Escher, Osborne & Little and illusions

Osborne and Little have launched a new advertising campaign based on their Komodo wallpaper and what looks like the Kew Waterlily House. No doubt the natural setting is inspired by association with an animal print range, but I couldn’t help recalling this M.C. Escher lithograph, which looks like tiny komodo dragons. I am not sure [...]

Quick guide to planning and building a basement in London

Light, Light, Light, Making the best out the natural light that is available to you is the single biggest factor in creating subterranean space that is desirable and pleasant to be in. To put it bluntly, the more natural light you get, the higher the value that space is likely to achieve. Structural glazing has [...]

Planning Permission Granted for Basement in Peel Street, Notting Hill

Boundary Space are pleased to have achieved planning permission for our basement scheme to a period house in Peel Street, Notting Hill. We have in the past designed far bigger basements but this landmark permission, the first for a basement in the street, was still a challenge given the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s [...]

Lighting effects in Valvona & Crolla, Edinburgh

On a recent trip to Edinburgh I made sure I stopped off for a coffee at the Vincaffe, run by Valvona & Crolla, an Edinburgh institution whose deli was described as “arguably the best Italian delicatessen north of the Alps” in the Wall Street Journal. The cafe and restaurant is located on an unassuming pedestrianised [...]

Decorex 2011 Review

Maybe it was the stunning sunshine or the contrast with 100 percent design the week before but Decorex was a pleasure. Petite by nature, what it lacks in size it made up for in quality. There were the usual suspects such as De Le Cuona, Nina Campbell and a stunning stand by a personal favorite [...]

100 % Design 2011 London

100 percent design 2011 was a personal record for me. Though not a record I am fond of beating.  My personal record for shortest time spent in a trade show. 43 minutes. It was more than a little disappointing,  instead of stands with ambition and innovation it was more a case of the usual suspects [...]