Blog posts: Design
Posted on May 08, 2013
Lab technicians are generally perceived as slick-haired nerds with pocket protectors, but every now and then those lovable eggheads throw us a real gem. Belbien is a breakthrough product that has slowly climbed to world fame since it was developed around the time of the Bay City Rollers. Belbien is an extraordinary architectural cladding, a superior vinyl laminate that can be used on internal or external surfaces. It is a perfect protective coating for literally hundreds of surfaces including internal doors, store fixtures, healthcare workstations, steel, glassboard and any building exterior that requires resistance to UV sunlight, rain, snow, ice, smog and other perils of nature.
Posted on September 22, 2012
Back in the 1990’s, we were shaking our junk to the beat of Beastie Boys, Destiny’s Child and for a short while Hanson (MMM Bop). Then suddenly, we took down our posters of Eminem and Ricky Martin to cover our walls in paint. Monochrome walls were everywhere, huge blocks of neutral colour began paving the way for wall-mounted plasmas and Bose speakers. It seemed that the paintbrush would rule forever, then creative interior design started to claw its way back. Today wallpaper has made a remarkable resurgence, bringing bold new designs and innovative products into the marketplace. But for times when you just have to paint, you can turn to a great product called Patent Décor. It’s a fully paintable range of hearty textures and captivating patterns that can take you way beyond the two dimensional world of flat colour.
Posted on July 10, 2012
Christina Coop loves wallpaper. In fact, she gave her Victorian Era apartment a modern makeover through innovative use of wallpaper. She even saves wallpaper scraps and remnants and uses them on all kinds of surfaces in her apartment. To keep her pad interesting and cohesive, she uses different wallpapers in each room but keeps the design and colour scheme fairly consistent. She did such a good job, she was featured in Better Homes & Gardens.
Posted on May 21, 2012
If your commercial premises is having a big lazy snooze, if your hospitality outlet has lost its buzz, if your customers are dozing instead of buzzing, then you need to rethink your decor. Newmor Studio Fabric Backed Vinyl can wake your sleeping walls with engaging designs and colours. Art Deco elements hark back to a classic era of sleek design, whilst modern printing techniques introduce extraordinary lustres and other visual effects to the collection.
Posted on February 15, 2012
Imagine the scene. A fresh cartload of marigolds arrives at the mud hut. The hippies stop weaving their clothes for moment and stick a flower behind their hair. The stovetop bubbles away as the scent of mung beans and lentils drifts across the compound and people join hands to sing about the whale. Moonbeam and Rainbow dance across the untouched earth and more people arrive to surrender their possessions and hug the Sharing Tree. Sound like your town? Probably not, but you don’t have to go all barefoot and altruistic to save the planet. Why not start with your walls?
Posted on January 10, 2012
You rise from your chaise longue, whack on some Givenchy and clamber into your purring Peugot, scooting down the road to the Matisse exhibition before picking up a Brie de Meaux that can be washed down with a cheeky Krug NV Grande Cuvee. Stop right there – you may be a Francophile! If you embrace all things French – or just admire their natural affinity for style – it’s time to introduce your walls to the stunning collection known as ‘Un Jour A Versailles’ (A Day In Versailles). Meticulously designed by Brigitte von Boch, the collection is a truly beautiful selection of wallcoverings reminiscent of 18th Century Versailles.
Posted on December 12, 2011
Wallpaper – the maligned millstone that refused to move with the times – that dodgy peeling relic cast to the wind a few decades ago – has made an astonishing comeback in modern times. How could this crusty souvenir of the sixties and seventies claw its way back from obscurity? How did this granny flat icon come back from the dead? And what is the world saying about wallpaper today?
Posted on November 05, 2011
When it comes to dessert, would you rather a flat bowl of custard - or a spectacular fusion of chocolate, honeycomb, grenache and brittle toffee stacked high on a raspberry coulis? Fat content aside, desserts are meant to be celebrated – and so is your feature wall. That’s why it’s called a FEATURE wall. So why splatter it with custard? Why smother it in a bland coat of uniform paint? These days, you don’t have to settle for a ‘bald wall’ because there’s been a revolution in wall murals. Give your feature wall the attention it deserves by tapping into our range of captivating and innovative wall murals.
Posted on November 05, 2011
The FLOOR – it’s the forgotten showpiece in almost every commercial space. Take a close look at your floor, is it a drab slab just aching for some artistic treatment to bring it back to life? Whilst decorators devote a lot of time and energy to walls and lighting, the floor has traditionally been left to its own devices. Now all that has changed, thanks to an amazing product that brings unbridled creativity and impressive durability to your floor space. Welcome to the wonderful world of RAPOXY.
Posted on August 13, 2011
The world is an amazing place and designers are constantly tapping into its mysteries for inspiration. But what if you could break free of the human component? What if you could capture a scene and transport it directly into your living room or working space? The possibilities are endless - from windblown surf whipping up foam on a desolate shore - to the towering majesty of a modern cityscape rising up into the clouds. Now this fantasy is a reality through the digital mastery of Elements by Rasch. The collection features an impressive range of images captured by the world’s premier artists and photographers – so now you can create the perfect feature wall in your home or business.
Posted on July 17, 2011
France has long been the world’s recognised epicentre of style and fashion. When it comes to classic interior design, nobody does it better than the French. But while some people are lucky enough to effortlessly assimilate all things French, others struggle in their attempts to become a practicing Francophile. Like me, they think that a Renault is a painting of flower pots, whilst a camembert is some kind of large furry animal with claws. They battle with the distinction between Eiffel and Trifle, between Veuve Clicquot and Neve Campbell. These days, however, bold pioneers are breaking down the great linguistic divide through the international language of interior design. All the hard work has been done for you, so now you can instantly transform turn your modest space into the Grand Palace Of Versailles. It all starts with the stunning Brigitte Von Boch Collection from Rasch-Textil.
Posted on July 16, 2011
Funky, Harmonious, Chic. And they’re just the names of your goldfish! If you have a passion for the modern world and are living in the here and now, what are you’re walls saying about you? It’s no good living out the urban creed when your home or business looks like a fifties diner. But how do you drag your space into today’s world without compromising style, texture and elegance? That’s easy. Take a strong stance for contemporary vogue and explore the exciting Villanova collection from Marburg.