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The appeal of furniture-grade birch plywood remains strong at Trim HQ.

Quite apart from the hypnotic manner of its manufacture (think of a cartoonishly-oversized pencil sharpener), plywood is remarkable for its “strength, sustainability and simple beauty” (the words of Unto this Last).

We have recently had our heads turned by the precise and imaginative work of Uncommon Projects, founded by James Hoy and Alan Drumm in 2011 (Hoy had worked as a product designer in the toy industry, and Drumm qualified as an architect).

We love their use of strong, bold colours, and are sure that the team felt great pride following the completion of their work in mid-2017 at the new Maggie’s Centre, in Oldham (below).

Simplicity in Belgravia

A beautiful oak parquet floor, striking artwork and white Benjamin Moore Aura are the basis of a restrained and elegant look on this late summer project in Belgravia.

More Benjamin Moore in Mayfair

A final mention about our Mayfair project, the bulk of which was carried out in July 2017; we returned briefly last week to carry out more work.

Here are some photos of the hall, kitchen and bedroom.

We were particularly pleased with the rich, saturated and dead flatness of the Benjamin Moore Aura Matte, a wonderful product.

Eico supplied their gold metallic paint for the hallway, which we sprayed onto every surface.

 

Wevet with Down Pipe

Here is a fine combination of two colours from Farrow & Ball, used on a recent project: the gentle off-white Wevet on the walls, with the strong grey, Down Pipe.

Belgravia apartment redecoration

Early August saw the team visit a beautifully serene flat near Belgrave Square.

We used Dulux emulsion on the walls and ceilings and Benjamin Moore Aura eggshell on the woodwork.

Glamour in Mayfair

We completed a project last month in Mayfair for our clients, Soma Build. The spec was somewhat glamorous and included a dramatic wallpaper from Thibaut, metallic paint from Eico (which was sprayed) and Benjamin Moore Aura Satin.

Making your ceilings appear taller

As we have written elsewhere, the human eye – due to its tendency to perceive colour in relative rather than absolute terms – is easy to fool.

This fact can be used to your advantage when you would like to make a ceiling appear taller.

As Farrow & Ball write on their helpful page here, the technique is to “reduce the amount of contrast between the colour on the walls, cornicing or coving and ceiling.”

The photo below shows Hague Blue being used on walls and ceiling and has the – somewhat counterintuitive – effect of making the ceiling appear taller.

Grey, pink and copper

Maybe you already have enough restrained off-whites and light greys in your home?

Perhaps you should consider a palette like this one, a successful an beguiling combination of grey polished plaster, pink tiles and copper accents?

Photo via Rethink Interiors, in turn via Apartment Therapy.

Thibaut wallpaper

We recently worked on a project in Mayfair with a somewhat glamorous wallcovering designed by Thibaut – we hope to post photos soon.

The firm, whose designs bear a strong European sensibility, has a long history:

“Still bearing the founder’s name, Thibaut (pronounced Tee-Bo) was founded in New York in 1886 by Richard E. Thibaut, an American of Parisian descent. Once heralded as the “world’s largest wallpaper company” Thibaut began as a successful retailer and with multiple distribution points in Boston, New York and Newark.”

You’ll find lots of designs to browse here.

Abigail Edwards – Seascape and Oak Tree Wallpapers

We were drawn on Instagram recently to the wallpaper designs by Abigail Edwards.

The Seascape and Oak Tree designs were two of our favourites…

Abigail Edwards Wallpaper and Fabrics