In between getting ready for the début of his new show “Empty Homes” , filming the next two series of “Restoration Man” and launching his new business George Clarke + Partners, he managed to squeeze half an hour out of his day today to speak to The Design Hub’s Editor and PR Executive for the National Design Academy, Kellie Hill!
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Hello folks, I hope your weekend was lush! Just a quick note, I’m currently editing a micro documentary so am rather intensely trying to get it looking great so I can return back to blogging. I appreciate your patience and there is a wealth of articles video’s, event reviews and loads more to keep you occupied.
This was my first ever visit to Henry’s Hampton Court Palace and I was taken back by firstly the sheer scale of the place – 7 acres of roof tiling! Then the magnificent architecture and masonry and finally the beauty of the interiors, especially the Great Hall – wow!
We were fortunate enough that the rain held off which meant we could fully enjoy actors playing Henry VIII and his wife Anne Boleyn, addressing visitors in the courtyard and generally causing havoc! I even got the chance to have a quick snap with one of the gate keeper guards who addressed me as “mi lady”!
The Great Hall was simply breathtaking and of course that was its role, to impress and wow guests who arrived at the palace and knew that King Henry meant business! The tapestries on the wall were made from the finest silks and luxury materials which depicted the King as an important religious figure as he’d formed his own church.
Everything was decorated to the extreme from walls painted head to toe, lavish beds and huge great hallways, Henry VIII kitted out his palace in style! Hampton court is designed around the enfilade style which was used to establish people’s social status. The corridors are long and run the length of the building, numerous doors split the corridor to make rooms and the more doors a person gained access to, the more important they were. The aim was to get to the Cabinet at the end of the building.
Below is the great fire the cooking staff used to roast animals. The picture to the right is the ceiling in one of the main halls which has a huge chandelier suspended from the roof. My neck started to ache from staring up for so long, it was fascinating.
The room below was another of my favorite in the palace because of the gold ceiling and the powerful paintings which stretched the whole width of the room. This room I believe was a place of worship and reflection and had a compact secret door in the left corner which was very intriguing! Hampton Court Palace is a must for everyone and this wont be my last visit, I intend to return with a picnic basket in one hand and a fork in the other!
If you want the ultimate clubbing experience, dance bar D-Edge in Sao Paolo, Brazil has had a lighting system installed that changes colour and redesigns itself to the beat of the music. It’s not just a simple set of lights in the ceiling , the whole building was designed to let clubbers visually see sound and enhance their experience.
The original club was the first in Brazil to integrate sound and light systems using LEDs and custom software, it was named state-of-the-art when it first opening in 2003. The owner bought the building next door and commissioned Brazilian lighting installation master Muti Raldolp to work his magic on all four floors.
The dance floor is made from wood stripes embedded with LEDs and a 3D circuitry system displays live animations which connect the ceiling, bar, a wall and DJ booth. On another wall, a huge mirror reflects light while actually doubling as a cover for a massive 20 m high window behind it. The mirror is embedded with LED light boxes that emit light to the inside and outside – wow! It reminds me of the Black Eyed Peas video “Boom Boom Boom”, with Will.I.Am showing off his funky dancing in the middle of a computer generated cube.
This futuristic music box includes a dance floor, smoking area, restrooms, a second entrance, accessibility lift and a terrace – get me a flight I’m there!
I’ve never been to the capital of love and was extremely fortunate to be whisked off at the weekend. I wanted to capture my trip in a way which represented how I would look back on my memories in my head. Confused you may be, but try this… when you reminisce, what do your mental memories look like? Well – this is how mine are! Enjoy the mood boards I’ve created and inhale the architectural beauty that is Paris in Spring!
Of course, as a Francais newbie, I had to capture the iconic Eiffel Tower. I played around with the colour in the picture to add an aged effect which I’m very pleased with – especially the purple sky effect. (Confession – I’m also a Photoshop newbie believe it or not!) Also, there was no doubt that I HAD to experience the street of high society, home to Versace, Christian Dior, Prada and the famous 5* Plaza Athenee Hotel – Avenue Montaigne.
Below is a classic French restaurant, Lasserre, which was poised beautifully at the end of Avenue Montaigne. The middle picture is my partner who so thoughtfully organised our Parisian trip and at the bottom, graffiti which was written on the top of the tunnel where Princess Diana tragically died.
The spiked tower below which pierces the French sky, belongs to the historic Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. It reminds me of the spine that sticks out of the gruesome alien in the film Alien – very eerie. The stair case instantly struck me when we checked into our hotel – the range of bright colour, variety of materials and unusual design was an eclectic piece to feature in the centre of the hotel.
The carousel below looks like it’s bounced back from the 1930’s with the stained yellow film staining the accent colours. The man featured below was carefully re-arranging his souvenirs perfectly in line – the concentration was intense. But I adore this picture, it heavily contrasts with the romantic and luxurious stereotype that is attached to Paris. It humansises the city and exposes its roots.
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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Lead by Liam Kerrigan, a tutor at The National Design Academy, students learned how to create a design/room plan and demonstrate that design clearly with a variety of techniques. Click and enjoy!
Video by Kellie Hill
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