Archinect - Naturally inspired 2020-03-30T13:40:12-04:00 Painted floors - it's officially a trend! Jemma 2020-03-24T10:24:52-04:00 >2020-03-28T12:45:58-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>If you&rsquo;re an avid home d&eacute;cor magazine fiend, or if you spend your evenings checking out #InteriorDesign on Instagram, you will have noticed painted floors exploding in popularity.<br></p> <p>Painted floors make a lot of sense on a number of levels. You can lift your room in a budget-friendly way, express your personality and create an easy to maintain floor. In addition to these benefits, you can also employ a host of tricks and optical illusions to make your room appear lighter, wider or more spacious! </p> <p>Nonetheless, floor painting is a bold decision, so you&rsquo;ll want to get it right. The first things to consider are what colour or pattern appeals to you, and what suits the character of the room. Here are some ideas to get you started:</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Geometric</strong>: When you think about it, there&rsquo;s little to lose by striking out boldly with strong, eye-catching geometry. The best-case scenario is that you&rsquo;ll create a vibrant and striking room that isn&rsquo;t replicated anywhere else. The worst-case scenario is that it...</p></figure> Top three biophilic designs Jemma 2020-02-13T07:53:32-05:00 >2020-02-13T07:54:26-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Biophilic design is now a mainstay of contemporary architecture and, as we learn more about the benefits, we&rsquo;ll likely see more buildings that embrace the curves and idiosyncrasies of the natural world. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s now understood that by incorporating natural elements (such as planting, organic shapes, water features etc.) into our buildings and cities, we foster spaces that soothe us, keep us healthy, help the environment and even boost our economies. In his book, &lsquo;Resilient Cities: Overcoming Fossil-Fuel Dependence&rsquo;, Peter Newman estimates that New York City could save $1.7 billion from crime expenses &ndash; just by adding more biophilic landscaping to the city! </p> <p>As more evidence emerges for all of the above, more naturally-inspired landmarks are appearing on cityscapes across the world. Looking around any major capital, changes are afoot. Apartment blocks are now built to benefit from passive heating and cooling, office blocks huddle around meditative water gardens, and walkways are now cla...</p> Spring trend: warm colours Jemma 2020-01-21T07:22:19-05:00 >2020-02-27T11:24:03-05:00 <p>Nobody with an eye on the design world could fail to notice the major shift in favoured colour palettes.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>2020 marks the definitive end to all-grey colour schemes. The soothing and clean tones of dove, pewter and the iconic Elephant&rsquo;s Breath still retain their place, but the most exciting interiors make sparing use of them, minimising them as neutrals to be used here and there. The &lsquo;footballer&rsquo;s mansion look&rsquo; &ndash; i.e. ten tonnes of crushed silver velour set in 50 shades of grey, has frankly, reached saturation point.&nbsp;</p> <p>This design rebellion has marked the onset of exciting, rich new combinations. Royal blue and copper, emerald and gold, mustard seed and mango wood. Suddenly, rooms are warming up and as the spring arrives, we can expect to see these moody, romantic shades migrating to our outdoor spaces too. You can expect to see greater depths of colours and vibrancy translating through into planting this summer, with fuchsias, teals and dark turquoises taking centre stage.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>If you are l...</p> The value of landscaping: Britain’s green goldmine Jemma 2019-12-04T07:17:13-05:00 >2020-03-27T12:16:05-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New House Country Hotel</a> in Cardiff strikes the right balance between relaxed and manicured</figcaption></figure><p>Oxford University&rsquo;s recent report summarising the value of British landscaping contained some impressive facts and figures. Not only does the sector contribute &pound;24.2 billion to the national GDP annually, but the industry also supports 568,700 jobs &ndash; the equivalent to 1 in 68. The UK directly employs 370,300 landscapers, garden centre staff, arboriculture professionals, ornamental garden material manufacturers, plant producers and wholesalers. In short, it is a significant segment of the economy.</p> <p>The report also stressed that the UK is viewed globally as &lsquo;The Gardening Capital of the World&rsquo; &ndash; a reminder to recognise and maximise the value in our outdoor spaces. The top-level GDP figure includes garden tourism, an important but often undervalued source of national revenue. The report&rsquo;s authors state that on average, one in three international visitors to the UK will visit at least one park or gar...</p> Rethinking eco-design: responding to the plastics crisis Jemma 2019-11-11T07:55:44-05:00 >2019-12-04T05:48:05-05:00 <br><p><img src="*xNNyq3yGss5z1V4tnhmaWw.jpeg"></p> <p>It&rsquo;s fair to say that plastic use is rapidly falling out of fashion. Thanks to David Attenborough&rsquo;s Blue Planet documentary series, the Climate Extinction movement, and Greta Thunberg&rsquo;s individual activism, we&rsquo;ve all started thinking about how we can individually reduce our reliance on this harmful material.</p> <p>Some changes are obvious. We can all ditch bottled water and invest in reusable drink&rsquo;s bottles. And we can switch plastic bags for jute, hemp or cotton totes.</p> <p>But thinking beyond those simple changes, we can also opt to furnish our homes and gardens with design materials that are less harmful to the planet.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Take decking, for example. This extremely popular outdoor design feature has courted controversy given the links to deforestation (timber for decks is often hardwood exported from the Amazon). Therefore, many landscapers and architects sensibly made the switch to composites or plastic decks. But with the new emphasis on plastic reduction, it&rsquo;s difficult to k...</p> MILLBOARD LAUNCHES POWERFUL NEW OUTDOOR DESIGN HUB FOR ARCHITECTS AND LANDSCAPERS Jemma 2019-10-21T05:41:29-04:00 >2020-01-09T17:03:01-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Millboard has launched a brand-new informative resource for professional landscapers, architects, interior designers and master builders. This Hub of educational materials is entirely free and provides a single source for desktop learning, covering a broad range of useful and up-do-date information related to the world of outdoor design.</p> <p>Visitors can browse for inspiration, catch up on the latest regulatory news and even pick up CPD points from the comfort of their own desks! Millboard, manufacturers of design-led mineral board decking, states that after six months of intensive work, the Hub is now &lsquo;bursting with informative and engaging materials and news&rsquo;.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><p><br></p><p>Marketing Manager Caroline Birdsall comments &lsquo;we&rsquo;re thrilled to have created such a valuable facility for the industry &mdash; we hope that it&rsquo;s of use to a wide range of people, whether they are looking for design-theme inspiration or wanting to learn about the most eco-friendly and innovative design materials available. It covers lo...</p></figure> Forté Timber Interiors celebrates eighteen months as New Zealand’s exclusive Millboard distributor Jemma 2019-09-16T09:56:42-04:00 >2020-01-24T10:46:04-05:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fort&eacute; timber interiors</a>, based in Auckland, is celebrating eighteen months of being the exclusive New Zealand distributor of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">millboard decking</a>, a premium British outdoor flooring solution. Fort&eacute; operates in 13 locations across the country. The staff say that they are thrilled to have marked one year as partner to the prestigious British firm.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Fort&eacute; Timber Interiors is constantly scouring the globe to bring the latest trends to New Zealand. Their extensive product range is inspired by the latest global flooring trends and with over 35 years&rsquo; experience in the timber industry, they are widely recognized at the experts in the field. Their reputation is a perfect match for Millboard, the UK&rsquo;s market-leading manufacturer of wood-alternative flooring. Millboard&rsquo;s hand finished decking boards are hand-moulded from real timber, including antique boards from a 100-year-old French railway carriage. Composed of a natural mineral and polymer resin, these versatile boards don&rsquo;t split, warp or dev...</p> First ‘carbon-positive home-builder’ wins big at the Better Society Awards 2019 Jemma 2019-08-12T10:31:24-04:00 >2020-02-06T09:17:49-05:00 <p><strong>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley Group</a> is celebrating after picking up the much-coveted &lsquo;Carbon Reduction of the Year&rsquo; award at the prestigious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Better Society Awards</a>. The development giant has worked hard over the past couple of years to ensure that their builds set a new standard for architectural and construction excellence.</strong><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Better Society Awards &lsquo;celebrate the efforts that commercial organisations make to create a better society&rsquo; and attract multi-industry interest as businesses compete to demonstrate their positive impacts. This year&rsquo;s entrants included Aldi, ITV, Virgin, Warner Bros. and Skanska. The Berkeley Group&rsquo;s category was hotly contended, featuring commercial heavyweights Experian, UPS and Columbia Investments. The Berkeley Group impressed the judges with their significant reduction in carbon emissions, which fell by 22% between 2016 and 2018. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The judges commended the Group's industry-leading approach, which has seen Berkeley become the country's first carbon-positive homebuilder. T...</p> Homeowners bring the tropics to the UK! Jemma 2019-07-23T06:35:40-04:00 >2019-08-17T19:03:42-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br> The summer is now in full swing as the schools have broken up and a reported heatwave is predicted to smash all records later on in the week. As the mercury tips into the 30s (wow), it&rsquo;s easy to envy people who&rsquo;ve managed to achieve impressive feats with their garden spaces &ndash; what I&rsquo;d give for a hammock in a perfectly cultivated outdoor space! </p> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a> recently carried a story about Brits making the most of their gardens by creating some incredibly idiosyncratic designs. It&rsquo;s always inspiring to see people putting their stamp on their space and this article was no different. It just goes to show that behind the fa&ccedil;ade of the mid-century semi or the frontage of the quintessential townhouse, you actually have no idea what surprises might await beyond. <br></p> <p><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> Take Janet and John Morgan &ndash; a retired couple from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Inspired by their travels from Barbados to South Africa, they&rsquo;ve spent &lsquo;more than &pound;40,000 transforming the garden into our own little piece of...</p> A brief look at 20th century garden design Jemma 2019-06-20T10:53:37-04:00 >2019-10-05T11:31:04-04:00 <p>Garden design is a fascinating area of culture and personal expression. From the Edwardian period to the end of the 20th Century, the British have worked and reworked their outdoor spaces to display wealth, create areas for relaxation or, quite simply, to grow food. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><p><em>Millboard's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brushed Basalt</a> in a contemporary setting</em></p></figure><p>The 20th century opened with strong influence from the Arts and Crafts movement. One Arts and Craft horticulturist in particular, Gertrude Jekyll, made an enormous impact with her Italianate grottos and subtle painterly arrangements, influenced by dreamy Impressionistic landscapes. Jekyll&rsquo;s eye for detail and sensitive compositions made her incredibly popular, and her gardens can still be seen today at some of the Country&rsquo;s greatest estates. Amongst her accomplishments are the grounds to Lindisfarne Castle, Hestercombe House and Upton Grey Manor House &ndash; all of which still display her colour-themed gardens punctuated with her signature borders.&nbsp; </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><p><em>Jekyll's Hestercombe Ho...</em></p></figure> Review of Millboard decking Jemma 2019-05-20T05:09:23-04:00 >2019-10-29T14:46:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>"....A natural look also distinguishes the robust solid floorboards from&nbsp;Millboard&nbsp;. The grain of the surface, modeled on real wood patterns, is hand-colored with bleach- and UV-resistant pigments, so that it preserves its color brilliance for many years.&nbsp;Millboard is dimensionally stable and resistant to warping, rotting and algae growth.&nbsp;Even direct weathering and intensive use, the floorboard resists permanently.&nbsp;The Lastane surface of the splinter-free, non-slip coating is highly resilient, virtually maintenance-free, stain resistant and easy to clean.&nbsp;A coordinated system of substructure and installation accessories completes the overall picture of the terrace and balcony flooring.&nbsp;The planks are screwed onto the substructure concealed because the Lastane surface of Millboard closes over the screw heads again."</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Originally posted as 'The Terrace Trends 2019' by , by Christian B&uuml;hring:&nbsp;<a href=",QUlEPTYxMzE3ODYmTUlEPTUwMjc4.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">,QUlEPTYxMzE3ODYmTUlEPTUwMjc4.html</a>&nbsp;</p>... Millboard London Design Hub to open in Clerkenwell @Millboard_UK @CDWfestival Jemma 2019-05-20T04:50:24-04:00 >2019-10-29T14:46:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a>Premium decking manufacturer Millboard is to open an exciting new design centre on Clerkenwell&rsquo;s Goswell Road. The luxury outdoor flooring business will be opening its doors on Tuesday 21st May.</p></figure><p>The Millboard London Design Hub will display the company&rsquo;s leading-edge range of decking and also host CPD training sessions, architect-focused events and design presentations. The space will provide ideas for how people can &lsquo;Live Life Outdoors&rsquo; &ndash; the company&rsquo;s motto.</p> <p>The design-led decking company chose Clerkenwell from a range of options owing to the area&rsquo;s rich design heritage. Clerkenwell&rsquo;s elegant and quirky streets are home to numerous studios of world class designers, and the area famously boasts more architects per square metre than anywhere else on the planet. Joining this creative community was a natural next-step for the British manufacturer.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a>Since 2007, Millboard have approached decking as a blank canvas, sidestepping traditional wood or composite board production. The company&rsquo;s m...</p></figure> Outdoor spaces: Basic Spring Maintenance Jemma 2019-03-25T07:49:16-04:00 >2019-11-05T14:16:05-05:00 <p><strong><strong></strong></strong><strong>With the longer evenings and the warming skies, summer will be upon us before we know it. Gardens can look a bit intimidating at this time of year but getting them shipshape doesn&rsquo;t have to be a chore. Here's my list of essential garden tasks to give your garden an April boost and to provide a good foundation for stunning summer displays.</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Cut back dogwood and willow</strong><strong>&nbsp; </strong>These beautiful plants are hard pruned to encourage their impressive coloured branches and late March to mid-April is considered the optimum time to do this. After cutting the specimen down to 60&ndash;90cm from the ground, pinch or thin side shoots to promote further branching before finishing with a generous layer of compost and mulch.</p> <p><strong>2. Plant summer-flowering bulbs&nbsp;</strong> Get your summer flowering bulbs, including gladioli, in the ground and in pots now for a beautiful display come July! To aid growth, the bulbs should be fed every seven to ten days with a high potassium fertiliser such as a tomato or squash feed.</p> <p><img src="*LqEQrE7qBCt-2gDDXPmwSg.png"></p> ... A breathtaking outdoor urban room! Jemma 2019-02-25T06:58:41-05:00 >2019-08-24T00:31:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>This stunning Redcliffe residence in Chelsea, London, is a prime example of maximised outdoor space. Ensconced in an exclusive square, the owners have embraced luxe finishes and high spec features to create an enduring and lavish retreat. </p><p><br></p> <p>The terrace includes a firepit, infrared heating, show lights, fountains, foliage, waterproof Sonos speakers and Millboard decking. The ensemble creates a spectacular piazza that harmonises Mediterranean warmth with heritage grandeur. </p><p><br></p> <p>Cleverly, the muted palette allows for the eye to wander to the pleasing archways of the windows, lit and dressed with trailing ivy &ndash; simply perfect for the coming balmy summer evenings. </p><p><br></p></figure> Pro Landscaper Magazine’s Business Award shortlist announced! Jemma 2019-02-05T10:35:18-05:00 >2019-05-22T10:16:04-04:00 <p></p> <p>Pro Landscaper Magazine, the leading news source for the landscaping community, has released its 2019 shortlist for its prestigious annual award ceremony. The awards celebrate the excellent standards set across the industry in design, manufacture and supply.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The ceremony will take place on Friday 8th&nbsp;February at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf and will be attended by the most dynamic and prestigious members of the UK landscaping business community.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The full list of shortlistees is an exciting mixture of established industry heavyweights and newcomers - good luck to everybody who made the cut! </p> <p><strong>The shortlist</strong> </p> <p><strong>GARDEN DESIGNER Sponsored by Global Stone Paving</strong> &bull; Rachel Bailey &bull; Rosemary Coldstream &bull; Louise Harrison-Holland &bull; Katja Gri_ ths &bull; Martha Krempel </p> <p> <strong>GARDEN DESIGN PRACTICE Sponsored by Butterworth Horticulture</strong> &bull; Bowles &amp; Wyer Ltd &bull; Butter Wakefield Garden Design Ltd &bull; Cube 1994 Ltd </p> <p><strong>SUPPLIER Sponsored by Adtrak</strong> &bull; ArborForest Products &bull; GreenBlue Urban Ltd. &bull; Makita UK &bull; Millboa...</p> MVRDV announce plans to convert office complex in Amsterdam into stunning nature-inspired neighbourhood Jemma 2019-01-23T10:49:06-05:00 >2019-05-22T10:16:04-04:00 <p></p> <p><strong></strong>MVRDV&rsquo;s company approach is to &lsquo;enable cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future&rsquo; and their latest Amsterdam-based project fully embraces this ethos.</p> <p>Their plans to convert an isolated office complex into a lively residential neighbourhood containing 750 homes, will breathe life and balance into Brettenzone&rsquo;s waterfront. Directly opposite the city&rsquo;s Westerpark, the plan includes 12 buildings, five of which have been designed by MVRDV. The team&rsquo;s emphasis on green space enables eco and housing sustainability, right in the heart of the Dutch capital.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> <p>Natalie de Vries, MVRDV&rsquo;s co-founder writes that,<em> &lsquo;</em><em>Amsterdam urgently needs housing in all sorts of sizes and price ranges, for both purchase and rental. G</em><em>iven the large number of homes that this project adds to Amsterdam-west, we have focused entirely on architectural diversity. the public space will be green and closely connect with the Westerpark. the combination of park and urbanity is unique to Amsterdam. where else c...</em></p> The most inspiring workplaces that incorporate nature Jemma 2018-12-21T06:19:38-05:00 >2019-01-23T10:44:21-05:00 <p>The phrase &lsquo;the office&rsquo; used to be synonymous with broken photocopiers, magnolia walls and neglected spider plants but over the past two decades, architects have re-imagined the potential of these commercial hubs. From Air BnB&rsquo;s &lsquo;Irish Bar&rsquo; layout, to Cisco System&rsquo;s on-site health suite, design concepts have shifted to foreground office culture and to prioritise the office worker and their well-being. </p> <p>The next generation of office design is dominated by &lsquo;biophilic&rsquo; concepts - workspaces that embrace nature to promote greater health and happiness in these predominantly metropolitan buildings. The following list demonstrates how diverse the results can be!</p> <p> <strong><em>SelgasCano Architectural Office, Madrid</em></strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&copy;</p> <p><em>This incredible tube-shaped office dug into the Spanish countryside was designed by Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano. The office space integrates beautifully into its surroundings and gives all employees an eye-level view of the forest. The perspex, glass and fibreglass structure ...</em></p>