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Alternative Flooring with Liberty Fabrics

Alternative Flooring is launching a new carpet collection with Liberty Fabrics this  autumn. Archival and classic Liberty prints have been expertly woven into rugs, runners and carpets. This is the first time that these iconic designs have been used on carpet. There are four designs in a total of ten colourways. Enchanting floral, bird, garden and paisley prints that combine detailed pattern and vibrant colour have been up-scaled and refashioned for floors.

Alternative Flooring with Liberty: Flowers of Thorpe

Flowers of Thorpe in Summer Garden

A typical classic Liberty floral, created in the 1970s but emulating the wonderful small flower designs, which were so popular at Liberty in the 1930s, and a style the brand has become synonymous with. This beautiful floral has now been brought to life for the first time on a carpet.

Alternative Flooring with Liberty: Capello Shell

Capello Shell in Mist 
Other colourways: Seaglass (green), Ocean (blue) and Coral (pink)

Part of ‘The Secret Garden Collection’ inspired by the celebrated novel ‘The Secret Garden’ written by Frances Hodgson Burnett in 1911. The design was found in the back of a Liberty book of Paisleys originating from the Lancashire mills and re-worked to represent the rhyme ‘Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow, with silver bells and cockle shells and Marigolds all in a row.’

Alternative Flooring with Liberty: Strawberry Meadow

Strawberry Meadow in Peacock
Other colourways: Marigold (orange), Trellis (grey) and Acanthus (green)

An original, hand drawn Liberty Design Studio exclusive of William Morris’s famous design ‘Strawberry Thief’ created in 1883. Strawberry Thief was first printed by Liberty in 1979 for its Interiors Collection and features strawberry bushes and birds in tonal shades that translate beautifully as carpet.

Alternative Flooring with Liberty: Raison Classic

Felix Raison in Classic

A design reworked from a stunning hand painted original mid 19th century paisley shawl from the Liberty archive. It’s suitable for both modern and traditional interiors.
The Jubilee Collection adorned with Oriental paisleys and original Morris prints was inspired by the bohemian clientele that made Liberty the most fashionable place to shop in the 1880s.


This new collection is part of Alternative Flooring‘s Quirky B collection, an award-winning range that features designs by leading interior and textile designers. Previous collaborations (all of which support British design and manufacturing) have been with leading UK designers Margo Selby, Ashley Hicks and Ben Pentreath.

The carpet is woven on state-of-the-art axminster looms in Salisbury, Wilton. Composition is 80% Wool and 20% Nylon. Price: £149 per sqm.

A leader in print design and textile innovation, Liberty Fabrics has been creating original and inspiring designs for more than 130 years. Soon after opening on London’s Regent Street in 1875, trading exotic goods and textiles from the Far East, Arthur Liberty began working with local artisans and manufacturers to produce Liberty’s own textiles and objets d’art. By the 1890s Liberty Fabrics were a byword for the very best of Avant Garde textile design.

Alternative Flooring with Liberty Fabrics launches at Decorex stand C21.
The collection is available from September 2016.



Luciano Giubbilei: The art of Making Gardens

Luciano Giubbilei is known for his award-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and for his beautiful and serene garden designs for private houses across the world. Since 2012 he has been working on an experimental flower bed in the famous garden of Great Dixter in East Sussex (home of the late gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd), in close collaboration with the Head Gardener, Fergus Garrett. This elegant new book offers a personal insight into his inspirations and the development of his style over the last few years.

Portrait of Luciano Giubbilei

Luciano Giubbilei at Great Dixter.

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‘Callista’ by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Designer Clarissa Hulse is well known for her distinctive hand and her passion for colour and texture. This is her second collaboration with Harlequin, and she draws inspiration from a variety of influences including her enduring passion for plants, flowers and landscapes seen on long country walks, a nomadic childhood and her half-Greek heritage. For Callista, which means ‘most beautiful’ in ancient Greek, she has created a collection of woven fabrics, printed silks and wallpapers that display Clarissa’s trademark style: contemporary botanical designs coupled with intense colour.

Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Voile Curtains: Hortelano 131894 £96 per metre. This beautiful voile has been dip-dyed then embroidered and hand embellished. Wallpaper: Kalamia 111384 £69 a roll.

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Floors of Stone’ new ceramic tiles

Floors of Stone have just launched an exclusive range of handmade ceramic tiles, created and designed in their on-site ceramics studio, at their Cotes Mill showroom.

The new collection, with intricate detail and simple glazes, has been created by Hannah Livesley, whose background is in art and design. She has used antique printing blocks, foraged flowers and flora from the Cotes Mill grounds, to inspire her designs.

Floors of Stone ceramic tiles

‘Meadow’ tiles

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The Gardens of Arne Maynard

Arne Maynard is one of the country’s most sought-after and internationally renowned garden designers. He’s celebrated for his ability to draw out the essence of a place. Written by Maynard himself, and illustrated with wonderfully atmospheric photographs by William Collinson, this beautiful book offers a fascinating insight into how his designs evolve.  Maynard explains that the ‘structure of [each] garden has to “hold hands” with the environment, respecting the architecture of the house and the setting, the climate and the culture, whether urban or in the country’. Some gardens are historical with a modern twist, others very contemporary, but all share Maynard’s passion for plants and ‘green’ structure, and appear timeless in their style.

The Gardens of Arne Maynard

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Paint & Paper Library relaunches

Paint & Paper Library was founded over twenty years ago by London-based interior designer and acclaimed colour expert, David Oliver. Now under new ownership, the brand has relaunched its two palettes of 85 ‘Original Colours’ and 95 ‘Architectural Colours’ and added 40 unique new shades to complement the existing tones.

Paint & Paper Library now offers its full colour palette in five superlative finishes. Their signature finish, Pure Flat Emulsion, is the mattest emulsion paint on the market. A water-based emulsion paint with the ultimate soft chalky finish, it is also micro-porous, to allow the fabric of a building to breathe; an important consideration for historic buildings. Their Architect’s Matt Emulsion provides a high performance water-based alternative which is completely washable, and offers excellent scuff and stain resistance. Architects’ Eggshell is a low sheen, tough and durable water-based acrylic paint suitable for all interior woodwork and walls, especially for kitchens and bathrooms where condensation may be problematic.

Paint & Paper Library

Wall: Apple Smiles II 570 – Pure Flat Emulsion

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Vintage Home by Judith Miller

Vintage Home (20th century Design for Contemporary Living) by Judith Miller is a practical collector’s guide, a celebration of the many decorative styles of the 20th century, and a guide to combining retro and contemporary pieces in your home. The ‘vintage’ designs covered in this book were all considered to be modern in their day, and many still do appear strikingly modern, despite their age. The book is not only a guide to designers who led the way in the 20th century, but shows us ‘influential pieces’ of each eclectic style, as well as these pieces in contemporary settings (many of them the designers’ own homes). Antiques expert Judith Miller shows how furniture and accessories from around the world, from different design eras and made for every taste and budget, can be sit comfortably together to create a new and individual look.

Verner Panton's Heart Chair

The Heart Chair is probably Verner Panton’s most recognisable design (1959). The strong shape and vibrant colour made it an international success. It holds its own in this brightly coloured room with a dramatic carpet. Photo: Andrew Boyd / © Jacqui Small LLP

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Volga Linen’s new collections

Volga Linen is launching four new fabric collections for London Design Week 2016, including a charming range of Russian folklore designs, a softly textured linen twill, and an elegant broad stripe with a darker top stitch detail.

Volga Linen, aprons

100% linen Bib Apron in bold new colours: Chinese Yellow, Prussian Blue and Plum. £49 each. The aprons can also be monogrammed (see their website for styles and prices).

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Victoria Stainow’s shell mirror & sconces

Bespoke furniture and lighting designer Victoria Stainow works with carefully selected craftsmen, mainly in France, using modern as well as traditional techniques and a variety of rich, materials including polished brass, glass, wood and parchment. Her latest products are the Molene Mirror and Sconces, created by artist Claudio Gonzalez using an original shell found during an archeological dig on the French island of Molene just off the coast of Brittany. The site was originally thought to be from the late Neolithic Period but there were also signs of early bronze age occupation. Most of the shells found on the island are Limpets but the shell used by Claudio is an Ormeau which is extremely rare and contains delicious meat. The shell was originally cast as a souvenir for the diggers on the site and each shell was engraved with the digger’s name on it. Claudio’s brother, an archeologist, was a director on the site.

Victoria Stainow - metal finishes

Some of the many custom finishes available.

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The Country House Ideal

The Country House Ideal, Recent Work by ADAM Architecture is a survey of country houses designed by the Winchester-based ADAM Architecture.  It places the country house in its rich historical context and explores the way in which ADAM Architecture – a practice of five directors, each with a distinct architectural personality – uses historical precedents, techniques and materials to design country houses for modern times.

Adam Architecture, East Hoe, exterior

A new Queen Anne-style wing of East Hoe Manor in Hampshire provides a sympathetic extension to the eighteenth century original.

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