Fabric hangings at the Affordable Art Fair

March saw the return of the Affordable Art Fair - London’s friendliest art fair, welcoming art lovers,
art connoisseurs, and art novices alike to discover affordable art by thousands of artists under one roof.
There were 117 participating galleries from all over the UK and abroad, bringing their choicest
selections all priced between £40 & £4,000.

Parris Wakefield Additions were excited to be asked to hang our textile collection on the walls of the cafe area.
We hope all those art lovers enjoyed looking at our designs while taking a break from viewing all the amazing paintings, prints, sculpture and photography on show.

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Our First Wallpaper Production Run

Today is a very exciting day for Additions as our wallpapers went into production. It took a lot to find the right manufacturers to get the quality and colours absolutely right, but it was well worth the effort.

In the photo below you can see 'Bliss' being printed and looking amazing. This very wallpaper is on its way to a waterfront apartment, designed by Swank Interiors, we look forward to sharing the photos with you later.

Thank you to Esme Lynch and everyone at Anstey Wallpapers for helping turn our designs into reality.

A Mondrian-Inspired New York Apartment

Mondrian’s iconic Broadway Boogie Woogie inspired the home of
architect and critic Joseph Giovannini.
He re-interpreted the painting in his New York City studio apartment.
I love how these small blocks of colour make a big impact and seem to
lead you around the appartment.
Simple, effective and super cool!

Photography by:Eduard Hueber

Photography by:Eduard Hueber

Photography by:Eduard Hueber

Photography by:Eduard Hueber

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Spring Wish List - top picks

Blog&Buy sale have recently put up their spring wish list which showcases the very best creative products from independent artists & designers. We are delighted to have 3 of our designs selected, our Marthe lampshade and cushion as well as our Field large cushion. 

There are so many brilliant things getting sold by independent artists and designers, but the problem is finding them - Blog&Buy sale brings them all together in one place. With so many great things it is hard to choose, however after lots of deliberation I narrowed it down to my top 3.


STUFF I’M LIKELY TO FORGET NOTEBOOK by BREAD AND JAM

I love orange and am always forgetting things so this is perfect for me.


ROUND GLASS CHEESE PLATTER, THE ALABASTA from DOVETAIL-LIVING.COM

Designed by Asta Barrington this platter full of colour and pattern would be a joy to put out on the table every time


GG SHELVES by COUCOUMANOU

Perfect little side table, so useful with a great little pop of colour.

Carpet Design Awards 2013

The Carpet Design Awards have become the focal point of the rug industry since their inception eight years ago. This year there were 214 entries from 25 countries, which made it such an honour for us, with our first rug designs, to make it to the final three in the category Best Collection: Modern. Here the judges were looking for a series of designs that worked well as a unified whole - that are strong individually in addition to working as a group commercially. 

Our designs were described as having "a beautiful rhythm to the colours and textures of silk and wool" Many thanks goes to Knot Rugs for producing our designs and to Regan McDonall for skillfully interpreting our designs and placing the silks.

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From all the designs that succesfully made it to the final selection my personal favourite is Magna Hildebrand's Labyrinth Teppich 3. This is a stunning rug with wonderful colour combinations, a simple organic shape, combined with inovative tufted textures.

Magna Hildebrand's Labyrinth Teppich 3

Magna Hildebrand's Labyrinth Teppich 3

There are definately interesting times ahead in terms of rug innovation with the introduction of laser printing, creating a photo-like experience on a rug. Take a look at the winning design in the catagory Best Innovation by Zollanvari AG.

Trompe L'Oeil : Roman Empire 5

Trompe L'Oeil : Roman Empire 5

Feather Installations

I love these wonderful suspended feather installations by French artist Isa Barbier.
She suspends gull feathers in geometric arrangements, determining each piece's composition on site.
It is this visual juxtaposition of wispy feathers and uniform alignment that especially draws one's attention to each hanging structure's uniquely shaped components.

For completely different feather sculptures I recommend you take a look at the work of Kate MccGwire 

Geometric Easter delights

Geometrics is a design trend seen on many interior products at the moment, but who would have thought this trend would extend to chocolate!
I am delighted it has - chocolatier Daniel Mercier created these precious faceted designs that are also fun with their bright colour. Definatley a break from the traditional forms of Easter.

They are almost too good to eat... almost

They are available as limited editions from La Grande Epicerie de Paris
 - If anyone happens to be in Paris and passing the store, yes please x

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This film shows them being made, chocaholics look away now

Bliss Room Inspiration

Hanging an eye-popping wallpaper behind your bed makes a statement that oozes hotel style.
Our design 'Bliss' makes a dramatic statement in a room, it's organic lines and uplifting colours go to create an interior that will always make you smile - even on the dullest of days.
Give your bedroom a coherent feel by pulling out a colour from the wallpaper and using it to create matching accents with your bedlinen and accessories
It is important to continue the bold curves and contrasting colours through on the furniture. The baroque inspired chair may look expensive but even with its hand studded detail it is a steal at £169 from the fabulous Made.com

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Get the look

Marthe room inspiration No. 1

It has been wonderful to hear about our customers interior projects and their dilemmas, since launching our collection. One customer emailed me with her lounge colour scheme and asked me which cushions did I think would work best. Others are looking for recommendations for lamp bases to go with our shades and many would like to use a statement wallpaper, but are unsure about how it would look.

From these conversations, I decided a way to help would be to create some room inspirations, and this is my first. They are created on Olioboard which I discovered thanks to #interiordesignchat on Twitter. If you have not heard of Olioboard, I highly recommend you check them out. Also if you use Olioboard and feel inspired to create some room schemes incorporating any of our designs, we would love to see and share them - simply put a link in the comments below.

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Get the look

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See more inspiration on Pinterest

Our bespoke lamp shade service

If our standard lamp shade sizes aren't quite right for your room or a particular base  - no problem.
We can make you one in a size to suit your needs.
Interior designer Claire Thomas ordered a larger Garden shade which looks stunning on the elegant standard lamp base which Claire upcycled by having it flocked in vibrant green. The attention to detail
with the orange flex finishes off this real statement piece perfectly. 

"The cushions and lampshades from Parris Wakefield Additions are simply stunning. The bright, bold
and contemporary fabric designs make amazing statement pieces that are different enough from standard designs to create a real impact.
The service and turnaround was exceptional for both standard and bespoke sized items."
Claire Thomas - Thomas Haycock Interior Design

Please contact Sarah Parris if you would like more information about our lamp shades
or wish to discuss a bespoke size.

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Light artists illuminate London's Hayward Gallery

A fantastic exhibition - a real must see.
'Light Show' spans generations of light-obsessed artists, from Dan Flavin's early investigative neon works through to Leo Villareal's sparkling new shower of LEDs 'Cylinder II', the dazzling face of the exhibition.

Light Show runs until 28 March at London's Hayward Gallery

'Chromosaturation', by Carlos Cruz-Diez, 1965-2013. Courtesy of the Cruz-Diez Foundation. Photography: Linda Nylind

'Chromosaturation', by Carlos Cruz-Diez, 1965-2013. Courtesy of the Cruz-Diez Foundation. Photography: Linda Nylind

'Rose', by Ann Veronica Janssens, 2007

'Rose', by Ann Veronica Janssens, 2007

'Cylinder II' (foreground), by Leo Villareal, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Gering & López Gallery, New York

'Cylinder II' (foreground), by Leo Villareal, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Gering & López Gallery, New York

Woven Walls by Wies Preijde

Dutch designer Wies Preijde has created these hand-woven 'walls' of thread to create spaces that look as if they've popped off the page.

The semi-transparent partitions come in an array of pale colours, and are designed to overlap and create new patterns and colours. The result produces an oddly holographic effect, says Preijde who hopes they'll one day be in your home or office.

Colour Me Beautiful - Pop House

What a wonderful house
A petrol green staircase, a canary yellow luggage lift, pink kitchen
cupboards… the polychromatic highlighting of interventions in a
monochromatic space portrays a journey from minimalism to abstraction.

Portuguese architect Pedro Gadanho says “I was exploring the notion
that instead of using colour to enhance a surface plan as Le Corbusier
used to do, it would be objects that would be coloured,” continues Pedro.
“If you look at the house, there is no wall that is painted in colour. It’s
always specific moments, objects – almost sculptural objects – that get the colour.”

Winter wallpaper download

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Wrap your screens up with a little festive cheer by downloading our
free wallpaper

Please click the links to download the version you require

Screen 1680 x 1050
Laptop 1024 x 768
iPad
iPhone

For Screen and Laptop, Ctrl or right click to use as Desktop
For iPad & iPhone add to Photostream and set as wallpaper

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British Vogue - Deck the Halls

It's not everyday you get an email from British Vogue, but that is what was in my inbox in September when we were travelling down to London to set up our stand for TENT 2012.  
We were only just launching and already we had been spotted by Vogue, and they wanted to show our cushions in their magazine. Its not quite your full on editorial piece, but a more modest advertorial - needless to say we were still very excited, an opportunity to be in Vougue for Christmas is not one to turn down.

We were delighted when we opened the page to see that Vogue had placed us top of the list of the feature Deck the Halls... stylish seasonal inspiration!

Over the next couple of months you will also be able to spot us in GQ, Elle Deco and Homes & Garden

Great Music by Me & My Drummer

Here in the studio we've been repeatedly listening to You’re A Runner by Berlin duo singer/keyboardist Charlotte Brandi and drummer Matze Pröllochs. It’s an uptempo, folksy tune that starts off slowly and then builds to a swelling finale. It’s from their debut album The Hawk, The Beak, The Prey.