Last week we visited Clerkenwell Design Week (which is technically only three days - go figure). An indoor/outdoor festival as venues spread out from Angel all the way to Old Street and Smithfields in venues as diverse as a nightclub, Victorian underground prison and churches and boasting it's own street party on Great Sutton Street. It's also open to the public so you can go and discover at the same time as the Pros. Here are our favourite sights and finds from a very fun, boozy final day.
Japan, the coolest place on Earth? Well their architecture and interiors are super-cool. After watching the fantastic documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix and always being asked by clients for clever small space solutions, I knew that The Japanese House punches above it's weight on both of these topics. So here's a little on what we saw at the current Barbican show. We thoroughly recommend that you get yourself down there. You will literally get lost in this fantastic exhibition. Open until 25th June.
..... then head to Bonfire BBQ for a Coke Float
Are you a fan of those Grand Designs and £100K Houses with their minimal Plywood surfaces and furniture? Us too. Hot of the Press - we've just stumbled upon Plykea (launched this month) who can give you a cool, architect designed looking kitchen using IKEA cupboard frames.
This lovely company can make bespoke, hand finished doors, cover panels and worktops for your IKEA’s Metod base cabinets to re-vamp your out-of-date kitchen and get a the Scandi (Hygge) vibe on. I'm sure Piers Taylor would approve.
This week my favourite decorative surface - tiles. It's amazing how the simplest tile can create an amazing effect with the right design, pattern and grout colour but just look at these wall and floor showstoppers.
I've been looking around for new suppliers for some new projects and so paid a visit to Hampstead as I'd heard of a great little shop up there - Via Arkadia was definitely worth the visit.
NB Tiling can be DIY'ed but trust me (I've tried it) it's a long, dirty and tricky job, that's why The Open Plan has a team of trusted decorators we like to use in our client's homes and business spaces, whilst we make sure that you see and get to choose from all the best designs and colours. So don't go it alone The Open Plan
Are we excited? Yes! Let us show you the hottest new interior paint colour palette from Mylands who also happen to be one of our favourite paint companies
Mylands describes it's new collection as "A new anthology of colour in celebration of our long-standing work with British film, television and theatre. The special palette of twenty archive colours includes four metallic hues developed for the sector, which have been skilfully reformulated for the very first time, for use in the home".
We can see so many amazing possibilities for home and business interiors using this collection to add a pop of colour or a stunning all-over paint in these vivid hues and luxury metallic sheens. Imagine punchy yellow detail in the kitchen. Think pink panelling. Dream a silver and baby blue nursery.
If you're loving these colours as much as we are but need a bit of advice on where and how to use them you can book a colour consultation or even a whole home/business design here. The Open Plan will help you to create spaces that are individual to you, show off your flair and personality and make the neighbours envious of your design prowess. Win Win Win!
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