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STAYING INSPIRED WITH…ECHLIN’S MARK O’CALLAGHAN

As Lockdown eases, our final chat in this series exploring how industry friends and clients have adapted during the Covid crisis, is with Mark O’Callaghan, Co-founder and Director of visionary architectural design and development studio Echlin

Echlin recently completed the sympathetic restoration and modernisation of this Grade II listed townhouse in South Kensington.

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

I am working from the top floor of my family house in South West London whereas normally I would work from the Echlin studio in Notting Hill. I’m missing the in person contact with my team but it’s certainly  enjoyable to spend more time at home with my family.

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

Definitely from the outdoors and from nature. I think we have at least been lucky with the weather so I have been able to spend my exercise time in local parks such as Wimbledon common and Richmond Park. With the reduction of cars and air traffic you can really hear the birds singing and it feels like you are in the middle of the countryside.

I also love the river Wandle which runs from Wandsworth to Surrey. I find the sound of the river really cathartic and calming. It is really clean as its chalk so under normal circumstances I have also been known to swim in it!

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?

Yes it’s been amazing to see how quickly we can all adapt. We have mostly been using zoom and we will definitely be using it more in the future and travelling less if we can. I have been amazed to see how quickly my children have adapted to zoom schooling too.

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

It’s definitely my phone. I can pretty much run my work and life from it. Since lockdown we are using a new software time management system called Trello which has completely changed the way I organise my day. It’s on my laptop but also on my phone so if I have a spare 15 minutes I can have a look and see if there is something I can squeeze in.

I thought I would miss the human face to face meetings more but although I do miss them it’s certainly not been as bad as I feared!

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

We inherited this outside wood burner from the previous owners and my children have loved it when we light it up on an evening and can look out over the garden which is very much work in progress!


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A message from Deirdre Dyson and her Team

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.


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CELEBRATORY EVENING AT THE GALLERY

Deirdre recently welcomed clients and friends of the company to celebrate this year’s HORIZONS carpet collection.

Guests were treated to spectacular canapes and mocktails by Bubblefood together with champagne and exclusive wines from the Dyson vineyard, whilst flower arrangements created by Amie Bone and inspired by the collection decorated the gallery.

 

 

 


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Lady Dyson ‘In Conversation’ for CDQ Springtime Sessions

Deirdre is delighted to take part in the first Chelsea Design Quarter CDQ Springtime Sessions in association with the British Institute of Interior Design

Deirdre will be in conversation with Tom Faulkner and Interior Designer Maurizio Pellizzoni moderated by Interiors Journalist Barbara Chandler with the theme, ‘Love It or Hate It: Instagram for Interiors’

With Instagram changing the interiors landscape and three very differing perspectives it’s sure to make for an interesting debate!

The talk on 26th April will close the three-day event and takes place at Tom’s Lots Road Gallery.

The conversation will be followed by drinks and canapes but numbers are strictly limited and places will be on a first come first served basis. To RSVP contact elektra@tomfaulkner.co.uk

For details of other sessions see http://www.chelseadesignquarter.co.uk/…/chelsea-design-qua…/


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Sale Inspiration

In his occasional interiors series Edison creates mood boards based on two carpets reduced in our Summer Sale.

Now that we’re into our sale period I’ve just taken a look at two of the latest designs that have been added to our ex display sale list. I wonder who will buy these gorgeous pieces of art for the floor?

Being bang on trend and both having a timeless appeal, here are two mood boards which take inspiration from the DAWN and FOREST MOSAIC designs.

Mood boards are great tools to help co-ordinate a look, piece together elements of a design or simply help you focus on a colour, theme or mood.

DAWN MOOD BOARD
“FROM CHARTREUSE TO MUSTARD, BOTH COLOURS WORK WELL AGAINST SHADES OF GREY”

L-R: DAWN hand knotted wool and silk carpet, ‘Ocean Mist’ ombre wallpaper by muralwallpaper.co.uk, chartreuse decor living room, Vintage Italian fauteuil, Ligne Roset vase from Heals and set four Orrefor glass vases.

FOREST MOSAIC BOARD
“WITH ELEMENTS OF ART DECO, THINK STRUCTURED GREEN FORMS WITH A TOUCH OF LUXURY”.

L-R: FOREST MOSAIC hand knotted wool and silk carpet, original Art Deco interior and furnishings, 1930s palm floor lamp, Ercol chairs, House of Hackney x Jeremy Scott for Puma trainers and original Lalique vase from amara.com £11,900.

 

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A Date for your Diary!

Now an established highlight of the season, the annual Chelsea Design Quarter‘s (CDQ) Summer Street Party takes place on Wednesday 7th June between 6-9pm.

This year’s theme is ‘Circus’ with the hub of the party running from the ‘bridge to the bend’ stretch of the Kings Road and late opening of all participating showrooms.

Browse the wide variety of interiors businesses the quarter has to offer whilst you enjoy drinks, nibbles and circus-inspired street entertainment.

CDQ has over 50 member showrooms covering carpets and lighting, fabrics and furniture, kitchens and bathrooms, antiques and collectibles, prints and paintings and bespoke galore. Classic and traditional sit cheek by jowl with contemporary and modern – the Summer Street Party is the ideal time to explore our very special part of South West London!

Follow @ChelseaQuarter for more information.

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Our Largest ever Hand-Knotted Commissions

We recently completed our largest ever bespoke hand-knotted carpet commissions, each measuring approx. 6.5 x 6m (over 38 square metres).

Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets & Rugs
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets & Rugs

 

 

Both carpets were created for a private client for use in adjoining private offices by Deirdre who, inspired by the surroundings and detail in one of the upholstery fabrics, created a selection of concepts from which the two final designs were chosen.

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Given the scale, Deirdre decided to make a dramatic statement with grading – creating a palette of 13 colours from muted cream to darkest brown for both designs and selecting an ox-blood red, also used in the upholstery, to highlight the ‘stitching’ and ‘branch’ motifs on the designs.

Swatches

Stitching

Stitching

The finished carpets are stunning and a testament to the incredible attention to detail and craftsmanship of our Nepalese weavers and an absolute masterclass in grading, an astonishing feat on this scale.

Stitching and Grading

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CDQ INSPIRATION PAGE

CDQ Inspiration page

We love the newly designed Chelsea Design Quarter website and particularly like the ‘Inspiration’ page – an ever changing moodboard featuring fabulous product and lifestyle shots from all CDQ partner collections.


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Client-designed Carpet for a Country Hideaway

Client Design

Deirdre was recently commissioned to produce this client’s own design for a weekend cottage sitting room.

Client Design

The client produced a drawing and choose her own colours from our vast selection and the result is an excellent example of how successful this collaborative approach can be.

The geometric design has bold panels of greens juxtaposed with purples, with each panel bound in copper-toned silk.

Client Design

In situ the bold design is softened somewhat by the cosy but contemporary interior with accessories which perfectly harmonise with the chosen colours.