furniture

  • A Colourful Character

    Posted on 20th February 2017 by admin.

    Colour can be seen as the most important and influential aspect of a room’s character. Colour defines the mood of a room and to varying degrees, the mood of those who occupy it. Colour can also influence our perceptions of the shape and size of a room and the furniture within.

    As a general rule, rooms painted in light colours feel larger than those painted in dark colours. Ceilings painted a similar colour to the walls will appear higher, as there is less contrast at the transition between them.

    Sofas, chairs and furniture in bold colours will appear larger within neutrally coloured rooms, creating powerful and engaging accents. To play down larger pieces of furniture, choose them in neutral colours that are either sympathetic to their surroundings or lighter contrasts to boldly coloured walls.

    But if you’ve already made your choices for sofas, chairs and furniture and aren’t brave enough to splash vibrant or bold colours onto walls, doors or woodwork, what are your options?

    Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds offer the perfect compromise and are a practical and elegant way to experiment with colour.

    Whether you want to take things one step at a time by starting with a muted, neutral palette or you’re prepared to be adventurous and want to throw caution to a coloured wind of change throughout your home, Controliss have something for you.

    Dove, Calm Sand, Buff or Cornsilk will add a subtle warmth to clean, neutral rooms without compromising sophisticated style. Alternatively, playful hearts will be won over by Regal Blue, Lust, Purple Majesty, Kiwi or Tangerine.

    And unlike a painted surface, Controliss remote control electric blinds allow you to vary the amount of colour on show. Bring blinds down for maximum impact when entertaining; raise them half way for stylish accents; or raise them further for subtle hints of your true personality.

    So, if you’re sold on the idea of introducing a splash of colour into your home spaces, where do you start? Well, a Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blind in whatever colour you desire, is certainly less of an undertaking than decorating, whether with paint or wallpaper. To help you decide on which colour captures the mood you’re after, we’ve included a colour wheel, below, highlighting a spectrum of options with brief suggestions of the moods they help create and characteristics they embody.

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with colour, controliss, furniture, powered

  • The chair that defies gravity

    Posted on 18th December 2013 by Ben.

    The Gravity Balans Chair

    When it comes down to it we all want great pieces of furniture to do two things: look fantastic and be luxuriously comfortable. Designer of innovative furniture, Varier, has created a wide range of chairs that tick both of these boxes combining elegantly sculptural forms with the more practical considerations for comfort and posture.

    The Gravity Balans Chair is a great example of this, it’s large gravity-defying form providing a beautifully balanced cradle for resting and napping. The recliner allows you to put it into four positions, so you can take pressure off your spine, while it improves blood flow by having your heart lower than your head and feet.

    The incredible design is sure to be a talking point as well as providing a welcoming rest at the end of a hectic day.

    Find out more here: http://www.varierfurniture.co.uk/Products/Relax/Gravity-balans-R

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with chair, furniture, Gravity balans, Varier

  • 5 smart pieces of space saving furniture

    Posted on 8th November 2013 by Andy.

    Controliss electric blinds are compact and neat, which makes them ideal for apartments or rooms where space is limited. Urban living in particular is changing the way we live and so smart, space-saving ideas are helping redefine living spaces for city dwellers. These are just some of latest ideas: The Circle kitchen The Original Circle Kitchen takes a conventional kitchen and redesigns it as an all-in-one appliance. It can be easily relocated and behaves in the same way as a carousel, letting you revolve the kitchen to get to the appliances and cupboards that you need. The bottom unit revolves 180 degrees, while the top revolves a complete 360. It comes in a variety of configurations and can include a sink, hob, oven, fridge and dishwasher, as well as cupboards and shelves. It has the added bonus that once you’ve finished with it you can shut the doors and forget about the washing up.

    Original Circular kitchen

    Aquarium sink Keeping pets in a small apartment can be a real problem, but this clever aquarium bathroom sink makes the most of the smallest room to create a real talking point. It also gives you the added illusion of washing your face in a fish tank, which may put some people off, although the glass tank can also house a small zen garden to help you find inner-peace.

    Aquarium-Sink

    Pull-Down Bunk Beds The Pull-Down Bunk Bed by Italian designer Giulio Manzoni clearly takes its inspiration from the fold-down beds in the sleeper cars of European trains. A great way to free up floor space in the smallest of rooms, it also gives you additional, compact guest beds should the need ever arise.

    Giulio Manzoni Bunk-Beds

    The Open Book Library Chair Originally designed for a Grade II listed property that didn’t allow for book shelves to be installed, the OpenBook is essentially a bookshelf/magazine rack/armchair hybrid that provides a simple yet comfortable retreat where you can get stuck into a good book.

    StudioTilt OpenBook Chair

    The Living Cube The Living Cube by Till Konneker is designed to create storage and shelf space for small studio apartments. It’s essentially a TARDIS-like box that is part entertainment centre room and part walk-in wardrobe, topped off with a bunk bed. For something so compact it has plenty of room to keep all your stuff and keep your apartment tidy.

    ILLDesigns Living Cube

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with design, furniture, home, living, space

  • Splinter Works striking designs

    Posted on 8th July 2013 by Andy.

    Splinter-Works-Vessel

    Worried that you may have the same furniture as everyone else? Is your living room starting to resemble an Ikea catalogue? Well UK design company Splinter Works can change all that. The company was created in 2009 by Miles Hartwell and Matt Withington with the idea of making inspiring sculptural furniture and to ‘elevate the experience of everyday life’. Their strikingly original twists on familiar objects are still functional and are always of a high quality of finish.

    Tipping-Point-kitchen

    Working on a commission basis as well as producing a range of limited edition furniture their work is very exclusive. Commissions involve working closely with clients to create pieces that meet their needs and personality. As a result a lot of their work can be location specific, resembling art installations as much as they do furniture. A prime example of this is Vessel, a carbon fibre bath in the shape of a hammock. It takes the idea of luxurious and relaxing baths to extremes to produce a bath that looks nothing like anything else on the market. Working across a variety of materials nothing is off limits to Splinter, resulting in some extremely experimental and theatrical designs that become the focal point to any space. Their breath-taking Tipping Point open-plan kitchen design remains user friendly while also appearing to defy gravity, thanks to clever design and some sleight of hand. The knife edge on which it appears to rest beautifully echoing kitchen utensils.

    Tipsy-Stool

    They’re also happy to turn their hands to something smaller. The Tipsy stool also has fun with physics to create something that looks like it’s about to topple over, while the Stiletto table evokes the elegant lines of women’s shoes but creates something entirely new. Find out more: http://www.splinterworks.co.uk

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with bathroom, design, furniture, kitchen, splinter works

  • Art Deco: Getting Gatsby’s style

    Posted on 2nd June 2013 by Andy.

    Art-Deco-Gatsby

    The recent movie release of The Great Gatsby has reignited an interest for Art Deco, the style of art and architecture that emerged from France in the 1920's and flourished during the 30s and 40s. The Art Deco look is very Modernist, characterised by straight lines, engineered shapes and precise geometry. Here are a few simple tips for giving your home an Art Deco make over: Search antique fairs and second hand shops – Nothing beats the real thing and it’s very easy to find simple 1920s furniture for very little money. Typically furniture from this period has a lot of straight edges and very few embellishments. But a big piece, no matter how simple, can set the tone for the whole room. You should also be able to find items from the 20s and 30s like lamps, statuettes or even old cameras to give you a genuine retro look. Hang prints of classic Art Deco artwork – Reproduction London Underground or vintage movie posters are great for evoking the period, as many reflected the dominant aesthetics of the day. Alternatively this was a period when photography really took hold as an art form. Black and white prints of cityscapes or images by the surrealist Man Ray in simple black frames will really set the tone. The artist Tamara de Lempicka also created a lot of striking work around this time that mixes bold splashes of colour with hard edges. Use polished metals – Improved engineering made metal easier to use in furniture and decoration so tubular furniture and mirrored surfaces polished to a high shine will help create an opulent Gatsby look. Using metallic fabrics on cushions, throws and blinds tie these surfaces together and can create a sense of lightness and glamour. Be bold when choosing strong patterns - Decorate a room with wallpaper that uses two strong contrasting colours and geometric patterns, such as black and white triangles or zig zags. If you’re concerned about it being too overpowering or migraine inducing just use the pattern on an accent wall or on a large set of electric blinds, that way you can control how much the design dominates the space. Searching vintage clothing shops will help inspire you into what kind of patterns would work in your home, but remember the bolder the better.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with art deco, Electric Blinds, furniture, the great gatsby

  • The Best Things On Four Legs

    Posted on 11th May 2013 by Andy.

    A classic designer chair can make any living space. They’re not just somewhere to sit, their sculptural form can be a talking point, adding character and dominating a space, even setting the tone to how the rest of the room looks. Few designs manage to make it to iconic status but here are several whose four legs (or in one case a single leg) straddle the 20th and  21st centuries.

    Eames Lounge Chair

    Eames Chair The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman were designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company in 1956. The classic design, made from moulded plywood and leather, has been in production ever since. Brand new, the chair in the classic leather design retails for around £4,000. However, original, vintage versions are also very collectable as they are made from Brazilian Rosewood, which is now protected. Ideal for that vintage feel the Eames chair is an evocative retro throne for those that want to chill out, read or listen to music.

    Louis-Ghost-Chair

    Ghost Chair A modern classic from leading French product designer Philippe Starke is the iconic, transparent Louis Ghost Chair. Starke designs a lot of furniture for the Italian manufacturer Kartell, many using durable, injection-moulded polycarbonate plastic. A clever twist on a classic Louis XVI armchair, Starke stripped back the design to just its shape. It’s the chair that isn’t there, which pulls off the double whammy of being both traditional and modern. Although it is available in black and a variety of different tints it is the clear version that is most iconic and that will pretty much go with any colour scheme. Get a lot together for a stylish dinner party or a single one makes an ideal occasional seat.

    Barcelona-Chair

    The Barcelona chair Originally created during the German modernist movement for the International Exposition of 1929 in Barcelona, furniture manufacturer Knoll resurrected the design in the 1950s. It is a design that has managed to stay timeless and has become much copied. A popular fixture in fashionable reception areas its sleek design and smooth surfaces make it beautiful to look at, while its wide seat makes it ideal casual seating. Its low profile makes it seem to shy away from the limelight and it can often be found skulking against walls. However, arrange a few around a low table to create a relaxed place to sit and mingle with friends.

    Eero-Aarnio-Ball-Chair

    Ball Chair Designed by Finnish furniture designer Eero Aarnio in 1963, the Ball Chair (also known as the Globe Chair) screams Sixties quirkiness like a six-foot tall lava lamp. As designs go it couldn’t have been more simple – a revolving ball sitting on a single leg. When designing the chair Aarino drew an outline of his head in a sitting position on a wall to determine the chair’s height then took in to account the need to fit it all through a doorway. It’s a big statement chair that sets a retro tone and demands to be sat in. It comes with a caché of cool and will dominate any big room making sure all eyes are on it.

    The-Wassily-Chair

    The Wassily Chair Also known as the Model B3 chair, The Wassily Chair was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1926 while he worked at the Bauhaus in Germany. A classic of the modernist era it is simple and utilitarian in its design. The design was revolutionary in its use of materials. The bent tubular steel and canvas design had only become feasible after German steel manufacturer Mannesmann perfected a process for making strong, seamless steel tubing. This was also critical in that it allowed for mass production, which helped cement its iconic status. It inspired many similar designs and has been widely copied. It wouldn’t be out of place in a minimalist, utilitarian space where its clean angles and lines will add another dimension.

    This Post was posted in Design Icons and was tagged with chair, design, eames, furniture, kartell, knoll, vitra

  • Summer Dining

    Posted on 6th July 2011 by Andy.

    If you've been working in an office or other indoor enclosure recently and want to try and make the most of the recent spate of glorious weather, make a point to dine alfresco, whether in the city or at home.

    Here at Controliss blinds, we’ve decided to create an alfresco dining area, and make the most of the stunning weather for those well deserved lunch breaks.

    It’s nice to put together a picnic or a continental breakfast that really makes you feel like you’re a million miles away from home, and that well deserved break will make you happy and set you up for the rest of the day, that’s if you can create a relaxing and comfortable environment  in the first place.

    To begin with, you’ll need somewhere to sit and eat, somewhere you can enjoy the view while you are shaded from the midday sun.

    John Lewis and Marks and Spencer have some beautiful garden furniture this season, in wrought iron and wood, and a range of brightly coloured picnic ware.

    If you’re heading out to the park, a traditional hamper is the way to go. These beautiful hampers from Regency Hampers offer you bespoke collections with a range of foods included that will suit any occasion and varied diets, such as vegetarians.

    If it’s just the hamper you’re after because you want to put together your own picnic, John Lewis has a stunning 4 person luxury hamper including crockery, cutlery and cruet set.

    When it comes to the actual food, finger foods tend to be the easiest to deal with, and if you have guests coming over or if you are taking the family out and want minimum fuss, treat yourself without having to put in all the hard work.

    Waitrose provide an amazing array or prepared food for entertaining which can  be delivered straight to your door, including Buffet, Barbecue and cakes, I’ve treated us to a tray of sushi at Controliss blinds, but for some reason, I may be devouring it all myself.

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    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with alfresco, dining, furniture, garden, outdoors, picnic, Summer

  • Zen Your Space With Natural Wood Blinds

    Posted on 18th June 2011 by Andy.

    If your house is anything like mine, with random artefacts left around, people’s clothes on the back of chairs and so on, it looks like a clutter, and unbeknown to you could be creating bad energy in the home. You might, however, be fully aware of bad energy it has already created in you, such as when your children haven't taken their stuff up to their rooms. Never fear, the power of Zen is here. The word 'Zen' originates from a word meaning "meditation" or "meditative state". A lot of us have such busy lives that we need to be able to return home to a place of calm and relaxation. Turning your home into a place of serene surroundings, suitable for your routine of meditating or unwinding, does not necessitate a major overhaul. If you have Controliss Remote Control Blinds on your windows, you can create a barricade between you and any outside distractions with one effortless push of a button. Let's start on the settings by reverting back to the basics, choose neutral colours, off whites, and natural muted versions of greens. Next, if you’re choosing furniture, choose pieces with low lines, made in natural materials. This means no fancy legs or frilling, just clean, modern lines. Try to choose furniture made from natural materials every time, and avoid man made plastic and steel, our collection of natural wood blinds are perfect here. Lighting does not need to be brash and harsh, but soft and calming. If you have places in a room with recesses in the walls or pieces of furniture which could be lit from underneath, take that step to create a relaxing ambiance. If your lighting is still in the obvious places, change the bulbs to a softer tone or choose a natural lampshade of rice paper. Allow as much natural light as possible into the home, it lifts your mood immediately. If you’re thinking about accessories, candles and plants are perfect, providing light along with that connection with nature. Choose bamboo shoots which grow quickly and are incredibly green and curly, these can create an interesting focal point. If you’re thinking about flooring, again choose natural materials such as stone or wood. After all, Zen is all about creating that calm and relaxed space in your home, connecting with nature, going back to basics and un-cluttering your life. Therefore, no matter how stressful your day is, when you come home, it’s a calm sanctuary. You can promote Zen anywhere, even at your office so I'm now off to add a few Zen touches to my office at Controliss Blinds...

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with blinds, controliss, furniture, home, natural, wood, wooden, zen

  • Charley's Summertime Revamp

    Posted on 24th May 2011 by Andy.

    Searching for some inspiration for a summertime revamp I came across a few finds that I thought were worthy sharing on the Controliss Blinds Blog. So if you are thinking about renovating or decorating this Summer, maybe its worth taking a peek at some some things I'm using to inspire my summer revamp. In my case window blinds, curtains, tables, chairs, colour schemes and other furniture pieces are all on the agenda. There is a lot to play with, many great sources of inspiration, and as is usually the case for me, surfing the web is proving to be one of the most convenient and useful ways for a little keyboard tapping research.

    Firstly thinking about colours, summer is all about warm mellow long days, relaxing in the garden with a glass of wine, so chalky pastels are very apt. Take a look at the Dulux Forest Falls range  of gorgeous greens and team with dusky pinks and baby blues. The greens bring a fresh element to the home that is welcome all year round, and creates a calming and tranquil environment.

    If you’re thinking about some key furnishings or pieces of furniture, take inspiration from around the world take a peep at Traidcraft recycled furniture and fair trade homeware website . There are lots of beautifully crafted items to look through that will inject lots of ethnicity into many interiors.

    Let’s travel back to the 1950’s another seasonal trend for this year. Think muted primary colours, retro prints and furniture, with simple design implementation.

    Natural and fresh is another enduring style to pursue this summer, think about natural colours and materials, go for greens and browns, a selection of eye catching accessories and some statement furniture like these gorgeous rattan day beds for those  garden.

    So there are just a few ideas I've found so far but keep posted as I have been known to change my mind, especially when it comes to paint colours. That reminds me, I must buy those paint tester pots this time.

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    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with blinds, colours, controliss, furniture, green, greens, inspiration, Summer, window blinds

  • Tom Dixon

    Posted on 9th May 2011 by Andy.

    The first time I experienced and admired one of Tom Dixon's designs was in a bar in Nottingham. A warm friendly bar with an essence of cool and the longest line of the biggest copper lights along the bar you have ever seen. I loved the lights, they were so different, then a friend pointed out they were designed by Tom Dixon. That was the fuel to my fire, I went a bit Tom Dixon mad, researching where I could get one of these fantastic lights. Originally born in Tunisia, Tom Dixon moved to the UK at a very young age.  He attended Art school for a 6 month period until he had a bad motorbike accident which kept him in hospital for 3 months. When he was well enough he spent a couple of years as a musician in a band until another motorbike accident left him unable to play. He spent a lot of time being a nocturnal party animal which enabled him to experiment with welded structures in the day time. He quickly honed his welding skills so he could keep his motor bike on the road, and experimented with scrap, producing all sorts of pieces.  He soon realised he could turn scrap into pieces of practical and beautiful art which people were willing to buy.  Tom started to gather a following of fans and specific commissions to produce bespoke pieces. He was noticed by the Italian furniture company 'Cappellini' who put some of his designs into production such as the curvy 'S-Chair', which ultimately made Tom Dixon’s name and became an iconic piece of modern furniture. Many may not have heard of Tom Dixon before, but he’s more prevalent than you realise, as he is the creative director for Habitat and has been since 1997. The Tom Dixon company  started in 2002, and since then it has has produced its own range of furniture and contemporary lighting, famously the mirror ball range, of which the Copper Shade which I absolutely love was created. It might take me a while to save up for the Copper Shade, but I think it’s definitely worth supporting great British designers who produce iconic pieces of work. For now I will just frequent the bar in Nottingham, buy a glass of Rose and gaze adoringly at their line of Tom Dixon Copper Shades.

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