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30th November 2017

New interiors brand Aark London opens in SW10

New interiors brand Aark London opens in SW10

Aark London is a new furniture and interiors brand created with the space restrictions of city living in mind - without compromising on style.  Established by leading architect and interior designer Gordana Mandic of London practice Tyler Mandic, the expertly curated collection focuses on high quality, stylish products that have been thoughtfully designed.

Having spent more than 20 years helping her clients to design and realise their dream homes, Gordana is often involved in helping them to choose their furniture too. Drawing on this experience and seeing there was a gap in the market for an interiors business that would provide the customer with an edited collection of simple, affordable, contemporary and timeless designs that work well together and in city homes of all shapes and sizes, Gordana began to create her capsule collection of products. 

The new showroom on the Fulham Road, Chelsea, offers clients a one-stop-shop for upholstery, furniture, rugs, wall paints and accessories.  The concept is to facilitate the design process for the homeowner, who may not have the time or expertise, but who is looking to create a stylish home.  Whether customers are looking for a complete room or just a statement armchair or beautiful mirror, Aark London’s versatile collection has the solution.  At every turn, high quality craftsmanship is offered yet prices remain accessible.

Founder Gordana Mandic says: “Aark is unique in offering complete interior furniture and furnishing solutions which are designed with the realities of the city at their heart.  It’s very stylish, superb quality, and affordable. It offers a look that goes beyond passing trends and the restrictions of style categories.  Aark London’s style is all about an eclectic and irreverent approach to sophisticated interiors.”

The Aark London collection can be found online and in their 2,500 sq ft showroom.  And with plans to add more product categories to the offering, this is certainly a brand to watch.

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21st November 2017

Aark London Showroom Opening

Aark London Showroom Opening

Aark London is a new furniture and interiors brand created with the space restrictions of city living in mind, with no compromise on style.

Aark’s thoughtfully designed and curated collection offers superb quality and style for the home. Founder Gordana and her team at leading London architects Tyler Mandic have spent more than 20 years creating some of London’s most beautiful homes.  Now Aark brings Gordana’s London Look to you for the first time.

Our new London showroom opens with a drinks reception on Wednesday 22nd November between 5:30pm and 8:30pm at

346 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9UH.  Please do come and join us and receive an introductory discount of 15% on your first order of upholstery and rugs, valid until 30th November 2017.

 

Showroom opening times:

Showroom open by appointment.

Please contact us on 020 7352 5250.

We are nearby and can meet at short notice.

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17th October 2017

Choosing your colour scheme

Choosing your colour scheme

Welcome to Aark London and to our blog page.  I have recently set up Aark London after many years running Tyler Mandic, a leading architect and construction company, with my husband Peter.  Over the last 20 years I have designed and renovated some of London’s most beautiful homes.  I learnt a lot about how colour works and how to achieve the effortlessly sophisticated look that is so desirable yet so hard to achieve.

 

In your home, nothing will influence the overall look and feel of a room more than the colour scheme that you choose, so your first step is to agree on one.

Where do you start? The first question is whether you want a light, clean and airy, or dark, moody and atmospheric scheme? Or maybe somewhere in the middle, light but not too light?  Which scheme make your home appear larger?  Answering that question will probably point you in the right direction.

 

When it comes to colour in a small home, opinions are divided.  Most people will advise you to stick to an exclusively pale and neutral palette, or go for the typically ‘Scandi’ look: pale oak floorboards and furniture, off-white walls, perhaps a touch of silvery -grey.  

 

Pale and interesting is easy if you are household of adults, or a single person.  With young children, you need thick skin and low blood pressure when you return home to discover your little people decided your living room wall is an excellent surface to show their artistic abilities…..

There is, however, a school of thought that says quite the opposite: some designers swear by going dark to enlarge your room. From my years designing homes with Tyler Mandic, I can say from experience that deep dark colours do have the knack of making walls disappear and enlarging the space.

 

Many will opt for the middle way and you are quite possibly in that group.

The truth is, all of these options will work, if executed well. From experience, the real trick is to choose your palette - be it light, dark or a mixture of both- and stay true to it. Keeping the colour uniform throughout your home creates continuity and a sense of wholeness.

Don’t break the space with strong contrasts: sticking with light walls and a light floor, or light walls, and dark flooring but broken up with a pale rug, works well.   

You should then focus on different textures within that palette, not forgetting a bit of excitement and contrast. Excessively busy, garish patterns will break up the space, but go too far the other way and you might lose the atmosphere.

In a small bathroom, enlarge the space by making the walls, ceiling and floor all one colour.

The choice you make will ultimately reflect your taste and individuality. It’s your statement for your home, so it’s a very personal decision.  Hopefully we have given you a few pointers to start that process.

Gordana

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10th October 2017

Layering your home with colours

Layering your home with colours

Layering your home with colours

Using layering in your home adds depth and texture and turns your room or house into a home. 

Layering with colour can transform a rather flat scheme into something far more sophisticated and interesting.  As these beautiful rooms show, layering different tones of similar colours creates a soft and subtle backdrop that is elegant and evolving, opulent yet simple.  The fresh warm tones will subtly change depending on the outside light and orientation of the room, the time of day and the colour of the furniture and accessories surrounding them.

  

50 shades and more

Grey is still such an important colour in interiors. Finding the right shade of grey can be a real challenge as they easily turn very cold and unflattering.  Aark’s greys are warm, easy, adaptable and soft.  Layering just a handful of these tones can create a subtle and sophisticated mood which can be enhanced with the colour of your upholstery, cushions and art.  Adding different patterns and textures creates a more interesting room when there is a connection between the layered objects.  The soft yellow/orange in the artwork is picked up in the footstool and cushions to bring this beautiful room together.

Using both the palest and deepest shades of the same colour creates a rich contrasting look that is harmonious and balanced.  In this room the darker feature wall  works well against the mid-shade next to it  and the palest shade in the outer room brings a feeling of unity to the scheme.

Aark’s timeless colour palette has been put tried and tested in many hones, many times.  Each colour story has a gentle graduation from the palest to the darker tones and is designed for layering to create an effortlessly sophisticated look.

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4th September 2017

Designer inspiration

Designer inspiration

Designer Inspiration

the dream

So let’s start with you: a new home or a new room is on the horizon, and a picture of it is beginning to emerge amongst the endless possibilities. It might be classic, contemporary or ultra-modern, glamorous or minimalist, functional or conceptual, cosy and inviting or grand and impressive.

You start looking around, buying interior design magazines, looking at pinterest, Houzz and and weekends are spent visiting furniture showrooms. Your vocabulary extends into territory you didn’t know existed: ‘fibrous plaster cornices’, ‘deck mounted taps’ and ‘reconstituted stone kitchen tops’. Everything seems possible, your wish list grows and grows, and it becomes almost a fantasy, a little bit of escapism.

Your family then comes in with their wishes, demands, ideas which maybe different or opposite to yours…

the reality

Then, the reality sinks in. You have to confront all the hurdles, large and small, that lie between you and your ideal home. The choices are endless, and the well-meaning advice and conflicting opinions of in-laws and friends start to fill you with doubts. Decisions have to be made about what exactly you want, and things turn out to be more expensive than you initially budgeted (“Why does this parquet stone flooring cost three times as much as this identical one?”). The whole thing can seem confusing, tiring and stressful. 

 count on us

That’s where we come in. With over 25 years of experience in interior renovation, catering to some of the world’s most established, demanding and particular clients, I’ve gained enormous insight into the process of homemaking. Here at Aark, we’ve decided to put pen to paper over the coming weeks, and craft a comprehensive series of articles advising you on all aspects of your design project. It’ll be as if you had your own personal architect or designer, or will help you in getting the most out of the one you have.

There’s loads of inspiration out there, but we understand that the world of home renovation and design can seem like a maze. We’ll guide you through, and hold your hand along the way. We know the process inside out, and our experience guarantees you the quickest and most painless route, meaning you won’t end up going round in circles. We’ll be covering every step from planning to execution, covering spaces of all shapes and sizes, styles and requirements. So, stick with us, come on the journey, and get inspired!

 

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