British Interior Design
PUBLISHED: 09:59 04 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:49 20 February 2013
What the Norfolk experts believe is best about British design
Great British design
From William Morris and Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Sir Terence Conran and Kelly Hoppen, weve had our fair share of renowned designers over the years. So what do experts in Norfolk believe is best about British design, asks Abigail Saltmarsh.
Tenacity Interiors, Units 2 and 3 Waterford Industrial Estate, Great Massingham, PE32 2HT; 01485 521888; www.tenacityinteriors.com
"I like the versatility of British interior design. I think we are very good at considering different environments and coming up with looks that range from the traditional to the modern, and that sit well in different homes.
"We have some beautiful period properties in this country, from large town houses, in places like Chelsea, to country homes in Norfolk. In heritage homes, many people want to make the most of period features, and we are still coming up with designs today that look good in those settings.
"So you can have designs for sash windows that are to modern standards or pieces of furniture that look old but have soft closing features for example.
"When it comes to bedrooms, distressed patina pieces are among my favourite pieces of furniture today I think we do them very well and to a very high quality.
"Beds and wardrobes can be given this attractive, traditional finish. They have modern standards of comfort and functionality and can look great today in cottages, barns and other homes."
John Doe of Diss, Howard House, 46 to 50 Sawmills Road, Diss, IP22 4DA; 01379 644081; www.johndoediss.co.uk
"I think Britain is pretty cutting-edge in terms of furniture design these days. Even a lot of the pieces that are manufactured in the Far East are actually designed here.
"I think we have some wonderful sofas and upholstered items. To be fair, I would say the British furniture industry is at the forefront when it comes to upholstery.
"If you flick through any lifestyle magazine, you will see some very contemporary pieces, with great styles and designs that could well be British. There are also sofas in more traditional styles that are being designed to suit cottages and farmhouses of today.
"For the drawing room or living room, I think family-run, British firm Alstons has some great items. They do pieces that on one hand have a traditional style but, on the other, are also ideal for people who are looking for something with a modern edge.
"There have been a lot of beiges and browns in sofas and upholstery in recent years but we are now starting to see some nice vivid colours coming from places like Alstons. Among my favourites are a red sofa and chair.
"I think they are capable of moving with the times and highlight the fact the British furniture industry is still very strong. People know our designs are good and our products are of a high quality, which is why they look for pieces that are from this country."
Dovetail, 226 to 236 Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HT; 01603 488082; www.dovetail-furniture.co.uk
"Here in Britain, we are known for our carpets. These are of a high quality and come in all sorts of designs and to fit every price bracket.
"I think Brintons is a great example of a British name in this area it has been around for a long time but its carpets are still known for their quality and are wonderful for homes today.
"They are made from pure British wool and have designs and colours that are developed in their own studios.
They come in a wide range of designs to create all sorts of styles within different rooms. As well as bedrooms and living rooms, dining rooms, studies and entrance halls can also be transformed with these carpets, and can be given a much richer, more luxurious look.
"Brintons have carpets in a choice of Wilton or Axminster styles and they are bringing out new designs all the time. They have products that suit modern city centre apartments as well as country homes and are designed to be practical as well as beautiful."