Thursday, October 19, 2017

Eltham Palace: Medieval Meets Art Deco

🇬🇧 Great British Design Inspiration 
London: A Visit to Eltham Palace and Gardens 

Entrance Hall (1936). Beautiful skylight especially nice on rainy, grey days.

Eltham is located near Greenwich, up the hill from the Royal Observatory. The Palace dates to the 1470s and the reign of Edward IV, and is five miles from the Royal Naval College. Car is the best way to reach Eltham, and our friend David Thomas graciously agreed to be our guide on this visit. Thank you, David!

In 1933, millionaires Virginia and Stephen Courtauld leased the former Royal estate from the Crown and built a fashionable Art Deco house adjacent to Eltham's 15th century Great Hall. 

Medieval architecture and Art Deco…on the same London-area property? Definitely a must-see.

Once inside, we enjoyed hearing about the Great Hall from a docent, then wandering through the two-story house on a self-guided tour. Seeing the light-filled Entrance Hall (1936), with period furnishings and details, and the Great Hall (1470s), are worth a visit alone. From the outside, you'd never guess the house features clean, modern design throughout. Acres of gardens and mature trees surround the property, with various flowers in bloom on this warm, spring day (26 May 2017).

My dad Vic and I always seek out great architecture and design when traveling — this inspires our own creative work.

View English Heritage’s website on Eltham Palace and its history here.


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Photos by Emilie Pallos and Vic Pallos

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Eltham Palace and Gardens…in pictures

Great Hall (1470s)
Minstrel's Gallery overlooking the Great Hall. With David Thomas.
The Great Hall. Wood ceiling was once gilt.
David has sung the role of Polifemo in Handel's "Acis and Galatea" here.
Sleek Art Deco fireplace in dining room
Coat of Arms
Guess who?
Fantastic view overlooking the motor court from the first floor.
"Johnny," Virginia Courtauld's pet lemur, in his own climate-controlled suite.
Stuffed toy for sale in gift shop!
Mrs. Courtauld's bath (1936). No expense spared for the lady of the house.
Strolling through the gardens. 15th century wall provides richly textured backdrop.
Black Tudor bricks in an "X" pattern indicate a Royal residence.
Vintage — Tudor bricks, and a very small door on the bridge above the moat.
Bridge and moat. Every Royal Palace needs these!
Rockery and gardens
Stunning view from the first floor.
View of the house and lime tree. Great Hall on far right.
15th century Great Hall (left) blends harmoniously with 1936 addition.
Entrance to 1936 house.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Let's go to Chelsea. 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Morgan Stanley Garden, my favorite from the 2017 show. Southern California-style design (!)

Chelsea Royal Hospital. Architecture by Sir Christopher Wren. Who else?

Let's go to Chelsea. :)

As an avid amateur gardener and artist/designer, I've had the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on my radar for many years. This show is spectacular in person, worth braving the crowds and heat. 80 degrees this year! It felt just like Los Angeles where I am from... The show takes place on the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital, just north of the Thames in West London. You will surely see a resident Pensioner or two dressed in ubiquitous red coats.

TIPS: Book a couple of months in advance and plan to be there by 9 a.m. on the first day of the public days. Or, join the Royal Horticultural Society and attend during member days. RHS Chelsea sells out every year. Tickets are reasonable, only about $80 per person for a day of inspiration and beauty. 

Mediterranean gardens were in abundance this year, with California poppies incorporated beautifully into several of the silver- and gold medal-winning gardens, including the Morgan Stanley Garden, a spectacular entry for 2017. This California designer visits the Chelsea Show and is delighted to see so many familiar plants from home!

New client design project inspired by 2017 Show:

Invitation design for September Serenade party

Our studio recently designed a printed invitation package for client Adventist Health Glendale’s Foundation and Dr. Marguerite Marsh. Marguerite is a longtime member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and is hosting a party at her Pasadena home in September to raise funds for the hospital's Cancer Center.

The artwork illustrating the invitation is a photo Emilie took at Chelsea. (We hope the good people at David Austin Roses don't mind.) The horticulture company is a household name in Britain, and grows a spectacular selection of roses in memorable, rich colors. This photo was perfect.

The A7-size invitation and related materials were printed by Chromatic Lithographers in Glendale, CA. Kudos to Mike Sevigny and his team for guiding this project to completion on a tight timeframe.

Dr. Marsh was thrilled with the finished invitations. Elegant typography and fine printing help this piece shine. Modern, yet classic.


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To book your tickets for the 2018 Chelsea Show (22-26 May 2018), visit the official site HERE.

2017 RHS Chelsea Show photos by Emilie Pallos and Vic Pallos

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Our day at the 2017 #RHSChelsea show. Poppies, Tulips, Pimm's and ice cream...

The BBC was broadcasting daily from Chelsea.

One of the summer houses on display. An oasis for any garden.

Malvern — the perfect home studio for an artist or architect. British modern. Love it!

This garden features drought-tolerant plants and is a nod to Southwestern and Mexican design.

The Hillier Garden. Spectacular and award-winning entry. Lovely array of blooms and textures.

David Austin Roses — Floribundas are so impressive in an array of colors.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sebastian Carter: Design Superhero

🇬🇧 Great British Design Inspiration
A visit with esteemed book and type designer Sebastian Carter
Cambridge, England • 27 May 2017

Sebastian Carter is internationally known as designer / proprietor of the Rampant Lions Press, one of the world's leading letterpress workshops. Sebastian's father Will Carter founded the Press while still a schoolboy in 1924. The press began as a full-time commercial enterprise in 1949 and produced exceptionally beautiful books on a range of subjects until 2008.

Sebastian, an alumnus of King's College, Cambridge, currently serves as editor of Parenthesis magazine, a twice-yearly publication from the Fine Press Book Association. More info on the magazine is here. Sebastian has written extensively on typography and type design, and his book "Twentieth Century Type Designers" is a must-have resource. We certainly share a love of letterforms!

Museum Quality
Rampant Lions Press titles feature fine typography and printing, luxe papers and expert finishing. The Press has an extraordinary library of work. I had the privilege to view some titles in person. All feature hand-set type, elegant, creative design and exquisite workmanship.

Please visit the company's website here for a list of fine art and literary titles still available for purchase.

Gracious, relaxed hospitality made our day extra special. Thank you, Penny and Sebastian for a truly memorable visit to Cambridge.


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