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Brintons Loves 'Exotic Influence'

Bring summer into your home with a blend of exotic influences. This theme takes inspiration from the rich cultures, heritage and tradition of eastern design.

Exotic Influence

Image: BRINTONS: Marrakesh Kashmir Gold, Marrakesh Kashmir Rust, Bell Twist Windermere Lake OTHER: Designers Guild Saffron, Johnson Tiles Select Prismatics, Tektura Chacran

Think of places like Marrakesh and your senses instantly awaken to spice markets, deserts, jewels and the rich, gold tapestry of this striking city. Infusions of traditional Moroccan patterns and rich spices combine with more rustic pieces to create warmth and energy in an interior.

Mustard yellows and terracottas all look amazing when illuminated in the sunshine and we predict these shades will be around for a few seasons so don’t worry about experimenting with metallics, dark blue or jade tones whilst embracing the trend for ochres and camel. Tassels, prints and textures in lively colours work well in this scheme and you can accessorise your space with pounded metal trays and bowls, a Moroccan style pouffe or floor cushions. Anything that instantly brightens your room and makes it feel like summer is inside your home will work.

Our Marrakesh carpet collection was inspired by iconic North African and Eastern motifs, updating them in colours such as rich reds, pistachio greens and soft beiges. The delicate scaled-down designs are an alternative to an all-over pattern, while a blend of colours in the background creates a subtle contrast. Make a statement with a co-ordinating or contrasting Bell Twist such as Windermere Lake (shown above) to easily flow this theme across rooms or into a hallway.

Renaissance Khali Fire

Image: Renaissance Classics Khali Fire

Kashmir Gold

Image: Marrakesh Kashmir Gold

Image: Renaissance Amber Kashan

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Brintons Loves 'Travel Inspired'

Pulling design inspirations from around the world this eclectic look enables you to visit the corners of the globe without ever leaving the comfort of your home. There is a desire for adventure and escapism in the home whilst also looking for handcrafted and vintage pieces that bring a sense of serenity or cosiness.

Travel Inspired Interiors

Image: BRINTONS: Renaissance Ivory Palmette, Bell Twist Aquatint OTHER: Tektura Vintage Map, Props - designers own

Full of romantic scrolls and delicate motifs our Renaissance and Renaissance Classics ranges were inspired by the golden age of Persian art and literature. We paired it here with a Bell Twist in Aquatint to compliment the colours in the design. Dark or faded blues and greens, muted tones and warm neutrals are all current palettes which lend themselves well to a travel inspired theme but really anything goes and the more personal you make it the better.

Whilst taking inspiration from different cultures and countries, you can make this style unique to you as it can be built with a diverse selection of designs and colours over time. Distressed patterns and textured fabrics work well to give your home a classic crafted feel or monochromes and terracottas can be used for something more tribal. Maps are wonderful ways to fill a big wall and can add colour or interest easily. Use them to remind you of places you have visited or where you might like to go next. It’s really easy to build your collection and inspiration over time, use postcards, luggage tags, stickers and posters to add a personalised touch to your home and keep a record of your memories. Treasured possessions and photographs from your travels can take pride of place in the home and give you a haven to daydream and relax.

Bell Twist Moonstone

Image: Bell Twist Moonstone

Marrakesh Kashmir Gold

Image: Marrakesh Kashmir Gold

Khali Fire

Image: Renaissance Classics Khali Fire

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Don't miss Brintons at Clerkenwell Design Week

Brintons are collaborating with contemporary artist and filmmaker Shezad Dawood for a pop-up art installation at Clerkenwell Design Week. General Project’s new creative workplace venue, Technique 132 -140 Goswell Road will be transformed into an immersive art installation, made using Brinton’s High Definition Weave technology.

Avebury Tapestry

Image: Avebury Textile, 2017, Courtesy of the artist and Timothy Taylor, London

We can now reveal our exciting schedule for the week and are inviting design savvy visitors to visit us at the pop-up art installation on the 23rd to 25th May. (132 -140 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DY)

Keeping creativity in the city: Tuesday 23 May 2017, 6 – 7pm

This debate will explore the critical issue of how developers, architects and activists must join forces to preserve and develop London’s creative workspaces, and endeavour to find commercially viable, sustainable solutions to the increasing affordability challenges facing the city’s designers, makers and artists, if the capital is to retain its creative capital. On the panel will be Jacob Loftus, CEO of General Projects, Candida Gertler, co-founder of Outset contemporary arts fund, Andrew Harris, co-director of Bartlett Urban Lab and Matt Yeoman, director of BuckleyYeomanGray Architects. The talk will be chaired by James McLachlan editor of Icon Magazine.

• Jacob Loftus, CEO General Projects

• Candida Gertler, Co-founder OUTSET Contemporary Arts Fund

• Andrew Harris, Co-director of The Bartlett Urban Lab

• Matt Yeoman, Director BuckleyYeomanGray Architects

Chair: James McLachlan, Editor of Icon Magazine

From canvas to carpet: Wednesday 24 May 2017, 8.30 – 10am

Shezad

This talk will explore the creative and technical process of transforming and translating complex designs into Carpet. Emma Cassidy, Head of Creative Design at Brintons will be in discussion with contemporary artist and film maker Shezad Dawood, to discuss Dawood’s recent collaboration with the heritage English brand. For the installation Dawood has created a triptych from the fabrics and then printed and rendered visual motifs and themes from his own archive of work, across film, painting and sculpture. The discussion will be chaired by freelance writer Suzanne Trocmé and take place in the loading bay of Technique 132-140 Goswell Road.

• Shezad Dawood, Contemporary artist and film maker

• Emma Cassidy, Head of Creative Design Brintons

Chair: British designer, curator and author Suzanne Trocmé

The fall and rise of Clerkenwell: Thursday 25 May 2017, 6pm - 7pm

Chaired by Architecture critic, writer and broadcaster, Tom Dyckhoff, this debate uncovers the essential ingredients for a creative community, by charting the transformation of this quintessential case study from declined industrial quarter in the 1980s to today's cultural powerhouse. We bring together key figures from this journey to uncover the conditions necessary to create a successful post-industrial neighbourhood, mirroring the UK's own reinvention from manufacturing to service economy.

• Piers Gough, Director CZWG Architects

• Sarah Gaventa, Cultural regeneration consultant and commentator

Chair: Tom Dyckhoff, Architecture critic, writer and broadcaster

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Brintons Loves 'Whimsical Botanicals'

Injections of colour and fun into interiors are always welcome. This theme takes large patterns and tropical styling with a touch of Art Deco to give a playful edge to homes.

Whimsical Botanicals moodboard

Image: BRINTONS: Bell Twist Moleskin, Timorous Beasties Noir Ruskin Butterfly, Bell Twist Celtic Green OTHER: Newmor iKat Pinstripe, Designers Guild Emerald, Designers Guild Fuschia, Sweetpea and Willow Fuschia, Arlo and Jacob Rancher Saddle, Halo Riders Leather Nut, Props - Designers own

Our Head of Creative Design - Emma Cassidy says; “The trend towards the unexpected; bringing the outdoors in, is gaining momentum this season, jungle fever with an urban twist. We love the attention seeking whimsical colour, ‘Nancy’s Blushes’ by Farrow and Ball, it’s sophisticated and charming”.

Inspiration includes the work of Josef Frank (on show until 7th May at the Fashion and Textile museum ) and Georgia O’Keefe. There is an element of eccentricity and magic within this trend and lots of wallpaper and textiles are using jungle themes, florals and inspiration from antiques. This style loves animal references too so expect to see insects, flamingos, monkeys and one of our favourites…butterflies; which are often thought to symbolise change or hope and offer guidance. In terms of accessories within this theme, ribbons, bright coloured feathers, fringing, and jewels all add to the overall effect. Soft furnishings can use velvets or leather touches and hanging fabrics or floaty materials are also welcome.

Pantone explain their colour of the year “Greenery” as: “Nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.”. Other colour influences include jewel-inspired tones with sumptuous pinks, purples and blues but these can be toned down with antique or sepia tones if you don’t want anything too psychedelic! Stripes can also be used within this theme to contemporise the style as we’ve seen here with Newmor’s iKat pinstripe.

Our Timorous Beasties collection illustrates how carpets can make a dramatic statement within this theme. If you’re not brave enough to try one of the Ruskin Butterfly designs then perhaps one of the Atholl Gardens, featuring romantic scrolls, leaves and birds could help you introduce this scheme to your home.

Timorous Beasties Noir Ruskin Butterfly Carpet

Image: Timorous Beasties Noir Ruskin Butterfly

Image: Timorous Beasties Yellow Ruskin Butterfly

Timorous Beasties Ruby Atholl Gardens Carpet

Image: Timorous Beasties Ruby Atholl Gardens

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Brintons donates to Scrapstore

We are always looking for ways to reuse and recycle our leftover yarn and carpet samples. Recently we were more than happy to donate various samples to a wonderful UK based charity - Children's Scrapstore. Their PR Officer Ella shares a little more about what they do....

The Children’s Scrapstore charity launched in Bristol over 30 years ago in a small lock up, with just one aim - to provide materials for children to use creatively through play. Fast forward to today and Children’s Scrapstore still operate by the same values, but in a much larger warehouse, with branches in Taunton, Weston-Super-Mare and Salford. This kind of growth would not have been possible without the help of our loyal suppliers, like Brintons.

Children’s Scrapstore provides access to cheap and abundant materials, and we rely on donations of scrap which our members can collect to use with children and adults in creative, educational or care settings. Through our member groups and the Scrapstore PlayPods® programme, Children’s Scrapstore reaches over 500,000 children nationwide, and helps enrich their play and creativity.

A Scrapstore PlayPod® is a permanent structure filled with loose parts for children to use during break times. Over 300 schools across the country have Scrapstore PlayPods®, where they provide children with the opportunity to explore materials not usually found in a school playground. All of these resources, like everything in the Scrapstore, is donated by businesses and manufactures from across the UK to help us reach more and more children each year.

Children’s Scrapstore would like to thank Brintons for their generous donation of over 30,000 carpet samples. Brinton’s kind donation will directly impact the wellbeing of children up and down the UK, not only by enriching play and break time in schools, but also by providing thousands of opportunities to use these simple carpet samples to create seats, slide mats, dens and countless other ideas which come only from the imagination of a child.

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Brintons Loves 'Scandi Style'

Throughout winter we heard about the Danish trend of Hygge, referring to a state of cosiness, friendliness and togetherness; about enjoying the good things in life. We then heard about this being taken over by Lagom, a Swedish word meaning "just the right amount". Whether you want a pared back sanctuary or just a declutter for Spring there is plenty of inspiration we can take from Scandinavian styles.

Scandi style

Image: BRINTONS: Bell Twist Welsh Mountain, Bell Twist Scottish Pine, Majestic Polished Silver, City Plaids Kensington OTHER: Tektura Chevron, Sweetpea and Willow Leather, Next Tweedy Textured Check, Arlo and Jacob Leather Rancher Saddle, Props - designers own

This look has been popular for a while now and interiors are famous for clean, bright spaces that are filled with light, touches of natural wood and neutral or muted colour palettes. Colour schemes are peaceful and embrace the notion of bringing the outside into your home, creating lovely interiors through tranquillity and simple but functional design. Backdrops of white generally feature alongside earthy and stone colours with hints of green or blue; colours that suggest a connection with nature. Furniture is both practical and beautiful (see Hans Wegner Wishbone chair), often with a precedence for craftsmanship. Socialising is a big part of the culture so contemporary seating and big dining tables are a must. Cosy textiles such as knits are often quoted within this trend too but as we move into Spring you can accessorise with natural driftwood props and accessories, uplifting phrases and lovely woven textiles.

Although carpets may not instantly spring to mind within this style we’ve noticed that patterns in contemporary shades are giving a homely touch to this trend. Carpets can work well to help to lift the scheme with a fresh but still cosy feel. Some of our Abbotsford and City Plaid tartans have been used in rooms inspired by this movement, adding a hint of colour and sophistication but the colour schemes and simplicity approach can be relevant for any décor.

Abbotsford Heather Kilgour

Image: Abbotsford Heather Kilgour

City Plaids Kensington

Image: City Plaids Kensington

Fresco Whispering Grass Beige Carpet

Image: Fresco Whispering Grass Beige

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Brintons scores hat trick at Chelsea!

Brintons Carpets from fleece to floor

The wool flooring industry gathered last week (15th March) to receive recognition at the 2nd Campaign for Wool International Carpet and Rug Awards. The prestigious event was held at Stamford Bridge, (home of Chelsea FC) where many attendees were also exhibitors at Wool Floor Show London. This exciting event for wool flooring provided a retail trade, design and contract showcase in central London.

The Campaign for Wool established the awards in 2016 to highlight the diversity and breadth of quality in design, production, innovation and marketing across the carpet and rug sector. Over 65% of wool from the UK and a significant proportion of New Zealand wool is used in flooring.

There were over two hundred entries for fifteen categories so we were very proud to bring home three prizes;

Awards winner

Creative Marketing Initiative Award

Our 2016 ‘Fleece to Floor’ marketing campaign was awarded the Creative Marketing Initiative Award. This campaign showcased our craftsmanship, heritage and style through a series of videos and beautiful images.

Brintons Carpets - Fleece to Floor

Woven Carpet Installation of the Year

Our beautiful custom designs for the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship were awarded winner of the ‘Woven Carpet Installation of the Year’ award. Brintons was appointed by SMC Design and worked closely with Cunard UK to provide nearly 20,000 m2 of luxury axminster carpets to the 150,000 tonne transatlantic liner, taking inspiration from the original Queen Mary.

A finalist slot was also awarded to Brintons in this category for our work at The Principal York hotel. Luxury lifestyle hotel, The Principal York opened in November 2016 after an award-winning remodelling and refurbishment programme that includes bespoke carpets and rugs designed and made by Brintons.

Principal York Principal York Hotel

Designer Collaboration of the Year

This award recognised our design partnership with Stacy Garcia. The collection, which includes 14 patterns, draws inspiration from diverse disclipines of the art universe ; abstract expressionism collides with contemporary graphic design, and digitally rendered textures melt between layers of mixed media paintings

Stacy Garcia

Bridgette Kelly, Interior Textiles Director of the Campaign for Wool said “The judging panel were very impressed by the high standard of the entries this year, it was a real showcase of high standards on all fronts and particularly pleasing to see the engagement - our industry can be very proud of itself.”

Brintons wins at international wool carpet and rugs award

We were thrilled to receive our awards at the event!

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Introducing New Neutrals

Refresh your home for 2017 with our New Neutrals, in stunning soft muted shades that complement the current trend for elegant and refined interiors. Adding to our popular Bell Twist collection, we have created some additional colours to be a soothing and calming influence in the home, providing the perfect backdrop for creative interiors.

New Neutral Bell Twist carpets

Emma Cassidy, Senior Creative Designer for Brintons says “Our refreshed urban and contemporary Bell Twist range for 2017 is infused with soothing and harmonious neutral tones. A timeless and elegant approach to any decorative scheme, this new Bell Twist range offers a palette that is not overpowering or demands attention, but brings a sense of calm and functionality to any space. A natural companion to both traditional and modern interiors; by adding splashes of accent colours, you will instantly brighten up any room”.

There are also two new Laura Ashley Bell Twist shades to consider - Steel and Dark Dove Grey - which beautifully compliment the existing Laura Ashley paint and fabric palettes.

Woven using Brintons famous 80% wool/20% nylon blend, Bell Twist carpets benefit from being luxurious to touch yet extremely durable – suitable for extra heavy domestic use. The stylish, textured surface makes a Bell Twist carpet look good for longer, hence its popularity over all these years. To see the full Bell Twist series click here.

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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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