Carol Gearing has now retired and IDC has closed its doors.
Successful trip to Maison Objet, Paris. Always much to inspire, many great purchases for out next project
Not long now and all will be revealed………… IDC have all been working on site preparing the interiors for the launch on June 6th. Just the spa complex complete now.
Here’s a sneak peak of what is to come
This is the quiet time I mentioned in yesterdays post, lunches all tidied away, tables reset and waiting for the evenings reservations. This is the Restaurant Mote which we completed back in the summer.
This is our next project nearing completion, a large victorian house with a central galleried staircase. Its been slowly taking shape these past months, pool and spa wing almost completed, main house due in next few weeks. Hard to believe with all the scaffolding up, that it will all come together , but slowly sections are being revealed. Unlike the last project panic stations right up to the last moment, this project, although only 8 days to carry out the installation, feels like it will be finished at handover. Keeping our fingers crossed
Here are some before images, wont be long and I will post the completed project hopefully
Or should I say black and white? extreme polarities and what a difference in feel designing with either of these in a monochromatic scheme. My new studio is white, its very uplifting and helps me to achieve a clear head. However decorating with the two colours helps to bring about an equalibrium as in The Crown below. A timeless classic updated in black, the ercol chair, draped with a white cosy sheepskin. This Inn and their sister establishment The Olde Bell Inn are designed by Ilsa Crawford
an image from Domino magazine inspired me to research Joseph Frank, his 40’s prints are so vibrant of full of energy and so incredibly detailed.
This room is full of hope, waiting for the summer sun to return, strangely this pattern is called Hawaii?
Svenskt Tenn a wonderful interiors shop in Stockholm , opened in in the 1920’s, 10 years later Josef Frank joined the design team and his abundantly floral fabrics were born. Click on the image below to take you to the Svenskt Tenn shop,
Happy New year everyone, first day back at work !! Avalanche of work, plans coming out of my ears, made a good start though, cleared some issues hanging over from before christmas, made a start on floor finishes plan and had a meeting to discuss how to tackle the workload.
With my walking practically non existant, and not being able to drive has curtailed my meetings somewhat, although Matlock beckons on my birthday, 18th January, I will be great to be driven and site meeting is planned to be on the level so I dont have to climb up to the site managers office !!
All very exciting
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 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
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.
Traditional Victorian building. Bistro Bar area designed with a classical approach and a contemporary edge.
Completed October 2010
New design – fabric
Well I would love to, but John Galliano beat me to it! A few days ago this wonderful tree was unveiled at Claridges, the hotel in London know for its 30’s deco. Mr Galliano chose to make this giant 20 foot tree with a “frosty” feel to it, with ice blue exotica, snow leopard and parrots…………………. Quite stunning, especially the way it has been lit to cast wonderful shadows on the wall. I love it, what do you think?
The designation was announced by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) at the Icsid World Design Congress 2009 in Singapore on November 25, 2009.
“This is a magnificent achievement for Helsinki.
It is an important recognition for us and our collaborator cities Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti, as well as for all the participating organizations and individuals.
We have received a unique opportunity and will be taking every advantage of it,” said Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen, accepting the World Design Capital 2012 designation at the Icsid World Design Congress 2009.
The title of Helsinki’s bid for the designation was Open Helsinki – Embedding Design in Life.
The concept expressed by the title will form the basis of Helsinki’s ambitious program for the design year 2012.