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18  CERAMIC ART LONDON Creative clay pieces

21 IN THE NEWS

Reporting from the industry

22 CLERKENWELL DESIGN Previewing a week of events

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25 UNITED KINSKA

Instagram’s ceramic sensation

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A riotous new collection for Habitat

41 DESIGN LEGACY

KITCHEN SUPPERS

Inspiring spaces for cooking and living

Discussing chairs at home with show founder Lucy Ryder Richardson

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Cole & Son's exotic new wallpapers, inspired by African ceramics

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s it too early to celebrate? HOME is now three issues old and we're feeling quite pleased with ourselves. In fact we've got a literal spring in our step thanks to the change of season and the new colour palettes that come with it. Everyone is talking about green, the official colour of 2017, as it marks the return of plants into our homes – along with matching sofas, curtains and even walls – but here at HOME we're quite sold on acquamarine, as seen at the David Hockney exhibition that everyone's talking about. What could be dreamier than the colour of a swimming pool in Malibu? Bright shades are appearing everywhere, and they're a welcome relief from all the ubiquitous monotone homes and the endless tasteful greys that we're now so used to. Someone who's not afraid of colour is Henry Holland, interviewed in this issue, whose new range of textiles for the home are bright, busy and clashing. His style is brasher, but otherwise possibly in the same artistic vein as Charleston, the country house decorated by the Bloomsbury Group as a constantly evolving work of art. Also confidently moving towards a world of pattern and colour is Cole & Son, whose new Ardmore collection features wallpapers that are so exotic and so full of energy that you could never tire of them. Read all about these and lots of other things in this third issue of HOME, and we'll see you again in the summer.

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5Tom Dixon's copper finishes, particularly this bell lamp. p.30 6Cole & Son's beautiful new wallpapers. p.48 7This replica Eames elephant stool. Okay, it's a replica, but your toddler won't mind. p.112 HOME  SPRING 2017

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Visit the hottest event on the design calendar for a celebration of London’s Design district. Discover top international design talent in a unique mix of showroom activity, exhibitions and installations hosted across Clerkenwell’s distinctive spaces.

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Wedgwood, the iconic British luxury brand, partners with Lee Broom to create a capsule collection of limited-edition vases and bowls, launching exclusively at Harrods this April.

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DESIGN Art fairs & festivals for your calendar ANTIQUES & TEXTILES FAIR BATTERSEA EVOLUTION 4-9 April The spring edition of the Decorative Fair offers an unparalleled collection of antiques and 20th century design from over 150 exhibitors. It's an annual destination event for buyers, stylers and designers. Battersea Park, SW11; decorativefair.com

DO HO SUH: PASSAGE/S V I CT ORIA MIRO Until 18 March Many of us know what it is like to have had more than one home. To have started over somewhere new. In his latest exhibition, South Korean artist Do Ho Suh presents a topical exploration of migration and the meaning of home with vibrant perspex structures. 16 Wharf Road, N1; victoria-miro.com

Rebecca Louise Law

THE IRIS N OW GALLE RY From 2 March

10,000 fresh irises float from the ceiling of the Now Gallery in an exquisite demonstration of Rebecca Louise Law’s ability to preserve, treasure and celebrate the natural beauty of the earth. Known for her use of organic material in a sculptural and painterly fashion, Law’s palette of vibrant blue, purple, yellow and white irises draws nature into the gallery and will change the way one sees and perceives a space. The Gateway Pavilions, SE10; nowgallery.co.uk

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10. GRAND DESIGNS LIVE E XCEL LOND ON 29 April - 7 May From kitchens to bathrooms, and technology to interiors; discover the latest innovations, explore this year’s trends and preview unseen products at this unique event hosted by Kevin McCloud. Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, E16; granddesignslive.com

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DESIGN UNDEFINED#3 U N DE F I N E D CR E ATI V E 23-25 May For a show that only made its debut last year, Design Undefined has achieved an impressive reputation. The inaugural exhibition for Clerkenwell Design Week was a tremendous success and now the discipline-jumping event is back. The two-tier design store, fashion boutique, Wine Library, restaurant, bar and spa will bring together some of the most exciting creative talents from the worlds of design, tech, graphic arts, and more. 155 Farringdon Road, EC1; clerkenwell-london.com

London Craft Week

MIDCENTURY MODERN D ULW I C H C OLLE G E 19 March A dangerously tempting selection of vintage furniture, lighting and accessories from the best dealers in the business. It’s like visiting a design museum, except you can take pieces home. With collections spanning the globe, from Scandinavian Modernism to French and German Industrial, and with wide ranging prices, we defy anyone to leave empty handed. Dulwich Common, SE21; modernshows.com

VARIOU S LO CAT IONS 3-7 May This annual event returns with a showcase of the very best international and British creativity and craftsmanship. This third edition takes guests on journey-ofdiscovery with a theme ‘beyondluxury.’ The curated programme brings together over 200 events from all corners of the globe fusing making, design, fashion, art, luxury, food, culture and shopping. londoncraftweek.com

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MIYU KURIHARA CERAMICS

miyukurihara.com Miyu Kurihara’s work is beautifully hand-painted on porcelain. Her pieces are inspired by traditional blue and white Japanese pattern and each creation is completely unique.

VICTORIA CLAIRE DAWES

victoriaclairedawes.com Using terracotta and slip, Victoria makes tableware inspired by memories of her home. She draws inspiration from a romanticised nostalgia for people, places and traditions.

PRILLY LEWIS

prillylewis.com Prilly is focused on creating blankets, cushions and fashion accessories that explore the beauty of pattern, colour and texture. Each piece is handcrafted with exquisite attention to detail.

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ASHRAF HANNA Black and Grey Vessels, Terra sigillata slips

The return of Ceramic Art London, a showcase from the world’s most talented ceramicists Words H e l e n B r ow n

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ith primetime TV exposure, packed courses and record sales, it seems we are a nation going potty for ceramics. As one of the most ancient industries on the planet, ceramic artistry boasts an impressive history. There’s an inherent magic in the craftsmanship that has always appealed so it’s no wonder that the potter’s star is rising. From the urns of antiquity to the cereal bowls of today, the technology and techniques have undoubtedly changed but the basics remain. Ceramic Art London is the leading showcase for contemporary ceramic art and one of the most dynamic displays of the industry’s finest from across the globe. This year’s instalment returns to it’s home at Central Saint Martins in King’s Cross from 31 March to 2 April. The fair, now in its 13th year, will display over 90 artists and a varied selection of exciting and ambitious work. For the artists, Ceramic Art London offers a unique platform to showcase and sell their work. For gallery owners and collectors, it’s a chance to snap up new talent and for the public it presents a compelling snapshot of the global con-

temporary ceramics market and a chance to purchase exclusive, handmade pieces directly from the makers.   Situated in the heart of the thriving King’s Cross Knowledge Quarter, Ceramic Art London is conveniently located for creators, collectors and the curious. Visitors will enjoy meandering through the vivid displays in the beautiful Grade II listed Victorian Granary Building. The venue last year underwent a £200m renovation from Stirling Prizewinning architects Stanton Williams, and offers natural light radiating from a glass ceiling three stories high. An idyllic, historic setting that is just as astounding as the art housed within. The show brings a plethora of dynamic, up-and-coming artists hailing from the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, South Korea and Japan. Items on sale range from contemporary twists on functional every-day homewares

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SEVAK ZARGARIAN Unearthed Interiors Collection with flowers

SOPHIE SOUTHGATE Spectrum Series

CHARLOTTE MARY PACK Indian Pangolin

MIDORI TAKAKI The land of Archaeopteryx

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to sublime sculptural pieces and experimental work that pushes the boundaries of this ancient craft. Exhibited works will encompass the full range of ceramic-making techniques and with prices ranging from £25 to £8,000, the event caters to all budgets and interests. Ceramics have echoed the natural world for millennia and so it’s fitting that this should be a recurring motif in the showcase this year. Pieces to look out for include Nichola Theakston’s haunting primate sculptures and Charlotte Pack’s detailed models of endangered species, teetering on the lids of slip-cast vessels. The event will additionally host an exceptional display of work by current Central Saint Martins ceramics students, offering an additional platform for emerging talent. The relationship between the school and Ceramic Art London is bolstered further with a lively programme of events including CLAYTALKS@CAL, a series of free talks and workshops providing insights into the pervasive world of pots.

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Graham and Green — Graham and Green's

new spring catalogue is full of beautiful things, laced with references to the natural world. There are plants, vases and planters, as well as artificial plants and lots of prints and pictures featuring animals, plants and wildlife.

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Maison Ves — These new candles in weighty

marble jars come with inspiring social media-style hashtag aphorisms –and they smell amazing too. £55,

First Stop Home Technology — Blend your TV into the design

of your home. Choose from a wide selection of frames and bespoke finishes to match your room (they'll even finish to your favourite Farrow and Ball colour) .

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MAPPED OUT Future Maps — Hanging maps on walls is

an enduring tradition, but the new world maps from Future Mapping Co raise the bar with their beautiful glossy finish, vivid colours and contemporary feel. We like the green Future Map with its correct proportions, as well as the new Berlin city map and this colourful UK rendering.

Live smart

DSE Group — Our homes are smarter than ever and DSE Group is dedicated to providing interior design solutions that integrate everything seamlessly. Sound systems, lighting and more can all be controlled easily and intelligently. dsegroup.co.uk

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ast year the UK’s leading design festival saw over 34,000 visitors attend events in London’s creative hub, Clerkenwell. This year’s three-day design bonanza will see hundreds of leading brands and companies showcasing their products in a celebration bursting at the seams with exhibitions, workshops, live talks and installations. Over 90 companies will be hosting a range of these events in their showrooms including Arper with a bloggers lounge offering free Wi-Fi and refreshments, and an immersive mirror installation at Jordan Söderberg Mills. Desso has a packed programme with workshops and activities underpinning the theme ‘Personalisation, Individuality and Uniqueness’. Expect origami and printing workshops with events like Drawing at Work by Trevor Flynn and The Floor is Yours open mic jam. A number of exhibitions showcasing the best of British design from top non-resident companies will be hosted across seven spaces, from Platform at The House of Detention in the infamous subterranean remand prison, to Additions at St John’s Square with everything from VOID watches to luxury flooring by Moduleo.

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“Clerkenwell will be bursting at its seams with exhibitions, workshops, live talks and installations” Even Fabric nightclub is getting involved as Icon House of Culture hosts exhibits from a number of top international design brands like Haberdashery and Channels in the iconic vaulted basement. The festival’s first ever light show will take place here, too. As well as exhibitions taking place at other outlets Design Fields, Project, British Collection, Detail, not to be missed is the topic-led talking programme ‘Conversations at Clerkenwell’, a festival hotspot in its own right with music, street food and commissioned installations. And it’s not just for furniture and interiors showrooms. Clerkenwell is home to a variety of other creative practices

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including architects, branding agencies and craft studios. A selection of these local practices will throw open their doors to the festival’s visitors and host their own events, as well as 25 local restaurants and bars who will be creating special menus and offers for visitors. Even on the streets, passers by will be able to enjoy design projects and spectacles. Working with key pioneers in the creative industry, these projects aim to challenge perceptions and activate the local areas whilst pushing the boundaries of design concepts, process and material capabilities. Previously participants have included Studio Weave, Sebastian Cox and Gruppe.

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Clay Play Ceramics are huge on Instagram and Argentinian artists Kinska has built a huge following digitally. Her quirky pieces go on show in real life this month Words E V E H E R B E R T

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rgentina-born, Londonbased and completely self-taught, Kinska has built a devoted following on Instagram for her playful and imaginative ceramics. Her work is rooted in the traditions of animism, and characterised by the deceptive simplicity of shape, pattern and colour. She uses clay as a canvas, infusing every piece with her feelings and distinctive style. Kinska’s work comprises everything from intricately illustrated vases and sculptures to flying balloons and finely crafted one-off cups. This new body of work opens the door to the imaginary, soulful world that exists in Kinska’s mind. “This exhibition is an opportunity for you to look into and enter my realm,” says Kinska. “It’s inspired by the joys and challenges of my life, and it’s a personal insight into my emotions and feelings. I use clay as my medium as it allows me to inject vitality into my characters.” Kinska initially develops her characters through sketching, before translating the work from two to three dimensions.

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“Kinska infuses every piece with her feelings and distinctive style”

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Sweet Dreams Introducing PowerView® Motorisation from Luxaflex® A remarkable new system that moves your shades throughout the day, so you don’t have to. Create personalised settings with your smart phone or tablet, or use our uniquely designed Pebble® remote control to activate your favourite pre-set program. Beautifully stylish, brilliantly innovative - smart shades that simplify your life. See PowerView® in motion at luxaflex.co.uk

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Stone free Salvatori is dedicated to working with beautiful stone in creative and unusual ways. Here this smooth bathroom has warmth and texture as well as a minimalist feel. salvatori.it

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residence at the luxury five-star apartment hotel, Cheval Three Keys, which overlooks the Thames and the Shard. She's taken an eclectic approach, all exotic animals and global incluences.

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F U N K Y FO LK Jaime Hayon — Folkifunki is a new collection by Jaime Hayon for Portuguese porcelain company Vista Alegre. Hayon explores the boundaries between Portuguese folk culture and his own imaginative world, to create this collection of tableware. hayonstudio.com

TILE EFFECT Beija Flor World — Easier than tiling but just as stylish are Israeli outfit Beija Flor's decorative vinyl floor mats. They come in all shapes and sizes for an instant floor update. beijaflorworld.com

Island Life DeVol Kitchens — A new showroom for DeVol Kitchens offers a beautiful space to admire the ranges of classic English kitchen furniture and Shaker kitchens. Drop in and have a look or book ahead for a thorough design appointment. 36 St John's Square, EC1; devolkitchens.co.uk

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COPPER CRUSH

DANISH DESIGN

Fiona McDonald has been sourcing antiques for over 20 years and has an established reputation for elegant and distinctive mid-century design. We're coveting this 1960s Danish Copper Light fitting by Jo Hammerborg for Fog and Mourn, £850; fionamcdonald.com

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This metal cage-style table avoids looking cold with its appealing ly curved shape. Carter coffee table, £399; atkinandthyme.co.uk

ABSTRACT ART

This unusual vintage piece has aged beautifully, gaining an intriguing patinal 1980s Russian Copper wall Sculpture, £720; fionamcdonald.com

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Tom Dixon has become known for his copper pieces; the shine on this perfectly formed lamp is beautiful. Bell table light, £420; tomdixon.net

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A copper worktop is the ultimate in culinary style. Especially if you polish it regularly. Sebastian Cox kitchen, £POA; devolkitchens.co.uk

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LIGHT UP

Pairing matte, heavy concrete with shiny, delicate copper makes for a contemporary look and this impressive light avoids feeling too brutalist thanks to its brilliant shine. Gant concrete pendant light with copper; £699; limelace.co.uk

Copper bathtubs are not only super stylish but they retain heat well, making them a practical as well as beautiful choice. Copper bateau bath, £4,500; catchpoleandrye.com

POTS & PANS

Copper pans are the ultimate kitchen accessory and this range at John Lewis is durable, practical and brilliantly shiny. Copper cookware, from £60; johnlewis.com

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Display fruit, vegetables or anything else that you might need to have easily to hand in this shiny hanging basket. Copper hanging basket set, £40 tch.net

The MEM tap does not have an extrovert design, instead, the fitting becomes the interface between the architecture and the user. Finished in Cyprum, a highly reflective finish produced on the basis of 18-karat fine gold with genuine copper, £POA; westonebathrooms.com

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PAPER PL AY Two new books focus on graphic design and its lasting impact

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GRAPHIC: 500 DESIGNS THAT MATTER PHAIDON, £16.95 This dinky but comprehensive volume celebrates the long, rich history of graphic design through an international range of successful and timeless designs, from the beginnings of mechanical production to the present. Derived from the acclaimed Phaidon Archives of Graphic Design, the book features a definitive selection of newspapers, magazines, posters, advertisements, typefaces, corporate designs and record covers, as well as rare historical, contextual and archival materials, which have set benchmarks for excellence and innovation. It's a stylish and inspiring book, spanning familiar designs alongside some surprising and obscure inclusions, and of interest to anyone with a feel for design in any capacity.

“Newspapers, magazines, posters, typefaces, advertisements and record covers”

ALAN KITCHING A LIFE IN LETTERPRESS LAURENCE KING, £40 This beautiful and richly illustrated book is dedicated to the work of renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practioner Alan Kitching. It traces his 50 year career, covering his years teaching letterpress at the Royal College of Art as well as his founding work with the Experimental Printing Workshop at Watford College of Technology in the 1960s and his iconic creations at The Typography Workshop. This expansive volume includes over 350 illustrations and shows how Kitching breathed new life into the arcane world of letterpress at a time when the rest of the design world was shifting into digital. It is an amazing body of work and the book is a fascinating insight into design and the art and methodology of letterpress.

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HOORAY FOR HENRY Fashion designer Henry Holland’s new collection for Habitat is an anti-minimalist riot of colour, pattern and texture. HOME quizzes him about it Words P E N D L E H A R T E Photography DAVID TITLOW For HABITAT

HOME: This is your second collection for

Habitat. How does it differ from the first one? HENRY HOLLAND: The first collection went really well for us. It was so exciting to see our aesthetic and our prints translated into pieces for the home. So with the second collection we wanted to continue lines that really worked for us, such as the rugs and soft furnishings. Then we added bedding, to make it more boudoirish for the bedroom. HOME: Is there a theme for it? HH: Our prints for the SS17 fashion were

inspired by Romany travellers with a mixture of florals and ginghams with lots of frills and flounce. We looked at Josef Koudelka’s photography of traveller communities from the Eastern Bloc. I love the brazen mix of bold pattern used to express personality through their clothing and how a clash of materials and colour makes a bold personal statement. I wanted to capture this idea for the home. There are lots of different textures and patchworking, so we brought that to the interiors range. We’ve also fitted out a room at the Hoxton Hotel with the collection, so people can stay in it and try before they buy.

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“Maximalism is, obviously, one of my favourite trends ” HOME: What are your favourite pieces? HH: The wool rug is my favourite. It’s

hand-woven in India and the pile is cut at different heights to create a 3D effect, which is really clever. It’s been really exciting for me getting to work in different techniques. Floral embroidery is used on punchy gingham cushions - a hand-knit ‘net’ throw in lime overlays the pattern of our digitally printed Boho bedding in a homage to Noa Eshkol. The hand-carved Folklore rug – which takes five days to make - has 3D florals leaping out from the floor. We’ve also introduced our first ‘slogan’ cushion in a nod to House of Holland’s 10th birthday and completed the collection with the retro Misty armchair reimagined in a hot pink velvet with blue trim. HOME: Why Habitat? HH: I love Habitat. I think when you start

going to Habitat – and stop going to Ikea – you really start to feel like a grown up.

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expresses escapism and shows a reaction against people feeling fed up of not being listened to. It’s also part of the British tradition of over-the-top eccentricity. I’d love to do our Rave Nana collection from 2013 as an interiors collection, with lots of acid lap blankets and throws. HOME: What do you do to relax? HH: Sleep! And exercise. HOME: Where do you like to shop, eat

and drink? HH: I don’t really do shopping. Working in

this industry does skew your brain a bit in terms of fashion shopping. HOME: What’s next for House of Holland? HH: I’m going to do some sportswear in

collaboration with Umbro, and I’ve got a Woody Woodpecker project with Universal coming up. And I don’t know - maybe we’ll do children’s rooms, fun vintage ones. I hope we’ll be doing more for Habitat. There are lots of areas to explore. We could do wallpapers and upholstery fabrics and lots of prints. There is so much scope! habitat.co.uk/henry

HOME: Where do you live and what is your house like? HH: My home is in Victoria Park. The house is much less mental than you’d imagine. I’ve got white walls and sanded floors – all the colour and texture is in the artwork – apart from a multi-coloured marble parquet floor in the bathroom, inspired by Martin Creed’s pink parlour at Sketch and his amazing Scotsman Steps in Edinburgh. I love him. My mum is an antiques dealer and she has a chateau in France so she brings me back lots of 50s pieces from markets. I like vintage and modern pieces mixed together; I like putting things together that you wouldn’t usually. HOME: How does fashion translate

into interiors? HH: I think lots of trends extend into various

areas of life, reflecting social changes and the world around us. Maximalism is obviously one of my favourite trends, which I think

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ICONIC DESIGN Lucienne Day

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conicity is no mean feat when it comes to legacy, but it’s certainly something that Lucienne Day mastered. During the 1950s, the award-winning textile designer and her vibrant motifs defined her as one of the most influential, uplifting and pioneering designers of post-war Britain. Her legacy lives on in collections and galleries across Britain. Born in 1917, Lucienne discovered her love of textiles at the Croydon School of Art. She went on to study at the Royal College of Art where she met her husband Robin Day during her final year in 1940. Together they stormed the world of interiors, fastly becoming the golden couple of the 1950s.

the way for the rest of the decade. Her work expanded into curtains, ceramics and carpets and was featured - commissioned or reinvented - in high street stores such as John Lewis, of which she and her husband were joint consultants for 25 years. Day loved the idea that her prints could be in someone’s living room. During the 1970s, Day transitioned towards craft and set about designing and creating tapestries.She was awarded an OBE in 2004 and died in January 2010. Patterns were popular because of their colour, shape and modernist approach, sometimes described as quite radical. Her early work was born of a love for modern art, influenced by Joan Miró and Paul Klee. As time moved on, they took on a distinctive horticultural shape, reflecting Day’s love of nature and botanics and perpetually inspired by her fondness for gardening. “Designers should be aware of the world around them,” she would say. Sophisticated abstract forms, emboldened by colour, style and texture as seen with Calyx (1951) enabled her success in multiple awards including the International Design Award of the American Institute of Decorators in 1952. It was her iconic pattern, Calyx, that defined one of the pinnacle moments in her career when it was displayed at the Festival of Britain in 1951. A combination of colour and daring abstract pattern involving cupped flowers, the print was taken up by Heal’s and paved

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation have recently collaborated with The Whitworth, The University of Manchester and the GROW project. Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth will be exhibited at the Collection Centre, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester 14 April - 11 June 2017. To mark 100 years since Day’s birth, John Lewis have released an exclusive collection of elegant cushions and fabrics using six of the designer’s most renowned designs - including Calyx.

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The Midcentury Modern fairs began with Lucy Ryder Richardson’s love for her own house. HOME visits her Words P E N D L E H A R T E Photography L E A N N E D I XO N

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hen Lucy Ryder Richardson first opened the doors of her house to what turned out to be a large crown of design enthusiasts, they bought all of her furniture. Every last piece. “It ended up looking like a dance studio in here,” she says, gesturing around a house that’s now filled with furniture again. “Actually I quite fancy going back to that now.” That was 13 years ago, at the dawning of Midcentury Modern, a design fair that’s become well-established as a leading source of midcentury design as well as a springboard for new designers and new dealers. We are at Ryder Richardson’s house in Dulwich, the place where it all began. It was this 1960s house that provided the initial inspiration for her show and it’s an otherworldly spot, a single winding street of utopian houses almost hidden in the woods, built by the Dulwich Estate for the nuclear family. She and her then husband, an architect, moved here for the architecture, having sought out this light-filled, open layout as a contrast to the 1920s flat they were living in at the time. ‘I was working in fashion and was interested in modern interiors through that, but I developed a passion for these houses and it all came from there.’ Sitting in her kitchen, looking out onto woods and a cluster of square houses with large windows, all accessed from different levels, I don’t feel as though I’m in London at all, I comment. ‘Oh everyone says that,’ says Ryder Richardson. ‘People

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“Architects always want to make chairs because they're much quicker than buildings” usually say they feel like they’re on holiday. I’ve got Japanese cousins who say that it reminds them of Japan here, and other people say it feels Scandinavian. For me, there hasn’t been a single day that I haven’t been happy to be here.’ It was party the community feel of this secluded area that enabled Midcentury Modern, as Ryder Richardson soon became aware of a neighbour who was living in a house that was still decorated entirely as the original designers

had intended, having bought the showhome with all its contents in the 1960s and kept it all intact. Everything was from Heals; the teak furniture, the copper lamps, the cork walls. ‘I saw their house and thought we’d recreate the aesthetic and make our house look the way it should have looked, only we’d add some modern stuff as well.’ So together with her friend Petra Curtis, who lived nearby in another 1960s build, they introduced a mix of things that they liked – Form ceramics, Murano glass, outsized chopping boards, china by Eley Kishimoto and more. And to show off the finished product, they opened the doors to buyers and before they knew it, Time Out had publicized it, Tate Modern had showed up, and everything was sold. ‘We were selling stuff we’d bought using money we’d saved up for our kids, so we wanted to make it worth it. And then we could go shopping again, but then we thought we’d do it a bit bigger.’ Dulwich

College’s brutalist Christison Hall was an obvious choice of location with its wooden floors, double height windows and large mezzanine level, so quite quickly their small-scale event became a large fair and they stopped shopping and selling themselves in order to concentrate on running it. 'Some amazing people have started out at our shows. Another Country started there – they just had a few little stools then – and so did Darkroom.' Over the years, the show has become less specialist and more popular with people outside the architecture and design world. Now it's people with more eclectic taste, who like different styles, she says – and people are spending more, too. ‘The change in the pound has been difficult. But since Brexit, people are more willing to invest in collectibles rather than put money in the bank, so we’ve had hedge funders coming and spending a lot of money, fitting their whole houses out with collectible pieces.’

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As a side-effect, the show has become one of the most environmentally friendly places to buy furniture, based as it is on one site and selling pre-used pieces. They generally avoide non-environmentally friendly new designers and Ryder Richardson disapproves of new plastics. 'In time we will see that our overconsumption has become disgraceful,' she says, and points out that Charles and Ray Eames had incorporated items found in skips in some of their designs, citing the cracked fibreglass chairs as pieces that were reworked from other objects. Lucy herself has become known as an expert in her field and her new book, 100 Midcentury Chairs and their Stories, is pitched as an accessible but informative work. 'I wanted it to be useful for everyone, from experts to people selling on eBay,' she says, highlighting that it's 'not a coffee table book, it's an actual read'.

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As part of her research for the book, she spoke to several designers' descendants, including HansWegner's daughter Marianne, Harry Bertoia's wife Celia and Eames Demetrious, the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames. 'I was really keen to get the stories right, because there are so many mistakes around.' The subject is chairs because Ryder Richardson collects them, and because a chair is, she says, 'a perfect thing'. 'Architects always want to make chairs because they're much quicker than buildings. Because a chair has to take a person, it has personality and will never look dead because over tile it will build up a patina from being sat in.' At the moment, she is collecting pure wood chairs from the 1950s and 1960s, particularly Eames' LCW and DCW chairs. And a new partership with online estate agent The Modern House, for whom she is styling modern properties, is an additional reason to be buying furniture. 'We've had to invest in more storage,' she says, also because she gets attached to things and finds it hard to get rid of her prized pieces. 'I'm a bad drug dealer. I take too much of my own stock. I buy things at our shows.' The next show is set to feature lots of iconic chairs, though we can't confirm which ones yet. Visit Dulwich College on 17 March to find out.

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OUT OF AFRICA African wildlife and ceramics aren’t obvious inspirations for a wallpaper collection, but Cole & Son’s new papers are beautiful, exotic and colouful. HOME loves them Words P E A R L B OY D

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olourful, vibrant and quirky, Ardmore ceramics celebrate Africa’s birds, big cats, elephants, rhinos, crocodiles, mischievous monkeys and exotic flowers; as well as the beautiful patterns of Zulu beadwork and woven basketware. Acclaimed as modern day collectibles by Christie’s, the work of Ardmore’s artists has won them numerous awards. And now they have inspired a new range of wallpapers Cole & Son’s new Ardmore Collection comprises a range of new and exciting wallpapers in collaboration with Ardmore Ceramic Art. Ardmore’s charming and exuberant ceramic creations have both a narrative and a strong heritage rooted in African tradition and culture, and it is this storytelling through the language of craft and craftsmanship that resonates in the range of conversational, vibrant, pictorial wallpapers and borders.

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Ardmore founder Fée Halsted explains: ‘For 31 years the Ardmore artists and I have toiled away in KwaZulu-Natal creating fanciful ceramics that have provided an income to feed many a family. The fact that Cole & Son discovered and chose our South African designs and artistry to place on their new collection is an honour and we pride ourselves on being the first African designers to have achieved such a prestigious accolade.’ Their work features in leading galleries and collections in South Africa and abroad, including the Museum of Art & Design in New York, the Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland, the Ford Foundation, New York and the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, Florida.

THE ARDMORE STORY

Ardmore Ceramic Art was established 30 years ago on Ardmore farm, South Africa, when Fée Halstead met Bonnie Ntshalintshali, the daughter of her housekeeper. Those early days saw Fée, who has a degree in Fine Art, sharing her knowledge with Bonnie whose polio meant that she was unable to work in the fields. Fee and

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Bonnie quickly developed an artistic synergy and under Fee’s mentorship, Bonnie’s natural skills as an artist blossomed. Five years later, in 1990, the two women were jointly awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, the first such artistic partnership to be recognised. Following this success Fée offered other local women the opportunity to train at Ardmore. Many of them, including Punch Shabalala, and sisters Jabu and Zinhle Nene have continued to work alongside her for more than 30 years. Zinhle Nene continues to work alongside her today. Known for their stunning pieces that broke from the ceramic conventions of the time, fired terracotta clay was adorned with plaka paints, boot polish, glues and putty. Later American Amaco paints and transparent glazes brought vibrant colour and a fine painting style to the ceramics. Today, in the Caversham Valley, alongside the gallery and the Bonnie Ntshalintshali Museum, the artists from the Ardmore studio are given training, direction, materials and a market for their work. Lately Ardmore Ceramic Art has widened its scope of creativity in new non ceramic products and collaborations under Halsted Design. The lives of the artists and those of their families have been uplifted through the development of their artistic talents and their success has given them independence, status and financial security.

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COLE & SON ● Founded in 1875 by Jon Perry in Islington, Cole

& Son’s vast archive contains some of the most important historic wallpaper designs in the world and they continue to produce innovative and beautiful designs; their collections reflect their long and distinguished history as well as their continuing passion for new and exciting wallpapers.

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DOTCOM GIFT SHOP 1950s Wall Clock In Pink £19.95 dotcomgiftshop.com

HABITAT Perdy metal desk clock, £15 habitat.co.uk

MENU Marble wall clock in green, £240 finnishdesignshop.com

PROGETTI Little Red Riding Hood Wall Clock, £150.00 amara.com

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As the clocks go forward, we seek out some stylish timepieces By P E N D L E H A R T E NEWGATE Pluto Starburst Wall Clock, £125 heals.com

BLUE BRIDGE DESIGNS Citrus Clock, EUR 45.00 designist.ie

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The shape of things Jeweller Lara Bohinc has launched another collection of furniture for Lapicida , proving that tables aren’t as much of a departure from rings as you might think Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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ewellery design is a small-scale activity. Literally. People routinely work under magnifying glasses and goldsmiths are adept at creating the tiniest of precise details. But Lara Bohinc is an entirely different kind of jewellery designer, one whose specialism transcends such details as scale or material. ‘I’m interested in shapes,’ she announces, which opens up her remit enormously. And in fact, although she is known for her jewellery, she sees it as simply one facet of her role as a designer, and her new furniture collection is not a departure from anything but rather a natural extension. “People always say it’s so different but for me it’s not. When you’re a designer, one day you might be doing a bottle, the next day a motorbike, it’s not a problem.” Slovenia-born Bohinc is beautiful almost in a Hollywood way, stylish and with a very kind face that makes her instantly likeable. She’s clearly got a strong sense of humour and a firm individuality that gives her the confidence to define herself and her work outside of the usual perameters. So her shop in Golborne Road is neither a fashion store nor an interiors boutique but a stockist of “beautiful objects,” she tells me over coffee. Because for her, designing a table isn’t as different from designing a ring

THE HALF MOON MIRROR Nero Marquina/Carrara marble and brushed brass, £4,200

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as a non-designer would expect – in fact it’s not different at all. “For jewellery I use stone and metal and for furniture I use stone and metal; and the techniques are the same: laser cutting, setting stone, painting metals, photo etching. And really, when you look at the table, if you imagine it shrunken, it could be a ring.” To define a designer by the things they design is quite a restrictive attitude. While many people choose to stick to particular categories of object, whether they’re cars or chairs or handbags, others don’t. And Bohinc’s entrance into the world of jewellery wasn’t so much because of the jewellery as for the achievability of it. “When you come out of college and you don’t know where to start, jewellery is great because all you need is a kitchen table and a set of tools –you get a small flame burner and you can melt things. And it’s so easily transportable, you can go to a trade show with a suitcase. For me to start making tables when I left college would have been a hell of a step, but jewellery is very easy to set up.” Starting out, it was more realistic to work on her shapes on a smaller scale, and thus they became jewellery pieces. Which is an interesting way of looking at it and probably quite unusual, I suggest. “People are very different,” shrugs Bohinc. “I learnt that when I was at Royal College. Some people are really craft

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‘I’m into design. and shapes. not the stones themselves’ like jewels within golden rims. Disc shapes bisect or overlay to create surface patterns and structural elements. The newest introductions, the Collision Console and Half Moon Mirror, are simpler, more compact pieces, ideal to use as standalone design statements or to harmonise with the larger tables in the collection. Imbued with all the decorative and dynamic poise of the Lunar Collection, they have a refined luxury which perfectly showcases the natural beauty of the stone. Bohinc has lived in London for more than 20 years, ever since she first came ‘with just a suitcase’ to study at the Royal College of Art. Home is Marylebone, where she first lived as a student in the days when ‘it was full of charity shops; I had friends who lived in squats there.’ Appreciating the fact that you can walk to Soho and that its centralness makes it ‘neutral’, she has stayed. ‘My friends who live east never go west and the other way round, but I go anywhere,’ she says, with an ease that reflects her design ethic: open, unrestrained and far-reaching.

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based and they work mainly with the material. Others are really into stones and they work around precious stones. It depends. I’m into design. And shapes. I’m not so interested in the stones themselves.” Bohinc’s background is in industrial design, which is a broad discipline that can take in “anything from cutlery design to hoovers – it can be a decorative object or an object for daily use.” Its approach is to look at the technology first and the industrial techniques. “I’m very interested in new processes. At the moment I use lots of 3d printing; I used to use lots of laser cutting.” The ongoing Lunar collaboration between Bohinc and Lapicida has moved into a new phase with the launch of two new elements. Inspired by the planets and their orbital movements, a recurrent theme in Bohinc’s work, the Lunar collection features important pieces of furniture with highly-figured marbles set

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WINNER

SUNKEN BATH PROJECT CLAPTON by Studio 304 Architecture • Adding a new copper-lined kitchen and dining area to a ground floor flat in Clapton, this project was centred on creating separate toilet and shower rooms in order to create a standalone bathroom to facilitate ritual bathing.

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From extensions on top of, underneath, on the side or back of buildings, to interior insertions, conversions, and garden studios

SECOND PRIZE

MOLYNEUX STREET MARYLEBONE by Patrick Lewis Architects • A chestnut shingle-clad extension to the rear of a Grade II listed Georgian house in Edgware, creating an interior treehouse that acts as a lantern, flooding light into the home.

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n a city of some three million households, the piecemeal adaptation of London’s existing housing stock is necessary to ensure their longevity as homes of the future. While house prices in the capital continue to spiral, expanding and adapting existing living spaces offers homeowners a real alternative to upsizing or moving on. To achieve this, London’s architects must seek to respond with innovative, high-quality and contextual design – an endeavour supported by New London Architecture’s annual Don’t Move, Improve! awards. This exhibition celebrates the best of this year’s submitted projects, highlighting a range of solutions at a variety of budgets, and providing inspiration for anyone about to embark on their own home improvement. Organised in association with Dezeen, Heal’s and RIBA

London, the awards seek out architectural innovation from extensions on top of, underneath, on the side or back of buildings, to interior insertions, conversions, and garden studios. A kitchen on wheels, a sunken garden bath and a £25k extension all featured on this year’s shortlist of 24 projects. Entries reflected an eclectic mix of building types from across the capital, from small flats in 1960s housing blocks and Victorian terraces to Edwardian semis and post-war detached homes. Overall winner this year is the Sunken Bath Project by Studio 304 Architecture, praised for its compelling design that created a new feature bathroom that cleverly extends from a terraced house - producing a unique and personal solution to London living. Selected from a record number of entries, the following nine schemes were praised by an expert jury for their attention to detail and liveability.

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BEST VALUE

THE STUDY HOUSE NEW CROSS by Studio 30 Architects • Re-modelled loft and part double-height glazed rear extension to a neglected terrace house in New Cross, creating an impressive juxtaposition between the original Victorian building and the expansive doubleheight contemporary extension.

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QUEEN’S PARK by Studio McLeod

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THIRD PRIZE

THE RUG ROOM OVAL by Nic Howett • An atmospheric cor-ten steelclad plywood structure located at the end of a narrow garden in Oval creates a flexible and inspiring workspace dedicated to rug making. Belying permanence in its short assembly and following existence, it has weathered alongside the rust, resulting in a timeless sense of place.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

PAGES LANE MUSWELL HILL by Kirkwood McCarthy Ltd

A sensitive transformation of an historic property to transform a dilapidated Victorian property into a flexible family home. The aim was to open the ground floor to the garden and bring in plenty of light, as well as to expand the footprint of the property to create plenty of space for the family of four.

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN

CLAY HOUSE TUFNELL PARK by Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop Conceived as a series of verbs and actions that occur within the spaces, this one-bedroom flat in Tufnell Park has been recreated with spaces for dreaming, sleeping, bathing, cooking, dwelling and gathering.

BEST USE OF MATERIALS

HARVEY ROAD HORNSEY by Erbar Mattes • Situated on a quiet residential street in Crouch End, the house is the home of a family with two children. The former ground floor layout was biased towards the front of the house, resulting in undefined open spaces, mainly oriented towards the street and a neighbouring infill extension. The re-structured and enlarged floor plan inverts this situation by refocusing the attention towards the garden.

BEST HISTORIC INTERVENTION

DELAWYK MODULAR HOUSE HERNE HILL by R2 Studio Architects Refurbishing a compact 1960s terraced house in Herne Hill with new modular front extension, creating small-scale interventions to adjust the internal spaces to modern family life without distorting the integrity of the original aesthetic.

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t the heart of Chamberlain & Co’s beautiful Heritage Garden collection are the elegant Broadway Vase, the classical Croome Ginger Jar, the contemporary Spetchley Vase and the stylish Elmley Bowl. Each piece is made from the finest English bone china and is lovingly handcrafted and hand-painted by Chamberlain & Co’s talented designers, artists and craftspeople. The team works together to combine traditional skills with innovative techniques, often pushing the boundaries of what is technically possible. Their dedication, skill and meticulous attention to detail mean that you can be sure you are getting a unique work of art, signed by the artist. The hand-painted, pretty floral design in deep cobalt blue, vivid iron red and delicate rose pink, shows intertwining flowers and foliage highlighted in 23 karat gold for a luxurious finish.

The simplicity and elegance of this collection masks the technical skill and scientific knowledge needed to create each piece. Did you know that large ceramic pieces just want to sink to the bottom of the kiln during the firing process? This means that creating these pieces requires great skill and patience. Pieces are cast separately and assembled with such precision that the two pieces create a seamless whole. The assembled item is then supported on tailor-made structures that shrink at the same rate to maintain and support the shape.

IN FIGURES... 51 - 127 The number of hours it takes to create each luxurious piece in the Heritage Garden Collection. 10 The typical number of times each piece is fired to achieve the flawless glaze, depth of colour and rich gold effect. 48 The number of hours it takes to decorate each piece by hand. 23 The number of karats in the gold detailing. Once the piece has been fired, it is spray glazed and then hand-decorated. The decoration is built up layer by layer, fused at high temperatures after each application to seal them into the glaze. Each piece in the Heritage Garden Collection takes between 48 and 120 hours to decorate by hand. The artists use traditional ceramic colours which have been carefully selected for this collection. Pure gold and enamel detailing is then painstakingly applied to specific features of the floral design for a perfect finish. In today’s world of mass machine production, Chamberlain’s Heritage Garden Collection stands out for its luxuriously unique pieces that combine the finest bone china with cutting edge technique and brilliant craftsmanship. The figures speak for themselves. Chamberlain & Co can also create an exclusive piece made to your exact specification. This bespoke service gives you the opportunity to commission and own a truly personal and unique piece of prestigious ceramic art that will be handed down from generation to generation. chamberlainco.co.uk

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Alice Apponyi’s interior design transformed this dark apartment in Marylebone into a bright and inviting space. HOME takes a tour with her Interview P E A R L B OY D

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PEARL BOYD: Tell us about this apartment.

What was it like when you first saw it? ALICE APPONYI: The apartment had an impractical

interior layout and was dark with clunky furniture. It had poor heating and electrics and no sound insulation. It was lacking in style and function and had two small bathrooms and one bedroom. There was no storage space at all. PB: What did the client want? AA: Our client wanted an elegant, bright pied a terre

with accents of bold colour, a space for entertaining during the week that was also a comfortable, relaxing environment to accommodate his children. We were met with the task of maximising space and functionality throughout and marrying a contemporary interior into the classic interior architecture of a grade 11 listed property. Our client requested a kitchen that the family could eat in, a larger luxury master bathroom to include a slipper bath and bespoke shower as well as a tailor-made dressing room and bespoke mood lighting throughout. Thus, we created a lighter, contemporary interior which features materials that are sympathetic to the original interior architecture, included custom designed furniture both by Apponyi Home and from a diverse range of international suppliers and a considered colour palate to match.

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PB: What architectural features did you want to highlight? AA: We were keen to emphasize the stunning original sash windows and the generous ceiling height in the sitting room. I also wanted to introduce a sense of space and light. All additional interior architecture such as cornicing, doors and fireplaces we designed and installed were made to look as though they were part of the original property. PB: Did you change the layout? AA: Yes, this was a full refurbishment and

interior design project including project management. We ripped out every room and remodelled it. We changed the layout to accommodate an extra sleeping area, an eat-in kitchen, a much larger master bathroom, a stylish guest bathroom and more storage facilities where possible. Bespoke joinery was featured throughout, designed and fitted by our team that

‘Cornicing, doors and fireplaces were made to look as though they were part of the original property’

included a projector unit, radiator covers and a fully fitted dressing room. We added in two new fireplaces that would honour the grand features of apartment in terms of size and style, one in the sitting room and the other in the master bedroom as well as soundproofing, bespoke lighting and plumbing throughout. PB: Clever storage is a feature. Tell us about that. AA: Central London apartments usually have little storage, this one was no exception. Our client has children and one request was to add in an extra bedroom so the bespoke dressing room we designed became multipurpose by adding a hideaway fold-down bed with built-in open shelves. At the beginning, the property had no entrance hall due to a bulky straight staircase positioned right in front of the main door which also blocked the natural flow of light between the kitchen and sitting room. By designing a new corner staircase which we repositioned and removing the huge black sitting room doors, we gained an entrance hall yet maintained the sense of two rooms just without the obvious divide. Void areas under the stairs were the perfect place to add in secret drawers for shoes in the hallway and on the other side,

a dual dustbin and recycling bin for the kitchen. By using these hidden otherwise unused spaces designed to be flush with side of the stairs, we didn’t compromise on floor space. PB: What are your favourite

types of project? AA: I like projects where the client is open to

trying new ideas and is similarly passionate about the project. I find the juxtaposition wof mixing old and new interesting, diversity and newness is always intriguing. PB: What single thing improves an interior most? AA: Great source of natural light, and of course good floors.

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Life Unstyled This bijou flat in Brixton derives its charm from a lived-in feel and lots of personal touches. HOME admires its comfortable vibe

Despite its small size, a huge amount of personality has been packed into the living room. Shelves flank the chimneybreast and another was added above the non-working fireplace to provide more surface space for this globe-trotting couple’s colelctions, largely picked up on their travels. Potted plants and vases of branches bring the room to life and last longer than cut flowers. Open shelving in both the living room and kitchen allow the couple’s style to shine through. The fireplace shelves display decorative items like small plants, pictures and books, while the cupboards beneath serve as a drinks cabinet and storage for extra glassware, candles, vases and other things they’d rather not have on show.

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ou’s never guess, but a mere five minutes’ walk from this tranquil apartment is bustling Brixton Village, one of south London’s most vibrant areas. For six years now, Stephanie Zak and Ben Johnson have called this bijou flat their home, creating a stylish and calm haven in the centre of town. When Stephanie bought the flat – it was her first home – it was an unfinished shell and over the years she has transformed it into the cosy retreat it is today. A photographic shoot producer working mostly in interiors, she has clearly picked up a few pointers along the way and found the perfect balance between a styled and natural look. Ben is a music producer who often works from home, so it’s important that the flat is calming and inspiring, both of which are true. Located one flight up in a 1930s red-brick block, the flat is petite – one small bedroom, an open-plan living room with a galley kitchen and a bathroom. The couple have added storage wherever possible: there are built-in units in the living room, a large mirrored wardrobe in the bedroom and stacks of vintage suitcases filled to the brim. Home and travel are priorities fro Stephanie and Ben, who have found a way to combine their two passions. They rent out the flat to

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In the small galley kitchen just off the living room, storage is limited. Shelves are organized into cookbooks, pots/pans, dinnerware and glassware. A large framed poster hangs on the wall, adding further to the personality of the home.

To make up for the lack of built-in storage, Stephanie collects vintage suitcases and stacks them along the wall to hold items that she doesn’t need to access frequently, such as off-season clothes

sculptures made by her sculptor mother. All in all, it makes for an enchanting home, the kind of place that compels you to stop and take it all in. I imagine you learn to be relaxed when you allow strangers to rent your home. You have little choice but to be chilled out about the fact that people are going to touch your stuff! And it shows in the sweetly laid-back way that Stephanie has styled, or rather not styled, her things. I particularly love the shelves flanking the fireplace, where all manner of odds and ends jostle for space – photobooth snaps, dried flowers and branches, candles and postcards. It feels special but not too precious and it feels alive, as if it’s constantly evolving, thanks to the inspiration that the couple bring back from each trip.

other travellers and the additional income they earn allows them to feed their insatiable desire to travel. Playing host has encouraged them to create order in their small home without sacrificing style. On display are cherished memories – photos, art and small collections – but care has also been taken to make it a well-functioning space so guests can find what they need. The flat is decorated with a charming mix of vintage finds, furniture found on the street and then refurbished, and accessories collected on their travels. The Moroccan wedding blanket on their bed was found in a souk in Marrakech and was a birthday gift from Ben to Stephanie, while the turquoise sari repurposed as bedroom curtains was picked up in Malaysia. Also thrown into the mix is artwork inherited from Stephanie’s Swiss grandparents and

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TRIBAL Emma Wilson’s eye for beautiful and authentic Moroccan rugs makes her one of the best dealers in London. HOME meets her to talk rugs and to admire her beautiful Essaouiran house

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W When Emma Wilson first went to Morocco 18 years ago, she wasn’t expecting to live there, and nor was she expecting to start a business. But fast forward to 2017 and she has two thriving business based between London and Essaouira, and she’s known in both places as an expert in her field. Her speciality? Rugs, the kind that people have traditionally bought in the souks, though hers are the most beautiful and rare of all. Berber rugs are everywhere at the moment, and they have been heavily in demand for the last five years at least. And while everybody wants to return from a trip to Morocco with a rug, buying one can be a fraught process. Is it actually what it says it is? How can we be sure of quality? And how do we know what we should be paying? All of these issues are Wilson’s pet subjects. “Most rugs I choose are from the 70s or 80s, or even the 60s,” she says. “It’s just my taste. But they work with the way we live, with our open plan spaces and our stone or wooden floors. And it’s quite grey here, so a splash of colour just looks fantastic. Designers like Alvaro Aalto and Verner Panton were buying Moroccan rugs in the 1950s because they worked well with their furniture, but then they went out of fashion.” Wilson ended up buying a house in Essaouira and renovating it, then returning more and more often until she was actually living there. She set up Castles in the Sand, a holiday house rental company and her innate sense of style and eye for space let to her houses being featured in magazines internationally, and to her guests seeking her advice on rug-buying. “I met this guy Mustafa who had been working with rugs since he was 12 and I learnt a lot from him. Then I realised I was taking people to buy from him and I wasn’t getting anything out of it, so my friend Tamsin and I thought we should do something, and before we knew it, we were.” They set up Beldi Rugs and for Wilson, it’s a passion. Her enthusiasm

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for rugs is visible, and she’s very protective over them. “I want them to go to a good home. It’s not about money. Someone once asked if they could cut a rug to make it square and I said, absolutely not – if you’re going to cut it, you can’t have it.” Her most popular rugs are Beni Ourains, big, heavy pieces made of 100% sheeps’ wool and natural dyes, which were traditionally made on home-made looms by women in their spare time and used to keep families warm in unheated houses with concrete floors. They are one-off, personal pieces, each one unique with their trademark diamond patterns slightly imperfect, and often they have dates woven into the fabric. They are robust and designed to last a lifetime. “They would take a year to make, working every day in your spare time as a woman. Then you’d make your mark in the pattern.” Wilson has one in her studio that’s 50 years old and she refers to it as a piece of art. “Imagine the work in that!” she says, admiring its substantial weight. Beni Ourains are of course still made, but commercially, so new ones are more uniform and not as characterful as those made on hand looms in the 1970s. They’re also thinner, whiter and less lush. “I don’t sell all kinds of rugs. Only ones that I personally really like, and I trust my taste,” she says. “I won’t buy anything I won’t live with.” Her beautiful house, pictured here, is evidence of her impeccable taste.

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“You often find people saying rugs are Azilals when they’re not – but I’m obsessed with giving people the right information” Slightly thinner than Beni Ourains and with more colour, Azilal rugs are becoming increasingly difficult to find because of their huge popularity. “You often find people saying rugs are Azilals when they’re not, and I’m obsessed with giving people the right information,” says Wilson. Different designs and colours come from different tribes and areas in the Atlas mountains, and she’s able to identify most pieces as reliably as possible. Buying a rug from Beldi is a personal experience. You can visit her London studio and she’ll let you take a rug home and try it out before you commit. Several companies have tried to recruit her as their buyer, but she’d rather stay independent.

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BEIJA FLOR Eclectic Floor Mat, from £69 scp.co.uk

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Fes tiles, £29 per sqm bakedtiles.co.uk

Alibaba silver pendant light, £198, alexanderandpearl.co.uk

FRITH RUGS Geometric rugs, from £89 frithrugs.co.uk

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ATKIN & THYME Mother of pearl wall mirror, £189 atkinandthyme.co.uk

FRENCH BEDROOM CO Jasmine Souk mirror, £225 frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

BELDI RUGS Vintage Azilal rugs, £POA beldirugs.com

ANTHROPOLOGIE

BOHEMIA Moroccan Storage Pots, £40 postcardshome.co.uk

Folding Fans Cushion, £48 anthropologie.com

sou k st yle Moroccan accents for your home

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CUSH AND CO Silver pouffe, £179 cushandco.com

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orking from home can be lonely at times, so a work space that is comfortable and personal is as important as having all the right components to do the task at hand. Only then is the mind truly free to wander and think blissfully about the next big thing. Exquisitely chosen art and pictures give this home office in a light-filled New York apartment a cool authority. The owners know exactly what they like and live a life surrounded by those elements. Everything is very considered and sophisticated, without being contrived, and the overall feel is one of comfort. Although the decoration is predominantly monochrome, it is not at all hard-edged. A number of objects with personal appeal – such as the canvas destination board or the soft toy on the desk – are dotted among fine designer pieces. Not only does this room say a lot about its owners, in particular their impeccable eye for design and detail, but it also offers an insight into what makes them tick. A beautiful glass lamp sits on a neat, well organized office table. The uniform yellow pencils, probably used more as decoration than for writing, further illustrate the organized nature of the room and introduce a splash of colour.

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The most striking feature in this home office is a floor-to-ceiling canvas destination board from a Melbourne tram, evoking memories of time spent in that city. The focus of this home office in a converted barn is the memory board of concert tickets, made out of four industrial metal frames. The wood-paneled wall is in stark contrast to the thick stone walls elsewhere in this French home and is evidence of how the owners enjoy living among contrasting styles. Many design features have been added to the barn, including the recess in the room beyond, which houses a statue of the Hindu god Ganesha, brought back from a trip to India. Filling this first-floor office space is an eclectic mixture of items. A print of a phrenology head is propped up against an enormous abstract mural but the French artist Aurelie Alvarez. The canvas bag in front of the antique desk is by Leslie Oschmann from her Swarm collection.

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he private sanctuary where you sink into a soothing bubble bath and the pretty little powder room in which your guests tidy up before dinner may seem like simple spaces. But looks, as the saying goes, can be deceiving. The bath is, without question, the most challenging room in a home to design. As important—as critically important—as form are the many particulars of functionality. The bath is entirely dependent upon the effective delivery and removal of water. There are a limited number of components—a sink, a water closet, a tub, and/or a shower—but each one is attached to the wall, the floor, or both. And if anything does not look right, work properly, or feel exactly as it should, the option of tearing it all out and starting over is, so to speak, a pipe dream. Quality bath fittings and fixtures are quite expensive to purchase and even more costly to install. The permanence of all the bath’s elements demand that you take your time, analyse the options, and make selections for the long term.

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“The foundation of all successful bathrooms is planning”

Today, we have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to design. Bath creation was far less complicated 40 years ago, when there was a template, and everyone’s bath more or less looked the same. Now that we have permitted ourselves the pleasure of creating individually expressive environments in which to soothe, pamper, and prepare ourselves, that template has been shattered. The danger lies in letting this plethora of choices become a Pandora’s box. What exactly is the perfect bath? I define it as a space with a meticulous balance of practical considerations (shower velocity, enough flattering light, a tub that fits your body, a faucet that is comfortable in your hand) and design dynamics (a blend of materials, a palette in your preferred tonalities, luxurious textiles, and accessories that add scale and visual appeal). That is why the foundation of all successful baths is planning: space planning, structural planning, material planning, detail planning, and, of course, decorative planning. The process involves consulting experts, vetting contractors, and concerning oneself with such minutiae as the manufacturing techniques of fittings and their warranties and service components. A failure to do any of these things can lead to havoc, not only in the bath itself, but in the rooms below it. Having dedicated myself to helping others design the perfect bath, I delight in such

Barbara Sallick co-founded Waterworks, the premier luxury brand of bath fittings, fixtures, furniture and accessories, in 1978. She is the author of popular blog, The Perfect Bath. Reworked from The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick, published by Rizzoli

details. What a luxury it is to be able to create one’s dream space, from tile to tissue box. Setting aside time to plan thoughtfully at the outset, before you fall in love with a certain footed tub or commit to a copper sink, will make the design and implementation of your new bath an efficient, worthwhile, and, I dare say, enjoyable process. A space will yield the most complete and desirable bath experience when each decision you have made feels just right.

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Model One Radio with bluetooth, £189 LIBERTY tivoliaudio.co.uk Lemon scented soap, £6.95 libertylondon.com

PENHALIGON'S Vanities Bath Oil, £38 penhaligons.com

MRS WHITE’S Bedtime Bath Elixir, £25 roullierwhite.com

FREDERIC MALLE Cologne Indelible Body Wash, £38 selfridges.com

BYREDO Vetiver hand wash, £35 byredo.co.uk

MRS WHITE'S Old Soak Bath Salts, £15 roullierwhite.com

NOBLE ISLE Summer Rising Bath & Shower Gel, £20 nobleisle.com

AESOP Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, £17 aesop.com living-rooms.co.uk/hotel/the-laslett

soap & g lory AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES Revive bath oil, £45 aromatherapyassociates.com

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t Catchpole & Rye the team prides ourselves on its commitment to British manufacturing, which is why they produce all of their cast-iron baths at a foundry in Kent. All baths are poured using the same techniques that the foundry has been using for the last 100 years. The original bateau bath was made over 120 years ago but the design and methods have remained the same. Catchpole & Rye offers a unique service to customers who wish to personalise their bath or sanitary ware. Emblems, logos and coats of arms can be conceived and cast into our baths and cisterns. Skilled craftsmen first hand carve the design from wood. From this a dedicated pattern is prepared, sand moulds manufactured and ultimately cast onto your bath or cistern. For special projects, this work can be undertaken to bring a touch of individuality. Because the majority of their products are manufactured in house, they have the flexibility to respond to our customers’ individual needs. Many of their pieces are lovingly finished by hand. Quality and craftsmanship are paramount; customers deserve the very best. For this reason, they invest time and effort in employing and training local craftsmen to produce the highest standards possible.

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Inject a touch of luxury to your bathroom with the Pyrford Washstand. An elegant frame is set against a beautiful top and splashback with scalloped edges. The frame and brassware are available in a choice of six finishes – silver or brushed nickel, chrome plate, polished brass and aged brass or copper – while the top can be made from a responsibly sourced and beautifully veined marble top or cool and contemporary slate. As with all Catchpole & Rye products, the Pyrford Washstand is designed and handcrafted in the company’s Kent-based workshop. Because everything is made in-house, the Catchpole & Rye team are able to create products to bespoke specifications to suit individual projects. catchpoleandrye.com

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n the day we meet, Katie Fontana has just returned from an intrepid solo expedition to Scotland, where she found herself within spitting distance of the legendary Loch Ness. “I had to drive 22 miles up a dead-end track. The countryside was so amazing, I kept wishing someone else had been there to see it too. When I got the end of the path, I was met by a seaman who took me to this fantastically remote house by boat. It’s one I won’t forget.” For one of the most distinguished kitchen designers anywhere, it’s all in a day’s work. “If they do decide to commission us,” she notes in an aside, “the kitchen will have to get there by boat” – just another of a litany of specific requirements she, her Marylebone-based design team and Suffolk-dwelling craftsmen cater for daily. As she says, “I like working with the spectrum of houses – from the grand to the humble. In the early days I remember calling a client to ask how we’d find their house; their response was “you can’t miss it, it’s just across the lake.” As we arrived, there stood a stately home so splendid as to be straight out of Jane Austen. We just looked at each other and laughed. But equally I love working in modest homes like crofters’ cottages. I just don’t like to trot out the same-looking kitchens.” Plain English was conceived by accident 25 years ago when Fontana, and her husband and Plain English managing director, Tony Niblock, swapped life in the capital for a rural idyll in Suffolk. In the years preceding, Fontana had graduated from art school and found herself a job as a junior interior designer; overjoyed at the prospect of work – and in the vicinity of design mecca the Michelin building, no less – the sheen quickly wore off when she found herself labouring on shop outfits that were, let’s say, less than inspiring. After a happier stint at the Design Council, she was enticed back to

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the corporate world on the basis that it would just be for a few years. But when they lost the contract with a major high street client, it was time to take stock. “We decided to move to Suffolk and take the time out to build our own house, so it was an interesting year of living in a caravan. When it came to the kitchen, I assumed that I’d be able to find something and just buy it. But there was nothing I liked. Everything had twiddly bits or was too look-at-me flashy. In the end I found a local joiner and we did it ourselves.” That might have been the end of the story had it not been for the nudge from a friend to enter the house into a Telegraph competition for the best self-build house in the country. “We came runner up and were later featured in a magazine. People kept calling to ask where we’d got our kitchen. So without thinking things began to take shape. I was quite resistant at first; to me, as an interior designer, just doing kitchens seemed quite limited, but Tony insisted.” It’s a good job he did. Twenty-five years on, Plain English is still the cognoscenti’s favourite, its incomparable honest craftsmanship and its spare simplicity outstripping other, slicker, contenders. At the start, says Fontana, it was all pretty makeshift, with their home doubling as showroom. “The house was more or less finished but the garden was about three-foot high in nettles. So we’d have these important clients walking down our path trying not to get stung!” Soon the workshop decamped to a nearby tannery, and as the business grew, so did the demand for space; these days Plain English’s joiners operate from a Georgian farmhouse in bucolic Suffolk, which makes a certain aesthetic sense. After all, Plain English’s style is inspired by that most elegant of periods in architecture. “Tony and I often marvel at the Georgian houses in London. They are so simply beautiful. When I was younger and I used to go shopping for antiques, I didn’t know much about what I was looking at other than my immediate response to it. But invariably everything I ever liked turned out to be Georgian. They just had the proportions right. I work hard with our creative team on proportion. We’re losing our instinctive feel for it and it’s not taught in art school. We’re fed it on wretched computers these days – I have to fight so hard against the computer,” she laughs. As for her Georgian forebears, Plain English’s making process takes a satisfying length of time; here there are no cookie cutters. During the three months you’ll have to wait, there are consultations, fittings, redesigns and, of course, meticulous craftsmanship. Why, I ask, is it that Plain English Kitchens are so versatile, as at home in country homes as

they are in more urban settings? “I think it’s because we’re selling good, honest, non-branded cupboards, so you can dress them up or down. I am very anti-ostentation and I hate this obsession with logos emblazoned everywhere. Historically, kitchens were just functional, which is why I’ve always liked the below-stairs kitchen quarters of stately homes. Ultimately, I like the elemental things in life: marble, slate, wood. I think sub-consciously it’s all about stuff that will stand the test of time.” On Fontana’s watch, the likes of pantries and sculleries are afforded their place once more, rescued from the wasteland of upstairs-downstairs period dramas. “In the 1960s, everyone wanted to be so modern and get rid of the larder and you can understand it. They’d all been to the Ideal Home Show! But it’s like a pendulum swinging, now we’re seeing the value in those rooms again.” Happily, for those on a budget (and PE kitchens start at £45k), Fontana and Niblock established British Standard in 2011, a sort of diffusion line where customers can buy off-the-peg cupboards in the Plain English style. “It got slightly side-lined for various reasons,” she says. “Now I’m giving it my full attention again, because we’d begun pricing ourselves out of the market as we expanded.” The range of options is the same as some of those with PE, but the materials are simpler, and there is no design service. Fontana is patently excited by its renaissance. “It’s like having a second bite of the cherry. I want to set it up in a different way, perhaps a little like Jamie Oliver did with his Fifteen apprentices. I see us having a rolling stock of 12 new apprentice craftsmen each year who then graduate and go on.” With a parent company as consummate as Plain English and a creative director as capable as Fontana, success is plainly assured. plainenglishdesign.co.uk britishstandardcupboards.co.uk

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The blender

A glass jug is the hallmark of a high class blender and Dualit’s version tackles smoothies and soups easily, along with pureeing baby food and crushing ice. So once you’ve blended your five a day you can have a frozen Margarita. VortecS Blender, £149, dualit.com

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CULTURE Everything needs to earn its place on the worktop, so here’s our selection of winning kitchen gadgets

THE BREAD MACHINE

— Thought a bread machine wouldn’t

work in a gluten-free household? Think again. Since we started using our Zero Gluten Baker, we’ve been getting more and more adventurous with its wide range of options. This clever machine certainly earns its keep, despite taking up quite a lot of counter space. £199, zeroglutenbaker.co.uk

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HOME Loves

— A New Year’s resolution was to

stop going through vast bottles of supermarket fizzy water. The wastefulness was çon our conscience so instead we invested in a Sodastream. Unlimited fizz on tap, plus add your own flavours, and an end to the mountains of plastic in your recycling bin. Win. From £59, sodastream.com

The toaster

— It’s a rare household that doesn’t own a toaster and our favourite ones are Smeg’s curvy, 1950s inspired ones in their candy colours. They’re pretty enough to make you buy a fridge to match. £109,

THE MIXER

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— Kenwood’s redesigned

KMix collection includes a stand mixer and a hand mixer – dedicated bakers will happily allocate valuable counter space to this high-powered machine with its 1000w motor, six speed settings and variety of attachments, while more occasional users can achieve equally good results with the niftier hand mixer. Stand mixer, £429; hand mixer, £79, kenwoodworld.co.uk

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PERFECT FIT Mark Wilkinson Furniture is one of the trailblazers of the modern family kitchen as we know it. HOME talks to design director Nick Bell Interview P E N D L E H A R T E

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PENDLE HARTE: Tell us first about the company. How did it start? MARK WILKINSON: Mark Wilkinson Furniture was founded in 1981 with Mark’s first iconic fitted kitchen commission inspired and became the model for the ‘English Country Style’ using the finest reclaimed timber. What had been in the past an unseen area of utility became an inspiring and stylish place to prepare food in. This was effectively the start of the kitchen development as the centre of the modern family lifestyle and Mark Wilkinson has been responsible for bringing the fitted kitchen into the highest echelon of luxury living today.

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destination embracing clean lines, calm elegance with clever storage solutions and flexible workspaces. Newlyn is stylish and contemporary with pared-back lines and natural materials reflecting today’s modern lifestyles. Stand out features are the waterfall worktop design and the latest baking and breakfast cabinetry. Cooks has a refreshing new palette of colours and materials, effortlessly elevating Mark Wilkinson’s classic design. This is the signature kitchen that still sets the benchmark for fine furniture and suits a vast range of architectural styles. PENDLE HARTE: Kitchens are your main focus, but not your only work. Can you outline the scope of your projects? MARK WILKINSON: A handcrafted Mark Wilkinson kitchen is our main request, but we are seeing an increased interest in speciality multi rooms. More and more projects encompass the addition of boot and utility rooms, the most popular of all being the bespoke walk in dressing room – the height of extreme opulence and luxurious quality.

PENDLE HARTE: What kinds of things are you working on at the moment? MARK WILKINSON: We do hold a strict client confidentiality clause however I can disclose a few details of a bespoke project we are working on in Saint Tropez for a successful entrepreneur. A stunning beachfront property that exudes the ultimate in luxury. It demonstrates the new pared back use of strong bold colours, dark paint finishes with dark timber stains fused with bespoke nickel and antique bronze handles throughout all of the furniture design. There is a perception that the Mark Wilkinson brand is still classic, but the reality is we can do both modern spaces and ones with a more heritage feel. Clients still want the Mark Wilkinson DNA craft elements but request a more contemporary look and feel. Our largest single orders are traditional but the biggest growth area is in Uber Luxury - individual and uniquely designed spaces. We are seeing a trend in personalisation, where clients like to personalise their furniture, for example choosing unique words to be hard carved into the larder drawers. PENDLE HARTE: There are three new kitchen ranges. Can you describe them? MARK WILKINSON: The three new kitchen collections are Portobello, Newlyn and Cooks. Portobello takes inspiration from the ever-vibrant west London

PENDLE HARTE: A clever kitchen offers clever storage. What are your most successful features? MARK WILKINSON: Mark Wilkinson can propose and craft any combination of clever and elegant storage that you desire to enhance your kitchen. From wine racks and carousels and stepped shelves in wood, marble or glass, to butler’s pantries and sculleries. The craft element is the bedrock of everything we do, a more fun bespoke idea is the pull-out drawer in our Newlyn kitchen with individual Nespresso slots for minimum fuss. PENDLE HARTE: What have been your most unusual or difficult commissions?  MARK WILKINSON: Every project offers unique challenges, like a commission for a totally black kitchen. We had to consider black flooring and worktops and wondered how the client would be able to live with this…

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The Portobello kitchen

“There is a perception that Mark Wilkinson is classic, but in reality we can do both modern and heritage”

The Newlyn Kitchen

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Mindful Chef

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Box Fresh

Why go out when you can stay at home and cook? HOME samples a selection of recipe boxes that deliver to your door Reviewed by H O M E

Gousto

£5.83 per portion • gousto.co.uk Gousto’s model allows us to choose recipes week by week from the appealing selection on their website, so you're sure to get food you actually fancy eating. Everything arrives beautifully boxed up, portioned out and chilled by a miraculous wool-and-ice combo. Recipe cards are well-designed and easy to follow, as well as being robust enough to keep. The suppers were quick to make; among our choices were a satisfying feta and roasted grape salad with freekeh, and a one-pot African wonder with chicken thighs, nuts, sweet potato and rass el hanout. It’s an admirable service, not only for the convenience but also for the variety of ingredients and ideas you can add to your own repertoire. The only real issue we had was with the meat portions: one chicken thigh each wasn’t enough for us so I’d recommend keeping a large bag of oven chips on standby for those with larger appetites. 104

Describing anything as ‘mindful’ began to feel a bit clichéd some time ago. But behind The Mindful Chef’s slightly annoying tone (there’s a bit of trite information about ‘natural’ foods) is a concept that’s based on quality. They are all about provenance, with all meat and fish coming from small West Country farms that supply places like Harrods, and healthy eating, with a focus on low-carb and dairy- and gluten-free foods. Recipe cards are elegant and while the ingredients don’t expect much input from your kitchen, we were expected to possess a spiralizer for Thai pork meatballs in courgetti soup (we did). Meals for two work out at £7 per head, and they offer lonely boxes for one at £9 per head. We enjoyed honey and ginger salmon skewers with rainbow slaw and brown rice, and next week’s recipes looked tempting too.

Abel & Cole

£6.50 per portion • abelandcole.co.uk Abel & Cole’s light recipe box is the ideal set up for time-poor city workers wanting to cut calories without the faff. All recipes are under 500 calories - we tried turmeric rubbed pork with green rice, winter vegetable chilli with cavolo nero crisps and baked hake, cauliflower and kale tahini bowl - and come in a neatly packaged cardboard box. The instructions are easy to follow and the ingredients packaged to make the cooking process more efficient, however those wanting a speedy cooking experience should look elsewhere, as Abel & Cole’s recipes contain a fair amount of processes and components. The final result was a warming and nourishing plate of food, packed full of veg and lifted by fresh notes of ginger, turmeric and tahini - ideal for new year diets with added cold-weather comfort.

Riverford

£5.65 per portion • riverford.co.uk Ethically farmed and 100% organic, Riverford are champions of seasonal British produce. The vegetarian box aims to deliver flavourful recipes that are fresh and nourishing. Quinoa paella with peppers and onions packs a smoky punch while fennel and olive tagine with spicy cous cous delivers an interesting mix of textures. Each recipe is easy to follow and results in a rich, hearty and satisfying country kitchen meal – which can’t be said for a lot of vegetarian cuisine – though they are time-consuming. Parsnips Molly Parkin requires multiple pans and dishes, numerous processes as well as both stovetop and oven cooking. We'll try their Quick box next time.

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“INSTRUCTIONS ARE MUCH MORE PRECISE THAN REGULAR RECIPES” Hello Fresh

£4 per portion • hellofresh.com Friends have raved about Hello Fresh lately. They say it’s lifted them out of a dinner rut and expands their children’s dietary repertoires. What’s not to like? Our family box is huge and contains four complete meals for four. Literally all they expect your kitchen to contain is salt, pepper and oil. So for instance Monday’s ‘chef-created recipe’ for minced lamb koftas with coconut pilaf and minty yoghurt includes a single clove of garlic, a tablespoon of curry powder in a tiny plastic pot, a lone cinnamon stick and a stock cube as well as one onion, one shallot and a measured four portions of basmati rice. All of these are surely staples in most family kitchens, but part of the point here is to eliminate the need for staples. Instructions are much more precise than regular recipes. They tell you, for instance, how to chop an onion as if the target audience has never sliced a vegetable before. Which maybe they haven’t. These instructions are so easy to follow that you can divert your whole brain to focus on something else while you’re cooking, which is no bad thing. Everything is tasty and portions large enough to accommodate leftovers.

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THE VERDICT If you can stomach the packaging – admittedly most of it, across the board, is recyclable – these recipe boxes are undoubtedly an easy option. We’re not convinced that anyone interested enough in food to order one wouldn’t already be in possession of a garlic clove or a bottle of balsamic, but in a world where people are apparently entering adulthood without ever having cooked an actual meal, they clearly have a place. Saving you the effort of planning and shopping comes at a price – around £6 per head doesn’t sound bad but an amateur stab at costing these ingredients will reveal that markups are pretty hefty. But there’s the price of convenience. Overall, Hello Fresh probably wins for its idiotproof instructions and variety.

“STILL, WE WERE EXPECTED TO POSSESS A SPIRALIZER (WE DID)”

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HOT

SHOTS What’s the first thing to do on entering your kitchen? Make coffee, of course. Here’s how HOME does it – with a strong focus on design HOME Loves Precision in a pot Sowden Shop

— Designer George Sowden – known for his work with Olivetti’s early computers in the 1970s – turned his focus to coffee in 2011. Releasing a range of products under his own name for the first time in his 40-year career, he developed the SoftBrew coffee pot whose special steel filteris fine enough to deliver full-bodied flavour from grinds of any thickness. From £39.50,

NOTHING LIKE A DAN E Oggetto

— Scandinavian design house Stelton led the vogue for Danish stainless steel pieces in the 1960s and it still manufactures Arne Jacobsen’s classic steel coffee pot. Their new Collar collection is made predominantly from matt stoneware with accents of bamboo, oak and brass. Stovetop pot, 67.95, oggetto.com

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THE GRIND Perky Blenders

— Sourcing high quality coffee is no longer something to leave the house for. The brilliantly named Perky Blenders offers our current favourite coffee subscription, a fuss-free method of ensuring your grind arrives fresh on your doorstep whenever you want it. We love their signature Forest Blend, combining Brazilian and Rwandan beans into a good all-rounder for all brew methods. perkyblenders.com

DRIP FEED Chemex

— The only coffee maker to have a place at the Museum of Modern Art is the Chemex brewer, a simple drip-filter piece that’s designed to create the best flavour and pitch – as long as you measure the coffee-to-water ratio correctly and perfect the pour speed and water temperature. With its wooden belt and hourglass curve, it’s as stylish today, in a laboratory chic way, as it was in 1941. From £37, hasbean.co.uk

COPPER KETTLES Tom Dixon

— Tom Dixon extended his polished copper finishes to coffee equipment with the launch of Brew, “a celebration of the coming together of heat, steam, water and coffee grounds". It includes not only an espresso pot and a cafetiere but also a scoop, milk pan, serving tray and even a biscuit tin.Cafetiere set pictured, £270, tomdixon.net

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KID ON THE BLOCK Great stuff for babies and their rooms

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Scandiborn We love this cot from Danish designers Oliver Furniture, which has a timeless Nordic design, combining oak and birch with classic white lines. With two height settings, short grid side and removable bars, it will last a growing child for years, if not generations. £884;

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Oli Ella Co Ko Rocker Designed from the point of view that a nursing chair shouldn’t look out of place anywhere in the house, these rockers are a great investment. Ergonomically designed with extra lumbar support, they also come in a choice of 18 colours - all are made to order. £795;

BigStuffed Dana Muskat made the first of these these oversized sea creatures for her newborn neice. Hand-crafted in Bretagne, the story is that these cuddly sea creatures are looking for adoptive homes – choose from whales, crabs, or a charming octopus. From £100;

My 1st years This desk and chair set is made of quality wood, is very easy to assemble (it akes literally three minutes to put together), has an integrated plastic pot to store crayons and can be personalised (for free) with your little one’s name on the back of the chair. £120;

Loaf Loaf’s new Little Loafers home furnishings and accessories collection offers lots of Scandi-style quirk and character – we love this mountain-themed bedroom in all its pioneering glory. It's ideal for little adventurers with big imaginations. Prices vary.

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Wooly Mammoth This mammoth is by far the most huggable piece of furniture we've ever seen. With a sturdy wood base for a super smooth ride, it's a great alternative to the traditional rocking horse from Molly and Boo. We hope they do adult sizes soon. £124.99;

Harlequin Doll’s Bed We are anticipating hours of entertainment putting favourite teddies or dolls to bed with this classic Harlequin wooden doll’s bed from Cam Cam Copenhagen, which comes in three colours (mattress and bedding offered separately). £92;

Nubie Available in two delightful colourways these handmade mobiles play a soothing tune and are perfect placed above a cot to ease baby into sleep, or as a distraction above the changing mat. Other designs include pretty clouds, a moon and stars or even a trio of swans. £34;

Vitra A touch of pink has been added to the otherwise grey scheme on this replica Eames elephant stool. It’s a clever piece that can be used either as a toy or as a decorative item – and it’s also suitable for outdoors. Replica Eames Elephant Chair, £175;

Djeco This easy-to-assemble playtent from Djeco is ideal for indoor camp-outs, with a bright harlequin design and roll-up door. Littles will love having a den of their own to play and nap in – and it's a great place to store the piles of that stuff that won't seem to stay put-away. £49.99;

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MODERN FAMILY This five bedroom house in Wimbledon has been entirely transformed to create a wonderful family home Words P E A R L B OY D

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lex Chamberlain lives in Wimbledon with her husband Greg and their two young daughters Elsie and Molly. R&M Lines completely refurbished the family's five bedroom Wimbledon home. The house was extended and adapted with curving, full width folding doors, which open out onto the garden. The final effect has a nautical feel, filling the family home with space and light. Alex: ‘The house is not recognisable as the one we bought. Originally it was curved on one side and gabled on other. R&M Lines had worked on my last property, so I knew they were a great team and I trusted them. R&M lines recommended an architect and it was important for me to use a team that had worked together. We knew we didn't want a standard box extension on the back of the house, which is why we arrived at the concept of the wavy doors and curves on the extension. We also wanted all views to show-off the garden. R&M Lines were part of the whole process and involved at every stage, so we felt confident that our plans were achievable from a building perspective.’

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“I love our home and I spend more time there than I ever used to” ‘I built up a really good relationship with my Project Manager Tom. It was fantastic having someone I could trust to oversee the whole process because you can’t be there the whole time. I also enjoyed being part of the creative side - Tom understood what I needed and had a really good eye. He was fantastic at making suggestions: from cupboard handles and statement colour schemes, to making the right structural decisions and harnessing the potential of the space. R&M Lines have a strong specialist team who undertake different aspects of the refurbishment and building work. It was a very smooth process; the company have a great work ethic and employ talented individuals who care about what they do and about your home.’ ‘R&M Lines' aftercare really sets them apart and they are always at the end of the phone when you need them. This is why I came back to them for the house. I previously used them for the conversion of the garage into a gym. It is one of my favourite parts of the house which I use every day.’

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“R&M lines have a great work ethic and employ talented individuals” ‘As a family it has made us incredibly happy because we love our home and I spend more time there than I ever used to. It gives the kids great security and is a fun place to invite their friends to.’ ‘It has also become the social hub of our family and friends. We now have more gatherings, see more people and entertain much more than ever before because we have such a wonderful and sociable space.’ ‘We also wanted our home to be ‘future-proof’. The space is ideal for a young family but obviously kids aren’t kids forever. R&M Lines helped us choose stunning cupboards and fittings, so in time a playroom can become a grown-up space or somewhere the girls can do their homework.’

Alex wanted the home to have ‘fun elements’ but also be functional and adapt to their lifestyle. This included a drop ceiling in one of the living areas with disco lights and ambient lighting depending on the mood. The master bedroom's en-suite has a walk-in dressing room, accessed directly from the shower and leading back into the house, meaning that Greg can avoid disturbing his family when he gets up for work early. Attention to detail also included low-level lighting that meant children could visit the bathroom at night without needing to switch on the lights.

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COPPER HAZE

Just one of the relatively unknown brands thegardenedit.com stocks is Grafa. Beautiful and practical these handmade, hard-wearing tools are made out of copper and wood. Perfect for lighter gardening tasks.

HOME LOVES

Garden Essentials JOHN TEBBS

The founder of thegardenedit.com offers a shopping list for new gardeners

AXE MAN

Another of Tebbs’ finds is this pocket axe by Rudo y Noble. Made by five different craftspeople it’s a practical work of art.

CITY GARDENING

Using potted plants, such as cacti and shrub, urban gardening becomes fussfree and easy.

EASY DOES IT

Favouring simplistic, sleek design, Tebbs redraws the boundaries of traditional “fussy and floral” gardening by bringing together a modern collection of products that embody the timelessness and beauty of nature.

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Curiousa & Curiousa design and manufacture hand-blown glass lighting in Derbyshire; designer Esther Patterson's first collection was picked up by Liberty soon after she graduated. We love these chintz pendants. £POA, curiousa.co.uk

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BRUSH STROKES ANTHROPOLOGIE

New at Anthropologie is a made-to-order service where you can choose chair and sofa shapes and have them upholstered in fabrics of your choice. This Losange chair works particularly well in this painterly Brushstroke print, which showcases all the brights of Hockney’s palette. £998, anthropologie.com

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FLORIDA SUNSHINE GEMINI TILES • The Reflections collection from Gemini tiles is inspired by Miami Beach’s Art Deco architecture and pastel shades, but we’re picturing it in Hockney’s bathroom. geminitiles.co.uk

WATER VESSELS HABITAT Habitat’s new season ceramics employ simple shapes and vivid hues to striking effect. There’s a 1950s feel to them and the colours are suited to a sun-drenched terrace or poolside deck, all acqua blues, summery yellows and bright whites. habitat.co.uk

OCEAN SHADES BRABANTIA • Even rubbish can be decorative with Brabantia’s newIcon pedal bins, which come in artistically named daisy yellow, clay pink and moss green. As well as being as pretty, their environmental credentials are strong, because not only are they made from 40% recycled materials, but they are 98% recyclable themselves too – plus, for every one sold, Brabantia donates to The Ocean Cleanup to help rid the oceans of plastic. brabantia.com

BYZANTINE BLUE WEDGWOOD • Wedgwood’s new Byzance tableware collection in fine bone china wonderfully combines the eclectic, geometric designs of Byzantine architecture dating back to 300 A.D. Like a re-discovered Greek treasure its precious qualities come in the form of an opulent and striking colour palette of rich sapphire and ruby hues with a beautiful banded pattern, embellished with lustrous 22ct gold. For us, it’s a collection of swimming pool colours. wedgewood.co.uk

CALIFORNIA DREAMING POMONAS If Pomona’s were an artist, it would definitely be Hockney, in his California period. Bright, sunshine-drenched colours and a clean, fresh feel characterise this newish restaurant off Westbourne Grove, which although housed in a proper old brown pub, feels very un-London With its relentlessly cheery palette it’s definitely more Malibu than W2. pomonas.co.uk

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A Room of One’s Own

When Vanessa Bell and her Bloomsbury set took on a farmhouse in East Sussex and decorated it in their eclectic, artistic style, they weren’t to know that it would become an iconic design destination. HOME visits Charleston Words N A N CY A L S O P Photography P E N E LO P E F E W S T E R

t’s most lovely, very solid and simple, with perfectly flat windows and wonderful tiled roofs. The pond is most beautiful, with a willow at one side and a stone or flint wall edging it all round the garden part, and a little lawn sloping down to it, with formal bushes on it’. So wrote the artist and writer Vanessa Bell about Charleston farmhouse, her country retreat in East Sussex. It was her home and that of her lover, Duncan Grant, and they cherished it, making it a bohemian repository of beautiful artwork and interiors. Today, it continues to attract thousands of visitors a year, seduced by the rare imagination and offbeat design that epitomised the work of the so-called Bloomsbury Group, a set of British artists, writers and bohemians who changed the way that we think about the country house, and its interiors. Bell, Grant and their friend David Garnett – known as “Bunny”, also Grant’s lover – arrived at Charleston in October 1916, with Bell’s two sons by her husband Clive Bell in tow. They were conscientious objectors, sensitive souls averting their gaze from the horrors of World War 1, and seeking to create an idyll simpatico with their ideals of libertarianism and the eschewal of polite society. More pressingly and prosaically, Grant and Garnett needed to find jobs to avoid arrest for their conscientious objection, which they duly did courtesy of a local farm – roles that appeared to have left them with ample time for their considerable creative endeavours. The fact that Bell’s sister, the writer Virginia Woolf, lived nearby at Rodmell made it the obvious choice. Indeed, it was Woolf who first noticed

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that Charleston was available to rent, writing to Bell that “the house wants doing up – and the wallpapers are awful. But it sounds a most attractive place.” Almost as soon as this odd trio arrived, they began decorating the house, tearing down those awful wallpapers, painting motifs onto its walls and daubing ample nudes onto its fireplaces (their landlord was, happily, a phlegmatic sort). Bell said “it will be an odd life…but it ought to be a good one for painting.” And so it proved; their influences were eclectic, drawing inspiration from the post-Impressionists right through to classical Italian art, although always with a touch of English humour. The way, for example, that the statues are dotted around the garden, as if in conversation with one another, undercuts the pomposity that such displays are sometimes stuck with. Bell and Grant soon invited their friends to come and visit, and many spent near-indefinite amounts of time at the farmhouse. The most notable of these was the painter and critic Roger Fry, who had had an affair with Bell before she met Grant. Fry’s interest in post-Impressionism translated itself into bold and unusual design, especially in the form of items from the Omega Workshop, which Fry had founded along with Bell and Grant in the belief that artists should be in charge of their own commercial fortunes. The furniture that decorated Charleston mainly came from Omega Workshops, and was a finely designed mixture of the functional and the decorative; Fry had it as his guiding principle that there should be no distinction between the decorative and the fine arts. The products were of very high quality, but expensive and too esoteric for the average home; however, they found their place at Charleston, and remain a testament to Fry’s complex visual imagination. Visitors to Charleston today are likely to be struck by the riot of colour that decorates virtually every room, from the Fry-designed studio that Grant and Bell worked in to the riot of murals and hand-drawn stencils that cover the walls. It was soon a very far cry from the ‘awful’ wallpaper that Virginia Woolf had noticed; instead, the emphasis was on replacing the drab Edwardian conformity with a vivid palette and bold imagination, such as the still life that replaced a boring fireplace in the Garden Room, or the painting of Bell’s much-loved lurcher dog Henry, which still decorates the wall of her bedroom.

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The house was never intended to be a finished product, but a living, breathing testament to the artistic imagination of Bell, Grant and their friends. That its dining room walls are black, its bathroom mint-green and a dining table is coloured salmon pink might have been a disaster in the hands of less able, or less tasteful, artists. That it works is demonstration of the deft lightness of touch that Bell and Grant were so naturally possessed of. Charleston quickly became one of the most sought-after invitations in England, a place for simpatico bohemian minds to retreat, armed with a paintbrush or a notebook; notable guests included TS Eliot and EM Forster . Yet despite the many hands that have contributed to the house’s development over the years, the sensibility that first led Bell and Grant there has remained constant; it seems appropriate that

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Save the Date

CHARLESTON FESTIVAL 19 ~ 29 MAY charleston.org.uk

their son Quentin turned a laundry room into a pottery in 1939, as this reflects the way that few rooms in this house have to remain in their accustomed form. Today, Charleston is open to the public for a large proportion of every year, allowing new generations of artists and the aesthetically inclined to wander round and take their own inspiration from the walls and studios of the farmhouse. In the spirit of its one-time residents, the annual Charleston Festival, invites world-renowned thinkers, writers and artists to debate subjects ranging from politics to philosophy to history and beyond to art and the media, and to imbibe – both literally, and the surroundings. This year’s highlights include appearances from Hermione Lee, Vanessa Redgrave, Justine Picardie. Maggie Hambling, Michael Rosen and Barry Humphries, among a host of others. Should those radicals of the last century glimpse the goings on in their former idyll, they would, doubtless, feel that the spirit of Charleston lives on.

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English Eccentrics The interior for Albert’s Club in South Kensington combines quirky art with a reworking of traditional looks. HOME has a tour

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lbert’sClub,Kensington and Chelsea’s first private members' club of its kind, has a new look. Designed and executed by interior design extraordinaire Jesse Burgess, from House 91, in just nine weeks, it features eccentric art reflective of Albert’s energetic atmosphere, bold prints lining the walls courtesy of Colefax & Fowler and subtle nods to the Kensington royal quarters. The site of Albert’s has taken on a variety of forms in the past, yet no one has previously achieved décor to rival the old-world glamour that Albert’s Club recreates. The club’s Old Brompton Road location, known as Albertropolis, was the stomping ground of Prince Albert at the height of Victoria’s reign and the interiors echo the splendour of the Kensington Hotel and the V&A museum. Alongside nods to more traditional styles, including blue velvet and mahogany wood in the dining room and a Balmoral tartan-lined staircase, Burgess has incorporated a contemporary touch with LED lights set into the club ceiling and unusual golden giraffe and antelope fabrics. Alongside this, the curation of an impressive art collection compli-

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HERMES PILLS This art piece from Desire Obtain Cherish is part of the Designer Drug Set.

IN THE MIX It’s not only about style at Albert’s. The cocktails are excellent too.

“A distinctive Colefax & Fowler print creates a backdrop for the new social media craze #ALBERTSBATHROOMSELFIE ”

ments the interiors, contributing of traditional pieces by Picasso, to vibrant prints by Norman Parkinson (grandfather of club owner Jake Parkinson-Smith) and street art by Mr Brainwash, Black Le Rat and HiJack. Character and charm are in abundance as Colefax & Fowler line the walls with their distinctive print, acting as the perfect backdrop for the new social media craze #albertsbathroomselfie. The Whisky Bar and entrance walkway presented themselves to Burgess as a perfect opportunity to again tap into Colefax & Fowler’s offering; a seamless complement to the tartan print stairwell guiding guests to the Blue Room. Albert’s opened their doors to members and guests last year, hosted by four of the biggest names from London’s most prestigious nightclubs: Jake Parkinson-Smith, Carlo Carello, Piers Adam and Fraser Carruthers.

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California Dreaming

Casa Laguna is a small boutique hotel on the beach near Los Angeles. Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard gives HOME a tour Words M A R T Y N L AW R E N C E B U L L A R D

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uilt original as a private villa in the 1920s for a rich industrialist, Casa Laguna hotel and spa is a romantic getaway set in one of California’s most exclusive beach resorts. Laguna is a historic and picturesque town with beautiful sandy beaches, private coves and famous surfing spots. I designed this small but charming boutique hotel to capture both the essence of the architectural style and the magic of its ocean side location. Mixing bold, traditionally Moorish tile patterns in over scaled panels with fresh colour palettes of azure blues and golden saffron, mixed with vintage terracotta and quirky custom-designed furnishings. Choice antiques have been mixed into the decorative scheme to add a sense of vintage glamour, while easy living fabrics like linen and cottons have been used to instill a beachy vibe and a relaxed atmosphere. The guest rooms and cottages are all individually decorated with the utmost attention paid to the guests needs. From stocked

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bar carts to designer bathroom amenities, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to customize their stay, which for me as part of designing a boutique is an important element. Modern luxury is comfort and that has been key in the design. Fabrics from my own line have been used throughout the project, blending the Moorish elements with modern colors and understated luxurious textures. Because of the age of the property, many of the rooms have unusual shapes which add to the individual atmosphere and decorative charm of the hotel. That, accompanied by the views and ocean breeze , lushly landscaped and fragrant terraces for lounging and dining and the quaint nature of the pool carved out into the hillside makes for a memorable experience.

artyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based interior designer and is renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and always inviting interiors. Martyn’s extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim. His work has appeared in over 4000 publications worldwide including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Garden, Interior Design, W, Vogue, House Beautiful, both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and many more. Currently his projects are featured in over 10 coffee table books. Martyn’s first book exclusively covering his work was released by Rizzoli in 2011. A second book called Design & Decoration was released in 2015 Martyn’s A-List clientele includes Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Cher, Tamara Mellon, Eva Mendes, Edward Norton, Christina Aguilera, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Felicity Huffman, William H Macy, both executive offices at Warner Brothers and Paramount Studios, Patti La Belle, the Kardashians and many others. Although known mainly for his high-end residential design, he has also lent his talent to commercial and hospitality, designing the Colony Palms Hotel, Jimmy Choo stores worldwide, and the Chateau Gutsch Hotel in Switzerland to name but a few. His upcoming projects include The Raleigh Hotel in Miami and the Californian Hotel in Santa Barbara. Martyn Lawrence Bullard is consistently named one of the world’s top 100 interior designers byArchitectural Digest and he is featured permanently in Elle Décor’s A-List top 25 tastemakers in the world.

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I N S P I R E | PEOPLE

My Style JESSICA MASON My style icon I never really feel like myself in dresses (and don’t get me started on tights) so I look to menswear for style inspiration. Katherine Hepburn remains the reigning queen of androgynous dressing.

founder of Piglet in Bed, specialists in stonewashed linen bedding HOME LOVES

MY FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART

The abstract expressionist Franz Kline is a favorite. I especially like his work that incorporates colour such as Torches Mauve.

MY SIGNATURE SCENT

I really like unisex fragrances and my favorite is Aesop’s Mystra.

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION

I spent the last five years living in the Middle East and I am now really enjoying being back home in the wet. A soggy weekend in the Lake District is ideal.

My favourite designer I was recently introduced to the work of Italian designer, photographer and architect Carlo Mollino. I especially love his desks.

MY FAVOURITE BUILDING The Vipp Shelter is my absolute dream home. I love the idea of compact, prefabricated houses dropped into the wilderness.

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MY FAVOURITE PIECE FROM MY CURRENT COLLECTION…

I am a little obsessed with all things grey so I would have to choose our grey stonewashed natural linen duvet cover set. I like to break it up with a couple of extra white linen pillowcases.

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