Paint brand Dulux, has selected ‘Brave Ground’ as their colour for 2021.
A staple interior choice of colour since the 80’s and dominating the early 00’s, beige is one palette that we just can’t seem to get enough of. It’s a familiar colour, it’s warm (particularly for cooler climates) and it can be applied to pretty much any interior design scheme. However, it also has an association with being boring and safe and some might say, unimaginative.
Here are a few examples where ‘boring beige’ can be just as exciting and as playful as other bold, more statement colours.
In this apartment designed by MAT Architects, the beige walls are perfectly paired with the tones of the wood panelling, making this space inviting and warm against the crisp white ceiling, lighting and cool grey concrete floors. Tonal fabrics, artwork and plant life add texture, sculpture, dimension and visual interest. As beige is an absorbing, earthy colour it sits well with a myriad of nature’s more vibrant colours.
The kitchen area carries the colour palette through by way of the beige terrazzo on the kitchen island. Just like white, black accessories silhouette perfectly against a warm beige background.
Deirdre Dyson’s EAGLE carpet incorporates the beige palette within a bold, statement design that works best large scale for a fuller impact. Keeping a neutral decorative background, a beige coloured carpet can be just as bold as something more patterned and colourful. It’s all about balance.
Beige comes in a variety of tones from more putty based to greyer and greener hues, so the scale of warmth can be adjusted accordingly, making it a hugely versatile choice of colour.
Here is a work in progress for a recent client project, using our SLIDES design.
Beige works particularly well when combined with pinks and reds.
The LIGHT FRAGMENTS design from this years’ LOOKING GLASS Collection is a testament to that. Deirdre has mixed the various abstract elements in grey, charcoal, light and dark beige with pops of Bordeaux and pink to create just the right combination of statement with subtlety.
If beige just isn’t you colour, then it’s a problem easily solved as we can adapt and change colours on any design from a choice of 5,000 colours. The only ‘possible’ problem you may have, are which colours to choose…?
Deirdre Dyson is one of the exclusive brands selected by Rinck Paris for their curated collaboration At Home with a Connoisseur #chezunconnoiseur, a space filled with the best of contemporary art and design selected by Rinck in collaboration with tastemaker, and Deirdre Dyson French representative, Julia Van Hagen.
Having recently opened a showroom in nearby rue des saints-pères, Rinck selected two of Lady Dyson’s rug designs from this year’s LOOKING GLASS Collection – the bold and graphic SLIVERS and vibrant, organic TRANSPARENT, both hand knotted in Nepal in the finest Tibetan wool and Pure silk.
The curated space includes the latest addition to Rinck’s Félicité collection, a monumental bronze ceiling light, suspended above a table from the same collection. This is juxtaposed with a period 1940s sideboard, typical of a late Art Deco style that brought the house such success in the post-war period. Above the sideboard are a further two wall lights from the Félicité collection, uniting these two Rinck designs separated by seven decades of history.
Facing this sideboard, Savannah Bay Gallery contributed contemporary stools by the Zieta Prozessdesign Studio, home of Polish architect Oskar Zieta. Constructed in sculptural stainless steel with the studio’s Heat finish, they are an inspiring combination of technological innovation and contemporary design. This Paris gallery, always on the lookout for truly dedicated designers, also supplied two table lamps in laminated dichroic glass, the work of Buzao Studio.
The interior was painted by the skilled artisans of Argile and features two of the Paris specialists’ custom shades, Atelier Red and Scala, creating the perfect bold backdrop for the beautiful objets on view.
The exclusive wallpaper is from celebrated English company Fromental, “The Classicist Sketchbook” is a collaborative new design, inspired by full-scale sketches from Rinck’s design archive.
To enhance the space imagined by Rinck, Julia Van Hagen chose a series of potent modern works, with a photograph by Egyptian artist Youssef Nabil, a mixed-media work by New York painter Borden Capalino, a canvas painted in malachite ink by Californian Matthew Brandt and a painting by Jonathan Monk.
This unmissable design event, co-inciding with Paris Design Week takes place from 3rd – 24th September at 21 Rue Bonaparte in Paris by appointment. To arrange your visit please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or take an in-depth virtual tour here!
TRANSPARENT was designed from Deirdre’s observations of a vase with various shapes and colours in the glass.
UNITED IN CRAFTSMANSHIP…
For more than 270 years, FÜRSTENBERG has been producing finest hand-crafted porcelain with passion and precision. Similarly, Deirdre Dyson’s award-winning carpets rely on craftsmanship, being either hand-knotted in Nepal by Tibetan experts, rendered in the finest Tibetan wool and pure silk.
…AND IN DESIGN
The pastel tones and graphic design elements of FÜRSTENBERG’s SHIFTING COLORS and DEIRDRE DYSON’s TRANSPARENT rug create a perfect match.
Combining both collections within a contemporary interior allows to create a unique design symbiosis.
Whilst at home during Lockdown Deirdre not only finished the designs for her 2021 rug collection but also found time to create an artwork for her home.
Here Deirdre describes, in her own words, the process of creating this painting, inspired by one of her carpets and shares her photographs of the painting as it developed.
‘There is a shallow alcove in the stone wall of our orangery which has been crying out for a mural for some time. When lockdown happened, and I knew I had a stretch of uninterrupted time, I decided that I could use this time for painting one on a pre-prepared board in my studio.
One of my earlier carpet designs called WINDSWEPT (pictured above) depicted leaves being swept from one end to the other. I decided that falling leaves as if outside in a breeze would be simple and would require no background setting except sky. I could aim at painting just a couple of leaves a day and hopefully finish it before the lockdown ended.
It is especially appropriate too as the leaves I used in both the carpet and painting all come from my garden so the panel would be perfect for its new home.
The panel was really tall so I had steps to reach to top and climb up and down all the time to reach my materials – good for fitness! I painted the whole background as a graded sky from a deep cobalt blue fading to a whiter sky at the bottom.
I had kept all the sketches from my original research and collected many more leaves too. It wasn’t too difficult painting them against the sky as they really seem to float but I also painted a step at the bottom to tie with a real step in the orangery, and these leaves each had to have a shadow to anchor them to the ground which took quite a bit longer.
They also had to look a bit dry as if aged, and as if they were lying down instead of floating which added a bit more of a challenge. It will be finished soon I hope, and after varnishing with matt varnish, installed in its home amongst a variety of tropical plants.’
Creative inspiration comes from myriad sources. Taking our lead from a recent article in Dezeen, we’re having an alternative look at inspiration on screen – exploring what music videos act as a creative spur to the Deirdre Dyson Kings Road team.
I love the resonance of Lana Del Ray’s voice and her unconventional beauty often mixed with an orchestral backdrop. It’s a style of music that makes you feel dead and alive at the same time, that is both distinctive and unique.
I find her video for the song “Young and Beautiful” so inspiring.
It is highly influenced by the ‘Toccata and Fuge in D Minor’ scene from Disney’s ‘Fantasia’. The overlap of colours, the silhouettes, shadows and the play on dark and light both in the foreground and background. It reminds me how important lighting is to any interior and how it can either make or break a space and ambience. Lighting is so often overlooked in interior design and remains such an important element in creating atmosphere and drama. I love the understated luxury elements of her make up, hair and jewellery and the grandiose styling, amplifying height, scale and space. It all works so beautifully in combination with her voice.
Deirdre’s LIGHT BETWEEN design evokes the style and mood of Lana’s video perfectly.
This video is really clever – it’s set in one room but contains a multitude of vignettes in a tiny space.
Of course this is a set but I’ve always been intrigued by the way houses in cities like London are carved up into interesting living spaces, bursting with character and how cleverly people craft these corners into individual homes.
The turn of this stairs hints to more and forms a crucial link in the story as well as making you to want to explore this spare little space as it transforms over the course of the song. The ‘illustrated’ version of the room is inspired.
I really love colour pops and think the way the colour blue threads through the spot is inspired, from the metallic indigo on the first shot of the guitar pick ups through to the the paint dripping from the stars to the minimalist canvas flooding with Yves Klein blue, a colour favoured by Deirdre and used in a recent version of UP AND OVER.
The gold costume of the character sitting on the sofa at the beginning remind me of the colourways in Deirdre’s original version of UP & OVER shot with bold, gold panels.
I just think the aesthetic is fabulous, dark to light, surreal and common place all in a little studio or flat anyone could own.
The background of the video incorporates over 550 printers and numerous pieces of paper that were recycled later.
The patterns and spectrum of coloured paper used were stunning.
Right from the beginning I was drawn in by the brilliant use of white paper which then changed to a symphony of so many different colour combinations. It was surprising to see the contrast of subtle colours at the end of the video.
The speed and rhythm of the moving paper with the fabulous choreography of the band members works so well with the music.
I also liked how the band members were dressed in white which was such a contrast to the vivid backgrounds. Dancing whilst suspended in the air made the video even more unique.
All in all I found this to be very inspirational on many design levels – I could watch it again and again.
We thought Deirdre’s CHEQUERED carpet, graded in wool with silk was reminiscent of the aesthetic created by the graded grid of paper in Nichola’s chosen spot.
We’ve focused on creativity and staying #INspired during lockdown. Deirdre has also been busy, using this time at home to work on next year’s rug collection.
Initially started at the London Gallery and continuing from her studio at home, Deirdre always begins work on new collections in February/March, nearly one year ahead of launch, at January’s Maison et Objet Paris. In this sense lockdown couldn’t have come at a better time. So without giving too much away here is a sneak peak of what is to come.
Having to be just as resourceful during these difficult times, Deirdre decided to find inspiration away from the natural world, focussing on the ‘inside’ rather than the ‘outside’ and using an everyday material, that is to hand.
Deirdre is exploring this simple idea in depth, to see how much variation can be made from it whilst still being recognisable for what it is, with particular emphasis on form, texture, light and shade.
Having briefly explored this in the past, Deirdre Dyson has found another opportunity to rediscover ways in which to manipulate the material into interesting designs and forms for development.
A deviation from past collections, 2021 will focus on the ‘beauty of simplicity’ in a world that has now become rather more complicated.
All will be revealed next year but in the meantime these inspired new designs are soon to be woven by our skilled Nepalese craftspeople observing social distancing and we’re excited to unveil them at Maison in January next year.
The wonderful gallery, in the historic Saint-Germain des Prés is a calm and inviting space, designed by celebrated Interior Designer Remi Tessier, working closely with Deirdre to tailor make a perfect interior in which to showcase her luxurious hand knotted rug designs.
Deirdre has chosen a selection of rug designs including a superb large-scale version of this year’s TRANSPARENT together with LIGHT FRAGMENTS and a stunning new working of partner versions of DAWN in alternating blue and red wool and silks.
Deirdre’s Parisian representative Julia will be on hand to guide clients through the designs and advise on design and colour choice.
As Lockdown eases, our final chat in this series exploring how industry friends and clients have adapted during the Covid crisis, is with Mark O’Callaghan, Co-founder and Director of visionary architectural design and development studioEchlin
Echlin recently completed the sympathetic restoration and modernisation of this Grade II listed townhouse in South Kensington.
WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING FROM AND HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO YOUR NORMAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT?
I am working from the top floor of my family house in South West London whereas normally I would work from the Echlin studio in Notting Hill. I’m missing the in person contact with my team but it’s certainlyenjoyable to spend more time at home with my family.
WITH OBVIOUS RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, HOW DO YOU CONTINUE TO SOURCE YOUR INSPIRATION?
Definitely from the outdoors and from nature. I think we have at least been lucky with the weather so I have been able to spend my exercise time in local parks such as Wimbledon common and Richmond Park. With the reduction of cars and air traffic you can really hear the birds singing and it feels like you are in the middle of the countryside.
I also love the river Wandle which runs from Wandsworth to Surrey. I find the sound of the river really cathartic and calming. It is really clean as its chalk so under normal circumstances I have also been known to swim in it!
HAS THIS SITUATION MEANT YOU ARE USING OR ADOPTING TECHNOLOGIES MORE THAN BEFORE AND DO YOU THINK YOU WILL CARRY ON USING THEM IN THE SAME WAY WHEN ALL RESTRICTIONS ARE OVER?
Yes it’s been amazing to see how quickly we can all adapt. We have mostly been using zoom and we will definitely be using it more in the future and travelling less if we can. I have been amazed to see how quickly my children have adapted to zoom schooling too.
NAME ONE THING YOU HAVE YOU LEARNT YOU CANNOT WORK WITHOUT AND ONE WORK RELATED THING THAT YOU HAVEN’T MISSED IN THE SLIGHTEST.
It’s definitely my phone. I can pretty much run my work and life from it. Since lockdown we are using a new software time management system called Trello which has completely changed the way I organise my day. It’s on my laptop but also on my phone so if I have a spare 15 minutes I can have a look and see if there is something I can squeeze in.
I thought I would miss the human face to face meetings more but although I do miss them it’s certainly not been as bad as I feared!
WHILST IN LOCKDOWN, IS THERE AN OBJECT THAT YOU HAVE RECONNECTED WITH OR HAVE APPRECIATED MORE FOR BEING AROUND YOU?
We inherited this outside wood burner from the previous owners and my children have loved it when we light it up on an evening and can look out over the garden which is very much work in progress!