Art Deco

After the end of the Industrial Revolution, designers, architects and artists were progressively looking forward into the 20thcentury for ‘something new’. With modern life increasingly more technologically and mechanically focused, the Art Deco movement (also called Style Moderne) launched with the first decorative arts exhibition since WW1: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes…

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Maximalist Style

Maximalism is here to stay – it is official! A style rooted in bright juicy colours, an excess of décor and exhilarating personality, maximalism can take your space from plain jane to fabulously OTT. It is all about provoking a positive emotional reaction and being able to truly express oneself. It can be hard to…

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Focus: The Parasite House

Arguably one of the years most unexpected and thrilling films, Parasite surprised many with it’s hilarious and haunting portrayal of the class divide between two Korean families. But at the heart (and spoiler alert) centre of this story was the unique home in which the majority of the film took place. As Bong himself describes…

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Hard Materials II

SOFTWOODS Cedar With the hard texture and lightweight density, Cedar wood is appropriate for cladding and panelling within interior design. London Bridge Station has the ceiling of the main concourse with Western Red Cedar cladding. With the fully concealed fixings it is visually appealing, as well as practical as the wood had sound absorption qualities…

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Ikigai Style

The Japanese concept of Ikigai loosely translates to ‘a reason for being’, and in the delightful book ‘Ikigai – The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life’ authors Hector Garcia and Albert Liebermann explore the custom and happiness of keeping busy and the art of doing something with joy. The Japanese live longer than…

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The Fife Arms

Nestled in amongst some of the most beautifully remote and magnificent Scottish Highland scenery is an unexpected and truly exhilarating hotel – The Fife Arms. Situated in the small and humble town of Braemar, this hotel has fast become an out of the ordinary vision that truly is a ‘must see’. Purchased in 2016 by…

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Focus: Kim & Kanye’s Minimalist Home

When it comes to minimalist interiors, there cannot be another home more absolute and encompassing of this style than that of global superstars Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Enlisting the expertise of Belgium designer Axel Vervoordt, this suburban mansion was transformed into a radical work of art, driven by expansive light, magnificent proportions and a…

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History of Styles -Arts & Crafts

The Arts & Crafts movement primarily derived from a reaction against the mass production of products that had begun during the Industrial Revolution. In Britain, working class labourers had to endure long hours for minimal pay in huge factories, which in turn had an adverse impact on their worth and value, as well as a…

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Classic Blue – Colour of the Year 2020

It is that time again…  when Pantone announces their Colour of the Year and we are treated to an insight within the design world and what we will be sure to see crop up in upcoming months in fashion, music, technology and of course interior design – and for 2020 we have Classic Blue.

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Minimalist Christmas

Christmas can be a time of stress and excess  – the chaos of completing your ever growing to do list seems impossible, the anxiety of watching your bank balance slowly deplete and desperately  trying to sum up energy in order to get through the final month of the year. In addition to all this disorder,…

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Colour Theory

Primary Colours – Red / Blue / Yellow Secondary Colours – Orange / Green / Violet Tertiary Colours – Red- Orange / Yellow – Orange / Yellow – Green / Blue – Green / Blue – Violet / Red – Violet NEUTRALS Neutral colours are not on the colour wheel. These include white, cream, grey, beige, taupe and…

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Post-Modernism

Defined as an opposition to views and ideals within the modernist movement, Post Modernism welcomed the distinctive, whimsical and eclectic. With an increasingly unsure and sceptical western world, the design movement embodied a cultural move in which exclusive modernism no longer represented the majority. Turmoil and instability after two world wars and an exposure to…

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Art Nouveau

The last design movement of the 19th century, Art Nouveau pushed boundaries within art, architecture and interiors, concentrating on nature and the organic origins of form. Originally emerging in Belgium known as “New Art”, this period was in many ways a continuation of the Arts and Crafts movement that preceded it, yet was a dismissal…

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