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10 Editor’s letter 12 Five minutes with... Robin Bevers, CEO of Moooi 14 The agenda A cultural round-up of what to read, see and do this November 66 Monochrome mayhem Black and white reign supreme in this month’s fashion shoot



16 At home with Magnus Englund A crash course in Scandinavian design with the Skandium co-founder




22 Watch this space The inspiration behind three interior designers’ projects, and how to steal their style 30 Off the charts Tips for embracing colour from the founder and creative director of Designers Guild 58 The mythical estate Sophie Ryder on crafting monumental sculptures and building her Cotswolds home 82 Candy crush Suki Waterhouse and Poppy Jamie on their accessories brand 88 Into the woods The designers championing the intricate 16th-century craft of marquetry 102 Be our guest Claridge’s launches its first cookbook and reveals some of its best-loved dishes and drinks 110 City break: Cork Exploring the cosmopolitan city regarded as Ireland’s Food Capital

35 Collection

62 Fashion

94 Health & beauty

107 Travel

54 Art

86 Interiors

98 Food & drink

113 Property




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Tricia Guild OBE, founder and creative director of Designers Guild, shares her tips for embracing colour

Trust your instincts

Colour has such a unique power. For me it is much more than just pigment; it’s a way of being. It has always played such a vital role, in both my personal and professional lives, that I simply cannot imagine my world without colour. Colour surrounds each of us; whether it’s the pigments found in nature, a cityscape, our clothing, the food we eat – the list goes on and on. So follow your own senses rather than trends – this will prove far more rewarding in the long term. My advice to people looking to add a splash of colour to their homes is simply to let your personality shine though. Visit a vintage or antiques market and if you see something you love, bring it home. Grab a new cushion, or a rug, or perhaps try papering a wall or two – the idea is that you trust your instincts and have fun with it.

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Set the tone

People are often overwhelmed by colour. With my latest book, Paint Box, I wanted to take away the mystery of colour without killing the magic. Crucially, when decorating you need to consider how you want your

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“The home should be a treasure chest of living” Le Corbusier The Scandinavians are a talented bunch: not only have they given us a buzzword that makes nights in watching Borgen and The Killing sound vaguely cultured – it’s hygge – they also know a thing or two about design. From well-cut clothes to cutting-edge chairs, the Scandi aesthetic embraces form and function over fuss. And it’s thanks to retailers such as Skandium that the likes of Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair and Poul Henningsen pendant lamps have become household names – read our interview with the furniture retailer’s co-founder Magnus Englund on page 16. Sticking with the interiors theme, Tricia Guild from Designers Guild shares her mantra for a colourful life (p.30); three local interior designers talk us through some of their favourite projects (p.22); and we round up this season’s statement home accessories (p.29), including a striking marble-topped drinks trolley – because nothing says hygge more than mixing yourself a nightcap in the living room…


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Perch light Branch by umut yamac, available at moooi. read the interview with ceo robin bevers on p.12 A website. A mindset. A lifestyle.


5 m i n u te s w i t h . . . years he still surprises me with his genius and wit.

I live in downtown Amsterdam and near Barcelona, on the beach. It’s


I’m already on career plan C.

the best of both worlds. The quality of life in Amsterdam is amazing, but so is life in Spain.

First I studied dentistry, but after a while I realised it wasn’t for me. Next, I pursued a corporate role but fortunately [Moooi founder] Marcel Wanders saved me from that.

The Moooi motto is ‘stop the boring business’. Moooi creates conversation pieces designed to make your home environment more special and add a real wow factor. We



Robin Bevers The Moooi CEO binges on sci-fi box-sets and embraces creative chaos

are currently developing a soft, unusually modelled sofa – the Something Like This Sofa – with Dutch designer Maarten Baas. The newly released Perch Light by Umut Yamac is another current favourite.

“In a creative company, order and chaos are both important”

décor is tranquil and comfortable, with light, soft colours. I’ve been ordered to stop bringing new pieces home. I’ve had my eye on a Statistocrat lamp by Joep van O. BY MARCEL Lieshout for a WANDERS while, but it would mean chucking out my beloved Big Shadow lamp and that is a step too far.

I attended a dinner with Margaret Thatcher; she had just published a book. Later we met over drinks. I thought she was fabulous that evening, witty and impressive at the same time, and it made a lasting impression on me.

devised a management theory based on order and chaos. In a creative company they are both important and neither may ever win.

privilege of working closely with Marcel himself. After all these

Our home in Amsterdam is an old coach house. The

I don’t come to London as often as I would like, but once

A newer motto is ‘embrace the polarity’. Marcel Wanders and I

There are many great designers, but I have the



My guilty pleasure is science fiction series, especially the corny ones. Please don’t tell anyone...

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The agenda


Cultural news and events from in and around London

georgian Grandeur Pablo Bronstein: Conservatism, or The Long Reign of PseudoGeorgian Architecture is the third in a series of artist commissions on show at RIBA’S Architecture Gallery. Archival material from the RIBA collections is displayed alongside 50 of Bronstein’s own drawings that focus on Georgian-style buildings from the second half of the twentieth century and explore why the aesthetic endures today. Free, until 11 February, 66 Portland Place, W1B,

2 christmas cheer Chiltern Street is hosting a one-night festive celebration this month, when shops will stay open until 9pm. They’ll also be complimentary drinks and delicacies from the likes of Chiltern Firehouse chef Nuno Mendes, and product customisation at Cox + Power and Prism. 16 November, 5.30-8.30pm, Chiltern Street, W1U,


burn bright The Conran Shop now stocks Lola James Harper candles and fragrances. Please, Santa. 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U,

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The new Beoplay E8 headphones from B&O Play are fully wireless and splash-resistant. Switch between tracks and take calls using the intuitive aluminium touch interface, while the leather case doubles up as a charger. £259,


After celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, British fashion label Ariella has opened a new store in Marylebone, with cocktail and evening wear for the winter party season. Bring on the invites. 7 Thayer Street, W1U,

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5 something brewing Freedom Brewery’s 25th Hour campaign is encouraging people to find time to pursue their passions. Join the launch at The Grazing Goat for beer-tasting sessions and virtual-reality skiing. From 5.30pm, 8 November, 6 New Quebec Street, W1H,

7 think pink Originally intended for medicinal purposes, Gin Lane 1751’s pink variety is packed with natural botanicals from juniper to Sicilian lemon. £27.99,

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Pioneer of the modern kitchen open to life – for 125 years Poggenpohl has 21 points of sale throughout the UK & Ireland ¡ For your nearest Poggenpohl Studio please go to




ENGLUND The Skandium co-founder gives Lauren Romano a crash course in Scandinavian design at his Grade-I listed Modernist home

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ur appetite for all things Scandi shows no sign of relenting. This time last year, high on hygge, we settled into hibernation season with Faroe Isle jumpers, cashmere throws and Nordic noir box sets. And the bandwagon doesn’t look set to derail anytime soon. When Swedish fashion and lifestyle brand Arket opened on Regent Street last month, it brought that characteristically understated Scandinavian aesthetic a little closer to our wardrobes. Meanwhile, a new wave of interior design collaborations, such as Hay for Ikea, continue to add a touch of Nordic nous to the mainstream. Turning to the Nordic nations for design inspiration is hardly a new phenomenon; back in the ’50s and ’60s the UK was one of the biggest foreign importers of

Scandinavian furniture and classic pieces, from Arne Jacobsen’s Egg to Hans J. Wegner’s Y chair, found a home in many a British living room. In more recent years retailers such as Skandium have spearheaded the revival of Scandi design. The company’s Swedish co-founder Magnus Englund is something of a specialist on the subject, having penned three books on it, including his latest, Modern Scandinavian Design, written in collaboration with Charlotte and Peter Fiell. It’s sitting on the coffee table when I visit his penthouse apartment in the Isokon Building, a landmark Grade I-listed Modernist block in Belsize Park, which has become something of a museum to mid-century design. “My wife complains about that,” Englund smiles as we pull up an Alvar Aalto for Artek chair at the Marcel Breuer for Isokon plywood table – hardly your average dining room set. Englund is clearly an avid reader; every available surface is covered with precariously stacked volumes, with subject matters ranging from the Bauhaus movement to Winston Churchill. Modern Scandinavian Design is among the heftiest of tomes in the collection. Englund describes it as a complete compendium of Scandi design from the early 20th century to the present day. “There are a lot of books written about Scandinavian furniture already, so I thought it would be good to put it into context. Most of the Scandinavian furniture designers, for example, were also architects, so it made sense to start with an architectural chapter,” he says. “I didn’t want us to produce another book about chairs only.” As well as architects, Englund argues that we also have politicians to thank for the proliferation of Scandinavian design. “In Sweden the Social Democrats came to power in 1932 and they picked up on Modernism as their thing,” he explains. “It was out with the old, conservative government and the conservative


approach. Soon public buildings such as schools and hospitals were being built in a Modernist style, and they needed matching fixtures, fittings and furniture to go in them.” Fast forward to today and design is still a big part of the national culture in many Scandinavian countries. Englund tells me it’s not unusual to have famous furniture or lighting pieces on stamps (imagine the public outcry if the Queen’s profile was replaced with a Wedgwood cup and saucer). But what constitutes good design in Scandi terms? “Simplicity is certainly a word that springs to mind,” says Englund. “The Alessi teapot with the little plastic bird on top would never have been designed in Scandinavia. With Italian design, great as it is, you take something and you keep adding to it, while the Scandinavian approach is completely the opposite; we take things away. We reduce until you have the bare function, and there’s beauty in that as well.” One of Englund’s design heroes is “the great reducer” Kaj Franck. “He designed the glasses we’re drinking from,” he says matter-of-factly as I inspect the tumbler in my

From MODERN SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN NEW HORIZONS If only all buildings looked as impressive as Norwegian wild reindeer observation pavilion, Tverrfjellhytta, which was designed to mirror the curves of the surrounding Dovre Mountains


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From 1968 to 1972, chemical corporation Bayer rented a boat that was transformed by designers into a temporary exhibition space dedicated to contemporary living. Danish designer Verner Panton created a series of dreamlike spaces that responded to this brief, including opposite and below: Phantasy Landscape installation, part of Visiona 2 exhibition


hand, which could have been conceived yesterday, not in 1958. Franck was Finnish and his utilitarian approach was dictated by the fact that Finland was on the losing side of the Second World War. “People couldn’t afford to have 48 pieces of crockery or six different types of glasses – just the bare necessities,” says Englund. He considers the war a watershed moment for Scandinavian design. Sweden, for example, survived with its furniture factories intact and could resume production pretty much straight away. Meanwhile over in Denmark, it’s estimated that 25 per cent of all furniture exports went to the UK. Englund was initially unaware of the extent of this design heritage when he moved from Stockholm to London in 1995 to pursue a career in fashion, working for the likes of Paul Smith and Patrick Cox. A trip to Finland in 1998 with his friend (and later, fellow Skandium co-founder) Christina Schmidt set him on a different path. “It was the centenary year of architect Alvar Aalto’s birth and lots of his buildings were open to the public,” he recalls. “I suddenly thought ‘hang on, I’m interested in things that have a lifespan of six months at best in fashion, when this guy made furniture back in the ’30s that is still relevant 60 years later’.” The following year Skandium was born, with its first shop on Wigmore Street. It was quite ahead of its time. “I remember when we opened and a customer looked around for a couple of minutes and then walked up to me and said, ‘do you mind if I ask you a question? Is this a shop?’” It didn’t take long for Skandium to make a name for itself. A couple of weeks after opening its doors, the story goes that a taxi screeched to a halt outside and Sir Norman Foster rushed in. ‘Who has done this?’ he demanded, adding: ‘this is exactly what London needs!’ before he hurried back to his taxi again and off he went. Furniture designer Robin Day and his textile artist wife Lucienne were among the store’s earliest customers. “They came in to buy some crockery,” Englund reminisces. “I didn’t know who they were, so I started to go on about Alvar Alto. They let me continue for a couple of minutes before Lucienne kindly took me down with, ‘yes, we used to spend our summers with the Altos at their house in Finland’.” Neither Englund or Schmidt are involved in the day-to-day running of the business any more, although they remain shareholders. Writing now

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Easy rocking chaises shown as part of Visiona 2 exhibition

“With Italian design, great as it is, you take something and you keep adding to it, while the Scandinavian approach is completely the opposite; we take things away”


occupies most of Englund’s time. He is currently working on a book about the Isokon building he calls home and its colourful history. Opened in 1934, it was the brainchild of British furniture entrepreneur Jack Pritchard and architect Wells Coates, and quickly became a magnet for the movers and shakers of the day, from designers and writers (Agatha Christie) to the occasional Soviet spy. At one point there were four masters of the Bauhaus movement, including Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, who had fled Nazi Germany, living in the building. Also in the pipepine is an illustrated A to Z of chairs for children. It tells the story of siblings Molly and Jack (named after the Pritchards) who visit their uncle at his Modernist villa in the countryside. “I’ve asked the illustrator to make the uncle look like Le Corbusier: tall and gangly with a big bow tie,” Englund smiles. “The uncle is a collector of chairs, with one for every letter of the alphabet.” Despite his best efforts, it appears he has ended up writing that book about chairs after all...


Watch this space Steal the style of interior designers, as they reveal the secrets behind their favourite projects to Melissa Emerson

“T Daniel Hopwood 86 Gloucester Place, W1U,

Daniel Hopwood completely overhauled his Marylebone townhouse apartment but discovered that being your own client can make things trickier

“The rear panel is a sort of light installation. The main part is covered in handmade paper in mottle bronze and black, with a semi-circle alcove.”

he view of St Marylebone Church from the living room is what sold the flat to me, and the views are especially beautiful at night when the city is lit up. It’s a relatively small flat with low ceilings and it hadn’t been touched since 1958, so it was always going to be a challenge to make the space work. The measured survey of the apartment sat on the drawing board untouched at first. There was always another project landing in the office that required immediate attention, and each time I glanced at the plans, I just couldn’t envisage the outcome, despite it being something I do every day for others.

FEATURE “I believe a good sofa is always a worthwhile investment. This model is the Freeman by Minotti London.”

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O g i lv y S w i n g A r m Wa l l La m p i n Ma t t B l a c k a n d A n t i q u e B r ass , £59,

Lo u n g e C h a i r & Ottoman in C h o c o l at e L e at h e r , £ 6 , 2 0 5 , c h a r l e s e a m e s at t h e c o n r a n s h o p, c o n r a n s h o p. c o . u k

“The silk graphic cushions by Misa establish the colour palette for the apartment and set the tone for the subtle mid-century style.”

After consulting with my team, I eventually decided on a warm and inviting gentleman’s club atmosphere that played with contrasts: light and dark; rough and smooth; old and new. The two large sliding panels with reeded glass between the living room and kitchen were inspired by the multi-purpose rooms in Japanese design. It allows me to have either an open-plan space or a warm and intimate feel.”

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“The ‘60s-style floor lamp is by Bert Frank and lights up the corner behind the Minotti swivel chair. It’s the ideal location for comfortable TV-watching.”


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jago rug in burnt orange, £199,


YAM Studios 29-31 Oxford Street, W1D, Designer Kashi Shikunova worked with a blank canvas to create this Scandi-style kitchen and dining space in a large west London new-build


airfax Road is a six-bedroom, four-bathroom new-build property, set over three floors with a basement. It was completed in 2015 and featured in last year’s Open House London. Working on a new build was great as we had the space to use big statement pieces. The overall aim for the kitchen was to


“The stools mirror the concept of the dining chairs and table, and were selected because of their beautiful curving form and warm wood finish.”

create a large family space that was contemporary, minimalist and stylish, with an urban feel as the basis and a Scandinavian touch to soften the scheme and add warmth. We designed the kitchen joinery from scratch. We wanted a functional space which seamlessly integrated with the ground floor, mirroring the materials and clean lines of the connected dining and living rooms. As a studio, we avoid the classic white box and instead use different variations of the monochrome concept. In this case, our palette consisted of concrete, warm wood tones, off-whites and greys.”


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CH24 Wishbone Chair in Soaped O a k & Pa p e r C o r d , £647, hans j. w e g n e r at t h e c o n r a n s h o p, c o n r a n s h o p. c o . u k

“The table works well here because its simple, elegant form complements the chairs and allows them to take centre stage.”

“We love combining wood and concrete, and highlighting their textural similarities while contrasting the industrial edge of the concrete with the natural feel of the timber. The dark polished concrete floor in this project allowed us to bring a variety of wooden elements into the space. These worked as a beautiful contrast and helped bring extra warmth and depth to the scheme.”

b e at ta l l pendant in black, £325, tom dixon,

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“You’ll find many a witty vignette throughout my designs. This piece is The Kiss by Kentucky surrealist, Nancy Fouts.”

Jo Berryman Studio Henry Wood House, 2 Riding House Street, W1W,

Jo Berryman started out in fashion, but reveals that art was the inspiration for this feminine suite


his master suite is a true Jo Berryman showcase. The brief was to create a feminine sanctuary within a malestrong household. It was an absolute dream to conjure up this scheme as I was in the throes of maternity with my second child and obsessed with vibrant, carnal tones. Farrow & Ball’s Charleston Grey on the walls works as a great bedrock for layering colours, while the ceiling is a soft Cornforth White. I had introduced the client to my friend, the artist Alice Instone, and she agreed to sit for her. Alice manages to extract femininity from her sitters in a sensual yet potent way. Through her gaze, her sitters are less like subjects and more like goddesses and warriors. This boudoir came about as a direct response to that portrait. There’s not an ounce of fluff or frills in sight, yet it’s unashamedly feminine.”

“Wallpapers are great for adding a pop of the unpredictable. I used an antique mirror-effect paper by Cole & Son here.”


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“Philadelphia fabric studio, Kevin O’Brien, knows a thing or two about the craft of burnt-out silks, laces, metallics and velvets. We use them throughout many of our projects as they’re so darn cool.”

Astoria Armchair in C o r a l V e l v e t, £ 3 9 9 , atki n a n d t h y m e , at k i n a n d t h y m e . c o . u k

“These lacquered maze bedside tables (pictured left) by Birgit Israel are the most plush way to hide bedside paraphernalia.”

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Tricia Guild OBE, founder and creative director of Designers Guild, shares her tips for embracing colour



Trust your instincts

Colour has such a unique power. For me it is much more than just pigment; it’s a way of being. It has always played such a vital role, in both my personal and professional lives, that I simply cannot imagine my world without colour. Colour surrounds each of us; whether it’s the pigments found in nature, a cityscape, our clothing, the food we eat – the list goes on and on. So follow your own senses rather than trends – this will prove far more rewarding in the long term. My advice to people looking to add a splash of colour to their homes is simply to let your personality shine though. Visit a vintage or antiques market and if you see something you love, bring it home. Grab a new cushion, or a rug, or perhaps try papering a wall or two – the idea is that you trust your instincts and have fun with it.


Set the tone

People are often overwhelmed by colour. With my latest book, Paint Box, I wanted to take away the mystery of colour without killing the magic. Crucially, when decorating you need to consider how you want your

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home to feel. Are you after cosy comfort or slick, stylish practicality? The energy in our homes comes largely from the way we live in them, so make this the first box to tick. Also, consider the function of the space – will you be entertaining regularly or should the room have a quieter feel?


Hone your hues

Bear in mind architectural features, pieces of furniture and other possessions that will be in the room – their colours and textures will affect your choice of palette and how you balance it all. It’s difficult to combine lots of colours and patterns, so I would suggest a colour palette of three or four shades. Ensure that one of them is neutral and work with patterns within this colour family. Keep floors and ceilings neutral or white to prevent a space from becoming overwhelmed.

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Don’t be afraid to make a splash

I’m always drawn to the daring colour palettes of India: shocking hot pinks, carmine reds, rich aubergines and stony blacks evoke a splendid fusion of femininity, strength and dynamism. My own home, however, is predominantly painted in wonderful shades of emerald green, Sèvres porcelain blue and plenty of white. I tend to use green almost as a neutral – it is the palette of nature and it always re-energises me; I find it so uplifting and fresh.

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Take inspiration from nature

Our A/W17 collection is very much an evocative and modern interpretation of ‘Tulipmania’, a period in the Dutch Golden Age when the humble tulip bulb created a national frenzy (and the first speculative bubble), so our palette has these wonderfully rich, dark and dramatic brooding shades: think dynamic black, damson and plum with hints of cameo pink, grey and taupe. The natural world always infuses my collections on some level, so it made sense to reference one of the most adored flowers in human history. The tulip represents an air of the exotic, of mystery, of something new and exciting, so it was the perfect inspirational focus point.

Paint Box by Tricia Guild with Amanda Back, published by Quadrille, £25; Designers Guild, 76 Marylebone High Street, W1U,


C AT H E R I N E B E S T 1 A L B E M A R L E S T R E E T, M A Y FA I R

A feast for the eyes

Bulgari’s delectable Festa high jewellery collection honours the Mediterranean olive harvest between October and November. Designs are crafted from white gold and festooned with amethyst and peridot olives, sprinkled with diamonds. POA,

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The Art of de Grisogono diamond necklace will tour New York and Dubai before being auctioned at Christie’s in Geneva in November. The largest D-colour flawless diamond ever to come to auction, it weighs 163.41 carats and is suspended from an elegant emerald and diamond necklace. Auction on 14 November,,

A street-smart collaboration

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hammer Pinky promise Boodles’ new collection of Pinky Rings is a creative play on words, made of rosy pieces for the little finger. Decorative designs are inspired by traditional henna handpainting and feature butterflies, flowers and swirls, set with white – and the jeweller’s signature pink – diamonds. From £4,000,

British jeweller Stephen Webster has joined forces with Thames, a streetwear label founded by skateboarder Blondey McCoy. The star-like ‘T’ from the Thames logo is a recurring theme throughout the 12-piece collection of pendants, rings and earrings, embellished with diamonds, black onyx and citrine. Thames by Stephen Webster, from £340,

Perfect geometry Chanel’s storied past twinkles in its Gallery collection, which reinterprets the 2.55 handbag chain and the octagonal shape of Place Vendôme in Paris. Stylish geometric designs in yellow gold are fashioned with diamonds, vivid green tourmaline and malachite for a mesmerising finish. POA,

Cocktail hour Add a burst of colour to dark November nights with a striking cocktail ring by Hirsh London, the fine jeweller renowned for its unique stones and unusual cuts. Rare rubies, sapphires and tourmalines are flanked by diamonds – and handcrafted in Mayfair. POA,


The silversmith of Tuscany Born from a passion to keep local craftsmanship alive, Giovanni Raspini’s jewellery and homeware is painstakingly sculpted in the hills of Arezzo in Italy


t’s nearly 50 years since Giovanni Raspini’s eponymous silver jewellery and homeware brand was founded, but there has been no time to slow down. The Italian label has arrived on English shores to launch its flagship store in London. Each necklace and earring displayed in its neat Mayfair boutique is still handmade in Tuscany, straight from Raspini’s sketches. The designs are created back at his home in a 16th-century villa perched on a hillside in Arezzo. It couldn’t be a more apt place for creative inspiration. Surrounded by rows of vineyards bulging with ripe fruit and the soft glow of terracotta farmhouses, the Tuscan countryside plays an important role in the finished pieces. Once drawn up, the sketches are painstakingly moulded into a three-dimensional wax model and then cast in silver using traditional techniques involving scorching temperatures. Fashioned with the utmost care by skilled local artisans in the company’s Arezzo workshop since 1972, each piece is then buffed, burnished and occasionally embossed with a precious stone. Originally an architect, Raspini has merged his eye for contemporary design with the romance of the Mediterranean to create his unique collections. Influenced by nature, they are centred on plants and animals, resulting in stems of elegant leaves that interwine to make a bracelet or the spots of a leopard imprinted on a ring. “My eyes are full of beautiful things and I want to share them with those who love my world, with those who share my enthusiasm,” says Raspini, a man with a mission to convey the beauty of Italy in a little piece of silver.

“My eyes are full of beautiful things and I want to share them”

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As the time-honoured tradition of gouache continues to defy the tech era, discover the craftsmen turning paint and paper into precious jewels WORDS : R a c h a e l T a y l o r

This page: The Coeurs Enlaces bracelet from the Le Secret collection by van Cleef & Arpels; Right: A to-scale drawing of a necklace from the Hiver Imperial collection by Boucheron


f you’re not familiar with gouache, you could be forgiven for thinking it sounds vaguely like an awkward fashion mistake or perhaps a hearty Hungarian dish. Dig a little deeper and a ravishing world of colour opens up. Gouache is the art of painting in opaque watercolour and was used by masters such as Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec. What is less well known is that for centuries bespoke jewellery designers have been using the art form to guide craftsmen when they create the final pieces. Even now, top houses like Boucheron, Dior and Piaget insist on using a delicate painting, known as a ‘render’ in the trade, which is passed from stone setters to goldsmiths to polishers.


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This page, clockwise from right: Conchiglie bracelet in titanium with pearls and gemstones by Giampiero Bodino; Primavera ring with three rubies by Giampiero Bodino; A sapphire, pearl, diamond and enamel cocktail ring from the Hiver Imperial collection by Boucheron

Houses insist on the creation of jewellery in paint and ink before gold and diamonds

Chelsea-based fine jewellery designer Luis Miguel Howard explains: “The process of creating a gouache is quite straightforward, but it is also time-consuming and requires some skill. “Most are painted on vellum, tracing paper or coloured Ingres paper. Shadows are painted in Chinese ink, while metal and stones are in washes of gouache of varying intensities, often leaving areas unpainted to give a sense of lightness and delicacy.” Once the jewel has been created, brands will keep the gouache on file, dated and signed by the designer. This will be used in the future for designers to refer back to and also when trying to authenticate a gem. Cartier’s archives include 30,000 sketches that track the history of the brand from its origins in the 19th century. They are kept in pristine condition in temperature and humiditycontrolled rooms. Surprisingly, gouache is managing to evade the grasp of modern technology. Although computergenerated images can take the place of sketches

done by hand, the finest houses insist on the creation of jewels in paint and ink before gold and diamonds. Chopard’s artistic director Caroline Scheufele recently unveiled a new series of gouache to celebrate its Silk Road collection. She says: “The process of creating gouache can take from a few hours to several days for the most complex pieces. “It doesn’t have to be 100 per cent accurate – another more technical design will then be made from it and used by the jeweller – but it still has to give the best possible idea of the final piece.” Scheufele relies on her in-house designers, but some creators prefer to do the work themselves. Giampiero Bodino, creative director of Richemont, is also the master of his own fine jewellery brand. Passionate about his art, he explains: “I am blessed by being very fast – once I get inspired, the whole process can take less than an hour.” His latest collection, revealed during Paris Couture Week, was a radiant ode to the Mediterranean Sea, with seed pearl shells on bright titanium and rolling wave motifs in diamonds and sapphires.


He adds: “The high jewellery world is still very much craft-oriented, therefore the original handmade drawing must be part of the process, from creation to purchase.” While handing over gouache to a customer is a rite of passage at Bodino’s eponymous label, it’s a case of don’t ask, don’t get at other houses such as Chopard. Scheufele says: “We normally keep them for our archives, but if a client wishes to keep it, we would of course gift them with a copy.” Having the original could add up to 20 per cent to the price, should the piece go to auction. In fact, jewellery gouache is valuable enough on its own. A collection of 17 Cartier drawings recently fetched £5,000 at Bonhams.

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This page, clockwise from top: Message des Hirondelles necklace from the Le Secret collection by Van Cleef & Arpels; Earrings from the Silk Road collection by Chopard

Exclusive jeweller Nirav Modi, who opened in London last year, says: “It is about the entire process – the vision behind it and the creativity, the craftsmanship that goes into making each and every jewel a piece of art. “I believe what goes from the head to the hand truly has an emotional influence and there is something about its beauty that moves you from within.” He adds: “As someone who has always looked up to art and architecture for inspiration, the allure of an actual sketch is certainly a whole lot more [inspiring] than that of a computerised rendering.” This year, designer Anna Hu became the first contemporary jeweller to host a solo exhibition at Christie’s. Her art is so enchanting that she often sells jewellery straight from gouache to clients. She says firmly: “It’s a very important process and one that I focus on the most. Often during this stage I’ve got to communicate with my clients and learn more about their personal stories and needs, which always touch me so much. This is not something that technology could replace.” It’s good to know that in our tech-dominated world, the traditional method is hard to beat.



Reinventing the

wristwatch Has Zenith just created the world’s most accurate timepiece? W O R D S : R i c h a rd B row n


ow to future-proof an analogue product in the digital age? While TAG Heuer is pinning its hopes on capturing Generation Z through smartwatches and partnerships with electronic dance DJs, LVMH stablemate Zenith is looking forward by revisiting the past. The Le Locle-based brand has been working with mathematical physicist Guy Sémon, a one-time jet pilot, whose reputation in watches was acquired through a series of specialist precision projects for TAG Heuer. Sémon’s latest innovation does no less than reinvent the way a mechanical watch ticks. Since 1675, when Dutch horologist Christiaan Huygens presented his sprung balance principle to the French Academy of Sciences, mechanical watches have relied


on the force of a coiled spring to drive a gear train via a pallet fork and an escape wheel (collectively known as an escapement). Packaged inside the new calibre ZO 342, which finds a home in Zenith’s new Defy Lab series, is a regulating system that does away with an individual balance wheel, hairspring and pallet fork, and instead incorporates some 30 components into a single, circular disc. The Zenith Oscillator, as the component has been coined, measures just 0.5mm thick and, being etched from silicon, is impervious to both magnetic fields and that other great obstacle to accurate timekeeping – friction. The result, says Sémon, is an accuracy to within one second across the calibre’s 70-hour power reserve. If that’s true, the ZO 342 will be the world’s most accurate mechanical movement. Zenith has produced ten, all slightly different, Defy Lab watches, selling them collectively in one ultimate gift box. Reportedly, this is to meet the stipulation of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève – colloquially referred to as the ‘Oscars of the watch world’ – which specifies that all entries must have been available for sale. All ten timepieces feature a 44mm case constructed from Aeronith, a new aluminium composite that’s 2.7 times lighter than titanium and, incredibly, ten per cent lighter than carbon fibre. After a three-year hiatus, organisers of Switzerland’s International Chronometry Competition (the industry’s most rigorous, independent testing panel), have said that the contest will return in 2018. We might have to wait until then to see if Zenith and Sémon have really rewritten the watchmaking rule book.

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Pierre Salagnac’s sculptural centrepiece with 437 gold leaves is hewn from a single block of brass – it took 250 hours to make

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THE INNER CIRCLE Forget elaborate swans and lotus folds: employ a not-so-humble napkin ring to set the tone for dinner. £140 for a set of four,

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OPULENCE FOR MINIMALISTS French-Lebanese designer Carla Baz has created a pared-back candelabra of dreams, in rings of matte and polished brass. £1,200,

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All I want for Christmas With the big day fast approaching, avoid last minute panic and shop our guide to the luxury gifts you’ll wish were yours


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Catherine Best’s handmade fine jewellery is renowned for its use of unusual gemstones. The Antiquity diamond pendant in 18-carat white gold is set with an exceptional 1.5-carat tourmaline from Brazil, and is reminiscent of tropical seas in its azure brilliance. For an even more extravagant offering, opt for the classic Flutterby earrings, which can be bought alongside a matching ring and pendant. £POA,


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A gift that offers the chance to relax and unwind during the hectic festive period is sure to go down well, and Rituals has the perfect product combinations, and scents, to fit the bill. The Ritual of Dao’s white lotus and yi yi ren create a sense of calm, while The Ritual of Ayurveda balances body and mind with Indian rose and Himalaya honey. The environmentally-friendly keepsake boxes also come in four sizes. From £19.50,

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3 tuck in

Harvey Nichols food and wine hampers take the hassle out of mixing and matching festive treats. The Buyers’ Picks contains a selection of the newest products on the shelves this year, from artisan gin to coffee, while Party Starter is packed with prosecco and pre-dinner snacks including pepper and chilli mixed olives and duck pâté. Each comes presented in a matt black wicker hamper with leather straps and silver detailing – perfect for future picnics. Hampers from £60,


treasure trove

Family-owned jewellers Hancocks has been in business since 1849 and is the expert on vintage pieces, which it showcases alongside its own contemporary collections. Engraved signet rings offer a personal touch, while this pair of 1950s Van Cleef & Arpels diamond earrings, with petals centred on a claw-set round brilliant-cut diamond, is a gift to be passed down through the generations. Signet ring, from £775; Gold and diamond ring, £8,500; Earrings, £65,000,


reinvent the wheel

For a gift that speaks of contemporary craftsmanship, BOSS has collaborated with luxury toy car maker Playforever. Its Holiday collection features bespoke motoring motifs, which adorn clothing – look out for a satin bomber jacket embroidered with a retro-style race car – and stocking fillers, including key charms, phone covers and wallets. Zipped pouch, £219; Key ring, £89,


future classics

Vintage Art Deco posters can be hard to track down at auction, but Pullman Editions provides a far easier way to adopt the style. It commissions artists to depict the themes of historic automobiles, glamorous holiday resorts and winter sports. Each design – and there are more than 100 to choose from – is signed and numbered, with editions limited to 280, to ensure exclusivity. £395 each,

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7 raise a glass

Rémy Martin XO is a mixture of up to 400 eaux-de-vies from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne vineyards of the Cognac region. Combined by its expert Cellar Master, the velvety blend of candied orange, hazelnuts and cinnamon is a worthy dinner party gift, and the perfect pairing for dark chocolate and parmesan cheese. £134,


ship shape

Viking, Creed’s first major scent launch for men in seven years, takes inspiration from the boldness and ingenuity of the intrepid Scandinavian explorers and their longships. Spicy, gritty peppercorn is warmed by Indian sandalwood and invigorated by Sicilian lemon to evoke a spirit of determination and success in the new year. From £185 for 50ml,

9 say my name

You can count on Aspinal of London to make a gift personal, and this year its signature monogramming service ties in with its theatrical-inspired A/W17 collection. Choose either one or two hand-embroidered letters from its golden Aspinal Alphabet to customise an iPhone case in croc, lizard or saffiano leathers. £75 for an iPhone case with one letter, £95 for two letters, only available in store,


in the frame

It might be winter, but Tom Davies’ exquisitely crafted sunglasses deserve to be on show all year round. The Silver 925 collection couples classic shapes with handmade sterling silver frames, with nine styles to choose from, while lenses come in platinum, 18-carat gold or coloured mirrors. Choose from the ready-to-wear options or a custom made-to-order pair, for a gift no one can match. From £1,300 per pair, from £1,500 for bespoke frames,

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queen bee

Only 120 editions of this luxury coffret by Valmont have been produced, as part of its Essence of Bees collection. The lacquered wooden box contains three vials of its Cure Majestueuse anti-ageing beauty oil, with one housed in an 18-carat gold-plated sheath inspired by the intricacy of honeycomb and the work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. £3,042, available at Urban Retreat at Harrods,

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Each Bee Goddess jewellery collection is designed around mythological and talismanic symbols. Fitting for the festive season, the Star Light collection features star shapes set in both 14-carat yellow and rose gold, adorned with white pavé and baguette diamonds. A gift to symbolise hope, guidance and new beginnings for the wearer. Earrings £6,490; Ring, £1,750,

Wishing you a very merry – and luxurious – Christmas from Luxury London Discover more covetable Christmas treasures in your curated guide to the festive season on our website...

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Spectator sport

Hank Willis Thomas, Hand of God, 2017, ŠHank Willis Thomas, 2017, courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

Art and geopolitics are the subject of a solo show by American conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas. New sculptures and quilts explore sport as a culturally acceptable form of social division, and question the promotion of African players to top international teams. Hank Willis Thomas: The Beautiful Game, until 24 November, Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, W1K,


Prize lots

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Untitled, Jean-Michel Basquiat, c.1984 “On the heels of the opening of the extraordinary exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery, which marks Jean-Michel Basquiat’s first large-scale exhibition in the UK, Phillips was delighted to have been entrusted by the artist’s estate with such a wonderful example of his work. Basquiat’s highly energetic and innovative approach to making art is palpable in Untitled, which also documents his lifelong fascination with the human figure, presenting the viewer with confidently painted anatomical fragments of the lower torso.” – Dina Amin, head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Phillips Europe


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Legendary Space Travellers’ Watch, George Daniels, c.1982 “This watch is certainly one of Daniels’ most important. One can only be mesmerised by the beauty of its dial and the complexity and wonder of its movement. Named in honour of the American landing on the moon in 1969, it shows both the mean solar and sidereal times.” – Joanne Lewis, head of watches, Sotheby’s London

Art for life Following the success of the Art for Life sale at Christie’s last year in aid of Cancer Research UK, Chris Beetles Gallery in St James’s is set to host the second of what will hopefully become an annual event. An exhibition of donated pieces from the likes of Tracey Emin, Judith Gardner and Ken Howard will culminate in a live auction hosted by Jeffrey Archer. Art for Life exhibition & sale, 30 October – 2 November,

sold, from Top: Untitled, Jean-Michel Basquiat, 167.6 x 152.4cm, acrylic and oilstick on canvas, Executed c.1984, PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, 20TH CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART EVENING SALE, 6 OCTOBER, PHillips LOndon, Image courtesY of Phillips/pHILLIPS.COM; A UNIQUE AND IMPORTANT 18K YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH DANIELS’ INDEPENDENT DOUBLE-WHEEL ESCAPEMENT, MEAN-SOLAR AND SIDEREAL TIME, AGE & PHASE OF THE MOON AND EQUATION OF TIME INDICATIONS C.1982 SPACE TRAVELLERS’ WATCH, George Daniels, FINE TIMEPIECES INCLUDING GEORGE DANIELS MASTERPIECES, 19 SEPTEMBER, sOTHEBY’S lONDON, iMAGE COURTESY OF sOTHEBY’S upcoming From left: Nydegg Church & Berne Minster, Ken Howard obe RA, 2011, signed by artist, Oil on board, 9.5in x 7.5in; Martin Kramer and Chris Beetles at last year’s event at christie’s, photography: carol moir, courtesy of

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photography unbound

Highlands-born artist Allan Forsyth digitally manipulates the natural world in the next exhibition at Hotel Café Royal: his lenticulars (moving 3D portraits) are created by placing hyper-real photographs behind a motion lens. Those with a penchant for GIFs will be delighted. 6 October – 1 December, Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, W1B,

NEW Colnaghi Foundation Jorge Coll and Nicolas Cortés, owners of Colnaghi art gallery, reveal their new venture

The Colnaghi Foundation is a not-for-profit championing historic art for a 21st-century audience. We have been in business together for more than a decade now, and during that time the contemporary art world has grabbed more and more of people’s attention. This has led us to do some hard thinking about how the Old Master business will look in another 30 years. Great art is timeless, but we could be much better at making the Old Master world accessible and relevant. We want to encourage people to think and learn about old art in new ways. One of our first projects is a series of video masterclasses filmed with the Wallace Collection. A dance company will bring sculpture to life through a specially choreographed interpretation of a bronze in the museum’s collection; while chefs will recreate dishes seen in still life paintings.

against the odds The Six Dynasties era – 220 to 581 CE – was full of trials for China, with upheaval following the collapse of the Han dynasty. Yet art, poetry and the Silk Route blossomed – as gallery Eskenazi is set to celebrate with 38 pieces from a private collection. 2-25 November, 10 Clifford Street, W1S,

a perennial obsession Sometimes the greatest joys are right on your doorstep, as Geoff Uglow illustrates with new paintings inspired by the rose garden surrounding his Cornwall studio. It has taken the artist a decade to cultivate his patch, gathering seeds from Scotland and Italy. 26 October – 25 November, Connaught Brown, 2 Albemarle Street, W1S, clockwise from top left: Allan Forsyth, Pride & Glory, Roebuck, 2013; Pride & Glory, Macaw, 2012; Jorge Coll and Nicolas Cortés; Colnaghi; Geoff Uglow, Sappho, 2017; two painted earthenware caparisoned horses, Northern Qi period, 550-577; two earthenware figures, Northern Wei period, early 6th century; painted earthenware ox, Northern Qi period, 550-577

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mythical Sophie Ryder’s sculptures are monumental and otherwordly. Hannah Clugston speaks to her about the home she built in the Cotswolds, where art is abound

minotaur and lady hare torsos, 2000




ophie Ryder’s practice is defined by her large-scale, mythical creatures that have presided over landscapes as varied as Palm Desert, West Yorkshire and Chicago. Constructed from bronze as well as much less conventional materials such as sawdust, wet plaster, machine parts and scraps of paper, Ryder’s sculptures take the form of dogs, hands, feet, horses, rabbits and hybrid beings that reflect both human and animal features. Educated at the Royal Academy of Arts, the artist has spent the past 30 years dreaming up a whole catalogue of characters, most famously the Lady Hare, a female partner for the Minotaur. With Ryder’s interest in the interaction between giant structures and the landscape,

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perhaps it was a natural transition when she started building her own home in the Cotswolds. In 1989 she purchased Lampits Farm, and has spent the past 28 years creating a very different type of art; one that is home to her family, staff, studio, dogs and – of course – plenty of art. Appropriately named Ryder Park, the house was originally a threshing barn, but woodworm put most of the original structure to rest. So, Ryder and her ex-husband had a rather large job on their hands. She explains: “We designed everything, did drawings, chose craftsmen who worked in the style we liked. We worked with very traditional and very solid long-lasting materials. It’s a stunning house, really beautifully built, and all done in an Arts and Crafts style, so there is lots of wood.”


A large proportion of the house was made by Ryder herself: the doors, windows and metalwork, alongside the large sculptures and artworks dotted around the property, inside and out. Her most recent addition pays homage to her “Dogman in a Mirror is beloved greyhounds: looking at himself. He sees “I just made a a man but we see a dog.” steel-cut lamp in Italy with dogs cut out of it. The light reflects the dogs’ shapes onto the ceiling. In the kitchen, I’ve done another and inscribed my family’s names into it.” It was important to Ryder that the house didn’t just reflect her family, but also the Gloucestershire landscape. “I tried to choose things that looked in keeping with the landscape, so it didn’t stand out. The thing about this house is that it feels like it belongs here, not like it was built 28 years ago. It feels like it has always been here.” This success in timeless construction can be attributed to Ryder’s commitment to using

materials lifted from the surrounding area. A lot of the stone used was sourced from the land itself and each of the roof tiles were made from moulds to mimic a traditional Cotswoldian stone roof. She also hired mostly local craftsmen, although does acknowledge the practical benefit, too: “because they were working here for so long they needed to be local – they were here every day for years!” Although construction of the house is largely finished, the work at Ryder Park is far from over. Ryder has two studios on the property where she crafts new works. The larger studio is a newly refurbished cowshed, while the smaller one doubles up as a gallery. Ryder’s art can be found all over the place: as a centrepiece on her dining table; as a point of interest on her mantelpiece; and a decorative flourish on the windowsill. Meanwhile, outside Ryder planted 4,000 trees on her 20 acres and intends to build a private sculpture park peppered with a number of her large-scale pieces. “The Minotaur and Lady Hare torsos are like sentinels to welcome you into the property,” she says. “They have always been a pair. They are six metres tall, framing the entrance to the sculpture park.” Creating

“Minotaur with Guitar is a plaster I made for my friend and guitar teacher. The minotaur used to hold a daisy, but I made a guitar for my friend as it was more relevant.”

ART “The Lady Hare looking out of the window is part of Lady Hare and hare in a mirror, where again the lady is looking at herself in the mirror. She sees a lady and we see a hare.”

new spaces for viewers to inhabit is a reoccurring theme in her work. “It’s something I’ve done from a very early age. I used to make little villages of people and create whole environments for them with lakes and ponds and waterfalls. I just absolutely loved creating a space where things happened, not just creating objects, but creating places for people to be in.” This desire to create a new world appears again in her exhibition Tepozteco at Mayfair’s Hignell Gallery. Temple to the 200 Rabbits is an immersive, multisensory piece where the visitor is invited to enter a room adorned with 200 sculptures,

All photography by Tania Dolvers, courtesy of Hignell Gallery

serenaded with music. The work seeks to recreate a moment from Ryder’s childhood, when she visited a rabbit farm and saw hundreds stuck in a small, dark shed. Many were dying, jumping around or breeding. This encounter made a big impact on Ryder, who invites her audience to step back in time to revisit this memory with her. The rabbit is a familiar character in Ryder’s practice, but Tepozteco also includes the introduction of a new character – the Boar. This creature slotted itself into the artist’s imagination when she was in Provence, where she has a second home, and found a wild boar shot dead in “Kneeling Lady Hare is a the vines. Winemakers in the plaster is in my gallery. region shoot them to protect Sometimes the plasters their grapes, and in response, get destroyed when Ryder’s is positioned on top of moulded but if they’re in wooden barrels rather than on a good condition, I keep traditional plinth. some of them.”

With all these mystical creations and spaces around, one has to wonder whether Ryder sees the home she created as another character in her oeuvre. “I suppose someone else would have to tell me that, because for me it just feels like home,” she describes. “It’s a lovely feeling. It’s so much more personal because everything you look at you think, ‘I helped to do that, I made that, I designed that.’” Tepozteco, until 1 December, 12-14 Shepherd Street, W1J,


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Stefano Ricci continues to celebrate his home town of Florence with his latest campaign, shot at the Stibbert Museum, once home to collector Frederick Stibbert. The intricate paintings and gilded armours provide a dramatic setting for both the sharp sportswear, and cashmere and silk tailoring. 56 South Audley Street, W1K,



Rock And row CHESTER BARRIE opened on Savile Row in 1937; 80 years on, its flagship sits proudly at number 19. The tailor was one of the first to offer ready-to-wear suiting and maintains a revolutionary approach to this day. This season, the camel blazer is reimagined (ideal with grey flannel trousers), and the traditional tux is updated with a bold Mogador shawl collar.

#00benn In honour of Mr Benn’s 50th birthday, Turnbull & Asser has immortalised David McKee’s cult character in a limited edition range of Bondinspired pocket squares. £75,

essential indulgence When it comes to luxury, the Swiss know what they’re doing. Founder of Zimmerli Ida Pauline Bäurlin invented the first two-needle knitting machine – since then, the fine underwear brand has thrived. Some of its new silk pieces are so exquisite that you might be tempted to wear them in public too. From £45,

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New establishment Richard James swaggered onto Savile Row 25 years ago and made his name by dressing lovable British rogues like the Gallagher brothers and Hugh Grant in his daring designs. This year, the audacious tailor has expanded its Clifford Street bespoke store upwards and given it a swanky 1960s-style revamp. There’s a new customer lounge and bar, more than 15,000 fabrics to peruse, and a neon portrait of James that takes pride of place above the fireside. We look forward to seeing what the next quarter of a century holds. 19 Clifford Street, W1S,


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what LINKS the House of Commons, the desks in the British Library and the QE2? They have all been lined with Connolly leather at one time or another. The respected brand is expanding its presence with a new ‘Connolly corner’ in Fortnum & Mason, which harks back to its roots in motor racing by focusing only on driving and leather accessories. There’s also a full-size model of a Formula 1 car, just in case you miss it. From £95,,

Wear it pink This year marks a quarter century of the pink ribbon: a worldwide symbol of breast cancer awareness. Stella McCartney has designed a dusty pink lingerie set in Japanese lace, the proceeds of which will be donated to Memorial Sloan Kettering Breast Examination Center of Harlem as well as the Linda McCartney Center in Liverpool. Bralette, £125; briefs, £65,

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tRAVEL LIGHT The latest addition to St. James’s Market is Aspinal. The brand’s new 3,500sq ft flagship will be laid out in the style of a country manor with sections such as a ladies’ boudoir. Don’t miss the ivory and camel capsule collection in celebration of new film Murder on the Orient Express. From £55, 16 Regent Street, St James’s, SW1Y, s l u x u ry l o n d o n . c o. u k s

Huishan Zhang has opened his first stand-alone store on Mount Street. The store was designed by Fran Hickman – who also fitted The Chess Club – and is inspired by Chinese gardens. Its clean, pared-back palette allows Zhang’s feminine designs to shine. 5b Mount Street, W1K,




Not sure how to pull off black and white prints? Delve into our quirky kaleidoscope of checks, stripes and zigzags Photographer Turi Løvik Kirknes Stylist Victoria Wright

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THIS PAGE – Ava Hat, POA, House of Holland,; earringS, £235, Anissa Kermiche, OPPOSITE PAGE – dominique Bag, £995, Anya Hindmarch,; sequin dress (worn as top), £1,530, Ashish,; skirt, £520, Bora Asku, as before; Shoes, £995, Christian Louboutin,

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Pringle of Scotland’s head of knitwear, Allan Godfrey, divulges the secrets of the historic fashion house’s supremely soft cashmere WORDS: MARIANNE DICK


utside the Pringle of Scotland S/S18 show that took place at One Marylebone during London Fashion Week in September, there was a relatively polite protestor trying to persuade the audience and passers-by that the brand sold “just expensive jumpers”. Perhaps Pringle should have invited the gentleman in, and he would have witnessed something quite different. Pringle was founded by Robert Pringle in Scotland in 1815 as a hosiery manufacturer, making it one of the oldest fashion houses in the world. Its iconic twinsets have adorned the shoulders of actresses such


as Joan Crawford and Grace Kelly, and in 1956 Pringle was bestowed its first Royal Warrant. One of the reasons why the house is so respected and consistently successful is the importance it places on its fabrics, and in particular its cashmere. “The whole thing starts off with the raw material, the fibre,” explains Allan Godfrey, Pringle’s head of knitwear and soft accessories. “For cashmere, we only use the best fibre – the white fibre – and this comes from the underbelly of the goat; to make any one sweater, it’ll take the hair from between three and four goats.” Pringle sources this white fibre from goats that are reared in Inner Mongolia because the extreme change in temperature forces them to produce the finest but strongest hairs of any animal. The thinner the fibre is, the softer the handle (feel) of the finished material will be, and the longer the fibre is, the less the finished product will bobble. The yarn is spun by Scottish cashmere spinners Todd & Duncan who use more oil than other companies in the spinning process to achieve a tighter twist, making the yarn more durable. After it is scoured to remove the oil and impurities, the cashmere is milled to open up the fibres so that they are at the optimum softness. This part of the process is kept secret. “We’re lucky in Scotland that we’ve got soft water because when it comes to the lovely handle on the cashmere, the water you use the first time you wash it is very important,” says Godfrey. “We don’t want to over-soften it and we don’t want to over-wash it, because what you’ll find is that it’ll actually get better over time. After you wash it three or four times it’ll get softer and softer.” There are a minimum of 27 processes that a Pringle garment goes through, and it can reach to more than 40. In terms of timescale from start to finish, the fashion house allows around four weeks. While Pringle might be steeped in tradition, relying on age-old mills and processes that have been perfected over decades, the label is far from old-fashioned or “just jumpers”. At the S/S18 show there were slinky, sheer dresses, chunky off-the-shoulder necklines and even some ruching. If you visit the Mount Street store now, you’ll see bold prints on flared dresses and glittering disco-worthy co-ords. The latest campaign (pictured) is shot by 20-something photographer-of-themoment Harley Weir and fans of the brand include cult fashion figures Tilda Swinton and Stella Tennant. It goes to show that Pringle still has its finger firmly on the fashion pulse.

“To make one sweater, it’ll take the hair from between three and four goats”

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Candy crush Best friends Suki Waterhouse and Poppy Jamie talk to Lauren Romano about sisterhood, style icons and starting their accessories brand on social media



uki Waterhouse and Poppy Jamie first clapped eyes on each other across a dance floor in Hollywood and have been all but inseparable ever since. “Our bond kind of surprised us. It was a huge relief to find a soulmate in the jungle of LA,” begins Waterhouse. “Sometimes you meet people and realise that some things are just meant to be.” Fast forward six years and the pair has gone from throwing shapes together to designing handbags. Their accessories label, Pop & Suki, turns one this month and to celebrate, the brand’s first pop-up store in the capital will open in Selfridges. Here, shoppers will find arm-candy in the form of leather or velvet (as well as veganfriendly) camera bags; and totes in new emerald, plum or midnight blue shades, all of which can be personalised with monograms, charms and accessories. The bags will sit alongside a new desk collection of customisable stationery. As you’d expect from a model turned Hollywood actress and a TV presenter/social media entrepreneur, the pair and their pals are never far from the glare of the paparazzi flashbulb, which is handy when you’re trying to spread the word about your new brand. To date everyone from Lena Dunham and Laura Bailey to Cara Delevingne and Doutzen Kroes have been snapped sporting their monogrammed numbers, but the duo insists that they get just as excited spotting a stranger in a restaurant carrying one of their designs as they do Lady Gaga on stage – “although the day I saw Pippa Middleton wearing one I did an internal scream,” concedes Waterhouse. Launching Pop & Suki in London (their home town) “really means the world”. It’s not where they thought they would end up when they had their first eureka moment in an LA vintage shop. “We became inspired by this bag we found and began brainstorming how we could do it ourselves. The starting point was to design something that could match all scenarios in life for a woman on the go,” says Jamie. Practicality is always at the forefront of their minds throughout the design process. “You can play with the straps to change your day bag from a cross body to a clutch, a belt-bag or even a backpack,” she explains.

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If anyone could pull off a belt-bag, it’s Waterhouse, whose style is nothing short of chameleonic. “When I started modelling, I was allergic to heels or dresses, or anything that wasn’t really baggy. Now I just enjoy fashion and love experimenting,” she says. Her style icon is Anita Pallenberg, while Jamie is a fan of feminine dresses and Brigitte Bardot: “she’s my ultimate heroine”. Their wardrobes might differ, but they both feel empowered when wearing labels that were started by female entrepreneurs (La Ligne and LemLem are favourites). Do they think it’s harder for women to succeed in business, particularly in a fashion industry which is still fairly male-dominated? “Times are changing and there are structures being set up to end historic, outdated trends,” says Jamie. “There’s still a tonne more to be done but look at Natalie Massenet, Stella McCartney and Hannah Weiland – what inspirations.” “It’s not harder; you just have to voice an opinion and not back down if it’s questioned,” adds Waterhouse. “That’s inherently harder for women to do but you just have to go for it.” Pop & Suki launched on Instagram, a move which the duo says enabled them to speak to their customers directly. But however advantageous as a tool for promotion, social media is not without its pitfalls, as Jamie understands perfectly. This summer she launched mental wellbeing app Happy Not Perfect – designed with help from her mother, a psychotherapist, and a team of neuroscientists at UCLA. Daily exercises focus on mental health in the digital age and aim to enhance relaxation





“The day I saw Pippa Middleton wearing one of our bags I did an internal scream”

and emotional resilience. “We might not have 20 minutes to meditate but we have five minutes to pause and play a game that has a positive effect on the mind,” she says. “Our world has become more intense than ever, especially since we all got smartphones; the pressure to do more, be more, achieve more is exhausting, because more doesn’t necessarily make us feel better.” Instead, Jamie seeks solace from social media by taking a yoga class five times a week and walking for half an hour every day. Waterhouse meanwhile relies on an app called Freedom which she can set to block Instagram and Twitter for a few hours or even an entire day. But do they ever need downtime from each other? And is running a business with your best friend the ultimate test of friendship? It appears not. “It’s the absolute dream [to run a business together],” Waterhouse insists. “Pop & Suki is like a favourite hobby. We’re sort of chalk and cheese; we both have in buckets what the other doesn’t. Poppy is a great people person, she can persuade anyone to do anything.” “And Suki is basically the barometer of cool,” Jamie interjects. And together, they are the #dreamteam. Pop & Suki launches in Selfridges on 21 November,


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Viennese Walt

To celebrate 20 years of successful alliance with Austrian design trio Eoos, Walter Knoll has added six new products to its collaborative collection. Among them, the Tama: a broad, structural corner settee with built-in leather side tables for smart and stylish requiescence. From ÂŁ510,


Monochrome dreams Frette has partnered with renowned designer Paola Navone to deliver B&W Signs, a new capsule collection that includes this decorative cushion embroidered with the wording ‘buonanotte’, which means good night in Italian. Sweet dreams. From £150,

Bold as brass ALESSI HAS A wonderful way of making the everyday incredibly playful, and its recent collections do not disappoint. Extra Ordinary Metal is a 16-piece range of trays and vessels that revive the ancient goldsmith’s technique of Etruscan granulation, where tiny metal spheres are used as decoration. The Golden Pink collection is a rose gold-tinted offshoot of the delightful pocketsized inventions, Objets-Bijoux. It’s even fun trying to work out what each trinket is used for. From £15, 22 Brook Street, W1K,

FASHION IS ARCHITECTURE Narmina is Francis Sultana’s fourth full collection since 2011 and as usual, every product could be a hero piece. Sultana has married elements of the lavish lifestyles of Indian maharajas with techniques used by Coco Chanel. The results of this can be best observed in the jewel-like hues and tweed references of the Narmina (pictured below) and Victoire (pictured above) daybeds. From £900, 2-4 King Street, SW1Y,

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From Linley to Lotusier, discover the designers championing the intricate 16th-century craft of marquetry


n 17 October, a macassar ebony and bird’s eye maple cabinet by Studio Job went under the hammer at Sotheby’s for £56,250. It is one of an edition of six, made in 2006 when the Dutch design duo, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, were at the forefront of a renewed and revived interest in marquetry. Such graphic skeletal designs were far from the conventional use of the technique, in which incredibly thin veneers are cut to a design, pieced together and applied to a solid wooden base. Studio Job turned heads, and created an appetite for the technique that – as the Perished cabinet’s appearance at auction suggests – has not diminished. Veneer marquetry evolved in the 16th century from the idea of stone inlays and intarsia. A new jigsaw blade made it possible to cut precious woods into ever thinner sheets; the technique swept through Flanders and into France, with cabinetmaker André-Charles

from top: Studio Job’s Perished cabinet; Zelouf+Bell’s Othello credenza; Jungle cabinet

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Boulle leading the way at the Palace of Versailles. A century later, elaborate veneer designs had outstripped most decorative furniture techniques. At Decorex in September, bespoke specialist Zelouf+Bell launched a number of designs that offer a delightfully contemporary approach to marquetry, in their own way. “What interests us is not so much the making for its own sake, but the ability to use different techniques as a way to express ourselves and our interests,” says cofounder Susan Zelouf. “We’re more interested in style and expression than woodworking.” At the moment, geometric and repetitive patterns are inspiring the duo, such as the Othello credenza, where 22,000 triangles of macassar ebony are inlaid into a grid of pale pink sycamore (£28,000). The pattern is inlaid back into the timber, like a jigsaw. Other new projects have taken particularly artistic cues from nature. A champagne cart mirrors one of the largest mazes in the world, at Reignac-sur-Indre (£8,100); and for the Jungle cabinet (£16,500), the pair worked with a fashion illustrator, playing with asymmetrical offset marquetry. To achieve such vibrant colours, pressure-dyed veneers are used, although care must be taken with placing – like any fabric or painting, all woods react to sunlight. Zelouf+Bell’s new feather cocktail cabinet, meanwhile, marries both graphic and naturalistic inspirations (£26,150). “We were excited by the idea of a very formal and linear joinery, then


“Modern marquetry is very much about bringing in some colour and wit, making it really relevant for now�

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introducing one organic element,” says Zelouf. To wit, hyper-real marquetry hen feathers decorate its rippled sycamore drawer fronts, while opening the plain centre drawer reveals a matching tray. The idea of marquetry as artwork in its own right is continued at Linley, where the craft is at the company’s core. It was founder David Linley’s specialisation when he studied fine furniture, admiring the work of Boulle and William Kent. This year at Masterpiece, Linley brought a triptych screen made in collaboration with artist Jonathan Yeo, using 40 different veneers (£125,000). “It brought a figurative element to marquetry,” says Linley’s creative director Carmel Allen. “Our designer really looked at brushstrokes and chose the grains of the wood to reflect that. We are constantly experimenting and trying to push the boundaries a little.” Each panel rotates on its own support; a Connolly leather-clad valet and drinks bar sits on the reverse. “Modern marquetry is very much about exciting surface design and pattern, bringing in some colour and wit, making it really relevant for now,” says Allen. “So often people associate marquetry with brown furniture – and it really doesn’t have to be.” Case in point is the striking royal blue Girih cabinet in sycamore and satinwood (£75,000), inspired by an eight-pointed star mosaic tile that Linley spotted on a visit to Doha. Huge city skyline screens, which Linley first started producing around the turn of the millennium, each include more than 30,000 pieces and take more than 750 hours to put together (£75,000 for London). Every time he goes to New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s room of 15th-century trompe l’oeil marquetry tops furniture designer Tim Gosling’s list. “It’s one of those incredible techniques that never seems to fail to amaze you as you approach it –

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realising it’s not threedimensional, but flat,” he describes. “It’s an extraordinary illusion even in this day and age of movies and iPads. To still see craftsmanship that makes you look at it differently is wonderful.” When in his 20s, Gosling met Jack Wild, a craftsman who worked on the Orient Express. “He had perfected the art of marquetry like no one else,” says Gosling. “He was in his 80s then and we had a couple of years of him being able to train younger people. To hand that baton on is incredible.” One of Gosling’s concerns is that such crafts are less likely to be commissioned if the intricacies of the techniques are not understood – and then might die out.

from top: christophe pourny’s bratislava wall; francis sultana’s Jordanna coffee table and jacopo cabinet

Some pieces might take months to create. One of Gosling’s most impressive creations is a private commission: a door at the end of a corridor that turned out like a drawing in itself, with about 4,000 pieces of hand-cut wood creating an optical illusion as if looking further down the corridor and out over a balcony. Many of the edges were sandburnt to provide extra shading (the wood is shuffled gently into a pile of hot sand, charring the edge). In the coming centuries, as the woods start oxidising, the dark woods will become light and vice versa. The most modern aspect of marquetry today is the use, in some cases, of laser cutting instead of cutting by hand, to achieve painstakingly detailed designs. But there is little space for purism, says Gosling, and this in turn helps crafts survive. “I sometimes think it’s really great to use laser cutting. It does a very different thing as opposed to cutting it by hand – you end up with a slightly burnt edge. But straw cutting is all done by hand, and remarkable because in a photograph it doesn’t capture the light in the same way as if you walk past it and see the iridescence of the straw.” When Hermès reissued a selection of Jean-Michel Frank pieces in 2013, which Gosling also worked on, he was spurred to find craftspeople expert in straw. “A lot of them are based in Normandy because Mont Saint-Michel was used as a prison during the Napoleonic wars, where they had nothing else to do all day except use the straw on the bottom of their cells to make pictures,” says Gosling. “It was born out of that tiny little industry in the 1800s.” Gosling has now started to look at inlaying bone and mother of pearl into the straw. “It’s using three sets of different craftsmen to create something that wouldn’t have happened before, a century ago,” he says. Another table features a three-metre accent of green straw, dyed in the south of France and worked on in Normandy, before the panels are sent to Gosling’s workshop in Whitby. Christophe Pourny, a French furniture designer based in New York, has worked on public projects including the restoration of City Hall, and countless private commissions involving straw. “Marquetry was always reserved for the ‘happy few’ that could afford it, or had the lifestyle or home to welcome it,” says Pourny. Straw was originally


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“It’s an incredible technique that never seems to fail to amaze as you approach it – an extraordinary illusion even in this day and age of movies and iPads”

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used by those wanting a cheaper alternative to wood marquetry in the 1700s, but its rediscovery by Art Deco designers created a demand and expense that could only be afforded by the wealthiest households in Paris. Today there is an additional obstacle. “The process of creating is not as challenging as creating the desire for clients to appreciate it. We worked for several years promoting this craft, before we saw large projects planned.” The rye straw that Pourny uses is grown organically in France, specifically for marquetry. The bundles are imported to Brooklyn, where each stalk is split by hand and ironed flat. Only the best are kept. The designer’s speciality includes impressive waterfall tables inspired by Jean-Michel Frank, shimmering over the curve of the wood, and covering entire walls in straw. The foyer of a new European home took nearly two years to complete. Where Pourny sticks to infinitely mesmerising golden hues, Francis Sultana’s latest work uses straw marquetry to colourful effect. The designer’s imagination was captured by straw marquetry on trips to Baku and Istanbul, combining strong colours with the natural straw. The result is a collection of chevrons and blocky stripes in bright green and blue (from £7,225). “Whereas in the 1920s and 1930s it was all natural in colour, we have created something entirely contemporary,” says Sultana. Hundreds of years on, the horizons of marquetry are still expanding. Bethan Laura Wood focuses on laminate marquetry for her limited series of Hot Rock furniture (POA at Nilufar Gallery), while Allen notes a trend for incorporating metal. Meanwhile, at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Lizzo has just introduced wallcoverings by Japanese specialist Tomita (£309 per m). Thin sheets of lustrous paulownia wood are cut then placed together, alternating the grain of the wood, with more paulownia or paper mulberry inlaid in a contrasting direction to complete the effect – intricate, and ever enchanting.


poetic perfumery Floraïku has made its fragrance debut with a collection of 11 scents inspired by Japan. Each bottle is engraved with a haiku and comes packaged bento box-style, with the illustrated cap serving as a travel spray. £250 each, exclusive to Harrods,

shine bright Dolce & Gabbana’s Royal Parade collection is exclusive to Harrods this Christmas, and mixes classic red and festive gold shades with brighter metallics. From £21,

en pointe Kjaer Weis has added lip and eye pencils to its growing organic make-up collection. Candelilla wax and coconut oil soften the points for gentle application on skin, while the pencils are also available without the heavy silver cap, as eco-friendly refills. £24 each, £20 for refills,

green fingers The Romans marked the winter solstice with evergreen boughs and fir trees – a feature still used in homes today. But if vacuuming needles is too much hassle, turn to L’Artisan Parfumeur’s winter foliage-inspired collection. Our pick is the Coffret Iconique fragrance and candle duo with wild blackberry notes. £118,

another door opens Swapping chocolate for beauty products is a trend that shows no sign of abating in the Christmas countdown, and a dose of Elemis a day will keep your skin hydrated, toned and radiant this December. £150,

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Great hair Day Is a Brazilian blow dry really the answer to a straightening addict’s prayers? Marianne Dick finds out


’ve been a serial straightener ever since I was given my first pair of pink GHDs in the early noughties, yet no matter how long I spend on this morning ritual, I always seem to notice an inexplicable kink or a halo of infuriating flyaways by lunchtime. With this in mind, I make my way to meet elite hair stylist Gille at the Daniel Hersheson salon in Harvey Nichols, feeling intrigued about how transformative a semi-permanent straightening treatment can be. This kind of procedure is usually referred to as a Brazilian blow dry – a nod to where it originated. I realise quickly that I couldn’t be in better hands. Brazilianborn Gille has been in the industry for 32 years and now flits between London, Monaco and wherever his high profile clientele might need him. Despite his extensive career, his own hair care range includes just six products: two of which are new straightening treatments – one for coloured hair and one for natural hair. The beauty of Gille’s latest creations is that – unlike other products – they are formaldehyde-free, meaning the process doesn’t emit any undesirable fumes. Instead,

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From top: Daniel Hersheson salon in harvey nichols; The new brazilian treatment, £150; brazilian treatment hair oil, £24.99

Gille has blended nourishing ingredients such as murumuru butter, coconut oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract and keratin silk amino acids. The process begins with a standard wash using Gille’s scrumptious-smelling shampoo and conditioner that contain shea butter and maracujá oil (from passion fruit seeds). Gille then applies the treatment for natural hair to my locks, combs it through and leaves it on for 20 minutes while we have a coffee and natter about celebrity tresses. According to Gille, my hair is the healthiest in the salon, meaning my treatment isn’t as intense as it would be for those with extremely curly, coarse or coloured-treated hair. After another rinse, mine is blow-dried and then straightened to lock in the magic ingredients. The whole process is delightfully simple and in around an hour and a half I have swishy, flickable, advert-standard hair. Two weeks later, it still feels shiny and healthy, can be blow-dried completely straight and should last another ten weeks. If, like me, you’re never far from your straighteners, I’d highly recommend treating your hair to some Brazilian warmth this winter – at the very least it means you get an extra half hour in bed. The new Brazilian treatment by Gille, from £250, Gille By Appointment Only is available at Carol Joy Hair Salon at The Dorchester Spa, Park Lane, W1K or Daniel Hersheson at Harvey Nichols, SW1X,




feasting Let the season of overindulgence commence...

bake off: scandi style Danish dream team Ole Kristoffersen and Steen Skallebaek brought their successful bakery Ole & Steen to the UK last year, and its latest outpost has just opened in Fitzrovia. Try the traditional biscuits flavoured with cranberry and liquorice, open rye sandwiches topped with hot smoked salmon, or the shareable showstopper: a Cinnamon Social pastry that serves six. Unit 4, 1 Bedford Avenue, WC1B,

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Happy Mondays Fitzrovia’s Riding House Cafe has added a new date to its calendar: Monday Bunday. For £10, guests can cheer up the start of their week by tucking into a classic cheeseburger with smoked cheddar, or a quinoa burger with sundried tomatoes, feta, mushrooms and tzatziki. 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W,

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health kick Devon retreat Yeotown brings its health and wellness mindset to Marylebone with a new eatery on Chiltern Street. Menus are free from dairy, meat and refined sugars, while five-day meal kits from the retreat’s detox cleanse will be available for home delivery. Follow lunch with a five-minute session at the meditation station. 40-42 Chiltern Street, W1U,

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festive spirit Drink Factory has crafted a limitededition white negroni in honour of the winter season. Expect a festive hint of pine to complement the gin and fennel seeds. £36.95, sold at Bar Termini Centrale, 31 Duke Street, W1U,

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Over to the expert… Bernardi’s head chef Sabrina Gidda on her favourite season

tricks of the trade In preparation for the festive season, The Landmark London is offering masterclasses this month in gift wrapping, cupcake-decorating (with champagne and canapés) and Christmas pudding-making with the hotel’s pastry chef. 222 Marylebone Road, NW1

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hen night The Pickled Hen is Marylebone’s latest gastropub-style offering. British classics such as fish and chips and lamb shank pie appear on the menu – and in homage to its name, there’s also crispy chicken scratchings, an egg and soldiers dessert (chocolate mousse set in egg shells with brioche toast dippers) and a Chick Flick cocktail of cognac and champagne. London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch, 134 George Street, W1H, 100

Royal Warrantholding chocolatier Prestat has opened a pop-up store in Heal’s just in time for shoppers to stock up on festive gifts – from hampers and truffle-filled baubles to stockings and fancy chocolate spreads. Until January at Heal’s, 196 Tottenham Court Road, W1T,


t this time of year the restaurant is full of incredible squashes, brassicas, game birds, wild mushrooms, truffles and root vegetables. This autumn I will be celebrating key ingredients by using homemade pasta to show them off. As we await the arrival of white truffle season, my chefs are honing their handmade fettuccine skills. As it’s such a beautiful, expensive ingredient, we use fresh egg pasta or delicate risottos as the canvas to carry the gentle aromatic truffle. For me, this season is so special because many of the ingredients harmonise well together. Roasting squashes with a little fennel and dried chilli flakes makes an easy addition to salads or Sunday lunches – you can even blend them later to create rich soups. Along with the change in produce, we most look forward to the change in cooking techniques. Now is the time for the slow braise and rich ragus. Guinea fowl makes for an excellent alternative to roast chicken, just add a few sprigs of thyme and a rasp of lemon zest. Venison is another ingredient I look forward to cooking. The fillet can be expensive, so ask your butcher for venison mince. The addition of a little pork shoulder mince, lemon zest, breadcrumbs, a pinch of allspice and parmesan make for the most delicious polpette. Serve with sautéed wild mushrooms for a real taste of the season. Just make sure you have a wonderful bottle of wine to enjoy with it too.” 62 Seymour Street, W1H,

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t all began with a guesthouse on Brook Street. After expanding gradually over a number of years, the Mivart family sold their business in 1854 to a Mr and Mrs William Claridge, owners of a smaller hotel across the road. For more than a decade the business boomed and the property quite literally flourished through Brook Street, sprawling over a number of addresses, gathering momentum as it went. Although for a while it was still known locally as Mivart’s at Claridge’s, it wasn’t long before the now prestigious hotel dropped the prefix, as socialites and royals from all over the world sought a room at one of Mayfair’s finest establishments. With the likes of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert regularly crossing its threshold, gossip would have it that on more than one occasion when a caller would request to speak with the King, the response was often “certainly sir, may I ask which one?” The hotel closed for a period in the 1890s for a rebuild, redesign and refurbishment on a truly grand scale. The new Claridge’s boasted a number of additions including the Mirror Room, Ballroom, Reading Room and Foyer, which encompassed the original sprawling, 250-cover restaurant. And so to the heart of the celebratory


new tome Claridge’s: The Cookbook, its first, co-authored by the resident executive chef Martyn Nail and food writer Meredith Erickson. From omelette Arnold Bennett and Cornish crab salad, to pineapple coconut tarts and lobster Wellington, the book takes you from breakfast through to dinner via some of the best-loved dishes and drinks from the Foyer and Reading Room, Claridge’s Bar and Fumoir, one mouthwatering recipe at a time. Sitting down to write the book’s foreword, Danish Michelin-starred chef René Redzepi sums up what has sustained the hotel’s longevity for well over a century. “I tried to distil what it is that I like so much about Claridge’s and why it feels like home to me, because it is very much the opposite of what I grew up with: luxury in its fullest, an extra-sized king bed and people everywhere to help carry your luggage,” he writes.


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“It really boils down to the culture of Claridge’s – that thing that only happens when a group of people work together every day in a profound way. The more I think of it, the more it becomes clear that what makes Claridge’s special is the people there.” Martyn Nail, “the captain of this ship”, so writes Erickson, has been an integral part of the culinary direction at Claridge’s for more than 30 years (a rarity in the restaurant world), overseeing up to 2,000 diners a day, all while conducting an orchestra of special events. And you won’t just find the recipe to the perfect chicken pie inside, but also top tips such as how to go about hosting dinner for 100 people (or more). Indeed, we could all do better by adhering to the hotel’s strict event rules: “Listen to the guest,” readers are told. “If they want a 20-course meal in one hour we believe them, which leads to the second rule. We never commit to something we can’t achieve. The meal has to come together in a complete way, from start to finish. Review the menu well. We have to be able to make a dish for 240 as well as we would for one. The expectation



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that people have when they come to Claridge’s is they’re the only one. And we like that. We want them to feel that. It is en masse but it’s not en masse. Every event to us is unique and individual.” With the festive season fast approaching, it is true that through the years the hotel has come to be seen by many as a beacon of Christmas celebrations. From who will design the famous tree (lest we forget Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s beautiful creation in 2013, and then again the following year), to the angelic children’s choir and the stockings left out by

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guests to be filled on Christmas Eve, the warmth is felt far beyond the kitchen. “Are we cooking a Christmas pudding or are we cooking a dream?” So reads the inspiring introduction to the unveiling of the legendary Christmas pudding recipe. “The secret to this century-old recipe has been kept in the vault until now… the whole pastry team gathers around a giant basin to stir the mix by hand and make wishes of good fortune and goodwill to all.” From mince pies to cheddar and pear Eccles cakes, readers will get a taste of the festive season like never before and the chance to recreate them at home. Everyone has their own story to tell, their favourite dish, their chosen table either in full view or tucked away in a cosy corner. The hotel’s artist in residence David Downton likes to sit at table number four in The Fumoir for his nightcap as well as to interview and draw. “Claridge’s is Claridge’s, and everywhere else is everywhere else,” he says. “London’s grandest hotel guards her legacy but wears her legend lightly, her eyes trained on that famous revolving door, noting the next, the new (and the who is who). “Here, the ghosts of Sir Winston Churchill, Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn converse with the tech billionaire, the Upper East Side maven and the indie designer who are checking in. At Claridge’s there is a continuum.” Cheers to that.


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If your alpine holiday attire of choice is a dressing gown rather than salopettes and ski goggles, you’ll be right at home at San Luis. The peaceful mountain retreat in the South Tyrol consists of lakeside chalets and treehouses perched in the surrounding forest canopy, but it’s the spa that has the ultimate wow factor, with its roaring fire, floor-to-ceiling windows and indoor-outdoor pool. Chalet or treehouse rooms from approx. £260 a night,

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small wonders Ovolo Woolloomooloo (try saying that quickly) in Sydney is the latest addition to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collective. The former warehouse now has 100 rooms featuring bold colour accents and headboard art. Booking discount and breakfast are included for members of the new SLH loyalty scheme, Invited. Some lucky members may even receive surprises during their stay, from a bottle of wine to a bespoke yacht trip. From approx. £165 a night,

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WILD CARD Timbuktu Travel allows guests to build their own safari itineraries, and the latest addition to its roster is the newly opened Roho ya Selous camp. Set on a hillside in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve, it has eight en-suite tented rooms and a swimming pool. Thanks to the nearby river, boat safaris are on offer as well as the more traditional game drives and walking safaris. From £695 a night,

1898 The Post is Ghent’s newest boutique hotel, occupying a neo-Gothic former post office building by the Graslei Canal. Earthy tones and antique furniture in the high-ceilinged rooms, which bear charming names such as The Letter and The Envelope, complement the dramatic architecture. The equally impressive Gravensteen Castle and St Bavo’s Cathedral are nearby, while a festive market opens in December. From approx. £134 a night,

escape to the country It seems designer Martin Brudnizki has had a hand in just about every big restaurant and hotel opening this year, and Wild Carrot, the new bar and restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, is no exception. Dine on seasonal produce from local farms, or take afternoon tea in the library. From £295 a night, s l u x u ry l o n d o n . c o. u k s



osmopolitan and cosy Cork is found on Ireland’s south-western corner, a compact Georgian city wrapped around the River Lee. With its proximity to the coast, this port city’s striking neoclassical streets are the result of its history as a major provisioning port in the 18th century, supplying ships bound for the Americas with salted butter, salted meats, and, hopefully, a little citrus. Food remains central to present-day Cork. Regarded as Ireland’s Food Capital, Cork doesn’t disappoint. Start out by locating The English Market, considered by many to be the finest covered market in Europe. Head past the iced fish, freshly baked pastries, and the stallholders bartering in that characteristic, sing-song local accent, and make your way upstairs to the Farmgate Café. Find a spot overlooking the trading action below and tuck into dishes made with ingredients fresh from the market. Afterwards, walk off your smoked salmon and mushroom omelette while browsing the city’s finest retail arteries. Oliver Plunkett Street is Cork’s take on Carnaby Street, with boutiques run by the same families for generations sitting beside high-street stalwarts. It’s a great city for exploring – the industrial juxtaposed with the genteel – so delve into the alleyways to find hipster cafés, microbreweries and traditional pubs. Follow the thinner branch of the Lee to University College Cork for a meander through its leafy grounds and to check out the free exhibitions at Lewis Glucksman Gallery. Come evening, sip an aperitif amid the luxuriant foliage of the River Lee Hotel bar before heading to Sin É for live music, or if you’d prefer something more stylish and urbane, check out Edison – a cocktail bar housed in an old cinema. As you’ll find, Cork caters for all tastes.


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Where to stay Hayfield Manor is only ten minutes’ walk from the city centre. An oasis of refined comforts set in two acres of gardens, this hotel, which has the feel of a country house, offers a spa, bistro and the candle-lit, gourmet Orchids Restaurant. Don’t be surprised if, during afternoon tea, you find yourself in the company of dewy-eyed honeymooners. From £247 a night,


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Described by some as the best vegetarian restaurant in Europe, a visit to Paradiso – the brainchild of celebrity chef Denis Cotter – is a must. The casual bistro vibe belies the seriousness of the cuisine here, with the menu more a series of gastrohaikus than something you’d imagine could physically arrive in a dish. But it does, and it is wondrous, even for the most dedicated carnivore. Just a few hundred yards down the street fellow celebrity chef Rachel Allen – Ireland’s answer to Nigella – has debuted her eponymous Rachel’s restaurant, with a focus on local produce simply served.;

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M&F recommends Half an hour’s drive from Cork is Kinsale, a coastal town with a splendid harbour and a 17thcentury fort for the history buffs. Another Irish gastro hotspot, the annual Kinsale Gourmet Festival takes place in autumn, although stopping at The Black Pig wine bar or Finns’ Table restaurant will feel festive any time of the year. While in Cork, sign up for a three-hour Fab Food Trail walking tour. Local history and architecture are woven into the itinerary, as are, of course, plenty of tastings.

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Property news PrimeResi brings you the latest news in prime property and development in London

A touch of Luxx Luxx enlists Bruton of Sloane Street to manage its new Marylebone scheme


ruton of Sloane Street has picked up another boutique scheme appointment in prime central London. The luxury property management firm, which was recently brought in to manage Amazon and British Land’s Hempel Gardens development in Bayswater, has been signed up to look after the residents of Luxx London’s new scheme in Marylebone. A reworking of the former British Heart Foundation HQ, The Fitzhardinge Collection is delivering six laterals behind a rather handsome Georgian facade. Bruton will be providing the full gamut of estate management and residents’ services, including its Chatelaine offering, which gives unfettered access to exclusive cultural events, a sommelier and wine cellar,


health and wellbeing and education and art consultancy. “The Fitzhardinge Collection represents the best of Marylebone’s architectural heritage, sitting comfortably among London’s finest and most prestigious residences,” says Andrew Kafkaris, founding partner at Bruton of Sloane Street. “We are delighted to manage this finely restored London heritage asset on behalf of Luxx and the residents.” Meanwhile Harry Hill, director at Luxx London Investments, commented, “The residents of The Fitzhardinge Collection require outstanding service and an immaculately run home. Bruton of Sloane Street understands exactly what’s required to keep an asset of this stature perfectly maintained and preserved.”

Safe as houses Charity puts a whole Grade II-listed row near Goodge Street up for sale A rare and unbroken freehold of eight Grade II-listed buildings in Bloomsbury has been launched onto the market for the first time in 55 years. The entire late 18th-century row at 46-60 Huntley Street is being sold off by University College London Hospitals Charity to help fund the development of new facilities. Just around the corner from Goodge Street station and measuring a combined 16,655 sq ft, the buildings are currently divided up into 23 flats, bringing in a total passing rent of just over £600k a year; 20 are let on assured shorthold tenancies and contractual tenancies; two are empty; and one is subject to a regulated tenant. Knight Frank has been instructed to sell the substantial asset, and is inviting offers over £15.5m. Peter Burroughs, development director at UCLH comments: “We see this as the right time to use some of the charity’s existing assets to fund our expansion elsewhere.” Nick Pleydell-Bouverie, partner at Knight Frank Residential Capital Markets says: “Huntley Street comprises an extremely rare freehold terrace of residential properties, offering an immediate and highly secure income stream. The investment also presents a range of exciting opportunities to further enhance value and income in the future.”


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New starter Knight Frank welcomes Nick Shaw to its Marylebone sales team

The rise of the super-prime market Oversupply of high-value rentals in prime central London means landlords need more from their agents, says Rokstone


here are too many big luxury apartments and houses on the central London rental market, but far too few smaller homes are available, says prime central London agency Rokstone. Oversupply at the top-end (£2,500-£20,000+ per week) is being driven by an increase in the amount of new-build properties delivered and a rise in the number of accidental landlords who are unable to sell, thanks in part to the three per cent rise in stamp duty for buy-to-let landlords. Rokstone says that around 60 per cent of its lettings stock priced above £10,000 per week is “property that developers ideally wanted to sell, but have chosen to let in order to generate income.” The quantity of luxury lettings units is, however, suppressing any price growth. Rents in this segment have cooled by between two and five per cent in the last year, says the firm. At the more affordable end of the prime central London rental market there is “a significant lack of supply of low-cost smaller flats across London’s West End,” says Rokstone. Less than 30 per cent of the firm’s current rental listings are in the £500-£1,200 per week bracket. “There is a significant pent-up demand for entry-level rental properties priced from £500 to £1,200 per week. Studio and one-bedroom flats, if priced and presented well, can let within a few days,” says Rokstone’s head of lettings Olivia McSweeney. Many landlords, whether accidental or not, are tackling the increased competition for high-value tenants by upping their game. “We offer landlords our home-dressing services and also organise professional photography for the properties. While the sales sector of the property market does branding and marketing well, historically the lettings sector has often neglected this important client-care and product presentation function.”

Nick Shaw joins Knight Frank’s Marylebone office as core manager and associate. With more than a decade of agency experience, Shaw says the time was right for a move to Marylebone. “Marylebone is an increasingly popular area of prime central London that attracts a mixture of British and overseas buyers; it is getting more soughtafter by the day. This was something I wanted to be a part of,” he comments. The fast-paced rate of change has done little to disturb the village feel or upset the balance of coffee shops and independent boutiques in the area. Shaw believes that the postcode exceeds expectations; Marylebone has outperformed wider prime central London with strong activity levels and some record pounds per square foot prices. “I could not be happier to be working in Marylebone,” he concludes. “I’m thoroughly excited to learn more about the area and everything it has to offer.”




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Knight Frank Ali Mathews, sales negotiator First impressions are everything; when it comes to buying a house they can make or break your decision. When prospective buyers and tenants view a property, they are viewing a lifestyle. Seeing a property listed online, which has been excellently presented, turns that desired lifestyle into a reality, creating an emotional link that makes the buyer or tenant fall in love with your property.

Today, clients stress the importance of a turnkey move more and more. For property owners, your home won’t be the only property being viewed by prospective buyers, so it is important for it to stand out. The more desirable your property looks, the better the price it will achieve. A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say, and indeed, approximately 80 per cent of house sales begin with buyers browsing

Kay & Co Martin Bikhit, managing director Presentation is key if you want to sell or let your property swiftly, at the best price. We all know that buyers and renters make up their minds about a property within the first few seconds, so concentrate on those important first impressions by decluttering your space and dressing your property to a high standard, so people can visualise living there. The three rooms that matter the most are the reception room, the kitchen and the master bedroom so concentrate on the

online. A beautiful picture will create excitement in the same way that one gazes at a supercar. Choose an excellent agent, with a great team. Connecting people and property perfectly is what we do, and it’s all thanks to the flawless personal service that we provide to our clients. 55 Baker Street, W1U, 020 3641 7938,

presentation of these. Identify the unique selling point of your property and make sure it stands out. If you are going to refurbish, do the whole property not one or two rooms. There are no half measures: you should do all or nothing, and aim to get two pounds back for every pound you spend. Consider reconfiguring your space especially if it is a period property, where smaller rooms rather than larger open spaces, are more prevalent. Investigate whether internal walls can be moved or removed altogether to create open-plan living, but make sure you seek professional advice first. Selling or letting a property quickly, even in a sticky market, is certainly feasible. But if you want to shift the


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Rokstone Becky Fatemi, director We now live in an Instagram world where first impressions are formed in the first four seconds. These are extremely important, as once an opinion has been formed, it can be very difficult to change. A balance needs to be struck between showcasing your own flair and personality in your home while still keeping it neutral enough that others can envisage themselves living there. More often than not, having a tidy, organised and well-presented house is key to ensure a sale. Companies such as Zara Home, Next and H&M Home do great accessories for the home which are always on trend and not too expensive. A fresh coat of paint and a sensible use of storage space will also leave an excellent impression on visitors or potential buyers by making your living space look larger. Bright and neutral colours create the illusion of light and space in your home, making it desirable to a wider range of people. It’s not just a question of interior design though, kerb appeal is also important – a neat driveway and an eye-catching yet tasteful front door will set the right tone for your home. Plants

also always make a difference. The immediate impression could quite possibly be the lasting one too, so what visitors first see is crucial. Every time someone comes to view

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odds of making the process as speedy as possible, and in your favour, you need to follow these basic pointers. 20a Paddington Street, W1U, 020 3394 0027,

Three-bedroom family home on Bingham Place, £3,995 per week

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Montagu Square –


Fantastic Views over Marylebone’s Premier Garden Square £3,500,000 K AY & C O


A rarely available two bedroom, two bathroom apartment situated on the first


and second floors of this converted Georgian town house. The property is


situated towards the middle of the square and enjoys uninterrupted views into

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the residents’ only gardens from its impressive reception room, with floor to ceiling windows, and master bedroom. There is also an additional room off the communal staircase that would make an ideal study and two storage cupboards.

Harley Street –


A Prime Period Conversion in Marylebone Village £2,000,000


A spacious two bedroom apartment situated in this attractive Grade II listed period building on the corner of Harley Street and New Cavendish Street. The property benefits from an abundance of natural light in its lovely west-facing reception room


with bay window. There is an excellent sized master bedroom with ensuite bathroom,

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second bedroom and additional shower room as well as a separate kitchen. There is


also a storage cupboard located on the second floor landing.

Marylebone & Fitzrovia Magazine November 2017  

Welcome to the latest edition of Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...

Marylebone & Fitzrovia Magazine November 2017  

Welcome to the latest edition of Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...