One of the Alidad team paid a visit to the V&A over the weekend to see the long awaited Fabric of India exhibition.
Not only was the exhibition carefully put together, it was incredibly informative and of course, just stunning to look at! I was taken on a journey from the nature of actually making cloth, the various methods of decorating it, through to the assorted uses. Fascinating videos of craftsmen today, practising the arts of hand block printing, intricate hand embroidery and weaving on hand looms were dotted around, portraying the skill and labour that goes in to the textiles that we use on a day to day basis here at Alidad Ltd. It is quite easy to forget the level of expertise that can go in to one beautiful cushion cover!
The highlight had to be the full Mughal tent, a portable palace, decorated with poppies in bordered panels; a pattern and colour combination that I could definitely see in an Alidad designed home!
It is quite clear that we owe a great deal to the Indian Textile trade, and this exhibition highlights the importance and the enormous influence it has had throughout history on fashion, jewellery and of course out interiors!
London Design Festival 19th to 27th September 2015
Alidad will be discussing the inspiration for his designs with House & Garden’s Decoration Director Gabby Deeming
Monday 21st September, 3pm @ Guinevere Antiques,
578 Kings Road, SW6 2DY
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To celebrate London Design Festival, award-winning interior designer Alidad (pictured above) will be creating schemes for two of our windows – one either side of the main entrance on the King’s Road. There will be a luxe and layered artist’s studio with bold black and gold, styled with bookcases and architectural pieces, while the other will demonstrate a much fresher and younger look featuring 20th Century pieces. The windows will launch on 10th September.
Gabby Deeming, Decoration Director at House & Garden, will be in conversation with Alidad on Monday 21st September at 3pm discussing his inspiration for the schemes and working with antiques in the modern home. There will be the opportunity for Q&A with Alidad and Gabby Deeming after the talk.
We are very excited here at Alidad about our two new Velvet Furniture Pieces – the Julius Cabinet and the Antonius Console Table.
Shown below, both with a Nero Marquina marble top, they are an elegant addition to our range of furniture in rich velvet and antique bronze nailing that has come to define Alidad’s style and aesthetic. Other colours and tops are available for both these items of furniture.
Please visit http://www.alidad.com/products/#alidad-velvet-furniture-collection for more details on dimensions and materials.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02073840121 for further information, prices and samples.
This week Alidad Adores these sumptuous and classic tassel tiebacks from Wendy Cushing Passementerie.
Wendy came to visit us this week and brought a dazzling array of richly textured tassel tiebacks. We absolutely love the ornate detail, traditional craftsmanship and intricate decoration of these decadent curtain accessories.
This week Alidad Adores these textured and colourful fabrics from Pippa Caley. We love the elaborate organic forms, the delicate embroidery and the bright bursts of colour in these varied and interesting textiles. A really fun and unusual addition to any room!
This week we absolutely love this sophisticated English Brass & Steel Drinks Trolley with Swivelling Shelves from Guinevere.
The curved geometry make it an enchanting piece to add to any drawing room and the swivel action shelves will definitely liven up cocktail hour! The rich colours of the brass and steel really compliment each other well and make a simple design into an elegant whole. We love it!
Here at Alidad we are excited to announce we will be posting a weekly blog about what we love!
Be on the look out for interesting insights into what grabs our attention and excites us each week!
This English Mythological Tapestry from Julia Boston Antiques. We love the composition of this 18th century tapestry and the exquisite scrollwork on the border – amazing something this old is in such excellent condition!
The tapestry depicts Apollo at Vulcan’s forge, the moment when the god Apollo visits Vulcan and tells him his wife Venus is having an affair with Mars the god of war. Apollo is shown wearing a red toga turning towards Vulcan who is not seen but his anvil and tools are depicted in the bottom right hand side of the tapestry. Venus and Mars are seen to the left in an embrace. Apollo’s chariot is shown in the clouds above his head.
Woven in wools and silks from the series Venus and Vulcan, reduced in size. This tapestry has been cleaned and had minimal conservation it has been fully backed with linen.
Caught in the act an Alidad designer working hard on schemes for an exciting new project.
Who says creativity needs to be tidy!
Alidad is back at Buscot Park today attending a photoshoot for a new book London Creative.
Here are some highlights from behind the scenes.
Watts & Co. are celebrating 140 years of their company’s colourful and beautiful designs. The “Pattern Watts’ Architects Wallpaper, 1870 – Today” exhibition offers a rare peak inside this fifth generation family-run firm.
In the exhibition’s pamphlet a photograph of Alidad’s interior was used to demonstrate the truly beautiful velvets produced by Watts of Westminster.