As August is literally on our doorstep and the British summer practically slipping through our mitts, it can all get a bit doom and gloom. But for us design enthusiasts, there’s something great to look forward to! Look over the hill and into next Monday you’ll find three new interior design courses, Retail, Heritage and Outdoor Living, the first of their kind in the UK. The National Design Academy in Nottingham will launch these sparkling new courses next week that will give students the chance to study a specialist area of interior design.
Retail design is becoming huge business with companies wanting their shop interiors to be more cutting edge than the competition. Window displays need to be bigger, brighter and bolder than the last to attract every last fashionista!
Take note of the colour palettes below because these are the hottest new colours flying around the Interior Design world. A modern take on the Mid-century look is hot this summer with Farrow & Ball, Dulux , Graham & Brown, Little Greene and Lulu Guinness showcasing stunning interiors based on this style.
Image sources: Zoey Murphy, Joel Lee, Illustrated Living
By NDA Interior Design Tutor Vicky Arbuthnot
2011 is a great year to celebrate all things British. The Royal wedding aside, vintage Britannia interior accessories are fast becoming the statement style of the year. However, there is much more to this trend than meets the eye.
From April 2011 on the Southbank in London, the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain will be celebrated with a series of special events to mark the occasion. From Tracey Emin’s first major survey show in London (Hayward Gallery, 18th May to 29th August), to celebrations of ‘National Treasures’ and ‘Great Thinkers’ including the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Roy Walker and Paul Daniels, the four-month event commends the best of British culture and creativity. Continue reading
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Robin Birch, group Finance Director at the National Design Academy, has jumped on the up-cycling band wagon and embraced his creativity. Restoring old furniture isn’t just for the professionals, although Robin’s attempt is rather brilliant! He tells The Design Hub how he transformed unwanted items into a functional piece of furniture. Continue reading
It’s the hottest new trend in the design sphere and I find myself banging on about up-cycling every week. But why not, Linda Barker‘s doing it, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and of course interior designers have been re-vamping tired furniture forever! If you’re wanting to save some pennies and transform your home don’t think you can’t have your cake and eat it, because you can!
Here are some examples of up-cycling by Interior Designer Karen lane, with a short guide of how to create the desired effect. So set aside a lovely Saturday or Sunday afternoon and enjoy being creative. If you need any advice on your project or want Karen to sprinkle some of her magic on your furniture just visit her website Autograph Interior Design or leave a comment. Continue reading
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It’s your time to shine and show off that creative flair you’ve got! Entries for The Design Awards are flowing thick and fast so if you fancy your chances and want your design to be crowned Design of the Year, get those creative juices flowing and submit before it’s too late!
Organised by the publishers of Designer magazine, the award scheme is supported by over 30 UK suppliers (including Siemens, SMEG and Candy) and celebrates innovative design across the home. The competition categories include:
- Kitchen Design of the Year
- Bathroom Design of the Year
- Living Space Design of the Year
- Sustainable Design accolade Award for the best environmentally friendly design
The 2010 winner for Kitchen Design of the Year (over 25k) was Ainhoa Bilbao, Bulthaup Mayfair and for under 25k Kieron Bell, Kitchens International. Joe Burns & Geraldine Maurice, Oliver Burns Interiors were the winners of the bathroom of the Year Design and Paul McAneary, Paul McAneary Architects scooped Living Space Design of the Year.
As well as the above, an additional category opens tomorrow (1st April), Product Innovation Awards which champions real innovative design and highlights the importance of driving creativity and forward thinking.
To enter the Design Awards you need to download and entry form PDF from the Designer magazine website and send your submission before 1st June 2011.
Image By Joanna Ford – www.joannafordinteriors.au
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I was lucky enough to grab a place at the press preview slot before the doors opened to the public which was fantastic as it allowed me to gather an abundance of features, news and interviews to give you all.
This years Ideal Home show certainly showed consumers that it’s 103rd event was perfectly up to date with the most current trends and topics within interior design and architecture. Eco-friendly and sustainable interiors were a huge focus this year, with Linda Barker demonstrating how-to seminars about up-cycling and architect George Clarke, refurbishing Ken and Deirdre Barlow‘s Coronation Street house into a sustainable retreat.
There’s no doubt this green theme has grown from the current economic state of the country, as people start to tighten their belts any means of saving the pennies will be popular.
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The theme of this years Ideal Home Show is eco-friendly and sustainable designs. In keeping with this theme, household name and interior designer Linda Barker shared her styling tips with the public in her how-to seminar at the show.
Linda’s advice was to abolish minimalism, embrace wallpaper and start crafting at home. Up-cycling is the hottest new trend, so check out how Linda transforms a drab white table into an eco-chic work of art.