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Design News The latest from the world of interior design Books Kit Kemp’s ‘Every Room Tells a Story’, Guillaume de Laubier’s ‘A Home in Paris’, Windsor Smith’s ‘Design for Modern Living’ and ‘Decorating with Photographs’ from Martin Trowbridge Fabrics & Wallpapers New collections from Rubelli, Little Greene, Nina Campbell and Designer’s Guild Rugs & Flooring Great new flooring from Stepevi, Floor Seasons, Alternative Flooring, Deirdre Dyson and more Design Trends Jason Cherrington talks about the return of stone floors, Tina Mahony marvels at the beauty of marble and Richard McLane takes a step up and discusses well designed staircases Lighting New designs from Global Lighting, David Hunt Lighting, Copper & Silk and Delightfull Kitchens Beautiful kitchens from Davonport, Rencraft, Chalon and more Bathrooms New collections from West One Bathrooms, Maison Valentina, Drummonds and Albion Bath Co Montreal Design Project Les Ensembliers redefines a heritage conversion Chelsea Choice A New Zealand-born designer has made herself at home in a stylish renovation Bowhill House Once a simple retreat for country pleasures, now full of treasures Berkshire Design Project Maurizio Pellizzoni transforms a Grade 2-listed building into a warm family home Cover story: French windows open onto a sunny decked terrace furnished with comfortable outdoor sofas and a coffee table Read more on page 90


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THE BROGAN CHAIR by Leather furniture manufacturer Hancock & Moore features a traditional-style wooden frame upholstered with a mocha zebra hair-on-hide exterior, and a quilted leather interior. This refined look exudes a wild vibe for seating that really ‘roars’ with style.

THE EXOTIC image of butterflies flying wild and free was the inspiration for Koket’s Nymph Chandelier. The elegant movement of this feminine animal is captured in a whimsical and delicate artisan piece with gold butterflies flying all around the central brass structure in this luxury lighting solution.

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THIS SETTING from the popular Biltmore Collection by Fine Furniture Design embraces George and Edith Vanderbilt’s comfortable approach to gracious living for which they were so well known. Each piece draws on the timeless beauty of the treasures found throughout George Vanderbilt’s travels throughout Europe and the world. T: 001 336 883 9918 | Bridge for Design December 2015

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PALM BEACH Royal Lounge Chair from the Richard Frinier Collection for Century shown with resort white Sailcloth fabrics from Sunbrella also designed by Richard Frinier

DAVID HARBER’s award-winning Chalice redefines the relationship between fixed and moving sculptural forms. Made of two mirror-polished stainless steel hemispheres, water overflows from the Chalice’s outer rim and, via surface tension, continues to conform to its side. T: +44 (0) 123 5859300 |

BITANGRA’S FURNITURE pieces are a bright and modern twist on stained glass, brought to life by the hands of master artisans. Each piece is a tribute to the ancient tradition of hand painted glass tiles, and are created to complement the decoration of any interior setting. 26

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BESPOKE SOFA LONDON strive to create unique and desirable handcrafted furniture, using the finest materials and craftsmanship. Using luxury fabrics and blending traditional with modern techniques, creating some of the most beautiful handcrafted furniture available. T: +44 (0) 207 736 9900 |

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DAEDALIAN GLASS STUDIOS, glass makers using etched, fused, cast, slumping, verre églomisé, painting and laminating techniques. Working with Architects and Designers in the interiors industry; with in-house capabilities to manage projects from concept and design development, to sampling, production and installation.


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AS A COMPANY steeped in rich heritage, Hypnos prides itself on creating bespoke, madeto-measure beds for homes around the world. Its latest Regency Collection offers the ultimate in luxury design and comfort. Only natural, breathable materials have been used in the mattress, ensuring healthy air flow for a truly restful night’s sleep.

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LUXURY, SOPHISTICATION and innovation are three words that can be used to describe Ventique. Their Bespoke projects with Swarovski crystals and glass micro-mosaic tiles create interiors that bring a sense of magnificence and uniqueness to any high end interior. T: +44(0)207 349 9876 |

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ALWAYS IN PURSUIT of beautiful design, Van Peursem Ltd. introduces this contemporary collection made in America. Designed by Michael Vanderbyl, these custom upholstery and occasional designs reflect the vision of the Van Puersem founder Christian Plasman and his modern view of classic forms. T: 001 336 847 6686 |

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design news Claudio Gianfranceschi opened Villaverde in 2003 and 11 years on he continues to create and introduce exclusive lighting in unique colours and finishes. Combining traditional techniques with expert craftsmanship, Villaverde offers an impressive range of customised lighting handmade in Italy for interiors worldwide. The Aris metal chandelier shown here (left) is available in various sizes and finishes and is exclusive to Villaverde. T: +44 (0)207 610 9797

DESIGNED BY Michael Vanderbyl for Van Puersem, the Half Moon sofa has a refined low profile, exceptional comfort and luxurious high back. Made in North Carolina, this fashionable sofa can be built to designer’s specifications and is also available in several finish options as well as a wide variety of fabric and leather selections. T: 001 336 847 6686 | Sofa Workshop make the most beautiful sofa designs using traditional techniques and craftsmanship meaning quality prevails. Their designs range from contemporary to classic and every style in between. Choose from their exclusive fabric range or from many of the best loved fabric houses. With generous trade discounts they can supply one chair to 100 sofas. T: +44 (0)800 230 0048 |

Bold yet stylish, the Jules cocktail table from Mr and Mrs Howard for Sherrill Furniture shows great imagination and structure. The artisan crafted steel base and patinated verde finish complements the natural Travertine Stone top creating an elegantly inspired design. This handsome 60 inch long table has aroused a great deal of interest from designers and connoisseurs. T: 001 828 322 2640 32

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It is hard to fathom beauty in shattered glass until you see how glass artist and sculptor Yorgos Papadopoulos puts this broken medium to work in his sculptural installation for a north London garden. His artworks take different forms smallscale ‘paintings’ and freestanding or hanging pieces even but the smashed glass creations are particularly successful as large-scale architectural features T: +44 (0)208 885 2029 |

Urban Living Interiors commissioned textile designer Kit Miles to produce Emperor Damask wallpaper which will cover one huge wall in their showroom in Great Portland Street, during the London Design Festival. His Bird in Chains looks like a classic exotic print but as you look closely at the design you see a surreal, story. T: +44 (0)207 637 9427

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DESIGNER NINA CAMPBELL came across these charming pen and ink and water colour views when she was tidying up her father’s things. They are by her great great uncle, Lieutenant Robert Hely-Hutchinson Keightley who, 150 years ago, was an officer in the British army’s 76th foot regiment posted to a garrison on Malta in the Mediterranean. During the dull evenings in camp he wrote a diary and worked on his sketches and paintings of scenes that surrounded him - harbours and mountain ranges or fishing boats pulled up on the beach. Several dozen of them ended up in a large Morocco-leather album which is where Nina found them. Working with TROWBRIDGE Nina has created two stunning collections in colour and in sepia using these wonderfully evocative images. T: +44 (0)207 371 8733 I

WITH MORE THAN thirty years experience behind them, the Custom Carpet Company are once again showing their expertise with this bold Handtufted Wool rug. With its geometric design and rich colours, it will enhance any domestic or commercial floorspace. 34

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PORCUPINE ROCKS’S QALAKABUSHA SOFA displays images of vibrat, native wildlife floral and geometric patterns. Its solid beech wood frame is crafted to the highest quality.






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Take a former RAF engineer and the image of a lobster in its seaside pot and the end result is The Cornish Chair Company’s Lobster Pot chair. Ten years in the making, the 25-legged chair is expertly crafted in kilndried American black walnut and is Creative Director, Richard Hooper’s first design. T: + 44 (0)172 688 4428 Design and hotelier maestros Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels have launched their eigth hotel - The Ham Yard Hotel in the heart of Soho, London. The site had been vacant for over 40 years before the duo transformed it into an hotel with a distinctly urban village feel. Each of the 91 spacious bedrooms has been individually designed by Kit and feature her award-winning quirky British style defined by an innovative mix of colour, pattern, texture and art. T: +44 (0)203 642 2000 |

Michaela Schleypen’s latest creation for FRONT London is an evolution of her unique sculptural approach to rug design. The new Woodheart rug takes on the form of a cross-section of a 100-year-old oak tree. T: +44 (0)207 495 0740 |

Stuart Scott, in partnership with Brosley, has designed The Constructor, a chair that reflects both their passions for detail and precision, quality and comfort with a strong design edge. The Constructor is a ‘thinking chair’ that will not only inspire those from whom it takes its foundations, but also those aspiring builders of a home. T: +44 (0)207 186 0060 | 36

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Timeless Chesterfields has handcrafted traditional Chesterfield furniture in their Lancashire workshop for over 30 years. Each piece is built by hand in a traditional time-honoured way using only the finest raw materials. T: +44 (0)120 436 8413

Drawing on their successful careers in the textile industry, Richard Miles and Lincoln Austin of Miles and Lincoln have applied their considerable design talents to their collection of laser cut screens. These stunning screens come in a myriad of patterns, materials, finishes and shapes. They are equally at home in interiors and exteriors and lend an ethereal quality to landscape architecture projects. The team also offers a fully bespoke service to turn any client’s vision into reality. T: + 44 (0)203 637 0807 |

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ROBEYS latest collection of woodburning, pellet and gas stoves includes innovative solutions combined with a style and design that are the hallmarks of Italy’s Piazzetta. With ample opportunities for product customisation you can select from a wide choice of contemporary colours and installation types to suit your home. T: +44 (0)177 382 0940 |

DEIRDRE DYSON says that her new Illusion collection presented her hand-knotted makers with the most difficult challenge to date. “The geometric designs may look deceptively simple, but the intricacy of workmanship involved is astounding,” she said. T: +44 (0)207 384 4464

BOASTING THE ultimate in luxury design and comfort, Hypnos’ Sandringham Supreme mattress, taken from its stunning new Regency Collection, provides total body support for a truly restful night’s sleep. The bed also has a deep divan base and stylish Olivia headboard in Tangerine.

STONE AGE is a specialist supplier of stone products for architectural and interior use, ranging from flooring to one-off bespoke elements. As a family company that has grown organically, they have built up a network of trusted suppliers which allows them to be confident of the quality of the stone that they supply and also that they know where to go to get something a little bit special.


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This lifestyle scene shows a few of the wide array of designs by John-Richard. The selection gathered here depicts how a wall setting can enhance a room and be attractive and practical at the same time. No matter the style, the unifying factors in each piece reflect enduring design and good taste. The Figaro chairs offer the perfect complement to traditional or contemporary decor. T: 001 662 453 5809 |


Resistance is futile when it comes to the stunning new collection of decorative accessories from Christopher Guy. In the collection is this new sculptural piece; the elegant ‘Exhaustibilité’, a circle of continuous movement crafted in seamless hand-beaten copper. T: 001 212 684 2197 |



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Celebrating 13 years of design and supply at the very top end of the artificial flower market, RTfact offer a bespoke service to interior designers, property developers and businesses, both in the UK and internationally, supplying stunning faux flower arrangements and greenery to complement a vast range of interior and exterior styles. T : +44 (0)137 247 0580




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BRITISH INTERIORS accessories brand Lane launch the Beam table lamp. Featuring 32 paper fins that are slotted together to make an elegant and lightweight silhouette, it is a contemporary take on the classic concertina form.


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McCARRON AND COMPANY’s Design Director, Alex Beaugeard says ‘This project carries the new styling hallmarks of our approach to bespoke kitchens and furniture; innovative detailing, rich materials and a mastery of luxury cabinet making. This was all about precision, making sure that the design delivered in terms of specific storage, and also in developing elegant, contemporary detailing to create a sleek finish.’

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DAEDALIAN GLASS STUDIOS have been at the forefront of innovative glass design since 1986. A team of British artisans, designers and technicians work together to create the finest and some of the most unique products and bespoke projects you’re likely to see.

THE BONAPARTE upholstered bed from And So To Bed is inspired by the classic Victorian Chesterfield design, and features sweeping curves and decorative scrolls at the head and foot of the bed. Upholstered in a beautiful Bohemian Paisley fabric by Mulberry Home this bed is a luxurious addition to any home. T: +44 (0)808 144 4343 |

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ABOVE: The library at the Ham Yard Hotel has a traditional English feel with Kit’s Ozone fabric on the walls, a curated library by Philip Blackwell and a hand-block printed Mrs Monro fabric on the sofa and armchairs. LEFT: Paintings by late British artist Sandra Blow and a modern chandelier by Gareth Devonald Smith. Large coloured marbles are inserted into the occassional wrought iron balustrade the entrance to the Ham Yard Hotel.

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Kit Kemp has been creating exciting and innovative interiors for nearly three decades, in particular with her work as design director for Firmdale hotels which she co-owns with her husband, Tim Kemp. In her new book Every Room Tells a Story, she showcases her latest projects – including a new build hotel, a Caribbean hideaway, a listed townhouse and a bowling alley – to name but a few. Inspired by her travels, Kit explains the essence of her bespoke rooms, how contrasting tones and patterns can complement a space and how important it is to have a connecting thread running throughout her unique interiors. Whether she is using organic and natural materials, having a discernible colour palette or mounting significant art forms, her attention to detail knows no bounds. “Storytelling is at the heart of everything I do,” she says “the stories behind a fabric or an artist are what peaks my curiosity to know


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ABOVE: A base of blue with pops of pink run through from the light-filled drawing room to the master bedroom in the Terrace Suite at the Ham Yard Hotel. A combination of fabrics keep the eye travelling through to the vibrant Tulu fabric on the bedroom’s headboard LEFT: Holly Frean’s doggie miniatures hang above a marble-topped console made in India

more, to weave their meaning into the stories I try to create in a room. It’s what makes a space intriguing beyond being just lovely to look at – it draws you in, captivates your imagination, makes you become part of the narrative rather than standing on the outside simply looking in.” She says that’s why she called her second book Every Room Tells a Story, and alongside stunning photography her narrative for how a room can come to life is told in a way that is both warm, uplifting and inviting. Taking you through her cleverly crafted rooms Kit reveals how her ultimate inspiration of the loom is the foundation of her creations as she masterfully weaves a captivating narrative 48

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ABOVE: There are interesting bolts of colour - bright yellow leather used on the fire fender and the tops of chairs, sofas upholstered in William Yeoward’s Acri in denim and Carolina Irving fabric on the armchairs. In the far left corner is a series of framed horsemen at the Knightsbridge Hotel. LEFT: A gazebo at the foot of the garden, set amongst trees shaped to look like umbrellas, provides another room outside at Number Sixteen, South Kensington.

behind the chosen fabrics, textiles, specially commissioned installations and artworks seen throughout her interiors. Her distinctive and often bold approach invokes curiosity and intrigue and provides a visual journey for the reader that will delight the eye and mind. Kit is currently working on her second New York property, The Whitby Hotel, set to open in the middle of next year. Located at 18 West 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues it will comprise 86 bedrooms and suites over 15 floors. Every Room Tells a Story by Kit Kemp Published by Hardie Grant Books 50

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The furnishings of the living room, which opens onto the dining room, have historic associations that make them treasured possessions

Behind doors: A Home in Paris Guillaume de Laubier takes us behind closed doors inside the homes of the most respected designers and artists in his book A Home in Paris. Discover the rich diversity of Parisian style in 34 inspiring interiors grouped into five thematic chapters. Classic interiors feature crystal chandeliers and gilt-framed mirrors, a marble bust flanked by eighteenthcentury Louis XV rattan chairs, or floral-embroidered Chinese tapestries paired with a mother-ofpearl-inlaid armoire. Designer and artist abodes exude an irrepressibly creative vibe, from kitsch playland to 1940’s boudoir lounge. The living room leads to the library, where Jacques Garcia has placed an armchair bearing the stamp of the famed chair maker Jean-Baptiste SÊnÊ

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The living room is a tribute to the splendours of the past. Modern designer furniture and decorative objects comfortably adapt to a backdrop of gilt boiseries.

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MARTIN Trowbridge has carefully selected more than 300 black and white images for the latest in his series of Decorating with Photographs books. Images he selected date from the very beginning of photography right up to the present day and were chosen because they are evocative, memorable, light hearted or just rather peculiar. Many celebrate great sporting events, others document fashions of the day while some simply capture a moment of fun or frivolity. “Each photograph, however subtly, will convey a specific mood to the viewer that can, in turn, be used to enhance or create the desired mood within a room,” he says. TROWBRIDGE Black and White Archive by Martin Trowbridge is published by BRIDGE FOR DESIGN.


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MIXING GLAMOUR with modern practicality, interior designer Windsor Smith’s first book celebrates her elegant, comfortable style. Windsor Smith’s aesthetic was once described as ‘unbuttoned elegance, like a taffeta dress worn with bare feet.’ In her first book, Smith—a traditionalist who likes to realise classic themes in a new way—shares her fresh vision for modern life. Each chapter reflects one dining room or expanding the role of the of her unique philosophies for creating kitchen, Windsor Smith Homefront will beautiful, liveable spaces, expressed guide readers to reclaiming their home’s through the homes she designs. best spaces and remaking them to suit a Themes include how to bring modern life. balance—an essential ingredient to a beautiful, functional home—into rooms and spaces, as well as how to successfully combine new belongings Windsor Smith Homefront: Design for Modern Living with treasures from the past to create Written by Windsor Smith homes that reflect where we have come Published by Rizzoli from, as well as where we wish to go. Whether it is repurposing a neglected

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FROM Lelievre new collection Faux unis, this simple graphic geometric design has a structured bouclée loop bringing a different slant to a modern faux-uni. Soft and matt, it provides comfort for modern upholstery with a vintage feel. T: +33 (0)1 43 16 88 00 |

BRILLIANCE by James Hare takes the collection’s diamond theme into a large scale contemporary design with a nod to mid-century modern in its strong colours and high linen content which adds weight and texture to a lustrous satin weave. T: + 44 (0)113 243 1204


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Berni Raeside A CHILDHOOD of long summers spent by the sea, rivers and mountains around Ireland were the inspiration for Berni Raeside’s knitted work. Berni, one of six siblings born on the northside in Killester who grew up in the family home in Drimnagh, Dublin, spent most of her early summers in Greenane, Co Wicklow, the county aptly known as the Garden of Ireland. Her mother taught her to knit at the age of five – part of the heritage passed on to most Irish girls at the time.

In addition to developing a successful early career in marketing, Berni has built on her creative roots as a promising crafter, working in glass painting, dress and jewellery making among others. She was inspired to study Textile Design at the University of Derby by seeing how the developments in directto-textile printing could add that extra element to knitting that she had been looking for. As part of her textile design degree course, she returned to the Irish coastline for inspiration, reflecting her enduring and deep love of the Atlantic Ocean; the crashing waves, the wildness of the sound and a fascination that life survives even in the harshest of climates. Her debut collection Aran Ambitions consists of chunky knit blankets, cushions and luxurious wraps that envelop and protect. The colours reflect those of the Irish coastline including subtle greens, lilacs and yellows, with a light grey yarn running through each colour way that pulls the collection together. T: +44 (0)797 050 9758 | Interio | 555 Kings Road | Chelsea London SW6 2EB | +44 1202 717017 | Email: Bridge for Design December 2015

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FAMEED KHALIQUE has built an internationally renowned company which specialises in exquisite materials for the interior design industry. He has now taken his love of unique materials and applied it to creating a lifestyle and homeware brand simply known as Khalique which takes the company into the realm of product design for the first time. First to be launched is a collection of beautifully crafted cushions using a variety of materials from metallic woven leathers, peacock feathers, hand-embroidery and tactile suede and hide offering exquisite finishes ‘pret-a-porter’.

RUBELLI LONDON launched its new collection of innovative upholstery leathers and leather walls at London’s Design week. Studioart is a collection of on trend geometrics which come in a spectrum of vibrant pastel and natural colours.

BRITISH fine fabric maker Fermoie has launched two new designs named after English ranges of hills – Quantock and Chiltern. They are available in 16 colourways on linen. 58

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THE BEAUTY and boldness of William Yeoward’s Astasia collection comes from a 19th century artist’s impression of a tropical canopy of vines and foliage, originally hand blocked and now carefully reproduced on a flat bed machine. “For me these forms sit so well on the rough linen cloth on which Astasia is printed and evoke a feeling of the great forests of South America,” he says.


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FILIGRANA from Suzanne Tucker Home is inspired by the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain. This two-tone linen print is given extra dimension by the embroidery that outlines and embellishes this exotic pattern.

BEAUTIFUL hand-embroidered Couture Cushions from Beaumont & Fletcher elegantly arranged on a sofa, or displayed extravagantly, by the armful, on a bed, add glamour to a room. Exquisitely worked, some are appliquĂŠd in hand painted silk, some are embroidered with silver and gold thread and fresh-water pearls, others embellished with semi-precious stones. T: +44 (0)207 352 5594 60

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FOLK, from Mark Alexander is a contemporary expression of an eclectic and diverse range of designs that aspire to capture the authentic spirit of art that make a culture distinctive. Shown is Dharma, a screen printed linen inspired by traditional Kashmiri paisley and Jepara, a pocket weave cloth resembling the handcrafted Batik method.

INTERIOR decorator and fabric specialists Violet & George was set up in 2009 by Nicky Mudie, driven by what she saw as a lack of originality and creativity in soft furnishings. The company’s style brims with English eccentricity and yet embraces a modern mix with catwalk fashion.


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LITTLE GREENE’s latest design is a relaxed interpretation of a Hampstead scene which is attributed to designer Els Calvetti.

DISTINCT YET complimentary textures emphasise the strength of contrast in the new Dominique Kieffer by Rubelli collection, inspired by the energy and colour of the Mediterranean juxtaposed with the whimsical elegance of Paris. Each fabric blends craftsmanship and textile history, with modernity, to give an eclectic and unconventional collection which remains faithful to the Rubelli tradition.

THIS YEAR marks the 25th anniversary of Nina Campbell’s highly successful collaboration with Osborne & Little. Nina presents fabrics and wallpapers which bear her familiar signature of elegance and comfort. Pictured, an amusing homage to the monkeys on the Rock of Gibraltar.


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RAVISHING DESIGNS evocative of the romantic age inspired by the Frescoes of the Palladian Villas of Veneto make up Designer Guild’s new Caprifoglio collection. The grandeur of honeysuckle flowers and foliage against dramatic open skies, and tonal plaster backgrounds. Dynamic multicolour palettes, scaled for sensational effect in your home.

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Roger Oates It was the discovery of a historic flatweave sample more than 25 years ago that inspired Roger Oates and Fay, his wife, and design partner (right), to use their respective textile training backgrounds and focus on reinventing, designing and producing this very specific type of floorcovering for the 21st century. Today, ‘Venetian’ Flatweave is synonymous with the name Roger Oates, though nothing to do with Venice; it is a generic term given to a particular style of twill floorcovering that was popular in the 18th century, when narrowwidth woven runners were frequently used to protect better quality carpets in smart country homes, and textiles appeared for the first time on floors in poorer homes. Flatweave lost favour when mechanisation made pile carpets, such as Wilton and Axminster, more affordable. But textured flatweave, with its finished selvedge edge, is ideal for stairs. It can also be joined to create distinctive rugs and fitted landings. Its flexible, supple nature enables it to be expertly fitted and sculptured around almost any winders, with the stripes miraculously aligned. Perfect tailoring for stairs adding colour and texture in an often overlooked area. New designs are sampled and trialed by hand, in the Roger Oates studio, but production takes place in the UK, woven on vintage Hattersley looms, run by skilled operators. The complex drafting and lifting creates the variety of


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textures that gives the cloth its unparalleled personality and ‘hand-finished’ quality. So while a centuries-old weaving process gives flatweave runners their unique texture, it is Roger and Fay’s distinctive designs and bold use of colour - they use British wool dyed to their own colour palette - that sets them apart. Roger said “While classic colours and designs continue to be favourites are looking for something unusual or unique, we offer bespoke tones and can customize widths for those who want personalisation.”


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FLOOR SEASONS introduce their French Artisan collection of beautifully aged and hand finished Herringbone. T: +44 (0) 207 731 4222

LEADING CONTEMPORARY rug brand, STEPEVI, presents two new collections to further re-define rugs across the world as a key element of interior design. Pixel and Mimosa from the Ivy collection, encapsulate the essence of florals into abstract and geometric patterns, giving simplified and contemporary versions of the classic flower silhouettes.

ALTERNATIVE FLOORING leads the patterned carpet revival, collaborating with some of the UK’s best designers, Ashley Hicks and Margo Selby. This year Ben Pentreath adds great British pattern to the Quirky B carpet collection. With awardwinning natural fibre and wool designs, Alternative Flooring is also a Coolbrand celebrated for its unique style. T: +44 (0) 126 433 5111


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DEIRDRE DYSON is located at 554 Kings Road with a recently renovated gallery, showcasing the most recent designs. Carpets are hand made to order, from the finest, luxurious materials and from a palette of over 2,000 colours using wool and silk combinations. T: +44 (0) 207 384 4464

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TIME TO TAKE A STEP UP Well designed staircases take centre stage once again says Richard McLane


he post-crash consumer is reexamining the values, institutions and lifestyles that led him astray and this soul searching has led to a different approach on many levels now that rebuilding has begun. Clients are again beginning to buy into bespoke manufacturing. This has particular relevance for staircase design and manufacture. At the height of the boom uber-modern and statement stairs were very much in vogue and it was all about making an impact; the clear trend now is towards timeless design, honesty and provenance. That is not to say we are going to see a jump in demand for traditional wooden staircases - rather the opposite. Consumers, now familiar with the concept of bespoke staircases, expect choice as standard. Space is increasingly at a premium in homes, and staircase designers often have to maximize the illusion of light or openness, incorporate storage areas or work cleverly around room entrance and exits whilst executing a staircase design brief. The ability to tailor exact shape or choose specific materials is becoming more important to the overall success of a project. The UK’s ageing housing stock is breathing new life into the refurbishment market as consumers and developers alike see the value of working with existing structures, rather than embarking upon a new build project as may have been the case previously. Refurbishment projects are where intelligent design is crucial to achieve successful and empathetic cohesion between old and new. The clever part about design is having 68

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the ability and insight to incorporate both traditional and contemporary materials into a commission that withstands the test of time. Getting the staircase right plays a crucial role. Architects’ plans for period properties rarely exist and structural analysis is usually required before renovation work. Supporting walls need to be identified and the condition of timber and existing masonry must be checked before attaching or drilling into. Almost certainly interfaces between existing and new will need to be cleverly designed in order to integrate the staircase successfully into the property. In these circumstances specialist staircase manufacturers come into their own. Even if the walls are not sound enough to support a cantilever staircase, hidden frameworks can be erected to allow the client to have this style of design. Every interior should be treated as a unique space – a sleek, stainless steel staircase works well in lofty spaces and buildings with a high-tech, contemporary style whereas a very grand home with an impressive entrance hall requires something more majestic. The stairs should interact with the building. Today the staircase is no longer out of sight, as the trend towards open plan living has promoted its importance. Being visible from key areas of the property, a feature staircase adds desirability and the wow factor as well as being functional.

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MARVEL AT THE BEAUTY OF MARBLE Tina Mahony hails the trend for a stone which exudes luxury and elegance


nyone pounding the exhibition halls of Salone Del Mobile earlier this year, will have noticed that one of the predominant themes shouting its name loudly was marble. As many commercial and private clients have witnessed, the marble trend has been creeping back, in all its glorious forms with even more gloriously exotic names, such as Calacatta Gold, Emperador, Marquina black and Carrara white. It was everywhere at the prestigious Milan show, a fitting home for a stone once so celebrated by the great Roman emperors. Stonemasons and architects have used it for centuries, and white marble has always been particularly prized for use in sculpture. British architects and designers have had an enduring love affair with it too – it pops up in almost every room of the house, adding a touch of luxury living to bathroom floors and walls, kitchen worktops and fireplaces. Marble brings visual warmth to a room and beautifully honed tiles for floors in either halls and bathrooms bring a calm and peaceful atmosphere to an interior. The sleek, modern lines of polished tiles exude luxury and by using a contrast with the marble, clients can bring an elegance to a custom cut stone floor design which is truly striking. It’s also nothing new in furniture design, but over the last few decades or so its popularity in this area has waned, often associated with overly-fussy, outdated design, or ludicrously expensive price tags. However, more recently, it has emerged as one of the hottest materials in contemporary furniture design. Product designers are using modern, digital technology to create wonderfully 21st century designs faster, while specialist masons are still employed for their finishing skills. Shapes have been kept simple and uncomplicated; the beauty of marble with its characteristic swirls and veins means that there is a lot already going on within a design, and by keeping the overall look fairly minimalist, the material itself is allowed to take centre stage. An element of luxury prevails with the aged stone material but there is currently a move away from classic white with a resurgence in interest in the more 1970’s palette,for both residential and commercial spaces. There is an underlying shift with the trend with richer and stronger palette found in 70

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ABOVE: The Vibieffe Opera table is fit for a King - the stunning table top evokes a sense of traditional design and is made from a selection of marbles; Carrara, Calacatta, Marquinia or Emperado

the brown Spanish Emperador and the mottled deep reds and blacks with white veining shows confidence in moving forward from white Carrerra marble with stunning results. Marble will always evoke traditional design ideas, sculpted with a classic style in mind but it is now being re-interpreted with a contemporary twist to produce very impressive styles which creatively incorporate real woods, such as walnut, or glass. Having been used for centuries as a building material and since Eero Saarinen used it for the iconic Tulip table it moves on and continues to break boundaries with excellent results coming through furniture design from Italian brands to intricate flooring designs which mix striking stone finishes to beautifully, hand-carved rug designs New interests in decorative prints, which simulate the marble effect from rugs to wallpapers and now, with the progression of technology specialist designers can use digital printing effects to transfer marble print, at a faster pace, onto anything from cushion covers to shower curtains – all surely set to become the modern classics of our time. Tina Mahony - Director of GO MODERN T: +44 (0)207 731 9540 | A Member of the Chelsea Design Quarter

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THE RETURN OF STONE FLOORS They are now as impressive as those from the past says Jason Cherrington


ecorative stone floors have been a feature of domestic interiors and public spaces for centuries. Despite being such a fundamental part of our European design heritage, in the 1960’s and 70’s, stone floors lost ground to other materials, especially in the home. For all its exceptional beauty and durability, stone was viewed as too cold, too hard to maintain and just plain old-fashioned. It took until the 1990’s for stone to find its feet again. People realised that stone need no longer be cold with the advent of modern underfloor heating and could be easily maintained with new generation sealants. From raw blocks hewn from the quarry to a finished floor, there are countless artisanal processes requiring everything from brute strength to the finest, most delicate understanding of what the final product will yield. The design and manufacture stages have been given new horizons with the introduction of leading edge technologies, from CAD to water jet and CNC cutting. Technology has made manufacture easier. Stone has become more user friendly. Designers are exploring colour, texture and decoration once more, confidently mixing the traditional with the contemporary and emphasising the sheer luxury of natural materials. Geometrics and trompe l’oeil designs are amongst today’s key trends. Lobbies and halls have always provided a perfect setting for patterned floors, but now the concept is being taken through into many other areas. Custom designed stone floors can also be extremely effective when used to subtly signal different ‘zones’ within open plan spaces. Bathrooms are another area where decorative floors are firmly on trend. At the very top end of the luxury interiors market, wholly


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ABOVE: This Venetian Chequer Limestone floor uses reclaimed natural stone custom cut to classic traditional bespoke designs - the effect is simply stunning

bespoke inlaid marble floors have also become increasingly popular and ornate. The delicacy and precision with which countless colours of marble and semi-precious materials can be cut and combined to create intricate designs underlines just how relevant and vibrant stone craft remains today. From the simplest to the most complex of designs, decorative stone floors have once again become as luxurious and impressive as anything history can show us. Jason Cherrington, Director of Lapicida T: +44 (0)203 012 1000 |

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INSPIRED BY the rugged Scottish Highlands, Antlers is one of David Hunt Lighting’s most popular collections. Taken from traditional country-home designs, each individually hand-painted resin antler is used in clusters to form chandeliers, or in minimalist fashion wrapped around table lamps.

GLOBAL LIGHTING’s Trio of Ginger fixtures, designed by Edmondo Testaguzza, are reminiscent of vintage candy jars. The translucent pale yellow or smokey triple-layered glass emits an ethereal glow. T: 001 914 591 4095 |

COPPER & SILK’s contemporary solid brass wall light with decorated shade, suspended from a solid brass drop rod and made in Britain using traditional metal-working methods. Each light is made up of a rolled and cut brass shade, with a frosted lining, suspended from a brass arm.


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LIKE AN ORCHESTRA, Botti embodies all the details of wind instruments and takes us into a music concert. Its structure is handmade in brass and gently covered by a golden mantle, a monumental piece which shows the exquisite capacity of Delightfull’s skilled artisans. T: +351 914 922 036 |

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BESPOKE lighting and furniture manufacturers Collier and Webb have moved into a new London showroom in the Pimlico Road. Spread over five rooms they are showing an expanded collection including brand new pieces, it also includes a design studio space where clients can explore their specialist finishes. The business was founded by Andrew Webb and Geoff Collier in 2011. Andrew trained at Sotheby’s Bond Street before going on to set up a business dealing in antiques, interiors and developing his own collection of furniture and lighting. Geoff Collier is known for the excellence of his restoration and heritage projects, as well as for the standard of his casting services. Committed to a catholic range of forms and styles, Collier Webb specialise in combining traditional methods of construction with cutting edge manufacture, creating hand-crafted works of the highest order.

If you are looking to bring a touch of the Orient into your home look no further than Moroccan Bazaar. This company which specialises in all things Moroccan has a variety of lights and lanterns including small to medium Moroccan table lanterns made of a combination of different materials, Moroccan henna lamps and Moroccan brass lamps

The Dallas chandelier, one of Arteriors’ most popular designs, is now available in a vintage brass finish. The 18-light mid-century inspired design features seedy glass spheres and 12 out of 18 arms are adjustable, making the perfect project for more discerning customers. Shown with small clear tubular bulbs. T: 001 800 338 2150 | 76

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Cabinet maker Matt Podesta cut his teeth in the training grounds of leading kitchen companies Smallbone and Mark Wilkinson. He branched out on his own in 2002 and since then has been lovingly crafting hand-made kitchens such as the bespoke Bovingdon (shown) as well as outstanding free

THIS ELEGANT handmade kitchen is by Humphrey Munson the latest leading name in British kitchen design. Specialists in luxury handmade cabinetry they combine ageold joinery methods with the latest technical innovations. 78

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Kitchen range cookers don’t come much more luxurious than this stunning Chateau Grand Palais from La Cornue. They have been making bespoke ranges in France since 1908. Each one is built to commission and each stove bears a personalised plaque engraved with the owner’s name. Shown

Plain English is a contemporary bespoke kitchen company making its kitchens by hand in its Suffolk workshop. This particular kitchen is painted in Army Campo one of a range of colours developed for the company by interior decorator Adam Bray who drew inspiration from the all but forgotten colours of

Design expertise for chic interiors Harlequin London provides a unique service, working closely with interior designers, private clients and architects, to help design and source all the finishing touches necessary to create a truly magnificent and well considered interior scheme. The company specialises in the supply of tableware, decorative accessories and lighting. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7384 1911 Email: Showroom: Redloh House, 2 Michael Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2AD THE INTERIOR DESIGNER’S BEST FRIEND

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5 1 The classic freestanding design and outstanding quality of craftsmanship has undoubtedly a timeless appeal. The use of an extensive mix of colours from their unique palette can bring a more edgy contemporary feel to the kitchen if required T: 0800 160 1978 | 2 The stunning contrast of rich walnut set against a palette of soft greys gives this Kensington kitchen a timeless touch of contemporary elegance. T: +44 (0)845 468 0025 | 3 Beautiful handpainted kitchen with tall housing in Pavilion Gray from Farrow & Ball. Island unit with chrome handles and wine cooler on the right hand side. T: +44 (0)173 276 2682 | 4 This kitchen, part of the Rio Valencia range is of uncompromising design with all of your attention drawn to the unique seating area.

T: +44 (0)208 492 7531 | 5 Guillaume Gentet transformed an outdated space into something modern and even whimsical, while adding state-of-the-art technology. T: 001 212 571 1040 | 80

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AJP Bathrooms has a selection of wet room solutions suitable for domestic and commercial applications Wet room trays from On The Level, Simpsons and Lux Elements are available as well as super flat conventional trays in steel and resin materials a fully bespoke glass service is also available.

This outdoor bathroom in South Africa has an unbelievable view. A curved free-standing concrete bath on the roof terrace was designed by Trevyn McGowan and Laurence Dougier and has unrestricted views of the beach and the ocean. Photograph: Nicolas Matheus/The Interior Archive

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The Bol basin, designed by Poala Navone for Flaminia, is a timeless design and the perfect solution for introducing a little colour to both traditional and contemporary bathrooms. It can be deck or under mounted and complements the natural marble used in Bard & Brazier consoles. T: +44 (0)208 940 7554 82

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From Aston Matthews, the Brunel cast iron bath in battleship grey measures a generous 170cm long and features a handsome rivet detail. Aston Matthews stocks the largest selection of new cast iron baths in the UK, available as floor standing designs, on wooden supports or traditional claw feet T: +44 (0)207 226 7220 |

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DRUMMONDS, designer and manufacturer of luxury bathrooms, introduce their new Bute bath. A modern re-working of the traditional cast iron bath, the Bute bath has a calm and Zen-like presence. Drummonds’ cast iron baths are made using traditional manufacturing techniques and are available in a wide range of bespoke finishes. T: +44 (0)207 376 4499 |

THE IMPRESSIVE new Matki ONE Wet Room Panel with ceiling or wall brace bar. Frame and brace bar are available in a selection of finishes including Architectural Bronze, as shown. T: +44 (0)145 432 2888 |

TUBBY TOO Double Ended Bath. Deep and suitable for the smaller bathroom. Supplied on cast iron legs, Tubby Too can be placed close to a wall or in the middle of a room. The bath can be used with taps that are either wall mounted or atop Albion’s sturdy stand pipes. The exterior colour can be finished in any Dulux Trade colour or one of Albion’s three metallic “Burnished” finishes Gold, Iron, Bronze. T: 01255 831605 |


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FULFILLING both the current trends of industrial fittings and alternative finishes the Nero range of bathroom taps is exclusive to Aston Matthews. Manufactured from matt black hammercoated solid stainless steel the range, which includes freestanding and wall mounted fittings, won the 2014 Red Dot Award for product design. T: +44 (0)207 226 7220 |


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THIS PROJECT conveys Maison Valentina’s mission to interpret in an exquisite way the modern consumer’s desire for exclusive decor products, all the while maintaining the balance between the timeless values of decoration and utmost quality with an evergrowing modern vision.

DRUMMONDS INTRODUCE the new Ladybower vanity, one of the first elements of their collaboration with leading designer, Martin Brudnizki. Contrasting classic white marble and gleaming brassware, this simple, refined design also has many functional details including a storage shelf and shaped towel rail. T: +44 (0) 207 376 4499


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WEST ONE BATHROOMS brings you Agape’s new range, designed with fluid functionality unlike any other. Agape, with its Italian heritage, offers pieces that are not only classic, but contemporary and versatile. The full collection offers a range of multi-dimensional furniture and accessories, ensuring optimum integration within the rest of the room.

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ALBION BATH COMPANY’S Tubby Torre Duo features luxurious double ended curves and a purpose built plinth, cleverly concealing the waste system. The Tubby Torre bath, as with other Albion roll top baths can be finished in any Dulux Trade colour, one of Albion’s special finishes, Polished Pewter or Aged Copper. . T: +44 (0) 1125 583 1605 |

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LES ENSEMBLIERS Redefining a heritage conversion


es Ensembliers are the product of a partnership between an architect, Maxime Vandal, and an interior designer, Richard Ouellette. Recently, they completed a three-floor, 6,000 square-foot residence that unites three adjoining apartments in the Redpath Lofts. “We did not want the new space to be the simple combination of three different units. We wanted to leverage the visual power of the building’s industrial character, while getting away from the loft logic of the original conversion,� Vandal explained. With that vision in mind, the designers opted for two bold architectural statements, one vertical and the other horizontal. The basic character of each of the zones was defined by a particular treatment of the space, in terms of the design of volumes, the use of materials and the selection of furniture. The dining room finds its expression through its stunning central steel fireplace, high ceiling, large oval table, generous windows, and lighting fixtures. Everything was designed to highlight the impressive volumes of these old industrial spaces. Meanwhile, the kitchen aligns with the approach by being reduced to its essentials: three minimalist islands, and all storage and appliances concealed behind varnished walls. In contrast, the master 88

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bedroom on the third floor expresses warm domestic comfort, with some nods to urban chic. A marriage of the space’s industrial origins and the occupants’ personality, the interior spaces were built as an interplay of contrasts between raw industrial character and a taste for luxury and urban comfort. In the living room, the angular easy chairs, cut-glass walls and broken lines of the carpet contrast with the rounded cushions and mirror. ‘Each object was carefully chosen for its personality and the way it fits into the whole. Whether you are looking at a vintage frame or a piece of custom-made furniture, nothing is there by chance.’ Each room was designed like an artwork, with impressionistic touches calculated to inspire unique and complex emotional responses. Les Ensembliers Photographs by André Rider 90

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A New Zealand-born designer has made herself at home in a stylish renovation WORDS SUE MOODY | PHOTOGRAPHS BRENT DARBY / The Interior Archive 92

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lison Henry could be forgiven for never wanting to step outside the handsome brick walls of her plush London mansion. The Kiwi-born interior designer, who has an impressive list of creative achievements to her credit, has recently completed a renovation of her Chelsea Square townhouse that had more than a few similarities to open-heart surgery. She has certainly earned a stylish convalescence. The expanded townhouse has quickly become a true family home for Alison, her financier husband Tariq Dag Khan and daughters Anna Cristina, two, Olivia, 12 and 15-year-old twins Sophie and Rebecca. “I decided to add what was missing,” says Alison, “so we could all hang out – especially in winter.” On the list: a spacious cinema/playroom, a gym “large enough for reasonable equipment”, a study/library, a guest bedroom suite and an office. Her ambitious design for the home, which now extends over five floors (basement, ground, first, second and third floors), also called for a “parents’ suite” on the first floor and incorporated the attic to make room for a charming suite for each daughter on the top floor. The building project got under way only after winning planning approval from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as well as the Cadogan Estates, owners of neighbouring Chelsea Gardens. “It was important to maintain the feel and look of Chelsea Square,” says Alison, whose celebrity neighbours have included socialite Jemima Khan and Formula One’s Bernie Ecclestone. LEFT: The drawing room is arranged in symmetrical fashion with a pair of carved console tables flanking the white marble fireplace and a sofa and armchairs around a large central ottoman TOP: A smiling Alison Henry in the living room of her Chelsea home Bridge for Design December 2015


ABOVE: In this living room the white colour scheme is followed through in both walls and furniture and is lit by a central skylight bathing the room in sunshine LEFT: French windows open onto a sunny decked terrace furnished with comfortable outdoor sofas and a coffee table

A massive excavation under the existing house created a basement floor – 186sqm of new floor space, including plant rooms for modern technology. “We added air conditioning, coordinated lighting, an audiovisual system and a cinema screen ‘with all the works.’ Now the whole family, from our two-year-old to the twins, can be playing pop stars or band heroes, banging away on the drums or curling up with big bowls of popcorn to watch a favourite movie.” Though Alison hasn’t lived in New Zealand since graduating from design school and coming to London to work, she and her family have an annual reminder of the less formal Kiwi lifestyle during summer holidays back home. In New Zealand, children are “part of our day-to-day lives, with everyone working together,” she says approvingly. With that aim in mind, the walls of the formal dining room have been removed, creating a family dining/living space between the spacious kitchen and courtyard garden, complete with outdoor fireplace “made by the best Kiwi guy in London”. “English houses have lots of little rooms. One of my goals was to expand into bigger spaces so that the family room flowed into the kitchen and outside of the courtyard. I opened the walls up with large glass doors and mirrors to reflect the garden greenery and installed roof lanterns in the family room and kitchen to make the rooms light and bright.” 94

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ABOVE: Cosy fur throws are placed within easy reach on comfortable armchairs and sofas in an informal living room and the alcoves on either side of the stone fireplace are mirrored to create an illusion of space LEFT: Light floods into the open-plan kitchen/dining room through a long centrally placed skylight

Alison used a pale palette throughout, with chalky white Farrow & Ball paint for the walls and white oiled oak floors. A neutral silk carpet was laid on the stairs and in the bedrooms, with a slightly lower grade used in the girls’ rooms; silver sisal leads down to the basement. Purple was used as an occasional accent colour. “I have used natural linens for the curtains and blinds and, to make it more of a home, I’ve added bits and pieces that I have collected or the children have made.” But the house also glows with more opulent pieces – crystal, candles, glass and silver – many proudly displaying the insignia AH, for the Alison Henry Collection, the result of a move to set up her own design house after the death of her first husband, David Davies. The magnificent chandeliers over the staircase were made to Alison’s design from photographs of antique originals. In the family room, one mirror is a Venetian antique and its twin is a 21st century replica. With a portfolio of work that takes in commercial, hospitality, residential and even marine design, Alison Henry has made an international name for herself since leaving Auckland. She’s no stranger to the pages of NZ House & Garden. Readers have had glimpses of three of her former homes: an elegant Hong Kong apartment, a Cotswolds manor and a magnificent holiday house looking out over Kawau Bay, north of Auckland. 96

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ABOVE: In the master bedroom the massive double bed is situated between a matching pair of marble fireplaces in the style of an 18th century chateau LEFT: The entrance hall is dominated by a large mirror with an elaborately carved and painted frame

Alison is often asked by clients – referred by word of mouth and many with second or third homes in London - if she can recreate her own home’s distinctive style for them. Flattering though that might be, she prefers to emphasise the importance of treating each design brief individually. “If you’re good at design, you shouldn’t just roll out of a formula. You have a try to understand what people are passionate about. In making a real home, you add value. The client will want to sell it at the end of the day.” Since her 2008 marriage to Tariq and the arrival of their daughter Anna Cristina – “my good Kiwi girls abbreviated her name to AC” – Alison has scaled down her office to spend more time “on me and my family”. She now works from home with assistant Ewa Dryzner. “Our house is finished now, so it’s more about living in it, using it. I’m not precious about any of it. Last weekend the girls and their friends were here. Olivia and three girlfriends slept in the cinema room and next morning there were 16 around the table for breakfast. It was great fun. “I love cooking – all my New Zealand cookbooks are in the cupboard. We have lots of family parties, smart casual kitchen dinners with friends. I lay the white linen tablecloth on the 4.5m table and use the good glasses, or my girlfriends come here for a buffet lunch…” They must love it. Alison Henry 98

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he doorbell at Bowhill is an intercom bearing a small, worn, white sticker inscribed ‘Their Graces’ in ballpoint pen. The informality combined with grandeur sums up this house, one of the two principal seats of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry in Scotland, the other being Drumlanrig. ‘This has not always been the case, as until 1914 Dalkeith Palace took precedence,’ says Richard Buccleuch, the tenth duke, who inherited from his father in 2007. ‘Bowhill was a huge but simple retreat for country pleasures, with none of the treasures now on view, just scores of paintings of favourite horses, hounds, and dogs and dark classical landscapes by the clerical amateur, the Rev John Thomson.’ The status of Bowhill changed after World War I, when Montagu House in London was given up and Dalkeith Palace in Midlothian was not reopened for family use. Situated some 30 miles southeast of Dalkeith, Bowhill was a natural place to retrench, as it was more accessible to the great landholdings of the Scotts of Buccleuch, which had been built up since the 13th century and today extend over 46 thousand acres of wild country running southwest from Selkirk and Hawick to the English border. Originally a plain Queen Anne box with low wings, the house, set in ‘a pretty little estate,’ had been acquired by the Buccleuchs in 1745 but had remained largely overlooked by the family until 1812, when the fourth duke, a keen shot, commissioned the architect, William Stark, to LEFT: In the library, a patchwork of wallpaper hints towards the past its vibrancy TOP: William Burn’s double height saloon, built in the early 19th century, provides a light and airy gallery from which to view the array of portraits and tapestries

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add a neat Regency villa onto the south front of the existing building. Stark’s simple classical design, realised in grey whinstone, set the style for all future additions to the house, regardless of the architect’s natural preference. On Stark’s death in 1813, William Atkinson, better known for his Gothic work, continued Stark’s campaign of enlargement, adding a suite of reception rooms and family quarters over the next six years. ‘I think this addition will add much to our comfort and convenience,’ wrote Duke Charles to his close friend and kinsman, the author, Walter Scott. ‘It gives me a bedroom, dressing room (which I shall use as a depository for guns and fishing tackle), a sitting room and a servant’s room, all connecting. The sitting room connects with the library by a sham book door.’ Duke and Poet were intimate friends, sharing a love of books and the Border country, as well as the same architect in Atkinson, who was also assisting Scott at Abbotsford, which is only eight miles from Bowhill. ‘Scott’ says Richard Buccleuch, ‘was also half in love with the duke’s wife, Harriet, who was his muse. She inspired him to write the Lay of the Last Minstrel, where he speaks of ‘Sweet Bowhill.’ In return, Scott acted as mentor to Duke Charles and his eldest son, Walter, to whom he was guardian. ‘Scott was, for them, such a role model,’ explains Richard Buccleuch. ‘He had huge sensitivity towards the rural population and the rural economy-and wrote directly to the fourth and fifth dukes about their responsibilities. His early life was spent recreating the minstrelsyroaming the borders writing down the oral stories. He had this ability to relate to people across the social spectrum; a complete mixer. He was fascinated in every aspect of an estate, such as not just planting trees but their provenance. That sort of stewardship was what he thought the young fourth and fifth dukes should practice.’ His spirit lives on today. ‘I just think Sir Walter Scott was an all round good egg.’ Richard Buccleuch says, ‘with all the sort of instincts one would like.’ As a result, the library at Bowhill is no shrine to dead authors but stacked with new books, many submitted for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction established two years ago by him and his wife, Elizabeth, with the winner announced at the annual Borders Book Festival. The Victorian fifth duke took Scott’s words on stewardship to heart and became a great agricultural improver and industrial developer, who, as one obituarist put it, ‘went to his office and transacted business much the same as a city merchant would do,’ All the more reason for turning Bowhill into the ultimate country retreat, which was set in motion in 1832 with the commissioning of Scottish architect, William Burn, to remodel and enlarge the house. A master planner, Burn was attuned to every requirement of his grand Victorian clients with their crowd of children (the Buccleuchs had seven) and army of servants, mapping out country houses along rational lines. At Bowhill, he moved the entrance to the north front, which now opens onto a parade of outer and inner halls, culminating in the towering saloon, a place to get one’s bearings before heading off east or west down the service corridor that runs along the spine of the house. Burn retained the comfortable reception rooms at the core of the old Regency house, although an enlarged drawing room was dignified with rich crimson damask. But he extended the house to incorporate a larger dining room and a family apartment with the duchess’s boudoir at its

RIGHT: An array of family portraits lines the stair hall. The yellow wall colour was chosen by the present duke’s mother

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TOP: View of the house from across one of two lochs created in 1832 LEFT: Gold and crimson damask silk-wallpaper lines the walls of the drawing room

heart, a glittering casket of a room, lined with old Chinese wallpaper and laden with silks, fringes, and needlepoint in an exquisite fusion of form and purpose. Like many functionalists, Burn’s strength lay in the fine tuning of his ‘machine for living,’ to retrofit Le Corbusier’s famous dictum, rather than in creating a pleasing exterior. His new entrance front at Bowhill absorbed the surviving fragment of the Queen Anne house and extended Stark and Atkinson’s villa in an elongated stretch of grey Whinstone. This suited his client, who, according to the current duke, ‘wasn’t building to impress anyone. It had to be practical.’ Even so, Burn’s attempt at adding a picturesque feature to yet another extension in 1870 led the duchess to remark of his clock tower, ‘Burn should pay us to take it down.’ The 20th century saw one last transformation of Bowhill. ‘In 1910, when the picture catalogue was done,’ says Richard Buccleuch, ‘there was nothing in the way of art-and there are no photographs of pre1920 interiors, as the house didn’t merit it.’ All this was soon to change with the arrival of treasures from Montagu House and Dalkeith Palace, a stream of French marquetry furniture, including many pieces with royal provenance; British portraiture by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Lawrence, and their peers; Mortlake tapestries after Mantegna; and Claude Lorrains and other Old Masters, not to mention troves of silver, miniatures, and Sevres porcelain. Belying its plain exterior, the wellplanned house with its varying scales of rooms-from the double-height saloon, tailor made for the Mortlake tapestries, to the broad dining room, well lit for portraits-provided the perfect setting for the collection. December 20152015 104 Bridge for Design Winter

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TOP: A panorama of Westminster Bridge adorns the west end of the dining room LEFT: The library, furnished with books old and new

Not only did the Buccleuchs themselves collect, but they also acquired great collections through marriage, notably that of the dukes of Montagu, the last of whose line, Elizabeth Montagu, was the wife of the cultivated third duke. Also brought to Bowhill were the relics of the Buccleuchs’ royal ancestor the Duke of Monmouth, illegitimate son of Charles II, who married Scott heiress the Countess of Buccleuch. Their marriage in 1663, signalled the creation of the Dukedom of Buccleuch. Following her husband’s execution after the Monmouth rebellion, Anne Duchess of Buccleuch was made duchess in her own right to protect her estates from confiscation, and she lived out her long life at Dalkeith Palace. Her portrait now hangs at Bowhill in the library above the chimneypiece (also from Dalkeith), which is carved with her initials, a reminder that the family’s ‘simple retreat’ has also become the store of collective memory for the Buccleuch family. ‘Bowhill,’ says Richard Buccleuch, ‘reminds us of the need to remain rooted.’ Bowhill House 108 Bridge for Design December 2015

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ABOVE: Two matching Desert Modern sofas from Ralph lauren are accompanied by two zebra ottomans which were custom made for the project LEFT: The original fireplace surround has been restored by adding a mirrored chrome detail to create a more contemporary feel


scot Lodge is a Grade II listed building with a fascinating history; it was built in the 15th century and was used by King James 1, son of Mary Queen of Scotts as a hunting lodge in the Berkshire countryside. It was remodelled in the 18th century and then further extended and altered in 1912 by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens who created the south-east wing incorporating the famous Lutyens Ballroom. The extension had its own style identity with signature domes that were replicated in other areas of the house. Maurizio Pellizzoni’s brief was to create a warm, family home which would grow and develop with the owners while retaining the stamp of their individual taste and family history. “Like all interior design projects, Ascot Lodge wasn’t without its challenges. As a Grade-II-listed building, absolutely everything had to be submitted for council approval, including colour choices which had to be drawn from the original pallete,” says Maurizio. Fireplaces, floors, windows, doors, ceilings, cornicing, coving and all other architectural detailing had to be maintained. Listed buildings consent was obtained and the project was subject to a rigorous checking process. Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd worked on the refurbishment of the interior of some of the key rooms in the house: the Georgian Room, Ballroom, Master Bedroom and two guest bedrooms. The brief was to draw on elements of Ralph Lauren styling but also to incorporate antiques, artworks and personal heirlooms belonging to the family. This unique 112 Bridge for Design December 2015

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property required sensitive, thoughtful treatment to bring it up to date whilst retaining the original character and charm. “Once we had the clear understanding of the client’s brief, I took the time to understand the space and fabric of the building, accompanying the client onsite.” Each room has a signature style inspired by a piece of artwork or connected to the history of the room itself, as in the case of the Georgian Room which was transformed into a private gallery with the use of a power rail attached above the original panelling which was carefully restored. All of the artwork was framed by master framer John Jones and was a lengthy and meticulously planned element of the project. The furniture is a mix of Ralph Lauren pieces, bespoke furniture and antiques, some of which were sourced by Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd and others belonging to the family, which they wished to incorporate into the design. Soft furnishing fabrics and curtains were sourced from De Le Cuona. “If during the design process we cannot find what we are looking for, we won’t just settle for that. We usually work with expert craftsmen to custom-build pieces to the exact specifications, and this was very much the case for the Ascot Lodge. For example, the bookcases and some of the sofas and chairs in the Ballroom were custom-made for this project,” says Maurizio. Working alongside and collaboratively with a trusted, vetted and longstanding team of talented craftsmen, the end result is unequivocally a modern, timeless and elegant space which is ultimately sophisticated, functional and considered, and a true reflection of the clients’ needs and expectations as well as the unique character of the building. Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd 114 Bridge for Design December 2015

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