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Posted at 1 October 2019 in Blog | 0 Comments

The Natural History Museum Palette | Farrow & Ball

Collaborating with The Natural History Museum, Farrow & Ball have released a new range inspired by Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. During the 19th Century, this was the principal, standardised guide to colour and was the main classification for artists, scientists, naturalists, and anthropologists. As technology was not advanced enough to show the exact hue, the book provided handwritten details describing where the specific colour could be found on an animal, plant or mineral. Skimmed Milk White is one of our favourites created from the white of a Human Eyeball, the back of a petal of a Blue Hepatica and a common opal. As an addition to the already extensive colour palette, Farrow and Ball have introduced the 16 tones that take inspiration from Werner’s methodology by using the same level of precision that was used to identify and classify them. With evocative and thought-provoking names, the new palette has a…(more)

Posted at 31 July 2019 in Blog | 0 Comments

Current Projects on Site | July 2019

We now have a total of five jobs on site across the Isle of Wight and in London as well as one job that is about to go to site soon, Seaview Cottage. Take a look through the images and keep an eye out in the next few weeks further updates on our exciting projects: #mattinsonassociates

Posted at 7 July 2019 in Blog | 0 Comments

Choosing an Architect

No matter how difficult the scheme or project, Architects are problem solvers that use a combination of imagination, artistic expression and practical studies to create a home bespoke to the client. So, with this in mind and with the hundreds of thousands of Architects in Britain let alone across the globe, how do you whittle it down and find the right Architect for you? To help you decide, we have compiled our top tips for choosing an Architect: Understanding the value of an Architect: Without overwhelming anyone of heightening the pressure and excitement of remodelling your home, the value of an Architect is paramount to understand before you commit yourself to signing those fees off. It is important to understand the monetary value an Architect can bring to your home. By designing a holistic scheme and space that grows with you throughout your life, the value will naturally increase. Architects…(more)

Posted at 15 April 2019 in Blog | 0 Comments

The Smart Home Series

  As our homes are becoming smarter than ever, we thought it would be a great opportunity to share some of new technology that is winning awards and making waves in the design world. This week, we took a look at items more specifically used in the kitchen and despite some seeming out of this world – they are all products that are in the final design stages or ready to purchase now! Have a scroll through the slider and keep an eye out for the next part of our smart home series. 

Posted at 20 March 2019 in Blog | 0 Comments

Current Projects on Site | March 2019

 This week, we thought it would be beneficial to show some of our current projects being constructed. Take a look through the images and keep an eye out in the next few weeks for our new sites: #mattinsonassociates

Posted at 14 January 2019 in Blog | 0 Comments

Underfloor Heating: What is it? And why should I install it?

No longer for the wealthy and technologically advanced, underfloor heating [UFH] has become increasingly popular in the past recent years due to its affordability, a growing public concern over bills and a decrease in disposable income. Whether we’re designing a new build home or a single storey extension, as Architects, we specify underfloor heating on most of our jobs. However, there is still a grey area of how it can actually be more fuel efficient and cheaper after installation costs are taken into consideration. In simpler terms, there are two forms of underfloor heating, ‘wet’ that pumps warm water through pipes under the floor and ‘dry’ which uses electric coils, both of which are based on the idea of heat rising. Whilst we know that UFH reduces your bills, there are also a range of benefits which contribute to your home becoming a more comfortable place. Home Comforts: UFH is…(more)

Posted at 3 January 2019 in Blog | 0 Comments

How to detox & declutter your home during the New Year

2019 is now here and despite the mad rush of Christmas (which now seems a blur) it’s time to start detoxing not just ourselves, but our homes too. The benefit of having a healthy home is monumental, however its also about having a house with little clutter so that your mind follows the same pattern too. Whether you start off with a putting a few odds and ends away, clearing out a medical cabinet or even thinking about a complete renovation, here’s a guide to ways that you can improve your home and lifestyle this January.

Posted at 21 December 2018 in Blog | 0 Comments

Christmas 2018 Gift Guide

With the last weekend before Christmas around the corner, we’ve had a little look for some Christmas present inspiration for all you last minute shoppers. Take a look through the slider to see our staff picks and some other great presents for designers or anyone who simply loves design. From all of us at Mattinson Associates, Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Posted at 7 December 2018 in Blog | 0 Comments

2019 Colour Trends

Our Senior Interior Designer, Rachel, recently went to the renowned Decorex Exhibition in London where she attended a lecture by ColourHive on predicted 2019 colour trends. Through a bi-annual panel meeting of design influencers and experts from all over the world, ColourHive define their colour trend drivers and global predictions. This trend forecasting then involves the collection and analysis of the social, economic, political, environment and technological influences that drive all trends. This year we saw Pantone release Ultra Violet as their colour of the year where it embodied originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us to the future. This blue based purple is a creative inspiration that is indigenous and takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.  Now, the 2019 Pantone colour has been chosen, Living Coral, which encourages playfulness, and discourages the influence of the digital age.  It also focuses on immersive experiences, warmth and…(more)

Posted at 31 October 2018 in Blog | 0 Comments

Small Business Saturday 2018

Last year, the Isle of Wight held it’s fifth Small Business Saturday with the aim to encourage consumers to shop locally and support people in their local communities. As the Island floods with tourists during the summer months and not so much in winter, the event usually falls on the last weekend of November to help businesses when they may need it most. Small Business Saturday 2017 was more successful than ever and with the backing of the council, long stay car parks were free for several hours to encourage shoppers to make a day out of the event – hopefully this will be repeated in 2018 to ensure even more people attend. As an Island business, we encourage those to shop locally and small, whether the sector is hospitality, technology, financial and of course – design. Below are some great reasons as to why we all should spend our…(more)

Posted at 23 August 2018 in Blog | 0 Comments

Heat Proofing our Cities

The urban heat island effect is something we are currently facing where cities are becoming uncomfortably hot – but not just because of the weather that we have had this year. This effect is caused and heightened by factors such as excessive number of vehicles on the road emitting heat, sun hitting & absorbing heat on the pavements & air-conditioning units pumping waste heat into the surrounding air, just to name a few. With air-conditioning units increasing it is important to note that one fifth of building related electricity is used for air con globally. In London, one of the major places that suffered this summer, yet also emitted the most heat, was the Underground. The circle line at peak times was over 31˚C. Units to cool the air were used here, however this viscous cycle of reducing the air temperature then producing more waste heat is something we can…(more)

Posted at 3 August 2018 in Blog | 0 Comments

Interior Design at Mattinson Associates

Mattinson Associates are now offering Interior Design services with Rachel, our Interior Designer, and Sophie, our Architectural Assistant. Being in the sector for over 15 years, Rachel has worked in large scale practices in Abu Dhabi and Singapore and has been in the design sector for over 15 years. She has a wealth of experience, with a strong design skill set and a keen eye for detail. Sophie has just graduated from The University of Portsmouth with a degree in Architecture however she focused some of her units around her passion for Interior Design and Fine Art, creating sensitive spaces for midwifery retreats, commercial retail units and compact residential homes. They are currently working on commercial and residential projects, of which the progress will be uploaded soon! In the meantime, keep an eye out on our Instagram, @mattinsonassociates, for our day to day activities.

Posted at 20 July 2018 in Blog | 0 Comments

Young Designers Award and Isle of Wight Regeneration Conference

Yesterday, the annual Isle of Wight Regeneration Conference took place in Wootton, where Councillors Wayne Whittle and Dave Stewart presented Taylor Millard with the Young Designers Award Overall Winner 2018.  Inspired by her disabled brother and his peers, the winning design was a sensory bridge called ‘Medina Quay Under the Sea’ incorporating touch, colour, light, and sound. The IW Council Regeneration Team is set out to rediscover and celebrate Newport’s identity, creating compelling reasons to visit, invest and return, make it easier to get in and out of Newport and offer safer places to cross on foot or by bike and build better connections between the people who live in Newport and the decision makers. This year, they discussed the work that the University of Portsmouth Year 3 Architecture students had completed; where they had to join groups in the first semester and analyse Newport, Shanklin and Ryde, and assess…(more)

Posted at 20 July 2018 in Blog | 0 Comments

10 Essentials for Unmissable Summer Entertainment

Long gone are the days of cucumber sandwiches with tea and scones at garden parties, and the trend of relaxed, alfresco nights are taking over. With fun cuisine like rustic BBQ’s and homemade stone baked pizzas proving increasingly popular also, it’s time to take a look at the traditional ‘garden party’ and give it a little refresh. So, if you’re looking to host a soiree, here’s 10 essentials to make your summer entertainment unmissable.

Posted at 18 July 2018 in Blog | 0 Comments

A Pool House feels like a necessity in this super-hot summer weather!

We are very excited that the summer is finally here, but there are times when we would like to go to a space which is perfect for relaxing during the holiday. Taking a dip in an infinity pool that gently cascades over the edge towards a view either of the seaside or the forest and farmland whilst relaxing on curvy lounge seating partially set underwater. How does this sound to you? If this does not sound appealing enough to you, not to worry, we have alternative options including a kitchen, lounge and dining room in a wall-less pavilion, which features a huge oak tree growing up through its roof. These layouts are aiming to allow the entire family to enjoy a dining in the outdoor central space in superb summer weather, and then retreat to the covered living rooms on either side when it cools. Does this appeal to you? If…(more)