Air Plant Care

Air Plants: No-one Can Live On Thin Air

So they say succulents, cacti and air plants are the easiest plants to look after, just leave them to their own devises and they will be fine. Yes, many of these little friends of ours are used to living in the middle of no-where, with little water and interaction. But there are a number of […]

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Creating A Tropical Home In East London

We often get clients who aren’t afraid of colour and most of our clients are well travelled if not international. So when we had a client come in and fearless look at jungle prints exclaiming that they felt like home we knew we were going to be having a lot of fun on this project. […]

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Spotlight on: Bisazza

Luxurious Industry Leader Bisazza is the industry’s leading producer of glass mosaics and tiling for interior and exterior decoration. Established by Renato Bisazza in 1956 in Alte, Vicenza, Northern Italy, the company has become a trailblazer, marked by a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, a mastery of modern technologies blended with the charm of craftsmanship and custom […]

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Spotlight On: Naked Kitchens

New Kid on the Kitchen Block Modern kitchen design fall into 3 categories: 1) Traditional. Usually handmade and bespoke. Think luxurious woods and inflame design. 2) High Street. Global trends in manufacturing make them cheaper and quicker to produce and more modular: easily changed, altered and replaced. They can be as bland as possible, for resale […]

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That Light Bulb Moment: An Idiots Guide to Light Bulbs

So, the extremely exhilarating topic of the technicalities of the light bulb. It may sound dull but since working for Kia Designs I finally had diffused my fear of light bulb shopping. I had always put off buying bulbs for that light that had blown, because, although I ended up with the right one in the end, […]

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A House Or A Home?

Creating The Feeling Of Home The feeling of home can often be hard to put your finger on but time and time again this is what we create for our clients. When people buy a house that’s often how they describe it “We’ve bought a house”. Even when they’ve moved in they often still call […]

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Creative Bathroom Design: Get The Look

Translating Client Dreams to Realities One of the bathrooms in a project we worked on was lacking in style and character. By adding fun tiles and and interesting collection of artwork, the space was injected with the much needed charm and fun the clients are after. Updating your bathroom can be one of the most […]

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A Room With Many Functions: Multi Purpose Living

How To Make Your Tiny Flat Do More For You Our Spitalfields project required us to create a guest room that also functions as a TV room, a gaming room, an office, a yoga space and a storage haven. Not much to ask… Here is the brief from the clients: “The current office and spare […]

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Meeting the Brief: Spitalfields Challenge

From Shabby to Chic Another month, another new project. Our latest is a lovely young couple to want to turn their apartment into a proper home. They have ambitious plans for multi-functional rooms and lots of entertaining. Our brief was as follows: To inject the clients fun loving personalities into their slightly worn and dated […]

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It’s All About Creating Internal Views and Vistas

Don’t forget about the spaces in between. Focal points anchor a room, but it’s not the only view a room offers. Designers have to consider how you move through the space, which items should come into view when. The aim is to draw you into and around a room, teasing with a glance of a room beyond […]

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Is it Ever Worth Going to Design Shows?

Valuable exposure or vanity event? Yes, they are fun, but is it time well spent? Let’s be clear, this post doesn’t refer to trade shows. Those are only open to industry professionals and are the main means of keeping pricing competitive (no one is going to your stall if you offer a 20% discount and […]

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The Zaha Treatment

Try not to have your products overshadowed by their surroundings Visiting the ROCA showroom in London’s Chelsea Design Quarter is quite something. The 1,100 sq m facility was designed and installed by Zaha Hadid’s architectural practice in 2009. The project took 2 years to complete and cost (but you didn’t hear it from us) in the […]

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