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Interior Design in London

Storage Solutions

There are certain challenges the Interior Design in London brings you.  Even in the most luxurious of houses space is usually an issue which means that storage is also an issue.  Most of our projects tend to be in London so we get very good at building in storage that is both pretty and functional

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This looks like your typical cloakroom however, those cupboards underneath the sink are actually housing a washing machine and dryer.  We designed the room so that all the doors can also come off easily so that both the washing machine and tumble dryer can easily pull out (avoiding the toilet nicely) for ease of maintenance.  The sink was also specially thought about, we wanted something that didn’t look too small on the vast work top so we picked a sink design that was low line but very wide so that the proportions worked perfectly.  We used the same measurements for the mirror above the sink and used wall lights so give the room beautiful light.  The cupboard above the toilet holds all the usual items you would need in both a cloakroom as well as everything needed for the laundry but is all nicely hidden away.

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This project we often have many comments on.  The platform was extended to be able to house the kingsize bed, however rather than waste the space underneath the platform we designed a large (and very deep) chest of draws to help house all the clients clothes.  The bottom drawers are extra deep for thick winter wear and extra bedding.  We also have cleverly hidden panels behind the bed that open and allow even more storage.

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Making sure that every space is used is extremely important.  This under stairs area could have easily just been a plain wall, however this custom built bookcase means that this area can be used as a reading area.

Do you often look around and wonder if your home could have better storage?  Are you buying a new property and are wondering if you are going to be able to fit all your ‘stuff’ in?  Please feel free to contact us regarding your project

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Daring hotel in Vienna

Within cities, there are always a number of hotels popping up left, right, and center.  A lot of the time they are built on relatively small sites and need to be extremely unique and eye-catching if they are to gain any real traction.  This hotel in Vienna succeeds on both counts:

The sleek, curvy design stands out in contrast to the surrounding architecture, but somehow manages to fit in seamlessly.  The curved nature of the hotel also works nicely within the interior:

The curve in the corner gives the room a far more open feel and makes the room a lot less stuffy (an ailment that affects many hotel rooms).  The architect has clearly taken a risk by deciding upon oval windows:

There is little doubt that these windows, which are a microcosm of the hotel’s look, insert a distinct look into the overall makeup of the hotel and give it an edge in a very crowded market place.

Credit: Freshome

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Vespa chairs – you will want one!

How does this stack up when compared with your office chair?

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Although not necessarily synonymous with my generation, the Vespa is undeniably iconic, and in the form of a chair, it is guaranteed to turn some heads.  It may even be funkier in white:

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Also, as luck would have it, I actually need a new desk chair and these Vespa chairs look like they will make the my day

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Credit: Belybel

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Item of the day: John Houshmand Coffee Table

There are times when you see an item and it quite wonderfully brings together two very different dynamics.  Traditionally, coffee tables were made of wood and people did not much question whether this was the optimum material for such a piece of furniture.  Moving on in history, we started to see far more glass coffee tables which ranged from super-sleek to appallingly naff, but I believe this item takes the best of both worlds:

The imperfection of the wood mixed with the seamless nature of the glass is very eye-catching and something that I could very much imagine in a lobby (although it would also make significant waves in a large enough living room!)

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Customised swing!

There is likely nothing that instantly transforms people into ‘big kids’ quicker than an indoor swing!  We have wanted to put an indoor swing into many projects but they are very much dependent upon having ceiling joists in convenient places (chance has been against us each time in this regard!).  However, if you are going to go for an indoor swing you have to get something really special (not just a plank attached to two pieces of rope!).  Perhaps something like this …

What I really like about this product is how you can customise the swing to fit in with your own personality.  The seat, for example, can be altered:

As can the rope:

Being able to make a design feature such as this so personal certainly adds to its appeal but just remember, you cannot just screw this into a ceiling!!!

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A contemporary take on a traditional piece

The rocking chair has been an item that has always raised a smile – just seeing one in the corner of a quaint old home can bring a pang of cosmic nostalgia.  However, without updating, an item like the rocking chair would eventually (and very quietly) disappear from the world without taking so much as a bow.  After all, as much as an item may be well received, they need to actually be purchased if any supplier is to continue manufacturing them.  With that in mind, I bring you a 21st century (although, almost shockingly, designed in 1988) rocking chair:

For me, the key to this design is the streamlined way in which the arms and legs seamlessly join causing the seat to appear almost as if
it were floating.  One of the keys of great design is creating a product which could fit into a number of schemes – obviously this piece
could work well within a contemporary design but, perhaps more interestingly, I could see this in a more traditional setting.  We very
often work with clients who have a traditional home and really want to add some more modern touches without completely
contradicting the character of the house.  In such an instant a piece like this is ideal: the classy looking stain beechwood would
certainly fit in with older pieces, whilst the sleek design would give more than a small nod to the modern.  This wonderful piece is the
very definition of post-modern.

Source: bodieandfou.com via Kia on Pinterest

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Radiators Can Be Funky Too

Whenever you can add a bit of additional interest to a primarily functional item it adds a level of intrigue to any design.  This product by ‘The Radiator Company’ incorporates LED lights into the radiators acrylic cover:

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 Not only does this liven up what can otherwise be a relatively mundane item but it also provides a very useful secondary lighting which would be ideal for a late night visit to the kitchen!
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Unique ceiling unit

Recently it seems that we have been forever searching for chandeliers and general ceiling lighting and, after a while, it can seem that you have seen it all.  Having said that, this piece really captured my imagination given the fact that I have seen nothing like it on the market (and certainly nothing as elegant in such a style):

 

 

For me it is the intricacy of the piece which stands out; such intricacy will no doubt provide a soft ambient light which, combined
with the sleek design, creates a fantastic overall impression.
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Products at Clerkenwell Design Week: Part 2

A lot of the time Interior Design can become very serious, overly so in fact, and it is necessary to lighten the mood with a more ‘fun’ product.  During Clerkenwell Design week we found some very cool lamps that are made out of action figures/toys – take a look:

The company in question (there is a link below) can make these out of one’s own childhood toys or can create a bespoke piece which fits your own specifications:

I am also impressed with, aside from the unique appeal of these pieces, the classy shade which would allow a piece like this to (cheekily) work in conjunction with more classy pieces:

Overall, I am very impressed and my start looking through my own toy box!

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Products at Clerkenwell Design Week: Part 1

Unfortunately this year we were only able to manage 1 day at Clerkenwell Design Week due to a number of projects being at a rather critical stage.  Thankfully, the one day that we choose was sun-drenched which certainly adds to the appeal of wandering between stalls and exhibitions.  For one of our current clients we were looking for decorative items which could potentially sit above a fireplace.  Obviously items such as mirrors and paintings are always an option but, at Clerkenwell Design Week, we found a very interesting piece by Fay McCaul which is made up of stitched white fibre optics which we sent through to the client in question:

This idea has also been manifested in a sculpture form:

What I really like about this work is its unpredictable nature as well as the clever combination of stitching and fibre optic lights.  There is certainly a gap in the market with regard to decorative items (aside from traditionally used ones) that can be placed above fireplaces and items such as Fay’s are, as a result, very refreshing.

Credit: Fay McCaul

 

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Bring the quirky into a room using lines

My biggest fear whilst designing is to stray too far towards the conventional – innovation should drive any designer and, when I saw this idea it appealed to me greatly:

It is unusual to see a wall that is 97% white be such an outlandish feature.  The reason why this has such an impact is because is messes with the viewer’s perception of reality: such a technique is rarely used within residential homes and provides this room with a rather unique atmosphere.  It is, however, not only the lines on the wall that make this room stand out; the lack of a door (one of my favourite techniques to employ) gives the room a seamless appeal whilst the floor lamp has a timeless mystique which fits in nicely with the lines.

This is a great example of how a small room can be turned into something special using only a few items of furniture and a whole lot more imagination!

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Villiers Console Table

We are currently working on a stunning property in Mayfair and were recently out in Chelsea looking for products that would reflect the property aptly.  One of the challenges with regard to this property is that it is necessary to find pieces which give a nod to the traditional features of the house whilst simultaneously spark interest.  This console table from Villiers ticks both boxes elegantly:

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This piece is absolutely stunning and very much a piece of art in its own right.  Seeing as this piece will be in the entrance area it will set the tone for the entire house in a splendid and vivid manner.

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Beautifully Streamlined South African Home

Perhaps it is something to do with living in England, but I always love seeing beautiful swimming pools/water features.  However, for the most part, such features are quite separate from their attaching homes.  In this case, however, it is almost as though the swimming pool is a part of the home and the results are undeniably stunning:

This union of ‘home and pool’ makes not only looks stunning but also adds a more social aspect to the pool area as those who do not wish to partake in the usual swimming pool horseplay can sit in (dry) comfort without being completely detached from the rest of the group.  This undoubtedly lends a more homely feel to an already stunning pool area:

With any design of this nature it is vital that a degree of practicality is adhered to.  In the case of a pool area being merged with the ‘home’ area it is vital that the home does not get soaked (especially in the case of an expensive sofa) and this area gives any guests ample opportunity and space to get dry before lazing on the owner’s sofa!

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Why is a bag like a room?

Whilst in Selfridges the a few days ago a particular bag from Jimmy Choo caught our eye:

 

I guess there is little mystery as to why!  The brilliant yellow gleamed like gold on coal and simply refused to be ignored.  It is often shocking to me how many ‘designer bags’ do so little to differentiate themselves from their cheaper counterparts: obviously such a charge cannot be levied at this bag (not many bags can boast yellow python as a highlight!).  What can be learned from this bag is that even the most unbelievably vibrant colour can work amazingly as a highlight colour.  People are often afraid of using really vibrant colours as they feel that they can hijack an entire room but the trick is to offset such vibrant colours with more earthy tones (as the designer has done in the case of this bag).  In terms of a room this is an example of using vibrant colours to good affect:

Note how the vibrant yellow and greens are offset by the earthy nature of the wood – the moral of the story is that you can get away with a lot of flash as long as you employ it upon the correct backdrop!

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