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preparation for this profile piece. Chris is the kind of designer that makes me think I could be a
designer too (then I think better of it). His work at HONKY is
impressive, playful and most of all, completely informed by the clients
wishes. My Showroom Showcase took me to Atrium’s new spot to
discover how the brand is growing and continues to collaborate with
wonderful designers.
Robert Angell reveals his design icon as architect Philip Johnson. It
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Products
12 THE SHORTLIST
An editor’s choice of designs sourced from
far and wide

30 SLEEP REVIEW
All the highlights from the top
hotel design show

34 BEST OF 2015 REVIEW


In our annual ritual, we have gathered
together the top products from last year
and reflected on their design impact

50 SURFACE DESIGN
SHOW PREVIEW
43 9 55 KBB PREVIEW

Projects
14 PROJECT GALLERY
The project gallery presents outstanding
interiors from a top bill of interior designers

62 AT THE
KNIGHT’S TABLE
Finchatton has delivered three sublime
apartments for the London property market

People
24 BIID UPDATE
The BIID looks ahead to its next conference
considering ‘interior identities’

44 2016 FORECAST
31 Kelly Hoppen thinks about how people will
live with design in 2016

46 DESIGNER PROFILE
66 Christopher Dezille talks to Jade Tilley
about his search for difference in design

67 SHOWROOM
SHOWCASE
15 Jade Tilley visited the new Atrium
showroom on Leonard Street, London

70 MY ICON
Robert Angell reveals his design icon
as Philip Johnson

79 LAST WORD
Rory Macpherson, Play Associates looks at
the psychological wellbeing associated with
good design

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MIND, BODY, DESIGN

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SHERIDAN&CO UNVEILS BRAND AND RETAIL DESIGN FOR ETHOS
NEWS|BRIEF
Global retail design agency Sheridan&Co has spiritual balance: a “Mind Body Alchemy”. As part of
BRANDS OF TOMORROW revealed its latest work in creating the brand identity the creative process, Sheridan&Co delved deep into the
Walpole revealed the 2016
and retail strategy for ETHOS, a new boutique ‘hybrid brand’s current market position, analysed its
selections for its
esteemed Brands of fitness’ studio centred on yoga. competitor landscape and identified trends within the
Tomorrow programme. burgeoning boutique fitness scene to devise a strategy
The line-up announces Sheridan&Co was recently tasked with developing the that strongly defined ETHOS’ core point of difference.
those trailblazing brand identity and retail strategy for ETHOS’ new For the design and development of the retail concepts,
innovators who have London studio, founded by Jennifer Hersch and Dr Sheridan&Co then created three interior concepts that
caught the attention of the
Theo Koutroukides, expected to open in the City’s strove to apply this thinking into the physical
world of luxury,
considered to be paving vibrant Spitalfields Market in 2016. The job included environment; the final design is a hybrid of all three
the way for generations to determining the look and feel of the brand mark and which harnesses the serene and natural woody
come. Interiors and website as well as creating packaging and label design aesthetics of a ski lodge, Scandi-retreat and tree house
furniture design brands concepts for ETHOS’ own range of fresh juices and den. A muted background is offset by accents of vibrant
included in the line up: soups as well as other marketing collateral. The green delivered by the multiple planters on display,
Richard Brendon: Richard agency were also charged with devising a retail while visual interest is created by juxtaposing textures
Brendon’s skill lies in
strategy, determining the entire customer experience from different natural materials. The overall effect is
transforming past
elements into striking and creating full interior design concepts including a stripped-back, tactile and honest design, very much in
modern designs; Solomon reception and retail concession to showcase ETHOS’ keeping with the brand’s philosophy and service
& Wu: A unique own line of sportswear alongside other designer offering. Meanwhile, accents of the five core elements
combination of apparel, and a food bar area. that make up Ethos are manifested on major
craftsmanship, innovation ETHOS sought a visual solution that was serene and touchpoints – from the changing room locker doors to
and product that is sought stripped back, and resonated the brand’s passion and the shower cubicles.
out by the finest architects
around the world, with the
philosophy for achieving and maintaining physical and www.sheridanandco.com
brand proudly continuing
a tradition of
manufacturing British
modern heritage pieces.
Finally, Tom Raffield:
Practical in form and
beautiful in nature, these
heirloom worthy luxury
handcrafted wooden
lighting and furniture
designs have been
championed as the
antiques of the future.

EAT 17
Eat17, Walthamstow has
recently been refurbished
by London based design
studio, Hawtrey-Woore.
Eat 17 restaurant has
earned a reputation for its
owner and chef, Chris
O’Connor’s luxurious take
on good honest food. The
colour palette stems from
the mix of natural and
urban influences. The
intention was to make the
bar itself a centerpiece, to
be enjoyed from the both VANESSA industry. For over 30 years as an
international interior designer,
banks and property owners
such as Grosvenor Estates,
the restaurant and the bar
areas. As a centerpiece, BRADY OBE Vanessa had built up an
impressive professional
RBS, JP Morgan Chase, Royal
Bank of Canada and other
Hawtrey-Woore wanted it
to feel special while
RECEIVES portfolio including projects in
high security governmental
private banks and construction
companies to increase sales,
maintaining a natural,
unpretentious feel. By
HONORARY offices and head of state corporate image and market
palaces. share through interior design.
adopting a simple, honest
form and making it
DOCTORATE Qualified in Health and Safety Her commitment to the
Vanessa Brady OBE received an building management and development of the industry led
entirely in natural copper, business consulting she is often her to the creation of the
honorary degree titled Doctor of
the designers were able to
Design from Southampton consulted for her vision for Society of British and
create an natural focal
Solent University, in recognition growth and has in the past been International Design in 2009,
point for the space.
of her contribution to the commissioned by numerous the UK professional accrediting

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FEMALE POWERHOUSE D I A R Y
22 - 26 January
Maison&Objet Paris
www.maison-objet.com/en
PARIS NORD VILLEPINTE
EXHIBITION CENTRE
The key meeting place for
professionals in the art of
living brings together a
360° offer that is in line
with the diverse needs of
global markets. For 20
years this large lifestyle
platform, at the crossroads
of business and creativity,
provides solutions that
meet the needs of visitors
from around the world.

Made.com has launched an all-female, power house and raised in Germany, launching her career out of 9 -11 February
design team for the MADE Studio, London. The team is Central St. Martins. She is one of the original Surface Design Show
headed up by Ruth Wasserman, and comprises of members of Habitat’s design Studio. Ali Edwards, 27, surfacedesignshow.com
three incredibly talented young women, all under 40, was trained at the highly regarded design school at BUSINESS DESIGN
brought on a year ago to create the MADE Studio Nottingham Trent University, Ali is the winner of the CENTRE, ISLINGTON,
concept. Together, they're setting interiors trends 2013 Furniture Designer Guild Award and has worked LONDON
across UK and Europe. The team has worked together with the likes of John Lewis and others. Finally is Walls, floors, ceilings and
partitions are presented in
on on 55 per cent of MADE's current online catalogue rising star Beatriz Nuno, 25. Beatriz studied at
this professional surface
of 2000+ products, so they really know their stuff. Ruth prestigious Spanish design school Escuela Elisava,
concept environment.
Wasserman, 35, was previously Director of Design at before moving to London to perfect her creative
Ercol, Ruth’s sixth sense for emerging trends has seen practice under the guidance of a succession of
MADE.COM lead on some of the biggest design trend established designers, including Oscar Diaz, Lara 12 - 16 February
stories. Christine Standeisky, 37, was born in Romania Bohic, and Tom Dixon. Ambiente
www.ambiente.messefrank
furt.com
MESSE FRANKFURT
WINNING STREAK EXHIBITION CENTRE,
FRANKFURT
Honky Interior Design is experiencing a winning streak are also pleased to announce that Berkeley Homes have Ambiente is a consumer
in the industry awards season. With three awards under won the Bronze Award for Interior Design at the goods fair with a focus on
its belt the practice is celebrating a bumper season. The What?House Awards for the One Tower Bridge project. dining, giving and living,
multi-disciplinary architectural and interior design Honky founder, Chris Dezille is featured in this editions providing a source point for
practice has received awards for its work at One Tower Designer Profile on page 46 – 49. www.honky.co.uk designers looking to accent
Bridge for developers Berkeley Homes, their designs with the final
winning the Best Interior Design Award flourishes.
at the Sunday Times British Homes
Awards and Best Residential Interior at 8 - 11 March
the Design et al International Maison&Objet ASIA
Architecture & Design Awards. Honky www.maison-
objet.com/en/asia
MARINA BAY SANDS EXPO
AND CONVENTION CENTRE,
organisation for the interior SINGAPORE
design profession. Your new annual event for
In 2011 she launched the SBID the home, decoration and
International Design Awards to design, in the prestigious
recognise, reward and celebrate setting of the Marina Bay
talented businesses and Sands in Singapore, a
individuals in the industry and strategic hub for the Asean
the awards have since continued region, provides unique
to be regarded as one of the visibility to companies
most prestigious
wishing to access the
acknowledgment of design
exclusive areas of New
excellence, receiving entries
from over 40 countries Luxury.
worldwide.

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DARK, THEATRICAL SPEAK-EASY

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NEWS|BRIEF TOM DIXON DESIGN RESEARCH STUDIO GOES DARK AND MOODY
FOR AMERICAN COCKTAIL LOUNGE-BAR FOR HIMITSU
ANNA CASA NAMED
BATTERSEA DESIGNER
Anna Casa Interiors were Design Research Studio, Tom Dixon’s architectural mixologists and celebrates the craftsmanship behind
recently named as one of and interior arm, has unveiled its first Stateside the cocktail making process.
the companies set to hospitality project in the form of Himitsu, a cocktail An installation of the newly launched Tom Dixon Melt
design the apartment lounge-bar in Atlanta, Georgia. pendants, are delicately suspended in the central void
interiors at Battersea
and create a striking gesture upon arrival. The Melt
Power Station in south
London. Anna Casa Inspired by Japanese mixology and American pendant draws inspiration from molten metal,
Interiors was chosen as prohibition, Himitsu is a darkly theatrical speak-easy, distorted natural forms and emits a hallucinogenic
the main bespoke interior peppered with the rich colours and textures inspired by glow that casts an ethereal luminosity and sets the
designer and will add the emotion and drama captured in Todd Murphy’s tone for the rest of the bar.
their luxury style to the painting King of Birds. Himitsu (meaning Secret in Himitsu is furnished with a composition of sculptural
iconic building currently Japanese) is the sister bar to popular Atlanta sushi pieces that were selected to create distinct silhouettes
undergoing
haunt, Umi Sushi. within in the space. Smoked mirror and natural marble
redevelopment. Anna
Grace-Davidson, founder Design Research Studio have created a raw yet table tops sit on industrial Tom Dixon roll bases to
and creative director at sophisticated aesthetic for the brand new cocktail form a tactile landscape of surfaces which explore
Anna Casa Interiors, plans lounge. Playfully offsetting slick, metallic against texture, distortion and the reflection of rough against
to create a unity of bronze rougher, natural materials the interior retains the the smooth. The result is a luxurious lounge, central
and soft textures such as pre-existing industrial features and exposed dining and an animated bar which are defined by the
cashmere leathers in the structural details. various seating clusters and light levels to create both
space for a vintage yet
The focal point of Himitsu is the illuminated copper bar open and intimate spaces for entertainment.
modern feel.
which frames the alchemy performed by the Photography courtesy of Emily Andrews.
EAT, SLEEP, DRINK
Conran and Partners
designed The Sleep Event’s
pop-up drinks bar for
2015. The “Drink Me” bar
explores the ‘Wonder
Tales’ theme uniting
different elements of the
event this year, drawing on
inspiration from the more
surreal aspects of Alice in
Wonderland as well as
other, darker, tales from
the German childhood of
project director Tina
Norden of Conran and
Partners. Editor Jade Tilley
is a big fan of Alice In
Wonderland so this was a
highlight of her sleep visit.
More review news on
pages 30-33.

FRANCIS SULTANA
LAUNCHES
Francis Sultana has
launched a new collection
of furniture for this Spring
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
entitled Lulu. The designer Christopher Jenner presents The Lighthouse.
is also opening his brand
Christopher’s objective was to create a light which
new showroom in St
James's, moving from used the least energy input to deliver the most
Fulham Rd. Also launching reflective output, the result is ‘Lighthouse’ a hand
is the brand new Francis blown and cut Crystal table lamp made in the Lake
Sultana website District and presented on a marble plinth. The light
www.francissultana.com employs an eco conscious 5w L.E.D. circuit reflected
and new e-shop selling the through a circular lens, like in a Lighthouse. The
most popular pieces from
central shaft is formed of a series of repeat hand cut
past collections including
Homage To Art Deco, Yana facets, each scalloped to deliver maximum refraction
and Celia as well as items along the vertical shaft and outward from the
from the new Lulu magnifying lens. Each light features a hand turned
Collection. potentiometer made in London with braided cable
from Northern Ireland. Photography by Michael Franke

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BIDDULPH MANSIONS INTRODUCING


Biddulph Mansions was a refurbishment project of a Belgium. Old chimneys were removed and replaced by THE CHARLES
Mansion block apartment in Maida Vale, London. Built simple grey stone. Based on those concepts, the
between 1902 and 1904, and designed by the architects colour scheme of the apartment was kept quite Bluerock Real Estate and
Boehmer and Gibbs, the interior has been redesigned neutral varying between white and grey to blue with a Victor Homes have
by Ardesia Design, bringing clean lines and a splash of red, which worked as an accent colour. launched The Charles, a
contemporary warmth into the space. Both bathrooms were finished in micro cement, which rare new luxury
The interior style was something of a creative mix gave the desired look of a seamless finish. Basins, residential tower in
inspired by Parisian apartments and Mediterranean bathtub and WCs in matt Astone material were Manhattan.
houses. Plastered white arched joinery across the flat ordered directly from Italy and stainless steel sanitary
The Charles offers full-
reminded of a seaside house on an island in Greece ware from CEA completed the look.
floor exclusive private
and bespoke moulded bedroom and wardrobes’ doors Furniture and decorative pieces for the flat were
residences, in a light-filled
strikes images of elegant flats in Paris. Custom-made sourced from various suppliers across Italy, France,
tower reaching 32 storeys
shelves were plastered before being painted, old Belgium, and US. All stonewashed linen curtains and
into New York’s illustrious
French shutters were incorporated as wardrobes soft furnishing were bespoke and custom made for the
skyline, designed by David
doors, and all the ironmongery was custom made in project.
Collins Studio. The Charles
team, including architect
Ismael Leyva and builder
Victor Homes, have
focused on delivering
graciously proportioned
rooms with carefully
considered details that
appeal to an international
audience. The apartments
feature oversized master
suites with dressing
rooms, custom spa baths
crafted with Bianco
Dolomiti marble, and
floor-to-ceiling windowed
walls. European influences
are reflected in the interior
EDUCATION FIRST finishes, designed by David
Collins Studio, who are
BuckleyGrayYeoman has refurbished a Grade I listed responsible for creating
learning facility for leading independent language iconic international spaces
school, Education First in Brighton. Education First is such as The London NYC
a language school housed in an 18,000 sq ft, five storey Hotel, the apartment at
Regency building, which contains thirteen classrooms, The Connaught, The
two larger I-Labs for interactive learning, a lecture Wolseley, The Blue Bar at
theatre and a fully renovated cafeteria. To create an The Berkeley, and the
inspiring learning environment, BuckleyGrayYeoman London haunt Claridge’s
have added a strong contemporary twist to the rich Bar. The Charles offers
European style living in
historic layers of the existing Grade I listed building.
one of Manhattan’s most
The former narrow reception has been reconfigured
enduring and sophisticated
and turned into an open and welcoming area.
neighbourhoods.
Photography by Dirk Lindner.

AMOS GOLDREICH ARCHITECTURE walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom


and a floating sideboard in the living room.
COMPLETES PRIMROSE HILL APT Elsewhere, potential space has been
imaginatively deployed; a former wall
The scheme maximises the potential of this connections and a more coherent sense of cabinet now accommodates the guest WC.
60sqm, two-bedroom flat, improving usable progression from one space to the next. The choice of colour palette is deliberately
space and optimising natural light. The The previously, rather constrained single light in tone, further enhancing the
practice significantly reconfigured the bedroom has been enlarged, with additional apartment’s spatial volumes, while
apartment’s spatial layout, the relocated windows introducing much needed natural colourful furniture and accessories provide
kitchen, now open-plan, is seamlessly light. The reconfigured space also includes focus and variation. Amos Goldreich
integrated within the living area, while a a new bathroom. The apartment is finely Architecture is a London based architecture
window between the kitchen and the detailed, with bespoke joinery and practice established in 2010, offering a full
entrance hallway creates new visual imaginative storage solutions, such as a range of architecture services.

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Shortlist

Shortlist.
The first official shortlist of 2016 features right here! Last edition’s Shortlist didn’t count as we prepared it way before the
Christmas festivities. For your eyes only, we have gathered six inescapably fun concepts that challenge conventions and cele-
brate individuality in design. Copper clad cabinet, jewel-like ottoman or sledge ride chaise longues, you cannot deny that these
designs generate squeals of excitement in your design heart.

 PIX-IE
Designed by Ichiro Iwasaki, 2010, these little
gems of the soft seating world are too cute
to pass by. The graphic silhouette and
colour define the soft, generous volumes of
Pix. A family of ottomans, at once inviting
and iconic, Pix provides a casual touch of
comfort in both contract and residential
environments. The small one-seat and large
one, three and five-seat sizes (67, 87, 137
and 177 cm in diameter, respectively) are
available in a range of fabrics and colours
for the many combinations you’ll be thinking
up when playing designing with these.
 www.arper.com/en

A MATTER OF TIME .
At Salon QP last year, Marc Newson revealed his hourglass design, launched by
Editions in Time. Marc Newson has been described as the most influential designer
of his generation, creating everything from furniture and household objects to
bicycles, cars and signature sculptural pieces. The Hourglass piece is no exception to
his cabinet of curiosities, a beautifully sculptured, flowing time piece, available with
gold or silver balls inside the vessel. The Hourglass is a true engineering feat. Made
in Basel, Switzerland it is blown from a single piece of borosilicate glass, and it
contains millions of tiny spheres made of stainless steel. Each sphere is precisely 0.6
mm in diameter and coated with fine gold and silver. When the Hourglass is inverted,
the precision balls fall and bounce in an erratic but truly mesmeric way.
 marc-newson.com/

 ROCK ON
Studiofibre, the dynamic design studio that develops exceptional
spaces and bespoke furniture for the global offices of brands
including Net-a-Porter, Farfetch and notonthehighstreet.com,
has launched a retail capsule collection of contemporary
furniture, making pieces available to consumers for the first
time. The Pretzel Rocker was inspired by a classic rocking
chair. Determined to reimagine the comforting movement of a
rocking chair within the elegant design of daybed, Fiona and Ian
were influenced by the organic shape of a pretzel. The ultra-
modern Pretzel Rocker was born, a quirky twist on a
design-classic, which exposes the beauty of the plywood. The
Pretzel Rocker is £4,500.
 www.studiofibre.com | Photography by Pantling Studio

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 COPPER FEEL
Keir Townsend has collaborated with an Italian manufacturer to produce pieces of
designer furniture that not only create a focal point, but are almost certain to be
collectables of the future. The unique process of metal cladding entails applying strips
of different metals to wood surfaces of the furniture. The metals can be patinated to
different degrees creating a great variation of colour. Ideal for both contemporary and
classic homes, the Stars Collection of metal-clad furniture is very on-trend at the
moment with copper – in particular – enjoying a resurgence of popularity for cutting-
edge interior schemes. The sideboard is priced at £7,900 (exc VAT).
 www.keirtownsend.com

 ARTIST IMPRESSION
Deirdre Dyson presents nine arresting new designs that comprise
the 2016 Collection, entitled ‘Walking on Art’. Of the collection
Deirdre said, “The 2016 Collection is named after my recently
published book, ‘Walking on Art’, and is an evolution of the 2015
Illusion collection. There are nine designs, which feature blocks
of colour grading and chunks of silk, integrated in a way that will
play on light. I have combined strong and subtle tonal contrasts to
create optical illusions and added drama through splashes of  GAME ON
unexpected colour.” Shortlist features the Up and Over design. Jaime Hayon has created a collection inspired by sports, a
 www.deirdredyson.com theme in tune with Galerie kreo’s DNA. The inspiration of
sports allow the Spanish artist and designer to bring to life
cartoon-like pieces playing with metamorphosis, scales, and
disguises. The visual theme of sports also allows Hayon to
play with forms, colours, and patterns, graphic lines of
sports fields, aerodynamic curves, ergonomic structure.
Here the daybed Sledge Sofa plays on its resemblance with a
sledge or bobsleigh, conveying speed and recklessness only
here to invite sleep and relaxation, an oxymoron if you will.
 www.hayonstudio.com

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Project Gallery

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Project Gallery

PROJECT
GALLERY
Interior Design Today presents the Project
Gallery, a collection of spaces, residential and
commercial, that have been transformed into
beautiful interiors by some of the industry’s
greatest design talents. This edition look back
on some recent completions that serve a variety
of design purposes. Take for instance, the
design of the Southbank Place Marketing Suite
by Goddard Littlefair. The team were
commissioned to create a marketing space that
would reflect the design ethos of the homes
being created and due for completion in 2019.
The very best artwork, lighting and materials
were sourced to show potential buyers just what
level of luxury they could reach. The Alexander
McQueen store in Paris invites us in to a world
of beautiful fashion forward style and the store,
designed by the team at David Collins blends
seamlessly with the McQueen brand. Bandol is
an F&B project by Kinnersley Kent Design,
continuing the UKs appetite and indulgence in
industrial, earthy dining spaces. The
Metropolitan Como hotel offers a crisp, clean
stay in London with views of the park to boot.

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Bandol

SOUTH OF
FRANCE CHARM
Bandol, a new restaurant on Chelsea’s
Hollywood Road, delivers the cuisine of rustic
southern France from within a stunningly warm
and contemporary environment, featuring
copper, distressed oak, steel, concrete, brick,
smoked glass and artful lighting, as well as a
large central olive tree, designed by Kinnersley
Kent Design. The restaurant’s exterior fascia is
a re-working of an existing Victorian timber
shopfront, protected by Conservation Area
status and now re-painted in a mid-grey tone
with a hint of blue.
As customers enter the space, they are greeted by
two stunning feature areas, the bar to the left, lit
by a long display of 24 glass pendants spaced out
in different sizes, lengths and colours and a series
of four tables to the right, made of cantilevered, L-
shaped copper panels which continue as far as
one metre up the wall and are lit by bespoke
bare-bulb, copper pipe pendant lights. The wall
surround around the copper panels is in a
concrete render, with a rough finish to add
textural interest. Two further small tables in zinc
with white J77 chairs from Hay also sit directly
behind the glazed section of the fascia.
The bar features a bespoke 400mm wide/50mm
deep copper top, which extends via a bull-nosed
edge beyond the rough-rendered concrete bar
front, which uses the same finish as the right-side
wall. The bar back area is made up of a copper
piping framework with glazed shelving. White-
seated and timber-framed bar stools are by
Normann Copenhagen, whilst the bar-surround
flooring is in a series of dark and light grey
hexagonal concrete tiles with bold red grouting.
The chairs, which accompany the four, right-side
copper tables are in wicker, with black metal legs.
Flooring in this area and throughout the
remaining restaurant space is a sanded, aged and
stained oak, giving the impression of being
weathered and already in situ for some time.
The dramatic feature lighting display over the
bar includes glass pendants from Royal
Copenhagen, whilst the two-sizes of alternating
copper-and-wood pendant lighting to the rear of
the restaurant are from Libra. The lighting in the
semi-screened wine-store/dining areas is in the
form of hand-blown, smoked glass pendants
from Curiousa & Curiousa.
Tables in the main restaurant space are in
bespoke, patinated zinc, with natural wood and
pale grey chairs from Hay, from the J104 series.
There are also lower wicker chairs in the centre,
as well as two bespoke sets of banquettes.
www.kinnersleykentdesign.co.uk

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Alexander McQueen

FASHION FORWARD
Alexander McQueen has opened the inaugural
flagship store in Paris, France. Located on Rue
Saint-Honoré, the store features the retail
concept conceived by Sarah Burton, Creative
Director of Alexander McQueen and realised
together with David Collins Studio. The design
has been developed especially for Paris, with the
palette, interior architecture and materiality all
reflective of both the world of Alexander
McQueen and the building’s location, creating a
backdrop that is at once both classic and
contemporary, familiar and subversive. At 400
square metres, the retail space is spread over
two floors and will offer the most exclusive and
complete McQueen retail experience. The
building was designed by French architect
Robert de Cotte and dates from 1717. Design
elements have been carefully selected to sit
alongside the historical architecture with a
large, traditional Parisian timber double
doorway providing access and bringing context
to the store. Curated within the store is a
selection of special commissions and unique
pieces of mid-century style furniture selected to
enhance the interior. On the ground floor a love
seat sofa and two armchairs upholstered in
antique red and black velvet by Giò Ponti are
paired with a gilt bronze abstract sculptural
cocktail table by Fred Brouard. A sculptural
coffee table of a golden phoenix with illuminated
onyx wings by French sculptor Jacques Duval-
Brasseur sits in the evening wear area on the
lower ground floor, complemented by grey velvet
arm chairs from Guglielmo Veronesi.
www.davidcollins.com | www.abcdcs.com

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Project Gallery

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Metropolitan by Como

METROPOLITAN LIFE
Interior architects, Forme UK, completed the
refurbishment and fit out of The Metropolitan by
Como, the luxury hotel in central London overlooking
Hyde Park in 2015. The design team at Forme UK
was responsible for the design of the hotel’s interiors
over the past 10 years. This phase has involved
redesigning the public spaces of the reception, lobby
and all guest rooms, including the creation of nine
new suites and a re-configured 10th floor resulting in
an additional two opulently spacious Penthouses.
Forme UK sourced an eclectic mix of contemporary
furniture from the UK and Italy for comfort and purpose
with tactile upholsteries to add warmth and atmosphere
and tables of varying heights some with Emperador
marble inserts. Distinctive, beautifully crafted Kiko
stools have a charming organic appearance, which
interplays within the lobby space. The designers
retained the iconic sculptural clock and enhanced it with
luxurious burr walnut panelling which exudes
exceptional quality. The burr panelling extends behind
the new conceirge desk, discreetly housing storage to
assist with the easy running of this busy area.
The upholstery palette is influenced by the natural
beauty found within the flora of Hyde Park in shades
of green and berry complimented by rich walnut
timber in both burr and crown. A contemporary
lighting scheme is in place with fittings that enhance
features and detailing whilst also able to create
various moods and ambiance, depending on the
natural light. In addition, there are electrically
operated blinds, which drop from a discreet recess to
shield against the low sun later in the day. Along with
the refurbishment of the existing rooms, Forme UK
also cleverly created suites from larger awkward
shaped rooms resulting in separate sleeping and
lounge areas. The designers introduced fresh palettes
of natural hues and textures in the guest rooms.
www.forme.uk.com

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Project Gallery

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Southbank Place

COMMUNICATING
GOOD DESIGN
Interior designers Goddard Littlefair designed a
new Marketing Suite within the former Grade II*
listed County Hall building for developer
Braeburn Estates Ltd Partnership. The suite
serves as the sales and marketing hub for the
launch of the luxury residential offer that forms
part of the new Southbank Place development.
This major new scheme, scheduled for
completion in 2019, will bring high-end, riverside
living to the heart of London’s South Bank.
The commission to Goddard Littlefair for the
design of the Southbank Place Marketing Suite is
in addition to an earlier commission to design
two spas, public spaces and luxury residential
interiors schemes, forming later phases of this
landmark development.
The brief to Goddard Littlefair for the Marketing
Suite was to create a level of luxury detailing that
would instantly communicate the quality of
finishes of the final development. Almost every
element of furniture and decorative lighting
within the scheme has been bespoke-designed
by Goddard Littlefair. The scheme’s architectural
lighting, particularly in the exhibition area, was
created together with lighting designers
DesignPlusLight.
A rich palette of colours and texture was created
for the furniture and fabrics to ensure an elegant
and assured final scheme.
Artwork was a particular passion and interest for
the client on this scheme, with many original
pieces of sculpture and art forming part of the
finished environment. These range from the
highly contemporary work of Yi Dai (winner of the
2012 Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project) to more
classic bronze sculptures, mounted on plinths.
www.goddardlittlefair.com

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BIID Update

A NEW IDENTITY
THE BIID HAS LAUNCHED INTERIOR IDENTITIES: THE 2016 BIID ANNUAL CONFERENCE,
SET TO WOW CROWDS AT THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY IN LONDON ON 16TH JUNE 2016

The British Institute of concept of ‘identity’ in interior design and we hope for the Institute to present its Honorary Fellowships,
Interior Design (BIID) has will help our profession to understand and elevate its created to recognise those who have had a profound
revealed details of its fifth role in shaping the identity of place. We are looking impact on the development and success of the
annual conference, entitled forward to a hugely engaging, informative and interior design profession. Last year, the BIID
Interior Identities, which will entertaining day.” honoured influential design expert Zeev Aram OBE;
take place on Thursday 16th Presenters for the BIID Conference will be Christine Losecaat, creative industry strategist;
June 2016 at the Royal Geographical Society in announced in early 2016, with the event making its Kevin McCloud MBE, author, broadcaster and
London. debut at a new venue, the magnificent London designer; Dids Macdonald OBE, CEO of Anti Copying
Interior Identities will address the theme of identity headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society, in Design (ACID) and Martin Roth, the Director of the
in interior design. An impressive line-up of speakers overlooking Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Victoria and Albert Museum. Book your ticket now at
from different disciplines will explore how the Now in its fifth year, the BIID Conference is firmly the early bird rate.
identities of people, cultures and contexts intersect established as one of the most significant events in The BIID’s growing national and international
with and influence our interior environments. The the design calendar. Last year’s conference marked membership represents both the commercial and
theme will be approached from varying perspectives, the Institute’s landmark 50th anniversary and drew a residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. In
covering identities in relation to interior designers record audience of over 250 delegates from across addition to rigorous entry requirements that assess
and their clients, the spaces they create and the the design spectrum. Speakers included iconic training, experience and professionalism, the
places where these concepts are conceived. design expert Zeev Aram OBE; Editor of Elle Institute requires members to continue their
“The BIID is delighted to announce the 2016 annual Decoration, Michelle Ogundehin; critic and TV professional development throughout their career,
conference,” comments Daniel Hopwood, President presenter Tom Dyckhoff and international architect, ensuring their continued expertise in design
of the BIID. “The theme of this year’s conference interiors and furniture designer, Tomoko Azumi. process, practice and regulatory matters.
gives us a unique opportunity to dissect the complex Interior Identities will also provide the opportunity www.biid.org.uk

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Industry news

WALK THE PLANK


Wood floor designs from Kährs award-winning range, have been installed at
Admirals Quay, Southampton’s tallest development situated on the city’s
waterfront. The landmark marina project comprises three mixed-use glass-
clad towers designed by HGP Architects, for Allied Developments Ltd.
Kährs’ one-strip oak flooring was installed by Chelmer Flooring Ltd,
throughout apartments and duplex penthouses, for main contractor,
Bouygues UK, which is also working on the new Alexandra Wharf and
Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa development in the same area.
Admirals Quay is a stunning contemporary development situated on site of
the former Canute’s Pavilion Shopping Centre, at Ocean Village in
Southampton. It includes 299 homes and 2,800m2 of prime retail/restaurant
space, within a 26-storey building – with an elevated landscaped terrace -
and 30m/50m towers. Kährs’ specification totalled over 8,500 m2 and
included the one-strip design, Oak Brighton. Part of Kährs’ Sand Collection,
Oak Brighton is a rustic wood floor crafted in Sweden from sustainable
European timber. A white-toned matt lacquer prefinish gives the lively
surface an on-trend pale toned hue, whilst providing additional performance
and maintenance benefits. 023 9245 3045 | sales@kahrs.com

VICTORIAN BLUES
The Blues Kitchen has opened in Brixton, London. Located in what was once the old Electric Social
premises, the cavernous ground floor space is dominated by a flamboyant faience-fronted, ceramic
tiled bar, which has been designed and hand-manufactured by Craven Dunnill Jackfield. The
faience tiled bar stretches 10 metres long and is set off against a back-drop of white and blue brick
shaped ceramic tiles and amber dados, which define arched recessed areas. The venue promotes
its own BBQ and drink specialities by writing on the glazed tiles, which can easily be wiped clean
and fresh adverts promoted. The faience tiles at the front of the bar date back to the 1880’s in style
and are hand-made at Craven Dunnill Jackfield’s works up in Shropshire. There are five different
designs of tile, which clad both the bar and five floor-to-ceiling pillars. Each of the central, large
green tiles measure 245x 600mm and are convex, weighing around 10kg each. The deeply textured
relief design dates to the late 19th century and features a repeating urn motif; these tiles are
bordered by four styles of decorative blue and amber coloured dado tiles. The same designs are
featured on the 2.5m tall pillars, which are capped with deep capital tiles, decorated with an
acanthus leaf design. 01952 884124 | www.cravendunnill-jackfield.co.uk

FLOORS FOR DROPBOX


Dropbox has chosen a wood flooring design, from Kährs Grande
Collection, for its new EMEA headquarters in Dublin. The rustic, one-
strip wood floor, Oak Casa, has been installed throughout the canteen
and barista café within the project. All flooring was supplied by
TileStyle and fitted by T&I Fitouts. Designed by IA, New York in
collaboration with MOLA Architecture, Dublin, the Dropbox interior has
a simplistic design, featuring pale wall tones, patterned retro-style
feature walls and contemporary timber fittings and furnishings. Kährs
Oak Casa - with its warm tone and lively graining - provides a stunning
contrast and flows seamlessly throughout the space. Kährs Oak Casa
is designed in Sweden from sustainable European Oak. It has a one-
strip plank format, complemented by a bevelled edge along all four
sides. The board’s handscraped finish creates a tactile surface, whilst
Kährs durable Nature Oil prefinish promotes easy care. Kährs multi-
layered construction gives additional environmental and performance
benefits, including exceptional stability and suitability for installation
over underfloor heating. 023 9245 3045 | sales@kahrs.com
www.kahrs.com | contracts@tilestyle.ie | www.tilestyle.ie

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Spotlight

NEW DESIGN TEAM


DEANSWOOD INTERIORS TEAMS UP WITH NEW HOUSE TEXTILES TO PROVIDE DESIGNERS WITH AN EXTENSIVE
RANGE OF BLINDS TO CONTROL AND DIFFUSE NATURAL LIGHT THROUGHOUT HOMES AND INTERIORS

INTERIOR DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS force in blinds, offer the right quality, range and service’ applies more than ever as the clients of
CONTINUALLY STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE IN style to meet the demands of the discerning and interior designers and architects are becoming
DESIGN IN THE HOPE OF FULFILLING THEIR their designer clients. ever more discerning.
CLIENTS PRACTICAL AND EMOTIONAL BRIEFS. Deanswood Interiors and New House Textiles
EVERY ELEMENT OF DESIGN MUST BE have put together a range of on-trend roller 01634 814444 | www.deanswood.co.uk
ADDRESSED, FROM FLOOR PLAN TO blind fabrics to work with all window conditions.
STRUCTURAL WORK AND THE NATURAL LIGHT The Deanswood 2016 binder contains 190 fabric
VERSUS ARTIFICIAL LIGHT THAT THE samples of which, in keeping with trend and
DESIGNERS WILL BE WORKING WITH. demand, 70 per cent these are new fabrics. A
new collection of fabrics introducing colours,
Natural light is an important factor in the design designs, textures to include the latest in subtle
process and the treatment of covering the treatments.
window is integral to the final finish of the space Deanswood Interiors is focused on producing the
as light can flood and affect the space and layout best work for their designer clients. Their expert
of the interior. skills in manufacture and installation of elegant
The Deanswood Interiors team always provide blinds and curtains is of the utmost importance.
the best advice, whether for contemporary, It is an ethos that is carried through every
modern or traditional design style in window element of the Deanswood operating process.
treatments. In giving the best advice the An exacting computer-based process called
Deanswood team considered the many aspects the DiDii system, owes a great deal to an in-
of roller blind fabrics and how they work within house quality control system, designed by the
the window space to make the most of what sons of the original founders of the business.
natural light is available. The strict quality control of the DiDii system is
Not too long ago blinds were used to screen mainly responsible for the continuing ability of
windows, today they can help transform rooms. the talented people who make up the
It is important to Deanswood to get the window Deanswood Interiors team to provide their best
adornments right for their clients and research service to clients.
has indicated that New House Textiles, a creative The Deanswood motto ‘Last on site, first in

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Industry news

GEORGIAN PROPORTIONS
When Georgina Turvey from PEEK Architecture + Design was faced with
this empty site near Richmond, she was given a brief to create a classic
and traditional new house, undertaking the planning permissions to the
construction, interiors and furnishing.
The strategy for the interiors of the house ‘Wildcroft’ was integral to the
scheme, and the layout was formulated with the more formal spaces to
the front of the house, and the open plan kitchen in an additional wing to
the rear. The objective was to create a home inspired by perfect Georgian
proportions, symmetry and space, but to house modern living and to be as
energy efficient as possible. It was paramount that light and circulation
were considered in all aspects of the design.
The vertical axis of the house is also key, and when entering through the
front door, the eyes are drawn up the large stone, staircase leading to the
landings above. A triple height space is created from the void between
stairs and landings, with a large glazed lantern rooflight over. The hallway
is tiled in White Emperdor marble with a 2 tone trim consisting of Grey
Marquina and Fumed Emperador to the perimeter, following the curve of
the stairs (from Mandarin Stone). The stair balustrade is made from raw
metal spindles and a natural oak handrail, by Crafted Handrails.
For the furnishing of the project and the artworks selected, Georgian
motifs and style were an inspiration. The pineapple motif is featured
several times, harking back to the times of Joseph Paxton and the
pineapple as a symbol of hospitality. Botanical pictures adorn walls framed
by paneling and architectural details, and contemporary artwork from
James Cooper is featured in the cinema room and master bedroom.
Wildcroft achieves a classic and period inspired new build, without the
pastiche nature of many others. The layout and interior principles, stay
true to the Georgian ideals, and the end result is a timeless piece of
architecture and interior design.
georgina@peekarchitecture.co.uk | www.peekarchitecture.co.uk

ASIAN DESIGN SCENE


MAISON&OBJET ASIA has set itself up as a key meeting place
for the Asian market. Now in its third year, the show has found
its audience, attracting interior designers and architects but
also property developers and hospitality professionals coming to
discover Asian rising brands, future trends and market
development in the region. Its strong commitment to excellence
and high-end products and solutions led the show to become a
trendsetter of the Asia-pacific market. Among the 300 brands
presented at the show, 40 per cent are exclusive to M&O ASIA
and won’t be seen at any other shows. With 9,147 visitors in
2014, M&O ASIA is also a great networking platform to gather
key buyers with specifiers, not only coming from Asia but from
all around the globe. As with MAISON&OBJET PARIS (2 to 6
September 2016) and MAISON&OBJET AMERICAS (11 to 13 May
2016), MAISON&OBJET ASIA awards its own Designer of the
Year and Rising Talents, acting as a curator of the Asian design
scene. For 2016, MAISON&OBJET ASIA has selected the
prominent interior designer/architect André Fu as Designer of
the year, who will present its bathroom collection for Cooper &
Graham during the event. “MAISON&OBJET embraces the spirit
of contemporary lifestyle and is a genuine celebration of modern
artisanship”, says Fu. Six Asian Rising Talents have been
awarded in 2016 and will put their creation on display at the
show: LAB DE STU (Australia), Chihiro Tanaka (Japan), Stanley
Ruiz (Phillipines), Lekker Architects (Singapore), KIMU (Taiwan)
and Ease Embroidery Design (Thailand). MAISON&OBJET ASIA
takes place from 8 to 11 March 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands
Expo and Convention Centre, and in partnership with the
SINGAPORE DESIGN WEEK. www.maison-objet.com/en/asia

28 Interior Design Today March 2016


Spotlight

THE ART OF BRITISH CERAMICS


PRODUCING CERAMIC ART OF THE VERY HIGHEST QUALITY IN THE HEART OF WORCESTERSHIRE, CHAMBERLAIN & CO
IS A NEW LUXURY FINE BONE CHINA BRAND, WITH STATEMENT PIECES DESIGNED TO ENHANCE AND EMBELLISH INTERIORS

First impressions are important and the “Re-imagined for modern luxury interiors, delicate vignettes of flowers and leaves and
Chamberlain Witley vase, standing 85cm tall, will Chamberlain & Co’s debut collections can only be Chamberlain Black is an innovative range
certainly amaze clients. The Witley is a fitting described as “a celebration of British ceramic decorated to deliver unrivalled contrast and impact.
piece to enhance any project and a great piece to skills” not only in the production techniques used It’s simply Spectacular.
introduce Chamberlain & Co, into interior but also the hand painted illustrations that adorn “The handmade nature of our products makes each
spaces. the surface. piece and an individual work of art, consequently
“The elegant shapes and intricate patterns of the designs can be customised to suit particular tastes
Championing Worcestershire art and the expert launch collections are inspired by the rich heritage – maximising appeal for a particular customer or
English ceramic skills that have been handed down of British ceramics and ornamental design, the market, the company is perfectly positioned to
from generation to generation, Chamberlain & Co themes of heritage, botanicals and Georgian undertake bespoke commissions, and this has been
is committed to creating exclusive and unique splendour, alongside a dash of chinoiserie, grass roots of the company recent growth, as in
ornamental ceramics of the very highest quality. reflecting themes from the original Chamberlain reality each piece is bespoke.
David Leader, Operations Manager, Chamberlain & Works that are as relevant today as they were then. “Nothing rivals the beauty of bespoke handmade,
Co, commented, “In a world where much is mass The George III collection is a celebration of hand-painted English fine bone china and those
produced, we believe there is an appreciation of, Georgian heritage; the Imperial Imari collection, who seek the very best prestige statement pieces
and demand for, handmade British products of the inspired by oriental porcelain, is a nod to should not have to compromise – Chamberlain
highest quality. The Chamberlain & Co artists are Chamberlain as one of the first British makers to can make that difference,” concludes David.
handpicked and we believe to be the most talented recreate the most distinctive designs known as Merebrook Business Park, Hanley Road, Malvern,
in England, with long and distinguished pedigree’s Imari; Heritage Garden, a china and chinoiserie Worcestershire, WR13 6NP
in Worcestershire ceramics, skills that have been influenced design featuring floral sprays that 01684 311704 | enquiries@chamberlainco.co.uk
passed down through the generations. weave around the shapes, interspersed with www.chamberlainco.co.uk

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Sleep review

DESIGN DAY AND NIGHT


CELEBRATING ITS 10TH YEAR, SLEEP RAISED THE BAR YET AGAIN AT LONDON’S
BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE BACK IN NOVEMBER 2015, WITH A WONDERLAND FIT FOR ANY QUEEN OF HEARTS

A RECORD-BREAKING COUNT OF OVER 4,000 SNOOZEBOX association with Sleeper. Inspired by Lewis
GLOBAL VISITORS EXPERIENCED BEAUTIFULLY A new format from portable hotel designers Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in its
CONSTRUCTED DISPLAYS FROM TOP Snoozebox was unveiled in the forecourt of the 150th anniversary year, the studio created a
INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS AND BDC. A flexible concept called STAGEzzz created magical escape that played with scale and
EXPERIENTIAL INSTALLATIONS THAT by competition winner OHØYstudio used products perception to deliver a whimsical charm.
VENTURED INTO THE FRONTIERS OF and technology from sponsors Egger and ABB.
IMAGINATION. AN ILLUMINATING CONFERENCE The team of three international architects based CONVERSATION
PROGRAMME SAW AUTHORITATIVE DESIGN in Norway created an elegant yet uncomplicated Three designers were given the one word brief
VOICES POSE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HOTEL solution, a piece of “superfurniture” that ‘Convergence’ and asked to explore the potential
SECTOR TODAY AND SHARE THEIR VISION FOR functions as a stage while storing folding for shared spaces in hotels. Il Prisma Group,
TOMORROW’S HOTELS. furniture, linen, mattresses and luggage. Perkins +Will and The Manser Practice unleashed
their vision through conceptual instillations and
INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE WEAVING A WONDERTALE on the conference stage. Hoteliers and designers
German lighting legend Ingo Maurer made his UK The Sleep Set installations offered abundant are challenged to embrace the untethered
debut at this year’s Sleep, while other international inspiration for hotel groups and owners to think lifestyle of smart workers and digital travellers
companies like Turkish furniture manufacturer more about what is possible. Guided by this year’s and activate their public spaces. The conversation
Parla Design, Spanish outdoor furniture brand theme “Wonder Tale”, five competing teams from is sure to continue...
Vondom, Contardi Lighting from Italy, and Areen Hospitality, Anita Rosato, THE STUDIO at
Lightyears from Denmark joined the line-up. Harrods, Shaun Clarkson ID and Oliver Heath THE CONFERENCE
Design + Interface Hospitality designed and built This year’s conference reflected the vigour of the
BEST OF BRITISH guestrooms inspired by the essence of fairytales, current market with speakers such as Nick Jones
Britain was well represented too, with textile tapping into the prevailing hotel design culture of revealing to Robin Hutson his recipe for success
company Walker Greenbank Contracts launching “storytelling”, but with the richer, darker and with Soho House. The Convergence designers
its new digital portal Style Library Contract and potentially more disruptive notion of the surreal. and Sleep Set contestants spoke of fresh design
product line Anthology at Sleep, Perrin & Rowe Shaun Clarkson ID took the prize. interpretations while challenging the norm.
debuted at Sleep with its new Deco Collection Next year, Sleep will be held on 22nd and 23rd
created in collaboration with design studio WONDERLAND November in London’s Business Design Centre.
Goddard Littlefair, and returning to the show, Guided by the same fantastical Wonder Tale brief, Register your interest for Sleep 2016 now!
Dare Studio showcased its 2015 collections. Conran+Partners designed the Drink Me Bar, in www.thesleepevent.com

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Sleep review

COMFORTABLE OUTDOORS
Coco Wolf announced the launch of their British-made bespoke luxury
outdoor furniture at the Sleep Event. Identifying a niche in the market for
elegant and durable furniture that is made to live outdoors, Coco Wolf
was founded in 2014 by sisters Rebecca Le Noel and Claudine Davis and
their partners. The ethos of the brand is to provide a seamless flow of
living areas into the exterior space. Two years of research and
development has led to uniquely designed furniture that withstands the
rain, wind and sun using breathable and hard-wearing materials that are
also sustainable. Implementing the latest technology the rain will glide
off or through the ventilated pieces and, whilst the British weather isn’t
reliable, the furniture frames are guaranteed for five years. Hand-crafted
in Britain, the beautifully upholstered products feature reticulated quick
dry foam cushions and padding. High quality fabrics that are treated to
withstand water saturation and stains are used to cover the furniture,
providing luxury and comfort combined with durability. This innovation
allows for each piece of furniture to sit comfortably outside all year round,
without removing the cushioning, while retaining the style, quality and
attention to detail of high-end interior furniture. www.cocowolf.co.uk

V FOR VITRA
Vitra is redefining bathroom standards with a range of complementary
products that are technically beautiful, as demonstrated at the Sleep
Event last year. The V-Care shower toilet from Vitra (which incorporates
all the cleansing properties of a bidet with the functionality of a WC)
has all the features a user could wish for, whether it’s variable washing
and drying temperatures or automatic seat opening. It also boasts
beautiful design aesthetics. The V-Care has been designed to discretely
hide its technical features within its sleek lid, letting it seamlessly
integrate into any bathroom scheme. The Water Jewels metallic basins
are also a technical and beautiful product. VitrA developed a Physical
Vapor Deposition coating to resist water droplets to maintain the highly
glossy finish. Testament to its outstanding aesthetics and quality, the
Water Jewels collection has received the iF Product Design Award 2013
and Good Design Award 2012. The practical nature of the bathroom is
always fully considered and so this type of easy-clean finish is
consistent throughout the portfolio. The ceramic Memoria basins are
also designed to resist marks even on the matt finishes, ensuring the
bathroom always looks its best. 01235 750990 | www.vitra.co.uk

LAY IN BETTE
Bette used Sleep as the UK hotel launch platform for an innovative new range,
the ground-breaking BetteLux Shape. The company also showcased additional
bath, shower floor, washbasin and furniture innovations, as well as
communicating its 30 year warranty and high level of flexibility in terms of range,
size, colour and bespoke options. The BetteLux Shape is a new concept in baths,
washbasins and accessories, which takes its inspiration from ‘inside/outside’
constructions in modern architecture and places the soft and flowing shape of the
BetteLux bath and washbasin in an open steel frame. The baths and washbasins
are enamelled on both the inside and the outside, in either white or black,
allowing the eye to focus on the shape, which is visible from all sides and is
accentuated with a choice of colours in the steel frame. Bette also showcased its
enamelled steel BetteFloor Side, flush-to-floor shower area. Available in a wide
range of sizes and colours, it is now available with a barely-visible anti-slip option,
as well as an integral enamelled steel upstand, which means there is no need for
silicone where the shower floor meets the wall tiles. Bette has launched a new
anti-slip option for its enamelled steel shower floors, which provides a high level
of slip resistance and safety but is barely visible, so does not detract from the
elegant enamelled steel surface. 0844 800 0547 | www.bette.co.uk

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Sleep review

AN INDUSTRIAL
REVELATION
Astro’s Atelier range has been created to evoke
the type of task-lamp you would find in a
craftsman’s workshop of old: think toolmaker,
architect or jewellery designer. It has fully-
articulated joints to provide maximum
adjustability. James Bassant, who conceived the
range, and Rob Speck who engineered it, decided
to highlight the design of these joints by leaving
them in a raw polished aluminium finish,
regardless of the colour of the lamp (they come in
white, black or natural aluminium). Atelier come
a wide range of options, including table, clamp,
wall and floor versions in all three finishes.
Atelier retails from around £180 for the wall light
to £350 for the floor light.
www.astrolighting.co.uk

ALL THAT GLITTERS


Mirrors expert, Dominic Schuster, has used his alchemy again to
create an updated version of antiqued mirror inspired by that most
precious of metals, gold. The result is Fossil Gold, a mirror finish
which features the unique degradation found in old mercury and
silver-backed mirror but with golden sparkle. The Fossil element
comes from the ‘fossil’ patches, which make this pattern distinctive,
as well as a high concentration of colour overall. The Standard
Range collection consists of the go-to finishes for antiqued mirror,
ranging from the heaviest antiquing in the bold Heavy Mercury
finish, to the gorgeous Light Speckle finish that could be seen in the
mirrors provided for the Areen Hospitality guestroom at Sleep 2016,
to create a dreamy, heavenly space. All of Dominic Schuster’s
mirrors are made to order and on a bespoke basis at his studio in
South West London. A full service from survey to installation is
available. The mirrors have been used in international as well as
domestic schemes, and recent projects include mirrors for a hotel
in Miami as well as a large residential project in London.
020 8874 0762 | info@dominic-schuster.com

CERAMIC INSPIRATION
Attending the Sleep Event once again, global bathroom
manufacturer Roca presented their largest stand so far,
showcasing a selection of new collections relevant for the
specification market in the Design Gallery area of the
tradeshow. Central to the exhibition space was the new
Inspira range, a collection created using FINECERAMIC™,
Roca’s exclusive ceramic material, which is 40 per cent
lighter yet 30 per cent stronger, allowing for slim,
sophisticated design details and shapes. Visitors were also
able to view the new Modo collection, a made-to-measure
range comprising basins, baths and shower trays made
entirely from Surfex™, a solid surface material that can be
configured to suit the needs and requirements of every
space for a seamless finish. Roca’s stand highlighted their
relevance to the hospitality sector through an inspiring
space that featured everything from tiles and brassware to
sanitaryware and the latest innovations for the bathroom.
020 7610 9503 | www.uk.roca.com

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A GAME OF DECEPTION
skai® artificial leather has achieved the status of excellence
with it’s clever artificial leather concepts. As a result skai®
has reached out for something else, a material with no
natural reference. The result is skai® Tolaris EN. The optical
illusion of the extraordinary upholstery material equally
enchants and fascinates with a striking, three-dimensional
effect of depth. As in a game of deception, the impression of
the surface changes depending upon the viewing angle and
lighting. The innovative material is also impressive due to its
tactile finesse. Even jury members of renowned awards
called it a favorite. During the last 12 month the novelty was
named Interior Innovation Award – Winner 2015 and
received the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 as well as
the Materialica Design + Technology Award 2015 – GOLD.
skai® is exclusively distributed in the UK and Northern
Ireland by Malone Fabrics Ltd.
02895 211888 | sales@malonefabrics.co.uk
www.malonefabrics.com | www.skai.com

SOLID SURFACING
Keramag Design is strengthening the trend for solid surfacing in the
bathroom with a Varicor® washbasin that majors on streamlined design and
contemporary aesthetics, and introduces chic ultra-matt furniture in white
and a vogue new grey colour into its collections. The Varicor® solid surface
washbasin, available in two luxury sizes of 1400mm and 1600mm, has been
added to Keramag Design’s distinctive Xeno² collection, designed by Robin
Platt. The slimline basin is precision crafted from 12mm solid surface in a
free-flowing design that is elegant and contemporary, while the seamless
ultra-smooth surface is warm to the touch and easy to clean and maintain.
Reflecting the growing trend for matt textures over gloss, style gurus will
also appreciate the introduction of the new matt grey and white colours
onto all furniture options on the myDay collection and a new matt white
finish onto Xeno² vanity units. Offering a stylish answer to bathroom
storage, the myDay tall unit in ultra-matt grey features interior lighting, a
material mix of a matt grey exterior and glass and woodgrain shelves
inside, a hanging storage pouch that optimises the dead space on the
interior of the door and a useful magnetic strip for storing small items such
as nail scissors and tweezers. 01270 871756 | www.keramagdesign.com

A PERFECT PAIR
Delius featured at the Sleep Event in 2015
with new collections. Cascade is a high
quality Jacuard with a soft drape and a
natural handle. The colours of the wavery
stripes intermingle softly. This intentional
mixture forms a wonderful two-colour
appearance, which is underlined by the
colour selection. The natural background
creates the perfect basis for the
harmonious colour selection. Nine colour
combinations are available. Asmera is an
all-over Jacquard design, which goes well
with Cascade. The two draperies form as a
perfect pair due to their matching colour
effects. Again, nine impressive colour
combinations are available.
+49(0)521 543 309 | info@deliustextiles.de
www.delius-contract.de

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ASK THE DESIGNER…


WHAT WAS YOUR DESIGN HIGHLIGHT OF 2015?

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MUST HAVE MARBLE


The Architectural team at Chesney's can create
absolutely anything out of solid marble or stone. Whether
it is a bath, a cantilevered staircase, a sink or an entire
building facade, the result is guaranteed to look stunning.
This magnificent bath, sculpted from a single block of
Italian Carrara marble, is a masterpiece in carving, with
its delicate rendering of classical drapery. The bath is
from £15,000 and can be made completely to bespoke
sizes. Chesney’s Architectural offers a service for the
design and manufacture of all architectural stone and
marble work and has successfully completed a wide
variety of projects of significant scale and challenging
complexity. The technical skills that Chesney’s has
acquired over the past 25 years in developing its unique
range of hand carved fireplaces, have enabled Chesney’s
Architectural to undertake a wide variety of projects that
require execution of the most challenging work in solid
stone and marble. 020 7978 7224 | www.chesneys.co.uk

ROPE BOUND
Designed by London based architects Bureau de Change, this range established the
brand’s ethos in creating innovative design products, which are shaped by a desire for an
ecological approach and the use of natural materials, traditional techniques and quality
craftsmanship. The essence of the collection is drawn from the brand’s origins in Greece,
inspired by a wish to utilise talented local craftsmen and draw their skills out from the
shadows of industrial manufacture. Single lengths of 100 per cent cotton rope bind chair
frames together, giving them rigidity, a concept, which exemplifies the use of traditional
techniques as a platform for innovation. Handcraftsmanship is enhanced by
nanotechnology, which repels dirt from the cotton textile, increasing its longevity. The
collection is made up of handwoven walnut framed seating, substantial marble and
timber dining tables, a coffee table and room divider. The depth and richness of the woven
surfaces are amplified by clean, graphic forms across the range and their combination
with highlights of glossy marble and brass.
info@efasma.co.uk | Images courtesy of Eliot Postma

RETAIL BLUEPRINT
Portview Fit-Out completed work for luxury retailer Harvey
Nichols on its new store in Birmingham. Designed by retail
specialist Virgile + Partners, the new concept store is the
blueprint for all future Harvey Nichols stores. The Portview
team worked with Carlos Virgile’s “controlled disruption”
concept to deliver the 45,000 sq ft “all on one floor” layout.
Virgile took an eclectic approach to materials, using
contrasting rough and smooth surfaces and a variety and
quirkiness in the furniture to create a unique design
vocabulary. Simon Campbell, Managing Director, Portview
said: “We have worked with Harvey Nichols on several of
their recent projects and are delighted to be part of this
design evolution. Customers will experience the highest
quality in the new store, with no detail overlooked. We
believe we have delivered a fit-out of distinction in an
environment of ground-breaking style.” 02890 644765 |
info@portview.co.uk | www.portview.co.uk

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SCANDINAVIAN
UPDATE
Junckers added a new look to its
collection of parquet floors in 2015. The
Single Stave Blocks floor were given a
contemporary, Scandinavian update with
Rustic White Oil. Made in solid oak
blocks available in two sizes, Single
Stave Blocks can be laid in several
patterns, including basket weave,
herringbone and ladder. More shades,
such as Anthracite Grey, Black, Walnut,
Cherry and Mahogany, can be achieved
with Junckers Rustic Oil, an easy to apply
and also be over coated with a water-
based matt lacquer for durability.
01376 534 700 | @junckersfloors
www.junckers.co.uk

HEAVY METAL
Staffan Tollgård Design Store welcomed the Yoroi
sideboard to its collection in September 2015. A leathery
and shimmering skin of metal dresses the elegant form of
this sideboard, bringing hints of Deco to a thoroughly
modern piece. Inspired formally by the armour of the
Samurai, designer Allesandro Masturzo has perfectly
proven that manufacturer De Castelli’s ability with metal
knows no bounds. Both beautiful and useful, the leaves of
copper conceal unexpected places to guard secrets: a large
central drawer, two hidden drawers and two curved side
doors. A combination of inspiring design with sophisticated
crafting and finishing processes has resulted in a piece that
is utterly unique. The Design Store is a light-filled 3500
square foot flagship space and overlooks the docks of
Grosvenor Waterside, a few minutes’ walk away from the
Design district of Pimlico Road. A personally curated
selection of the best of contemporary design is set within a
beautifully designed space. www.tollgard.co.uk

OPTIMISED GLASS
Guardian Industries’ Glass Group in the UK, a leading supplier of
industry-leading commercial, residential and interior glass
products, introduced the latest version (2.0) of its Acoustic
Calculator, an industry tool that helps glass and building
professionals identify the best insulating glass unit (IGU)
configuration to meet a project’s specific glazing requirements.
This latest version, available free of charge, now offers access to
more than 37,000 calculated acoustic values and provides the
acoustic performance for some of the most obscure insulating
glass unit configurations, such as thick glass and thick
laminated constructions. The Acoustic Calculator 2.0 is mobile
and tablet optimised. The different types of glass covered by the
Acoustic Calculator include standard float glass, laminated glass
which offers enhanced performance in terms of safety and sound
control, and Guardian LamiGlass® Sound Control, which
combines excellent acoustic performance with all the benefits of
traditional laminated safety glass with a clearly measurable
improvement in noise reduction. www.guardianglass.co.uk

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MEWS MUSE
PEEK ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN’S LATEST SCHEME ON PAVILION ROAD,
KNIGHTSBRIDGE, LONDON, DEFINES A DIFFERENT KIND OF MEWS HOUSE AESTHETIC

THIS PAVILION ROAD, KNIGHTSBRIDGE ‘Galleria Industrial Wire Pendant’. The end result is a calm and tranquil home, with
PROPERTY, PRESENTED PEEK ARCHITECTURE The staircase is constructed from a cut steel honest, industrial elements, harking back to the
+ DESIGN WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A stringer with open oak treads. Georgina wanted an buildings roots as a mews house.
NEW KIND OF MEWS AESTHETIC. industrial bronze finish to the metal work, so they 0207 7343094
were recommended Anderson & Walters, who georgina@peekarchitecture.co.uk
Georgina Turvey of PEEK Architecture commented, expertly applied a hand finish to create the look. www.peekarchitecture.co.uk
“We were aiming to create a refreshing antithesis Internal glass panels serving the first floor
from the usual style prevalent of the high-end reception and the basement media room provide
residential market in this area. We specified an abundance of natural light from the staircase
Scandinavian inspired timber cladding, used with rooflight above, flooding the centre of the
different mixes of muted stones and tiles with the house with daylight.
aim of achieving a light and fresh palate’’. The The new basement level installed, has 3.2m
outcome certainly makes for a surprisingly bright ceilings, feeling unexpectedly voluminous. The
and airy haven in this tight mews site. comfortable media room has a long wall of useful
The existing building had a new basement and spray lacquered storage complete with mood
mansard roof extension installed, doubling the size lighting. The textured carpet, bordered with an oak
of the property. The kitchen and living space to the trim, is from Crucial Trading’s ‘Wool N Country’
ground floor, has a natural look European oak range, and along with the Thai silk wallpaper from
engineered floor from the Reclaimed Flooring the ‘Seraph’ range at Altfield Ltd, creates a cozy
Company. The kitchen is a bespoke designed piece feel for movie nights in.
by PEEK Architecture. They worked closely with A guest bedroom with ensuite shower room, are
the team who manufactured this, and the rest of positioned adjacent. The generous height of the
the joinery in the project, Joiners Art. The worktop shower room is ecsentuated with vertical, linear
is a Silestone reconstituted stone, with the cladding in oak and rib cut Bianco Carrara
splashback being a beautiful book matched ‘Bambo’ marble tiles, from Stone House Tiles. The
‘Atlantic Stone’ slab, mixed with back-painted mansard roof, houses the spacious master suite.
glass. Dynamic shadows are cast onto a curved It is evident that the quality and texture of the
wall in the lobby, from Alexander and Pearl’s materials, was at the forefront of the design intent.

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THAT’S A WRAP
Billiani introduced a new multi-purpose chair, now available in the UK
from Design & Contract Furniture. The new Billiani ‘Wrap’ chair is the
company’s latest addition to its growing collection and is an affordable yet
high quality, stylish option for large scale seating requirements in
restaurants, cafes and bars. The versatile seat can also be used for
reception areas and rooms in hotels that wish to add an element of class
and comfort to their customer seating areas. The chair takes its
inspiration from one of Billiani’s existing top end products and the
original of its kind, the ‘Croissant’ chair, designed by Emilio Nanni.
Although made to a lower price point, the new Wrap chair still reflects the
elegance and beauty that comes with the Billiani name. The Wrap chair
expresses pure quality and elegance from its beech wood frame through
to its seamless curved back and arm support. The chair’s design
conceals all fixtures for an immaculate appearance compared with others
on the market. The Wrap chair can be ordered in a wide selection of
colours and fabrics to match or contrast with any colour scheme, using
Billiani’s range of fire retardant materials.
01344 628 108 | sales@designcontracts.com | www.designcontracts.com

MID CENTURY MONTEREY


Designed by Mark Tyrie, the Monterey armchair was awarded the
‘Best Chair Design’ designation at the 2014 International Casual
Furniture and Accessories Show. It was inspired by the mid-century
modern movement and features a teakwood frame. Over 200 feet of
all-weather woven cord go to make up each chair.
The Monterey tables combine a hard-wearing ‘high-fired’ Italian
ceramic top; a powder-coat tubular aluminium sub-frame for
strength; and a teakwood outer frame.. Tables have precision
height levelling adjusters and come in a variety of size and shape.
To keep the furniture pristinem, tailored furniture covers are
available for the 320cm rectangular table/10 chair set.
01376 557 600 | sales@teak.com | www.TEAK.com

BREAKING THE
DESIGN CODE
Aliva UK provided a luxury finish for the entrance hall of a state-of-
the-art office development and datacentre for software firm CDL.
CDL Group chairman and co-founder Tom Hogg handed Aliva a
brief for The Codeworks that included a natural stone entrance hall
floor and 12m high lift shaft at the company’s riverside campus.
Aliva, a UK leader in façades and interior finishes, executed an
interior that incorporated more than 200 sqm of grey Jura
limestone with tight 5mm joints and monolithic corners to give a
traditional stone-built look. Justin Price, Sales Director, Aliva, said:
“Aliva took CDL’s vision and our expert design team translated it
into a stand-out finish, incorporating high quality natural materials
that give a very modern and unusual feel.” Tom Hogg commented:
“The quality of materials and work from Aliva UK were excellent,
and the combination of stone and glass effectively evokes the
binary code concept that lay behind the design. The new building
looks stunning.” 01189 635900 | www.alivauk.com | @AlivaUK

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PURPOSE AND BEAUTY


“A PERMANENT COLLECTION DESIGNED TO MEET FULLY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MODERN LIVING”
GEORGE NELSON, 1952

AT HERMAN MILLER, THEY BELIEVE WHAT THEY share Herman Miller’s particular attitudes.” ottoman options adapt easily to meet the evolving
MAKE IS IMPORTANT. THIS TRUISM, ALONG WITH At Herman Miller, they believe there is a market needs of a casual yet sophisticated space. The
MANY OTHERS (THAT PRODUCTS MUST BE for good design. It is what has compelled the Wireframe Sofa Group is a thoughtful solution for
HONEST AND THAT THERE IS ALWAYS A MARKET company to create inventive, design-driven the way we live today.
FOR GOOD DESIGN) WERE FIRST ARTICULATED solutions to life’s everyday problems for over a
IN GEORGE NELSON’S INTRODUCTION TO THE century, and it continues to drive Herman Miller NOGUCHI RUDDER TABLE
1948 HERMAN MILLER COLLECTION CATALOGUE, in creating products that are as purposeful as DESIGNED BY ISAMU NOGUCHI
AND THEY CONTINUE TO INFORM THE HERMAN they are beautiful. Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi
MILLER AGENDA TODAY. WHETHER IT’S IN THE believed his task as an artist was to shape space, to
HOME OR THE OFFICE OR ANY PLACE IN WIREFRAME SOFA GROUP give it order and meaning. His extraordinary range
BETWEEN, THEY BELIEVE THAT A WELL- DESIGNED BY SAM HECHT & KIM COLIN of projects included playgrounds and plazas, stage
CONSIDERED ENVIRONMENT HELPS DEFINE Taking steel wire, a material long revered in the sets, gardens, stone-carved busts, and Akari paper
AND ADD VALUE TO WORK AND LIFE. Herman Miller Collection for its strength and lights, as well as furniture for Herman Miller. Two
utility, Sam Hecht and Kim Colin have created a years after the introduction of his famous glass-
To assemble the collection, timeless pieces from versatile seating group that answers today’s topped table, Noguchi created the Rudder Table.
Herman Miller’s archives, all of which were need for comfort and durability. The designers Taking its name from the shape of its single wood
designed to be highly adaptive and versatile in chose to work with wire because, explains support, the table’s base is rounded out by two
their own right, were the starting point. These Hecht, “With an economy of material, a wire simple metal hairpin legs. With a biomorphic
pieces have not only been restored to meet the frame acts as a strong and graceful ‘container’ shape, the Rudder Table enjoys a visual lightness
designers’ original intent, but have also been for the human body.” and a material affinity with other pieces in the
updated to meet contemporary standards of The sofa’s multi-layered, upholstered foam Herman Miller Collection.
sustainability and durability. Additionally, Herman cushions provide a strong visual counterpart to This updated archival design was adapted in
Miller are committed to developing new furniture the steel frame and render it about half the collaboration with the Noguchi Foundation and is
and accessories with today’s most talented weight of conventional sofas. Further, the sofa’s available in walnut, ebony, or white ash.
designers who provide a bridge between Herman sophisticated suspension technology is installed
Miller’s past and future, reaffirming Nelson’s in the base of the frame, adding extra durability
belief that the “programme is strengthened by and comfort. Available in a white or black frame, 0845 226 7202 | www.hermanmiller.co.uk
the participation of a group of designers who the two or three seat sofa and club chair and 61 Aldwych, London WC2B 4AE

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IN SYNC
Following the successful launch of three
synchronised pore textures in 2014, the EGGER
Zoom range was updated with three new Feelwood
decors including one brand new texture. Using
advanced surface technology the decor is aligned to
the texture to create a registered surface finish. The
new texture added to the Feelwood range is ST37
Halifax Oak, which is available in two colourways,
H1180 ST37 Natural Halifax Oak and H1181 ST37
Tobacco Halifax Oak. The finish features deep cracks
and knots to meet the increasing demand for more
rustic materials. Another new decor to be
introduced is H3342 ST28 Sepia Gladstone Oak to
complement the existing ST28 series which
comprises three decors; H3325 ST28 Tobacco
Gladstone Oak, H3309 ST28 Sand Gladstone Oak and
H3326 ST28 Grey Beige Gladstone Oak. The latest
update from EGGER includes seven new decors.
0845 606 8888 | www.egger.co.uk

FLIP THE SWITCH


Decorex 2015 was the ideal platform for Hamilton Litestat to
showcase its portfolio of switch and socket wall plate designs,
as well as its lighting control and multi-room audio systems.
With Hamilton on trend and inspirational design combines
with smart technology to offer interiors professionals an array
of irresistible options. When it comes to the exceptional or
something unique for that special project, Hamilton is the
natural choice, offering non-standard plates in a special finish
or colour, made to client’s own design requirements. Using
Hamilton’s bespoke design and manufacturing service, tailor-
made prototypes can be created to a highly finished standard
to show clients exactly how the interior designer’s ideas will
look, and work as a custom-built electrical accessory.
Mercury’s programmable multi-scene lighting control is ideal
for projects that require changing ambient lighting. Control
plates are available from the Hamilton collections, for that
co-ordinated look. 01747 860088 | info@hamilton-litestat.com
www.hamilton-litestat.com

IN THE HOOD
For the ultimate in minimalist kitchen design,
BLANCO Germany offers a range of sophisticated
ceiling extractors to complete the look. These
understated hoods leave views unobstructed and
kitchens clear and open. The subtle BLANCO
CAMPO II ceiling hood is fully recessed into the
space above the cooking unit and boasts an invisible
yet powerful perimeter extraction system. BLANCO
by GUTMANN extractors can be as close to silent as
possible in the kitchen when using an external
motor. However with the more popular internal
motor the extractors are still only 45db to 59db. For
kitchens with limited ceiling height, the BLANCO
CLARO extractor blends seamlessly into the space
above the cooking area. With a height of just 170mm
and fitted with warm LED lighting, the CLARO
makes an elegant, effective addition to any kitchen.
01923 635 200 | www.blanco.co.uk

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AUCTIONING ICONS
Pro Auction Limited, one of Europe’s leading specialist auctioneers
and valuers within the hospitality, turned its focus on the boutique
hotel market in 2015 with a Knightsbridge-based sale that took
place mid July. Pro Auction offered furniture and fixtures from the
collection of a private residence in Knightsbridge, an exclusive
residential and retail district in central London and home to many
flagship stores and international fashion houses. The property was
designed and furnished by noted international interior designer
Alberto Pinto. Comprising more than 1200 lots, the sale of the
Knightsbridge collection featured a superb array of Continental
furniture and decorations while showcasing exclusive furnishings,
decorative and household items, lighting, textile products, silver and
more, all from a myriad of French and Italian globally-renowned
brands. Further, the collection, spectacular in its richness and
diversity, was a tribute to Pinto’s signature style, fusing the elegance
and sophistication of an 18th-century-styled private residence with
the contemporary luxuries expected from some of the world’s
leading suppliers. 01761 414000 | www.proauction.ltd.uk

ENGLISH
TRADITIONS
Woven by John Boyd Textiles since 1837, horsehair
fabrics are used mainly for upholstery, wallcoverings,
screens, lampshades and cinemas for walling and
speakers. This exclusive English fabric is highly
regarded for its quality, lustre, durability and natural
fire resistance as well as acoustic properties, and is
suited to residential and commercial properties.
Samples of the new contemporary weaves and
colours are available upon request and can be found
at Focus in the Alton Brooke showroom in Chelsea
Harbour Design Centre.
01963 350451 | www.johnboydtextiles.co.uk

THE LANGUAGE
OF LUXURY
Jo Littlefair London exhibited at Decorex and Clerkenwell Design
Week in 2015, launching her stunning range of contemporary classic
furniture and accessories for the luxury market. Selling directly to
private clients, interior designers and interior decorators, the Jo
Littlefair London product range embodies a timeless elegance,
features exquisite detailing and speaks the rich, sumptuous language
of layered luxury. As co-founder of luxury interior designers Goddard
Littlefair, Jo truly understands the demands of high-end residential
and hospitality clients. Her vision informs every level of the new
company’s offer, with furniture that can be fully customised in terms
of size and fabric finishes, and which is designed to fill gaps Jo has
previously identified in the market. ‘It’s about pieces that embody
luxury, with a certain solidity and presence’, she explained, ‘but which
are also flexible, complement other pieces and work both in a variety
of spaces and at a variety of scales.’
020 7042 6140 | www.jolittlefairlondon.com | @JoLittlefairLon

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GO WITH THE FLOW


CD UK supplied DuPont™ Corian® to enhance new Wood
Street offices for investment company PGI. Architects M
Moser and fabricator Manufacturing By Design Ltd worked
to a brief from the client to transcend the 11 400 sq ft of
space, maximising flow while preserving privacy and
flexibility for their workforce. Designed to welcome clients
and convey PGI values with supergraphics, colour and
curves, the office needed a stunning but appropriately
professional contemporary reception area that reflects the
PGI brand values and internationalism. Manufacturing by
Design Ltd applied the material in both the reception area
and the café, and complemented with LED spotlights to
highlight points of interest. DuPont™ Corian® in Venaro
White was the material of choice, providing an organic shape
and standout colour contrast, enabling the design team to
mould the reception desk to the seamless shape they
wanted, creating a focal point and signposting the sense of
flow through the space. 0113 201 2240 | www.cdukltd.co.uk

JUST EAT OFFICES


The Interiors Group designed and fitted out 40,000 sq ft of brand new
interior space for Just Eat, set across two floors at Imperial Place in
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, last year. Due to company growth in
the UK, Just Eat decided it was time for an office expansion and
refresh. The Interiors Group were briefed by the client to create a
dedicated meeting room suite made up of a dynamic group of
meeting room spaces in one wing of the new floor they have taken.
The remainder of the floor was to be made up of cellular offices and
open plan workspace, broken down by congregational spaces with
soft seating and breakout furniture. While a large central tea-point
would provide a unifying space bringing all the teams together with a
modern, fun and energetic interior that would reflect the company
image. This project was fitted out over two phases so as to minimise
disruption to staff. Work to the new floor was classed as Phase 1,
while Phase 2 consisted of the refurbishment of their existing floor
two stories below. The Interiors Group created a design with a story
representative of their client’s identity.
020 7495 1885 | www.interiorsgroup.co.uk

BATHROOM
COLLABORATIONS
Villeroy & Boch announced new additions to their Legato Range,
with luxury bathroom retailer UKBathrooms, describing the
collection as ‘perfect for those who want to add luxury and
functionality to their bathroom, the Legato Range combines modern
styling with innovative design to create a relaxing space for the
whole family to enjoy’. The Villeroy & Boch has extended their
Legato bathroom range to include new washbasins, acrylic baths,
WCs and bidets. The elegant and modern design includes refined
details such as integrated LED lighting and bevelled edges to give
the illusion that the counter tops are floating and hands-free
cabinet doors with soft close fixtures. The brand new acrylic bath
takes design queues from the washbasin and features a 15mm rim
and central outlet. Wall-mounted and floor-standing WCs and bidets
are also available to finish off this elegant collection, which includes
bathroom cabinets available in eight great colour combinations.
01765 694720 | mail@ukbathrooms.com | www.ukbathrooms.com

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MODERNIST DESIGNATEX TAILOR MADE


CELEBRATION FOR THE HOME With innovation at its core, Bloc Blinds is a
British manufacturer producing high quality
The new British designer-maker Martin Huxford Polyflor launched their range of beautifully window treatments for the commercial and
Studio celebrated a highly successful first year in designed and hard wearing flooring developed residential interior market. The company’s
2015 with their debut appearance at Decorex, specifically for the home, the Designatex innovation, the ‘Fabric Changer System’, was a
where they launched an elegant collection of collection of textile backed luxury sheet vinyl brand new design concept for 2015 that
Modernist inspired decorative lighting and flooring. The stylish yet practical Designatex vinyl challenges how the whole industry thinks about
furniture. Designed and hand built in Sussex flooring range includes 12 wood effect and six blinds thanks to a unique patented hook-on,
using luxurious metals, English crystal and stone effect designs to enhance any room in the hook-off system. This interchangeable roller
marble, the collection creates a distinctive style home. To complement both traditional and blind allows for the fabric to be swapped as
of contemporary luxury. modern interiors, the wood collection features a often as needed without having to replace the
01903 740134 | info@martinhuxford.com | variety of wood species and layouts including cassette, roller bar or surrounding hardware.
www.martinhuxford.com three classic parquet designs. Recreating the Together with Bloc Blinds extensive range of
tones, textures and natural rock formations of classic, and contemporary fabrics as well as a
real stone tiles, the Designatex stone collection host of new seasonal design options, customers
includes limestone, slate and paving effect can now keep up with trends all year round.
designs in three layouts: slim tiles, random tile Made to measure customers can order online
placement and varied tile widths. Each design inputting dimensions with each blind then being
has been developed to create an eye-catching precision cut to fit. Bloc Blinds presented a
abstract effect, which would be costly to replicate number of new innovations at the recent
using stone tiles. Available in 2, 3 and 4 metre Heimtextil show, including 'Fabric Changer
widths to accommodate larger living spaces, UK System' and a new range of custom-printed
manufactured Designatex has a 3.0mm gauge design options. 2016 is set to be an exciting year
and 0.3mm wear layer with SureTread R10 slip as Bloc Blinds will expand into the American
resistance to help prevent slips in the home. market with a new Boston based office and a
0161 767 1111 | info@polyflor.com | new US focused website.
www.polyflor.com 0800 107 55 35 | www.blockblinds.com

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Trend Report

HOW TO LIVE
KELLY HOPPEN CONSIDERS THE WAY IN WHICH LIVING, AND THEREFORE DESIGN, HAS CHANGED
IN THE INTERIOR DESIGN INDUSTRY OVER THE PAST FOUR DECADES THAT SHE HAS BEEN INVOLVED

The world of homes and decorating them has darker stone in flowing lines and pair with floors and joinery.
changed so much in the 40 years that I have ceramic to give the illusion of length and height. Big coffee tables are very on trend at the
been in the industry, it has almost gone full For 2016 I think we’ll see many using colour half moment, and the larger the coffee table the
circle to the way my grandparents used to live, way up the wall and leaving the rest neutral. Give better! Side tables and coffee tables are now
not necessarily in style but in the way we view this your own stamp of personality by creating an taking center stage and the more interesting mix
the importance of our homes. imaginary dado rail using another colour, similar of metals there are juxtaposed with wood and
to the way the Victorians would use panel like lacquer the easier it is to create a statement
The days of fad trends are long gone, thank features. piece.
goodness! Everything today is about “how you Unseen lighting is the newest trend for lights but The 4 metals that are set to be the biggest trend
live in spaces”, which is what I have always the ones that everyone will want to have are are bronze, nickel, rose gold, white wrought iron,
advocated. Of course people salivate over styles white ironwork lights. They resemble vintage and beaten black metal.
and pieces and wish they could have it all, but chalk but are so stylish when mixed with The use of white matte lacquer for internal doors
today and heading forward into 2016 it is about wonderful vintage lighting. This will be such a big is a chic way to update a room, especially in the
how it fits you. Interior design should fit like a trend as for a while people have thought hidden kitchen, gone are the days of shiny surfaces, it’s
Saville Row suit; perfectly made to measure. lights are great on their own but really you need all about matte!
The trends I see coming and staying are more the textural lighting that comes from lamps in Black and white flooring and vintage floor tiles
eclectic than ever with a lot of thought behind order to make it a complete setting. are going to have a huge come back, especially
them. Woods, ceramic and stone are the most Rugs are back in full force and the best is yet to when mixed with marble as the combination of
important elements in a home as they are a come with a new style that are sunk into the textures will give an unexpected edge.
great base and starting point for people to build wooden floorboards giving a luxurious 5 star feel.
on. To be on trend it’s all about getting the right Mixing grey, taupe, blonde and white woods
balance of each. Mix & match a pale wood with instead of black will be the biggest trend in wood kellyhoppeninteriors.com

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Office Design

A BETTER VIEW
Sat adjacent to the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, is the
grade II* Listed Chapter House built between 1712-1714
and designed by Christopher Wren and his son. Chapter
House was originally designed as accommodation for
the Dean, then during the 1950s it was refurbished into
offices. To bring it up to modern standards it was
recently revamped, a key requirement was improving the
thermal retention throughout the building. Selectaglaze
was specified as its secondary glazed units can reduce
heat loss by up to 50 per cent. This can be achieved by
bespoke fitting alongside the use of high performance
seals. A number of slim line products were used to suit
the various window styles, which are appropriate for
heritage buildings, as they are an unobtrusive and
reversible adaptation. Over 120 units have been installed
in six different colour finishes to match the existing
frames. 01727 837271 | enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk
www.selectaglaze.co.uk

POD WORK LIFE


Renowned for its bespoke office pod solutions, Unifi, a revered brand within the
Boss Design Group, was the perfect choice for helping create a temporary and
collaborative workspace at the Dublin offices of Citrix Systems Inc. whilst major
refurbishment was undertaken. The Citrix brief was to create a customised suite of
rooms for group and boardroom meetings, combined with informal settings using
soft seating. Being future-proof, this could then be used when relocating to new
premises with possible reconfiguration, to work with their changing work landscape.
M J Flood (Interiors) specified nine bespoke and individual Unifi office pod systems
to be installed within office space adjacent to Citrix’s main building. The focus being
on customised areas offering varying levels of power, data and media, together with
the ability to add branding to reinforce the company culture, as well as looking at
the new ways of working approach to the office environment. Three bespoke Vista
acoustic pods, featuring both straight and curved corners were specified to create
the perfect meeting rooms, and to provide a contemporary and flexible addition to
the fixed partitioning. Alongside this were six Qube pods in a variety of sizes and
configurations. This solution provided Citrix with a result that not only gives them
the ability to control their current environment, but the future landscape of their
workplace. 01384 455570 | 020 7253 0364 | www.boss-design.com

ALGOMI-RHYTHM
Resonate Interiors were approached by Algomi last year
to design their new London HQ. They were delighted
with the result and asked Resonate Interiors to design
and fit out an additional floor of their London offices.
Resonate Interiors have also designed the interior for
their new office in New York. Algomi have enjoyed
exponential growth over the last two years, having found
new premises at 1 America Square in the City of London
and signing a long-term lease for the entire 28th floor
of the Charles S. Cohen’s Tower, New York. The brief
was to house eighty trading style desks within a
contemporary environment that reflected the ethos of
this energetic and visionary business. The design
concept revolved around the twisting Algomi logo
design. The scheme is essentially black and white with
a hint of the Algomi turquoise blue. The juxtaposition of
hard and soft materials was extremely important due to
the limited palette. www.resonateinteriors.com

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Designer Profile

DESIGNER PROFILE

CHRIS DEZILLE
JADE TILLEY TALKS TO CHRIS DEZILLE ABOUT HIS FORAY INTO WINDOW DRESSING,
THE TENACITY NEEDED FOR DESIGN AND LIVING IN A BOX. NOT A CARDBOARD BOX.

HONKY IS A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY, AWARD


WINNING ARCHITECTURAL AND INTERIOR
DESIGN PRACTICE BASED IN LONDON.
FOUNDED BY CHRISTOPHER DEZILLE (SBID,
BIID) IN 2001.

Chris’ career in interior design extends over 25 years.


Whilst the majority of his work is focused in Central
London, he has undertaken private and commercial
projects throughout the UK and internationally,
including projects in Monte Negro, Marbella, Cannes
and The Channel Islands. Creativity, professional
expertise, subtle refinements and ultimate perfection
are the key elements of all of his designs.
Chris’ work has been published in successive issues
of the Andrew Martin Design Review “Featuring the
worlds’ leading designers” since 2002. He is a
member of both the British Institute of Interior
Designers (BIID), and the Society of British Interior
Designers (SBID).
Jade Tilley spoke to Chris about his career
beginnings and the memory of the taste of G&T
soaked ice cubes at the National. All memory,
wrapped up in design.

WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF


DESIGN HAVING AN IMPACT ON YOU?
I suppose the first time I remember being interested in

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interiors, I would have still been in single digits. later than me, all casual, latte in hand and I I guess university can only teach so much, you
My mum used to work for the BBC and she was thought to myself “what am I doing this for when I have to have a passion rooted in your to begin
big on culture so we were taken to see the could be doing that?” He inspired me from there. with. Whether it is maneuvering furniture in your
Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Mum and Dad would I made contact with an interior design company bedroom or redesigning your own flat and going
take us to the National and I just think the space, and basically badgered them until they took me bold and wild with your choices, I like to see that
the theatre, really stuck with me. The communal on. I had all the raw attributes and the homemade, original craft in things. That’s the
spaces and the very distinctive ‘bong’ of the experience of being customer facing so I was in a spark for design right there. Those ad venturous,
interval ending are so characteristic of those good position. I think something that is really flamboyant ‘whoopsies’ are what make designers
trips. I had a penchant for my mum’s ice cubes important when working in this industry is who they are.
from her gin and tonic. Tiny little memories are remembering the value of the common sense
wrapped up in that space. approach and understanding that people are just WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO
There is something about the National, an that, people. They are human too. Computers WORK IN INTERIOR DESIGN?
undulating pit of flowing architecture, it’s a very and the ability to email/text make work and I didn’t fit in anywhere else. I couldn’t stay
specific volume of space and even now, I’m still social life so much less connected, just pick up focused at school. My end of year report was
a sucker for that kind of architecture and the phone and talk to your clients, co-workers pretty bad, my parents said that teachers just
furniture, the Scandinavian design style. It’s the and friends. It shows more tenacity and you get didn’t understand me. I guess looking back, the
perfect setting. the job done much better. harsh comments were a little mean but I wouldn’t
have got where I am if I hadn’t experienced that. I
WHERE DID YOU STUDY DESIGN AND WHAT DID HOW HAVE DESIGN SCHOOLS was always at home dressing my bedroom, it was
YOU SPECIALISE IN? EVOLVED SINCE YOU WERE STUDYING? hard wired in me to think like that.
I formerly trained as a window dresser at the I think it’s been the same since time immemorial. Career options at that time were limited. At the
Windsor and Maidenhead Art College, so I was I think now, graduates have a good skillset in outset it looked like it could be a lifetime of
adept at 3D visualising from my more formal terms of computer efficiency. Universities train in disappointment but I was tenacious and
training. I combined the skills I learned with my computer programs and visual drawing aspects passionate and that got me to design.
love of art. but it has lost some of that touchy feely focus, the
25 years ago I joined a company in Surrey as a colour, texture and flair of working with fabrics, WHAT KIND OF DESIGNER
visual merchandiser. I was out on a job for them trimmings etc… I know we’re in an architectural DID YOU ASPIRE TO BE?
when I met a designer. This guy had designed the age of clean lines, but those more frilly touches A previous company I worked for were real
German Embassy and I was sent to this job in a will come back at some point and it is part of the pioneers of show houses for builders. That
showroom and the designer turned up, much designers craft to be able to work with them. development of concept really maxed out to the

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extreme during that period, you could spend your HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR DESIGN STYLE? Some, you put your heart and soul into and really
weekends driving from one site to another, I guess I would define it by looking at my favourite leave a piece of yourself when you finish the
checking out mock up homes. I think at that point spaces, which have changed and will continue to project. Then there are some that are easier
it then became a challenge to think about ways to do so throughout my life. At the moment, I want a because they are less emotional and more
buck this trend and do something different, to white box, simple, padded, with a great view of straightforward. Occasionally we’ve taken on the
stand out from the crowd of show homes. I the mountains. I would be happy there, to have architecture role as well. We worked on a five-
worked with some clients who didn’t mind what nothing, to purge my brain of all thoughts and year project for a couple in hampstead. We took it
statement you made, whether it was negative or just be there peacefully. from 8000 to 15000 sq ft and really held their
positive, as long as it expressed creativity. My wife is a graphic designer so she is a collector hand the whole way through. We worked with the
Later on when I moved into Central London to of stuff – it’s quite a contrast. differing expectations of the husband and wife
work, I started to see people who I didn’t want to I think my style takes reference from good (the husbands expectations of the project were
be – I was careful not to be associated with certain architecture. When you’re working with existing high, the wife was more low key) and with a space
design styles. sound architecture you should take your design this size, we were dealing with issues such as
20 years ago, Michael Reeves was shining in the lead from it and try to do justice to the how to hold the room because of the vastness of
industry for me as a beacon of effortless architecture. Find a harmony, a synergy and the space. It really is a journey with people and
simplicity. The Andrew Martin Review had come create something successful. this was no exception.
out featuring Reeves and I felt that Michael’s work As your grow older your priorities do change. We’ve also done specifications for London
had a charm to it. It felt American, with a certain With children I have become more of a problem townhouses, two-year projects that come and go.
opulence and sophistication. My work is nothing solver, so my style reflects that. I also feel that There are challenges with these spaces too.
like that but I really respect it; him and William there is enough middle ground that it’s fun to just The ultimate payback is when the client turns
Yeoward. I think they celebrate something do something different. around and says it’s amazing. Overjoyed clients
different. are the best.
At Honky we are incredibly lucky to work with WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL
private clients with good budgets and I’m also DESIGN COMMISSION? WHERE IS THE MAJORITY OF
proud of our reputation with developers. As When I started I was fortunate to walk into an YOUR WORK BASED?
designers at Honky we like to have fun, a sense of Eaton Square project, working for a previous I’ve travelled a lot but never had the opportunity
playfulness and are always on the quest for that client. It was a duplex apartment worth something to work anywhere specifically for a long period of
wow factor. We once designed a scheme in Tooting like six million so no small feat. time. I’m hopeless with languages so the States
Broadway, referencing Citizen Smith, which was I think my first really memorable one was working always had a drawn for me, East and West coast.
great fun. for a client who specifically wanted something
‘different’. It was a new build detached house in IF YOU HADN’T BECOME AN INTERIOR
WHO ARE YOUR DESIGN INSPIRATIONS? South Wales with Tuscan vibe. Not your everyday DESIGNER WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
I love the Mid-Century modern designs, I’m Welsh property. We bent all the rules, including I know I would never have been able to stick out
drawn to them. It’s good design. Scandinavian having outdoor furniture inside and sunflowers the seven years of study for architecture. So I
design and references to the 60s/70s will always throughout the interior. guess I’ll remain a frustrated architect. I’m quite
please me. At the company we have a Honky a social person so maybe a bar owner but the
version of everything, so nothing is a direct ‘copy’ WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST dangers of it always being 12 o’clock somewhere
but we position things in a slight point of irony. DESIGN COMMISSION TO DATE? may get to me.
Always having fun. All projects stay with you for different reasons. www.honky.co.uk

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Surface Design Show Review

THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL


2016 WILL SEE THE BIGGEST AND BEST SURFACE DESIGN SHOW TO DATE AS DESIGN
PROFESSIONALS FLOCK TO THE BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE BETWEEN 9 AND 11 FEBRUARY

SURFACE DESIGN SHOW IS THE EVENT IN THE UK entertainment will include the Preview Evening sponsored by Xicato. The School Room,
THAT FOCUSES SOLELY ON INTERIOR AND Live Debate and the ever popular PechaKucha sponsored by iGuzzini and with mondo*arc as its
EXTERIOR SURFACES, CONNECTING INNOVATIVE Evening - an informal and fun presentation of media partner will provide architects and
AND EXCITING MATERIALS WITH A SPECIFYING inspirational slides. designers with education and knowledge about
AUDIENCE OF ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS. Future Thinking is Surface Design Show’s annual lighting design and lighting products.
look at the future of materials, highlighting colours, Since 2013 the Surface Design Awards have been
Returning to London’s Business Design Centre topics and surface trends for 2017, new for 2016 will recognising and celebrating outstanding examples
between 9-11 February, the 2016 show will be the be Surface Spotlight Live curated by Sally Angharad. of progressive design and the use of innovative
largest and most exciting show occupying both the The two sector spotlights highlighted will be Health surfaces in projects both in the UK and
ground floor and all of the mezzanine level for the + Wellbeing (media partner Healthcare Design & internationally. The awards presentation will take
first time. Management Magazine) and Retail Design place on Thursday 11th February during Surface
Since its inception in 2005 the show has become the sponsored by Concord featuring materials that Design Show.
destination for industry people to see, touch and make a significant contribution to both areas. As Health + Wellbeing is one of the focuses at
explore the latest materials for the built New for 2016 is Stone Gallery, which has been Surface Design Show 2016, the organisers have
environment, gain new insights and network with introduced to reflect the importance of the rapidly adopted Maggie's as this year’s chosen Charity
like-minded designers, architects and suppliers. growing stone market in the UK. Hosted on the Partner. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional
In 2016 there will be over 150 exhibitors including mezzanine level, the gallery will focus on stone from and social support to people with cancer and their
James Latham, Grestec Tiles and Concreate all of across the world. family and friends. Surface Design Show will be
whom are returning from last year. New exhibitors First introduced to Surface Design Show in 2014 helping to raise funds for the new Maggie’s Centre
for 2016 include Velstone, Soundtect, Lumiscopic, Light School has established itself as the UK’s in Leeds designed by Heatherwick Studio.
Green Interiors and Bokart. main event for architectural lighting. Light School Registration to attend is free for professionals via
Surface Design Show 2016 will be full of new is presented by Light Collective and supported by the website.
ideas and firm favourites, refreshed to provide our the Institution of Lighting Professionals and Twitter: @surfacethinking
specifying audience with a unique visiting consists of three parts: The School Room, #SDS16 #LightSchool
experience. The packed programme of events and Product School and the School Newspaper www.surfacedesignshow.com

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THINKING
ABOUT RETAIL
New for the Future Thinking feature at the Surface Design
Show in 2016 will be Surface Spotlight Live curated by
Sally Angharad; a tactile display of surfaces for the Retail
Design and Health + Wellbeing sectors. Surface Spotlight
Live will feature materials from the retail design sector,
sponsored by Concord, capturing key material directions
and developments and presenting product samples for
visitors to interact with and learn more about. Talks will
take place over the three day event highlighting surface
design in retail environments. Emperor Hex by Grestec
Tiles is a terracotta, encaustic effect tile range that evokes
a decorative and welcoming environment. Emperor Hex
incorporates many trend led styles including patchwork,
hexagonal shapes and vintage and are suitable for a range
of commercial environments including retail.
www.grestec.co.uk/ | Surface Design Show stand 200

GERFLOR SHOWCASE
This February London’s Business Design Centre will see Gerflor showcasing their
brand new 2016 collection of high quality contract and residential flooring
solutions. Led by innovative Chief Designer Gino Venturelli, the Gerflor Design
Centre has a dedicated team of talented designers who are constantly researching
into, and exploring up-and-coming new trends. They achieve this by working very
closely with interior designers to launch their new ranges. These closely monitored
trends are then translated into the design. The design story that unfolds is one of
providing real solutions, together with offering a range of stunning colours and
textural designs. Couple this to high technical performance and more than a nod’
to sustainability and the environment and you have a formidable range of flooring
products just right for 2016 and beyond. A glittering example for 2016 and hot on
the heels of considerable market success is Gerflor’s brand new Taralay
Impression Control. A multi-purpose floorcovering available in 2m sheet format
with a Group T wear rating which makes it ideal for office environments that are
experiencing heavy traffic. Available as a dual collection comprising of a SAFETY IN
WOOD and SAFETY IN DESIGN offer of realistic woods in contemporary colours
and modern all over designs. 01926 622 600 | contractuk@gerflor.com
www.gerflor.co.uk | Surface Design Show, stand 306SE

ON THE GLACIER
Wimbledon based design studio Caxton Rhode have unveiled their latest
work of art, a solid light installation made from Corian® for a luxury Chelsea
apartment. Rob Bartlett, Creative Director of Caxton Rhode, was
commissioned by Annie Friend of Anniemation Interiors to complete the
brief. At nearly a metre in diameter, and completed from concept to creation
in only four weeks, this dramatic piece of wall lighting perfectly fulfilled the
requirement that the lighting design should reflect the sumptuous feel and
finish that was applied throughout the scheme. Known as a "tailor of
interiors", Rob Bartlett opted for Glacier Ice White Corian® from CD UK and
fabricated by Zone Creations for the material's durability and beauty. The
product's translucent qualities and malleability made it the perfect choice for
this design, delivering hotel standard lighting for one client's exclusive use.
To maintain the material's integrity and ensure a flawless distribution of
light, the patterned fascia was milled directly into a single solid sheet. An
outer shell was constructed from sections of the same material, before being
bonded and polished to create one unified and seam-free piece. A spiral of
remote-controlled LED's provide a dimmable, true-white light from within.
0113 201 2240 | www.cdukltd.co.uk | Surface Design Show, stand 210

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KEEP IT CLEAN
Fila is launching two new stain removers to the UK market at SDS
2016. New FILAZERO SIL is designed to remove new and old
silicone, glue and sticky label residue, whilst FILANO RUST
removes oxide deposits. Both treatments feature a highly viscous
consistency, making them ideal for application onto horizontal and
vertical surfaces, for maximum results and minimum waste.
Designed for absorbent and non-absorbent surfaces, FILAZERO SIL
dissolves hardened deposits within 20 minutes of application. It can
be used to remove silicone and sticky residue, as well as candle
wax and resin, from stone, grout, porcelain and ceramic, marble,
glass and metal. The treatment has a fresh citrus fragrance and is
available in 250 ml units, with a small, soft brush included to
agitate and lift thick, stubborn deposits. FILANO RUST removes
oxide tarnish from stone, marble, granite, agglomerates, porcelain
and ceramic, terracotta and concrete. Its non-acid formula makes
it particularly suitable for delicate surfaces, including polished
marble and limestones. 01584 877286 | filauk@filasolutions.com
filasolutions.com | Surface Design Show, stand 368

WOOD-WOOL TILES
Heradesign continues to innovate and excite at Surface
Design Show. At last year’s Surface Design Show,
Heradesign from Knauf AMF Ceilings made an impact
on architects and designers for the visual energy and
contemporary warmth it adds to their interiors.
Heradesign is a range of sustainable, wood-wool based
ceiling tiles and wall panels, which are cost effective and
easy to install. The visible wood fibres give Heradesign
its naturally textured finish. The panels are robust to
ensure longevity. Design possibilities are endless,
Heradesign is available in a wide range of sizes, edge
details and unlimited colours. To create memorable
interiors, Heradesign can be fitted as a suspended
ceiling, hung as rafts or fits, or directly onto walls and
ceilings. The team at Knauf AMF are ready to help you
find the perfect acoustic and aesthetic solution for your
interior design. www.amfceilings.co.uk/heradesign
Surface Design Show, stand 100

ESCO WITH THE FLOW


Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, will be exhibiting at the
Surface Design Show. Visitors to stand 330 will have the chance to see Osmo
wooden flooring and high quality wood finishes. Osmo will be exhibiting its
ESCO wood flooring range, as well as its renowned wood finishing product,
Polyx®-Oil. ESCO offers stylish European oak wood flooring, which is pre-
finished with Osmo Polyx®-Oil. Visitors will be able to view the collection
based on nine solid oak flooring styles. Requiring no additional coating or
finish, Osmo’s ESCO flooring is favoured by architects and interior designers
and provides the ideal solution for anyone looking for a standout wood floor.
As one of Osmo UK’s leading products, Polyx®-Oil is a premium wood finish
that guaranteed to keep wooden surfaces in top condition. Unlike ordinary oil
finishes, Osmo Polyx®-Oil’s natural components penetrate deeply into the
wood to create a micro-porous finish. This allows the wood to breathe,
moisture to evaporate and ensures a flawless finish for years to come.
Quality assured, Osmo Polyx®-Oil guarantees hard-wearing protection, as
well as offering resistance to stubborn stains such as coffee, wine and cola.
01296 481220 | www.osmouk.com | www.escogroup.cz/en
Surface Design Show stand 330

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Spotlight

DAZZLE WITH DECORS


JAMES LATHAM’S EXCLUSIVE DECORS ARE SET TO DAZZLE AT THE SURFACE DESIGN SHOW 2016, WITH
EXCITING NEW SURFACE MATERIALS FOR ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS TO SPECIFY OVER THE YEAR TO COME

JAMES LATHAM IS GEARING UP FOR SURFACE Developed over time to give a superior grade with or educational styling theme.
DESIGN SHOW 2016 WHERE IT WILL UNVEIL A maximum consistency, these real wood veneers - Supplied in a wide range of colours, textures and
NUMBER OF EXCITING NEW SURFACE MATERIALS which are all from FSC certified stock – include such patterns, it offers designers the ability to create an
- MANY OF THEM EXCLUSIVE - THAT PROMISE TO on trend species as Smoked Figured, Crown and almost unlimited variety of flat and three-
CREATE PLENTY OF INTEREST AMONG VISITING Rough-Cut Eucalyptus as well as Cracked Oak, dimensional effects and it can be formed to
ARCHITECTS AND INTERIOR DESIGNERS. Smoked Larch and Satin Walnut. compound corners and contoured edges,
minimising the need for moulding. Even brand logos
SUPER MATT XYLOCLEAF and messages can be embossed into the material.
New and exclusive to James Latham, Super Matt is Now available exclusively through James Latham Other products on Latham’s stand will include; HI
a range of highly durable, finger print resistant, and unlike anything else on the UK market, MACS®, the highly versatile and extremely durable
MFC decors from Kronospan Italy that are set to XyloCleaf is an innovative and highly textured range material which can be easily machined and
change the market. Offering eight ‘on-trend’ of decors which includes a variety of wood grains, thermoformed to almost any 3D-shape imaginable.
colours, Super Matt reduces the need to be linens and other unique materials. Plus, Valchromat, a coloured engineered fibreboard
constantly wiping away unsightly finger marks and With over 60 colours and patterns in MFC and more in which the colour runs throughout the entire board
smears on surfaces plus it also has a high than 20 in HPL laminate, all of which come with ABS and Décor Eco, an exciting new range of coloured
resistance to scratches so it’s perfect for home and edging as standard, the XyloCleaf collection is suited plywood panels, both of which are proving extremely
office furniture, shop fitting and hospitality as well to premium design schemes within the retail sector popular within the UK shop-fitting and furniture
as kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. and is perfect for furniture, fixtures and wall manufacturing sectors as well as a selection of the
panelling. In addition, it is also popular for high- end latest additions to Latham’s massive range of
LOSAN REAL WOOD VENEERS commercial, leisure and hotel specifications. Kronospan and Egger laminates, including MFC
James Latham will also unveil its brand new and decors and CGL.
inspiring range of real wood veneers that allow KYDEX® 0116 257 3415 | marketing@lathams.co.uk
designers to create environments with stunning Another new product for this year and again www.lathamtimber.co.uk
effects and finishes which bring a particular depth, exclusive to James Latham in the UK is KYDEX® the Surface Design Show, stand 208
texture and individuality impossible to achieve with exceptionally durable thermoplastic sheet that will Business Design Centre, London
artificial materials. enhance virtually any commercial, healthcare, retail February 9th-11th | www.surfacedesignshow.com

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KBB Preview

THE FUTURE IS NOW


KBB BIRMINGHAM RETURNS TO THE NEC FROM 6-9 MARCH 2016 FOR ITS 30TH YEAR WITH A FOCUS ON THE
FUTURE AND THE DESIGN CONCEPTS OF KITCHENS, BEDROOMS AND BATHROOMS THAT WILL TAKE US THERE

ARMING THE INDUSTRY WITH FORESIGHT AND involved in this year’s show will, in my opinion, advanced products yet. The awards aims to
PRODUCT INNOVATION, THIS YEAR’S SHOW ensure the biggest and best event yet. The bigger discover a product, method or idea that will provide
CENTRES AROUND THE THEME OF FUTURE, than expected demand for space at kbb reflects a new and interesting solution to kitchens,
PROMISING TO DELIVER THOUGHT-PROVOKING that the UK market is an exciting one, not just in bathrooms or appliances, to help shape the future
SHOWCASES OF FUTURE DESIGN AND THE terms of the volume of demand for product, but for of the industry. The esteemed panel of judges
LATEST LAUNCHES FROM NEW AND RETURNING innovative product design and function. I would includes kbb Sales Director Jon Johnston; David
EXHIBITORS. recommend visitors try and spend more than one Sanders, Managing Director of Blum; Editor of
day at the show.” Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Ruth Bell; Renee
Due to an increase in exhibitor demand, kbb 2016 The four day event will present a host of speakers Mascari, CEO of KBB NTG and designer Hayley
has extended its floor space by 35 percent, at the kbbreview conference; the conference will be Tarrington-Robson from Day True.
showcasing the largest kbb event since 2008. held in the brand new Arena positioned at the heart As a result of the new kbb show app, sponsored by
Exhibitors will be from the best of British of the show, which will be an ideal space for ArtiCAD, visitors will also be able to cast an
companies along with new international brands conversation and networking. Speakers curated by innovative eye over exhibitor products, and vote for
including Abode, AEG, Samsung, Blanco, Britannia, the kbbreview editorial team will provide insightful the Innovation visitor’s choice award via the app.
BSH Group, Caple, CDA, Cosentino, Formica, discussions, along with invaluable advice across a The new show app will also allow manufacturers,
Franke, Hurlingham, Ideal Standard, Keller, Leicht, range of topics within the kbb industry. Speakers suppliers and buyers to engage more effectively
Levantina, Merlyn Showers, Nolte, Perrin & Rowe, include, Bathstore CEO, Gary Favell; showroom during and after the show.
RAK Ceramics, Roca, Roper Rhodes, Rotpunkt and designer, Steve Esdaile from Esdaile Design, Diane David Sanders at Blum, commented: “Blum is a
Sensio. For the full exhibitor list visit Berry, from Diane Berry Kitchens and Dick Powell company that has innovation at its heart and it’s a
www.kbb.co.uk. from SeymourPowell. completely natural connection for us to be involved
Sales Director at kbb, Jon Johnston commented, The Innovation Awards, in partnership with Blum, with the kbb innovation award which is at the heart
“I’m really looking forward to kbb Birmingham will return as part of this years’ theme of Future of the UK KBB industry”
2016. The quantity and quality of the brands and will celebrate the most technologically www.kbb.co.uk | @kbblive | #futurekbb

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AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Carlisle Brass has a 30 year history of transforming
Architectural Ironmongery in the UK and abroad. The
FINGERTIP cabinet hardware brand boasts a collection
of truly beautiful and timeless solid brass pieces
crafted around traditional British designs. With
contemporary finishes it allows furniture to fulfil the
vision of your designs. New for 2016 will be additional
complimentary styles including Art Deco, together with
new finishes to sit alongside the elegant signature
items. With the new high concept European designed
and made collection, this exciting and wide palette of
styles will complement the philosophy of any furniture.
Part of the Carlisle Brass brief is to curate a portfolio
to expand your style options, and inspire you to share
the Carlisle Brass passion.
01228 511030
www.carlislebrass.com
KBB stand H122

BLANCO PERFECTION
BLANCO UK’s passion for perfection is reflected in the UK’s most
comprehensive portfolio of high quality hobs, sinks, taps and extractor
hoods. With a German pedigree, BLANCO UK is well known for design
flair and high quality products, which cover all market requirements
from the builders’ merchant to the prestigious kitchen boutique.
BLANCO UK, under the leadership of new MD, Simon Hart, is focusing
on perfection of all above the countertop. The nine, stunning new
induction hobs will be displayed along with the rest of the BLANCO UK
portfolio. Pictured is BLANCO UK’s Subline 500-IF SteelFrame sink
with a flat IF rim which will be on display at the show. The Silgranit
bowl has an extra-flat, modern stainless steel frame and showcases
the innovative material mix of granite and stainless steel. Thanks to
the IF rim, Subline SteelFrame can be installed from above the
counter. However, flush-mounted installation in stone or glass is
possible too. BLANCO UK uses only the finest materials, most
innovative technology and ground-breaking design expertise to ensure
the highest level of quality.
01923 635 200 | www.blanco.co.uk | KBB stand I100

OPEN AT THE CLOSE


Salice UK are planning a busy KBB Birmingham 2016. Visitors can
view Vetro, a new family of hinges, mounting plates and accessories,
which have been developed to solve all applications of cabinets with
glass doors, side or mirrors. The products of the range Vetro allow a
complete integration with the cabinet, thanks to the available
accessories such as the new covers or hinge cups, which are
available in different shapes and colours. Lineabox is Salice’s new
and innovative metal drawer system, offering streamlined aesthetics
with practicality and ease of movement. Customisation is available in
four different colours, three different heights and can be four or
three sided in metal or two sided with the drawer back made of
wood. Shelf, the new addition to the Futura full-extension runner
range is fixed at the bottom and is ideal for several applications
including furniture, which incorporates pull out shelves. Shelf can be
produced in any length, with Salice’s Push opening or with Smove
decelerated closing. Salice have also introduced Stabila, a stabiliser
and synchronizer fixed on the back of drawers. 01480 413831 |
www.saliceuk.co.uk | KBB stand 100, Row O

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NEW CHANNELS OPEN UP


The internationally renowned manufacturer of drainage fittings for
‘wetrooms’ and a vast range of other high quality products, Dallmer
will be exibiting at KBB Exhibition. KBB is recognised as the UK’s
most commercially focused event, drawing specifiers as well as
developers and contractors from both home and abroad to see its
selection of lighting, furniture and fittings for every interior
application. There is a major emphasis on kitchens and bathrooms.
Dallmer will accordingly be showcasing its CeraFloor floor drainage
channel. This offers designers in the hotel, leisure, care and high-end
residential markets the optimum in terms of sophisticated visual
appeal, backed by flow rate, accessibility for cleaning and flexibility of
installation. The introduction of CeraFloor follows Dallmer’s
development of CeraLine and then CeraWall wetroom channels, all
winning approval by leading architects and interior designers around
the world. They have been installed in over 30 countries. Dallmer’s
Technical Sales Team will be available to demonstrate all these
products on Stand G75 throughout the three-day event. 01787 248244
info@dallmer.com | www.dallmer.com | KBB stand G75

ON THE RAILS
JIS Europe will be displaying their
extensive range of stainless steel heated
towel rails including the new RYE towel
rail at the KBB Exhibition at The NEC in
March. Their Sussex Range is available
in polished or brushed satin finishes. All
towel rails are manufactured to exacting
standards and JIS Europe offers an
extended range of sizes with new
models to choose from. All the models
are guaranteed for 25 years.
01444 831200 | info@jiseurope.co.uk
www.sussexrange.co.uk
KBB stand G80

LEICHT KITCHENS FOR


ARCHITECTS
LEICHT UK reported an increase in turnover of 28 per cent in 2015
alone and a huge rise in sales of its contemporary kitchens. With
12 new accounts to supply LEICHT kitchens opened in England and
Wales in 2015, it is clear that they are becoming the kitchens of
choice not just for design-savvy consumers, but also architects,
developers and interior designers. This massive rise in sales, which
is the largest growth since LEICHT arrived in the UK some 40 years
ago, looks set to continue into 2016 with another 12 dealerships
due to begin to supply LEICHT kitchens, based on today’s current
enquiries. LEICHT kitchens in the past have seen strong sales in
the south east and Scotland, but this is now extending to the rest of
the UK and Ireland, as LEICHT becomes one of the leading German
kitchen brands in the UK. Much of this growth is due to the
versatility and huge range of kitchen designs on offer by LEICHT in
over 4000 RAL colours, an array of finishes and at variable price
points. www.leicht.com/en/ | KBB stand N120

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SNAPSHOT IN DETAIL
Known primarily as an interior designer, with studios in both London and
New York and a portfolio that includes working with Soho House and Caprice
Holdings, Martin Brudnizki has launched And Objects, a dedicated studio
from where he will create his own range of products. Co-Founded with friend
Nicholas Jeanes, the new venture launches with the ‘Martin Brudnizki for
Drummonds collection’. Alongside collaborations such as the Drummonds
Partnership, And objects will also house the product collection entitled
‘Other Objects’, including a wall light, floor lamp, bookcase, chair and a tall
boy. Other pieces will be added in the coming years. Martin commented, “For
me, both interior and product design share a similar methodology and I
approach both using the same ethos of ‘form follows function’; endeavouring
to instill a utilitarian value into my designs, whilst keeping them elegant…”
www.andobjects.com

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A CLEAR REFLECTION
demista™ heated mirror pads put an end to fuzzy visions
of ourselves first thing in the morning, with mist free
mirrors being an advantage for shaving, applying make
up or styling hair. Once a demista™ heated mirror pad is
installed, you will always have a clear view, no matter
how steamed up the bathroom may be. The pads are
available in a variety of sizes, and should the mirror be
exceptionally large, they can be fitted in multiples to
cover the entire area. Bespoke sizes are also available.
Once fitted it requires no maintenance. Easy to install
demista™ is the original and innovative heated mirror
pad, introduced over 23 years ago, with proven standards
of reliability, whilst providing an immediate local back up
service. This is why demista™ is the first choice for both
domestic and contract bathrooms, for both new build and
refurbishment projects, in the UK and abroad. 01932
866600 | sales@demista.co.uk www.demista.co.uk

HOVER CUBICLES
Kemmlit have introduced a special black edition of their
market leading Classic Cell cubicle system. This high
performance cubicle features a stunning solid black
crystal coat varnish finish, which is scratch resistant
and easy to clean and maintain. The smooth surfaced
front with rebated doors, concealed edges and
supporting legs produces an ultra-modern design that
gives the impression of the cubicles floating above the
ground. Innovative high quality aluminium ‘handle bars’
housing LED vacant/occupied indicators, long life three
roller hinges and a robust 42 mm solid metal
construction, ensures this cubicle system from Kemmlit
is fit for purpose for any washroom environment. The
Classic Cell cubicle system is available in a range of
colours and finishes and is part of an extensive range of
high performance cubicle and locker systems from
Kemmlit who also offer a design, project management
and installation service. www.kemmlituk.com

IN FULL BLOOM
Last year Casper, the online start-up reimagining sleep, partnered with Bloom to
showcase their luxury blanket at Casper’s showroom in the autumn (2015).
Located in the historic NOHO district in New York City, Casper’s showroom gives
customers the opportunity to see this unique product first-hand in a beautiful
space. The exceptionally well designed Bloom blanket, available in cream and
charcoal, is made from an Italian cashmere wool blend and was inspired by the
art of origami. It is an exclusive creation by Bianca Cheng Costanzo. Offering
effortless comfort and a unique design with its three-dimensional geometric
pattern. The wearability of the product is just as important as its everyday usage
in the home, as you can wrap yourself up in the striking design. Although
luxuriously soft, Bloom holds its shape and is the perfect combination of art and
practicality. It makes a wonderful conversation piece as an accessory for design
and interior lovers alike. In 2014, Bloom became the most successful Kickstarter
campaign in Spain. In 30 days, the project raised over $200,000, which became
1,454% more than the project’s initial target. It was backed by 947 people and
ensured that the blanket could go into production. Each individual blanket takes
five hours to cut, sew and finish, with 180 triangles hand-sewn into distinctive
tessellated pyramids. www.bloomblanket.com

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AT THE KNIGHT’S TABLE


EDITOR JADE TILLEY VISITED FINCHATTON’S LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN KNIGHTSBRIDGE AND
TALKED TO ADAM HUNTER AND JIIN KIM-INOUE ABOUT THE DESIGN LANDSCAPE AND DETAIL

ADAM HUNTER IS THE PROJECT DIRECTOR OF ultimate feeling of tranquillity. Adam and Jiin features that have helped to create optimum living
FINCHATTON, JIIN KIM-INOUE IS THE DESIGN discuss the project in a little more detail here. spaces at Knights House:
DIRECTOR AND TOGETHER WITH THEIR TEAM, • Ceiling heights were maximised throughout with
THEY HAVE CREATED THREE APARTMENTS OF HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK the largest apartment (Apt 1) having a ceiling
EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN, TAKING LONDON LIVING ON KNIGHTS HOUSE? height of 2.9m on the Ground Floor, and 3.3m on
TO A NEW LEVEL. THE CHARM OF THE AH: We began working on Knights House after the Lower Ground Floor.
PROPERTIES STARTS ON THE COBBLED STREET, receiving planning consent in late 2012. When we • Maximising natural light – Floor to ceiling
CHEVAL PLACE AND SNAKES ITS WAY UP THE bought the site, which was then occupied by an windows and light wells flood the apartments with
MAJESTIC DOORS THAT ARE CARVED OUT OF outdated office building, we saw an opportunity to natural light whilst living green walls help to bring
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL METAL IN WILLOW create a new, boutique residential development. a sense of the outdoors inside
PATTERN THAT HAS YOU REACHING OUT TO We have significant experience creating residences • All apartments have access to outside space
PUSH THE HANDLES AND STEP INSIDE. in this part of prime central London so it was a • Flexible spaces – in the ground floor apartment,
natural fit for us. we designed the kitchen so that it can be closed off
The site has been completely reconfigured to offer via sliding doors, or it can be left open-plan, giving
premium spaces across three separate HOW DID YOU CONFIGURE THE SPACE TO OFFER the resident flexibility in how they choose to use the
apartments. Utilising basement space to brilliant OPTIMUM LIVING FOR ALL THREE APARTMENTS? space
effect, each apartment packed a punch in its own AH: The beauty of working on a new build scheme
way, with gargantuan sized marble pieces, in its is that there is a chance to configure spaces in the WHAT DID CHEVAL PLACE OFFER
various forms, gliding in and out of bathroom most effective way possible. Maximising natural AS A BASIS TO DESIGN WITH?
spaces and over fireplaces. Natural light floods light is a key consideration so we paid particular AH: As a new build project, we had the opportunity
many of the rooms with vast window spaces, attention to designing spaces that would feel light, to plan and design the scheme totally from scratch.
skylights and moveable walls set in place for the bright and spacious. There are a number of This is particularly unusual to find in Knightsbridge.

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This, coupled with the location, was what appealed creating a decadent feel throughout the three to oversee the extraction process. I went over there
to us about the opportunity. apartments. The apartments are similar in style to source the extraction of the marble used in
but they each have a distinctive feature that sets Knights House.
DOES KNIGHTSBRIDGE DICTATE A PARTICULAR them apart. The standout feature in the penthouse
KIND OF INTERIOR DESIGN AESTHETIC? for instance is the large skylight over the living HOW HAVE YOU CREATED SO MUCH
JKI: Yes absolutely. Knightsbridge is one of the room, which floods the space with natural light. It LIGHT IN THE SPACE?
finest destinations in central London. Its also benefits from a large terrace providing JKI: We introduced a number of innovative design
architecture, history and heritage has all informed al fresco dining space for up to ten with rooftop solutions to help maximise natural daylight,
the design aesthetic at Knights House. We always views over Knightsbridge. including light wells, full height minimal frame
consider a property’s location and surroundings glass sliding doors that lead to outside terraces
when designing the interiors and take inspiration THE USE OF MARBLE IS EXTENSIVE AND and stunning full-height green walls which bring
from this wherever we can, infusing this with our RIGOROUSLY SOURCED. TELL US ABOUT IT. life and energy into the place. This was particularly
own classic, contemporary and timeless style. AH: Marble is one of the most luxurious materials important in the lower ground floor, which typically
in the world and we felt it was the right choice for does not have as much access to natural light.
WHAT DID YOUR BRIEF LOOK LIKE WITHOUT Knights House. We have used it in a variety of Coupled with the exceptional ceiling heights, we
HAVING A PROPERTY OWNER different styles, colours and uses throughout the have been able to amplify this flow of light around
ALREADY IN PLACE? scheme to great effect. The 2.4m wide polished the space.
AH: As this was our development, we created our grey marquina marble fireplace in the penthouse
own brief. We wanted to create a discreet, boutique and the polished Noir St Laurent fireplace in TELL US ABOUT THE FURNITURE, WHETHER IT
development of three beautifully designed, elegant Apartment 2 are two of the standout uses of WAS BESPOKE OR SOURCED FROM OTHER
apartments in the heart of Knightsbridge. Whilst it marble in the development, as is the bookmatched DESIGN SOURCES
can be a challenge designing a home without full height diamond statuary marble in the master JKI: A lot of the furniture at Knights House is
knowing exactly who will eventually reside in it, we bathroom which we were able to mirror on two bespoke. In Apartment 2, the wardrobes are
have a lot of experience creating homes all over the walls and the floor to stunning effect. Each covered in silk and feature a specially
world for a variety of buyers. We understand what it bathroom has a distinct finish with different types commissioned hand-painted orchid pattern. The
is that HNWIs are seeking when it comes to their of stone including Arrabescato Vagli, Breccia ground floor space in Apartment 1 includes a study
residences and design our schemes accordingly Capria, Statuary, and silver grey travertine. with a bespoke British-made sycamore desk with
The sourcing process is something that we are brass drawer frontage and handles on both sides.
WHAT WAS THE MAIN DESIGN AESTHETIC heavily involved in as it is so important to get this The desk is a ‘partners’ desk so two people can sit
FOR EACH APARTMENT SPACE? right. We have been working with marble at either side. The design aesthetic achieves a
JKI: The design for Knights House focuses on Finchatton for many years so this is an area that we contemporary look, which is also very functional. In
blending modern, contemporary luxury with the are experts in and know what to look for. We travel the penthouse, we installed specially
heritage and grandeur of the Knightsbridge area, to Carrara, Italy, approximately four times per year commissioned cream 180 degree swivel tub chairs

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with curved backs. The fabric is cream hair hide plan ground floor layout which reveals itself as you WHAT ARE FINCHATTON’S PLANS FOR 2016?
with a contrast light grey woven fabric on the seat turn the corner from the entrance door and allows AH: 2016 is set to be another exciting year for
and inside back, with a leather pipe trimming – a you to experience the full depth of the building is Finchatton. We have just completed a 7,775 sq ft
high end luxurious look which at the same time is one of the great successes. The space is subtly marina and ocean-facing apartment at Albany, the
very comfortable. broken up by layers of loose and fitted furniture, luxury resort community on Providence Island in
window treatments, glazed screens and exterior The Bahamas. We will be launching Twenty
WHAT ARE YOUR HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPACE? planting that combine to create a wonderful vista Grosvenor Square, a residential development
JKI: One of my favourite aspects of the scheme is from front to rear. comprising 38 apartments in the heart of Mayfair,
the beautiful bronze metalwork detailing on the Because of the generous space within each later this year. We will also be progressing two
front of the building and the entrance doors. We apartment, we were able to create statement other boutique residential schemes in
commissioned the pieces from a local craftsman staircases. Take the staircase in the ground and Knightsbridge this year; Kingwood, which
and worked closely with him to produce the willow lower ground apartment - this has a gentle comprises ten south-facing apartments a stone’s
design that is unique to Knights House; it adds a gradient so the stairs have wide treads and small throw from Harrods, and Knighton Place, five
level of detail and craftsmanship rarely seen on a rises and is suspended within the space with a townhouses and four apartments.
residential building like this and provides a sense of handcrafted curved wood handrail and bespoke
place with the proximity to the green expanse of metal balustrades. If you look at all the grand
Hyde Park. English country homes, you’ll find sweeping
AH: Personally, I think the surprise of the open staircases willing you to want to walk up them. www.finchatton.com

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Design Edit.
Haute Deco is a London based company specialising in luxury contemporary handles. Editor Jade Tilley spoke to Founder
Marie-Véronique Swannell back at Decorex last September, where they had a treasure chest of designs on display. Here we
have selected just three from the vast collections to highlight the work and design detail that goes into door handle design.

 DUCHESS
This doorknob in nickel features a stylised floral lace pattern, soft
delicate lines take on many forms, it has an almost planetary feel, like
the surface of the moon, or the details veins of a leaf. Designed in
mirror-polish nickel and a solid bronze options that has been hand-cast
and polished.  www.hautedeco.com

 ECLIPSE
Eclipse is an unusual lever handle in contrasting materials, here
featured in antique bronze and a hand-polished Cristalle resin. The
combination of materials creates a much more modern adornment for
any door and can be centered with different materials to blend with
interior schemes. The Cristalle creates a fluidity that would suit many
interiors, including bathroom spaces.  www.hautedeco.com

 FLEURS DU MAL
Fleurs Du Mal, Half Circle, pull handle has been crafted in Nickel for
this example. These sophisticated half-moon handles with divine web
pattern look completely contemporary in nickel and have been hand-
cast and polished for the ultimate effect. Fleurs Du Mal has an almost
reptilian design on the face, like a delicate dinosaur fossil made
beautiful by the soft sheen of the metal.  www.hautedeco.com

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Colour, paint + paper

ON FILM
Revitalise feature walls, corridors, bedrooms,
meeting rooms, bars or restaurants by using
Interior Film from David Clouting. Interior Film
is a self-adhesive, decorative film,
manufactured by LG Hausys that can be applied
to almost any room surface including: wood,
metal, plasterboard, plastics and melamine.
This enables walls, doors, furniture, skirting
and architrave to be attractively and quickly
transformed with minimum disruption and at
low cost. Offering excellent flexibility and
adhesion, Interior Film provides the perfect
finish, even to curved or complex shapes. It’s
easy to clean and maintain and is available in a
range of designs and finishes. Interior Film
which is now available to view on the BIMSTORE
website is CE Certificated so can be specified
with confidence. www.davidclouting.co.uk

RAW MATERIALS
Metsä Board showed its comprehensive Cresta range at Heimtextil 2016. The main raw
material of Cresta wallpaper base is renewable fresh forest fibres, grown in sustainable
northern European forests, helping meet demand from consumers for natural
materials. The CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) has endorsed the sustainability
of Metsä Board, awarding the company leadership in its Climate Change, Water and
Forest programmes. Metsä Board achieved 100/100 for the quality of its climate change
information, winning a place in the Nordic Disclosure Leadership Index. It was one of
only eight companies worldwide, and sole forest industry company, awarded an A grade
for water management. And it was one of only nine companies awarded leadership
status in the forest programme. The Cresta range includes bases suitable for all printing
and converting processes. It offers products for paste-the-wall, washable and strippable
wallcoverings, as well as expanded vinyl, PVC coating and paper wallcoverings. There are
also specialist products with resistance to high temperatures in converting or are
suitable for inks containing pearlescent pigments. www.metsaboard.com

A CHANGE IN
THE ATMOSFERA
Inspired by Japanese design ethos and culture, the Zoffany spring 2016
collection is a breathtaking interpretation of the natural world around
us. An ethereal aesthetic emanates from the artwork, which was
created by spontaneous and painterly brush strokes. AKAISHI
wallcoverings heralds an exciting new chapter of wallpaper creation for
Zoffany, introducing fabric on walls. Textural patterns are woven as
jacquards, paper-backed, and in some cases, digitally printed.
Innovation, through layering of substrates and techniques, creates
fabulously atmospheric wallcoverings, which, add a sophisticated zen-
like ambiance to the interior space they adorn. The EDO fabrics & braids
collection is the epitomé of fine craftsmanship; watercolour prints on
natural linens, lightweight silk qualities and delicate embroideries are
augmented by exquisite decorative wide-width braids. Featured here,
ATMOSFERA, from the AKAISHI wallcoverings collection, is reminiscent
of a waterfall cascading down a mountain. This rich and complex ombré
stripe evokes the sense of water and reflection. zoffany.com

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Showroom showcase

SHOWROOM
SHOWCASE
INTERIOR DESIGN TODAY IS TAKING A LOOK THROUGH THE DOORS OF SOME OF THE UK’S
BEST SHOWROOMS, OFFERING AN INSIGHT INTO THE COLLECTIONS CURATED AND
CREATED BY THE DESIGNERS WHO RUN THEM. By Jade Tilley

I have visited the Atrium Showroom before, Shoreditch and a viewing of the Derwent owned is just perfect for a brand so involved in the
when it sat, nestled in the ground floor of Leonard Street building that secured the move intricacies of lighting and invested in
Centre Point, London. Centre Point is now and expansion. Atrium now operates over two collaborations with lighting designers. The
transforming and is almost unrecognisable. At glorious floors of office space, seminar rooms original husk of the building, the steels and the
the stage where Tottenham Court Road was and showroom. The space took some time to very fabric that has made the floors, reflects the
evolving, so too was the Atrium brand and the find, with an original spec of 8,000 – 10,000 sq ft, mood and frivolity of Atrium, mixed in with a
team, lead by Ulysse Dormoy. but after some space searching, they ended up serious knowledge of design and craft.
In search of something that would offer more with 14,000, so you can imagine the scale they The team packed their boxes and moved over to
space with the ability to showcase both office and are working with. Leonard Street in 2015 and have made it their
product lead showroom, it was a trip to The building certainly carries the wow factor and own in a short space of time. Centre Point is now

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a complete residential space and the new Atrium and zip their way across the reception, lines create an office that invites employees to
showroom shines a light on their technical and suspended like tight ropes before descending to talk and share. The balcony style of this floor
aesthetic genius, just the way it should. So it points just out of reach. This is one of Michael means you have great views of the showroom
worked out well for all. Anastassides many designs that grace the from the office (if you’re lucky enough to be
My ‘tour’ started the very second I walked in the showroom. As a long time collaborator with Flos positioned near the edge) and can peer over to
door. Double (or is it triple?) height ceilings his work is instantly recognisable and always see what’s happening on the floor below. Huge
expose the reception desk, with the same height connected to a story. These particular lights sculptural lighting pieces are suspended and
in windowpanes reflecting back the architectural stem from the inspiration of Pylons and their drop gracefully into the showroom.
lighting work displayed at the door. BDP were the connecting wires. Around the corner there are meetings spots and
architects in charge of the design. The stunning I was greeted warmly by Ulysse, who has written a seminar/conference room. I immediately
Wall Rupture, by Thierry Dreyfus (soft for our publication before, so I knew that he was pictured the team at IDT in there, chilling out
architectural) scores its way across the wall and exactly the right person to take me on this watching a film, although I’m sure the guys at
jutting pipework extends from behind the journey – to show me the light if you will. On the Atrium have much more academic plans and
reception desk in a wild yet regimented main level, the space opens up to a lovely open uses for the spot.
formation. Soft purples, deep oranges and plan office space, Atrium teams busily work away To access the main showroom space I’m taken
calming white lights pervade the space and as on latest projects and strategies for bringing new down the most amazing industrial steel stairs.
the day grows darker, you can see more of the lighting offerings into the industry. The space is The showroom is superb. It is a hub of
beauty of the lights on show. String Lights whizz clean and bright and the visibility and open sight technology, innovation, design, all put together

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with a thoughtfulness for the visitors and for is unmatched by many others. Collaborations
the uses and forms of each lighting piece. As it with companies like Flos and Sattler gives
turns out, the showroom is also a great social Atrium the edge. They can offer a broad
space, with a bar/kitchen area where Ulysse spectrum of lighting applications and
and the team held their Christmas dinner party understand the craft and technology down to
(IDT would like an invite next year please!). the very last little wire.
The height of the room chops and changes with Other areas of the showroom exhibit flashes of
the varying ceilings that house designs, such extravagance and more frivolity. There is an
as Juncos from the Flos soft Architectural upcycled Christmas Tree (I visited during
range; luminaires inspired by bunches of reeds December) made out of brochures and
poking out from the ceiling. Then there are the catalogues, organised in a pyramid fashion,
more grand, sculptural pieces that descend with a digital circuit candle ‘Flying Flames’
from the full height of the building down to the suspended from the top, designed by Moritz
floor, reflecting off the full height windows. Waldemeyer, Ingo Maurer and team at
Always a favourite of mine, (whenever I spot it Ingo Maurer.
whilst out and about I am filled with joy), is the A podium sits in one corner of the space. Quite
Zeppelin pendant, designed by Marcel Wanders an imposing staging area, the guys at Atrium
for Flos. It is understated, gothic glamour with decided to use it to their advantage, a le
the innocence of a white sheath and a softness Corbusier lounge chair in Cowhide sits
to touch that confuses the onlooker by its underneath a giant floor lamp to give the
ability to hold court in any space. impression of size and scale.
This main stretch of the space highlights an Despite the open plan nature of the space,
opportunity for Atrium to showcase the range there are little nooks and areas to take yourself
and adaptable ability of their designs. They do off for quiet reflection. Tables laid out for
not simply sit in the hospitality sector, or meetings and open, relaxed work spaces and
commercial office spaces, but can move and the most spot on lighting that you’ll ever need
shift through any interiors or – no more squinting in badly lit areas here!
architectural project. Ranges coming out in 2016 include Bonjour
Take, for instance, the tracker lights that sit and Captain Flint to name just two. We also
further into the showroom near the kitchen/bar discussed the come back in wall mounted
set up. These tracking magnet lights (by Flos) lights because of advancements in LED
have been created to apply to environments technology and Atrium, always one step ahead,
that need flexibility and manoeuvrability. Who has some beautiful wall mounted pieces to get
doesn’t crave the ease of having simple the creative juices flowing.
magnetic connections for their spot lights, so Atrium continue to innovate and grow and this
that they can shift and change the mood in showroom space is a brilliant reflection of the
their own residences? work they do and can achieve in lighting for the
The appeal of Atrium and the brands it houses interiors industry.
is clear, and their dedication to lighting (over 28 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4BY
10 years focused on that side of the business) www.atrium.ltd.uk

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My icon

MY ICON
ROBERT ANGELL REVEALS
HIS DESIGN ICON

Robert Angell has had a somewhat prolific career to date. He has


worked with David Collins, travelled the globe in search of great
design, set up his own company and lecturers on the subject of
design, something, which he is passionately involved in.

WHO IS YOUR DESIGN ICON?


Philip Johnson, Architect, 1905-2005.

WHAT IS JOHNSON MOST FAMOUS FOR?


Philip Johnson is one of the most influential modernist architects, but perhaps
less well known than contemporaries, who included, Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer,
Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd-Wright. He was responsible for re-shaping
American and modernist architecture style that still prevails today. He had three
principles; 1. an emphasis on architectural volume over mass (planes rather than
solidity) 2. a rejection of symmetry and 3. rejection of applied decoration. He met
and worked alongside Mies van der Rohe in 1929 and they collaborated and
competed on many projects perhaps most famously on the Seagram Building in
New York. Mies designed the building whilst Philip designed the lobby and
interiors, including the Four Season and Brasserie Restaurants all of which look
as fresh today as they did in 1956 when it was completed. One of his earlier
buildings was The Glass House(1949) which he lived in from 1949 until his death in
2005.

HOW WAS JOHNSON’S WORK RECEIVED DURING HIS HEYDAY?


A prolific architect for many decades, Johnson's architectural work is a balancing
act between two dominant trends in post-war American art: the more "serious"
movement of Minimalism, and the more populist movement of Pop Art. His best
work has aspects of both movements. Johnson's personal art collection reflected
this dichotomy, as he introduced artists such as Mark Rothko to the Museum of
Modern Art as well as Andy Warhol.

WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN PHILIP JOHNSON AS YOUR ‘ICON’?


I have chosen Philip Johnson because of the continued change and recognition by
architects and designers to change and adapt throughout their career and to
embrace the ever-changing world and styles in design. This self-belief to strive to
bring new building and interiors to our city-scape is truly inspiring and is
something that is instilled in my philosophy that a unique design requires a unique
approach and to recognise what is happening and yet not be restricted to any
particular style or genre. It’s also his mantra of ‘Architecture is basically the design
of interiors, the art of organising interior space’

WHICH PROJECTS FROM YOUR OWN PORTFOLIO


DEMONSTRATE A NOD TO YOUR ICON’S WORK?
I think most of them do it one way or another. The Chelsea Suites at the Berkeley
Hotel follow a modernist principles and as quoted by Johnson himself ‘All
architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains,
cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space’

IF YOU COULD BE REMEMBERED FOR ONE ELEMENT


OF YOUR DESIGN, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Like Johnson says ‘I like to be buttoned onto tradition. The thing is to improve it,
twist it and mold it; to make something new of it; not to deny it. The riches of
history can be plucked at any point.’ I hope that it will be for creating timeless
interiors and that will become classics over time, interiors that stimulate an
emotion and creates an everlasting memories. robertangelldesigninternational.com

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BUSTER BULB
When Sir Henry Royce and Charles Rolls founded
their luxury motorcar company in 1906, their guiding
principle was: ‘Take the best that exists and make it
better.’ Paying homage to Sir Henry Royce and his
engineering prowess, Buster + Punch have adapted
their elegant and innovative LED BUSTER bulb with
an exclusive gold-plated bayonet design as an
exclusive product offering for the Saatchi Gallery
exhibition that was held in December. Combining a
high-tech LED light source with the Royce-patented
B22 fitting, the Buster bulb is a precious blend of old
and new. A contemporary version of the Edison
filament bulb, the teardrop-shaped glass shell
houses a resin light pipe that creates a crisp, clean
light quality. Updated with a gold-plated bayonet cap
for the exhibition, the piece is inspired by the Rolls-
Royce legacy of harnessing energy with superb grace.
www.busterandpunch.com

ON TARGET
Astracast has launched Dart; a new and exciting sink with an
unusual and intriguing drainer and compact dimensions. The Dart
sink’s draining board features a subtle chamfered design that
channels water back into the bowls. This design feature makes it
look incredibly sleek and minimalist; great for pairing with
contemporary kitchens. A new ultra smooth ROK® finish makes the
Dart range not only feels great to the touch, but also makes it even
easier to clean and maintain. Dart measures a depth of just 43.5cm
for the 1.0 bowl and 50cm for the 1.5 bowl; making it one of the
slimmest models in Astracast’s portfolio. It is manufactured from
Astracast’s high quality ROK® composite material which contains a
concentration of quartz crystals; an element which is recognised for
being very hard. This makes it durable and tough, capable of taking
potentially damaging knocks and impact, and resistant to scratches,
stains and heat. In addition, it boasts natural anti-bacterial
properties meaning that it is easy to clean and to maintain. Dart is
available in four ROK® colours; Volcano Black, Sahara Beige, Opal
White and Graphite Grey. 01274 475 179 | www.astracast.co.uk

POPULAR BY
TRADITION
The Shaws Belfast sink, an original ‘British made’
deep Victorian model has a traditional integrated
weir overflow, plus a unique patented overflow
adaptor to accommodate a waste disposer or
basket strainer. A Belfast sink is a popular, elegant
and compact sink suitable for many styles of home,
kitchen or utility room. This traditional Victorian
sink with its integrated weir overflow and spacious
bowl, makes it as popular today as it was over a
century ago. Shaws Classic Collection contains an
array of individually hand-crafted designs with
details unique in fireclay ceramics, which are
robust with a non-porous glaze, giving an
extremely hardwearing surface. All Shaws designs
are available in both White and Biscuit finishes.
01254 775111 | www.shawsofdarwen.com

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ICY EXTERIOR
Glacier is just one of three new door finishes set to change the
landscape for interior design. Introduced by leading internal door
manufacturer Vicaima, Visual Sensations provides a new collection
and welcome addition to the popular Dekordor SD foils range.
Designed to capture the essence of dramatic landscapes, bringing
exterior colour and pattern to an interior environment, these wood
look doors bring genuine innovation. The Visual Sensations
collection comprises three totally new and distinct timber grained
tonal choices including, Glacier, Canyon and Forest. Each of these
is available in a choice of designs comprising flush vertical and
cross-directional woodgrain (CDW), plus CDW with a contrasting
inlay effect. All doors are FSC certified for environmental peace of
mind and can be supplied with a range of performance
specifications including fire rated, acoustic and security as
specification demands. To complete the theme, Vicaima are also
able to supply as part of a matching doorset (door, frame and
architrave) plus matching wardrobes and door panels where
required. 01793 532333 | www.vicaima.com

CATHERINE’S CURVES
RAK Ceramics has introduced a new contemporary range to its Bathroom
Collection. Defined by its sleek curves and smooth edges, Catherine is an
elegant design with a contemporary feel. The range includes two WC’s and
four basins, along with a variety of matching baths, including modern
slipper-style ‘Seville’ and RAK’s best-selling Metropolitan design. Within the
new range, sanitaryware options include a close-coupled WC and back to
wall pan. Each design has a soft-close quick release seat, for easy removal
and cleaning, soft-close cover and a 6/3ltr or 4.5/3ltre flush. Catherine
basin designs include a 55cm full pedestal and half pedestal format, and a
semi-recessed design, which is ideally suited to tandem his and her
installations. To complete the scheme, RAK’s Bathroom Collection also
includes a stunning range of mirrors and mirrored cabinets, as well as
porcelain and ceramics surfaces to suit all interior designs.
01730 237850 | marketing@rakceramics.co.uk | www.rakceramics.co.uk

BESPOKE SEATING
SOLUTIONS
The need to stand out from the crowd and provide that luxury wow factor
has created unprecedented demand for bespoke seating solutions,
according to Lyndon Design. “Over recent years, we have witnessed a
surge in bespoke handcrafted seating across both small and large scale
projects, as customers now require upholstery that provides jaw-dropping
decadence, combined with comfort, flexibility and practicality,” says Tim
Armitt, Managing Director at Lyndon Design. “Our bespoke banquette
seating is a popular specification throughout leading four star, five star,
and boutique hotels and restaurants around the globe. It is particularly
popular in restaurants and hotels where space is at a premium or where
the most prevalent requirement is to accommodate large numbers of
people.” Lyndon Design’s bespoke upholstery is supported by a complete
consultative service. The company adopts the motto - ‘Concept -
Collaboration - Creation - Installation’ in order to ensure that the service
delivers a tailored product that is unique and impeccably designed to suit
specific requirements. 01242 584897 | www.lyndon.co.uk

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CLARITY
BRINGS THE
LIGHT
Guardian Clarity™ anti-reflective glass
offers a clear solution to architects who
wish to install glass that offers superb
light transmission, low light reflection,
and eye-popping optical properties.
Created by using the most advanced
magnetron sputtering glass coating
technology, it is ideal for special
applications in façades and premium
storefronts. It provides the best available
anti-reflective visual performance on the
market, allowing maximum transparency
while eliminating unwanted reflection
and glare. To improve the thermal
insulation and solar control and achieve
low reflection in a glazing unit, combine
Guardian Clarity either with Guardian
SunGuard® or Guardian ClimaGuard®.
Guardian Clarity anti-reflective glass can
make a clear difference, helping to
create buildings that stand out in the
urban landscape. For that clear, sharp,
“no glass” effect, seek Clarity.
www.guardianglass.co.uk/
latestproducts

EYE POPPING DETAIL


Traditionally, glass is used to create a barrier to protect its encased
environment. However, selecting the wrong glass can affect the overall
performance by introducing unwanted glare and reflection, while at the
same time reducing light transmission and overall aesthetics. It is here
that Guardian Clarity can make a difference.
Glass is the material of choice for many applications. Glass has a unique
set of performance characteristics: optically pure and aesthetically
pleasing, glass is strong, hard-wearing and long-lasting. Architects and
designers around the world utilise this incredibly flexible and versatile
material to help increase visibility or create highlights and features in
façades. However, while the glass itself may be clear, the view is often
less than perfect, as it is often obstructed by glare and reflection.
Guardian, a key supplier to the building industry, has introduced Guardian
Clarity anti-reflective glass. Created by using the most advanced
magnetron sputtering glass coating technology, Clarity is ideal for
applications in which excessive glare and reflection create an obstruction.
Guardian Clarity anti-reflective glass helps to achieve higher light
transmission and lower light reflection, delivering eye-popping optical
properties for premium exhibit, display and façade experiences, in fact
any applications in which a stunning view can be an advantage.
Used in combination with other Guardian products, Clarity’s low
reflection, higher light transmission can help to meet local regulations in
terms of energy performances through thermal insulation and/or solar
control. This can be achieved by combining Guardian Clarity with
Guardian SunGuard® products for solar control and Guardian
ClimaGuard® products for thermal insulation. The use of Guardian
UltraClear™ low-iron glass in combination with Clarity increases light
transmission and neutralises the green colour of standard glass leaving a
crystal-clear appearance. www.guardianglass.co.uk

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DESIGN OBJECT
BREATHES FIRE
Faber’s new Blokhus freestanding gas fire combines a stylish finish and
impressive flame picture with unique design flexibility. The unique,
modular balanced flue gas fire, which offers a statement design object
for any living space, is available with optional extra blocks to add height
and create different looks. Customers can choose single (200mm) or
double (400mm) blocks to fit on top of the standard design, which offers
a three-sided panoramic view of the flame picture. The Blokhus model
features an output of 4.6kW, or 5.2kW with the optional high efficiency
kit and includes Faber’s Log Burner® combined with a superb glowing
embers effect using LED Symbio® technology.
0844 879 3587| www.faberfireplaces.co.uk

POLYFLOR AT HOME
Polyflor, the UK's luxury vinyl flooring specialist, has recently relaunched
the Polyflor at Home website, www.polyflorathome.com, to help make
choosing a luxury vinyl floorcovering for the home as simple as possible.
The new look website features the five Polyflor at Home brands - Camaro
and Colonia luxury vinyl tiles, Camaro Loc interlocking vinyl tiles and
luxury vinyl sheet flooring from the Designatex and Secura collections.
Customers can easily browse through the collections across multiple
devices, making it easier than ever to choose the perfect product, order
free brochures and product samples. New features on the updated
Polyflor at Home website include the Design Floors section, which offers
inspirational ideas for creative flooring options in the home, and the
‘View by Shade’ function which allows customers to browse through the
huge variety of designs available, searching by colour and product type.
0161 767 1111 | info@polyflor.com | www.polyflor.com

FROM ORDINARY
TO EXTRAORDINARY
Inspired by America’s New York loft culture,
creating a fusion between architecture, design and
functionality, the latest editions to COMPAC’ s New
York Collection offers totally new quartz
worksurfaces that explores an industrial and urban
aesthetic to transform ordinary spaces into
extraordinary ones. Beige Zement (featured) with its
unique Glacé finish will electrify and awaken the
senses and with its subtle tones will create perfect
harmony in any kitchen. While Dark Concrete, Ice
Concrete and Beige Concrete have a unique
textured matt finish, which is silky, soft and
sensuous to the touch and follows the current
trends in decoration. Visit the COMPAC website to
see the complete range.
www.compac.es

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Tech report

GET AHEAD
MATT NIMMONS, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR AT CEDIA EMEA, DISCUSSES THE MERITS OF EARLY
PLANNING FOR HOME TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS AND THE FIRST TALKS TO BE HAD WITH CLIENTS

ARE YOU READY FOR THE SMART HOME? the lifestyle, function, aesthetic and efficiency A home technology system needs to be expertly
benefits of the integrated home for their clients. planned out beforehand. This will provide a clear
Property developers and clients certainly are. Interior designers should partner with a CEDIA idea of how rooms will work once furnished, so TVs
Increasingly, their expectation is that home professional to consider the technology aspect of a and speakers can be positioned in the optimum
electronic technology in all its forms, audio project at the earliest possible stage. At this point, locations and all power points and cables can be
systems, TV’s and home cinemas, lighting, security, it is possible to design and plan in advance the terminated, so as not to be seen when the
data networks, heating and more, can be wiring infrastructure which will be needed as the equipment is finally installed.
integrated and concealed within the interior design reliable and stable backbone of the system. This A properly designed wired and wireless
scheme of their home, then operated, enjoyed and will ensure that cabling, black boxes, speakers, infrastructure has the potential to deliver reliable
controlled quickly and easily, when needed. screens and control panels can be effectively content and services throughout the home for
For this reason, it is more important now than ever concealed or integrated into the design scheme. many years but it is essential to work with a home
for design professionals to understand smart home Cables cannot be easily retrofitted, nor can space technology professional, as they understand the
technology, the benefits, the functions and the for the essential boxes driving a system be easily requirements and can provide a solution that fits
aesthetics, to provide the service that is now fully found, once the property has already been with your scheme and meets your client’s
expected by the client. decorated. True, wireless technology can be useful expectations.
A collaborative relationship between the design in many home technology installations. But, for the CEDIA has released a FREE Smart Home
professional and the experts who install home reliability and consistency of performance your Recommended Wiring Guidelines document and a
technology is essential at the start of any project, client needs, a wired infrastructure is the video Guide to Smart Home Wiring to help inform
with the planning stage determining the smooth- recommended solution. Indeed, to achieve any interior designers about the cabling infrastructure
running of the overall scheme. degree of wireless technology implementation in needed for the modern home.
CEDIA members are specialists in the integration the home, a certain level of cabling for power and
of electronic technology into the home. They communications for ‘wireless’ equipment will still www.cedia.org
partner directly with interior designers to maximise be required. Image courtesy of James + Giles, CEDIA Member

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EASY AS 1,2,3
Faber has launched a new ‘all inclusive’ concept, which offers all the
luxury and style appeal of a Faber balanced flue gas fire with easier
and quicker installation. The new Faber Concept 1 and Faber Concept
3 gas fires offer complete delivery of the entire product, including fire,
chimney breast, brackets and a balanced flue “up and out” kit. It
means installation is as easy as 1,2,3; simply fix the fire to the wall,
make the flue connection and finish off by fitting the chimney breast -
delivering cost savings straight to homeowners by allowing builders,
dealers or even the consumer to carry out the installation and leave a
qualified gas installer just to connect the gas. Concept 1 includes a
Fyn450 fire with Faber Emberbed Burner and 3.2kW heat output. It is
encased within an anthracite painted fire frame, with an eyecatching
steel chimney breast that can be supplied in black, white or a paintable
surface that can be finished with emulsion paint to coordinate with the
décor of the room. Concept 3 offers a Faber Triple M Smart fire with
6.8kW heat output and Faber Flat Burner with ceramic logs, positioned
on a striking black gloss plinth and with a paintable chimney breast.
0844 879 3587 | www.faberfireplaces.co.uk

SMOOTH, STYLISH, SILENT


JLC Automation Services has introduced new, evolutionary magnetic
automated sliding doors that effortlessly glide, providing any type of glass or
wooden door with a smooth, elegant movement. Powered by linear magnetic
drive technology using permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM),
JLC’s clever compact door operator has been designed for safe, reliable and
quiet operation, to stylishly complement any modern interior. With low
energy requirements for efficiency, JLC’s magnetic sliding door operators
meet all safety requirements. Their automatic sensors instantly detect any
obstruction to immediately stop and reverse. Activation is hands-free with no
need for obtruding handles and can be achieved with light contact, through
radio remote control, or infrared motion sensors. Suitable for both new and
retrofit applications, the sleek magnetic mechanism can easily be installed
to update both the function and appearance of any size or configuration of
internal doorway. 01293 567 929 | www.jlcautomationservices.co.uk

PERFECT SENSE
Thanks to a revolutionary UV coating process, EGGER’s new
PerfectSense Gloss and PerfectSense Matt boards provide
a particularly hardwearing surface with a premium look and
feel at a realistic price. Both ranges are available now and
have a core of super-smooth MDF. EGGER’s new UV coating
process gives its second new product, PerfectSense Matt,
unique properties of its own, making it highly resistant to
fingerprints. The warm, soft look also gives it an
up-market feel that is gaining in popularity. The dimensions
are 2800 x 2070mm with a thickness of 19mm and all of the
PerfectSense finishes have matching edging. Also available
are colour matches in complimentary textures to create a
coordinated look with other panel products. PerfectSense
Matt decors carry on the current “Glory of Grey” theme,
with two cooler shades of grey included, U708 PM Light
Grey and U732 PM Dust Grey, as well as two warmer grey
shades, U702 PM Cashmere and U727 Stone Grey.
0845 606 8888 | www.egger.co.uk

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WOOLLY UNDERFOOT
The first Wool Floor Show London is a complete sell out. The show, running
23rd and 24th March, is dedicated to the wool flooring sector and intends to
promote the superior benefits of quality wool for the floor and has the
support of all major leading wool brands. The event, a concept from HRH
The Prince of Wales’ Campaign for Wool and its major funder The British
Wool Marketing Board will host more than twenty wool carpet
manufacturers including Brintons, Axminster and Ulster Carpets, Cavalier
Carpets, Kingsmead, and Mr Tomkinson. Cormar, Brockway, Manx and
Westex are also on the list as are Crucial Trading, Bronte Carpets, Roger
Oates and Jacaranda as well as many others. Chelsea Football Club’s
Stamford Bridge is the central London venue chosen and whilst better
known for football, it also hosts many top trade events. Its Great Hall has
the advantage of having its own entrance and some parking outside the door
as well as tube station nearby. From a wider perspective, it is also within
reach of all of London’s attractions within minutes. A key feature will be a
series of inspirational wool show case installations - similar to the one
displayed at The Flooring Show in Harrogate where the Campaign for Wool
has hosted Wool Trends for the last two years. woolfloorshowlondon.co.uk

IN THE FLOW
Axor One, designed by London based design duo Barber & Osgerby, is Axor’s
first all-in-one interactive shower control element. With its monolithic but
soft form, Axor One creates a new spaciousness in the shower. By
consolidating many individual controls into one simple element, it
streamlines both the look and functionality of the bathroom. Temperature is
set by turning the central dial; a small lever directly below regulates water
volume and the Eco Mode reduces water consumption up to 50per cent. The
flow of water is activated by pushing the large paddles on and off (which you
can do with the back of the hand or elbow). With clearly distinct symbols, up
to three water outlets can be used simultaneously making Axor One a
convenient and engaging shower experience. A variety of special finishes are
available through Axor Manufaktur, ranging from subdued chrome to red
gold, allowing Axor One to become as visible as the user would like it to be.
01372 465655 | enquiries@hansgrohe.co.uk | www.hansgrohe.co.uk

AWARD WINNING
UPHOLSTERY
Innovative skai® surfaces are conquering hotels all over the world
with their superb designs. With its skai® surfaces, Hornschuch
contributes to an exclusive room ambience. Whether it is important
to create a homely, cosy feel-good atmosphere with a high degree of
comfort or whether the pure aesthetics of simple elegance are what
is required, skai® is always in its element. The Interior Innovation
Award 2015 was given to the upholstery materials skai® Solaris EN,
skai® Soroma Stars EN and skai® Tokio EN. In March 2015
Hornschuch was pleased to receive the Red Dot Award: Product
Design 2015 for the upholstery synthetics skai® Solaris EN. Shortly
afterwards the high-quality material skai® Quadro Stitches received
the Iconic Awards 2016: Interior Innovation. The German Design
Award 2016 was presented to the surface specialist for the
upholstery covering material skai® Tokio EN.
02895 211888 | sales@malonefabrics.co.uk
www.malonefabrics.com | www.skai.com

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NEW PARADISE
Designed for Living is one of twelve new designs introduced this
January by TEKTURA Wallcoverings. This collection captures a bright
jungle paradise with tropical birds, lush leaves and grass weaves. The
desire to connect with nature within interiors continues to grow both
through pattern and colour; Designed for Living was created in
collaboration with Jantien and Noor in their Dutch design studio and is
now available to purchase by the roll (53cm wide) through the website.
At TEKTURA they are specialists in contract wallcoverings; our life is
colour, pattern and texture. TEKTURA believes wallcovering can
transform a space and they are dedicated to delivering outstanding
product and service.
020 7536 3300 | enquiries@tektura.com www.tektura.com

PRO DESIGNS
PRONTEAU Profile 4-in-1 kitchen tap is the latest innovation from
Abode. Profile is just one of five new designs of 4-in-1 mixertaps
offering all the benefits of a normal kitchen mixertap with the addition
of filtered cold drinking water and 80-98º filtered, steaming hot water
from one single tap, with no extra handles. The boiling water function
can only be used with the unique Abode Hotkey, for added safety. The
water temperature is programmable precisely between 80-98º with the
PROBOIL3 boiler allowing optimum water temperatures for teas,
coffees and speciality drinks. By holding water at a maximum of 98º the
unit does not spit or spurt steam and importantly, is WRAS approved for
use in new build and retro-fit installations, unlike other units offering
just two degrees more. www.abode.eu

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Last Word

thelastword

WELLNESS BY DESIGN
PLAY ASSOCIATES HAVE DELVED INTO A NEW WAY OF THINKING ABOUT THE INTERIOR: IT’S AFFECT ON OUR EMOTIONAL,
PHYSICAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLBEING. RORY MACPHERSON IS USING INTERIOR DESIGN TO LOOK DEEPER

WE SPEND AN ESTIMATED 90 PER CENT OF OUR important, as we seek to undo the stimulating We champion clean air through all stages of
TIME INDOORS. THIS FIGURE IS IMMENSE, influence of technology. We look to give control design; we use natural paints with no chemical
PARTICULARLY CONSIDERING SOME OF THE back to the user, not only through brightness additives, we limit the addition of any harsh or
SPACES WE INHABIT ON A DAILY BASIS; PLACES (lumens), but temperature of light (kelvins). harmful materials, we fit air filters and add in
WITH LITTLE TO NO FRESH AIR CIRCULATION, NO The enormous amount of time we spend indoors greenery for it’s ability to ‘clean’ air, and fit air
PLANT LIFE, OR POOR LIGHTING. PLAY has other far-reaching affects on our lives. The filters to make sure enough clean and fresh air
ASSOCIATES HAVE INTEGRATED THIS ability to engage with nature and natural settings circulates. Our practice seeks to redefine ‘green’
UNDERSTANDING INTO EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR becomes compromised. Research has shown that design to encompass more than just
DESIGN PRACTICE; FROM EARLY CLIENT in the absence of being able to physically sustainability, which we also see as critical to our
MEETINGS, THROUGH DESIGN CONCEPT, immerse oneself in a natural setting, leafy plants, work. Our objective is to create considered
DOCUMENTATION, AND CONSTRUCTION. highly textured fabrics in natural colour ways, and design that benefits both people and the
even artwork showing views to nature can environment. We seek to make spaces that keep
Studies have shown the right kind of light, at the positively affect well-being. on giving over their lifetime of inhabitants.
right time, can stabilise our hormonal rhythms, We can make these connections people crave so The trickle down affects of this practice are the
enhance night-time melatonin secretion, improve deeply through fairly simple and straightforward intangible. The ephemeral qualities of space are
sleep quality, increase day-time vigilance and raise planning. Integrated into bespoke joinery, transformed through light, touch, sounds and air
our resilience to stress. Light is the most powerful planting is never an afterthought, but carefully to name a few. The way we feel in space is
regulator of the day-night-rhythm of people, and considered to create the maximum benefit. We fundamentally altered, from something you didn’t
has the potential to energise, relax, increase consult with experts to create green spaces that know mattered, to a way of living forever
alertness, improve our cognition, and mood. Often will thrive with the amount of light and water they benefitted from a few small, but well-placed
lit by the blue glow of a screen, the ways we light are exposed to, as well as considering other ways design concepts.
our surroundings are becoming more and more to engage with nature. www.play-associates.com

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orders@kozeesleep-beds.co.uk www.realflame.co.uk

DECORATIVE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS

“Deep Blue”
Award winning at Nitten in 2006 by Mitsuo Takana -
born in 1956 in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture.

Gold, silver, tin and copper inlay on lacquered


wood two panels screen: W 140cm (54.33") H 162cm
(63.68"). Half beak fishes in a deep sea

CURTAIN MAKERS

Bespoke designs
manufactured in-house

JENS BEZUIDENHOUT
tel: +44 (0) 203 432 2558
Deanswood Interiors email: info@cueagents.com
01634 814444
keithporter@deanswood.co.uk web: www.cueagents.com
www.deanswood.co.uk

FIREPLACES, STOVES AND GAS FIRES


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www.pinckneygreen.co.uk
sales@pinckneygreen.co.uk

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FURNITURE FLOORING ARTWORK

Original, limited edition Art Deco posters

BEAUTIFUL BESPOKE FURNITURE


For more than 90 years at Titchmarsh
& Goodwin we have been handcrafting 290-294 Latimer Road, London W10 6QW
stunningly beautiful wooden furniture 0208 960 6776 Over 100 designs to choose from!
and architectural joinery at our sales@newforestfloors.com View and buy online
workshops in Suffolk. We work with www.newforestfloors.com www.pullmaneditions.com
interior designers and architects
to deliver individual pieces and schemes KITCHENS BED LINEN
for clients all over the world.
Our highly skilled team
of cabinet-makers, woodturners, carvers
and French polishers are simply the best
in the business at making furniture in the
traditional way using the finest English
oaks and walnuts. We’re very proud
of the quality that we can achieve. Tim Moss
Bespoke Kitchens
Call 01473 252158 timmoss.co.uk
or visit
www.titchmarsh-goodwin.co.uk

KITCHEN FITTINGS LIGHTING

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