SKYSCAPE has been one of the most popular designs in this year’s collection and one Deirdre is really proud of!
The design uses a palette of 20 colours in wool, silk and a wool silk mix to cleverly recreate a sky at sunset.
The rug is a testament to Deirdre’s unparalleled eye for colour and the complex colour grading on this hand knotted carpet (measuring 5M x 2.35M) showcases the incredible skill of our Nepalese weavers.
Congratulations to all other winners and Finalists! Full details of other winners here
Remember all ex-display are strictly Non-Refundable and ‘sold as seen’. As these carpets are heavily discounted, delivery is charged separately on all sale carpets (a one off charge of £25 per carpet within the M25)
Sir Terence Conran, founder of Conran + Partners, has personally curated the new (RED) suite at the Hyatt Andaz Hotel in Liverpool St, London and selected Deirdre’s UNRAVEL carpet as one of the key pieces in the scheme.
This is Andaz second collaboration with the AIDS charity (RED) – founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver, following the success of the first suite designed by Jonathan Adler at the Andaz West Hollywood.
As in the West Hollywood scheme the interior references the colour red and every variation of the hue. UNRAVEL sits with design classics loved by Sir Terence including favourite armchairs by Karuselli, the Snoopy lamp, a Volta mobile, Eames bird and Lumio book lamps – all available from the Conran Shop together with other custom pieces such as Vitra dining chairs. Artwork includes photographs by Rankin and Nobuyuki Taguchi.
A portion of each booking for this uniquely designed suite will directly benefit (RED) and partner products within the design can be purchased to directly benefit the charity.
Sir Terence says of the project:
The Great Eastern Hotel, as this hotel was once known, was my first big hotel project, so it has been a dream for me to be involved with the building once again,” … “I am proud to have collaborated with the Andaz brand and (RED) on a suite design that will give guests a great deal of pleasure while doing a great deal of good in the world. Through carefully curated and commissioned artwork and photography by local artists, we injected the vibrant and creative vibe of East London into the suite and mixed in contemporary hotel design with a domestic feel.
With the official start of summer less than a month away, nothing comes to mind more than blue skies, the shimmer of sun on the ocean waves, fun times by the sea or having a relaxing, cool beverage al fresco whilst people watching.
This years’ collection certainly has designs and colours that nod towards the summer season. In particular, SEASCAPE captures the scale and movement of the shoreline with the ‘Cote de Azur’ never feeling too far away.
With any graded design, you have a wider choice of colours to draw from. SEASCAPE combines light green/mustard tones with shades of teals, greys and darker blue hues.
Whether you are using a single colour throughout, combining several colours together or just using one solid colour for a feature wall, you can’t go too far wrong in making a statement.
The following mood boards use our SEASCAPE design, showing us how we can adapt it for different spaces within our home. I’ve taken all inspiration from the carpet colours and by combining various products; have created three different looks.
Using the large-scale SEASCAPE (a whopping 2.35m x 7m), this size would only be suitable for the larger home and open plan living. Think penthouse warehouse, lounge area one end, dining area the other.
Pair a mustard leather sofa with some velvet and linen chairs and softer fabric window treatments to maximize light and texture. Velvet fabrics work best at adding tonal depth, such as these cushions from Kit Miles. Add playful colour combinations in larger spaces. These poufs from OPUMO do just that. A few accent accessories such as these ceramic yellow vases, work well with green plants and inject a splash of juicy sun colour into any room. A dark blue table set with grey chairs or benches will provide ample dining space and appear silhouetted against a darker floor treatment.
The SEASCAPE runner would work well in a small or large entrance/hallway.
For smaller spaces, keep your walls light in colour and apply darker palettes to furniture and small features.
Combine vintage and modern pieces for a playful finish. Keep furniture narrow and a tad mix-matched for visual interest. These narrow and crude benches work well for small spaces and create seating and an area for shoes, bags or a place to read the post. Make a feature of coats and hats by adding coloured hooks at different heights, styles and finishes.
For the larger entrance hall, you can afford to go moody and darker on wall colour. The side board from Orchid combined with Wenlock round mirrors would certainly add a touch of style. Add to that some stunning vintage black and gold lamps and a few ceramic vases for additional visual impact. It’s about understated elegance, just like these black and gold hooks, avoiding excessive or highly decorative ornamentation. Darker spaces work well with dark, silhouetted furniture. The Bold chair by Moustache does just that and adds a twist and touch of understated modernity.
It’s that time of the year again Chelsea Design Quarter‘s (CDQ) annual Summer Street Party takes place on Thursday 7th June between 6-9pm.
The hub of the party runs from Lots Road to Kings Road (Fulham Broadway end) and all participating showrooms will be open late.
Enjoy street food and entertainment and soak up the atmosphere whilst you browse the wide variety of interiors businesses the area has to offer.
We’ll be offering guests a glass of Champagne whilst you browse the gallery and the chance to win a unique box set of 3D printed leaves designed by Architect Timothy Hatton in our prize draw.
These wonderful 3D printed leaves were originally produced for Tim Hatton’s Human Nature installation at Aqua Shard in December 2016, to enter simply pop your business card in the bowl in our gallery and one lucky winner will be drawn at random.
CDQ has over 30 member showrooms covering rugs and lighting, fabrics and furniture, kitchens and bathrooms, antiques and collectibles, prints and paintings and bespoke galore. Classic and traditional sit cheek by jowl with contemporary and modern – the Summer Street Party is the ideal time to explore this interiors enclave!
Deirdre recently welcomed clients and friends of the company to celebrate this year’s HORIZONS carpet collection.
Guests were treated to spectacular canapes and mocktails by Bubblefood together with champagne and exclusive wines from the Dyson vineyard, whilst flower arrangements created by Amie Bone and inspired by the collection decorated the gallery.
Violets are naturally on the feminine side of the spectrum and work best when paired with concentrated golds and yellows in restrained amounts. UV is the perfect accompaniment to areas filled with rich cream backgrounds that need a warming uplift.
This playful trumpet style lamp by Delightfull shows just how well these tones mix.
Masculinise violet by contrasting against black or slate. Keep metals to dull or brushed golds and bronze whilst adding natural wood elements for a soothing harmony, as shown in the following image.
If the prospect of Ultra Violet partitions and spaces feels rather overwhelming, then stick to blocking the colour to fixtures, fittings and accessories, rather than pasting it on the walls.
The Strappo and Silenzio encased washbasins by Domenico de Palo and shown here finished in violet, is a perfect example.
Decorative cushions with Ultra Violet undertones (V&A for John Lewis) , simple iridescent glass vases (Habitat) and striking violet patterned fabric by Melo Design are great ways to introduce this energy on a less permanent (and imposing) way.
We’re delighted Chris has joined the team here at Deirdre Dyson heading up Trade Sales.
Chris has thrived on creating positive working relationships with both clients and colleagues his entire career – whether managing large enterprises in the high street or latterly smaller, high-end interiors brands in the Chelsea Design Quarter.
Chris not only brings a background in interior and product design but is an award-winning stylist of luxury events and exhibitions, this eye for design coupled with a natural charm and wit makes him the ideal representative for Deirdre Dyson in the UK and beyond.
We had a few questions for Chris:
You’ve been here just over a month Chris, how have you found it?
Settling in nicely and thoroughly enjoying my new position. Apart from the team making me very welcome, the gallery is a place that feels very special. It displays the artwork with maximum effect and easy to view thanks to the sliding walls system. I have also been amazed at the choice of colours available (over 5000). Offering such a bespoke service allows clients to match very specific colours when required.
From the choice of Deirdre Dyson designs, is there a particular favourite that you have and if so, why?
The more I look at Deirdre’s designs, the more I appreciate them but SKYSCAPE from our new Horizons Collection is a definite favourite. The soft, gentle shapes and subtly graded colour palette, creates a wonderful dreamlike appeal.
As a member of CDQ, is there a particular company or showroom within the vicinity that you like or would recommend to others?
I have been a fan of our neighbouring showroom, Haute Deco long before I was working in CDQ. They have an outstanding collection of unusual and beautiful drawer and door hardware. Their designs can transform virtually any piece of furniture or door into a very special piece.
Our partnership with GoodWeave is hugely important to us, it’s core focus continues to be the eradication of child labour in the carpet and rug industry, providing educational opportunities for children and improving conditions for all workers.
GoodWeave’s work has led to the freedom and education of over 25,000 children and improved conditions for over 55,000 workers but it is an ongoing struggle to maintain existing successes and increase scope.
An estimated 5 million children (between the ages of 5 and 17) work in the carpet and rug industry in India, Pakistan and Nepal – indicating the scale of the task in this area alone.
That said, with proven results in our industry, GoodWeave has recently expanded its working model to the wider (and even more complex) supply chains within the fashion, home décor, jewellery, tea and brick making industries.
The recently passed Modern Slavery Act in the UK firmly places the responsibility on companies to root out and eradicate child labour from their supply chains, beyond first tier suppliers and has provided essential funding for GoodWeave’s expansion into these other areas.
The GoodWeave label is so important, by buying something GoodWeave certified, such as a Deirdre Dyson rug (where a percentage of our quarterly sales go directly to the charity) you are actively supporting an end to child labour and changing the fate of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Soon, you will be able to look out for GoodWeave labels in an ever-increasing number of areas and make the choice to end child labour for good.
To read more about GoodWeave’s work and read their annual report click here.
Our Designer Nichola recently visited the Speed & Style exhibition at the V&A – a fascinating exploration of the feats of engineering, high design and intrinsic glamour of transatlantic travel in its heyday.
The exhibition showcases some of the spectacular interiors created with no expense spared for the design-conscious, first class passengers on board, their sophistication and opulence worlds away from today’s cruise ships.
These interiors were beautifully decorated in the style of their period, most prominently Art Nouveau and Art Deco, employing highest quality materials and craftsmanship.
Accommodation on the First Class decks included ornate wood panelling, hand painted murals and superb bespoke textiles and carpets such as this 100% wool rug and section of carpet created for the Queen Mary by Glasgow company James Templeton and Company for the Stateroom and Drawing Room. These carpets were created in-house and made to the highest specification.
Children’s chair from the first-class playroom on French ship the Normandie.
Opulent doors and panelling (circa1912) from the France, the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique’s largest ship.
The latest turn-key residence by visionary design and development studio Echlin is Leverton House – located just moments from Kensington Palace and Gardens in Ossington Street, Notting Hill.
Set behind an attractive period façade this state of the art modern home is a nature-inspired sanctuary in the city.
The parkside location together with a light-filled internal courtyard featuring verdant living walls (a USP of all Echlin developments) floods the interior with light and formed the starting point for the interior design.
An integral part of the interior is a large hand knotted wool and silk version of Deirdre’s FALLING LEAVES carpet.
Deirdre has said of the project:
I was approached by [our Chelsea neighbours] Echlin to design a carpet especially for their new project, Leverton House. Echlin’s concept was to bring the outside in.
The inspiration for this bespoke version of Falling Leaves came from standing under a Winter tree with branches bending downwards, above and around me…Echlin selected the colours to create airy lightness and to work perfectly with their nature-inspired concept.
Echlin has utilised British designed, natural and hand-crafted materials wherever possible in addition to the highest quality bespoke joinery and fittings throughout the property.
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.
One of Deirdre’s hand knotted carpets, ROMANCE, a graded silk and wool design featuring a larger than life rose, is currently being exhibited at Galerie Sophie Scheidecker, Paris, in the company of artistic heavy weights such as Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Carsten Höller, Yayoi Kusama and Andy Warhol.
The show entitled BEYOND NATURE is curated by Susanne van Hagen and Sophie Agon who have selected a diverse range of artists inspired by nature in its myriad forms and explores the various ways they interpret nature in their work.
Agnes was there to represent Deirdre at the opening event and took these photographs which display the sheer scope of the of the art across a wide range of disciplines, carefully curated to stunning effect.
This wonderfully eclectic show continues until 25th November and also includes works by Bianca Argimon, Alicja Kwade, Richard Lalanne, Robert Longo, Tony Matelli, Tony Matelli, Patricia Piccinini, Caio Reisewitz, Gerhard Richter, Ruff, Bosco Sodi, Thomas Struth, Yves Tanguy, Janaina Tschäpe, Amelie von Wulffen and Janek Zamoyski.
The installation-based exhibition took a deeper look at the way colour behaves in different lights, environments and on various shapes, illustrating the value of instability in colour and the freedom that gives.
Jongerius defiance of the uniformity in industrially produced colour is fascinating, especially for Nichola who works with colour every day.
As usual during the festival the installations, amazing structures in their own right, lead you through the museum and responded to their immediate environment, encouraging the viewer to look at their surroundings differently.
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!
In the latest of Edison’s occasional interior design posts he draws inspiration from this season’s colours.
Now that spring has arrived and summer is just a few months away, I’m always interested to check out the new season’s colours.
Seasonal colour palettes draw inspiration from the moment but with suggested longevity, way beyond the season for which it is intended. Use them as guides to colour combinations and let them take you on an imaginative, creative journey.
This seasons colours remind me of the beautiful Islamic tiles found in the old Persian regions of Iran and Iraq or those found even closure to home, such as Turkey or Tunisia.
Wonderfully ornate but with a sense of lightness, these colours are often blended together to create dynamic patterns that flow into one another seamlessly, by way of soft geometry.
In a flawless execution and with absolute precision, the smallest pattern is in essence, a part of a larger, more intricate picture.
By using the softer end of the colour palette, you can go bolder with your pattern.
These mosaics use elements of the Pantone colour palette to bold, visual effect and can be applied to floors as well as the walls.
Our BEJEWELLED design from the ‘Mosaic Collection’ combines the softer colours of the palette too but with shots of the pink and blue to great effect. The perfect Aladdin’s carpet.
We’ll be posting carpet designs featuring each colour on our Instagram feed over the last two weeks of April, click here to view our full feed.
The Athene Festival is an annual event which brings together leading figures from the UK and Chinese arts industries for five days with the aim of promoting and encouraging cultural exchange with China.
The festival culminates in the Athene Guild Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner which was held at the Guildhall, London last Friday.
Deirdre was surprised and delighted to receive the Arts Ambassador award for her work as a fine artist and award winning carpet designer. The award also acknowledges her broad contribution and support of the arts, which includes being an amateur opera singer and author and art collector, whilst Sir James Dyson also received the inaugural Master of Engineering Design award.
A very special evening acknowledging both Deirdre and James contribution to the arts, albeit in different areas.
Watch the film produced to accompany Deirdre’s award here.
Deirdre’s designs adapt for fitted application brilliantly – as can be seen by the dramatic results here, just finished by our hand tufters in the North of England.
Deirdre and our Designer Nichola worked closely with the architects to select the right designs for each space and the input and expertise of our weavers and carpet fitters was integral to ensure the designs would work with the various architectural features of the listed building that will be their final home.
Deirdre’s bold adaptations of GRAPHIC PEBBLE, a re-working of BEYOND in striking yet practical greys, and a newly conceived geometric design, will make a connection between the offices and meeting rooms they occupy and should not only create a dramatic addition to the newly refurbished spaces but 100% wool carpeting offers acoustic benefits in a concentrated office environment.
This large scale project also includes several hand knotted version of Deirdre’s carpets and is our largest commercial project to date – we’re looking forward to posting images of the carpets in situ in coming months, watch this space!
Deirdre recently created two bespoke carpets for our Parisian showroom at luxury design space Luxe d’interieur and the resulting designs look amazing in situ!
Our Parisian Representative Agnes Guillard worked with Deirdre to shortlist designs that not only worked with the elegant partner brands displayed in the apartment-style setting but also suggested colours she felt would appeal to Parisian tastes. They both agreed the designs would have to feature Deirdre’s signature colour grading.
Deirdre then re-imagined this year’s UNRAVEL for the ‘dining room’ using a palate of subtle creams, beiges and browns on a contrasting ground of cleverly graded greys across a broad tonal range and used the same background grading for TWILIGHT destined for the ‘sitting room’ area.
Having these carpets on display at Luxe d’intérieur allows clients to visualise the rugs in their own home and above all appreciate the quality of our wool and silk hand knotted designs.
The Luxe d’intérieur showroom is situated in 81 rue du rocher, Paris 8 – Metro Villers and is strictly by appointment only – to arrange a bespoke consultation with Agnes and view these designs click here.
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.
We recently completed our largest ever bespoke hand-knotted carpet commissions, each measuring approx. 6.5 x 6m (over 38 square metres).
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.
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.
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.
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 and Deirdre watch our film about carpet production in Nepal.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fine art interpreted through the brush and the loom
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.
“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.
We love the newly designed Chelsea Design Quarter website and particularly like the ‘Inspiration’ page – an ever changing moodboard featuring fabulous product and lifestyle shots from all CDQ partner collections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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)
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.
How the finished complex will appear when all phases of development are complete.
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 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.
In his occassional series, company manager Edison explores the re-purposing of materials and decorative details in interior design.
Both architecture and interior design has become ever more inventive.
Similar to the fashion world, the ‘in thing’ is often a reinterpretation or reinvention of something previous.
The constant cycle in gentle rotation, helps keep things alive, fresh and inventive for the present day to enjoy, either with fresh eyes or with the fondness of familiarity.
Think Biba, the ‘it’ label of the sixties and now a reinvented fashion and homeware brand. It’s adapted and made relevant to today’s style and trends.
However, reinvention is nothing new. But what is more interesting is not necessarily the recycling of styles but the uses of materials and objects within the context of the modern building, home and space.
With Deirdre’s new collection ‘Walking on Art’, I couldn’t help but think how appropriate the title was, particularly when reflecting on the time when carpets were not only found on floors, but were used as actual wall coverings.
Tapestries and woven carpets adorned both castle and Bedouin tent for decorative and above all practical reasons of warmth and insulation.
But adaptation and alternative use of materials and objects within the home has been around for far longer than we might care to remember.
Eileen Grey was a pioneer in her own right. Back in the late 1920’s/early 1930’s, she was adopting cork for use in her furniture designs which, up until then, was mainly used for bottle tops and shoe manufacture.
And today, cork is becoming the architects choice, for being both a natural and environmentally friendly product as well as a durable, building material.
Cork has not merely restricted itself to architecture and furniture but has become one of the latest textiles within high fashion. Alexander McQueen’s AW2015 has taken thin layers of treated cork and coated it with silver foil to create an exciting range of youthful clothing.
Adapting finishes and materials can often lead to exciting and dramatic effect. You don’t have to take it to extremes.
This bathroom by Kelly Wearstler uses contrasting marble, taking the same pattern of the floor to the walls. The result is both unique and eye catching… like a piece of art.
We are facing several months of disruption whilst National Grid upgrade the gas mains on Kings Road, however access to our showroom and our fellow Chelsea Design Quarter members will be very much available as National Grid has assured us
At all time access will be maintained for residents and businesses. We will also keep clearly signed routes open for pedestrians
Additionally we are very lucky here at 554 Kings Road to have dedicated customer parking (on the corner of Wandon Road) so business should function entirely normally and most importantly with minimal inconvenience to our clients.
We are extremely excited to reveal all nine new designs in Deirdre’s collection for 2016Walking on Art.
The collection has been called after Deirdre’s book of the same name detailing her evolution from fine artist to carpet designer, the design process itself and also catalogues all her carpet designs, together with a substantial number of background sketches and drawings, from the past fifteen years.
All the new designs are hand-knotted in wool and silk and to a greater or lesser extent include grading which requires not only Deirdre’s singular talent for colour selection in the design, but also the hugely skilled craftsmanship of our artisan weavers in Nepal.
See us on Stand G34, Hall 7 from Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 26th January, Maison et Objet Parc des Expositions, Villepinte, Paris.
Architect@Work showcases innovations in architecture and design and new products from across the globe at various locations worldwide.
Our Parisian representative Agnes Guillard visited the Paris edition of A@W in November. Here she selects her stand-out products and picks from the show:
A new wallpaper collection from Nobilis with silver and gold finishes caught Agnes’ eye.
Metallics aren’t going anywhere, see Edison’s recent post on utilising silver and gold in interiors.
Agnes was very taken by the bold colour-ways and innovative embossed work in this presentation of a new process called SWOOM by French Cabinetmakers and Designers James. The surface applications for SWOOM are endless.
Again intense colours and bold graphics single out these traditionally made tiles with a 21st Century twist from Normandy Ceramics.
Rugs are an ideal way to zone an open plan living area or link spaces – the perfect example being a double reception room.
Sometimes a room calls for contrast but, where required, many of Deirdre’s designs work in pairs or partners, see our previous post on the successful use of Deirdre’s FALLING RIBBONS design in a St. Mortiz chalet.
Of course we can change all colours on any design and adapt them to suit but we thought we’d put some ideas together from our sample rugs to inspire anyone furnishing a space where a connection between the designs would work that’s not entirely dependant on colour.
Different versions of the same design
Link by theme
Organic design elements
Connect by decorative style
There are so many other elements to consider such as texture, size and scale but hopefully this post will tempt you to think more about two or more rugs working cohesively in your interior when space and budget allows.
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…
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
We recently completed this large-scale commission for an underwriting company in the City.
The brief was to create an eye-catching design but in an unusual shape, detailed in the floorplan above.
As can be seen from the ‘before’ images above, the area where the carpet was required replaced an existing hardwood floor which had been zoned into meeting areas.
The proposal was to open up this area and cover the footprint with a carpet concealing any remnant of the supports for the room dividers, which meant the floor had to be levelled off with latex.
From the outset it was decided a 100% wool carpet, hand-tufted here in Britain would be ideal. This combination of hard wearing wool and the relative speed of hand tufting for such a large project was perfect for practical purposes and the delivery time involved.
Commercial Sales & Marketing Designer Alice and Designer Nichola visited the site and selected colours, matched with existing carpeting on the same floor and taking inspiration from the large curved blue glass meeting room which is the focal point of the reception area. Again wear was a major consideration in an area where there is a large volume of foot traffic and a pallette of blacks, greys and blues was decided on.
Colourways agreed, the challenge was to find a design that worked with this unusual, organic shape. Deirdre and Nichola worked on several designs and shortlisted three for presentation to the client, one based on the ever-popular STREAMER design and the others on archive designs SPOTLIGHT and PLECTRUMS.
The final choice was SPOTLIGHT, which, as can be seen in the finished images, works incredibly successfully – the looped line leads the eye around the interconnected ‘puddles’ of colour which in turn create a connection with the blue glass pod, making for a superb focal point in this newly open plan, inviting space.
In the second part of his occassional series on elements of interior design, Company Manager Edison gives his tips on incorporating angles of every type into a scheme.
I love a punchy interior, something that ‘kicks’ and makes you think.
Adding angular, geometric and asymmetrical forms that work against more structured lines is a great way to introduce some ‘base’ into your space.
With an ever-increasing trend to open up spaces, larger areas can often lack impact and dimension, particularly where large expanses of straight walls and ceilings dominate within the conventions of modern apartment living or the converted, traditional home.
The introduction of irregular forms, can also be used to dissect and zone spaces within smaller areas, making them appear larger. This happens as the eye is drawn to the fragmented areas of a space, rather than seeing one small area as a complete ‘whole’.
The compact kitchen (above) is a perfect example.
With a basic run of flat, regular cupboards and cabinets, the use of an asymmetrical counter/room divider and geometric tiles, breaks the monotony, zones areas and adds dimension, interest and depth.
The kitchen/living space designed by MCK (above) is another example of well thought out use of the angular, irregular form.
It divides the space with visual interest, allowing for a balance of movement, without becoming awkward. The introduction of the rounded sofa in the background and the rounded backs of the bistro dining chairs, soften the overall effect and add warmth to the interior by way of colour.
This stunning staircase is another example of clever juxtapositioning.
If sharp angled staircases and asymmetrical ceilings are not quite your thing or purely just impossible to achieve, then you can always introduce these elements by use of decorative accessories and furnishings, without having to move home or demolish any walls!
For example, these dining chairs and painted table top is just what’s needed to break the ‘square-ness’ of this open plan space.
Of course rugs are an easy way of adding angular forms, our PINNACLE and CRUMPLE carpets are two perfect examples.
Alternatively why not try introducing some decorative wallpaper to make a statement feature wall such as Angles by Erica Wakerly
On an even smaller scale, think Lights by James Dieter, as featured November 2015’s Elle Decoration page 109 or some black geometric inspired vases such as these, to add that delicate angle on a shelf or mantelpiece.’
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.’
‘This dining room is a mirror of the past: the rug is inspired by Art Nouveau, walls refer to 1950’s Italian Modernism but the interior designers have incorporated these influences to work with our contemporary way of living.’
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.
Come and enjoy a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne in our newly remodelled gallery space which has been radically redesigned by Timothy Hatton Architects incorporating a spectacular patinated staircase designed by Timothy Hatton and crafted by New York based architectural metalworker William R. Nitzberg.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
We are counting down the days to our move back to the completely gutted and remodelled showroom at 554 Kings Road – the next few weeks will be a flurry of joiners, electricians and decorators as work nears completion.
Timothy has collaborated closely with Deirdre and manager Edison to create not only a light, airy and calm environment allowing Deirdre’s designs to speak for themselves, but also a practical workspace for Deirdre and her staff.
Even though the carpets will take centre stage, the architects have incorporated several surprise elements – the piece de resistance surely being the patinated steel cantilevered staircase fabricated by New York based metal-worker William R. Nitzberg of Enzo Metal.
William’s sculptural metalwork has been exhibited at Moma and the Whitney Museum and the staircase is not only a major architectural statement but also a mammoth feat of engineering, as our Site Manager Kevin will confirm!
Light has been a consideration from the beginning and both a retractable roof light on the top floor and ‘glass box’ extension on the ground floor allow natural light to flood through the building.
A totally bespoke lighting system has also been designed by Sally Storey, founder of Lighting Design International specifically to highlight the intense colour and subtle contrasts in Deirdre’s designs.
This Blog entry is very much absent of images but trust us, it will be worth the wait. All will be revealed soon and we promise it will be spectacular!
We are long-time affiliates of GoodWeave. For over a decade Goodweave has worked tirelessly to end child exploitation in Nepal’s carpet industry and provide education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children.
As we all know, entire sections of Kathmandu, where GoodWeave operates, have collapsed, leaving thousands dead and injured and many more without shelter, food, water, and electricity. All of the children and staff at Goodweave’s Hamro Ghar building are safe, but the building is damaged.
Goodweave has set up an Earthquake Relief Fund and outlined to it’s affiliates the problems faced on the ground in Nepal, their strategy to address them and the potential long term impact of the disaster, which we have set out below.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The earthquake has caused extensive damage to buildings, roads and communications systems. Families have been separated, their lives and livelihoods disrupted. People living in poverty and former victims of child labour and trafficking are always hit hardest by natural disasters and the recent earthquake has put them at even greater risk of exploitation.
How will this project solve this problem?
GoodWeave will deliver urgent services to the children and weaving communities we serve through:
Addressing the immediate needs of the children in Goodweave’s rehabilitation centre and schools and weaving families with food, shelter, medical care, and other necessities. Support will be coordinated with major relief organisations to ensure that our community of about 16,000 people receive the support they need;
Rebuilding of GoodWeave’s programmed infrastructure to ensure schooling for 785 children isn’t interrupted for an extended period;
Providing support for rug exporters for rebuilding infrastructure, a critical long-term economic recovery need for Nepal’s top export sector.
Potential long-term impact
GoodWeave was operating in Nepal long before the earthquake hit, and will continue to work with the weaving and brick-making communities long after the news cameras have gone. By working on long-term recovery with the children and communities GoodWeave serves, they will ensure that they are better equipped to face future disasters and come out of this tragedy stronger than before.
We’ve just delivered a round version of STREAMER to a client in the US and it’s a great example of a how a design can be adapted.
Our sample carpets are generally produced as rectangles to a standard size of 1.7m x 2.35m but as with colour, size and shape can be altered to suit, in this case our Designer Nichola created a circular version only marginally altering Deirdre’s original design.
Here’s a shot of the carpet on the loom in Nepal, the client chose to keep Deirdre’s original colour choice.
This is a portion of the finished carpet being checked in our showroom, not the greatest image but it does give a real sense of the fluid effect created by the two shades of red silk used in the streamer.
Finally, the finished carpet in its new home.
The ribbon is one of Deirdre’s signature motifs and STREAMER is understandably a hugely popular design, we’ve even produced it as a stair runner for a JIGSAW clothing store.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past few years Deirdre has increasingly incorporated grading – where different coloured silk or wool is woven together to create graduated layers of colour – into her designs to achieve a heightened sense of depth and complexity.
Last year’s SEA WASH showcased Deirdre’s skill for selecting colours that seamlessly segue to create a unique, almost water colour, effect.
The grading applied to this year’s DAWN brilliantly gives, what appears to be a very simple design, incredible layers of visual depth and contrast.
The success of the finished carpet is a true combination of Deirdre’s singular eye for colour and the craftsmanship of our weavers in Nepal, Deirdre says of the weavers:
My 2015 “Illusion” collection presented my hand-knotted makers with the most difficult challenge to date. The geometric designs may look deceptively simple, but the intricacy of workmanship involved is astounding. I have used colour grading in many directions and opposing paths. The makers, who work across the loom from left to right, row by row, have to change colour at almost every stitch. It requires them to think as if standing on their heads and reflects the complete labour of love that we dedicate to these exquisite carpets! The result is a dazzling contrast from light to dark, of shadows and optical illusions.
Here are some recent images of our weavers at work on a large-scale version of SEAWASH.
This version incorporates no less than seven different coloured silk threads and requires incredible skill on the weavers part to achieve the finished effect.
We are loving our time at Maison et Objet Paris and delighted the Illusion collection is being so well received. Here are just a selection of images of the stand for those of you who can’t visit us there, for those who can find us in Hall 7, Stand A73!
Deirdre Dyson’s latest collection was unveiled today at Maison et Objet Paris.
The collection comprises nine designs featuring bold geometrics and intricate use of grading as well as innovative colour choices hand knotted in wool and silk to stunning effect.
Deirdre acknowledges these designs, whilst appearing simple, were actually incredibly complex to make:
“This collection presented my hand-knotted makers with the most difficult challenge to date. The geometric designs may look deceptively simple, but the intricacy of workmanship involved is astounding. I have used colour grading in many directions and opposing paths. The result is a dazzling contrast from light to dark, of shadows and optical illusions.”
It might look like Edison has his head stuck in a microwave, but actually he’s just been putting together the latest addition to our studio equipment…a light box that helps us and our customers see their selection of colours under different light sources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Edison Abidi is a qualified Interior Designer and has been working for Deirdre Dyson since February 2007 as Showroom/Company Manager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ethical production is hugely important to Deirdre and all our hand knotted rugs are GoodWeave certified.
GoodWeave certification is your guarantee that no child labour has been used at any stage of your rug’s manufacture.
By buying a GoodWeave labelled rug, you are supporting the work GoodWeave does to ensure children discovered manufacturing rugs are returned to their families, given an education and taken out of child labour permanently.
Though GoodWeave’s ultimate goal is to end child labour in South Asia, it also actively supports weavers, improving training and working conditions and provides essential day care and schooling for their children, who would otherwise be left hanging around workshops whilst their parents work.
GoodWeave labelled rugs may cost a little more but the work they do is essential in increasing welfare standards for weaving families and expediting the end of child exploitation in the rug industry.
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.
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.
We can alter any of our carpet designs to suit your specific requirements.
Runners are particularly popular and a great way to inject interest into a hallway, landing or stairs.
We’ve recently finished some commissions where our Designer Nichola has cleverly altered Deirdre’s carpet designs, creating particularly effective results.
For this project Nichola adapted ANGULUS and used the client’s chosen colour ways to create a really vibrant entrance runner for a solicitors office in London.
The client’s colour selection worked particularly well in this long form version.
RHYTHMS is one of Deirdre’s classic designs, incorporating her trade mark ribbons.
In this case the client chose a slightly lighter colour palette with the elongated copper ribbon trailing through the design.
In the example above the Interior Designer wanted to transform SAND TRAIL from the 2014 collection into a runner for a hallway.
As the name suggested SAND TRAIL was inspired by the patterns left by the sea on the sandy beaches of the stunning Archipiélago de las Perlas, near Panama, Central America and the extended pattern in the original colour selection looks spectacular.
Several months ago Interior Designer Andrew Thorne of Think Thorne commissioned us to create a hand tufted 100% wool version of Deirdre’s RHYTHMS design for the Grade I listed American Cemetery at Madingley in Cambridgeshire.
As part of a £4m refurbishment plan which has seen the construction of a new interactive visitors centre, Andrew was enlisted to design the interior of what was the visitor building but is now the cemetery’s reception area.
With a 1950s aesthetic (the cemetery was founded in 1956) Andrew has turned what was a sombre and functional area into a bright, light contemporary space whilst maintaining a reverent atmosphere.
Cleverly Andrew’s choice of ‘Rhythms’ echoes the shades of green in the mosaic mural on the back wall of the cemetery Chapel which is housed in the Memorial Building.
This beautifully illustrated children’s book The Tale of the Prince and the Magic Carpet was written by James Dyson’s father Alec, whilst posted in India during the Second World War.
The book, published by Blackie & Son of London and Glasgow, was inspired by his surroundings and was written for and features his three children – a blonde James and his brother and sister.
Whilst discussing blog content, Alice (our Head of Contract Sales and Marketing) suggested exploring the origins of the magic carpet at which point Deirdre mentioned this book.
We thought it would be lovely to share some of its beautiful illustrations and background with you.
Only one tatty copy of the novel remains which James Dyson has now copied for his siblings and grandchildren to enjoy. A lovely legacy given that Alec Dyson died when James was only 9 and a wonderful link to Deirdre’s passion for carpet design.
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!
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!