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I’M GETTING REALLY bored of eating out. It’s not the food, though: it’s the decor. If I have to sit on one more faux-suede chair, or stare at one more ‘almond milk’ wall, or be cooled by one more exposed airconditioning duct, I may have to regurgitate my shiitake mushroom amuse bouche all over the crisp white cotton table cloths. London’s restaurants may boast the most diverse repertoires of any capital city, but the same sadly cannot be said about their interiors: they’re mostly ‘design-by-numbers’. Fortunately, there are exceptions. From the timeless deco-class of the The Wolseley to the effortless chic of the Blue Bar at The Berkeley, David Collins has been creating some of London’s most original and lasting designs. In fact, he’ll even design your house, if you’ve got enough wonga. See p18. Another man who knows a fair bit about restaurant design, and design in general, is the legendary Sir Terence Conran. A textbook overachiever, Sir T lists designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer on his bulging CV. He has recently dabbled on the City fringes too, launching Boundary in Shoreditch and Lutyens in Fleet Street. We asked his daughter Sophie Conran – an accomplished designer in her own right – to interview him exclusively for us, on p12. Now, one thing that would improve a few restaurants would be some beds: nothing like a liedown after a long lunch. We ask the experts at And So To Bed what you need for a perfect night’s sleep. Hope you enjoy the Guide. I’m off for a nap.


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“YOU SPIN ME right round, baby, right round.” When Pete Burns first sung those lyrics he probably, scrap that, definitely wasn’t talking about a cylindrical book shelf. In fact, the very fact that the Archive II exists at all is slightly improbable. But then, its creator David Garcia has become renowned for challenging the status quo. The Spanish-Canadian architect made a name for himself at Foster & Partners, and is now the principal and owner of the architectural practice David Garcia Studio. His Archive II is a mobile library in the most literal sense of the term – ideal for when you’re moving house. Inspired by ancient travelling libraries from the Far East, which visited courts and cities, Archive II transforms this into a personal space. The cylinder can house up to one tonne of books: that’s one hell of a lot of Harry Potter. Apparently, a 300-page book takes the average reader nine hours to read, which means you should be able to get through a novel in 26 miles. That’s one way to make a marathon interesting, I suppose. ■




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I think she did upholstery for cushions and sofas. She was good with a needle and thread, which I wasn’t.

SophIe Conran

Your desire to create things came from your mother, one of your biggest influences. She used to shop at heals. Did you ever go with her? Yes, absolutely, we used to go to all sorts of exhibitions. I remember one in the City, which was a craft exhibition, in Goldsmiths’ Hall I think.

Sophie Conran: What was your first commercial venture? Terence Conran: Making dolls house furniture. I must have been about eight or nine years old. It was after the war and all the toy shops were empty. The chap that owned the local pub had a fantastic workshop as he was mad about trains. He had a model train that ran around the garden, so it was really his train workshop. He gave me the task of making an aircraft carrier out of wood, to put on the empty shelves in his pub. Alcohol was very scarce, you see. In return for this commission, I received a lathe, which was very useful.

So you grew up with a backdrop of the war. Do you think that there was a particular post-war feeling and what embodied it? After the war was over we were surrounded by broken burnt-out buildings and rationing for everything. This resulted in DIY enthusiasm. People were thinking, “Why can’t I do this myself?” Usually the reason they couldn’t was because they hadn’t got the tools to do it with. For instance, I was very keen on welding, and I found it impossible to get British Oxygen to deliver oxygen gas to my home so that I could weld in my workshop. It wasn’t recognised as a place that was sufficiently safe to have big cylinders of highly explosive gas!

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and you had a workshop in a room next to the house in Liphook, hants? Yes – Old Shepherd’s Farm was the name of the house. What did you spend your pocket money on and the money you earned from making the furniture? Buying raw materials for the workshop, buying tools. I was very self-centred and focused about wanting to make a success of the workshop. So it very quickly became a commercial venture? Yes. I realised that there was an opportunity for commerce and that I could develop a little business from it. Priscilla [his sister] got involved as well. Did she help with the furniture?

got me interested in making other kinds of photograms. it sounds like you were very industrious, always creating things... I like making things. Even to this day I get fed up with designers who can’t go the whole hog and make something physically. I think in making things physically you learn about design, you learn about junctions, how things join together, what sort of joints you can use. Whether they are going to live well with each other. When you were at school, did you have opportunities for design and commercial ventures? Design ventures certainly, but no commercial ventures. It was rather a Fabian School. Commerce was looked on with some doubt and suspicion. Things changed during the course of the war. People realised that if things were going to be achieved, they had to generate money to pay for the next one. I think there was a good recognition that commerce wasn’t an evil.

exactly what Felix (my son) wants to do at the moment! have explosive things around, that is… Or like Sebastian [his son], who loved his explosions.

perhaps it had been before? What were the most important things you learnt at the Central School of art? One of the things that we did with the wonderful Dora Batty, who ran the textile courses for Central, was to go twice a week to the behind the scenes textile collection at the V&A. There are vast halls where hundreds of ▶

Did you think about your environment from an early age – you mentioned a particularly nice set of curtains you had chosen with your mum that had green flowers and plants on them? Do you know what I mean by a photogram – when you put something on light-sensitive paper – they expose it to light so that everything appears negative? This fabric had that sort of effect; I loved it. Nice, simple fabric that

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▶ thousands of textiles are kept in good condition. She taught us why textiles were produced in a certain format, with certain traits. For example, because the Egyptians had conquered some nearby tribe, they had a new dye or technique. It was always in some way to do with wars. Indigo is now available – things suddenly becoming available, which altered the design and the philosophy of the industrial artists. I always remember that when the French eventually went to India, they became completely bowled over by Indian-print fabrics and wood-block prints. They couldn’t get enough of them and the area around Marseilles became a textile area where people set up different ways of making Indian-like fabrics, ways of printing them, and eventually ways of screen-printing them.

Do you think being a retailer has improved your ability to design? For design you have to understand the aspirations of your customers, talk to them and have dialogue with them. I always say the brief you get for the design of something is enormously important, and yet people find it very difficult to sit down and think about this brief. It’s usually best done with the designer and the client having a dialogue over the kitchen table. Exactly how I design with Portmeirion – lots of cups of tea and a good chat! Do you have a favourite possession, new or old? Apart from you, Sophie? I have lots of lovely things; I collect things. I have a beautiful Japanese bowl. I had seen the work of a Japanese potter and loved it so much, I talked to [the ceramicist] David Queensbury about how I could get hold of his work. He introduced me to a friend of his who really was the patron of this particular potter. She persuaded him to make me one – I described what I wanted exactly, that I didn’t want any decoration I just wanted a shape. She must have described it beautifully as he came up with the perfect pot. It is my favourite object.

You can see in some of the fabrics dating from the 1800s or earlier, the Indian influence on the beautiful Provençal fabrics, up to today... It is rather extraordinary that Provençal is in fact Indian – and Manchester influencing the Indians. It goes in a wonderful circle. The Indians copy fabrics from Manchester. The French take those fabrics back to Provence and the South of France and small printing factories copy these designs. But they don’t copy them exactly, do they? From Manchester to India, it gets translated rather like Chinese whispers, in that Indians put their slant on it, and then when it goes on to France the French interpret it in their own particular way. You’re quite right… So what are now called Provençale fabrics were originally Mancunian. I wonder who the Mancunians were taking their influence from? There were a lot of wonderful pattern books produced at that sort of time – the early part of the 19th century.

●● Apart from you, Sophie, I have lots of lovely things. I have a beautiful Japanese bowl

It’s nice because your friend David Queensbury was involved – often the things we love most we love because of a friendship, memory or association, such as a good moment. Yes, exactly. What is/was your most successful product? I designed a fabric for David Whitehead [a big textile manufacturer in the North of England] during the end of the war era, which they sold to a bed maker who used this design for ticking [a mattress cover] in their beds. It was quite a simple design with good colour and little dotty lines. This became hugely successful and David ▶

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▶ Whitehead sold over one million yards to a bedding manufacturer. They desperately needed beds at that period. One million yards of Terence Conran ticking were sold. I was very proud of this and David Whitehead said that, as far as they knew, no factory in Manchester had ever recorded selling one million yards of fabric before. So you were straight out of school and designing things that were phenomenally successful? I think I was still in school! It was terrifically exciting for the school to have a company use the design of one of their students so successfully. We were all at that time trying to demonstrate that design was important to the nation, so anything that could be pointed to it as being commercially successful was very important to the London County Council and for the school’s survival. You were at school with some quite amazing people at Central weren’t you? Amazing teachers?... Eduardo Paolozzi [the famous Scottish sculptor and artist who died in 2005], of course, who was hugely important in my life. There was also the very clever Dora Batty who spotted young designers, architects and artists who she thought were a good influence on her students. She spotted Eduardo. She was a very nice, gentle lady from the Norfolk area, which is where she settled.

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What has been your favourite home? Barton Court [in Berkshire] is where I have always felt most comfortable, relaxed and content. It is where I have space and time to think, design and create. I have very few distractions or interruptions such as meetings, phone calls or parties to attend. The integrated approach to home and work life means one is never stifled by the other, there is always some kind of balance. That is the key to a happy, easy existence. Do you have a favourite room in the house? I have a large room that I use as an office. It is filled with books and models of my furniture designs, a huge desk, a comfortable sofa, an open wood fire and views over the fields and river. What is your favourite building? In London I make no apologies for saying Michelin House because it is so quirky; we have Bibendum and The Conran Shop there; and it is mine! Over the years I had grown to love and admire the building – just across the road from the site of the first Habitat – and when we opened it in 1987 with Bibendum and The Conran Shop it was the happiest day of my life. The Royal Festival Hall is another splendid building – it was key to the social changes taking place in Britain in 1951 and is symbolic of Britain’s transformation ever since. What is your greatest asset? I would say a keen and discerning eye – a visual certainty and a strong conviction in my instincts. I can see something and say immediately “that’s good”, “that will work” or “that will sell.” Or best of all “that’s beautiful.” Finally, do you think there are any golden rules to business? An important lesson I have absorbed

SOPHIE’S WORLD: (above) Sophie with Sir Terence at a recent family occasion; (left) a tender moment between father and daughter on a childhood holiday to the South of France

over the years is that design and business are completely interlinked – one cannot succeed without the other. I’ve always thought that design was 98% common sense and 2% aesthetics. It is the same with business, except the magic ingredient is vision. More than ever now – as chairman of a company working on hundreds of projects around the world – I realise positive leadership conveys a clear message and vision to your staff that is utterly crucial. Enthusing your staff with passion and dedication to your business goes a long way to achieving success. So, which elements are the most important, would you say? I have learned that some of the most important qualities to succeed in business are intelligence, imagination, creativity, common sense, perseverance, market awareness, determination, sensitivity and above all, a thick skin of unshakeable selfconfidence. Perhaps these values appear to cancel each other out, but I believe they are all necessary attributes required for different times and in different situations. ■



















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Then speak to David Collins about a refurb. georgIna wIlson-powell meets the man that’s decked out most of London’s top hot spots... If you were going to be an interior designer, you’d want to be David Collins. About as far from the smallscreened abomination of Laurence Llewelyn Bowen’s flouncy caricature of interior designers as you can get, sleek and sophisticated Collins designs award-winning bars for a living (well, for part of his living). Then there’s the private penthouse suites, luxurious boutique hotels, private residences, yachts and restaurants that makes up the rest of the David Collins Studio’s work. Oh and he once designed a concept bedroom for Madonna. The Dublin-born, London-living, GQ Award-winning (for Inspirational Man of the Year) designer has wracked up an embarrassment of awards in the last year, including Best New Interior for The Connaught Bar at the British Design Awards; Wallpaper*’s Design Award for Best Personal Service (which relates less to Collins himself and more to the bespoke Martini trolley he introduced) also at The Connaught.

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Then there’s the interestingly named House & Garden Pineapple Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Hotel Design, and Travel + Leisure magazine voted his London West Hollywood hotel their number one in California. We could go on, but you get the idea. The man is popular in the right circles. Collins’s aesthetic is simultaneously grand but modern, elegant but freshly coloured and combines artisan furniture and luxury fabrics with a sense of grace not often seen outside period renovations. It is important to him to use quality materials “because materials, like us all, age, change and adapt with time so you have to ensure they will actually improve with age rather than deteriorate”. He formed his studio in 1985 and since then has designed interiors for Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and self-styled fashion DJ Pierre Ravan, as well as at J Sheekey, Nobu Berkeley, The Blue Bar at Claridges (right) and Bob Bob Ricard (which won Best New Design at the 2009 Time Out Eating & Drinking awards for its “quirky touches, exuberance, fearlessness and infidelity.”) But Collins is not bothered by his myriad mantelpiece monuments. “I do not tend to think about awards that I have won. I am sure that there are many that have eluded me and I would be delighted to win any more!” He might be delighted further then next year as it has just been revealed that he is the bar and Roman-inspired restaurant (Massimo) designer for London’s only new five-star hotel to ▶

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▶ open this year – in the last quarter – The Corinthia. The Corinthia is, in fact, the old Metropole Hotel which opened in 1886 in Whitehall Place, moments from Trafalgar Square, and a perfect canvas for Collins’s grand designs. Although his sense of style has a feeling of old-fashioned London glamour about it he is “affected by the cities and the locations where I work. I think you get a different vibe between Rome, Milan, Paris and London so I’m inspired by local culture, music and art.”

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Spreading his wings this year, Collins is involved in two far-flung residential projects – not a new area of expertise as he’s designed penthouses in New York and London – but Bangkok and Baku, Azerbaijan, might not have been the first places you’d expect to see him unfurling the plans. However, the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Bangkok are located in what will be the city’s tallest tower (from floors 23-72), the MahaNakhon, south-east Asia’s most expensive mixed-use space development ever, weighing in at 18bn bahts ($555m). The two- to five-bed single floor or duplex apartments will be the premier living spaces in Bangkok and Collins has taken his inspiration from high-end Manhattan living, Vanderbilt style. The apartments aim to convey “minimalist luxury”. Collins explains what this means to him: “Luxury is not an excess nor a lack of anything, so it is getting comfort, elegance and indulgence at the correct balance, this is what I see as being minimalist luxury. “I look upon residential projects as an opportunity to become very detailed and immersed in the design and he working of a particular project. I often take some of the learning from these experiences into working on public spaces.” It’s the public spaces he’ll be working on in his other location this year, Baku, in Azerbaijan. “I love the whole design of the town of Baku. What particularly struck me was the really exquisite timber rooms perched out like bird-cages over the streets below.” The Port Baku Residence project aims to bring modern luxury living to this east-meets-west port that is predicted to see a spike in tourism in the next few years. “It’s an interesting project for us,” says Collins. “We are doing something in a country that has got a very interesting cultural mix and is set in a

very beautiful city. We wanted to bring a chic and elegant lifestyle into some of the residential developments there.” And what of Collins himself? Does his home – an apartment with terrace in west London designed for entertaining – have a chic and elegant feel? “My own home is decorated in a completely impractical and selfindulgent way where my shirts have pride of place. I tend to spend most of my time just lying on my sofa either watching TV or staring out of the window; it suits me perfectly.” ■

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Describe the ASTB style? Unique and eclectic. We put no constraints on our design team. We’ll kick around different concepts until we all say: “Yeah, that would be cool.” Everyone is invited to bring ideas to the table. There’s much laughter and tearing up of pictures and, “oh, well, I liked it”. We encourage creativity, which has led to some extraordinary designs. Where’s your inspiration come from? Everywhere; a gatepost, an old door, a gazebo, a brooch. Our travels – we go to a lot of the trade shows, such as Maison&Objet in Paris. Take our Handel bedstead, for instance. Our chairman is big into horses and he took the whole idea from a bridle. Everyone calls it our ‘bondage bed’. It’s actually quite a design feat. We wanted to make it in leather – like a bridle, obviously – but it wouldn’t work, so we fashioned the trompe l’oeil criss-crossing of its headboard and footboard out of pure cast metal. It’s all hand-forged, right down to the stitch marks, which are beaten into place. We also design bespoke beds. We’ve got a Shell bed, inspired by a 17thcentury masterpiece that we made for an Italian princess. It comes in sterling silver or gold leaf, has a giant shell headboard and wave effects round the base. Another favourite is the Baroque, commissioned by a lord. It has an ornamental step and you can carve your family crest into the footboard. Who shops at ASTB? We have 28 shops around the world. Piers Morgan bought one recently. Noel Gallagher comes in a lot. We’ve most recently opened in Saudi Arabia, Austria and Dublin. We’ve also just designed the beds for the Thai Square Group’s new hotel in Minories EC1. Which is your favourite bed? My favourite is the Dickens because of its scale (1.72m tall). It depends on the

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Kohler and West One Bathrooms: a special relationship coming to a showroom near you WHEN YOU’RE UPGRADING your bathroom you want to work with the right people. Thanks to the partnership between American luxury bathroom manufacturer Kohler and the UK’s premier bathroom retailer, West One Bathrooms, you can now work with two highly acclaimed companies together. The Bold Look of Kohler at West One Bathrooms is a new showroom in Clerkenwell displaying only Kohler brands, including Daryl and Kallista. This design destination offers an exciting new environment to view bathroom products by some of the world’s leading designers – and it’s so close to the City you can nip there in your lunch hour. ■ The Bold Look of Kohler at West One Bathrooms, 44-48 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1M 5PS; 0800 0542 542;; for locating West One Bathrooms’ other showrooms in London, Kent and Sussex please visit:




GOING DOWN UNDER says forget about loft conversions – if you’re looking to expand your property think about going down rather than up... BRUCE CLARK

IT’S NO ACCIDENT that Bruce Wayne chose to put the HQ of his crime-fighting alter-ego underground. After all, the Batcave was private, didn’t take up any extra living space and sounded far better than Batpenthouse or Batopenplanlivingarea. But building a basement makes a lot of sense for Londoners too, particularly those wanting to maximise their space without having to relocate or extend. 28 SQUAREMILE

●● Building a basement makes a lot of sense for Londoners who need more space

London Basement is the capital’s leading specialist in constructing and excavating basements, and it can create anything from an entertainment room to a swimming pool or even a spa. Its skilled craftsmen are experienced in all types of refurbishment and contact programmes are very much fast-track, something both City civilians and vigilante superheroes will appreciate. ■ 020 8847 9449 9449; U K , IR E LA N D & G IB R A LTA R E X C LU S IV E P O G G E N P O H L K ITC H E N D E S IG N C E N TR E S : Aberdeen l Ascot – Berkshire l Barnet – London, Herts l Birmingham l Bournemouth l Carlisle l Colchester l Dublin 2 l Edinburgh l Exmouth l Gibraltar l Glasgow Guernsey l Guildford l Kilmarnock l Kingston – Surrey l Leeds l London – Finchley Road NW3 l London – Harrods l London – Knightsbridge SW3 London – Pimlico SW1 l London – Clapham SW11 l London – Waterloo SE1 l London – Wigmore St W1 l Manchester l Oxford l Salisbury l St. Albans Wilmslow – Cheshire l Worthing – Sussex For a brochure or details of your nearest studio please call 08000 683 606 or visit our website



OUTSIDE OF THE BOX is intrigued by Laurens Manders’ sleek safe – though he can’t see the Bank placing an order MARK HEDLEY

THERE’S A SLIGHT issue with Laurens Manders’ ‘Vault’ – it’s not actually very safe. There’s no lock, for a start. But if you’re buying this to stash government bonds in, then you’re kind of missing the point. Behind its exterior, the Vault contains five walnut drawers designed for photos, letters and keepsakes. According to Manders, the project forced her “to find out what value really is”, by questioning “which things are of real value to me”. If you’ve got a spare £7,000 lying about – presumably in a real safe – you can find out too. ■





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MIRROR, MIRROR... More off the wall than on the wall: the Stellar mirror by Jake Phipps. JACK DONNE looks into it

HERE’S A MIRROR that would make Narcissus go crazy (oh, hang on...). Jake Phipps’s £6,400 ‘Stellar’ was inspired by the attributes of cut diamonds and is made up of 750 individually-sized and angled mirrored sections. Dependent on the time of day and angle of the sun, the mirror’s colour and lustre will alter, creating an ever-changing focal point to a room. And if your front room looks like this one, you need all the help you can get. ■ 020 8816 7855;


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Square Mile Magazine, The Best of the City, Design Guide, 2010 (Issue 50)