Curve at Decorex 2018

This week is London Design Festival, and yesterday our design duo Laura and Maria spent the day at Syon Park for Decorex International, a coming together of the world’s most distinguished names in Interior Design.

Decorex is a great opportunity to catch up with some of our favourite suppliers and see new collections as they are launched. It’s also good to make new connections and discover exciting new brands which we can then bring back to the studio. We can then begin to specify them straight into projects, ensuring that Curve’s customers are always up to date with what’s on offer and what’s new!

For Autumn / Winter 2018 there are several trends which we love. Pink is still a key colour, in many different variations from blush to much darker shades of rose. There were lots of greens too, sage and alpine greens through to emeralds which look great with the metal of the moment, gold!

Bold, large scale florals feature on wallpapers and fabrics, and other ways of bringing the outside in, lots of greenery, plants and botanical prints.

There was lots of very nice lighting to discover, from some favourites such as the new launch of the ‘Fabio’ from Curiousa & Curiousa, Rothschild & Bickers and Heathfield.

Curve, being design geeks, are a little bit obsessed with the detail – so quite a lot of time was spent looking at handles and accessories, all finished off nicely with a glass of cold prosecco! A great day of design inspiration!

We have a couple more design events to visit over the Autumn so watch this space for updates ..

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Whitworth Art Gallery Autumn 2018

Last weekend we had a fantastic visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.

Two thought provoking and very different exhibitions which are both running until the Spring time and well worth a visit.

As interior designers we spend a lot of time looking at wallpaper! Bodies of Colour explores how imperial attitudes to people are reflected in the designs of the papers on display, which are largely from Western Europe. The words and images chosen to describe our cultural identities are often contentious. Here are examples ranging back from when wallpaper first began to be popular in the 18th century – which give us a starting point to think about some difficult questions surrounding racism.

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Thread Bearing Witness features three amazing large scale tapestry works by textile artist Alice Kettle. The project has been undertaken in collaboration with a group of refugees who tell their story through this powerful medium. The exhibition has given these refugees a voice by using their creativity and allows us to consider the global refugee crisis whilst enjoying the beautiful exhibits.

There is also an opportunity to attend Sunday workshops throughout the year to make a sewn leaf to contribute to the exhibition, which we definitely hope to return to!

Images from the Whitworth .. more info here ..

http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whats-on/

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The London Mastaba

This Summer, visitors to the Serpentine Lake in London’s Hyde Park were treated to the magnificent sight of Christo’s London Mastaba, a project which had been the dream of the artist couple Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude for more than half a century.

The floating sculpture, inspired by the trapezoid shapes of the Mastaba, a type of flat roofed Egyptian tomb, is made from no less than 7506 painted barrels which are secured together and anchored into the lake.

As long time admirers of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work we were very excited to get the opportunity to visit the first large scale sculpture by the artist to be built in the UK.

This fascinating documentary follows the planning and making of the Mastaba as well as a history of the life and career of these amazing artists, well worth a watch!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bjj23v/christo-and-jeanneclaude-monumental-art

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