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www.idfxmagazine.com | March 2012
retro feast
rebecca Hoh, features editor
The nations love of vintage
rages on, and as a fully
fedged, fag-waving, badge-
wearing fan of retro I will
be braving the crowds (it
really does get busy!) at
Midcentury Modern on 18
March, at Dulwich College
in south-east London.
There are so many quality
pieces there, including
furniture, lighting, artwork
and fabrics, as well as a
section of work by current
designers producing mid-
century-inspired products.
Get there early to grab your
own litle piece of history.
www.modernshows.com
Britain is world-renowned for its high standard of creative
thinking, and with the worlds spotlight on the UK for
the Olympics this summer, the V&A have decided it is
the perfect moment to celebrate the countrys creativity.
Its major spring exhibition, British Design 1948-2012,
opens this month to look at the progression of the creative
industries from post-war to now. A focus of the show will be
to investigate the role that Britains manufacturing industry
has played in the global market, which has prompted this
months feature Make Britain Great (p24), a further look
at the scope of great products made in the UK, and why it
pays to source British for interior design projects. Meanwhile
another aspect of the V&A show will highlight Britains
unrivalled ability to nurture creative talent, which ties in
nicely with our annual showcase of up-and-coming interior
designers (Rising Stars, p16), many of which have trained at
one of the UKs best schools. Plenty to be proud of!
Welcome
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Where youll fnd us in March
sHow and tell
Jenny Brewer, assistant editor
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of speakers that includes
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currently working with
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Gerd Bulthaup (pictured)
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OPEN
05 Editors letter Why we should be proud to y the ag
09 Pulse Our monthly round-up of the latest and best products
for residential schemes
10 Diary Design-related events around the UK and worldwide
12 News John Pawsons interiors for the new Design Museum are unveiled
14 Company prole: Fameed Khalique This supplier of outstanding
surfaces and materials is being used on a wide range of projects
FEATURES
16 On the rise Up-and-coming interior designers
24 Flying the ag As the worlds gaze falls on UK design and
manufacturing we ask why buy British?
32 Prole: Sebastian Wrong The design director of Established
& Sons on why the company has refocused from parties to products
37 Work ethic Making a home-o ce space impressive and inspirational
can be as simple as sourcing the right-looking desk
42 Sitting pretty Stand-out seating from the Cologne furniture fair
44 Q&A: Angus Gibson Director of top-end house builder Symm
FABRICS FOCUS
47 The drama unfolds Six pages are devoted to an exclusive preview of
newly launched spring fabrics from leading manufacturers and suppliers
61 Maison & Objet does the business Designers and manufacturers tell
us why being at the leading Paris fabric shows is so important to them
67 Trends idfx scoured Maison & Objet and Paris Dco O for latest trends
PORTFOLIO
80 A dream come true Start-up Suzy Harris
landed on her feet when her rst commission
turned out to be a dream job
86 East-West diplomacy A presence in Dubai
and a base in London was the perfect combo
for Blanchard in designing a home-away-
from-home for its Emirates-based client
91 Practice Prole: Shaun Clarkson ID
Clarkson tells us of projects in London and
Edinburgh and why the premises below his
o ce are now a reection of the company
CLOSE
93 Showrooms New openings
94 Kitchen and bathroom Pulse
Latest product innovations
102 Opinion: Simon Hamilton
The international director of the BIID on
the many benets of foreign commissions
ON THE COVER THIS MONTH
New spring fabrics, from Romo, Osborne & Lile, Carlucci di Chivasso,
KAI and Brentano. See page 47 for details. Styling and set design by
Sarah Parker; photography by Catherine Losing
MARCH 2012
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PROJECTS DIVISION
COmmERCIal - RESIDENTIal - HOTElS
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Pulse
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THIS MONTH
09PULSE: THE BEST NEW PRODUCTS
10DIARY: THIS MONTHS KEY EVENTS
12NEWS: WHAT, WHERE, WHEN & WHY
14 COMPANY PROFILE
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01 Original BTCs new Stirrup uplighter
is portable and freestanding, useful for a
changeable room layout. With an etched glass
visor, it is available in black, white and polished
aluminium. www.originalbtc.com
02 Evitavonnis Pouf 26 chic ooman is shown
here upholstered in Dahl (colourway 01), from
the brands Astaire collection of wools. At a
height of 45.5cm, it requires 2.5m of fabric
to cover. www.evitavonni.co.uk
04 Besselink & Jones has launched the
H2-039 Cage Pendant light, which ticks all the
boxes in the latest trend for industrial-look
products, with ma black steel-wire mesh and
exposed bulbs. www.besselink.com
06 The sleekly curved Abbracci chair is
available in a range of wood nishes with a
fabric or leather seat. Designed by Centro
Studi, it is supplied by Interdesign, the UK
distributor of Flexform. www.interdesignuk.biz
03 Designed by Massimo Scolari for Giorgei,
the Dora chair is in polished beech with an
aluminium backrest and leather seat, which
can be made with matching piping. Available
from Interior Supply. www.interiorsupply.co.uk
05 The elegant Sybil lamp from Porta Romana
is shown here in Elephant Grey with gold base
and silk/linen shade. It is 76cm high and comes
in a further four muted shades Celadon,
Sage, Sand, and Stone. www.portaromana.co.uk
Words JENNY BREWER
Open
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Our selection of the best products
to spot at London Design Week,
this month at the Design Centre
Chelsea Harbour. www.dcch.co.uk
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Diary
02
International Furniture Fair Singapore / 29th
ASeAn Furniture Show 9-12 March, Singapore
Expo Halls, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore www.ifs.com.sg
One of the largest trade shows in Asia, with
exhibitors from China, Indonesia, Taiwan, the
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, the UK,
Australia, France and the USA. Incorporates
Deco Asia 2012 and Hospitality Asia 2012.
TeFAF Maastricht the european Fine Art Fair
16-25 March, Maastricht Exhibition and Congress
Centre, Netherlands www.tefaf.com Established in
1988, this is the silver jubilee for the decorative
art and antiques fair that ofers the chance
to view and buy paintings from a whole range
of works, from Anish Kapoor to Old Masters,
sourced from galleries all over the world.
international
diary
02 Luxury Antique Weekend at Linden Hall
9-11 March, Linden Hall Golf Course and Country
Club, near Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 8XF
www.lindenhallfair.com The ffh outing for this fne
art and antiques fair, with 24 specialist dealers.
It features antique Persian carpets, Chinese
ceramics, 18th-century art, Georgian furniture,
and 20th and 21st-century designs.
The ARC Show 29 February 1 March, Business
Design Centre, London N1 0QH www.thearcshow.com
This year sees the architectural, commercial
and retail lighting event working with its
curator, infuential lighting designer Durham
Marenghi, for the frst time. This year it will
also incorporate Design Prima, an expo of
commercial interior and architectural products.
04 ecoBuild 20-22 March, ExCeL London E16 1XL
www.ecobuild.co.uk Combining 850 exhibitors
ofering products related to sustainable design,
construction and the built environment.
With speakers including Janet Street Porter
and Monty Don, as well as seminars on all
the latest codes and regulations in the ever-
changing world of sustainable housing.
21st Century Furniture III, The Arts and Crafts
Legacy 22 March 1 May, The Millinery Works, 87
Southgate Road, Islington www.millineryworks.co.uk
A contemporary design exhibition which
teams up some of the UKs leading furniture
designers with the Society of Designer
Crafsmen, founded by William Morris.
It includes 70 pieces created by 40 makers.
01 Raise Your Design profle CDp Course
9 March, Chelsea Harbour, SW10 0XF www.klc.co.uk
A one-day course run by the KLC School
of Design providing advice on successfully
publicising design work. It covers blogging,
styling press shoots, placing adverts, press
releases and geting work published, all geared
towards those in the interior design industry.
03 Landscape 2012 15-17 March, Olympia, London
W14 8UX www.landscapeshow.co.uk Now in its
second year, this is the show for those involved
in interior and exterior landscaping, as well as
landscape gardening. With talks from experts
such as John Cullen Lightings design director
Sally Storey on how to illuminate a garden with
only the power of a 60W bulb.
London design Week 2012 Trade preview 11-13 March, open to the public 14-16 March, Design
Centre Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 OXF www.dcch.co.uk View this seasons key new collections of
fabrics, wallpapers, outdoor products, kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, furniture and fnishes in the
91 showrooms housed within the light and airy domes of the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.
Design lectures and professional practice seminars will run throughout the event, including a talk
from international designer David Rockwell who will give a frst-hand insight into his approach as
well as discuss some of his projects.
pavilion of Art and Design
paris 28 March 1 April, Jardin des
Tuileries, Rue de Rivoli, Paris 75001,
France www.padparis.net The Jardin
des Tuileries will be transformed
into a showcase of modern art,
design, decorative arts, photography and
jewellery from 50 distinguished international
makers and galleries.
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News
March 2012 | www.idfxmagazine.com
The Design Museum has
released plans for its future
location at the former
Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, west London.
Designed by John Pawson, the interior of the Grade 2 listed building
will feature galleries for permanent and temporary exhibition space,
an auditorium and a library. Pawson said of the project: There is a
particularly nice symbolism in the fact that in making this legacy for
future generations we are saving a work of iconic architecture. The
buildings 80m renovation will give the museum three times the space
of its current home, and will retain its original roof structure.
The design team has been assisted by Lord Cunlie, a leading
member of the original 1958 architectural team, and James Sutherland,
the original structural engineer. The project also includes a new
surrounding residential development, planned by OMA architects.
The new building is due to open in 2014. www.designmuseum.org
HABITAT
APPOINTS
CREATIVE
DIRECTOR
Polly Dickens
has been made
creative director
of Habitat, aer
leading the brand
as interim director since
November 2011. Dickens was formerly
creative director of the Conran shop, and
has worked as both a creative lead and
buyer for brands including Anthropology,
Liberty and The Source.
She will now head the creative direction
of Habitat and manage the in-house design
team. Dickens said: Its a wonderful
opportunity to reinvigorate this great
brand. www.habitat.co.uk
Plug In Design
distributes Ex.t
Leicester-based interior
design retailer Plug
In Design is now the
exclusive distributor of
Italian bathroom and
home brand Ex.t in the
UK and Ireland. The
retailer is also looking
for other UK dealers,
as part of Ex.ts
international expansion.
www.plug-indesign.com
New bespoke artisan
group launches
The Bespoke Consortium
is a new group of
artisans specialising in
bespoke commissions
for homes and interiors.
Including a stonemason,
tile painter, wallpaper
designer, muralist and
wood furniture maker,
its collective services
are aimed at architects,
interior designers and
the general public. www.
bespokeconsortium.co.uk
Central Saint Martins
appoints new head
Jeremy Till is to be the
new head of college at
Central Saint Martins,
London. Currently dean of
the School of Architecture
and the Built Environment
at the University of
Westminster, he will
take over from Professor
Jane Rapley in August.
www.csm.arts.ac.uk
AHEC REWARDS
YOUNG DESIGNERS
The American Hardwood Export Council
(AHEC) has announced the winners of
its inaugural Wood Stock competition
for architecture and design students
and graduates in France and Belgium.
Georey Graven won the Stand Alone
category and the public vote for his
Tandem furniture piece (shown right),
while Mathilde Lano won the small
extension or renovation category with her
design The Transition Cube (right below).
Audrey Yaacouli and Mlanie Saillard
won the interior design award for their
reception desk design.
Prototypes or scale models of the 15
shortlisted entries were shown at Maison
& Objet, where a jury chaired by interior
designer Christian Liaigre selected the
winners. www.americanhardwood.org
Visualisations show how John Pawsons
interior design will look for the 2014 opening
NEW DESIGN MUSEUM
PLANS UNVEILED
NEW KVADRAT COLLABORATIONS
Danish fabric brand Kvadrat has launched
several high-prole collaborative projects,
including collections by Paul Smith and
Tomoko Azumi. Textile design brand
Maharam has released Point by Paul Smith
(below), an upholstery textile available in
Europe through Kvadrat and launched during
London Fashion Week in February.
Furniture sourcing
company Coexistence
will host Input (16
March-3 April), an
exhibition by British
furniture brand
MARK in
collaboration with
Kvadrat, and
featuring work by
Sam Johnson, Gala
Wright and Tomoko
Azumi. www.kvadrat.dk
RCA CELEBRATES 175 YEARS
During 2012 the
Royal College of Art
will be celebrating
its 175th year with
events including
exhibitions and
a publication on its history. Dean of the
RCAs School of Communication Neville
Brody has designed an anniversary logo
(above), which will be used throughout 2012
to mark the occasion.
This year also sees the introduction of
new MA programmes, which will include
interior design and service design. A new
M.Arch in city architecture is also in the
pipeline. The anniversary year will also
see the opening of the Dyson Building in
Baersea, part of the RCAs long-term
plans to house 1,500 students.
www.rca.ac.uk
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Company Profle
The news is geting out about this
supplier of fnishes and fabrics
Words rebeCCa hoh
Fameed Khalique is one of the UK interior
design industrys best-kept secrets, but that is
all about to change. The supplier of innovative
surface materials has been so busy actually
working with architects and designers on
amazing projects such as one hyde Park with
Candy & Candy, ski chalets with Todhunter
earle and the InterContinental hotel London,
that there hasnt been a need, or indeed time,
to promote the business.
When we start work with a new client, they
always ask: how come we havent come across
you until now? says Khalique. but when you
start a business the most important part is
doing what it is you do, but now we want to
start talking about it and geting it out there.
Formerly marketing director at alma, the
interior leather specialist, Khalique ofers
collections of fnishes, surfaces and fabrics
a mix of products he has personally developed
and by companies worldwide that he represents.
The latest collection is with Lithos Design
dramatic, 3D tiles in marble and stone for both
residential and commercial projects and cut
using the latest revolving laser-saw technology.
other collections include applications
in 24-carat gold, semi-precious stones and
metals, sandstone mosaics, embroideries,
paper, yarn and even recycled bicycle tyres.
To Khalique this is half of the story; the other
half is providing a service particularly tailored
to sourcing and delivering elusive products
when the customer has something distinct
in mind, its website says.
Interior designers and architects are
always looking for something new, something
unusual, so our frst job is to make our clients
go wow so that they can go to their clients
and make them go wow, Khalique explains.
Secondly, we know they need products fast.
They phone and say I need something for a
board tomorrow, and we aim to be the go-to
company that they can trust to say Yes, we
can do that in time, or to let them know very
quickly if we cant. We like to be thought of as
an extra member of staf on the project.
at present Khalique and his team of
three operate from his own apartment-cum-
showroom in Clerkenwell, but by the end of the
year he will be working on the design plans for
a dedicated studio and showcase for his range.
In February Khalique supported the high-
profle Sadlers Wells Gala by creating a fabric
and lighting installation with one of his brands,
Parisian LCD Textiles, which he commissioned
to put together 50 suspended cloud formations
for the theatres auditorium and foyer. The next
12 months will see Khalique carrying on with
a demanding but exciting workload, supplying
materials for schemes with the 20 interior
designers and architects he regularly works
with, and that includes residential projects
with Finchaton in Los angeles and with anna
owens Designs on a London house. Plus the
new business that seems to be coming in daily.
It does feel a litle bit like being at the end
of a runway, about to take of, says Khalique.
We plan the task list for the day and then the
phone rings and it all changes! Its very crazy
but were ready.
www.fameedkhalique.com
fameed
Khalique
on offer
Below left, Fameed
Khalique, who offers
unusual materials for
a range of projects
fabric choice
Above, one of the many
outstanding fabrics that
can be selected from the
Fameed Khalique range
bespoKe
Far left, Fameed Khalique
worked with GP Studio
to redefne the personal
shopping experience with
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on the surface
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Abbie de bunsen design
After studying English and history
of art, Abbie de Bunsen spent 18
months in the furniture and optical
toy departments at Christies, so
its not surprising that her interior
design features an intriguing mix.
I like combining antiques and
bespoke stylish pieces, often with
extraordinary fnishes, she says. De Bunsen
set up her own practice in 2009 and heads
a team of four tackling a mix of
residential and commercial work.
Her recent projects include the
renovation of the Thomas Williams
Fine Art gallery in Bond Street,
the Albannach restaurant and
whisky bar in Trafalgar Square, and
homes in Notting Hill, Kensington
and Cheshire.
Abbie de bunsen design. 020 7736 5858
www.abbiedebunsen.com
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Sophie paterSon
Sophie Paterson credits her
excellent organisational and people
skills so necessary to running a
busy interior design practice to
two previous jobs: one working
in the logistics department for a
newspaper while living in Madrid,
the second as an events manager
for a prestigious restaurant group in London.
She has a degree in business and Spanish
from Bath University and took a CAD course at
KLC before working as an interior designer for
a property developer. In 2008, aged
only 24, she set up her own design
practice, and is already making
a mark with her modern, classic
interiors publishing her frst book,
Style and Glamour, at the end of
2011. She believes that successful
interiors rely on detail. I scrutinise
the detail on everything whether
it is a piece of bespoke furniture or a lighting
design, she says.
Sophie paterson interiors. 020 7370 2210
www.sophiepatersoninteriors.com
romanoS Brihi
After graduating from KLC and
working for several leading London
interior designers and developers,
including Finchatton, Romanos Brihi
set up his own business in 2005.
Half Lebanese and half Welsh, Brihi
was born and educated in London.
His sister, Rima, also interior design-
trained, has recently joined the company.
Our USP is our extensive building and project
management experience, says Brihi, who says
his primary role is to take care of every aspect
of a job: coordinating architects,
contractors and ftters, through to
decorating and furnishing. Regularly
attracting interest with both UK and
European clients thanks to their
city-slick and sophisticated design
aesthetic, the company focuses on
luxury residential projects, but has
also recently completed a prestige
offce refurbishment in central London.
romanos Brihi London. 020 7368 3342
www.romanosbrihi.com
Ben rouSSeau
He hadnt even completed his degree in
product and industrial design at Middlesex
University when Ben Rousseau was invited
to join the Design UK team at Designers
Block at 100% Design. Commissions for
his illuminated furniture quickly followed,
and after graduating he was able to set
up Rousseau Design in 2003. Today, his
London-based studio turns its hand to
custom-made lighting-based furniture
and interior products, and the design of
residential and commercial spaces. His
collaborators
include architect
Ian Douglas-Jones
and street artist
INSA. I have a
passion for cutting-
edge materials
and manufacturing
processes, he says.
His installation for
CD (UK), distributors of DuPont Corian, is to
be unveiled at KBB 2012, and will, he says,
revolutionise how designers use Corian.
rousseau Design. 020 7953 1258
www.rousseau.co.uk
Rising stars
We pick 10 up-and-coming
interior designers, poised to make
their mark Words aMelia thorpe
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Chantel elshout
South African-born Chantel Van
Den Elshout began her career
as a research and style assistant
working on The Sunday Times
Home and Style sections, after
completing a spatial and interior
design course at Chelsea College
of Art and Design. Six years spent
working for two high-end London-based kitchen
retailers led Elshout to set up her own design
consultancy in January 2011, specialising in
kitchens and bathrooms. My aim is to create
beautiful, functional interiors which
refect my clients personalities,
she says. They often know what
they want, but arent sure how to
achieve it. Her latest project is the
refurbishment of a schoolhouse
apartment, with a new kitchen in
a large open-plan living space, as
well as designing and installing two
new bathrooms and creating several pieces of
bespoke furniture.
Chantel elshout Design Consultancy
020 8772 3186 www.chantelelshout.com
Monique tollgrD
In 2008, Monique Tollgrd
completed the Inchbalds interior
decoration course, adding the
certifcate to her to BA in English
literature from Christ Church, Oxford.
Originally from South Africa, she
says she has a keen interest in how
geography and culture shape the
way people use their living spaces.
In 2010 Staffan Tollgrd Design Group launched
a design studio in the Algarve, and for the last
two years she has been concentrating on two
modern new-builds near the coast,
both of which have recently been
completed. The sheer scale of
these properties, with their huge
swathes of glass, concrete and
stone, has been an enormously
challenging but ultimately gratifying
experience, she says. Monique
has been married to Staffan
Tollgrd for eight years, and they
live in London with their two young sons.
staffan tollgrd Design group
020 7575 3185 www.tollgard.co.uk
anDrew allen
After 10 years in the banking industry,
Andrew Allen decided it was time for a
career change and chose to develop
his interest in design and architecture,
completing a post-graduate diploma at the
Inchbald two years ago. I set up my own
practice after graduation and am based in
Clerkenwell, which is a really exciting part of
London, he says. The creative industries
are mushrooming here and many of the
residents are very design-conscious.
Allen has tackled a broad variety of
residential and
commercial projects
with his own brand
of innovative and
sophisticated
urban style,
including industrial
conversions as
well as apartments
and a 14th-century
gatehouse. Each project has been very
different but equally exciting, he says.
There is no way Id want to go back to my
old life now.
andrew allen Design. 020 7415 7145
www.andrewallendesign.co.uk
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Porous Designs
Established in 2003
by Jo Dew and Debi
Harris Porous Designs
specialises in high-end
residential interiors. Dew
(far right) has an interior
design degree from the
Chelsea College of Art
& Design, and worked in Hong Kong before
spending fve years at John Minshaw Designs.
Harris (above) has a degree in printed textile
design from the School of Textiles and Design at
Heriot Watt University,
and a career to date
that encompasses
residential, hotel and
commercial design.
The success of
Porous Designs is
the direct result of our
individual skill sets,
backgrounds and personalities, as we draw
inspiration from one another, says Harris.
Porous Designs. 020 7720 8232
www.porousdesigns.com
nicola HarDing
As a route into design, it is an
unconventional one: while Nicola
Harding was studying theology at
Edinburgh University, her design
for a Fringe set was spotted
by Red Bull, which asked her
to create a festival suite for the
brand. After graduating in garden
design from KLC, she worked for
renowned garden designer Arne Maynard for
fve years, and developed her interior design
skills by renovating and selling properties.
Her London-based practice, NH,
tackles both large and small-scale
projects including the decoration
of a houseboat on the Thames,
a Georgian townhouse, and the
Bel & The Dragon group of inns
and restaurants. My style is laid
back and light-hearted, she says.
I enjoy using traditional methods,
materials and plants and a balance
of vintage, contemporary and bespoke pieces.
nH. 020 8743 6690
www.nicolaharding.com
Mena interiors
Melanie Rademacher is the driving force
behind Mena Interiors, the company she
set up in 2003 after studying a selection of
architecture courses while at university in
the USA, before qualifying with an interior
design diploma from the Inchbald. She then
spent eight years at Kelly Hoppen Interiors
where she became design director. Today,
Mena Interiors specialises in high-end
residential work, including new-build and
refurbishment projects, and Rademacher
is supported by a team of three. The frms
policy of taking on
no more than six
projects at any one
time ensures that
the team delivers a
highly personalised
style and service to
its clients. I measure
the success of a
project by how it
complements my clients everyday life,
she says. Recent projects include the
refurbishment of a contemporary house
in Geneva and a townhouse in Chelsea.
Mena interiors. 020 7349 7115
www.menainteriors.co.uk
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Bouchon (above),
who combines her
design expertise with
her sisters marketing
skills. Also, we were
amazed at todays
throw-away society, so we wanted to create
furniture that is built to last generations, she
adds. Our motto is the accumulation of
small details done to perfection. Bouchon is
currently working on interiors for a house in St
Tropez and a chalet in Switzerland.
Nuttall Home. 020 7584 8989
www.nuttallhome.com
Where are they noW?
We catch up with two ones to watch and one from our
graduate showcase, all of a couple of years ago, to see how
their stars have risen
the designer
to Watch
GytHa BoucHoN
As well as running
her thriving interior
design practice, Gytha
Bouchon (ne Nuttall)
joined forces with her
sister, Amber Aikens
(far right), to set up Nuttall Home in 2010.
Their range of furniture, fabrics, wallpaper and
accessories bears the hallmarks of quiet luxury:
expertly made down-flled sofas, cashmere
cushions and fabric-inspired wallpapers.
Since setting up Gytha Nuttall Designs in
2000, I have always designed furniture and
had the upholstery made to measure, says
the promising
graduate
DaNielle Strzlecki
It was 2008 when we identifed
Danielle Strzlecki as a graduate
to watch. She has used her
talent and a diploma from
the Interior Design School to
work at United Designers and
Spacetherapy on large-scale commercial
projects in the Middle East. She joined
Christopher Dezilles Honky design team in
mid-2010, working on residential projects and
developments primarily in London.
As a designer at Honky, I work on
projects from specifcation stages
right though to the installation
process, she says. Attention
to detail is a must, and my aim is
to work more with clients to achieve
the perfect space to suit their
needs. She is currently working
on a residential development in Londons
Trafalgar Square area.
Honky. 020 7622 7144
www.honky.co.uk
the eco Warrior
ryaN koHN
Ryan Kohn, director of interior design,
build and property development company
Living in Space, is a leading light in the feld
of sustainable home design. He fghts the
notion that eco means rough and ready
through the development of slick products
and clever design.
We have recently completed the
refurbishment and extension of large
house in Kensington, which is like a living,
breathing computer that manages itself in
the most energy-
effcient manner,
he says. Despite
the intense M&E
involved, the design
of the interior is
contemporary and
elegant with clean
lines and a good mix
of colour. A judge at
the recent KLC Deco Debutante Award to
celebrate emerging talent, Kohn takes every
opportunity to spread his eco message.
Change has to start at home, he says.
living in Space. 020 7722 3131
www.living-inspace.co.uk
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this year all eyes are on the UK as the
Olympics takeover London, and as a result the
British design industry is having a moment of
patriotism. Exhibitions and events celebrating
British design are popping up everywhere,
including the V&As major show British Design
1948-2012, which will showcase a range of
iconic designs from the Morris Mini Minor to a
model of Zaha Hadids London Aquatics Centre.
While the UK is home to many world-
renowned designers and innovators,
globalisation has led to much large-scale
manufacturing being outsourced abroad,
to the detriment of the nations economy and
employment rates. Small-scale and bespoke
manufacturers face competition from around
the world, and are ofen seen as the less
cost-efective solution in a climate of ever-
tightening budgets.
Interior designers who support and specify
British-made products, such as Ian Smith, argue
that price is not the only factor to consider. The
downside of sourcing in Britain is that skilled
labour is expensive, Smith admits, but this is
outweighed by equally important considerations
such as time, quality and building relationships
with the makers. We have a long heritage in
design and architecture, and we produce a
quality not equaled anywhere.
For his interior design practice, Smith ofen
specifes British-made products by companies
such as Vaughan Lighting, Laurence McIntosh
and Wilton Carpets, and implores his peers
to do the same. We need the industry to
reassess what it is buying and why. Stop buying
products from the other side of the world
if you look for British manufacturers there are
plenty available.
This is echoed by interior designer Joanna
Wood, who is known as a champion of British
produce and makes an efort to source British
before looking elsewhere: Mass-produced
accessories are ofen imported, but if you want
beautifully made furniture, woodwork or sof
furnishings, source British and youll fnd the
prices are competitive.
Wood has found that, especially more
recently, UK clients are keen to support their
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01 Original BTC and
Davey Lightings
china, glass and metal
lighting products are
made in Stoke-on-Trent,
Birmingham and Oxford
www.originalbtc.com
02 Leading international
wallpaper brand Graham
& Brown designs and
makes all its products at
its Blackburn HQ
www.grahambrown.com
03 Vi-Springs mattresses
are hand made in Devon,
using pure British eece
and Real Shetland wool
www.vispring.co.uk
04 All furniture by
Somerville Scott is
designed and made in
small UK workshops,
including one of its latest
pieces, the Domino table
www.somervillescott.com
05 The Beardmore
Collection manufactures
a vast selection of door
furniture at its foundry in
Hastings, East Sussex
www.beardmore.co.uk
06 Bathroom company
Samuel Heath has been
making its products in
Birmingham since 1820
www.samuel-heath.com
The worlds gaze is
focusing on UK this
year with the Olympics,
and as design and
manufacturing comes
into the spotlight we
ask, why buy British?
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own industries, even if it means paying more.
I use the fact that something is made here as
a positive marketing tool. Clients defnitely
respond to that, and will ofen be willing to
increase budgets to cover it, she says.
Wood ofen specifes products by Linley,
Tim Gosling and Bennison, and her support of
British industry has led to partnerships with
Stephen Lewis, founding fabric and wallpaper
brand Lewis & Wood, and John Phillips,
founding lighting company Phillips and Wood.
From the perspective of the manufacturer,
it is this endorsement and investment from
richer and more established companies that
allows the smaller brands to keep up with
their competitors. Bespoke will always be
expensive as there are always development
costs, states Dominic Phillips, son of the
founder of Phillips and Wood, but those costs
are becoming more manageable with the
development of technology that is easier
to use and more widely available. According
to Phillips, a few brave industry heads are
investing in new machinery and methods to
allow competition with the manufacturing
giants of the world such as China and India.
I have seen progress in the right direction and
when the pressures of the current recession
have passed, I think it will continue.
James Mair, founder of furniture retailer
Viaduct, feels that British design and
manufacture are still too disparate, and
that manufacturers need to be much more
receptive. Small companies are the backbone
of manufacture in this country, he says.
There is no shortage of good British designers
who would be delighted to work with British
manufacturers, and designers who appreciate
the problems of manufacture, but many
manufacturers still dont appreciate design.
Its beter than it was, but theres still a long
way to go.
To increase their stature in the global
marketplace, Mair believes British companies
need to see the bigger picture, looking to
expand their international client base with
more investment in exporting their wares.
Well-considered export initiatives are crucial,
together with advice for businesses. I think
retailers and interior designers would happily
promote British design provided it is seen
to be beter than foreign competition in terms
of manufacture, quality of design, lead times
and costing. he says. Its easy to source
from all over the world now, so that is the
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craftspeople produce
solid Perspex furniture
inspired by the Shaker
and William & Mary
design periods
www.selfandhale.com
09 Flux ceramics are
designed and made by
students and graduates
of the Staffordshire
University MA Ceramic
Design course www.
fuxstokeontrent.com
10 Joanna Wood is
known as a champion
of British-made
design, specifying UK
companies in all her
high-end interiors
www.joannawood.co.uk
BritiSH DeSign 1948-2012: innovation in
tHe MoDern age, 31 MarcH-12 auguSt
The V&A celebrates the best of British with a major
exhibition of design and creative talent from the past
six decades, examining the progression from the last
London Olympics in 1948 to this years event. Iconic
pieces that will include the Morris Mini Minor, a gown
by Alexander McQueen and art by David Hockney,
will chart the most signifcant moments in British
cultural history and its most famous creations. Work
by artists and designers born, trained or working
in the UK will be shown, covering from furniture
and fashion to photography and architecture,
and aiming to investigate how the country
nurtures its creative industries and how its
manufacturing industry has affected its
global presence. Professor Martin Roth,
director of the V&A, said of the shows
timing: As people around the world will
be focusing on the UK this summer, this
is an ideal moment to showcase British
innovation, taste and creativity.
www.vam.ac.uk
07 For the exhibition the V&A has
commissioned a model of the
Olympics London Aquatics Centre,
designed by Zaha Hadid architects
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the flAg
for design
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11 Based in Chiswick,
London, Phillips and
Wood makes its lighting
using a mixture of
new and traditional
technologies www.
phillipsandwood.co.uk
12 AGA Rangemaster
makes all its products
in Telford, and was
nominated for the
APMGs Made by
Britain initiative www.
agarangemaster.com
13 London-based
design store Viaduct
offers products by Tom
Dixon, Supporto, Hitch
Mylius and Established
& Sons (shown)
www.viaduct.co.uk
14 Matthew Hiltons
Burnham Windsor
chair for De La Espada
is made by Ercol in
its Buckinghamshire
factory www.ercol.com
www.delaespada.com
competition that we face.
Jenny Gibbs, principal of the
KLC School of Design, also thinks
manufacturers need to be less
dependent on local demand and
nd ways to aract more business
from abroad. This would restore
condence in the future and stability
of our industry and encourage
investment, she says. Business
Birmingham is an interesting example of
an initiative to regenerate an area. Made
in the UK should be a mandatory form of
labelling to further the brand. Or perhaps we
should take a leaf out of the Fashion Councils
book and have a British Interior Design week.
Original BTC and Davey Lighting exports
approximately half of all its production abroad,
and managing director Peter Bowles urges other
UK-based manufacturers to explore similar
opportunities: British manufacturers need
to be aware that there is a vast international
market out there that appreciates what we do.
According to Bowles, the USA is particularly
keen on British production and design for its
reputation in quality.
A crucial reason many UK-based speciers
choose British produce is to have more input and
control over what they are buying, a factor that
also gives product designers more exibility
during development. For Bowles, bringing the
majority of the companys manufacturing
(including 95 per cent of the components) to
Britain had an immediate impact on quality
and service. Previously the glass we used was
made overseas and oen had impurities. Now
we make the glass ourselves and its much
clearer and purer. Its much more hands-on as
we can get involved in the processes, geing the
detail exactly right.
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Bowles has also noticed that his companies
British production has promotional advantages.
Its a real talking point. Nobody shows o about
products being made in the Far East, but they
certainly like saying they are made in Britain.
We use the Union Jack on our packaging to help
retailers really promote the message, he says.
Mike Meehan, managing director of
luxury bed specialist Vi-Spring, has also
observed resurgence in support for British-
made products. Buying British has become
increasingly in vogue as there are a number
of benets, including reducing environmental
impact, boosting the economy and stringent
safety standards giving people condence they
are purchasing a quality product.
Vi-Spring makes all its maresses in
Devon using only pure British wool, making
it one of the UKs many luxury brands
something Meehan believes is our forte, but
that needs more support. We are operating
in an increasingly competitive climate and
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to be successful, the British design industry
needs to maintain its strength of innovation,
he says. At the same time, British designers
need to be supported to turn their creative
ideas into products that sell. If we achieve this,
then well stand a beter chance of continuing
to lead the way in high-end, luxury interiors
manufacturing.
Last year saw the launch of the Associate
Parliamentary Manufacturing Groups (APMG)
Made by Britain project, initiated by Business
Secretary Vince Cable. With an aim to improve
the reputation of the manufacturing sector,
650 MPs were asked to nominate a product
that is manufactured in their constituency.
Among products such as the Dyson vacuum
cleaner and the custard cream, nominations
included furniture by Ercol, which is made
in Buckinghamshire and appliances by AGA
Rangemaster, which has its production centre
in Warwickshire.
This year, John Lewis has also launched a
Made in UK identifer, which will appear on
more than 4,000 products to highlight and
promote their UK origins. The Design Council
reports that 44bn is spent each year on new
engineering and architectural design in the UK,
but at its recent Design Summit, longerterm
plans were on the agenda as MP Mark Prisk
spoke about the Governments plans to draw
students back to careers in manufacturing.
How do we encourage the 43 per cent of young
people who take science, technology, engineering
and maths degrees, he asked, when only fve
per cent then go on into industry, engineering
and manufacture?
Meehan (of Vi-Spring) suggests training
and incentives, while Joanna Wood agrees
that apprenticeships are imperative but
are only viable with fnancial support from
the Government. Gibbs believes the current
Governments emphasis on science and
engineering is advantageous, but seems
unfnished. The best innovations
have historically developed from a
combination of art and science, and it
is this creative, informed approach
that British manufacturers need
to keep their foot frmly in the
international marketplace, he says.
It is this careful fusion of
unique design thinking and
investment in technological
innovation that will keep our
identity truly British.
Contacts
V&A www.vam.ac.uk
design Council
www.designcouncil.org.uk
15 Luxury brand Soane
has recently launched
its range of fabrics, that
are handmade in the
UK www.soane.co.uk
16 The Moon Rock
table by British
designer-to-watch
Bethan Laura Wood
for Nilufar Gallery has
been nominated for
Design of the Year 2012
www.woodlondon.co.uk
17 Tom Faulkner says
producing work in
Wiltshire allows control
over prodution and
freedom to experiment
www.tomfaulkner.co.uk
18 Lee Broom works
with specialist British
craftsmen on all his
projects (shown: Salon)
from initial concept to
fnal production
www.leebroom.com
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STripe Me
Far right, Wrongs new
venture The Wrong Shop
is a platform for
batch production
of a small range of
objects, including
the Studio Chair
froM The farM
Far right, below, a classic
tractor seat and base
informed by three-legged
milking stools combine in
Sebastian Wrongs
Heidi Stool
glaSS acT
Sebastian Wrong
designed the Column
Lamp, a collaboration
with Murano glass
manufacturer Venini,
for Established & Sons
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Sebastian
Wrong
With much to do as design director
of the innovative Established & Sons,
Sebastian Wrong has just launched
another venture
Words Alyn GriffithS
led, limited-edition pieces that garnered much
press coverage and a following among the
design cognoscenti. With Stella McCartneys
husband Alasdhair Willis among the founding
partners the brand was seen to be akin to a
premium fashion label and it became renowned
for hosting exclusive, star-studded parties.
things at Established & Sons have changed
dramatically since then. the global economic
downturn and Willis stepping down as chief
executive in 2010 led to a reassessment of
strategy. Established & Sons had a reputation
for great parties and presentations... People
arent buying our stuf because theyve been to
our parties theyre buying it because they
like the product, and that should be the focus
of what were doing, says Wrong.
that isnt to say that Wrong doesnt still
believe in the importance of puting on a good
show. last years Salone presentation was in
the opulent Versace theatre, with mirrored
walls encircling the collection of new products.
its so important to make an impression in
Milan as its the one time in the year when
everyone in the industry gathers in one place,
explains Wrong. you come away from this
massive overload of stimulii and what do you
remember? not a lot. We want to create an
environment where people have the memory
of having experienced something special.
Wrong says that this year the company
has taken a strategic decision to focus on a
more streamlined selection of products than in
previous years. its a case of less is more for
us now. We want to be very specifc and very
particular about what were developing and
The build-up to Aprils Salone
internazionale del Mobile in Milan is a busy
time for Sebastian Wrong and Established
& Sons, the company he co-founded in 2005
and for which he is design director.
having exhibited a new collection of
products in Milan every year for the past
seven years, Established & Sons has gained
a reputation for spectacular and innovative
presentations and for the quality and
ingenuity of the products it commissions
from leading designers, among them Jasper
Morrison, ronan and Erwan Bouroullec,
Konstantin Grcic and Zaha hadid.
Every product added to the Established
& Sons portfolio has to meet the standards
of originality and manufacturing excellence
demanded by Wrong, who takes great pleasure
in his regular dealings with suppliers around
the world and managing the production of
what are ofen unusual and challenging
designs. i have a real closeness to all our
products. i can tell you far more about them
than any sales person by default because
ive been there from the outset.
Wrongs fascination with 3D form and
materials began at school, where he frst
became interested in sculpture. he went on to
study sculpture at norwich School of Art and
Camberwell College of Art before founding his
own design and manufacturing label. having
achieved recognition in 2001 with the Spun
lamp, now produced by flos, he launched
creative agency the lane with Mark holmes,
experimenting with the development of new
products and the design of exhibitions and
graphic identities.
the launch of Established & Sons coincided
with a period of pre-recession prosperity and
a market that was receptive to the concept-
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what were going to be investing in it doesnt
do us any favours to present a product and
have a year or so before it reaches the market.
With CEO Maurizio Mussati now handling
the operational side of the company business
is booming, sales are up and Wrong is
able to devote more time to nurturing the
latest crop of contributors and liaising with
manufacturing companies around the world,
something that he fnds particularly inspiring
and stimulating for his own work.
Over the years Wrong has contributed
numerous successful products to the
Established & Sons portfolio, including the
Font Clock, Heidi Stool and a range of pieces
created in collaboration with the artist Richard
Woods, who applies colourful wood-grained
paterns to various surfaces and materials.
Im exceptionally lucky because my position
within the brand allows me to have a prety
open agenda of what I want to design for
Established & Sons, Wrong says.
Wrong says he has become beter at
managing his own time, enabling him
to explore the opportunities that arise
from the connections he has forged with
manufacturers and other designers. He also
shares his knowledge and experience with
students at the Royal College of Art
in London where he teaches one day a week
on the design products course.
I really enjoy teaching, he enthuses. Im
able to give the students an insight into the
reality of cuting-edge production, costs,
suppliers things that many of them have
litle experience of.
Last October Wrong launched a new
platform for his own ideas and further
collaborations with renowned designers under
the title The Wrong Shop. It focuses on batch
production of a small range of objects and
sits somewhere between open, large-scale
manufacturing and the implementation of
complicated processes used to create limited-
edition gallery pieces.
By making the products to order and selling
them direct to the customer the supply chain is
shortened and a beter
cost structure can
be achieved, he says.
Theres a massive
void between the
high-end and mass
production that a
lot of good ideas are
falling into. Ive seen
many great ideas fail,
primarily because of
the cost of production,
which is why I strongly
believe in this middle
way, he explains.
The Wrong Shop is an experimental
venture, as well as a personal one for Wrong.
He has contributed a corner table that is
manufactured using wood from an oak tree
that came down on his own land. This passion
for provenance has been at the heart of his, and
consequently the Established & Sons, ethos
since the beginning and will continue to defne
the progression of Wrongs career in the future.
heart of oak
Above, the base of this
corner table was created
from an oak tree that
came down on Wrongs
farmland
curtain up
The venue for
Established & Sons
presentation at last
years Salone de
Mobile in Milan was the
opulently appointed
Versace Theatre
GooD wooD
Below, Wrong works
regularly with artist
Richard Woods, whose
colourful woodblock
print decorates this set
of drawers
time for DesiGn
Left, the Font Clock,
a design by Sebastain
Wrong for Established
& Sons
The provenance of production is a story which
is ofen overlooked but is really important and
needs to be celebrated and communicated, he
says. Im making a big efort to do that by
using my knowledge of suppliers and designers
and consolidating them. Its intense and its
exploratory but theres plenty of potential.
Lets hope he can fnd the time.
www.establishedandsons.com
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The spectre of gridlocked transport
systems during the 2012 Olympic
Games is leading to o cial advice that
Londoners spend the period working
from home. In fact, around one in 10
workers already spends some or all of
the working week based at home, so for
many the prospect wont be much of
a novelty. And with almost everybody
now connected via smartphones and
iPads, being out of the o ce doesnt
present the technological challenges
that it once did.
1 Julian
Chichester has
reinterpreted a
Danish design
from the late Fifties
with the Cortes
desk. The top is
wrapped in tactile
black vellum and
its steel legs have
been gilded.
Four sycamore-
lined drawers
provide plenty
of storage. Two
sizes are available:
1,820mm wide x
900mm deep, or
a more compact,
home-ofce sized
1,500mm wide x
700mm deep.
www.julian-
chichester.co.uk
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Working
desks
Whether your home workspace is a fully appointed
study or a corner in the back bedroom, your desk
can be as impressive and inspiring as your work
Words KAY HILL
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But now we can access the internet
just as well from the back garden or the
bath, has the home o ce become
redundant? Well, according to the
experts almost the worst place you
can put a laptop is actually on your
lap. Its handy to be able to pick up
the occasional email on the train, but
sit for too long with your shoulders
hunched and your head downwards
and youll face a lifetime of back pain.
Its far beer for productivity and
comfort to position yourself properly
at a comfortable desk.
The most important considerations
in choosing a desk are storage,
functionality and user comfort, says
Paul Kelley, whose Copper and Walnut
desk (see next page) has a built-in chair
which conveniently slides out of sight
when not in use.
6 The Volley table
from Danish company
Soren Rose is made
in solid natural oak
and white laminate
and has a crisp,
Scandinavian look.
A concealed drawer
running across the
front is large enough
to store paperwork
or a small laptop or
keyboard, and has
divisions for pens
and pencils. Size:
1,370mm wide x
810mm deep.
www.sorenrose.com
3 The Diva from Juliettes Interiors radiates
glamour. It is carved from solid beech and
nished in white lacquer with gold, silver
or champagne leaf, or a choice of lacquers.
Its three drawers are nished with Swarovski
crystal handles. Size: 1,800mm wide x
830mm deep. www.juliettesinteriors.co.uk
4 If space is no object, desks dont come much more striking than
the Goggle from Italian manufacturer Babini. It can be left as an open
loop, with the same or contrasting colours inside and out, or can
be tted with modesty panels, drawers or cupboards. The frame is
available in gloss white or black, with interior options ranging from matt
yellow and violet to olive wood. Size: 2,400mm
wide x 950mm deep. www.babini.com
2 American company Modloft offers the
strikingly asymmetrical Mercer desk in a
choice of three nishes. It has a stainless
steel base and handles, and offers three
large storage
drawers. Size:
1,500mm wide x
610mm deep.
www.modloft.com
5 Czech company
Processs Ply
Like Lajk desk
is a tribute to the
classic Bauhaus
tubular steel desks
designed by Marcel
Breuer, whose
nickname was Lajk.
This version features
parallel layers of
laminated plywood
sections, lacquered
MDF drawers, and a
table top made from
safety glass. Size:
1,700mm wide x
700mm deep.
www.process.cz
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Lakshmi Bhaskaran of Bark
Furniture agrees: We are all living
in smaller and smaller spaces and
theres a tendency to make smaller
furniture. But its not always practical
and some desks are just too small.
You need space around your laptop to
lay out work, and drawers so you can
put everything away at the end of the
day and not have a big pile of work
staring at you from the corner of the
room. And of course, if the desk looks
gorgeous as well, then it will help with
the motivation to sit down at it and
start working
9 Household noise can be effectively banished with the soundproofed
Rewrite desk from Ligne Roset. The simple, compact walnut desk
features a curved hood made from fbreglass and upholstered in
sound-absorbing foam and natural woollen fabric from Kvadrat,
available in a wide range of colours. A cable management tray is
hidden beneath the desk. Size: 1,012mm wide x 750mm deep.
www.ligne-roset.co.uk
10 The Pontus desk from Pinch Design is a
crisp mixture of walnut, oak and painted wood.
It has four drawers, a cable management system
and hidden storage for a router or hard drive.
A matching pigeon-hole unit can be stacked
directly on to the desk top or wall mounted as
shown. Size: 1,800mm wide x 750mm deep.
www.pinchdesign.com
8 Where space is
at a premium and
style is everything,
the Dado desk from
Italian company
Compar Mobili fts
the bill. Its made
from a single piece
of safety glass,
bent into shape
and lacquered in
black or white with
clear edges. Size:
1,260mm wide x
700mm deep. www.
gomodern.co.uk
7 The Cavour desk from Zanotta was designed in 1949 by Carlo
Mollino, but still looks fresh and sleek. It has an oak frame, available
in natural wood or a wenge-coloured stain, and a 12mm plate-glass
top. The drawers and compartments combine natural wood with
black lacquer. Size: 2,740mm wide x 900mm deep.
www.chaplins.co.uk or www.zanotta.it
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11 Designed by George Nelson in 1958,
the Home desk from Vitra was originally
thought of as a place for the housewife to
write her letters. Now, however, its the
perfect size for a laptop, and its colourful
partitions still look fresh and modern.
The frame is walnut veneer, legs are
in chromed metal tubing and the work
surface is white laminate. Size: 990mm
wide x 723mm deep. www.vitra.com
13 The Beacon Desk
from Cornwall-based
Bark Furniture is
hand-made to order
in natural ash. It
features three wide,
soft-close drawers
with contrasting black
walnut bases, or it
can be specifed in a
two-drawer version.
Size: 1,600mm deep
x 600mm wide. A
matching chair is
also available. www.
barkfurniture.com
12 The Orson desk
was designed by
Matthew Hilton for
De La Espada and
comes in either oiled
American black walnut
or oiled American
white oak, both with
cast iron legs. It has
three solid wood
drawers for storage,
and three small
compartments
provide a cable
management
system. Size:
1,400mm wide
x 800mm
deep. www.
delaespada.
14 The solid, industrial
look of the Copper
and Walnut desk
from Paul Kelley
was designed to
resemble an old water
tank left out in the
elements, but when
the form is opened,
a comfortable,
leather-upholstered
chair emerges and it
becomes a spacious
desk. A similar design
is also available in
solid blue acrylic.
Size: 1,500mm wide x
700mm deep. www.
pk-designs.co.uk
15 Case Furnitures
Mantis desk by
Sam Wilkinson was
designed with home
offces in mind. The
solid beech wood
top has a removable
plate that allows easy
access to a storage
tray for plugs and
cables, a back panel
acts as a noteboard
or privacy screen
and theres a small
laptop-sized drawer.
The legs are in steel.
Size: 1,400mm wide x
800mm deep. www.
casefurniture.co.uk
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Last months Cologne Furniture Fair
proved to be a great resource for new
and innovative seating for interior design
Words REBECCA HOH
01 Cologne design
studio Kasch Kasch
produces simple but
striking furniture such
as the Pinokkio bench
here, made in coloured
stained solid oak or ash.
It is based on mid-20th-
century Scandinavian
design and has a
matching dining table.
www.kaschkasch.de
02 Designed by
Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia, the
J.J. armchair has a
steel-rod structure
supporting a thermo-
treated ash frame. The
seat comes in leather
or pony skin, with
feature back straps.
www.bebitalia.it
03 Modular Hip Hop
is part of Calia Italias
Urbana collection and
can be transformed
into a sectioned sofa,
armchair, chaise
longue and footstool.
Colours and materials
can be mixed and
matched, with the
modules available
in leather and fabric.
www.caliaitalia.com
04 Cerruti Baleri has
combined the look of
the austere with the
shape and feel of a
traditional wingback
armchair, aptly entitled
Louis XV Goes Spartan.
Actually a wooden
frame with polyurethane
padding, it is covered in
silk digitally printed with
a carrara marble image.
www.cerrutibaleri.com

06 Along with a new
range of couches, the
Regia armchair was
launched at the fair
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by Natuzzi and has
a functional quilted
storage pocket on one
side that also adds a
decorative aspect to its
minimalist design. It is
upholstered in leather.
www.natuzzi.co.uk
05 Pro, by German
brand Flototto,
was developed with
Konstantin Grcic
Industrial Design on
a school-chair aesthetic
that ts happily into
the home. It is available
in six colours and
with single swivel leg
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or sled frame option.
www.oetotto.de
07 Walter Knolls
Jann Armchair, with its
strapline Nonchalance
de luxe, is made with
plush materials and with
legs in black coated
bronze. The upholstered
armchair, by Austrian
design company EOOS,
also has an integral
occasional table.
www.walterknoll.de
08 Making its debut, the
Tate Colour stackable
chair by Jasper
Morrison for Cappellini
has a stainless steel
base and a one-piece
seat and back brush-
painted in eight vibrant-
colour choices.
www.cappellini.it
09 Florentine sofa
maker Arkitepo has
launched the Ego
sofa with oversized
proportions in modules
of various combinations
and low seating at
40cm high. Each
module is lled with
new goose down.
www.arketipo.com
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How are you tackling tHe market
conditions? Have you diversified
or explored new sectors?
As a business, Symm saw the signs early and
has been prudent with costs and unnecessary
expenditure. However, the London market
is obviously atractive and Symm has been
involved in London-based refurbishment
projects for many
years, culminating
in opening an ofce
in Chelsea this year.
Since I joined
Symm in 2009 I have
introduced a home
technology service
for audio-visual and
lighting which has
been very successful,
and we have employed
new ideas for Symm
clients, interior designers and architects.
are you maintaining tHe same prices
or are you willing to negotiate?
Certainly we will negotiate a project. Symm
ofers in-house bespoke joinery, stonemasonry,
specialist decorating, building and AV, and
has excellent sub-contractors, so a negotiated
contract is ofen very atractive to the client.
Quality can be maintained across the project.
wHats really exciting
you about Home
tecHnology at tHe
moment? are any
new trends coming
tHrougH?
Interior design has had
a love-hate relationship with all things audio-
visual since the early days of ugly loudspeakers
and box-like TVs. I think they had a point, but
having worked with the industry for over 25
years the technology has developed beyond all
recognition to ofer clever products which are
now easy to conceal and work beter than ever.
wHats tHe relationsHip like between
interior designers and audio-visual?
Its never been beter, and the two work in
harmony producing stunning home cinemas,
versatile audio systems and beautiful lighting
efects. Apples iPad and iPod have, without
question, transformed the way we approach
home technology. Streaming or downloading
flm and music directly to our homes is not only
the future, it is already available. I am working
with an interior designer from Paris called
Bruno Moinard on a London project. He is a
very creative designer.
In terms of new
product, I think the
innovation of digital
media for the home
is interesting; it
distributes flm and
HD television all
around the house from
one central position
over CAT5E cable,
eliminating Sky boxes
and DVD players
clutering up cupboards in rooms all you
have is a fat-screen TV in the room... simple.
wHats tHe mood among tHose youve
talked to recently? is it upbeat, or
are times still as tougH as ever?
The recognised designers are busy but I suspect
fees and margins have been hit, so practices
have shrunk a bit, particularly in London.
However, the international clients quietly move
about ofen unnoticed and they want
quality, high-end crafsmanship, innovation
and service.
There has been movement in high-end
residential, but many of these properties are
under the radar.
is it true to say tHat residential
customers are spending less
and looking for HigHer levels of
quality? How Have you and otHers
reacted to tHat?
Quality will always win through, but during
recessionary times the client, by nature,
thinks that products and services will be
cheaper. Companies react by squeezing
margins to keep the workfow, but this
can be disastrous and counterproductive if
care is not employed. Symm has reacted by
maintaining a transparent and open approach
to the client and their consultants.
Angus
gibson
Director of top-end architecture,
building and restoration company
Symm speaks up for British design
Have you cut down on marketing?
We do not advertise as a rule and our
marketing strategy is client and consultant-
focused. Symm has been involved in the
building and refurbishment of Le Manoir Aux
QuatSaisons for over 25 years and we have
a close relationship with Raymond Blanc, who
is very supportive when we entertain.
Symm sponsors events in the arts and
has for a long time supported its own young
apprentice scheme.
wHat did you make of london design
festival last year?
The British interior design industry does it very
well! The French and Italians are very stylish,
but it is a credit to London that the shows are
richly atended by those from the Continent,
Russia, the Far East and the USA. London
shows of British crafsmanship and high-
quality fnishes to the full; we should be very
proud of our heritage in this area.
Has tHe london factor Helped prop
up tHe market in tHe capital?
London has historically caused a buzz and is
world famous for fashion, design, music, the
arts, retail and architecture, not forgeting
commerce in the City. The London residential
property market never ceases to surprise.
london
shows off
high-QuAlity
finishes to
the full
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American architect
David Rockwell
debuted his Spotlight
collection with Jim
Thompson at Paris
Dco Off. The designs come as Trevira CS,
linens and silk-cotton blends.
They refect my deep interest in the play
of light and love of natural materials and
textures. The motifs and patterns we used
were inspired by a wide range of our past
projects from hospitality to residential to
theatre. Since Paris Dco Off took place a
day ahead of Maison & Objet, visitors were
able to have a jump start by checking out
the new collections before the myriad of
Maison & Objet-related events.
At the same time, Paris Dco
Off strategically coincides with the
all-encompassing home fashion fair, as it
draws attendees from all over the world
and from numerous diverse industries, and
provides a great opportunity for this new
collection to reach a broad international
audience, and to reach both the residential
and hospitality markets.
Launching our new collection for Jim
Thompson was a fantastic way to start
2012, but were also looking forward to the
opening of W Hotels in Paris and Singapore,
the launch of the Imagination Playground in
a Cart throughout Europe, and a collection
for both Moroso and Maya Romanoff.
www.jimthompson.com
Mona
Perlhagen, founder
and director of
transatlantic but
London-based Chelsea Textiles, launched
the fruits of a collaboration with Kit Kemp
an embroidered fabric range at
Maison & Objet. Its mid-20th-century-
inspired printed fabrics also debuted,
along with new solid wood furniture pieces
inspired by the same period.
As well as our new pieces, we also use
the show to reveal recent lines that havent
been seen in the rest of Europe.
Maison & Objet has become a very
international show, and the only show we
work with outside of the USA. It helps us
attract new audiences and fnd agents,
and its also a great opportunity to meet
with the international design press.
We most look forward to meeting all
the other exhibitors we usually fnd some
wonderful new small companies.
2011 was challenging; I think this year
will be better. We are improving our furniture
production hugely, but this year we will have
a stronger focus on fabrics.
www.chelseatextiles.com
Fabric of
society
The launches of new spring fabrics at Maison & Object in Paris
and Paris Dco Off in the city's showrooms are major for interior
designers. Looking at it from the other side, we ask the fabric
companies what these two events mean to them, what they
launched this year and how their 2012 business plan is shaping up
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British fabric and
wallpaper designer
Lorna Syson used
Maison & Objet
to launch the
Bradbury lounge chair a collaboration
with furniture designer John Luff in oiled
American black walnut using traditional
mortice and tenon joints, and Sysons
Bradbury fabric.
This was my frst year at Maison & Objet,
and it was very exciting. After showing at
Top Drawer and 100% Design for the past
two years, this felt like the right time and
place to make my move into Europe.
I usually have a product launch at 100%
Design each September, but this year I also
had the chair to launch at Maison & Objet
in the NOW section, more geared towards
emerging talent for interiors. It defnitely
helped me build relationships with Italy
and France where I have stockists. It was
great to be involved in such a large trade
fair; the NOW hall alone is almost as big as
100% Design itself. I really looked forward
to meeting new clients and getting more
opportunities from the show. The long hours
were hard, but they are defnitely all worth it!
In 2011 I saw my business develop
further, and the new printed cushions,
lampshades and by-the-metre fabrics
were really well received. This year will see
a collaboration with a larger commercial
screen company, so watch this space! I will
also be moving forward with new designs
and looking at how I can incorporate the
sustainability ethos into the new collection.
Some of the older designs are being
dropped; I think it is important to keep my
designs and brand fresh.
www.lornasyson.co.uk
Nicol Favaretto,
CEO of Italian fabric
house Rubelli.
The company
launched Venezia
an opulent collection of fabrics inspired
by the companys Venetian roots, featuring
embroidery, metallic threads, silk and
velvets at its own showroom as part
of Paris Dco Off.
This is the most important international
textile event for us, and it is where we
offcially launch our yearly Rubelli collection.
At this time we target our French clients,
but fnd that we can also connect with our
global distribution here, with representatives
from Moscow, New Zealand, the Middle
and Far East, Australia, the USA, Canada
and South American countries such as
Argentina, all attending.
We just love the way we can hold it
in our own premises welcoming clients
in our showrooms is like welcoming them in
our own house, this is really unique. Theres
no event as important as this in Italy.
In terms of business, 2011 was a
positive year for our company, in fact the
Rubelli Group grew by seven per cent. In
2012 we are confdent that we can expect
more growth, especially as one of our key
tasks for the year will be the development
of our business in the Far East and in South
America. We will focus on launching the
Venezia collection out there, while keeping
a close eye on opportunities to strengthen
our company.
We hope, as do many others, that we
will be leaving the bad economic situation
of 2011 behind.
www.rubelli.com
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Tricia Guild OBE,
creative director and
founder of Designers
Guild, used Maison
& Objet to launch its
spring collection: a total of 16 ranges
four for Designers Guild, four for Designers
Guild Essentials, four for Designers Guild
Unlimited and two each for Christian
Lacroix and William Yeoward, plus
accessories and lifestyle products.
Its certainly a busy time for us! Maison
& Objet is the only fair we exhibit at, and
for us, it is an intrinsic part of our launch
schedule. Not only do we see the majority
of our existing customers but we also reach
out to new ones. It is a truly international
fair and we see visitors from so many
countries. I think prospective clients see
Maison & Objet as the perfect place to see
all the key brands under one roof.
What's unique about the fair is that
it is a very thorough and complete look
at interiors and homewares, in particular
home textiles and interior design you
can fnd undiscovered talent and big
established names side by side. It has
an energy and buzz that is only matched
by Salone del Mobile in Milan. We look
forward to its sheer excitement, but not
the exhaustion at the end of it!
www.designersguild.com
Marie Riche is founder of Parisian
company Lalie Design. It used Maison
& Objets dedicated fabric hall, Editeurs,
to show its new fabric designs, entitled
Exuberane, and Plateux, a new series of
trays and plates featuring Lalie Designs
print designs. Riche also unveiled
fame-retardant fabrics more geared
towards the contract market at the show.
Maison & Objet is the most important
meeting event of the year for us. It is where
we do all our product launches and where
we meet new customers and also the press
from all over the world.
It is the best event for a medium-sized
fabric company in France where else
could I meet as
many people all my
target market in fve
days? It is always
full of people who want or are researching
high-quality, beautiful new things.
Because it is a prestigious show, I also
meet people who are usually too busy to
spend time looking for products such as
mine on a day-to-day basis, but they take
the time to attend Maison & Objet.
Our focus for 2012 will be an online shop,
developing our hotel and contract business,
and also targeting architects and interior
designers. The rest will be a surprise!
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VINTAGE MOTIFS Fabric design is
having a nostalgic moment with geometric
prints and optical illusions reminiscent of
the Sixties and Seventies. Mahjong by
Elitis shows a striking triangle repeat, while
JABs new spring-summer 2012 collection,
launched at Dco Off, ranges from wide
stripes to small circular patterns, combined
to complement each other.
www.elitis.fr; www.jab.de
SKETCHY Expressive and free designs
from the bolder fabric houses could be
straight from an artists sketchbook. French
company Lalie launched its new collection
at Maison & Objet, including Fleur Bleues,
an intricate drawing complete with scribbles,
while Christian Fischbachers Alive design
features oral sketches, seemingly outlined
and randomly coloured in with felt-tips.
www.schbacher.com; www.laliedesign.com
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Hot o
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We scoured Maison & Objet
and Paris Dco Off to nd the
latest trends in fabric design
for spring/summer 2012
Words JENNY BREWER
PHOTOGRAMS In photography, the
photogram effect is produced by exposing
an object on to light-sensitive paper,
creating a striking negative silhouette.
Companies are using this photogram
aesthetic to give oral designs a more-
contemporary and pared-down look, seen
on Katsu by Larsen at Colefax and Fowler
(pictured) and Anemone by Sahco.
www.larsenfabrics.com;
www.sahco-hesslein.com
WATERCOLOUR Companies
are fusing the soft edges and dreamy
landscapes of watercolour painting with
a monochrome palette to give this artistic
technique a modern edge. The new
Segovia design (pictured) from Spanish
brand Gastn y Daniela depicts a hazy
cityscape, while Leo by Pierre Frey is more
abstract, resembling splashes of ink.
www.gastonydaniela.com,
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6astro Hall 20, stand F104 UK lighting
manufacturer Astro ofers the largest range of
IP44-rated products anywhere in the world,
together with a wide choice of contemporary
interior and exterior lighting, with extensive
use of LED designs throughout the range.
Astros new Co-ordinated Bedroom and
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kbb, featuring four bedroom wall lights with
fabric shades which can now also be used as
IP44 bathroom lights. www.astrolighting.co.uk
6croydex Hall 20, stand d94 Leading
bathroom ftings manufacturer Croydex
showcase its new range of accessories in a
spectrum of colours at KBB 2012. With a
theme of True Colours of Croydex, the stand
will feature accessories including bathroom
cabinets, shower curtains, bath mats, shower
handsets and toilet seats, all in an array of
bright colours. Products can be mixed and
matched, enabling the homeowner to introduce
a variety of colours to the bathroom.
www.croydex.co.uk
busHboard Hall 18, stand M90
Sensational surfaces for kitchens and
bathrooms is Bushboards new corporate
strapline on a stand packed with innovative
and design-oriented new products for retailers
and designers, from the Encore solid surface,
Omega and Prima laminate and Nuance
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fabrication ease and seamless appeal of solid
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company Blum will forge ahead with exciting
exhibits at KBB in 2012. The house of Blum
will be the theme for world-leading products
that continue to revolutionise performance in
the modern kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and
living area demonstrating that Blums far-
reaching product designs are equally at home
in any fted furniture throughout the house.
www.blum.com
6carron pHoenix Hall 18, stand n110
Carron Phoenix will unveil a raf of exciting
new sinks, taps, waste disposers and cooker
hoods, continuing the companys drive for a
comprehensive portfolio based on the principles
of afordably good design and long-lasting
quality. The company will also showcase all
the products launched in Summer 2011, further
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ofer to retailers. www.carron.com
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solution for wetrooms. Made from precious
and extremely durable 3.5mm steel enamel,
Kaldewei shower trays are available in a
wide range of styles and colours to either
co-ordinate or contrast with the surrounding
foor fnish. the unique material has a
permanent brilliance and lustre, long-lasting
quality and is easy to clean. www.kaldewei.com
pronorm Hall 18, stand m125
With its sights set on increasing uK business
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pronorm is showcasing its distinctive brand of
precision-built rigid furniture, together with
superb new designs and product developments.
on show will be two stand-out kitchen sets,
emphasising how far pronorm has reinvented
itself. on show will be the companys signature
y Line handle-less kitchen, together with a
high-end lacquered kitchen with new curved
options. www.pronorm.de
geberit Hall 20, stand C80 Geberits stand
will feature the new duofx Wc furniture
frame, designed to be combined with low-
height bathroom furniture to combine two
of the biggest trends in bathroom design:
wall-hung sanitaryware and fted furniture.
designed to ft within furniture with a
minimum width of 500mm, and suitable for
depths of between 19.5cm and 33.5cm, the new
frame ofers diferent tolerances for varying
bathroom furniture while being simple to
install. www.geberit.co.uk
rak CeramiCS Hall 20, Stand e95
raK ceramics is launching a series of new
innovations at this years KBB exhibition. new
products include the rimless Wc range, part of
raKs popular compact bathroom collection,
which includes six rimless toilets featuring
a small footprint and curved, contemporary
design. In addition to standard formats for
hygiene-conscious consumers, three extended
projections are available for wheelchair users,
in both back-to-wall and close-coupled formats.
www.rakceramics.co.uk
perrin & rowe Hall 19, Stand H88
With its latest inspired design, perrin &
rowe introduces a selection of high-quality
products at this years KBB. one product set
to shake up the kitchen industry is the new
range of fireclay ceramic sinks. Hand crafed
in the fnest ceramic, this timeless collection
showcases the sinks seamless symmetry and
classical distinction. With aesthetics that will
never outdate, the range provides retailers
something highly commercial.
www.perrinandrowe.co.uk
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rak Hall 20, Stand E95 RAK Ceramics is
launching four new tile designs at KBB 2012.
The new collections include elegant White
Smoke, the Classic Series, on-trend concrete-
look tile range Earthstone, and Lounge
Listellos, a series of new glass and porcelain
decorative borders. White Smoke features a
classic white marble efect. The large-format
design shows the fne grey marble veining to
the full, creating a surface that can be used on
foors and walls. www.rakceramics.co.uk
6mErEway Hall 19, stand k92
The new Trend Interiors range has been
designed for those aspiring to the look
in terms of quality and style, but with an
afordable price tag. Trend Interiors ofers
a style for every taste, from the traditional
painted look through to a highly contemporary
gloss white fnish, with sleek handleless-style
doors. Visitors to KBB will also be able to view
exciting new additions to the Cucina Colore
collection. www.merewaykitchens.co.uk
6SHowErwall Hall 20, stand B80
Partnering the Essentials Bathroom range, the
Showerwall brand of waterproof wallpanelling
is being relaunched with a major design
update to its winning product concept. There
are nine new colours, boosting the ranges
design palete to 33 laminates overall. The
new colours respond to the ongoing popularity
with consumers for natural materials in stone,
marble and metallics which balance up-to-the-
minute styling with commercial versatility.
www.showerwall.co.uk
6laufEn Hall 20, stand E70 Laufens stand at
KBB 2012 will be packed with new products and
extensions to some of its most popular existing
lines. On display will be several new oferings to
the Swiss manufacturers Laufen Pro collection,
being introduced to refect the latest trends in
contemporary bathroom design. New round
washbasins and contoured WCs will be on show,
refecting the trend for shapes and curves that
create a feeling of luxury in the bathroom.
www.laufen.co.uk roca Hall 20, stand E70 Roca will be
showcasing its fantastic new products for 2012
at KBB. Sanitaryware with complementary
furniture is a key theme with the Dama-N and
Victoria-N collections. There will be a concept
for cloakrooms or small bathrooms called
Mini, a unique luxury whirlpool bath, and two
innovative WCs. There will also be two new
brassware ranges, shower columns and Lun
Plus, a super-heavy gauge double-ended steel
bath. www.roca.com
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Coram Showers will be showing its new product
developments and updated collection at KBB,
in the new and thought-provoking Heart
of Relaxation area. Coram Showers will be
showcasing an array of brand new, premium
shower enclosures displayed within two lavishly
dressed room sets. The latest collection includes
the new Coram Optima Quadrant enclosure with
slimline tray. www.coramshowers.co.uk
6blanco hall 18, stand n100 New from
BLANCO is the BLANCOSUBLINE 700U Level,
an ingenious undermounted sink in BLANCOs
hardwearing Silgranit PuraDur II in ten colours.
A multi-functional workstation, this sink has
two working levels; in one, dishes, pots and pans
can be washed or lef to soak. and in the other,
fruit and vegetables can be rinsed or dishes lef to
drain. With its generous bowl sizes, this is an eye-
catching addition to BLANCOs extensive range of
undermounted BLANCOSUBLINE models.
www.blanco.co.uk
6twyford bathrooms hall 20, stand
c92 Rimfree marked a signifcant milestone in
the history of product design and innovation
at Twyford Bathrooms. The ground-breaking
Rimfree technology took the company a
number of years to develop and trial, before
introducing the fnal design to the domestic
market in 2011. To celebrate the evolution of
this completely original and innovative concept,
Twyford Bathrooms will showcase three Rimfree
designs, Moda, 3D and Galerie, alongside their
antecedent, Sola Rimless, at KBB 2012.
www.twyfordbathrooms.com.
6impey showers hall 20, stand d65
Luxury wetroom specialist Impey Showers
stand at KBB will incorporate two room set
displays. The frst will comprise the 1,000mm
Aqua-Screen Vision wetroom panel, installed on
Impeys unique Aqua-Dec Linear foor former
and drainage solution, while the second will
include the 1,200mm Aqua-Screen Pure panel
installed as a walk-though shower design.
www.impeyshowers.com
aeon hall 19, stand G92 Panacea Bath is
just one of the new towel rails from leading
stainless steel radiator manufacturer Aeon.
This versatile, vertical model is a new take on
a popular louvre design, featuring atractive
layered horizontal stainless steel heating bars
with spaces for hanging towels to dry. Panacea
Bath comes in fve heights and three widths
with heat outputs of 437-1297W to satisfy a
range of requirements from a small cloakroom
to a generous kitchen. Finishes are either mat
brushed or mirror polished. www.aeon.uk.com
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hansgrohe the axor Bouroullec collection
from french designers ronan and erwan
Bouroullec now ofers more combinations for
the wash basin. the range has been expanded to
include mixers with new spout heights and new
functional lever handles, plus a wash table made
from light oak and white corian. the customised
solutions ofered by this collection can be
visualised quickly and easily on computers
and touchscreens using the axor Bouroullec
composer. www.hansgrohe.co.uk
landau parapan now the exclusive uK
Manufacturer and distributor of parapan,
Landau has integrated the high-gloss acrylic
into its range of competitively priced kitchen
doors in solid timbers and hand-painted fnishes.
Where designers are looking to mix colour and
texture, the mirror-like refection of parapan is
the perfect partner for Landaus exotic veneers.
Made to measure and formed to virtually any
radius of curve, they ofer a spectrum of totally
new bespoke design solutions.
www.landauparapan.co.uk
blum Blum, the world leaders in kitchen
ftings and storage systems, has conducted
intensive research into the use of kitchens
and the best volume for the kitchen cabinet.
Blum has championed the idea of functional
cabinets, where every kitchen cabinet has a
specifc storage purpose. using Blums unique
Space corner, clever draws, runner systems
and automatic opening systems can provide up
to 55% additional storage over conventional
kitchens. www.blum.com
6carron phoenix carron phoenixs ergo
200 brings together form and function in an
elegantly designed inset sink model that will suit
a range of worksurface materials. ergos design
diferentiation comes from its two spacious
bowls being set at a slight angle to one another,
rather than the conventional side by side. this
enables the user to switch tasks between the
bowls by rotating their bodies rather than
moving their feet. www.carron.com
ellis furniture Striking, cuting-edge
design in the form of cube is the latest addition
to the modular bathroom furniture range from
leading manufacturer ellis furniture. the cube
range features a broad, 600mm single-drawer
unit and a unique chrome bracket which can be
confgured in a variety of ways to maximize the
space available. the industrial chrome bracket
creates an expressive style when combined with
a fnish such as Ikon Gloss Black and Gloss
olivewood. www.ellisfurniture.co.uk
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6vorwerk carpets As the only fooring
company at this years Heimtextil, and with
one of the most innovative fooring concepts
of the last twenty years, Vorwerk Carpets
declared the exhibition a runaway success.
Revealing the Scale Living concept to an
international audience, along with its updated
premium Selected Rugs collection, the German
manufacturers purist, almost sculptural
stand was designed by renowned architect and
creator of the Scale Living collection, Hadi
Teherani. www.vorwerk-carpets.com
6Lano FLooring soLutions As a
preferred supplier for AB Hotels, Lano Flooring
Solutions was called upon to provide carpet
throughout the 194-bedroom Colchester
Five Lakes Resort. Working closely with AB
Hotels and Richard Daniels Design to develop
a suitable fooring scheme, Lano Flooring
Solutions manufactured and supplied carpet
for guestrooms, corridors and public areas,
varying construction and wear quality to
provide maximum value from the 5,000 sq m
of carpet required. www.lano.com
invista antron Invistas Antron Carpet
and Space concept has been exploring the
human relationship with carpet and its impact
on interior environments. Through the use
of innovative design, new fbre technologies
and modern manufacturing processes, Antron
has presented experimental carpet samples
that catalogue the design potential of carpet.
Concentrated around four key themes, wild
and domesticated, authentic and artifcial,
subjective and objective and cultural and
banal, the Carpet and Space campaign has
captured growing trends.
www.invista.com
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new collection of authentically aged wood
foors to its Supreme range. Crafed from
sustainable rustic oak, the new Da Capo
collection includes six rugged one-strip oak
foors. each design is brushed, handscraped,
bevelled and smoked to achieve a distinct
vintage look, while natural oil prefnishes give
a spectrum of shades, from the limewashed
oak Indossati to the knoty, nut-toned oak
Sparuto. www.kahrs.co.uk
6invista antron Invistas Antron
Lumena carpet fbre delivers solution-dyed
performance in Balance, the latest collection
from Quadrant Carpets. Combining subtle
tonals with shimmering silver highlights in
an organic patern, Balance has a texture that
fows throughout the foor plane, delivering
a sophisticated and dynamic patern to
commercial interiors in a balanced and
considered colour palete. each of the 12
colourways is matched to a plain shade from the
companys elements range. www.invista.com
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HI-MACS Sinuous, sleek and minimal
lines are blended into modern shapes in
a new furniture collection that combines
traditional materials such as wood with the
latest HI-MacS Solid Surface in natural
and warm shades. the vanity units have a
12mm HI-MacS top surface that follows the
furnitures curves and looks seamless even
on larger surfaces, while maintaining a warm
feeling. www.himacs.eu
junCkerS Junckers range of pre-
fnished hardwood foors dispels the myth
that underfoor heating does not work with
solid hardwood foors. Junckers boards have
a consistently low moisture content, due to
a unique drying process and quality control.
Junckers is recommended by the ufHMa,
and has invested years of research and
development into using ufH with its foors.
the company has worked with all major ufH
manufacturers, fting hundreds of projects
each year. www.junckers.co.uk
AxMInSter CArpetS CoMMerCIAl
Bespoke woven carpet from has helped to
transform the interior of readings BJs
Bingo, as the venue underwent a complete
transformation to create a luxurious
environment for over 1,000 players. abstract
design specifed some 2,100 sq m of woven
axminster carpet in a durable 80% wool
20% nylon construction and an intrepid
contemporary design, equipping the main
auditorium, new chatroom and aWp areas
with a long-lasting, comfortable and striking
foor covering. www.axminster-carpets.co.uk
MIllIken the stunning stripes and broad
colour palete of fixation from Milliken,
combined with the simplicity of formwork,
have provided the north West ofces of ncc
Group with a stimulating and inspiring working
environment. Specifed by Manchester-based
interior design studio Space Invader, fixation
and formwork are used throughout nccs open-
plan ofces to provide comfort and acoustic
benefts, and are juxtaposed with hard fooring
in reception and meeting areas to create islands
of textile comfort. www.millikencarpet.com
(Cd uk) ltd corian has recently been
supplied for the new tea tasting experience
for twinings at Westfeld White city and
Stratford. east yorkshire-based specialist
joinery company and corian fabricators urban
construction Interiors were appointed to
undertake the design, build and installation.
the brief required the design of a structure
that was not only hygienic, seamless and
minimalistic in appearance, but which could
also be dismantled for regular relocation.
www.cdukltd.co.uk
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white cloud White Cloud is synonymous
with high-quality merino wool bedding.
Supplying hotels, interior designers and
boutiques around the UK, White Cloud has
a reputation for best-in-class products. Its
pure, natural wool duvets, lambswool pillows,
underblankets and new cashmere duvets and
pillows are made using the fnest New Zealand
wool, which is renowned for its use in premium
bedding. Superior production techniques
complement the inherent qualities of this high-
end natural fbre. www.whitecloud.co.uk
6interdesign A passion for furniture and
commitment to ofering cuting edge interior design
is key to Interdesigns approach. On ofer is a wide
collection of furniture and lighting from the fnest
Italian brands including F.lli Bof, Frag, Galloti
& Radice, Il Lof, Lapalma, Pierantonio Bonacina,
Paola Lenti, Porada and Penta. Two years ago the
Interdesign showroom in Design Centre Chelsea
Harbour was refurbished and mono-branded as
Flexform. www.interdesignuk.com
6flamerite Electric-heating manufacturer
Flamerite Fires has added eight new space- and
energy-saving products to its existing range
of over 50 electric fres and suites. The new
products two free-standing suites, three inset
and three hang-on-the wall fres are easy to
install, slim and ultraslim in profle, as well as
energy-efcient. www.fameritefres.com
6design at knightsbridge Seating by
Design at Knightsbridge is helping to create a
special atmosphere for golfers and non-golfers in
the clubhouse at the award-winning Gleneagles
Hotel in Perthshire. To create a relaxed and cosy
ambience overlooking the world-class Gleneagles
golf courses, the clubhouse designer selected
a dozen two-seater setees, eight easy club
chairs and 80 upright armchairs from Design at
Knightsbridges Tincino collection, as well as 40
Maya upright armless chairs by the company.
www.design-at-knightsbridge.co.uk
luxaflex The new Silhouete collection
from Luxafex contains a fantastic range
of beautiful and intense colours, clever
heat-prevention fabrics and the inventive
PowerRise operating system. The ingenious
construction of sof rotating fabric vanes
suspended between two sheer fabric layers
allows a gentle translucency of light into your
home. By tilting the vanes, you can choose
precise amount of fltered light that is desired,
to create an endless variety of moods.
www.luxafex.com
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Hfele Hfele have released a new
Decorative Hardware catalogue, introducing
fve exciting new ranges.
Over 400 new handles have been carefully
selected to enhance and complement all
types of furniture to ensure there is a
solution to suit all design styles. From
modern chic to timeless classics each has
been individually chosen ensuring the needs
and wants of customers have been met,
categorising them into 5 groups;
Modern Life - From elegant stainless steel
bar handles to profle systems, Modern
Life combines high-end with stream lined
designs.
Sleek & Simple - Understated clean-cut and
afordable, this range hosts a manner of
interesting bar, bow and boss handles.
Modern Classics A classic country style
which includes Hfeles branded pewter
collection, Lamont.
Urban - Individually selected materials such
as Wood, Acrylic and Plastic optimising the
use of modern day infuences of urban life
Vintage - Adding drama to a piece of
furniture, this avant-garde category includes
Heritage, French, New Victorian, Oriental or
Art Deco selections.
Tracy Bird-Hempstock, Hfeles product
manager for handles has said I am really
excited about these products coming to the
market place, strategic alliances with our
supply chain will beneft our customers
with new and exciting products. We
have received great support from our well
established partners working with us to
exclusively launch an exciting assortment
of diverse products to suit not only our
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customers, but their customers needs.
Having worked tirelessly, Hfele have
sourced innovative, fresh, new product
without compromising on quality and
service, incorporating various styles such as
country, Modern and Traditional as well as
showcasing over 200 exclusive products.
For information on these and the full range
of Hfele products please contact the sales
department on 01788 548811 or visit
www.hafele.co.uk
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A DreAm
Come true
When Suzy Harris decided to embark on a career as an
independent interior designer it wasnt long before her
perfect client appeared with her frst commission
eAsy living
Harris used the Sofa and Chair
Company for the living room
sofas. They are upholstered in
Orbit velvet from Zinc. She also
chose the Arabian Nights rug
from Bazaar Velvet
Words kate burnett
Photography Marco Fazio, MjFstudio photographic bureau
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As design debuts go, this is surely an impressive
start to an independent career. Interior designer Suzy
Harris only launched her company, Homeology, a few
months before she was introduced to the client who
invited her to take on a period townhouse in the centre
of London. He was the most perfect client, a dream come
true, says a thrilled Harris. How lucky was I!
When she came to the project it was a shell, with
the entire structure taken down to the bare brick. Sacks
Maguire Architects was already working on the project and
Harris was asked to ft in with the existing programme.
Despite being relatively inexperienced in terms of working
light the wAy
Craig Jenkins lighting
lanterns and wall lights
adds an antique feel to the
hallway. Harris and Maguire
changed the hall fooring
to a warm grey stone
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with architects, Harris enjoyed working alongside the team:
It was really thrilling for me to collaborate with such an
experienced and professional team. We liaised on what had
already been decided and then they just gave me the plans
and let me get to work. I showed Damian Maguire elements
of my designs things I felt were right by feel and by
instinct. I would say I like this beter or this feels beter,
and he would be able to tell me why it might work from a
technical point of view. So, for example, I said I thought
the bedroom would be beter without the door in a certain
position, so he said Why dont we move it? He was very
complimentary about my work. When I came to work on
the project I felt there were only one or two things about
the scheme I would have done diferently.
Harriss previous work demanded a very quick turnaround
which didnt leave much time for deliberating over design
issues. For several years she worked for In:Style Direct,
a company which specialises in providing landlords with
furniture packages for their lets. A quick turnaround was
a crucial part of the job and Harris ofen worked on as many
as 25 to 30 projects a year, sometimes providing clients with
solutions in less than three weeks.
Harris always knew she wanted her career to go in
a more creative direction so she decided to leave In:Style
Direct and move out of London. She just had time to
compile her portfolio before being introduced to her frst
prospective client.
One of the more creative aspects of this project was
working with lighting designer Craig Jenkins. Harris
commissioned a series of lights for the hall from Jenkins,
including an impressive pendant sculpture which hangs
down through the stairwell for the full depth of the house.
Harris met Jenkins on his stand at Decorex in 2010 and
found his approach refreshing. Suzy liked what I was
doing and chose three designs for this house curved
antique glass lanterns to be placed in the hall, matching
wall lights, and the large hanging ellipsoidal light. says
Jenkins. I was a bit worried at frst as she said the clients
wife wanted something a bit more bling and we also had
only a very narrow space to work with in the stairwell.
But we soon found a great solution, in nickel-brass with
an added crystal sphere at the botom to give the pendant
light a bit more glamour. All the luminaires were designed
in Jenkins London studio and made in Italy.
The client was happy to let Harris do most of the work,
with one exception. The clients 10 year-old son came along
to one meeting with an eight-page spread of ideas for his
bedroom, which were duly considered and implemented.
His was a very modern design and he specifcally asked for
primary yellow to be used; Harris decided to base the room
time for teapots
(Above) Sacks Maguire Architects specifed
a Dada kitchen. The stone fooring is from
Livra and the distinctive teapot lights are
manufactured by Original BTC
mirror image
(Below, far right) A double door opens into
the dining room. Brissi lamp bases sit on a
console table, which Harris commissioned in
antique mirror from Andrew West Interiors
library lux
(Below right) Mystic Wood was
commissioned by Sacks Maguire for the
joinery details in the library/study. Seating
again is from the Sofa and Chair Company
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dine with me
A green and white informal dining area has
an amusing clock theme, with the large
antique more grandmother clock sourced
from Swedish Interior Design
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on the paintings of Piet Mondrian and then included some
20th-century classic pieces to complement the scheme.
The client was delighted with the overall result: I gave
Suzy an open brief, simply asking for it to look elegant and
to provide large beds. Her designs were a very pleasant
surprise. Using the houses Regency facade as inspiration
and liaising with our architect and developers, she
designed an interior that suited the exterior and delivered
a very friendly and original house, flled with beautiful
and interesting things down to the smallest detail. For the
result we got, the price was very reasonable and the whole
project happened almost without a hitch and without any
stress for us.
Harris is now working on a bar project in central
London, a boutique hotel in Salisbury and a penthouse
apartment that she describes as a litle dull. The client
was not confdent enough to go with one of the new
designs I presented. He simply picked out an existing look
from my portfolio. Her career may be taking of but it
could be a while before she fnds a project to beter that of
her frst commission.
Contacts Homeology www.homeologydesign.co.uk
Andrew West interiors www.andrewwest interiors.co.uk Bolier
www.bolierco.com Brissi www.brissi.co.uk Craig Jenkins www.
craigjenkinsdesigns.com Dada www.dadaweb.it Jan Cavelle
www.jancavelle.com Kallista www.kallista.com livra www.
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(Left) One of the clients few
requests was for big beds.
This is the California king size in
mahogany and grey leather from
Bolier. The mahogany bedside
chests are also from Bolier
BAtHing BeAUty
(Below, centre) The master
bathroom features extensive
use of statuary marble from
Livra. Other details include a
Jazz bath, taps from Kallista
and a Vogue towel rail
MAKing A MArK
(Bottom) The clients son
suggested a very modern
scheme for his bedroom, which
Harris adapted by basing it on
paintings by Mondrian. The
cabinets were built by Mystic
Wood, with surfaces that can be
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East-wEst
Diplomacy
Having ofces in London and Dubai proved a distinct
advantage for Blanchard when designing a London
apartment for its Emirates-based client
Words kate burnett
Photography Stefan Zander
British interior design company blanchard has ofces in
both London and dubai, which proved very useful when work
started on this apartment in central London.
the client a large emirates-based family commissioned
blanchard to modernise the kensington fat to create a
home from home in the uk. Meetings and consultation with
the client took place in dubai, while the team in London
recommended company associate Sant design to oversee the
work on-site.
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Cloud NiNe
Above: The silver, white and
platinum colour scheme
gives the living room a
calming ambience. The
sofas and occasional tables
were purchased from Ethan
Allens Dubai store and
shipped to the UK
opeN wiNdow
Below: The Blanchard team chose
Shagreen City Lights by Edelman Leather
to upholster the window seat in the
open-plan living/dining space
purple passioN
Bottom: A purple Rangemaster Elan 110
cooker is the focal point of the kitchen. The
joinery was designed by Blanchard and
manufactured by Trojanwood in the UK
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The Thirties third-foor apartment had been lef vacant for
several years, so the Blanchard team decided to strip it back
completely to create a 21st-century family home, including
adding heating, air conditioning and secondary glazing.
The brief was very simple, but the client and his family had
very clear ideas for how they wanted each room to work, as well
as for the overall concept of the scheme. The family intended
to use this 180 sq m London home all year round, and asked
for generous, well-proportioned spaces to be created. The team
was asked to use colours that were easy on the eye, combining
chic and sophisticated elegance as well as a comfortable family
home. The new living space comprises an open-plan combined
living and dining room, kitchen, entrance hall and reception
lobby, three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and a further
bedroom and separate guest bathroom.
Blanchard was not the frst interior design practice to work
on the project. Afer a disappointing false start with a Dubai-
based designer, the client-family did their own research to
identify professionals in London and discovered that not
only was Blanchards style a good ft, but also that the
company had ofces in both cities. Blanchard opened its
Dubai ofce in 2006; it now employs a total of fve staf there,
working on mainly residential interior design projects but
also designing for art galleries and hotels. The team has also
accepted architectural commissions, designing villas as well
as interiors for its clients.
The Blanchard London team was led by Anne-Aurelie
Defeche and Mehmet Aktash. They created a contemporary,
cosmopolitan scheme with a neutral, light palete of taupe,
silver, ivory and platinum, with accents of fuchsia and purple.
box clever
Above: The entrance
hall features a
combined built-in
bookcase and seat,
covered in Moore
& Giles espresso
pewter leather and
featuring Porta
Romana lighting
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Contacts Blanchard www.blanchard.uk.com Cyril furniture +971 (0)50 181 9096
Dornbracht www.dornbracht.com Edelman leather www.edelmanleather.com
Ethan Allen www.ethanallen.com Moore & Giles www.mooreandgiles.com
porta romana www.portaromana.co.uk rangemaster www.rangemaster.co.uk
Strata tiles www.stratatiles.co.uk trojanwood www.trojanwood.co.uk
Furniture was sourced from Blanchard-approved suppliers
in both Dubai and the UK. The design team carefully
considered its options in terms of sourcing furniture and
ftings, eventually opting to fll a container in Dubai which
was then shipped to the UK. We have always tried to do our
part in working together within the design community, as well
as helping to reduce our carbon footprint, explains Aktash.
In this case, the shipment of items from Dubai to London
seemed logical and more cost-efcient in terms of labour, and
an eco-friendly option compared to the alternatives. Loose
furniture items from Dubai made up around 60 per cent of the
apartment fnishes. The remaining 39 per cent was sourced
from London and one per cent from Paris.
Aktash is keen to stress the important role the clients
played in the design process: As ofen happens on our
projects, the generous collaboration of the clients was our
greatest source of inspiration. The time spent developed
the relationship, and led to the the discovery of their likes
and dislikes, and a very sure, innate sense of style.
The project took around 18 months from initial commission
to completion, including six to eight months of design and
procurement planning. The research paid of and the client was
delighted with the results: To say that Blanchard understood
our vision and requirements is a serious understatement
it has a truly brilliant and passionate team.
ClEANiNG Up
Below left: A
Dornbracht shower
and controls and
Strata tiles give
the compact guest
bathroom a smart,
contemporary feel
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Right: Blanchard
looked to Ethan
Allen in Dubai not
only for the dining
table and chairs but
also for the crystal
chandelier
whitE BEDDiNG
Below right: A distinctive leather armchair
in the master bedroom is Blanchards own
design, upholstered by Cyril Furniture in
Dubai. All the joinery is by UK company
Trojanwood, in American white oak with
leather details
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Shaun Clarksons career has been
a colourful mix of design for hospitality
and interiors, which he and partner Paul
Brewster have now managed to combine in
their latest venture. Their own shop and
cafe, which opened at the end of last year, is
conveniently located directly below Shaun
Clarkson IDs ofces in Pitfeld Street in
Hoxton, the fashionable focal point for the
area east and north of the City of London.
The shop stocks a colourful mixture of
20th-century furniture and found objects,
mixed with gifs and home accessories. There
is space to showcase the work of designers
with Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi
the frst to exhibit. His distinctive animal
illustrations a retro mix of fantasy and
folklore were shown applied to woven and
printed textiles that were used to create a
wood-framed bower at the back of the store.
Also on display was Clarksons own range of
wallpapers, which can be printed to order.
Clarkson and Brewsters venture has
been an exciting addition to Pitfeld
Street. This unassuming street has seen
a transformation over the past fve or
so years from an inner city cut-through
to an intriguing combination of
independent retailers that include a
bookshop and Japanese tatoo parlour,
and Clarkson is thrilled to be part of the
street-level experience as well as having
his ofce upstairs.
Interior design is still a very important
part of what Clarkson does and he employs
a team of six designers as well as two
project managers. He is well known for
his commercial work, particularly in the
hospitality sector bars, restaurants,
nightclubs, hotels. Residential work is
also part of his portfolio and one that has
experienced, according to Clarkson, a
fundamental shif he estimates that it is
now about 25 per cent of his business. I am
quite enjoying the process, he says of his
residential work. It feels like I am moving
into residential almost by design. Its a
slightly niche market because they all want
bars and lounge areas. Currently he and his
team are working on fve residential projects,
one in London, one in Dorking, Surrey, two in
Kent and one in Norfolk.
In terms of commercial projects, Shaun
Clarkson ID has just completed the ffh
DelAziz restaurant in London, a 1,300
sq m, 1.5m project; another restaurant,
Bincho, in Exmouth Market; barbecue
takeaway PitCue, on Newburgh Street, and
a backpackers hostel in Kings Cross. While
most of the work is currently in London
there is also a second hostel underway in
Edinburgh. In addition the partners run
two for-hire properties in Norfolk.
Managing such a mix of projects, as well
as dreaming up ideas for more new ventures,
might be difcult for some to keep on top of,
but it doesnt faze Clarkson: Were always
in the process of reorganising but I think I
have a very good business head, and I know
roughly where I am fnancially all the time
Im quite hands on.
Siting in the cafe on Pitfeld Street
just three days afer its opening, Clarkson
jokes that he is now thinking of a range of
accessories (bags, sunglasses and T-shirts).
Hes clearly not one to stand still for long,
and with his track record it would seem likely
that if he does venture into accessories,
it will be the next hit in a long and successful
design career.
Contacts Shaun clarkson iD
www.shaunclarksonid.com
Shaun
clarkSon
Shaun Clarkson ID gets into the
street scene with its shop and cafe
Words KATE BuRNETT
Shop talk
Above, Shaun Clarksons
new store, Pitfeld
London, in Hoxton,
refects his eclectic
approach to interior
design with a mix
of vintage and
new products
on the wall
Below, Shaun Clarkson
wallpaper can be
printed to order for trade
and retail customers.
Bottom, Residential
interior design projects
account for 25 per cent
of Clarksons business
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Interior design retailer branches out
in roomy new Farnham showroom
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evitavonni 2-3 The Borough, Farnham, Surrey,
GU9 7NA www.evitavonni.co.uk Evitavonnis
new fagship store is a huge 2,200 sq m,
and displays room sets for kitchens, living
spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms, showcasing
international luxury brands as well as its own
range of fabrics and bedding. The multimillion-
pound location has a store-within-a-store
layout, with both a book and high-end
stationery section, and also introduces
Evitavonni Flowers, a new in-house foristry
service. A fnal phase is planned for spring
2012, when the third foor will become
a roofop garden and outdoor section.
01 Cappellini Via Santa Cecilia 4, 20122 Milan
www.cappellini.it Afer nearly two months of
restructuring under the art direction of Giulio
Cappellini, the brands newly designed Milan
showroom is open. As with other fagship
stores, it features monochrome colours and
yellow, a colour associated with Milan.
03 Vipp Flagship store Ny stergade 34, 1001
Copenhagen www.vipp.com The iconic pedal bin
for kitchens and bathrooms now has its own
fagship store. The entire Vipp collection, from
classic bins to newly launched products, is
showcased in an ultra-modern space with
concrete foors and architectural details.
And so To Bed at Barker and stonehouse
Strawberry Buildings, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle
NE1 4PQ www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk
www.andsotobed.co.uk The luxury bed specialists
range is now available in Newcastle. Beds on
display include the brass-fnished Dickens and
the classic French-style silver Versailles.
02 Dave stone Design 197 Shefeld Road,
Chesterfeld S41 7JQ www.davestonedesign.com
The refurbished kitchen design showroom now
exclusively retails ATAG appliances. Changes
include a new ofce space in a converted cellar,
a replumbed and replastered showroom, a spiral
staircase and new display kitchens.
Alex Findlater Unit 4, 44 Colville Road, London W3
8BL www.alexfndlater.com The interior designer
and furniture maker specialising in bespoke
cabinetry has opened the upstairs of his west
London workshop as a showroom for his new
products. All commissions are taken in-house
and viewing is by appointment.
04 stocktons Home Quarter, Liverpool One, 5 Wall
Street, Liverpool L1 8JQ www.stocktons.co.uk The
stockist of high-quality furniture by names
including Tom Schneider, Natuzzi and Vincent
Sheppard has opened a second location to join
its well-known Manchester store. The new
Liverpool showroom covers two foors.
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Pulse Kitchen
01 Set to launch a ra of new products in
2012, V-ZUG starts the year with the Combi-
Steam XSL. It boasts a 51ltr capacity, patented
steam-generating system and patented
climate sensors. www.vzug.com
02 Rayburns rst electric oven features an
electric fan oven, conventional oven, grill, and
either an induction or ceramic hob. Touch-
sensitive controls and a ceramic glass surface
add the nishing touches. www.rayburn-web.co.uk
04 Frankes Minerva 3-in-1 kele tap produces
ltered cold, hot and boiling water from one
unit. The hot-water tank can be conveniently
ed under a plinth, saving valuable kitchen
space. www.franke.co.uk
06 Mieles new CM5200 Barista bean-to-cup
countertop coee machine features a jet-black
SoTouch nish. The one-touch buon allows
users to make two cups of cappuccino or lae
macchiato at the same time. www.miele.co.uk
03 Caple serves up classic elegance with its
Rio Mist kitchen, with Shaker-style doors in
a solid oak frame and veneered centre panels.
French-grey doors are complemented by a
tobacco walnut island unit. www.caple.co.uk
05 Silestone has introduced two new stylish
sinks into its Integrity collection. Made from
a single piece of Silestone, the DUE sinks
integrate with Silestone worktops to create a
continuous look. www.silestone.co.uk
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Pulse Bathroom
01 Alapes new basin was designed to
complement its collection of bespoke counter
tops and furniture systems. Manufactured
from durable glassed steel, the lightness of the
material makes it easy to install. www.alape.de
02 Incorporate wood into the bathroom easily
with William Garveys new teak tiles. Hard-
wearing, hygienic and easy to clean, teak tiles
can lend a warm and natural look to a space.
www.williamgarvey.co.uk
04 A concealed, dual-control shower enhances
Samuel Heaths Antique collection. Made from
European brass, the shower has been hand
polished and plated in up to 34 individual
processes for durability. www.samuel-heath.co.uk
06 The Bouroullec brothers new additions
to the Hansgrohe Axor Bouroullec collection
include mixers with new spout heights,
functional lever handles, and a wash table in
light oak and white Corian. www.hansgrohe.co.uk
03 Aquamarine from the new Rare by Bristan
collection is a nod to the trend for waterfall
taps. The square chrome basin mixer features
a slim, eye-catching open spout to create a
contemporary look. www.rarebybristan.com
05 The Lyly Finnish sauna is a collaboration
between Glass Idromassaggio and Doshi
Levien. Its control panel regulates the time
and temperature, and allows the user to set
a weekly program. www.glassidromassaggio.it
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you are serious and willing to invest time. On
my third visit to Japan in 2009, I was greeted
by the same design practice I had met on two
previous occasions. They said when I lef that
they looked forward to seeing me again next
year, without a hint of a pitch or proposal!
One of the most creatively rewarding projects
I have worked on overseas is the boutique hotel
947 Rooms, in Venice. The name is derived from
the clients fathers restaurant established in
1947 and on the foor
below the hotel. The
combined input of my
expertise with that
of an Italian designer
who had the essential
language skills ensured
excellent client/designer
communication.
Learning the language is
one thing, but a native
speaker has an unrivalled insight into the
countrys nuances and its people. Our meetings
in Venice were conducted around food. We
would eat while we worked or afer a long client
workshop, which created a very interactive and
relaxed atmosphere while still being productive.
Talking with designers it seems that working
for international clients is increasingly the
norm rather than the exception. With the
advance of technology it is easier than in recent
years to communicate your ideas quickly and
reliably, through mediums such as Skype.
One of the most exciting aspects of working
abroad is the possibility of reinvention. Lef
behind are the familiar cultural stereotypes
and you can present yourself and your work in
a new, fresh light. For me the status associated
with having BIID membership has also been
HoW cAN BRITIsH
DesIGNeRs
BeNeFIT FRoM
A GloBAl
PeRsPecTIVe?
asks Simon Hamilton, international director of
the British Institute of Interior Design and owner
of design practice Simon Hamilton Associates
of huge help in establishing credibility,
reputation and a context for design quality.
I was fortunate to visit several countries
last year with the aim of increasing awareness
of interior design and spreading the message
that we can successfully work together and all
beneft. With technology as it is now, it is totally
feasible to be designing in Sweden for a project
in London while on business in the USA!
Boundaries dont really exist as they did
before. We are governed by neither geography
nor language as much as we were in the past.
This global approach to projects is a welcome
addition to UK work for many British designers
and, arguably, an essential business strategy
in the current economic climate.
British interior design has a great reputation
abroad, and ofers a platform for frms to
expand their horizons and prosper.
www.simonhamiltonassociates.com
NEXT MONTH: Vanessa Brady, of the SBID,
will be airing her opinions on interior design issues
My role as international director of the
British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) presents
me with a great perspective of our profession: the
similarities between the sector here in the UK
and overseas, and the key diferences.
What is striking is the energy that designers
abroad possess, though there is no doubt that
UK practitioners are just as passionate and
dedicated. The diferences, I believe, are much
more likely to be cultural theres no less
content or quality in
design, but simply a
diferent approach.
British designers have
much to ofer, which is
why there is such high
demand for our talents
in China, India, Russia
and Singapore. But
are we ready to adapt
to a diferent working
environment, and can we learn from it?
In travelling to several countries every year
I have the chance to see companies at work
and have been surprised by the integration of
teams. For example, during a visit to a major
Spanish lighting company it was clear who the
bosses were, but at the heart of the company
was a very close and special family atmosphere.
This strong sense of family could have been
because of the companys size, but it was
also, I felt, a mark of its evolution and growth
over the years as much as the strong familial
bonds traditional in southern European culture.
Another characteristic in this part of the world
is how much the working hours are dictated by
the climate. Afernoon siestas allow staf to have
a long lunch break and even go home. They then
return with more energy but work later hours,
particularly in the hot summer months.
Discipline and dedication are particularly
strong factors in some countries, such as Japan.
Few leave work early this is felt to indicate a
lack of interest and commitment. For a designer
trying to break into that particular market there
are very high expectations. A long-term game
plan is the best approach. You need to show that
collABoRATIoN
Venices 947 Rooms hotel
was designed by interior
design consultancy Daruma
Design in collaboration
with Simon Hamilton
www.darumadesign.co.uk
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