The beginning of the new year and the time to make your new year resolutions.
January was established as the first month of the year by the Roman calendar and was named after the god Janus (Latin word for door). Janus has two faces, which allows him to look both backwards into the old year and forwards into the new one at the same time. He was the 'spirit of the opening'.
Let's see what there is for us to look forward to as we head into 2017.
Luxury Ski Chalets
When you cast your gaze across the upper echelons of the luxury ski chalet market today, one thing seems to stand out above all else; the sheer variety of properties available. From traditional, Savoyard chocolate-box barn-conversions to sleek, contemporary new-builds of steel and glass, skiers are absolutely spoilt for choice.
And that extends to the interiors too. Fur, leather, stone, velvet and wood all feature highly, giving a natural feel to a very outdoors-centric environment. These interiors are luxurious, sumptuous, contemporary and designed with home cinemas and spas for the ultimate experience.
Figura kitchen project for beautiful Surrey country home
In this recent project, the living space, extended by a green oak orangery, was large enough to incorporate a generous kitchen, a dining area to seat twelve and a perfectly named ‘snug’. Leading off the living space Figura designed a utility and boot room including a bespoke ‘dog house’ for the owners Labradors.
The central kitchen island is one of our all-time favourite designs. The large sweeping curved lines, with stunning granite surface and oak inlay, creates a real showstopper and an interesting space that is warm, inviting and uplifting.
The design and detailing in this project are key to the aesthetic of the room and the house. This design is all about effective use of space. Away from the central island and storage wall, the more functional elements of the kitchen including an AGA are housed.
Although beauty is essential in design, functionality is as important. When we design, we do so to enhance our clients’ lives, aesthetically and practically, and of course to add value to their homes.
We asked Rupert Pritchett from Taurus Wines for his recommendations to go with the menu suggestions this month from The William Bray in Shere. With wines aplenty to match these strong flavours, here’s what he had to say…
Creating the best possible products from the best British ingredients is a concept close to their hearts, and Matthew and Justin have made it their mission to keep London stocked with fine British baking.
Bread Ahead’s bakery opened its doors in September 2013 supplying fresh produce daily to Borough Market customers and a range of local restaurants and delis.
The Bakery School opened in February 2014 and is designed to show the public just how easy baking good bread can be. They are always coming up with new methods and perfecting old ones in the bakery, and they think that this is knowledge that should be shared and not kept secret.
In essence, they love great bread and hope they can share this passion with you.
The Bread Ahead Bakery School is the ideal place to experience artisan baking first hand. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned baker, their world class Master Bakers are there to offer their experience and guidance in the art of baking.
Embrace the flavours of citrus, cardamom and caraway during this half day workshop. This rye-focused class will have you producing an incredible Swedish rye bread as well as rye crisp breads, perfect for snacking on or sharing with friends at your next dinner party.
From January 20th-24th in Paris, the Maison & Objet community will once again be hosting a global experience encompassing latest products, the brightest creatives, indispensable workshops and inspirations – a flux of energy and talent for five whole days.
The theme for 2017/18 is 'Silence'. Like a remedy to the interminable racket of words and images, silence has a calming effect on the hyperactive, garrulous and loud times we live in. Home is a place where calm is restored and a growing desire for serenity can be expressed.
Pierre Charpin stamps his unique style on every piece he designs: formal simplicity, softened by curved lines and often highlighted by distinctive chromatic choices. Clean and sensual, elegant and warm, his creations instantly elicit an emotional response. A dabbler and explorer at heart.
Pierre Charpin has collaborated with numerous prestigious brands. For each of them, with the same pursuit of simplicity, he has imagined essential, almost archetypal, shapes. His freehand drawings, materialise this exploratory process: gradually, ideas emerge, shapes come into focus, materials reveal themselves.
At Figura we completely understand how inspirational the process of designing by hand can be. This traditional method of drafting presents a more organic process, enabling us to think outside the box. Quiet, contemplative moments are when we have breakthroughs and solve problems.
The William Bray is a recently renovated, contemporary British bar and restaurant in the heart of Shere, one of Surrey’s prettiest villages, situated just off the A25 between Dorking and Guildford.
This child and dog-friendly contemporary pub offers classic British cooking using local produce.
Named after the C18th. Lord of the Manor of Shere, they are committed to offering only great quality, locally-sourced, seasonal food and drink whenever possible and are proud that you could walk to quite a few of their suppliers from their front door.
Current delicious menu choices at The William Bray include:
Starter: Goats cheese and fig salad, frisse leaf and pickled apple
Main: Truffle Tagliatelle, mascarpone thyme, parmesan and cress
Our favourite picks of the unique and handcrafted from the interiors magazines this month...
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We love the idea of starting the new year by pulling on some warm boots and gloves and enjoying a stomp through some of Surrey's finest winter scenery. There are certainly plenty of places to choose from.
Clear, bright days and crisp winter frosts at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl offer spectacular views and walks in the Surrey Hills countryside.
The benefits of taking an outdoor winter walk are enormous, both mentally and physically. Fresh air, sunshine and movement are all beneficial to your overall health.
Walking in colder temperatures will help you to burn more calories because your body will work harder to stay warm. Once you get moving, endorphins will release, giving you a euphoric feeling – something much needed to combat the lack of sunlight we experience due to shortened daylight, and the blood pumping through your body will help to make you feel and look better.
Figura Boot Store
Once you return home from your walk, whilst looking forward to a steaming hot chocolate, all you need is somewhere to kick off your boots, store them away neatly.....and even better somewhere to dry off the dog!
This bespoke shoe storage unit designed for a client recently for their utility room does the job perfectly.
Alison designs and makes furniture and objects that are hand made carved from solid pieces of native hardwoods. Her work ranges from bowls using close-grained timber such as cherry and holly, to large outdoor benches in English Oak. Alison works using the integral features in the wood, medullary rays and grain, as a guide to carve a surface of grooves and lines that are extremely tactile. All the timber used is unseasoned or green which means that it will crack and weather with age. The forms are leafy, fungal and fluid, echoing woodland origins or rationalised to make deceptively simple works for more formal settings.
Alison has kindly shared images of some little pieces made in 2016. Some of them are available at Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
The 29th edition of London Art Fair takes place from 18-22 January 2017 at the Business Design Centre, Islington London. Annually launching the art world year, the Fair provides a supportive environment for collectors of all levels. Museum quality Modern British art is presented alongside contemporary work from today’s leading artists, covering the period from the early 20th century to the present day.