Mar 31, 2017
David Hockney is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Hockney was born in Yorkshire and studied at the Bradford School of Art from 1953 to 1957. He studied at the Royal College of Art from 1959 to 1962 where he was featured in the Young Contemporaries exhibition alongside Peter Blake. He was awarded the Royal College of Art gold medal in 1962.
Hockney moved to Los Angeles in 1963. There he produced his iconic swimming pool images and evocative images of urban life. His work from the late 1960’s onwards became more naturalistic.
He was one of the first artists to embrace iPad technology and his work in this medium has received much well-deserved attention. Hockney has the ability to look at everyday items such as a coffee mug, or a phone charger and make them beautiful.
Much of Hockney’s work features the colour green and Greenery is of course Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017. Green is a colour we identify with strongly here in the UK – many people visiting the UK for the first time will comment on how green our landscape is, so it is not surprising as a Yorkshire native that Hockney would use this colour more than any other in his work.
As Hockney approaches his 80th birthday, his style continues to evolve. When at this age most people would be declining, Hockney shows no signs of slowing and is arguably at the pinnacle of his career.
A selection of Hockney's work is on display at the Tate Britain until 29th May.
Mar 3, 2017
How to choose the right rug size
We know that choosing an area rug for your home can feel daunting. The size, shape and color of your rug can totally transform a room. The cost is significant for a quality rug, so it’s not surprising that people sometimes feel anxious. As a result, you may be tempted towards smaller rugs and more conservative colours than you would otherwise prefer. We’ve put together some guidelines to help make the right choice. Please remember you can always return our rugs (unused) within 14 days for a full refund or exchange if you feel you have made a mistake.
One often hears advice to have ‘all on’ or ‘all off’ – in other words, a rug that is large enough for all chairs and sofas to fit on the rug, or small enough for none. Typically, if the furniture is against the wall, people go for a smaller rug, and if furniture is away from the edge, they sometimes feel it all has to have carpet under. Both solutions can work, but can also create problems.
With the All Off solution a coffee table can feel as though it is on a little island, with the rug drawing the eye to the centre of the room. On the other hand, with Everything on, the whole arrangement may feel as though it is floating. For this reason, a common solution is to have only the front legs of furniture on, so that your feet are on the rug when you sit down. Try to have a decent amount of rug beyond the legs, so that they are not just perching on the rug, but anchoring it. Ensure that your rug, especially if legs are on, is wider than the sofa by at least a few inches either side. Additional furniture is around the edge of the room (sideboard, bookcase) is best left off the rug, with at least a small gap showing. We recommend the floor should be visible around the edge of the room, with a minimum 8 inches /20cm showing all the way round. Our distinctive irregular shaped rugs work perfectly in living areas adding interest and vibrancy and also allowing your flooring to shine through as seen below.
Here it is very important to have a rug large enough for chairs to be pulled out without going off the edge. You don’t want to be navigating a change in level when tucking your chair in to sit down. Rule of thumb is minimum 30 inches/75cm clearance, or a rug that is at least 60 inches/150cm bigger than the table in the dimension where the chairs are (ie length or length and width).
Go for a rug large enough that it can go under the bed and make a good sized border beyond, allowing plenty of space to step out of bed and onto the thick luxurious pile of a Sonya Winner Rug ideally a minimum of 24 inches/60cm either side of the bed. If that seems like a waste (so much of the rug hidden from sight!) you may prefer a smaller rug/runner either side of the bed.
Hallways and corridors that can be made much more inviting with a vibrant contemporary rug. If your home has a long narrow entrance hall one of our Rainbow Runners will make a welcoming first impression. Of you have a large rectangular or square shaped entrance hall this is an ideal location for a vibrant rug to welcome visitors. Go as large as you can while keeping a border of floor showing.
As with so many things, it is usually a good idea to buy the biggest you can afford, for a really luxurious feel. Smaller spot rugs can be very useful to highlight areas - eg: reading chair and cozy nook but too small in a large space can look like a stepping stone so choose your size according to the space you have.
At the end of the day, the choice is of course yours. Rules are made to be broken. It’s your home, and the person who has to be happy with it is you! That’s one reason that our rugs can be custom made in the size that is best for your requirements. For advice in choosing one of our colourful area rugs to work in your home or project, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Nov 3, 2016
Here in London the trees are changing to brilliant golds and reds; our thoughts are turning to bracing walks, with conkers and rustling leaves, and coming back to cosy evenings in front of a fire.
It’s a great time of year to introduce some warmth into your home with a sumptuous new rug. You’ll kick off your shoes and relish the thick softness underfoot. Our rugs are made of 100% pure New Zealand wool (some also available in luxurious, shimmering silk). They feel wonderful, soft and warm: such a treat!
Sonya is famed for her expertise as a colourist; her rugs add energy with their rich, vibrant colour combinations. At this time of year, we find seasonal hues particularly appealing. After Albers - Deep takes warm colours and layers them in bold shapes to create additional tones such as you might find in a vibrant mix of autumn leaves.
In a more conventional rectangular shape (with a slight twist) and in warm rich colours of dark red and orange, with slivers of contrasting blues, another favourite of ours in this autumn season is Rothko-esque in Deep.
This gorgeous rug would make an equally welcoming centerpiece to a room to create that sense of hygge that we all crave at this time of year. You’ll want to cuddle up and enjoy the warm glow from your own fabulous new rug in whichever room you place it. For more ideas for an autumn update, see the full range at sonyawinner.com.
Sep 12, 2016
Last but not least of the three exciting new designs we are launching at Decorex 2016 is The Colour Wheel Rug.
Colour has long been the subject of analysis by artists and scientists, and by long convention colours have been arranged with the three primaries equidistant on a wheel, gradually mixing to form intermediate colours. Goethe’s Theory of Colours provided the first systematic study on the physiological effects of colour in 1810, and it includes this beautiful painted example.
Sonya has taken the traditional colour wheel, and given it a contemporary twist. The Colour wheel Rug is made up of energetic swathes of vibrant colour from the whole spectrum, held together in a vortex form. Spinning circles within circles make for a very dynamic, lively piece of art for your floor or wall. In addition to the exciting juxtapositions of hues, Sonya has created further interest with varied pile heights and hand carving, emphasising the sculptural quality of the rug.
The Colour wheel Rug is hand tufted in 100% pure New Zealand wool by GoodWeave weavers and is available exclusively in a variety of different sizes (and custom made from 5sqm / 55sq ft) from Sonya Winner, online or by appointment at by appointment at our New London studio. Or, very soon at Decorex – we hope to see you there!
PS: London's Evening Standard has featured Sonya's new design in its annual feature on the London Design Festival see below:
Sep 1, 2016
For this elegant and sophistocated new piece Sonya was inspired by the facets of a cut gemstone.
Around the edges of the area rug radiate triangles of colours, like the facets of a diamond, reflecting
harmonious colour variations. They lend the rug a wonderful three dimensional quality, enhanced by
the variations in pile height manipulated to add a sculptural dimension to this luxurious rug.
The central panel of the design is a solid block of colour, which looks beautiful unadorned or perfectly accommodates a coffee table or cluster of tables without obscuring the gorgeous design.
Rose Sky has dusty pink and lilac hues, inspired by this year’s Pantone Colours, Rose Quartz
and Serenity. Rose Quartz is a warm and gentle pink (like the stone itself, believed to have healing
properties) while Serenity is a tranquil blue. 2016 is the first year that Pantone has selected two colours of the year rather than one; this successful combination captures the zeitgeist and has been well received in the world of contemporary design. In her Jewel Rose Sky Rug, Sonya marries the two together beautifully to create what will undoubtedly be a lasting testament to the enduring popularity of this colour combination.
Aqua Glass, in a careful selection of greens and blues reminiscent of the sparkling waters of restful holiday seascapes, has cooler hues that sit well in any colour scheme particularly greys, beiges and other neutrals.
Both colourways are hand tufted in pure New Zealand Wool by Goodweave weavers;
Aqua Glass is also available in pure silk. This extremely luxurious version adds a further
opulent shimmer to the gemlike quality of the design to make a stunning addition to any space.