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FROM THE EDITOR


WELCOME TO THE NOVEMBER 2014 EDITION OF INTERIOR DESIGN TODAY.
BRITAINS OLDEST MAGAZINE FOR PROFESSIONAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS.

WELCOME to the November edition of Interior Design Today. The


seasons are turning and as we go to press there is a flurry of activity in
the design sector, across London and further afield. Please get in
touch, as Id love to hear about your highlights of the design season.
What treasures did you find? What projects are on the horizon and how
do you hope to fuse new trends into your existing portfolio of clients?
To help you along the way we have a few product highlights of our own,
collected from the gems weve found on our travels and concepts that
have crept into my inbox over the past few weeks, I couldnt help but
include them. As such our Shortlist this issue features a splendid array
of designs, from a limited edition Anglepoise Lamp designed in partnership with Paul Smith,
the beguiling Mossi Vase from Lalique and Bethan Grays dresser Genevieve, designed for
John Lewis. This issue however, we havent stopped there. The Buyers Gallery (starting on
page 41) presents some of the top products to see you into the autumn/winter season. DH
Libertys blob table is a thing to behold, Allan Knight pushes boundaries with his
contemporary/classic twist on interior accessories and Margraf shows the fruits of its labour
at the Grand Hotel, Stockholm. Our other product highlights include a bumper feature on
bedroom design, with trend advice from Irina Townsend and a Design Edit courtesy of ercol.
Our designer in the profile seat this issue is someone quite special. Anouska Hempel, Lady
Weinberg, is in the hot seat, talking about her career, her love of the
sea and her take on design education today. We also have news on the
collaboration between the Edwardian Group London and Yabu
Pushelberg, the New York/Toronto based designers who are set to
transform the Leicester Square hotel, taking the Edwardian Groups
design future, up a notch. Christopher Jenner reveals his appreciation
of Josiah Wedgwood, the creator of the world renowned English
Jade Tilley
bone china, in My Icon. To conclude the issue, Lydia Swinton
MANAGING EDITOR
talks all things art in the Last Word.
jade.tilley@onecoms.co.uk

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Products
10 THE SHORTLIST
An editors choice of designs sourced from
far and wide

41 BUYERS GALLERY
A collection of products and concepts
selected by the editor

54 HOME APPLIANCES
Including our Ask The Designer panelists
who reveal their top appliance

58 BEDROOMS

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An eight page spread dedicated to


wellbeing, mattresses and bed structures

Projects
6 NEWS
All the latest news updates on projects
from around the world

12 PROJECT GALLERY
The project gallery presents outstanding
interiors from a top bill of interior designers

People
39 BIID UPDATE
The institute considers the evolving role of
the interior designer

44 DESIGNER PROFILE
Anouska Hempel, Lady Weinberg takes us
into her world, via the ocean

52 WEST MEETS EAST

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The Edwardian Group, London and Yabu


Pushelberg collaborate with success

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42

63 DESIGN STORIES
Duncan Ketley, ViSpring, puts client
wellbeing first

71 SHOWROOM
SHOWCASE
Keir Townsend opens the doors of its Old
Brompton Road store

74 MY ICON
Christopher Jenner muses over the iconic
patterns of Wedgwood

81 LAST WORD
Lydia Swinton advises on acquiring art

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NEWS|BRIEF
DESIGN AT
KNIGHTSBRIDGE
WELCOMES TONY
BROWNE
Tony Browne has been
appointed as Business
Development Manager by
Design at Knightsbridge
to steer sales of the
companys collections of
fine dining chairs, tables
and upholstered furniture
across the hotel, leisure
and executive arenas.
Tony brings experience of
all aspects of furniture
design, manufacture and
sales to his new post,
thanks to 12 years with
Lloyd Loom and 14 years
with Verco Office
Furniture.
BOSCOLO GREETS NEW
DESIGN DIRECTOR
Boscolo, have appointed
Gurjeet Hunjan as their
new Design Director. She
moves from her previous
role as Lead Designer to
this new position and will
be overseeing all privately
commissioned interior
design projects as well as
the companys own
property development
schemes. In addition, she
has also been made
partner of the company,
which is now in its fourth
year, and will sit on the
board, which oversees the
companys operations and
brand development.
NEW DESIGN
EXPERTISE
Property consultancy
Millson Associates has
appointed architectural
interior designer Laura
Seddon to its team. Laura,
who graduated from
Huddersfield University in
2003 brings with her
extensive experience of
delivering projects across
the leisure sector where
she has been responsible
for the design of pub,
restaurant and hotels. She
has overseen concept
designs, site surveys,
planning submissions and
production of
specifications as part of
her remit.

MONDRIAN MEETS TOM DIXON

MONDRIAN LONDON REVEALS SPA CONCEPT AT AGUA BATHHOUSE & SPA


Morgans Hotel Group revealed agua Bathhouse &
Spa in September, set in Mondrian London at Sea
Containers. Embracing the Hollywood glamour,
renegade origins and bold nature of the hotel group
and its aspirational Mondrian brand, this boutique
bathhouse creates a distinct social hub for guests.
Debuting its new concept, the Spa Playground, agua
at Mondrian London promotes a social, multi-sensory
experience that encourages both individual
treatments and fun with friends. agua at Mondrian
London will offer a new, unorthodox dimension into
the spa arena that embraces the heritage and spirit
of community found in Roman spa culture. This spa is
all about late 1970s influenced Glamrock and will
play a seasonally developed soundtrack to represent
the spas retro vibe. agua at Mondrian London will
also serve champagne, freshly prepared beverages
and cuisine to suit all tastes and moods; healthy
guests can either enjoy a guilt-free raw menu created
by the in-house Executive Chef, or indulge in vintage
style desserts such as organic chocolate fondues and
gourmet ice-cream sundaes.

The cutting edge design of agua at Mondrian is


envisioned by Design Research Studio under the
creative direction of Tom Dixon, and boasts six
spacious treatment suites and Spa & Glamour
Lounges, as well as rain shower steam baths.
A striking floor-to-ceiling copper teardrop installation
reflects Roman water vessels in the subterranean
Spa Lounge, which also boasts an expansive,
custom-designed sofa filling an entire corner of the
room, mimicking rippled watermarks over sand. This
allows guests to lounge, lie or sit, either alone or in
groups. Further Roman touches can be found
throughout agua at Mondrian London, including the
risqu Tom Dixon commissioned nude Renaissance
Man sculpture. Based on a Neo Classical Roman
bust, the wood-sculpted nude is the personification of
aguas new rebellious playground concept: relaxed,
body-confident, professional yet spirited.
This boutique urban spa uses curving walls, luminous
pathways and trippy visuals to play on the underwater
theme, with dappled water projections and lighting
effects transforming the space into a maritime
adventure that guests wont want to leave.

RICHMOND INT TRANSFORMS


THE BEAUMONT, MAYFAIR
Richmond International has
worked with Grosvenor and
acclaimed London restaurateurs
Corbin & King to convert a former
Mayfair car garage into a five-star
bespoke hotel. The Beaumont,
Jeremy King and Chris Corbins
first hotel, will open in Autumn
2014. Richmond International has

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been commissioned to design the


interiors, encapsulating the
elegance, glamour and
personalised hospitality of prewar Mayfair.
The interior design has been
realised by Fiona Thompson,
principal of Richmond
International, and her team, in

close collaboration with Jeremy


King, ReardonSmith Architects
and Grosvenor. As with all
Richmond projects, the interior is
inspired by the building and its
surroundings. Originally built as a
car garage in 1926, and occupied
by Avis Rent-A-Car until 2010,
this Grade-II Listed building by
famed 20s architects Wimperis &
Simpson offers a pure Art Deco
style. Overall, Richmond
Internationals design challenge

News

DUBAI HOME BAKING

D I A R Y
17 20 October
Multiplied 2014
www.christies.com
CHRISTIES SOUTH
KENSINGTON
The fifth instalment of
MULTIPLIED, the art fair
dedicated to contemporary
prints and editions, will
return to Christies South
Kensington. The Fair will
take place during Frieze
Week, one of the most
important periods in the
contemporary art calendar.

Home Bakery is the brainchild of local Emirati, Hind


Al Mulla. The concept originated as a modest baking
business from her kitchen table, and quickly grew
with overflowing orders from a loyal established
customer base and a barrage of new enquiries in the
form of fanatic social media followers. Hind soon
realised her ambition to turn her hobby into a
business and approached Blacksheep to create its
brand identity. Home Bakerys modest and authentic
approach offers a home for traditional delights and
familiar treats, in contrast with Dubais typical
modern aesthetic. Blacksheep created a brand DNA
based on the core value Simple Indulgence. From

this a visual identity was created, using three


different design elements all derived from the
emotionally evocative and sensory pleasure
experienced when we eat sweet foods.The interior
design reflects the origins and values of the brand,
incorporating a house-like structure within the
internal framework of the restaurant, which curves
inwards to act as bench seating and creates an
atmosphere of homeliness and comfort. Honesty in
the earthiness of the materials and furnishings
including rustic oak timber, thick padded fabric, and
worn leather allows the simple deliciousness of the
products to speak for themselves.

A NEW WORKING SPACE


HLM Interiors has completed the interior design for a
new Workspace property ScreenWorks on Highbury
Grove in North London. Workspace provides business
premises for new and growing companies across
London. The property incorporates a reception area on
the ground floor and Club Workspace area for
businesses in their infancy, which has 24-hour access
and offers a drop-in space for individuals as an initial
step for their business. The concept behind the
reception design is based around the industrial
heritage of the building; it was formerly used to
manufacture some of the earliest
radios and televisions. It integrates
this history with a calming

atmosphere; created by incorporating Scandinavian


organic soft shaped furniture in natural tones, against
the subtle and understated concrete grey flooring. The
ground floor also has four meeting rooms that can be
hired, all with an original theme a first for Workspace
and a statement piece in each: The Games Room, a
20s Room, Misled, and a 50s Room. As well as the
interior design, HLM was also responsible for styling
each area and including the four meeting rooms;
handpicking all accessories down to the last detail;
including artwork, glassware and historical objects.

14-16 November
Handmade in Britain
handmadeinbritain.co.uk
CHELSEA OLD TOWN HALL,
LONDON
This Christmas season over
100 UK based designer
makers will showcase the
best of contemporary fine
crafts in all disciplines
across Interiors and
fashion over three days at
the historic and beautiful
Chelsea Old Town Hall. The
show is an inspiring
alternative to the high
street and a unique
opportunity to browse, buy
and commission work.

26 27 November
Sleep Event
www.thesleepevent.com
BUSINESS DESIGN
CENTRE, LONDON
The Sleep Event brings
together the cream of the
hotel design industry,
celebrating ingenuity and
innovation in the hospitality
sector.

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was to create the ultimate 1920s
inspired hotel, to capture the
charm and excitement of the Art
Deco era. Much research was
carried out into materials, patterns
and textures, in order to create a
detailed and accurate evocation of
the uniquely rich aesthetics of the
time. Inspired by original Art Deco
buildings all around Europe,
Richmonds interiors for The
Beaumont pay homage to this first
truly cosmopolitan and
international design movement.

Ambiente
www.ambiente.messefrank
furt.com
FRANKFURT FAIR AND
EXHIBITION CENTRE
Ambiente focuses on the
international consumer
goods market with a
spotlight area for Living.
Here you will find interior
design, furnishing and
decoration concepts and
ideas for the year ahead.

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NEWS|BRIEF
WANT TO TALK
FURNITURE?
The headquarters of FIRA
International and the
Furniture Industry
Research Association will
be welcoming visitors on
Thursday 16th October
2014. The event will
include a brief update on
the highly-topical
proposed changes to the
flammability regulations
and delegates will have
the opportunity to get
involved in an interactive
furniture repair
demonstration.
HIGH SPEED DESIGN
The new Ticket Hall for
The Eurostar at St
Pancras International,
designed by Christopher
Jenner, embraces the
age-old discourse
between English and
French culture in favour of
their shared artistic
values. Art Nouveau and
Victorian Gothic design
principles are expressed
through a narrative of
craft, heralding a return to
the Golden Age of travel.
In the Standard Class
ticket hall Christopher has
created a 30 metre hand
drawn illustration in photo
etched stainless steel
documenting the journey
from London to Paris. In
the Business Class ticket
hall handcrafted walnut
cabinetry is interlaced
with fluid brass edging.
Graphic fretwork in brass,
frames the walls and
ceilings.
TRENDY FITOUT
PENSON has completed a
fit out for Wagstaff.
Wagstaff, a modern office
furniture supplier located
in Londons trendy
Clerkenwell, needed a
flexible interior space that
required the PENSON
touch to showcase their
products without
overpowering their
designs. A unique retail
experience was the
answer, where the view
from the outside is just as
important as the one on
the inside.

JET-SET KITCHEN
BLACKSHEEP LAUNCHES 'THE GORGEOUS KITCHEN',
AN ESCAPE WITHIN AN ESCAPE AT HEATHROWS NEW T2
Blacksheep have unveiled their latest brand and design
offering set to delight the food and beverage industry in
the shape of The Gorgeous Kitchen, a new all-day
dining concept launched as part of the regeneration
project at T2, Heathrow, operated by HMSHost
International.
The restaurant is a collaboration between four British
chefs - Gee Charman (former chef at Kensington
Palace), Sophie Michell (executive chef of Pont St. at
Belgraves hotel), Jo Pratt (best-selling author of 'In the
mood for food' and former food editor of ELLE and
Glamour magazine) and Caroline Mi Li Artiss (one of the
first chefs to be discovered on YouTube and self-made
momtrepreneur). The Gorgeous Kitchen allows guests to
escape to a world of tranquility before they even step
onto the runway.
Blacksheep were involved with developing all aspects of
the 360 degree brand experience from the design of the
identity right through to the interiors of the space and
everything in between. For the brands identity they

BFI BENUGO BAR


For the British Film Institutes new restaurant
and lounge, Stephen Street Kitchen, designed
in collaboration with Benugo and built by
Softroom, .PSLAB sought to craft a lighting
experience tantamount to the BFIs legacy.
The elegant, white-and-brass insertions,
custom-designed and fabricated by .PSLAB,
evoke the essential origins of cinema: the
play of light and space. In concert with the
spaces rugged concrete ceiling, raw
hardwood floor, and streamlined furniture,
.PSLABs lighting intervention shades and
tones the mis en scene of this historic
institution.

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wanted to create something that would truly capture the


unique collaboration and chemistry of the four leading
chefs. A bespoke wordmark; crafted out of a variety of
different typefaces represents just that. Purposefully
placed across three levels, it represents the stages of a
journey whilst the punctuation or beauty mark denotes
the pause that the environment creates for the guest as
well as giving a subtle hint towards the femininity and
beauty of the concept. Always surrounded by space, the
overall identity reflects the sanctuary in which the
environment envelops the guest. This notion of space
can also be seen throughout the restaurants interior,
evoking feelings of tranquility, peace and calm, an
escape within an escape. The layout of the restaurant
itself is based on natural organisation and freedom of
form. The introduction of delicate copper vinaigrettes
help connect the spaces from a central point creating
pockets of natural rest. Antique Murano glass shades
appear to float effortlessly complimenting the calm
atmosphere of the safe haven whilst giving it a certain
ethereal quality.

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A TOUCH OF NEW YORK IN GREENWICH


B3 Designers, have brought a touch of New York to
Greenwich creating the interiors for Greenwich
Kitchen, which opened its doors in September. Located
on Peninsula Square, just by the O2 Arena, B3
Designers brief was to develop a rustic yet
sophisticated interior for Greenwich Kitchen, which
brings together a sense of New York chic and
traditional Italian inspired warmth. Its a place to taste
great wine and enjoy simple, authentic cuisine. With
inspiration being drawn from both New York and Italy,
Greenwich Kitchen offers modern American food, a

casual dinning experience in a relaxed environment.


B3 Designers have worked with key features to create
this New York style coffee shop they include mixed
patterned terrazzo tiles on the floor; washed wooden
paneling on the walls complimented by framed,
inlayed caramel tiles and steel-mesh shelves filled
with wine bottles, surrounding the restaurant. The
counter bar features as a central focal point of the
restaurant and consists of industrial chic materials
such as concrete worktop and blackened steel front
with copper joints.

THE BIG
APPLE MEETS
THE BIG
SMOKE
New York-based lifestyle
brand Jonathan Adler has
arrived in London with a
Notting Hill boutique.
Spread over 3,000 square
feet, the double-fronted
store is perched on the
corner of Portobello Road
and Westbourne Grove.
Showcasing home dcor,
furniture, rugs, tabletop
collections, bedding, gifts,
candles and more, a series
of room sets demonstrate
how to turn your pad into a
palace, while the Jonathan
Adler gift bar features a
monthly rotation of inspired
gift ideas for a variety of
recipients and occasions.
Impeccable craftsmanship
and irreverent luxury
underpin the Adler
approach to interiors. New
season highlights launching
this September include
brass bird bowls, the Turner
cabinet, I-Scream vase and
lucite block letters.
Jonathan Adler Notting Hill
is the brands 26th global
boutique, joining Jonathan
Adler Chelsea. "Im married
to a Brit and am a raging
Anglophile, so the only thing
better than having one store
in London is having two. Im
excited to open in Notting
Hill and to have another
excuse to cross the pond,
says Jonathan Adler.

ART DECO EATERY


BuckleyGrayYeoman has completed the latest in a
long line of restaurants for Nandos. The eatery in
Loughton, Essex, is the ninth the practice has
completed for the popular high-street restaurant
chain. Nandos Loughton occupies a 1920s former
car dealership on the junction of Loughtons High
Street and Station Road. BuckleyGrayYeomans
design responds to the unique Art Deco
architecture of the restaurant from first principles,
and the circular layout of the restaurant is taken
from the curved shopfront that gives the restaurant
real presence on the corner.
Image courtesy of Hufton + Crow.

CLASSIC BRASSERIE
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is a
Modern All-day Brasserie and Bar that
opened in Clerkenwell, mid-September.
Situated just off Exmouth Market, Bourne &
Hollingsworth Buildings features a
restaurant and greenhouse, a relaxed caf
area, characterful private rooms and a large
bar serving the brands famous cocktails.
Taking inspiration from the faded grandeur of
a stately home, the venues design combines
unusual textures and modern shades with

trailing plants and rich fabrics. The design of


Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings has been
a collaboration between the in-house creative
team, Lionel Real de Azua of Red Deer
Architects and Louise Davies of Box 9
Architects (Riding House Caf, Pizza East,
Soho House Berlin). Purposefully moving
away from the over-thought and increasingly
faddy designs that have flooded the London
restaurant and bar scene in recent years,
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings will
feature pared back, classic interiors that are
light, clean and almost minimalist in their

design. Throughout the 220m2 space,


whitewashed floorboards, classic cornicing
and light walls rendered with muslin are
juxtaposed with bespoke ironwork, warm
wood and antique armchairs and sofas
reupholstered with thick patterned fabrics
like Kilim and Hessian. The cocktail bar
opens onto the street and the leafy park
beyond via huge windows and doors.
Influenced by those typically seen in a Grand
Caf, the bar itself will feature bespoke
concrete paneling, an oak handrail, and a
beautiful white marble mosaic bar top.

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Shortlist

Shortlist.
This edition has been hand selected from a longlist of products that have caught my eye in recent months. Perhaps it is the
prospect of a new season, a renewed sense of design and space that encourages sound new concepts. Presented here is a
collection of pieces that convey a respect for fine materials and challenge the usual conventions and traditions of the design.

INTERPRET, REINTERPRET
Here is a special edition interpretation of the Anglepoise Type75
table lamp, designed by Sir Kenneth Grange with a twist by Paul Smith.
The lamp combines the unmistakeable form and function of an
Anglepoise with the unique handprint of Britains foremost designer.
Paul Smiths strikingly colourful treatment is articulated through a
playful colour-by-component approach, whilst its no-frills, mechanical
functionality is clearly visible and intact. Paul Smith has created the
discordant, yet surprisingly complimentary combination of colours.
Unusual deep grey-olive tones are set against sharp accents of fuchsia
and lime, with cornflower and clay added to stunning effect.
Dimensions: Reach 660mm. Shade height 195mm, Shade diameter
140mm, Base diameter 195mm. Materials: Aluminium shade and
arms with plated steel fittings and a cast iron base with an aluminium
cover. Price 149. v www.anglepoise.com | www.paulsmith.co.uk

COLONIAL CONCEPT .
The C1715 Bench By 22 22 Edition Design revives the use of
caning, adding a Victorian colonial look to any dcor. Simple
in appearance, this range is a technical achievement. It is
made from a single piece of metal, which is cut, folded,
welded and powder coated. This collection could be used
indoors or outdoors. The Bench stands at L: 150cm x H:
88.5 cm x D: 44.5 cm. Prices start at 1,650 (Excl. VAT)v
www.2222editiondesign.com

PLAYFULNESS IN DESIGN
Normann Copenhagen presents the Circus, designed by Simon Legald. Circus is available in
four saturated colour combinations and is a modern answer to the traditional pouf with its
rounded shape and clean graphic lines. It has a tight and simple design with a soft and inviting
feel. The inspiration for Circus comes from the traditional Moroccan pillow, with focus on
handicraft and playfulness of construction. Circus consists of two different types of foam: A
hard foam to maintain the shape of the bottom part of the pouf and a softer foam on the upper
part for great seating comfort. Each design comes in a choice of grey, red, blue, green and is
made of PU foam and Gabriel textile Medley. The large Circus pouf comes in at H: 35 cm x L:
65 cm x D: 65 cm. Prices start at 350 for the small size and 465 for the large pouf featured.
v www.normann-copenhagen.com/circus
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ALIEN ENCOUNTER
OR OLD FRIEND?
The Mossi vase, launched in 1933 by Rene Lalique in plain
glass, has been one of the best selling creations from
Lalique. The iconic piece plays on the contrast between the
brilliance of its caobochons and the frosting of its
foundation and looks as modern today in any interior as it
did back in 1933 when it was first created. The Grand Mossi
Vase launched for AW 2014 in gold lustre crystal priced at
9,400, following the Moss vase in midnight blue crystal
launched for SS 2014 priced at 1,990. The kaleidoscopic
effect of the Mossi is both a stroke of creative genius and a
feat of technical mastery. The vase is an ideal synthesis of
modern trends in the applied arts. v www.lalique.com

HIGH TEA
Floating Earth, designed by Ma Yan Song (MAD), is part of the project
(Un)Forbidden City from product brand Alessi. Its height and sculptured shape
suggest that it can be used not only as a cake stand but also as a tray or table
centrepiece. The opportunities are endless with this unusual, twisted piece of
tableware. With baking enjoying a resurgence in British culture, Alessi, along with Ma
Yan Song have crafted a beautiful and unexpected twist on the traditional cake stand
that fulfils and goes beyond its purpose. Beijing born architect Ma Yan Song has been
recognised as a important voice of a new generation of architects. Prior to founding
MAD in 2004, Yansong Ma worked as a project designer with Zaha Hadid Architects in
London. Priced at 368. v www.alessi.com

BONJOUR GENEVIEVE! .

Bethan Gray has collaborated with department store giant John Lewis
to bring this marble top dressing table with oak frame and drawers, to
life as part of the Genevieve range. This beautifully crafted dressing
table is complemented by brushed solid brass handles, making it a
striking addition to any bedroom. Two front drawers open out to
provide ample storage, whilst the large round mirror will create a
sense of light and airiness in space deprived rooms. This warm and
contemporary bedroom range uses luxury natural materials
throughout. Solid oak is combined with other natural elements, to
accentuate the warmth and elegance of the collection. Paired with
Bethans timeless and elegant design, these materials help to create a
range that has longevity at its heart. Dimensions stand at H128 x W48
x D110cm. Price, 799. v www.bethangray.com www.johnlewis.co.uk

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Project Gallery

B3 Designers have
designed a Lima Floral
concept before. This is
their Covent Garden
offering.

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Project Gallery

PROJECT GALLERY
Interior Design Today presents the Project
Gallery, a collection of spaces, residential and
commercial, that have been transformed into
beautiful interiors by some of the industries
biggest talents. This issue we home in on an
experiential craft brewery that has been
reconsidered by Graven Images, the latest Lima
Floral project for B3 Designers over in Covent
Garden, along with along Covent Garden
project, this time by Kelly Hoppen who has
renovated a beautiful apartment space in her
signature style. In other areas of London we
have a man cave creation from the team at
Lawson Robb and a marvelous mews property
by Roselind Wilson.

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Lima Floral

PERUVIAN PASSION
B3 Designers, have designed the interiors for
newly opened restaurant, Lima Floral. Located
in Garrick Street, Covent Garden, Lima Floral
follows the success of Lima in Fitzrovia that
opened in July 2012. B3 Designers brief was to
develop an interior that stayed true to the core
values of the Peruvian dining offer with strong
references to nature, geometry and materials
of the earth. The 200 sq metre space takes
inspiration from Perus biodiversity, with a
variety of food sourced from land and sea. The
overall style is simple with emphasis on
geometry and materials of the earths natural
elements. The ground floor has an almost
monastic approach with geometric details and
feature lighting. In addition, an intricate metal
work screen with a natural, twig-like
composition is used to separate the entrance to
the dining area. The basement floor has deep,
rich midnight blue toned floral patterned tiles,
creating a backdrop to textured finishes. Key
features include bespoke wall lighting in
various shapes in the basement tear-drop
and round shaped - that refer to elements of
nature and materials of the earth which also
reference growth. They are illuminated through
glowing opaque glass with thin metal edging.
The ground floor bespoke lighting scheme is
geometric shapes and ceiling fixed creating a
light pattern, almost installation across the
ceiling. Special materials, such as hand-glazed
tiles on the back bar in the basement and blue
pearl granite used to the front of the kitchen
server counter on the ground floor and to the
front of the basement bar provide patterns as
well as texture as they reflect the floor tiles.

www.b3designers.co.uk
@B3designers

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The design stays true to


the core values of the
Peruvian dining offer
with strong references to
nature, geometry and
materials of the earth

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Drygate Brewing Co.

EXPERIMENT AND
EXPERIENCE
Drygate Brewing Co., the experiential craft
brewery, has opened in Glasgows East End,
with a refined industrial aesthetic developed by
design studio Graven Images. Housed in a twostorey warehouse built in the 1960s, the brewery
comprises a restaurant, bar, roof terrace,
events/gallery space, and Studio Kit area. The
visual identity was created by D8, who worked
with graduates from Glasgow School of Art to
produce artwork.
Starting with a blank stripped space, materials
focused on interplay between inherited
fragments of the buildings previous lives and
refined use of an industrial but warm palette. A
staircase made of concrete, which was
uncovered during renovation became a central
exposed feature of the scheme, and a beautifully
preserved tiled faade welcomes customers at
the entrance.
Throughout the interior Graven paired hard
surfaces against warmth: mild steel, cast
concrete, solid wood, and polished patinated
copper in the bar; hardwood herringbone
flooring butts up against a steel angle-frame
screen dividing the bar from the working
brewery; and surfaces of vibrantly coloured resin
and paint play off against metal mesh and
blackened steel.
The image of the seven peaks of the buildings
roof runs through all the bespoke furniture and
materiality as a detail theme always integral,
not applied.
Details were cleverly improvised as the works
progressed the bar, for instance, is clad in
timber shuttering which was originally used to
form the precise concrete panels cladding the
ground floors restaurant bar.

Graven.co.uk

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A refined industrial
aesthetic has been
developed by design
studio Graven Images

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Covent Garden residence

COVENT GARDEN
COUTURE
This Grade II listed apartment was formerly a
hospital and is situated adjacent to the buzzing
Covent Garden Market in London, spanning two
floors with an impressive double height
reception room. The apartment is 2500 sq. ft.
and includes four bedrooms and three
bathrooms. The briefing for the project was to
maximise the feeling of light and space within
the apartment. Kelly designed the apartment
with this at the forefront of her ideas, as well as
incorporating her signature style of luxuriously
neutral, sumptuous textures and plenty of
layering. One of the first decisions made was to
link all the different spaces by two metal
ribbons running from the entrance stairs, up to
the mezzanine and spreading along the
corridors. Once these striking black runners
were extended along the common areas, all the
different rooms and identities, which were
linked together could then be adapted. The
living room is composed of three seating areas,
which are set around a central dining table.
Each area has a different function and benefits
from different light during certain times of the
day. The sensation of space is emphasised by a
series of four chandeliers floating like a
dynamic sculpture in the central space. A new
bespoke sculptural metal stair was also
inserted and all spaces were refurbished
throughout with custom joinery and finishes.

www.kellyhoppen.com
Photography by Mel Yates.

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Each area has a different


function and benefits
from different light
during certain times of
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Covent Garden residence

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Westminster townhouse

WESTMINSTER
DOMAIN
Lawson Robb completed interior architecture
and design work on a three bedroom
Westminster townhouse. The clients brief
entailed creating a discreet and understated
home designed to a predominately masculine
brief. They were asked to work on a new home
trend and create a cigar room inspired by Le
Fumoir at Claridges London Hotel. Throughout
this Westminster home, there is a common
thread of using a rich palette and meticulous
detailing with nothing too elaborate or too plain.
Lawson Robb mixed stunning Georgian features
and architectural heritage with modern unique
materials and textures. The cigar room is one of
several man-only zones created together with
a cinema room, library, office and sauna.

www.lawsonrobb.com
Photography by James Robinson

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Eaton Mews

WELCOME TO
EATON MEWS
The developer of this property, Kapital Estates,
contacted Roselind Wilson Design in 2012 to
redesign the mews house located at 2 Eaton
Mews North. Works began in 2012 and were
completed in 2014. The property was formerly
arranged across a ground and first floor
reception, living area and kitchen and a second
floor comprising two beds and two baths.
RWD was appointed to carry out the full interior
architectural specification which included
reviewing the layouts and determining a new
layout across four floors, that being the
basement, ground, first and second floors. RWD
designed and specified finishes for the kitchen,
bathrooms, all the joinery, architectural and
decorative lighting, all architectural finishes to
include doors, architraves, skirtings, faceplates
and sockets, the staircases, entrance doors,
garage doors, door furniture and ironmongery,
wall finishes, etc. RWD also liaised with the
various consultants, namely audio visual and AC
to determine the specifications and update the
drawings for use by the contractor on site. The
entire architectural drawing package was
collated by RWD.

www.roselindwilsondesign.com

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RWD designed and specified


finishes for the kitchen, bathrooms,
all the joinery, architectural and
decorative lighting, all architectural
finishes and ironmongery, wall
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Eaton Mews

The property was formerly arranged


across a ground and first floor
reception, living area and kitchen
and a second floor comprising two
beds and two baths.

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Industry news

THE RIGHT IMPRESSION


Founded in 1997, YO! Sushi brought to London the unique
concept of a Japanese sushi bar that delivered food to
customers via a conveyor belt travelling at 8cm per second and
is the original and most famous sushi brand with restaurants
throughout the UK. The company has grown from its London
base where it now has over 25 restaurants to an international
iconic success with restaurants worldwide serving over five
million customers a year. Yo! Sushi who have a reputation for
delivering a quality product, carry that through in the standard
of materials used in fitting out their restaurants, and
accordingly specified Kemmlit metal lockers for the staff
rooms at their Baker Street, High Street Kensington and
Ellesmere locations. These ergonomically designed and robust
lockers feature sloping tops, digital locking systems and bench
seating and are part of an extensive range of high performance
cubicle and locker systems from Kemmlit UK who also provide
a design, project management and installation service.
www.kemmlituk.com

THE QUIET MARK OF APPROVAL


The Quiet Mark is an international stamp of approval from the UK Noise Abatement
Society recognising technology that has been designed to reduce noise. Unwanted noise
isnt only about volume levels, tone and individual perception also play a part in defining
sound quality. Salamanders research and development team in Sunderland use the
very latest pump technology to constantly refine the sound performance as a key
element of the companys entire product development programme. Launched in 2012,
HomeBoost, quite literally, reshaped the shower pump market and, still, leads the way
in domestic mains booster pump technology. Where there is poor water pressure in the
home, HomeBoost can be fitted directly onto the incoming mains water supply to
increase water flow up to a constant 12 litres per minute, compliant with the latest
water fitting regulations. The award of Quiet Mark to Salamanders HomeBoost pump is
an official endorsement that it is one of the quietest products in its category. Innovative
motor technology coupled with efficient impellor design means that water passes
through the pump quietly and more effectively. www.salamanderpumps.co.uk

PROJECT TILES
British Ceramic Tile has launched Project, a new brand
created for the commercial market. Designed and
made here in the UK, Project brings together the
companys diverse, market-leading product portfolio
together into one offering, providing architects and
interior designers with their most comprehensive
collection of wall and floor tiles to date. Offering a
fresh approach to tiles, the products are now grouped
into five key market segments (hospitality, leisure,
retail/office, education and safety) to simplify the
specification process. From high definition ceramic
stone-effect tiles and luxurious porcelain through to
glass tiles, mosaics and collaborations with iconic
British designers such as Conran and Hemingway,
Project offers a complete tiling solution to suit a wide
range of projects and budgets, designed and made
here in the UK.
01626 831370 | specification@britishceramictile.com
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Spotlight

PRODUCT PLACEMENT
BUCKS NEW UNIVERSITY IS OFFERING A NEW INTERIOR PRODUCT DESIGN DEGREE FROM SEPTEMBER 2015

Product design has been part of the portfolio of


design courses taught at Bucks for a number of
years. This new pathway has been designed to
allow students to focus their creativity into a
dynamic field of design. It offers many
commercial opportunities for talented graduates
seeking ways to get their name and work into
the marketplace.
Using an interesting variety of live client projects
and national and international design
competitions as briefs, students will use a range
of industry standard 3D CAD, CAD/CAM and
rapid prototyping systems, and some fantastic
workshop facilities to produce 3D models, fully
working prototypes, computer models,
animations and simulations to demonstrate
design solutions.
Creative aspects of design are explored through
design-and-make projects using a variety of
materials and techniques. The studio-based
education will be complimented by using a range
of workshop facilities which will help students
visualise and manufacture their designs, which
can then be fed into design projects in different
mediums.
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products and the environment in which it


appears. Designed artifacts will cover a range of
products for interior environments using
materials from ceramics through wood, metal,
plastics and textiles. Students will also engage in
collaborations across the university, which will
involve clients from related industries and
sponsors. Opportunities for study trips, tours and
visits both at home and abroad are part of the
curriculum.
The knowledge students gain on this new
pathway will open up fulfilling career
opportunities working in design or applying your
problem-solving skills in other fields. It will
provide you with a technical product and interior
design education that combines artistic creative
design with an academic knowledge of
materials, manufacturing processes, structure,
and space orientation.
Bucks New Universitys convenient location to
the west of London and south of Oxford places
them at the centre of the creative economy.
0800 0565 660 | advice@bucks.ac.uk
Images: (main) The wooden rocker by Martin
Saar, (top right) The three wooden revolving
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Industry news

RED DOT WINNER

GETTING THE JOB DONE

Nya Nordiska continues its winning streak with another award. The new
decoration fabric, Batumi CS, has been awarded for its well-made product
design with the Red Dot Design Award 2014. Batumi CS won due to its
surprising combination of transparent Trevira CS fleece and colour intense
print design. With this new product, Nya Nordiska has created an airy
fabric, which stands between textile and paper. Sybilla Hansl, Managing
Director and Creative Director of the design team of Nya Nordiska
commented, Something which has been achieving great effects in fashion
for quite some time can also be realised within your own home. Our
colourful fabric guarantees a positive atmosphere and provides the
freshness of the summer. The three-dimensionality of the graphic pattern
underlines the delicate colour gradients of the cubes. With Batumi CS, Nya
Nordiska has once again proven how the clear expression of forms,
zeitgeist and sophisticated materials can be combined. www.nya.com

JOSB Done has partnered with London based design studio Material Lab to
showcase the uses and benefits of Oriented Strand Board (OSB) to the design
and specification community, with various project collaborations planned for
the year ahead. Focusing on promoting OSBs appeal in terms of its form and
its function, this new partnership will enable the messages of the JOSB Done
campaign to reach a broader audience and one that is increasingly inspired
by this versatile engineered wood panel. As well as offering 100mm x 100mm
OSB samples from the studios expansive sample wall, Material Lab will also
be using OSB in a series of engaging displays that will change as the year
goes on, with the aim of bringing to life the properties and uses of this
engineered wood panel. In addition to OSBs ongoing presence in the design
studio, JOSB Done is working with Material Lab to support other activities,
including the recent Clerkenwell Design Week show.
www.josbdone.com | www.material-lab.co.uk
alongside porcelain tiles and vinyl sheeting, throughout a 1,236m2 area. All
floor works were carried out by Polished Concrete Designs for main
contractor, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd. Gloucester Services, which
opened in May, is a 40-million joint project between a local charity and
Westmorland Limited. Within the main building, a screed incorporating
Mapeis fast drying hydraulic binder, Topcem was laid over insulation and
underfloor heating. Mapeis two-component, solvent-free Primer SN was
applied to provide a key for Mapei Ultratop - a decorative Anthracite-toned
surface that gives the appearance of a polished concrete. The petrol station
was also completed using Mapei Ultratop Anthracite.

CERTIFICATION SUCCESS

GLOUCESTER GATEWAY
A Mapei decorative floor system has been installed at Gloucester Services,
a new environmentally-friendly service station on the edge of the Cotswolds,
designed by AFL Architects. The main building is constructed from local
stone and timber, and features an arched grass-covered roof set to receive
BREEAM excellent rating. Three individual Mapei products were specified,
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Mapei UK Ltd has been awarded recertification of ISO 14001:2004 and the
continuation of OHSAS 18001:2007 and
ISO 9001:2008 following a second year
combined audit of its Integrated Management System (IMS). The Integrated
Management System has been an instrumental tool in the continuous drive
to constantly improve, enhance and accelerate Mapei UKs performance
across all areas of the business, supporting a real holistic approach, which
was visible to the external auditors. The audit highlighted several key
strengths that were comparable to the commitment of the company,
including strength in the introduction of new products; synergy between
sales/production and logistics; the vigour of the management review process
and the control, update and implementation of the Health & Safety
legislation. Particular reference was also made to the specification of the
companys green products through Continuing Professional Development
(CPD) presentations and with the support of The Royal Institute of British
Architects (RIBA).
0121 508 6970 | info@mapei.co.uk | www.mapei.co.uk

BIID Update

The Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland, designed by Minarc

A RISING STAR
DANIEL HOPWOOD, PRESIDENT OF THE BIID, DISCUSSES THE RISING STAR OF THE
INTERIOR DESIGNER, FROM LITTLE KNOWN DECORATOR TO SAVVY, INDUSTRY LEADING AUTHOR OF DESIGN

The profile of the interior


designer is now greater than
it has ever been, as those who
attended my talk, Why the
interior designer has become
essential, at Decorex
International 2014 will already be aware.
At Decorex, I proposed the idea that, increasingly,
the role of the individual interior designer is proving
paramount. In particular, I argued that whilst design
flair is itself a significant asset to the designer, more
recently, education and experience have proven the
most effective tools for the transition into successful
practice and establishing a reliable reputation as a
designer. In fact, much of the work of the British
Institute of Interior Design (BIID) focuses on
facilitating its members with such tools as these to
develop within the industry. Through such initiatives
as on-going CPD sessions and the launch of our
Professional Pathway, the Institute is consistently
encouraging and enabling best practice.
As part of its dedication to its community, the BIID
supplies beneficial resources such as the latest

updated Concise Agreement for Interior Design


Services (CID/14), launched this month. Designed to
be comprehensive and comprehensible, CID/14 is a
simplified version of the industry standard form of
appointment. The contract is developed by
designers, for designers to ensure its userfriendliness and effectiveness. With all of these
measures in place and being enacted on a regular
basis, it is little wonder that the profession of the
interior designer is becoming ever more recognised
and respected.
The profession also has been in the media spotlight
recently, with television shows such as BBC2s The
Great Interior Design Challenge, on which I am
fortunate enough to be a judge, playing an important
part in stimulating broader public interest in the
industry. The show has undoubtedly been a hit,
attracting feature coverage for interior design in
national and regional newspapers. With the second
series about to begin, The Great Interior Design
Challenge showcases the best that amateur interior
design has to offer, whilst serving as a potential
springboard for talented amateurs.

Many professions have Institutes; they are the


hallmark of a profession. Belonging to the Institute
demonstrates to our clients that they are dealing
with a professional who is properly insured, and has
met the rigorous standards demanded by BIID
membership. It creates an immediate platform of
trust between the two parties. It also follows that the
stronger we are as an Institute, then the stronger
and healthier we will all be both as independent
businesses, and as a profession. The more powerful
our collective voice then the more we can help define
and shape interior design in the future.
I believe the profile of the interior designer is at an
all-time high. Our profession is more visible and
valuable than ever before, in both the media and
public eye. Meanwhile, the industry grows from
strength to strength. Our members are consistently
embracing BIID guidance on best practice and
development opportunities to provide a professional
service that combines competence and creativity,
ensuring the reputation of the interior designer as
an indispensable individual.
www.biid.org.uk
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Trendreport

MAKING HOUZZ A HOME


VIVIENNE SNUG, MANAGING DIRECTOR, HOUZZ UK, HOPES TO BRING THE INTERIOR DESIGN COMMUNITY
AND ITS CLIENTS TOGETHER UNDER ONE RESOURCEFUL AND INFORMATIVE DIGITAL ROOF, WITH THE AID OF HOUZZ

WITH MORE THAN 20 MILLION USERS VISITING


THE SITE EACH MONTH, HOUZZ IS A WORLDLEADING PLATFORM FOR HOME RENOVATION
AND DESIGN, BRINGING TOGETHER
HOMEOWNERS, DESIGN PROFESSIONALS AND
DESIGN ENTHUSIASTS IN ONE POWERFUL
ONLINE AND MOBILE COMMUNITY.
Houzz was founded in the US just over four years
ago by a wife/husband team who were frustrated
by the resources available to help them with their
home renovation. Together, they set out to create
an online platform that could help them
articulate their vision for their home and to find
the right professionals to make it a reality. By
applying technology, Houzz has knocked down
the barriers between homeowners wanting to
improve their homes and the professionals who
can help them to do so.
Houzz launched its UK platform in July and is
already having an impact on the UK home design
market; almost one million people visit the site
each month to hire design and renovation
professionals, find inspiration, get advice, source
products, and effectively manage a project from
start to finish, from decorating a room to building
a custom home. UK homeowners on Houzz have
big plans for renovation and design projects: 82
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percent plan to decorate or redecorate their


home in the next two years and 41 percent plan to
build an addition or renovate in the same
timeframe (Houzz & Home Survey, 2014).
There are more than 8,000 UK home renovation
and design professionals already using Houzz to
build their brands via a free professional profile.
The profile works like an online portfolio and
showcases their projects alongside customer
reviews, connecting them with new clients, both
globally and locally. To make it even easier to
manage an online presence, Houzz has recently
launched Site Designer. This free tool enables
professionals to create a beautifully designed
website in minutes, using the photos, reviews and
other content thats already in their Houzz profile.
Houzz has a rich, vibrant and welcoming
community. Professionals can network and chat
with other professionals via the pro-to-pro
discussion room and use the platform to
collaborate with clients. A client can put together
an ideabook with all their favourite inspirational
images and share it with their designer, who can
instantly get a sense for the clients tastes and
styles. An Ideabook full of ultra contemporary,
high gloss kitchens? Out go the country-style
cabinets and terracotta tiles! This approach
minimises any crossed wires and allows the

design process to continue between meetings;


everything is kept in one place, and
communication is easy and efficient. Best of all,
the Houzz mobile and tablet apps mean both
parties can work on the go.
Houzz is already proving its value to interior
designers across the UK. We hope to see you
there!
houzz.co.uk

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RING MY BELL
Daroe is a Danish brand that has been
creating lighting since 1969. Bell+ is their
new award winning design by Thomas Holst
Madsen. Bell+ was created while the
designer was experimenting with a simple
hanging solution, the suspension allows the
pendant to be tilted and the light directed. It
challenges the notion that a pendant is
something static Bell+ is a modern and
dynamic suitable for restaurants, cafs,
hotels, retail stores, conference rooms and
private homes. Bell+ has been over two
years in the making and received its world
launch during the Light and Build show in
Frankfurt where it was awarded the Design
Plus award. It is Daroes hope that people
will enjoy the aesthetics and use the
functionality of Bell+. www.daroe.dk

SWEET AS HONEY
The Rayons is part of the new Provence range from Lalique and
consists of eight pieces depicting honeycomb in gold and clear
crystal. The piece pictured is limited edition and gilded in 22.5 carat
gold by the prestigious Ateliers Gohard located in Paris.
Harmoniously combining the purity of crystal and the nobility of gold,
the Rayons vase with gold leaves displays brilliant majesty. Through
a graphic play on repetition, the crystal honeycombs in clear crystal
are highlighted with 22.5K gold leaves applied by hand by craftsmen
from the prestigious Ateliers Gohard. Thus, this artwork initiates a
dialogue between the classicism of gold and the modernity of the
illuminated gold lines throughout the design. Since 1962, the
Ateliers Gohard located in Paris, which specialises in gilding works
of art, furniture and monuments, has restored the gilding of Chteau
de Versailles, the Invalides in Paris, the Municipal Theater of Rio de
Janeiro and the flame of the Statue of Liberty in New York. This piece
of art is the result of high-precision craftsmanship, who apply with
expertise, patience and meticulousness one by one each delicate
yellow gold leaf of 0.2 microns. www.lalique.com

TIME TRAVELLING
Fox and Hardy presents the Sailcloth Steamer Trunk. The trunk has
been covered in 100 per cent Egyptian cotton sailcloth and adorned with
recycled leather and brass. Designed and manufactured in Britain, the
Sailcloth Steamer Trunk is based on original designs from the golden
era of travel, when trunks were traditionally covered in canvas as
protection against general wear and tear and the rigours of sea voyages.
Every trunk is individually handmade, and the cotton sailcloth
manufactured specially for us by a sail loft based in the East Coast that
still, to this day, produces beautiful hand-stitched sails for some of the
finest yachts sailing the worlds oceans. They are finished with leather
trim and antique brass locks rescued from vintage luggage. The
interiors are lined with striped cotton ticking. No trunk is the same,
each acquiring its own character during the process of manufacture.
These beautifully crafted trunks, practical, compact and so elegant, will
adorn any modern living space and give pleasure for decades to come.
The trunk measures 85cm X 50cm X 56cm (33in X 19in X 22in), has a
capacity of 238 litres, and weighs 20kg.
info@foxandhardy.com | www.foxandhardy.com
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THE BLOB
Inspired by the concept of a canopy
of trees, the Blob Table's natural
edge and leaf-like cutouts
transform any floor it is placed on
when lit from above. The shadows
of the leaf-like shapes dance on
the floor while the sturdy top
makes the perfect surface for
books and drinks to rest on. Made
of powder coated black stainless
steel and brass, this artistic yet
functional coffee table is the
perfect centrepiece for any room.
Material options include: Chrome,
Black Powder Coated Stainless
Steel or Waxed Mild Steel. Allow
for six to eight weeks delivery time.
www.dhliberty.com

OPTI-MYST ILLUSION
Interior designers can incorporate Dimplexs revolutionary
Opti-myst electric flame and smoke effect into their designs
thanks to the launch of a new collection from the electric
heating leaders. The new Dimplex Professional range of
cassette and chassis products gives endless possibilities to
use the stunningly realistic Opti-myst effect, a fully threedimensional effect which creates an illusion of live flames
and real smoke. Dimplex Opti-myst casettes, available in a
choice of two sizes, can be the vital ingredient for any
statement furniture piece or eye-catching focal point,
delivering countless design opportunities with no fuss and
no heat. A choice of two chassis engines in varying widths is
also available, each with a fan heater, which can be used
with a surround to produce a stunning fireplace suite
incorporating Dimplexs market-leading technology. All
models include remote control, quick-fit kettle connections
for added safety and fully variable flame and smoke
intensity control. www.dimplex.co.uk/fires

PRECISION IN
PRODUCTION
At Grants Blinds they understand the creativity and
precision that goes into producing beautiful and practical
design solutions. Thats why Grants Blinds offer a unique
dedicated service for interior designers. With more than
30 years experience in supplying and installing the
highest quality blinds and shutters, Grants can help you
find the right products for your clients design schemes.
Grants can explain the features and benefits of the latest
solar-reflective backings and offer a full range of hightech motorised shading solutions. Much of the work
carried out is a result of positive testimonials from
previous designer customers and Grants are able to
offer commission to designers and architects who
recommend Grants as the leading provider of the very
finest British-made blinds and shutters.
0800 652 2190 | www.grantsblinds.com
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SHIMMERING CRYSTAL
Elstead Lighting launched 350 new products in the 2014
collection catalogue at Decorex, including the stunning
Malia range. This collection is designed by USA partners
FEISS, it shimmers with reflection and movement thanks to
the polished nickel finish and plated smoked crystal glass
droplets. Made in classic shapes, yet contemporary in its
look, these beautiful fittings simply come alive when
illuminated and add a sparkle to either classic or modern
settings. Featured is the Malia 8lt chandelier, but the range
also includes a 6lt and 3lt chandelier, a semi-flush, single
pendant and double wall light fixture. To see more of these
great products and services that Elstead has to offer visit
the website www.elsteadlighting.com or visit the showroom
in Alton, Hampshire (just an hour south of London) where
Elstead has more than 2,000 products on permanent
display.
01420 82377 | Enquiries@elsteadlighting.com
elsteadlighting.com

A KNIGHTS TALE
Allan Knight has spent much of his career in the public eye. Allan was an
independent design consultant even before earning his degree in
architecture from the University of Texas. Allan Knight, the showroom and
brand, was founded in 1999 and became an immediate source for
specialty acrylic, lighting, accessories, and antiques. Designed to appeal
to the high-end carriage trade, the business was instantly a viable
competitor in the Dallas, Texas, market. Mr. Knights combination of
artfully presented antiques has also become a staple of his multi-tier
collection. Owned and operated by partners Allan Knight and Ben
Goldfarb, the Turtle Creek Blvd showroom in Dallas, Texas represents
over 40 lines of luxury home furnishings. Its own brand is comprised of
Allan Knight Lighting, Allan Knight Acrylic and also the Acrylic Upholstery
and Furnishings collections. The Allan Knight Lighting Collection creates
its own world of elegance. The gemstones, water-gilding, Old World
ironwork, and bespoke capability give this line a hand-crafted yet opulent
appearance. Quality and luxury combine to create the ultimate in highend chandeliers, pendants, sconces and portable lighting options.
0207 376 4705 (J. Robert Scott contact) | www.allan-knight.com

MARBLE AT MAGRAF
Margraf was recently awarded the refurbishment of the
prestigious Grand Htel in Stockholm under the supervision of
the British Architects Richmond International. The company
supplied over 300 sq m of finest floor marble for the
refurbishment of the community spaces hosting the restaurant
areas of the hotel. This is the case of the Grand Buffet room of
the Veranda Restaurant, where the marble dcor is inspired by
traditional Swedish embroidery and antique fabrics. Bianco
Statuario is the dominant colour matched to a central trim
featuring a Grafite and Dark Emperador lacework pattern. The
dining room floor has a more geometric allure, but yet very
elegant with a 30 sq.m large floor medallion with a mosaic in
Grafite and Bianco Statuario marble. Polished Crema Marfil
slabs with tiny geometric Grafite inlays add to the work a
special finish. Facing the waterfront, with view on the Swedish
Royal Palace and the Gamla Stan (old Stockholm area), the
Grand Htel is known as one of the most exclusive Swedish
hotels. www.margraf.it
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DESIGNER PROFILE

ANOUSKAHEMPEL

JADE TILLEY SPEAKS TO ANOUSKA HEMPEL ABOUT HER HIGH PROFILE CAREER AS A DESIGNER,
PAVING THE WAY FOR THE PROFESSION, AND HER BELOVED BELUGA TURKISH GULET

ANOUSKA HEMPEL, LADY WEINBERG, IS A


WOMAN WHO NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION IN
THE INTERIORS WORLD. SMART,
SOPHISTICATED AND WITH A GLINT IN HER
EYE, ANOUSKA HAS HAD AN ENVIABLE
CAREER THAT CONTINUES TO FLOURISH AS
THE INDUSTRY GROWS AND SHIFTS IN ITS
GLOBAL STANCE.
Anouska is at the centre of all of this. A celebrated
designer, her work knows no limits, be it furniture,
architecture, fashion or product design, there is a
dedicated space for it in the Anouska Hempel empire,
each design a seamless fusion of her synonymous
West meets East ethos.
Anouska Hempel Design is an international practice
with a stunning portfolio that ranges from residences,
retail, garden design and yachts The Beluga being a
particular passion project for Anouska, a vessel of
such style and wonder that it attracts adorning
glances wherever it sails. The practice itself is
immersed in providing clients with a diverse range of
interlinked disciplines, something which Anouska
herself is keen to address during her discussion with
me. Then there is the subject of the upcoming book.
Authored by Marcus Binney CBE, the book, published
by Thames & Hudson, is a much-anticipated
monograph of Anouska Hempel. Due out on October
13th, the book reveals itself in three chapters, each
one beautifully illustrated by the works of Anouskas
practice, the hotels, the yachts and the residences, all
sit proudly side by side as Binney explores the design
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depths of Anouskas illustrious career.


Here, I recall the interview I recently
experienced with Anouska. Her passion for
design is clear - her quick wit and charm
undeniable.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF
SOMETHING YOU DESIGNED?
When I was five I put an egg in small cup with a
teaspoon positioned through the handle. This was
the beginning. I have always re-arranged items
and moved things around to play with their
composition and order. I like it; it creates change
and interest and establishes a different
connection with the item and the room.
I can be influenced by things that I do like just as
well as those that I dont. I think this is important,
to appreciate the good and bad, the pretty and the
ugly. It helps to define what you love as something
particularly special and to force you as a creative
thinker to create something wonderful out of
something dull.

WHICH DESIGN SCHOOL DID YOU


TRAIN AT (IF AT ALL)?
I never had any training in any of the disciplines,
which I practice now. It just wasnt the way then. I
practice what I preach now and all of my design
ideas were founded in the fantasy world in my
mind. In many ways I feel as those I live in a
strange fantasy world that has become my reality,
what a joy that is!
HOW HAVE DESIGN SCHOOLS
EVOLVED IN YOUR EYES?
Everything is computerised. For me, design
schools are neither here nor there. Its a poignant
reality but I do feel that some art schools have
lost their magic and that is something that should
always remain in design magic. The design
school world has become a big machine; it is too
commercial, too available and not free enough to
explore what art and design and style and beauty
really is through the eyes of unique designers.
Who knows that their potential may be when
theyre sat behind a computer screen for the

entirety of their education? I fear that square eyes


and square shoulders is the future for some.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL
DESIGN COMMISSION?
I honestly cannot remember. Ive been designing
houses and hotels, sorting peoples lives out for
so long that it all feels as though it was at once. I
am connected to the clients I work with and their
needs and wants remain fresh in my mind.
I guess one of the first commissions I worked on,
to give an answer to the question, was my own. I
was the client. It was Blakes Hotel. I think its
always a good idea to design for yourself. You
have the world at your fingertips. You set the
brief, you demand changes from yourself, you
demand better, and your mind is constantly
evolving with the design.
With Blakes in particular, I felt as though the
world was at my fingertips. There was nonsense
and happiness within the project, which I love
Im always seeking for some nonsense in
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very strict with myself. As the client you
absolutely want the best and I believe I delivered
that for myself in Blakes Hotel.
WHO ARE YOUR DESIGN INSPIRATIONS?
I take inspiration from everything but to name but
a few, John Sargent, Sir John Soane, Tadao Ando,
the Japanese self-taught architect. I really do hop
around from place to place in life and so when it
comes to my inspirations, the same thing occurs.
One thing to note about our practice is that we are
architects, first and foremost. Get the architecture
right and you can go on to be as capricious and
silly as you wish after that; architecture first,
design and frivolity second. I believe that those
great inspirers are those who successfully
combined this.
HAVE YOU EVER DABBLED IN
OTHER FORMS OF DESIGN?
I owned and ran a couture company for a very
long time. We created beautiful clothes and
tailoring at Anouska Hempel Couture. If you can
design a four-poster bed, you can design a
person. Everything is linked in design.
Garden and landscape design is another area of
consideration. My design amusement comes
from everywhere and the garden is an extension
of how you live and how you see the home you live

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in. It is just as vital as inside, so to design an


interior is to nurture and cultivate an exterior.
WHERE IS THE MAJORITY OF
YOUR WORK BASED?
Anywhere. Singapore, Chile, USA, Germany, the
list goes on. I have a fantastic team who I couldnt
do all of this without. We have all grown as a
company and it is down to everyones dedication
that we can work as far afield as we do. It is a
pleasure and an honour to work for our global
clients.
HAVE YOU EVER WORKED OR LIVED ANYWHERE
ELSE? IF SO, HOW HAS THIS HELPED TO SHAPE
AND INFLUENCE YOUR IDEAS ON DESIGN?
I live on a boat! The Beluga, my beautiful black
and tan Turkish Gulet. It is from here that I base
myself, so really Ive lived everywhere there is an
ocean. Ive travelled to Istanbul to work on a
palace there. We charter all over.
DO YOU TAKE DESIGN INSPIRATION
FROM THE SEA?
No the seas looks like the sea. It stabilises me the sea and the boat together. There is also a
sense of danger on the water, which exhilarates
you and makes you focus.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR DESIGN STYLE?


I am theatrical and elegant, with a firm overview
of strictness in every project that comes with
being an architect. I like to mix this in and stir it
up with the fashion world. The trick is never to
change the personality of the client your working
with but to heighten their very best attributes
through beautiful design.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST DESIGN
COMMISSION TO DATE?
Fifty hectares in Bahia, Brazil. I felt like a
Pharaoh I delved so deep into the earth for that
project. We really worked into the bowels of the
earth, which is a whole other experience. The
project actually closed for a time but we hope to
bring it back to life in 2015 to continue our work.
IF YOU HADNT BECOME AN INTERIOR
DESIGNER WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
I feel I may have been a brain surgeon or
something of that ilk. I like digging around and
into inside the heads of my clients. My whole
outlook is to make someone feel good, to improve
their life, the way they live and the way they think.
At the very end of it all, we do it to make people
happy. Thats what design is.
www.anouskahempeldesign.com

Anouska Hempel

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Flooring

FUSION FLOORING
T&R Floor Covering Distributors has introduced a stunning new
range of resilient floors. The new Fusion Flooring range
includes 15 wood and stone effect designs that are suitable for
both heavy-traffic commercial and domestic installation. As
well as providing a stunning, authentic surface finish, the floors
also provide R10 slip resistance and a host of environmental
benefits; they comprise on average 40 per cent recycled content,
are low VOC, 100 per cent recyclable and have an A+ Generic
BRE rating. Fusion Floorings Wood Collection includes 11 wood
plank designs, spanning from Royal White Oak to deep-toned
Willow Brown Oak and measuring 184.2 x 1219.2mm. The Stone
Collection includes four designs: Ivory Limestone, Organic
Fossilstone, Urban Concrete and Black Riven Slate, each
measuring 457.2 x 457.2mm. All floors feature a bevel effect on
all four sides, which adds depth and detail to the finished look.
To add further definition, fusion grouting, marquetry or feature
strips can be laid between the square tiles or planks.
0115 925 7711 | info@trflooring.com | www.trflooring.com

EXQUISITE HANDMADE RUGS


Leon Norell is an importer of beautiful oriental carpets. Of special interest are his hard-to-find colours,
much in demand by interior designers for todays interiors, and his exquisite, surprisingly inexpensive silks
from India. Leon Norells father, the late Henry Norell, came to England in 1925, to become a prominent
broker among the community of carpet merchants trading at the famous Port of London Authority bonded
warehouses in the City. This was the carpet centre of the West to which foreign buyers would throng. It was
from there that in the 1940s Henry Norell had supplied Harrods, Liberty, John Lewis, Selfridges, Gamages,
Army & Navy and other West End department stores. It was at this centre that in the 1960s Leon Norell
came to be famed for providing the public with the facility to choose from the millions of pounds worth of
carpets stored there. Today, aside from the choice of traditional Oriental carpets, Leon produces carpets
for any design brief, delivered in under three months, as he did for the Presidents suit in 24: Live Another
Day. He is now also producing carpet replicas of the famous Conference of the Birds design, to any size
and made with imitation silk, these pieces make a beautiful statement in any interior.
020 8731 7708 | www.leonnorell.com

TAKE THE FLOOR


Khrs entire range of wood floors has been voted Hardwood Flooring
Product of the Year for the thirteenth time, in the 2014 CFJ/CFA
Flooring Industry Awards. Sponsored jointly by the Contract Flooring
Association and Contract Flooring Journal, the annual awards include
17 categories, with votes for winners registered in an independent CFJ
readers ballot. Renowned for its quality and performance, Khrs wood
flooring range offers over 140 different design options, in numerous
wood species and patterns; many featuring on-trend coloured finishes
and stunning surface treatments. All floors feature Khrs multilayered construction, based on the original parquet design invented
and patented by Khrs in 1941. As well as providing greater stability,
the construction method also uses resources in the most naturefriendly way. During installation, Khrs glueless Woodloc joint
promotes speed and accuracy, and eliminates gapping throughout the
lifetime of the floor. New designs for 2014 include additions to Khrs
Classic Nouveau and Artisan Collections, in on-trend white, grey and
deep-toned chocolate hues.
023 9245 3045 | sales@kahrs.com | www.kahrs.co.uk
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IN THE MIX
Materia Mix is Craven Dunnills latest new porcelain floor tile collection,
which harnesses the creative direction trending in surfaces of blending
sympathetic materials and textures. Materia Mix is an inspiring
combination of concrete, wood and stone textures, achieving an urban
style, with a durable specification and is particularly suited to restaurants
and bars. The Craven Dunnill Materia Mix tile collection is glazed porcelain
and available in four natural palettes: Deep, Light, Steel and Sun in a 600 x
300 mm format. Craven Dunnill is a leading tile distributor, working with
contract customers across the UK. Acclaimed for its outstanding levels of
service and innovative product range, the company is acknowledged for its
technical expertise and has unrivalled access to both stocked and
exclusive lines.
01746 761611 | info@cravendunnill.co.uk | www.cravendunnill.co.uk

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Flooring

KHRS WITH CONSCIENCE


Reflecting the interior trend for white-look wood floors, Khrs Oak Arctic
combines natural style with a host of eco and performance benefits. The
elegant floor has a single plank design, enhanced by a bevelled edge; a
tactile brushed surface and a white matt lacquer prefinish. It is crafted
from sustainable, even grained European oak and features Khrs ECO
Core - a middle layer of post-industrial recycled material, which forms
part of Khrs award-winning multi-layered construction. It is also
offered with a 20-year guarantee. Designed for domestic and contract
installation, Khrs Oak Arctic can be laid floating on any dry, level and
solid surface, such as concrete, chipboard or wood. Individual boards
align and lock together, using Khrs glueless Woodloc joint. The joint,
combined with Khrs construction, creates an exceptionally stable
surface thats suitable for installation over electric matt and capillary
underfloor heating systems. Khrs Oak Arctic is one of five floors from
the Unity Collection; other designs include light-toned Oak Sand; mid
honey-toned Oak Park; grey-toned Oak Cliff and Walnut Orchard.
02392 453 045 | email sales@kahrs.co.uk
kahrs.co.uk

POLYFLOR GETS BIM


Polyflor has announced that it is now offering Building
Information Modelling (BIM) objects for a selection of its bestselling flooring ranges, available to download free of charge via
the Polyflor website and www.nationalbimlibrary.com. As part of
the first phase of Polyflors BIM Object development the objects
have been developed in all leading software formats including
Revit Architecture, Bentley AECOsim, Nametschek
Vectorworks, Graphisoft ArchiCAD & IFC. The flooring
manufacturer has selected the perfect timing to make their
products available, with the UK adoption rate tripling in three
years since the launch of NBS's separate UK National BIM
Survey. The National BIM Library, developed and managed by
NBS for the UK Construction Industry, is a free online resource
enabling construction professionals to download generic and
proprietary BIM objects. The service aims to host a
comprehensive range of systems and products and to become
the primary source of standard and proprietary BIM
objects.0161 767 1111 | info@polyflor.com | www.polyflor.com

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES
In a rare opportunity Trgon take designers behind the scenes
to reveal the unique process they use to manufacture their
bespoke wood flooring. Trgon have established themselves as
one of the most exclusive manufactures of wood flooring in the
UK. This has been achieved in no small part by their ability to
offer an almost endless range of custom finishes. Each and
every board is hand finished in their London workshop by highly
skilled craftsman. Although their exact techniques are a closely
guarded secret they reveal that each board goes through no less
that sixteen separate stages before completion. This involves a
variety of techniques including varying degrees of sanding,
molding, undulating and staining. Trgons unique process
means that any type of colour, finish and design can be created
making them the choice for designers, architects and private
clients. www.turgon.co.uk
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Edwardian Group London

EAST MEETS WEST END


THE EDWARDIAN GROUP AND NEW YORK/TORONTO BASED YABU PUSHELBERG
FUSE TOGETHER TO CREATE AN EAST COAST MEETS WEST END DESIGN TRIUMPH

EDWARDIAN GROUP LONDON RECENTLY


ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF AWARDWINNING INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FIRM YABU
PUSHELBERG FOR ITS NEW HOTEL
DEVELOPMENT IN LONDON'S LEICESTER
SQUARE. NEW YORK AND TORONTO BASED YABU
PUSHELBERG WILL WORK WITH THE
HOSPITALITY GROUP TO DEVELOP A UNIQUE
LUXURY LIFESTYLE CONCEPT FOR THE
RECENTLY CONSENTED SCHEME IN THE HEART
OF LONDONS WEST END.
INTERIOR DESIGN TODAY SPEAKS TO ROB STEUL
AT THE EDWARDIAN GROUP AND GLENN
PUSHELBERG AND GEORGE YABU AT YABU
PUSHELBERG TO GET THE INSIDE TAKE ON THIS
MASTERFUL COLLABORATION.

right path to respond to our customers and


appeal to a global audience.
What do Edwardian hotels represent
as a hotel group?
RS: As a family owned business we are extremely
proud of our fine portfolio of hotels but never give
up moving them forward and raising our
standards of service, customer experience and
design. In fact design, innovation and the arts for
that matter, are a pillar of what we are and what
our brand represents. The new hotel at Leicester
Square raises our game significantly we know
how important this site is not only to ourselves
but also to London as a city; and we have not
shrunk from this responsibility.

How do you envision this luxury lifestyle


concept being achieved?
RS: The key with the new Leicester Square hotel
is that it will be a place to have fun and relax; its
all about comfort and space, not indulgent
opulence. The hotel will feel more like a club for
our guests with the bedrooms taking on the feel
of a West End pied a terre. The inspiration for
the hotel came from the theatrical and cinematic
culture of Leicester Square: reflecting the idea
that the guest is the actor in their own play, the
hotel is their stage and London is the dynamic
background to each of their stories. Of course,
the new hotel will cater for every need whilst at
the same time remaining accessible to people in
an open and inviting way.

ROB STEUL, EDWARDIAN GROUP LONDON

What were the main strands of your


brief to the designers?
RS: Yabu Pushelberg have been involved in the
entire creation project surrounding the new hotel.
Together with them we are creating not only a
hotel, but a destination composed of restaurants,
bars, pool club and spa, meeting and function
spaces etc. The idea is that this property will
become a social gathering space in the heart of
the West End and attract guests from out of town
as well as plenty of local Londoners looking for a
great fun and relaxed place to call home in the
heart of theatreland, China Town and Soho.

What is next for the Edwardian Group?


RS: Edwardian Group London will continue to
raise the bar in our existing portfolio of hotels, in
particular we are in the midst of an exciting
programme to transform our public areas and
restaurant and bar offerings. Excitingly, we
recently launched the May Fair Kitchen, a new
restaurant concept prototyped in The May Fair
Hotel. The May Fair Kitchen is an elegant, yet
modern and relaxed place to dine, offering the
finest quality food in a high quality environment in
the heart of Mayfair. We are now looking at more
plans for development of F&B spaces across our

How and why did you choose to work with


Yabu Pushelberg?
RS: I have worked with them on other projects
including 10 Trinity Square in London. Yabu
Pushelberg are much more than interior
designers. They have a great understanding of
brand and guest experience from conception
through to creation. I think also that they see the
totality of design, from the external through the
smallest detail of the interior. It is this rigour and
attention to detail, which will set our hotel in the
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London properties as well as creating outdoor
terraces and upgraded bars and restaurants in
our Guildford and Manchester properties.

GLENN PUSHELBERG AND GEORGE YABU,


YABU PUSHELBERG
When you first read the brief for the design
project, what were your initial thoughts, how did
you envision the hotel?
GP: One of the most interesting things about this
project for us was that the conceptual program
was not yet formed. We were brought in not only
to design the hotel, but help figure out the point
of difference for this new lifestyle hotel brand. Its
really exciting to be part of the invention of
something.
GY: Our first instinct was to understand the
historical context and the sense of place intrinsic
to the Hotels location. Not necessarily as point of
reference in our design concept, but to have a
sense of the contextual background, was to us
important, in order to approach invention or
reinvention in a city like London that has so much
history.
Have you ever worked for a hotel group like the
Edwardian Group?
GP: The uniqueness of the Edwardian Group lies
in that it is a family run business. Its a small
enough organisation that we are reacting directly
with the founders and owners, which makes the
rapport that much more robust and gratifying.
GY: Its an enjoyable, lovely relationship.
What were your first design considerations for
this project?
GP: In most hotels, public spaces are layered
horizontally at the base of the hotel, whereas in
this case, the public spaces are vertically stacked
through the centre of the hotel presenting really
interesting opportunities for vertical circulation.
GY: Part of the brief we were presented with was
to animate the street while being mindful of the
community rules in Leicester Square. Were
excited about the potential to create a food
program at street level that will become a social
gathering place, perhaps with food carts and
trucks parked in loading docksspaces that are
typically un-designed and hidden away.

producers for our clients hotel projects;


managing or directing other consultants, such as
branding, art consultants, lighting designers,
landscape designers, etc, and assisting clients
with a more comprehensive vision.
What is next for Yabu Pushelberg after this
project?
GY: This project will undoubtedly be years in
development, as is the case with any large scale

hotel project, but in the nearer future, we are


excited about the launch of the Park Hyatt New
York this fall, and a number of super high end
residential developments in Shanghai and Hong
Kong launching in the new year.
GP: We are looking forward to being producers
of more and more projects, and to collaborations
like this one that offer the chance to create
something with our clients from scratch.

How will you maintain the Edwardian Group


brand in the design?
GP: With this project the Edwardian Group is
essentially embarking on a different phase of
growth for the company through the creation of
an entirely new lifestyle brand. We are looking
forward to being part of that creation through this
hotel. Its going to be a standout.
What is Yabu Pushelbergs ambition with this
project?
GP: When we achieve what we are setting out to,
this project will allow our firm to showcase our
work in London, and to the world at large.
We are most well known as an interiors firm, but
we are also designing products, and acting as

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Home appliances

ASK THE DESIGNER

WHEN DESIGNING A CLIENTS HOME, WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MUST-HAVE APPLIANCES
THAT YOU RECOMMEND TO YOUR CLIENTS DURING THE DESIGN STAGES?

Quooker Tap as featured in the Penthouse Collection for The Filaments, designed by Suna Interior Design.

BLANCA SANCHEZ
Halo Design Interiors

HELEN FEWSTER
Suna Interior Design

MILA PODIABLONSKA
Mil-Ce Associates

REBECCA TUCKER
Suna Interior Design

In the kitchen I think that


a hot tap is a must-have
appliance. Gone are the
days of waiting for the
kettle to boil, now that we
can have near boiling hot
water on tap for cups of
tea and cooking. Doing
away with a kettle means
that the kitchen can have
a more streamlined look
too. Another appliance,
which has had an impact
on kitchen design is the
down-draught extractor.
Built into the worktop
behind the hob, it appears
at the touch of a button
when required, but
disappears when not in
use.

The Quooker Fusion!


Offering both filtered cold
and boiling water on
demand. Its an
environmentally friendly
option, only boiling and
filtering the water you
need, not surplus, as a
kettle would. Both the
boiling and filtered water
is instantly delivered, and
there is a safety feature,
making it a safe appliance
around children.

I strongly recommend an
integrated cooking area
with hidden appliances
such as remote control
exhaust system, hidden
disposal system, level
electric cooking area,
dishwasher and built in
refrigerator. These
appliances, especially in
the kitchen, revolutionize
not only the kitchen's
functionality but also the
total look of the livable
area.

We are specifying wine


fridges more and more
often as a standard
appliance in new
developments. It is a
really great addition, and
one that certainly brings
a luxury feel to any
kitchen. Either a slim-line
version that can tuck into
a handy space or a fullon, full height wine fridge
for the keener wine
collector!

www.sunainteriordesign.com

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www.mil-ceassociates.com

www.sunainteriordesign.com

REBEKAH CAUDWELL
Rebekah Caudwell
Design
Families often have very
specific and differing
needs so I will never fill a
client's home with
expensive appliances just
for the sake of it. Three of
my personal favourites
are a Quooker boiling
water tap, Fisher &
Paykel dishwasher
drawers, and a Gaggenau
CX 480 induction hob one of those appliances
you just can't really
believe has not existed
before.
rebekahcaudwelldesign.com

Home appliances

RETRO
REFRIDGERATION
Gorenje presents the addition of two new colour
finishes to its hugely successful Retro collection of
fridge freezers. In addition to the existing eight colour
options, the Retro will now be available in baby blue
and stylish silver. Baby blue will be exclusive to the
RB60299 retro refrigerator, while the silver will be
available for all three models in the collection. All the
models in the collection boast A++ energy ratings,
SuperCool Functions and MultiFlow accelerated air
circulating.
020 8247 39 80 | www.gorenje.co.uk

JADORE ADORA
The Adora SL WP dishwasher was one of five V-ZUG products recently
awarded by the Plus X Award 2014. This powerful and groundbreaking
dishwasher really impressed the judges noting it for its innovation, high
quality, functionality, ease of use and ecology. The Adora SL WP
dishwasher also consumes just seven litres of water compared to hand
washing, which can use around 40 litres. A partial load programme
ensures that the machine is efficient even during smaller loads, reducing
the usage to 1-6 litres. It is able to be so efficient in part due to the clever
QuadSensor technology. The flexible and greater internal space of the
dishwasher allows it to be used economically and for different purposes to
suit the exact needs of the user. The dishwasher also has many other
popular features such as the 17-minute Sprint programme. Its ideal for
quickly washing items such as during a family party when you may need to
reuse items. The V-ZUG Adora SL WP dishwasher retails from 2,370
including VAT.
0843 289 5759 | www.vzug.co.uk

IDEAS ARE BREWING


Proclaimed by bloggers as the coolest office in the world, Mintels
London headquarters brings together an eclectic mix of Doctor Who
themes, festival vibes and very clever workspace design, and it is now
home to the revolutionary TopBrewer coffee machine. The TopBrewer by
Scanomat is quickly becoming the coffee machine of choice for the
modern workspace with its sleek design, advanced app-based
technology and not to mention the great coffee, which is incidentally
roasted by Scanomat in their very own micro-roastery. Simon Bracken,
Managing Director of Scanomat UK, originally met Peter Haigh, Mintels
CEO, as part of a series of events arranged by the Advanced Workplace
Association. He said: I visited Mintels HQ as part of AWAs Workplace
Week programme. Peter [Haigh] kindly took us on a guided tour of his
offices and I was extremely impressed with the well thought out and
original design of the space. It was very encouraging, during Workplace
Week, when the subject of coffee kept coming up in the discussion. At
Scanomat we believe good coffee and design can bring people together
in the workspace, improve staff morale and subsequently increase
productivity and opportunities for collaboration. The TopBrewer is the
first professional coffee machine that truly embraces design and
compliments agile working principles. www.scanomat.co.uk
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Home appliances

SLICK DESIGN,
SUPERB PERFORMANCE
Gorenjes stunning and slick Simplicity dishwashers are designed to
deliver superb contemporary looks and optimum performance,
operating intuitively through one single dial. The A+ energy class
model features optimum 12-litre water consumption, simple selection
of automatic dishwashing programmes and is available in black and
white. The spacious stainless steel interior and convenient basket
placement with adjustable lower basket ensure excellent layout of
dishes and efficient washing for up to 12 place settings. There is also
the option to choose a half load of up to six place settings and save on
power and water consumption. Regardless of the choice of
programme, modern technology will automatically select all settings
to make sure the dishes are spotlessly clean with optimum use of
water, power, and time. There is also a 3 in 1 function that adjusts the
washing program when using tablets so that the dishwasher does not
use the extra rinse aid. The washing results are consistently excellent
and dishes will have a clean and brilliant shine. www.gorenje.co.uk

#MAKING ROOM
FOR BIGGER DREAMS
Brabantia has revealed the winning quote from its global #TagOurBag
competition. Taking out the trash is now set to become a whole lot more fun
for millions of people around the world thanks to the wit and creativity of
Katy Edling, Texas, USA. The #TagOurBag competition challenged its
consumers to create a witty, bold and inspirational message for its range of
bin bags. It wanted to find out what makes its consumers tick, if size really
matters or if perhaps less is more? Contestants submitted their quotes via
Twitter or Brabantias website using the hashtag #TagOurBag. The winning
quote Making room for bigger dreams captured the imaginations of
Brabantias judging panel. Katys quote was selected from over 2,035 entries
from all over the globe. Katy has won up to 1,000 worth of Brabantia Bins
from a variety of chic colours and smart designs. She will also receive a
years supply of PerfectFit bags and her quote and name will appear on
millions of bin bags throughout the world, available online and in stores from
the beginning of next year. www.brabantia.com

WARM METAL,
WARM HOME
The warm metals are back. Copper and brass are the biggest new
trend in interiors, being seen everywhere from lighting to bathroom
fittings and now in the kitchen too. La Cornues bespoke stoves are
equipped and finished entirely to order. Shown here, the Chteau
150 has been made with a solid copper finish and polished copper
trim. Together, the monumental hand-built stove and the gleaming
metal create an astonishingly glamorous effect. Handmade to
order in La Cornues Paris workshops, every Chteau is a complete
one off. The construction is a meticulous, artisanal process using
luxurious materials including brass, copper, steel, cast iron and
enamel. Hobs are wholly personalised set-ups chosen from options
including solid brass burners, electric, vitro-ceramic or induction
hobs, simmering plates and teppanyaki. Ovens too can be gas or
electric. This is true made-to-measure craftsmanship. Made to
order, the La Cornue Chteau 150 starts from 38,000.
0870 7895107 | www.lacornue.com
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Sleep Event

SLUMBER PARTY
THE SLEEP EVENT RETURNS IN 2014 WITH A STELLAR LINE UP OF OLD AND NEW EXHIBITORS SET
TO SHAKE UP THE INDUSTRY WITH THEIR COMMITMENT TO CRAFT AND CREATIVITY IN HOTEL DESIGN

SLEEP, THE ANNUAL EVENT DEDICATED


TO HOTEL DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT AND
ARCHITECTURE, HAS REVEALED AN
UNPARALLELED LINE-UP OF DESIGN-LED
PRODUCTS FOR THIS YEARS EXHIBITION.
The exhibition brings together a handpicked selection of first-time exhibitors and
new exclusive brands to Sleep along with
recognised industry names from around the
globe all featuring their latest designs.
New to Sleep this year is French
contemporary lighting design and
manufacturer Designheure who will present
its two latest collections: the smartly tailored
Couture takes the bow-tie as its inspiration
for a series of chic pendant, wall and floor
lights; and the striking Nnuphar, a modular
system whose sculptural shape allows
enormous creative scope for designers.
Acrylic Couture debuts at Sleep with its
prize-winning Italian-manufactured
metacrylic panels in which fabrics and other
materials are suspended to achieve
intensely radiant 3D effects that offer
boundless opportunities for bespoke highend projects. Spanish firm Levantina is to
launch its pioneering TECHLAM, a superslim ceramic surface product that provides
architects and interior designers with an
infinite number of possibilities thanks to its
range of sizes and colours, durability and
ease of installation.
TOTO Europe, which combines innovative
Japanese design with exceptional German
engineering to produce high-end sanitary
ware, will also be exhibiting; check out its
new Washlet toilet launched this summer
which totally cleans itself and can be
operated via a remote control.
Also debuting at Sleep is Sara Newman
Design with collections of glassware,
interior accessories, lighting and intricate,
playful box-framed collages.
Naturalmat Company is at the forefront of
using entirely sustainable and renewable
raw materials to produce a premium, longlasting product. The company will showcase
its luxurious beds and mattresses
handmade in Devon with natural and
organic fibres and supplied to leading hotels
of the world including the recently opened
Qbic London and The Wellesley.
Relative newcomer Punkt. unveils its latest
collaboration with British industrial designer
Jasper Morrison: the UC 01 USB Charger, a
compact charging station for convenient,

high speed charging of up to three mobile


devices at the same time, offering an ideal
solution for effortless charging in any hotel
room.
Italian furniture company Very Wood will be
showcasing its finely crafted Bellevue
collection of upholstery and wood pieces;
designed with elegant, contemporary lines,
they can be produced in a combination of
finishes to suit individual project
requirements.
Lighting is always a big design story at
Sleep, which aims to feature the best of the
best. Lights of Vienna has decided its
presence at Sleep is an absolute must in
2014 and will debut a selection of
spectacular light fittings to dazzle the shows
visitors. MLE Lighting is also exhibiting for
the first time at Sleep.
Lasvit returns for its third year with the
astonishingly beautiful Crystal Rock light
designed by Arik Levy. Described as closer
to Kryptonite, the contemporary fixture is
formed from perfectly cut, yet roughly
sculpted, silex glass suspended in the air
like a frozen shooting star.
A rebranded Altfield returns to Sleep after
an absence to showcase its own exquisite
products as well as those by niche brands
such as Brentano, Innovations, Weitzner,
Moore & Giles and Pollack all crafted from
luxurious materials and drawing upon a
myriad of influences including art, nature
and Asian cultures.
Dare Studios will be launching The Bronte
Alcove, a sculptural chair and a sanctuary of
peace and privacy thanks to its acoustic
qualities and high wrap-around sides.
For the first time at Sleep, the value of a
well-designed outdoor hotel environment is
going to be highlighted. Curated by Phil
Jaffa, founder of resort landscape
architecture studio Scape Design
Associates, Above & Beyond will be
dedicated the architecture and design of
outdoor hotel spaces featuring high quality
industry brands. Swiss sunshade
manufacturer Glatz are exhibiting for the
first time at Sleep alongside Encompass,
Garpa, Modern Garden Company, Summit
and Tuuci.
Sleep 2014 is open from 26th to 27th
November. The show is the official event
partner of the European Hotel Design
Awards.
www.thesleepevent.com

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WELL RESTED DESIGN


IRINA TOWNSEND, KEIR TOWNSEND, TAKES A PEEK INSIDE THE TREND-DRIVEN WORLD OF
BEDROOM DESIGN TO DISCOVER WHAT CLIENTS WISH FOR IN THIS PRIVATE AND PERSONAL INTERIOR SPACE

IN RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS BEDROOMS ARE THE


MOST INDIVIDUAL SPACES AND ARE ALWAYS
INFLUENCED BY CLIENTS PERSONAL TASTES
AND PREFERENCES. THIS SPECIFICALLY
RELATES TO COLOUR SCHEMES AND
FURNITURE STYLES.
On the practical side, the starting point is always to
find the right mattress. I always ask my clients to
select the best mattresses that they can afford, as
this is the factor that determines whether the
bedroom would ever feel comfortable or not. It is
also the factor that influences the size of the bed,
including its height the factors that have an affect
on the design of the headboard, as well as storage
solutions and circulation around the room.
Most of our clients ask us to create tranquil, almost
sanctuary spaces, where they want to escape from
their busy lives. Having said that, most of our
clients prefer to have TVs in their bedrooms, which
we find various solutions for, such as mirror TVs for
instance.
We always try to preserve original period features
wherever possible in old buildings, such as coving
or fireplaces, which are important elements of the
original character and history of the environment.
The geometry of the building can have an influence
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we are working on a circular bedroom at the


moment and where cylindrical bedside tables and
lamps subtly emphasise the interesting geometry
of the space.
Interestingly enough, it is always children who want
their bedrooms to feel like pure fantasy, which is
almost always in contrast with their parents
bedrooms. Children are very comfortable with
bright colours and striking features and patterns,
and we have done a few fun projects, like the nineyear old girls room in this particular project. She
wanted deep pinks, reds, oranges and purples all
in the same scheme. I told her that it was a bit too
much for one bedroom, but she showed me her
favorite polka-dotted dress that had all of these
colours in the same pattern and said Look, it
does work! and she was right.
I think a bedroom should always feel like a place
with a timeless design, which doesnt create the
anxiety of following particular trends. It is about the
person living in it. In general though, neutral
schemes are particularly good for creating different
accents and adding splashes of colour with bed
linen and accessories.
One thing that Keir Townsend is an advocate of is
custom-made pieces for our clients. In this
instance we would always make custom-made
beds for our projects, as it allows our clients to

select the swatches that they find most pleasing


and create personalised storage solutions.
We very much have to rely on our clients taste
when it comes to colour, as bedrooms are the most
individual of spaces. We have done bedrooms that
range from pure white palettes to deep red. If these
clients had to swap their bedrooms, they would
most probably find each others colour schemes
completely wrong, but their spaces work for them.
Textures are extremely important, especially when
creating a neutral scheme, as it should not feel dull
or monotonous. Tactile qualities of natural
materials and fabrics can have a calming effect on
the environment and soften the scheme, as well as
add points of interest. There should also be
ambient, focused and feature lighting for relaxing,
reading or even enjoying a cup of tea in bed.

www.keirtownsend.com

Bedrooms

CONNECTING WITH
CONTEMPORARY
STYLE
Connections At Home specialise in the supply/installation
of the latest innovative and stunning interior/exterior,
residential/contract furniture and lighting to the interior
design industry. The MUSA bedroom furniture can be
supplied in many different materials, shapes, sizes and
specifications to suit all needs of your clients when
designing their bedroom spaces. Phil Hunter founded
Connections Interiors in 1990, with the aim of specialising
in the supply and fitting of contract office furniture.
Connections Interiors opened their Leigh-on-Sea
showroom in 1992 and within a couple of years expanded
into residential retail furniture and lighting: Connections at
Home, again specialising in a contemporary modern style.
01702 527545 | www.connectionsathome.co.uk

A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP


Recent research shows that bedroom design is about to
embrace the wave of new automated technology. Detectors
keeping a quiet night time vigil over health and wellbeing that
are attuned to the person sleeping in the bed are just one of
these concepts to be introduced to the bedroom. Tablet
controlled blinds and curtains, as well as zoned lighting in
the bedroom are all welcome changes. Regardless of the
design style, clients today expect a greater degree of comfort
and control in the bedroom. Interior designers can now
accept briefs based on many new expectations utilising some
of the ideas that are now available, including technological
advancements. Deanswood Interiors have been making
curtains and manufacturing blinds for many years and they
are proud of their history in keeping abreast of new innovative
design changes. Whether a traditional, contemporary or
ultra-modern bedroom Deanswood do have the experience
and knowhow to accommodate and assist the designer that
is their way. 01634 814444 | www.deanswood.co.uk

ROYAL REST IS REQUIRED


Royal warrant holder Hypnos has been designing and making
luxurious hand crafted beds in Buckinghamshire for more than 100
years. The company recently launched its Royal Comfort collection,
inspired by the designs and specifications from Hypnos Royal
archives and Royal commissions. As part of the collection, Hypnos
partnered with Sanderson to offer customers an array of luxurious
fabrics to choose from, helping to create a personalised style for
their headboard and divan base. The bespoke nature of every Hypnos
bed means that customers can create a completely individual bed,
tailored to suit their every need. The companys handmade
production process means that any size or shape of bed can be
produced to fit any specification. Hypnos uses only the finest natural
and sustainable materials in all of their beds; such as wool,
cashmere, alpaca and silk. Not only do these fillings promote air
flow and reduce moisture to help regulate body temperature, they
also repel allergens and enhance the sleeping experience, ensuring
customers get the best nights sleep possible.
www.hypnosbeds.com
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Design edit

Design edit.
This editions design edit falls in line with our bedrooms feature. Thats why when I caught drift of ercols latest range of
beds I couldnt resist featuring them as our edit pieces. Ercol is synonymous with great design. Founded in 1920 by young
Italian designer, Lucian Ercolani OBE, the brands design is recognised globally and these bed frames are no exception to its
outstanding design rule.

BRONTE .
The new Bronte Collection epitomises ercols commitment to
design integrity and quality. This bedroom furniture is crafted
from soft toned ash wood and completed with an attractive
tinted matt lacquer finish, allowing the natural beauty of wood
to shine through. The resulting pieces have clean-lines and a
versatility to suit any room. The cabinets are traditionally
constructed, with dovetail joints and deep drawers, and a
choice of kingsize or double beds. As well as the two beds,
the range includes a storage bench, a bedside cabinet, a four
drawer wide chest, a six drawer tall chest, a seven drawer
chest, a two and three door wardrobe, and a storage bench.
v Bronte Bed, Double Bed is priced at 745.

TERAMO
Made of pale oak, this range reflects ercols heritage of
Windsor chairs with the distinctive spindle headboard made
of carefully turned wood. This classic bed comes as a double
and kingsize with matching bedside cabinets, a two door and
three door wardrobe and three sizes of chest of drawers (six
drawer tall chest, five drawer wide chest and seven drawer
tall wide chest).
v Teramo Bed, Double Bed is priced at 795.

PINTO .
Pinto comes in a contemporary painted pebble finish with an
informal feel and plentiful storage. The oak tops of the bedside
cabinet, and the chests of drawers (six drawer wide chest, seven
drawer wide chest and five drawer tall chest) are finished in a
clear lacquer allowing the texture of the woods grain to show
through. Pinto bedroom is made from a combination of the
cabinets being painted elm with oak tops. A matching storage
bench provides extra storage at the end of the bed.
v Pinto Bed, Double Bed is priced at 765.

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Design stories

AND RELAX
DUNCAN KETLEY, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, VISPRING,
TALKS TO JADE TILLEY ABOUT WELLNESS AND THE
COMPANYS DARWINIAN APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT
JT: WHERE DID VISPRING BEGIN?
DK: In 1901, in our London factory, we invented the pocket sprung mattress. We now manufacture out of Devon,
but our craftsmen still use many of the same artisan skills they did back then to hand-make our beds.
JT: YOU HAVE A DEEP-ROOTED BRAND HERITAGE,
HOW DO YOU CONTINUE TO INNOVATE?
Firstly, our entry into new global markets over the last few years has
DK: There are three key drivers.
encouraged us to emphasise different elements of the product. For some, style and proportion matters most; for
others its the natural fillings that we use, but for all comfort is paramount. Interestingly, different markets have
their own view of comfort. In the Far East, for example, firmer beds are preferred. These market peculiarities
Secondly, a keen sense of
drive us to constantly innovate so that we can provide what our customers desire.
what our competitors are achieving means that we can never afford to rest on our laurels. The bed market is
much more competitive than it was 10 years ago and we aim to retain our position as the luxury bed brand, not
Thirdly, we take a Darwinian approach to product development: design, build, sell,
just in the UK but globally.
repeat. We analyse what sells; keep the models that do, and retire the ones that dont. This ensures our product
range is fresh without becoming too bloated.

JT: HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS ON TOP OF THE SCIENCE AND WELLBEING DESIGN
AGENDA?
DK: We make our own springs using the finest-grade Vanadium steel, which retains its strength and suppleness
for much longer than carbon steel thereby bringing a genuine longevity to our beds. Each spring is laid in our
signature honeycomb nesting which ensures that they work independently from one another. This means the
body is completely supported throughout the night.
Just as importantly we scour the globe to find the best natural fibers to make our beds. From the UK, we use
more Platinum Certified pure British fleece wool than any other bed maker and have exclusive use of real
Shetland wool. Looking further afield, we work with some of the worlds most celebrated and conscientious
farmers and producers to source fibers such as silk, mohair, vicua, bamboo and cashmere. We also work with
Independent sleep expert, Dr Neil Stanley. This relationship keeps us up to date with current thinking and
relevant sleep-science; he is a great advocate of using natural fibres to encourage and enhance sleep,
something we also firmly believe in.

JT: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR VISPRING


IN THIS SECTOR OF THE INDUSTRY?
DK: Growth. Not because we arent - far from it. More, because, as an international brand based in the UK, we
need to think globally and relate every business decision we make to our export markets. This growth needs to
be intelligent, controlled and commercial to ensure we take advantage of a common product development
philosophy, whilst allowing the different geographies the ability to express themselves through things like fabric
choice.
JT: WHAT DOES VISPRING ASPIRE TO LOOK LIKE
IN 10, EVEN 20 YEARS TIME?
DK: We aspire to be bigger and better in everyway. We are actively seeking ways to push ourselves further so we
can deliver more, whilst remembering what makes us great both as a company and as product that really
makes a difference to peoples lives.
JT: WHAT IS THE BEST DESIGN ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE TO DESIGNERS?
DK: For me designers have a critical role to play, specifically within Vispring but also generally within the
industry. Ive been fortunate to work with established designers like Terence Mesguich Jacquemin, Monica
Frster and Dirk Debbaut. They each have a unique way of seeing the way that design contributes to the final
product its wonderful to watch and be part of that process. My advice would be lots of discussion and planning
in the run up to a project make sure everybody is crystal clear about expectations and what the end game is.
JT: WHATS YOUR NEXT BIG DESIGN UP YOUR SLEEVES?
DK: We are currently working with Terence Mesguich Jacquemin to bring a completely new range of divan feet to
the market. While details in one way, these products are so important because they have the ability to
completely change the way that the final product looks.
www.vispring.co.uk
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Bedrooms

PURE LUXURY
The new range of Abaca organic mattresses are produced
to a traditional Italian design. Hand made with lashings of
long staple wool these gorgeous mattresses are the
ultimate in sumptuousness. At Abaca they believe that its
really important that people sleep on materials that are
natural and which dont contain either chemical residues
or fire retardants, and in todays world that means
organic. Natural materials are breathable and so much
kinder to your body, they ensure your temperature
regulates itself naturally and have an inbuilt recovery
that ensures that your mattress will last for many years to
come. Abaca manufactures a whole range of organic
pocket sprung and natural latex mattresses as well as
natural fibre mattresses. As well as having a
comprehensive list of standard sizes, all mattress ranges
are available in any length or width.
01269 598 491 | info@abacaorganic.co.uk
www.abacaorganic.co.uk

IN BED WITH THE DESIGNER


And So To Bed are proud to work with leading international interior
designers and specifiers on hotel and residential projects large and small.
Choose from an extensive range of beautiful beds that are available in a
host of exquisite finishes, luxurious fabrics, and sizes to satisfy the most
challenging of tastes and the most demanding clients. Experienced sleep
consultants advise on the very best pocket sprung and memory foam
mattress options for the budget and time scale. And So To Bed would love
to work with you, the bedroom professionals and are available to visit
design studios or alternatively, welcome you to the dedicated trade studio
within their flagship Kings Road London store. New for Autumn 2014 are
four exquisite ranges; Odette (pictured), Giselle, Lysette and Eloise, all
lovingly crafted to reflect updated classic chic in tune with todays style.
0207 736 9775 | 07809338854 | trade@andsotobed.co.uk

SET TO SNOOZE
Since 1947 Jensen has produced beds in Norway with a strong
focus on sleep comfort. Many groundbreaking innovations in bed
manufacturing bear the Jensen signature and today this is more
evident than ever before. Combining the significance of traditional
craftsmanship with the best materials and solutions that the
market has to offer is a well-known fact in the business. In 1998,
a revolution in sleep comfort began. The Jensen Original Zone
system attracted considerable interest from both consumers and
retailers, so much so that one year after its introduction, all
Jensen beds featured the Zone System. Since the launch the zone
system has been synonymous with the Jensen trademark.
Jensen Original Zone System provides proper support for the
entire body when at rest. It provides support for the curve of the
back, in combination with a soft shoulder zone, which is the key to
an optimal sleep experience. The zone system is based on selfevident and natural principles; that is, most people are broader in
the hip and shoulder areas and narrower and heavier around the
waist. 01823 444300 | www.jensenbeds.co.uk
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KITCHEN INTUITION
JOHNNY GREY, PRINCIPAL JOHNNY GREY STUDIOS AND VISITING PROFESSOR OF DESIGN AT
BUCKS NEW UNIVERSITY, MUSES OVER THE KEY DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF A KITCHEN DESIGNER

KITCHEN AND FURNITURE DESIGNERS ARE


COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ANIMALS MOST OF
THE TIME, WITH ONE OR TWO EXCEPTIONS. THIS
IS A PROBLEM THE KITCHEN DESIGN COURSE AT
BUCKS NEW UNIVERSITY IS BEING SET UP TO
ADDRESS.
The thing is, most kitchen designers are rarely
designers at all. They are salespeople peddling
pre-made products and arranging it around a
room. No amount of use of the word 'bespoke' can
change this fact. My colleagues in the industry hate
me saying this: sorry.
Apart from that, a big obvious difference between
the output of a kitchen v. furniture designer is price.
For clients on a tight budget, pre-manufactured
products make sense. For others there are
problems. Scale is one. If, as increasingly, people
opt for a generous-sized kitchen, units look
inappropriate, wrong, with high ceilings. The way
they fill corners is also undesirable, as corners are
difficult to work in and awkward as storage space.
Kitchen furniture designed individually and
specifically can easily be freestanding, allowing a
sense of spaciousness and free circulation. A
walk-in pantry is an inexpensive food storage
solution that can divert resources to a proper
central island, a truly bespoke centre of the
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working kitchen. Predesigned kitchens rarely


include pantries, let alone multi-function islands.
Furniture rather than units creates an inviting place
to go and be. In order to make a scheme work, the
designer plans the space around its functions using
intelligent ergonomics. Real design can even make
the culinary zone of a kitchen more compact,
freeing space in the room for other activities like
socialising or homework.
Furniture is full of cultural meaning and tradition,
handmade wooden items, for example, paying
more than lip service to the past and indeed the
present. Wood, marble, steel and concrete all have
their own vocabulary of form.
Kitchen companies tend to avoid proposing even
very necessary building work to change interior
architecture because this complicates the selling
mission and/or absorbs the budget. Furniture
designers on the other hand think how all
components of the space relate to each other. They
will work towards an optimal result even if it means
opening up the space to the garden, French
windows replacing a potential run of units.
So the difference between a kitchen designer and a
furniture designer is a profound one. There is a role
for mechanically reproduced items for the home,
but the other side of the coin is growing interest in
individually crafted pieces that express clients'

individuality and become heirlooms. These can be


any style, from baroque, quirky and experimental,
through recycled, to classic understated taste or
minimalism. Budget aside, there are few limits to
the kitchen made with furniture.
www.johnnygrey.com

Kitchens + bathooms

GET SWEPT AWAY


The Galleon shower panel from Hudson Reed is an all-in-one shower
solution providing the luxury of multi-function showering in one product,
so theres no need to wade through a sea of shower valves, slide rail kits,
fixed heads and body jets. With a contemporary brushed stainless steel
finish and soft curved design, the Galleon shower features an overhead
shower, body jets and handset, so its ideal for all the family. It also
features thermostatic anti-scald protection for your peace of mind. The
Galleon is easy to operate, with one control for the temperature and one
control to turn on, off and divert to the different shower options. Retailing
at just 799 the Galleon shower panel is a simple but effective way to
update any bathroom. Available since mid-August, the Galleon is just one
of a wave of exciting new products launching for Autumn 2014.
www.hudsonreedbathrooms.co.uk

ROCKING CERAMIC STYLE


RAK Ceramics has introduced a new porcelain tile to its contemporary
collection. New Strata is a rock-effect tile that combines a stunning
natural aesthetic with practical benefits, making it ideal for contract and
domestic applications. Strata has a semi-gloss finish and is available in
three stunning textural tones, light grey, beige and black. The tiles are
designed for internal wall and floor installation, and are also suitable for
wall installation outdoors. All colour-ways are available in 60x60cm and
60x120cm formats and provide floor slip resistance of 50 (dry), 24
(wet). The tiles natural effect is achieved using RAKs digital print
technology, which achieves precise shade variations for a pristine finish.
Additional porcelain benefits include resistance to water, stains, abrasion
and impact, making the surface suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and
high traffic locations. As well as exceptional durability, Strata is also fireproof and easy to maintain.
01730 237850 | marketing@rakceramics.co.uk | www.rakceramics.co.uk

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Spotlight

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS


GLASSTRENDS OFFERS A SEAMLESS COLLECTION OF BEAUTIFUL
GLASS ENCLOSURES, PERFECT FOR THE BATHROOM IN A VARIETY OF INTERIOR SPACES

As an independently owned boutique service of


15 years, Glasstrends designs, manufactures
and installs frameless glass shower enclosures
as well as being official suppliers of an extensive
collection of brass and sanitary ware.
Practical yet imaginative design, careful project
management and an installation team who prides
themselves on integrity and attention to detail are
reasons why clients are choosing Glasstrends.
Glasstrends has helped create stunning
bathrooms using frameless glass for big names
such as Hilton Hotels, The Four Seasons Group,
Jumeirah Carlton Towers, Hyatt Regency, The
Savoy Hotel and many high profile residential
customers.
Frameless glass can look simple and beautiful
when creating enclosures and doors for wet
rooms, shower trays and bath screens. With no
heavy fixtures or fittings, the wet area seamlessly
blends in with the rest of the room. The completed
look is clean, stylish and sophisticated, giving a
feeling of space and calm, the ultimate bathroom
environment.
With Glasstrends the design opportunities are
virtually limitless. Any size and space can be
created in both old and new properties.

Glasstrends designs are easy to clean and easy to


maintain with no fixings to tackle, the practicalities
of frameless glass in wet areas are clear. For
clients who struggle with accessibility, the
frameless glass wet room is the perfect answer as
the area can be accessed without any obstacles.
To complement your bathroom space, Glasstrends
wide range of both contemporary and traditional
fixtures and fittings has been carefully selected for
quality, style and functionality from recognised and
trusted manufacturers including: Vola, Hansghroe,
Laufen, Catalano and Ashton and Bentley.
Glasstrends is the perfect choice for specifiers of
bathroom interior design. With virtually a limitless
choice of design possibilities and customer service
that exceeds expectations you can feel confident
that Glasstrends will deliver.
The experienced advisors will firstly talk to you
about your space and what you want to achieve.
After a careful survey, design recommendations
are made based on functionality and style
requirements; following this a quotation will be
provided with full installation details.
Once you are happy with the design; the glass is
manufactured. At this stage you may want to
select fixtures and fittings from the extensive
range of bathroom products.

The dedicated in-house installation team will


arrange to fit your glass. Impressive customer
feedback is testimony to the teams exacting
standards visit the website to see for yourself.
It doesnt end there; Glasstrends guarantee both
quality and durability on all glass and
workmanship for ten years.
Glasstrends is happy to provide a quotation for
manufacture and supply only of frameless glass
based on your own dimensions.
020 7223 4017 | www.glasstrends.co.uk

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HANDCRAFTED
WARMTH AND LUXURY
The Sterlingham Co Ltd has launched a brand new design to
its already celebrated range of low-energy, handcrafted towel
warmers. The Chatsworth has been developed as part of the
companys continued expansion as its luxury bathroom
accessories are exported to locations around the world.
Commissioned to refurbish a number of old 1930s electric
towel warmers for Chatsworth House, The Sterlingham Co
Ltd stripped the old chrome and added its state of the art
componentry before re-plating in polished nickel and fitting
its custom low-energy heating elements. The Chatsworth
model was inspired by the work done at Chatsworth House,
the model combines 32mm side legs with 38mm rails and a
wall fixing method typical of the period. These towel warmers
are electric-only, with the supply entering from the floor
below either foot.
www.sterlingham.co.uk

SHOWER IN SATIN
Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and
tapware, has extended its range of Waipori Satinjet shower handsets in
the UK and Europe. The updated Waipori range, which uses the innovative
Satinjet technology to deliver a luxurious showering experience at lower
flow rates, saving both water and energy, now includes a stunning white
on chrome handset. Characterised by tapering lines, a subtly rounded
faceplate and distinctive arcs, the new handset will be available from
September via national and independent merchants and showrooms. The
Waipori handset is 120mm wide, providing excellent coverage yet still
maintaining a concentrated spray and is suitable for all pressures above
0.35 bar. Methvens patented Satinjet technology makes every drop count
with specially aligned jets that collide to create thousands of droplets per
second and is optimised at only nine litres per minute, which makes
considerable savings on water and energy use.
0800 195 1602 | www.methven.com

THE
ESTEEMED
ESTIMO
The Abode Estimo monobloc
mixertap is an elegantly styled tap
in perfect proportions and
features a slight angled gradient
to the overall frame with a soft
style tubular spout design. Flat
shaped handles give ease of use
to this design-led tap, which is
available in both chrome and
brushed nickel finishes. Estimo is
guaranteed to be a winner with
an affordable price tag.
01226 283434 | www.abode.eu
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Showroom showcase

SHOWROOM

SHOWCASE
INTERIOR DESIGN TODAY IS TAKING A LOOK THROUGH THE DOORS OF SOME OF THE UKS
BEST SHOWROOMS, OFFERING AN INSIGHT INTO THE COLLECTIONS CURATED AND
CREATED BY THE DESIGNERS WHO RUN THEM. by Jade Tilley

Just a short walk from Gloucester Road tube


station, where the road meets Old Brompton, I
found myself on a gloriously sunny day in
London, walking towards the Keir Townsend
showroom for my latest showroom visit. Keir
Townsend had been on my radar for a while and
I was encouraged to go along and take a look at
the shop first hand.

On my approach I was disturbed from my reverie


by the high-octane sounds of a Ferrari, roaring to
life, along with several other of the brands
luxury sports vehicles, gliding across the road in
a careful and yet exhilarating majesty. Keir
Townsend sits, poised on the corner opposite the
Ferarri showroom, a bright, glossy shop window
to the car of many a dreamers dream. Keir
Townsend in contrast, exudes a serenity and

luxury, and so it is no wonder that the showroom


has the occasional visit from certain celebrities,
hopping over the road from cars to interiors.
Irina Townsend, the Co-founder of Keir
Townsend, is there to greet me. Warm and
inviting Irina greets me with the charm and grace
that makes it easy to see why so many of her
clients come to her and never leave. Irina is
accommodating and enthusiastic about the
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Keir Townsend

journey of the brand and the place they currently


stand in the interiors industry.
Irina, along with her husband Alistair Keir, a
chartered surveyor, are business partners. They
launched the practice in the middle of the
recession in 2010. Irina said at the time, We had
separately worked for commercial design
firmsbut we were doing projects for friends and
had developed a strong residential sideline. The
company now has a six strong team, which is run
from the studio beneath the showroom. I will get
to that part later.
The first thing that hits you as you enter the
showroom space is the intoxicating smell. Irina
has worked with her few carefully selected scent
specialists to create a heady mix of unusual and
tempting smells that sit harmoniously with the
pieces featured within the showroom. CULTI
room diffusers sit along the side tables and
cabinets, emitting a glorious scent that goes
hand in hand with the style of the space. I cant
quite say why, but it just all works together in
serene harmony and sets the dark natural
materials off to a tee.
Bringing myself back to the room, Irina is keen
to talk about everything that this showroom has
to offer. One thing that is certain is that Irina has
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had more than a hand in every single item that


the showroom has to offer. She refers to her
many collaborators as artisans of their craft,
conjured from around the world literally. On the
back wall there are beautiful circular wall art, an
unusual technique, which I discover is crafted
using the simple material of plaster, decorated in
sumptuous blues and mixed with earthy tones.
An Italian designer was commissioned for these
particular items. Keir Townsend in many ways
seems very connected to its earth. The colours
and the textures all trace back to nature and
Irina enthuses over the ways in which they have
used and reused to preserve and recreate for a
new generation. The recycled glass surfaces are
just one example. They look like marble,
particularly the white surface. It glistens and
shimmers with a very natural quality. When you
get up close you can see the detail of the shards,
making it even more beautiful. There is also a
three-dimensional quality to the material that
only such crafting and recycling could achieve
with such elegance.
The connection to earth and nature continues
throughout, whether it is the table tops,
reminiscent of fossils found deep in the earth or
the smooth and seductive marble pebble

sculptures that act as low level tables and


seating. When I say marble I am in fact
surprised and delighted to see Irina gracefully lift
one of the pebbles with little effort. It is again, an
illusion, but no less of the quality and skill of
creating a solid marble seat has gone into it.
These concepts and designs have all been so
carefully considered and thought through and it
is a testament to Irinas knowledge and skill that
they have all worked so flawlessly.
Other items that caught my eye included the
lighting installations in the centre of the room,
dangling above the large central table. When I
asked who made those I discovered that the
actually glass pendants were originally alone, it
was Irina and her team who added the curtain
tassels to transform them into something new,
something altogether more exotic.
Continuing my search for lighting pieces, I
focused in on the ornate lamps that sat atop the
white recycled glass surface. Like a picture taken
in an art deco era, these angelic emitters of light
consisted of crisp white cut glass in various
angles and facets. It reconfirms how well the
retail showroom flows from earthy and textured
to sleek and composed and back again. As Irina
talks me through the various collaborations from

Showroom showcase

Spain, Italy and further afield, we stop by a


copper clad cabinet. It is in fact wood on the
inside the but face of the piece is clad in a
stunning myriad of copper panels, all reflecting
different tones. It is clever, contained design
that plays with the senses and exudes luxury in
an understated fashion.
Once I have absorbed as much product
information as I can, we begin talking about
the company as a studio and business. It
transpires that the offices were originally
situated across the road, above said Ferarri
showroom, but the growth of the company and
Irinas desire to expand and create in a larger
workshop meant that when this corner spot
came available, they had to take it up. The
transformation is stunning. The retail
showroom serves as a window in the Keir
Townsend world. Below deck is a spotlessly
appointed studio and workshop, with a
cavernous archive of fabrics, materials,
samples and paints that would simply have
never fit into the previous space.
I was lucky enough to get a mini tour of the
space, where I met Alistair and some of the
other designers, all busily working on their
next projects, which I discover, there are many
of and in various corners of the world. There
are residential projects, hotel/restaurant
clients (we cant talk too much about those)

and pieces being created for the showroom


upstairs. Irina shows me the workshop, which
carries another heady scent, this time of paint
(you can literally smell the artisans at work) we
dont stay in there too long but just long
enough to take a glimpse at the archive of
materials and projects and for Irina to present
me with one of the signature fragrances they
use. CULTI dcor, FICHINDIA spray ambiente
room spray, a limited edition that has sadly
been discontinued. I shall treasure it and
fragrance my home in the hope that it
transforms itself into a Keir Townsend
masterpiece.
Irina, Alistair and the team at Keir Townsend
are making strides in the industry and it is easy
to see why. The level of craftsmanship and the
dedication to working with artisans from
around the globe positions them as innovators
and creative thinkers and Irinas passion and
understanding of what her clients look for in
the company is unfaltering. I can only
recommend that everyone takes a trip down
Old Brompton to see for themselves.

142 Old Brompton Road


London
SW7 4NR
www.keirtownsend.com

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My Icon

MY ICON
CHRISTOPHER JENNER, JENNER STUDIO,
REVEALS HIS DESIGN ICON
Since 2010 Christopher has become renowned for his work with luxury
brands looking to define themselves in the global marketplace.
Christopher Jenner creates considered designs to meet his clients
strategic objectives. His aptitude for storytelling and knowledge of
artisanal skills allow him to capture the essence of a brand. Evident in
the studios global portfolio of projects is the importance of
ethnography and identity. In 2012 Christopher presented his first
acclaimed installation The Looking Glass House and the toy-like
collection Swell at the Salone del Mobile, Milano. The same year he
was awarded British Breakthrough Talent for 2012 by FX magazine,
and in 2013 was appointed Creative Director for the Eurostar. In 2014
Christopher presented The Cloud at the Salone del Mobile, which
was recognised as a highlight of the programme.
WHO IS YOUR DESIGN ICON?
Josiah Wedgwood
WHAT IS HE MOST FAMOUS FOR?
Josiah Wedgwood is most famous for his step changing experimental work in ceramics.
Due to a childhood illness (small pox) he was unable to follow the traditional route of the
potter to the wheel, forcing him concentrate his efforts in the design and innovation of
this most traditional craft; a classic case of facing adversity from a creative perspective.
With his business partner he is credited with developing the first true pottery factory in
England and the birth of the Golden Age of English ceramics.
HOW WAS WEDGWOODS WORK RECEIVED DURING
THE PERIOD IN WHICH THEY WERE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL?
The success of the Wedgwood potteries occurred alongside the advent of the Industrial
revolution, this time of innovation and change was directly reflected in the quality and
nature of their wares. New techniques and methods ensured products were well ahead
of their time and truly transformative. Typically of the time, the patronage of Royalty
ensured success and fame. The naming of Queens Ware with the favour of Queen
Charlotte, and orders from European Royalty catapulted Josiah into the history books and is
seen as the most famous potter of all time. The Wedgwood Portland Vase is the
culmination of this search for perfection through innovation.
WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN JOSIAH WEDGWOOD AS YOUR ICON?
Josiah Wedgwood was more than a craftsman; he was a brand builder with an obsessive
attention to detail and a profound perspective on life. What attracts me most to his work is its
simple beauty, a beauty born out of the desire to innovate, a passion to push the boundaries of
crafted possibility.
WHICH PROJECTS FROM YOUR OWN PORTFOLIO
DEMONSTRATES A NOD TO THE WORK OF WEDGWOOD?
I feel the layering of materials and textures are an obvious nod to the characteristics of Wedgwood. A
confident use of colour and texture create innovative material expressions. Josiah Wedgwood was a
formidable brand builder; much of our commercial work is centred on expressing our clients, capturing their
values through both products and spaces.
IF YOU COULD BE REMEMBERED FOR ONE ELEMENT OF YOUR DESIGN,
WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE IT WOULD BE?
Making a difference to the way our clients represent themselves, and changing the way people feel,
if only for a moment.
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Image: Wedgwood

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JUST US
Lyndon Design has unveiled us, an infinitely versatile
modular seating solution that is suitable for straight and
curved configuration in various colours, styles and
arrangements. Designed in-house and originating from a
bespoke customer order, us is ideally suited for corporate
areas, from intimate reception lobbies to expansive atrium
areas, where breakout spaces are increasingly popular. Its
soft rounded form and high level of comfort also extends to
the hospitality and leisure sectors, including shopping
centres and other public areas. us may be specified in a
wide variety of fabrics and leathers and comprises single,
two and three seat sizes that are available with or without
backs. 45 and 90 seating with or without long and short
backs are also available, and these enable circular and
curved seating designs to be created. Whilst an oak under
frame delivers excellent aesthetics, it also epitomises the
high quality and craftsmanship characteristic of Lyndon
Design. 01242 584897 | www.lyndon.co.uk

ORIGINAL
TECHNIQUES, TODAY
First established in Castle Cary in 1837 by John Boyd, the company
continues the tradition of horsehair weaving using the original
looms and techniques. Horsehair fabrics are used mainly for
upholstery of both classical and modern upholstery. Originally used
by Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Charles
Rennie Mackintosh, as well as for Biedermeier and Empire style
furniture, this traditional English fabric has inspired architects and
designers all around the world, such as Alvar Aalto, Josef Frank
and Saarinen. Horsehair fabrics are highly regarded for their
quality, durability and lustre which is unequalled by any other
natural fabric, as well as their inherent fire resistant properties. The
new John Boyd weaves and colours were shown at Decorex this
year, designed by Max Rollitt. www.johnboydtextiles.co.uk

FRAMELESS FIRE
CVO Fire has extended the range of energy efficient gas fires
with the launch of the new FR920HE. The FR920HE is perfect
for both old and new properties where maximum heat and
energy saving is required. This frameless, glass fronted, gas fire
has been designed and approved to the latest British and
European standards. This modern energy efficient gas fireplace
will provide 4,8kW of heat and is operated by a thermostatic
remote control. This monitors the temperature in room and
adjusts the flame to ensure optimum performance and energy
saving. The fire is suitable for installation into any property with
a chimney and no extra air ventilation is required. The fire can
also be installed in a new build property without a chimney by
using a flue liner and false chimney breast construction. The
FR920HE is manufactured in the UK at the CVO factory in the
North East of the UK. Gas is 70 per cent cheaper than burning
wood or using electric and the CVO range includes many energy
saving gas appliances.
01325 301020 | sales@cvo.co.uk | www.cvo.co.uk
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FLIP FLOP IS DEPLOYED


Boss Design has launched a new multi-functional flip-top table, Deploy,
which has been designed to create the most efficient use of space. It has
also recently been awarded a prestigious Design Guild Award 2014. From the
iconic Boss Design stable of commercial interior products, and designed in
conjunction with leading British design consultants, Broome Jenkins, Deploy
is designed to meet the demand of flexible working patterns and space
optimisation. A single table featuring a steel painted lightweight structure
with polished aluminium leg frame, Deploy facilitates easy and effortless
reconfiguration to satisfy both conference meetings and training
environments, courtesy of an optional flip-top mechanism. When not is use,
it can be cleverly and discretely stored away with minimum use of space and
twin-wheeled castors allow the table to be moved with ease. Available with
static or flip-top option, Deploy comes in two heights: 740mm and 1100mm.
Table top sizes range from 1200mm x 700mm to 3000mm to 1500mm.
01242 584897 | www.boss-design.com

ELECTRIC
ACCESSORY DESIGN
Introducing Silver Kites extended Arbor range: A
beautiful collection of custom made door, window and
cabinet fittings as well as electrical accessories that
combine the beauty of natural wood with luxurious
metal finishes. Since its introduction seven years ago,
the Arbor range has delighted interior designers
worldwide. To meet demand, the manufacturer has
extended this unique collection to include a
comprehensive range of electrical accessories. From
stylish switch plates to stunning sockets, their
products offer a seamless finish to any interior.
Unique style, timeless quality
With 169 combinations of finishes to choose from,
Silver Kite can create fittings to compliment any
design scheme contemporary or classic - as well as
craft bespoke items to match individual
requirements.
Free scheduling service
Time is precious. Silver Kite understands this, which
is why they offer an ironmongery scheduling service.
Working on site, or from plans, they can determine a
projects exact ironmongery needs, to ensure that all
the products are compatible and perform to their
exacting standard.
01494 774779 | www.silverkite.co.uk
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INTUITIVE DESIGN
KIVO, designed exclusively for Herman Miller by Alexander Lorenz,
takes on the challenges faced by the ever-changing landscape of the
modern office. KIVO was created to provide a solution to the dynamic
workplace whilst also offering flexibility for change in both work
activity and behaviour. A rise in open plan floorplates and a decrease
in private office spaces calls for a balance to be struck between
individual and group needs. Herman Miller developed and validated a
concise range of KIVO settings to meet these needs in combination
with a variety of products from its portfolio. The lightweight triangular
modules that form Alexander Lorenzs innovative new system divides
existing areas, creating and emphasising places to work. It supports
the intuitive nature in which people work, outlining spaces where
people can be creative or find a quiet space to escape and think. The
design creates a powerful statement and comes in a variety of finishes
from bold colours to lighter hues. KIVOs uneven external profile
combined with acoustic dampening materials built on a resilient steel
skeleton reflects and reduces sound, creating a private hub.
0845 226 7201 | www.hermanmiller.co.uk/kivo

CANADIAN COUTURE
Muraspec has announced it is now offering the Candice Olson Couture
Collection of wallcoverings exclusively in the UK. The collection, with its
modern interpretation of classic designs, reflects Candice Olsons
signature approach and offers designers and specifiers a range of exciting
options for modern interiors. Living and working in Toronto, Canada,
Candice Olson describes her signature style as sophisticated yet
accessible and simultaneously youthful, classic and contemporary. In her
new Couture Collection clean, pared down lines and traditional designs are
given a fresh, modern look using stylised scale and subtle shimmering
finishes. The Collection is made up of 14 designs and is available
exclusively through Muraspec in the UK. The Candice Olson Couture
Collection designs include Abaco, Adrift, Ashanti, Cabaret, Castaway,
Cheers, Dazzling Ashanti, Glimmer, Infinity, Magical, Metallica, Runway,
Stanza and Tinsel. 08705 117 118 | customerservices@muraspec.com
www.muraspec.com/candiceolson

IN THE SWING
Stelrad Radiators has introduced its new, curved vertical premium panel
radiator to the UK market, the Stelrad Swing. The new model is based on
Stelrads extremely popular Compact Vertex radiator but sees the addition of a
one piece, curved steel front cover that gives it a modern and aesthetically
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pleasing designer feel. It comes in white as standard but can be specially


ordered in up to 35 colours, making it an extremely attractive product for
interior designers and architects, looking to match radiator colours with
corporate or specific colour dcor. The Swing is available in two heights
either 1,820 or 2,020mm in two types either P+ (T21) or K2 (Type 22) and in
a choice of lengths from 504 to 727mm a total of 12 SKUs. Btu/hr outputs
range from 4,176 up to 8,107 at Dt50. 0844 543 6200 | www.stelrad.com

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BEST OF BRITISH
The term Best of British conjures up a number
of iconic things, from The Beatles and Wimbledon
to afternoon tea and fish and chips. When it
comes to interior design and luxurious furniture,
Whitehead Designs is the epitome of all things
British.
Whitehead Designs is passionate about
craftsmanship on British soil, helping to support
the economy and manufacturers. Its location in
Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire provides an ideal
base for building close relationships with interior
designers across the country, creating a
quintessentially British package when designing
a living space. It also ensures unrivalled
standards of quality and craftsmanship, resulting
in the highest quality finish possible to provide
lifelong satisfaction.
One of the leading companies within the interiors
industry, Whitehead Designs also has a
prominent role in producing luxurious bespoke
furniture for some of the UKs top hospitality
venues, including boutique hotels and
restaurants. Providing everything from sofas and
occasional chairs, to chaises, bar stools and
bedroom furniture, Whiteheads products stand
the test of time in both the domestic and
commercial markets.
Want something bespoke? Then Whitehead
Designs is able to customise your chosen piece
down to the finest details, another aspect, which
makes it so popular within the interior design

community. From selection of shapes and fabrics,


to cushion fillings, finials, castors and more,
Whitehead allows you the freedom to create a
truly unique piece of upholstery.

All Whitehead products take six to eight weeks to


produce from receipt of fabric.
0115 972 5056 | www.whiteheaddesigns.com

WEAVY GOOD
Altfield is a leading resource for beautiful textiles,
wallcoverings and leather, distributing a number
of high end lines from around the world. Altfield
also produce its own collections of wallcoverings,
fabrics and faux leathers, which blend perfectly
with the brands it represents. The products and
brands are the perfect complement for high end
residential and commercial interiors. This season
sees a wonderful selection of colour, texture and
techniques from these brands, including the
launch of luxurious woven leather from Moore &
Giles. Hand-crafted to order in the United States
this product is woven by a second-generation
weaver with more than 33 years of experience.
These unique woven leather panels are available
in two exclusive patterns from each of the new
Valhalla colour ways. Woven on 8 to 15 feet wide
Cranbrook looms using an old-world weaving
process with no mechanical elements, they make
an elegant and alluring accent for upholstered
frames, wall or ceiling panels or simply as a
statement rug. Altfield Represents: Architects
Paper | Artivivant | Brentano | Brochier |
Elizabeth Dow | Eunillee | Glant | Innovations |
Manas | Moore & Giles | Odaka | Pollack |
Thesign | Weitzner | Westbury Textiles.
020 7351 5893 | showroom@altfield.com
www.altfield.com
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PURE ESSENSSE
JS Air Curtains is launching Essensse, an attractive and economic
air curtain suitable for a range of environments from small shops
and restaurants to office buildings and banks. Air curtains seal an
entrance with an invisible barrier of air, preventing cold air entering
in the winter and air conditioning escaping in the summer while the
door is open. A comfortable temperature can then be maintained
within the room and a buildings energy costs reduced. Essensse
can deliver up to 2,900m of air, enabling it to seal doorways up to
2.5m high when mounted above an entrance. Easy to install, the
compact unit is finished in white RAL 9010 as standard with other
colours available on request. Essensse can incorporate water or
electric heating elements and is available as an ambient unheated
model. Latest hotwire heating technology can provide up to
19.1kW/h with low pressure hot water units providing 18.6kW/h. The
air curtain is controlled via a wall-mounted controller with multiple
units able to be operated from the same control system. A radio
frequency (RF) option is also available. A special design air outlet
provides the best possible seal across a doorway.01903 858656

SURFACE SIZE MATTERS


Avonite solid surfacing showcased the innovative Chromatix colour
matching service and the flexibility of its Right Size Matters customsized sheets at 100% Design this year. The brand showcased its
innovative new Chromatix colour matching service and its Right Size
Matters capability, opening up ever greater design freedom and cost
engineering for specifiers. With Chromatix, Avonite Studio Collection
Glass and Petals solid surface can be custom-matched to a sample or
specified colour using the Pantone matching system. Free samples
can be provided at no extra cost prior to production. Solid surface
lends itself to horizontal and vertical applications in residential and
commercial projects. Chromatix by Avonite meets endless design
capabilities and can even be backlit for a stunning effect. Avonites
Right Size capability provides acrylic sheet material in a choice of
thicknesses and sizes to offer cost engineering and minimal waste.
For the ultimate in design flexibility custom sized sheets of 3, 6 and
12mm solid surface material are available up to 1524mm wide, and
from 1829mm to 5182mm long. 0845 603 7811
info@avonitesolidsurface.co.uk | www.avonitesolidsurface.co.uk

A WAVE OF INNOVATION
British Smart Home technology developer LightwaveRF has
introduced a new handheld remote, which allows users to lock
linked LightwaveRF sockets, dimmers and plug-ins at the touch of
a button to prevent them from being turned on or off manually.
Called the Lightwave Locker, the compact handheld zapper can
also be used to isolate these devices from the rest of the system to
prevent control from any other hand held remote or Smartphone
within range. The company has said that this new facility will
improve home safety concerns, particularly the possibility of
access by small children. A major feature of the LightwaveRF
Connect Series is that all these beautifully designed products use
wireless RF signals for switching and control, are fully compatible
with each other, and can be retro-fitted at any time. Any system
can therefore be completely modular, allowing home owners to
add as much or as little as they feel appropriate. Systems can be
built up starting with just one socket or dimmer in one room,
adding more elements over time to create an entire Smart Home.
01707 386000 | www.megamanuk.com
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Last Word

thelastword

Private commission by Claire Brewster, Photography by Rosario Montero

A CANVAS OF IMAGINATION
LYDIA SWINTON, CO-DIRECTOR OF FAWN ART CONSULTANCY EXPLAINS WHY USING
AN ART CONSULTANT COULDNT BE EASIER AND WHAT THE SERVICE ENTAILS

WHEN THE FAWN ART CONSULTANCY TEAM


ARE NOT VISITING CLIENTS ON SITE, YOULL
FIND US SCOURING ARTISTS STUDIOS WHERE
WE HAND-PICK ARTWORK FOR A VARIETY OF
CLIENTS.
Our business was formed over three and a half
years ago. My business partner Maddi and I felt
that there was a need for a tailored art
consultancy service. We recognised clients
desire for a greater range in artwork options and
found they often struggled to visualise how a
piece of art would look in their home when
viewing it in a gallery environment. Is it going to
be in keeping with my interior? Can you hang a
piece like that above a radiator? Im not sure it
will fit? These questions were regularly heard.
Our ethos from the start has been about making
the process of buying artwork more accessible to
a wider audience whilst at the same time
contributing to artist growth. Seeing an artists
career flourish, knowing that we have helped

along the way is hugely rewarding, as is going


from start to finish with a project and feeling the
satisfaction of seeing the final installation. We
work with both emerging and established artists,
so our service appeals to a range of budgets. We
have an unrivalled portfolio of artwork to choose
from, which has been particularly helpful to busy
interior designers like Camilla Thorp, of Thorp
Design, who recently said: Fawn have responded
fantastically to our briefs and worked within
budgets and time constraints perfectly. They have
a very wide-ranging network of artists, meaning
that they can find unusual pieces to suit any
project.
The process of working with us is simple; ideally
we like to visit the client on site to discuss their
requirements. Interior designers provide samples
and technical drawings from which we work to
compile a tailored proposal based on their clients
needs. We then liaise with the artists, formulate
inspiring bios, create scale drawings and source
high-resolution images, making it easy for clients

to clearly visualise our ideas. Depending on the


scale of the project, this process usually takes
two weeks. Our team can also arrange viewings
and delivery of artwork and offer framing and
installation as part of our service.
We pride ourselves on the quality of the artwork
we have on our database as well as the
relationships we have formed with our artists. We
continually expand on our art options to keep with
current trends and because of this our service
has helped award-wining interior designers
source artwork for private homes, offices,
healthcare environments and top universities to
mention a few. Art schemes are an integral part
of building design and decoration, and by using
an art consultant you have the benefit of their
trained eye in selecting art of the highest quality
and installing the artwork to create maximum
impact, all within your budget. This can all be
achieved within weeks with the benefits lasting
for years.
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BATHROOMS

FRAMELESS GLASSPLASTERWORK & MOULDING

BESPOKE FURNISHINGS

HOME BARS

CURTAIN MAKERS

SECONDARY WINDOWS

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