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YDA have relocated!
We are delighted to inform you that we have now moved the YDA studio to Pannal Business Park in Harrogate.
Please update all your records with our new address.
Pannal Business Park
Tel: 01423 863097
Fax: 01423 868867
All deliveries, shipping, postal & comms will operate from the new location. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Buy New Bisazza 5x5 mosaic from YDA UK - 2012
Bisazza 5x5 mosaic is a square and smooth 50x50 mm tile available in glass, Annenturine and Smalto with a thickness of 4.5 mm. It is paper face mounted and there are 36 tessere per sheet.
There are several colours to chose from and we think these are ideal for the bathroom, wet rooms, pools, spa's and kitchen splash backs. Whether they are for a full pool or shower area or as a strip to accent a wall, you can be guaranteed they have the Bisazza quality and style we have grown to love.
When ordering these give the design team a call on 01423 863097 to calculate the grout (fill gel) required, as with a joint of just 1mm they require less than the traditional 10x10's and 20x20's. An even neater finish perhaps!
New Bisazza 5x5 mm mosaic tiles are available now!
Victoria & Albert launch the Barcelona Collection
The much-anticipated Barcelona Collection is now being launched to the UK market.
Joining the Victoria + Albert Premium Range of bathtubs and basins, the new collection is a clever mix of contemporary style and clean lines, with organic beauty at the very centre of the design concept.
As with all Victoria + Albert products, the new duo is made from 100% QUARRYCAST® - a composite material rich in finely ground volcanic limestone - it is cast in one seamless piece that wont creak or flex.
Bathroom predictions 2011
Its been written so often it's almost a cliché, but bathrooms will continue to be designed as havens, as an escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. In fact, the bathroom is now more important as a private retreat than the bedroom. Studies also dismiss previous theories that the bathroom and bedroom could follow the lead of the kitchen and lounge to create an open plan living space.
The study was conducted with people looking to purchase a bathroom. And the results of the research suggested that the WC will be removed from future schemes to create and maintain the coveted spa-like experience. It needs to be personalised with increased use of technology, but all wrapped up in an environment styled upon nature.
So, with the individual product trends in mind for 2011, how are we moving towards a sanctuary styled bathroom.
The UK has a continuing love affair with the bath tub and so it's unsurprising that tubs will remain to be a force in sales. Nostalgic designs with a contemporary twist are set to be a force to be reckoned with, as are colours. Think metallic as this climbs down the catwalk into a choice of six metallic coatings including distressed pewter from our Victoria & Albert range.
With the bathroom continuing to develop into a natural retreat, sanitaryware styling will follow suit. In order to create a clutter free haven, there will continue to be a move towards wall hung suites as consumers achieve a high end, contemporary look.
Luxury and minimalism are key words for showering, as deluge shower heads are set to gather pace. Sharpe, sleek blades of metal, punctuated by grids of water holes will be hot news in 2011.
Bathroom taps have evolved from being purely a functional item, into a design element in their own right. Boasting architectural forms, high-tech digital controls, and the ability to conserve water, taps are the jewel in the crown of bathroom design. Digital has the potential to really change how we interface with water. It has the potential to create a better experience with programmable features and at the same time to reduce consumption, manage energy and water so that it is really delivered in the optimum way.
One of the biggest stories for the bathroom has been the increased use of furniture, as it stows clutter to create a sleek environment. Furniture in natural wood finishes along with high gloss and bold bright colours will continue to feature in well designed bathroom schemes.
Shower surrounds will remain predominantly minimalist, with large panels for glass and slim frames and runners characterising the modern ranges. However, there is set to be an injection of colour into the bathroom through shower surrounds. Colour is also being injected into trays again to co-ordinate with other bathroom finishes.
Radiators & Accessories
The radiator now acts as a towel warmer whilst the mirrored cabinet now boast lighting clocks and even music. Mixed finishes in radiators as well as tall slim ones that are stylish and space saving will be the order of the day. Meanwhile it's not enough for accessories to be just beautiful. For example mirrors need to offer more such as shelves, storage, lighting, shaver sockets and of course, demister padded!
Window of Opportunity
Like doors, windows are agents of transition between public and private. Looking out from them, we can observe our surroundings from a vantage point; in turn, they allow the outside into our living and working spaces in the form of light and air. The value and importance of windows to us is deeply rooted and this is evident in the premium we are prepared to pay for a room with a superior view.
On the inside looking out, windows may be major features in any interior decoration scheme, enhanced by curtains or elaborately patterned blinds and shutters, partly veiled or open providing the ideal position for a favourite chair. Colours can be tied in with the rest of the room and the options for changing the look of the window (literally dressing it up or dressing it down) are endless.
Bisazza "The Crystal Collection"
For the Salone del Mobile, Bisazza presented "The Crystal Collection", a new series of decorative patterns in glass and white gold mosaic bejewelled by Swarovski crystals. The collection is displayed at Bisazza Milan Flagship Store, newly renovated for the occasion.
Coral & Seahorses, Skills & Crowns, Flash, Stars, Rain; five patterns are outlined against a monochromatic background in the tones of white, lapis lazuli blue and black.
CORALS & SEAHORSES: stylised sea-life images of corals and seahorses set in a blue background.
SKULLS & CROWNS: skulls in corsair style and royal crowns ironically interpret old legends and anticipate new living trends.
FLASH: a geometrical sequence of small shiny circles creating a depth effect.
STARS: star shaped motifs recreating a celestial scenario.
RAIN: tiny bright dots, simulating a crystal rain.
"The Crystal Collection" represents an innovative proposal for the decoration of both private and public areas.
The new collection is available in all Bisazza Flagship Stores located in the major cities of the world; Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome and Tokyo, as well as at selected retailers.
Call our friendly team on 01423 863097 for more details.
Customer Homework: Finding Your Design Style
The most important thing that you can do in getting started is to identify your design style.
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Eclectic is actually the hardest style to do right. Good eclectic happens when you achieve a design that has a common focus that is accomplished with stylistically different pieces that work in harmony. It is not simply a combination of stuff picked up from anywhere and everywhere.
A formula to follow to assure successful design:
First, identify your personal style.
Next, deign rooms to be functional.
Then, pay attention to details that will make the room feel right.
Last, a successful designed room exhibits a sense of harmony both in the elements found in it and with the spaces around it.
If you are unsure what your design style is, here are some tips:
An Easy Way to Find Your Design Style
First, gather as many home and decorating magazines as you can find and start cutting out pictures. Cut out what you like whether it's a piece of furniture or a colour combination, a tile, a lamp, whatever. Even if you can't put your finger on exactly what it is you like, cut it out of the magazine. For instance, if the photo just makes you feel good - cut it out.
Next, take a look at the collage of pictures you have and look for clues of a trend that should be developing. If you begin to see a trend but can't put a definition to it, now may be the time to meet with an interior designer.
The question to ask at this point is, can I put all of the elements and colours together to achieve the kind of room I've seen in magazines or in my dreams? For most people this is a tough proposition and for many, interior design can be a challenge.
Knowing your design style is critical to a great outcome because it allows designer and client to work together with an understood goal and with the parameters of a defined style that will keep you on track to a great new interior.
Commercial Restaurant Project: The Cleveland Tontine Hotel
YDA have been asked to design the en-suite bathrooms at the Cleveland Tontine Hotel in Northallerton. The commission consists of seven bespoke and individually unique bathrooms to further enhance the winning formula that the Tontine offers discerning clientele from all over the country.
The Tontine has been under the management of the McCoy brothers since 1976 and it's with great excitement that YDA have been selected by an establishment with such reputation and heritage.
This project is of particular importance to YDA who position themselves in the bespoke, boutique interior design space for the North. The challenge is to deliver schemes that go beyond design and into the personality of the Tontine. The designs and concepts are well underway with a start date of January 2010 and a completion date of March.
Commercial Retail Project: Young Guns Hair Salon Harrogate
Yorkshire Design Associates have completed the new styling room at Peter Gothard hair salon on Parliament Street in Harrogate. Young Guns is a talent orientated cutting room aimed at 16-24 year olds with a passion for fashion and style.
YDA were the designers of choice for this work and the brief was to create a vintage look and feel to the Young Guns salon, one that will get better and better with age. With a reputation for delivering bang on brief, plus the vision and know how to add the little bit of polish that makes the scheme flow and make sense as a whole, YDA have delivered an outstanding design that sets Young Guns at Peter Gothard's apart from other local hairdressers.
The Young Guns salon has a weathered antiqued theme with oversized deliberately pixilated graphic prints, cut smoked glass, muted colour palate and bespoke finishes within a Western kind of cowboy/cowgirl orientation.
The launch party on 26th May was a huge success and bookings are now being taken for those that want styling in a top quality salon.
Nick Flatley at YDA commented:
"This has been an exciting and fun project for YDA, and it was challenging to work to a totally non negotiable deadline. The marketing strategy was such that on the 26th there were going to be 150 people queuing all the way up Parliament Street to get into the Salon launch. We had to ensure that the interior was ready to make the necessary impact."
"Commercial interiors need to speak by their results. From an interior perspective we had to deliver the reason customers wanted to come back again and again. I'm quietly confident the investment in this interior will have paid tenfold by the end of summer!"
WINNERS! 2009 Design Award for Kitchen - Nick Flatley of Yorkshire Design Associates
May 2009 - kbbreview - YDA Win Kitchen Design Award
Industry Awards 2009 Winners Gallery
Yorkshire Design Associates have collected the coveted Industry Design Award for Kitchens - project cost over £25 K 2009.
This year marked the 15th anniversary of the event and it delivered a showcase of the best talent in design, product innovation and customer service excellence. Competition this year was tougher than ever, with a record level of entries across the 17 categories which culminated in several hundred attendees at the black tie awards in London.
To have been short listed for two categories was amazing. Then to finally win the Design Award for the Kitchen - project cost over 25K, we are just delighted!
Recognition from these industry awards acknowledges YDAs creative flair and our passion for individuality. We must be doing something right and to demonstrate that great design is happening outside London, fits perfectly with our commitment to bring the best in style and interior design to Northern homes.
We intend to be back next year - Thanks KBB!
Oct 2008 - Excelle - Finding the Perfect Gift
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Dec 2008 - Beyond York - Deck the halls...
Preparing the home for Christmas needn't be that panicky, laborious rush to make things just right - or that mad 14 days that wipes you out well into January. Planning is everything, and for a smooth run in its imperative to 'start with the end in mind.' Plan, write down and describe in detail what you want to achieve and then take the necessary steps to turn that into reality. If for example it's always the light's that cause the issues and eat up your precious time, get them out early and test them. If they need to be replaced, create a list of essential items to get in advance and get there first in your own managed time rather than unmanaged panic. This way the journey through Christmas can be a controlled an enjoyable one!
Aug 2008 - Northside - Blank Canvas
Combine a young, talented, fiercely passionate interior design team with a client who is eclectic in his tastes and open to ideas and you have the perfect recipe for a spine-tingling design concept.
Feb 2009 - Design et al (Little Black Book Of Style) - YDA's 80/20 Rule
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Interior design at the residential level is often about delivering exceptional designs and ideas all within the client remit. You could say the customer's requirements drive 80% of the design; the other twenty being the polish/flair that enable to scheme to flow, make sense and work as a whole.
However, every now and again this rule is reversed and a client comes along with no rigid constraints to their requirements. They have their ideas but are pretty open to a new look and feel to their home.
YDA were recently commissioned to design a full house in North Yorkshire with carte blanche. The results were amazing the design journey exhilarating. It's just a shame these kind of opportunities only come about 20% of the time!
Call the YDA team on 01423 863097 or e-mail email@example.com