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Deirdre Dyson Book Signing for LDF 21st September

Walking on Art

On the evening of Monday 21st September, Deirdre will hold a one-off book signing of ‘Walking on Art: Explorations in Carpet Design’ in her newly unveiled Carpet Gallery.

Walking on Art

This is part of a special late opening event to celebrate London Design Festival and will take place from 6-8pm at 554 Kings Road, in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter.

‘Walking on Art’ is published by Thames & Hudson and described by Sir Terence Conran as A book that should be treasured by designers of interiors.

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.

Click here for details of other #LDF15 Chelsea Design Quarter events on 21st.

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GoodWeave – Ending Child Labour and Modern Slavery Across the Supply Chain

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.

 

 

 


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PLUMAGE RUG COLLECTION LAUNCH PARTY

Sam and Mark from Echlin chat to Deirdre Dyson, Pandora from World of Interiors in conversation with James Dyson

We love revealing Deirdre’s new rug designs at Maison & Objet every January but by contrast, Deirdre’s annual UK collection launch, held here in the intimacy of our Kings Road gallery, is by far the highlight of our year.

The evening gives Deirdre a chance to catch up with valued friends of the brand as well as clients old and new and introduce her carpets in person whilst guests can touch and feel the incredible quality of the finished designs, see the lustre of the silk and the true colours which are always best viewed ‘in the flesh’.

Lady Dyson in front of her limited edition carpet artwork UNBOUND

This year’s collection inspired by the hues and patterns of birds and their feathers, is a riot of colour and contrast and provoked much admiration and discussion.  As did Deirdre’s first carpet artwork, UNBOUND, created in a limited edition of three and intricately handwoven in 32 colours of wool and silk.

UNBOUND was recently included in The Luxury Cave launch event at the Design Museum and was so overwhelmingly well received that Deirdre is now working on another limited-edition wall piece, more details to be revealed soon.

Flowers by Clayton at Strudwick Flowers provided the perfect backdrop to the evening’s festivities.  Deirdre had requested natural arrangements with fluid forms reflecting the designs on display and Clayton fulfilled this brief perfectly, picking up the reds in both HARLEQUIN and UNBOUND on the first floor and the golden and buttery tones of GOLDEN PHEASANT and BURLESQUE on the ground floor.

Bespoke cocktails colour co-ordinated with Deirdre Dyson’s QUILLS rug

This year guests enjoyed lavender cocktails selected by Edison to compliment the purple found in Deirdre’s new QUILLS rug design, Champagne and Dyson wine together with delicious canapes by Aquashard such as mushroom arancini, steak tartare and mini fish and chips.  Guests were extremely well looked after by Aquashard’s John Wiltshire and his team.

Lily from Cereal Magazine with Deirdre Dyson PR Zara Brown of Zedcoms
Wallpaper* Online Editor Sujata Burman, Chanda Pandya of Rossana/The Luxury Cave, Sir James Dyson and Dave Harvey of Wallpaper*

The gallery, designed by Architect Timothy Hatton (pictured) comes in to its own at night and the wonderful atmosphere led to a very special evening celebrating another stellar rug collection by Deirdre.

Paresh Dudhaiya, Tricia Topping of Luxury Topping, Mary Wiggin and Rachel Bull of Co-Existence
Correna Mitchell, Sir James Dyson, Sir James Bucknall, Architect Timothy Hatton, Julia Carrick and Darren Miller of Rossana/The Luxury Cave

Michael Messenger, Diana Wilkinson, Model and Author Victoria Nixon and Deirdre Dyson
Sir James Dyson and Architect Timothy Hatton
Occa Designs CEO Kate Mooney (right) and Clare-Ann Coll
Julia Carrick and Brendon Moss
Nichole Detering and Nicholas Hanslip of Franklin of Project Management with Sir James Bucknall
Sir James and Lady Dyson
Stylists Louisa Grey and Marianne Cotterill
John Wiltshire and members of his Aquashard team
Stylist Marianne Cotterill
Al Martin of Alexander Martin Architects
Correna Mitchell of Timothy Hatton Architects

Designer Sue Timney
Tricia Topping of Luxury Topping

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Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs – One Time Only Stock Sale

SHADOWS (L) and DAWN (R) two of the stock rug designs available in our sale.

 

Lockdown doesn’t mean business has to stop or a project be delayed, whether private or commercial.

At Deirdre Dyson, we are moulding the way we operate and work in order to accommodate these difficult times.

Whilst our bespoke business continues with our slightly reduced opening hours of 11am – 5pm Monday to Friday, Lockdown has allowed us the chance to sell our stock rug designs for immediate purchase with no need to wait our standard manufacture time of 14-16 weeks – you can have your perfect hand knotted rug  and enjoy it in your home now.

For the next 8 weeks we are running a sale starting 1st May until the end of August offering all of our stock carpets at a discount. This is in conjunction with our regular sale carpets, so please do check our website and grab yourself an heirloom quality rug for a fraction of the price.

All stock carpets are being offered at a 20% discount and includes UK standard delivery.

Discounts on the regular sale carpets continue to be incredible value, as listed on our dedicated sample sale page, with some discounts of over 50% on selected designs.

To arrange an appointment receive a list of available stock carpets are, please email your interest and we will send you the list, we’re sure there will be something suitable for your home or project.

Sale carpets are mostly our standard size of  1.7m x 2.35m although there are some exceptions to this and any variation will be clearly stated for each design. There is one unit per design, so once sold, it will no longer be available.

Prices are final and are inclusive of standard UK delivery.

Terms & Conditions:

  • EXCLUDES 2020 COLLECTION.
  • Discounts and prices are all final and inclusive of standard door to door UK delivery (observing social distancing).
  • Payment must be made via bank transfer and carpets will be sent via courier service on payment clearing.
  • Our gallery is open by appointment only, please email us to arrange a suitable time to visit.
  • For a more accurate representation, high res images of carpet designs can be found on our website or can be sent to you via email upon request.  We are also happy to post quality samples if required.
  • Deliveries are currently restricted and specific time critical delivery options are not available, so please allow 7-10 working days for your rug to arrive.  That said please rest assured we will keep you fully advised of delivery details for your purchase.
  • All sales are final and non-refundable or returnable.

For all enquiries please email us and we’ll be delighted to assist you or arrange a socially distanced visit to our 554 Kings Road gallery.


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The newly refurbished 554 Kings Road is revealed!

554 Kings Road

On Wednesday 9th September Deirdre and Architect Timothy Hatton welcomed invited guests to celebrate the re-opening of our spectacularly transformed carpet gallery at 554 Kings Road.

554 Kings Road

554 Kings Road

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.

554 Kings Road

554 Kings Road

Sally Storey of Lighting Design International created a bespoke lighting system to showcase Deirdre’s carpet designs to stunning effect.

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.

554 Kings Road

554 Kings Road

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.

554 Kings Road

554 Kings Road

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.


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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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Centenary of the Bauhaus

Deirdre Dyson’s ANGULUS rug, originally designed for the V&A Museum‘s Modernism exhibition

2019 marks the centenary of the Bauhaus, one of the most significant movements in art and design of the 21st Century.

In 1919, Walter Gropius became the director of a new institution created from the merger of two art schools in Weimar.  This new school, the Staatliches Bauhaus, was to be known simply as the Bauhaus.  Even though Gropius was an architect and the term ‘Bauhaus’ literally translates as “construction house,” it did not solely concentrate on architecture, it was a school encompassing all elements of art and design.

Gropius aim was “to create a new guild of craftsmen, without the class distinctions which raise an arrogant barrier between craftsman and artist.” Combining influences from modernism, the English Arts and Crafts movement, and Constructivism, Gropius promoted the idea that design was to serve the community and exist in its purist form, epitomised in the Bauhaus principle ‘Form follows function’.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Bauhaus realised the concept of “Gesamtkunstwerk,” or complete work of art, meaning the visual arts, graphic design product and furniture design as well as architecture combined to create a cohesive environment comprising simple, elegant geometric shapes, solid colours and minimalist spaces.

Having moved over the course of its existence from Weimar to Dessau and finally Berlin, the Bauhaus was closed by the Nazis in 1933 for producing ‘degenerate art’.  Despite this suppression, the Bauhaus lived on and it’s ideologies spread as many of its staff and students fled Germany bringing the school’s idealistic concepts with them, influences that continue to have an impact on design today.

Despite being known as a minimalist discipline, The Bauhaus felt an understanding of colour was of paramount importance and colour theories taught as part of the school’s foundation course by artists Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Josef Albers formed the basis of contemporary colour theory. This included expanding the colour wheel, developing ideas of colour contrast, exploring the psychological effects of colour and their spiritual and transcendental nature.

Other Bauhuas luminaries included Josef’s wife Anni Albers, Hinnerk Scheper, Georg Muche, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Joost Schmidt, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Gunta Stölzl and Oskar Schlemmer, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Like any colourist, Deirdre Dyson’s designs inadvertently pay homage to the Bauhaus concepts and artists, with both the application of colour theory and form but some of Deirdre’s rug designs really do make a more obvious nod to the movement, none more so than ANGULUS with its stark geometry and solid colours.

Several of Deirdre’s designs or bespoke reworkings never make it to the loom, so for a bit of fun, we’ve trawled through the archive to find some other Deirdre Dyson designs which illustrate Bauhaus principles of form and colour, here’s what we’ve found.

An alternate working of Deirdre Dyson’s WINDOWS created for a scheme in New York

 

A carpet design by Deirdre Dyson based on rectangles and squares
A reworking of Deirdre Dyson’s ODEON design, entitled ENCOMPASS concept design for a project in New York

 

A simple geometric design created by Deirdre Dyson
Deirdre Dyson’s OVERLAY rug design reminiscent of Josef Alber’s ‘Homage to the Square’ (below)


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Beauty v’s the Beast – The war within (Prize Giveaway)

Deirdre Dyson has always looked at the natural world for inspiration. How far can we actually go beyond the surface of nature for new ideas? As far as a cell?

But before we might even attempt to do that, we could start by rediscovering and understanding our relationship with our oldest, tiniest enemies.

With Covid-19 on the forefront of everyone’s minds and lips, it certainly has encouraged us all to think and live microscopically, as our working and private environments becoming more concentrated and restricted; life and freedom itself has had its boundaries substantially reduced.    

 

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The battle between viruses and cells goes back over 4 billion years of evolution. Cousins at heart, whilst enemies at play, the game of conquest continues. Not too far from science fiction, opportunistic viruses attack healthy cells with the sole aim to replicate and take control of the host.

For centuries the complexity of life and the universe has captivated the human imagination and study and created a science around the subject in order to understand it better and to create positive interventions in order to survive within it.

Looking at the bigger picture, the universe, our solar system, planetary forms and the patterns of galaxies far and beyond all replicate down to within microns of a single cell. It’s an amazing mirroring that follows through existence and in every living thing, whether animal or plant.

A single cell, with all its layers and core, resembles many planet structures including our own planet Earth. Credit: Biologyexams4u.com.

The human body is made up of 120 trillion cells all coexisting to create a unique life force-a living, breathing, thinking human.

Our immune system has developed over millions of years in the form of protective proteins cells. These white blood cells are the guardians of our bodies’ immune system all working in unison by instruction from our unique DNA, found at the core of each and every cell; within the Nucleus.

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Every time our bodies come under attack from a virus, our defence system is kicked into gear by our cells, each one connected to the other and sending warning signals to pull up the appropriate antibody. Our personal record and library of virus attack is stored in the bone marrow and our bodies can recognise a virus through this library, knowing exactly which antibody to use in order to attack the virus.

 

 

 

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Viruses are around us all the time, in the air, on every surface. They have co-evolved alongside cells and are made up of the remnant parts of our own cells, hence they are equipped to attack us in the most efficient and deceitful way.

Unfortunately, we do not have antibodies for every single virus, as we are only ever exposed to a fraction of viruses in existence. Hence, we rely on science and medical intervention when a new virus, particularly a Zoonotic virus transfers from animal to human.

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The irony of it all is that this battle continues for one reason only; in order to shape us for our own survival as we continue to evolve and exist within this vast and complex mix of everything, that is both good, bad, near, far and within. 

GIVEAWAY

Can you spot the odd one out? One of these images is an actual Deirdre Dyson carpet design and isn’t a virus structure at all, perfectly illustrating how replication is in everything around us.

Please email your answer to sales@deirdredyson.com

Hint: The answer can be found on our website.

One lucky entry will be selected at random from all correct answers received and will be sent a “Walking on Art’” book by Deirdre Dyson (rrp £38), published by Thames and Hudson in order to keep you #INspired during lockdown.

All entries must be received by the 28th May, 2020 and the winner will be announced along with the correct answer on the 1st June, 2020.


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Our 2016 Collection to be revealed at Maison et Objet, Paris

Maison et Objet 2016

We are extremely excited to reveal all nine new designs in Deirdre’s collection for 2016 Walking 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.