Summer Living by Lucy

Summer is coming .. and everyone is hoping for the same long spells of glorious weather which we enjoyed in the UK last year. It’s time to make our homes and gardens ready for sunny days, long evenings outdoors, eating al fresco and chilling in the garden.
At Curve we are all about natural fabrics and relaxed vibes this summer .. we love combining soft neutrals with sea greens and blues or warmer yellow and orange palettes. Patterns inspired by nature look great outside as well as contrasting geometric designs.
Whatever the size of your outdoor space you can create a summer oasis with simple furniture and soft furnishings. We are often asked by clients to furnish outdoor living areas with seating and dining solutions, custom made cushions and sun shades with some gorgeous water and fade proof fabrics to choose from.
2019 saw the launch of the new outdoor collection ‘Poppies’ from Missoni Home .. a fabulous brand which can instantly add interest to a space with striking patterns including these newer florals as well as the classic chevron designs, all are available from Curve.
Indoor / outdoor rugs are a great idea for the summer, either to define a dining space or to lounge around on. One of our favourite suppliers Asiatic has launched a fantastic new catalogue and some amazing new outdoor rugs, mix these up with a few bean bags on the lawn for an informal feel.
As the sun goes down solar powered lights create atmosphere and string lights can be hung around fences, over tables or from trees while solar lanterns are great for later evening entertaining.
A fire in the garden can add real warmth on a summer evening and allow you to sit out outside after dark and create a cosy feeling, a chiminea or fire pit is the perfect focal point, have some snug but inexpensive blankets to hand and don’t forget the marshmallows!

SALONE DEL MOBILE 2019

Last weekend Maria visited one of favourite events of the design year – the Salone del Mobile in Milan .. here, she reports back on her favourite items from the exhibition along with some up and coming interiors trends which the team will be sure to be looking at during the coming months .. Grazie Maria!

“There it was again one of our favourite times of the year: Milan design week and Salone del Mobile! Every year we are looking forward to see what international design companies have prepared for this event and to find out new collections and trends.

At the beginning of the year we put together a list of colours that we thought would be ‘in’ for 2019, Salone del Mobile seems to confirm those colour trends. Load of earthy, deep tones, dark greens, ochres, prunes, muted oranges and dusty tones seem to be in most collections:

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Naturals and whites keep going strong this year and shapes seem to have lost their sharp edges in most collections leaving space to more round and soft outlines.

milan19_2Leaves and plants brought inside as complement for lights, printed on wallpapers/fabrics or simply used as decoration were largely used this year:

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This year, as every other alternate year, Euroluce was on, it was so inspiring to see all those different lights!

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Some retro vibes this year at Salone with some revisited pieces of furniture and lights:

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Visiting these exhibition is always very inspiring and we are really looking forward for the next one, in the meantime…we can’t wait to make ours all these new products/ideas and use them in our projects in 2019″

Curve review of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close we’ve put together a short review of a fab year!

It’s been a busy and exciting year both in and out of the studio, we’ve worked with some fantastic clients and completed some amazing projects in some of the North’s most beautiful homes.

Blog - Milan, Pairs, BelgiumLaura and Ben started off the year with a trip over to Maison Objet. After a good look around the trade show, they headed off around Paris to check out some shopping and new suppliers including new favourite Atelier Alain Ellouz – you can see one of the lighting purchases installed in a project later in the year in the image below.

Visiting design events and shows is always a great way to extend our knowledge and get inspiration. We’ve been lucky enough this year to be invited to Belgium to Interieur 2018, a show we hadn’t been to before but loved. Lucy and Ben travelled as guests of an amazing brand Orac, who made us so welcome. We had the opportunity to tour their factory in Ostend which was fascinating. We love Orac’s products and look forward to working with them again during next year.

The team have also been to Decorex in London and Design Central in Cheshire, both great events which allow us to catch up with suppliers. In April Maria and Laura went to Salone del Mobile in Milan, the annual design pilgrimage never disappoints!

We make lots of time throughout the year to meet up with our furniture and fabrics suppliers to find out about new collections and get inspired. This means we always have the latest ideas and products to offer to our clients so it’s a very important part of what we do.

Blog 8 - Supplier samplesNew collections, new supplier Eijffinger, Villa Nova and Zimmer + Rohde.

The highlight of Team Curve’s year was without doubt our trip to Italy to Maria and Valerio’s wedding! It was a magical occasion and we were very privileged to share the happiest day with them in the Tuscany countryside. We had a great time travelling around Pisa, Florence and Rome and we feel very lucky to work with such a great team of people who are also such good friends.

Blog 3 - Italy weddingBelow are some images of projects in progress during this year, we look forward to bringing you more photos of completed works.

Blog 6 - ProjectsSpectacular homes, show stopping chandelier hung in a Cheshire new build, winning Missoni / Notre Monde combo catching the sun in Mallorca and the best pouffe ever in a beautiful bespoke dressing room.

Blog 9 - Projects2 show homes in Poynton delivered for Quorum developments, a Scandi style Batchelor pad in Warrington and master bedroom, Bramhall family home.

Blog 7 - ProjectsNatuzzi armchair and smartly dressed windows frame the view, Atelier Alain Ellouz in a fabulous Cheshire renovation, custom design and made ottoman, Christian Lacroix fabric.

Blog 5 - Ted Todd brekky, Arighi boards, WreathsTed Todd working breakfast, mood board workshop with our friends at Arighi Bianchi and making wreathes over at Langley Interiors in Bolton.

Blog 2 - Design MCR, Decorex, Design CentralIn September the team took a day out of studio to attend the Design Manchester conference at the Bridgewater Hall which was a brilliant day! We heard so many inspirational speakers and all enjoyed it, taking a lot of thought away from the day.

It’s been a great year and we are already looking forward to what 2019 has in store with some really exciting potential projects in the pipeline …

So watch this space, but for now, we are wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and all the best for an amazing 2019, enjoy the holidays!!!

Blog 4 - Italy, Kamani party, Kamani lunchTeam Curve socialising at Maria’s wedding, and the Kamani’s Christmas parties.

 

Curve trip to Belgium : October 2018

At the beginning of this week Lucy and Ben were lucky enough to be invited by Orac Decor on a two day trip to Belgium, to visit the design show Biennale INTERIEUR in Kortrijk and visit Orac HQ.

After an extremely early start we arrived at the Expo in the morning in time for a strong coffee and a good look around. It was our first visit to the event and the show was really impressive, not too big but with plenty of quality design to inspire us! The halls were beautifully curated and lit and we really enjoyed walking round the stands. There were some of our favourites there such as Utopia and Utility, Flos, De Sede, Fritz Hansen. Also lots of new ideas for bathrooms, lighting, furniture and accessories.

We spent some time at the impressive Orac stand which was themed as a spacecraft, with a story theme of designers looking to the future. The show launched the new MODERN collection so we caught up on all the new products. The company is very forward thinking and we love how they push boundaries away from traditional covings to modern designs and innovative technology. With a little imagination the sky is the limit .. they also served very nice Belgian beer!

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We took the train into Bruges with Rachel from Orac who had kindly invited us on the trip, and newly made friends Paula and Jen from Fusion over in Leeds. In the evening Orac hosted dinner overlooking the main square, it was beautiful and great to meet everyone who all made us very welcome. It was good to have the opportunity to wander around Bruges as it is a really gorgeous city.

After the party we were up early again! And off to Ostend to visit the factory! To be honest I surprised myself as to how interested I was in the process of making coving!! It was a fascinating morning. It was cool to find out more about Orac’s product, ethos and branding. In the House of Personality there were plenty of photo opportunities!

After the tour we were treated to a buffet lunch, books, Belgian chocolates – amazing hospitality by Orac, lovely people and a great trip.

Curve will certainly be specifying lots of these products going forward so look out for it in our projects! Thank you Orac 🙂

https://www.oracdecor.com

https://www.facebook.com/OracDecor/

DM18 Conference : D(isrupt)M

On Friday our design team attended the Design Manchester 2018 Conference: D(isrupt)M at the Bridgewater Hall.

The Design Manchester Festival has grown in recent years and is now a firm highlight of the City’s cultural calendar. The Conference is the main event in a festival programme offering a wide range of exhibitions, events and discussion throughout October. This year’s theme of DISRUPT caught the mood of a city which is constantly changing, as well as the current turbulent political climate .. The opening speech by Sir Richard Leese, making the announcement of a new Design Manifesto got the day off to an exciting start.

During the morning we heard extremely varied and inspirational speakers, kicking off with the designer and type-setter Anthony Burrill, which had us all googling where to buy his legendary ‘Work hard and be nice to people’ poster which is an ethos we all agree with at Curve, as well as loving a bit of letter press 🙂

Next up was an amazing talk by Kate Dawkins whose amazing ‘can do’ attitude had led to the completion of some jaw dropping projects including the LED lighting at the London Olympics ceremonies, and the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in Ypres .. watch this video, it is amazing!

https://www.partizan.com/video/bbc-100th-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-passchendaele

What I loved about the day was the variety of the speakers, and Kaye Dunnings the creative director of Shangri-La at Glastonbury gave a fascinating insight into both the inspiration, the practicalities and the politics behind this awesome annual spectacle.

Before we broke for lunch we heard from Ben Wright at DesignStudio, whose words particularly resonated with me, as my background is in graphic design, and much of what he said applies to the way we work at Curve, the whole team involvement with the client and keeping design at the heart of the project. Also, lots to think about regarding marketing our business and creating stories and human connections!

Phew, it was about time for wine and pizza!!!

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After lunch design hero Michael Wolff took to the stage with super hero Madeleina Kay who along with a sense of humour also gave an important political message and reinforced that however small we think we are, our opinions count and we should not be afraid to speak up for what we believe in.

During the afternoon we heard from Liza Enebeis, a partner at the extremely cool Studio Dunbar in the Netherlands. Her talk was warm and humorous and her work inspiring, the presentation showcased works from projects for Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Netherlands police and demonstrated how the company have produced some very iconic and important design.

If anyone was dozing off towards the end of the day the final two speakers certainly woke us up – Morag Myerscough and her amazing public works of art, many community focused with huge bursts of colour and fantastic geometric design, we loved her!

Last up, another thought provoking ad man Matt Ipcar, gave his experience of working on the Obama campaigns in America, we considered what kind of clients we are happy to work with and how at the heart of a creative business we should feel happy and comfortable with our client base, and the message we are putting out there.

To sum up the day, we all came away feeling inspired. The Bridgewater Hall was a great venue for the event and Patrick Burgoyne from Creative Review was funny and engaging host, the satellite events around the building added to a great atmosphere and coming together of creative, interesting people.

Looking forward to next year 🙂

https://designmcr.com

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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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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