We love Kebony wood decking and cladding. Kebonising is process whereby softwoods are treated to make them more hardwearing, offering a more sustainable alternative to hardwood. It's a beautiful product and we love the way it goes grey and grows a weathered appearance quickly. It's also very long lasting so the price is justifiable. Definitely a favourite of ours when it comes to decking.

Kebony



From their Website:


Kebony is based on a process where sustainable wood is made more durable, harder and more stable using liquids from biowaste material. Kebony is a sustainable alternative to hardwoods from tropical regions. The products resemble teak and other tropical varieties of wood. It is dark, and acquires a silver grey patina over time if left untreated. One of the notable benefits of Kebonization is the resistance to weather and wear. Other notable benefits are exceptionally good decay resistance and long life span. This durability is achieved without the drawbacks associated with traditional impregnation methods which are why we apply the Swan eco-label (the official Nordic eco-label, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers).
The Kebony technology is a cost effective, sustainable and independently verified alternative to depleting hardwoods. The company’s patent-protected processes yield products that deliver major improvements in durability and dimensional stability, at the same time as they are aesthetically pleasing. Kebony products are suitable for a multitude of applications and designs – encompassing both indoor and outdoor applications.
Kebony is also an environmental friendly alternative to the traditional use of toxic chemicals for wood impregnation. A global environmental awakening is one of the key drivers for Kebony’s products as regulatory authorities are pushing for environmentally friendly alternatives. The prohibition of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) products in most parts of the world and the ongoing debate of the use of toxic chemicals for wood impregnation are key examples on how the public is making an impact on the demand for Kebony’s products.
The furfurylation process gives the wood a darker colour which makes Kebony wood resemble Teak, Ipé, Mahogany and other tropical varieties of wood. It also acquires a silver grey patina over time, if left untreated. A major benefit of Kebonization is the resistance to weather and wear. Other notable benefits are exceptionally good decay resistance, increased hardness and long life span. This durability is achieved without the drawbacks associated with traditional impregnation methods, which are why Kebony is FSC ® certified and is allowed to apply the Swan eco-label (the official Nordic eco-label, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers).
Kebony costs a bit more than toxin treated timber, but Kebony will last approximately three times as long. The lifecycle cost of Kebony will be about half compared to buying and maintaining treated or impregnated timber. Tropical timber, such as teak, mahogany and other endangered wood species will, normally, cost more than Kebony.








When it comes to bedrooms, simple is always good - a room with typically lots of textile, it's a space that can easily become dusty and cluttered. We like to keep our bedrooms quite simple so that it is a clean, relaxing place to sleep. However, anyone who can keep a bedroom as simple as these ones deserves a medal!







We love light coloured wooden floors - whites and greys especially. We don't mean painted floors but wooden floors stained to look old and grey (but in a modern way of course!) The way wooden floors are stained nowadays allows for a whole range of colours that aren't naturally occurring in wood to be used.
We especially love high-grade floors without knots when they come in grey - beautifully conceiving us of their age.









There's been a recent trend towards what I like to call 'stark interiors'- especially in Scandinavia and Europe. Stark interiors are a blend between Scandinavian minimalist interiors and a bold use of black and white colours schemes and industrial details. Pretty self explanatory I'd say. :)









Summer time makes us design in a different way - it's just an instinct and it happens without us realising. The colours we use and the products we choose go through our designer's minds in a very seasonal way. Partially this is influenced by the weather but mostly because of all the exciting trade shows we visit a few times a year - the products we find at different times of year inevitably end up in our designs!








Subway tiles (or metro tiles) are a great versatile finish to use in kitchens and bathrooms. They come in lots of different colours and finishes but the classic example is the gloss white. Personally, I love them and have seen some fantastic modern variations with glazed fronts (so the colour is uneven), narrow and long, matt black etc. They're really simple, easy tiles to specify for any project because they always seem to work!








We love the work of Italian Illustrator Rosa Cerruto. She is currently working on some artwork to display in our office and for some future projects and will shortly be selling her prints on our online shop. We especially love the cityscape illustrations she does - she has recently been working on a bespoke piece of London just for us! Can you spot our Golborne Road building in the middle??



About Rosa:
I am an Italian illustrator and architect living and working in The Netherlands.
I have graduated as an architect at the IUAV University of Architecture in Venice and got specialised as an illustrator at the International School of Illustration Sàrmede in Italy.
Before starting off as a freelance illustrator I used to work in several architectural offices in both The Netherlands and Italy. As a freelancer I love, enjoy and follow what I really like: creating and drawing in freedom.
My illustrations and cartoons have been featured in several exhibitions in Italy, in The Netherlands and in Belgium.

My work and assignments range from hardcopy and digital magazines, advertisements, editorials, cartoons. From hardcore businesses to children’s books. I combine both various traditional and digital techniques, depending from the message I need to communicate.
I get inspired by small daily life details and from illustrations of Jean-Jacques Sempé Štěpán Zavřel, Saul Steinberg, but also biking through cities, cooking and enjoying a glass of good wine with friends.
















The first stage of the £8 billion redevelopment of Battersea power station was approved in December 2013 and was due to start early in 2013.
Residential development will make up 57 per cent of the regenerated site, with retail, leisure, office and other commercial uses taking up 43 per cent.
After several failed proposals to redevelop the site since the power station’s decommissioning in 1983, Malaysian investors SP Setia, Sime Darby and EPF have made a swift start to regeneration since buying the site last autumn.
Wandsworth Council has approved plans for 800 homes and a hotel as well as space for restaurants and bars, offices and a six acre park on the banks of the Thames.
Chancellor George Osborne confirmed in his autumn statement in December that the extension of the Northern Line to Battersea and Wandsworth would be underpinned by a £1 billion loan guarantee.
The proposal would create two new Tube stops - one on Wandsworth Road, the other at Battersea Power Station.
Berkeley Group’s St James is already on site in Riverlight, in the heart of Nine Elms, building a high-end new residential development.
There's been a little bit of controversy surrounding the proposals to renovate this iconic London building but I think people are finally coming around to accepting that the best way to preserve this building as part of our London skyline heritage is to give it a new lease of life. Although some of the proposals we saw were not quite in keeping with the style of the building and make somewhat of a parody of it, I feel the chosen design will do this great building justice. See below for details on how you can visit the popup park that has opened temporarily at the power station.
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Battersea Power Station is one of the world’s most famous buildings and it is now at the heart of Central London’s most visionary and eagerly anticipated new development.

The iconic Power Station, one of the finest surviving examples of art deco architecture, served London’s energy needs from 1933 through to 1983.
For 30 years the Power Station site has lain dormant but work will shortly get underway turning this riverside venue into a vibrant new community. It will be served by its own Battersea Power Station tube stop and offer shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels, offices and residences. At the heart of the community will be the Power Station itself, fully restored and open to the public, accessed via a new High Street and Town Square to the south, and opened up on the riverside with a new 6 acre public park.

As you’d expect, all of that takes time, but we wanted to give people an opportunity to get up close and personal to the Power Station as soon as possible. That’s why we’ve created this temporary park for visitors. It’s not as big as the final Power Station Park will be, and the landscaping isn’t quite as creative, but it gives people a chance to come up and marvel at the scale and glory of this architectural masterpiece.
For those that are curious, the Pop-Up Park is actually located on the site of the original coal bunkers that stored 75,000 tonnes of coal at any one time. At that time the coal was brought in by barge along the River Thames.

Whilst the days of coal barges stopping at the Power Station are clearly a thing of the past, soon we will offer river bus services for passengers so keep an eye on the website for further updates. We hope you enjoy the Pop-Up Park as much as we do, and if you’ve any suggestions by all means drop us a line.










The Shaker kitchen is known for being a traditional style and is often associated with farm houses and 'country kitchens'. Nowadays, it's rising again in popularity because of new ways of executing the shaker cabinet fronts. Modern shaker kitchens are simpler and finished in matt, earthenware colours. We think they're great.

A few of our favourite companies that offer modern shaker kitchens:
1909 Kitchens
deVOL Kitchens
Guild Anderson