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Inspiring Spring…

In the latest of Edison’s occasional interior design posts he draws inspiration from this season’s colours.

Now that spring has arrived and summer is just a few months away, I’m always interested to check out the new season’s colours.

Seasonal colour palettes draw inspiration from the moment but with suggested longevity, way beyond the season for which it is intended. Use them as guides to colour combinations and let them take you on an imaginative, creative journey.

This seasons colours remind me of the beautiful Islamic tiles found in the old Persian regions of Iran and Iraq or those found even closure to home, such as Turkey or Tunisia.

Wonderfully ornate but with a sense of lightness, these colours are often blended together to create dynamic patterns that flow into one another seamlessly, by way of soft geometry.

In a flawless execution and with absolute precision, the smallest pattern is in essence, a part of a larger, more intricate picture.

By using the softer end of the colour palette, you can go bolder with your pattern.

These mosaics use elements of the Pantone colour palette to bold, visual effect and can be applied to floors as well as the walls.

Our BEJEWELLED design from the ‘Mosaic Collection’ combines the softer colours of the palette too but with shots of the pink and blue to great effect. The perfect Aladdin’s carpet.

We’ll be posting carpet designs featuring each colour on our Instagram feed over the last two weeks of April, click here to view our full feed.

 

 

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Deirdre Dyson Presented with Arts Ambassador Award

Former Vodafone CEO and Artist Philipp Humm, Grace Bian, Sir James Dyson, Lady Dyson and Film Producer Paul G Andrews

The Athene Festival is an annual event which brings together leading figures from the UK and Chinese arts industries for five days with the aim of promoting and encouraging cultural exchange with China.

The festival culminates in the Athene Guild Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner which was held at the Guildhall, London last Friday.

Deirdre was surprised and delighted to receive the Arts Ambassador award for her work as a fine artist and award winning carpet designer.  The award also acknowledges her broad contribution and support of the arts, which includes being an amateur opera singer and author and art collector, whilst Sir James Dyson also received the inaugural Master of Engineering Design award.

A very special evening acknowledging both Deirdre and James contribution to the arts, albeit in different areas.

Watch the film produced to accompany Deirdre’s award here.

Former Vodafone CEO and Artist Philipp Humm, Grace Bian, Sir James Dyson and Lady Dyson

 

 

 

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WE’RE HIRING!

We’re looking for a new Commercial Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator – someone who will give our existing clients the highest level of service whilst proactively building relationships and identifying new marketplaces.
An outgoing personality, excellent organisational abilities and ‘can do’ attitude a must.

Click here for full job description.

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THE TOOLS OF OUR WEAVERS TRADE

Our bespoke Nepalese carpets are not only crafted by hand but the tools they are created with are also handmade using centuries old techniques.

In a world of increasing mechanisation, the tools used by our Nepalese weavers are simply made locally, have stood the test of time and last for many, many years.

These fascinating instruments in talented hands result in our wonderful carpets.

See our Weavers work their magic here

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Tufting Greatness. How Deirdre’s designs are adapted for largescale fitting

Deirdre’s designs adapt for fitted application brilliantly  – as can be seen by the dramatic results here, just finished by our hand tufters in the North of England.

Deirdre and our Designer Nichola worked closely with the architects to select the right designs for each space and the input and expertise of our weavers and carpet fitters was integral to ensure the designs would work with the various architectural features of the listed building that will be their final home.

Deirdre’s bold adaptations of  GRAPHIC PEBBLE, a re-working of BEYOND in striking yet practical greys, and a newly conceived geometric design, will make a connection between the offices and meeting rooms they occupy and should not only create a dramatic addition to the newly refurbished spaces but 100% wool carpeting offers acoustic benefits in a concentrated office environment.

This large scale project also includes several hand knotted version of Deirdre’s carpets and is our largest commercial project to date – we’re looking forward to posting images of the carpets in situ in coming months, watch this space!

100% Wool Hand Tufted alternative version of GRAPHIC PEBBLE
100% Wool Hand Tufted alternative version of GRAPHIC PEBBLE
100% Wool Hand Tufted alternative version of BEYOND
100% Wool Hand Tufted Bespoke Geometric Design

 

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A Savoured Evening at the Gallery

Deirdre hosted a private event at our Kings Road Gallery last week to thank very special clients and collaborators.

Bubblefood created a spectacular selection of food and accompanying cocktails inspired by this year’s VISTA carpet collection which made for a wonderfully convivial evening.

The terrace ready to welcome guests.
Interior Designer Aida Bratovic from StudioAIDA ‘hunting for truffles’.

Luxury Topping’s Trisha Topping.
Alice Price, Sir James Dyson and Victoria Nixon.
President of SBID Vanessa Brady OBE and Edison Abidi.
Agnes Guillard, Chelsea Design Quarter’s Alexandra Metcalf and Edison Abidi.
Timothy Hatton Architect’s Correna Mitchell.

Rosanna Kitchen’s Darren Miller, Deirdre Dyson, Architect Timothy Hatton, Sir James Dyson and Correna Mitchell.
Strategist and Entrepreneur Grace Bian, Deirdre Dyson and ex Centerparcs CEO Peter Mole.

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BESPOKE UNRAVEL & TWILIGHT CARPETS AT LUXE D’INTERIEUR, PARIS

Deirdre recently created two bespoke carpets for our Parisian showroom at luxury design space Luxe d’interieur and the resulting designs look amazing in situ!

 

Our Parisian Representative Agnes Guillard worked with Deirdre to shortlist designs that not only worked with the elegant partner brands displayed in the apartment-style setting but also suggested colours she felt would appeal to Parisian tastes.  They both agreed the designs would have to feature Deirdre’s signature colour grading.

Deirdre then re-imagined this year’s UNRAVEL for the ‘dining room’ using a palate of subtle creams, beiges and browns on a contrasting ground of cleverly graded greys across a broad tonal range and used the same background grading for TWILIGHT destined for the ‘sitting room’ area.

Having these carpets on display at Luxe d’intérieur allows clients to visualise the rugs in their own home and above all appreciate the quality of our wool and silk hand knotted designs.

The Luxe d’intérieur showroom is situated in 81 rue du rocher, Paris 8 – Metro Villers and is strictly by appointment only – to arrange a bespoke consultation with Agnes and view these designs click here.

 

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ROSSANA K-IN-K-OUT KITCHEN LAUNCH AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Deirdre was delighted to attend the unveiling of the newest super-luxe kitchen design from Rossana UK, the K-In-K-Out created for both indoor or outdoor use, designed by Architect Massimo Castagna.

Deirdre with sixties model and author Victoria Nixon and Darren Miller of Rossana

The event was held in association with Wallpaper* and included a Virtual Reality version of the kitchen in situ by Manhattan Loft Corporation featuring a bespoke version of our UP  & OVER graded wool and silk carpet.

Our UP & OVER carpet in the Virtual Reality room set featuring the K-In-K-Out Kitchen

 

 

 

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Deirdre Dyson VISTA carpet collection launches at Maison et Objet Paris

Deirdre Dyson conjures up nature’s transient beauty with launch of Vista Collection

A reflection of the unravelling of time itself; the skeleton of a MAPLE and the shadow of its memory, the peeling skin of a silver birch and tumbling stones in a rushing brook, Deirdre Dyson returns to the international stage with the launch of her striking new VISTA Collection at Maison & Objet Paris (January 20-24, 2017 – Hall 7 Stand H116).  Stimulated by nature’s ephemeral splendour, the nine new carpet designs showcase Deirdre’s signature contemporary style.

“My Vista Collection is inspired by glimpses and observations taken on walks in the countryside – standing under trees with falling leaves, enchanted by bulrushes in still water and exquisite bright green water lilies floating above a mysterious deep, dark pond.  I like to use colour grading techniques and strong and subtle tonal contrasts to create optical illusions, highlighting nature’s dramatic and transient beauty.  The collection is intended to inspire clients to commission their own piece of art for the floor.

Deirdre Dyson’s training in fine art is apparent in her masterful use of colour across the collection.  In BULRUSHES, the gradual change in hue and precise contrast in light and shade create the illusion of reflection on still water to beautiful effect.  Similarly, the tonal change in LILY POND emphasises the depth of the pond and contrasts effectively with the brightness of the lily pads – a circular silhouette makes this a true representation of the natural world. Deirdre’s characteristic wit is exemplified in UNRAVEL, drawing on the core inspiration of real landscapes, whilst depicting the concept of unravelling threads, naturally colour-graded to perfection.

Each Deirdre Dyson carpet is totally bespoke and can be fitted or free-standing.  Customers can take inspiration from Deirdre’s ideas, but apply their own personal touch through colour, shape, size and design elements.  Deirdre’ Dyson makes carpets to suit different budgets and applications.  They can be hand-knotted by Tibetan experts, practiced in this ancient skill, who use Chinese or Indian silk and the finest Tibetan wool.  Or they can be hand-tufted in Scotland or Yorkshire, from the best quality New Zealand wool.

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Timothy Hatton’s Human Nature installation at Aqua Shard

Architect Timothy Hatton, who was responsible for re-modelling our 554 Kings Road showroom into a stunning gallery space last year, recently unveiled his latest project Human Nature – a vast triple height Christmas installation at Aqua Shard, London.

Human Nature

Human Nature

Human Nature was designed by Tim to remind us of the importance of protecting our fragile eco system through recycling and features thousands of recycled plastic 3D printed leaves of native English woodland species such as English Oak and Silver Birch. The structure is also enhanced by specialist lighting designed by Lighting Design International.

The installation was commissioned to commemorate patron of the charity Fauna & Flora International, Sir David Attenborough’s, 90th birthday.

After the installation is dismantled, individual pieces of the artwork will be available for sale. Of these, 90 sets will be produced as limited edition collections which will be raffled by purchasers of single and multiple leaves. All proceeds will directly benefit Fauna and Flora International.

Human Nature

For details of how to purchase leaves click here

Human Nature is on view until 5th January 2017.


Our Largest ever Hand-Knotted Commissions

We recently completed our largest ever bespoke hand-knotted carpet commissions, each measuring approx. 6.5 x 6m (over 38 square metres).

Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets & Rugs
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets & Rugs

 

 

Both carpets were created for a private client for use in adjoining private offices by Deirdre who, inspired by the surroundings and detail in one of the upholstery fabrics, created a selection of concepts from which the two final designs were chosen.

Deirdre Dyson

Given the scale, Deirdre decided to make a dramatic statement with grading – creating a palette of 13 colours from muted cream to darkest brown for both designs and selecting an ox-blood red, also used in the upholstery, to highlight the ‘stitching’ and ‘branch’ motifs on the designs.

Swatches

Stitching

Stitching

The finished carpets are stunning and a testament to the incredible attention to detail and craftsmanship of our Nepalese weavers and an absolute masterclass in grading, an astonishing feat on this scale.

Stitching and Grading

Twilight

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Victoria Nixon visits Deirdre Dyson’s Carpet Gallery

It was very exciting for our team to meet the writer Victoria Nixon when she visited the gallery last week.

Victoria has already written two helpful books based on her experience as a sixties super model and we look forward to a new autobiography which describes tragedies in her early life and the glamorous whirlwind of the 1960s.

Victoria Nixon

Victoria and Deirdre watch our film about carpet production in Nepal.

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Deirdre Dyson Partners with Luxe d’intérieur – A unique design space in Paris

Luxe d’intérieur

Continuing its expansion in Paris, Deirdre Dyson now meets the needs of the most prestigious French architects, interior designers and specifiers  by showcasing selected contemporary carpet designs at luxury interiors showroom Luxe d’intérieur.

By doing so, Deirdre Dyson now offers the same bespoke service provided in the UK, with design consultations held in a showroom dedicated to design.

Luxe d’intérieur
WINDOWS hand knotted carpet on display at Luxe d’intérieur

Luxe d’Interieur brings exceptional design brands together in a unique location, where interiors specialists can view the very best furniture, fixtures, lighting, heating solutions and home automation in an apartment-style setting.

Luxe d’intérieur has only selected prestigious brands such as Branco Sobre Branco, Orignal BTC, WorldStyle, Les ateliers Philippe Coudray, WorldStyle and Technologies d’intérieur and we are delighted to be part of this exclusive group.

By appointment, Agnès Guillard (Sales and Marketing Manager Europe) will welcome you to this elegant space where selected Deirdre Dyson carpets sit within elegant surroundings that utilize the latest technology.

Luxe d’intérieur
The monthly industry lunch at Luxe d’intérieur

Luxe d’intérieur

Every month, a lunch is organized with invited guests from the interiors industry – a convivial opportunity to share views and projects and explore the brands on display in ‘real life’ surroundings.

The Luxe d’intérieur showroom is situated in 81 rue du rocher, Paris 8 – Metro Villers.

Strictly by appointment only.

 

Luxe d’intérieur – un lieu unique à Paris

Deirdre Dyson poursuit son développement et souhaite répondre aux besoins des plus prestigieux architectes, architectes d’intérieur de la capitale française et leur offrir le même niveau de service et de conseil qu’en Grande-Bretagne en intégrant un lieu dédié au design.

La célèbre marque anglaise de tapis contemporains expose désormais ses tapis au sein du Showroom Luxe d’intérieur.

Luxe d’intérieur est un showroom unique à Paris. Un vrai lieu du design qui regroupe des spécialistes de la rénovation et de la décoration d’intérieur.

Une offre complète présentée dans un lieu exceptionnel, qui accueille les architectes et architectes d’intérieur, afin d’étudier leurs projets et répondre à leurs besoins : mobilier, luminaires, tapisserie, solutions de chauffage et de domotique. Luxe d’intérieur a sélectionné des marques de prestige telles que Branco Sobre Branco, Orignal BTC, WorldStyle, Les ateliers Philippe Coudray ou encore Technologies d’intérieur.

L’espace est disposé, comme un appartement au design des plus raffinés articulé autour d’un salon, une salle à manger, une cuisine, une chambre, une salle de bains et une salle de cinéma privée. L’ensemble est géré par les dernières technologies domotiques qui rendront votre quotidien plus agréable.

Sur rendez-vous, Agnès Guillard (Responsable Commerciale et Marketing Europe de Deirdre Dyson) vous reçoit dans un lieu intégrant élégance et technicité.

Chaque mois, un déjeuner est organisé  au showroom. Un moment de convivialité en présence des architectes, de leurs partenaires et des marques de référence, afin de partager leurs visions et leurs projets autour du design.

The Luxe d’intérieur showroom is situated in 81 rue du rocher, Paris 8 – Metro Villers.

Strictement sur rendez-vous.

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Be Inspired

Edison continues his occasional series on interior design, this time he looks at the inspiration and styling tips to be gleaned from window displays which you can be applied to your home.

You may have noticed that window displays are big business these days, particularly at established departments stores such as Selfridges and Harrods.  These displays can often be flamboyant, whimsical, avant-garde or be created as an art installation in itself.

Window display

Many well-known artists and designers are invited to create these one-of- a-kind installations. Primarily to act as an enticement to passers-by, window displays are also meant to cause a reaction, be aspirational, create illusions and inspire creativity.

William Forbes Hamilton for Selfridges
William Forbes Hamilton for Selfridges

Many window displays access different disciplines which are often mixed together such as architecture and fashion, fashion and graphic design or interior design and engineering.

Nike for Selfridges
Nike for Selfridges

What is great about all of this is that you can take inspiration for free and apply them to yourself and your home.   Take reference from forms, colour, scale and the placement of objects and explore these in your own time and space.

Window display

Window display

These two examples from fellow Chelsea Design Quarter member Guinevere Antiques, use their window displays to maximum effect. Bold patterns and forms, and a mix of classic modern vintage and antiques, grabs the attention and showcases what is achievable.

Window display

Our window display during LDF week was well received and not only tells a short story about the relationship between art, materials and colour but it also emphasises how we skillfully mix colours to create a carpet that will compliment your interior space.


Agnes reviews September’s Maison & Objet

We are regular exhibitors at January’s Maison et Objet and our Parisian Representative Agnes was on hand to visit the September show and keep abreast of trends.

Here are some of her favourite M&O picks.

M&O’s centrepiece was the whimsical House of Games inspiration zone celebrating ‘elegant maximalism’ and featuring collaborations including a bookshop and cafe.

House of Games

House of Games

House of Games

Agnes was so taken by Japanese design collective Team-lab‘s ‘Forest of Resonating Lamps’ she visited the installation twice!

Forest of Resonating Lamps

Forest of Resonating Lamps

The late Zaha Hadid‘s homeware collection launched at the show, incorporating bone china, ceramics, resin and wood.

Zaha Hadid

Agnes also loved the playful lighting by Paris-based designers Vicky Weiler and these bull rush lights by Henri Bursztyn

Vicky Weiler

Henry Bursztyn

The scent and colour of the Italian brand Mr & Mrs Fragrance stand was intoxicating.

Mr & Mrs Fragrance

And finally Agnes spotted these animal ‘art’ cushions by Artpilo a fun way to introduce this trend into your home.

Artpilo animal cushions


Deirdre Dyson stages a one-off exhibition For London Design Festival 2016

Fine art interpreted through the brush and the loom

Deirdre Dyson

From Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24 September 2016, Deirdre Dyson will hold a one-off exhibition of her fine art at the Deirdre Dyson Gallery 554 Kings Road, London SW6 2DZ.

Lady Dyson will curate a small selection of her artwork to hang alongside her carpet designs, bringing to life the concept of Walking on Art – depicting, through realized pieces, how she interprets her artistic vision through both paint-brush and loom.

This unique event is being staged as part of the 2016 London Design Festival and we are proud to be the Chelsea Design Quarter LDF District’s Design Hub for the week, providing complementary wifi to visitors.

Deirdre Dyson says:

“My passion has always been to explore form and colour and this is a key part of my approach to carpet design.  I aim to create something that is more a work of art than simply a carpet.  I recently wrote a book, entitled “Walking on Art”, which talks about the processes and techniques that go into creating my carpets and rugs.  Through this exhibition, I hope to bring alive some of the content of the book – it’s very exciting.”

Visitors will be able to see paintings such as ‘Paper and Stone’ and ‘Pinched Vase and Grasses’, as well as other large-scale pieces of art.  Deirdre Dyson’s latest collections of contemporary carpets will also be on display throughout the four-storey Gallery, completely transformed last year by architect Timothy Hatton.  The roof terrace will be open for browsers to contemplate everything on display and relax a while before heading off to see the other design treasures our neighbours in the Chelsea Design Quarter have to offer.

 

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SPIRAL in a German Residential Project

Deirdre Dyson’s European Representative, Agnes Guillard, was recently approached by a Parisian Interior Designer to create a carpet for a residential project based in Germany.

Spiral

Deirdre’s SPIRAL design was selected in its original colour ways.

Spiral

In collaboration with the designer, and as part of our bespoke service, we re-worked the colours and simplified the design, in order to enhance the furniture selection and play with the silk and wool materials.

Spiral

SPIRAL looks stunning in its final scheme and really connects with the architect designed table.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall….

Edison’s latest post explores the various ways mirrors can be used to reflect light and increase the sense of space in interiors.

Now that we are into summer, it’s always a good time to have a bit of a dust down and de-clutter. Open those curtains wide, pull up those blinds and let those sun rays into your home.

As part of this ‘bathing in the light’, what better way than to reflect it by use of mirrors.

A glass treatment associated with wealth and opulence, particularly during the renaissance and up to the late 19th century, glass mirrors date back to ancient Lebanon and the early Roman period, when glass was backed with gold leaf.

Mirrors are now the staple décor item of most homes and come in a range of shapes and sizes. What you choose and how you use them is entirely up to you, but here a few ideas you may wish to consider.

Group similar mirrors together on one wall to create a reference and feature. Similar designs of different sizes add more visual interest than the usual, single hanging mirror.

If a single mirror is more your thing, then go for a bold, statement piece.

This oversized black mirror works well with the matching sideboard

whilst the curvy, postmodern mirror looks more like an installation or sculpture within this modernist scheme.

But mirrors are not just confined to framed pieces. You can go as high and as wide as you dare. Think wall to wall, floor to ceiling.

Remember, mirrors reflect and expand space, so are perfect for darker rooms or smaller spaces. The key is to harbour as much of the needed light as possible, whilst creating the illusion of space.

In this eclectic interior, antique finished, square mirrors have been used on the entire wall to reflect back the space in a more muted way.

The featured kitchen designed by Lecaro Limited, uses rippled mirrors, cut at different angles, to line the walls of the concealed kitchen in this modern penthouse apartment.

Dawn


Our Summer Sale starts on Friday!

Our Summer sale runs from Friday 1st until Saturday 30th July.

During this time enjoy 20% off ALL bespoke orders as well as 30% off selected saleroom stock plus some ex-display rugs (sold as seen) also reduced by 50%.

Visit our showroom during the sale period to buy sale stock to take away on the day or take the opportunity to avail of our full bespoke design service and create your perfect rug at a great discount.


Client-designed Carpet for a Country Hideaway

Client Design

Deirdre was recently commissioned to produce this client’s own design for a weekend cottage sitting room.

Client Design

The client produced a drawing and choose her own colours from our vast selection and the result is an excellent example of how successful this collaborative approach can be.

The geometric design has bold panels of greens juxtaposed with purples, with each panel bound in copper-toned silk.

Client Design

In situ the bold design is softened somewhat by the cosy but contemporary interior with accessories which perfectly harmonise with the chosen colours.


The Campaign for Wool

The Campaign for Wool

We are delighted to announce that we are now official supporters of The Campaign for Wool.

The CFW was established in 2010 launching with a herd of sheep grazing on London’s Savile Row and is a global campaign recognising the value and benefits of using wool and wool products.

We are extremely happy to support the CFW in raising awareness of the value of this natural and resilient product which is at the core of 90% our bespoke carpet designs.

Find out more about the CFW here.


Annual CDQ Summer Street Party 9th June

CDQ Summer Party

Now firmly placed on the Summer social calendar, this year’s Chelsea Design Quarter‘s (CDQ) annual Summer Street Party takes place on Thursday 9th June between 6-9pm.

The hub of the party runs from the ‘bridge to the bend’ stretch of the Kings Road and all participating showrooms will be open late.

Enjoy street food and entertainment and soak up the atmosphere whilst you browse the wide variety of interiors businesses the area has to offer.

This year come and browse Deirdre’s new Walking on Art rug collection at our superbly refurbished gallery at 554 Kings Road and maybe enjoy a glass of champagne on our roof garden if weather allows.

To celebrate the event Deirdre will be raffling a signed copy of her book Walking on Art: Explorations in Carpet Design. To be in with a chance of winning just pop a business card in the bowl provided in our showroom. The winner will be drawn at the end of the evening.

CDQ has over 50 member showrooms covering rugs and lighting, fabrics and furniture, kitchens and bathrooms, antiques and collectibles, prints and paintings and bespoke galore. Classic and traditional sit cheek by jowl with contemporary and modern – the Summer Street Party is the ideal time to explore this interiors enclave!

Follow @ChelseaQuarter for more information.


Spring!

Continuing his occasional series on Interior Design, Deirdre Dyson’s Company Manager & trained Interior Designer Edison Abidi gives his tips on bringing Spring colour into your home.

Although UK weather is never reliable or consistent (except when it rains!) we’re well into Spring and there’s no better time to draw inspiration from this seasons colour trend of pastel peaches, yellow, light rose quartz through to earthy, coffee colours and natural green and blue tones.

Pantone Spring 2016 Color Report

If there isn’t much in the way of sparkling clear waters, warmer sun and delicate flowers outside, then introduce these reference colours onto your walls, floors and accessories by applying spring colours in combination or by using only a select few.

Spring

It’s nice to think on a grander scale such as this interior featured by Elle Décor, where modern classic and traditional work well in a space.

If, like many other homes, you have plain light walls, then changing the general colour palette should be easy and won’t require a lot of time or expense. By introducing a few select items here and there, you can achieve the spring look that will take you right through spring, summer, into Autumn and way beyond.

Spring

Mix and match modern fixtures alongside vintage and vintage inspired pieces. These are often produced in vibrant, as well as muted tones, such as these DSW Eames chairs.

A grey background (found here on the expanse of floor) really helps even the most muted colours to stand out.

Spring

For a bolder statement, try picking two or three contrasting colours and work them to the max. This bold wallpaper with vibrant red and dark blue leaves, works surprisingly well against the woven, blue carpet and the gold and black accessories.

Spring

Our Coral carpet is the perfect choice for a floor feature and encapsulates the feeling of spring and is bang on trend with this years, spring colours.

CORAL
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs CORAL

On a much smaller scale, try adding some vintage glass vases and beakers to a shelf, window sill or table top. These usually come in a variety of shapes and sizes and look spectacular when grouped together with simple, freshly cut flowers.


Fondazione Prada, Milan

Whilst in Milan for this year’s iSalone, Edison visited the Fondazione Prada.

The Foundation itself has existed for over twenty years however the initial phase of the vast new ‘cultural complex’ in a former distillery only opened last year.

Not quite on the tourist map just yet, this gem of an exhibition space really is worth a detour to see – Edison found some exhibits quite unsettling but his wonderful images give an idea of the scope and scale of the buildings and collection.

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada

The gilded ‘Haunted House‘ is a permanent installation by Robert Gober which was part of the original distillery. It looks deceptively inviting shimmering in the Italian sunshine but contains challenging exhibits, including works by Louise Bourgeois.

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada

‘The Giacometti Variations’ are sculptures inspired by Giacometti but designed by John Baldessari to create an immobile fashion show (the clothes were also designed by Baldessari rather than Prada as you’d assume)

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada

A close-up of a decapitated Albert Einstein in this Goshka Macuga installation which creates a connection between 73 bronze heads of historical figures (others represented include Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King and Karl Marx) linking them together in a great DNA-like structure.

Fondazione Prada

How the finished complex will appear when all phases of development are complete.

Fondazione Prada


Our Picks from Salone 2016

We are thrilled to be exhibiting our OPTIC and REFLECTIONS rugs in collaboration with Lema and styled by Studio Salaris at this years Salone del Mobile Milano.

OPTIC on the Lema stand
OPTIC on the Lema stand
REFLECTIONS on the Lema stand
REFLECTIONS on the Lema stand

Edison and Alice paid a flying visit to Milan on Monday and selected their favourite finds from the show:

Lalique cut glass fish of various colours
Lalique cut glass fish of various colours
Glen Baghurst concrete tiles
Glen Baghurst concrete tiles

Two selections from the Meridiani stand:

Vases in glass, ceramic and rubber
Vases in glass, ceramic and rubber
Gold finished reflective mirrors from storage cabinet
Gold finished reflective mirrors from storage cabinet
La Michetta by Gaetano Pesce
Gaetano Pesce Large studded poufs of various colours, sizes and shapes to lounge and relax on
De Sede DS-600
On the De Sede stand the iconic DS-600 sofa can be configured in any way imaginable.
Rolf Benz
The playful nature of these portraits on the Rolf Benz stand caught Alice’s eye
The incredible circular pivot door by Lualdi
The incredible circular pivot door by Lualdi
Rossana kitchens’ dramatic stand complete with highrise herb garden.
Rossana kitchens’ dramatic stand complete with highrise herb garden.

Edison and Alice spent a lot of time in the Salone Satellite hall.

Gobi Table by Ekaterina Lyubimova

A favourite pick was the Gobi Table by Russian Product Designer Ekaterina Lyubimova

And this innovative Animaro clock by Matthew Gilbert.


Deirdre Finalist in Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2016

BEYOND
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs BEYOND

Deirdre was thrilled to be a finalist in both the Rug Design of the Year Award (for the design BEYOND, pictured above) and the Design section of the Hall of Fame Award at the The Campaign for Wool inaugural International Wool Carpet & Rug Awards at the Wool Floor Show London at Chelsea Football Club last night.

Wool Carpet & Rug Awards

Wool Carpet & Rug Awards

Congratulations to the winners in all categories and see you next year!


Invaluable Support

Having recently opened our Parisian Bureau we wanted to make special mention of the support we have had from UK Trade and Investments (UKTI).

Navigating the international marketplace can be a daunting prospect and having a guiding hand is invaluable.

The interest and advice from our UKTI representative, Michael MacCarthy, a regular visitor to our gallery, has been both welcome and extremely helpful, particularly his specialist knowledge in our area of interior design and textiles.

Michael put us in touch with the British European Design Group (BEDG). We are most grateful for the grants awarded to us by BEDG for the last two years, which contributed to our exhibition at the Maison & Objet trade show in Paris.

Maison & Objet has opened up the international market for us and has been extremely valuable to the future of this company.


Deirdre Dyson Legal Copyright Infringement Success

Copyright Infringement Success

Deirdre Dyson designs are completely unique and, as such, are protected by copyright.

This was tested recently when an interior design company supplied its customer with a carpet reproduced from Deirdre’s artwork without her permission.

Unfortunately, she had to take the matter to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, which upheld her claim of copyright infringement and also awarded damages and costs.

It is disappointing that so much time and money had to be spent to protect intellectual property rights, but when designs are copied unlawfully, the courts need to be notified in order to highlight the seriousness of what is an increasingly common practice.

UPDATE: As instructed by the courts the copy was returned to us and recently destroyed.


From Floors to Walls

In his occassional series, company manager Edison explores the re-purposing of materials and decorative details in interior design.

Both architecture and interior design has become ever more inventive.

Similar to the fashion world, the ‘in thing’ is often a reinterpretation or reinvention of something previous.

The constant cycle in gentle rotation, helps keep things alive, fresh and inventive for the present day to enjoy, either with fresh eyes or with the fondness of familiarity.

Think Biba, the ‘it’ label of the sixties and now a reinvented fashion and homeware brand. It’s adapted and made relevant to today’s style and trends.

Biba

However, reinvention is nothing new. But what is more interesting is not necessarily the recycling of styles but the uses of materials and objects within the context of the modern building, home and space.

With Deirdre’s new collection ‘Walking on Art’, I couldn’t help but think how appropriate the title was, particularly when reflecting on the time when carpets were not only found on floors, but were used as actual wall coverings.

Tapestries and woven carpets adorned both castle and Bedouin tent for decorative and above all practical reasons of warmth and insulation.

Bedouin Tent

But adaptation and alternative use of materials and objects within the home has been around for far longer than we might care to remember.

Eileen Grey was a pioneer in her own right. Back in the late 1920’s/early 1930’s, she was adopting cork for use in her furniture designs which, up until then, was mainly used for bottle tops and shoe manufacture.

Eileen Grey Cork Covered Screen
Eileen Grey Cork Covered Screen

And today, cork is becoming the architects choice, for being both a natural and environmentally friendly product as well as a durable, building material.

Portuguese architect, Jose Carlos Cruz has used cork to clad this hotel in the Portuguese region of the Alentejo.
Portuguese architect, Jose Carlos Cruz has used cork to clad this hotel in the Portuguese region of the Alentejo.

Cork has not merely restricted itself to architecture and furniture but has become one of the latest textiles within high fashion. Alexander McQueen’s AW2015 has taken thin layers of treated cork and coated it with silver foil to create an exciting range of youthful clothing.

Alexander McQueen AW2015

Adapting finishes and materials can often lead to exciting and dramatic effect. You don’t have to take it to extremes.

Kelly Wearstler

This bathroom by Kelly Wearstler uses contrasting marble, taking the same pattern of the floor to the walls. The result is both unique and eye catching… like a piece of art.


Disruption to Kings Road… no need to panic!

We are facing several months of disruption whilst National Grid upgrade the gas mains on Kings Road, however access to our showroom and our fellow Chelsea Design Quarter members will be very much available as National Grid has assured us

At all time access will be maintained for residents and businesses.  We will also keep clearly signed routes open for pedestrians

Additionally we are very lucky here at 554 Kings Road to have dedicated customer parking (on the corner of Wandon Road) so business should function entirely normally and most importantly with minimal inconvenience to our clients.


Our 2016 Collection to be revealed at Maison et Objet, Paris

Maison et Objet 2016

We are extremely excited to reveal all nine new designs in Deirdre’s collection for 2016 Walking on Art.

The collection has been called after Deirdre’s book of the same name detailing her evolution from fine artist to carpet designer, the design process itself and also catalogues all her carpet designs, together with a substantial number of background sketches and drawings, from the past fifteen years.

All the new designs are hand-knotted in wool and silk and to a greater or lesser extent include grading which requires not only Deirdre’s singular talent for colour selection in the design, but also the hugely skilled craftsmanship of our artisan weavers in Nepal.

See us on Stand G34, Hall 7 from Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 26th January, Maison et Objet Parc des Expositions, Villepinte, Paris.


January Sale – selected Stock greatly reduced

Our January Sale runs from Monday 4th to Saturday 30th January.

Due to our recent showroom refurbishment we have exceptional reductions on selected stock samples – in some cases up to 40-50%.

Also during the sale period ALL bespoke orders are reduced by 20% so it’s the ideal time to order your perfect rug.

Browse our Design Library for inspiration or book a consultation either in our 554 Kings Road showroom or at your home (within the M25)


Architect@Work

Architect@Work showcases innovations in architecture and design and new products from across the globe at various locations worldwide.

Our Parisian representative Agnes Guillard visited the Paris edition of A@W in November. Here she selects her stand-out products and picks from the show:

Nobilis

Nobilis

A new wallpaper collection from Nobilis with silver and gold finishes caught Agnes’ eye.

Metallics aren’t going anywhere, see Edison’s recent post on utilising silver and gold in interiors.

James

James

Agnes was very taken by the bold colour-ways and innovative embossed work in this presentation of a new process called SWOOM by French Cabinetmakers and Designers James. The surface applications for SWOOM are endless.

Normandy Ceramics

Normandy Ceramics

Again intense colours and bold graphics single out these traditionally made tiles with a 21st Century twist from Normandy Ceramics.

Marburg by Sedim

Marburg by Sedim

Bold pattern, geometric relief work and clever use of metallics in this graphically strong offering from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wallpaper and wall coverings.

Odilon Creations

Odilon Creations

Belgian Surface Designers Odilon Creations draw upon their passion for materials and colour to design revised and reinterpreted materials into a contemporary context using ancient techniques.


Partners & Pairs

Rugs are an ideal way to zone an open plan living area or link spaces – the perfect example being a double reception room.

Sometimes a room calls for contrast but, where required, many of Deirdre’s designs work in pairs or partners, see our previous post on the successful use of Deirdre’s FALLING RIBBONS design in a St. Mortiz chalet.

Of course we can change all colours on any design and adapt them to suit but we thought we’d put some ideas together from our sample rugs to inspire anyone furnishing a space where a connection between the designs would work that’s not entirely dependant on colour.

Different versions of the same design

GEO SPRING I and II
GEO SPRING I and II

Link by theme

HAIRY SEDGE from the 2012 Wildflowers Collection and this year’s TORN BETWEEN
HAIRY SEDGE from the 2012 Wildflowers Collection and this year’s TORN BETWEEN
DAISY CHAIN and DAISY from the 2012 collection
DAISY CHAIN and DAISY from the 2012 collection

Simple Geometrics

INTERLINK sits comfortably with this year’s OPTIC
INTERLINK sits comfortably with this year’s OPTIC

Lines

SILK DIAGONALS makes a subtle connection with LOOPS and the contrasting round shape adds interest
SILK DIAGONALS makes a subtle connection with LOOPS and the contrasting round shape adds interest

Organic design elements

GRAPHIC PEBBLE and CORAL both from the 2014 Designs from the Seashore collection sit comfortably together with their inspiration from the natural world
GRAPHIC PEBBLE and CORAL both from the 2014 Designs from the Seashore collection sit comfortably together with their inspiration from the natural world

Connect by decorative style

ZIG-ZAG and ODEON both have an Art Deco feel and the gold in the colourways adds to their successful partnership
ZIG-ZAG and ODEON both have an Art Deco feel and the gold in the colourways adds to their successful partnership

There are so many other elements to consider such as texture, size and scale but hopefully this post will tempt you to think more about two or more rugs working cohesively in your interior when space and budget allows.


’tis the Season to be Bold with Silver and Gold!

There’s a festive feel to Edison‘s latest Interiors post.

Now that we’re in the run up to Christmas when there’s an abundance of all things sparkling and shiny in homes and shops across the land, what better opportunity to talk about two of my favourite interior design elements – GOLD and SILVER.

GOLD is immediately associated with luxury, particularly in the world of fashion and until recently not so much with today’s modern interiors.

In recent years, there has been a definite shift back to the more traditional luxury materials, particularly when used in an understated way.

Gold remains forever warm and familiar. It’s the perfect conduit in bridging different styles and influences.

Gold is also a comforting colour and an element that, when used correctly, can make a bold statement whilst remaining perfectly refined.  Gold is now being given new and exciting applications in the form of furniture, accessories and sculpture.

I’ve selected some favourite interiors which use gold in particularly inspired ways.

Oriental Day Bed

This traditional, ebonised oriental day bed, as featured in House Beautiful, is set against a trompe l’oeil backdrop and is brought into the 21st century by means of the highly polished gold side table and muted side lamps.

Alfred von Escher Studio 247 Sicily Home

The interior of designer Alfred Von Escher’s home and office in their Italian Palazzo (above) mixes modern and vintage industrial furniture, within a classical setting. The application of gold leaf on the mouldings of the walls and ceilings are subtle highlights that brings a sense of warmth into the space.

Louisa Grey

UK based interior stylist Louisa Grey (who styled our 2015 Collection lifestyle images) is a big fan of gold.  Here, she uses it in a refined way adding warmth and visual interest into a fairly monochromatic interior by way of coffee table, side table and a vertical run of gilded wall sconces.

From super sleek and polished tableware to more rustic applications, such as leafing, gold is finding it’s way back into our homes and this time, for a more appreciated stay.

SILVER on the other hand can be used in abundance and works well even in the smallest of areas or when layered.

It can be introduced into a space using a wide range of materials and finishes, from matt to polished, from chrome to aluminium, silver leaf, mirrors and crystal.

It’s not just about using the actual colour, it’s also about creating references to silver and silver tones. Silver is the perfect colour for reflecting any light source within darker areas.

Hollywood Regency

In this Hollywood Regency-style interior, the silver gilt lamp base is reflected back off the wall mirror and mirrored cube side table, keeping the space light and airy even when using larger sized decorative pieces and bold contrasting colours of the side chairs.

ODEON
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs ODEON

Our ODEON design would look fantastic here, working well with this style and space.

ORIGAMI
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs ORIGAMI

On the silver theme, our ORIGAMI carpet is another design that comes to mind, with the use of silver-grey silk panels against the richer aubergine wool background, it harps back to a bygone age of 1940’s glamour.

If you’re still undecided on whether to introduce silver or gold into your space, then why not consider using both?

It’s all about clever interpretation and here is a fine, functional, as well as sculptural example.

Romeo Rega

A modern classic vintage coffee table by Romeo Rega circa 1970s – it’s timeless, modern and elegant, just like silver and gold…


Capturing the Knot

The Nepalese weavers who create our hand-knotted rugs are highly skilled craftspeople and work at incredible speed. As such it is notoriously difficult to capture the creation of a single one of their knots as the process is so accelerated in practised hands.

However during the recce for a film commissioned by Deirdre to showcase the creation of her rugs, the exceptional skill of our weavers creating a single knot was ‘captured’ by our Photographer Colin Peacock.

Take a look at the following series of images of a weaver working on one of Deirdre’s SEA WASH rugs and imagine the work that goes into your bespoke rug, there are 100 of these to every inch of carpet, astonishing.

Nepal Recce

Nepal Recce

Nepal Recce

Nepal Recce


FALLING RIBBONS in a St. Moritz Chalet

FALLING RIBBONS is one of Deirdre’s classic designs and a favourite with both Interior Decorators and private clients.

We were approached by interior designers Woodstock Designs (a subsiduary of Spencer-Churchill) to create a hand-knotted, oval-shaped version of the design with an accompanying runner for the living room and hallway of a chalet apartment in St. Moritz (see floorplan below).

Proposed layout of FALLING RIBBONS rug & runner
Proposed layout of FALLING RIBBONS rug & runner

The designers had settled on bold primary colours for the silk ‘ribbons’ on a cream wool ground and our Designer Nichola set to work selecting harmonious shades and adapting the designs to suit.

Falling Ribbons

We love how the finished carpet sits with the curved shape of the sofa and the way the complementary runner connects the open plan space.

Falling Ribbons

The designers choice of blue and yellow patterned cushions and the bold red drum lampshade subtly pick out the ribbon colours and the choice of a clear glass coffee table is an inspired one, allowing the central tangle of ribbons to be enjoyed fully.


Large Scale Bespoke Rug for a Corporate Reception

We recently completed this large-scale commission for an underwriting company in the City.

Large Scale Bespoke Rug – Floor Plan

The brief was to create an eye-catching design but in an unusual shape, detailed in the floorplan above.

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

As can be seen from the ‘before’ images above, the area where the rug was required replaced an existing hardwood floor which had been zoned into meeting areas.

The proposal was to open up this area and cover the footprint with a rug concealing any remnant of the supports for the room dividers, which meant the floor had to be levelled off with latex.

From the outset it was decided a 100% wool carpet, hand-tufted here in Britain would be ideal.  This combination of hard wearing wool and the relative speed of hand tufting for such a large project was perfect for practical purposes and the delivery time involved.

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

Commercial Sales & Marketing Designer Alice and Designer Nichola visited the site and selected colours, matched with existing carpeting on the same floor and taking inspiration from the large curved blue glass meeting room which is the focal point of the reception area.  Again wear was a major consideration in an area where there is a large volume of foot traffic and a pallette of blacks, greys and blues was decided on.

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

Colourways agreed, the challenge was to find a design that worked with this unusual, organic shape. Deirdre and Nichola worked on several designs and shortlisted three for presentation to the client, one based on the ever-popular STREAMER design and the others on archive designs SPOTLIGHT and PLECTRUMS.

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

The final choice was SPOTLIGHT, which, as can be seen in the finished images, works incredibly successfully – the looped line leads the eye around the interconnected ‘puddles’ of colour which in turn create a connection with the blue glass pod, making for a superb focal point in this newly open plan, inviting space.


Edison’s Guide to Using Angles, Asymmetry & Geometrics

Many of Deirdre’s designs feature angular motifs, examples include this year’s PINNACLE, OPTIC & REFLECTIONS as well as classic designs such as BI-LINE and INTERLINK.

In the second part of his occassional series on elements of interior design, Company Manager Edison gives his tips on incorporating angles of every type into a scheme.

I love a punchy interior, something that ‘kicks’ and makes you think.

Adding angular, geometric and asymmetrical forms that work against more structured lines is a great way to introduce some ‘base’ into your space.

Concrete Table

With an ever-increasing trend to open up spaces, larger areas can often lack impact and dimension, particularly where large expanses of straight walls and ceilings dominate within the conventions of modern apartment living or the converted, traditional home.

The introduction of irregular forms, can also be used to dissect and zone spaces within smaller areas, making them appear larger. This happens as the eye is drawn to the fragmented areas of a space, rather than seeing one small area as a complete ‘whole’.

Kitchen

The compact kitchen (above) is a perfect example.

With a basic run of flat, regular cupboards and cabinets, the use of an asymmetrical counter/room divider and geometric tiles, breaks the monotony, zones areas and adds dimension, interest and depth.

Kitchen

Kitchen

The kitchen/living space designed by MCK (above) is another example of well thought out use of the angular, irregular form.

It divides the space with visual interest, allowing for a balance of movement, without becoming awkward.  The introduction of the rounded sofa in the background and the rounded backs of the bistro dining chairs, soften the overall effect and add warmth to the interior by way of colour.

This stunning staircase is another example of clever juxtapositioning.

Staircase

If sharp angled staircases and asymmetrical ceilings are not quite your thing or purely just impossible to achieve, then you can always introduce these elements by use of decorative accessories and furnishings, without having to move home or demolish any walls!

For example, these dining chairs and painted table top is just what’s needed to break the ‘square-ness’ of this open plan space.

Painted Table

Of course rugs are an easy way of adding angular forms, our PINNACLE and CRUMPLE carpets are two perfect examples.

PINNACLE
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs PINNACLE
CRUMPLE
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs CRUMPLE

Alternatively why not try introducing some decorative wallpaper to make a statement feature wall such as Angles by Erica Wakerly

On an even smaller scale, think Lights by James Dieter, as featured November 2015’s Elle Decoration page 109 or some black geometric inspired vases such as these, to add that delicate angle on a shelf or mantelpiece.’

Vases


Edison’s Introduction to Colour & Colour Selection

Our Company Manager Edison Abidi is a trained Interior Designer and every now and then he’ll share some of his expertise here on the Blog – today it’s probably the most essential element of your bespoke rug design – colour.

‘People can be daunted by the fact that we have over 2,000 colours to choose from when designing your bespoke carpet but fear not! We are here to help and make the whole process as smooth as possible.

At the end of the day, it’s not just about the quantity of colour involved, but most importantly, it’s about how the carpet will eventually harmonise with your environment.

The finished carpet should fit in, create a sense of order and be visually engaging without necessarily being the centre of attention.

Most interiors evolve from an idea or concept or they can just develop naturally over time. Whichever way, they will or should express something of the people that live in them.

Colour will ultimately play an important part of this overall expression.

Keeping the above in mind, we can utilise some very simple formulas (that anyone can adopt) and drill down to find the perfect colours for your carpet.

All these techniques use The Colour Wheel as a starting point.

Colour Wheel

From the three basic primary colours of yellow, blue and red, we can create our secondary colours of green, orange and purple.

Mixing these secondary colours gives us a further palette of yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green.

Colour Wheel

Now imagine breaking that down even further, having all those options of light to heavy saturation for every hue? Well, that’s a lot of colour to consider for anyone (hence our vast selection of colours!)

Colour Wheel

Take a look at a section from our colour range to see the subtle variations involved.

With a little thought we can select colours that work in your interior, and together on your carpet, using these further colour ‘rules’:

Harmonious Colours

Firstly, a colour scheme based on those found in nature, is the most ‘natural’ one, obviously. Colours such as red/brown/green/yellow are all harmonious colours and any of these, in whatever hue, should sit well together.

Colour Wheel

Complementary Colours

Colours that are positioned directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. Think blue/orange or red/green. You can then veer off to the left or right of either of these for example, turquoise/brown or turquoise/orange.

Analogue Colours

Another colour scheme can be based on analogue colours, which are colours that sit side by side on a colour wheel. Think red/purple-red/purple as similarly used in our PLECTRUMS carpet (detail illustrated below).

PLECTRUMS detail

Again this principle can be applied to colours from the same palette such as dark to light in shades of green, see FOREST MOSAIC or the grading in TORN BETWEEN design (detail illustrated).

TORN BETWEEN detail

Texture

Like I said, it’s not just about the quantity of colour used. Sometimes harmony is created by not using much colour at all.

Take a look at our SUHAILAH carpet (detail illustrated).

SUHAILAH detail

By only using one colour, the carpet is beautifully harmonised simply by the contrast of silk against the wool background. Perfect for an interior where enough colour might already exist.’


Review of the 6th AD Intérieurs

Our Paris-based Commercial Sales & Marketing Manager, Agnes Guillard, visited the sixth edition of AD Intérieurs held at the Palais d’Iéna, earlier in September.

15 interior designers were selected to design room sets in the ‘House of the Future’, these were the ones that caught Agnes’ eye:

The Dressing Room by Damien Langlois-Meurinne

The Dressing Room by Damien Langlois-Meurinne

‘A feminine, calm and luminous space: a cocoon with soft colours, perfect for dressing or a boudoir.’

The joyful Living Room by Alexandre De Betak

The joyful Living Room by Alexandre De Betak

‘A space to relax, watch movies, to laze around… Alexandre de Betak has created a room with multiples uses, inspired by the 1970’s.’

The Office by Oitoemponto

Office by Oitoemponto

‘More and more people are working from home. Oitoemponto have created not only an office space, but a convivial place to spend time and meet clients.’

The Aesthete Cabinet by Thierry Lemaire

Aesthete Cabinet by Thierry Lemaire

‘An interesting space created from a hybrid of heritage and the futuristic, classical decoration and rough industrial elements.’

The Dining Room by Dimore Studio

Dining Room by Dimore Studio

‘This dining room is a mirror of the past: the rug is inspired by Art Nouveau, walls refer to 1950’s Italian Modernism but the interior designers have incorporated these influences to work with our contemporary way of living.’


PSYCHE in a New York Bedroom

Psyche

New York based interiors company Sara Story Design’s starting point for this superb bedroom scheme was Deirdre’s PSYCHE carpet from the Butterfly Collection.

This version is larger than the original and hand tufted (here in the UK) as opposed to hand knotted but uses Deirdre’s original colour choice.

The room, created for the client’s daughter, references the turquoise and purple in the carpet to create a vibrant and cohesive yet restful space, we like!

Photo Credit: Sara Story Design

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Agnes’ “Coups de Coeur” from Maison et Objet

Our Parisian representative Agnes Guillard chooses her top five picks from September’s Maison et Objet Paris.

Precious

Precious

The exhibition Precious by Elizabeth Leriche in Hall 7 was presenting artists, artisans and designers who were revisiting the codes of luxury.  We were very impressed by Lionel Esteve who applies gold leafs on plants.

Precious

Yana Svetlova

Yana Svetlova

Yana Svetlova was presenting her first collection Art Of Imitation with watercolor panos and big scale wallpapers.

Lalie design

Lalie Design

The designer of printed fabrics for home decoration Lalie Design was presenting various colourful prints. In the bedroom displayed, there were seven prints that can be mixed together in the same room. The result was quiet unique.

Sharon Marston

Sharon Marston

Six designs from the bespoke lighting designer Sharon Marston were exposed. We really liked their delicate and organic shapes.

Etienne Moyat

Etienne Moyet

We also discovered the stunning creations in sculpted wood by Etienne Moyat. His finished pieces combined contemporary curves and primitive and raw materials.


Deirdre Dyson Book Signing for LDF 21st September

Walking on Art

On the evening of Monday 21st September, Deirdre will hold a one-off book signing of ‘Walking on Art: Explorations in Carpet Design’ in her newly unveiled Carpet Gallery.

Walking on Art

This is part of a special late opening event to celebrate London Design Festival and will take place from 6-8pm at 554 Kings Road, in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter.

‘Walking on Art’ is published by Thames & Hudson and described by Sir Terence Conran as A book that should be treasured by designers of interiors.

Come and enjoy a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne in our newly remodelled gallery space which has been radically redesigned by Timothy Hatton Architects  incorporating a spectacular patinated staircase designed by Timothy Hatton and crafted by New York based architectural metalworker William R. Nitzberg.

Click here for details of other #LDF15 Chelsea Design Quarter events on 21st.

554 Kings Road


The newly refurbished 554 Kings Road is revealed!

554 Kings Road

On Wednesday 9th September Deirdre and Architect Timothy Hatton welcomed invited guests to celebrate the re-opening of our spectacularly transformed carpet gallery at 554 Kings Road.

554 Kings Road

554 Kings Road

The complete remodelling, masterminded by Tim, and undertaken by building contractors 800 Group, includes the addition of a dramatic glass box extension on the ground floor, a roof terrace accessed by a retractable glass roof and galleried first and second floors inspired by Kew Gardens Sackler Crossing.

554 Kings Road

554 Kings Road

Sally Storey of Lighting Design International created a bespoke lighting system to showcase Deirdre’s carpet designs to stunning effect.

The piece de resistance however has to be the patinated steel staircase designed by Tim Hatton and created by New York based metal worker William R. Nitzberg of Enzo Metal – the staircase was entirely hand finished by William and floods the stairwell with light.

554 Kings Road

554 Kings Road

On the first floor Colin Peacock‘s wonderful film captures the journey of Deirdre’s designs from their inspiration and Deirdre’s initial sketches and drawings,  through to the ancient artisan dying and weaving processes involved in their  manufacture in Nepal.

The film is interspersed with a visual feast, and possibly the last known footage, of Nepalese landmarks destroyed during the devistating earthquake which took place just as filming ended.

554 Kings Road

554 Kings Road

The entire space creates a light-filled, calm environment in which to browse Deirdre’s designs and delight in her inspired use of colour and texture.

More photographs from the opening event and gallery images can be viewed on our Facebook page.


Please bear with us…

We’re Moving

Over the next few days we will be returning to our beautifully refurbished showroom at 554 Kings Road and as such you may find our temporary showroom at 602 Kings Road unmanned or closed.

We aim to be fully operational from 554 Kings Road from Saturday 15th August.

We can’t wait to share our amazing new space with you which has been designed by Timothy Hatton Architects specifically to showcase Deirdre’s carpet designs and we really appreciate your patience during this transition!

The Deirdre Dyson Team


554 KINGS ROAD REFURBISHMENT NEARING COMPLETION

554 Kings Road

We are counting down the days to our move back to the completely gutted and remodelled showroom at 554 Kings Road – the next few weeks will be a flurry of joiners, electricians and decorators as work nears completion.

The light and airy four-story gallery space has been designed by Timothy Hatton Architects as the perfect foil for Deirdre’s carpet designs.

Timothy has collaborated closely with Deirdre and manager Edison to create not only a light, airy and calm environment allowing Deirdre’s designs to speak for themselves, but also a practical workspace for Deirdre and her staff.

Even though the carpets will take centre stage, the architects have incorporated several surprise elements – the piece de resistance surely being the patinated steel cantilevered staircase fabricated by New York based metal-worker William R. Nitzberg of Enzo Metal.

William’s sculptural metalwork has been exhibited at Moma and the Whitney Museum and the staircase is not only a major architectural statement but also a mammoth feat of engineering, as our Site Manager Kevin will confirm!

Light has been a consideration from the beginning and both a retractable roof light on the top floor and ‘glass box’ extension on the ground floor allow natural light to flood through the building.

A totally bespoke lighting system has also been designed by Sally Storey, founder of Lighting Design International specifically to highlight the intense colour and subtle contrasts in Deirdre’s designs.

This Blog entry is very much absent of images but trust us, it will be worth the wait.  All will be revealed soon and we promise it will be spectacular!


Chelsea Design Quarter Summer Street Party 2015

CDQ Party

As always the Chelsea Design Quarter (CDQ) Summer Street Party was a wonderfully vibrant evening showcasing the huge variety of interior’s stores on our little part of the Kings Road.

The sun shone, chairs (and even beds and baths!) came out onto the pavement and everyone had a fabulous time, as the photos above (courtesy of CDQ) attest!

The CDQ Summer Street Party has really established it’s credentials as part of the summer social calendar and every year gets bigger and better – we’re looking forward to the 2016 party already!


Our Summer Sale is on!

Our Summer sale runs from Monday 29th June until Friday 31st July.

During this time enjoy 20% off ALL bespoke orders as well as 30% off selected saleroom stock (some designs pictured above) together with a one-off opportunity to purchase two prototype Bamboo silk rugs, each being sold at half price plus some ex-display rugs (sold as seen) also reduced by 50%.

Visit our showroom during the sale period to buy sale stock to take away on the day or take the opportunity to avail of our full bespoke design service and create your perfect rug at a great discount.


Chelsea Design Quarter Summer Street Party 2015

CDQ Summer Street Party 2015

It’s that time of year again, join us on Thursday 11th June from 6-9pm for Chelsea Design Quarter‘s (CDQ) annual Summer Street Party.

The hub of the party runs from the ‘bridge to the bend’ stretch of the Kings Road and all participating showrooms will be open late.

Enjoy street food and entertainment and soak up the atmosphere whilst you browse. No need to RSVP, just come along on the day.

We’d be delighted for you to join us at our temporary showroom ‘under the clock’ at 602 Kings Road for a complimentary drink and goodie bag, including a special promotional flyer for Deirdre’s new book, Walking on Art with a one-off 20% discount code.

CDQ has over 50 member showrooms covering rugs and lighting, fabrics and furniture, kitchens and bathrooms, antiques and collectibles, prints and paintings and bespoke galore. Classic and traditional sit cheek by jowl with contemporary and modern – our Summer Street Party is the ideal time to explore this interiors enclave!

Follow @ChelseaQuarter for more information.


GoodWeave Nepalese Earthquake Appeal

We are long-time affiliates of GoodWeave. For over a decade Goodweave has worked tirelessly to end child exploitation in Nepal’s carpet industry and provide education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children.

Nepal

As we all know, entire sections of Kathmandu, where GoodWeave operates, have collapsed, leaving thousands dead and injured and many more without shelter, food, water, and electricity. All of the children and staff at Goodweave’s Hamro Ghar building are safe, but the building is damaged.

Nepal

Goodweave has set up an Earthquake Relief Fund and outlined to it’s affiliates the problems faced on the ground in Nepal, their strategy to address them and the potential long term impact of the disaster, which we have set out below.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The earthquake has caused extensive damage to buildings, roads and communications systems. Families have been separated, their lives and livelihoods disrupted. People living in poverty and former victims of child labour and trafficking are always hit hardest by natural disasters and the recent earthquake has put them at even greater risk of exploitation.

How will this project solve this problem?

GoodWeave will deliver urgent services to the children and weaving communities we serve through:

  1. Addressing the immediate needs of the children in Goodweave’s rehabilitation centre and schools and weaving families with food, shelter, medical care, and other necessities. Support will be coordinated with major relief organisations to ensure that our community of about 16,000 people receive the support they need;
  2. Rebuilding of GoodWeave’s programmed infrastructure to ensure schooling for 785 children isn’t interrupted for an extended period;
  3. Providing support for rug exporters for rebuilding infrastructure, a critical long-term economic recovery need for Nepal’s top export sector.

Potential long-term impact

GoodWeave was operating in Nepal long before the earthquake hit, and will continue to work with the weaving and brick-making communities long after the news cameras have gone.  By working on long-term recovery with the children and communities GoodWeave serves, they will ensure that they are better equipped to face future disasters and come out of this tragedy stronger than before.

Please donate as generously as you can:

www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/support-vulnerable-victims-of-nepals-earthquake

Nepal


Shape-shifting STREAMER

We’ve just delivered a round version of STREAMER to a client in the US and it’s a great example of a how a design can be adapted.

Shape-shifting STREAMER

Our sample carpets are generally produced as rectangles to a standard size of 1.7m x 2.35m but as with colour, size and shape can be altered to suit, in this case our Designer Nichola created a circular version only marginally altering Deirdre’s original design.

Shape-shifting STREAMER

Here’s a shot of the carpet on the loom in Nepal, the client chose to keep Deirdre’s original colour choice.

Shape-shifting STREAMER

This is a portion of the finished carpet being checked in our showroom, not the greatest image but it does give a real sense of the fluid effect created by the two shades of red silk used in the streamer.

Shape-shifting STREAMER

Finally, the finished carpet in its new home.

Shape-shifting STREAMER

The ribbon is one of Deirdre’s signature motifs and STREAMER is understandably a hugely popular design, we’ve even produced it as a stair runner for a JIGSAW clothing store.

Shape-shifting STREAMER


Deirdre Dyson, Paris

Deirdre Dyson is delighted to present its Parisian Office

Opened in September 2013, our French ‘bureau’ offers the same bespoke service we provide in the UK to clients across Europe.

Paris

Our European Sales and Marketing Manager, Agnes Guillard, provides design consultations by appointment at our office, clients’ offices or site locations.

Thanks to Agnes’ passion for design and experience as an Interior Designer at London’s renowned Helen Green Design studio, she will expertly guide you through our selection of designs, materials and colours and really bring your project to life.

Paris

Discover for yourself our palette of over 2,000 shades and samples made using our luxurious wool and silk or a tactile combination of both.

Our Parisian address is also perfectly located to organise our stand at the Maison & Objet trade-show where we launch our new collection each year.

Visit us by appointment at  64 rue la Boétie in 8ème arrondissement.  To arrange a meeting, please contact Agnes on agnes@deirdredyson.com or 06.14.62.02.07

Paris


The Intricacies of Grading

Over the past few years Deirdre has increasingly incorporated grading – where different coloured silk or wool is woven together to create graduated layers of colour – into her designs to achieve a heightened sense of depth and complexity.

Last year’s SEA WASH showcased Deirdre’s skill for selecting colours that seamlessly segue to create a unique, almost water colour, effect.

SEAWASH indigo
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SEAWASH INDIGO

The grading applied to this year’s DAWN brilliantly gives, what appears to be a very simple design, incredible layers of visual depth and contrast.

DAWN
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs DAWN

The success of the finished carpet is a true combination of Deirdre’s singular eye for colour and the craftsmanship of our weavers in Nepal, Deirdre says of the weavers:

My 2015 “Illusion” collection presented my hand-knotted makers with the most difficult challenge to date.  The geometric designs may look deceptively simple, but the intricacy of workmanship involved is astounding. I have used colour grading in many directions and opposing paths. The makers, who work across the loom from left to right, row by row, have to change colour at almost every stitch. It requires them to think as if standing on their heads and reflects the complete labour of love that we dedicate to these exquisite carpets! The result is a dazzling contrast from light to dark, of shadows and optical illusions.

Here are some recent images of our weavers at work on a large-scale version of SEAWASH.

This version incorporates no less than seven different coloured silk threads and requires incredible skill on the weavers part to achieve the finished effect.

Intricacies of Grading

Intricacies of Grading

Intricacies of Grading

Discover how Deirdre has utilised this unique effect in the new collection.


Maison et Objet Paris 2015

We are loving our time at Maison et Objet Paris and delighted the Illusion collection is being so well received. Here are just a selection of images of the stand for those of you who can’t visit us there, for those who can find us in Hall 7, Stand A73!

RUBY
It was a mammoth task to get RUBY on the wall…
Maison et Objet 2015
…but the effect is stunning!
Maison et Objet 2015
The finished stand – the 2015 ‘Illusion’ collection is unveiled!
Maison et Objet 2015
All nine carpets from the new collection are on view
Maison et Objet 2015
Mirrored boxes, which featured in our lifestyle photo shoot for the new collection, were specially commissioned for the stand. Here reflecting DAWN.
Maison et Objet Paris 2015
CHEQUERED
Maison et Objet 2015
PINNACLE
Maison et Objet 2015
Reflecting REFLECTIONS!
Maison et Objet 2015
Edison keeping things ship-shape with Dyson

The Illusion Collection Has Launched!

Deirdre Dyson’s latest collection was unveiled today at Maison et Objet Paris.

The collection comprises nine designs featuring bold geometrics and intricate use of grading as well as innovative colour choices hand knotted in wool and silk to stunning effect.

Deirdre acknowledges these designs, whilst appearing simple, were actually incredibly complex to make:

“This collection presented my hand-knotted makers with the most difficult challenge to date.  The geometric designs may look deceptively simple, but the intricacy of workmanship involved is astounding. I have used colour grading in many directions and opposing paths. The result is a dazzling contrast from light to dark, of shadows and optical illusions.”

TORN BETWEEN
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs TORN BETWEEN
SHADOWS
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SHADOWS
SAPPHIRE
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SAPPHIRE
RUBY
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs RUBY
REFLECTIONS
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs REFLECTIONS
PINNACLE
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs PINNACLE
OPTIC
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs OPTIC
DAWN
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs DAWN
CHEQUERED
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs CHEQUERED

Staff Profile: Sonia McEwen

The final member of staff to be profiled is part-time Company PA Sonia McEwen who joined Deirdre Dyson last December.

Sonia McEwen

No two days are the same but a large part of Sonia’s time is spent managing Deirdre Dyson LLPs social media, including this Blog.

1) Looking back over the past year, what would you say was your most memorable moment working at Deirdre Dyson?

Having seen the design process from start to finish for the first time; the arrival of the 2015 Collection of rugs from Nepal.

2) From the choice of Deirdre Dyson designs, is there a particular favourite that you have and if so, why?

DAWN from the 2015 collection – at first glance it appears to be a really simple design but it’s so cleverly graded and the colours used blend so well that it creates an optical illusion.

DAWN
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs DAWN

3) As a member of the CDQ, (Chelsea Design Quarter) is there a particular company or showroom within the vicinity that you like or would recommend to others?

VILLAVERDE for their elaborate lighting, it’s always worth a glance in the window.

Murano

4) Seeing that Christmas is fast approaching, what would be on your ‘Christmas wish list’ as the ultimate present?

I can’t think of anything for myself but if you asked my children it would be Lego, they can’t get enough of the stuff!

5) And what are you looking forward to in the New Year?

Moving back to our newly refurbished showroom, it’s been really exciting watching it’s transformation over the past few months!


Staff Profile: Nichola Webb

Nichola Webb is the longest serving staff member and has worked with Deirdre since 2002.  Nichola is a CAD Designer and converts Deirdre’s hand drawn and coloured designs to digital artwork which is then used as a template by our weavers.

Nichola Webb

1) Looking back over the past year, what would you say was your most memorable moment working at Deirdre Dyson?

I really enjoyed the CDQ summer street party in June.  It was a fantastic evening, a nice celebration and introduction to our temporary showroom as we had just moved in.  I also enjoyed visiting Designjunction, it was so contemporary and inspirational. A nice balance between creative and commercial.

2) From the choice of Deirdre Dyson designs, is there a particular favourite that you have and if so, why?

I think all the ‘Butterfly Collection’ is fabulous but my favourite is FARFALLA. It is such a beautiful design, well balanced with a combination of natural colours and  lovely silk red spots. It makes you smile and could be used in various locations.

FARFALLA

3) As a member of the CDQ, (Chelsea Design Quarter) is there a particular company or showroom within the vicinity that you like and would recommend to others?

GO MODERN specialises in contemporary design-led furniture. They have really lovely, unique furniture for the whole home.

Go Modern

My favourite lunch spot is Jaks, hidden away in a basement on the Kings Road with amazing Mediterranean food, authentic décor and a great relaxing atmosphere.

4) Seeing that Christmas is fast approaching what would be on your ‘Christmas wish list’ as the ultimate present?

As I have all my family in New Zealand, spending time with my nephew, niece and family is my ultimate present.  Nothing comes close to this.  I’m so excited as it is so close now.

5) And what are you looking forward to in the New Year?

We are all very excited about moving back to 554 Kings Road, into our newly refurbished showroom next year. The showroom is going to be spectacular and a beautiful space to work in. Definitely a highlight of the year.


Staff Profile: Edison Abidi

Edison Abidi is a qualified Interior Designer and has been working for Deirdre Dyson since February 2007 as Showroom/Company Manager.

Edison Abidi

1) Looking back over the past year, what would you say was your most memorable moment working at Deirdre Dyson?

Memorable moment or should that be most memorable challenge?  Yes, definitely most memorable challenge. That was to project manage our participation at the May Design Series, whilst organising the refurb of our temporary showroom at 602 Kings Road as well as arranging our exit from 554 Kings Road to make way for the exciting refurbishment taking place there…and all this happening at the same time.

2) From the choice of Deirdre Dyson designs, is there a particular favourite that you have and if so, why?

I’ve quite an eclectic taste and I’m often drawn to bold, statement pieces. The PALOMA design from the ‘Butterfly Collection’ is one of my favourites. I love the colour pink. It’s a happy, ‘feel good’ colour and this works well against the neutral background and black patterning of the wings.

PALOMA
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs PALOMA

3) As a member of the CDQ, (Chelsea Design Quarter) is there a particular company or showroom within the vicinity that you like or would recommend to others?

Orchid, which is next door to our temporary showroom.  As well as very friendly staff, they have a beautiful selection of modern and vintage oriental furniture and accessories. Some great pieces that mix well into most modern interiors. I bought a 20th century pink children’s chair from there, to use as a small, low bedside table.

Edison Chair

 4) Seeing that Christmas is fast approaching, what would be on your ‘ Christmas wish list’ as the ultimate present? 

(laughs). Ultimate present? I have much more than just the one. That ‘Christmas Wish List’ is way too long to print on here.

 5)    And what are you looking forward to in the New Year?

I’m not the first  to say it, but the move back to our refurbished showroom at 554 Kings Road. It’s going to be an exciting time for everyone and with a stunningly, modern interior, the showroom will act as the perfect backdrop to the beautiful carpet designs. It will definitely be a talking point for some time to come.


Staff Profile: Agnes Guillard

Agnes Guillard is our European Sales & Marketing Manager. She is in charge of our Parisian office and is developing the B2B market in France and Europe. She began working with the company in March 2013.

Agnes Guillard

1) Looking back over the past year, what would you say was your most memorable moment working at Deirdre Dyson?

The most memorable event of the past year was to organise and participate to the Maison & Objet exhibition in January 2014 in Paris, as we had a very positive response from visitors. It was a great experience to meet clients and to present our new collection to the International press.

2) From the choice of Deirdre Dyson designs, is there a particular favourite that you have and if so, why?

My favourite design is SEA WASH because it is stunning with lovely graded colours. It stands out from our last collection thanks to its minimalist style with an original twist. It is a very elegant design, which I think is a perfect for the French market.

SEAWASH beige
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SEAWASH BEIGE

3) As a member of the CDQ, (Chelsea Design Quarter) is there a particular company or showroom within the vicinity that you like or would recommend to others?

I would recommend Paris Ceramics with their unique craft techniques. They do make some beautiful stone floors.

Paris Ceramics
Example: Antique Grey Barr

Antique Grey Barr shares many of the same qualities and history as its sister stone Antique Blonde Barr. Both stones come from the Languedoc region of France, the main difference being colour. Antique Grey Barr ranges from rich to palest grey with subtle undertones of golden beige.

4) Seeing that Christmas is fast approaching, what would be on your ‘Christmas wish list’ as the ultimate present?

My ultimate present would be a reflex camera, as I love photography and want to learn more about numeric technique.

5) And what are you looking forward to in the New Year?

I am looking forward to the next Maison & Objet, it is such an important event for our brand: the launch of our New Collection. It’s so exciting!


Staff Profile: Alice Price

In the lead up to Christmas we thought it would be nice to profile the people here at Deirdre Dyson and give a brief review of the year through their eyes.

Company Manager Edison Abidi has put together some questions, and over the next five weeks we’ll introduce you to a staff member.

First up is Alice Price. Alice heads up our Commercial Sales and Marketing division in the UK and abroad. She began working with the company in October 2013.

Alice Price

1) Looking back over the past year, what would you say was your most memorable moment working at Deirdre Dyson?

There have been a few moments this year that really stand out.   Due to my role, my first sale was a real high point and a step in the right direction.   I also enjoyed being involved with Maison et Objet (Paris) in January as this was the first time Deirdre Dyson had a stand there and we were launching the 2014 collection too.  Also the photo shoot for the 2015 collection toward the end of this year was a really fun experience.

2) From the choice of Deirdre Dyson designs, is there a particular favourite that you have and if so, why?

This is a difficult question to answer, as I love all of the designs.  However if I had to choose one design that stands out for me though it would be SWEET LIPS.  The design to me is flawless and I would not change a thing.  I also like the simplicity of the Graded Stripe elements, and how the subtle grading of colour can be so effective.

SWEET LIPS
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs
SWEET LIPS

3) As a member of the CDQ, (Chelsea Design Quarter) is there a particular company or showroom within the vicinity that you like or would recommend to others?

Lapicida, the stone specialists on lots road make some beautiful pieces, including this butterfly side table.  I also think that Tom Faulkner makes exceptional furniture and his showroom is definitely worth a visit.

Butterfly Table

4) Seeing that Christmas is fast approaching, what would be on your ‘Christmas wish list’ as the ultimate present?

I love this time of year and my ultimate Christmas present would be skiing with friend and family every time.

5) And what are you looking forward to in the New Year?

I am looking forward to the launch of our new 2015 Collection, Illusions at Maison et Objet in January.  It is a fantastic collection, packed full of innovative designs and skilled craftmanship and I am of course looking forward to visiting Paris once more.


The Lifecycle of a Hand-knotted Carpet or what happens while you are waiting 14-16 weeks

After we’ve helped you choose the right design in the right colours and size to suit your scheme, the finished artwork and exact colour palette is sent to Nepal.

It takes 14-16 weeks to produce a hand knotted carpet, which can seem a long time in our world of instant gratification.

These images show just why your bespoke rug takes such a long time to make and some of the age-old artisan processes used at each stage of its production.

Sorting Wool
Sorting the raw wool
Carding Wool
Carding the wool
Yarn making
Spinning the yarn
Raw Yarn
Bales of yarn ready for dyeing
Bales of Yarn
Bales of yarn ready for dyeing
Dyeing Yarn
Dyeing the yarn
Dyed yarn drying
Dyed yarn drying
Weavers at Work
Weaving
Weavers at Work
Weaving
Finished WINDOWS carpet on loom
Finished WINDOWS carpet on loom
Washing
Carpet being washed

Once it’s washed, dried and checked your carpet is shipped directly to our London showroom and the finished product is revealed!


All about GoodWeave

Ethical production is hugely important to Deirdre and all our hand knotted rugs are GoodWeave certified.

GoodWeave logo

GoodWeave certification is your guarantee that no child labour has been used at any stage of your rug’s manufacture.

By buying a GoodWeave labelled rug, you are supporting the work GoodWeave does to ensure children discovered manufacturing rugs are returned to their families, given an education and taken out of child labour permanently.

Goodweave School

Though GoodWeave’s ultimate goal is to end child labour in South Asia, it also actively supports weavers, improving training and working conditions and provides essential day care and schooling for their children, who would otherwise be left hanging around workshops whilst their parents work.

Goodweave School

GoodWeave labelled rugs may cost a little more but the work they do is essential in increasing welfare standards for weaving families and expediting the end of child exploitation in the rug industry.

On 10th October 2014 GoodWeave founder, Kailash Satyarthi, deservedly won the Nobel Peace Prize. You can read more about Kailash and what inspired him in his mission to end child labour.

GoodWeave recently highlighted the plight on one child, Sanju, in this award winning short film Stand With Sanju:

You can donate to GoodWeave here.


PLECTRUMS at the British Consul-General’s Residence in Hong Kong

We were delighted when the British Consulate in Hong Kong chose Deirdre’s PLECTRUMS design as part of the interior scheme at the Consul-General’s residence.

Plectrums

The Consulate makes a point of showcasing British Designers and goods and we are thrilled to be in the company of  well established British brands such as Liberty and Colefax and Fowler.

The Consulate’s representative selected Plectrums for the scheme and our Designer Nichola created a pair of oversized versions  in a slightly different colour arrangement to Deirdre’s original colour choice.

They were then hand knotted in 100% wool in Nepal.

The rugs have been positioned to mirror each other, creating two distinct seating areas and look stunning on the parquet floor, blending brilliantly with the residences existing colour palette.

Plectrums


From Rug to Runner

We can alter any of our rug designs to suit your specific requirements.

Runners are particularly popular and a great way to inject interest  into a hallway, landing or stairs.

We’ve recently finished some commissions where our Designer Nichola has cleverly altered Deirdre’s rug designs, creating particularly effective results.

Angulus

For this project Nichola adapted ANGULUS and used the client’s chosen colour ways to create a really vibrant entrance runner for a solicitors office in London.

The client’s colour selection worked particularly well in this long form version.

Rhythms

RHYTHMS is one of Deirdre’s classic designs, incorporating her trade mark ribbons.

In this case the client chose a slightly lighter colour palette with the elongated copper ribbon trailing through the design.

Sand Trail

In the example above the Interior Designer wanted to transform SAND TRAIL from the 2014 collection into a runner for a hallway.

As the name suggested SAND TRAIL was inspired by the patterns left by the sea on the sandy beaches of the stunning Archipiélago de las Perlas, near Panama, Central America and the extended pattern in the original colour selection looks spectacular.


RHYTHMS at the American Cemetery in Cambridge

Rhythms at the American Cemetery

Several months ago Interior Designer Andrew Thorne of Think Thorne commissioned us to create a hand tufted 100% wool version of Deirdre’s RHYTHMS design for the Grade I listed American Cemetery at Madingley in Cambridgeshire.

Rhythms at the American Cemetery

As part of a £4m refurbishment plan which has seen the construction of a new interactive visitors centre, Andrew was enlisted to design the interior of what was the visitor building but is now the cemetery’s reception area.

Rhythms at the American Cemetery

With a 1950s aesthetic (the cemetery was founded in 1956) Andrew has turned what was a sombre and functional area into a bright, light contemporary space whilst maintaining a reverent atmosphere.

Cleverly Andrew’s choice of ‘Rhythms’ echoes the shades of green in the mosaic mural on the back wall of the cemetery Chapel which is housed in the Memorial Building.

Memorial Chapel


Uncovering History

We thought we’d share this piece of history uncovered during the refurbishment of our showroom at 554 Kings Road – a newspaper from 1897, parts completely preserved and stowed away behind a wall.

Newspaper

The Situations Vacant page has an interesting entry showing the rates of pay for various household staff – from £20-28 for cooks to a mere £10 a year for ‘girls’.

Newspaper (close up)

It’s been fascinating watching layers of history appear as the building has been gutted. Pictured below are scraps of wallpaper and paint revealed on the first floor.

Wallpaper

And most exciting of all the original sign for ‘Loud & Western Ltd’ laundry was preserved almost perfectly beneath the existing shop front.

Refurbishment


Widder Hotel, Zurich

Widder Hotel, Zurich

Deirdre recently visited Zurich and stayed at the wonderful Widder Hotel in the Augustiner Quarter.

Its refurbishment  some years ago was lead by Swiss Designer Tilla Theus.

Widder Hotel, Zurich

The hotel prides itself on its design credentials and this extends to the flooring – Deirdre was immediately taken by the carpet treatment in the foyer and suites.

Widder Hotel, Zurich

The carpet melds almost seamlessly with the geometric terrazzo in the reception area.

Widder Hotel, Zurich

…and with the hardwood flooring in the bedrooms.

Widder Hotel, Zurich

This very clever design feature works so well with the Widder’s extraordinary collection of mid-century furniture and illustrates how perfectly this unique hotel mixes the classic and contemporary.


Summer Sale Now On

Our Summer Sale runs until Saturday 2nd August.

ALL bespoke orders received during this period are reduced by 20% so it’s the perfect time to order your dream rug or carpeting.

Browse our Design Library for inspiration or arrange an appointment for a consultation either in our 602 Kings Road showroom or at your home (within the M25)


The Tale of the Prince and the Magic Carpet

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

This beautifully illustrated children’s book The Tale of the Prince and the Magic Carpet was written by James Dyson’s father Alec, whilst posted in India during the Second World War.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

The book, published by Blackie & Son of London and Glasgow, was inspired by his surroundings and was written for and features his three children – a blonde James and his brother and sister.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

Whilst discussing blog content, Alice (our Head of Contract Sales and Marketing) suggested exploring the origins of the magic carpet at which point Deirdre mentioned this book.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

We thought it would be lovely to share some of its beautiful illustrations and background with you.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

Only one tatty copy of the novel remains which James Dyson has now copied for his siblings and grandchildren to enjoy.  A lovely legacy given that Alec Dyson died when James was only 9 and a wonderful link to Deirdre’s passion for carpet design.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet


May Design Review 2014

Our second year at May Design Series was an exciting three day event held at the London Excel.

May Design Review

We were there showcasing our 2014 collection, ‘Designs from the Seashore’, including the increasing popular design, Sea Wash.  Deirdre also designed a special fitted carpet inspired by ‘falling sticks’, which was all manufactured here in the UK.

May Design Review

We did not have to go far to find some fantastic and innovative designs from the likes of Sharon Marston and Tom Raffield. It was also exciting to view a selection from the AIMMP group in Portugal at stand I22, where a table with a spinning levitating bowl was a highlight for us, which can be seen below.

May Design Review

Again thank you to all who came to visit our stand, it was lovely to meet you!

Alice & Deirdre Dyson Team


602 …find us under the Clock!

602 Kings Road

Our showroom at 554 Kings Road is undergoing extensive refurbishment so we’ve moved a few doors away to our temporary showroom ‘under the clock’ at 602 Kings Road, right in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter.

We thought you’d enjoy a pictorial tour of our new home.  Deirdre decided to decorate in grey including a fabulously luxurious fitted carpet throughout which showcases the vibrant colours of the rug collections perfectly.

The layout was Edison’s vision including the stunning murals featuring lifestyle images of some of our favourite designs.

602 Kings Road

602 Kings Road

We will be here for the next 12-18 months whilst our old showroom undergoes a complete renovation.

Watch this space for updates on the works at 554 the end result of which, if even a fraction the architect’s vision is realised, should be spectacular!

602 Kings Road


Chelsea Design Quarter Summer Street Party

CDQ Summer Street Party

We are proud to be part of Chelsea Design Quarter’s (CDQ)  and delighted that the first CDQ  Summer Street Party on Wednesday 4th June coincides with our relocation to the new Deirdre Dyson temporary showroom at 602 King Road (we’ll be there for 18 months or so while our showroom at 544 receives a hugely exciting refurbishment.)

All participating showrooms will be open late (until 9pm) and the hub of the party runs from the ‘bridge to the bend’ stretch of the Kings Road.

Spend a relaxed summer evening enjoying street food, complimentary drinks and entertainment as well as browsing our showroom, and those of our neighbouring CDQ members, in this design hot spot.

The party is a unique opportunity to meet Deirdre and the team here, view this year’s Designs from the Seashore collection (including the much-admired SEA WASH, which features our innovative colour grading technique) and receive a copy of Deirdre’s exclusive colouring book featuring some favourite designs with a chocolate treat (limited stock).

CDQ is an interiors Mecca, with more than 50 showrooms covering rugs and lighting, fabrics and furniture, kitchens and bathrooms, antiques and collectibles, prints and paintings and bespoke galore. Classic and traditional sit cheek by jowl with contemporary and modern – come and see what this unique design zone has to offer!

Follow @ChelseaQuarter for more information.


Welcome!

Deirdre

At such an exciting time in the company’s development, my team and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to reveal more about Deirdre Dyson the company.

The journey from initial concept to finished carpet is a fascinating one and I want to use this blog to take you behind the scenes of the entire design process.

We also want to share what inspires both myself and my team here, highlight good art and design, give updates on the exciting refurbishment project for our showroom on 554 Kings Road and most importantly showcase our bespoke carpets in their new homes.

We’re really looking forward to updating this blog regularly and hope you enjoy it!

Deirdre Dyson