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The Tale of the Prince and the Magic Carpet

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

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 Prince and the Magic Carpet

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.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

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.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

We thought it would be lovely to share some of its beautiful illustrations and background with you.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

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.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet


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Shape-shifting STREAMER

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.

Shape-shifting STREAMER

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.

Shape-shifting STREAMER

Here’s a shot of the carpet on the loom in Nepal, the client chose to keep Deirdre’s original colour choice.

Shape-shifting STREAMER

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.

Shape-shifting STREAMER

Finally, the finished carpet in its new home.

Shape-shifting STREAMER

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.

Shape-shifting STREAMER


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Architect@Work

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:

Nobilis

Nobilis

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.

James

James

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.

Normandy Ceramics

Normandy Ceramics

Again intense colours and bold graphics single out these traditionally made tiles with a 21st Century twist from Normandy Ceramics.

Marburg by Sedim

Marburg by Sedim

Bold pattern, geometric relief work and clever use of metallics in this graphically strong offering from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wallpaper and wall coverings.

Odilon Creations

Odilon Creations

Belgian Surface Designers Odilon Creations draw upon their passion for materials and colour to design revised and reinterpreted materials into a contemporary context using ancient techniques.


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Timothy Hatton’s Human Nature installation at Aqua Shard

Architect Timothy Hatton, who was responsible for re-modelling our 554 Kings Road showroom into a stunning gallery space last year, recently unveiled his latest project Human Nature – a vast triple height Christmas installation at Aqua Shard, London.

Human Nature

Human Nature

Human Nature was designed by Tim to remind us of the importance of protecting our fragile eco system through recycling and features thousands of recycled plastic 3D printed leaves of native English woodland species such as English Oak and Silver Birch. The structure is also enhanced by specialist lighting designed by Lighting Design International.

The installation was commissioned to commemorate patron of the charity Fauna & Flora International, Sir David Attenborough’s, 90th birthday.

After the installation is dismantled, individual pieces of the artwork will be available for sale. Of these, 90 sets will be produced as limited edition collections which will be raffled by purchasers of single and multiple leaves. All proceeds will directly benefit Fauna and Flora International.

Human Nature

For details of how to purchase leaves click here

Human Nature is on view until 5th January 2017.


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A Date for your Diary!

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!

Follow @ChelseaQuarter for more information.

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Introducing Chris – Trade Sales Manager

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.


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The PLUMAGE Collection at Maison 2019

 

 

Deirdre’s new rug collection has received a wonderful reception at Maison & Objet Paris, where eight of nine new designs on display in Hall 8, stand A32 were showcased on a custom made, towering stand painted with Argile paint colours selected personally by Deirdre to complement each of the new carpet designs.  Deirdre relishes the opportunity to be on the stand at Maison meet clients and discuss the designs and their inspiration.

Yet again Deirdre has pushed the boundaries of the art of hand knotting to create very distinctive designs using pops of colour (HARLEQUIN), intricate detail (PLUMES/FEATHER BOUND/QUILLS) or colour grading (GOLDEN PHEASANT, EAGLE) from the abstracted (MANDARIN) to the figurative (FLIGHT) creating a new collection that celebrates her instinctive eye for colour and cleverly plays with the shapes and forms of birds and their feathers to create unique designs.

Each design uses varying amounts of silk to mirror the shimmering nature of bird’s plumage and Deirdre’s chosen colour palette is shot with vibrant hues that give the organic forms a 3D quality.

Bordered rugs such as BURLESQUE and FEATHER BOUND are endlessly adaptable – for use under a dining table or bed whereas the bold Studio 54esque GOLDEN PHEASANT makes a statement all of its own as does the elegant scale of the exquisite EAGLE.

Last year’s HORIZONS Collection played with scale and Deirdre continues this trend with the largest carpet on display, EAGLE mirroring the wing span of its namesake, an impressive 3.4 metres wide.

As with all Deirdre’s designs these sample carpets are just the start, each design can be created in any colourway or size required and most designs can also be gun tufted in 100% wool should the client or space require it.


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Win an Original Deirdre Dyson Rug and Benefit GoodWeave

 

In just a few short weeks, the winners of GoodWeave’s rug raffle will be announced!  Have you entered yet?

In celebration of GoodWeave’s 25th anniversary, Deirdre Dyson has donated her GOLDEN STONE rug (top right) valued at £4,314 to their annual raffle.

Inspired by the seashores of The Pearl Islands of Panama, GOLDEN STONE is hand-knotted in Tibetan wool and Chinese silk in shades of cream, gold, brown and coral. It measures 1.70 x 2.35m. For just a £20 charitable donation, you have a chance to own this luxury GoodWeave certified rug.

While Deirdre Dyson‘s design is stunning, we think the back of this rug is just as beautiful. On the underside, you will find a numbered GoodWeave label, meaning that independent inspectors ensured the rug’s manufacturing process met the highest ethical standards of production.

All proceeds benefit GoodWeave’s programmes for vulnerable and rescued children.

We  hope you enter to win GoodWeave’s charity raffle today! With every £20 ticket purchased, you improve your odds of winning and become a part of a beautiful story of freedom for children in Nepal, India, and Afghanistan. And remember, for every £80 worth of tickets you purchase, you’ll receive an extra one for free!

www.goodweave.org/raffle

 


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The Beauty of Simplicity – Deirdre Dyson finds inspiration inside for her 2021 Rug Collection

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.