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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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 | The Future of Remodelling Post Lockdown

2020/8/24

Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight explore how our homes will change post lockdown. Life is slowly starting to go back to some form of normal, however the majority of the country are still working from home. With sales of homes on the Isle of Wight increasing due to the popular appeal of escaping to the countryside or holidaymakers looking for a more permanent answer to staycationing, our homes are being reimagined more than ever. With this trend in mind, we have predicted how homes might change post lockdown.  The Rise of Separate Rooms:  Open plan living is a concept that many of our clients (and us) love – that dreamy entertaining space where family and friends can congregate and socialise with endless views out to the garden. However, during lockdown, because our homes have become temporary schools and offices, open plan living lacks…(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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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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Working From Home | Recreating Office Calm

2020/4/1

Styling your office in the correct way for you can make it serene and a much more productive space. Here are Mattinson Associates, Architects & Interiors Designers on the Isle of Wight, five top tips for creating a more relaxing workspace during these unsettling times: Remove All Clutter. As the saying goes, tidy space tidy mind” and it’s true! Not only will an untidy desk make you look a little unorganised but it can also cause stress and can make you overwhelmed. Have a look at ways that you can organise your paperwork. Perhaps you need a new filing system or maybe a new desk with additional drawers? HUSK have realised their WFH desk and we’re big fans, find the link here:https://madebyhusk.com/product-category/desks/  Once having a 10 minute tidy and removing any excess clutter, you’ll notice an improvement in your productivity.  Planting. The best offices and studios (including ours) always have cool…(more)


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New Remote Interior Design Services | From Paint Consultancy to Spatial Arrangements

2020/3/31

Following the governments advice, most of us will now be spending more and more time within our homes. Although it is unknown as to how long this will go on for, it seems we will be here for some time. During these unsettling moments in life, it is important that not only we adapt to change, but our houses do so too. Our homes can have a huge impact on not just our physical health, i.e having poor ventilation that can increase asthmatic attacks, but also our mental health – as we know now more than ever.  So, let us help you! Whether you need to chose a paint and can’t quite figure out if it’s Farrow & Ball Babouche or Little Green Lemon Mivvi you need, or if your children are using the dining room as playground and that box room upstairs filled with bits and bobs could do…(more)


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New Project on Site | January 2020

2020/1/13

Over the past few months, Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight have been preparing for one of our exciting projects to begin on site. The project involves the reinvention of a Listed Farmhouse Estate originally built in 1736. Whilst to restoring the Manor House internally, landscaping works and a new kitchen extension have also been designed. We’re looking forward to seeing the demolition progress in the next few weeks and will release pictures of the progress.  “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…(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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The Natural History Museum Palette | Farrow & Ball

2019/10/1

Take a look through the slider to see our favourite Farrow & Ball paints here at Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight and if you would like to find out more, head to http://www.farrow-ball.com/natural-history-museum 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,…(more)


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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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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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Chamber of Commerce Business Expo | Helping the Built Environment Bloom

2019/7/20

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers recently took part in the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Expo where they focused on being more sustainable and improving the built environment. In recent years, there seems to be an increased moral understanding of what you should be doing to protect the environment. But of course there is still more that we can all do. Whether it’s reducing the amount of plastic we use in our office or creating a master plan development of sustainable housing, at Mattinson Associates, we are constantly striving to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Marketing events are no different to this. So, this year at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, our promotional material included pouches of meadow seeds in recyclable paper in the hope to encourage the public to plant mini meadows…(more)


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The Smart Home Series

2019/4/15

  Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight have put together a few ideas for making your home a little smarter.  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.  One of our more recent project, Black Leaf House, has lots of smart home pieces. Follow the link here to see the finished result https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/portfolio/blackleaf/ or take a look at this smart home feature…(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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