Archive for January, 2012

Antarctic Base Camp


If diversity is the spice of life, then we are truly blessed!


We are lucky enough to work with some terrific clients who require bespoke designs. This month has been no exception, with the South Pole beckoning.


White Desert supply elite adventure holidays to experience the wilds of Antarctica.


We designed the initial basecamp for them in 2007 and are proud to say that it’s done its job incredibly well, especially considering this seasons freak weather conditions… not just one but two hurricanes!


However, White desert has been such a success, that the camp needs to grow and evolve, so we have been asked to assist them with the next generation of domes. Less Shackleton, more Sci Fi!


So through the joys of Skype and e-mail, the designs were agreed, fabricators were found and the okay was given to go ahead with the build. The domes were created in America, sent by cargo ship to South Africa and then flown onto Antarctica…. Interior design on a global scale!


These spacious contemporary Igloos are thermally insulated with all the comforts of home.


They should sit well within the epic landscape and act as a perfect retreat after a day adventuring!


Tea Time!

To celebrate my Grandmother’s 90th birthday, we thought we would take her for afternoon tea at The Wolseley, on Piccadilly.


Having been there before, we knew we’d be in for a treat…. A wonderful, atmospheric interior with towering pillars, beautifully cut stone flooring and arches. It’s the perfect place to while away an afternoon with tea and cake or champagne and cucumber sandwiches!


Once a prestigious car showroom for Wolseley Motors Ltd, the interior originally drew on Venetian and Florentine influences, as well as Eastern exotic touches, that were in vogue in 1921. It wasn’t until November 2003 that it re-opened as the café-restaurant it is today.


It’s fantastic to see an interior with such a rich heritage, being re-imagined and brought back to life, to be enjoyed by so many.