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Making The London Collection – Part 2

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in Colour, Featured, New Designs
Making The London Collection – Part 2

How Do Roger Oates Design a New Collection? We began with a question. What does a modern border look like? The design ‘Franklin’ is composed of two main elements.  The giant stripe design is the less complicated element, it took only about ten samples to arrive at the final version. Ten samples is pretty fast […]


Making The London Collection – Part 1

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in Featured, New Designs
Making The London Collection – Part 1

The new collection is just into production, the results will be ready for photography shortly, so it seems the perfect opportunity to give you a little background. It’s called the London Collection, and contains 4 designs: Flaxman, Fulham, Franklin and Fitzroy, as in the London dialing codes used before telephone numbers were extended. We’ll begin […]


Stairs. The Main Event

Posted on May 20, 2014 in Architecture, Stairs
Stairs. The Main Event

A little set of stairs we spotted this weekend and couldn’t help but share… another new hotel commission too. More linear than the swirling spiral staircase of the Les Haras de Stasbourg Hotel stairs we saw last month. This impressive wooden staircase forms the lobby entrance of HotelHotel in Canberra, Australia.  Stacks of recycled wooden planks create […]


Roger Oates Collection 2014 Preview

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Colour, Featured, Monochrome
Roger Oates Collection 2014 Preview

So hello again world, we’ve been a little quiet on Stairs and Stripes recently. This is mainly due to two reasons, finalising this years new flooring collection (alongside our upcoming new upholstery and accessory fabrics) and our obsession with Monochrome – the quest to get the new black and white designs to sit ‘just right’. […]


Spiral Strasbourg

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Architecture, Stairs
Spiral Strasbourg

We are all for a well designed wooden staircase, and this one ticks all the boxes.  This is set is part of the newly renovated Les Haras de Stasbourg Hotel – this staircases is the swirling hub of the restaurant in the former royal stud building, designed by agency Jouin Manku. We like the way […]


Contradiction of Silence

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 in Designers
Contradiction of Silence

See here for Alexander Ekman’s video for Bolon’s new collection “Silence”


Sensing Spaces

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in Architecture
Sensing Spaces

We have been to Sensing Spaces, currently occupying the main gallery at London’s Royal Academy.  This exhibition is quite simply, amazing. The imposing large scale installations, each filling an entire room challenge us to examine and interact with the surrounding environment through sight, sound, touch and even smell. We particularly like Japanese architect Kengo Kuma whose […]


Monochrome Battista

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Architecture, Monochrome, Stripes
Monochrome Battista

We are currently flat out in the studio finalising the new Roger Oates Collection for later this year.  Though we are almost there, it’s Monday and we couldn’t resist a little look at some monochrome architecture… We have just spotted these soft stripes and check patterns  of the “Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista” a church […]


The Tiger and Turtle

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 in Artists
The Tiger and Turtle

At first glance this looks like any other roller coaster. On close inspection the track is entirely formed of steps.  This 250ft staircase was constructed outside the town of Duisberg, Germany in 2011.  The creation of artist’s Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, it uses zinc and steel left over from local mining operations.  Visitors take in the […]


Colour of the Year?

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Colour
Colour of the Year?

This is Teal – some have put if forward as “Alternative Colour of the Year” following the announcement of the 2014 Pantone shade “Radiant Orchid” Whilst we enjoy Radiant Orchid as much as the next person, we prefer teal’s sophisticated, relaxing blend of green and dark blue. It’s intense, it sits well with many colours […]


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