Wherever I go in the world, I am always looking to surround myself with beautiful scenery. The outdoors can be a wonderful inspiration for the indoors and can trigger creativity. Whilst on holiday I usually get so excited by these inspirations that I find myself itching to get home to share all of my new knowledge and design ideas with colleagues and clients.
Drawing inspiration from around the world allows for truly inspiring and interesting homes. My most recent holiday to Japan was one of the most incredible
experiences not only because of the interiors but because every single aspect of the Japanese culture is not what I had anticipated at all. Being blown away by food, manners, societal values, museums, sculptures, gardens, the soft blues and whites of Mount Fuji complimented by the blush pinks of the blooming cherry blossom. The picturesque and decadent views that had my eager to get home and start designing again! Nothing compares to beautiful scenery to get your creative juices flowing.
The Japanese interiors were just as astonishing as the indoors. Their ability to create sleek minimal spaces appear warm and inviting is a trick only a master designer can achieve. Modernism is still a thriving era, utilising concretes, whites and straight lines to create a modern look – however this is usually tricky to adhere to in a family environment as minimalistic interiors and materials can be quite cold and impractical.
Personally I think Japanese designers have solved this issue. They’ve created wonderful, liveable spaces that are slick and super cosy by incorporating warm natural elements like wood into their spaces and a key element, lighting. Without the ambience created by the warm glow given off by the cleverly placed lighting, these interiors could have been perceived in an entirely different way. The use of dark materials and concrete and even the darker woods could have left these spaces appearing bland and eerie. This is when we remember why lighting is so important!
The prominent use of straight lines is broken up by utilising organic shapes in intricate details of the design. Such as in the prints and patterns of the woodwork, this incredible arm chair and the rounded ceiling in my hotel!
What I found remarkable was, whilst being totally lost in a world I was sure bared no resemblance to anything back home, I found comfort like a familiar friend. In my hotel that was buried in a mountain, I noticed had decorated the outdoors with a handful of Bertoia chairs! It was nice to know they evidently shared my love of Knoll furniture!
Taking inspiration globally to bring home to my clients is one of my greatest passions, so you can be sure I’ll be implementing these influences in upcoming projects so make sure you follow us on social media to stay up to date.
Your car is German. Your vodka is Russian. Your pizza is Italian. Your kebab is Turkish. Your democracy is Greek. Your coffee is Brazilian. Your movies are American. Your tea is Tamil. Your shirt is Indian. Your oil is Saudi Arabian. Your electronics are Chinese. Your numbers are Arabic, your letters are Latin.
It’s amazing isn’t it, that everyday we encounter different aspects of our lives that have such variety of origins. Most of them we are oblivious to, some we forget and some we acknowledge frequently. The influences of culture and history are of great importance and carry stories and legacies, much like the furniture brands that we supply at NW3 Interiors. Our luxury brand partners are a range of globally designed, sourced and manufactured companies.
They come with stories, with backgrounds, with history, brought to life by numerous influences and individual designers that collectively come together to produce timeless, classic, iconic pieces that stand the test of time not only in terms of the longevity of use but also aesthetically.
To create a home that stays classically beautiful for a long-period of time is a tricky task! With Pantone’s colour of the year, design fads and seasonal influences as well as creating a home that can survive through design eras like modernism and post-modernism can be a huge challenge.
How can you ensure that next season your home won’t be last season?
Simple. Always purchase good quality furniture from trusted brands from all over the world.
Unsure of what we mean? Take a look at our Showroom in Hampstead for some inspiration!
Chinese: Hand-Crafted Chinoiserie Wallpaper by Fromental
Need some help or advice onto how to incorporate this style within your home, speak to an expert. Contact the team at NW3 Interiors who will happily help with any queries and design advice from £75+Vat an hour.
Coco Wolf are well-known for their unique approach to designing outdoor furniture. Their outdoor seating collection has already made quite the impression on customers, who can relax outdoors in comfort, without sacrificing luxury.
Now, we are excited to introduce Coco Wolf’s beautiful, new marble dining table collection. Perfectly matched with Coco Wolf’s outdoor seating, their new marble table collection adds an elegant touch to any outdoor area
The beauty of this collection lies with your ability to personalise your table to meet your individual style and desires. The marble top comes in a range of stunning colours – from a white stone to a deeper shade of grey. You can choose the colour which best complements your outdoor design.
The Iroko Wood legs also come in 8 gorgeous stain colours. Choose from a range of grey and brown shades to create a design which remains cohesive with the rest of your outdoor look. The Iroko Wood was not just chosen for its spectacular beauty, it was also chosen to minimise the effort needed to maintain it. The legs of the table are scratch resistant as well as weather resistant, giving you peace of mind that your marble table’s striking appearance will be maintained whilst outside.
Add the final touches to your marble table by choosing the marble edgefinish which best suits you. Coco Wolf have introduced three marble edge finishes – shark nose, straight or bevelled to create the perfect table for your outside dining area.
With optimum weather resistance and easy maintenance, both the marble and iroko wood tables create a sophisticated, comfortable dining experience. Enjoy a glass of wine outdoors with an extraordinary dining table from Coco Wolf’s beautiful marble dining collection – get in touch with NW3 Interiors today to find out more.
A tiled floor that drops six feet at the push of a button to become a swimming pool? That’s a way to convert your basement you probably hadn’t thought of before.
The original Mayfair Recording Studio in London’s Primrose Hill was surrounded by neighbouring properties on all four sides, which could not be encroached upon during the redevelopment of the site – the construction of Eglon House. With an investment of £6M, the 1200 sq m building is a feat of engineering. A 2.1×2.1m high door was the only access point to the site, which was to feature a four-storey working and living space with a basement and courtyard. With a desire to minimise any movement to the existing perimeter walls, to speed up the construction programme and enable the site to always be accessible during the build, Symmetrys adopted a ‘top down’ construction method to revolutionise the space.
Contiguous piles were installed adjacent to the boundary walls to form new perimeter walls, allowing Symmetrys to build from the ground up while the basement was being simultaneously cut. This ensured the most cost-efficient solution, as the structure could be built quickly, reducing labour costs, as well as the use of materials being more efficient.
The result is an architectural homage to one of the most celebrated buildings in Paris – the Maison de Verre, or House of Glass, in the 7th arrondissement. It brings industrial materials to a domestic setting, incorporating life, work and art in to one structure. The original moulds for the glass have been recast to recreate the façade of one half of the building, and Parisian sofas have been recreated to fit the structure perfectly. Many other features, including the lift and cinema room, have all been made in Britain. However, the stand-out feature is the swimming pool, which emerges as a large tiled floor descends six feet and becomes inundated.
Eglon House also incorporates several sustainable design features, including two green roofs and living green walls, aiming to reduce urban heat island effects, improve biodiversity in the area and provide an attractive view for neighbours. The home also makes use of solar photovoltaic panels at roof level, providing energy to the grid and solar thermal panel to provide hot water. In turn, this will result in a 30% carbon reduction at minimum, compared to the 2006 Part L baseline regulation.
The residential property boasts five bedrooms, two kitchens, two double-height reception rooms and an expanse of unallocated space that could be given a myriad of purposes, being used for work, private collections or entertainment. NW3 Interiors absolutely love the transformation that has occurred on this project and we were blown away when we first saw shots of Eglon House.
19th January 2018. The streets of Paris were cold, but that didn’t stop a huge turnout for the Maison in Paris Exhibition. Whilst we queued to go in, we were surrounded by swathes of people from all over the world, all passionate about interior design. Outside the venue, there was a buzz as design students conversed with high-end interior artists. Inside the venue was some of the best-quality design we’ve had the pleasure of observing, combining Parisian chic with a rustic edge. Here are our highlights!
One of our favourite parts of the exhibit is this gorgeous dining room set, that combines a traditional colour scheme with an eye-catching light fitting. This set also hinted at a running theme we spotted throughout the day – chevron cut into various pieces of furniture.
Having such a traditional colour scheme made this fabulous light fitting stand out even more, but the subtle differences in tones of brown and beige ensured that it didn’t look mundane. We loved this set-up and were very inspired by the beautiful colour palette!
The Duistt part of the exhibit is another aspect that we adored. Not only did they create a stunning set up that combines minimalism with comfort, but the business is a female set-up with an ‘mumpreneur’ who both designs and manufacturers! We’re hoping to buy one of the chairs to have in our showroom in the near future.
This living room set is another example of the use of a subtle colour palette, using splashes of blue and yellow to break up the tones of white and grey. Overall this creates a calming space to relax, and the patterns in the mirror help to break the design away from the conventional and into the contemporary. We both also noticed that several of the designs used real fur – which is controversial but not uncommon within the design industry.
This shelving arrangement really caught our fancy due to the use of different tones of pink and gold and the fact that it’s from our trusted brand partner Arte! 2017 saw the world become obsessed with rose gold and this part of exhibit reflected that. It also continued with the chevron trend which seemed to haunt pretty much every part of the exhibition.
We were also pleased to see so many suppliers offering cool furniture at high-street prices, meaning you don’t have to splash out a fortune to make your home look high-end.
The Pantone ‘colour of the year’ ultra-violet was not well represented at the event, with only one supplier choosing to focus on it. Other parts that we thought were amazing included the leather strapped Henry chair by VIP and friends, and the work by eichholtz that we found visually stimulating.
Molly and I had a truly memorable day, and loved every minute of the show.
I have just returned from an incredible 5-day trip to Marrakech, Morocco, and my adventure took me to some beautiful places. Having returned and settled into 2018, I can share my experiences with you – some of which I think you’ll love.
I stayed at the Selman Hotel in Marrakech. The interior design of the hotel was fantastic, with gorgeous features reflecting the Arab-Moorish culture. I was surrounded by beautiful colours and fabrics which created a warm, comfortable atmosphere. The hotel’s interior showed what a key role symmetry plays in Moroccan design, which was reflected in the design of the 80-metre pool. They used gorgeous materials and tiles which made a feast for the eyes!
An interesting addition to our stay was the discovery of the Equestrian Art Centre located at the back of the Selman Hotel. Arabian horses were kept in stables, and we had the pleasure of watching a spectacular dressage show. A horse whisperer would speak to the horses and they would perform and dance to music. It was an amazing element to have seen and experienced.
Despite staying in the luxury hotel, we wanted to explore Marrakech and find the secret, hidden gems of the city. The first one we found was Limoni, an Italian restaurant slightly off the beaten track. Serving fresh, homemade Italian food, it was one of our favourite culinary experiences in Marrakech. We walked through the low door into a light and bright, spacious courtyard, which was a pleasant change from the centre of Marrakech. The interiors were nice but the food was the star of the show.
Another gorgeous restaurant we had the pleasure of visiting was the Dar Cherifa. After a day of walking, shopping and exploring the markets, we were met at Dar Cherifa by a man who led us down an alleyway with a lantern. He took us through a very short door into a space rising as high as 30 metres. Situated in the heart of the souks, this hidden jewel was home to delicious, traditional Moroccan food.
Despite the secret beauties of city, the vast number of people and dust in the souks and the medina were quite challenging. So, our visit to 33 Rue Majorelle was a welcomed change. 33 Rue Majorelle is a department store and a fantastic place to buy your Moroccan bits and pieces without the hassle of bargaining and heckling. From beautifully hand-crafted boxes to napkins, 33 Rue Majorelle was a much calmer environment to purchase all kinds of Moroccan goods.
My trip to Marrakech allowed me to experience some beautiful places and food, but my top tip for those of you who plan to visit Marrakech – avoid a two-hour trek on a camel! Although the scenery you get to view on a camel trek is stunning, 10 or 15 minutes is enough (two hours will put you in pain for the next few days).
Despite this, the beautiful hotel and some hidden gems allowed us to indulge in Moroccan food and completely immerse ourselves in the culture. I look forward to our next trip and thinking about aspects of Moroccan design moving forwards.