The 70’s Trend Takeover

The 70’s trend has been filtering in to our wardrobes slowly over the last few years since designers such as Saint Laurent and Chloé debuted their SS15 catwalk collections featuring flared sleeves, neckerchiefs and floaty lace.

 Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent and Chloé SS15 (Vogue)

Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent and Chloé SS15 (Vogue)

It didn’t stop there and now 2017 has seen the 70’s trend take over in a big way in both fashion and interiors. The original Seventies brought bold colours, prints and layering as well as the continuation of the 60’s clean lined mid century furniture. It was also the decade when Conran’s Habitat store, established in the 60’s, became a high street familiar and is still one of our favs today! In previous years to find 70’s furniture you had to be savvy and buy vintage but recently and luckily for us the high street have finally got hold of the trend and have reworked some classic style treats!

Before I share some amazing hight street steals I wanted to show you how the pros work this trend. See Dorothee Meilichzon’s (Studio Chzon) interior for new hotel ‘The Henrietta’. Sconce lighting, sludgy velvets, matching motifs and lots of brown are all reminiscent of the 70’s and have been remastered in this boutique hotel decor right in the centre of London.

Jonathan Adler has been championing the 70’s in his interiors and furniture since 2014. This house on Shelter Island (New York) beautifully combines Californian, Scandi and Japanese style all with a throwback of chic 70’s details. Vintage chairs reupholstered in contemporary felted fabric and ceramic wall tiles help bring this kitsch interior right up to date.

Never really a fan of the 70’s look myself I can’t help but be won round with these style steals! New season, new style and whether you’re discovering the decade for the first time or revisiting it from your past, sooner or later you too will be wearing or decorating your home with a little bit of retro style.

  1. Lemon Duvet Cover – Habitat – from £30
  2. Knox Retro Chair – Made.com £149
  3. String Chair – Royal Design.co.uk £169
  4. Patch Rug 170cm x 240cm – Habitat £450
  5. Cole & Son – Contemporary Restyled Hicks Grand Wallpaper – Naken Interiors £76 per 10m roll
  6. Sadie Table Lamp – M&S £69
  7. Seville Sideboard – Swoon Editions £649

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Scared of pattern? Here are 5 ways to inject some printed fun into your home

Scared of pattern in your home? I understand. As a print and pattern designer it is very easy for me to get excited about fluro prints and bold abstract patterns but when it comes to adding it into our homes even I freak out a little. It’s a risk, what if I don’t like it in years to come? what is it clashes with other items in my home? and what will my friends think?

Pattern doesn’t have to be scary, I have clients who are terrified of prints and assume that to add colour and pattern in your home it must be with floral quintessentially English (Laura Ashley style) curtains or bedding. Wrong! I have put together 5 easy steps to help you introduce a little interest and uniqueness into your space. After all our homes say a lot about us why not let it out!

1 – Artwork

Simple! A lot of people are unsure of what style artwork they want staring at them from their walls, artwork should reflect your personality and you should feel connected to it somehow. Don’t panic buy prints because you just don’t know what you want, shop around, take your time and invest in something that speaks to you. I am not talking about buying original artwork/paintings (although this is something I wish I could afford) there are plenty of digital versions out there which aren’t a triptych of a New York skyline like something you’d find in a cheap hotel lobby.

 2 – Textiles

Cushions, throws and bedding are interchangeable and versatile. If you suddenly decide it’s too much, swap them round, keep your home fresh and updated, invest in colours and patterns you like not just what will go with your scheme.

3 – Flooring

Tiles Tiles Tiles – I love them! This is THE way to add pattern to your space and there are so many amazing tile stores out there at the moment too! See Marrakech Design for more. This doesn’t have to include a bold colour choice either you can use a monochrome palette if you wish.

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If you’re not redesigning there are some gorgeous rugs available which can compliment existing floors. Keep your eyes out for something a little more adventurous. If your walls are neural, add colour and print, if your walls are coloured then opt for a more monochrome rug but don’t substitute the pattern!

4 – Furniture

Okay so you don’t have to go as crazy as this space from Living Etc and actually patterned furniture is a hard one to get right! The most common colour choice for sofas here in the UK is grey…grey?! What does that say about our personalities? I’m guilty of it too but think about how many people you know who also have a grey sofa?! EVERYONE!

At the moment Palm Springs is a massive trend, tropical prints and clashing painterly fabrics but this isn’t going to be around for ever. If you want to invest in a patterned furniture piece make it something that can be reworked and updated with cushions and throws throughout the seasons. May I suggest something a little less wild, how about this beauty from Florrie and Bill?

5 – Accessories

This is the super easy way to do it, whether its dinner plates, vases, storage boxes or towels, next time you’re looking at the plain options, move away and grab something a little more vibrant. After all someone has put thought in to the pattern and designed the print especially for the product. Try to tell me you wouldn’t feel instantly uplifted drying yourself with one of these beauties?!

Be afraid no more pattern dodgers, there’s no more excuses, brighten up the place, support print designers and let it in. I promise your home will feel warm, inviting and a lot more personal!

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Clerkenwell Design Week – My top new designers to watch!

So London is ridiculously hot, I’m still here and my northern skin is struggling to handle it… anyway I made it to Clerkenwell Design Week on Thursday and it was a great show as always! Plenty to see and lots of people enjoying really great design whilst getting a tan, there were good vibes everywhere! 

This year I’ve decided to share with you my top new designers to watch out for. I expect great things in the next few years for these guys and I think everyone should take some time to appreciate their awesomeness and how much they have achieved in a matter of months! 

Mann Made

Mann made had a fantastic stand in the British Collection area. Their furniture is designed and made here in the U.K. They use industrial style materials and traditional woods to create these amazingly simple and elegant pieces. I met two of the team and asked them how long they had been up and running, they said 6-8 months!! Wow! If this is what they can achieve in that time imagine what they will be making in years to come. I’m in love with these timeless pieces and the price tag isn’t too shocking either with Edna mirrors starting at £155.

ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE

Love love love this brand. One Nine Eight Five was established by Eleanor Nadimi (again only months ago) in London. Not only was Eleanor stylishly cool herself but her collection was too! I love print and pattern and share a textiles background like Eleanor. Her use of colour is to die for and textures such as tassels inspired by high end fashion makes this collection feel sophisticated yet playful. This brand is going to be big and I’m already looking forward to the next collection.

Beatrice Larkin

Another London creative was Beatrice, her stand was simple and fairly small but as soon as I saw her throws hanging in the space I had to touch them! Made from the finest yarns and woven in a jacquard mill in Lancashire these throws feel and look wonderful. The bold geometric patterns and monochrome palette makes them the perfect blanket/throw for any space. I had a little chat with Beatrice and she told me she had just signed a contract to sell through Heals, I’m not surprised, she’s creating something beautifully unique here.

To find out more about Beatrice visit her site here.

Thats it for another year at CDW.

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VELVET CHAIRS – A guide to finding the one for you

Take inspiration from the greats! Let’s face it… if we could all afford a Jonathan Adler Bacharach chair I’m sure we would have it pride of place in our living rooms and probably refuse to let anyone sit in it (I would). But don’t panic you don’t have to sell out on style, I have some great high street WOW chairs to get you inspired.

Think statement over practicality with this one and I promise all your friends will be asking ‘Where did you get that amazing chair?!’. So whether its cocktail, cloud or occasional style I have the one for you.

Oliver Bonas – Cloud Chair

£645 from Oliver Bonas. This Cloud chair is certainly a statement piece. Fun, sumptuous and eye catching in some gorgeous colours. What’s not to love?!

Fern & Grey – Jenson Armchair

£429 from Fern & Grey. Sophisticated, contemporary yet traditional. Perfect whatever your style.

Swoon – Fitz Cocktail Chair

£369 From Swoon Editions. Classic cocktail style, everywhere at the moment in a range of fabric finishes but my advice is to opt for a plain style which will see you through the transition of trends. This is perfect for the less daring!

MADE.com – Frame Armchair

£599 from Made.com. I know what your’e thinking…’this chair is everywhere’ True! It’s still amazing though, place it in a hallway or bedroom and team with strong, bold and bright patterns as well as any antique style furniture you may have. No one will know it’s the same chair, honest!

Habitat – MISTY Chair by House of Holland

£595 from Habitat. YAAAAS!!! Need I say anymore?!

Houseology – Liang & Eimil Nova Occasional Chair

£885 from Houseology. A little pricey I know but it’s a beautiful piece of furniture. Sophisticated and inspired by Le Corbusier, it’s a design classic. Just imagine this in your home office?! Yes Please.

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All of The Lights

I am so happy to see some of our high street retailers killing it in the lighting department! I’ve been searching for a table lamp that offers something other than a ceramic base with a drum shade and was starting to think I’d have to spend a small fortune to get something that offers style and substance.

I’m sharing my favourite table lamp options from some of our well loved stores, grab a bargain and inject stylish colours and materials with these mood enhancing gems!

Smokey

Top – ‘No.001′- Design Project by John Lewis – £130

Bottom – ‘Smoked Table Lamp’ – French Connection Home – £95

 

Brass and Glass

Top – ‘Temple’ – MADE.com – £99

Middle – ‘Marlowe’ – Habitat – £140

Bottom – ‘No.046’ – Design Project by John Lewis – £65

Matte Black

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Top – ‘No.045′ – Design Project by John Lewis – £75

Middle – ‘Starkey’ – MADE.com – £45

Bottom – ‘Ogilvy’ – MADE .com – £59

Want further information regarding any of these fabulous products you can contact me here!

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New Year New Trends – Shop my top high street picks

One of the most exciting things about a new year for me is discovering the new trends!

SS17 sees us moving away from Scandi minimalism and injecting colour using luxurious textures, soft lighting, brass accents and graphic prints. One of the key colours in green so whether you go for a bold sofa or wall paint colour, make sure you get the balance right mixing with muted pastels and super soft fabrics. The high street are nailing this trend so no need to break the bank just shop my top picks to keep your home fresh and contemporary. Enjoy!

1 – Rainbow Candle holder Pink & Amber. £39 The Conran Shop

2 – Perasima Dinner Plate. £24 Anthropologie

3 – Spencer Sofa. £1200 Habitat

4 – Loft Abstract Bridges Wall Art. £25 Marks & Spencer

5 – Origami Lampshade Yellow. £34.99 Dowsing & Reynolds

6 – Granada Goblet. £8 each Anthropologie

Want further information regarding any of these fabulous products you can contact me here!

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Bedroom Wallpaper – On Trend

I’ve been searching for the perfect wallpaper to redecorate my bedroom with, since this only occurs once every 8 years finding a print that will stand the test of time trend wise can be difficult. I’m still torn on whether to stay safe and stick to paint but I thought I would share my top wallpaper designs from the current trends that I think will still look as beautiful in years to come.

1 – Forest – House of Hackney ‘Limerence’ Velvet Ink

2 – Pastels – Ferm Living ‘Confetti’

3 – Monochrome – Cole & Son / Fornasetti Murals ‘Nuvole’

4 – Harlequin -Standing Ovation ‘Exuberance’

Want further information regarding any of these fabulous products you can contact me here!

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Detail – Basins

Bathroom/WC basins are more creative than ever, material and colour options are endless now! Here are just some of my favourite alternatives to the traditional white ceramic sink with polished chrome taps.

1 – White Porcelain with painted black fronted vintage sink. Style with a Carrara marble, retro inspired lighting and I suggest going for matte black fixtures as shown or a solid brass mixer.

 http://www.heckerguthrie.com

http://www.heckerguthrie.com

2 – Metallic coated ceramic wash basin inspired by traditional Turkish craftsmanship. If you’re going for copper then try a matte black mixer as before, stay away from mixing with other metallics and use only as an accent colour.

 http://www.studio103.com.au/

http://www.studio103.com.au/

3 – Cast concrete twin basin. The raw quality of concrete and the simplicity of the material actually makes it very versatile. This basin has been teamed with hand made tiles and industrial style painted brickwork. This type of basin could quite easily exist in an ultra modern, white washed apartment too.

 http://www.bertandmay.com/concrete-twin-basins?id=%5Bproduct_id%5D

http://www.bertandmay.com/concrete-twin-basins?id=%5Bproduct_id%5D

4  – Solid marble the Italian way. If you can afford it then marble will certainly add glamour to your bathroom. It offers a smooth and sleek finish as well being hard wearing and adaptable to being carved to any shape. Many types of veining is available so if your wanting that unique aesthetic then marble is your dream material.

 http://blog.thedpages.com/altamarea-luxury-bath-furnishings/

http://blog.thedpages.com/altamarea-luxury-bath-furnishings/

Want further information regarding any of these fabulous ideas you can contact me here!

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Decorate – Colour Block

If you’re looking to inject a dramatic look to a space then why not try using paint to draw attention to architectural details or create a bespoke patterned wall. Have a look at my selected pics for colour blocking inspiration.
1 – Levels

In the right space colour blocking can be a pattern in itself. Draw the eye in to a specific piece of furniture or architectural detail using simple colours that create symmetry. Just be careful of your colour choice, stick to colours of the same tonal palette if you’re unsure what will go. TryLittle Greene for similar paint.

2 – Draw The Line  

Try highlighting your existing picture rails and skirting boards by painting them a different shade or like the above, go for a seamless connection with the rest of the room. Whether you’re painting plain walls or built in cupboards, draw a line and create a faux dado/picture rail detail. Try Farrow and Ball for similar paint.

3 – Pattern Making

A kids room is the perfect place to go bold and inject colour and pattern by using stencils, painting a mural or masking out shapes. Make sure you plan your colour selection and draft out your pattern before applying to the walls. Take inspiration from a favourite painting or flower and produce your own abstract art masterpiece to feed your child’s imagination. Try environmentally friendly clay paints fromEarthborn.

Want further information regarding any of these fabulous products you can contact me here!

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INTERIOR OF THE WEEK

Kitchen/Living space by McLaren.Excell – Merrydown/Dorset

This weeks interior of the week comes from the amazingly talented London based architect firm McLaren Excell. This kitchen/living space is part of a two story converted cob building, originally built as a Victorian school for girls. The bedroom has been suspended from the roof structure keeping the ground floor space free of supporting beams and as open plan as possible. McLaren Excell’s choice of materials gives the space an organic feel with birch plywood, recycled wood, concrete and brass installed in their natural state, they simplify the interior and harmonise with it’s original architecture.

You can see more of the project here

Want further information regarding any of these fabulous products or want to inquire about your own project contact me here!

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Garden Party Styling – Top 10

Ok, so  I know you can never actually rely on having lovely summer weather in Britain but as a nation we do our best to make the most of it anyway! Festival season has begun and the longest day is just around the corner so lets embrace our inner nature lover, get the grass cut, dust off the emergency chairs and stage a party in the garden.

Whether celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just simply entertaining close friends, I have some great garden buys to help you create the most beautiful setting to watch the sun go down. But first…get creative and be inspired by these crafty bits for some homemade decorating ideas that won’t cost the earth!

1 – Eco Linen Table Cloth – Rose & Grey

Whether your covering an ugly garden table or gathering picnic style on the lawn, keep it simple with this beautiful plain white linen cloth, perfect indoor or outdoor and totally versatile for any occasion. Just make sure you wash it well! http://www.roseandgrey.co.uk/eco-linen-table-cloth-in-white

2 – Festoon Lights – Cox & Cox

Add some light when the sun goes down with these festoon lights, they are a staple for the summer nights. Their simplicity means that whether hung for the night or left out during the day their wires won’t be an eye saw. http://www.coxandcox.co.uk/lighting/outdoor-lights/extendable-black-festoon-lights

3 – Chalkboard Planter – West Elm

 A fun painted terracotta planter for all your favourite herbs. Place on or around the table for your party guests to pick their own. Just don’t let them drink too much punch as you may have more than herb names written on them by the end of the night! http://www.westelm.co.uk/mrk-chalkboard-planter-6-inch-d2118?quantity=1&attribute_1=Black

4 – Solid Marble Serving Dish on Stand – Rockett St George

Wow your guests with a selection of fresh fruit, or if you’re really feeling adventurous that homemade gateau you’ve always said you’d make! This solid marble serving dish is the ultimate style statement and the most perfect centre piece. http://www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk/solid-marble-serving-dish-on-stand-32498-p.html

5 – Amarelo Glass Bottle – Habitat

 This re-usable bottle is great for serving chilled water or wine. Scatter a few around the table to keep your guests topped up. http://www.habitat.co.uk/amarelo-re-usable-glass-bottle-with-yellow-stopper-1l-304945

6 – Decorated Hobstar Glassware – West Elm

 Sophisticated drinks need sophisticated glasses. Try theses intricately decorated glasses from West Elm for your after dinner Whisky?!…Gins more my thing! http://www.westelm.co.uk/decorated-hobstar-glassware-e815

7 – Carnival Fiesta Cocktail Napkins – White Mint

Well I only said the drinks had to be sophisticated! Add some fiesta fun with these jungle trend cocktail napkins. Everyone likes the perfect combination of class and silliness. http://www.whitemint.co.uk/product/carnival-fiesta-cocktail-napkins/

8 – Gold/White Striped Paper Party Straws – Rockett St George

 What’s a party without a fancy straw?! http://www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk/gold-white-striped-paper-party-straws-25-29779-p.html

9 – Rusty Brazier – Cox & Cox

When the night draws in but you’re not ready to say goodbye to your friends, bring out the brazier!  Keep everyone partying outdoors with this stunning copper brazier. http://www.coxandcox.co.uk/outdoor-living/decorations/rusty-brazier

10 – Parrot on Stick Garden Ornament – Graham and Green

 This ones just for fun! Inject some tropical fun with these exotic parrot ornaments from Graham and Green. They come in a range of colours to match your carefully planned colour scheme too. http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/parrot-on-stick-garden-ornament-blue

Want further information regarding any of these fabulous products or to inquire about your own project contact me here!

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Destination – Europe (mini break hotel) 4 Paris

Whether you’re escaping for a romantic getaway or a cultural experience, Paris is definitely one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in Europe and is admired by people of all ages.

My fourth and final hotel of my Destination Europe feature is Hotel Panache designed by industrial design hero Dorothée Meilichzon.

Set in a seven story nineteenth century corner building in the centre of Paris, this hotel oozes flamboyant character with playful prints and a timeless colour palette mixed with a retro art nouveau theme. The reception and restaurant area is decorated with a classic dark parquet floor inlayed with geometric tiles along with a modern take on art nouveau panelling finished off with a gold trim and soft velvets.

Dorothée Meilichzon’s truly unique style encapsulates every inch of this hotel from the futuristic angled mirrors that line the corridors to the decorative rattan headboards in every room.

The geometric rhythms continue with each room being beautifully styled with accents of gold and black light fittings and fixtures set against bespoke wallpaper. From single rooms to family suites, every space has it’s own unique pattern and beautiful felted upholstery for each guest to put their feet up and pause for thought while they soak up their surroundings. The bathrooms boast full size tubs and floor to ceiling tiles making it the perfect place to relax after touring the streets of Paris.

With a gorgeous website to match, book yourself in for a taste of pure Parisian paradise this summer.

I’m already looking for flights!

http://hotelpanache.com/

 

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Destination – Europe (mini break hotel) 3 Copenhagen

I have been in love with Copenhagen ever since visiting my brother who was living there back in 2013. What first struck me about this beautiful place was how clean and advertisement free the airport and metro was! Copenhagen is a must see place (at least once in your life), the architecture is stunning, people are beautiful and well the danish pastries…just YUM!!

My third hotel is Hotel SP34, situated in the Latin quarter of Copenhagen this boutique style hotel has so much to offer whether you’re staying for business or leisure purposes. The Latin quarter (Latinerkvarteret) of Copenhagen is situated in the centre of the city, its known for it’s lively atmosphere with plenty of cafes, boutiques and night clubs.

Hotel SP34 formally Hotel Fox is part of the Brøchner Hotels chain, it features 118 rooms, private theatre, two story conference centre as well as a bar, restaurant and fitness suite.

Simple illuminated signage greets you from the street leading you in to a ground floor bar area with hardwood seating and concrete clad reception.

I love the simplicity in the tones of the furnishings contrasting with the light fittings and bar details. Areas for relaxation are dotted around the hotel allowing guests to work or socialise in a laid back surrounding.

One of the hotels restaurants is decorated with a selection of books and drawings along with luxurious velvet seating, kitsch condiment bottles and an exposed concrete floor (a complete mix of styles but WOW!)

The rooms in this hotel have a minimalist Danish style, of course! with neutral walls and furnishings, just like the ground floor the lighting fittings sing in the simple space.

Copenhagen is beautiful all year round so why not try this boutique spot in the heart of the city to experience true Danish design.

http://www.brochner-hotels.dk/

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Destination – Europe (mini break hotel) 2 Berlin

Destination – Berlin

Revive and recharge in an urban jungle at the ’25hours Bikini Berlin Hotel’ designed by Studio Aisslinger. Headed by Werner Aisslinger, the studio is known for its experimental use of materials and concept development, collaborating with some of Italy’s most famous furniture brands such as Cappellini and Porro as well as Vitra in Switzerland. Werner also develops product designs and architectural projects  for the likes of Adidas, Mercedes-Benz and Bombay Saphire, in the world of product development and furniture design there doesn’t seem to be many greats that this designer hasn’t worked with!

The 25hours Bikini Berlin Hotel is a reflection of Aisslingers ever evolving industrial design ideas contrasting foliage with illuminated room numbers, this hotel truly is as diverse as the city it sits in. The hotel is situated in a 1950s Bikini -Haus building and was opened in 2014, it boasts 149 rooms, a roof terrace, bar and restaurant which has proven popular with the locals as well as the guests.

I chose this hotel because of its mix of styles, colours and materials. Being a designer who is always looking for the next new material to manipulate for a space I feel this hotel pushes its limits with mix match furniture, lighting and textures.

Greeting you in the lounge area are exposed beams and brickwork, a collection of interchangeable seating and sporadically hanging planters. The bar is constructed from a large wire mesh shelving unit acting as a partition to the oversized steps which double as seating scattered with an array of Moroccan style cushions.

Illuminated room numbers light the corridors set against an exposed concrete ceiling but one of my favourite things about this hotel is the copper sheeted walls which act as bed heads. They add a little glamour to the space as well as being a material that naturally ages, the walls will change over time adding to the industrial feel. Highlights of colour injected in the furnishings and light fittings does make the place feel a little thrown together, like an experiment or a pop up hotel, but for me it works. This hotel is exciting, surprising and very ‘trendy’.

Images from dezeen.com

http://www.25hours-hotels.com/en/bikini/home/home.html

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Destination – Europe (mini break hotel) 1 London

I know the British sun can be unpredictable forcing most holiday makers go in search of white sands and sangria but within Europe we have some of the most beautiful destinations, so why not do things differently this year? You may not get the glowing tan you so badly desire but you will experience culture and glamour in my top mini break destinations. I have sourced some of the most luxurious hotels to wet your appetite, but be warned you may end up spending more time in your hotel room than you thought!

Let’s start with London.

Destination – London

Dinner at The Shard, a boat trip along the Thames or a gig in Hyde Park. London has so much to offer especially in the summer months with no end of street food and festivals you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out and about so when your shattered at the end of the day and ready to relax in a comfy bed why not book yourself in to designer heaven along the south bank.

My London featured hotel is The Mondrian designed by British legend Tom Dixon, it has to be by far one of the most exciting interiors in London ( but that’s just my opinion). Take a look for yourself.

Created in the famous sea containers along the Thames, Tom Dixon was commissioned by The Morgan’s hotel group to design a boutique hotel, bar, restaurant and cinema. He now joins the other greats who have designed for Morgans including David Chipperfield, Andree Putman and Philippe Starck. The Mondrian in London is the place to’see and be seen’, full of sumptuous velvets and Dixon’s famous collection of pendant lights it is the definition of sophisticated luxury.

Greeted at reception with a giant copper clad wall reminiscent of the hull off ship you are immediately transported away from the hustle and bustle of the London streets and into an encapsulating space.

The luxurious textures and colour palettes continue throughout the interior with panoramic views of the Thames and the most innovative cocktails and cuisine, sit back and let the deep green,gold and blush pink upholstery transport you to a world where unique design surrounds you. Whether you require schmoozing in the cocktail bar, reclining in the cinema or relaxing in your delux double, I guarantee you won’t regret booking this little escape from reality.

Curzon Mondrian cinema (above)

http://www.tomdixon.net/uk/mondrian-london.html

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