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Brintons collaborates with Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University's Trends project plays a pivotal role in showcasing future trends to the industry.  The project is a collaborative partnership with Color Hive and includes working collaborations with industry partners such as Ikea, Tektura and Brintons. The Trends Exhibition was held 22nd-25th January 2017 at the January Furniture Show, NEC, Birmingham.

This year’s project involved tasking third year Textile Design students with contributing to two trends that Color Hive identified for Autumn/Winter 2017. The trends selected were ‘Grace’ and ‘Punk’.

Grace has a colour palette that includes soft shades of green and ochre with rose and cashmere cream. Using moody backdrops of dark colours including laurel green, navy and peat brown, it allows for light and mid tones to combine to create a rugged natural world look.

The references include serene landscapes of Scottish heather on misty mountains that present some interesting design challenges to create unique designs. It becomes a very real journey of exploration, which causes individuals to question their own thoughts and interpretations of grace and match it with the serene and luxurious roots that has formed Grace into a trend.

Punk by contrast presents a real opportunity to explore the anarchic and exuberant spirit of punk. It allows for exploration of personal freedom that is boldly inclusive but rejects the common clichés. Punk allows for inclusive inspiration taken from challenging social views through design in new technologies such as the internet, exploring overt embellishment in areas such as jewellery along with tribal references and the development of rich gaming landscapes. It provides a rich, diverse field of colour while avoiding and challenging clichés making it rich for exploration.

The Punk colour scheme is usually dominated by rich and sensual dark tones using pinks and yellows to provide balance, all grounded in pale shade blush white. It is a broad opportunity to create something uniquely personal, reflective, and challenging.

The aim of the project was to question the existing design interpretations and allow for creative and personal responses from the students to push the boundaries of design. Selected concepts from the students design proposals were realised, actualised, and made into products for display, including BCU students Ella Downes and Helen Johnston, constructing a carpet design based upon each trend.

Ella Downes was awarded the Carpet Design Award at the show by Brintons as the design team particularly loved the texture in the design.

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Brintons wins Design award

Houzz

We are so excited to have been awarded a “Best of Design” award from Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design. Brintons Timorous Beasties Grain du Bois dining room image was selected by the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals work.

Timorous Beasties Grain du bois

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. A “Best of Houzz 2017” badge will now appear on our profile, as a sign of our commitment to excellence. These badges help you to identify the most popular brands and top-rated home professionals on Houzz.

Design is at the heart of everything we produce, it is our key ingredient to success, and 2017 will be no different, with new launches planned throughout this year.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Brintons, said Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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2LG Victorian inspired hallway

2 Lovely Gays Carpet

We were excited to work with interior design duo Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, AKA the 2 Lovely Gays, to create a custom period inspired carpet for the bedroom, stairs and corridors in their Victorian South London home.

2 Lovely Gays Bedroom Carpet

It started with a trip to our archive, which holds patterns from as early as 1790, and 2LG worked with Brintons archivist Yvonne Smith to select a design that fitted the Victorian era of the house. Jordan and Russell have always been fans of decorative and patterned carpet so  Brintons was an obvious choice for this collaboration.

The carpet chosen was a Victorian floral design from the Brintons archive, recoloured to fit their contemporary colour scheme and manufactured using the High Definition Weave looms that can weave up to 32 colours at any one time.

We are proud to own one of the world's largest commercial design archives and historical pattern libraries in the industry, restored and preserved by our own dedicated archivist Yvonne Smith. The archive library is a facility unique to Brintons and is an invaluable resource to designers, conservators, decorators and contractors worldwide.

Take a look at our video on the project:

2 Lovely Gays Project with Brintons Carpets
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Robin Day archive showcase

Midlands Modern is a celebration of mid-century products manufactured by Midlands based companies working with significant designers during the period of1930 - 1980. The showcase contains work from a number of different disciplines including lighting, glass, ceramics and furniture.

Featuring work from celebrated designers such as Lady Margaret Casson and Tibor Reich we were excited to loan examples of our Robin Day collaboration for the exhibition.

Brintons Archive Robin Day Woodward Grosvenor Carpet

The Robin Day range of contract carpets  was launched in the early 1960s within our Woodward Grosvenor brand - specifically aimed at the architect/specifier market. The collection was designed to be produced in several colourways reflecting current trends and the surface pattern design was based on a gridded matrix of abstract images. The carpets were produced using the Wilton weave process which we still use today for our Bell Twist and Velvet carpets as it makes a very hardwearing and longlasting floorcovering. Brintons Archivist, Yvonne Smith worked with the Parkside Gallery Manager, John Hall to identify key pieces from the archive for the exhibition.

Robin Day made his name in the early 1950's producing innovative designs for Hille Furniture utilising the new ‘wonder plastic’ – polypropylene. This design work contributed considerably to establishing the company’s highly successful Hille Contracts Division. His knowledge of designing for the contract design sector contributed to success in other areas too including projects with - Pye (radio, television and record-player cabinets), BOAC (aircraft interior and refreshment trays including the tableware and cutlery) and John Lewis (interiors and graphic identity).

Amongst a number of other disciplines on display, Midlands Modern highlights the contribution of the Midlands to modernist and contemporary design history, championing the midlands as a creative hub that is still just as relevant today.

Midlands Modern is open to the public at Birmingham City University's Parkside Gallery until 4th January 2017.

Image top right: Yvonne Smith, Brintons Archivist

Image bottom right: Robin Day carpet designs 

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Brintons at the British Wool Collective

We were really excited to help Bicester Village launch their 'British Wool Collective' pop-up, just in time for Wool Week. The concept was to create a quintessentially British store showcasing the best of British wool fashions. Our Timorous Beasties carpets for the home and QuickWeave carpets for commercial clients looked amazing as part of the decoration for the press launch. Take a look at our video from the event:

Bicester Village launches the British Wool Collective showcasing Brintons carpets

Bicester Village communications director Sophie Hedley said: "From all the great British knitwear brands in the pop-up, to the guerilla knitting peppered throughout the village and the wonderful carpets kindly lent to us by Brintons, Bicester Village is all things woolly this Christmas."

The specialist boutique is open until the beginning of January 2017 and is the perfect destination for some Christmas shopping, with a collection that includes the perennial woolly jumper, gloves and accessories from a fine array of British brands such as Markus Lupfer, Pringle of Scotland, Brora and many more.

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Wool Week 2016

Brintons has had lots of fun as part of this year's Campaign for Wool's Wool Week.

First up was the Wool BnB - every room, from kitchen and bedroom to cosy outdoor shepherd’s hut, was kitted out with wool products designed and made by some of the country’s most talented designer makers. Everything from carpets to cardigans, even cereal boxes and newspapers were made from the fluffy stuff! Brintons Abbotsford Border Plaid looked beautiful in the dining room and Abbeyglen Fermanagh Plaid could be found in the study.

Wool BnB Dining Room Wool BnB Study

Bicester Village is already an unparalleled fashion destination and were pleased to play their part on Wool Week with the opening of the British Wool Collective on Thursday 13 October. The specialist boutique is open until the beginning of January 2017 and is the perfect destination for some Christmas shopping, with a collection that includes the perennial woolly jumper, gloves and accessories from a fine array of British brands such as Markus Lupfer, Pringle of Scotland, Brora and many more. We were pleased to help dress the outlet with some of our beautiful carpets for the press launch.

British wool collective Wool Week Installation

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Celebrate Wool Week with us!

Campaign for wool

The Campaign for Wool will mark its seventh successful year with its annual ‘Wool Week’. Taking place from the 10th – 16th October, Wool Week celebrates everything woolly with a week of fun activities.

The ‘Wool BnB: Living with wool’, will launch, where everything from interiors to fashion will be made of wool. Everyone is invited to visit the BnB and learn more about wool as a fibre whilst taking part in workshop evenings, interactive talks, film screenings and styling sessions. Brintons have supplied some Abbeyglen and Abbotsford carpets as part of the display.

Bicester Village will be celebrating Wool Week too by launching a quintessentially British boutique - "British Wool Collective" - featuring a number of wool focussed fashion brands. You can experience the Timorous Beasties Platinum Grain Du Bois and Ruskin Butterfly carpets first-hand as they help decorate the outlet for the season.  Brintons have always worked closely with the world of fashion and in 2003, Brin­tons launched its 'most luxurious carpets in the world campaign', working with renowned shoe designer Manolo Blahnik - see some of these shoes on display at the village too!

Timorous Beasties Carpet

Nicholas Coleridge, Chairman, Campaign for Wool and President of Conde Nast International said "We are so delighted that Bicester Village is getting behind His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales's Campaign for Wool. The ecological of Bicester Village are well known, and it feels absolutely appropriate that they are backing the movement for wool, with all its messages of sustainability and fashionability."

As one of the largest consumers of British Wool, we have long been champions of Campaign for Wool and were delighted to have been asked to showcase some of our favourite designs as part of Wool Week's activities.

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WIN a Bedroom Makeover!

Imagine how stunning your bedroom could look with a beautiful new bed, gorgeous window shutters and a luxury Brintons carpet! We've teamed up with partners Thomas Sanderson and Laura Ashley to offer one lucky fan an amazing £7000 bedroom makeover*.

Laura Ashley/Thomas Sanderson Bedroom Makeover

To enter simply visit our competition page.

About Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley is one of the UK’s best loved home furnishing brands with a 60 year history of design. Refresh your walls with stylish wallpaper, gorgeous paint colours and adorn the room with beautiful accessories. Brintons are proud to have collaborated with Laura Ashley on a range of stunning carpets.

About Thomas Sanderson

Thomas Sanderson is Europe’s largest UK manufacturer of luxury, bespoke window shutters, conservatory blinds and window blinds. They have over 25 years’ experience in designing, shading and transforming over 175,000 homes across the UK.

*Terms and conditions apply - see website for details. No purchase necessary. Entries must be received no later than Friday 30th September 2016.

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Woolly Weekend at The Big Feastival

For the second year running The Campaign for Wool and Woolmark collaborated with "Alex James Presents" for "The Big Feastival". The festival was held over the August Bank Holiday weekend on Alex James’s farm in the Cotswolds, offering a family friendly festival packed with music and food.

This year Alex  created the "Cheese Hub" a two storey permanent structure for collaborations and events. In the Cheese Hub there was the entire range of the Alex James Presents award winning artisan cheeses to sample and buy, cocktails from The Groucho Club bar and Alex himself, alongside a variety of special guests. We were happy to work with the team to convert some of our Timorous Beasties Ruskin Noir Butterfly carpet into luxury wool-rich rugs for the Cheese Hub's  VIP areas.

Feastival

The carpets were used to create intimate spaces that continued the natural theme with the brightly coloured butterflies and insects offering a splash of colour to the hub.

The Big Feastival

Other contributors included Abraham Moon and Sons, AW Hainsworth. Laxtons Specialist yarns, West Yorkshire Spinners and Z.Hinchcliffe.

To see Campaign For Wools Facebook gallery from The Cheese Hub Click Here.

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Be inspired with Laura Ashley

Our friends at Laura Ashley have launched their new Autumn/Winter catalogue and we couldn’t be more excited. Alongside their timeless favourites such as Duck Egg, Stripes and Josette we’ve seen some beautiful new styles emerging (with some lovely photography including the Bell Twist plains!)

Laura Ashley Modern Botanic theme

The Modern Botanic theme highlights a beautiful-in-blue style that will look sophisticated for seasons to come. Laura Ashley suggest that you can master this contemporary look by investing in simple and chic oak furniture, classic stripes and oversized florals.

The theme also translates really well to a child’s bedroom here with the fun whales themed wallpaper complementing the seaspray bedding and accessories. Our Laura Ashley Bell Twist Twine carpet has been used to complete the scheme.

Laura Ashley Modern Botanic

Next up, the Baroque theme features a hand-painted, watercolour feel that oozes romance. Damasks and jacquard prints enhance this style and silver, amethyst and grape shades can be used to create a formal yet classic Laura Ashley room. Our Laura Ashley Bell Twist in Soft Truffle carries this colour scheme through to the floor.

Laura Ashley Baroque

To order your new catalogue and see the latest collections visit the Laura Ashley website or if you need a carpet to complete your design scheme take a look at our carpet selector.

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Voted Interiors Monthly - Best Flooring Brand

Brintons has been named 'Best Flooring Brand' by Interiors Monthly magazine for the third year in a row!

True Velvet Carpet

Interiors Monthly take a look at service levels, product quality, product development and innovation when selecting their winner so we were delighted that this award acknowledges Brintons total service package.

Laura Ashley Carpet

We are committed to bringing you gorgeous carpets, made from the finest quality wool, using the highest standards in production. We want to bring you style and comfort, without losing durability and sustainability. Take a look at our beautiful carpets and order a sample today to see for yourself why we were chosen!

Interiors Monthly Awards - Best Flooring
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Spot Brintons - Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soanes Museum SJS

Sir John Soane’s Museum is the great architect’s ‘house, museum and library’, preserved as a public museum since his death in 1837.  Renowned neo-liberal, 19th century architect Sir John Soane bought, demolished and rebuilt three houses on the north side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, near Covent Garden in the heart of London, No. 12 (1792-94), No. 13 (1808-13) and No.14 (1824). No. 13, the central house in the row of three, was the one he moved into. The museum is intimate yet atmospheric whilst being filled with his  collection of artworks, sculptures, furniture and artefacts.

Sir John Soane's Museum

The Museum recently undertook a major project to restore the private rooms of Soane and his wife and Historic Carpet Research helped in this restoration by working closely with Brintons’ archivist. Our archives were the source of a design for Sir John’s bedroom and other rooms on the second floor that was as close as possible to the carpets Soane chose for these rooms. Two contemporary watercolours of the bedroom and bathroom were the only guide to work with when deciding upon a new design, as none of the original carpet remained in the Museum.

Sir John Soane

The restoration was awarded the annual Georgian Group Award for the ‘Best Restoration of a Georgian Interior’ in December 2015.

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