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It’s been a long time….

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It’s been a year since I blogged. I know this because the last time I blogged it was about 100% Design and Decorex and I’ve just been to those shows again! My bad. But do you know, whilst sat here tapping away I feel happy and I’m really regretting not forcing myself to make the time to blog. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I felt like I was this teeeny tiny person with the world’s smallest megaphone whispering “Hello, is there anyone out there who’s interested?!” The answer was a quite resounding NOPE I thought, until a client of mine said she’d read my blog and it resonated with her. WHAAAATTTT? Someone got what I was talking about?? Wow.

I just think I need to do short and sweet posts and not worry about the images, cropping them to size etc. Each blog post was taking such a long time that I just couldn’t fit it in with being busy with clients. So, here goes, we’ll see how long it is until my next one 🙂

Anyway, I always visit London for Design Week, this is the week that manufacturers and suppliers from all around the world show their new products and it’s a “must do” on my calendar. This year was great. I gained lots of inspiration for my current clients, and saw lots of lovely things I really want to use in future schemes! My photos don’t do the products any justice at all, however here’s a little round up of some of the things I saw at the shows.

Three Interiors Interior Design Cheshire Printed Leather

My favourite leather manufacturer was showcasing printing directly onto leather as part of the manufacturing process. This means the dye is impregnated into the leather and won’t suffer from peeling or cracking. I liked what they’d done with the printed maps on bar stools and the fact that this could be used in a number of different applications.

 

 

 

 

 

Three Interiors Interior Design Cheshire magnetic wall

 

Possibly a little biased as I have a kitchen project at the forefront of my mind right now, I was particularly impressed by the elevation of the magnetic “strip” to a design feature. manufactured by a Slovenian company, this magnet wall was a great idea. It was really strong, holding shelves with jars on them easily. The herb pots were a cute feature.  I was excited by how this could be utilised not only in a kitchen but settings such as bathrooms and hallways too.

 

 

 

 

Three Interiors Interior Design Cheshire Quartzforms

The wow factor was certainly in evidence with this kitchen display from Quartzforms. My photo doesn’t do it justice! The bottom portion of the sink moved up and down, the water bottles are stood on a weighing scale and the circular pads are the hob. All of this was operated with the wave of a hand!! Very impressive. Quartzform is a sustainable surface made up from Quartz, resin and colour. It is acid, fire, scratch, stain and knock resistant, making it a perfect choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Have a look at more of their surface here

 

 

 

 

Three Interiors Interior Design Cheshire Rug design

 

A rug is one of the best ways to pull a room together and if you have hard floors at home, it’s nice to have a rug to give definition and a bit of texture. The choice in rugs gets better every year and the finish on some was like walking on a plush, soft velvet  – a real treat for the feet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Interiors Interior Design Cheshire Sofa

This was by far the most popular sofa at the shows (as you can tell, I literally couldn’t get a shot without someone in it!!) and is on my own personal wish list. I did not expect Hubby to agree to a mustard yellow velvet sofa, but he has and I will hold him to that 🙂 By an Italian manufacturer, and featuring a retro vibe but a futuristic design with its hexagonal shape; it comes in a number of different fabrics but the velvet wins hands down. It was really comfy too!!

 

 

‘Til next time xx

 

Three Interiors 100% Design

100% Design

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I can’t actually believe that 100% Design was over 2 weeks ago now, this year is going waaaaay too fast for me. Apart from an absolute debacle with Virgin Trains which saw me missing my train to London and then almost prevented from getting the last one back (ticket issues, nothing to do with me being naughty!!), the day was enjoyable. I especially enjoyed my upgrade to the first class coach on the train home anyway, given to me because the customer service from Virgin was sooooo rubbish.

Anyway, enough of my train rant! Back to what was happening at 100% Design. Well, the new venue is a hit with me. Kensington Olympia is bright and light and just feels so much better than Earls Court did. I did like Earls Court’s proximity to the train station, Olympia is a bit of a pain when you need to get back to Euston but the venue wins hands down. It really suits the 100% Design exhibition and the kind of products that are on show.

So, in no particular order (and I’ve definitely left things out – you’d get bored) here’s a selection of my faves from the show.

North Limited

One of the emerging brands and I see this company going far. They’re a design collective of Icelandic designers. I LOVE these side tables and their general aesthetic. Scandi, simple, clean.

Three Interiors North Ltd  Three Interiors & North Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Efasma  

This furniture brand launched their first collection at 100% Design which was designed for them by the company Bureau de change . The craftsmanship is extraordinary, keeping alive a Greek tradition of rope weaving in their chairs, footstools and screens, with their tables featuring marble slabs atop American walnut. Each piece is created by hand and the quality shows. The dining chairs and tables  are designed to “slot” together, a pleasing little design quirk that makes this collection all the more lust worthy.

It’s suuuuper expensive but I still want something from the collection, even if it’s just a footstool!! J
Three Interiors Efasma Three Interiors Efasma

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were some gorgeous tiles at 100% Design, really large format porcelain ones that looked like concrete, marble etc. were awesome. But I fell in LOVE with most of the tiles from Mambo Unlimited. A Portugese company with these amazing tiles:

Three Interiors Mambo Unlimited Three Interiors Mambo UnlimitedThree Interiors Mambo Unlimited

 

 

 

 

It was great to meet Kirath Ghundoo, a surface pattern designer. Her graphic, colourful patterns are really “of the moment” and I’d love to collaborate with her at some point in the future. She also does some ready to shop wallpapers, so you can have a bit of Kirath’s style in your home without having to commission a bespoke piece.

Three Interiors Kirath Ghundoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the finishes that was a hit at 100% Design was Lustrolite, a high gloss acrylic panel that looks like back coated glass but can be cut with normal power tools and is half the weight. The range of colours was a bit limited but you can custom colour, although the minimum order is 200 sheets! Lustrolite can be used in a few applications such as bath surrounds, shower walls, kitchen splashbacks and it’s easy to clean/hygienic properties make it great for use in these areas.


Three Interiors Lustrolite

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joined + Jointed were a company that had a great stand at 100% Design. A collective of furniture designers who work together to create original and contemporary pieces. I especially liked the desk/dressing table by Lucy Kurrein and the chair by Sean Yoo/Paul Smith.

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Well that’s all for now folks, speak soon

Angela xx