Little Greene to Launch A Palette of Glorious Green Paints At Decorex International 2018

Since the beginning of 2018, Little Greene has been working in collaboration with the National Trust. As a result, an extensive paint research project has been undertaken in National Trust houses and gardens throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to find original colours, and to tell the stories of the people who first enjoyed them. 

As with its previous colour-themed capsule collections, including ‘Grey’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Pink’, Little Greene has identified an unrivalled selection of 31 beautiful greens, each with a noteworthy origin, and each with an important place in contemporary interior design. There are 20 National Trust-derived shades, plus several important greens from Little Greene’s archives and the current colourcard have also been included.

 Aquamarine 138, Ambleside 304 & Aquamarine – Pale 282

Aquamarine 138, Ambleside 304 & Aquamarine – Pale 282

Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as Beatrix Potter’s Cumbrian farmhouse, George Bernard Shaw’s revolving writing hut and even mythical birds featured on the wallpaper hung by Chippendale at Nostell Priory, the new colourcard features some intriguing stories and a gamut of glorious greens in a comprehensive array of hues. 

In true Little Greene fashion, the card and its contents are designed to be easy to use and choose from. Divided into five columns, the collection is loosely arranged to represent each of the key green families: grey greens, neutral greens, yellow greens, blue greens and turquoise greens. 

 Jewel Beetle 303, Chocolate Colour 124 & Pique 299

Jewel Beetle 303, Chocolate Colour 124 & Pique 299

Little Greene’s Managing Director, David Mottershead, is excited about the new collection: “With access to over 350 significant historic interiors in the National Trust’s care, we have had an unparalleled opportunity to delve into a prestigious and eclectic mix of decorative styles. It’s been a fascinating exercise and, with such a wealth of resources at our disposal, the hardest part has been editing it down to a selection of colours that will be welcomed by today’s interior designers.” 

Clare Brown, Head of Brand Licensing for the National Trust, adds: “We are delighted with the association with Little Greene, which will help everyone to bring the nation’s heritage into their own homes. The two organisations have a real synergy, with conservation, restoration and reinvention at their core. The choice of green for the first collaboration is an inspired one: it is the colour of the National Trust and conjures up images of the expanse of gardens and countryside that we look after for the nation to enjoy.” 

A contribution from the sale of every can of Little Greene paint will be made in support of the National Trust’s conservation work, to ensure the nation’s historic houses, gardens and open spaces can be enjoyed for generations to come. 

In addition, Little Greene will be supporting the National Trust’s conservation and restoration programme by donating paints to bring colour and life back to some of the UK’s most loved properties. 

Little Greene paint is available nationally and internationally through Little Greene’s network of distributors, as well as via email and phone order and online at www.littlegreene.com 

 Sage & Onions 288 & Tea with Florence 310

Sage & Onions 288 & Tea with Florence 310

Little Greene’s Green Colourcard will be launched in September 2018 at Decorex

Louis Poulsen Present Limited Edition of the PH 3/2 Table Lamp

Louis Poulsen is pleased to present a limited edition of the PH 3/2 table lamp, originally designed by Poul Henningsen in 1927. The exclusive new edition features Italian mouth-blown, amber-coloured glass shades and a brushed brass frame. This limited edition will only be available from 1 October to 31 December 2018. 

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The warmth and beauty of coloured glass

Louis Poulsen and Poul Henningsen initially introduced coloured glass lamps in the late 1920s to attract new customers. Then, as now, the naturally varying colourations won people over with their warmth and individuality, highlighting the beauty of hand-craftsmanship. In 2017, Louis Poulsen brought back the classic amber-hued shades in the limited-edition PH 3.-3 pendant with a brass suspension. Now, Louis Poulsen is pleased to offer the warm, inviting colour scheme in the versatile and beloved PH 3/2 Table lamp. 

“The amber-coloured glass accentuates the shade’s organic form. And because the glass of each lamp is crafted individually, each one varies ever so slightly from the others,” says Rasmus Markholt, Product & Design Director at Louis Poulsen. “This makes every limited-edition PH 3/2 Table lamp unique and as much a work of art as an ideal source of light. The colour scheme also reflects today’s retro trends and a growing desire to bring warm, metallic tones like gold and brass into contemporary interiors.” 

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The glass shades’ amber hue, glossy surface and sandblasted matt underside create a soft, evenly distributed glow. In addition to reflecting light downward and outward, the glass shades also allow it to penetrate upward, contributing to the overall room lighting. The resulting tone creates a warm, welcoming ambience and a sense of intimacy, reminiscent of the comforting effect of candlelight. 

Even when unlit, the lamp continues to play a dynamic role in its environment, reflecting the surroundings off its surfaces. Its compact size makes the design ideal as an atmospheric side table or window lamp, a bedside reading lamp, or a desktop task lamp. 

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A union of signature Poul Henningsen elements

The PH 3/2 Table lamp features Poul Henningsen’s legendary three-shade system, which he developed in 1926. The first PH Table lamp was completed in early 1927 and launched as an alternative to low-pitched hanging lamps. 

The frame of the new special-edition PH 3/2 Table lamp is based on that of a PH Table lamp from around 1927. Like all of the lamp’s metal parts, the frame is made of brass with a lightly brushed surface, the fine brush lines following the lamp’s contours and shape. The brass has been left untreated, allowing it to acquire a beautiful, unique patina over time, unless polished. 

The light switch on the limited-edition PH 3/2 Table lamp can be traced back to Henningsen’s 1927 table lamps. Also made of brushed brass, the through-switch is located on the stem near the base. Henningsen’s initials are beautifully engraved beneath the switch. 

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The limited-edition PH 3/2 Table lamp will be available in stores from 1 October to December 31st, 2018. 

Gelato Geometrics: The Wallpaper Mural Collection

This mural collection is inspired by ice cream colours, bringing the pastel Summer trend seen all over SS18 shows at New York Fashion Week to interiors.

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Gelato pastels were a prominent motif at last year's NYFW, found featuring in many designers' collections - particularly Victoria Beckham's. The confident display of pastels galore has set the sweet tooth trend in stone for Spring and Summer this year.

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MuralsWallpaper have stacked up several of the soft-serve runway shades to create a cool collection of geometric murals, brimming with mint, parma violet, lemon sorbet and strawberry shortcake influence. 

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Interiors that scream ice cream inspo

This newest pastel palette updates Pantone's popular pale Rose Quartz pink and Serenity blue choices for colours of the year 2016, bringing more contemporary shades and colour combos to the table for a fresh take on the pastel trend for 2018.

The geometric patterns of these murals give the colours a fashionable feel, and are used here in luxe, designer furniture settings that prove that adults can pull off playful ice cream pastels in the home as well - not just in their new Summer closets.

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Floral Murals inspired by Frida Kahlo & traditional Mexicana trends

Joyous artesanía such as the kaleidoscopic folk art found in Oaxaca, traditional floral oilcloth designs and the bright flower arrangements that artist Frida Kahlo famously wore in her hair are all iconic Mexican decoration aesthetics, and all served as inspiration for this statement collection by MuralsWallpaper.

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Each mural features layered, textured Mexican rose designs which reflect the style of ceremonial paper flowers and embroidered floral huipils. These are paired with warm, striking block colour backdrops, as well as neutral options for homes that are already drenched in vibrant decor.

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Frida Kahlo was known to fill her home with Mexican folk art and bright colours – such as her yellow kitchen which was full of colourful ceramics. Let Frida's use of bold, cheerful colour in her fashion and interiors inspire a takeover of Mexicana style in your own home - carrying on the spirit of La Casa Azul. 

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Stylist Picks

Imagery in collaboration with Ercol and Rose & Grey. Dining room decor available at www.ercol.com. Bedroom and living room pieces available at www.roseandgrey.co.uk

Sneak Peek: The A by Amara AW18 Collection

Interiors emporium Amara present their fifth collection from the established and successful A by Amara brand. This season brings together even more desirable must have pieces to be coveted for the home.

Sam Hood, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Amara, and her team have concentrated on two trends for the season; Midnight Garden and Architect that both bring a fresh new outlook on two favoured interior styles.

Sam said; “We try very hard each season to offer something new and fresh to our customers that both excites and inspires them to embrace their own creative interior style. By traveling and meeting exceptionally talented suppliers, we’re able to create beautiful, one off pieces that can’t be found anywhere else.”

The A by Amara collection continues to evolve and develop each season.  The range provides customers with pieces to sit beautifully alongside their existing interior and also directional items to create a stylish look.

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Midnight Garden;

This rich vivid look embraces those deep tones associated with the winter months with a regal and warm edge.  Highlighting rich floral patterns and exceptional beadwork, this look will add a level of opulence to any interior space.  One highlight of the collection is the embroidered and beaded soft accessories which, styled together or used as a stand-alone piece, will provide a striking addition to any bed or chair.

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Architect;

A fresh and clean look, this trend boasts geometric straight lines in a simplistic style.  Loft living with a masculine edge was the inspiration this season with the use of simple colours of white, black and a warming brown. Adding metallic accent tones gives the collection a lift and embraces a warmer look within such an industrial collection.  Sketch work patterns are used in various ways including this striking bedding range.

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The A by Amara AW18 collection launches online early August 2018.

Sorbet Jesmonite: The Collection

This Summery flooring collection combines the look still on everyone's lips after London Design Fair named it material of the year, with bright sorbet shades for a fruity twist on trend-worthy surface design.

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This flooring by Atrafloor has a faux jesmonite effect and features a soft pastel palette, reminiscent of refreshing mango, watermelon and lychee sorbets, along with sprinklings of powder bubblegum blue hues - a prominent colour at this year's Milan Design Week.

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Keep a look-out for jesmonite taking over as a big interior design trend, as aesthetically captivating jesmonite is continuing to be used to create exciting crafts, designs and decor. These aggregate floor designs bring the material to interiors on a large scale, and make an instant design impact with their terrazzo-style statement flecks of colourful marble and stone.

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Discover these and more stone effect designs at: https://www.atrafloor.com/vinyl-flooring/faux/stone All flooring is made-to-order and priced at £59.00 per square metre.

The Scallop Rug by Salvesen Graham and Jennifer Manners

Ahead of the curve, this new rug design by Salvesen Graham (interior design studio) and Jennifer Manners (bespoke rug designer) is the very first of its kind. The Scallop Rug takes a classic double-border format and adds a little flourish: the crescent detail. The result is a sophisticated piece with a playful edge (quite literally), that perfectly marries Salvesen Graham’s fresh take on timeless interiors and Jennifer Manners’ elegant aesthetic.

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“We have long been fans of a scallop edge in our interior schemes,” say Mary Graham and Nicole Salvesen. “We had the idea to incorporate this detail into rug design and were thrilled when Jennifer agreed to collaborate with us. This simple yet effective scallop detail adds so much to upholstery, a leading edge of a curtain or a lampshade, so we thought it would work wonderfully in a rug”.
 

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The colour choices were based around the designers’ conviction that this design would work in lots of different rooms, from a traditional drawing room to a contemporary, fresh bedroom space. The SCALLOP rug is available in four standard colourways, Cerise (shown), Fawn (a double neutral), Fir (a double green), and Ocean (a double blue), all on warm neutral backgrounds. Standard sizes include 180x240cm (£1,490), 200x300cm (£2,070) and 300x400cm (£4,140). Price £345/sqm (all prices inc VAT). Bespoke colour options and sizes also available

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SCALLOP is available from both Salvesen Graham and Jennifer Manners.

Annie Sloan: Indoor Outdoor

Breath new life into your indoor/outdoor space with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and stencils. from a coat or two of colours to transform your chairs to stencilling a trick-of-the-eye tile-effect table or painting a plaster-effect wall, the project possibilities are endless.

 Table in Old White and Graphite Chalk Paint with Tallulah stencil pattern chairs in Old White and Florence plaster effect wall in Scandinavian Pink.

Table in Old White and Graphite Chalk Paint with Tallulah stencil pattern chairs in Old White and Florence plaster effect wall in Scandinavian Pink.

 Table painted in Old White and Graphite Chalk Paint pattern using Tallulah stencil.

Table painted in Old White and Graphite Chalk Paint pattern using Tallulah stencil.

 Table in Old White and Graphite Chalk Paint with Tallulah stencil pattern chairs in Old White and Florence plaster effect wall in Scandinavian Pink.

Table in Old White and Graphite Chalk Paint with Tallulah stencil pattern chairs in Old White and Florence plaster effect wall in Scandinavian Pink.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint £5.95 for 120ml www.anniesloan.com 01865 803 168

John Lewis Launches The Palazzo Collection

New for AW18, The Palazzo Collection is an edited selection of striking products that celebrate modern luxury.

  John Lewis Farrugia Dining Table, £699, Moritz Dining Chairs, £299 each, Yoko Shelving Unit, £699, Delilah Agate Ceiling Pendant, £450

John Lewis Farrugia Dining Table, £699, Moritz Dining Chairs, £299 each, Yoko Shelving Unit, £699, Delilah Agate Ceiling Pendant, £450

Many pieces draw inspiration from the rich library of designs produced for John Lewis and others, housed at the John Lewis Heritage Centre.

  John Lewis Meghan Armchair, £749, Harmony Large Pendant, £150, Marble Side Table, £150, Hays Tapered Gold Fin Mirror, £150

John Lewis Meghan Armchair, £749, Harmony Large Pendant, £150, Marble Side Table, £150, Hays Tapered Gold Fin Mirror, £150

The collection’s furniture and lighting combines opulent, indulgent colours with luxurious statement materials including velvet, glass, woods and metals, particularly evident in the Audrey armchair, Yoko sideboard and Delilah light. The eye-catching silhouette of the Farrugia dining table references the 1930’s ‘Streamline Moderne’ style, becoming a must have piece for 21st century interiors. To complete The Palazzo Collection, distinct and beautiful soft furnishings and accessories feature intricate archival prints and patterns, reimagined for contemporary tastes.

  John Lewis Palazzo Collection Belgrave Sofa, £1,899, Meghan Armchair, £749, west elm Sputnik Coffee Table, £499

John Lewis Palazzo Collection Belgrave Sofa, £1,899, Meghan Armchair, £749, west elm Sputnik Coffee Table, £499

  John Lewis Yoko Sideboard, £699, Ipanema Rug, £350, Myers Touch Table Lamp, £90, Henri Rousseau Surprised! Framed Print, £110

John Lewis Yoko Sideboard, £699, Ipanema Rug, £350, Myers Touch Table Lamp, £90, Henri Rousseau Surprised! Framed Print, £110

Introducing The Cotton Poet

The Cotton Poet is a newly launched homeware line, bringing luxury to the home with a poetic twist. Founded by Zosia McCaffrey in 2018, from her love of a beautiful and classically dressed home, The Cotton Poet offers a range of beautiful crisp bed linens, snuggly blankets, soft bed throws and fresh candles, all carefully designed to complement one another in the home. 

The name ‘The Cotton Poet’ comes from the signature message on the reverse of the pillowcases. These are all timeless phrases from literature such as a goodnight message or a positive note. 

The Cotton Poet’s inaugural collection ‘The Classic' features cotton sateen sheets with a delicate double cord stitching available in 9 colours (navy, Provence blue, fuchsia, blush, sunflower, gold, mink, platinum and dove) with throws and blankets designed to complement the linen. This Classic collection’s signature message features the quote: ‘To sleep, perchance to dream’ from Shakespeare’s Hamlet on the pillowcases. A reminder to enjoy the experience of sleep and the importance of dreaming. 

‘The Classic’ and further lines to come, are all designed with the concept of clean lines, which allows customers to choose from a matching full set or the flexibility to mix combinations. A chance to mix and match and the opportunity to be creative. 

To accompany the bed linen The Cotton Poet have designed gorgeous bed throws and blankets. Made from 100% cotton, the throws and blankets offer complementary detail and a luxury texture to the classic bedding. Ideal for placing over the foot of the bed for a classic finish, over the full length of the bed to channel a relaxed look or for snuggling up with on the sofa, for a relaxing and comfortable evening. The throws compliment the signature candles perfuming the room with the fresh and clean scents of white tea and wisteria. 

The Cotton Poet is the perfect addition to every home, creating a luxurious environment for ultimate relaxation.

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Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection Extends Popular Marlborough Range

Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection has extended the appeal of its popular, classically styled Marlborough range of bathroom furniture even further with the addition of stunning new basin units and an additional tallboy.

Providing generous storage space behind its four soft closing doors, the new 1200mm freestanding single basin unit with worktop and underslung ceramic basin will make an elegant statement in every spacious bathroom. Available in three, on-trend hand painted finishes of cotton white, cobblestone and the recently introduced Charcoal, this statement basin unit comes with your choice of a beautiful honed marble worktop or a solid surface worktop in carrara or white. Both styles of worktop offer plenty of room either side of the underslung ceramic basin for displaying toiletries and other accessories. The 1200mm freestanding single basin unit is priced around £1,895 with honed marble worktop and from £1,595 with solid surface worktop.

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Perfect for adding a timeless touch to slightly smaller bathrooms, the 600mm freestanding basin unit with underslung ceramic basin also comes with a choice of honed marble or solid surface worktop in white or carrara. In hand painted cotton white, cobblestone or charcoal, it is priced from £1,190 with honed marble worktop and £950 with solid surface worktop. Both new basin units come complete with chrome knobs while optional white porcelain knobs can be purchased separately for those wishing to give their unit a different look.

If you require a little extra storage space for towels and other bathroom essentials, the coordinating tallboy is now also available in the dark and dramatic charcoal finish in addition to the more neutral shades of cotton white and cobblestone. It is priced around £680.

With its traditional Shaker design, the classically styled Marlborough bathroom furniture range combines timeless styling with expert craftsmanship and incorporates units with five piece doors, which are finished with adjustable soft close hinges.

Helen Shaw, Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection’s marketing manager, says: “The popularity of our bestselling Marlborough furniture range continues to grow and these new additions extend the versatility of the range even further.”

Living Walls: Vertical Garden Murals That Blend The Outdoors In

Lush living walls are cropping up around a few lucky cities, with vertical garden projects such as L’Oasis D’Aboukir and Musée du Quai Branly making a mark on architecture and offering the image of nature reclaiming the Earth, with greenery crawling up the sides of manmade structures.

Plant life decor is at the height of popularity in interior design, as finding ways to bring all things botanical to life within the home blossoms as a growing trend. This new collection of Living Wall murals allows for an immersive, visual vertical garden experience within the home, going beyond potted plants and forming a blur between your interior and exterior environments.

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Environmentally Friendly Design

To celebrate the fact that all of their products are now created using environmentally friendly water-based inks and British paper sourced from FSC regulated forests, MuralsWallpaper have released a mural collection that meets our modern-day desire to re-establish a relationship with nature.

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Give a room some greenhouse style with walls that are alive with overgrown beauty, and make a small space feel more breathable. Partner a Living Wall mural with scatterings of living greenery to create an oasis escape with this indoor-to-outdoor transition decor. 

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Vertical lifestyle shot in collaboration with Ercol, featuring pieces: Teramo Small Dining Table and Butterfly Chair.

Just Landed: Eichholtz SS18 Collection At Houseology

Embrace the sophisticated luxury living of the Eichholtz collection. The epitome of opulent interior style, this exclusive homeware brand is inspired by founder Theo Eichholtz’s travels around some of the most prestigious design locations in the world. View the complete collection at Houseology.

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Eichholtz offers a truly eclectic fusion of styles with a plethora of inspirations. Founded by Theo Eichholtz after his travels around the world, Eichholtz is now one of Europe’s largest designer furniture and homeware suppliers.

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Eichholtz creates timeless and captivating collections that embody the restrained elegance that the brand has become known for. By remaining innovative and dynamic whilst still maintaining an enduring style throughout their range, they have become an unquestionably significant influence in the world of designer furniture.

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Cornerstone In Hackney Wick Now Open

Nathan Outlaw protégé, Tom Brown has opened his debut restaurant Cornerstone, located in Hackney Wick. The 46-cover restaurant showcases Tom’s own style of simple, clean and produce-driven cooking. Named after Tom’s favourite Arctic Monkeys track, Cornerstone offers a flexible and regularly changing menu dependent on what ingredients are available - ensuring only the best of British produce is used. 

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Designed for sharing, dishes are priced between £8-£14 and include: Raw mackerel with lime pickle, coconut yogurt and crispy garlic; Marinated squid accompanied by black pudding, blood orange and a brown butter dressing; Roast cod served with Café de Paris hollandaise; Ox tongue served with salt cod, tomatoes and gremolata; and for dessert Cornerstone’s pear crumble accompanied by Earl Grey ice-cream or Coffee ice-cream sandwich served with a banana, pecan and rum sauce. British cheeses and homemade pickles are also available. 

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The short international wine list comprises 22 bins, with 12 available by the glass from £6, and bottles from £22 with a focus on natural, organic and biodynamic wines to complement the menu. The list has been carefully selected by Tom and the team who will work closely with suppliers to ensure the menu is kept exciting and relevant. Home infused cocktails are also available from £8.50, such as ‘One For The Road’ (Blood oranges, Red vermouth, Dewar’s 12-year-old scotch, Cherry) and ‘Fireside’ (QuiQuiRiQui Mezcal, Vine Leaf syrup, Egg whites, Lemon). These will be served alongside a good selection of local craft beer and bottled beers. 

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Cornerstone have also partnered up with Cornish distillery, The Wrecking Coast to create a unique and bespoke gin available exclusively to the restaurant. Cornerstone’s gin is light and fresh with citrus tones, the perfect accompaniment to seafood. It has been distilled with cloudy apple juice from Polgoon Orchard in Cornwall rather than water and contains botanicals such as; Juniper, Coriander seeds; Liquorice root, Angelica root, Seville orange, Lemon, Lime and Rosehip. The Cornerstone G&T (Cornerstone gin, Apple, Samphire and Herbal Tonic) is the restaurant’s signature cocktail and priced at £8.50. 

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The interiors have been designed by East London based architects, Holland Harvey who have used a minimal approach to materials and lighting to create a bright and elegant space with a comfortable informality. The kitchen is situated in the centre of the restaurant and doubles up as a counter-bar, seating 11 guests. There are also additional touches personal to Tom including a 5000-year-old oak table, seating 10 guests commissioned especially after being salvaged from a river in Croatia. The lounge area at the front of the restaurant is furnished with high back benches from Ercol – perfect for a pre or post dinner drink. 

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Opening Times: Tuesday-Saturday, lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday.  Address: 3 Prince Edward Road, Hackney Wick, E9 5LX

Bethan Gray Launches First Lighting Collections

Award-winning Welsh designer Bethan Gray is launching two collections of table lights, wall lights and pendant lights, handcrafted by master artisans from Italian marble, at Milan Design Week.

The first collection has been developed from her Victoria tea set and features a relief pattern, hand-carved from Arabescato marble by Italian master craftsmen, paired with brushed brass to add warmth.

The second collection has come out of Bethan’s Alice collection, originally inspired by the spectacular black and white stone configurations found in historical buildings across Europe, in particular the 12th century Cathedral in Siena.

As well as lights, the original collection of black and white marble table-top pieces originally launched in Milan 2013, returns with a new slimmer, more refined profile. The extended collection now also features a large bowl and a set of three cake stands. 

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Sophie Robinson x Secret Linen Store

Secret Linen Store are incredibly excited to announce the launch of this brand new collaboration with renowned British interior designer, Sophie Robinson.

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Sophie's passion for colour has had a huge influence on this collection, and has really infiltrated every little detail. She wanted to create something that she'd happily have in her own home, and that meant incorporating colours that spark an emotion. Persuading people to move away from using beige has always been a priority, but that doesn't mean randomly choosing colours at the expense of the rest of the room. They need to become part of a scheme, not overpower it, and with this new collection there's a consensus between Sophie, Molly and Hatty that this has really been achieved.  

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From the outset, they wanted to design and make a collection that sits perfectly with both the Secret Linen Store brand, and Sophie's vibrantly colourful style. All of their favourite yarns/fabrics from the Secret Linen Store arsenal have been deployed for this collection, only this time with a sprinkling of the Sophie Robinson magic. It comprises three unique bed linen ranges, a choice of two bright colours in frilled pillowcases, and a fun knitted pompom cushion and throw set. 

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The team have had a whole lot of fun working with Sophie on this, and they're so pleased to finally share it with the world. We're looking forward to those weekend lie ins just writing about it! 

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"The intense hue of Dazzling Blue was an absolute favourite from the start, so much so there are two designs using this colour! Blue is the perfect colour for bedrooms as it’s intrinsically calming, but this rich tone feels very cosy and luxurious too. I have to say I absolutely love it!" Sophie Robinson

The collection will be available to pre-order from Wednesday 2nd May, and fully available to purchase from Friday 4th May. 

 

Bluebellgray's First Retail Shop Opening In Glasgow

Bluebellgray is opening its very first bricks and mortar store in Glasgow. The international brand with Glasgow roots has chosen Hyndland in the West End as the perfect place to showcase their colourful, modern and joyful interior products. The shop is located on Hyndland Road, in the beautiful old Art Deco, former bank building. It has been an exciting, full renovation project for the Bluebellgray team and the new store will open its doors on Saturday the 28th April 2018. 

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In addition to stocking signature Bluebellgray cushions, fabrics and wallpapers, the shop will also stock an edited selection of eclectic, sourced decor items and rugs from around the world. The emphasis on the shop is to offer a warm and welcoming shopping experience with free interiors and colour advice available by appointment. 

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The beautifully designed store will also offer a curated gallery space with original paintings by Bluebellgray founder Fi Douglas available for sale. Having sold prints very successfully for many years, the gallery will be the only place original paintings by Fi can be viewed and bought - an exciting new offering to the Glasgow art scene! 

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Founder and owner of Bluebellgray Fi Douglas says: “I truly believe in the importance of keeping the independent high street alive, and living in a digital age I think it is more relevant than ever to give customers a unique, special and personal experience when they choose to shop in person. We are bucking the trend by being an online retailer who is now branching out into a physical store, but I really believe there is a magic in real life shopping and the joy of discovering and falling in love with a special item in person will never get old. I want our store to feel welcoming and happy, somewhere where customers can come and discover the uplifting power of bringing colour into your home” 

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Sofa.com Collaborates With Tamasyn Gambell

Joining sofa.com’s Design Lab portfolio in 2018 is Tamasyn Gambell. A well established textile designer whose plaudits include Observer Magazine’s ‘Designs Next Big Five’ and Elle Decoration’s ‘Approved Great British Design’, Tamasyn prides herself on not only creating luxurious, timeless products but also looks to work in the most environmentally responsible way possible.

These new printed fabrics are a nod to mid-century styling and, as such, add an exciting, timeless appeal to interiors using hand-drawn details and block shapes that coordinate perfectly with each other. Use these designs to create statement sofas or accent chairs, or add touches of pattern on scatter cushions to break up areas of block colour and add variety to your interior scheme.

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Tamasyn says of the new collection:

"I am really excited to be working with sofa.com. The idea that a customer chooses the piece of furniture they want and the fabric to upholster it in really works in line with what I do, as each piece will be unique to the customer.

“Both prints – Textured Stripe and Abstract Square - feature bold geometric shapes but have hand-drawn elements that soften them. When developing the fabrics, we played with the scale of pattern and developed a whole new colour palette for the project in line with sofa.com’s 2018 range.

“It’s important to me to show my own hand as the designer - so there are quirky hand-drawn grids and lines, with both prints being slightly ‘off register’ to give them a hand screen printed appeal.

“All of my designs are intended to be timeless. I try to avoid trends and create patterns that won't date and can be passed down through families, giving the pieces longevity and fostering a sense of emotional connection.”

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Design Lab is an initiative that supports creative talent, bringing sofa.com together with British designers to produce exclusive collections. Following it’s huge success over recent years, these new upholstery fabrics and home accessories will now become part of sofa.com’s continuity range.

For more information visit www.sofa.com

New Nursery Furniture Range From CamCam Copenhagen

Bring a touch of Scandinavian chic to kids’ spaces with Danish design brand, CamCam and its charming Harlequin furniture range. Brought to you from Copenhagen, CamCam’s ethos is to create functional, imaginative and playful furniture for children with a focus on sustainability and eco-conscious design. Featuring the brand’s signature lattice detailing, the Harlequin collection includes a stylish cot, changing table, storage bench and kid’s chair, all available in a muted palette of grey, white and sky blue tones.

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The perfect addition to nurseries, the Harlequin Baby Bed will create a beautiful focal point to accompany any interior style. The mattress base can be adjusted with three different height settings, and when your little one outgrows the cot, the side panel can be removed to transform it into a beautiful toddler bed. Crafted from 100% FSC-certified MDF and safety tested to meet European requirements, this is the perfect transitional sleep solution that will grow with your child. The Harlequin theme is carried over to CamCam’s Changing Table, which will make for a practical and stunning furniture piece. Featuring lattice door fronts and a framed tabletop to accommodate for a changing mat, this minimalistic design can easily transition into a regular cabinet for living spaces and bedrooms. Choose from classic Scandi-style tones of White and Grey, to coordinate with the décor scheme of your choice.

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Collection available from Nubie.co.uk

PRICE: Harlequin Baby Bed: £799.00, Harlequin Storage Bench: £199.00, Harlequin Chair: £105.00, Harlequin Changing Table: £599.00.

Lee Broom Presents Observatory | Salone del Mobile, Milan 2018

For Milan Design Week, April 2018, critically-acclaimed global design brand Lee Broom will unveil OBSERVATORY in the first of a three-phase launch of new lighting collections for 2018.

Following Lee Broom’s milestone 10-year anniversary in 2017, this year’s launches see the focus return to lighting, which the brand is renowned for. Revealing seven new lighting products, OBSERVATORY is Lee Broom’s most progressive work to date with new stellar-inspired designs playing with proportions of vertical and horizontal space, sculptural, spherical form, and the refraction and reflection of light. Observatory includes four new lighting collecions: Eclipse, Orion, Aurora and Tidal.

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OBSERVATORY uses new technology within the collection featuring LED lighting systems and bulbs custom designed and developed in-house by Lee Broom. Displaying new finishes such as polished chrome, and new interpretations of materials used in past collections, OBSERVATORY marks a new direction for Lee Broom.

In a significant departure from the conventional design week model of previewing new designs several months before they go on sale, products from OBSERVATORY will be available to purchase immediately in-store and online, offering customers instant access to the show and the collection for the first time.

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Eclipse

Eclipse, which incorporates three of the seven new pieces to be released, is celestial in both its name and inspiration. Mirror-polished stainless steel and acrylic discs interact, dissect and obscure, which both eclipses and reveals its illumination to the viewer at the same time.

Available as a single pendant light, chandelier, table lamp, and surface light, Eclipse has a sculptural silhouette with a mobile-like quality that changes at every angle. Using the refractive properties of an etched 10mm solid acrylic core and in-house designed concealed LED technology to create a diffused halo, the design highlights Lee Broom’s technical craftsmanship and innovation with his signature mix of classicism and modernity.

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Alongside Eclipse, Lee Broom will also unveil Orion, Aurora and Tidal lighting collections:

ORION

Orion comprises simple modular tube lights with opposing opaque and solid polished gold spheres which connect and expand horizontally and vertically to create bespoke constellations of light.

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A U R O R A

A scalable chandelier ranging from a 40cm diameter to a 1.5-metre diameter (16” to 59” diameter), Aurora is a chandelier of infinite adaptations which projects layers of ethereal rings of light created from linear LED light.

T I D A L

A polished chrome and opaque acrylic table lamp formed from two balancing hemispheres appearing to be pulled apart by an unseen gravitational force.

Lee Broom said: “This new collection has been a fascinating journey for me. I wanted to create a celestial collection of sculptural lighting which is progressive and experimental using the latest LED technology. Lighting is a fundamental part of my ethos as a designer and will always play a leading role in my work.”

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The Exhibition: OBSERVATORY will be presented in a Grade II listed building in the heart of the Brera Design District at Via Lovanio, 6 Milano in a 250-square metre gallery style exhibition space from Tuesday 17th to Sunday 22nd April 2018.