Jasmine Harman Gives London Home A ‘Vegan Makeover’ – HouseBeautiful.com

A Place in the Sun presenter Jasmine Harman wanted to give her London home a smart update — but one that was also completely vegan. In order to help her achieve the look she wanted, Jasmine worked closely with online interior design service My Bespoke Room to transform her family space.

After becoming a vegan, Jasmine – who has been working on the much-loved Channel 4 show for 15 years – was eager to find ways she could incorporate vegan decor, accessories and furniture into her own home, while also ensuring it was a welcoming place for the whole family to enjoy.

Jasmine lives in a 1930s house in Carshalton, South London, with her cameraman husband Jon Boast and two young children, five-year-old Joy and Albion, three. ‘I’ve been a vegetarian since the age of six and became fully vegan after I had Joy,’ explains Jasmine. ‘I really wanted to reflect that when it came to our home.

‘It was Jon who suggested My Bespoke Room, and we all worked together to come up with a look which was both beautiful AND vegan-friendly.’

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‘We’ve created over 1,000 room designs for clients, but a totally vegan makeover was a first for us – and it proved a challenge,’ Diana Greenhalgh, co-founder of My Bespoke Room explains.

‘We had to avoid feather-filled cushions, furniture with bee’s wax, and wool in the likes of wool mix fabrics and rugs, while lots of paint also isn’t vegan, so we had to research that too.

‘It’s very difficult to have a completely vegan interior as there are so many animal products used in things such as the glue that holds lots of furniture together, and it was a fabulous challenge.’

When it came to accessories and furniture, there were some things the design team had to stay away from to ensure Jasmine’s home was as vegan-friendly as possible. From down cushions, sheepskin rugs, leather armchairs, silk bedding and wool carpets, there were many items the team at My Bespoke Room knew they had to find alternatives for.

Some of the vegan-friendly options they found included:

  • Use cotton or synthetic blankets instead of wool
  • Opt for a good-quality synthetic carpet
  • Upcycle items or choose to purchase vintage items instead
  • Choose upholsterED furniture instead of leather
  • Choose cotton or synthetic rugs

‘We were delighted with the result,’ says Jasmine says. ‘There are so many alternative options out there, and working with My Bespoke Room we made it as vegan-friendly as possible.’

Take a look at Jasmine’s finished home below…

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My Bespoke Home

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1. Cushions: ‘Trying to avoid down is possibly the most difficult challenge as many sofas and armchairs come with pre-stuffed cushions. I wouldn’t use down because many birds are plucked repeatedly whilst alive causing considerable distress.’

2. Rugs: ‘One of the most common materials for rugs is wool or sheepskin. Sheepskin can’t be produced without killing the sheep – it’s their actual skin, not just their wool. I chose beautiful cotton, and synthetic rugs.’

3. Duvets: ‘Finding a duvet that is as warm and light as down and hugs your body in the same way is not easy. But I found a lovely microfibre range from that have the added bonus of being anti-allergy and machine washable, and behaves similarly to down, but more bouncy and less clumpy AND it’s cruelty-free.’

4. Pillows: ‘Down pillows are a no no, and I prefer memory foam, latex and even hollow fibre, all of which are way more comfortable than down. And more hygienic too – I got mine from .’

5. Sofas and armchairs: ‘I’m not a fan of leather-type armchairs although with two small children I can see the benefits of having wipe clean furniture. I prefer fabric upholstered furniture but if you like the leather look you can get “vegan”, “synthetic” or “fake” leather which will probably be cheaper too. I purchased my sofa from .’

6. Upcycling and vintage items:‘ I bought vintage and upcycled items from and .

7. Silk: ‘Avoiding silk was one of the things I’d not really thought of, until my mum mentioned it, but of course silk worms are killed for their silk. It’s perceived as a luxury fabric so non-animal derived alternatives can often be more robust, more affordable and of course kinder.’

8. Carpet: ‘Wool carpets are perceived to be the most luxurious but I chose a good quality synthetic carpet for upstairs and it is more durable and easier to clean as well as cheaper. I purchased my carpet from .’

9. Blankets and throws: ‘Avoiding wool, using cotton or synthetic materials. Synthetic and cotton blankets can be just as cosy and fluffy, but much easier to wash and care for than wool. I chose from a range at both and .’

10. Paint: ‘Avoiding red tones in case they come from the Cochineal insect, we used a blue paint.’

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British interior design duo Fettle brings refined, yet rustic flair, to the U.S. – The Architect’s Newspaper

By • August 16, 2019

A detail from the Draycott’s brasserie-inspired dinning room. (Frank Wonho)

Combining decades of experience in the British architecture and interior decor industries, designers Andy Goodwin and Tom Parker joined forces in 2013 to form Fettle. The London and Los Angeles interior design firm primarily develops hospitality projects for a range of independent, start-up, and blue-chip clients on both sides of the Atlantic; in London, Rome, Los Angeles, Portland, and New York. Major clients have included Somerston Capital, Ennismore, Metropolitian Restaurants, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, La Brasseria, Yard Sale Pizza, The Oxford Blue, Andeva Gastronomy, Bel-Air, and Mike Robinson.

Pulling from their respective expertise, Goodwin and Parker offer a full spectrum of services; everything from space planning and project feasibility studies to the design of bespoke furnishings and finishes. The duo’s holistic approach ensures a seamless process from start to finish. While London-based Goodwin places emphasis on detailing, furniture and architectural ornamentation, his Los Angeles-based counterpart recognizes the importance of context; the value of using local materials and stylistic references to better situate an interior. AN Interior editor Adrian Madlener spoke to Parker about three recent U.S. projects and Fettle’s particular methodology; one predicated on remitting honest, direct, functional, and site-specific results. 

Read the full interview with Andy Goodwin and Tom Parker on our interiors and design site, aninteriormag.com.

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Hølte opens Hackney design studio for customising IKEA kitchens – Dezeen

Hølte, a company that offers bespoke fronts for IKEA kitchens, has unveiled a new design studio and showroom in London’s Hackney.

Studio founders Tom and Fi Ginnett have combined bold colours and geometric forms with simple, well-crafted details in the interior of their new workspace, located on Broadway Market in east London.

It showcases Hølte’s range of hand-finished cabinet fronts, handles and worktops, but it also functions as a space where the designers can meet clients and host events, like design workshops or wine tasting.

“Above all, we wanted it to feel open, relaxed, welcoming and about as far from a typical high-street kitchen showroom as possible,” explained Fi.

“We wanted everything to have a purpose and ensure that nothing was purely for display,” she told Dezeen.

“The working kitchen and big dining table are used day-to-day for team lunches and client meetings, but are also there to be used for pop-ups, supper clubs and other events.”

Hølte is one of several new companies that offer custom fronts for IKEA’s modular Metod kitchen carcasses, along with more well-known examples like Danish brand Reform and Swedish studio Superfront.

Tom and Fi – who started their careers in architecture and fashion, respectively – launched Hølte as a spin-off of their more conventional kitchen design business, Witlof.

“Hølte’s style is a continuation of the design language that has evolved organically through our experience designing bespoke kitchens as Witlof,” said Fi.

“It is confident and forward-thinking with a respect for traditional techniques and processes.”

Rather than dividing the studio up into different zones, the space takes the form of a single large kitchen and dining space, even though it showcases a variety of different fronts, handles and surfaces.

Black outlines and insets add definition to different units, while a vibrant blue wall creates a colour-blocking effect with two sets of cabinets.

Other details include a tiled backdrop offset with blue grouting, a wine rack and a pantry cupboard. These are paired with lighting by London studio Hand & Eye and a striking terrazzo-like surface of recycled marble by Altrock.

“The studio is a celebration of all the things we love: beautiful materials, colour and craftsmanship,” said Fi.

“We chose black edges to frame the boldly coloured doors, creating a graphic style which is accentuated by the grid of the tiled splashback,” she continued.

“Pairing this with quite traditional and sumptuous real wood veneers added character to the space, and collaborations with Altrock and Hand & Eye lighting added texture and introduced beautiful and long-lasting materials, such as marble and terracotta.”

Behind the large dining table, a consultation area creates a space for one-to-one conversations, with a glass-block wall as a backdrop.

A number of designers have hacked IKEA kitchens, the latest being David Thulstrup, Note Design Studio and Muller Van Severen who teamed up with Danish brand Reform to put their own spin on the Swedish company’s standard-issue kitchens.

Danish architecture studios BIG, Norm and Henning Larsen also took up the challenge and came up with a series of pared-back neutral kitchen units.

Photography is by Nicholas Worley.

For That Special Day: Karen Walker Creates Bridal Collection – WWD

Just as every bride has a story — or more likely 100 stories — designer Karen Walker wants to be part of that narrative with a new bridal collection.

The Auckland, New Zealand-based designer has created an assortment of wedding-day styles, after years of customers requesting bridal dresses or outfits. Until now, the timing never felt right, Walker said. But that did not deter many from buying various Karen Walker designs to wear for their big day. “But they had never been designed specifically for that intent,” she explained.

Now there are 12 bespoke dresses, four bespoke suits and two off-the-rack dresses “for those wanting to elope,” Walker said. Retail prices range from $950 to $3,500 and are sold through the new bridal shop in her Auckland boutique and online store. Bespoke shoppers can work directly with her team that includes patternmakers, tailors and other specialists in her atelier or via e-mail, FaceTime or other means. Fittings and creating toiles are all part of the package. Such procedures have been put to use for six international high-profile clients over the past 12 months. That roster included former First Lady Michelle Obama, who needed a suit for her “Becoming” book tour. Walker said, “We were able to work with her tailor to get her measurements, create a toile, send it to her, etc., to get the right fit. That also gave us the confidence that now is the right time to create this [bridal] range because we wanted it to be made especially for the client.”

Bridal is a first for Walker and engagement rings will be part of the KW Atelier assortment. Thirty-one years ago, Walker started her company with $100 by working out of a kitchen and built it up in the decades that followed. The head office remains in Auckland — just a five-minute drive from her first location. The 65-person operation is still privately owned and for that reason, Walker declined to pinpoint annual sales.

At this point, the designer is not eyeing any new categories, but there are five or six short-term partnerships and collaborations coming up. “That’s fun for us. It allows us to work with experts in other fields, where we may not have expertise, but we still have a story to tell. We get to have relationships with different people who are skilled in their area. I really enjoy meeting and creating product with different people. It really allows you to tell different stories. That’s really the business that we’re in. I don’t really think of us as makers of products or designers of products, as I do of us as tellers of stories. We really try to be creative and open-minded about where those stories might take us.”

Disney, and the Auckland City Art Gallery — Walker’s favorite cultural institution in New Zealand — are among the projects that she worked on in the past year. “So we’ll do big or new projects — whatever it takes to tell an interesting story,” she said.

Aside from consumer demand, Walker delved into bridal partially due to the appeal of working on a project that was outside of fashion’s normal time lines, “which is so much at the heart of the business that we are in. So when we started this project, we didn’t have a launch date in mind or a time line. We said, ‘Let’s just create a body of work. If we’re happy with it and think it is good enough, then we’ll take it to the market,” Walker said. “So we didn’t have any pressure on ourselves. We just wanted to create great product. We were really playing with it at first — what can we create?”

It was only once a dozen styles measured up and were hanging on a rack that Walker decided, “OK, let’s do this. Let’s go out and present this as a story.” Going forward, the freewheeling approach will continue adding to the collection when they feel there is something to be said. “That is a really different approach for us. With everything else that we do, there are certain deadlines and certain moments that we want to have with the market. We are really completely ignoring that,” Walker said. “Also, we’re not worrying about holding stock. We’re just making for the customer when she wants it and it will fit her perfectly. There is not that idea of having every size on the rack.”

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Interior architect launches furniture, lighting brand – Home Accents Today

The Seismic coffee table from Atelier Purcell

Architectural interior designer Alexander Purcell Rodrigues has launched Atelier Purcell, a luxury furniture and lighting brand available in the U.S. and U.K.

Founder of his eponymous architectural interiors practice, Purcell Rodrigues was first driven to launch a furniture and lighting collection to share the bespoke designs he had created for projects. “The ability to refine and iterate design ideas more rapidly brings a playfulness to creating furniture — the constraints of architectural construction don’t apply,” he said.

One such design, Purcell Rodrigues’ monolithic Seismic cocktail table pairs antique granite and cutting-edge CNC marble fabrication. The Horta console’s sinuous legs marry bronze investment casting with generative design and 3D printing. “We pair cutting-edge technology with ancient handcraft techniques to define a new language of form,” he said.

The son of a graphic designer and a businessman, Purcell Rodrigues says he can remember disassembling his toys as a child to “get to the bottom of how things were made, what was inside them, and how they worked.” From the start, he says, “It was about the process of creation, the making.”

He studied architecture at Cambridge and worked for the iconic Richard Rogers Partnership. He founded his own firm in 2009, becoming known for stylish residences and hotels, and expanded into furniture design, collaborating on products with Holly Hunt, Promemoria, Link Outdoor, De Castelli, and other luxury brands.

He recently launched Atelier Purcell to give form to his personal vision and to experiment with innovative technologies with the aspiration to create heirlooms of the future.

Phalanx sofa and trays from Atelier Purcell

“A furniture concept can come from an architectural project — which is a more extended dialogue, trying to navigate a narrative as you move through a space — or can be sparked by the negative shapes in a shadow cast across the floor,” Purcell Rodrigues said. “Inspiration comes from many sources but what I really enjoy is the reciprocity that can be achieved between the spaces we create and the objects we craft.”

Atelier Purcell products are available in the U.S. through Dennis Miller N.Y.C., De Sousa Hughes S.F. and Thomas Lavin L.A. & Laguna Beach and throughout the U.K. and Europe available online at atelierpurcell.com.

Jennifer Burton is the managing editor of Home Accents Today, where she does a little writing, a lot of editing and much of the organizing to keep everything running smoothly. With more than 18 years of copy editing experience, Jennifer has conquered deadlines at daily newspapers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Connecticut and edited magazines mailed to millions of homes. A native of Hickory, N.C., she graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in journalism. When she’s not fixing typos or crafting headlines, she’s probably practicing her rowing stroke or flying somewhere for a $100 hamburger with her pilot husband and young son.