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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