• Lighting advice from Dernier & Hamlyn

    Lighting advice from Dernier & Hamlyn

    Beautiful, bespoke lighting does not have to be as expensive as you may think, according to Jeremy Quantrill, managing director of Dernier & Hamlyn, “Having products specially commissioned is often highly desirable but can be considered impractical within budgetary constraints. Whether you are talking furniture, carpets, artwork or lighting, bringing a personal touch makes the

  • ARTIQ considers the human element of art

    ARTIQ considers the human element of art

    Patrick McCrae, CEO, ARTIQ, shares his insight into the ‘art’ of sourcing for hospitality environments and how it can be used as a powerful tool in hotel settings when thoughtfully curated. Every hospitality venue is different and every hospitality art collection should be curated with that in mind. Art is a powerful tool and, through

  • Keeping it real with materials

    Keeping it real with materials

    Robert Angell, Robert Angell Design International, discusses his love of material and applying various finishes to bar and restaurant projects. Whether is worn timbers, honed marbles, blackened steel or polished glass and lacquers, materials and surfaces all play a part in how we perceive restaurants. Materials help create and define spaces, not only in terms

  • Maxtop Quartz Ltd reveals UK kitchen installers’ biggest bugbears

    Maxtop Quartz Ltd reveals UK kitchen installers’ biggest bugbears

    The top five frustrations for UK kitchen installers have been officially ranked, following research carried out by Maxtop Quartz Ltd. Fitting to wonky walls The reigning champion of bugbears for UK installers is fitting worktops to wonky walls or tiled surfaces, with 23 per cent of kitchen fitters identifying this as the single biggest problem

  • All at sea

    All at sea

    Neil Grant, Harris Grant, outlines the unique challenge of creating state-of-the-art living spaces for clients who demand the finest entertainment on board their superyachts. Nobody said being an interior designer was an easy calling. We’re all familiar with the demands of discerning clients with stratospheric standards who expect, quite rightly, the realisation of a show-stopping

  • A.I. for the home

    A.I. for the home

    Mariel Brown, ‎Associate Director and Head of Trends at Seymourpowell, highlights three trends that could help consumer appliances regain their role as the pulse of the home environment. Consumer electronics are pushing the boundaries of human imagination. Yet in recent years’ consumer appliances have been struggling to keep up. Excitingly, that may be set to

  • Creating calm

    Creating calm

    Keira Townsend, Design Director, Keir Townsend discusses the cultural and social influences that can often drive bedroom design ideas. “The factors that influence interior trends are far and wide. From travel and new technologies to increasingly busy lives and a focus on wellbeing, they all have a part to play in the way our homes

  • Fusing styles

    Fusing styles

    Nick Leith-Smith and Manolo Blahnik recently unveiled a new portfolio of retail spaces in Japan as part of their successful collaboration. The practice specialises in high quality, bespoke contemporary design. The studio has extensive experience in luxury retail design as well as high-end residential work, delivering detailed, highly crafted projects with strong elements personalisation and


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