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Invaluable Support

Having recently opened our Parisian Bureau we wanted to make special mention of the support we have had from UK Trade and Investments (UKTI).

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.


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Deirdre Dyson at the Design Museum

Last month Deirdre joined a host of hand-picked luxury interiors, fine art, couture and automotive brands exhibiting at ‘Curation of the Finest’, a collection of rare and one-off contemporary collectables and objects, showcased by Luxury Cave at London’s Design Museum.

Deirdre Dyson in front of her UNBOUND limited edition carpet artwork.

Luxury Cave‘s aim is to ‘present a new viewpoint of luxury that focuses on objects that speak of craftsmanship, emotion and investment of time.’

Deirdre Dyson’s carpets fulfil this brief perfectly – the combination of Deirdre’s sketches and colour selection realised as carpets through the age-old craft of hand knotting by artisan craftspeople and the bespoke process, cannot be rushed, assisted by but impervious to technological advances. This is slow design at its finest.

Deirdre was excited to create and unveil her first ever Carpet Artwork exclusively for the event.

The ultimate expression of her background as a Fine Artist and Carpet Designer – UNBOUND will be created in a limited edition of three (the first of which is available to purchase exclusively via the Luxury Cave website)

Deirdre took inspiration from ‘the rising steps to freedom and breaking away from the ties that bind us’ and the piece is a joyous juxtaposition of colours hand knotted in wool and silk.

Deirdre also exhibited her intricate PLUMES carpet from this year’s PLUMAGE Rug Collection, bespoke versions of which will also be available exclusively through the Luxury Cave website for the next three months.

Deirdre Dyson’s PLUMES carpet on exhibit at the Design Museum, London

PLUMES is a masterly intricate carpet design of interlocking feather barbs on a deep navy background with striking turquoise tips, the fine detail of which posed a real challenge to our incredibly skilled Nepalese weavers.

Both pieces, as with all Deirdre Dyson carpet designs, are Goodweave certified.

The exhibition was co-curated by Sofia Barattieri and Darren Miller of Luxury Cave and art directed by celebrated Set Designer Simon Costin.

Luxury Cave’s Sofia Barattieri and Fashion Designer Mary Katrantzou in front of Deirdre Dyson’s UNBOUND artwork and PLUMES carpet.

Other exhibitors and curated objects included Fine Jeweller Fabio Salini, fine art by Lucio Fontana and Alighiero Boetti, the intricately embroidered handbags of Parisian Designer Carole Tessier’s label ‘Preciously Paris‘, Auto Fabrica, Furniture by Studio Drift, Thomas Heatherwick and Pinto Paris, the Aston Martin Lagonda and Fashion Designer Mary Katrantzou celebrated the 10th Anniversary of her brand as part of the event.

Luxury Cave’s Chanda Pandya and Darren Miller with Fashion Designer Mary Katrantzou in front of Deirdre Dyson’s UNBOUND artwork and PLUMES carpet.

Deirdre’s artwork and carpet at the exhibition

Visit the Luxury Cave digital portal here.

 

 

 


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MAXIMALISM: Some Deirdre Dyson Rugs that work with the Trend

Deirdre Dyson’s Design Library includes a bespoke rug design for any interior style and as all our carpets are custom made; design, size and colour can be altered to suit the most exacting requirements.

Colour, in particular, can be dialled up or down and introducing bold colours in an interior can really embolden a space and anchor a room.

Style is of course the most subjective of things, for some interiors more is more and designs and colours that would apparently fight with each other when juxta positioned can be really effective.

This excess of pattern and bold colour is known as Maximalism and is a trend that is having a resurgence.

Deirdre Dyson GOLDEN PHEASANT (wall) and BURLESQUE (floor) hand knotted wool & silk rugs

Deirdre’s rug designs can really lend themselves to this maximalist style – for instance GOLDEN PHEASANT, is a vibrant riot of pink and orange wools, shot with petrol blue silk and would stun in a busy setting or what about LIME JUICE? A super simple design but bursting with juicy greens that just scream excess.

This year’s SLIVERS has been our most popular design by far – bold nuggets of graded blues, purple and green silk would sit equally as a striking centre piece in a more pared back space or likewise hold its own when surrounded by bold graphic artwork and busy pattern.

Likewise GLASS CUBES and TRANSPARENT.  This image illustrates how well carpets can work on walls to add striking colour and texture to a large expanse.

Deirdre Dyson GLASS CUBES (wall) and TRANSPARENT (floor)

Contact us to arrange your appointment at our gallery to be inspired by Deirdre’s designs and explore your inner Maximalist with our selection of over 5000 wool and silk colours.


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Deirdre Dyson VISTA carpet collection launches at Maison et Objet Paris

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.

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Deirdre’s Design Inspiration – Water

Deirdre Dyson at work in her studio at home.

 

Continuing our exploration of inspiration and what keeps us #INspired, Deirdre draws inspiration for her designs from myriad sources but one recurring area of fascination is water – be it BULRUSHES reflected in a lake or lapping water on the shore in SEAWASH.

We thought exploring some of these rug designs would be fascinating – the source of inspiration being fundamentally the same, the designs themselves could not be more different.

BULRUSHES

BULRUSHES
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs BULRUSHES

One of Deirdre’s more figurative designs and one that has captured people’s imagination and become a classic and was inspired by Deirdre’s painting of the same name.

This rug features the naturally abstracted forms of bulrushes, their bending shafts reflected and refracted in lake water.

Deirdre uses a graded wool/silk mix background to recreate the skyline and lake water which merge on the horizon to create this perfectly framed design.  The finished rug is so captivating one client choose to hang it on a wall of their home.

BULRUSHES won both the International Wool Carpet & Rug Awards (Design Sector) 2017 and the International Design & Architecture Awards (Flooring, Carpet & Rugs) 2017.

 

SEAWASH

SEAWASH indigo
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SEAWASH INDIGO

The success of Deirdre’s SEAWASH rug design is all in the grade – which required Deirdre’s exceptional eye for colour to achieve this seamless ebb and flow effect.

Originally Deirdre designed the carpet in two versions, INDIGO (above) and BEIGE (below) which have become favourite designs amongst clients, we have created both large scale carpets and runners from this endlessly versatile design.

SEAWASH beige
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SEAWASH BEIGE

SEAWASH comes alive hand knotted in lustrous 100% silk (as in the versions above), providing the perfect watery, iridescent finish but has also been recreated several times using varying colourways in hand knotted and gun tufted 100% wool versions.

 

NAUTICAL

NAUTICAL
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs
NAUTICAL

In NAUTICAL Deirdre again treats her source inspiration completely differently – abstracting sea water into fluid but solid geometric shapes, creating a feeling of depth and movement by alternating the same colours in wool and silk.

Clients can of course change these colours from the original water based palate but fundamentally this ‘breaking down’ of the sea to its most basic elements is the key to this design.

 

LILYPOND

LILYPOND
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs LILYPOND

For LILYPOND Deirdre created a subtle, light to dark grade to give the impression of still pond water.

This circular grade, a challenge for our weavers, creates a sense of depth and bursts of colour are provided by the silk lilypads creating a 3D  effect.

 

SEASCAPE and SEA MIST

 

Both these designs are based on light (silk bars) reflected on sea water (a graded wool background)

SEASCAPE is an incredible 7m in width, reflecting the expansiveness of the sea and a chance for Deirdre to illustrate just how large hand knotted carpets can be.

SEASCAPE features shots of sunlight on the sea’s surface whilst SEA MIST uses stormier hues and was made on a more domestic scale but is no less effective.

SEASCAPE is currently available in it’s original 7 x 2.3m size and as a 1 x 2.9m runner in our sample sale.

ROMAN POND

ROMAN POND
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs
ROMAN POND

Whilst not strictly inspired by water itself, the first of Deirdre’s mosaic designs was inspired by mosaic lined Roman ponds, the intricacy of ROMAN POND poses a challenge to our weavers as the thin lines of wool ‘grouting’ around the ingots of silk are incredibly complex to achieve (and individually carve out) but the finished effect is stunning.

 

RIVULETS
The everyday source inspiration for this rug only adds to its allure  – RIVULETS mimics the trail of rain drops on a window pane – the simplest of inspiration led Deirdre to this wonderfully subtle graded design.

Finally this year’s LOOKING GLASS Collection was inspired by glass and glass objects including a water filled flask in LOOKING THROUGH, discarded pieces of sea worn glass in FLOATING GLASS and abstracted light and forms through glass and water in LIGHT FRAGMENTS.  See the full collection here.

Looking for inspiration for your home? Explore all of Deirdre Dyson’s entirely bespoke rug designs in our Design Library and imagine how you could make it your own.  Contact us with any enquiries.

 


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A Trio of Carpets Designed to Unify a Large Living Space in New York

Deirdre Dyson has used three variations of her classic FALLING STICKS design to create cohesion between the three ‘zones’ of the salon in this Manhattan apartment.

The hand knotted carpets create connection in what would otherwise feel a vast space.  Each background is in the same coloured Tibetan wool (a neutral grey) and the bar detail on each use the same selection of Chinese silks (six in total) comprising a dramatic cobalt blue, beiges and silver greys.

The easy option would have been to use the same rug design in each area but Deirdre has cleverly used the same colour palette and similar design components in very different ways so the carpets reference each other but each stands alone as a unique design.

As you enter the salon, the music/library area features a bordered carpet edged with alternately sized vertical bars to allow space for the dramatic large circular coffee table in the centre (cleverly connecting with the curved staircase and marble in the hallway)

The classic ATTITUDE carpet, a signature rug design, which clients gravitate towards again and again, centres the TV area, topped by an Yves Klein coffee table, which Deirdre referenced when selecting the blue of the blue silk bars on each design.

In the seating area, which focuses on the specular views of the New York skyline, the final design, MOVING BARS, features a border of horizontal bars which loosen and ‘escape’ towards the centre, where another Yves Klein coffee table sits, partnering the one at the other side of the room.

These three carpets create a suite of designs that quietly connect the three areas in this vast space and link together in a subtle and harmonious way.


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Tufting Greatness. How Deirdre’s designs are adapted for largescale fitting

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!

100% Wool Hand Tufted alternative version of GRAPHIC PEBBLE
100% Wool Hand Tufted alternative version of GRAPHIC PEBBLE
100% Wool Hand Tufted alternative version of BEYOND
100% Wool Hand Tufted Bespoke Geometric Design

 

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Goodweave – taking practical steps to end Child Labour

“We want [companies] to think beyond the factory gate…GoodWeave’s unique offering is the combination of inspection and monitoring and community mobilisation throughout the supply chain… making this initiative a viable complement to those already underway, as well as a stand-alone best practice.” — Joost Kooijman, UNICEF

The GoodWeave label is as important to us as the Deirdre Dyson label on our carpets.

GoodWeave was born in an Indian jail cell in the early 1990s. After reuniting a trafficked child weaver with his mother, future Nobel Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi was outraged to see dozens more children with a labour broker.

Imprisoned overnight for causing a disturbance, he awoke with a simple idea: follow the money. If companies and consumers refuse to buy products tainted by child labour, producers can’t make them. Kailash reached out to allies and GoodWeave International was officially established in 1997. It was the first organisation to use product labeling to remediate a human rights issue.

Today, GoodWeave’s market-driven model includes company engagement, supply chain inspections, product certification, consumer awareness, victim rescue and remediation, and preventative efforts such as educational programmes in at-risk communities. GoodWeave reaches layers of the supply chain that were previously invisible — making child labour a thing of the past.

Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2nd, 2014, Ariana Rugs.

This is Goodweave’s unique market-based model:

Harness Market Forces in partnership with rug importers and high street brands to create demand for goods made without child labour. GoodWeave prevents children from toiling in labour by distinguishing products with the GoodWeave label.

Clean up Supply Chains by independently monitoring against the GoodWeave Standard, including all tiers of production from factory to individual home, and remediating all cases of child labour.

Create Educational Opportunities to stem the tide of child labour, ensuring that all children from vulnerable worker communities are attending school and learning.

Improve Conditions for All Workers by addressing a broad set of workers’ rights throughout the supply chain and offering skills training and other improvement programmes.

The Figures* involves are staggering:

  • 152 million child labourers worldwide
  • 72 million children performing hazardous work
  • 25 million people living in forced labour
  • 6.3 million children in forced labour

Child labour and global supply chains are getting increasing attention, yet practical solutions that respond to the priorities of both workers and businesses remain elusive. While many organisations work in this field, the collective effort is not yet reaching the most vulnerable at the very bottom of the supply chain, such as in sub-contracted sites and where homeworkers are found. GoodWeave addresses this gap.

*Data from “Global Estimates of Modern Slavery,” International Labour Organisation and Walk Free Foundation, 2017

Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2nd, 2014, Ariana Rugs.

Goodweave‘s impact to date:

  • 300+ companies
  • Thousands of children rescued
  • Tens of thousands enrolled in educational programmes
  • Overall reduction in incidence of child labour

Always look for GoodWeave certified products when you buy rugs, embellished goods, fashion jewellery and home textiles.

Win a Deirdre Dyson hand knotted rug in the 25th Anniversary Goodweave Charity Raffle, enter here.


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Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Collaboration with Rinck Paris

Deirdre Dyson is one of the exclusive brands selected by Rinck Paris for their curated collaboration At Home with a Connoisseur #chezunconnoiseur,  a space filled with the best of contemporary art and design selected by Rinck in collaboration with tastemaker, and Deirdre Dyson French representative, Julia Van Hagen.

Having recently opened a showroom in nearby rue des saints-pères, Rinck selected two of Lady Dyson’s rug designs from this year’s LOOKING GLASS Collection – the bold and graphic SLIVERS and vibrant, organic TRANSPARENT, both hand knotted in Nepal in the finest Tibetan wool and Pure silk.

The curated space includes the latest addition to Rinck’s Félicité collection, a monumental bronze ceiling light, suspended above a table from the same collection.  This is juxtaposed with a period 1940s sideboard, typical of a late Art Deco style that brought the house such success in the post-war period. Above the sideboard are a further two wall lights from the Félicité collection, uniting these two Rinck designs separated by seven decades of history.

Facing this sideboard, Savannah Bay Gallery contributed contemporary stools by the Zieta Prozessdesign Studio, home of Polish architect Oskar Zieta. Constructed in sculptural stainless steel with the studio’s Heat finish, they are an inspiring combination of technological innovation and contemporary design. This Paris gallery, always on the lookout for truly dedicated designers, also supplied two table lamps in laminated dichroic glass, the work of Buzao Studio.

The interior was painted by the skilled artisans of Argile and features two of the Paris specialists’ custom shades, Atelier Red and Scala, creating the perfect bold backdrop for the beautiful objets on view.

The exclusive wallpaper is from celebrated English company Fromental, “The Classicist Sketchbook” is a collaborative new design, inspired by full-scale sketches from Rinck’s design archive.

To enhance the space imagined by Rinck, Julia Van Hagen chose a series of potent modern works, with a photograph by Egyptian artist Youssef Nabil, a mixed-media work by New York painter Borden Capalino, a canvas painted in malachite ink by Californian Matthew Brandt and a painting by Jonathan Monk.

This unmissable design event, co-inciding with Paris Design Week takes place from 3rd – 24th September  at 21 Rue Bonaparte in Paris by appointment.  To arrange your visit please contact julia@deirdredyson.com or take an in-depth virtual tour here!