5 Benefits of Architectural Interior Design

May 28th, 2020

Architectural Interior Design is what we do. Simply put, it is the design of the home from the inside out – perfectly thought through so that the interior works hard to support the inhabitants lifestyles. Importantly, it also acknowledges the architectural form of the building, inside and out. Lakeside is a very good example of where we were able to do this effectively because we informed the style, character and form of the home at the outset.

Lakeside, New Road Esher

So, what are the specific benefits of appointing a consultancy to consider your project from an Architectural Interior Design perspective?

  1. Establish Grace. Ensuring that the interior chimes with the exterior is not always as straight forward as you might think, so this really needs consideration at planning stage. Get this right and you will create a thing of beauty to be marvelled at and admired. What’s more you will have created a perfectly peaceful haven for living. This is because the harmony of our surroundings informs our senses.
  2. Create a Sense of flow. If the connectedness and relationship of all parts has been properly considered your living in the space will be economical and easy, thereby creating an enjoyable living environment that enables your best self.
  3. Maximise Real Estate Value. This is a biggie and not to be shirked at. By making the most of your property spatially and visually real estate value can be maximised. We know the do’s and don’t to maximising value. The don’t’s are easy to make if you are unaware of them, so be careful not to fall into that trap.
  4. Make it Fit for purpose. With an eye on architectural interior design, bespoke cabinetry can blend into the walls, making less ‘noise’ whilst supporting your living requirements optimally.
  5. Create the Perfect Canvass. Once you have done all this you have the perfect form to modify cosmetically should you wish to over the years without having to go to the expense and effort of all the dust which comes with more serious alterations.

 

Bespoke sunken seating area as mapped out above.

So, don’t get caught into thinking that you need an architect for the outside and an Interior Designer for the inside. Why not work with a one-stop studio that has its eye on all touchpoint, and a real appetite to create exceptional homes, inside and out?

Jessie Woodgate – watercolorist extraordinaire!

May 27th, 2020

Working from her base in West Hampstead, we are proud to present artist, Jessie Woodgate. Jessie has been surrounded by creatives all her life, so feels becoming an artist was inevitable. Looking at her pieces, it’s obvious that painting for her is as natural as taking a walk outdoors is for the rest of us. Water colours are her preferred medium, and of all the mediums, this is the most unforgiving. Water colours don’t lie. There is no opportunity for ‘cover-up’s’, and that’s the point, there’s absolutely no need for a forgiving medium here, because Jessie’s underlying draftsmanship is effortlessly spot-on.
Interested in our social history, colonialism and cultural diversity, Jessie explores urban themes which are a natural mix of historical and modern settings. She focuses her lense on derelict, once grandiose buildings now covered in graffiti and street art. She introduces to this, characters, to show a snapshot of urban life and to record a non-repeatable moment in time. As a result, there is something quite poignant for us, the on-looker, as we get a small glimpse into these strangers lives and wonder what they may be thinking or saying, whilst they are sat in places we are all familiar with, one way or another.

Jessie’s mastery of watercolours is something to marvel at, there’s no doubt. That combined with her lense on contemporary society makes for personal, evocative and highly memorable creations. Simply no surprise then to learn that Jessie was shortlisted as a finalist for the Sunday Times watercolour competition 2019.

www.jessiewoodgate.co.uk
Instagram: jessiewoodgate

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Presenting the highly talented David Gainford

April 30th, 2020

South of France, Aix-en-Provence

Continuing with our Artists Appreciation Initiative, I am pleased to present David Gainford. I came across David at the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair, and it was this painting of the South of France that drew me to his collection. David has been painting for over 30 years and his ability is unlimited, it seems as he has the ability to turn his hand to emulate many of the masters styles; Constable, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Singer Sargent, Leonardo and Michelangelo, to name a few. This painting, set in the South of France, and strongly reminiscent of Cezanne’s impressionist treatment of the canvass, evoke’s immediately a very strong sense of place;  Aix-en-Provence, to be particular. This is the area that Cezanne was so prolific in and which I know and love so well. It literally stopped me in my tracks and transported me back there in an instant. How wonderful when a work of art can do that for you.

David will supply limited edition prints of his works, now hanging in homes all around the world. He is also happy to take independent commissions. Contact:

david@davidgainford.com.

WWW.davidgainford.com.

(0044) 07802447813

 

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Celebrating the Eco Warrior of the Paint World: Edward Bulmer

April 22nd, 2020
Edward Bulmer Paint Colour Chart
On International Earth Day I thought it would be wonderful to celebrate a company that has the interests of the environment at the core of what they do. I was thrilled to bits when Edward Bulmer Paint Company agreed to be showcased. If we all make the right choices in our own little worlds we can turn this ship around, surely.
 
As one of the country’s leading architectural historians, Edward Bulmer has been involved in the restoration and redecoration of some of the country’s most important country houses; Goodwood, Hampton Court, Chequers and Althorp to name a few. Part of this process involved the creation of a range of natural, environmentally friendly, historically sympathetic paints, and it was from this that Edward’s eponymous paint company evolved.
 
Edward Bulmer Natural Paint is fast becoming the go-to paint for many interior designers and has a wide following amongst those who can differentiate between paint brands that say they are eco and are are not, and those who are eco and can prove it. The range has 90 beautiful colours, with a selection available in lighter shades and a nursery collection of 12 colours, all designed by interior designer Edward Bulmer using just 12 natural earth and mineral pigments. 
 
The company is unique in having a leading interior designer at the helm who knows what colours work and how to get tonality right. There’s no blind following of pantone trends here!  Edward is also passionate about the quality of the product, making sure it is easy to use (an important consideration for any Decorator). Furthermore in the product composition, he has been sure to ensure their paints are a healthy choice for any building (which need to breath) and their inhabitants alike.  Nearly all modern water based acrylic paints are made with plastic and contain micro beads which is like wrapping your house in cling film!  Natural paint is 20 times more breathable than acrylic paint, allowing your home and yourself to breathe freely. 
 
Edward is a modern day eco-worrier and believes we all should have the information to make  educated choices. The paint itself uses only naturally occurring raw materials of plant origin like linseed oil, and other natural elements such as chalk, earth and mineral pigments. Avoiding the use of dangerous solvents, pesticides, herbicides and toxins. 
 
Sustainability is simply good management,” says Edward, “The resources we use to make the paints are mainly derived from rocks or annual crops.  Any unused waste paint can be composted too.” This helps us, as consumers, to have a circular mindset when decorating rather than adding to the rising landfill levels with the issues which currently surround the disposal of paint.”
It is crucial to Edward and the business to continue to strive to reduce their impact on the planet, “The factory we use generates solar energy as well as buying in renewable energy and all the waste water is clean enough to go back into the local sanitation process.” continues Bulmer, “We do the same in the colouring and marketing facility. Our packaging is a mixture of recyclable buckets for transporting and recycled aluminium tins, cardboard and pulp formers for presentation to the customer.”
 
The best part is there is no compromise, the paints are unrivalled; the colours are exquisite, a soft and chalky finish can be beautifully achieved with only two coats and they are as robust to modern living as their plastic counterparts.
 
During these sad, strange and difficult times the company are still mixing and sending paint out to customers. The team are working isolated shifts and so cannot guarantee next day delivery. They are offering free colour consultancy so if you have any colour questions or would like advice on a North East facing room or just which off-white, email them with any photos or video and they will come back to you.
Free colours cards are available on their website
For inspiration follow their Instagram @eb_naturalpaint and @edward_bulmer
Happy Earth Day 2020 from Edward and the team.

Hunter+Collector – meet Tess Chodan

April 15th, 2020
Coming across Tess at the Surrey art show I was transfixed by her beautiful creations for the longest of time. Of course, this is exactly the point of ‘object d’art’ – her pieces are simply stunning creations, sensitively and thoughtfully constructed and the effect is once of pure delight. I dare you not to be enchanted!
Tess says of her works, ‘My passion is sourcing antique entomology collections of butterflies, moths and beetles, which I restore to create unique artworks. I am inspired by a deep connection with the natural world and a passion for the past.’

Tess Chodan is a self-taught artist working with antique entomological specimens. These are insects sourced from historical collections, which she painstakingly repairs and restores to create 3D pieces. 

 

Her work also reflects on preserving the past – tiny pieces of history that would otherwise be long forgotten, or turned to dust, and is inspired by a deep connection with fleeting lives of the natural world.

 

Tess worked for some years as an antiques dealer, where she came across her first collection of moths – which were over a hundred years old. From that point her life changed and a passion ignited. Tess is now a full-time professional artist whose works have grown in complexity and deepened in intention over the past 5 years. She has spent time researching museum entomology collections in the UK and Australia, and has learned directly from professional entomologists, who have become her mentors. 

 

Tess has exhibited her work in various group shows both in the UK and in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. In 2019 she was commissioned by the Queensland Regional Gallery (Noosa) to create the work “Still/ Life” for a show entitled “The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower”, an interstate project in which she exhibited alongside international artists. Her installation was funded by the Australian Regional Arts Development Fund for Individuals.

 

Currently she was work exhibited at the Hull City Art Gallery, in Somerset and Gloucestershire. She lives and works in Somerset.

You can get hold of Tess directly through either of the links below:

www.tesschodanartworks.com

www.hunterandcollector.weebly.com

www.instagram.com/hunter_and_collector

Introducing Bron Jones

April 13th, 2020
Bron Jones Welsh Abstract Landscape Artist
When I met Bron Jones recently, I was struck by two things; her effusive warmth and her love of the environment.
An environmental scientist and a teacher, Bron has always managed to combine her love of art and nature through her career. Retired now and living in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales: an oft overlooked gem, of rolling verdant valleys, lush forests, high moors and mountains. Living on the western edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons and a stone’s throw from Pembrokeshire, means she is literally surrounded with a treasure trove of nature’s inspiration.
Bron says of her art, ‘ It is the colours, patterns and textures of this wonderful landscape that inspire me: from walking local mountains, forests, coasts, and even under the waves where I enjoyed scuba diving.  I use bold, vibrant acrylic pigments, and multi-media in my paintings, with a variety of bolder marks and textures to evoke that sense of place: the ruggedness and wildness of places like the Pembrokeshire coast, the Preseli mountains and the beautiful Brecon Beacons. When you look at one of my paintings, I hope you will feel the wind in your hair and hear it soughing through the trees. Sometimes you want to see an image that reminds you of a place or a moment, but at others, all you need is a combination of colours, a pattern, or a particular swipe of the palette knife, to transport you there. The natural world never fails to make me smile and lighten my heart, and I hope that my art will do the same for others.’
You can contact Bron Jones directly:
e: bron@bronjonesart.com
www.bronjonesart.com
or you can find her on Instagram or Facebook

Imagine this scene without the artwork – suddenly it becomes a warehouse full of contemporary furniture. With Bron’s painting it becomes a sophisticated home.

Introducing Kasia Clarke

April 2nd, 2020

“Where You Are” 120x150cm mixed media (acrylic) on canvas.

Kasia Clarke’s abstracted landscapes are soulful escapes for the mind and eye that I can’t ever imagine tiring of. Living and working near Reigate, Kasia started her creative career in glass art, but now spends all her time painting. She has trained with abstract artist Nicholas Wilton in his ground breaking Creative Visionary Program. 
My work represents emotional “places” loosely based upon a landscape. But these landscapes are not depictions of specific geographical areas – they are imaginary, intuitive, soulful expressions of feeling painted in an emotive, direct and energised manner. My intention is to create an invitation for the viewer to search deeper into the painting, to want to visually enter it and experience what lies beyond, for them.
The art happens as an exploration, not just in the actual doing and painting but in the decision making in between each of the many layers. I don’t start with a specific end-plan in mind and that allows for an evolution rather than just execution of a painting. Knowing that I can discern to keep what I like or cover up whatever I don’t like, gives me total freedom of expression and freedom to take risks. My process is intuitive but there is an interplay of letting go and regaining control. Layer upon layer of call and response decisions are made until a potential conclusion to the process is visible. That’s when the final simplification happens, the essence of the painting reveals itself and becomes clear.’ Explains Kasia.
www.kasiaclarke.com #kasiaclarke_artist 

Kasia Clarke

“A Silence Sealed” 162x300cm triptych, mixed media (acrylic) on canvas.

Introducing Olivier Leger

March 31st, 2020

Tortue Genial by Oliver Leger. This piece took 6 months to create.

Proudly presenting Olivier Leger who creates ecological dream scapes in pen and ink for us to be wondrously ‘lost’ in:  

‘I am an East Midlands based artist and my focus is to create drawings of the natural world. I graduated from NUCA with a Fine Art degree in 2011. Although I went through the art education system I feel that my becoming an artist had everything to do with my mother and my brother’s great encouragement and support. Both have been great mentors to me for which I am truly grateful. 

The drawings I create are made with ink using predominantly fine liners and dipping pens. They are extremely detailed illustrations exploring biology, ecology and the natural world. My drawings are large scale, and take around 6 months to complete, so they are quite an undertaking, requiring patience and determination. Once complete I hope that the viewer will be afforded plenty of opportunity to escape into the detail of my newly created worlds. That makes it all worth while for me. 

For the most part I have my head in the clouds, and I love thinking about the world and the nature of existence. Life on the earth is an interconnected tangle of chemistry and organisms protected by the veil of our atmosphere from a harsh oblivion that is the vacuum and radiation of space. It is the intricacy and delicate nature of our planet in the midst of the expanse of space that helps formulate the subject matter of my drawings. I hope that by creating wonderfully intricate illustrations of our world that people come to think that earth and the other animals that inhabit the globe are worth nurturing and preserving.’

It’s impossible to come away from viewing one of Oli’s works of art without experiencing a deep appreciation for nature and the interconnectedness of all things. A truly exceptional artist in every way.

You can contact Oli directly at: www.olivierleger.com 

Or check him out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcvzvXYqrNw&t=3s

At the Surrey Art Fair 2020

Olivier works in minute detail. This image puts it all into perspective.

Introducing our Artists Appreciation Initiative

March 19th, 2020
Artists Appreciation Initiative

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Recognising that great artwork is central to any successful interiors scheme, we are going to be running an  Artists Appreciation Initiative. Through this drive we will be presenting a number of hand picked artists a month. Our search criteria is simple; 
1. We have a deep appreciation for their work,  and
2. We could imagine hanging any of their pieces well within our client’s homes.  
This is something we have been working on for a while, and I am extremely pleased to be presenting to you some of the finest talent in the land. We have plans to go further afield too, but for now we are going to be focusing on what this great nation has to offer.  Our hope is that this initiative will bring joy and appreciation, of course 🙂 Just watch this space.

Creativity – important or not?

January 28th, 2020

Understanding the value of creativity.

Einstein knew the fundamental importance of creativity, and it’s refreshing and reassuring to remind ourselves of this truth when creativity is often the first thing to be slashed from the ‘frame’. It is not always valued by society, so what propels us forward to embrace it?  Working in a creative industry it’s important to figure this one out.

One of our favourite Einstein quotes is ‘ Imagination is more important than knowledge.’  Worth pondering? Of course – it’s revolutionary even 120 years on. Knowledge can be learned from the world around us whereas creativity  comes from within and as a result generates new insights, inspirations, views and aspirations; depending on the creative field we are involved in. Its importance is fundamental to what drives us forward as a generation and to what makes us human. So, if you were ever half mast about flexing your creative muscle, you should have more confidence with sign off from one of the worlds greatest minds. Also worth pondering from Einstein,  ‘Creativity is intelligence having fun.’ Well, why wouldn’t you?   Let’s celebrate creativity in all its forms and value it for what it’s really is.