Jul 3, 2015
Colour is in my genes! My grandfather Frank had an innovative printing company called Chromoworks bringing colourful prints and posters from the artworks of famous artists such as Nash, Lowrey to inject optimism and brightness into war-torn London. I was brought up in a very visual environment, my father Paul Winner is a painter and I spent many Saturdays sketching with him by the River Thames. After high school I went on to study design in the London at Chelsea Art School and Middlesex University and in New York at The School of Visual Arts and the State University of New York.
This stands me in good stead now that colour is my business as well as my love. Because my designs are concerned with colours, tones and hues, specifically the way they can be layered one on the other (eg in After Matisse, inspired by overlapping cut-outs) I am very particular about the dyes used.
I analyse colours very closely and specify from many different colour systems using over 6000 shades to get the exact match required. Our manufacturers in India and I work painstakingly, often making small changes which might not be visible to most but which to me are critical to the success of the design. Colours and samples are sent back and forth - as well as images, of course. Eventually we agree on what I call a 'colour necklace' for each design, detailing all of the precise shades to be used. When the colours are just right, their combinations sing and delight the eye. It is wonderful to hear back from our many clients who appreciate the energising vibrancy that one of our rugs can bring into their home and office by injecting a perfect combination of colour.
Apr 13, 2015
We love the Vibrant Contemporary work of Marina & Susanna Sent. Their stunning pieces
of jewellery are somehow both minimal and extravagant at the same time, perfect for a
modern elegant woman!
The two sisters were born and raised in the famous Venetian 'glass island' of Murano. They come
from a long lineage of Murano glass makers, and while working for the family business they
started experimenting with wearable glass jewellery by making glass beads and stringing them
using their father's fishing line! As well as jewellery they have glass bead dresses and corsets -
structural pieces that evoke the magic of Venice's waterways.
Definitely worth a visit if you are in Venice, and if you can't make it, take a look at their website:
Apr 7, 2015
Last month I visited Joan Bennassar an artist whose work I've recently fallen in love with!
Joan was born in 1950 in Pollença, a beautiful Mallorcan town dating back to the 13th century, located at the eastern end of the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains.
Joan's work reflects his upbringing in the landscape of the Mediterranean; the hazards of the sea, danger of the cliffs, and the darker days of Pollença's past where there was no electricity and hunger was a harsh fact of life. Pollença today is a travellers' refuge, a space for peace and tranquility. It is also frequented by cyclists and serious walkers and home to one of our British cycling team's training bases.
The image above shows some of the highlights of my time spent at Joan's studio - he has a new exhibition “Where the Waves Break” where his sculptures transform the Seaside Promenade of Cala Rajada. Do take a look at Joan's website to find out more about this wonderful artist: www.bennassar.com
Mar 11, 2015
I love the wonderful, bold work of artist Sonia Delaunay - a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde movement who used strong colours and geometric shapes. The first UK retrospective of Sonia's work will be opening on 15th April until 9th August at the Tate Modern featuring paintings, textiles and clothes in her 60 year career as well as collaborative projects with poets, choreographers and manufacturers.
Best known for her paintings, she also produced textiles (like Diagonale, the tapestry above),
furniture, costumes and stage sets and in 1964 was the first living female artist to have a
retrospective exhibition at the Louvre. Sonia was a very prolific artist who turned her hand to a
wide variety of media and worked right up into her 90s.
She is a great inspiration.....!
Mar 4, 2015
Thrilled to be one of the first to receive the vibrant new Max II chairs from Tom Wates' Don't Lean Back (DLB). Tom was a school teacher who noticed that pupils would often lean back in their chairs, disrupting the class and causing accidents. He set about making a product to remedy this and in 2007 the first DLB chair was born. This chair was selected by Bloomberg as one of '25 products that might just change the world'. Tom has now introduced the Max II: a beautiful, colourful, affordable, stackable, durable and recyclable new chair design. The Max II encourages good posture and, because of the anti-tilt design of the legs, prevents people from leaning back and hurting themselves. Designed and made in the UK, you can choose from a range of colours or commission bespoke coloured options for legs and shell to match your interior if you have a volume order, reasonably priced and delivered within 7 to 10 days - perfect!
We have bought some for the studio and we love them! What do you think?