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September 21st, 2016

DECOREX 2016: A few of our favourite finds

Every year in September, at London Design Festival, professional designers and interior design enthusiasts alike have a chance to see the latest products being launched, often from around the world.

The festival is packed with events, exhibitions and presentations, where everyone who’s anyone on the international design and manufacturing scene comes together to keep up with the latest developments in the field.

We kicked-off the week with a visit to Decorex, which again took place in a vast tent in Syon Park!

Whilst we can only but touch the surface in this blog, the show included over 800 exhibitors; here are some of the highlights for us from this year’s show.

 It’s all in the detail…

We’re often advised to spend wisely on one or two pieces from this top end of the market, filling in the gaps from the mainstream and with a few fine details such as an intricate curtain braid, a door handle or handmade ceramic/glass.

Chloe Alberry, specialising in treasure-like door handles from exotic materials such as Druze Crystals and Agate, displayed an amazing array of designs including these fossilised wood and porcelain favourites. Guaranteed to transform most cupboards or doors.

Fossilised wood and porcelain/bone handles from Chloe Alberry

Fossilised wood and porcelain/bone handles from Chloe Alberry

Ways with wood…

We recently read an article “is wood the new white”? It would seem so. We loved the stand of Tom Raffield, who has produced a very timeless range of lighting and furniture, reflecting the beauty of wood in products that will stand the test of time.

Handcrafted in Cornwall by Tom Raffield Ltd

Handcrafted in Cornwall by Tom Raffield Ltd

And these handmade wooden lights from MacMaster Design

MacMaster Design

MacMaster Design

A new find this year, clean lines and a simple modern aesthetic from Harto in Paris.

New range from Harto in Paris

New range from Harto in Paris

Time for a statement piece…

If you’ve got your eye on a piece of furniture you absolutely love but it’s a bit of a statement-maker, don’t be afraid to buy it. Here are a couple of pieces that stood out for us, this vibrant rug from Ramezani (normally known for more classic and traditional pieces) and these decorative basins from The London Basin Company.

Ramezani rugs

Ramezani rugs

The London Basin Compan

The London Basin Company

If you missed Decorex, there are still a couple of days of FOCUS at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour with 100% Design and Design Junction still to come. We hope you’ll be inspired!

November 14th, 2013

One very inspirational space… the home of artist, Jessica Zoob

I was recently lucky enough to visit the studio and home of the artist Jessica Zoob - Jessica’s paintings are best described as “contemporary impressionism” and are frequently influenced by nature and the surrounding countryside near her home in Lewes, Sussex. I first noticed her work a couple of years ago at Decorex and bought my first piece today!

As well as being a fan of her work,  I was also very taken with Jessica’s home – it has a unique style, one that I wanted to share on the blog today (with kind permission)… as it is one of the most successful “neutral” schemes I have come across in a while.

The secret of the scheme’s success is that the neutral colour palette allows the artwork to really stand out, whilst remaining welcoming and individual. In particular, it strikes that sometimes hard to achieve balance of not trying too hard, yet being a very memorable space which just works.

The one area that really stood out for me was a top floor room, which was previously a “lean-to” on the side of the house over a garage. It’s now a great example of how to turn a smaller space into something quite special, flooded with light and with views of the sky.

Jessica Zoob's home

The light-filled space on the top floor of Jessica’s house – previously a “lean-to”!

Home of artist Jessica Zoob

“Sofa with a view” – you can almost see the “South Downs” over the shutters…

The large wall on the left provides a great space to showcase one of Jessica’s paintings. Oversized is definitely the way to go here as a smaller piece would not have nearly the same impact. (I made a “note to self” as I had visited with the intention of buying a smaller scale piece!).

Another nice detail is the painting technique on the wall, where the colour has been cleverly rubbed back to blend with the canvas. If you look closely at the sofa (top right) you can also see a sneak preview of the soon to be available cushions that Jessica has designed in collaboration with fabric house Romo  The reproduction detail is excellent.

Top floor space in the home of the artist, Jessica Zoob.

The large over-sized painting works as a striking back-drop

And finally, the next few images just pick up on some of the smaller details in the space, in particular the wood carvings, which were done by locally-based Karl Smith of Carved Oak .

Home of artist Jessica Zoob

The carved images and alternate paint colours on the stairs up to the top floor…

Home of artist Jessica Zoob

… and the carving leading down to the ground floor, which used to be a garage! I like the mix of different scale paintings in this area, as effective as the over-sized canvasses when grouped together.

P.S Lewes is also a great destination for sourcing interesting homewares “outside London” at sensible prices, more on that in my next post next month …

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