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“I can sing a rainbow…”

Read on for Edison’s festive advice using Deirdre’s STREAMER rug designs.

As reported in House Beautiful and according to John Lewis, this year’s biggest Christmas decoration trend is to go full-out rainbow. Yes, think Joseph and his hyper-technicoloured dream-coat, think Wizard of Oz in HD, think saturation spectrum overload.

This may be not be to everyone’s taste, but hey, Christmas is about having fun after all.

Our STREAMER design in either colourway, would be a great companion to your rainbow inspired room. Linking up larger pieces of furniture and accessories by using just a limited colour palette, will give your decorations more impact.

Pair the STREAMER carpet with a grey sofa such as this velvet beauty from Swoon, for deep seated luxury.

Just add some colour coordinated cushions to complete the look.

Red graded option, Simon Key Bertman. Blue velvet option, Faversham by Mercer41

To get your tree looking its best, try decorating with this delightful box of glass baubles from John Lewis.

For additional visual warmth group some gold candlesticks (H&M Home) and add to them hand-drawn, coloured candles from Shearer.

When Christmas is over and those festive decorations are all packed and boxed away, your Streamer carpet can have all the attention back. Paired with an Onda curved glass coffee table from glassfurniture.co.uk will accentuate the curves of the flowing ribbons.

The red and grey version of STREAMER is featured in the sample sale.

Visit our website to take advantage of on-going sale offers, with an additional 5% taken off all sale prices from now until December 22nd, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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REINVENTING CLASSICS

Deirdre‘s ribbon designs are enduringly popular – CARNIVALSTREAMER and FALLING RIBBONS never fail to capture people’s imaginations.

These designs are so versatile and lend themselves to any space in the home, the alternate colours on the ribbons create flow and depth and can easily be adapted to suit any scheme.

Deirdre enjoys revisiting signature rug designs and updating colours, which she has done recently with both STREAMER and CARNIVAL and we’re really excited by the results!

Here’s a sneak peak of the new designs hanging with the originals…

A new version of STREAMER with vibrant blue ribbon on the perfect neutral ground.

Our previous sample colourway with broody deep dark red ribbon on a grey ground, a great illustration of colour dramatically altering a design.

New CARNIVAL colourways – a muted, versatile palette which really emphasises the ‘unravelling’ effect.

New and old CARNIVAL colourways side by side.

Both older rugs are now included in our Sample sale or contact us to create your very own bespoke version.


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PANTONE’S COLOUR OF THE YEAR – UV

In Edison‘s occasional series on interior design he explores how best to bring Pantone’s color of the year for 2018, UV, into your interior.

So, the colour for 2018 is Pantone Ultra Violet 18-3838.

And people, do we need some ultra violet after such a dull autumn and long winter spell? Definitely a yes!

This year’s colour is full of vibrancy, leaving you the options to go full force or alternatively, down play it as an accent colour to punchy effect.

As with any rich colour, look for the complimentary colours (usually at the opposite end of the colour wheel) to either lift it or cool it.

Violets are naturally on the feminine side of the spectrum and work best when paired with concentrated golds and yellows in restrained amounts. UV is the perfect accompaniment to areas filled with rich cream backgrounds that need a warming uplift.

This playful trumpet style lamp by Delightfull shows just how well these tones mix.

Masculinise violet by contrasting against black or slate. Keep metals to dull or brushed golds and bronze whilst adding natural wood elements for a soothing harmony, as shown in the following image.

If the prospect of Ultra Violet partitions and spaces feels rather overwhelming, then stick to blocking the colour to fixtures, fittings and accessories, rather than pasting it on the walls.

The Strappo and Silenzio encased washbasins by Domenico de Palo and shown here finished in violet, is a perfect example.

Decorative cushions with Ultra Violet undertones (V&A for John Lewis) , simple iridescent glass vases (Habitat) and striking violet patterned fabric by Melo Design are great ways to introduce this energy on a less permanent (and imposing) way.

 

 

Or introduce UV elements on the floor with our DEVILS BIT SCABIOUS or DUSK carpet.

 

And just in case you’d rather wear it, be seen out in vibrant style with a dash of Tom Ford’s ‘Wet Violet’ lip gloss. Just perfect for a rainy day.

 

 


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A ‘Graceful’ Home

In his occasional series on Interior Design, Company Manager Edison creates interiors inspired by Jean-Paul Goude’s images of his muse Grace Jones, who’s documentary film ‘Bloodline and Bami‘ is released this month.

A few weeks ago, at a work meeting, I ended up referring to one of my greatest source of inspiration; the work of Jean-Paul Goude. Through an extensive catalogue of iconic images and film, Goude mixes disciplines as graphic designer, photographer, film director and illustrator, exploring complex themes with passion and high-octane creativity.

I’ve taken inspiration from three of his images, featuring his one-time partner, the unforgettable Ms. Grace Jones and turned these into room inspiration mood boards. Once you’ve found your source, it’s amazing what you can draw from it.

Grace Jones ‘Maternity’

Think postmodernism and sharp contrasts. Like a contemporary version of Mondrian ‘with an edge’, it’s about having fun.

Focusing on the colours used more sparingly in the image, I’ve used the red and pink to dominate as a feature. Don’t be afraid to use bright colours on walls and mix together for added drama. It’s all about creating that wow factor as well as symmetry, balance and a play on angles. Think punchy accent colours, such as yellow and electric blue and don’t be afraid to throw in some pattern too.

CLOCKWISE: Chair Dick Spierenburg, Interior Ghislaine Vinas Interiors, Mora Cushion Nuria, Lorna Cushion Made.com, Shelving unit Ettore Sottsass, Kaleido trays reallywellmade.co.uk

 

Grace Jones ‘Island Life’

Probably the most famous of all images and certainly emphasising the ‘less is more’ motto.

The palette here is dusty and light. Delicate pastels with stronger tones here and there.

Think urban cool with a feminine touch. Chocolate brown statement sofa paired with some dusty pink cocktail chairs perhaps? Or alternatively, stick to rich velvet upholstery. Team with white and gold accents and introduce splashes of turquoise and green through plants and accessories such as green glass vases. “Slave to the Rhythm” and complete the look with our RHYTHMS carpet.

TOP: Pendant Tom Dixon, RHYTHMS carpet, Vintage cocktail chair, Vintage sofa.

 

Grace Jones ‘Night Clubbing’.

The slickest of the three images, it’s so highly charged, you don’t need to add much to your interior to achieve the same effect.

Offering a pared down approach, the emphasis is on sleek, smooth finishes and forms. It’s all about the darker silhouette with a strong edge, like Grace herself.

Palettes of cool grey as the backdrop to heavier, darker pieces. Be bold and mix matt and gloss such as these ageless Tolix chairs that work well when paired with a concrete top dining table. Think cool metal against natural wood elements. Soft, pale fabrics and thicker textured knits against flat surfaces adds contrast, shade and variety.

To warm things up a little, aubergines and plum colours work best; not too overpowering but statement enough. The perfect balance.

Chairs Tolix, Wall Light Conran Shop, Arc Table Foster & Partners.

 

 

 

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HELLA JONGERIUS AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM

Our Designer, Nichola, recently visited the Hella Jongerius ‘Breathing Colour’ exhibition at the Design Museum

 

The installation-based exhibition took a deeper look at the way colour behaves in different lights, environments and on various shapes, illustrating the value of instability in colour and the freedom that gives.

Jongerius defiance of the uniformity in industrially produced colour is fascinating, especially for Nichola who works with colour every day.

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A Savoured Evening at the Gallery

Deirdre hosted a private event at our Kings Road Gallery last week to thank very special clients and collaborators.

Bubblefood created a spectacular selection of food and accompanying cocktails inspired by this year’s VISTA carpet collection which made for a wonderfully convivial evening.

The terrace ready to welcome guests.
Interior Designer Aida Bratovic from StudioAIDA ‘hunting for truffles’.

Luxury Topping’s Trisha Topping.
Alice Price, Sir James Dyson and Victoria Nixon.
President of SBID Vanessa Brady OBE and Edison Abidi.
Agnes Guillard, Chelsea Design Quarter’s Alexandra Metcalf and Edison Abidi.
Timothy Hatton Architect’s Correna Mitchell.

Rosanna Kitchen’s Darren Miller, Deirdre Dyson, Architect Timothy Hatton, Sir James Dyson and Correna Mitchell.
Strategist and Entrepreneur Grace Bian, Deirdre Dyson and ex Centerparcs CEO Peter Mole.

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Spring!

Continuing his occasional series on Interior Design, Deirdre Dyson’s Company Manager & trained Interior Designer Edison Abidi gives his tips on bringing Spring colour into your home.

Although UK weather is never reliable or consistent (except when it rains!) we’re well into Spring and there’s no better time to draw inspiration from this seasons colour trend of pastel peaches, yellow, light rose quartz through to earthy, coffee colours and natural green and blue tones.

Pantone Spring 2016 Color Report

If there isn’t much in the way of sparkling clear waters, warmer sun and delicate flowers outside, then introduce these reference colours onto your walls, floors and accessories by applying spring colours in combination or by using only a select few.

Spring

It’s nice to think on a grander scale such as this interior featured by Elle Décor, where modern classic and traditional work well in a space.

If, like many other homes, you have plain light walls, then changing the general colour palette should be easy and won’t require a lot of time or expense. By introducing a few select items here and there, you can achieve the spring look that will take you right through spring, summer, into Autumn and way beyond.

Spring

Mix and match modern fixtures alongside vintage and vintage inspired pieces. These are often produced in vibrant, as well as muted tones.

A grey background (found here on the expanse of floor) really helps even the most muted colours to stand out.

Spring

For a bolder statement, try picking two or three contrasting colours and work them to the max. This bold wallpaper with vibrant red and dark blue leaves, works surprisingly well against the woven, blue carpet and the gold and black accessories.

Spring

Our Coral carpet is the perfect choice for a floor feature and encapsulates the feeling of spring and is bang on trend with this years, spring colours.

CORAL
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs CORAL

On a much smaller scale, try adding some vintage glass vases and beakers to a shelf, window sill or table top. These usually come in a variety of shapes and sizes and look spectacular when grouped together with simple, freshly cut flowers.


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Edison’s Introduction to Colour & Colour Selection

Our Company Manager Edison Abidi is a trained Interior Designer and every now and then he’ll share some of his expertise here on the Blog – today it’s probably the most essential element of your bespoke rug design – colour.

‘People can be daunted by the fact that we have over 2,000 colours to choose from when designing your bespoke carpet but fear not! We are here to help and make the whole process as smooth as possible.

At the end of the day, it’s not just about the quantity of colour involved, but most importantly, it’s about how the carpet will eventually harmonise with your environment.

The finished carpet should fit in, create a sense of order and be visually engaging without necessarily being the centre of attention.

Most interiors evolve from an idea or concept or they can just develop naturally over time. Whichever way, they will or should express something of the people that live in them.

Colour will ultimately play an important part of this overall expression.

Keeping the above in mind, we can utilise some very simple formulas (that anyone can adopt) and drill down to find the perfect colours for your carpet.

All these techniques use The Colour Wheel as a starting point.

Colour Wheel

From the three basic primary colours of yellow, blue and red, we can create our secondary colours of green, orange and purple.

Mixing these secondary colours gives us a further palette of yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green.

Colour Wheel

Now imagine breaking that down even further, having all those options of light to heavy saturation for every hue? Well, that’s a lot of colour to consider for anyone (hence our vast selection of colours!)

Colour Wheel

Take a look at a section from our colour range to see the subtle variations involved.

With a little thought we can select colours that work in your interior, and together on your carpet, using these further colour ‘rules’:

Harmonious Colours

Firstly, a colour scheme based on those found in nature, is the most ‘natural’ one, obviously. Colours such as red/brown/green/yellow are all harmonious colours and any of these, in whatever hue, should sit well together.

Colour Wheel

Complementary Colours

Colours that are positioned directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. Think blue/orange or red/green. You can then veer off to the left or right of either of these for example, turquoise/brown or turquoise/orange.

Analogue Colours

Another colour scheme can be based on analogue colours, which are colours that sit side by side on a colour wheel. Think red/purple-red/purple as similarly used in our PLECTRUMS carpet (detail illustrated below).

PLECTRUMS detail

Again this principle can be applied to colours from the same palette such as dark to light in shades of green, see FOREST MOSAIC or the grading in TORN BETWEEN design (detail illustrated).

TORN BETWEEN detail

Texture

Like I said, it’s not just about the quantity of colour used. Sometimes harmony is created by not using much colour at all.

Take a look at our SUHAILAH carpet (detail illustrated).

SUHAILAH detail

By only using one colour, the carpet is beautifully harmonised simply by the contrast of silk against the wool background. Perfect for an interior where enough colour might already exist.’


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The Intricacies of Grading

Over the past few years Deirdre has increasingly incorporated grading – where different coloured silk or wool is woven together to create graduated layers of colour – into her designs to achieve a heightened sense of depth and complexity.

Last year’s SEA WASH showcased Deirdre’s skill for selecting colours that seamlessly segue to create a unique, almost water colour, effect.

SEAWASH indigo
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SEAWASH INDIGO

The grading applied to this year’s DAWN brilliantly gives, what appears to be a very simple design, incredible layers of visual depth and contrast.

DAWN
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs DAWN

The success of the finished carpet is a true combination of Deirdre’s singular eye for colour and the craftsmanship of our weavers in Nepal, Deirdre says of the weavers:

My 2015 “Illusion” collection presented my hand-knotted makers with the most difficult challenge to date.  The geometric designs may look deceptively simple, but the intricacy of workmanship involved is astounding. I have used colour grading in many directions and opposing paths. The makers, who work across the loom from left to right, row by row, have to change colour at almost every stitch. It requires them to think as if standing on their heads and reflects the complete labour of love that we dedicate to these exquisite carpets! The result is a dazzling contrast from light to dark, of shadows and optical illusions.

Here are some recent images of our weavers at work on a large-scale version of SEAWASH.

This version incorporates no less than seven different coloured silk threads and requires incredible skill on the weavers part to achieve the finished effect.

Intricacies of Grading

Intricacies of Grading

Intricacies of Grading

Discover how Deirdre has utilised this unique effect in the new collection.