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Rolling out the red carpet as Meghan and Harry visit the Victoria Palace Theatre

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Victoria Palace Theatre this week and were photographed on Brintons carpet. The couple attended a special gala performance of the hit musical Hamilton to raise awareness of Prince Harry's charity, Sentebale, which supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.

Brintons were selected to supply carpets throughout the Victoria Palace Theatre as part of its £50m refurbishment, bespoke Brintons carpets feature in the theatre’s auditoriums, foyers, salon, landings, lobbies, royal circle and basement rear stalls.

Jodie Hatton Creative Designer at Brintons worked closely with award-winning interior designer Clare Ferraby on the project says “Clare initially provided me with drawings of the patterns she wanted to use for the carpets and I took these and transformed them into carpet designs. From there we worked together to tweak the patterns and to choose colours. Clare had some great visions for the colours and we trialled some of the patterns in quite bright colourways, we weren’t constrained to traditional theatre carpet colours, which was exciting and experimental”.

For more information on our project showcase at Victoria Palace Theatre please click here

Image: Rex/Shutterstock

All a Blur

Don’t adjust your glasses. Don’t run to your doctor for a new prescription. It’s not your eyes, these designs from the Brintons archive are just blurry.

We dove into the design library and delighted in the many patterns that had blurriness as a common thread and found, that while “blurry” could be used as a surface level description, the moods that blurriness can conjure in an environment are plentiful.

Blurry can be tranquil and soft, evocative of a foggy morning or a dream-like state.

More literally, a blurry design can distort the barriers between two distinct spaces, creating a setting where people move freely and experience the facets of an area more fully.

Our favorite discovery, perhaps, were the blurry patterns that expressed movement and dynamism. Think of the flash of a taxi rushing by you, or the thrill of a photo-finish. Or even Giacomo Balla’s Dog on a Leash, where his goal was to capture many moments of movement in one frame.

We’ve compiled the highlights of Brintons blurry designs and encourage you to take a look. Browse as slowly as you’d like; no matter what, it will all still be a blur.

The Self-Expression Project Group 5

All in due time: As the year long creative venture comes to a close, the last group of self-expression project designers respond to a more literal representation of time - the sundial. Designers studied the object for two weeks before diving in and translating their thoughts into axminster carpet.

To see the 12 month evolution of the project and a glimpse behind the conceptual scenes, check out Interiors + Sources' article Encouraging Expression here.

"My challenge for this project was to make the sundial into an abstract version of itself. By concentrating on the light striking the shiny gold arcs of the sundial, I was able to abstract the Da Vinci inspired mechanical drawings enough to achieve my final axminster design"

Donna Davis, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A035680SE

"Natural light, changes in the weather, and even the texture of concrete it laid on guided my color and texture decisions. Studying the angles of the shadows cast throughout the day, I took the literal shapes and twisted them around using different opacities to create layers."

Cherise Porretto, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A22370ZSE
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"When given the sundial to respond to, I immediately envisioned a casino design with a large and detailed repeat. I wanted to create something that would draw in people’s attention and pique their curiosity."

Solongo Drini, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A20366ZSE

I was inspired by the sundial’s representation of time. This lead me to think of butterflies and the chaos phenomena 'The Butterfly Theory'. The butterfly wings in my design symbolize alternate theories overlapping each other and the linear angles represent the gnomon of a sundial as they both intersect randomly."

Nandita Gharat-Hurt, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A034616SE

NEW COMMERCIAL STOCK RANGE FOR AUSTRALIA

Our latest commercial stock range, Centauri, draws inspiration from the diverse elements of the universe and the human fascination with its mysterious nature.

For centuries scientists, artists and dreamers have gazed into the celestial skies, in their search for inspiration and knowledge; seeking answers on the origins of the universe and all its hidden mysteries.

One of the largest and brightest constellation, Centaurus is located in the southern sky and contains several very bright stars. Its notable stars include Alpha and Beta Centauri. These stars are used as 'pointer stars' to help observers find other constellations.

'Looking beyond the celestial parallels'

Centauri is a gateway into a scintillating collection of designs that transcend the surroundings with their intensity, appealing depths of colours and complementing textures, creating stunning, functional and pragmatic surfaces.

Centauri includes ten breathtaking designs which are specifically designed for the Australian hospitality, gaming and leisure markets and will be available in 3.66m width in our 80/20 blend.

Check out the entire range today in our Stocked Ranges section.

The Self-Expression Project, Group 4

In group four, three designers observe and respond to an ant farm. Following the project’s overall theme, the ant farm illustrates how landscapes are altered over time. Spatial tension, destruction, movement, and adaptation inspired designers to create three unique axminster patterns.

"The ant farm was something completely different to work with. I was immediately inspired by how the ants acted in ways that seemed both incredibly structured but chaotic at the same time."

Sam Hoeffer, Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A17441ZSE

"Further online investigation led me to learning about the “ant mill” or “ant death spiral” where the ants will follow the leader into a circle going around and around until they die of exhaustion!"

Leah Jack, VP of Design, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A034160SE

"I used this opportunity to express my interest in spatial tension by playing with asymmetrical lines and the layering of organic textures, leading me to create a carpet that makes a bold geometric statement. This truly was an exercise of pure creativity."

Terrien Hale, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A028844SE

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