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Interior designer, Elisa Fanella, talks UK interiors infused with Italian flair

Perfect Balance A lounge recently revamped and totally inspired by Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier collections, Harrogate.
Exciting times for Italian Harrogate-based interior designer, Elisa (Cirulli) Fanella, who was recently nominated as a finalist in the 2017 Northern Design Awards Designer Maker category, alongside award winning surface design specialist Annette Taylor-Anderson of ATADesigns for their delightful wallpaper and mural design collaboration, The Italian Infusion Collection. Focus SB's PR consultant, Suzi Baker, discovers what motivates this talented I...
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Top six interiors trends Autumn/Winter 2017

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As the dust settles on another inspirational 100% Design we'd like to share our top six favourite interior design trends this Autumn to inspire your mood boards. ​ Working closely with interior designers, architects and architectural technologists, we understand it's important for us to keep abreast of trends in fabrics, materials, colours and finishes. This enables us to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to advising on the right sockets and ...
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What is a smart home?

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We discover what it takes to stay ahead in technology systems for the home, from Kent-based experts Circle Automation. From humble beginnings to futuristic expertise Circle Automation was founded by James Major in 2011. After completing his degree in building services and working as an M&E consultant, James decided to  move&...
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Interiors trend 2017 - Desert Wanderer

Interiors trend 2017 - Desert Wanderer
​2017 sees design trends influenced by our technological future emerge, others with vibrant colours and yet more with graphic pattern; it's also a year that is balanced out by a trend with elements that are slow, steady and have a sense of well-being. It offers a respite from a modern life that's in constant motion.  'Desert Wanderer' offers an escape from the routine and fast pace of everyday life. It's a laid back, grounded trend providing...
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Spring/Summer 2017 - Tribe

Spring/Summer 2017 - Tribe
​Whilst we are all about bringing 'Power to the People', this is most definitely a design trend for interiors that is driven by bringing more 'Power to Women'. At the core of the Tribe trend is a changing attitude amongst some women in many different countries. The change is happening because women around the world are becoming:  a) Politically more influential and better represented  b) More independent and better educated (globally mo...
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Workplace Design: Digital Nomads

Workplace Design: Digital Nomads
We have identified creatives beginning to playfully look at mixing mobile and static qualities and making a more serious design commentary on the mass migrations and displacements of large groups of people around the world. The first significant examples of 'Nomadic Architecture', which results from the creative exploration mentioned above, were the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Some of the stadia built was designed so that the building c...
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Analogue Workshop Interiors Trend

Analogue Workshop Interiors Trend
​We won't see too much of this trend in evidence until the Spring/Summer of this year, 2017. However, it is set to be a strong trend with wide appeal for the world of interiors, across many sectors including hospitality, workplace, residential and education.  Analogue Workshop is a 'Digital Detox' slowing things down, allowing us to appreciate earnt skills and going back to crafting basics.  We will find satisfaction in the 'basic', bea...
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Lighting design interview with The Light Yard

Lighting design interview with The Light Yard
Jeff Fuller founded The Light Yard in 2013, initially establishing it as an online business offering British tailor-made high end lighting. Built on solid working relationships with lighting designers, notably with British designer Gwyn Carless , The Light Yard has rapidly gone from strength to strength and is testament to Jeff's expertise and vision for unique, handcrafted lighting design. An exciting time for the company, May 2016 heralded the ...
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Playful Design Trends

Playful Design Trends
Why so serious?… We explore playful design trends In today's world of political and economic uncertainty we begin to search out ways of creating an interior space that counteracts this negativity. Let's explore an emerging design trend called 'Play'. It's a trend that expresses energetic humour; it boasts an array of colourful creativity and symbolises a new optimistic attitude towards design and lifestyle possibilities. This trend is about a yea...
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Futuristic Lounge Interiors Trends

Futuristic Lounge Interiors Trends
Reversi Sofa, Molteni, Italy The role of the lounge space is changing in quite a radical way and the result will challenge tradition and how we're programmed to think of the layout of this room in our homes. Lounges are becoming a more communal area of mixed activities, digital and non-digital. It's no longer a room for simply watching TV. As a consequence, we're starting to see a move away from the mono-direction sofa, with its back against a wa...
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