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Archive for December, 2011

Turquoise, red and Paris

Today I found an image I compiled from a photograph taken at Maison Objet last year. Think it was on the Asiatides stand.   A beautiful piece of coral against a backdrop of a chinese glazed tile.  Have been waiting for just the right interior to use it, framed up will look great.  In fact there is a whole series, so I can have a wall group of nine images in total.

Maison Objet is a very inspiring interiors trade show in Paris, alas this year I wont be able to go in January because of the foot, but hopefully will manage the one in September.  Used to go twice a year, but its not worth it, they are much the same except that in September there are more fabrics, but this isnt why I go, I like to source new furniture ideas, note trends, and in general just absorb ideas like a huge sponge……………. and of course any excuse to get on that train to Paris !

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more images to inspire me in the turquoise mode.  I hadnt realised that William de Morgan not only used this colour to great effect but used red too, take a look here :-   red lustre ware



another day, new inspirations

Another day of resting up (broken foot scenario) has produced more inspirational images.  With the Aesthetic movement finds of yesterday and the image of NIGHT AND SLEEP by Evelyn De Morgan, I found the wonderful ceramics of William De Morgan.  The colours and imagery I have found a renewed love for, he uses lots of blues, turquoise and greens with great effect, red lustre too.  I remember back in the day, many years back when Morris and his contemporaries were much in vogue, think they are making headway again but not in such an overblown way this time.

This tiled panel below was commisioned by P&O shipping lines for on etheir cruise liners.  De morgan uses ships a lot in his imagery, and was very drawn by the sea


time to research

Having some holiday time from the office has enabled me time spend  researching some of the projects I am working on.   Usually office is so full on there is just not enough time.  Also I have broken my foot and have to rest up !!

Its all Interesting stuff, one building in its hay day, towards the end of the 19th century, belonged to the founder of Shell and an ex mayor of London, The house was famous for its beautiful gardens which was cared for by 25 full time gardeners.  Another has Lytton Strachey as a pupil, bohemian intellectual and part of the Bloomsbury group.  So interesting, so much history, a beautiful Tudor gothic revival building.   The Aesthetic period, the rich colours, especially turquoise has caught my attention, I want to try and incorporate this look but in a more pared down way.



that time of year

Its been a whirlwind of a year, extremely busy and next year is stacking up that way too, so many exciting projects on the go, working with some really beautiful buildings

Cannot believe it’s that time of year again where we deck our english homes with boughs of holly?  red and green seems to dominate, so thought I woud post some images that have inspired me over the  past year  that echo this theme

Wishing you all seasons greetings from IDC