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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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The Beauty of Simplicity – Deirdre Dyson finds inspiration inside for her 2021 Rug Collection

We’ve focused on creativity and staying #INspired during lockdown.  Deirdre has also been busy, using this time at home to work on next year’s rug collection.

Initially started at the London Gallery and continuing from her studio at home, Deirdre always begins work on new collections in February/March, nearly one year ahead of launch, at January’s Maison et Objet Paris.  In this sense lockdown couldn’t have come at a better time.  So without giving too much away here is a sneak peak of what is to come.

Having to be just as resourceful during these difficult times, Deirdre decided to find inspiration away from the natural world, focussing on the ‘inside’ rather than the ‘outside’ and using an everyday material, that is to hand.

Deirdre is exploring this simple idea in depth, to see how much variation can be made from it whilst still being recognisable for what it is, with particular emphasis on form, texture, light and shade.

Having briefly explored this in the past, Deirdre Dyson has found another opportunity to rediscover ways in which to manipulate the material into interesting designs and forms for development.

A deviation from past collections, 2021 will focus on the ‘beauty of simplicity’ in a world that has now become rather more complicated.

All will be revealed next year but in the meantime these inspired new designs are soon to be woven by our skilled Nepalese craftspeople observing social distancing and we’re excited to unveil them at Maison in January next year.


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Staying INspired with…Stephenson Wright

Continuing our series catching up with industry friends, here Natalie and Juliette of Stephenson Wright interior design let us know how they’ve been managing their business during the Covid crisis, what’s kept them INspired during lockdown and how they are giving back in their local community.

Celebrated design duo Natalie and Juliette established their interior design practice Stephenson Wright in 2013.  Last year saw the opening of their Surrey-based showroom The Post House, the perfect location to collaborate with partner brands, showcase their distinctive style and newly launched luxury eco-conscious furniture collection.

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING FROM AND HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO YOUR NORMAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Natalie – Our Studio is based in my much loved garden so I have been incredibly lucky to have had little change in that respect. I also have access to our private showroom space five minutes away for inspiration and have been visiting it weekly to go ‘live’ on Instagram.  We have started our FIVE series where we cover anything from ‘our favourite five ways to lay your dining table’ to ‘our five absolute musts when it comes to buying a sofa’.  We have so enjoyed keeping the inspiration flowing, connecting with our followers, clients and designers and getting past being camera shy!

The buzz of the team has been replaced by quietness and plenty of LBC to keep up with all the government announcements.

Juliette – I have always had a desk set up at home as I am often working into the evening (madly thats my creative time!).

I miss the Studio environment so much and not having everything easily to hand but fortunately Natalie is there so we have all bases covered.

As a partnership we are quite ‘joined at the hip’ so we talk all the time; part of being in a successful partnership is the ability to bounce ideas off each other, to sit and challenge the design aspects of our projects.

This is always going to be best done in person but we are managing well and the materials aspect can be done by Natalie as she is still Studio based.

WITH OBVIOUS RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, HOW DO YOU CONTINUE TO SOURCE YOUR INSPIRATION?

Although we do source far and wide, most of our inspiration comes from talking to one another and using our imaginations to pull on ideas that we know have worked successfully and building upon them to adapt them to the particular brief in hand.

Pinterest and other digital mediums, as well as online webinars (which are excitingly going on left right and centre!) have been hugely inspirational and enjoyable to take time and absorb from the comfort of our desks.

Having the time to finally read the design books on our coffee tables & also the Japanese wisdom books that we gifted at a recent industry dinner party we hosted. Wabi Sabi by Beth Kempton & Ikagi by Hector Garcia– both are Japanologists who shares life lessons inspired by Japanese culture.

Beth has also written a book reflecting the current COVID 19 events called ‘We are in this together’ – Finding Hope and Opportunity in the depths of adversity’ which is available to download.

She is so inspiring to read and has really uplifted our spirits.

HAS THIS SITUATION MEANT YOU ARE USING OR ADOPTING TECHNOLOGIES MORE THAN BEFORE AND DO YOU THINK YOU WILL CARRY ON USING THEM IN THE SAME WAY WHEN ALL RESTRICTIONS ARE OVER?

Oh yes, the website has had a thorough overhaul, we have had more time to build our social media accounts and this week we have been working on our online video tutorials for budding interior designers or home owners looking to gain insight into ‘where to start’.

Prior to the lockdown we had just completed a ‘Design Discovery day’ at our Surrey showroom and had received such amazing feedback (an overview video of the day can be found on our website under events). Since then we have been building on the idea of sharing our love of interiors and our knowledge with some behind the scenes secrets.

We will also be giving tours of the showroom with all our tips on how to create a space that really works for you.

We had to adapt quickly – Zoom calls have been working successfully and may be something we are more inclined to do. What we have found though is there is really no substitute to sitting with a client and building a relaxed rapport plus being able to see paint colours and samples first hand.

We have also used Instagram Live to talk to fellow design industry friends and show a little more of our personalities and history which we have really enjoyed doing. This is certainly something we will continue.

NAME ONE THING YOU HAVE YOU LEARNT YOU CANNOT WORK WITHOUT AND ONE WORK RELATED THING THAT YOU HAVEN’T MISSED IN THE SLIGHTEST.

We both have a trusty Smythson A5 leather writing folder which we bought as our first Christmas present to each other on the first year we started our business in 2013.

They are still as smart now as they were when we bought them 7 years ago and we love the fact they are rather matchy matchy, a bit like our partnership!

We obsessively take them everywhere and it has become even more important than ever to be able to keep track of thoughts and ‘to-dos’ since we are away from our usual desk format where we can constantly remind each other of ‘have you done that yet’ across the table.

We have not missed travelling to meetings carrying multiple heavy sample boards with slabs of marble on the London underground!!

WHILST IN LOCKDOWN, IS THERE AN OBJECT THAT YOU HAVE RECONNECTED WITH OR HAVE APPRECIATED MORE FOR BEING AROUND YOU? (PLEASE SUPPLY A PICTURE OF THIS OBJECT IF POSSIBLE)

Juliette – My bike was gathering dust but its now my favourite thing to cycle along the river with my family.

I also have a piece of art exclaiming – ‘do what you love love what you do’ – it’s something I connect with every day and resonates with me.

We have more time to stop and ponder now rather than rushing all the time – the slower pace has been cathartic.

Natalie – My ceramic sculpted vase from Danish brand ‘Ferm Living’ has been rediscovered and is the perfect size for bringing indoors a small branch of Spring blossom from either my daily dog walk or my pretty pear tree.

We have also been rather inspired and getting quite green fingered at Stephenson Wright and have been creating and delivering 100 ‘Bags of Thanks’ full of vibrant Spring plants to the doors of local nominated NHS workers.

In the process of making this idea a reality we have also raised over £2,000 for the NHS.

The bags are funded and delivered by us with the help of our industry partners Savills alongside assistance from Airsea Packing, Fiona Stephenson Designs and Surrey Life magazine.

The bags also contain a face shield from lighting supplier Cameron Design House and a copy of the May edition of Surrey Life mag for a good read.

We also enclose a card from us and a drawing from Natalie’s daughter of the Spring blooms.

Each bag is incredibly rewarding to create and deliver as we hear all the stories of how each person is giving so much in these uncertain times.

We wanted to show our gratitude to our local community and give something back, no matter how small.


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Staying INspired with…Interior Designer Sarah Ward

We’ve  missed seeing our clients and industry friends so decided to check in and discover how they are managing their working lives and staying #INspired at this extraordinary time. 

First up is Sarah Ward of Interiors by Sarah Ward

Sarah is one of London’s top interior designers and really listens to her clients, taking time to learn how they wish to live, resulting in elegant yet comfortable interiors.

Sarah skilfully introduces vibrant colours and layers textures whilst always mindful of the practicalities necessary for day to day living.

One of our favourite recent projects is Cleopatra where boldly graphic, custom headboards and textured surfaces combine with bespoke cabinetry to create eye-catching results.

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING FROM AND HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO YOUR NORMAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT?

I’m in sunny Suffolk.  Miles away in every way from London.  It is super-quiet on the coast and I have wonderful time for creative adventure (in my mind!)

WITH OBVIOUS RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, HOW DO YOU CONTINUE TO SOURCE YOUR INSPIRATION?

There is still so much at our fingertips – books, magazines, Instagram and the webinar fest is a fantastic source of intel. And I think…a lot.

HAS THIS SITUATION MEANT YOU ARE USING OR ADOPTING TECHNOLOGIES MORE THAN BEFORE AND DO YOU THINK YOU WILL CARRY ON USING THEM IN THE SAME WAY WHEN ALL RESTRICTIONS ARE OVER?

Well yes. I feel that my technical skills have improved massively.  ‘Zoom’ is the new us. Remote everything is accessible and working from home has never been easier.  We will definitely think about this (as far as is practical)

NAME ONE THING YOU HAVE YOU LEARNT YOU CANNOT WORK WITHOUT AND ONE WORK RELATED THING THAT YOU HAVEN’T MISSED IN THE SLIGHTEST.

The showrooms!  Apart from missing the physical inspiration it’s the lack of chat.

I haven’t missed meetings that I really don’t need to be at.

WHILST IN LOCKDOWN, IS THERE AN OBJECT THAT YOU HAVE RECONNECTED WITH OR HAVE APPRECIATED MORE FOR BEING AROUND YOU?

My garden.


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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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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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Some Lovely Feedback!

 My favourite carpet design from Walking on Art is Devil’s Bit Scabious and Romance because they are so beautiful, imaginative and explosive.

A lovely thank you letter to Deirdre that accompanied a re-colouring of Deirdre’s archive design SUGAR RUSH.

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