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Highlights from Decorex 2015

This time last week, we were down south in sunny England enjoying the sights and sounds of Syon Park. This was the chosen venue for Decorex International 2015 – the luxury design event of the year.

The design scene in London was buzzing last week. The London Design Festival kicked off with Decorex right at the start of the week from 20-23 September. The venue was filled to the brim with contemporary luxury furniture, lighting, wallpaper and a variety of home décor from a host of notable luxury brands. The four day event is the leading event for design professionals, interior designers, tradespeople and consumers to find out what’s trending and new on offer in the interior design industry.

Right there at Stand F17, Moody Monday was present with seven other talented designers specially selected by Design Nation. We were there to showcase a preview of the new designs we’ve been working on with our wallpaper and cushions (more to come on our official launch).

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You might not have been able to catch this year’s event so we captured just a few snippets to share with you.

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Garden sculpture by David Harber

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Exquisite table setting by Harlequin London

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Hand blown glass sculptures by Enemark and Thompson

Next year’s event will be at Syon Park, London again from 18th – 21st September 2016. Save the dates in your diaries.

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Designer’s pick – Luxury furniture

If you love luxury furniture, you’ll love this collection. They’ve been fondly given the name ‘Common Comrades’.  Designed for Mooi by Neri&Hu, this collection of luxury stools is inspired by those seen throughout China. Lyndon Neri and Rossana who founded Neri&Hu Design and Research Office are the designers behind them.

“A clever personification of the simplicity of country life, where everybody knows ‘who’ you are and ‘what’ you do”. The Common Comrades table family amuses us with its utilitarian simplicity & honest soul. – excerpt from moooi.com

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Bestowed with names like Emperor, Merchant and Farmer, each stool embodies a personality within a community. It’s also fascinating to see how the designers have cleverly integrated kanji lettering, one of the three main writing systems of the Japanese language into the design of the stools.

We love the polished look with the bold red colour clearly adding to this effect. Undoubtedly making a stand-out piece in any environment.  They can be used individually as a stool, bedside table or grouped together to create a unified modern style.

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Made from solid birch and a red lacquered finish at the base, they represent a perfect balance of form, function and detail. Luxury furniture up our street. We can definitely imagine them teamed up with the backdrop of our Moody Monday wallpaper Secret Music collection.

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Images were sourced from www.moooi.com

Photography by © Pegenaute, www.pedropegenaute.es

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Stockist Profile – Concrete Wardrobe

For our first stockist spotlight this September, we’re keeping it local and bringing things back home to Edinburgh. The business we’re featuring today is Concrete Wardrobe.

Concrete Wardrobe co-founders, James Donald and Fiona MacIntosh started the business in 2000 with the mission to showcase contemporary Scottish craftsmanship and design. They continue to maintain this ethos and as a result have an extensive team of talented designers which they collaborate with. They also share design stories through their Maker of the Month series.

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The shop located at 50a Broughton Street, Edinburgh is packed with a variety of quality homewares, jewellery, prints, glass, ceramics and accessories. Our Black Keys wallpaper beautifully graces the interior of the shop and you can also find our beautiful range of Moody Monday coasters and place mats in there too.

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Whether you’re new to buying products from Scottish trained or based designers or you’re already an advocate and couldn’t see yourself buying anything else, this store is definitely worth visiting.

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You can find Concrete Wardrobe on Facebook for more news updates or their website.

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Design focus: Refurbishment of Blake Tower

Architecture is one of our key interests here at Moody Monday. We furnish spaces and buildings with our wall coverings and interior accessories after all.

Conran and Partners, an architecture and design studio has been appointed to revamp the grade II listed Blake Tower into an exceptional residential London development.

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The Blake Tower, which was named after the 18th-century poet, William Blake is part of the widely known Barbican Estate in London. The Estate is known as one of the largest examples of the Brutalist concrete architecture and represents a Utopian ideal for inner-city living.

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It will be transformed from a youth hostel into 74 luxury apartments. The 17-storey building before becoming unoccupied in 2012 was home to 250 young people as London’s most inner city YMCA. The interiors will be inspired with the shapes of the Barbican’s buildings and the softening of the external public spaces which have established lush greenery and landscape in mind.

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A range of one, two and three bedrooms, studios and penthouses will be available. Look out, all keen property investors.

Story and images via Dezeen

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Stockist Profile: Introducing WALPA Japan

Over the last few weeks we’ve been doing spotlights on some of the amazing businesses we work with. Today we’re off to our stockist in the Asian Continent – WALPA.

They are a Japan-based wallpaper specialty store dedicated to bringing happiness and comfort to people through wallpaper. Their mission is to bring a new love for patterned walls to Japan. Their five stores are beautifully designed and presented as you can see (pictured below). Customers literally get a piece of ‘wallpaper heaven’.

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WALPA’s collections range from modern, classic, shabby chic to vintage, Moroccan, you name it. You’ll find they have a vast plethora of styles available to meet everyone’s needs. They stock a wide array of brands from various parts of the world including well-known UK based ones such as Moody Monday, Liberty, Graham and Brown, Cole and Son.

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You can view our profile on the WALPA website here. We want to spread wallpaper love as far and wide as possible so feel free to spread the word to other wallpaper lovers you know in that part of the world.

Images sourced from WALPA’s website.

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Bird inspired lamps from Temple and Ivy

Many creative designers have a knack for exploring elements of their environments to motivate and inspire them in their creative journey. The brand we’re featuring today takes you right into nature with their exquisite lamp collection.

For their very first collection, Temple and Ivy were inspired by the flamboyance and beauty of birds they encountered on their African travels in Kenya and Zimbabwe. They are also captivated by the Georgian era which was heavily characterised by the use of feet in furniture design.

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Shella Lamp, Inspired by the African Jacana with a handmade feather shade

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Shangra Lamp, Inspired by the flamingo with black & white silk shade

Using modern materials and traditional sculpture, these lamps are beautifully handcrafted in the UK and come in a variety of finishes ranging from copper, bronze to gold leaf. For lovers of texture, some are also adorned with feathers, beads and other interesting materials like this beautiful Multa lamp (pictured below).

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Multa Lamp Inspired by the flamingo in a multicolour shade

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Kambu Lamp, Inspired by the African Jacana with red dual feather shade

Whether it’s a traditional or contemporary style room you’re decorating, these lamps are delightfully perfect for adding character and a unique sense of style. Certainly perfect for a Moody Monday interior!

If you’re looking to see more of these exquisite lamps, visit http://www.templeandivy.com/

Images were reproduced with their permission.

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Stunning Luxury hotels with colourful interiors

When you think of luxury hotels, many times a bit of beige comes to mind. Many a hotel are adorned with neutral tones coupled with hints of gold and black which epitomise glamour and opulence.

However there is another world of luxury hotel design that loves generous volumes of colour and striking patterns for the adventurous guest who’s looking for something different.

We’ve handpicked three luxury hotels you need to see for some colourful inspiration.

G&V Hotel, Edinburgh
In G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh’s breakout area, the creative mix of playful patterns creates a unique contemporary look. The fresh, vibrant colours of the oversized furniture also add more visual interest as it moves away from the muted tones popular in luxury room design.

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The Soho Hotel, London

Designed by Kit Kemp, the 5-star Soho Hotel in London combines luxury with original design. With a contemporary English style, the striking interior of the rooms use interesting patterns on soft furnishings and walls.

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QT Gold Coast Hotel, Australia

With its eye-catching and chic design, the QT Gold Coast Hotel brings designer fun to luxury hotel design. By featuring strong art elements and the well-planned use of bright colours, guests are given a real feast for the senses.

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Firmdale Hotels

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Remarkable 17th Century Colour manual

Only someone with an astonishing love of colour will go about creating a massive 800-page manual on how to mix watercolours. That’s exactly what a Dutch artist only known by the name “A. Boogert” did in 1692. The manual which was never published provides readers with an unusual glimpse into the world of 17th century painters and illustrators.

In it, A. Boogert carefully details step by step instructions on how to create as many different hues and tones of colours as are imaginable. The entire book is entirely written and painted by hand and is probably deemed to be the most comprehensive guide to paint and colour ever.

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Long before the renowned, more recent Pantone Colour Guide which was only first published in 1963, this Dutch artist had such an enviable grasp of colour. Thought to have been used as an educational guide in its time, he painstakingly documented his process, creating an awesome index of colours.

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This delightful masterpiece is currently housed at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France but is available for online viewing here.

Story via CreativeBoom

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We have a new stockist – Wallpaper Antics

We love wallpaper here at Moody Monday, we can’t hide it. It’s our staple product and it is our goal to make our creations accessible to as many customers as possible. So we’re always on the hunt for stockists to collaborate with to make this happen.

We’re pleased to announce that we now have our very first stockist in Australia – Wallpaper Antics.

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With the simple aim of offering customers high quality bespoke wall coverings for their homes that are unique investment pieces, Wallpaper Antics concentrates on featuring wallpaper from skilled designers across the globe.

The wide array of wallpapers, many of which are screen printed present plenty of choice for customers looking to decorate their homes. From hand screen printed wallpaper to digitally printed wallpaper and murals, they have all you need to create a striking look in your home. They also offer a bespoke printing service which caters to clients working on a one of a kind project.

The full range of Moody Monday’s wall coverings are stocked by Wallpaper Antics. Check out our profile on their website.

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Here are a few others from their assortment of wallpapers.

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Founder, Andrea Renting adds that “Wallpaper Antics was created because of a passion to kindle a new love for wallpaper in Australia like there is in the UK and US. Wallpapers are like a piece of art and we want everyone to enjoy them by investing in something special not just any mass-produced run-of-the-mill wall coverings. The vision is to bring together designers and small boutique labels in one hub for the Australian market.”

To peruse their online store, go to http://wallpaperantics.com.au/

Images sourced from Wallpaper Antics website.