Specified: Interiors

Four ways to make you want to stay in

Acrylic stone
Hi-Macs

In this transformation of a disused office into a little house, the staircase is so dominant that the project is dubbed by Hi-Macs, provider of the undulatingly fluid Alpine White acrylic stone banister, ‘a staircase with rooms’. Setting aside how fit those steps are going to keep the inhabitants, it’s a romantic idea, like living in a lighthouse, perhaps even allowing a vivid imagination to mistake the roar of distant traffic for pounding waves on the rocks below. On the other hand, the fitout looks rather more luxurious, and the lighting bill should be far more manageable.
himacs.eu


 

Tubeline ceilings
SAS International

One consolation in the dismal British winter is the prospect of escaping in early January on a long haul flight to the sun. And after the vulgar excesses of a commercial Christmas, a bit of calm culture would be welcome too. Look no further, then, than Kolkata, where even the airport offers poetry above motion. For thanks to SAS International, the humdrum baggage carousel here chugs along beneath a huge abstract reference to the writing of the mighty Rabindranath Tagore. Using 60,000m2 of System 750 Tubeline, it could write the script for a warm week of wellbeing.
sasintgroup.com


 

Colour of the year
Dulux

What does this Cherished Gold room tell you? Someone’s bolthole, perhaps, but what of the mood? Is it autumnal, Keats’ close-bosom’d friend of the maturing sun? Imperial, a la Chinese emperors? Opulence, even degeneracy, of Versailles? Venerable like a golden ager or forward looking in the manner of African hopes in the earth and what it contains? Dulux, linking future and past in its colour of the year, should be able to answer these questions and more at ColourFutures 16, its event mapping colour trends under the theme of Look Both Ways. Fashionistas take note.
duluxtradepaintexpert.co.uk


 

High pressure laminate
Abet Laminati

A wise architect once imparted to me a tip for the subordinates who design the loos on great schemes: remember the old rhyme about three old ladies getting locked in a cubicle from Monday to Saturday... make it a place you’d actually like to linger in. Clearly this is what Abet Laminati had in mind when it supplied these cubicles for East End Homes’ central London HQ: high pressure laminate in the Legni News range of woodgrain effects to make any occupant feel pampered – whether they’re in there for a No 1 moment or the full working week...
abetuk.com


 

Latest

Barn, Salway Ash, Dorset, photograph by Jethro Marshall

Barn, Salway Ash, Dorset, photograph by Jethro Marshall

Three new Practice Notes from the RIBA will help architects keep their projects safe from fire risk

Guidance from three new Practice Notes by the RIBA

The bright and minimalist apartments at a Foster + Partners residential development in Shoreditch feature innovative designs by  QIC Trims that conceal blinds and curtains

QIC Trims' blind boxes at Foster + Partners project

More architecture schools are now offering apprenticeships courses – here’s what is available

Read our course round-up

The 17 Stirlings’ Architects Declare initiative is gaining ground, but where are the rest of you?

Today there are 442 signatures. Where are the rest of you?