Each year, the Cheltenham Gold Cup marks possibly the biggest and most welcome influx of Irish horse-racing punters to Cheltenham. Sneaking under the radar, and on a much smaller scale, we are pleased to announce that L’una Design have just welcomed a new visitor from Ireland to our Cheltenham furniture and kitchen showroom…Welcome Max Benjamin!
Well, OK, not quite. We’ve been rumbled. Let us explain…Max Benjamin is not in fact an Irishman, well not one we know anyway. It is, however, the name of a fantastic Irish company that manufacturers candles to die for. Irish owned Max Benjamin, is run by two brothers Mark and David Van den Bergh. Named after their nephews, Max and Ben, who are the sons of their sister Orla (founder of the company), they have been producing high quality candles and diffusers since the early 1990’s.
The collection has evolved over the years from the original Oberg range of hand poured pillar candles into what is now an international brand which currently includes 17 fragrances of luxury natural wax candles as well as fragrance diffusers and a hand and body care range.
Now being sold in Harrods in the UK, across Europe and in Japan, Max Benjamin candles and diffusers are a great addition to our range of home accessories. We asked our lead Interior Designer, Michele, to pick a favourite from the range, and without hesitation she choose the Fig Arabesque Candle from the Ilum Collection. At 2.15kg and contained within a beautiful ceramic container, this is a real centrepiece to any living room.
If you are passing our showroom in Montpellier, Cheltenham, then call in and we can show you the products we have available as well as discuss others that can be ordered on request. If we happen to be closed and you’re in Montpellier at night, then you will see some of the product on display, dotted around the Italian Pedini kitchens and furniture by luxury brands including B&B Italia, Fritz Hansen & Baxter. We don’t mind you peering in..!, but if we’re in, do come in.
If you happen to have been along a tree lined road in the west of Cheltenham, somewhere near Cheltenham Lido, you may have spotted some major home remodelling going on! Despite the scale of the villa in question, it is not immediately apparent the extent of works being undertaken. On first sight, you’ll notice a very smart contemporary render that has been applied to the property which is set back on a dogleg in the road. Behind the perimeter wall and gated entrance is a ‘state of the art’ extension designed by local architects, coombes:everitt. The centrepiece of the design is a beautiful gull wing glass fronted extension, that houses the pool in the basement and living accommodation above.
L’una Design were originally appointed to design and install a designer Italian kitchen within this property. Having gained the trust and respect of the client, our brief has evolved to cover various parts of this gorgeous home. One aspect that has really got us excited is the bar refrigeration…bear with us…
By our own admittance, the fridges that we usually specify in our Pedini kitchens are high-end modern appliances. Maybe Siemens or even Gaggenau. These manufacturers offer amazing products that fit perfectly in a modern kitchen. But it is not these appliances that have stopped us in our tracks on this project. Instead, we have fallen for an older model! Alright, it’s had a bit of TLC, but it is still old…so old the design originates from before the time of electric refrigeration.
Within the bar area of the villa, within easy reach of the poolside, we have specified an ‘Ice Box’ from the Vintage Fridge Company. This company sources and modernises Ice Boxes. They work tirelessly to keep all original exterior features as sympathetically renovated as possible, so as not to detract from the age and authenticity of the original Ice Boxes it sources. The history behind these pieces is incredible and can be found on the Vintage Fridge Company website, with some stunning images on their Instagram. These fridges grace the interiors of a number of great bars both here in Gloucestershire and as far afield as Chicago. So, the next time you’re in the Lucky Onion Crazy 8’sbar in Cheltenham or at the Soho House Pool Bar in Chicago, you’ll know that they have the same fridges we specify to create a bit of poolside opulence from a bygone era!
With our summer holidays all out of the way and our tans fading quickly, we are now getting increasingly excited about what’s coming up over the autumn months.
As a close-knit team of interior designers, kitchen designers, space planners and skilled installers, we are always bouncing ideas off each other, questioning new trends and generally ‘keeping our eyes peeled’ in a quest to make sure our clients can always access the very best in interior design that is really in-tune with current trends. We are determined to ensure our designs are timeless and not influenced by design fads, so it’s great to keep on top of everything that is going on in the industry.
At our Montpellier base, we are often spotted huddling around whilst assembling mood boards and designs for projects we are delivering. Incidentally, if ever you are passing, don’t worry about disturbing us – we always welcome visitors.
When we are not together in our Cheltenham studio / showroom, we’re constantly connected with each other. This may be by way of fleeting WhatsApp messages about kitchen design ideas, emails regarding particular details of home remodelling projects or even through social media, posting pictures of a little bit of ‘window shopping’ as we all go about enjoying life.
It’s that time of year! Do you remember getting ready to go back to school after the summer holidays? New pencil case?, tick. New shoes?, tick. New timetable?, tick. Well, we’re much the same and we want to harness this enthusiasm and share some of what we love with you. With this in mind we will be boosting our social media presence together on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As well as this, you’ll also be seeing a lot more activity on our blog. We will be covering interiors, kitchens, furniture, food, entertaining and even music. (although not sure we’ll be shouting too loudly about Dustin’s favourite tunes!!)
We hope you enjoy the new feel to the blog and welcome ideas for future features.