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CONTENTS HIGH POINT & DECOREX SPECIAL 30 Design News 15 pages of the latest from

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the world of interior design Blue & White From nautical stripes to Moroccan geometrics, there’s more to this colour scheme than meets the eye. Blue & White The marriage of blue and white has been an enduring motif in the decorative arts says Joni Vanderslice Southern Coastal Living Joni Vanderslice invites us into her life and home in her new book which is packed full of beautiful photographs and design advice Fabrics & Wallpaper New collections from Linwood, Charlotte Gaisford, Farotex, The Silk Gallery, Altfield, Whistler Leather and more Wacky Wallpaper These wallpaper designs will paste a smile on your face Making a Home Personal I like to collect and surround myself with objects that reflect my taste, my interests and life - they make me feel comfortable says Mike Fisher

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measures, we want luxury says David Wilder Better In Small Doses Your surroundings should be a reflection of your life and not your recent trip to Home Goods says Sarah Kennedy Dolce and Peter J. Sinnott IV Home Sweet Home This stunning Pied à Terre in the heart of New York’s Fifth Avenue fuses modern contemporary style with pre-war architecture Shelba’s High Point Hot Spots Shelba Cornelison highlights her favourite showrooms so that you can enjoy the market as much as she does High Point Preview We take a look at the world’s largest furniture fair held twice a year in High Point in a 28 page preview section. We highlight those showrooms you must see The Library of Chairs The chair is a perfect DNA marker for the ever-changing evolution of furniture design says Charles Sutton






CONTENTS HIGH POINT & DECOREX SPECIAL 122 Rugs & Flooring Latest collections from

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Loomah, Concept Handtufting, Custom Carpet Company, The Rug Studio and more Kitchens New designs from Martin Moore, Officine Gullo and Cotteswood Kitchens Fireplaces Latest wood burning stoves and fireplaces from Robeys, Chesneys, Platonic Fireplaces and B&D Designs Fancy Fireplaces Fireplaces that are so fancy, they will set your heart on fire Avenue Marceau This stunning apartment is a work of art from start to finish and has all the hallmarks of a Gérard Faivre classic home Joan’s Townhouse This 1874 townhouse in a historic district of Manhattan’s Upper East Side had the bones of a wonderful family home Decorex Preview Our 30 page guide to all that is best in this year’s Decorex Show

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turned into a family home and work space without losing sight of the beautiful interior Bathrooms Latest collections from Aston Matthews, Catchpole & Rye, Duravit and more Lighting New from Charles Bateson, Christopher Wray, Louis Poulsen, Be & Liv, Andrew Kornat and Mr Light Gideon’s Bible Despite not always following standard rules of design, this home captures the Hampton’s spirit A Colourful Canvas This newly built Cape Town family home brims with a contemporary art collection that tells the story of the owner’s passion for beautiful things Taylor Howes Design Project Celebrating the essence of Mediterranean living in a chic holiday home in South France


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of textures and soft colours has resulted in a unique, timeless and elegant Parisian apartment Cabin Fever John and Bettina Routh built a rustic lakeside getaway in upstate New York as a place to enjoy nature and spend time with their family Life of the Party Rena Abboud turns a bachelor-pad townhouse in London into a dramatic space which is perfect for entertaining Casa Nuno A restful utopia where the clever interplay between designer pieces, items bought at flea markets and vintage Nordic furniture sets the tone for the unique villa Romance Redefined Enhancing the elegant features throughout the property creates a grand Venetian vibe Jacques Garcia Champ de Bataille is a life’s work and it will never stand still - it resonates with the zest of Garcia’s sense of invention

Cover story: Dr Zhivago, a tapestry work by FrÈdÈrique Morrel, presides over the quirky sausage-dog chairs from Jimmie Martin. Read more on page 208

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A graduate of both Columbia University with a degree in Architecture and The New York School of Interior Design, Gideon brings classically based, yet fresh and modern aesthetic to his projects. He is now the principal of Mendelson Group, an architecture and interior design company who’s first priority is customer satisfaction.

Peggy Prendeville is a London based Interior Designer. she feels that whether she is designing an interior for a private or a commercial client, the end result should be a space which reflects the clients sensibility something they would like to have designed themselves, if only they knew how.

The concept of Gérard Faivre Paris consists of creating and selling apartments, brought to life into pieces of art by Gérard Faivre. To create an original work of art, Gérard Faivre indulges himself with the soul of each property. For him, each site is both a blank canvas and source of inspiration. Based on the locatinon’s atmosphere, the artist creates the perfect design.

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Mike graduated in Architecture from the University of Dundee and went onto complete his Master’s Degree at Oxford Brookes in Urban Design. He has over 25 years’ experience in designing and building residential properties in the UK and across the world and is increasingly becoming involved in superyacht design.


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The DNA of Taylor Howes is very much Karen’s own vision: a positive, approachable and refreshing energy that not only produces great work creatively, but also ensures that clients enjoy the whole experience of the design journey. It is no wonder that she has an impressive track record of returning clients, including some that go back over 20 years.

Dineen Architecture + Design PC is a design firm that focuses on creating sophisticated spaces while fully integrating architecture with interior design.They are known for interpreting the unique interests and lifestyles of each of their clients, and creating spaces that are tasteful, chic and distinctive.

Joni Vanderslice, ASID, president and owner of J Banks Design, founded her multidiscipline design firm thirty years ago.Through the years, J Banks Design has received numerous awards under Joni’s design direction.Travel inspires Joni and provides her with fresh insight for her namesake furniture and fabric lines, including the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture.

Sarah Kennedy Dolce & Peter J. Sinnott IV Peter’s approach to a project is all about the homeowner and the family that lives there As he reminds his clients; they have to adore it for many years to come. Sarah Kennedy Dolce considers her personal style to be ‘twisted traditional’, loving amix of classic and modern furnishings but is happy to work with every genre of style.




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In the tradition of the great French decorators of the 18th century, GRANGE, master cabinetmakers for 110 years, offers decoration and furnishings for the entire home. The new Haussmann collection is the personification of a timeless modernity and understated elegance, inspired from the Directoire style. Most of the models in this collection are customisable in up to 80 finishes allowing you to create the perfect look for your home.



Bisca transforms staircases and landings with their bespoke quality balustrades. Replacing traditional outdated and heavy wood balustrades and landing gallery, this space was opened up and given a more contemporary feel with Bisca’s hand forged, blackened ornate balustrade. Capped off with a hand carved oak handrail with a scroll end, Bisca have brought a new lease of life to a dated staircase. T: +44 (0) 143 977 1702 |



Simon Orrell Designs has launched a truly original, adaptable and appealing piece - the Drum Table. It’s now available in tiger cowrie shell finish. When sanded flat, tiger cowrie shell is transformed into a beautifully exquisite and highly original surface which is reminiscent of veiny marble. This gives this unique and standout piece a finish unlike any other and makes the table a highly desirable feature for any room.

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New designs from David Seyfried for Autumn 2016 include the delightful Wimpole sofa. This classic and elegant sofa is enhanced by buttoning on the back and stylish legs. David Seyfried’s chic, traditional furniture is made by a dedicated team of craftsmen in their workshop in the UK and are timeless, investment pieces that will enhance any room.

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Talented interior decorator, Sera Hersham, has turned her romantic, imaginative ideas to her first collection of bespoke furniture. With its air of Art Deco opulence, the Oyster sofa and chair provide a glimpse into a forgotten world of showgirl glamour, charm and wit. Upholstered in silk velvet, with tapered brass legs, the ultra feminine shape and high curved back makes it the ideal addition to a ladies boudoir.

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Turnstyle Designs have recently introduced a textured metal option to its metal finishes, called the “Hammered” range, which are finished in combination with a range of Turnstyle leather, Amalfine and metal finishes. The technique is produced by skilled craftsmen hammering the surface by hand to beat the pattern into the metal work, giving a custom handle that is truly unique and totally individual. T: +44 (0) 127 132 5325 |


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Wave XL from Silent Gliss reflects the current trend towards smooth rounded forms and shapes in current interior decoration. Available with a range of Silent Gliss curtain track systems, it is an ambitious and sophisticated decoration for high and large application areas with large expanses of glass.

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Wesley Barrell’s most popular sofa, The Hinton, comes in a range of stylish coverings. Shown here in Sanderson Roslyn, a teal-cherry print with a bold floral design and eye catching colours, it will add a dash of sophisticated decoration to any living room.

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With industrial chic being the latest inspiration for kitchen designers, Espresso Design’s new Chelsea Harbour showroom is bang on trend. Their stunning ‘Factory’ kitchen from Aster Cucine uses antique wood and reclaimed metals to create breathtakingly original spaces with eco-credentials. This dark and industrial style kitchen is as cleverly functional as it is stylish.

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Luxury British brand, Savoir Beds, is delighted to announce its latest headboard design - Harlech 08. Upholstered in a retro shade of mustard velvet, the bed suggests a throwback to the 1970s while the addition of its brass-plated, rectilinear legs serve to heighten this aesthetic. It is a neat, elegant silhouette that is the perfect canvas on which to create a look that can either be as understated, or outrageous, as the room requires. T: +44 (0) 208 838 4838 |





Andrew Kay is an internationally renowned sculptor based in the heart of the Lake District. His life-size sculptures have been described as ‘sketches in steel’ of the animals he sees every day in the Cumbrian countryside. His work can be seen in stately homes in the UK and is collected across the world. T: +44 (0) 152 427 1575 36

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Taking an innovative twist on classic furniture design, Iain James has created an inspirational collection of Cluster Burr Oak pieces, each decoratively inlaid with bespoke satin and ebony inlays and polished to golden mellow patina. Available in bespoke sizes and in a range of alternative timbers, there is something to fit every home to achieve your own unique and personalised piece of furniture. T: +44 (0) 115 973 4481

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Armonie brings an aristocratic experience to the living room with its new set in Louis XV Tuscan style. The large three seater sofa and armchairs take the key role in the space with intricate carved bases and a strikingly opulent, dark blue, silk velvet upholstery, whilst the central point of the room is the large, round Louis XVI coffee table topped with Emperador dark marble. Wall mirrors, chandeliers, and console tables enrich the space with touches of gold and accentuate the luxurious feeling of nobility within the room. T: +39 057 167 0200 |



The Luca is the brand new portable LED light from Best & Lloyd. Ideal for lighting outdoor dining and seating areas, this light comes in a wide range of finishes from polished nickel to bronze, and is charged by an induction matt.

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Rossana kitchens are a symphony of style and functionality. The DC10 island worktop is composed of a sink in ‘Cappucino’ natural stone in a satined finish with double basins. The stone worktop includes perimetric brass profile induction hob elements. All components of this stylish kitchen layout are finished with the quality and standard you would expect for a high-end kitchen design.

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Tielle Love Luxury, the specialist premium linen company by Tradelinens, has launched a new innovative bedding range designed specifically for babies and toddlers to give them the perfect night’s sleep. Tailored to perfectly fit a standard cot bed, the duvets actively prevent the build-up of dust mites, fungi and bacteria, making them especially suitable for those suffering from asthma or allergies, allowing even the youngest members of the family to sleep in the finest luxury linen.

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Insidherland’s beautiful and iconic Fallen Leaves mirrors are hand carved wood finished with natural, aged or degrade gold, silver and copper leaf. Finished in a matt or high gloss varnish, these beautiful mirrors are shaped to evoke the memories of Autumn days and leaves falling in the wind.

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The J Banks Collection for Stanford originated in 2007 and began because there was a niche missing for more contemporary or cleaned lined furniture and at the time, J Banks Design needed the transitional pieces in differing scale and proportions for both their residential and hospitality projects. Over-scaled pieces appropriate in both size and function for large lobbies or club houses were missing in the market place and ‘transitional’ wasn’t mainstream at the time, with pieces going too contemporary. The photo above includes several new introductions to the J Banks Collection, including the new Debra chair, new Tedesco sofa, lemieux stools and the popular Deb chair.


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LOU by Dedon, exclusively from Leisure Plan brings fresh innovations in cushion technology, weave and material mix, taking outdoor lounging to a whole new level. Due to the semi open weave and hidder gliders, this modular system gives an impression of extraordinary lightness.

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Vessel Gallery has a new collection of contemporary mirrors designed by Amy Cushing. Each piece is a sumptuous union of richly hued anodized aluminium, industrial tinted mirror juxtaposed with highly coloured, luxuriously detailed signature hand made glass created by Cushing. The resulting combination is breathtakingly elegant.

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Charlie Pommier solid wood furniture is traditionally classic in line, yet truly contemporary in form. Instantly identifiable from its memorable and unique style, these pieces are unmatched in quality and flexibility and can be easily assembled and put way when no longer needed. This sustainable solid wood furniture is the future of furniture production.


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OPPOSITE: Using a combination of masculine stripes and feminine florals within the same palette of blues and white brings a real freshness to this country living room. Simple furniture allows the colours to sing out, and show that there can be real depth and sensitivity to this colour scheme. Photograph - Simon Upton RIGHT: The bold use of geometric checks in this kitchen diner is played out in a variety of patterns across the walls, floor and door with ceramic tiles. The dark Moroccan blue gives a vibrancy to the space, allowing the subtle placing of other colours as accents to brighten this dining area and give it a playful feel. Photograph - Adrian Houston BOTTOM RIGHT: Wicker chairs and a sofa on the poolside terrace are upholstered in a Bergamin striped fabric to give a nautical feel to this outdoor space. A range of hues and patterns keep this theme looking fresh and original. Photograph - Simon Upton BELOW: The French Directoire wallpaper pattern reflects neoclassical influences from the early 19th century and a contrasting sofa print plays on the blue theme. Photograph - Simon Upton

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BLUE & WHITE The marriage of blue and white has been an enduring motif in the decorative arts here are some matches that just seem like they’re made in heaven. In my opinion, blue and white is one of them - and to me, it also feels innately and classically southern. That could be because blue is the hue that we see most around us every day in our environment. Our southern skies are so often a bright, clear wash of aqua, interrupted only by white clouds that remind us of cotton. Many of us in this region also live close to the ocean, a lagoon, a lake, or a river. Blue comes in an almost endless variety of tones, which our vistas show us so magnificently: indigo as the last light dies at sunset; cobalt in the lobelia just beyond the front door; the Wedgwood blue of hydrangeas; the powder blue of early morning skies and the slate-tinged grey-blue of the Atlantic in Winter months. Since blue is also on the cool end of the colour spectrum, it does actually feel cooler to walk into a blue or blue-and-white room, especially when the temperature tops 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a sizzling hot Summer’s day. Blue-and-white accessories are very collectible and classic southern favourites. This makes sense, historically speaking: as our forebears sailed around the globe, they regularly brought back home the fine works they discovered abroad. Not least among them were the porcelains and ceramics in blue and white that now adorn so many of our historic houses. I have always found it fascinating that although the patterns differ, the palette itself unites cultures as far flung as the Chinese, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Japanese and Moroccan, just to name a few. Psychology indicates that blue surroundings allow the brain to become more creative which suggests to me that the colour has a relaxing effect. In my experience, everyone responds quickly to blue-and-white fabrics in all sorts of patterns, from stripes to nautical themes, from nature views to geometrics and more. Our coastal clients very often prefer the combination of blue and white to any other. And that makes sense to me. In linen and cotton, blue- and-white designs look sharp. They are fresh, crisp and clean and make a room feel bright and happy. One of my clients in Florida, in fact, has asked that I use blue and white, and only blue and white, in her homes - and I’ve now done that in the three I have designed. With her, I feel that I have used every blue-and-white fabric that exists. Ever since the ancients discovered pigments and dyes, the marriage of blue and white has been an enduring motif in the decorative arts. For many designers, myself included, the two remain a perfect pairing. From inky indigo to ice blue, from broad stripes to narrow bands, from intricate geometrics to complex florals, the range of possible hues and patterns is endless. Their juxtaposition also feels to me like a part of my southern heritage, perhaps because it ties us into this landscape of water and sky. Blue and caramel is another of my favourite combinations. Here is another perplexing truth: colour can, and does, change depending on environmental factors. From one time of day to another, from one location to another - meaning surroundings, longitude, and latitude - the same colour can seem to be a different hue entirely. The living room walls of my family home on Hilton Head Island exemplify that kind of changeability. When people ask me for the paint colour, which is grey, I give them the paint chip. Their response, always, is, “no. I want your blue.” Now, our house is right on the water, and our living room focuses on that view. We get a great deal of natural daylight, as well as reflected light on the water. Because of where we are and the quality of light that fills the room over the course of the day, that grey reads as blue. At night, it becomes another colour altogether. That’s why I always advocate adapting the palette to the place as well as the person.


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Kährs has introduced four new colours to its Classic Nouveau Collection. The new wood floors - in white, grey and earthy tones - join six best-selling designs within the rustic-contemporary range. All of the floors feature a variety of individual colour and texture finishes which lift the graining and enhance the natural look. T: +44 (0) 239 245 3045 |



Caracole’s new 54-inch hall chest is perfect for infusing your favourite space with poetic, natural charm. The evocative faux agate printed doors fit sleekly into a handsome, brushed gold metal cabinet with inset conical feet. This edgy piece is a stunning way to add chic storage to any room in the house.

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In addition to an extensive portfolio of handmade furniture collections for the home and bathroom, Oasis has a contract division which focuses on the manufacture of bespoke furniture and interior design solutions for both residential and commercial settings. Offering a wide range of products under one label and creating a complete design package of luxury furnishings, Oasis offers solutions for complete room environments from sofas and armchairs, to tables, cabinets and lamps - all chosen for their quality finishes and harmonious integration with the overall décor style.


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High end occasional furniture manufacturer, Jonathan Charles, announces expansion of their “William Yeoward…Collected” line. A successful collaboration with the renowned designer, which has been running for over four years, has now branched out from the single aesthetic starting point into three different lifestyles: Country House Chic, Uptown Classic and Urban Cool. All of which feature exquisite and high quality furniture to match every design brief.



In response to an increased demand for accessories being incorporated into heating, Aestus has added the Copy Mirror Contemporary Radiator to its collection. The Copy Mirror not only offers a space-saving, free standing style, but also includes a practical mirror which is a benefit in areas such as hallways where space is at a premium. Available in a range of finishes including Bronze. T: +44 (0) 190 238 7080 |



Innovative braided copper materials available from Fifi de Lyon, woven in 140cm width. The single copper yarn is coloured by galvanization to make it rustproof and stainless. Available in a wide range of colours and designs. It is ideal for any project that requires a touch of sophistication and elegance. T: +44 (0) 785 142 9139 |


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At Leisure Plan, outdoor living is clinking glasses around the finest dining furniture. It’s long, laidback sun lounging in the afternoon. It’s cosying up with the kids on plush, sumptuous seating. It’s bringing the best of the outside together in our showroom. It’s making an outdoor space that’s uniquely yours.

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James Latham’s range of surface materials includes XyloCleaf - an exclusive and highly textured range of decors which includes a variety of wood grains, linens and other unique materials. With over 60 colours and patterns in MFC and more than 20 in HPL laminate, the sensational XyloCleaf collection is suited to high-end premium design schemes within the commercial and residential sectors.



To coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show and ‘Belgravia in Bloom’ event - English furniture makers, Arthur Brett, launched a contemporary ladies writing/dressing table made from cherry wood and decorated with a hand-painted cherry blossom design across all surfaces. Featuring a three part mirror framed by an etched glass border, it is also available in Arthur Brett’s popular ebonised finish painted with a classic strawberry plant design.

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Boeme’s extraordinary Panorama Velvet fabric makes this distinctive two-seater bench a work of art as well as a functional and comfortable piece of furniture. Featuring panoramic mountain scenes, front and back, and a sturdy black frame, this modern seat is made-to-order in England by the highest quality manufacturers. T: +44 (0) 148 321 7716 |


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Stone Age took their incredible skills to this stunning Chelsea renovation to construct a cantilevered staircase accommodating a glass balustrade, and a basement staircase with inset lighting to complement an existing floor in the kitchen. The flawless finish and bold design are a testament to the incredible skills and attention to detail of the stonemasons and installers within the company. T: +44 (0)207 384 9090 |



Forming part of interior architect Thomas Griem’s first collection for RV Astley, is this stunning, sculptural ‘Origami Mirror.’  Inspired by the three dimensional art of traditional paper folding, the mirror is practical but also creates a decorative wall sculpture with the unusual geometric angles creating constantly changing reflections throughout the room it is positioned in. T: +44 (0) 192 274 4000 |



Available only from Kings of Chelsea are the new Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors ranges launched this Summer, including the rose gold finish Manhattan armchair and buttoned Blake sofa upholstered in exclusive Cavalli fashion inspired fabrics. Mirror, leather and onyx create a wealth of textures and surfaces, giving an opulent finish suitable for the most luxurious of rooms.

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SOUTHERN COASTAL LIVING and colour, among other essential design considerations. She shares her gracious hospitality and invites readers into her life and home. ‘I wrote this book for many reasons,’ said Joni. ‘Mostly, I wanted to share my philosophy of luxury without pretense. For me, it’s all about how we use space vs. how we see it. Of course I want the homes and resorts I design to look beautiful, but they won’t actually be or feel beautiful if I haven’t understood and then planned for how people will live in and use each space. That’s what creates comfort in my view.’ ‘Where will people sit and read? What and where will the conversation areas be? How is the view incorporated into the room? How do the indoor and outdoor spaces relate to one another? These, to me, are the basics of comfort. ‘Then I look for luxury products that are user friendly because I want to create a relaxed, easy atmosphere. Now that there are luxury fabrics that actually wear well, I look for beautiful fabrics, especially upholstery fabrics, that allow us to put our feet up on the furniture. Fabrics need to be able to stand up to the daily wear of wet bathing suits and sandy feet of children, their friends and pets, so performance fabrics come in very handy. Furnishings, and seating especially, should be comfortable for lounging, for flopping and for those naps that you can only take when you’re on holiday.’

Joni Vanderslice invites us into her life and home in her new book which is packed full of beautiful photographs and design advice

Joni Vanderslice, ASID, president and owner of J

Banks Design, founded her multidiscipline design firm 30 years ago. Since then, she has nurtured the Hilton Head Island–based operation into an internationally recognized force in residential and resort design. Through the years, J Banks Design has received

numerous awards under Joni’s design direction. She has been honored as ASID’s Southeast Designer of the Year for both the residential and commercial sectors, and has also been named the ASID Dora Gray Designer of the Year. J Banks Design remains a fixture on Interior Design

magazine’s lists of “Top 200 Interior Design Giants” and “Top 75 Hospitality Design Giants.” The firm’s interiors have been widely published in

Elegant Homes, Robb Report, Hospitality Design, and Travel inspires Joni and provides her with fresh

insight for her namesake furniture and fabric lines: The J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture, Abner Henry Fine Furniture, and Kravet. Joni, her husband, Rick, and her daughters, Sarah

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The Lancaster, by Chapel Street, is a modern interpretation of the classic wingback chair. The sleeker lines allow this design to be used in any number of contemporary interior schemes and the addition of contrast piping or stud detail makes it into a real focal point in any room. With a sprung seat and back giving superb firm comfort, a matching pair side by side makes a great alternative to a small sofa.

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Haiku Home now offers voice control on a range of its innovative ceiling fans allowing users to turn connected ceiling fans on and off, change speeds and adjust light intensity, all hands-free. Haiku ceiling fans already feature built-in temperature, humidity and occupancy sensors for automatic speed adjustment as environmental conditions shift. The new Alexa voice commands will allow for easier manual overrides, improving the lives of customers and making homes better.

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Christopher Hyde has recently relaunched the traditional Mayfair lantern family, with their new LED13 Duo Light Engine available in 2700K, 3000K and 4000K. Now available in eight different finishes, this hanging lantern has an elegant simplicity to it which makes it suitable for both classic and contemporary schemes.

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Inspired by the Venetian Art Deco era, Henry Blake Hardware showcases the fluted lever handle shown in Antique Brass along with the stepped Deco cabinet knob. Both are available in an extended range of beautiful modern finishes allowing you to find the perfect finishing touch to fit with your room schemes.

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Little Greene has a collection of stunning wallpapers including Sakura in Yellow Lustre. A visually stunning metallic wallpaper that reflects the natural light, covered in a delicate botanical pattern with small white blossoms. Ideal for adding a touch of feminine drama and opulence to your living space. T: +44 (0) 207 935 8844 |



The new Marbella collection from JAB Anstoetz Fabrics is a range of large-patterned jacquard upholstery fabrics suitable for outdoor use. Available in a variety of prints and colours including the beautifully contrasted mustard yellow and duck-egg blue, these fabrics will make the most of your outdoor seating area and bring the colours of Summer to your space. T: +44 (0) 207 348 6620 |



The Akina collection by Kai is inspired by sophisticated Scandinavian design. This eclectic collection of embroideries and jacquards portrays a modern twist on this popular theme. The embroideries are full of personality and movement with a painterly hand while the distressed check and voile complement these designs in soft coordinating shades. T: +44 (0) 170 763 5258 |


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Fable, by Linwood, is a collection of exciting new designs that draws its inspiration from the cultural tradition of storytelling around the globe. Fantastical worlds are brought together in a beautiful selection of prints, weaves and wallpapers. Featured here is ‘Aesop’ a beautifully painted mythical land with animals and characters drawn from Japanese, Korean and Persian folk traditions, printed on velvet and linen.

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Mustique is the new fabric collection from Zinc Textile - a combination of statement prints with casual ground cloths which perfectly embodies the barefoot luxury of the exclusive Caribbean getaway it is named after. The collection’s soft, tumbled linens carry loose, abstract patterns alongside beachy cheers and fine cotton poplin with a hand-sketched stripe to bring an ocean-side feel to your design space.



The new 1751 collection from Charlotte Gaisford features an impressive range of beautiful fabrics, including Swiss Knot - a delicate geometric pattern available in red, neutral, blue, green and Grace colour ways. Blending perfectly with the other patterns within the collection, or used on its own with plain fabrics, this delightful pattern will look at home in both contemporary and traditional schemes.  T: +44 (0) 143 468 9583 |


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Romo’s latest collection, Feria, is a finely woven geometric design in a reassuring weight that creates a luxurious feel. Complemented by its bright yet tonal colouring and its gentle lustre and silky smooth finish, this design will bring elegance to classic country surroundings and contemporary urban apartments alike.

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For millennia the magic of gold has been simply bewitching - the embodiment of wealth, power and luxury. London based company, Farotex, announces the introduction and availability of the highest grade 24K gold fabric and leather, guaranteed to change the way the industry offers opulence to its clients. The technology used ensures that the application of the gold will not wear off, flake or fade, and items produced can be washed and cleaned as normal.



Luxury British accessories and scarf designer brand, St. Piece London, has launched their first homeware collection of Silk Satin Cushion covers. The eight-piece collection sees the print studio’s more celebrated and popular prints from past and current collections. These timeless design silk cushions is ideal for chic and fashion forward homes, bringing a pop of colour into into any living space, classic or contemporary.


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Contemporary fabric innovation meets retro sophistication in the new Zenith collection by Black Edition. Created for the luxury interiors market, the thirteen-strong opulent collection offers exclusive designs infused with rich, contemporary elegance. Blending sophisticated textures, innovative weaving techniques and artisan effects with a visionary colour palette in rich jewel tones, there is truly something for every luxury interior.



Kirkby Design is excited to introduce ‘the world of Jon Burgerman’ to bring a playful injection of art into the interior design market. The 12 original designs are digitally printed to masterfully capture every mark, smudge and wash of ink for a truly realistic hand-drawn effect. The wide range of bold colours, monochromes and candy pastel hues means there is something for everyone in this quirky and diverse collection.



The Silk Gallery presents their new silk and linen collection with exotic stripe. Available in a range of 10 colours featuring subtle greys and metallic shades, this stunning collection is suitable for blinds and light upholstery.

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The wonderful warm hues of burnt umber and red from the Charlotte Gaisford Summer Tea Collection are the perfect colours to take you through to Autumn. With 5 vibrant patterns available in several rich colourways, these fabrics look particularly fantastic mixed together meaning there are countless variations and combinations available. T: +44 (0) 143 468 9583 |



Colourful, stylish, easy to scheme and delightfully charming, the new Spring/Summer collection of new cotton linen prints from Jane Churchill evoke a sense of wild flowers and introduce contemporary style to any interior. Featuring flowers, leaves, butterflies and seed head patterns in fabric suitable for both upholstery and soft furnishings. T: +44 (0) 207 244 7427 |



The stunning new Mehendi collection by Nomi Fabrics incorporates a lush woven pattern into a Moroccan feel in a range of Middle Eastern colours. These high performance fabrics, intended for outdoor and indoor use, will enhance your space with the combination of wonderful textures and classic colour combinations.


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Company C, the award winning New Hampshire based design and manufacturing company, launches its Summer 2016 collection. Continuing to build their signature rug and pillow collections in a wide variety of styling and material options, they have continued to expand their textile categories with new bedding, draperies and furnishing fabrics.

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The new wildlife inspired wallpapers by Texturae are inspired by tropical memories, exotic animals and multicolour flowers. Flora and Fauna meet in simple, striking graphic designs that lend a fantastical and whimsical style to your interiors, perfect for feature walls and artistic installations.

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Drawing inspiration for their latest range of pearlized leather, Whistler Leather has named the Collection Kuri Bay after the world’s largest pearl producing area. Softly glowing and shimmering, with a warm tactile handle, this leather speaks of luxury and elegant living. Launching alongside a collection of fun and classic prints, this is yet another beautiful and timeless range from Whistler Leather. T: +44 (0) 207 352 4186

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Zinc Textile has launched their first ever range of outdoor fabrics, all embodying the chic style and quirky undertones that this iconic brand are renowned for. The Plage Outdoors collection features textural woven patterns in white, linen and marine blue shades specifically designed for outdoor use with mould, UV and stain resistant finishes.



The new Larsen 2016 Collection is inspired by Africa, and in particular the painted mural motifs on the mud houses of Tiébélé. As an ode to the geometric pictoral art of the women of the area, these natural fabrics are underscored by structured graphic motifs allowing modernity and exquisiteness merge into a visual and aesthetic balance. A stunning and simple take on beautiful linear patterns and bold colours.



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Colefax and Fowler present two rich new design stories this year, CASIMIR and LORETO. The first is a beguiling blend of evocative prints and embroideries, and the second is a sequence of sumptuous Italianate designs. Both collections are resplendent with beauty and the romantic eloquence of European influences, conveying dynamic moods and characterful organic designs. T: +44 (0) 207 244 7427 |



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Moore & Giles, leading designer and developer of luxury natural leathers, will introduce their new line of organically tanned leather, Olive Green. These leathers are an innovative addition to Moore & Giles’ already extensive portfolio. The first article in the organically tanned collection will be Eden, offering rich uniform colour and a soft, luxurious hand with a surface which showcases a supple, drapey texture and a sophisticated matte finish. T: +44 (0) 207 351 5893 |

WACKY WALLPAPER Wallpaper designs that will paste a smile on your face RIGHT: ‘Bibliotheque’ wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils has been used to striking effect in the corridor of this London house. Pasted on both the walls and the door to create a ‘secret room’ feeling beyond, this colourful wallpaper with its trompe l’oeil bookshelf theme creates the idea of a cosy reading nook in a small area. Photograph - Christopher Simon Sykes BOTTOM RIGHT: This grand entrance hall is wallpapered in a large, bold floral design which is striking when applied to every wall. A large carved stone fireplace in white dominates the back room, whilst grand gold mirrors and burgundy accessories add warmth and luxury to the space. Photograph - Simon Upton BELOW: When papering a small space, such as this compact bedroom, it is effective to use an oversized design. This moon with zodiac references covers an entire wall and continues onto the ceiling to blur the edges of where the room ends. A delightfully fun way to play with perspectives.

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MAKING A HOME PERSONAL I like to collect and surround myself with objects that reflect my taste, my interests and life - they make me feel comfortable


eople who lack confidence in their own taste are often influenced far too much by show homes, interior magazines and hotels, which are designed to appeal to as many people as possible. They end up with homes which are soulless, bland and devoid of personal expression. I like to collect and surround myself with objects that reflect my taste, my interests and my life - things which describe who I am and where I have come from - whether they are good or bad, stylish or kitsch. They make me feel comfortable. So I try to do the same for my clients. I take them on a journey, stretch their imagination, expose them to new ideas and get them to think about what is possible in different ways. In turn, I want to learn from them and understand their experiences and what makes them tick. Then I can respond to their ideas and needs in a genuinely personal way.  I once knew a designer who allowed the client to bring nothing but his clothes to his new house and within a year he had moved, as it never felt like home. However beautiful a house may be, if a client does not enjoy living in it, then the design is a failure. I prefer to work very closely with clients and slowly build up a sense of what they like. Starting points can often be quite obscure. A project may evolve from a favourite piece of furniture or a painting, but it is the layout which is the most important decision. Understanding how the client lives and wants to use the house can lead to quite an unusual layout. We are currently designing an upside-down house - the top floor has the most magnificent views over the garden of a London square. It is the obvious place to live, so a lift is essential - and


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a big one, not a vertical coffin. The lift has been designed as a mini art gallery with precious and beautiful art and materials which benefit from being seen close up. The lift is also largely made of glass, so you are always aware of where you are in the building. I am working on another project where I have to adhere to the principles of Vastu - which is a bit like the Hindu equivalent of Feng Shui. Its rules throw up all sorts of challenges. For example, beds have to face north - even when there are wonderful southerly views. But fulfilling Vastu’s requirements also leads to unusual and imaginative solutions, making the end result feel all the more personal. One of the best ways to ensure a house feel like home is to take the client on a trip - Italian marble yards are usually a great success. It often works out that the marbles you had in mind are discounted when the client sees fossilised timber, beautiful onyx and a whole range of startling marbles in daring colours. But that is what it is all about and a hard day’s work is rewarded with a delicious plate of pasta and some good Chianti. Sometimes it is necessary to travel further afield - hunting for beautiful semi-precious stones in India for a unique master bathroom. The world is our market place so we like to show people a range of things which are new, exciting. I always enjoy taking clients to our favourite fabric houses - Rubelli, Pierre Frey and Alton Brooks, for example. We ask them to wander around and pick out any fabrics they like. It doesn’t take long for a colour scheme to emerge and, with a bit of skill, their choices can be turned into a coherent scheme quite easily. At the end of a project we often have a pair of slippers made in a client’s favourite fabric - just as a bit of fun.


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RENAISSANCE OF GLAMOUR Forget austerity measures, we want luxury David Wilder Head Designer of I&JL Brown T: +44 (0) 143 285 1991


here do we go from the furore that is the trend for mid-century style? I have been keeping a close eye on the direction of interior trends over the last few years. I continue to be a lover of the mid-century classics and I was therefore quite surprised when it was seen everywhere and became a trend. With hindsight, I soon realised that it was exactly what the interiors and design world needed; a good cleansing, a concrete trend to build upon, reinterpret and then move on from. The clean and often austere designs of the 1950’s onwards seemed to reflect the pared-back feeling of austerity that prevailed at the time. It also inspired many designers to think about functionality and the purity of design. As a result, the style has developed using new technologies that were not dreamt of in the 1950’s; exciting times to be in the design world indeed! Now we are adding a new element to this new scene – glamour. Twenty years ago, I moved to South America to create a retreat hotel in the countryside and here I found a new love to mix in with my mid-century pieces – the glamour of Art Deco. You can see influences of this elegant style popping up everywhere now. The message is ‘forget austerity measures, we want luxury, we want to feel good!’ I am of course referring to the materials and fabrics that are currently en vogue, including brass and chrome. Lighting has taken on a smart sleekness, like the beautiful designs that have taken influence from Aerin Lauder (who is one of my favourite designers). Occasional tables – think smart, think elegant with smooth metals and glass and throw in some mirror and marble. You get the idea. I have just enjoyed designing my first ‘brass-and-glass’ collection for I&JL Brown and Fauld Town & Country to launch at High Point this year and I could not have been happier, mixing the two styles together. Velvet is back – gorgeous and tactile. It was a staple of the Art Deco period and it looks great on the new contemporary designs of today; add some contrast piping to a great sofa design and it is elegance personified! Fit for Garbo and Coco Chanel. The other fabric to add to the mix is fine-textured linen; I think this material is great for drapes. Velvet and linen, sumptuous and crisp, luxury and simplicity, are perfect together. The other exciting element making a comeback is colour – thank goodness for colour. I always say to my clients ‘don’t be afraid to throw in a third or fourth colour.’ On a final note, there is a bird that epitomises all the elements and style that I have been twittering on about above; the glorious Peacock. Next time you are choosing a colour scheme, think of him and go wild.


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BETTER IN SMALL DOSES Your surroundings should be a reflection of your life and not your recent trip to Home Goods


nterior designers have a love/hate relationship with trends. We are children of the 70’s and 80’s respectively so this is probably why we tend to shy away from anything ‘trendy’- too many visual scars! Although it is interesting to see gold lame coming down the runways again, we don’t generally prescribe to the practice of following trends in the home. In fact as a rule, we try not to follow trends. Yes, we have loved seeing Mongolian lamb on every conceivable surface and yes, we’d be happy to lacquer your ceiling but, by and large, we see our job as your interior designers to steer you away from ideas that are too much a part of popular culture and more towards the timeless. That’s not to say that we object altogether. The biggest problem we see with trends is that they can be exhausting and expensive to follow. While trends in fashion change at least three times a year, in interior design, change comes about more slowly. It’s simple to change a tee shirt or a hem line; a sofa or cocktail table is more difficult. Unlike your daily wardrobe, for the most part, the home is not for public viewing - or commentary. While the home should reflect the homeowner and all of their interests, it does not necessarily have to reflect their public persona. One thing that’s great about trends is that a little goes a long way. If it’s something that is easily changeable we’re all for it. It’s important to remember that virtually everything we’ve seen in design was at one time considered trendy. Minimalism, Maximalism and everything in between has been considered the look of the moment. Egyptian Revival, Baroque, Rococo, Beaux Arts – all at one time were ‘nouveau’ both on your body and in your home. The trick to finding a way through the trends is to identify what works for you in your home and in your life. It’s easy to pick up a magazine and try to emulate the designs you see in print and in the editorial features. It’s another thing to live with the design that you actually love for what it represents to you as opposed to where it is currently featured. 88

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A particular trend that has real staying power is that more and more people want to be comfortable in every room of their homes. Disappearing are the days of the formal living room. Dining rooms have to be ready for both champagne and chocolate milk! The builders and architects we work with are creating totally open floorplans for more family and guest interaction. We think this is fantastic. To that end, when we are working with our clients and the time comes to accessorise the room and add artwork to the walls, we find that using family heirlooms, found objects and pieces that tell a story are more important than ever. If you’re going to live in every room in your house, your surroundings should be a reflection of your life and not your most recent trip to Home Goods! For reasons emotional or financial, almost everyone has to make one or more existing pieces work into a newly designed space. We generally welcome this challenge. A balance has to be struck between what works in the space and what makes you happy to be in it. One rule has always proved true for us in interior design: if you love it, it will work. In conversation it might make you sound nuts to describe a room with Chinoiserie fabric and mid-century furniture. In person it may just blow your mind. Good design does not have to make sense, it has to give you a feeling. Whether that feeling is being at home or simply being inspired, the evocation is the essence of a well done room. Like most things in life: good cheese, good wine, and sequins – trends are better in small doses. We applaud incorporating them into your home if you truly love the look. Just be sure it’s for your pleasure. That way, it will always be a sound investment. Some things never get old. Some things improve over time. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the feeling we get when we come to that place we call ‘home’. When you cross that threshold, it should be all about you. The clothes are tossed, the public persona put away and your home and all it evokes truly envelops you.





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nterior Designer, Erik Galiana, was tasked with the project of turning this classic New York Fifth Avenue two-bedroomed apartment into a modern and contemporary space. The family has homes in London, India and San Francisco, but were wanting a base in New York - where both their children are currently studying - to feel like home when they increasingly spent time in the city. The 1,276sqft apartment is built with classic New York pre-war architecture, and it was important to the clients to keep the aesthetic of the building whilst simultaneously modernising the interior in a sympathetic manner. Having previously worked with the couple on a previous home, Galiana had a firm

relationship built up and was able to utilise that to meet their exact design needs without compromising on a style that was befitting of the apartment. As well as incorporating a lot of furniture from their previous, new construction property, Galiana integrated lots of new pieces and accessories to give the apartment a fresh new feel and capitalise on the sleek look. A beautiful dark wood herringbone floor throughout this apartment gives a rich tone and the walls have been painted a variety of neutral tones to complement this and allow the artwork and furniture to stand out. The entrance hall displays opera posters in frames for a striking red accent on the walls, and a central circular hall table holds a vase of lillies for further colour.

OPPOSITE: The grand entrance hall to this pied Ă terre features a rich dark-wood floor, and neutral tones on the walls. An accent of red is added by the framing of Opera posters on the wall, and a door leads off to the equally elegant kitchen area. ABOVE: The dining room has a glass table and console table to keep the room light and airy and maximise the view of the wooden floor. Abstract art adds interest to the classically elegant half panelled walls.

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ABOVE: The monochrome living area features a gallery wall of black and white photographs of iconic stars displayed above the grey sofa and footstools. A large geometric print rug adds texture, and dark red cushions and throws add colour to the space. RIGHT: The elegantly simple master bedroom is dominated by a large bed with an oversized cream leather headboard. Texture is added by a large soft grey rug and a variety of throws and cushions. Â

The dining room benefits from white wood panelling on the bottom half of the walls, and a glass dining table (and accompanying chairs were designed by Thomas Faulkner) allows full view of the opulent floor below. Thin backed chairs and a console table complete the room, whilst a variety of abstract artworks adorn the walls giving a pop of colour. The living room is a mostly monochrome space with a large geometric print grey rug and grey sofas and footstools. A glass computer table to one side provides an area for working, and a splash of colour is added with dark red throws and cushions. The walls feature a collection of black and white images of famous American stars in keeping with the New York location. The master bedroom is dominated by a grand bed with an opulent padded cream leather headboard. Texture and interest is added with a collection of throws and soft cushions in a variety of styles, and a soft grey rug gives an additional warmth to the floor. Matching bedside tables with large cream lamps complete the elegant look and the New York views are evident from the window. The whole apartment is a triumph of understated sleekness and is elegant in its simplicity. It has a definite home from home feel for the clients when they are visiting the city and is finished to the immaculate high standard that Galiana is renowned for. 92

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SHELBA’S HIGH POINT HOT SPOTS Your guide to the furniture market Our US Advertising Manager, Shelba Cornelison, has been covering High Point Furniture Market - the largest trade show in the world - for probably more years than she would care to remember. She is recognised in the Furniture Industry’s Writer’s Hall of Fame for her ‘conspicuous excellence in reports and appraisals.’ So who better to guide you through the thousands of exhibitors who show in more than 180 buildings. Here she highlights her favourite showrooms so that you can enjoy the market as much as she does.

Visit the High Point Market website for more information | ADDED OOMPH! Added Oomph! opens the door to endless possibilities such as unusual European antiques, authentic English pub signs and a broad range of eclectic accents. Showroom: 500 N. Wrenn St.

AIDAN GRAY Designers enjoy the simple, creative and classic designs of Aidan Gray, especially its European inspired pieces, the foundation of the company. Showroom: 201 N. Main St.

ALINEA Elegant, sophisticated and chic with a touch of the unusual, Alinea delights with its designer upholstery. Showroom: H/W 200 N. Hamilton St., N. Court 101

AMBELLA HOME COLLECTION, INC. Founded by George Moussa, who takes extreme pride in customer satisfaction and a passion for his products, Ambella design withstand the test of time. Showroom: 310 N. Hamilton St., Hamilton Court, First Floor

AMBLER ART GROUP Known as W. King Ambler for 70 years, Ambler Art Group holds true to its root values with its precision picture line created for today’s trends. Showroom: Market Square SAMS G 2034


See Alden Parkes for Showroom Information One of the most automated leather furniture manufacturers in the United States if not the world, American Leather has grown to a thriving leader in the leather furniture industry. Showroom: Showplace 500

ARTMAX The company’s exclusive team of designers led by Richard Chan has incorporated a vast perception of design themes from traditional, transitional and contemporary categories. Showroom: IHFC, Design Center D420, Floor 4

AVE HOME A specialty furniture company, Ave Home revives classic design by creating historical reproductions taken from a number of design periods. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

BAKER Whether it’s the elite Baker designs or the distinctive Milling Road collection, designers love the choice of the ultra sophisticated or the redefined casual looks always available in this showroom. Showroom: H/W 319 N. Hamilton St.

ALDEN PARKES Taking inspiration from furniture classics, Alden Parkes designers incorporate fresh flourishes with meticulous attention to detail giving new life to great moments in the art of furniture design. Showroom: H/W 200 N. Hamilton St., Suite 110 94

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ARTERIORS Arteriors offers diverse European-inspired antiques as well as mid-century modern classics plus many designer lines by known designers. Showroom: IHFC, Hamilton Wing H320, Floor 3

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High Point preview BERNHARDT FURNITURE COMPANY Unique by today’s standards, Bernhardt remains a family-owned business. Foremost among its values: creating quality furniture and a deep commitment to its people and customers. Showroom: IHFC Design Center D601, Floor 6

CHRISTOPHER GUY Born in Britain, raised in France and Spain and now residing between Europe, Singapore and Los Angeles, Christopher’s international background gives him a singular vision and uncompromising sense of style. Showroom: 448 S. Wrenn St.

CIRCA LIGHTING/VISUAL COMFORT & CO Circa features names like Aerin, Alexa Hampton, Ralph Lauren Home, E.F. Chapman, Suzanne Kasler and Thomas O’Brien. Showroom: C&D Building, Floor 2


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BERNICE BIENENSTOCK FURNITURE LIBRARY The largest furniture specialty library in the world and a rare book collection containing the original works of 18th century masters Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite, it is a treasure trove for anyone interested in furniture design. Showroom: 1009 N. Main St.

BRAXTON CULLER This family-owned company offers an extensive line for the entire home, patio and outdoors. Its wide choice of fabrics and select wood finishes allows designers to create many looks. Showroom: 310 S. Elm St.

CARACOLE Caracole creates individual pieces, inspired and sophisticated and many times multi-functional. Its edited portfolio ranges from classic to modern. Showroom: IHFC Commerce Wing C500, Floor 5

CENTURY FURNITURE One of the world’s largest privately-owned manufacturers of upper-end furniture, Century is recognised in the industry as a design leader. Showroom: Market Square, Floor 5

CHADDOCK A culture of creativity with its team of designers, engineers and artisans, Chaddock partners with such influential names in the design world as Larry Laslo, Mary MacDonald and David Eastman. Showroom: 300 E. Green Dr. Classic Leather is the oldest manufacturer of leather-upholstered furniture in the United States, using time-honoured techniques coupled with the latest technology, each piece is built by hand to specifications. Showroom: 106 W. Dr. ML King Jr Dr.


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E. LAWRENCE, LTD. E. Lawrence is the largest importer-supplier of decorative leather-bound books in the US. Its mission is to create a high quality, design-driven product including the popular parchment bound designs. Showroom: Market Square SAMS Ground Floor 1010

E. J. VICTOR E. J.Victor maintains an unwavering commitment The continued evolution of Copeland designs has to create furniture excellence. Named for its coincided with a resurgence of appreciation from founders John Jokinen, Ed Phifer and Joe Manderson, Arts and Crafts, Mission, Shaker and Scandinavian the company is home to many highly movements. Its great contemporary designs continue recognised collections. to be influenced by these creative movements. Showroom: 116 S. Lindsay St. Showroom: Showplace, Fifth Floor


E. M. SOBERON Edwardo Martinez Soberon designs and manufactures C.R. Laine is a favourite of market-goers with its inspiring hand-crafted furniture for some of the world’s and stylish upholstered furniture. Colour is at the top designers, each piece individually created using top of the list when designers seek the unusual. exotic and sustainable woods and other materials Showroom: H/W 310 N. Hamilton, Floor 2 achieving museum quality furnishings. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

DAVID MICHAEL INC David Michael Furniture offers over 3,500 items including exclusive and custom furnishings built to designer’s needs. Showroom: H/W 521 N. Hamilton St.


EMERSON BENTLEY Emerson Bentley’s mission is to bring fine quality furniture to the marketplace and to always encourage extensive custom orders. Showroom: H/W 310 N. Hamilton St., Hamilton Ct., Floor 3 Dorya remains true to its company core of manufacturing a superlative line of contemporary furniture. Distributed around the world, this line includes commission pieces for presidential buildings, Embassy and Consulates as well as Royal Palaces. Showroom: 200 Steele Building, Floor 1

DURALEE One of the most exciting fabric brands, Duralee caters to the nuances essential to interior designers with its furniture and fabric lines. Showroom: IHFC Interhall Commerce Wing Floor 1

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HANCOCK & MOORE Fine Art Lamps has a global market and universal design appeal. From its Florida facilities, lighting travels to every corner of the world. Its hand-blown glass facilities is renowned. Its foreign lighting requirements cover every continent. Showroom: IHFC Commerce Wing, Floor 2 Hancock & Moore has been making masterpieces since 1981 when master craftsman, Jimmy Moore, turned his lifetime passion for making furniture into a legacy. Showroom: 200 Steele Building, Floor 3

FINE FURNITURE DESIGN HC 28 prides itself as one of the pioneering high-end modern furniture brands. Showroom: EJVictor Showroom, 116 S. Lindsay St. Whether its the highly recognised and respected designs from its Biltmore Collection or the popular Humphrey Bogart pieces, FFD pays particular attention to designer needs - be it refined, yet casual classic or contemporary. Showroom: 305 S. Hamilton St.

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HENKEL HARRIS The Henkel Harris legacy started from humble beginnings and is still today a time-honoured name in the industry. Many of these designs came from extensive European travels. Showroom: IHFC Design Wing D1107, Floor 11

JONATHAN CHARLES Founder, Jonathan Souter, takes great pride in bringing to the marketplace the highest quality European antique replicas as well as the much desired traditional designs so well known throughout the world. Showroom: H/W 200 N. Hamilton St., N. Ct. 125, Floor 1

JULIAN CHICHESTER Julian Chichester has established the enviable reputation for classically-inspired, quality English furniture. Combining good style with unusual contemporary accents, Julian’s design offer the very essence of English eclectic elegance. Showroom: 118 Dr. M. L. King Jr Dr.


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FLAMBEAU LIGHTING Designer lighting New Orleans style with sophisticated silhouettes and personalised distressed finishes, Flambeau adds intrigue to any setting. Showroom: H/W 200 N. Hamilton St., N. Ct., Floor 2

FRENCH MARKET COLLECTION From the combining forces of two great companies - Hickory Manufacturing and White of Mebane - Hickory White brings designers 110 years of innovation and inspiration. The company’s desire has never been stronger to create the most sought after furnishings. Showroom: H/W 309 N. Hamilton St.

HURTADO Hurtado combines 75 years of tradition with constant innovation to bring exquisite designs in classic and contemporary furniture to designers around the globe. Showroom: 208 English Rd., Hurtado Building

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KANNOA Kannoa offers completely unconventional collections of outdoor furniture which easily create an ambiance not defined by walls but as an extension of the interior environment. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

KLAUSSNER OUTDOOR French Market Collection offers a range of products inspired by antiques found throughout Europe with today’s customers in mind. In keeping with authenticity and quality, pieces from this collection may well become the antiques of tomorrow. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1 Klaussner Outdoor offers all-weather wicker and aluminium for outdoor living that is stylish, comfortable and durable. Its customisation with beautiful outdoor fabrics is simple and effortless. Showroom: H/W 101 N. Hamilton St.

GILDED HOME BY JOHN MCCLAIN From its expertise in upholstery manufacturing to its more recent redefine for outdoor living, Lee Industries strives for what it considers to be its hallmark of success: outstanding production, superb customer service and cutting edge technology. Showroom: 100 S. Lindsay St. Interior designer, John McClain, has personally designed each item in the Gilded Home collection He marries the luxe sophistication of Hollywood Regency with the simplicity of mid-century modern for a classic blend of extraordinarily made home goods. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

GLOBAL VIEWS With many different types of personalities, trends and styles, Global Views gives designers something special for every client. Showroom: IHFC Design Wing D220, Floor 2 96

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JOHN RICHARD John-Richard designs are influenced by the world’s most exotic cities, unusual architectural finds, boundless inspirations, its furniture and accessories widely known by designers everywhere as a tasteful and classic resource. Showroom: 200 Steele Building, Floor 2

LILLIAN AUGUST FOR HICKORY WHITE Lillian’s mission is always tempered to the creation of compelling and livable rooms for today’s fashion and lifestyle demands. Her trade-mark looks blend periods and styles to reflect her signature point of view, from pure glamour to clean edited forms. Showroom: H/W 309 N. Hamilton St., Floor 3



High Point preview LOW COUNTRY ORIGINALS Handcrafted light fixtures, furniture and accessories by extraordinary Low Country artists, each piece is easily customised. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

MARGE CARSON Marge Carson has never wavered from its commitment to delighting its customers, deliberately crafting for the discerning consumer. Its elegant, yet casual look, often generously proportionised silhouettes, is an undisputed preference with designers worldwide. Showroom: H/W 121 N. Hamilton St.

NDI - NATURAL DECORATIONS INC These permanent botanicals have been a favourite for over 50 years. Custom made to order at the NDI workshops in Alabama, these award winning flowers, plants and greenery create a beautiful organic look in any space. Showroom: 200 Steele Building, Floor 1

THE NATURAL LIGHT From over 500 lighting designs from its own dedicated plant in the USA, The Natural Light designs speak with clarity through silhouettes and materials and is always fashion-conscious. Showroom: 200 Steele Building, Floor 2

NEW GROWTH DESIGNS Ed Glenn’s renowned ability in floral creation has taken him from small exquisite dinner parties to large and impressive events at the State Department and White House. His botanicals are in demand both domestically and internationally. Showroom: H/W 200 N. Hamilton St., N. Ct., Floor 3 & Market Square SAMS G-4013


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MOTTAHEDEH & CO INC. Mottahedeh is the recognised leader in luxury ceramic reproductions and fine dinnerware. Patterns like Tobacco Leaf and blue Canton focuses on Mottahedeh’s complex and beautiful colours. Showroom: H/W 200 N. Hamilton St., N. Ct. 131, Floor 1

MR. BROWN/LONDON Mr. Brown/London offers a wide array of home furnishings from very contemporary to great transitional pieces. Its jovially named ‘Weather/Or Not’ collection works well inside or outdoors. Showroom: 114-116 Dr M.L. King Jr Dr.

MR. AND MRS. HOWARD FOR SHERRILL Whether wholly original or classically inspired, every Noir product is meticulously designed to scale by Georg Boehler who, with Stephanie Lu, formed Noir Trading with a passion to create furniture with old-fashion ideals and inspired designs. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

NORWALK FURNITURE This century-old company is well known for its good design and ability to customise. Showroom: IHFC Main Wing, Floor 1

OOMPH Classic, yet modern, Oomph designs are sophisticated and a colourful addition to any setting. Showroom: Market Square, Floor 2 From designers Jim and Phoebe Howard, the Mr. and Mrs. Howard line combines a blend of current, yet timeless designs. Showroom: H/W 315 Fred Alexander PI., Suite 200


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PARKER SOUTHERN INC Parker Southern is part of a third generation upholstery family that state its name and reputation on each design that comes out of its factory. Showroom: H/W 310 N. Hamilton St., Floor 3

PAUL ROBERT INC The early vision of Paul Robert Dickinson remains today: to manufacture furniture with exceptional styling and craftsmanship at affordable pricing. 401 W. English Rd.

PHILLIPS COLLECTION For over 30 years, the remarkable design-winning team of Phillips Collection has displayed a striking skill for discovery, from one-of-a-kind treasures to new trends. Showroom: Market Square, Floor 1

PRIDE FAMILY BRANDS, INC. Whether it’s from the company’s popular designer line, Castelle, or other of its award-winning outdoor furniture designs, customers expect good design and comfort in these collections. Showroom: IHFC Main Wing, Floor 1

RANDALL TYSINGER ANTIQUES Randall Tysinger has been a direct importer of fine quality European antiques for over 30 years. Travelling through Europe - many times with special customers in mind - Randall hand picks only the finest antiques. Showroom: 208 N. Elm St.

NATHAN ANTHONY FURNITURE With its international award-winning designs, Nathan Anthony’s customisable upholstered pieces are a favourite with designers. The state of the art contemporary and transitional pieces influenced by the travels of co-owners, Tina Nicole and Khai Mai, provide edgy designs and extraordinary textiles in large and small items. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

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See Nathan Anthony for Showroom Information Inspired by past generations, Reual James offers classic design and pleasing aesthetics, evoking memories and possessions that remind us of special times. Showroom: 200 Steele Building, Floor 1



High Point preview SELVA Beautifully Italian since 1968, Selva’s incredible designs bring classic elegance with a very personalised mixture of styles. Showroom: 200 Steele Buildling, Floor 1 See Norwalk Furniture for Showroom Information

ROBERTA SCHILLING A native of Brazil, born into a family of designers, Roberta Schilling saw an opportunity to bring high-end, hand-painted Brazilian furniture to designers, later adding a line of contemporary furniture to her impressive mix. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1& IHFC Hamilton Wing, Floor 2

RUG MARKET OF AMERICA The Rug Market of America is a stylish and innovative company whose success has been to present designers with fashion forward looks within a medium price range. Showroom: Market Square, SAMS M-1000A

SAFAVIEH Creating haute-inspired designs from known artists, Safavieh is an industry leader of exquisite rugs and home furnishings for indoor rooms and outdoor spaces. Showroom: Market Square, Floor 1

SARREID LTD. Serving the design trade since 1967, Sarried offers an extensive product line, distinctive for its unusual blend of old world tradition and excellence in design. Showroom: C&D Building, Floor 3

SCARBOROUGH HOUSE Founded in 1996 by Jonathan Baxton, an English furniture designer, the company later became known as Scarborough House. Jonathan travels worldwide to personally hand-select the finest veneers which, with the combination of age-old techniques and current technology, provide great hand made and timeless designs. Showroom: 200 Steele Building, Floor 2

SERGE DE TROYER One of the finest and most personalised luxury furniture and accessories lines, each piece is designed by Serge himself. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

SHAHROOZ Shahrooz elevates acrylic furniture and sculpture to a whole new level. His signature design, known as ‘Legend Swan tables,’ and the ‘Fantasia collection,’ is legendary. Showroom: IHFC Design Wing, D 715, Floor 7

SHERRILL Sherrill and its companies are dedicated to maintaining highest-quality standards and to remain a leader in premium home furnishings. This family-owned company prides itself on quality, fashion, innovation and service. Showroom: H/W 315 Fred Alexander PI., Floor 1

SHINE BY S.H.O. With a global eclectic sense of design mixed with an artistic background, Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz creates one of the most fashion-foward lifestyle lines in the interior design industry. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

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SKYLINE DESIGN Luxury outdoor furniture with innovative design, lasting quality and good customer service is the cornerstone of this international brand. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

SOLARIA LIGHTING Illumination at its best, Solaria offers an exquisite and diverse line of specialty lighting products, beautifully crafted in a distinctive, weathered European style. Showroom: C&D Buildling, Floor 1

SOMERSET BAY With an extraordinary collection of timeless soft finishes, the Somerset Bay collection was inspired by some of the most impressive locales such as Nantucket, Newport, Carmel and Bar Barbor. Each piece is handcrafted from the finest plantation-grown mahogany and premium veneers. Showroom: H/W 430 N. Wrenn St.

SKLO Sklo is dedicated to its craft: the importance of the handmade object, good materials and workmanship of the highest quality. Its Czech glass-blowing, second to none, allows the company to produce one-of-a-kind pieces which are legendary. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

SEASONAL LIVING Innovative and award-wining furniture - indoor and out. Seasonal Living creates cutting edge contemporary collections. Building long-term relationships with designers and suppliers world wide, its passion is to be a unique source for fresh, bold, nature-inspired designs. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

SIMPLY AMISH BY KAUFFMAN BRANDS At Simply Amish, the term ‘Amish’ isn’t a style, it’s the standard of excellence and hallmark used in all of its designs. Built to last from slow growth and responsibly-harvested hardwoods, these pieces, made in the heartland of America, can be passed down from generation to generation. Showroom: IHFC Design Wing D 1102, Floor 11

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See Pride Family Brands for Showroom Information Local hand craftsmanship and luxurious comfort is at the centre of every Stanford Furniture upholstered design. Its commitment to customer service is legendary. Showroom: H/W 333 N. Hamilton St.

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High Point preview TAYLOR KING FURNITURE Since its inception, more than 40 years ago, Taylor King has maintained its passion for hand-crafting custom upholstered furniture with finesse and tailored precision. Showroom: 200 Steele Buildling, Floor 3

TEMPAPER Tempaper has revolutionised the wall decor industry, making self-adhesive, re-positionable and easily removable wallpapers.Temporary or permanent, decorating projects can utilise this wallpaper, knowing it is environmentally safe and friendly. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

TROWBRIDGE GALLERY With its expert team of art consultants with years of expertise, Trowbridge Gallery takes pride in its phenomenal range of contemporary art including fine art prints, antique prints, black and white photography, textiles and original works of art - all in exquisite handmade frames. Showroom: C&D Building, Floor 2

UNIVERSAL TO THE TRADE Universal to the Trade is a specialised line of designs offering a distinctive collection carefully selected for the interior design community. These designs are high style and affordable. Showroom: 101 S. Hamilton St.


UTTERMOST With over 14,000 rugs from Pakistan, India, Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan, Zaki brings time-honoured craftsmanship and tradition from around the world into the homes of modern living. Showroom: 600 S. Main St. Furniture and accents that define smart and stylish is the family tradition at Uttermost. Led by Mac Cooper and a talented team, Uttermost is well known and respected for its fine designs. Showroom: IHFC Commerce Wing, C448, Floor 4


THIBAUT FINE FURNITURE Makers of luxury beds from London since 1901, Vispring epitomises the uniquely British brand of distinction. Vispring uses only the finest natural fibres for the ultimate comfort and support. Showroom: Market Square 272, Floor 2

TOMLINSON/ERWIN-LAMBETH For a quarter of a century, Wesley Hall has been a driving force in the domestic luxury upholstery market. Showroom: H/W 310 N. Hamilton St., Floor 1 Thibaut has become synonymous with beautiful traditional and transitional designs in signature colour palettes. A highly desirable resource for designers. Showroom: Market Square, Floor 2 Tomlinson, one of the jewels in the home furnishings industry, quietly crafting furniture for over a century, is always sophisticated and inspiring. Erwin-Lambeth, with its own well known history, serves as the custom arm of Tomlinson, with its always unique vision for designers. Showroom: H/W 525 N. Wrenn St.

TREASURE GARDEN Since 1984, Treasure Garden has become known worldwide for its impressive selection of shade products, offering an extensive choice of shade umbrellas and accessories including its premiere Cantilever designs. Showroom: Showplace, Floor 2 102 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

WORLDS AWAY Distinctive and fashionable, these decorative designs range from Art Deco to mid-century modern to Hollywood Regency. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1 With emphasis on the unique and unexpected, including re-purposed barn woods, European leathers and even high gloss lacquer designs, Urbia promises to inspire and delight. Showroom: C&D Building, Floor 5

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ZENTIQUE Timeless home furnishings of all kinds, the Zentique team is always looking out for new and different items to bring to the design trade. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

ZUO Designs with an unusual flair, Zuo has stunning lifestyle creations for indoor or outdoor living. Showroom: IHFC Design Wing, D502, Floor 5


WILDWOOD LAMPS & ACCENTS Wildwood, a destination for the discriminating, prides itself on good design, quality and availability. Its designers travel the world, sometimes finding, always creating, unusual lamps and accessories. Showroom: H/W 200 N. Hamilton St., N. Ct., Floor 1

WOODLAND FURNITURE Known for uncompromising quality in furniture and cabinetry, Woodland Furniture has branched out into custom rugs and lighting. Showroom: IHFC Interhall, Commerce Wing, Floor 1

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The Greenwood collection of wallpapers and prints by Thibaut features embroidered fabrics and a fresh take on tradition. Patterns include Daintree named after the tropical rainforest on the coast of Australia. These beautifully curated palettes range from deep blues and greens, moody plums and fuschia, to light grey, aqua and classic black and neutrals. UK T: +44 (0) 207 737 6555 | US T: 001 800 223 0704 | | | Market Square 254, 260





From the wide selection of furniture and accessories by World’s Away, this stylish Bailey console is shown in cerused oak with brass cone-shaped hardware, promising to be the highlight of any setting. Also shown are the Colby table lamp in brass with white linen shade, a stylish antelope sculpture with hand-applied gold leaf, and a charming Benson chandelier. T: 001 901 529 0844 | IHFC Interhall Commerce Wing, First Floor


The Emma sofa, shown here, designed by the renowned French designer, Francois Champsaur, features rounded wooden panels and fully cushioned and upholstered interior. The aesthetic of this line might be described as ‘East meets West,’ a comprehensive combination of looks using choice materials such as lacquer, metal, leather and fabric with an emphasis on oak and walnut. 116 S. Lindsay St., (in E J Victor)

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The Amelie sofa by Norwalk brings plenty of elegance with its swept back arms and gently arched, tufted back. Perfect for floating in a room, Amelie gives a nod to traditional while blending nicely with other more transitional pieces. This sofa definitely makes a statement for Norwalk, known for its many custom capabilities. T: 001 419 744 3285 | | IHFC Main Wing, M-108, Floor 1

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The Dali chair, designed by Tina Nicole, features an innovative reverse-tufting technique which allows contrasting colours to be sewn in across the chair’s back and side panels creating a three dimensional effect. Gilded modern brass legs add an extra dash of sophistication to this contemporary design, paying homage to the Art Deco and mid-century design periods.

T: 001 323 584 1315 | www.nathananthonyfurniture. com IHFC Interhall - Commerce Wing First Floor



The new Taylor Made beds from Taylor King allow the user to customise their own dream bed. Shown here is a velvet upholstered king bed with square cut corners and a stylish double border of nail head trim. The Brunswick king bench is the perfect complement for this fashionable bed design. T: 001 828 632 7731 | 200 Steele Buildling, Floor 3






A rustic nailhead trim and sturdy contemporary frame belie the rich comfort of the Dwelling chair by Stanford Furniture. The soft, supple upholstery and solid western sensibility come together in this delightful design which looks great used in pairs or even pulled up to a granite-topped cocktail table for an intimate conversation spot. T: 001 828 459 1992 | | H/W 333 N. Hamilton St.

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Fashionable and functional, the single arm library light by Circa Lighting is an E.F.Chapman design for the extensive Visual Comfort line, offering exclusive lighting from some of the most influential talent in interior design, from reinterpreted traditional to casual luxury, these designers are true lighting icons.

T: 001 877 762 2323 |

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DESIGNED TO BE BOTH MODERN IN SPIRIT AND ROOTED IN TRADITION, the Brentwood Collection exemplifies livable elegance. Creative and layered, it is an artful mix of styles, textures, materials and details. Contact your representative for more information or call 336 883-9918 |

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The modern, minimalist design of the Bruton entertainment console balances the warmth and character of hand carved details with a soft, brushed finish. This console is one of several new pieces from the new Campton Grove collection by Fine Furniture Design. T: 001 336 883 9918 | | 305 S. Hamilton St.




A simple and grand way to add tradition and charm to any setting, these decorative leather-bound books are the ideal accent. From E. Lawrence, Ltd, designers can choose from hundreds of leather or parchment bound books; or choose special book bindings which easily transform ordinary books into classic works of art.

T: 001 404 355 9226 | Market Square - Suites G1010

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The delightful 4-candle Jules chandelier by Solaria Lighting is shown in beguiling driftwood evoking images of wind, sun and sand. Its subtle colouration and twisted shapes enliven a diverse range of interiors. This statement piece is an eye catching 28� in diameter, one of many specialty designs with Solaria’s distinctive style.

T: 001 404 508 1989 | C&D Building, 1G

This room is an exciting blend of understated elegance and shows how Arteriors products can work well together to create a fully designed room. Gold and white, a favourite colour theme of Arteriors, is captured in several of their designs. T: 001 800 338 2150 | | IHFC, Hamilton Wing H-320, Floor 3



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From the elegant 2017 Solaris collection by Castelle, this lounge chair and ottoman are shown in the new Sun Gold finish. This delightful new modern introduction incorporates linear elements and engineered curves offering a great new look as well as flexibility and seating comfort.

T: 001 855 612 9800 | IHFC Main Wing M105



Inspired by the legendary literary and talent agent Swifty Lazar and the gold age of Hollywood, the Swifty chair and ottoman by Ambella Home promises to delight in any setting. Shown here with the Sol multi-use cabinet and French Key table - each piece in the extensive Ambella line is uniquely designed to ensure it will withstand the test of time. T: 001 214 631 8901 | | H/W 310 N. Hamilton St,Across from Sherrill, Floor 1






Each piece of Hickory White is created with the goal of empowering creative spirit through customisation. The Odyssey is no exception. Its transitional styling combines organic modern materials with warm, tactile traditional elements, giving a clean, inviting look for today’s sophisticated, casual lifestyle. T: 001 828 322 8624| H/W 309 N. Hamilton St.

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The edgy design of the Starfall table lamp and the companion floor lamp is crafted from steel and formed into a triangular, gracefully tapered sculpture. This sleek five-pronged design gathers in the high center where the wiring tube rises to hold the fabric lamp shade. A gilded iron finish is applied by hand, providing a soft, lustrous glow. | 200 Steele Building, 2nd Floor, Suite 3

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This colourful setting by Worlds Away features the Cordelia writing desk in orange high gloss lacquer with hand applied gold leaf lattice base and the popular Lydia lamp crafted in ceramic with lucite base and white linen shade. Shown in the background is the Tortuga stand with its hand-applied and hammered gold leaf tortoise shell which is available in three sizes.



First developed in collaboration with the United States State Department for use in the White House and Embassies globally, this patriotic votive by Mottahedeh is made from high fired porcelain with 22k gold star finial. The scene was crafted in Europe and is a wonderful combination of amber, musk and jasmine.

T: 001 800 242 3050 | N Ct 131 - 200 N. Hamilton St., Floor 1



This pretty and whimsical 10-foot lotus tilt umbrella by Treasure Garden is quite unusual in that when it is closed it retracts upward like a lotus flower. When opened, the canopy design shows an eye-catching design with lots of detail. This exclusive and stylish umbrella is one of many choices from the company’s wide range of items for outdoor living.

T: 001 626 814 0168 |

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The contemporary Zane chair by Hancock & Moore packs a colourful punch with its zesty orange leather upholstery that contrasts nicely against the sleek exposed dark wood frame. Shown here with a dark background with complementary blue accents, this chair makes a dramatic statement. T: 001 828 495 8235 200 Steele Building, Floor 3

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Visit our showroom to discover the best of High Point. 200 North Hamilton Street, Suite 110 Ground Level, South Court, High Point, NC 2726

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Truly a work of art, the Barcelona credenza by Bernhardt is hand carved in reclaimed teak, then hand-clad in minute relief using a special German silver, a silverwhite alloy of nickel, copper and zinc. It has been used in architecture and decorative design elements for thousands of years. Elka chairs are also by Bernhardt. IHFC Design Wing D601





Another great Lily Buds design by Fine Art Lamps, these graceful bouquets of crystal lily buds provide a natural and elegant way to brighten a space. Available in chandeliers, pendants and sconces. Each design is handcrafted from its Florida facilities where over 700 skilled designers, artists and craftspeople create unique works of art.

T: 001 305 821 3850 | IHFC Commerce Wing - C229


Inspired by the Swedish Gustavian period, the Aria desk by Ave Home features a beautifully hand painted finish of an ethereal blue and antique white. With hand carved details on all sides, fluted legs and five drawers, it is an elegant yet functional desk perfect for any library or home office.

T: 001 504 459 4909 |

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The Sullivan design is a silk tufted rug from The Rug Market, America. It glistens with greys and purples and brings a regal appeal wherever it is used. The Rug Market America offers a wide selection of rugs from contemporary to traditional, bringing innovation, versatility and unexpected fabrics stylish area rugs. T: 001 310 841 0111 | | Market Square, M-1000 A

Fill a home with things YOU LOVE.

There is never a minimum order requirement with Universal To The Trade. So go ahead, fall in love with one or more of our unique pieces. Email, call The Design Line™ at 877-804-5535 or visit us online to activate your account.

High Point Showroom: 101 South Hamilton |

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The delightfully scaled Naples end table by Alden Parkes combines the best in tradition with today’s more sophisticated lifestyle. Suitable for many uses, this design features an elegant solid brass frame, quarter cut walnut veneers and gracefully tapered legs. Finished in a rich medium walnut, this stylish table is certain to add its special flair to any setting.

T: 001 904 279 1617 | H/W 200 N. Hamilton St., Suite 110





Soho, the latest introduction to Hurtado’s Evolution line, highlights the classic and chic appeal of contemporary. The subtle interplay of geometric architectural form accentuates the ambience of this luxury line. Soho maintains true to the style and quality of Hurtado. US T: 001 336 885 6660 | Spain T: +34 960 110 000 | | 208 English Road.


This elegant living room by Dorya combines some of the designs from the popular Contemporary Collection. The Carlo sofa, with its exquisite tailoring and superb comfort, is shown in Titanium finish, stainless steel nail trim and fabrics exclusive to Dorya. The Rome square leather ottoman and movable Perry table offer additional versatility for entertaining. US T: 001 305 373 4446 | UK T: +44 (0) 120 271 7017 | | 200 Steele Building, Floor 1

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Crafted in American black walnut and finished in Windsor black with a gold interior, the Anzu cabinet by John Richard epitomises the beautiful artistry of this design with its eye-catching Aztec gold accents and geode handles finished in gold leaf.

US T: 001 662 453 5809 | UK T: +44 (0) 120 271 7017 | H/W 200 Steele Building, Suite 1

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Starfall: A work of art in lighting

Gilded Iron Finishing on Hand-Crafted Steel

69” tall

Trade Showroom: 200 Steele Building • 2 nd Floor Atrium, Suite 3 • High Point, North Carolina • • tel +1.850.265.0800

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Inspired by the banks of the Siene, the Hudson bed by Universal to the Trade is one of several masterful designs which incorporates the Parisian promenade influence including the impressive colours that are true to the region. Universal is well known for bringing worldwide-inspired designs for comfortable living. T: 001 877 804 5535 | | 101 S. Hamilton St.




This stylish clean-line table lamp by Artmax is appropriately named Half Moon. One of several new contemporary tabletop and lighting designs, the artful mix of textures, materials and fine detailing makes this piece an outstanding and adaptable addition to any setting.

T: 001 773 376 6266 | IHFC Design Center D420

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A favourite choice for upscale designers around the world, NDI adds this new Ash Branch Winter garden to its many floral and greenery creations. It is easy to transform a room with these extraordinary lifelike reproductions, all made to order at the company’s workshops in the USA.

T: 001 800 522 2624 |

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This charming setting from Braxton Culler’s Woodbury upholstered collection is available with or without slipcovers for extra design flexibility. The vintage look of this collection combines cottage and casual for a warm, cosy feel and comes with a wide choice of fabrics and finishes. The company offers an extensive line for the entire home including patio and outdoors. T: 001 336 861 5800 | | 310 S. Elm St.

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Charles Sutton, Sutton House President, available October 1 Photograph: A display of chairs shown in the Chair Library photographed by Alderman Company

THE LIBRARY OF CHAIRS The chair is a perfect DNA marker for the ever-changing evolution of furniture design


he chair has captivated designers, architects and consumers more than any other genre of the decorative arts. Chairs resemble the human body, an anthropomorphic form possessing backs, legs, arms and seats, bestowing a natural familiarity which helps explain their universal appeal. As educators and historians, we use chairs to teach and train students because they symbolise the life and time of the designer, maker, and user. As with any work of art, we can learn about the culture of each chair by looking at how it was made, who made it, when and where it was made and why it was created. We can look to the social, political, religious, and economic factors that influenced the chair’s origin. Thus the chair is a perfect DNA marker for the ever-changing evolution of furniture design. George Nelson was the Director of Design for the Herman Miller furniture company and designed much of the 20th century’s most iconic modernist furniture. Mr. Nelson wrote, “every truly original idea, every innovation in design, every new application of materials, every technical invention for furniture-seems to find its most important expression in a chair.” Another great designer of the 20th century, Mies van der Rohe, wrote, “the chair is a very difficult object. Everyone who has tried to make one knows that. There are endless possibilities and many problems. The chair has to be light, it has to be strong, it has to be comfortable. It is almost easier to build a skyscraper than a chair. That is why Chippendale is famous.”

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In 2011, my wife, Martha, and I established SIDE (Sutton Initiative for Design Education) at Salem College. You may recall the article in the Spring issue of BRIDGE by Dr. Rosa Otero about the 240 year old women’s educational institution in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A major component of SIDE was the establishing of a “teaching” chair library. This resource is unique in that no other college or university in the country has assembled a comparable collection of chairs that students, scholars, design professionals and manufacturers can study and use as a source of inspiration. Containing 45 chairs which are considered “icons” by furniture historians, each chair is unique in its design, use of materials and technology, innovation and creativity. The chairs in the Sutton Chair Collection have stood the test of time. The designers of these icons, including Thonet, Mackintosh, Breuer, Gray, LeCorbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Wright, Wegner,  Baughman, Jacobsen, Starck, Gehry, and Charles and Ray Eames (just to note a few) are highly regarded for innovation and insight. Credit is also due to those manufacturers who had the commitment to put these designs into production: companies such as Knoll, Artek, Vitra, Coggin, Herman Miller, Cassina, and Emeco. The Sutton Chair Library is open to the public and is devoted to the advancement of knowledge of furniture and design for members of the furniture industry, design professionals, scholars and students.






Loomah’s latest design combines their love for graphic geometric patterns and vibrant jewel tones. Jade features a simple geometric pattern in a fresh verdant colour palette. The graduation of more invigorating emerald tones through to more muted shades adds a sense of calm to this otherwise dazzling design. Perfect for placing against a more neutral interior to create a statement piece or with other jewel tones to create a rich, inviting space. T: +44 (0) 207 371 9955 |



Concept Hand Tufting create unique handcrafted carpets and rugs that become a statement piece of interior artwork and a stunning focal point to any room. They provide a turnkey service; drawing original artwork, custom dying, tufting, knotting, weaving, carving or shearing the yarn to create the look and feel required and then install the finished item, to make your room truly original. T: +44 (0) 193 784 5080 |



Custom Carpet Company specialise in designing and producing one off carpets and rugs for individual interiors. Taking inspiration from your interior, we can produce a custom made luxury carpet in Wool, Silk, Cotton Viscose, Bamboo or synthetic yarns to perfectly complement your interior and make the floor a stunning focal point. T: + 44 (0) 173 783 0301

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The Rug Studio specialises in antique and contemporary rug collections. The Valencia rug art is by the renowned American artist Rex Ray and features a stunning abstract design in blue tones on a rich sandy background. This floor, with its ocean tones, is perfect for a holiday home or a room with a sea view and is a great way of tying in the colour scheme within a room layout. T: +44 (0) 157 282 9927



Deirdre Dyson carpets are handmade to order and are manufactured from the finest and most luxurious materials using a palette of over 2,000 colours. ‘Scatter’ is just one of nine graded designs from the 2016 collection, ‘Walking on Art’, and features a delightful geometric pattern with ombre background design. T: + 44 (0) 207 384 4464



Veedon Fleece recently produced a range of four prize winning rugs, created by students from the Inchbald School of Design, London. The featured rug, entitled ‘Fields of Gold’, was designed by Alex Rainford Roberts and, like the other winners, is available to order on a bespoke basis from Veedon Fleece. T: +44 (0) 148 357 5758

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This commissioned Martin Moore kitchen was required to combine the integrity of classic, hand built wooden furniture with a clean aesthetic build in a Nordic style, as favoured by the Danish clients. Martin Moore’s Architectural furniture provided this with cabinetry featuring slender mid-rails to accentuate the linear design and flat fronted drawers without beading giving a contemporary look. A practical extra-large peninsula maximises work surfaces and storage and gives a heart to this kitchen, allowing it to epitomize the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ - enjoying the simple good things in life with people you love. T: +44 (0) 845 180 0015 |



Officine Gullo brings high end technology for professional use into cooking equipment designed for the home. Delivering the high performance of professional catering equipment, but with the careful aesthetics and fine detail design required for visible kitchens, these stunning pieces bring cutting edge technology to the cooking experience of chefs of all standards.

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The Revival collection is just one of the stunning designs from Cotteswood’s bespoke, handcrafted kitchens. The island shown here is designed in lacquered oak, surrounded by solid wood cabinetry and mantle and has been hand painted in Verdigris for a subtle accent of colour. An ideal way to bring a touch of uniqueness and quality to your kitchen space.

T: +44 (0) 160 864 1858 |

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Chesneys have introduced a new addition to their electric fire range with a contemporary hole in the wall fire. The Olympus DE1000 electric fire is available with a range of decorative interior panels to suit any room styling, and features individually hand painted logs - providing a focal point for those modern interiors which have no chimney.

T: +44 (0) 207 627 1410 |

ROBEYS The E924 Piazetta Wood Burning Stove from Robeys is a delightful combination of simplicity, elegance and functional style - making it an essential stove for any environment. Available in a range of colours from a practical and subtle grey to colour-popping yellow, this hermetic wood burner can be as much, or as little, of a statement in a room as you wish it to be. T: +44 (0) 177 382 0940 |


Platonic Fireplaces are pushing the boundaries of conventional fireplaces and the expectations of how a fireplace should traditionally look. Always at the forefront of modern contemporary design, Platonic Fireplaces offers an outstanding bespoke service to fit every home and occasion.

T: +44 (0) 208 891 5904 |


Although best known for her indoor fire sculptures, Cathy Azria has re-invented her iconic sculptural ‘bonfire’ for outside. With untreated steel left to develop a beautiful fire-tempered rusty patina, the sculptural forms will glow red hot creating spectacular effects which will be different every time. Built to special commission, her fires form the heart of the deck, patio or garden.

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Remarkable RAIS wood burning stoves from Robeys

The circular Viva L120 circular wood burning stove is the epitome of elegance and minimalist style. Available in six tasteful shades, this simple and beautiful cylindrical chamber has a door pane of massive proportions to give a full view inside. Simple to install, and with a range of variable options from handle design to top plates to be totally customisable to your scheme, optimal heating is also guaranteed with air regulation entrusted to CleverAir.

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OPPOSITE: In the living room, a painting by Tim Kent hangs above a bespoke mantelpiece designed by Gil Schafer. Photograph - William Waldron RIGHT: The bone-inlaid tables and the black and white armchairs in the living room were designed by Thomas Britt; the sofa is a Michael Taylor reproduction, the candelabras are from Jansen and the artworks are by, from left, Hiroshi Sugimoto, John Baldessari, and Jackie Nickerson. The mirrored surround to the fireplace and the high gloss dark flooring make the space highly reflective and optimise the sight of the fire from all angles. Photograph - Simon Upton BOTTOM RIGHT: A blue and grey chevron carpet designed by Peter Twining brings a geometric splash of colour to this living room. The mirror-paneled fireplace gives the whole room an added depth, whilst the fitted bookcases in each alcove surround two beautifully upholstered armchairs to encourage guests to stop and take a moment by the fireside. Photograph - Alexander James BELOW: The wood burning stove is the focus of the living room, surrounded by very contemporary built-in seating with storage for logs. The use of natural wood beams and clean white lines against a dark blue chimney wall gives it a very Scandinavian style and make it an artistic as well as functional focal point. Photograph - Dylan Thomas

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RIGHT: Opulence and symmetry sum up this impressive Turkish drawing room where a pair of Ottoman sofas and matching armchairs sit in front of a blazing fire. A colour scheme of rich golds and deep reds add further warmth to this stunning room. Photograph - Fritz von der Schulenburg BOTTOM RIGHT: This exotic bedroom suite brings the outdoors in with an imposing natural stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the game reserve beyond. A neutral palette is warmed up with hints of orange in soft furnishings and lighting, matching the glow from the roaring fire. Photograph - Tim Beddow BELOW: Scarlet leather bindings glow against the pale yellow floral stencils on the walls of this pretty and elegant living room where the white fireplace stands proudly against the painted wall. An oversized mirror above the mantelpiece bounces the light around the room and gives added perspective and depth. Photograph - Fritz von der Schulenburg

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THE ART OF FLAME Phoenix Wharf, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham TW1 3DY Tel: 020 8891 5904 Email:


AVENUE MARCEAU This stunning apartment is a work of art from start to finish and has all the hallmarks of a Gérard Faivre classic home WORDS KATY BRISCOE | PHOTOGRAPHS MATHIEU FIOL


érard Faivre describes himself as ‘neither architect, neither decorator, nor real-estate professional’, yet without doubt he is a virtuoso of metamorphosis who gives a contemporary feel to properties that are full of history. This stunning apartment is a work of art from start to finish, and has all the hallmarks of a Faivre classic home. From the moment you step into the grand entrance hall, the tone of the property is set with its beautiful original parquet flooring, subtle grey walls and the statement ceiling painted with a metallic sky motif that is evident throughout the building. Hanging from this artistic centre piece of ceiling is a series of stainless steel pendant lights from Tom Dixon – just one of the 136 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

many incredible feature lights that make such a bold statement in every room. Moving on to the living room, the stunning silver sky effect on the ceiling is echoed in a blue rug which also swirls with drama with a marbling effect which ties it in beautifully to the grand original marble fireplace dominating the mirrored wall. Oversized grey sofas provide a seating area for many, whilst the theatrical and slightly Dali-esque ‘Melt Chrome’ and ‘Mini Melt Gold’ pendant lights create a unique talking point whilst brilliantly lighting the space. Above the fireplace, bronze sculptures by Arnaud Kasper add to the playful feel of the room. A second sitting room is dominated by a fantastical chandelier by Christine Rouvière for the Cinabre

FRONT: The grand living room is theatrical and unique - from the unusual and slightly Dali-esque ‘Melt Chrome’ and ‘Mini Melt Gold’ pendant lighting hanging from the stunning cloudy silver sky painted ceiling, to the molten marble swirled blue rug below. The whole room has a playful and sculptural feel to the design. ABOVE: More stunning pendant lights dominate the dining room which is given extra depth and perspective with a wall of mirrors running alongside the table. Stunning grey silk print dining chairs add an informal feel to the contemporary dining area which is dressed with metallics.


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Gallotti & Radice Ginger & Jagger Glas Italia Gloster Heathfield & co Il Pezzo Mancante JNL Justin Van Breda Koket Lasvit Masiero Modà Munna OCHRE Porta Romana Royal Botania Scabetti Simpsons Mirrors Skyline Design Stablefords Swan Italia Teckell Terzani Villiers +

ABOVE: The second living room is dominated by a fantastical chandelier by Christine Rouvière for the Cinabre Gallery Paris. This contemporary creation is inspired by the relief of the Moon and other planets and gives the whole room a celestial feel.

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Gallery Paris. This contemporary creation, made with raw materials and precious metals, is inspired by the relief of the Moon and other planets. Looking right at home against the silver cloud design upon the ceiling, it gives the whole room a celestial quality and ‘other-worldliness’. An impressive amount of seating sits upon another bold rug design. The theme of mirrors and dramatic lighting is continued in the dining room which features a whole wall of mirrors to double the perceived space. The glass dining table keeps the feeling of infinity within the room that Faivre was trying to achieve and allows a full view of yet more art on the floor with another swirling blue pattern. The bedrooms are a slightly calmer take on the same theme - with the original parquet floor continuing throughout and the same neutral tones of greys and silvers used in the décor. Clever use of wall lights and lamps give the room a cosy feel and the use of many layers and textures on the bed makes it feel very inviting. Gérard describes his work as the most satisfying vocation there is. ‘The happiness I feel in undertaking and finishing each project is a concrete, tangible pleasure which visitors can feel when they enter the main gate of the property. The decision to buy comes quickly. One falls in love with a house immediately, passionately or not at all.’ 140 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

ABOVE: Simple textures of grey make this bedroom a simple and elegant space and the simple palette on the walls allows the artwork to stand out and draw the eye in.


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SINCE 1800


This 1874 townhouse in a historic district of Manhattan’s Upper East Side had the bones of a wonderful family home WORDS KATY BRISCOE | PHOTOGRAPHS SCOTT FRANCES

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ith an eye for renovations and restyling, it was clear that this could be turned into a very special building that would make not just a great home but also contain the firm’s office so that work, family and design could all jumble together in one outstanding property. The first job was to add a rear garden room to the house to serve as the family living room which was constructed with a glass wall to the garden and a walkable skylight in the ceiling to create a balcony patio

area above. Housing the family’s grand piano and a selection of armchairs, this room has a view out onto the sizeable garden beyond with its London Plane trees and herringbone, red-brick paved eating area. The full glass sliding doors make the join between outdoors and indoors feel virtually seamless. The impressive balcony area above gives the garden added height and drama and makes this very private outdoor space an ideal place to party and relax when the sun is out. Inside the house, great care has been taken to restore original features - such as the existing early twentieth

FRONT: The dramatic blue living space is set off with accents of white and gold, whilst light floods in from the two full height doors leading out to a balconied garden space. LEFT: The herringbone, red-brick patio area is a great space for entertaining outdoors, whilst the full glass sliding doors make the divide between indoors and outdoors virtually seamless. ABOVE: Accents of colour are used to give a sense of drama to this comfortable living space with a plush rug and multiple comfy chairs for entertaining friends.

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century paneling to give the space an authentic look. The main living area of this apartment has been painted in a bold blue on the walls and warmed with a lot of dark wood furniture and flooring. The bright white fireplace then becomes a natural focal point of the room and artworks are framed on the wall with large white borders to draw the eye in and tie in with the room. Full height double doors out onto a balconied garden area flood the room with light and accents of gold bounce this around the room. The other family living spaces in this apartment have 146 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

got a more neutral palette for the walls and flooring but bold accent colours are everywhere - from enormous original artworks hanging on the wall, to cushions and plants chosen to make the rooms pop with colour. In the family lounge seating is a priority with vintage armchairs, upholstered in Romo fabric, sit alongside a Christian Liagre sofa and a Chaise Longue designed by JD and upholstered in Nobilis Organic Wool. The window is dressed with fabric from Casamance and the bright orange lamps from Robsjohn-Gibbings brighten the neutral space.

ABOVE: The clients’ artwork is prominently displayed above the marble fireplace, whilst a deep gold coloured chest of drawers in the corner displays further objets d’art.


RIGHT: This dramatic sweeping wooden staircase with its dark wood treads and handrail is enhanced by the full height metallic artwork on the wall which reflects the light and gives the area a touch of opulence.

As well as the beautifully designed and styled rooms, care has been given to the connecting spaces in this apartment. The beautiful curved staircase between floors in this apartment has also been designed as a statement in itself and not just a functional through-way in the building. The dark wood treads and banisters are dramatically set off by the white painted stairs, whilst a full height metallic artwork painted directly onto the wall gives the whole space an art gallery feel with real drama. The overall feel of this project is one of cool sophistication and sleek elegance. The balance between comfortable family home and functional work space has been cleverly integrated with an overall scheme that is chic and seamless. 148 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016


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SEPTEMBER 18-21, SYON PARK, LONDON OPENING TIMES 18 September: 10am - 6pm (trade only) 19 September: 10am - 6pm (trade only) 20 September: 10am - 7pm (open to the public) 21 September: 10am - 5pm (trade only)


Renowned British Furniture Designer, Tim Gosling, is curating the main entrance at this year’s Decorex International. Embracing this year’s show theme, the roots of design, Tim will be constructing a spectacular exhibition called ‘The Heritage of Chair Making’ that documents the links between interior design, architecture and the exceptional heritage of British craftsmanship through the ages. Gosling comments: ‘The UK has some of the most important furniture collections in the world, but due to conservation, it is not always possible to put them on public display. Thanks to the support of the V&A and The Frederick Parker Collection, I am delighted to be curating an exhibition of chairs, which includes many of these rare and extraordinary pieces.’

Photograph from Decorex 2015 Show


DECOREX INTERNATIONAL is the UK’s leading design show and the only one of its kind in the UK for the luxury interiors market. Established in 1978, Decorex - now in its 39th year - is firmly recognised among the international design community as the trusted resource for high-end interior designers, architects, specifiers, retailers and property developers. Boasting nearly 400 exhibitors from leading names to emerging talents, this annual four-day show takes place each September in the prestigious location of Syon Park. Decorex will explore ‘the roots of design’ as its theme for 2016 edition. Examining the origins of design, which continue to define and shape the future of the industry, Decorex partnered established names with emerging designers to mark the start of this year’s campaign. One of the first destinations to open the 2016 London Design Festival, Decorex will explore the theme through a series of interactive installations and its popular seminar programme. Visitors at the show will experience how true design is built on a rich heritage, constantly evolving to incorporate new techniques and materials. Commenting on what the roots of design means to him: Sebastian Cox says ‘I strongly believe that by looking at the roots of design we can continue to make things that don’t adhere to short lived trends; by looking at our roots we can make things that remain beautiful for centuries.’ For more information, visit

London design studio, 1508 London, has been chosen to create this year’s prestigious Champagne Bar. Examining the roots of design, this year’s show theme, to create a dialogue for the space. Expect a design that reinterprets classical architectural principles for a modern audience. Louise Wicksteed, Creative Director at 1508, says ‘The Champagne Bar is always a popular space at Decorex and we are delighted to be designing this year’s installation. Inspired by the roots of classical architecture, our space explores a deconstructed version of classicism. The simple geometric shapes, sculptural details and paired back palette will create an elegant but playful installation. We can’t wait to share our vision with the visitors and exhibitors at this year’s show.’


With 400 exhibitors, it could be difficult to see all of them in a day - so we’ve put together a Decorex Preview feature to help you plan your visit. The next 30 pages are packed with the companies we believe are a must see, including Kobe Fabrics, Julian Chichester, Wendy Cushing, Trowbridge Gallery and many more. 150 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016


Come by Stand D15 to meet some of the Bridge for Design team and to retrieve our special Decorex subscription offer - subscribe to Bridge for Design and receive your first copy completely free at the stand

Kobe Fabrics, Stand J22

We look forward to seeing you there!

Leading the way FOR NEW


THE INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW FOR PROFESSIONALS Featured Designers and Makers: Tom Raffield | Nicky Haslam | Lulu Lytle | Georgia Kemball | Nic Webb | Guy Goodfellow Tim Gosling | Staffan Tollgard | Laszlo Beckett | Sebastian Cox | Merete Rasmussen | Martin Hulbert | Tanya Gomez






Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, showcases Elegance, a collection of opulent curtain and upholstery fabrics. Inspired by glamorous Art Deco, this rich, innovative range features statement pieces combined with timeless plains and semi plains in sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool linen and soft silk and satin appearance. | J22



Julian Chichester creates beautiful furniture that champions the essence of English eclectic elegance by adding a contemporary touch to classic designs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Juxtaposing a range of contrasting materials to produce unique and opulent furniture for any modern scheme. T: +44 (0) 207 622 2928 | | E33

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Hyde House is a trade manufacturer supplying designers and developers with high quality furniture pieces. Launched when partners, Richard Searle and Joanna Hauptman, noticed a gap in the market for affordable but sophisticated bespoke furniture, they bring with them 60 years of family furniture making. Their new free-standing furniture collection includes sofas, chairs, dining tables, side tables, ottomans and coffee tables in styles that will be a valuable addition to any room. | B36

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For the first time since 2000, West One Bathrooms will be making an appearance at this year’s Decorex. Exhibiting on the stand are luxury Italian bathroom furniture manufacturers Milldue, showcasing their completely customisable supreme Mitage range; THG, with their Masque de Femme brassware fittings; and waterproof wallpaper innovators,Wall & Deco who will be introducing their new Collection 16 original waterproof membrane. T: +44 (0) 208 391 7511 | G35

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For nearly 100 years, Titchmarsh & Goodwin has been handcrafting bespoke fine English furniture at their workshops in Suffolk. This unique and beautiful mahogany occassion table, with its hand carved acanthus leaf embellishment is an excellent example of one of their high-quality bespoke designs of which they are so proud. T: +44 (0) 147 325 2158 | J22



Architectural Heritage showcases their latest range of copper planters, designed to hark back to the traditional planters of Victorian times. Handcrafted from heavy gauge copper, riveted together and then verdigris patinated to imitate the antique originals, these stunning planters available in a range of sizes - are a beautiful addition to any patio or outdoor space. T: +44 (0) 138 658 4414 | | SPK23

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Leading US luxury bathroom and kitchen brand, Waterworks, pairs American ingenuity with European craftsmanship as demonstrated through the expansion of their hardware collection. 90 new handcrafted designs bring an eclectic mix of materials and points of distinction to any design scheme. T: +44 (0)207 384 4000 | A38

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The Argenta Bateau bath by iconic British brand, William Holland, is the perfect balance between contemporary styling and romantic classicism, a sculptural bath with extraordinary versatility of ambience and style. Handcrafted from pure copper using traditional artisan techniques and meticulously hand finished by master craftsmen, each and every William Holland copper bath is a unique piece of artistry. T: +44 (0) 130 525 1930 | A67

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Royal warrant holder and bespoke bed manufacturer, Hypnos, has partnered with Yale, one of the world’s leading lock brands, to offer a discretely hidden safe solution that can be built into Hypnos divan. Offering practicality and unrivaled functional luxury, this divan is built using only the finest natural and sustainable materials. | C20A

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To celebrate their 60th anniversary, THG Paris revisit their iconic ‘Pétale de Cristal’ collection with an exclusive design that emphasises the delicate curves and splendor of Baccarat crystal. ‘Numero 60’ is a pale gold collection with an iridescence that makes this an exceptional and timeless design for sinks, showers and bath fittings. | C37


Beaumont & Fletcher’s Clarence sofa is an unusual classic contemporary design with strong elegant lines and great comfort. Covered in Como silk velvet, it combines style and comfort in an equal measure. It is one of the latest additions to their collection of handmade furniture and features the attention to detail and traditional craftsmanship for which they are renowned. T: +44 (0) 207 352 5594 | A30A

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Marble Hill is a leading manufacturer and designer of stunning fireplace installations. The ‘View Bell’ is one of a large range of balanced flue gas fires that do not require a conventional chimney. Shown with a black granite base and available in 3 sizes, there is a fire to suit every home. T: +44 (0) 208 892 1488 | | H18





British designer Martin Huxford’s Oval Bibendum Chandelier combines airy modernity with elegance. Hand built in Sussex by skilled British craftspeople, the simple repeated curves surround a graceful hand finished gold frame, to create a harmonious centre-point to any room. T: +44 (0) 190 374 0134 | | D18



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Villa Nova’s latest collection, Geneva, is robust, washable linen union with a soft, brushed finish. A creative and resourceful colour palette, designed to suit both classic and modern style interiors, perfectly complements the Villa Nova range. This versatile plain is perfect for use in a broad array of applications; drapes, blinds, cushions and upholstery. | D23

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Combining stunning looks with incredible durability, Armourcoat’s decorative wall finishes offer something no less than spectacular. Armourcout has led the world, developing polished plaster and high performance surface finishes for over thirty years - ideal for grand spaces and statement walls. T: +44 (0) 173 246 0668 | | H31


Maffam pods, available from Encompass, are part of a refreshingly original collection of exterior and interior furniture made in Basalt fibre, a once Top Secret material used during the Cold War by the Soviets. Available in a range of sizes, with luxuriously comfortable cushions upholstered in Sunbrella, this tactile and precious furniture is an artistic statement in any outdoor space. T: +44 (0) 239 241 0045 | | J46

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Wendy Cushing, designer and creator of interior accessories and owner of Chelsea Creative Lighting, has produced a unique collection of lighting. Produced to the highest quality by the finest craftsmen, these designer pieces will enhance any contemporary interior decoration. | H23



Atlantico Rugs design and manufacture beautiful handmade rugs in pure wool, with new traditional and contemporary designs added to their collection every year. Working closely with major interior designers to create the perfect rug for a room by matching wools and fabrics, they can make rugs to any size and specification to fit your unique criteria.

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Price and Company are proud to be exclusive distributors for Thevenon fabrics. Since 1908, the Maison Thevenon has cultivated the art of textile creation thanks to outstanding printed and woven fabrics based upon four generations of French textile tradition. Ivoire is a beautiful gravure printed double width cotton with a delightful elephant theme guaranteed to enhance any room. T: +44 (0) 127 342 1999 | | K21

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Leading tile, mosaic, stone and engineered wood flooring specialist, Domus, are launching their latest collection from Mutina. Created by British design duo, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, ‘Puzzle’ comprises solid colours with graphic multi-coloured patterns in a palette inspired by European islands. With endless layout combinations, these tiles allow a unique piece of floor and wall art to suit the specific dimensions of your room. T: +44 (0) 207 819 2300 | J37





LuxDeco presents their Coastal Elegance Collection with a fresh take on country styling. Rethink classic out-of-town style by pairing breezy upholstery shapes with thoughtful layers and polished arrangements to bring that refined life to your interior. T: +44 (0) 203 586 1536 | | C24

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MAB was commissioned by Emma Benton Hugh’s Head Designer for the West Ham United Olympic stadium project to produce bespoke dining tables in High Gloss Grey Koto with stainless steel bases with custom sized sideboard. These elegant tables give a touch of understated luxury to the room. T: +44 (0) 207 351 9821 | G20

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Benchmark are working with two designers, Nathalie de Leval and Daniel Schofield, to produce the Holworth Dining Chair and Lear Cabinet, alongside the Wedmore Extending Table designed by Steven Owens, and a new collection by Terence Conran. All pieces are handmade by skilled craftsmen in their Dorset & Berkshire workshops using traditional craft techniques. T: +44 (0) 148 860 8020 | H34


Stone experts, Artisans of Devizes, have an exclusive new collection of premium pattern marble to add to their collection, as well as an innovative encaustic tile range. The Manhattan Skyline Marble is beautiful striped marble in shades of grey which, when laid in a herringbone pattern, adds a superior finish to any floor. T: +44 (0) 138 072 0007 | | G41







Arley House are a designer and manufacturer of bespoke luxury fabrics. They have recently collaborated with the British Museum to produce a new and exclusive range of cushions and fabrics, shown here with the Retropolitan collection in charcoal. T: +44 (0) 161 929 2750 | | H40

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Elstead Lighting present the classic Balance5 chandelier in a mocha brown with polished brass elements, gold metallic lined shades and a diffuser. Also available in a more contemporary white finish with polished nickel elements and silver lined shades. As well as a large single pendant, wall light or table and floor light, this model can be designed to fit any classic or contemporary room setting. T: +44 (0) 142 059 0510 | G24

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Titley and Marr have produced a whimsical print full of movement and was inspired by an old Indian Banyan woodblock print. Wild animals are seen leaping and charging across these enchanting scenes which are reproduced in six individual colour ways. Each Gujarat Safari print is complemented by a coordinating stripe & spot fabric; Kerala stripe and Madras spot. | A65

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The new elegance collection by Ramezani is created through integration of traditional Persian heritage and 21st century taste and desire. Using the highest quality wool and silk blends, Ramezani have over 60 years of experience to manufacture contemporary, decorative and traditional rugs fit for the grandest of floors. | B50





Bard & Brazier’s Hepburn sink console is a classic design manufactured entirely in the UK. Usually constructed from either Carrara or Gricio Cranico marble, this piece is entirely customisable by using your own marble to add a bespoke touch. The delicate legs can also be personalised and manufactured to suit your own height, and a multitude of finishes are available to find the perfect match to your bathroom scheme. T: +44 (0) 121 270 2222 | | F22




Luxury British bed maker, Vispring, introduces its new Sapphire Adjustable divan base. The innovative and flexible divan base features Vispring’s signature individually pocketed springs, which can be electronically adjusted to provide a sleeping position that is both comfortable and supportive. Providing a range of height settings, the reclining base has two ‘memory’ options meaning favourite positions can be saved allowing you to automatically recline into the perfect relaxation zone. T: +44 (0) 175 236 6311 | | E49



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The Paper Partnership, a family of five luxury wallpaper brands, are introducing several exciting new collections including Archives II, their second design collaboration with the University of Oxford. Inspired by academic texts, images and illustrations, this eclectic wallpaper collection features a fascinating array of architectural blueprints, mathematical formulae, archival botanical prints and scientific studies, combined with smart stripes and leather effects. T: +44 (0) 134 281 0357 | | D36

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Sofa & More’s great Turner Armchair is a triumph of contemporary infusion. Embraced by a striking and eye-catching silhouette, it features an elegant show plinth which neatly finishes off the modern design. Boasting a padded sprung seat and offering great comfort for the back and neck, this great style is as practical as it is stylish. T: +44 (0) 203 006 2472 | F38, H37

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Clarke & Clarke’s Colony Collection of fabrics & wallcoverings is a melting pot of colonial influences, exotic and tropical with a refined European twist. Jacquard cut velvets, digital printed fabrics, damasks and geometrics combine with deep colours and classical patterns with striking effect to give a beautiful feminine look to a room. T: +44 (0) 170 624 2010 | B29



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Haddonstone’s aristocratic hunting dog sculptures have been replicated from the originals by Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart, a noted Parisian sculptor and one of the leading animaliers of his time. Animal sculptures were popular in the 19th century and continue to be so today, giving an air of nobility to an outside space or entrance. T: +44 (0) 160 477 0711 | A73, B21

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Established in 1950, Radici is regarded as one of the finest carpet manufacturers in Italy, blending the elegance of Italian design with the latest manufacturing innovations to create premium quality carpets that redefine flooring style. From gracious silk-like polyamides that deliver velvet softness and unmatched colour clarity through to woven wilton carpets in pure New Zealand wool, Radici celebrates limitless luxury and indulgent interiors. | G43

David Harber introduces ‘Mirage’, a sophisticated design featuring a convex mirror surrounded by a hammered copper and blue verdigris bronze body. The juxtaposition between the organic matte dappled pattern of the bronze against the burnished warmth of the copper are set off by an ethereal halo of copper reflected light. The distorted mirror mimics the gentle ellipse of the sculpture itself. | B47

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Bazaar Velvet are delighted to announce the official launch of their cutting edge new design collaboration with Thibault Van Renne, to be showcased at Decorex and Luxury Made this Autumn. These extraordinary rugs are outstanding in their beauty; with an unrivaled complexity of pattern and colour, in a legendary quality. T: +44 (0) 207 736 9693 | K48



Coleccion Alexandra has designed a new sofa for 2016 as a fitting tribute to the late David Bowie. The wonderfully elegant Bowie Sofa is adorned in a beautiful plush velvet and is trimmed with leather, transcending contemporary and retro design. | K27

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Drummonds create an opulent look with their luxurious, classic bathrooms highlighted by their use of traditional materials and manufacturing processes. New products are being shown at Decorex across all Drummonds collections, and include ‘The Wandle’ bath: the latest in their ongoing collaboration with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. T: +44 (0) 207 376 4499 | D20



Santorus is a fearlessly unconventional design house inspired by its diverse cultural background to create bold and exuberant interior pieces. From wondrous wallpapers, colourful cushions, flamboyant fabrics and bespoke furniture pieces, Santorus injects a wink of humour and burst of personality into any living space. T: +44 (0) 208 781 1103 | | J40A

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Sinclair Matthews design and hand make our sofas and chairs in our workshops in Sussex. Shown above is our Sinclair Corner group with chrome buttoning detail, a 3 seater Malvern Sofa both specified by Anita Rahder. Also shown is the Albany 3 seater sofa and a deep buttoned Sloane group specified by Kathy Weeks. We have provided our bespoke sofas to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, The FCO, Gleneagles, Chewton Glen, The St James Club, together with other prestigious hotel groups and Interior Designers throughout the UK, USA, Europe and Russia. Come and visit us at our showroom at Thames Ditton, Surrey, or visit our website Ferry Yacht Station, Ferry Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0YB 44 020 8398 5694 | |





Hurlingham Bath Company has an intricate and ornate new cast iron bath to add to its collection. The Acanthus Empire is a variation on their Mon Empire traditional bath, but with significantly more intricate feet to add additional impact and opulence to an already iconic bath shape. Available in a multitude of bespoke paint finishes, gilding and with an intensive full polish option to create a deep and unique lustre, this is a must have for all luxury bathrooms. | F16, F18




The Etien Dining furniture collection from bespoke furniture designers and manufacturers, Leporello, comprises a range of dining tables, chairs, sideboards, serving tables, glass cabinets and mirrors. All hand finished in a range of paint finishes and polished wood combinations, there is something to suit every home. T: +44 (0) 130 687 5550 | | A75

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Jonathan Charles’ grey leather chest of drawers features a marble top, polished stainless steel ring handles and an ash grey painted base featuring shallow carved detailing and ornate legs. It is also available in paliament red leather and other finishes, so this classic piece can be modified to fit into any room. | C23

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Luxury interiors art supplier, Gallery MURO, represents some of the finest artists with its latest collection of paintings, art photography, studio glass, ceramics and bronze sculpture. Defining quality and craftsmanship, these pieces are truly original and highly collected. | J40A





Bill Jacklin’s evocative and captivating paintings showing a slice of life in the big Apple are among the latest new collections showing on the TROWBRIDGE Gallery stand at Decorex. Bill is a Royal Academician who has lived and worked in New York since 1985. His evocative paintings set the scene of the beautiful Big Apple he uses bold brush strokes and romantic warm colours in these atmospheric masterpieces. T: +44 (0) 189 266 7600 | | B25

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A Place In The Garden is proud to introduce the brand new London Wall Lamps, available in two sizes. Simple and elegant, these hold an Edison-style filament bulb, creating a showcase for the luminescent beauty of early electrical lighting. T: +44 (0) 140 386 4866 | SPA71

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Designed to stand the test of time, Ashfield is the first wool collection from fabric house, Ian Mankin. Synonymous with British-made natural fabrics in classic contemporary cotton stripes, checks and plains, Ashfield sees the production of reversible patterned wools in classic motifs includes a paisley, houndstooth, stylised damask and honeycomb-inspired geometric. T: +44 (0) 207 722 0997 | | C26


First showcased at Decorex 2015, and prescribing to the philosophy, “Go find the best”, the Silver Edition bed stands tall as the definition of EPOC Handcrafted Beds’ craftsmanship. Constructed in the traditional manner and incorporating cutting-edge pocket-spring technologies, it is finished with luxurious, layered fillings from all corners of the world. T: +44 (0) 147 325 5888 | | D46

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Serdaneli, the French specialist of luxurious bathroom fittings & architectural hardware, is the dedicated partnership of architects and designers all over the world for their prestigious and luxurious projects. Semi-precious stones, mother-of-pearl and shagreen are among the refined elements that you will find in their collections, tastefully mixed with polished 24 carat gold, chrome or nickel to give an opulent and high end finish that has earned the reputation as the jeweler of bathrooms. T: +33 (0) 141 170 170 | | F33





A best-seller in the Hamilton Litestat range, the Hartland family of decorative switch plates and sockets continues to provide sophisticated, stylish and contemporary solutions for an array of residential and commercial settings. Available across a selection of plate finishes including bright chrome, polished brass, satin brass, antique brass, stainless steel effect and new black nickel, the classic Hartland plate provides a chic solution to fit with your scheme. T: +44 (0) 174 786 1032 | | H17

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Woven by John Boyd Textiles since 1837 using the original historic looms, horsehair fabrics are used mainly for upholstery, wall coverings, 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. This year, the John Boyd Decorex stand was designed by Steffan Tollgard. T: +44 (0) 196 335 0451 | | E38

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Designers and makers of luxury furniture, Michael Northcroft, create outstanding pieces in their East London workshops. Their designs feature a wide range of exclusive finishes, bespoke sizes and skillful craftsmanship. The versatility of their collections makes it easy to find a personal statement piece for any space. T: +44 (0) 208 558 6919 | D36A

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For the first time, iconic patterns from Liberty Fabrics have been woven into carpet by Alternative Flooring bringing more British pattern to its award winning Quirky B collection, an range that features designs by leading interior and textile designers. Exclusively created to adorn the interiors of both modern and vintage environments, this carpet evokes the feeling of walking amongst woven heritage gardens, meadows and shells T: +44 (0) 126 433 5111 | | C21



Haute Déco’s interpretation of the quatrefoil motif, PETALS is a poetic doorknob in a range of colours from their precious Gem palette that is more door jewelery than doorknob. Manufactured in Cristalle™ resin and designed to fit the hand through fine-tuning of the proportions of its interlocking circles, this tactile ethereal material that is soft to touch yet remarkably hard-wearing, and lavishly polished to achieve a lustrous softness reminiscent of cabochon semi-precious stones. T: +44 (0) 207 736 7171 | B20A

Established in the East End of London by Joseph James Cope in 1949, EPOC Handcrafted Beds was founded with one overriding ambition: to build the finest hand-made beds and mattresses possible. Some 65 years later, this ambition remains the same.

Simply beautiful beds. As unique as you. First showcased at Decorex 2015, and prescribing to the philosophy, “Go find the best”, the Silver Edition bed stands tall as the definition of EPOC Handcrafted Beds’ craftsmanship. Constructed in the traditional manner and incorporating cutting-edge pocket-spring technologies, it is finished with luxurious, layered fillings from all corners of the world. See us at Decorex 2016 - Syon Park, London - 18-21 September 2016 - Stand D46.





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Inspired by Italian design and working with a small team of skilled craftsmen, Fiona McDonald has developed a British-made range of furniture and seating, together with a selection of Italian-made mirrors and lighting. Serving both commercial and residential projects and with flexibility over measurements and finish, the Fiona Makes collection is beautifully designed and provides a truly bespoke service. T: +44 (0) 207 731 3234 | | A50



Conker Brown brings you a stunning new collection of contemporary furniture for individual interiors. Their striking monochrome range of unique, handmade English furniture includes simple grey sofas with touches of dark wood and rough-hammered metal side tables perfect for achieving an unfussy, modern look in your living space. T: +44 (0) 139 442 0633 | | K33

From planters, fountains and statues to balustrades, fireplaces and follies – our stonework designs look fabulous when new and grow ever-more distinguished as they age. Visit us at Decorex, stand A73, to see our latest designs for interiors and exteriors including new additions to our Sir John Soane’s Museum Collection. Browse our unrivalled collection online or call to request a catalogue.

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PEGGY PRENDEVILLE The brief: To turn the unique building into a family home and work space without losing sight of the beautiful historic interior WORDS KATY BRISCOE | PHOTOGRAPHS ALEX SKINNER


eggy Prendeville bought this stunning Grade II listed south London chapel as a place to live and work in for herself and her two children. The challenge was to turn the unique building into a family home and work space without losing sight of the historic interior, or losing the sense of calm that the beautiful proportions and stained glass windows gave the space. This late Arts & Crafts building was originally created as the chapel for a women’s teacher training college. Later it was used as a seminary for Anglican

priests and eventually it became part of the campus of Goldsmiths College of Art. The previous owner had begun work on the conversion, most notably by hinging the bottom sections of many of the stained glass windows to create double-glazing, but as a listed building it was imperative to work closely with English Heritage and the chief planning officer of Lambeth to ensure that any renovations maintained the unique historic character of the property. Despite the previous work on the windows, the stained glass did not let in a great deal of light, so

OPPOSITE: The curved roof and stunning stained glass windows give a historical insight into the original architecture of this breathtaking space, whilst the mezzanine level with its glass balustrade brings a modern touch to its new role as a contemporary family home. ABOVE: Awe-inspiring marble floors and rich jewel tones on the walls make this living area focused around the baby grand piano seem opulent and luxurious, whilst retaining the peaceful calm of the original chapel architecture.

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Peggy began her transformation by looking to lighten the overall appearance of the interior of the building. Sanding the expansive existing wooden floors to a paler shade helped increase the reflected light, and any new timber paneling or doors that were required were constructed using maple which contrasted well with all the existing dark carved wood. The addition of a mezzanine at the alter end of the chapel was carefully planned, so that the position of the staircase did not obscure the view of any of the existing ornate marble floor. Upstairs on this mezzanine, carpet and a low-slung sofa provide a contrast to the cool, hard surfaces below. An extra 184 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

mezzanine at the other end (where the organ loft had been) allowed for a small bedroom, a study, a gallery library, a bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. The space above this became the master bedroom, incorporating a freestanding bath, a bespoke dark brown leather bed and the Eileen Gray Coiffeuse help to make it a grand but comfortable sleeping area. Designer furniture by Mark Brazier Jones, tall bespoke sofas, a bespoke coffee table, a rug designed by Peggy herself, the baby grand piano, an eighteenth century Chinese carving and a Chinese Wedding Bed, all blend with the original chapel fittings to make a very sculptural but peaceful ambiance. The expanse

ABOVE: An ornate Chinese wedding bed and bespoke furniture from Mark Brazier Jones blend in with the original chapel fittings to make a very sculptural but peaceful ambience, whilst the decorative metal balustrade allows a glimpse of the gallery library beyond.

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of ornate wood gives a feeling of calm and the light diffused through the stained glass adds a colourful and warm glow across the furniture. Throughout the chapel, Peggy created as much storage space as possible using clever techniques such as making many of the partitions between the new rooms bookcases, or including secret cupboards behind what looks from the outside like normal wooden paneling. To add an element of surprise, there is also a secret bathroom behind one of the wardrobe doors in the ground floor bedroom. The success of this building didn’t just rest on it being a good family home, but also on its success as a work environment and there are many great defined spaces to read, write or design. The triumph of this project is the ability to retain the historical interior whilst making it a functional and well-designed modern family space. Peggy Prendeville has certainly managed to do both to the highest standard. 186 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

ABOVE: Old meets new as the light from the huge stained glass windows reflects off the modern furniture and glass coffee table on the mezzanine level below.

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Taking inspiration from the great 19th century engineer, the Brunel cast iron bath from Aston Matthews is a handsome design featuring battleship grey exterior with extensive rivet detail. The deep, luxurious interior of the bath has a high quality enamel finish whilst the exterior can be painted to match your bathroom dĂŠcor. T: +44 (0) 207 226 7220



Clean, straight lines are order of the day with the newly designed Pyrford Washstand from Catchpole and Rye. This contemporary looking rough-luxe washstand comes with brushed nickel frame and fittings, set against an earthy matte slate top and back splash. It is also available in a variety of new finishes such as aged copper or aged brass, with matching under-mounted basins and fittings, allowing it to seamlessly integrate into any bathroom scheme. T: +44 (0) 207 351 0940



The statuesque, column-inspired framing of the Matki Colonade Collection casts a striking sculptural presence in both modern and traditional bathrooms. It brings a classical touch to contemporary design schemes and a robust architectural grace, perfect for complementing heritage style fixtures and brass-ware. Incorporating easy clean, clear seals and concealed fixings, the space-savvy in-fold solutions create an all glass, flawless door finish.

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The new Showering collection from Glass 1989 combines innovation, sophisticated design, breadth and versatility of offering and complete flexibility with its made-to-measure options. The three new medium-high end shower enclosure lines - Soho, Moov and Libera bring optimal functionality combined with a highly contemporary style that maximises the shower area’s transparency and brings true beauty into any bathroom scheme.



The Duravit Happy D.2 floor-standing sink unit provides elegance and functionality with plenty of additional practical storage space to accommodate bathroom essentials in an orderly way. With adjustable base feet that can either be positioned with a wider profile to celebrate the design, or with the filigree narrow side selected so that they virtually disappear to create the illusion of a wall mounted unit.



In March this year, VitrA worked in collaboration with Good Homes magazine to help create a glamorous bathroom display at the Ideal Home Show, as one of six individual lifestyle room-sets created by the magazine. Expertly combining individual elements from VitrA’s product portfolio, the impressive Cocoon bath took centre stage with its on-trend golden finishing touches using the Select flush plates. Elegance brass-ware, Water Jewels basins and the Shift wall-hung WC all added elegance and functionality to this inspiring room set. 190 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

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The Axis towel warmer from Vogue (UK) is now available with optional Aroma plug. This feature uniquely combines the sensations of warmth and scent along with providing a practical hanging space to warm and dry your fluffy towels. Any scent available on the market can be used with the Aroma plug, catering to all tastes. T: +44 (0) 190 238 7000 |


he perfect bath. These three words conjure up an irresistible, timeless vision of relaxation, reflection and restoration. Every other room in a house has multiple uses and functions. The bath is the only space in your home that is all about you - a highly personalised domain that, in addition to being part of life’s daily routine, serves as a private retreat. In The Perfect Bath, Barbara Sallick, co-founder of Waterworks, blogger and life-long design devotee explores the process of designing a dream bathroom in great detail alongside beautiful images. Sallick, who has been hailed as the ‘grand dame of bathroom design,’ stresses that today’s bath is an expression of personal style whether you call it your sanctuary, retreat, oasis or spa. She suggests that perhaps no room in the house requires as much planning as the bath complete with a checklist of all the questions you should ask yourself about functionality, plumbing infrastructure, lighting, comfort factors and storage. She then creates a blank canvas for the room covering colour, materials, surfaces, as well as balance, scale and proportion. Barbara shares exceptional case studies and talks with seven of today’s top designers and architects including Suzanne Lovell, Pamela Shamshiri,Thomas O’Brien, Lee Mindel, Gil Schafer, Tim Clarke and Steven Gambrel. Creating the perfect bath is one of the most important aspects of a renovation or new home construction. The Perfect Bath is sure to not only be a visual treat for readers, but will also become an essential, lasting resource of inspiration.

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Perrin & Rowe’s latest offering in the traditional styled 3-in-1 model Polaris means adding instant hot water functionality to a traditional kitchen is now a stylish possibility. Presenting the industry first designed and manufactured traditionally styled tap dispensing hot, cold, and up to 98°C steaming hot filtered water, this quality old-fashioned styling will fit perfectly in any traditional kitchen scheme. T: +44 (0) 170 852 6361




The latest addition to Charles Bateson’s lighting collection for RVA is the Valentina Table lamp - a simple, elegant antique brass finish table lamp with unusual crystal centre. Its sculptural form takes inspiration from the grand masters of early 20th century European Art Deco design and is topped with an oval shade in soft latte, lined in gold to ensure a warm glow is cast.



Lighting expert, Christopher Wray, is delighted to welcome Spanish Porcelain brand, Lladro, to their ever expanding range. Lladro’s extensive and eclectic mix of timeless classics and trend LED designer pieces includes the Niagra Chandelier featuring a delicate design of fairies with golden butterfly wings hanging from a circular fitting. This feminine piece is a delightful way of combining art with light.

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The successful partnership between Danish designer, Christian Flindt, and Louis Poulsen forges ahead with the ambitious LP GRAND system for large rooms, such as those in hotels and restaurants. Available in black, white and champagne, the illuminated round fixture has a diameter of up to 1.5 metres and can be surface mounted or suspended at various heights from wires giving you countless creative lighting options to tailor to your unique space. T: +45 (0) 703 314 14 |

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Utilising the natural blending characteristics of metal, Be & Liv have created their stunningly decorative Blossom lampshades. This beautiful shade can be used as either a table lamp or pendant light and the clever combination of shape and materials makes it a highly desirable decorative object even when not lit. T: +35 (0) 894 289 0186 |



The new Hang Lamp by Andrew Kornat Designs features a rectangular base and a square section of heavy grade brass tubing and is designed such that the customer can hang whatever they like in the centre. Shown here in polished nickel with an 18� Ivory silk drum shade and a knotted string of faux pearls hanging from the middle, it is available in six alternative finishes - all of which would make the perfect addition to a lady’s dressing room. T: +44 (0) 773 808 0098 |



Mr Light Limited carried out a survey of art dealers and oil painting restoration experts and found that conventional incandescent filament and halogen picture lighting was rated as highly damaging to oil paintings because of the bleaching effect of heat and UV. To provide the best illumination with no negative side effects, Mr Light has introduced an all new range of dimmable LED picture lighting giving heat and ultra violet free illumination. Available in rich dark bronze, polished chrome, polished brass, pure white, matte nickel and satin gold plus the possibility of special finishes. Various standard lengths are available and custom lengths can be made to order. T: +44 (0) 207 352 7525 | 196 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

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GIDEON’S BIBLE Despite not always following standard rules of design, this home captures the Hamptons spirit WORDS MINDY PANTIEL | PHOTOGRAPHS ERIC PIASECKI Bridge for Design Autumn 2016 199

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FRONT: In the living room, matching custom sofas by Mendelson are covered in a Rogers & Goffigon linen. OPPOSITE: In the octagonal home office, a Sputnik chandelier hangs above custom built-in furniture. LEFT: Custom curved benches in a Gastón y Daniela fabric surround a Lee Jofa table in the library.


ideon Mendelson didn’t ‘get’ the Hamptons when he was a young man growing up in Wetchester County. ‘All I saw was what the media told us about the allocation and phoniness,’ he says. ‘But my father really loved it here and he and my mother rented homes in a variety of locales every Summer. He taught me it wasn’t about the shops and movie stars, but rather the community of people who love this life.’ That version of the Hamptons is what the interior designer and his partner sought for their own family, including their 19-month-old son, Owen. Hoping for a home with a sense of history, the couple toured 35 properties before determining that classic cottages were just too small to accommodate

routine weekend visits from extended family and friends. With family taking precedence, they opted for a spec home in Sagaponack with a typical shingle style exterior and 5,000 square feet rooms in need of personality. ‘The challenge of spec houses is that they are built without furnishings in mind,’ says Mendelson, who has degrees from Columbia University (architecture) and the New York School of Design. ‘The scale of the rooms was large, so my goal was to make it feel as personal as possible. I also saw it as an opportunity to show how different design styles and periods could live together.’ His first furniture pick – a 19th century coffee table with a walnut plank top on a new wood base, established his penchant for merging old with new. Mendelson followed up by topping the living room’s formal fireplace Bridge for Design Autumn 2016 201

RIGHT: Colour and pattern play a major role in cosying up the bedroom and making it feel comfortable. Playing with various prints within the theme of the sandy creams and sea blues colour scheme of this house has given this room a soft and interesting feel that keeps the eye moving around the space.

mantel with a contemporary convex mirror by Hervé Van der Straeren. The theme continues in the kitchen, where an uber modern David Weeks lighting fixture is suspended over a kitchen table surrounded by reproduction Edward Wormley chairs from the 1950s. ‘Whether you put one modern piece in a traditional room or the reverse, it’s the eclecticism that keeps it fresh,’ he says. Mendelson’s distinctive style is about much more than pairing individual pieces – it’s about creating ensembles that embody a sense of comfort and surprise. ‘ We all have an aesthetic vocabulary we grew up with that’s familiar,’ he says. ‘But it’s the unexpected choices that give you something new to experience 202 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

every time you enter these rooms.’ In the entry, where traditional Demilune tables complement grasscloth covered walls, it’s the Carlo Scarpa Italian glass lighting fixture that delivers the unpredictable punch. Throughout the house, Mendelson strikes a balance between the expected – slope-armed sofas topped with nubby linen in the living room – and unexpected, like snakeskin on the library ceiling and a Sputnik light fixture in the home office. While at Columbia, Mendelson also studied film and the cinematic influence is obvious in the way he composes a space. ‘ I am very conscious of how things

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Outdoor dining has its very own space with this beautiful covered wooden decked area with rattan chairs and a long dining table decorated to pick up the blues and greens of the landscaped pool area beyond. Making the most of every space, this delightful nook has been transformed into useful storage space with a bench seat and numerous hooks for bags and hats. The whole house has been themed around a ‘Hamptons’ palette of sandy creams and sea blues giving a uniformity to the space, and really dragging the outside colours in to the rooms. Artwork that ties in to the scheme has been cleverly chosen to hang on the walls and smaller objets d’art are displayed in clever ways such as on this unique set of tables.

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are framed,’ says the designer who placed an Elger Esser photograph on the living room wall to bring out the chartreuse in a wide-striped settee, and added a multilevel lacquered and bronze coffee table that almost seems to dance across the space. In some areas of the house, the stereotypical Hamptons beachy blues and sandy creams take a detour, thanks to Mendelson’s slightly unconventional style. The office wallpaper for instance sports a bold turquoise stripe, while the zebra-print staircase runner is olive. Colour and pattern also play a major role in cosying up the expansive master bedroom. ‘It’s difficult to make rooms this big feel comfortable,’ says the designer, who added seating at the end of the four-poster bed to scale things down. ‘Playing with various stripes on the chaise and drapes keeps the eye moving around the room in different ways, and the chairs are also the perfect height for a climbing station for Owen.’ Despite not always following standard rules of design, Mendelson’s home captures the Hamptons spirit, and more important, is a place his late father would have loved. ‘As a whole, there’s something comfortable about it,’ he says. ‘You might not understand everything at first but it feels like you’ve been here before. It all feels like home.’ 206 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

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t holds a place of honour. At the centre of the house – where the staircase, living area and study meet – hangs the Fred Page painting that started it all for this art lover and collector, who grew up with it looming large in his parents’ dining room in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Today this homeowner’s private collection of more than 250 pieces from across the globe focuses on contemporary art. There are works in every corner, from the bathroom to the children’s rooms and the kitchen. It was also through art that he and his wife connected with decorator, Tracy Lynch, and her husband, artist Frank van Reenen. ‘He collects Frank’s work and commissioned him for a special piece when LEFT: Dr Zhivago, a tapestry work by Frèdèrique Morrel, presides over the quirky sausage-dog chairs from Jimmie Martin. The large canvas by Canadian artist Nick Lepard makes you look twice. Other works include a Louis Olivier collage on the wall, a small oil by Fikile Mghosyi (as part of the Spier Creative Block initiative) from Brundyn + Gonsalves, and Frank van Reenen’s Silver Dog sculpture. The server was custom-made by De Steyl cabinetmakers in George. ABOVE: The focus of the contemporary living room is a matching pair of yellow leather armchairs, a striking contrast to the grey and white decorative palette

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ABOVE: The imposing Venus de Mylo by Frédérique Morrel hangs from a cantilevered fireplace. The dining-room table in old French oak is by Andrew Dominic. The ceiling light is a forest of plastic leaves by Heath Nash and the charcoal of historic Donkin Street in Port Elizabeth is by Duncan Stewart.

the couple’s twins were born,’ Tracy recalls. ‘They got talking about what I do and he gave me a call.’ When Tracy first met with the couple, the house was still a concrete shell. ‘We immediately connected on how the house had to be a canvas to display the art,’ she recalls. As a point of departure, Tracy looked at the art collection and soon realised this was really what the house was about. She therefore decided to keep the furniture quite low-key and to introduce colour themes to tie everything together. 210 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

‘When I first presented my mood boards with the colour ways and furniture layouts, they thought I’d gone completely mad,’ Tracy laughs. ‘I said we should walk through the house so that I could explain how it would feel.’ The owner admits that this was an area where Tracy added enormous value: ‘We never considered colour because we wanted the art to be the focus. I always thought the art would pull the house together, but it isn’t the same as a gallery where all the works are displayed on white walls to form

ABOVE: The Messenger by Matthew Hindley presides over the kitchen, designed and fitted by Assirelli Italian Design.

one story. The pieces I have collected do not have a single theme and are diverse in medium and subject matter.’ The owner’s discerning eye isn’t limited to art alone. He regularly buys furniture from second-hand shops, flea markets and finds online bargains. With interests in different industries, from clothing to design and property, he enjoys discovering unique products. ‘I recently found a beautiful tea 212 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

set designed by Paola Navone for Reichenbach, an old German porcelain manufacturer,’ he says. ‘Instead of bringing home one set, I obtained the license to import the range.’ Other brands that find their way to these shores courtesy of his import business, Lusso, include tapestry work from French duo Frédérique Morrel and eclectic furniture from Spanish designer, Lola Glamour. He is also enthusiastic about local creatives: ‘I think South Africa


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The dining-room table in old French oak by Andrew Dominic and the charcoal of historic Donkin Street in Port Elizabeth is by Duncan Stewart. A fabulous furniture piece from Lola Glamour displays a wood sculpture by Michaelis graduate, Adriaan Alkema, a painting by Leon Vermeulen and a pen sketch by Sam Allerton. One of the three boys’ rooms displays another work by Frank van Reenen,Truman with Bunnies. Iroko wood was used extensively outside to soften and offset the stark lines of the house.The owner collaborated with Andrew Dominic to design the modular outdoor furniture.

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ABOVE: An 18th-century tapestry the owner brought back from Paris decorates the wall above another Gumtree find. A tiny nude by Martie Strydom complements the pink hues of the tapestry.

has an amazing talent pool of artists and designers that measure up internationally. We should be encouraged by this.’ He was very involved in the design of the house and worked closely with Gavin Mitton of Design 360 Architects. ‘I’m not the easiest client because I have my own ideas,’ he says. ‘I wanted the house to flow the way we live. The result bears testament to Gavin’s talent.’ Asked if he ever considered a career as a designer, the owner chuckles and muses that he could never start something from scratch but enjoys ‘working with the real creatives.’

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Celebrating the essence of Mediterranean living in a chic holiday home in South France



aylor Howes lends its impeccable design flair to this exciting project - furnishing a stunning 10,000 sqft villa near Mougins in the South of France. Built in extensive grounds incorporating a football pitch, tennis courts, vineyard and a hotel sized swimming pool, there is no better place to escape the relentless noise of the city than this restful holiday home. Preferring a French provincial style, the fantastic light quality in the South of France lends itself to pastel tones and soft linens, with joinery pieces in pale oak and whitewashed timbers to encapsulate relaxed Mediterranean elegance.

Interior design was placed in the capable hands of Taylor Howes, whose project portfolio runs from private residences and boutique hotels to luxurious show homes. Taylor Howes’ brief was simple. ‘The clients have two young boys and wanted us to create a child friendly holiday home that was in keeping with traditional French style, but with all the modern amenities,’ says Creative Director, Sandra Drechsler. ‘We have worked on two projects for them previously, both located in London, so they had complete confidence in our choices.’ The house is every inch the family home, engineered towards growing children. Beautifully

ABOVE: The limestone double staircase in the entrance hall makes a breathtaking statement, framed as it is with an iron banister and symmetrically placed large urn vases. It comprehensively sets the tone for the rest of the house beyond. LEFT, TOP DOWN: This stunning property sits within some very impressive grounds featuring its own established olive grove and tennis court. The swimming pool with its own cave and bar area. The beds of lavender not only give a beautiful purple hue to the space, but also fill it with heady perfume.

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landscaped grounds alive with fragrant lavender feature an impressive swimming pool and children’s sized football pitch. Inside, a spacious ground floor playroom comes complete with a snooker table and bespoke sideboard, made with children in mind owing to its decorative handles fashioned into numbers. Proving that playrooms can also be an adult friendly space, Taylor Howes has added refined touches such as dining chairs lacquered in soft grey from Italian label Billiani and a super comfortable L-shaped sofa from London retailer Coexistence, where the family can watch television. Throughout the rest of the house, descriptors like stylish and sophisticated spring to mind thanks to tasteful furniture, luxurious fabrics from the likes of Fox Linton, Dedar and Altfield and a soothing 220 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

neutral colour palette of sand colours that echoes the tranquility of its setting. The ground floor features honed travertine flooring throughout, starting in the kitchen where a centrally located La Cornue island unit steals the limelight. The kitchen leads into a separate dining room, opening out onto a sun-drenched terrace overlooking the swimming pool. Upholstered dining chairs from Poliform’s Velvet collection soften the look of the bespoke wedge dining table, which is lit by Kevin Reilly’s spectacular Altar pendant lamp. The teal colour of the dishes hung on the back wall is picked up by the scatter cushions in the impressive reception room, where smart bespoke sofas, are clustered around a bespoke bleached oak coffee table. Zoning the seating area and keeping everything in

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The outdoor space is designed to be used as much as the indoor space and design features such as these lantern lights by the flowerbeds ensure that the party does not have to stop when the sun goes down. The master bedroom features bleached oak floorboards, a bespoke bed with buttoned headboard, and a bespoke sofa at the end made to match the exact width of the bed. This two storey 10,000sqft country house is perfectly built to capitalise on the fantastic light in the South of France with its many large arched windows, framed by rustic green shutters

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natural sand colours helps make the space more welcoming, and the use of dark timbers warms it up. Sharing the ground floor is a guest suite comprising a living room, bathroom and bedroom, thoughtfully furnished with twin beds that can be pushed together or separated as desired. The talking point is a pair of Jackie bed heads by Collet Sandrine for French manufacturer, Pierre Fray, upholstered in rich aubergine linen to match the bed bases and flanked by bedside tables. The bedroom leads into the guest living area, dominated by a bespoke sofa upholstered in aqua blue linen. Continuing the coastal theme is a large shell print by Trowbridge Gallery that hangs on the wall. Upstairs is given over to a further four bedrooms, the most impressive being the master bedroom complete with a small terrace. This includes bleached oak floorboards, a bespoke bed complemented by a buttoned headboard and a bespoke sofa, made to the width of the bed. The crowning glory of this impressive house, however, is the cinema room, fitted with large, relaxing armchairs and sofa in dark tones. There is even a bar in the cinema room, propped up by bar stools, meaning that the property really does cater to the homeowners every need. 224 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

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ith a stunning backdrop of the Eiffel Tower soaring over it and an abundance of natural light streaming in through its many large windows, this superb 350m² top-floor Paris apartment has been thoroughly enhanced with the elegant touch of interior designer, Stéphane Olivier. With its masterful use of detail, textures and soft colour, this apartment offers a space full of elegance and classic accents with a unique and timeless styling befitting of a chic Parisian flat. In this project, designer, Stéphane Olivier has created a beautiful scene full of harmony using a delicate and relaxing chromatic palette. The light oak floors and crisp white walls serve as a blank canvas on which greys and beiges were added. A classic theme is carried throughout the apartment, its manifestation especially noticeable in finishes such as the ceiling mouldings, the striking round columns and the old fireplaces. Additional furniture choices, such as the sofa in the spacious living area, where specifically chosen to fit around and continue this classic theme. Attention to detail throughout the apartment filled in the rest of the timeless and elegant scheme. Stéphane selected the fabrics used throughout the flat based on their textures, not their colours or prints. Silks, velvets and chenille were the go-to materials for this project as they enhanced the feeling of elegant luxury. Another area which was thoroughly considered was the lighting. Stéphane decided to use spot lights fitted with dimmers so the intensity of light could be altered; perfect for creating that romantic effect – after all, Paris is known as the city of romance! The top floor apartment has its own balcony overlooking the rooftops of Paris and the Eiffel Tower in an enviable view. To enhance the usability of this space, Olivier creates the ultimate place to enjoy a peaceful afternoon espresso with a chair made from logs and branches, accompanied by a classic marble and iron table and large planters to frame the vista beyond. In the expansive hallway, an Eros marble table designed by Angelo Mangiarotti displays an eclectic collection of coral and lantern collections, whilst drawing attention to the centre of the room and the marble flooring that surrounds it. A stunning brass and glass chandelier hangs above the furniture, adding glitz and further glamour to the room. A beige daybed designed by Jacques Adnet is positioned in front of the PREVIOUS PAGE: LEFT: The view from the balcony overlooking the rooftops of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. RIGHT: The elegant entrance hall is decorated in neutral tones. Glassware pieces are displayed on an Angelo Mangiarotti pedestal table. THIS PAGE LEFT: A stylish, open plan living and dining space decorated in neutral and soft grey. A Toot sofa by Piero Lissoni sits on a grey silk carpet from Golran. Bridge for Design Autumn 2016 229

RIGHT: A stylish sitting room decorated in neutral and soft grey. In front of the fireplace is a Platner chair and footrest upholstered in Zimmer + Rohde fabric, a group of round side tables, made with fossilised trunks from Stéphane Olivier. On one side of the antique gilt frame mirror is a Magiscopes-sculpture, and work from the Mexican artist Feliciano Bejar. A Toot sofa by Piero Lissoni sits on a grey silk carpet from Golran.

window which, along with the large Mongolian sheep rug, adds a cosy and comfortable feel to the otherwise dramatic hallway. In the spacious living/dining room, a grand old white fireplace is the focal point of the living area. With a gilt-framed mirror above it to bounce round the light, the neutral room is highlighted with accents of character such as with the Platner chair and footrest with their geometric upholstery, a Magiscopes sculpture and work by the Mexican artist, Feliciano Bejar, and a series of round side tables made from fossilised tree trunks . The grey scheme is further embellished with a Toot sofa by Piero Lissoni, which sits on a delicate grey silk carpet from Golran. At the other end of the great room is the dining

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area, which contains a Xilos table and Calipso of Maxalto chairs, again in the natural soft tones of the whole room to enhance the continuity. The kitchen is upholstered in a Wenge dark wood and white finish. A central island functions as a breakfast bar and also somewhere to work with its Bertoia Knoll metallic wire bar stools. Briefly breaking from the neutral colour palette, one wall of the kitchen had been painted in a delicate blue colour as a backdrop to host a collection of Fornasetti plates by L’Eclaireur. In the bedroom, a low wall construction which also makes as a headboard, separates the room from a dressing area with a wallpapered area containing an elegant 19th century Japanese screen. Golden accents can be found

around the room to further add to the beauty of the room, including the two golden lamps and the mirror-raindrops sculpture. And the large windows give further views of the stunning Eiffel Towel for an authentic Parisian panorama. Within an apartment painted in such chromatic tones it was important to introduce elements with visual expressiveness and personality to add drama and sophisticated accents to the space. From contemporary works of art and a collection of old chinoiseries that are seamlessly integrated into the flat, to the fossilised tree trunk side tables and nineteenth century garden stools that found their perfect indoor location, Stéphane Olivier has achieved this characterful touch which has given the apartment a traditional yet modern aesthetic – all in chic and elegant comfort. 232 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

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CABIN FEVER John and Bettina Routh built a rustic and elegant lakeside getaway in upstate New York as a place to enjoy nature and spend quality time with their family WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS NAT REA


ohn and Bettina Routh have always loved the lakes of the Adirondack Mountain region of New York State. For 10 years the Routh family had been renting vacation homes on all the different lakes and they finally decided to take the plunge and buy their own. But they didn’t do it the easy way. Having seen many houses that didn’t meet their needs, they were shown a 20-acre piece of land with eight hundred feet of shoreline on Tupper Lake. Bettina decided that with her experience in interior design and architecture, she could take on the task of designing and building a new house by a lake - even if it was in the middle of nowhere. For half of the year, there is over two feet of snow on the ground around Tupper Lake and the lake is frozen solid. Any building has to be designed with the harsh conditions in mind. For example, roof gutters are unfeasible because the ice and snow would rip them off, so the house and roof design has to allow for heavy water run off without gutters. Friends introduced John and Bettina to a local builder and an architect, both of whom are well versed in the issues of building a house which can withstand the severe Winters. The architect even knew to design the steep road to the house in such a way that it could easily be ploughed in the snow and when the ice thaws, the road doesn’t become a torrential river. ‘We wanted to use a local architect who knew about local materials and who understood the local vernacular of Adirondack architecture,’ says Bettina. The house took about 16 months to build, starting with a new track from the road and a lot of blasting to clear huge rocks from the hillside and make way for this 8000sq ft house. They purchased the land in the Autumn of 1999, worked on the plans over the Winter and started cutting the new road the next Spring. The Rouths travelled up from Connecticut to inspect the building works and meet with the architect every four to six weeks, ‘we stayed in every dumpy hotel in the area,’ remembers Bettina. ‘The builders were amazing characters,’ recalls Bettina, ‘they worked all through the frozen Winter, some of them wearing shorts and Birkenstocks with woollen socks, taking the occasional day off to go skiing’. RIGHT: The double height dining area is separated from the kitchen by a large stone chimney breast

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Forest Ledge, as it is now named, was finished in the Autumn of 2001. The first time they stayed at the house was during Thanksgiving at the end of November. All the new bedding and furnishings had been delivered and so there was a ton of cardboard. John decided to cut it all up and burn it outside. It was a windy day and the wood shed, which was nearby, caught fire. There was no hose or extinguisher so John had to drive to the hardware store to get a hose pipe, while Bettina worried that she didn’t even know the exact address to tell the fire department. The wood shed survived but was blackened. When the workmen returned the following week, they were puzzled by these crazy out-of-towners; ‘didn’t we know that the wood had to be taken out of the shed before you burn it,’ laughs Bettina, ‘we’re never going to live that one down!’ Bettina and John are very familiar with the Adirondack-style which hails from the late nineteenth century when wealthy New Yorkers built camps along the lakes of the area. They wanted to base Forest Ledge on a famous classic Adirondack camp called Knollwood which is nearby Saranac Lake and is known for its ‘twigwork’ facades. All the wood inside and out at Forest Ledge is pine, but some of it is cut in different ways, some has more knots in it, some still has the bark attached, some is finished smooth and some is cut very rough. LEFT: The covered porch has a hand-painted black and white check floor and an American flag hanging from a cross beam ABOVE: A pair of lanterns hang above the large kitchen island which also acts as a breakfast bar

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RIGHT: The cabin is set amongst the trees beside a lake in the Adirondack mountains

Bettina wanted to have her own spin on the design. Whitewashing the bedrooms and hallways to lift the atmosphere, especially in the Winter when the days are shorter. The interiors have a traditional slant but there are surprises at every turn. Bettina has fused traditional core values of design with a local feel and has then added her own, more modern ideas to create a space that is both inspiring and relaxing and complements the extraordinary surrounding landscape all year round. The core of the house is the ‘Great Room’. Large stone fireplaces were built at each end, with the dining room placed at one end and the sitting room at the other. There is a large bay window in the middle and the west facing wall has a long line of windows overlooking the lake. All the other rooms lead off this room, so people are always passing through the Great Room - even the front door opens directly into it. This helps to make an imposingly huge space into a more relaxed, lived-in area. The steep slope of the land meant the house had to be very long, so at one end of the Great Room is the kitchen 238 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

and the screened-porch and at the other end are the bedrooms. In the Winter and Autumn, the Great Room is the social centre of the house with the fireplaces and extraordinary views across the lake to the mountains beyond. ‘The only problem is that the room is so large, the heating bills in the Winter are enormous,’ regrets Bettina, and it has to be kept heated all Winter, even partially when no one is here, so that the pipes don’t freeze. There are two huge chandeliers hanging in the Great Room, which are made of very simple-shaped iron with hand blown glass shades made in Mexico. ‘Luckily we haven’t had to change a light bulb on the chandeliers yet - they are so high that when we do, we will have to put up scaffolding,’ says Bettina. In the Summer, the Great Room is often used as a dining room but the hub of activity is mainly outside by the fire pit and the lake. People tend to relax in the airy screened-porch room. ‘If I would change anything about this house,’ Bettina admits, ‘it would probably be to have a larger screened-porch, since that is where we spend so much time in the Summer’. The floor is made of hard-

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wearing mahogany to withstand the changing temperature throughout the year. As another example of her stamp on the design, Bettina measured and taped squares then painted a black and white checkerboard pattern on the floor to give the room a more informal feel. ‘The builder was horrified when he heard what I wanted to do, but I think when he saw the results he understood what I was trying to do,’ says Bettina. The whole Routh family is very active and loves the outdoor life they have here. The lakes and mountains provide an endless source of activities from mountain climbing to water skiing in the Summer and in the Winter there are some of the best ski resorts in the Eastern United States and the kids can go skating and snowmobiling on the frozen lake. ‘In order to make this a special place for the family’ explains Bettina, ‘ we were adamant from the start that there would be no electronic media in the house; no TV, no internet.’ This would be harder to implement now the kids are all teenagers, but they tried the idea when they were younger and it has 240 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

stuck. So the family spend evenings around the fire, playing games, eating and enjoying each others company and entertaining friends. Everyone’s favourite room is the upstairs bunk-room. It sleeps six and all the kids stay in there - even now they are older. It is part of the camping feel they have created and when large numbers of children come to stay, the ones who don’t get to stay in the bunk room feel very left out, so they even bring extra mattresses so they can sleep together in the same room.’ In the master bedroom, Bettina kept the walls and floors light by staining them with diluted paint. The four poster silver birch bed was designed by Bettina and built by a local carpenter, Chandler, who crafted all the railings and decorative log work around the exterior of the house. ‘He is a real artisan with wood,’ Bettina says, ‘ I asked him one day if he ever made furniture’. Many houses in this area have furniture made out of twigs and branches. Bettina doesn’t like to take a theme to its extreme but did want one or two pieces made in that style. Chandler was very resistant to using silver birch, he said they

ABOVE: A games table and a cosy seating area fill a bay window in the wood-lined living room with views over the lake RIGHT: The Routh family on a jetty on the lake next to their holiday home in the Adirondack mountains

would regret it because it peels so easily, but Bettina needed the lightness of birch. She’s happy she stuck to her guns, ‘The bark does peel off a bit but it has lasted seven years so far and we love it.’ The kitchen is almost as tall as the Great Room which gives the room a very spacious feel. Bettina and John didn’t go over board when it came to selecting choices for the kitchen and they used the samples presented to them by the local kitchen company. Bettina is a designer and could have drawn on some of her resources back home but wanted to keep the process simple. The kitchen island is so large that it is known by the family as the ‘continent’. It is made with butcher block maple, Bettina is not a fan of stone for counter tops, ‘it’s too cold on your arms’, she explains, ‘and wood is warmer.’ The surrounding wilderness here is breathtaking and the home that Bettina and John Routh have created here, not only complements the location, but adds another layer to the experience which they will be able to enjoy with their family and friends for many years to come. 242 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016



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LIFE OF THE PARTY Rena Abboud turns a bachelor-pad townhouse in London into a dramatic space which is perfect for entertaining WORDS ROSLYN SULCAS | PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON UPTON


ena Abboud, famous for her themed parties, her larger-than-life glamour, her love of high fashion and haute couture, and her passion for colour, isn’t given to indecision. When she first saw her future husband’s chrome-and-blackleather-clad London townhouse, she knew exactly what to do. ‘We have to sell the house and buy something else,’ she told him. But Makram Abboud wasn’t having it. ‘We should make it work,’ he replied. The man who has made it work is Philip Vergeylen, who with his partner, Paolo Moschino, runs Nicholas Haslam Ltd., a division of the firm founded by celebrated British designer and man-about-town, Nicky Haslam. Vergeylen and Abboud have been friends for years, and she called him immediately. ‘I said, ‘tell me honestly, could I love this house?’’ Abboud recalls. Eighteen months and an extensive renovation later, the Abbouds are happily living in the house, in London’s smart Chelsea neighbourhood, with Rena’s two teenage daughters. ‘The great thing about Rena is that when she decides to go for something, she really goes for it,’ says Vergeylen. ‘She is incredibly impatient and very focused, so I would wake RIGHT: A sofa in the ground-floor study is upholstered in a Romo fabric, the floor lamps are by Nicholas Haslam Ltd. The black-lacquered panelling and the obelisk-shape bookshelves are custom made, the paintings were purchased in Singapore and the sisal rug is by Tim Page Carpets.

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up every day to about 12 e-mails, full of ideas and photographs of furniture she had found. The renovation was done at Rena’s supersonic speed - seven months for the whole house.’ Vergeylen’s most audacious stroke was to transform the three story black and white house and its warren of small rooms into an open, airy and opulent blur of vivid colour. ‘The ground floor had five small rooms,’ Vergeylen explains, ‘and because I know Rena so well, I know how much she entertains; it’s not 8 people, it’s 50, or even 150. We had to open up.’ By digging out the basement and moving the kitchen and dining room downstairs, Vergeylen made the whole of the first floor into an entertaining space that offers both discrete seating areas and openplan expansiveness. The colours that dominate much of the ground floor are an eye-popping Arabian Nights mix of turquoises, greens and oranges, with hand-painted walls of bronzey green-blue set against ebonised oak floors. That palette, Vergeylen LEFT: In the sitting room a pair of 1940s French stools are upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils linen, the 1970s Belgian cocktail table holds a large ceramic bowl from Tomasz Starzewski and artwork by Shepard Fairey hangs above a bronze fire screen by Charles Edwards. TOP: In a glamorous sitting room, the slipper chairs are upholstered in a cotton velvet by Lewis & Wood and the sofa is by Nicholas Haslam Ltd.

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ABOVE: A custom-made sofa in a family room is covered in a glazed linen from Nicholas Haslam Ltd, the photographs are by Halim Al Karim. The cocktail table was found at Harrods, and the sisal rug is by Tim Page Carpets.

says, came from an unusual brief: ‘Rena handed me a peacock feather and said, ‘This is what I want.’’ Realising that it was important to have visual relief from the hot colour elsewhere, Vergeylen kept the entrance area in calmer shades of browns, creams and gold. ‘What is typical of our design style is that it’s about contrast,’ he says. ‘There are contrasts of colour, and also a juxtaposition of styles, from the 19thcentury copy of an 18th-century English sofa to a John Dickinson table covered with Middle Eastern antiquities.’ How to get from the entertaining area to the new downstairs dining area, 248 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

however, posed a problem. Continuing the main staircase would have cut into the newly acquired space in an unattractive fashion. But having to use a staircase at the back of the house seemed, Abboud says, ‘a bit weird.’ Vergeylen’s solution was to design a stunning, sculptural, all-glass descent that feels like anything but a back staircase and also creates a brilliantly illuminated contrast to the saturated colours of the first floor. ‘After a few drinks, people are a bit panicked on those stairs,’ Abboud says with a laugh. ‘But it’s a big hit.’ In the newly created basement area, two large square tables can be joined, and a pair of chaise longues at the end of the room can be moved aside to make room

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for extra tables when Abboud stages one of the themed dinners for which she is legendary. ‘With entertaining, it’s not about having a big space – quite the contrary,’ says Abboud, who was born in Baghdad and spent some of her childhood in the Persian Gulf, where her father founded the investment firm Investcorp. ‘People like to congregate, to feel close and tight. I’ve had 60 people seated for dinner downstairs. So what if you can’t cut your food at the same time as your neighbour!’ On the upper floors, Vergeylen’s principal change was to open up a small room and corridor to create the hot-pink dressing room of every woman’s fantasies, with specially constructed drawers for gloves, scarves, hats, and belts, colour-coded displays of jewelery in acrylic boxes, and handbags arrayed like artwork on shelves. For now, the master bedroom has a neutral palette. But Abboud has other plans. ‘Red,’ she states in a definite tone. How will her husband feel about that? ‘He’ll love it,’ she says confidently. 250 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

ABOVE: In a master bedroom, the bench, custom-made headboard, antiqued-mirror chests and vintage lamps are all from Nicholas Haslam Ltd. The artwork is by Kira Appelhans, and the walls are painted in Dulux’s Tuparoa.


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A restful utopia where the clever interplay between designer pieces, items bought at flea markets and vintage Nordic furniture sets the tone for the unique villa WORDS KATY BRISCOE | PHOTOGRAPHS MONTSE GARRIGA 252 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

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ndless views of blue skies, merging into the deep blue of the ocean, was one of the main selling points of this utopian Portuguese villa, set high up on the Alentejo coast. Although the house itself was initially architecturally poor, clothing designer Nuno Benito saw past its faults to fall in love with the privileged view of the beach and lush vegetation of the surrounding farmland. To turn this project into his ideal holiday home, he began a reformation project designed to uncover all the property’s hidden beauty, whilst playing on the strengths of its enviable views and relaxed atmosphere that the Portuguese lifestyle dictates.

The main architectural changes came from deleting partition walls to expand and integrate the kitchen and living space into a cleaner, free-flowing open plan space. Whilst raising the roof gave the impression of a double height space and opened the room further still. The original garage and office were also converted into two guest bedrooms with their own bathroom, making it ideal for holiday visitors and family. The overall design of the property has been kept light and airy with neutral walls and floors, and strong accents of colour are used sporadically throughout the rooms in vibrant statement pieces such as purple rugs and the wonderful geometric print flooring in the master bedroom. With so much natural light

FRONT: The endless views and blue sky were a main selling point for this property, which celebrates its outdoor space with a wonderful swimming pool and patio area. OPPOSITE: The guest bedroom is dominated by the bright geometric Americo rug from Carpet Diem, whilst the eclectic collection of artwork above the bed is lit by the grand Sputnik chandelier hanging from the ceiling. ABOVE: The open plan living area is a testament to Benito’s ability to mix designer pieces with vintage junk shop finds. A soft leather sofa, some chairs from the 50s, a random 1960s lamp from the former East Germany and an antique porcelain tiger all surround the low level glass coffee table.

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RIGHT: The dining area adjacent to the main living space contains a large glass table and white leather upholstered dining chairs. Large windows and an oversized lighting fixture ensure the room is flooded with plenty of light at all times of day and night.

flooding through the large windows and full height glass doors, the house feels bright and warm, and there is a natural progression from indoors to the outdoors, which is a superbly furnished and inviting space designed to draw you outside to make the most of the Portuguese sunshine. The large outdoor pool is surrounded by wooden loungers typical of the region, and has quirky tree trunk tables arranged around them. Comfy homemade cushions rest on each lounger, inviting people to lay back and enjoy the endless views of countryside and beach beyond. A separate outdoor eating area is also set up with designer white Panton Vitra chairs set around a bespoke table made of boards from houses damaged by the 2004 tsunami. Huge palm trees punctuate the skyline and the views are truly breathtaking.

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Inside the house Benito’s eye for style, and ability to mix designer pieces with vintage finds, is apparent throughout. The living area is dominated by a large fireplace and arranged around a low coffee table are a soft leather sofa in a burnt orange, some 50’s chairs from France, a 60’s lamp from the former East Germany and a Portuguese porcelain tiger acquired on a visit to a local antique shop. These are all set of by the vivid purple rug from the collection of Carpet Diem which adds a splash of colour to the room. The adjacent dining area is dominated by a large glass dining table, with wooden chairs upholstered in white leather. At the end of the room a matching wooden vintage dresser proudly displays designer pieces as well as antique finds, such as the Mercedes Seco lamp sitting beside an orange vase sourced from Germany.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The bathroom is full of rustic charm with its heavily polished concrete floors and walls and the rough stone sink contrasting against the contemporary stainless steel taps and fixtures. The living area makes the most of the stunning countryside views with full height glass doors out to the pool area. The double height ceiling in the living area gives the room a grand and spacious feeling, whilst the neutral walls and light flooring keep the room bright and airy.

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The bathroom is a triumphant juxtaposition of designer style and rustic charm. The walls and floor have been made from polished cement giving a smooth and light-reflective patina. Whilst on the counter top a heavy stone sink has been roughly carved to visually stand out against the contemporary stainless steel taps and shower visible behind the sleek glass divide. In the guest bedroom, the bed head wall is dominated by framed works of art giving the room an art gallery feel. The bright and geometric Americo rug from Carpet Diem dominates the floor bringing a bold splash of colour to the room. Two tables from the 1960’s that once belonged to a hotel are artfully placed either side of the bed, housing matching lamps in alternating colourways, whilst the grand Sputnik chandelier hangs above the bed to light the room. This finished project is a delightful house set within even more delightful landscape. A restful utopia where the clever interplay between designer pieces, items bought at flea markets and vintage Nordic furniture sets the tone for a truly unique villa that wonderfully sums up the tastes and styles of its owner. 260 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

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ROMANCE REDEFINED Enhancing the elegant features throughout the property creates a grand Venetian vibe


ill House Interiors were briefed to create a sophisticated yet relaxed scheme for a Georgian mansion on the borders of leafy Surrey. The client, a couple with three grown-up children who adore the signature Hill House style, wanted to update their home whilst retaining its stunning original features. The end result is truly spectacular - the designers have enhanced the soft, romantic feel throughout the property with a muted palette, fun details and tailored elements which give this period property a fresh, modern new look. Reminiscent of a grand Venetian interior, the entrance hallway has a delicate lilac colour scheme to beautifully contrast with the monochrome tiling underfoot. The space has been overhauled with traditional but light furniture to complement existing pieces, with new items given a distressed finish and hand painted in soothing mushroom tones. Adding timeless elegance, light fixtures and mirrors have elements of Venetian crystal. Adjacent to the hallway, Hill House have given the home a totally new dimension, extending and transforming the orangery to create an oasis where the family can relax or entertain. The original ceiling moulding and traditional fireplace have been retained, whilst luxurious modern fabrics by Jim Thompson, Fox Linton and Sahco Hesslein in champagne and cyan hues add a sense of tranquility, taking the inspiration from nature’s palette. There is a bespoke chilled drinks cabinet, concealed by mirrored sliding doors, stylish silvery grey thread lamps and butter-soft upholstery. Bringing together the overall look is a show stopping metallic finished floor by Artwood. Also leading off the main entrance is a chic equestrian TV den; inspired by local

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rambling countryside, accents of deep Bordeaux create an intimate atmosphere, and existing recessed cabinetry was refurbished to ensure the owner’s objet can be beautifully displayed. Hill House sourced sumptuous Hermès style fabrics for cushions and blinds, adding to the moody ambience of this classic contemporary space. Upstairs, every bedroom has the feel of a 7 star hotel suite. The master bedroom was totally transformed, with two smaller rooms knocked into one to create an extensive walk-in closet with bespoke dressing table. Understated Larson fabrics and an immensely tactile Sahco wall covering make a subtle design statement without detracting from the stunning garden views beyond. Helen Bygraves, co-founder of Hill House Interiors, comments: ‘We designed a more laid-back scheme to accentuate the elegant period features, but touches of the couture style we’ve become known for are still apparent throughout. It’s a fresh take on the wow factor.’ Hill House Interiors T: +44 (0) 193 285 8900 | 264 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

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Champ de Bataille is a life’s work and it will never stand still - it resonates with the zest of Garcia’s sense of invention WORDS DOMINIC BRADBURY | PHOTOGRAPHS MARK LUSCOMBE-WHYTE

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here is something of a fairytale quality to the life and times of Jacques Garcia. Take the story of Champ de Bataille, the Normandy Château that was once home to the Comte de Créqui and the Ducs D’Harcourt. Once upon a time, as a child, Garcia visited the house with his father, who had a passion for introducing architecture and the decorative arts to his son. Famously, the young Garcia who turned from this homage to Grand Siècle Style, faced his father and told him that one day he would own the place. Now he does. It is his crowning glory, a ‘laboratory of ideas’, painstakingly restored and reinvented ever since Garcia bought the Château back in 1992.

‘I wanted to buy it because I knew it was a very rich building, in terms of decoration and design,’ says Garcia, ‘and also I knew the furniture I wanted to put in would fit very well. But it had been a hospital for 45 years, with room after room painted in white. Only three rooms were still much as they should have been so I had the paint removed to find the original decoration. When those rooms were back to their original state, I designed the others in a similar way and that gave the house a sense of oneness.’ Partly open to the public and partly private, Champ de Bataille is quite extraordinary. But it is no exact, slavish recreation of seventeenth-century manners and aesthetics. It is more than that, bearing

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the stamp of Garcia’s imagination and a relevance to today. It is not a museum with antiques and art pristinely placed and out on display, but a living home that is constantly changing, continually evolving. Garcia’s private quarters, especially, have a modernity to them, with contemporary art and furniture added to the more classical choices. Behind a door down one quiet corridor on the ground floor, there is a beautiful bammam; behind another is an exquisite swimming pool. ‘You need to add a touch of the twentieth century, a new vision,’ says Garcia. ‘For instance, I’m now working on a garden at Champ de Bataille that is a modern vision of a seventeenth-century garden. It’s not an exact replica of how it

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used to be. It’s my imagination at work – designing on a historical basis, indeed, but I am developing something that can only be modern. We can never leave our own century behind.’ This glamorous combination of French classicism and a contemporary outlook characterises the majority of Garcia’s work and has taken him to the top of his profession. He is much in demand. There have been hotels, headed by the prestigious Hôtel Costes in Paris (opened in 1995 by restaurateur, hotelier and entrepreneur, Jean-Louis Costes) with its dramatic Italianate courtyard and opulent bedrooms with their individual reinterpretation of

Second Empire style. There are twenty or so restaurants to Garcia’s credit including L’Avenue, Le Fouquet, Ladurèe and La Grand Armèe in Paris plus Le Danube in New York. And public projects, too, such as the Paris Musée de la Vie Romantique. But residential work still accounts for half of his time, including high-profile commissions such as a Parisian home on the Place Vendôme for the Sultan of Brunei. He has made his fortune designing for the elite, not just in France but in America, Germany, Russia and Beirut as well. Yet Garcia’s upbringing was modest. His parents were shopkeepers in the Parisian suburbs, with Spanish roots on his father’s side. His father was a practical

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also creative, cultured. He encouraged his son’s growing talent for drawing and an interest in the arts. They would note together the achievements of the great architects and tour museums. Garcia would often help his father clean out the attics of neighbours and friends, an opportunity to spot and trade antiques, and he developed a detailed knowledge of period furniture and objects. By the age of fifteen he was an active antiquary. From early on, Garcia knew he wanted to be an interior designer, and after school, where he supplemented his lessons by poring over books on antiques and architecture, he studied at the Met de Penninghen and then the École des Métiers d’Art. Even as he studied he was working successfully as an antiques dealer and buying modern art cheaply by conceptualists such as Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana and Josef Albers, selling them on as prices rose in order to buy

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seventeenth and eighteenth-century decorative art. At the same time he was earning acceptance into a new social world, which would in turn provide him with employment, pleasure and a soaring reputation. His design career began with shops in the early 1970s, followed by hotels and then private homes. All the time he was developing an individual style: an emphasis on a solid, structural foundation to a home, to a space, then layers of fantasy, indulgence and comfort using elements of neoclassicism and orientalism, references from the grand siècle, the Second Empire and the Belle Époque, but with an insistence on fine craftsmanship. Towering in the background was the example of the grand architect of Versailles, the Superintendent of Royal Buildings, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. The two men have often been compared, not least because Garcia made a home of Mansart’s

self-designed Paris mansion on the Rue de Tournells, overseeing its rebirth. ‘I do identify with mansard, simply because for many years I lived in the house that he had built specially for himself in the Marais,’ says Garcia. ‘Then I was instantly accused of being a man of just the seventeenth century. They said, ‘he is the man from the grand siècle and the rest is nothing.’ But when I did the Hôtel Costes I was the specialist of Napoleon III and so on. I am not a specialist. I have a sense that leads me to think and reflect on the philosophy of a specific time, but that is something very different.’ ‘Even if for my own pleasure I have been attracted by houses from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it was because my collection drew me to them: it is easier to have a seventeenth-century home for seventeenthcentury art. But, as at Blenheim or Chatsworth, each generation adds a new layer, without damaging what has been done before.’ Certainly that is the feeling at Champ de Bataille. Even though the house may feel as though it has been untouched for years, in reality Garcia has truly made his mark. The closer you look the more you see and, despite the impression of cohesion, there is a mélange to the elements of many rooms, especially those less formal spaces that remain off limits to the public. In Garcia’s wood-paneled sitting room, for instance, sofa and armchairs are simply covered in calico to contrast with the more luxurious velvets of a chaise-longue and other upholstered pieces. A natural coarse-weave matting covers a terracotta blocked floor, while ranks of antlers and other hunting trophies give a country-lodge atmosphere to the room. Occasionally more contemporary pieces of artwork and furniture seep in; Garcia’s interest in design and art spans the twentieth century and beyond. A dining room next door is a hymn to the naturalist’s art, with a framed collection of herbs and fauna on the walls and a striking aviary motif, with birds staring down from the chandelier and iron perches, sporting on the mantelpiece, while frozen peacocks strut across the tiled stone floor. Here is evidence of Garcia as collector as well as storyteller, and the château is a haven for assemblies of fossils and crystals, butterflies and beetles, as well as countless pieces of furniture and tapestry amassed over decades. Look in Garcia’s study and you see ancient telescopes and scientific instruments, Victorian greetings cards and skulls cut by the blades of ancient anatomists. Upstairs are the more formal set pieces, both intricately conceived and epic TOP DOWN: The marble and porphyry bust on the ornate marble fireplace in the main salon is of the Emperor Nero. Large, shaded pendant lights hang over the billiard table in a room decorated with tapestries

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in scale. There is the large formal dining room, overlooking the parterre and gardens below, with a circle of twelve dining chairs that once lived in the homes of Louis XV. There is the great marble salon next door, overseen by a portrait of Mansart who gazes down from between the windows. Again every corner, every object has its own exotic history: an eighteenth-century throne that belonged to the maharaja of Jaipur here, a porphyry table upon a pedestal commissioned by Napoleon over there. Champ de Bataille is a life’swork and it will never stand still. And it resonates with the zest of Garcia’s sense of invention. ‘What I have best achieved is at Champ de Bataille,’ he says. ‘It is a reflection of what I consider this period to have been all about, what I think grand French taste is really all about. And I have always fought against fashion; if you simply look at what your contemporaries are doing, just copying what they do, you don’t really go anywhere. I prefer to discover the past. It’s in the past that you discover the future.’ 274 Bridge for Design Autumn 2016

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