Monday, 31 May 2010

Les Indiennes New Hand Printed Wallpaper

We are so excited about this collection! Les Indiennes prints, best known for its hand blocked fabrics that we all love are available as hand-screened wallpapers. So now we can finally wrap the room up in their unique patterns, we have many creative ideas in how to use these pretty and simple patterns, perfect for any room in your home and we will put you in touch with a fabulous interior designer who can potentially offer you a free consultation, whilst also getting you the best deals on the Les Indiennes collections.    

The Marais Stool - doesn't just look vintage, it is vintage

Designed by Xavier Pauchard in 1934, the Marais Stool doesn't just look vintage — it is vintage. Crafted from sheet steel and unapologetically straight forward, the Marais was long used as a bribe to bars and brasseries by breweries in exchange for carrying their beer, and carries on this tradition by holding court in the secret bar inside Oakley's massive, steampunk-inspired headquarters.

A great idea for adding some industrial flair to your home bar

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Saturday, 29 May 2010

A new concept from Jordi Mila

With this stunning lamp, Jordi Mila invites us to discover every facet of our humanity, Four Seasons, as it is called, is the materialization of this concept, a lamp with four faces, four emotions, four different aspects, four seasons. We can help you find the best deals on Jordi Mila products.    

Friday, 28 May 2010

Reading together - with Molteni & C

Named Night & Day this stunning new collection designed by Patricia Urquiola is based on the theme of versatility, the interpretation of spaces through new innovative solutions. Irony, comfort, taste, imagination and rationality come together. We can help you in your search for  the best deals on Molteni & C products.


Outdoor Fabric

Summer is around the corner and we love the idea of creating an outdoor environment where we can spend hours with our friends, family or sometimes alone with our books.

We can give you all the advice you need to create your summer outside lounge - starting with a Designer’s Guild fabric called Tiana, with its stunning prints and gorgeous woven stripes in a marvellous colour palette that would grace any private garden, swimming pool, ocean going yacht or cruise liner. As well as being visually stunning they are immensely practical and durable.

We can also get you the best prices on Designers Guild outdoor fabric.


The Unique Madeline Weinrib

New York based painter and designer Madeline Weinrib - the granddaughter of ABC Carpet & Home founder Max Weinrib, carries on the family tradition with her innovative collection of artisanally-crafted carpets and textiles.

Translating her painterly sensibilities into woven form, Weinrib launched her first carpet collection in 1998, responding to what she sensed was a gap in the marketplace. Known for their lush color and opulent patterns, her designs draw on a wealth of sources gleaned from her travels and reflect her interest in reinterpreting and reframing traditional forms.

We can find you the best deals on Weinrib fabrics.


Thursday, 27 May 2010

Transparent life – Glas Italia

The stunning sofa above is part of the Crystal Lounge collection by Glas Italia, a unique modular sofa in shaped, tempered and glued 19 mm thick transparent extralight glass. The glass structure contains soft removable cushions, available in white, black, blue and red fabric.

We can help you search for the best prices on glass furniture and mirrors from Glas Italia.


Tokujin Yoshioka show in Seoul

If you are in Korea, according to Wallpaper Magazine, you can’t miss the Yoshioka exhibition.

The Japanese designer’s work often has an otherworldly appeal like his luminescent installation for Kartell during this year's Salone del Mobile, his swirling, 'Tornado' creation for Design Miami in 2007 and his latest nine-metre-tall window of 500 crystal prisms is typically awe-inspiring. Also according to the magazine, Seoul is pulling out all the stops to show it merits its World Design Capital 2010 status, unveiling ambitious architectural projects and hosting a series of exhibitions by big names, ranging from Damien Hirst to the Campana Brothers.

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Modern Manuel Canovas

We are very impressed with the amazing results that can be achieved using the Manuel Canovas new fabric collection, inspired by Southern France light and lifestyle.

You can’t help but agree that the stunning fabric above would look great as a curtain and upholstery, we also love the idea of using it for fabric walling or even to transform it into canvas as a summer inspiration.

The most surprising fact is that this modern look print is a recreation of an abstract floral design from the 1930's.

We can put you in contact with the best curtain makers, also experts in fabric walling and also get you the best deals on Manuel Canovas fabrics.


Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Choosing Boss Chair

Spending hours in your desk can be more comfortable than you would ever imagine, we love the contemporary but serious look of the Boss chair from Flexform, it could be used by a modern PR or a conservative lawyer it will all depend on the style of the desk in front of it.

If you are too busy at the office we can do all the searching for you to get the best deals on Flexform furniture.

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Diesel and Foscarini lighting

A new volcanic ash cloud is now coming from Italy. As we all know, Diesel was the latest fashion brand to launch its home line. Together with Foscarini they designed the amazing Rock, an artistic interpretation of a split volcanic rock, that reveals clear, sparkling crystal inside.

It is a hanging lamp with a captivating form, dark-coloured and flecked with golden speckles. There is a strong contrast between the dark, external surface that is rough to the touch and the casually sculpted and the shiny, iridescent interior with its paler tones. When illuminated, the asymmetrical interior surface creates a dramatic visual effect Bottom of Form.

We can help you search for the best prices on the latest contemporary products.


Dedon Summer

We love all the outside furniture collection from Dedon, specially the already classical Obelisk above, created by the great Dutch designer Frank Lighthart. It shows how an impressive work of art can be made out of four chairs and a table: modular, powerful, and surprisingly versatile.

Together, OBELISK gives the impression of a long, spreading stone, and stands out like a work of art in any setting. When the six-piece sculpture is taken apart, the precisely thought out design concept behind the art work becomes clear.

Lighthart studied product development at the Henry Vandevelde-Institute at the academy of Antwerp in Belgium and design at the University of Technology in Delft for his outstanding work, he was awarded with several prestigious design awards, such as Design Plus Award, Red Dot design Award, and BIDA Award for outstanding design.

We can give you many other ideas and advice about outside furniture and fabrics and also find you the best deals.


Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Marcel Wanders collection for Baccarat

As chic and poetic as it gets! We are very excited about this creative and glamorous brand new  collection . Wanders, hedonist designer and poet, imbued from childhood with his Dutch roots has been the high priest of the brazen and offbeat style of early 21st-century design, ever since the Dutch school emerged as a seminal influence. 

Baccarat has also joined in, claiming Marcel Wanders as one of its own, for his whimsical inspiration drawn straight from the Arts Décoratifs.  Channeling the natural world, Marcel Wanders dreamed up “United Crystal Woods” for Baccarat, a collection bringing together several facets of the company: “La Fôret des Songes,” multipurpose candle jars decorated with a lace pattern etched to various thickness; “Les Rois de la Fôret,” monumental cut vases of polished metal or marble bases; “L’Ivresse des Bois,” a set of utterly elegant wine glasses and carafes. And finally, the pinnacle of this imaginary forest, “L’Esprit des Bois,” an improbable family of deer and stags, made of polished stainless steel and wood encased in etched crystal; in candlelight, these poetic, graceful shapes look like dreams come to life. 

We will be delighted to help you search for the best deals on this collection, available from April. 

Shutter Solutions

Using shutters is definitely one of our favourite ideas to create privacy and control the level of day light in a room without compromising the architecture of the space.

The photo above is from American Shutters, all their high quality products are made to measure specifically for your needs. They also support sustainable forestry and promise to provide the most Eco friendly shutters on the market.

We can introduce you to amazing designers who will help you chose the right shutters for your scheme and potentially get the best deal on the purchase.


Kennedee Forever – A future Vintage from Poltrona Frau

We will recommend the Kennedee sofa forever and always; that is the beauty of it.

With an eternal contemporary classic design and superb quality - this sofa is a delightful investment.

Designed by the famous French Jean-Marie Massaud for Poltrona Frau we seriously consider this sofa as a vintage of the future.

We will be pleased to help you find the best deals on any Poltrona Frau furniture.      


Casanova by Rubelli

Inspired by Giacomo Casanova, the Venetian adventurer and author - Rubelli has recently launched this stunning and fun collection with large scale print scenes of 18th century life.

We would love to supply you with the most creative ideas and share our experience of using this sort of fabric and help you get the best prices on Rubelli products.


IDC Designer of the Week: Tom Dixon

The talented Mr. Dixon
Tom Dixon, curator, manufacturer, concept developer and icon. The British designer was actually born in Tunisia but moved to the United Kingdom at the age of four. He began designing furniture in his early 20s when, after being injured in a motorcycle accident, he used his welding skills learned while repairing his motorcycle to create a variety of objects - including the S-Bend chair, that was discovered later by Italian furniture maker Cappellini. The S-Bend chair has been manufactured since 1992 together with his Kitchen Chair, the Bird chaise longue, and the Bird 2 chair.
He is also known for giving away hundreds of lights to the British public from Trafalgar Square in 2007. Items of his work form part of the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Design Museum in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Moma in New York, the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Vitra Museum, Basle, Switzerland.

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Monday, 24 May 2010

Eco Friendly Farrow & Ball

We are glad to see the wonderful example from companies like Farrow & Ball researching and developing new eco-friendly products. By significantly reducing the solvent in their products, over 90% of paint within the Farrow & Ball range is now classified as having either a low, minimal or zero* VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content. VOCs are present in many household products. In paint the VOCs are solvents, such as white spirit, which evaporate into the atmosphere while paint is drying. These VOCs pollute the environment and potentially have a detrimental effect on health.

We can help you chose the perfect eco friendly color, get you the best deals on F&B paint and put you in touch with wonderful designers who will be glad to supply you with suggestions and even a potentially free consultation.  


IDC History Class - The PH Artichoke lamp (1958)

The extraordinary PH Artichoke Pendant is a designer Light fixture manufactured by Louis Poulsen and designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958.

The design centers on a 360-degree glare-free light created by 72 leaves, that resemble an artichoke. The light source or bulb cannot be directly viewed, the light is directed and reflected upon the leaves until it illuminates the entire artichoke. A chrome inner diffuser also assists in the proper, even reflection of the light source. The metal halide sources are used in the largest of the Artichoke fixtures.

For years, a number of companies have tried to replicate the Artichoke fixture, only a handful have made a replica that is at all geometrically and cosmetically similar. The original still made by Louis Poulsen from Denmark.

We can help you in your search for the best prices on any designer product.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Pablo Picasso in Liverpool for summer!

We are already planning a daytrip to Tate Liverpool, they are bringing together over 150 works by Picasso from across the world from 21 May to 30 August 2010.

The exhibition promises to reveal a fascinating new insight into the artist's life as a tireless political activist and campaigner for peace, challenging the widely held view of the artist as creative genius, playboy and compulsive extrovert.

This is the first exhibition to explore the post-War period of the artist's life in depth, and will reflect a new Picasso for a new time. The exhibition provides a timely look at Picasso's work in the Cold War era and how the artist transcended the ideological and aesthetic oppositions of East and West.

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To be creative with Pierre Frey

We will always get very inspired by this Pierre Frey wallpaper called Ming, visiting their showroom last month I could not take my eyes off the Chinese bowls pattern and stop thinking of how creatively a designer could use it in a traditional, or even in a very modern way.

Pierre Frey is proud of its traditional expertise – yet at the same time it is highly inventive, and profoundly eclectic.

We will be happy to share our ideas and suggestions and find you the best deals on Pierre Frey products.


CuldeSac Collective Design

The amazing and elegant chair above can look great in any corner of the house. Contemporary but discrete, slim and elegant, light and comfortable - it was named 'Whisper' by CuldeSac studio.

The Valencia based design collective is actually more than a design studio as they prefer to call themselves a “creative space”, CuldeSac is an open dynamic space where creative people from different fields (electronics, furniture, lighting, painting, etc.) meet and join forces to develop shared projects under one common denominator: being multidisciplinary.

The strength of the studio is grounded in the interface between the four core members – Francisco Pons, Alberto Martinez, Pepe Garcia and Pilar Roger -- and other creative people from various disciplines coming from Spain and the rest of the world who join the team in meeting specific needs and demands of each individual project.

We will be glad to help you choose the right furniture for your space and search for the best deals on your purchase.


Friday, 21 May 2010

Eco Kingcome Sofas

Above is the stunning Eaton sofa from Kingcome - who have an excellent reputation for manufacturing the highest quality upholstered furniture in a wide range of designs from traditional to contemporary.

At the heart of each piece of furniture you will find a kiln-dried hardwood frame using timber from sustainable harvested forests. Every frame is hand-assembled, affording dimensional stability and longevity.

We can find you the best deals on Kingcome furniture.


Eco Friendly Kravet

According to Kravet, ultrasuede adds “environmentally friendly” to the long list of its superior qualities.

Combining the aesthetic appeal of the finest suede - offered in their best selling colours - with the performance of the most advanced microfiber. Ultrasuede is one of the most versatile and durable products on the market. Reinvented using recycled material, ultrasuede has moved onto the next generation.

We can help you source eco friendly products for your own interior needs, and hunt down the best deals on Kravet fabrics.


Osborne & Little 'Show Time' Wall Coverings

A dramatic and stunning collection of twelve new wallpapers from Osborne and Little, all inspired by the Italian Theater.

According to O&L the collection introduces innovate printing techniques and texture finishes - some are printed with granular glitter texture.

We can help you searching for the best deals on Osborne and Little products.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Horizontal Stripe

Galeazza. Twill from the new Rubelli collection. A yarn with the qualities of raffia, used here to produce a horizontally striped fabric with wide bands, always in a neutral colour, raised on a coloured ground, part of the contemporary mood of the collection.

We can put you in touch with the best designers and get you the best deals on Rubelli fabric.

Source: Rubelli

The Essential

If you are thinking in Black & White you can’t ignore the marvellous collection from Designers Guild called 'Essential Black & White' that holds over 80 Black and White fabrics across a huge variety of qualities and textures in every possible neutral shade.

We can help you with tips and advice, and find you the best deals on Designers Guild products.


Stepping on Tom Dixon

This stunning rug is entirely handmade, from the spinning of the wool to the weaving on the loom.

It is unique, and has been crafted by weavers in the Kathmandu area, whose skills have been passed down through many generations, designed by the one of the greatest British designer Tom Dixon for The Rug Company.

We can help you to search for the best prices for any Rug from The Rug Company.


Tuesday, 18 May 2010

‘One of the best things in life’. You’ll never guess

 “One of the best things in life is….. choosing new furniture.”* Really? Not to put too fine a point on it but actually I think I’d be a bit concerned for any friends or colleagues at the IDC who came out with anything like that despite their interest in and our passion for interior design.  We would go so far to say it is extremely important to get sound independent, professional advice when choosing new furniture so that it proves to be a purchase of which you can be justifiably proud as well as one of the best decisions you make.

We can help you not only get suitable advice but also suggest sources for what you’re looking for and then of course broker the deal so that you may be able to buy your furniture at a better price than you would otherwise. And that applies also to soft furnishing, lighting, decorative objects.

Elected by Almodóvar

Cassina has been awarded at the sixth edition of the prestigious 2010 Wallpaper Design Awards for the best reissue with the PLURIMA bookcase by Charlotte Perriand for the Cassina I Maestri Collection.

The Wallpaper jury, made up of important personalities including Pedro Almodóvar – Spanish auteur, Steven Holl – the architect’s architect and John Galliano – LVMH’s star designer, amongst others, awarded the brands for their strong creativity, innovation and significant design content.

Source: Cassina

IDC designer of the week: Patricia Urquiola

The architect and designer Patricia Urquiola was born in Spain in 1961 and now lives and works in Milan.

A graduate from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Madrid in 1989 having done a thesis with Achille Castiglioni. From 1990 to 1992 she was assistant lecturer on the courses held by Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli both at the Politecnico di Milano university and at the E.N.S.C.I. in Paris.

Between 1990 and 1996 she worked for the new product development office of De Padova and with Vico Magistretti signed the products: “Flower”, “Loom sofa”, “Chaise” and “Chaise Longue”.

From 1993 to 1996 she had an associate practice with architects de Renzio and Ramerino and was engaged in architectural design, showrooms, restaurants and franchising (Maska/Italy, Tomorrowland Stores/Japan, Des Pres/France).

In 1996 she became head of the Lissoni Associati design group, working for Alessi, Antares-Flos, Artelano, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Kartell, and others. At the same time, on her own, she designed for B&B Italia, Bosa, De Vecchi, Fasem, Kartell, Liv’it, MDF Italia, Molteni & C., Moroso and Tronconi and designed stands and showroom for Knoll, Moroso, Sag 80, and Somma.

She has greatly contributed to B&B Italia Outdoor, releasing three amazing collections from 2007-2009: Canasta, Crinoline and Ravel.

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A Bistro Kitchen

Part of Home and Gardens suggestion to transform your kitchen into a bistro is to use large scale monochrome checks and faded florals to create stylish simplicity.

Also having a window seat and a table means the space becomes multi-functional, useful for informal dining as well as relaxed get-togethers.

We can provide you with all the creative ideas and advice you need to transform your kitchen in a place where you will be proud to entertain friends, and we can introduce you to great interior designers who can provide a free initial consultation to get you started.

Monday, 17 May 2010

The Elegance of Porta Romana

This stunning hand blown table lamp named 'Gourd' will be always one of our favourites in any of their seven different colours.

Porta Romana lamps can be seen in the world’s most beautiful interiors, including private homes, hotels and yachts.

We will be pleased to get you the best deals on any Porta Romana product  

Jasper Conran & Chesney’s Fireplace

Combining aesthetic appeal with function, this amazing fireplace named Avignon
recognises the need for strong architectural form but reinterprets the traditional appearance of the mantel and fire dogs in a truly innovative manner.

It  is carved in limestone and makes clever use of light and shadow in the detailing to the pilasters.

We can supply any information you need regarding fireplaces and put you in touch with expert interior designers who will help find you the best deals on Chesney’s fireplaces.


Modern Masters at the V&A

The exhibition features prints by four of the 20th century's greatest artists: Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. Over 50 works drawn from the V&A Museum's collections have been selected to illustrate these modern masters engagement with the printed medium.

Both celebrated and less familiar prints in a range of techniques are included, spanning a period of 75 years and representing one of the most creative and diverse artistic periods in the history of western art.

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Saturday, 15 May 2010

Fabric from the land of Ice

The stunning Chase Erwin collections, a luxurious range of silk fabrics that are up to the minute contemporary, but never neglecting the lustre and natural appeal of silk.

The company was founded by Ragna and Austin Erwin in 1987. The beautiful and unique colours of the Chase Erwin silks are inspired from the cool, stark nature and climate of Iceland, Ragna's native country.

We can put you in touch with top designers to get you the best deals on Chase Erwin amazing silks. 

Comfort for reading

Dino is a classic and extremely comfortable love seat with piping from Chivasso, available with a matching footstool in the same style.

A great, and elegant, place to spend hours reading your favourite book.

Chivasso BV is an interior fabrics and wallpaper designer with their headquarters in Zoetermeer in the Netherlands.

We will be happy to help you search for the best deals on any Chivasso products.


Friday, 14 May 2010

IDC History Class - The Tulip Chair

The Tulip chair was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1955 for Knoll.

It was designed primarily as a chair to match the complementary dining table.

The chair has the smooth lines of modernism and was experimental with materials for its time.

It is considered a classic of industrial design and one of the most important icons of furniture design history and has been inspiriting new concepts for 55 years.

Many copies are being produced but the original is still made by Knoll.

St. Thomas of Canterbury Chandeliers

The elegant chandeliers installed at St Thomas of Canterbury in Fulham, as part of its recent refurbishment, were designed by Besselink & Jones with hand painted and gilded chandeliers to hang throughout the church.

We can put you in touch with designers to offer help and advice for your own lighting needs, and help you to obtain the best deals on Besselink & Jones lighting.


If you're going to San Francisco

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2010 is about to begin, once again presenting an amazing menu of inspired interiors.

Since 1977, the annual event has benefited San Francisco University High School's financial aid program, raising nearly $11 million in its 32 years.

It is widely considered to be one of the premiere design show houses in America.

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Thursday, 13 May 2010

The Beauty of Emperor

The Emperor Garden is the name of the ravishing collection of superb silk embroideries from GP&J Baker.

Influenced by antique chinoiserie, with the addition of a magnificent silk damask based on 18th century French examples.

We can introduce you to the best designers who will be pleased to help you in achieving a traditional or a contemporary style of your own, or an elegant mixture of the two, whilst also getting you the best deals on the GP&JBaker collections.


Paul Smith’s Elephant

London has been overrun with elephants! They are everywhere! And we love this beautiful creative conservation campaign to support the urgent crisis faced by the endangered Asian elephant.

The event sees over 250 brightly painted elephants located all over central London, each decorated by a different artist or celebrity.

Running until July 2010, this is London’s biggest outdoor art event on record - with an estimated audience of 25 million.

All of the elephants will be sold at auction and the project aims to raise £2 million for the Asian elephant and 20 UK conservation charities.

Mini elephants are also available at Selfridges and Greenwich Central Market.

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Wall Textures

We find working with different surface finishes a fantastic, exciting and creative idea.

The photo above is from the Armourcoat range of seamless Sculptural wall surface designs.

Constructed from a series of pre-cast panels that are bonded to the substrate, panel joints are filled and sanded and a final decoration is applied to the surface.

Sculptural designs are created by combining computer-aided design with traditional hand sculpting to create designs that fit together with total accuracy yet retain the essence of being hand crafted.

We can put you in touch with amazing designers who will give you all the information you need about working with all kinds of surface finishes and get you the best deals on Armourcoat products.


Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Interior Design vs. Interior Decoration

At the IDC, we try our utmost to get things right and certainly we’re delighted that we’ve already got some very satisfied members.

However one thing that has been brought to our attention is the issue of whether we should really be called the Interior Decoration Club instead of the Interior Design Club

Design or Decoration? We checked on the dictionary definition. We found that interior design is the trade of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior while interior decoration is the planning and execution of the layout, decoration, and furnishing of an architectural interior.

Clear then. The difference seems to lie in the execution of the planning. Except that the definition, tellingly, then went on to say “Also called interior design.” Hmmm.

Actually, whatever your interpretation of interior design or interior decoration, contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

IDC Designer of the Week: Yuni Ahn

Yuni Ahn was born in South Korea and moved to England in 1961.  

She has decorated the Stella Mc Cartney shops in New York, London and Los Angeles; worked with Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance at the interior design of the Sanderens restaurant in Paris; and decorated the interiors of the Sketch restaurant in London and the Tad’s shop in Milan, as well as also designing furniture for Ceccoti.

She has a very interesting touch and combines a contemporary western soul with great care for details.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Travelling with Philippe Starck

In 1988 Philippe Starck was commissioned by famed nightclub impresario Ian Schrager, former co-owner of Studio 54, to refit the Royalton Hotel on New York's West 44th Street. It was a design moment that changed the hotel industry and the first boutique hotel was born.

Boutique hotels, where design is an important factor, became the industry buzz.

Years later, Philippe Starck used wood, glass and marble as core materials in his design for the Hotel Fasano in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 92 room hotel overlooking Ipanema beach enjoys a spirit of sophisticated casualness, with many furnishings in the vein of 1950s and ’60s Brazilian design, including pieces by Studio Branco&Preto, Sergio Rodrigues and exclusive creations by Philippe Starck himself.


Designers Guild Domino sofas, daybeds, chairs and stools

This contemporary design features sharp tailored lines, its geometrically buttoned seat and back cushions creating a domino effect.

The wide range of elegant sofas, daybeds, chair and stools provide comfort, style and form in many combinations.

We can help you find the best deals on luxurious Designers Guild furniture and fabric.

Source : Designers Guild