival, providing the ideal business experience while driving innovation through exciting new collaborations.
19 - 21 September designjunction
19 - 21 September London Design Fair OLD TRUMAN BREWERY, LONDON
A four-day event that brings together 450 exhibitors from 29 countries, including; independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, and galleries.
6 - 9 October Decorex International OLYMPIA, LONDON
Decorex International is one of Europe’s leading events for interior design professionals. Established for over 40 years, Decorex will open its doors for 2019 in central London.
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NEWS BRIEFING NEW GETTY IMAGES GALLERY SPACE Getty Images Gallery has
BDG ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN OPENS IN NYC BDG architecture + design is delighted to announce the opening of its new studio in New York, to support its expansion into the North American and Latin American
opened a new gallery space
market. This exciting new move supports an increasingly
in the relaunched Olympic
global portfolio of dynamic clients including Lego, Nike,
Way in Wembley Park,
Sony and WPP. The studio opens with a number of projects
part of the area’s larger
across North America. The studio will be under the creative
redevelopment. Occupying a bright, contemporary
direction of BDG’s Global Chief Creative Officer, Colin
ground-floor space, the
Macgadie, with Kelly D. Powell, AIA, FAAR and Rebecca
Gallery will showcase
Wu-Norman as BDG NY Studio Leads. Architect, Kelly D.
Powell, AIA, FAAR, has previously held key design and
management positions within leading architectural firms (IA
the year, taken from Getty Images’ archival and
Interior Architects and Perkins & Will). Rebecca
contemporary libraries. The
Wu-Norman, formerly of M Moser, is a designer and artist
gallery’s inaugural exhibition
with a multidisciplinary background. BDG, a WPP company,
‘The Ages of Wembley’
is an internationally recognised and awarded design
is the first of a year-long
agency. The team is a collective of architects, designers
programme of exhibitions presented by the curatorial team at the new gallery.
and strategists who work collaboratively with other partners including artists; engineers; project managers and cost consultants to create dynamic workplace
projects for its clients.
Swarovski has collaborated
Top left: Colin Macgadie, Bottom left: Kelly Powell
with award-winning artist-designer Jaime
Top right: Gill Parker, Bottom right: Rebecca Wu-Norman
Hayon to create Carousel, a magnificent interactive
CGIS FOR ONE THOUSAND MUSEUM
One Thousand Museum Residences is Zaha Hadid’s
Brand new CGIs have been released for One Thousand
floor residences, duplex townhomes and two single
Austria. Spanish designer
Museum Residences by Zaha Hadid Architects. The
penthouses. The top of the range apartments will
Hayon has designed a
new CGIs focus on the new designer homes inspired
feature large terraces, custom European kitchens and
by Zaha Hadid and are in collaboration with Italian
walk in closets and East to West floor plans that capture
carousel to juxtapose with
designer, MORADA Haute Furniture Boutique. The
the mesmerising panorama of Biscayne Bay, Atlantic
designs pay homage to Zaha Hadid’s love of Miami and
Ocean views and the Miami skyline.
combines the Hadid touch with a modern Miami flare.
www.zaha-hadid.com | 1000museum.com
installation adorned with 15 million Swarovski crystals. The experience is now open to visitors at Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) in Wattens,
the lush greenery of the Garden within Kristallwelten. The contemporary design reimagines the traditional carousel while retaining its nostalgic appeal.
URBAN WAREHOUSE VIBE Suna Interior Design has completed a residential development project incorporating a warehouse refurbishment in Camberwwell. Tasked with a brief that asked them to consider downsizers looking for individuality and creative professionals working from home and looking for an impressive space to entertain, Suna took cues from the area’s exciting culture to create an interior exuding urban luxury with a design edge.
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first residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Rising to more than 60 stories, this incredible luxury development is comprised of over 84 half and full
THE NEXT CHAPTER… HARRIET FORDE, FOUNDER, HARRIET FORDE DESIGN, ANNOUNCED AS NEW BIID PRESIDENT AT THE BIID AGM ON 4 JULY The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) is the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK. Its growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors.
The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) announced its new president for 2019-20, Harriet Forde, who succeeds current president, Gilly Craft. Harriet officially took on the role at the BIID Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place at The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Harriet Forde is an experienced interior designer and a long-standing member of the BIID, having previously held the position of Membership Director on the BIID council. An active member of the Institute, Harriet regularly leads talks and discussions at industry events across the country, including participation at the most recent BIID Inside Knowledge Conference. Having begun her study of interior design at the London School of Furniture, Harriet went on to graduate from the prestigious University Central St Martin’s with
of space and translating it into original concepts and
a degree in textiles. Following more than 10 years’
design. Harriet continues to personally lead every client
experience in the hospitality design sector, working for
project and it is this commitment that has allowed the
the likes of Richard Daniels, Richmond International
practice to thrive, with the studio recently celebrating an
and Areen Design, Harriet eventually set up her own
impressive 20 years in business.
practice, Harriet Forde Design in 1999.
“I am delighted to be president of the BIID, to continue
Harriet is influenced by an admiration for architecture,
the fantastic work already established by our hard-
attention to detail and nature, and incorporates this
working BIID council” comments Harriet Forde, BIID
within her designs through pattern and texture. Harriet
President. “As president, I will continue to support our
also has a keen interest in the influences of design on
members in providing a high-quality and professional
wellbeing and explores the way this can be developed
service to their clients, to educate consumers on the
within a space through the careful selection of materials,
benefits of using a BIID registered designer and to
lighting and space planning.
ensure that our talented community of BIID members
Harriet is experienced in the commercial, hospitality
continues to thrive.”
and high-end residential sector and is regularly
This year’s AGM was followed by the BIID’s annual
commissioned to work on projects across the UK,
summer drinks party, which was held in the beautiful
continental Europe and the Middle East. This has
Bulthaup showroom in Mayfair.
allowed her to build a successful business and client base, with an approach centred on the understanding
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HOTEL WORK ON THE UP! Nottingham and Leicester-based Franklin Ellis Architects is set to deliver multiple hotel schemes
ROCCO FORTE IN ROME Rocco Forte Hotels has unveiled the eclectic Grand Tour-inspired interiors at the luxury hospitality group’s newest property in Rome, Hotel de la Ville, designed by renowned Italian architect Tommaso Ziffer following his appointment by Olga Polizzi, Director of Design at Rocco Forte Hotels. Inspired by The Grand Tour of the 18th and 19th Centuries, Ziffer has created a thoughtful and contemporary retrospective to this lavish time in European history.
SUMMIT HOUSE Summit House, The Office Group (TOG)’s new flexible workspace in Holborn, London, has opened following a major refurbishment led by Stockholm-based interior design and architecture practice Note Design Studio. The Grade II listed building has a distinctly modern yet art deco aesthetic, featuring a striking façade. Summit House will offer members a number of new spaces including a green roof terrace, a drop-in lounge workspace set within a beautiful open-plan ballroom, private offices, meeting rooms and events space.
across the UK over the next 12 months, having seen the demand for its hotel work increase by 20 per cent in the last year. To help deliver these schemes for client brands such as IHG Marriott and Hilton, the firm has announced the promotion of one of its longest standing interior team members, Denise Ellis, to Associate Partner, and the appointment of Kath Hinsley as Senior Interior Designer. Kath, who will work from both Franklin Ellis offices in Nottingham and Leicester, brings with her more than 25 years of interior design experience and will manage projects across a range of sectors, including hospitality, retail, education and office design. Kath will work alongside Denise, who has worked at Franklin Ellis since its inception 25 years ago and heads the team of interior designers and technicians at the practice. www.franklinellis.co.uk
Image: L-R Denise Ellis and Kath Hinsley, Franklin Ellis Architects
SHALINI MISRA UNVEILS THE NEWLY REDESIGNED CHAKRA
dramatic plaster ceiling rose placed centrally on the ground floor. All seven Chakras feature on the basement ceiling, which is gilded and digitally cut, and then again in the tile work on the terrace, which represents the tessellating patterns of the Chakras. Aside from the Chakras, the design
Shalini Misra, has unveiled new interiors for the redesigned
concept also encompasses ‘Navaratna’, a Sanskrit word
Chakra restaurant in Kensington. The inspiration for the new
meaning ‘nine gems’. The gems include the ruby, pearl, red
design came directly from the restaurant’s name, which
coral, emerald, yellow sapphire, diamond, blue sapphire,
refers to the seven centres of spiritual power in the human
hessonite and cat’s eye, which represent the Sun, the Moon,
body. Shalini Misra paid particular attention to the second
Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the ascending
Chakra, ‘Svadhishthana’, when creating the interiors. This
and descending lunar node respectively. As a combination,
Chakra means “one’s own abode” and is associated with the
the nine gems are recognised as sacred in almost all of
element of water as well as the unconscious, emotion and
Asia and have important cultural significance in Hinduism,
the act of taste. Svadhishthana, which is illustrated as a lotus
Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism.
with six petals, was incorporated into the space through a
www.shalinimisra.com | Image by Mel Yates
JAGUAR LAND ROVER X ULTRAFABRICS Ultrafabrics, the JapaneseAmerican performance fabric manufacturer, has collaborated with luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to offer its materials as one of the seating options for the new Range Rover Evoque. Two bespoke colours, Ebony and Cloud, were developed specifically to meet JLR’s design and performance needs.
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RIBA PUBLISHES WELLBEING IN INTERIORS Inspired by a series of talks on evidence-based design for Wellbeing, Wellbeing in Interiors by Elina Grigoriou, is the result of over a decade of research, funnelled into a book that is both a philosophical guide and a practical reference for interior designers, architects and sustainability specialists. Design and Sustainability Director of Grigoriou Interiors, Elina Grigoriou has delved into the intrinsic value of what wellbeing actually is, how it comes to be, and how it can be influenced and perpetuated by designers. Filling a gap in the current
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specialist book market, ‘wellbeing’ as a concept is deconstructed to enable interior designers and project teams to better understand, and therefore deliver wellbeing to their clients, and implement specific decisions about sustainable design and materials on a day-to-day basis. Each section of the book ends by placing each issue into context, exploring how it is a part of sustainable design.Designing with the end user in mind has resurfaced in architectural digest to become a foremost consideration, with standards such as The Well Standard coming increasingly into discussion and becoming an objective for developers. Buildings should not only be functional but aim to be ‘healthier’; sustainable places of wellbeing, with fewer stress factors. However, as Edward Dixon, Sustainability Insights Director at Landsec, has noted: “A deep understanding of the user… cannot be achieved through simply adhering to the myriad standards and benchmarks concerning wellbeing in the built environment… Wellbeing in Interiors recognises the need for a deep understanding, drawing from anthropology, philosophy and behavioural science to explain the why, how and what of design for human wellbeing.” Elina explains: “In a work space, for example, when thought fluidity is diminished wellbeing is impacted as our stress level increases. Temperature, noise level and colour, factors that are able to influence our stress levels, should be three big considerations. We as designers should be always asking ourselves: What does the interior need to do? What is my objective to create? Do these things match up?” From July 2019 Wellbeing in Interiors will be available to buy from RIBA Bookshops and online. grigoriou.co.uk Visit us! 100% DESIGN Olympia London 18-21 September 2019 Stand M3a
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Shortlist. Shortlist this month features a chorus of collaborations that have resulted in the most harmonious design tune. Carl Hansen & Sons paired with EOOS to bring Embrace for all things sculptural and smooth; Patricia Anastassiadis has worked on a collection fro Brazilian brand Artefacto, bucking trends and instead aiming for timeless appeal; and FLOS has enlisted the talents of Nendo for Sawaru, a see-saw of lighting emotion, simple in its cylindrical appeal and also versatile to the Nth degree. Design houses casa Botelho and LINLEY complete the line up with pieces perfectly picked for private residential projects.
DIGGING FOR ARTEFACTO Patricia Anastassiadis has revealed her new furniture collection for the Brazilian brand Artefacto. Patricia commented, “Our aim with the 2019 edition is to create furniture that is timeless... We want to propose a more holistic aesthetic linked to values that, despite the strong visual appeal, are not the synthesis of a trend.” Nambu is the side table we’ve selected from the collection as an example of the clean, sharp edges and beautiful manipulation of materials that the range encapsulates. anastassiadis.com.br | @anastassiadis www.artefacto.com.br | @artefactooficialbrasil
EMBRACE EOO4 Carl Hansen & Son has extended its Embrace Series with an unconventional and sculptural furniture concept, comprising dining tables, lounge tables and a new dining chair. Designed by Austrian design trio EOOS, the Embrace Chair, which has the same essential structure as the dining chair with armrests, visually lighter and takes up less space, while signaling more dynamism and movement. E004 is made with an oak and walnut frame with various finishes, with leather or fabric upholstery options. The edging strip comes in black, white, brown, natural and blue. RRP £917 excl. VAT. All Embrace novelties will be in stores from September 2019. www.carlhansen.com | @carlhansenandson www.eoos.com
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HEY MR TAMBOUR-INE MAN The Tambour Desk is the newest addition to the LINLEY furniture collection. Crafted from smooth walnut, Oxblood leather and polished brass, the Tambour rolls to hide the contents when not in use and comes with a matching Oxblood leather stool. The desk is a tactile work of cabinetry, down to the inlaid leather blotter and handcrafted cedar drawers hidden beneath the desk surface. Attention to detail is paramount in this piece, from the pressed leather penholders to the hidden plug sockets and cable management. Priced at £37,500. davidlinley.com | @linleylondon
CUPID’S TIPPLE Joao Botelho’s pieces continue to play of his love of beauty and heavenly beings and the Cupid cabinet is no exception. Possessing the unique structural lines and Art-Deco-inspired legs that run throughout the collection, the Cupid Cabinet has a strong presence, yet elegant aesthetic, according to designer Joao. Made from black-stained Walnut and wrapped in stunning Novasuede, the Cupid Cabinets designer details include bronze inlay, mirrored interior, and exquisite handles from Buster & Punch. www.casabotelho.com | @casabotelho
SAWARU SHINES The Sawaru light from Nendo for FLOS consists of two independent cylinders touching each other in a perpendicular direction. One plays the role as a light source, while the other acts as a base, and the projection angle can be altered into three stages: 25, 40 and 60 degrees, by inserting the pin attached to the base. Selected here is the bright gold version with black, white and blue gray options also available. A special new dimmer pedal allows to easily regulate the light intensity and the colour temperature, up to 4000 Kelvin for a warm lighting beam, 1800 for the coldest. flos.com | @FLOS
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CDW Review that was catching the eyes of passers-by, Future
Celebrating CDW CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK THREW THE VERY BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY AS SHOWROOMS, POP-UPS AND INSTALLATIONS ALL JOINED IN TO WISH THE EVENT MANY HAPPY RETURNS ON ITS 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY. WORDS BY JADE TILLEY.
Designs had an art installation in its Clerkenwell VR Facility. ROBOTS at Clerkenwell Lighthouse presented ‘Peep Show’ designed by Giles Walker. Here we saw a unique display of robotic dancers, integrated with Future Design LED Lighting. Was it a controversial commentary on life under surveillance? Perhaps. Or more simply, an eye-catching demonstration of tech in the ‘real’ world? You decide… Dallington Street really was a hive of activity this year, with the Morgan showroom showcasing two new collections as well as holding a series of talks throughout the event. A panel talk on redefining and curating hotel art and the hospitality scene beyond the Instagram filter drew much attention, all set against the backdrop of David Shillinglaw’s installation ‘Alive in the Human Hive’, a colourful, large-scale piece of art that shone from the inside out onto the streets of CDW. Decade was the cherry on top of the design cake, a cake festooned with candles. Its four artists/designers highlighting the brilliance of CDW on its 10th anniversary, as a place of innovation and collaboration with their specially designed candles that stood proud along the exhibition route. Reflecting its history, essence of
Goodwood and Rakino, www.morganfurniture.co.uk
brand, understanding of materiality and overall celebration of design, EBBA Architects, Parkside,
As far as birthdays go, this was a pretty epic one.
our war on plastic as worthless waste. The
Billi UK and Hakwood were to thank for these
A street party–cum–exhibition–cum–networking
BottleHouse™ creates ‘bricks of the future’ using
event to rival all others, Clerkenwell Design
disregarded plastic bottles and transforming
Clerkenwell Design Week has a ripple affect on
Week brought about the sunshine and the
them into building blocks. Small | Six miles Across
the industry, it’s vibrancy and creativity lasting
design gravitas that we all crave.
London Ltd and WSP Design Studio are the teams
beyond its official exhibition days, the shock of pink
taking action on wastefulness.
streaked across Clerkenwell now imprinted in our
What used to be a casual meander through the
Over at the BENOY Studio on Monkwell Square,
minds as we return to our desks and reflect on the
streets of Clerkenwell is now a full-blown sprint.
BENOY and Ceramiche Piemme, which recently
design delights that were witnessed during the
Over the years we have seen a steep incline in
opened its London headquarters, offered up a
talent and creativity, with exhibitors upping their
discussion panel about the revival of tiles and their
The 2019 edition proving that CDW really is
game to offer its designer audience a taste of real
return to architecture. Michaelis Boyd featured
a jolly good fellow and so say all of us!
innovation. Fringe events and installations offer
over at British Collection in a collaboration
not just something for visitors to marvel at, but a
with Forest to Home, the makers of conscious
deeper understanding of how brands, suppliers
residential furniture. Designed by Michaelis Boyd
and designers can come together to produce
considers the dovetail as the focal point of a
altogether more impressive concepts for the
defining piece of furniture. Here the designers
future of design.
have created pieces from a restricted palette
Within the tents and buildings, design brands
of natural oak, marble and metal, which can be
and innovators provided intelligent and thought-
customised however needed.
provoking ideas and realities. Down in the House
Office Blueprint was one of the many office
of Detention, Gwendoline Porte Design presented
furniture suppliers inside Design Fields, and this
Rails, a sculptural/furniture hybrid inspired by the
stand was a breath of fresh air – literally. NAAVA
form of railway tracks. Gwendoline has created
is the next step in the living wall that purifies air
a system of simple rail shapes that offer endless
with brilliant quality and without all the constraints
formations. Trouping Colour was also down in the
of previous living walls. Soil-less growth, mobility
cells and it was the work of 9191 that caught our
and improved purification ensures that many an
eye and no doubt, the eyes of others. The silicon
office will be boasting NAAVA very soon. In the few
Skin Stools have to be seen, and touched, to be
minutes I stood within its aura, I felt lifted and like I
believed. We’re now waiting to see the kinds of
could breathe easy.
interior settings they pop up in…
Over on Dallington Street Bisley had flung open
Outside and in the glorious spring sunshine,
its doors to present BOB the modular storage
BottleHouse™ served to continue to highlight
and display system, but it wasn’t just BOB’s form
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On track, www.gwendolineporte.design
SIMPLY BOB BOB is meticulously hand crafted and features a clever system that uses technology friendly magnets to securely lock the modules together. The beauty is in the simplicity and playfulness of the design; cubes and units click together to form different arrangements. www.bisley.co.uk | @wearebisley
BAUHAUS INSPIRED Samuel Heath has launched three contemporary door levers: Landmark, Bauhaus and Reeded all designed and made with the precision that you expect from the companyâ€™s architectural hardware ranges. Following on from the success of our Bauhaus inspired bathroom ranges, Landmark Industrial and Pure, Samuel Heath has now introduced The Landmark, Bauhaus and Reeded door levers to complement existing hardware in up to 60 different finish and grip combinations so that each door lever is exclusive to your clientsâ€™ interiors. The wide range of finishes that the Exclusive door hardware is available in enables the range of grip styles to be made to either match or contrast the rose or back plate. 0121 766 4200 | email@example.com www.samuel-heath.com
CAST LIGHT WITH CHROMA Hand and Eye Studio, the London based lighting design company,is excited to announce the launch of its new light: Chroma! To create the Chroma, Tom Housden and his team have taken their most popular shaped pendant shade and given it a makeover, with a new texture and three new colours. This large and striking shade is slip-cast earthenware, which is hand glazed in a choice of three colours, all with a satin finish. The designers developed the glazes to retain just a hint of reflection with the texture giving the shades a lovely softness. It also helps the colours to change their hue slightly in different lights, adding to their beauty. When creating the Chroma light, Hand and Eye Studio wanted to have colours that were modern and bold but would work well in a multitude of spaces. The Mustard was the first to get right, a deep yellow with a brown tone, a shade that has a hint of vintage about it. The Liquorice is a soft black with a hint of green and blue, created by altering the cobalt content of the glaze, which has a great architectural presence without being too stark. Last to be decided was the Oyster, a subtle nude/pink that adds a touch of colour without taking over a room. These three colours blend nicely together so they can be used in combination or in mono-chrome. firstname.lastname@example.org
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A FRESH TAKE ON HARDWARE Designer Doorware showcased several of its newest hardware collections during Clerkenwell Design Week. A fusion of timeless materials and elegant styles, the pieces ensure a fresh take on classic forms, preserving sophisticated elegance while pushing the design envelope. The Bullet+Stone collection of handles and knobs fuses two enduring materials; the rough and cold aesthetic of reinforced concrete with sumptuous and eye-catching metals. The resulting visual and tactile experience allows users to observe both finishes simultaneously, amplifying and bringing to light the contrast between them. Profiles include a fully rounded lever handle, squared lever handle, and a round, flat knob. Showcasing the warmth and organic beauty of wood, Monte Timber connects homeowners to nature at every touch. Sustainably sourced species include American white oak, a versatile, distinguishing grain, and American black walnut, known for its rich colour and wavy grain. The Niki range is inspired by nautical portholes, these knobs feature a clean circular geometry that is playful yet elegant, becoming yet welcoming. Select a step-down perimeter or satin finish for added flair. www.designerdoorware.com
ALEKSA STUDIO X SOLUS: CREATING COLOURFUL TILE MAGIC For its second year as a featured showroom at Clerkenwell Design Week,
studio & Solus created ILLUSION, a collection of bespoke printed porcelain
Solus pulled out all of the stops by creating a show stopping installation in
wall tile designs that feature dynamic parametric patterns. The geometric
collaboration with ALEKSA Studio. The imaginative creations designed by the
textures and colour gradients were created by ALEKSA studio using digital
emerging London-based architecture & design practice combine innovative
design tools and were printed on full size porcelain slabs by Solus.
tiles from Solus, along with special fabrications techniques and large format
The displays reveal the potential of large format digital printing and
digital printing. Taking over the showroom corner on Clerkenwell Road is
the endless variations possible using digital design tools for interior
SUSPENDED COLOUR. The display consists of nearly 600 individual ceramic
and exterior applications.
tiles in seven different pastel colours from Solus Carnival range. The tiles can
I:@solusceramics | T: @SolusCeramics | P: solusceramics
spin 360 degrees creating a dynamic colour gradient display. The display
was a huge hit on social media, being mentioned in many posts by influential
I: @ aleksa_studio_london
bloggers and design studios. For the faรงade facing St John Street ALEKSA
18 September 2019 Interior Designer
The Designers’ Advisor
THE DESIGNERS’ ADVISOR POLLY WILLIAMS, FOUNDER OF CAMBERYARD, ADRESSES INSURANCE AND GDPR
There are certain topics, like fees and the art of
what constitutes project coordination or indeed
negotiation, that repeatedly arise with my clients.
that any of your images, drawings or proposals that
One of the areas I always ask them to consider
It’s a grey area! Interior designers can sleepwalk
contain personal client information are password
is how to build a strong business foundation
into the project coordination role and the
protected. Next, are you aware you can only pass
through increasing their legal obligations.
regulatory and commercial minefield that
on personal information to third party suppliers if
accompanies it. We all want to make our clients
you have a valid legal basis to do so? Not having
In addition to contracts and the Construction
happy and, for many interior designers, taking on
one could mean a data protection breach, so if you
(Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM
the burden of project coordination seems like a
have personal information about a client’s family
Regs 2015), it is useful to look at insurance cover
natural progression. Indeed, it is, but, as with all
member that will influence how you design and
and the EU General Data Protection Regulations
things, risk should equal reward. The risk element
source, make sure you do not unwittingly pass
(GDPR) that came into force in May 2018. Whilst
is frequently mitigated emotionally. As a result, the
it on to your third-party supplier. Failure to have
those topics don’t always spark enthusiasm in
reward is downplayed. Be honest with yourself:
consent, or another legal basis, to share personal
interior designers, having the proper insurance
Can you deliver the role legally, morally and cost-
information could constitute a breach of GDPR
coverage and being fully compliant with GDPR are
effectively? If not, the better business decision is
and leave you liable to fines and penalties from
an integral part of running a successful business
not to engage. It’s not worth it.
the Information Commissioner who enforces the
and it is always worth consulting a legal advisor
regulation. Furthermore, the individual can ask for
for guidance specific to your business to gain
compensation for the misuse of their information.
The acronym on everyone’s lips last spring as
As with all decisions, best practice is a choice. It is
the new EU regulation started to be enforced.
a choice to stop, breathe and contemplate: what
It’s important to recognise this is the most
do I know that I don’t know? How can I make sure
Ask yourself these essential questions: Are
important change in data privacy regulation in 20
that I am compliant? And, as always, knowledge is
you insured properly for the projects you are
years, fundamentally altering the way personal
power, so listen, read and learn, and seek formal
working on? Do you check your suppliers and
information is handled and protected. The
legal advice for your business. Get the answers
contractors’ insurance documents and keep
emphasis is on the individual knowing exactly
and foundations in place now to build
a copy on file? If you project coordinate, is the
how their data is being used – in other words:
a responsible and profitable design
insurance company aware of your added level
transparency. What is the impact on designers?
business for the future.
of involvement and, therefore, risk? Furthermore,
At the very minimum, you need to have updated
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A BESPOKE SERVICE At Pierrus Agency, Grant Pierrus specialises in offering strategic marketing solutions for interior designers, architects and a plethora of brands within the luxury design sector. The team work very closely with clients, ensuring a bespoke service that is uniquely tailored to each client’s needs. This can range from social media, SEO and advertising to brand consultation and web design. Pierrus Agency has spent years developing a vast network of designers, journalists, manufacturers and suppliers within the creative sector to offer clients unique partnership opportunities. With social media becoming no longer as powerful and effective as a marketing tool in the last 18 months, the company has invested heavily in SEO in order to continue giving its client’s a competitive edge. It’s vital that brands recognise the importance of their website and capitalise on its capability as a digital asset. Due to this, a lot of packages will contain SEO at the core, complemented by a suite of other services, providing a holistic offering that Pierrus Agency feel works best. 0207 193 1360 | email@example.com
BETTE GET BIID APPROVED German glazed titanium-steel bathroom specialist, Bette, has launched a British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) approved CPD and tour of its factory in Delbrück, Germany. The CPD and factory tour provide a comprehensive understanding of the benefits, design and manufacture of glazed titanium-steel baths, shower trays and basins. Designers are provided with an in-depth look at the materials and processes used in manufacturing, along with installation and material experience workshops. Participants gain knowledge to help with the planning of bespoke bathroom designs, and information on the robust quality of the glazed titanium-steel products and acoustic and anti-slip solutions. The CPD takes place over two days and includes return flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf, airport transfers to the Bette factory, accommodation and meals. There is no charge to undertake the CPD, which is available to BIID members. 0780 272 1881 | JFMarty@Bette.co.uk
STYLE WITH FUNCTIONALITY Vasco is delighted to be attending 100% Design again. On stand C25 the brand will showcase a wide selection of its stylish radiators including the award-winning Mono radiators. Vasco’s Mono aluminium radiator is the epitome of simplicity, this slender radiator is available in two options; Beams, which has a flat surface and sleek design, whilst Bryce is profiled creating shadows and depth. Each of the Mono radiators can be hung separately, as a pair or as a trio - creating a unique configuration with different heights and colours if wished. The sections can be controlled individually, with the thermostat button being placed anywhere on the wall. The Mono offers an exciting variety of colour combinations as both styles of radiator are available in 55 different colours and shades. +32(0)89 79 04 11 | firstname.lastname@example.org | vasco-group.eu
20 September 2019 Interior Designer
Preview: Hospitality Design Show
GROWING HOSPITALITY BUSINESS FROM 18 - 19 SEPTEMBER, THE HOSPITALITY DESIGN SHOW WILL BE FILLING THE EXCEL ARENA, LONDON, WITH INSPIRED CONTENT FOR BUSINESS GROWTH IN THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR. During September London’s Excel will become
edge suppliers, 320 thought-provoking seminars,
plethora of the industry’s most pressing topics. Each
the thriving hub of hospitality design, as it
unmissable innovation awards and much more!
session is jam-packed with information, inspiration and advice, enabling the audience to put their
welcomes the UK’s ultimate event for the designs behind business growth, the
Hospitality Design Show!
Hear industry experts from the biggest brands
questions to those who have all the answers.
on the planet divulge their very own secrets to
Unparalleled Networking Opportunities
Connecting passionate hospitality professionals
success, enabling you to return to your business
Compare notes with over 3,000 like minded
with the industry’s leading creatives, the Hospitality
brimming with ideas and ambition.
individuals; learn from their mistakes and forge your
Design Show is FREE to attend and will feature an
own success, while making invaluable new business
unmissable line-up from across the globe, whilst
100s of Additional Seminar Sessions
also showcasing the design solutions, tips and
Seminar sessions are specifically tailored to cover
techniques that are transforming the world
every aspect of the industry. Whether you’re a
So, what are you waiting for?
global chain or an independent, you’re guaranteed
Visit hospitalitydesignshow.co.uk to secure your
What’s more, at this year’s unbelievable event, you’ll
to gain invaluable insight into the design ideas
FREE ticket, enter the ultimate marketplace for
have the chance to tune in and listen to hundreds
forming the trends of tomorrow.
hospitality design and let the world’s leading
of influential speakers, engage in industry-altering
connections that will last a lifetime.
innovators guide you to success.
panel sessions and get personalised 1-2-1 advice
Sourcing Products & Services
from the sector’s greatest minds, all whilst you
This is an incredible opportunity not only to find over
cultivate invaluable new business contacts. Running
500 of Europe’s top suppliers all under one roof, but
directly alongside the Hospitality Design Show, for
also to take advantage of free consultations that will
the first time ever, is Hotel360, the UK’s leading
provide you with that crucial competitive edge.
event fully dedicated to improving all aspects of
Hospitality Design Show
hotels and increasing their profitability. And the
Thought-Provoking Panel Sessions
18 - 19 September
best part? Your free ticket gives you access to both
The panel debates provide visitors with a unique
events, with a combined line-up of 500 cutting-
opportunity to hear design experts take on a
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L ET ’S STAR T T H E SHO W ! CELEBRATING STYLE LIKE NO OTHER, DECOREX INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES THE VERY BEST OF THE DESIGN COMMUNITY FOR AN EXHIBITION OF HERITAGE FROM THE PAST, LUXURY FOR THE PRESENT AND CRAFT FOR THE FUTURE
Decorex International will make its debut at
include Arte, Beaumont & Fletcher, Officine Gullo,
glamorous twists on traditional design.
Olympia London this year, from the 6-9 October,
Rose Uniacke and The Rug Company.
Sella Concept, a specialist in retail, hospitality
marking an exciting new chapter in the show’s
New for 2019 is a boundary-pushing collaboration
and office interiors that has worked on spaces for
that takes visitors on a journey through a series
clients including Google and Netflix also takes
of interconnecting spaces for an immersive
part, as does the multidisciplinary Run for the Hills,
Offering a showcase of the very latest in high-end
and personalised encounter. Each area will
the creative design house whose interiors include
design, an exceptional speaking programme and
be beautifully created by a selection of top
musician Ellie Goulding’s home, Kricket White City
highly anticipated curated exhibitions, the annual
international interior designers and overseen by
and the new Tivoli cinema, bar and café in Bath.
gathering attracts the leading names in luxury
John Allsopp, one of the UK’s leading architects.
Zachary Pulman Design Studio, a specialist in
interiors from across the world.
The selected designers include Natalia Miyar, one
leisure hospitality, including the emerging trend of
Visitors can discover the new collections and
of House & Garden’s Top 100 Interior Designers,
socialising and boasts clients such as Nike, Puma
commission bespoke pieces from over 400
who specialises in luxury residential projects
and Swingers. Also in the line-up is exciting new
established brands and up-and-coming makers.
worldwide. Joining her is Sam Todhunter, another
practice These White Walls, which has recently
Displayed will be a variety of designs from hand-
of House & Garden’s prestigious Top 100, whose
completed its first project, an elegant design
painted wallpapers and bespoke furniture, to
residential projects are recognised the world
for acclaimed chef Ollie Dabbous’ Mayfair
conceptual lighting and printed fabrics. Exhibitors
over for their fusion of luxurious eclecticism and
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For 2019, Decorex will continue to nurture new talent with Foundation, a platform for the next generation of designer-makers of contemporary, bespoke furnishings. The showâ€™s best-loved features, such as the bar and the VIP lounge, will be taken to the next level with fresh new interpretations. Other highlights will include an array of experiential feature areas that will see makers transform areas of the show floor into live workshops, as well as an inspiring seminar programme with talks from some of the industryâ€™s key influencers. Decorex will also celebrate luxury British craft and applied arts through Future Heritage, an exhibition of some of the best emerging talents in the UK with new work created especially for the show. Decorex International 2019 6-9 October 2019 Olympia London www.decorex.com T: @Decorex_Int IG: @Decorex_International Opening Hours: Sunday 6 October: 10am-6pm (trade only) Monday 7 October: 10am-6pm (trade only) Tuesday 8 October: 10am-7pm (open to the general public) Wednesday 9 October: 10am-5pm (trade only)
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UNLOCKS ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAINS FOR DESIGNERS GoodWeave International, the leading global organisation ending child labour in supply chains, has launched a new labelling standard to address the issue of child exploitation in retail production of woven items for the home. Developed and tested over the last two years by the award-winning non-profit, the GoodWeave Home Textiles Certification both identifies labour exploitation and provides lifechanging education to those children found. GoodWeave is acclaimed for its work in reducing child labour in the rug industry and respecting the rights of marginalised workers. All products certified, such as cushion covers, pouffes and table covers, will feature a unique, GoodWeave numbered label. The first companies in the UK to sign up are Namaste (namaste-uk.com) and Myakka (myakka.co.uk). The scheme is initially available to all companies which import woven soft furnishings direct from India and will soon commence for similar products from Nepal. The scheme operates under a license agreement. goodweave.org | Decorex International stand J242
RAW, DARING INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
distressed finishes and textures, the choice wiring accessory can support a
The trend for modern industrial interior design is as unrelenting as its gnarly
inserts and white surrounds, the Metalclad range can accommodate uneven
look. The rustic, edgy style celebrates engineering prowess and puts structural
wall surfaces and is equally at home in a workshop, garage or warehouse
elements on show, juxtaposing raw vintage components with sleek modern
conversion. Meanwhile, Hamilton’s new Metalclad Grid solutions support the
elements. Whether it’s a warehouse apartment conversion, or the restyling
unique high-power demands of the kitchen, enabling a bespoke solution to
of a modern home, the use of metal finishes plays a major part in achieving
be created instantly. Clip-in modules, which feature printed words or symbols
the look, with decorative wiring accessories amongst the finishing touches
to easily identify an appliance switch or function, quickly combine to meet
that are crucial for a cohesive scheme. Renowned for its ahead-of-the-game
the unique requirements of a kitchen or utility project. With older properties,
quality solutions, Hamilton Litestat has the perfect range of designer switch
surface-mounted boxes may be required to preserve the building’s historic
plates and sockets to complement the industrial look. Its heavy-duty Metalclad
masonry and beams. Yet sometimes the steel box doesn’t achieve the
plate design in stylish steel-grey embodies the industrial trend, while
right look. Hamilton offers bespoke wooden boxes made to precisely fit the
offering modern functionality, such as a 2.1A/1A dual USB double switched
Metalclad collection. And with the interplay of wood and metal a popular
socket. Alone, the Metalclad wiring accessories can bring a small infusion of
textural choice in industrial styles, it’s bang on trend too.
industrial design into the home, but combined with other metal, vintage and
www.hamilton-litestat.com | Decorex International stand G182
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unified industrial design theme. With a robust design, exposed fixings, white
LIGHT IS MATERIAL Innermost is a British design brand with a rebellious approach to lighting. With its core belief that ‘light is a material’, Innermost work with exciting designers from all over the world to craft innovative lighting of the absolute highest quality. Founded by Steve Jones and Russell Cameron in London in 1999, Innermost thrives from taking wild ideas and creating beautiful, thoughtful and innovative products. With an instinctive desire to rebel from the norm, Innermost utilise materials and processes in unique ways to defy expectation. Staying ahead of technological advances for
WAKE UP B E A U T I F U L LY
the changing market, they regularly develop and manufacture products for other high-end design houses in an OEM capacity. The new collection is a wonderful mix of technology and vibrant new aesthetics, building upon its successful range of ‘large & luxury’ pieces. The collection speaks of craftsmanship and innovation, as high value materials are crafted into high-end contemporary lighting forms; an ideal centrepiece for the luxury interior. email@example.com | www.innermost.net Decorex International stand N220
Handcrafting luxury beds and mattresses using time-honoured methods since 1904 to provide a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating night’s sleep, fulfilling dreams for a long and healthy life.
Design a Hypnos bed that’s just right for you.
hypnosbeds.com Hypnos is proud to be Carbon Neutral
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MADE BY US, MIXED BY YOU. F I N D O U T M O R E AT M I X . A R M A C M A R T I N . C O . U K
Ask The Designer
How intrinsic is carefully thought out branding to a design project?
Co-Founder and Graphic
Designer, Run For The Hills
To create a successful design,
Branding is essential to a design
Successful branding makes a
Branding is crucial to any
it must have a solid foundation.
project. How the brand looks
design project memorable and
commercial design, it’s the
If this is a bar or restaurant the
and feels and how its identity
helps the audience develop an
first thing you see of a project;
brand and identity must be
is elaborated on throughout
emotional connection to the
the logo above the door as
well thought out, have context,
a project provides a cohesive
brand before, during and after
you enter, or the magazine
have a narrative that the design
backdrop to the interiors. It is
experiencing it. The interior design
ad tempting you into the
can link to. From experience,
crucial to work closely with
of a space forms just one aspect of
space before you’ve even
designing restaurants where
the branding consultant at the
the overall Brand experience and
visited. A good logo can say
the brand has not been totally
outset in order to allow their
it is intrinsic that all design work is
so much about the product
thought out is a disaster as the
concept to feed into the interior
tied together by one coherent
and the entire project in so
scheme changes, the costs rise
design, and vice versa. This
narrative. It doesn’t matter where
many subtle and unsubtle
and the timeline grows! A good
relationship between architect
the narrative originates, whether
ways. People respond to
brand gives designers ideas for
and brand provides holistic
it’s the client, architects/interior
good design, even if it is only
materials, colours, and layout
design approach to a project
designers or brand specialists. As
on a subconscious level. If a
and allows all designers and
and the final result is a much
long as the overall experience
restaurant’s signage outside is
consultants to share the same
stronger and more interrelated
is consistent and relevant to the
dreadful, you might not even
goal, and that the design will
space. An individual engaging
product, the project will resonate
go in. If the design of the menu
vary but have themes that
with a bar or restaurant with
with the end user.
is terrible you might imagine
a strong brand ethos will
the food is too. A great brand
experience a subtle dialogue
also needs to be supported
between signage and menus
by strong interior design, the
to tables and chairs, carefully
two support and enhance
Headshot by Ed Reeve
selected to both reflect and
each other, one informing and
highlight the other.
complimenting the other.
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THE OYSTER CLUB MICHELIN STARRED CHEF, ADAM STOKES RECENTLY APPOINTED SPECIALIST INTERIOR DESIGNERS, FABER TO CREATE THE INTERIORS FOR HIS LATEST VENTURE, THE OYSTER CLUB, HIGH-END CASUAL DINING IN BIRMINGHAM.
The Oyster Club concept was born out of a vision
restaurant is more formal, it still connects diners
of shucking oysters at the bar in a laid-back,
The front of the restaurant is reserved solely for
with the kitchen through a ‘window view’ of the
stylish and welcoming environment.
walk-ins to dine casually at the bar amongst the
carefully designed kitchen.”
oyster shucking. While the rear of the restaurant Faber first started working with Michelin starred
is more formal, it still connects diners with the
chef, Adam Stokes, back in 2015, designing his
kitchen through a ‘window view’ of the carefully
The design hints at the colours, textures and
original pop-up concept on Bennetts Hill and his
designed kitchen.The 30-cover restaurant and
shapes within the sea without being too literal.
now signature, Michelin starred restaurant, Adam’s.
24-seater bar serve a variety of top-quality
Patterns and textures echo undulating sand beds,
Husband and wife team, Adam and Natasha,
seafood dishes, and of course oyster platters, all
rippling water and the scales of fish. Deep navy is
embarked on this new project with a clear vision
sourced from the UK. A carefully curated selection
teamed with warm brass to give a rich, premium
of oysters being shucked at the bar in front of
of wines and spirits pair the food perfectly.
feel, but then softened with a complimenting
customers; their aim was to create a high-end
Discussing the concept, Tony Matters, Creative
palette of muted pearl pinks and pale blues.
casual and interactive dining concept. Adam
Director, Faber said, “The idea was to create a laid-
Bespoke pendants over the bar take inspiration
said of his project, “We wanted to create a ‘club’
back, engaging dining experience but in a stylish
from oyster pearls and the tension cable,
where diners can meet up regularly with friends in
setting. The front of the restaurant is reserved
cantilevered light installation features a mother of
a relaxed atmosphere but with that added touch
solely for walk-ins to dine casually at the bar
pearl effect on half-round shades.
amongst the oyster shucking. While the rear of the
Seating is relaxed but luxurious. Deep and curved,
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The Oyster Club
PROJECT TEAM Designer Faber Contractor Approved Shopfitting Signage VVS Visual Solutions Kitchen and Bar CCE
FF&E SUPPLIER TEAM Free Standing Furniture (Bespoke Flume Bar Stool, Jagger dining and bar stools) Contract Chair Co. Fixed Seating Pure CF Bespoke Lighting Northern Lights Lighting R&S Robertson, Astro Lighting Curtains Vescom Sanitaryware Villeroy & boch sinks and toilets, Crosswater taps (via Utopia Projects) Ironmongery Buster & Punch, Allgood
FINISHES SUPPLIERS Wallpaper Arte, Muraspec and Cole & Sons Tiles Grestec, Bedrock Tiles, Walls & Floors and Craven Dunnill LVT Karndean, Amtico Carpet Milliken Upholstery Fabrics to chairs and fixed seating JAB Anstoetz Group, Clarke & Clarke, Ultrafabrics, Today Interiors Solid Surface Versatil Laminate Egger
both the fixed seating and swivel stools invite
Tony said, “At the centre of the design is a huge,
regularly in a relaxed ‘open-house’ environment.
customers into shell-like structures made from
curved oyster bar that is visible from the street;
The Oyster Club’ evolved from a group of
sumptuous velvets and soft leather. Reeded glass
this was key to overcoming the visibility issue but
intellectuals and scientists from Edinburgh in the
panels, divide the space between the bar and
also in providing the casual seating arrangement.
1770’s who would regularly meet up to debate and
restaurant spaces while mirrors feature throughout
White marble and light oak create elegant curves,
exchange ideas over oysters. Founding members
the design to create light and an increased sense
which provide relaxed separations between diners.
can been seen celebrated through bespoke
While soft ‘oyster pink’ hued tiles and ‘wave like’
artwork around the restaurant.
patterned fabric wall coverings give a warm and
“Having built up a trusting working relationship with
Faber, we gave them quite a lot of freedom with
The venue came with some significant design
“We also installed a huge hanging mirror to reflect
the brief and the results have not disappointed!
challenges, being situated on the lower ground
and make a statement of the ice bed of oysters
We knew they would deliver a fantastic design,
floor not only caused a visibility issue for drawing
that lie in wait.”
but the finished article is truly outstanding,”
custom, but also practical issues. Retaining as
much head height as possible was key to keeping
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
the space light and seemingly spacious and this
With no real history to the site, Faber looked for
required careful planning of the mechanics to
inspiration around the philosophy of the restaurant,
service the restaurant.
a club where friends could meet and dine
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BRAND DESIGN PRINCIPLES TIM ARMITT, MANAGING DIRECTOR, LYNDON, SHARES HIS INSIGHT INTO THE DEMAND FOR HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE, THE MODERN WORKSPACE AND TAILORING DESIGN TO MEET AND FULFIL PURPOSE How has 2019 been so far for Lyndon?
painted frame options so that designers now
a firm favourite with high-end cinemas; supplying
Demand for our handcrafted timber furniture and
have unparalleled freedom to create bright and
custom designed sofas and armchairs in luxurious
upholstery has continued to grow significantly this
energetic interiors. We also support the flow of
upholstery complete with deluxe seat cushions.
year. Our mantra ‘the restless pursuit of excellence’
technology with many power and data options.
Handcrafted footrests and tables help make the
is really what sets Lyndon apart from others and
cinema experience truly unique.
we never compromise on our high standards of
What new seating trends are you
quality craftsmanship. Our products can be
seeing in the corporate sector?
What advice would you give to interior
found adorning hospitality, leisure, retail and
As the office canteen gives rise to the modern
designers when specifying furniture?
Workcafé, Lyndon’s furniture solutions are in high
At Lyndon, we believe that seating and furniture
demand. From high and low tables accompanied
should no longer be specified purely for visual
Is wood still your core material?
by chairs, benches or stools, to bespoke café style
aesthetics and comfort. Today, it’s crucial that
All of our products are handcrafted from the finest
booths and soft seating, our furniture helps create
every space should be tailored to meet its
solid hardwood to create a durable and refined
a dynamic space where employees, customers
intended purpose in order to inspire the good
aesthetic. Not only does timber have the grace
and visitors can meet, work, network, socialise, and
health and wellbeing of its occupants. The
and beauty to create a stunning design feature
recharge. Planned or impromptu, employees can
added value it can bring in terms of functionality,
or architectural centre piece, its fine decorative
‘escape’ their desks in comfort, yet at the same
relaxation and wellbeing should be a
details help to create effortlessly stylish décor.
time maintain close connections with colleagues
More importantly, it’s sensitive to the environment.
and the organisation.
How has Lyndon adapted to meet
Is Lyndon’s bespoke furniture
changing interior design demands?
still in high demand?
Whilst we strictly adhere to our brand design
Demand for our bespoke designs continues
principles, we also bow to the ever-changing
to grow. From banquette seating in bars and
Image: A two-tone leather sofa from Lyndon’s new
wheel of fashion. In addition to expanding our
custom designed armchairs in Michelin starred
Maysa collection. By paying close attention to the
range of dining and casual tables, we have
restaurants, to stand-out centrepiece seating
seam detailing, Maysa encourages the use of two-
increased our modular seating collections too. We
in corporate foyers, we can create a bespoke
tone upholstery and fabric/leathers for a more
have also introduced a striking range of coloured
design to meet almost any requirement. We are
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Design Edit. Amie Lewis, Director, Getty Images Fine Art Sales and Exhibitions, gives an insight on curating photography and how to combine Getty Images Gallery’s rich resource of images with the latest interior trends. One of the season’s hottest design vibes is the Tropical theme; a joyous celebration of nature - palm leaves are a key motif for this look along with summery botanical imagery. gettyimagesgallery.com
VALERIE CATES IN MARBELLA, SPAIN, 1976 “I love the burst of sunny, vibrant colours in this photograph of Valerie Cates in Marbella, Spain, taken in 1976 that perfectly captures the summery botanical interiors trend.” Photo by Slim Aarons Hulton Archive Getty Images.
ELEUTHERA POOL PARTY CIRCA 1970, BAHAMAS “Tropical palms are in abundance in this photograph of Eleuthera Pool Party in Bahamas taken in 1970. It would enhance rooms that overlook outdoor spaces, and create the impression of looking out of a window at the scene to make you feel like you’ve escaped to your own pool party!” Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images.
HOLIDAY IN MUSTIQUE GRENADINES, FEBRUARY 1989 “Getty Images Gallery is the owner of the Slim Aarons archive, the uber-collectable chronicler of the golden age of wealth and beauty. Slim Aarons’ photographs captured a privileged world of leisure, and epitomise 20th Century glamour. He often spent summers with high society and the aristocracy on the Mediterranean or the Caribbean. Slim’s photographs are the perfect match for the Tropical interiors trend and has inspired me to give a curated taste of our vast collection. This photograph was taken in 1989 of Pierre Vincent Marais and his wife Isabelle on holiday with friends at Gelliceaux House, on the island of Mustique in the Grenadines. The beautiful cool aqua blue will give a fresh and uplifting energy to a room.” Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images.
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18â€”21 September 2019 Olympia London
Celebrating 25 years of inspirational interior design
100design25 100percentdesign designlondon Part of:
Find out more and register at: 100percentdesign.co.uk
100% Design Preview
DESTINATION DESIGN 100% DESIGN ANNOUNCES SHOW-STOPPING BRANDS AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING FEATURES AS PART OF ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY DURING LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2019, 18 - 21 SEPTEMBER 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of 100% Design, one of the UK’s leading design trade events. The 2019 show will present a stellar line-up of more than 400 exhibitors showcasing the latest products across furniture, lighting, textiles, glazing, surfaces, accessories and more. Striking installations, inspiring collaborations and innovative projects feature thought-provoking experiences and push the boundaries of design. New for this year, 100% Design will showcase ‘A Sense of Finland’ curated by Finnish/English designer Hanna Laikola, founder of HEMLO in collaboration with renowned Nordic brand Tapio Anttila Collection and Polar Life Haus, the long established eco log house company. Voted the happiest country in the world for the second year running, the Finland pavilion will allow visitors to experience the sounds, sights, touch, smell and taste of Finland in the middle of London.
being increasingly briefed to design Instagrammable
waste, health and wellbeing. To coincide with the
One of the key areas of 100% Design is Design
interiors. With this in mind, 100% Design has chosen
show’s 25th edition, Talks with 100% Design returns
London, which for this year has been carefully
seven designers working in interiors to create
for more than 50 in-depth conversations and
curated to include a selection of the world’s leading
‘inspiration kiosks’,selecting images from their
debates with designers, architects and a specialist
interior brands such as Arper, Benchmark, Dare
personal Instagram that reflect their inspiration.
look at trends and current issues. Curated by Katie
Studio, Boss Design and Antonio Lupi. Other exciting
The installation will highlight interior designers using
Richardson, the four-day programme will see an
brands include Swedish furniture makers, Ga..rsna..s,
Instagram to create spaces that connect and inspire
increase in issues-based content exploring topics
Bsweden and the contemporary Italian furniture
people. Notable designers participating include
such as climate change, wastage, materials, the
company, da a.
Charlotte Rey and Duncan Campbell, Lee Broom
circular economy, sustainability and how design
Another addition for 2019 will be the brand new
and Suzy Hoodless.
can and is making a difference. The talks run across
exhibition space, Detail London. Located within
Back by popular demand, 100% Design will be part
the main stage and Forum area, with an hour each
one of Olympia’s lavish Victorian reception rooms,
of the West Kensington Design District, a hub that
day on the Forum dedicated to architecture. New
Detail London will showcase the latest high-end
inspires design enthusiasts and is a must-visit district
London Architecture will present highlights from the
contemporary soft furnishings and wall coverings
during the London Design Festival, with an engaging
Conservation and Retrofit section of the New London
from international design companies, like Amsterdam
programme featuring design brands, globally
Awards. Sustainability in design highlighted by a panel
based Studio Desimone Wayland Glamora and
recognised cultural institutions and unmissable
chaired by Design Fresh 2018 winner Atticus Durnell,
Barbara Osorio Fabrics. The exhibition will benefit
events. The district will be brought to life by an array
100 Years of the Bauhaus Movement is presented
from its own dedicated entrance on Olympia Way as
of partners including the Design Museum. Award-
by Icon Magazine in a panel looking at influences
well as direct access to 100% Design and provides a
winning textile studio, Kirkby Design will bring an
across different creative sectors. Leading product
brand new destination for the luxury interior design
original 1967 Victoria Line tube carriage 100% Design
and interior designer Marcel Wanders will return for a
community market during London Design Festival.
as an exciting and immersive venue. The interiors
second year running to speak at 100% Design and the
This year will see the return of Design Fresh, a
of the tube will be upholstered in Underground
programme will open with American Architect and
celebration of emerging talent selected by 100%
Volume II fabrics, a new collection of velvets which
Designer David Rockwell.
Design at New Designers, with a further selection by
recreate iconic moquette designs used for seating
100% Design continues to be the destination for
Barbara Chandler, design editor of Homes & Property
fabric across the underground from the 1930s to the
architects and designers to source the latest
at the London Evening Standard. Each designer
products, uncover new interior design trends, and
has been chosen for their explorative ideas and
100% Design is excited to collaborate with Material
discover breakthrough talent not seen anywhere else.
Driven to create Material Studio, a showcase of 22
Instagram has fundamentally changed the way
innovative materials with a number of them being
most designers work. This social media platform is
shown in the UK for the first time. The area will
18 - 21 September 2019
used to inspire, with many designers gaining huge
address some of the key issues of our time such
followings for their work. Equally, designers are
as sustainability, performance, energy efficiency,
IG: @100percentdesign T: @designlondon
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MIX AND MATCH Keller’s Elba and Crystal models are perfectly blended to create a beautiful and trendy kitchen mixing materials and textures. These models give plenty of design opportunity so kitchens can truly reflect the homeowner’s personality. They can shake it up with bold or light tones with one of Keller’s 1,950 NCS colours on structured lacquer cabinets, such as Olive Green, and embrace the rustic rough oak cabinetry and build on this with matching oak shelving or an oak table. The design is perfect for embellishing current trends; designers can embrace the industrial style by including dark coloured or metallic appliances into kitchen schemes, or incorporate the growing trend for bringing the outdoors in with kitchen plants and green cabinetry. Patterned tiles are also excellent additions as are splashbacks or statement walls.. www.kellerkitchens.com
PRECISION-CRAFTED DESIGN With craftsmanship that emphasises form and function, the ERA sink and tap range by Swiss-based premium manufacturer KWC guarantees a luxury design solution. With minimalist styling and sleek proportions for a high precision look, the ERA sink sits flush to the work surface to create a streamlined aesthetic. Made from pure stainless steel, the ERA features distinct but subtle detail on the rim, ultra-thin at just 4.5mm, it is highly polished to provide a glossy finish that contrasts with the bowl. An innovative invisible ghost overflow system allows for seamless, streamlined design and the stylish bevelled square pop-up waste cover operated by a push-button on the work surface adds to the feeling of luxury. The sinks are complemented by four luxury stainless steel tap designs with Gravity Spout, J-Spout, L-Spout and Pull-Down Spray options. An elegant selection of accessories accompany the ERA range including a teak and stainless steel strainer bowl, a solid teak chopping board, Roll Mat and stylish soap dispenser incorporated into the work surface. Three single bowl sinks are available in three sizes of 720 x 400mm, 540 x 400mm and 340 x 400mm. 0161 436 6280 | www.kwctaps.co.uk
PURITY ON TAP Franke has launched its iconic Vital Capsule filter tap range in three models and two vogue finishes featuring a unique ‘above the worksurface’ design and the most advanced water filter system in the world to deliver unrivalled purity. Developed and made in Switzerland by Franke, the water filter system features pioneering and patented technology. It is the first ever filter system to combine activated carbon with a high-tech membrane filtering water through 0.3 micrometer pore holes, almost 100 times finer than a human hair, setting the new standard for filtered drinking water. The tiny 35 x 70mm filter cartridge is housed in an ergonomically designed metal capsule that is integral to the tap. Unlike all other models on the market, there is no filter system under the sink, saving valuable cupboard space and offering super easy cartridge replacement by twisting the capsule open and popping in a new one. The sophisticated triple filter process removes 99.9 per cent of bacteria and viruses, together with rust, pesticides, hormones, chlorine and even microplastics, while retaining all beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium and fluoride. The filter is also self-disinfecting thanks to embedded anti-microbial properties. 0161 436 6280 | www.franke.co.uk
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COUNTRY CLASSIC VERSUS CITY SLICKER Louise Robinson has recently completed two kitchen projects for clients. Two contrasting London kitchens, both channeling pared back simplicity and understated elegance, reflect the enduring appeal of the open plan kitchen/ living space. Kitchen One offers classic cabinetry and hand painted joinery (by Colin Latter Kitchens), used to blur the distinction between kitchen and living spaces to create a welcoming, versatile open plan setting for dining, relaxing, socialising or working from home. Natural finishes and sustainably sourced materials offer warmth and authenticity, while the soft grey, conveys an understated elegance and sense of calm. Kitchen two (pictured) conveys sleek handleless cabinetry (Howdens, Clerkenwell Handleless in Matt Grey) paired with composite marble worktops and splashbacks (NILE, Carrara) bring sophisticated serenity to this open plan living space. Exposed black lighting cord, graphite brassware and slick Bosch appliances create contrast and edge, styled with pops of colour and contrasting brushed brass pendants to add warmth and a touch of old school glamour. 07970 692 371 louise@louiserobinsoninteriors | Image courtesy of Juliet Murphy
NEXT GENERATION WORKTOPS Maxtop Quartz Ltd has unveiled a brand-new range of stylish décors to meet the very latest kitchen trends, as part of its next generation of surfaces. The unique solid quartz surface is now available in a total of ten carefully-selected decors including two marble-effect finishes; Alba and Tundra. Alba’s classical design softly echoes the veins and swirls of natural marble, for an elegant and sophisticated aesthetic, while the subtle, swirling colours of Tundra bring texture and interest to more minimal spaces for a unique and individual style statement. The range, which also features a selection of timeless black, white and grey finishes including Diamond White Sparkle and Pewter Grey, now utilises just one solid piece of quartz to encase the lightweight centre, guaranteeing a seamless look and finish. www.maxtopquartz.co.uk
STYLE AND MULTI-FUNCTIONALITY Carron Phoenix has expanded its popular granite portfolio with the brand new Aruba sink, available now. The design and engineering behind Aruba has focussed on delivering a linear-styled granite sink that is low profile to the worksurface, answering market demand for modern, streamlined design. It is also Carron’s first granite sink to feature its unique, patented Easy-Fix clip system, which ensures fast and easy installation. For design flexibility, Aruba is available in five popular colours of jet black, graphite, stone grey, champagne and polar white in two single bowl versions and a one and a half bowl. The 220mm deep bowls are designed with an accessories ledge to hold an optional synthetic strainer bowl to optimise user ergonomics. The Aruba sink is competitively priced from £359 reflecting Carron’s brand focus for good design, value and quality.
Working Titles Films. Photography by Charlotte Wood.
0161 436 6280 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.carron.com
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FARFETCH LA GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM FOR THE LUXURY FASHION INDUSTRY, FARFETCH, CALLED UPON STUDIOFIBRE TO TRANSFORM ITS LA WORKSPACE INTO AN ‘URBAN NEIGHBOURHOOD’
Studiofibre, the dynamic studio of UK-based
An urban neighbourhood
customers ultimately want rather than operating
designer-makers, has delivered a new 25,000
Studiofibre has been Farfetch’s global design
in a bubble. Hence the city-centre locations and
square foot workspace in downtown Los
partner since 2015, and the studio’s evolving
the company culture of encouraging movement,
Angeles for Farfetch, the global technology
design narrative continues to roll out in a
whether that be to very different environments
platform for the luxury fashion industry.
series of Farfetch ‘Urban Neighbourhoods’
within one workspace, or movement between
Designed to foster real world connections,
around the globe.
the different Farfetch locations within a major
collaboration, conversation and a strong sense
The multi-location approach is key to keeping
city. Movement keeps the teams connected to
of company culture, the new space oozes
the teams mobile between locations, and ensuring
the real world, and different macro and micro
connected appeal and Californian materiality.
they are connected with the city, the people,
environments facilitate collaboration, creativity
and the culture.
and stimulate productivity.”
This stunning space is set against the backdrop
Fiona Livingston, Co-Founder, Studiofibre,
of LA and the Hollywood Hills, with exceptional
commented, “Farfetch may be a digital company,
A bespoke approach
views framing the bespoke interior design
but it is driven by real world fashion, trends and
The overall design scheme of the new Los
narrative. The workspace is located at 700
lifestyle. It’s essential that the Farfetch teams
Angeles space draws on the unique DNA of the
South Flower street, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
globally are at the centre of everything, getting
Farfetch brand, which is characterised by the
out and about and understanding what their
collision of pioneering technology and global
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Farfetch LA luxury fashion. Farfetch has successfully enabled
help absorb sounds inside the booth and both
branded oversized Calacatta marble and walnut
the fashion and retail industry and Studiofibre’s
the materials and organic shapes provide a very
table provides an informal work space for team
bespoke approach, designing and crafting
human and tactile antidote to the ever-present
members and visitors alike.
tailor-made furniture, fixtures and fittings, ensures
technology in the workplace.
that the Farfetch design narrative is as unique,
luxurious and ground-breaking as the Farfetch
Studiofibre ‘Infinity’ Booths
Power and structural supporter pillars, which are
Studiofibre has also designed bespoke circular
used to deliver power from the ceiling supply to
‘Infinity’ booths, designed to foster optimal
the floor level (to power desktop devices), have
collaboration and communication. The design of
been transformed into ‘Power Planters’. Each pillar
Evolving the existing Farfetch design narrative,
the booth, created from slatted highly polished
is a vibrant ‘living’ wall, with the power cabling
Studiofibre has drawn on the Californian setting
plywood and beech veneer is inspired by the
cleverly disguised by wooden planters mounted
for materials and including new features designed
eternal energy of a perfect circle. As there is no
on a bespoke copper frame. The Farfetch team
to enhance wellbeing and productivity. The
dominant ‘head of the table’ space, every seat is
is invited to take ownership of these spaces,
colour palette is a mix of warm, rich ombres,
equal, encouraging sharing of ideas and creativity.
nurturing flowers and herbs, creating areas as
natural woods (bamboo, beech and walnut),
colourful as the fashion that Farfetch delivers
luxurious Calacatta marble and copper accents
globally, and uniting the team in a shared
(including lighting rigs and tiles crafted from the
The Library has been created as a space for
burnished metal). These are offset by verdant
internal focus, ideal for the generation now joining
foliage that wraps the internal pillars. Homage
the workplace with a thirst for knowledge and
Reconfigurable Entertainment Space
is paid to the Californian location through the
learning. This tranquil space, housing materials
This communal ‘heart’ of the overall workspace
use of native materials, stucco backdrops and
for inspiration and reference, is designed to allow
has to work hard on multiple levels, providing
local planting. The macro environment of the
the mind to concentrate intently, away from the
a space for the team to eat and socialise on a
Farfetch workspace is designed to foster a sense
collaborative open spaces.
day to day basis, but also be quickly and easily
of belonging and communication, whilst diverse
transformed to host a variety of events. Studiofibre
micro-environments within the space serve not
designed bespoke ‘Bleacher seating’, inspired by
only to further bring the Farfetch brand to life,
A collaborative co-working space replaces any
American sporting events, which provides
but also to support the needs of the workforce.
formal reception area. This micro-community is
theatre-style communal seating. Broadcasting
designed to immediately put visitors at ease, as
and content creation can also be done in this
they are welcomed into a warm, atmospheric
space, along with ‘all-hands’ company meetings.
The human brain has diverse needs for different
area perfectly framed by the stunning vista of
types of tasks. Studiofibre has designed the
the Hollywood Hills. A ‘selfie’ zone encourages
Farfetch LA office space to accommodate various
social media sharing and authentic content
neighbourhoods, which give the highly mobile
creation, a refreshment bar invites people to feel
workforce the ability to choose the working
at home and serve themselves, and a beautifully
Photography by Pantling Studio
environment that best suits their requirements, depending on the task in hand. Movement around a space is important to keep the brain active and different physical environments can have a powerful effect on performance. For example, the Farfetch teams may need a private, quiet area for important conversations, relaxation, or learning and internal focus. By contrast, when working more collaboratively, the teams require spaces that optimise creative thinking, content-creation, socialising and sharing ideas. Within the overall workspace, the following bespoke neighbourhoods serve to nudge the brain into different modes for different tasks: Studiofibre ‘Speakeasy’ Phone Booth Studiofibre has designed and crafted a highly contemporary phone booth, ‘The Speakeasy’, a beautifully crafted private space designed to
support external focus, enhancing concentration
Interior Designers Studiofibre General Contractors KPRS Construction Bespoke Furniture (including desking) All designed by Studiofibre. Flooring Karndean Carpets Shaw Lighting Delta Light
away from external distractions. The ‘Speakeasy’ is as much a sculptural installation as it is a piece of furniture. Pared-down and sinuous in shape, high-grade plywood is elevated to a luxurious level. A lean-seat ensures comfort, and a rest for a laptop and built in power and technology makes video conferencing easy. The plywood slats
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ANGULUS PICTURE LIGHT German Lighting Manufacturer Betec Licht AG created the award winning ANGULUS picture light suitable for both flat and thicker picture frames. The 360° rotatable DUO LED light comes with larger brackets than the popular Clarus picture light, allowing a longer distance between the lamp and the painting. In addition, the luminosity has doubled to illuminate larger flat surfaces with two colour temperatures to choose from, 2400 or 3000 Kelvin. Designer Horst Lettenmayer who founded the company in 1979 confirms, “The larger the image formats the greater the lighting needs. The bracket type 15 is perfectly suited for images with heights of up to 60 cm. The bracket type 25 is used particularly for thicker frames and vertical portraits.” ANGULUS is made of brass and is available with different finishes such as chrome plated or 24ct gold plated. Winner of the: Good Design Award, 2016. email@example.com | www.betec.de
BRING YOUR RETAIL ENVIRONMENT TO LIFE Calling on its longstanding deep display heritage and expertise in the museum and gallery sector, Sylvania has launched Expospot, a new highly functional LED, with aesthetics front of mind. The recessed modular accent downlight range is designed to enhance retail and display environments such as supermarkets, fashion and department stores. Sylvania’s new Expospot provides the flexibility to enhance the unique experience of any retail environment. It can be adjusted to varying angles with ease and is available in three versions: fixed, adjustable and mono (round and square), duo and trio. With up to 129 lm/W system efficacy and 50,000 hours lifetime, the Expospot range is highly efficient and boasts a lumen output of up to 4,121 lumen. Manufactured in a white finish, Sylvania’s new Expospot range comprises three sizes: the Expospot 50 (mm), Expospot 70 (mm) and Expospot 90 (mm). The range is also available in three optical choices, narrow, medium and wide beams. DALI, trailing edge and SylSmart compatible versions are available upon request. This enables businesses to manage their lighting with ease through granular control of each luminaire. www.sylvania-lighting.com
FOURTH EDITION LIGHTING British lighting brand Anglepoise and designer Paul Smith have launched their latest collaboration, arriving in September. In his latest collaboration with Anglepoise, Paul revisits a unique patchwork colour scheme previously created for a unique version of the Land Rover Defender. The palette now becomes the inspiration for another classic British design, the Type 75™ lighting collection created for Anglepoise by renowned British industrial product designer, Sir Kenneth Grange. Paul’s original 27-colour palette alluded to the Defender’s past as a multi-purpose utilitarian workhorse, with reference to its use on the farmyard and in the emergency services. In his Edition Four palette Anglepoise British countryside colours dominate: deep, earthy burgundy, leaden grey, sky blue, dappled green and rich clay. Just a dash of fluorescent yellow adds that element of surprise we have come to expect from a designer renowned for his mastery of colour. When applied to the highly functional yet streamlined Type 75™ lamp design the palette appears tailor-made. Anglepoise + Paul Smith Edition Four comprises a Type 75™ desk lamp in standard and Mini sizes, also a Type 75™ floor lamp, which is included for the first time in the Anglepoise and Paul Smith collection. Photography by Jake Curtis, styling by Despina Curtis. anglepoise.com
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DESIGN STORIES RAFFE BURRELL FOUNDED HIS STUDIO TO PURSUE HIS PASSION FOR CREATING THE EXCEPTIONAL THROUGH DESIGN. WORKING WITH A NETWORK OF HIGHLY SKILLED ARTISANS, RAFFE ACHIEVES THIS HIGH STANDARD ACROSS THE HIGH-END RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROJECTS HE IS COMMISSIONED TO WORK ON. HAVING HONED HIS SKILLS AT SUCH PRESTIGIOUS STUDIOS AS PAUL COCKSEDGE, FREDRIKSEN STALLARD AND EVA MENZ, RAFFE NOW WORKS IN THE UK AND GLOBALLY WITH AN EVER-INCREASING SCALE OF PROJECT.
TELL US ABOUT THE DESIGN
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE
believe it. Surely enough however, with the reality
BACKGROUND OF YOUR STUDIO.
FOR YOU AS A DESIGNER IN THE INDUSTRY?
of being invited to visit the Swarovski HQ (the
The studio was formed four years ago to create
My biggest challenge working on bespoke
Archives and the new Manufaktur) earlier this year
luxury design projects under my own ethos and
designs is dealing with confidentiality as many
it has settled in and has been an incredible, very
aesthetic. My background spans luxury design
clients prefer to not have their homes featured
insightful, opportunity to look into the opulent
from installations, furniture to lighting sculptures;
online. It is therefore hard to build up references
world of Swarovski.
I felt it was time to begin my own journey of
to attract new clients. To counter this I am working
investigations. The studio represents a focus
on self-initiated creations stemming from
WHAT’S NEXT FOR RAFFE BURRELL IN 2019?
on bringing unique designs to life. We are open
A few unique lighting projects for some incredible
to exploring materials and work across lighting installations and sculpture.
private homes. My focus is on the creation of WHAT DOES YOUR STUDIO ASPIRE
something that stands out as you enter the
TO LOOK LIKE IN 20 YEARS TIME?
room. In addition I plan on expanding my capsule
HOW DO YOU AIM TO BRING
I’m looking forward to seeing this myself! I aspire
collection of products such as the ‘Rock’ table light
INNOVATION TO THE INDUSTRY?
to be working across a wider field of design and
and ‘Hematite’ coffee table.
I feel it is in the DNA of the practice. The majority
seeing what influence technology may have on
of projects are bespoke, so each project allows us
my work. A goal of mine is to have a workshop
to innovate, with the findings being brought back
and gallery in-house.
to the studio to inform future works. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST DO YOU WORK GLOBALLY AND IF
SUCCESSFUL MILESTONE TO DATE?
SO, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THIS?
Winning the Swarovski Designer of the Future
We do work globally and enjoy doing so. We
work in the same manner as our local projects by maintaining control from beginning to end. The
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE AWARD! WHAT
workshops we partner with for manufacturing are
DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU AS AN ARTIST?
predominately in London, so production is closely
Thank you very much! It is difficult putting into
managed, but we also install all works ourselves
words what it means as for some time it was one
regardless of location.
of those “pinch me” moments and I didn’t quite
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MONIQUE TOLLGARD MONIQUE TOLLGARD TALKS TO EDITOR JADE TILLEY ABOUT HOW HER LOVE OF COMMUNICATION HELPS HER CONNECT WITH CLIENTS AND BRING THE BEST OUT OF EVERY PROJECT
Monique Tollgard is a Co-Founder of Tollgard Design Group, alongside her husband Staffan. Monique and Staffan launched their design studio in 2005. Focused on delivering interior design services to an international clientele, the practice quickly garnered recognition for its bold take on contemporary design. Since then it has expanded into a multi-disciplinary studio that employs some of the brightest minds in the industry. Here, Monique shares her personal experience of entering the design world. What is your earliest memory of design having an impact on you? I am reminded of two childhood memories, one good and one bad. The good is the recollection of my grandparents’ house; they had an orchid farm in Johannesburg with hothouses dotted amongst an impressive collection of cycads and trees. On every wall, shelf and corner in the farmhouse were wonderful arrangements of treasures they had found and curated along the way, from truly impressive pieces down to collections of teaspoons. I remember vividly an elephant’s foot full of hand-carved walking sticks that my grandfather had collected from all over South Africa. When they eventually moved into a home more manageable for them in old age, the whole collection went with them, just arranged much closer together! I think the power of collecting has really stayed with me as I’ve grown. Staffan and I really disagree here; he is a minimalistic, very selective designer and I secretly have the DNA of a hoarder. My second memory of design is an old green mohair sofa, which was so uncomfortable and felt horrible on my skin. To this day I still rub
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Terry Monique McGillicuddy Tollgard fabric samples against my leg as a test of softness
I’m still interested in generalism, the work of the
After projects there is that sense of joy when
left part of our brains and the right as valuable and
receiving testimonials from happy clients. If it
I’m quite emotionally attached to things, even now
differing skills. Staffan is a great example, he studied
photographs well, that’s great, but there is nothing
I have a collection of old stinkwood bowls in my
engineering, left to be a filmmaker and is now a
like a written testimonial and some genuinely make
house that came from my grandparent’s home,
designer. I look for that eclectic mix in people when
me cry to know that we brought a little joy to their
they have so much memory embedded in them.
I employ. I always think with relation to design,
lives. For this reason, much of my inspiration lies in
For our wedding, we were given a Leopard stone
you never know what or who is coming through
the family lives of the clients, creating happiness
sculpture from Kirstenbos botanical gardens;
the door, so I need enthusiasm and diversity in my
for them. I am also inspired by my own family; my
unusual objects are a thing in our family, and I have
studio, to be prepared for whatever might arise.
mother, my grandparents, Staffan.
taken that thread with me in life and continue to
I’ve actually been thinking a lot about the different
Then there is Christian Liaigre and Joseph Dirand
weave it. Wherever I go I buy something that brings
types of brains and how this plays into my practice.
whose work I love and other designers who I
that place and associated memories home with me.
As a workplace you have varying different needs
respect enormously but have a very different
Home is so very important to me. When designing,
of people, some want quiet, some thrive in noisy
approach to mine; Vincent Van Duysen, Michael
I draw on the principles of how clients want things
and sparky environments, so how do we bring all
Anastassiades and Patricia Urquiola. I think these
to feel. I think so often we can give off ‘don’t touch’
those things to our own studio and to the work we
designers are proof that if you have a point of view
vibes, don’t sit there, don’t move that, but actually,
produce. If anything, I’d say we are now bringing a
about design you can achieve anything.
good design should be loved and touched and sat
residential sensibility to the workplace.
on and in. When we work with families we try to
What was your first professional
understand how to make them happy. I guess this
What kind of designer did you aspire
notion reflects back to my childhood memories
to be and who are your inspirations?
It was a project for a husband and wife who were
of how happy my grandparents were to be
I joined Staffan’s business straight out of design
actually my bosses that I left to study design. I
surrounded by all their things, their treasures.
school. I had witnessed him set up his film company
was eight months pregnant and they hired me to
and then his design practice and it looked like so
refurbish the ground floor of their Wandsworth
Where did you study design
much fun. I think, fundamentally, my aspirations as a
home. I was so incredibly grateful that they
and what did you specialise in?
designer have always been aligned with that of the
believed in me and my ability to bring something
I studied interior decoration at Inchbald School of
business and therefore with the client.
special to the project. Of course, my previous
Design. Nico Springman was my tutor, a fantastic
We have a chameleon portfolio, rich and varied
work had helped me, as they knew what I could
teacher who made colour into a science and an art.
with design answers, but the trick is getting it right
do in terms of documentary making, but I had a
I have never forgotten his lectures.
for that one client in that one moment in time. I was
lot to prove. I guess they saw the similarities that
I have come at this profession from a different
the girl at school who liked to get the gold stars and
I see … lots of research, pulling clues together,
approach to a lot of my peers. My background
even now, I want gold stars from my clients, I want
and then ruthlessly editing them in order to tell
is in English Literature and then documentary-
to know that I have got it just right for them.
making before moving into design, so I feel very experienced at listening to people, researching and editing to tell a story. I’d say I’m more of a communicator who understands the principles of making design work. Within the studio I am surrounded by a wonderful team who can draw beautifully, my skill is in holding multiple ideas in my head and finding a solution and bringing about change to make something better, not just different. It was Alain de Botton in The Architecture of Happiness who said “it is architecture’s task to render vivid to us who we might ideally be.” We ask ourselves, can I in an emotional, philosophical and visual way, be a better person? I think translation and interpretation is so interesting. As a designer, I feel that being a linguist is no bad thing at all, it helps me understand and translate the needs of my clients. How has design education changed since you studied? Studying at Inchbald was a very specific melting pot experience of people and of past professions, many of who had come prepared to invest in new careers. Something I have noticed is how specialist the industry has become in response to the industry itself. I see an evolution of education, which takes students down one avenue to suit this new preference in the industry.
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Designer Profile What has been your biggest design commission to date? We have worked on some massive family villas abroad, really enormous square footage in some of these projects. One in particular was a villa in Riyadh. Working through Skype and email this was an interesting project for many reasons, beyond the scale. In Riyadh it seems that the method is to build it, knock it down and start again until you get it right. The enormous and multiple living spaces eventually made me feel that bigger does not always equate to better. A real positive from the design journey was that our client did not want cut-off spaces, so we felt that we were almost helping to promote equality through design decisions. All living spaces were equal and open and the end result seems to have emotionally and physically disrupted the traditional living experience. Our research in Saudi revealed the house to be a woman’s entire world. You are cocooned environmentally and culturally and when we visited we grew to understand how much time is spent in the house and therefore how the design has to incorporate using different parts of the house for different parts of the day. With this in mind, I understood the importance of why a larger house footprint is so important. The biggest project in terms of learning curve was for an international, very design conscious couple. Our clients wanted cutting-edge tech and a minimalist aesthetic – squeezed into a crooked, listed Victorian house, against a strict budget and aggressive programme. I think this is one of those projects that taught me the most about design. How would you describe your studio? We started life in a much smaller studio, we’d take our dogs into work and it was a very intimate environment, but we got bigger and bigger as our projects got bigger. We then found the design studio at Grosvenor Waterside (where we are now) with a mezzanine level to house the design practice and a beautiful showroom to showcase Staffan’s ever growing collection of brands and treasures. Note that Staffan’s collection gets four metre height ceilings and the design team 2.3m at a push. It’s a really happy company; the older I get, the more like a mother hen I become. We spend so much time together, we celebrate milestones and anniversaries together, it’s really close-knit. We are energising, collaborative, creative, intuitive, with lots of chatter. I do like a little bit of noise and I am very much the cheerleader in the group. I should probably include that on my business card! My father worked for Disney for a long time and he always encouraged my brother and me to find the path with a heart. Something that engages you emotionally and that you love doing. I hope that our studio is one with heart. And soul. What are the key characteristics you look for when bringing new talent into your studio?
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Monique Tollgard A good work ethic; I’m a believer in enthusiasm for the job. One of our best people came to us to intern as a product designer. One week he stayed with us until gone 2am (we’d bitten off a little more than we could chew). His enthusiasm got him the job as I hired him the next day. I think you need to see a basic level of competence with CAD etc and with that a commitment to the industry, a love of communication and collaboration. At the heart of it all is kindness. Everyone has to want to sit next you at the Christmas party. Where is the majority of your work based, and how has travel helped to shape and influence your ideas on design? We’ve done a lot abroad recently, because London is such an International hub, it gives us the international work. I’m currently working on a project for a client in London who also has a place in the Hamptons and Staffan is working on an island off Denmark. London has been great to us in that respect. Everyone has unique living requirements and when working abroad there are different ingredients and different answers and responses to the questions asked. I think you exercise a different creative muscle working abroad. Riyadh is an example; we had a huge problem with hanging wallpaper, so we had to step back and rethink how to solve the problem. I lecture at Inchbald and I often say to the students ‘get paid to make mistakes’ because it is a long road ahead of varying challenges, you need the experience of it all before you can set off on your own. What do you think should be a key focus for designers moving forward in 2019? It’s very hard to speak for all designers, but this question made Staffan and I think about what we, as designers and working parents, should be doing with a slightly longer-term view than we normally do. We decided that we should be asking ourselves what we genuinely enjoy doing, where our talents and experience best serve our clients; how we best add value. It’s been a rocky time for the last few years for Britain and beyond, economically, socially, environmentally. We want to take stock of where we are, and where we want to be heading in 2020 and after that. To make sure that we are still on our path with a heart! If you hadn’t become an interior designer what would you be doing? I don’t think I would still be making documentaries, my old boss actually said my writing made him lose the will to live! I have been an actress but I don’t think I would return to that either. I’m too thinskinned for the twitter and Instagram instant review culture. I think perhaps I would be a teacher, maybe not of English but maybe design. There is nothing like a captive audience to communicate to. www.tollgard.com
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LET’S GO OUTSIDE LUCY CLARK, ANKER SUMMERHILL AND CHRIS BEARDSHAW SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON COLLABORATIVE DESIGN FOR THE OUTDOORS, ON REFLECTION OF THEIR WORK TOGETHER AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW. Since 2018, Lucy Clark (Studio Clark + Co, Chris
You’ve worked with Lucy before, what makes
What was your brief and concept for the garden?
Beardshaw (Garden Designer) and Anker
your working partnership so successful?
Chris: “We asked Lucy to assist with the furnishing
Summerhill (Minotti London) have been working
Anke Summerhill: “One of the reasons of our
and styling in the two structures that featured in
together on installations for the RHS Chelsea
successful collaboration with Lucy is the fact that
our garden. The aim of the garden was to create a
she is a lovely person and a joy to work with. Lucy
contemporary celebration of the traditional English
and Gail (Lucy’s contact at Minotti London) work
style plantsman’s garden, whilst ensuring that in
Now that the proverbial dust has settled and the
together extremely well and have a mutual respect.
the production of the garden resources were
crowds have parted at Chelsea, we talk to the
Lucy has been a longstanding client of Minotti
team about design, for indoors and out and the
London and over the years the relationship has
“The project considered how gardeners can create
beauty of collaboration.
grown into what it is now. Working together
beautiful plant-rich gardens while moving from
seems effortless. We love Lucy’s projects
the linear practices of ‘extract, consume, discard’
and Lucy loves Minotti.”
towards a more sustainable, circular approach,
Tell us about how the collaboration came about.
Chris Beardshaw: “We met Lucy of Studio Clark on
where materials and products are kept in circulation
a private client project we were both involved with
What was it that appealed to you
as long as possible and waste is minimised and the
and reached out to her to see if she would like to
about taking up a garden design
garden included several design motifs that subtly
help on our RHS Chelsea Flower Show project in
challenge at the Chelsea Flower Show?
express the move from linear to circular. In terms
2018. We really enjoyed working with Lucy, she got
Lucy Clark: “Ever since I was a teenager, I have
of how this relates to the furnishings and furniture
on board with our vision straight away and helped
been visiting The RHS Chelsea Flower Show with
Lucy sourced, she found and steered the creation
with the sourcing and styling of furniture, carpet,
my family. It was an incredible honour to be asked
of a fabulous rug from the talented Tim Page
cushions and the delicate porcelain leaves, which
by Chris Beardshaw for a second year running to
Carpets, which was made from recycled plastic and
we featured on our Verdigris wall. When we were
help style interior elements for his Morgan Stanley
also helped us collaborate with Tom Faulkner who
asked to design and create The Morgan Stanley
Garden at Chelsea 2019. My response was a
makes his stunning tables only 20miles from our
Garden this year, we knew straight away we
‘no-brainer’ to accept without a moment’s
wanted to include Lucy as part of our team.”
hesitation. And I love a challenge!”
“Lucy introduced us to Minotti, a family business
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Outdoor Designs of true craftspeople whose pieces are designed to
they would like to once again commission me to
last a generation. We really wanted to demonstrate
source furniture and soft furnishings while providing
this in the garden by showcasing investment pieces
advice collaboratively on interior finishes for the
How can the garden design industry better
that are the antithesis of the old throwaway culture.
contemporary relaxation pods in their 2019 garden.
utilise the work of interior and furniture
The brass of the Minotti chairs also perfectly
She showed me a stunning watercolour visual and
designers for future collaborations?
complimented the lights and the brass we used
outlined the brief for the garden, which depicted
Chris: “We want to blur the boundaries between
in our structures and water features. We particularly
a formal linear terrace at the front punctuated by
internal and external and allow people to
wanted to use Brass as it is an infinitely
large topiary domes and a pathway leading in a
feel more connected and engaged with their
circular route through rich herbaceous borders
outdoor environment. Which is why working with
demonstrating the circular pathways needed for
architectural interior designers such as Lucy,
Tell us about your approach and your
materials in today’s world, finally arriving at two
architects, and furniture makers such as Minotti
decision-making for this installation.
contemporary pods designed to offer a tranquil
is so rewarding because we can work from
Lucy: “Having worked with Minotti London for
space for relaxation and reflection.
the beginning of a projects life to help create a
many years on my own interior projects, I hugely
“We went to trade shows to pick up on the very
cohesive and fluid interior and exterior scheme
value the high standards and attention to detail
latest innovative techniques and materials where
for our clients.”
that they maintain in every aspect of their business
I introduced Benjamin Raymond’s thoughtfully
of designing, making and supplying furniture of
exciting work. It was he who went on to create
Do you feel that the furniture industry
supreme quality. Such values very much reflect
the much admired pod feature wall.
as a whole is well connected between
my design principles and those of Chris in his work
“Throughout the year, the project evolved into
interior and exterior projects or is there more
in garden design. So they were a natural fit to
a most natural collaboration visiting artisan
opportunity that has yet to be tapped into?
contribute for both years.
workshops and finalising designs and finishes.”
Anke: “That line between in and outdoor is
“A key focus to Chris’ garden was managing
went above and beyond my expectations!”
blurring. People are using their outdoor spaces more
resources more sensitively, which included being
Did you have a go-to list of suppliers
and more. In cities we are noticing that roof terraces/
the first to use all electric diggers on site! This led
you knew you wanted to use or did that
gardens are becoming more and more popular,
me to source the recycled plastic rug from
develop as part of the design process?
both domestically and in hospitality and offices. The
Tim Page carpets, which stylishly softened the
Lucy: “As a designer, it is important to have your
furniture market has been adapting to this trend for a
second pod creating a reflective space perfectly
‘little black book’ of suppliers who are tried and
few years now by producing some beautiful outdoor
suited to quiet contemplation, meditation or even
tested, particularly as I was entrusted to source
furniture, which looks equally good outside or inside.
and help install these pieces to complement Chris’
Often you cannot tell the difference.”
“Tom Faulkner is a true creative and I have admired
garden. It is also important on projects of this
his work for many years. I instantly thought of
nature for them to evolve with a flexible approach
his Ava dining table, which subtly enhanced the
during the design process to achieve the best
garden’s linear and circular themes. It was very
possible outcome. I knew exactly who to bring on
pleasing to see Chris and Tom’s collaboration
board and I am delighted to say that all suppliers
evolve creating three dazzling pieces, which perfectly complemented Minotti London’s furniture, Cameron Design House’ lighting installations and Benjamin Raymond’s feature wall.” How do your furniture decisions differ for a project like this, in comparison to an interior design brief?
Anke: “In principle the furniture decisions for this kind of project do not really differ from an interior design brief. You look at the overall design plan and brief and select the pieces accordingly, making sure they totally complement the surroundings where they are placed without taking the limelight. “The choice of the Aston cord outdoor dining chairs came about because of their shape and use of materials; the chairs added an extra texture to the garden. The Colette metal frame chairs were selected as they are quite sculptural and repeated some of the shapes used in the garden structures. Always noticeable, but not distracting from the garden itself.” How did you fit into the process as an interior designer?
Lucy: “Back in August 2018, while having a catch-up lunch with Chris’ Project Manager, Frances, it came as a wonderful surprise when she announced that
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BESPOKE STAIRS Bisca designs and manufactures bespoke staircases, balustrades and other architectural features. Each design starts with a blank piece of paper and ends with a unique design. Not having to restrict themselves to using common parts or stock items, Bisca’s designers have complete freedom to create a design which is truly bespoke. All materials are sourced on an individual project basis and all commissions are hand built and finished in Bisca’s Yorkshire workshop. It is never too early to talk to Bisca about staircase design. Fully aware of the changing nature of commissions, Bisca will liaise with other members of a project team, taking responsibility for the staircase design right through to installation. The measure of a great staircase is one that fits its environment perfectly and integrates into a property regardless of period or style. For this commission, Bisca designed and built a cantilever staircase with blackened character oak treads, hand-forged balustrade and Bisca’s signature ‘swept back’ handrail. 01439 771702 | bisca.co.uk
A WORK OF ART DKT Artworks is a unique multidisciplinary team of imaginative and highly
murals, trompe l’oeil, paint finishes, decorative designs, gilding, verre églomisé,
skilled artists, with studios in London and Prague, specialising in the design,
antiqued mirrors, hand-crafted mosaics, illuminated artworks and polished
production and installation of handcrafted, high-end bespoke decorative
plaster. The Company’s showrooms include a comprehensive permanent
finishes and site-specific artworks. The Company, celebrating its 40th
display, as well as an extensive photographic archive of past projects.
anniversary this year, has always championed the continued relevance of
Designers and clients are welcome to visit by appointment. What sets
hand-produced arts and crafts within the contemporary interior environment,
DKT Artworks apart is the ability to work seamlessly alongside designers,
at the same time significantly broadening and enriching its repertoire by
contractors and project managers at any stage of the process, from design
expanding into new territories with modern techniques and computer-based
to completion, in the studio or on site. Their 40-strong team combines a
skills. DKT Artworks, as well as being highly active in the commercial and
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range of styles and materials, DKT Artworks provides original and innovative
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solutions on the widest range of projects, including bas-reliefs, sculptures,
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ICON TIM MURRAY
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, HELEN GREEN DESIGN REVEALS HIS DESIGN ICON
Helen Green Design is made up of a group of talented designers, each bringing their own multi-faceted experience to the practice. The team is led by Creative Director, Tim Murray, who has over 15 years’ experience in the interior design field. Helen Green Design, which was acquired by the Rigby Group in 2017, has become a founding member of luxury design group Allect. Allect includes the super-prime design and development specialists Rigby & Rigby, interior and yacht design studio Lawson Robb and Helen Green Design. WHO IS YOUR DESIGN ICON? It has to be the Art Deco designer Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann Ruhlmann led the furniture design movement in Paris from 1914 until 1933. WHAT IS HE MOST FAMOUS FOR? Ruhlmann is renowned for Art Deco furniture and interiors. The furniture pieces designed and manufactured by Ruhlmann were of the highest quality and the most innovative and forward-thinking designs. They have become hugely important pieces and collectables. HOW IS HIS WORK VIEWED AND WHAT KIND OF IMPACT HAS HE HAD ON THE DESIGN INDUSTRY? Ruhlmann is often coined the master of Art Deco and has had a lasting impact on the design industry. There has been a recent resurgence in pieces inspired by the curved silhouettes and dark, opulent materials which he was renowned for. WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN JACQUES-EMILE RUHLMANN? There was a book on Art Deco interiors by Ruhlmann in the first design studio I worked in. It was the start of my love of the Art Deco period and my appreciation of fine furniture craftmanship. His pieces are predominantly simplistic in form with gentle, almost imperceptible curves. He made use of the rarest woods such as Macassar ebony, Brazilian rosewood, and amboyna burl, usually in combination with each other. He carefully selected these materials and combined them to great effect yet used them in subtle ways that enhanced the overall design (working with the form not dominating it). WHICH PROJECTS FROM YOUR OWN PORTFOLIO DEMONSTRATE A NOD TO HIS WORK? Many, if not all, of the projects I have worked on are influenced in some way by his work. I am strongly influenced by his perfect understanding of proportion and the lightness of its use. Many of the sketches of his interiors feature slim timber picture rails and elongated vertical proportions, a common deco design. For a private home we are currently designing on Grosvenor Square, I am employing a contemporary nod to this design style. A style suitable for the property that was built in the late ‘30’s. I am also developing a library space and desk that will be strongly influenced by some of his iconic desk designs with the use of veneers in combination with leather and metal. IF YOU COULD BE REMEMBERED FOR ONE ELEMENT OF YOUR DESIGN, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Subtleness and innovation are what I strive for in my designs. If I could design rooms and pieces that could be half as well remembered and viewed with such enduring esteem as Ruhlmann then I would view my career as a great success! www.helengreendesign.com
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HEART FELT EXPANSION Hunter Douglas Architectural has expanded HeartFelt®, its award winning, innovative felt ceiling system range, launching new panel depths and module measurements to provide architects with new creative possibilities when designing ceilings. HeartFelt® panels were already available in 55mm depth (40B x 55H mm) in seven shades of grey, from off-white to anthracite, and five earthy tones. Now the ceiling system is also available in panel depths of 80mm (40B x 80H mm) and 105mm (40B x 105H mm) in five shades of grey. The carriers for the modular system are available in two colours. metallic and black coated, and 16 different modular sizes, ranging from 50mm to 200mm. The ongoing evolution of HeartFelt® is a logical result of its success, says Pieter van Rees, Business DevelopmentManager at Hunter Douglas Architectural. www.hunterdouglas.com
A NEW DIMENSION The village of Bramcote in Nottinghamshire is home to the select Baxter Green development by William May. Envisioned by Leonard Design Architects and set in the former gardens of Grade II Listed St. Johns College, Baxter Green introduces outstanding low-density luxury housing surrounded by tranquil countryside. Once complete, Baxter Green will have 40 residential properties varying in sizes, all fitted with Vicaima quality interior doors. William May Developments has used Vicaima’s Dekordor 3D finished doors throughout, alternating within particular house types, between a textured grey face with horizontal decorative grooves and a rich Dark Cedar finish. Dekordor 3D adds a new dimension to interior design, with highly attractive horizontal grained textured laminates in a range of on-trend and contemporary colour tones. This durable range can be further enhanced, with the addition of glass panel doors, face grooving or even metallic inlays, to create individual statements for apartments or traditional homes. All of the Dekordor 3D collection come in a choice of cores and can be supplied with added performance including fire doors, which are compliant with the most rigorous fire door regulations, acoustics and security doors where required as part of a complete door and door frame kit. www.vicaima.com
WOVEN ENGLISH WEAVE BY JOHN BOYD TEXTILES Woven by John Boyd Textiles since 1837 using the original historic looms, horsehair fabrics are used mainly for upholstery, wallcoverings, screens, lampshades and cinemas for speakers and walling. This exclusive English fabric is highly regarded for its quality, lustre, durability and natural fire resistance as well as acoustic properties and is suited to residential and commercial properties. Samples of the new contemporary colours and weaves are available upon request. John boyd Textiles are taking part in London Design Week at the Alton-Brooke showroom. 01963 350451 | www.johnboydtextiles.co.uk
Image courtesy of Oakley Moore Interior Design
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CELEBRATING ITS FOUNDER British manufacturer of solid brass cabinet hardware, Armac Martin, is to unveil an exclusive luxury collection to celebrate its Founder, Harold McGrail. The hand-hammered range has been designed to suit high-end interiors within a bedroom or dressing room setting. Manufactured from the highest quality brass at Armac Martin’s purposebuilt facility in Birmingham, England, the collection represents the brand’s extensive heritage and aptly marks its 90th year in business. The family-run firm is currently expanding production to keep up with growing demand and is excited to continue designing and producing hardware for kitchens and bedrooms, as well as branching out into the bathroom sector next year. From 6 - 9 October, Armac Martin will be showcasing a number of its products at Decorex International. Both recent and best-selling collections will be displayed, including the MIX, a contemporary and modern range that allows consumers to “mix” their own unique fittings and fixtures by choosing between different styles, sizes and finishes. Armac Martin can be found at stand number G166. www.armacmartin.co.uk
THE BLUE ANCHOR HAS CALLED LAST ORDERS IN FISHPOOL ST, ST ALBANS. This Grade II Listed Blue Anchor Pub, built in the 17th century, was one of the
suitable for heritage properties. The Series 10 horizontal sliding unit was
last remaining public houses in the historic Fishpool Street. In more recent
required to provide easy access to some of the outer windows. The Series
times it was difficult to let out the pub, despite a substantial refurbishment in
20 was the perfect unit to install mimicking some of the traditional box sash
2006; so the Blue Anchor closed its doors for the last time in Spring 2014. In
windows. The Series 30 lift out unit was applied to the smaller windows in the
2017, Osprey Development’s planning application was approved to convert
building, offering a practical solution for treating windows which are rarely
The Blue Anchor into a two-storey four bedroomed home. The restoration
opened but require occasional access for cleaning or maintenance. The
was designed by local architects, Briffa Phillips and supervised by building
owners are extremely happy with the look and energy saving properties of
surveyors Kirsop and Co. The conversion of the building was a success;
the windows and furthermore, almost all noise ingress has been eradicated.
however, it still required a solution for the thermally cold and inefficient
Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in secondary glazing, established in
single glazed primary windows throughout. Another requirement was noise
1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004. It boasts a wealth of knowledge
insulation from the busy thoroughfare. Due to the Listed status of the building,
and a range of extensive products to suit all projects from Listed properties
these windows could not be replaced, so a solution was required. A total of
to new builds.
16 openings have been treated with versatile and slimline framing systems,
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PROJECT VERDE DESIGN STUDIO NO12 PRESENTED THIS BEAUTIFUL TWO-BEDROOM DUPLEX APARTMENT IN MAYFAIR, WHICH DOES NOT PLAY TO THE TUNE OF THE TYPICAL LONDON AESTHETIC.
Katie Earl and Emma Rayner are the Co-Founders
fresh interior for this London property.
throughout each of the spaces, with boldness in
of London-based interior design practice, No.12,
The apartment building provides a mixture of
form taking precedence over pattern.
which has just completed the complete interior
modern and inherited traditional features, which
The reception room walls and beading are painted
design and creative direction of an exquisite
No.12 has embraced as a contrasting design
in a cool grey to add a modern twist to the space
1,250 sq. ft. two-bedroom duplex apartment
element throughout the residence.
while highlighting the listed traditional cornicing
and common areas in Mayfair, London.
All the traditional 19th Century detailing, cornices
and architraves in bright white. Rich insertions of
and architraves have been preserved to respect
colour punctuate the light coloured space including
No.12 were taken on to create a curated and
the building’s historical value and respectfully bring
a bespoke bold desaturated blue velvet sofa at the
considered luxury interior design scheme that
it into the 21st Century. The listed detailing ranges
heart of the room.
would stand apart from the homogenous West
from the fireplaces maintaining all their traditional
The design is further elevated by a careful selection
London luxe look. As a result, No.12 challenged
features down to the delicate rosette moulding
of bespoke furniture, a key element found in all
the conventions of luxury interior design by
above the doors. No.12 respectfully left these
No.12 projects, which, enables the studio to push
creating an apartment that exudes the high level
areas as they were found and used them to
the boundaries in creative interior design and offer
of luxuriousness the owner would expect in
enhance the overall design. The interior furniture
a truly tailored solution.
terms of materiality but applied with a more
selection follows these design cues and mixes
No.12 has blended modern brands with vintage
modern pieces with more traditional and
pieces to create a fresh interior that feels like a
The design concept combines the property’s prized
home, curated with pieces collected over time.
traditional architectural elements with a modern
The refined colour palette of the property is mostly
In this residence, bespoke, vintage, antique
pared-back, yet bold, design direction to achieve a
neutral with desaturated tones serving as accents
and modern designs have been harmoniously
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bespoke headboard with a grand wide fluted
design upholstered in a cool graphite suede fabric.
Vintage halabala armchairs recovered with Howe London grey cordouroy Bench Bespoke No.12 Design upholstered in holland and sherry pink hairy hide Bespoke Sofa design design by No.12 made by SG luxury Bespoke Rug Design by No.12 made by Colbourns Marble Side table with Calacatta Vagli marble Novacastrian Bespoke Dining Chairs Design by No12 Clay Dining table Designed by Marc Crusin Dining Room and bedroom Lighting 101 Copenhagen and Norr11 Master bedroom lighting Designed by Louis Weisdorf in 1972, and now produced by Gubi Print Egon Schiele Artwork Anna Morner Lighting Arteriors Bedsides and Bed Designed by No.12 Artwork Quintessa Candlesticks on fireplace Vintage
The lighting design for the residence is entirely contemporary, mixing luxury and modern lighting brands to vary the design and style. For the master bedroom No.12 selected the classic brass multi-lite pendant designed by Louis Weisdorf in 1972, and now produced by Gubi. The lighting design style is continued by the complementing modern brass chandelier hanging over the dining table; a new collaboration by 101 Copenhagen and Norr11. The guestroom bedroom features a playful design with 101 Copenhagen and Norr11 lighting and contrasting tonal bedding with a custom black velvet headboard and striped curtains. Offering a further design twist, bold veining marble specially selected by No.12 for the kitchen island is a departure from the Calacatta marbles commonly used within luxury London developments. In a conscious decision not to be constrained by the challenging spaces and features of a traditional listed Georgian building, No.12 chose to capitalise on the property’s original features to realise a luxury modern home that can be lived in comfortably and one that feels like it has evolved over time. www.no12studio.com | @no.12studio
Photography by Tina Hillier combined, from the classic reupholstered Halabala armchairs in the reception to the side table with a Novocastrian marble top. A simplified palette ensures a calm and modern aesthetic throughout the residence bringing about the feeling of a contemporary luxury home. The reception, dining and kitchen spaces are refined, composed and current, with comfortable furniture and accessories perfecting an open plan living environment. A large deep piled rug fills the imposing expanse of the main living room area to denote a sense of space and make use of every available inch of the room. With this No.12 illustrates how being bold with the scale of furniture can benefit a space. They also show that fewer pieces of furniture on a larger scale can make a space feel grander. Completing the space, No.12 designed a custom bench upholstered in luxurious soft rose coloured hairy hide to sit in front an antique grade-two listed fireplace. A stairwell leading to the lower ground bedrooms has been painted in a dark grey to add a sense of drama that envelopes the residents as they descend. The master bedroom palette features rich tone accents, from the colour pop of rouge velvet cushions to the soft linen curtains with the fine edging detailing that lead out onto a private green walled patio area. Custom details include a
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TURNSTYLE COLLABORATES WITH WINCH DESIGN Turnstyle Designs has teamed up with Winch Design, the internationally renown design studio, to create a stunning range of door and cabinet hardware. Winch Design takes endless inspiration from the natural world, The Labyrinth range is a complex blend of geometric and organic tones, mimicking the patterns of brain coral and the discipline of a maze to create this very unique and striking design. The door lever, which drives the design process, has a large 25mm diameter grip, over hung on a stepped shaft and a 58mm rose. Grips are finished in Turnstyle Designs own Amalfine™ composite and are available in five beautiful finishes that are complimented by a further eight diverse brass and plated finishes, giving clients a choice of over 40 configurable options. The collection consists of door pulls, cabinet D handles, furniture knobs, door knobs and window handles, enabling clients to use the range throughout any domestic or commercial project. The Labyrinth, along with many other new designs will be launched at this years top design fairs, 100% Design, Decorex, The Monaco Yacht Show and Westedge in Los Angeles. 01271 325325 | email@example.com | www.turnstyledesigns.com
A TIMELESS CLASSIC Nothing makes a bigger impact on a room than the floor. Junckers solid oak Herringbone flooring is a classic, elegant choice, one that suits most interior styles. The geometric pattern in combination with the warm, natural beauty of oak creates a timeless backdrop to any room. Made in solid hardwood, the best that money can buy, each stave stems from a tree aged and shaped by the weather and seasons for the best part of a century. It’s this maturity that gives the timber its natural elegance as well as its durability. The structural grain patterns made by nature cannot be replicated, a Junckers floor looks and feels ‘real’ and it will outlast any part-hardwood product. Wood has a natural, positive impact on indoor climate. The temperature in a room will remain more or less constant as the wood itself retains heat. Junckers floors are ideal for use over underfloor heating, tried and tested by all major companies. 01376 534 700 | junckers.co.uk
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PEACE & QUIET POPPY SZKILER, FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, QUIET MARK, DISCUSSES HOW DESIGNERS CAN UTILISE EXCELLENT ACOUSTICS MATERIALS FOR THE QUIET LIFE IN RESIDENTIAL DESIGN The average home can be a noisy environment, with families going about their daily lives; children playing, floorboards creaking, appliances whirring, rattling and sometimes thundering into our consciousness. According to research carried out by Quiet Mark and Defra, 76 per cent of people in the UK feel that the quality of their home life is affected by noise. The noise of life will always be there, but how can interior designers use the latest materials, products and techniques to turn a loud layout into a soothing space? The issue of acoustics is currently receiving more attention in public spaces and hospitality environments. Some good examples include the Minister Building in the heart of London’s business district, which uses a revolutionary acoustic plaster system from Armourcoat, designed to optimise the acoustics of interior spaces, allowing sound energy to pass through the surface while achieving a class ‘A’ Noise Reduction Coefficient rating. In the Shard main reception, BASWA Phon’s smoothest acoustic marble surface coating, Classic Top, transforms the entirety of the high ceiling into a surface that absorbs echo and reverberation, but with the appearance of solid, smooth gypsum. The de-stressing nature of a calm environment is vitally important in these locations, but shouldn’t that also be the case in our clients’ homes and all living spaces? Interior acoustics focus on the airbourne sounds inside rooms and how these propagate and interact with the surfaces and objects in that room.
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of the rest we need to fully recharge.
However it’s very difficult for interior designers to
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BENIF INTERIOR FILM FIT FOR PURPOSE FOR BANNATYNE HEALTH CLUBS Bannatyne Health Clubs, founded by Duncan Bannatyne, are the largest independent chain of health clubs in the UK. As part of their social responsibility programme, the company looked at ways at how they could refurbish lockers, counter tops, bars, washroom walls and doors instead of scrapping them and sending to landfill. Benif Interior Film from David Clouting provided the perfect solution. Manufactured by LG Hausys, Benif is a self-adhesive, architectural film that can be quickly and easily applied to almost any interior surface. For this project, specialist contractors T6 used a range of Benif Interior Film designs and finishes to cover the surfaces which even included ceramic tiled walls. The refurbishment, part of an ongoing roll out across the clubs, was achieved without any major operational disruption to the business, and the results were both visually pleasing, cost effective and practical thanks to the Benifâ€™s low maintenance requirements and longevity of performance. www.davidclouting.co.uk
ITC NATURAL LUXURY FLOORING LTD ADDS INSPIRING NEW PRODUCTS TO COLLECTION ITC National Luxury Flooring Ltd is passionate about colour and driven by
Richmond has been developed using a premium de-lustred nylon yarn, to
providing its clients with quality and service without compromise.
create a wool-like appearance and feel. The dense, tight construction gives
Gloss (pictured) is a superlative hand-woven cut pile in a modified, 100 per
a fine pinpoint finish and a class 33 certification makes it perfect for use in
cent engineered polyester, with a uniquely rich texture and fine appearance
residential and corporate hospitality locations. Richmond is available in four
of the highly desirable viscose, but without the performance shortcomings
and five metre widths and 11 contemporary colours.
of viscose. Its luxurious appearance together with a superb underfoot feel
Chamonix is a luxurious heavy weight carpet with a high dense pile and an
is perfect for quality residential and general commercial use, where luxury
iridescent shimmer that gives a stunning appearance. Interior Designers
together with practicality is sought. Easy to clean and maintain, Gloss comes in
will love the silk-like look together with a super-soft underfoot feel and the
five metre widths and seven modern colours.
selection of seven subtle neutrals and four on-trend colours. Available in four
Riverline is a fine example of craftsmanship, achieving its high definition,
and five metre widths.
textured cable rib design, by using a combination of six and two-ply 100 per cent New Zealand wool. Riverline is an excellent choice for residential and general commercial locations and the six clean colours will appeal to those
seeking a wool carpet that delivers on performance and good looks.
Available in a five metre width.
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ICONIC MUSIC ON THE WALL Bringing the full emotional impact of iconic cover art vividly to life in the home is a new collection of luxury wall aesthetics from Camden-based company, Rock Roll. The just-released range is an officially licensed repeat wallpaper and large-scale murals of album artwork from seminal recording artists. Delivering superior quality bespoke wallcoverings of legendary bands Rock Roll will transform rooms into statement spaces that speak to aficionados of quality and music. Rock Roll felt the creative power of album cover art and its resonance with fans meant the designs deserved a larger canvas, deciding to showcase it in a totally new format, as large-scale wall murals and repeat wallpaper. Rock Roll’s official music wallpaper and wall murals have been designed in collaboration with some of the world’s biggest bands. The company has partnered with musicians from Black Sabbath, The Who, and Guns ‘n’ Roses to The Rolling Stones, Bring Me the Horizon and Green Day to create high-quality music wallpapers featuring some of rock’s most memorable artwork. www.rockroll.co.uk | I: @rockrolluk | #rockrollwallpaper #rockrolluk
INSPIRED BY NATURE Unique Arabescato™, is part of the Unique Collection from COMPAC, a stunning range of quartz work surfaces featuring designs inspired by the textures, beauty and durability of nature’s rivers, forests, lakes and mountains. Featuring a pure white surface interlaced with pale grey veins to form a sensual rhythmic design, Unique Arabescato™ is available in a polished finish that intensifies its surface colours or a glacé finish providing a smooth soft sensation to the touch. Unique Arabescato™, will grace any home or workplace with a brightness and luminosity like never before. COMPAC’s Unique Collection, benefits from the company’s renowned innovative engineering skills, which ensures a virtually zero porosity surface which is easy to clean and maintain and will continue to perform and retain its elegance and beauty for a lifetime of use. compac.es
GO GREEN WITH GRANITE & TREND One of the hottest interior design trends is recycled glass worktops made from recovered post-industrial and post-consumer waste material that would otherwise go to landfill. Granite & TREND Transformations’ offers worktops and surfaces which contain up to 72 per cent post-consumer recycled glass made from used lager, wine and mineral water bottles. Aimed at the ‘eco chic’ marketplace, the designs display their environmental credentials by featuring glass fragments bonded together with a clear polymer resin, to create beautiful worktops that are extremely tough, heat, stain and scratch resistant, and sustainable. These recycled glass materials are not simply restricted to worktops; they are equally at home in the bathroom, shower, wetroom, lobby or outside living space. Long before it became fashionable, Granite and Trend Transformations declared a commitment to implementing processes that protect and preserve the planet’s resources. Key to the company’s direction was the belief that great style and beauty did not have to be sacrificed in the pursuit of corporate responsibility. 0808 149 5914
Working Titles Films. Photography by Charlotte Wood.
trend-transformations.co.uk | granitetransformations.co.uk
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KEEP IT AVANTE GARDE DuPont presents the new DuPont™ Tedlar™ Wallcoverings Avant-Garde collection, and additions to the Celestial collection, offering fashion forward options for a wide range of indoor spaces. Wood, metal and stone are the essential building blocks for any great architecture. The Avant-Garde collection embodies the look and feel of these materials in a durable, cleanable wallcovering. The collection’s new alloy pattern has a varying mixture of texture that lends to a patina metal look, with the additional benefit of being scratch and stain-resistant, ideal for high-traffic spaces. Two additions to the Celestial collections give designers more choices for creating statement spaces. The orbital pattern paints a large-scale circular progression in a playful bold pattern with vibrant colors. In contrast, Northern Lights represents a muted and beautiful collision of color and movement in a mixed palette of rich hues. DuPont™ Tedlar™ Wallcoverings are easy to clean and provide stain resistance and durability, all with modern, fashion-forward aesthetics. DuPont™ Tedlar™ Wallcoverings are made in the USA and sole-sourced through Endure Walls™. www.tedlarwallcoverings.dupont.com
SOFTER INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS The trend for raw materials and industrial-inspired looks can be easily introduced into any interior design with the latest surface from CRL Stone’s market-leading ceramic range, Ceralsio Ferro Vecchio. Adopting the appearance of poured concrete while offering a softer alternative to the often harsh lines of industrial design, Ferro Vecchio will be a stand-out surface in any interior. Available in a natural finish, the ceramic surface can be perfectly married with materials that follow the industrial trend, from raw timber to metal. Creating a contemporary feel and presenting a professional image, Ferro Vecchio has the appearance of concrete, but as it is ceramic the surface is scratch, heat and stain resistant. Completely nonporous, there is absolutely no requirement for sealing with Ceralsio, making the surface simple to maintain and to clean. Ideal for spaces where durability is essential, such as the family kitchen, spillages can be easily wiped away with no fear of staining. Ferro Vecchio is 12mm thick and available in slabs measuring 1500mm x 3200mm. 01706 863 600 | www.ceralsio.co.uk
THE BENEFITS OF PRO-TEK PRO-TEK™ WPC presents a new flooring option, combining the benefits of an LVT with an engineered WPC construction. The robust, waterproof designs provide a fast installation, with performance and acoustic benefits, and are suitable for residential and commercial areas. They are offered alongside a range of matching accessories, colour and décor-matched for each design. Available in 40 authentic wood and tile-effects, the award-winning designs combine traditional LVT wear layers with an integral waterproof core and acoustic underlay. The wood plastic composite core has an integral joint, which locks the boards together without adhesive. The base layer, formed from IXPE foam, adds to the robust construction and provides impact sound performance up to 24db. The engineered construction provides multiple benefits to the flooring contractor and end user. The built-in underlay reduces the amount of on-site floor preparation and speeds installation. It also contributes to the floors robustness, eliminating any subfloor distortion or ‘telegraphing’. 020 3917 5550 | firstname.lastname@example.org | pro-tek-flooring.com
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Spotlight: James Latham
UNIQUE VALCHROMAT VALCHROMAT SERVES UP AWARD WINNING KITCHEN DESIGN FOR SIBLING DUO A bespoke furniture manufacturer has created
there is bank of low black units, also produced from
a two drawer larder units and a pair of microwave
two spectacular kitchens using Valchromat,
Valchromat, some with drawers and some doors.
and convection ovens in the centre.
the innovative and award-winning engineered
This includes a striking black up stand, housing
The long run beautifully faces into the living room,
fibreboard, which is available in the UK through
some surface mounted electrical points.
creating a great space to cook, socialise and enjoy.
In the middle of the room there is a large,
Available in 10 striking and vibrant colours,
high-impact, bright yellow island, which has also
Valchromat is completely unique, in that the colour
In what is a unique and spectacular project,
been made using Valchromat, and this has been
runs throughout the entire board, enabling almost
Sheffield based Kerf Works were commissioned
covered with a ceramic coated stainless-steel
limitless decorative applications. Valchromat also
by twin brothers, Nik and Jon Daughtry, to design
worktop. This has the hob, sink, dishwasher and lots
boasts a number of time and cost saving features
and install the kitchens in their near identical family
of storage, making a fantastic centrepiece.
and benefits; It’s easy and quick to finish, no edging
homes (which are also next door to each other)
In the middle of the room there is a large,
is required, and being moisture and UV resistant,
which were created from scratch after the pair
high-impact, bright yellow island which has also
non-toxic and load resistant, the applications are
realised their dream of building their own homes
been made using Valchromat, and this has been
endless. Plus, scratches and marks on the finished
on the dilapidated industrial site of a former corn
covered with a ceramic coated stainless-steel
product go largely unnoticed because the colour
mill. The results were so outstanding, the brothers
worktop. This has the hob, sink, dishwasher and lots
runs evenly throughout the board.
have won a top design award and recently featured
of storage, making a fantastic centrepiece.
Plus, all the wood used is FSC® certified and is
on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.
In Jon’s kitchen, which uses Dark Grey Valchromat,
sourced from forest waste, residue from timber
In total, 58 sheets of Dark Grey, Black and Yellow
the contemporary handles are designed to be
mills, pine and recycled pine. Valchromat is
Valchromat were used in the two kitchens, all
in the carcasses rather than the doors or drawer
available in the following board sizes; 2500mm
treated with a clear lacquer.
fronts. The drawers or doors are designed to be
x 1850mm/1250mm and in 8mm, 12mm, 16mm,
Nik’s kitchen features a long run of tall black units
inset within the carcasses, showing the edge of the
19mm, 25mm and 30mm thicknesses.
as well as housing larder units, which were made
carcass including the handle cut out, producing
using Black Valchromat. The kitchen also features
a sleek clean space.
0116 257 3415| email@example.com
worktop sections, a fridge, a freezer, as well as a tall
Also manufactured from Valchromat, the
drawer unit and a bookcase. On the opposite wall
symmetrical tall units include a fridge, freezer,
Images by Tom Kahler
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CLASSICALLY CONTEMPORARY Reflecting current colour and pattern trends in today’s home interiors, four stylish new décors in Showerwall’s Custom Collection bring a timeless yet contemporary aesthetic to the bathroom. The new Navy Herringbone, Scallop Blush, Scallop Coral Reef and Geo Cube décors embrace the current appeal of art deco and geometric designs and bold blues and pink hues in the interior design market. The four new additions also reflect the popularity of existing decors within Showerwall’s Custom range of acrylic bathroom wall panels. Steph Harris, Product Manager for Showerwall, says: “We have taken inspiration from all of the latest trends in the interiors market to expand Showerwall’s Custom range. Scallop designs and patterns are currently proving very popular in the furniture, fashion and tile industry, which we have seen echoed in the sales of our existing blue décor. Millennial pink, rose and blush tones have been big in the interior and fashion market for a while now and these pink tones are now making their way into our bathrooms, so we have added Scallop Blush, which is light and airy but also injects some playful colour into the bathroom. Meanwhile, Scallop Coral Reef adds an element of dimension with its multi-colours.” 0845 604 7334 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.showerwall.co.uk
ORGANIC DESIGN Harvey Maria has introduced its new Organics Design Collection. Combining a mellow stone-effect with a square-in-a-square motif, the collection includes eight individual LVT’s from a palette of four shades. Each design uses a seamless shadow detail, which creates a stunning visual contrast between the tile’s inner square and edge. Organics Design replicates the clean, neutral palette from Harvey Maria’s Organics Stone range, Natural, Portland, Jurassic and Cambrian. Four designs have a dark inner square and a light border, and four have a light inner square and dark border. Laid alternately, the geometric design creates an almost 3D illusion, alternating from light to dark. When a single colour contrast is repeated, the tiles create a mini cube effect. Endless other designs can be created by mixing the plain and patterned tiles, and by combining them with single shade tiles from the Organics Stone range. Each Organics Design tile measures 30.5 x 30.5cm and the larger Organics Stone tiles measure 30.5cm x 45.7cm. All designs have a bevelled edge and can be laid in all settings, including bathrooms and over underfloor heating. 0330 330 1231 | email@example.com | www.harveymaria.com
CHIC EFFICIENCY New Altro Ensemble™ wood-effect modular luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs) have been fitted in a loft apartment suite in Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel, Doncaster, to solve a longstanding problem with noise reverberation, and provide a stylish practical flooring. Hotel Manager, Richard Tyas, said: “Our upstairs apartment suite is very popular with small parties and group bookings who want a private social gathering. Before the refurbishment, the apartment was fitted with carpet, which is standard in hotel rooms, but it was giving us some problems. “Firstly, the noise from the apartment was reverberating and disturbing guests in the bedrooms below. Secondly, the carpet was hard to keep clean. Food is often served in the apartment, and sometimes if it was ground into the carpet it was difficult to remove. Wear and tear is also an issue, because carpet quickly starts to look shabby and tired. So we had a few issues to solve. We work very closely BW Flooring, who do all our refurbishment work, and I discussed these issues with them. They use Altro a great deal and said they would have a flooring that could solve all our problems and give us a stylish, practical surface that would provide good sound-proofing as well.” www.altro.co.uk
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TILES AT THE CUTTING EDGE INTERIOR DESIGNER TAKES A LOOK THROUGH THE DOORS OF SOME OF THE UK’S BEST SHOWROOMS. POST CDW PARTY, PARKSIDE CLERKENWELL IS BACK TO BUSINESS. WORDS BY JADE TILLEY.
Clerkenwell Design Week is a great time to
oozes appeal and professionalism. From the Café/
for an unusual layout challenge but one that has
explore the dozens of showrooms that line the
bar entrance to the above and below deck layout,
made way for a fun, open and vibrant space,
streets of Farringdon. Doors flung open and
Parkside occupies a prime spot in Farringdon, with
where you feel at once welcome and with enough
canapés laid out temptingly, there is a wonderful
all the goods on the inside to keep you coming
breathing space to take it all in.
sense of community brought about by many a
back for more.
Tarek Merlin, co-founder of Feix&Merlin Architects
showroom workshop or networking event, that
Steve Lacey is the Sales and Design Director
says: “This is a space where the tiles take centre
invites you in and offers up a different side to the
for Parkside. With experience in metalwork,
stage creating a new take on the way tiles are
traditional showroom space.
having previously worked for a company who
exhibited. We used bespoke sliding racking
designed for art galleries, Steve and the architects
systems, typically used for archiving in art galleries
Parkside caught my attention as one of many tile
approached the design of the space like that
providing functionality, flexibility and practicality.
showrooms that has the challenge of lifting its
of a gallery, but with a more tactile impression.
“The raw, industrial palette was softened using
product off the proverbial page (the floor or wall)
With this in mind, some of the large format tiles
natural timber such as birch plywood in the
and really making it sing in a space. How do you
are proudly presented on a sliding track system,
custom joinery pieces, hints of brass in the lighting,
make tiles stand out as an example of quality and
not dissimilar to that used in gallery archives.
and subtle pops of colour. Existing features such
innovation without presenting a clinical room, and
Each layer rolls back to reveal another design,
as the original red brick wall, steel staircase and
which still offers the important details of spec and
all carefully selected to display the very best of
exposed ceiling were retained, as well as the
functionality. The answer is, you bring in a vibrant
Parkside and its collections. This is at the very
original Blick clock. The café was designed to
architecture and design studio to collaborate
start of the showroom, so you know your journey
be its own ‘pavilion’ within the main space with a
with your brand and pack the space with your
inward will be a good one.
slatted birch plywood canopy.”
highlights reel of the best of your business.
Located in a former 1960s clock factory, the
A very expertly positioned bar lines your entrance.
Feix&Merlin Architects were the team up for the
design studio, as they have penned it, offers
For the most part, coffee is on the menu, but
job and they haven’t disappointed. After liaising
panoramic views of Clerkenwell Green and
during Clerkenwell the drinks were flowing.
with the Parkside team on what works and what
complements Parkside’s Chelsea and Leicester
Remnants of CDW still linger in the design studio.
doesn’t, Feix&Merlin has devised a space that
studios. The showroom is a trapezoid, making
Parkside held a workshop for designing tiles and
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some of the results remained on the bar, waiting
suspended on the track system, which doubles
or crested tile back to an arc or abstract apex
to be picked up by their artistic owners. Steve was
up here as a sliding wall. This Japanese influence
design.” Parkside’s partnership with Kirsty proves
delighted with the sell out response to the event
combined with the architectural lines created
the lengths they will go to, to produce note
and even more so by the ingenuity and creativity
from stripping the ceiling back to its industrial core
worthy tiles that have respect for the material and
that brought about some fantastic designs. Future
blends beautifully and serves to highlight the style
dynamism in the design; more than enough to get
tile collections in the pipeline? I think so…
of the tiles and their versatility. There are endless
anyone’s creative juices flowing.
The main space takes you on a ground floor
ranges, including the latest collaboration with
The top deck is completed with an office area for
exploration of the core collections. Keen to
Tom Pigeon founder Kirsty Thomas. ARRANGE
day-to-day use and under window storage tidies
make the tile quality speak for itself, the studio is
is a Victorian inspired contemporary tile range
away more of the collections on offer in the
not crammed with samples, but is thoughtfully
that is at once, bold, playful and classic. The
decorated with key pieces to offer an insight into
palette of seven chalked-backed hues combined
Downstairs and into the bow of the ship (if we
just what Parkside can offer. An open plan space,
with the geometric patterns is sure to be a hit,
were to think of this peculiarly angled building that
the main entrance area also doubles into a perfect
particularly for quirky hospitality settings and bold
way) there is more space for creative consultation,
CPD seminar spot with a large screen set into the
residential designers. Of the range, Kirsty Thomas
complemented by more tiles and a cruise ship
wall so that Parkside can offer sessions within an
has said “The Victorians were tile innovators and
style display table, with samples of the huge
immersive tile environment. Gone are the days of
the breadth of colours, designs and shapes they
range of colours that Parkside can achieve. Hung
dull and drab conference spaces, you cannot fail
produced in a relatively short period is astounding…
on the walls in a pin-board fashion are various
to feel inspired by the interior and the enthusiasm
ARRANGE takes inspiration from the brilliance
moodboard mock ups, fully accessible for clients
of the team behind the brand.
of the Victorians… Working with angles to gives a
and designers to come in and mix and match until
The space itself then divides into three, with
geometric feel, we have taken a decorative tile
they achieve the look they want. Everything is
an upper deck exploring further ranges, many
and pared it back to a dot or simplified a shield
to be seen and touched so you are close to the
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quality and familiar with the tones and textures of a Parkside tile. To say Parkside is more than just tiles falls a little short of explaining just how valuable a space like this is to a company that has such a singular focus. It is more than worth time out of your day to go and explore the range and see how the brand ethos fills the studio and leaves with you after your visit. I will never think of tiles in the same one-dimensional way again. Parkside Design Studio Clerkenwell 44-46 Sekforde Street London EC1R 0HA www.parkside.co.uk @parksideuk www.feixandmerlin.com @feixandmerlin
Photography by Adam Scott.
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VISCERAL EXPERIENCES Driven by a desire to create experiences that touch people in a significant way, Timothy Oulton, unveils its 2019 Collection, rooted in the idea that truly authentic materials and human scaled design have the power to change how people feel. With a belief that great creativity is both enduring and yet perennially fresh, the 2019 collection sees Timothy Oulton bring its authentic handcraftsmanship approach to a gamut of new visceral and richly sensorial materials: seleneite crystals, to printed velvets, sheepskin, deep hand finished leather and reclaimed Edwardian parquetry. Building on the ruggedly refined palette of the Loft range, Timothy Oulton introduces for the first time the Buck’dN Brok’n leather onto the Westminster Button sofa, its classic Chesterfield model. Previously featured on the iconic Saddle Chair, Buck’dN Brok’n is characterised by its deep scores and scratches that evoke an aged and storied life. The idea of a life well lived is also embodied by the new Edwardian collection, featuring tables and mirrors fashioned from reclaimed parquetry oak and mahogany that originally formed the floors of Edwardian dancehalls in the UK. www.timothyoulton.com
INTRODUCING THE BRAND NEW SLEEPEEZEE Premium mattress brand, Sleepeezee has launched a revolutionary new
when shopping for a mattress, frustrated by the purchasing process and
proposition. Following the commission of extensive consumer research,
equipped with only a poor understanding of the standard terminology used. As
Sleepeezee has rebranded its website, social media and marketing assets,
buying a mattress is an infrequent purchase and a high investment, the main
including its photography and digital advertising. Since 1924, Sleepeezee
causes for concern amongst shoppers were ensuring that they found the right
has been at the forefront of bed making, expertly handcrafting its beds and
price, size and comfort. It’s these three key triggers, which have formed the
mattresses in Britain using a combination of luxury materials, innovative
foundation of the newly designed website, allowing customers to browse and
designs and traditional techniques. With a continued investment in developing
search according to each factor to find a sleep solution that suits their budget,
and enlivening its service and product offering, the brand is excited to unveil its
lifestyle, room size and comfort preference. Whilst many mattress brands
reimagined brand vision, making the customer the true hero of the Sleepeezee
often used complicated phrasing that causes confusion, Sleepeezee’s updated
story. Sleepeezee has simplified the purchasing journey, with a modernised
platform uses only concise information with simplified terms, replacing
and inspirational website, that is set to transform the mattress market. The
commonly used, but confusing industry jargon that is unfamiliar to consumers.
brand’s in-depth research revealed that consumers were often overwhelmed
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inSTUDIO LUCY PAINTER, FOUNDER, STUDIO, OFFERS UP SOME SOUND ADVICE ON RE-WRITING THE JOB ADVERT TO ATTRACT FUTURE TEAM TALENT
The excitement of hiring a new team member
Now you want to move onto writing about your
for your design studio can soon be dampened
company culture. This is such an important part
down upon realising that the job advert has to
of the designer’s decision when looking for a
new opportunity. It doesn’t have to be anything at great length but a few sentences explaining
Let’s face it, trying to make a list of criteria and
that you have ‘inspiration talks’ once a month,
demands sound friendly and approachable
that you rarely work long hours, that there is a
isn’t the easiest task. So, here are few tips to
flexible working policy or perhaps you have an
revolutionise the way you approach writing
in-house mentoring scheme or organise regular
a job advert, and hopefully one that will start
trips to exhibitions and events. These all matter
attracting the talent you are seeking. Remember,
to future employees and help paint a picture of
a job advert isn’t the same as a formal job
the type of studio you run.
Finally, write the criteria for the role. Try to
Firstly, let’s put the criteria for the designer you
narrow it down to four key elements: The level of
are looking for to one side and start making a list
experience you expect the designer to have; the
of all the fabulous selling points of your working
specific project exposure you are looking for;
environment. This could be your light filled
essential software skills you need and particular
studio, a central London location, the resident
strengths you require. As an example, the role
office dog or the fact your offices are in a social
may command a front-end concept designer
and vibrant shared office space.
or a good technical eye, or you might simply
Next, talk about your projects. These are your
be looking for an ‘all-round’ designer. Whatever
biggest selling points so don’t wait for the
your needs, state it simply and clearly.
designer to visit your website as the projects
By following this format to writing a job advert
you are currently working on are not going to
you are immediately attracting designers to your
be on there. Explain what the designer may
business and not just setting out criteria. You
be involved with: is it an iconic London hotel;
may even find shining super stars will see the
an independent jazz club; a luxury high-end
advert and send their CV to you speculatively for
residential project where the client wants a
future roles as they love the vibe and the energy
contemporary twist on art-deco style or a
you have described of your design consultancy.
pop-up store of a brand new clothing label.
Finally, remember… write it as if you’re speaking
Studio was created by Lucy Painter to offer candidates and clients within the interior design industry a recruitment solution that has a vision and a genuine interest for interiors. Studio strives to make an impact on design careers and businesses by following simple foundations: approachability, transparency and a realistic approach. Most importantly, Studio takes the time to listen to your needs.
Don’t hold back, if you have a number of
to one person as it will only ever be one person
projects in the pipeline, write them down!
reading it at any one time. So get personal!
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FILMSCAPE DESTINATIONS WE ASKED FIONA LIVINGSTON, CO-FOUNDER, STUDIOFIBRE, TO REFLECT ON CULTURAL REFERENCES THAT INSPIRE HER, NAMELY, MOVIE SETS.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND DESIGN IN A DIFFERENT PERIOD OF HISTORY, WHEN WOULD IT BE? I’d love to go back to the 1920’s Bauhaus period. This was an era when the gap between art and industry was bridged and would have been
of different sources. I find that true inspiration can never be found in just one source alone.
a fascinating era to have lived and worked in.
WHICH ICONIC FIGURE WOULD YOU LOVE TO DESIGN FOR? I would love to design for an iconic Hollywood ‘character’, partly because I love movies, but mainly because I could imagine that their brief (and budget!) would be nothing short of amazing! Designing to a narrative is the only way that works for me and understanding the true character and story that lies beneath a surface
WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN THE INTERIOR DESIGN INDUSTRY? The design industry is such a vast and diverse world and it is constantly evolving and changing. In our lifetime, technology has had a huge impact on the design industry, for better and for worse, as has the enlightenment around issues relating to the environment and sustainability. Design as a force for good is vital but I’d like to make sure it doesn’t obscure the magic. At its very basic level, design reminds us of who we are as individuals, with our own unique stories and journeys. It is such a powerful vehicle for inspiration and pleasure and we must be careful that we don’t allow the magic of this to be washed away. Design is a very personal language, one which we interpret and translate in our own way, it’s an important part of who we are as individuals, and there is no right or wrong. Every form of creativity should be nurtured at this very basic human level and I believe, encouraged in our children and
NAME ANOTHER DESIGNER WORKING NOW WHOSE SENSE OF STYLE YOU ADMIRE. Patricia Urquiola has impeccable taste and designs
brief is the inspiration and the fascination. WHAT FILM OR TELEVISION SERIES FOR YOU ENCAPSULATES THE PERFECT ON-SCREEN INTERIOR? This is such a tricky question! If I want to dream of romantic holiday locations, you can’t fault the old-fashioned charm and beauty from the sets for ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’. If I’m on my Californian inspiration wave, that takes me to the alluring Beverley Hills apartment of ‘The Graduate’. Fusing nature with incredible architecture, The Ghost Writer has the edge here, as do many of the James Bond sets. For more recent movies, Iron Man lives in such a cool house, and, now that I’m talking movies that I watch with my children, I can’t help but mention Harry Potter; the detail that went into those set designs was beyond magical and so imaginative. I also can’t leave out the original Bladerunner set, now
Above: Fiona Livingston is a self-confessed movie buff and loves fusing her passion for film with her knowledge of the nuances of design.
If I’m on my Californian inspiration wave, that takes me to the alluring Beverley Hills apartment of ‘The Graduate’…”
future generations at school.
hat is inspiration. WHAT SONGS AND ARTISTS INSPIRE YOU IN YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT? We’re very democratic in the studio and the dial on the radio is always getting reset! However music is incredibly powerful and an important
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support for your frame of mind, whether it is for maintaining focus or allowing your brain to change state to tackle a different task. It’s about diversity for me, a mix of experiencing new vibes and embracing known, more ‘comforting’ vibes … but generally being lifted and inspired from a number
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