February 2018

Italy is synonymous with style and flair, which is what makes Italian art and fashion so favoured across the world. When you think of Italian style, names like da Vinci, Michelangelo, Ferrari, Versace, Armani and Prada might spring to mind. Such names represent luxury, high quality and the very pinnacle of artistic creation. Venetians are master glassmakers, being the first to make mirrors and Murano glass works are some of the most sought after in the world, particularly luxury chandeliers....

When you think of interior design, you most likely picture the sleek glossy photos in design magazines and huge, elegant stately homes or futuristic apartment living. The truth is that concepts of interior design date further back into history than we perhaps imagine and encompass every living space, not just those expensive, grand abodes. Thinking about prehistoric man, existence was very much based around the concepts of survival, function and necessity. However, there is plenty of evidence to show that even...

When it comes to designing an interior space for your home, office or commercial space there are certain elements or principles that help to produce the best results. Interior design is the act of changing an interior space to create a different experience or atmosphere. It is more than surface decoration but encompasses various aspects of spatial volume, psychology, architecture and decoration. If you have a desire to remodel, adapt or build a space of any kind, then here are...

If you’ve not heard of this type of glass before, then prepare to be amazed, as this is one very special variety of glass. Totally unique, the glass is made on a small island near Venice, Italy called Murano. The history of glassmaking on this small island has influenced glassmakers across the world with its development and refinement of distinct methods. From figurines and tourist souvenirs to jewellery and ornate chandeliers, the glass of Murano still maintains its reputation for...

How much do you think you know about glass? It’s an incredibly versatile material that we experience everyday without even noticing. It’s in our homes, our vehicles, our mobile phones and even worn on our faces! Glass is absolutely everywhere, and yet most of us don’t give it a thought. Here are some fascinating facts about glass that might surprise you: Glass is an amorphous solid, which sounds like a contradiction. Molten glass solidifies at such a fast rate that the...

Nothing inspires the imagination like the beauty of light reflecting off hundreds of pieces of glass. Chandeliers have been the pinnacle of lighting opulence for centuries and grace the ceilings of many grand homes, restaurants and hotels around the world. But where did it all begin? The history of the chandelier is some 800 years old and crosses many countries. It has long been the symbol of royalty, aristocracy and luxurious wealth. Many of the designs we recognise today were developed...

Whether you’re redecorating, renovating or building a new home, choosing the right lighting fixtures is one important detail that needs to be considered. Here is an easy room-by-room guide to help you think about what you want the room ambience to be and the best lighting options to achieve this: Entry The entrance to your home provides the first opportunity to create the kind of atmosphere both you and your guests want to experience when you arrive home. If your entryway is...

Buying an item that’s been hand-crafted to your specific requirements is perhaps not something many of us consider very often. We have become so familiar with buying what we need off the shelf in a store or nowadays, online. However, there are multiple benefits from using a skilled craftsperson to create a unique item just for you. 1. Perfectly tailored to your needs Working one-to-one with an artisan is a much purer experience. Gone are the middlemen and the influences of buyers...

Appearing to cascade through the air, the mesmerising Amiraglio Aqua Droplets Ovale chandelier is the epitome of craftsmanship and art in glass. Yet behind the seemingly effortless flow of this outstanding statement piece lies some clever engineering and design to overcome the challenges of creating such a large chandelier. From candles to LEDs Throughout, history, the chandelier has been associated with elegance, luxury and opulence. The word chandelier means ‘candle holder’ and the earliest exemplars were to be found illuminating the interiors...

There are few things in interior design that demonstrate glamour and elegance better than a dramatic chandelier. Antique chandeliers, in particular, can take the breath away from anyone witnessing their dazzling beauty. The craftmanship is of such a high standard that each one is a unique work of art. The 'day job' of a crystal chandelier is to light up a room, but beyond straightforward illumination, a beautiful, antique chandelier will shower the room with romance and an air of classical...