Monthly Archives: March 2011

  • Sales admin job available at Controliss

    Posted on 29th March 2011 by Lee.

    Controliss Blinds is a vibrant and fast growing business headquartered in Nottingham. We are looking to employ a capable and enthusiastic new team member with sales and admin experience. We will provide thorough training from the offset as well as career opportunities. We are a friendly welcoming team and invite all applicants to sent CV's by email to or phone us on 01159 311 911.

    This Post was posted in General Posts on 29th March 2011.

  • Design Icon: Karim Rashid

    Posted on 11th March 2011 by yasmin.

    The prolific and versatile industrial designer Karim Rashid is one of the most productive designers of his generation. He was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1960 and in 1982 went on to gain a bachelor in industrial design from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.  He later went on to complete his postgraduate studies in Italy. Rashid currently Works out of his private design studio in New York.

    To date Karim Rashid has had approximately 3000 design pieces put into production with some of his most iconic designs including the Garbo waste can and the Oh Chair for Umbra. One of our favorite Rashid designs has to be the Bonaldo Kandor chair and matching pouf. These fantastic pieces feature a steel structure and are available in leather or fabric.

    As well as individual objects and furniture items, Rashid has also designed the contemporary Japanese Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and the Switch restaurant in Dubai as well as completing exhibitions for Audi and Deutsche Bank. As a designer of any statute, you know you have made it when your designs are exhibited in a museum. Well Karim Rashid has definitely made it as his work is in permanent collections in over fourteen different museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. Rashid’s many designs have in turn won him many awards and honors including the Special Pentaward for creativity in packaging design, 2009 and the Red Dot distinction for high design quality, 2005-2010 to name but the recent. From furniture to accessories, to architecture and interiors, Rashid has designed them all, and to very high, award-winning standards. The question we want to ask here at Controliss is what is next? Perhaps more of what he is famed for, or perhaps even electric blinds or patterned designs for electric blinds, wishful thinking. Who knows, but we are excited to find out!

    This Post was posted in Design Icons and was tagged with Bonaldo, controliss, design, designer, designs, icon, industrial, Karim Rashid, New York

  • A Twist of Tudor Design

    Posted on 10th March 2011 by yasmin.

    The 16th Century Tudors adored opulence almost as much as they did rich banquets and public executions.  However, executions aside, we're pretty sure Henry VIII would have loved some of these latter day furniture pieces and he would have surely insisted on the Controliss fully automatic mains powered electric wood blinds. The opulence of the Tudor era is on its way back with rich fabrics, dark woods, statement furniture and ruffles all being on the style agenda this season!

    Like a statement Mulberry or Chloe handbag, the neck ruffle was an essential accessory for Tudor women back in the 16th century. Perhaps more comfortable than the neck ruffle, here at Controliss blinds we love the beautifully designed Peacock Chair. Designed by New York based designer; Dror Benshetrit for Cappellini this stunning chair with an ultra-modern edge is handmade out of three sheets of felt and minimal metal frame.  The tight weaves of the chair create a ruffle type effect, reminiscent of 16th century Tudor times.

    Tudor furniture was more often than not used as a status symbol, and for those who had wealth and power their furniture was hand-carved and embellished to the highest of possible standards. This dinner table fit for any banquet feast, has Tudor design and embellishment down to perfection with an added contemporary touch. The Hollandaise Small Console Table, designed by Astier de Villate is simply stunning. Astier de Villate’s furniture is made with natural materials whose beauty is believed to be enhanced with time. Here at Controliss we cannot deny this workmanship philosophy as this table is simply stunning and would look regal in any Tudor themed home.

    Nothing screams Tudor times more than rich velvets and embellishments do. Fill your rooms with these Tudor accents with the help of throws and cushions. Go back in time and embrace the Tudor theme. If it's good enough for King Henry...

    This Post was posted in Wooden Blinds and was tagged with Astier de Villate, Cappellini, chair, controliss, designed, electric, furniture, tudor, wood, Wooden Blinds

  • Retro Schemes

    Posted on 8th March 2011 by yasmin.

    If you are looking for a touch of retro inspiration for your home, then the retro designs and patterns of the 1960s and 1970s might just be to your liking. To celebrate all things bright and funky the retro look which combines funky patterns, eccentric colours and iconic pieces of space age furniture is all about fun times and funky living!

    Designed back in 1968 by the pioneering Finnish designer Eero Aarnio, the ball chair, otherwise referred to as the globe chair, is a superb example of Aarnio's create use of plastics and fiberglass in industrial design.  This iconic piece of furniture design oscillates between considered functionality and funky, space age design. The sphere shape of the chair presents an unconventional edge whereas the chair itself will add a touch of contemporary genius to any retro themed home. Turn your chosen room into a work of art with the use of a retro feature wall. The retro theme is all about colour and print and so to really adopt this funky look go for both and team with clashing colours on your linens and cushions, nothing was too loud or too bright in the 1960s and 1970s. If you want to stay with the retro theme, but don’t necessarily want too much colour on your walls, however, then the Superfresco City Scape wallpaper designed by Olivia White for Graham & Brown is just perfect. This wallpaper is a simple line drawing of a skyline which builds to work on three levels and although it is simple, put with other retro prints and colour schemes, this will look fabulously funky and very 1970s. To finish off your retro themed home look, go for brightly coloured electric roller blinds, a funky sound system and some great lighting and you will automatically find yourself back in the funky era of the 1960s and 1970s!

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with chair, colour, design, funky, home, retro

  • From Saville Row to Sitting Room

    Posted on 2nd March 2011 by yasmin.

    One of the hot trends on the catwalks at the moment is the 'tailored look'. Take fabrics of pinstripes, herringbone and hounds-tooth combined with clean, sharp lines and sleek home technologies such as electric blinds and you will be somewhere close to incorporating this momentous catwalk trend into your home. The trend-setting thing about the 'Saville Row' look is its ability to fit in to any style of home; it offers a hint of tradition as well as always offering a modern twist to any home. Ralph Lauren Home has certainly indulged in the tailored look this season with their classic Saville Row inspired collection of  wall coverings. The Haberdashery collection featuring classical menswear themed designs crafted in a bold palette of blue, brown and black makes for an instant home update that is bang on trend this season.

    Keeping up with the tailored theme of the season, the design brand that is Curiousa & Curiousa have designed and manufactured the Repro-Retro Chair. This stunning piece of furniture is reminiscent of the 1960’s French Chair which is where the designers took their inspiration from. The chair is manufactured from a birch and beach frame and has walnut veneered arms. The material in the chair is 100% cotton with the Thorny pinstripe design. It really is modern brilliance meets traditional couture. With the tailored look comes sharp lines and sleek accessories and let’s face it no tailored home accessory is sleeker than the electric blind. This ‘must have’ accessory offers stylish design as well as home comforts all rolled into one. From electric roller blinds to electric wood blinds, the collection of Controliss motorised blinds offer only the best in design and function. Our Hartford Black Vertical Blinds will compliment the tailored theme perfectly as well as offering luxurious remote control operation. So there you have it, classic tailoring is the hot trend for this season, so why not enjoy and indulge in it within your home?

    ' st_url='' class='st_twitter'> ' st_url='' class='st_facebook'> ' st_url='' class='st_email'> ' st_url='' class='st_sharethis'> ' st_url='' class='st_fblike'> ' st_url='' class='st_plusone'> ' st_url='' class='st_pinterest'> ' st_url='' class='st_reddit'> ' st_url='' class='st_delicious'> ' st_url='' class='st_stumbleupon'>

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with trend, blinds, design, electric, home, motorised, tailored

5 Item(s)