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Dulux Colour Forecasts 2015

What interiors colours will be on trend this coming year? Dulux have just released their 2015 forecasts.

Continual connectivity through technology has reinforced our basic human desire to connect in the real world. Connect with the earth by feeling the soil between our fingers, connect with ourselves by taking time to pause, connect with our heritage by relearning forgotten skills, connect with our playful side by indulging in colour.

How will you explore your connection?

Silent Shift

OUR DIGITAL DEMANDS REQUIRE US TO BE FOREVER ALERT. AT RISK OF FATIGUE AND OVERSTIMULATION, WE ARE TAKING TIME TO PAUSE, UNPLUG AND RECUPERATE.

Silentshift’s soft colour palette allows us to create spaces in which there is minimal pattern and contrast, inviting your mind to rest and be silent. We shift our approach to finding a new balance between fast paced and slow living. Simple curves and block colours in cosmetic hues create ethereal spaces with a dreamlike quality, conducive to silent moments.

Silent Shift from Dulux

Silent Shift

 

Wildland

DRIVEN BY OUR BASIC NEED TO CONNECT WITH THE ENVIRONMENT AROUND US, WE SURROUND OURSELVES WITH COLOURS THAT REFLECT UNTAMED LANDSCAPES FROM THE HARSHEST ICE TERRAINS TO THE WILDEST FORESTS AND MOUNTAINS.

Wildland illustrates a story through the contrast of light and dark, a story of discovering the beauty in what nature has created and embracing imperfections. Taking comfort in the most primitive of materials such as timber, stone, leather and fur we reconnect with our primal selves.

Wildland from Dulux

Wildland

Earthwerks

REDUCING OUR IMPACT ON THE EARTH CONTINUES TO BE A CRUCIAL COMMUNITY GOAL AS WE ASPIRE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH NATURE ON A MORE PERSONAL LEVEL.

Earthwerks explores our desire to have greenery in our homes and workspaces. The urge to get our hands dirty, to create things from scratch and to be aware of the source of our food drives this trend. A palette drawn from greens and mineral hues creates spaces where mimicked or real nature blends seamlessly with future interiors.

Earthwerks from Dulux colour trends 2015

Earthwerks

 

Modhaus

A PLAYFUL APPROACH TO DESIGN ALLOWS US TO RECONNECT WITH A TIME WHEN THERE WERE LESS RESTRICTIONS ON OUR CREATIVITY.

Modhaus takes its cues from design movements where colour was explored using bold playful combinations. Memphis design of the 1980s is at the core of this trend. Contrasting colour blocks and graphic patterns, often in black and white, are paired with repetitive geometric shapes to balance out the colour play.

Modhaus from Dulux colour trends 2015

Modhaus

Eclectic treasures for the home

Buying gifts for Christmas? Or just looking for something fresh to brighten up your home for summer. Collect.Living stocks an eclectic mix of global treasures with a wonderful array of quality homewares, fashion and accessories for you and your home, mostly sourced out of Europe. Collect. Living started when director Kathy imported some beautiful leather from some of Spain’s best leather producers. She quickly saw a  demand for quality European goods, and now handpicks work created by artisans and craftspeople from all around the globe.

craftsman rugs from Collect Living

Craftsman rugs

The range includes contemporary and traditional artisanal pieces: Antique and recycled Turkish rugs, fabulous old cheese boards, sumptuous silks and deep velvets handmade in Vietnam; a range of beautiful French and Portuguese linens for the bed and table; deliciously soft cottons from Turkey and recycled Spanish glassware and scented candles. Collect.Living also stocks outdoor cushions and rugs designed to withstand the harsh NZ sun.

Linen runner with stripe

Linen runner with stripe

 

 

 

 

From an interior design point of view, this collection is a wonderful way of bringing a love of travel and exotic places, of craftsmanship, of stonewashed colours, rich pattern and timeless texture into a contemporary home.

 

 

 

Pendant Light

Pendant light

Diamond cushion cover

Diamond cushion cover

If you’d like to see  more of the range contact Joanne

Akaroa Table

Akaroa Table

Striped Cushions

Striped Cushions

Why choose wool for your carpet?

Wool carpet is just one of the many flooring options out there to choose from, and often gets over looked as new flooring materials come on stream. Traditionally wool carpet is known to be hard wearing,  high quality and beautiful to behold. But it’s also easy to maintain, environmentally friendly, helps to regulate humidity, traps airborne particles, provides thermal insulation, reduces noise, has ergonomic benefits and is fire resistant. It would be hard to find a man made fibre that performs so well across all of these features:

Wool Carpet

Wool Carpet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soft and luxurious

Throw your shoes off after a busy day and curl your toes into a luxurious 100% wool carpet. Feel better already? Wool carpet provides a sense of welcome and calm – a touch of softness in a hard-edged world.   Warm, comforting, soft and luxurious, wool carpet provides an unmatched sensory experience.

Naturally beautiful

Carpet made with the finest grades of New Zealand wool will give you the purest shades of colour. NZ wool is naturally very white and free of black fibres, which helps give dense and uniform colour. New Zealand wool is a sustainable fibre, farmed outdoors and naturally long and strong. A unique spiral crimp built into the wool fibre means wool carpet will retain its looks for longer because it has natural bounce-back abilities.

Easy to maintain

The structure of wool fibre has a natural protective membrane which acts to repel moisture and as a natural stain resister. Because it can also absorb a large quantity of moisture without feeling wet, wool carpet doesn’t conduct static electricity in the way synthetic carpets do.   Less static electricity means less dirt.

Properly maintained carpet only needs to be vacuumed once or twice weekly and periodic deep cleaning by a professional. The overall maintenance cost of carpet is significantly lower than hard floors.

Environmentally friendly

New Zealand wool carpet made by reputable companies like Cavalier Bremworth has excellent sustainability credentials, as befits a high quality natural product. If you are buying wool carpet it’s a good idea to check the Environmental Certification Scheme (ECS) rating from the Australian Carpet Classification Scheme. Cavalier Bremworth has a Level 4 rating, which means their carpet production meets environmental best practice standards. This rating measures energy consumption in the manufacture process, environmentally friendly ingredients and the use of products that last, reducing waste.

A humidity regulator

Wool has a natural ability to regulate the humidity of an interior.  Wool absorbs moisture when the atmosphere is damp and releases it when the atmosphere is dry, creating a more comfortable environment.

A European Community Respiratory Health study found that it is the growth of indoor mould due to dampness in the home that has the biggest impact on adult asthma sufferers – wool’s ability to regulate moisture levels can prevent mould growth.

Traps airborne particles 

Wool carpets are naturally non-allergenic.  They naturally absorb and filter airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – unwanted toxins and odours that can cause irritation to humans.  Carpets bind the allergy-causing substances tightly, reducing those circulating in the breathing zone where they are more easily inhaled. The German asthma and allergy federation (DAAB) looked at the content of fine dust particles in the air over smooth floors and carpeted floors – findings showed that indoor air in a carpeted room contained less than half the amount of fine particulate dust than the smooth floors.

Thermal insulation reduces energy costs

Wool carpet helps keep you warm in winter and cool in summer because of its superb insulation properties and its ability to regulate humidity.  The thicker the carpet, the better the level of insulation provided.  Studies have shown energy costs can be significantly reduced for both heating and cooling by up to 12% with a wool carpet when there are temperature differences between the indoor air and that under the floor.

Noise insulation

Noise pollution can significantly impact on your health, comfort and productivity.  Wool carpet eliminates scraping noises from chairs, and dramatically improves the acoustics of busy spaces, absorbing sound and softening the volume.

Ergonomic benefits

Wool carpet is the best flooring option for anyone standing or walking for extended hours, whether that is at home or work.   With natural cushioning from the carpet and underlay it provides a more comfortable experience than hard flooring.

Fire resistant

Burns from cigarettes and sparks from a fire will cause minimal damage to a wool carpet because it will smoulder and self-extinguish.  In a major fire, wool carpets contribute much less in terms of smoke and toxic gas formations than most other materials.  Wool carpet provides an added insulation against heat and flames for the underlay and underlying floor surface.

For more information on the benefits of wool visit the Cavalier Bremworth website

Or check out their online catalogue here

 

There’s also a fantastic flooring design studio here

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious, contemporary, rich and delicious from VGnewtrend

I love this video of the new VG showroom in Treviso, Italy.

VGnewtrend is known for its high quality furniture, lighting and home decor. Their range is luxurious, contemporary and definitely European. They use glass, precious metals, rich colours and sensual fabrics to create interior pieces and design schemes that transform, uplift and inspire. 

Washable Outdoor Fabrics for Summer

I’ve just found these washable outdoor fabrics – great for upholstering your outdoor furniture for the summer ahead.

Washable Outdoor Fabrics

Washable Outdoor Fabrics

These fabrics are made from solution dyed acrylic fibre (high quality German made) that won’t shrink or fade in the sun. UV stabilisers stop the sun ‘dry rotting’ the fabric. It is also stain resistant, and mould resistant as acrylic does not support the growth of mildew. This fabric can be hand washed in cold water and is bleach cleanable. Drop me a line if you would like to know more.

Who knew bar stools could be sexy?

Brabbu has just launched a new range of bar stools and bar chairs – upholstered in Brabbu’s usual style with high quality tactile fabrics in gorgeous, ground breaking colours. 

Brabbu Eanda Bar Chairs

Brabbu Eanda Bar Chairs

 

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Brabbu Bar Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The collection includes five different pieces, each available in a range of colours and styles. They will add glamour – and a bit of sex appeal – to any casual bar or seating arrangement.

And I love this video of the NAJ armchair – beautiful upholstery  under the spotlight.

Tripping the light fantastic

Mambo Table Lamp

Mambo Table Lamp

 

I’m always telling my clients how important lighting is in interior design – it can make or break a room. Lighting creates mood, affects your health and well being, enhances (or not) productivity. It can wrap around a room and make it sparkle, or create quiet, darker corners for contemplation. Natural light is a blessing; skylights, window lights -sunshine in winter and shade in summer – all affect the warmth, colour tone and feel of a room and directly impact on how comfortable it is to be in at any time of day.

Bella Figura Oval Drum

Bella Figura Oval Drum

Good interior design harnesses the natural light available, and enhances that with light fittings that provide the right amount of light for the intended purpose. Day time working, cooking, reading or eating; night time dinner parties, socialising, relaxing, reading, watching TV – all these activities go better with well thought out lighting.

Bella Figura Botticelli Chandelier

Bella Figura Botticelli Chandelier

 

 

There are a myriad of options out there for light fittings – from the simple to the grandiose, the elegant to the wild and whacky. Light fittings can make a statement, be a study in colour, shape and form, or meld seamlessly into the back ground. In their highest form, light installations become  sculptural art works  – stunning pieces that form the centre piece of the room.

Bella Figura Raphael Disc Chandelier

Bella Figura Raphael Disc Chandelier

 

 

Bella Figura is one of my favourite lighting suppliers. The company is based in London and all their manufacturing is done in Europe – much of it in their own artisan workshop in England. They specialise in Venetian glass and Florentine metalwork and have one of the widest ranges of these hand made artisan products available today. You’ll see their products in some of the finest homes and hotels in the world, and they are available here in New Zealand through Joanne Richards Interior Design.

Paris Design Week

Paris Design Week was held from 6-13 September, showcasing the work of around 250 designers. The latest repost from the organisers describes the event as

“…a hive of design and creativity. Art galleries were abuzz with special exhibitions, prestigious showrooms hosted sparkling cocktail parties, and fashionistas combed the capital looking for new and original design ideas.” Sounds good doesn’t it!

Paris Design week is all about new work and new ideas, with 100 or so emerging designers showcasing their cutting edge work at Now! le Off at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design.

Have a look at all the cool work on show at Paris Design Week 2014 video here:

Tent London

 

Tent London

Tent London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tent London had a fabulous showing this year – amazing design from the best of British designers as well as stand out work from Japan, Poland, Norway and Ireland, among others, in the international pavilions. I loved the Czech Glassware! (See pic below)

Czech Glassware at Tent London

Czech Glassware at Tent London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a look at more from the show here

Hotel Interior Designs

I’m always fascinated by interior design in hotels – places designed to create a fantasy world,  a sense of luxury and glamour, or an excuse to go a little bit over the top.

Here’s a peek inside the Ritz-Carlton Berlin 

One of the world's great hotels - the Ritz-Carlton Berlin

One of the world’s great hotels – the Ritz-Carlton Berlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then there’s Paris. The Hôtel de Vendôme, situated in the very centre of Paris, is only a short distance from the Tuileries garden; the hotel’s discreet exterior gives little away. read more here

Hotel de Vendome Paris

Hotel de Vendome Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest newsletter from Hotel Interior Designs has more of the most glamorous hotels in the world.