Wellness | The Influence of Colour at Home

2020/10/26

Mattinson Associates, Architects on the Isle of Wight, explain the influence colour can have on humans within our homes. In one of our recent blogs, we wrote about how wellbeing and sustainability can be used to improve our commercial environments. However, it was also worth exploring how we can improve on our wellness at home – one way being through the influence of colour. So, to help improve your wellbeing, we have carefully crafted our colour recommendations room by room:


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Sustainability | Island Stone

2020/10/19

Mattinson Associates, Isle of Wight Architects, explain why they love using local island stone on so many of their projects. Rich materiality is an important part of all of our design work and for a building to truly blend into its surroundings, it must be made with natural materials that wear gracefully in time like the occupants within them. Stone can give a building real identity and with careful consideration, can be sympathetic to the most sensitive of sites. Despite not being renewable, stone is a great material to use for sustainable projects, check out its eco-friendly qualities here: Natural Material The beauty of the stone is in its imperfections, with so many different textures, grains, shapes and colours, the natural material gives you a slice of nature that is unique to that specific piece. Particularly on the Isle of Wight, our local stone has a distinctive sandy colour that…(more)


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Sustainability | Wellbeing & Sustainability Within A Commercial Environment

2020/10/7

Mattinson Associates, Architects on the Isle of Wight, have written why wellbeing and sustainability are so important in commercial environments. It is estimated that we spend ninety per cent of our time indoors; so, with issues such as Seasonal Affective Disorder and Sick Building Syndrome being caused by the spaces we live and work in, it’s important to understand how we can use sustainable, clever design to improve wellbeing within commercial environments. Check out the information below where it explains how, by improving sustainability within your office/retail/commercial space, it can improve wellbeing for clients, colleagues and collaborators. FSC Certified Timber Known to lower the sympathetic nervous system and contribute to decreasing stress, timber is non-toxic and can be an easier way to improve wellbeing quickly. Being breathable, renewable and non-toxic, it can create a healthier working environment. A study by Holzcluster Steiermark in Austria found that when comparing four classrooms,…(more)


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Completed Projects | Woodland House

2020/9/25

Mattinson Associates, Architects on the Isle of Wight, are pleased to announce that their Woodland House project is completed and professional photographs have been taken. Check out the link here to have a look at the incredible shots : https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/portfolio/woodland-house/ We were taken on by the client’s of this job as Architects some time ago to design a building that was iconic yet timeless and would sit seamlessly in the surrounding Woodland landscape in Wootton, Isle of Wight. The site itself falls within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which meant the planning process would be particularly challenging. However, we got it through planning first time round and designed a beautiful home that was light on the earth to avoid tree roots and that celebrated the surrounding oak trees. “Mattinson Associates did an amazing job securing planning permission for our new build family home in a very difficult site surrounded by ancient…(more)


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Lockdown Life | How to Stay Motivated When Working From Home

2020/9/23

Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight suggest their tips on how to stay motivated when working from home [WFH].  We’ve all been there, unfocused and fatigued trying to push ourselves through the day when really, we’re not getting far. Now many of us are working remotely, the office atmosphere that motivated you through your tasks is harder than ever to replicate especially with family being at home also. Remember, give yourself a break! We are going through such hard times but to help, we’ve put together a few of our tips for staying motivated at home. Give them a try and if you have any suggestions on any, please share! Manage your day:  After your first cup of coffee, have a sit down and schedule your day alongside a list of things that you would like to get done – remember to keep it…(more)


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Heatwave Help | Reducing Overheating in Your Home

2020/8/24

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers on the Isle of Wight have compiled some simple, cost effective measures to reduce overheating in your home this summer during a heatwave. After the scorching heatwave earlier this month and then torrential rain, our weather is becoming more extreme and sporadic than ever. Typically in Britain, our homes are built to retain heat, so when we are facing temperatures of up to 40°C, our homes are uncomfortable.  Ventilation Opening up windows can help reduce the heat of your property by preventing the build up of humidity and increasing air movement. Although opening a window when it’s hot sounds obvious, there are ways to be more strategic such as opening windows on both sides of the property to increase a through-draft, opening the windows towards the wind direction and opening a skylight to let the hot air out.  Shading Sun coming through windows will heat…(more)


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Isle of Wight Hidden Gems | Summer 2020

2020/7/20

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers have compiled their favourite hidden gems and secret spots on the Isle of Wight for those visiting this summer.  With worldwide restrictions on travel halting our summer get aways, more of us are looking to holiday in the UK instead this summer.  From the coastal village of Seaview on our wonderful Island to culture capitals like Edinburgh, the UK has so much to offer when it comes to staycationing. Although some places might be a little more expensive than others, holidays within the UK can be cheaper than abroad and there is even the added bonus of being more eco friendly by avoiding flights. So instead of jetting off to Spain or Greece, we’ve put together our hidden gems on the Isle of Wight so next time you’re visiting, or if you’re a local yourself, you can support the Isle of Wight tourism, retail…(more)


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On Site Progress | July 2020

2020/7/20

For the past seven months, Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight have been working with G.W Mattinson Construction on a Grade II listed Farmhouse extension and renovation. Considering the external challenges we are all facing at this moment in time, we are so pleased with how the project is unfolding and the progress made. Keep an eye out for more pictures of this project on our website and social media!  “Mattinson Associates provided a stunning modern design for our pool house, carefully tailored to sit well within the context of adjacent listed buildings surrounding our courtyard. Importantly they have experience and sound judgement in the planning process, and they dealt with material selection, the building tender, contract and supervision. We would be happy to recommend Mattinson Associates. They are engaged in the main house refurbishment for us and we are well pleased with their…(more)


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Gift Guide | Christmas 2019

2019/12/12

Here at Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers, we have put together a Christmas Gift Guide for 2019 with some amazing staff picks and other great presents for designers or anyone who simply loves design. From all of us at Mattinson Associates, Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. Please note our office will be closed from the 21st December to the 6th January for a well earned rest. If you would like to contact us, please find our information here: https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/contact/ Find all the links below for our Christmas Gift Guide: Enki Magazine Subscription: https://enkimagazine.com/product/12-month-subscription/ Ferm Living Candelabra: https://fermliving.com/products/avant-candelabra-black Adidas Ocean Saver Trainers: https://www.adidas.co.uk/parley Staples & Green Hand Soap: https://www.facebook.com/StaplesGreen/ Niki Jones Throw: https://www.niki-jones.co.uk/product/velvet-linen-throw-chartreuse H&M Asymmetric Mirror: https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0617259001.html IKEA Scadis: https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/skadis-pegboard-white-10321618/ Incense Holder: https://www.conranshop.co.uk/journal/talking-clay-josie-swift/ Candle: https://www.diptyqueparis.com/en_uk/l/home/scented-candles.html Prada Re-Nylon: https://www.pradagroup.com/en/sustainability/environment-csr/prada-re-nylon.html Labour & Wait Set: https://www.labourandwait.co.uk/collections/household Ferm Living Rico Chair: https://fermliving.com/products/rico-lounge-chair-boucle-off-white Made.com Pet Bed: https://www.made.com/kyali-oval-pet-bed-small-natural-ash-and-grey Zara Home Wooden Toys: https://www.zarahome.com/gb/kids/play-and-tidy-up/soft-toys-and-dolls-c1020116767.html Drafting Table: https://www.pib-home.co.uk/tables/desks/architects-teak-table-1928=0382612?af=2032&utm_source=comparateur_GoogleShoppingUK&utm_medium=flux_xml&utm_campaign=flux_GoogleShoppingUK


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Understanding Architecture | Local School Book Donations

2019/8/27

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers on the Isle of Wight are proud to say that over the past year, Lindsay has been writing her first book Understanding Architecture. The book features many architectural styles from the Mayan Pyramids in Mexico to New York’s Chrysler Building; but it is a beginners guide to the history and development of architectural styles from all around the world. The Young Designers Award 2019 was incredibly inspiring this year with children of all ages designing creative solutions to a new railway line on the Isle of Wight. So, with this in mind, we will be donating the first few, signed copies of Understanding Architecture to each of the schools that participated. We hope that not only will this inspire the children that currently attend the schools to engage in the built environment, but to also encourage family and friends to talk about how we…(more)


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Current Projects on Site | July 2019

2019/7/31

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight 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 To look at our existing portfolio, follow this link: https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/portfolio/


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Island Life Magazine August Issue | Mattinson Associates

2019/7/30

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight will soon release their second feature column in Island Life Magazine! Several months ago, Mattinson Associates were enrolled to shine a light on alternative topics within the property industry. With conversations on how to get your garden ready for the summer, to how to keep your neighbours on side during the planning process; this months issue discusses understanding the importance of our built environment on the Isle of Wight. In seaside towns like Sandown and Ventnor, the situation has now reached a crisis point. Dilapidated buildings are being left beyond repair sparking concerns not only for locals but potential investors and tourists also. Have a read through our article this month to see how you can help and please do send us feedback on what you would like to hear. To see more Island Life, follow this link https://isleofwight.net/magazines/ and…(more)


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10 Years of Wight Architecture | RIBA Architects

2018/10/10

This week, Quay Arts in Newport will be holding a RIBA exhibition where the work of eight architects on the Island will be celebrated. Each company will have their own stand and examples of their work over the past decade since the last 2007 exhibition. With so many amazing examples of architecture on the Isle of Wight, we look forward to showing off our work and meeting everyone at the event. So please do come along this Saturday from 2-4pm to meet some of the team, have drinks, nibbles and discuss all things design!  


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