Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Brem Radiators

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 Brem are an Italian company who design and manufacture high quality radiators and towel rails.

Their literature states "Radiators for Architecture" and their products are quite literally an architect's dream.

Visually they look like fabulous pieces of art, available in a multitude of finishes and colours.
Technically they operate at low temperature of 50 degrees C, ensuring uniform heat. Although most of the radiators are plumbed to the central heating system, electrical versions are also available. Remote valves and digital thermostats are also options on certain models.

Why we like them is because of their fantastic range of designs and extensive colour choice.

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The "So-Flex" takes the notion of a radiator and towel rail further than many will have encountered. Designed by Gabriella Almagioni, it is a stylish radiator with an upturned corner of steel that. Available in sizes ranging from 77cm high to 2-20, it looks particularly stunning in the 19 Sable colours that include dark copper, ivory, mouse grey and oxide orange.

"Lame-Up" looks very much like a modern totem pole. Designed by Davide Brembilla, Rectangular tubes of differing heights are grouped together as 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 pieces and erected on a colour co-ordinated stand.

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Where space is at a premium then the "Sbarra" is perfect. At only 8cm per unit, it can be manufactured as a 1,2 or 3 bar radiator. Remote valves, electrical model and fantastic choice of colours add to the versatility of this high output and energy efficient system.

"Vision", designed by Luigi Brembilla is a 3 dimensional towel heater which as well as being available in differing sizes and colours, can be square or horizontal.

This unit can be plumbed or available as an electrical version. The valves are located at the back so as not to affect the aesthetic visual design.

While we have only showcased a few models here, go have a peak at the Brem website.
There are designs which incorporate lighting and mirrors.

If you want more information, and to see some of the range on show, go visit their UK stockist.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A Very Modern Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution that took place in the United Kingdom in the 18th an 19th centuries was hugely important for many reasons. In engineering terms it led to the use of new materials, the capability to mass produce goods and to bring them to a bigger market.

In interior design the industrial revolution allowed the population to have access to items that were once only available to the few who could afford to pay someone to manufacture their own design, or replicate another.

Of course with all revolutions there is rebellion. The Arts and Crafts movement saw this mass production as having nothing to do with craftsmanship and strove to create interior products of quality. But of course this invariably led to their products being more expensive and unaffordable to many.
 Our new interior design industrial revolution seems focused on using industrial materials in a new way in the home.

While concrete was seen solely as a material to be used in the architecture and building industry, it is now seen to form sinks, be used in its natural state for flooring and increasingly in kitchen work surfaces. Polished and hardwearing, it is certainly a material with great possibilities in interiors.

Exposed brickwork is now lauded, rather than plastered over and covered with some hideous shade of paint. While not everyone may have great exposed walls, faux brick panels offer an alternative.

Pipework once almost always condemned to be concealed is becomingly more obvious. Copper as a material is regaining renewed popularity. As a material that does not allow bacteria to thrive one does wonder why it is not used more in areas where hygiene is of importance.

While this new design revolution relies on basic materials it is ironically not too far from the thoughts of the Arts and Crafts fathers. After all it is the craftsmanship of the materials that is priority, rather than a mass produced item widely available.

There is nothing here that suggests minimalist, if that was the term for stripped back bland design. Rather there is much in the way of great design. Exciting that some manufacturers recreate concrete and leather floors with vinyl tiles, Everday household objects are brought to new life as in the mason jar chandelier.

What we love here is the honesty in designing interior elements with an industrial feel.

It is a recognition of the materials that brought this country and many others into the 20th century.

We even think that William Morris might approve.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Designer Walls

If you are looking for a stylish alternative to wallpaper or want to create a feature in a room or commercial environment then Designer Walls may be just what you want.

Inspired by textures, the range includes brick, stone and rioja wine barrels!

These innovative wall panels are lightweight yet high strength. Tough and durable they are suitable in most areas.

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 One of the most captivating elements is the incredibly natural look, but then some of the panels are actually made from stone veneers. The Rioja range is made from layers of oak taken, unsurprisingly, from actual rioja wine barrels.

As demonstrated by the images shown here is the completely natural appearance and how well they blend into so many different schemes.

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 Whether used as a feature wall in a restaurant or to give a plain wall a dynamic feature, I am sure with imagination almost any area can benefit from some natural texture.

Many people already use faux brick panels to line an old chimney recess when replacing a fireplace, so why not clad a whole wall, or use as a feature in a modern bathroom.

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Use the panels to create a vintage look in a bedroom where it perfectly complements french style furniture, creating a beautiful wall full of light and shadow.

And of course the brick works so well when recreating the New York loft style feel in an apartment.
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 With the emerging trends for using more natural materials like granite and stone, the subtle stone texture works incredibly well.

Because of the lightweight material used, these panels are easy to fix and will not damage the original walls.
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 The Rioja range has excellent eco credentials, as they are made from recycled original wine barrels.

We love the subtle but striking effect shown here.

So whether you are considering shopfitting a commercial unit, or are looking for a feature wall in a showhome or your own home, it is definitely worth visiting Designer Walls website and having a chat with Gary or Nick.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Shades of Yellow

Stylised Daisies Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Cole and Son
Cole and Son
Looking for inspiration to add shade of yellow into an interior scheme I was reminded of the gesso wall panels made by Margaret Mcdonald in collaboration with her husband Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

They were part of the Glasgow set responsible for Arts and Crafts in Scotland

We love Linwood fabrics and wallpapers, as much as we love the stylist responsible for the room designs in their photography. The lemon wallpaper is from their Metropolis range and is reflective of the 1920's jazz scene in New York. Dulled shades reflect the moody undertones of the music, while adding that discordant contrast of lemon and purple adds a burst of freshness.

 Stylised floral features were part of the Arts and Crafts movement. This textile again by Macdonald/ Mackintosh is of stylised daisies. We like the purple on yellow background which still seems as fresh as a daisy now as it was then. They also used roses, lilies and the recognisable chrysanthemum.

Cole and Son have an impressive portfolio of wallpaper suppliers.  We particularly love this wallpaper featuring flying machines, for its eclectic design and because it has that pop of yellow. This is from the Fornasetti range. Cole and Son also have a great archive of traditional designs well worth a look.

This Murano glass chandelier of glass fruits is by Tindle. They also produce some fantastic traditional chandeliers, but this one is so much fun.

We couldn't leave out this delightful Owl border - Notambule from Cole and Son. There are other colour backgrounds but we think the yellow is very cool!