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We bring you news that local furniture and interiors store Hutch on Golborne Road has recently launched its own website. Regularly updated with its continually evolving and eclectic stock – from wardrobes and cupboards to lighting and mirrors, cushions and throws to tableware and glassware – it’s a great chance to take a look through the store’s range…if you can’t make it down in person, that is. (Although, in all honesty, that’s highly recommended!)

Hutch’s website also features a blog detailing the latest news in Hutch-world, as well as information on the regular workshops which they offer – classes that are centred around the theme of ‘home’.

Hutch’s website also features items that it’s very well known for and what the main passion of the store is all about – their mid-century chairs. Sourcing an interesting selection of chairs – which could be anything from 50s German cocktail chairs to Danish Rosewood occasional ones – Hutch select beautiful fabrics to re-upholster them before they they are available for sale. See an example of some the chairs in stock at the moment:

Hutch Golborne Road

Hutch Golborne Road

Hutch Golborne Road

Take a look at Hutch online or pop into the store today!

Hutch
61 Golborne Road
W10 5NR
hutchinteriors.com

Great Western Studios will be hosting the Welcome to the Material Mind exhibition at the end of April, showcasing work from five of the finest craftsmen of functional art and furniture – David Gates, Alun Heslop (chaircreative), Ian Spencer (Yard Sale Project), Charlie Whinney and Simon Yates.

The exhibition will explore functional sculptural form for the living environment, focusing on how an artist can translate a thought, an inspiration or an abstract expression into a manifest object – one that’s often far more than then the sum of its parts might suggest. The exhibition will consider what makes a work – hewn from wood, metal and glass – unique, enthralling and captivating?

Welcome to the Material MindDavid Gates is winner of the Jerwood Award for Contemporary Making 2010 and the Wesley-Barrell prize in 2011, and designs and makes furniture that has a relationship with architecture.

Award-winning design artist Alun Heslop of chaircreative specialises in the design and creation of sculptural chairs and seating; the chaircreative studio produces large scale site-specific exterior installations for public and private spaces.

Ian Spencer and Cairn Young comprise the South London-based Yard Sale Project, which creates one-off and small batch pieces of furniture that combine their unique talents.

Charlie Winney’s Design Workshop seeks to explore the relationships between materials, people and the environment, using materials sourced locally from his workshop in Beck Head, Cumbria.

Simon Yates makes individual items of furniture that emphasise structure, balance and the idea of movement and texture, whilst also challenging the normal preconceptions of furniture making.

The exhibition will be open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (weekends by request), with a talk and private view on 24th April (6pm – 9pm).

For more details on the exhibition, please see www.materialmind.co.uk.

Welcome to the Material Mind
25th April – 1st May 2014
Great Western Studios
65 Alfred Road
W2 5EU
www.greatwesternstudios.com

Local homeowners who are thinking of a design revamp in the near future may be very pleased to hear about the new initiative ‘Architect in the House’ – one which also benefits the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Local architect Peter Morris and his architectural practice Peter Morris Architects are taking part in this scheme, which is being jointly promoted by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Shelter.

Anyone can sign up to receive an hour’s consultation with RIBA chartered architect Peter Morris for any home project large or small that they’re intending to work on – whether that’s a new kitchen extension, an interior design revamp or building an entirely new house. In return, a suggested £45 donation to Shelter is requested, which makes this great value for some top creative and professional architectural advice with money also going to a very worth cause.

Architect in the House - Peter Morris Architects
Peter Morris

Peter Morris said:

“New research from has shown that nearly two-thirds of homeowners have lived in the same home for at least ten years. With more of us staying put while our families grow, home improvements can be the best option in making sure our homes fit our changing needs.”

Architect in the House - Before
A project in Notting Hill – before…
Architect in the House - After
…and after consultation

Chris Delahunt, a local homeowner who has benefitted from the Architect in the House initiative, said:

“I used the Architect Peter Morris’ expertise after reading about the Architect in The House scheme. Peter visited our house and gave fantastic design advice in return for a small donation to Shelter. I wanted to recommend the whole scheme because it’s fantastic. As a self-confessed “Grand Designs” obsessive I also liked the idea of talking to a proper architect! I live in a Victorian terrace house which was originally 2 x flats and as a result it has a huge amount of dead space and small rooms. I was interested to see what Peter might have to say regarding our options, likelihood of planning consent, approximate costs etc. I didn’t expect to gain the level of insight that I did, especially regarding planning consent and what is and isn’t permitted in terms of issues such as party wall agreements. Our house has a “side return” in the back garden which is relatively useful but far from essential and we learned that planning permission for building into side returns is far less proscriptive than we had thought. We also wanted to explore our options regarding knocking down internal walls and opening out the whole ground floor, Peter was able to quickly and clearly explain our options. The costs to us was a £45 donation to Shelter which is a cause that we support anyway and the couple of hours of Peter’s time was invaluable. Heartily recommended if you want to rebuild or extend your kitchen, build a new house or work on interior design and want time with an architect. We are actually going ahead with the work with Peter as our architect on the back of our evening of advice. A great scheme.”

Further proof that this certainly is a great opportunity to receive professional advice from a prestigious architectural firm whilst also supporting the charity Shelter. Given that nearly two-thirds of homeowners have been “in their home for at least ten years” (English Housing Survey), we’re sure that many of you are trying to think up clever ways of utilising the most of your space. In fact, we can’t see why anyone with any upcoming home renovation plans wouldn’t want to take advantage of this scheme immediately!

Please contact Peter Morris at Peter Morris Architects on 0773 888 7218 or peter@petermorrisarchitects.com to take part in Architect in the House.

For more details about Peter Morris Architects, please see www.petermorrisarchitects.com or check them out on Twitter.

Right in time for the Christmas-present buying season – yes, it’s that time of year again! – Notting Hill’s excellent Book & Kitchen will be hosting their first ever Christmas Shopping Evening on 7th November 2013, from 5.30pm to 9pm.

Book & Kitchen Christmas Shopping Evening - Around the World in 80 Gifts

As well as Book & Kitchen’s own delights – they stock the best in classic and modern literature for all ages – interior design company Maud Interiors and Japanese accessories brand Keiko Uchida will also be displaying their wares on the evening. That means there will be plenty of suitable presents for all book worms, fashionistas and homeware fans available at the event – aptly titled ‘Around the World in 80 Gifts’.

The Kieko Uchida Collection is made up of some very pretty kimono dressing gowns and accompanying accessories, all truly fusing traditional Japanese ideas with modern European aesthetics. Having worked as head of the household division team at Muji for nine years, Ms Uchida launched her own company in 2012 and debuted her collection in the UK at Pulse London in May 2013.

Maud Interiors are an online boutique that offer a wide range of eclectic items – from vintage home accessories, such as hand embroidered tribal cushions, floor cushions, vases and wall hangings – as well as handcrafted gifts. They work with independent designers and social enterprises that seek to provide a livelihood for artisans and help preserve traditional handicrafts.

Don’t forget that you can pop along to Book & Kitchen daily to check out their books, or for a meal – their downstairs restaurant is open for breakfast through to dinner, serving salads, soups, cakes, tea and coffee.

Around the World in 80 Gifts
5.30pm – 9pm, Thursday 7th November 2013
Book & Kitchen
31 All Saints Road
W11 1HE

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