Just as there are over 150 shades of white… yes…150 shades of WHITE. There are just as many colours shades and tones of marble. Varying on region and which mountain it was cut from, no wonder it’s so expensive! You can’t get the real deal anywhere else other than the motherland.
Whilst you have your classic shades of white, it also comes in rich greens and reds, warm soft natural beige and brown tones. As well as electrics blues and marbleous pinks. The colours are mesmerising, but no where near as captivating as the patterns that decorate the base palette. Swirling, twirling, wrapping, zipping and zig-zagging, like lighting bolts or tiny flowing rivers, falling off the smooth cut edges like something out of a Dr.Seuss book. There really is nothing like it.
Recently featured on our instagram was this photo of a restaurant bar. The natural shape, the deep blues complemented with splashes of white give an water like affect against the brown woods, like the crashing waves of an ocean slapping the side of an old ship.
A focal point of our marble fan-girling, is some of the latest from Knoll.
This incredibly rich red marble carries beautiful veins in greens, whites, purples and greys, as seen in our showroom in Hampstead, Belsize Park, NW3.
This remarkable marble has the most jaw dropping pattern – We love love love it!! It’s threads of white and grey compliment the black tone and then in it mixes splendid streaks of gold. The veins are just another intricate aspect that shows just how unbelievable mother nature can be. They really add to the wow-factor of this particular piece. However the photos really do it no justice! We fell in love with it originally in the Knoll showroom, showcased on top of a Platner dining table base. This is it in situ!
We have to credit any hard material that can be shaped to look soft. That in itself is an incredible aspect of marble. It’s ability to look soft and velvety to the touch when infant its an extremely solid material. However, no matter how solid at appears, the fragility of marble is what makes removing it from mountains and cutting it into fine slabs, such a complex and tedious process. ‘The slabs (cut between 2 to 3 centimetres thick depending on the application) are left to acclimatise for about three weeks before the stone is further processed. Producing a unique Knoll marble top is a long process of about 12 weeks in duration’. – Knoll
(The Knoll marble extraction process)
Another marble we’re a little bit obsessed with is pink marble! We love the warmness of the pink hues and there is such a variety to chose from! If you’re a pink marble virgin like us, then you can use the Marble Guide to help you chose colours and discover ones you didn’t even know existed! It looks delicate and extremely feminine. It can be complimented by darker more masculine blues and eccentric gold accents. Like these stunning tables from 1st Dibs.
If you want help sourcing a marble table for your home, or if you want to view these marbles at the Knoll showroom, why not give us a ring to discuss what you want. We’re always here to help!
Uh oh…make way, make way, another interior obsession coming through…Somebody PLEASE stop us. We can’t stop looking at/wanting/needing/drooling over CANE FURNITURE. .
We know it’s every where and even though we’re only 19 days in, you’re probably sick of seeing it EVERY WHERE. But we’ve jumped on the bandwagon and we just can’t help but be a little bit in love with cane.
We know, you’ll love it as much as we do! You just have to see how many amazing cane pieces there are out there in the world waiting to be bought. They’re evidently timeless pieces and must be bought in time for summer evenings, reading books in corners where the sun shines through. Or for ladies lunch or for children picnics. They’re tranquil charm, like an cherished older loved one will forever compliment your interiors. If you need some starting ideas, we’ve chosen a few of our faves to kick start your passion for cane furniture. Ready…?
So excuse us while we hunt out what we can steal from our grandparents houses in hopes of finding inspiration items. If not… we’ll just order them directly… you know, because, that’s what we do for a living!
Also if in a few weeks you’ve noticed we’re not coming up on your Instagram feed anymore, we’ve rebranded and changed our name Cane Interiors Ltd – so feel free to give us a follow if you love cane as much as we do!
If you’re interested in any of the items above for your home, why not contact us to receive a competitive quote.
At a time of a potential (or inevitable) national crisis, likely snow storms and heaven forbid school cancellations. It’s a good to remain optimistic… or perhaps locking yourself away, getting cosy and pretending like the outside world doesn’t exist may be the better option. In which case your home should be at it’s optimum cosiness. Creating the perfect retreat for you and the family to disappear in and spend an entire day in your pyjamas, drinking tea and watching reruns of Mary Poppins and Saving Mr Banks. Have you ever heard of such a perfect English day – Hoo rah!
That’s why we’ve put together our 6 essential items for your lounge, designed and made in Britain. Because whilst we love our brands, designers and manufacturers overseas; our Italians at Knoll and our Danes at DK3, there’s nothing quite like bringing it home and remembering why we love this dreary, cold country!
Compiled of the World’s COMFIEST sofa you have ever sat on in your life from Maker & Son (trust us!), a snuggly blanket from Cotswold&co, dreamy feather detail fabric for cushions or curtains from Tradescant & Son, a solid and classic coffee table (Faoulchu) to house your elegant and charming tea set from Richard Brendon, we suggest you make a lovely cup of tea, grab your favourite book and enjoy your new country-chic lounge. Ahhh…perfection.
Sourcing locally is a great sustainable business practice. It allows us to minimise our environmental impact and is very useful if servicing is required. The UK has a lot of home grown talented craftsman and lighting specialists, furniture designers and accessory brands. It is our responsibility as designers to include these collections in our offerings and packages to provide an opportunity to share our fellow hard-working small business and give a little love.
NW3 proudly find and support local designers and artisans as well as incredible makers and artists, who create beautiful furniture and decorations that we can supply to our clients. We partner with exceptional brands to ensure consistency, quality and comfort, every time.
If you’d like your own bespoke package, or to enquire about our ‘Made In Britain’ package or any of the items you see listed. Contact us to speak to one of the team.
What goes up, doesn’t necessarily always come down…
and in the case of the DK3 Royal System we don’t see a reason as to why we’ll ever take it down.
DK3 Royal Storage System has changed our lives since we first laid eyes on it. As defined by the original designer Poul Cadovius’ who’s unique shelving system ROYAL SYSTEM® was on everyone’s lips in the 1950s and 60s and was thankfully given a new life by this incredible brand.
“If we put the walls even with the floor, we get a lot of space to live on” – Poul Cadovius
Poul was right, he designed the first ever wall storage system, giving lots of people lots more floor space! Providing aesthetically breathtaking design with a variety of practical elements that one can tailor to one’s own space… We’ll take several please! (No we’re not kidding, check out the photos below of our showroom where we’ve used the Royal System)
We’ve not only transformed our showroom but also our client’s homes by using the Royal System to change the way they use the space, to add warmth and texture but also to accommodate different types of living requirements. Space to use as a homework desk. Space to facilitate guest luggage and storage space. Space to frame a tv and add personal elements.
From large elements and designs, to smaller more compact ones for useful and practical spaces. We installed this smaller element in a home in Primrose Hill as a space in a guest room for make-up and for the kids as a desk when they need room and space to study alone. Combined with the conference chair by Knoll we created a lovely addition to this space.
If you’re interested in bespoke wall storage, contact one of the team to discuss an initial consultation.
Alternatively you can check out more about DK3 here and why we love them and their products.
Love them or hate them, everyone’s got opinions on the latest trends for 2019. Here’s ours.
NW3 have a unique style, we love to use bold (but muted!) colours, a variety of textures and we have our ‘go-to’ brands. That means we’re quite fussy with what we like, what we supply and who we supply from.
This year, the majority of interior trend predictions for 2019 we are impressed with. Here are some interior trends that have caught our eye and we say ‘Hi’ (and then a few where we say ‘bye’!):
Dark kitchens are going to be big in 2019 and we can see why. They ooze elegance and can create a beautiful contrast with lighter fixtures, fittings, skirting and ceilings. Opting for dark blues (as grey next year is set to be out) the colours work harmoniously with rich coppers, warm golds and brushed chromes. Creating cool and ambient spaces. We love this look and it would look spectacular complemented with marble herringbone tiles.
Pulling away from the usual chrome choice we love to see brass being used all over the home. Not just for bathrooms, you can be confident and place brass taps in the kitchen also! Brass fittings work as a great companion for the rich blues and nude tones we’re seeing forecast for 2019 to add warmth and elegance to any space.
Crittall Style Doors
Crittall style doors have been slowly evolving with the industrial chic trend movement from the beginning of 2018. We’re glad to see it making a solid appearance in 2019 as we love the framing effects and the Japanese-esq style. Use to frame windows, doorways, any outdoor space or use as a partition wall to segregate areas. You can add curtains on one side to allow for added privacy. This is great for small spaces or 1 floor apartments/studios. We recently used it in our West Hampstead project in the clients kitchen, take a look at the project.
Spiced Honey – Dulux
Now this is a colour we can get behind! Dulux say Spiced Honey, Living Etc say Salted Caramel, either way it’s all delicious. A rich, thick colour, it’s warmed than beige and lends its hand to honey woods, such as a beautiful oak. This colour was mostly seen in midcentury furniture, which subsequently is also on the return for 2019.
Mermaid tiles is a new trend we’ve seen popping up. We’ve seen how to do mermaid tiles and how NOT to… It’s a tricky trend to master because if you get it wrong it can look seriously outdated. We saw this example from Topps Tiles on how to work your mermaid tiles. Add them into a design as a feature wall rather than overwhelming a space. Opt for a strong colour and pair with other neutrals. Make it pop by using the on-trend brass fixtures to make an uber cool space. We suggest using them in bathrooms and kitchens!
Well, we could act surprised, but we aren’t! It’s our favourite style period set to make it’s full comeback in 2019. A lot of incredible design came from architects and designers in the mid 1900’s. Timeless iconic pieces from famous brands such as Knoll and Vitra have withstood the test of time and it’s astonishing and admirable to see they still have a profound relevance within design today.
And on the counterpart, there are the predicted trends we are not so keen to see in the New Year… good riddance to:
The Pantone Colour of the Year
Pantone colour of the year is a day every designer looks forward to (of fears depending how you see it). It’s a colour to set the tone, excuse the pun, for the year ahead and what to expect from designers. So this year it is with great sadness that we say a big fat no to the colour of the year. This colour couldn’t be any more not us. It’s a garish bright colour that only belongs to holiday nails. Yuk. Oh well… better luck next year!
YIKES. We like midcentury but isn’t this a step too far? Fringed lamps, fringed cushions… the question will be not where did you buy that but where did you find that, on the assumption you’ve been stealing from your grandparents. Sadly fringing doesn’t seem to be able to add the kind of je ne sais quoi we’re looking for!
This is a big no from us. As a company we like to advocate longevity and quality… one may assume wrong but we can’t begin to imagine painted floors don’t start to look very tatty or rub off very quickly! Save yourself the time and energy and just buy the tiles!
And that’s a wrap! For more design updates and trends, follow us on socials @nw3interiorsltd or subscribe to the newsletter on our website.