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Crackajack
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7112 posts since 21/4/05

4 Aug 2019 09:05
MLI wrote:
pops wrote:
MLI wrote: Thanks anyway but Knoll is a German company though..and the chair to be honest looks Homo-navian as fuck.

It’s not German. Established in NYC when he emigrated in the late ‘30’s. You may be confusing with his fathers company Walter Knoll.

I’m waiting to buy one of these (hopefully) in jan sales unless I can blag a discount before then.


https://www.margarethowell.co.uk/news/robin-day-centenary/

Okay thanks for the useful reply, yeah I must be thinking of Walter. yeah I remember seeing that chair before, very decent, lots of space for a beer and actually looks comfortable and decent.

Who manufactures it these days?

Think they are made new via here https://twentytwentyone.com/product/robin-day-reclining-chair

Would love one, good design for smaller spaces. Only potential drawback is no footstool. Arms look good size for those bulky 90's TV & HIFI remotes for you Mil.
pops
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4028 posts since 2/9/09

10 Aug 2019 10:49
diederik wrote:
pops wrote: Hows the house coming on ? Would love to see you post some updated pictures. Was looking sensational last time is saw

Quite some progress, got curtains throughout the house (all from Astrid Textiles), kitchen is finished (I think I posted work in progress last time):

Had a custom bathroom cabinet made, wood with brass strips, etc - photo is a bit shitty:

Finalising the master bedroom now, got the furniture and we're going to have a custom wardrobe built there - but need to save some $$$ for that first.

Will take some more photos soon.

Place looks amazing. Lovely choice of colour / materials. Keep posting diederik Cool
pops
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4028 posts since 2/9/09

10 Aug 2019 10:51
Recent Documentary on Dieter Rams by Gary Hustwit coming to BBC soon. Must watch for any design enthusiasts

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007tp6
MLI
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4406 posts since 6/10/09

11 Aug 2019 00:18
Thanks Cracka
sofashionmuchamaze
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714 posts since 12/12/13

11 Aug 2019 19:51
Any tips for affordable tv stands? Looking for something sub 500 that's 125-150cm wide. They are all either super glossy and cheap looking, too small or too wide, or cost a grand.
TheConductor
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4202 posts since 17/11/09

12 Aug 2019 14:48
pops wrote: Recent Documentary on Dieter Rams by Gary Hustwit coming to BBC soon. Must watch for any design enthusiasts

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007tp6
Nice one Pops!
Rirawin
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9231 posts since 17/7/05

posted 13 Aug 2019 11:54, edited 13 Aug 2019 11:54
Anyone have experience with Farrow & Ball paints. Is a undercoat/primer really needed? If so thinking to keep the cost down and use Dulux for undercoat/primer.

Plan would be 1x coat undercoat/primer, then 2x top coats, according to what Farrow & Ball recommend.

Decorators we've had in to quote have said we can get away with 3x top coats. However, we're not 100% convinced having sampled the paints on a white wall versus a cream/light grey wall. Plus 3x top coats will push the price up of what already is, expensive paint Cry
andymakesglasses
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20190 posts since 26/1/06

13 Aug 2019 12:00
Can't comment on Farrow & Ball specifically as we went for Auro and Earthborn eco paints but we just used a very basic white paint as a primer (Valspar trade matt emulsion, on bare and heavily-stained plaster in some cases).

It turned out fine with two topcoats and eco paints (the Auro in particular) tend to cover less well than "normal" paints so I'd have thought you'll be fine with two coats of something like Farrow & Ball.
swede
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7957 posts since 21/3/09

13 Aug 2019 12:35
rich my mrs is obsessed with F&B. the only issue we have had is when painting on MDF (new fitted wardrobe). the cheap MDF primer we used meant the 1st coat of F&B took almost a week to dry. subsequent layers were quick though and it came out very well. this was there eggshell stuff for interior wood, not walls. for walls we have always used shit primer and it has come out well

also it is worth noting that F&B colours are very hard to match by B&Q etc. we tried to get a cheapo version of studio green and it looked fucking terrible. way too light.

swede
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7957 posts since 21/3/09

13 Aug 2019 12:36
what colours are you using? will help determine the primer colour..
Rirawin
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9231 posts since 17/7/05

posted 13 Aug 2019 13:35, edited 13 Aug 2019 13:35
Looked at Auro and Earthborn too as we wanted to go "eco friendly", but settled on F&B due to the greater range of colours they had, and when it came to price there wasn't much between the three.

We're using F&B for the top coats for sure. Just thinking whether we can save a bit for the primer/undercoat.

Majority of colours we've chosen are light tones, apart from two that are mid tone. The F&B guy said we can get away with a MT primer for all of them. Though not sure why MT instead of W&LT.

Reading reviews on F&B of their primers they seem like a nightmare for application even for the pros, so may just end up with a tub of £20 white matt emulsion (similar to the one Andy posted!).
OnlyOneStop
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2822 posts since 3/8/08

13 Aug 2019 14:57
F&B paint is rubbish. Get your chosen colour mixed at a local paint centre. Get it mixed using Dulux Diamond Trade Matt and it's the same price and completely scrubable.

Always use Zinsser paint for primer/undercoat…no stains or wood knots come thru
sydneyking
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4535 posts since 26/9/09

13 Aug 2019 15:04
Not sure I’d agree they’re rubbish. Coverage can be hit and miss though depending on what surface you’re applying it to. Most surfaces will require at least 2 coats in my experience.

I’ve done all my rooms in F&B, I’ve used wevet, inchyra, calamine, all white, down pipe, oval room blue, light blue etc
OnlyOneStop
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2822 posts since 3/8/08

13 Aug 2019 16:12
Coverage is terrible and if you mark the wall good luck getting it off without taking some of the paint off too
OnlyOneStop
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2822 posts since 3/8/08

13 Aug 2019 16:13
For the money Little Greene does better paint imo
diederik
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3188 posts since 16/8/11

13 Aug 2019 16:28
Used F&B to paint some furniture, but wouldn't use it on walls unless it is a small surface - too expensive. Would use a primer though. Quality seems fine but not exceptional. They just have a nice color range, but just pick some RAL or NCS colors and have it mixed.
Rirawin
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9231 posts since 17/7/05

13 Aug 2019 16:28
Will be covering previously painted walls. Plan to use their modern emulsion for walls and ceilings, and estate eggshell for wordwork. From the samples (estate emulsion) that we applied on the wall, they seem to go on okay.

Sydneyking, you bother with their primers at all?
sydneyking
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4535 posts since 26/9/09

13 Aug 2019 18:50
I did on the woodwork but not on the walls. If I’m honest I don’t think it worked any better than simply applying another coat. Coverage is better on some colours than others. Light blue for example took 3 tins of 2.5l to do one room.
CArlW
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93 posts since 21/2/10

13 Aug 2019 19:01
If anyone’s interested I have an original robin day recliner that I had reupholstered last summer and never used that I’d sell cheap, just got back from holiday and need the money sadly

It’s missing the arms but wouldn’t cost that much to have some made, it’s got new fabric, webbing etc and looks like a new chair from twenty twenty one.

I have a few other robin days bits id let go cheap too if anyone’s after anything in particular
DuffMan
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14273 posts since 21/2/07

13 Aug 2019 19:40
OnlyOneStop wrote: For the money Little Greene does better paint imo

Agreed.

A good paint shop can make you up F&B colours nice and matte but less annoying to actually paint with (and less ridiculously expensive). Brewers did a good job on this for me across a few things.