September '07 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, providing you with the latest events and courses, trend forecasts, new sources, and answers to your interior design problems.

"I think that we will see less downlights being used within the home.  More discreet effects such as uplights and floorwashers or the use of the new LEDs in the garden will create more layered effects with the lighting".
Sally Storey, Design Director of John Cullen Lighting ( For more information on her lecture hosted by House & Garden at Decorex on Sept 26 at 11am visit
Don't miss this month
September is a very busy month. Here are some of the events taking place in London: 20/21 British Art Fair (11-16 Sept) Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7. 56 exhibitors selling paintings, original prints, drawings and sculpture. The London Design Festival (15-25 Sept) Now in its fifth year, this is an eclectic showcase for London’s design scene. There will be over 200 events ranging from typography, architecture and interiors, to product, graphic, industrial, fashion and furniture design. Open House London (15-16 Sept). The annual opportunity to take a peep inside more than 600 of the capital’s buildings: slick contemporary homes, Arts & Crafts gems, 20th century modernist classics, livery halls, government buildings, ambassadors’ residences, workspaces, City banks, schools and more. Admission free, but some tours must be pre-booked. Open Chiswick (16 September) To tie in with London Open House weekend, there are tours of the neo-palladian Chiswick House and gardens, including the 2.5 acre walled kitchen garden now rescued from neglect by volunteers (see also, Hogarth's House and special river events Chelsea Antiques Fair Chelsea Old Town Hall, SW3. Handsome pieces for your home from some 30 specialist dealers. Entry is normally £8, but quote ‘Addresses’ for half-price admission. Tent London (20-23 Sept) Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. Over 300 exhibitors (emerging designers as well as established manufacturers) will participate in a variety of shows illustrating the best in innovative design. 100% Design (20-23 Sept) Around 450 of the contemporary design world’s movers and shakers, chosen by a selection panel. Hosted at the same time, at Earl’s Court, are 100% Detail (for innovative building products), 100% Light, 100% Materials, and 100% Futures (for up and coming design talent). Decorex International (23-26 September) Royal Hospital, Chelsea. This trade-only exhibition for interior design professionals is celebrating its 30th year. Some 300 exhibitors will show their latest collections. Plus inspirational talks and lectures and a special event for members of the public on Tues 25, 3-7pm. To book, visit: or call 01923-690665. Don’t forget to visit us on the House and Garden Addresses stand, K320 (by the Ladies !). Focus 2007 (23-26 Sept) Chelsea Harbour. The Design Centre showrooms (and nearby Osborne & Little and Designers Guild) present their latest collections. The first 3 days are trade only, and on Wed 26th everyone is welcome. For information, call 020-7225 9101 or email: The Art of Lee Miller (15 Sept-6 Jan) Victoria & Albert Museum. Over 140 images, including vintage photographs, film extracts and magazine pages illustrate her life as a model, as Man Ray’s muse, and as a photographer.

Ask the experts
Selected from our free Q&A service - this month it's tiles... Q: I’m trying to find a source for frost-proof outdoor tiles. Can you help me?
A: You don’t mention a style, but here are some companies to start with: Original Style (, and Maw & Co ( specialise in geometric and encaustic tiles which are suitable for outdoors. Via Arkadia (, specialises in contemporary tiles and have many which are frost-proof in their range. You can also try Reed Harris (  they say that any tile rated R10 or R11 is frost proof, so if you find a tile that you like, ask for the frost rating. A company that specialises in vitrified stoneware in 21 colours suitable for use inside or out is Froyle Tiles (
Q: I would like to get some Delft tiles made to order for a splashback. Any idea who to contact?
A: Reptile Tiles (new members of our website) take on this type of commission. Their website, shows lots of examples, including the striking tile panels which you may have spotted at the fish and meat counters of many Waitrose supermarkets.

Sources of the month Fireplace specialists Chesney’s are launching six neoclassical marble chimney pieces at this September’s Decorex. The pieces are copied from Sir John Soane’s own designs. As Chesney’s have access to his archive of over 200 drawings, any of his other chimney piece designs will also be available to commission. On the subject of fireplaces, family business HW Poulter moved this year (after nearly 50 years on the Fulham Road) to a new gallery in Hammersmith. They are well known in the trade for their antique marble fireplace restoration, but they also carry a wide stock of 18th and 19th century English and French fireplaces.