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Left: Presenting the Barrington wall light Right: Detail Patinated bronze casing with alabaster front panel Lit with LED ribbon Bespoke sizes available.

Presenting the Burbank wall light Nickel plated brass with fabric shade. The shade can be made with your choice of fabric.

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Presenting the Beekman wall light

Hand textured bronze and chipped glass with polished brass detailing

New wall lights and chandeliers and examples of bespoke lighting. Showing at Decorex 2015, stand H39 Bridge for Designt.Autumn 2015 Workshop and offices at 2 Harlequin Avenue, Brentford, TW8 9EW,,, 020 8222 811719

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Bespoke Lighting and Furniture The Millfield Chandelier D1100mm x H350mm (plus hanging rod) Bespoke shapes and sizes are available

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Not all sofas are created equal This year we celebrate 120 years of hand-crafting sofas in our Oxfordshire workshops. All made to order to our clients requirements by skilled craftspeople using solid seasoned wood frames, coil springs and high quality materials. Visit a showroom soon to feel the difference.

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AWARD WINNING HANDCRAFTED KITCHENS Beautiful kitchens hand-crafted by a team of skilled cabinet-makers in Hambridge, Somerset. At Chalon, fully qualified design consultants in our showrooms will offer expert advice on design and colour.They can help bring your brief to life producing a detailed plan, drawings and quotation. | +44 (0)207 349 1430


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Design News 28 pages of the latest from the world of interior design Chelsea Design Quarter celebrates the London Design Festival Future of Design We profile five young designers to keep an eye on Books New titles on our bookshelf from Arne Maynard’s garden through to design homes in Paris Design Trends James Howard has a passion for design, Marie-Veronique Swannell talks about finishing touches, Michael Wolk on mid-century classics and Fiona Kelly puts the wow into windows Fabrics Eight pages of new collections and designers; Abigail Edwards, Berni Raeside and Sera Hersham-Loftus, plus the launch of Blackpop’s new Tudor fabrics Wallpaper Latest designs plus a focus on trompe l’oeil Rugs New from Loomah, Deidre Dyson and Roger Oates Floors Eight great ideas for using tiles Fireplaces Autumn time to think about lighting fires Kitchens Eight new styles London Design Project Thomas Griem mixes Victorian Gothic and contemporary style in this St Pancras penthouse

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New York Design Project Joe Naheem gives a Southampton beach house a makeover New Jersey Design Project Kati Curtis lights up a gloomy arts and crafts house New York Design Project Axis Mundi create a space for a young couple’s growing art collection San Francisco Design Project Phillip Silver transforms a drab living room with a touch of exuberance Soho Design Project Coffinier Ku Design creates a modern oasis Designer Focus Robert Angell: Classic style offering luxury and elegance Designer Focus Laura Hammett: A sense of heritage and timelessness Decorex Special Our 40-page guide to all that is best in this year’s Decorex Show Bathrooms THG and West One Bathrooms open brand new showrooms Lighting Martin Huxford’s new installations in Flemings Mayfair Hotel Great Houses Badminton The grandeur of the house and the vast expanse of wooded parkland makes you feel you have entered a princely kingdom Inspired By The actor Malcolm Mcdowell opens the doors of his American barn Inspired By The Candy Brothers: from the terrace of their vast penthouse, they overlook the splendours of Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean A Jaipur Jewel A British couple create an Indian getaway awash with exotic patterns and colours Culture Shock Two designers faced a challenge when they moved their young family from the mountains of Mexico to live in a Belgium townhouse A Mosaic Villa A Moorish inspired house that has been lovingly created piece-bypiece Inspired By Rock star designer Sig Bergamin shows us around his weekend getaway in Bahia, Brazil

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is the founder and director of TG-Studio, his 20 years’ experience spans residential, retail and office schemes from Hong Kong to New York. He studied in Berlin and London, before working with Phillippe Starck for the global residential developer YOO and then went on to co-found the successful interior design practice Target Living.

was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris where he studied under celebrated designers such as Joe D’Urso and John Saladino he founded FoxNahem with his late partner, Tom Fox. Their fresh and creative work has featured in the world’s leading publications.






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founded Kati Curtis Design in 2005 after more than 12 years of working in international architecture, and engineering firms on both coasts of America. Featured in such publications as the Architectural Digest, New York Times and Financial Times, Kati has worked with many of New York’s most successful institutions.



As a student John worked with the acclaimed minimalist designer Joseph P. D’Urso, going on to collaborate with a host of other design luminaries, before starting Axis Mundi in 2004. His speciality is fusing the intersections between architecture, design and contemporary art.



With a 40-year career spanning three continents, Phillip Silver has become renowned for his unmistakable style. The Australian-born designer launched his first showroom in Sydney in 1982, followed quickly with the opening of offices in Perth and Hong Kong. He has always admired what he refers to as the ‘American Style’.

A partnership between Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku, was founded in 1998 to bring a French-trained expertise in architecture and interior design to the US market. Named one of New York Spaces Top 50 Designers, their work begins with a strong structural and architectural base and continues into detailed, furniture and furnishings.




His passion for design grew from an early age when he went to school and began designing, developing and honing pieces of bespoke furniture and lights. Robert worked closely alongside David Collins for over 15 years as one of the Creative Directors of David Collins Studio before launching his own design studio in 2010.

Laura Hammett was formed in 2008 and is run by Aaron and Laura Hammett. It has grown into a highly reputed interior design studio specialising in luxury residential projects. Aaron and Laura have worked in the design industry for a combined 25 years and have extensive experience in both the commercial and private sector.




Founded by Nick and Christian Candy in 1999, Candy and Candy’s ethos is driven by the pursuit of perfection and extreme attention to detail. Candy & Candy is recognised globally to be consistently delivering the finest properties in terms of location, quality and design.

graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of Santos and has worked on residential and commercial projects throughout Brazil, Europe and the United States. With two offices, one in Sao Paulo and another in New York, he describes his style as a mixture of eclecticism, ethnic diversity, humour and versatility.

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Purely bespoke and exclusively to design specification Muga ~ Pashmina ~ Silk ~ Veedon ~ Wool Telephone: 00 44 (0)1483 575758 (Stand D15 at Decorex)

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NEW FROM Christopher Wray is the Hatfield floor lamp. T: +44 (0)207 013 0180

BANG ON TREND but with an antique heritage I & JL Brown’s Lowry sofa is hand built in their own Herefordshire, UK, workshops along with their Reynolds footstool and wooden side table. T: +44 (0)207 736 4141 |

THE ITALIAN bathroom company Oasis have just launched the fully customised Academy Collection available in gold, chrome and bronze.


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INTERIOR DECORATOR and antique dealer Max Rollitt has introduced a new bespoke collection of five formal and comfy sofas. Each piece is inspired by his favourite purchases over the years and combines his meticulous design skills with fine British craftsmanship. The one shown here is based on a sofa made by Gillows for Uppark, glorious Queen Anne house perched on top of the Sussex Downs. T: +44 (0)196 279 1124 |



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DESIGNED to invoke the captivating image of an old cowboy hat standing in a saddle rack, the Western armchair by Insidherland transforms structure and comfort into a functional piece of art thanks to its solid walnut legs and upholstered curved seat.

THE ELEGANT biscuit tufting on this comfortable club chair makes the Cotswold one of Stanford’s best selling new introductions. Shown here in a striking linen with enticing embroidery detail on the back, this chair has a simplicity that complements any decor.

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ARTERIORS works closely with experienced artisans and factories around the world creating fashion-forward products. The delightful table shown here is one of 500 designs offered to the design trade. Arteriors can be found exclusively at Katherine Pooley Interiors in London, and in showrooms throughout the U.S. US T: 001 800 338 2150 UK T: +44 (0)789 989 4649


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ENHANCING THE naturally occurring pattern of the Brazilian Rosewood with an inlay technique lends the Nebula side table by Malabar an impressive intergalactic feel. Embellished with the geometric structure of its gold polished brass stand, it really brings the ‘out-of-this-world’ into any design scheme. T: +351 912565722 | Remus Pendant Bridge for Design Autumn 2015


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SANDERSON’S TRESCO weave Tangerine has been used on the headboard and deep divan base of this Hypnos bed with Sandringham Supreme mattress from their Regency Collection.

LEATHER furniture manufacturer Hancock & Moore elevates the common man cave into a sophisticated gentleman’s domain with its selection of refined masculine chairs and sofas. Burnished leather treatments and hand-carved wood frame details beckon the creative and stylish gents who desire the minimalist and simple profile.

THE GEORGIAN Wing Back chair derives from the Regency period and was first created by world-famous furniture maker Thomas Chippendale. Delcor Georgian Wing is based on Chippendale’s original design with the S shaped curve in the back of the chair, undulating wings and carved ‘claw and ball’ legs. 44

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THE NEW Matchwood sofa by Conran is designed and made in Britain. Its clean lines, sumptuously deep seat cushions, chic mini bolsters and neat oak legs come together to create a timeless sofa with lived-in appeal. Made to order in Nottingham, the sofa is available in customer’s own fabric and dimensions can be tweaked for a one-of-a-kind look.

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A TOTALLY INDIVIDUAL and flexible metal pendant, Astro’s genre-defying Ginestra light has more than an echo of industrial design but with a distinctly modern execution. “An outstanding addition to our family of metal pendants but with an entirely distinct identity”.

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EYE-CATCHING and full of charm, the colourful Ingrid armchair from the new Roche Bobois collection celebrates the style, geometric shapes and bold hues of 1950’s design. Upholstered in Flamingo Park fabric, this solid beech wood and plywood armchair will add a hint of retro style to any scheme. 46

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Peter Mikic is a London-based interior and furniture designer working with midcentury antiques and contemporary art. Peter studied fashion at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and after moving to London worked in fashion for 15 years before moving into interiors. Commended for his “ultra stylish, subtly coloured interiors featuring sharp tailoring and beautifully chose art” he has recently been named one of the UK’s top 100 leading interior designers. Peter is heavily influenced by art, architecture, music and designers such as Diego Giacometti, Jean Royere and Gio Ponit and inspired by classic antiques and ‘the odd market find’.

Peter uses skills from his fashion background, knowledge of textures, colours and layering are key to understanding interiors. Travelling to unusual destinations is an essential part of his life – he loves seeing how other people unconsciously put things together whether through colour, patterns or materials. Peter is currently working on several houses in London including an exciting new project; The Glebe and abroad, refurbishing a luxury yacht and a wonderful country house with a modern twist. Peter has recently launched his own lighting and furniture collection.

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THE LUXE cocktail table is one of many introductions comprising the newly launched Universal to the Trade collection. Curated especially for design professionals, this striking design seamlessly marries polished silver feet with a cherry veneer and warm Cappucino finish in a graceful, clean line look. The all encompassing collection includes bedroom, dining, occasional and accent furniture. T: 001 887 804 5535

THE EASTON, a delightful two-drawer rosewood chest, features white lacquer drawers highlighted with brass or nickel pulls. Also available in all white lacquer, this is one of many unusual pieces by Worlds Away, whose intent is to offer the design community a wide variety of items that fit seamlessly into any setting. T: 001 901 529 0844


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WITH A built-in lazy susan, the Hyedua Circular Dining Table from Jonathan Charles works in both casual and formal dining settings, due to its decorative hyedua veneer, whose distinct wood grain complements a variety of interior styles. Additional details include a raised brass inlay on the tabletop and on the outer rim, and brass caps set on an elegantly curved base.

ART EXPRESSES feeling and thought, without a word spoken. As does artful furniture. Explore the modern energy and glamour of Bernhardt furniture. Shown here, the nickel-clad Odessa Drawer Cabinet and Roscoe Ottoman in brindled hairon hide. Every Bernhardt piece makes a great first, and last, impression.


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Linley’s handcrafted and perfectly proportioned Gentleman’s Chair in hues of blue is a striking piece which cleverly marries bold and fresh colours with complementing textures of linen, suede, or rich velvet for a dramatic and opulent look. CATHY AZRIA of BD Design uses bronze to create beautiful sculptures that translate moments and feelings experienced through life. This Medusa-inspired sculpture encapsulates rawness, romance and dramatic shapes. T: +44 (0)208 964 5355

A SERIES of marble rings shaping a 10-metre-long tunnel with an imposing reinterpretation of Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man will make an arresting sight in the gardens of the University of Milan. A complex work of art by Margraf which puts classic times and the contemporary age face to face.

A COLLABORATION between Damien Hirst and French crystal house, LALIQUE sees the artist take inspiration from butterflies - the ancient Greek symbol of the soul. Pictured Eternal Beauty Panel in Amber crystal.


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NEW FROM Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture, this look was inspired by the 1960’s and nicely depicts a dynamic combination of the fluid movement of highly polished mirror (stainless) with the most exotic woods of Burr Walnut in the manner of Karl Springer. This attractive piece is a focal point whether used in a foyer, dining room or very fancy living room setting. T: 001 828 322 2640 |


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GRAPHIC AND dramatic raised concentric circles on aged brass form the panel doors of the Abbado Cabinet from Julian Chichester. Upper and lower compartments provide ample storage.

PRINTS & PATTERNS have always been a great way of bringing a little personality into the home! All of Delcor’s pieces are available in over 10,000 fabrics, which include a wide selection of designs and colours, from the wonderfully wacky to the traditional and twee. Neutral colours can offset a bold choice or, when carefully selected, a combination of coverings can bring an eclectic excitement to a room. T: +44 (0)191 237 1303 |


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The Faaborg chair KAARE KLINT’S iconic Faaborg Chair was created in 1914 and first shown at the inauguration of the Faaborg Museum on the Danish island of Funen in 1915. Now, to mark its 100th anniversary, Rud. Rasmussen is releasing a special edition which pays tribute to the original. Kaare Klint (right) collaborated with architect Carl Petersen to design the chair – a design that would prove to be the first modern Danish design classic. The Faaborg Chair ushered in a new era for Danish design, creating a foundation for its development and for what is now associated with the Danish Modern

phenomenon, which put Danish design on the world map in the 1950’s. Like the original the special edition chair is crafted from burr wood, which forms when a tree’s fibres bend, twist, and become intertwined during growth, creating irregular patterns. Rasmussen is using burr from an elm that stood in their back courtyard for 100 years and was felled 25 years ago – and which they have been saving for the right occasion. T: +45 3539 6233 |

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DURESTA offers a stylish solution for upholstered sofas and chairs. Every piece is handcrafted to order in the Duresta workshops in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire.

THE CALYPSO is handcrafted by artisans in San Miguel. The stylish antique mirror cabinet is often used as a sideboard or bar and features hand-applied gold leaf edging and hand-carved floret knobs. Also available in all white lacquer. Worlds Away prides itself on a wide presentation of mixed media including high gloss lacquers, burl and rosewood veneers as well as other touches like silver leaf, brass and nickel furniture. The most recent resurgence of the Hollywood Regency style as well as the Mid-Century designs have inspired the company to design more transitional pieces that easily relate to today’s interiors. T: 001 901 529 0844 |

LAUNCHING AT FOCUS/15, luxury furniture designer, Christopher Guy, introduces the elegant Arpa chair. Featuring an unusual metal back with concentric swirls, wide tapered legs and upholstered seat, available in a wide range of fabrics, from leather to velvet. Available from its showroom in Chelsea Harbour’s Design Centre. T: +44 (0)203 397 2410 54

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WARDROBE offers a unique collection of wardrobes inspired from classic periods of English history, so choice is plentiful. These beautiful, timeless, mirrored wardrobe designs, with decorative fret work, look fabulous in this elegant dressing room. British design, British made and their showroom is in New Malden, Surrey. T: +44 (0)208 336 6117


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Blainey North IT IS A SET in Venetian style. The chest of drawers is exquisitely painted in ‘Antico Veneziano’, one of the new ‘Luxury’ finishes from Roberto Giovannini.

THE ELAN bed by Tina Nicole for Nathan Anthony features a design of faceted panels arranged in asymmetrical shapes, each panel section framed by thin pieces of wood. A variety of fabric and rich wood finishes are available for customising. T: 001 323 584 1315


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has always been fascinated with buildings, from an early age, it was to be her destiny. This pre-occupation combined with her obsession for high fashion, and runway lookbooks, has developed into an award winning design practice, which creates classic yet modern, bespoke couture interiors. Educated in England, Blainey went to study architecture at Sydney University and now runs a thriving interior design practice in Sydney counting film stars Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe among her clients. As well as the eponymous architectural design practice she also has her own exquisite signature furniture and lighting collection. Always concerned with the detail, she works with the most talented

craftspeople to produce her beautiful pieces, which all demonstrate exceptional quality. Inspired by fashion and a sensibility and love of art deco. Her International appeal is rapidly expanding, and as her firm celebrate its 15 year anniversary, Blainey will open a gallery space and design practice in the heart of Mayfair, London. London has become the biggest market for her signature furniture and lighting collection and this welcome enthusiasm for the brand, compounded her passion for London made a move to Mayfair an easy decision.



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VILLIERS has recently been commissioned to create a stunning five metre long glass topped dining table with a bronze and gold leaf finish. The design of the metal table is based on their Tempest range of furniture that includes a console table and desk in polished nickel. T: +44 (0)179 951 6680 |

THIS GRAND Commodore Chest from Biltmore: Collector’s Room by Fine Furniture Design, owes its distinguished lines to a similar piece in the Biltmore House. Designed to stand alone as a signature piece, yet its warm wooden tones make it a comfortable fit with most existing decor. T: 001 336 883 9918

FROM E. LAWRENCE LTD, purveyors of leather bound and handmade parchment bound books, come these new faux shagreen-wrapped books which will add drama and texture to any decor. The luxe, exotic look of shagreen easily transforms ordinary to extraordinary, offering limitless possibilities and distinction to any setting. T: 001 404 355 9226


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CLEYNDERT & BARR bespoke furniture makers have established a reputation for fine quality, custom made, free standing furniture. This Art Deco style extending dining table is veneered in American walnut with brass inlay details to the top edge. Offering a fully bespoke service, they can manufacture both traditional and contemporary styles of furniture to order. T: +44 (0)785 068 5105 |


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FACETED and functional, the new Helios dining table 970, by Woodland, would be at home in any contemporary or transitional setting. Its unusual pedestal base and customisable dimensions make it a versatile and stunning addition for entry or as a focal point. Shown in Antwerp Eland finish on Walnut. T: 001 208 523 9006

SKILLED craftspeople handcraft every Wesley-Barrell sofa and armchair to order in their Oxfordshire workshop, giving designers the opportunity to tailor furniture to a client’s exact requirements. T: +44 (0)199 377 6682 |

DAVID SEYFRIED LTD has been furnishing the finest homes and hotels for more than 30 years and offers a large range of sofas, chairs, ottomans, stools and coffee tables. They are renowned for supplying hand crafted upholstered furniture manufactured to the highest standards. T: +44 (0)207 823 3848 |


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THE SOFT MODERN silhouette of the South Beach Collection from the Richard Frinier Collection for Century is a result of its subtle blending of traditional and contemporary styling. The design is ideal for either exterior or interior living spaces, wherever an elegantly understated form is required. Frames are hand woven performance resin, a durable and eco-conscious weaving material, with cushions and toss pillows upholstered in Sunbrella Sailcloth fabrics also designed by Richard Frinier. T: 001 852 5552 |



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ENTERTAINING IS the predominant theme this season whether with friends, family, during holidays or for fun. What great hosts have in common is a home beautifully and comfortably outfitted for entertaining. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams believe it starts at the front door and carries effortlessly through living and dining spaces. Take the Crescent-back Turner chairs in deep green velvet and Newell extension table, paired with the Mina floor lamps and accent pieces in brass, bronze and gold add glow.

George Winks RISING YOUNG STAR of British furniture design George Winks founded Temper Studio in 2013. His design aesthetic is influenced by both traditional and modern construction techniques, from the complexity and precision of Japanese joinery to the modest beauty of the Shaker movement. His Beam Table explores what George calls ‘symbolic friction’ between structural elements: in this case English Oak and cast concrete, fitted together like a spine to create a piece which is rich in material texture and architectural presence. The junction between the two materials is highlighted with a flash of coloured felt seen through the plate glass top. Every Beam Table is made to commission in Temper Studio’s Wiltshire workshops with clients specifying both timber and size. T: +44(0)784 133 9159 62

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ITALIAN DESIGNER Stefano Giovannoni has expanded his Ilbagnoalessi One Bathroom Collection from Laufen. A new bathtub with an optional ari massage system brings spa-like wellbeing to the domestic setting in the most stylish of ways. T: +44 (0)153 051 0007 |

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CHRISTOPHER HYDE have supplied crystal glass table lamps with brass plinths and details finished in either antique silver plate or french gold (Barley Twist) to The Lanesborough. Together with hand cast brass traditional wall lights, finished in black and antique french gold pictured here. The Barley Twist lamps are from the Berkeley range and the Siren wall lights are from the St. Petersburg range. T: +44 (0)207 351 0863

CONCEPT HANDTUFTING create the most unique and desirable hand tufted and handknotted carpets, tailoring each piece to your size and scheme. They only use the finest pure materials such as fine silks, hand spun merino wools and bamboo, combined with the highest levels of design and craftmanship ensure pure luxury under your feet. T:+44 (0)193 784 5080


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Justine Asprey is a London based sculptor with a background in animation. Her portrait busts of leading contemporary artists and private clients combine vibrant modernity with classical traditions, which brilliantly evoke the spirit of the sitter thanks to Justine’s flair for creating a special rapport with every client. Every commission involves a process of close and continual collaboration between Justine and her subject. A unique feature of Justine’s work is the incredible range of materials that she uses. Justine embraces the challenge of combining innovative materials with traditional sculptural techniques that have changed remarkably little over the centuries. For example, she’s currently experimenting with a translucent, spaceage substance called aerogel or ‘frozen

smoke’. This is to create the spectacular ‘smoke and water’ finish suggested by the renowned installation artist Richard Wilson RA, the latest subject in Justine’s ongoing series of contemporary artists. Another subject in the series, the Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey, requested that his bust be finished in iridescent purple paint ‘somewhere between a fast car and a flash mobile phone’. The process of crafting each sculpture is intensely physical. After taking numerous photographs and measurements, Justine creates a maquette. She constructs an armature of aluminium wire filled with paper, which is coated with three inches of clay before being moulded and sculpted to define the face and other details. These skilful touches instantly convey the subject’s vitality and complexity. The result is not just an accurate physical likeness; more importantly, it’s a piece that captures the very essence of the sitter thanks to Justine’s remarkable talent for conveying attributes that go beyond the physical. Justine’s portrait busts are as individual as her sitters. With a timeless serenity that’s equally at home in contemporary and traditional interiors.

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FINE ART LAMPS introduce a new LED collection designed by Allison Paladino featuring an exclusive studio process of rough cut dichroic sculpted glass. T: 001 305 821 3850 |

PROFILES, a great collection of upholstery silhouettes by Ambella Home, shows off a myriad of styling details and custom sizes that can range from the perfect individual pieces to a grand sectional. Also shown are the Limestone bow tie cocktail, large Octo mirror, Diamond multi-use cabinet, Hexagonal table and Saddle bench. Ambella takes great pride in combining the best of raw materials with superb craftsmanship for designs that withstand the test of time. T: 001 214 631 8901 |

MARTIN HUXFORD STUDIO are celebrating their highly successful first anniversary, with the launch of the elegant Quintet Chandelier at Decorex. The five asymmetric arms of the chandelier are hand finished in solid brass to complement the Basalt brass tables shown beneath. Harmonious architectural elegance, designed and hand built in Sussex. T: +44 (0)190 374 0134 |


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THIS IS A new range from Original Bathrooms ‘The Richmond Collection’ features classic lines and colours made to a high specification and quality. Bringing the warmth and freshness of Richmond Park into any home whether in the city or the rolling countryside. T: +44 (0)208 940 7554 |

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URBAN LIVING Interiors have been appointed as exclusive UK stockists for Casamilano – one of Italy’s most respected furniture brands. Internationally renowned designers have contributed to the extensive collection which includes sofas, armchairs, dining and coffee tables, cabinets, lamps and mirrors. T: +44 (0)207 637 9427

VALERIE WADE has always specialised in glamorous vintage and contemporary mirrored furniture. Her Venice dressing table in bronze mirror with hand faceted crystal handles is no exception. Made to order, the piece comes in different colours and bespoke sizes. For the finishing touches she stocks bespoke and vintage chairs, seductive accessories and mood lighting. T: +44 (0)207 225 1414 |


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LUXDECO, the online destination to discover and shop luxury interiors, have created a series of evolving interior design schemes, revealing how to effortlessly transform three key rooms into a myriad of inspirational looks.

BESPOKE staircase experts, BISCA, were briefed to design, make and install a two flight staircase in this North Yorkshire farmhouse renovation with a layout to include space for the owners’ extensive library on the wall adjacent to the staircase. T: +44(0)143 977 1702 |

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THIS INTERESTING and decorative combination of designs by John-Richard spotlights the colourful Carrera cabinet which was inspired by its namesake, Carrera marble. Its reverse painted glass is sleek, modern and unmistakably refined. Other pieces shown include: the Around in Circles table lamp accented with hand-made brass circles and scratched-etched finish offset by a creamy marble base; Moonlight vase with antiqued silver finish evoking shadows in the moonlight; and matching Moonlight bowl. USA T: 001 662 453 5809 | UK T: +44(0) 120 271 7017

THIS STYLISH Allegra dresser is a statement piece for the bedroom. Styled with three spacious drawers, this versatile design is highlighted with Alden Parkes’ signature solid brass hardware. Used alone or with the matching headboard, it’s also available in Tiffany white or a warm walnut finish. T: 001 904 279 1617 | 70

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Aiveen Daly

Once a savvy marketer who turned her creative hand to luxury furniture upholstery, has just celebrated 10 years in the industry. In the early days, her bespoke tailoring and signature style quickly made a name for her, full of haute couture inspiration and subtle glamour. Now 10 years on, the studio has discreetly become the little black book favourite, designing and making for the world’s most exclusive interiors projects. Aiveen demonstrates British innovation at its best: a specialist upholstery company with the mix of traditional technical skills and modern methods

combined with a real hunger for innovation. Working mainly on commissions from her London atelier, the studio uses luxurious embellishment and fabric manipulation techniques to adorn furniture and surfaces.  From the very decorative dining chairs which incorporate multiple elements such as metal work, hand embroidery, pleating and pearls to the more simple architectural details such as hand stitched leather satchels incorporated into leather panels. In addition to taking bespoke commissions, she also offers an edited collection of made-to-order furniture and accessories which can be found on her newly launched website. T: +44 (0)208 962 0044 |

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SIMON HORN’S splendid bedframes are perfectly partnered by Marshall & Stewart’s luxurious mattresses, handmade in the UK. See them together at Simon Horn’s flagship showroom on the King’s Road. T: +44 (0)207 731 3555 |

MOTTAHEDEH & COMPANY has partnered with Rookwood Art Pottery to introduce vintage and classic vessels reflecting the rich history of one of America’s most honoured decorative arts companies. Founded in Cincinnati in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols, Rookwood Art Pottery was the first female-owned manufacturing company in the United States. T: 001 800 242 3050 |


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ANA BARRETO INTERIORS design luxury furniture tailor-made to clients’ unique specifications. Each piece is exquisitely built by mastercraftsmen, from consoles and dining tables to sofas and chairs. Their showroom in Richmond is the perfect place to see their collection and an exclusive range of accessories. T: +44 (0)208 744 977 |

UBER INTERIORS has always been a big fan of the cross leg console table but the range of new finishes, like this brushed (almost gold-like) brass, add a new direction for this quality classic. T: +44 (0)845 077 3280 |

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CHIC AND BRIGHT, inspired by a delightful summer day in Paris, Artmax combines classic with a modern twist to perfect these pieces in a contrasting bold white and gold finish. T: 001 773 376 6266 |

HERITAGE marine lighting manufacturer Davey Lighting brings out the big guns this Autumn/Winter with its largest pendant yet. Showcasing all the hallmarks of Davey’s refined yet authentic utilitarian styling this light features a combination of fit-for-purpose design, traditional craftsmanship and the finest raw materials.

THE PERCY chest from Julian Chichester with its neoclassical shape is updated for the 21st century in bleached ivory vellum with three concave brass drawers and brass legs.


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THESE NEW and contemporary Mr & Mrs handcrafted wing chairs from Lyndon Design form the perfect seating duo. While paying respectful homage to their stately grandeur, they incorporate contemporary touches that make them suitable for today’s corporate, hospitality and boutique hotel environment. Designed to sit amiably alongside sofas and other furnishings, both may be used as standalone pieces to make a bold design statement. T: +44 (0)124 258 4897 |

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CHELSEA DESIGN QUARTER celebrates London Design Festival which runs September 19th-27th with a series of events. CDQ has the largest and most diverse selection of established interiors specialists concentrated in one area. It brings together the capital’s most vibrant showrooms and creative communities all within a stroll along the King’s

CATCHPOLE AND RYE celebrate British craftsmanship and are very well known for their luxurious cast iron baths beautifully made in their Kent based workshops. Launching this season, are new enamel interiors available on all their Copper, Nickel and Brass Bateaus, which are certainly making waves.

Road, Lots Road and Imperial Wharf, showcasing lighting and rugs, beds and bathrooms, fabric and wall coverings, handles and tiles, antiques and art and bespoke galore. Modern and traditional sit cheek by jowl. Styles cover classic English, modern European and Oriental.

GUINEVERE celebrates London Design Festival with awardwinning interior designer Alidad who is creating a scheme for one of their windows on the King’s Road. He will be discussing his inspiration for the scheme on Monday September 21st. ROCA LONDON GALLERY

has an exhibition called Childhood Recollections: Memory in Design Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Daniel Libeskind, Denise Scott Brown, Nieto Sobejano and Philip Treacy reveal the childhood recollections that have shaped their outstanding visions and work. THE RUG COMPANY celebrates 15 years of creative collaboration between Paul Smith and The Rug Company with Classic With A Twist showcasing rugs from his new collection, as well as previous iconic designs. JOHN CULLEN LIGHTING will be hosting a joint event

DEIRDRE DYSON shows her awardwinning contemporary handmade carpets in her new London Carpet Gallery. Her new book Walking on Art published in September. Terence Conran said: ‘this book should be treasured by designers of interiors.’

with Ultimate Library, the creators of beautiful book collections exhibiting alongside wonderful light installations from exciting, new designers Haberdashery. The exhibit will be at their showroom throughout the festival week.


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The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair returns to the impressive surrounds of Berkeley Square, Mayfair, from Tuesday 22nd September until Sunday 27th September 2015. A must-visit event for sourcing and buying art, antiques, design and decorative arts in a breadth of disciplines. T: +44 (0)207 823 3511 |

ONE OF THE latest introductions by Artmax incorporates class design with contemporary linear shapes and infused with a touch of safari motif. Handmade by master craftsmen, these designs continue to show superlative quality and design, always expected from Artmax. T: 001 773 376 6266


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THIS HANDSOME sofa is shown in gunmetal finish with neutral fabric on body and pillows exclusively from Dorya. The eye-catching contrasting welt and pillow details in leather highlight the warm, refined look adding even more panache to this outstanding contemporary setting. US T: 001 305 373 4446 | UK T:+44 (0)120 271 7017 |

THIS EXQUISITE Farrah chair is from Tomlinson’s Directional division, long known for its fresh contemporary style and superb craftsmanship. Designers love the freedom of creating their own looks from a company which brings collections from some of the most respected designers in the home furnishings industry. The Tomlinson companies have been quietly hand-crafting custom pieces in North Carolina for over a century. T: 001 336 472 5005 |

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THE BOSTON is handmade in England to an original Chippendale design, with solid beech inner frame and mahogany base. Traditionally upholstered using natural materials wherever possible, the seat and back with hand sewn individual coil springs, individual nailing to the face. Three seat, two and a half seat, two seat sofa and chair to order in any covering with bespoke stud, seat filling, and polishing options. T: +44(0)207 610 9597

EXPANDING ON the hugely sophisticated and popular Colonial Chair, Carl Hansen & Son is now reintroducing further pieces in the series. The new sofa and coffee table reflect the designer’s penchant for the delicate and refined curves of bygone colonial times.

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TO COINCIDE with the opening of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, From Catwalk to Sidewalk Roche Bobois launches a new collection of cushions designed by Jean Paul Gaultier himself. The designs are a perfect fusion of his inimitable playfulness and creativity along with Roche Bobois’s quality and craftsmanship. TAKING ITS inspiration from the iconic designs of 18th Century Ormolu clocks and combining it with the ingenuity of the contemporary British silversmith, this limited edition Imperial clock is an opulent objet d’art from Grant Macdonald which harks back to the splendour of the Versailles Palace of pre-revolution France.


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OASIS once again create a sensual and cultured atmosphere which is 100% Italian yet truly cosmopolitan with rich dark hues and waterfall effects. Marble will always meet the brief for sophisticated and luxurious designs. T: +39 0434 654752 |


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e can all go off to Paris, Milan and New York to see what is happening in those exciting venues but when you find homegrown talent like this it is game-changing,” says Mark Reise, Creative Director of furniture showroom urban living interiors, of the five new British designers he is supporting by working with them and showcasing

their work, writes Jacky Parker. The designers in question are Kit Miles, Charlotte Wilkinson, Thomas Jarrold, Adam Collins and Anna Gravelle whose collective talents span furniture, textiles and sculpture. T: +44 (0)207 637 9427 |

Adam Collins Adam Collins set up his handcrafted furniture company, The Source in 2012, following his graduation in Sports Technology from Loughborough University and a short spell designing fitness equipment. Influenced by his boat-building father, and having grown up around wood and steel boat-construction, Collins’ attention was instead drawn to designing and making furniture. Taking a refreshing approach Collins combines innovative design with traditional craft skills and a nod to Britain’s industrial past. The designermaker’s inaugural Archie Collection consists of a desk, dining table, bench and bar stool.

Anna Gravelle Thomas Jarrold AFTER studying 3D design at Kingston University, Thomas Jarrold trained at Williams and Cleal Furniture School in Somerset, where he was mentored by some of the country’s finest furniture makers. The sumptuous Elixir cabinet is a fine example of his workmanship, with its bowed frontage of walnut and sweet chestnut burr and its luxurious lining of rippled sycamore, which he likens to the lining of a tailored suit.

A recent arrival to the interiors scene, textile and surface designer, Anna Gravelle traded in a successful career as a television producer to retrain in her new field. It has clearly paid off as she has already picked up a number of accolades, including an award for membership of Design Nation and a nomination for the Perrier Jouet Art Salon Prize 2015. The Bristol based designer’s textural tufted and tactile printed fabrics combine exquisite wool cloth with fine yarns and nature inspired abstract pattern. In addition to applying these fabrics to an interiors range of pouffes, Gravelle designs architectural textiles with the aim of creating unexpected soft surfaces in public spaces.

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body as a basis for her work. Drawing upon microscopic images of the naturally-occurring patterns and structures of our cells and organs, she uses a technique to fold and mould vivid colours within the glass that limits the control she has over the material, resulting in truly unique pieces.

Kit Miles

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art five years ago, textile designer, Kit Miles has swiftly established his eponymous label in the minds of an impressive client base that includes Conran & Partners, Dulux and Hyatt. With his clever use of scale, colour and imagery, Miles creates vivid and original fabrics and wallpapers, which grace the surfaces of an impressive array of international luxury hotels and top-class restaurants. His exquisite prints are not confined to high-end commercial establishments; they will make a dramatic statement in any home.


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DAEDALIAN GLASS STUDIOS have been at the forefront of innovative glass design since 1986. A team of British artisans, designers and technicians work together to create the finest and some of the most unique products and bespoke projects you’re likely to see.


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THE BONAPARTE upholstered bed from And So To Bed is inspired by the classic Victorian Chesterfield design, and features sweeping curves and decorative scrolls at the head and foot of the bed. Upholstered in a beautiful Bohemian Paisley fabric by Mulberry Home this bed is a luxurious addition to any home. T: +44 (0)808 144 4343 |

Bespoke carpets and rugs by Concept Handtufting Ltd. We strive to create the most unique and desirable handtufted carpets, tailoring each piece to our customer’s scheme. The use of the finest materials such as fine silks, hand spun wools and natural bamboo, combined with the highest levels of design and craftsmanship ensure pure luxury for your feet. +44(0)1937 845080

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INFUSE ANY room with global charm by using Caracole’s Moroccan inspired chest of drawers. A 50 inch traditional, streamlined chest, in their Go with the Grain mahogany finish, features three large drawers framed by a narrow gold bullion bead. The signature Dove White drawer fronts are embossed with a subtle geometric pattern, reminiscent of a geometric tile. A creamy white stone top completes the look and gives you the opportunity to use this as a dresser, a hall chest, or even a bar.

BESPOKE SOFA LONDON furniture exudes a sophisticated luxury to all of their designs. Handmade in London, offering a variety of options of finishes and customisation to suit your lifestyle. T: +44 (0)207 736 9900 |

Edwardian Kitchen Sink Mixer Shown with petrified oak levers, this beautiful polished wood is certified over 5000 years old and has an elegance and practicality. The 2 hole sink bridge has 215mm or 260mm spout projection. Available from Czech & Speake, 54 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8LP enquiries For other finishes and versions please visit


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The Country House Ideal The secret of a memorable night’s sleep

Hypnos ‘secretly’ knows that it is a supremely comfortable bed that is at the heart of a truly memorable night’s sleep. With over 100 years experience of making made-to-measure beds, using the finest natural materials, and with a Royally Approved reputation for hand crafting the most comfortable beds in the world, it is no surprise that Hypnos beds and their sublime comfort can be found in the finest homes, palaces and hotels.

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ANY NEW COUNTRY house is a descendant of a long and varied Classical tradition and yet it must meet the requirements of a vastly different modern-day world. ADAM Architecture has an international reputation for its diverse portfolio, and its country houses are among the practice’s most admired work. The Country House Ideal explores the way in which ADAM Architecture uses historical precedents, techniques and materials to give expression to thoroughly modern works. Illustrated throughout with specially commissioned photography by Paul Barker, this beautifully produced book places the modern country house in its rich historical context. ADAM Architecture’s country houses reflect a variety of historic styles, and these are featured in the four main chapters of the book: Anglo-Classical, Rural Romantics, Palladian and Neoclassical. Each chapter opens with an essay introducing the style, before moving on to explore several magnificent modern houses that exemplify it. Every house is featured over twelve pages, with the designs ranging from a handsome 21st century villa to a graceful house in the spirit of Queen Anne and a five-bay addition to a Cotswold stone manor house that’s perfectly in keeping with its surroundings.

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The Gardens of Arne Maynard ARNE MAYNARD is one of the UK’s most sought-after and internationally renowned garden designers. He is celebrated for his ability to create gardens with a particular sense of harmony and belonging as well as his love of traditional craftsmanship and a keen eye for historical detail. “Because of where my own passions lie, I design gardens that are intended to be gardened,” he says in his first book The Gardens of Arne Maynard devoted to his work. Written by Arne himself, this beautiful book offers a fascinating insight into how his designs evolve. Focused on 12 gardens, illustrated with wonderfully atmospheric photographs by William Collinson that reveal Maynard’s extraordinary versatility and imagination, it explores the very essence of good garden design. His passion for colour, plants and design is evident throughout this inspiring book and he provides the reader with a clear reference guide to the building blocks that he uses in his designs.


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The furnishings of the living room, which opens onto the dining room, have historic associations that make them treasured possessions

Behind doors: A Home in Paris Guillaume de Laubier takes us behind closed doors inside the homes of the most respected designers and artists in his book A Home in Paris. Discover the rich diversity of Parisian style in 34 inspiring interiors grouped into five thematic chapters. Classic interiors feature crystal chandeliers and gilt-framed mirrors, a marble bust flanked by eighteenthcentury Louis XV rattan chairs, or floral-embroidered Chinese tapestries paired with a mother-ofpearl-inlaid armoire. Designer and artist abodes exude an irrepressibly creative vibe, from kitsch playland to 1940’s boudoir lounge. The living room leads to the library, where Jacques Garcia has placed an armchair bearing the stamp of the famed chair maker Jean-Baptiste SÊnÊ

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Casa Bohemia The Spanish - Style House The author traces the history of Linda Leigh Paul’s Casa Bohemia is Spanish style architecture from its a celebration of the uniquely vibrant Iberian sources to the development of architecture and interiors of classic the Mission style in the Americas to the and new Spanish-style houses in still-flourishing Spanish Revival and the south-western and southern United Mediterranean styles, and endlessly rich States, Mexico, and Spain, it showcases a collection of 29 of the most beautifully details. preserved Spanish style houses, from restored haciendas in Casa Bohemia Mexico to early and recent 20th The Spanish - Style House century California mission styles by Linda Leigh Paul which were built between the late Published by Rizzoli 17th century and the present day.


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Furniture from the Mr and Mrs Howard Collection for Sherrill Furniture designed by James Howard

A PASSION FOR DESIGN We have a desire to live fabulously with beautiful things says James Howard


have spent the greatest majority of my teenage and adult life surrounded by and focused on the world of interiors. There is no doubt to anyone who knows me well, or even by reputation that I have immersed myself into every effort to design and build a better house. It has been my passion for over 40 years, and I zealously wake each day to learn something new, and do something better. Through the components of architecture, art and furnishings a house is assembled, really as a laboratory and showcase of the perspective and wishes of its owners. For better or worse, the parts are assembled and built and you get what you asked for and selected. When my children were young, I would take them to New York every year for a weekend with dad, and to tour the Kips Bay Boys Club show house. It was their price to pay for going to NY for some fun, and in spite of their lack of enthusiasm they embarked on a tour of some of the finest homes in America. Ironically they always asked; why are these homes so different, so extraordinary and so beautiful? My answer, of course, was because they were built by, assembled by, and designed by the greatest talents in the world of architecture and interior design. To my greatest surprise and joy, it was those experiences and exposure to so many beautiful places that ultimately led two of my children into the world of interior design. Their vision while based in those experiences has veered. They are wildly interested in new things. They love to read blogs that expose them to new things that are happening, 96

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new trends, and how history and our past are influencing these trends. They are seeing the world of fashion influence textile designs, architects that are designing furniture, as we have never seen before. Today, people are travelling to obscure and distant places and experiencing things. The birth of design schools such as SCAD, the New School, and RISD are enlightening young minds to where we have been, but most importantly where we are going. I see the influences of the 20th century shaping the things to come. Scandinavian, Finnish, and Danish designs of the 1930’s were profound. Characterised by bold clean lines and simple sturdy symmetries, it helped kick start other artists of the time to re-imagine the decorative arts, particularly in 1940’s France and beyond. Those Modern influences and the knowledge of what those designers created will continue to be pushed by and progressed by our rising stars. What we shall see is new forms and shapes that will emerge from things we have seen in our past, and will evolve in the future. Craftsmanship is the foundation of our future, as it is what withstands the hands of time, but today we want our lives to be a bit simpler, less fussy and complex. As we yearn for comfort, we cannot resist the need for self-expression and that innate desire to live fabulously with beautiful things. To be modern, attractive, and happy.

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THE FINISHING TOUCH An exquisitely made tactile handle is a joy says Marie-Veronique Swannell


uring the 18th and 19th century – the heydays of decorative bronze hardware – door and furniture handles were given proper consideration and allocated substantial budgets. The huge historical catalogues and archives of the serruriers d’art, as they were known in France, bears testament to the high status of door furniture at the time, when the quality of cabinetry was judged largely on its ‘bronzes’. Somehow the significance of door handles waned in the aftermath of Modernism, to the extent that by the 1980’s door handles were hardly a consideration, and there was in fact very little to choose from. While most handles available today are sadly banal, the likes of Haute Déco have brought about a renaissance at the high-end of architectural hardware, offering distinctive handles which make the perfect finishing touch to interior projects. Door handles tend to be specified with two main objectives either in the context of couture interior projects where every detail feeds into a theme, or to provide a style statement in their own right, be it with statement handles or by adding colourful or metallic accents. Large format Push-Pull handles, with luxurious contemporary textures work equally well as stand-alone style statements or within a larger scheme. There is a noticeable shift in consumers’ interest in craftsmanship and their skills to create unique and beautiful products. Because door handles are the one architectural detail that we come into direct and repeated contact with, a well-chosen, exquisitely-made handle is appreciated time and time again. Singularly, door handles are not just seen but held in the hand. Handling exquisitely-made, tactile handles that have been lovingly hand-polished is a joy that appeals to our sense of touch. 98

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On this note, layering texture has been a trend in design for some time but we now see there has been a noticeable increase in interest towards handles adding to the textural palette. Handles can cross-reference to other textures used in the property: parquet flooring, timber-cladding, wallcoverings, leather upholstery and polished concrete. Of late, the return of colour within interior schemes has been talked about and used in homes across the globe. The new generation are enjoying the mix of strong wall colours and decadent and printed fabric designs to create an eclectic interior. With this return to bolder schemes comes a focus to decorative detail. We no longer have to embellish with only cushions and lampshades because there is also a huge market for fittings and colourful knobs . They make the ideal finishing touch for coordinating wardrobes and furniture to walls or fabrics and alongside a plethora of colours, in a variety of textures and surfaces on the market, including glossy lacquers, bold Pop-Art colours, precious gem colours, or contemporary Mediterranean colours, rooms can be successfully punctuated with luxurious, multi-layered finishing touches. Today, with less people moving house and more people renovating or updating their homes, instant makeovers can be achieved with smaller elements which can transform a space instantly. As we are continually told in life that the first impression is the lasting one – for an interiors project, it seems a distinctive handle on the front door is a good place to start.

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Mid century inspired furniture designed by Michael Wolk for Tomlinson’s Palm Spring Collection (from left) the Chandler, the Aubrey and the Valentino bed

A MID CENTURY LEGACY Michael Wolk says that 1950’s and 60’s furniture designs are still relevant today


he visually compelling Madmen television series may be over, but the characteristics of the mid-century modern interior and furniture designs that it showcased not only endure to this day, but also continue to thrive. A quick look back at the evolution, ideas, and dominant designers of this era makes it clear why the distinguishing qualities of many mid-century modern furniture designs are as relevant and influential now as they were in the 1950s and ’60s. Foremost among the ideas that influenced the furniture of this period was the fusion of art and design. Just as the Industrial Revolution transformed most furniture into a commodity, this notion enabled the shapers of the mid-century modern movement to once again celebrate craftsmanship as a wide array of artisans, artists, and sculptors began exploring furniture design. Paul McCobb, a design icon of this era, for example, trained as a fine artist. Isamu Noguchi, another widely recognized mid-century modern master, started his career an assistant to the sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. Other well-known designers, such as Harry Bertoia and Wharton Esherick, were also sculptors. And George Nakashima, known for his signature largescale tables made of large wood slabs with smooth tops and unfinished natural edges, preferred to be called woodworker to designer. The sculptural quality of three dimensionality these men exhibited in their work was reflected in the sinuous, fluid, and organic forms they created. The dominance of abstract art at this time was also mirrored in the abstract shapes and striking colors of their new designs. Like the major players of that era, numerous artists, fashion designers, and architects today are similarly crossing over disciplines and creating new exciting furniture designs.   Another strong influence that helped define the key characteristics of mid-century Modern furniture design was the development of new post-World War II technologies. Among the materials that emerged from these new technologies were plywood, fibreglass, injection moulded 100 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

thermo-plastic, scrap aluminum, and foam, which designers readily embraced and incorporated into their designs. World War II also exposed American designers to the Bauhaus and International Style movements percolating overseas and their influences are clearly visible in the furniture that emerged in the decades that followed. In a similar way, computers, the Internet, and digital technologies are having a profound affect on furniture design today. From the methodology of rapid prototyping to new materials like carbon fibre and products like LED lighting, the possibilities with new methods and materials have exploded.   Also fueling mid-century modern creativity was a sense of optimism after the war - and this was reflected in the exuberance of many new designs of the era. Some of the prominent manufacturers at that time, such as Knoll, Dunbar, and Directional, were also interested in bringing good design to the masses. Design became accessible not only financially, but intellectually and emotionally as well. Today, there is a similar general optimism since the dark days of the Great Recession. And once again furniture manufacturers are seeking to capture more sophisticated buyers with designs that appeal to the eyes, heart, and bottom.   Like many of the important mid-century modern designers, I came to my career through painting and drawing. At Pratt, I trained as an industrial designer. At that time, the Bauhaus and Abstract Expressionism were still the major underpinnings of the curriculum. Designers like Milo Baughman, Paul Evans, and Paul McCobb were in their prime and served as major influences on my designs. My preference for wood and craftsmanship led me to spend most of my time in the shop honing my skills as a woodworker. I also had (and still have) a strong belief that functionality does not preclude fine art, and this belief is expressed in my work. It’s inspiring to see elements of the not-so-distant modernist past morph beautifully into the future - and to be a part of its continuing legacy. Michael Wolk T: 001 305 576 2898 |

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PUT THE WOW IN WINDOWS Interior Shutters can add character to a room’s interior says Fiona Kelly


e have been watching what the best-dressed windows are wearing this season. Like all the best things in life, windows come in all shapes and sizes and how we adorn them is both a practical and decorative dilemma. From blinds and curtains to shutter solutions, here are a few tips and trends that we have spotted. Windows aren’t always rectangle or square but depending on the architecture of the property they can be a variety of irregular shapes including arches, portholes, half circles, triangles, octagons, ovals and ellipses. This is why window dressing plays a crucial role in the success of a room’s scheme. Windows are a key element in a living space, both in their architectural design and as a source of natural light. Recently there has been a resurgence of shutters used as an interior decoration as alternative to blinds. Interior shutters add character and can create a feature out of the window whilst highlighting practicalities such privacy and light. Does size matter? Well, designers are choosing statement shutters to create more of a feature and a trend we’ve spotted is for wider louvres, which have a more contemporary look. Also chic café shutters are creeping back for town houses, a good solution for rooms that don’t require full darkness. There is also a growing move away from stained natural wood to painted shutters in shades that echo the accents used throughout the whole space. AW15 colour trends include earthy greens, neutral greys, blues and pops of bright pink and orange. However the colour trend with shutters leans towards shades of white as it brightens up the window. Painted shutters are also the perfect foil for patterned furnishings. Interior designer, Emma Pocock, chose tier102 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

on-tier shutters, as she wanted a clean-lined antidote to the bold colour and big patterns that she has used in her sitting room. Yes, a decorative choice but practical as she says. ‘It’s a misconception that shutters block out light. I find that the reflection off the slats can actually increase it.’ Combining shutters and drapes is a great design choice for all year round. In the summer, shutters mean you can control light and fresh air whereas in the winter, you can shut them and draw the curtains, creating a cosy ambiance perfect for curling up by the fire. The current trend for carved wooden shutters or using beautiful screens as an alternative to louvered or solid panel shutters is increasing. These can be handcrafted to create an intricate, lace look effect pattern or a more decorative style offers a bespoke element to design. Window film is another popular way to address privacy without compromising the light. A patterned film on all or part of the window adds a delicate touch to bathrooms and street-facing windows. Interiors continue to follow fashion. Take a cue from the catwalks and layer window dressings. Sheers and voiles can be in crisp whites and naturals fin contrast to heavier, decorative drapes. During the daytime when the curtains are drawn back, the sheer material casts a soft light and mood in the room. There is also nothing prettier than a light breeze sweeping around full-length voile.

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THE MODERN WEAVES collection from the Silk Gallery features geometric designs in a variety of qualities and colours. Newton, Istanbul and Sahara (pictured) are woven in silk and linen. The weaves play on the natural characteristics of the yarns creating contrasting areas of shine and matt. T: +44 (0)207 351 1790

A COLLECTION from Clarke & Clarke of three striking patterns, combined with a soft, distressed, semi-plain chenille in a wide variety of modern shades. Intricately woven and reminiscent of ancient kilim rugs from Turkey.

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WITH A STRONG focus on texture, this collection is a mixture of vibrant designs and fresh colour stories. With new introductions into their high performance and Pure lines, Fusion continues to represent Pollack’s dedication to design and performance. T: +44 (0)207 351 5893

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WOVEN BY John Boyd Textiles since 1837, horsehair fabrics are used mainly for upholstery, wallcoverings, screens, lampshades and cinemas for walling and speakers. This exclusive English fabric is highly regarded for its quality, lustre, durability and natural fire resistance as well as acoustic properties. Samples of the new contemporary weaves and colours are available during Focus in the Alton Brooke showroom in Chelsea Harbour Design Center. T: +44 (0)196 335 0451 |


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Abigail Edwards Designer, artist and renowned stylist, Abigail Edwards, has turned her attention to fabric and wallpaper design and has just launched her first collection. Abigail began her career studying fine art at Wimbledon School of Art in London and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, but it was while completing internships at art galleries in New York that a passion for interiors took over. She returned to London in 1999 to style shoots for magazines. With a love of texture and simplicity, Abigail now styles and consults for a diverse range of editorial and commercial clients. Her new collection of wallpaper and fabrics includes hand drawn illustrations of decorative feathers, rolling waves and twisted brambles bringing the magic and textural elegance of the great outdoors into the home.

NOBILIS takes its inspiration from the Art Deco period with designs and shapes of the times such as feathers, lozenges, domes and diamonds. Even the choice of fabrics for this collection is inspired by this period: metallic, velvet and sateens in shades of silver, gold, ivory, duck egg and burnt orange. T: +44 (0)208 767 0774 |

DECOREX 2015 will once again be displaying the country style linens of Sarah Hardaker, this time including her newest fabrics: Antoinette, Torcello Linen, and Mini Herringbone. These versatile pastel designs are ideally suited to blinds, soft furnishings and accessories. T: +44 (0)797 598 2885 |

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CARLUCCI ATMOSPHERE is the latest fabric and wallpaper oering from Carlucci di Chivasso by JAB Anstoetz. Comprising an eclectic mix of highly decorative, contemporary fabrics and textured wall coverings, Carlucci Atmosphere combines classic design with luscious contemporary fabrics inspired by gentlemens neckties and handkerchiefs. T: +44 (0)207 257 6470 |

SIGNATURE STRIPES, checks and plains in an easily mixable collection of navy, red and neutrals makes Britannia the most extensive collection to date from Ian Mankin. Shown here is Regency Peony velvet on the sofa and Salesbury stripe Peony lampshade.

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A MAGNIFICENT lampas in 100% silk inspired by Italian decorative style, Verdi symbolises finesse. The ornamental richness of the design with garlands of acanthus and oak leaves, pearls and ornamental ironwork is expressed in four sophisticated colourways.

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HOLI Indian made satins from Casamance in shimmering colours of red and orange, purple and fuchsia, turquoise and of absinthe green, gold and silver, make this collection a sacred celebration of the beauty of colours, as is the case in India. During the Holi festival, celebrated at the spring equinox, the Hindus throw colour pigments at each other, all of which have a meaning: green for harmony, orange for optimism, blue for vitality and red for joy and love.

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Blackpop’s Tudor collaboration If you like your wallpapers and fabrics with a hint of bohemian decadence, then the new Tudor Collection – Deconstructed, the result of a collaboration between London’s National Portrait gallery and independent design label Blackpop, is likely to be just what you are looking for. This exciting new collection was inspired by the world renowned Tudor collection of paintings held in the gallery. “Being able to examine and reimagine more than 20 works to create abstract, contemporary patterns has been a creative dream. The richness and depth of the colour palette alone gives these new designs an edge and a stand out wow factor that I am very excited to call our second collection,” said Maxine Hall, Blackpop’s designer/director. It is part of the gallery’s Making Art in Tudor Britain research project aimed at achieving a deeper understanding of the collection of 16th century portraits.

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Henry, Mary and Elizabeth are the designs which make up the new collection using velvet and heavyweight paper. Blackpop is based in Derbyshire and launched at London’s Design Week in 2013. Since then it has been making quite a name for itself with its eye catching work. Maxine says inspiration comes from the rich tapestry of the past. She says: “I like the quote by Eadweard Muybridge which goes something like ‘When we walk, we leave one step in the past and stride the other towards the future, the gap in between is in the present.’ And so my designs rework a hybrid of ideas but in my heart and in my head I’m interested in creating patterns for the moment and wallpapers and fabrics for the future.” Her latest collection will be on show at Decorex stand C23. T: +44 (0)133 260 0341 |


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THIS PURE linen twill from Dedar is dyed and hand woven into a tartan pattern. Irregularity and unevenness are the distinctive trait of its lengthy artisanal workmanship that makes this product unique.

OXFORD IS a wool/cashmere velvet from Northcroft fabrics which is extremely hard wearing and fire retardant to contract standards, making it very suitable for use in luxury hotels and restaurants. T: +44 (0)162 848 8700

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AMAZILIA is a stunning collection of wallcoverings based on extravagant tropical motifs in magnificent and luxuriant colourways by the Harlequin Studio. Channelling the current trend for bringing the outdoors in, the atmospheric collection creates a feeling of both sanctuary and escapism.

LINWOOD has now extended its hugely successful wallpaper range to include an accompanying fabric collection. The Ephemera Fabric collection draws creative inspiration from a whole host of archives, including tax discs, train ticket stubs and all other manner of ephemera. T: +44 (0)142 546 1176 |

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FROM Lelievre new collection Faux unis, this simple graphic geometric design has a structured bouclée loop bringing a different slant to a modern faux-uni. Soft and matt, it provides comfort for modern upholstery with a vintage feel. T: +33 (0)1 43 16 88 00 |

BRILLIANCE by James Hare takes the collection’s diamond theme into a large scale contemporary design with a nod to mid-century modern in its strong colours and high linen content which adds weight and texture to a lustrous satin weave. T: + 44 (0)113 243 1204

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Berni Raeside A CHILDHOOD of long summers spent by the sea, rivers and mountains around Ireland were the inspiration for Berni Raeside’s knitted work. Berni, one of six siblings born on the northside in Killester who grew up in the family home in Drimnagh, Dublin, spent most of her early summers in Greenane, Co Wicklow, the county aptly known as the Garden of Ireland. Her mother taught her to knit at the age of five – part of the heritage passed on to most Irish girls at the time.

In addition to developing a successful early career in marketing, Berni has built on her creative roots as a promising crafter, working in glass painting, dress and jewellery making among others. She was inspired to study Textile Design at the University of Derby by seeing how the developments in directto-textile printing could add that extra element to knitting that she had been looking for. As part of her textile design degree course, she returned to the Irish coastline for inspiration, reflecting her enduring and deep love of the Atlantic Ocean; the crashing waves, the wildness of the sound and a fascination that life survives even in the harshest of climates. Her debut collection Aran Ambitions consists of chunky knit blankets, cushions and luxurious wraps that envelop and protect. The colours reflect those of the Irish coastline including subtle greens, lilacs and yellows, with a light grey yarn running through each colour way that pulls the collection together. T: +44 (0)797 050 9758 |

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1970’s Biba meets upmarket Victorian Bordello in Sera Hersham-Loftus’ new Jezebelle collection of sensuously voluptuous lampshades that attract a fashionable celebrity clientele


Sera Hersham-Loftus also known as ‘Madame Sera’ is an established London based interior decorator who designs beautifully romantic interiors and bespoke home accessories. Her latest venture is the Jezebelle collection, a range of exquisite lampshades. Crafted with lingerie lace, vintage fabrics, ribbons and braids and embellished with glass tear drops from antique chandeliers, these beautiful handmade creations characterise the edgy glamour that Sera’s schemes have become known for. Since bursting onto the interiors scene in 2007 and winning plaudits from Vogue with her shop, Rude in Notting Hill, Sera’s bohemian approach has continued to attract a fashionable clientele that includes super model, Kate Moss, pop star, Eliza Dolittle, and script writer, Jez Butterworth. Discovering a love of interiors from a young age, Sera’s early 116 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

influences were film noir and punk rock. “As a teenager I’d stay up and watch old French films with femme fatales in old crumbling houses with shadowy lighting; I loved how romantic it looked,” she says. “I also bought my clothes from vintage shops and markets, and mixed Victorian lace corsets with bondage trousers, so when I got home I wanted my room to reflect that alternative aesthetic.” A career designing sets for opera, ballet and film companies followed and later led to word of mouth requests to decorate homes, private members clubs and flamboyant parties, propelling Sera into the fashionista’s collective consciousness and their address books. Dubbed part sultry Victorian bordello, part seventies BIBA, Sera’s schemes are a heady concoction of antique furnishings, soft lighting and exotic bric a brac, cementing her status as a one off in the interior design world. T: +44 (0)797 753 4115 |

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NOMI has beautifully captured the beauty and tranquil nature of the amethyst stone with two new colourways; Orchid and Amethyst. From luminescent metallic appearances, to calm frosted sheens, this collection encapsulates the beauty and meditative nature of the purple colour spectrum. T: 001 831 728 4335 |

The Judy Ross Textiles pillow collection pairs centuriesold chain stitch techniques with contemporary design. Each piece is meticulously embroidered by hand by master artisans. The wool is hand dyed, adding depth and nuance to the colour. Shown here in Pistachio are Rik Rak and Branches.

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IN THIS room setting from Manuel Canovas the curtains are in Grasse and the chairs upholstered in Pau.

BEAUMONT & FLETCHER’S Cathay silk fabric is also available with a paper-backing to be used as an elegant wall-covering. It is the perfect evocation of the beautiful Chinoiserie ‘papiers peints’ that came out of France in the 18th Century. It is beautifully printed on fine silk taffeta in an exciting range of colourways. T: +44 (0)207 352 5594 |

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THIBAUT continues to embrace the leading graphic trend with their Geometric Resource Volume 2 collection. Complementing the existing family of geometrics, this new collection of wallpaper encompasses fun and lively patterns such as Kendall, a delicate scrolling pattern with a lot of impact. The small, metallic dot detail enhances the scrolls on the strong coloured grounds.

DRAWING inspiration from the ethnic beauty of authentic tribal baskets, Nomadic from Phillip Jeffries takes your walls on a design journey. The graphic pattern is handprinted on natural Manila Hemp and is available in 9 colours from modern tone-on-tone to chic and stark contrasting co-ordinates.

BRITISH CRAFTSMEN in paint and paper Farrow & Ball has taken inspiration from the charming Dorset countryside for its latest collection. The large scale border of Feather Grass creates a soft, peaceful look in the home, evocative of lazy days in country meadows.

SCOTTISH design-led fabric and wallpaper specialists Timorous Beasties usher in a golden age of wallpaper with Indie Wood, an ornamental grove of sylvan delight for the modern interiors paradise. Symbolising the spreading tree of Jove, the arboreal pattern repeat is festooned with flora and fauna. Exploring the universal connection between nature, art and society, Timorous Beasties are devoted to how that impacts as pattern design in our daily experience of furnished spaces, with striking results.

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AN INNOVATIVE wallpaper collection based on director David Lean’s 1965 movie adaptation of the novel Doctor Zhivago. The inky blue and white tree design, inspired by the view from Zhivago’s country house, is printed onto uncoated non-woven paper.

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WILTSHIRE-BASED wallpaper and fabrics company, Barneby Gates, is making quite a name for itself.Vanessa Barneby, former Living Editor at British Vogue and painter, Alice Gates, came together to produce designs with a quintessentially English feel. Latest wallpaper collections include Crab (left), a trellis of crabs caught in the net using block cut rollers for textural relief, and Peacock (right), a small-scale design of pretty fanning peacocks using the surface print technique for a hand-stamped finish.

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THE FIRST collection to launch under the Stacy Garcia New York label is Paper Muse for York Wallcoverings, a series of bright wallpaper that showcases Stacy’s love of colour and texture with metallic accents, velvet flocks and oversized watercolour florals. The lively collection plays with scale and dimension, dressing walls in a mix of whimsical and sophisticated patterns.

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COORDONNÉ has teamed up with Barcelona-based illustrator Lara Costafreda for their latest wallpaper collections. Lara, who has worked on brands such as Cartier and Hermès, has come up with fresh Mediterranean and exotic tropical themes using a colour palette of turquoise, pink, green and yellow. Certainly her illustrations are wild and exuberant and evoke senses of the sound of the leaves swaying to the breeze and bird song perfect for filling your home with the colour and warmth of spring, beach, garden and jungle. To bring this alive Coordonné have created the collection using the high quality non woven paper which manages to convey the essence and appearance of watercolour.

THE RIVE DROITE collection of wallcoverings from CASAMANCE pays tribute to the artistic right bank of the French capital. Its gold and silver laminations will give a subtle lustrous texture to any wall in a range of styles and patterns.

EXUDE understated elegance by bringing marble to your walls with Gracious from the new Ghost wallpaper collection by Carlucci for JAB Anstoetz.  Delicate all-over patterns with a soft eggshell sheen, captured in a neutral colour palette to fit any scheme. T: +44 (0)207 584 1744 | 124 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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1 The back wall of the Arab Room features trompe l’oeil neo-Manueline architecture and the room is furnished with ornately carved Indo-Portuguese furniture Photograph: Alex Ramsay 2 The walls of this sitting room are painted with a trompe l’oeil scene by Renzo Mongiardino which depicts a garden and crumbling architecture Photograph: Fritz von der Schulenburg 3 The trompe l’oeil wall, by Renzo Mondiardino, gives the illusion that a Renaissance musician recently sat strumming in the sunlit armchair Photograph: Christopher Simon Sykes 4 View of the enfilade of rooms leading from the drawing room of a Sicilian palazzo with classical mural Photograph: Fritz von der Schulenburg 126 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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DEIRDRE DYSON has been located in the Kings Road for more than 10 years with a dedicated showroom set over three floors and displaying the most recent designs. Using the finest, luxurious materials, carpets are made to order from a palette of over 2,000 colours using wool and silk combinations. T: +44 (0)207 384 4464 |

LOOMAH’S latest collection is an explosion of colour and pattern. Bold, graphic patterns in bright colour palettes add energy and life to any interior. This rug, called Betty, uses simple interlocking lines in a vibrant shade of turquoise to create a bold geometric pattern.

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TROPICANA LATTICE by Ferrick Mason is made from wool and silk, hand knotted, 100 knot, made in Nepal using vegetal dyes. Custom sizes and colours available.

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TAKE CREATIVITY beyond limits with metalised floors from Floor Seasons. These are oak floors with metal applied to the surface. They have a remarkable glossy finish while the wooden pattern stays distinct. Available in Bronze, Copper, Gold Look and Silver Look. T: +44 (0)207 731 4222 www.floorseasons.c Bridge for Design Autumn 2015 129

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NEUTRAL carpets needn’t be dull as the Roma Collection from Natural Elements Flooring proves. By combining a cleverly woven, high and low tonal rib, Roma gives a soft linear effect without an obvious stripe, making it a perfect choice for both contemporary or traditional homes.

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FOR ULTIMATE luxury, Cannes, a stunning lustrous faux silk carpet, is a perfect choice. Soft to touch, durable, non-shedding and stain resistant, Cannes is a stylish yet practical carpet for most locations.

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Roger Oates It was the discovery of a historic flatweave sample more than 25 years ago that inspired Roger Oates and Fay, his wife, and design partner (right), to use their respective textile training backgrounds and focus on reinventing, designing and producing this very specific type of floorcovering for the 21st century. Today, ‘Venetian’ Flatweave is synonymous with the name Roger Oates, though nothing to do with Venice; it is a generic term given to a particular style of twill floorcovering that was popular in the 18th century, when narrowwidth woven runners were frequently used to protect better quality carpets in smart country homes, and textiles appeared for the first time on floors in poorer homes. Flatweave lost favour when mechanisation made pile carpets, such as Wilton and Axminster, more affordable. But textured flatweave, with its finished selvedge edge, is ideal for stairs. It can also be joined to create distinctive rugs and fitted landings. Its flexible, supple nature enables it to be expertly fitted and sculptured around almost any winders, with the stripes miraculously aligned. Perfect tailoring for stairs adding colour and texture in an often overlooked area. New designs are sampled and trialed by hand, in the Roger Oates studio, but production takes place in the UK, woven on vintage Hattersley looms, run by skilled operators. The complex drafting and lifting creates the variety of

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textures that gives the cloth its unparalleled personality and ‘hand-finished’ quality. So while a centuries-old weaving process gives flatweave runners their unique texture, it is Roger and Fay’s distinctive designs and bold use of colour - they use British wool dyed to their own colour palette - that sets them apart. Roger said “While classic colours and designs continue to be favourites are looking for something unusual or unique, we offer bespoke tones and can customize widths for those who want personalisation.”






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2 1 View from the hall through open double doors into the living room which has a black and white marble floor Photograph: Fritz von der Schulenburg 2 The geometric design of the tiling in this elegant green and white bathroom is reminiscent of North Africa Photograph: Fritz von der Schulenburg 3 This small red dining room has been decorated in a bold manner with pillar box red walls, patterned cushions and geometrically laid floor tiles Photograph: Mark Luscombe-Whyte 4 The walls of this light and spacious hall are covered in ornate plasterwork Photograph: Mark Luscombe-Whyte


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5 A pair of retro leather armchairs in the living area stand on a white tiled floor with a dramatic and colourful pattern Photograph: Simon Upton 6 A white L-shaped sofa furnishes one end of this beamed living room which has a terracotta tiled floor Fritz von der Schulenburg 7 A large antique mirror hangs on the wall of this dining room which features a geometric parquet and tile floor Photograph: Fritz von der Schulenburg 8 This end of the living room is dominated by a hanging copper artwork with black and white furniture on a tiled floor Photograph: Mark Luscombe-Whyte 136 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015


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Four great fireplaces

1 A wood-clad open fireplace in the centre of the room provides a focus to the open plan living area Photograph: Simon Upton/The Interior Archive 2 The colourful ‘den’ has an Indian theme and the fireplace wall is dominated by a portrait of an Indian fusilier Photograph: Alexander James/The Interior Archive 3 A sofa and assorted armchairs are arranged around the large fireplace in this library/sitting room Photograph: Simon Upton/The Interior Archive 4 This Victorian drawing room has an exotic style with its use of bold textiles and Indian inlaid furniture Photograph: Tim Beddow/The Interior Archive


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4 1 Beluga design by Ferruccio Laviani. The doors slide open allowing comfortable access to the inside of the units T: +39 085 87115490 | 2 Award-winning furniture design company, Podesta, offers a truly bespoke and personal service for kitchens and temperature controlled wine rooms. T: 01494 677 770 | 3 The Waldemar kitchen is handmade and spray-painted in All White by Farrow & Ball. It features a Corian worktop complemented by a solid oak splashback. The drawers are oak veneer and the drawer dividers are solid oak. T: +44 (0)207 731 4728 | 4 A sleek and professional customised kitchen environment created by Officine Gullo presented in heavy gauge steel with a satin finish. This cooking suite features a composition of all the high performance equipment a kitchen needs within one tidy, high capacity breakfast island. T: +39 055 656 0324 |

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4 1 A combination of end grain timber, quartz, hand painted cabinetry and carrara marble create a distinctive, architectural room. Accents of copper, bronze and glass enhance this kitchen’s industrial feel. T: +44 (0)845 468 0025 | 2 La Cornue W. melds La Cornue’s heritage with the radical thinking of French architect, Jean-Michel Wilmotte. While preserving La Cornue hallmarks, Wilmotte deconstructs the kitchen, re-assembling key functions into supremely elegant pieces 3 McCarron & Co’s Hampton Design brings together the traditional values of craftsmanship and a sympathy with period architecture to a tangible focal point in the home. T: +44 (0)207 584 5736 | 4 Designed from a union of contrasting and complementary materials such as stainless steel, white ash, clay and titanium, this sophisticated kitchen will enhance any environment. T: +39 049 657311 | 142 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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London design project

THOMAS GRIEM The brief: To create a home with understated opulence bringing together Victorian Gothic and modern contemporary style WORDS MATT BAKER

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OPPOSITE: The iconic Victorian gothic St Pancras station in London’s King Cross THIS PAGE: With a ceiling more than 40ft high and three stepped levels to accomodate, Griem removed the old staircase between the middle and lower levels and replaced it with a more compact design cantileverd off the library area. The stair doubles back on itself and has transparent reinforced glass balustrades

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he iconic Victorian Gothic St. Pancras Station in London’s Kings Cross has undergone extensive renovation as part of the massive regeneration programme for the area. Part of the scheme was the transformation of the St Pancras Chambers, by the Manhattan Loft Corporation who created 67 apartments and three penthouses in this stunning building. One of the penthouses covering the top three floors of the west tower of the Grade I listed building was bought by a City businessman who asked Thomas Griem of TG STUDIO to transform the standard space into an outstanding luxury residence. As the property is of highest public interest and the interiors listed by English Heritage as very significant, the floor plan had to be broadly maintained but all staircases, balustrading and partitioning, where possible, were replaced. Designer and client also worked closely together to remove and re-site all existing bathrooms, floor finishes, built- in wardrobes and the kitchen. “ My client wanted a home that had understated opulence bringing together Victorian Gothic and contemporary style,” said Thomas. The result is a stunning transformation of the original developer’s space. The master bedroom, which is located on the top floor, is now reached through a new staircase that turns around an oak clad storage room reached off the main entrance hall. Griem enlarged the floor area on this level and separated the space into a walk-in wardrobe finished in oak and sheep leather and personalised to the clients needs. The master bedroom space is open plan but can be closed to the triple height living room by an electrically operated curtain. The client let Griem select and furnish the entire penthouse. A Meridiani bed in blue velvet was chosen for the Master bedroom flanked by vividly coloured, lacquered

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4th floor This staircase, designed by Thomas Griem, not only connects the lower and upper floors of this penthouse but cleverly provides library and storage along the way. Constructed entirely out of oak and sturdy in appearance, the library offers a reading niche on its lower level and supports a minimal white and clear glass staircase that bridges to the upper level of the apartment hewn out of the roof space of the grade one listed St Pancras Hotel. Timber trusses can give a barn-like feel, but with the addition of contemporary elements

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The walls and floors in the bathrooms are covered with large tiles of Portuguese travertine. This particular stone has character written all over it which it displays through lines and inclusions ranging in colour from light beige over yellow to dark brown. Griem designed this subtly luxurious bedroom to maximise the panoramic views over London. At the touch of a button an ingenious curtain of grey linen slides across creating a cocooning intimacy and warmth

bedside tables by Lema. The master ensuite has been enlarged too and now features a Portuguese travertine stone which has a cavelike quality. The bathroom also features an extra-large walk-in shower with a flush TV and a bespoke double sink unit finished in the stone, mirror and the textile oak present throughout the Penthouse, which enhances the earthy and organic feel of this sanctuary. The middle and lower floor (floor four and five of the building) are occupied by two levels of entertaining. A new staircase has been designed connecting both levels, featuring oak veneer, plain glass and wooden stringers painted in off-white. The staircase consists of a bridge that connects to a library which is cantilevering the main part of the staircase. This library unit is the feature of the staircase and also forms the balustrade to one side. It offers storage for books, statues and other artefacts. The upper floor measures approximately 75 sqm and accommodates a very comfortable seating area and a zone for the pool table, a collector’s item owned by the client. The living room features furniture from Poltrona Frau, Knoll and Lema. The lower open floor plan is laid out as a relaxed kitchen zone, dining area and tv watching area. The TV area is located opposite the kitchen and balances in its elevation the open plan kitchen. The joinery accommodates the AV equipment and a visible library and is kept very white with Arabescato stone as a vertical feature behind the TV. The dining table is from Poliform as are the chairs, the sofa is from Zanotti, the rug is from The Rug Company. The two en suite bathrooms are located in two gothic towers of the building which gives them great views of the surrounding area and a triple ceiling height. They have been finished in Arabescato marble and each features a low hanging chandelier. The flooring throughout the penthouse is by Schotten and Hansen, the kitchen by Gemini design and features Gaggenau appliances with Arabescato backsplash and Pietra Serena worktop. Designer and client have enjoyed this project so much that they are now looking to working together creating luxurious places. They are currently looking in London and New York for their next project. Architect/Designer Thomas Griem of TG Studio T: +44 (0)207 636 3838 | 150 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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New York design project


The brief: Increase entertaining space in this Southampton beach house WORDS NIGEL TAYLOR | PHOTOGRAPHS PETER MURDOCK

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he design brief that Joe Nahem, of New York design firm Fox-Nahem Associates, was given by his clients was simple enough: Give our Southampton beach house a new look. What was originally a 1980’s 5,500 square foot house ballooned into 8,000 square feet when half the original building was taken down and re-built and the whole place reconfigured. The traditional-style shingle house set near the ocean in beautiful Southampton Village, New York, was bought by Joe’s clients as a weekend retreat 25 years ago. Their three children have now grown up and left home and they realised that the house didn’t fit their needs any longer. But despite being ‘empty nesters’ with the usual requirement to downsize, they wanted to increase the space to include bigger entertaining and family spaces along with a more comfortable, self contained master suite. The house had two wings either side of a peaked centre section. The work involved demolishing and then re-building one of the wings, expanding the one on the other side and digging down into the foundations to create a whole new lower level to accommodate a playroom, laundry room, staff rooms and wine cellar. The work was extensive: The kitchen was completely re-modelled, bedrooms expanded, all seven bathrooms redone, a new very large den created with a connected screened-in porch and above the den a new master suite with a large, stunning bathroom along with his and hers closets and offices. But the most radical change was in the living room. Joe took what he described as a badly proportioned two story ‘suburban spec’ room dropped the ceiling to 12 foot and added a spectacular wall of windows. Not only did the room become more inviting it provided extra space above for the new master suite. The clients, who said that no-one had ever felt that comfortable in the original lofty space, loved the final result. Many ceilings were clad in wood, as were some of the walls – all locally sourced from local farm buildings due for demolition. The reclaimed oak floors were stained and limed on site. Bluestone was used for the den and screen porch floors while the den walls were white washed. Blackened steel and high gloss lacquer were used in the bar and fireplace areas, cork in the kitchen den and corian and teak in the master bath. Born and raised in New York City, Joe Nahem graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris where he studied under celebrated designers such as Joe D’Urso and John Saladino. Together with his late partner, Tom Fox, he founded Fox-Nahem. Recently completed projects include: Park Avenue duplexes, New York City townhouses, a Martha’s Vineyard farm house, Hamptons’ beach houses, New York City lofts, corporate offices and many other residences in the tri-state area, as well as Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Fox Nahem Associates T: 001 212 358 1411 The sitting room is fun and super-practical, with bright orange outdoor fabric covering a sofa on a wall-spanning walnut platform, and cork wallcoverings and furnishings from Phase Design. Italian lamps, a Brazilian rosewood coffee table and wall art by Ronald Davis all date from the 1970’s

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Reclaimed barn wood, cut into narrow strips for a more modern feel, lines the newly vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom. The upholstered headboard, with carved Corian panels at either end, was designed by Nahem, as were the rift-cut oak night tables. The lighthearted Royere-inspired ceiling fixture was the clients’ own. The dining room was least affected by the renovation, except for a ribbon of new clerestory windows above existing French doors. The table, made from imbuia wood with brass fittings, was designed by Brazilian architect Sergio Rodrigues. The credenza is by Jorge Zalszupin. The wall art is a collage by Kara Walker; the blownglass chandelier is a contemporary piece by artist Jeff Zimmerman. Bluestone floors in the den extend into this nearby area, for which designer Joe Nahem fabricated a built in bar from thick carbon steel plates and added green lacquered doors. The pendant lights above are made from hand-blown amber glass from Italy

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: There’s not a tile in sight in the master bathroom - just countertops and wall panels fabricated entirely of teak and Corian in Glacier White. The oval tub is from Davis & Warshow. For the screened-in porch, which is accessed through the den and living room, Nahem was able to save and recycle a fireplace that once existed elsewhere in the house. Loosely woven Balou armchairs from Kenneth Cobonpue rest on a tweed all-weather rug. A fine Robsjohn-Gibbings wood-frame settee and a calfskin ottoman with scrolled legs anchor a comfortable sitting area by the living room fireplace. The abstract art above the mantel is by Cuban-American artist José Parlá

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The light-flooded living room is the most formal entertaining space, all-white except for a bold green rug that serves as a grounding element for the stylish modern furnishings, including 1930s French cantilevered chairs, swooping ’50s armchairs from Sweden, and a Nahem-designed sofa with cane detailing. Three 1960s Brutalist brass pendant lights by Tom Greene punctuate the sleek, country inflected kitchen. Limed wood cabinets from Wood-Mode below the countertops and white cabinets and shelving above surround an island with horizontal ribbing punched out of Corian

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New Jersey design project


The brief: to allow light to flood into a gloomy arts and crafts house


esigner Kati Curtis was called in by a young family to renovate the house they had just bought on New Jersey’s Navesink River. They wanted to respect its Arts and Crafts-style architecture but transform its dark interiors into light and airy contemporary spaces. They were satisfied with the home’s overall layout so no walls needed to be moved but the designer had to work with spatial and proportion issues. The house boasted oddly formed spaces, dormers and two octagonal rooms – and very high ceilings. “We needed to bring things down to a more human scale without making any architectural changes,” said Kati. All the dark wood inside the house was painted white, while the original earth tones were covered over with shades of pale greys, taupes and other neutral colours. Similarly pale neutral fabrics were used on upholstered furniture, and, as there are two young children in the house, a requirement was for everything to be easily cleaned. Seating in the family living areas is covered in outdoor fabric and in the 160 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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the dining room the children can colour on the stone topped table without ruining it. The final result is a house that was once very gloomy is now flooded with light. Kati Curtis founded Kati Curtis Design in 2005 after over 12 years of working in international architecture, and engineering firms on both the east and west coasts. Featured in such publications as the Architectural Digest, New York Times and Financial Times, she has worked with many of New York’s most successful institutions and individuals. After quickly developing a following among an influential Manhattan client base, Kati Curtis Design expanded to include projects throughout New York City and the world. Kati Curtis T: 001 800 611 6976 | 162 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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New York design project


The brief: Create a luxury loft space to house a growing art collection


he Robbins and Appleton Building is a historic building located in Bond Street, New York. It was designed by architect Stephen Decatur Hatch in the Second Empire style and built in 1871. It features an ornate cast iron facade and stunning blue mansard roof. Axis Mundi Design was called in when their client, a director of a global hedge fund who had just bought an apartment in the building, had asked them to design a luxury minimalist space with a backdrop of a neutral palette to show off his growing collection of young emerging artists which include Aaron Curry, Adam McEwen, Jonas Wood, Hugh Scott Douglas, Adam Pendleton, Eddie Martinez and Sam Moyer. Their main design challenge was to give the voluminous apartment a ‘nice’ scale, and to create a variety of seating options, for entertaining. A muted colour palette was suggested by the client at an early stage in the design development process. So warm greys, taupe and greige tones were selected for much of the furniture. There are pops of colour in the clean-lined contemporary furnishings from B&B Italia, Flexform, Poltrona Frau and other companies. The design was deliberately understated so that the art becomes the 164 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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primary focus. All of the furniture and objects are new as the client brought nothing with him. Included in the scheme is a concrete feature wall and soft grey wide plank floors with hot-rolled steel detailing, the columns are the existing cast-iron columns, all lending a nice materiality to the space. There are a lot of built-ins, including a rolling library ladder and LCD TV screens. The loft has a Crestron home automation system, and each room has iPod docks built into the walls. The west side of the apartment looks out over landmarked Shinbone Alley, which inspired a Broadway musical and, fittingly, a song by the Spin Doctors. What makes the project successful - is that it’s contemporary without being cold, and glamorous without being overly decorated.

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San Francisco design project


Refined exuberance runs through a glamorous transformed space WORDS ANH-MINH LE | PHOTOGRAPHS MATTHEW MILLMAN


n the hands of a gifted interior designer, no room is a lost cause. Phillip Silver’s overhaul of the living room in the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase; a once drab white and battleship grey space that, he laments, was ‘depressing’ proves this point. “I have always perceived the light in San Francisco to be Parisian in quality: gentle on colour and very moody,” Silver notes. “So to me it was logical to commit to these elements and evoke a room that was full of romance, overlaid with Parisian glamour.” To that end, he introduced a sophisticated ivory and mocha scheme that popped with hot pink and burnt orange. The vibrant hues were inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s Rive Gauche label. The furnishings reflected a range of provenances from Silver’s own designs to the 18th-century Italian commodes. “I was educated to see design with depth, meaning that all beautiful design, regardless of its age or era, will 168 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015


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sit together,” he explains. “The art in the room is totally eclectic-black-andwhites, big and small, French and American.” With 1,100 square feet to work with, the designer deftly created cohesion. Sumptuous Beacon Hill velvets were employed for the drapes, ottomans, chaises, and Swedish antique chairs. An oval motif was repeated throughout; in the cutouts on the Phillip Silver Design armless chairs and the Tsar silk rugs, for example. Silver’s composition also took advantage of a series of windows that overlooked a lush garden. “No one is seated with their backs to the view,” he says, adding “This room was full of light during the day, making it an incredibly happy space. As the evening progressed, the lighting changed and the room became more evocative, sexy, and glamorous, a room that not many wanted to leave.” Phillip Silver 170 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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Soho Design Project


The Brief: To create a modern oasis in the middle of bustling Soho


ABOVE: The library was designed by Etienne Coffinier and fabricated by Fanuka out of American Cherry. The sofa was also designed by Etienne and made by Upholstery Unlimited using Holly Hunt fabric BELOW: The dining table is from Tucker Robbins and is a single slab of mahogany 10 feet long. The chandelier is by Swarovski

tienne Coffinier and Ed Ku of Coffinier Ku Design were approached by a young couple who has just bought a 4,300 square foot art gallery with a brief to create a modern oasis in the middle of Soho which incorporated traditional design elements in a contemporary setting. One of the couple grew up in Europe and wanted to incorporate some of the grand flavour of Europe into the home – while the other dreamed of being able to play basketball in his own home and always loved treehouses as a child. Etienne is a trained architect from France and knew instinctively how to work the space. With the exception of the cast iron columns no element of the original space remains, everything was designed and manufactured for the project including all millwork, doors and mouldings. Coffinier Ku also designed most of the furniture. “This apartment is an escape from work, from the bustle of Soho and the city – a place where our clients can escape to read quietly for an afternoon or entertain good friends,” they said. “We also tried to create a space that was uncluttered and only had things that were important. The ability to breathe in the space was crucial.” At the heart of the apartment is the Gallery, a gracious and generous space punctuated by metal columns with custom designed nine foot double doors. Silence, an artwork by Jack Pierson, makes a great statement and a specially designed chandelier lights the area. In the living room one end of a sofa designed by Etienne is almost as big as a double bed perfect for curling up and watching a movie. Three statues by Nek Chand are placed on Lucite stands and wool drapes stretch from floor to ceiling. The dining table is a single slab of mahogany more than 10 foot long with Swarovski chandelier over it imported from London, while the library was created to satisfy one of the couple who has a real passion for literature. The kitchen is open with doors to both the dining and living rooms. The cabinetry is faced with white acrylic panels and the counter tops are white marble. Coffinier Ku Design is a partnership between Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku. The company was founded in 1998 to bring a French-trained expertise in architecture and interior design to the United States.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Three statues by Nek Chand on lucite stands in the living room, a lightweight wool fabric from Rogers and Goffigan was used to make the curtains. In the kitchen the cabinetry was faced with white acrylic panels, the countertops are white marble. The living room sofas were designed by Etienne and made by Upholstery Unlimited, the angora shag rug is by The Rug Company. Fabric is by Brunschwig & Fils

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Designer Focus


There is a classic sense of heritage and timelessness in his approach


obert Angell Design International is synonymous with luxury, timeless design. Prior to establishing Robert Angell Design International in 2010, Robert worked alongside David Collins as Creative Director for 15 years. Robert has designed some of the most renowned and prestigious restaurants, bars, hotels, commercial headquarters, residential and retail interiors for many of the world’s leading luxury brands and influencers. “Every design we create is unique to each client” says Robert, “We deliver what is the ultimate luxury interior for them.” From initial conception through to completion Robert is fully involved in every part of the design process and is something that he is very passionate about, “we have an individual, unique approach to every client and project. I oversee every project and direct the studio to ensure that every part of it has been considered and designed with the closest attention to detail. Our aim is always to exceed expectations. We want to push the boundaries of luxury design.” Recent commissions for Marcus Wareing, his two-Michelin starred MARCUS at The Berkeley and his latest venture Tredwell’s saw Robert and his team conceptualise and create everything entirely bespoke to Marcus and his brief. “Everything at MARCUS was created by us” Robert says, “For example all the pale blue leather upholstered chairs with beautiful appliqué contrast studded leather strapping, are from a sketch that I did for Marcus which he loved.” His interiors for Tredwell’s included the design and construction of a bespoke centre-piece clock, made entirely of antique bonehandled knives in reference to Agatha Christie’s, ‘The Seven Dials Mystery’ - the origin of the restaurant’s name and also co-incidentally the location of Tredwell’s in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials.

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Robert finds most of his inspiration from travelling and time spent wondering around antique markets and art and design fairs “I always discover something new or light on a new idea”. There is certainly a sense of heritage and timelessness in the studio’s approach to their projects. Their design for the Lime Wood Study at Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire evokes a classic and familiar Britishness. It’s a room where you can go and just lose yourself. “I wanted to create a warm and relaxed room for hotel guests to unwind and it is clever in that the low coffee tables can be rearranged to create a dining height table for anyone who wants to take the room for a different use.” It is this ingenuity that Angell thrives on and where he is at his creative best. Likewise the design for Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill at The Savoy was entirely novel with its intricate sculpted scalloped knit floor design, achieved by using the latest innovative technology to cut the marble. The design also celebrated the particular heritage of the Savoy by creating an exciting ‘Savoy first’ – they designed a bar top drawers which extend so you can sit opposite the person you are with and share oysters and sip champagne at your own personal and individual table. Robert’s time with David Collins continues to inspire him, “I still think of him every day and all the time I am designing I have his voice in my head, asking me questions and pushing me forward”. It is a hugely exciting time for Robert Angell Design International with major luxury projects in the pipeline in Baku, a range of projects with leading hotel brand the Maybourne Group as well as various residential projects across Europe. Robert says, “We are always growing and evolving to deliver the next ultimate luxury design. My favourite project is always the next one.”

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In the family room of the Wilton Street townhouse, Laura Hammett used a variety of different finishes to create a luxurious look. They worked closely with Listed Building Consent on the architectural detail of the building to be sympathetic with its Regency heritage seen below in the entrance hall and opposite in the dining room

Designer Focus


A contemporary classic style offering luxury and elegance


aura Hammett is a luxury interior design and architecture practice which has grown from strength to strength since it was founded in 2008 by husband and wife team, Laura and Aaron Hammett. Their design studio is based in Fulham and it is London, with its eclectic architecture and fashion, which inspires them. While every project is different and is tailored to the site, its locality and the client, there is a clear signature style that is apparent throughout all Laura Hammett projects, one which is luxurious contemporary classic, fused with a meticulous attention to detail. The practice also offers a completely bespoke furniture and accessories service, this truly gives a one of a kind home to clients. The two recent projects shown here exemplify their style: A contemporary Belgravia Ecclestone Mews house was a challenge for the team as it required them to push their usual design style further than ever before to give the luxury and visual impact that it needed. Arranged over three floors, the accommodation is beautifully appointed with the highest quality stone and finishes. Light was an issue and the way light has been directed through the house is no better emphasised than by the elegant marble helical staircase with 180 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

Every piece of furniture in the Ecclestone Mews house was designed by Laura Hammett

LED tread lighting and a mirrored wall that runs the full length of the house. The ceilings were finished in a specialist high gloss to bounce more natural light throughout the house and a seven-metre chandelier running through the entire house brings further light down into the basement. A Grade II Listed Belgravia Townhouse in Wilton Street was a particular favourite of Laura’s for its historical interest and feel, one which best reflects the style of the company. The team worked very closely with Listed Building Consent on the architectural detail so that every element was historically accurate and sympathetic to its Regency heritage. With the exception of the modern back extension, the design was approached with an understated elegance. Softer finishes and tones were used to compliment rather than compete with the classical architecture. All the joinery was meticulously designed, heavy on details using different materials such as metalwork, bronze mirrors and specialist veneers.

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SEMINAR PROGRAMME Sunday, September 20th:

12 noon: The Future of Craft. Hatta Byng 1pm: The Languages of Light - a creative approach to residential lighting. Rebecca Weir 2pm: The Success of Collaborations. Jay Grierson, Justin Van Breda, Martin Hulbert 3pm: Time as Luxury. Libby Sellers


What to look out for at London’s must see interiors show THE THEME for this year’s Decorex show is The Future of Luxury. Now in its 38th year, it once again kicks off the London Design Festival programme from September 20th to 23rd and - as last year - is being held in the grounds of Syon Park. More than 400 hand-picked exhibitors will be showcasing the very best and most coveted

CORINNE JULIUS, design and applied arts critic, is once again curating Future Heritage showcasing an exceptional selection of work by leading craftsmen. Here is a selection of work that will be on show:

Monday, September 21st: 10am: An LED Survivors Guide. Andrew Orange 12 noon: The Pleasures and Pains of Interior Design. Dan Hopwood, Nia Morris, Staffan Tollgard, Susie Rumbold 12 noon: Preserving Heritage. Andy Hancock, Jo Sampson, Regan Iglesia 1pm: Artisanship in the New Industrial Revolution. Lucy Johnston

products from the world of interior design. According to Nicky Haslam Decorex is “THE place to be every autumn where we hope to inspire, be inspired, meet old friends and discover the future.” For details of events, exhibitors and how to get there, visit the show’s website.

ELEANOR LAKELIN is an artist and maker using a lathe and carving tools to make vessels and sculptural forms in wood. “I am particularly interested in the way natural elements and processes layer and colour wood and how the passage of time is etched into the fibres of the material,” she says.

Tuesday, September 22nd: 10am: A Complete Guide to Managing your Online Reputation. Gemma Smith 11am: Creating International Luxury while still making it individual and bespoke. Tim Gosling 12 noon: David Nicholls in conversation with Luke Irwin 2pm: In Conversation with Abigail Ahern with Giles Kime

TANYA GOMEZ hand throws porcelain vessels that are beautiful and entirely functional. Her inspiration is born from the basic elements of life.

Wednesday, September 23rd: 10 am: Working in Listed Buildings - What to Do. Kate Ainslie 11am: The Restoration of Garstington Manor. Guy Goodfellow 12 am: Taking High End Design Online. Peter Sallick 1pm: Colour and Material Trends for Autumn/Winter 2016. Marie Rouillon

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RITA PARNICZKY’s artwork explores the passage of light through translucent material installations. Light brings visual change to the pieces, which she studies at different locations and times, from varied viewpoints. FOUR LEADING NAMES from the world of design and the arts have joined the show’s inaugural Patrons Panel. Libby Sellers, gallerist and design historian, Architect and Designer, Nigel Coates (left), Interior Designer, Guy Goodfellow (right) and Lucia van der Post - writer, journalist and Associate Editor of the Financial Times How To Spend It magazine, have agreed to act as ambassadors for the show.

SHELLEY JAMES work is derived from EEG scans of her own brain printed on panels of glass and encapsulated in hot glass forms.

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THE SECRET GARDEN collection by Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors. | Stand C25

TOM FAULKNER presents stunning new pieces at Decorex, including the Lexington oval coffee table finished in Verdigris with a hand antiqued mirror top. Simplicity of line and the highest level of British craftsmanship are central to the company’s ethos. | Stand B37 184 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

A NEW SOFA company, Spink & Edgar Upholstery has teamed up with Swaffer at Decorex to showcase the best in luxury furniture. With natural fillings grown on its farm in Yorkshire and unique spring technology within the seat cushions and throughout the frame, a Spink & Edgar sofa is more comfortable, sustainable and retains its shape. Using only the most luxurious fabrics, it is the ultimate statement piece of furniture. | Stand B26

ORIGINALLY established in 1949 by Joseph Cope, EPOC specialise in building bespoke, hand crafted mattresses and divans specifically made-to-order for the most discerning customer using only the finest materials and products. T: +44 (0)147 325 5888 | | Stand D46




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MARTIN HUXFORD STUDIO celebrates a highly successful first year with their debut appearance at Decorex, where they launch an elegant collection of Modernist inspired decorative lighting and furniture. Designed and hand built in Sussex using luxurious metals, English crystal and marble, the collection creates a distinctive style of contemporary luxury. T: +44 (0)190 374 0134 |

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LEPORELLO specialist furniture designers produce an exceptional range of painted and polished wood furniture in both Smart Contemporary and Elegant Classic French & Swedish styles. From dining to bedroom, adults to children, each piece is hand made to order, giving clients the opportunity to have special sizes, paint colours and finishes. For bespoke pieces, call Leporello’s highly regarded design team.

T: +44 (0)148 328 4109 | | Stand A75

ANCIENT root vines are a recurring theme in the design work of Cox London. Wax was sculpted and formed into the knots and roots of this piece. T: + 44 (0) 208 880 3923 | Stand B30 186 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

LACAZE manufactures luxury bespoke furniture that combines a passion for perfection with a dedication to providing quality and an unrivalled service. Combining quality materials and innovative production methods, the result is a unique piece that is guaranteed to be an exquisite, distinctive furnishing for years to come. T: +44 (0)203 659 2234 Stand E58

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Ben Pentreath ALTFIELD are delighted to be exhibiting ten of their brands at Decorex. Collections of luxurious fabrics, beautiful wallcoverings and sumptuous leathers will create a must see at this year’s show. T: +44 (0)207 351 5893 | Stand G29

BLURRING THE distinction between jewellery and furniture, the Solaris table from Lapicida is designed and made like an exquisite piece of jewellery, marrying stones and metals in a piece which bears all the hallmarks of luxury and precision brought together in one beautifully innovative design. T: +44 (0)203 012 1000 | Stand E21

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has teamed up with Alternative Flooring to create three new designs for their Quirky B Collection. “The designs create complex threedimensional patterns that trick the eye and play with space in a way, which create rich textures for the contemporary English interior.  Rooted in tradition, I am always surprised how fresh and modern these designs can be,” he said. Ben is one of the UK’s leading architectural and interior designers. He is a great exponent of English style. His architectural practice has worked on projects from new housing developments for The Prince of Wales to private houses

in the UK, Ireland and the United States. He is also one half of the eponymous Pentreath and Hall interiors store in central London. “Sometime ago, we designed a range of printed papers based on stone and marble flooring patterns by the prolific 18th century architect, Batty Langley. It was a delight to put these back where they belong, on the floor – but now re-worked in a range of vividly coloured patterns.” T :+44 (0)126 433 5111 | Stand C21 KENSA DESIGNS create exquisite hand painted luxury furniture pieces for the discerning customer who seeks the rare and beautiful. Each bespoke creation is a one off with the perfect balance between the highest quality craftsmanship and impeccable artistic design, truly one of a kind. They provide a professional and individual service with attention to detail and longevity in mind. Bespoke is not just an additional option they offer, it is the backbone of their business and what they do best. T: +44 (0)188 371 8910 Stand G22

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 all our latest designs for interiors and exteriors. Browse our unrivalled collection online or call to request a catalogue.

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BIRGIT ISRAEL has established a reputation for fine taste and an unerring eye for new trends. The collection is a modern interpretation of her love of antiques and vintage pieces, which underlines her signature look of mixing old and new. At Decorex the company will launch a line of new parchment pieces and a selection of accessories, including hand-blown opaline lamps and hand-printed cushions. | Stand F29 The already iconic HAPPY CLOVER side table is one of the most important designs from MARI IANIQ , featuring the four-leaf clover motif as its top with handmade metal framings and nacre inlay. The Gothic inspired and everfashionable quatrefoil can be found rendered in the finest gemstones, precious metals and exquisite enamels by luxury jewellery brands. T: +44 (0)795 122 8666 | Stand K56A

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AT DECOREX this year, Luxeform will curate their stand using an exclusive selection of furniture, lighting and accessories from the Bright group. Bright Chair, Hellman Chang, Maxine Snieder and other US brands will all be presenting their latest collections and officially launched by Luxeform. | | Stand 28

17 PATTERNS produces British-made wallcoverings and fabrics. Deriving its name from the mathematical classification of a two-dimensional repetitive pattern, 17 Patterns curates and restructures specially-commissioned artworks into dynamic repeat patterns. Unconventional creative techniques and processes are applied to evolve the original piece, while colourways and textures are chosen under guidance of a trusted team of interiors, textile and colour experts. T: +44 (0)208 962 0154 | | Stand G50

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R V ASTLEY look forward to meeting you once again at this prestigious show. Launching their Glaast Manufacturing business will be the main topic of events as well as impressing you with new interior products for the season ahead. | Stand H47

ARTEMISIA is Swaffer’s new collection for Decorex 2015. Encapsulating the movement of painterly and abstract brushstrokes, prints Rosa and Calla convey the artistry of oil painting masterpieces. Cotton velvet and linen union compositions provide luxurious yet casual elegance in monochromatic and jewel tones, complemented by new colourways of cut stripe velvet Coombe. | Stand B26

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FOR THE ultimate nights sleep in opulent comfort as well as style, luxury British bedmakers, Savoir Beds, have collaborated with renowned Chinese designer, Lv Yongzhong, to create the ultimate bedspace. The ‘LV’ bed utilises the most extraordinary Chinese carpentry skill and the very best of British craftsmanship to evoke a feeling of monumental power with its handcrafted Santos rosewood frame and solid brass feet. | Stand B46

ALDECO interior fabrics, is a dynamic and creative Portuguese brand, that commercialises high end interior fabrics to the world. With showrooms in Paris, Madrid, Oporto, Lisbon and Algarve, they design their fabrics with passion, inspired by art, and in tune with fashion and trends. | Stand J50

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JO LITTLEFAIR LONDON is at Decorex for the first time. As co-founder of luxury interior designers, Goddard Littlefair, Jo truly understands the demands of high-end residential and hospitality clients and has more than matched them with her stunning range of contemporary classic furniture and accessories for the luxury market. T: + 44 (0)207 042 6140 | Stand H24

ROBERT LANGFORD are showcasing their glorious new instock collections at Decorex 2015. Raise your glasses to the ‘Versailles’ collection of antique-mirrored side, coffee and console tables, handmade using traditional methods. T: 0845 009 0203 | +44 (0)207 352 1876 | Stand B51

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BAZAAR VELVET are showcasing their new Bohemia and Pacha designs from their Eklektic Rug Collection. This new rug collection has been handmade using the most skilled weavers from Rajasthan. They have used multi ply wool and silk with varying shades of each colour creating a water colour effect, with the high and low pile giving amazing results. | Stand K48

TODD KNIGHTS create stunning curtain poles and finials in their London studio, spanning both residential and hospitality interiors. Offering classical and contemporary collections in standard finishes and custom finishing, at no extra charge. Todd Knights also makes bespoke bay window poles. A new catalogue is available for Decorex. T: +44 (0)208 766 6006 | | Stand A25 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015 195 Interio | 555 Kings Road | Chelsea London SW6 2EB | +44 1202 717017 | Email:



ELIZABETH ASHARD LTD offers a bespoke service producing unique, handmade, bespoke rugs for clients all over the world. These beautiful rugs are hand knotted at 100 knots per inch using mineral dyed Tibetan wool and Chinese silk. | Stand A35

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VEEDON FLEECE is a purely custom weaving house and this year will be exhibiting four new carpets from the stunningly contemporary to designs sourced from their extensive archive collection. Exclusively made to client specification.

T: +44 (0)148 357 5758 | Stand D15

A GEOMETRIC version of the Ravenala pattern by Michaela Schleypen for FRONT London. A super-fine colour gradient results in an original finish. FRONT London, 20 Bruton Place, London W1J 6LY T: +44 (0)207 495 0740 | Stand J37

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LUXURY fabric specialist Kobe UK, will be introducing its latest range of window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings at Decorex International. David Harris, Managing Director, said: “This is the perfect backdrop for luxury design and the ideal platform for our new collections.” T: +44 (0)134 477 1653 | | Stand J22

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ÉLITIS at Abbott & Boyd, precursor of three dimensional wall coverings, with three collections since 2011, innovates again with Celebrity, a new collection of immense bas-reliefs in smooth copper, brass, and silver metallic curves. T: +44 (0)207 351 9985 |

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Come to the home of luxury rugs.


LONDON SHOWROOM 2 New Kings Road, London SW6 4SA Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm 020 7736 9693 | |

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CONKER BROWN invite you to visit them at Decorex to celebrate their 1st Anniversary. Stunning new designs will be launched, retaining their fresh take on the classic English style.

T: +44 (0)189 251 4673 | Stand K35

THIS YEAR Heirlooms, the luxury bespoke linen manufacturer, will be showcasing their new collection of bedlinen and table linen focusing on jacquard based fabrics, exciting embroidery designs and introducing children’s bedlinen to their collection. | Stand number B27

H a n d m a d e B r o n z e W i n d ows , D o o r s a n d S c r e e n s

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BOREK Outdoor Furniture always exude elegant, contemporary class. The forms and styles are both functioned as well as aesthetic, which gives a harmonious look. BOREK continues to provide the ultimate seating comfort. New for 2015 the Viking Lounge collection. | Stand SPH27

BRABIN & FITZ have a beautiful collection of lighting, furniture and mirrors. In addition many of their designs can have dimensions or finishes altered and bespoke commissions are undertaken. T: +44 (0)124 431 4838 | www.brabinandfitz. Stand C20A 202 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

ARMOURCOAT, the decorative surface specialists, have introduced a new metal rust finish. The Rusteel finish offers an authentic rusted iron or patina effect, creating an aged, weather-beaten, metal surface. T: +44 (0)173 246 7994 | Stand H31

PARADISE wallpaper in Indigo from Kandola. | Stand E47

Harlequin London offers a bespoke design service for interior designers, specifically for tableware, decorative accessories and now lighting.

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Our self-imposed brief for Decorex 2015 was to use contemporary production techniques and put MODERN into 70’s RETRO. Come and see our interpretation at Decorex 2015, stand C43.

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ATLANTICO RUGS make exclusive handmade tapestry rugs in pure wool. A wide range of designs from traditional classic florals to modern contemporary patterns. They specialise in creating the perfect rug for your room. T: +44 (0)208 780 5288 | Stand A77

ALTHEA woven fabric from Kai | Stand E41

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MARBLE HILL FIREPLACES are displaying two balanced flue gas fires from their Bell range at Decorex. These fires are at 85 percent efficient and give between 7-10 kw of heat. Visit them to see these fires working and experience their stunning visual effect and heat output. T: +44 (0)208 892 1488 | | Stand H18

SIDNEY PAUL & CO was established by Sidney Yates and partner Joanne Ganley-Yates to create inspired wallpaper designs. They specialise in digitally printed 70cm width rolls which allows them the freedom to design wallpaper which cannot be conventionally printed. Their designs are produced in the UK on specially coated non-woven papers with finishes that include metallics and shine. Facade & Gentlemans Club are collections that evoke a sense of Heritage but have a contemporary style. They include six panels and four wallpaper designs. T: +44(0)783 708 7036 Stand K36

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HAUTE DÉCO’S couture handles are famed for luxurious textures, adding understated glamour to prime residential projects. Signature doorknobs – more aptly described as door jewellery - epitomise Haute Déco’s house style: this unique concept, perfected at the company’s workshop in South-West England, sees a new twist with the launch of Monograms, a novel take on personalised doorknobs. T: +44 (0)207 736 7171 | Stand B20A LE DEUN luminaires is a french company specialising in electronic lighting with low energy consumption. All models are designed and manufactured in France, in their Paris Head office. In addition to their main collection, which expands every year, they closely work with designers on bespoke projects. | Stand A32

NEW COLLECTION from Kate Foreman. | Stand E54 206 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

THE TITANIUM collection enhances Warwick’s interior design offer with novel textures, foil prints and sumptuous velvets. The Laureate compendium of luxurious small scale ditsy designs is perfect for cushions and upholstery, and dual stocked for FR needs. T: +44 (0)145 182 2383 | | Stand A44

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REVOLVE Floor Lamp from Bert Frank. | Stand F34

STONE EXPERTS Artisans of Devizes is a family-run company celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Making their debut at Decorex, they will be showcasing a variety of their finest natural stone, as well as an innovative new marble collection and an exclusive range of encaustic tiles. T: +44 (0)138 072 0007 | | Stand G41

ARMCHAIR in Ixcan Brocade & Caterina Ikat Black from A Rum Fellow. | Stand A41

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BAKER & GRAY manufacture a unique collection of fabrics and decorative accessories for homes and interiors. At the heart of Baker & Gray is a beautiful hand embroidered bespoke fabric collection, inspired by the flora and fauna of international travels in Europe, India and Africa. They also produce a stunning collection of cushions and lampshades that complement the fabrics.

T: +44 (0)203 4907782 Stand A61

Balanced flue fires - no chimney required horizon XXl-3. With ceramic Black mirror interior. 2-12 kW - 85% efficient

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FOR HIGH END furnishing buyers and clients, Rebecca Scott is the specialist artisan furniture maker that uniquely blends classical design with a contemporary twist by combining complementary materials and finishes. T: +44 (0)207 352 3979 | Stand D32

INTERIO are delighted to be exhibiting once again at Decorex. 2015 marks their 17th year. Their stands are always a fabulous inspiration for striking and elegant interiors. Please join them opposite the Champagne Bar to see what’s new.

T: +44 (0)120 271 7017 | | Stand D33

ESTABLISHED IN 1962, The Games Room Company is enthusiastically dedicated to supplying the best in vintage and contemporary games. Specialising in the rare and bespoke, and with a keen eye on quality and service, we are constantly scouring the globe for new and innovative products. T: +44 (0)193 256 8414 | | Stand K59 210 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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FOR THOUSANDS of years, the nomadic peoples of the remote Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan have created their dazzling felt Shyrdak rugs. The first company to import them direct from the makers, Felt holds a huge stock selection of these vibrant works of art and offers a bespoke design service. T: +44 (0)208 772 0358 | Stand J40 CHANTAL DE GAUDIO is a London based artist debuting at Decorex. She combines her passion for colour and floral designs with her belief in the healing powers of beauty. She has a vibrant collection of paintings and also accepts commissions, tailoring each project to her client’s needs. Painting - Emerged 80cm/122cm, Gloss, Copper Leaf.

T: +44 (0)779 695 2296 | Stand D14

CAPUCIN printed velvet from Misia, Casamance. | Stand H36

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BY ADDING a contemporary touch to classic designs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Julian Chichester creates beautiful furniture that champions the essence of English eclectic elegance. T: +44 (0)207 622 2928 | | Stand E33


Sinclair Matthews design and hand make our sofas and chairs in our workshops in Sussex. Shown above are our High Back Kensington Chairs, Trafalgar Barstools, Venezia 3 Sofa and a Woodstock corner group. All specified by our Interior Designer Jane Clare Interiors’ We have provided our bespoke sofas to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, The FCO, Gleneagles, Chewton Glen and the St James Club together with other prestigious hotel groups and Interior Designers throughout the UK, the USA Europe and Russia. We have an extensive showroom in Thames Ditton, Surrey. Ferry Yacht Station, Ferry Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0YB 44 020 8398 5694 | |

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AT DECOREX 2015, TATIANA TAFUR LTD will be exhibiting some new collections of hand made wallcoverings in both traditional and contemporary colours and designs, shagreen furniture and examples of the wonderful work undertaken by Gorman Studios in verre églomisé. The image above is an illustration of Gorman’s work on mirror. Visit our showroom at 572, King’s Road, London SW6 2DY. T: +44 (0)207 731 3777 | Stand E20

FINISHING touches are being made to the new Soane Adam Plinth model at Haddonstone’s Northamptonshire Studios. A mould can then be created from which exquisite stone replicas can be manufactured. This design is the latest from the collaboration between Haddonstone and the Sir John Soane’s Museum and will launch at Decorex 2015. T: +44 (0)160 477 0711 | Stand A73

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COLECCION ALEXANDRA UK create unique luxury furniture. One of the largest collections in the world, with over 200 pieces, from Furniture, Bath, Lighting, Textiles, Rugs & Accessories. The collections are created to be adaptable and meet every whim. Every piece is a blank canvas, which clients can veil with their own creativity. Each product is crafted with passion and love and every component is treated with unwavering respect. Every creation echoes the soul of Coleccion Alexandra.

T: +44 (0)190 497 7063 | | Stand K27

AT DECOREX, luxury British bed maker, Vispring will present its exclusive range of signature fabrics The Timeless Collection. Sourced from Europe’s finest mills, the high-quality, natural materials are perfect for covering Vispring’s bespoke, handmade divans and headboards. With its extensive palette of sophisticated tones and textures, The Timeless Collection caters for the tastes of discerning customers around the world. | Stand E49

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HARLEQUIN LONDON revisit the 1970’s, fusing inspiration from the era with modern production techniques, to launch a sophisticated collection. ‘70’s RETRO’ focusses on customisation and confident design for tableware, accessories and lighting. Going a step further, Harlequin have commissioned a 5m glass and liquid metal dining table from Murano to complete the scheme. T: +44 (0)207 384 1911 | Stand C34

BED MANUFACTURER of the Year and Royal Warrant holders Hypnos will be showcasing their hand crafted, bespoke, award winning sustainable mattresses, beds and sofa beds at this year’s Decorex. Visit their luxury offering at Decorex to experience the world’s most comfortable beds for yourself. | Stand H30

NYMPH IS the beautiful, new, art deco inspired, solid bronze door handle from Philip Watts. Each one is hand made in Philip’s own workshops in Nottingham. Nymph is the first in a new range of exciting products designed by Philip, which will be launched this September. T: +44 (0)115 926 9756 | Stand K42 216 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

INJECTING ELEGANCE and style into the world of outdoor furnishing, Coco Wolf is revolutionising the way we live outside, offering sophisticated craftsmanship and bespoke service. The Chuchumber collection, featuring Dembies arm chair and Cherkley sectional sofa, is inspired by the capital’s exquisite history and modern edge. T: + 44 (0)207 262 8614 | | Stand J43

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WILLIAM dining table, The English Home Collection by Justin Van Breda. | Stand E40


HAMILTON’S range of decorative electrical wiring accessories has grown to meet the needs of interior designers.Visitors to the stand will be able to see samples of all of their favourite and new ‘on trend’ collections.

T: +44 (0)174 786 0088 | | Stand H17

Restore Install At Hodkin & Jones, our contracts division Supply & Install mouldings for both traditional and contemporary developments. Our special contracts department restores plasterwork to historic buildings for both commercial and residential properties. We have fixing teams based nationwide and can also undertake overseas projects.

For further details 0203 6208686 or email

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PHILLIPS AND WOOD will exhibit many new designs this year at Decorex alongside sister companies Lawson Wood showing upholstered chairs and sofas, and Marshall Phillips showing some of their antique stock. Visit their stand to see samples of bespoke materials and new creations. | Stand H39

SELF has launched it’s ‘reborn’ vintage collection. Applying their passion for colour and texture, their tailored range of original mid-century furniture designed for contemporary living. Using sumptuous grand piano lacquers and luxurious fabrics, they perfectly combine old and new, resulting in beautiful, practical and playful pieces.

T: +44 (0)207 112 8877 | | Stand K51

BARD & BRAZIER - architects and designers love these UK made heated rails for their flexible design capacity, innovative concealed valves, and modern finishes. A unique business, worth a visit. | Stand D47

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CLOCK HOUSE has a new Collection of grey oak furniture called Fenton: tables, chairs, sofas & stools which can all be seen on the website. The standard collection is still available, and Clock House is happy to work with designers on individual commissions. T: +44 (0)162 084 2870 | | Stand A50

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IF YOU ARE looking for a traditional heated towel rail for a period home, Catchpole and Rye have a full range of heated towel rails to suit. The Arched towel rail is available in two sizes, the shorter three bar shown right, or the taller ladder option with four heated bars. Availble in silver nickel, chrome plate or polished brass. T: +44 (0)207 351 0940

THG Paris recently unveiled their main retail showroom in Belgravia, a cutting-edge, contemporary space with dynamic new displays. The new showroom will be one of the UK’s most comprehensive destinations for luxury bathroom design and will feature their beautiful range of premium taps and luxury bathroom fittings.

FOUR classically inspired timber designs have been added to the increasingly soughtafter vanity collection by Justin Van Breda. Each understated elegant design can be customised according to a client’s exact requirements and is available with coordinating mirror.

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HURLINGHAM The Bath Company

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photography Jill Tate

The Astonian bathroom

Aston Matthews

order online at visit our showroom 141-147A Essex Road, Islington, London N1 2SN 020 7226 7220

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MARBLE is one of the most luxurious stones and while undeniably timeless, Lapicida recognise it trending for 2015. Hard wearing as well as highly decorative, marble is the perfect choice to bring warmth and depth to any bathroom. Pictured here Calacatta Oro honed marble. T: +44 (0)203 012 1000 |

WEST ONE BATHROOMS, Europe’s most innovative supplier of bespoke bathrooms opens their ninth showroom on the Kings Road. Located in Chelsea’s renowned Design Quarter, the showroom displays the latest collections from brands including Arcade, Burlington, Bauhaus, Crosswater and Simpsons, all complemented by the installation of Claybrook and Apavisa tiles and flooring from Lapicida.

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FINDING the perfect balance between function and form, the PHASE Collection exhibits timeless appeal with its perfect union of sensuality and precision. From wallmounted projects to shower and freestanding applications, this contemporary collection is ready for any type of interior layout. T: (800) 9544723 |

SOFT AND SINUOUS lines interpreted with a modern twist, the Margraf range of marbles are genuine works of art which give bathrooms undisputed luxury and unique atmosphere. Bringing aesthetics and functionality together in creations that are custom-built to last.

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DRUMMONDS, designer and manufacturer of luxury bathrooms, introduce their new Bute bath. A modern re-working of the traditional cast iron bath, the Bute bath has a calm and Zen-like presence. Drummonds’ cast iron baths are made using traditional manufacturing techniques and are available in a wide range of bespoke finishes. T: +44 (0)207 376 4499 |

THE IMPRESSIVE new Matki ONE Wet Room Panel with ceiling or wall brace bar. Frame and brace bar are available in a selection of finishes including Architectural Bronze, as shown. T: +44 (0)145 432 2888 |

TUBBY TOO Double Ended Bath. Deep and suitable for the smaller bathroom. Supplied on cast iron legs, Tubby Too can be placed close to a wall or in the middle of a room. The bath can be used with taps that are either wall mounted or atop Albion’s sturdy stand pipes. The exterior colour can be finished in any Dulux Trade colour or one of Albion’s three metallic “Burnished” finishes Gold, Iron, Bronze. T: 01255 831605 |

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FULFILLING both the current trends of industrial fittings and alternative finishes the Nero range of bathroom taps is exclusive to Aston Matthews. Manufactured from matt black hammercoated solid stainless steel the range, which includes freestanding and wall mounted fittings, won the 2014 Red Dot Award for product design. T: +44 (0)207 226 7220 |

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ETCH Web in polished brass from Tom Dixon is astonishingly beautiful, with an ethereal visual attitude. A lamp is suspended within the centre to make it the ultimate shadow play pendant. Designed to add warmth and sophistication to the hallway, the hotel lobby or the dining room.

AT THE HEART of Hector Finch’s extensive range of domestic lighting are their own craft-manufactured lights and lamps, which combine the best of contemporary design with classic and timeless motifs. They fuse crisp, precision metalwork by British artisans with glasswork sourced from Britain, mainland Europe and beyond.

T: +44 (0)158 487 1600 |

THE TRANSPARENT Prism ranges from Focus SB are designed to disappear into the room. They are very popular with designers and architects where high quality wall coverings are used - but can be used equally effectively with painted walls blending with any interior. T: +44 (0)142 485 8060 |

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MR.LIGHT have recently expanded their range of plaster wall luminaires. The collection is manufactured from fine white plaster in precise architectural linear forms which can be used in the raw plaster smooth finish or may be painted to match with specific wall colours. Various light sources are possible including conventional halogen lamps and the very latest LED which gives pure, warm, white, 2700 kelvin illumination as well as being extremely energy efficient with extra long life. The Design Centre, 228 Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 OXE

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THIS LANTERN is one of a collection of historic designs which were recently discovered in books containing miniatures of each of Best & Lloyd’s 100,000 designs dating back to 1840. It was originally created for the New York Best & Lloyd showroom in the mid 1920’s. The designs will be familiar as they are still on the front of many New York buildings of the period. T: +44 (0)207 610 9191 |

WITH THE aim of pushing bone china to its very limits, the Hatton collection of pendants from Original BTC, wall, table and floor lights explore and maximise the materials translucency, luminosity and versatility. Sculptural when off, the shades come to life when switched on, creating mesmerising lines and shadows.

THE MONTREAL suspension lamp from Creative Mary honours the artistic output of the city’s jazz history. The plated brass structure of the suspension lamp reimagines the trumpet and makes use of its most identifying shape, the bell. The lampshade connects to the structure with an elegant tube which seems to transport air and release warm, brassy notes. T: 00351 912565722 |

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THE STUNNING Rotterdam Chandelier from the world reknown ‘Barovier & Toso’ is available at Christopher Wray. With its ogival stem, chunky crystal cylinders and chrome metal detail, this harmonious fusion has attained a pitch of excellence backed by the centuries of experience and innovative ideas of its famous designers. T: +44 (0)207 013 0180



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Luxury hand finished switches and sockets

The finishing touches matter. So choose Focus SB quality switches and sockets. Bespoke plates are our speciality and can include the latest audio visual inserts and power sockets required for comfortable modern living. Visit our website to view our full range of styles and finishes.

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STRONG and sculptural, the new Ona chandelier from Kaia designed by Peter Straka is made from three circular bands of warm light that join together to form a perfect sphere. The three perpendicular bands made in solid brushed brass and embedded with LED’s are fused together with brushed brass rings set at each of the six intersections.

MARTIN HUXFORD STUDIO were chosen by Interior Designers Tully Filmer to supply their Bibendum Chandeliers and Bibendum wall lights for the major £2 million refurbishment of the boutique Flemings Mayfair hotel. The Bibendum Chandelier hangs in the bedrooms and suites of this beautiful Georgian hotel, providing a harmonious centrepoint to the rooms. The Chandeliers are hand built in Martin Huxford’s West Sussex studio workshop. T: +44 (0)190 374 0134 |

THE NINA Lamp features an unusual trefoil shape base and shade. The sloping base is finished with a vivid citron crackle glaze. A matching finial tops the pewter microfiber shade lined in the same.

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FOR SIMPLIFIED lighting with functional yet minimalist aesthetic, Jamb presents the Markham globe lantern. Manufactured from lost wax castings, this large ovoid lantern with opaque glass shade features moulded brass bars, a double band around the circumference, and culminates in a ball finial for hanging. T: +44 (0)207 730 2122



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‘The grandeur of the house and the vast expanse of wooded parkland surrounding it makes you feel like you have entered a princely kingdom’ WORDS JAMES PEILL | PHOTOGRAPHS JAMES FENNELL / The Interior Archive

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he magnificent Worcester Lodge, a masterpiece of Palladian architecture by William Kent, crowns the horizon as one approaches Badminton from the north. At the end of the three-mile Great Avenue, the house looms into view, its twin domes glinting beneath the fluttering flag of the Duke of Beaufort. The grandeur of the house and the vast expanse of wooded parkland surrounding it makes one feel like one has entered a princely kingdom. Indeed, the Duke of Beaufort are descended from Edward III’s sons John of Gaunt; hence the appearance of the quartered arms of England and France on the flag. Badminton is recorded in the Domesday Book as ‘Madmintune’ and was owned by the Boteler family from 1275 to 1612, when Thomas Somerset, fourth Earl of Worcester, purchased the manors of Great and Little Badminton. Five years later, he gave Badminton to his third son, Sir Thomas Somerset, as a wedding present, and Sir Thomas proceeded to modernise the old Boteler residence. The subsequent architectural history of Badminton is far from straightforward. Like a courtier, the house has changed its formal attire according to the prevailing fashions of the day. Sir Thomas incorporated much of the Boteler house in his alterations. His great nephew Henry Somerset, first Duke of Beaufort, upgraded the house in keeping with his new status. The work began in 1664 and was not finished until 1691. The north front was modelled on Queen Henrietta Maria’s New Gallery at Somerset House by John Webb and forms the core of the present north façade. It is juxtaposed with the lower, pedimented, and hipped - roofed

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TOP: The Great Drawing Room in which two impressive tiered crystal chandeliers hang from a gilded plasterwork ceiling. The walls are covered with a silk damask wall fabric and hung with 18th and 19th century portaits LEFT: An octagonal anteroom decorated in the rococo style by Thomas Paty in 1750. The table echos the shape of this room, its ceiling clad with delicate stucco

east front, visible in an engraving of about 1669, which looked out over the privy gardens, parterres, and hornbeam wilderness laid out by the Duchess of Beaufort, a celebrated horticulturalist. Her husband’s grandiose schemes transformed the park beyond, with 30 rides radiating out from the house. The first Duke was succeeded by a grandson who employed a local Bath architect, William Killigrew, to make further alterations. The west front is largely Killigrew’s work of about 1708; when viewed from across the pond, it is flanked by single-storey pavilions, one built as a brew house, the other as a laundry and now the home of John Harris, the eminent architectural historian who has done much to unravel the complex building history of Badminton. Killigrew also tinkered with the fenestration on the north front and designed most of the ochre-coloured estate houses in the village. Further enhancements to the house were made by the third Duke of Beaufort, who succeeded his father in 1714 when he was only seven. His Grand Tour in the 1720’s fired an interest in architecture that led to his employing Francis Smith of Warwick on his return. Smith added an attic floor and pediment to the east front, thereby bringing it into unison with the north front, but losing its balance in the process. His chief legacy is the decoration of the Great Hall, which, like that of the rest of the house, is far from clear-cut. Edward 238 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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TOP: The elegant entrance hall of Badminton House, its ceiling and walls decorated with ornate stucco plasterwork LEFT: Portraits are staggered by size up the walls of the staircase designed by Wyatville

Poynton carved the Corinthian pillars and door cases, while Charles Stanley and Thomas Roberts were paid for plasterwork in 1739 and 1753, respectively. John Morley was paid for the plasterwork ceiling in 1751. Ranged around the room are five great hunting canvases by the celebrated equestrian painter John Wootton; a recent discovery has revealed that two are signed and dated 1732. The second pair was painted twelve years later, and over the chimneypiece is a lifesized study of the Duke’s famous Arabian stallion, Grey Barb (1734). All have superb gilded frames, probably by John Boson. It was in this room that the foundations of the modern game of badminton were laid, an adaptation of a game played in British India, particularly in the garrison town of Poona (now Pune). Opening off the Great Hall is an octagonal anteroom know as the Waiting Room, decorated by Thomas Paty in 1750. Its delicate rococo plasterwork included a musical trophy over the mantelpiece and an Apollo mask and sunburst on the ceiling. Nearby is the baroque Great Dining Room designed by Smith. It houses the celebrated Grinling Gibbons limewood carvings, executed in 1683 - 1684 for Beaufort House, Chelsea, and brought to Badminton in 1717 - 1718. Full-length ducal family portraits by Kneller, Dahl, Hudson, and Smirke dominate the walls between Corinthian pilasters. Smith died in 1738, and James Gibbs succeeded him as architect. He added pedimented pavilions at each end of the north front, but with the third duke’s death in 1746, yet another architect, the famous William Kent, was bought in. Kent designed the great two-tier pediment 240 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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TOP: Worcester Lodge, designed by William Kent, stands at the beginning of the three mile Great Avenue LEFT: Abundant plants placed in the windows of this dining room lead the eye out into the lush greenery of the garden

crowning the north front and its flanking cupolas, all constructed from wood painted to look like stone (for lightness). His other work on the north front included adding giant rusticated pilasters to the Gibbs pavilions, echoed in those flanking the front door. Badminton was further aggrandised by the sixth Duke of Beaufort, who employed Jeffry Wyatville, from the famous Wyatt dynasty of architects, in 1809-13. Wyatville’s main alteration was the creation of the Great Drawing Room, with its Order of the Garter-themed plasterwork ceiling and magnificent neoclassical Italian chimneypiece, designed by James Byres for the Dowager Duchess of Beaufort, widow of the fourth duke, in 1773. Wyatville also rebuilt the staircase; its ramps seem to rise up in all directions through the centre of the house. Here and elsewhere the walls are lined with family-portraits - nearly two hundred in all. Some of the earliest portraits are hung in the Family Dining Room, which has striking yellow arabesque wallpaper designed by Thomas Willement, who supplied stained glass to the church in the mid-nineteenth century. Two other rooms on the east front are also hung with Willement wallpaper; the East Room (hung with late seventeenth – and early-eighteenth-century portraits) and the Duchess’s Sitting Room. The latter has a charming portrait of the fifth duke as a boy with his tutor by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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TOP: Superb carving by Grinling Gibbons hangs over the mantlepice in the Great Dining Room, flanked by portraits of the fourth Duke and Duchess of Beaufort LEFT: One of two conservatories added to the east front by the third Duke of Beaufort

Outside, the gardens and park have undergone similar reincarnations over the centuries. The present duke employed Francois Goffinet to design a formal, compartmented garden in 1990, incorporating a shell garden created by his Duchess. Today, Badminton is probably best known for the annual Horse trials, which take place in early May. Started in 1949 by the tenth Duke of Beaufort, they are the equestrian equivalent of Wimbledon or Henley Royal Regatta. The tenth duke was universally known as ‘Master’, having been given a pack of harriers for his eleventh birthday. He was probably the most renowned Master of Foxhounds of his day and continued a long tradition of hunting dukes; hounds have been kennelled at Badminton since 1640. The current Duke of Beaufort is chairman of Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd., one of the world’s leading contemporary art dealerships. Thanks to his assured eye and natural style, Badminton has been lovingly restored and is to many people the epitome of the English country house. Badminton House Estate 244 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: 16th century paintings hang from mid-19th century patterned wallpaper designed by Thomas Willement in the family dining room. View from the altar down the main aisle of St Michael and All Angels church. The choir stalls were built in 1908 by Temple Moore. In the south garden, looking up to the tower of the church

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alcolm McDowell began his career with an image as a charismatic bad boy because of his roles in the legendary 1960’s and 70’s films… A clockwork Orange and O Lucky Man! He maintained his villainous screen persona in the 1990s by killing Captain Kirk in Star Trek: Generations and in 2003 played a man who rapes a drug dealer in I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. In his private life, the British-born McDowell, who has lived in California for many years, is very much a family man - one with a whimsical and artistic side and an impish sense of humour. “Malcolm loves things that are personal, homemade and just a little bit askew,” says his wife, Kelley, a painter and an interior designer. Fortunately, that is exactly her taste too. The open-plan house in the hills north of Los Angeles, which they designed and built together, is filled with mechanical toys, miniature carousel animals, antique shop signs, articulated wood figures that gesture and point, quilts and every other imaginable manifestation of folk art. The McDowells began to build the house, one light-filled interior space painted white and open to the rafters, with French doors along the walls and a sleeping loft for a master bedroom, in 1992. “I wanted to respect the land,” says the actor, “We have a number of acres on these wooded hills, and I didn’t want the house to stick out, so there is no exterior trim. Inside, however, the house was inspired by a Victorian painter’s studio I lived in off Church Street in Kensington, in London, LEFT: The barnlike living area is designed ‘along the lines of the studio in London in which I loved for many years,’ Malcolm McDowell says. The couple filled it with comfortable furniture and folk art pieces. An antique bread company sign from London is on the mantel. The clock is 18th-century Swedish TOP: The McDowells and two of their sons, Finnian and Beckett, in their 1954 Jaguar 120 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015 249

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The office area of the large openplan living space is dominated by a painting on zinc of a horse called Greyhound. View from the open-plan living area up towards the gallery bedroom shielded from view by American quilts and Navajo Indian rugs hanging over the balustrade. Copper pots and model aeroplanes hang from a wooden rack above the tiled kitchen work surface

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TOP: French doors in the dining area open onto the pool terrace. The mismatched chairs surrounding the table are ‘a reminder of the places we’ve been on holiday and where we’ve often bought chairs,’ the actor says. Friction toys live the upper shelves LEFT: A ‘photo pony’ that was used for photo shoots and can be dismantled and a concrete bull terrier by Robert Young antiques stand by the fireplace

when I was making Clockwork Orange,” he explains. “It was one huge beautiful room, and I wanted to conjure up a version of that that would be American. Instead of a studio, this is an American barn.” The McDowells have an active family life, with three sons, Beckett, Finnian, and Seamus. “A great thing about the open-plan house is that everybody participates in what everyone else is doing. We tend to all sleep together in a dog pile,” says Kelley. The notable collections that the two have put together since they were married in 1991 have not been altered by the presence of the boys. “We haven’t put a thing out of reach,” says Kelley, “and almost nothing has been broken. If something is, it’s not intentional, and, anyway, that’s life.” The collecting began when the actor would go on location for a film and his wife would travel with him. “One of the great things to do in a strange town is to look for antiques,” she says. The McDowells’ art and objects come from sources high and low around the world. “We’ve bought at auction at Sotheby’s in New York and from antiques shops in London, and we have carousel animals, carved at one-quarter size to be 252 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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Natural light streams into the master bedroom, a part of the loft gallery space. An optician’s sign hangs above the bed. The pillow on the armchair is from the 1930’s

used as salesman’s samples, that we found in Hawaii when Malcolm was filming an episode of Fantasy Island.’ “We’d look in the yellow pages for antique shops,” he says, “and over time we got to know the dealers. We started fairly modestly with icefishing lures,” he continues. “Kelley is from Minnesota, where they do a lot of ice-fishing, and I always loved the idea of those guys fishing in their little huts, freezing and having an excuse to get drunk.” Then the McDowells turned their attention to mechanical toy cars from the early 20th century, known as friction toys or ‘hill climbers,’ which move on their own once they are started. As a child, Malcolm was fascinated with racing cars. He lived near Aintree Race Track on the outskirts of Liverpool, where the British Grand Prix was held, and 254 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

as a teenager he turned the numbers on the manual scoreboard at the track. He got to know such racing legends as Stirling Moss. Years later this passion came out again in miniature with the McDowell’s friction toys. “We have one of the largest collections in America,” says Kelley. The little cars and trucks are displayed on shelves placed against the windows beside the French doors in the house. With encouragement of actor Oliver Clark, a collector and a family friend, the couple set about expanding their collections while keeping their favourite acquisitions. “Kelley has a great eye,” says Malcolm. “Whenever she calls me on location and says should she buy something she’s seen, I always say yes!”

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TOP: The 4,500-square-foot house that actor Malcolm McDowell, star of such films as A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Star Trek: Generations (1994), and his wife, Kelley, built north of Los Angeles showcases their extensive folk art collection LEFT: A small double bed with a headboard and footboard resembling white-painted fencing is covered with an antique Susani

Among the pieces that he considered art, is an antique wood sign of a sheaf of wheat carved in relief with the insignia for Z Bread on it. The McDowells found it at a shop in London, “I love the faded gold leaf on it. It has a stunning patina,” he says. Another favourite is an optician’s sign - a pair of pince-nez six feet across with gilt frames and huge eyes painted in the lenses. “It’s like a piece is sculpture,” he says. The art, with its universal appeal, is perhaps the transition between the part of Malcolm McDowell’s life that is represented by decades of films and globe-trotting, and life in his ‘American barn’ with his wife and boys. He says it is quite simple. “This house anchors me. It is comfortable and a fun place. It is where we come to get away from our careers. The art is an expression of the happiness we feel here. This house is serene.”

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THE CANDY BROTHERS From the terrace of their vast penthouse, they overlook the splendours of Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean WORDS MICHAEL PEPPIATT | PHOTOGRAPHS ANDREW TWORT / The Interior Archive

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ny city whose centre is made up of a vast, flamboyant casino flanked by grand, fortresslike hotels is bound to intrigue. A Mediterranean harbour bobbing with extravagant yachts and a princely palace on the skyline give you a few more clues to your whereabouts. Then, as the roulette wheels begin to hum, you realise this can only be one place: Monte Carlo. Overlooking these amiable splendours is the penthouse that Nick and Christian Candy, the brothers behind the Candy & Candy interior design and property development business, have chosen as their main residence. On the top two floors of La Belle Epoque, a building that dates back to Monte Carlo’s heyday, this vast apartment is remarkable, first of all, for its extraordinary ‘king of the castle’ position. Wherever you stand on its many balconies and terraces, there are plunging views onto the sparkling sea or the mountainous Riviera behind. From this vantage point, no sleek cruiser or private plane can sneak into Monte Carlo unseen. Moving back from the sun-filled terraces into the interior, you are also aware of how discreet and soothing the overall atmosphere of the penthouse is. The cool marble floors and muted colour schemes are particularly welcome after the blaze of Mediterranean light. Noteworthy is the way the large lateral spaces have been designed to provide each of the brothers with ample private accommodation as well as shared areas, especially the spectacular, double-height library and the various dining rooms where they can entertain their friends and family and business colleagues or other grandees. “I’ve always loved this part of the world it’s got everything

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TOP: A spacious sitting room with curving neutral walls and polished wood floor. The luxurious room has a crystal chandelier and is furnished with a grey upholstered sofa LEFT: An elevated view of a penthouse roof terrace in the evening with an outdoor eating area and a bar. Further beyond are yachts in a harbour.

you could want,” Nick Candy says, looking remarkably settled in his library armchair, although he is merely stopping in between gruelling flights. “Chris and I were already living quite contentedly in Monte Carlo when this penthouse came up for sale, but once we’d seen the space and the location, we realised it had the makings of the best apartment in the world.” “I can’t pretend that this was one of our easiest projects, because it was such an ambitious one,” says Martin Kemp, Candy & Candy’s head designer. “But that was what drove us on, because we wanted to actually exceed expectation. We had the advantage of having designed several interiors for Nick and Christian before, so we knew their individual tastes well - and, in any case, they worked with us throughout, going along with some design proposals or coming up with others. The sheer scale of the Belle Epoque proved to be a challenge. I mean, I personally chose the vast numbers of antiquarian and modern books for the library and that was no chore, because I love books. But when it came to something like installing the 12-foot trees on the terraces, we had a logistical nightmare: An entire lane of the road had to be closed off as they were craned all the way up!” “We moved in about a year ago,” says Nick Candy, “and now we spend as much time here as we possibly can. It’s a place where we can work and have meetings in unique surroundings. But it’s also a refuge where we can come simply to relax.” Work seems blessedly confined to the vast oval office where the brothers sit opposite each other at streamlined desks that incorporate the latest in communications technology. This is clearly the hub of an empire, and it exudes the restrained power of central command. For meetings, there are 262 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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TOP: A luxurious spacious bedroom with a crystal chandelier polished wood floor. A gilt mirror hangs over a marble fireplace, which faces the king size bed LEFT: The room is furnished with a mix of modern and period style furniture. A spiral staircase leads up to a gallery

multiple amenities, from drinks overlooking the sea to a casual lunch beside the formidably equipped kitchen to an elaborate black-tie dinner. One of the advantages of the library the Belle Epoque penthouse’s natural centre and main showpiece is that it can host any kind of gathering. And when the time comes for out-and-out relaxation, the possibilities are equally varied, from sunbathing on the terraces to playing snooker in the games room, taking a steam bath in the spa or watching movies in the comfortable media suite, where, at the push of a button, the armchairs extend into beds. If the two brothers tend to act as one in their business decisions, they nevertheless show distinctions in the décor of their private quarters. While Christian prefers a more sharpedged, masculine feel, Nick cheerfully admits to allowing a softer side of his personality to emerge in the subtle mix of colours and fabrics. He brims with new ideas for taking La Belle Epoque ever closer to his ultimate dream house and is planning to develop a terrace large enough to land a helicopter into a multifunctional space. Once this happens, the Candy brothers will never need to leave their choice haven again unless, of course, it’s for a quick jaunt out to sea on one of their own sleekly designed boats. Candy & Candy T: +44 (0)207 590 1900 264 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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ndia is not exactly a hotbed for second-home real estate among Westerners, unless perhaps you’re an eclectic, creative type with a nomadic mentality and an innate sense of adventure - a description that fits London-based fashion designer Liza Bruce and her husband, Nicholas Alvis Vega, a painter and jewellery designer, to a T. Five years ago, a vacation in Jaipur led to the rental of a spacious two-bedroom apartment in a former palazzo. It’s where the couple are spending more and more time these days - month-long stints six times a year. “Things are just so intense here,” says Bruce. “The light is very bright. It illuminates everything. It’s a big difference from the grey light of London or New York.” The pair, who met as teenagers in London and have been on the move ever since, have lived a more global life than most. Bruce was born in New York and raised in Britain and Mexico. Her native-English husband was brought up in Kenya, where his father was an architect. “Nicholas is used to living in big-country landscapes,” she says. “He likes a lot of space, and he certainly likes the heat.” They discovered the apartment - once the men’s quarters of an 1880 mansion by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, a British architect who was the chief engineer for Jaipur - at a time when old buildings were under assault. “A lot of Indians want to live in new buildings, and they don’t have a great understanding of renovation,” says Bruce. “They will paint over original woodwork and put in all sorts of electric gadgetry. We got here just in time.” Under Bruce’s and Alvis Vega’s creative eye, the apartment is now a visual kaleidoscope - so exuberant that it seems children had been put in charge of the decoration. Each room is painted a different bold colour (hot pink, bright

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: On the veranda, the mercury-glass baubles reflect the sunshine and bright colours of India on a carved-wood table and bench mix with white-painted polyhedrons. A rooftop red canvas tent opens onto a cactus-filled garden. Succulents in terracotta pots interspersed with silver painted containers are displayed on a long open shelf in the vivid purple kitchen

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orange, lime-green), and playful objects designed by the duo hang from the ceilings and cover the tables. The original stone floors are littered with shimmering and sequined pillows and patterned rugs, an invitation to sit and behold an interior that Bruce describes as “raw energy hitting you like helium. It makes you giddy.” And flowers are everywhere: yards of made-to-measure garlands of roses, marigolds and jasmine. “Their perfume is extraordinary,” she says. “It softens the air. We sleep and eat near them, even wear them. Flowers are usually such a luxury, but in India they are very inexpensive, so you feel like you can be extravagant.” Outdoor living is fundamental in such a hot climate. Rooftops, for example, are often the domain of Indian women - a private place to relax without being seen. To create some shelter on their roof, Alvis Vega and Bruce erected a large red tent, a nod to their host country’s heritage. “Tents are a big part of Indian life-style,” explains Bruce. “They imitate grand palaces, and it’s where hunting parties gather and weddings are held.” It’s also where the couple sleeps. “Bedrooms are our least favourite place,” she says. “We don’t like to cut a room off from work space. We always have futons that can be pushed to the side rather than having a bed control the room.” Meals, too, are often alfresco, usually consumed in the cactusfilled roof garden or on the veranda, and are frequently shared 270 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

with unexpected guests: wild monkeys. “Monkeys are all over India, especially Jaipur,” says Bruce. “If we leave the table just for a few moments, they will come down and help themselves to pineapple. They are very shrewd.” While the presence of marauding monkeys is common, Westerners are still quite the curiosity. Most visitors stay in hotels, even for extended periods. “Indians enjoy that we are here, living with them instead of passing through and staying in a hotel,” Bruce says. “Things that seem like nothing to us are quite riveting to them, like the fact that Nicholas and I work together, that we don’t have children. They think it’s bizarre that we seem perfectly happy.” Living in Jaipur, even part-time, has had a profound effect on their work. Bruce’s collection of resortwear now includes handprinted silk caftans and sarongs, while her husband finds inspiration for his lines of jewellery and furniture. At one time Bruce had eponymous shops in New York and Los Angeles, but she’s pared down to a single boutique in London, which allows the couple more freedom to follow a gypsy lifestyle. “India lifted us to another level,” she says, “where we could still function as designers but do it in a way where there’s no office, no employees, only other artists we collaborate with.” “Many people think of India as a spiritual place,” she adds, “but I haven’t found anything particularly spiritual. I just love the madness.”

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Two designers faced a challenge when they moved their family from the mountains of Mexico to Europe WORDS INGRID ABRAMOVITCH | PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON UPTON / The Interior Archive

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FACING PAGE: Marquise style armchairs from San Miguel de Allende, Italian wood chairs, and bleached oak floors in the front parlour; the shades are of a Tony Duquette cotton, and the iron halo came from a traditional Mexican religious statue RIGHT: The cocktail table, settee and metal work side table in the living room are all by Casamidy, and the chinoiserie style armchairs are vintage; a painting by Mari Jose Marin (left) and a pencil drawing by Philippe Senegral flank the mantel.


nne-Marie Midy and Jorge Almada knew it was going to be a challenge to move their family from a provincial Mexican town, San Miguel de Allende, to the northern European capital of Brussels. First, there were the logistics of buying and renovating an overseas townhouse, largely over the internet. The couple worried about how their toddler sons, Oliver and Antoine, would adapt to a place where everything from language to weather would be dramatically different. The transition before them was daunting enough - and then along came the barracuda. Midy, who grew up in Paris, met Almada in the United States, where they both attended college in the early 1990’s. They shared an interest in design, as well as the unusual fact that both their mothers had been trans-atlantic flight attendants before getting married (Midy’s father was French, while Almada’s is Mexican). They fell in love and, after spending a few years in New York, moved to Mexico, where they started a company, Casamidy, collaborating with local artisans to create a line of contemporary furniture. Casamidy’s high-style take on Mexican craft - their designs incorporate traditional handmade tin and iron work - soon became a success north of the border. After more than a decade in San Miguel, Midy and Almada hoped to expand their business abroad. Meanwhile,

Midy wanted her sons to have a French education and the experience of living in Europe. After weighing their options, they chose Brussels as their base. “It’s a diplomatic centre where people speak a lot of languages, so we knew we would feel comfortable,” Almada says. “It’s much more affordable than Paris, yet only an hour away by train. And Belgium has such a strong design aesthetic. It felt like an adventure.” Once they had decided on the location for their new home, they set about finding the perfect address. “We kept making offers but the houses there go as quickly as pains au chocolat,” Middy jokes. At last, they purchased a stone townhouse dating from 1907. To their dismay, all the walls were covered in uninspired, old fashioned wallpaper. But they loved what Midy calls the “beautiful volumes of space.” The location on Avenue Moilière, a grand boulevard of embassies and private residences, is well situated near Place Brugmann, a bustling square filled with restaurants, boutiques and antiques shops. Renovating a home across an ocean had its complications. When the workers steamed off the old wallpaper, the walls beneath crumbled and had to be replastered - an unforeseen expense and delay. At one point, the construction foreman e-mailed Midy that the colour she had specified for the library upstairs - a greyish lavender known in French as parme - was so ugly he assumed it was a mistake. He told the workers to stop painting. “Continue,” came Midy’s response. Bridge for Design Autumn 2015 273

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The velvet sofa, armchairs, bench and mirror are all by Casamidy, and the mantle is original. In the master bedroom the Casamidy canopy bed has a velvet headboard and is dressed in Anichini linens; the sconces and side table are vintage and a vaulting horse serves as a bench. The library is lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and comfortably furnished as a living room

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: In the guest bedroom, a chaise longue by Casamidy is juxtaposed with a 1950’s standard lamp and a photograph by Amber Eagle. A Casamidy designed sofa covered in satin cushions runs the length of one wall in the living room beneath a carved French mirror. The twin bedroom where the boys sleep is decorated with suitably masculine accessories

In 2009, the work was almost finished and the air-plane tickets to Brussels were purchased, but two weeks before the move, disaster struck. On a family vacation near Cancun, Midy was swimming in the ocean when she felt a blow to her neck. A barracuda had grazed her throat, slicing the muscles in her neck, as well as her external jugular, and almost piercing her aorta. She needed 62 stitches and spent three weeks in the hospital. “The doctors say it is a miracle I’m alive,” she says. It took a year until she was finally well enough to move to Belgium with her family. Today, in their serene townhouse, it’s hard to imagine the serious calamity that she and her family endured. Midy, who loves to cook, bustles around her new modern kitchen, with its steam oven and striking yellow backsplash. The boys, chase each other around the main floor’s spacious parlours, which are made luminous by their palegrey walls, decorative plasterwork, and bleached oak-plank floors. On the ground floor of the townhouse they have opened a Casamidy showroom. On the floors above, the palette deepens: the guest bedroom is brown and olive, the boys’ room is blue, and the master bedroom – with its 276 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

iron canopy bed – is a soft grey. Most dramatic of all is the tone-ontone purple library, with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and co-ordinating walls and furnishings (even the foreman had to admit that the end result looked great). On one of their first mornings in Brussels, Almada heard a familiar noise and noticed a flash of fluorescent green outside his window. “It’s a flock of parrots,” he told Midy, who didn’t believe him. But later, they discovered a colony of wild African parrots was indeed living in a nearby square. “The move has been challenging for our family in so many ways, from Anne-Marie’s accident to just getting used to the cold, grey Brussels weather,” Almada says. “But whenever we see those parrots, I point them out to the boys and remind them that they also come from a hot country. If they can adapt, we can too.”

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rriving in Gaucin from Ronda, you would be forgiven for not noticing Casa Mosaico. So overwhelming are the Andalusian landscapes north to Cortes de la Fronterra and the breathtaking views south across the Straits of Gibraltar to Africa. Yet situated on the edge of this idyllic Spanish village, hidden behind the undistinguished façade of what was once a simply built carob warehouse, is the unexpected creation of talented mosaicist, Stephen Windsor-Clive, and his interior designer partner, Emma Cornish. Stephen bought the building - then a space with no internal walls and a perilous outside staircase leading to the first floor - in 2000. Step by step it has been transformed, with the help of architects Daniel O’Farrell and Mike Potter, into a magical world of arabesque architecture, courtyards and fountains, and is a spectacular showcase for the work of Stephen and Emma’s company, Real Mosaic. Stephen, who trained in Ravenna and at the Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture, numbers Jacob Rothschild and Lady Ashcombe of Sudeley among his clients. He and Emma have a busy workshop in Tangier, where the tiny pieces of stone, marble and glass are cut by hand and assembled by a team of Moroccan craftsmen. Their creations can be seen everywhere at Casa Mosaico as ‘rugs’ on floors, decorating fountains, adorning the risers on stairs and in endless other unexpected details. But TOP: A turquoise and grey mosaic decorates the hall floor of the Casita RIGHT: The courtyard of Casa Mosaico is dominated by a sundial designed by the owners. At the far end of the courtyard is a staircase leading up to the three-bedroom apartment that is the couple’s main living space

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The bathroom was designed to resemble a hammam, with vivid turquoise walls and a domed ceiling. A glittering circular panel of mosaic tiles on a courtyard wall. In the ground-floor apartment, opulent wool curtains, from de Le Cuona, section the hallway off from the library. A fountain covered in a swirling pattern of black, white and mirrored mosaic tiles in one of the courtyards

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RIGHT: A mosaic of the Median Geese forms the splashback in the kitchen and was inspired by a tomb painting in the Museum of Cairo; the Spanish wine bottles on the shelf above it were found during the house’s refurbishment

the effect is one of subtlety and surprise. As Stephen explains, “each mosaic has its own identity,” and has been thoughtfully created for its setting. The main house is in two parts: the first floor, which was completed first, comprises a three bedroom apartment which forms the couple’s main living area. Many of its rooms lead out on to a partially covered terrace, referred to as the Star Room, which has a 10-metresquare mosaic floor and a large telescope in one corner. An L-shape banquette with an assortment of exotic rugs and plump cushions is where stargazers enjoy a pre-dinner glass of Spanish rosé and the nocturnal fragrance of Dama de Noche climbing plants. On the ground floor, a two bedroom apartment was the next phase in the creative process. Here, inspired by Stephen’s detailed knowledge of Moorish architecture, a variety of elegantly proportioned horseshoe arches and crenellations set the tone. Many of the furnishings throughout the house, as well as the bespoke ironmongery and wooden shutters, were crafted by workshops in Tangier. The hallway, painted and glazed in wide horizontal stripes of dark chocolate, bitter cherry and vanilla, leads into a library filled with an enviable book collection inherited from Emma’s grandfather. The intricate floor here, and in the hallway, provides a striking contrast to the rest of the house, which is furnished in a calmer manner. The large, airy kitchen and sitting room lead out to the pool on one

side and a garden on the other. Behind the kitchen units a mosaic splashback of the Median Geese, inspired by a small tomb painting in the Museum of Cairo, is a good example of Real Mosaic’s skillful and imaginative work. In the vast swimming-pool courtyard is an exquisite sundial, made from tiny pieces of smalto glass and 24-carat gold leaf. “Emma and I thoroughly enjoyed choosing the colours for the mosaic’s sfumato design from the Orsoni mosaic colour library in Venice,” says Stephen. These resulting blues go wonderfully with the terracotta walls, and are further completmented by ceramic pots filled with plumbago, lavender and rosemary. On the other side of the house, Emma created the immaculately maintained Moorish garden, with its imposing Phoenix palms (lifted by crane over the huge castellated garden walls), scented plants and fountains. “This garden was a wonderful opportunity for me as a designer to choose how I wanted it to look, without compromise,” she enthuses. She brought in a friend, Spanish architect, José Manuel Corujo Vergara, to design the complex flooring – local terracotta tiles punctuated by eight different mosaics. Beds were dug by a local builder, and topsoil brought in by the lorry load. An intricate-watering system supplies each plant with carefully saved rainwater. “Four years on, it is amazing how quickly it has developed,” marvels Emma. The couple’s latest addition is Casita Mosaico. “Stephen had long Bridge for Design Autumn 2015 281

FROM TOP: The open staircase creates an airy feel in the entrance hall. The frame of the mirror in the corner of the hall was bought in London and painted in Spain. A comfortable sitting area adjoins the open-plan kitchen and dining area of the Casita

been attracted by a pretty crumbling tower in the Kasbah in Tangier,” explains Emma. So when the time came to do something about the shed at the end of the garden, this tower was born. “It was designed by Stephen for beauty and style, not practicality,” says Emma. “Most people would have squeezed in a second bedroom.” But the result is a luxuriously spacious and comfortable place for friends and paying guests to stay - not to mention plenty more space for experimenting with mosaic. “I chose a narrow range of colours for the interior” says Emma. Hence the plastered walls, woodwork in shades of chalky blue and shell grey, and mosaic in blue, black, white and mirror-glass. “I particularly wanted to try mosaic in conjunction with painted cement floors and stair risers,” she explains. Moroccan skirting tiles in black and white complete the effect. Colour is introduced through Moroccan textiles, “which I can’t resist”, says Emma. Blankets are transformed into heavy curtains or cut up for sofa covers and cushions, and old rugs are cut and bound into smaller runners for the upstairs corridor. This is mixed with antique English furniture brought from London and mouth-brown glass lights by Anthony Stern. So as well as a home, Casa Mosaico acts as an informal showroom, and clients are encouraged to come and see for themselves the sensitive and imaginative way these beautiful mosaics are incorporated into their setting. Real Mosaic T: 00-34-952-131-448 282 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015

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At his weekend getaway in Bahia, the Brazilian designer brings global panache to casual beach living WORDS MAYER RUS | PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON UPTON / The Interior Archive

In the living room, the sofa and ottomans were designed by Bergamin, the armchair (left) is African, and the Barcelona stools are by Mies van der Rohe; Kenyan masks flank a 19th-century painting found at a flea market

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THIS PAGE: Vintage posters and watercolours decorate the living room; a suzani from Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar covers a linen-upholstered chaise FACING PAGE: In the hall, the day-bed holds cushions made from Balinese fabrics, and the armchair is draped with a sarong by Again; the Bertoia chair was found at a flea market. Designer Sig Bergamin and Murilo Lomas in the garden of their beach house

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hen decorators describe their beach houses as places built for wet bathing suits and flip-flops, it’s best to take the assertion with a grain of salt. Casual means different things to different people, and for those who spend their days trafficking in important antiques and exquisite passementerie, the concept of informality rarely jibes with the barefoot fantasies of the hoi polloi. In director-speak, seaside casual usually means that silk velvet upholstery has been kept to a minimum. Sig Bergamin’s retreat in Trancoso is a delightful exception. With confidence and wit, the Brazilian designer has conjured a mad amalgam of styles, periods, colours, textures, and patterns, all whirled together into lighthearted compositions set against a crisp backdrop of white floors, walls, and ceilings. The furnishings and art range wildly - high to low, old to new, Paris to Beijing, but nothing seems so precious that it couldn’t withstand a few spilled caipirinhas or an errant kick during an impromptu samba session. ‘I use this home for quiet, relaxation, and fun. It’s not a place where I bring clients’, Bergamin explains. “The only entertaining I do here is for close friends and family, which for me is also a form of relaxation.” The laid-back attitude of the house is very much in keeping with the spirit of Tancoso, a dreamy coastal village in the state of Bahia founded by Jesuit priests in the 16th century. Undisturbed by development and modernisation for centuries, the town grew up around the historic Quadrado, a village green lined with brightly coloured colonial houses, which today contains fashionable shops and restaurants. At the far end of the square, rising majestically on a cliff above the Atlantic, is the brilliant-white Igreja de São João Batista, Brazil’s second-oldest church.

In the 1970’s, Trancoso became a magnet for artists and hippies, some of whom can still be found selling their wares in the Quadrado. Electricity finally arrived in 1982. More recently, the village has morphed into a favourite destination of well-heeled members of São Paulo society and international glamour-pusses (Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bündchen, for example), attracted by its rustic charm and pristine, white-sand beaches. That intriguing dichotomy – dirt roads and private jets, fishmongers and Diane von Furstenberg – is reflected in Bergamin’s decor, a marvel of unstudied chic and cross-cultural savoir faire. The mix spans continents and centuries in the blink of an eye.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: In a guest bedroom, an antique opium bed from Bali is dressed with an African quilt and pillows covered in ikat prints and Balinese sarong fabrics; the armchair is by Bergamin, the ottoman and rugs are African, and the shelf holds books covered in a Ralph Lauren Home fabric. A set of rattan chairs surround a leatherupholstered table in this all white dining room. The open plan living room is divided into a series of seating areas accessorised with colourful fabrics

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TOP: On the terrace; wicker chairs and a sofa upholstered in a Bergamin fabric; the director’s chair and the table are from Casual Moveis. The 19th-century armoire in the pantry is from Jacaré do Brasil, and the baskets were made by an Amazon tribe LEFT: The model ship and artwork in the master bath were found in the Hamptons, the vanity is made of Brazilian wood, and the mirrors are by Bergamin

Bergamin’s freewheeling attitude also informs his selection of artwork. On one wall, a pair of masks from Kenya flanks a 19th century painting of a marine scene that the decorator picked up in a Hamptons flea market. Elsewhere, embroidered suzanis from Uzbekistan add a colourful, graphic punch to walls, sofas, and lounge chairs. On a display table in the living room, a massive wood Buddha head from Laos sits happily alongside a Roman bust procured in Paris. Vintage travel posters from Tahiti, Cuba and other ports of call preserve the lighthearted atmosphere of tropical revelry. “Many people tend to be insecure or indecisive about decorating,” Bergamin says. “I try to mix colours and patterns whenever possible. I also have no problem mixing things from all over the world. That is one of my signatures as a designer. Perhaps that is why today I have four dogs named Africa, America, Asia and China.” Despite all those colliding colours, patterns, and decorative flourishes, the prevailing mood is a surprisingly calm testament to Bergamin’s skill at balancing potentially jarring elements. His favourite piece in the house, a Chinese opium bed discovered in Bali, epitomises the desired effect. It strikes the perfect note of exoticism and languor. “I didn’t actually plan the decoration, I just let it happen,” Bergamin insists. “I wanted to create a tranquil and unpretentious mood. This, I think, is what a Brazilian beach house should be.” Sig Bergamin 290 Bridge for Design Autumn 2015




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