It’s Panto Time – And We’re In It!

This year the Interior Designers Pantomime brings you Peter Pan and the Designers of the Caribbean, a theatrical adventure featuring legendary figures from the worlds of interior design and fashion.

Peter Pan

 

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Team Alidad Bank Holiday Retreat

Team Alidad had quite the adventurous weekend, which we wanted to share with you. Although it was the coldest August bank holiday weekend since records began, our staff mostly decided to escape to the countryside. Here are some of the landscape shots of locations visited by our team.

Bank Holiday Retreat

Top:Photo by Camilla, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Left:Photo by Nastasija, Rye Harbour, East Sussex

Right: Photo by Francesca, Seven Sisters, East Sussex

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Matisee: Cut-Outs

One of our colleagues visited Tate Modern over the weekend and simply had to share this inspiring exhibition.

Matisse is recognized as a leading figure in modern art and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see so many of this incredible artist’s works in one place, and to discover his final artistic triumph.

The exhibition is open until 7th September. Final all-nights weekend and late-nights have been added due to popular demand. We think it’s a must-see!

Henri Matisse The Snail 1953 © Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

Henri Matisse
The Snail 1953
© Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

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Alidad Talks about his New Book: The Timeless Home at the Feng Shui Society Conference, 17 May 2014, London UK

Alidad talks about The Timeless Home on 17 May 2014 (Saturday) in London

Alidad talks about The Timeless Home on 17 May 2014 (Saturday) in London

The Timeless Home by Alidad

The Timeless Home by Alidad

The Timeless Home a talk by Alidad at the Feng Shui Society Conference, 17 May 2014, London UK
Alidad is marking the publication of his first book “The Timeless Home” by sharing with us his unique aesthetic style, evocative design, and how to create a timeless home. Functionality, proportion and comfort are paramount, but Alidad will also reveal the secrets of the intangible feng shui principles which enhance beauty, harmony and balance. To book a place go to
http://www.fengshuisociety.org.uk/8-feng-shui-society-conference-17-18-may-2014-london-uk/

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Addison Mizner : Mediterranean to Palm Beach

 “The transition of art has become my greatest enjoyment….Most architects have spent their lives carrying out a period to the last letter and producing a characterless copybook effect. My ambition has been to take the reverse stand – to make a building look traditional and as though it has fought its way from a small unimportant structure to a great rambling house that took centuries of different needs and ups and downs of wealth to accomplish. I sometimes start a house with a Romanesque corner, pretend that it has fallen into disrepair and been added to in the Gothic spirit, when suddenly the great wealth of the New World has poured in and the owner had added a very rich Renaissance addition”

The Addison Mizner buildings in Palm Beach
The Addison Mizner buildings in Palm Beach can be counted by the dozens, each dissimilar and distinctive, inspired by the art of Spain and Italy and subtly adapted to the warm Florida climate. He said he turned the “Spanish inside out like a glove, making all the openings face a patio or a courtyard” and every room face two or three ways. There is a lightness and openness to both the inside and the outside of his houses; cleverly positioned windows and doors in his buildings meant that most rooms had a cross-draft giving a feeling when you’re in the house that you are as much in the Florida air as if you were on the beach or in the garden.

Palm Beach Everglades Club Hall

Palm Beach Everglades Club Hall

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Interior Design by Alidad, The Timeless Home book

Interior Design by Alidad, The Timeless Home by Alidad – available from Amazon

Interior Design by Alidad, The Timeless Home by Alidad – available from Amazon

 

Forward to the Book ‘The Timeless Home’ by Min Hogg. Persians are rightly cherished for their love of poetry. And the scent of roses will forever be linked with their name. But, above all, they are most admired for the enduring historic influence they have had in the fields of decorative art and architecture.
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Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace, was once an important royal palace playing host to kings and queens and international statesmen. It is one of the few medieval royal palaces to survive with substantial remains intact and was one of the only six palaces large enough to accommodate and feed the entire Tudor court. Initially a moated manor house, it was acquired by the future Edward II in 1305. Under Edward IV significant changes were made, most notably the addition in the 1470′s of the great hall, which still stands today. Eltham Palace was eclipsed by Greenwich and Hampton Court palaces in the 16th century and declined in the early 17th century. For 200 years after the Civil Wars it was used as a farm

Eltham Palace's architectural features seen here in Winter

Eltham Palace’s architectural features seen here in Winter

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