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Diespeker Terrazzo

We recently encountered the work of Diespeker – a venerable specialist in terrazzo, established in London in 1881 – while working on the new restaurant in Herne Hill, Llewelyn’s.

Here is the bespoke terrazzo used in the restaurant, “a mix of grey, black and red/brown marble chippings in a light cement”.

Diespeker have a summary of the material on their website: “Terrazzo originates from Italy where, around 500 years ago, quarry workers used stone offcuts for flooring in their own homes. At first, the finish was rough-set and uneven but as methods progressed, the flexibility and benefits of terrazzo were recognised.”

Here is another striking bespoke terrazzo from Diespeker, using only glass.

Edwardian sash window restoration

The ever reliable and illuminating before-and-after photographs: this was challenging work, dealing with severe damage, which involved rot removal and treatment, joinery repairs and full redecoration.

Our work in Mayfair

We are currently working on a distinctive redecoration project in Mayfair – it’s a notable property and has some fascinating mid-20th century history.

We’re not able to publish any work-in-progress photos, but are looking forward to collecting some images of the finished project – we’ve been impressed by the boldness of the paint, colour and wallpaper choices made.

Chiffon White and Grey Steel by Dulux

The team have been working on the redecoration of a 2-bedroom Victorian flat in Brixton over the past ten days.

Our clients selected two attractive Dulux Trade colours for the living room: Chiffon White 4 for the ceiling, cornice, frieze and picture rail; and Grey Steel 3 for the walls.

We’ll post more photos after the job is completed in the coming days…

The British Library

The British Library – which is Grade I-listed – was the largest public building constructed in the UK in the 20th century.

The next time you visit, take a moment to notice the superb quality of the materials used in the interior of the building.

Benjamin Moore Aura Exterior Flat

Benjamin Moore paints continue to impress us with their performance and quality.

On this recent project, an attractive shop facade on Hackney Road, we used Aura Exterior Flat tinted to Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball. The Aura Exterior range – running through Flat, Low Lustre and Satin – will be particularly suited to anyone seeking flatter sheen levels.

Water-based, like all Benjamin Moore products, the Aura Exterior provides a richness and opacity like no other non-solvent paint we’ve used.

Wallcoverings from Jupiter 10

Instagram, ever a reliable source of product inspiration, brought Jupiter 10 to our attention this morning.

Jupiter 10 is London-based design studio specialising in wonderfully bold Modernist wallcoverings.

You can find their designs here.

A living room in Breakfast Room Green

Our client went successfully against the grain here, choosing Breakfast Room Green by Farrow & Ball for her living room. This striking colour complements the high ceilings, large windows and period features of this space.

How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand

“A fascinating and indefinable book … How Buildings Learn is a hymn to entropy, a witty, heterodox book dedicated to kicking the stuffing out of the proposition that architecture is permanent and that buildings cannot adapt.”
– Stephen Bayley

“Evolutionary design is healthier than visionary design.”
– Stewart Brand

How Buildings Learn is Stewart Brand’s remarkable and memorable book which proposes – convincingly – that “buildings work best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants”.

What, Brand asks, “makes some buildings keep getting better, and others not?” The approach he took was to “look at buildings after they’re built. That’s when the users take over and begin to reshape the building to suit their own, real needs. What kinds of buildings work well with that evolution, and why do so many buildings work so badly?”

“Magazine architecture” is the phrase Brand coins to describe the sort of famous, or would-be famous, buildings which are functional failures. “A major culprit is architectural photography. Clare Cooper Marcus said it most clearly: ‘You get work through getting awards, and the award system is based on photographs. Not use. Not context.’ Tales were told of ambitious architects specifically designing their buildings to photograph well at the expense of performing well.”

Do seek out the book – it is out of print, but secondhand copies are easy to find online; and the six-part TV series broadcast on BBC2 in 1997, can be found here.

Llewelyn’s – a new restaurant for south London

We’re excited about the imminent opening of a restaurant project we have been working on for the past couple of months, Llewelyn’s. (The soft launch is taking place until Sunday 9 April.)

Do take a look at the Llewelyn’s Instagram page, which should inspire you to make a booking forthwith.

We wish the team all the best for spring 2017 and beyond.