BUTTERFLY LUXE... THE ZEINA BASIN
FEBRUARY 21ST 2018

New from London Basin Company, Zeina is a flower-shaped basin in taupe porcelain with a velvety matt finish.  Its delicate, multi-coloured butterfly design is highlighted with sparkly rose gold accents.  

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, 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.  

The Zeina basin measures 15.5cm high x 41cm diameter, it costs £900. Shown here on the Noah vanity stand also by London Basin Company.


REASONS TO SCREEN - GRAND DESIGN BLINDS
FEBRUARY 20TH 2018

Grand Design Blinds are Britain’s leading experts in bespoke blinds; shading and screening even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.  Blind expert Jonathan Pelly-Fry gives his top reasons for installing blinds.
 




Light Control: Modern extensions, new build homes and renovations are often flooded with light through giant bi-fold or sliding doors, roof lights or gable ends. Installing bespoke blinds allows for the amount of light to be controlled, reducing glare and protecting interiors from harmful UV rays -  especially important for artwork or precious furnishings.



Privacy:  Extra large areas of glass make the most of amazing views whether in the city or country but installing blinds can transform a ‘glass box’ into a private space, which is especially important at night.
 




Versatility: Blinds are compatible with smart home technology and can be used in conjunction with automated home systems.  They can also be installed with an operating system that allows them to be controlled from a phone app or tablet.  Alternatively they can be manually operated and, as shown here, can be designed to pull from the bottom up, so there is no top rail to interrupt the views.

 




Temperature control: Large areas of glass such as glass roofs make a dramatic statement and allow light to flood a property but temperature control can be an issue. Installing specialist blinds allows for the control of any heat build-up on warm, sunny days and equally adds insulation during colder months.  

 




Practical and Adaptable:  For buildings with large areas of glazing or unusual shaped windows, blinds are the most practical solution.  From total screening to partial screening, opaque to black out, flexible designs allow control of light and privacy.

LDW 2018 - MEET THE DESIGNERS AT GEORGE SPENCER DESIGNS
FEBRUARY 19TH 2018

On Tuesday 6 March, George Spencer Designs are hosting two Meet the Designer events in their Chelsea Harbour showroom.
Please join them at one or both of the sessions, for a look behind the scenes at two exciting design houses represented in the UK by George Spencer Designs.   


12.30: Aux Abris, New York 

Designer Karen Robert discusses Aux Abris, her New York-based design studio which specialises in exceptional wallcoverings.  Printed on grasscloth, silk, Japanese paper and other distinctive textures, her eclectic, imaginative designs are an art form in their own right. 



14.00: Pavoni Leathers, Italy

Pavoni’s Alan Newberry introduces Italy’s most innovative leather producer, known for its unique colours and custom-embossing.  Founded in the fashion world, Pavoni now focuses on luxury interiors, creating specialist leathers for upholstery, flooring, wall panelling and more.


 

MODERN CLASSICISM
FEBRUARY 14TH 2018

Classic black and white chequerboard floors have their origins in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.  The bold juxtaposition of black and white tiles was symbolic of harmony, representing light and darkness held in perfect balance.

From the cathedrals of the Middle Ages to the 17th century Palace of Versailles, chequerboard floors carried right through into the 20th century, when they were taken up in succession by Art Deco designers and 1930’s Modernists.  They are the perfect definition of a style icon.

Today, chequerboard floors bring geometric drama to contemporary interiors. 
Lapicida offer them in sizes ranging from micro-mosaic up to large flagstones; with materials including new and reclaimed marbles, limestones and porcelains creating a wide choice of different aesthetics and price points.

Black and white tiles are often used to define hallways, but interior designers are increasingly using them for other areas of the home, including bathrooms, where they also make striking feature walls in showers or cloakrooms. In large open-plan, multi-purpose spaces such as kitchen/living rooms, patterned areas can be laid together with co-ordinating plains to define particular zones.

Forming a direct connection between the classical world and today’s interiors, the simple geometry of black and white tiles defines them as a modern classic, offering a wealth of new design potential.


                                   
                         
NEW - HAMPTONS LINEN
FEBRUARY 12TH 2018


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.  

The newest in-house collection from George Spencer Designs, Hamptons Linen is a heavyweight washed linen with a soft handle.  Its gently faded colours and vintage finish were inspired by coastal living.

100% linen, 140cm wide, it comes in 8 colour-rich neutrals.  Perfect for curtains, cushions, loose covers and upholstery.



 Bermuda Blue            Harvest Yellow              Rope                         Silver Sage



 Grape                        Jute                           Salmon Pink               Limestone


 

 
2018 TRENDING WITH ULTRA VIOLET
FEBRUARY 7TH 2018


Pantone has named ‘Ultra Violet’ the colour of 2018. 

Find a perfect pop of on-trend purple with one of 
Felt’s beautiful handmade shyrdak rugs. Super smart and vibrant, it’s a modern take on ethnic style. 

Measuring 2.4m x 2.4m, 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.    

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors.  Perfect for both floors and walls a wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs.  

NATURAL GOOD LOOKS
FEBRUARY 6TH 2018

The Lume Collection at Alternative Bathrooms is a collection of modular components, from vanities and basins to shelving and mirrors. They work in multiple different combinations and come in a wide variety of colours and materials.

These include both wood tone lacquers and richly coloured timbers, giving a natural finish that sits beautifully in contemporary bathrooms.  Timber options include several shades of Oak, as well as Ash, Walnut and Pine.  

​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. 


INTRODUCING ... AUX ABRIS
FEBRUARY 1ST 2018


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 in-house collections, George Spencer represent a few carefully chosen US and European fabric and wallpaper houses which share the same feel and ethos.

Their newest introduction is Aux Abris.  Founded by graphic designer and decorator Karen Robert in 2016, this New York based boutique design studio specialises in fine wallcoverings.  Printed on grasscloth, raw silk, canvas, woven Japanese paper and other distinctive textures, their eclectic and imaginative designs are an art form in their own right.


MARTIN BURDNIZKI'S LABDYBOWER VANITY
JANUARY 31ST 2018


The Ladybower vanity, launched as part of Drummonds’ designer collaboration with interior architect and product designer Martin Brudnizki, is now available in a brushed brass finish.  The vanity has been conceived with simplicity in mind using classic white marble which sits perfectly with the warmth and character of the brushed brass in this elegant, light and modern piece.

Behind its contemporary lines lie functional considerations too, including good storage space for bathroom accessories and small, yet perfectly formed details such as the bent recess in the towel rail which ensures that the towel stays in place. 

The Ladybower vanity is available as both a single and double:
Single: D585 x W770 x H850mm. 
Double: D585 x W1500 x H850mm. 

Also shown here from the Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds Collection: the Leawood basin tap, the Derwent vanity mirror, the Derwent pendant light and the Derwent towel bar all in a brass finish
Shown right: Drummonds’ Tyne copper bath
Wallpaper: Fishes by de Gournay

THE ZEN KITCHEN
JANUARY 25TH 2018


After living in the same London house for 15 years, the owners of this kitchen decided to renovate rather than move. The project quickly expanded to include digging out the basement and putting a rear extension to the house to create a large new multi-purpose living space overlooking the mature garden.

The heart of that living space is the bespoke Modulnova kitchen designed by Tom Karavla at 
DesignSpace London.  The clients worked with a Japanese interior designer to achieve a Zen-like peace and order throughout the house, in line with which Tom’s brief was to create “a calm kitchen”.

Oriented to make the very best of the garden views and natural light which floods the new space, the kitchen uses the Modulnova ‘Fly’ range.  Gloss lacquer (in Grigio Steel) on flush floor-to-ceiling wall cabinetry reflects light back into the room, whilst satin lacquer (in Soko Piombo) on the working island gives a more muted finish in that zone.  


Overall, the palette is deliberately kept natural and neutral, allowing the architectural lines of the kitchen to speak for themselves within the space.  For the same reason, much of the functionality of the kitchen is hidden away behind pocket doors when not in use, from the twin Miele dishwashers to the giant Gaggenau fridge and freezer.  Even the extractor is discreet, fitted flush to the ceiling above the island.

It all looks effortless – but behind the calm exterior this is a kitchen designed not just for family life but also for entertaining on a large scale.  Every cupboard and drawer interior has been painstakingly designed down to the last detail including storage not just for everyday necessities but also for party china, glass and crockery. The space served by the kitchen is also carefully planned, with the main dining area within the open plan space, a comfortable snug adjoining the kitchen and the new basement providing yet another entertaining zone, perfect for teenagers to have their own space. 


THE CELESTINE - THE MODERN WAY TO GET DECORATIVE
JANUARY 24TH 2018


The Celestine from the London Basin Company is perfect for achieving the ‘modern decorative’ look now making its way into our homes.  No longer does everything in the bathroom need to be in stark, monochrome forms…

Shaped like a flower, Celestine features the delicate pale green colour and crackle glaze finish so often used in traditional Chinese celadon ware.  With its dainty elegance, the Celestine adds a decorative touch to bathrooms or cloakrooms, working equally well with modern or traditional brassware. 

Available online, the London Basin Company offers sixteen different porcelain basins in a variety of designs, shapes and colours.  Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and is generously sized with dimensions running from 39.5 - 45cm diameter and 14 - 16.2 cm in height. 

The Celestine measures 45cm in diameter and 16cm high.

Tap from The Watermark Collection
Zen basin set in brushed nickel with onyx handle 

GRAND DESIGN BLINDS - BESPOKE BLACKOUTS
JANUARY 23RD 2018
  

Installing a blackout blind in the bedroom is a good way to improve sleep quality but bedrooms featuring large areas of glazing such as apex windows or glazed gable ends can be a challenge to screen.  Grand Design Blinds are experts at providing bespoke solutions and can design and install blackout blinds for any hard to screen windows.  Shown here are two master bedrooms in which they have designed and installed electric blinds in Duette pleated blackout fabric.

Operated remotely the windows can be screened to exactly the degree required for any time of day. When not in use, the blinds retract down to sit almost invisibly at the bottom of the window. 


Grand Design Blinds are compatible with smart home technology and can be used in conjunction with automated home system.  They can also be installed with an operating system that allows them to be controlled from a phone app or tablet. 
 



Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide.  Their blinds are all handmade to order in the UK.
COOL & CALM - BY DESIGN
JANUARY 18TH 2018



This classic 1930’s Arts & Crafts style house in Surrey has gradually undergone a radical transformation.  
Upstairs and down, its fussy, dated decoration has been replaced by a classic aesthetic with more than a hint of New England style.  It’s home to a large family with teenage children, but, with clever use of storage and organisation, pulls off a cool, uncluttered look… and nowhere more so than in the kitchen.

Martin Moore designer Andrew Wartnaby worked with the clients to create a simple, beautiful kitchen on a large scale.  It’s a painstakingly planned room where absolutely everything has its own place, housed within bespoke cabinetry from the Modernist Collection. 




A great match to the 30’s architecture of the house, the furniture has a linear design with minimal, but well-considered decorative detailing, such as the mirror backed glass cupboard.  Much of the furniture’s hallmark style derives from its proportions and the unique way in which the cupboards are recessed, with a projection of just 50mm into the room.

The large central island is the heart of the kitchen, providing worksurface, prepping space and a sociable curved end for perching and informal eating.  Rather than have a second island, the kitchen features a large, multi-purpose Cook’s Table, which can be moved, giving the space a flexibility which is especially useful for parties.  The clients entertain often, usually on a large scale, and this is a kitchen designed to host gatherings of family and friends.

The rich tones of Walnut are used as a warm counterpoint to the handpainted furniture.  The island’s cabinetry makes a particular feature of the timber’s natural grain, used both vertically and horizontally to create a subtle decorative focus which also highlights the skills of the craftsmen in Martin Moore’s Yorkshire workshops.

The Aga was the only element of the previous kitchen which was retained.  Andrew Wartnaby sited it within a recess, creating a new mantel feature to define the cooking zone.  The Cook’s Shelf running behind is brilliantly practical for storage and display. 





There is no shortage of necessities, appurtenances and appliances in this kitchen - but they are all carefully stored behind the doors of purpose-designed cupboards.

The Larder Cupboard is lined with Walnut shelves and racks for packets, boxes, jars and cooking ingredients of all sorts.  Although shallow enough to keep everything on view, it holds all the essentials a busy cook needs and keeps them ready to hand. 

The Appliance Cupboard serves both the kitchen and the dining area.  It houses the clients’ extensive cookery book collection alongside bulky appliances including a KitchenAid, toaster, microwave and coffee machine.  The drawers below are fitted out to hold cutlery and kitchen/dining room linens.

 


 

Kitchen Details:
Cabinetry: Martin Moore Modernist Collection, custom built to order
Painted in Martin Moore’s ‘Bark Grey’
Floor: Edessa Limestone from Martin Moore Stone
Worktops: Bianca Eclipsia Quartzite

NEW - AMADEA
JANUARY 15TH 2018
 
A modern take on traditional wool paisleys, new ‘Amadea’ features swirling fronds and muted colourways in a botanical palette, giving a look which George Spencer call ‘decorative plains’.  A dense jacquard weave in 100% wool, it combines weight with a silky drape, perfect for curtains, cushions and light upholstery. 
 
12 colourways offering both subtle neutrals and stronger colours from a retro palette.  
Width: 140cm

 
AUTHENTIC TEXTURE
JANUARY 9TH 2018

Twinned with the return of colour and pattern comes a new emphasis on texture and layering.
 
Shyrdak rugs and cushions are hand-cut from layers of wool felt and then hand-stitched, giving their geometric designs real depth and clarity. The colours used range from dazzling brights to the subtly muted natural browns, greys and creams of the wool itself. Their authentic texture adds warmth and interest, making them very much at home in both classic and contemporary interiors and perfect for ‘lifting’ neutral schemes.

A wide selection of rugs and cushions is always available from stock       
    
      

NEW… PORCELAIN FRONTED CABINETS
JANUARY 8TH 2018

The new modular Dogma collection from Alternative Bathrooms melds Italian style with a Zen-like focus on harmony and balance.

An extensive system of beautiful basins, cabinetry and storage offers interchangeable elements in a wide range of sizes, materials and colour options. These allow completely individual set-ups to be designed. Natural materials abound in the collection, including metal, timber, solid marble and marble effect porcelain.  Used as cladding, the smooth, matt porcelain brings chic modernity to the cabinetry.

Shown here are Dogma porcelain-fronted cabinets in a range of different vanity basin and storage combinations.  

MERRY CHRISTMAS
DECEMBER 21ST 2017
SCALLOP EDGED LORELEI
DECEMBER 11TH 2017


Inspired by classic blue and white Chinese porcelain, the richly decorated Lorelei basin features a pattern of fish and lotus blossom, traditional symbols for abundance and wealth. One of the first basins launched by London Basin Company, it has always been one of their most popular designs. 
 
Now a new version of the Lorelei is available, featuring a delicate scalloped edge which gives the design yet another decorative dimension.
 
Shown here with a tap from The Watermark Collection: Elements wall mounted basin mixer in Oil Rubbed Bronze with Oil Slick handle
 
NEW... DOGMA
DECEMBER 7TH 2017
Alternative bathrooms

The new modular Dogma collection from Alternative Bathrooms melds Italian style with a Zen-like focus on harmony and balance.
 
An extensive system of beautiful basins, cabinetry and storage offers interchangeable elements in a wide range of sizes, materials and colour options. These allow completely individual set-ups to be designed. Natural materials abound in the collection, including metal, timber, porcelain and marble.
 
Shown here (above and below) is Dogma’s contemporary look at the classic vanity stand, and some of the many combinations and variants in which it can be used.  

FULLY AUTOMATED SUNLIGHT SENSOR BLINDS
DECEMBER 6TH 2017


This newly-finished modern home is built in grand country house style.  Floor to ceiling windows flood the open plan kitchen/dining room with light from three aspects. 

With such large areas of glass, controlling heat build-up from sunshine is a big issue, requiring a sophisticated shading solution.  Privacy is another important consideration, especially at night when interior lights are on.   Grand Design Blinds’ expert response was to design and install a fully automated system of electric roller blinds with motors controlled by light sensors.  These smoothly open and close in response to ambient light conditions, keeping the kitchen coolly shaded and screened as needed.  Manual controls can over-ride the automated system at any time.

Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide.  Their blinds are all handmade to order in the UK.

MATT BLACK IN BROOKLYN FROM THE WATERMARK COLLECTION
DECEMBER 5TH 2017

The Watermark Collection offers exciting new views on bathroom and kitchen brassware, combining authentic industrial heritage with a contemporary decorative chic. Watermark products are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. 
 
Shown here: A Brooklyn wall mounted 2-hole basin set in a chic bathroom designed by Nia Morris Studio. The warm, dark tones of the hand-applied Matt Black finish offer a striking contrast to pastel shades on the walls and floors, but share the sense of artisanal style and individuality.  
 
Nothing more perfectly captures the essence of The Watermark Collection than the Brooklyn range: Inspired by the gate valves found in mid-century apartment blocks, it’s a tribute to the engineering heritage of one of New York’s most vibrant boroughs. The range offers 54 different elements for bathrooms and kitchens, allowing people to create entirely customized set-ups. The look is individualized still further by 15 different hand finishes, from the warmth of Copper and Aged Brass to the profoundly mechanical appeal of Gunmetal and Charcoal. 
FINDING THE VIEW
DECEMBER 4TH 2017


The owners of this house moved to Jersey when they retired, buying an impressive chateaux-style property with exceptional views across the splendid bay. The kitchen however, situated at the back of the house, was shut off from that view. To remedy this, the layout was changed entirely, moving a staircase and replacing the rear wall with an orangery extension, opening the space up to the sea and sky.
 
Pam Baker at Martin Moore had designed their previous kitchen in England and came to Jersey to see the new space and take a brief. The clients asked her to create an inviting new kitchen with soft styling and a light, coastal feel. It also had to have a built-in bar area for weekend entertaining.



Inspired by its setting, the colours throughout this kitchen are determinedly soft and natural, from the American Black Walnut island to the aged limestone floor and antique mirror glass behind the cooking zone, which is defined by a generous mantel. The cabinetry too, is painted in rich neutrals - with a splash of stunning sea blue on the full height cupboards which conceal the fridge and freezer. There is a strong sense of this kitchen having always been there.
 
The same blue, Little Greene’s ‘Bone China’, a gentle reference to the seaside location, is picked up inside the twin glazed cupboards, highlighting carefully chosen pieces of china and glass displayed inside.
 
The cabinetry is in Martin Moore’s New Classic design; perfectly suited to the house. Decorative detailing is minimised, letting the quality of the traditional cabinetmaking, the timber and the other materials in the kitchen shine through. Window treatments and upholstery have also been kept to a minimum to maintain focus on the coastal views. 



Jersey’s warm climate means that the Aga is switched off for several months of the year. Back-up is provided by eye-level built-in ovens and a pair of two-zone induction hobs which flank the Aga to maintain symmetry. A Quooker boiling water tap and a warming oven were other must-haves, as were the two dishwashers; one serving the kitchen and one, located within the island, serving the separate bar area.
 
Every Martin Moore kitchen is designed and built as a one-off. There are no standard components and everything is made, by hand, to order, in their Yorkshire workshops. This allowed Pam Baker to respond in every detail to the brief. This included three different sink areas, one on the island and the other two within the long L-shaped run of cabinets, which houses many of the kitchen essentials in a carefully planned array of drawers and cupboards.



Worksurfaces throughout are in Caesarstone, contrasting the marble-veined ‘Dreamy Marfil’ colourway on the island with the tonal ‘Shitake’ on the perimeter cabinets.  There are subtle contrasts in the cabinetry colours too, with the kitchen hand-painted in Little Greene ‘Rolling Fog’ and the bar in Farrow & Ball ‘London Stone’.
 
Situated halfway between the kitchen and the comfortable seating area, the bar area is a luxurious, flamboyant centrepiece. The tall cabinets for glassware and bottles have mirror-backing and special glass shelving imbued with LED lighting, making the whole area sparkle by night.
 
The L-shaped bar which defines the area has beautiful American Walnut top and wall cladding, matching the kitchen island and giving a ‘gentleman’s club’ feel.  Specially fitted out cupboards hold bar equipment and accessories. 

DRUMMONDS OPEN NEW YORK SHOWROOM
DECEMBER 1ST 2017

 
From their handsome cast iron baths to their gleaming, handmade brassware, luxury bathroom manufacturers, Drummonds are an iconic British brand. Now, they’ve opened their first standalone showroom in New York, bringing their unique style to the A&D Building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Drummonds bathroomware has a rare solidity and integrity, born of traditional manufacturing processes. Rich with colour and texture, the 1340 sq. ft. (124 m²) showroom has been designed as a magnificent backdrop, against which the craftsmanship and grandeur of their products is seen at its most impressive. 

Drummonds’ newest introductions, from the Wye Bath in a burnished copper finish to the Martin Brudnizki-designed Leawood Shower & Tap Collection are all on display in the new showroom, alongside classics such as the cast iron Usk Bateau bath and the dramatic freestanding Severn Shower. Everywhere, the gleam of enamel, china clay, marble, glass and metal combines beautifully with craftsmanship of the highest order - making the New York showroom a temple of bathroom splendour and luxury. 
A RUM FELLOW
NOVEMBER 27TH 2017

 
Amongst the many treasures at George Spencer Designs’ Chelsea Harbour showroom, the artisan designs from A Rum Fellow are amongst the most decorative.
 
Working direct with weaving co-operatives and social enterprises worldwide, A Rum Fellow combines contemporary and tribal-inspired designs with heritage methods of production. Very much in tune with today’s interiors, the collection offers richly coloured, vivid designs in rugs, fabrics and cushions.

FOREVER FUCHSIA
NOVEMBER 23RD 2017

2018’s interiors are all about the bold and the bright, with ‘powerful pinks’ at 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. 

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