Monday, 26 April 2010
Refurbishing a property or building a new home can be a stressful experience, and we can help a client manage this process. We offer a full Project Management Service to ensure the project runs on time and within budget.
Depending on the size of the project, the client may need a Site Manager to manage the many different contractors on site, ensure building materials arrive in good time, and monitor the quality of the work. The Site Manager is also the client’s independent representative on site and is the main point of contact for the client and the designer, which ensures all decisions are communicated and documented. Our Site Manager is a master carpenter, and has site management experience for managing residential and local authority building projects.
For larger projects, a Project Manager may also be required to co-ordinate with architects, structural engineers, and external counterparties. The Project Manager will work with the Site Manager to ensure the project remains on schedule and on budget. Our Project Manager holds a first class degree in Construction Management, and has experience in large commercial projects in the City of London, as well as high-end residential projects.
If bespoke wallpapers or fabrics are being designed, visits to the workshops and samples will be created to ensure the final design is documented. Special artwork or photography commissions may also be ordered at this stage, and meeting with artists and photographers can be arranged.
We take a detailed Brief from the client, and discuss the Budget to be allocated to the project. Once our Fee Proposal is agreed, we Survey the site and produce floor plans and elevations for each room.
Having assessed the space, the Creative process can begin, and we like to involve the client as much as possible by holding regular meetings and arranging Sourcing trips.
As the design emerges, we produce a Mood Board to show how the design has been inspired. Samples of fabrics, flooring, and wall finishes will be collated as required. A product list will also be provided, which confirms the Detail of each item specified, including supplier, product codes and prices. The Design information is then presented to client, who now has a fully detailed bespoke design which is ready for implementation.
We approach our projects in an analytical way, and divide the process into 3 Steps:
Step 1 - Design
Watch out for our next blog post for further details of each stage.
Friday, 23 April 2010
A touch of 1920/30's Hollywood glamour can also be added by teaming the glass furniture with exquisitely upholstered oval backed chairs, and high gloss lacquer macassar ebony cabinetry. Lighting is given a 21st century edge by overscaling products, and playing around with proportion to create a dramatic focal point.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
At Icon Interiors, we work with our select group of garden designers to integrate indoor and outdoor space. This ensures that the design theme is coherent thoughout, and the indoor and outdoor projects can be planned in accordance with the whole budget and overall schedule in mind.
Inspired by our fabulous weather at the moment, and the fact that we are actually able to enjoy our outdoor space, our product focus today is on David Harber Sundials - see website for further details - http://www.davidharbersundials.co.uk/. Inspired by the interaction of light, landscape and water, David Harber uses contemporary three-dimensional design to celebrate unpredictability, illusion and the passage of time.
With obvious classical references, each piece also stands as an original work of garden art, and will work in both small and large gardens to create a focal point of interest, and draw the eye towards a point in the garden to create a sense of journey.
When considering such important pieces, it is vital to consider lighting prior to installation. Lighting will create drama and enhance the sculpture, giving the garden life after dark. See John Cullen Lighting for ideas to uplight trees and shrubs, as well as lighting more architectural elements in the garden, such as pergolas and gazebos.
Monday, 19 April 2010
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Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Choosing taps and sinks will also define your style, and traditional brassware with a butler's sink would work beautifully with an Aga. Alternatively, sleek architectural taps with specialist shower attachments can be a wonderful focal point, and can be teamed with flush under-mounted stainless sinks for a contemporary style.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
The drawers have beautiful dove-tail joints, and on closer examination, each drawer slides effortlessly into the cabinetry.
Each walnut veneer is carefully selected to match perfectly, and the give the desired pattern and effect.
Simon is available for commissions for bespoke joinery and furniture, and can visit you at home to discuss your design requirements. We are particularly interested in using Simon's skills when replicating an existing piece of antique furniture, when a matching pair is required.Oak panelling for libraries and entrance halls can also be designed to enhance any residential home.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
These stunning swimming pools are design by Woodhouse Natural Pools - their portfolio on www.naturalswimmingpools.com. Again the style can be defined as traditional or contemporary depending on the type of garden design chosen or how the pool is styled and accessorized. A natural pool can be accompanied by traditional buildings such as thatched gazebos, or teamed with contemporary wood and glass structures in with an essence of harmonious oriental design.
Specialist fabrics should be used for pool furniture, but don’t be afraid to experiment with colour. There is a range of zingy citrus colours by Sacho Hesslein which are designed specifically for pool and spa areas, and would work beautifully in a modern, family pool area. Other brands such as Sunbrella have a range of fabrics for outdoor and marine use.
Friday, 9 April 2010
This look can also work in a much more pared down colour palette, such as natural taupes and dove greys and would work well with crisp white linens in a bedroom or holiday home. Teamed with inlaid pearl furniture from Graham and Greene, this would create a stunning colonial scheme.
For those parents who can't bear the whole princess theme for their little girls, this vintage styling can also work well for children's rooms, giving parents the scope to refine the style as children grow.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Lighting should be layered, and consideration should be given to ambient, task, decorative and kinetic light. Specialist lighting designers such as John Cullen Lighting (see images) design ambient lighting schemes for all budgets.
At Icon, we always ensure our lighting designs incorporate ceiling mounted down lighters, angled around the perimeter of each ceiling to accentuate the silk wallpaper and artworks. We also ensure we highlight bespoke furnishings and window treatments with directional down lighters.
These ambient lighting schemes should also be layered with decorative signature lighting. This Paradise Plafonnier decorative light by Bella Figura has been specified for our client as a focal point above a dining table. A signature pendant or contemporary chandelier can also define an area within a large space.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Our product focus this month is sourcing beautiful doors and door furniture. We are currently designing contemporary walnut doors with sleek nickel handles, and these important (usually forgotten) elements ensure our design is finely detailed to give a contemporary but well-crafted feel to the design. The veneers are hand selected by our clients, and are chosen to work with other cabinetry.
Continuing our exotic theme, we also love opening up space by adding these beautiful shoji-style doors. Often clients want all of the benefits of open plan, but the flexibility to close-off rooms and change their home space. These shoji-style doors work well with integrated kitchen/dining/living spaces. Their simple design and bespoke joinery ensures that they work well with our beautiful hand crafted kitchens, as well as sleek Bulthaup-styled spaces.
Monday, 5 April 2010
Icon Interiors has developed a classic yet contemporary interior design style for many homes in London and the South, though it will also consider projects throughout the UK.
Icon Interiors ensures its clients achieve a beautiful design for their home that is appropriate to ow they live and that is also within their specified budget. Projects can range from a total house refurbishment (if you’re feeling flush) to the re-design of a single room, with everything based on the knowledge that good interior design makes people look good in their environment.
Viewing the house as a whole space rather than as individual rooms will ensure a flowing design is achieved throughout.
Integral Lighting and Audio-Visual planning should always be part of the design process at the concept stage.
Icon Interiors’ approach is grounded, pragmatic and based around the lives of its clients. The style is fresh and contemporary, taking a balanced approach and managing the whole project from beginning to end, using reliable and skilled contractors and tradespeople.
Icon Interiors also makes sure the client, is in control. Rather than seeking to impose ideas upon them, Icon Interiors makes full use of the consultation process to apply its experience to the clients’ own ideas and requirements. Each project is planned in a methodical way avoiding impulse purchases or expensive mistakes.
So, it looks like there is life after JP Morgan after all – and a pretty successful one at that.
For more information on Icon Interiors:
0845 519 3441 www.icon-interiors.co.uk
See www.icon-interiors.co.uk and www.wasing-weddings.co.uk for further information.
Completing the interior design of Wasing Park, Aldermaston in July 2008 with its eclectic mix of Balinese and colonial-style furniture, has ensured that this wedding and conference centre is successfully taking bookings as far as 2010 and even 2011.
Icon Interiors worked closely with the owner of Wasing Park, Joshua Dugdale, to source authentic Balinese furniture, by visiting companies in Denpasar, Bali and scouring antique warehouses in the foot hills around the capital. The furniture arrived in the UK by containers, and the Icon team managed to meet a tight deadline and have the 11 bedroom hotel ready for its first wedding in July 2008.
“Visiting Bali with the hotel owner was a wonderful opportunity to ensure Icon Interiors exactly met the client’s vision for his hotel. As his family estate, Mr Dugdale was very keen to respect the traditional nature of the estate buildings, but also to add an eclectic touch by using Balinese artefacts to personalise each bedroom” explains Tracy Leach, Interior Designer at Icon Interiors.
Tracy Leach and Patricia Moran
Icon Interiors Ltd
0845 519 3441