TELEGRAPH LUXURY MAGAZINE x IVAR

April 5, 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…

MONACO WATCH BOX

March 27, 2017

Every Formula 1 fan will recognise in the abstract geometrical design the Monaco Grand Prix circuit. The box has LED lighting fitted underneath creating a soft warm mood effect and a stunning focal point for any room. Watch video with sound on!

COLLAGE: FROM PICASSO TO IVAR

March 20, 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

March 14, 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

March 7, 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

March 3, 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

February 28, 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

February 21, 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

February 7, 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.