Childrens reading room charity challenge for Loros and Prostaid

childrens bookshop interior design

This weekend myself and the Heterarchy crew will be creating this fantastic children’s reading room for a Loros bookshop in Leicester. It’s part of a challenge I’m taking part in, the Thomas May Executive Quest, which gets CEO’s, MD’s and business leaders within the Leicester area to do something crazy to raise money for Prostaid and Loros.

We’re starting at 8pm on Friday night, to be completed by 8am on the Monday morning! Materials for the build have been kindly donated by EH Smith builders merchant, Johnstones Leyland paints, Next, Harrison Surfacing, PCF Displays, Paul Hunt Woodworking and Fullsquare for printing and graphics.

We’re also raising money alongside this challenge, for both Loros and Prostaid. If you’d like to donate or for further information visit my justgiving page >

Project update – Contemporary apartment interior design

Contemporary Apartment Interior Design

Work has recently completed on a contemporary apartment interior in Leicestershire. The apartment is within a converted 1970′s office building – an unusual building type to convert to residential, however the results are entirely successful. With bold use of colour, interesting wall-art and a beautiful cast resin floor, the apartment interior design is cool and contemporary, whilst also being comfortable and practical. Keep an eye out for it to be added to the project gallery.

If you would like to discuss an interior design project get in touch >

Graduate internship position – Creative Design Technician

The Heterarchy studio is currently looking for a graduate intern Creative Design Technician. The ideal candidate will have strong technical skills, be methodical, organised, a good communicator, with excellent skills on Autocad and Adobe software. You will need to have a BA in interiors, furniture or equivalent qualification.

The role will involve working as an integral part of the creative team. Your responsibilities will focus on taking initial interior design concepts and developing them into workable design solutions. This will include producing technical/CAD drawings, details for bespoke furniture, joinery items and construction. Training will be given to develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of design. You will also be required to work with the design team on other aspects of a project, such as producing final presentations.

The start date for the position is the 3rd October. Please reply with a covering letter/email stating why you think you suit the position, and examples of your work, to or send it in the post (see contact page for address). Please do not fill out the online enquiry form as your application will not be processed.

Interior design job/design intern in the Midlands, UK.

The Clover coffee table – now available in a range of colours, finishes and sizes

modern contemporary coffee table

The Clover coffee table, designed by the Heterarchy studio, is now available in a range of colours and finishes to suit every taste and interior. From a simple walnut veneer, to a funky dual tone lacquer, there are limitless possibilities in choosing a finish that matches your interior. Also available in a range of sizes, from 800×800 up to 1200×1200, in both square and round.

Every table is hand made by craftsmen here in the UK, which means you can tailor the finish to exactly what you want. A future classic, the timeless design and perfect finish will add that extra something special to any interior.

The Clover coffee table, starting at £1350.00 excluding vat and delivery. To discuss your requirements contact the Heterarchy studio >

New Project Update – Bar design for Nosh, Rugby

Bar Designer Midlands UKFollowing the recent completion of the bar design for Nosh in Rugby, work is due to commence on site. With sculpted croc panels on the front of the bar, simple cubic shelving to the rear and LED lighting throughout, the end result will be as effective as it affordable. The bar is due for completion by the beginning of September. Keep an eye out for photographs to be added to our project gallery once it is completed.

Heterarchy in new book – Container Architecture

We’re delighted to have been featured in a new book, Container Architecture, published by the NRW Forum in Dusseldorf. Our inclusion is based upon the Contain Yourself project, a competition entry that took a standard shipping container and turned it into a compact, innovative contemporary home.

Special commendation must go to Liliya Kovachka, who was the lead designer on the project. As this years intern from Nottingham Trent University, following some initial creative discussions with the design team Liliya went on to develop a great piece of work.

As well as featuring our project, the book is packed full of amazing examples of container architecture from around the world, both realised and as concepts. The book can be purchased (German text only) from the NRW Forum for 33,oo EUR.

Purchase the Container Architecture book from the NRW Forum >

View the Contain Yourself project >


Now for something different – a bespoke garden studio

Bespoke Contemporary Garden Studio

Commissioned by a photographer friend, who was struggling to operate out of a cramped studio in her house. The brief was to create a garden studio building, that would be large enough to undertake a variety of studio set-ups, as well as being able to be used for recreational uses such as a cinema room.

The building is simple in form and construction, although the ‘diagonally double pitched’ roof form posed some interesting angular junctions. Constructed using SIPS panels, the beauty of this system is that all of the geometric junctions can be pre-manufactured, allowing on-site assembly to be relatively straight forward.

The end result is a functional and beautiful space, and a contemporary take on the typical garden studio. Best of all, during the worst of our winter weather, the building hardly needed any heating.

Slideshow video showing the design and construction of this bespoke garden studio >

Project Update – Regency Hotel London

We’ve just completed the design stage for a new private members lounge for the Regency Hotel in South Kensington, which is the largest independently owned hotel in London. This is part of a larger programme of redevelopment, which will also include the reception, main stairwell, corridors and communal areas.

The private members lounge is for the use of premium clients, to be used throughout the day, from breakfast through to simply relaxing in the evening. It follows hot on the heels of the completion of the new ‘Club’ bedrooms.

The interior design is contemporary, luxurious and intimate, the sole aim being to create a sense of privilege for those clients that will have access to the space. Low level lighting, a combination of fixed and free-standing seating, and smaller ‘snug’ areas to one side combine with a warm palette of velvety greys and solid Walnut to create a cosseting experience.

The project is currently on site, due to be completed in June 2011. Keep an eye out as it will be added to our project gallery in due course.

Project Update – Ashorne Hill Conference Centre

Restaurant Interior Design Midlands Ashorne Hill

We are pleased to announce the recent completion of the design stage for the new restaurant interiors for Ashorne Hill Conference Centre in Warwickshire. Part of a larger programme of refurbishments, Heterarchy have designed the interiors for the restaurant, a mezzanine level cafe area and adjoining concourse seating areas.

Tony Matters, Managing Director of Heterarchy, says of the design; “Our concept was all about creating a contemporary equivalent for the Grand Hall, which is the beautiful double height interior within the existing Grade 2 Listed building. Using natural materials and a colour palette that draws directly from the stunning views of the Warwickshire countryside, it’s all about making delegates feel they are enjoying a privileged environment even if they’re just grabbing a quick coffee”.

The project is now on site, due to be completed by September 2011. To take a closer look at the Ashorne Hill refurbishment go to the project gallery page >

Tony Matters interviewed on BBC Radio about the use of colour in interior design

Tony Matters






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Heterarchy Managing Director Tony Matters was recently interviewed by Jonathan Lampon live on BBC Radio regarding the effective use of colour in interior design. Click above to listen or download.