**Due to unforeseen circumstances our Christmas event will now take place on Wednesday 21st November – we hope to see you there!**
Join Jenny Blanc and the London team for festive drinks and nibbles on Wednesday 21st November from 11.00am – 8.00pm at our showroom at 59 High Street, Teddington.
We look forward to welcoming you with a glass of our favourite organic prosecco whilst you start your Christmas shopping in style. If you make a purchase you will receive a ticket for our ‘Grand Prize Draw’ and be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes including …
For our 1st Prize we are delighted to be giving away a signed copy of Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons – The Story of a Modern Classic by Raymond Blanc. This book is a personal tour of the legendary restaurant-hotel through the four seasons, with 120 recipes from Raymond’s celebrated kitchens as well as a fascinating glimpse at how together, Jenny and Raymond discovered, bought and transformed Le Manoir into one of the country’s best-loved country house hotels.
‘Once Upon a Time’’ is how this book should begin, because it is a fairy tale and that is how these magical stories always open…’ Raymond Blanc
The lucky winners of our 2nd Prize will be able to enjoy a meal for two with wine at The King’s Head Pub Brasserie in Teddington. The 3rd Prize winner will receive a £50 voucher for Jenny Blanc Interiors – perfect for spending on Christmas treats for your loved ones (or yourself!).
Don’t forget to take home a Jenny Blanc goody bag* including pampering treats by Neom Organics as a reminder to schedule in some ‘me time’ this festive season.
Our showroom will be glittering with Christmas decorations and gorgeous gift ideas, ready to take home today and of course our team will be on hand to help you find that perfect present!
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, a holy festival celebrating the creation of the world. In 2018 Rosh Hashanah will begin in the evening of Sunday 9th September and end in the evening of Tuesday 11th September. Traditionally the festival is celebrated with a special family meal where apple slices dipped in honey are served alongside plenty of sweet treats. The Michael Aram Pomegranate Collection takes its inspiration from one of the most universal and ancient symbols in the world, making it a beautiful addition to your table. The fruit of the Pomegranate has been prized across the globe, across cultures and across time as a representation of life, rebirth, and renewal as well as fertility and union.
“I grew up around pomegranates – from their use as natural dyes on the antique rugs I used to crawl on as a baby to an integral ingredient in the food that I love. When I’m at my home in New Delhi, I wake each morning to the taste of fresh squeezed pomegranate juice. The colour, the smell, the delicate flavour all make it feel like a magical elixir to me.” Michael Aram
At Jenny Blanc Interiors we are proud to offer a special selection of products from the Michael Aram Pomegranate collection, perfect for gifting to loved ones at Rosh Hashanah or any time of year. These new additions to our London Showroom are available in-store or online via Trouva with worldwide shipping available.
The Pomegranate Mini Pot with Spoon by Michael Aram (pictured below, centre) is a beautifully symbolic design which also serves a practical purpose – the gold-tone nickelplate lid lifts to reveal an enamel interior in a rich shade of brown which can be filled with honey, sugar or other condiments to enhance your table and create a memorable experience for your guests.
The Pomegranate Plate by Michael Aram (pictured above, top left) perfectly captures the shape and texture of the inside of a pomegranate and is the perfect accompaniment to the mini pot with spoon. Handcrafted in goldtone, it makes an elegant addition to your table where it can be used to serve nibbles or as a decorative accent around the home.
The Pomegranate Catch All (pictured below) is artfully handcrafted using natural bronze. The dish undergoes a series of grinding, buffing and polishing techniques meaning each creation is unique – a work of art in its own right. The design mirrors a sliced pomegranate complete with stem and leaf and is a beautiful addition to any bedroom or bathroom where it will keep rings and other trinkets safe.
When you shop with Jenny Blanc Interiors why not make the gifting experience complete by taking advantage of our free gift-wrapping service, available both in-store and online via Trouva. Your gifts will arrive boxed and beautifully wrapped in our luxurious signature gift wrap.
Call us on +44 (0)20 8943 4144 to place your order. Selected items are also available on our Jenny Blanc Boutique on Trouva.
Last week London was abuzz with the excitement of the Chelsea Flower Show (widely considered to be the ‘greatest flower show on earth’). I thoroughly enjoyed it this year as always however, today I’m going to be handing the reins over to Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson who has a very personal connection with one garden in particular. So without further ado – over to Sue!
‘As a Barbadian born and bred, I was of course delighted that the Barbados Horticultural Society have been awarded a gold medal (their eighteenth in 28 consecutive years) at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. My mother is a long serving member of the BHS and brought the first Barbados exhibit to Chelsea Flower show in 1985. She was heavily involved every year after until her retirement in 2010 at the grand age of 88 so it has a very personal connection for me. Barbados is a very small island but thanks to the dedication of members of the BHS and it’s team of volunteers (both on the island and here in the UK) we can not only have a presence at a world class exhibition such as the Chelsea Flower Show but take home a gold medal – an absolutely incredible achievement!
The theme for the 2016 exhibit, ‘This Place Barbados’ (in a year when we celebrate 50 years as an Independent Nation) vividly depicts the shape and topography of the island, complete with the country’s 11 Parishes, each one represented by different flowers and foliage, surrounded by several quintessential natural features and attractions. From the vibrant colours of Bridgetown Market and the Oistins fishing village in the south, to the swaying sugar cane and golden rum of St. Lucy in the north, visitors to the exhibit enjoyed a visual trip around Barbados that also magically reveals the magnificent underground splendour of Harrisons Cave and the lush botanical gardens found within the fertile tropical interior, including Orchid World, Andromeda, Flower Forest and Hunte’s Garden.
Perhaps even more impressive than the garden itself though is the work that goes on behind the scenes by the Barbados Horticultural Society and its team of dedicated volunteers to bring this little corner of Barbados to Chelsea. Every bloom and piece of foliage used in the garden was grown on the island before being carefully packed into 72 cases and flown to London, free of charge, by Virgin Atlantic. It is worthy of mention that the judges at Chelsea pay special attention to the condition and quality of the individual blooms and foliage so the Barbados Horticultural Society team deserves further high commendation for successfully growing and acquiring such magnificent floral material at a time when Barbados was suffering drought conditions.
One of the significant secondary roles of the BHS exhibit at Chelsea is to promote the importance of tourism to the economy and lifestyle of Barbados, as well as to portray how the amazing beauty of our natural environment is an integral factor in making our island such an attractive place to live or visit. On Monday’s special Celebrity and Media Day, Ainsley Harriott, long term friend of the country, charmed and entertained a steady stream of representatives of the press and media for over two hours. The tremendous BHS success story at the Chelsea Flower Show is a classic example of how Barbadians can achieve truly world-class standards when they work together as a team.’
The stunning photographs of the Barbados Horticultural Society’s ‘This Place Barbados’ garden seen here were taken by award winning flower and garden photographer Derek St Romaine. You can see more of his wonderful work on his website Garden Photo Library
I hope you have enjoyed todays peek at the ‘This Place Barbados’ garden! This year’s show is a particularly special one with Cleve West (who created the garden at our London showroom when we first opened 20 years ago) winning a gold medal for his ‘M&G Garden’. Raymond Blanc providing hospitality and my Son Olivier Blanc assisting with the Tom Smith Plant’s garden (pictured below). The Tom Smith Plant’s garden is a container grown fruit and vegetable garden designed to show what can be grown in a small space and was awarded a silver gilt medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. At last year’s Hampton Court Flower Show Oli won a bronze medal for his garden based on the world of Henri Le Worm, a colourful character created by Oli and his business partner, Charlotte Salt, which aims to inspire and educate children about growing, cooking and eating good food. The garden featured wonderful examples of home grown fruit and veg kindly provided by Tom Hare Plants so Oli was very pleased to be able to reciprocate and lend a hand at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. You can read about Oli’s success at last year’s Hampton Court Flower Show here and learn more about Henri Le Worm and his friends by visiting the website at www.henrileworm.com
Did you attend the Chelsea Flower Show this year? Do let me know your highlights!
At the Jenny Blanc Showroom in London we are used to welcoming customers who have travelled from far and wide to take advantage of our interior design expertise and shop for those finishing touches which make a home complete. Of course, it’s not always practical or possible for everyone to come and visit us in person which is why I’m so pleased to announce that Jenny Blanc is one of a select group of Boutiques to feature on Trouva – a new luxury shopping website which connects customers to fantastic independent brands across London and Brighton.
‘Trouva’ comes from the word ‘Trouvaille’ meaning ‘A lucky find’ and on the newly launched site you can expect to find wonderful and unique items from homeware to fashion, all in one place. I have really enjoyed the process of selecting items from the Jenny Blanc showrooms in both London and Barbados for our online shop – from popular bestsellers like our Swarovski Clutches to more unusual pieces like this fabulous Lobster Salt and Pepper Cruet (pictured below) there really is something for everyone – including the person who has it all!
The Trouva website is incredibly simple to use – local customers can take advantage of a 1 hour express delivery or free click and collect service, whilst delivery for those further afield starts at just £3.95 and is free for orders over £50. Jenny Blanc customers can enjoy our free gift-wrapping service making our Trouva site the perfect one-stop-shop for truly wonderful and unique gifts.
Last week, our London Showroom Director Chrissie Cocks and I spent a wonderful afternoon at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch at the Trouva press launch, and enjoyed meeting some of the other boutiques who are also featured on the site. From decadent handmade chocolates by Paxton Chocolate to Mrs. White’s wonderful, natural cleaning products available at Roullier White, it was clear that every boutique featured on the site shares the same values of quality, rarity and unsurpassed customer service.
Our Trouva site contains everything from gifts for the lady or gentleman in your life, beautiful items for the home to exquisite one off treasures that last a lifetime. We will be adding new items to our Trouva page frequently – especially as we move towards the autumn/winter season and Christmas so to make sure you don’t miss out. Add it to your bookmarks and be sure to drop by often.
For those in need of a little inspiration, here are some of my ideas for wonderful gifts to suit any occasion…
This ‘lovers’ ring catch (pictured above, left) is very popular in the London showroom. Picking up on the trend for mixed metals, this 24k gold plate and stainless steel ring catch looks beautiful even when empty. Displayed on a vanity unit or bedside table it’s the perfect place to keep rings and other trinkets safe at the end of the day. What could be more romantic than perfume spritzed from a traditional atomiser? Named after the novel by Alexandre Dumas, La Dame aux Camelias (pictured above, right) with its floral notes is a wonderfully fresh, feminine fragrance that suits everybody.
This Pewter Crocodile Stapler (pictured above left) is the perfect accent for a masculine desk and adds just the right amount of whimsy. Our silver double photo frame (pictured above right) is the perfect gift for a special celebration such as an Anniversary or Birthday – personalised with your own photos it makes a unique gift that he’ll treasure for a lifetime.
For the home…
I simply love these natural marble coasters (pictured above left) which have a wonderful weight to them and are really unusual. This set is perfect for the wine lovers amongst us! Our lacquered monkey tray (pictured above right) is an elegant design featuring wood and gilt – perfect for serving a decadent breakfast in bed or displayed on a sideboard as a decorative objet. One of my favourite touches is to fill it with beautiful and unusual bottles of liqueurs, gorgeous antique glassware and of course a silver cocktail shaker for the perfect home bar! It’s just the thing for adding a touch of the tropics to your home and best of all, it is currently on sale!
One of the wonderful features of Trouva is that you can add items to your ‘wishlist’ – either as a reminder to yourself or as a not-so-subtle hint to the potential present buyer in your life! What will you add to your wishlist? Do let me know in the comments and of course, happy shopping!
This year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show was blessed with wonderful weather for it’s 25th anniversary! It was a busy week for Jenny Blanc as her son Olivier Blanc’s award winning Henri Le Worm garden attracted hundreds of visitors.
Henri Le Worm is a animated character designed to inspire children to grow, cook and eat good food through an interactive and educational app designed by Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt. Henri’s colourful world was brought to life at this years RHS Hampton Court Flower Show by BBC gardener Chris Collins.
Jenny still found time to explore the show and admired the high quality of this years exhibitors. Here she shares some of her personal highlights.
Award winning gardens…
The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism’s Garden of Paradise caught my eye with it’s riot of red, purple, orange and white blooms. The garden played with scale and proportion, placing tiny, brightly coloured wild flowers like heather and borage alongide stately lillies and exquisite ‘Benjamin Britten’ and ‘David Bussel’ roses to create a garden full of depth and interest. I really admired the bold use of colour here and encourage anyone who is considering dipping their toe into the water when it comes to unusual colour combinations in the garden to take the plunge!
It’s a well known adage that colours in nature rarely clash but it couldn’t be more true! Combining different shades and tones from the same colour pallete can look really sophisticated, especially when placed alongside lush green foliage and brilliant blue water features as seen here.
Another gold winning garden which I adored was the Noble Caledonia ‘Spirit of the Aegean Garden’ which used shades of cobalt, aqua and cornflower blue to evoke ‘the timeless notion of unspoilt lands, beautiful scenery, and lime-washed villages’. The bright blue wall inlayed with white trellis matched the curved outdoor seating, resulting in a garden which looked cool and inviting. I love using bright, clear colours for outdoor living as softer colours which may look vibrant indoors often appear washed out in the sun. Even in 34 degree heat this garden looked refreshing thanks to its cool colour pallet and carefully placed water features.
One of my favourite tips is to combine plants of different heights to create a layered effect, adding interest to boarders and flower beds. Try brilliant blue Agapanthus and white Cephalaria Gigantea alongside purple Veronicastum. Petersham Nurseries in Richmond is close to our London showroom and always has a wonderful selection of plants to choose from.
Beautiful garden accessories…
As regular visitors to the RHS Hampton Court flower show will know, there is much more to see besides the gardens themselves. This year’s exhibitors pulled out all the stops to create inspiring displays of accessories for outdoor living. I was pleased to discover Historic Royal Palace’s fantastic range of gifts for garden lovers featuring three wonderful new prints. These wellington boots and garden kneeler, featuring a crimson and viridian Tudor rose print, were my favourite and felt very apt given our location! They are also available in Baroque and Royal Crown prints from Historic Royal Palaces.
Sourcing outdoor furniture that is both robust enough to withstand the rigors of the British climate whilst harmonising with a natural setting can be tricky. Luckily for those at the flower show there was a fantastic range to choose from. The furniture and accessories that I selected for the Henri Le Worm Community Garden featured sustainable, natural materials in rustic, organic shapes like this coffee table/bench, rustic bench and side table. The organic shapes of the wood harmonised with the rest of the garden and provided an attractive focal point, even when not in use.
Of course garden furniture doesn’t have to be rustic – I also love some of the more contemporary pieces in the range like this steel topped table which would be fantastic for outdoor dining or as a dramatic focal point in a conservatory.
These glass hurricanes are so versatile – filled with delicate eucalyptus branches and topped with a floating candle they make a wonderful centrepiece for a dinner table or could be used as part of a wedding scheme to add height and create atmosphere. In the Henri Le Worm Community Garden we filled them with a display of rosemary and chillies to showcase these vibrant, fresh ingredients. You can get really creative with whatever materials you have to hand which is what makes them so popular in our London showroom.
After a busy day in the sun, this garden hut by Breeze House looked most inviting. Breeze House produce some wonderful garden buildings in which to entertain and dine – or just relax with a good book! Full of tropical style, the buildings feature Scandinavian Redwood frames with Canadian Forest Cedar roof tiles, completed with natural reed thatch. Each hut is big enough to accommodate a dining table and is the perfect way to bring some Island style to your garden. I think they would look wonderful styled with some of the home accessories available in our London and Barbados showrooms!
Wonderful British food…
Outdoor living goes hand in hand with outdoor dining so it was no surprise that this year’s show was full of wonderful things to eat. I was so pleased to discover Ogilvy’s British Orchard Honey – a raw honey, sourced from apple and pear orchards in Kent. Nothing beats the taste of real, artisan honey – it’s an entirely different experience to the overly sweet, mass produced variety that you find in the supermarket. I always try to buy my honey locally to support the independent farmers who do so much to protect our honey bees and to benefit from the wonderful anti-hayfever properties that local honey affords.
Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies were simply marvellous – I enjoyed their Highland Scotch Salmon pie so much I even took one home for supper. You needn’t take my word for it though as Simon’s pies are available to order online by the boxful and keep in the freezer for up to six months. They’re the perfect thing to have on hand when the cupboards are bare and the British Summer leaves you firing up the wood burner and reaching for a cardigan.
Now Summer is in full swing I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the RHS Flower Show through my eyes and are feeling inspired to introduce some big, bold floral colour into your garden this year. If you went to this year’s show do leave me a comment and let me know what you enjoyed the most!
For more information about Henri Le Worm (as well as delicious recipes!) visit the website here.
Jenny Blanc Interiors were proud to sponsor the Henri Le Worm Community Garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Henri Le Worm is a popular children’s app created by Jenny’s Son, Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt which aims to ignite a lifelong passion for food and cooking by engaging children using a range of animated characters, voiced by actor Simon Pegg. Henri’s colourful, virtual garden was brought to life at this year’s flower show by BBC horticulturalist Chris Collins and Jenny Blanc. Our garden caught the eye of the judges immediately, winning a bronze medal in its inaugural year!
Our delight at being awarded a bronze medal was doubled when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall personally chose to visit the Henri Le Worm garden in order to learn more about the work that creators Oli Blanc and Charlotte Salt are doing with children, parents and schools. The Duchess met Jenny and the Henri Le Worm team before spending time looking around the garden. She then helped children from East Sheen Primary School participate in a cookery demonstration using fresh ingredients from the garden to create a delicious and refreshing gazpacho soup (very welcome on the hottest day of the year!).
The garden was divided into five sections featuring a demo garden for schools to water and plant, an edible shed, a recipe garden growing seasonal produce, an outdoor kitchen and a chicken coop! Visitors to the garden were encouraged to touch, smell and taste everything and went away with Henri Le Worm recipe cards so they can create some of Henri’s fantastic dishes at home.
The garden used bold blocks of colour to appeal to children – like the bright blue edible shed and orange brick work. This was complimented by a range of original outdoor furniture, fabricated from ecologically sustainable and recycled wood specially sourced for the garden by Jenny Blanc. “This, original, stylish garden furniture is unique and full of character. The ethos of using sustainably sourced materials chimes with the garden’s philosophy of encouraging a knowledge of nature and preserving it for future generations” Jenny Blanc
The garden also contained plenty of ideas that would be easy to re-create at home. For example, these wonderful insect houses which are great to look at but also provide important shelter for all kinds of creepy crawlies which help to keep a garden healthy.
The garden has been immensely popular throughout the week of the show and we’ve had some fantastic reviews. We were even featured on the BBC coverage of the show which is available now on iPlayer. The Flower Show may be over but life for the Henri Le Worm community garden has just begun! Following the show the entire garden will be relocated to a working farm in Charlton, South East London where it will become a community garden for local schools – we hope it will be the first of many.
Flowers are so essential for creating beautiful design, and I am thrilled that Jenny Blanc Interiors will be one of the sponsors of Henri le Worm children’s garden at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show. Henri Le Worm is an exciting, interactive animated children’s app and website that aims to encourage children to engage with food and nature in a fun and playful way. Created by Olivier Blanc and actress Charlotte Salt, Henri le Worm and his amazing cooking adventures brings to life the journey of plot to pot, with the voice of Simon Pegg as the characters.
The opportunity to contribute to help create the shows garden at this year’s prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show (30 June – 5 July 2015) not only seemed an exciting step, but a natural way to encourage children to get back outside exploring and gardening.
The Henri le Worm children’s garden (stand number F443) will be overseen by horticulturist Chris Collins and will be delivered to an RHS standard. The centre of the garden will have an outdoor kitchen area where Raymond Blanc will be doing a cooking demo using ingredients directly from the garden.
The garden, will be full of exciting and interactive features such as an edible shed, hanging baskets, a heritage fruit border, raised beds bordered by carved sleepers and colourful gravel and to top it off there will be a 3 meter wicker sculpture of Henri himself! Jenny Blanc Interiors will be displaying a wonderful furniture range, hand-made using natural materials.
Children will be encouraged to touch, smell and taste the fresh produce and learn more about Henri and his friends. Jenny Blanc Interiors have provided some beautiful garden furniture to add to the ambience and there will be a member of the team with information on site for interested parties throughout the show. We would be delighted if you could come and join us to enjoy this lovely event and the garden we have helped to create.
Our Caribbean Director and resident of Barbados, Emma Blanc, talks about the world famous performing arts festival at Holders Season… The 22nd Holders Season hosted by the Kidd family in the beautiful grounds of the 17th century Holders Plantation House overlooking the beautiful West coast, has yet again been one of the high lights of this year’s season in Barbados. Wendy Kidd, producer of the festival, pictured below with model daughter Jodie ensures that each year is as memorable as the last and this year has been no exception. Many visitors plan their time in Barbados to coincide with this event and it is a must do in most of our diaries, especially mine as I spent many years in the Performing arts and events before moving into the Design world.
This year the first two evenings featured a Cabaret Dinner, where guests saw performances from acrobats and magicians in the Holders Gallery.
The following nights saw performances including The Music of Hollywood, and other themed nights such as Cajun, Cuban and American Soul and the City performed by artists from all over the world. The Theatre Night was opened by the OTT (Operation Triple Threat) – a developmental performing arts program for local students between the ages of 7 and 21, a division of “Live-Breathe Music!” a company dedicated to offering superior training to musicians and aspiring ones and also one of this year’s beneficiaries of the festival. OTT will also be performing their version of THE WIZ next month at the Frank Collymore Hall in our capital, Bridgetown.
The programme of events saw its finale on Saturday 21st March with a Gala night featuring the UK’s most wonderful Opera Band “ Blake” – back this year by popular demand along with the very talented Canadian singer songwriter Sarah Boulton all preceded by the Mosaic Steel Orchestra. A brilliant end to another fantastic Season.
Happy New Year from Jenny Blanc! It’s great to see the Jenny Blanc offices filled with people again, and bursting with fresh ideas. Our sale in the UK Showroom is now on, and we have a wonderful selection of items to choose from. Why not have a look at our Streethub page for an easy click and collect service: Click Here
We have many further interesting items on sale in the London Showroom from our beautiful home accessories to lighting and mirrors.
On the other hand, it’s certainly not the January Sales in Barbados, as it’s full steam ahead with the new season. Our international clientele are always eagerly awaiting the new products that we display every season. We source products from around the world, as well as presenting The Jenny Blanc Collection, which is featured in both showrooms.
We’d love to welcome you, both in London and Barbados, to come and see the products that reflect the unique lifestyle that is on offer at Jenny Blanc.
Do contact our Showroom Directors if you have any queries:
Chrissie Marshall in London: +44 (0)20 8943 4144
Emma Blanc in Barbados: +1 (246) 432 0989
Here’s to health, happiness and beautiful design in 2015!
John Chandler is a great friend of the company and a much loved figure in Barbados. John and his wife Rain, established a wonderful reputation for their absolutely fabulous Sunday Buffet Lunches and private functions at Fisherpond House, which was voted Michael Winner’s ‘Best Personal Restaurant Experience’. Prior to this, John was the Owner and general Manager of The Ocean View Hotel which was one of the Grand Old Dames of Barbados hotels, host to a glittering array of prestigious and glamorous clientele, Norman Parkinson, Brian Ferry and David Linley to mention a few. It was often used as a stop over by the residents and visitors on their way to Mustique.
Jenny and Emma Blanc were thrilled to attend the launch of John’s sensational new book Hotel Barbados: My Life of Discretion at the Ocean View, in the presence of Sir Cliff Richard, who has written the forward to the book.
The launch was held at Lancaster Great House, a beautiful plantation house which John and Rain have recently bought and refurbished. Much to the delight of their many patrons, they are scheduled, once again, to open their doors for the continuance of their famous Sunday Buffet lunches, wonderfully lavish functions and private dinner parties.
The hospitality of John and Rain in their new home, Lancaster Great House, will of course reflect the traditions of the lavish and grand entertaining that would have played a big part in the history of this lovely plantation house.
You may have noticed our posts on Facebook and twitter. Jenny Blanc was so excited to be involved in the launch and we were delighted to host a book signing at our gorgeous Showroom in Sunset Crest, Barbados on Friday 12th December 2014, where glasses of celebratory champagne and delicious mince pies were enjoyed by many of our friends and regular clients who were invited to attend .
Hotel Barbados is on sale now in our Barbados Showroom, BDS$85.00 and will arrive in our London Showroom in the New Year.
There never seem enough hours in the day at this time of year and with all the interior shows spread even further apart, it’s quite a challenge fitting everything in. Decorex moved to Syon Park this year- you could say back to its spiritual home as it was a favourite location some years back. Maison in Paris is very much a buying show for JENNY BLANC, but Decorex is different. The design team are looking for something new, something exceptional to present to clients for up and coming projects.
It didn’t take much searching to find exquisite fabrics. This collection by Jim Dickens is stunning. There is a strong influence of travel throughout the collections this season and these velvet weaves emulate the look of aged carpet bags you might find in India or Morocco. And the plainer weaves to go with make designing furniture around this sort of collection a really inspiring concept.
Decorex is the ideal place to really experience the look and quality of furniture. We’d been blown away by some of the sophisticated recycled materials at Maison and Decorex didn’t disappoint on this concept either. It’s so refreshing to see furniture where the beauty of wood is there to tell the story- it’s the sort of look which fits into classic or contemporary homes anywhere in the world.
At the other end of the scale is sophistication in every sense of the word with Jonathan Charles collection. Shagreen surfaces and metalwork creating statement pieces with the luxe factor.
Decorex wouldn’t be Decorex without the enjoyment of seeing the latest offering from William Yeoward. We never fail to be amazed at how he manages to create new concepts – still very William and with humour, style and attention to detail part of every piece. His furniture collaboration with Jonathan Charles explores the use of inlay, veneer and carving. This greyed oak occasional table with its rams head drawer with spot inlay base is inspired.
There something very special about the William Yeoward blue. And it was so beautifully presented in the cushion and Art Glass collections. It’s always a clear blue yet with a richness of tone.
Blue was a recurring theme around the show. It’s a colour the design team love to work with as it’s interpreted in ever more beautiful ways with textiles from every corner of the globe. These ideas were from Guatemala and Sweden.Birds are a strong recurring theme too.
We’re always searching for very special, unique pieces for our Caribbean projects. These lamp bases really caught our eye. Imagine these in a large open living area looking out on the bluest Caribbean sea with just wonderfully comfortable white sofas for company. The white lamp base is decorated with glazed turtles no less.
I like this picture of the design team. It’s 5pm, the end of this year’s Decorex, a slow traffic-filled journey back to the London showroom and we are still standing and still smiling!
If Maison is anything to go by it’s going to be a black Christmas – colourwise that is. We were treated to a lunchtime chat with Michael Aram and heard all about his recently launched ‘jewelry’ collection at Bloomingdales, New York. Quite beautiful and now on our Santa wish list. This very chic acorn decoration by Michael epitomises the trend for a black and metallic Christmas. Even for Christmas the recycling theme we’re seeing everywhere continues. These incredible candles are burnt palm roots filled with heavenly scented wax as only the Italians know how. Just to finish off the Santa wish list, these exquisite shagreen and marble boxes topped with shells and coral are a taster of the collection at the Barbados showroom this Christmas. On a furniture front the London design team are always very focused on finding specifics for client’s projects. It’s just one of many places we use to source something unique and to brief. There’s a definite shift around the show for combining velvets with wool suitings – a very elegant ‘crombie’ look. Contrast piping in fabric or leather and studs are the finishing detail. At JENNY BLANC outdoor verandah furniture is just as important for our international clients.We represent Manutti in the Westward Islands, and Maison is the ideal way to experience first hand new and exciting pieces added to the range.These stunning Elements loungers are made for sleeping under the sun and the stars. The Air collection of sofas and loungers appear to float and the colours just melt into the landscape of an infinity pool. The best outdoor furniture relies on the quality of the materials combined with excellent design.These shapely chairs by Manutti have it all. Turquoise in its many shades is a recurring theme.These are just snapshots caught on IPad around the show which sum up this gentle shade. When you’re at Maison it’s the flower displays which stop you in your tracks. And, the last stop of the day ….. The Opera House at Place de La Madeleine for dinner with Michael Aram at the world renowned Opera Garnier. The select group included the great and good from Bloomingdales Dubai, Gum Moscow and Bemen Istanbul. Chef Stephane Bidi created a special menu for the evening with Acte I, II and III. Conjur up how beautiful Green Peas Gazpacho, Cod with Preserved Lemons and Lemon Thyme and The Classic Opera Cake could be. What an end to an inspiring day.
September’s a big month for the shows, kicking off with Maison & Objet in Paris. As always the design team catch a fleeting glimpse of Gare du Nord and the streets of Paris as we head off to the exhibition centre close to the airport at Paris Nord Villepinte. It’s also one of the main buying trips for the showrooms in London and Barbados and there are seven large halls to get through.
It’s always good to see directional ideas with colour and to be inspired. So many pretty pastels around the show with turquoise making a big comeback. The most relevant accent colour is orange made all the more beautiful combined with interesting metallics. Designs are whimsical with birds and birdcages everywhere around the show.
The use of recycled materials has been taken to a whole new level with some of the most exciting brands creating stunning furniture and accessories. Using traditional craft skills combined with authentic decorative materials the results are staggering. Here’s a list of the materials we’ve drooled over – mother of pearl, petrified wood,horn, selenite stone, semi precious stones and eggshell.
Maison is THE show for sourcing planters which are very much part of interiors and exteriors for projects happening in the Caribbean. This fabulous display is based around imposing fibre glass shapes which are ideal to keep the weight down which is so important from a shipping and installing point of view. The outer ‘skins’ are crafted in wonderfully organic materials such as oyster shells, pencil graphite, pine bark, burnt and polished eggshell, lava and coconut. A recycling paradise.
Wall art is everywhere around the exhibition. This piece features metal lily pads and blooms and pottery fish.
There’s so much to report on at the show so we’ll be posting at the end of today’s visit too. Time to close the iPad and join the crowds at Gare du Nord !
Away from the chilly French air, Maison and its many show halls was a breath of fresh air. There’s a really strong theme coming through for pastel shades. The prettiest tones of coral, pink and yellow and a green that can only be described as pale lovett.
There is so much to see and so many beautiful ideas . It wouldn’t be Maison without a visit to the Sempre experience. Room upon room of interiors are ‘decorated’ with flowers- blossom and grasses are very now. THE look this season was for grouping glass test tubes filled with cuttings in large, shapely vases.
Maison is the place we like to see at first hand the new furniture collections from Vincent Sheppard. They’ve given some of their most popular chair shapes the pastel touch- powder puff pink, a smoky grey and lovett green make a compelling concept for living areas. And, they’re upholstering favourite shapes , like this Cocoon chair and the most curvaceous sofa. We just had to take five to lounge and experience. The new brochures are already on route to both our showrooms.
FIRST STOP DECO OFF It was pretty wet on the Parisian streets of Deco Off this weekend. Still, the French made everyone smile with bobbing about outdoor lampshades in the newest fabrics -they’d even decorated concrete bollards in colourful fabric covers!
When you find exciting new fabric collections, the trip’s been worth it. Pierre Frey Sari was top of the list – the delicate underwater embroidery on linen with tiny seed pearls, just beautiful.
Jim Thompson windows featured large honeycombs in the latest wallpapers with bugs and bees stencilled on the glass. Inside, a totally sophisticated fabric collection for outdoor use.
There was a tropical theme in Rue de Furstemburg. Osborne & Little, doing what they do best-a window of under-the-sea urchins and sea creatures made from trimmings and fabric. Their interiors window, so elegant. The large windows of Manuel Canovas were filled with walls of fabric made to look like seaweed. Very inspiring on a wet Sunday afternoon.