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INspired by…Music Videos

Creative inspiration comes from myriad sources.  Taking our lead from a recent article in Dezeen, we’re having an alternative look at inspiration on screen – exploring what music videos act as a creative spur to the Deirdre Dyson Kings Road team.

Company Manager Edison

Lana del Ray – ‘Young and Beautiful’

I love the resonance of Lana Del Ray’s voice and her unconventional beauty often mixed with an orchestral backdrop. It’s a style of music that makes you feel dead and alive at the same time, that is both distinctive and unique. 
 I find her video for the song “Young and Beautiful” so inspiring.
It is highly influenced by the ‘Toccata and Fuge in D Minor’ scene from Disney’s ‘Fantasia’. The overlap of colours, the silhouettes, shadows and the play on dark and light both in the foreground and background. It reminds me how important lighting is to any interior and how it can either make or break a space and ambience. Lighting is so often overlooked in interior design and remains such an important element in creating atmosphere and drama. I love the understated luxury elements of her make up, hair and jewellery and the grandiose styling, amplifying height, scale and space. It all works so beautifully in combination with her voice.  

Deirdre’s LIGHT BETWEEN design evokes the style and mood of Lana’s video perfectly.

 

Trade Sales Manager Chris

 

Tina Turner – ‘Look Me In The Heart’

 

Hard to believe this video is now 30 years old as it doesn’t seem that dated to me.

For years we have all been inspired by greys in our interiors which I love.

But the visual palette of this video by Tina Turner oozes colours in wonderful tones from saffron, aquas and Tina herself a beautiful magenta pink silk trouser suit.

Watching this I now notice flashes of pink and oranges which remind me of Deirdre Dyson’s STEPS carpet design. 

STEPS was inspired by a holiday Deirdre had in Mexico and the colours here, as well as the simple and spacious set of this video, makes me feel it is also reminiscent of a hot climate.

Watch the video, listen to this sweet song and consider how strong colours in the correct tones can create statements in our interiors without shouting.

Deirdre has over 5000 colours to choose from so introducing a carpet is an excellent way to bring colours you like into your own interiors schemes.

 

Social Media & Marketing Manager Sonia

 

Jack White – ‘Over and Over and Over’ 

 

This video is really clever – it’s set in one room but contains a multitude of vignettes in a tiny space.

 

Of course this is a set but I’ve always been intrigued by the way houses in cities like London are carved up into interesting living spaces, bursting with character and how cleverly people craft these corners into individual homes.

The turn of this stairs hints to more and forms a crucial link in the story as well as making you to want to explore this spare little space as it transforms over the course of the song.  The ‘illustrated’ version of the room is inspired.

I really love colour pops and think the way the colour blue threads through the spot is inspired, from the metallic indigo on the first shot of the guitar pick ups through to the the paint dripping from the stars to the minimalist canvas flooding with Yves Klein blue, a colour favoured by Deirdre and used in a recent version of UP AND OVER.

The gold costume of the character sitting on the sofa at the beginning remind me of the colourways in Deirdre’s original version of UP & OVER shot with bold, gold panels.

I just think the aesthetic is fabulous, dark to light, surreal and common place all in a little studio or flat anyone could own.

 

Design Technician –  Nichola

OK Go – ‘Obsession’

I couldn’t stop watching the video, ‘Obsession’.

The background of the video incorporates over 550 printers and numerous pieces of paper that were recycled later.

The patterns and spectrum of coloured paper used were stunning. 

Right from the beginning I was drawn in by the brilliant use of white paper which then changed to a symphony of so many different colour combinations.  It was surprising to see the contrast of subtle colours at the end of the video.

The speed and rhythm of the moving paper with the fabulous choreography of the band members works so well with the music.  

I also liked how the band members were dressed in white which was such a contrast to the vivid backgrounds.  Dancing whilst suspended in the air made the video even more unique.

All in all I found this to be very inspirational on many design levels – I could watch it again and again.  

We thought Deirdre’s CHEQUERED carpet, graded in wool with silk was reminiscent of the aesthetic created by the graded grid of paper in Nichola’s chosen spot.

Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs CHEQUERED

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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 
Breton

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Deirdre Dyson’s inspiration for the LOOKING GLASS rug collection

Deirdre’s 2020 collection has just launched at Maison et Objet, Paris.

These hand knotted designs were inspired by Deirdre’s observations of colours and forms through glass, glass objects and water.  Nine new designs take her carpets in an entirely different direction.

Read all about Deirdre’s inspiration for each carpet in the LOOKING GLASS Collection here in her own words:

Last summer I found myself mesmerised by everything I could see through glass and water, particularly on holiday where the sun made everything glitter.

I decided to try to make my designs seem ‘glassy’ even though I was working in wool!  If I failed, I might create something unexpected – I love the challenge of the unknown result and you only discover if you explore.

GLASS CUBES

I started with two little rectangular vases of different colour, photographed them and analysed the colours they created when they were overlapping each other.

I designed two simple geometric shapes representing the cubes and inserted the exact colours from my palette of wool poms to represent where the two colours overlapped which gives the illusion of looking through glass.

I finished the piece with wide silken borders to add the shine and glitter of glass.  I was hugely surprised and excited at the finished carpet which really looked glassy and also very three dimensional.  This encouraged me to explore several different ideas about glass.

SLIVERS

The next attempt led on from this overlapping idea.  I didn’t even need real glass, I just created four shapes, selected four colours and overlapped them creating the colour I imagined would occur if they existed.

What made this carpet successful was the grading I decided to do within each piece.  I had to select about 8 grades of each colour to grade from dark to light, and from the outside in, to give the illusion of seeing through the glass.

This was the first time that we had tried to grade within a random shape which was very difficult to specify for our craftspeople and a new challenge for them too.  Again they succeeded and have given me a new skill to work with in the future.

TRANSPARENT was designed from an existing vase with various shapes and colours in the glass.

I created my own shapes and colours and again looked for the overlapping colours that I knew would occur.  Because the inspiration was a vase I added some silk highlights to represent light against the outside of the vase.  Each of these highlights was a paler colour of the colour underneath.

LIGHT FRAGMENTS

I have a very simple water flask and thought of two different things that I could do with it.  One was to paint exactly what I could see inside through the water which were random abstract shapes and colours which looked distorted and bent through the water and also to add highlights again of paler colours and in silk as seen on the outside of the vase.

LOOKING THROUGH

The second idea was to paint what was behind the vase ie. boat rigging and blue cushions with reflections on a shiny table and then paint the distortions of these within the flask without drawing the outline of the flask.  I knew from exercises in my student days that without trying, the flask would slowly appear and it did, and it does in the carpet, although I made the colours within the flask a tiny bit paler to help it reveal itself.

 

FLOATING GLASS

Being on a boat made me think of all the bits of worn glass that we often find washed up on beaches so another idea was to include chinks of floating glass in a flowing, watery setting.

LIGHT BETWEEN

I had used a great deal of colour in the collection so finally decided to do some monochromatic grading with a path of light and two simple glassy bars in silk that you feel you can see through as they pass over the greys and light between.

This was an accidental idea caused by placing a plain glass bowl, which had a glass ball as its base, on top of a patterned glass plate.  This created a magnification which I decided to represent in silk with just a tiny lightening of the colour inside the area.

STAINED GLASS

On a visit to the Amalfi Cathedral and in one of the small rooms at the back behind all the magnificence of marble and gold was a small plain window high up with beautiful, simple pale colours.  The light behind it made it impossible to photograph but the colours stayed in my mind and I thought that in silk, it might make a lovely wall hanging for a windowless room.
Click here to view all Deirdre’s new designs online or contact us to arrange a viewing of the new collection at our Kings Road gallery.

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’tis the Season to be Bold with Silver and Gold!

There’s a festive feel to Edison‘s latest Interiors post.

Now that we’re in the run up to Christmas when there’s an abundance of all things sparkling and shiny in homes and shops across the land, what better opportunity to talk about two of my favourite interior design elements – GOLD and SILVER.

GOLD is immediately associated with luxury, particularly in the world of fashion and until recently not so much with today’s modern interiors.

In recent years, there has been a definite shift back to the more traditional luxury materials, particularly when used in an understated way.

Gold remains forever warm and familiar. It’s the perfect conduit in bridging different styles and influences.

Gold is also a comforting colour and an element that, when used correctly, can make a bold statement whilst remaining perfectly refined.  Gold is now being given new and exciting applications in the form of furniture, accessories and sculpture.

I’ve selected some favourite interiors which use gold in particularly inspired ways.

Oriental Day Bed

This traditional, ebonised oriental day bed, as featured in House Beautiful, is set against a trompe l’oeil backdrop and is brought into the 21st century by means of the highly polished gold side table and muted side lamps.

Alfred von Escher Studio 247 Sicily Home

The interior of designer Alfred Von Escher’s home and office in their Italian Palazzo (above) mixes modern and vintage industrial furniture, within a classical setting. The application of gold leaf on the mouldings of the walls and ceilings are subtle highlights that brings a sense of warmth into the space.

Louisa Grey

UK based interior stylist Louisa Grey (who styled our 2015 Collection lifestyle images) is a big fan of gold.  Here, she uses it in a refined way adding warmth and visual interest into a fairly monochromatic interior by way of coffee table, side table and a vertical run of gilded wall sconces.

From super sleek and polished tableware to more rustic applications, such as leafing, gold is finding it’s way back into our homes and this time, for a more appreciated stay.

SILVER on the other hand can be used in abundance and works well even in the smallest of areas or when layered.

It can be introduced into a space using a wide range of materials and finishes, from matt to polished, from chrome to aluminium, silver leaf, mirrors and crystal.

It’s not just about using the actual colour, it’s also about creating references to silver and silver tones. Silver is the perfect colour for reflecting any light source within darker areas.

Hollywood Regency
Photo by David Jimenez

In this Hollywood Regency-style interior, the silver gilt lamp base is reflected back off the wall mirror and mirrored cube side table, keeping the space light and airy even when using larger sized decorative pieces and bold contrasting colours of the side chairs.

ODEON
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs ODEON

Our ODEON design would look fantastic here, working well with this style and space.

ORIGAMI
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs ORIGAMI

On the silver theme, our ORIGAMI carpet is another design that comes to mind, with the use of silver-grey silk panels against the richer aubergine wool background, it harps back to a bygone age of 1940’s glamour.

If you’re still undecided on whether to introduce silver or gold into your space, then why not consider using both?

It’s all about clever interpretation and here is a fine, functional, as well as sculptural example.

Romeo Rega

A modern classic vintage coffee table by Romeo Rega circa 1970s – it’s timeless, modern and elegant, just like silver and gold…