Surface Spotlight: Magical Materials
This year Christmas promises to be a decadent affair with indulgent design bringing a touch of glamour once again. The make-believe inspires a variety of enchanted offerings from luxurious crystal lighting to opulent walls and floors. In this festive issue of Surface Spotlight our eyes are drawn to key surfaces and materials full of magic and joy, some of which will be presented at Surface Design Show 2016 in the Surface Spotlight Live display. Sally Angharad reports.
Mesmerising Colour – Contemporary Crystal Chandeliers by Quartz to be Presented at Surface Design Show 2016
Exhibiting at Surface Design Show 2016 Quartz will be presenting its exclusive handmade contemporary chandeliers, featuring Swarovski crystals. The LED lighting features the octagonal clear and coloured crystals to give the highest level of refracted light, creating spellbinding three-dimensional images. As well as standard products a range of custom designs is also available; adaptable to any space they allow you to choose your preferred range of crystals and LEDs. Check out the Quartz range on stand 424.
Luxurious Materials – New Exhibitor Pintark by LOCO Design to Introduce its Latest Surface Treatments at the Show
New to Surface Design Show in 2016 will be Pintark, a surface solutions brand by LOCO Design specialising in advanced surface treatment and crafted material application. At Pintark, the very best of modern technology is combined with traditional techniques that have been refined over the last two decades. The in-house patterns are an all-in-one design solution that can be used as is or altered with tailored material and finish selections. Introducing a contemporary twist to classic geometric patterns, leathers and metal details add the ultimate feeling of luxury for wall treatments. Pintark by LOCO Design will be on stand 414.
Rare Finds – Tektura’s Latest Wallcoverings Evoke a Feeling of Opulence using Gold Leaf, Mica Flakes and Glass Beads
Designed to catch our eye, Rare Finds is a new collection of wallcoverings by Tektura that bring a touch of sparkle and shimmer to interiors. Celebrating handcrafted and time-honoured techniques the range offers high-end surfaces that want to be touched. From real gold leaf squares applied over a textured vinyl base to mica flakes or glass beads sprinkled over the surface by hand; these embellished wallcoverings highlight quality and craftsmanship. Available in a range of metallic colours the reflective and tactile surfaces exude warmth and delight.
An Enchanted Experience – Speirs + Major Awarded for Immersive Lighting Design in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Transformation
Lighting designers Speirs + Major won the 2015 AL Light & Architecture Design Award for Outstanding Achievement after their work on the transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Appointed as part of the competition winning team led by James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) and MAKE, Speirs + Major developed the conceptual ideas for the exterior lighting. The centerpiece is a unique catenary system developed for the Promenade where ethereal moon-like spheres suspended over the pathway create a dapple light. The effect is reminiscent of light filtering through a forest canopy and now that the nights are drawing in we have even more opportunity to experience this magical glow.
Time to Celebrate – Award Winning Sparkle Handknotted Rug by Ayka Design is Inspired by Festivities with Loved Ones
A’ Design Award 2015 winner, the Sparkle handknotted rug is from the collection Celebration by Ayka Design, founded by K.Michelle Evans. Inspired by my memories of celebrating life with loved ones the design echoes the jewellery worn at parties in its abstract form as the light catches the sparkle on the bracelet. Combining art, beauty and comfort, handspun silk is used to create various thicknesses of yarns, dyed into a vibrant palette of rich blues, purples and gold. Mixing dark and light tones a three-dimensional effect is achieved on the final woven surface, evoking the reflective and enchanting qualities of elegant crystals.