Moodboard Masterclass

On Friday, Ben and Lucy were invited as guests of our friends at Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield to run a Moodboard Masterclass as part of their Autumn Edit interiors event. Working in the interiors department of the showroom we had a fantastic set up of paint samples, wallpapers and fabrics from some lovely suppliers – everything we needed to help people create their own moodboard – whether it was for a particular room in their house, or just for fun. The afternoon was a big success, we met some great people and really enjoyed the experience. Thanks for having us!

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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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Spring trends 2016

Ben spent a day at London Design Week last week scouting for new products and trends for our 2016 projects. Here is a round up of some key looks for Spring, put together by Christie.

Winter is nearly over already! The days are getting longer (and slightly warmer!) and it’s time to get your home ready for the warmer, sunnier months ahead.

THINK PINK!

… and no don’t worry, we aren’t talking about the Bubblegum pink reminiscent of a 7 year old’s bedroom, we’re talking pastel!

It’s the new neutral! A perfect nude pink, teamed with grey colour tones it is set to be a huge hit this spring. It works great as a transition shade into the new season as the metallic bronze accessories from winter work so well, just keep it matte for a real contemporary feel. Whilst pink may be perceived as a feminine colour, this tone is most definitely gender neutral, especially when teamed with very industrial rigid furniture and stripped back interiors.

Rose quartz, Pantones colour of the year is just the colour to lead you into the spring! The tones of this shade go so well with greys, blacks and whites. It can also be teamed with Pantones other amazing spring shade Lilac Gray. A cool tone grey with a hint of lilac compliments Rose Quartz perfectly. You could have a darker grey wall and bring the pink into the bedding and accessories. Keeping everything else bright and neutral to let these colours pop!

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If you aren’t ready to take the full plunge then accessories may be your answer! Anthropologie have some gorgeous cushions, glasses and wall hangings in their new collections that allow anyone to subtly bring this powdery pink into a scheme without a huge commitment to the colour.

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Interiors inspired by the sea were prominent at London Design Week and very relevant for Curve this season as we are underway with design work for three projects in Mallorca. We love these colours and patterns here from Jonathan Adler.

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GOING NATURAL

Bring the outside in. Think woods, clay, concrete and plants, everywhere! Not only is it set to be a huge trend this year but it can be eco friendly too! Why wouldn’t you want to be saving the planet at the same time?

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These raw materials look striking against a bright white wall, and give a very modern yet tropical feel to an interior. Houseplants are easily attainable from garden centres to Ikea and some are very low maintenance! But if gardening isn’t your thing at all then there are huge ranges of faux plants, you can place them where you want and then never have to worry about who watered them, sounds ideal right?

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H&M have just released their new Urban Jungle collection consisting of rich deep greens and styled with industrial furnishings and tons of plants! They have everything from shower curtains and towels, to bedding and plant pots, allowing you to decide how tropical you are really feeling this spring! Whilst Julian Macdonalds Honolulu palm wallpaper in green is a bold statement print for either a feature wall, a piece of artwork or if you’re feeling brave put it everywhere, and just add some toned down accessories and keep the furniture neutral.

TONAL FADE/OMBRE

This is a trend that keeps going strong! Through painting, wallpaper and furniture. The vernay cabinet is a prime example of how this trend can be adopted into furniture. The lighter pink tone at the top fading into a deep red colour. Much like a beautiful spring sunset.

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For inspiration turn to Rothko’s famous artwork. How the different tones and colours are layered on top of each other is reminiscent of this current style there is no seamless fade the colours are in blocks and very obviously put together. This can be adopted in furniture, textiles and accessories although this trends is definitely most popular with new furniture collections coming out at the moment.

MADE’s nest of tables are a great way to get some of this tonal layering in your home. The three tables are in three different shades and work well altogether as a statement piece or as separate pieces of furniture. The black grey and white set give a much more industrial feel, this is a very adaptable trend and you can decide how bold or subtle you want to be.

Curve are looking forward to our annual visit to Milan in a few weeks time, watch out for updates and more news!

Christmas 2015 by Steph

Christmas Day 2015 is nearly here and it’s time to plan your decorations for the festive season. Here are a few tips on the latest trends that will transform your home into a Winter Wonderland.

Precious Metallics
Think warm metallics this Christmas! Burnished copper, brass and bronze shades have been one of the biggest trends throughout 2015 alongside the softer copper tones that are rich in yellow and gold tones. It is so easy to bring metallic luxury to your Christmas tree, John Lewis have launched their collection of festive baubles that are coated in glitter and sparkles. All metallic shades can be paired with the classic and luxurious colour of black. Missoni Home offer the perfect range of metallic accessories, which make the most covetable gifts!!

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Keep it contemporary and opt for mixing textured and patterned metallics that are geometric-shaped or abstract. Ornaments offered on online stores such as ‘Not On The High Street’ take a creative approach to this seasons trend.
A stunning copper geometric candle holder lantern is a great way to bring softer metallic tones in to your home. The mixture of the golden candle glow and the copper finish will add festive warmth to your metallic scheme.

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Inspired from a Finnish tradition, POD’s handmade Christmas geometric copper tree decorations give are bold and give a modern twist to your Christmas tree. Ferm Living offer beautifully crafted Christmas tree stars and baubles with stripes of gold and wooden pearl tones.

Handcrafted Christmas
Go that step further and channel your DIY skills by making your own Christmas decorations this year. Maximise the home made effect with hanging card stars and flat-trees that can stand proud on your coffee table. Be unique, original and individual with your home made designs – keep it honest and passionate and people will notice your hard work. Hobbycraft’s blog offers some expert tips and advice on how to get going with your decorations and some great ideas for giving your wrapping a wonderful hand made touch.

http://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/fabulous-gift-wrapping-ideas/

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Winter’s Wildlife
We are mixing up the seasons this festive holiday. Introduce frosted spring items – snow coated trees, white acorns, adorable forest animal ornaments and blooming flowers. Whitestores.co.uk offer 7ft Christmas trees that have been coated in snow and will create a magical wintery scene in your window display. Photographic cushions and throws are everywhere this Christmas so snuggle up with a cute penguin or go for a more traditional stag, these also make great presents.

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Discover the perfect winter animal ornaments for your forest scenes at Anthropolgie.

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There is a colourful trend of shiny whites, deep greens and teal blues inspired by ‘birds of paradise’ this season. You can bring the spring spirit to your tree decorations by iridescent sequin baubles from tch.net. And don’t forget to visit Curve favourite Rockett St George for all your finishing touches!

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That Autumn Feeling, by Laura

When we think of autumn we think deep purples, reds and browns. We think of winter on the horizon, gathering the blankets and throws, the thick socks and scarfs. Even if the weather isn’t on our side, we can still have some fun with our interiors, it is where we will be spending most of our time after all…

ABOUT THE COLOURS …

If you feel like you need to kick start your autumn designs in the right direction, you will find a friend in PANTONE’s colour of the year for 2015, Marsala. PANTONE describe it as an earthy wine red, which feels naturally robust. They say it will enrich our minds, bodies and souls… what more could we need to get over our summer blues?

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I began Curve’s 2015 Autumn Pinterest board with a little help from Marsala. I love the warm red tones that float in at this time of year. They let us know winter is on its way and give that typical autumnal feel, the warm tones of the leaves falling from trees and the sudden shift of colours in fashion. We’ve even seen Lucy donning her new autumnal tone jeans! When you focus on what the colour has to give, you can see how much potential it has and how it can look great with many different colours. Marsala and shades alike can be used as accent colours for entire rooms or paired alongside others to create either bold or subtle colour schemes. Use colours such as pale dusky pinks can work beautifully with the warmth of Marsala. To keep a contemporary edge on your autumn style you can pair these with a light grey.

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If you are feeling a more modern twist this autumn, you can remove the Marsala shades completely and go darker with the greys, introduce warmth with gold and copper tones which have been, and will continue to be one of 2015’s most popular colour to add into homes. Copper and rosy toned golds made their way into our lives last summer with everything from tea cups to jewellery and have hit the high street hard making them very accessible and a pocket friendly trend to add to your home. They can look beautiful with deep reds and when used with certain textures and patterns they ooze a Moroccan vibe. If you’re feeling the itch to move onto something new, you can dip further into the yellow side of things and mix this with your Marsala shade of choice.

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Yellow can be used as a nice pop of colour in rooms painted with darker tones. It is great within prints like this yellow and purple autumn print that will add that autumn atmosphere to your home. I particularly love yellow paired with turquoise blues and greys. This is a step away from the typical tones of autumn and something more verging on Scandinavian design – simplicity is the key! Think of a hazy crisp morning with the sun breaking through the clouds – muted tones of yellow, blue and grey always give me the feeling of welcoming in the winter and being one step closer to Christmas. Its a more minimalistic way to introduce autumn within your interior of choice and one which can see you through the year. Yellow and blue hues are simple and delicate enough to use within any desired trends but bold enough to make a statement.

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Blues also work beautiful with the warm red and purple tones and there is a definite trend when it comes to this pairing. It plays to the “robust” feel which PANTONE labeled Marsala and takes the colour into a more interesting direction. You can pair these two shades subtly or go all out with deep shades from each pallet. The warmer tones do sway more towards the typical autumnal feel whereas the subtle tones and using more blue gives you that cool crisp morning feeling which will be great with cosy knits and cushions.

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ABOUT THE BRANDS …

Mulberry’s new Bohemian Travels collection is full of beautiful fabrics and wallpapers which are excellent for autumn! They are focusing a lot of their images in their brochure around blues and neutrals. The blues are bright and mixed with various fabrics and textures, they are also using deep purples and reds alongside mixed patterns. The whole brochure gives off a very bold statement so if you’re looking for something a little different this season, you know where to go!

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French Connection have included lots of greys and natural distressed materials into their autumn/winter collection alongside muted blues and highlights of gold/copper. It is very different to what Mulberry have to offer, both brands have taken autumn into their own direction, creating equally as beautiful interiors. Keeping with another trend of 2015, they are recommending marble accessories to add sophistication! They also have a few subtle patterns running through their collection with nothing too bold or statement that it wouldn’t be out of place for when SS16 rolls around. The rustic vibe of French Connections collection will mix beautifully with the Marsala tones by using accessories, cushions and throws to create an inviting space to settle down for the winter. 

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Thank you Laura, you have made us feel better about the weather turning colder!

You can see Curve’s Autumn Pinterest board here …

https://www.pinterest.com/curveinterior/autumn-2015/

Manchester School of Art Degree Shows 2015

This afternoon Gabbie and I had the privilege of visiting Manchester School of Art and enjoying a tour of this year’s degree shows from our lovely intern Yasmin who has just completed her degree in Interior Design.

We were massively impressed by the standard of work. Students complete one major project in the final year which involves choosing a building and completely re imagining it’s use through an indepth nine month study. The creativity of the ideas along with the attention to detail and the impressive presentation skills are really amazing.

On our visit we also checked out the Graphic Design, Textiles, Illustration and 3D Design shows all which were equally fantastic.

We are very lucky to have such a world class art school on our doorstep and we wish all the students the very best of luck as many of them go on to show in London and then embark on careers in the design industry.

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