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Built in 1879 to a traditional proscenium arch design, the Lyceum is the only surviving theatre outside London designed by the famous theatre architect W.G.R. Sprague and the last example of an Edwardian auditorium in Sheffield. The grade II Listed theatre has 1068 seats and is part of the Sheffield Theatres complex with the neighbouring Crucible Theatre and the Crucible Studio.

The building has changed ownership many times over the years, being used variously as a rock concert venue and a bingo hall. By the 1980s, the interior was in a state of disrepair. Two local businessmen bought the theatre in 1985, with financial support from Sheffield City Council, and between 1988 and 1990 the Lyceum was completely restored at a cost of £12 million. The theatre now serves as a venue for touring West End productions and operas as well as locally produced shows. 

The Theatre closed its doors in July 2014 to undergo a £1.9 million refurbishment, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Sheffield City Council, several trusts and foundations, the local business community and theatre audiences. Over the ten-week project, the Lyceum was transformed, creating a more comfortable experience for audiences and significantly improving the technical and operational equipment.

Brintons worked with John Bates, Sheffield Theatres Trust, Buildings Manager and Johnson Wright ltd to identify a carpet that would marry both the original part of the building with the newer extension. A design from Brintons archive was chosen and the inspiration was taken from the original artwork of Japanese Shin Bijutsukai dating back to 1896. Brintons Designer Jane Bradley-Bain then recoloured the archive design using a warm and tonal colour palette, which complemented the new interior colour scheme at the theatre.

Image top right: (l to r) Brintons Archivist Yvonne Smith, Designer Jane Bradley-Bain with the original design papers

Image second right: The new carpet in situ at the theatre.

Image third right: Theatre carpet, insert Japanese design paper from Brintons archive

Image bottom right: (l to r) Brian Johnson, Managing Director Johnson Wright Flooring, Hannah Morris, Brintons Commercial Business Manager, John Bates, Sheffield Theatres Trust -Buildings Manager

The Campaign for Wool, of which His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is Patron, returns this year to celebrate its 5th anniversary with the WOOL COLLECTION: Interiors.

The launch of WOOL COLLECTION, an edit of wool interior pieces including a selection of specially commissioned items will be debuted by the Campaign for Wool with an exhibition at London’s Southwark Cathedral during Wool Week (5th-12th October). The WOOL COLLECTION exhibition will showcase innovative and diverse design highlighting the natural beauty and practical functionality of real wool. Over fifty curated interior items will be showcased with a selection from the high-street, designer, bespoke and commercial sectors and will include fabrics, flooring, furnishings and lifestyle items.

Names such as Brintons, Jonathan Adler,  Designers Guild, Camira Fabrics, Melin Tregwynt,  Bute Fabrics, Naomi Paul, Tracy Kendall and Pentreath and Hall with Fine Cell Work are just some of those selected.

Open to the public from the 5th to 12th October, the Interiors Wool Collection offers free admission and all items displayed will be on sale during Wool Week.

Brintons are debuting their brand new High Definition weave carpet from the Skulduggery Collection, carpeting a room at the Wool Collection exhibition. Also on display is a bespoke carpet designed by Erdem and manufactured by Brintons. Renowned for his exquisite prints and surface textures, Erdem created a floral motif to be woven in to a beautiful carpet runway this is showcased within the Cathedral's Nave.

Image second right: Brintons High Definition Weave carpet, XJ15ZHD–1 from the Skulduggery Collection

Image bottom right: Bespoke carpet designed by Erdem manufactured by Brintons

Brintons, the world’s leading carpet manufacturer, with an 80 strong design team and a private textile archive of over 100,000 custom designs, is recognised today as a powerful creative source. Known in the industry to stretch the way people think about pattern and colour on the floor. Design Studio Online allows designers and commercial customers to have instant access to collections and archives from Brintons’ rich and diverse history. 

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Design Studio Online (DSO) website. With a fresh new look, the platform is mobile and iPad enabled and has been rebranded with a smarter, sleeker user interface. Benefits include updated room sets, an autocomplete search bar tool, search facility and an all round fast and efficient system.

The DSO will give a vastly improved user experience whilst being in keeping with Brintons’ other websites www.brintons.co.uk and www.brintons.net. We have taken inspiration from sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to create interactive aspects such as “likes” and “tagging” to bring customers the most user friendly and inspirational tool in design.

Start creating your own unique carpet designs now; click here to register or login to DSO.

Brintons Design Studio Online

Brintons are sponsoring the NEWH UK Annual Breakfast held at SLEEP 2014 on the 26th November. The event starts at 8.30 am and finishes at 10.30am, it is open to NEWH members, designers, specifiers and purchasing agents.

SLEEP 2014 - The hotel design event is being held at the Islington Design Centre, 26th - 27th November. RSVP required, please email Denise Beach, Business Development Manager, dbeach@brintons.co.uk

We are delighted to announce that our Zuzunaga rugs collection has been shortlisted for the ELLE Decoration British Design Awards 2014, in the Best British Pattern category. The designs also feature in our latest High Definition Weave broadloom carpet collection

The winners in the seven awards categories – Best British Product, Best British Interior, Best British Exterior, Best British Designer, Best Sustainable Design, Best British Pattern and the John Lewis ‘Made in the UK’ award – will be decided by public vote, to be cast via elledecoration.co.uk/britishdesignawards

The winners will be announced in the ELLE Decoration December issue, which will arrive with subscribers from Friday 31 October. 

Image bottom right: Brintons Zuzunaga Harlequin design

Brintons UK took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for the MND Association. Well done Sreejith Pushpangadhan , Chelsey Field and Tim  Field for raising money for this well deserved charity.

Brintons UK ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Sree Pushpangadhan nominated - Jessica Fayers (Singapore), Vernon Palmer (Dubai) and Rob Beard (India)

Chelsey Field nominated – Anna Alves (Portugal), Dawn Lloyd (USA) and the finishing team (UK)

Tim Field nominated – Neil Robinson (USA), Digvijay Mane and Manoj Kamble (India)

The Brintons team in Melbourne, Australia have taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - and have put the word out to our other offices worldwide to 'ice-up' or donate!

While this challenge has been doing the rounds for a little while now, it's important to understand the disease we want to help raise awareness for.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost.

With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed. While there is no known cure or treatment for the disease yet, scientists are hard at work to try and find a way to help those who live with ALS.

There are significant devices and therapies that can manage the symptoms of ALS that help people maintain as much independence as possible and prolong survival.

Taking part in the challenge today was (L-R) David Fleming (Senior Project Manager), Xander Okhuizen (Asia Pacific Director), Chantelle Yoth (Sales Support) and John Buising (National Account Manager - Retail Groups).

Collectively they have put the challenge out to co-workers from Australia, America, India and UK offices.

We hope that in our small way, by partaking in the Ice Bucket Challenge and donating to the cause, we can make a difference to those who live with this illness.

If you've enjoyed this video - we encourage you to also donate however much you can to http://www.alsa.org/donate/

The Stockport Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre was built in the early 1930s in Greater Manchester, England. Architect, W Thornley designed the property in 1929, and it was completed in 1932. 

In 1967, the Plaza was converted in to a bingo hall and operated until 1998, when Mecca closed it and put the building up for sale. The Cinema Theatre Association and English Heritage had been successful in getting the Plaza Grade 2 listed in 1997 just before it's closure.  It is currently run by the Stockport Plaza Trust, the local authority having loaned the money for its acquisition. A programme of repairs and full restoration to its 1932 glory has been on-going since 2009. 

The entire external façade has been completely restored to its original cream ensemble and sports a new name sign as well as red and green side panels, all constructed with neon lighting.

The interior of the building is Egyptian-themed and is said to have been inspired by the Paris Exhibition of 1925, with gold ceilings and bas-relief murals of nymphs. The auditorium has the same style, and features ornamental grilles, niches, cornices and decorative lights, topped by a large dome. A Compton organ was installed at the centre of the orchestra pit, against a square, decorative proscenium.

In 2009, Architect Liz Mather of Brock Carmichael Architects, specialists in conversation work approached Brintons as she wanted to recreate the original art deco carpets, they had black and white photos of the interiors which showed the design details but not the colour used. The restoration team removed layers of paint which had been applied to the door frames and ceilings and analysed the date of the paint to see what colours were used in the period the property was built. The restoration team also visited Brintons archive to view hand painted  art deco design papers to identify what colours where used in carpet design during the period.  

Brintons Designer Jane Bradley-Bain recreated the carpet designs using the original photos and design papers from Brintons archive. Brintons supplied a purple geometric carpet for the basement, stairs, foyer and auditorium and a green carpet  with an angular motif for the Cafe. 

In August 2014 Brintons supplied further carpet for the circle and balcony areas using the design, which was used in auditorium.

During this part of the refurbishment the Plaza also installed replica seating which is an exact match of those in situ on opening night - October 7th 1932.

Image top top right: Plaza stalls and stage area 1932.

Image second right: Plaza foyer area 1932

Image top left: Plaza Cafe 1932

Image bottom right: Gary Trinder, Vice-Chairman & Technical Director, Stockport Plaza Trust with Hannah Morris, Brintons Commercial Business Manager

Brintons was approached by Annabel Westman, Historic Furnishing Textiles Consultant to identify suitable carpet designs for the renovation of The Nursery Suite at Audley End House, Essex. 

Annabel visited Brintons extensive archive in Kidderminster with English Heritage Curator Tom Boggis to look for a design that complemented the Victorian design style of the rooms.

Two designs were selected, a small all over floral pattern and a pretty scroll, both dating from the (early) Victorian period. 

The renovation project was unveiled to the public in February this year and cost £1.1 million.

Visitors can now experience what the Nursery was like in 1830s when the 3rd Lord and Lady Braybrooke and their young family were living at the house.

The nursery suite of rooms on the second floor provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the eight children (five boys, three girls), their governess, nursemaids and tutors. Visitors are able to experience the rooms as they were intended with a host of toys to play with and items to explore as they delve into the story of childhood in a Victorian country house.

Image top and middle right: Yvonne Smith, Brintons Archivist with Tom Boggis, Curator, English Heritage at Audley End House looking at the original design papers.

Image bottom right: Audley End House. Essex

Lisa Mynett, a final year Surface Pattern Design student at Staffordshire University approached Brintons for some help with her degree show in June. Lisa wanted some woven carpets made, which were based on her textile designs and we were only too happy to help. Brintons designer Leah Jack worked with Lisa to make her designs a reality.

The inspiration for Lisa’s project was spring floral borders, encased with delicate florals complete with fluttering butterflies surrounded by woodland trails and countryside views. Lisa enjoys working with a variety of media including print, embroidery, paper, collage, heat processes and mixed media, adding made textures and colours.

The Art and Design Show ran from the 13th to the 21st June on the College Road campus, Stoke-on-Trent and was opened by British Designer Emma Bridgewater. The show celebrates the work of students graduating from the Universities range of art and design degrees.

Lisa says "I had the pleasure of working with Brintons as part of my final design brief at university and the experience was a joy from start to finish. Working with Leah Jack was like working with someone who I have known for a long time and she made the whole process an enjoyable one and allowed me to expand my creative portfolio to a surface I never thought I would be able to design for."

She went on to say, "Brintons and Leah in particular were supportive, kind and very helpful throughout. Receiving my design in print and as a sample carpet was a wonderful experience and one, which I will always remember. Leah is such a wonderful person to work with and from the very start I felt like a professional designer working to a brief set by a company. The samples and room layouts allowed me to visualise what my design would look like within a room setting. The turnaround of the designs and samples were so quickly executed and to a high standard. The design was well received by people and companies at both the Staffordshire university show and New Designers in London."

Images right: Lisa Mynett, Surface Pattern Design graduate with her final year display

Introducing: Dusk

4th July 2014

Whether it's grand scale or subtle texture, the Dusk collection is poised to take you on a journey of opulence and timeless style.

Introducing: Dusk

Be mesmermised with six luxurious broadloom Axminster designs woven in our signature 80% wool, 20% nylon yarn blend.

Available from stock in Australia, Dusk is the ultimate take on classic designs with a twist for the hospitality, leisure and gaming markets. Inspiring and enchanting, the understated elegance of Dusk will take any venue to the next level.

Brintons was approached by Interior Designer, Lynette Hood to produce carpets for The Pre-Raphaelite Rooms at Buscot Park, Oxfordshire. Lynette visited Brintons extensive archive in Kidderminster to look for a design that complemented the Victorian design style of the rooms.

Brintons Archivist Yvonne Smith worked closely with Lynette and a design from 1891 was finally chosen. The highly elaborate border was simplified to suit the scale of the rooms but all of the yarns were dyed to replicate the exact original colours. The carpet was especially woven at Brintons factory in Kidderminster, Worcestershire using Brintons’ patented High Definition Weave technology.

The pictures which adorn the rooms, reflect the interest of the 1st Lord Faringdon in the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their contemporaries, and include works by Rossetti, Watts, Madox Brown, Etty and Leighton. New acquisitions have broadened the list by the inclusion of works by their contemporaries, Tissot, Spartali (later Stillman) and Weguelin.

Exquisite antique furniture is found throughout the room. The bed, with its painted tester and cornice dates from the last quarter of the eighteenth-century, and the Regency settee at the foot of the bed is decorated with brass inlay, while the wardrobe with its finely figured mahogany veneer has a frieze enriched with satinwood and ivory. The small late eighteenth-century mahogany secretaire is in the style of Thomas Sheraton.

image top right: Yvonne Smith, Brintons Archivist with original design paper 

image bottom right: The Pre-Raphaelite Rooms, Buscot Park

Brintons has redefined the detail and colour that can be woven into carpet having engineered a unique specification of loom, that can weave up to 32 colours at any one time. Photorealistic, three-dimensional definition is now achievable as well as infinite design possibilities and greater service flexibility.

Brintons celebrates its extraordinary High Definition Weave capability with an exciting range of new collections. Each of the new High Definition Weave collections features a mix of broadloom designs and much larger one-off concepts, which can be rescaled to suit individual projects. Whichever direction you choose our design team can work with you to creatively and cohesively adapt the concepts to distinctive commercial spaces.

Developed by Brinton’s global design team, the collection draws inspiration from all regions of the world. The collection is divided into four design chapters with a style to suit every discerning client and inspire designers for years to come.

The designs are complex and diverse. For the first time, Brintons’ patented High Definition Weave technology is fully realized in these inspirational designs weaving up to 32 colours and creating stunning effects.

The four chapters in the collection draw on inspiration from all walks of life:

Expressions are interpretations of a life less ordinary, an eclectic mix inspired by what we feel as much as what we see.

New Classics sees traditional fabrics and motifs juxtaposed through progressive reinterpretations.

Skulduggery is a melting pot of graphical styles screaming with metallic, edgy, hedonistic designs each telling its own story.

Zuzunaga, the latest from Cristian Zuzunaga, features squared, pixel-based designs and brightly coloured palettes of contrasting colours evident in weaving and wool dying dating back centuries.

Image: design from the Skulduggery chapter - X1737HD - 1

Brintons launch their brand new Padstow carpet collection for summer 2014.

Fresh, modern and flexible, with patterns inspired by pop art in polka dots and geometrics and a palette influenced by the seaside, in soft ice-cream shades of blue, pink and spearmint, balanced by subtle greys.

Making a bolder statement, one Padstow pattern, a pin dot, also comes in a shade inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year – Radiant Orchid – plus a bright yellow and green.

These chic playful patterns create an uplifting mood and the variety of colours allow the designs to work in any room.

The collection is available from stock and is perfect for quick-turnaround projects where timing is of the essence.

One on One with Stacy Garcia interviewed by Brintons` Designer Leah Jack

Q: What first inspired you to become a designer and can you tell us a little about your journey to becoming the strong brand name that you are today?

A: As a child I was always interested in art and using it as an outlet for expression. As I grew up my passion for design continued to develop. I specifically remember a tile designer coming into a high school classroom and discussing the process. I found it fascinating and knew I wanted involvement in product design.

I began my professional career first as an intern selecting color palettes and then as a freelance designer assisting in product development for Ralph Lauren’s Home Collection. Following my work at Ralph, I was hired as Senior Designer for Richloom Contract Fabrics, where I directed the textile and pattern design collections for their hospitality division. At age 26, I decided to strike out on my own and founded LebaTex, a commercial textile supplier.

It was in 2003 that I created the global lifestyle brand, Stacy Garcia. Today, the Stacy Garcia design house produces designs for textiles, carpeting, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting and pillows. Each of my past experiences and opportunities helped me to cultivate a vision for what is the Stacy Garcia brand today.

Q: When did you first start designing for textiles and carpet and how did you get into Hospitality?

A: My time spent as a Senior Designer for the hospitality division at Richloom Contract Fabrics was my introduction to the industry. While working at Richloom, I was given the opportunity to travel which opened my eyes to the various resorts and destinations we were working on. Many of my first collections reflect this and are resort inspired. My favorite destinations became inspirations for the motifs and colors.

Q: This is our sixth collection with you and you’ve built an impressive reputation for your brand. What does your typical day look like and do you find time to relax?

A: Coffee, lots of coffee! It is a balancing act between coming up with new concepts, working on current collections and overseeing the business side of the brand. Most days I look like a juggler and hopefully I never drop a ball! (At least not when on stage!)

Q: You are currently based in New York. Do you feel this location has been an advantage to growing your brand and client base? Where else in the World would you like to work from?

A: Living and working in New York is definitely an advantage in growing my brand and business. Being that our studio is located outside of Manhattan, we are able to step away from the chaos of city life and fully submerge ourselves in design. However we are still close enough to attend industry shows and events.

If I was to relocate the business, it would probably be to the west coast. Somewhere warm like California—it is a completely different vibe and life-style.

Another one of my favorite cities is London. I attended Central St. Martins design school as part of my university studies and love the culture.

Q: How do you go about starting a new collection? From where do you draw your inspiration and how do you capture it?

A: I draw inspiration from a myriad of things: fashion, technology, art, travel, the world around us. It could be a person I see on the street, a piece of nature, a new discovery. The smallest influence could spark something that ultimately develops into a new collection. We compile the bits and pieces found along the way and eventually have the concept for our new collection. My studio walls are lined with pin boards, covered in inspiration.

Q: Do you think trends are important and how do you keep ahead of the trends?

A: Trends are definitely an important aspect of design. The forecasting process has a strong influence on the direction of our collections. It is important to keep ahead of the trends so that my products are exciting and relevant in the marketplace. The key to forecasting is to look at variables—economy, art, music, entertainment, social media, environment, politics, fashion. Forecasting is all about getting into the mind of the consumer and creating collections that will inspire today and in the future.

Q: What is your best advice for any inspired designer looking to start or build on their own brand?

A: Have a clear vision. It’s hard to communicate what you want if you don’t have a clear vision of what that is. And ask for things repeatedly. It’s human nature to get frustrated, but a good sales person doesn’t take “no” for an answer. Sometimes, timing is everything, and you may hear “no” for awhile. If you don’t keep knocking you’ll never hear “yes”. With effort and determination you can get there.

If you are visiting Hotelympia this week look out for the jaw-dropping entrance to the show, complete with resplendent furniture and stunning Brintons Axminster carpet. 

The entrance to the exhibition hall has been transformed in to a hotel lobby giving visitors the experience of arriving at the reception of a luxury hotel.

Hotelympia is the UK's largest foodservice and hospitality exhibition held at ExCel, London from Monday 28th April – 1st May 2014. For more information about the event please visit the Hotelympia website.

Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988, L’Uomo Vogue and UN Ambassador of Goodwill was in Sydney last week to officially launch the newest edition of L’Uomo Vogue.

Franca delighted fans at the World Wide Wool retail event in Sydney's CBD where she met with young aspiring designers at David Jones’s city flagship store.

Brintons was delighted to donate a stunning black carpet to the Woolmark Company for the event - because red is so last year. Sozzani has also been a long-time supporter of The Woolmark Company, sitting on the judging panel for the Woolmark Prize.

Brintons Carpets have joined forces with Timorous Beasties, the award winning Glaswegian design house, to create a beautiful and dramatic range of broadloom carpets. The collection is available from stock and is perfect for quick-turnaround projects where timing is of the essence.

Noted for their surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties challenge traditional conventions with their use of heavily illustrative insects, plants, birds and butterflies, wood grain and leaves. Inspired by popular Timorous Beasties designs, the collection is a mixture of large scale elegant designs.

The designs in this collection work with a larger scale and the avoidance of symmetry, favouring balance through composition to create a more individual interior. From the dense use of solid geometric texture and floral shapes of Linen Damask (shown top right) to the gentle meandering sprawl of the Ruskin Butterfly (shown bottom left), with its delicate organic background texture.

The Grain du Bois creates a free flowing weighted pattern, developed from drawings of wood grains, where the colours can blend or contrast with each other depending on where your view point is in the room. Botanical, plays with large scale floral motifs broken up by a look of transparency, a layered effect derived from ways of over printing with hand screens to build up a more complex image from a simple design. Atholl Gardens, is the combining of birds perching on a garden gate, where nature blends with ornate man-made, creating a more interesting silhouette.

This latest collection of designs is a bold statement of design intent and adds to Brintons and Timorous Beasties’ previous collaborations. The Timorous Beasties by Brintons Carpet Collection, consists of 5 designs in 12 colour ways and launches this April.

The London Design Centre will be a hub of creative activity for design savvy visitors this May, when Brintons open its doors for the launch of its new High Definition Weave collections. This patented technology enables Brintons to create photo realistic carpets and rugs in up to 32 colours. The unseen collections include a much anticipated range of carpets from London based, Spanish Design studio, Zuzunaga. Also on show will be the latest collection with New York based Designer Stacy Garcia.

These exciting reveals, plus three days of design talks and events taking place at the London Design Centre, makes this Design Festival one not to be missed. Here is your schedule for the week.

20th May 2014 - 12pm - Inside the Archives talk - Yvonne Smith, Brintons Archivist

Brintons’ Archivist, Yvonne Smith will give an insight into Brintons’ rich history and explore the Art Nouveau period, including some original designs by designer C.F.A. Voysey. The spotlight will also be on Katagami, of which Brintons hold the largest private collection and have used these Japanese stencils to create their Katagami carpet collection.

21st May 2014 – 6pm – Behind the Collaboration - Cristian Zuzunaga, Brintons Collaborator

International designer Zuzunaga, who specialises in unique, colourful interior projects, textiles and fashion accessories is leading a talk about the design inspiration for his latest collaboration with Brintons, a brand new carpet collection which combines his unique innovative design and digital imagery with ancient fabrics and state of the art multicolor weaving technology from Brintons. You will be able to witness one of his latest designs as a backdrop to his talk.

22nd May 2014 – 12pm - Designing for Woven Axminster Carpets - RIBA Accredited CPD Presentation

This presentation will explore the key aspects of designing for Axminster carpet production, featuring everything from the initial brief through the design process to installation, designing for Electronic Jacquard and how this can be used to produce complex multi-part, large scale floorscapes in a variety of interiors. The history of Axminster and advances in technology will also be explored.

Come and join Brintons at the heart of the UK’s design industry and see how we are continuing to challenge conventional design rules and promote a new way of thinking about how carpet is used in an interior space.

Brintons London Design Centre, 1 Sycamore Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1Y0SF

If you would like to attend any of our events please email: Sarah Draper, Group Marketing Communications Manager sldraper@brintons.co.uk

Image top left: design from Stacy Garcia's new collection, The Curator

Image top right: Cristian Zuzunaga

Image bottom right: design from Zuzunaga High Definition Weave collection

Brintons appoints new CEO

14th March 2014

Brintons is delighted to announce the appointment of Duccio Baldi as its new CEO.

Duccio is a highly experienced consumer goods business leader with a track record of running UK companies successfully and building brands.

Commenting on his appointment, Brintons CEO, Duccio Baldi, said:

“I am delighted to be joining Brintons as CEO, a company with a tremendous history and even more exciting potential. Brintons is one of the leading global Axminster carpet manufacturers, and the company has all the tools in place to continue growing and winning market share across the world”.

Brintons were approached by Bantock House Museum to produce carpets for their entrance hall and staircase. The Curators from the museum visited Brintons archive in Kidderminster to select a design that complemented the Arts and Crafts surroundings of the Edwardian property.

During their research Curators Helen Steatham and Ross Young discovered an image (shown right) of Thos Bantock & Co the haulage company owned by the Bantock Family, transporting large rolls of carpet from the Brintons factory.

It’s a steep haul from the factory to the railway station in Kidderminster and fully loaded Bantock lorries are seen being pulled by a team of horses. Cobbles were laid on Station Hill to give the horse’s better grip. This shipment was bound for Macy’s, the famous department store.

After announcing our new range of Healthcare carpets in October last year, Brintons is proud to be involved for the first time with Australian Healthcare Week in March 2014.

Taking part in the Health Facilities Design & Development 2014 conference provides a forum for planners, designers and builders to discuss their experiences of health facility design, and allows Brintons for the first time to showcase our innovative designs and technical capabilities to the Australian market.

Brintons have five dedicated Healthcare design collections currently, ranging from Abstract, Geometric, Organic, Textures and Traditional styles, all available with anti-microbial treatment and impervious backing made especially for the unique challenges involved with Healthcare.

For too long selecting healthcare products has meant a choice between style or functionality; now Brintons brings you both.

Come and visit us from March 25-26 at Australian Technology Park in Sydney to speak with our Healthcare specialists.

Cruise Shipping Miami 2014

11th February 2014

Brintons joins a ‘Best of British’ line up alongside, Morgan, Muraspec, Skopos, SMC Design and Trimline for the annual Cruise Shipping Miami event on 10-13th March 2014.

 A stunning three dimensional abstract design has been created for the stand by Brintons specialist marine Designer Paul Andino, this striking carpet is woven with pioneering High Definition Weave Technology that allows Brintons to weave up to 33 colours with ultra-precise clarity.

Brintons has an excellent track record with the worlds largest ship owners, shipyards and marine designers. Brintons specialist marine division has supplied carpet to more than 500 vessels, for use in public areas, cabins and corridors. 

Brintons offers stock and custom solutions with full marine certification for cruise ships, ferries, yachts and other offshore installations. Our products are proven in the most demanding situations around the world. All our marine products are supplied with Wheelmark certification, which shows that the carpet conforms with the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) requirements.

Please visit our stand to learn more about Brintons and our range of marine certified carpets. You will find us at stand 2301.

On January 24th Sir Kenneth Branaghs’s latest film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be released in the UK.

Sir Kenneth Branagh directs and also stars in the movie, alongside Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightly. The film tells the story of Jack Ryan, a young covert CIA analyst, who uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

The film was shot on location at Pinewood Studios, London and a design from Brintons Ready to Weave collection was chosen by the film company for the set. The carpet has an all-over abstract design and is featured in a hotel corridor scene.

Brintons Ready to Weave is an exciting initiative developed by Brintons design team to offer bespoke carpets in a fraction of the time normally associated with our custom commissioned service. The collection provides almost unlimited design flexibility and access to Brintons design excellence in a specially selected palette of 36 colours to reflect today’s interior trends.

Jack Ryan Movie Trailer

Image top right: Carpet design from Brintons Ready to Weave collection (design number P8213) shown in the Jack Ryan movie 

Birmingham City University are showcasing their final year student’s work at Interiors UK, which runs between the 19 – 22nd January at the NEC Birmingham.

In its 6th year, the Trends exhibition presents the pinnacle of design with students creating a range of new designs inspired by two trends forecast by Global Color Research™ for Autumn/Winter 2014/15: ‘Axis’ and ‘Frame’. The project provides new inspiration and demonstrates how trends can be applied from original design thinking through to end product, it also allows students to create a unique portfolio of ideas from which to convey their employment potential. The trends project doesn’t just give an insight into future talent – it helps mould and support it.

Brintons collaborated with Birmingham City University to create a sample rug based on an original design by Constructed Textiles student Chloe Frost; the rug was manufactured using Brintons revolutionary 32-colour High Definition looms. The stunning geometric design was created in response to the “Frame” trend and has an all-over 3D effect grid pattern. Chloe gained a working knowledge of carpet design during a work placement in August at Brintons Design Studio in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

The trends which Birmingham City University students have interpreted are FRAME and AXIS:

FRAME

This trend reflects how western culture is increasingly reliant on technology, documenting and monitoring our everyday lives. Linear and grid like patterns reflect the restrictions we live with. Bright colours are synthetic, just like the technology on which we rely and geometric motifs simultaneously reflect both order and conformity.

AXIS

Nature’s angular forms create a geometric basis for this trend by focussing on patterns within the natural world; the pale palette lends itself to an arid setting, as many of the influences are maritime, but with a backdrop taken from a barren shoreline of the future. Frameworks and skeletons provide a structure, whether in pristine stainless steel or corroded metal.

Image top right: 'Frame' trend carpet on loom at Brintons factory, Kidderminster 

image second right: Geometric carpet design from the 'Frame' trend by Chloe FrostsImage bottom right: Birmingham City University stand, Interiors Show, NEC

To view Brintons collaboration with Birmingham City University,  please visit stand B50, Design Village, Hall 2.

Brintons collaboration with Birmingham City University

The results of the design world’s highest-ranking honours, The Wallpaper* Design Awards 2014 have been released. The Best Pixelation Award has been awarded to Brintons for their Christian Zuzunaga ‘Deep Grid’ rug. This stunning rug is woven with pioneering High Definition Weave Technology that allows Brintons to weave up to 32 colours. Giving customers unrivalled design definition and colour choice.

A British brand for over 230 years, Brintons maintains their position as the world’s leading manufacturer of high quality woven carpets and rugs. With a reputation built on design innovation, product excellence, technical expertise and customer focus Brintons deliver with passion and personal service.

The award ceremony was held on the 15th January 2014 in San Francisco with judges including Victoria Beckham, Michael Chow, Ron Gilad, Spike Jonze and Thom Mayne.

“Brintons are delighted that the Zuzunaga by Brintons ‘Deep Grid’ rug has won a prestigious Wallpaper* Design Award for 2014. This dynamic floor piece combines Zuzunaga’s unique innovative design style with Brintons’ state of the art multicolour weaving technology. A striking 25 colours can be found within this contemporary pixel based design; the first offering of an exciting collaboration between one of interiors freshest design houses with one of the world’s oldest carpet and rug weavers.” - Don Coates, Managing Director of Brintons

Cristian Zuzunaga (shown image right) will be at Brintons London Design Centre during Clerkenwell Design Week, to talk about his collaboration with us on this award winning collection.

We’ve all heard of the six degrees of separation – but the team at Brintons Australia have found their own striking connections between Brintons and the Ashes.

With Brintons ever building its presence in Australia and around the globe, we thought it would be fitting to explore five ways Brintons and the Ashes have been connected during the 2013-14 series. One point for each match Australia claimed victory over England.

1. Adelaide Oval

The second venue for the series, Adelaide Oval was where where Australia claimed their second victory. Brintons also came out on top – supplying a total of 5,400m² to the venue which has only recently been refurbished.

2. Melbourne Cricket Ground

A world record cricket crowd turned out for the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

At stumps on day one, the official attendance was 91,092, surpassing the previous record mark of 90,800. And Brintons supported this world record crowd with over 3,800m² of carpet supplied to the MCG.

Even in the club's Long Room and dining areas where it features the Melbourne Cricket Club's logo emblazoned across the floor.

3. Sydney Cricket Ground

While England already faced defeat, they still suited up and tried to regain some ground in the final match. Unfortunately, the only ground the English gained was supplied by Brintons; over 2,500m² of Axminster carpet in fact.

4. The Opera House

Where Ashes celebrations took place after Australia took out all five games over England. Prime Minister Tony Abbott stood on the steps of the Opera House and spoke about the strength of our Australian team. Strength not unlike Brintons carpet; 4,000m² of which happens to grace the floors inside the Opera House.

5. Historic Connections

The Ashes began way back in 1882, around the same time Brintons started trading as a limited company. Trading as Brinton and Son in 1881, and although the company has gone through many changes since then, both the Ashes and Brintons are steeped in English history.

So what have we learned?

  1. Not only has Australia taken the Ashes back from the English – but they have done so playing in Australian stadiums that feature British carpet. Brintons carpet supported the footfall of thousands of spectators at the Adelaide Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground for the 2013/14 Ashes series.
  2. Maybe the British should stick to what they do best; making quality carpet.

Brintons has been featured in Future Airport Asia magazine as the interest in international travel heats up over the holiday season. 

Xander Okhuizen (Brintons Asia Pacific Director) and Jessica Fayers (Regional Sales Manager, Asia) were interviewed to discuss how Brintons is taking innovation to the floor for air travel.

With superior performance levels manufactured to withstand the footfall of the busiest airports, and unrivaled design possibilities, it's a natural choice to welcome international passengers into a foreign country on a Brintons carpet.

Read through the article in the link below to learn more about how a Brintons carpet can even increase revenue in airports...


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