New products and services, interesting shops, ideas for your garden, our pick from the design fairs, and other things we like...
Flock is launching a new collection of rugs made in a combination of high quality wool and renewable plant fibres. The range features seven original designs where wool and plant fibre has been interwoven to create subtle and elegant patterns and detailing. The colour palette ranges from earthy neutrals to soft, muted shades, and each design uses plant fibres to creative effect. The designs include heritage-inspired tweed patterns, bold stripes, wave textures and striated textures using ombré effect wool. All the rugs are handmade and have a wonderfully rich, chunky texture whilst being soft underfoot.
‘Bonita’ is a luxurious wool pile with wavy plant fibre design detailing in five elegant colours – oat, silver, jade (shown here), liquorice and alabaster.
‘Arran’ is available in four colourways with wool and plant fibres interwoven to form a chequered pattern. Show here in ‘Aberdeen’ colourway.
‘Mika’ is inspired by traditional tweed where the thin strips of plant fibre have been interwoven with wool in cream and lilac, grey, taupe or a soft green. It’s available in four colourways (‘Bainbridge’ shown here).
Other designs include:
‘Kumi’, a broad stripe in 7 colourways with two shades of the same colour in wool between strips of plaited plant fibre.
‘Sinclair’, using dip-dye wool yarn interwoven in a zig zag pattern with plant fibres, available in 4 colours.
‘Ora’, with dip-dye wool yarns in brighter colours woven in a delicate, diagonal pattern with plant fibre strips, four colourways.
‘Bella’, a more dramatic design using hand spun wool with lovely depth of colour and surface lustre interspersed with horizontal strips of plant fibres. Available in 5 deep colours – oatmeal, sandstone, indigo, raven and gold.
Orange is the colour of the season! It’s vibrant, but playful and optimistic, and it’s already made its way from the fashion catwalks into our homes. Leading bathroom retailer Ripples has put together this stylish selection of orange bathroom fittings and accessories inspired by the 1960s and 1970s.
The new Kartell range by Laufen combines iconic furniture design using plastics with high-quality
ceramic bathroom pieces. The washbasins are crafted from SaphirKeramik, a lightweight material
that is unique to the Swiss manufacturer.
All Saints Mirror, £206.40
Washbasin Bowl, £420.00
Drawer element (for under washtops), £1,051.20
Max Beam Stool in Tangerine orange, £180.00
Freestanding Bath, £6,958.80
‘India Song’, a new book by acclaimed photographer Karen Knorr (sister-in-law of Cheryl Knorr of The House Directory!) presents some extraordinary images of animals in stunning architectural sites in India. Karen Knorr began her ‘India Song’ series in 2008, after a life-changing trip through Rajasthan. She takes inspiration from the Indian tradition of personifying animals in literature and art, depicting scenarios that are at once otherworldly and surreal. Knorr’s work explores Rajput and Mughal cultural heritage and its contemporary relationship to questions of feminine subjectivity and animality.
The Flight to Freedom, Durbar Hall, Juna Mahal, Dungarpur
The quintessentially British brand Anglepoise® first developed its iconic task lamp with its pioneering perfect balance mechanism in the 1930s and now produces a wide range of designs. There are still practical, energy-efficient task lamps, but also whole room solutions, including a new brass collection which has a softer, more domestic aesthetic, and is ideally suited for both domestic and commercial interiors.
Heritage-inspired colours, woven cable and authentic brass details create a new aesthetic for the iconic Anglepoise® Original 1227™ design, whilst desk, wall and pendant options introduce greater versatility.
The glamorous BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair has just opened, and runs until 24 March at Duke of York’s Square, London SW3. It’s a dazzling display – from 16th century furniture to contemporary paintings, all vetted for quality and authenticity. There is something for everyone, from the first time buyer to the seasoned collector, with prices ranging from £100 to six figure sums. Here are some exhibits that caught our eye…
A carved stone bust of Aristotle, English, first half of 18th century, at Harris Lindsay Works of Art.
Interior designer Adam Bray has joined the Redloh House co-operative with his unique textile collection. There are sumptuous mohair velvets and sheepskins, luxury leathers, sublime hand-dyed linens and the extremely chic Fela ticking stripe. New to the range are 100% wool Melton fabrics in authentic military colours, new Gauffrage (embossed velvet) colours and patterns and a collection of upholstery-weight denims.
Mark and Sally Bailey of destination homeware store Baileys Home & Garden were early forerunners of ‘undecorating’, and their latest book Imperfect Home sees the beauty in homes that are rough around the edges, with peeling paint and vintage fabrics. It’s also a look in which old meets new, and modern pieces are mixed in to bring vitality and colour.
Antiques dealer Katharine Pole’s workroom-cum-showroom, home to an 18th century French four-poster bed with a silk canopy ravaged by age.
After lying derelict for thirty years, the landmark 42 acre site of Battersea Power Station is being brought back to life with architecture from Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners, and landscape architecture from James Corner. Furniture and accessories company OKA were given the opportunity to create a design scheme for the first apartment at the brand new development. Director Sue Jones rose to the challenge and in just three days created an inviting scheme which combines different periods and influences and which she felt would be more soothing (and immune to the passage of time) than a top-to-toe modern look. Open-plan homes often pose the design challenge of how to create distinct living, dining and sleeping areas, but the chosen decor demarcates the space perfectly.
Bespoke staircase specialists Bisca have recently completed three projects where they have dramatically transformed the whole appearance and atmosphere of a house by replacing the staircase. Take a look at these dramatic before and after shots…
Bisca was asked to re-design this awkward, angular concrete staircase for a prestigious new build in Harrogate. The staircase not only looked too mean and small for the space but had been cast so that it clipped the door entry. It was uncomfortable to use and any attempt to clad the bare concrete on the landings would have made both non compliant with building regulations. Bisca replaced it with an elegant semi-helix of English oak and hand forged, formed and textured steel that have added gravitas in keeping with the status of the building.
Black is back in the fireplace world. “There’s a definite boom in black fireplaces right now. We’re seeing an increase in both high-end crafted reproductions and restored originals”, says Owen Pacey of Renaissance London. “ Many black fireplaces were painted over and when stripped back you expose a striking black surround. The other reason is that a black fireplace makes a statement and works well in most rooms, adapting well to both contemporary and period design projects. Karen Millen asked me to put in a back fireplace a few years ago and since then I’ve really seen a growing trend.”
Early Victorian black and white marble column surround £5,400.