Flooring

Quick Cork Flooring from Sisal & Seagrass

Quick Cork Flooring from Sisal & Seagrass

Remember last year when I wrote about my kitchen makeover? Yeah well, we’re still no further along. For one reason or another it kept getting put on the back burner, but we’re hoping to forge ahead with it this spring and finally get it all sorted. It is so long overdue. One thing that is causing me a lot of stress is what to do about the flooring. We currently have really badly installed tiles, so bad that they actually trip us up as they are not flush. I’m longing for a floor that is flat, for a start, and that is a whole lot easier to keep clean. The grout looks filthy and is so hard to clean. My dream flooring would be cork and I have spent what feels like months looking for cork flooring that is not self-adhesive cork tiles. They just wouldn’t work for us and I have visions of them peeling off and looking really tatty after a while. But my search seemed to be futile as I couldn’t find anything on the market that matched my high expectations. That is until I came across this beautiful cork flooring from Sisal & Seagrass. Read More…

Danish-Designed Leather Rugs from WovenGround

WovenGround Ambition round rug by Linie Design

Other than wallcoverings, artwork and textiles, I think rugs are a really great way to personalise your space in a non permanent way. They allow you to put your own stamp on your interior and can really make a bold statement with the right design. Sadly in my flat we have no need for rugs as we are carpeted throughout, but if we had floorboards I would really go to town choosing rugs for every room. These monochrome, geometric leather rugs by Danish design brand WovenGround would definitely be strong contenders. This new collection combines the beauty of modern Nordic design with traditional craftsmanship as every rug is individually hand crafted, using quality materials. All the leather pieces are cut by hand and then combined in perfect colour and balance. I was actually quite shocked to learn that the rugs are made of leather as this was not immediately apparent on first sight. But I really like the idea of leather rugs and I’m sure that they would feel great underfoot. This collection has been designed with the contemporary home in mind and gives leather flooring a well deserved update. I can totally see these rugs being used in any Scandi-inspired interiors, can’t you? Read More…

The Red Thread Carpet & Rug Collection

SCRATCHED by Staffan Tollgård for JAB Anstoetz Red Thread Collection from £695 sqmStaffan Tollgard is one of my favourite interior designers because I really admire his philosophy and his approach to design. If you are unfamiliar with Staffan and his work you can read my interview with him here. His design philosophy is encapsulated in the Scandinavian notion of the röda tråden or red thread, which he says is the guiding principle or the string that binds his work together into a coherent narrative. Staffan says that the red thread is personal to every client and allows him to translate their life, and their story, into the language of design. I love the idea of the red thread so I was intrigued when I heard about a new collection that Staffan has just launched in collaboration with German design house JAB Anstoetz. The Red Thread carpet & rug collection is a series of exceptional designs featuring shapes, patterns, themes and colours inspired by the transformation of materials and surfaces in the environment. Read More…

Interview: Surface Pattern Designer Lindsey Lang

  • Designer Lindsey Lang
  • Designer Lindsey Lang has been on my radar for some time but it wasn’t until she recently launched her new range of encaustic floor and wall tiles that I really felt compelled to interview her here on the blog. Granted I loved her colourful, geometric cushions and kitchenware collections but as you all know nothing sends my heart racing quicker than wallcoverings and flooring. I wanted to find out how Lindsey got to where she is today, what inspires her work and what we can expect to see from her next. Here is what she had to say….
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Giant Beetle Carpets by Veedon Fleece

Beetle (Augusta) by Veedon Fleece

Beetle (Augusta) by Veedon Fleece

It’s been a while since I wrote a post about flooring so this one is long overdue. Now I suspect that these won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but even if you couldn’t have them in your home I’m sure you will agree that they are beautiful carpets nonetheless. I probably couldn’t live with them myself as I would likely feel a bit squeamish walking on them barefoot, but I think in the right environment, for someone who is more fond of insects, these would make a really great statement.

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Flooring & wallcoverings by Anthony Hughes

Surface designer Anthony Hughes

Anthony Hughes

 Anthony Hughes is a young surface designer and trend forecaster who has recently graduated from Huddersfield University with a BA Hons in Surface Design for Interiors & Fashion.

He was selected to exhibit at New Designers this year and his work was shown at Part I. Whilst I was unable to go see Anthony’s work in person at the Business Design Centre in London (I only went to Part II), I knew that I had to feature his work as soon as I came across it. So I put some questions to Anthony about his studies and his designs and  below you can read his responses.

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Cath Kidston flooring

Cath Kidston rose sprig flooring in white

Cath Kidston is a unique lifestyle brand renowned for its homeware, clothing, accessories and outdoor products in a traditional English country house style.

For its latest collaboration the company has teamed up with luxury vinyl flooring brand Harvey Maria to create delicate, patterned flooring ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms and children’s bedrooms. The range includes Rose Sprig, available in blue or white, and Spot available in three colourways: blue, red and stone.

Carpet & Rugs from Floor to Heaven

Passion Carpet by Floor to Heaven

 Michaela Schleypen is the German designer behind the fabulous couture carpet and rug company Floor to Heaven. Based in Cologne, Germany, the company produces custom-made hand-tufted and hand-knotted carpets and rugs made from the very best material including wools of New Zealand, hand-spun Tibetan wool, pure cotton, flax, viscose and silk.

Each exceptional design tells its own unique story that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Through the extraordinary amount of detail that Schleypen brings into her creations, the owners are taken on a magical  journey that transports them to a world less ordinary.

I know that these particular designs have been around for a while but I have only just discovered them so I figured there may be others out there like me who were not yet privy to the joys of Floor to Heaven.

Mexican rug by Floor to Heaven

New collection by Floor to Heaven

RUSSIAN rug by Floor to Heaven

Rug by Floor to Heaven

Wood rug by Floor to Heaven

Rug by Floor to Heaven

Once Upon a Tile by InterfaceFLOR

One upon a tile by InterfaceFLOR -Cinderella

If I were to ask you what is being advertised here what would your guess be? Mine would be the latest haute couture collection from one of the world’s top fashion houses. Don’t you agree? To me this looks like a fashion shoot straight from the pages of Vogue, ELLE or Marie Claire.

To a certain extent this is not far off, but at the same time it couldn’t be further from the truth. This is actually the latest advertising campaign for a flooring company. What? I hear you gasp! I know! Since when did flooring look this good?

Once Upon a tile by InterfaceFLOR -Rapunzel

Well I’ll tell you. Since InterfaceFLOR teamed up with Checkland Kindleysides, one of the largest design consultancies, top fashion photographer Michael Woolley, along with globally renowned hair and make-up artist Mary-Jane Frost and theatrical costume designer and stylist Ameena Kara Callender.

The latest flooring collection, Once Upon a Tile takes its inspiration from one of this year’s biggest trends : fairytales. The mysterious and surreal world of fables and fantasies has become increasingly evident this year as feature films, social events and even design trends have explored these imaginary worlds.

Once uopn a tile by interfaceFLOR - Hansel and Gretel

The new campaign from InterfaceFLOR, a worldwide leader in the design of innovative modular flooring, is targeted at architects, flooring contractors, specifiers and interior designers throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. And to be honest, with imagery like this, it will hardly go unnoticed.

Once uopn a tile by interfaceFLOR - Red Riding Hood

The following trends were identified as those that are currently pervading our culture and society and InterfaceFLOR used them as catalysts for the new collection.

  • Luxury & Indulgence
  • Industrial
  • Organic Forms
  • Ordered Chaos
  • Intertwined
  • Faded & Weathered
  • Faded Grandeur

Once uopn a tile by interfaceFLOR - Beauty and the Beast

Michele Iacovitti, Vice President of Marketing & Branding, InterfaceFLOR EMEAI says: “Our latest collections are right on trend, inspired by today’s top cultural, social and artistic trends, so it seemed only natural to promote and showcase them in a way that is equally of the moment.

Once uopn a tile by interfaceFLOR - Sleeping Beauty

“Modern takes on fables and fairy tales are a major theme this year in movies, social events and design, so we decided to explore this mysterious world and delve into the darker side of some of the best-known children’s fairy tales. The result is a visually stunning, dramatic and edgy backdrop which shows off our new collections to spectacular effect,” says Iacovitti.

Once uopn a tile by interfaceFLOR - Goldilocks

The campaign doesn’t only include these beautiful photographic images though. There is also a series of videos that depict traditional tales such as Cinderella, Rapunzel and Hansel & Gretel, with a modern twist.

 

Bringing the garden indoors

Tiles by ceramic artist Karen Ledolley-Smith of KLS Design (image from KLS Design)

In recent months, I have come across quite a few innovative interiors products inspired by the great outdoors. This got me thinking that there are some really interesting ways to liven up your living room and bring the garden inside the house. So I’ve decided to do a quick round-up of my favourite products that will help you breathe life into your interior.

Firstly, I love this range of 3D ceramic tiles (above) by Karen Ledolley-Smith of KLS Design.  Inspired by nature and the shape of fresh green leaves, the baked clay and earthenware tiles have glazed or enamelled finishes and are available in 10 x 10 cm or 20 x 20 cm formats. They are suitable for use on floors and walls and are made entirely by hand in Normandy, France.But I think they would also make a really nice fire surround.

Lars Contzen’s Colour Courage carpet collection in sap green (image from Lars Contzen)

I also love this great rug from Lars Contzen’s Colour Courage Carpet Collection. This green is perfect for conjuring up thoughts of open fields or neatly mowed back yards. It really does look like grass and totally makes me want to run my fingers across it. I can’t think of a better way to bring that feeling of summertime in the garden straight into the house.

Birch wall mural by Nono from Tangletree Interiors (image from Tangletree Interiors)

One of the easiest ways to bring the outdoors inside is obviously to install a giant wall mural depicting a scene from nature like this forest scene. This particular mural is available from Tangletree Interiors but there are many other companies specialising in wall murals, most of which allow you to upload your own image to create a bespoke wall feature.

Moss House by Nendo (Image from Nendo)

For a more DIY approach why not take a leaf out of Nendo Studio‘s book and create your own bespoke wallcovering using dried moss to create a 3D tactile wall decoration that connects your living room with the nature found in your garden. Granted, this would be a pretty big undertaking and should only be attempted by the most proficiently creative interior enthusiasts, but when done correctly this could look absolutely stunning.

Corian 3D maths panels (image from Corian)

If, however, little moss patterns aren’t enough for you and you feel the need to introduce even more plant life into your home, why not try these new wall panels in Corian from Biotecture. ‘Living Walls’ are made using the Voronoi design from the recently launched 3D ‘Math’ Collection of wall ‘art’ made from Corian. By using the Corian Math panels, plants can be grown vertically and appear to emerge from the ruptured surface of the panels. Apart from helping to create a garden-feel inside your home, these ‘living walls’ also provide many health benefits. Plants are known to put moisture back into the air as well as to purify it by removing polluants like CO2. It also looks great!

Tree lamps by Moooi (image from Moooi)

One of the most important things though when trying to create a garden feel inside is to think carefully about the materials you choose. To create a truly authentic outdoors feel you obviously need to use natural materials that can be found outside and that means lots of wood. I love these Tree Lamps by Moooi. They are built entirely from real wood – Zembrano and Oak – and look fantastic.

Great Camp by Paul Loebach for Matter Made (image from Paul Loebach)

A true garden feel also needs to have an element of rustic and this furniture collection designed by Paul Loebach is perfect for this. Drawing inspiration from untamed wilderness, the collection makes unique use of 4-Axis CNC machining and innovative tool-pathing techniques, allowing for wood blanks to be shaped into irregular spindles and ‘stick-like’ shapes.

 

Leaf radiator from I-Radium (image via Trendir)

Heating too need not be left out of the theme. These gorgeous wooden radiators from Italian company I-Radium fit the bill perfectly and this particular one is even called leaf.

 

This blog post is part of the mydeco.com ‘Pass It On Living Room series’, a collaborative blogging project.

I am passing it on to Kia Designs and Flame Interiors.

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