August 23, 2017

9 Artists You Need To Follow On Instagram

Finding art for our clients can often be a tricky thing. Everyone has their own sense of style and taste. We adore finding new and interesting artists from all over the world who will delight our clients with every piece of work. We thought we would highlight 10 artists on instagram that are, in our option, must follows! These are just a taster...

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July 14, 2017

Fine Finishing: An Interesting Conversation Piece

Art is a very emotive topic. We are all moved by different pieces of art and we all have a very unique appreciation of it here at Kia Designs. This piece I stumbled across spoke to me personally. I could see it working well in lots of different schemes. It's soft colours are soothing. The layering of the piece provides a lot of depth. These...

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June 30, 2017

What Size Art to Use? A Definitive Guide to Space Planning

Create a Polished Looking Interior With Stylish Art Pieces

Badly hung art can ruin the look and feel of a room. You might have pieces that you treasure and love, but you have to be ruthless about where they fit in the scheme. You can always find a place for your desired objects, it just might not be centre stage above a sofa if it's an A4 frame.

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In Art & Sculpture, Interior Design

November 09, 2016

Spotlight on: Carmen Almon

American Artist Carmen Almon makes the most exquisite hyper-real botanical structures. And far from being delicate models, her pieces are made from sturdy and durable wire and copper, fashioned into the most meticulous detail.  Artificial flowers have gained popularity in recent years, as technological advances make them more realistic and...

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September 21, 2016

Stunning Bespoke Embroidery Art

New Designers, held every year in the Business Design Centre in Islington is a fantastic platform for up-and-coming talent. We go every year in search of fresh, innovative designs and emerging trends. This year we were particularly taken by the intricate work of Bristol based textile artist Jacky Puzey, whose digital embroidery and layers of...

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September 01, 2016

Commissioning Art

At Kia Designs, previously blogged about how to design a room around a piece of art, now we're going to focus on the opposite - commissioning a bespoke piece to match the room.

 

A Kia Designs living room. Our colour scheme was based around this stunning piece of fabric. To pull everything together we then had it stretched like a canvas and...
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March 08, 2016

M F Hussain and Art as Inspiration

If a client is an art collector, or has a treasured piece, interior designers will often use that image as the main reference source or influence for a design. We've had several clients bring in pieces by M F Husain and they make fantastic inspiration. His free flowing lines, contemporary style and vibrant tones gives us lots to work with and...

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April 24, 2015

Spotlight on: Chuck Elliott

Art, some people 'get it' some don't.  For our clients art is extremely personal, it can make or break a project.  Specifying items that pull together a design scheme can be extremely rewarding, we have even had artwork created specifically to pull together the colours of a room (you can read that here, Creating A Bespoke Piece Of Art For A...

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In Art & Sculpture, Spotlight On

February 20, 2015

Best of: Yasemen Hussein

Anyone that knows me know's that I have a passion for feathers, from earrings to tattoos to lighting, if it has feathers on you have my curiosity.  These lights and pieces of artwork have more than my curiosity they have my attention.  They are both light but bold and have a wonderful movement to them.

I am intrigued by the sheer variety of this...

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December 16, 2014

Designing A Bedroom Around Art

This design is one of our most talked about designs, maybe because we came at it from the idea of Designing A Bedroom Around Art.  It is visually stunning whist also providing the clients with storage and the space they needed within this compact bedroom.

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December 02, 2014

Longest Continuous Wooden Sculpture In The World

Traditional wooden sculptures can often be impressive, the determination to turn a single piece of wood in to art is often inspiring however Zheng Chunhui has taken this art form to a new level.  Zheng Chunhui has spent four years transforming a 12 foot long tree trunk into a detailed replica of  famous traditional Chinese painting called ”...

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In Art & Sculpture, Interior Design

November 13, 2014

Artwork That Grabs You

Artwork is extremely subjective, the style the colours, the media and the content all need to speak to the person viewing it.  So when I saw these stunning pieces pop up in my email I just had to share them with you.

They are by the artist Alicia Dubnyckyj and they are, of course, of London.  They offer a very unique view of the capital, the...

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February 18, 2013

Creating A Bespoke Piece Of Art For A Client

For me interior design is so personal, every room we create is created especially for that person in mind, it is created to full fill their brief and to create a space in which they can live comfortably and happily.

A huge part of any design should be art work, we often work with clients who have extremely large selections of artwork - a client...

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May 24, 2012

Villiers Console Table

We are currently working on a stunning property in Mayfair and were recently out in Chelsea looking for products that would reflect the property aptly.  One of the challenges with regard to this property is that it is necessary to find pieces which give a nod to the traditional features of the house whilst simultaneously spark interest.  This...

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In Art & Sculpture, Spotlight On

May 16, 2012

Glimpse In To A Current Project

Cyclone console table by Villiers Brothers... okay so this is not simply a console table, it is in fact a piece of art.  As described by my client it reminded him of something that would be created by Anish Kapoor (high praise!)

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In Art & Sculpture, Sneak Peek

June 06, 2011

Creating A Bespoke Rug - An Art!

So it looks like the overwhelming response to the rug Charlie showed you all last week was a good one, so today I am going to talk you through part of the process of how we would pick a gorgeous rug like this for one of our interior design clients.

First of all this gorgeous rug was originally designed by Riviere Rugs they do some of the most...

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In Art & Sculpture, Design In Depth

February 23, 2011

Art on the streets of NYC

Art is as free from constraints as it has ever been and, yes, this does result in some mind-bogglingly bad pieces of art but it also allows art to overflow out of the galleries and into the streets.  Take this piece, for example, in New York City: a piece like this will get a reaction from anyone who passes it and will, through doing so,...

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September 16, 2010

Old Junk Or Art?

We live in a society wherein each of us throws away a depressing amount of goods per week.  One of the only times that on is truly aware of one's waste is upon moving house.  "Wow, I forgot I bought this" you may say upon fishing that dicey, flowery top out of the bottom of one of your draws - you have a laugh at the item's expense and then...

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