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Where you’ll find us in December

DECK THE HALLS Benjamin Franklin, Dr

01 Rebecca Hoh, Samuel Johnson and others,
assistant editor London Shh (small historic

The Geffrye Museum has a houses) is a collection of
whole host of Christmas buildings with very famous
events coming up in former residents. At Sigmund
December. Including ‘Eco Freud’s house you can even
Christmas’ where you can see the infamous psycho- was really pleased and encouraged to read our
make sustainable aware analytic couch.
cards and old decorations, all
lead feature this month where we talk to leading
in the nostalgically decorated showrooms and designers about the prospects for
1950s room, all subjects close ART-WARMING
to my heart! Eco Designer 03 Kate Burnett, editor the furniture business in 2010. I don’t want to
Oliver Heath will also be
giving a short talk, before we
I enjoy the excitement of an
auction and when it’s for
come over all Ebenezer Scrooge but, as we all
break out the mince pies and charity it makes it all the know, this has not been the easiest year for the
mulled wine. No wonder this more dramatic. Architectural
is my favourite time of year! charity Article 25 will be economy so I wasn’t expecting such a range of auctioning more than 30
works of art from famous
positive comments and optimistic forecasts. I was
DROPPING IN names from the worlds of art recently speaking to Justin Pla, UK MD of Knoll
02 Jenny Brewer, editorial and architecture such as
assistant Tracey Emin and Zaha
in its striking new London showroom and he was
I will be going through some Hadid. The asking prices are telling me that retail sales of Knoll furniture are
profoundly historical likely to be out of my range
keyholes this month at the but it will still be interesting up an impressive 15.4% year on year. Judging by
homes of some of our most to attend the exhibition at
influential figures. Giving us the Louise T Blouin
our article he is not alone. Many different
a chance to step into the Foundation in west London. strategies have been employed to help weather the
homes of William Morris,
current storm and minimize casualties. Let’s hope
01 02
2010 sees a glimmer of light at the end of the
tunnel and a strengthening of the positive trends
mentioned in our article. For now I’d like to thank
our many friends and colleagues for all their
support throughout 2009 and wish everyone a
very happy Christmas from all the team here at
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December CONTENTS | 07


05-14 05
Editor’s Letter Looking forward to a stronger year in 2010
Pulse The best new products for residential schemes
Diary Design-related events around the UK and worldwide
News The Design Council’s new initiative promotes ongoing
business skills training among professional designers
14 Company Profile Bella Figura’s new collections include the first
lighting products from John Stefanidis


16 How Have You Been? We all know it’s

18-52 been a rough year but what has 2009

really been like for our furniture
designers? And what about 2010?
22 Profile: Patrizia Moroso idfx meets
Moroso’s art director as the Italian
company opens its first UK showroom
25 Screen Sirens From silver stucco to

smoke-glass panels, a selection of the 34 Making Space Bespoke or off the shelf?
latest tempting room dividers and screens Stylish storage options for media and
29 Hard Times Job losses are the worst part bathrooms, dressing rooms and wine cellars
of any reccession. Here are our tips for 47 Stacked Up Arresting display systems
avoiding, making and dealing with that make as strong a statement as
redundancy what they hold inside
49 Shelf Life Our pick of the slick shelving
systems that provide contemporary
all-in-one storage solutions
52 Boxing Clever Decluttering gets serious.
We talk to the experts who make a living
from sorting out other people’s objects


70 A Very Regal Residence Kelly Hoppen

70-81 had carte blanche to set a new standard

in show homes for developer Regal Homes
74 Mix Master Peter Phan takes inspiration
from many eras and continents for this
transformation of a 12 bedroom mansion
78 Agricultural Show Nicolas Tye Architects
combine two converted barns to create a
vast and minimal, modern home
81 Practice Profile Tim Gosling is a 21st
century champion of bespoke furniture


THIS MONTH: 93-98 93 Showrooms New places and spaces from around the UK
94 Eco News Citu and Naughtone combine forces on Leed’s
groundbreaking Greenhouse residential development
Gold screen by 95 Interior Adventures The ups and downs of a typical month in
Boca Do Lobo
the life of an interior designer
95 Making It New York designer Marcus Tremonto shines with his
futuristic, electroluminescent lights
96 Pulse Kitchen & Bathroom The very best of this month’s new
products in bathroom and kitchen design
98 No1 Fan Steve Charles glazes over for William de Morgan’s tiles | December 2009

Pulse OPEN | 09

01 This chest of drawers from Marcus White
has leather-lined drawers that open by

revolving outwards. Released as an edition of

100, the piece is hand made in Dorset and is
available in several veneers, including rosewood
with black walnut. 02

02 This Yardley sideboard is part of a 20-piece

collection from Black and Key created by
award-winning bespoke furniture designer
Karin Verzariu. Shown here in macassar radial
veneer, it can be customised to a client’s

03 Liana Yaroslavsky’s La Luna table is made

using traditional Venetian glass-making
techniques to infuse the blown-glass spherical
base with air bubbles.

04 Ian Spencer’s Chaos series celebrates

natural wood’s beautiful range of texture and
tone. His sculptural Roccapina chair 03
is a three-dimensional mosaic of 18 different
types of wood.

05 The Hybrid series from Liqui breathes new

life into old furniture. This table is a typical
example from the range, which adapts classic
pieces using contemporary additions.
06 Anna Dodonova of Anna Casa Interiors has
designed the G table for Reflex. Its bold graphic
shape is available in transparent glass or a
range of lacquered colours.

06 | December 2009

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Hidden Art, London
IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living 2-4 December,
Tokyo International Exhibition Centre (Tokyo Big Sight) Now in its
second year as a combined fair, this trade show
features interior and furniture design trends
and luxury products. The 2008 show drew
367 exhibitors and nearly 30,000 visitors.

Candida Höfer in Italy, Part 1: Florence

Portraits of Space 11 December–24 January 2010,
Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via Camillo Cavour 1, See
Florence An exhibition of
Candida Höfer’s photographs of Florence’s most
impressive interiors. The large-scale images of
famous spaces devoid of people aim to capture
the psychology of social architecture.

Interior Design Between the Wars Until 14

February 2010, Imperial Furniture Collection,
Möbel Museum Wien, Andreasgass 7, Vienna HIDDEN ART OPEN STUDIOS 28-29 November and 5-6 December, studios across east London Viennese furniture and Designer-makers in east London open the doors of their studios for two
interiors from the 1914-1941 period by weekends to sell to the public directly from their working environments. The products on sale
architects Felix Augenfeld, Josef Frank, include homewares, ceramics, furniture and more. Maps to guide visitors to participating studios
Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and others. Loans can be picked up from the Geffrye Museum on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch on both weekends or
from the Vitra Design Museum link these are available to download from the Hidden Art website.
pieces to contemporary European design.

01 03 04 06


01 East London Design Show 4-6 December, 03 Craft in Focus: Art and Contemporary Mini Picture Show 10 December–22 January 2010,
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT Designer Craft Show 4-6 December, Queen Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH This annual Charlotte Hall, Parkshot Centre, Richmond, London Members of the Royal
Christmas sale brings together independent TW9 2RE British designers, Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of
designer-makers of glass, ceramics, homewares artists and craftsmen will sell original and Painter-Printmakers will be selling original
and furniture from not just east London but the affordable textiles, paintings, furniture, paintings and prints on a small scale. Work is
UK and overseas. Free entry for trade visitors metalwork, glass and ceramics. Visitors can available to take away framed or unframed and
on production of a business card. also commission bespoke pieces at the show. the prices start at just £50.

02 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe 5-10 04 Design Real 26 November–7 February 2010, 06 Decode: Digital Design Sensations
December, Christie’s of London, 8 King Street, London Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London 8 December-11 April 2010, Porter Gallery, V&A,
SW1Y 6QT More than 150 lots W2 3XA This is the Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
of furniture, sculpture, clocks and works of art Serpentine Gallery’s first exhibition of Developments in digital and interactive design
will go under the hammer. Estimates range contemporary design. It will showcase objects in works by leading artists and designers.
from £8,000 to £4m for a Louis XIV cabinet on that push boundaries in form and function, These include pieces programmed with
a stand attributed to Domenico Cucci and the ranging from everyday items such as furniture computer code that constantly change shape
Gobelins workshop, circa 1665-1675. to products at the cutting-edge of industry. and objects that interact with the viewer.

December 2009 |



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DESIGN COUNCIL Bidwell launches

Beyond Weddings
by Hab Oakus’

PROMOTES GOOD Chelsea Bidwell,

creator of Beyond
Design, has launched
principles - a strong
sense of community, a
belief in the
DESIGN PRACTICE sister company
Beyond Weddings to
cleverly combine
importance of public
space, and a
commitment to
New joint cmapaign urges designers interior design with a sustainable lifestyles
maintain professional standards bespoke wedding list and outstanding
service. Bidwell aims contextual design’.
to give clients a more The houses will be
personalised gift list built to Code 4 in the
that adheres to their Code for Sustainable
collective design ethos Homes with the
while working with potential to be
them to achieve a upgraded to Code 5.
truly individual
interior. Offering three
levels of service:
personal shopping, Smart Report targets
decoration and design, furniture disputes
according to how A new low-cost
much interior design service has been
involvement the client launched to help with
needs, she draws on disputes with retailers
her wealth of design or manufacturers over

T he Design Council has launched an initiative called Good Design

Practice in association with the Design Skills Alliance. It seeks to highlight
New brands for Romo
Romo Group will be
experience to adapt
the presents to
complement the
faulty furniture. For
£99, the Furniture
Ombudsman will
the need for professional development within the wider design community. couple’s new lives appoint a qualified
adding two new brands to
Head of design skills, Lesley Morris, is aware that designers are perceived its fabric repertoire. Zinc together. www. technician to visit
as some of the least well-trained professionals and has created this textiles, an urban your home, inspect
initiative to direct designers to the wide range of tools and resources monochromatic range, and your furniture and file
Mark Alexander,
offered by the Design Council. According to David Worthington, the Design specialising in luxurious
an independent report
Skills Alliance deputy chairman, “statistics from the Labour Force Survey but simple fabrics, will be McCloud housing as to its condition.
suggest that a staggering 60% of designers admit they don’t understand added next month. project to go ahead The new ‘Smart
their clients’ businesses well enough. I believe that the UK design industry Television presenter Report’ from The
is the best in the world but we must start to develop our professional skills and design Furniture
for it to remain that way.” Information is available on the Design Council professional Kevin Ombudsman provides
website including guides to download and details of training courses. McCloud has won both you and your planning permission retailer with an
for his first HabOakus indication as to
development project – whether or not your
a 42-home sustainable complaint is valid, the
development in cause of any damage
Wood Awards winners announced Floor Show finds new Swindon. Hab Oakus and whether it can be
home at NEC for 2010 is a joint venture repaired. The
The National Floor Show
Knox Bhavan Architects were named as will relocate in 2010,
between HAB, impartial opinion of
winners of the best private project in this moving from Harrogate to McCloud’s an expert is often the
year’s Wood Awards for its Carson Road the NEC Birmingham with development company key to deciding
project which involved the conversation of a new date - 22-24 June. and housing group whether or not to
The event’s new location
a Victorian house from three flats into a will allow for an improved GreenSquare. Glenn pursue your
contemporary family home. As many as show layout, as well as Howells Architects are complaint.
eight different types of wood were used for product categorisation, the project architects The Smart Report is
allowing visitors to
the exterior and interior of the house. with with landscape available from The
navigate the two halls with
Caroe and Partners architects were also greater ease. www. architects Studio Furniture
recignised for their work in the restoration Engleback, and the Ombudsman by
and conservation of a period family home designs ‘are informed calling 0845 653 2064.
Established & Sons go
in Somerset. In the furniture category the online
winner was Elan outdoor furniture, a joint Established & Sons
initiative between Gloster and Enthoven launches its new website
with ecommerce partner
Associates. The award recognized the on 10 December
innovative use of plywood based on teak and to celebrate its
veneer which allows free forms to be used Mayfair gallery will
and lowers the overall weight of the become a period-style
boutique for late night
furniture. Litton Furniture also was shopping until midnight.
awarded the production furniture prize for www.

December 2009 |

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Company profile & People

LEADING T hese are busy times at Bella Figura. The

LIGHT company is 25 years old this year and has built

up one of the widest ranges of decorative
lighting in the UK, thanks to the efforts of
Bella Figura has teamed up with founder Ned Cavendish, whose company was
John Stefanidis to launch the acquired by Charles Wightman in January 2008.
renowned designer’s very As well as representing a wide range of
first lighting collection brands, the company has developed collections
with illustrious design names such as Linley.
WORDS KATE BURNETT This year is one of the busiest in the company’s
history and, in addition to launching two
collections of glass lighting and one of ceramic
pieces, Bella Figura is unveiling its first
collaboration with designer John Stefanidis.
This is his first ever lighting collection and
the designs are based on the Verona lamp, which
Stefanidis first designed when working on a
country house project 10 years ago. This
collection, inspired by his tour of all the
Palladian villas in Italy, comprises four lights,
each one hewn from a different Italian marble
(marron imperial, nero marquina, arabescato
and crema marfil) and there are two more
(rosso alicante and verde imperial) to come.
Importantly, the collection is made in
England and will be distributed throughout Bella
Figura’s worldwide network. The new glass
collections add further weight to the company’s
claim to be the UK’s leading supplier of
Venetian glass. The collection of lead crystal
and Venetian glass is one of the biggest the
company has launched. The chandeliers and
Left: the John Stefanidis matching pendant and wall fittings come in a
collection comprises range of options and colours and the collection
hand-crafted marble
lights based on his
also includes contemporary designs.
Palladio-inspired More glass lighting options are available in
Verona lamp the retro Murano collection, which takes its
Above: Bella Figura’s inspiration from designs of the 1950s and 1960s,
other new products
include these pendants usefully filling a gap in the company’s catalogue
in milk-white glass between the contemporary and the traditional.
from the Massimo Paradise, in white or gold-leaf glass, is a ceiling
Tonetto collection
or wall light made from layers of glass leaves.
Bamboo comes in white Murano glass with
gold- or platinum-plate decoration and is
available as a ceiling or wall light, floor or table

MOVERS Olivier Cardon has been appointed chief executive of British fine
furniture and interiors company Linley. In his new role, Cardon will be
able to draw upon the experience he has gathered during a decade of
Cardon takes the helm at Linley, working in retail and luxury goods — he previously worked as the chief
Torgius joins David Edward, the executive of Roche Bobois. Cardon will work on developing and expanding
Lighting Association appoints Lucas the Linley brand at home and abroad.

Kaldewei has appointed James Hardy sales Jonathan Lucas of Elstead Lighting has become David Edward has named Kim Torgius its
representative for the south west of England the new president of the Lighting European sales director. She previously
and Wales. Hardy’s role will be to focus Association. He hopes to lead the group worked at Gotham in Notting Hill. In
on the entire trade customer base, including and its members through the many her new role, Torgius will focus on
independent bathroom retailers, merchants changes that have affected the market over the building relationships directly with architects
and key distributors. past year. and designers.

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BENJAMIN HUBERT STUDIO Hubert designs for companies such

Benjamin Hubert opened his studio in as Viaduct, Ercol, Innermost and De La
2007 so had only traded for a short Espada and has no plans to make or
period before the recession hit. But he market his own wares, saying: ‘I’m a
says: ‘We are inundated with work and designer not a retailer.’ His strategy is
clients — and everything seems to be to create products that are simple to
going really well.’ His lighting, such as produce and commercially viable, such
the Heavy range (pictured), has been as his new Pebble range, which he
particularly successful. hopes will be a hit in 2010.

HEAL’S Chief executive Andrea

Warden says: ‘Heal’s has been trading
for 200 years and has a strong gift and
accessories business. It’s a good
business model because smaller items
become an important part of the
product mix in times of recession.
‘However, high-end items have fared
well, with customers wanting to invest
in pieces they will cherish.’
Heal’s is using its upcoming
bicentenary in 2010 to launch Heal’s
ReDiscovers, a range of furniture and
accessories from British designers,
inspired by key pieces and periods in
the company’s history. It includes the
Four Poster bed (pictured) and Slab
table by Tom Dixon and will include a
Matthew Hilton chair in the spring.

December 2009 |


LIBERTY The store, founded in 1875, for SCP. ‘Next year I will be pushing
had a top-to-toe makeover this year. upholstery again in a big way.’
Furniture buyer Michelle Algar is Algar plans to work with textile
particularly pleased with sales of the artists such as Suzie Stanford to
Claude sofa, which she designed to develop one-off pieces such as her
celebrate the refit. ‘Upholstery is doing Vintage English Teatowel Chair
incredibly well, especially if it’s at the (pictured right) and believes that
correct price,’ she says, mentioning Indian and Moroccan prints will be the
also the Mabel sofa by Donna Wilson key looks for next year.

ROCHE BOBOIS Marketing manager

Jennifer Barre says that while sales are
down, customers are buying ‘good
quality pieces that will last them a
lifetime’. The most popular sofa choice
has been the Mah Jong, a low-level,
modular range.
And despite the preponderance of
grey at the autumn shows this year,
Roche Bobois customers are buying
bright, choosing vivid upholstery
from Missoni Home and Kenzo
Maison. ‘People are becoming more ARAM Ruth Aram, daughter of the company’s founder, Zeev
confident,’ she says. Aram, says classics are the best sellers at the moment.
Roche Bobois opened two ‘People are much more price sensitive and less likely to take
showrooms in 2009 and plans to risks with their purchases,’ she says, adding that favourites
launch two big collections each year. by Eames (Rar chair, pictured), Arne Jacobsen and Eileen
Barre singles out the Axiome sofa and Gray are especially buoyant. ‘They are choosing pieces that
the Rythme sofa (pictured) from have proven longevity rather than something more edgy.’
Missoni Home for success next year. Aram plans to move into online retailing soon and to
extend the brands on offer next year. Her predictions for
next year’s best sellers are the Extending Table by Antonio
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LIGNE ROSET UK director Bruno many have struggled. Allard says

Allard believes classic designs and helping franchises with their cash flow
bright colours have been a winning has been a priority. ‘I think 2010 will
combination in ‘a difficult year’. be an interesting year and people will
He adds: ‘What has been extremely feel more confident.’
successful is the Pumpkin range by Next year he aims to increase Ligne
Pierre Paulin [pictured].’ Roset’s contract work, especially with
Ligne Roset relies on monobrand hotels, and to boost retail sales with
franchises and stockists in the UK and strategic brand partnerships.

DEREK WELSH Glasgow cabinet

maker Derek Welsh founded his
business in 2005 and describes 2007
as a ‘pretty poor year’. Luckily, 2009
has been ‘far better’. Bespoke contract
work rather than retail has kept him
busy and, although his studio is open
by appointment, it isn’t a showroom.
‘You could make a million things and
people would still want something
else,’ he says.
Welsh’s Dog Leg chairs (pictured)
and Spite and Malice tables have done
particularly well and he is considering
promoting them through online
retailers. Welsh plans to develop
products for next year’s 100% Design.
‘I will try to produce items that are
attractive to architects,’ he says.

HITCH MYLIUS Although the year An internal restructure has given

has been tough, Robin Phillips at Hitch founder Tristram Mylius more time for
Mylius says that concentrating on prototyping and working with new
contract work has paid off. There was designers. The company has taken on a
‘a surge in business’ in May and, while salesperson specifically to target
companies are taking longer to select London architects and hopes to go to
suppliers, work is still there. The most Milan for the first time next year. The
popular products this year have been product to look out for, says Phillips, is
the HM18 sofa (pictured) and Simon the new HM58 stacking chair from
Pengelly’s HM86 chair. Matthias Demacker.

& THEN DESIGN Graduates Samuel CHAPLINS Chaplins was founded in NAUGHTONE ‘The biggest thing
Wright and Jamie Bowler launched 1993 at the end of the last recession we’ve noticed this year is that people’s
& Then Design at 100% Design this and managing director Simon Chaplin decision-making time has lengthened,’
year. They have decided to split their took swift action this time, stripping says creative director Mark Hammond.
business into two divisions, one for costs and reducing staffing levels. ‘But we are seeing continued growth.’
contract and one for domestic ‘Businesses that didn’t react quickly He believes the five-year-old firm’s
products. ‘We didn’t want people to be disappeared quickly,’ he says. But while strength lies in products such as its
confused,’ says Wright. he is wary of a second dip, he says Portion sofas (pictured above right),
He plans to sell to retailers and the sales have improved since April and are which work in home, office and
public through sites such as mydeco, back to pre-crisis figures. hospitality environments.
while dealing directly with interior Chaplin thinks the biggest trend in Although Naughtone’s products are
designers and architects. Although it interiors next year will be retro- available through retailers such as
has been hard starting out in a inspired looks and he is tipping the Liberty and Selfridges, the company is
recession, Wright believes the weak sustainable, painted wooden furniture concentrating on contract work.
pound and the desire to buy British by Established & Sons, such as the Hammond believes his latest product,
have helped their business, which Wrong Woods sideboard (pictured), the Hush chair (above left), will prove
designs and manufactures in the UK. as a winning range in 2010. popular with architects and designers. | December 2009



Simon Alderson has noticed a Chrystina Schmidt has been flexible in and Laurent Nurisso have been
resurgence in the popularity of classic the recession. After 10 years supplying retailing in London for two years,
designs, such as the 60-year-old London with Scandinavian furniture, opening their second store in May.
Wegner CH24 Wishbone chair, among she reports: ‘Customers are holding ‘We’ve been bucking the trend by
consumers. Contract budgets may have back on big purchases but have been growing our business,’ says Curtis, who
been squeezed but specifiers are not buying lots of small things so we have notes that smaller luxury items seem
compromising on quality or longevity. increased our accessories.’ Smaller to be recession proof.
In developing the business to meet items such as glassware are While wealthy foreign holiday-
the challenges of 2010, the company is encouraging shoppers into the stores. makers were absent from the stores,
expanding its retail premises in Schmidt has also looked again at the number of online customers has
Islington and adding a range of price points. Where once she might quadrupled in a year. Curtis is
Japanese consumer electronics, the promote Hans Wegner’s Wishbone ‘cautiously upbeat’ about 2010 — he
Plus Minus Zero collection (pictured is dining chair, now she is more likely to plans to expand online and to find
a humidifier) by Naoto Fukasawa. suggest Jasper Morrison’s Air chair individual furniture makers to add to
‘This range is indicative of a growing (below right) at an eighth of the price. the stores’ stock pieces, such as the
demand for quiet, lasting modernism,’ ‘People want to downsize in spending Mikado bookshelf (pictured) from
says Alderson. but not in quality,’ she says. Edition Compagnie.

DEADGOOD Elliot Brook and Dan CASE ‘People are looking for items DE LA ESPADA This Portuguese
Ziglam set up Deadgood in 2004 but a with longevity, rather than company has offices in London, an
cash injection last year, courtesy of a spontaneous, fashionable pieces,’ says own-name store in New York and sells
Government regional initiative, Paul Newman, who co-founded Case in products sold through Skandium. It
enabled them to restructure. 2006. But despite slower trading, it has works with designers such as Matthew
The company’s furniture is made been an exciting year, owing to a joint Hilton, Studioilse and Autoban.
and then sold in its Newcastle venture with John Lewis. Its furniture The collaboration with Hilton was
showroom, online and through is now sold on the John Lewis website particularly successful this year,
retailers. ‘Everything seems to be and in its Oxford Street and Cardiff according to managing director Luis De
taking off,’ says Brook. ‘We try to stores. Case also launched its own Oliveira, with the Light table series and
manufacture products that are suitable website to sell additional ranges. Hepburn sofa driving considerable
for domestic and contract uses.’ Case’s Cross table and Profile growth. ‘Customers have continued to
The weak pound has helped chairs by Matthew Hilton have been purchase,’ he says.
Deadgood establish a presence in the the biggest sellers of 2009. For the year In 2010, De Oliveira plans to launch
US and the company is negotiating ahead, Newman is looking at Hilton’s one or two more designers, promote
with distribution agents to take on Savile chair and Theo sofa and Slide Studioilse’s Seating for Eating
products such as the new Timber storage by Bethan Grey to provide collection and furniture such as the
Stacker chair (pictured). sales growth. Hug sofa from Leif.designpark.


Patrick Clayton-Malone launched and business strategy have brought
VG&P in 2007 as a ‘modest company’ success for Jimmie Karlsson and
to provide furniture for his restaurants. business partner Martin Nihlmar, who
Such was the success of his Canteen have been making bespoke furniture
table, designed by Klauser and since 2005. At the end of the summer
Carpenter, that business is thriving. they traded in their office, workshop
At London Design Week, VG&P and showroom in Shoreditch for a
showed at The Dock. ‘We had an building in Kensington Church Street,
amazing response and are feeling very which now opens six days a week.
positive about it,’ says Clayton- ‘Our London clients tend to live
Malone. At the moment, the Canteen around Kensington so we now have
table is retailed at twentytwentyone, great walk-by trade,’ says Karlsson.
while contract orders are done on an As well as wallpaper and furniture,
ad-hoc basis, but part of his aim for such as the popular Union Flag chairs,
the coming year is to secure a detail the store now offers accessories.
with a contract distributor or agent. ‘If you can’t afford a chair, you can buy
‘We are in it for the long haul,’ he says. a £35 candle,’ says Karlsson.

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‘I really think London is Moroso’s double-height
the most important showroom, designed by
place in Europe — it’s a Patricia Urquiola, is filled
simulating city full of with Moroso’s furniture
creativity and new ideas,’ and rug collections plus
says Moroso the Flos lighting range

M aybe it’s because she feels like a

Londoner that Patrizia Moroso is so pleased to
have opened her first major London showroom.
Perfection is not human and I have never seen
too much clean and white in London, that’s part
Her company has taken an old market store on of its glamour, its appeal.’ The strong colour and
Rosebery Avenue and, under the guidance of patterns that are a key element of the Moroso
Patricia Urquiola, turned it into a double-height aesthetic also reflect London, she says.
showcase for Moroso’s furniture and The London showroom joins a select band
accessories and the Flos lighting range. of dedicated Moroso spaces in Paris, Cologne,
‘I really think London is the most important Amsterdam, New York and Milan. Unlike some
place in Europe,’ asserts Moroso. ‘Many of our of these, the London showroom is open to trade
key designers are based here. London is so and retail customers. So far Moroso’s sales in
energetic, a stimulating city full of creativity the UK have been to the trade. ‘Architects are
and new ideas. Some of the most important the perfect translators of our products,’ insists
projects worldwide are led by architects and Moroso. ‘We share a language and they
designers based here. Our soul is reflected in understand the quality of our products. It is
our showroom and our London space is special sometimes difficult to sell something this
— not so clean and perfect as our other complex to a woman on the street.’ Moroso’s
showrooms but, like London, it offers many sales are roughly 60 per cent contract and 40
different experiences. And we have been able to residential, though in the UK contract sales are
put all these feelings and energies together much higher — something Moroso hopes to
without losing a feeling of the past in the space. change now the new space is open for business.

December 2009 |


Patrizia Moroso’s art director is excited to be

opening her first London showroom
and introducing the family firm’s

quality upholstery to UK consumers

‘It has been difficult to reach the consumer developed fantastic relationships with with the company exploring ways to
until now,’ she says. Domestic sales are much designers. Ours is a comfortable partnership. collaborate. ‘Thanks to the work we did with
stronger in Italy and Moroso hopes that a visit It’s not forced. Nothing is better for an Diesel, we discovered there were other ways to
to the showroom will convince UK consumers upholstery company than a lighting company.’ approach the market,’ she confesses. ‘We
of the quality of the products. ‘If you go close, The list of Moroso designers is impressive. realised that our problem is that, unlike a
you can see how many stitches and curves No less than 37 names, including such leading fashion brand, we never think about what the
there are. Our products are made by very skilled UK lights as Ron Arad, Ross Lovegrove and Tom consumer is thinking. Fashion brands’ ideas are
people, not done cheaply in China,’ she asserts. Dixon, are listed in the back of its 2009 general all about the consumer, whereas we are really in
The same emphasis on quality also defines catalogue. The Moroso stand is usually one of love with design. It was really interesting for us
Flos, whose products sit elegantly alongside the grandest at Milan’s annual furniture fair to start thinking in a different way. Diesel
those from Moroso. Piero Flos — like Patrizia and this year showed a typically witty and knows very well who its consumers are and so
Moroso — is the second generation of the colourful mix of products from names old and it can imagine how their homes might be.’
family to head up the company. The two have new, including Swedish designers Front, who Moroso also reflects on an important
been friends for some time and were pleased to were profiled in idfx last month. difference between lifecycles in fashion and
team up to present their products to the London As well as creating its own designs, Moroso furniture. ‘Diesel must introduce something
market. The companies share space in formed a partnership with Italian fashion brand new every two or three years,’ she says. ‘With
Amsterdam so it seemed natural to consider Diesel last year, which resulted in a selection of Moroso we have pieces that are still popular
another collaboration. ‘If I have to choose a furniture pieces, alongside pieces of lighting 20 or 30 years on. Our story will continue —
lighting company, they are the best,’ says designed by Foscarini. As with Flos, Moroso in design everything can live forever.’
Moroso. ‘Our parents started in the 1950s and already knew Diesel and spent a year in talks | December 2009

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The recession is taking its toll on the interior
design industry as clients scale down their plans
or put their projects on hold. Here we offer
some advice on what to do if you are in the
unfortunate position of having to let staff go or,
even worse, find yourself out of a job

Making people redundant is costly,
permanent and could leave you short of
good staff when things look up, so consider
other strategies first. DON’T REPRETIRE — AND DO
Don’t replace staff who leave or retire — YOUR BES THOSE WHO ARE O K
and do your best to manage without those
who are away on maternity leave or off sick.
If there is little work to be done, your staff
may be happier being busy — as long as they
know that the positions will be filled once
business picks up.

If staff are paying for services such as childcare
and pension facilities out of their own pockets,
salary sacrifice can be mutually beneficial to
them and their employer. Under such
arrangements, an employee’s salary, which is
subject to tax and National Insurance, can be
reduced in exchange for things such as childcare
vouchers, pension contributions, parking spaces
and meals in the staff canteen — things the
employee was previously paying for out of their
after-tax income. Both the business and the
employee save on National Insurance contributions
and the employee pays less tax.


Shop around for cheaper life or medical insurance. And if the
circumstances are really bad, staff might prefer to lose their
health insurance than their jobs. | December 2009








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There may be staff who would jump at the chance to switch to a
four-day week on a permanent or temporary basis, or who
might like to take an unpaid sabbatical to go travelling or
pursue academic studies. It’s certainly worth making it known
that such requests will be considered favourably — but also
make it clear that they won’t be granted automatically.


Unless it is written into an employee’s contract, a business
cannot just decide to cut their hours and pay (although you
could decide it is better for morale to give everyone a paid
day off a week rather than have bored, grumpy staff
sitting around doing nothing). ‘If you are going to vary
the terms and conditions of employment, you have to
do it by agreement,’ says Nicola Mayhew of Smith
and Williamson, which specialises in redundancy
advice for small businesses. ‘Employees might accept a
pay cut in order to keep their jobs but you must do a pay
cut across the board and you would need the agreement
of the whole workforce.’ Even trades unions can be
surprisingly receptive to these kinds of deals — unions
representing car workers at Honda and Toyota and
airline pilots at Thomson have all agreed in the past
couple of months to accept pay cuts in return for no
compulsory redundancies.


First of all, it is worth noting that some workers
can be let go without going through formal
redundancy proceedings. Freelance workers and
contractors can simply be told their services are
no longer required and employment agencies can
be informed that the staff they supply are not
needed. Employees who have worked for a
company for less than a year can be dismissed
with a week’s notice (unless their contract
specifies longer). They are not entitled to claim
unfair dismissal unless they are dismissed for
pregnancy, union activities, refusing to opt out TO A FOUR T EM P O RARY BASIS
of the working time directive or reasons relating
to other legislation.
Staff who have been with the company for
between one and two years are not entitled to
redundancy pay but they must be dismissed ‘fairly’,
so it is advisable to include them in the same
process as longer-serving workers.
A company may decide to offer voluntary
redundancies — perhaps with an enhanced payment
package — but this does bring the risk that the staff
you least want to lose will be the ones who apply. And
while you can make it clear that you are under no
obligation to accept, if volunteers are refused and then
others forced to go, morale will be damaged further.
If compulsory redundancies are necessary, proceed
carefully, advises Mayhew. ‘The most important thing is that
you follow a fair and consistent process with everybody,’ she says.


‘You must have some form of consultation and give people the
opportunity to consider the proposals, and the company should go in with
an open mind’ says Mayhew. ‘It has happened that an individual
threatened with redundancy has come back with really constructive,
positive suggestions on how to make cuts in a less drastic way.’ For
example, Mayhew has dealt with a case in which two people whose jobs
were at risk agreed to job share.
Recommended practice is to hand the employee a letter inviting them
to a meeting at which it is explained that their position may have to be
made redundant. They have the right to be accompanied to that meeting | December 2009


by a union representative or colleague. There should

then be a period of time allowing the employee to
respond (ideally about two weeks).
If you propose to make between 20 and 99 workers
redundant within a 90-day period, the Secretary of State for
Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform must be notified at
least 30 days in advance.


You need to set criteria to decide who will be made redundant if
more than one employee do the same job. Those in the selection
pool should be consulted on the criteria and given time to
respond. ‘This is something a lot of organisations trip up on,’
says Mayhew. When choosing the criteria, you must ensure
you don’t discriminate against any group of workers — the old
‘last in, first out’ rule, for example, could fall foul of age
discrimination legislation because younger workers are more
likely to have a shorter length of service (although it could
still be used as a tie-break between otherwise equal
candidates). Similarly, basing a decision on absenteeism
could discriminate against disabled people (unless absences
connected with their specific disability are discounted) or
against women if maternity-related absences are not
discounted. Ideally, a company should already have
in place a robust process of appraisals, which
would enable a worker’s skills, aptitudes and
disciplinary record to be considered easily. The
final decision on who should be made
redundant should always be made by at least
two people to avoid allegations of bias.


The chosen employees should be informed in
writing about the redundancy pay they will receive
and their finishing date. The employer may pay
them in lieu of notice, if desired. Employees used to
have a right to appeal against redundancy but this
was repealed at the beginning of April. PROCEDURD. IF NOT — OR IF YO OUT
Finally, says Mayhew: ‘It’s important to remember
the staff left behind because morale will be affected.
Consider having a follow-up meeting to ensure they are given the FEEL YOU — YOU COULD COMAL
positive message that the company has a future and they are
valued. Dealing with it fairly will make a big difference to how it
is received and how quickly your organisation can move on.’ TO AN EM
Check that all the correct procedures have been followed — if not,
or if you feel you have been singled out unfairly, you could
complain to an employment tribunal.
Ensure you have received the correct payment. Statutory
redundancy pay is half a week’s salary per year’s service for
18- to 21-year-olds, one week’s salary for 22- to 40-year-olds and
1.5 week’s salary for workers over 41. However, the payment
ceiling is just £330 a week. Make sure that you have been paid for
any outstanding holiday or expenses.
Register for Jobseeker’s Allowance. If you have paid enough
class one National Insurance contributions, you can receive
non-means tested benefits for six months while you look for a
job, currently £60.50 a week for the over-25s.
Don’t ignore debts — it is far better to speak to mortgage,
credit card and loan companies and negotiate payment terms
rather than just defaulting.
Don’t give up. There are jobs out there so use every means
available — call all your old contacts, use networking sites and
register with agencies. Perhaps this could be the chance you’ve
been waiting for to start your own business/backpack around
India/learn Japanese/move to the country. Contact your GP if you
feel overwhelmed — depression is a not uncommon reaction
to being made redundant.

December 2009 |

36 What’s in store 47 Show offs 49 System addicts 52 In the clear
From minimalist offices to opulent Striking cabinets and shelving Modular systems combine Professional declutterers are
dressing areas, the latest storage units make a design statement versatility with sleek good increasingly in demand but do
solutions combine space-saving while keeping precious looks, making them ideal for their efforts bring anything to
practicality with style and luxury collections in perfect order smart contemporary interiors the interior design process?




Library shelving by Timothy Hatton Architects


From minimalist home offices and intelligent media rooms to

opulent mirrored dressing areas, the latest storage solutions
combine space-saving practicality with style and luxury

Master plan
‘Storage in a bathroom is key,’ says Rachel
Beckett of R Interiors. ‘You don’t want things
like cleaning products on show, so somewhere
to hide things away is essential.’
This bespoke walnut cabinet with honed
travertine top and double basins, designed for
the master ensuite in the luxury Wall Hall
development by Octagon, was designed to
complement the exposed brick walls of the
room. Below the his-and-hers basins, it
combines roomy cupboard storage for tall
bottles and bulky items with a central section
of display shelving. ‘I like to include some open
shelving to display pretty things to create a
spa-like feel,’ says Beckett. ‘It’s also worth
thinking about creating recesses and adding
alcoves in other areas of the bathroom because
they add character and stop the room looking
flat — and they make good display and storage
areas for things like candles and fragrances.’
Cabinets located behind mirrors are another
useful storage feature — especially if they are
slim and unobtrusive — as are small ‘hidden’
cupboards above the WC to store toiletry items.
‘It does need to be a very practical room,’
continues Beckett, ‘but it can be luxurious too.
Beautiful veneers and natural stone add
character — and they make storage look
interesting and elegant, rather than bland.’

December 2009 |


Keep it simple
‘There’s been a movement away from fitted The wall-hung units have open shelving and
bathrooms — just like the move away from drawers for storage. ‘Drawers are a better
fitted bedrooms — towards more individual solution than flap down doors because you can
pieces of furniture,’ says designer Chris Payne access everything easily when the drawer slides
of Alternative Plans. ‘Furniture, like a lot of out,’ he says. The units can also be put on the
things in the bathroom, is very, very personal. floor on castors, rather than mounted on the
In my experience, the more storage you have, wall or on the counter top, enabling them to be
the more you store!’ pulled into position around the room.’
Payne says simple solutions — and not too He continues: ‘Storage in the bathroom
many of them — are the key to good design. His tends to work in two zones. One at basin level
recent projects have featured the Agape Flat XL or above for things like toothpaste and
range of furniture, shown here in medium oak cosmetics, and one below for towels and loo
veneer with Agape Square floor-standing taps rolls. Don’t cram the space — it need be no
and glass basin, mounted on a peninsula table. more than that.’ | December 2009



Wonder wall either side of the bathroom Smooth operator
The wall of this panelled dressing entrance conceal shelving and This media room has been created with three
area conceals both extensive drawers. ‘The cupboard interiors purposes in mind. ‘It’s designed as a drawing
wardrobe space and the entrance to can be very sophisticated and room, with all the technology hidden away,’
an ensuite bathroom. made to suit the client’s needs,’ explains Simon Mathieson of Finite Solutions,
Cleverly designed in explains Radaschitz. ‘From basic the CEDIA-award-winning digital consultancy.
‘rotationally grained’ squares of hanging space to special features In its ‘hidden’ state, the room is
American black walnut veneer — — such as pull-out trouser holders, an elegant and subtly lit room with a
and custom made by Interior-iD tie racks, laundry baskets, glass suede-padded feature wall, designed by Finite
for a luxury apartment by Matrix drawer boxes, drawer dividers and and David Long Designs. However, with one
Developments — the secret door to pull-down systems for tall press on the touch-screen remote control, a
the bathroom fits seamlessly into wardrobes — it’s worth putting television screen, framed in black velvet,
the panelled wall. thought into creating a very emerges from behind the two central panels of
‘The dressing area forms an practical interior.’ the feature wall while speakers drop down
essential part of the master Radaschitz also believes that automatically from the ceiling to direct the
bedroom in this apartment, so it’s well planned lighting is an sound towards the seating positions. And then,
important that it looks very essential feature for a dressing from a TV viewing room, the space can be
beautiful and forms part of a area. ‘Here we used concealed LED transformed into a 7ft projection home cinema.
space where you want to relax and lights that come on automatically A projector screen drops down from the boxed
sleep,’ says Bernd Radaschitz when the doors are opened,’ he ceiling detail, as does a projector. And to
of Interior-iD. explains. ‘But, just as we make the complete the entertainment offering, two
Each of the square veneer cabinetry to any design and in any low-level cupboards either side of the feature
panels has angled edges that serve material, we can include lighting to wall store games consoles and DVDs.
as finger pulls to open the double suit as well.’ ‘Many of our clients like the idea of a great
doors at each end, revealing the big entertainment system at home but they
hanging space behind. Single doors don’t want a 50in TV screen blaring out of a
wall and wires trailing everywhere,’ says
Mathieson. ‘Good storage, with everything
hidden smoothly and neatly out of sight, means
the equipment is there for occasional use but
the room is a relaxing living space the rest of
the time.’
Hidden talents
By concealing the TV
behind the feature wall and
the projector screen inside
the boxed ceiling, the
media room is transformed
into a tranquil sitting room

Mirror mirror entirely in mirrors, the installation
You’d be hard pressed to find a was carried out by bespoke glass
dressing room more glamorous specialists from Italy to Hill
than Hill House Interiors’ totally House’s design. Closets on both
mirrored design for home sides of the room contain full and
developer Octagon. ‘Make no half hanging space, plus mirrored
mistake, this is for people at the shelving and shoe storage areas.
very top end of the luxury housing Oak drawer boxes have bevelled
market,’ says Helen Bygraves of mirrored fronts and rectangular
Hill House. ‘They want something mirrored pulls and, in some cases,
different and are not afraid of clear glass inserts. ‘Even the
glamour and opulence. In just the ceiling is mirrored, with a diagonal
same way that they might wear a detail and chrome button detailing
big sparkly diamond, an indulgent in the joins,’ says Bygraves. ‘The
dressing room is something that look is Hollywood glamour.’ It also,
goes with their lifestyle.’ quite deliberately, contrasts with
Part of a master bedroom suite the man’s dressing room, which
with his-and-hers ensuite has sober, dark-stained oak
bathrooms and dressing rooms, wardrobes panelled in shagreen.
this 4m long dressing room leads
to the woman’s ensuite. Clad

December 2009 |


Totally wired A Future Automation Shelves need to be deep
This leather-clad media mechanism allows the centre enough to house the
cabinet for a London home panel of the unit to disappear equipment and cabling, and
was recently shortlisted for a and for the screen to be there needs to be access from
CEDIA Award. It was designed revealed at the press of a behind to neatly lace
by Shahriar Nasser of Belsize remote-control button. The everything together.’
Architects, who worked with shelving alongside houses all Williams advises building
Olive Audio Visual. the AV equipment, including a in some future proofing, if
‘Rooms look more civilized Sky box, Crestron multi-room possible. ‘Some flexibility is
when screens aren’t music system, DVD player and useful to accommodate more
everywhere but, of course, they an iPod docking station. equipment or for replacements
need to be there when you Simon Williams of Olive when some things become
want to watch TV,’ says lists some of the storage obsolete,’ he says.
Nasser. ‘So the best solution is essentials for AV equipment.
one where the screen and all ‘Heat is the most important
the equipment can be hidden factor,’ he says. ‘There has to
away and only revealed when be a flow of air through the
they are needed.’ unit to allow heat to escape. | December 2009

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Nice work and poplar handles on the low Top secret
‘Good design is essential to blur cabinets echo the eye-catching Designer Shaun
the boundary between work and design of the desk, while a glass Fernandes of Jump
living space in a modern study,’ shelf mirrors the desk design and Studios chose the
says designer Simon Bray. ‘My adds more storage space. Dada Tivali kitchen
clients want all the latest The desk itself is the focus of as the neatest
technology and equipment but the room, wrapped in more poplar solution for a client’s
they want it delivered in a cluster with black walnut lines and London apartment
luxurious, elegant and unfussy supported by a burgundy lacquered (pictured below right).
way, which means beautiful cradle with internal cabling for ‘The proposition was
furniture with excellent storage.’ computers. Drawers in the desk to create an open-plan
Bray designed this study using provide easy-to-access storage, dining/kitchen/living
walnut and poplar cluster for a while the raised glass writing area, spread over
home in Kent from luxury surface means paperwork can be quite a small floor
developer Green Amber. A sweep of stored on the timber surface below. space,’ he says.
high- and low-level walnut ‘I wanted to create a room with the ‘This kitchen,
cabinets along one wall provides inviting feel of a traditional library concealed behind
storage for a printer, scanner and in a mansion in a period drama. modern, minimalist
other technology (complete with It’s a modern version with doors, manages to
power points and space for cabling) luxurious veneers and individually disguise itself as an
plus sections for storing files, tailored storage,’ says Bray. extension of the living
stationery and books. Poplar room.’ When closed, it
cluster wraps on the tall cabinets looks like a simple
wall of cupboards.
When open, the KITCHENS
bi-fold doors in glossy Best cellar
white lacquer slide Want wine storage but stuck for space?
into side pockets to be Going underneath the kitchen floor can be a
completely out of the surprisingly useful solution, according to Lucy
way, revealing a Hargreaves of Spiral Cellars. ‘All you need is a
streamlined 2m2 space with enough room to open a trap
flush-fitted kitchen. door,’ she says. ‘It doesn’t require planning
Complete with a permission and it can store up to 1,870 bottles
hob, oven, extractor, of wine and champagne.’
sink, tap and Lisa Binfield of Harrington Interiors has
integrated included Spiral Cellars in several of her recent
dishwasher, the projects. ‘It’s not just about wine storage,
kitchen also has a although people are bowled over by its
stainless-steel work practicality,’ she says. ‘Increasingly, it’s seen as
surface and stainless- a special feature, especially when the trap door
steel internal is made of glass and the steps below are fitted
cabinetry to store with LED lights.’
crockery and food. ‘The Spiral Cellar is really an extension built
Integrated task downwards,’ says Hargreaves. Pre-cast concrete
STUDIES lighting is another modules, with one step to each layer, are
Hidden assets keyboard trays. ‘This office forms practical touch. ‘It’s a installed in the hole, forming a honeycomb in
‘Most studies have got far too part of a living room and my very good and useful which bottles can be stored. ‘The ground acts
many book cases with twaddle all clients, who occasionally work solution for a room like a huge Thermos flask, insulating the cellar
over them, which, unless you have from home, wanted it to be as neat where space is at a and maintaining an even, optimal temperature,’
rows of matching encyclopaedias, as possible so they weren’t premium — but I’ve she says. ‘Humidity is important to stop the
end up looking a mess,’ says Scott reminded of work when relaxing on also used it as part of corks in the bottles drying out so the cellar has
Nicholson of Chamber Furniture. the sofa,’ Nicholson explains. a larger area, where two “passive ventilation system” pipes that
‘We’re finding much more demand He says a standard bookcase it’s good to be able to lead to the outside, creating a slow movement
for contemporary home office might have a 600mm deep base keep all the kitchen of air in and out.’ And, if a glass trap door
solutions, which provide plenty of unit beneath 350mm deep clutter out of sight,’ doesn’t suit, doors can be made to blend in with
storage but which look neat and shelving. He chose to make this adds Fernandes, who the existing flooring.
streamlined and don’t look out of wall unit 450mm deep. ‘By not has recently used the Harrington Interiors, contact
place in a living area.’ allowing it to protrude too far, we Tivali for an office
This bespoke, satin-painted were able make a bigger desk and project. ‘I didn’t want
‘floating’ wall cabinet houses create a sense of space in the the space to “read”
printers behind fully retractable room.’ like a kitchen,
doors on the right-hand side, while especially as meeting
in the centre there are drawers for areas are in view, so
files. More shelving is concealed this makes a very
behind the other doors, creating a practical storage and
complete home office unit. The cooking solution
steel legs of the kidney-shaped that can easily be
double desk hide the computer hidden away.’
cabling while the desk surface
itself houses two curved pull-out | December 2009

Assured, Norwegian Wellbeing
With its reclining chairs and footstools, Fjords cleverly combine the science of ergonomics with the art of
design and function to ensure that its reputation for comfort lives in perfect harmony with style.

Illustrating this, the diagram here shows the skeletal spine and leg in relation to a Fjords recliner and
highlights the relevant features such as its
raised side for lumbar support, moveable headrest for neck support and a stool which ensures the lower
back is not 'strained' when reclining.

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Brought to book demolished to create a bigger,
This library (right) was previously double-height space, complete
an office, housed in a drab with a reading platform and
1980s extension built on top of an sculptural glass staircase.
18th-century building in central Lighting, unsurprisingly, is of
London. Timothy Hatton vital importance to the library. The
Architects, who had worked with huge windows that look out over
the private client before, took on Westminster provide natural light,
the task of turning it into a library which is controlled using the
and study for the apartment below, motorized sunshades and blackout
transforming it into a stunning blinds. The glass staircase can be
multi-purpose space on two levels. lit by LEDs to dramatic effect
‘The client asked us to design a while the shelves are illuminated
space for their book and art by xenon lights.
collections. The brief took 18 Three sides of the apartment
months to realise from the are lined with white plaster
planning stages to completion,’ bookshelves and the gallery floor is
says Stefan Gehren, one of the constructed in steel and glass. It is
architects on the project. detached from the walls to give the
Although the building beneath impression of weightlessness while
the library space is grade 2 listed, allowing light to penetrate the
the fact that the extension was lower space.
built in the 80s meant it could be WORDS EMMA GRITT

Fully booked
This design brief was to turn a
barn into a study and library to
house a collection of 27,000 books
on cricket. The owner wanted
somewhere to store and read his
books but the space was also
to be used as place for
entertaining guests.
Interior and furniture designer
Bevan & Hely-Hutchinson used
mahogany, leather and glass to
create a clean, classical look. The
library and entertaining area is
long and narrow so the staircase, form a large dining table or
which leads up to the study, was separated into 22 smaller units.
made of glass to create a sense of Each one is filled with books and
space and openness. has a cream-painted top that
Bevan & Hely-Hutchinson can be flipped over to form a
could not fill the walls with cherrywood surface when used as
bookshelves because the library is a dining table.
also used to display the client’s art The cabinets surrounding the
collection. The paintings are staircase are framed by pillars that
hung on rails to enable them also conceal books, while a glazed
to be moved around. bookcase beyond the staircase
The designers devised an houses rarer titles and artefacts
ingenious solution for storing the behind lock and key.
books. They created wheeled tables
that can be pushed together to WORDS NICOLE ROBINSON | December 2009

making room for personality
made by you

Montana Møbler A/S produces and supplies storage systems, tables, and chairs for homes and modern office environments.
Montana is designed by Peter J. Lassen in 1982. The flexible modular system and the inspiring colour palette offer freedom
to create your own personal room and style. Montana’s table and chair series are designed by Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton,
Andreas Hansen, Peter J. Lassen, Joakim Lassen and the architects schmidt hammer lassen.
Design by Peter J. Lassen


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These cabinets make a statement while
keeping precious collections in their place

1 This polished aluminium tallboy by Paul Kelley is made from Polyrey aluminium laminates and mahogany.
2 The red anodised aluminium
FP storage console, created by French designer Martin Szekely, is available from Galerie Kreo in Paris. Each piece, in a limited edition of eight, is numbered and signed. 3 German company Woodloops has created Maze from Forestry Stewardship Council-certified cherrywood. Designed by René Mueller and Nina
Griesshammer, the cabinet’s shelves are ideal for storing CDs. 4 Jaime Hayon and Nienke Klunder have collaborated to make this Disney-esque New York
Meets Miami cabinet. The highly lacquered pine and bevelled glass piece is one of eight. 5 These Crop sculptural containers
by Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell are made from a mixture of corn resin, barley, wheat and oats with steel rod enforcements. 6 Boca do Lobo’s
Guggenheim cabinet is shown here in rosewood and palisander. The interior shelving is intended for storing linen in the bedroom or glasses in the dining room. | December 2009


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UNIVERSAL BY VITSOE The 606 Universal Shelving System was designed by

Dieter Rams in 1960. The shelves, cabinet, workspace and other components hang on the
E-Track, which is attached the wall and allows the system to be reconfigured as needed.
Several sizes and depths are available. It is available in off-white or black eggshell lacquer with
beech surfaces for desks, cabinet tops and bottoms.

These modular storage systems combine versatility with sleek good
looks, making them the perfect solution for contemporary interiors

MONTANA Montana comprises 42 basic units in four different depths and 46 BEL BY BURGBAD Initially developed for bathrooms, the Bel range contains
colours. They can be filled with drawers, doors, shelves, trays and lights and can be made for cabinets, sideboards, shelves and wheeled containers. Optional features include mirrored
wall mounting or with plinths, legs or castors. The units are made of MDF coated in a elements, vertical lighting, sliding doors and clothes rails. Choose from high-gloss varnish or
water-based lacquer but glass and mirrored finishes are available for the doors. Montana is melamine fronts in several colours. All the finishes are water and steam resistant and the
manufactured in Denmark and the units arrive fully assembled. cabinets have handles or recessed grips. | December 2009

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SISTEMA BY CAPPELLINI Cappellini’s Sistema range of modular furnishing

units for living rooms can be configured to suit the client’s requirements. A white lacquered
particleboard frame houses cubes with brightly coloured backs. They can be used to hold
drawers, CD racks, compartments with flip-up doors or sliding doors that are mirrored or

INTRAMUROS BY ROCHE BOBOIS An almost infinite number of configurations SPEED BY ZANOTTA These Speed drawer units can be paired with benches,
are possible by combining modules such as shelves, vertical panels, back panels, drawers and cupboards, wall-mounted units and shelves to create a comprehensive storage system. The
sliding doors. These come in a range of sizes and finishes, including 11 lacquer colours in components have nickel-plated and brushed-steel bases and wooden frames. The sliding or
either a matt or gloss finish, three wood veneers (wenge, grey oak or walnut) and even leather. drop-leaf doors and drawer fronts are available in glossy lacquer or with natural or stained oak
The system can be made to bespoke specifications if required. veneers. The doors are also available in plate glass or varnished aluminium.

VITA BY MDF ITALIA The Vita range comprises seven different shelf and cabinet PASS BY MOLTENI Pass, created for Molteni by Luca Meda, is a collection of
units, all made of fibreboard with a matt white lacquer. One cabinet is available in four other coordinating storage units, shelves and wall units designed to be mixed and stacked. Pass is
colours. Each unit is 60cmx60cm and can be rotated. Clients can preview different flexible, efficient and available in a wide range of finishes. The system’s versatility means it can
compositions online using the Vita Configurator. Design and installation time scales can vary be used in corridors or access rooms as well as main living spaces. Expect a lead time of eight
but expect a delivery lead time of eight to 10 weeks. to 10 weeks between order placement and delivery. | December 2009


Professional declutterers are increasingly busy but
do their efforts bring anything to design projects?

As a nation of hoarders, the UK is in individually customised interior design project

desperate need of a spring clean and right from the start.
declutterers are just the people for the job. But the rise of the decluttering industry has
Decluttering has been an industry for about 20 prompted a mixed reaction among designers.
years in the US but it is relatively new in the Maria Speake from Retrouvius believes
UK and growing fast. In her book, Things I decluttering is an important part of her job. ‘I
Wish My Mother Had Told Me, Lucia Van Der feel it is part of your brief as an interior
Post may have the perfect explanation for the designer,’ she argues. ‘You have to identify what
rise of the professional organiser: ‘Most people’s it is your client accumulates, then make that
response to having too much stuff is to think part of the design solution. The problem is most
DISPOSAL EXPERTS they need more cupboards. In fact, the problem people don’t accumulate beautiful clutter.’ So do
Declutterers Cassie Tillet lies in having too much stuff.’ outside specialists really benefit a project?
and Jon Ramsey believe
they help interior designers
That is where the declutterers come in. When declutterers like Ramsey work
by creating a cleaner canvas Clutterbee, run by Jon Ramsey, works with alongside designers or stylists, their efforts
for them to work on. clients to sort out their hidden hoards. often combine effectively when it comes to
Above, below and below He believes his organisational expertise, used storage. Simon Glanville, managing director of
right: shelving and storage
cubes available from Store before the design stage, can make the process Store, understands the impact a clear-out can
much easier for client and interior designer. have on a home. ‘Increasingly, the homeowner
‘A designer has to know what the client owns needs their space to work harder and in
before they can create a higher aesthetic multifunctional ways,’ he says. ‘Effective
concept,’ he explains. ‘The declutterer lays the decluttering is the key to a streamlined space
foundations to build on — the designer can then so modern storage solutions have to be
go ahead with a redesign with more of an flexible and innovative to ensure a sustained,
understanding of what they need.’ clutter-free environment.’
The declutterer has the potential to assist a For those still unconvinced, there is online
design project by turning a chaotic mess into a proof that this trend is here to stay. The
cleaner canvas. Rather than simply rearranging Association of Professional Declutterers and
things, a professional organiser will ask all the Organisers UK, founded five years ago by Cassie
right questions to make sure the client is not Tillet and Sue Kay, enables potential clients to
stashing unnecessary and unwanted find a local declutterer. ‘It is also a directory of
possessions. This helps to deliver a more links that enables members nationwide to share
clients and to network,’ Tillet explains.
Tillet, a declutterer with her own company
Working Order, believes that to design a bespoke
home successfully you have to start from its
core. ‘To get the greatest enjoyment out of a
beautiful house, the last thing you want is to be
hiding rubbish — the surface will be spoilt by
what is underneath,’ she says.

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Kitchen & Bathroom
Kaldewei is the first manufacturer in the
sanitary sector to achieve green certification
ISO 14025. This major achievement is due to
three key factors: all Kaldewei 3.5mm steel
enamel baths and shower trays are made from
100% natural raw materials; secondly they
have unsurpassed longevity, guaranteed for 30
years; finally at the end of their lifetime they
can be 100% recycled without the need for
down-cycling. ENQ 100

Hansgrohe has launched a new XXL range of
overheads to join the popular Raindance AIR
shower family. Distinguished by an ergonomic
rectangular design with softened corners and
available in three widths, 24cm, 36cm and
42cm, the new Raindance E showers have
been created in collaboration with Phoenix
Design. The largest Raindance E 420 AIR 2jet
model pampers users with its RainAir spray
and the refreshing RainFlow flood jet that
cascades from the showerhead like a natural
waterfall. ENQ 101

Finwood Designs
Making good use of a precious natural
resource, individual mosaics are meticulously
crafted using stone that has been carved out
of a riverbed granite pebble when forming a
Pebble Bowl. A substantial feature piece with
a solid wooden frame, the Pebble Mirror
measures 810mm x 615mm and can be hung
either vertically or horizontally. Each tile is
hand-carved and carefully positioned for
perfection, achieving a natural blend of
colours that complement both contemporary
and traditional interiors. ENQ 102

Air Uno
The Main cooker-hood answers both the need
for a custom look and the colour matching, or
indeed deliberate contrasting, of your cooker
hood to your kitchen furniture. Available in
the 26 colours of Corian® and the 20 shades of
Parapan®, this Italian-designed model by Faber
features a sleek, rectangular hood in stainless
steel that can be combined with 6mm Corian®
or 4mm Parapan® as well as glass or any other
material suited to its frame. ENQ 103

Samuel Heath
Encompassing a full range of basin and bath
tap and shower options, Xiara is a
contemporary take on minimalist brassware
design. Made from the purest Northern
European brass, each element has been pared
down to give a pure, refined approach to
design; retaining modern simplicity with
subtle curvilinear forms that are feminine and
precise. The result is a soft and fluid
collection, intricately designed, hand polished.
ENQ 104
| 55

GROHE has introduced Nova Light, an LED-
illuminated coloured ring around the flush
button, which makes an innovative design
statement in a product that has traditionally
kept a low profile. Available in four colour
choices, which can be fixed or constantly
changing, Nova Light is mains powered, so
can be controlled by a timer. Thanks to the
LED component, it will last for around 17
years costing roughly 84p a year to run.
ENQ 105

Victoria & Albert Baths

There is nothing more comforting than
indulging in a hot bath on a cold winter's day.
And now Victoria & Albert has made the
experience extra special with the introduction
of a dedicated headrest for their award
winning Napoli. The Napoli bath measures a
generous 1900mmx855mm, offering ample
space to stretch out and enjoy the extra
comfort. With limestone rich QUARRYCAST®
being an ambient material, there is no nasty
cold shock. ENQ 106

A first for Smeg’s range of retro-look
appliances, the 60cm FAB dishwasher is now
available as a built-in unit. Designed to
complete any kitchen, the DI6FAB is available
in fashion forward colours; cool cream and
pink finishes for neutral interiors and striking
black and red colour options to fit with any
slick décor. Boasting a triple A energy rating,
the DI6FAB features colour coordinated
cutlery and baskets, 14 place settings, ten
programmes and Aquatest. ENQ 107

Make any bathroom feel like a luxury spa
with simplehuman wall mount shampoo and
soap dispensers. Unlike commercial soap
dispensers, which require one hand to release
the soap and another to catch it, simplehuman
shampoo and soap dispensers are designed for
easy, one-handed use. The dispensers have a
transparent soap chamber and elegant chrome
body that compliments any décor. They hold
shampoo, conditioner, body wash or lotion
neatly on the wall and come in triple, twin and
single units. ENQ 108

The ATAG QuliMax is a completely new
multi-functional, combination steam oven,
combining sophisticated technology and
Dutch design. A powerful all-rounder the new
combination oven has almost unlimited
options. It steams, bakes, roasts, grills, reheats
and defrosts offering the ultimate
functionality for the busy household with
programmes to inspire the keenest of cooks.
ENQ 109
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Twyford Bathrooms
Twyford Bathrooms has sought design
inspiration from decades past to create a
stylish collection with a touch of playful retro
chic. The result is Moda, a bathroom range
that references key ‘60s and ‘70s design.
Available in a choice of finishes, and under-
basin, side, or tall versions, Moda cabinets
complete the look. With a choice of 12 basins,
and Twyford Bathrooms’ patented Flushwise
technology, Moda offers wide flexibility
without compromising functionality. ENQ 110

W+W was one of nine bathroom products
awarded the gold standard for innovation in
the Product Innovation category at The
Design Awards. The product was recognised
for it’s forward-thinking design, which
combines two key elements of the bathroom to
create and all-in-one washbasin and WC
designed to maximize space and conserve
water. This ground-breaking idea,
incorporating Roca’s new ‘water-reuse’
technology, uses waste water from the basin to
fill the WC cistern. ENQ 111

HiB, the leading bathroom mirror specialists,
have introduced two new designs featuring
modern styling combined with technical
enhancements. Aspina and Petra both feature
HiB’s new steam free mirror surfaces. The
Petra can be used in either landscape or
portrait format and features an attractive
metallic chrome frame, back-lit with a unique
uniform light diffusion. Dimensions are 80cm
x 60cm x 4cm. The new mirrors are IP44
rated. ENQ 112

Castello Luxury Baths

Part of Castello’s new range launched at this
year’s 100% Design, the Oceanus Bath in
Stone White with optional mosaic inlay,
effortlessly delivers subtle elegance. In
dimensions of 1760cm x 995cm x 610cm, the
range is completed with the smaller, Adoni
Bath, and large Imperia Bath. ENQ 113

Finwood Design
The new Xone Washstand from Finwood
Designs will complement any bathroom
interior with a choice of either absolute black
granite or travertine stone for the countertop.
Allowing further creativity, this enduringly
simple design is available in two sizes,
accommodating either a single or double set
of freestanding basins. Here, the clean, fluid
lines of the Xone Washstand with travertine
countertop, provides the ideal backdrop for
Finwood’s intricate mosaic bowl. ENQ 114
Lighting | 57

Concord: Havells Sylvania

Concord Stadium is an innovative low energy
spotlight range. Utilising 16 x 1 Watt LED’s,
generating up to 1200 fixture lumens this
cutting-edge spotlight introduces a new
highly flexible accent lighting tool. The
Stadium portfolio introduces two versions,
EVO and PRO, both with excellent colour
rendering, low running temperatures, very
long lamp life. ENQ 115

Hacel's forthcoming catalogue features a
comprehensive range of Integrated LED
luminaires with precision die cast and
extruded aluminium construction, designed
and manufactured in the UK. All luminaires
in the range are supplied with branded, high
performance, LED reflector lamps with
impressive lamp life, which reduces re-
lamping costs. LED technology offers
significant savings in electrical load and
energy consumption, whilst the integrated
chip, driver and heat sink ensure performance,
thermal management and longevity. ENQ 116

Chad Lighting
Chad Lighting designs and manufactures
contemporary luminaires for use in leisure,
corporate and domestic environments.
Employing a wide range of high quality
materials, the company creates products that
are distinguished by their clean lines and
elegant proportions. New to Chad's range is
Galileo, a large ceramic table light with a
distinctive fluted form and matt glaze.
Bespoke items can be created to satisfy a
particular project. ENQ 117

The FireLED™ is a patented luminaire which is
fire rated and offers a multitude of benefits
including zero maintenance costs and simple
straight to mains installation process, in
addition to achieving light output equivalent
to that of a 50w lamp whilst using just a
fraction of the energy. Uniquely, the FireLED’s
power supply is pre installed onto the
luminare and therefore the FireLED™ is
supplied ready to connect straight to the
mains. ENQ 118

Diffuse Lighting
Diffuse’s new Butterfly Ball is a dramatic
spherical chandelier. It is composed of 176
porcelain butterflies each embossed with a
delicate damask texture the detail of which
comes alive when illuminated. The individual
butterflies appear to be swarming around the
six central light sources. This stunning
lighting feature can be used in a wide variety
of interiors from reception rooms to bedrooms,
bars to spas. The light it emits is warm and
dappled, both softening and animating the
interior it adorns. ENQ 119
58 |
Add a new dimension to an interior or exterior
with leading tile, bathroom and kitchen
designer and manufacturer PORCELANOSA.
Clever round mosaics, like Firenze and Moon
create a fresh look, highlighting feature areas.
Firenze is a 20cm x 31.6cm ceramic tile that
slot together a bit like a simple jigsaw puzzle,
making them highly effective and cost
efficient, whilst the Moon mosaic tiles give
the luxury of natural stone on a mesh
backing. Available different colours and
textures; ceramic, natural stones and
ridescent glass. ENQ 120

To Grace
To Grace create bespoke designs as screens,
panels, cladding, doors and balustrade for
interior/ architectural applications
internationally. Recent clients include
Marriott, P&O Cruises, Crystal Cruises U.S,
Candy & Candy, South Tyneside Council,
HMPS Holloway and Urban Roof Gardens.
Birdsnest is a commission of stainless steel
sliding doors for a private residence in Central
London. ENQ 121

NAA: Interlam
NAA Ltd is the sole agent for Interlam panels
in UK and Ireland. Interlam Architectural
Wall Panels are a modern alternative to
traditional flat wall panels. They are available
in a variety of colours, textures, sizes and
finishes, giving the design professional the
freedom to express unrestrained creativity.
Interlam has eight different products in their
range, Art Diffusion, Elements, Mirage,
Screens, 3-Diculous, Stone Veneers,
Valchromat and Weaves. ENQ 122

Available in any colour, stainless steel or in
several metallic finishes including bronze,
brass, copper, aluminium and pewter, Joro
Originals are a highly unique and
personalised art-lighting product for the
home, business or garden and are already
gracing the interior and exterior walls of some
of London’s finest properties. They can be
produced any size up to a maximum of 2.5m x
2.5m and can be back lit in any colour of
micro LED lights creating an environmentally
friendly, low cost light source. ENQ 123
Formica Limited has launched an exclusive
Off-the-Shelf screen-print range through the
Formica® Bespoke laminate service. Six
striking designs provide the designer with a
selection of large scale, classic and geometric
surfaces ideal for any interior laminate
application; from cubicles, door skins, wall
panelling and furniture. These designs have
been carefully researched to reflect current
trends. The range is offered in a fixed sheet
size of 3050mm x 1300mm x 0.7mm. ENQ 124
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Tile of Spain
The Simbols range by Tile of Spain member
Natucer combines natural textures and vivid
colours. Available in a natural and semi-
polished finish, this range is suitable for
interior and exterior spaces. Available in
36cm x 36cm, six harmonious shades, ranging
from vibrant blues and greens, to more urban
smoky greys and charcoals, will leave you
spoilt for choice. ENQ 125

Renowned for breaking new ground in the
panels market, Kronospan is launching an
unprecedented 15 decors, delivering limitless
design opportunities and an inspirational
palette. Ivory Flax and Ebony Flax products
evolve this natural fusion concept and are the
first textile motifs to reach the UK market,
bringing the neutral appeal of woven fabric
and crisp, clean linen to any interior scheme.
All Fresh decors are partnered by matching
laminates and edgings. ENQ 126

Rey Solutions Partitions and Ceilings
incorporates all the advantages of a
plasterboard core and Polyrey’s melamine
surface technology to offer an economical,
environmentally friendly, acoustic, fire
retardant, recyclable decorative panel that in
comparative testing offers superior surface
resistance than PVC & vinyl. The panels
conform to Euroclass B-s1,dO, equivalent to
Class 0, and also have a low calorific value
which guarantees that they meet or exceed all
current fire legislation. ENQ 127

Parapan® can be used for a range of
applications, both residentially and
commercially. Bright white Parapan® was
chosen by Harrison Varma Construction Ltd
for its clear crisp finish and ease of installation
to create simple wall paneling and cupboard
doors in the sitting room of this magnificent
villa in Hampstead. Available in 21 up to the
minute UV stable colours that will never fade
Parapan® is waterproof, hygienic and easy to
maintain. ENQ 128

International Decorative Surfaces

IDS has added a new range of Aqua-Step
waterproof laminate flooring to its portfolio
that combines style, easy installation, simple
maintenance and a 100% guarantee of being
totally waterproof. There are 19 tile and
woodgrain effects to inspire and satisfy a wide
range of applications; from elegant travertines
to exotic woodgrains. Aqua-Step comes in
planks size 1200mm x 167mm x 8mm
thickness and offers easy installation with the
patented Uniclic system. ENQ 129
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Premier Shutters
Premier Shutters have been manufacturing
and installing interior shutters for over five
years. Working closely with interior designers
and private individuals, Premier Shutters
already have a reputation for meeting the
desired specification. With limitless designs
and colour options any look can be achieved
by the company, making their window
dressings truly fit anywhere. For a look that
will be admired by all and caters for all your
needs, both visually and practically, look no
further. ENQ 130

Prestigious Textiles
Created for lustrous window dressing and
coordinating scatter cushions, Passion
comprises two contrasting floral trails,
Patricia and Penelope; plus a boldly
interpreted yarrow head design called Petra.
The shimmering silken backdrop, which is
also available as the complementary plain
Penny, enhances the tactile appeal of the
three. Passion by Prestigious is available in a
suite of on-trend colourways including Lichen,
Cinnamon, Champagne, Oyster, Latte,
Fuchsia, Plum, Violet and Silver. ENQ 131
The New England Shutter Company
The experts in bespoke shutter solutions, The
New England Shutter Company manufactures
and supplies a truly bespoke range of beautiful
hand-crafted shutters. Their service includes
a complete project management service and
custom colour matching at no extra cost. The
Soho design with its entirely concealed tilt
mechanism has rebated blades that lie flush
in their frame, giving an ultra-sleek look.
ENQ 132

In the worldwide hotel and maritime leisure
sector, Panaz continues to meet ongoing
demand for fabrics which combine conformity
to performance standards with a memorable
haute couture flair. A bespoke design and
colour interpretation service is available,
whereby project-unique concepts or colour
schemes are developed through collaboration
between the client and the Panaz creative
department. ENQ 133

Fabricant has introduced an elegant new
display block to present a stunning new
collection of curtain poles and finials. For
further information on any of the Fabricant
range contact their sales office. ENQ 134
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TOPIC's style is timeless, precisely what
furnishing a conference room
requires.Girsberger uses TOPIC to
complement its range of conference room
seating. But this discreet chair is also ideal
for use as a visitor chair. TOPIC is extremely
comfortable, thanks to its well-formed
backrest and strong, luxurious seat upholstery.
Although Dieter Stierli intentionally refrained
from adding technical subtleties, TOPIC has
shock absorbing suspension and a 360 degree
swivel function. ENQ 135

Alongside the look of a new kitchen, storage
has become the single most important
element of modern kitchen design. Two
fundamental principles must be observed: to
maximise the use of the internal cabinet
volume, and to ensure total and immediate
access to every item stored. Blum’s storage
solution achieve both of these objectives, and
in doing so offer up to 55% more storage
capacity over conventional kitchens. ENQ 136

Bloc is a new range of tables designed by
Gabriel Teixidó for Spanish furniture
manufacture Vilagrasa. Bloc is available in
either square or circular versions, and heights
of 45cm, 72cm or 105cm. The square version
can be specified in 60cm x 60cm or 75cm x
75cm dimensions. The circular table is
available with a diameter of 60cm or 75cm.
Bloc is made of cast aluminium and stainless
steel with a translucent plastic top. ENQ 137

Mobles 114
Pey is a new range of desks, tables, accessories
and storage units for contract as well as
domestic use. Coffee tables, dining tables,
office desks with dividing panels as well as
large meeting and library tables form only
part of the extensive collection. Pey has an
aluminium extrusion frame structure epoxy
painted in white or aluminium grey with a
translucent laminated or lacquered glass table
top. A number of size options are available
ENQ 138

NM Design
NM Design specialize in custom furnishings
for both domestic and commercial interiors,
producing anything from a coffee table to a
kitchen; display cabinets to boardroom
furnishings. Working with the highest quality
materials NM Designs incorporate veneers
and solid wood, mirror, stone, glass and
metals to realize your design vision. The
ARNO Sideboard shown features lacquered
walnut offset with ebony and customized
handles. ENQ 139
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Hartley & Tissier
The existing Hartley and Tissier collection
includes a wide selection of striking stripes,
geometric and floral patterns across flat
weave, wool and nylon blend and hand-woven
wool and viscose yarns. However, for those
hoteliers, restaurateurs and bar owners
looking to make a statement all of their own,
designer Stephanie Tissier will develop a truly
original carpet that will never be replicated,
ensuring an exclusive, one-of-a-kind scheme.
ENQ 140

Antron® Carpet Fibre

Each style in the Elemental Spectrum
collection is influenced by the readings of
elements such as carbon, zinc and iron when
placed under a visual spectrograph, giving a
linear appearance that can either be strong or
subtle. The collection reflects these readings
in two groups, Elemental Brights and
Elemental Neutrals, with the complementing
Elemental Solids plain carpet tiles. The
performance of the carpet is also enhanced
with Mannington Commercial’s proprietary
ColorSafe® bleach resistant and XGUARD®
stain resistant technologies. ENQ 141
Part of Junckers' extensive range of solid
hardwoods is Jarrah; one of many eucalyptus
species native to Western Australia. Jarrah
combines exceptional strength and density
with rich burgundy tones, varying from light
to dark to produce a very lively floor. Grown in
managed forestry secured by The Australian
Forestry Standard under PEFC, Jarrah offers
the opportunity to achieve a tropical red
timber floor that is ecologically sound.
ENQ 142

Installed at all Fitness First, Virgin Active, LA
fitness gymnasia and David Lloyd Leisure
Centres, BLADE-RUNNER rubber flooring
benefits from an extremely dense, elastic
structure making it incredibly durable and
easily able to withstand heavy equipment and
high-impact shocks. This same elasticity
means that BLADE-RUNNER absorbs the
impact of athletes’ bodies, increases comfort
and reduces injuries. BLADE-RUNNER is
offered in a wide range of 11 classic, and 25
Lee of Mohawk
custom, colours. ENQ 143
Focal Point is the latest modular collection
launched by Lees of The Mohawk Group.
A revolutionary fibre system that adds
permanent stain, soil and fade resistance,
Duracolor® is built into the fibre rather than
applied topically, making it impermeable to
moisture while also helping to reduce cleaning
chemical dependency. The tufted textured
patterned loop pile carpet tile features Lees’
ICT Fibreglass Reinforced Thermoplastic
Composite Tile backing and comes in a
60.9cm x 60.9cm format. ENQ 144
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The iconic Hot Spring has won awards
worldwide. It has been displayed in the
London Design Museum and the Philadelphia
Museum of Modern Art. A continuous coil of
steel tubing, it is an ingenious combination of
elegance and efficiency, suitable for large or
small spaces. It also fits neatly in corners
where it saves space. Hot Spring is available
in four sizes and an electric only version in a
choice of white, black, chrome and metallic
finishes. ENQ 145

Anglia Fireplaces
Anglia Fireplaces has introduced an exciting
range of horizontal and vertical lift-door
stoves from Belgium. The new range from M-
Design features single and doubled sided fires,
swivel stoves, and all boast an efficiency
rating of 85%. All the stoves incorporate
state-of-the-art clean burn technology,
ensuring the large glass window remains
clean and free of soot. All the fires are
available as wood-burning, with the Luna
range being available in gas. ENQ 146

Petrus is an elegant radiator with oval tubing
that creates an undulating surface in chrome,
metallica or white. With 11 sizes available, it
can be shown to advantage in narrow, vertical
spaces or under windows where the oval ends
make for an interesting visual effect. Bisque
radiators have won awards world-wide and
the company was recently voted one of the
Coolbrands of 2009-2010. ENQ 147

Available through Encompass, TURN 5 KW
log burning stove, rotates through 360 degrees,
with integrated log storage unit. Thanks to
optimum air combustion properties, the
combustion chamber grate and ash collection
tray are a thing of the past. Encompass are
suppliers of premium brands, exterior leisure
furniture and accessories, which include Royal
Botania, Fuera Dentro, Coro, Freek, Some and
Conmoto. ENQ 148

Jetmaster Fires
After relentless market research and a
demanding list of must requirements,
designers at Jetmaster have introduced the
Inset stove range simply called the 18i, 60i
and the larger 70i. Efficiencies of up to 84%
can be expected, as well as clean burning
technology. Other features include an option
to take the combustion air from outside if
further efficiencies are required. The unit is an
inner and outer box styled installation that
allows the flue to be connected from the inside
of the unit. ENQ 149
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International Decorative Surfaces
More than a floor, the innovative Resofloor®
range available from IDS really pushes the
design envelope when it comes to laminate
flooring. Resofloor® offers specifiers a range of
six expressive flooring designs in fashionable
high gloss texture, with the guarantee of wear
resistance for even the most heavy-duty of
areas; whether in shops, offices, restaurants,
hotels or a domestic setting. The palette
includes snow white, black, stone and
metal-inspired finishes. ENQ 150

Allgood is proud to announce the re-launch of
the original 14mm d line designs, the epitome
of the aesthetic and functional purpose of d
line, with the L shape and U shape 14mm
lever handles. Trends come and go, pure
design endures. The inevitable cycle of good
design has proven to be the case for the 14mm
design; representing the unique skill and
technique known to the d line product range,
which makes it so extraordinary. ENQ 151

Daedalian Glass
Daedalian introduces its new glass door and
screen range, that feature luxury fabrics and
original Daedalian design, with varying
degrees of transparency to catering to multiple
situations. Using Bridgestone’s UV resistant,
EVAsafe laminating system, which protects
against long-term light deterioration,
Daedalian are able to laminate most organic
and in-organic materials and have combined
fabrics, papers, and metals with other glass
working techniques such as etching and glass
painting to create truly unique results.
ENQ 152

Leading joinery and metal workshop,
Benchmark, has recently completed a large
bespoke commission for the new Eight
Members Club. Brass, dark oak, rippled glass
and leather have been incorporated cleverly
throughout the club; from the central ribbed
banquette seating topped with reeded glass
screens and brass detailing, to the dark oak
dining table with leather inlay in the private
dining room. Also made by Benchmark is the
stunning polished pewter bar. ENQ 153

Securikey have added to their portfolio of
mirrors a new range of unbreakable stainless
steel mirror domes, specifically designed for
use in areas of high vandalism. Available in 4
sizes these mirrors are shallower than original
ceiling domes making them ideal for use on
walls and in passageways without
obstruction. ENQ 154
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Polyrey’s popular Cubicle & Washroom
collection has been updated to offer even
wider decorative and practical benefits from
its selection of HPL, compact grade laminates
and MFC solutions, which are ideal for
cubicles, benches, lockers, partitions and
vanity units. There are 51 different decorative
choices available in plain colours, woodgrains
and patterns. The new Sanitized® compact
grade laminate range is unique to Polyrey and
offers key hygienic benefits. ENQ 155

A dedicated environmental zone has been
created at to highlight the
company’s proactive approach to reducing its
carbon footprint. Details of Flowcrete’s unique
Floorzone Solution are also featured on the
new website, highlighting the environmental
and cost-saving benefits brought about by this
single-responsibility flooring package.
Floorzone incorporates the screed,
soundproofing, heating and decorative
seamless resin finish. ENQ 156

The new accessories guide from specialist
Gradus contains full details of their extensive
accessories portfolio, including the new range
of XT Hardnose stair edgings, which offer
superior protection against the risk of slips,
trips and falls. Information is also included on
CXT aluminium stair edgings for use on
ceramic, stone and marble floors, as well as
pvc and metal skirtings, step and aisle

International Decorative Surfaces

lighting, transition strips and barrier matting.
ENQ 157
IDS, the UK’s largest distributor of decorative
surfaces, has produced its first Surfacing
Solutions for the Hotel & Leisure Industry
directory, giving specifiers and designers a
helpful working tool for selecting appropriate
surface finishes. Spanning 28 pages, the
directory covers the materials available in
IDS’s extensive portfolio including solid
surfacing, anti-bacterial laminate, exterior
cladding, flooring and wallpanelling. It is
purely application-led, broken down into five
key sections on furniture, doors, walls, floors
and exterior for easy navigation. ENQ 158

Victoria Carpets
Victoria Carpets Contracts Division has
announced a new portal for online contract
carpet at A useful
Quick Sample Request facility is backed with
the Select a Carpet feature that allows
specifiers to begin their journey by type,
colour or sector and the website’s
functionality is built around the quickest and
shortest route to the information required.
Specifiers can also seek inspiration and
catching up on the latest news and events.
ENQ 159
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A2 is a new range of office furniture designed
by Gabriel Teixidó for Spanish manufacturer
Biok. The range comprises desks, meeting
tables and storage units. The A2 system is
composed of an extruded aluminium beam
with chrome joints and the table top and legs
are available in glass, lacquered MDF and
various wood finishes including American
walnut, natural wengé, dark and white oak.
ENQ 160

Antron® Carpet Fibre

If design flexibility and lasting good looks was
not enough, INVISTA, manufacturer of
Antron® carpet fibre, is the first and only
carpet fibre manufacturer to have obtained a
certified Environmental Profile from BRE
Global Limited. Combine this with the
proprietary Infinity® RE backing that features
a minimum of 10% post-consumer and 20%
pre-consumer recycled content by product
weight, and the modular carpet has the
credentials for locations looking for style,
performance and sustainability. ENQ 161

Julie Langan Glass

Julie Langan Glass is an inspirational
contemporary design studio who specialise in
the creation of unique and innovative pieces of
glass art. The pieces, usually in the form of
panels, can be integrated into both interior
and exterior architectural spaces or simply
displayed as individual pieces of art. Now
with over 10 years experience within the
industry Julie Langan Glass have built up a
reputation for quality, innovation and
individuality. ENQ 162

HyTronic infra-red taps use two-beam infra-
red technology for fast, intelligent detection,
resulting in an electronically controlled water
flow that requires no physical contact.
Geberit’s HyTronic infra-red taps are to the
highest specification and environmentally
sensitive. Operating programmes include
delayed shut-off and water-saving options as
well as a safety switch-off function to prevent
uncontrolled water consumption. ENQ 163

The new Mainepure range is made to the
same exacting high standards of excellence as
their successful Maineseries31 range. It can
also fit alongside their existing ranges to the
same wide range of heights and widths. The
Mainepure range has a clean, elegant facade
and a flush, discreet label holder, which also
acts as the drawer pull. Everything is
engineered for a beautiful result. ENQ 164
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Papago is part of Polyrey’s flagship 2007 –
2012 Collection, designed to combine colour,
decor, light and texture. Papago is incredibly
easy to specify for a wide range of interior
applications including leisure, retail, domestic,
healthcare and furniture. All of the Papago
colours are available in high-pressure
laminate and Compact (Thick self-supporting
laminate) and wide selection is also available
in Panoprey Melamine Faced Chipboard or
MDF with matching edgings. ENQ 165

Crown Trade
Crown Trade has launched an exciting new
paint colour collection for specifiers, designers
and decorators working on interior and
exterior projects. This extensive colour offer
covers the entire spectrum, featuring 1080
contemporary and established popular shades,
arranged into eight distinct colour families.
New fandecks and pocket size colour guides
are now available in Crown Trade’s new black
and gold signature style, with colour swatches
clearly referenced using Crown’s exclusive
SCAN™ colour codification system. ENQ 166

Bisca has design and built a staircase, which
takes perceptions of stair design to a new
echelon. The brief was to create an
outstanding stair for the hallway that
complimented the surroundings. The result
was a stunning, gleaming curved staircase
made entirely of green-tinted glass and steel,
including balustrade, topped with American
black walnut handrails. ENQ 167

Antron® Carpet Fibre

Antron® LegacyTM carpet fibre is utilised in
Structures from Christy Carpets’ Studio
Collection that features in the exclusive
director’s lounge at three new Showcase
Cinema de Luxes. Antron® LegacyTM carpet
fibre is ideal for use where an attractive
appearance, maximum wear resistance and
easy cleaning are essential. The hollow spaces
throughout the carpet fibre scatter the light so
dirt is less visible. ENQ 168

Playful and modern, MicroDot is a subtle grid
of concave dots in a low sheen satin finish.
Interpreted in eye-catching solid colours, this
texture transforms the traditional flat surface
of plain colours. Available in a 3050mm x
1220mm x 1.3mm sheet size, the range offers
a total of 27 finish and colour combinations.
MicroDot and Gloss textures are offered in six
classic colours: Black, Folkestone, White,
Spectrum Blue, Spectrum Red, and Spectrum
Yellow. ENQ 169
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Developer Regal Homes was happy to give Kelly Hoppen
an enviably free rein in the design of this expansive seven-
bedroom house in London’s South Hampstead

The interior of this 12-bedroom Jacobean mansion mixes This five-bedroom property, created from two former
art-deco style, antique furniture and accessories from barns, has been given a sleek contemporary look
across the globe in a surprisingly harmonious scheme that brings minimalism to a country setting

74 78
The cube chandeliers DK Home’s Fairytale
were made bespoke light hangs over the
for the ground floor breakfast area
formal dining room

Developer Regal Homes was happy to give Kelly Hoppen
an enviably free rein in the design of this expansive seven-
bedroom house in London’s South Hampstead

December 2009 |


T his 5547ft seven-bedroom house in South

Hampstead is the first of six projects by Kelly Hoppen for
London property developer Regal Homes. Hoppen, chosen by
the firm for her contemporary yet elegant style, relished the
free reign she was given on the project. She took the
opportunity to create something different to anything else on
the development market while combining style with comfort.
‘Regal Homes approached me about a year ago and this
first project was fairly huge,’ says Hoppen. ‘But having the
design completely handed to me was a luxury you do not
always get so I have enjoyed incorporating architectural
forms with different textures and extreme attention to detail.
As with all projects that are not couture for a private client, I
have drawn on my own inspiration from around the globe.’
Luckily, the townhouse had no listing issues (with the
exception of the exterior) but it had been left derelict for
many years and was extremely run down. So the team gutted
the place — leaving only the four external walls — and
started from scratch.
The ground floor contains the formal entertaining areas
(a dining and double reception room as you enter) while the
family rooms — an open-plan kitchen, relaxed dining area
and TV room leading to the outdoor space — are located in
the basement. The master suites, with his-and-hers | December 2009

Hoppen’s signature
colour, white, has
extended to the
bespoke kitchen and
island unit

Bold contemporary
lighting has been used
throughout such as
this Swarovski Sock
ceiling light

FULL HOUSE bathrooms and dressing rooms, are on the first floor and the of sculptural pieces from the Kelly Hoppen range throughout
Megaron Pebble other five bedrooms are found on the second and top floors. the project, such as the white unglazed coffee pots, Emperor
tables in the formal
living room
The formal dining room — the first room you encounter — statues and faux corals.
is a real knock-out space with a trio of bespoke, cubic cut- Continuing the soft forms, key to the comfort-conscious
Italian company crystal chandeliers hanging over the Luz Interiors dining feel of family space, here the sofa style is less regimented,
Orrizonti supplied the table, which is surrounded by Meridiani Cruz chairs. The with the use of Meridiani’s Quinn model. However, both
Aran bed, with curved
headboard simple boxlike shape of the lights is echoed in the strong living spaces have Kevin Reilly Steeman table lamps,
rectangle of the CVO wall-mounted flueless fireplace. referencing the block shapes once more.
Mimi table lamps and The palette here is rich and plush, with dark wood and a Upstairs the bedrooms boast several different textures,
bronze reading lights
from Porta Romana
mixture of mahogany-coloured fabrics and animal print. The and have the calming, slightly Asian twist that Hoppen has
chairs at each end of the table have mock-crocodile made her own. Much of the texture is provided by the
The slick bathroom upholstery and the bespoke curtains resemble a delicate generous selection of fabrics, where both linen blinds and
features products from zebra hide. The adjacent reception room continues the block sheer curtains are used in combination, as well as velvet
Hoppen own shutter
range, developed with theme with modular, framed Hamptons sofas from throws and silk cushions. This contrasts with the dark woods
Shutterly Fabulous Modenature. of the stained oak flooring and bedside lamps by both B&B
Moving down to the family level, the palette is fresher, Italia and JNL. The Master Room, however, takes it cue more
with softer more comfortable forms, set off by the undulating from a traditional English style, with a button back
pattern of the curtain fabric that spans much of one side of headboard, with a slight curve around the Meridiani
the open plan kitchen/living space, as well as the droplet Thurman bed.
shapes that make up the Fairytale hanging light in the The finished contemporary home really has brought
breakfast area, from DK Home. This breakfast table is the something new to the world of property development, so
Savoy model from Modenature who also supplied the Plaza often the realm of safe bets and neutral choices, Hoppen has
chairs, all framed by a cream and mocha coloured rug from injected a warm, eclectic personality into this period house,
Hoppen’s own shop collection. with ultra modern styling that somehow seems timeless. The
In fact, as the unrestricted nature of the brief has allowed next projects with Regal are set to be new build flats and
her to create a project that is in line with her own tastes and Mews houses, so it will be interesting to see how these
inspirations, it has also meant she has been able to use many properties receive the Hoppen transformation.

»B&B Italia »CVO »DK Home »JNL »Kelly Hoppen »Kevin Reilly »Megaron »Meridiani »Modenature »Orrizonti
»Porta Romana »Regal Homes »Shutterly Fabulous

December 2009 |

PORTFOLIO ONE | 73 | December 2009

I t wasn’t easy for Peter Phan to leave
the Andrew Martin nest — he had spent
15 years at the company, working as a
failing,’ says Phan. No interior
structural work was required so once
the place had been stripped, Phan began
buyer alongside his ‘friend and mentor’ with what he believes to be the most
Martin Waller. He made the jump just important room — the sitting room.
over a year ago and his biggest project to Here it is evident that the interior
date, North Aston Hall, seems to prove designer loves to experiment with scale
that Phan made the right move. and to mix styles from different eras. A
‘It was hard but it was the right time large sculptural armillery from Andrew
to move on. I will always be close to the Martin is a decorative centrepiece atop
team,’ says Phan, ‘but there is a new a chunky coffee table, while paintings of
satisfaction in seeing a project through society figures from the 1950s are
from start to finish. I go back to this juxtaposed with art-deco-style sofas.
house regularly and am still enjoying ‘My forte is bringing together elements
the wow factor!’ from different times and places to
Twelve-bedroom North Aston Hall is create something new and beautiful.
a part-Jacobean property with Regency This is about restraint and using the
additions and a chapel in the garden. upmost care and consideration when
It is an ongoing project that will take choosing the pieces,’ he says.
many years to complete. Phan There is also an Asian influence to
has finished the first phase of the Vietnamese-born Phan’s work. Antique
refurbishment and is preparing to tackle Chinese travelling trunks are used as
the kitchen, more bathrooms and the low tables and decorative Buddha heads
orangerie next year. (copies of museum pieces to ensure
In its previous life, the hall was used authenticity) have been sourced
by a Swedish company as a summer from Thailand.
residence for its executives and the The entrance hall takes inspiration
decor was stuck in the late 1980s. from the Middle East. Afghan rugs
‘It was trying to be Laura Ashley and stretched over canvases hang on the


Above left: the sitting Main picture: the huge
room mixes cushions entrance hall, with its
made from bright original flooring, mixes
Tibetan blankets with scales and styles,
neutral designs from with large lanter ns and
the Andrew Martin an oversized toy
Augustus range aeroplane on a
Regency pedal stool
Far left: the walls of
the billiard room are
wrapped in 80m of
faux moleskin

Left: a Simpsons
mirror hangs above a
Chinese altar table
found in a London
antique shop

December 2009 |



The scheme for this 12-bedroom Jacobean mansion mixes art-deco style, antique
furniture and accessories from the four corners of the globe. Yet despite its eclecticism,
the interior is harmonious and sympathetic to the building’s historic grandeur | December 2009

FERROFLUID In association

Ferrofluids are tiny magnetically re-active particles suspended in a liquid

that when exposed to magnetic fields create fascinating 3-dimensional
shapes and patterns. Just one of the innovations you will discover at
The Surface Design Show 2010.






Clockwise from top
left: the bathroom,
which has plenty of
traditional mouldings,
has a traditional basin
and taps with a satin
nickel finish

The glamorous master

bedroom has large
sitting-room lamps to
increase the drama

The boys’ bedroom

has a US theme with
a Levi’s poster and
Native American
throws and rug

Jacquie St one
made the bespoke
bedspreads in a
traditional style

Rabbit-fur throws and

Snow Bush pictures
by Stephen Lee
add cosiness to the
guest bedroom

grey walls. Grey — this one is Farrow & Another room has a hunting theme, Andrew Martin fabrics from the
Ball’s Elephant’s Breath — is something using rabbit fur, guinea fowl feathers Americana collection have been used
of a signature colour for Phan. and lizard skin on lampshades, here on the bespoke blinds and
The first phase of the North Aston cushions and throws. Phan chose to bedspreads, which were made by Jackie
Hall project has involved completing keep the original oak floorboards in this Stone. Of course, Phan could not resist
five of the 12 bedrooms. Despite the room to emphasise its traditional mixing in some art-deco style — in this
large number, Phan has treated each English country feel. instance the 1920s beds and a chrome
bedroom individually, giving each one a A third room, with walls painted in chest of drawers — before bringing it
theme and filling it with intricate another of Phan’s signature greys (this back to the American West with a
details. ‘The family is using these time Farrow & Ball’s Slate) has twin framed Levi’s advert from the 1950s.
rooms at the moment as we gear up for beds, each with a 1920s-style curved Phan’s design vision is giving North
the second phase but really they are just and crested headboard covered in Aston Hall a new lease of life. Such a
the guest bedrooms’ he says. suiting fabric. These were created by diversity of influences had the potential
The current master has silver-leaf Peter Jude, who worked with Phan on all to result in a rather chaotic look but
wallpaper, hand made in Japan and the upholstery on the project. Phan has carefully orchestrated his
sourced from Altfield. The room’s style A bedroom for two boys takes it cue design approach, creating something
is inspired by Hollywood glamour of the from a totally different time and place modern and chic that also pays homage
1940s, Phan’s favourite era. with its Native American styling. Many to the building’s history.

»Altfield »Andrew Martin »Farrow & Ball »Jacquie Stone Creations tel. 01869 331 502
»Peter Jude »Peter Phan »Simpsons »Stephen Lee | December 2009

This five-bedroom property, created from two former barns, has a
sleek contemporary look that brings minimalism to a country setting


The 25m-long living
space is partitioned
N icolas Tye Architects was enlisted to transform two
huge 19th-century converted barns in Worcestershire into one
even larger family home on the recommendation of an architect
The plans incorporated some quite radical features.
Externally, Tye wanted to change the external elevations
from wood cladding to double-height glass. Internally, he
by a fireplace on a
hearth of rough-cast
friend of the clients. He would have done the job himself but aimed to create large, clean, simple rooms to bring back the
concrete, while white feared the potential tensions of the client/architect relationship feeling of a barn being an open, cathedral-like space.
ash flooring keeps could have jeopardised the friendship. The plan included an unusual ‘kicked’ corridor running
the scheme bright,
Fortunately, the Nicolas Tye team presented a set of plans diagonally across the building to link all the living spaces.
clean and simple
that met the challenging brief perfectly, creating a home that ‘As the clients already had a funky design mindset, they just
stretched to 25m in length. ‘First, it was challenging because went for it,’ he says.
the clients are both in retail design so are used to a very high The team began by overhauling the space, which had
standard and interesting style of design,’ says Tye. ‘Second, been cut up into a ‘rabbit warren’ of mean-sized rooms.
they had invested a huge amount — both psychologically and The ground-floor living space now stretches to most of the
financially — in this project. Having essentially bought two home’s 25m length. This room has been divided into dining
dwellings that would one day be sold as one, extra value needed and living areas by the central fireplace, which has a
to be injected into the property. The couple travel frequently for rough-cast concrete hearth with a rusted metal grate and
business and wanted to make this their long-term home with scaffold poles that reference the barns’ agricultural past.
their three children because of the great schools in the area.’ The white ash floor accentuates the airy and open feeling of

December 2009 |


the room, as do the cream leather sofas. One of these is so MODERN COUNTRY
long it can accommodate 10 people. Above centre: a
double-height column,
The ground floor also contains the kitchen and utility clad in walnut, houses
area, a studio, bar and downstairs WC. The first floor has the airing cupboard
five bedrooms, three with ensuites, plus one large separate and coat storage
bathroom. There are two staircases, one created in timber
Above right: a bespoke
and glass by Flight Design. The other, which rises from the unit in the master
diagonal hallway, snakes around a double-height column bedroom houses the
clad in walnut, which houses the airing and coat cupboards. plasma screen TV,
fireplace and lighting
Tye has also kept the bedrooms minimal, using bespoke
cabinetry in walnut and opaque glass and installing Right: the master
contemporary fireplaces. The sleek look continues in the ensuite has a bathtub
ensuites, which have floating walls separating the wetroom- by Bette and slate and
terracotta tiles by
style shower areas and bathtubs. Slate and terracotta tiles Porcelanosa
from Porcelanosa add warmth to the scheme.

»Bette »Flight Design »Nicolas Tye Architects »Porcelanosa | December 2009



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Left: Tim Gosling says the

Prestel book will ‘help
readers understand
amazing materials and
how to use them’
Above: the Gosling team
in the studio, a former
Victorian laundry (right)

Y ou could say that Tim Gosling was born to

make furniture but the more you get to know
generation. It will help readers understand
these amazing materials and how to use them.’
met Gosling when she was a client at Linley
and she now works alongside him as a
him and his team at Gosling, the more you Gosling began his career in set design, director, overseeing the company’s strategic
realize that sounds like a trivial summary of a working on major productions in London and development. Gosling describes her as ‘very,
life dedicated to the art of furniture making. Las Vegas. He then joined Linley in 1993, very objective and staggeringly tough’. Jane
Gosling makes pieces for connoisseurs and staying there until he set up his own company Dundas is Gosling’s right-hand woman, who,
Tim Gosling seems to carry the future of in 2005. ‘It was very important for me to be he says, ‘has an enormous positive impact on
British furniture on his shoulders (undoubtedly able to gain recognition in my own right,’ our client relations’.
broad, symmetrical and perfectly proportioned). Gosling explains. ‘I imagined it would be a Gosling has an evangelical approach to his
For those who can afford a Gosling piece, the small practice but was surprised when we craft. He lectures at the Inchbald and KLC
company offers the finest craftsmanship. The exceeded our projected annual turnover in the schools and gives regular talks to the team in
furniture is designed in the company’s studio first few months. Linley was enormously the workshop. ‘I want to do more things. I would
in Clapham and brought to life in its workshops successful as a brand but people imagine they love to start a working museum,’ he says.
in Whitby, North Yorkshire. know what that brand will be. I wanted to As well as having strong connections with
This craftsmanship is explored in the recent stretch those ideas way beyond what is museums, including the Courtauld and the
Prestel book, Gosling. It guides the reader expected and now I am able to do that.’ V&A, Gosling works with designers such as
though the commissioning process, explains The studio team includes three staff who Anouska Hempel and Kelly Hoppen and a
the luxurious materials used and the methods worked with Gosling at Linley. Photis Photi and penthouse project in Hong Kong will see him
of manufacture with a view to nurturing an Philip Sturdy are both designers — Gosling work with Tara Bernerd for the first time.
appreciation of the quality of the team’s work describes them as ‘two geniuses — technically Positive energy exudes from Gosling and his
and English craftsmanship in general. extraordinary’ — while Russell Thomas team and it is this passion for perfection that
‘It’s amazing how little information is out coordinates the production and delivery of will undoubtedly establish Gosling as a great
there,’ says Gosling. ‘This the first book of its these highly complex pieces to site. Jean Gomm modern furniture maker. | December 2009

Sites to be seen
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04 05
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02. Armourcoat Limited , 01732 460668

03. Domain, Tel: 01403 784846

04. Juliette Balcony Design, Tel: 020 8980 1000

05. Scott Beaven Radius Ltd, Tel: 0191 491 5000

06. Ecolec, Tel: 01902 457 575

07. Johnson Tiles , Tel: 01782 575575

08. Handles and Fittings, Tel: 0800 389 8821

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10. Leisure Plan, Tel: 01279 816001

11. Leisure Plan, Tel: 01279 816001

12. Philip Watts Design, Tel: 0115 926 9756

13. Ciesse S.r.l., Tel: 07775512836

14. Richard Baker Furniture, Tel: 0208 336 1777

15. Via Arkadia, Tel: 020 7351 7057

16. Clemaron Wood Interiors, Tel: 01483 201080

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Find Flos lighting in central London,

Maytag appliances in Croydon and
Mereway Kitchens in Rotherham

01 Moroso and Flos 7-15 Rosebery Avenue, 03 Nigel Coates Studio 25 Thurloe Street, London, Maytag at Home Whirlpool UK, 209 Purley Way,
London, EC1R 4SP 020 3328 3560 SW7 2LQ 020 7838 1068 Nigel Croydon, CR0 4XE 020 8649 5000
Renowned Italian design firms Moroso and Coates’ appointment-only studio opens with This showroom brings together four brands —
Flos have opened their first flagship store in his White Light installation. It features his Amana, KitchenAid, Maytag and Whirlpool —
London. The 600m2 space, designed by pieces from the Loop outdoor collection for in multifunctional display and presentation
Patricia Urquiola, is spread over two floors Varaschin, the Scubist collection for Fratelli areas. Maytag’s appliances are displayed in
and showcases their furniture and lighting. Boffi and the Corona lamp for Slamp. built-in and freestanding settings.

02 Loewe Galerie 237 Kensington High Street, 04 Mark Wilkinson Furniture 10 West Halkin Mereway Kitchens Sarah Street, Rotherham,
London, W8 6SA 020 7937 7007 Street, London, SW1X 8JL 020 7235 1845 South Yorkshire, S61 1EF 01709 380 065
The new Kensington store joins existing The lower floor of this showroom Mereway Kitchens’
Loewe showrooms in Hampstead and features three kitchens: the designer’s latest trade-only showroom uses split-level displays
Battersea and concessions in Selfridges and style, Shan Gara, in exotic veneers and to showcase the latest in kitchen design, door
Harrods. Among the audiovisual products on vellum; the Victorian-influenced Etruscan and and cabinet styles and a selection of granite
display is the Loewe Reference high-definition the art-deco-inspired Metro. More kitchens samples from showroom partner the Original
flatscreen TV. and studies are on show on the ground floor. Marble and Granite Company.

SUCCESS Showroom
Flexform and Interdesign have of the
come together under the same roof month
to bring classic Italian style to
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour
Flexform G30 Design Centre Chelsea Harbour,
London, SW10 0XE 020 7376 5272
The Interdesign showroom in the Design
Centre Chelsea Harbour has been completely
refurbished and rebranded under the Flexform
name. The store is aimed predominantly at
architects and interior designers and displays
Flexform’s luxurious range of Italian furniture,
which includes sofas, modular seating, chairs,
tables and storage systems. A selection of
Flexform’s bestselling items, including the
Groundpiece sofa designed by Antonio
Citterio, are on display along with
complementary products such as lamps,
vases, rugs and other home accessories. | December 2009

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Eco News
The pioneering Greenhouse project
in Leeds has set a national standard
for sustainable development

T his year’s Estates Gazette Green Award

for Residential Development went to the
includes an IP network in each home to enable
residents to monitor their utility bills.
team has sourced all the materials from within
a 20-mile radius of the Greenhouse. Eighty per
Greenhouse in Leeds, a pioneering project by Real-time data showing energy use translated cent of these products are from Naughtone,
Citu. The mixed-use property, which cost into carbon emissions and pounds is streamed which is less than 10 miles from the site. These
£27m to create, houses 172 apartments. into homes and accessed via the TV screen. include sustainable bamboo flooring and
It combines the latest energy- and There is also an open-loop borehole and Portion sofas, made from 100 per cent wool on
carbon-reduction technologies and won the ground-source heat pump to recover and solid Forest Stewardship Council-certified
award for creating a nationwide benchmark distribute heat through the development, timber frames. Naughtone is also offering an
for sustainable development. something that has not been used in a interior package for buyers who would like to fit
‘We wanted Greenhouse to be unique, not residential property before. The scheme will out their Greenhouse apartments in the same
only in its groundbreaking ideas but in the save an anticipated 169 tonnes of carbon and style as the show flats.
way it would ensure sustainable living by 3.8m litres of water a year, making it about The project is proving popular — the first
changing residents’ behavioural patterns,’ says 60 per cent more efficient than the average 100 apartments to go on sale in 2007 were
Chris Thompson, director of Citu. new-build development. sold within a fortnight and generated 2,500
As well as an offsite wind turbine, which Citu has also collaborated with Naughtone, enquiries. The remaining flats will hit the
ensures the development generates more energy another local company, on the interiors of the market in January.
than it uses, the technology at Greenhouse show flats. The environmentally conscious

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in which the walls have ears and the decor speaks volumes

I get a bit carried away on a mammoth royal shopping spree at the
temporary Highgrove Christmas store, situated in a drawing room
at Clarence House, and end up carting heavy bags of organic
hampers around various meetings. I end the day at an embroidery
sale for Fine Cell Work, a charity that teaches needlework to
long-term prison inmates. When one of the volunteers spots my
Duchy of Cornwall bags, she confesses to her somewhat
schizophrenic life — on Tuesdays she works at Highgrove as a
garden guide and on Fridays helps out in prison.


On a shopping trip with a client, we pass a Mayfair hairdressing
salon owned by a slightly eccentric family who are clients of a
colleague. On the day a sumptuous white carpet was laid at the
daughter’s new Docklands penthouse, my friend received a call to
say the carpet was ‘broken’. Unable to make sense of this unusual
N ew York-based artist and designer Marcus
Tremonto has added these slimline lights to his
claim, he drove over to east London to find a small crease in the futuristic collection of luminaires, which made their
carpet resulting from the roll being crammed into the li to get it debut at London’s SuperDesign show. Whole Light
to the top floor. He reassured the anxious client that the wool and Vakpak continue Tremonto’s theme of using
would spring back in a day or two and was relieved to get the materials that ‘reflect the modern age’.
message the next morning that the carpet was ‘fixed’. Both hanging pieces are
created using incredibly thin,
electroluminescent electronic paper as
their light source, a flexible surface
that Tremonto has been experimenting
with for almost three years (and was
first seen in his Paper Landscapes
CHRISTMAS JEER range shown at this year’s Euroluce).
No festive season goes by without a client demanding at short Leaps and bounds are being made with
notice that a piece of furniture or pair of curtains must arrive for this technology as a result of its use
Christmas. I am oen tempted to repeat my laconic curtain maker’s in the competitive field of display
annual exclamation: ‘They’ll look just as nice in January, dear!’ lighting, for example, for billboards.
This year, an upholsterer confides, is worse than ever because even Electroluminescence is an optical
though the designers have been efficient and planned early, the and electrical phenomenon. It occurs
clients aren’t paying up until the very last minute. Understandably, when a material emits light in
the designers are unwilling to risk bad debt — so a few behinds response to an electrical current being
will be siing on threadbare dining chairs while their owners tuck passed through it, causing the atoms
in to the turkey this Christmas Day. of the material to emit photons. The
electroluminescent material needs to
be sandwiched between two layers of conductors, the
top layer needs to be transparent and, in the case of
Tremonto’s work, Perspex is used. Vakpak in
particular takes
advantage of way the material can be used in
PINE AWAY razor-thin proportions — the a double-sided light
It’s the time of year when I debate whether to have a proper tree — image is only 2-3mm thick.
and face the new year prospect of hoovering up pine needles from Tremonto loves the way the material allows the
three floors of communal stairway — or do something cuing edge light source to take on so many shapes. But he does
(and non-dropping) with twigs. At least the fairy lights are never a not like to dwell on the technical side of his work,
problem. I now always follow a wise designer colleague’s advice of preferring to let the products do the talking.
planning a Christmas tree socket in every electrical scheme I do. | December 2009

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Pulse Kitchen







01 Aeon’s Grandeur radiator, which doubles as 03 The AKR 809 MR Glamour Hood features 05 Minotti Cucine has joined forces with stone
a bench seat, is a great example of a two-in-one Whirlpool’s EDS³ system, which reduces noise specialist Antonio Luigi. The result is a new
product. Its stainless steel construction is output. This clever black glass hood with touch Frappuccino stone and Bolivar wood version of
available in a brushed or polished finish. controls also adjusts power levels automatically its celebrated streamlined Inca kitchen. to achieve optimum air quality.

02 Norbert Wangen’s K1 Single Block kitchen 04 Fired Earth’s first fully fitted kitchen range, 06 Mereway Kitchens has added a ready-to-
for Boffi comprises a fully functioning kitchen the Moderne collection, has been designed by paint option to its Lincoln range, which enables
in a single 5m-long block. Sliding open the Charles Smallbone. It combines beech and oak cabinets to be painted on-site to match other
island reveals appliances, sinks and worktop veneered doors with painted finishes and finishes. The units can be mixed with solid
and creates a bar or serving area. marble surfaces. timber doors.

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01 Made from Corian, the Evolution shower by 03 The Relais suite from Ceramica Globo is 05 Bibliotheque’s Ebony Fabricated Wood tiles
Touchtile is controlled by a touch sensor and being touted as a modern reinterpretation are a waterproof alternative to timber. Colour
offers 15 temperatures and five flow rates. of classical sanitaryware, featuring squared runs through the body of the porcelain tile,
It is available in any of the 100 Corian colours. silhouettes with rounded corners. allowing it to be moulded to recreate the grain of real wood.

02 The shelf-like design of Brandoni’s Moby 04 Bathrooms International has taken a 06 Indigenous’s Riverstone bathroom collection
radiator allows you to stack towels to ensure a contemporary turn with its new Lennox is sourced from the riverbeds of Central Java.
continuous warm supply. It is available in any Collection. The range includes floor, wall and The bespoke bath tubs, basins and sink
shade on the RAL colour chart, enabling it to be counter-mounted brassware in chrome, nickel pedestals are crafted from volcanic rock.
matched to any scheme. and satin gold. | December 2009

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Number One Fan


ARTS AND W illiam de Morgan has

been a huge inspiration to me

CRAFTS throughout my working life

because he was a pioneer of
design and craft.

He explored every technical
aspect and used materials and
colour in ways that few
designers had done before.
FAN: STEVE CHARLES He also rediscovered the lost
technique of lustre glazes in the
late 1860s and, following this,
created the ruby-red lustre tiles
with fantastical figures that I
admire so much.
In my 40 years of working
with decorative stone, I have
followed De Morgan’s example
by discovering and pioneering
new materials and techniques
for my work.
De Morgan was central to
the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood,
a collective of artists that
pooled their skills and
inspiration. This connects


strongly with the way I work
because I currently work
with around 20 craftspeople at
the forefront of their fields.
Like De Morgan and his
contemporaries, we pool our
skills and varied material
expertise to create our unique
floors and surfaces.

Inside story William De Morgan’s STEVE CHARLES’ expertise in WILLIAM DE MORGAN, a ceramic
superlative skill in tile design and production stone and ceramics has made a artist and craftsman, was the one
secured him his place in history alongside William dramatic impact on the interior of the most influential members
Morris, his collaborator and friend. In the late flooring industry. He employs increasingly of the Arts and Crafts movement.
1800s, during the height of the Arts & Crafts innovative production methods and strives From 1859, De Morgan studied at the Royal
movement, hand-painted tiles were increasingly consistently to combine the newest techniques Academy alongside important artists and
popular for use in interiors and De Morgan’s with a tried-and-tested knowledge of his craft, painters such as Frederick Walker, Simeon
involvement in their design and production made gained over a 40-year career. Solomon and Henry Holiday. It was Holiday
him one of the movement’s key players. By establishing Paris Ceramics in the early who introduced De Morgan to William Morris.
He is also well known for using intricate and 1980s and, more recently, developing his own His celebrated decorative works include the
unusual techniques — such as reduction firing for brand, Charles has been responsible for tiles, stained glass and pottery he produced in
lustre finishes — and for detailed illustrations reviving many native stones, reclaimed antique his Chelsea workshop for his own company,
created using fine tissue transfers that would burn stone and terracotta floors. He has also along with works for Morris Marshall Faulkner
away on firing. De Morgan’s interest in medieval introduced many important stones, such as & Co, some of which can be viewed in the
illustration can be seen in the imaginative designs white limestone, to the industry. Morris room and the new ceramics galleries at
of many of his pieces. His depictions of fantastical The leading practitioner in the field of stone the Victoria and Albert Museum.
creatures remain popular today. and flooring, Charles also undertakes bespoke The strength of De Morgan’s technical
The tile pictured above is an earthenware piece commissions for many prestigious interior knowledge of tile production also led him to
that has been dust pressed and painted with projects. For these, he uses a wide range of design and build kilns and pottery equipment.
ruby-red lustre glaze. It was made in Chelsea materials, including marble, metal, glass, He died in 1917, having enjoyed considerable
between 1872 and 1876. semi-precious stones and bone. success as a novelist in later life.

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