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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.

Jade Tilley Editor

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NEWS Including news from around the globe on design projects, completions, awards and industry appointments

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21 T  HE DESIGNERS’ ADVISOR Polly Williams, Camberyard, discusses insurance and GDPR




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?




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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

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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 doesn’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.”



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


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

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and bespoke furniture, to conceptual lighting and

Olympia London

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.


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,


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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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.

stunning photographic

Powell, AIA, FAAR, has previously held key design and

exhibitions throughout

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


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

striking black-and-white

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. |

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

BIID Update

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.

Image: L-R Denise Ellis and Kath Hinsley, Franklin Ellis Architects


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 | 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


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. 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 | @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. | @carlhansenandson

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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. | @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. | @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

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CDW Review that was catching the eyes of passers-by, Future


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,

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

symbolic sculptures.

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

three-day event.

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

T: @cdwfestival

and designers can come together to produce

considers the dovetail as the focal point of a

I: @clerkenwelldesignweek

altogether more impressive concepts for the

defining piece of furniture. Here the designers

#CDW2019 #CDW10

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

16 September 2019 Interior Designer

On track,

CDW Review

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. | @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 company’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 clients’ 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 |

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.

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CDW Review

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.

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

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bloggers and design studios. For the faรงade facing St John Street ALEKSA

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18 September 2019 Interior Designer

The Designers’ Advisor


There are certain topics, like fees and the art of

what constitutes project coordination or indeed

your privacy policy on your website and made sure

negotiation, that repeatedly arise with my clients.

project management?

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.

further clarification.

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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Industry News

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 |

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 |

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 | |

20 September 2019 Interior Designer

Preview: Hospitality Design Show


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

Keynote Speakers

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?

of hospitality.

global chain or an independent, you’re guaranteed

Visit 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

ExCel, London

events, with a combined line-up of 500 cutting-

opportunity to hear design experts take on a

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Decorex Preview


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

41-year history.

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

restaurant, Hide.

22 September 2019 Interior Designer

Decorex Preview

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 show’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 industry’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 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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Decorex Preview

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 ( and Myakka ( 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. | Decorex International stand J242


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 | Decorex International stand G182

24 September 2019 Interior Designer

unified industrial design theme. With a robust design, exposed fixings, white

Decorex Preview

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


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. | 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. Hypnos is proud to be Carbon Neutral

September 2019 Interior Designer 25


Ask The Designer



How intrinsic is carefully thought out branding to a design project?






Commercial Director,

Graphic Designer,

Co-Founder and Graphic

Michaelis Boyd

Red Deer

Design LSM

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

are consistent.

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.


@runforthehillls @christophertrotman

September 2019 Interior Designer 27

In Detail



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.

of luxury”.

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

of space.

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


inviting feel.

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

Adam concluded.

much head height as possible was key to keeping


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

September 2019 Interior Designer 29

Spotlight: 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?

corporate venues.

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

primary consideration.

More importantly, it’s sensitive to the environment.

and the organisation.

How has Lyndon adapted to meet

Is Lyndon’s bespoke furniture

01242 584897

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

distinguished look.

30 September 2019 Interior Designer

Design Edit

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.

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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18—21 September 2019 Olympia London

Celebrating 25 years of inspirational interior design

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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

present day.

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.

original products.

Driven to create Material Studio, a showcase of 22

Instagram has fundamentally changed the way

innovative materials with a number of them being

100% Design

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,

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Kitchen Design

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..

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 |

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 |

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Kitchen Design

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.

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.

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In Detail



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,

‘Power Planters’

luxurious and ground-breaking as the Farfetch

Studiofibre ‘Infinity’ Booths

Power and structural supporter pillars, which are

brand itself.

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

Californian materiality

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

common activity.

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

Welcome Lounge

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

Micro neighbourhoods

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

IG: @studiofibre

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. |

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.

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.

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Design Stories




believe it. Surely enough however, with the reality



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


on bringing unique designs to life. We are open

past projects.

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


room. In addition I plan on expanding my capsule


I’m looking forward to seeing this myself! I aspire

collection of products such as the ‘Rock’ table light


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



Winning the Swarovski Designer of the Future

We do work globally and enjoy doing so. We

Award 2019.

work in the same manner as our local projects by maintaining control from beginning to end. The


workshops we partner with for manufacturing are


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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Designer Profile



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

and comfort.

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

design commission?

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.

one story.

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.

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Outdoor Designs


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

Flower Show.

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

managed sensitively.

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

design studio.

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

recyclable material.”

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.

yoga practice.

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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Residential Design

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 |

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

knowledge materials, artistry and craftsmanship, together with extensive

superyacht environments, has been involved in many residential projects,

project management skills, making DKT Artworks a real asset and

including penthouses, countryside mansions and mountain chalets, both in the

allowing designers and architects to meet their client’s full expectations.

UK and worldwide. As a result, it is one of the most experienced companies in this sector. Working with renowned interior designers, and with the broadest

020 8682 8460 | | 

range of styles and materials, DKT Artworks provides original and innovative

Picture: A very elaborate, deep carved cast bas-relief, private residence,

solutions on the widest range of projects, including bas-reliefs, sculptures,

Knightsbridge. Design Project: Winch Design | Photo: © Winch Media

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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!

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Residential Design

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.

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.

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 |

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Residential Design

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.

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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In Detail



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

contemporary aesthetic.

modern pieces with more traditional and

pieces to create a fresh interior that feels like a

The design concept combines the property’s prized

contemporary styling.

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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Project Verde

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. | @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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Residential Design

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 | |

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 |

52 September 2019 Interior Designer

Quiet Mark

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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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 Benif’s low maintenance requirements and longevity of performance.

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.

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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

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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

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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,

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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. | 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.

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. |

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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™.

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 |

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 | |

56 September 2019 Interior Designer

Spotlight: James Latham


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.

James Latham.

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|

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 | |

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 | |

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.”

58 September 2019 Interior Designer

Parkside Clerkenwell



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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Showroom Showcase

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

many colourways.

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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Parkside Clerkenwell

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 @parksideuk @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.

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

62 September 2019 Interior Designer

In Studio


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

be written.

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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BEAUTIFUL CEILING FANS The Henley Fan Company is the UK’s leading supplier of designer ceiling and wall fans. It offers the widest choice of in-stock fans from seven top brands with over 70 models in 35 finishes. It has the very latest designer fans with great styles that are low-energy and also come with a Lifetime Warranty. A ceiling fan creates a nice gentle breeze with none of the health risks of air conditioning and is 95 per cent cheaper to install and run. They require no maintenance and can add a stylish focus to any room. They are the perfect cooling option for the UK’s temporate climate. Henley Fan only sells fans that are stylish, powerful, reliable and totally silent. For over 19 years they have taken the lead in supplying many of the UK’s classiest homes, offices, hotels and restaurants. 01256 636 509 |

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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.

beautiful furniture.

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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