Monthly Archives: February 2013

Terence Conran to judge the WIN Awards 2013

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Megan

We are very excited to announce that once again design guru, writer and restrauteur Terence Conran will join the World Interiors News judging panel for this year’s award.

“I’m delighted to be judging the WIN awards again which really do promote and celebrate the very best in design from around the globe. If the quality is anything like last time, I’ll be green with envy looking at some of the world’s most beautiful homes.” Sir Terence Conran said.

Born in 1931, Terence Conran founded the Habitat chain of home furnishings stores in the 1960s that brought modern design within reach of the general population.

Today he is Chairman of the Conran Group which owns restaurants, shops and hotels around the world and has a thriving architecture and design practice Conran & Partners.

Terence has always been a great supporter of education in design and founded the Design Museum in London and until recently was the Provost of the Royal College of Art. He has written more than 50 informative books selling over 30 million copies of his publications worldwide.

The WIN Awards 2013 will showcase the best and most innovative interior design projects from around the world to our global audience of 220,000 designers, architects and developers. We will celebrate the award winning designs at a prestigious Awards Dinner at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 28 November2013.

Don’t miss the chance to get your work seen by this industry leader and enter the WIN Awards now! Entries made before 15 March will also get the added bonus of a 15% discount of the entry fee.

Just click here to enter.


Montreal interior preserves its architectural heritage

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Rebecca

From a tree-lined street of 1960s bungalows the new house is far from conspicuous, blending with ease into the surrounding landscape. But inside is a deceptively designed space that harbours generous volumes on three levels. The original house was in such a state of disrepair that the clients were granted a demolition permit, on the strict condition that the new building follow the original plan. This could have potentially posed a real problem for the designer, given the clients required the liveable space to triple in size. But with just the one floor, a long façade and a double-pitched roof, René Desjardins has created a space of sheer inventiveness. An essential quality of any family home is the space to come together, but also to disappear. The fluid circulation that is so characteristic of the Desjardins’ style has been rendered in such a way that the parents can easily cohabit with grown-up children seeking independence.

In the vestibule next to the garage, a steel-and-glass staircase leads to both the guest suite and the basement, a place where the boys can venture off on their own, enjoying the living room, the steam room/washroom and the home gym. The designer, whose manifesto is “less is more”, has created a home completely respectful of the clients’ personalities and lifestyle choices.

The ground floor foyer sets the tone. It is generous and unadorned, with the garden on the horizon and a spectacular staircase in anthracite iron lace. A feeling of well-being is immediate, with a unity achieved through materials and colours. There is a definite sense of looking to a simpler future, which is rather apt given one of the clients recently turned 50. The decision to take the building contemporary – a brave decision on the part of the client, has been sympathetically embraced.

The neutral palette serves to frame the beginning of a promising art collection. The same can be said for the discrete lighting rails and niches, which will eventually house sculptures.

The ground floor doubles as both a living area and a setting for parties, with the immense island in the kitchen a great spot for a DJ. A perfect example of minimalism creating space for possibility.

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Award winning interior design from North America

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Megan

Oppenheim Architects’ beautiful interior design for the La Muna house in Aspen, Colorado looks good in every season. Winner of the 2012 WAN Residential Interiors Award, Oppenheim have released new images of the house in summer, despite currently being covered by a mountain of snow!

“Winning the WAN award has helped our on-going efforts to raise the profile of the interior design component of Oppenheim’s global practice,” said Director of Advanced Strategies, Thomas Westberg.

Oppenheim designed both the architecture and the interiors for La Muna, a rustic ski chalet built in the ultra-exclusive enclave of Red Mountain.

Designed as a homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi sabi, the home is clad in reclaimed, regional wood; stone and steel. The use of local and reclaimed materials was intended to make a minimal impact on natural resources as well as designed to merge into the home’s idyllic surroundings of forest, stream, and mountain.

The powerful transformation of this home speaks to the splendour of the forest and mountains beyond. The purity, simplicity, warmth, and rustic charm of the new design beckons one throughout the year as the seasons change in its wondrous setting.

“This is obviously a very seductive piece of architecture, we all want to be there, but what they’ve done very cleverly is they have used the wonderful mountain light to exaggerate the textures, and yet have resisted the temptation to put too much in [to the interior], there is just enough. You can see how it would be the most perfect place to curl up under a rug and gaze out at the view,” said WAN judge, Sally Mackereth, Co-Founder of Wells Mackereth.

Read more about Oppenheim’s award winning entry, La Muna, here.

This year, the World Interiors News Annual Award 2013 will showcase more exquisite projects in the Residential Interiors category. To view the latest entries just visit our website where you will also find submission guidelines and how to enter your own projects.


Interiors UK champions design excellence

Posted on February 1, 2013 by Megan

The World Interiors News team headed to this year’s INTERIORS UK expo at the Birmingham NEC for a preview of the latest interior furnishings and products. The INTERIORS UK show was held over three days and hosted local and international product designers alongside each other. Divided into seven categories, the halls of the NEC were suitably dressed in beautifully designed interior furniture and accessories.

Contemporary Design showcased upcoming designers from Birmingham City University and the best in young graduate designers from across the UK and Europe. Wallpapers, photographs and fine art prints from dealers all inclined towards sumptuous interior design. In the Designersblock area eclectic products ranged from the textured 3D knitted cushions of Jorunn Hustoft (all made from 100% British wool), to up-cycled bottle lamps from the team at DeGross Design & Innovation who re-use surplus materials to create striking interior products.


Other Interior Accessories that caught our eye included smooth tear drop shaped mirrors from Daniel Schofield, a graduate in Furniture and Product design from Sheffield Hallam University.
British textile designer Gemma Louise Joyce showcased her latest wooden bath screen decorated with hand and digital printed fabric. Gemma also designs wallpaper collections that draws the influence of Victorian household goods in its prints.

Gemma Louise Joyce

The Design Elegance hall brought fabric to the forefront with big names such as the Edinburgh Weavers and Kobe UK Ltd. on display. Textiles including luxury curtain and upholstery material in an array of decadent textures and tones swept down from the roof of the hall in grand displays.

New designers, such as Alice Howard Graham and Sian O Doherty, brought vibrant colour and texture to fabric with their latest collections on show. Alice studied Printed Textiles for Fashion and Interiors at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey and creates many of her designs from hand drawn sketches.

Alice Howard Graham

International furniture giants including Content by Conran and Ercol Furniture Ltd shared the hall with local producers of high end interior products. Russell Henderson for example, a Derbyshire based firm established in 1992, makes sofas and chairs to order in styles ranging from contemporary to antique.

G Plan Vintage have collaborated with renowned designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE, to produce a collection of 50s and 60s inspired furniture with a modern twist. Leaning back one of the plush cushioned sofas offered us the perfect chance to take in the atmosphere of the show and have a well-deserved break!

The Living Lifestyle section of INTERIORS UK inhabited the two main halls of the NEC. Following the trend for traditional furniture restoration, many firms with expert knowledge in this area, had elegant pieces on display, ranging from Regency dining sets to an Edwardian desk tidy cut from walnut.

Amidst the crystal chandeliers and innovative contemporary furniture there were interior products for all tastes at INTERIORS UK, many of which are now featured on our website.