In his occasional series on Interior Design, Company Manager Edison creates interiors inspired by Jean-Paul Goude’s images of his muse Grace Jones, who’s documentary film ‘Bloodline and Bami‘ is released this month.
A few weeks ago, at a work meeting, I ended up referring to one of my greatest source of inspiration; the work of Jean-Paul Goude. Through an extensive catalogue of iconic images and film, Goude mixes disciplines as graphic designer, photographer, film director and illustrator, exploring complex themes with passion and high-octane creativity.
I’ve taken inspiration from three of his images, featuring his one-time partner, the unforgettable Ms. Grace Jones and turned these into room inspiration mood boards. Once you’ve found your source, it’s amazing what you can draw from it.
Think postmodernism and sharp contrasts. Like a contemporary version of Mondrian ‘with an edge’, it’s about having fun.
Focusing on the colours used more sparingly in the image, I’ve used the red and pink to dominate as a feature. Don’t be afraid to use bright colours on walls and mix together for added drama. It’s all about creating that wow factor as well as symmetry, balance and a play on angles. Think punchy accent colours, such as yellow and electric blue and don’t be afraid to throw in some pattern too.
Probably the most famous of all images and certainly emphasising the ‘less is more’ motto.
The palette here is dusty and light. Delicate pastels with stronger tones here and there.
Think urban cool with a feminine touch. Chocolate brown statement sofa paired with some dusty pink cocktail chairs perhaps? Or alternatively, stick to rich velvet upholstery. Team with white and gold accents and introduce splashes of turquoise and green through plants and accessories such as green glass vases. “Slave to the Rhythm” and complete the look with our RHYTHMS carpet.
The slickest of the three images, it’s so highly charged, you don’t need to add much to your interior to achieve the same effect.
Offering a pared down approach, the emphasis is on sleek, smooth finishes and forms. It’s all about the darker silhouette with a strong edge, like Grace herself.
Palettes of cool grey as the backdrop to heavier, darker pieces. Be bold and mix matt and gloss such as these ageless Tolix chairs that work well when paired with a concrete top dining table. Think cool metal against natural wood elements. Soft, pale fabrics and thicker textured knits against flat surfaces adds contrast, shade and variety.
To warm things up a little, aubergines and plum colours work best; not too overpowering but statement enough. The perfect balance.
For this year’s London Design Festival, the Chelsea Design Quarter Design District has selected the theme ELEMENTS from which Deirdre has chosen WIND as the inspiration for a bespoke runner to be displayed during the event (16th – 24th) and until the end of September.
Architect of our 554 Kings Road gallery, Timothy Hatton, has loaned some of the wonderful 3D printed leaves produced for his Human Nature installation at Aqua Shard last December which will be displayed with the WINDSWEPT runner and has kindly donated a display box of five 3D-printed leaves for us to give away to one lucky winner.
To enter the competition simply follow us on Instagram@DeirdreDysonLLP, upload a picture that encompasses WINDSWEPT, tag us in the image and use #WINDSWEPT and #LDF17. The competition will run during the festival period and we’ll post the winning image across social media.
These 3D leaves were sold to raise funds for Sir David Attenborough’s Fauna & Flora International charity and can still be purchased here to support this worthwhile cause.
In his occasional interiors series Edison creates mood boards based on two carpets reduced in our Summer Sale.
Now that we’re into our sale period I’ve just taken a look at two of the latest designs that have been added to our ex display sale list. I wonder who will buy these gorgeous pieces of art for the floor?
Being bang on trend and both having a timeless appeal, here are two mood boards which take inspiration from the DAWN and FOREST MOSAIC designs.
Mood boards are great tools to help co-ordinate a look, piece together elements of a design or simply help you focus on a colour, theme or mood.
DAWN MOOD BOARD
“FROM CHARTREUSE TO MUSTARD, BOTH COLOURS WORK WELL AGAINST SHADES OF GREY”
FOREST MOSAIC BOARD
“WITH ELEMENTS OF ART DECO, THINK STRUCTURED GREEN FORMS WITH A TOUCH OF LUXURY”.
This bespoke version of DAWN was commissioned as part of a large-scale commercial project which includes several of Deirdre’s designs, in both freestanding hand knotted and fitted hand tufted versions.
We are particularly thrilled with the blue and copper grading in this alternative colourway.
You can also glimpse a bespoke version of Deirdre’s OPTIC carpet through the doorway.
We’re looking forward to revealing more images of the project as it nears completion.
Now an established highlight of the season, the annual Chelsea Design Quarter‘s (CDQ) Summer Street Party takes place on Wednesday 7th June between 6-9pm.
This year’s theme is ‘Circus’ with the hub of the party running from the ‘bridge to the bend’ stretch of the Kings Road and late opening of all participating showrooms.
Browse the wide variety of interiors businesses the quarter has to offer whilst you enjoy drinks, nibbles and circus-inspired street entertainment.
CDQ has over 50 member showrooms covering carpets 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 our very special part of South West London!
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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.
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 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.
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.
Deirdre’s SPIRAL design was selected in its original colour ways.
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 looks stunning in its final scheme and really connects with the architect designed table.
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.
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.
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.
Mix and match modern fixtures alongside vintage and vintage inspired pieces. These are often produced in vibrant, as well as muted tones.
A grey background (found here on the expanse of floor) really helps even the most muted colours to stand out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our ODEON design would look fantastic here, working well with this style and space.
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.
A modern classic vintage coffee table by Romeo Rega circa 1970s – it’s timeless, modern and elegant, just like silver and gold…
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.
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.
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!)
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’:
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.’
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.
Yana Svetlova was presenting her first collection Art Of Imitation with watercolor panos and big scale wallpapers.
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.
Six designs from the bespoke lighting designer Sharon Marston were exposed. We really liked their delicate and organic shapes.
We also discovered the stunning creations in sculpted wood by Etienne Moyat. His finished pieces combined contemporary curves and primitive and raw materials.
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!
Our second year at May Design Series was an exciting three day event held at the London Excel.
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.
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.
Again thank you to all who came to visit our stand, it was lovely to meet you!
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.
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!
We’re really looking forward to exhibiting at May Design Series again this year.
Deirdre has designed the stand which will feature an original hand-tufted design as well as showcase this year’s Designs from the Seashore collection. It promises to be as impressive as last year’s (pictured above)
Come and visit us on stand N46 in the DX area at Excel, London from 18th – 20th May.
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!