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Our spotlight turns to Veere Grenney who, though from Auckland, New Zealand, is widely considered to be one the Britain’s leading designers. Grenney left Auckland in his twenties and set up a shop on Portobello Road, where he sold to iconic designers like Christopher Gibbs and Geoffrey Bennison in the 1970s. From there he apprenticed throughout the 1980s with Mary Fox Linton, who was at that time partnered with David Hicks. The unstoppable duo became mentors to Grenney. It was here that he developed his aesthetic of clear and serene palettes favoring pale lilacs, whispers of gray, and blushes of pink against a foil of mossy green or earthy brown. Next stop: Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler, where he took all of the modernism he had learned from Fox Linton and Hicks and rooted it in traditional British design.


In 1997, Grenney founded his own firm and continues to turn out interiors that are positively ethereal. His collection with Schumacher is an ideal tool for channeling Grenney’s inimitable style on this side of the pond.


Fabrics (top to bottom) “Belvedere” in temple pink, “Townline Road” in pink, and “Pavillion” in temple pink available at Schumacher.

“It is not about living grandly or modestly but about achieving harmony, comfort, proportion and a sense of beauty that is right for that person and that place.”



1–3 A beach house on the island of Mustique designed by Grenney with walls and ceilings finished in bamboo with bamboo furniture as well. The bathroom hardware features a blackened finish to help with tarnishing. 4 A small Palladian house in the English countryside which is Grenney’s weekend retreat. 5 A country house guest room with vintage Scandinavian furniture and walls covered in contemporary artwork. 6 Interior view from the drawing room of Grenney’s country house, looking down on the water of the reflecting pond with walls in blush pink and curtains in oyster silk taffeta.



ID Boston Vol. 9  

The magazine of Boston Design Center.