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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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Doc - Mar 27 2015 10-31 AM

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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Sultry Chic

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By: Nikki Hunt

Over the years, Design Intervention has developed a reputation for a brave use of colour. We are known for weaving bold hues into our room schemes and even our more neutral rooms will often be invigorated with a single shot of a vibrant hue.

So it was a real treat for me to be given a slightly different brief.

I have just completed this project for an overseas resident who had purchased an upmarket Singapore apartment in the heart Orchard Road. My client intended to keep it as their private pied-a-terre and asked for understated hotel elegance with a moody, sultry feel. I worked on this project with Kylie, and we certainly had some fun. We have certainly used colour here to enliven the plain vanilla backdrop. But we have worked with softer, more muted tones to create an environment that is sultry and sexy and thoroughly current.

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Things are looking up!

 

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By: Nikki Hunt

 

 

Centuries ago, Michael Angelo showed the world the power of a drop dead gorgeous ceiling. So why do so many of us live with plain white, boring ceilings?

Ceilings are my favourite area of the home to design. I like to think of the ceiling as the fifth wall. Uninterrupted by doors or windows as vertical walls are prone to be, or encumbered by pieces of furniture as our floors usually are, ceilings are a blank canvas, a perfect place to unleash some serious creativity.

In areas such as kitchens and bathrooms and walk in wardrobes where the walls are usually lined with cabinetry, the ceiling can often be the only free surface for a designer to make a statement.

So check out how some of our recent ceiling designs and channel your inner Michael Angelo…

Mirror it! Elevate a room with low ceilings or a dearth of natural light in one stylish swoop of a mirror.

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Beam me up Scottie!

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Singing the blues!

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The Midas touch…

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Dropping the ceiling and finishing it in a different hue, delineates the sleeping zone in this expansive bedroom.

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Bathroom bliss

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A windowless corridor can be a sad, uninspiring space.

A pattern on the walls in such a narrow space would have been overwhelming but on the ceiling, it adds pzazz without overpowering the space. Drawing the pattern down the end wall provides a focal point that completes the look.

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This ceiling design is bold: it gives you energy but the look is still very calm because everything at eye level is calm.

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