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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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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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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Garden Cabins | Our Top Five

2020/3/27

Mattinson Associates, Architects & Interior Designers Isle of Wight, have curated their top five Garden Cabins that can be used as offices, playrooms or even gyms. Slide through to see our favourites. Our homes are shifting from places of sanctuary to temporary offices, schools and gyms. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be sharing our #toptips to dealing with the overwhelming situation around us – whether it’s exercises to reduce your anxiety or technology to make working from home that little bit easier. So, to start, we have been looking into contemporary and architecturally inspirational garden cabins to use as an office space this spring. If you would like any further information or think it might be something you’re in need of, contact us to see how we can help. https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/contact/ #mattinsonassociates


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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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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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Choosing an Architect

2019/7/7

Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers on the Isle of Wight have put together our top tips for 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. Take a look at our portfolio to see our previous works https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/portfolio/ So, with this in mind and with many Architects in Britain let alone across the globe, how do you whittle it down and find the right Architect for you? 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…(more)


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The Young Designers Awards 2019 | The Results

2019/6/14

A big thank you to all the children that entered this years Young Designers Award. The judges were overwhelmed by the imagination and creativity displayed in the designs – with ideas ranging from a Viking boat to a no gravity zone space experience. It was a difficult task to choose winners out of so many fantastic entries, but after much deliberation they reached agreement. The winning entries this year in each age category are as follows: 5-6 year old category First Place Award: Sophie Khurt – Age 5 – Fiveways – Rainbow Party Train Second Place Award: Matthew Hughes – Age 5 – Fiveways – Train United 7 year old category First Place Award: George Pim – Age 7 – Fiveways – Owlient Express Second Place Award: Emma Ross – Age 7 – Ryde Junior – A Nap Carriage Third Place Award: George Oglander – Age 7 – Ryde Junior…(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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