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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).

Twilight

Geometric

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


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.


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


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.


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.


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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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.


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


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.


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


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