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Baines&Fricker furniture

February 27, 2015

It’s just a few months until Clerkenwell Design Week in May and I’m excited to see that Baines&Fricker will be exhibiting for the first time this year. They will be showing two new furniture ranges.

Baines&Fricker was started in 2011 by a Brighton based husband and wife team, Steve Baines is a furniture maker and his wife Eliza Fricker is an illustrator and screen printer. I already love some of their wallpaper, especially the Bird Cages design, so it’s great to see their range expanding with more furniture.

Baines & Fricker

The new Pew range obviously draws influence from the pew bench seating found in churches. I like the simplicity of this range and it would look good in any style of interior. The unstained Raw finish has a classic look to it and would make a great hallway seat for a classically styled interior. My favourite finish though is the colour stained versions of the Pew range. In an all white interior a couple of Pew chairs in the vibrant blue would make a great talking point.

Baines & Fricker

The other new range launching is the Ply range. The aim of this range was to develop a chair that was striped back to its simplest panes but with a refined form. Inspiration for this form was found in a poster from a 1935 exhibition in Zurich. Plywood has a natural warmth but is also has good sustainability and durability properties. Adding optional upholstered pads in bright Kvadrat fabric will allow you to add colour to this range.

Baines & Fricker

I’m really looking forward to seeing – and obviously road testing – these products in person at Clerkenwell in May. If you can’t wait until then head over to the Baines&Fricker website now and find out more information on the two new ranges.

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Louis Poulsen

February 25, 2015

Louis Poulsen is recognised as one of the leading lighting companies in the world. Founded in 1874 many of the classic light fittings we specify for interior design projects are manufactured by the company. Their range is constantly evolving and they often launch new versions of existing products. This month they are doing just that with the new version of the Collage fitting to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of its launch.

Louis Poulsen

The pendant was first launched in 2005 in collaboration with Danish designer, Louise Campbell who is known for her lighting and furniture designs. Since it’s launch the three-layer shade has become a firm favourite with many interior designers and can be found in homes all over the world. Louise drew inspiration from nature and this can be seen in the delicate pattern on the shade.

Louis Poulsen

The new collection of colours is perfect for the grey interiors which are on trend now and supplement the original white matt version of the pendant. When lit Collage makes fascinating shadows in the interior. It is also available with a new matt velour-like finish that adds another level of detail and finish to any interior.

Louis Poulsen

Collage is available in two sizes, 45cm and 60cm in diameter. It would make a great feature above a long dining table, the light produced in the evening would set a perfect mood for dinner. Another good feature is the anti-glare kit that diffuses the light from the pendant and also avoid direct views of the light source – a very important feature for creating the mood.

Head over to the Louis Poulsen website to find out more information – I’m looking forward to specify the new Collage for a project soon.

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Room of the Week

February 23, 2015

This week in the office we are starting work on a kitchen for a client who has just returned from living in a New York loft. After enjoying the American lifestyle the brief is for a kitchen that needs to be streamlined with an industrial look but also very functional. This week’s Room of Week has the perfect style we are looking for.

Many people like to hide everything away in their kitchen and if you are a ‘neat freak’ that’s often the best design decision. If you prefer to adopt open shelving in your kitchen it will bring a new aspect of detailing to your room. The shelving in this kitchen has a natural warmth due to the wood used. Also the amount of shelving ensures the items on it do not look cluttered and are allowed their own space. Top tip though, if you go for open shelving don’t allow it to become a ‘dumping ground’. Receipts, paperwork and opened food packaging will not create the style you are aiming for here.

The fully tiled wall in this kitchen is a very effective way to add character and break up all the painted walls. This home has the luxury of high ceiling which accentuates this feature. Subway style tiles have featured in many interiors recently so to make your choice look different search for tiles out of the ordinary. I’ve specified the Chasseur Brushed range from Original Style for a project recently. With a brushed finish they bring some softness to a room and would create the perfect kitchen splashback.

Original Style : Chasseur Brushed

Bar stools are often a difficult item to choose for a kitchen. Do you go for colour, metal, wood – or a combination? The choice can seem endless but one of the most important things to consider is often comfort. Many beautiful bar stools are actually uncomfortable so don’t be tempted with a cheap online deal, go road test the stool in store before you buy them.

Emeco : Navy Barstool

One of my favourite bar stools is the Emeco Navy barstool. Original designed for use on submarines in 1944 the Navy range has been in production ever since, The stools are comfortable, hard-wearing and guaranteed for life. Although they aren’t the cheapest available the quality is unmistakable – for adding some wow factor to your kitchen this is a classic barstool.

This room was originally featured in the extensive galleries of House to Home. Take a look over at their website for room inspiration, and be sure to check back here every week to find which one of the rooms has been showcased.

Deadgood

February 20, 2015

Sometimes you find a company that is perfectly named for the products they sell – Deadgood is a prime example, all their products are indeed dead good! Having admired their lighting and furniture ranges its great news that they are about to launch their first full range of interiors accessories. Deadgood are building on their success and launching new products which are fun and often eccentric – as their website says ‘in simple terms we like to think of it as developing ‘Products with Personality’.

Deadgood

The new products certainly have personality and I love the Bollard. Manufactured from cast iron the set of two pieces makes a smart bookend, or could also be used as doorstops. The simple styling would add a historic touch to a contemporary interior, a remind of the past times. Bollard costs £67 and is available from next month.

Deadgood

Other products launching next month include the Wire Bowl shown below, which is an addition to the Wire collection. The Harvey cushion is another new product and combines British tweed and herringbone in 3 different colourways. With geometric styling and the softness of the tweed the cushion is perfect for bringing warmth into your interior.

Deadgood

Another new product that has caught my eye is the simple Hockney Hooks. Based on the simple picture hook we all use in our homes this product is named after David Hockney. Available in a white or black finish it’s the perfect stylish hook for the home or office.

Deadgood

The new Deadgood products will be available from next month and can be seen on their website. I’ve got my eye on some of the Hockney Hooks for the office and definitely want a Bollard set for my own home!

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Surface View Elements

February 18, 2015

I have been a fan of Surface View for a long time now and we have used them on a few residential projects. The large scale maps they produce are a great talking point in any interior – I’ve currently got my eye on one of their amazing London murals for our office redecoration.

They introduced their Edit series recently which features images across a range of interiors products for the home, including lampshades, cushions and wall charts. Previous series have include vintage images from the V&A collection and images of exploring the world. The latest series Elements has been launched this month and this time they have worked with Texprint and textile designer Sarah Campbell.

Surface View

Texprint have been supporting the next generation of textile designers currently in art school for over 40 years and helping them connecting with the commercial world. This new Edit series is a great opportunity for some of the graduates to see their design work featured on Surface View products. For a shortlist of 24 designers five were invited to submit work which was then edited by Sarah Campbell.

Surface View

The wide range of images in this new series can be grouped into three categories – sea, earth and sky. The format varies greatly between abstract images to graphic precise drawings, with florals and images of nature included too. The collection really does contain all the ‘elements’ of life.

Surface View

You can find all the Elements product range on the Surface view website. I’ve got my eye on the fabulous mural Bushfire Nights shown above by Charlotte Beevor for adding colour to our office – well either this, or that London map mural I’ve always wanted.

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Room of the Week

February 16, 2015

This week for our Room of the Week we are heading into the bathroom. I am finalising the design of the principal bathroom on a house in Highgate this week we’ve been working on for a few months. After many different layouts I think we are almost there and I’ve specified a large walk in shower similar to this bathroom.

The idea of a large bathroom appeals to many people but a good functional design is often hard to achieve without the room looking bare and barn like. The half height wall in this room zones a section of the room to create the shower area, while also visually making the footprint of the room smaller.

Samuel Heath : Style Moderne

Using marble in the bathroom will give it a very classic look. We’ve updated the brassware by using the Style Moderne range from Samuel Heath. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s I love the style of the levers and the cross tops in the black finish option. The levers are also available in metal or glass, and if you are want to create a unique look the range is also available in a country bronze and a city bronze.

I’ve specified a bath from Clearwater Baths for this project. The Formoso natural stone bath is a standard 1700mm size but holds a huge amount of water to create the ultimate luxury bath. The rim is a standard 10mm throughout the bath so it adds a lightweight feature to the bath. The style is perfect for our project, adding a contemporary touch to the bathroom design.

Clearwater : Formosa

We are currently onsite with this project so my plans will be realised in a couple of months. Watch this space, if our client goes with this scheme it’ll really be the signature bathroom the house deserves.

This room was originally featured in the extensive galleries of House to Home. Take a look over at their website for room inspiration, and be sure to check back here every week to find which one of the rooms has been showcased.

Lindsey Lang bath linen

February 13, 2015

Following our blue theme this week I was delighted to see a new collection of towels launched this month by Lindsey Lang which feature a rather gorgeous range of blues. As a huge fan of Lindsey’s encaustic tiles it’s so great to see the design now translated to a range of bath linen for John Lewis.

The collection is available in four sizes to cover all your bathroom needs and would add a splash of patterns and colour to any bathroom. If blue isn’t your colour you can also buy the towels in shades of red, yellow and grey and there are two different designs. As we struggle through the winter months I think the yellow option would be good to fill your morning bathroom regime with summer sunshine.

Lindsey Lang

Building on her well deserved ‘Young Designer of the Year’ award in 2104 from Homes & Gardens the new collection proves the versatility of Lindsey and her eye for detail. Following years working in graphic design and illustration her design studio was established in 2012. This new collection was designed to resemble her beautiful marble-speckled terrazzo tile designs.

You can also find cookware, tea towels, floor tiles and other gorgeous products on her website so head over to her website. If you are already sold on the bath linen pop to the John Lewis website now to fill your bathroom with some colour and pattern.

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