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the world of interior design Southern Coastal Living Joni Vanderslice invites us into her life and home in her new book Fabrics & Wallpaper New from Linwood, Zinc Textile, Larsen fabrics, Decobel and more Making a Home Personal I like to collect and surround myself with objects that reflect my taste says Mike Fisher Take the Trend Test If something is truly classic, its popularity will resurface time and time again says Marshall Watson Tangible Character Michael Amata says that when it comes to fine design, it’s what it’s made of that counts Luxurious Finishes A fresh look is necessary in a world that is driven by a desire to reinvent itself says Simon Orrell Home Sweet Home This stunning Pied a Terre in the heart of New York’s Fifth Avenue fuses modern contemporary style with prewar architecture

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Officine Gullo and Cotteswood Kitchens Avenue Marceau This stunning apartment is a work of art from start to finish and has the hallmarks of a Gerard Faivre classic home Lighting New products from Christopher Wray, Fine Art Lamps, RV Astley and more Bathrooms Latest from Vogue (UK), Perrin & Rowe and more. Plus we have a book review of ‘The Perfect Bath’ Gideon’s Bible Despite not always following standard rules of design, this home captures the Hampton’s spirit Taylor Howes Celebrating the essence of Mediterranean living in a chic holiday home in South France Casa Nuno A restful utopia where the clever interplay between designer pieces, items bought at flea markets and vintage Nordic furniture sets the tone for the unique villa


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RANGE

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

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ISCA STAIRCASES

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 Replacing traditional outdated and heavy wood balustrades and landing gallery, this space was opened up and given a more contemporary feel with Bisca’s hand forged, blackened ornate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

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IMON ORRELL DESIGNS

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

T: +44 (0) 207 371 9339 | www.simonorrelldesigns.com


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AVOIR BEDS

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

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AIN JAMES

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NDREW KAY

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

www.andrewkaysculpture.co.uk

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

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OLECCION ALEXANDRA

The BOWIE sofa is Coleccion Alexandra’s homage to the late David Bowie. Upholstered in a beautifully soft-buttoned velvet, and finished with a deep leather trim, this piece is a wonderful contrast of retro style and extravagant contemporary flourishes. A fitting tribute to the ever-evolving Rock God that was David Bowie. T: +44 (0) 190 467 7063

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YPNOS BEDS

Leading bed manufacturer Hypnos have created luxury storage solutions with their extensive new range of bespoke divan bases with in-built storage – perfect for creating a functional and clutter free bedroom. The range, including its super storage divan with hydraulic opening system, is an effortless way to create more space in your room without compromising on quality or aesthetics.

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ILLYS

Tillys Interiors create beautiful bespoke drapery hardware. Their recently launched ‘impassioned metals’ collection is a unique product in a class of its own, bringing out the true beauty that lies within the depths of copper and chrome. All designs and finishes can be tailored to specific applications allowing designers to really unleash their imagination.

T: +44 (0) 239 225 2525 www.tillysinteriors.com


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EISURE PLAN

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

T: +44 (0) 127 981 6001 | www.leisureplan.co.uk

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ESSEL GALLERY

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

T: +44 (0) 207 727 8001 | www.vesselgallery.com

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HARLIE POMMIER

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


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ORYA

Among the stunning new additions to Dorya’s wide collection is this stylish contemporary dining table, composed of a blended new Imperia finish that highlights the rich veneers in a decadent dark look. Accented with gold leaf finish for extra eye-catching appeal. A matching console is also availale to help transform any dining experience into living elegance. UK T: +44 (0) 120 271 7017

US T: 001 305 373 4446 | www.interio.co.uk | www.doryainteriors.com

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CORA

Ecora are demonstrating how to feature bold blacks, greys and navys in this season’s dramatic interiors. Masculine tones and shades can be found in flooring, rugs, fabrics and accessories, whilst patterns are rich and complex, including botanical and floral designs. Perfect as stand alone pieces, or mix and match with contrasting textures for the complete look. www.ecora.co.uk

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ATHAN ANTHONY

This striking seven-piece Minx collection, introduced at the Spring market in High Point, features the unusual pioneering, asymmetrical stitching treatment. When combined with the design’s swooping shapes and undulating lines, the dramatic upholstery frames appear to be sporting angel’s wings. The collection includes a wing sofa and fainting couch, both of which float on gently tapered legs. T: 001 323 584 1315 | www.nathananthonyfurniture.com


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IMON HORN

Simon Horn’s Mirrored Obelisk is a brilliant, contemporary four-poster combining the glamour of mirrored glass with the luxury of mahogany. See this statement bed at Simon Horn’s Kings Road flagship showroom.

T: +44 (0) 207 731 3555 | www.simonhorn.com

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ESLEY BARRELL

The Bladon wing chair pictured is upholstered in Chedworth teal and is one of 11 new in-house collections recently introduced or extended by Wesley Barrell. The Chedworth collection is comprised of a practical viscose mix chenille with a chevron weave and is available in 18 sumptuous jewel colours, all selected to provide variety whilst ensuring they each sit harmoniously with one another.

T: +44 (0) 199 377 6682 | www.wesley-barrell.co.uk

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CHRE

Ochre’s dramatic seed cloud installation features 34 LED lights housed in individual glass drops, which hang in a cluster from a ceiling canopy available in either dark bronze or satin nickel. This dramatic piece is a contemporary take on the classic chandelier, and is a great way to naturally draw the eye to a lower level and focus on a particular area within a room’s scheme. www.ochre.net


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AMES LATHAM

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

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RTHUR BRETT

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

T: +44 (0) 207 730 7304 | www.arthurbrett.com

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OEME

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


Visit our stand B36 at Decorex 2016 to view the brand new collection of bespoke furniture, joinery, upholstery and RESINATE ™

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

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

Joni Vanderslice, ASID, president and owner of J

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

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

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

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

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

and Grace, live on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Front jacket photo Brie Williams. Reprinted with permission from Elegant Homes™ magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved. Back jacket photos and author portrait © 2016 by Andrew and Gemma Ingalls.

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Southern Coastal Living

For more than three decades, Joni Vanderslice has led J Banks Design, her Hilton Head Island, South Carolina based firm, to national and international scale and is renown in hospitality and residential design. In Southern Coastal Living, she tells her story by touring readers through southern coastal homes that showcase her design philosophy of luxury without pretense. With inspiring interior and exterior vistas that establish a sense of place, the homes she designs embrace families and guests alike. Welcoming, stylish and comfortable, each residence expresses the distinctive personality of its owners while radiating the relaxed elegance of the region’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Her stylistic range includes ever-fresh blue-and-white palettes that mirror the coastal waters and sky; vibrant hues that complement the region’s light; and equestrian motifs and themes from nature that are true to the locale. In inviting living rooms, gracious dining areas and kitchens that are the heart of the house, casual family rooms, and elegantly relaxed outdoor settings from veranda to poolside and dock, she layers the elements of design to tell her clients’ stories. She explains her approach to artwork and collectibles, texture, lighting

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Southern Coastal Living is published by Gibbs Smith (www.gibbs-smith.com)

J Banks Design Group to national and international renown in hospitality and residential design. In this, her first

monograph, she tells her story and features homes that each radiate their own statement of southern coastal style.

Joni’s “luxury without pretense” philosophy is show-

cased in residential resort homes on and near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Designed to feature the inspiring vistas from both inside and outside the home, these resi-

dences create relaxed indoor/outdoor living for families and guests alike.

A variety of styles includes the classic blue-and-white theme that simulates the coastal waters and sky; rich,

vibrant hues that respond to the natural bright light; equestrian themes; and lush private spaces that promote relaxation. There are kitchens and family rooms and men’s

spaces, where hobby accoutrements are part of the décor, as well as outdoor settings around poolsides, verandas, and docks.

Vanderslice also shares more than her philosophy on displaying artwork and collectibles, incorporating texture,

choosing lighting, and color, among other essential design

considerations: she also shares her gracious southern hospitality and welcomes readers into her life and home.


The Upperlands Collection

A stunning range of interior fabrics inspired by nature. Traditional Irish linen meets contemporary design. LOCATION: THE DARK HEDGES / NORTHERN IRELAND

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SOFA WORKSHOP are delighted to launch the Ives chair in store with its own trend-led fabric story. Inspired by rich jewel-toned velvet, the soft and tactile new range of House Velvet is the perfect pairing for Liberty’s latest Secret Garden fabric collection. www.sofaworkshop.com

THE NEW Birgit Israel signature collection is based on a modern interpretation of neoclassical and art deco styles. Pieces like her HENRYK cabinet showcase this strength and image perfectly. Birgit has designed and curated the collection personally, giving it her usual ‘ahead of the game’ feel. www.birgitisrael.com

A CLASSIC modern design look by Robicara, the Ugo Console Exotique - with both genuine shagreen and parchment - can be custom in size and finish. Wall photography by renowned artist Iran Issa Khan. Photo by Ken Hayden T: 001 305 375 7713 | www.robicara.com

SKYLINE DESIGN produce top quality and unique pieces for the world’s best hotels, restaurants, spas and private residences the world over. This elegant and contemporary white lounger brings a touch of class to any outdoor space, making comfort a real design feature. T: +44 (0) 116 236 6726 | www.sky-linedesign.co.uk


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UX DECO

Luxury retailer Lux Deco has launched their Coastal Elegance Collection with a fresh take on country styling. Rethinking classic out-of-town style by pairing breezy upholstered shapes with thoughtful layers and polished arrangements to bring that refined life to your office space. www.luxdeco.com

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AVOIR BEDS

Mandeep Dillon at Savoir Beds has created the timelessly elegant Felix 03 bed. The stunning fabric headboard features a mural of ‘Bacchus’, the God of wine and agriculture to reflect historical luxury, whilst the neutral colour palette gives the decadent bed an air of discreet grandeur. Pairing this impactful print with a slim boxspring creates a sleek look with the emphasis on the headboard, creating a bed that is both understated and a little wild.

www.savoirbeds.co.uk

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LDEN PARKES

The Leslie Box by Alden Parkes offers a stylish version of the classic box-on-stand and raises the bar with its sophisticated vellum on a solid brass base. The box adds functionality with its flush drawer, great for extra storage. Simple and chic, this versatile design may be used as an end table or accent piece and promises to be the highlight of any setting.

T: 001 904 279 1617 | www.aldenparkes.com


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OBEYS

Marvik is part of the unique Panoramic collection of fireplaces by Italian stove makers Piazzetta, offering a 360 degree view of the fire with an up and down glass door mechanism for ease of access. The curved glass and beautiful majolica cladding are designed to bring elegance to today’s modern, open plan living. T: +44 (0) 177 382 6085 | www.robeys.co.uk

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WEETPEA & WILLOW

Sweetpea & Willow offer an extensive collection of French inspired furniture and eclectic accessories. Founded by design duo Jacquie and Matt Dunton and driven by their love of ornate and eclectic interiors, every item has been personally sourced. T: +44 (0) 345 257 2627

www.sweatpeaandwillow.com

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ICTORIA STAINOW

Designed by Claudio Gonzalez for Victoria Stainow, the Miroir De La Mer is inspired by nature. Cast from an extremely rare Ormeau shell found during an archeological dig on the French Island of Molene, the Miroir is finished with customised silver, gold or bronze plating making it ideal for any installation. T: +44 (0) 795 611 3779 | www.victoriastainow.com


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RLO & JACOB

Arlo & Jacob’s new leather collection comprises of two natural hides that are exclusively available for their latest designs - including the stylish and contemporary Pembroke sofa. Featuring a Rancher leather tanned with luxurious oils to create a rich deep colour and a family friendly Medal leather which is a naturally grained pigment hide with extra finishes to enhance its durability.

T: +44 (0) 333 222 1941 | www.arloandjacob.com

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The latest collection from Redloh House Fabrics is the RP Miller Textiles, which pay homage to the designers’ grandparent’s collection of 18th and 19th Century Japanese art and woodblock prints. Abstracting the various themes and details in a new and modern graphic print with a colour palette of muted shades of indigo, dark red and grey, these fabrics are carefully designed to work both individually and together.

T: +44 (0) 207 371 7787 | www.redlohhousefabrics.com


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AIKU HOME

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

T: 001 855 405 6617 | www.haikuhome.com

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066 PIANOS

Customisation doesn’t have to be limited to your car or your coke bottle - now you can (quite literally) tone up your home with a piano to match your décor. 1066 Pianos have come up with the world’s first Piano Configurator that allows you to create a totally unique, selfplaying piano in any colour with hundreds of finishes, contrasts and specifications to find the perfect design to fit your home.

T: +44 (0) 207 384 9090 | www.1066pianos.com


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INWOOD

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

T: +44 (0) 142 546 1176 www.linwoodfabric.com

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INC TEXTILE

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

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HARLOTTE GAISFORD

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


Marantha Arrowroot wallpaper. Darien Chair in Gazelle. Curtains in Daintree Embroidery.

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AN MANKIN

Ian Makin has been the first port of call for home owners and interior designers looking for classic contemporary natural and organic woven fabric. This comprehensive collection includes 44 stripes, as well as easily combinable checks, florals and plains to mix and match. T: +44 (0) 207 722 0997

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UZANNE TUCKER

Interior designer Suzanne Tucker’s new Kismet Collection is an elaborate multi-colour embroidery that pays homage to the weavers and artisans that have contributed to the inspiration for her textiles over the years. Featuring a completely new take on the classic damask pattern, it has been updated with lush botanical elements beautifully rendered in tonal colours and available on both a Charcoal and Bone 100% linen ground. T: 001 415 445 6770 | www.suzannetuckerhome.com

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ARK ALEXANDER

Taking inspiration from classic 18th Century documents that were hand printed in India, the Ajanta collection from Mark Alexander reinterprets botanical designs for a contemporary audience while upholding the integrity and authenticity of the original artisanal processes. The five designs exhibit a refined colour palette which runs harmoniously through the collection to unify it and create a tonal bond between design and colour. www.markalexander.com


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IRKBY DESIGN

Kirkby Design are delighted to reveal the launch of an exclusive new velvet upholstery collection, “Underground�, an exciting collaboration with Transport for London in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Underground.

T: +44 (0) 162 372 7691 | www.kirkbydesign.com

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CANDI LIVING

Mizo was brought to Scandinavia courtesy of the Mediterranean preference for tiles and mosaic patterns. The Mediterranean aura of this Scandi Living wallpaper comes originally from the 1960s and its characteristically warm and lively colours remain an appreciated design statement today which would fit with any contemporary installation.

T: +44 (0) 142 860 8050 | www.scandiliving.com

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OMO

A visual and textural delight, the Lomasi Wallcoverings collection by Romo combines exquisite design with alluringly tactile qualities and sophisticated shades. Oxidised metallic tones add a glamorous touch to modern geometrics and a dramatic antiqued floral, while shimmering beads depict ornate branches. Furthermore, a delicate emboss adds dimension and texture pared down designs on luxurious vinyl wallcoverings.

T: +44 (0) 162 375 6699 | www.romo.com


Autumn 2016 ColleCtions

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INC TEXTILE

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

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ARSEN FABRICS

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

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ECOBEL

Impressive technical expertise and an exclusive design technique lie behind the creation of Decobelʼs select silk damasks: unique fabrics woven from a single warp and a single weft of fine-quality threads. The decoration stands out clearly from the background thanks to the contrast created between the shiny part with the matt of the wrong side, thus allowing for the creation of sophisticated, original patterns. T: +39 057 355 539 | www.decobel.it


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

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

Mike Fisher, Studio Indigo Founder and Creative Director T: + 44 (0) 207 349 1290 www.studioindigo.co.uk

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


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Marshall Watson Marshall Watson Interiors T: 001 212 595 5995 www.marshallwatsoninteriors.com

TAKE THE TREND TEST If something is truly classic, its popularity will resurface time and time again

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s we toured the Sutton Place, a New York City apartment my client recently purchased from an estate sale, my very young associate sniffed, “this looks so dated.” I agreed with her, but I remembered that mitered mylar wallpapers were all the rage, along with hugely graphic black and white porcelain floors, not so long ago. I suspect my 21st century, stylish associate was unaware of the pervasive influence of Angelo Donghia as far back as the 1960s. “What were they thinking?” she said as her eyes caught the over-scaled, taupe, faux-bamboo bookcase. “And this ditsy little flowered print in the kitchen, can you believe it?” she gaped - a favourite of Sister Parish Designs. Her youthful incredulity at these iconic examples of the past only reminded me how rapidly the fashion for interior design changes, just as the fashion in clothing mutates by the day. So we spoke of these various influences as we walked through the apartment’s time warp. We talked of the influence of Angelo Donghia and how his broad-strokes glamour appealed to the 70s bold, graphic sensibility. We spoke of Baldwin’s love of chinoiserie and how that bit of exoticism appealed to a generation cleaning off the cobwebs of staid, formal rooms. And we talked about Sister Parish’s country house kinship, where chintzy fabrics, quilts and cotton plaids de-stuffed a generation yearning for pretty. As we walked out of the apartment, we reminisced about this year’s trends and influences on design. What seems so current, trendy, chic, hip and irresistibly fashionable and appealing now that might render a home or apartment dated in the future? The first word out of both our mouths was “grey!” It is not simply the movie and its many shades; this colour has infiltrated everything from fabrics to finishes to stone selections. I recently wandered through a fabulous stone yard, and a third of the stone imports were some variation on the theme of grey. While other manufacturers seem to be reinventing the wheel, there are some so innovative, who capture the imagination of the design world so intensely, they raise up the whole genre. Phillip Jeffries’

creative take on grasscloth, for instance, has spawned a burgeoning industry. So hot is the demand for this wallcovering, and so intense is the love of this texture, that designers can’t hold at only hanging it on their walls. Now, they are also wrapping chests of drawers, bedside tables, and consoles with grasscloth. 2016 will be noted for its embrace of Southeast Asian and Indian embroideries so complex, so elaborate and so affordable that one would think we had returned to the Gilded Age. Notable has been the revival of Chinese hand-painted murals lining the walls of entryways, dining rooms and parlors. Their elegant figures of brides, bamboo, Chinese landscapes and tea houses have even made their way back to the forefront of the fabric world, printed on curtain-worthy cottons - a highly elegant and romantic alternative to the world of sharper geometrics. If you are in the market for a standing tub, they have never been more available than now. It is not simply the exquisite designs created by English, French and Italian companies but American companies, such as American Standard and Kohler, are creating gorgeous pieces as well. Some trends find a quick denouement. The carpet industry has gone gaga for splatter-art rugs with massive, messy, spotted repeats that may mimic, but certainly won’t endure compared to the bookmatched marble masterpieces. So the upshot of my conversation with my associate was a teaching moment for both of us. We, as designers and interior aficionados, have an up-to-date vision that we always try to keep current. If something is truly classic, its popularity will resurface time and time again. However, with social media making things more visible and attainable, these newer trends tend to come in and out of fashion more rapidly than ever, making it almost impossible to get ahead of the curve. I am fairly certain that the designer who created the apartment we are now gutting considered his/her work timeless. And we also consider our work timeless, though I suppose it’s only until the next gut job occurs. Perhaps we should simply do the best work we can to enjoy and celebrate the moment in time.


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TANGIBLE CHARACTER Michael Amato says that when it comes to fine design, it’s what it’s made of that counts

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he modern eye doesn’t have to go far for inspiration. With the touch of a finger, our smart phones can transport us to faraway worlds and back again in mere moments. While platforms like Instagram are effective tools for sharing inspiration, differentiation in design becomes more crucial in order to stand out in a sea of posts and hashtags. In this visually oversaturated market, using dynamic materials that tell a story in a unique way is crucial when it comes to creating an impactful product. Ultimately, interior designers and consumers look for quality, creativity and personality in furnishings. To stand out in all three categories, it’s necessary for product designers to explore unique materials that ultimately define how a fixture takes place. I’ve seen a resurgence of high-quality, natural materials being used in design. Brass, once a thing of the 1970s, is on its way back in a big way. In home décor, it’s being used in its natural form, not just coated or plated. It can be hewn or polished, and I think that versatility, along with its durability, adds to its appeal. Marble, once reserved for floors and countertops, is now being used as an accent. More frequently I see fixtures where stone is used as an accent. The design aesthetic of a product can be heightened by the mixing of different materials. For example, antique brass can be combined with mirrored glass and tell a completely different story than if it was paired with say, British leather. Thinking limitlessly about mixing materials is a way to ensure constant design innovation. Admirable design pioneers like Milo Baughman and Hans Wegner are premier examples of this approach. In today’s landscape, the reappearance of copper is notable, but what’s more significant is how it’s mixed with other materials like glass or marble. There are a lot of designers I admire who are mixing materials and have helped shape the current design landscape. I’m a big fan of French-American industrial

designer Raymond Loewy, who made incredible design innovation contributions across various industries. His “nolimits” approach to design exists in today’s environment still. In present day, Alessandro Michelle, creative director at Gucci, is a great example of an artist who is creating products with mixed materials. I just saw some amazing Gucci handbags he designed that were leather and needlepoint. Another design trend becoming increasingly important is the ability for a product to tell a compelling design story, and the sourcing of materials comes into play here. I was introduced to a company in Tuscany where fourth and fifth generation glassmakers make glass the old fashioned way. When a client has their glass in their home, they are not only preserving a centuries-old art form, but they are able to feel personally connected to a special family tradition. The origin of that material adds an intimate storytelling component that goes beyond form or function. It’s personal. The impact materiality has on product is both practical and visual. To an educated, design-savvy eye, well-sourced materials look fundamentally better than those that are mass-produced. Sometimes I have to educate my clients about the importance of well-sourced materials, but once they understand that natural materials tend to have a better lifespan, they understand the value and want the best resources from the best source. At the end of the day, people’s homes are personal, and the pieces they invest in to put in them should be too. I hope that manufacturers and customers alike will continue to place emphasis on origin and materiality. I travel frequently and when I do, I am constantly gathering inspiration for new lighting fixtures. I’m very pleased that there is no lack of creativity around the globe, past or present.

Michael Amato, The Urban Electric Co. www.urbanelectricco.com


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LUXURIOUS FINISHES A fresh look is necessary in a world that is driven by a desire to reinvent itself says Simon Orrell

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hat makes one interior distinct from another is the clever curating by an interior designer of colours, textures, materials and styles to create something that suits the client and their architectural space. Handmade finishes have a huge role to play in that process and can help the design professional achieve a truly original look. Included in the armoury of finishes that a design professional should have at his fingertips are a number of handmade surfaces that can be applied not just to furniture and accessories, but also to wall finishes and other architectural elements. Shell, shagreen, straw marquetry, mica, parchment, gesso and cracked eggshell offer distinctive effects and are expensive enough to avoid becoming too mainstream. At the highest end of interior design, there’s a lot of interest at the moment in different shells – kabebe, black lip, mother of pearl, hammershell, tiger brown lip and cowrie to name just a few. Shell offers lustre that makes it very attractive and opulent, but also offers variety since different shells lend themselves to different treatments. Cowrie, for example, can look spotted like a leopard but sand it flat and the surface metamorphoses into a veiny pink marble. Black lip shell is very exotic and sophisticated. Straw marquetry is going to be more popular as people get to know about it. Straw work is not on a lot of designers’ radar at the moment, but those that are using it are loving its intricate patterns and its sheen nonetheleast because it feeds into the revival of 1930s finishes. As a raw material it may sound humble, but with painstaking work it can be magnificently transformed. Its shimmering surface is remarkable and the pattern moves as it catches the light. A sunburst motif or any design going in different directions has such dynamism.

And straw marquetry is never going to be a mass-market finish because it’s so hard to do, so its inevitable rarity will preserve its originality. Mica is another alluring material sometimes seen as a veneer in ultra-expensive refurbs. It was used by the ancient Egyptians to make mirrors and seen on a luxe desk once belonging to style arbitrators Pierre Berge and Yves St Laurent. A type of mineral composed of aluminium silicate, micas can be split into very thin sheets and are prized for their metallic sheen. Multi-layered and resembling filo pastry, the layers come in tones of brown, grey, silver and gold and are ideal for vertical surfaces such as walls, mirrors or cabinet door fronts that aren’t exposed to regular traffic. Shagreen enjoys steady interest and is loved for its texture. Made from the skin of rays, the surface is very grainy because of the spines or papillae and when ground down and polished, the nodules provide contrast. This surface is superb in its natural form and makes any neutral scheme interesting but can also be effectively treated and coloured. Finishes are vital when it comes to offering the design industry a fresh look, which is necessary in a world that is driven by a desire to reinvent itself. Scagliola, a composite of plaster, glue and pigments that successfully imitates marble, is a material we are experimenting a lot with along with Selenite. Selenite, wands of crystal made from gypsum, is another new surface for us that could prove to be exciting. We’ve just made four drum tables for a client in Riyad that have a luxurious milky finish reminiscent of rock crystal. We love it when experiments can be translated into exceptional pieces of furniture. It makes design so much fun!


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HOME SWEET HOME This stunning Pied à Terre in the heart of New York’s Fifth Avenue fuses modern contemporary style with pre-war architecture WORDS KATY BRISCOE | PHOTOGRAPHS ILIR RIZAJ


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

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

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


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

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

JOANNA REDA & ERIK R. GALIANA

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ARTIN MOORE

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

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FFICINE GULLO

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

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OTTESWOOD KITCHENS

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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ORCUPINE ROCKS

Taking artistic lighting to a whole new level, these custom made chandeliers can be ordered by Porcupine Rocks in London. Fusing organic forms with high-tech materials, the small metal ball chains are each suspended from a metal frame to give a dramatic and unique focal point to any room. T: +44 (0) 207 351 2584

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Luxury lighting specialist Christopher Wray introduces a stunning new collection of hand blown Murano glass lighting from one of the oldest Venetian family businesses in the world, Barovier & Toso. This delicate and unique piece with its pop of accent colour will make a stunning feature to light up any space.

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HARLES BATESON

Forming part of interior designer Charles Bateson’s first lighting collection for RV Astley, this classic table lamp takes its influence from the grand masters of early 20th century design. The sculptural form is offset with a decorative crystal ball within the base, while the simple cylindrical shade has a gold lining to ensure a beautiful warm glow is cast.

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London based design company 7Gods has launched its new collection of astonishing pieces, which emphasise their geometric precision throughout. The triangle grid system enables each piece to be hand shaped to create organic forms and structures which represent crystal growth without overtly imitating crystal shapes. These unique pieces bounce light in different directions, whilst light escaping from the regimented gaps creates beautiful patterns on ceilings and walls to create depth in any interior. www.7godslighting.com

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Lily Buds, introduced at the April ‘16 High Point Market, shows a state of graceful bouquets of crystal lily buds. The perfect compositions in silver leaf lends a nice effect in natural elegance, subtly brightening a space with the design of new blooms inherent in fresh Spring buds. Everything crafted in Miami, Florida.

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The John-Richard culture has become an icon in the home fashion industry. Among the thousand new items introduced each season, this 36� Crystal Prism lamp from the lighting category shows off its individually stacked crystal prisms highlighted with polished nickel accents. John-Richard strives to have each of its designs epitomise beautiful artistry and timeless sophistication. UK T: +44 (0) 120 271 7017

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Chinoiserie by Clé tiles is a bespoke service to create delicate yet long wearing porcelain wallcoverings in areas where standard wallcoverings are challenged. Inspired by the 17th and 18th century French paintings depicting imaginary Chinese scenes, Clé has collaborated with authentic chinoiserie artisans and their seemingly endless catalogue of flora and fauna to masterfully depict every stroke and details of these whimsical motifs.

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This gorgeous Coralie basin from The London Basin Company gives a fresh, contemporary interpretation to the traditional, highly-appealing blue and white Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns. Richly decorated inside and out, and with a distinctive crackle glaze finish, this beautiful bowl design will make the perfect accent piece in modern bathrooms and cloakrooms.

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The Patina Rotundus by iconic British brand William Holland is the perfect balance between contemporary styling and romantic classicism, a sculptural bath with extraordinary versatility of ambience and style. Meticulously hand finished by our UK master craftsmen, each and every William Holland handcrafted copper bath is a unique piece of artistry that brings designer beauty to practical functionality.

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Elegantly marrying raw metal materials with real vintage design, the new Beaubourg and St Germain collections from THG Paris are bringing industrial French heritage to modern London living. These collections are full of sophistication and timeless curves, whilst this floating style bath is a striking feature that will be an elegant statement in the most contemporary of bathroom spaces. T: +44 (0) 207 838 7788 | www.bathroomsint.com

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OGUE UK

Flourishing in its 25th year, leading British heating designer and manufacturer Vogue UK, continues to offer a range of luxury heating solutions with mass market appeal. Making a functional feature of bathroom radiators with their comprehensive range of luxury towel warmers, there is something in this range for every bathroom from traditional to contemporary.

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Catchpole and Rye have brought the eagerly awaited finishes of Aged Copper, Aged Brass and Brushed Nickel to their bathroom fittings. Giving a more modern rustic-luxe feel, these aged patina finishes are available on a variety of brassware, from taps and fittings to showers and heated towel rails. www.catchpoleandrye.com


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

ABOVE: A dining area with a large wooden dining table and chairs sitting next to the large bay window looking over the garden

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TAYLOR HOWES

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

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

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

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


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

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

ABOVE: Encapsulating the French provincial style, the fantastic light quality in the South of France means the property’s décor lends itself to pastel tones and soft linens with joinery pieces in pale oak and whitewashed timbers to capture the essence of relaxed Mediterranean elegance.


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


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

ABOVE: The family room is simply decorated in a neutral palette with soft linens and throws, and has a quirky touch with two pentagonal stools at the bespoke coffee table. The Ammonite triptych by TROWBRIDGE GALLERY hangs proudly above the sofa

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

ABOVE: An al fresco dining area on the terrace with a large wooden dining table made from boards from houses damaged in the 2004 tsunami, surrounded by white Verner Panton chairs and panoramic views over the rolling hillsides.

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