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the world of interior design Pantone Colour of 2018 Inspiration for incorporating Ultra Violet into your interior Fabrics & Wallpaper New designs from Thibaut, Prestigious Textiles, Blendworth, Kobe, Sunbrella, Linwood and more Beds Make your bed a work of art with Savoir Beds, sink in to the Vendome Bed by Selva, check out Delcor’s stunning first bed collection and more Decorating for Spring Spring is here and new trends have bloomed. Here’s some inspirational ideas on how to celebrate this Season through interior design Hello, Maximalism! ‘If you want to be neutral, move to Switzerland,’ says Jason Nixon Conversation Piece Calvin Churchman reveals what it is that inspires him Twenty Questions Makeover Television star, Libby Langdon, talks about her method to designing the perfect interior

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about the upcoming trends in wood furniture Haven of Geometrics The high ceilings of this Edwardian London apartment create a strikingly bright space An Artist in New York Anne Becker’s airy one bedroom Manhattan apartment facilitates an uncluttered feeling Outdoors Latest designs from Leisure Plan, Encompass, Architectural Heritage, David Harber, Robeys, Indian Ocean and more Over Hills & Far Away A photographer’s weekend retreat was modernised without losing its original character Magical Morocco British fashion designer, Liza Bruce lives an idyllic life in exotic Morocco Kitchens New Designs from Black By Design, Stovax and Neptune gives some design advice Rugs & Flooring New designs from Kährs, Deirdre Dyson, Artisans of Devizes, Tufenkian Carpets, Loomah, Casa Botelho, Veedon Fleece and ITC Natural Luxury Flooring

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and striking patterns of carpets can transform a room says Kelly Hoppen and Emma Cassidy from Brintons Beauty In The Curve There is something inherently glamorous and sexy about spaces with curves says Monique Stamp Bathrooms Latest products from Hurlingham Baths, Vogue UK, Stone Age, Bard & Brazier, Catchpole & Rye, Oasis, Duravit, Perrin & Rowe and more Bathing Beauties Sit back and soak up some design inspiration from our ‘Top Beautiful Bathrooms’ shortlist Lighting New designs from Dernier & Hamlyn, Windfall, Focus SB, Illuminati Lighting, Mr Light, Dimitri Stefanov Ltd, A Place In The Garden and more Crystal Clear A UK new build home reminded designer John Evans of similar homes in the US as it was gifted with high ceilings and large spaces

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benefiting from grand architecture and an impressive art collection has been taken into the realms of the super luxurious by the use of precious materials and textures Billionaire’s Beach Designer David Phoenix was called to totally remodel a near 13,000 square foot home in Malibu with a mission of making it comfortable for a busy family Lofty Living Once considered the go-to dwelling for artists and musicians, New York loft spaces can work for families too, as one London couple found out In The Nick Of Time The family who employed designer Maurizio Pellizzoni to redesign their Belgravia townhouse said that they enjoyed the entire upheaval Return Engagement Interior designer Stephen Sills has a style which people love, but one client liked it so much she invited him to rework her Manhattan apartment which he himself created 20 years prior


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Known for their whimsical use of colour and pattern, John Loecke and Jason Nixon scour the world for eclectic finds and capture their unique and gimlet-eyed viewpoint.

Libby is an interior designer, author, project designer and makeover television personality, and the creative force behind New Yorkbased design firm, Libby Interiors, Inc.

With 40 years experience at the forefront of the design industry, Kelly Hoppen is one of the most celebrated and sought after interior designers in the world.

Designed by Woulfe is an interior design studio, founded by Brian in 2008, specialising in the seamless delivery of bespoke interior design solutions.


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Churchman & Co, collaborated with Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture on Calvin’s first collection of home furnishings.

Maurizio Pellizzoni’s design aesthetic is inspired by the glamour of Lake Como, cosmopolitan New York, and the daily life in London.

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David is an influential US designer known for modern luxury and livability. He finds inspiration by looking back through history as he creates space today.

John Evans has been creating classic-contemporary interiors for over 35 years. John’s approach to design is to produce meticulously designed dateless interiors.

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Bespoke Sofa London collaborates with Zoffany on the launch of their new Muse Collection. The Oxford sofa is a modern deepseated, square-toned sofa with classic, hand-stitched, tufted button details on the inside back and a modern solid plinth with a range of metallic details to choose from, and is shown below upholstered in Conway Velvets from Zoffany.



The Ginkgo Bough by John-Richard is cast in brass, creating a free-form decorative sculpture. Taken from the ginkgo tree - popular in temples and tea gardens - has long been a symbol of hope and peace in Asia. Its leaves turn an exquisite gold in Autumn, a hue John-Richard has beautifully captured. The painting ‘Foire’, by esteemed abstract artist Austin A. James, has warm tones with powerful textures, making it a stunning backdrop. US T: 001 662 453 5809 |

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The Ardent chair by Hope End Design, shown in omega deep purple with polished stainless steel detail and bar feet, would be perfect for a modern interior with its clean, angular lines and sophisticated appearance.


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Nathan Anthony’s sumptuous Sabine sofa is now available with a loose-cushion seat. This popular and luxurious design boasts a modern Chesterfield silhouette with ultra-deep tufted back, arms and seat. Each tufted button is hand-placed to ensure maximum comfort. For this season, the Sabine is available in French Grey Ultrasuede.



New Growth Designs’ experience working daily with fresh flowers helps them to mimic nature and create the most realistic trees, flowers and greenery, such as this arrangement featuring two dozen faux white Calla lilies. Artfully arranged in a six inch clear glass cylinder vase, this elegant bouquet makes a perfect accessory for any room in the home. T: 001 252 412 3200


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This delightful setting by Ambella includes such popular designs as the Chalice sofa with square arms and boxed loose seat cushions, and the classic Louis XVI inspired Antoinette lounge chair. Other items pictured are the stylish Boliage bookcase in antique white, the Limestone Bow Tie pedestal made with 21st Century technology for a lighter more durable look, and the handsome Chiseled cocktail table with Travertine top crafted in hand forged iron with antique silver metal leaf finish. T: 001 214 631 8901 |

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Blue is a calming shade and considered beneficial for the mind and body. Navy blue is predicted to be one of the stand out colour trends for 2018. Opt for an inky blue shade; the bold and confident colour works on upholstery or can act as a striking backdrop against a neutral sofa as demonstrated below by Willow & Hall’s Kingswood Sofa upholstered in a neutral shade.



Decorum Est offers a unique collection of surface materials from the rarest marble and stone to precious metals, shells and glass. Drawing inspiration from classical parquet floor, the Rhomboid design is applied to limestone, providing geometric lines for an interesting optical effect.

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The brand new Kyoto Console Table by Andrew Kornat Designs is made from hand-cut wood, shown in a matt black lacquer, with a tray top. Here, it is topped with stunning, natural Orange Onyx, but is available in a variety of finishes including various marble and stone options.

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Kings of Chelsea will specify everything you need to create a beautiful and unique home from the empty shell through to the finished article.


Kings of Chelsea has contacts all over the world but especially in Italy where much of the best furniture and many of the best accessories are manufactured.


Kings of Chelsea will manage a project from vision to completion. Our small scale boutique operation allows us to be both flexible and reactive.


Kings of Chelsea will propose stylish and creative visions to cater for all your needs from one room to an entire property.


Using CAD (Computer Aided Design) as well as hand-drawn sketches and digitally composed plans we can ensure that space is used perfectly and is possible to create the perfect unique interior space for you.


We have created a number of stunning schemes at many different levels that can be delivered in a shorter time frame and which offer a range a different price points from premium functionality through to decadent luxury.

INTERIOR DESIGN - Kings of Chelsea offers a full Interior Design service. Using some of the best professionals in the industry, allocating the finest and most fashionable furniture and finishes, and delivering a full project management service, resulting in stunning, unique and desirable residences.


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The Trestle Table by Augustus Brandt is crafted in single lengths of French Oak and can be made up to four metres long. This exquisitely crafted table would make a fine addition to traditional or rustic dining rooms.

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Luna is the stunning new range of door handles from Philip Watts Design. Available in five sizes and a range of materials, the Luna range would make a perfect addition to any drawer, cupboard or wardrobe. T: +44 (0) 115 926 9756 30

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The Corner Bell 3 Gas Fireplace from Marble Hill can be enjoyed through two sides with it being installed into a corner of a room. Available in two frames, this fireplace has ceramic walls on the side and back to create a perception of extra depth, emphasising the intensity of the flames.

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The exciting Runway Collection by Fine Furniture Design draws its inspiration from the hottest fashion trends. Upholstered pieces are covered in bold, geometric fabrics and unexpected pops of colour. Storage pieces include the Panche credenza which is characterised by its four white lacquer painted doors and is highlighted with a bold, gold finished geometric pattern. T: 001 336 883 9918 |



The Etna bar table by Alden Parkes is classic yet contemporary and designed to work with many interior settings. The 36� round table has a charcoal wood finish with a ribbed blackened steel collar at the pedestal base. The complementary Stan bar chairs celebrate great style and simplicity. T: 001 904 279 1617 |



Traditional meets modern in these steely blue silhouettes by Ambler Art Group. Inspired by antique etchings found in the collection of Musees Catalog of Flowers and dating back to the late sixteen hundreds, the hints of etched detail peek through solid tones creating an unexpected edgy version of today’s botanical illustrations. The four images in this series are framed in tall block moulding with a soft hazy champagne finish.

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1. The living room features a wood-burning stove from Heta and a wall of artworks, including a large painting by the late artist Peter Campbell. The table is a vintage Norwegian piece and the 1960s chair has been re-covered in a bold purple upholstery Designer - Olivia Pomp Photograph - Mark Luscombe-Whyte 2. A basin is set in a cupboard unit. The walls are covered in a luxury deep purple wallpaper Designer - Rebekah Caudwell Photograph - Alexander James 3. The home office is furnished with a retro black lacquered kidney-shaped desk and filing cabinet on a zebra-stripe rug Photograph - William Waldron




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4. The purple lacquered walls of the library literally shimmer in the suffused daylight through the apartment’s large windows Designers - Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts Photograph - William Waldron 5. A gilded armchair and stool upholstered in an up to the minute deep violet strike a regal note in this living room Designer - Jamie Drake Photograph - Luke White 6. Styles from the 18th and 20th Century are seamlessly blended in the interconnected dining and sitting rooms of this home Designer - Rosella Bisazza Photograph - Jean-Marc Palisse

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Naturally bespoke At Octagon, we have nearly 40 years experience and an unrivalled reputation for building magnificent, one-of-a-kind homes with the finest contemporary materials. Our discreet bespoke service provides expert advice, support and ingenuity throughout every step of the design and build process. We have a highly skilled in-house team of architects, interior designers and project managers, who interpret our clients’ particular style and tastes, making the journey from planning to completion an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. Whether you have a piece of land already secured, wish to replace an existing property or completely renovate your current home, Octagon Bespoke can help you transform your vision into something truly unique. Bespoke projects start from £1m.

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Norwalk Furniture’s Aiken sofa is a carefully proportioned silhouette with stylish updated rolled track arms. Its distinguishing features include a graceful arm design that flows seamlessly into its high back rail that is accented with dual decorative nail head trim. Custom made in the USA with a wide selection of fabrics, leathers and nail head options. T: 001 419 744 3200 |



Exceptional materials and luxurious finishes are the hallmark of Roberto Cavalli furniture. Shown here is the onyx Trinidad dining table with Maclaine dining chairs upholstered in velvet. The Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors collection is exclusively available in the UK from Kings of Chelsea.

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Fusital of Milan have produced the new H378 handle series by the renowned Canadian designers Yabu Pushelberg. A strong horizontal and vertical axis clearly indicates the turning point, without being overly ornamental, while rounded edges imparts a softness and approachability. T: +44 (0) 207 247 8821 38

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This button-tufted beauty offers inimitable style. Its shapely silhouette features a decorative inset metal frame with an open pattern of a connecting circle - the symbol of no beginning and no end. The gold metal finish highlights its one-of-a-kind frame and complements the dressy, textured, pure ivory fabric of its tufted, upholstered back and seat. With perfect proportions, the sofa is finished with fashion-inspired legs.



Having a space dedicated to work at home is becoming increasingly popular and Oasis has launched a range of new furniture to make this space more stylish and personal. The timeless Dama desk, made from a dark-stained wood accented with Art Deco-style gold finish details, is sure to bring glamour in to any home office or 5-Star hotel. T +39 434 654 752 |



This stunning sideboard from the Steel Collection by Artmax combines clean modern lines with stylish, industrial elements making a bold new architectural fashion statement. This design shows off a white marble top with grey veining and is adaptable almost anywhere in the home. T: 001 773 376 6266 | 40

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Follow the Path to Launching New Products

Have you ever been curious about how design decisions are reached and products are created? Take a journey with Norwalk Furniture as it explains how the team brings new products to life.

proved, or modified, by the Creative Director and then ultimately set into development. The Product Development professionals know how to bring the products to life and convert the designer’s visions into practical realities.

Let’s follow the creation of Amelie, one of our best-selling sofas, as we break down the process. You can view the video, “Creating Amelie” on (under Our Story), to follow along for a visual tour. You will see our craftspeople, our factory and the products being created.

Frame builders, pattern makers, upholsterers and cost engineers work together to build each piece from the ground up. The sofas must be factory-friendly and work well for the cutters, sewers, upholsterers, springers and frame makers so that they can be produced efficiently and with care at the right price.

For generations, Norwalk Furniture has been a leading provider of fine upholstered furniture throughout the United States, and now the world. Achieving this reputation for style leadership has been hard won and is made possible because of dedicated and talented people following a decidedly detailed process that determines what products make it to market and onto retail floors.

A sample of Amelie sofa was first created in white muslin and then the proportion and sit tests were conducted by just about anybody in our plant that wants to offer an opinion. We believe the key elements in upholstery success are: Sight. Does the piece pass the eye appeal test? Are the proportions pleasing? Are the lines crisp and up to date? Is the profile on trend and fits a needed niche? “Tush” test. How does it sit? Comfort is the ultimate goal for any Norwalk sofa. Does it sit well for large and small, tall and short, men and women? Lots of work happens on firmness, sit, pitch until it is just right. Pocketbook. Is it costed right and priced right? Will it work in our target consumer’s budget? We strive for a range of pricing and styling so that our collections have a broad appeal.

Custom-Made in the USA•Inspired by the World, our tagline, well describes the process. Successful products are generated by a team that shares a good understanding of who the market is and what it wants. Our sales, marketing and merchandising teams travel the world to get to know this market, its potential customers, respected competitors and the scope of the world of design so they can bring the world of design home, to our factory and to market. Creating relevant products that are compelling and saleable is our goal. Understanding the creative environment from different perspectives is the key to realizing that goal. No one person is totally responsible for the creation of good product. Norwalk Furniture presents two seasonal collections a year at the International Home Furnishings Markets in High Point, NC and Las Vegas, NV. The product development cycle is geared around these markets.

Well, Amelie made it through all of these steps and her debut quite successfully at the April 2016 High Point Market. And even after all of that work, we waited with anticipation to see how our retail customers would react. She passed with flying colors and has made it to the coveted “Best Of” ranks. At Norwalk Furniture, we are all about great upholstery that is trend right and stylish, unbeatable in quality and comfort, and good design that is accessible and affordable.

The merchants travel trade, design and textile shows all over the world to view the latest trends and report back what they find to be new, fresh, and on-trend. The marketing team monitors the world of print and digital to see what our customers are exposed to in the media. Together, this creative team works twice a year to determine the direction of our next collection six months out. Once the creative direction is set, the in-house and guest designers present designs. The sofas must be unique, beautiful, and comfortable to attract buyers. Designs are drawn and ap42

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This handsome 83” long Frisco dining table by Sarreid features beautiful columned bases and a top made from teak and fashioned in a regimented pattern. This table is crafted from white cedar wood from Indonesia which is favoured by artisans for its workable grain and texture. Also pictured are Sophie dining and Eric side chairs and a classic pilaster four-shelf wall cabinet in elm and pine which is shown with a gentle whitewashed finish. T: 001 252 291 1414 |



Wine lovers and vino connoisseurs - Iain James Furniture has introduced two sizes of Burr Walnut ‘Amarone’ wine cabinets. These units feature decorative canted and reeded side profiles and are available in other finishes. T: +44 (0) 115 973 4481 |



A myriad of colour and design is combined in this JC Modern sofa by Jonathan Charles. From the Eclectic Collection, and available in three sizes, this stylish sofa features light golden walnut with a beautiful bookmatched finish creating a dramatic mirrored effect. The geometric modern shape with raised antique solid brass edging and gilded iron base make this a popular choice with designers.

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The Elizabeth settee by Taylor King is a stylish statement piece, shown here in J Banks Slate velvet, making it a beautiful addition to any area in the home, from a living room to a foyer. One of the many recent introductions for that special area which demands the extraordinary.

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The epitomy of true sophistication and elegance, the hand-gilded Casablanca four poster bed by Badgley Mischka Home effortlessly assumes centre stage with its gorgeous goldleafed metal design. The tightly upholstered linen headboard is framed with a distinguished metal arch. Available in both King and Queen sizes.


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Indulge in the Portfolio collection of premium doors hand-crafted in Britain using Italian engineered veneers. The consistent grain and colour of each range make it easy to fit in to any trend driven interior. Influenced by Scandi inspired designs, the New Sand Vertical door exudes a sense of warmth and tranquility suiting chic, minimalistic tastes. T: +44 (0) 844 209 0008 |

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Octagon has returned to London to launch Bishop’s Row, a terrace of nine elegant houses situated alongside the Fulham banks of the River Thames. These spacious townhouses come with four or five bedrooms, plenty of family living space, and access to the river footpath running between Putney and Hammersmith bridges. Included in the renowned Octagon specification are bespoke kitchens, marble flooring in the entrance halls, elegant bespoke staircases and fully landscaped and planted gardens. T: +44 (0) 208 481 7500 |



The skillfully crafted Ives chair by Stanford Furniture is one of the latest introductions to the popular J. Banks Collection. Shown here in the Awesome Flax Glamour linen, the chair’s 28” width allows for comfort galore as well as an elegant look with its gracefully curved arms.

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Like a wing it has an aerodynamic design, balancing a stringent sharpness with an organic softness.’s take on the mid-Century cocktail chair, the Betty’s distinctive silhouette boasts a curved, padded back, rounded edges, a plump seat and no arms. Don’t underestimate this compact accent chair, Betty offers complete comfort and tonnes of style. It’s small but sophisticated. T: +44 (0) 345 400 2222 |




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A style revolution that has undoubtedly swept the nation is mid-Century modern design - a perfect blend of cutting edge homewares that remain true to their original design. By opting for classic design choices with a contemporary twist, your interior will remain timeless. The Versailles radiator is a true design classic, capturing the trend for retro revival perfectly. T: +44 (0) 190 238 7080 |

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In the splendour of a sumptuous Hausmann interior, witness a surprising encounter between the most beautiful inspirations brought back from distant lands such as Cuba and Japan, along with the most sought-after treasures of French-style elegance. Extraordinary brightly coloured birds preen and compete, extravagant vegetation displays its rich foliage, precious materials reveal their natural beauty and refined lines drawn with striking elegance. This season, Casamance has again used its ‘savoir faire’, bringing them together to edit unique and exquisite upholstery fabrics and wallpapers.



Gallery, the Spring/Summer 2018 collection by James Hare, has been inspired by the world of art - in particular the Impressionists. The decorative designs in this collection contain the images, energy and colour of impressionist paintings, with striking embroidered and plain fabrics that evoke the skill of these artists, who created patterns by applying shades of colour. The result is calm and elegant.



Take a whistle stop tour around the world, seeking out the most chic destinations, staged with the latest unique and distinctive fabric, wallcovering and accessory collections by Zinc Textile. Motifs are rendered onto diverse weights of cloth through a range of print, weave, and embroidery techniques. Trippy patterns and vivid colours give a fresh twist to the theme whilst chunky qualities formed of jute and subtly refined linen refer to the more rustic origins of the trend. 52

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A fresh interpretation of chinoiserie with a modern twist, Dynasty is infused with the rich history and elegance of Asian culture. The coordinating wallpaper, print, woven and embroidered fabrics were inspired by the detail and beauty of a golden age. Patterns include blossoming cherry trees and exotic large-scale flora, an architectural bamboo trellis and intricate lattice weave, and painterly scenic toiles filled with lush trees, pagodas, and people. Bold, luxurious colour palettes with bright hues of navy, green, fuchsia, red and purple emphasise the fanciful designs of this collection. UK T: +44 (0) 207 737 6555

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For when life gives you melons - here’s a print from Barneby Gates that will make you want to lick the walls on a hot Summer’s day. Watermelon is available in colour combinations of charcoal and red, or pink and green for a total tropical taste. T: +44 (0) 167 256 0240 |



This year, Scottish creators of pattern, Timorous Beasties, will return to Decorex to showcase their unique wallpapers and fabrics, taking a larger stand than ever before. Products shown alongside this beautiful Gold on Golden Oriole Cushion will include the brand new Tropical Clouded Leopard print which features a leopard preying on a tropical bird showing the brutal beauty of nature. T: +44 (0) 141 337 2622 | 54

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Asian Scenic wallpaper. Cushions in Asian Scenic, Bijou, Carlotta. Baxter Bench in Ming Trail.

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inSong01 wallpaper is the result of a collaboration between FEATHR and Chinese artist Xin Song, who works in the medium of collage and found imagery. Often sourcing materials from disposable modern media, Xin Song interweaves social and political messages into her delicate constructions. She finds each small piece from everyday magazines, considering their role within the broader context of her work, giving new meaning to the impermanent and value to the disposable. Within the XinSong01 wallpaper created for FEATHR, the fragments are cut and laid to create a repeating panel design that has both impact and scale as well as intricate detail. ‘While I am collecting images for my paper-cut collages, I consider each small piece and its meaning, and when each piece finds its way into my work, it brings that message and connection to the world. Most magazines people glance through and then throw away. For me, I have found importance and value in these materials as, in many ways, they mirror the world around us.’ - Xin Song



Ombré embroidered scrolls and tessellated motifs combine under Prestigious Textile’s Canopy collection; a series of chenille-enriched weaves supported by a vivid palm-leaf print. A hint of ikat heritage adds an exotic touch to this fabric collection, which is brought out through rich colourways.

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The design houses of ‘Celia Birtwell’ and ‘Blendworth Interiors’ have come together to relaunch Celia Birtwell’s ‘Classic’ designs. The Beasties collection was inspired by a similar design called ‘Little Animals’ drawn from an embroidery circa 17th Century in the V&A. Included within the Beasties collection is the ‘Lion Cactus’ cushion design shown above in teal.

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Launched at this year’s January Furniture Show, the very latest Senses collection from luxury fabric specialist Kobe, is a range of upholstery fabrics developed using a creative combination of yarns, colouring and weave techniques. Woven in natural yarns, the material creates a fuss-free drape and has been designed to form an element of calm within the home. The Sense palette mixes warm, rich hues to further enhance the feeling of comfort and well being.



Gingerlily, the leading silk bedding specialist, announces Casablanca: a new design created in partnership with acclaimed rug designer, Jennifer Manners. Conjuring a simple, sophisticated serenity and drawing upon the geometry for which classic moorish patterns are known, a printed stenciling technique is used that offers the design defined, crisp repeated curves in white and blue.



Contemporary design is a vast collection of designs made in collaboration with a team of young designers who have been given a mission to realise wonderful wallcoverings which are unique, original and able to surprise. Its flavour is a perfect fusion between classical and contemporary style, and is inspired by nature’s shapes, by strong coloured Persian tiles, and by the delicate features of Japanese prints. T: +39 (0) 541 677 427 |


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Sunbrella has revolutionised the way the world thinks about how beautiful fabrics look, feel and perform. With an inspired palette of colours, styles and textures, premium Sunbrella fabric gives consumers, designers and architects the material they need to create the extraordinary in marine, shade, indoor upholstery, outdoor upholstery, commercial and contract applications. Versatile in style and function, Sunbrella fabrics create welcoming spaces indoors and out, offering durability, fade resistance and ease of cleaning.



‘Florabundance’ is a Marina Mill textile design, lovingly designed and hand-drawn by one of the founders, Stephanie Rawkins, in 1997. She took inspiration from many of the Summer flowers and bugs in her beautiful English country garden, including roses, peonies, honeysuckle and irises, as well as ladybirds and butterflies; all botanically accurate and reproduced in meticulous, delicate detail. This contemporary 4-colour version has been hand-printed at Marina Mill’s Kent studio on pure linen and is suitable for drapes or domestic upholstery.

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Inspired by 18th Century Toile de Jouy, Sarah Hardaker’s Pompadour Toile is a contemporary take on a traditional design, this classical look has been updated with contemporary colours. This delightful fabric is suitable for both soft furnishings and occasional upholstery.

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Indienne influences and subtle rich shades combine harmoniously in this year’s textile and wallpaper collections. Lavish embroideries and prints are set beautifully on herringbone grounds, linens are built with depth of texture and colour, and wallpapers are re-envisioned with silk and linen effects. T: +44 (0) 207 244 7427 |



The creative synergy between design, yarn and craftsmanship combined with the influences of natural surfaces define the inspiration for Larsen’s fabrics. The 2018 collection particularly emphasises the genuine natural beauty and elegance of linen. Soft to touch and extremely tactile, the range features a palette of tone-on-tone textiles that highlight different varieties of structure created from soft, matt and dry yarns.



These handmade Ikat velvet cushions make a luxurious statement in any room. Using a Centuries old tradition of tying and dying weft and warp yarn, these hand woven and hand dyed silk velvet cushions come from Uzbekistan. Available in two sizes, these gorgeous cushions can be purchased separately in the London Gallery.

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nspired by wildlife from all over the British Isles and in keeping with Juliet’s recognisable style, the new Albion fabric collection features images of animals and nature within the British Isles, with the same high-quality finish as the Safari Collection. Its palette and lightweight linen make it suitable for drapery and upholstery and is also available in cushion covers. All designs are hand-drawn by Juliet and printed in the UK, staying true to her brand and commitment to British manufacturing. The fabrics are digitally printed on fine linen in order to capture her drawing’s details.



Renzo is a collection of statement vinyl wallcoverings by Villa Nova that combine innovative embossed textures and patterns inspired by architectural structures and geometry. Colour combinations with flashes of metallic take inspiration from urban finishes such as distressed concrete and polished plaster to inject life and modernity to this collection and create a dynamic backdrop.



Linwood’s ever popular Omega range is versatile, luxurious and practical. A collection of richly coloured velvets which is exceptionally hard-wearing and easy to care for. It is available for both curtain and upholstery use and comes with a stain resistant finish ideal for homes and boutique hotels alike. T: +44 (0) 142 546 1176 |


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The Atmosphere collection offers a spectrum of dynamic and cosmopolitan designs as innovative printing and weaving techniques give depth of field to this wide range of textile creations. Jewel tones contrast with dark hues, lifted by reds, oranges and pinks alongside shades of blues and greens. In addition, a sophisticated series of textural wallpapers complements the collection.



A collection that explores the cultural exchanges and influences between the Orient and the Occident, Floris takes a considered approach toward nature with three hand-painted botanical designs that are woven or printed on luxe silk effect cloths. Gentle Japanese blossoms and a stylistic pear leaf motif, inspired by fauna found in the gardens of Chatsworth House are complemented by sleek geometrics and two bold cut and uncut velvets creating an intriguing combination of traditional and contemporary styles.



Embroidered graphic illustrations inspired by natural geologies of rock formations and layered sediment, GEO by Tom Dixon is restrained yet expressive. Celebrating the decorative qualities of this natural phenomenon in bold embroidered strokes, GEO is the no-fuss monochromatic that packs a graphic punch.

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uxury British bed maker, Savoir Beds, is pleased to introduce its new bed collection in collaboration with the National Gallery of art and Andrew Martin. The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collection of paintings in the world and the entire collection can now adorn a Savoir bed. Every painting within the gallery can be upholstered on to a Savoir headboard and base, from a Monet to a Degas and Turner to a Rembrandt, to create a one-of-a-kind bed. Every bed from the collection will be finished with a bespoke plaque detailing the portrait and artist. This can be personalised with details of the client that commissioned the bed.



Sleeping well is the best way to forget everything for a little while. The Vendome bed by Selva, with its spectacular design, makes the bedroom a special place to live. The beauty of its shape is perfect to create a stylish space, breaking the daily habits and giving a personal touch to your most beloved furniture. T: +39 456 999 202 |



Delcor has introduced their first upholstered bed collection teaming up with another British brand mattress manufacturer Spink & Edgar. These mattresses have been carefully crafted and are the perfect companion to the Delcor bed frames and headboards. Every upholstered bed adheres to the same exceptional standards for high quality craftsmanship as are in place for sofas and chairs. T: +44 (0) 191 237 1303 |


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Designed for Sleep The pursuit of perfection – handcrafted pocket spring beds designed for sleep. At Hypnos we are masters in producing bespoke beds and creating a beautiful centerpiece for your bedroom, or hotel suite.

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The Ziggy Bed by Porada features a solid canaletta walnut bed frame. The headboard, buttons and slatted bed base insert can all be customised to suit your design scheme. The Ziggy Bed is sure to add some sleek style to your bedroom.

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Ever wondered why you have a short attention span or regularly snap at your loved ones? A lack of sleep could be the culprit. Life is hard, but without sleep, it’s even harder. The team at Westend Bed Company is dedicated to helping people achieve restorative sleep every single night, and to enjoy the endless benefits quality sleep can bring. Offering sleep consultations alongside a beautiful collection of comfortable beds, Westend Bed Company are sure to get you on track to getting the best night’s sleep.



Multi-award winning British bed manufacturer, Hypnos, has recently launched its innovative BoutiqueBase. The contemporary one-piece bedstead features a solid base with an integrated headboard. Its stunning high wooden leg presents a design-led, continental look perfect for stylish boutique settings, and providing ease of use for busy housekeepers around the globe. Thoughtfully designed by the team at Hypnos, the BoutiqueBase can easily fit into the smallest of rooms without compromising on the chic look, support or comfort levels.


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Time spent outdoors can be so precious and enjoyable. Leisure Plan believes in enjoying outdoor spaces in the most comfortable and stylish way possible. Based in Essex, Leisure Plan has been supplying the best European outdoor furniture designs to the UK and beyond for over thirty years.


Leisure Plan manufactures all of its cushions in their on-site workshop adding that finishing touch to any collection and all cushions comply with UK fire regulations. A large stock-holding allows lead times to be kept to a minimum ensuring a fast and reliable delivery service throughout the UK and overseas. When you place an order with Leisure Plan, they manage the whole process so everything arrives at the right place at the agreed time.


Visit the spacious 19th Century showroom to see, touch and try out the vast array of quality furniture designed for superior outdoor living. Set over two floors, it is the only place in the UK to find all three leading brands under one roof. They even have an outdoor terrace too, so you can enjoy the products in a semi-outdoor setting.

Dedon - A market leader in striking, contemporary hand-crafted woven furniture gracing exterior spaces around the world. EGO Paris - Distinctive collections offering a spectrum of designs from organic inspired shapes to highly decorative details and classic curves. Fischer Mรถbel - Make a minimalist design statement with clean lines, subtle elegance, technical precision and high quality materials.

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2 2. The addition of a wall-to-wall window in the living room transformed the space, affording views out to the lake Designer - Jimmy Schoenning Photograph - Per Magnus Persson 3. A pair of custom made tables by Andrew Fisher are surrounded by Getty-designed folding chairs and custom made banquettes in the dining room. The Venetian grotto table and chairs once belonged to Franco Zeffirelli, and the artworks are by Joel Meyerowitz, left, and Tina Barney, far right Designer - Thomas Britt and Ann Getty Photograph - Simon Upton


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5 5. The study’s sofa is by Arne Norell, the 1930s armchairs are French, the cocktail table is a Paris flea-market find, the pillows are from a Marrakech souk and the floor lamps are by Jielde; the tiles are Popham Design’s Fretwork-on-Four Designer - Popham Design Photograph - Simon Upton 6. This imaginative bedroom has been decorated with an artist’s eye for colour, the pale green of the painted walls acts as a tranquil background to the brightly coloured bed cover on an upholstered coffee table Designer - Maxine de la Falaise Photograph - Christopher Simon Sykes


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HELLO, MAXIMALISM! Grey and beige run rampant like a boring dinner conversation that never ends


nteriors icon Dorothy Draper once quipped, ‘Banish the patterned accessories from purveyors such as Happy Socks beige!’ And we couldn’t agree more. Our firm is known for are big, and shelter magazines are pushing florals, stripes, its passion for prints and pattern, and it’s our goal to bring animal prints, and scenics in their glossy pages. Sister that spirit of fun and verve to the world. Parish did a T-shirt line with H&M, the 80s are having a Think back some 30 years. Design books of that period resurgence, and chintz in the new pink. featured nary a splash of beige nor a hint of grey - pattern But these are not necessarily the blowsy patterns that we truly ruled the roost. Granted, there were pattern and prints remember from the 1960s or the 1980s; these are fresh florals missteps that took place within and other marvelous motifs that that rich narrative, such have been shaken up and recast. as the avocado-green and burnt Remade, remixed, remodeled. orange kitchens that were popular Think fresh and inviting. in my 1970s-era youth. But floral Unique. Individual. And dare patterned sofas, chintz-wrapped we sound like millennials and armchairs and whimsically say, Authentic. wallpapered rooms were common Of course, the age of beige and in these books, and, indeed, grey isn’t over and probably never interior design was interesting, will end. Belgian linen hopped the arresting, and decidedly personal. pond and, like an invasive plant, Today, grey and beige run has put down deep roots. Just step rampant, not unlike a boring inside any Restoration Hardware dinner conversation that never outpost to get your fix of what La seems to end. Snooze, snore, sigh. Draper once called ‘gravy colours.’ Or a cough that you can’t shake But do take the pattern plunge that requires antibiotics so you and introduce some prints into can’t drink either. What fun is that? your life: Switch out the pillows But the pendulum swings, on that tired sofa for something swings, swings and history repeats fun, or mix up your bedding and itself. A very chic toile-wrapped layer-in floral pillows. Have fun nut, natch-pattern is coming with your tablescape, and change back. And in a big, bold way. out window treatments. John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, founders of Madcap Cottage To quote the Wall Street Don’t spend your life in a gravy Journal, ‘After a decade of stark, boat. Neutral is so milquetoast. As If you want to be neutral, formulaic interiors, design is we like to tell our clients; if you want move to Switzerland’ giving way to maximalism - a to be neutral, move to Switzerland. luxurious riot of colour and pattern.’ And since the Madcaps live in the South, we are Order a copy of Madcap Cottage’s latest allowed to say, Thank you, Jesus. book Prints Charming then channel a Look at the landscape. Gucci’s Alessandro Michele is souped-up, completely new Esther Williams sending models down the runways clad in needlepoint as you dive into this brave new world. tigers, sequin-bedecked pineapples, and tempestuous tulips cultivated beside rampant roses. Hilton Hotels showcases Jason Nixon | Madcap Cottage wallpaper in their latest outposts, including at their stylish T: 001 917 675 4004 | Brooklyn hostelry just off hip Smith Street that nods to the OPPOSITE: A delicious dining room at the House of Bedlam, awash in vintage history of the nearby Navy yard. wallpaper purchased on eBay and lavished with a vintage Murano chandelier from a Ninety-something style-setter Iris Apfel is all the rage, thrift shop in Minnesota. Good design should be expressive, it need not be expensive


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CONVERSATION PIECE Where did it come from? Where did you find it? - It is all so fascinating


eeking that which amuses and informs is an all-consuming affair. For a designer it is a lifetime’s indulgence. I’ve had the good fortune to travel as a young man whose family lived abroad, as a New York-based Art Director, and as a Vice President at Ralph Lauren before launching my first collection with Jonathan Charles. I have been drawn to the best addresses and vetted as many venues as my bonafides allowed and I have been fascinated by streets and neighbourhoods - the unassuming as well as the extraordinary. The Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris’s great cultural depository, and the shops along Milan’s Via della Spiga still inspire; but how could one not also recall the charming little dress shops that once brindled 14th Street in New York - especially at Easter - or the surplus stores on Canal Street, the dull sheen of oxidized metal and tablets of colored glass. And, oh, how I love old hardware stores too; and candy shops, they dazzle. Toy stores in forgotten neighbourhoods, their ancient shelving and forgotten goods. Unexpected linen shops and stationery stores with stacks of old stock. Pastry shops and bars: Mangini in Genoa where the well-heeled Genovesi queue up for salty pasticcini, and bottles of acidcolored digestive fill rococo style cabinets from the time of Napoleon III. Everything is beautiful, everything inspires. Like the great interiors of the last century, not ones assembled under a professional’s eye (though there are many of those that are equally delicious) but ones that evolved with fancy and whim, that were pieced together with intelligence and wit and with an eye for colour, for shape, for the narrative of history; a rich stew or bouillabaisse, an after-dinner refreshment, a cocktail. Often I think of the Paris apartments of the great couturiers and the personal digs of offbeat antiquaries in the mansards overlooking the Seine on the Left Bank.


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If you meander the tiny neighbourhoods, their dealers and bric-à-brac shops, you’ll find that I’m not the only one whose wanderlust has garnered an eclectic sensibility. Just look at the harvest! There’s the perfect Chinese table, waxy and the colour of licquorice, which anchors the very best rooms. Why is it that the sinuous curl of the leg on a Biedermeier table just like a candy cane twist compels? There’s the inlaid design of a cherry branch in blossom or a hand painted bouquet like faded spun sugar. And rich chestnut and toffee colours of solid woods and beautiful veneers. Can we compare the crisp upholstered sofa or chair to that Easter frock or linen doily? And intimacy and conversation: that’s what inspires, too. The scale of a slipper chair draws you in, the low cocktail bids you, its black glass surface reflecting the room. The mystery of a folding screen, dividing space, what’s behind it? The whimsy of the trestle desk whose delicate, hand turned, Louis Philippe horses belie their sturdy function, and how lovely it is to sit at and work. The Ming etagere whose 300-year-old design is fresh, and simple, and utilitarian, and exquisitely beautiful: remember the hardware store? And so it is, the conversation, where did it come from, where did you find it? What are you doing this evening? We would be very charmed to see you here. Churchman has recently designed a collection of furniture for Jonathan Charles which includes this hand-painted mahogany cabinet with two drawers and adjustable shelves with yolk shaped support, and is decorated with an elegant relief painting of bamboo, blossom and songbird motifs. Calvin Churchman | Churchman & Co Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture

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TWENTY QUESTIONS I’m a good listener first, a problem-solver second and interior designer third


s an interior designer, it’s my job to create beautiful helps my clients announce their own personal style, and not spaces for clients and offer great design ideas for people’s one that reflects my ‘Libby Langdon signature style.’ homes. While working in Makeover TV, I was able to travel I may ask the client what their favourite vacation has been across the US and work with people with very real needs or whether they have a favourite hotel or resort that they and make over a room with very little money and time. love the look of to help me choose a theme the suits them. It is tremendously hard work but has been an invaluable The springboard for a design might be a scarf, a piece of experience that afforded an up-close and personal look into jewellery or a special family heirloom; these could be the how people really live, what they really want, and what their pin point for a colour combination or a mix of materials. needs are when it comes to the So, what is the ‘Libby Langdon functionality of their homes. signature style’? To tell you the When people ask me how I truth, it’s less of a look and more work, I tell them that I’m a good of a lifestyle philosophy. I boil it listener first, a problem-solver down to my ‘easy, elegant, everyday second and an interior designer style.’ The ‘easy’ is approachable third. One of the first things I do, and accessible design with dynamic is to ask the client 20 questions elements that are relaxed and about their lifestyle: Do they unfussy. By ‘elegant’, I mean have kids? How about pets? Do that you can have beautiful, chic they entertain family and friends? looks with fabrics and furnishings Where do they watch TV? Where that are very stylish, yet are userdo the kids do homework? Where friendly. And the ‘everyday’, is are they on laptops? about design for real life. Along with asking what design Common threads in all the elements they like, I like to explore projects I do are comfortable what styles, colours or materials furnishings, accessible looks and they don’t like. I find it’s often a functionality. I believe a design lot easier for them to define that. can be dynamic and exciting Personally, I find it super helpful without bold, wacky or radical Libby Langdon, Makeover TV Presenter and Interior Designer when someone says things like; ‘I design elements. Colours pops, hate chenille fabric’, ‘I don’t like great accessories, a good furniture olive green, rust or gold colours’, ‘I don’t like anything super layout and an inviting feel have always been the recipe modern.’ That kind of information helps me cut to the chase for success for me. I also find that most of my clients are and craft a winning design that is perfect for them. looking for evergreen spaces. This means trying out current Having worked in makeover television programmes, such trends by incorporating them as an accent rather than as Trading Spaces and Design Invasion, it allowed me to flex building an entire room around them. my creative muscles in multiple design styles, since it is up Ultimately, I my want clients to walk into rooms that I’ve to me to create a space that the homeowner will have a big, designed and feel like their home is giving them a big fat happy reaction to when the room is revealed at the end. hug. If that happens, I consider the project a total success! Normally, I find ‘clues’ in the walkthrough before creating the ideal space. The whole house may have been following Libby Langdon | Libby Langdon Interiors a beach theme, so I would add a seascape photograph on a T: 001 212 501 0785 | wall or a lighthouse on a cocktail table. It was important to decipher the look they were going for and give it to them. It OPPOSITE: This Fifth Avenue Duplex project in New York City is a good example of an evergreen space. Pops of orange are added via pillows which can easily be changed has always been my mission to create a design scheme that as colour and fabric trends change without having to do anything overly drastic


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PERSONALITY OF WOOD Every layer of wood finish makes the design more niche, and that’s okay


echnology and social media has allowed micro-trends to turn into global trends, but what I’ve noticed in the high- end market is not a shift towards sameness, but a boldness to find one’s own style and stay true to that. With this in mind, here at Phillips Collection, we have been focusing our attention on how to enhance natural materials like wood and stone. What happens to the personality of a solid wood table when you stain it and give a glossy finish versus leaving it in the raw? This is both a stylistic and durability study. What we’ve found is that every layer of finish makes the design more niche, and that’s okay. In fact, it’s exploitable. Grey Stone is a raw wood which is treated with special minerals to bring out texture in the grain. This also desaturates the yellow in the wood, allowing a penetrating, grey stain to be applied that has a cooler colour temperature. With our tables, we go in with our low sheen lacquer and the result is a wooden table full of texture that appears to have turned to stone. Grey works in so many environments that it creates a universal appeal despite being such a boldly specific finish. Burnt wood was a micro trend that has popped up in interiors around the world. Taking a product and literally charring it with a blowtorch does a few things to the wood. First, it brings out a deep texture in the grain as well as creating beautiful cracks and fissures in the surface. Second, it creates a uniform, matte colourway, hiding the superficial grain but still communicating wood by the texture it creates. Lastly, the decision to keep it matte makes it feel almost primitive. From our backgrounds in antiquities we


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have found that even the most rustic, heirloom pieces can find their way into super contemporary spaces by creating just the right boldness in contrast. That is where charred, matte black finishes play such an exciting role in 21st Century interior design. Bleached is not just for the beach anymore. You’ll be seeing more and more bleached and white washed finishes making their way inland and into urban spaces. They communicate age and a certain timelessness which homeowners gravitate towards. ‘Heirloom’ no longer means a piece handed down generation after generation. It is more a feeling a product can evoke that gives you a sense of nostalgia. We see bleached as the new pastel. Whether with a hint of red or a deep espresso, brown has always been a popular finish and we are always looking for the right depth of finish so the grain is celebrated, not washed over. At Phillips Collection, we struggled for years to find the right brown, and it was only during a recent, unfortunate fire in one of our kilns that we discovered the perfect brown. In an attempt to salvage a large dining slab, we scraped off the charred top layers to reveal the unharmed core. We sealed, stained and finished the piece and realised we created a stunning finish. There is so much opportunity to bring innovation to the marketplace, and the audience is out there for any and every style. What has sustained throughout the last decade is a desire for an authentic product. Solid woods, finishes that celebrate the raw material, and a touch of surprise. It’s a wonderful and exciting time to be in the business of creating home furnishings.

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HAVEN OF GEOMETRICS The high ceilings of this Edwardian London apartment create a strikingly bright space


his St John’s Wood apartment, designed by Designed by Woulfe, is as vibrant as the city in which it is located. The project is a block-coloured haven of geometric design, with mid-Century modern silhouettes in one of London’s most desirable areas. A combination of eras, the scheme throws-back to an Art Deco world of cocktail lounges and golden accents, a jewel of a refurbishment in a late-Edwardian build. The property is strikingly bright, aided by the team’s decision to return its ceilings to their original Edwardian proportions and the addition of a large circular mirror to bounce light around the space. Under these high ceilings, natural textures contorted into chic pieces of furniture work together to create

a bold unity about the home. The natural tactility of a bespoke axed wood console unit and a charred timber drinks cabinet come together in their bronze casting, while sumptuous leather armchairs contrast with a twisted golden table lamp. Brian and his design team worked closely with craftsmen to design and create functional and beautiful pieces of furniture suitable for everyday use and entertaining. Every aspect of this home has been carefully curated, from the lighting design to the colour selections.

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ABOVE: Founder, Brian Woulfe and his fluffy companion, Chowmein. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A circular Tom Faulkner dining table is found near the bay window in the open plan living area. Striking flamingo wallpaper in the bedroom steals centre stage. A bold blockcoloured artwork hangs on the wall in the living room. A large circular mirror was added to bounce light around the high-ceilinged living room


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AN ARTIST IN NEW YORK Anne Becker’s airy one-bedroom Manhattan apartment is the perfect space to create


ar-flung cultures such as those from Japan and Morocco became entwined in the style of painter Anne Becker’s calm New York apartment. The artist always knew that a ‘less is more’ principle should rule its design scheme, to keep her mind clear for her work. Located in Manhattan’s Alphabet City neighbourhood, the apartment was not, however, a simple job, and took work to achieve. It was not until a few years after purchase that the new, uncluttered living space took shape. Along with interior designer Gregory Bissonnette, a close friend, Anne joined the apartment with a studio next door. The open floor plan gives the home a sense of calm and references Asia, which Becker has admired ever since she spent a month in Japan. Creating a flow from space to space, which aids the calm feel, was key for the pair, they explain. The kitchen acts as the home’s heart, with other rooms fanning out from it. The only concession to traditional walled off spaces is a curtain which can separate Anne’s bedroom off from the lounge. Even in the master bathroom, the wall separating the tub from the living area is glass, offering a clear view across the room and Tompkins Square Park. The bathroom is a warren of nooks, one for the C-shaped bath, another for the sink, and a third for a shower and bench. The bathroom was perhaps where most thought went in the redesign, and Anne admits to spending possibly the most time in this room. The stone-floored guest bath takes influence from a different part of the world, being inspired by an outdoor shower in Costa Rica. But the significance of the great outdoors is also evident in Anne’s

love of rocks. Gathering them on her travels, the artist arranges them in delicate piles atop counters, bookshelves, and floors. The sun-drenched rooms that initially sold her on the apartment come courtesy of windows on three sides, and Gregory employed multiple tricks to channel the light from them, from glass panes to wood shutters with flower-like arrangements of stained glass and a ‘70s disco ball in the living area. Also helping distribute both light is a neutral colour palette throughout the home, with a background of dove-grey walls and pale wood floors. The goal was to make the place feel like a refuge, a hideaway from a busy New York. There are the odd bursts of colour though, from a brilliant fuchsia ikat hanging behind the artist’s desk (which is itself a beloved antique French farm table), to crimson rugs, violet throw cushions and the gold of the artist’s mixed-media works. After the renovation, those pillows served as primary seating, enabling Becker to move where she worked around the home. As more furniture arrived, the mission was to keep it all low slung, including an antique African bed now used for cocktails. Perhaps Gregory should have the last word. ‘Each time I come over she’s got a different setup,’ he says. ‘But the apartment can handle it.’ As for Becker, she couldn’t be happier in her home. ‘Whenever I go away, it always feels good walking back in the door,’ she says. ‘I tell Greg, ‘We did it - our design plan worked!’’ Gregory Bissonnette | GKB Design | AUTHOR Jennifer Bush PHOTOGRAPHER Simon Upton

ABOVE: Artist Anne Becker standing in her studio with her chocolate labrador Seymour. OPPOSITE, CLOSEWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Seymour, and a German shepherd lying on a rug in the open-plan home office. A stunning Moroccan lantern and a red and black suzani covering the bed give the bedroom an exotic feel. A series of wallpaper panels hangs on the wall in the entrance hall behind a simple seating area of cushions. The living room is painted in dove-grey, and has a large lilac sofa with an array of comfortable coloured cushions, and is home to Anne’s beloved 70s disco ball which shoots off a fizzy spray of light around the apartment


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Kama by Ego Paris, exclusively from Leisure Plan, is the solution to low level modular outdoor luxury living. Designed by Benjamin Ferriol, the Kama collection allows you to change from a sofa to a sun lounger by simply rearranging the cushions and with the Duo and Quattro hinged table tops, it offers the perfect solution to low level dining too. With a diverse range of pieces including a ‘Swing Chair’, a choice of over 20 frame colours, 12 fabric colourways and optional teak arms, the Kama collection is truly unique. T: +44 (0) 127 981 6001 |



Aiko, by Mamagreen, is the newest innovative lounge configuration which sets new standards in all-weather lounger furniture offering comfort, style and flexibility. The matrix base is made from ‘drift-look’ reclaimed teak, complemented by luxurious oversized water-repellent cushions and bolsters, and an Italian ‘high pressure laminate’ accent for backs.



The Zenhit dining chair, designed by Kris Van Puyvelde for Royal Botania, has a bold modern design and can be combined with many different Royal Botania dining table options. The chair is made in A-grade teak and has optional back and seat cushions in a wide range of tempting outdoor fabrics. The Zenhit collection also includes a range of luxurious outdoor sofas and lounge furniture.

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With Spring just around the corner, we are delighted to present the latest collection of outdoor furniture from Borek. Pushing the boundaries of design and innovation Borek’s latest collection embraces the outdoor life in all of its colourful beauty and splendour brightening up any terrace or outdoor area. Using the latest materials and techniques, Borek’s master craftsmen have again created a stunning collection with unique properties that create a cheery yet sophisticated and contemporary design. Consisting of the ultimate in seating comfort, stylish outdoor tables and range of outdoor living accessories in a variety of colour, Borek outdoor furniture is exclusively available through Robeys and selected retailers throughout the UK and Ireland.

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he architecture is clean and robust. It has a gravitas to it. The materials are hard-wearing and resistant to the tough coastal climate and its winds that periodically sweep the bay. The planning of this South African family holiday home by SAOTA is nuanced and sophisticated, built to fully grasp the daily rituals of holiday living. The westerly facade of the terrace looks towards Cape Point, the most southerly tip of Cape Town’s False Bay, and offers fantastic haloed sunsets in the morning. Built at a good elevation with lots of access to the surrounding fynbos, the natural choice for landscaping was to incorporate as much indigenous vegetation as possible - surrounding the house and in the internal courtyard. The addition of three iconic South African trees Milkwood, Coral trees and Waterberries - make this an iconic, true-to-style South African family holiday home. |



Bridgman’s gorgeous Verona lounging set includes a large sofa, two lounge armchairs, a coffee table, two side tables and a footstool. Inspired by the incredible Italian coasts and seas, relax and enjoy with Bridgman’s comfortable furniture. T: +44 (0) 208 804 7474 |



Inspired by period design, Architectural Heritage is proud to present its carefully curated 2018 garden ornament catalogue. The catalogue features a classic collection of seating, sundials and water features, alongside an extension to its garden planter and quercus robur oak furniture range.

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Award-winning artist and sculptor, David Harber, has launched a breathtaking new sculpture, the Mimeo Cascade. Inspired by the calm, tranquil aesthetic of Arabic water features, the Mimeo Cascade is defined by the unique gravity-defying manner in which water falls from its copper bowl, creating a geometric ‘criss-cross’ effect. When lit, this forms an ethereal web of water strands. This piece is hand-crafted from elegant copper and bronze, with an aged verdigris finish and decorative lattice fretwork around the rim.



The Girse by Robeys is a stylish hand-made outdoor fireplace that can also be used as a barbecue, designed to denote quality and offer a lifetime of enjoyment. Its stainless-steel structure means that it is heat and weather resistant and can be left outdoors in all seasons, creating a warming centre piece for any garden. The traditional and family-owned company have also created a variety of stainless steel cooking accessories to accompany its outdoor fires and help put the fun back into cooking. T: +44 (0) 177 320 9040 |



The rounded silhouette and formal rope design give Indian Ocean’s Pimlico Club Chair a striking contemporary look. It stands gracefully alone as a sculptural feature chair or works equally as well as a set with the coordinating low Coffee Table. Perfectly finished with solid teak tapered legs and a deep seat cushion for pure outdoor luxury. 98

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OVER HILLS & FAR AWAY A photographer’s weekend retreat was modernised without losing its original character


e’re all looking for an escape, but we all want to retain a sense of comfort as well. While solitude and quiet reflection are important, so too is the feeling that we have - or at least could - get back to nature. When busy cities and working life threaten to overpower us, it is our beloved retreats we escape to. Photographer Fritz von der Schulenburg had that same urge, but having worked with deluxe interiors throughout his career, knew the importance of retaining something of the character of any renovation, of staying true to a building’s original charm. For his retreat in Wales, he was successful. Overlooking the Marches on the edge of the Berwyn Mountains, his long house reflects his love of mountains and is respectful of the beautiful wilderness around it. The house remains hidden from view until the very last few metres of track which leads its way up from below. Fritz originally purchased the small two-storey cottage, a barn and a stable, positioned all in a row, with little trace left of the first farmer who once worked and lived there. But he saw something in the property, and so retained many of the original features including the stone-flagged floor in the cottage’s entrance, a bread oven and the simple wooden staircase that leads up to the bedroom. But there were also changes. A low ceiling in the kitchen was removed, which meant a bathroom above disappeared. But the resulting space, now stretching up to the rafters, allowed a tremendous amount of light in. The photographer also added a new bathroom and other 21st Century essentials. There’s also a natural link between the buildings. Each is linked by a low, narrow doorway, with the cottage first

leading to the barn. Here, a new living space has been created in an open plan style, with a huge fireplace, white walls and a plastered beamed ceiling that once again points to the history of the building. Snaking up to this, an open staircase takes visitors to the one-time hayloft above, which Fritz now uses as his bedroom. Beyond this, a narrow doorway leads into the stable and former byre, with the latter now utilised as a spacious bathroom. Also in the stable is a guest bedroom, which again benefits from the simplicity of plain whitewashed walls. As an added nod to the agricultural past of the space, Fritz chose to leave a metal stay and animal trough here, which would once have been used daily. The outdoor space too has been sympathetically treated, and with each of the three buildings opening out on to a terrace, Fritz was sensible to keep it in keeping with its surroundings. Stable doors open to the courtyard terrace, which the photographer had paved with reconstituted York stone, while a single piece of granite stands like a sculpture nearby. From here, that universal ideal of escaping to a natural, comfortable retreat is fulfilled to its greatest potential. As buzzards fly above, the weather might flood over the valley towards the long house. If it rains, the hillside is awash with the sound of water. Sometimes Fritz is even snowed in. And what could be more of a retreat, more comforting, more respectful of solitude, than that? FRITZ VON DER SCHULENBURG WORDS Karen Howes PHOTOS Fritz von der Schulenburg

ABOVE: View looking down on the cottage which nestles in a fold of the hills at the end of a steep track OPPOSITE, CLOSEWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A log fire burns in the hearth of the cosy whitewashed living room which is decorated with an eclectic combination of furniture and items collected over years of travelling. A warm afternoon glow in the rustic kitchen with a brass chandelier hanging over the wooden table. The four-poster bed on the gallery has a Suzani back cloth, an Indian bed cover and stands on a rare Turkish kilim. View from the sofa and small billiard table in the living room towards the original hayloft which is now a gallery bedroom

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MOROCCO British fashion designer, Liza Bruce, and her artist husband, Nicholas Alvis Vega, live an idyllic life, sharing wholly in each other without the distractions of tight schedules, family or pets. Not so unusual, you might think - but they get to do it in an exotic Moroccan retreat WORDS SHARON WALKER PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON UPTON

PREVIOUS PAGE: The roof top terrace features an outdoor fireplace and is punctuated by painted plant pots with a leather rug and scatter cushions upholstered in Kuba cloth THIS PAGE: CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: Liza Bruce and her husband Nicholas Alvis Vega enjoy a light lunch on the roof terrace. Pink star-shaped mattresses provide seating around a natural pool in the central courtyard which is framed with papyrus and rose geraniums. A covered terrace with arches opening onto a courtyard swimming pool is filled with an eclectic mix of furniture and objects and punctuated by a bright purple wall

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iza is soon to start selling her designs in a new venture named Odalisque in Marrakech, in addition to the store she already runs in Knightsbridge. This fits well with her and Nicholas’ nomadic lifestyle, and they now spend half their time in London, half in Morocco. But if it sounds luxurious, it’s a luxury that has been hard earned. Liza spent years designing for the catwalk, and made her name in the 1980s with her iconic swimwear. These days she prefers to work with one-off designs, across kaftans that double up as works of art, in a mirror of her simpler, beatific homelife. All of this inspires Liza’s design aesthetic today. As a child she spent time in the UK and the US, and was schooled in New York. But after a move to the UK in 1968, the 70s saw her find love with Nicholas. Fast-forward and the couple’s first foray to Marrakech came in 2001. Fresh from jobs in Jaipur, India, keen to escape a cold London January, they were amazed by the sunshine and sensuality of the region. Its beautiful old textiles and tradition of handcrafted pieces also helped hugely in selling the area to them. The next task for the couple was to find a place to live. They initially looked for a riad - a traditional courtyard house - in the medina as a more permanent base, but soon widened their search at the suggestion of their friend, long-time Marrakech resident Katrina Boorman. The lush Ourika Valley, 40 minutes south of Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, was where they widened it to. Initially smitten with the mountains, rich colours and general landscape of the area, the couple were soon also impressed by the animals there. All of this was somewhat in contrast to the brutally unwelcoming grey riad they eventually found and bought. It had been built in the 1970s, but had fallen into disrepair. Yet the pair were drawn to the colours still inherent in the building, the flowers in the courtyard, even the birds. The three-storey house with its winding gardens and terraces, the pair

quickly realised was a steal, and so snapped it up. Today there is little that remains of that original building. Every arch was enlarged, while doorways and windows were opened up and realigned to take in the amazing vistas of the Atlas Mountains. Nicholas, who is also an architect, said he wanted to echo the Swahili architecture of Lamu, an Arab island trading post off the coast of Kenya where he spent much of his childhood. To achieve this, the couple scoured the local Berber village for craftsmen and people capable of maintaining the traditions they’d grown to love. When it came to decorations for their new home, Liza and Nicholas went to the outer reaches of the nearby souk, buying mainly from the Tuareg tradesmen they found there, purchasing interesting African pieces including beds, chairs and sculptures from the Sahara. In fact, as Liza approaches the opening of her new venture, similar items will be available in the new shop. Somehow, in the home the couple have avoided North African clichés, opting instead for white walls accented only by a palette of cranberry and eau de Nil. As a result, Liza says that in contrast to her long grey London lie-ins, in Morocco she is keen to rise and take in the colours of both her home and the natural world that surrounds it. The small matter of a pool and a roof terrace might also make you want to get out of bed of course, and ingredients you can only get in Morocco such as hisbiscus tea, Berber semolina pancakes drizzled with blueberry maple syrup and freshly squeezed Moroccan orange juice no doubt make getting up that little bit easier. In the heat of the day, the scent of orange blossom and jasmine is intoxicating. The pair’s days, they confess, are spent bartering in the souk, lounging by the wildflower-edged river or designing fabrics for their own clothing and home-textiles collections. At the house, there are occasional visitors of course, but Liza maintains her retreat is essentially something of a hideaway, a place to contemplate silence and to

ABOVE: The blooming agaves growing in dedicated roof containers preface the view towards the snow-capped Moroccan Atlas Mountains in the distance OPPOSITE: The eye-catching design of the imposing fireplace echoes the shape of the ceiling lights in this vibrant purple living room

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A star-shaped window opens into the wet room and is delicately framed by hanging succulents. The counter and floor tiles in the rustic kitchen were locally crafted and the kitchen units are fitted with Musharabi screens. Tables in the shape of an eight-pointed star and scatter cushions covered in Afghan suzanis furnish the secon-floor roof terrace. A bespoke wooden bed frame also has a unique headboard made of a series of inlaid Indian mirrors

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ABOVE: João Botelho leans against the island in the chic modern kitchen. RIGHT: The symmetrical bedroom revolves around the four poster bed and glitzy chandelier

ABOVE: The bespoke wooden bed frame complements the tribal artefacts on display in this guest bedroom which has access to the garden through paned doors

be at peace. Her London life, in stark contrast, is a heady mix of fashionable openings and wild parties, even though she says that she still prefers to cook at home in her artist’s studio flat in South Kensington. One aspect of the London life that Liza does ponder when she’s in Morocco is the abundance of galleries and bookshops in the capital city. But the flipside to this is that, when on retreat, the pleasures she experiences are simpler, more innocent, and perhaps more beneficial. Lighting candles each night takes a whole hour, she says, and as the sun goes down the ritual has taken on

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increased significance. Stars have more power with the absence of streetlight too, and life becomes something to be truly appreciated. Liza and Nicholas can often be found, they say, simply gazing at the night sky in wonder. It is as if they’ve become the locals themselves, in a country so different to the one in which they met. They’ve almost assumed nirvana, after a life of flashlights, art and high fashion. Quite an impressive transition.






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The Gwyn Baa Bar Stool is perfect for bringing the wow factor to your kitchen. This sturdy kitchen stool is made from solid oak and topped with a luxurious removable natural sheepskin cover that resists spills, dries very quickly and is mildew resistant. It is naturally fire retardant, resists static, dirt and dust and is hypo-allergenic - ideal for today’s modern home. T: +44 (0) 188 950 2716 |



Hop aboard the new trend sweeping the interiors world right now - the broken plan kitchen. Open plan living is soon becoming a thing of the past as homeowners opt for more privacy without the compromise of committal walls. Freestanding shelving units or seating areas enable you to maintain a bright open space while also providing a sense of separation. Fred Horlock, Retail Design for Neptune adds, ‘Zoning means your kitchen will feel naturally balanced, considered and harmonious in terms of style and ergonomics. Factoring in primary zones for cooking and socialising allows the kitchen to become a multi-purpose hub, bringing the whole family together.’



Stovax is thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new Stockton cook stove range. These exciting new products offer all the ambience and benefits of a solid fuel stove - with the ability to also cook or heat food. Available in two sizes, the Stockton cook stoves make a great addition to a kitchen and encourage us to get back to simpler living.

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Spring is in the Air. Duke of Gloucester dinner service, designed for William Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, circa 1770. Available at fine retailers 1-800-242-3050






Kährs have launched two new ultra-matt wood flooring collections for design-led interiors, Lux and Lumen. Recently winning Gold for ‘Best Flooring’ at the 2017 House Beautiful Awards, Kährs’ Lux collection includes nine one-strip plank format designs, which are mirrored in Lumen’s three-strip designs. Shown here is the milky white and luxurious ‘Lux Ash Air’. T: +44 (0) 239 245 3045 |



For her 2018 collection, Deirdre Dyson has conjured up designs that will be hand-knotted on an enormous scale. Seascape will be an impressive seven metres wide and depicts the colours of the sea, from its depth to its shallows, with flashes of light reflected on the water’s surface.

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Reminiscent of tropical Caribbean waters, crystal blue skies, and white sandy beaches, the Aruba pattern encaustic tile from Artisans of Devizes combines design with colour to create a contemporary feel. Used in the nineteenth Century to decorate the floors of palaces in St Petersburg, and grand hallways from Paris to Saigon, today the encaustic tile can be found in chic bars, restaurants, and adding colour to residential homes in London, Paris and New York. T: +44 (0) 203 302 9996 | 114 Bridge for Design Spring 2018

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Hand-carded and hand-spun, the Luminance Rusty Slate Rug from Tufenkian Carpets offers an interpretation of the organic imperfection of nature’s slow destruction. Slate grey and midnight blue stretch across the rug and are contrasted against the bright copper and deep browns, drawing attention to the rug without overwhelming a room.



New from ITC Natural Luxury Flooring in Sancerre, the ultimate luxury carpet with that definable feel of silky softness. Its soft, deep pile construction represents the height of underfoot comfort, while a choice of subtle colours and tones fits perfectly with contemporary tastes.

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Focusing on water, the Neptune collection by Loomah is inspired by the patterns and formations created by this driving force of nature. Rain drops, ripples and waves have been interpreted into a stunning collection of abstract designs in a deep blue colour palette. The use of 100% bamboo adds lustre and echoes the shimmy of the subject matter. T: +44 (0) 207 371 9955 |

















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Working closely with the interior designer, Sarah Morris of McWhirter Morris, Veedon Fleece attended an initial meeting with the client, a successful British businessman. The project was a large first-floor drawing room with three pairs of full height casement windows opening onto a balcony and overlooking a garden square. It could have been an easy mistake to break the room up by placing too small a carpet or perhaps two separate carpets in this impressive room. Fortunately, the client understood this important aesthetic and allowed Veedon Fleece and McWhirter Morris the licence to create, to the client’s delight, what is now a confidently established interior.



Casa Botelho’s first rug design, in collaboration with Jennifer Manners, is the Lorraine Rug. It is hand-knotted in India using high-quality New Zealand Wool and Bamboo Silk. The luxuriously soft rug comes in a variety of rich tones and will add a French, historical elegance to any modern interior. T: +44 (0) 795 617 0735 |

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Emma Cassidy, Brintons Carpets T: +44 (0) 156 263 5665 Kelly Hoppen T: +44 (0) 203 701 9333 CAPTION: Kelly sits atop a rug design from the Kelly Hoppen Collection by Brintons

THE POWER OF CARPET Luxurious textures and striking patterns of carpets can transform a room


arpets can work fantastically in a space, and can add texture, warmth, and comfort - the luxurious textures and striking patterns of carpets can completely transform a room. The floor gives a big opportunity to introduce layers of texture into a scheme and is the final key design ingredient - it has to perfectly enhance all the other elements of the room,’ says Kelly Hoppen. ‘The floor is not just a blank space, rather it is somewhere to create character, and quite often the floor is the making of a room. Carpet offers so much potential in a space smooth carpet has an architectural quality that is almost Art Deco in style, while shag pile contrasts brilliantly against ultra modern pieces of furniture,’ she adds. Emma Cassidy, of Brintons Carpets, agrees. ‘We’re currently seeing a new direction in the way designers are selecting colours and patterns for commercial flooring. Clients are embracing change and breaking the rules of carpet design.’ ‘We’re seeing less of small pattern repeats, instead the popularity of the large-scale designs and surface patterns with no repeats. The designs featured in the carpets are works of art, and are very much part of the storytelling and conceptual development of an overall scheme. With the advanced technology available in woven carpets, we’re able to create

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patterns, textures, colours and shapes that are more sophisticated, advanced and creative than ever before,’ Emma advises. ‘Instead of chasing interior trends, clients and designers are going back to a more natural and distressed look and feel when it comes to pattern and colours. Emulating naturally occurring elements like wood and marble, we’re seeing a rise in the classic herringbone, carrara marble and granite patterns, with designers combining the soft texture of carpets with hard materials, creating a juxtaposition of pattern,’ says Emma. ‘On wooden or tiled floor, a plush accent rug will add so much warmth and texture, while a daring design will offer interest,’ Kelly says. ‘Nature has always provided designers with incredible colour palettes, and is a source of great inspiration. In 2018, we will also see a rise in bringing the outside in; appearing on our carpets, through pattern, texture and colour, we will see unusual plant-like forms such as lichen, moss and bark taking the lead. The beauty of this trend is an extension of the natural and distressed look that is so in demand,’ says Emma. ‘Carpets have already seen a resurgence in popularity, and this will only increase in 2018. Expect to see more texture, as well as dynamic patterns and bold colours; instead of statement walls, we’ll see more statement floors,’ Kelly concludes.

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Monique Stamp, Riviere Rugs T: +44 (0) 203 601 4600 CAPTION: Bloom by Riviere Rugs, a hand-knotted rug woven using the finest Tibetan wool and Pure Chinese silk PHOTO: Chris Everard for Zoffany

BEAUTY IS IN THE CURVE There is something inherently glamorous and sexy about spaces with curves


magine standing in front of two sofas in a furniture shop and you’re torn. One has a curved shape, it’s a bit plumper and the armrests would wrap you in a warm hug. Whereas, the other sofa has clean lines and has strong angles but is no less comfortable. Which would you choose? It has been proven in multiple studies that the majority of the population thinks that furniture with an organic look and rounded forms is more relaxing than those with an angular design. A home is a place of peace and relaxation so what better way to achieve this than to bring back the 70s trend of curves. It is noticeable that home décor has taken a sharp turn from minimalist clean lines to maximalist. Rich paint colours, bold textured wallpapers and fabrics layered with metal and dark wood highlight curved shapes. Perhaps it’s down to a nostalgic yearning for a simpler time, or purely a reaction against a decade or so of Skandi grey walls and bleached wood that have dominated our homes and style pages. But curved furnishings have definitely stepped up to take their moment in the spotlight. This trend has made its way into the rug market too. Rugs are often rectangular in shape, so a curved rug is an instant talking point. Where design and furnishings have been kept

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to a minimum, a curved rug has even more opportunity to define the style of a space. They tend to soften the harsh and sharp lines that some spaces have. Partnered with small and functional furniture pieces, it can really make for a powerful and unique vignette. There is something inherently glamorous and sexy about these spaces. Soft and plush, curved furnishings aren’t just limited to the living room. A circular rug could be used in an entrance hall to gravitate the attention to the centre of the room. Headboards with circular edges create a more calming environment in the bedroom, perfect for that great night’s sleep. A semi-circular sofa wrapped around a bold circular rug in front of a fireplace emphasises the cosy atmosphere. The possibilities are endless. You can also play with colours and texture to create the look for you. Deeply layered, bold colours create a maximalist setting with refined extravagance which evokes a sense of drama and luxury. For those who want to go curvy this season, try bringing visual interest into your space with a curvilinear rug. After all, curves aren’t only en vogue on the runways - they’re also infiltrating the design-sphere, and rightly so!

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The words ‘classic’ and ‘traditional’ are common place in the design world today, but they have never been more meaningful than when used to describe the qualities of the new Hammered Copper Bateau from Hurlingham The Bath Company. The deep and elegantly shaped Bateau is set upon a skirted plinth and embellished with the time honoured hammered finish. T: +44 (0) 140 026 3310 |



Rose Gold is the new design classic for 2018 showing that metallic finishes are the next big thing. Warm finishes like rose gold, antique bronze and copper are set to rule the trends chart as a great way to give you and your home a sense of personal style - as well as move away form the standard finishes. T: +44 (0) 190 238 7000 |



Stone Age Calacatta Oro marble is inlaid with brass with a lacquered finish to create this bespoke guilloche patterned border for a master bathroom in London. Part of a residential project with Famella, the borders were formed using a precision water-jet saw and then filled with brass. Stone and brass prove to be natural partners that combine flawlessly to produce an impressive space. T: +44 (0) 207 384 9090 | 124 Bridge for Design Spring 2018





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To accompany its bespoke manufacturing services, Bard & Brazier’s towel rails offer a variety of ten stunning finishes. From the quintessential luxury of Antique Gold to the rustic look of Oil Rubbed Bronze, each finish captures a different feel entirely. Meticulously made to order and hand-finished, Bard & Brazier’s rails promise timeless beauty.

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The Solheim Deck Mounted Bath Shower Mixer Tap by Catchpole & Rye is available in polished solid brass, brushed nickel and chrome. Featuring a solid metal lever, this tap is easy to use and would add a bit of extra shine to any bathroom interior. T: +44 (0) 123 384 0840 |



The outstanding elegance of the Daphne collection of luxury bathroom furniture by Oasis draws inspiration from the Art Déco era. Available in four luxurious finishes and various sizes, the Daphne collection can be both suspended or stacked with feet that can be coordinated to match the handles. T: +39 (0) 434 654 752 | 126 Bridge for Design Spring 2018

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The latest breath-taking designs from Rocky Mountain Hardware include The Laguna sink (SK414) and Luna pendant (PE490), shown here with the Wall Mount faucet (WMF), Mini French levers (LW20) and straight spout (P502) all shown in silicon bronze, light patina. All available in the UK through Courtyard Architectural Hardware. T: +44 (0) 138 648 993 |



C.1 harmonises perfectly with all contemporary linear bathroom ranges by Duravit. Designed by Kurt Merki Jr., the iconic tap fittings with their perfectly proportioned look form a natural synthesis with washbasins and bathtubs perfectly complementing the room with an unpretentious simplicity. T: +44 (0) 190 828 6680 |



Perrin & Rowe’s Instant Hot range is now available with the added benefit of a side rinse. Offering up to 98ºC of steaming hot filtered water instantly, as well as hot and cold water, the new rinse provides even more versatility for the kitchen, featuring patented technology for fantastic performance and a helping hand when cleaning and filling large pots.

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A tub with Lefroy Brooks fittings in this master bathroom stands in front of a fireplace original to the property Designers - Hubert Zandberg, Anita Sarsidi Photograph - Simon Upton

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A bathroom is a place for relaxtion and escapism so it’s important for the décor to reflect this. So, sit back and soak up some design inspiration from our ‘Top beautiful bathrooms’ short list

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2. This guest bathroom features a central marble fountain with six separate wash areas and two ablution areas. The copper top of the fountain was inspired by Ottoman design and produced by Christopher Hall, who also designed the glass and copper chandelier. The walls and ceiling are painted in high gloss turquoise lacquer Designer - Christopher Hall Photograph - Mark Luscombe-Whyte 3. An impressive circular wooden bath tub dominates this theatrical bathroom with walls and ceiling hand-painted in a zebra stripe Photograph - Franรงois Goudier 4. A luxurious split level bathroom with steps leading up to a sunken bath. A washbasin is set in a marble topped wooden washstand with circular mirror above Designer - Candy & Candy Photograph - Andrew Twort

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In this bedroom, the bathroom is an integral part of the space separated only by linen curtains; above the bath, the series of framed photographic prints by Daniel Aron are entitled “Les Terraces de Tanger� Designers - Sarah Lavoine Photograph - Jean-Marc Palisse

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6. A white country bathroom with a beamed ceiling. A free-standing roll top bath with claw feet stands in front of a window. A wicker laundry basket is placed beside a washbasin with stainless steel stand Designer - Mark Williams, Nathalie Williams Photograph - Mark Williams 7. A moden white bathroom with a free-standing roll top bath placed in front of a large circular window Designer - Paul Archer Design Photograph - Alexander James 8. The walls of the elegant bathroom continue the faux bois paint effect of the master bedroom and the windows are decorated with floral curtains with a ruched pelmet Designer - Thomas Britt, Ann Getty Photograph - Simon Upton

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Vero Air. A new interpretation of timeless geometry. With the bathroom series Vero, Duravit laid the foundation for architectural bathroom design. Vero Air is the new interpretation of the classic Vero bathroom series. Developed and manufactured using the latest technology, Vero Air is more striking and retains the unmistakable character of the original Vero series. For more information, visit and




Dernier & Hamlyn’s artisan team handmade bespoke light fittings for Helen Green Design Studio’s project. Their stunning fittings show up throughout the Penthouse show apartment within The King’s Library, a skillful conversion of a Grade-II listed school in Chelsea into 18 individually crafted residences.



Antique gold and decorated resin characterise the collection of Moon lamps - simple and essential but at the same time, rich in atmosphere. Available in various sizes in pendant, wall and table versions, the lamps are enriched by bronzed mirror supports which add a decorative element to the furnishing. T: +39 (0) 434 654 752 |



Chandeliers by Windfall provide many customisable options from its flowers to its colours. The flowers are crafted from Swarovski crystal and the two golden Eden gold-plated branches offer height-adjustable suspensions. Different metal finishes include nickel, chrome, gold, copper or bronze-plated looks allowing designers a choice for classic, oriental and very modern interior settings.

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Illuminati are celebrated by Interior Designers, Architects, specifiers and retailers the world over. Our UK design team continues to work closely with our factories and designers developing collections of lighting that combines the finest materials with skill and superior craftsmanship. Being owned by our factory, we offer aspirational products to bring luxury and a bespoke aspect to lighting projects, adding style and elegance to the environments that they are specified within. Our capabilities push the boundaries of LED technology while relying on the nature of handmade skills. +44 (0) 124 535 5507

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Focus SB is proud to be involved in the complete refurbishment of another of London’s premier residential properties in Mayfair. Focus SB supplied an extensive selection of electrical accessories for the entire development. The range chosen by the architect and specifier was Ambassador Square finished in Satin Brass. Along with standard switches and sockets, Focus SB manufactured bespoke momentary switches, USB and data outlets, and bespoke combination plates. Continuity of finish throughout the ranges of plates ensured a cohesive and quality finish to every room in the building. T: +44 (0) 142 485 8060 |



The Fraga lamp by Heathfield & Co is an elegant and highly versatile onion ceramic form with wide and gentle fluted detailing. This table lamp is expertly hand finished with an Antique Ivory semi-matt glaze.

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A UK new build home reminded designer John Evans of similar homes in the US as it was gifted with high ceilings and large spaces. While they met a few construction hurdles along the way, the final result is a home that gives the client every facility they would ever want without needing to move PHOTOGRAPHS BILLY BOLTON

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PREVIOUS PAGE : The expansive entry hallway has a vintage white Fiat 500 as its focal point reflecting the clients’ love of cars, and the limestone flooring is by Artisans of Devizes THIS PAGE, CLOSEWISE FROM LEFT : The living area showcases a custom designed open fire and canopy manufactured by Bespoke Fireplace Design Ltd which is accentuated with cowhide upholstered stools. The entertainment/games room boasts a fully fitted and bespoke bar, with padded fascia and brass counter-top which is lined with a series of stools in front, and a bespoke pool table. A timber-framed garden gazebo complete with fully fitted breakfast bar, dining table and BBQ area comprising of external fridges, BBQ grill and side burner, granite counter-top and fully functional traditional wood-fired pizza oven

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TOP DOWN : The clients’ stunning dressing room consists of exposed timber rafts framing the room, a full height antique mirrored elevation with openings leading through to a series of open clothes storage compartments lit with concealed LED lighting, integrated window seating, shoe and bag storage elevation and ornate decorative chandeliers to complete the overall aesthetic. A seating area in the games room with aviation inspired chairs with pop rivet detailing on the outer frame, finished with a complementary opaque glass table

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he property was built on the site of a previous home in a period walled garden. And while permission had been granted to extend the footprint of the new home, there were height restrictions on the development. Designer John Evans was appointed early on in the process of the build, and was actually asked by the client to work alongside the builders. ‘As there was no architect involved at this point we took over an initial set of drawings, and produced and worked on the architectural layout and drawings of the interior to produce a solution that met the clients’ brief,’ says the designer. John says the brief developed, and altered, as the project progressed. ‘I always felt that the property had more of an American feel about it than European. The clients were very closely involved in the project, and as we got to know them and their ideas for what they liked and what they wanted to achieve within the spaces the brief really progressed.’ The main issue with the project was the speed with which it needed to be completed. ‘The builder was on site and progressing with rudimentary drawings, but he was obviously anxious to receive as much information as possible in the form of working drawings as soon as possible - this lead to some very late nights for our team,’ remembers John. The shape of the new build also threw up some problems. Due to its design, with pitched rooms on the first floor, it became impossible to tell what sort of angles and lines would appear when working from architect drawings alone. ‘The first thing we had to do was model the building three-dimensionally with computers, so we could plan the interior space without clashes with the structure,’ John says. All of the fitted furniture was designed by the team at John Evans Design especially for the project, right down to the staircases, kitchen units, laundry room, family room storage, chimney pieces - including the centrally located open fire - fitted cupboards, cabinets, wardrobes as well as some free standing units. ‘We handled the specification of all the curtains, poles and fitting together with the upholstery of some of the fitted furniture. Although the client was very involved in the project and had a strong vision of the way they wanted to furnish the house, we worked with them to achieve this,’ remembers John. A single-minded approach from the client, John believes, helped the project run smoothly. ‘They had a very clear vision of what they wanted to achieve with their new home, but they were very open to suggestions and it became very much a collaboration,’ he says. ‘We like to be fully involved with our projects and with this one especially we were designing things right down to the last detail, issuing over 250


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ABOVE: Snug room with an aged leather sofa, a dark timber coffee table and bespoke fitted cabinetry either side of the custom-made fireplace with mirrored panels

drawings, including working ones.’ The team were also on hand to advise the clients on exterior details and even specific elements of the garden layout. One unusual design quirk that might need explaining is the cool Italian car in the hallway. ‘The clients are very passionate about cars and have an extensive collection - and we all liked the idea of placing this lovely little Fiat 500 in the hallway as a talking point,’ John explains. He believes that as a fully

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working home, the house should reflect the family that lives in it - right down to the young children. ‘The items placed about the house are a reflection of the occupants, and always should be,’ he adds. One area however that doesn’t need such an explanation is the home’s ‘man cave,’ although John uses another term to describe the space designed expressly for relaxing in. ‘We prefer to refer to it as a games room! It was designed to be multi-

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ABOVE: The sun room features L-shaped sofas and a polished stainless steel coffee table, accompanied by zebra patterned accent cushions supplied by Eichholtz

functional, as our clients use it for entertaining, and to this end we designed a fully fitted bar that any small hotel would be proud of. It also doubles as a cinema room as the curtains to the stage area retract and a projector descends from the ceiling, with comfortable seating and all the facilities make for an ideal place to watch a film,’ John says. The room also has another way of being utilised, due to a strategically placed door. The raised area can be

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fully functioning as a stage for performances by the children, or for musical events. In conclusion, John explains that the client was very happy with the end result. ‘It’s given them every facility they would ever want without needing to move, and it’s been tailored to fit their vision,’ he says.


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FANTASY A Lebanese home already benefiting from grand architecture and an impressive of art has been taken into the realms of the super luxurious by the use of precious materials and textures, each combining to create a luxurious, modern space that touches on an oriental fantasy world WORDS KARINE MONIE PHOTOGRAPHS MARK LUSCOMBE-WHYTE


here’s a street in Beirut that warrants a visit. The Rue Sursock is historic, sure, but many streets in that region of the city are. This one though, named after an aristocratic family in the Achrafieh district, boasts mansions, palaces and other 19th Century luxury dwellings. It’s also where interior designer Ramy Boutros has created a unique pied-a-terre for a couple from Kuwait who wanted to experiment with a sense of exoticism through the use of regal interiors. Situated on the first floor of an ancient two-level Lebanese house, the apartment was created some years back when the home was first split into two. Ramy explains that the facades of the home were reworked at the same time as the layout for this project. The floor originally accommodated 650 square metres of bedrooms, and the designer added large windows to the main living space which afforded the home views over the nearby gardens of the Sursock Palace, which the designer describes as the city’s grandest house. Self-confessed art lovers with a keen interest in history, the owners of the home already boasted similar properties around the world, and each of them with unique locales. Undoubtedly part of the reason that the apartment on the Rue Sursock was initially so appealing to them was that it fitted so perfectly with their portfolio of properties. The pair wanted a home that was full of character, Ramy explains. Mainly developed in the 19th Century at a time of emerging discovery in both art and architecture, the Orientalist style of the home reflects perceptions of Asia as seen through European eyes. For Ramy, this meant that when it came to the redesign of the home today, many of the traditions of later years, and moving on into the 21st Century, needed to be adapted to remain in keeping with the style of the home.

The stained glass windows, decorative woodwork and the five-metre-high ceiling were just some of the characteristics the team wanted to highlight. The impressive 3.5-metre high doors that serve as the entrance to the apartment are really the key statement of the project, Ramy believes. They add to the history of the interior space as well somehow, as they beckon guests in. They make the space sing, inviting visitors to question the home’s back story, further enhancing its heritage. Ramy also aimed to further recreate the past in this timeless space – which was now bathed in natural light - by adorning it with rich textures and sumptuous materials, as well as using a palette of powdery colours. For the floors, each portion of paving was laid according to traditional techniques in order to give the appearance of age, and to act in keeping with the trusted and well tested methods of the past. There is opulence for certain, but it is one that is still practical - like the old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. It really comes down to a matter of respect. An abundance of wood in the design scheme also provides a warmth to each room, but the atmosphere retains an elegance because of the material as well. Ramy describes the overall feeling as one of ‘sensuality, fantasy and passion’. However, the home - like all good interior design projects - was a combination of Ramy and the owners’ tastes. A key element of the space is the lighting of artworks and precious objects from the owners’ collection, each executed in a discreet and natural way. Regardless of the time of day, in each and every nook and cubbyhole the sublime pieces the couple have collected throughout their lives stand out proudly. Ramy firmly believes that lighting contributes to almost 50% of the success of an interior, and in this home the team carefully considered how to position the doors and windows

PREVIOUS: In the living room, paintings by Jean-François Portaels, Charles-Théodore Frère, Emile Jean-Horace Vernet, Hans Zatzka and Otto Pilny occupy the walls ABOVE: The entrance is decorated with marble mosaic paving and patina-finished walls and a 19th Century chandelier by Ferdinand Barbedienne hangs from the ceiling OPPOSITE, CLOSEWISE FROM TOP LEFT: In the main living room, a 19th Century painting by Jean-François Portaels hangs above an Ottoman-style console which is flanked with marble and enamel vases by Eugène Cornu. In the bedroom, the impressive four-poster bed is the pièce de résistance. The wood walls in the dining room are the perfect backdrop for the collections of blue 18th Century antique Chinese vases and Japanese Imari plates. In the main sitting room, monumental doors and some Ottoman-style colonnades adorn the same room where 18th Century Ottoman panels are made of wood and inlaid with ivory and mother-of-pearl

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RIGHT: Sculpted coffered ceilings and wood walls in the dining room are the perfect backdrop for as the monumental French Chinoiserie style painting as well as the collections of 18th Century antique Chinese vases and Japanese Imari plates

just so, to make the most of the artful objects, and also employed the trick of double exposure to create the right balance between light and shade. The studio of the late Joe TohmÊ - who was based in Lebanon – created the dining room table and chairs, consoles, coffee tables, armchairs and daybeds, while Orient expert Gabriel El Daher sourced rare pieces to complement the decoration. Ramy was also on hand to scour the globe for suitable pairings with his clients, and they flew to Paris, London and New York to seek out more furniture and accessories.

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But what drove the designer, across the entire project, was essentially the story - of the clients, the building and the history of both. And through the careful use of personal artefacts, a touch of their personality, and the grandiose architecture already inherent in and around the Rue Sursock, a new story emerged - one of textures, materials, colour and history.


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BEACH Designer David Phoenix was called in to totally remodel a near 13,000 square foot home in Malibu with a mission of making it comfortable for a busy family PHOTOGRAPHS JEAN RANDAZZO

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he estate the home was located on certainly had prestige, having once been owned by a former mayor of Los Angeles. The Carbon Beach dwelling boasted eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, but it needed to accommodate a family with many children and allow them to enjoy the luxury of the surrounding area while ‘not being on top of one another,’ David remembers. The wife, who David worked with initially on the project, was a philanthropist, but also a collector who favoured early 20th Century art with an emphasis on a ‘California aesthetic’. The home the pair was working on was to be the family’s vacation getaway, and the clients were already fans of the area and wanted a new take on old Californian craftsman style. The client described this aesthetic to David as having ‘charming features and intimate proportions.’

PREVIOUS PAGE: The swimming pool outside the Malibu beach house is surrounded by Santa Barbara Stone flooring and is overlooked by deck chairs with cushions in Ralph Lauren Stripe Fabric. Sliding french doors lead into the home from the patio ABOVE: David Phoenix, a celebrated and influential Los Angeles interior designer RIGHT: In the sitting area in the living room, elegant upholstered furniture pieces by Georgeo Smith are accompanied by two armchairs upholstered in Bennison fabric

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RIGHT: The Great room has a stunning view over the Pacific Ocean and is home to a combination of antiques and George Smith upholstery, a sofa in Kravet fabric, Paul Ferrante custom chandeliers and Stark carpet

A further key guiding principal for the project was for it to be a place of peace and relaxation, but also one of family fun, as befits holiday home. Inspiration also came from the home’s close proximity to the ocean, and the client wished to reflect this too. To achieve this goal, neutral and blue tones and hues were used inside, along with seashells and sailing decor pieces. David believes that in doing this, the concept was to bring the outdoors in, while still nodding to the east coast craft style the clients so loved. The footprint of the home today came about by the owner gradually acquiring other parts of the estate. They originally owned just a single beach

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house on the same land, but over a number of years they combined this with two other properties that later became available. In total, when combined, the buildings totalled almost three-quarters of an acre, not forgetting the hundreds of feet of beach frontage panning out on to Carbon Beach itself. However, as David remembers, this all became history when the decision was made to tear everything down and start from scratch for the new project. ‘At first we debated whether to simply remodel, but eventually it was decided to tear everything down and do a ‘ground up’ project,’ he remembers. Perhaps understandably, such a decision lead to an inevitably large amount of planning and approvals

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from the Coastal Commission. David looks back on this as a ‘long and challenging endeavour.’ Nevertheless, all of these logistical challenges were eventually overcome, with the resulting home more than compensating for them. The resulting mansion now includes nine fireplaces, many lavishly sized main rooms - including a leviathan double-height living room with a disappearing wall of glass - a sport court, and to cap it all, an ocean side swimming pool and spa that is protected by a frameless glass wind screen. There are also a couple of balconies and terraces located off guest suites and a deep and a wide terrace on the second floor that is accessible through the master suite, or by the stone staircase that leads up from a terrace below.

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Inside the mansion, the furniture had an equal level of attention paid to it. ‘Each furniture piece was custom made to be easy, casual and elegant,’ explains David. The clients’ extremely varied lifestyle also helped in setting the tone for the decorations and pieces in the new home. ‘The owner entertained formally a lot, so it was important to have nice pieces, but because it was also a place for kids and dogs, with sand and water from the beach, everything in the home - from furniture to carpeting and flooring needed to be forgiving and functional,” he adds. David says his favourite part of the home is the kitchen. ‘I love the kitchen, and also the family breakfast room area. It’s a great huge space with an ocean view that opens up to outside,’ he says. Once

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again, the lifestyle of the clients heavily determined the room’s design. ‘It’s the perfect space to entertain easily, with plenty of room for cooking and preparing meals. The kitchen, especially while on a family vacation, tends to be the family gathering place and everyone just hangs out there to have a good time, and you can come in and out from the beach to refresh yourself,’ he adds. But perhaps the main proof that the new home has

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LIVING Once considered the go-to dwelling for artists and musicians, New York loft spaces can work for families too, as one London couple found out WORDS KATHLEEN HACKETT PHOTOGRAPHS WILLIAM WALDRON

PREVIOUS: In the living room area the mirror, light fixtures, settee, and nesting tables are all by Ochre, the home furnishing shop the couple owns. Andrew Corrie and Harriet Maxwell Macdonald sitting in the living room of their Manhattan loft RIGHT: The library features a wall papered in a print by Neisha Crosland and a photograph by Ellen Kooi is displayed in front of modular metal book shelves


t wasn’t initially supposed to be such a perfect fit. Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie purchased a 3,000 square-foot loft in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood back in 2007, with an initial view to doing it up and selling it on. With the apartment’s length stretching an entire block, Harriet initially thought it was too large for comfy living. Moving over from London via the West Village, and now with three small children in tow, the couple soon became enamoured with open plan living’s charms. In fact, it transpired that there was more room to run and play in the apartment than in most of New York’s parks. What’s more, the building is just five minute’s walk

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to Ochre, the interior design company the couple brought to America from the UK in 2005. The threeblock commute means that, when necessity demands and if they need to rush home, it’s easy. Rather than redesign everything, the pair say they were keen to keep the character of the original space, wonky angles and all. They did, however, reverse the layout, gutting the internal walls and reconfiguring them for living and sleeping areas. The previous owner, a potter, had her former studio in the front of the building, which is now the family’s living area. Now at the back, you find the couple’s master bedroom, bath and dressing room, as well as a children’s bedroom suite.

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After battling with restoring the original wooden floor, the couple brought in pine boards, in a bid to keep uniformity throughout. They then made this look vintage with a wash they concocted themselves from water thinned Farrow & Ball Hardwick White. Moving upwards, the smooth palette of colour is continued effortlessly. The colour scheme was key, the pair say, focused on greys and browns to keep it ‘warm and approachable’. The decision to mix new and vintage furniture also aided this quest. In the living area, metal-framed cocktail and nesting tables sit beside a tufted sofa rescued from

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a grandmother’s barn in Scotland. Elsewhere, a slope-armed settee and chair lounge beneath an outside tiered wheel of gleaming glass drops, a fixture Macdonald co-designed with her Ochre partners. Also produced specifically for the space was a metal bookcase that spans one wall of the library, while a pair of 1830s’ gesso mirrors and a French elm table of the same era lie by a nearby wall. Despite the challenges of city living, the couple’s initial desire to live in a more traditional family home has passed. Lofts can be the perfect family space, despite popular perceptions.



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OF TIME It’s not often you hear a client say they actually enjoyed the upheaval of having their home redesigned. But for a family that employed designer Maurizio Pellizzoni to work on their Belgravia townhouse, that’s exactly what happened PHOTOGRAPHS GIANNI FRANCHELLUCCI

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PREVIOUS PAGE: In the drawing room, a very soft colour palette was used to complement the orange artwork by Roberto Azank . Maurizio Pellizzoni, lead designer THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The rug in the drawing room is from the Belgravia collection from Colbourns that Maurizio designed where the inspiration was taken from the streets of Belgravia. The family room features the large luxurious Terzani chandelier made from interlacing metal chains and is the wow piece in this room. The master bedroom is full of texture and details, from the custom made chest of drawers and the console table, to the artwork chosen for this room

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hat’s not to say there wasn’t pressure - the clock was ticking to get the work done before the birth of the couple’s third child. ‘We were going through a very busy time in our lives,’ says the client. ‘Maurizio and his team quickly understood that we were stretched and shielded us from all the admin happening in the background so we only had to focus on big decisions.’ The entire project took just six months, with any new items of furniture delivered in a narrow two-week window. Maurizio also knew that he was working on their ‘forever home’, and early 19th Century five-storey terrace that they wanted to combine period charm and contemporary living by blending art, design and family heirlooms. Also of note was the fact it’s a corner house where light enters on three sides, which eliminated the dark zones typical of these properties. There was no structural work to be done on the property, but there was a fair amount of art and furniture from previous homes for Maurizio and his team to work into the new one, which he admits was challenging. The function of many rooms in the home also shifted. Part of the design brief was for three different lounge areas, with differing levels of formality. ‘One of the first things we did was to take pictures of all the artworks and existing furniture that was to be re-used. The artwork was the most important aspect as we had to make sure the new fabrics used for upholstery and curtains worked in the room where the art was going to be hung,’ explains Maurizio. ‘We had weekly meetings presenting ideas and textures, but also took the client to all of the different suppliers to view some of the furniture,’ he adds. In the kitchen, the family wanted to keep the cabinets and appliances, but update everything else to make it more modern. To achieve this, Maurizio chose to change the worktop from wood to stone with a glass splashback, as well as using an oval dining table with slim lines to make sure it didn’t look too

big in the space. ‘It was important to use suitable materials for the metal door and wooden details, and we also carefully selected the fabric used for the two roman blinds to make sure it was part of the same colour scheme,’ says Maurizio. The living room was originally used as a dining area, connected by a double door, and it was this lounge that the family requested be used as an everyday space. It needed to be easy and comfortable, and Maurizio used modern elements such as the Terzani chandelier to match the modern style of the nearby kitchen, but also contemporary textiles for the upholstery and the curtains. The fireplace was an original feature, and was left to complement brickwork elsewhere. In the master bedroom the brief was to re-use the client’s existing bed and bedside tables, allowing Maurizio to choose all of the remaining furniture, the textiles and wallpaper. ‘To be able to create something fun and unique we custom made the drawers and console table using different textures from antique glass, leather and lacquer finishing,’ he explains. ‘We used the fireplace as a reference point, planning the layout around it, with the existing en suite connected via a walk-in wardrobe.’ A further bedroom was funkier still. Maurizio used the initials of the child whose room it would be as bedside lamps, hung either side of the bed and custom made for this project. The team also used his favourite colours - blue and red when choosing furniture and accents. They were even asked to dedicate a space for a drumkit. Such a quirky list of requests, alongside the strict timeline, might have lead to disagreements, but quite the opposite. ‘Not only did we like Maurizio’s ideas and style, but we also thought he was very professional in the way he executed the project,’ the client remembers. ‘He accompanied us all the way, from discussing the use of each room, to choosing furniture, incorporating our existing furniture, deciding on colour schemes and fabrics, up to the

ABOVE: The front of the five-storey, terraced, early 19th Century townhouse located in Belgravia, just off Eaton Square in busy London which homes a family of five

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The wooden staircase features a cast iron handrail and connects the five floors of the house, but also the cinema room, which is on a different level between the drawing room and the master bedroom. The chest of drawers in the master bedroom was custom made for this project. Existing cabinetry was kept in the Kitchen but worktops were updated to stone. In the entrance hall, a console table helps achieve a welcoming feel to the home

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last details of lamps, bedding and display of decorative items. The team were very generous with their time and towards the end Maurizio spent hours helping us decide on which wall or shelf to place art. Impressively, he kept the same patience and motivation until the end, to deliver a fully completed project.’ Maurizio for his part thinks there are a few tips that helped the project run smoothly - in addition to his professionalism. ‘Make sure you create a detailed list of furniture, accessories and art to re-use in a new project. This will make the whole planning process easier,’ he advises.

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But he can’t deny the success of this project. ‘The main constraint was they needed the work done in record time. But the tight deadline had advantages it made us make quick, intuitive decisions. We chose to use many of the furnishings the couple already had, transforming familiar pieces by re-upholstering them. Miraculously, the project was completed on schedule and on budget, which launched a friendship between the clients and us.’


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ENGAGEMENT Interior designer Stephen Sills has a style which people love, but one client liked it so much she invited him to rework her Manhattan apartment, which he himself first created over 20 years prior WORDS KATHLEEN HACKETT PHOTOGRAPHS WILLIAM WALDRON


tephen has long been celebrated for his minimal and timeless work, at some of the most prestigious buildings in the world. But something about the challenge of reworking a creation of his own, of challenging preconceptions about what’s precious - one’s own work - appealed to him. “All rooms date, even if done in a classical way,” he says. “There really isn’t a space that couldn’t use a makeover every now and then.” Stephen’s portfolio includes the St. Regis hotels in New York and Washington D.C., as well as the Connaught in London. But 20 years is a long time, and especially in interior design, with styles coming and going and with what was once fashionable becoming passé practically overnight. But that’s how long it had been since Stephen first worked on the Manhattan penthouse of long-time clients (and close friends) Barbara Cirkva and John Schumacher. On his first visit in the early 1990s, the designer had been met with a series of large rooms with high ceilings, and no architectural detailing or embellishments. Stephen proceeded to add multiple Corinthian columns, a porthole window in the foyer and muscular molding throughout, turning the space into an extraordinary neoclassical palazzo. Barbara and John were, by their own admission, Italy obsessives, and had wanted their Upper East Side home to take them back there every day (they even married in Rome, with Stephen as a witness). Both too were well aware of in the shifting of tastes. Barbara presides over Chanel’s fashion, fine jewellery, and watch collections in the US, while John is a former fashion executive who now runs Fleur, their garden antiques shop in Mount Kisco, New York. Through her role, Barbara oversees six ready-towear lines and two couture collections each year, and thinks the beauty and simplicity of the Chanel label is key to the fashion house’s appeal in such a trend-driven business. She believes these very same principles apply to interiors as well as fashion. What

eventually turned out to be a major redecoration of every room began as a simple refreshing of the style and colour palette. For example, the once jade green walls, plum carpet and green tables had over time become too dark and feminine for Barbarta’s tastes. As a reaction to this, Stephen came up with a softer palette and a well-honed collection of antiques that he combined with a Robert Kelly stripe painting that harmonises with the model of a garden sphinx that sits before it, mixing up the centuries before the viewer’s eyes in an effortless fashion. This sense of ease moves through into the living room as well. Here Stephen toned down the parchment and goldenrod walls that were originally there from his work 20 years ago, and traded out the heavy gold silk-taffeta curtains for the same design, just in a lighter linen. He painted the fireplace and terra-cotta mirrors above in a style that would to mimic stone, and an 18th Century cabinet and a collection of 19th century studio drawings were placed with a pair of graphic vintage French floor lamps. These now sit where a pair of pink porcelain Napoleon III ones once resided. But that’s not to suggest that everything about this revamp-style project was plain sailing. Barbara, in fact, thought at first she could live with the dining room as it was from 20 years prior, thinking it fitted well with the updated home. But after a year of trialling it, living with the contrast, she admitted it simply didn’t work, and so looked for a change of some sort. The answer was to take down the Empire bronze chandelier and the early 19th Century table out from beneath it, to be replaced by a bronze pendant which would eventually hang above a more minimalist table designed by Stephen himself. Even this minimalism was countered buy the designer, as he went on to forego any further simplification by placing a pair of Puglian urns beneath twin gilded sconces, giving the room his trademark dose of grandiosity. The friendship

PREVIOUS: The living room is appointed with antique and 20th Century vintage furniture, with two 18th Century upholstered armchairs, floor lamps and a cocktail table from the 1940s and 1960s nesting tables. Barbara Cirkva with her standard poodle, Mink, in her Manhattan apartment, which was designed by Stephen Stills OPPOSITE: A view through Grecian columns into the exquisite dining room. At the end of the room, there are two stunning 4th Century, Puglian urns which stand on either side of the window. A ram sculpture by Francois-Xavier Lelanne is lit by a circular window below a gilt sconce which stands at the end of a corridor

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ABOVE: João Botelho leans against the island in the chic modern kitchen. RIGHT: The symmetrical bedroom revolves around the four poster bed and glitzy chandelier

ABOVE: In the master bedroom, the bed hangings, bench and headboard are all upholstered in matching C&C Milano linen overlooked by a limestone sphinx

between client and designer obviously helped when it came to decisions such as this, when other, less friendly partnerships might have split hairs or demanded their own way. Barbara, John and Stephen have attained something of a design shorthand between themselves over the years, and respect each other too much to quarrel. Barbara says that as time has gone by, Stephen has been able to observe the way the couple interact, and has learnt about the way they like to live, and how it should be styled. There is a similar interplay between Stephen’s understanding of the art world and the way it translates into his design work. Modern art informs

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his design vocabulary - the tools of his trade. ‘I always analyse modern art,” he admits. “I’m looking to decipher who are the greats and who are simply fashionable. Are works by Christopher Wool or Richard Prince simply beautiful to look at or are they transcendent?” For her part, Barbara is thrilled with the aesthetic Stephen has brought to her home - again. She says that she’s surprised and delighted every time she walks into her home. And there’s nothing quite like that, especially second time around.


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