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Four rooms defined by rugs

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Long gone are the days when the floor was the ignored dimension of a room, a neutral offset to enhance other design elements. Today, handmade rugs have staked out their claim as effortless centrepieces of an interior. They frequently form the starting point for interior designers, who may build entire rooms around them. From traditional… Read more »

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Always smiling – the weavers of Nepal deserve a break

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Matthew Wailes specialises in designing and producing rugs for the interior design market. He has a close working relationship with his long-standing manufacturing partner in Nepal, which hand-knots his rugs.  I visited Nepal in late November with friend and colleague John O’Callaghan from O’C Carpet of New York. A lightning visit of just four days before… Read more »

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Twelve Tempting Textile Gifts for Christmas 2014

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Denna Jones Our eclectic range of twelve textile related gifts includes three experiential gifts – exhibitions in London, New York, and Berlin. Whether for others or yourself, there’s something here for everyone. On the border of the Blenheim Palace estate lies the village of Woodstock where The Cotswold Tailor creates bespoke suits as fine as… Read more »

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Campaign for Wool Warms Up Southwark Cathedral

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Denna Jones Lovers of wool are legging it around the capital to catch events, workshops and exhibitions allied to Campaign for Wool’s fifth annual UK Wool Week (6-12 October 2014). Knit-a-thon at Brora (and a Twitter auction to win the blanket outcome), meet the Maker opportunities, and a Tweed Tea Party are just a few… Read more »

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New Designers 2014: the genius of Gen Z

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Denna Jones The annual New Designers exhibition of recent graduate work from across the UK was dominated this year by a demographic whose outlook is a fusion of the youngest of the Millennials (born circa 1980), and the elders of Generation Z (born circa 1995). Your reviewer’s conversations with  Part 1 ND graduates (notably Luna… Read more »

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard hits UK TV

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Hollywood-based British interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has carved out a prestigious career on the other side of the Atlantic with a seriously impressive client list which includes Sir Elton John, Cher, Tamara Mellon, Eva Mendes, Edward Norton, Christina Aguillera and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne! He is now returning home to make his mark this side of… Read more »

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Kiki van Eijk in ’s-Hertogenbosch

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Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk graduated from the acclaimed Design Academy Eindhoven and since 2001 have shared a workshop in Eindhoven, working as independent designers. To mark the re-opening of The Het Noordbrabants Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch the duo have been invited to exhibit an overview of their work. The exhibition comprises 80 masterpieces… Read more »

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Silkworms and Robots

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab have created a silk dome which has been woven by a robotic arm and live silkworms for a project to explore how digital and biological fabrication techniques can be combined to produce architectural structures. The robotic arm imitated the way in which a silkworm builds a cocoon. The… Read more »

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Julien McDonald rug auction for Breast Cancer

On display at Decorex is this Julien MacDonald rug produced by Capitol Carpets of Chelsea. It is being auctioned and the proceeds will go to Breast Cancer charities supported by the designer.RW Send sealed bids to:  Jody Atkins Capitol Carpets2b Chepstow RoadNotting HillLondon W2 5BH or email london@carpetsofchelsea.com  

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Skating carpet

Jan Kath’s new gallery opening in Stuttgart featured a magic carpet skating past, giving the assembled throng the chance to admire not just the fine art and workmanship of the rugs on display, but also their heelflips and ollies, dude. RW http://www.jan-kath.de/

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