Monthly Archives: January 2012

Getting to ‘Maud’ Designs

Dreamwallstyle first came across the talented ‘Maud Designs’ luxury handcrafted soft furnishings and accessories when we posted a blog last year about online design shop ‘From the Wilde’  www.fromthewilde.com

Maud Designs - Image credit Courtesy of Anthony Hughes of Without Pattern

Maud Designs established in early 2011, and is fronted by Melissa Watts.    Melissa approached ‘Dreamwallstyle’ last summer for our professional advice on producing a wall tile, we recommended contacting our good friend Annabelle Filer of SCIN Gallery. Melissa was given the perfect opportunity to showcase her ‘Pixel Felt’ of the Iconic regal HM Queen on the launch night of the new relocated SCIN Gallery during last years London Design festival. www.scin.co.uk 

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Dreamwallstyle recently had the chance to catch up with Melissa to find out what she has been up to in the design world of late, we also had a little fun with the questions from the Royal Navy, F1 racing drivers to red carpet film premiers!

Q1. Tell me an interesting fact about you? 

A1. ‘Interesting’ is all relative, it’s an individual thing. If you define ‘interesting’ as different then, when I was 18 I joined the Royal Navy, and in 1990 volunteered to go to sea. This was the first time women were allowed to serve onboard seagoing ships and we made history that year! I joined the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and part of my job was defending the ship alongside in ports so using a 9mm pistol and sub machine gun were part of my daily routine. Slightly different to nowadays where my most dangerous weapon is a pair of scissors!

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 Q2. Do you have a claim to fame? 

A2. Sadly not! I suppose the nearest I get to ‘Claim to Fame’ is my partner. He’s an ex-F1 Grand Prix racing driver. Unashamedly, on occasion, I get to meet drivers past and present so the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Jackie Stewart and so on. He’s also involved with the new Ron Howard film based on Niki Lauda and James Hunt……I’m hoping for an invite to the premier a chance to walk the red carpet!!!

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Q3. What on a daily bases inspires you?

A3. Oh God, everything it seems…….when it comes to inspiration I’m not at all fussy! My creative brain in always working away, it can be quite exhausting especially when trying to get to sleep at night. The products I have made so far are a snippet of what’s in my head and notebooks. 

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Q4.Do you plan to further your ranges of soft furnishings? 

A4. Definitely, I love working with felt and I would also like to start exploring various other materials, traditional crafts and techniques and give them a modern twist/element. I have some ideas in mind and the ball is rolling so hopefully there may be a new collection soon.

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Q5. You work with felt, is there a particular reason to this?

A5. 100% Wool Felt has so many great qualities. Apart from being a sustainable, renewable source, hypo-allergenic, dirt repelling, sound absorbing and so on, over a certain thickness it is quite sculptural and allows you to use it in a way most materials wouldn’t. It’s also very versatile, comes in various thicknesses to suit many different applications, some wonderful colours too. Its Multi-faceted.

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Q6. You recently made a Pixel felt tile of the Queen, have you thought of contacting Buckingham Palace about your masterpiece?

 A6. Ha ha, I must admit I did ‘think’ about it. In fact I received an email recently from the governments culture department suggesting I get in touch with Buckingham Palace and various other organisations to see whether the ‘pixel felt’ Queen may be used in any of the upcoming Diamond Jubilee or Olympic celebrations, so I still may do so.

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 Q7. How long did it take to make the Queen Pixel felt tile?

A7. She was created in approximately 400 hours, give or take a few. I think it was 3 months of solid hard work to finish in time for the opening of the newly relocated Scin Gallery. The Queen showcased the launch of ‘Pixel Felt’, the sewing and   manipulation of each of the 8100 pixels was a feat and a half. A true labour of love!!

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Q8. What is next for the Queen? 

A8. Well as mentioned earlier, at present I’m looking to see if she can be utilised somehow during the many celebrations this coming year. She’s a considerable size at 2.7m x 2.7m so needs a large space. In the meantime if someone was interested,  I would consider ‘letting her go to a good home’, but there’s also the possibility you may see her up again in the Scin Gallery later in the year.

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Q9 You recently exhibited at Interiors UK – on the designer block with SCIN. Did you find it useful to Maud designs? 

A9. Yes, it was great, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Being surrounded by, and meeting other designers and their work, inspiration was all around! Designers Block do a fantastic job of showcasing the latest innovations in textiles, furniture, lighting etc and it was nice to be part of it all within the design village. The fact that there was a bar had nothing to do with my enjoyment!!!
As I was exhibiting with the Scin Gallery, it was the acoustic wall coverings which were on display. They seemed to create a lot of interest and it was really nice to receive some wonderfully encouraging feedback. I managed to run out of business cards (big fail) so I think visitors seemed to appreciate what I had created.

Maud Designs Interiors UK

Q10. What are you most proud of with your designs?

A10. Essentially, I’m just proud to have been able to create my products. When I think of how I started and the stage I’ve got to in 12 months, I’m pretty happy. The Queen is obviously my most ambitious and biggest piece of work to date and I do get an extra frisson when people hear that I have no formal learning.

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Q11. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? 

 A11. I like this question as it allows me to dream even more than usual!! I’m continually evolving and the more I discover in design, the more aware I am of the many routes yet to explore. That said, to answer the question, a shared studio would be nice with a collaboration or two under my belt………….possibly be recognised as a successful designer/maker……………oh and having grown out of the habit of wiping textile glue on my clothes and ruining them!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dreamwallstyle would like to thank Melissa for taking the time to talk to us, its possibly been one of the most fun interviews on the blog to date! We wish Melissa all the success with her career and we promise to keep our readers updated on her exciting design journey.

To keep updated on Maud Designs:

Follow Maud Designs on Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/Mauddesigns 

Follow Maud Designs on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maud-designs/140238676037449

Website www.mauddesigns.co.uk 

SCIN Gallery www.scin.co.uk 

Available from www.fromthewilde.com 

also coming soon to www.contemporarylab.com



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Ruth Lloyd Designs: Tangerine Triangles

DreamwallStyle absolutely love Ruth Lloyd Designs, we are so excited about Ruth’s work that we just had to show it off and share her fabulous bright designs to the world! It certainly bought a ray of light into our weekend.

Ruth Lloyd Designs: Tribal Body painting Adornment in bold bright colours

Ruth who is currently in her third year of printed textiles and surface pattern Design BA (Hons) is one talented lady and is one to be watching out for in the near future. Ruth was one of the 20 finalists in the WHS wallpaper competition 2011. Her work got displayed in the Imago gallery, Clifford street, London.

Ruth Lloyd designs: 3rd year modern tribal visual drapings

Ruth is obsessed with the colour orange in any form, sunshine,  triangles and anything to do with ethnic patterns, tribal cultures and indigenous peoples.

Ruth Lloyd designs: 3D drapings

Ruth Lloyd Designs: Modern Tribal Visual Drapings

Ruth Lloyd designs: Modern visual draping

To find out more about Ruth Lloyd Designs please check out her Blog that is perfectly titled ‘Tangerine Triangles’ http://tangerinetriangles.blogspot.com/

Ruth Lloyd Designs Website http://cargocollective.com/ruth-lloyd

DreamwallStyle wish Ruth all the success for the future, we will ensure that all Ruth’s latest Design news is updated on to our blog.

Qwerty Walls – A different way of up-cycling!

Today’s DreamwallStyle blog post is rather Qwerty!

Artist Sarah Frost really caught my attention, with her  ‘Qwerty’ walls’ a different way of up-cycling! So lets find out more…

Qwerty Walls by Sarah Frost - Picture Credt Sarah Frost Website

Sarah Frost- Picture Credit: Scraphacker.com

Sarah’s work examines our culture through the collection of its remains, such as discarded consumer objects. Rather than making representations to create an art object, Sarah will accumulate cast-off objects that already exist.

Sarah Frost - Qwerty Walls Picture Credit Sarah Frost website

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

Sarah Frost: Picture Credit Sarah Frost Facebook

Frost’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions regionally in the USA, she had her first show in New York in 2010. She has also received numerous awards and grants, including the inaugural Riverfront Times’ Visual Arts Mastermind award in 2008 and grants from Arts in Transit and the Missouri Arts Council.

Sarah Frost - Picture Credit Sarah Frost Facebook

She won the Great Rivers Biennial 2010, a grant funded by the Gateway Foundation and solo exhibition at Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis.

Sarah Frost: Picture credit recyclart

Sarah has a permanent installation in ‘New York’ at the St James Hotel check out the website here: http://www.jameshotels.com/

To Find out more about Sarah Frost please visit her website here http://www.sarahfrost.info/

Picture Credit Thank you – Sarah Frost Website, Sarah Frost Facebook page,  Recyclart,  Scraphacker.com.

Let them eat Art – The Edible Chocolate Couch!

Today’s ‘DreamwallStyle’ post is a tasty treat for all you January dieters!

My good friend Nina Stobart (Yes think Stobart Lorries)  bought to my attention something rather incredible….. A chocolate Couch!

Back in 2009 an Argentinian artist named ‘Leandro Erlich’ created this edible chocolate couch, a replica of the iconic Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona couch.

You cant have your cake and eat it too - Picture credit oddity central/mocoloco

It was entitled ‘You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat it Too’ The Chocolate couch was created for an art exhibition named ‘Let Them Eat Art’

The chocolate Couch - Picture credit Oddity Central/Mocoloco

How incredibly clever is this ‘Chocolate Couch’ made with an edible cake as the filling, then completely smothered in a thick layer of edible delicious chocolate. Even down to all the fine detailing on the buttons and stitching is completely made of chocolate.

Chocolate couch - Picture Credit Oddity Central/Mocoloco

The original Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona couch Picture credit: KnollStudio

Leandro Erlich and his chocolate Couch: Picture credit R-Atencio Blogspot

The chocolate Couch - Picture credit to Oddity Central/Mocoloco

My perfect kind of furniture, a chocolate filled three piece sweet!

I wonder if it melted under the lights at the exhibition? or even someone tried to sit on it? ‘Let them Eat Art’ or ‘Seat it’ indeed!

Again thank you to Nina for bringing this chocolate delight to my attention.

All picture credits go to Oddity Central, Mocoloco, KnollStudio, and R-Atencio Blogspot – Thank you

Getting sexy with ‘Ever Furniture’ Launch ‘The Curve Range’

Getting Sexy: Ever furniture have just launched ‘The Curve Range’

The Curve range by Ever Furniture

‘The Curve Range’ has been born from a retro style concept using sleek curves and bright or highly gloss hand polished finishes to really make the curve range a contemporary classic.

The curve range

Each piece is made by hand right here in the UK and due to this process is completely unique in its finish, any size, colour and style can be created using the curve concept, the only limitation being imagination.

The Curve Range

The unique curve range of coffee tables, drawer units, bedside cabinets & other units are only limited in design by your own imagination.

The Curve Range

These units are purpose made to suit your interior, their individual design and curved profiles make them a retro classic design.

The Curve Range

The Curve Range

Just get in touch with ‘Ever furniture’ for more information on colours, finishes and sizes. more details here: http://www.everfurniture.com/living-room/accessories/curve-2

Carl Hansen & Son Wegner Chair: Epitome of high quality and Timeless design.

Carl Hansen & Son Passionate Craftsmanship

Carl Hansen & Son are recreating the 55-year-old Hans J. Wegner wooden chair with organic contours. Known as “CH33”, the chair pays tribute to honest design and the use of natural materials in a contemporary take on the original. CH33 is the epitome of high quality and timeless design.

Hans J. Wegner designed the 55-year-old CH33 chair manufactured by Carl Hansen & Son.

This organic chair with its curved back and seat boasts inviting contours and harmonious lines for the ultimate in seating comfort – one of the Wegner hallmarks. With more than 400 chair designs to his name, he is justifiably known as the “master of the chair”.

Carl Hansen 'CH33'

Carl Hansen & Son is one of Denmark’s oldest manufacturers of high-end furniture and the world’s largest producer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner.  With solid roots in Danish cabinetmaking traditions and an understanding of the latest in production technology, Carl Hansen & Son creates furniture that lasts for generations.  

Designer furniture from Carl Hansen & Son is sold all over the world.

See more at http://www.carlhansen.com/

Acolyte Homes and Gifts: Barbara Adams

Acolyte Home and gifts - Great of Great Britain

Barbara Adams is the brainchild behind Acolyte Home and Gifts a relatively new online store showcasing beautiful unusual gifts and interiors from a small group of talented, independent designers and artists.

DreamwallStyle got chance to interview Barbara Adams and find out more about Acolyte Homes and Gifts.

Barbara Adams Acolyte Home and Gifts

Q1.Please tell me more about the Inspiration behind Acolyte Home and Gifts?

A1. I’ve always enjoyed shopping, especially finding those more unusual presents for family and friends my dream was to work for myself. The concept of an on-line business really appealed to me, one which would give customers a varied choice of quality products; the type that I would love to have in my own home and to give as gifts. I also wanted to build a reputation for outstanding customer service – which I believe we provide, both for our designer / artisan sellers working alongside us and the end customer purchasing the products.

Elyse - Barbara's daughter

Q2. When did you officially launch Acolyte Homes and Gifts?

A2. Acolyte Home & Gifts went live in November 2010. Whilst technically I own it, my daughter Elyse is very much involved in the business – which is lovely for me to have the chance to work with her, and believe me, if  two generations can agree on the same item, then we’re pretty well set for it to be a success on Acolyte. If only one sees the appeal, she has to sell the concept to the other. So far, this approach has worked very well.

Q3.Please tell me more about the Charities page?

A3.We have a dedicated Links page for charities, some of which are possibly not so well known, where people can click through to find out more. In essence, it’s those charities which are close to our hearts. For example, The Dog’s Trust – inspired by Isaac the office dog, our 8 year old Cairn Terrier who rules our home and whom we obey without question. We have to leave all the doors open so that he can follow the sun around the house for snoozes. When he’s in the office, curled up in his favourite chair, the snore decibels reached can be quite alarming to visitors!

Q4. Please share some of your Favourite Products.

A4. Difficult! They’re all equally lovely so possibly the best thing to do would be to pick from each of the Designers and artisans so here goes:

The Acorn Clock by Andy Driscoll Design

The Acorn Clock by Andy Driscoll Design I love this clock!  It tells you straightaway by its silhouette that it`s made of oak. Simplistic in design and functional too.

Simple Butterfly Pendant by Jo Tubb of GemHeaven

This part of a Collection of jewellery designed exclusively for us by Jo Tubb of GemHeaven jewellery.  The pendant is silver, hand cut and embossed – very striking.

`Sweet Berries` Necklace by Jo Tubb of GemHeaven

Elyse’s favourite from Jo’s Collection. With rubies for the berries and hand cut vine leaves of silver, it’s a work of art.

.The Rainbow Cloud by Elin Amanda Birath

Hand crocheted, this Rainbow Cloud appealed to us both as soon as we saw it. Used as a mobile or a window decoration, it’s very fresh and quite unique.

Audrey Chaise Longue by Imani Renae Interior

In a word: luxury. The soft furnishings included with the chaise are inspired by Audrey Hepburn. IRI also have a beautiful range of feather down filled cushions which I have a sneaky eye on, all with differing designs.

Signature 24 from Scolti Chocolates

We love our work! These chocolates are out of this world and we say that as we have sampled most diligently. They’re made by hand by Fiona Sciolti; the lavender & vanilla are our favourites.

Leo Wonders by Fiona Foster

Fiona Foster joined us in December 2011. This airbrushed picture of a cat with its attention to detail is incredible; right down to the very last whisker!

Lucy & Lucia Play Hide & Seek - JaJaJa Books

I’m originally from Germany and could immediately see the appeal of bilingual books for children to give as gifts. Beautifully illustrated by Suzanne Wilson and well written by Genevieve Yusuf.

Q5. What are your plans for Acolyte Home & Gifts in 2012:

A5. Our plans for 2012 are exciting; quite simply to expand the number of designer and artisans, giving the end customer a greater choice of unique products. However, it`s far from a ‘pile them high, sell them cheap’ approach. Acolyte Home & Gifts will remain a ‘by invitation only site’ which allows us to be selective about who joins, at what point and which products are offered for sale. We’ve worked hard on developing a system which is fair to those who sell with us and which also offers excellent choice, variety and quality to the end customer. A lot of that has evolved by taking on board what our existing sellers have told us and, where possible, shaping the way we work to what they need in order to grow their businesses and profiles. They, after all, trust us with their Brands which for many, have taken years to establish. That has a high level of responsibility for us to honour.

Q6. Please tell DreamwallStyle more about your nomination in the ‘Great of Great Britian?

A6. We’ve also been nominated as a Great of Great Britain   – a modern day version of the Great Exhibition of 1851 where members of the public can vote on-line for their favourite businesses , organisations and people in the public eye.

It would be fantastic to stay in the competition for as long as possible but the nomination itself was a lovely surprise especially when you look through and see some of the ‘big’ names  and inspirational people who are taking part.

Each vote we get will allow us to take one step closer to winning some Stand space at the Exhibition itself – and what better way to showcase the amazing talented people we work alongside and who help to make Acolyte Home & Gifts what it is today and hopefully what it will become in the future – a first choice stop for quality, variety, uniqueness and where designers and artisans want to join.

VOTE for Acolyte Homes and Gifts Here:  http://www.thegreatexhibition2012.co.uk/greats/acolyte-home-gifts/?search=1

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