Saturday 30 July 2011


At Icon Interiors, we often use contemporary chandeliers as a focal point in our lighting schemes. The chandeliers can define a particular area, such as a dining table or as a centrepiece in a bedroom. This contemporary range of bedroom furniture, called Snooze is also designed by Ochre, and is another example of their pared down style.

Ochre creates objects of style and beauty which are both timeless and contemporary. The collection consists of furniture, lighting and accessories for the interior, the emphasis being on the use of very high quality materials and flawless British craftsmanship. The simplicity and honesty of form and proportion, together with the luxurious materials result in an understated elegance, which
has become the signature for Ochre.

Elle Decoration describes them as: 'Design outfit Ochre is low key, but its work is incredibly sexy and influential. Flawless British craftsmanship is combined with only the best (often overlooked) materials, such as horn, horsehair, chain mail and coconut shell...creating pared down collections of furniture and accessories that are always ahead of the game' - see for further details.

Tuesday 26 July 2011

F for Ferdinand...

This beautifully designed hook is from the Essey range of products, and continues their quirky design ethos of symbolic functionalism, with products often based on stories and fables.

Ferdinand the bull is a quiet, peace loving young bull who only wants to spend his time under a cork tree smelling the flowers. But, when a bee stings him, the townspeople believe he is ferocious and take him to the bullring! He refuses to fight and is taken back to the cork tree to once again smell the flowers. Ferdinand teaches us to appreciate the simple things in life and to be ourselves.

The Ferdinand design is a simple continuous line from one horn, through the eye, round the nose ring and back again to the other horn creating a functional double coat hook for hanging clothes. One line – one soul. The Ferdinand story is based on a 1938 classic story by Munro Leaf & Robert Lawson.

E for Essential...

At Icon Interiors, we are always looking for edgy design products, and recently discovered the quirky home wares supplier called Essey. Essey (derived from essential) is about Symbolic Functionalism, and was founded around the concept of using symbolism or metaphors to promote a given function or the inner nature of an object. It is about giving objects a soul, an identity and letting them communicate this - ie Let the products speak for themselves.

This concept is embodied in the Illusion range of tables, which are simple and functional. Based on observing an outdoor cafe with draped table cloths, the designers then sought a way of producing the essence of drapery with modern materials. The result is a true representation of Symbolic Functionalism. See for further information.

Monday 11 July 2011

Portfolio - A Somerset Home

We are indulging in a little nostalgia today, as we revisit our very first project for a photo shoot. The interior design scheme for this project is now over 8 years old, and we organised the photo shoot to prove the point that good design lasts, and never goes out of style.

The drawing room walls are rendered with ebony and ivory marmorino (polished plaster). This is a mixture of
marble dust and lime mortar, with an amazing lacquer style finish.

The John Cullen Lighting system is designed to create a soft glow of ambient light, with gentle scallops of light highlighting artwork, soft furnishings and sculpture. The decorative lighting by Baker furniture frames the sofas covered in ivory merino wool.

Monday 4 July 2011

A Quirky Vintage 40 Winks...

I came across this wonderful home/hotel recently, which is beautifully designed by David Carter - it is truly a design classic and would appeal to clients who are inspired by the quirky vintage trend
4 0 W i N K S offers a smart and whimsically glamorous alternative to visitors in the creative and fashion industries who are bored with the bland impersonality of most hotel chains.

It is also perfect for models who want something a bit different from the typical agency flat when they are in London for castings or jobs. 4 0 W i N K S is special. It’s just like staying in a boutique hotel, but without the staff, uniforms and room service (or the hefty price tag...).

The images speak for themselves, with a classic/contemporary twist of iconic images and mix of sleek modern finishes with traditional furniture, linked together with quirky artworks.

Thursday 30 June 2011

Charles Lutyens - Outraged Christ Sculpture

At Icon Interiors, we are constantly looking at the art world for inspiration, and this powerful installation by Charles Lutyens at St Paul's Church Bow Common in London is an inspiring piece of work.

Named the “Outraged Christ”, this wooden sculpture of Christ crucified stands 15ft tall and is made of soft and hard ‘found’ wood beams and planks, split by axe and intuitively applied to the body of the sculpture by drilling and dowelling, using a construction adhesive and shaped largely by chainsaw and broad chisel.

Lutyens created the head 30 years ago and held its image and intent in his mind for most of this time. 5 years ago he began to explore the sculpture further.

More generally Crucifixions depict suffering, wounded or dead, ‘sleeping’, sweet and beautiful or apparently forgiving Christs. However, in the course of work Lutyens’ sculpture has grown into an “Outraged Christ”. For him this interpretation is significant and relevant for our present times, and resonates particularly with the question “what are we doing”?

Charles Lutyens - - is an artist working with various media, including painting, sculpture and mosaics.

Exhibition of work by Charles Lutyens - 25th June to 23rd July 2011 St. Paul’s Church, Bow Common, Burdett Road, Bow, London E3. Open Wednesdays - Saturdays 11am to 7pm

Saturday 11 June 2011

Yastik is a new boutique selling exclusively luxury cushions has just opened off Kensington High Street, London. A contemporary display of over 150 cushions with over 100 designs takes you into a world of riotous patterns and colour.

Yastik (which means cushion in Turkish), was created in Turkey five years ago from the collaboration between Rifat Ozbek and Erdal Karaman. The collection is designed with exotic and beautiful fabrics that Ozbek has collected over the years from his travels around the world. Each design is produced as a limited edition and each season brings a new collection.

The collection includes a mix of cotton and silk fabrics and velvets. The designs include vintage, new and custom-made mainly from Central Asia. They are all hand died, hand loomed and hand printed. The hand-embroidered Suzani fabrics are made to Ozbek’s selection of old Ottoman patterns. The cushions are truly bespoke and sizes follow the patterns which means that the range includes over 15 sizes of squares and rectangles.

Shop details:
8 Holland Street, London W8 4LT
Monday to Saturday – 10am until 6pm
Tel: 020 3538 7981