BESPOKE STORIES
JULY 20TH 2017

Tim Moock of Felt brought his first Shyrdaks back to the UK after visiting Kyrgyzstan in 1996 and has now become the leading expert on these wonderfully decorative and authentic rugs. 
 
Felt’s rugs are made under a fair-trade agreement by the nomad women of the Tien Shan ‘Mountains of Heaven’. Because each one is individually handmade, Tim often works closely with clients to create bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes. Recent commissions include a large pair of rugs based on antique originals. The client loved the vintage pair, but they were not big enough for her sitting room. Felt re-commissioned the design for them, in a much larger size (2 x 3m) as well as another pair for his own stock (shown above).

Another recent commission was made for a young couple who pledged their troth in a yurt whilst travelling. Now married and back in London, they wanted a rug as a reminder of their life changing trip. Felt created an original rug pattern that described their time in a yurt on a lush pasture in the mountains. The rugs were created in three colourways and the couple liked them so much they chose to keep two!
 
As practical as they are decorative, each Felt rug takes a master cutter and her team up to 20 days to complete. The raw wool is flattened with boiling water, rolled in a reed mat and then ‘felted’ by being dragged behind a galloping horse. Every rug consists of a thick plain felt base on to which a surface layer of interlocking coloured felt shapes is bound with strong stitching. The interlocking shapes in these geometric patterns are vocabulary from the ancient language which still forms part of the everyday life of the rug makers.  
MATCHSTICKS - NEW COLOURS
JULY 12TH 2017

Matchsticks is a classic George Spencer printed design with a modernist feel. Launched with four colours, a further five have now been added to the collection, continuing the original gently muted palette. Shown above left to right, the new colours are Aubergine, Ochre, Wheat, Teal, Brick.

Suitable for curtains and light upholstery, Matchsticks is 137cm wide. 80% Viscose/20% Linen.
NEW… THE BOURNE COMPACT VANITY BASIN
JULY 11TH 2017

Drummonds’ new Bourne vanity basin is the perfect answer to small bathrooms and cloakrooms needing an impressive - but compact - basin. The smallest basin which Drummonds have ever designed, it is made with exactly the same attention to traditional manufacturing and materials which distinguishes their larger models.

Shown here wall-mounted with a hidden brass bracket, the Bourne can also sit on a vanity surface or be integrated with a cabinet. 

Shown with Drummonds Classic wall mounted basin mixer in polished brass. Wallpaper by de Gournay: ‘Fishes’ in custom gold on custom blue Williamsburg.
TRENDING: RECLAIMED TERRACOTTA
JULY 10TH 2017

Terracotta (‘cooked earth’) floors are back, now gracing some of the smartest interiors with their warm, natural appeal. The epitome of relaxed living, they come in a wide range of pinks, reds and creams - reflecting the clays native to the regions from which they hail.  

Lapicida has a wide selection of original antique terracotta tiles, salvaged from 18th and 19th Century buildings, mainly in France.  Authentically aged by the passage of time and use, they have both tonal and textural beauty, perfectly in tune with the contemporary take on decorative interiors. 

Carefully lifted, cleaned and hand matched by Lapicida, each antique terracotta floor is a complete one-off. 

NEW CHESHIRE SHOWROOM OPENING JULY 2017
JULY 10TH 2017

Founded in Harrogate, The Caulfield Company builds state-of-the art intelligent modern glass buildings. Its bespoke designs combine the pleasures of indoor/outdoor living with thermal performance and automation designed to make the very most of the unpredictable British climate.   

This July, The Caulfield Company opens in Wilmslow. Occupying a flagship 5500 sq ft site on the Manchester Road, it showcases inspirational glass buildings set in an expansive decked garden. The buildings themselves range from a stone clad modern orangery to an atrium-style garden room and a contemporary conservatory matching an aluminium exterior with a solid oak interior. 

The Wilmslow showroom also showcases the remarkable ‘Cero’ architectural glazing concept, with ultra-slim triple glazed doors available up to a towering 6 metres tall and remotely operated. Remote control is just one of many specialist systems which The Caulfield Company can incorporate into its buildings, including automated shading and temperature controls operated through built-in weather stations. 

Inside the buildings are a series of beautifully furnished living spaces. The Caulfield Company handles projects right through from planning permission to the design, build and interior finishes and offers a complete interior design service including bespoke joinery, integrated entertainment systems, natural stone floors and contemporary designer furniture from names such as Rolf Benz.  All of these are on show, together with luxury outdoor living products including Markilux automated awnings and the Millboard decking and Norstone natural stone cladding used to create the sleek landscaping.  

The Wilmslow showroom is also the UK’s largest showcase for Solarlux, the German company which manufactures high-tech door and window systems for The Caulfield Company and for leading architects including Norman Foster. The Caulfield Company’s team of architects and craftsmen design and build glass buildings all over the world. 

Showrooms 
The Caulfield Company also has two showrooms in Harrogate: one showing glass buildings, control systems and contemporary furniture and a second showing revolutionary Internorm window and door systems. 
NEW FROM LONDON BASIN COMPANY
JULY 7TH 2017


We were pleased to be working with talented stylist Hannah Bort and interiors photographer Darren Chung on the latest photoshoot for the London Basin Company. Hannah, formerly of Elle Decoration, is brilliant at modern interiors and has a great eye for colour so her brief was to give the basins a more contemporary look but maintain an aura of sophistication. Hannah created striking sets with plaster effects and painted panelling to add texture and depth and chose rich nature-inspired colours to contrast with the vibrancy of the hand decorated porcelain basins. 



There were both existing and new basin designs included in the shoot together with some new vanity stands from the London Basin Company, which will be launching later in the year. The shoot also featured some exciting new taps from The Watermark Collection. The Melody basin shown here is one of the most popular designs, decorated inside and out in rich colours with an oriental inspired pattern, shown off here on a sage green plinth against a leaf green hand-painted panelled wall.
MEET THE CONFIGURATOR...
JULY 6TH 2017


The Watermark Collection’s Configurator software allows people to design their own Elements taps online, testing the thousands of potential configurations to find their own unique style of basin, bath, shower or kitchen taps.
 
Try out the incredible online Configurator at:
thewatermarkcollection.eu/configure
 
Sample configurations...

 
LOFTY LIVING…
JULY 5TH 2017


Grand Design Blinds worked with Manhattan Loft Corporation and Fabled Studio on this 7th floor London penthouse overlooking the iconic BT Tower.  The 14 metre long open plan living room and kitchen has sliding terrace doors and floor- to-ceiling glass windows… both of which the developer and interior designer wanted to screen with roller blinds.  



A key element of the brief was that the roller blinds should be discreet, tied in with the apartment’s minimalist aesthetic.  To ensure this integrated look, Grand Design Blinds concealed the blinds behind slimline perimeter lighting and fabricated special bottom bars, colour-matched to the window frames.  Manually operated, the extra-large roller blinds allow maximum flexibility in screening the windows and doors. 



The three bedrooms all required blackout roller blinds for maximum light exclusion. Again, these were made with a special treatment for the bottom bar; in this case, the blind fabric was wrapped around the bars, giving an unobtrusive finish.



Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide.  All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK.
NEW: MAISON C. WALLPAPERS
JULY 4TH 2017


New and exclusive to George Spencer Designs in the UK, Maison C.’s quirky, witty illustrations are the work of artist Costanza Theodoli-Braschi, in collaboration with US-based interior designer Chiara de Rege.
 
Costanza, a graduate of Central St Martin’s, works as a Fine Artist, Illustrator and Production Designer. Together, she and Chiara have created this distinctive collection based on imagined narratives. Taking inspiration from nature, literature, fine art and fantasy, their wallpapers are highly decorative, with an ‘other worldly’ dreamlike quality. 
 




Coven and Gemini are printed in the USA using eco friendly inks and paper. 
JOANNE BOWLES FOR DRUMMONDS ‘THE BURIED OBJECT’ LIGHT SHADES
JULY 3RD 2017
Drummonds is working with the talented young artist Joanne Bowles, who has created remarkable light shades for the Dalby and Chessleton wall lights.
 
Recently graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Jewellery and Metal, Joanne is fascinated by the archaeology of buried artefacts, changing over time and becoming encrusted with pattern. 
 
Drummonds’ light shades are part of her series called ‘The Buried Object’, individually made in silver and copper; layering techniques and materials to create unique pieces. Two variations are available, a blackened copper and a silver/copper.
 
The making of the shades starts with Joanne forming and soldering copper sheet into cylinders. These are painted with a design and electroformed, building a raised pattern. The black shade is later treated with a patination solution to turn the copper a deep, enduring black. The silver shade is silver plated and then rubbed back to reveal the copper underneath. Finally, both versions are finished with wax, to preserve the colour of the metal.
 
Drummonds’ Dalby and Chessleton lights are made using similarly complex artisanal processes, casting the metalwork in the lost wax process; an ancient technique, never bettered for accuracy and detail. This level of craftsmanship creates the perfect partner for Joanne Bowles’ striking shades. 
BACK TO BRASS TAPS…
JUNE 26TH 2017

This kitchen was part of a complete renovation project by Rise Design Studio, transforming a neglected, run-down North London house into a bright, light living space. The ground floor was opened up and extended, with the kitchen/dining area now flowing directly out into the garden. The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn taps were chosen for their pure, architectural form and authentic, handmade solidity: Their brushed brass finish provides a visual link to the pendant lights above the island and together they bring a note of warmth to this cool, modern interior. 

Shown here: The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn deck mounted two-hole basin set in brushed brass finish.

Q & A WITH NICK PELLY-FRY, DIRECTOR OF GRAND DESIGN BLINDS
JUNE 22ND 2017

What types of automated blinds are there and what are their pros and cons?
The three main types are:
Battery-powered:  
•    Pros: Ideal when there is no power supply nearby or you don’t want to involve an electrician in the installation 
•    Cons: The only downside is that the batteries will need renewing or re-charging from time to time
Low voltage motors: 
•    Pros: Very small, so great for slim, discreet blinds
•   Cons: Low voltage motors need a transformer. They are not silent and there are also limitations on the flexibility of their operation in that all blinds connected to a single transformer will operate as one
Mains-voltage motors: 
•    Pros: Very quiet, easily individually operated and much more powerful, so useful for large blinds
•    Cons: Motors are larger and need a larger headrail to conceal them

Which types of blind are suitable for automation? 
•    Most types of blinds can be automated - although fitting the motor and other components in discreetly can be an issue with a blind less than 400mm wide  
•    When we make ‘Duette’ blinds to shade awkwardly shaped/sized windows and glass roofs, we always recommend automating them because manual operation is almost impossible if the blinds are out of reach or quite large. This does add to the cost, but the motors are very reliable
•    Shaped Venetian blinds cannot be fully motorised but can have a battery-powered motor which tilts the slats
•    Rectangular (ie normal) shaped Venetians can be motorised with low or mains-voltage motors which can also raise and lower the blind

Are automated blinds compatible with home automation systems? 
•    Yes, our blinds have been linked in with Lutron, Loxone, Crestron, Control4 and other home automation systems  
•    Our blind motor supplier, Somfy, (the French company which makes the very best quality motors) also has its own control system called Tahoma which allows blinds to be operated remotely from a tablet or phone app  

One last piece of advice?
•    If you are building a new home or refurbishing an existing house, it’s always worth providing a power supply for electric blinds when planning a project. Putting in power during the build is simple and inexpensive - which is not the case once it’s all beautifully finished!
MARTIN MOORE MASTERCLASS WITH HOUSE & GARDEN
JUNE 20TH 2017

Martin Moore and House & Garden jointly hosted a Masterclass with Lee Westcott, one of the UK’s most exciting and influential young chefs. Chef/Patron of The Typing Room in Bethnal Green Town Hall, he has just been awarded 4 AA rosettes for his innovative modern food. Martin Moore’s beautiful Notting Hill showroom offered the perfect venue for a celebration, giving twenty-five House & Garden readers a rare opportunity to see Lee in action outside his own kitchen.  

Preparing a seasonal menu focused on British product, he wowed everyone’s palates with his cooking, which has been described as “pure, natural and honest.” A beautiful kitchen, spectacular food and the chance to see a top chef working close-up…. The perfect recipe for an unforgettable event.
NEW: SHADOW CHECK
JUNE 19TH 2017

With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills.  

Launching Summer 2017, ‘Shadow Check’ is a graphic deconstruction of traditional houndstooth check, cleverly transforming a design classic into something new, vibrant and modern.  

Shadow Check comes in ten colours. Shown above: Chair upholstered in Shadow Check Denim. Stack (top to bottom) Olive, Taupe, Buttercup, Pale Wedgewood, Pistachio, Aqua.   

Woven in 61% cotton/39% linen Shadow Check is 140m wide and Suitable for curtains, blinds and light upholstery.  
BETTER LETTERS SUMMER SHOWCASE
JUNE 13TH 2017


DesignSpace London’s coolly minimalist Southwark flagship showroom makes the perfect venue for Better Letters’ Summer Showcase, running from now until 28th July 2017 (Monday to Friday: 9.30 – 5pm.)

Better Letters (“Lettering Agents & Signwriting Contractors”) represent some of the most exciting signwriters working today, four of whose works feature in this Summer Showcase; James Cooper, Harry Fiever and David Kynaston are all UK-based, whilst Mike Meyer brings a breezy quick-fire style from the USA.  



The twelve pieces of work on show at DesignSpace London demonstrate the diversity of the four artists’ illustrative styles, whilst highlighting their shared focus on craftsmanship and love of the classic artform of lettering and signwriting. 
COLOUR EXPLOSION!
JUNE 13TH 2017
Adding colour to interiors creates instant energy and interest, and bathrooms or cloakrooms are the perfect spaces in which to take the plunge. A hand decorated porcelain basin from the London Basin Company makes the perfect accent piece, adding vibrant colour in a small way that makes a big impact.
 
Available exclusively online, the London Basin Company offers ten different basins in a variety of designs and shapes. Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 39.7 and 45cm in diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height.  
 
Shown above (left to right): AdrianaMelodyClarabelleYasmin 
THE GEORGIAN VICARAGE
JUNE 12TH 2017

This traditional conservatory was designed, handmade and installed by The Caulfield Company. It replaces a long-lost glasshouse, the outline of which could still be seen on the outside wall of this beautiful Grade II Listed Georgian vicarage in Hertfordshire.
 
No other reference to the original glass structure could be found, but Mark Caulfield of The Caulfield Company has long experience of reinstating period glass buildings, taking his design cues from the vicarage and from glass structures of the same period. Perfectly in keeping with the Georgian house, this new conservatory features small panel windows with very slender glazing bars. It has an imposing roofline, featuring gothic-inspired gables.  The plinth is in reclaimed brick, carefully matched to the house.
 
The scheme was submitted for planning permission/Listed Building Consent. Once the plans were approved, the conservatory was hand built in The Caulfield Company’s Yorkshire workshops using solid Sapele hardwood. Its functionality was also kept true to the original glasshouse; eschewing mod cons such as underfloor heating in favour of more traditional heating (radiators in grilled housings) and manually crank-handled roof vents. Climate control is much better than in the original building though, as special glazing methods were used to double glaze the finely detailed Georgian windows.
 
Highly experienced in sensitive architectural responses to period and listed buildings, The Caulfield Company handles projects right through from planning permission to the design, build and interior finishes. It also offers a complete interior design service.  
GRAPHITE PANELLING FOR INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR WALLS
JUNE 8TH 2017

 
Graphite Panelling is part of an exciting new collection of ceramic tiles from luxury stone specialist Lapicida. In warm dark grey, with a lustrous matt finish and raised borders, it offers a new architectural look for interior and exterior walls. 

Expertly curated, Lapicida’s extensive porcelain and ceramic collections for walls and floors comes in a wide range of sizes and a variety of authentic finishes. Chosen to work alongside their premium marble and stone they can be used together in the same projects, often as a solution to weight or thickness issues. Many of Lapicida’s porcelains and ceramics are also frost proof, designed to be used for exterior decorative finishes

In a natural finish, Graphite ceramic tiles come in two sizes (305x305mm and 610x305mm, both 10mm thick) which can be used together to achieve numerous decorative effects. 
CDQ SUMMER STREET PARTY 2017
JUNE 8TH 2017

Drummonds flagship showroom on the King’s Road hosted an informal and fun filled evening as part of the CDQ Summer party with a variety of entertainment including massage therapists, a tarot card reader, a magician, juggler and fire eater together with a roaming band all on hand to keep guests entertained.



With the sun shining Drummonds was pleased to welcome interior designers, architects and press with a delicious Sipsmith summer cup and enjoy an entertaining evening where everyone could mingle in a relaxed environment. Sales and Marketing Directory James Lentaigne commented “It was wonderful to see the area alive with people browsing and finding inspiration and everyone seemed to really enjoy the evening."



The design emporium Talisman shared the showroom on the evening so there were plenty of quirky curios to amuse including a giraffe in a freestanding ‘Spey’ bath and a brass monkey dangling from the shower creating a talking point.
THE SPECIALISTS IN SHAPED BLINDS
JUNE 7TH 2017


Towering glazed gables, asymmetric windows, lantern lights, glass boxes and giant bi-folds are all part of the language of contemporary buildings. They make impressive statements, but can be hard to screen - often a necessity for both privacy and climate control. 

This remarkable eco-house in Oxfordshire sits above, and flows into, a multi-level garden with decking and lush plantings. Large areas of glass give views from every angle. This makes screening a necessity for climate control on sunny days and privacy, especially in the bedrooms.



Grand Design Blinds designed and installed bespoke electric blinds throughout. These were planned into the design of the house right from the beginning, so that all the large windows and sliding doors along the front of the building, together with the skylights in the bedrooms, were built with special recesses, completely hiding the blinds when not in use. 



Extra-large roller blinds are used in the open plan kitchen/living room and down the corridor, but the master bedroom needed a different solution to screen the giant (3 metres high x 4.2 metres wide) window with its difficult 90˚ return. 



Here, pleated Duette blinds were chosen over roller blinds: Aesthetically, a roller blind, when down, would look like a blank wall and practically, it’s difficult to achieve total blackout/privacy with roller blinds. It would also have been impossible to use a roller blind to screen the narrow return window. Duette’s pleated construction offers more visual interest, more effective blackout and the ability to make a matching slim blind to screen the return. It also allows a perfect match to the Duette blind which screens the skylight. 

All the blinds throughout the house were connected to the building's Loxone home automation system, enabling them to be automatically operated according to the angle of the sun and the temperature inside the house.

Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK.
NEW… BUTE BATH WITH PRESSED STEEL SURROUND
JUNE 6TH 2017

The newest version of Drummonds’ freestanding Bute bath features a pressed steel surround, fusing the spirit of classic bathrooms with crisp, contemporary styling.

The double-ended cast iron bath takes several weeks to make, using a traditional process starting with raw metal and completed by snow white dry-frit enamelling. The new pressed steel surround features simple dado and plinth detailing which defines the bath’s showstopping curves.

Supplied primed, or hand-painted in the customer’s choice of colour, the Bute bath measures L1700 x W730mm x H585mm.

The Bute bath is also available with a plain steel skirt or a classic panelled hardwood surround.
NEW DESIGN CENTRE CHELSEA HARBOUR SHOWROOM
JUNE 5TH 2017

One of Britain’s longest established fabric houses, George Spencer Designs has moved into a spacious Design Centre Chelsea Harbour showroom. Bright and contemporary, the new space (1100 sq ft) is designed to showcase the complete collection of fabrics and wallpapers. 

George Spencer Designs is also known for finding and representing some of the most original and exciting emerging talent. With the Chelsea Harbour showroom providing significantly more space, three exclusive new names have been added to the roster, bringing in ‘Quercus & Co’ from Australia, ‘Maison C.’ from France and ‘Rebecca Atwood’ from the USA.

LAUNCHING ELEMENTS - A MODULAR TAP COLLECTION
MAY 31ST 2017
Over 175,000 configurations…


Every Elements tap is modular and totally customisable; made up of a base, an insert and a cover. 

Handmade in solid brass, the bases and inserts offer 15 specialist finish options, including polished nickel, copper and gold, vintage brass, gun metal and pewter.  

The 14 different, interchangeable, covers are grouped as, ‘Forged’ (metal), ‘Raw’ (concrete), ‘Rock’ (marble & stone) and ‘Lumber’ (concrete ‘wood’).  Each one is a unique craft collaboration, handmade in studios as far apart as Italy and the US and in materials as diverse as concrete, bronze and marble.

The Watermark Collection’s brilliant Configurator software allows people to design their own Elements taps online, testing the thousands of potential configurations to find their own unique style.

Elements offers a full collection of taps for basins, baths, showers and kitchens, with co-ordinating spouts completing the look.  

NEW BAHIA BATH AT ALTERNATIVE BATHROOMS
MAY 24TH 2017

Conceived by Italian architect Oriano Favaretto, the Bahia has evolved over several design generations from a freestanding bath into a modern art concept piece with the egg-shaped bath flowing out from a cuboid block.
 
Now, in its latest form, the oval shape has been exaggerated by rounding off the junctions where the bath meets the block. It’s a softer, less angular look which brings a classic design right up to date.
 
Designed to sit against a wall or in a corner, the Bahia bath measures W:170min/210max x D:140 x H:50cm and has a capacity of 384 litres. It comes in white or bi-coloured Cristalplant, a new-generation material with a beautifully tactile finish.  

SCREENING GLASS IN THE KITCHEN
MAY 18TH 2017
Modern kitchens, especially in extensions, are often flooded with light through giant bi-fold or sliding doors, roof lights, gable ends and many other architectural features. Kitchens are in use day and night, year-round –  so it’s important to be able to screen the glass for privacy, glare and climate control.  

Grand Design Blinds are Britain’s leading experts in shaped blinds; shading and screening even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass. 

Each project is a unique challenge, needing a one-off response and Grand Design Blinds offer many types of blinds. These, combined with specialist operating systems and materials from sheers to blackouts, allow them to create shading solutions for ordinary and extraordinary areas of glass. They also specialise in automated blinds, which can even be linked to home automation and climate control systems. 



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