Sep 11, 2015
We are delighted and honoured to have our new Rothko-esque rug design nominated for a SBID International Design Award in the Residential Products category.
It is the third time we have been nominated for the prestigious award and we are so excited and proud to have our Rothko inspired collection up as a finalist.
Please vote for us using this link.
Aug 28, 2015
I'm blown away by the wonderful works of American sculptor Janet Echelman - an artist who defies categorization!
Inspired by a lack of paint and an abundance of nets while in India years ago, she turned to making these mysterious, mesmerising pieces that now transform urban landscapes. Large scale light and airy, beautiful UFO style floating structures that transform with wind and light... truly inspirational....
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