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conserving the history and cherishing the detail ...

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, August 16, 2013

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Mount Street, Mayfair is without doubt my favourite street in London.  Its architecture sets it apart from the rest of Mayfair ... both its homogeneity and distinctive red brick.  New and edgy brands like Aesop (the Australian skincare brand), sit beside some of Mayfair's oldest.

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Aesop's first London outlet, with interior by Ilse Crawford of Studioilse (who I have written about before), is located in a magnificent Victorian Grade II listed mansion block in Mount Street.

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Original parquet floors have been left raw, fireplaces reinstated and tall ceilings exposed. The end result has been widely celebrated.

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While soaking up the grandeur of Melbourne's Block Arcade recently, I was similarly impressed ... the extent to which period detailing had been incorporated as a design element in shop fitouts, rather than covered up as once would have been the case.  

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Very simply put ... it is the challenge in the juxtapositioning of old and new ... and the delicate balance of getting it right.

 

Loving London Fashion Week SS 2013

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Navy is heaven .... and the only thing smarter than navy and white is 'stone' (better than cream) and white ..... anywhere anytime.

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Just love the simplicity of Margaret Howell.

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Paul Smith does it again.  I use Paul Smith colours (his patterns, trims and jacket lining) as often as I can .... as accent colours in interior schemes .... cushions etc. These colours always look fabulous with black, navy, cream and white.

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You can pick the striking patterns and colours of Mary Katrantzou's collection at a glance .... fabulous for the one off designer piece of furniture.

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Pringle of Scotland .... subtle texture, pattern and classic lines ....

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along with a divine colour palette.

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The romantic Christopher Kane.

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Hope you liked my pick of the Parades !!

london design festival 2012 sweeps the city

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, September 24, 2012

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Team Wallpaper have captured the essence of The London Design Festival 2012 with their people combing the width and breadth of London in search of all that is new ... launches, installations and exhibitions everywhere !!  

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 These are a few of the standouts for me .... designer Lee Broom above and below, transformed his studio into an old grocery store complete with timber panelling, wooden crates, sawdust on the floor and 200 crystal bulbs.  I adore the juxtaposition of the glamorous crystal bulb hanging on your basic cord .... in a rustic grocery shop ... absolutely divine.

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This elegant stacked desk by Rolf Sach for Linley again is a contradiction ... the extremely refined workmanship (no nails or screws) ... with the design based on the concept of stacking timber to dry.

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I adore this high back reading chair by Amos Marchant for Lloyd Loom. I can picture this in any number of exotic locations !!

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While on wicker ... these lights by The Andes House are fabulous ... singular or as a group ... I am loving the warm glow.

ilse collection for georg jensen launched milan 2012

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, May 07, 2012

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Designer Ilse Crawford's collection for Georg Jensen comprises a set of universal objects that frame simple daily acts. Studioilse's design starts with the human being at the centre. The video attached to her 'website in the making' is beautiful and shows the pieces above .... in her own words "design can influence the way we behave and feel."   

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Because I love her design so much .... I do try to keep an eye out for her latest projects. Her interiors for Soho House which originated in London and included High Road House, Chiswick and Babington House amongst others .... were to me ....perfect !! ....pared back, yet glamorous .... so different to anything else being done in London at the time. 

Such a success Soho House now has a much larger network.   

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Her latest is the Ett Hem Hotel in Stockholm, due to open about now. The above two photos are a little preview.  Designed with the feel of staying in someone's private home ..... a feeling not many hotels manage to achieve or even set out to achieve.  Personally it is my only criteria when selecting a hotel to stay in.  I really don't want to feel as if I am staying in a hotel at all.

Ilse Crawford's pet hotel hate is more about how the hotel is run.....if they are unloved by the staff....whether the lighting levels are right !!  I can definitely relate to that.  I may have said this before but I can never bear to go back once the doors of a hotel open .... at least one I have worked on.

 

 


 

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