• Archive for September, 2011

    The winner of the Best of the Best awards from Focus/11 at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour is…

    by  • September 25, 2011 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Livingetc had a very nice time at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour on Friday judging the Best of the Best awards for Focus/11. And from all the brilliant furniture, lighting, wallpaper, fabric, paint and tiles, we awarded Original BTC’s Hector Bibendum lamp by Terence Conran the overall winner. It was designed to celebrate Original BTC’s 21st birthday and is inspired by the Michelin Man, AKA Monsieur Bibendum. We love the company and we love this future classic light.

    Our other winners were: Best Paint ‘Le Beton Circé’ collection by The Little Shop at Henry Bertrand, Best Flooring Quantum range by Wool Classics (a carpet that feels like silk but is made of cotton, Best Rug Monaco Yacht collection by Tai Ping Carpets, Best Trimming Artisanal collection by Travers at Zimmer + Rohde, Detail Curtain poles from The Bradley Collection.

    Patterned wallpaper – Livia Azurro (W361/01) by Romo

    Geometric wallpaper – Circus (93/6020) by Cole & Son

    Floral fabric – Still Life by Sanderson

    Geometric fabric – Adras by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon

    Woven fabric – Lisle Check by Colefax and Fowler

    Tile – Zigzag’ tile from the Paccha collection by Ann Sacks

    Upholstered furniture – Guscioalto chair by Flexform

    Furniture (joint winners) – Pencil Leg console by J.Robert Scott and the Amalfi bath by Victoria + Albert

    Lighting – Savona floor lamp by  Vaughan

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    The world according to rug designer Sonya Winner

    by  • September 21, 2011 • The World According to... • 0 Comments

    We love Sonya Winner‘s rugs – graphic, exciting and splendidly colourful. We’ll tell her so in person tomorrow at Tent London, but until then, let’s find out all about her wonderful world of tufts and knots… 

    When did you know that you wanted to design? I knew that I wanted to work with my creativity from a very early age, but it wasn’t until I did a foundation course at Chelsea School of Art that I really understood what design was all about. I had some inspirational teachers and I very quickly realised that for me designing was the most interesting and satisfying way to express my creativity. There is something really exciting about creating something that people respond positively to and chose to incorporate into their lives.

    What are you most proud of in your work? I feel happiest about designing when I get genuine positive feedback. When a client loves one of my designs that they understand what I was trying to create. One of my clients recently sent me a text when she received her rug saying: ‘Love it love it love it – the room is alive’. That did make me feel proud!


    What kind of material do you think has great possibilities? I’m fascinated by exploring the design possibilities of knotting and tufting with wool. There are so many ways to create original pieces working with texture, pile height, weaving techniques, wool quality and shape – it’s very exciting.

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