Does anyone know what a mixologist is? Well, all I know is that you need a pretty smart bespoke bar stool to experience a wow bespoke cocktail mixed by the new breed of bartender.
The cocktail scene is growing and a beautifully crafted martini mixed to perfection demands a beautifully crafted bar stool to match.
At Clerkenwell Design Week I spotted the Avery wooden bar stool by Pinch, a company that I admire for the purity and simplicity of its furniture. Yes, this bar stool was lovingly made and the proportions were great but it was hard-edged. A bar stool needs have a discreet glamour and the level of comfort you would find in a hotel.
OCHRE prize a subtle glamour. Their new bar stools are handmade in the finest Italian saddle leather. The new Sable bar stool with its etiolated shape and low back is finished with hand sewn pinched seams and scalloped corner details reminiscent of a couture handbag.
Then there is the chic caribou bar stool with a distinctive S line silhouette and tactile, wrapped Italian saddle leather arms and a low-slung seat.
All Ochre leathers are unique hand-dyed shades in deliciously tempting shades of blackcurrant, blueberry, beet, chilli, truffle, sage, mushroom and quince.
Jamb has built up a worldwide reputation for sourcing superior antique and reproduction chimneypieces and lighting, along with dealing in the finest 18th and 19th century English country–house furniture. Admirer Michael Smith sums up Jamb owner Will Fisher’s style well saying says he’s ‘someone whose aesthetic is so unbelievably English with an eye for patina and detail but put together in a clean fresh way.’
Will has always loved over scaled objects and his lighting collection is based on stunning originals, which sit beautifully in his own home. It has also taken him a good few years to restore his Georgian family house and make sure that every fixture and fitting is spot-on. This task includes installing historically appropriate and light fittings.
How to fit an English country house into a London townhouse is a dilemma that faced Will and his wife Charlotte Freemantle. On this journey they decided that as well as reproducing original country-house lighting, they should introduce smaller fittings still created with rigorous historical accuracy, but that would fit comfortably in period houses throughout the land.
The globe has become the signature shape of Jamb lighting and desired for its timeless feel and exceptional beauty. So welcome a new range of simplified globes that have both a functional and minimalist aesthetic. These are designed entirely by Jamb and are manufactured from lost wax casting.
Mercury is a glazed spherical lantern made with hand-moulded copper and finished in bronze; Markham is a large ovoid lantern with opaque glass shade held within moulded brass bars while Morton is a spherical glazed lantern with simple moulded brass bars culminating in a circular banded vent surrounded by a ball finial for hanging.
I am so very blessed to work with some of the best names in interior design. Jamb represents Michael S Smith collections of country house fabrics in the UK and there is a beautiful synergy that fits seamlessly with the Jamb aesthetic.
Michael Smith is one of the most original and respected talents in the design industry today. His style is a seamless blend of European classicism and modernism.
Leave it to Michael S. Smith to come up another great line of fabrics. The true design cognoscenti are familiar with his Jasper, range – an American take on classic English country-house décor. But his new Templeton well, this is a breath of fresh air - a modern twist on Michael S Smith’s style with brilliant graphic motifs, refreshing colour and luxurious weaves.
Rumba in Green, Indigo and Pale Blue (100% Linen)
Templeton was inspired by Charles Templeton Crocker’s 1929 home in the Russian Hill section of San Francisco. That year Vogue magazine described the apartment as “perhaps the most beautiful in the world”. The exquisite interior was designed by Jean Michel Frank and Templeton Crocker was one of his first American clients.
Charles Templeton Crocker's life-long desire was to work with the most sophisticated designers as well as his pursuit of the most beautiful objects in the world. Sourced from generations-old hand-blocking houses in Southeast Asia to mills in the countryside of Scotland and Belgium, Templeton is a bold, modern approach to textiles created by the most talented master craftsmen in the world.