Celebrating 300 Years of Thomas Chippendale

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2018 marks 300 years since Britain’s most influential Furniture Maker, Thomas Chippendale was born. Source: Chippendale 300 Born in Otley, Yorkshire on June 5th, 1718, we know very little of Chippendale’s early years. However, following his marriage to Catherine Redshaw in 1748, in London, Chippendale moved to St. Martin’s Lane, where he set up both […]



Student Spotlight: Kate Stephenson

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From Mum & Marketeer to Dream Interior Design Career… We recently had the opportunity to visit National Design Academy Alumni, Kate Stephenson in her beautiful Interior Design studio. We caught up with Kate after seeing herself, and her flourishing business featured in a magazine and discovered, not only has Kate’s dream Interior Design business, Interiors Designed grown in […]


TREND: Five Key Design Trends for 2018

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Step into spring with the hottest design trends of 2018 In this blog we’re looking at 5 key design trends emerging for 2018. The 5 trends are all extremely different pulling inspiration from different eras and societal needs making for an interesting mix of styles. Terrazzo Source: Nicolas Dorval-Bory Architects The trend of bringing serious […]


A Dulux Colour Workshop with Marianne Shillingford

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“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul” – Wassily Kandinsky The NDA Team recently had the chance to enjoy an action packed Colour Workshop with Colour Expert and Dulux Creative Director, Marianne Shillingford. The day allowed tutors, who already have a deep knowledge of colour, and support staff who also have a keen interest, […]



Ingvar Kamprad: The man who helped Britain “Chuck out their Chintz”

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It’s the end of an era for IKEA. Ingvar Kamprad, the fascinating billionaire who drove the same ageing Volvo for over 20 years, was best known as the founder of interior giant IKEA. His recent passing made the design world stop a moment and reflect.  His death has been a chance to take stock of the […]



Pantone Colour of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet 18-3838

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It’s the time of year where the design industry awaits the announcement of ‘Colour of the Year’ from different industry leaders and Pantone delivered, recently revealing Ultra Violet [Pantone 18 – 3838] as their Colour of the Year 2018. Pantone define Ultra Violet as ‘Inventive and imaginative’ and credit the colour with lighting the way to what is […]