My design week began on a high hearing Christine Van der Hurd in conversation with Hatta Byng. She told her remarkable story, explained her creative process, how the designs are realised in Nepal and gave us the story behind awesome (both in size & ambition) carpets such as the one she designed for 'Annabel's' nightclub.
Ottoline, a new Dutch company by Ottoline de Vries, creates wallpaper & fabric inspired by famous art work or a combination of them. My favourite, 'Song of the Nightingale', is from her Ballets Russes collection, and inspired by ballet costumes created by Matisse.
Sir John Soane's Museum display was curated by interior designer & architect Ben Pentreath. His signature plaster casts, the interesting plant in a terracotta pot & decorative coral were all there. I particularly enjoyed his amusing list of design pit-falls in his talk on 'English Houses', amongst which were, 'hotelitis' (leaving a pile of hand-towels for your guests at home), building in technology (in his example, to accommodate a particular vacuum cleaner) and using beige (so as not to offend anyone, and pleasing no-one either). He said it!
Common Room launched their new wallpaper, 'Stony Point 1972' designed by The Grantchester Pottery, (a collaboration between artists Giles Round & Phil Root). The line-hatched style brush-marks are The Grantchester Pottery's translation of an artistic technique used in the early twentieth century by the Bloomsbury Group in their interiors. Then, in 1972 Jasper Johns used this technique in his paintings made in his studio at Stony Point, New York.
I'm all for the return of pistachio bathrooms, but The Water Monopoly have gone one better and created 10 coloured ceramics for bathrooms, including baths, basins, taps, mixers and lavatories. 'Sherbet' and 'Powder' were beautifully curated at the show.
Naomi Paul's crocheted lights can be custom made to any size and come in a range of beautiful threads. Simple and elegant- I'm a fan.
Ever original, John Boyd Texitles, weavers of horse hair.
More interesting threads, from the very fine social enterprise, Fine Cell Work that trains prisoners in creative needlework.
And to finish, a rug from Swedish Company Vandra Rugs, and braided jute runners in gold threads and geometric shapes by Élitis, distributed by Abbot & Boyd.