Decorum Explores: Disused metro stations

As you can imagine, working in the design industry comes with its perks. We have early access to the ‘next big fashions,’ meaning we are always on trend (we knew pineapples were going to be a thing before they were a thing,) we have the opportunity to meet many wonderful, creative people and, of course, we are exposed to quirky new ideas. disused metro station plans. daily decorum decorum media

These concept designs, by OXO architects and Laisné Architecte, are the latest thing to capture our attention. Proposed by Parisian mayoral candidate, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the images depict a plan to convert ghost stations along the metro into something of use, and of beauty.

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According to Morizet’s campaign website: “Paris has 11 underground ghost stations. Some of them have never been opened, others have been closed since 1940 and the occupation of Paris. These stations contain authentic places of history, which have remained in tact since their closure. Today, these stations are sleeping under our feet.”

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Morizet goes on to promise to“restore these special places for Parisians, opening them to the public and redeveloping them to give birth to alternative uses: sporting, cultural and festive” and “allow Parisians to choose the use they want to give these abandoned places, while enhancing the historic heritage of the Paris metro.”

The proposed uses include swimming pools, bars, nightclubs and even an underground garden centre.

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Personally, we love the idea of transforming one of the vacant spaces into a theatre. A ballet staged underneath Paris would be an unforgettable experience – and is an idea we can’t help but think London should be paying attention to. (Come on Boris, where are your plans to recreate our disused stations?)

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Manal Rachdi, one of the architects working on the project, said: “This project aims to bring back to life these ghost stations by giving them a new purpose. To swim in the metro seems like a crazy dream, but it could soon come true!

“Why can’t Paris take advantage of its underground potential and invent new functions for these abandoned places?”

Would you visit a converted metro? Can we join you?

Decorum Loves: Ptolemy Mann Itten rug

This distinctly autumnal weather has got me wearing slippers again at home. Why? Because my flat has only painted floorboards throughout, and therefore can be remarkably chilly underfoot when the temperatures drop. And although I love the simple sophistication that comes from hard flooring, really, honestly, there’s just nothing like a cosy rug underfoot to make you feel like you’re truly ‘home’.

However, over the years, I have struggled with rugs. Finding the perfect designs that are not a) garish nor  b) boring has been a real challenge. So this delicious colour-blocking beauty by Ptolemy Mann has really got my heart fluttering…

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Designed in the UK by textile artist Ptolemy, the Itten rug is made from full wool pile, just perfect for sinking your toes into at the end of a long day. The abstract piece is hand-knitted by experienced rug makers in Nepal.

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If pile rugs are a bit too much like carpet for your tastes, there’s also a stylish flatweave version which combines wonderful hues of purple and yellow to create a design that’s like art for your floor…

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Ptolemy Mann has been creating colourful work from her studio since 1997, using hand-dyed and woven techniques, starting out – unsurprisingly – producing architectural, geometric and sophisticated wall-based art. Her foray into commercial homewares is recent and includes fabrics, rugs, cushions, bed linen and throws. The rugs, however, are my definite favourites. Available now from Heal’s in three sizes – check out the rest of her designs too.

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Stephanie - Love Ptolemy’s rugs. Her use of colour is so vibrant, and instantly recognisable.

We’ll be collaborating with her on something special for our Decorex stand (K40) in September, so do drop by and have a look!

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dailyd - Oh we definitely will do! Sounds intriguing.

Little Luxuries: Anatomy of Digestion china

At first glance, this china looks like another beautiful, but abstract, geometric design, the kind that has seen a recent resurgence in popularity in the last few years. If you didn’t know any better, you might say you thought it was a new design by Hermes, or maybe Bernardaud. But you’d be wrong…

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In fact, this unique range of fine china, called Anatomy of Digestion, takes its influence from a rather unusual – if not unrelated – source. The designs illustrate the anatomy and histology of the digestive system in striking monochrome. Hand-gilded detailing finishes off the sophisticated pattern.

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It might not be immediately obvious exactly what you’re looking at, but look closer and you can clearly see the ‘teeth’ in this delicate cup and saucer, above. Starting from the very top of the digestive system, the designs work their way down as it were, to the stomach, intestine and liver.

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Made from bone china, every piece in the collection is lovingly made by hand and hand-gilded in Stoke on Trent. There are four different human tissue designs available, all designed to mix and match. So you can choose from Teeth, Mucosa, Arteries and Lobules. The range is available from mid-September.

The designer behind the collection at Anatomy Boutique is anatomist and medical illustrator Emily Evans. After 10 years as a freelance Medical Illustrator and teacher of anatomy to medical students at Cambridge University, Emily hopes her collection will highlight the beauty of anatomy to those outside of the academic field.

We love them! But perhaps it’d be best not to tell guests what the patterns represent until after they’ve finished eating and drinking…

Decorum Loves: Tom Faulkner

Of course, we’re a bit biased with this post, because Tom Faulkner is one of our newest clients. Having long admired the brand (we’ve actually already featured the Tiffany chair as one of our Little Luxuries), we’re very excited to be working with this incredibly talented team in the coming months, and it’s been a real pleasure to learn more about this unique design firm.

Founded in 1995, the company specialises in handmade metal furniture, and is well known for its distinctive glass-topped dining tables. Tom Faulkner himself started the company when he began working with metal in the early nineties, setting up his first workshop in Wiltshire and realising the possibilities that working with metal offered – especially when it came to the finishes.

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(Click on pictures to see more details of the products)

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The best bit about Tom Faulkner’s designs, we believe, is that mix of contemporary and timeless – all the pieces feel modern yet completely classic and sophisticated. And the team don’t just make furniture – there are also lights, candlesticks, mirrors and clocks in the range. Pieces are all made to order and therefore customised to suit client’s requests, including choosing from a vast array of different metal finishes!

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The company has grown over the past twenty years but retains its passion for creating quality products, which are meticulously made and finished by a team of skilled craftsmen. The workshop in Wiltshire has since been joined by a Chelsea showroom, but customers are still welcome to visit the workshop to see the process behind the creation of the pieces.

At this year’s Decorex International, Tom Faulkner will be exhibiting on two stands, one which will feature exciting new launches, and the other which will show the Madison, Sienna, and Lexington ranges, all of which are very versatile ‘straight line’ designs. And the wonderful Fromental will be decorating the stand with its stunning hand-painted silk wallpaper – we can’t wait to see the result and hope to see you there!

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