Gone are the days when a garden shed was a simple space for tools, paints and varnishes, full of mud and cobwebs and clad with worn, damp wood. Now that homeowners are utilising their gardens more and more, many are making the lowly garden shed an external feature in its own right.
For high-end residential developments, a portfolio of recognised and coveted brands is a must. Right from early on in the purchasing journey when show homes are first visited, potential buyers are seeking out quality fixtures and fittings which evoke a premium feel while showcasing not just a look, but also a lifestyle to be desired. Surfaces play a vital role, holding the power to completely transform a room whether with a striking pattern or a more neutral design that pulls the rest of the room together – either way, adding a touch of quality and demonstrating high standards to discerning potential buyers, says Chris Hay, National Projects Manager at Cosentino UK.
Adding to London’s reputation as a world-leader in destination hospitality venues, the designers behind Flight Club commissioned Ellis Design Studio to reinvent the classic game, shuffleboard. Amron Architectural, a trusted supplier and manufacturer of metal mesh, was approached by Ellis Design Studio to help provide creative solutions across some of the main features within the beautifully designed space.
The COVID-19 lockdown has forced us to spend more time in our homes than ever before, and it’s no surprise that people are looking at their homes through a new lens, seeing details they never noticed before, and feeling a renewed sense of ambition to maximise their home’s design potential, says Lauren Maylor, Head of Design at LOFT.
Surfaces in domestic and commercial design are an essential element of any project. Whether in relation to flooring, walls, worktops or countertops, the material chosen needs to be a good practical solution as well as visually pleasing. So what are the key functional elements that interior designers need to keep front of mind and how can the latest trends in surfaces enable them to tick all the boxes practically and aesthetically for their clients?
Our smart home assistants do more than play our favourite playlists and tell us the weather. In many ways, they are our life assistants, planning our days, telling us the news and controlling our home appliances. For years, homeowners have been able to customise the aspects of their home using their smart devices, so what’s next? Nico van der Merwe, VP of Home & Distribution at Schneider Electric, investigates.
When it comes to the design process, every client is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This is certainly the case when we look at balancing the needs of companies who are beginning to navigate a return to the office following the coronavirus pandemic.