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.
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.
Inspired by our recent World of Interiors feature, Edison explores the links between street art and style and interiors.
It’s evident by our latest feature in the World of Interiors rug promotion (featuring FLIGHT and HARLEQUIN below) that the cross over from street art and style into fashion and interiors is ever increasing.
Street influences can offer exciting and graphically enhanced motifs, patterns, colour and form that would otherwise have only been applied to the walls of a derelict building or any accessible public surface on which to paint.
Thanks to Banksy, the street style has become widely accepted for its creative contributions and output. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to see the urban ‘out’ creeping ‘in’ by way of graffiti inspired feature walls, whether for the home or the office.
Back in 2015 Ray-Ban collaborated with collectable street artist ‘Mr Brainwash’ applying his distinctive splattering of paint to their iconic frames.
But street style doesn’t have to mean complicated, political or overworked.
These modern creations by French artist ‘Remi Rough’ (below) and Portuguese Street artist Vhils (bottom) use clean lines and textures to form their sublime creations. Both artists sell through galleries internationally and have had their work commissioned for architectural projects worldwide.
Deirdre Dyson is one of the exclusive brands selected by Rinck Paris for their curated collaboration At Home with a Connoisseur #chezunconnoiseur, a space filled with the best of contemporary art and design selected by Rinck in collaboration with tastemaker, and Deirdre Dyson French representative, Julia Van Hagen.
Having recently opened a showroom in nearby rue des saints-pères, Rinck selected two of Lady Dyson’s rug designs from this year’s LOOKING GLASS Collection – the bold and graphic SLIVERS and vibrant, organic TRANSPARENT, both hand knotted in Nepal in the finest Tibetan wool and Pure silk.
The curated space includes the latest addition to Rinck’s Félicité collection, a monumental bronze ceiling light, suspended above a table from the same collection. This is juxtaposed with a period 1940s sideboard, typical of a late Art Deco style that brought the house such success in the post-war period. Above the sideboard are a further two wall lights from the Félicité collection, uniting these two Rinck designs separated by seven decades of history.
Facing this sideboard, Savannah Bay Gallery contributed contemporary stools by the Zieta Prozessdesign Studio, home of Polish architect Oskar Zieta. Constructed in sculptural stainless steel with the studio’s Heat finish, they are an inspiring combination of technological innovation and contemporary design. This Paris gallery, always on the lookout for truly dedicated designers, also supplied two table lamps in laminated dichroic glass, the work of Buzao Studio.
The interior was painted by the skilled artisans of Argile and features two of the Paris specialists’ custom shades, Atelier Red and Scala, creating the perfect bold backdrop for the beautiful objets on view.
The exclusive wallpaper is from celebrated English company Fromental, “The Classicist Sketchbook” is a collaborative new design, inspired by full-scale sketches from Rinck’s design archive.
To enhance the space imagined by Rinck, Julia Van Hagen chose a series of potent modern works, with a photograph by Egyptian artist Youssef Nabil, a mixed-media work by New York painter Borden Capalino, a canvas painted in malachite ink by Californian Matthew Brandt and a painting by Jonathan Monk.
This unmissable design event, co-inciding with Paris Design Week takes place from 3rd – 24th September at 21 Rue Bonaparte in Paris by appointment. To arrange your visit please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or take an in-depth virtual tour here!
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.
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)
Arup also worked on the Opera House and the two men met during the early stages of its design, culminating in Ahm asking Utzon to design his home which he built in Harpenden, Hertfordshire from 1961-3. It was to be Utzon’s only completed project in the UK.
This low-lying Pavilion of concrete and brick unfolds to dramatically reveal floor to ceiling glass bringing the secluded, mature gardens into the classic mid-Century space. In the words of architecture critic Hugh Pearman “Probably the best Modern house in the world”.
As Ahm’s family grew, a later extension was added by Ulrik Plesner in association with Christopher Beaver Associates in 1972-4.
Now Grade II listed, from the street the house gives nothing away, dominated by its car port (and the later garage which formed part of the Plesner extension)
Ahm’s widow sold the house after his death in 2005 and it was sold again in 2016. The new owners wanted to maintain the character of the home and employed Architects Coppin Dockray to work on the interiors which have been sensitively restored. The restoration went on to win the Wallpaper* Design Award 2019 for Best Remastered Building.
Fast forward to Autumn last year and our shoot which featured Deirdre’s PLUMES, HARLEQUIN, MANDARIN, BURLESQUE and FEATHER BOUND rugs – Deirdre and Edison knew something special would unfold when they attended the shoot at the Ahm House and the finished photographs by Michael Sinclair are testament to that.
Hand knotted rugs are a surprisingly good choice for children’s rooms. As natural fibres, wool and silk are naturally resilient and when looked after properly clean well and last a lifetime.
Wool and silk are naturally hypoallergenic, and unlike machine made carpets hand knotted rugs do not use glues and avoid any of the chemical compounds found in synthetic fibres, an important factor with the increase in asthma and allergies amongst small children.
There is an ever-increasing awareness of ‘off gassing’ and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in interior design products and hand knotted rugs emit little or no VOCs. Selecting a hand made rug in natural materials can help maintain safe levels in the home.
A deep pile in wool and silk dampens sound, provide a soft, comfortable and tactile floor covering and of course create a soft surface for inevitable tumbles.
As sustainable, heirloom quality products Deirdre Dyson’s hand knotted rugs are made to last.
Investment pieces, the right design can grow with a child and become a familiar piece of home they take with them to university and beyond.
We selected a few of Deirdre’s archive designs that would suit a child’s room or play space. As always, every rug is bespoke and colours, size and design can be adapted to suit any room or requirement.
ANGELFISH is a playful, graphic cut-out design in practical black wool highlighted with striking blue silk elements, it would make an ideal addition to a play or bedroom.
DAISY and DAISY CHAIN are two designs perfect for a girls’ bedroom – the subtle colour palettes set off Deirdre’s renderings of a favourite flower.
Little girls are also well catered for by Deirdre Dyson’s Butterfly collection – here a version of MARIPOSA, often selected by Interior Designers for nurseries, is rendered in soft pinks and created in a round shape to add contrast.
BUBBLEGUM with its vibrant pops of pink silk would be a great addition to any room and is a design that can easily grow with a child. Practically the purple/grey wool grade on the background is very forgiving and would be a good choice where the occasional spill may happen.
Children’s spaces give the opportunity to go bold with colour choice – SWEETLIPS with its vibrant burnt orange border or HARLEQUIN from the Plumage collection would make a striking addition to any room, with the addition of interesting shapes for imaginary play.
Finally this is FOLD OUT, a brand new design from this year’s PAPER & STONE collection is the perfect playful addition to a child’s space – Deirdre was inspired by paper dolls to create the silk border of this circular rug and selected muted pink tones for our sample version but colour could be really ramped up to add vibrancy and fun to this clever design. Contact us to create your custom version.
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.