A Glorious Exuberance

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By: Nikki Hunt

 

Building a home from scratch is one of life’s ultimate indulgences, allowing the creation of the definitive bespoke environment: as unique as the owners themselves.

With this home, the owners really pushed the boundaries of design, playing with scale and form, mixing materials and patterns to create a home full of delight and exuberance.

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These interiors delight in the unstructured mix of elements from an array of design styles and eras – where everything works together to set the mood.

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An ornate gilt frame, complements arresting, contemporary art. Animal pattern sits alongside a sofa with mid-century modern lines. This is an eclectic, elegant home, where no detail has been overlooked.

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Antique pillars from India, have been used to form an outdoor dining gazebo.

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The glorious mix of pattern, scale, colour and style delights and excites. It is bold, confident style, that oozes exuberance with a capital E!

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Punches of cheeky yellow add a zesty energy to a bedroom space that delights in its decadence, yet reverberates with a bright, happy spirit. There is a delightful decadence that is both regal and playful all at once.

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The external palette is intentionally neutral. It adds a timeless elegance to the home that sits comfortably with the existing street and historic fabric of the area. Yet, elegant exterior detailing, subtly hint at the intricate interiors within.

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Fit for Fashionista

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By: Nikki Hunt

 

Designing for a fashion forward client is always a joy.

These clients tend to be more adventurous and ready to embrace some daring colour choices and experiment with pattern and unusual proportions. In this recently completed project,we did indeed have a great deal of fun. We hope you like the result as much as we do!

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This year’s pantone colour Rose quartz was the perfect choice for the living room sofa.

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An abundance of animal print and fur brings glamour with a capital G, while flamingo print cushions add a whimsical element to the room.

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The addition of blues and metallic finishes, keeps the scheme crisp. The look is glamorous but there is a fresh youthful quality to it was well.

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Did you spot the beloved pet? Maybe now you know where our inspiration from the design came from!

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Vote for Design Intervention!

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By: Nikki Hunt

 

September is a key month in this designer’s calendar with the London Design Festival being one of my favourite times of the year. Top furniture designers unveil new products and most of the big Fabric and Wallpaper houses will launch a major new collection for the festival. This is the time when  the key trends for the forthcoming year become apparent. In addition, the new edition of the Andrew Martin International Design Review is released in conjunction with the event and the top list of the top 100 designers from across the globe is unveiled. So we are waiting with bated breath!

And, of no less significance, are the annual International Design and Architecture and International Product Design Awards. Results are announced in September too.This year, I am excited to share, that Design Intervention has been shortlisted in 6 categories. Two of our product designs, our Cameron sofa (which is one of our most popular sofa designs) and the Ridout console have been selected to represent the best of furniture design.

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We have 3 interior design projects shortlisted and one architectural project.

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Voting is open now, until the end of the month to select the overall winner in each category. We are very proud of all our entries this year!

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Well Rounded Personalities

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By: Nikki Hunt

For as far back as I can remember interiors have been dominated by hard lines, angular and boxy shapes. Windows, doors, walls, furniture legs, and even art canvases are all derivatives of square or rectangular forms. But, recently I have been developing a far more well rounded personality and softening my designs with organic, fluid shapes.

Many of us in Asia have known for some time that round dining tables promote conversation and interaction. But by adding soft organic shapes to a room we can also impart a far more welcoming feel to a room as well.

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Tired of linear forms? Curvy, organic shapes can add a sensual, sexy quality to a room that is so hot right now.

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At Design Intervention, we are experimenting with circular forms for all elements of our rooms from carpets to ceiling designs and discovering a new warmth and freshness to our designs.

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Expand your social circle –a curved sofa is the ultimate party trick keeping guests gathered together in a conversation-promoting arrangement.

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So forget about assembling a seating arrangement around a television. Encourage interaction and conversation with seating that brings you face to face with everyone.

Family gatherings will be so much more interactive if we were all seated like this. And, yes, space-saving too! Positioning a curved sofa in the corner of a room is a great way to utilise corner space and maximise seating without requiring additional length.

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Wrap yourself in comfort with a curved sofa. There is something so welcoming in the lines of this lush sofa, like mama wrapping you in a big hug.

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Cool, calm and purpled up!

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By: Nikki Hunt

 

This week, I am excited to share with you snaps of our most recently completed project. This is a far smaller project than ones we have shared with you in the past but certainly no less fun to do.

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The client had purchased a brand new unit from a local developer and asked us to add a hefty dose of Design Intervention Pzzazz. The developer had finished this terrace home simply and with a neutral palette. Yet, the client had an adventurous spirit and a love of colour and pattern but in such a confined space, we were conscious of how easy it would be to overwhelm the space.

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We began with the colour choice for the walls. Lavender is an unexpected colour choice for a living room but it succeeds beautifully here in invoking a cool, calming backdrop for the rich textiles and pattern. We added a darker lavender tone and mirrored wall moldings to add depth dimension and sparkle to the walls. Polished steel, mirror and metallic finishes amplify the sense of space. While the rich teal on the dining chairs and the oversized chandelier draws the eye to the back of the room, visually expanding the sense of space.

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In this small space, graphic geometric prints and lines, sit comfortably alongside animal print and botanic pattern all grounded by the harmonious mix of greys, blues and lavender tones.

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The result is a perfect blend of pattern and colour but in a calm manner that complements rather than overpowers the room. We have achieved the sense of exuberance and attention to detail that the client wanted yet still retaining a crisp tranquility.

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A Touch of the Tropics

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By: Nikki Hunt

Perhaps it is a reaction to my childhood memories of long bleak English winters but I love tropical inspired décor schemes. No other décor theme comes close to invoking the same sense of easy, living and warm, sunny happy days. I am not talking about the “modern tropical” look that was so pervasive in the 90’s, think Bali inspired rooms all dressed in taupes and soft greys with natural textures with maybe a single tropical leaf in a clear glass vase.

No forget those Aman resort inspired interiors: that is so last century. What I am talking about are lush interiors teaming with rich tropical colours that resonate with drama and fun in equal measure. Think Hollywood regency glam like the Beverly Hills Hotel or Dorothy Draper’s Greenbrier Hotels both of which epitomized 1940’s American Glamour.

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For me, this glamorous, tropical style has always been at the top of my preferred décor list and I am absolutely delighted that this style is officially back in vogue. Fabric and wallpaper houses are flush with lavish prints from palms leaves to pineapples and tropical birds galore. There is an abundance of choice and I am loving it!

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Yes, there is definitely a hint of the Beverley Hills Hotel here.

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I was definitely channeling Dorothy Draper when I designed this room.

 

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Crazy for Coral

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By: Nikki Hunt

 

Designers are constantly searching for that perfect accessory, accent or shot of colour to enliven our projects and recently, I have found myself turning to an injection of a coral hue to elevate my room schemes. Coral has the warmth of red, the carefree sense of orange and the romance of pink. Melon, salmon, flamingo, peach, apricot, I love them all. They bring both freshness and warmth at the same time. Very often, red is too harsh, pink too feminine, orange too playful but coral is a perfect blend: it has become my goldilocks colour: not too hot, not too cold: it is just right.

This is one of my recent favourite projects. What a wonderful space to relax with a morning coffee. Can’t you just feel the happy energy?

 

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Crisp cotton, coral and white curtains bring a zing to this fresh morning room.

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And wrapped on the backside of these chairs, the coral adds a warmth to this dining room.

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This coral armchair brings a sense of playfulness to this serene space.

 

 

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Pipings, trims and cushions add a cheery energy to a neutral bedroom scheme.

 

 

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The addition of the coral accent cushions brings a sense of joy to this breakfast nook.

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Here again, I have combined coral and turquoise, it is such a fresh combination. I love it, it works every time. The table base is made from an airplane engine casing. The softness of the coral provides a natural counterbalance to the industrial material.

 

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You can never have of a good thing! Here I have flooded the room with coral and isn’t it fun!!!

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