My talented Colleague Jacqui has just completed this superb fit out of a Dublin Penthouse apartment. The project included supplying and fitting new floors, bespoke furniture, colour scheme, loose furniture, lighting, window treatments, artwork, tiling and all around supplying of lovely things!
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I’ve been working on the second stage of the design and extension of a beautiful Edwardian house recently and decided to go back to the drawing board and do some loose hand sketches. Back in the day in the College of Marketing and Design we did everything on the drawing board, learning one and two point perspective drawing (decades ago now-imagine!). I recently read Nicky Haslam’s ‘’A Designer’s Life’ and loved his quirky hand drawn sketches and got inspired to do some sketches by hand rather than on the computer!
The combination of the loose hand drawn sketches are kind of fun, especially the proposal board for the children’s bedroom-much more dynamic and interesting than computer generated images.
When the sketches are presented with the other element of the room it really pulls all the ideas together-I think!
This years Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 ‘Marsala’ is described as ’Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.’ Keep your eyes out for it this season, in my opinion it’s a wine red colour (and I’m all for wine in any form!) but maybe a little bit too similar to my old school uniform for my liking!
On the other hand Farrow and Ball are encouraging a step away from the infamous ‘Elephant’s Breath’ and championing a fresh new pallet, including ‘Breakfast Room Green’ which they describe as ‘feeling lively at any time of day. Taken straight from nature it makes us feel safe and calming our home environment. Its slightly botanical feel creates a fresh room when paired with complementary 'James White' on the ceiling. It’s best contrasted with stronger 'Calke Green' on the woodwork to recreate the colours derived from the irregular staining and tinting found in plants and vegetables. Complete this leafy look, with 'Light Gray' as an accent colour in the back of shelves, on the floor, or as random stripes on the wall to create a really exciting, fashionable interior. This trend reflects a shift away from hard, graphic interiors to a softer more natural feel with a modern twist.’
So brown or green…..any takers?
Great to be starting a new year, well refreshed after the Christmas break and looking forward to lots of exciting new projects this year.
Branching out a little from domestic interiors into some corporate design this month-incorporating lots of interesting shapes and colours to create a dynamic and interesting space-all going to plan!
In the meantime I've been busy with my super Graphic Designer, Sharon of Designroom designing a new ad in Image Interiors, one of my favourite Irish interiors magazines. If you haven't got a copy yet-keep an eye out for it-January February issue-lots of great houses and people featured.
Happy New Year and all the best for 2015!
I read an engaging review in the Sunday Times last week and had to get a copy of ‘A Designers Life: An Archive of Inspired Design and Décor’’ by Nicky Haslam. Haslam founded his London-based architectural and design firm, ‘NH Design’ in the late 1980’s and counts Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Paris Hilton and Brian Ferry among his high profile Clients.
Describing his company as motivated by creating interiors that are ‘’flattering to their owners’’ –according to him they are a mix of the deeply serious, grand and impressive with charm and above all wit.
I love his opulent watercolour renderings which are based on select interior design projects some of which are now housed by the Victoria and Albert Museum. As he says about the sketches for Brian Ferry’s house ’’The drawings I did for their house, though looking awfully wonky now, started my practise of making them for every project’’. A great book well worth a read for anyone interested in interiors!