If there is one thing I love almost as much as great wallpaper, it’s great flooring. But by great I mean that it has to be really eye-catching, colourful and original. I think you’ll agree that these uebercool area rugs by Swedish designer Calle Henzel fit all these criteria. Bold, daring, contemporary, graphic, urban, and
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
It’s been a lovely weekend here in Devon and we had a delicious tea party yesterday afternoon to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I must say I felt pretty sorry for those soggy souls lining the Thames as I watched the festivities from the comfort of my living room. However, the unsurprisingly diabolical British weather
I am a big fan of Stamp Rugs so I was thrilled to see that there is a new edition to the collection. This year the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee and to mark this momentous occasion, Royal Mail is releasing a series of stamps to commemorate 60 years of her Majesty on the throne.
Zara Siddiqui-Lester is the talented textile designer behind the colourful company The Colour Union. Her expressive use of colour, type, space and bold pattern has resulted in these fantastic collections of flamboyant furniture and splendiferous soft furnishings.
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
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
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
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
I first discovered Lars Contzen back in December 2008 when I interviewed him for Designer magazine. You can read that interview here and find out all about how he uses colour, pattern and form in his surface designs. Anyway, earlier this year I noticed that he was again involved in some very exciting new projects,
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
Rug Maker’s exclusive new rug collection is handmade in the Kathmandu valley in Nepal from 100 percent New Zealand wool. Embossed with the Queen’s head, these regal rugs come in 10 vibrant colour choices and have scalloped edges allowing them to really capture the majestic essence of Machin’s Royal Mail stamps. Rug Maker has officially
There was a time when we were forced to choose between wood flooring or ceramic tiles – a difficult choice given the advantages and benefits offered by both. However, there have been a number of advances in the tile industry over recent years that have ushered in new choices that allow us to combine those
I got up this morning logged onto Facebook and one of the very first things I saw was an update from MocoLoco, one of my favourite design-related websites, about a new collection of playful rugs that French design star Ora Ito has designed for Stepevi. The Parquet rug was presented by Stepevi for the first
Following my previous post on the trend for knitting in interiors I couldn’t resist posting a follow-up when I came across these fantastic wool poufs and rugs by Spanish company Gandia Blasco.
For the January issue of Designer magazine I wrote an article about how the tough economic climate has prompted consumers and specifiers to opt for more long-lasting, better quality flooring products that have a reduced impact on the environment. Flooring manufacturers are stepping up to meet the sustainability challenge and we are now seeing a
I’ve been meaning to write a blog about this trend for a while as it is probably one of my favourite trends of 2010. I am a big fan of knitting despite the fact that I am not exactly what you would call proficient in my knitting skills. A scarf is about as far as
This wavy flooring design is the latest addition to Nolte Parket‘s wooden flooring range. Featuring a smooth undulating edge that mimics the grain of the wood the Oak Elegance floor is available as a kit and comes in a variety of options, from rustic solid planks to rare, custom-made hardwoods.
Designed for use in very exclusive and premium environments, TING’s luxury leather flooring is a bespoke product that is handmade in London. The company which specialises in luggage, belts, wallets and home accessories has extended its remit and branched out into flooring that reuses vintage leather belts to create a beautiful, glossy and hard-wearing material.