Some work carried out in 2017
Winners: Gold Award Best Interior Design for Chalfont Dene, What House? Awards 2016
IDC are pleased to show you our latest project completed in May this year, CHALFONT DENE.
From the initial concepts put forward in 2012 to working up the interior features and details with the architects, ensuring the client needs are met in the layouts of the individual areas and ensuring all the different aspects are fully coordinated takes a considerable amount of time. We specify everything from the floors, walls, paints, tiles, lighting positions and fittings in all areas, right down every furniture and fabric, many bespoke, which we finally procure. We also curate a collection of original artworks that are located throughout the scheme. The final stages of the buildings handover and the installation completes IDC’s remit, but to get to that stage is long and demanding. A difficult birth this one, but when it finally happened all the hard work paid off. We are very proud of the results and Our client Audley Retirement Villages are delighted.
So its back to the drawing board with many projects forging ahead at this time
Winners: Gold Award Best Interior Design for Chalfont Dene, What House? Awards 2016
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.
Chinking cups and the clatter of plates die down, papers folded and discarded, everyone journeying back back to their abode, staff having well earned rest after a busy day. A the sun goes down a calm descends and Yao managed to get over to Mote House and take some photographs when it was quiet, or should I say in “lull” before the restaurant opens. This building is 18th century built in the typical Georgian proportions, a wonderful space to work with
what a transformation, Mote House at Bearsted. A before and after shot.
Still awaiting some more images of the rest of the house, the Library I particularly like
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
And of course it had to be yellow !! However they look good in almost any colour, I have seen them in bright green, orange, black and a rainbow of colours. Faux Bamboo, chippendale style
shivering here in Tunbridge Wells……….. lovely snow but the sky is gloomy and grey, we need a little warm golden sunshine to bring a smile to our interior design. Trawled through some images I liked that include that lovely shade of yellow…………………. keep warm everyone !! e
Parrots, dont you love them. There vibrant colours………. In a recent project we wanted to use them, we had found an amazing box of prints, a collection by Edward Lear and just new they would figure in our designs. Our brief was to give the restaurant a more up to date contemporary feel but maintaining the elegance of its classical heritage. We were delighted with the results, as were our clients.
Traditional Victorian building. Bistro Bar area designed with a classical approach and a contemporary edge.
Completed October 2010
Shower curtains, wet and clammy, not for me, but I came across this one that I thought rather charming, and would most definitely include in my designs.
On the other hand, althought I love the simplicity of this wonderful wet room, I do love a bath, cant beat a nice deep hot one !
Oh life has been so busy, lots to do, plans, plans and more plans………. Designing for myself too, which is rare, love grey, always have, think I always will, so have made a start with a dark hue, and offblack painted floor boards courtesy of Farrow and Ball. The following image I find inspiring, love the contrast between decorative traditional and sleek modernism, bringing together in a room is very appealing to my sensibilities.
Allthough I love colour and paint very colourful artworks, for interior spaces, especially the wall finishes I like a far more understated affair. I like to use colour that has no sense of time, does not denote a fashion “trend” but one that instills a sense of calmness, unseen, just “there” . You could liken it to blank canvas but that really demotes it I feel, I like to think it enhances the symmetry of the architecture, like putting on a tailored jacket to enhance your “shape”.
Its important for me that each piece of the “jigsaw” has integrity, it has a purpose, and that purpose for me is to create a sense of emotional wellbeing, this is where I source my designs from, happiness, feeling comfortable, feeling secure, and of course excitement.
Greys, Charcoal to silver, always have been a favourite, using the tonal values, rich, dark, and dramatic, to a much lighter airy feel. These images inspire me, they demonstrate what I feel, they are tear sheets from numerous media sources, elle decoracion and various american mags. Always on the look out for inspiration, not only from the media, but from nature, food and paintings, more on this later
Max Levy – Architect and creative genius, he creates with the elements, sun, wind and rain are are important to him, if not more than than the physical materials he uses. He knows how important space is , the interaction with form, sun and shadow, he literally paints surfaces with shadows. A genius. Please take time to watch the opening video on his site whee you can see him talking about how he works. http://www.maxlevyarchitect.com/
New design – fabric
Retro 1950s design that works with modern style.
Originally designed by George Nelson in 1958, the swag chair is ideal furniture for a home office and best paired with an open-legged desk to show off its elegantly sculpted base. Its unique shape and wide, flat armrests make it comfortable, too. Today it is still produced according to Nelson’s original design but using earth-friendly polypropylene and chrome tubing.
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?
I came across this image of a french toile. These have to be an all time classic and one of my favourite fabrics. The way this one has been used puts me in mind of Fornasetti, take a look at his website, so inspirational.
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.
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Take a sneak peak at the latest edition of Vogue living (Australia), its crammed full of inspirational images.
Relaxed living in summer, from the beach to the city!! If only……….. Here we are amidst high winds and lashing rain, with the prospect of widespread frosts. However there is something magical, about long winter walks and coming home to a glowing fire.
We especially like the article “in vogue” Trick of the Eye” look how perspective draws you to the sculpture at the end really expands your perception of space. Great chair too, looks like a photo image of the Eifel Tower…………… love it
As for Kelly Wearstler, she is one colourful lady