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Simple is beautiful, and pared back is the way forward. This was our philosophy when compiling volume 12 of ELLE Decoration Country. As a result, we give you an uncomplicated edit of 15 glorious rural escapes, all brilliantly inspirational in their own unique way. There’s also an uplifting essay about a country hero who has created an entire career based around the concept of simplicity, plus 51 of the newest, most covetable products, each one chosen to bring a little bit of contemporary country style into your home. So dive into these pages and drink in the uninterrupted views, clear horizons and effortless interiors, all guaranteed to soothe your soul. I hope you love them as much as we do.

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19 COUNTRY HERO With its low-key lifestyle and a wealth of delicious ingredients, the Mallorcan countryside is a dream destination for chef Mikkel Karstad

27 CHAPTER 1 MODERN DESIGN A glass pavilion in the South African bush and a monolithic stone and concrete structure prove that country homes can be cutting edge

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77 CHAPTER 2 RU R AL RE TRE ATS The most elegant examples of simple living, from a restored farmhouse in Italy to a gentle renovation in the scenic Belgian countryside

11 5 CHAPTER 3 COASTAL HAVENS The wild beaches of El Salvador and the stunning Mallorcan coast provide the breathtaking backdrops for these holiday retreats

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17 7 CHAPTER 4 COUNTRY CL ASSICS Houses with a sense of history and elegance, from a Neoclassical villa in Italy to a sun-filled South African home


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COUNTRY HERO

THE FORAGING GOURMET Sourcing inspiration and ingredients straight from nature, Danish chef Mikkel Karstad treats the Mallorcan coast like his own picturesque larder Wo r d s CL AUDIA BAILLIE Photography ANDERS SCHØNNEM ANN/ LIVING INSIDE

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For Danish chef Mikkel Karstad, there’s something very special about summers in Mallorca. Not just the talcum powder beaches, the fragrant, pine-covered mountains and sweeping views over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, but also the abundance of flavourful, local ingredients, all ripe for the picking. As former gastronomic advisor to Claus Meyer, culinary entrepreneur and co-founder of iconic Danish restaurant NOMA, Mikkel played an influential role in the New Nordic Cuisine movement, which champions unpretentious, seasonal produce, and went on to inspire a whole new generation of chefs around the globe. It was a role he embraced wholeheartedly, thanks to childhood summers spent at his grandparents’ house on Funen, an idyllic island of the southern coast of Denmark, renowned for its glorious countryside. ‘My grandmother worked as a kogekone, or private cook, which meant she made dishes for local people when there was something to celebrate,’ he explains. ‘It was nothing fancy, just low-key food made with simple ingredients. My uncle would fish the Danish Straits and she used vegetables from her own garden, so it was a natural part of my childhood, helping with the harvesting and cooking. Seeing the sun magically coax tiny shoots from the ground has always inspired me, and the landscape and its changing seasons have played a huge part in my work.’ Mikkel now lives with his wife Camilla and their four children, Oscar, 18, Alma, 13, Konrad, 11, and Viggo, six, in Østerbro, a leafy district of Copenhagen, but the family regularly escape to their summerhouse in Tisvildeleje, a seaside town 45 minutes’ drive north of the city, as well as to Mallorca, where they’ve been coming for over a decade. ‘We love the energy of Copenhagen, but it’s a busy life,’ says Mikkel. ‘Here, the tempo slows down. We can talk, play, recharge our batteries. There’s something about the Mallorcan lifestyle; the evenings go on and on, and the warmth and people make for a special atmosphere.’ The family stay at a modest house borrowed from an artist friend, and days are spent swimming, hiking, diving and, of course, cooking. Menus include squid and octopus, as well as Padron peppers, which Mikkel sears with olive oil and sprinkles with salt. ‘We eat them directly from the pan,’ he says. ‘One in about every ten is really hot, so it’s a gamble who gets the spicy one.’ Then there are the almonds, which grow plentifully across the island. ‘They’re so fresh, full of milk, and unlike anything you buy in a store. I use them chopped with lemons and olive oil as a dressing for fish, or for making ice cream.’ It’s a refreshingly straightforward approach, and one that Mikkel continues to cultivate through his work as a food consultant, cookbook author and food stylist – as well as on the visual feast that is his blog, Weyoutheyate. The aim is always to inspire people to improve their cooking, and his advice is very simple: ‘Let ingredients and their flavours speak for themselves, and don’t overcomplicate things. Everything will taste amazing just as it is.’ weyoutheyate.com

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‘HERE THE TEMPO O F L I FE SLOWS DOWN AND WE CAN RECHARGE O U R B AT T ER I ES’


‘THE EVENINGS IN M A L LO RC A G O O N A N D ON, AND THE WA R MT H A N D P EO P L E MAKE FOR A SPECIAL ATM OS P H ER E’

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28 WINDOW ON THE WILD A pared-back glass pavilion in the stunning South African bush 40 L AW OF THE JUNGLE This sleek Balinese design blends effortlessly with its surroundings 52 UNDER MEXICAN SKIES Volcanic stone and concrete form this monolithic structure 64 THE VIEW FINDERS A modern renovation of a Swiss lakeside villa


WI N D OW ON H WI  D This minimalist glass pavilion is designed to help its owners absorb the striking stillness of the South African bush Wo r d s C L AU D I A B A I L L I E Photo g r a p h y G REG COX /BU RE AUX .CO. Z A / LIVING INSIDE P r o duct ion SV EN A L B ERD I N G, G I N A WA L D M A N


elebrations for New Year’s Eve 2011 were in full swing when Clif de Wit and his wife, Elsje, made the decision to build their dream home. Having spent a blissful vacation with Clif’s parents, who had retired to a farm in the South African bush, they knew it was the right thing to do. ‘We were visiting all the time, and we wanted the kids to be near their grandparents,’ explains Clif. Fewer than two weeks later, the hunt for a plot was on. The area that captured the couple’s imagination was the Cradle of Humankind, a fossil-rich region southwest of Johannesburg that stretches towards the Magaliesberg mountains. Spanning 47,000 hectares, the UNESCO world heritage site is where the earliest signs of human life were discovered. ‘We love how serene it is,’ says Clif, founder of a digital start-up. ‘You’re in the middle of nowhere, yet it’s still only a 50-minute drive from the city.’ The couple and their two children, Layla, eight, and Cayden, 11 – who all live in the suburb of Rivonia in Johannesburg during the week – enlisted the help of Clif’s brother, Lee, an accomplished architect. He suggested they build a glass pavilion, inspired by the work of mid-century architects such as Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe. ‘We wanted to embrace the landscape,’ says Clif of the minimalist, three-bedroom property. ‘When you’re inside, it feels as though there are no boundaries – it’s an amazing space.’ Inside, the décor is purposefully pared back, and the open-plan living area, with its sleek, black oak kitchen, is where the family spend a lot of their time, cooking and entertaining. Much of the furniture was designed and built by Elsje’s father. ‘The idea was to let the focus fall outside, rather than making a huge statement indoors,’ says Clif. ‘We also love the fact that the bedrooms aren’t connected to the living space. Instead, they’re tucked away down a boardwalk in the forest. It’s a very special place to be, especially in the morning light.’

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Weissenbaeck, were ready for a new adventure. The tranquillity of Bali had always been a draw, and it was here they decided to build a new home. Led to a pocket of land on a riverbank near Canggu by young Balinese architectural consultancy Word of Mouth, Emmanuelle and Johannes were immediately seduced by its beauty. ‘We felt it would be a gift for our son Jonas to grow up in a place like this,’ says Johannes. ‘Somewhere he could experience nature first-hand.’ When planning the build, high on their list of priorities was that the structure should feel modern, but at the same time remain respectful to the natural surroundings. ‘We wanted the house to appear as if it were growing out of the land,’ says Johannes of Villa Chameleon, which, like its camouflaged namesake, blends seamlessly into the Indonesian jungle. Covering 1,000 square metres, the hillside domain is housed in three grass-roof buildings, each arranged at diferent angles to make the most of the expansive views. Its strong architectural lines are softened by cut-out terraces, gardens, ponds and an infinity pool that blur boundaries between inside and out. Moving through the space, there is a sense of discovery as the house unfolds, revealing a minimal palette of materials, such as teak, concrete and marble, all chosen as they will age well in the humid climate. Inside, much of the furniture, including the brass kitchen bench and dining table, were designed by Johannes. ‘In Indonesia there is a saying: if you can draw it, they can make it,’ he says. As well as the bespoke pieces, this house also features vintage Scandinavian furniture and abstract Australian art. ‘Texture, warmth and authenticity are important to us,’ says Emmanuelle. ‘We have always preferred to keep things simple.’ villachameleon.com; wordofmouthbali.com


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ight was a pivotal principle in the build,’ says interior designer Martha Perez, explaining her home’s vast, full-height windows, all angled to make the most of the Mexican sun’s rays at diferent times of the day. ‘My favourite is the low morning sunshine, which streams in through the east terrace.’ Surprisingly only half an hour away r-face metropolis that is Mexico City, e weekend retreat that Martha shares am are easy to spot within the lush landscape around Tepoztlán – oicially designated a Pueblo Mágico (or magical village) by the Mexican tourist oice. The sycamore seed-shaped home is the work of local architectural studio Cadaval & Solà-Morales, and is split into three areas, with an oice/studio, laundry and playroom at one end and three bedrooms at the other. At the heart of the monumental property lies a vast open-plan space that encompasses the kitchen, living area and dining room, above which sits a mezzanine, accessed by angular, concrete stairs, where the couple like to meditate and read. A palette of grey runs throughout the interior, thanks to walls made of volcanic rock hewn from the surrounding mountains. Beautiful enough to leave raw, the stone supports a swooping cast-concrete roof and absorbs sound in what could have otherwise been an echo-filled space. But it’s not just this home’s building materials that are rooted in the country’s DNA – many of the furnishings are local, too. There’s 20th-century pieces by Mexican manufacturer Sillería La Malinche, lighting by Oaxaca-based company Studio Davidpompa and hand-embroidered cushions from rural Chiapas. ‘I wanted the house to combine both traditional craftsmanship and examples of modern Mexican design,’ says Martha. ‘My aim as a designer is always to create an atmosphere that reflects the house’s identity, and here everything says Mexican, but in a fresh language.’ ca-so.com


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Maggiore in Switzerland, the y blends effortlessly with its had been looking for a house in or a long time,’ remembers Jann. pportunity to buy a not-so-nice l location.’ Situated close to the village on the lake’s north shore, ng lush foliage overlooking the g vista beyond. Having fallen e enlisted local practice Wespi ansform the existing house into ping with the local vernacular. emoved, apart from the terraced villa’s stone walls. Within this eated a 140-square-metre home with a simple cubic form built from locally sourced stone and plaster.Aswellaslargerwindowsthatcleverly frame the surrounding views, the architects added small openings into the house’s exterior walls to bring even more light into the home’s more private spaces. Inside, textured surfaces, including traditional chalk-based plaster walls, flagstone flooring and natural oak details were paired with sleek panels of glass and raw steel elements to create a perfect juxtaposition of modern and rustic. Set over two floors, the living spaces include two bedrooms, a laundry room and a bathroom with a sauna on the lower floor, while the upper storey houses a main bedroom and bathroom. There is also an open-plan living room and kitchen area that makes the most of the spectacular scenery. Here, the connection to the exterior is enhanced by vast sliding doors as well as surfaces such as the kitchen worktop, which, thanks to the stepped nature of the build, is at the same level as the patio, and merges seamlessly with the outdoors. ‘I love that you can be in the living room or kitchen, but feel as if you are outside,’ says Jann of this light-filled space. ‘It’s open, but cosy at the same time.’ wdmra.ch


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78 FREE SPIRIT An elegantly restored farmhouse in picturesque northeastern Italy 90 THE SHEPHERD’S REST This traditional Puglian masseria is a minimal masterpiece 102 TRU E CO N N ECTI O N TO N AT U RE A sympathetic renovation in the scenic Belgian countryside


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he mountainous Marche region was the backdrop of my student days at the University of Urbino,’ reminisces Manuela Colombo. ‘Twenty years later, I came back here in search of a hideaway in the peaceful hills.’ When Manuela first saw this fourbedroom 1800s farmhouse, it was n ed ruin (albeit one built with beautiful lo ver, its idyllic location – overlooking p tate National Reserve in northeastern It described as the country’s Grand Canyon – was impossible to ignore. Manuela – who runs her own design studio, Otto Design, and is art director of textile brand Society Limonta – spent two years restoring the house, which she shares with her film director husband, Paolo, and their nine-year-old daughter, Nina. For most of the year, the family lives in Milan, but like many Italians, they decamp each summer to the countryside. ‘At work, I am bombarded by images, so this is where I let my thoughts wander free,’ explains Manuela. ‘I wanted the house to be simple, clean and warm, with plenty of empty space. We decorated with natural materials, such as grey lime plaster, iron and oak.’ As much as possible was salvaged from the old building and reused, including masonry, lintels and ceiling beams. New features, such as the concrete staircase, have an aged feel. Linens, wool blankets and rugs in understated colours, all from Society Limonta, add an element of luxury. Time here is spent cooking, swimming or exploring the hillsides. ‘You might see an eagle or a fox, and at every sunset, the cicadas perform a concert,’ says Manuela. ‘We also keep bees in one of the meadows – because of all the wild fennel that grows here, their honey has a delicious anise-like taste.’ The most memorable thing about this holiday home, though, is that it’s a family afair. Manuela worked with her sister Giovanna, a partner at architecture firm AL14, on the layout, while her artisan father made much of the furniture. Lights and ornaments came from Manuela’s grandmother, and the house is named Casa Nina, after her daughter. ‘Everybody contributed,’ says Manuela. ‘We built this house for our future, but it also tells the story of our past.’ ottodesign.it; al14.it


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meet and spend time together,’ adds Gianmattia. Restoring the original façade and floors was a long, laborious process – ‘We had to scan the entire region to find reusable bricks and stones. It was also diicult to locate skilled stone-setting artisans, since only a few are left,’ explains Kristine. While filled with warm Mediterranean light, the house is decorated sparingly. The furniture – which sits, gallery-like, around the edges of the cavernous rooms – is an assortment of design classics, including an enviable collection of chairs from the likes of Vitra and Knoll. The elegant vases, jugs and urns decorating the house are from the local area, which is famed across the country for its pottery. One nod to modernity, however, is the industrial steel kitchen, juxtaposed against the wealth of natural materials. Tucked carefully beneath the stone arches, it was brought in to facilitate the family’s love of hosting dinner parties. ‘I like to integrate modern design, but to me, it is important that the interior harmonises with the architecture,’ says Kristine. ‘I’m careful to strike the right balance, because the space is so beautiful.’


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11 6 SUN TRAP Palm thatch and open-plan living by a wild El Salvador beach 12 8 ABOVE SEA LEVEL A home steeped in history on the stunning Mallorcan coast 14 0 EDGE OF THE BLUE Spacious terraces and sweeping views at this Mykonian villa 152 IN THE OPEN AIR An unspoiled spot in Mozambique is the setting for this home 16 4 CHASE TH E H O RIZO N Nature’s palette of breathtaking blues inspired this Italian interior


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f you were lucky enough to be able to build a holiday retreat on the edge of a sandy beach in El Salvador, what kind of home would it be? For Maru Molina, the choice was obvious. The weather in Sonsonate, a rural paradise 45 minutes from the nearest town, is perfect all year round and there are no neighbours close by. So she chose to make the house completely open to the elements. ychologist, and her banker husband, Rodrigo ted their retreat in collaboration with architect o Paredes, founder of San Salvador practice gato, and interior designers Claudia and Harry Washington. ‘I loved their playful approach,’ says Maru. ‘We wanted a functional, light and airy design that would be easy to maintain.’ The architecture is inspired by traditional beach shacks, recreated on a grand scale with a huge central living space sheltered by a canopy of palm-leaf and eucalyptus branches. An indoor garden beneath an open skylight further heightens the sense of being at one with the landscape. Maru and Rodrigo spend most weekends at the house (which they named Casa Azul, or ‘Blue House’) with their children Matteo, 11, and Luna, nine. Life revolves around the pool and the open-plan kitchen/living room. The interior is filled with choice pieces from The Carrot Concept, the store the Washingtons co-founded with Cincopatasalgato to champion emerging local design talent. Flashes of bright yellow throughout, from the cooker hood to the outdoor shower, echo the golden plumage of the chiltota, a native bird. This sunny yellow is almost the only decorative touch in evidence, apart from the stained-pine doors that close of the kitchen and four bedrooms. ‘I asked Claudia and Harry to turn the doors into an art piece,’ explains Maru. Their striped pattern is inspired by the life cycle of palm fronds, which turn from green to yellow, orange and brown. The influence of nature is never far away at Casa Azul. cincopatasalgato.com; chwashington.com; thecarrotconcept.com


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Tramuntana mountains on the other , this early-20th century property near Deià in northwest Mallorca is steeped in history. The building was once part of a Cistercian monastery, founded in 1239, and it was this history, along with the remarkable views, that attracted the interest of its new Scandinavian owners. The family, who had been visiting Mallorca for many years before buying this holiday home in 2015, wanted to recover the house’s magic. To do this, they enlisted the help of Oro del Negro and Manuel Villanueva from local architecture firm MoreDesign. ‘The brief was to bring more light into the space and introduce crafted elements,’ says Manuel. ‘It was important that there were personal, bespoke touches, so that each member of the family felt that the home was theirs.’ The entrance to the house is through an original stone archway, now fitted with a pair of sleek glass doors framed in locally forged iron. Inside, the traditional colours of the Mediterranean – bright, white walls and pale woods – are perfectly suited to the owners’ minimalist Nordic style. A slender metal balustrade continues from the open-plan living area up to the third floor, where the main bedroom leads onto a spacious outdoor terrace. On the ground floor, two more bedrooms face onto an infinity pool, an al fresco kitchen and a separate casita or cottage – extra accommodation for when extended family come to visit. ‘Life in the Med calls for shady and secluded spaces to withdraw to and relax,’ says Oro, pointing out the stone arches, leafy pergolas and hidden poolside hammam that set this place apart. He describes the designing of a home as ‘like a romance’. And this is clearly a place that’s easy to fall in love with. moredesign.es


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aving enjoyed soaking up the sun at their holiday home in Mykonos for over a decade, asset manager Christina Paraskevopoulou and her husband George Papoutsis, who is a laboratory assistant at the University of Athens, knew the building pretty y and read for example, the best place ich areas to catch views of the calm ouring islands of Delos and Renia, or f the day. It was for this very reason that the couple decided it was time to give the traditional property a redesign. ‘We have lots of visitors when we’re on the island,’ says Christina, who lives and works in Athens. ‘In Greece, it’s common to spend the summer with friends and to welcome them into your home. We wanted to make the most of the space, so it was time for a rethink.’ Athens-based architecture practice Block722 was tasked with the renovation of the three-bedroom villa and its small guest house, which included creating generous new windows

to maximise the fantastic sea views, and adding patios and balconies to make it possible to step outside from every room. Tired wooden floors were replaced with simple grey cement, and rough plaster walls were smoothed then given a fresh coat of paint. In the kitchen, minimal bespoke cabinets designed by Block722 sit next to a custom-made oak dining table, which is teamed with classic ‘Wishbone’ chairs by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn and two oversized, freely handblown pendant lights by Czech brand Bomma. Swedish linens add texture throughout, as do bespoke carpets woven in Portugal, and basketweave poufs handmade in workshops located on the Greek mainland. Venture outside and there’s an impressive entertaining space, with a brand-new swimming pool flanked by separate areas for morning and evening dining. The terraces are perfectly angled for sunbathing or dozing in the shade, too. ‘What we love about the house is that it’s so relaxed, but it makes the most of all of the space both inside and out,’ says Christina. ‘Plus, it has an ambience that gives you a strong sense of belonging.’ block722.com


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‘ T H E F E E L I N G I S A S I F YO U A R E S L E E P I N G I N T H E O P E N A I R ’ Resting among the palm trees on Mozambique’s southeastern coastline, this breathtaking villa throws open its doors to views of the Indian Ocean

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With its simple timber structure and Japanese-style sliding doors, the home of Casper van der Merwe and his partner, Hein Schefer, brings a whole new meaning to the concept of open plan. Having spent years renting apartments with low ceilings and air conditioning, they yearned for something vast and airy. ‘During the day, the exterior doors are almost never shut,’ says Casper of their now holiday home. ‘We don’t even have ceiling fans, and the internal screens act as room dividers, so it’s an incredibly flexible space.’ Casper, an architect, and Hein, a voice trainer, had been running a guest house in nearby Praia do Tofo, in southeastern Mozambique, for eight years when they decided to seek respite from the busy tourist town. As luck would have it, they found the perfect site next to a lush mangrove forest, with views of the Indian Ocean. The area’s unspoiled dunes stretch for miles, so the aim was to build a property that would merge quietly into the landscape. ‘We didn’t want the house to interfere with its surroundings,’ says Casper. ‘It’s encircled by trees – coconut palms, mahogany and cashews – so we built the structure between them, then planted well over a hundred more.’ When the doors of the three-bedroom property are closed, a long, narrow window below the roofline brings light into the space. Inside, custom-made timber furniture and unfussy materials, such as concrete, rattan and leather, sit comfortably with the pared-back aesthetic. Much time is spent in the kitchen with friends, and the bedroom is also a favourite spot. ‘It’s spacious, with a great view,’ says Casper. ‘The feeling is as if you’re sleeping in the open air.’ The couple, along with their children, Junior, ten, Jake, nine, Riley and Anastasios, both six, and their two basset hounds, now live in Paarl in the Western Cape, but come back to the villa to unwind. ‘The hard part,’ says Casper, ‘is knowing we have to leave.’


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ife on the idyllic Aeolian Islands of Sicily’s northeastern coast is a blend of blues. There’s the cobalt sea, still and warm, the teal skies painted with faint ocean mist, and the coat of cerulean that decorates all of the door frames of the sparkling white hilltop houses, whose infinity pools stretch along the clif edges. This uncomplicated palette is inextricably linked with thoughts of long, lazy afternoons peppered with swims and siestas. It is also what attracted actor and producer Luca Barbareschi and his wife Elena, an interior designer, who travel from Rome to the tiny island of Filicudi to spend weekends and holidays. It’s a magical place, made more alluring, says Elena, by how long it takes to reach. ‘During the journey, we slowly detach ourselves not only from the mainland, but also from things that bind us in everyday life. Rhythms change and you rediscover smells, tastes and rituals,’ she says. ‘Nature is so powerful here that its colours pervade every room in the house.’ Through a traditional Aeolian garden full of vines and cacti sits the eight-bedroom retreat, with the

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17 8 LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE A colour-rich cottage in upstate New York 19 0 DIVINE PROPORTION Neoclassical architecture in magnificent, tree-lined gardens 200 PA I N T ED BY L I G H T Sunlight bathes the interior of this 18th-century South African home


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his little gem of a house sits in a quiet corner of upstate New York. Christened Maison Mignon (French for cute) ‘because it’s a little house with grand style’, it looks like any number of dwellings from the early 18th century when viewed from the outside, but step through the door and the interior is bursting with jewel hues, from the paint colours through to the floral arrangements. The latter are unsurprising when you discover that its owner is gner Kimberly Von Koontz, who traded in her Italian to work with all things botanical in her native USA. Kimberly was drawn to this area upon the advice of some Italian friends, and found the property in 2012 after a short but productive internet search. Although she originally bought it as a weekend bolthole, she spends as much time here with her one-year-old son, Romeo Augustus, as she can when she’s not needed at her oice in New York City or travelling to see clients. Rather than reconfiguring the property, she left the rooms as they were. ‘There is a quirky correctness to the layout,’ Kimberly explains. ‘The way it unfolds makes the space feel a lot bigger than it is.’ The structure was in pretty good order, too, with original wood panelling, generous floorboards and kitchen cupboards all still in situ. In fact, Kimberly only needed to add colour. ‘I chose these particular shades because they’re combinations you could find in European houses of the same period,’ she says. Then it was a case of furnishing the space. Her minimalist edit is a judicious selection of antiques, Pop Art-influenced vintage finds and contemporary pieces. ‘I have never purchased anything that I didn’t intend on keeping forever,’ she says. ‘By the time I arrived here, I had an inventory of items that worked perfectly, as they are all pieces I love.’ Although, for Kimberly, it’s less about the property’s look than about its character: ‘It cradles you in winter and is a refuge from the heat of the summer,’ she says. ‘The people who built it understood how a home could shelter you in all seasons.’ vonkoontz.com

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constructed in 1486, the colombarone still exists today, as do the canal and watermills designed by Leonardo da Vinci for its grounds. Villa La Sforzesca itself was built in the 19th century on top of the foundations of the old lodge, and beyond its Neoclassical façade, the interior is an ode to the beauty of both eras. The wallcovering in the dining room, a remake of a work by Da Vinci, is Rosa’s favourite decorative touch: ‘It’s old, but it feels contemporary with the big trees. It makes you feel as though you’re eating in a garden,’ she says. In fact, the garden is where Rosa most enjoys spending her time. Covering eight hectares, this verdant stretch is dotted with hornbeam, Japanese magnolia and liriodendron, and has an avenue lined with towering sequoia. There is even an original stone-walled greenhouse. Throughout the villa’s many rooms, the furnishings are all authentic 19th-century pieces, each one carefully conserved by the Castelbarco family. Elegant armchairs covered in damask fabrics sit beside vast original fireplaces, and vintage chandeliers hang below hand-painted ceilings. Heraldry and botanical motifs decorate the walls, as do full coats of armour, but this is no museum. Rosa recently celebrated her birthday here, and welcoming guests were Ludovico and Beatrice, the original owners, whose faces are immortalised as bas-reliefs in the hallway. They may no longer be here in person, but centuries later, the villa is still a place for celebration. rosacastelbarco.com

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ith its thick, whitewashed walls, pitched reed-thatch roof, rounded gables and pleasing symmetry, Babylonstoren is one of the finest remaining examples of Cape Dutch-style architecture in South Africa’s picturesque winelands. Originally built in 1777 – although the farm itself dates back to 1692 – the house is now part of a hotel owned by Karen Roos, former editor of ELLE Decoration South Africa, and her husband, Koos Bekker, chairman of multinational internet and media group Naspers. Dividing their time between properties in Cape Town and Somerset in the UK, this home, which sits within eight acres of gardens in the idyllic Franschhoek Valley, is where the couple head to escape busy city life. ‘It was the quality of the light,’ says Karen, when asked what first drew her to the traditional H-shaped building. ‘The layout allows the sun in from all sides, which makes it feel like a Vermeer painting.’ Another pull was that the manor house, although occupied for 240 years, had never been modernised, and some gentle restoration work was all that was needed to return it to its original splendour. Worn flagstones were lovingly polished to a high shine, and windows, beams and floorboards were reconditioned. In the sitting room, no fewer than 23 layers of paint were removed to reveal ochre walls edged with teal, cream and brown, which were carefully matched and then repainted. ‘The palette downplays the heaviness of the dark built-in cabinets, which just melt into the original colours,’ says Karen. Meanwhile, the kitchen is home to a huge refectory table, where the family often convene – apart from during the summer months, when meals are enjoyed in the vine-covered courtyard. Despite the attention to original detail, this home has modern touches, too. There are the cream sofas by Philippe Starck for Driade, luxurious leather armchairs by Antonio Citterio for Flexform and a classic Artemide floor lamp that create a sophisticated contrast with their historic setting. ‘We wanted to preserve the centuries of patina,’ remarks Karen, ‘it was a big challenge, but we wanted to turn the house into a space that works right now.’ babylonstoren.com

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1 ACACIA SALAD SERVERS, D E C O R AT O R ’ S N O T E B O O K These simple salad servers are hand-carved from solid acacia wood, which has a rich colour and beautiful grain. White-painted handles bring the design up to date.

2 ‘ARIZONA II’ BY RUG BY GUR, A NEW TRIBE Portugal-based company Rug by GUR collaborates with a variety of artists to create a range of colourful rugs and wallhangings, woven on hand looms.

3 ‘ T O U C H ’ L A M P, TA L A This elegant, cylindrical oak and brass lamp and environmentally friendly LED bulb are by young British lighting company Tala, which pledges to plant ten new trees for every 200 products it sells.

£26.50, decoratorsnotebook.co.uk

£125, anewtribe.co.uk

Lamp, £120; bulb, £39, talaled.com


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4 LINEN CUSHIONS BY AIMEE BETTS, THE NEW CRAFTSMEN These made-to-order, hand-dyed linen cushions are available in a range of sizes and shapes, and with a choice of unusual decorative trims.

7 CARAFE WITH R AT TA N C O V E R , THE CONRAN SHOP Not just a place for design classics, The Conran Shop is great for everyday items too. With its woven cover, this carafe has a summery vibe and is ideal for water, juice or – of course – wine.

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From £190 each, thenewcraftsmen.com

£42, conranshop.co.uk

5 ‘CLARABELLE’ BASIN, THE LONDON BASIN C O M PA N Y Founded by Anna Callis and her daughter Nathalie, The London Basin Company produce designs inspired by their favourite places around the globe.

8 ‘HAMMERSHOI’ VA S E B Y K Ä H L E R , ARAM STORE Danish designer Svend Hammershøi is best remembered for his striking ridged vessels. This vase, designed by Hans-Christian Bauer for Kähler, takes inspiration from those original pieces.

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£850, londonbasin company.com

£75, aram.co.uk

9 ‘ R E S T ’ S O FA B Y M U U T O , H E A L’ S Created by Norwegian design duo Anderssen & Voll, the ‘Rest’ sofa is a future Scandi classic. Available in both two- and three-seater versions, the plump design comes in a choice of Kvadrat fabrics.

6 ‘ B E O P L AY A 9 ’ , BANG & OLUFSEN Designed and crafted like a piece of fine furniture, the ‘BeoPlay A9’ wireless speaker can be wallmounted or floorstanding. Choose from a selection of smart fabrics and oak, maple or walnut legs. 8

PICTURE: JEPPE SØRENSEN, GARTH HACKER

£1,999, beoshop.co.uk

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From £3,621, heals.com


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10 ‘BOHÊME‘ P L AT T E R , L’ O B J E T No two pieces of the handpainted ‘Bohême’ range by L’Objet are exactly alike. Made from durable porcelain, this beautiful platter can be used as both a decorative object and a functional serving dish.

1 3 G L A S S VA S E , H&M With its gently dimpled finish, this amber-hued glass vase is an inexpensive homeware hit from a high-street favourite that also ofers washed linen bedding, textural baskets and colourful glassware.

£150, uk.l-objet.com

£24.99, hm.com

11 POM POM Q U I L T, T O A S T Made in India in collaboration with a fair trade organisation that supports local people in business, this exceptionally soft cotton quilt is delicately handstitched and fringed with playful indigo tassels.

1 4 ‘ TA N C H I ‘ CUSHION, A RUM FELLOW This London-based studio works with a weaving cooperative in Guatemala to make authentic ikat fabric. Using traditional methods, yarns are bound by hand, then dyed to create the pattern.

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£115, arumfellow.com

£345, toa.st/uk

14 12 ‘BEAK’ CHAIR BY CARL HANSEN & SØN, SKANDIUM The ‘OW124’ chair, otherwise known as the ‘Beak’ chair, earned its nickname thanks to its slender, upturned armrests. Designed by Ole Wanscher, the silhouette sits well in any setting.

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£200, habitat.co.uk

£2,214, skandium.com

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1 5 ‘ S TA M F R E Y ’ R U G , H A B I TAT Part of an extensive SS18 range by trend-led brand Habitat, this ombre rug is hand-woven from recycled cotton. Its striking design and generous size make it an ideal foundation piece for any living space.


PICTURE: CHRIS TERRY

1 6 P R O V E N C E C H I N AWA R E BOWL, INDIGENOUS This Provence chinaware is handmade in the south of France from locally sourced clay. Glazes coloured with natural oxides give it an earthy, Mediterranean look.

17 BOXWOOD KNIVES, FREIGHT Available in three diferent sizes, these traditional Spanish boxwood knives have a long-lasting steel blade sharpened by hand using a technique developed in 1917.

1 8 ‘ T E R R A C O T TA ‘ T E A P O T, SUE PRYKE Individually handmade in England using slipcast terracotta, this teapot is finished with a white tin glaze inside, a steam-bent oak handle and a neat turned-oak knob.

From £16.80, indigenous.co.uk

From £14 each, freightstore.co.uk

£95, suepryke.com

1 9 ‘ C A R AVA N ’ D R E S S E R B Y KALON, BEBEMODA Perfect for a child’s room, this classic dresser is constructed using solid maple and finished with a natural wax to highlight the luminous beauty of the raw wood.

20 LINEN TOWELS, ONCE MILANO Handmade from highly absorbent and super-soft Italian linen, these elegant towels come as a set of two, and are available with both short and long tassels.

21 ‘IN BETWEEN‘ BAR STOOL, &TRADITION Combining traditional wood craftsmanship with compression moulding, this design by Sami Kallio is ingrained with Nordic soul. The range includes chairs and tables, too.

£1,290, bebemoda.co.uk

From £42, oncemilano.com

From £438, andtradition.com


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2 2 M O R TA R A N D P E S T L E B Y T H E À G A C O N C E P T, WA L L PA P E R S T O R E Nigerian brand Àga Concept ofers useful pieces with a simple aesthetic, such as this attractive pestle and mortar set.

23 ‘WILLOW CHAIR’, THE NEW CRAFTSMEN Crafted from woven willow and ash, the ‘Willow Chair’ is a collaboration between basket maker Annemarie O’Sullivan and furniture maker Gareth Neal.

2 4 P I C N I C B A S K E T, H AY Practical, colourful and fun, this picnic basket by Danish brand Hay is woven from super-strong bast fibres taken from the inner bark of trees, making it the ideal way to transport your al fresco lunch in style.

£41, store.wallpaper.com

£1,575, thenewcraftsmen.com

£39, hay.dk


25 28 25 ’EDEN’ CUSHION, ANTHROPOLOGIE Founded in 1992 in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Anthropologie has since become renowned for its global-inspired textiles. This cotton ‘Eden’ cushion features tactile tassels and linear stitching.

2 8 ‘ R E T R E AT ’ J U G , MARKS & SPENCER The ‘Retreat’ range by British high-street stalwart Marks & Spencer comprises a range of generous stoneware bowls and serving platters, as well as this practical and handsome ceramic jug.

£78, anthropologie.com

£25, marksandspencer.com

26 ‘ELAN’ ARMOIRE, PINCH First launched at Milan Design Week 2018, the brand new ‘Elan’ armoire by Pinch uses a modern take on classic marquetry techniques to combine three harmonious birch veneers in a gentle, undulating pattern.

29 AMBER GLASS B Y PA R I S E V E T R O , MAISON NUMEN Blown in borosilicate glass by Italian glassblowing masters Parisevetro, this delicate amber beaker is one of a set that also includes a Champagne flute and wine tumbler.

£8,450, pinchdesign.com

£325 for a set of three, maisonnumen.com

27 ‘CIRQUE’ P L AT T E R B Y OTHER KINGDOM, WA L L PA P E R S T O R E Carved from solid spring rose marble, the simplicity of this platter by Other Kingdom allows the complex pattern and natural colours found in the stone to really shine.

3 0 ‘ D AY B E D TWO’, ANOTHER COUNTRY London-based furniture brand Another Country produce smart, functional pieces. This pale ash daybed features slender brass legs and a mattress upholstered in the finest Belgian linen.

£125, store.wallpaper.com

PICTURE: PALLON DARUWALA

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£3,055, anothercountry.com

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31 SUNBURST MIRROR, RAJ TENT CLUB Baroque, mid-century or ultra-modern, sunburst mirrors have been brightening up interiors for decades. This 1960s design is woven from cane in the classic radial style.

34 ARTISAN MUG, CARO Multiple layers of coloured glaze in warm, natural shades, and subtle ridges left on the surface of the clay as a gentle reminder of the potter’s craft, give each of these mugs a unique character and timeless appeal.

£150, rajtentclub.com

£21, carosomerset.com

32 HAMMAM TOWELS, URBANARA More lightweight than standard bath sheets, these Hammam towels are handwoven in Turkey from long-staple cotton, making them soft, fastdrying and ideal for use at home or on the beach.

35 ‘ANGLED’ MANGO SIDE TA B L E , F R E N C H CONNECTION Crafted from reclaimed mango wood, this sturdy table can be used in the living room, by the bed or even as casual seating. Group several together for maximum impact.

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£105, frenchconnection.com

From £19, urbanara.co.uk

33 RAJASTHANI Q U I L T, L I B E R T Y Bring pattern and colour into your bedroom with this Rajasthani quilt. Made using the region’s traditional crafting techniques, its clever layered structure will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.

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£425, skandium.com

£150, libertylondon.com

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3 7 S T O N E WA R E C O L A N D E R , MADE + GOOD Thrown on a wheel using buf stoneware, this colander has hand-drilled holes and a soft matt glaze. Ideal for draining pasta, or gently rinsing salads and berries.

3 8 ‘ H AV ’ S C E N T D I F F U S E R B Y S K A N D I N AV I S K , H U S & H E M Infused with notes reminiscent of ocean froth, driftwood and seaside flora, the Skandinavisk ‘Hav’ difuser will bring the scent of Nordic coastlines into your home.

3 9 F R A M E D ‘ D O M I N O ’ PA P E R BY ANTOINETTE POISSON, THE GARNERED Block-printed by hand in Paris using original techniques, this paper takes its cue from traditional 18th-century designs.

£32, madeandgood.com

£39, husandhem.co.uk

£115, thegarnered.com

4 O ‘ T R E V I S O ’ P E N D A N T, SWOON EDITIONS This tall, pleated pendant has a solid pine fitting to hold the bulb, and is suspended from a woven fabric cable. The hand-blown amber glass casts a warming glow.

4 1 L I N E N P L A C E M AT S , S O C I E T Y L I M O N TA Society Limonta stock a range of colourful placemats, including these fringed, printed and crumpled linen designs, all perfect additions to a casual summer table.

4 2 B U T T E R D I S H , F E L D S PA R Made in Stoke-on-Trent from crisp white fine bone china, this simple butter dish comes with either a cobalt blue or a 22-carat gold-painted handle to add a touch of luxury to your breakfast routine.

£119, swooneditions.com

£45 each, societylimonta.com

From £60, feldspar.studio


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4 3 J A PA N E S E C O F F E E P O T, L A B O U R A N D WA I T East London-based company Labour and Wait ofers timeless, functional products for daily life. This mustard enamel cofee pot will cheer up any breakfast table.

4 4 ‘ AT L A S ’ T I L E S B Y N E I S H A CROSLAND, FIRED EARTH The hand-finished ‘Atlas’ collection by British designer Neisha Crosland includes these ‘Star Anise Buttercup’ tiles, which are suitable for both walls and floors.

4 5 ‘ W H AT A C O R K E R ‘ MIRROR, DANIEL SCHOFIELD Created by the award-winning British designer, this mirror uses sustainable and recyclable cork. Hang the simple teardrop design on the wooden peg provided.

£55, labourandwait.co.uk

£24.95 each, firedearth.com

From £150, danielschofield.co.uk


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46 SCISSORS BY HOUSE DOCTOR, S C A N D I N AV I A N DESIGN CENTER With shapely leatherbound handles and polished brass blades, these elegant scissors will make daily tasks that little bit more pleasurable.

4 9 ‘ F I L I G R A N A’ P E N D A N T L I G H T, E S TA B L I S H E D & SONS Each light in the new ‘Filigrana’ range by the brand’s design director Sebastian Wrong is mouth-blown using the finest Murano glass.

£11, scandinavian designcenter.com

£375, established andsons.com

47 ‘OSLO’ BLUETOOTH S P E A K E R B Y V I FA , SKANDIUM A pared-back Nordic design, a Kvadrat fabric cover plus an impressive, large-scale sound make this compact, portable speaker an essential for indoors and out.

5 0 ‘ A J ’ TA B L E LAMP BY LOUIS POULSEN, ARAM STORE A contemporary classic by one of Denmark’s most renowned designers, the ‘AJ’ lamp by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen celebrated its 60th anniversary last year.

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£399, skandium.com

£635, aram.co.uk

48 ‘MELANGE’ B AT H R O O M R U G , FERM LIVING Available in a range of colour combinations – including blue and rose, grey and mustard and black and cream – this handwoven tasseled mat adds warmth to bathroom floors.

51 ‘OCHRE’ CANDLE, EDIT58 Former advertising director Lisa Mehydene launched edit58 as a platform to share the baskets, rugs, textiles and accessories she finds on her travels. This wild fig scented candle is an afordable treat.

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£30, edit58.com

£34, fermliving.com

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226 DIRECTORY The best shops, manufacturers and specialist suppliers 234 SOURCEBOOK Where to buy key pieces from these stunning country homes


D I RECTO RY Achieve a contemporary country feel at home with our round-up of the best brands, shops and specialist suppliers

BAT H RO OMS AGAPE This forward-thinking Italian manufacturer collaborates with some of the world’s most renowned product designers. The 2008 ‘Vieques’ bathtub by Patricia Urquiola is already a modern design classic. agapedesign.it

C AT C H P O L E & R Y E High-quality, British-made sanitaryware, brassware and towel rails, including cast-iron bathtubs poured using age-old techniques. Emblems, logos and coats of arms can be cast into baths and cisterns. catchpoleandrye.com

CP HART Established in 1937, CP Hart has 14 showrooms around the country displaying collections by some of the world’s most talented and innovative bathroom designers, as well as its own comprehensive range.

LEFROY BROOKS Classic British bathrooms that reference historical designs. The brand stocks brassware, sanitaryware, baths and marble consoles. Taps are hand-cast, hand-forged, handpolished and hand-assembled.

AND SO TO BED A vast range of traditional and modern beds, plus quality mattresses, elegant furniture and luxury bedding.

SIMON HORN Romantic beds are at the heart of the Simon Horn brand. Based on antiques, which are generously re-sized for modern living, they are made using the same craft skills and materials as the originals.

uk.lefroybrooks.com

andsotobed.co.uk

simonhorn.com

PORTER Using stone, wood, metal and a craft-led design process, Porter creates timeless pieces that are hewn, hammered, planed and polished, and that celebrate the beauty and strength of natural materials.

F E AT H E R & B L A C K As well as of-the-shelf options, the ‘Build a Bed’ service allows you to mix and match bed size, base, headboard style and a wide range of fabric options.

S O C I E T Y L I M O N TA This Italian company produces beautifully tactile plain and patterned bedlinen collections in seasonal colour palettes, which are great for mixing and matching.

porterbathroom.com

HÄSTENS This Swedish specialist has been handcrafting beds since 1852. Each product is crafted from ethically sourced natural materials, including pure flax, wool, hypoallergenic horsehair and cotton.

YVES DELORME The finest luxury home linens from France, including printed, embroidered, damask and plain bedding, as well as super-soft duvets, pillows, towels and robes.

hastens.com

yvesdelorme.com

RIPPLES This family-owned business opened its first showroom in Bath 30 years ago. Since then, the award-winning bathroom supplier and design studio has opened a further 13 outlets across the country. ripplesbathrooms.com

DRUMMONDS Drummonds manufactures an exclusive range of freestanding baths, showers and luxury brassware, including designs by Christopher Jenner and Martin Brudnizki.

S A L VAT O R I Salvatori stocks a wide range of high-end stones in a wealth of textural finishes, as well as stone basins, baths and shower trays. Armani, Bergdorf Goodman and Louis Vuitton are among this brand’s list of prestigious clients.

drummonds-uk.com

salvatori.it

FIRED EARTH Best known for its wide range of glazed and decorative tiles, this British company also ofers a good selection of paint, wallpaper, kitchen designs and even handmade rugs. firedearth.com

cphart.co.uk

BEDS AND BEDDING

featherandblack.com

societylimonta.com

MAGNIFLEX Magniflex is an Italian company with almost 60 years’ experience. It ofers high-quality mattresses in a whole host of materials, including super-soft fibre and ‘Memoform’, which reacts to the body’s weight. magniflex.com/uk

FA B R I C S , PA I N T S A N D W A L L PA P E R S ARTE This Belgian company’s in-house team create ranges of sophisticated wallcoverings, all made using environmentallyfriendly processes. arte-international.com

S A M U E L H E AT H A quintessentially English company that ofers highquality taps, showers, accessories and architectural hardware in both classic and contemporary styles.

S AV O I R B E D S Savoir Beds made its first bespoke bed for London’s Savoy Hotel in 1905. Slept in by the likes of Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe, the designs have since become legendary for their cloud-like softness.

samuel-heath.co.uk

savoirbeds.co.uk

clarke-clarke.co.uk

CLARKE & CLARKE Founded by husband-and-wife team Lee and Emma Clarke, this British fabric and wallcoverings house sells statement designs, pretty prints and useful plains.


COLE & SON Cole & Son has been making fine printed wallpapers since 1875. The range of more than 1,500 block-printed designs includes both archive patterns and modern styles, while the latest collection by Martyn Lawrence Bullard (right) celebrates the most exquisite craftsmanship from around the world.

OSBORNE & LITTLE Established in the 1960s on London’s King’s Road, Osborne & Little has a collection that spans fabrics, wallpapers and trimmings. It includes ranges creates in partnership with designers such as Matthew Williamson and Nina Campbell.

cole-and-son.com

PA I N T & PA P E R L I B R A R Y This brand’s 180 shades include ‘Architectural Colours’, a range designed to bring depth to neutral schemes, and ‘Original Colours’, which is inspired by historical and contemporary interiors.

osborneandlittle.com

C O L E FA X AND FOWLER Admired globally for its classic elegance, this London-based fabric and wallpaper company was one of the first to champion the English country style of the 1930s and 40s.

paintandpaperlibrary.com

colefax.com

DEDAR Dedar is a family-run fabric company that brings together cutting-edge design with today’s most talented fibre technologists and textile specialists. The Italian brand also produces a luxurious collection with French luxury fashion house Hermès. dedar.com

DE LE CUONA Artisan techniques underpin each new fabric in this brand’s collection. The company has led the way with stonewashed and embossed linens, as well as its signature wool and cotton paisleys, which are recognised worldwide. delecuona.com

DESIGNERS GUILD Trisha Guild’s international lifestyle company ofers an extensive range of interior furnishings, including quality fabrics, printed and plain wallpapers, stylish accessories and more than 100 mixed-toorder paint colours. designersguild.com

‘Bahia’ wallpaper by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Cole & Son

FA R R O W & B A L L Founded in 1946 by chemist John Farrow and engineer Richard Ball, this British brand produces 132 iconic shades inspired by historic colour palettes, as well as handcrafted wallpapers based on its original design archives. farrow-ball.com

GP & J BAKER This heritage company has held the Royal Warrant since 1982. Its related brands include Threads, Baker Lifestyle, Kravet, Lee Jofa and Mulberry Home.

LITTLE GREENE Little Greene is committed to the socially and environmentally responsible production of high-quality paints and wallpapers. All of its paints have over 40 per cent more pigment in them than that of any other brand, and therefore have an exceptional depth of colour. littlegreene.com

ROMO The Nottingham-based, fifthgeneration family-run fabric and wallpaper company encompasses a large portfolio of outstanding brands, including Villa Nova, Black Edition, Kirkby Design, Zinc and Mark Alexander. romo.com

SANDERSON Dating back to 1860s Islington, where Arthur Sanderson first began importing French wallpapers, this is one of England’s oldest soft furnishing brands. Designs combine classic, hand-drawn patterns with vibrant colours that are elegant and easy to live with. stylelibrary.com/sanderson

KAI Kai and its sister brand, Ashley Wilde, ofer a collection of sophisticated soft furnishings created by in-house designers.

MYLANDS Established in 1884, Mylands is Britain’s oldest family-run paint manufacturer and the last remaining paint producer to be based in the capital. The company, which received the Royal Warrant in 1985, creates beautiful, durable paints in a Londoninspired colour palette.

Z O F FA N Y Zofany is the proud custodian of a remarkable archive, including fabrics and wallcoverings that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The international fabric and wallpaper house also ofers its own range of paints, furniture, rugs and lighting.

kaifabrics.com

mylands.com

stylelibrary.com/zoffany

gpjbaker.com

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FURNITURE ANOTHER COUNTRY Taking its cue from British, Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork, this company’s pieces are made from sustainably harvested timbers, using both craft techniques and modern technology.

CHARNWOOD Classic and contemporary stoves are the focus of this British, family-run firm. Designs incorporate ‘cleanburn’ and ‘air-wash’ technology to achieve optimum eiciency.

anothercountry.com

charnwood.com

ANTHROPOLOGIE Global-inspired furniture, including a collaboration with much-loved London department store Liberty.

CHESNEYS Beautiful original and replica antique fireplaces, modern architectural surrounds and a good selection of screens, fire baskets and tool sets.

anthropologie.com

ARLO & JACOB Sofas handcrafted by a team of specialists in Long Eaton, the home of British upholstery. Made the old-fashioned way, all of the frames are glued, screwed and dowelled on a one-man one-job basis.

chesneys.co.uk

JAMB An elite supplier of antique and reproduction marble and carved-stone fireplaces, fine-polished steel firedogs, fire irons and register grates. jamb.co.uk

MORSØ Made in Denmark, these wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves, are complemented by a range of log stores and tools, such as the ‘Simplica’ kettle, which, when placed on the stove, combats dry air. morsoe.com

arloandjacob.com ‘CH25’ lounge chair by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn

FRONT The Mayfair showroom is the first in the UK to exclusively present the work of multiaward-winning rug designers Jan Kath, Zoë Luyendijk and Michaela Schleypen. frontrugs.com

FL OOR ING DEIRDRE DYSON Dyson’s ethical rug company creates gallery-worthy bespoke rugs and carpets, many of which are beautifully displayed at her King’s Road showroom.

LAPICIDA Founded in 1984, Lapicida is a world-class stone specialist. Its products combine traditional stonemasonry with high-tech CNC capabilities.

MARRAKECH DESIGN This Swedish tile brand works with designers such as Monica Förster and Claesson Koivisto Rune, whose ‘Dandelion’ pattern has become a near-instant design classic. Traditional French and Arabic patterns are given an update in Scandinavian colourways. ‘Leksand’, ‘Palmblad’ and ‘Voltaire’ are popular ranges. marrakechdesign.se

BAXTER For 25 years, Baxter has celebrated the art of the master craftsman. Based in Como, Italy, the family-run business is internationally lauded for its superior leather. baxter.it

BEAUMONT & FLETCHER This British company combines traditional craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail to make beautiful textiles, classic furniture and accessories. beaumontandfletcher.com

DINESEN This Danish company specialises in the finest quality floorboards with extra large, statement dimensions, in oak as well as Douglas Fir.

MANDARIN STONE Marble, slate, granite, limestone and travertine are just some of the options available from this stone giant. It also ofers mosaics and durable porcelain tiles.

TUFENKIAN A must-visit showroom in London’s Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. This brand sells beautiful handcrafted Tibetan and Armenian rugs, which sit alongside the very highest quality contemporary designer creations.

CARL HANSEN & SØN True design classics, such as the ‘Wishbone’ and ‘Elbow’ chairs, make up the collection by this iconic Danish brand, which boasts more than 100 years of experience.

dinesen.com

mandarinstone.com

tufenkian.com

carlhansen.com

lapicida.com

deirdredyson.com


FLEXFORM This third-generation familyrun Italian brand excels in luxury, design-led furniture, from sectional sofas, armchairs and ottomans to tables and cabinets. It has a long history of working with the very best designers, including Sergio Asti and Joe Colombo.

VISIONNAIRE Made in Italy and known for its unique, modern style, this brand’s luxurious collections include pieces for the living room, bedroom, oice, kitchen and bathroom.

flexform.it

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GRAHAM & GREEN Synonymous with west London style, this treasure trove of playful furniture, accessories and lighting was founded by Antonia Graham in the 1970s and is still run by the Graham family.

DEDON Drawing inspiration from weaving traditions of the Cebu Islands in the Philippines, Dedon was the first outdoor brand to use cutting-edge technology and combine it with crafting techniques.

grahamandgreen.co.uk

dedon.de

MERIDIANI Founded in 1996, Italian brand Meridiani creates modern, sophisticated furniture for both interior and outdoor spaces. Its pieces are crafted from luxurious materials and unite artisan skill with the latest technological advancements.

ETHIMO Sophisticated outdoor furniture for lovers of modern design. This brand’s style channels a relaxed Italian aesthetic and is made with comfort and practicality in mind.

visionnaire-home.com

‘Sufolk’ larder in ‘Old Rose’ by Neptune

meridiani.it

NEPTUNE This brand’s first product was a hammock, but 20 years later, Neptune’s collection of furniture includes classic, contemporary and Shaker styles crafted from sustainable timber, as well as smart kitchens and stylish lighting, accessories and textiles. neptune.com

PORADA Established in 1968 by Luigi Allievi, this luxury Italian design house has its London base at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. A passion for wood is at the heart of all of Porada’s designs, and the brand collaborates with renowned designers including Stefano Bigi, Tarcisio Colzani and Marconato & Zappa. porada.it

POLTRONA FRAU With a history that dates back to 1912, this Italian furniture maker is a master of modern craftsmanship. Collaborations with some of the world’s greatest designers, from Cini Boeri and Andrée Putman to Gio Ponti and Piero Lissoni, make for a truly timeless collection.

R I VA 1 9 2 0 This Italian brand creates high-quality environmentallyfriendly pieces. Founded in a small artisanal workshop in 1920, the brand now works with more than 100 renowned designers to create its contemporary solid wood furniture collection.

poltronafrau.com

riva1920.it

ROCHE BOBOIS Working with both established designers and emerging talent, Roche Bobois ofers a wide range of highly functional yet beautiful designs that celebrate the best of French style and Art de Vivre.

ethimo.com

INDIAN OCEAN Inspirational outdoor furniture from sofa sets and sun loungers to electric shades and kitchens, including its excellent ‘Island’ and ‘Forte’ ranges. indian-ocean.co.uk

S O FA W O R K S H O P Flying the flag for British manufacturing, Sofa Workshop has more than 60 styles, many of which can be customised.

K E T TA L This Spanish brand specialises in contemporary outdoor furniture that is as beautifully conceived as any indoor collection. It collaborates with designers such as Jasper Morrison and Rodolfo Dordoni.

sofaworkshop.com

kettal.com

TIMOTHY OULTON Named after its founder and creative director, this British furniture, lighting and accessories manufacturer balances smart tradition with playful modernity.

SUTHERLAND Elegance, craftsmanship and comfort are the defining features of this American brand’s outdoor furniture, with pieces by designers such as Christophe Delcourt.

timothyoulton.com

sutherlandfurniture.com

roche-bobois.com

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MARTIN MOORE Quintessentially English designs that are perfectly suited to Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes. These hand-painted timber kitchens have an emphasis on storage.

BEARDMORE Established 150 years ago as a humble ironmongery in London’s Fitzrovia, this brand’s collection has evolved into a timeless range of handcrafted hardware fittings and door furniture made in its foundry on the south coast.

martinmoore.com

PLAIN ENGLISH Visit the company’s showroom in London’s Marylebone to source traditional joinery based on 18th- and 19th-century designs, finished in the brand’s own heritageinspired paint palette.

beardmore.co.uk

DESIGNCONSORT This British brand is an ofshoot of Moorcroft, one of England’s finest art potteries. Created in Stafordshire, its pieces are decorated with original designs, outlined by hand with liquid clay before painting.

plainenglishdesign.co.uk

ROUNDHOUSE Roundhouse creates innovative and functional kitchens and furniture with a contemporary aesthetic and an understated signature style.

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J I M L AW R E N C E All of the finishing touches for your home, from switches, sockets, door handles and letter boxes to coat racks, hooks and hanging rails.

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SMALLBONE OF DEVIZES Bespoke kitchen cabinetry crafted from the finest materials, including sustainable European oak, rosewood, mahogany, American walnut and maple.

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DEVOL ‘Classic’ and ‘Shaker’ cabinetry ofered in modern colour palettes, as well as innovative designs such as Sebastian Cox’s kitchen (above), which is made from sustainable British wood and features sawn timber, beech-woven panels and minimal handles. All of this brand’s kitchens are designed and built in Leicestershire, and its showroom is housed in a mill on the banks of the River Soar. devolkitchens.co.uk

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CHARLIE KINGHAM This British cabinetmaker creates classic kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and furniture. Think statement butchers blocks and Shakerstyle cabinetry, made using traditional joinery skills.

EXTREME DESIGN A family-run kitchen company that creates unique designs free from the limitations of set ranges. Each project is devised exclusively for individual clients, capturing their style through subtle details.

JOHN LEWIS OF HUNGERFORD Classic and contemporary painted kitchens, as well as ‘Crème de la Crème’, a design based on English Rose units often found in 1950s kitchens.

THE CONRAN SHOP Find everything from a timeless white dinner service to the most cutting-edge lighting, plus a full quota of design classics at the UK’s most iconic homeware store.

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K ITCHENS AGA This firm’s cast-iron range cooker, invented in 1922, remains a kitchen must-have today thanks to updates that include remote-controlled features, new compact sizes and contemporary finishes. The collection also includes taps, cookware and cooker hoods and splashbacks.

HOWDENS Once a trade secret, this British joinery firm now ofers around 70 designs. Create your perfect kitchen with the interactive visualiser tool, then order via verified tradespeople. howdens.com

HUMPHREY MUNSON Bespoke, heritage-inspired kitchens handcrafted in the company’s Felsted workshop by a dedicated team of the finest cabinetmakers.

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TOM HOWLEY Beautifully crafted classic and contemporary designs in a range of high-quality paints and veneers. Each kitchen is crafted specifically to the individual client’s brief. tomhowley.co.uk


D AV I D M E L L O R Operating on the principle that well-designed equipment can improve your life, David Mellor is particularly famous for its cutlery, which has won numerous awards.

AUGUSTUS BRANDT This impressive Petworth showroom displays antique furniture, lighting, artworks and textiles collected from around the globe. There are also rare 20th-century designs, and a room dedicated to jewellery and silver.

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DIVERTIMENTI Divertimenti has been a chefs’ favourite since the 1960s, stocking more than 4,500 items of professional-quality cook and tableware, including many hand-decorated pieces.

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LASSCO Recent stock at this grand reclamation gem includes an English pine and cast-iron factory trolley, a Regency mahogany scroll-end sofa, a Japanese boro blanket and a neon optician’s sign.

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NETHERTON FOUNDRY A family-owned business making traditional cast- and spun-iron cookware. Its hero slow cooker is pre-seasoned with flax oil for easy cleaning.

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LAURIE LEIGH ANTIQUES Specialising in fine English and Irish table glass, such as claret jugs and sherry glasses, this brand stock pieces from the early 18th century to the 1930s.

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SUMMERILL & BISHOP Find serveware, vintage glassware and centrepiece vases, as well as the company’s own line of exquisite handpainted linen tablecloths. summerillandbishop.com

LIGHTING BOCCI Founded in 2005 by Randy Bishop and Omer Arbel, this Canadian company has bases in both Vancouver and Berlin, and specialises in sculptural lighting as well as large light installations. bocci.ca

C H A R L E S E D WA R D S This traditional lighting company stocks more than 400 examples of 19th- and 20th-century inspired English, French and American designs, from gatepost lanterns to decorative wall sconces. charlesedwards.com

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‘Willow’ console table by Ochre

LOUIS POULSEN The Danish manufacturer, founded in 1874, has produced some of the most iconic lighting designs to date, including Poul Henningsen’s ‘PH Artichoke’ pendant and Verner Panton’s ‘Panthella’ lamps. louispoulsen.com

OCHRE British designers Joanna Bibby and Harriet Maxwell Macdonald founded this company in 1996, making contemporary takes on classic chandeliers.

WIRED CUSTOM LIGHTING Lighting meets theatre in the luxurious custom creations of this illumination specialist. Its dramatic and decadent pieces can be tailored for scale and impact, and are made using the finest materials, such as Murano glass. wired-designs.com

V I N TAG E A N D A N TIQU ES

REGINALD BALLUM Charming timeworn furniture, such as rustic wooden workbenches, reclaimed theatre seating and original Chesterfield sofas. reginaldballum.co.uk

RETROUVIUS A reclamation furniture and architectural salvage company with its own design project team. The stock spans Victorian cast-iron shelving, mid-century cupboards and an array of ornamental doors. retrouvius.com

SKINFLINT DESIGN Salvaged industrial lighting, ranging from suspended fluorescent rods to 1960s metal desk lamps.

ALFIES ANTIQUE MARKET For more than 40 years, this world-famous indoor market has been home to almost 100 specialist dealers, ofering antiques, vintage collectables and 20th-century designs.

ROSE UNIACKE Interior designer and antique dealer Uniacke also creates her own elegant seating, storage, lighting, ceramics, glassware and desk objects, as well as a capsule collection of more than 120 fabrics.

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roseuniacke.com

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