“colours are the mother tongue of the subconscious” Carl Gustav Jung
"Where did I learn to understand sculpture? in the woods by looking at the trees, along roads by observing the formation of clouds."
- Auguste Rodin
"Colour does not add a pleasant quality to design - it reinforces it." - Pierre Bonnard
At artenax we understand how enriching and uplifting it is to be surrounded by colour and originality. We are experienced in advising clients on how to enhance interior space through vibrant design and works of art, rather than just through the conventional route of paint and soft furnishings.
If you feel your home could benefit from an injection of colour without the cost of a radical makeover, you can change the mood quite simply by adding a beautiful piece of work. This has the advantage of being able to go with you if you move house, or in the case of the more valuable items, being handed down through the generations as investment pieces.
If you would like a more detailed consultation to include an interior design element, again we would be delighted to discuss with you what you are hoping to achieve, and which designs might suit your living style. When Nikki see's a room, she will immediately associate it with an architectural style, the look and feel of a period in history, and will interpret your brief by taking inspiration from art movements and the colour palettes of renowned artists. As a qualified garden designer, she also enjoys placing sculptural art in a natural setting.
Others in the Team include: Susie Puckett (shop) and Alison Summerfield (arts). We also work with professional interior designers and can help steer you in the right direction. St David's IT (website development, marketing and social media). Robert Stone (accountancy). Non-executive advisers include Peter Lewis (media), Philip Bird (finance), and Sarah Hatfield (PR).
To see our full range of products go to www.artenax.co.uk
With a background in design, and a long-standing interest in the Arts, Nikki Greenleaf, who paints herself, has a French and Fine Art degree (Exeter University) and a postgraduate diploma from the Inchbald School of Design, London. As well as advising private clients on introducing colour into their interiors, Nikki has worked with commercial architects Sheppard Robson; for Christie's in the Modern British department, and has run a series of marketing workshops for emerging designers.
We are all aware that the environment and different colours will affect our mood. Colour changes with the light, and with colours it sits alongside. Some colours recede and others advance. Nikki believes original designs need to be enhanced by how and where they are placed, according to scale, the space around them, texture – and above all, the judicious use of colour.
"It is not enough to place colours, however beautiful, one beside the other; colours must also react on one another. Otherwise, you have cacophony." - Henri Matisse
For something really unusual, this vibrant blue glass panel is a one-off, designed exclusively for artenax! The beautiful irises are hand painted on to silk and encapsulated in the glass. Simply stunning! Set off by white space, it will be admired by all as a work of art.
This is one of the most versatile and beautifully made footstools we have seen for a long time! Its shape allows it to be interlocked in a number of combinations. Use on its own as a footstool, arrange seven together in the shape of a leaf as a real statement piece.
If you enjoy texture, luxury and stripes you will want the full range of these fabulous hand woven cushions! Influenced by nature and beach finds they are quintessentially British and produced in a Suffolk mill. The colours are bold yet subtle.
Our first featured designer, Adam Slade has produced this vibrant shade, with matching cushion exclusively for artenax! For his first foray into colour, the colours are bold and intriguing. It sits well in a more traditional setting because of the strength and integrity of the design.
“I really do love your website, you’ve got some brilliant items on there and it’s so nice to connect an object to its maker – makes it much more personal – and VALUABLE” - James from Godalming
If you want to lift your spirits and add a splash of colour to your life, artenax is your answer. It has a fabulous selection of amazing and gorgeous things which I never see in the shops - they’re so original. Check it out! www.artenax.co.uk
Sarah, foreign language school, south west London
As an art teacher of 17 years I first met Nikki many years ago at Christie's when I was passionate about stained glass so naturally I’m very interested in colour. But I have never met anyone with such a strong innate sense of the use of colour as Nikki. Bold and daring she achieves spectacular results. She is a colour guru who puts her finger on it every time. She is an artist in every sense of the word and it’s no wonder the selection offered by artenax is so diverse and creative. Choose one of the wonderful things from this beautiful site www.artenax.co.uk and support our highly talented British artisans whilst opening up your own creativity at the same time. If you need help, just contact Nikki!
Jane, art teacher, north west London
I spent hours poring over interior magazines, but although I liked the idea of introducing a bold colour I lacked the confidence. I decided to contact Nikki, from artenax, as I knew she would be able to rescue my sitting room from blandness. Without hesitation she said you need to inject lime green and introduce a few cushions which are rich, and soft in texture. I’d never have thought of lime green! But the result’s amazing, it pulls everything together. Now we use this room the whole time – I just love it! such an affordable solution and a stunning result. Thank you Nikki, wish I’d gone to you first, but at least I’ll know where to come in future.
Annabelle, from Sevenoaks
I like everything calm and neutral and yet somehow I never quite get it right. I spoke to Nikki who said “you don’t have to go wild, imagine a landscape painting that is all tones of green but in spite of loving the subject matter you never look at it. It needs a splash of red to make it ‘sing’”. I hadn’t a clue what she meant and why red? she told me it’s the complementary colour to green. Puzzled I looked at my assortment of neutrals and still hadn’t a clue what to do. Nikki said the room faces north and you need to introduce some warmth – rich oranges and earthy browns. Orange! I took her advice but couldn’t find anything in orange I loved, or even in orange at all. I went back to Nikki in despair. She recommended some beautiful things from artenax including an amazing orange contemporary stool, and now I never need search high and low again as I know where to go: www.artenax.co.uk! It saves me hours of frustration and everything on this site is so beautiful.
Chloe, French teacher, West Malling
When buying from an artist/maker you are buying more than just an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration, and moment of joy. You are NOT “just” buying a thing, you are buying a piece of heart, part of a moment of someone’s life. Most importantly, you are buying the artist more time to create something they feel strongly about. Thank you.
Miranda Berrow, One of our ceramicists