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Creating the Perfect Working from Home Space

Little did we realise in March 2020 that a whole new way of working – to a greater or lesser extent – was to be with us long-term.

Now with a second lockdown here in the UK, most of us who can are #WFH – working from home.

Almost everyone has optimised a room or corner of their house or apartment to create as comfortable, and most of all productive, a working environment as possible and for many of us this will be at least a semi-permanent solution.

If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated home office or study, a bespoke rug can really be the finishing touch to your WFH space or maybe you have secured the perfect light filled corner of your home and called it your own? A rug can also zone this successfully within a larger area.

Bespoke

As all Deirdre Dyson carpets are bespoke, size, colourway and design are all tailored to suit your particular interior requirements or aesthetic and where better to have a bold inspiring design than a home office?

Designs can be re-worked to accommodate any situation.  Here a version of QUILLS was redesigned by Deirdre to allow for partner desks.

A practical grey wool ground is brought to life with vibrant crimson and purple silk quills running down the centre of the room adding life and drama to what would otherwise be a bland, workaday office.

As custom designs, Deirdre Dyson rugs can accommodate architectural features and any practical necessities can be allowed for.  For example, floor mounted plug points can be accessed by cleverly concealed hand made and sewn slits in the finished rug which are executed by master craftsmen when the carpet is in situ.

With a bespoke rug your imagination can run wild and a bold design can enliven an otherwise uninspiring room or even lift the mood in a stressful situation.

Here Deirdre’s dramatic GOLDEN PHEASANT lends a gloriously Bohemian feel to this home working space paired with design classics such as a Platner chair and vintage brass desk.

Below Deirdre Dyson’s MANDARIN provides the perfect foil to this mid-century desk area.

In this project featuring our largest ever hand knotted carpet – Deirdre has adapted her TWILIGHT design to create the main focal point in the room.

The bold ox blood red reeded areas are picked up by the office chairs and armchairs.  This rug creates impact without competing with the glorious countryside outside the windows.

Luxury Underfoot:

Nothing compares with the feel of 100% Tibetan wool pile underfoot (with or without the addition of pure silk) and a home working space is the perfect place to indulge.

Practically, if a chair is on casters we suggest a lower pile height but given the density of our hand knotted designs (an incredible 100 knot per square inch) the luxe feel is not lost.

The importance of the sense of touch cannot be overestimated, especially in these challenging times.  Simple comforts and the grounding nature of wool underfoot also adds a sense of calm in a work space.

The warmth and softness added to a room by a hand knotted carpet is second to none, add pops of vibrant colour to the mix as is the case with UP and OVER  in the large office space below, and the result is concentrated but dramatic, adding a contemporary edge to this classic interior that could otherwise be austere and imposing.

Acoustic properties:

Lockdown introduced us all to the Zoom meeting and good acoustics are essential to online presentations.  Whether hosting or attending, being able to hear and be heard is crucial and spacial acoustics are a hugely important consideration.

Adding a rug can be an easy solution to help remedy an echoey space. 100% wool provides the perfect dampener for background noise and sound interference both inside and out.

The effect of noise on well being is remarkable, 51% of homeowners say that unwanted noise in their home has a negative impact on their wellbeing. (Source: Studio magazine issue 36 10.20)

Particularly on wooden floors, a high-quality rug can significantly reduce ambient noise and limit distracting sounds, helping focus the mind, create a productive work space and stress-free environment.


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OUR GALLERY MAY BE CLOSED BUT WE CONTINUE TO DESIGN & OPERATE REMOTELY

Following government guidelines our London gallery will close from 5pm on Wednesday 5th November. We anticipate reopening at 11am on Wednesday 2nd December.

The gallery may be closed but we continue to design and operate remotely.

Please visit www.deirdredyson.com to browse Deirdre’s full range of bespoke rug designs and get an immediate retail quote using our Price Calculator.

For all design enquiries including trade quotes, colour tufts and samples please email us on sales@deirdredyson.com and we will respond as soon as possible.

 If you would rather speak to us by phone please call 020 73844464, leave a message and we will get back to you very soon.

Our Paris gallery remains open by appointment.  Please contact Julia@deirdredyson.com who will be happy to arrange your dedicated visit.

For company updates please follow our social media channels.

Stay safe and well.

Deirdre Dyson & Team


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Dulux Colour of The Year – Beige needn’t mean Boring

Company Manager Edison, a trained Interior Designer, gives his take on Dulux Colour of the Year for 2021.

Paint brand Dulux, has selected ‘Brave Ground’ as their colour for 2021.

A staple interior choice of colour since the 80’s and dominating the early 00’s, beige is one palette that we just can’t seem to get enough of. It’s a familiar colour, it’s warm (particularly for cooler climates) and it can be applied to pretty much any interior design scheme. However, it also has an association with being boring and safe and some might say, unimaginative.

Here are a few examples where ‘boring beige’ can be just as exciting and as playful as other bold, more statement colours.

 

Picture Credit: Mat Architects

In this apartment designed by MAT Architects, the beige walls are perfectly paired with the tones of the wood panelling, making this space inviting and warm against the crisp white ceiling, lighting and cool grey concrete floors. Tonal fabrics, artwork and plant life add texture, sculpture, dimension and visual interest. As beige is an absorbing, earthy colour it sits well with a myriad of nature’s more vibrant colours.

As featured in Home-Designing.com

The kitchen area carries the colour palette through by way of the beige terrazzo on the kitchen island. Just like white, black accessories silhouette perfectly against a warm beige background.

Deirdre Dyson’s EAGLE carpet incorporates the beige palette within a bold, statement design that works best large scale for a fuller impact. Keeping a neutral decorative background, a beige coloured carpet can be just as bold as something more patterned and colourful. It’s all about balance.

Beige comes in a variety of tones from more putty based to greyer and greener hues, so the scale of warmth can be adjusted accordingly, making it a hugely versatile choice of colour.

Here is a work in progress for a recent client project, using our SLIDES design.

Beige works particularly well when combined with pinks and reds.

 

 

The LIGHT FRAGMENTS design from this years’ LOOKING GLASS Collection is a testament to that. Deirdre has mixed the various abstract elements in grey, charcoal, light and dark beige with pops of Bordeaux and pink to create just the right combination of statement with subtlety.

If beige just isn’t you colour, then it’s a problem easily solved as we can adapt and change colours on any design from a choice of 5,000 colours. The only ‘possible’ problem you may have, are which colours to choose…?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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A PERFECT MATCH IN CRAFTSMANSHIP AND DESIGN – FÜRSTENBERG Porcelain & Deirdre Dyson

More than ever before, there is a desire for products which have been produced with great devotion, special care and exceptional skill.

Known for their outstanding craftsmanship and innovative designs, porcelain by FÜRSTENBERG and DEIRDRE DYSON rugs are a perfect match.

 SHIFTING COLORS 

SHIFTING COLORS by FÜRSTENBERG is a colourful design, based on coloured surfaces which – when one is laid over the other – give rise to a new colour.

 

TRANSPARENT hand knotted rug by DEIRDRE DYSON  

TRANSPARENT was designed from Deirdre’s observations of a vase with various shapes and colours in the glass.

UNITED IN CRAFTSMANSHIP…

For more than 270 years, FÜRSTENBERG has been producing finest hand-crafted porcelain with passion and precision. Similarly, Deirdre Dyson’s award-winning carpets rely on craftsmanship, being either hand-knotted in Nepal by Tibetan experts, rendered in the finest Tibetan wool and pure silk.

…AND IN DESIGN

The pastel tones and graphic design elements of FÜRSTENBERG’s SHIFTING COLORS and DEIRDRE DYSON’s TRANSPARENT rug create a perfect match.

Combining both collections within a contemporary interior allows to create a unique design symbiosis.


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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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Deirdre Dyson Paris Gallery Opens

We are delighted to announce that despite lockdown delays, Deirdre Dyson Paris is now open by appointment only.

Deirdre has a long association with Paris, launching her annual rug collection every year at Maison et Object, so it seemed natural to have a permanent display space there.

The wonderful gallery, in the historic Saint-Germain des Prés is a calm and inviting space, designed by celebrated Interior Designer Remi Tessier, working closely with Deirdre to tailor make a perfect interior in which to showcase her luxurious hand knotted rug designs.

Deirdre has chosen a selection of rug designs including a superb large-scale version of this year’s TRANSPARENT together with LIGHT FRAGMENTS and a stunning new working of partner versions of DAWN in alternating blue and red wool and silks.

Deirdre’s Parisian representative Julia will be on hand to guide clients through the designs and advise on design and colour choice.

To arrange your exclusive appointment please contact Julia@deirdredyson.com


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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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Bespoke Carpet Art for Walls

In recent years Deirdre Dyson has experimented more and more with hand knotted wall art and wall hangings, using the same principles of fine art which she applies to her carpet designs.

Common practice in Medieval times, hanging carpets and textiles has become an increasing contemporary trend and bespoke carpets accepted as artworks in their own right – equally enjoyed on the wall as the floor.

Easily transportable for renters wanting to inject personality into sparse apartments, wall hangings can instantly add colour and warmth to a large surface area with the additional advantage of the acoustic properties of dense pile against wall.

Wall panels create the perfect focal point.  This is a version of Deirdre’s visually striking GLASS CUBES design, recreated here as a runner and hung to draw the eye on this rough stone wall.

Clever lighting from above and the side emphasise the silk panels which juxtapose satisfyingly with the stone surroundings adding an unexpectedly luxurious feel and relieving what could otherwise be a cold, austere space.

For this lifestyle image from the current collection Stylist Louisa Grey took the full-size version of GLASS CUBES and used it as a backdrop on a pink painted brick wall.  Again, careful lighting highlights the vibrantly coloured silk panels and enhances the 3D quality of Deirdre’s design adding depth and interest to an otherwise dead space.

In this image Deirdre’s STAINED GLASS runner, hand knotted in 100% silk and inspired by a stained glass window in Amalfi Cathedral, is hung high to emphasise the highest point of this vaulted room, drawing the eye upwards.  Here also, there is the satisfying contrast of silk against stone.

Ironically, given its inspiration, the panel creates an alternative ‘window’ in this otherwise windowless dining space.

Deirdre’s LOOKING THROUGH is a really clever design.  The inspiration isn’t immediately obvious on the floor but when hung the rug creates an impact when the abstracted form of a water filled flask is revealed – as Deirdre says I knew from exercises in my student days that without trying, the flask would slowly appear and it did, and does in the [finished] carpet.

Any of  Deirdre Dyson’s rug designs can be redeployed as wall hangings – we generally recommend lowering the pile height to reduce weight and make hanging easier.

Practically, hanging solutions range from the unobtrusive (high strength Velcro) to making a feature with a hanging rail (such as the wrought iron rails used in the first two images) Framing is achievable for smaller panels where weight isn’t an issue such as 2019’s UNBOUND (pictured below).

The options are endless – as wonderful as Deirdre’s bespoke rugs are underfoot why not try them on the wall?