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PUBLISHED: 06:54 03 November 2014

Andrew Martin Interior Design Review coffee table book

Andrew Martin Interior Design Review coffee table book

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Every September interior designers throughout the world wait for the latest Andrew Martin Interior Design Review coffee table book to be released.

Every September interior designers throughout the world wait for the latest Andrew Martin Interior Design Review coffee table book to be released. This features “work from the world’s leading designers” and has been dubbed “The bible of interior design” that interior designers look to for inspiration.

This year – its 18th – I can share with you my pride and excitement at having work that I submitted chosen to be included in this publication, featuring a penthouse flat in a converted shoe factory at Colegate in Norwich that I designed and project coordinated. Given that this book features interior designers and their projects worldwide, from such places as Cape Town, Dubai, Moscow, Paris, Hong Kong and, of course, London and now myself, a Norfolk-born designer featuring a Norwich property is something that we can celebrate in this county as a first. It has certainly placed Norfolk on the interior design map!

What’s new

Indeed this September has been a busy month, for apart from taking delivery of the book and sharing my excitement with friends and family, I have been fitting in trips to trade shows and product launches across London between working on clients’ projects and overseeing the second fix electrics and plumbing in our own home!

I love visiting the trade shows as it is so inspiring to see how the trends are evolving, and finding new suppliers to add to our ever-increasing collection. We now have more than 650 pattern books containing fabrics and wallpapers to choose from.

We are always on the look-out for exciting new brands to stock and sell in our showrooms and to use on clients’ projects, especially British-made products. We

are pleased to have become a stockist for Lloyd Loom by James Brindley furniture. Having been the furniture of choice for the hotel industry in the 1930s, Lloyd Loom has maintained popularity in both homes and the leisure industry due to the durability and comfort that it provides while looking elegant and timeless. Every piece is individually handmade in the UK by expert craftsmen in the traditional way by twisting kraft paper around a steel wire and fitted on to solid beech frames.

Ready for Christmas

One can only wonder where the year has gone for the new Christmas decorations including garlands, wreaths and seasonal faux flowers are starting to arrive in the showrooms and it is already looking like Santa’s grotto. So many projects including our own home have a “before Christmas” completion date. So I will be very busy for the next couple of months – however it is so satisfying when projects are completed.

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