What’s hot in kitchens and bathrooms

khadi-scrub1 Scrub up in style with the latest chic offerings from the Parisian store Khadi. Shown from left: ‘KBH’ towels in cardinal and charcoal, from £13.75 approx for a hand towel; laminated-cotton ‘Scandi Lace’
and ‘Scandi Stripe’ wash bags and containers,
from £11.60 approx. Ring 00 33 1
43 57 10 25, or visit khadiandco.com.
SaphirKeramik2 Bathrooms will soon be awash
with sanitary ware and accessories
made from the Swiss manufacturer
Laufen’s new material.
SaphirKeramik has the properties
of regular ceramic but,
with the addition of a compound
found in sapphires, it
is particularly tough and can
be worked into finer and more
highly defined forms. Shown is a
prototype tray by Konstantin Grcic.
Ring 00 41 61 765 71 11, or visit laufen.com.
btahrrom-in-a-box3 La Fonction with Line Art
brings us the ‘bathroom in a
box’. Or, an integrated ceramic
sink, LED lighting, towel rail and
storage for lotions and potions
in a cupboard with a dressing
mirror on the back. ‘La Cabine’
comes in a choice of eight wood
finishes (shown: oak), two styles
of doors and costs from £3,928
approx. Ring 00 33 6 42 72 93
27, or visit la-fonction.com.
towel-rail4 Italian manufacturer Tubes
has climbed great heights with
its ladder-inspired ‘Scaletta’
towel rail (from £610) designed
by Elisa Giovannoni; the electric
model is available in over 250 colours, six
plated finishes, including 14 or 24kt gold, and
four brushed anodised finishes. Ring 00 39
0423 7161, or visit tubesradiatori.com.
Scarperia5 Traditionally handcrafted by Italian artisans,
Segno Italiano’s products are a cut above
others. These ‘Scarperia’ knives are made by
Andrea Berti, while Pierino Navarini is respon-
sible for the copper utensils. From £80 approx
for a plexi-handled tomato knife and
£36.40 approx for an oil cruet. Ring 00
39 02 5656 7833, or visit segnoitaliano.it.
soap6 We have Merci to thank for these old
favourites. Shown: hooks (available in
green, light turquoise and white; from
£14.50 approx for one hook) and single
white porcelain soap shelf (£10.80 approx).
Ring 00 33 1 42 77 00 33, or visit
7 Bathe your washroom in light with
Balineum’s stylish ‘Strand’ ceiling and
‘Overton’ wall fittings (from £649 and £419).
Like all 12 of the bathroom specialist’s debut
models these are made to clients’ specifications
by a family firm in Tuscany, and available in 15
metal finishes and with various shade options.
Ring 020 7431 9364, or visit balineum.co.uk.
8 Hiding behind the straight stainless-steel
skirt of Drummonds’ new contemporary-look
‘Bute’ bath – aside from the unsightly waste
– is a traditional cast-iron tub with a classic
curved roll top; £6,300, available in any colour
and matt or gloss finish. Ring 020 7376 4499,
or visit drummonds-uk.com.
woodworking9 Alfred Newall of design and joinery company
the London Workshop is an old carpenter in a
young man’s body. The 28-year-old cites things
such as 19th-century woodworking manuals as
the inspiration for his creations, while he and
his craftsmen work by hand or with machinery
from the 1950s. The results are ‘timeless products
built to last’, including this three-frame
clothes airer (£100), utility cubby (£120) and
oak bath rack (£65). Ring 07766 397676, or visit
ceramic_loo_cistern10 Engineer-turned-designer Vincent Rousseau’s
singular products will flush away your
plans to install the usual white ceramic loo cistern.
Shown from left: ‘Wine Barrel’, ‘Garden
Bucket’ and ‘Barber’, which feature dual flush
and an essential-oil diffuser, musts for those
who are water-consumption aware and have
delicate noses. From £364 approx. Ring WTKM
on 00 33 6 72 66 24 06, or visit wtkm.fr

What is interior design?

interior-designInterior design is a key component in any project outcome.
Follow these basic design elements and principles
to achieve a superior result.
How often do you walk into a space and feel instantly “at home” or, conversely, feel
uncomfortable and can’t wait to leave? Creating
spaces that are beautiful, comfortable, practical
and liveable is what we aim for in our homes.
Interior design is the process of creating comfortable,
liveable spaces through the manipulation of spatial
volume as well as surface treatment, drawing on aspects
of environmental psychology, architecture and product
design, in addition to decoration.
Interior design is not just about aesthetics, although
they play a big part in the fi nal outcome. A home’s interior
should be aesthetically pleasing to your individual taste,
as well as practical and functional. Creating harmonious,
liveable interior spaces requires as much thought as
does the design of the building and to do one without
considering the other, can lead to costly alterations in
the future.
what-is-interior-design3-When creating a home, you need to start with the end
in mind. How do the occupants like to live? What special
needs do they have? How many children are there and how
many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Are there
any pets? Does the family entertain regularly and is there
the need for guest accommodation? Can you create multipurpose
rooms for occasional visitors, a home office, kids’
study or other area? Once these requirements are known,
you can set about creating interiors to suit your lifestyle
today and into the future. Planning for the future is an
important part of interior design. Designing for longevity
will give your home
a timeless feel, allowing it to age gracefully.
what-is-interior-design4-Creating interior spaces and selecting appropriate
furniture and furnishings is very personal. However, there
are some fundamental rules to observe. American architect
Frank Lloyd Wright was so particular about his designs
that he often designed the furniture and furnishings for his
clients’ homes, worrying they would make a mess of them if
they did it themselves! He may have been a little extreme in
his views but he wanted his designs to achieve their greatest
potential with the right fixtures, furniture and furnishings.
This is what you should be aiming for.
Here are some top interior design resources on the web: