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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.

Bespoke Textiles.

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.


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Design Picks from Maison et Objet, Paris 2020

Deirdre launches her new rug collection every January at Maison et Objet, Paris.

Deirdre herself does not follow trends and lets inspiration and her instinctive eye for colour and form lead the evolution of new rug designs however Maison gives Company Manager Edison, a trained Interior Designer, the chance to keep an eye on trends and report back on his top design picks when he takes a break from meeting clients on our stand.

Here are a few of his favourites from this year’s show.

Detail of a sublime porcelain panel by Italian company Villari

Fun and colourful glass character vases by Murano Design

Whimsical umbrella by Pasotti

Zesty stackable chair by Plycollection

‘Vibe’ metallic table top by Riluc

Jungle Fever silk flowers by Dutch company Silkka

Glass swallows on this chandelier by Serip

Conceptual Jewellry by Dr Thomas Modeen

Mural on the Atelier C&S Davoy stand

Why should the everyday be boring? Whimsical letter box by La Boite Jaune

Patchwork textile-topped stool by Schlittler & Co AG


Textured wall panels by

Sand & Emmanuel