Article in PA Black | October 2015

Article in PA Black | October 2015

Article in the latest edition of the PA Black magazine on choosing the right design style for your home. Please see link here for the full article. (Pages 12-14)...
Holm House Article in Cardiff Life | March 2015

Holm House Article in Cardiff Life | March 2015

Article in the latest edition of Cardiff Life on the Holm House Hotel in Penarth. This article is the copyright of MediaClash – please see link for full magazine. PDF of article: Cardiff Life – Holm House – March...

Ikea at 25: The Welsh designers’ verdicts

Ikea at 25: The Welsh designers’ verdicts By Darren Devine, WalesOnline Oct 31 2012 Ikea is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the UK Its modern, sleek designs have found a captive market in aspirational 20-something professionals devoted to its mix of functionality and Swedish simplicity. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary in the UK, for some, Swedish retailer Ikea has revolutionised British interiors since arriving in Warrington in October 1987. Rooted in its founder Ingvar Kamprad’s upbringing in Småland, Sweden, where the soil is said to be “thin” and “poor”, the company’s philosophy has always been about making the best of limited resources. And in a country that is dark for much of year its range emphasised blonde woods and untreated surfaces to produce a summery feel in homes were sunlight was in short supply. Welsh interior designer Jane Beck says the firm has left a massive impression on the look of British homes – particularly those occupied by young professionals with a taste for the modern. Mrs Beck, who runs welshblankets.co.uk, said: “It’s brought a much more contemporary and Scandinavian feel in and obviously made things much more affordable. “I think some Welsh producers are now finding it easier to bring in contemporary stuff because of that kind of market. “It provides good, sound, affordable, simple design and you can mix the stuff with traditional and contemporary designs. “Hopefully it will spearhead British industry because we need to go the same way.” Globally Ikea now employs 131,000 staff in 41 countries and has annual sales of more than 24.7bn Euros. In the UK Ikea’s flat-pack furnishings have been embraced in...

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