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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Continuing our exploration of inspiration and what keeps us #INspired, Deirdre draws inspiration for her designs from myriad sources but one recurring area of fascination is water – be it BULRUSHES reflected in a lake or lapping water on the shore in SEAWASH.
We thought exploring some of these rug designs would be fascinating – the source of inspiration being fundamentally the same, the designs themselves could not be more different.
One of Deirdre’s more figurative designs and one that has captured people’s imagination and become a classic and was inspired by Deirdre’s painting of the same name.
This rug features the naturally abstracted forms of bulrushes, their bending shafts reflected and refracted in lake water.
Deirdre uses a graded wool/silk mix background to recreate the skyline and lake water which merge on the horizon to create this perfectly framed design. The finished rug is so captivating one client choose to hang it on a wall of their home.
BULRUSHES won both the International Wool Carpet & Rug Awards (Design Sector) 2017 and the International Design & Architecture Awards (Flooring, Carpet & Rugs) 2017.
The success of Deirdre’s SEAWASH rug design is all in the grade – which required Deirdre’s exceptional eye for colour to achieve this seamless ebb and flow effect.
Originally Deirdre designed the carpet in two versions, INDIGO (above) and BEIGE (below) which have become favourite designs amongst clients, we have created both large scale carpets and runners from this endlessly versatile design.
SEAWASH comes alive hand knotted in lustrous 100% silk (as in the versions above), providing the perfect watery, iridescent finish but has also been recreated several times using varying colourways in hand knotted and gun tufted 100% wool versions.
In NAUTICAL Deirdre again treats her source inspiration completely differently – abstracting sea water into fluid but solid geometric shapes, creating a feeling of depth and movement by alternating the same colours in wool and silk.
Clients can of course change these colours from the original water based palate but fundamentally this ‘breaking down’ of the sea to its most basic elements is the key to this design.
Whilst not strictly inspired by water itself, the first of Deirdre’s mosaic designs was inspired by mosaic lined Roman ponds, the intricacy of ROMAN POND poses a challenge to our weavers as the thin lines of wool ‘grouting’ around the ingots of silk are incredibly complex to achieve (and individually carve out) but the finished effect is stunning.
The everyday source inspiration for this rug only adds to its allure – RIVULETS mimics the trail of rain drops on a window pane – the simplest of inspiration led Deirdre to this wonderfully subtle graded design.
Businesses of every type have had to change dramatically in the face of this unprecedented crisis, we wanted to reassure our current and prospective clients that we can still provide our bespoke rug designs remotely and deliver the highest quality carpets despite the upheaval we are all facing at this challenging time.
In an ideal world, Deirdre Dyson’s Kings Road gallery provides the perfect backdrop to showcase Deirdre’s rug designs; physically see their quality, explore the range of colours and discuss design options face to face with our experienced team.We love meeting prospective clients and showing them around the gallery.
We really relish the bespoke process which by its nature is slow and considered and enjoy getting to know our clients in one to one meetings and delighting them when a carpet arrives 14 -16 weeks later.
Every year Deirdre launches her new collection at Maison et Objet Paris which gives us the widest possible platform to showcase the exceptional quality of our carpets.
With this international audience, in recent years Deirdre’s rug designs have had increasing global reach and outside of these extraordinary times we have been dealing regularlywith clients worldwide (particularly in the United States, Europe and Asia)
In these cases the design process has been carried out entirely remotely with 100% success.
The Remote Design Process:
Clients will initially talk through their requirements with Edison or Chris then send photographs andfloorplans to agree on designs and size plus swatches or RAL colour codes which Deirdre and her Design Technician Nichola will use to select and/or colour match wool and silk colours.
Currently Design Technician Nichola is set up to work from home and both she and Deirdre have the technical capacity to work as closely as they always do.
We then expedite the delivery of quality samples, colour tufts, digitally transfer artwork revisions and finally send a printed render of the finished design for sign off before production.
As this is a global crisis, our normal manufacture time of 14 – 16 weeks will be extended however we will keep you advised of any changes which may impact the production time and delivery of your carpet.
We have many extremely happy clients, both retail and trade, who have been delighted with their finished carpets without ever having ‘met’ Deirdre or her team in person.
Though not physically ‘in’ the gallery we can still liaise with our clients and deliver everything you need to create your perfect version of one of Deirdre’s rug designs.
We’ll miss this personal contact but are lucky in that we can still produce fabulous hand knotted rugs for any requirement without being at our gallery.
We will continue to maintain the highest levels of customer service and advice to all our clients whether at the enquiry or fulfilment stage but do look forward, as everyone else does, to this crisis passing and very quickly reverting to our normal face to face service when this worrying time comes to an end.
Given the unprecedented CV-19 situation, for our staff and clients safety and wellbeing the gallery will close from Thursday 19th March until further notice.
Despite our gallery space closing temporarily, the Deirdre Dyson website is a great resource to browse Deirdre’s rug designs and our handy quote calculator gives you an immediate retail price.
We’ll be working from home so the best way to contact us is via email if you require quotes, shipping quotes, samples or anything else and we’ll get back to you as soon as we possibly can.
We are working hard to ensure we continue to provide normal service levels to all clients awaiting deliveries and we endeavour to continue to meet expected delivery times. We will of course be in touch if this changes in any way.
Stay safe and well everyone and we look forward to getting back to normal when this extraordinary time passes.
Part two of Edison’s blog post on behind the scene facts about the unique and timeless quality of your bespoke hand knotted rug.
Your Carpet could be an antique of the future.
Our carpets are made to the highest standards and are heirloom quality pieces that will be enjoyed and appreciated as much in the future as they are today. As a trained artist, Deirdre Dyson approaches every design as a work of art, each being able to compliment the breadth of different interior styles and trends. Hand knotted carpets also hold their value very well.
Quality materials make a quality product.
Quality is key. From Deirdre’s initial ideas and design sketches, to the materials employed and the skill of our weavers and London team, we make sure that only the best factors and considerations are invested into creating carpets for your home and interior space.
A design consultancy service is available at our London gallery which is located in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter. We are here to assist and guide you in making the right choice and using the best combinations of materials and colours (from 5,000 available colours).
The Tibetan wool used in our carpets are rich in natural oils, making them not only soft and naturally stain resistant but also very hardwearing. The superior Chinese silk that is incorporated into many of our designs is smooth, cooling and full of vibrancy.
“Time is what we want most…and what we use best”.
Okay, so we’ve adapted the old saying by William Penn, but we think it describes our work ethic well, as every carpet creation requires time and consideration.
The design process in adapting and creating designs for our clientele takes as long as it takes to make our customers dream a reality but generally from sign off, a carpet will go into production and be ready within 3-4 months (as a general guide to lead time). We use the latest design technologies available in the carpet industry and for every carpet we make, a full-sized graph of the design is produced and hung from the back of the loom, for guidance precision. These graphic sheets look like works of art in their own right and are protected to ensure that they can’t be copied or reproduced elsewhere. We take copyright infringement very seriously
The finished carpet, hand knotted in graded wool with silk
At Deirdre Dyson carpets limited, we want to share with you as much useful information as possible, so our website is full of valuable tools, tips and advice. Take a look at the current collection or browse our extensive catalogue in the design library section. We’ve made finding a suitable design very easy. Our price calculator will help you cost up a design as well as offer some useful information on sizing. Please remember that nothing is set in stone as all of the designs available are bespoke and can be adapted which may affect the sqm price.
Why not take a closer look at the production process on our video links and find more information about Deirdre herself and what we’re generally up to by visiting the profile and blog pages which are regularly updated.
A two-part blog post where Edison reveals some fascinating facts about our hand knotted rugs, their history and production…
The history and production of carpets goes back centuries and there are countless facts, tales and accounts of the evolution of carpets from past times to the present day.
At Deirdre Dyson Carpets Limited, we pride ourselves on supporting the ancient technique of hand knotting on the loom, using only natural wool and silk. This combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern design, guarantees the livelihood of our Tibetan makers (the majority being women) and supports their local communities, whilst guaranteeing our customers a unique, quality product that is both timeless and exclusively theirs.
Historically, carpets were not used on the floor but were used as textile coverings for walls and tables and only became associated with floor treatments in European interiors from the 15th century onwards. The term “carpet” is widely used interchangeably with the term “rug” although nowadays we typically refer to smaller, free standing pieces as rugs. But who say’s rugs should only ever be small?!?
Behind every Deirdre Dyson carpet lies a story and here are a few interesting facts and snippets of information that you may not be aware of but might be interested to know more about.
Take a look from behind.
The best way to appreciate the skill of making a quality hand knotted carpet is to take a look at the back, an area of the carpet so many of us rarely focus on. It’s from here that you really understand just how many knots it takes to make a rug, and the particular time and skill required when changing or grading colours across a large area. It reminds us of just how unique each bespoke carpet is; each one being entirely handmade and finished.
On the back of every Deirdre Dyson carpet, you’ll also find the ‘Goodweave’ label, with a unique code to ensure your carpet was made ethically and in line with Goodweave standards. Additionally, through our Goodweave membership, a percentage of our profits go back into local community projects such as schooling and education for the young. By purchasing our carpets, you are directly supporting the Nepalese carpet industry and communities in a positive way.
Custom made is best.
With the environment on everyone’s minds and lips, a bespoke carpet offers one of the best solutions for interior decoration.
Being custom made, we’re creating a carpet that is tailored to your needs in size, shape, design and colour and therefore you will most likely want to treasure it for a long time. Custom made also decreases unnecessary waste, as every rug is created on a ‘made to order’ basis. Our carpets are knotted in the traditional method just like antique carpets but are created with contemporary style and superior materials that are made to last.