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the world of interior design Fabrics & Wallpaper New designs from Today Interiors, Kobe UK, KAI Fabrics, The Silk Gallery, Linwood, Boeme and more Beds The Hindon Storage Bed by Willow & Hall, The Urbino Baldacchino Four-Poster Bed by Westend Bed Company and the Ashbourne by Hypnos Beds The Great Land of Nod Taking care when designing your bedroom will allow it to take care of you says Phoebe Oldrey Crafting a Home Craftsmanship surrounds us and brings stories and reminders of origin says Nick Crean from QEST charity Going With The Flow Show off your interior and gently guide the user through the space Outdoors Latest products from David Harber, Leisure Plan, Tuuci, Robeys, Encompass, Bridgman and more

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Matthews, Bard & Brazier, Bette, Catchpole & Rye, Hurlingham, Flaminia, William Holland and Waters Baths of Ashbourne Rugs & Flooring The Bell and Chime Rug by Knots Rug, UPM ProFi decking by James Latham, Eco-Velvet by ITC Natural Luxury Flooring, new Tufenkian Showroom and more Lighting Latest from Christopher Wray, John Richard, Focus SB, Tindle, Christopher Hyde, Illuminati Lighting and more Bankside Brilliance The clients wanted their Bankside penthouse apartment to incorporate a bold red colour, convey their passion for the extoic wild tiger, and to have the odd surprise that would entertain guests The King’s Library A listed former school in the heart of Chelsea was turned into a contemporary apartment by leading interior design studio, Helen Green Designs


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Connecticut moved to a Knightsbridge townhouse and wanted it to feel traditionally British yet retain a modern American twist 106 A Trophy Apartment The clients were hoping for an ‘award winning’ apartment, so René Dekker Design used a range of interesting finishes in every single room 114 Observatory Gardens Jo Hamilton was given free rein for this Kensington apartment with just a month to complete it 120 A Jewel of Regent’s Park Amazon Property was undertaking a façade retention regeneration project on Park Crescent and recruited Taylor Howes to design the interior

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asked to create an luxurious open-plan studio home with an ‘easy flow’ 130 Modern Marylebone Maurizio Pellizzoni was briefed to create a vibrant, luxurious Marylebone home suitable for rental 16

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sets a benchmark for the sustainable retrofit of listed buildings That Hotel Feeling The aim was to turn the penthouse from an unliveable relic to a turnkey ‘move in’ home Harrington Gardens Brief: to curate and dress a modern, contemporary flat using mainly Casa Botelho furniture Double The Grandeur TG-Studio was briefed to combine two floors of a South Kensington mansion block for Polo Player, Rhys Cole, and his girlfriend Fifty Shades of Grey This home next door to St James’s Palace had to be nothing short of extraordinary Aynhoe House This grand 28-bedroom Oxfordshire home houses over 4,500 pieces of artwork, plaster castings and taxidermy objects accumulated by owner and avid collector James Perkins

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SLEEP BEAUTIFULLY The world’s most comfortable bed, hand made in London

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Designed for Sleep The pursuit of perfection – handcrafted pocket spring beds designed for sleep. At Hypnos we are masters in producing bespoke beds and creating a beautiful centerpiece for your bedroom, or hotel suite.

T: +44 (0) 1844 348200 | E: designer@hypnosbeds.com www.hypnosbeds.com Hypnos is proud to be Carbon Neutral, complying with PAS 2060.


OUR DESIGNERS

KAREN HOWES

MICHAEL REEVES

RENÉ DEKKER

SIMS HILDITCH

TIM MURRAY

JO HAMILTON

THOMAS GRIEM

HELEN BYGRAVES

The DNA of Taylor Howes is Karen’s own vision: a positive, approachable and refreshing energy that produces great work and a positive client experience www.taylorhowes.co.uk

René Dekker has been at the forefront of luxury interior design for over 25 years, having cultivated his skills under the watchful eye of some of the UK’s top designers. www.renedekker.co.uk

Founded in 2002 by the late Helen Green, Helen Green Design Studio creates luxurious, yet liveable residences and strives to deliver excellent service. www.helengreendesign.com

DERNIER & HAMLYN IS A BRITISH COMPANY SPECIALISING IN BESPOKE CONTEMPORARY AND HERITAGE LIGHTING DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE.

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Thomas Griem has 20 years experience which spans from residential, retail and office schemes in international locations from Hong Kong to New York. www.tg-studio.co.uk

Michael’s neutral, chic interiors have become particularly in demand as they combine a pared down look and tranquil palette with elegance and comfort. www.michaelreevesdesign.com

Emma Sims Hilditch’s interiors are known for being tranquil, graceful and convivial, an eloquent statement of uncomplicated and understated elegance. www.simshilditch.com

Jo Hamilton is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading interior designers, noted for a confident grasp of colour, clever use of space and luxury aesthetic. www.johamilton.co.uk

Hill House Interiors was built by Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves with their friendly, approachable attitude, enthusiasm and meticulous attention to detail. www.hillhouseinteriors.com


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ASA BOTELHO

Evoking the sensuality of the Roman God it was named after, the Eros Console would make a spectacular statement piece for an entryway or hallway. Offered in two sizes, an exquisite marble slab from Decorum Est sits atop a power-coated steel frame which is available in a choice of pitch black, bronze and dark bronze. The Eros Console will add character and charm to an interior scheme without compromising on luxury. T: +44 (0) 795 617 0735 | www.casabotelho.com

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LANIKA FIRES

If you dream of a fireplace that is more than a couple of metres long, Planika’s extensive range of customisation options allows this to come true. Whether you want your fire to be integrated into a wall or act as a room divider, Planika’s glazing options allow anything to happen. The anti-reflective glass ensures a crystal clear view of the flickering flames which can be accompanied with decorative accessories, including ceramic logs, pebbles and glowing wires placed on a layer of embers. T: +48 (0) 523 641 197 | www.planikafires.com

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XLEY’S

Oxley’s is proud to introduce its latest outdoor furniture collection, Luxor. The Luxor Lounge Chair, shown in Antique Gold with a cushion in JAB International fabric, is made to order in the colour and fabric of your choice. Also in the Luxor range are double and triple sofas, single and double chaise longue, trolleys, coffee tables and dining furniture - all created to offer ultimate outdoor comfort. www.oxleys.com 22

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ONTENT BY TERENCE CONRAN

The Ellis sofa by Content by Terence Conran is a sophisticated and contemporary design featuring horizontal and vertical lines that are clearest in the contours of the base. Stainless steel legs complete the look by providing a strong but pleasing contrast to the casual look of the comfortable feather-filled cushions. T: +44 (0) 208 150 8380

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ORTFOLIO DOORS

Hand crafted in Britain and made from Italian engineered veneers, Portfolio doors define your space. Ensuring consistent grain and colour with 20 sleek designs from four on trend collections; Contemporary, Classic, Exotic and Natural, see beyond the door with your interior’s essential statement piece of furniture and let more originality in with Portfolio. T: +44 (0) 844 209 0008 | www.portfoliodoors.co.uk

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ONATHAN CHARLES

This sophisticated centre table with a beautiful natural macassar ebony finish and spotted antique brass detailing has a top which features a unique erratic pattern. The five legged base has elegant bow curves that meet a ribbed antique brass ring in the centre, with brass capped feet. This piece is sure to elevate any room and impress your guests with its immaculate design. T: +44 (0) 207 351 1922

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TOUR DU MONDE

DEDON COLLECTION DEAN Design by Jean-Marie Massaud www.dedon.de

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ITCHMARSH & GOODWIN

This stunning English oak table and chairs have been hand made at the Titchmarsh & Goodwin workshops in Ipswich. The legs and side rails are hand carved and the table is finished in a matt charcoal finish. All Titchmarsh & Goodwin tables and chairs can be made in any shape, size, colour and finish.

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UNAKARA

The Timeless Console by Bunakara, designed to anchor a large feature wall, stays true to Portuguese interior designer Joana Aranha’s sophisticated European design aesthetic. The console consists of a mango wood top in Ebony, three soft-close drawers in Ivory and sand-cast hardware to match. The piece rests on slim tapered legs in acacia wood with a matt varnish. www.bunakara.com

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RITZ FRYER

The Brushed Steel Moccas Industrial Pendant light by Fritz Fryer is a simple way to bring industrial chic into a design scheme. Completely hand made in the UK, this pendant light is available in a variety of metallic finishes, and there is also a choice of overbraid options. This stunning pendant is a true example of British Craftsmanship.

T: +44 (0) 198 956 7416 | www.fritzfryer.co.uk

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Ceiling and pendant luminaires handmade to order from 100% dupion silk in a range of colours or neutral grey linen. Pendant luminaire includes polished chrome ceiling plate and triple E27 lamp holders. Ceiling luminaire available with dedicated LED or multiple E27 lamp holders. Matching wall lights available.

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ECORUM EST

Decorum Est’s Verre Eglomise designs have been developed to cover whole room surfaces as well as provide small decorative elements. The reflective qualities of the glass teamed with the lustre of precious metals form stunning surfaces that stand the test of time. T: +44 (0) 207 731 5556

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ICKY DOBREE INTERIOR DESIGN

Nicky Dobree has taken one part Italian chic and added a big dose of Icelandic fun to create the Shaggy Elbow chair. Acknowledged as the pre-eminent chalet designer, award-winning Nicky Dobree Interior Design presents this solid beech framed armchair, upholstered in Icelandic long hair sheepskin along with a companion footstool. It’s perfect for sinking into on cold, dark Winter nights. T: +44 (0) 207 627 0469

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AL GAON

The Pebble Collection is a one-of-a-kind series of wooden pebble tables designed by Israeli designer by Gal Gaon. It responds to a natural phenomenon in which geological layers combine to make a wonderful hybrid of points in time. Layers upon layers of material created in separate and distant time periods are united and sculpted in a natural process of rolling in water, into an elliptical, complete and harmonious unit.

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NDIAN OCEAN

Capture the essence of modern outdoor luxury with the elegant and sophisticated Cove Collection by Indian Ocean. Made from plantation grown FSC Grade A Teak, the collection consists of a two seater sofa, an armchair, a lounger, an ottoman, footstools and coffee tables.

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ISQUE

Visit Bisque’s brand new flagship showroom in the Business Centre, Islington, which has a dedicated area for bespoke options, including a selection of finishes and the, fondly referred to, old school style radiator. This Bisque Classic has an enduring appeal and a great heat output making it the perfect companion for a wide range of interiors. In addition to thirty-eight stock sizes, Bisque can colour match to popular paint ranges such as Farrow & Ball and Little Greene. T: +44 (0) 207 328 2225 | www.bisque.co.uk

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ILVERA

The Gentry Sofa, designed by Patricia Urquiola available at the Silvera showroom, was designed to be comfortable and subtle but also to make a statement. The large independent seat-and back cushions mean that the sofa is comfortable when the user sits up properly but that it is also great for lounging around on and forgetting about ‘good manners’. www.silveraltd.co.uk

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EXTERIORS | INTERIORS | BIG SPACES +44 (0) 1235 859300 www.davidharber.com


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ESLEY BARRELL

The Marlborough armchair by Wesley Barrell is a classic fireside wing armchair with an ergonomic design that provides excellent support and comfort. Cabriole Queen Anne style legs lend a traditional feel. Shown here in Blendworth’s Rodbourn Silver Mist fabric from its new collection, Library, the armchair is certainly a statement piece that will add a touch of modern luxe living to any home. T: +44 (0) 199 389 3111 | www.wesley-barrell.co.uk

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ASIS

The Orio side table, part of the Oasis Home Collection, by Oasis has an interesting, sculptural appearance with the top made of two half-moon shapes in contrasting tones. The metal frame can be finished in either antique gold or bronze, both of which complement the lacquered wooden top. This stunning side table would be ideal for completing a luxurious Art-Deco style living area.

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HEODORE ALEXANDER

The eye-catching Prisms Cocktail Table by Theodore Alexander was designed by the Keno Brothers to become a catalyst for conversation for your guests. The exquisite Grey Vine veered top and base is supported by four sculptural swirls covered by hand-applied silver leaf.

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BISQUE Beautiful radiators for stylish interiors

Our Classic radiator in new rose copper finish

London showroom: Business Design Centre 52 Upper Street London N1 0QH T: 0207 328 2225 London wide dealers

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ERRIN & ROWE

Perrin & Rowe has unveiled its new range of stainless steel kitchen sinks. Available in five sizes, each is expertly cut and welded together rather than stretched to size. Fully insulated on the bottom and sides with a diamond-shaped base providing efficient drainage, they also offer a unique zero side radius and nine base radius for easy cleaning.

T: +44 (0) 207 351 3085 | www.perrinandrowe.co.uk

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URNSTYLE DESIGNS

Turnstyle Designs is delighted to launch the Edge Wing Scroll leather handle. Available in five durable bridle leather finishes with a choice of seven end cap finishes, this exquisite cabinet handle is easy to install. Simply create a mortise on the top edge of a drawer or cupboard and the handle will sit flush. To finish, secure the handle using the co-ordinating screws. T: +44 (0) 203 489 1040

ZEIT designed by Marco Piva winner of the prestigious Good Design Award 2017

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ENSEN BEDS

The continental divan set, featuring Jensen Pocket on Pocket technology offers the very best Jensen sleep comfort. The bed comes with a double mattress with up to three individual Jensen pocket spring systems. The continental divan sets can be available as dual tension with today’s technology making this possible while maintaining the appearance of a one piece mattress.

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ILLIAMS IRONMONGERY

In his long and productive collaboration with Olivari, Gio Ponti focused on two types of approach to the design of handles. One was more organic, where the lever is offered to the hand’s grip as a sinuously modelled element. The other was inspired by geometric clarity, according to which the hand naturally adapts to the shape. The former led to the development of the Lama L handle by Williams Ironmongery.

T: +44 (0) 207 247 8821 | www.williams-ironmongery.co.uk

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MASCULINE GLAMOUR

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DUKE ELLINGTON THEATRE ‘EGG’ Washington D.C.’S Duke Ellington School of the Arts reopened last year following a multi-million dollar renovation. The modernisation project, designed by Joint Venture Partnership between Cox Graae + Spack Architects and Lance Bailey & Associates, has transformed the aging historic National Landmark into a top-tier student facility. The stunning design has struck a balance between restoring and respecting the original historic building while creating major new academic and performance spaces.The interior environment centres on a giant oval-shaped structure within the four-storey atrium - the Duke Ellington Theatre ‘egg’. Inside, is a full-sized 800 seat theatre complete with orchestra pit, lighting catwalks and high-performing acoustics. Advanced BIM modelling and 3D laser scanning techniques were employed for the complex design of the theatre. Once constructed, the outer shell was expertly hand-finished in Armourcoat polished plaster by local installers ACI/Senza Fine. The design team took inspiration from 38

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piano keys for the interior, featuring crisp white wall finishes with black accents, paying homage to the iconic musician, composer and D.C. native Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington. In total over 25,000 square metres of finishes were applied to the theatre, cafeteria walls and columns over three levels. Chris Ambridge, Associate Principal at CG+S Architects, commented ‘The choice to use Armourcoat came at the end of an extended process of exploring many options. The decision was important since the theatre is the centre piece at the heart of the school. We found a precedent in London of a similarly complex application and quickly became comfortable that Armourcoat was the right product for our project in terms of cost/schedule and aesthetics. The project team and client have been delighted with the end result; the finish is sophisticated and durable. We hope to have opportunities to use Armourcoat again in the future.’ Photography: © Chris Ambridge

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A custom weaving house specialising in hand woven carpets

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ANE CHURCHILL

The new Jane Churchill collections combine illustrative designs with chic geometrics, globally inspired abstracts and a nuanced selection of textured weaves and plains. The result is a rich array of imaginative fabrics including the wool-stitched, embroidered Chintal which introduces a contemporary folk design with pretty over-sized petals and miniature leaves in multicolours.

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OEME

Introducing Megan Blossom by Boeme; a stunning collection of elegant fabrics with a design that depicts peach blossom. The beautiful illustration was inspired by a painting that was given by Jo Bound to her daughter, Megan, as a gift. This resulted in a pretty, classic floral pattern being given a modern update that would celebrate the arrival of the Summer months. T: +44 (0) 148 321 7716 | www.boeme.co.uk

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HARLOTTE GAISFORD

Mountain Flowers by Charlotte Gaisford is a collection of four fabric designs in a selection of fresh colours. Very personal to Charlotte, Mountain Flowers represents happy memories of family holidays in a little wooden chalet, tucked away in the small mountain village of Vercorin in the d’Anniviers Valley. It is a celebration of Charlotte’s favourite time of year, when the delicate alpine flowers would dot the verdant pastures along the mountain tracks.

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The Palampore Fabric Collection Anna French is a division of Thibaut, Inc. www.annafrench.co.uk tel: 020 7737 6555

Curtains: Kalamkari. Cushions: Montecito, La Provence, Tarascon Trellis Applique, Mila, Jules, Palampore. Brighton Settee from Thibaut in Tansman.


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ASAMANCE

Playfully using light and different materials, the textures mingle together and the deep colours are brightened with new combinations. Light is all around, subtle and subdued. We see it through the tropical foliage, it floods the promenades with its soft, golden light and shimmers in the heat of the evening to the rhythm  of Cuban music. T: +44 (0) 207 351 1299 | www.casamance.com

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ANDBERG

A sophisticated and airy pattern, Arboretum is a study of local trees. With an exacting etched design, each tree is drawn in a detailed yet stripped back and simple style. This understated design features eleven Swedish trees: Willow, Oak, Hazel, Beech, Quince, Maple, Ash, Chestnut, Swedish Whitebeam, Birch and small-leaved Lime. T: +46 321 531 660

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ISIA PARIS

Ethnias is an unpinned velvet jacquard, developed in the great tradition of looms. 43 colours of thread contribute to the creation of this velvet: each coil is installed by hand and is a precise order on the weaving machines, which makes Ethnias an exclusive fabric, testifying to ancestral craftsmanship. T: +44 (0) 207 660 2000 | www.misia-paris.com 42

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ARSEN FABRICS

The creative synergy between design, yarn and craftsmanship combined with the influences of natural surfaces define the inspiration for Larsen fabrics. The 2018 collection particularly emphasises the genuine natural beauty and elegance of linen. Soft to touch and extremely tactile, the latest range features a palette of tone-on-tone textiles that highlight different varieties of structure created from soft, matt and dry yarns. www.larsenfabrics.com

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LACKPOP

Blackpop are excited to unveil its new range of wallpapers and fabrics which include two richly elegant, deeply dark wallpapers, Dizzy & Monk. Think neon glitz meets Peaky Blinders. Gorgeous, on-trend arsenic greens meet bold berrys and sea blues, with the occasional pop of pink for that added touch of sharp sweetness. www.blackpop.co.uk

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ODAY INTERIORS

Imperial by Today Interiors is a luxurious, high performance velvet from Italy. This handsome and stylish designer fabric is available in a colour palette of 19 exhilarating shades ranging from rich jewel tones of Electra and Rubrum through to versatile neutrals including Flake, Polar and Tealight.

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Amalfi Collection A vibrant and exciting brand of luxe soft furnishing fabrics featuring inspirational designs Adding style to a home www.kaifabrics.com

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ANUEL CANOVAS

French influences, rich jewel shades, eye-catching design and luxurious textiles bring opulence to the Manuel Canovas 2018 collection. Inspired by the work of French artist, Jean Lurçat, and the sophisticated style of the French interior designer, Madeleine Castaing, the decorative series is rich in botanicals, such as the stylised Morny and tapestry look Vadim, contrasted by Bucy, a classic damask set off with deep tones of red, ochre, indigo and forest green. www.manuelcanovas.com

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NNIE SLOAN

Annie Sloan was inspired by the colourful flowers, scripts and geometric patterns painted in vibrant and contrasting colours on trucks across Pakistan. The Jhoola, a traditional Indian swing seat, has been given the Annie Sloane treatment using the brightest colours. The base is Aubusson Blue to create a neutral, dark background to allow lots of bright coloured details. The details and flowers were picked out in individual colours. www.anniesloan.com

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OBE UK

Just in time for a Spring-revival, luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK introduces fresh and contemporary Senses Breeze. Featuring an up-to-the-minute botanical print, the curtain weight fabric will instantly refresh a room. Suitable for extra wide windows and woven in natural yarns, the ‘room high’ fabric is available in various widths with patterns printed or woven horizontally to ensure a seamless window décor. www.en.kobe.eu


See life in a new light New Pirouette速 Shades from Luxaflex速 The unique design of our Pirouette速 Shades features soft fabric vanes which gently filter light and control privacy. And PowerView速 Motorisation also lets you operate your shades with one tap of your smart phone, tablet or remote control.

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RESTIGIOUS TEXTILES

Enhanced by a twist of natural yarns, the global weaves in the Al Fresco family of fabrics, by Prestigious Textiles, conjure up an ambience which is both laid-back and comfortable, bringing a welcome balance into modern lifestyles. Ideas derived from Mayan textiles are explored in the fascinating Estoril, which coordinates ombré zigzags (Alvor) and a mosaic repeat (Faro). Adding to the picture are a distressed diamond lattice (Evora) and a soft floral jacquard (Lagoa).

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AI FABRICS

Introducing the stunning new Tanner fabric collection from Kai - an exciting new take on geometric design. Full of colour, texture and shine, this collection combines satin prints, delicate embroideries and complex jacquards. A stunningly cut velvet with a metallic flecked ground completes the collection. Contemporary colours and soft elegant shades are skilfully combined with metallic highlights to create a striking visual effect. Colours span from sophisticated vintage, platinum and linen to stronger shades of bordeaux, ink and teal.

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HE SILK GALLERY

The new 2018 Spring Fabrics by The Silk Gallery combine the understated elegance of wool with the glamour of silk. The collection has an element of fun too, with a new co-ordinating three colour bobble fringe in this Season’s pastel tones, and a wool weave featuring the designer’s own dog, Blue, in pink. T: +44 (0) 207 351 1790 | www.thesilkgallery.com 48

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INWOOD

Linwood’s ‘Moleskin’ FR Velvet collection has been re-coloured and now offers 50 beautiful, bold colours to bring any scheme to life. Perfect for statement domestic and contract upholstery; this sumptuous and soft velvet is extremely durable and has a stain resistant finish for additional practicality. T: +44 (0) 142 546 1176 | www.linwoodfabric.com

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OLEFAX & FOWLER

Time-honoured charm and resplendent beauty emanate from the Colefax & Fowler fabric collection for Spring 2018. Abundant flora and elegant foliage appear rendered in classic prints and exceptional embroideries to create a luxurious mood. www.colefax.com

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ILLOW & HALL

The Hindon Storage Bed by Willow & Hall has a wonderfully subtle and contemporary look. With each button on the headboard being individually upholstered and placed by hand, the Hindon Storage Bed is all about craftsmanship and detail. The end result is an elegant and sophisticated storage bed.

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ESTEND BED COMPANY

Drift off to dreamland in ultimate comfort and exquisite style with the Urbino Baldacchino Four Poster bed by Cantori, from Westend Bed Company. The double bed is made of cold-pressed, cone-shaped metal with continuous wire feed welds. Available in different sizes, this stunning bed is the epitome of Italian craftsmanship and contemporary styling combined to create an impressive piece of statement furniture.

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THE GREAT LAND OF NOD Taking care when designing your bedroom will allow it to take care of you

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he bedroom speaks to us of life’s simple pleasures and marks the beginning and end of every day in our life. It can sometimes appear to be the room less used in our homes but with sleep filling a third of our lives, perhaps it’s a lot more significant than we think. My question, as a designer, is how can we create better places for us to live in? After all, a better designed bedroom could make a huge difference to how we sleep and therefore how we feel. The key is understanding how our bodies work. All living things have a Circadian Rhythm, which is roughly a 24 hour cycle that our bodies go through. Humans are Diurnal animals, which means our Circadian Rhythm is programmed to have us awake during daylight and asleep during the night. With our body programmed to sleep when it gets dark, it needs to go through the process of powering down, which is stimulated by the sun set. So, have softer lighting in your bedroom and fit dimmer switches so it gets gradually darker throughout your nightime routine to fake twilight. Going dark with your colour scheme helps create nighttime indoors. Use blackout lining on your curtains and blinds, but don’t seal every aspect of light from coming through. The light from dawn will gently rouse you for the day. The comfort of our beds serves a vital role in our sleep and picking the right mattress and pillow are essential, so take the time to try a mattresses and pillows in store. Keep your mattress in good health by turning it regularly and replacing it when needed. It is thought that a regularly used mattress

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will reach the end of its life between 5-10 years. With linens and duvet, buy the best your budget will allow and step away from the synthetics as they can over heat you. Relaxing before bed puts you in the right zone for heading off to the land of nod. Remove gadgets from the bedroom, including TVs. It is recommended that you stop using all gadgets one hour before going to sleep as these keep your brain active which makes it hard for it to switch off quickly. Clutter is also a sleep killer as well as a mood killer. It has been shown that clutter can be stress inducing, with cortisol readings the same as post-traumatic stress disorder. Keep the bedroom simple by only have things you need in there. Where most of us think cosy and warm makes us sleep well, in fact it is the opposite. Our body temperature needs to drop to stimulate sleep with Neuroscientist Matthew Walker, recommending a room temperature of 18.3°C. Set your thermostat to this temperature to be reached by the time you’re going to bed and use bedding that keeps you at an optimum temperature. I know some find blue an unappealing colour for bedrooms but I think it’s a great choice. It’s relaxing and gives a feeling of space. If blue isn’t your bag, then pick something else from the cooler end of the colour wheel. A red bedroom might sound sexy but is a disaster for mind and body! Taking care with your bedroom design will allow your bedroom to take care of you as you drift off and, as William Shakespeare wrote, ‘enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber.’


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CRAFTING A HOME Craftsmanship surrounds us and brings stories and reminders of origin

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s I sit on a beautifully made kilim-covered beech wood In the garden, the 17th Century cob wall and gazebo English sofa, in a room bathed in cold winter sunshine, have been re-thatched. The reeds were sourced locally and the long winter shadows are as scattered across the room as the yells packed tightly and secured with hazel wood spars, the tapestry and embroidered cushions that have built over to last for decades more. No one seems to know about the the decades. When I pause for thought, I am surrounded by original use of the gazebo. A cider store? A shady place to craftsmanship packed with stories and reminders of origin. leave the churns or make the butter? A bee sanctuary? It is The floor, wide elm boards hewed from trees which most unlikely, even in Fielding’s rural England with Tom may easily have witnessed the Jones’ hanky-panky, to have been Restoration, is partially covered a place created solely for pleasure. with a Romanian rug with rural   And then beyond the wall, the and floral patterns inspired by downland rises up to Wansdyke old gypsy traditions. The ancient where man has lived, crafted and trade routes, from India, through worshipped for thousands of Persia, the Levant and deep into years. Turning and whittling the Europe, allowed such traditions spear, honing the flint that killed and skills to travel and evolve. the beast, which fed the families, So the hexagonal patterns of that crafted the clothes and the kilims, with their sun worn covered the feet, that made reds, cinnamons, ochres, blues the fire, that smelted the ore, and greys, feel content above that established the crafts that the carpet of mauves, pinks and continue to enhance civilisation greens; different carpets from and shape so much of what different continents, arranged we learn and should observe. together like a marriage between   For nearly 30 years, the two families united by a common Queen Elizabeth Scholarship heritage and craft. Trust (QEST) has worked to   In front of me, is a 17th Century sustain Britain’s cultural heritage oak fire surround. Wisely rescued by championing excellence from an upstairs bedroom, it has in craftsmanship. Talented spent too much of its life oversign-writers and woodturners, Nick Crean, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust painted. Stripped and resplendent stonemasons and thatchers, in its natural state, the roughness glassworkers and ceramicists, of old sawtooth marks and its slightly missed symmetry beekeepers, apple growers and basket weavers, cordwainers add to its handsomeness. The house’s 17th Century ‘eared’ and tailors, luthiers and armourers, embroiderers, architraves, repeated on the oak, reveal the care taken by horologers, picture framers, gilders and conservators woodworkers, long before interior design became such a feast.  and so many more will all continue to benefit from the   On the oak lowboy, patinated by 200 years of use, the sun scholarships that QEST provides and so add to the heritage pierces ‘Grannie’s bequest’ - a small Lalique Coquilles bowl, of British craftsmanship and enrich people’s lives for many highlighting the cold glass beauty of its process and the generations to come. sea blue haze of its inspiration.    The room’s turquoise walls imperceptibly change colour Nick Crean | The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) only finding their true variant by day and night. It’s far too T: +44 (0) 207 798 1535 | www.qest.org.uk easy to forget the craft in the alchemy of paint. Like a poet, OPPOSITE: Above the fireplace, which is framed with a 17th Century oak fire surround, the alchemist creates a sympathy with the light - a sense of a Cornish landscape by Isobel Brigham is hung against the turquoise walls mixed by place, time, wellbeing and memory.  Edward Bulmber Paints. The Romanian gypsy rug provides balance in the living room

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GOING WITH THE FLOW Show off your interior and gently guide the user through the space

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lowing space is essentially the corner stone to all good design. A successful layout will guide you seamlessly through the different areas of an interior, allowing you to both visually appreciate the space and to actually use it. Logical flow and function are the main things to consider. There are various tricks to create these flowing spaces, which is essentially down to layouts, lighting and finishes. Always start with the layouts and detail the design from there. Look for your main walking path and make these wide enough, unobstructed and direct. People’s natural inclination is to move directly so let that happen and use furniture locations to guide people around. If for example you need people to walk around the back of a sofa, consider one with a curved back to encourage flow. If an area is functional or requires access, such as a regularly used cupboard or table and chairs, there needs to be a clear route to access and use these. Make sure the cupboard doors can open and the chairs are able to pull away from the table, with room for movement to allow flow behind. Give furniture room to breathe and don’t feel the need to fill every space or wall. Doors are a helpful tool to direct the flow. Often changing the side that a door swings from will ease the flow of a space. Historically doors would open into a room away from the adjacent wall to maintain privacy, though it is possible to swap it round so it leads you into the room. By keeping the number of finishes to a minimum you will be subtly guided to each new space by simplicity and consistency. For example, a ground floor with the same timber flooring, ceiling and woodwork throughout, accompanied by a variety of wall colours or finishes will

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give the house a fantastic sense of flow and unity. This works especially well in smaller properties. Lighting is crucial to maintaining a calm continuation of space. Make sure you have the same tone of light bulbs throughout. You can also use light positions to encourage the flow through a connecting space. Use low level floor washing lights to guide people down a corridor, for example. Have lighting level options within each room, either with dimmers or on a system such as Lutron, and then set the same mood from room to room depending on the time of day. The last thing you want is nice warm low-level lighting in a sitting room and bright cool light in a linking corridor as it will appear harsh and break the sense of flow. The most challenging spaces to work with are definitely open plan. Their vast expanse of opportunity are wonderful, but you don’t want to feel lost in them nor for your furniture to be floating around in acres of space. Define areas with rugs and lighting so that each section has a function, and then link them with a clear route between each one. Long slim console tables are great for defining areas, and you can also consider adding in architectural features such as columns or short walls to divide up the space and guide the viewer round. Done successfully, you wouldn’t even notice the thought process behind it, but done badly the space will feel clumsy, awkward to orientate and un-relaxing to be in. You want to show your interior off and to gently guide the person through, allowing for the space to fulfill its function whilst also looking fantastic. Get the key elements of layout, lighting and finishes right and you can’t go wrong.


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AVID HARBER

Made from stainless steel and coated in a dark blue sapphire hue, The Eclipse by David Harber was inspired by the sculptor’s imminent 20th wedding anniversary with his wife, Sophie. The piece is reminiscent of the DH Lawrence poem, Fidelity, which describes a sapphire of fidelity, which David has represented through the outer rings of The Eclipse. Taking inspiration from the phases of the moon, the interlocking, interdependent rings work in harmony from any angle and mutually support each other. T: +44 (0) 123 585 9300 | www.davidharber.co.uk

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The Riva Collection of outdoor furniture by Kettal is all about achieving a certain atmosphere for the enjoyment of outdoor space. The plank construction of the seat and back was inspired by traditional outdoor furniture and provides a high level of comfort and a pleasing visual aesthetic. Within the collection are dining chairs, a club armchair, dining tables, two and three seater sofas, small tables and deckchairs, all manufactured in the finest teak. www.kettal.com

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The Tandem collection by Ego Paris, exclusively available from Leisure Plan, was a previous winner of the Best of the Best Red Dot award and we can see why. The chic outdoor furniture collection offers full dining and low seating in an ultra-contemporary style. The aluminium structure with batyline mesh is complemented with either a teak or corian surround. Made up of a diverse range of pieces, including custom-made dining tables and a sun lounger in a variety of finishes, the Tandem Collection offers a truly stunning solution for luxury outdoor living. T: +44 (0) 127 981 6001 | www.leisureplan.co.uk 60

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Enjoying long nights sheltered from the wind and weather under a Tuuci parasol will now be an even more pleasurable experience thanks to new integrated LED spotlights. The Miami-based company has fitted almost invisible lights into the hub of some of its cantilever models. Installed with touch functionality, the light can be switched on or off by simply applying light pressure to the bottom of the hub. T: +31 (0) 135 220 471 | www.tuuci.com

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Gone are the days of simple square decks and basic slab patios, as homeowners are wanting customised garden designs. For those who want to add something a bit different to their outdoor space, adding curves to a deck design can create a truly unique look with a harmonious flow. Trex decking now offers CustomCurve decking that allows you to personalise your project and work seamlessly with your home’s distinctive landscaping. www.uk.trex.com

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OBEYS

Robeys are delighted to present your garden’s newest focal point - the RAIS Circle. With a design that could hardly be more simple or beautiful, there is plenty of room for family and friends to gather around this bonfire stove. Made from corten steel, it comes with a circular grill surface allowing you to put the fun back in to outdoor cooking. T: +44 (0) 177 382 0940 | www.robeys.co.uk


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The Kingston outdoor lounging set by Bridgman is guaranteed to offer the finest experience while spending time relaxing outside. The beautiful outdoor furniture comes with deep sumptuous cushions and is designed and made to the very highest specification. The sofa and lounge armchairs come with a choice of grey or beige waterproof cushions which can remain outside all year round. T: +44 (0) 208 804 7474 | www.bridgman.co.uk

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Introducing the U-nite garden dining table designed by Kris Van Puyvelde for Royal Botania. With its minimalist profile and luxury finishes, the U-nite table brings interior refinement and style outdoors. Available in a range of sizes and highest quality exterior materials, the U-nite table can be used in conjunction with a wide range of Royal Botania garden dining chairs. T: +44 (0) 239 241 0045

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However, you plan to enjoy the outdoors this year, our RAIS outdoor collection will inspire you to make the most of your outdoor living space. Traditionally crafted, this collection of outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and accessories will certainly attract plenty of attention and act as your garden’s newest focal point. With a rich rust patina finish, these corten steel products are designed to last getting more beautiful with age. The stunning collection of free standing outdoor fireplaces also double up as barbecues allowing you to grill, fry, roast, bake and put the fun back into outdoor cooking. This unique range by RAIS is exclusively available through Robeys and selected retailers throughout the UK and Ireland.

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Handcrafted from pure copper, the diminutive delights of this petit bateau by William Holland make it the perfect companion for dainty spaces that still desire the luxury of a sumptuous bathing space. The deep, immersive bathing experience combined with the comparative small footprint of the petit bateau means that even the smallest of bathrooms can still benefit from the glamour and comfort of a roll top tub. T: +44 (0) 130 525 1930 | www.williamholland.com

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Stone Age was brought in to help create this stylish master bathroom in a London penthouse as part of a project by Famella Building Contractors. Hand selected Carrara Marble was chosen for all of the skirting, the vanity top and drawer fronts, the floor and the shower wall. The marble was polished and a honed finish was applied to give a slip resistance on the floor. The bespoke skirting completes the bathroom, framing the room.

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Aston Matthews has launched Grid, a handsome Crittal window inspired shower screen, perfect for contemporary bathrooms. Featuring invisible wall fixings and anti-limescale glass, this decorative frame is manufactured from durable powder coated aluminium in a satin black finish.

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The Florian Butler, unique with its racetrack upper frame, has become an iconic piece in Bard & Brazier’s collection. While it’s exposed radiator panel conjures a rustic feel, its elegantly curved brass tubing and towering height add an element of modest refinement. Available in ten standard finishes, and in a shorter version, this rail is a perfect example of the extent to which Bard & Brazier can be customised.

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One of the stars of Waters Baths of Ashbourne’s sublime Elements collection of stone free standing baths is the Haze tub which is the ideal choice for a luxurious boho-chic bathroom. Its elegant yet timeless shape allows this versatile bath to be styled in a number of distinctive ways to help you embrace the trend for bohemian style and create an individual look and feel in your bathroom. T: +44 (0) 133 282 4166 | www.watersbaths.co.uk

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The BetteFloor Side shower floor boasts an impressive design without stealing the limelight. The pore-free finish ensures optimum hygiene in the bathroom. Fully integrated into the floor, this design offers ultimate comfort and is a harmonious addition to any bathroom design.

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Le Vingt-Neuf is the latest bathroom creation by Catchpole & Rye. Featuring a wide rounded roll-top and splayed feet with solid ball and claw castings, this exceptionally large and spacious bath offers true comfort and style. Available in a painted or polished cast iron finish, Le Vingt-Neuf makes for an imposing statement. T: +44 (0) 123 384 0840 | www.catchpoleandrye.com

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URLINGHAM

The Hurlingham Cube stand with cast-iron legs, by Hurlingham - The Bath Company, is available in two sizes and a variety of wood finishes, including this Fruitwood finish. With a choice of painted or polished cast-iron legs, the copper bateau basin with tall pillar taps complements the stand perfectly allowing this combination to suit both contemporary and classic design schemes.

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LAMINIA

Created through a collaboration between Ceramica Flaminia and Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, the aesthetic of the Nuda washbasin collection has continued to remain current since it was first designed in 2002. The latest addition, NudaSlim, retains the minimal lines and large bowl characteristics of its original counterpart, while taking full advantage of modern processes that allow for a thinner, more elegant rim. Smooth, minimal and unadorned, this unassuming basin makes a surprising impact in any bathroom. www.flaminia.co.uk


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TEPEVI

Add a hint of floral prints to residential and commercial schemes with rugs from Stepevi’s Lace, Pixel, Sparkle and Crossover collections. Created for luxurious comfortable interiors, Stepevi’s rugs are woven or hand knotted using premium wool, superior silk and high quality viscose to form visually appealing rugs that are both hard wearing and supremely comfortable underfoot. T: +44 (0) 207 376 7574 | www.stepevi.com

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The Bell and Chime rug by Knots Rugs, in collaboration with British artist Arthur Lanyon, brings a fine art aesthetic to its collection, ‘Your Floor Is The Canvas.’ Hand knotted to an exceptional level of detail, the Bell and Chime rug is available in 46 colours and in Tibetan Wool and Chinese Silk. T: +44 (0) 207 471 4707

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The Rugs, Runners & Rooms collection by Loomah features six timeless designs made from the finest yarns. Available in any size, shape and colour as both loose laid rugs and wall-to-wall carpet, the use of contrasting materials and textures enhances these unassuming designs.

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haracter in texture is one of the many great attractions of a hand knotted rug. Thanks to the use of only traditional handmade processes, even the simplest of rug designs has a beautiful absence of uniformity to its surface just like an original artwork. Bazaar Velvet goes a stage further incorporating many different textural effects into its designs. A new trend of textural effect found in hand knotted rugs is by using different pile heights. This can be used to add definition or to emphasise certain patterns or materials. However, some rug designers including Thibault Van Renne, are taking this to the extreme. Many of his designs feature several layers, blending designs of yesterday and today which give a truly magical effect. Once the rug is dismantled from the loom, the finishing begins which can take half a dozen people around 30 days to complete. The silk is carefully carved around by hand and kept at one pile height while the wool of the rug cut down to a lower pile height with extreme skill and precision. This allows elements of the traditional design and contemporary design to fuse together creating a unique effect.

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Located on the Third Floor, Center Dome 315, of the famed Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour, Tufenkian’s London showroom is a creative and dynamic part of the London design community. The showroom offers access to Tufenkian’s superior custom rug program allowing for endless design flexibility including re-sizing, re-colouring or modifying almost any existing Tufenkian carpet, or creating a completely original design. In addition, it houses a diverse representation of classic and modern design displays and product samples while providing an interactive workspace.

T: +44 (0) 207 352 8183 | www.tufenkian.com

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UPM ProFi decking by James Latham is extremely popular due to its outstanding performance properties including minimum maintenance; superior stain resistance; extra-high impact strength and a high friction surface. These impressive qualities mean that it is perfectly suited to high traffic areas, continuing to perform to optimum levels while looking fresh, smart and clean for years to come. www.lathamtimber.co.uk

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Kährs will be celebrating a theme of ‘Raw Design’ at London’s Clerkenwell Design Week, with the launch of new nature-inspired and sustainable ‘ultra matt’ wood flooring designs. Over the three days, visitors can meet the Kährs team with refreshments on the roof top terrace, enjoy a themed workshop, and have the chance to win one of the new flooring designs. T: +44 (0) 239 245 3045 | www.kahrs.com

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TC NATURAL LUXURY FLOORING

Interior Designers looking for a beautiful carpet that satisfies the growing demand for all things environmental, should look no further than Eco-Velvet by ITC Natural Luxury Flooring. Hand woven using natural undyed wools, Eco-velvet is wonderfully soft and durable, yet meets the most stringent environmental standards without sacrificing the opulent underfoot feel.

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LOOR STORY

Mark and Wakako - the duo behind British fashion and design brand Eley Kishimoto - have collaborated with East London rug company Floor Story to produce the stunning Flash design in an on-trend black and white colourway. Made in India from 100% wool, it’s available in a range of sizes and two different qualities - as a hand woven flatweave or a luxurious hand tufted rug - to suit a variety of interiors. www.floorstory.com


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LIGHTING

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HRISTOPHER WRAY

Introducing the Solna collection by luxury lighting expert Christopher Wray. This collection of unusual pendant lights combines industrial and contemporary style. Ideal for minimalist interior schemes, the Solna is available in a variety of arrangements - a practical solution for various spaces in the home. This collection comes in a monochromatic palette, pairing simplicity and style. Created with contrasting textures of cork and matt-finished aluminium, the design of the Solna will both complement and revitalise a multitude of spaces. T: +44 (0) 207 013 0180 | www.christopherwray.com

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OHN-RICHARD

The perfect pairing of lighting and art can make any room exceptional, such as these accent pieces by John-Richard. The branched crystal tree lamp features organically formed brass branches, dripping with hand blown glass tear drops which refract light and create a special ambience. The paintings by artist Jackie Ellen are from the Dazzle series and provide the ideal backdrop with their bold greens and blues.

USA T: 001 662 453 5809 | www.johnrichard.com UK T: +44 (0) 120 283 0083 | www.lawtoncole.com

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OCUS SB

Focus SB’s Bespoke Configurations and Design Service allows the creation of electrical plates that suit the clients’ design scheme. With the ability to mix and match the controls, you can choose from simple on/off switching, a retractive toggle switch or a dimmer switch that enables the mood to be changed without complicated lighting control installations. Available in a range of finishes, you are sure to find a light switch to suit your scheme.

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This simply stated, elegant table lamp from Tindle (CM100) features a textured brass bronze base that complements the plain white shade. It is also available in textured white ceramic and with a wide variety of other shades to choose from. This shimmering lamp will add lustre and glamour to any interior scheme. www.tindle-lighting.co.uk

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AVEY LIGHTING

The Rise & Fall School Light by Davey Lighting, available from Original BTC, is a stunning copper pendant light fixture with a white interior. Available in either aluminium or copper, this light is sure to add industrial chic to your kitchen as it hangs over your kitchen island or dining table.

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HRISTOPHER HYDE

Leading bespoke lighting expert, Christopher Hyde, has added a new range to its contemporary collection. With inner finishes available in gold, silver and copper leaf, the Granada and Seville lights are given added luxury and the lustrous surface bounces the light around the body showing a glistening display. Installed with LED lighting technology, these lamps are not only beautiful, but they are energy efficient as well.

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True Edge bespoke retractive toggle switch

BEYOND STANDARD At Focus SB we go above and beyond to bring you exquisitely designed bespoke switches and sockets of distinction. Sought after for prestigious interior design projects worldwide, our electrical plates can be made to your specifications right here in Sussex.

Retractive switches are a stylish addition to an interior and can be wired to dim lighting or to control blinds and curtains etc. A range of stunning styles, finishes and switch types are all on hand to create your perfect electrical accessory. Contact our team of specialists today.

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Illuminati Lighting was called in to design and manufacture lighting solutions for the Crown Plaza in Zhenjiang. The factory created nine of these glittering chandeliers for one of the banqueting halls. Made out of hand made glass, K9 crystal and laser cut frames, Illuminati Lighting successfully supplied the perfect lighting fixtures to match the grandeur of this hotel. T: +44 (0) 124 535 5507

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HRISTOPHER WRAY

From pendants to table lights, the Finna collection is simple and versatile opening up opportunities to create a combination of lighting solutions. Featuring a slim, circular body with cylindrical aluminium head complete with acrylic lens diffuser, the contemporary design offers a unique and decorative solution to soften room noise with fabric-covered panels of sound absorptive foam.

T: +44 (0) 207 013 0180 | www.christopherwray.com

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BRILLIANCE The clients wanted their bankside penthouse apartment to incorporate a bold red colour, to convey their passion for the wild tiger and to have the odd surprise that would entertain their guests, and interior designers, Hill House Interiors, definitely delivered PHOTOGRAPHS THIERRY CARDINEAU

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esigners Hill House Interiors set themselves features for luxury living. A cocktail bar has a sleek, a challenge when designing a 22nd floor cosmic black counter topping off a back lit dragonNeo Bankside penthouse apartment. stone panel and from here the view of London Given an empty space, the challenge came from is most impressive. But should guests tire of it, outside, with the stunning views enjoyed from the above the bar is a second widescreen TV, bordered four bedroom duplex home demanding an equally by alcove shelving with spotlights. A temperature exceptional design scheme. Hill House took a controlled humidor for the equally important lengthy brief to create worthy interiors. Havanas, as well as wine chillers, are deftly hidden The clients, a professional couple with global from view beneath. business interests, stressed how much they loved Facing the bar under the soaring glass pitched roof strong colours - especially red - and were also keen sits a red lacquered baby grand piano, hand finished to convey their passion for the exotic wild tiger and by the respected, family owned company Edelweiss. the odd surprise. An adjacent space for lounging with an alabaster, Stepping into the entrance hall, an eclectic mood low seated curved edge sofa and deep-buttoned meets visitors. Full height mirrors reflect padded cylindrical armchairs sit atop another astonishing rug, scarlet leather panels surrounded by handsome opposite. Porcelain hands oak wood flooring. peep out, which as well as Dining is also key for the creating a surprise have a clients, and they needed a practical use. The entire area space to show off. There is is sparklingly lit by a dozen a super-sized one-off table suspended Swarovski crystal crafted from recycled sugar pendant lights. Hill House wood, its open fissures Interiors co-founder Helen inlaid with contemporary Bygraves says the inspiration pewter toned resin with came from an article. ‘The transparent glass inlay. The clients saw something similar tableau is completed by a in an interiors magazine unique Sharon Marsden and loved it, so we set about contemporary coral and creating a version suited to silver chandelier. Jenny the hall’s proportions. The Weiss, another Hill House hands are actually coat pegs!’ co-founder, explains the Further drama awaits piece. ‘It was custom in the vast open plan made, with each strand double height living room. measured to line up with Stretching across two walls the ascending height of the ABOVE: Helen Bygraves, Lead Designer for this penthouse project are hand carved metal overhead glass ceiling.’ panels featuring a vibrant Leading out through jungle scene, complete with the prowling tigers the wide glass doors from either side are two substantial clients adore. Soaring to the ceiling, a framed and lit triangular roof terraces, lined with opaque white bronze artwork creates the ultimate show-stopping planters. These light up at dusk, illuminating the backdrop to the living space below. built-in barbeque and Italian white lacquered Such a huge room required a sizeable divider. penthouse furniture. Hill House designed an ebony lacquered full height But that stunning view of the capital remains key, cabinet to separate the space into two different and the work Hill House Interiors have carried out has zones. One side houses a Planicka gel fireplace and managed to celebrate, but never outshine that. Perhaps built-in widescreen TV. To fully appreciate the more impressively, they have succeeded in capturing screen and flickering flames, viewers can relax on something of the exotic spirit of the clients too. a tailored L-shaped ivory sofa, bordering a boldlycoloured splash-patterned rug. HELEN BYGRAVES | HILL HOUSE INTERIORS On the other side are the essential entertainment T: +44 (0) 193 285 8997 | www.hillhouseinteriors.com PREVIOUS PAGE: A super-sized table, crafted out of a rare piece of recycled sugar wood, is complemented with a unique Sharon Marsden coral and silver chandelier OPPOSITE: Beneath the soaring glass pitched roof is a magnificent, red lacquered baby grand piano by Edelweiss Company which sits adjacent to a large lounging space surrounding a show-stopping rug featuring the clients’ favourite big cat, the Tiger, and an ebony lacquered full height cabinet designed by Hill House Interiors

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Multiple porcelain hands peep out unexpectedly from the padding acting as coat pegs as well as a comical surprise for guests. The large recycled sugar wood table has open fissures which are inlaid with a contemporary pewter toned resin with transparent glass inlay. The triangular roof terrace overlooking the city is lined with elegant opaque white planters which softly light up as dusk falls. Copper halo light fixtures float above one of the sitting areas

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THE KING’S

LIBRARY A listed former school in the heart of Chelsea was turned into a contemporary apartment by leading interior design studio, Helen Green Designs. From the palette and textures to the furniture and technology, every part has been designed with liveable luxury in mind PHOTOGRAPHS ALEX JAMES


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ondon interior design studio Helen Green Design has just completed an apartment at Kings Library for specialist property developer Tenhurst. It joins the dynamic design studio’s portfolio, which spans listed townhouses in Belgravia and country homes in Sussex, as well as Caribbean hotels. This time, the studio was appointed to design a contemporary apartment within Kings Library, a listed former school located in the heart of Chelsea by renowned Edwardian architect Thomas J Bailey. Due to its location, the new four-bedroom pad boasts spectacular views across the gardens of Kings Chelsea. It has been designed to maximise light that streams through sash windows, while its double height ceilings give increased volume. The apartment’s location inside a place of learning is also alluded to in its design. Despite its grandeur, the corridor space has also been cleverly designed to create intimate areas including a modern take on a library featuring sporting memorabilia and artwork by Mao Wen Biao. There is also a media room which floats seamlessly above the dining room, accessed from the library by a spiral PREVIOUS PAGE : In the grand drawing room, the antique Victorian desk behind the sofas, dual fireplaces, curiosity cabinet and wood panelling hints at a head master’s study THIS PAGE, ABOVE : Tim Murray, Creative Director at Helen Green Design Studio LEFT: The ‘Thomas Bailey Grey’ finish complements the distinctly masculine palette especially shown in the dining room with its emerald greens, sage grey and cognac tones

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ABOVE: The herringbone oak floor mimics the brickwork floor preserved beneath tiles. RIGHT: The long corridor was converted in to a spectacular library

staircase. The contemporary space was, like so many modern living areas, designed to be multi functional. For example, a billiards table uses pistons to lower to coffee table height, so that the space can then be used as a cinema, with horsehair panels used here to rebuff noise. Despite such innovations, Helen Green Design has worked to retain the integrity and revive the character of the old school building and even applied playful references of its former life in the design. In addition to the ‘library space’ in the corridor, the drawing room has its antique

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Victorian desk, dual fireplaces, curiosity cabinet and wood paneling, all hinting at a headmaster’s study, while an artisanal glass cabinet in the dining room draws inspiration from the base of milk bottles in a distinctly cheeky way. In addition to these touches, other original architectural features are either incorporated into the new design or cleverly concealed. A new herringbone floor which has been crafted in oak mimics the brickwork floor preserved beneath, and listed tiles in the stairwell form the backdrop to a new, state of the art wine cellar.


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RIGHT: Upholstered Emerald Green dining chairs surround a long wooden table which is headed with a stunning piece of artwork

Other clever references include a nod to the building’s place in cinema history. Once used as a location in the filming of the Oscar winning The Theory of Everything, there are references to the work in the bespoke pendant light fashioned from pages of that very book, as well as a bar that was crafted from hand painted artisan glass which was designed to convey the galaxy. The subtle nods to history continue throughout the apartment As the main feature in the entertainment room, the oval bar sets the tone for a space which is inherently about elegant relaxation

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- a cosy banquette, overlaid sheer screens separating the television and seating areas and curved bars stools for intimacy all add to the room’s mood. Throughout the living areas, oak herringbone flooring in a bespoke Thomas Bailey Grey finish complements the distinctly masculine palette, nowhere more so than in the dining room with its emerald greens, sage grey and cognac tones. This is overlooked by an extensive half-moon feature sash window, whose curtains use Lutron automation for ease of use. In the bedrooms, the masculine palette is replaced by lighter, softer tones. The master bedroom’s pale


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ABOVE: In the master bedroom features a softer colour palette which is complemented with accents of copper and gold creating a serene calming environment

green and creams give the space a serene feel, while copper detailing throughout adds a glamorous accent. A four-poster bed in bleached timber with gold detailing lends itself to the grandeur of the high ceilng, complemented by the Croquignole stool and Oona chair from the Helen Green Design Collection. A staircase from the master bedroom leads to a dressing room with a bespoke massage table at its heart. This unique joinery feature, along with all of the fitted lighting, case goods and upholstery in the apartment has been British made by skilled craftsmen. Outside, the secluded roof terrace establishes

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an intimate relationship between inside and out, benefitting from both barbeque and dining areas as well as a relaxed seating area around a fire pit. Inside or out, the livability of this studious apartment has been top of the list of priorities for Helen Green Design. From the palette and textures to the considered furniture and technology, it has been designed with livable luxury in mind.

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HOME AWAY FROM HOME A couple from Connecticut moved to a townhouse in Knightsbridge and wanted the home to feel traditionally British yet still retain a modern American twist. Emma Sims Hilditch and her team was recruited to combine the two styles PHOTOGRAPHS POLLY ELTES


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PREVIOUS PAGE: Bespoke cabinetry was used in the sitting room which was combined with tailor-made furnishings to create a welcoming home away from home RIGHT: The console table and the bespoke two drawer console in the light and airy conservatory were two of Emma Sims Hilditch’s favourite elements of the project

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nightsbridge might be the exact opposite of rural Connecticut, but that’s where one couple chose to move as a result of the husband’s job. They recruited Sims Hilditch design for the furnishings, and the brief for Emma Sims Hilditch and team was to combine the two types of living. Dividing their time between the two countries, the couple wanted the home to feel traditionally British yet still retain a modern American twist. One key requirement was that they would be entertaining business associates as well as hosting friends and family, so the schemes needed to be warm and inviting. ‘We used tones of rich browns, greys and blues to create a scheme that feels tranquil yet warm,’ Emma says.

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Amazingly, the project only had a 12-week turnaround. ‘Our starting point was a fabric called Queen Anne Vine, from Chelsea Textiles, which we used for the sitting room curtains,’ Emma remembers. ‘It has beautiful two-tone mauve and teal hand embroidery and we pulled those colours through the entire house to give the scheme cohesion,’ she adds. Moving through the home, luxurious textured wallpaper was paired with velvety floor treatments and hand embroidered fabrics to add to the sense of light and depth. Bespoke cabinetry was used throughout, such as the television and bar cabinet in the sitting room, which was combined with tailor-made furnishings to create a welcoming ‘home away from home’.


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ABOVE: João Botelho leans against the island in the chic modern kitchen. RIGHT: The symmetrical bedroom revolves around the four poster bed and glitzy chandelier

ABOVE: Queen Anne Vine fabric from Chelsea Textiles was used for the sitting room curtains and the embroidery inspired the colour scheme throughout the home

Natural fabrics are a key element, set alongside painted, dark furniture made by Sims Hilditch’s joiner, bespoke sofas, armchairs and ottomans as well as lighting from Vaughan. Emma says her favourite elements of the decoration include the four poster bed in the master bedroom, the consoles in the kitchen and conservatory, an antique French margin mirror in the drawing room and a stunning, 16-candle chandelier with Prato finish. However, Emma believes that while the location of the flat was brilliant, it threw up some challenges. ‘It was a wonderful opportunity to use inspiration from our English country designs to reflect this in a beautiful property within the heart of the city. There were many factors to consider while trying to create a country feel in the centre of Knightsbridge,’ she says. ‘We had to ensure the space remains multifunctional as city life can be

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hectic - it was vital to create an oasis of calm. We also wanted to translate the old and new in order to follow the brief, but also add a contemporary feel. Finally, we loved being able to introduce natural materials into this glorious city project bringing colour, texture and warmth from the countryside,’ she explains. And it worked. The clients were delighted with the work, as well as the designers themselves. ‘With Sims Hilditch, you end up feeling like part of the family. We gave Emma a blank slate and she made it into a cosy home. There isn’t a spot we don’t love. None of our guests want to stay in hotels anymore. We constantly have visitors, but it makes us happy,’ they say.

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A TROPHY APARTMENT The clients, were hoping for an ‘award winning’ apartment, and René Dekker Design set about creating a unique experience focusing on using a range of interesting finishes in every single room PHOTOGRAPHS ADAM LETCH 106 Bridge for Design London 2018


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PREVIOUS PAGE: The main reception space on the 15th floor, which overlooks West London, has a unique marble floor design which echoes the shape of the building RIGHT: The TV lounge décor gives a nod to a traditional English club by making use of high gloss fiddle-back sycamore panels, a deep sofa and modern arm chairs

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hen René Dekker Design got the call from a family they had previously worked with for a similar apartment in London, it was because they needed a designer they could trust. Based in the Middle East, they wanted this new project to be their second London ‘trophy home’, and needed a company to handle the entire project. The apartment is located on the 15th floor of a high rise in Edgware Road, London, purchased off plan as three individual apartments and reimagined into one. The timescale for René Dekker was two years, working in harmony with the fit out. It was

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an unusual project due to the amount of third party contractors involved. The main contractor oversaw the shell and core, a second contractor completed the remaining half, and René Dekker oversaw the installation of all soft furnishings and window treatment, carpets, linen and art and accessories. The apartment came with many challenges. Unconventionally shaped, it didn’t have traditional 90º corners. The brief included the requirement for five bedrooms, all with en suites, an open plan space to incorporate the living and dining rooms, and a study. Also included was a large spa bath,


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ABOVE: Pulling the areas of the living space together, René cleverly used a distressed Verdigris copper wall covering behind the wall unit, offsetting the dark joinery

cinema room and separate lounge. Essentially, the clients were hoping for an ‘awardwinning apartment’, they said, and when the layout had been approved René Dekker set about creating a unique experience. The core principle would be to make use of interesting finishes in every room. Starting with the en suites, the combination of ‘out of the ordinary’ materials was planned so that the spaces would be visually exciting. In one, Calacatta was the main finish, accentuated by Silver Wave, while in another simple faceted porcelain tiles contrast with dark grey ‘leathered’ granite on the floor and the niche, as well as striking Strato Olympus marble on the shower walls. The children’s bathroom uses a combination of off white and pearl porcelain tiles, timber joinery and pearlised mosaic. In the main living space, integral to the scheme was the design for the stone floor in the principle reception area, which needed to make a statement.

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The René Dekker team used angles to create a pattern running in parallel with the external walls. The stones used were Bleu de Savoie, Royal Brown and Statuario in equal measures, although these spread into other spaces. Next was the joinery. Wardrobes were designed for each bedroom to the specific needs of the client in terms of storage and finish. The kitchen was developed in the same manner and manufactured and installed by Boffi with the appliances supplied by Gaggenau. The entrance hall makes use of a soft gold polished plaster on the walls. Another highlight is a series of panels, some of which are doors to the hall’s coat cupboard, in a cracked gesso finish edged in bronze. Other key storage areas include the living room’s joinery, finished in the same special timber with horsehair panel doors specifically designed to ventilate the AV equipment


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ABOVE: This bijoux bedroom feels bigger due to the entire back wall acting as a headboard. The interest has been added by segmenting the wall at odd angles

inside. In the dining area the team created a bookshelf and further storage in Macassar Ebony, accented by leather panels on the doors and Verdigris copper wall coverings behind the shelves. In the east-facing lounge, sycamore wall panels are edged with copper trim and a small display unit incorporating an electric fireplace. Further finishes include gilded cork wallpaper on open walls, faux silk wallpaper inside the display unit and directional polished plaster on the ceiling. The cinema room has a full height lacquered joinery piece again making use of horsehair panels on the doors and the walls are in a combination of faux silk and real suede panels, all in cobalt blue. Such luxurious finishes are abundant in all of the bedrooms too. There are pearlescent wall units, white faux silk wall panels, leather headboards, walk in wardrobes, gilded AV units and even a full height ‘hair on hide’ headboard. The guest WC combines lacquered and gilded

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timber wall panels with metalized cork wall covering on a feature wall that also features on the ceiling. Further accents include a honey onyx basin and a Nero Porturo vanity top, as well as Belgian Black granite wall panels edged in bronze. Finally, for decorations and accessories, the client expressed a desire for statement pieces. Many were bespoke for the home, including the niche dresser, the dining table and the large ottoman behind the sofa. To complete the scheme, René Dekker added items from well-known brands which included small tables, lamps and some upholstered items, while the rugs were handmade to order in custom colours. The final choices for the art include a combination of pieces from the client’s own country as well as UK artists.

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GARDENS Jo Hamilton was given free rein for this three-bedroom Kensington apartment for her developer client with just a month to complete it. She designed it with the assumed end-user of a young professional couple in mind PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID BUTLER


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PREVIOUS PAGE: The modern shape of the light pendant in the drawing room contrasts with the apartment’s beautiful architectural features RIGHT: Warmer colours including Pink Blush was used throughout the property as it is soft and muted allowing it to complement the warm metallics which included yellow-based brass and bronze, as demonstrated in the dining area

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esigner Jo Hamilton knew exactly the type of person she wanted her work in a 1,155 sq.ft. three-bedroom apartment in Kensington to suit. ‘The end user I had in mind was a young, design-savvy professional couple who might have family to come over and stay, or might have children while they’re there,’ she explains. Jo was left to her own devices by her developer client when it came to a design scheme, and they were open to her decisions. ‘Young professional couple’ was really her only brief, which allowed her a great freedom. The only real constraint was the timing - Jo had a short lead-time of just one month to enable the developers to get the property back on the market, although this was extended

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slightly. No mean feat, when you consider the work Jo and her team were faced with, working from scratch after a complete renovation. The kitchen was originally in the centre, with little or no natural light, and it was also a very small space. Jo needed to make sure that she kept it bright and fresh, and it was important to maximise the space. To achieve this, the coolness of the white units and of the grey in the marble kept it very open. The simple, clean design was intended, with lighter colours and cool tones visually receding. ‘The clean lines and shapes of the kitchen kept it simple, while the warm tone of the brass tap added a dash of sculptural interest and excitement, and brings a freshness that makes it really come alive,’ Jo says.


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ABOVE: João Botelho leans against the island in the chic modern kitchen. RIGHT: The symmetrical bedroom revolves around the four poster bed and glitzy chandelier

ABOVE: In the bedroom, artworks that match that found in the drawing room flanks either side of the bed which is decorated with velvet pillows in warm tones

Elsewhere, Jo employed many fabrics and textures to achieve a softness and elegance, putting in layers of velvets and linens with warm tones from natural materials. ‘We also added in warmer colours such as the pink blush which is very soft and muted. The metallics weren’t cold colours either - brass and bronze are yellow-based, which again adds warmth,’ Jo adds. Lamps were all chosen for their sculptural value, albeit from a variety of designers, as Jo recalls. ‘I really loved the contrast in the modern sculptural shape of the central pendant in the drawing room against the apartment’s beautiful architectural features - I think it works really well. It’s bold and exciting and unexpected, and it really works.’ Almost all the furniture in the apartment -

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including the armchairs, coffee table and sofa in the drawing room - was custom made, adding further pressure. ‘It added a lot of time to the production, but it was well worth it and I’m really pleased with the end result,’ Jo says. Jo says her favourite part of the entire apartment is the drawing room. ‘The huge windows allow the natural light to pour in. The architectural features, such as the high ceiling for instance, made the room an absolute pleasure to work on and it was important to let those features stand out and to not overtake them,’ she concludes.

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REGENT’S PARK Amazon Property was undertaking a façade retention regeneration project on Park Crescent and recruited Taylor Howes to design the interior. The client wanted to launch in time for the Frieze Art Fair so a strong artistic, eclectic and vibrant theme was required throughout the property PHOTOGRAPHS TAYLOR HOWES

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regeneration project in London’s only royal the textured wallpapers in the room, so that the space crescent, Park Crescent, has recently been seemed bigger and more considered. completed consisting of two, three and four Taylor Howes were in the enviable position of not bedroom apartments. Lucky residents there have experiencing any real problems during the work. They access to eight acres of private, gated gardens, which were used to working to tight deadlines and have are actually maintained by the crown estate and a successful in-house procurement and installation neighbour, Regent’s Park. team, who had carried out site checks early on. Park Crescent is a façade retention regeneration In that way, they were aware of any restraints or project by developer, Amazon Property, the project constrictions in terms of access from the outset. was certainly a very prestigious location for a new That said, they say the coordination side of the development, and the client wanted to launch at project was the most challenging aspect, with the the same time as the popular Frieze art fair, so both designer having to manage its work force alongside the programme and brief were linked to that, with the existing one already on the job. ‘We needed a very strong artistic, eclectic and vibrant theme to act sockets, pendant locations and coordinate required throughout, say designers Taylor Howes. decoration on site alongside a team of builders and The designers had to work on three apartments, decorators who were also trying to complete at the each with a strong individual same time, but of course, look and feel, but we all had the same end importantly still responding goal in mind so it was to the requirement of using a very collaborative and bold colours and rich, team-minded approach,’ jewel-like tones throughout they explain. the apartments. Many features of the Taylor Howes say that, project were tailor made comparatively speaking for the new homes. at least, the project had The design team added a quick turnaround. In feature joinery to the just two months the reception area, which designers completed the consists of a specialist works, with ‘no time for bronze pitted metal uncertainty,’ they say. effect with a concealed It was predominantly future automation lift the furniture, fixtures mechanism for a large and equipment and full hidden TV. dressing and styling that While the team wanted was required, with a few an oversize feature and ABOVE: Karen Howes, the Founder of Taylor Howes adaptations to joinery and focal point to the room, additional joinery elements it was important not to which the designers felt were necessary in order compromise the overall design by having a large to improve the overall aesthetic of each space, in TV dominating the wall. This was a key design keeping with the brief. in ensuring the room would be suitable for both The base spec was maintained to areas such as formal living and TV watching and comfort for the the kitchen, bathrooms and master suite wardrobe end user, the designers believe. joinery, which had been made in rich dark glossy Getting back to the original brief - as it was all timber veneers, and so Taylor Howes needed to work about eclecticism and vibrant colour - the Taylor alongside those elements. As well as this, some of the Howes team picked some quirky Tom Dixon pieces, kitchen was clad in a faux leather to break up some a statement metallic shelving piece in the study and of the heavier finishes and bring an added element of a funky table from designer Marc de Berney. All the warmth and luxury to the space. For the secondary sofas were bespoke made to ensure the space and bedroom wardrobes, which were in a more basic circulation worked perfectly, as scale and proportion finish, the designers used a specialist artist who added are key in apartments such as this where the space a paint effect to the doors, in order to match some of isn’t overly abundant, the designers say. ‘We also PREVIOUS PAGE: The vibrant emerald greens paired with light and fresh creams and polished golds create a breathtaking formal reception area, with a pitted bronze feature wall cleverly concealing a TV. OPPOSITE: This stunning reception showcases the ever popular Royal Blue in the dramatic artwork and decadent silk rug

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A pair of bronzed sculptural bookcases from Baxter add a real sense of grandeur and drama to this study whilst still providing a practical function. An abstract bronze wall sculpture and dynamic gold and blue artworks punctuate this entrance hallway. This pair of feature Deco style resin lamps had gold leaf flecked details throughout. Using a deep ink blue velvet on this luxurious occasional chair provided a rich focal point in a light, calming scheme

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ABOVE: Bespoke headboards and beds, which were inspired by the Art Deco era, were designed to achieve that ‘wow’ factor as the client enters each bedroom

designed bespoke headboards and beds in order to achieve that ‘wow’ factor as you enter each bedroom, but also so that each room was as exciting as the next. We picked some ‘off the shelf ’ pieces that we loved and then upholstered these in bright and luxurious colours and textures, using high quality plush velvets and textured silks in emerald greens, sapphire blues with some punchy Hermes patterns to add the luxury and the vibrance.’ Being synchronised with the Frieze Art Fair, the artworks planned for the new apartments were obviously vital. The designers had feature dark green wallpaper on the staircase wall which needed strong and dramatic artwork, so the choices were key to capture the eclectic feel of the apartments. Metal wall sculptures were mixed with abstract paintings along with some photography pieces, so there was variety and interest throughout the spaces. The team at Taylor Howes say their favourite aspect of the entire project was not an item found in the

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homes, but unusually the actual brief from the client itself. ‘It’s always fun and exciting to work with colour and look for new creative ways to inject a property with life. It was refreshing to be able to embrace colour, texture and tone without feeling scared of the bold and the bright, or of mixing fabulous patterns,’ they say. With the accessorising and artwork it was inspiring for the team to have the freedom to be more daring, it seems. They add that it encouraged them to strive to find more eclectic pieces. The client was exceptionally pleased with the end results. Each of the three apartments Taylor Howes designed needed to have its own look, and that element of the work was really well executed and received, the designers say. In addition, the launch had positive feedback, and the fact that all of the properties sold successfully speaks volumes.

TAYLOR HOWES

T: +44 (0) 207 349 9017 | www.taylorhowes.co.uk


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NOTTING HILL STUDIO Michael Reeves was asked to create an open-plan studio home with an ‘easy flow’

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idden away in the desirable Portobello Road in Notting Hill, London, a studio home has been reimagined by designer Michael Reeves. With its own garden, the home benefits from wider windows, relocated kitchen, more bedrooms and bigger bathrooms. Floors were refinished and skylights were expanded. The plan was to make the house as open as possible, with a gallery on the upper sitting room floor overlooking the main living area below, and an easy ‘flow’ to the open kitchen, dining area and hallway. Repainting the wood-clad domed top-floor ceiling in pale taupe and removing some orange doors made the most difference, allowing a wealth of light in.

The slab of wall disguising the staircase is covered in a patchwork of mirrors which mask cupboards. Storage was an issue due to a desire for open plan living and for minimal amounts of furniture to be in the main living rooms. Therefore, walls of closets open to reveal offices, laundry and dressing areas and even suitcase storage. Michael’s favourite part is the effect of bringing the garden into the house, with landscaping by the client’s sister.

MICHAEL REEVES

T: +44 (0) 207 730 3009 www.michaelreevesdesign.com

ABOVE: The expanded windows bring the expertly-landscaped garden in to the main living room which is gifted with paintings by the clients’ friend, Chrstian Wainwright OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Natural light reaches the dining area at the back of the home thanks to the choice of paint colour for the walls. ‘Boomerang’ shaped sofas in the main living area were custom versions of the Michael Reeves Eaton sofa, upholstered in Holland & Sherry boiled wool. A sculpture stands beside a doorway leading to the dining area. Reupholstered vintage chairs and Art Deco style side tables from the 1940s are unexpected accents found in the main living area

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MODERN MARYLEBONE Maurizio was briefed to create a vibrant, luxurious Marylebone home suitable for rental

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eep in the heart of Marylebone, London, lies an locks for privacy, and two bathrooms so that one could apartment that has been refurbished by designer be allocated to any renting guest or guests. Also worthy Maurizio Pellizzoni but with an interesting adaptation. of note is the fact that the colour scheme evolved to Reflecting the trend for micro living but also the what became a more feminine apartment, using soft commercial potential of such abodes, the home has pastel colours and a mixture of polished brass and been designed to incorporate a bedroom specially chrome finishes. As a result, Maurizio has successfully designed to be rented out through Air BnB. achieved the refurbishment of an apartment that is The flat has been refurbished by a professional modern, elegant and feminine, but one that’s been couple for their daughter, who is in her twenties, who simultaneously designed to be commercially viable for had lived there in the past. the Air BnB generation. They saw Marylebone as a The list of credits for the perfect, on the up investment luxurious items in the location, and their brief apartment is highly to Maurizio was to create impressive. For entertainment, a vibrant, luxurious and there is a Bang & Olufsen modern apartment for rental. BeoSound, BeoPlay A9 The original plan was to let system with a speaker cover the apartment out to a young designed by Maurizio, as professional couple. well as a BeoVision TV. All To maintain the value of the artwork in the home of the property, the client was supplied by the LUMAS wished to keep two bedrooms Gallery in Mayfair, and and two bathrooms. Plus, the work on show includes after the initial meeting pieces from artists Stefanie with the client in May of Schneider, Lukas Dvorak 2016, Maurizio learned and Sven Pfrommer. In the that the second bedroom kitchen, the small appliances would actually be used by came from Kitchen Aid, their daughter - but with with lighting by FLOS. ABOVE: Maurizio Pellizzoni, Lead Designer for this chic apartment letting still a real possibility. Elsewhere in the apartment Eventually though, the there is furniture from decision was taken that she would live in the property, Minotti in London, and there are assorted accessories, but one room was to be specifically allocated for Air towels, throws and bedlinen courtesy of The Linen BnB purposes. After all, Marylebone remains a prime Works. Other accessories include scattered cushions on spot for such rentals. the beds and seating area from de Le Cuona, as well The use and planning of space was one of the key as the throws on the beds, in the kitchen and the oval points for them, as the original layout made every ottoman in the entrance hall by the mirror. room seem dark and impractical. For example, the The rugs found in the sitting area, the quirky A9 original entrance hall was very small with a dark speaker, and other items found around this apartment corridor, just as in the second bathroom, mainly are available from Maurizio Pellizzoni’s online boutique. constructed under the original staircase, which meant it took over half of the open plan space upstairs. Maurizio Pellizzoni As a result of this decision, it was important to have T: +44 (0) 207 352 3887 | www.mauriziopellizzoni.co.uk OPPOSITE, CLOSEWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The BeoPlay A9 speaker by Bang & Olufsen BeoSound and artwork from Lukas Dvorak and Stefanie Schneider can be found in the living room. The bed linen is from The Linen Works and the cushions and throws are from de Le Cuona. The Creed Semi-Round Lounge Sofa in the living room is from Minotti London. A collection of vintage pieces and the new Minotti chair were chosen to give this small home desk area a taste of luxury

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A PRODUCT OF LONDON This Belgravia home sets a benchmark for the sustainable retrofit of listed buildings

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he daunting challenge to create a fully eco friendly home in a building that’s already listed, located in a conservation area of central London, was never going to be easy. But th2designs attempted exactly that recently when they were asked by Grosvenor Estates to furnish this conversion. The house which was divided into three apartments became the first listed building in the entire country to achieve BREEAM’s (Building Research Established Environmental Assessment Method) outstanding certification for sustainable design. One aspect of the project which aided its eco friendly status was the local sourcing that was employed when scouring for craftsmen and pieces to furnish the apartments. th2designs have managed to come up with

a beautiful and considered interior, ensuring everything used in the home was ethically sourced and sustainable. Beautiful upholstery in a wool which was woven by Scottish Mills, and curtains and blinds made with natural fabrics, have been used throughout the space. Even the artworks were created in the UK, and framed nearby in London. th2designs believes that the apartment sets a benchmark for the sustainable retrofit of listed buildings in the UK, while at the same time preserving the historic significance of the urban fabric of the building.

GAIL TAYLOR | TH2DESIGNS www.th2designs.co.uk

ABOVE: Soft organic tones were mixed with a sofa upholstered in basil green wool in the main reception room OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The front of the Grade II listed townhouse. A punch of yellow in the calm grey guest bedroom was added with cushions and accessories. A vintage settle and pedestal table made from recycled timber were used in the spacious entrance hall. The wall behind the bed was painted in a rich cobalt blue using sustainable paints by Earthborn

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THAT HOTEL FEELING The aim was to turn the penthouse from an unliveable relic to a turnkey ‘move in’ home

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ome projects give interior designers a real blank bold orange chair. Rich texture - which the client canvas to work with, while others need to be desired - was also built upon here, with a stylish completely started from scratch. A three bedroom knotted ceramic console lamp. penthouse in Primrose Hill undertaken by Hamilford The bathrooms were some of the spaces where the Design definitely fell into the latter category, needing a home needed the most renovation work, Manuela great deal of attention when the designers were called in, remembers. The space was completely renovated, with having to be completely gutted and renovated. marble effect porcelain tiles that give a richness to the The penthouse needed two new bathrooms, a new spaces. In addition to this, all the sanitary ware in the kitchen, wood flooring and wallpaper and paintwork bathrooms was replaced and updated. throughout the home. The aim was to turn the space Which brings us to the lounge, where the client’s from an unliveable relic to a 75-inch television was one turnkey ‘move in’ home. of the key items he felt he The client was a lawyer, couldn’t do without in his with work that required new home – a real ‘must him to travel to New York have’ item. But conversely, throughout the year, and he this created a challenge for stated he wanted a hotel feel Manuela and the team. The in his flat as hotels and their mission here was to ensure interiors had become like a the screen didn’t dominate second home for him. He the room, to almost divert also said he preferred muted attention from it in fact. So colours for the project, the space was opened up, wanting materials such as creating an open plan dining wood, leather and heavily area and living space in one. textured pieces to create the A glass dining table was feel he was aiming for. brought in to save the space Working through the from feeling overcrowded, rooms, for the master and the marble top to the bedroom, lead designer coffee table complements ABOVE: Manuela Hamilford, the Founder of Hamilford Design Manuela Hamilford added the luxe area rug beneath it. wood panelling to the back Finally, in the kitchen, wall with a suede panelled headboard. In addition to there was a need to ensure the room worked well, these touches, there were also new wardrobes, as well being located near to the lounge, and so Manuela and as a stylish blue fur deployed at the end of the bed. team added a smoky backsplash with neutral colour Over with the middle bedroom, the over arching door panels, as well as leather bar stools. theme was to make the space into a study, albeit one In summary, Manuela says the project worked so with a pull-out guest bed for occasional use. The clever well that the designers ended up reworking all of the use of wallpaper and other wall hanging began here, communal hallways, as the building’s owners liked with a large poster creating the illusion of space, while their choice of wallpapers so much, and they also in all other areas of the home wallpaper has been used added contract flooring to the corridors. to create and build on the warm palette. In the third bedroom, Manuela and the team added Manuela Hamilford | Hamilford Design a real punch of colour, most notably with the room’s T: +44 (0) 203 887 6900 | www.hamilforddesign.com ABOVE: Manuela Hamilford, Founder of Hamilford Design. OPPOSITE, CLOSEWISE FROM TOP LEFT: In the study, a wedge finished desk with bronze details is topped with a vintage globe. In the master bedroom, wood panelling accompanies a suede headboard on the back wall behind the bed. Artwork was commissioned by a local artist and is a hand-printed abstract in a slate blue colour. In the open plan living area, a glass dining table was used to save space and avoid feeling overcrowded

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HARRINGTON GARDENS Brief: to curate and dress a modern, contemporary flat using Casa Botelho furniture

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luxury duplex in Chelsea has been unveiled, the second collaboration between property developers East Eight and furniture and interiors house, Casa Botelho. It took a year for the bespoke collaboration to bear fruit, with the fully revamped home on the market for £5.25 million. Across three floors, the flat features an open-plan kitchen/diner and living space, three bathrooms and three bedrooms, with one an en-suite loft. The home benefits from large windows and striking marble throughout, and in the master and guest bedrooms moody blues and blush accents create an intriguing palette. A central focal point is the wooden staircase, which has been lavishly designed. In fact, every space East Eight created was embellished by the Casa Botelho

team. ‘We had fun playing with colour, proportions, finishes and adding our sense of masculine glamour to this magical building,’ says founder, João Botelho. Featured designs include the Bacco Armchair in Ottone Velvet, Cupid Corner Chair in Emerald Luxe Velvet, Ermes Pouf in Mustard Cowhide and Rio Fabric, Gibson and Kangaroo Martini Tables, Lorraine Rug and Diana coffee table. There were many other incredibly talented firms involved, including Thomas Zanon-Larcher Photography, Moon Ray Studio, Droo Projects and LC Developments.

JOÃO BOTELHO | CASA BOTELHO www.casabotelho.com

ABOVE: Symmetry plays a major role in the dining room, which is painted in a more moody colour palette, compared to the rest of the home, creating a sophisticated and glamorous space, and features designs including the Vulcano Lanterns in Antique Bronze and Brass, Vulcano Tray in Antique Bronze, and the Atena Chair OPPOSITE: Oscar sits in the living room, which shows pairs of pieces with various colours, patterns and design styles which adds a distinctive aesthetic to this space

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DOUBLE THE GRANDEUR TG-Studio was briefed to combine two floors of a South Kensington mansion block

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olo player, Rhys Cole jumped at the opportunity to buy a South Kensington apartment above his when it went on the market, and planned to combine the two to double his living space. Rhys and his girlfriend loved the area, having lived there for a while, but they needed more space. They recruited TG-Studio to manage the redesign. Aside from the planning permissions required, Rhys knew he needed a clever design to introduce a staircase between the units and create the grandeur this much bigger unit deserved. The lower and upper ground floor apartments both consisted of living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens with two bedrooms joining a bathroom. TG-Studio presented a design that created entertainment and living floors connected through a private staircase.

This leads to an upper hall and an almost entirely open plan entertaining area. The fireplace is the central feature and consists of a base of beige limestone. Above this are storage units clad with wood obtained from an old barn in Transylvania. The coffered ceiling shows off the high ceilings and connects the interior to the age of the building. The study is connected by a set of mirrored sliding doors. The master bedroom was previously Rhys’ living room, and the suite stretches from the building’s front to the rear courtyard. Here, perhaps more than anywhere else, the sense of space and the doubling in size is most obvious.

THOMAS GRIEM | TG-STUDIO

T: +44 (0) 207 636 3838 | www.tg-studio.co.uk

ABOVE: In the living room, there is a Nest sofa, designed by Thomas Griem and available through Alter London. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The bespoke double basin unit in the master bathroom is made from oak. A drinks cabinet can be found in the kitchen making it the perfect area for entertaining. The study connects to the living room through some mirrored sliding doors. Calm colours are injected in to the master bedroom with the orange velvet of the armchair

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY This home next door to St James’s Palace had to be nothing short of extraordinary

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t James’ Palace is one of London’s most elegant buildings, so when Joanna Wood was asked to design a residence next door, the team knew they must create something to match. The client requested the home’s finishes, furniture and fittings came from suppliers in England. So the team used the finest quality materials, employing some of England’s most talented craftsmen. Bespoke, handmade joinery was commissioned in custom grey lacquer and veneers, with subtle differences in different areas. Hallways and staircases are honed limestone, complemented by bespoke bronze and glass balustrades with hand blown chandeliers across four storeys. True to the brief, the interiors employ the finest

British craftsmen, including bespoke pieces from David Linley, Tom Faulkner, Tom Dixon, Michael Reeves, Chesneys, Phillips & Wood, Arundell Carpets and Fiona MacDonald, with Samuel Heath custom ironmongery. To complete the look, iconic works like Lindsay Adelman’s Branching chandelier, Walter Knoll’s Bucket desk chair and Poltrona Frau’s Ginger dining chairs also feature, ensuring the high calibre of the furniture and exclusivity of the interiors, matching the home’s elegant neighbour.

MERIDETH PAIGE | JOANNA WOOD

T: +44 (0) 207 730 0693 | www.joannawood.com

ABOVE: The reception room is home to a bespoke Chesney’s gas fireplace with Limestone surround, a stunning bronze and walnut drinks cabinet, a sofa and armchairs from Lawson Wood, a mid-century inspired occasional chair by Holly Hunt and a collection of original artwork. OPPOSITE: Furniture in the media room includes a handsomely shaped sofa in crème wool boucle by Michael Reeves, coffee tables by Tom Faulkner, and ‘Starburst’ wool rug by Arundell Carpets and Trowbridge Art

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HOUSE This grand 28-bedroom Oxfordshire house is home to over 4,500 pieces of artwork, plaster castings and taxidermy objects accumulated by owner and avid collector James Perkins PHOTOGRAPHS TIM BEDDOW 142 Bridge for Design London 2018


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PREVIOUS PAGE : The low bough of a cedar tree planted by Capability Brown graces the lawn in front of Aynhoe Park THIS PAGE, CLOSEWISE FROM LEFT: A symmetry is achieved in the drawing room with a pair of leather banquettes in mirrored alcoves either side of a doorway leading into the dining room. A giant pair of clasped hands has been placed in a clearing in the grounds of Aynhoe Park against a blanket of snowdrops. A collection of columns and caryatids is displayed in the double-height neo-classical orangery

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ABOVE: The library houses part of an extraordinary collection of taxidermy OPPOSITE: A Canada goose on the dining table flaunts its plumage and jewelery

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hen he was a teenager, James Perkins went to visit restorer Mike Aston, who was working on a plaster cast. Something about the medium captured James’ imagination, leading to a life collecting pieces in the same field. Starting as a hobby, he went on to source pieces from Victorian institutions that had started to let them out of their collections. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York offered hundreds for sale, and he bought most of them. He also snapped up works from the Victoria & Albert museum in London. In total, today, James has around 4,500 pieces,

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which he is keen for other people to see and enjoy. The collection includes everything from animals to philosophers to decorative cornices from the House of Lords. Most are classical, with many pieces coming from an era before the camera was invented. Often, casts were created to demonstrate far-flung wonders of the world to those who couldn’t travel themselves. Some were huge - James, just like the V&A, has works that were cast from Trajan’s Column in Rome. Others are tiny, to illustrate the decorative carving on a Corinthian frieze for example. One of the key plaster cast collectors, aside from


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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: An elegant ante-room separating the dining room and the library houses yet more curious artefacts including skulls and plasterworks. The head of a rhinoceros flanked by a pair of pelicans creates a strong contrast against the stunning old fireplace in the grand entrance hall. The walls of the stately staircase hall display a collection of bas reliefs and sculptures. A stuffed polar bear in goggles greets visitors to the columned neo-classical entrance hall to Aynhoe Park

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ABOVE: One of the bedrooms at Aynhoe Park is reminiscent of an explorer’s home, with its battered leather suitcases and hunting trophies mounted on the wall

James, was 19th Century architect Sir John Soane. His collection is still on display in his London home, but a house he helped redesign for MP William Cartwright, in Aynhoe, near Banbury in Oxfordshire, is now home to James’ collection, in a neat nod to history. Soane had raised the height of the building’s wings on the garden side at Aynhoe, creating a library at the west end and an orangery at the east. He also linked the stable and kitchen pavilions to the house with flamboyant miniature triumphal arches. It all makes for the perfect setting for James’ casts and they spectacularly fill the house. Adding drama to the amassed works are also pieces of art and taxidermy. The dining room has a jumping jaguar and a crowned lion, and James even plans to install a motor in the latter to scare guests. In the orangery Joan of Arc sits atop a horse - or rather, her legs do. These share the room with the head from Michelangelo’s David, fine caryatids and

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a asset of Verner Panton chairs, among much more. The library itself contains a bit of everything, from a sheep from the Gobi desert, to Cellini’s Perseus, a harp, a lamp and stuffed parakeets. Pieces from the collection are also available to take home. James’s mentor, Mike Aston, is making new casts of some of James’s favourite pieces. A connection with designer Sophie Conran has also led to an arrangement with The Conran Shop, which will exhibit and sell a selection of nine new casts taken from the originals. And, true to James’ desire to share his fabulous collection, Aynhoe House is now open for bookings for special events, including weddings and parties, with the 28-bedroom home perhaps the ideal place to create your own stories, while musing over the artworks and plaster casts within it.

JAMES PERKINS | AYNHOE PARK

T: +44 (0) 186 981 0636 | www.aynhoepark.co.uk


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