White furniture, winter glamour

Our Kings Road showroom has a regularly changing display of furniture, including white furniture, plus modern art.  The art is beautifully curated by our friends at Tag Fine Arts and one current piece sums up winter.  It’s called ‘Balloon’ by Dede Johnston and is over a meter wide, one of five signed editions.  The image is from a series entitled ‘The New Wilderness’, a C-type print of a scene from Courcheval, France.  It captures the perfect stillness of snow and is wonderfully ethereal. Look carefully.  A tiny hot air balloon floats above the clouds, highlighting the scale and beauty of our natural world.

Balloon by Dede Johnston

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2016 colours: Rose Quartz and Cherished Gold

We’re tickled pink (ahem) that the main Pantone Colour of 2016 is… Rose Quartz.  So, basically pink… but there are so many variations on this shade that it’s easy to get it seriously wrong in an interior.

Rose Quartz, according to the experts over at colour specialists Pantone, is “a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months”.  So, there you have it. Hard to imagine the spring/summer months with our rotten weather at the moment but hopefully they’re just round the corner. Continue reading “2016 colours: Rose Quartz and Cherished Gold”

Mac & Mac ceased trading…

Sad to hear about Mac & Mac (& see their statement on their website saying they had ceased trading), we may have lost a competitor but it will rock the confidence of both customers & suppliers in everyone else now too.

How can this happen? Its simple. Discount everything heavily, all the time, & you become a no profit but high turnover operation. Compete against other companies who do the same, but who are based in much less expensive parts of Britain & you have a recipe for disaster. Not, of course thats what Im saying happened here, it may well not be the case at all, its just a possibility. Continue reading “Mac & Mac ceased trading…”

Introducing Contardi Lighting

We are pleased to official announce the addition of Contardi Lighting to our collection of top Italian interiors brands. We have several lights from their range in our showroom, including the Agatha table lamp in gold leaf, the Coco Deluxe table lamp, the Tata floor lamp in chrome, the Audrey table lamp & the Divina table lamp. All look far better than the photos (if thats possible), & the table lamps in particular are bigger than they seem online. We are very impressed!

Contardi Lighting have been producing superb quality contemporary lighting for 30 years, exclusively for other top brands (B&B Italian, Armani Casa etc) & luxury hotels, restaurants etc, but have recently made their collection available to the public.
They have also introduced a stunning new lighting collection collection for 2012, including outdoor lighting. Here are some of our favourite pieces. Continue reading “Introducing Contardi Lighting”

Win a pair of Quadra table lamps!

The Quadra ‘Travel’ lamp series from Contardi lighting was released this year, & is a fresh take on the popular Quadra series in white lacquered metal with some lovely choices for the shades including up to the minute lace. To launch our new contemporary lighting range we have teamed up with Sheerluxe to give you the chance to win a pair – in the colours of your choice.  Enter the competition here.

Contardi lighting Quadra Travel lamps