New Era Of Speaker Design

November 21, 2017

Master and Dynamic are a New York City-based audio company that has gained global attention for their premium-quality headphones – and rightfully so. Recently, the young audio company has taken a step into new waters by revealing their first premium speaker. Design collaboration with renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, the MA770 Speaker is polished and…

Sexy and I know it – shaking up London’s art market

November 6, 2017

Without a doubt, London is firmly at the epicentre of the art world. Even though New York arguably might have more fabled permanent collections and Hong Kong’s presence is growing, London is frantically innovative and is stretching the parameters of the modern art market. It’s a fantastic melting pot of creativity and culture and one…

An advanced sense of interior style (or how to develop your own style)

As an undergraduate studying architecture at Cambridge, I had no real sense of my own personal style. There were people I looked up to: Chipperfield, Heatherwick, Libeskind, but at that age I don’t really think I understood what it was to be a designer. Rather than interpreting those influences into something I could call my…

Samsung Family Hub

October 16, 2017

Starting at £4,500 the Samsung Family Hub is a beautiful addition to your smart home. The Family Hub performs like a high-end fridge and it’s loaded with smart features you won’t find anywhere else. Some features won’t be used as much as others however there are key features which bring real utility, convenience, and luxury…

AT HOME WITH IVAR

October 14, 2017

  The Ivar lifestyle for the modern man    

Smart Security: Nest cam IQ

September 12, 2017

What is the Nest Cam IQ? The Nest Cam IQ is the latest in security camera hardware and the first to use facial recognition technology. With 4k sensors, the Nest Cam IQ can detect movement and capture video footage, and can also inform the homeowner who is in the property and whether it’s a familiar…

Why men have dry skin

September 7, 2017

Your aftershave You shave, then slap on the same fresh aftershave. It smells good, stings a little, it’s what med do. It’s also full of alcohol that is drying out your skin. You’re a modern man. Trade the aftershave for a post-shave cream that moisturises. Your pillowcase Sleep is a chance to rest and recharge.…

MONACO WATCH BOX

August 23, 2017

                  Mood lighting, sophisticated white and cool ivories

Dysons’ Robot Vacuum Cleaner

August 8, 2017

What is the Dyson 360 Eye? More than 10 years after its conception, Dyson believe they have the perfect cleaning mate. While it doesn’t solve all the issues that come with early robot vacuum cleaners, it’s the first model we would recommend. It’s powerful enough to clean well on all surfaces, smart enough to navigate…

How the Nest Thermostat works

August 5, 2017

The new Nest learning thermostat is the third-generation heating control system from Google. What’s so special? The Nest is a thermostat that works like any other. You simply update the settings and the boiler fires up until it reaches your desired temperature. The difference is that the Nest learns your heating patterns, manages the central…

Smart speaker: a review of Apple Homepod, Google Home and Amazon Echo

August 2, 2017

In June Apple unveiled the company’s competitor to the Amazon Echo smart speaker. And we’re excited about it. Similar to the Echo and the Google Home, the HomePod is a speaker that is always-listening, plays music, answers questions, manages central heating, locks doors, turns off lights, the list is endless. It’s due out this December in…

Where celebrities live

July 19, 2017

Joel Kinnaman (House of Cards), Rosamund Pike (James Bond/ Die Another Day), Common (real name Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.) and Clive Owen (Sin City) are set to star in Andrea Di Stefano’s Three Seconds, based on the best-selling Swedish novel by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström. During his time in London, Common stayed at an Ivar…

How to be more productive

July 18, 2017

Eat to win. This approach is fully understanding that what we put into our bodies greatly affects our focus and energy throughout the day. A healthy diet will lead to healthy brain. When we start our day by consuming foods that increase our energy and focus we instantly set ourselves up for a productive day.…

5 quotes from heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua

July 14, 2017

The modern man has his mind set in a constant state of evolution. Progress is at the forefront of his motivation and is capped with success, and there are few more successful men than world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. In keeping with the Ivar DNA we decided to round up a few of our favourite…

TELEGRAPH LUXURY MAGAZINE x IVAR

May 30, 2017

Zoe Dare Hall of the Telegraph luxury magazine has written about us: Patrick Dougherty, founder of the design company Ivar, is on a mission: to create luxury homes for men. It’s now cool for men to cook and the male grooming business is booming, but when it comes to interior design, “who’s looking after the…

HOW TO STAY AWAKE

May 23, 2017

1. Go for walks – Taking a 20 minute walk can give your energy a boost and decrease fatigue. Short burst exercise seems better than long high intensity exercise for fatigue, so you don’t have to go on long walks to benefit from this. 2. Up beat Music. Listening to music while you work will…

COLLAGE: FROM PICASSO TO IVAR

May 16, 2017

Derived from the French word “coller” meaning “to glue” or “to stick”, collage is a process that is truly dynamic art form that presents limitless methods of expression. Similar processes have been around since the invention of paper in China, though collage as it is seen today is commonly accepted as being made popular during…

TIME LINES WATCH WINDER

May 9, 2017

A tribute to Alfred Hitchcock (with guest appearance by Big Ben). Our Timelines watch winder is handmade and features an innovative magnifying glass. Watch video with sound on!

London’s Empty Skyscraper no longer

April 24, 2017

In 2015, plans were announced to redevelop London’s iconic Centre Point building into 82 luxury flats. This is good for buyers, the building itself and the local area. This redevelopment also represents the latest stage in the fascinating history of the skyscraper that stands at the cross-section of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street. A…

FT How to Spend It Magazine x Ivar

April 17, 2017

Being a part of the Financial Times for more than 20 years, FT How to Spend It is a multi-award winning magazine and is largely regarded as the benchmark for luxury lifestyle magazines. Most recently it won the National Colour Supplement of the Year at the 2015 Newspaper Award for the 14th time. The most sought after luxury…

WATER COLOUR IN CONTEMPORARY ART

April 10, 2017

An often overlooked art form, watercolour is having a renaissance. Watercolour is one of the most demanding art forms, as water has a dynamic nature. Unlike oil or acrylic painting, the watercolour will move. Artists must understand and leverage with these movements and react accordingly—like dancing with a partner. Different styles of brushes as well…

How to choose a Watch Box

April 4, 2017

We all know that a good watch is an investment. An elegant and well made timepiece is a considered expense and we expect it to last a long time. However, part of our watches standing the test of time is ensuring that they are properly cared for. Makes sense, right? Now we’ve agreed that taking…

IVAR CUBE

March 28, 2017

When design meets tech. Mood light and charger for the Apple Watch

The sensational experience of good design

February 1, 2017

What is good design? This is the question that was recently discussed by Edwin Heathcote in his article in the Financial Times. Heathcote starts by discussing a couple of sensible definitions of good design that were originally suggested by Dieter Rams. “Good design is as little design as possible” and Heathcote notes that this principle…

LIGHT UP YOUR SPACE: A beginner’s guide

January 25, 2017

Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lighting is enormously important.” – Albert Hadly One of the fundamental rules of interior design is working around light, with the facing of the room commanding the colour and mood you’re working with. When illuminating your interior and creating an ambience, it’s crucial to understand your…

Knightsbridge – a village among world class attractions

January 18, 2017

If you ask people what thoughts spring to mind when they think of Knightsbridge they will probably come up with some of the following: expensive property, fashionable boutiques and other high-end shops. Certainly it is internationally recognized and a hub for the world’s glamorous and beautiful. So it may surprise you to know Knightsbridge was…

Uniquely crafted homes that go above and beyond

May 18, 2016

Your home is your sanctuary, your haven. It’s more than just a place to sleep and eat. It’s where you spend your precious free time doing the things you love, with those you love. So it needs to be perfect. More than that, it needs to fit your personality, your style and the way you…

The Psychology of Colour

April 18, 2016

Have you ever entered a room and realised that its colours trigger an emotional response? A dark and heavy red colour scheme can ignite energy; a neutral colour scheme can conjure up tranquillity. This is because colours are closely linked to our emotions. Colour psychology is heavily used in branding and marketing to sway you…

ACCESSORISING YOUR CABINETS

April 15, 2016

Your shelf displays should look beautiful. No matter how stunning your accessories are, if you haven’t found the perfect space to show them off the magic can get lost. This post is about helping you to build the character and personality of your home, so even when your interior designer has left, you can continue…

Defining Luxury

January 4, 2016

In the 17th century, ‘luxury’ meant ‘a habit of indulgence in what is choice or costly’. Luxury was a pejorative, used to describe flagrant displays of wealth and lavishness. Time progressed, and with it, so did our understanding of luxury. Luxury remained the preserve of the wealthy, but it began to shake its connotations of…

Luxury meets Tech

December 23, 2015

Last month, luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer announced Connected, its first smartwatch. The exquisite watch was made in collaboration with Intel, runs on an Android operating system and costs £1,100 ($1,500). Tag Heuer isn’t the first high end brand to merge luxury with technology – Hermes launched a branded Apple Smart Watch this year and…

Silver: Sterling & Britannia

December 20, 2015

Typically, pure silver is too soft a material to work with, so it is usually alloyed with copper for strength. Sterling, a term first used in 13th centuryEngland, contains 92.5% silver.Britannia contains 95.8%. For our pieces, Ivar typically uses Britannia silver, and where possible, even pure silver. We never use silver plate.

Made in England

December 15, 2015

Ivar takes pride in making all our furniture and silverware in England. We use traditional methods to deliver fine quality collections, as well as to support local artisans.

Bookmatching

December 10, 2015

Bookmatching is a technique that involves turning over every other leaf of veneer or stone, like the pages of a book. This creates a visually striking and symmetrical effect, and is a cornerstone of Ivar’s designs.

British Design

December 5, 2015

Britain is an important source of inspiration for Ivar. Our designs are characterised by their mixture of traditional craft and innovative design –a balance that resonates with Britain’s distinctive culture of both tradition and innovation. An appreciation for good quality materials and a sense of understated elegance is at the core of Ivar’s personality.

Silver Soap dispenser by day

November 30, 2015

Fine silver does not tarnish as much as sterling silver, but we still advise wiping off any water from the dispenser to keep it looking as its best. This way the item will remain polished for longer and prevent the formation of difficult stains.

The Beauty of Symmetry

November 25, 2015

Human beings find symmetrical faces more attractive than asymmetric ones. There are a couple of explanations for this: it may be due to symmetry’s associations with healthy people, or because symmetric stimuli are easier to process. Whatever the reason, symmetry is a pleasing and elegant element of interior design, and one of our main considerations…

Making it through security without the beeps

November 20, 2015

Ivar’s freestanding furniture pieces are crafted using traditional methods. This means that wherever possible, each piece is constructed without using screws, metal joints or metal drawer sliders. Our customers tend to be very attached to Ivar pieces, and we like the idea that –apart from the silver logo – they could take their iconic pieces…

Recognising bespoke veneer

November 15, 2015

Ivar ensures that the grain of a veneer is laid horizontally across doors to create a visually striking effect. Only when veneering is bespoke can a craftsman ensure that the grain lines of the veneer continue seamlessly across doors.

Ivar cube

November 10, 2015

We love the Apple Watch, but not its bland charger. With this in mind, Ivar has created the Ivar Cube – an elegant, innovative watch box and charger for your Apple Watch. i Crafted from carrara marble and ebonized wood, the Ivar Cube doubles as a mood light, making any space of the house look…

Hide and seek

November 5, 2015

We believe in multifunctional design and spaces. In this case, we used a remote control sliding mechanism to conceal a TV behind a painting. At the press of a button, you can transform a football game into a relaxing reading afternoon.

Wood is the new Black

October 30, 2015

If black goes with everything is a fashion truism, the same applies to wood in interior design. The broad variety of wood styles, the singularity of the patterns and the richness of the colours turn it into the perfect material when creating unique spaces with a modern-classic twist.

Silver and the wet room

October 25, 2015

Bacteria do not grow on silver. For this reason, silver lining is often used to store water – including on yachts and jets. These anti-bacterial qualities make it the perfect material for wet rooms.

Ivar Aftercare

October 20, 2015

At Ivar we are proud of our products and want to ensure that our customers are happy. Not only at the time of purchase, but also in the years that follow. This is why we offer an aftercare service –so that we can help ensure that every piece and space remains in perfect condition. After…

Stone

October 15, 2015

Given its durability and scratch and heat resistance, stone is both beautiful and practical. Nonetheless, it can crack and stain, so avoid heat and use coasters under glasses to prevent rings from forming. Also avoid contact with lemon, vinegar or any acid or alkaline product.

Portoro Marble

October 10, 2015

Close to La Spezia in Italy, there is highly valuable marbl. Portoro marble is sought after for the contrast of its black colour and golden veins. With most known deposits located in a natural reserve, its production is restricted, cultivating its image of being a highly desirable and exclusive material. It is said it became…

Behind the scenes: Veneering

October 5, 2015

Veneering is a decorative effect achieved using thin layers of wood. At Ivar, we use book-matched veneers in our pieces to create striking and distinctive effects.

Stress is not always bad

September 30, 2015

When a tree suffers from a stress-like injury it grows a burl. It’s from these burls that the burr wood is extracted. Burr is highly sought after by furniture craftsmen around the world due to its beauty and intricate patterns. At Ivar we like to use it as a way of embellishing our designs: clean…

No knots

September 25, 2015

Knots are imperfections in timber caused by the appearance of a branch or a bud. Apart from affecting the appearance of the wood grain, knots weaken timber. In an Ivar apartment floor you will not see a single knot, as we use only the finest wood batons.

Oak

September 20, 2015

The oak tree is an iconic tree of Britain. Oak is appreciated for its hardness and attractive grain – making it ideal for flooring. Since the Middle Ages, it’s been used for the interior panelling of prestigious buildings, including the debating chamber of the House of Commons in London. Ivar uses prime oak for panelling…

Sanding and polishing wood floors

September 15, 2015

We sand, stain and varnish our floors on site, using the sawdust generated to fill any gaps between the batons. The result is a truly flawless finish.

The History of Veneering

September 10, 2015

Dating back to the ancient Egyptians, veneering is an ancient art. The Egyptians used veneers in their furniture and sarcophagi. In Tutankhamen’s tomb, some pieces of furniture using veneer were found, showing that although the woodworking techniques of that time were still very rudimentary, the inner beauty of wood was already sought after. Nowadays, and…

Made to order

September 5, 2015

None of our furniture or collections are mass produced. A typical item is made to order, mostly by hand, and using artisanal methods. The process is highly personal, which is why we stamp the customer’s initials on each piece of furniture we craft, together with the craftsman’s initials and the year of creation. A veritable…

Silver: A short (and ancient) history

August 30, 2015

Silver is the lightest coloured precious metal. There is uncertainty,, but it seems that silver was first mined around 3000 B.C. in Anatolia (modern day Turkey), and was already regarded as a precious resource in the civilizations that flourished in the Near East, Crete, and Greece. Since then, silver manufacturing has been used in creating…

John Lobb

August 25, 2015

In business for almost 150 years, John Lobb is London style icon. Based in St James, the Lobb family business is the proud holder of two royal warrants, and has made shoes for Queen Victoria, Frank Sinatra and Jackie Kennedy. With its unwavering commitment to a fully bespoke approach to shoe making. wee greatly admire…

Walnut

August 20, 2015

Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to man, dating back to 7000 B.C. Early history indicates that walnut trees came to England from ancient Persia, where they were reserved for royalty. Now, this slow growing tree is highly sought after both for its nuts and attractive timber. Because of its colour, hardness and grain…

Crystal Clear

August 15, 2015

We hate to think that anything is impossible. In the design of this shower room, the focal point is the double book-matched marble wall. Naturally, we did not want to break this focal point by framing the shower glass. Our solution was to cut the glass directly into the floor and ceiling to achieve an…