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Kia is an award winning London interior designer based in the South East. Her studio takes on projects from around the world.

Interior Design Baker Street

Interior Design Baker Street

Interior Design Baker Street

This project in Baker Street is definitely a favourite of Kia’s and myself. We designed the space to create the perfect place to relax after a days work while still having a touch of sophistication. You would not recognise it from the before photographs if it wasn’t for the beautiful floor and doors which we kept, and used as a starting point for the rest of the design.

Bronze Wall Covering Reflecting Light Beautifully

Bronze Wall Covering Reflecting Light Beautifully

 

We kept the base colours in the lounge warm but neutral which provides a great opportunity for piecing together with bold colours. The large window here floods the room with light but to add some privacy we hung some delicate sheers. The light then bounces off the beautiful wall covering highlighting the shimmery pattern and texture which we chose to add depth to the room. This warm bronze feature wall is complemented by a slightly cooler and fresh light beige on the remaining walls.

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Original Fireplace

The fireplace which was previously featured in this room we removed and replaced it with a more contemporary alternative which really lifted the room to give it that edge. In order to do this permission was required from the council and building management, this is due to the property being in a conservation area and theses properties having been built to specifically maintain a more historic look. The wall was built out to accommodate this and a bespoke bookshelf built around the corner to maximise the utilisation of space. We chose a warm walnut wood as it creates a nice contrast to complement both the walls and flooring.

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Fireplace With Bookshelf

We placed a Eames chair with footstool upholstered with black leather with walnut trim, adding a masculine touch to the room and the perfect spot to watch TV from.  This complements the black introduced into the room through the fireplace.  Each part of the design slows and precisely layers on top of another to create a finished scheme.  The corner sofa beautifully balances out the room providing plenty of space to entertain but also to kick back and relax. It even has electronic head rests that can be worked by a discreet plate on the inside of the sofa arm.

Eames Chair for Ultimate TV Viewing

Eames Chair for Ultimate TV Viewing

 

 

The bespoke rug (designed by Kia) brings a splash of colour into the room elegantly. We felt that it is important that it is such a large piece due to the wooden flooring to partly soften sound so the room so that it does not echo but also to be in-keeping with proportions.

Kia Designs Classic Rug

Kia Designs Classic Rug in Electric Blue

 

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Beautiful curtain texture

We finished off with some beautiful design pieces which provide practical purpose also. The coffee table located next to the sofa catches the light while delicately adding a feminine touch to the room with the organic curves. The wall light casts light both towards the ceiling and the floor which creates softer light, as due to the height of the ceiling, it is important that the whole room is lit. Furthermore, the richly coloured cushions positioned on the end of the sofa bring the textures in the rug, curtains and wall covering all together nicely. The curtains are a beautiful crushed velvet in a warm beige which create a beautiful depth of tone which works that works wonderfully with all the shades within the room. It is also a very luxurious fabric which looks stunning when they are both open and closed. Since they are floor to ceiling curtains we felt it was important to make a statement with them.

 

Dining Table Area with Drop Lighting

Dining Table Area with Drop Lighting

 

We placed the dining table infront of the second window to make the most of the light flooding in.  The dining table is a smoked glass top with a chrome (almost mirrored looking) frame which reflects the light beautifully. The contemporary white leather chairs pick out colours from the wooden flooring and the skirting. We took the texture of the sofa and recliner chair into consideration when choosing the material of the seat covering to bring it all together. This however was practically a good choice as leather is hardwearing. The pendant lights were specially commissioned for this project and suspended from the ceiling add some height to the area to balance it out, drawing your eye upwards. These pendant lights co-ordinate with the floor lamp which is located in the diagonal corner. They also complement the fireplace which is located to right of the table. There is no artwork placed above the fireplace as there are already a number of things the eye is drawn to on the higher level in this area, and so the room may look too cluttered by the addition of a piece here.

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TV area

The TV is mounted centrally on the wall above a large cabinet so that all devices can be stored away out of site preventing clutter. The angles within the room draw your eye naturally towards the TV which will create maximum comfort. The cabinet features smoke glass strips which co-ordinate with the dining table. It also reflects light making the room appear brighter in addition to the white lacquer cabinet which reflects the light also. What I particularly like about this, is how the blue rug is reflected in the glass which adds another glimmer of colour to the room subtly, while also providing the practical purpose of allowing remote signals through so the TV will work without having to expose any additional equipment. The sheers which hang over the large windows provide the perfect level of light diffusion for glare to not be an issue upon the tv. The large leaning floor lamp adds that extra element of  style, softening the corner and adding that extra soft lighting of the evenings.

As you can see, a great deal of consideration goes into every design decision. Everything is done in a certain way for a reason and is something that could not be replicated on a DIY project.

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How Light Can Improve Your Health

After attending a talk at Eco Build 2015 ‘CPD: Lighting and health: What the research tells us’ I was inspired to look further into how the lighting systems that we install in homes and work places can be heavily affecting our quality of life and health without us even realizing it.

 

Florence Lam (lighting designer of the year 2013) who is an expert in lighting design for Arup introduced the relationship between light and physical and psychological factors. She highlighted that the key things people tend to look for in lighting is beauty, eco-friendliness and functionality. However people tend to disregard the health factors which should be tied under the functionality spec.

 

A basic human need is to have exposure to light. One of these reasons is to absorb vitamin D from sunlight, but also to enhance mood. Ensuring that you’ve had a good night sleep can enhance mood. The diurnal cycle (which is the pattern of sunlight that occurs daily due to the earth spinning on an axis) has a key part in allowing this to happen. The effect of this upon humans is called the circadian rhythm. The change in light colour and intensity has a huge effect upon our health. This is due to serotonin being converted into melatonin when the sun goes down, which allows people to sleep for longer.

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 Often, in this modern age where people are staring at bright computer screens etc. in the evening, we are tricking our circadian rhythm into thinking that its still daytime, so when we go to bed and wonder why we cannot fall asleep even though we’ve had an exhausting day, quite often this is the reason why. However, we could effectively resolve this issue through the lighting in our homes correctly to assist in allowing our bodies to act the way they were intended.

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Brian Charman spoke about a case study that Philips Lighting University conducted in the German Heart Institute in Berlin. In this hospital they have installed controllable lighting in patients rooms which have been shown to have improved stress levels and sleep patterns along with hormone release.

‘It is extremely important to us that the patients in our intensive care unit feel secure, comfortable and well looked after – both medically and emotionally.’

– Prof. Dr. med Dr. h. c Roland Hetzer, Medical Director, German Heart Institute

These systems could also be installed in homes easily and at a fairly low cost through the use of colour changing light and dimmer switches. ‘Hue’ by Philips for example allows you to change the colour temperature within your home with a simple controller or phone app and a lightbulb which would fit most standard adapters.

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Philips Hue

These systems could also be extremely useful to those who travel a lot. By adapting circadian rhythm lighting systems, the body can be eased out of jet lag with minimal inconvenience, something that could be potentially very useful to hotels also. There are already alarm clocks on the market (which have been around for years now) that are designed to wake you up naturally, but what the speakers were talking about was taking this a couple of steps further.

Increased productivity has also been linked with correct lighting. Peter Raynham spoke about his research into the improvement in children’s grades within a school where the better and worse lit classrooms were compared. Although his research is not 100% accurate due to additional factors such as the teacher that the children were taught by, the improvement in mood in addition to grades suggest that daylight has a positive impact upon productivity.

Light has always been something that has fascinated me and this knowledge is definitely something that I will take into consideration when designing light in the future, as I’m sure it will be for many others also.

 

‘We now design with light, rather than light designing’

– Joanna Wood, Interiors for Living

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Spotlight on: Ottiu

As a designer we often get approached by a lot of new designers and companies looking to have their designs used in our projects. It can be so difficult going through each of the designers and deciding whether they have products that would not only work with our clients design aesthetic but also their budget and aspirations of quality and luxury.

Ottiu managed to tick all the boxes even on the first glance,  the Swandon sofa (shown above) is one of my favourite pieces as it seems to fuse together art deco with mid-century.  With designs we often find that there is an amalgamation of different design eras, whether this be between partners or simply due to a clients individual style, products such as the Swanson that seamlessly brings together two periods can end up being a pivot piece in a design scheme.

LUNA DINING CHAIR An unusual majestic elegance surrounds the Luna dining chair. The slender and curved solid walnut legs with brass accents join the surprising and memorable wing-shaped backrest. The extreme comfort of the chair, although absorbing, leaves center stage to the seductive feminine lines of Luna.

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An unusual majestic elegance surrounds the Luna dining chair. The slender and curved solid walnut legs with brass accents join the surprising and memorable wing-shaped backrest. The extreme comfort of the chair, although absorbing, leaves center stage to the seductive feminine lines of Luna.

Ottiu describes the above dining chairs as majestic and I couldn’t agree more!  Everything about them says understated luxury and comfort.

LOREN CHAISE LONGUE This new piece, Loren chaise longue comes to enrich this series. Presenting us the most charming persian blue cotton velvet with golden tacks, finished with the superb gold leaf feet, this pure piece was designed for the most personal intimate moments.

LOREN CHAISE LONGUE
This new piece, Loren chaise longue comes to enrich this series. Presenting us the most charming persian blue cotton velvet with golden tacks, finished with the superb gold leaf feet, this pure piece was designed for the most personal intimate moments.

WINFREY BENCH The Winfrey bench has a solid and strong feminine touch. Featuring capitoné upholstery in black crystal velvet, this piece is embraced with a gold plated brass structure adding a special taste and synergy to any striking luxury interior project.

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The Winfrey bench has a solid and strong feminine touch. Featuring capitoné upholstery in black crystal velvet, this piece is embraced with a gold plated brass structure adding a special taste and synergy to any striking luxury interior project.

I always find myself drawn to piece that will make my clients smile, something that will bring them a little bit of joy even on the gloomiest of February days.  For me, pieces like the Andy stool will do that, it is functional but also fun.   The gold plated cage bottom also adds another layer of luxury to a design scheme.

ANDY STOOL With a warm and friendly personality, Andy stool is an artistic combination of a gold plated brass structure and a woolly white fur. This gracious union is the perfect trendy addition to the coziest corner of the house.

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With a warm and friendly personality, Andy stool is an artistic combination of a gold plated brass structure and a woolly white fur. This gracious union is the perfect trendy addition to the coziest corner of the house.

 

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Decorate With Sophisticated Damasks

CONSTANTINA DAMASK WEAVES

A sophisticated collection of contemporised damask designs, for classic and contemporary interiors. Alongside silk qualities, new ultra-modern silky yarns are woven and finished using traditional looms and methods with fabulous results. All fabrics are suitable for curtains.

Previously produced as a wallpaper, Malmaison Damask (shown below as curtains) is introduced for the first time as fabric. Two weft yarns are twisted to give a brushed metal feel within the damask motif.

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Brocatello Nuovo

Complex weave effects update this Zoffany classic. Woven in modern silk effect yarns it is now available in a new colour line of soft contemporary colours, including a new exquisite faded coral. This fabric is washable and inherently flame retardant.

Katarina

Katarina is a modern interpretation of a classic medallion damask, with an embroidered effect created by an extra warp. This pretty and feminine design falls into an elegant stripe, with a beautiful drapeability due to fil coupe treatment.

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Inspired by the Zoffany ‘Veranda Trellis’ wallpaper, this versatile, medium scale pattern is woven in a luxuriously fine silk-like quality, and embossed with a classic moiré. It is reversible, with the trellis on the back being more pronounced. This fabric is washable and inherently flame retardant.

Elena

Elena is a modern day interpretation of a Zoffany favourite, ‘Crivelli Damask’. The pattern has been distressed giving it an antique, slightly block printed feel. This contemporary silk mix fabric has a beautifully soft drape, due to the wool and viscose in the weft.

Constantina

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Constantina is inspired by the same 19th Century silk damask document used for Fresco Secco wallpaper. The interplay of yarns creates an iridescent feel of beaten metal. This highly contemporised asymmetrical damask has been woven in luxurious silky yarn. This fabric is washable and inherently flame retardant.

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Best of: Yasemen Hussein

Anyone that knows me know’s that I have a passion for feathers, from earrings to tattoos to lighting, if it has feathers on you have my curiosity.  These lights and pieces of artwork have more than my curiosity they have my attention.  They are both light but bold and have a wonderful movement to them.

I am intrigued by the sheer variety of this artists work and especially the horned mask!

 

Recently, Sculptor Yasemen Hussein unveils another new piece of work entitled ‘Birds n’ Branches.’

Inspired by her deeply rooted love of nature, Hussein has produced a hanging chandelier, hand sculpted from up cycled plumbers copper pipe and cast resin birds lit by integral LED’s.  Sprawling curved copper branches writhe and interweave with perched stylized blood-red birds that glow like warm gems.

 The chandelier is on display till the end of February 2015 in the windows of The Mill, a visual effects company in London’s Great Marlborough Street.  Check it out if you are in the area.

Biography:

Some very diverse elements go into the creative mix at Yasemen Hussein’s studio. There’s a mountain of electrical cable, a shelf full of 1970s copper vases retrieved from the windows of local charity shops, some heavy duty welding equipment and… a concrete mixer. “I’m inspired by mythology, the Italian renaissance and poetry,” she says. “Basically – beauty. And that could be Dolly Parton or Aubrey Beardsley.” Her work is as exuberant and fantastical as it is organic.

Hussein studied glass work in Illinois, learned “the tricks of the trade of concrete” in California and now sculpts the most intricate copper pieces imaginable in her converted stable house in south London. Her metal feathers juxtapose elegance and lightness with the heft of their source material and are commissioned to act as light fittings, or interior centrepieces of varying sizes.  She has collaborated on headwear with Philip Treacy, created stagewear for Katy Perry and Will.i.am and fashioned fluid, windswept-looking metal “hairpieces” for Toni & Guy.Her work can be finished in anything from synthetic woven hair to gold, or left raw.

“Everything I do is commission-based,” says Hussein. “I can work at any scale – sometimes it’s making thousands of tiny things to make one large thing, like a gold chain piece I did with Swarovski. But I’ve also cast s

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Mexico Design Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere but for most of us we are often too busy to see it, we don’t actively notice those design details, those colours don’t really sink in, we often end up seeing a sea of grey.  The one time that our brains are in tune with our surroundings is when we are on holiday.

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We relax, we look around and we often take in a lot more of the environment that surrounds us.  Not just because it’s foreign but because it’s often more colourful then what we surround ourselves with at home.  Everything from street signs to the hotel wallpaper can catch our attention.

A trip to an aquarium shows us the millions of different colours that can surround us and how beautiful each and every one of them can be.  It can even inspire you to create design colour schemes that might be a little out of the ordinary.  A colour scheme based on the amazing image below would be a visual treat, it also wouldn’t be your typical blue which is often used for themes inspired by the idea of an underwater world.

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And it’s not just design that can be inspired while on vacation, it can be mood too.  Mexico is known for it’s bright colours, one of its main festivals that is often recognised around the world is the day of the day, the bright candy skulls being the main attraction as they are both ornate, beautiful and morbid.  Mexico’s graveyards can often be the same, however hidden below the surface of a stunning graveyard (never thought I would write those words) in Xcaret Park is the scene below.

2015-01-23 12.30.05The candles here sit on the bed of many, many years of extinguished candles.  Their melted frames now making the shelves on which new candles sit, the colour a startling white against all the colour and pomp of a Mexican graveyard.  They also create an amazing atmosphere, the warmth of the light and the colours instantly calming you and bringing you to the present.

If we were to use this in a design scheme it would be interesting to take this and inspiration for a home spa, the feel of the lighting, the instant warmth and the sense of renewal would all be a perfect starting point for the design of a spa.

Have you been on a holiday recently that has inspired you? What feeling or mood did you bring back from it?

 

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Interior Designers Flooring Recommendations

Often clients are looking for a large amount of guidance in many different areas, this isn’t because they have no idea what they want, on the contrary it is often because they know what they like style-wise they are just unsure how to get there.  Today we are overloaded with hundreds (if not thousands!) of different options and a lot of opposing information.  You go in to one showroom and the sales assistant insists that if you want quality there is no other option but solid hardwood flooring when another has advised you that laminate can produce the exact same look for a tenth of the price.  It is extremely confusing and overwhelming, and you haven’t even got past your choice for flooring!

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In general in properties we tend to use Engineered Flooring.  So what does this mean?  Engineered flooring is a combination of solid real wood and a substrate or plywood.  This is for several reasons: quality, cost, overall look, installation costs.

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This is an engineered German Oak, it has been laid as a retrofit.  What this means is that it was put in after the build so it needed a trim around the edge of the room (you can see it clearly below).  We could have avoided this by putting new skirting boards in, however that could have possibly damaged the walls leading to us needing to re-plaster the walls, a cost we were hoping to avoid as the property was in fantastic condition.

Trim-for-wood-flooringAnother question we often get from client is regarding solid wood vs. engineered. Solid wood does not automatically mean it is hard wearing, that comes down to the type of wood, finish etc. Engineered wood flooring can often give a more long lasting quality as the wood is less affected by atmospheric changes in temperature that can sometime warp solid wood.

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It can also be re-finished several times just like solid wood flooring, the flooring above was put in as part of a full refurbishment.  This has the benefit that it doesn’t need to have a trim around the end of the room.  It produces a much higher quality finish as the flooring neatly fits under the newly fitted skirting boards.

Have any questions about different type of flooring? Different flooring finishes? Comment below and we will break them down in our next blog.

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9 Ways To Slash A Design Budget

You’ve gone through your inspiration, you’ve worked out what style you like, what your kitchen should look like, feel like, all the materials, colours and you are over the moon…and then you total it all up. Ouch, you are horribly over budget, here are 10 ways you could possibly bring that number down significantly without damaging the entire design.

We are going to take you inside a project that we recently worked on. The design was for the ground floor refurbishment which included a new kitchen, the creation of a ground floor WC and utility room as well as the creation of a large family room that included a TV area, dining area and two reception areas. We were also re-designing the first floor bathroom.

 

Before we started the cull the design budget was just over £46k for the flooring, kitchen, utility room, WC and bathroom. With some clever cutting we managed to slash the budget by over 20% down to £35k. Here are 10 of the ways we did it.

1. Worktops – changing that central island to wood instead of Quartz has brought the budget down by over £1000 already

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2. Tiles – flooring is always so important, it becomes part of the backbone of your home and needs to be hardwearing. However, bringing down a wall mosaic from £290 a square meter in the WC on the ground floor to £30 a square meter will save you over £1000

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3. Reusing appliances – yes, I know this is not always possible. However, if you can these can be items that could be upgraded in a few years time without a huge amount of work. Especially if the appliances you have are already integrated. On a recent project doing this saved us over £2000

4. Changing of Washer and Dryer, especially if these are going in a little seen utility room.  Remember to look at the specifications of the items not he overall look (tough for a designer to say!)

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5. Changing of lighting – wall lights in the WC and bathroom.  Lighting is something that can be difficult to update at a later date, especially in rooms such as bathrooms where installation can require drilling through tiles however, there are sometimes cheaper alternatives to be found.  This doesn’t always mean compromising on the design, it could be that you go for a similar light from a less well known brand.

6. Bathroom Fixtures – Vanity Units. We had originally had put in the budget to design bespoke items for all the bathrooms, however as the budget became strained it was clear that this would not be a good use of money.  We decided on a mixture between bespoke for places and spaces we needed it and to match these in with store bought items.  The look will be similar but the cost will be a few thousand less.

7. No extendable dining table in the kitchen – how often are you going to use it?  This is often a question for clients, extendable dining tables are often over double the price of their non-extending cousins.  If you are considering that it might possibly be used once or twice a year it might not be worth it.  In this project we opted for an extendable table in the dining area and a non extending version in the kitchen as it wouldn’t get used very often (if at all)Dining Layout

8. Wood Flooring – we opted to go for a 13mm board over a 16mm board.  Does this effect the overall quality of the wood flooring, yes.  However, when budgets get strained there is little point going ahead with orders that will make the rest of the project completely undoable.  This 3mm change brought the pricing down by over half.

9. Changing how the bath pours – Taps are expensive.  In this project we swapped out the taps for a central bath filler at a small percentage of the cost, it adds slightly to the price of the diverter you need but the overall saving was very worth it.

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Designing A Bedroom Around Art

This design is one of our most talked about designs.  It is visually stunning whist also providing the clients with storage and the space they needed within this compact bedroom.

The artwork above the bed is often a piece that is commented on, and designing a bedroom around art is something that can be very simple when you have a piece as striking as this.  The artwork is by an artist called Hush. Working in Japan for several years as a toy designer, Urban artist Hush was able to draw upon life as an outsider to the Japanese culture with an objective eye. Considered one of the most technically gifted urban artists, Hush’s art explores themes of sexuality and pornography – contrasting the representation of women in traditional and modern eras.

His work has a very playful feel to it and really brought something different to the finished design.

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Floating Bed Design

The floating bed shown here is one of our most asked about design pieces. Space was at a premium in this bedroom so we had to make every space matter whilst keeping the floor as clear as possible – the floating bed made this possible.

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The Fluttua (which means “float” in English) bed is the epitome of minimalist design. Nothing extra adorns this bed — but install it and it gives the appearance of floating (which is statement making enough!). This patented product is height adjustable, and is even available in a quirky, round model.

 

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Is This The Most Expensive Desk In The World?

We work a lot with bespoke furniture, one of items that are made exactly to our specifications, which can often be costly but is always an investment for our clients (read here how bespoke wardrobes are great for busy people) however we don’t very often spend this kind of money on an individual piece of stand alone furniture.

From the designers: This sculptural desk and chair set is not only intriguing but also quite clever in design. This desk has many functional compartments: three lower drawers that pivot toward the seated user; four smaller, irregularly shaped drawers; two compartments and a secret drawer, all disguised behind the carving above the desk top.

They are bespoke items and usually take four months to hand craft.  I would love to be able to see how this beautiful piece looks and feels in the flesh.  It can be made up in a variety of wood finishes and I am sure it would look just as stunning in most of them.

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More about the designer: 

Michael Coffey is renowned as one of the world’s greatest living studio artists, his designs commanding high biddings at Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

A master woodworker for over 40 years, he produces sculptural, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted works of art. Painstakingly making each piece by hand, Michael continues to invoke nature and modernity with the use of fine wood, fluid lines and dynamic craftsmanship

Born and raised in New York City, Michael is a self-taught artist, who has been refining his craft since childhood. Influenced by the greats like George Nakashima, Wendell Castle, Wharton Esherick, Walker Reed, Sam Maloof, and Jack Rogers Hopkins.

Coffey currently creates bespoke furniture from his studio and home in Massachusetts, USA.

Shown in African Mozambique. Various hardwoods and finishes available.

173cm (68″) wide, 94cm (37″) high, 91cm (36″) deep

Bespoke Global – Product Detail – El Morro Desk and Matador II Chair.

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Longest Continuous Wooden Sculpture In The World

Traditional wooden sculptures can often be impressive, the determination to turn a single piece of wood in to art is often inspiring however Zheng Chunhui has taken this art form to a new level.  Zheng Chunhui has spent four years transforming a 12 foot long tree trunk into a detailed replica of  famous traditional Chinese painting called ” Along the River during the Qingming Festival ”

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There are over 500 individually carved people within this stunning sculpture.  The detail is overwhelming and you often find yourself wondering if you are still looking at a sculpture of an extremely detailed piece of art.

 

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Just look at this bustling street, every umbrella has a unique pattern to it, the roofs also look so realistic.  I adore how the rings of the wood are so gorgeously highlighted in the roof at the bottom of the above picture.

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And if that wasn’t enough, you can watch the video below to really try and get up close and personal with this mesmerising piece of art.

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14 Of The Most Beautiful Black Chandeliers

Black and lighting don’t often sound like they go together, however black chandeliers can not only give amazing light but also provide a beautiful feature for your interior design scheme .  These 14 designs are all slighting different and all would provide a beautiful centre piece for your room.

 

1, Ochre Eucalyptus Linear 200cm 2, 11, Ochre Eclipse Round 100cm 3, Ochre Eucalyptus Double Tier Round 90cm 4, 6, Black Chain Maxi Pendant 5, 7, Ochre Eucalyptus Single Tier Round 90cm 8, Black Chain Rectangular Chandelier 9, Ochre Eclipse Round 100cm 10, 12, 18, Mirrored Crystal Chandelier 13, Porta Romana Bianca Chandelier  14, Dripping Crystal Shade 15, Mir S2 Pendant Light 16, Six arm ceiling light 17, Black Chain Chandelier 19, Possini Chandelier

 

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How Hidden Can A Desk Be?

The answer seems to be, pretty hidden.  This desk seems to take it to a new level as it completely transforms in to a blue (or copper) box.  Neatly hiding away tons of storage (including a filing cabinet) and even it’s own built in chair.

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Cast Acrylic Exterior and Polished Mahogany Interior
150cm (59″) long x 75cm (29.5″) deep x 80cm (31.5″) high
About the designer: Paul Kelley is one of the UK’s foremost furniture makers with a reputation for his unique material combinations, thoughtful composition and meticulous finish.

Initially trained as a guitar maker, Paul has honed his detailed craftmanship over the last 22 years into creating bespoke furniture with a list of clients and commissions including Fendi, Paul Smith, Browns of London, William Grant & Sons and the Hotel Intercontinental Group.

Paul won a Wallpaper Design Award for his White Acrylic Drawer Unit that was picked as one of the 10 essential designs of the last ten years and was nominated for an Arts Foundation Fellowship for furniture design.

Paul lives in South East London and works from his studio in Kent, England.

Brings a whole new meaning to “push your chair in”.

Bespoke Global – Product Detail – Blue Desk.

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How Recessed Lighting Could Make Your Home More Modern

Task lighting is something that is often essential but can be difficult to do well.  Spots are often the instant choice however, they aren’t exactly the prettiest of options.  Recessed lighting can be a fantastic way of creating an extremely modern look, it is also super simple to do and unbelievably striking.

These astro lights are a perfect example (available from here), they are very inexpensive at less than £35 but would provide a more modern look to a room.

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As you can see from the room below we have used similar sized lighting in our Notting Hill Interior Design project and it produces a beautiful feature in the kitchen area.  The channel here also is extremely clever because it hides the huge projector screen that comes down in front of the art work.

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You can also see above that we used a mixture of inset lighting and spot lighting, however an alternative would have been to use recessed lighting over the kitchen island with these Astro recessed lights.

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What do you think about using recessed lighting?  Do you think it makes this Notting Hill Penthouse Interior Design look more modern?

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