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Picture a country home and your thoughts may naturally drift towards characterful cottages, wonky stone walls or even an imposing manor house. And while many of these
glorious structures, whether gently restored or reimagined, are blessedly still part of the rural landscape, there is a wealth
of architects and designers who are skilfully integrating contemporary builds into bucolic settings around the globe. With this in mind, for the 15th volume of ELLE Decoration Country,
weâ€™ve brought you a considered edit of both. From an ancient castle in the south of France to a former summer camp in Connecticut and a Brutalist retreat in deepest Devon, itâ€™s a diverse mix of inspiring homes and a slice of pure escapism.
Country Editor CL AUDIA BAILLIE
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16 COUNTRY HEROES Ronnen Goren and Trace Streeter embraced a complete change of lifestyle when they built this award-winning property, which houses an entire farm under its roof
35 CHAPTER 1 RUSTIC From an 18th-century watermill to a stone hideaway in the Mallorcan mountains, these traditional homes revel in a sense of history +9O
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95 CHAPTER 2 CLASSIC A timeless, traditional elegance prevails at these grand properties, which include a majestic chĂ˘teau, historic finca and Surrey mansion +1 4 0
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14 5 CHAPTER 3 ARCHITECTURAL Cutting-edge contemporary designs, from a sculpture-like treetop cabin to a Minimalist concrete home, all with far-reaching views + 218
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223 CHAPTER 4 FI N E D E TAI LS An essential directory of manufacturers and shops, from kitchen to bathroom and beyond – plus, where to buy key pieces from all of our homes
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242 LAST WORD Writer and poet DH Lawrence on the countryside’s irresistible allure
THE COVER See more of our cover house, with its chic, time-worn interior on p62. Photography by Gaelle Le Boulicaut
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‘It’s a Romeo and Romeo story,’ says Ronnen Goren, as he recalls how he and his partner, Trace Streeter, came to settle here, just outside the small town of Daylesford amid the expansive bushland of rural Victoria. ‘We had never lived together and were based in separate cities, so we sold everything and just took the plunge. The site we bought had nothing on it, apart from an electricity pole.’ That was almost a decade ago, and, since then, Ronnen, a branding consultant from Melbourne, and Trace, a hairdresser from Brisbane, have built much more than just a house; the multiaward-winning, 110m-long structure in which they now reside is also home to a thriving, self-contained farm, and it’s this burgeoning plot that has introduced them to a whole new way of life… Wo r d s
CL AUDIA BAILLIE
Photography RORY GARDINER
Having been brought up in the countryside, Trace already had a passion for gardening and agriculture, while Ronnen, a self-confessed city boy, grew up in a family where food was always part of the conversation. ‘We saw an opportunity to throw the cards up in the air and take on something that would help us see life from a different perspective,’ says Ronnen. ‘The farm recognises both our separate needs and our shared interests.’ Initially, the site itself brought challenging conditions. ‘There’s an amazing view, but it’s on top of a hill with no protection, so it’s susceptible to the extreme climate,’ explains Ronnen. ‘Sometimes it’s hot, we periodically get snow and it’s also very dry. Plus, there are animals that feast on crops. So the questions were: how to create climatic control, and how to protect our hard work?’ Enter Timothy Hill, a long-standing friend of Ronnen’s and director at Partners Hill architects, who, over the next six years, devised and built a monumental, linear structure. At its centre is a lofty timber greenhouse in which a plethora of crops, including nectarines, apricots, avocados, figs, almonds and citrus fruits, as well as herbs and soft greens, now flourish. To sustain the produce during even the driest periods, the gigantic pavilion is designed to harvest water throughout the year. It’s also home to cows, ducks, geese, hens, pigs and goats. ‘We do wonder what it may have been like to do this in a different age,’ says Ronnen. ‘We watch endless YouTube videos, although we also have a community of people that we lean on for advice and mentoring. No day is ever the same, but there’s also a value around routine, so as we begin to understand the environment, we get a real appreciation of seasonality. Senses become more acute compared to living in the city, and the stimulus is very different.’ At the far end of the shed-like building are Ronnen and Trace’s cosy living quarters, which are deliberately small in order to avoid costly heating bills during prolonged periods of cold weather. The couple also welcome in visitors to a first-floor guesthouse, while backpackers seeking accommodation in return for work on the farm stay in snug cabins. In the middle, tucked within the leafy foliage, is a kitchen complete with a well-equipped prep/cook/eat space, where everyone crosses paths for morning coffee, or to cook freshly harvested produce. ‘It’s like there’s a village within the greenhouse, and the kitchen is the nucleus,’ says Ronnen. Not content with simply maintaining the farm, Ronnen and Trace also run a cookery school with a roster of guest chefs, as well as cheesemaking, sake brewing and gut health courses, and are planning an architectural symposium. ‘The focus will always be to work with what’s around the farm, and the idea of having people teach classes is about sharing knowledge, but also about us learning,’ says Ronnen. ‘It does project a wonderful lifestyle, but it’s important to remember that there are failures too. That said, we constantly remind ourselves how fortunate we are, and that this beautiful house has become a setting for so many amazing experiences.’ partnershill.com; daylesfordlonghouse.com.au
‘There’s an amazing view, but the farm is susceptible to extreme climate’
In the middle, tucked within the leafy foliage, is a kitchen complete with a well-equipped prep/cook/eat space, where everyone crosses paths for morning coffee, or to cook freshly harvested produce
‘The focus will always be to work with what’s around the farm, and the idea of having people teach classes is about sharing knowledge, but also about us learning’
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36 SILENT WATER All is quiet at this former summer camp in Connecticut 50 BACK TO BASICS Mallorcaâ€™s rugged mountains inspired this simple stone retreat 62 A N A RT I ST I C A FFA I R This French farmhouse has a painterly aesthetic 78 TH E RO U G H AN D TH E SMO OTH An 18th-century watermill with a modern edge
Wo r d s FIONA McCARTHY
CHRISTO PHER STU R M AN/ TRUNK ARCHIVE
Peace and tranquillity reign in the American wilderness, where a former summer camp is now a relaxing retreat
n intense, soporific calm washes up from the lake and over Camp Kent, the family retreat of interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud in Litchfield County, Connecticut. ‘It’s so quiet, you can literally hear a pin drop,’ she says of the glassy body of water in which they swim, wetsuits or not, with dogs in tow, all year round. ‘It’s a place like no other.’ Bought in the 1980s by Champalimaud’s then boyfriend and now husband of 24 years, Bruce Schnitzer, the former children’s summer camp covers a sprawling 270 acres and is surrounded by a dense forest of majestic oaks. Originally built in the 1920s, the property was left untouched for decades and was in a state of disrepair until the family, with the help of friends, gradually restored the buildings, their hard work rewarded with long, wine-fuelled lunches. Life revolves around the old theatre – a 100ft-long barn-like structure with a lofty ceiling punctuated by huge flags marking the different nationalities of the couple’s extended family. To one side, a bunkhouse has been added to provide a three-bedroom, two-bathroom wing; on the other, the kitchen has replaced the former backstage area and the graffitied names of former campers scrawled over the walls and ceiling have been preserved as part of the decor. To complement the warm pine that clads the walls and floors, the sideboards and bed frames have been fashioned from salvaged leftovers by a carpenter. Stunted old nails take the place of knobs on linen cupboards, while seating is comfortable but never ‘trendy’. ‘Nothing should show off or sparkle, but just melt in,’ explains Alexandra. ‘We like the irregularity of the place; we want the old ghosts and stories of its past life. The less distinguished it looks and feels, the better.’ The family spend their days picking berries, reading, dozing, cycling and walking. Access to the outside world is via the one telephone hanging on the kitchen wall. ‘We eat, laugh and sing; conversations go long into the night,’ says Alexandra. ‘It’s cathartic and good for the soul. It brings out the best in people.’ champalimauddesign.com
‘WE LIKE THE IRREGULARITY OF THE PLACE; WE WANT THE OLD GHOSTS AND STORIES OF ITS PAST LIFE. THE LESS DISTINGUISHED IT LOOKS AND FEELS, THE BETTER’
BACK TO BASICS This cosy hideaway on a Mallorcan mountain evokes a simpler time
Wo r d s A MY B R A D F O R D Photo g r a p h y PI E T- A L B ERT G O E T H A L S/L I V I N G I N S I D E
property with pink stucco walls isn’t exactly what you’d expect to find on Mallorca’s rugged Tramuntana mountains, but then Olive House is something unique. This quaint retreat belongs to Ask Anker Aistrup and Mar Vicens, a Danish-Spanish architect duo who escape here when they’re not working in cities across Europe. Surrounded by thousand-year-old olive trees, the structure sits on one of the ancient dry-stone terraces that are typical of the region. ‘They’re a patchwork of plots that have been owned by local families for generations,’ explains Ask. ‘People still take pride in maintaining them, so you’ll always find a small stone house on each piece of land for storing tools, making lunch and taking siestas.’ Drawing inspiration from the landscape and the older houses nearby that are built into the mountainside, the couple built an off-grid retreat – ‘a half-underground space reminiscent of a cave,’ says Ask. Neither trees nor stones were moved during the project, but a mammoth rock was incorporated into the structure. Lit from above by a skylight, it forms the backdrop to a shower, which is fed with rainwater collected from the roof. The rest of the interior is almost as minimal as the traditional huts, with just an open fireplace and a bed. Electricity comes from solar panels that power the lighting and a fridge. The pink stucco walls give a protected, enclosed feel, and complement the pale underside of the olive leaves. ‘From indoors, it makes the foliage appear more defined,’ says Ask. This thinking also underpins the purple stucco in a second, adjacent hut, which echoes the dark, glossy part of the leaves. Converted from an existing tool shelter by cutting into its thick walls, this space now houses a kitchen with panoramic views. From the outside, the house’s dry-stone walls and teak door are completely at one with their surroundings – and that’s how Ask and Mar feel when they’re here, too. ‘We come to Olive House for a complete break from city life, and to be close to nature,’ says Ask. ‘The only sound we hear is the wind blowing.’ marplusask.com
an artistic affair Connections to this historic French property run deep for its creative owner, who uses its charmingly worn interior as a canvas for her work
Wo r d s A I M E E FA R R E L L Photography GAELLE LE BOULICAUT
loved this place
since I was little,
says Mathilde Labrouche of Chez Douteau, the 18th-century Charentaise farmhouse that has become the centre of her creative universe. The designer, who transforms antique textiles, murals and mirrors, and creates artfully déshabillé interior schemes for clients including Petersham Nurseries, grew up playing in its woods and barns. ‘My mother came from the next village, my grandparents lived five minutes away and my great-great grandmother was once a servant in the house,’ she explains. ‘It’s always been in my heart.’ The youngest daughter of two porcelain artists and antiques dealers, Mathilde inherited the farm when her parents bought each of their six children a home in the area, which she still refers to as Haute-Saintonge – the former historical province. Much like the flea-market finds that Mathilde imaginatively instils with new life, the metamorphosis of Chez Douteau was swiftly and instinctively executed. Surrounded by softly rolling hills and vineyards, the farm has become a canvas for her humble, charming aesthetic. ‘I like to work fast,’ she says. ‘The act of creation can happen in a moment.’ After installing a swimming pool and reconfiguring the attic – once a drying room for crops – into a vast dorm with space for seven beds, a bathroom and two further ensuite bedrooms, she left the ground floor relatively untouched. ‘All the elements were there, and they were beautiful,’ says Mathilde. ‘That had to be respected.’ At first, Chez Douteau was little more than an occasional retreat from her home in Bordeaux; somewhere to escape for the summer with her son and daughter. But, by 2005, it had evolved into a year-round artistic sanctuary that she now shares with her partner, who she first met at art school in the 1980s. Not that the house has ever lost its enchanted holiday feel – Mathilde can most often be found in the garden, or by the pool, making mosaics or adding geometric brushstrokes to painterly Anatolian kilims. ‘I like to create outside,’ she says. ‘The light here is so clear.’ In Mathilde’s restorative hands, the old is revitalised: from the farm’s trio of outbuildings, once home to cows and pigs, but now storage space for her work, to the mise-en-scène of art and antiques that she composes – and constantly reconfigures – throughout Chez Douteau’s historic interior. ‘I love to play around with the objects,’ she says. ‘It makes the space – and me – feel new again.’ mathildelabrouche.com
like to work fast.
The act of creation
happen in a moment ’
THE ROUGH AND
Photography THOMAS SEEAR-BUDD
Wo r d s K AT E J ACO B S
This converted watermill in Oxfordshire perfectly balances 18th-century architecture with striking contemporary additions
xpressions such as ‘labour of love’ can be overused when it comes to home renovations, but Elizabeth Sinclair’s journey to bring a near-ruined 18th-century watermill back to life could hardly be described in any other way. Looking for a weekend cottage situated in the gently rolling hills of Oxfordshire’s Vale of White Horse, the GP fell for the ‘beautifully higgledy-piggledy’ property and its imperfections. However, for 10 years she lacked the budget to do anything more than camp amid the wreckage and carry out basic maintenance. ‘My friends all thought I was mad,’ she admits. When Elizabeth finally found the perfect architects, it took a further four years until the funds were in place to carry out the renovation work. Now the mill is full of pleasing juxtapositions; the black monolithic kitchen cabinets sit under huge rough-hewn beams, and the irregular stone walls are framed by the sharp contours of the hot-rolled steel staircase. ‘McLaren Excell understood that I wanted to keep a sense of the original industrial building, but with elements that feel completely modern,’ explains Elizabeth. ‘The contrast between old and new makes you appreciate the aesthetic of both.’ The former grain loft on the first floor houses the spacious kitchen and living areas, with the guest bedroom downstairs next to the original mill workings and a new master suite in the extension. A purist palette of materials flows throughout the interior, including poured concrete and lime plaster, with oak panelling in the living room. Today, Elizabeth and her partner, Eric, balance frenetic city life in their London mews home with long weekends in Oxfordshire, where they enjoy walks, country pubs and pottering in the garden. ‘Just as with the watermill, it’s the opposites that make you appreciate both sides of life,’ she adds. mclarenexcell.com
THE MILL IS FULL OF PLEASING JUXTAPOSITIONS; THE BLACK MONOLITHIC CABINETS SIT UNDER HUGE ROUGH-HEWN BEAMS
A PURIST PALETTE OF MATERIALS FLOWS THROUGHOUT THE INTERIOR, INCLUDING POURED CONCRETE AND LIME PLASTER
Bring a homely feel to your interior with beautifully crafted pieces and tactile textures
1 ‘Bollo’ armchair by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia, £2,695, Utility Design (utilitydesign.co.uk) 2 ‘Type75’ desk lamp by Margaret Howell for Anglepoise, £165, John Lewis & Partners (johnlewis.com) 3 ‘Claude’ conﬁt pot, £150, Oggetto (oggetto.com) 4 ‘Christo’ bed, from £6,850, Pinch (pinchdesign.com) 5 ‘London Plane’ platter by Hampson Woods, £155, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk) 6 ‘Arcthine’ square cushion by Hollie Ward, £360, The New Craftsmen (thenewcraftsmen.com)
7 ‘Sprinkle’ enamel mug in brown, £13, Hay (hay.dk/en) 8 ‘Low Back’ chair in natural oak, £850, Edward Collinson (edwardcollinson.co.uk) 9 ‘Breton stripe’ double duvet cover, £65; standard pillowcase, £12, both Secret Linen Store (secretlinenstore.com) 10 Painted French 19th-century commode, £2,750, Birdie Fortescue (birdiefortescue.co.uk) 11 Romanian ‘Swirl’ bowls, £56 each, 8 Holland Street (8hollandstreet.com)
12 ‘The Rattan’ conical light, £2,500, Soane (soane.co.uk) 13 From top: ‘Pat’ towel, £40; ‘Drai New’ linen towel set, £125 for two; ‘Lipe’ waffle-weave towel set, £125 for two; ‘Wall’ jacquard bath towel, £55; ‘Drai New’ towel set, as before; ‘Molto’ bath mat, £150, all Society Limonta (uk.societylimonta.com) 14 ‘Lisbon’ dining table, from £1,799, Heal’s (heals.com) 15 Hand-knotted Afghan kilim, £313, The Old Cinema (theoldcinema.co.uk) 16 Brunch plate by Caro x Kana, £48, Caro (carosomerset.com)
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96 HIDDEN TREASURE Historic charm meets modern design at this 17th-century chĂ˘teau 108 AN ISL AN D IDYLL A mix of influences brings life to a historic Menorcan finca 12 4 FA R F R O M T H E M A D D I N G C R O W D Rest and relaxation rule in an elegant Surrey estate
Nestled deep in the French countryside, this 17th-century chĂ˘teau is a majestic mix of ancient and modern
Wo r d s C L AU D I A B A I L L I E
Photography JEROME GALL AND
‘IT FELT LIKE I WAS GOING
BACK IN TI E’
says Pierre Yovanovitch, recalling yes on Château de Fabrègues. The interior designer had already walked for several kilometres across a patchwork of undulating fields to reach the 17th-century property. ‘As I rounded a corner, this imposing structure appeared before me. I immediately fell in love,’ he adds. About an hour north of Saint-Tropez, the quintessentially Provençal castle is flanked by four towers and surrounded by thick vegetation. In the shadow of dense chestnut trees stands a chapel, and on the eastern side is a farmhouse built some 200 years later than the original structure. ‘The land had been in the same family since the 12th century,’ Pierre explains. ‘I was the first person to purchase it and, henceforth, became responsible.’ That was in 2009, and the ancient building was in serious need of repair. There then followed three years of intense restoration, as Pierre removed many walls to convert the original 12 bedrooms and two bathrooms into four larger bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as adding further sleeping quarters in the farmhouse. ‘Watching a narrative unfold throughout the design process is how I imagine it feels to write a novel,’ he says. ‘The storyline needs to incorporate the historical integrity of the building, while also taking into account the daily lives of those who inhabit the space. My vision was to create something that looked as if it had always been there, while not recreating the past.’ Furniture includes a wealth of antique pieces, as well as Pierre’s own designs, while heavy materials, such as wood and wool, are balanced with a light colour palette and delicate textures. An impressive collection of contemporary art is displayed throughout. ‘Art is central to my work and one of my personal passions,’ explains Pierre. ‘It adds unique character and brings a space to life.’ Venture outside and the exquisite gardens, designed in 2011 by renowned landscape architect Louis Benech, are as enchanting as the château itself. ‘It’s where I spend all my time, with my hands in the soil, and I now know every single plant and tree,’ says Pierre. ‘It gives me enormous pleasure and counteracts my impatient temperament. The garden teaches me to wait.’ pierreyovanovitch.com
‘MY VISION WAS TO
CREATE SOMETHING THAT LOOKED
AS IF IT HAD
CENTRAL TO MY WORK AND ONE OF MY
IT ADDS UNIQUE
CHARACTER AND BRINGS
A SPACE TO LIFE’
AN ISL AND IDY LL Commanding views of the surrounding hills and Balearic Sea is a historic finca set in the heart of Menorca Wo r d s A MY B R A D F O R D P h o t o g r a p h y K A R E L B A L A S/M I L K / V E GA M G
Es Bec d’Aguila is a relic of a GRANDER, more romantic age. The rambling finca on Menorca was built around a CENTURY ago by a wealthy merchant family, who used it as their weekend GETAWAY from Mahón, the island’s capital.
‘They installed every modern luxury available, from running water to incredible patterned “carpets” of encaustic tiles,’ says owner Benedicta Linares Pearce, who uses the finca as a holiday retreat for her family. In fact, when she and her husband, financier Benoit Pellegrini, first viewed the property, it was a little too sombre. Having long stood empty, the rooms were now dark and outdated. For Benedicta, who grew up on Menorca, the restoration was a spiritual journey as much as a domestic one. ‘It was only after spending a few years away from here, working in Europe, that I realised I wanted to return and get back to nature with my three children,’ she says. ‘This project was not only an adventure, but also an opportunity to do something for the island’s heritage.’ She asked Anne-Cécile Comar, co-founder of Paris design studio Atelier du Pont, to help her bring the historic finca back to life. Anne-Cécile also has a home on Menorca, and her love of big, open spaces and pale colours formed the basis for the property’s new identity. ‘We opened up the ground floor, with its beautiful vaulted ceilings, to create one large, light-filled room,’ explains Benedicta. ‘There’s a mix of influences – from British elegance and French charm to Spanish authenticity and Moorish touches – but the fresh palette creates a sense of harmony throughout.’ Since the finca has 12 bedrooms, the couple wanted to share it with others, so it’s rented out when they’re not using it. ‘It’s so peaceful here, but at the same time we’re only minutes from the town and beaches,’ says Benedicta. ‘It’s a place of untouched charm, lost in the countryside.’ esbecdaguila.com; atelierdupont.fr
‘There’s a mix of INFLUENCES – from British elegance and FRENCH charm to Spanish AUTHENTICITY and Moorish touches – but the FRESH palette creates a sense of HARMONY throughout’
Far from the madding crowd
This sprawling country estate in Surrey is an antidote to the stresses of city life Wo r d s M I C H A E L GA R D N E R Photography LAZIZ HAMANI
here te, it’s impor urney. What does one seek elsewhere? When travelling to Surrey, the answer is clear: nature, space and a certain way of life. To reach this estate, you must travel down winding, narrow lanes, whose directions are dictated by old trees and ancient road plans. Inextricably linked to London, the city is close, but once you arrive the rest of the world falls away. Designed by a pupil of the great Edwin Lutyens, this two-storey home was built in the early 1900s. The location, walled gardens and panoramic vistas are the stuff of dreams; the interiors, however, were less than inspiring. A previous owner had installed a transparent glass staircase, white modernist rooms and incongruous French parquet. ‘We worked to peel back the recent layers,’ says Boris Vervoordt, director of world-renowned Axel Vervoordt Company. ‘In doing so, we restored certain emotions to the atmosphere.’ A second-floor guest bedroom was removed, allowing for the creation of a double-height library space next to the central hall, in which floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are filled with art, books and other treasures collected by the family. Guests now enter through a discreet side entrance, and the original hall has become a cosy sitting room. Also on the ground floor is a generous family kitchen, a chef’s kitchen and a formal dining area, as well as additional snug nooks and workspaces for reading and conversation. The French parquet was replaced with reclaimed oak floorboards, while the listed oak panelling, which had been over-restored and was shiny with a weighty feel, has been treated so as to become lighter, and matt in finish, dramatically lifting the overall mood. A traditional approach would have been to fill the spaces with 18th-century English antiques, but instead the team chose French farm furniture, mid-century Scandinavian designs, as well as English pieces to create a layered, thought-provoking narrative. Now proudly connected to its history, the house comes alive with hearths burning all day and the rooms filled with the family and their friends. In between long nature walks, this is truly a home for all seasons. Extracted from Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of Interiors (Flammarion, 2019). All photography © Laziz Hamani.
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1 ‘Harrison’ dining table, £1,698, Soho Home x Anthropologie (sohohome.com) 2 ‘Vintage Light’, from £485, Rothschild & Bickers (rothschildbickers.com) 3 ‘Victoire’ chaise, £23,700, Francis Sultana (francissultana.com) 4 Floral-print satin cushion, £185, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi at Matches Fashion (matchesfashion.com) 5 ‘Titmouse’ vase by Astier de Villatte, £375, Liberty (libertylondon.com) 6 ‘Avalon Monumental’ double chest, £2,950, Trove (thetrove.co.uk)
7 ‘Canﬁeld’ stripe cushion, £85, Wicklewood (wicklewood.com) 8 ‘Phoebe’ and ‘Athena’ glass candle holders by Anna + Nina, from £15 each, Liberty London (libertylondon.com) 9 ‘Channeled’ club chair, from £3,625 (excluding fabric), George Smith (georgesmith.com) 10 ‘Bobbin’ four-poster bed, from £2,495, Soho Home (sohohome.com) 11 ‘Iliad’ natural cabinet by Collett-Zarzycki, from £15,890, The Invisible Collection (theinvisiblecollection.com)
12 ‘Chiara’ dining chair, £390 for a pair, Pome by Ceraudo (ceraudo.com) 13 Medium blue ‘Flora’ platter, £140, Rachael Cocker (rachaelcocker.bigcartel.com) 14 Macramé-edged linen napkin, £43, Once Milano (oncemilano.com) 15 ‘White Capri’ lamp by Isabelle Sicart, £4,800, Rose Uniacke (roseuniacke.com) 16 ‘Fringes 280’ sofa, from £6,700, Munna (munnadesign.com)
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14 6 C H A N G E O F P ERS P E C T I V E A Brutalist property sits in harmony with its natural surroundings 16 4 P I TC H P ER FE C T This weekend retreat enjoys panoramic views over the Australian countryside 178 E N J OY T H E S I L E N C E A contemporary cabin surveys Norwayâ€™s snow-covered landscape 188 V I E W FI N D ER Switzerlandâ€™s Lake Lugano becomes the focus of this secluded home 204 PIONEERING SPIRIT A steel and granite masterpiece on the windswept Canadian coast
This remote holiday home allows its guests to enjoy contemporary architecture in an unexpectedly beautiful setting Wo r d s B E T H A N R Y D E R Photography JACK HO BHOUSE AN D H ÉLÈN E BIN ET
espite being constructed from the Brutalists’ material of choice, this low-lying, rammed-concrete and glass house is far removed from gritty urbanity, immersed instead in the rolling English countryside. Set within a copse of Canadian Monterey pines on a hillside in Chivelstone, Devon, the five-bedroom, 375-square-metre holiday home, dubbed the Secular Retreat, is the work of revered Swiss architect Peter Zumthor – the high priest of pared-back ‘spiritual’ architecture that’s thoughtfully embedded in the landscape. Conceived over ten years, this remarkable property was commissioned by philosopher Alain de Botton as part of his pioneering Living Architecture series of UK holiday rentals, which are designed to promote modern architecture. Vast expanses of wraparound glazing frame the far-reaching views that, like painterly canvases, brighten and fade from dawn to dusk. Influenced by 16th-century Renaissance master Andrea Palladio, Peter wanted the house to have a strong material presence and, with its castle-thick walls, columns and cantilevered roof, he certainly succeeded. ‘Palladio built countryside villas for the aristocracy, creating places where you relax, celebrate the landscape and enjoy another life away from the city,’ he explains. ‘This is similar, but it’s for people like us.’ The soaring four-metre-plus ceiling height, bare walls and Blue Lias limestone floor lend an ecclesiastical air to the open-plan interior, which is loosely organised into cooking, dining and relaxation areas, with armchairs and sofas designed by the architect. Leading off this are two single-height wings that house the ensuite bedrooms, where doors, flooring and cabinetry in maple, wenge and pearwood add a rich warmth. Peter may be a champion of concrete purity but, as a former carpenter, he also knows how to harness the soothing power of wood. This is slow architecture at its very best. ‘There is a togetherness between architecture and landscape,’ says Peter. ‘Sometimes the landscape needs a human addition to become really beautiful and I could see we had the potential to do something here that belongs to its setting.’ living-architecture.co.uk
THE SOARING FOUR-METRE-PLUS CEILING HEIGHT, BARE WALLS AND BLUE LIAS LIMESTONE FLOOR LEND AN ECCLESIASTICAL AIR TO THE OPEN-PLAN INTERIOR
‘THERE IS A TOGETHERNESS BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE’
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‘The FIRST time we came up here to SEE the LAND, it was a beautiful SUNNY day,’ remembers Julie Robinson. ‘We just looked around and said, “We’ve got to do it, we’re just so lucky…”’ The land in question is on a sweeping golf course two hours northeast of Melbourne, and the ‘it’ was building a holiday home that would provide an escape from busy city life for Julie, who runs a children’s hospital garden programme, and her solicitor husband, Tim. Both keen golfers, the couple were invited to build their country retreat by the owner of the course, who they met on the fairway. ‘You could say the land chose us, rather than us choosing it,’ says Julie. Working with Doherty Design Studio and Detail 9 Architects, Julie and Tim had originally imagined ‘a two-bedroom cottage or cabin’ before realising that with three children and various friends to entertain, they were going to need something bigger. The property is therefore made up of three separate structures: one containing the main living area, and a bedroom in each of the other two. The home is centred around the open-plan living space, which comprises a kitchen-diner and seating area. At one end is a huge fireplace clad entirely in white tiles, which are also used in the cooking area to unify the different zones. Light floods in through floor-to-ceiling picture windows that slide open on each side, blurring the boundaries between inside and out. ‘We wanted the biggest windows possible, so that you can see what’s around you,’ explains Julie. ‘You don’t need any artworks when you’ve got views like ours.’ On either side of the living space – and linked to it by glass-covered walkways – are the bedrooms, which have a shared bathroom. The build took just under three years and was a surprisingly stress-free process. ‘On the day of our final viewing, the Doherty team had been here ahead of us. We walked in to find our crockery and cutlery already in the cupboards,’ says Julie. ‘It really did feel like coming home.’ dohertydesignstudio.com.au; detail9architects.com.au
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THE Photography A N N E B R ÅT V E I T/ H O U S E O F P I C T U R E S
S I L E NC E St yling B R ÅT V E I T/ L I E B E R G
Set among the trees, this cabin surveys a remote area of Norway where nature takes centre stage
hen driving northeast from Oslo and heading towards the region known as Finnskogen, it’s difficult to imagine what lies ahead. The flat landscape gradually gives way to thick forest, and the winter darkness soon creeps in. Turning on to a narrow road, the only glow is from the moon reflecting l all of a sudden light sources appear looks to be triangular structures high in the air. Getting closer, it becomes clear that the cabins aren’t built in the trees, but are instead perched atop slender steel frames. Journalist Kristian Rostad and actor Christine Mowinckel took over Østby farm in Gjesåsen some years ago, having left behind their hectic lives in Oslo to settle down in this rural area of Norway, which is close to the Swedish border. It was then they decided to build cabins they could rent out. ‘This was a dream project from the start,’ says architect Espen Surnevik. They wanted something out of the ordinary, which would reflect the characteristics of the area. ‘I’m from the west coast, where you hardly see a tree; everything is about the sea and rocks. Finnskogen is exactly the opposite.’ Reflecting on how humans both fear and feel protected by the forest, Surnevik took inspiration from Finnish author Tove Jansson’s Moomin books, in which the characters live in sophisticated, spire-topped homes in the woods. As it wasn’t possible to build the cabins in the trees themselves, Surnevik enlisted the help of engineer Finn-Erik Nilsen, who constructed the eight-metre-high metal frames, which have four legs planted firmly on the ground. ‘The effect is the same,’ says Surnevik. ‘You get a playful feeling climbing upwards. It’s exciting just going up and down.’ Incredibly, the cabins, which are clad internally in white spruce, can fit up to six people in their 40-square metres. Both sofas double as beds, while two extra beds flip down from the slanting walls. A box in the middle is home to a bathroom and kitchen, with the main bedroom on a mezzanine above. ‘We would have got more space if the roof had been flat, but the A-frame creates a pleasing lofty feel,’ Surnevik explains. ‘Plus, snow glides off the pitched roof, which is a practical solution in an area of heavy snowfall.’ There is no wi-fi. Instead, guests are encouraged to enjoy each other’s company, the wildlife and the spectacular views of the landscape. High among the treetops, it’s as if the world outside the forest ceases to exist. espensurnevik.no; panhytter.no
‘I ’ M F ROM THE WEST C OA S T W H E R E YO U H A R D LY SEE A TR EE; EV E RY T H I NG IS A BOU T THE SE A A N D RO C K S . F I N N S KO GE N I S E X AC T LY T H E OPPO SITE’
‘ W E WO U L D H AV E G O T M O R E S PAC E I F T H E RO OF H A D BEEN F L A T, B U T T H E A-F R A M E C R E ATES A PLE ASI NG L O F T Y F E E L’
‘ YO U G E T A PL AY F U L F E E L I NG C L I M B I NG U P WA R D S . I T ’ S E XC I T I NG J U S T G OI N G U P A N D D O WN ’
VI EW FI NDER Shielded from its neighbours by a wall of local stone, this minimalist home in Switzerland keeps its focus on Lake Lugano Wo r d s C L A R E S A R T I N Photography MONICA SPEZIA/LIVING INSIDE Production FRANCESCA SIRONI
or a property situated in one of the most beautiful spots in Switzerland – the nearby village of Morcote is often referred to as ‘The Pearl of the Ceresio’ – this home has surprisingly few windows. The olive tree-shaded courtyard overlooks both the mountains and the glittering waters of Lake Lugano, but the impact of that view has been contained elsewhere. Only in the open-plan living area, with its glazed doors that slide entirely out of sight, do you get to enjoy the true majesty of the landscape. The reason for this restraint is to create a secluded sanctuary. Designed by architecture firm Wespi De Meuron Romeo Architetti, this two-bedroom house is surrounded by a retaining wall that shields it from neighbouring properties – the closest of which is a holiday home belonging to the family of one of this retreat’s owners. The desire to build a new escape within a stone’s throw from loved ones, but with a feeling of peace and privacy, proved irresistible. ‘We used a lot of natural materials, such as wood and stone, that develop a patina over time,’ explains Jérôme De Meuron, one of the leading architects who, along with his team, designed the oak beds, dining table and bespoke kitchen. The atmosphere those materials create is mirrored in the rest of the furniture, which has been selected on how gracefully it will age, as well as how brilliantly it picks up the colours of the ever-changing landscape. The evening, says Jérôme, is when the view is at its most special and, indeed, the soft light of the fading day gives this home an almost magical glow. wdmra.ch
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L O C A L P L A S T E R L E N D S T H E WA L L S I N T H I S H O M E T H E S U B T L E WA R M T H O F A N O L D M A S T E R S PA I N T I N G
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A granite foundation connects this steel-clad structure to ancient settlements on Nova Scotiaâ€™s windswept peninsula Wo r d s BETHAN RYDER Photography D O U B L ES PAC E P H OTO G R A P H Y
modern silhouette cutting into the big Canadian sky. Once an inshore fishing port, the two-acre peninsula plot is located directly next to Shobac Farm, where architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, co-founder of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, now lives. Having grown up just down the coast, he began buying land here 35 years ago and has since been cultivating and reforesting it. In turn, the process uncovered ruins of previous settlements – some dating back to the 1500s – made from local granite. These ruins were the inspiration for the rugged foundations on which this holiday home is built, and it’s this beautiful but basic material that helps create a deep connection to the ancient site. Along with fiery-orange Corten-steel cladding, the stone unites the trio of buildings – a ‘day’ pavilion positioned so as to make the most of the expansive views; a ‘night’ pavilion angled for privacy and protection, and a smaller roadside structure that operates almost like a gatehouse. ‘There’s a sunrise courtyard and a sunset courtyard created by the shifting of the forms,’ he explains. ‘Or a coffee court and a wine court, if you prefer.’ At one end of the almost completely glazed, open-plan day pavilion is a monumental fireplace featuring a five-tonne mantel stone, while at the opposite end is an ash-timber ‘cupboard’ housing the bathroom, a cloakroom and the kitchen. Hit a button and a trapdoor opens to reveal a secret staircase leading down to a granite-lined wine cellar. In direct contrast, the bedroom, bathroom and dressing area in the night pavilion have white ash floors and are lined with timber panelling. These pared-back, sky-lit spaces are deliberately more enclosed in order to create a calming feel. This handsome build is the latest addition to the utopian, village-like settlement where Brian has already built several custom homes. ‘Our aim is always to make quiet architecture; contemporary but at the same time ancient,’ he says of his practice’s ethos. And with its simple form and thoughtful materials, Smith House checks every box. mlsarchitects.ca
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Statement pieces and classic designs to add distinction to your space
1 ‘Apollo’ lamp by Nicola Tassie, £3,500, The New Craftsmen (thenewcraftsmen.com) 2 ‘Fred’ lounge chair in stained oak by Jaime Hayon, £2,032, Fritz Hansen (fritzhansen.com) 3 Concrete coffee table with glass top by Lyon Beton, £699, Do (do-shop.com) 4 Colour-block cushion cover, £60, Toast (toa.st/uk) 5 ‘Lunar Eclipse’ charcoal, acrylic and gold ink on linen canvas, £750, Juliana Loveday (julianaloveday.com) 6 ‘Vent’ bench by Skagerak, £749, Skandium (skandium.com)
7 ‘Inara’ terracotta serving bowls, £40 for four, Habitat (habitat.co.uk) 8 ‘Bellevue AJ7' ﬂoor lamp by Arne Jacobsen for &Tradition, £610, TwentyTwentyOne (twentytwentyone.com) 9 ‘LSX Soundwave’ wireless speakers by Terence Conran, £1,150, Kef (kef.com) 10 ‘Develius’ sofa by Edward Van Vliet, £4,090, &Tradition (andtradition.com) 11 Terracotta pitcher by Ian McIntyre, £58, Another Country (anothercountry.com)
12 Terrazzo table by Daniel Enoksson for Hay, £295, Viaduct (viaduct.co.uk) 13 Large ‘Strand’ pendant lamp by Benjamin Hubert for Muuto, £770, Nest (nest.co.uk) 14 ‘Hue’ handknotted Tibetan wool and silk rug by Christopher Sharp, from £3,572, The Rug Company (therugcompany.com) 15 ‘Capo’ bar stool in black walnut by Neri&Hu for De La Espada, £1,566, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk) 16 ‘Raami’ tumblers by Jasper Morrison for Iittala, £19 for two, SCP (scp.co.uk)
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224 DIRECTORY The best shops, manufacturers and specialist suppliers 235 SOURCEBOOK Where to buy key pieces from these stunning country homes
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Source the perfect pieces for your home with our round-up of the best brands, shops and specialist suppliers
BAT H RO O M S
S A M U E L H E AT H A quintessentially English company that offers high-quality taps, showers, accessories and architectural hardware in both classic and contemporary styles.
AGAPE This forward-thinking Italian manufacturer collaborates with some of the world’s most renowned product designers. The 2008 ‘Vieques’ bathtub by Patricia Urquiola is already a modern design classic.
VITRA Sustainable design combines with unique ideas at this longestablished Turkish brand, which exports its contemporary bathroom furniture and extensive range of tiles to more than 75 countries.
C AT C H P O L E & R Y E High-quality British-made sanitaryware, brassware and towel rails, including cast-iron bathtubs poured using age-old techniques. Emblems, logos and coats of arms can be cast into baths and cisterns.
VOLA Since its first taps and mixers were conceived by Arne Jacobsen in 1968, the Danish tap manufacturer has epitomised timeless design and exceptional craftsmanship.
CP HART Established in 1937, CP Hart has 15 showrooms around the country displaying collections by some of the world’s most talented and innovative bathroom designers, as well as its own comprehensive range.
vola.com ‘Versailles’ freestanding single-ended bath, Fired Earth
DRUMMONDS Known for its classic-style handmade baths, showers, basins and luxury brassware, Drummonds also offers more contemporary designs through its Martin Brudnizki collection. drummonds-uk.com
FIRED EARTH Best known for its glazed and decorative tiles, this British company also offers paint and a good selection of bathroom furniture and accessories. firedearth.com
KANTH Championing British design and engineering, this brand creates innovative contemporary taps and shower systems that are built to last. kanth.london
PORTER Using stone, wood and metal, Porter crafts timeless pieces that are hewn, hammered, planed and polished in a way that celebrates the beauty and strength of natural materials.
LEFROY BROOKS Classic British bathroom manufacturer, with products referencing historical designs. It sells sanitaryware, baths and marble consoles, as well as hand-cast taps.
S A L VAT O R I Salvatori stocks a wide range of high-end stones, which are available as basins, baths and shower trays. Louis Vuitton and Armani are among its clients.
W E S T O N E B AT H R O O M S With a team of designers and a portfolio of more than 750 manufacturers worldwide, this award-winning company offers a bespoke service from its 10 showrooms across London and the Southeast. westonebathrooms.com
BEDS AND BEDDING AND SO TO BED A vast selection of traditional and modern beds, plus quality mattresses, elegant furniture and luxury bedding. andsotobed.co.uk
F E AT H E R & B L A C K As well as off-the-shelf options, the ‘Handmade for You’ service allows you to mix and match bed style, base, legs and fabric options, from textured weaves to plush velvets.
DE LE CUONA Artisan techniques underpin each new fabric in this brand’s collection. The company has led the way with stonewashed and embossed linens, as well as its signature wool and cotton paisleys, which are recognised worldwide.
HÄSTENS This Swedish specialist has been handcrafting beds since 1852. Each product is made from ethically sourced natural materials, including pure flax, wool, hypoallergenic horsehair and cotton.
DEDAR Family-run company Dedar produces cutting-edge designs with today’s most talented fibre technologists and textile specialists. The Italian brand has also partnered with French fashion house Hermès to create a sumptuous collection of fabrics and wallpapers.
MAGNIFLEX An Italian company with almost 60 years’ experience, Magniflex offers high-quality mattresses in a whole host of materials, including super-soft fibre and ‘Memoform’, which adapts to the body’s shape. magniflex.com
S AV O I R B E D S Savoir Beds made its first bespoke bed for London’s Savoy hotel in 1905. Slept in by the likes of Winston Churchill, the designs have since become legendary for their cloud-like softness.
‘Feather Fan’ wallpaper, Cole & Son
FA B R I C S, PA I N T S A N D WA L L PA P E R S
S O C I E T Y L I M O N TA This Italian company produces beautifully tactile plain and patterned bedlinen collections in seasonal colour palettes, which are great for mixing and matching.
ARTE This Belgian company’s in-house team creates sophisticated wallcoverings, made using environmentally friendly processes. It has recently collaborated with Dutch furniture and lighting company Moooi and daring Brooklyn-based wallpaper brand Flavor Paper.
YVES DELORME The finest luxury home linens from France, including printed, embroidered, damask and plain bedding, as well as super-soft duvets, pillows, towels and robes.
CLARKE & CLARKE Founded 20 years ago by husband-and-wife team Lee and Emma Clarke, this British fabric and wallcoverings house sells statement designs, pretty prints and useful plains.
DESIGNERS GUILD Tricia Guild’s lifestyle company offers an extensive range of interior furnishings, including quality fabrics, printed and plain wallpapers, stylish accessories and more than 150 mixed-to-order paint colours.
COLE & SON Cole & Son has been making fine printed wallpapers since 1875. The extensive range includes both modern styles and traditional patterns, drawing on an archive of around 1,800 block-printed and 350 screen-printed designs. The ‘Icons’ collection features the Asian-inspired ‘Feather Fan’ pattern (above). cole-and-son.com
C O L E FA X A N D F O W L E R Admired globally for its classic elegance, this London-based fabric and wallpaper company was one of the first to champion the English country style of the 1930s and 40s. It also stocks an extensive collection of fabric accessories, including fringes, braids and tiebacks. colefax.com
FA R R O W & B A L L Founded in 1946 by chemist John Farrow and engineer Richard Ball, this British brand produces 132 paint shades inspired by historical colour palettes, as well as handcrafted wallpapers based on its archive. farrow-ball.com
GP & J BAKER This heritage company has held the royal warrant since 1982. Its related brands include Threads, Baker Lifestyle, Kravet, Lee Jofa and Mulberry Home. gpjbaker.com
KAI Kai and its sister brand, Ashley Wilde, offer a collection of sophisticated soft furnishings created by in-house designers. kaifabrics.com
K VA D R AT Founded in 1968, this Danish brand produces high-quality contemporary textiles beloved by artists, designers and architects. Its designs have graced MoMA, the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
CHESNEYS British family business Chesneys offers everything from original and replica antique fireplaces and modern surrounds to screens, fire baskets and tool sets. chesneys.co.uk
JAMB An elite supplier of antique and reproduction marble and stone fireplaces, fine-polished steel firedogs and register grates.
LITTLE GREENE Little Greene is committed to the environmentally and socially responsible production of high-quality paints and wallpapers. Its paints contain over 40 per cent more pigment than any other brand, and therefore have an exceptional depth of colour.
MORSØ Made in Denmark, these woodburning and multi-fuel stoves are complemented by a range of log carriers, fire tools and the ‘Simplica’ humidifier.
MYLANDS Britain’s oldest family-run paint manufacturer, Mylands was established in 1884 and is the last remaining paint producer to be based in the capital. The company, which received the royal warrant in 1985, creates beautiful, durable paints in a Londoninspired colour palette. mylands.com
OSBORNE & LITTLE Established in the 1960s on London’s King’s Road, Osborne & Little has a collection that covers fabrics, wallpapers and trimmings. It includes lines created with designers such as Matthew Williamson and Nina Campbell, and is a stockist for Missoni Home wallcoverings. osborneandlittle.com
PA I N T & PA P E R L I B R A R Y This brand’s 192 paint colours span ‘Architectural Colours’, for bringing depth to neutral schemes, ‘Original Colours’, inspired by historical and contemporary interiors, and 12 shades of ‘Monochrome’. paintandpaperlibrary.com
FLOORING Oak floorboards, Dinesen
ROMO As well as fabric and wallpaper, the Nottingham-based fifthgeneration family-run company offers a stylish rug collection with Louis de Poortere. Romo encompasses a large portfolio of outstanding brands, including Villa Nova, Black Edition, Kirkby Design, Zinc Textile and Mark Alexander. romo.com
SANDERSON Dating back to 1860s Islington, where Arthur Sanderson first began importing French wallpapers, this is one of England’s oldest soft furnishing brands. Designs combine classic, hand-drawn patterns with vibrant colours that are elegant and easy to live with. stylelibrary.com/sanderson
Z O F FA N Y Zoffany is the proud custodian of a remarkable archive, including fabrics and wallcoverings that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The international fabric and wallpaper house also offers its own range of paints, furniture, rugs and lighting.
C L AY B R O O K Find wood flooring alongside a carefully curated tile collection featuring reclaimed terracotta and hand-painted designs. claybrookstudio.co.uk
DEIRDRE DYSON Dyson’s ethical rug company creates gallery-worthy bespoke rugs and carpets, many of which are beautifully displayed at her King’s Road showroom. deirdredyson.com
FIREPL ACES, STOVES AND R A D I ATO RS
DINESEN This Danish company specialises in the finest quality floorboards, with extra-large, statement dimensions in oak (above) as well as Douglas fir.
CHARNWOOD Classic and contemporary stoves are the focus of this British family-run firm. Designs incorporate ‘cleanburn’ and ‘air-wash’ technology to achieve optimum efficiency.
DOMUS Browse innovative collections of ceramic, porcelain and stone, plus wood, laminate and vinyl, at this firm’s three London showrooms.
FRONT The Mayfair showroom is the first in the UK to exclusively present the work of multiaward-winning rug designers Jan Kath, Zoë Luyendijk and Michaela Schleypen.
CARL HANSEN & SØN True design classics, such as Hans J Wegner’s ‘Wishbone’ and ‘Elbow’ chairs, make up the impressive collection by this iconic Danish company, which has more than 100 years of experience.
LAPICIDA Founded in 1984, Lapicida is a world-class stone specialist. Its stylish products combine traditional stonemasonry with high-tech carving capabilities.
FLEXFORM This third-generation familyrun Italian brand excels in luxury design-led furniture, from sectional sofas, armchairs and ottomans to tables and cabinets. It has a long history of working with the very best designers, including Sergio Asti and Joe Colombo.
MANDARIN STONE Marble, slate, granite, limestone and travertine are just some of the options available from this stone giant. It also offers mosaics and durable porcelain tiles.
GRAHAM & GREEN Synonymous with west London style, this treasure trove of playful furniture, accessories and lighting was founded by Antonia Graham in the 1970s and is still run by the Graham family.
MARRAKECH DESIGN This Swedish tile brand works with designers such as Monica Förster and Claesson Koivisto Rune, whose ‘Dandelion’ pattern has become a design classic. Traditional French and Arabic patterns are given an update in Scandinavian colourways. marrakechdesign.se
TUFENKIAN A must-visit showroom in London’s Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. This firm sells handcrafted Tibetan and Armenian rugs, which sit alongside the highest-quality contemporary creations. tufenkian.com
FURNITURE ANOTHER COUNTRY Taking its cue from British, Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork, this company’s pieces are made from sustainably harvested timbers. anothercountry.com
‘45 chair’, House of Finn Juhl
ANTHROPOLOGIE Global-inspired furniture, including a collaboration with British designer Bethan Gray, plus custom sofas and chairs. anthropologie.com/en-gb
ARLO & JACOB Sofas handcrafted by a team of specialists in Long Eaton, the home of British upholstery. Made the old-fashioned way, all of the frames are glued, screwed and dowelled on a one-man, one-job basis. arloandjacob.com
BAXTER For almost 30 years, Baxter has celebrated the art of the master craftsman. Based in Como, Italy, the family-run business is internationally lauded for its superior leather. baxter.it
BEAUMONT & FLETCHER This British company combines traditional craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail to make stunning textiles, classic furniture, ornate wall lights, mirrors and cushions. beaumontandfletcher.com
BENCHMARK An alliance between furniture maker Sean Sutcliffe and Sir Terence Conran, Benchmark produces beautifully handcrafted pieces with an emphasis on sustainability. Recent collaborations include the ‘OVO’ collection with Foster + Partners, which won the the ELLE Decoration British Design Award 2019 for Furniture. benchmarkfurniture.com
HOUSE OF FINN JUHL Interior and industrial designer and architect Finn Juhl was a leading figure in the Danish design movement of the 1940s. His products have now been relaunched under the House of Finn Juhl brand (above), with more than 40 classic pieces on offer, from sofas and sideboards to wall panel systems. finnjuhl.com
MERIDIANI Founded in 1996, Italian brand Meridiani creates modern, sophisticated furniture for both interior and outdoor spaces. Its pieces are crafted from luxurious materials and unite artisan skill with the latest technological advancements. meridiani.it
NEPTUNE This brand’s first product was a hammock. Some 20 years later, Neptune’s collection of furniture includes classic, contemporary and Shaker styles crafted from sustainable timber, as well as smart kitchens and stylish lighting, accessories and textiles (right).
K E T TA L This Spanish brand specialises in contemporary outdoor furniture that is as beautifully conceived as any indoor collection. It collaborates with the likes of designers Jasper Morrison and Doshi Levien. kettal.com
SUTHERLAND Elegance, craftsmanship and comfort are the defining features of this American brand’s outdoor furniture, with pieces by designers such as Christophe Delcourt.
POLTRONA FRAU With a history that dates back to 1912, this Italian furniture maker is a master of modern craftsmanship. Collaborations with some of the world’s greatest designers, from Cini Boeri and Andrée Putman to Gio Ponti and Piero Lissoni, result in a truly timeless collection.
H O M E WA R E BEARDMORE Established almost 160 years ago as a humble ironmonger in London’s Fitzrovia, this brand has evolved to offer a timeless range of handcrafted hardware fittings and door furniture, made in its foundry on the southeast coast.
PORADA Established in 1968 by Luigi Allievi, this luxury Italian design house has its London base at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. A passion for wood is at the heart of all of Porada’s designs, and the brand collaborates with renowned creatives, including Stefano Bigi and Tarcisio Colzani. porada.it
R I VA 1 9 2 0 This Italian company creates high-quality environmentally friendly pieces. Founded in a small artisanal workshop in 1920, the brand now works with more than 100 renowned designers to produce its solidwood furniture collection.
‘Milo’ large stool and a selection of throws, all Neptune
S O FA W O R K S H O P Flying the flag for British manufacturing, Sofa Workshop has 34 stores across the UK. It sells more than 40 styles, many of which can be customised. sofaworkshop.com
TIMOTHY OULTON Named after its founder and creative director, this British furniture, lighting and accessories producer balances smart tradition with playful modernity.
ROCHE BOBOIS Working with both established designers and emerging talent, Roche Bobois offers a wide range of highly functional yet beautiful designs that celebrate the best of French style and Art de Vivre.
VISIONNAIRE Known for its unique modern style, this brand’s luxurious collections include pieces for the living room, bedroom, office, kitchen and bathroom – all of which are made in Italy.
GARDEN DEDON Inspired by the weaving traditions of the Philippines, Dedon was the first outdoor brand to combine cutting-edge technology with traditional crafting techniques. dedon.de
ETHIMO Sophisticated outdoor furniture for lovers of modern design. This brand’s style channels a relaxed Italian aesthetic, and pieces are made with comfort and practicality in mind. ethimo.com
INDIAN OCEAN Inspirational outdoor furniture, from sofa sets and sunloungers to kitchens, plus electric shades. indian-ocean.co.uk
DESIGNCONSORT This British brand is an offshoot of Moorcroft, one of England’s finest art potteries. Created in Staffordshire, its pieces are decorated with original designs, outlined by hand with liquid clay before painting. moorcroft.com/dc
J I M L AW R E N C E The eponymous lighting and homeware company was set up in 1993, when Lawrence started making bespoke candlesticks for friends in his farm’s forge. It has since expanded to offer a comprehensive range of finishing touches for the home, from switches, sockets, door handles and letterboxes to coat racks, hooks and towel rails. jim-lawrence.co.uk
SMALLBONE OF DEVIZES Bespoke kitchen cabinetry crafted from the finest materials, including sustainable European oak, rosewood, mahogany, American walnut and maple.
AGA This firm’s cast-iron range cooker, invented in 1922, remains a kitchen classic today thanks to updates that include remote-controlled features, new compact sizes and contemporary finishes. The collection also includes taps, cookware and cooker hoods and splashbacks.
TOM HOWLEY Beautifully crafted classic and contemporary designs in a range of high-quality paints and veneers. Each kitchen is crafted specifically to the individual client’s brief.
CAESARSTONE Texture, luxurious finishes and radical new designs are the focus of this pioneering surface brand, which was founded in 1987. Its scratch- and stain-resistant premium quartz can be used anywhere, including on countertops, floors and vanity units and as wall cladding.
K I T C H E N WA R E THE CONRAN SHOP Find everything from a timeless white dinner service to the most cutting-edge lighting, plus a full quota of design classics at the UK’s most iconic homeware store.
DEVOL Founded in 1989 by two design graduates, Devol offers ‘Classic’ and ‘Shaker’ cabinetry in modern colour palettes, as well as innovative designs such as Sebastian Cox’s kitchen (above), made from sustainable British wood and features sawn timber, beech-woven panels and minimal handles. All of the kitchens are designed and built in Leicestershire, and there are two showrooms in London and one in a mill on the River Soar. devolkitchens.co.uk
HOWDENS Once a trade secret, this British joinery firm, founded in 1995, now offers around 70 designs, from traditional Shaker-style to handleless gloss units, all at affordable prices. Create your perfect kitchen using the interactive visualiser tool, then order via verified tradespeople. howdens.com
‘Sebastian Cox ’ kitchen, Devol
D AV I D M E L L O R Operating on the principle that well-designed everyday tools can improve your life, David Mellor is particularly famous for its cutlery, which has won numerous awards.
JOHN LEWIS OF HUNGERFORD Classic and contemporary painted kitchens, as well as ‘Crème de la Crème’, a design based on English Rose units often found in 1950s kitchens.
POGGENPOHL This German stalwart, synonymous with quality, has been making kitchens since 1892. Its contemporary madeto-measure units are available in seven standard colours.
MARTIN MOORE Quintessentially English hand-painted timber kitchens that are perfectly suited to Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes.
ROUNDHOUSE Roundhouse creates innovative and functional kitchens and furniture with a contemporary aesthetic and understated signature style.
DIVERTIMENTI A chefs’ favourite since the 1960s, Divertimenti stocks more than 4,500 items of professional-quality cookware and tableware, including many hand-decorated pieces.
PLAIN ENGLISH Visit the showrooms in London or Suffolk to source traditional joinery based on 18th- and 19th-century designs, finished in the brand’s own heritageinspired paint palette.
S I E M AT I C The creator of the first handleless kitchen in 1960, SieMatic has led the way in innovative design. Its ‘Urban’, ‘Pure’ and ‘Classic’ collections are available in 1,950 individual matt and gloss hues.
NETHERTON FOUNDRY This family-owned business makes traditional cast- and spun-iron cookware and handcrafted copper pans. Its hero slow cooker is pre-seasoned with flax oil for easy cleaning.
SUMMERILL & BISHOP Find serveware, personalised glassware and centrepiece vases, as well as the company’s own line of exquisite handpainted linen tablecloths.
AUGUSTUS BRANDT This impressive Petworth showroom displays antique furniture, lighting, artworks and textiles collected from around the globe. There are also rare 20th-century designs and a room dedicated to jewellery and silver.
LASSCO Past stock at this grand reclamation gem includes an English pine and cast-iron factory trolley, a Regency mahogany scroll-end sofa, a Japanese boro blanket and a neon optician’s sign.
BOCCI Founded in 2005 by Randy Bishop and Omer Arbel, this Canadian brand has bases in both Vancouver and Berlin, and specialises in sculptural lighting as well as large light installations.
C H A R L E S E D WA R D S This traditional lighting company stocks more than 400 examples of 19th- and 20th-century-inspired English, French and American designs, from gatepost lanterns to decorative wall sconces. charlesedwards.com
COLLIER WEBB Designing and making the highest-quality metalwork, lighting and furniture, this brand combines traditional craft skills with cutting-edge manufacturing techniques. collierwebb.com
LOUIS POULSEN Founded in 1874, this Danish manufacturer has produced some of the most iconic lighting designs of the modern era, including Poul Henningsen’s ‘PH Artichoke’ pendant and Verner Panton’s ‘Panthella’ lamp. louispoulsen.com
OCHRE British designers Joanna Bibby and Harriet Maxwell Macdonald founded Ochre in 1996, making contemporary chandeliers as well as elegant furniture (above). ochre.net
LAURIE LEIGH ANTIQUES Specialising in fine English and Irish table glass, such as claret jugs and sherry glasses, this shop sells pieces from the early 18th century to the 1930s. laurieleighantiques.com ‘Cloud Shade’ pendant, Ochre
SKINFLINT With a focus on lighting manufactured between the 1920s and 70s, Skinflint scours locations across the world to source and restore unique and historic vintage lights. The company’s collection ranges from salvaged prismatic bulkheads and suspended fluorescent rods to 1960s metal desk lamps and mid-century angled ceiling pendants. skinflintdesign.com
VA U G H A N Established by artist-designer duo Michael and Lucy Vaughan, the company makes expertly crafted lights using the finest materials. Created in-house, their designs encompass a range of styles and eras, from the 17th century to Modernism. vaughandesigns.com
WIRED CUSTOM LIGHTING Lighting meets theatre in the luxurious custom creations of this illumination specialist. Its dramatic and decadent pieces can be tailored for scale and impact, and are made using outstanding materials, such as Murano glass. wired-designs.com
V I N TAG E A N D ANTIQUES ALFIES ANTIQUE MARKET For more than 40 years, this world-famous indoor market has been home to around 100 specialist dealers, offering antiques, vintage collectables and 20th-century designs. alfiesantiques.com
REGINALD BALLUM Charming timeworn furniture, from rustic wooden workbenches and reclaimed theatre seating to original Chesterfield sofas, can be found in this eclectic antiques shop. reginaldballum.co.uk
RETROUVIUS A reclamation furniture and architectural salvage company with its own design project team. The stock spans Victorian cast-iron shelving, mid-century cupboards and an array of ornamental doors. retrouvius.com
ROSE UNIACKE Interior designer and antiques dealer Uniacke also creates her own elegant seating, storage, lighting, ceramics, glassware and desk objects, as well as a capsule collection of more than 210 fabrics.
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STACKS OF STYLE Newly launched Copenhagen brand Takt is adding a reﬁned edge to ﬂatpack furniture, fusing Danish design sentiments with an eco-friendly approach. Wood from sustainable forests is crafted into deconstructed oak chairs then sent directly to buyers to be assembled and, when the time comes, dissembled for recycling. ‘We wanted to combine the spirit of Scandinavian design principles – craft, simplicity, elegance – with e-commerce and self-assembly,’ says London agency PearsonLloyd, designer of the brand’s new ‘Cross’ chair. The pieces come in slim boxes – a sixth of the volume needed for a traditional chair – dramatically reducing transportation, fuel and emissions costs. Designed to be built quickly using minimal tools and instructions, the ‘Cross’ chair comes in natural matt or black lacquer. From £204 (taktcph.com).
AMPLE AMPOULES Continuing the vogue for full-bodied forms are the ‘Pepo’ jars by Italian studio Debiasi Sandri for Normann Copenhagen. Based on the natural shapes of melons and pumpkins, the bulbous forms gently narrow to form an organic lid, their porcelain bodies half-matt, half-glazed. And, with a voluminous 48 or 31cm diameter, they can also be used as vases to hold the biggest bunches of blooms. £305 each (normann-copenhagen.com).
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