Sampling – please note that we are only able to send out pattern cards, binders and loose fabric samples at this moment in time where it is urgent. As we are working with a skeleton team, these won't be sent out daily unfortunately. Any non-urgent samples will be sent out at a later date once the time is right to return to work fully. Please specify at time of order or contact our customer services team for more information.

China Girl

……the first trend we explore in our Global Traveller series.

 

Sometimes modest and sometimes opulent, exciting or subdued, colourful and textural; Chinese interiors are always thoughtful and most unassuming with its never fading appearance. It has an innate way of blending traditional with new in a beautiful and rich manner. Design direction can be traced back as far as 1000 BC, Chinese culture and decoration has evolved into a design style synonymous with a sense of harmony, fine decoration and craft, and incredible management of colour and space.

 

 

Chinese patterns typically boast deep historical roots with a subdued sense of luxury and artistic detail. Subtle abstract representation is often identified in the five elements of the Chinese zodiac – wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

 

 

There are so many characteristics of the modern Chinese interior – too many to remember, but notably a few highlights are…….bamboo elements, lacquer craft, separating screens, lattice work, chinoiserie decorative wallpapers, Ming dynasty sculptures and cloisonné detail.

 

 

Typically, sleek surfaces of dark lacquered wood, dimly lit decorative lanterns, lattice work furniture and screens with colour palettes of warm neutrals and punchy saturated tones of red, imperial blue, onyx and emerald green and gold.

 

 

Chinese interior design trends:

The Marie Kondo effect, though Japanese in origin, is associated with pan-Asian design. Therefore, order and only having items in your home with purpose, which is in fact a Chinese custom, has led to a peak in the decluttering trend. A Chinese-style interior rarely accumulates unnecessary objects, which are believed to drain the room and those within it of energy.

 

Other Chinese interior design ideas include a commitment to natural materials – a trend that’s far-reaching and a huge part of the global interior design commentary. The Chinese perspective is about preserving nature, honouring nature and appreciating the positive effect using natural resources can have on a person’s wellbeing. By bringing nature into our homes, it helps us to let go of the from the bustle of everyday life, whether this is wooden furniture, rugs woven from natural fibres or using stones as objects of beauty and spiritual grounding.

 

Another trend that’s arisen from Chinese interior design is the use of screens to divide a room. Because over the last decade or two, there has been a seismic shift towards open-plan living, we’ve gradually begun to drift back towards the appeal of broken-plan. Separated rooms mean we divide the space between cosy pockets and zones of activity. The Chinese tradition of using decorative screens in the room to section your space is something that’s being applied to large space in our homes as an interpretation of modern Chinese interior design. (source: luxedeco)

 

 

Next, we will delve deeper into the global trend of Raw Japanese.


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A message to our customers #4

As a team, we are busy working from home; processing your orders and responding to your enquiries.

 

  • We are still shipping across the UK & internationally – our warehouse is open and we are working safely to get your orders out to you.
  • You can still contact us to place any orders or discuss any queries on our usual phone number and email – +44 (0)1706 717070 and sales@edmundbell.com
  • The Edmund Bell website is available to place orders and manage your account online 24 hours a day. You can find more information and download our "How to" guide here.
  • Sampling – we are only able to send out samples where it is urgent. Please specify at time of order or contact our customer services team for more information.

 

We continue to review things on a daily basis in line with government guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes via our website and social media.

Thank you very much in advance for your support and co-operation. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you and your families keep safe and well.

 

With best regards

John Atherton
Managing Director

 

(Updated 9.00am, 13th May 2020)

 


A message to our customers #3

As we enter another week and continue to adjust to this 'new normal' way of life, I wanted to keep you informed of our current service levels:

 

  • Continued shipping, UK & international – we may need flexibility on dates of goods leaving our warehouse, as we are working with a skeleton team.
  • We are here to answer your calls and emails – our customer service team are working from home taking any enquiries and orders as usual.
  • We've had lots of enquiries from customers who are manufacturing PPE products to support the NHS and other healthcare environments – we are supplying fabrics for this purpose so please contact us for more information.
  • Sampling – we are only able to send out samples where it is urgent; these won't be sent out daily unfortunately. Any non-urgent samples will be sent out at a later date once the time is right to return to work fully. Please specify at time of order or contact our customer services team for more information.
  • Our warehouse and home offices will be closing for Easter weekend - the last day of shipping will be this Thursday 9th April until we re-open on Tuesday 14th April. We wish you all a lovely safe Easter weekend.

 

The Edmund Bell website is available to place orders and manage your account online 24 hours a day. If you’re not already using our online service, you can find out more information and download our "How to" guide here.

We continue to review things on a daily basis in line with government guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes via our website and social media.

Thank you very much in advance for your support and co-operation. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you and your families keep safe and well.

 

With best regards

John Atherton
Managing Director

 

(Updated 4.30pm, 7th April 2020)

 


A message to our customers #2

Things are changing day by day, minute by minute and we think it is important to keep you informed of our service levels during this time.

Following our update yesterday evening, it is clear that a large number of our customers are still able to keep working and many are making products for the NHS and Healthcare environments and continue to require fabric and other products. We want to reassure you:

 

  • Continued shipping, UK & international – we have made the decision based on feedback from customers, that we keep some staff available to deliver goods next week, commencing 30th March.
  • We may need flexibility on dates of goods leaving our warehouse, as we are working with a skeleton team.
  • We are here to answer your calls and emails – our customer service team are working at home taking any enquiries and orders as usual (we will confirm delivery dates).
  • We will do everything we can to support the Healthcare market, so please contact us to see how we can help you were product is needed.
  • If you require fabrics urgently to support you through this crisis, we are able to ship goods and will confirm delivery dates once we receive your order.
  • If you can’t get through, please email sales@edmundbell.com and we’ll call you back as soon as possible.
  • The Edmund Bell website is available to place orders online.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Our sister company Redwood TTM in Skelmersdale is continuing to manufacture medical equipment and mattresses for the NHS and Healthcare requirements at the request of the Government. Please let us know if they can help you with any medical products.

Call us or alternatively Redwood TTM on 01695 553 830 or email: sales@redwood-ttm.com

 

We intend to review things on a daily basis in line with government guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes via our website and social media.

Thank you very much in advance for your support and co-operation. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you and your families keep safe and well during this difficult period.

 

With best regards

John Atherton

Managing Director

 

(Updated 4pm, 27th March 2020)