Winter trends by Gabbie …

Big thanks to Gabbie for her hard work in putting together this article and sharing some of Curve’s favourite winter trends ….

I have been looking at different suppliers that we deal with have noticed different trends and have been researching what companies are thinking what the current trends are going to be during the winter months. So I have gathered together a few of my favourite items that I thought were fitting for the trends throughout winter.

1. Shades of Grey

Silvered branches, wisps of wood smoke and a frosty windowpane… this year’s ‘“neutrals” come in the form of a palette of winter-morning greys, as illustrated by the Designer Guild ‘Hetton’ Collection. Farrow and Ball has a divers paint collection where you would be able to complete this look for the winter one of the colors that I think stood out for me was Manor House Gray.

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Hetton ‘Zinc’
Farrow and Ball – Manor House Gray

2. Midnight Blue

If you are looking for a richer colour scheme throughout winter look at midnight blues, Indigo and ink colours. Romo black have used these within their wallpapers and different fabrics. I especially love the Romo black Jackson Neptune wallpaper.


Romo Black – Jackson Neptune
‘Loriano’ – Crushed Plain Velvet
‘Midnight’ – Neptune

3. Cosy Knits

I have noticed that knitted accessories are getting bolder; with huge chunky cable-knits replacing demure weaves.  Loaf have variations of knitted accessories where there could be just a hint of knit with in the product or it be completely many up of different types of knitted techniques.
My favorites are Loaf’s hand-knit cable-knit “bug” pouffe in ash grey, rhino or raspberry.


Loaf – Bug Pouffe

4. Vintage Explorer

I have definitely noticed that the one accessory that seems to be cropping up quiet a bit in our and definitely other schemes at the moment is a vintage globe and maps. The interior world is starting to take the escaper inspiration for these certain products. With globes and vintages trunks making a few appearances I have also seen a hints of botany and entomology, in the form of plant drawings and butterfly motifs.
One of the products that are a prime example is the Picture Gallery ‘Voyage of Discovery’ Wallpaper. With this product I especially like the Yellow and charcoal pattern.





5. Keeping in Check

Touches of traditional tartan looks fitting within a town house and country house setting.
Touches of traditional tartan will look well in both of these settings. If you are not brave enough for Vivienne Westwood’s plum and forest green tartan wallpaper, Mulberry Home, Mulberry Wools can make a great throw or cushion covers. My personal favourite are mulberry wools in the pattern ‘Shetland Plaid’ in the colours teal and heather.

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Mulberry Home – Mulberry Wools
Shetland Plaid – Teal
6.  Whimsy

For a touch of fun within your interior especially in a childrens room to break the winter gloom: my personal favourite are the balloon that Coachhouse are selling as a wall hanging.


7. Bolder Baths

There’s a new wave of attention-grabbing freestanding tubs especially in bold colors such as bronze and vivid blues. Devon & Devon has bronze and other bold metal baths and other bathroom products.



Gabbie’s view from the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Early on Friday afternoon Laura and myself decided that we were going to visit the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester.

When we arrived we were greeted with the hustle and bustle of people showing enthusiasm towards different types of arts and crafts that were within the building.

As we were in the old Granada studios we first entered the old studio two which was the main exhibition area. This is where there were situated different types of sculptures, glasswork and film.

There was one particular glassmaker that interested me. There were a few different pieces that Bob Crooks had made which were very intriguing. Bob Crooks looks at the different ways in which you are able to exploit the many different properties of the materials he uses through the experimentation and technical understanding of his craft.


There were also many other interesting pieces, which were created by other talented artists such as Caroline Broadhead and Junko Mori, which had interesting ways in manipulating steel and other metals.

The other sections of the Craft fair were individual exhibitor stands that amazed me with the different details and intricate work that people were able to create with metal and other media. There was only really one stand that had furniture but there was many ways that the craft fair made up for this. There were a large amount of individual that did hand printing and surface pattern, which showed amazing up-coming talent. One individual particularly showcase this talent with the variety and detail within their work. Stephanie Lawton uses a range of different medias in which she has drawn elaborate detail and intricate patterns, which are qualities that she has tried to maintain throughout her practice. She also combines both hand drawn and digitally drawn elements to create a graphic and illustrative feel.


On another stand there was a product designer that seemed to specialise in different interior products. The collection that was on at the exhibition was called WIRED. Katie Askwith explained how she has a keen interest in ‘how things are made’ and wanted to expose the industrial construction techniques and drawing attention to the skills and materials normally gone unnoticed in their current product range.


As I have a personal love for different fabrics and embroidery. My favourite exhibition had to be Louise Gardiner. The way in which she combined the skills and artistry of embroidery with different fabric and texture was stunning. There were different pieces that were on the walls that had been also applied onto cushions and scarfs; one of the pieces that stood out to me was called ‘You blow me away.’


Within Louise Gardiner work she used the combination of exciting and intricate free machine embroidery with the passion of drawing. To create every individual piece there are many different techniques using rhythmic, repetitive drawing, intense and intricate stitches, paints, appliqué and inks. Louise explained that every piece of work is unique and labor-intensive, intuitive and spontaneous. These original and energetic embroideries celebrate the rich and colorful medium of thread and illustrate her lust for life.


There were many other artists that had beautiful exhibits that I would love to talk about but this blog would go on forever. There were definitely some very talented individuals that showcase their different skills that were incredible and would make you want to buy a lot of what they were showing. I definitely think going to the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair gave me an insight into the up-coming talent within different areas of craft, which I hope will be promoted so that their talent shown to other people. This experience has definitely given me few ideas and people to look out for within the future.


Curve in Milan April 2014

It’s hard to believe that it’s April again, and that means our annual jaunt to Italy. Along with 350,000 other design obsessives, team Curve arrived in Milan on Friday afternoon and immediately hit the ‘Fuorisalone’ heading down to Tortona and the Temporary Museum for New Design. Some highlights included Studio Job & NLXL, Moooi and Lasvit lighting. We had a fantastic evening out with one of our suppliers in Porta Genova enjoying the city’s amazing atmosphere.


Despite our very late Friday night we managed to get ourselves to the Salone as it opened on Saturday morning, ready for a full on day of furniture hunting. We caught up with lots of our favourite brands as we made our way around the halls, picking up inspiration for lots of on going projects – from design classics, new innovations, upcoming trends, and way out ideas. Curve are underway with a really diverse range of different style projects this year so it’s great to have so many varied suppliers to look at. Our favourite stands included Kartell’s golden creation, Missoni Home (as always), Munna, Boca do Lobo, Visionnaire, Tom Dixon, Gallotti & Radici, BD Barcelona and Kose.

Some of the key trends we spotted this year were a continuation of soft pastels such as pink and mint, but an explosion of brighter colours especially red and orange. We saw lots of metallics in brass, copper and more smoky colours. And lots of interesting ways to use plants, such as hanging plants and living walls. There were also an awful lot of cool tea pots around, many of them bringing an Eastern influence.

Ben couldn’t wait to take a look around Salone del Bagno, to gain ideas for our ongoing bathroom projects, we are underway with designing around 30 at the moment so it was good to see what our favourite brands had on show, as well as picking up a few new contacts. We loved bath taps that attach and fill the bath right from the ceiling, a light which is also a shower, gorgeous rose gold taps and showerheads, and Catherine particularly liked a massive purple shoe bath!

By the time the fair closed at 6:30 we were all ready for a well deserved Magnum and a glass of prosecco while we waited for the queue for the train to calm down a little bit, this refreshed us enough for another night out, this time in Brera where we enjoyed a few Aperol spritzers as the sun went down.


Our Sunday morning got off to the perfect start with a leisurely visit to our friends at Paola Lenti, exhibiting again in the wonderful surroundings of the Chiostri dell’Umanitaria. We enjoyed catching up with lots of exciting new indoor and outdoor products before being treated to an amazing lunch in the sunshine.


Before our flight back to Manchester there was plenty of time to take a look around more of Salone Satellite, in the city centre this time, visiting lots of the showrooms and fashion shops. We took in Edit by Design Junction which is always excellent and met some great independent designers there.

Curve place a great importance on nuturing our youthful and talented designers! This year we took Georgie and Catherine to Milan, who both found it a fabulous experience, learned lots and came home with heads full of ideas for their project work in the studio.


Decorex 2013

decorex highlightsLast week Jessie and Georgie were down in London for Decorex catching up with the latest trends and sourcing some product for ongoing Curve projects. Some of their favourite highlights included catching up with Missoni Home, Mitas and Co, Boco Do Lobo, Bert | Frank lighting and Galerie Smith. Lots of monochrome and chevron style patterns were spotted, along with some gorgeous blues and greens. Also popular was the influence of the outdoors with some lovely nature inspired design which you can see in the photos. Into the evening the girls were entertained by parties at the Rug Company and George Smith, arriving back in the studio in Manchester on Wednesday with bags of brochures and ideas and slightly sore heads!

London Design Festival 2013

September is always a really busy and exciting time for Curve, as everyone returns from holidays and looks towards the Autumn. We have started lots of new projects during the last few weeks. The team also like to get down to London to visit the design shows, catch up with suppliers and get plenty of new ideas.

Last week Laura and Ben visited Design Junction, Tent London, Super Brands and 100% design in search of furniture, lighting and some specialist items for ongoing work. Here are some of their favourite finds, thanks Laura!


Parris Wakefield Additions – ‘Banish the Beige’ explosion of vibrant colours 


Carl Hansen – design classic CH24 ‘Wishbone Chair’ which we watched being strung – craftsmanship at its best.


Willowlamp. South African lighting company – Stunning 1920’s inspired bead chandelier.


We visited our friends at Munna / Ginger & Jagger.
New ‘Time Collection’ – vintage inspired ‘rolling 20’s’ ‘Hughes sofa’ in blue grey velvet, wood veneer & polished brass.


Front rugs.


Rothschild & Bickers – Beautiful, vintage inspired handblown glass made in England. Vibrant colours with funky coloured flex.
Had a good chat with them on the day about the craftsmanship and detail in each design – moulds made from Victorian designs taken from cut crystal.

Look out for more news from London this week as Jessica and Georgie hit Decorex and some of the hottest parties in town!

Favourite Summer finds from the Curve studio

summer highlights

We thought we’d share with you some of the exciting products we’ve come across over the past few weeks, either whilst sourcing for our ongoing projects or during meetings with some our favourite suppliers.

Jessie is working on an apartment in Manchester city centre at the moment, it’s a Victorian building which we are adding an industrial twist to, she loves the products from Mint especially this ‘Velvet reading armchair.’

Laura has discovered a beautiful collection of fabrics from Oxford based Tradescant and Son which we now have lots of samples of in the studio, the ‘Winter’s Bone’ collection is inspired by taxidermy and the wonderful collections of skeletal deer in the Museum of Natural History in Dublin.

We very much enjoyed our visit from new friends Remains Lighting especially as Lucy had just got back from New York and immediately started planning a trip back to the factory in Brooklyn! We really hope to use some of the products soon.

We’re all a bit obsessed with ‘Breaking Bad’ at Curve HQ this week and although the series doesn’t really inspire an interior style we just liked these periodic table artworks from Not on the High Street it could be a mini trend this Autumn, or a good gift for fans of the show!

Boca do Lobo have revealed some tantalising images of this amazing new piece of furniture the ‘Piccadilly’ cabinet .. a classic design embelished with an explosion of pixels we absolutely love it especially as we are based in Piccadilly ourselves! We are hoping to check it out in real life during London Design Festival in a few weeks time!

We’ve had great meetings with both Casa Deco and Designers Guild in the studio where we previewed the brand new Autumn collections and we’ll have books arriving very soon.

One of our favourite new products from Poliform this year is the ‘Wall Items’ system by Rodolfo Dordoni. We love the new finishes, it’s a fantastic piece for any living room or cinema room.

Curve have a couple of projects ongoing in Spain so we’ve been looking at some lighting from Aqua Creations. These beautiful lights are designed and manufactured in Tel Aviv and each piece is worked on by skilled artisans making them real works of art.

Portuguese Munna are one of our favourite brands. This morning we have delivered a beautiful plum velvet chair to one of our Cheshire clients to complete a living room scheme, we hope to have some photos soon so watch this space!

Curve are looking forward to the Independent Interiors Show in Manchester during September where we’ll be looking out for these mosaics, we’d love this in the studio it even features one of my favourite words ‘wowser’!!!!