The 2009 Heimtextil show in Frankfurt saw the unveiling of new fabric designs, textures, base cloths and colourways, as Prestigious Textiles introduced its new portfolio. Embellished fabrics continue to be in demand for furnishings around the home, and Prestigious’ latest response to this is its new Chateaux Collection, where three crewel- embroidered are partnered by the broad stripe of Bourges, the barcode stripe of Vicky and the plain denim-effect of Chateaux.
Ornamental is Sinclaire’s latest collection, offering a modern twist on classic designs for upholstery, curtains and bedspreads. The classic striped curtains are reversible, and have both the appearance and feel of silk. Ornamental, as the name suggests, uses intricate designs, such as the robust Brocatelle damask, which applies a two-colour effect, whilst the delicate embroidered style of the woven patterns merges two distinct, pure colours.
Prints have long been a cornerstone of the Prestigious Textiles portfolio and the newcomers include Honolulu, a family of contemporary floral concepts on 100% cotton panama. Lead design Honolulu is a large-scale representation of boldly stylised floral motifs, whilst Taboo uses scrolling floral trails and Tijuana features the distinctive profiles of pompom dahlias. The collection is completed by the broadly striped Bali.
Fleur is the stunning new finial range from Bryony Alexander. These hand-blown glass finials feature a dark background overlaid with contrasting floral design in vibrant colours. The finials are the perfect combination with Perspex curtain poles, or one of their new metal finishes in stainless steel or pewter, for a stunning addition to any window treatment.
Ybarra & Serret
Rockrose is a collection of fabrics by Spanish textile manufacturer Ybarra & Serret. The collection is made up of a variety of floral, striped, linen voiles and velvet designs in natural fibres and in a great variety of shades. Shown here is the main fabric from Rockrose, in a 140cm width. The collection can be specified in four colours including grey with white flowers or khaki with white flowers and red leaves.
The sleek and stylish Celeste is an extensive range of recessed and suspended luminaires from Hacel’s new Pure brochure. A choice of head configurations, energy efficient light sources and wattages are available with compact styling, clean fascias, enclosed precision die-cast lamp housings and branded electronic control gear featuring throughout the range. The Celeste will enhance and illuminate many retail, commercial and architectural environments. enq330
New to the energy efficient LED range is the Siena, an extra low glare step light. With its discreet fittings, Siena is ideal for use both inside and out. Designed in-house and manufactured in the UK, it uses the latest warm white LEDs giving a warm light similar to tungsten and is cool to the touch. Finishes include bronze, bright nickel, marine grade stainless steel and primed (ready to paint).
Hacel’s new 136 page Pure catalogue features a range of innovative and exiting designs. Skylink is a versatile, continuous lighting system with a choice of recessed or flush fascias that stylishly integrates Fluorescent and Accent lighting into a purposeful and efficient lighting system. The intuitive design of Skylink ensures rapid construction of the framework and simple installation of the luminaries. enq316
Aimbry International, one of the UK’s leading decorative lighting suppliers, has launched Snood; a completely new concept in transforming down-lighters. This collection of 19 mini shades and chandeliers is based around a unique design that simply clips onto existing down-lighters using a magnetic ring. As well as transforming the look of a room, Snood can also soften the harsh light from down-lighters, making this a simple yet revolutionary lighting system
The FLIGHT system from lighting designers and suppliers RAYLIGHT is a versatile decorative system and can be curved to suit a multitude of applications. It has been situated down the middle of staircases, in bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, restaurants and churches. FLIGHT can be attached to the ceiling or suspended at great lengths.
The Leon tub chair is a fantastic example of the new range of classic and contemporary designs for seating and sofas available from Jacinto Usan. Samples of the range can be viewed at the Interior Supply Showroom, where the new Jacinto Usan catalogue is also available, at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre.
Freeform Sculptural Sails
These light-weight, stretched fabric sails can be installed flat, sculpted into 3-D forms, layered or overlapped. Use them to mask high ceilings, create focal points, screen sunlight, or define space. They come in 33 colours, a range of shapes and sizes, and have a silicon edging to keep them smooth and taut. Installation is quick and easy and they are a fraction of the cost of comparable products.
Amina manufacture invisible loudspeakers for the Interior Design industry. Simply installed into walls or ceilings, skim plaster over and once decorated they are invisible. Paint or wallpaper can be applied to the finished surface to provide a high quality sound source that is congruent with the room design. From contemporary interiors to Grade 1 listed buildings, Amina Plaster In-wall loudspeakers provide the invisible answer to audio solutions that end-users demand.
Bisca has design and built a staircase, which takes perceptions of stair design to a new echelon. The brief was to create an outstanding stair for the hallway that complimented the surroundings. The result was a stunning, gleaming curved staircase made entirely of green-tinted glass and steel, including balustrade, topped with American black walnut handrails.
To Grace is to launch new designs at Ecobuild, Earl’s Court, March 3-5, stand G10.
Bespoke panels for versatile applications including steel balconies, balustrade designs, architectural features, exterior cladding and contemporary screens, are manufactured in metals that are at least 60% recycled and 100% recyclable.
MAINE’S Tambour units are part of the Mainestream range and are available in complimentary sizes to the full range of Mainestream units, including drawer units, cupboards and multi-units.The comprehensive internal configurations and accessories meet all storage and filing requirements to make it the most competitive choice on the market. A large range of finishes can be specified including matching or contrasting tambours.
Freeform Sculptural Sails
Tensioned fabric sails that can be used flat or sculpted into 3-D forms have until now been so expensive few have been able to enjoy their drama and versatility. Freeform breaks the rules. The high quality, light-weight sculptural sails are surprisingly affordable and ideal for defining open plan areas, creating focal points or screening sunlight in conservatories. The sails are available in 33 colours, are quick to install and very easy to clean.
Owing to its size, ATTESA makes an impact even in very large surroundings. The range is particularly well suited for use in architectural surroundings where waiting areas must emphasize image and reflect successes. In contradiction to ATTESA’s clear- cut, cubic shape, the seat and backrest provide great levels of comfort and ease in 1.5mm to 1.7mm thick napa leather. ATTESA will also be offered as an armchair, two and three- seated sofas as well as a stool.
Launched onto the UK market at Decorex 2008, Altfield represents Westbury Textiles: a high-end fabric house from Perth in Australia. With emphasis on upholstery fabrics, focused on quality, design and contemporary colours, Westbury Textiles have a range that is perfectly suited to today’s design aesthetic. All textiles within the Westbury portfolio are hardwearing and practical for contract and hospitality environments.
MAINE has launched a new range of innovative storage to create more streamlined offices. Their new Mainepure range is made to the same exacting high standards of excellence as their successful Maineseries3i range. It can also fit alongside their existing ranges to the same wide range of heights and widths. The Mainepure range has a clean, elegant facade and a flush, discreet label holder, which also acts as the drawer pull.
onverting a 1970s office back into a period home with 21st- century touches presented Paul Marazzi of Living in Style with a series of challenges that included gaining approvals and beating deadlines. ‘I loved it and hated it,’ he says of his time as project manager on the four- bedroomed Georgian house in London’s Bedford Square. ‘Although we got planning permission in August 2007, we didn’t start building until February 2008 and we had to finish it by September. We overran by 11 days, but that’s not bad,’ he adds, ‘considering we have managed to introduce modern technology and features into an 18th-century building, without compromising its original character.’ The client’s brief was to respect the period features of the property in the reception rooms and bedrooms of the main building but also to introduce contemporary kitchens and bathrooms. However, this involved a great
deal of negotiation with English Heritage.
The job’s starting point was an archetypal depressing office interior — with false ceilings and strip lighting, dark green carpet and 1970s room dividers — and the first task was to strip it all back so that the original features could be found. But, ‘there was only one original marble fireplace and three hideous modern ones,’ explains Marazzi. ‘English Heritage insisted these be replaced with Georgian neoclassical surrounds, which added quite a bit to the budget.’ Chesney’s, Westland and Acquisitions fire surrounds were used.
In order to restore the house’s period character it was necessary to research its original layout and plan structural work.
The result was to be a home with all the essential rooms for a family and then some, including three reception rooms and four bedrooms with ensuites.
English Heritage was adamant that the
integrity of the large rooms should not be spoilt. Nowhere were rooms broken up. Consequently, there is an expansive bathroom in the master suite and a 98sq m reception room on the first floor. The extravagant space has been dressed to match with plush and sparkling pieces. The breadth of space is set off by the parquet de Versailles floor from Waxed Floors and there is a reference to the building’s glory days in glinting regency chandeliers from Kenneth Harvey Antiques.
A neoclassical fireplace, from Westland, adds further authentic-looking splendour.
Living in Style also used the London Furnishing Company to source and create many bespoke pieces especially to fit with the room. This includes the dark velvet sofas, mirrors and even a piano. While these objects add drama the walls themselves have a muted tone, supplied by Farrow and Ball. ‘We went so far as to undertake a historical paint
survey and this showed that the house would originally have been decorated in a grey palette,’ Marazzi explains, ‘so that is the range of colour we have used throughout the house but the kitchen is silver to tie in with these colours but with a modern twist.’
This included Living in Style’s trademark ergonomic styling and futuristic-looking curves, plus the use of gloss lacquer, colcanic composite tops and inlaid Venetian glass.
‘The kitchen was definitely a brave move,’ says Marazzi, ‘I am so bored of rectangular islands. The curved island reflects the curved portico to the house. When I first saw the shape for the setting, it appealed both from a social and cook-friendly point of view but it was also beautiful as a form.’
When it came to the bedrooms and ensuites one of the most difficult jobs was getting services into the areas, and one of the most successful solutions was in the ensuite to the master bedroom. Architect and interior designer Topshore came up with the idea of a pod in the middle of the room, which both
serves as a hidden WC and houses all the pipework from that bathroom and the bathrooms above.
‘The architect had the sink and bath the other way around to the final layout,’ Marazzi describes, ‘but I decided we should swap it so that we could build the bath up on a plinth-like surround using structural wooden boards, making an amazing feature.’
The pod also adds some separation between the tub and the open-sided walk-in shower, with a wet room look added by the slick floor tiles from Master Supplies. Richard Bell Electrical created the lighting system here and throughout the project, with John Cullen wall lights used either side of the mirrors.
The four bedrooms have a simple, coordinated look, each one with grand looking chandeliers from Heal’s and silk carpets from Capitol Carpets to add luxury. In the master bedroom the original fire surround has been restored with a new insert from Acquisitions.
While the Georgian house finds its beauty in its impressive period features — high
ceilings, cornicing and archways — there is also an added extra that enabled Living in Style to go all out modern: the mews house.
‘We were able to be more minimal and contemporary in here as this was a 1909 addition and not of significant interest to English Heritage.’ Marazzi explains. ‘This style of interior also means it could be great for teenagers or another option for guests.’
The layout of the mews house was changed completely to create guest and staff apartments on the first and second floor. The ground floor has been turned into one large open-plan reception room leading off a new glass staircase, while the lower ground floor has become a mini leisure complex with pool, spa, steam room, gym and changing rooms.
Reconverting the Bedford Place building to a home was a massive project but the result is a main building with an interior that is easy and fresh and a mews house that is fun and welcoming. Marazzi concludes: ‘It will make an amazing family home. It caused quite a few headaches but they were well worth it.