NEW AT ALTERNATIVE BATHROOMS
AUGUST 10TH 2017
 
New at Alternative Bathrooms, Majestic’s MetalCraft shower screens offer a linear, architectural look for modern bathrooms. 

Aluminium framed and fitted with safety glass, MetalCraft screens come in three variants, from the simple ‘Frame’ to the three-sectioned ‘Horizon’ and multi-paned ‘Trellis’, with its on-trend look of the classic Crittall windows.  

Standard and bespoke sizes of MetalCraft screens are now available from Alternative Bathrooms showrooms. 
CORALSHADE
AUGUST 9TH 2017

 
Alongside their own collections, George Spencer Designs represent a few carefully chosen US and European fabric houses which share the same feel and ethos. The line-up includes Californian Interior Designer Katarina Tana, whose artisan screen-printed natural textiles have a delicate, ethereal beauty.  
 
Coralshade’ is a new collection by Katarina Tana, now available in the UK exclusively from George Spencer. Hand-screened onto 100% sustainably produced Belgian linen, it comes in six ocean-inspired colourways. 129cm wide, it is suitable for curtains, cushions, blinds and light upholstery. 
 
NEW COPPER TYNE BATHS FROM DRUMMONDS
AUGUST 7TH 2017
 
The Tyne bath is Drummonds’ first ever all-copper bath, offering a much less weighty option to their famous Usk bath (which is made from cast iron and then copper clad).
 
The design is a classic roll-top, based on an 18th Century bateau bath, and it comes in three different interior/exterior options. 
 
o Black exterior & nickel interior
o Copper exterior & copper interior
o Copper exterior & nickel interior
 
The Tyne bath measures L1700 x W690 x H720mm

A ROOM WITH A VIEW
AUGUST 5TH 2017


Set in lush countryside, this house has spectacular views, especially from the kitchen’s massive glazed gable end.  The owners wanted to screen the windows to give privacy, especially after dark, but also to prevent heat build-up on sunny days. Unusually though, they did not want the blinds to reach right up into the apex of the gable – preferring to be able to see the sky at all times. 



In response to the brief, Grand Design Blinds designed, made and installed Duette pleated blinds in a soft white colourway.  These pull from the bottom of the windows upwards, so that no top rail interrupts the view.

Manually operated, the blinds run smoothly on tensioned wires which are almost invisibly set against the window frames.  Each blind is individual and can be set at any height, allowing maximum flexibility of screening across the height and width of the gable end. 

Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK.
THE WATERMARK COLLECTION IN LUXURY YACHT ‘TAHILLA’ REFIT
AUGUST 4TH 2017


Built in 1922, the 60ft ketch Tahilla was one of the Dunkirk Little Ships which ferried the stranded Allied troops to safety. Having just undergone a total refit by the renowned Dennett Boat Builders in Chertsey, her interiors have been taken to a new level of luxury described as “A sea-going version of the Orient Express.”

Lined throughout in American Black Walnut, with English Oak floors, Italian marble and gleaming copper and nickel elements, this is a project involving flawless craftsmanship and the highest specification of fixtures and fittings. It makes a perfect setting for the handmade ‘Zen’ brassware from The Watermark Collection, which combines traditional metalworking and finishing craft with a pure architectural aesthetic.



Galley: The Watermark Collection Zen 3 hole kitchen set in polished nickel with brushed nickel handles.


Bathroom: The Watermark Collection Zen 3 hole deck mounted basin set in polished copper with white Onyx handles and 3 hole wall mounted bath set in polished copper with white Onyx handles.
DRUMMONDS IN ST GILES HOUSE RESTORATION
AUGUST 3RD 2017

Drummonds | St Giles House - Lord Shaftesbury from Drummonds Luxury Bathrooms on Vimeo.


Built in 1651, the Grade I Listed St Giles House is one of Britain’s great architectural treasures and home to the Earls of Shaftesbury.  The Twelfth Earl, Nick Ashley-Cooper, inherited the virtually derelict house in 2005 and is gradually restoring it in a style he describes as “harmonious”, choosing products which he says “sit right and are there to last”.

This perfectly describes Drummonds’ classic bathroomware. Handmade using traditional methods, their collections are as much at home in contemporary settings as in Stately Homes. The size and splendour of the rooms at St Giles House allows for bathrooms on a grand scale: The whole project is a work in progress -  but the Earl has already installed some of Drummonds’ grandest and most dramatic designs including the freestanding ‘Spittal’ shower and the splendid copper clad ‘Usk’ bath.
THE REFECTORY TABLE
AUGUST 3RD 2017
A DESIGN CLASSIC: NOW IN NEW SHAPES AND SIZES



Launched in 2015, Lapicida’s Marble Refectory Tables have become a design classic. Handmade in Yorkshire, the combination of weathered oak and marble has proved irresistible for indoor and outdoor living. 

Now the collection has been extended to offer more shapes and sizes including an entirely new square table in two sizes and new compact versions of both the rectangular table and the round table.  

All eight versions of the Marble Refectory Table come with two different marble tops; a simple white Carrara and the characterful Birr Oyster Fossil.  Two different edge treatments are also available; a traditional rounded bullnose and a highly architectural ribbed edge. 

Everything in the collection can also be ordered in a special outdoor version, with additional weatherproofing details including a drip channel on the underside of the marble, metal studs under the feet and a smart waterproof, breathable cover.

 
AN ORGANIC ASSEMBLY
AUGUST 2ND 2017

 
Working with repurposed buildings requires exceptional sensitivity and design know-how. Functionality can be slotted in seamlessly, but the forms must connect with authenticity to the original structure.
 
Originally a church assembly hall, this building sends the first glance upwards, to the towering roof with its cast iron spans and clerestory window lines. Set against this, the Martin Moore kitchen brings the eye back down to comfortable ground level, with warm tones, natural materials and the unmistakable look of real furniture, built on a grand scale in response to the setting. 
 
With lighting, storage, functionality and work space all needing equal consideration, the design, by Toni Silver at Martin Moore, started from one long island running directly down the centre of the room, with a lowered end adding an unfussy detail. Overall, the furniture is designed to seem as if it has been assembled, rather than fitted into the space.

Because Martin Moore kitchens are entirely built to order in their Yorkshire workshops, there are no prescribed designs or sizes to limit either the client’s brief or the designer. This allows a completely bespoke response which respects and enhances the architecture of the room whilst putting every inch of space to its most effective use.  



The island houses a dishwasher, recycling bins and drawers for cooking equipment and crockery. A capacious double sink is set into the lively natural Quartzite worksurface used both on the island and around the hob where it features as a worksurface, upstand and cook’s shelf.  Antique mirror glass behind the hob throws light back into the room. In a major feat of engineering, an extractor fan was installed into the sloped ceiling above the hob. Brick pillars on either side form a visual connection to the building’s history.     



Commissioned by a client who knows food, cooks brilliantly and likes nothing better than a party, this is an intensely social space with every modern convenience.  Not only is the kitchen an ideal gathering space but there are also two sets of double doors opposite the hob.  Opening through into a large party room, they create a perfect flow through the building and the garden living space with its outdoor sofas and cooking fireplace.
 
Additional storage is provided by shallow cupboards which flank the double doors and capacious drawers on either side of the range.
 
All the craft and tradition which built the assembly hall is reflected in the furniture: Designed using combinations of different materials, proportions and finishes and with a number of witty, highly individual, touches, it looks to have been put together organically rather than in any way imposed on this extraordinary space. 



There is both drama and glamour in this design. Drama in the sheer scale of the furniture and glamour in the luxurious palette of colours and materials used.
 
Smaller details have big impact too; from the glint of copper inside the pendant lights to the hot pink interior of the beautifully fitted out larder cupboard.  More than anything else, it is built around the client… in the case of the banquette seat, literally so. Over six feet tall, he wanted somewhere where he was able to stretch out comfortably with the Sunday papers, making this bench seating, with its storage beneath, an excellent multi-purpose area for both quiet time and social events.
 
Kitchen details
All cabinetry from Martin Moore’s ‘New Classic’ collection, combining hand painted elements in Martin Moore’s ‘Cobalt’, ‘Dove Grey’ and ‘Hot Pink’.
 
Worktops: Natural Quartzite
TRANQUIL BLUE & WHITE
AUGUST 1ST 2017

Bringing with it an aura of tranquillity, blue and white is a classic design theme. The Rosaline from the London Basin Company takes this through into the bathroom, with a delicate floral pattern suitable for both traditional and contemporary settings. 
ON TREND... NEW GLAMORA DECORATIVE WALLCOVERINGS
JULY 25TH 2017

Bring instant style to bathrooms

New at Alternative Bathrooms, Glamora is a revolutionary decorative concept for walls and ceilings. A fabric-like material made super-durable by a vinyl coating, it is washable, fire resistant and eco-friendly. Slight embossing gives extra visual depth and texture and brings out the patterns.
 
Easy to hang on any smooth interior walls or ceilings, it is the quickest way to update and bring modern style to bathrooms, kitchens and other living spaces. 
 
Glamora comes in hundreds of different patterns/colourways; from bold modern graphics and pop art to realistic wood and stone designs, nature inspired themes and abstracts.  Each panel is custom-printed to fit the space available. 

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.
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. 
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 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. 

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