Monday, 28 February 2011

Sculpted Walls...

For clients looking for a luxury finish, which works well in both traditional buildings and modern interiors, we often specify polished plaster. The smooth polished finish is similar to the marmorino stucco, used extensively in northern Italy during the Renaissance period as a wall finish and a background for the ornate frescoes.

It is this combination of material and technique that is now widely regarded as Venetian plaster. The final appearance of this finish is very dependent on the hand of the individual applicator, making it possible to achieve anything from a plain, lightly polished surface to a more highly burred and marbleised effect.

Armourcoat are a leading international brand for a variety of specialist finishes, with products ranging from traditional techniques to modern sculptural pieces. Armourcoat Sculptural is a range of seamless sculptural wall surface designs. The technique combines traditional hand sculpting with CAD to create designs that fit together with total accuracy yet retain the essence of being hand crafted.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Sculpted Leather

At Icon Interiors, we spend much of our time sourcing inspirational products and finishes for our clients, and it is very rare that we find something truly original. These sculpted leather and fabric designs by Helen Amy Murray have won worldwide recognition, and this designer has collaborated with leading international luxury brands.

The technique involves sculpting leather or fabric, and can be applied to a variety of objects, such as feature walls, upholstered furniture, lighting and artworks. The technique is hugely versatile, and translates extremely well from natural motifs to geometric designs.

Inspired by relief carvings in India, this technique can be adapted to suit many locations as every project is bespoke. This product is the haute couture of the interior design sector, and clients can be inspired by existing designs or choose their own commission.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Decayed Silver...

At Icon interiors, we are often asked to provide stunning decorative lighting and chandeliers for our clients, particularly in antique homes. The key to decorating any antique home is to respect the architectural heritage of the building, without adding faux period details, thus avoiding
a pastiche of a particular style.

Adding contemporary lighting, and using contemporary materials, such as acrylic, can ensure the design respectfully embraces the period style with a modern twist.

Porta Romana's range of decayed silver lighting embraces this classic/contemporary ethos, and their products work particularly well in traditional interiors. The range of furniture, including sofas and console tables continue within the same theme, with pared down styles based on classical shapes.