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Tag: Lighting

Channelling the Masters

Art history's greatest names have long been a source of inspiration in design, with inventive results that channel the spirit and ideas of the original masters rather than borrowing directly. Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam Ltd's slender 'Nicolae' floor lamps (pictured top) are made from layers of chalky white plaster, a material favoured by masters such as Giacometti and Serge …

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A Ribbon of Crystal

World-renowned lighting designer and glass artist Jaroslav Bejvl has created the ‘Crystal Ribbon’ chandelier, a dynamic design based on organic curves. Made from Czech crystal glass, the design's use of 3D technology ensures the silhouette looks different from every angle; the unique brilliance of Bohemian glass means it constantly changes in front of one’s eyes. It is on display in …

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Learn Your Scales

  Fathom the depths to discover design that incorporates watery motifs such as scallops and scales. Jean Paul Gaultier's 'Ecailles' wallcovering (pictured top) from Lelièvre Paris looks convincingly three-dimensional thanks to the metallic thread that edges each individual scale, while lacquered furniture from US brand Oomph (pictured centre), available from Nina Campbell, includes the 'Capri' vanity unit with its layers of …

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At Close Quarters

New arrival Thibault Van Renne has opened a new showroom in the North Dome: the Belgian designer behind the brand specifically wanted to create a space where people could be encouraged to see, touch and admire his handcrafted rugs (pictured top) up close. To showcase these sophisticated works of art for the floor, design duo architect Oleg Klodt and designer Anna …

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Across the Style Spectrum

Bella Figura's new flagship showroom has craftsmanship at its core, inspired by the techniques that underscore its lighting collection. Working closely with a master craftsman, bespoke furniture and fixtures have been created for the much larger space. Expect designs across a broad style spectrum, from retro to transitional through to ultra-contemporary, handmade from the finest materials in England and Italy. …

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Table Talk

Newly expanded in time for London Design Week 2019, the Second Floor Café in Design Centre East is now a richly decorated space that demonstrates the craftsmanship on offer from many of the showrooms. Glossy dark teal tiles from Artisans of Devizes contrast with Watts of Westminster's florid 'Wolterton Verdure' digitally printed wallcovering, while smart brass lighting comes courtesy of …

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A New Tide

Fox Linton's showroom has undergone a shining transformation, with new brands introduced alongside its own fabrics and wallcoverings. Among its own collections is ‘Springtide’, the company's first double-width wallcovering; its subtle pattern mirrors the intricate markings on coastal rocks and cliffs left by waves over time. The showroom is now host to two more compelling brands, with statement lighting from …

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A Shapely Frame

Lighting enhances the mood, often combining functionality with artistry and decoration. This poetic ‘Carisbrooke’ lantern by Vaughan, with its sculpted leaves on a textured brass frame, is defined by its large scale – at 143cm high it is tall enough to fill an imposing space, but its delicate design helps it to retain a sense of visual lightness. Vaughan, Ground Floor, …

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A New Venture

Bespoke furniture maker Ventura has opened its first showroom outside of its native Ireland, in Design Centre East. It offers a full turnkey service, from conception to completion, as well as individual custom-made pieces such as this 'Hugo' dining table, above, which features striking cut-out metal legs and a tabletop that comes in multiple sizes, depths and finishes. As well …

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Coveted by Tatler

This 'Ivy' pedant by CTO Lighting is one of Tatler's picks for London Design Week 2019's best in show. The British lighting brand is a new addition to the relaunched Fox Linton showroom, and 'Ivy' is typical of its collections, which use premium materials such as satin brass, hand-blown glass, alabaster and marble – with everything made in the UK. Tatler's …

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Maker’s Mark

A new generation is discovering the sculptural shapes of handcrafted pottery. This ‘Shawnee’ terracotta lamp by Arteriors was first formed on the potter’s wheel, before the banded textures were etched and stamped by a skilled artisan. Arteriors, Third Floor, Design Centre East

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A Celebratory Mood

Porta Romana's 'Urchin' chandelier tells a tale of two birthdays. The lighting company has been in business for 30 years, and has commemorated the occasion by donating five of the chandeliers to the Royal Academy – which, a couple of centuries ahead, is 250 this year. The pieces, which are made from hand-painted folded steel, and are based on the …

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Poised in Porcelain

In a smart navy and white livery that gives it a Mediterranean feel, this whimsical bottle-shaped ‘Marbella’ lamp from Arteriors has an inherent individuality. Each one is unique, thanks to its hand-painted stripes and the textures on the porcelain's crackle glaze – setting it apart from a mass-produced design. Arteriors, Third Floor, Design Centre East

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More is More

As the late Postmodern architect Robert Venturi once said: "less is a bore". These days, highly individual interiors keep adding, layer on layer: artfully clashing patterns, unusual surface finishes from flocking to foil, and an abundance of finishing touches such as trimmings, lamps and decorative objects all contribute to a feast for the senses. Create an environment that surprises and …

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From the City of Lights

A nocturnal walk under the street lamps of Paris inspired the design of this 'Parisienne S' table light, designed by Régis Botta for Ozone. The French lighting brand is new to GMR Interiors; its minimalist designs, made in Paris, combine traditional craftsmanship with LED technology, and are notable for their chic simplicity and grand presentation. The table light has a …

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Time to Shine

Lacquered and other high-gloss surfaces add lustre and incredible depth to interiors, often providing a powerful shot of colour, too: if any finish summed up bold and confident decorating, it would be this one. Traditional lacquerwork is time-consuming and undertaken by skilled artisans, but gives unmatched results: head to Nina Campbell to see the work of US brand Oomph, which …

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Right Here, Right Now with Andrew Hills

Design Centre, Chelsea Habour is "a fantastic place for us to showcase our collection" says Porta Romana's chairman and creative director, as the lighting company celebrates 30 years in business.

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Long-Lasting Legacies

Old has never looked so right now, as we look to heritage and tradition to ground us and make sense of a fast-paced world. Just as the Burberry trenchcoat is subtly reinvented season after season, designers are showing their appreciation for what has gone before, but nearly always with a twist that makes the pieces right for today. The clean …

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Clearly Original

Poliform may be marking 30 years at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, but it is still at the cutting edge when it comes to tracking down worldwide talent. New to the showroom is Czech lighting company Bomma, which explores the potential of fragile glass with curiosity and creativity. The deceptively simple shapes of these ‘Phenomena’ lights, their glass shades fading from …

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The Bee’s Knees

It’s been a flurry of activity in the Brooklyn, New York workroom of Remains Lighting. Its team of skilled artisans have been busy creating the new ‘Modern Beehive’ pendant, inspired by the elegantly bulbous shape of a traditional beehive. Made using sustainable practices and traditional skills, it features a handblown, fluted shade hung from a slender stem. Remains Lighting, Fourth Floor, …

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Rise and Shine

There's good news for devotees of US interiors brand Oomph: its entire collection is now available at Nina Campbell. Specialising in lacquered furniture and lighting in joyfully bright colours, as well as upholstered pieces, Oomph had already created a capsule collection with Campbell, but this initiative sees the full product range available to the European market for the first time. …

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Modern Masterpieces

Fine art is the nucleus of inspiration for so much of the best design – whether it responds to the stylistic traits of the painters of the past or involves creating sculptural furniture and objects that are just as expressive as something from a gallery. In addition, designers are working with an increasingly sophisticated client base who see art as central …

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Telling Tales

While some will always celebrate pared-back minimalism, there's no doubt that its counterpoint, 'maximalism', is on the rise. These joyously layered interiors – where multiple colours, patterns and textures create a feast for the senses – are not just a rebellion against minimalism and a case of 'what goes around, comes around'. In design, the creation of a narrative and …

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Mother Nature

Bring nature indoors with birdlife – feathers, eggs and all – and other native creatures. A soothing palette of duck egg, turquoise and soft grey brings calm, serenity and comfort. From left to right: ‘Gesso’ vase with handles and ‘Gesso Seated Bird’, both Julian Chichester. ‘Deco Monobloc’ lever basin mixer, silver, Perrin & Rowe. ‘Satin Nickel' finial (F298), McKinney & Co. …

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Everyday Nomadism

There are always new cultures and regions to explore via the medium of design, and the vogue for all-embracing interiors that take their inspiration from every corner of the world shows no sign of slowing down. There is a sense of freedom in playing around with traditional motifs – as Pierre Frey says about its latest, New-World-inspired collections, "this tribute …

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In the Pink

Queen of the colour wheel, pink symbolises hope and empowerment – but it's also offering lessons in versatility when it comes to interiors. From calm, muted tones that segue into lilac to bubblegum shades that revel in an exuberant colour-clash with other brights, pink has lost its association with girlish prettiness and is embracing a new-found sophistication. Pictured from top …

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A Multiple of Metals

The craftsmanship of Gallotti&Radice's master artisans is evident in this ‘Eris’ hanging LED lamp, designed by Massimo Castagna. A play of different textures and finishes, it features a series of metal plates curving around a black-painted bronze central spine. Gallotti&Radice, Second Floor, Centre Dome

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Easy Does It

It's time to reappraise the 70s as a design decade. Harness an easy vibe with throwback shapes, dark timber and a palette of teal, tobacco and marmalade. Add smoked glass to complete this rich and sophisticated look. Pictured from top to bottom are 'Les Ondes de Jade' fabric, by Misia, available from Colony; Gallotti&Radice's 'Diantha' pendant; 'All Grain Noir' leather, …

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Luxury, Made in London

Lacaze London’s work is a melting pot of traditional and modern production techniques, offering luxurious bespoke furniture including upholstery, cabinetry and metalwork. On display in the new showroom on the third floor of Design Centre is a raft of statement pieces made from exquisite materials. The workshop is based in West London where highly skilled craftsmen ensure that every last …

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Make it a Slimline

Slim, straight lines make everything feel ordered and elegant, bringing a visual lightness to a scheme even when the palette is moody in shades of grey and black, or with a metallic edge. Pictured top to bottom are 'Matrix' tables by Armani/Casa; 'Lambro' wallcovering by Brian Yates; an 'Adele' pendant by Arteriors; 'Yacht Club' wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries; and 'Trapeze' fabric by …

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