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Design for a Better Tomorrow at Milan Design Week

One of the most anticipated events in the design industry, Milan Design Week is one of our favourite design events, and this year our design team will be heading to the 2024 edition promising to be even more spectacular than ever. 

Showcasing the latest trends, innovations, and creations in the design industry, we can see how Milan Design Week continues to push boundaries and inspire awe in each edition. This year expectations of cutting-edge technologies, sustainable designs, and immersive experiences that redefine the way we perceive design will be at the forefront as our fast-changing world engages in the effects of climate change.

Design for a Better Tomorrow

The theme for Milan Design Week 2024 is “Design for a Better Tomorrow” reflecting the growing importance of sustainability and environmental consciousness in the design industry. Our award-winning design team looks forward to viewing new designs in eco-friendly furniture and recycled materials, energy-efficient architecture, and smart cities.  As a major indicator of trends in design, Milan Design Week 2024 will demonstrate how design can be a powerful tool for positive change.

Into the Portal we go!

Highlighting Milan Design Week 2024 are the exhibitions of futuristic technologies and concepts. One highly anticipated installation is the ‘Thinking Room’ by filmmaker David Lynch. Visitors will follow a pathway through a series of Lynch’s films that Lynch creatively postulates as a portal into another dimension.

Our curiosity is piqued!

Thinking Room by David Lynch

Brutalist for our Bottoms?

Over in the Porta Venezia Design District in the Palazzo del Senato the much-anticipated Formation 02 smart toilet by designer Samuel Ross for Kohler. Touted as more of a sculpture, we look forward to seeing the brutalist design intended for our bottoms!

Formation 02 Kohler Smart Toilet

A time to Think Different

Over at the Superstudio Piu, the theme Thinking Different will present adventurous and artistic designs directed by Gisella Borioli and Giulio Cappellini. We have our eyes ready to experience the glass design installation by Designblok Cosmos.

Slow Hand Design Thailand by DITP @ Superdesign Show

Designbok Cosmos

As our luxury interior design services have expanded internationally in the last couple of years to Los Angeles, N, Paris, and the French Riviera, we are focused on creating new international collaborations.

Milan Design Week offers our design team the best of interior design furniture, lighting, and fabric suppliers while providing real insight into industry trends and innovations.

A Mind and Body Approach in Color

As AI continues to evolve, this year is vital for designers to engage with all the new options that AI can provide. We are particularly fascinated to view Google’s Making Sense of Color Installation co-created by Google’s Vice President of Hardware Design, Ivy Ross, and her design team in collaboration with the arts + Chromasonic research lab.

Google

Using Chromasonic Refrequencing which translates sound frequencies to light and light frequencies to sound, light is made audible and sound visible. What is interesting about this is that the 21 spaces are activated by a single source of light and spatialized sound. The guests experience a sensation of acute awareness of the connection between their body’s subtle movements and the movement of other people within the installation creating mind and body connection through light and sound. 

Opening the doors of two mansions

A must-see stop on everyone’s design week itinerary is the iconic Villa Borsani and Villa Bagatti Valsecchi where the contemporary design platform Alcova will present its 7th edition of “projects by designers, galleries, companies, institutions and schools in dialogue with extraordinary works of architecture”.

Alcova Villa Borsani, image by Piergiorgio Sorgetti

Alcova’s underlying theme of ‘living’ will challenge the visitor to consider the future of living within the aesthetic context of a historically rich yet surreal microcosm. Sort of like going back in time to your old self to connect with your future self.

We are looking forward to that conversation!

L’art de vivre

With our new projects in Paris, we are heading to see the editor of French wallcoverings and fabrics at the Casamance & Misia pop-up showroom in the Brera design district.

Casamance

We have our eyes on Casamance’s timeless, noble materials and the variety of delicate textures such as their pride of their fluffy bouclette or 3D textures for spaces that require a bolder approach.

A dynamic duo pop-up with Misia’s haute couture textiles. These luxurious Italian fabrics will have our design team’s attention for our luxury renovation projects in Paris.

A showstopping showhouse

The quintessential epitome of Italian craftsmanship at L’Appartamento by Artemest will be fully dressed at the Showhouse in the stunning location of Milan’s 5Vie district at Residenza Vignale. Each room is curated by six interior design firms using Artemest’s renowned furniture, decor, and art sure to convey the authentic Italian craftsmanship we admire about Artemest products.

Artemest L’Appartamento

A romantic story at best, this mansion was built by a love-struck Austrian prince who wanted a Milan lifestyle.

As Artemest is one of our favorite suppliers we are excited to spend a moment in the thralls of beauty and Italian artistry: the kind of beauty that lured the prince to Milan. How fun!

The Light of A Thousand Landscapes

Inspired by a misty walk in October where Cristina Giopato and Christopher Coombes experienced being engulfed by the different planes of mist and light, the new Bruma collection in the gallery in Milan’s 5Vie district reflects the balance between density and absence.

Giopato & Coombes

Reminiscent of the mists that engulf London and Venice, the Bruma-A Thousand Landscapes installation is an evocative luminous composition of light excellence that Gipato & Coombes is noted for.

Their Flamingo Chandelier will also be present at Villa Borsani in the Alcova project.

Man the Maker

Touted as the Homo Faber (man the maker in Latin) of the design industry, Pietro Russo is an instinctual interior and product designer that explores deep conversations in art, geometry, light, science, and music out of his atelier in Milan.

Pietro Russo

The definition of Homo Faber is the human being as the maker or creator. Apropo to the definition Pietro translates his emotions with his hands into meticulously crafted unique pieces.

We love one-of-a-kind aspects of pieces that offer a story into the dialogue of the spaces we design.

Milan Design Week 2024 is set to be a milestone event in the world of design as it will give us a glimpse of where we are headed. Certainly, with its focus on sustainability, technology, inclusivity, and innovation, this edition will shape the future of design and inspire a new generation of designers. 

If you are planning to attend, we would love to see you! Contact us at info@callenderhoworth.com.

 

 

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A Day of Luxury Interior Design Sourcing in Manhattan

As Callender Howorth has taken off in the last few years in the US, we love working in Manhattan and Los Angeles, especially for sourcing.

Manhattan, the heart of New York City, is a treasure trove of luxury interior design shops and showrooms. For those seeking to elevate their living spaces with exquisite furnishings and accessories, a day of interior design sourcing in Manhattan is an experience like no other. From iconic design stores to high-end boutiques, Manhattan offers a wealth of options to fulfill your aesthetic desires. Join us on a journey through the city as we explore the world of luxury interior design sourcing.

Morning Interior Design Shops

Begin your day in the bustling neighborhood of Chelsea at The Future Perfect, a residential concept design gallery that showcases cutting-edge designs from emerging talents. Discover unique and artful furniture designs housed in the five-story St Luke’s Townhouse built in 1901. Limited editions and rare pieces fill this thought-provoking space of residence and gallery. Truly inspiring. 

Worth venturing off to Matter in lower Manhattan.

Matter

This gallery and showroom is renowned for exclusively curated national and international designs and is renowned as the place where you gain a tangible grasp of where the design market is heading.

Afternoon Interior Sourcing Visits

As the day progresses, make your way to the Flatiron District, home to a mix of design stores and interior design studios. Stop by ABC Carpet & Home on Broadway, a multi-level emporium that offers a curated selection of furniture, rugs, lighting, and home decor. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of beautifully designed showrooms and let your design visions run wild.

For a more personalized touch, seek out BDDW in SoHo, a luxury furniture boutique known for its handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces. Immerse yourself into the animated world of Taylor Hay’s artisanal craftsmanship and appreciate the attention to detail in every exquisite creation.

Among his A-list clientele of presidents, Hollywood celebs, and rock stars, you will find a playful pioneer sensibility rooted in handmade authenticity.

The Invisible Collection Townhouse in the Upper East Side is a must-stop on any interior design journey in Manhattan.

The Invisible Collection in Manhattan’s Upper East Side

This beautifully continuously curated two-story townhome is one of our favorite stops as they also encourage younger artists. The airy and heartwarming space feels inspiring and nourishing.

Afternoon Tea in Manhattan

A shopping experience in Manhattan cannot be complete without a proper afternoon tea at the iconic Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel on 5th Avenue. The light fare, crafted cocktails, and the beautiful ceiling-high trees inspired by Central Park make this luxurious afternoon tea experience a must for a perfect day of interior design shopping.

Palm Court, Plaza Hotel

But what is shopping in Manhattan without a stop at the famous blue box of Tiffany’s?

The Blue Box Cafe is another afternoon tea favorite where you are immersed in Tiffany’s signature blue box-themed cafe. Very fun and very Sex in the City!

Blue Box Cafe, Tiffany’s

Evening Luxury Interior Shops

As the sun begins to set, head to the Upper East Side, where you’ll find the flagship store Jonathan Adler. An eclectic and contemporary furniture design boutique that showcases an eclectic mix of artful modern designs. Admire the sleek lines, luxurious materials, and innovative designs that define Jonathan Adlers distinctive inspired way of living.

Jonathan Adler

If you are looking for a unique luxury antique, John Salibello in Lenox Hill is known in NYC to have the most eclectic collection of luxury antiques and mid-century lighting. This is a great place to find a showstopping conversation piece as well as a treasure trove of interior inspiration.

A day of luxury interior design sourcing in Manhattan is an aesthetic adventure of iconic design stores to high-end boutiques. Explore the diverse neighborhoods, immerse yourself in the world of luxury furnishings, and let your imagination soar as you envision your dream home taking shape. Embark on this journey and discover the perfect pieces that transform your living spaces into havens of elegance and sophistication.

Our design team at Callender Howorth is delighted to help you with your next interior design project in Manhattan.

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Best Places for an Aesthetic Ramble in Paris

There is Paris for the tourists. There is Paris for the romantics. There is Paris for the artists. 

But if you are looking for a meaningful and experiential dialogue with the enchanting capital of France,  the best way to immerse oneself in the captivating story that is Paris is to flaner in french, meaning to stroll or ramble.

Through our creative interior design lens, we curated a list of the best places to experience what we call an Aesthetic Ramble. A way of engaging the different narratives from the combined view; the tourist, the romantic, and the artist. 

Paris is an iconic place with an undeniable storied culture based on beauty whose melody of the joie de vivre (joy of living) allures our minds and palettes to see it, feel it, taste it, touch it, smell it, hear it, and savour each experience.

Intentional views for the Ramble; the tourist, the romantic, and the artist.

We chose the tourist lens because of the refreshing feeling of discovery, and the open-mindedness of curiosity accompanying the thrill of discovery, producing profound moments of appreciation through insights and inspiration. 

The romantic lens offers its rudimentary charm as the city of romance, captivating the hearts of both tourists and visitors alike. It is the red thread of love that lies at the heart of the special connection between Paris and Love, expressed through sublime gardens, winding streets, and hidden alleyways to the elegance of the Haussmannien buildings and quaint cafes…romance hangs in the ambiance. 

The artists’ lens captures the essence of Paris as a hub of art and culture. An embodiment of the soul of Paris piquing your senses to guide and transport you to seasons of influence through the aesthetic expressions by the artists, the creators, the curators, and the culinary alchemists.  

While there are endless opportunities to appreciate such an experience, we find the Aesthetic Ramble offers a memorable and compelling adventure to complement your joie de vivre. 

Cafe Marley

Cafe Marly      Image: Ale

An absolutely lovely iconic place to lunch, yet we find the tranquil mornings of Cafe Marly under the magnificent arcades with the view of the Louvre pyramids a perfect classy interlude to start the Aesthetic Ramble. 

La Samaritaine

La Samaritaine      Image: Office de Tourism Paris

Originally founded in 1870 by Enerst and Marie-Louie Cognacq-Jaÿ La Samaritaine is a temple of the Parisian art de vivire (lifestyle). La Samaritaine, located on the right bank of the Seine facing the historic Pont Neuf bridge, is the fruit of a complete transformation by LVMH after 15 years of being closed. 

To preserve the historical legacy of this 2 part building (The Pont side and the Rivoli side) Japanese architectural firm Sanaa was commissioned for the renovation while preserving its art nouveau and art deco and complimenting it with contemporary aspects.  

The morning is a nice time to appreciate the architecture and the impressive along with all of the 600 worlds ‘avant-garde” fashion, jewelry, and beauty to ramble through the love of beauty.

Musee de l’Orangerie

Musee de L’orangerie      Image: Sophie Crepy

Housing the permanent collections of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, theMusee de l’Orangerie is an immersive experience of impressionism, in Monet’s own words, an illusion of an endless whole, of a wave without horizon and without a shore”.

The Musee de l’Orangerie is a house of visual inspiration that incorporates events and performances as part of its cultural repertoire which moves our senses to the surface.

Maison de l’Amerique Latine

Maison de l”Amerique Latin        Image: Phillipe Ures Santamaria

Tucked away in the privileged gardens in Saint Germain, are two 18th-century private mansions the Hôtel de Varengeville and the Hôtel Amelot de Gournay that make up the Maison de l’Amerique Latine. This emblematic cultural gem is the official cultural and diplomatic meeting point for the Latin American community in Paris. 

The restaurant is set in the splendor of the French gardens adorned with beautiful art sculptures throughout as well as a yearlong scheduled agenda of exhibitions and cultural events.

This is a secret pocket of serenity in the middle of Paris where you can engage in the artful narrative between France and Latin America and enjoy a delightful lunch in the garden. 

Savoir-faire in form and fabrics: Dedar, India Mahdavi and Galerie Alain Ellouz

The decorative expressions through form and fabric give us the tangible context of creativity.  In designing decor, memorable objects, furniture, lighting, and art, there exists the dialogue between the artist and the work created. 

Alain Ellouz

Galerie Alain Ellouz

The beauty lies in the unexpected dialogue, an exchange so unique and formidable, magnetic because of its original and unchartered nature. This is the sensorial experience happening in the tucked-away ancient church of an Augustinian convent where you will find the poetic alabaster creations of Galerie Alain Ellouz

His creations are a visual exploration of nature and design that makes us feel alive and connected. 

Dedar Milano

Dedar Milano Showroom

True fabrics of society, textiles were ancient main economies from clothing to sails, bedroom linen, furniture covers, rugs, and wallcoverings. They were symbols of wealth as in the Renaissance with luxurious weaves of silk in elaborate tapestries and clothing that spoke status, tradition, and personal identity.

As textiles evolved into modern times into massive economies they still carry the same captivating signature of wealth and power. A visual allure found in the details. 

The Dedar Milano showroom in Paris is where you can touch and feel interwoven inspiration thread by thread.  The selection of contemporary, traditional, and innovative fabrics comes together in design and begins the art of the bespoke. And the mood of the room is revealed. 

India Mahdavi

India Mahdavi Showroom Image: domodeco

In a visual invitation we think about color and its psychological influence on our emotions and mood.  Artist India Mahdavi is a master craftsman of the art of revering the beauty of imperfection and bringing out its pure essence and function. 

Her atypical pieces infuses an eclectic pop with a dose of happiness.

Galerie du Passage

Galerie du Pasage Image: Galerie du Pasage

If you were to journey back in time through art, the quintessential experience of one of Paris’ most beautiful covered passages, Vero-Dodat galerie. The neoclassical decor dates back to 1826 and in this galerie of vintage Parisien charm you will find a treasure trove of art, object and photograph is housed in the iconic Galerie du Passage.

On two floors, the galerie is a revival of the art craft through its furniture and objects from the 20th century to modern times. In spirited connection to the artistic community the galerie holds art exhibitions with provocative themes from a variety of contemporary and traditional artists to fan the flames of inspiration.

The Deux Magots

Le Deux Magots Image: Paris Secret

On this aesthetic ramble that awakens our senses, there is one place, a mecca of creative literary influence in the legendary literary cafe The Deux Magots. An art deco cafe since1884 that claimed itself as the meeting point for writers, journalists and publishers. To this day it continues as a melting pot of hot chocolate drinkers and inspired writers whose prose aims to bring life stories to the surface.

As we continue our interior design projects in Paris, we will continue to share our curated lists of inspiring unique experiences that ignite our spark of creativity and the beauty of le joie de vivre.

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Luxury Wardrobe Design

Luxury wardrobe design is vital to any bedroom, blending functionality with style. While wardrobes serve as practical storage solutions, they need not be mundane. They can be the standout feature of a room. 

Be the sleek mirrored sliding doors, elegant vintage armoires, or spacious walk-in closets; these storage pieces are more than just spaces for clothes and linens. They elevate the room’s aesthetic, showcasing interior design prowess, especially in London, where space and style go hand in hand. (more…)

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Journey into Moroccan Exotic Elegance

Renowned for its exotic charm and vibrant aesthetics, Moroccan interiors weave a rich blend of Arab, Berber, and Mediterranean influences that create captivating spaces reflecting a unique cultural heritage. 

This exotic elegance delights our senses with an air of excitement, a journey into discovering arcane feelings rooted in the ancient mysteries of culture.

So how can we incorporate the esoteric charms of Moroccan design into interior spaces? 

Here are a few key elements that we use to create compelling spaces with an exotic influence in design:

 

Embrace Colours and Patterns 

The bold and vibrant color palette of Moroccan design is inspired by the richness of the Moroccan landscape. Earthy tones such as terracotta, deep blues, fiery oranges, and vibrant greens dominate the color scheme.

They are often combined with intricate geometric patterns, such as the famous Moroccan tiles known as zellij. Incorporating these colors and patterns into interior design creates a visually stimulating and energetic atmosphere, adding depth and character to the space.

 

Moroccan Architectural Features

Moroccan architecture heavily influences interior design. In a traditional riad, a courtyard is a central feature of Moroccan design. Riads often have intricately carved wooden screens, known as moucharabieh, which provide privacy while allowing airflow and dappled light. 

Arched doorways, high ceilings, and decorative plasterwork are also prominent features. Incorporating elements of Moroccan architecture, such as arched windows or ornately carved wooden details, brings an authentic touch to the interior, evoking a sense of timeless elegance.

 

Textiles and Fabrics that tell a story

Moroccan interior design is renowned for its sumptuous textiles and fabrics. Their richly embellished tapestries, colorful rugs, and plush cushions are essential elements that add warmth and comfort to the space and evoke the feelings of their storied heritage. 

Berber rugs @bleudefes in Tangier.

Traditional Moroccan fabrics, such as the handwoven kilims or luxurious silk brocades known as sabra, infuse a sense of luxury and craftsmanship into the design. These textiles and fabrics create a cozy and inviting atmosphere that embraces Moroccan sensibilities. 

 

Intricate Details

Moroccan interior design is all about the intricate details and ornate decorative accents. Metalwork, such as intricately designed lanterns or filigree light fixtures, adds a touch of elegance and creates mesmerizing patterns of light and shadow. 

Hand-painted ceramic tiles, known as zellij, are often used to adorn walls, floors, and tabletops, adding a splash of vibrant color. Traditional Moroccan pottery, brass trays, and carved wooden furniture are also popular decorative elements. These decorative accents add a sense of authenticity and create a visually captivating and culturally rich space.

The ethnic influence of Moroccan interior design is a celebration of vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and exquisite craftsmanship.  , One can create an enchanting space that transports you to the exotic world of Morocco by selectively using bold colours, geometric patterns, elements of Moroccan architecture, sumptuous textiles, and authentic accents.

Embracing Moroccan influences not only adds visual interest but also invites a sense of warmth, elegance, and cultural appreciation into your home. 

Callender Howorth works closely with our Moroccan suppliers and we are delighted to be able to bring exotic elegance into the design of your home. For a consultation please contact us at info@callenderhoworth.com

 

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Illuminating 2023: Perfecting Your Interior Lighting Design with Callender Howorth

In an era where the home is more than just a space; it’s an expression of lifestyle and personality, getting the interior lighting right has never been more crucial. In 2023, the world of interior lighting has evolved, presenting fresh trends and timeless principles. Callender Howorth, one of the UK’s premier international luxury interior design practices, renowned for their stunning portfolio and memorable residential interiors, shares their expertise in illuminating your home with perfection.

 

Understanding the Layers of Light

To embark on the journey of perfecting your interior lighting, think in terms of layers, from ceiling to floor. The first step is to grasp the unique purpose of each room in your home. Whether it’s a relaxation haven or a vibrant reception area, understanding how the space will be used is fundamental to selecting the right lighting strategy. Gone are the days of relying solely on ceiling downlights to flood the room with light. Instead, they should be thoughtfully employed to highlight key features such as artwork or exquisite joinery, adding depth and character to the space.

lighting design london

Creating a Harmonious Lighting Ensemble

In your pursuit of perfecting your interior lighting, envision a symphony of light that harmonises every element of your space. Start by strategically placing downlights along the room’s perimeters, casting an artful illumination on cherished artwork and luxurious curtain fabrics, infusing the environment with a gentle, inviting warmth. Elevate the ambiance to a new level with a captivating pendant light—a statement piece that adds a personalised signature to the room’s character. To orchestrate a soft and inviting atmosphere, tailor a 5A circuit that bathes the lower portion of the room in a serene glow, dispelling the often cavernous feeling that plagues period properties in London.

However, don’t underestimate the enchantment of uplights, your secret weapon to create mesmerising focal points. Use them thoughtfully to accentuate doorways, emphasise the grandeur of fireplaces, or draw attention to the unique architectural features that define your space. And if your ceiling offers the canvas, consider the timeless sophistication of a coffered ceiling adorned with spotlights—a touch of opulence that not only conceals curtain tracks but also imparts an air of grandeur, making the room feel loftier and more sumptuous than ever before.

Mastering Lighting Control

In the modern era, lighting control systems have become widely accessible. Even when implemented in a single room, they revolutionise the way you interact with your space, allowing you to create scenes rather than manually adjusting individual circuits. Scene control is the key to effortlessly switching between different lighting moods throughout the day, all at the touch of a button. Once you’ve experienced the convenience of lighting control, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

interior lighting design

Final Words

In the quest to perfect your interior lighting design, remember that lighting is not merely functional but an art form in itself. It has the power to transform a room, evoke emotions, and elevate your living experience. As you embark on this illuminating journey, consult with experts like Callender Howorth to tailor your lighting solutions to your unique space and lifestyle. With over 25 years of experience and a passion for design, Callender Howorth is poised to help you achieve exceptional design and renovation, whether it’s restoring listed London town homes or crafting state-of-the-art penthouses in Manhattan. Don’t let your lighting be an afterthought; let it be the masterpiece that defines your home. Illuminate 2023 with the expertise of Callender Howorth, where interior lighting meets artistic expression.

For personalised lighting solutions and to bring your interior lighting vision to life, contact Callender Howorth today. Your journey to the perfect illumination begins here.

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5 Essential Decisions for Planning a Modern Kitchen Island

The heart of the home, the epicentre of gatherings, and a culinary haven, the kitchen holds a special place in our lives. In today’s luxury kitchens, islands have become more than just a functional addition; they are a design statement. In 2023, kitchen islands remained at the forefront of interior design trends, offering style and functionality. However, before you embark on your kitchen island journey, it’s crucial to make informed decisions. Here are five key considerations to ensure your kitchen island becomes a harmonious and practical addition to your space.

 

1. Assess the Space: Is There Room for an Island?

The first step is to evaluate your kitchen’s layout and size. Is there sufficient space for an island, and if so, how large should it be? While the allure of extra cooking and prep space is enticing, it’s essential to strike a balance. An oversized island can overpower the room, making it feel cramped. Consider the room’s shape to optimise space both around and within the island.

 

2. Determine the Island’s Purpose: Cooking or Socialising?

Modern kitchens often serve as social hubs where families and guests gather. Decide if your island will primarily serve as a cooking station or if it should be integrated into the socialising space. If you envision it as a social feature, consider incorporating seating into the island’s design. This decision significantly impacts the island’s layout and functionality.

3. Select the Perfect Worktop Material: Form and Function

Your choice of worktop material should align with the island’s multifunctional role. Since it will be used for food preparation, durability and resistance to staining are essential. Materials like stainless steel or granite offer practicality and aesthetics. Consider the balance between aesthetics and functionality when making this decision.

5 Decisions to Make When Planning a Kitchen Island

4. Integrate Appliances: Efficiency and Aesthetics

Modern kitchen islands can house various appliances, enhancing both efficiency and aesthetics. Decide which appliances, such as ovens or sinks, you want to incorporate. Ensure they integrate seamlessly into the island’s design. Hidden appliances can streamline the island’s appearance, contributing to a sleek and cohesive look.

5 Decisions to Make When Planning a Kitchen Island 5

5. Explore Overhead Extractors: A Culinary Companion

To elevate your island’s functionality, consider installing an overhead extractor. This addition allows for the inclusion of hobs or other culinary appliances. However, keep in mind that it can alter the kitchen’s ambiance. Collaborate with an interior designer to find the right balance between practicality and aesthetics.

5 Decisions to Make When Planning a Kitchen Island 2

These five considerations provide a solid foundation for planning your kitchen island. However, the world of kitchen design offers endless possibilities, and expert guidance can be invaluable. For a seamless kitchen island transformation that aligns with the latest 2023 trends, consult the UK’s leading luxury interior designers, Callender Howorth. With over 25 years of experience and a passion for design excellence, we’ll help you create a kitchen that seamlessly blends style, functionality, and innovation.

Contact us today to embark on your kitchen transformation journey and explore the endless possibilities of modern kitchen islands.

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Exploring the Latest Kitchen Gadgets and Design Trends for 2023

“It’s not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences.”
– Audre Lorde

At Callender Howorth, our approach to interior design has always been synonymous with innovation. We believe that design should continually evolve, integrating the latest technology and trends to enhance every project. Whether it’s incorporating cutting-edge tech in projects like the Regents Park House or redefining traditional spaces as seen in the Commercial HQ project, our commitment to excellence is unwavering. Collaborating with our trusted partners, Extreme Design, a premium bespoke service provider based in Barnes, Gerrards Cross, and Sunningdale, we share a common philosophy: no two designs should be the same.

In today’s world, personalisation is a prevailing trend, with brands offering tailored products to customers. Extreme Design takes this concept further by delving into their clients’ cherished memories and experiences, infusing them into the very essence of their living spaces. From colours and materials to furniture forms, their design celebrates individuality in all its facets.

As a creative means of personalising projects, the latest advancements in kitchen gadgets can seamlessly integrate into furniture, surfaces, and living spaces. Here, Extreme Design provides insights into three of the most cutting-edge kitchen gadgets that are poised to revolutionise both design and lifestyle in 2023: (more…)

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Maximising Small Spaces in 2023: Space-Saving Trends and Tips

Living in a small space can be both cosy and efficient, but it requires thoughtful design and creativity to make the most of every square foot. In 2023, we’ve witnessed a surge in innovative space-saving trends that have revolutionised small space living. Here are the latest strategies to transform your compact living area into a functional and stylish oasis.

black and white bedroom design

Light and Airy Aesthetics

To create an illusion of space, opt for light, neutral colours for your walls, furniture, and floors. These shades reflect natural light and give the room an open, airy feel. In particular, pastel tones and soft hues are in vogue this year, imparting a sense of tranquillity and sophistication.

multifunctional furniture

Mirrors for Expansiveness

Mirrors remain a timeless trick for making small spaces appear larger. Strategically place mirrors to bounce light around the room, creating an expansive atmosphere. Oversized mirrors and mirrored furniture are contemporary choices that enhance both style and functionality.

 

Declutter and Minimalism

Embrace the liberating concept of minimalism by decluttering your living space. Consider the items that genuinely bring you joy and let go of the rest. Minimalist design trends prioritise clean lines, uncluttered surfaces, and open spaces, all of which are perfect for small homes.

sofa under staircase

Custom-Made Storage Solutions

Investing in custom-made storage solutions is a smart move for optimising small spaces. Tailored storage units can efficiently utilize every nook and cranny while maintaining a clean and organised appearance.

 

Multi-Functional Furniture

Modern living calls for multi-functional furniture pieces. Discover innovative designs that can serve multiple purposes, such as coffee tables that transform into dining tables or sofa beds for accommodating guests without sacrificing space.

 

Space-Specific Furniture:

Instead of trying to fit standard furniture into your small space, consider investing in furniture that is designed to fit your specific room dimensions. Custom-made furniture not only maximises functionality but also enhances the aesthetic appeal of your space.

all white bedroom design

Utilise Unused Spaces

Make use of overlooked areas, such as the space under the stairs. Transform these areas into practical storage solutions like shelves or pull-out drawers to optimise your storage capacity.

 

Vertical Storage

Vertical space is often underutilised. Install tall shelves that make the most of high walls, creating additional storage without encroaching on floor space. Keep a foldable step-ladder or sturdy stool nearby for easy access to high shelves.

 

Colour Coordination

Create a sense of cohesion and spaciousness by matching the colour of your furniture to the walls or floors. Light-coloured furniture, in particular, can help maximise the flow of light throughout the room, contributing to the illusion of space.

 

Embrace Natural Light

Large windows are a timeless way to open up small spaces. In 2023, the trend leans toward floor-to-ceiling windows that flood your living area with natural light, making it feel more expansive and inviting.

 

Indoor-Outdoor Harmony

Integrate the indoor space with the outdoor environment by mirroring outdoor elements indoors. For instance, use indoor plants or colour schemes that reflect the natural surroundings, creating a seamless connection with the outside world.

Small-space living in 2023 is all about optimising functionality, embracing minimalism, and incorporating the latest design trends. By adopting these strategies and trends, you can transform your compact living area into a harmonious and stylish sanctuary.

If you’re looking to maximise your small space with the assistance of a professional UK interior design agency, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to provide unique solutions tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that you make the most of your space in the modern era.

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5 Contemporary Basement Conversion Ideas for 2023

Basements, often overlooked and underutilised, have untapped potential waiting to be unleashed. These subterranean spaces have evolved beyond mere storage zones and can be transformed into versatile havens, tailored to your unique needs and preferences. In collaboration with Crownwell Basements, a leading design and build contractor specialising in high-end basement conversions, we present five cutting-edge basement conversion ideas that redefine these underground realms. With the right vision and creativity, your basement can become a hub of innovation and functionality.

Crownwell Basements Callender Howorth1. Utility & Storage Redefined

Begin with practicality. Relocate your washing machine and laundry area to the basement, liberating space on your main floor while ensuring a quieter living environment. The surplus storage space can safely house luggage, seasonal gear, and even a safe or gun cabinet. Embrace the cool, consistent temperatures of the basement by creating a wine cellar or a sleek bar to escape the summer heat—a space that effortlessly combines function with style.

2. Family/Media/Games Haven

Maximise your basement’s potential as an entertainment hub for family and friends. Outfit it with a widescreen TV or a home cinema setup, gaming consoles, and a music system. For larger spaces, consider adding ping pong or pool tables. Repurpose vintage items for storage, install shelves for books and board games, and adorn the walls with art for a touch of colour. Create a playful and inviting atmosphere with comfy beanbags or classic armchairs, ensuring that your basement becomes the preferred gathering spot.
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3. Wellness Oasis/Spa/Gym

Incorporate a wellness area into your basement sanctuary, featuring steam rooms, saunas, or even fully equipped gyms and swimming pools with underwater running machines. The naturally cool basement environment lends itself to creating the ultimate space for relaxation and rejuvenation. Ensure sound-proofing to optimise the gym experience, taking advantage of the basement’s concrete floors that absorb vibrations from exercise equipment.

crownwell basements callender howorth4. Study/Home Office/Library

Elevate your productivity by transforming the basement into a serene study, a home office, or a library. This versatile space provides an ideal setting for focused work, quiet reading, and organised storage for books and art collections. Escape distractions from the bustling household and create a defined workspace with ergonomic furniture, uplifting decor, and high-quality lighting, ensuring an environment conducive to concentration.

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5. Guest Bedroom/Playroom

Convert your basement into a welcoming guest bedroom or a vibrant playroom. Modern decor, effective insulation, and ambient lighting can dispel the notion of a dark and unwelcoming space. Even small basements can be designed to feel spacious and inviting. A basement guest room is a valuable addition for accommodating family and friends, while a dedicated play area for kids offers a safe and entertaining space to explore and mingle. Features like chalkboard walls and rugs add fun and educational elements, keeping the rest of the house clean and organised.

Ready to unlock the full potential of your basement? Contact us to discuss your basement design dreams and embark on a journey of transformation. With over 25 years of experience, the Callender Howorth team is ready to deliver exceptional design tailored to your needs.