FOREVER FUCHSIA
NOVEMBER 23RD 2017

2018’s interiors are all about the bold and the bright, with ‘powerful pinks’ to the forefront. Get on trend with a rug from Felt’s collection of gorgeous Shyrdaks, or mix and match their colourful cushions.  
 
Available in a wide range of colours, including plenty of hot pinks, Felt’s large collection of new and vintage Shyrdaks also comes in many sizes and shapes, from runners to room-size or round rugs. 

NEW: TANCHO WALLPAPER WALLPAPERS
NOVEMBER 20TH 2017

 
Exclusive to George Spencer Designs in the UK, the illustrations on Maison C.’s quirky, witty wallpapers take their inspiration from nature and fine art, rendered with a dreamlike quality.  
 
Tancho, one of their newest designs, features Japanese Cranes, highlighting the architectural quality of their poses.  In Japan, cranes are legendary birds, said to live for a thousand years and symbolising good fortune and longevity.  Their black and white plumage is beautifully set against four different background colours, printed on clay-finished eco paper, using eco inks which give a very particular depth and quality of colour.  

NEW - WOOD EFFECT PORCELAIN COLLECTION
NOVEMBER 16TH 2017

Martin Moore Stone’s new Wood Effect Porcelain Collection provides great flooring solutions, combining the look of real wood with the performance of porcelain.
 
Thinner, more stable and more durable than real wood, it’s an ideal surface for high traffic or high humidity rooms including kitchens, playrooms, hallways and bathrooms.  Because it is frost-resistant, it can also be laid outside on terraces or patios. The collection includes six authentically coloured and textured timber effects, from the driftwood look of Rustic Oak to the rich, warm tones of Cherry and Walnut (shown above: American Oak).
 
Martin Moore Stone offer an exceptional range of wall and floor tiles, from limestone, marble, terracotta and porcelain to a wide selection of decoratives. They also supply exterior stone paving and fireplaces in natural stone and marble. 
MELLOW YELLOW
NOVEMBER 14TH 2017

 
The Lume collection at Alternative Bathrooms is a new modular vanity concept offering an almost infinite range of combinations. The interchangeable components, from basins to shelving and mirrors, can be put together in multiple different combinations and custom-finished in a wide variety of coloured lacquers, woods and other materials.  
 
Finishes can be combined in individual pieces, perfect for bringing contemporary pops of colour to the bathroom. Open compartments, one of the design signatures of this collection, can also have interior lighting to heighten the effect. 

TRENDING DECORATIVE TILES FOR KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
NOVEMBER 13TH 2017

Lapicida’s Cementine Collection combines the durability and practicality of porcelain with the look of traditional stoneware tiles. Perfect for walls and floors, the collection offers a wide range of 20cm square tiles in co-ordinating patterns, bringing new design potential to kitchens and bathrooms. Matching plains add further detail.
 
Lapicida’s top quality porcelain tiles come in a wide range of sizes and specialist finishes including wholly authentic-looking timber, concrete and stone. Chosen to work alongside their premium marbles and stone they can be used together in the same projects, often as a solution to weight or thickness issues.  

CRAFT, QUALITY AND FORM
NOVEMBER 9TH 2017

 
Inspired by the cool elegance of Nordic interiors, this Surrey bathroom (part of the complete restoration of a 1930’s house) strikes a clever balance between urban and country style.  The colours create an immediate feeling of calm and relaxation and every element in the room was carefully selected for its innate craft, quality and form.  This made the handmade ’Loft’ basin and bath brassware a natural choice for the owner, a fashion designer with an equally keen eye for interiors.
 
One of The Watermark Collection’s signature designs, Loft emphasizes all the weight and individuality of their brassware, giving visual and tactile pleasure in this bathroom for years to come. 

Interior design by: Kinnersley Kent Design
Photographer: Kate Berry

A ROOM WITH A VIEW
NOVEMBER 8TH 2017

This newly-finished modern home is built in grand country house style, with large windows flooding the rooms with light. The master ensuite is overlooked from the courtyard below and needed discreet screening. 

Keen not to lose their view of trees and sky, the owners commissioned Grand Design Blinds to find a solution. In response, they designed a manually operated pleated blind which draws smoothly from the bottom upwards. Made in a translucent fabric, it allows the window to be screened to exactly the degree wanted at any time of day. When not in use, the blind retracts down to sit almost invisibly at the bottom of the window.

Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. Their blinds are all handmade to order in the UK.
DECO INSPIRED THAMES VANITY
NOVEMBER 7TH 2017

 
Drummonds’ traditional craft manufacturing processes bring a very special quality to their classic bathroomware. The art deco-inspired Thames Vanity combines the beauty of a hand-poured china clay basin with the finely detailed brass frame and taps cast in the lost wax process and marble which has been cut and finished by hand.  

With a choice of either a single or a double vanity, the Thames is available in Unlacquered Brass, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel or Antique Nickel, Brass or Bronze with three different marble options: White Arabescato, Atlantic Grey and Black Marquina.  The integral shelf is perfect for storing towels and toiletries. 
NEW - HANDMADE METAL VANITIES
NOVEMBER 2ND 2017

 
London Basin Company has launched three new vanities.  Designed as the perfect match to their hand decorated porcelain basins, they are also available as standalone pieces. Handmade in mild steel and hand finished to achieve a unique patina, each of the three vanities has a different character.
 
Shown above from left to right:  Art Deco meets Chinoiserie in the ‘Hugo’, which comes in a gold metallic finish with the option of an additional glass shelf supported on the lower part of the legs. ‘Noah’, in a metallic copper finish, has a refined, rectilinear form, with the option of an integrated tall mirror and top in black or white laminate. ‘Felix’, in a natural polished steel, has a vintage aesthetic with a raw, industrial feel and a reclaimed wood top. 
YORKSHIRE BLUE
NOVEMBER 1ST 2017

Building an extension to this late Victorian North Yorkshire home was the only way to gain room for a big, new family kitchen.

Recommended to the house’s owners by a friend, Martin Moore designer Matthew Sedgwick was briefed before the building works began. This allowed him not only to oversee the correct placement of all the utilities, but also to feedback his ideas for the space into the building process. 

One of his priorities was to design an architectural feature to bring interest to the longest wall and create a visual ‘centrepiece’ for the kitchen. A deep recess was built to hold the cooking zone, with a break-fronted chimney breast and timber mantel lending a classic look. An impressive range cooker holds pride of place, with dedicated storage cupboards and workspace on either side. The recess is lined with polished Carrara marble and features a useful cookshelf, perfect for keeping cooking essentials such as salt and oils to hand.





‘A blue kitchen’ was in the brief right from the outset, but the colours went through many potential shades and combinations before settling on Martin Moore’s ‘Summer Sky’ for the fitted cabinetry, ‘Cove Blue’ for the island and interior of the large glazed dresser and ‘Blue Grey’ on the drinks servery dresser and outside of the glazed dresser.  Hand-painted, these subtly related colours highlight the unfussy good looks of Martin Moore’s ‘New Classic’ cabinetry.



Every Martin Moore kitchen is designed and handmade to order in their Yorkshire workshops, with no standard components. Built round the clients’ busy lifestyle, this kitchen has many ‘dedicated’ areas including the large glazed dresser for glass, cutlery and crockery storage and the appliance cupboard, keeping the kitchen beautifully organised. 

Throughout the rest of the kitchen, the worksurfaces are in ‘Bianco Massa’ polished quartz composite. The floor, Cartmel Honed Limestone from Martin Moore Stone, is in the same rich but neutral palette. 
NEW… WALLPAPER COLLECTION FROM REBECCA ATWOOD
OCTOBER 26TH 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.  

Alongside their own collections, George Spencer represent a few carefully chosen US and European fabric houses which share the same feel and ethos.  The line-up includes American artist and textile designer Rebecca Atwood, whose sustainably produced products have a chic contemporary edge.  

In her Brooklyn studio, Rebecca uses a variety of techniques including illustration and collage to evolve patterns for her textiles and wallpapers. Her new collection of screen printed wallpapers draws its inspiration from yoga practice. From tree pose to shavasana, they render the forms of her favourite poses into flowing sequences of abstract pattern and colour.

Screen printed onto a distinctive clay-coated paper, the eight new designs each come in several colourways within a predominantly pink, grey and blue palette.  Rebecca describes them as “Beautiful, calm and promoting wellbeing.”

Available at George Spencer Designs, the new Rebecca Atwood wallpapers are 61-68.5cm wide depending on the pattern. 
ON TREND WITH PINK
OCTOBER 25TH 2017

 
Felt’s newest designs include on-trend glimpses of the beautiful pinks appearing on the catwalk this season. It’s a palette that has already become a favourite in interiors.
 
Seen here, pink is combined with a deep, bright blue - giving this pair of room-size rugs their own classic look. Super smart and vibrant, it’s a modern take on ethnic style.
 
Measuring 1.8m x 2.6m these two rugs were cut from the same sheets of felt.  Part of the age-old process of making Shyrdak rugs, it creates a perfect ‘positive and negative’ pair.    
'LOFT'... A REFINED LUXURY
OCTOBER 24TH 2017


A Loft’ monobloc mixer tap in Vintage Brass hits the perfect note in this coolly luxurious kitchen, part of the total refurbishment of a 1930’s house. Referencing the Arts & Crafts details of the original house, every element of the scheme has a deceptively simple demeanor, throwing focus onto the refined beauty of the materials and their forms. One of The Watermark Collection’s signature designs, ‘Loft’ emphasizes all the pleasing weight and individuality of their handmade brassware. 

Interior design by: Kinnersley Kent Design
Photographer: Kate Berry
NEW… DOGMA D.O5 WASHBASINS
OCTOBER 16TH 2017

Dogma d.05 washbasins from Alternative Bathrooms are an integrated countertop concept. They are part of the new Dogma modular bathroom system which melds Italian style with a Zen-like focus on harmony and balance.
 
Available in five sizes (see above) the d.05 integrated washbasins are compatible with a wide range of Dogma elements, from a simple, modern vanity stand to many different cabinetry and storage options. Natural materials abound in the Dogma collection, including metal, timber, porcelain and marble.   
 
Dogma d.05 basins are made in white Cristalplant, a durable marble-based composite.
ON THE SLOPES
OCTOBER 12TH 2017


The leading experts in shaped blinds, Grand Design Blinds can shade and screen even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.  Each project is a unique challenge, needing a one-off response. Grand Design Blinds offer many different types of blinds, which combined with specialist materials and automated operating systems allow them to create shading solutions for even the most extraordinary locations.
 
Shown here: This bedroom needed a blackout solution but posed a series of challenges including a glass-to-glass corner and a casement window, meaning that the blind had to be fully retractable.
 
Grand Design Blinds engineered a series of solutions including reverse-rolling the blinds so that the fabric comes off the front of the tube rather than the back - allowing the two blinds to meet neatly in the corner. The right-hand blind is cut to the shape of the window for a fully tailored shape and slim aluminium pelmets hide the roller tubes, preventing light gaps above them.
 
Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK.
MARTIN MOORE - THE NEW DECO KITCHEN
OCTOBER 9TH 2017


Founded in 1975 as one of the very first handmade kitchen companies, Martin Moore’s hallmark style has always been classic, timeless, English furniture with a quality which transcends fashion. The style has never stood still though, and over the years a refined contemporary look has emerged.  

The New Deco Kitchen marks an important milestone, as the first kitchen to be wholly designed by Richard Moore, the second generation of the Moore family.  He brings new materials and new looks to the kitchen, taking ‘classic contemporary’ into a new realm.



As with all Martin Moore kitchens, every piece of the New Deco Kitchen is custom designed and handmade in their Yorkshire workshops.  It draws inspiration from architects and craftsmen of the 1930’s, whose Art Deco designs featured clean, geometric lines and decorative materials shaped by exceptional craft skills. Likewise, this highly architectural design has remarkable construction and detailing which calls on the exceptional skills of the Martin Moore craftsmen. 

Whilst acknowledging its 20th Century inspirations, everything about the New Deco Kitchen is new, from the ‘floating’ freestanding pieces to the clever shadow-lines in all the cabinetry. Modern framing replaces traditional cornices and doors are either flush or simply framed without beading. Another important design signature is the use of feature materials, including porcelains and metallics, for both cladding and inset panels. These give this kitchen limitless design potential. 
MODERN MOORISH STYLE
OCTOBER 3RD 2017

New from the London Basin Company, the Isabella basin is a stylish modern take on traditional Moorish designs. Made in pale blue porcelain with a smooth satin finish, its distinctive flower shape is richly embellished with an intricate design of flowers and gemstones in amethyst purple and blue topaz. 
 
London Basin Company’s richly decorated porcelain basins make perfect accent pieces for bathrooms and cloakrooms. Interior designer Anna Callis, founder of the company, draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns. 
 
Available to buy online, the London Basin Company offers 16 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.  
NEW SKIRTED SERPENTINE BATH FROM DRUMMONDS
OCTOBER 2ND 2017

Drummonds’ Serpentine cast iron bath has a very distinctive low-profile design.  Its curved, contoured sides and back add even more to the promise of total relaxation and comfort.
 
Now the Serpentine is available in two versions; with a new cast iron skirt (as seen here) or with art deco styled cast iron feet.
 
It takes Drummonds several weeks to make each bath; a traditional process involving casting the raw metal, shot-blasting and enamelling with the lengthy dry-frit process which gives a snow white, incredibly durable enamel surface. Each bath is then finished to order, creating a unique bathroom centrepiece. Options include polished & lacquered, raw iron, metal clad, primed or hand painted. 
NEW - DECORATIVE TILE COLLECTION
SEPTEMBER 28TH 2017

 
Martin Moore Stone’s new decorative stone collection provides the perfect edit of today’s on-trend looks. Geometric themes in rich colours reflect the move back to pattern in our homes.
 
Shown above and below are ‘Jamaica’ and ‘Caicos’, two colourways of a modular design which can be laid in several ways to create varying designs. The pattern is contemporary, but the tiles are made using the traditional encaustic technique, giving a distinctive depth of colour and matt finish.  
 
Martin Moore Stone offers an exceptional range of wall and floor tiles, from limestone, marble, terracotta and porcelain to a wide selection of decoratives. They also supply exterior stone paving and fireplaces in natural stone and marble. 

THE SUKETCHI COLLECTION
SEPTEMBER 27TH 2017

Exclusive to George Spencer Designs in the UK, the Australian firm Quercus & Co is run by British-born designer, Adam Jones.  Painterly and distinctive, his designs are hand drawn and printed using the latest digital technology.  Named ‘Suketchi’ after the Japanese word for sketch, Quercus & Co’s wonderful new collection is inspired by Japanese illustrative design. The five patterns - Tempest, Windswept, Halcyon, Starlit and Cloudburst - each come in four colourways as both paper and fabric.
 
Quercus & Co’s wallpapers have a unique look and feel, printed on a luxurious heavyweight matt paper made from 100% sustainable sources, including 30% recycled materials. The fabrics are made from 100% linen and cotton. 


PERTHSHIRE 'WOOD' PANELLING FOR WALLS AND FLOORS
SEPTEMBER 26TH 2017

Perthshire Panelling is part of an exciting new collection of porcelain tiles from luxury stone specialist Lapicida. In warm wooden tones designed to replicate real rustic wood, the textured ‘planks’ offer an architectural look for walls and floors.
 
Expertly curated, Lapicida’s extensive porcelain collection 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 are also frost proof, designed to be used for exterior decorative finishes. 

TREND: TIME FOR TEAL
SEPTEMBER 25TH 2017

A colour that embodies strength yet has a subtlety about it, Teal is perfect for today’s interiors. Whether planning an entire room scheme based on a lighter turquoise, a pure teal or a deep midnight shade, these beautiful Shyrdak rugs from Felt will lift the whole interior. 
 
Felt’s large collection of new and vintage Shyrdaks come in many colours and in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs. 

LONDON BASIN COMPANY AT DECOREX 2017: STAND J54
SEPTEMBER 15TH 2017
New Basins and Vanity Stands
 


London Basin Company’s richly decorated porcelain basins bring a classic art form to contemporary bathrooms. This year they will be exhibiting their new metal vanity stands alongside the original ten basins and five exciting new basin designs. Together the collection offers a new look at craftsmanship and luxury. 

Founded by interior designer Anna Callis and her daughter Nathalie, the concept grew from a search for a decorative basin to use in a project. The product Anna had in her mind simply did not exist, so she set out to create it. It took more than three years to develop the patterns and find the right porcelain factory to produce exquisite quality basins embellished with Anna’s own designs. Inspired by her travels, they cleverly meld a modern aesthetic with several centuries of decorative art from China, Japan, the Middle East and Europe. 



Every basin is hand finished using a variety of techniques. The patterns are applied in two main ways 'under the glaze' and 'over the glaze'. With under the glaze decorating, the pattern is applied to the porcelain, then the basins are glazed and fired. In the over the glaze technique, the basins are glazed and fired, then the pattern is applied and the basins are fired twice again to ensure paint durability.  The porcelain too, is strong and resilient, perfectly suited to bathroom use.

Anna Callis designs her basins to work as focus pieces in both classic and modern bathrooms. The choice of accompanying brassware will define the finished look and the basins sit perfectly with period or modern taps, in any finish from chrome to nickel, brass and gold.

In tune with this, London Basin Company’s chic new collection of handmade metal vanity stands comes with bespoke tops in a range of materials including wood, glass and laminate. The stands make a perfect match to the, now, fifteen different basin designs, which range from classic blue and whites to richly coloured patterns with gilded highlights. Generously sized, the basin dimensions in the range run between 39.7 and 45cm diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height

PERFECTLY SHADED
SEPTEMBER 13TH 2017

Glazed gables, asymmetric windows, glass boxes and tall bi-folds are all part of the language of contemporary buildings. They make impressive statements, but can be hard to screen - a necessity for both privacy and climate control.
 
The leading experts in shaped blinds, Grand Design Blinds can shade and screen even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.  Each project is a unique challenge, needing a one-off response. Grand Design Blinds offer many different types of blinds, which combined with specialist materials and automated operating systems allow them to create shading solutions for even the most extraordinary locations.

Shown here: Designed to make a strong architectural statement, this family kitchen in Surrey includes a new extension to a period building. Grand Design Blinds designed, made and installed bespoke Venetian blinds in an aluminium finish which echoes the industrial feel of the kitchen.

By night, the large sliding doors and angled window are completely screened. By day, the blinds can be retracted to give garden views or lowered/adjusted in response to the sun, cutting dazzle and keeping the kitchen cool.
 
Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK.
JOY OF LIVING EXHIBITION AT ONE POULTRY
SEPTEMBER 7TH 2017
Joy of Living exhibition at One Poultry unites over 100 designers, architects and artists in support of Maggie’s Centres



Charity project Joy of Living returns this autumn, presenting over 150 original artworks to be sold to raise money for Maggie’s Centres. Design author Max Fraser has invited over 150 established and emerging designers to create a one-off artwork that expresses the ‘joy of living’, utilising three pieces of differently coloured paper supplied from the Colorplan range by G.F Smith. The signed works will be up for public bid from the 5th – 10th September 2017 and displayed at the Grade II listed postmodern One Poultry building in the City of London, designed by James Stirling. The project aims to raise more than £80,000 for Maggie’s, a charity that helps people to build a life beyond cancer, manage the impact of a diagnosis of cancer and to live with hope and determination.

Responding to the brief, artworks have been generously donated by a range of creative talent, including designers Jasper Morrison, Fredrikson Stallard, Barber & Osgerby, Tom Dixon, Ross Lovegrove, Eley Kishimoto and Ilse Crawford; architects John Pawson, Ivan Harbour and Steven Holl; jewellery designers Hannah Martin and Jade Jagger; and artists Daniel Eatock, Rolf Sachs and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

From a selection of 12 colours, the designers were each provided with three randomly-selected A4 coloured sheets and asked to manipulate the paper in any manner they desired, and to supply a short text on the inspiration for their piece. Although the work will be signed, it will be displayed anonymously and the name of the creator not revealed until the piece has been purchased. The intention is to encourage an emotional response for each piece and for buyers to fall in love with the art itself, not the name behind it.

For more information visit maggiescentres.org/joyofliving

All artwork is available to view and bid for online at: interactivefundraising.co.uk/joyofliving/

Donations towards the project can be made online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoyofLiving

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