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elcome to the launch issue of Absolutely Home magazine, the latest addition to the expanding Absolutely family. As specialists in luxury lifestyle, an interiors magazine was an organic next step for us and we’re delighted with all the features and ideas that we’ve found in these pages. Our speciality is London, and with the capital firmly at the epicenter of the UK’s interiors world, we are a natural match. Autumn is traditionally the season for all things designrelated, with the London Design Festival, Decorex and designjunction dominating the calendar. We’ve compiled some diary dates for the upcoming months, and picked out some events to preview. This issue is packed with big names, including Kit Kemp, Neisha Crosland, Matthew Williamson and Jonathan Adler; our focus ranges from textile design to furniture, from interior designers to architects and from bathroom designers to shelf-builders. Whether you’re looking to take inspiration from hotel rooms across the globe or a small cottage in Scotland, a Danish living room or a light-filled London extension, there are lots of ideas within these pages. We look forward at new trends and back at the history of some iconic designs; we are interested in paint colours and fireplaces,houseplants and building projects, architecture and ornaments. In short, this is a magazine that covers everything about the home, from dream homes to real homes, for Londoners who take pride in the way they live. We hope you like it.

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Roll up Italian design brand Alessi has just launched a beautiful range of circusinspired homeware at Harrods. Designed by Marcel Wanders, it brings the spirit of the fair into the home with bold, geometric detailing along with Big Top stripes and shades. alessi.com

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Clerkenwell Design Week VARIOUS LOCATIONS 23~25 May 2017

Held in London’s design district – where there are more creative businesses and architects per square mile then anywhere else in the world – this is one of the most internationally influential design weeks. Over 90 showrooms will hold talks, reveal new products and present installations. Last year Cassina, Poltronau Frau, Vitra and Tom Dixon were among those to get involved. Clerkenwell, EC1; clerkenwelldesignweek.com

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FRIEZE REGENT’S PARK 6~9 October 2016

— Focusing on contemporary art, Frieze is one of the few fairs to concentrate on the work of living artists made post-2000. This year the fair will debut a new section, The Nineties, curated by Nicolas Trembeley who recreates seminal exhibitions from the decade. Looking into the work that changed the conversation and had a lasting impact on modern art, this is thought-provoking. Off Park Square West, NW1; frieze.com

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— This event sees 100 rigorously selected galleries present their best in Modern British and international contemporary art alongside talks, tours and performances. Key partners include Serpentine Galleries, Tate and British Museum so this is going to be good. 52 Upper Street, N1; londonartfair.co.uk

CHELSEA DESIGN QUARTER LOCATION 17~25 September Home to the largest and most diverse concentration of established interior specialists in London, Chelsea Design Quarter’s LDF offering includes that from bathroom designers ROCA. New King’s Road, SW6; chelseadesignquarter.co.uk

LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE SOMERSET HOUSE 7~27 September 2016

— Bringing the international design world together, the inaugural Biennale will see 35 countries present a work that responds to the 2016 theme of Utopia in Design. With raw innovation, creativity and research, this will enevitably become a major design event. London’s offering will be from the formidable design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby with the V&A. Strand, WC2R; londondesignbiennale.com

THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL VARIOUS LOCATIONS 17~25 September Promoting the city’s creativity, LDF’s programme includes talks, tours and design releases. Drawing in the country’s greatest artistic minds, this is one of the world’s most important design events. londondesignfestival.com

FOCUS/16 DESIGN CENTRE 18~23 September 2016

Redefining luxury in interiors, Focus/16 shows an edit of interiors by designers, architects and stylists. Immersive and interactive, this is the place to get inspired with the industry’s top creatives offering their expertise to you. Chelsea Harbour, SW10; dcch.co.uk

DESIGN JUNCTION KING’S CROSS 22~25 September Taking over the entire UAL campus at King’s Cross, designjunction will create a series of striking temporary structures to house this year’s show. Look out for Cubitt House, a striking installation. 1 Granary Square, N1C; thedesignjunction.co.uk HOME ž AUTUMN 2016

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LONDON The contemporary craft and design fair

E M M A L AC E Y — Emma Lacey designs and makes tactile ceramic tableware. Most work is hand thrown in her north London studio using fine stoneware and porcelain clays. Sensuous and ergonomic forms are paired with tactile satin and glossy glazes to give a subtle and engaging form and function. Pictured: hand-thrown stoneware jug.

Made London is an annual contemporary craft and design fair where the very best of national and international designer-makers present and sell their work to the public. Over 100 exhibitors bring their original, unique and innovative creations to the show: ceramicists, silversmiths, wood workers, mosaic artists, textile designers, furniture makers, glass blowers and many more. This is a friendly, relaxed fair, where the makers themselves meet the public to discuss inspirations, design processes and future projects, enabling maker / consumer relationships. 20-23 October; One Marylebone, London NW1 madelondon.org

THE CLOUD P OT TE RY — Juliet Macleod makes simply decorated, wheel thrown stoneware pottery for functional use. Self-taught, she uses time-honoured techniques of slip trailing, sgraffito and mishima. Both Scandinavian and mid-century design are also of significant influence in her work. Pictured: wheelthrown medium stoneware serving bowl.

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— Pottery West is a ceramics studio founded by Catherine and Matt West. Their hand thrown ceramic homeware combines pared down forms with tactile glazes. Catherine and Matt create characterful ceramics to be treasured and used. Pictured: milk bottle vases, glazed stoneware.

JIN EUI ELIZABETH RENTON — Elizabeth designs and handmakes stoneware and porcelain contemporary tableware. Each piece is unique and thrown on the wheel, decorated with lines, grooves and oxides. She makes glazes using a muted and natural palette. The processes concentrates awareness on the fine details and her work has a tranquil quality. Pictured: selection of tableware, all thrown on the wheel with hand decoration and fired in an electric kiln.

— Jin Eui works with concepts of illusion and reality and his work creates confusing visual impressions. Looking with half closed eyes, in the darker light and with distance, brings the illusion to life. Pictured: reversible lidded box, earthenware, wheel-thrown.

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his September sees the UK’s leading interior design show Decorex International return to London’s Syon Park for its annual gathering of the brightest and most established brains in high-end homeware. With interactive exhibitions and informative seminars, it promises to champion British craft makers and unveil the latest industry developments, highlighting future trends and catering to the growing needs of top designers. This year’s theme explores the roots of design , with new pieces that reflect on British origins. The theme hopes to showcase how, despite relying on constant change and reinvention, timeless designs evolve from these core principles and merge past and present in each new product. The show welcomes visitors with ‘The Heritage of Chair Making’ by British furniture designer Tim Gosling, an astounding exhibition that charts the rich antiquity of this skill with rarely seen pieces from the V&A and the Frederick Parker Collection. A compilation of favourite furniture pieces from some of Britain’s most celebrated creative names, including Jasper Conran and James Dyson, the collection will explore how these pieces speak to them and highlight how historic works often shape future ones. Another draw is the return of Decorex’s ‘Future Heritage’ exhibit, a showcase of new materials and techniques that hold revolutionary potential and are forging new ground within their field. Often credited as shining a much-needed light on the craft side of interiors, the assortment is curated by art critic Corinne Julius and features 14 new developments across ceramics, electronics and textiles. New products this year will include an interactive lighting installation from Tangent combining electronics with robotics and computer programming, flooring and seating pieces made from polished coal by Jesper Eriksson and Fabio Hendry and Silo Studio’s

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what we can expect from her upcoming collection. This is concluded by the final ‘working’ room, a culmination of the former spaces and where they were thought out: designed as a studio space, this is decorated with willow panelling from Hilary Burns and furniture pieces from Gareth Neal. Homeware will also be seeing the mustard yellows trend making an appearance at the show from woven materials to wall paint, with new pieces from Eleanor Pritchard, Laura Meroni and Daniel Heath, and visitors can round out the day with a bubbly beverage at the venue’s champagne bar, a highly-anticipated installation from London design studio 1508 pledging to reimagine classical architecture to satisfy even the most contemporary appetite. Expect simple shapes, sculptural details and plain colours, but with a lively twist. With this year marking Decorex’s debut partnership with the annoual London Design Fair, this is an exciting collaboration that ensures its attendees discover an even greater array of design ideas and engage in industry-wide discussion.

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Bloom & Wild — Never miss a flower delivery again with Bloom & Wild’s game-changing letterbox flowers. Fitting through any front door the young buds will bloom the next day. Perfection. From

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HOUSE Every home needs plants. Whether inside or outside, something green and alive is good for the soul

GARDEN DREAMS — For urban gardeners who don’t know where to start with their outside space, Bloombox provides an instant garden. Join the club and they’ll deliver seasonal boxes of suitable plants along with full instructions (and an emergency helpline) to help you achieve a realistic and attractive garden. bloomboxclub.com

Plant Post Houseplants are having a moment. Many people don’t know how to choose them, so a variety of new subscription services are aimed at taking the decision processes away. For indoor gardeners, there’s Geo Fleur, which offers a fabulous monthly subscription. Expect something unusual – a cute succulent, a mysterious air plant or a pretty fern, say, along with an accessory such as a macramé hanger or a dinky watering can – every month in the post. geo-fleur.com

INDOOR GREEN — Just published is Indoor Green, an inspirational book about living with plants by the Bree Claffey, the Australian shop-owner whose respect for things that grow in pots is endless. It’s full of beautiful photographs of characterful plants in stylish settings. £19.95; Thames & Hudson

FINE LINES — Handmade in the potteries of

Stoke on Trent, this fine bone china vase is an exclusive design by sixth generation ceramicist Carmen Lyngard. With a heritage of craft that stretches back to 1829, the Connaught vase is hand-finished in an on-trend marble glaze using techniques passed down through the generations. £45, heals.com

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Z I P TA P — Zip have launched a new HydroTap Design range alongside the current metallics trend. The elite designs now come in rose gold, brushed rose gold, gold, brushed gold, platinum, gunmetal, nickel and brushed nickel. These advanced water drinking appliances make for a striking design-led kitchen accessory as well as a necessity, delivering on performance and reliability. They’re flexible too - consumers can choose filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling water – or any combination – to suit their needs.

Decara Home — You’ll find Decara Home on Queenstown Road in Battersea, a rapidly emerging area for interior designers and property developers. Beautiful home furnishings, tableware, linen, accessories and gifts are available from collections inspired by European countries, with brands including Cote Table, Flamant and Blanc d’Ivoire. Decara Home offers a styling service that will help bring your vision to life.

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NATURAL WOOD FLOOR

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— The highest quality wood flooring is a real asset to your home. The Natural Wood Floor Company offers contemporary parquet flooring in a modern colour palette of soft greys and whites. These fashionable shades work as the perfect base for the home. If an antique or shabbychic look is more your thing, there are also oak aged parquet blocks available in a golden honey, antique or ebony finish. naturalwoodfloor.co.uk

McCarron & Co Settling into a new showroom in Notting Hill, McCarron and Co is a furniture company set up by eight like-minded designers, craftsmen and cabinet makers. Offering bespoke fitted and freestanding furniture using a range of materials, there's a mix of contemporary and classical kitchens, bathrooms, living areas and bathrooms here - each piece made with a precision that speaks of the very highest craftsmanship. mccarronandco.com

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Originally founded in the swinging 60s, modern furniture and lighting suppliers Aram have now opened a new space devoted to the contracting side of the company at their showroom in Drury Lane. The idea is to help customers fully explore their furniture and designs in a dynamic space and let them get lost in the various living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms on offer. Expect bright colours and clean lines. 110 Drury Lane, WC2B aram.co.uk

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DESIGN MUSEUM SHOP •

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The place to go for objets d'art and knick knacks, the shop has opened on High Street Kensington in conjunction with the new Design Museum and was also designed by John Pawson. The perfect place for gifts. Kensington High Street, W8 designmuseumshop.com

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Opened February

Italian brand Kartell is unashamedly bold and brazen; its Icons collection includes ornate plastic dining chairs and shiny chrome lamps. The first monobrand flagship store opened this spring and is a fantastically fun place to spend an afternoon. 223 Brompton Road, SW3 kartell.com

QUIRKY CONCEPTS MOOOI •

Opened June

This is the place for shoppers with an eye for an eccentric interior. Founded in 2001 by Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers, Moooi specialise in characterful, eclectic pieces intended to be at once timeless and of the moment. 23 Great Titchfield Street, W1W moooi.com

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DESIGN NEWS • PEOPLE • DESIGN • EVENTS

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HOUSE OF H AC K N E Y

House of Their Nibs

— Using the ancient silk roads as inspiration, House of Hackney’s AW16 collection will take you on a journey around the world. From floral paisley to carpet prints the opulent and rich designs are as kitsch as you’d expect from this East London design house.

— Whimsical childrenswear brand Their Nibs has launched a homeware range spanning eclectic, vintage-inspired designs for the living room, kitchen and bedroom. Think embroidered cushions, printed aprons, tea towels and soft cotton bed linen, all in Fiona Bell’s quirky handpainted designs.

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— Artist and illustrator Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006) was known as a vigorous multi-artist, who with his wavy lines, bright colours and romantic universes got the world at his feet. In the 1950s and 60s, while all of Scandinavia was embracing minimalism and the simple, white look, Wiinblad went maximalist with a seemingly indefatigable use of colour. His ambition was to delight people with his unique talent for ceramics, tapestries, textiles, posters, theatre costumes, scenographies, and more. Now a new range of ceramics honours Wiinblad’s authentic joie de vivre and fairy tale universe, reinterpreted in a modern, functional design appealing to nostalgic collectors as well as new generations. Skandium introduces the iconic designs available as trays, candleholders and decorative objects in porcelain. From £16.95, skandium.com

Celia Birtwell for Bluebird Chelsea’s Bluebird restaurant has been resdesigned by Sagrada, the designers behind Sartoria and The Arts Club – and they entrusted the chairs to iconic textile designer Celia Birtwell. Her new designs for custom-made velvet and leather-backed chairs have just been revealed, while the scheme pays homage to the building’s heritage as the Bluebird Motor Company’s first garage. bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

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Tile Council Make a statement with our selection of chic ceramic surfaces Compil ed By

D OT-TO - D OT For a bold bathroom, cover an entire wall with the same small tile. The repetition of this shape and design creates a dotty optical illusion we love. Carrara Honed Basket Weave Mosaic; £166 per m²; mandarinstone.com

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EMERGING TALENT

Created by textile designer Francesca Stride, the new tile designs at Bert & May are highly tactile with textured combinations and a muted colour palette. Gellert Tiles by Francesca Stride, £150 per m ; bertandmay.com

DRAWING INSPIRATION

HOME Loves

Mosa often design tiles in HOME collaboration with successful LOVES architects. The result is so sleek that the product fits seamlessly into any living space. Mosa Scenes, POA; mosa.com

PLAYFUL PATTERNS

Inspired by Japanese textile prints, the Dandelion hexagonal tile can be installed in many different ways. With 12 different colour combinations, you can play until you’ve got the pattern you want. Dandelion in celadon/milk, £143 per m²; contemporarytiles.se

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DRAWING INSPIRATION

Believing that tiles are for more than mere practicality, Mutina design for pleasure. Uniting technology, craft and experimentation, these break the rules of traditional design. Numi Taupe, ¥172 per m2; mutina.it

ON FIRE

Be like Fired Earth and take the plunge by mixing bright colours, busy patterns and metallic hues. The result is a daring and creative look. Ravello in Frezza, £100 per m2; firedearth.com

MOROCCAN MONOCHROME

Inspired by floors found in Marrakesh, these heavy duty concrete tiles are strong as well as ornamental. £6.80 per tile; rockettstgeorge.co.uk

ALPHA-TILE

Rory Dobner’s quirky alphabet tiles are eye-catchingly clever, each printed with a letter and a unique illustrated design. £38 per tile; amara.com

IN SKETCHES

Inspired by Old Dutch tiles, artist Marga van Oers tells a mini story on each of her ceramic designs. Harking back to the traditional delft blue patterns, she also experiments with strong graphic lines for a more modern result. From ¥25 per tile; storytiles.nl

DIESEL LIVING

When used inside the home, industrial glass is both urban and chic. Diesel Living’s collaboration with Iris Ceramics sees raw materials and metal tones combine to mirror the fashion house’s iconic rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic.Industrial Glass, POA; store.diesel.com

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STUDIO SNOWPUPPE Chestnut Wooden Origami Lamp, €396.69; studiosnowpuppe.nl

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Stylograph, ¤400; oreeartisans.com

BLOOMINGVILLE Dark Cork & Pink Vase, £47; amara.com

WOODENDOT Batea Side Table in Grey, £154; clippings.com

STELLAR WORKS Valet Magazine Rack, POA; stellarworks.com

NORMANN COPENHAGEN Astro Tray, £99.50; normann-copenhagen.com

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Casanova Sideboard, POA; wewood.eu

Versatile, beautiful and natural, wood remains a favourite for furniture and accessories.

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MAKING SHAPES Textile designer Neisha Crosland’s new book Life of a Pattern is a homage to all her influences. HOME caught up with her Words CAT H E R I N E H A L E S Photography M I S H A A N I K S T

CATHERINE HALES: What inspired you to write

Life of a Pattern? NEISHA CROSLAND: I moved studio five years ago, and

while clearing and sorting out my archives I noticed not only that there were many recurring themes in my work but that the sources of inspiration behind the designs also had interesting stories. I like to think of pattern as a link to the past; as with a good story, it gets passed down through the ages. I wanted the book to be a visual narrative in which, to quote Misha Anikst, the book’s designer and photographer, ‘the designs must leap out of the page and grab attention’. I wanted to create a book as a homage to all of the things that have influenced me. CH: Why did you decide to become a designer of textiles? NC: A missed turn in the V&A on my way to a lecture found me in the Ottoman Galleries and I knew immediately that I wanted to do textiles. Despite their age, the bold, rich graphics on velvet and silk looked so utterly modern.

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CH: What is your design process? NC: I have a pinboard where I pin all of my sources of

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Zebra silver blue cut velvet on chair. Diagonal Bea ded Stripe hand knotted Tibetan wool silk rug, Neisha Crosland for The Rug Company

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a doodle; seemingly random pictures of things that have caught my eye. I also write notes and pin them on the board. I then live with these inspirations until I get an urge to do something with them. I start to sketch some ideas roughly in a sketchbook and I find that it really helps to give them names at this point. The ideas will join up with each other and evolve or just get edited out; it’s a survival of the fittest or best idea. When I’m confident that I’m on to something I’ll map it out life-size – not computer screen size – in black and white or pencil since it’s important to get the structure of a design correct before I start colouring it. CH: How would you define your style? NC: I’ve been told it’s quite deco. I try to

make my designs as minimal as possible with maximum impact, a discipline that maybe comes from the pre-digital days when every colour in a design cost money. I think the way I design is also inspired by my admiration for Ottoman and Japanese design, and the abstract art of the Russian Avant-garde. ‘Minimum line with maximum impact’ is my mantra.

Moorish Circles surflex printed wallpaper, colours o’hara red, chilli, chocolate lemon and pink bark, The Surface Print Company, UK, 2006

Good drawing is essential, otherwise a design will always be unattractive

CH: You often mention the V&A; is it your favourite spot in London? NC: Well, I owe my calling to textiles to the V&A. I spent a lot of time there as a student, not only in the textile galleries but also among the ceramic collections and in the wrought iron metalwork galleries where I liked the black and white, positive/ negative aspect of the metalwork.

CH: Are there any patterns in nature that particularly influence your work? NC: I find inspiration in everything from the checks on fritillaries and the shape of giant gunnera leaves, to ferns, ginkgo leaves, shells, malachite and coral. The photographer Horst P. Horst’s book Patterns from Nature and Karl Blossfeldt’s Art Forms in Nature have inspired me too.

Sea Thistle wallpaper, colour squid ink, Seven Park Place restaurant, St. James Hotel and Club, London, UK, Interior by Tony Filmer at Tully Filmer

CH: What do you think makes a successful pattern or textile? NC: A well-balanced repeat, combined with a scale that works. Ideally the colouration should be a surprise too. Good drawing is essential, otherwise the design will always be unattractive no matter how gorgeous the colours are. It’s also important to have an understanding of how the design will work on the end product – you can’t just plonk a pattern on something. You need to understand the medium and how the design will look, whether it’s upholstered onto a chair, decorating a fine china cup, flat on the floor for a rug, or draped around the neck in the form of a scarf.

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CH: Are there any other designers

you admire? NC: I admire a wide range of designers

spanning different eras, from current designers such as Georgina Von Etzdorf and Marthe Armitage, to Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher for their 1930s textiles, and the 18th century silk designers James Leman and Anna Maria Garthwaite. There are also so many designers who do wonderful things but remain anonymous.

NEISHA CROSLAND

Life of a Pattern (Merrell Publishers £100) is out on 15 September; merrellpublishers.com

CH: Is there a particular place in the world that inspires your designs? NC: Many places inspire me but mostly from cultures long gone. For example, I take inspiration from everything from 16th century Japanese kimonos and Mughal textiles and block prints, to Ottoman designs and Iznik pottery and ceramics in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. My influences also range from 18th century Spitalfield silks and Jacobean and Elizabethan blackwork, to Aztec and Inca feather pieces, African tribal art, 14th and 15th century Italian ecclesiastical textiles and early 20th century Russian revolution designs. The list goes on.

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Roald Dahl taught me that a different point of view is the only interesting point of view CH: What made you decide to add rugs to your collection? NC: The Rug Company approached me at a House & Garden fair about 12 years ago. I had designed an installation using my wallpaper on the floor under a sheet of perspex. Christopher Sharp, co-founder of The Rug Company, spotted it and asked me if I’d like to design rugs!

to work with people who have the same approach, since a good design can so easily be ruined in the manufacturing. I find that it’s essential to have a say in how my designs are developed onto products – whether they’re rugs, tiles, wallpapers or fabrics – to ensure beautiful results. CH: Did your stepfather Roald Dahl’s brilliant creativity feed into your own? NC: His love of the arts and the importance of inventing something to surprise people left a huge mark on me. He taught me that a different point of view is the only interesting point of view. My mother also instilled this in me, and she had a great eye for style and for the unusual.

CH: You speak very fondly of Camberwell

CH: How would you describe your London house? NC: It’s an oasis that was once a working mews and a fly tip. We’ve made the garden the central focus, with french windows looking out onto it.

College of Arts; was the school instrumental to your career? NC: Very much so. It taught me the process of getting a design from paper to cloth, the importance of drawing and of respecting the production process, whether it’s in a factory or by hand. That’s why I always like to stay close to the production process and

CH: What do you like to do in your free time? NC: I love doing a lot of pottering in the garden and house, as well as visiting galleries, trips to the cinema and opera, cooking and seeing friends and family. Any chance to travel is welcome too.

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“I would never put anything in a hotel that I didn’t want to use in my home” HAM YARD HOTEL

C O LO U R SCHEME HAM YARD HOTEL

HOME meets Kit Kemp, the woman behind the most fabulous Ham Yard Hotel Words E V E H E R B E R T

HOME: How would you describe your

style? KIT KEMP: Colourful and carefree but

deceivingly detailed. HOME: Where do you look for inspiration? KK: I love folk art, handmade crafts and

natural materials. HOME: What was the vision behind Ham Yard? KK: It’s a little village in the heart of London with shops and restaurants set around a central courtyard with five fully grown oak trees we had craned in place. HOME: How does designing a hotel differ from working on personal projects? KK: Surprisingly little. I would never put anything in a hotel that I didn’t want to use in my home, but I can be more adventurous and slightly more theatrical with the hotels.

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HOME: You collaborated recently with Anthropologie. How does their vision tally with your style? KK: It’s a good fusion because they love handcrafted, hand-sewn pieces and they also love colour. The whole world is our oyster, we look all round the world for our inspiration. HOME: Much of your work is in the States, where you are seen as having a very British style. What does that mean? KK: They are very open-minded in the States and much more interested in the British look than we are over here. HOME: Where do you live and why? What is your own home like? KK: I live in Chelsea and when I shut the door as I get home I want to feel in a comfortable and happy atmosphere. The right colours always make you feel happy even on a dull winters day. HOME: Do you have a style icon? KK: I wish there was one person, it would be

so easy.

Kit Kemp with her Anthropologie collection, Folkthread

HOME: What is your favourite interior anywhere in the world? KK: Charleston House in Sussex. Every wall is painted in every colour and they have made their own carpets. It’s a work of art; I just wish it had central heating.

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ICONIC DESIGNS The Anglepoise lamp

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hen Royal Mail devoted a set of new stamps to British design classics in 2009, the Anglepoise lamp was one of six items to feature. George Carwardine’s iconic lamp, created in 1932, has remained a design fixture ever since. Examples of the lamps can be found in households all over the world as well as in museums, and the name Anglepoise has come to be used, Hoover-style, for a whole genre of articulated task lights. The lamp’s genius lies in its springs. The fully adjustable arms remain perfectly in place when moved, mimicking the tension of human limbs The first four-spring Anglepoise was deemed too industrial for a domestic market so, in 1935, Carwardine developed a three-spring version. The design, known as the Anglepoise Original 1227, has been modified over the years but is still generally considered the archetypalAnglepoise lamp.

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The aesthetic and remarkably engaging, anthropomorphic quality of a lamp that can constantly change its form has inspired musicians, artists, designers and writers over the years. In 1979, post punk pop group The Soft Boys made it into the pop charts with the song “I want to be an Anglepoise lamp”. First appearing in the computeranimated indent that launched Pixar in 1986, an Anglepoise character now features in the company logo, bouncing into shot at the start of every film. In 1985, innovative sculptor David Mach formed a large flowing hand out of 360 black Anglepoise lamps for an exhibition at the Oxford Museum of Modern ArtThe Anglepoise lamp that sat

on the desk of Roald Dahl was considered so much a part of the writer’s persona that, in 2004, a Giant version of the Anglepoise Original 1227 lamp was specially commissioned for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. The Giant 1227 has since gone into volume production. Designer Paul Smith’s collaboration with Anglepoise resulted in a multi-coloured collection, while the new Margaret Howell range comes in muted shades. The future for Anglepoise looks bright. anglepoise.com Type 75 Margaret Howell Edition

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RICH HERITAGE A range of classic fabrics by designer Tibor Reich relaunches Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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ibor Reich may not be a household name, but in the design world his legacy is large. Not that he would have called himself a designer. In the 1950s the more commonly used term was ‘industrial artist’ and Reich’s reach took in textiles, ceramics and commercial interiors. But Budapest-born Reich was never interested in maintaining his own legacy and though he kept all his work – and all his cuttings – in the house he built in Stratford-upon-Avon, he might have been condemned to obscurity were it not for his resourceful grandson Sam, who is currently reviving the brand by putting Reich’s textiles back into production. He has drummed up renewed interest in the man and his life by publishing a new book and producing an exhibition at the Whitworth in Manchester as well as a revival of many of his fabrics. It was Reich’s vision that brightened up the post-war British home; his love of colour shaking up a nation used to brown. His established status was revealed when the Queen chose a fabric of his for her wedding present in 1947 and with his career spanning so many years, his body of work provides insight into post-war social history and illustrates the transition of design trends from the traditional to the modern. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Reich designed a range of ceramics for the Liberty exhibition in the 1950s, much of it inspired by Hungarian folk art, and in the 1960s his company Tibor Ltd was commissioned to design curtain fabrics and upholstery for the first Concorde fleet. ‘He had a childlike nature and his approach was curiosity-driven, never driven by tradition. His work reflects his personality and was

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all about possibility and fun, in the vein of Picasso or Klee,’ explains his grandson. Reich, incidentally, was also Europe’s largest collector of model cars. Though his grandfather died in 1996 when Sam was five, and he has no personal memory of him, the designer looms large in family memory. Sam’s parents own the experimental Bauhaus-inspired house (‘Tibor House’) in Stratford upon Avon that Reich built, where most of his archive remains, which they are currently restoring as a future home. Sam explains: ‘His own personal archive is huge because he authored around 20,000 designs and owned his own manufacturing, so he retained copyright on everything.’ The V&A has bought some of the collection, as has Leeds University, but otherwise everything, every single piece of information, has been retained. Sam’s idea is to revive it all, aim it at high-end interior designers and architects, and brand the lines as timeless classics. ‘We haven’t changed anything – there’s no point in changing something that’s already right. And we’re manufacturing everything in the UK, recreating the rich textured weaves that were more typical of the fashion industry and which Tibor brought into interiors in the 1940s.’ The new Tibor Reich fabric range launches with an initial collection of Classics (including the design for the queen), available to commission. ‘We’re not pitching them as vintage or retro,’ says Sam. ‘Like a timeless Eames chair, they are classics, not pastiches.’ tibor.co.uk

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FASHION PACK Matthew Williamson’s flamboyant designs make a glamorous transition to furniture for a collaboration with Duresta. Home quizzes him Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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interiors before, collaborating with The Rug Company and Osborne and Little, but this is your first foray into furniture. Where did you look for inspiration? MATTHEW WILIAMSON: The collection came to life mostly by looking at pieces of my own, bought mostly from antique markets or dealers over the years and which I’ve adapted or updated myself. I also collect pictures and samples of anything that catches my eye, so it was a fun process to build a collection which came from my personal favourite pieces.   PH: Your style has always involved colour and print. How do fashion colours and prints translate into furniture?  MW: My passion is for colour, patterns, textiles, travel, culture and exotic elements. I love bringing my DNA to

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PH: How did the collaboration with

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MW: Duresta is a brilliant brand based

in the UK, making all its furniture by hand. I’m drawn to brands which value craftsmanship and quality and they certainly do that. Making my first line of furniture with them has been a passion project which I’ve loved. It’s been a real journey to see these pieces come to life over the past year and I’m thrilled with the results as they really reflect my brand’s DNA. Now, the difficult thing for me is to edit which pieces I want to have in my own home. PH: What did you learn from it? MW: I learnt so much. It’s always

whatever product I’m working on. While fashion has been my main career focus, there is such a huge overlap between the fashion and interiors industries that I see a real crossover in my work. I imagine that a woman who buys one of my dresses also wants a fabulous sofa or wallpaper and it’s this 360 degree lifestyle approach that I love most. PH: How would you describe your own home? What are your favourite things and where do they come from?  MW: I’m lucky with my home as it has good bones. It’s a Victorian townhouse and the rooms are large with high ceilings and great original details so really my job was just to dress it and make it personal to me. I love the lounge most of all. It’s a large lozenge shape with an old wooden barrel door, original parquet floors and big bay windows overlooking the garden. This room is quite neutral but the furniture and items I’ve collected over the years add colour and character and tell a personal story. It’s changing all the time. I love moving things around regularly to keep it fresh. It’s easier than you sometimes think to make your space evolve, and adding a few small touches here and there can help to update your look. Flowers, candles, cushions, book piles and pictures are easy ways to add areas of interest. A bit like my clothes, I prefer to make something poor look rich. I think that comes from my work ethic and from my parents. I’m not about glitz. My most treasured items are inexpensive, sentimental pieces: a necklace with charms picked up on my travels and a bowl of rocks collected from the beach.

fascinating to step out of your comfort zone and pick up new skills and work on different projects. I totally underestimated the time, patience and craftsmanship of each and every piece until I visited the Duresta factory in Long Eaton and saw for myself what a labour of love the entire process is.   PH: Who are your favourite designers, both fashion and interiors?  MW: My favourite designers are Ossie Clarke, Zandra Rhodes, Christian Lacroix and Dries Van Noten.  PH: Are any other interior projects or

collaborations in the pipeline? MW: I’ve just launched a collection

“I imagine that a woman who wants one of my dresses also wants a fabulous sofa”

of stationery and am soon to launch sportswear in May, followed by a designer colouring book by the end of the year – and next I have my eye on childrenswear and china.

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Tripod Table Lamp with Brushed Gold Finish; £165 outthereinteriors.com

Monkey Wisdom Box Set, £435; amara.com

WEST ELM Deco Barware Collection, £59; westelm.com

FORNASETTI Golden Burlesque Otto Scented Candle Collection, From £125; harrods.com

NUDE Contour Gold Vase, £154; store.wallpaper.com

JONATHAN ADLER Caracas Dining Table and Maxime Dining Chair; jonathanadler.com

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GHIDINI 1961 Tip Top Tea Light Holder; £72; do-shop.com

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JONATHAN ADLER Malachite Tumbler, £68; amara.com

ATKIN & THYME Archie Photographic Tripod Floor Lamp in White; £179; atkinandthyme.co.uk

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he Z stair on the ground floor hides the continuation of the staircase down to the basement. Most developers want to create a house with wide market appeal for an easy sale, but these owners did not want to cut any corners and all the detailing had to reflect this. They were not afraid to keep the lines crisp, clean and completely modern. The property sold for well over the asking price.

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he owners are live-in developers, buying properties, and project managing the build themselves while the reconstruction process goes on. They bought a very rundown 1960s brick house, which had been wedged into a Second World War bombsite, and planned to knock it down to build a bold, modernist house from scratch. Once we had handed over our plans, they were off. The brief presented us with a problem because the planning department wanted a house in keeping with the rest of the street; Clarendon Road in Notting Hill is made up of predominantly Victorian stucco houses. After careful negotiation we persuaded the council that it would be impossible to replicate a Victorian house in such a narrow space but that a dramatic modern house would be a great improvement on the previous 1960s build.

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he top floor landing is illuminated by rooflights over the stair void, and the glass back to the stairwell allows light to flood downwards. Oak flooring throughout the house warms the cooler white palette of the walls.

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any of our projects are defined by their staircases; it is an opportunity to combine a strong visual design impact with a thoughtful use of space. Space was tight for this project, so the stairs run like a ribbon in a void from floor to floor, only turning once at ground level and eliminating the extra space a landing would take up.

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he elevation is an exercise in Bauhauslike minimalism. The plain windows break up a simple white rendered facade. The long slot window above the front door reflects the stairwell behind.

03 One of the four bedrooms with views over leafy gardens to the back of the house. As we were replacing a 1960s house with a new-build, there was no need to add in any original features, and the effect is highly contemporary and calm.

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FLOOR PLAN A self-build project allows you to take control of your own floorplan. HOME visits the Zog House, a prototype house for the future

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ost Londoners would say they love Victorian houses. Certainly many of us live in them, but there’s an established trend of remodelling and extending them beyond recognition, making them effectively modern houses behind Victorian facades. Our lives are different to 19th century lives and our homes need to reflect this. That’s the thinking behind Solidspace, an organisation that’s out to prove the advantages of the self-build home. And their showpiece is a stylish family home in northwest London, an unmissable white box that stands out among the rows of Victorian terraces (most of them extended, of course). This is the Zog house, named for its owner and Solidspace founder Gus Zogolovitch. It is an unusual structure because of its split-level, open-plan spaces – there are five half levels on a site that has a similar footprint to its neighbouring Victorian counterparts. “Victorian houses are leaky, draughty and unenvironmental,” says Zogolovitch, “and their floorplan is designed for a society of the 19th century. We are much more social and more integrated with our children.” So we live differently, with less need for rigidly defined, separate spaces. Instead of the Victorian cluster of small rooms, his Zog house offers linked spaces, so people can be eating in the kitchen while children play in the living room within sight and earshot, separated only by a few steps. Zogolovitch can work at his desk on a mezzanine level overlooking the living room, feeling connected while retaining some privacy – “and since there are no corridors, there’s no trapped and wasted light,” he says. It all makes sense, and with big windows (triple-glazed and imported from Austria) there’s much more light than an unreconstructed 19th century terrace could ever have.

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Zog House is made from pre-fabricated slabs of concrete imported from Germany and put together by German builders (British ones, according to Zogolovitch, couldn’t understand the concept of the half levels). The design is flexible in that it could go taller; the house has five half levels and is as tall as its surrounding houses, but the formula could be extended. As a prototype, it works as a showhome for Solidspace, which both develops sites to sell and partners individuals interested in building their own homes. The split-level model can be recreated to suit varying requirements and with the government keen to encourage self-builds, this could really be the house of the future. solidspace.com

“Victorian houses are leaky, draughty and unenvironmental – and designed for the 19th century” His plot, in a desirable part of NW6, was an unused car parking space until Solidspace bought it at auction a few years ago. If you know what to look for, says Zogolovitch, there are lots of plots around, even in London, but “even though everybody loves Grand Designs, there’s automatic nimbysim” where new builds on their doorstep are concerned. So getting planning permission proved tricky, but now the initially anxious neighbours love the house, and it is a popular destination in the annual London Open House calendar.

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rchitect Sophie Nguyen’s recent west London project was commended in the Sunday Times British Homes Awards for the category ‘best one-off house or extension up to 2,500 sq ft’. This detached Victorian house was already quite exceptional with its 11-metre width and its special setting within a conservation area but fairly hidden from the street. When Nguyen first saw it, the layout was muddled. ‘Although it was a big house, there were no big spaces. You certainly didn’t sense the 11 metres and all the grandeur was lost in the partitioning.’ Her clients had fallen in love with the volumes and proportions and they wanted Nguyen to reveal them and allow the light in. They wanted to create a seamless full-width extension but had had a bad experience with glass in their previous flat, a top floor apartment that suffered from too much sun in summer and was too cold in winter. So they were wary of too much glass – unusually, since generally both clients and architects are very keen on glass – but still wanted to let in a lot of light. Nguyen’s method is to create actual small scale models, and then position them in the garden at different times of day to assess the exact impact of the sunlight. “I prefer to use real models rather than computer images because they give me time to think – also I’m more at ease with cardboard models because you don’t have to be as precise.’ Predictably, initial plans for a full-width single storey extension were resisted by the planning department, but Nguyen's studio worked through various options and eventually gained permission for scheme that was compliant with the conservation area's policies, retaining the full width. The result is this beautiful, fully gazed facade with a double-pitched roof and a single pitch glass roof, entirely in harmony with the original building.

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“It’s all about seeing the sky”

‘I think it’s interesting to create a modern house with elements of classic architecture. Such as a pitched roof on a modern house. John Pawson did it,’ explains Nguyen. This project was intended as a family home and in addition to the large extension, the entire layout was inefficient and needed reworking. Upstairs was badly organised and the grand, impressive staircase was hidden by lots of partition walls. Nguyen approached it all by thinking firstly about light. Despite the house's good position and large scale, daylight was unable to penetrate due to the clutter of small, poky rooms and lots of dark wood panelling. Nguyen instantly spotted the potential to allow light to flow through the house from front to back by removing walls, and worked with the clients' initial concerns about glass to create a partially glazed roof for the extension. “It’s about seeing the sky,” she says.

A vast single space now opens onto the large garden and connects to the front sitting room to allow light to flood through. Several partitons were removed to allow the afternoon sun to be visible from the dining area. Of the original features, not many remain, and even door frames have been heightened to increase the sense of proportion and expansiveness. The interior is fitted in a palette of greys as designed by the client herself, with some initial advice from designer Caterina Heil. The final result is a palatial family home with vast proportions and a real sense of light and space. The house’s generous width has been set to great advantage to make the absolute most of it.

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is my tomato candle, which I developed specifically to remind me of the smell of my grandfather’s plants. I have such good memories of spending time with him in his tomato garden.

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION…

is our place in Palm Beach for sun, sand, and amazing people watching. Because my husband and I both work in retail, we always spend our holidays escaping it all there.

My favourite designer is… Me. Just kidding. Or am I? If I had to pick just one, it would probably be Bonnie Cashin (but Alexander Girard and David Hicks are close runners up). I worship at the altar of Bonnie Cashin. Bonnie is my goddess, a benevolent deity shrouded in a fierce kimonoinspired coco on, a real-life Auntie Mame. JONATHAN ADLER

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industrial r e vo lu ti o n Sebastian Mann of Minale + Mann discusses his newest design project and his love of zinc and steel Interview E LY S I A AG N E W

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e catch up with business owner and acclaimed architect and designer, Sebastian Mann to find out about Minale + Mann’s refined industrial design. Operating in London, Stockholm, New York, and throughout South East Asia, this London-born design agency is at the core of several high-end residential, boutique commercial and hospitality schemes. Seymour Walk is a recent project in Chelsea where you'll find blackened steel and solid timber, creating an industrialstyle creative space for family living. ELYSIA AGNEW: How did you start out as an architect and designer? SEBASTIAN MANN: I studied at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London after I started to develop an interest in both the form and structure of buildings as well as how people are connected to them. I went on to start my career at various international architecture firms including Woods Bagot & Johnson Pilton Walker Architects as well as working on a historical temple restoration in South East Asia. EA: Can you tell us about the birth of Minale + Mann? SM: Minale + Mann was first established in 2001 and I am proud to say we are still the only architectural company in London to provide in-house construction along with design. This allows our customers to have an entire project managed end-to-end by Minale + Mann. We employ over 130 staff across our headquarters in Battersea, our workshops and on-site staff.

Bespoke blackened Steel staircase at Seymour Walk. Lia pendant lighting by Kaia Lighting

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EA: What kind of clients do you work with? SM: We work with a real range of clientele Ω

from a variety of pockets of London. These clients range from family homeowners to property developers and business owners.

Seymour Walk master bathroom, Copper bath by Catchpole and Rye

What would you say your design ethos is? SM: Minale + Mann are about refined industrial design. I get excited when using raw materials within the interior of a project. Recently we collaborated with our sister company The Workshop to create a dramatic and truly unique zinc-cladded closet and desk space running throughout this Victorian home, leading to create a kitchen island. EA: Do you have a favourite city for design

and architecture? SM: I have been lucky enough to have

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Kitchen at Seymour Walk including marble worktops. Bespoke side cabinet by The Workshop

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“We have such an electric range of exciting architecture in our city” floor, and consisted of a process of visiting the steel yard supplier and getting hands on with the blast gun, ensuring we got to the exact colour and texture we wanted for the staircase. This area formed as both a kitchen and an informal entertaining/ cinema area. EA: As an anti-trends agency, where do you get your inspiration from? SM: We take our inspiration from architectural form and I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings, be that at home in Richmond, walking along the Thames path at weekends with my children or via my commute to the studio in Battersea every day. We are housed in an archway which really reflects us and our brand, creating spaces within an industrial backdrop.

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the world, but as I was born and bred in London Ω nothing really tops it. We have such an eclectic range of exciting architecture in our city. Our headquarters are in Battersea so we have the Power Station on our doorstep, which makes us feel inspired everyday on our way into the office. EA: One of your newest projects is Seymour Walk, what was the inspiration behind it? SM: The house is a Georgian terrace property set in the heart of Chelsea and it was important to have the concept of a growing family at the forefront of this project. Inspiration wise, we introduced an industrial design aesthetic and we made Reception Room at Seymour Walk

possibly say. We do have an obsession with zinc at the moment and are working closely with our sister furniture design company (The Workshop) to test the use of this material as much as we can via both our residential and commercial projects. EA: What projects are you working on at

the moment? Sebastian Mann

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projects at the moment ranging from a refurbishment in St John’s Wood to a top secret entire mansion plan in Richmond. sure this was evident throughout the entire project via various means. This aesthetic is derived from my passion of raw materials taken from architectural forms such as steel, zinc and concrete. I like the contrast these materials provide within a home or work setting. We are constantly inspired and we incorporate this to every project we work on. EA: Tell us a little more about the project? SM: Throughout the ground floor the

aesthetic is in keeping with the property's period features, complementing the dark and cosy corners with dramatic interior colours and parquet flooring. As is the case with many London houses, extending isn’t always possible due a variety of planning restrictions, so we decided to include a six metre high double basement to add significant size to the property. We included a bespoke blackened steel staircase which led to the lower ground

Basement Cinema lounge at Seymour. Cabinet made by The Workshop

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Shelf Life A small company with a big reach, Wyndham Design is London’s go-to name for bespoke furniture. HOME meets its founder, Richard Thomas Words P E A R L B OY D Photo J U L I A N W I N S LOW

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or Richard Thomas, it’s all about personal service. Sure, his company offers highly skilled and entirely comprehensive bespoke furniture and interiors and will create anything you want, from fitted storage to bold statement pieces. And of course they work with luxurious materials and to exacting standards with a full consultation service. But what makes Wyndham Design different is Thomas’ total dedication to the personal element of each project. Working closely with each customer to achieve exactly what's right for them is Wyndham’s trademark. As Thomas explains: ‘We are big enough to handle large scale projects but small enough to a complete understanding of everything that leaves our workshops.’ Having studied 3D design at university, it was a passion for form and combining beautiful materials that led Thomas to develop exquisite furniture. Noticing a gap in the market, he decided to utilise his natural aptitude and enthusiasm for design to help enable people realise their unique furniture designs. He says: ‘All items are custom made to order, so each piece is unique. Having the freedom to formulate a new initial idea from a client’s brief and then to see it realised is amazing.’ Taking inspiration from classic 20th century designs, Wyndham prides itself on timeless pieces and an extremely

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diverse portfolio of furniture types and materials. Fluent in working with a range of materials and combinations including wood, metal, glass and fabrics, the furniture created is made by marrying traditional techniques and the very latest machinery and technology. The company is also well known for its designer storage solutions and walk-in wardrobes, signature items which are designed to fit any space and interior design. However, they have the vision and ability to create anything. The impressive piece pictured on the right, for instance, is one of Thomas’ particular personal favourites. A large centrepiece item for a house which has had a floor removed, creating a mezzanine area, it was designed to make the most of the fabulous high ceilings. ‘I just love the bold statement created by this piece and the scale of it, the black lacquer finish and gold detailing is a beautiful example,’ enthuses Thomas. It is clear that Wyndham Design is born out of a love for beautiful things, exquisite detail, fine craftsmanship and a dedication to delivering stunning designs. Citing his father and uncle as inspirations for their hard work and determination, Thomas understands that working with highly skilled craftspeople and surrounding himself with brilliant individuals is key to his vision. ‘I would like to be known as one of the best bespoke furniture services in the UK, or even the world,’ he says, aiming high. And he’s well on the way to achieving his aim, it appears.

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here is simply too much choice. The interiors industry is swamped with so many options that anyone choosing anything from a tap to a shelving system is hard-pressed to know where to start. But instead of being inundated by the array of online interiors shops at our disposal, savvy homeowners are bookmarking eporta. A site for interiors professionals, it allows you to discover and buy pieces from all over the world in one place, from unknown craftspeople to established luxury brands.    Known as the Airbnb of the interiors market, the online portal connects furniture and product designers with potential buyers such as retailers, architects and interior designers. It combines a slick catalogue and a messaging service through which buyers and sellers can hook up, tailor orders and negotiate discounts. Like Airbnb, the company takes a cut of the deal price agreed by the two sides of the transaction.

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The brainchild of Aneeqa Khan, who previously worked as Head of Strategy at Zoopla, the brand was born when she bought a place in Brixton and struggled to find chic furniture to fill it. “I was shocked at how difficult it was to access beautiful and original products despite the huge number of fantastic brands around the world”, she says. “Digging deeper, I realised that it wasn’t just a case of products being hard to find for consumers, and actually the real issue in the industry was that professional buyers needed an online platform to help them discover and manage trade relationships in one place.” In a global industry where hundreds of thousands of brands are dotted around the world, eporta simplifies the buying process and fast-tracks relationship building by making it easy to work directly with suppliers, cutting out the long-winded process of separate trade accounts. “Consumers will benefit, because only the best designs will rise to the top, and ultimately we will all enjoy better designed spaces and products.” Khan, who comes from a family of entrepreneurs, explains that one of the major challenges of setting up

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eporta was getting people in an established industry to do things a different way. “Even though it’s an easier and cheaper way, getting people to change behaviors is always difficult. So we’ve really invested in getting to know our community and making sure the site stays really clean and easy to navigate. As soon as people understand what we’re offering and try the site for themselves, they love it.” Having worked for Terra Firma financier and investor Guy Hands, Khan has learnt a lot about how to build and manage a successful team. “We have a very strong team culture here, based on respecting others and not letting egos get in the way – the best idea always wins.” Is she a risk taker? “I don’t think you set up your own business if you’re not. That said, I mitigate any risks by knowing that I’ve thought something through fully and understood it before taking any important decisions.” One glance at the range of chic pieces on eporta will convince you of Khan’s fine-tuned eye for design, which she has used to stylish effect in her own modern-eclectic abode. Brands such as Duisstt and Bat Eye are combined with refined lighting from Ici et La and Graypants, upholstery from Tailer and colourful, graphic rugs from British design brand A Rum Fellow. “Portuguese design talent is particularly hot right now and they have an aesthetic that I like – using traditional craft techniques and high quality materials but mixing it with playful and sophisticated combinations.” Home - which is now in Kensington - provides an oasis for of calm for Khan, who in just a year, has grown eporta into the world’s largest online interiors platform with more than 22,000 trade buyers and just over 800 suppliers across 43 countries.

“I live with my partner and we both have hectic jobs, so the weekend is golden. I love nothing more than a long early morning run in Hyde Park close to my home, followed by brunch with some of my best friends and unwinding by seeing a play at the theatre in the evening.” That downtime is about to get even more precious. This October sees eporta celebrate its first birthday as a global interiors player, and with the next exciting step to expand further internationally, particularly into the Middle East, Khan has no time to waste.

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Scandinavian inspired children’s design

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enmark has a long history of design. With traits of simplicity and functionality, Danish designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl and Poul Henningsen (PH) have made Danish design well-known worldwide. Danish design strives for aesthetics and beauty, but it always has a twist of functionality. The objects are designed to be used, they are not exhibition pieces that no one is allowed to touch. If something is only beautiful, too luxurious and extravagant, it detracts from the relaxed and down-to-earth quality that is a key value in hygge. “The PH lamp has an interesting and contemporary cutting-edge design, but as everyone knows, it is built for giving better light. Its appearance is not just superficial designnonsense to make it unnecessarily beautiful. Oh no, its design directly supports its function: to provide good light. It is an honest lamp; its outer is inseparable from its interior. And when Danish consumers know that, they can live with its beauty.” – Jeppe Trolle Linnet, professor of hygge. “The hallway is a room you walk through, a room in between and easy to forget. Nevertheless, it is the very first place that greets you when you come home. Find out what gives you joy to catch sight of when you step inside - a painting from your favourite artist, the colour green or your slippers standing in the hallway, waiting for you to slip into and get comfortable right away. At the same time have an eye on your practical needs. It is neither handy nor hyggelig to step directly into a mountain of shoes and coats that blocks your view and restricts your movement. Find functional storage solutions that create space and don’t steal

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too much attention.” – Christina B. Kjeldsen. “The living room is often the star of the home. From a Scandinavian perspective, materials play a big part when it comes to hygge. Wood, folded lampshades of paper, ceramics and stoneware are a part of the Scandinavian styleDNA. We love to surround ourselves with light, Nordic types of wood, just as we have a long tradition of classical furniture design in teak that many of us carry with us as memories from our childhood homes. This brings about an element of recognition that can help define and create the framework for hygge. It feels good - it is hyggelig – when we recognize pieces of furniture as old friends from the home of our childhood. Many Scandinavians carry this kind of furniture heritage with them due to our history of design, and for a lot of people this helps to create a hyggelig and nourishing atmosphere in our homes. If you have a closer look at your own history there will definitely be similar elements you can transfer to your own rooms. What is the unifying point for you – is it the big, big sofa that you grew up with, a special kind of tapestry on the walls or your beloved dresser?”

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SOUL Simple, stylish pieces from Scandinavia

Easy Living ferm LIVING — Drawing on the traditionally simple aesthetic of Scandinavian design, ferm Living is one of the most Danish companies. With a distinctly modern edge, it doesn’t get much better than this. fermliving.com

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DA N I S H DESIGNS AYTM — With a focus on quality, Danish

design house AYTM creates luxury home interiors and small pieces of furniture that are simple but eye-catching. aytm.dk

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HALLWAY TO HEAVEN Skagerak — Whether you want it to or not,

the hallway tends to become a place of storage. Designer Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm has created a beautiful collection of furniture that will make the most of the narrow, but vital, space. cloudberryliving.co.uk

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Rivsalt — Swedish designer Jens Sandringer was inspired to create a salt grater after dining at a Japanese teppanyaki in Beijing. Bringing an artistic flair to seasoning, the rock of salt makes a great centerpiece before it is grated over your food. From £24;

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Normann Copenhagen — Normann Copenhagen

have designed Daily Fiction, a collection of over 200 everyday objects. There are notebooks, gift wrapping, stickers, pencil sharpeners and more. Foscarini.com

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Søren Lund — For the first time in Søren Lund’s 50 year history, their upholstered furniture will be sold in the UK. Stocked exclusively at Another Country, this is chic and functional modern Danish design. anothercountry.com

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STOVE TALK

Six reasons why installing a wood-burning stove will improve your life Words

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01žEFFICIENCY A stove is vastly more efficient than an open fire. There’s less heat loss, so you get more heat for less wood. You can reduce your gas bill and turn the thermostat down.

02žCOSINESS It’s emotional. Stoves create instant cosiness – they look good and improve everybody’s mood.

03žBACK TO BASIC S ‘There’s something primal about burning logs,’ says Marcus Hodgetts of Stoake (stoake.co.uk), a business that is seeing a huge rise in the number of Londoners installing wood burners. Making fire is a fundamental human skill; we live in a hard environment and can long for something more basic. Some people go a step further and buy an axe.

04žENVIRONMENTAL APPEAL You can even power your whole house with a boiler stove and a multiple energy system that includes solar power. You’ll need a small plant room to run your central heating and hot water in an environmentally friendly way.

05žANY THING’S POSSIBLE Wood burning stoves can be installed in almost any house. No chimney breast? No problem. You can have an exposed flue. Existing chimneys will probably need to be lined; installation usually takes a day.

06žCHRISTMAS What could be more Christmassy than a stove gently crackling, turkey cooking, presents waiting to be unwrapped? Nothing is more Christmassy than that.

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THE LIST Stoves & Accessories

THE FAVOURITE Charnwood’s C4 stove is Stoake’s best-seller thanks to its compact dimensions and attractive portraitshaped window. stoake.co.uk

MODERN LOVE The superb contemporary stove range from Spartherm is the ideal focal point for any room. grateexpectations.com

LOG STORE

Accessorise your stove with this stylish Emma log basket by Eldvarm, £665. skandium.com

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Install My Fireplace

Wood Burning Stove Specialists We specialise in the design, supplying and installation of Fireplaces, Stoves and Flue Liners around the London and South East area.

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From the Hearth Thinking of installing a fireplace? Here’s how Words E V E H E R B E R T

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obert Leach of Install My Fireplace has worked on some of London’s most elite properties, most recently with Fabricari at 39 Palace Court in Bayswater, and he's the go-to stove man for countless interior designers including Anna Hewistson. With 14 years of expertise, he is adept at recommending the best option for your home, with both design and price in mind. What sets him apart is his personal approach: all his projects run smoothly and are finished to extremely high standards. "I'm a perfectionist," he says – so he completes all jobs himself, from start to finish, never sending a team in, and always taking the utmost care not to leave any mess. It is this one-on-one approach that has led to ongoing relationships with designers and clients. As an online business with no showroom, overheads are kept low and a comperehnsive online gallery provides lots of ideas to choose from. toves give off a great source of heat, with up to 89% efficiency.

“A stove fireplace can add 5% to the value of your home”

By contrast, an open fire, loses most of its heat up the flue, resulting in only 20%, or less, efficiency. Stoves are easy to use, with minimal mess and are quick to clean. Prices start from £650 for a stove, which gives off 89% of the heat that it produces, perfect for bringing that wholesome rustic warmth into your home. A stove fireplace can actually appreciate in value, adding up to 5% to the price of your property on the market. Practical, stylish and it will never go out of fashion, what better investment to make this autumn/ winter?

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THE MODERN HOUSE Designer Eva Gunderson is known for her work with Missoni; here we see inside her marvellous home Words T H E M O D E R N H O U S E .C O M

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Bespoke Wardrobe Design www.neatsmith.co.uk 0800 1956 595

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ith wonderful interiors and a 45ft west-facing private garden, this twobedroom duplex forms part of an immaculate stucco-fronted house in London's Hereford Road, off Westbourne Grove in Bayswater. The apartment has been extended and refurbished with great attention to detail by designer Eva Gundersen, who has worked extensively for Italian brand Missoni. Her close work with Rosita Missoni, who together with her husband Ottavio is the founding influence behind Missoni's colourful, dynamic and playful aesthetic, has exposed Gundersen to the Missoni matriarch's tastes for colour, pattern and textiles. It was Rosita who launched Missoni Home after passing responsibility for the womenswear collections to her daughter and then finding retirement boring. Missoni Home was an extension of her own home, which she had always dressed in Missoni fabrics, and in 1997 she launched the first collection of cushions, throws, rugs and ottomans. A recent exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum showcased the fashion house's long-standing relationship with wool and knitted pieces – and Gundersen's own home,

“Gunderson’s home reveals a love of fabric and pattern”

too, reveals a love of fabric and pattern. Set against a muted backdrop of white walls and oak floors, her interior is full of colour and energy, fusing contemporary pieces with midcentury classics, bold artworks and plants in a well-designed, light-filled space. The apartment measures approximately 1,100 sq ft internally, and is accessed via its own front door at garden level. There is a modernised kitchen at the front, with a sash window and a sliding serving hatch. This leads in turn to a reception room, with a dining area and study in the aluminiumclad extension. Glazed folding doors open on to the charming garden, which is largely paved and has access to Bridstow Place via the garden gate. A new timber staircase leads to the first floor, which has very high ceilings. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room, and a dressing room in the extension. There is a second bedroom at the front with a large window and a period fireplace.

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Paint it

It's easy enough to transform a piece of furniture with a coat of paint. We learn some skills at Phoenix on Golborne Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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unting out antiques is fun, and finding beautiful old pieces with character is one of the joys of decorating a home. But too much brown furniture can be too, well, much. A great way to personalise a piece, whether it’s reviving a tired one or adding character to a new one, is to paint it. And because this is a daunting task for the uninitiated, antiques dealer Jess Gilderselve runs regular classes showing people how it’s done. Jess comes from an antiques family and knows all there is to know about finding and finishing pieces. Her shop is full to the rafters with stylish and unusual bits of furniture, many of them painted by her. Downstairs there’s a small studio space and here were are, enrolled in a day course in furniture painting. The first thing we learn is that there will be no sanding and no stripping. These are the tasks most likely to frighten people off. And thanks to Jess’s special brand of paint, the Annie Sloan chalk range, there’s no need for any of that. This is a genius product that’s like an old-fashioned distemper, a simple blend of chalk and colour pigment

that has the consistency of ‘thick custard’ (Jess’s words) and is ‘very forgiving’ which means that you can’t really go wrong. It will stick to plastic, metal, glossed wood and most other surfaces. You can use it as outdoor paint – sheds, front doors, fences – or even on floorboards without sanding them. This miracle paint was developed 20 years ago by Annie Sloan and Jess learnt her skills from the woman herself. Donning aprons, we set to work with brushes and small tester pieces of wood. We’re working in a small basement but there’s no need to open all the windows because this paint doesn’t even smell like

“The palette is inspired mostly by 18th century decor” paint. It’s entirely non-toxic, lead-free and eco-friendly, drying fast without giving anyone a headache. There is a carefully curated palette of 32 colours, inspired mostly by 18th and 19th century décor, spanning stylish neutrals and some serious brights. We’re here to layer colours and experiment with different effects. By using wax (clear or dark) and techniques including partially rubbing off a top layer of paint to expose a contrasting coloured undercoat, you can quickly create a variety of different textures and finishes. Whether it’s slight distressing or a full-on ageing process, the paint is very versatile. I emerge from the four-hour session with a new-found enthusiasm and lots of plans. Jess gives everyone a pot of paint and some wax to take home and invites everyone to phone her with any or problems they encounter. I have already painted a bedside table and am working up to my own floorboards. Suddenly, boring pieces of furniture are looking full of promise.

CLASS DATES 20 September; 19 October; 7 November All classes run from 10am to 2pm and cost £125. 67 Golborne Road, London W10; 020 8964 8123; phoenixongolborne.co.uk

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W HITE HOME goes in search of advice on the whiter shades of pale Words P E N D L E H A R T E Photography FA R R OW A N D B A L L

Walls in Cornforth White

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FARROW & BALL

was founded in Dorset in 1946 and still uses age-old production methods, with natural minerals and high levels of pigment. farrow-ball.com

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hoosing paint colour for your walls is daunting. It’s tempting to go for white because it’s always stylish in an airy, Scandi way – and it will make your rooms seem bigger, too, right? Unfortunately, wrong. Apart from that not necessarily being the case, just choosing white isn’t really any kind of decision because the concept of white probably covers more shades than any other colour. You might have chosen white, but which white have you chosen? A brief look at colour cards will show a vast spectrum of whites. And interestingly, our whites have become more and more grey over recent years. “Our perception of neutral has changed; what we felt was white 15 years ago is now incredibly yellow to the modern eye,” says Joa Studholme, Farrow and Ball’s international colour consultant and probably the UK’s most influential colour guru. “We’ve gone greyer as time goes on. All our greys are selling like hot cakes — and these are becoming the new neutrals; soft and organic, as in French Gray or Pigeon, or darker, even going into off-black walls with Pitch Black woodwork. What has replaced magnolia as the classic neutral is a cool, chalky Cornforth White, which has a grey undertone. Nobody wants colours with a yellow base any more.” Not that she’s all that keen on an all-white scheme throughout a house, and her belief is that, counter-intuitive as it may sound, painting a dark room white isn’t going to disguise its darkness – and anyway, darkness isn’t necessarily always a bad thing. ‘A small space painted white is very boring,’ she says. Generally, it’s good to try strong colours in north-facing rooms, while south-facing rooms can remain neutral,’ she says. Sympathetic whites are calmer and Bathroom in more interesting looking than dazWimborne White zling, toothpaste whites that can feel cold and stark. A warm white, on the other hand, can be cosy and create a good backdrop for colourful furnishings as well as contrasting skirting boards, doors, window frames and architectural details. ‘Think about the architecture. Do you want features such as cornicing to stand out? But don’t be a slave to it. Just because it’s a Georgian house don’t think you have to have a Georgian colour scheme. And of course, light is key. Ultimately, it’s what you feel comfortable with,’ says Studholme.

Floor and stairs in Slipper Satin

When decorating, it makes sense to start with the hall. For one thing because it creates a first impression and for another, it can set the tone for the rest of the house. Paint it a dramatic dark shade, for instance, and it will create the illusion of extra brightness for rooms leading off it. Also, painting doors and frames the same colour can create a grander, more finished effect, and coloured doors add interest to white walls and ceilings. Whether you want a warm white or a cool one, a clean one or a muddy one, tester pots are the only way. And for more advice, consult Joa Studholme's invaluably detailed, practical and inspirational new book, How to Decorate, published by Octopus Books, £30.

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MY FAVORITE PROJECT OF YOUR OWN...

is my new shed, a ship lap timber construction with a sedum roof and veranda with a log store. Also, my daughter’s bedroom, pictured.

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SUZY HOODLESS shares her favourite things suzyhoodless.com

MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION...

is the Ile de Re, France. A mainly car-free island off the north-west coast inhabited by Parisians looking for low-key beach escapes.

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MY FAVORITE INTERIOR EVER..

is the Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Designed in 1962, the architecture and interior are amazing.

MY FAVORITE DESIGNER...

is Frits Henningsen. The wing back chair is the best chair ever produced, a design classic, well known now, relatively difficult to find and sadly enormously expensive.

MY FAVORITE PIECE OF ART...

is my Jeff Koons puppy. I love the scale of the balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces.

My style icon... is Iris Apfel Apfel. Her use of mixing prints is genius and totally unique to her, she has her own rules and is in a total class of her own.

MY MOST TREASURED POSSESSION...

is my Bridget Bardot picture by Gerald Laing. A black and white print with coral circle overlaid, I love the colour, iconic image and simplicity of this piece.

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LOCATION Allowing film crews into your home can be an exciting way to earn extra money. Shoot veteran Natasha Courtenay-Smith offers some advice Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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e’re all familiar with the stock domestic setting. When adverts depict families sitting in their kitchens happily eating cereal together, or discussing gravy granules, or watching their mother load the washing machine, they are usually sitting in someone’s actual kitchen. A real home, vacated by its inhabitants for the duration. And as an increasing number of homeowners are realising, making your space available as a film location can be a lucrative source of extra income. Take Natasha Courtenay-Smith. She is a canny, multi-

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skilled entrepreneur who set up an online press agency and who now offers services including digital strategy and business mentoring. She's busy – and so is her large Edwardian house in Kensal Rise, which is in regular demand as a shoot location. "I think of all the ways you can earn a bit of extra money, this is a really fun and entertaining one. It's really exciting when your house is on TV," she says. The actual process is not for the faint-hearted or anyone too precious, as Courtenay-Smith is very aware. "When you've been on shoots yourself it's easier and you understand," she says. "The agencies get quite annoyed with people who sign their houses up but then can't cope with the crew bringing so much stuff with them. I mean, why would you register your house if that's going to bother you?" So, how does it work? To begin with, Courtenay-Smith decorated her house very much with shoots in mind. She and her husband knocked through the downstairs rooms to create a large open-plan living space, as much for film crews as for family life. "I wanted it to be a location house, so when we redecorated it we wanted to keep it a blank canvas. Airy, not cluttered." A shoot might involve anything from a crew of four shooting stills to 30 people trooping in and taking over the entire house. "People start filing in and it's really fast – they can take over every single room. I can see why people get stressed." Her house was entirely taken over for two days for a catfood advert – "It was an epic job – two days and 35 people – but when you see the finished version it's like, blink and you'll miss it."

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WHAT TO EXPECT ž01ž A lot of people will come on a reccy and then not book your house. Be prepared,

ž02ž You need to be flexible. A lot of bookings happen at very short notice. You never know.

ž03ž Remember, they will repair anything that gets broken. They'll repaint walls and put everything back in its place.

ž04ž You might not be enormously popular with your neighbours if you're providing parking permits for 30 cars at a time. Be considerate.

ž05ž Editorial shoots pay between £250 and £500 a day, and film crews pay between £750 and £2,000 per day.

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THE ROOM

LUXURY ON TAP This bathroom designed for Drummonds is HOME's room of the month Words P E A R L B OY D

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orrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine,' said 13th century Italian philosopher Thomas Aquinas. His idea of a reviving bath would doubtless have been a punishingly unluxurious experience in comparison to the 21st century wetroom standard. Today, it's arguable that the definitive domestic luxury is not the superking-sized bed with sheets of the world’s highest thread count, nor the integrated wine cabinet; not a vast cushiony sitting room or a seamless German kitchen or even a huge underground home cinema. No. The true luxury is the ultimate bathroom. Statistics suggest that the average person spends a total of 18 months in the bathroom over the course of a lifetime – and life is too short to waste that fiddling with a flaky shower or even putting up with an unattractive colourway. Aquinas would probably have found his cure for sorrow in a public bathing house, but for us it's all about privacy and calm, sober schemes, fresh

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Classic mixer tap in brass finish with walnut lever handles, £1,578

“We’d like a window with a view, please, and lots of natural light” scents and smooth surfaces. We want the temperatures (floor, air and water) to be just right – we'd like a window with a view, please, and lots of natural light, and it's also important that the place doesn't feel like it's come straight from the bathroom showroom. The best bathroom is a one-off, bespoke concept with its own look, where style meets function. The bathroom designer knows that not only does the shower need

to offer just the right amount of pressure at precisely the perfect temperature, but it also needs to look stylish and characterful, clean – of course – but not too sterile. So the look should be free-standing rather than uniform and built-in. This luxurious suite in a Victorian house in Notting Hill, designed by stylist Milly Goodwin, embraces bright colour and rich, polished brass. Best of all, it's a real room (not a partitioned compartment) with its original fireplace, deep skirting boards and sash windows. Warm metal finishes are a hot trend, and they age down to a beautiful patina that adds an element of glamour. The Spey cast iron bath in salmon pink is the main feature of the room, the Drummonds’ classic unlacquered solid brassware with burnished black walnut lever handles creating a warm, nostalgic feel. It has been left un-lacquered and un-polished to age naturally, giving it a

rich, golden colour and unique patina. The bath is drained through a plunger waste unit based on a classic Victorian design.A new wall was created to conceal a shower and loo enclosure, and the Art Deco glass panel was sourced in Paris. This beautiful piece is backlit, bathing the bath in a soft glow in the evening. Bold terracotta floor tiles were chosen to match the bath by Italian designers Palazzo Morelli and the stylish walnut vanity units were made to order. The fireplace, marble basins and countertop are all from Chesneys and the rock resin wall covering from Senso. In all, this is the ultimate bathroom and Aquinus, we are certain, would have been entirely free of all sorrow here.

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Rainbow How to employ vintage colour in the nursery by D E O N N E R OW L A N D

Sleeping area This was designed to evoke a feeling of sleepy summer with decorative flourishes such as the house book light, flying swallows and Eos goose-feather ceiling pendant. The beds are Caravan Divans in pink by Kalon Studios. The girls each have a Camomile London hand-quilted blanket, with the different shades of golden and deep rose echoing the colours of the rainbow cushion.

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Reading space (left) Children’s rooms should ideally also provide space for quiet time and encourage reading – the more books can be displayed and made accessible, the better. A selection of small seats encourages the girls to sit and spend time here. Study nook (below) With Elsie now at school and starting to concentrate on homework, it was important to build in a versatile area for the girls to study and make and play. This area was built to scale around the two Nofred Mouse Chairs, with all the girls’ arts and crafts supplies and stationery tastefully stashed away in Normann Copenhagen wall pockets. I designed two bespoke vintage-style cupboards for further hidingaway of all the busy bits and bobs that naturally go along with children’s rooms.

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s a children’s interior designer, I’m used to being given quite open briefs and working with those to create schemes that both parents and children love. Here, the brief was a rainbow theme, but I didn’t want to go down the usual route of bold, primary colours. My client was open to me sourcing some vintage items of furniture for the room, so I wanted to employ a complementary colour scheme. I opted for a rainbow colourway with a vintage feel – heavy on deep blue and mustard, with accents here and there in dusty pink, hazelnut and crimson.

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Dressing room Like most girls, Annie and Elsie love dressing up, so part of the brief was to create an area where all of their favourite dress-up costumes, dresses and treasures could be kept. The centrepiece here is a 1960s rattan and oak dresser that was specially shipped from Brittany. The rainbow banner – also from Oeuf NYC and due to be released this Autumn/ Winter – completes the look.

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HAND-QUILTED BLANKET The love and care that goes into these blankets is irreplaceable: they are plush and warm and wrap round children like a great big hug. Modelled on a traditional eiderdown, the blankets come in a range of vintage shades, from golden to plaster pink, and are perfect for mixing and matching. £81 (for cotbed size); camomile.london

MOUSE CHAIR

There is a fine line between sweet and twee in children’s design, and these little chairs are firmly on the right side of it. They are a simple but inspired idea and bring fun and functionality to children’s rooms. £145; scandiborn.co.uk

Eos Pendant

Knitted Rainbow Cushion

Made of goose feathers, this pendant brings a feeling of softness and calm to children’s interiors and provides a warm, diffuse light. Use as your main, statement light or go for a smaller size with a long flex and ceiling hook for a bedside or study light. £199 (for large size); mollymeg.com

While perhaps better known for its clever, minimalist children’s furniture, Oeuf NYC also produces beautiful knitted décor – and its latest collection is its best yet. The pieces have a nostalgic, vintage feel and range from these rainbow cushions to knitted vegetables and mouths.

HOME Loves

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CARAVAN DIVAN

This little bed is one of the most appealing examples of modern children’s design I have come across yet. It is shaped like a traditional divan, or day bed, but shrunk in scale for children. Constructed from solid American maple wood, in a clean, unfussy style, this is a truly heirloom-quality piece to cherish and keep. £995; camomile.london

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STONE & MORE — Since 1989 —

If you thought we only sold stone... think again. We stock an extensive range of porcelain and decorative tiles alongside our natural stone.

Order online at: mandarinstone.com Or visit one of our inspirational showrooms: Bath Bristol Cambridge Cardiff Cheltenham Exeter Marlow Monmouth Weybridge Wilmslow

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L I V I N G | STORAGE

Store Room Bespoke fitted wardrobes and dressing rooms

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eatsmith, the specialists in bespoke, luxury wardrobes and dressing rooms are exhibiting at Decorex for the first time. Their debut at London Design Festival comes ahead of their King’s Road store opening in early 2017. The 4,000 sq ft space will be the flagship store adding to their portfolio of three existing London showrooms. At Decorex , Neatsmith will be exhibiting two new styles of decorative glass, a luxurious walk-in closet and a bespoke hinged-door wardrobe. Playing on the 2016 Roots of Design theme, they aim to incorporate simple, yet clever storage with a beautiful and innovative product. Neatsmith have become the byword for storage excellence in London through their range of sliding, hinged and walk in styles. The bespoke nature of their service means clients can enjoy contemporary storage tailored to their needs. They aim to be

“Neatsmith have become the byword for storage exellence in London”

at the forefront of storage design and are constantly introducing new door styles. Neatsmith are a British, family-run business operating out of a North London factory. They pride themselves on offering a high end, bespoke product and when it comes to design they can work on a variety of finishes, adaptable not only to the client’s needs but also to their budget, without compromising the integrity of the design.

PURCHASE DETAILS The Neatsmith wardrobe collection can be explored further at neatsmith.co.uk, with a new website set to launch later this year. To begin a complimentary design consultation call 0800 1956 595 or visit one of our showrooms at Finchley Road (6-8 Frognal Parade, 158 Finchley Road, London, NW3 5HH), Teddington (3 Broad Street, Teddington, TW11 8QZ) or Hatch End (471 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, HA5 4JS).

Neatsmith 6-8 Frognal Parade, 158 Finchley Road NW3 5HH 020 7794 3808 / 074 8223 5644

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HANDMADE IN LONDON Matt Dunton, Founder and CEO of Sweetpea & Willow, reveals all Words E V E H E R B E R T

Eichholtz trolley loft, £919

HOME: Could you give us a little history of the boutique? MATT DUNTON: We were inspired to set up Sweetpea & Willow because of the beauty we saw in interiors and felt they were a real way to express yourself and your personality in a creative way. Sweetpea & Willow was set up 10 years ago and was initially a French style furniture company. However as time has passed we have evolved and the flavour now is very mixed, with classic French style pieces remaining alongside sleek and contemporary options. We are now producing more of our own limited edition pieces and upholstered furniture here in London, which gives customers the ability to have more of a role in the design of their furniture. Furthermore, the trade are using us more and more and we hope to get the message across to people that “we can literally produce anything” right here in London, at seriously cost effective prices. HOME: What sets Sweetpea & Willow apart from the rest? MD: We are not a shop ( just yet). We have an enormous showroom in west London where clients are able to come and view our furniture thoughtfully laid out in a variety of settings, from bedrooms to living rooms. This means the customers can get some lovely inspiration and are really able to visualise how our pieces will be part of different styles and fit into their home.

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“A successful interior is one that expresses the personality of its owner”

HOME: Why are you so committed to manufacturing in London? MD: There is an enormous skill set here in the UK. The quality of our craftsmanship is top end and made with love. Having our production facility close by is very practical as we can literally pop in and request or amend anything, giving us total control to produce bespoke upholstered furniture very easily and in the exact way the customers wishes. We also think it is great to work, invest and sell in London, helping to contribute to the growth of the city. HOME: Any favourite products and ranges in the boutique at the moment? MD: The Paris and St. Jorge bed (part of our own Handmade In London collection) are divine, both showcasing our own style and design. Equally the Albertine continues to do well not only in living rooms but in bathrooms too, giving customers that haute hotel look. I have always been a personal fan of the Eichholtz brand, and I am pleased to have become a recognised world-wide dealer for them.   HOME: How would you characterise Sweetpea & Willow’s style/aesthetic? MD: Sweetpea & Willow’s style is luxe chic. The design of Sweetpea & Willow products varies hugely, from traditional neutral coloured French designs which create a shabby chic aesthetic to modern designs with sharp lines and contrasting colours

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which create a sleek style, we offer an eclectic mix of products. Although we offer both contemporary and vintage pieces, our aesthetic remains sophisticated and elegant across the board. HOME: What makes a successful interior in your opinion? Too often people are not confident in using their own home to express themselves and as a result fail in giving their interiors character. A successful interior is one that expresses the personality of its owner. For us, interiors are a way to express your personality in a creative manner and the most successful interiors are those which have been carried out with creativity and without limits.

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Virtual Reality Home automation is the future. HOME visits the DSE showroom to find out why Words B I A N CA B A R R AT T

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ome technology is in a constant state of flux. New technologies develop faster than it is possible to keep up with- it seems that before the latest version of any must-have gadget has even been released, companies are already developing the next one. Today, even our grandmothers know how to send a text and Generation Y can do more with an iPad than Steve Jobs probably could. There is no denying the benefits that the technological age has brought us. Life is, quite simply, easier and more convenient. With most technology companies focused on improving quality of life, those arduous everyday tasks that once consumed our time and energy are becoming more digitalised and effortless by the day. One such company is the DSE Group. Set up in 1992, the company aquired its digital arm in 2000 to allow home technology systems to be incorporated into its developments. Now they have opened the doors to their new home automation showroom in Craven Terrace, W2, which the director David Slater describes as the ‘beating heart’ of the company.

The space is designed to show the latest in high tech integration within the context of beautiful furniture. Lighting can be controlled according to mood, sound can be filtered to different rooms and the Nest learning thermostat allows temperature to be controlled via mobile phone. Talk about ultimate comfort. The advantage of having the physical store is that it allows clients to experience the technology in real life. As Slater explains: “online can only show you prices and products; it cannot give you inspiration. ” The irony - that using technology to buy more technology is a mistake - is inescapable. But it is this tailored service, passion and innovation that has made the DSE Group the successful business it is today.

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Changed quarterly, the DSE Group will also be displaying work from a variety of artists throughout the showroom. Katy Sayers Green’s textured paintings adorn the walls whilst sculptures by Andrzej Szymczyk and Philip Hearsey rest on surfaces. The relationship between art and technology has never felt so symbiotic.

“The space shows the latest in high tech integration with furniture”

DSE GROUP 23 Craven Terrace, London W2 dsegroup.co.uk

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Take inspiration from some of the world’s most fabulous hotel interiors, from Miami high-rises to Parisian opulence

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n every era, hotel rooms have provided the perfect backdrop to starlets and criminals, both onscreen and off. What would Lost in Translation have been without the moody wood-panelled walls and high windows ofthe Park Hyatt Tokyo? Julia Roberts singing Prince in the bathtub at the Beverly Wilshire captured the decadence of hotel life perfectly while the Chateau Marmont in LA became the real life stomping ground of every celebrity worth their salt from Marilyn Monroe and Hunter S. Thompson to Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga. We have taken a look at the hotels from around the globe that capture the imagination, from cabin chic in Austria to lavish luxury in London.

01 ž CANOPY REYKJAVIK

Reykjavik, Iceland he very first hotel to open as part of Hilton Worldwide’s new brand, Canopy Reykjavik is set across six interconnected houses in a vibrant part of the city, minutes from the sea. The idea is a low-maintenance, relaxed atmosphere; the rooms and suites are styled in shades of ocean and volcanic rock and the communal areas are open plan with high ceilings and industrial accents. Local art decorates the walls in the Destination Suites and the overall vibe is of a boutique hotel, rather than a chain.

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London, UK side from the excellent name, Batty Langley’s is also a true testament to English eccentricity at its best. Currently, the interiors are grandiose and plush and consist of 28 rooms filled with a riot of richly coloured wallpaper, claw-footed baths and mahogany four-posters. Located a stone’s throw from Spitalfields Market, it is named for a 17th century drawing master who published popular books to help owners and their builders to plan Georgian houses. Its history is delightfully chequered, having been home to silk merchants, petty thieves, ladies of negotiable virtue and vagabonds.

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Grate Expectations has been an established and successfully running family business for over 30 years!

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Paris, France hen in Paris, it doesn’t get much better than staying in a bona fide palace. Le Meurice was built in the 18th century and has been frequented by the likes of Salvador Dalí (for whom the hotel’s restaurant is named). Located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, it is decorated in the extravagant Louis XVI style and boasts stunning interiors from the renowned Philippe Starck. What you see will depend on which floor your room is on as each has its own distinct theme while diners at Restaurant Le Dalí need only look up to see a mural by artist Ara Starck.

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Florida, USA AST can be found on the roof of Brickell City Centre in downtown Miami. It is an allAmerican venture with interiors by New York’s Clodagh Design, architecture by Miami-based firm Arquitectonica and the rooftop bar, Sugar, put together by Los Angeles-based Studio Collective. The design is bright and clean with bursts of colour and hints of retro Americana. In the true spirit of Miami, Feng Shui, bio geometry, radiesthesia, and crystal healing methods are used throughout the hotel to ‘balance and harmonize the flow of energy’ – but if that doesn’t do it for you there is also a beautiful pool overlooking the city.

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ROYAL PALM MARRAKECH Morocco Water is a theme with pools covering the grounds that sit in the shadow of the extraordinary Atlas mountains. The interiors are a blend of Moroccan lanterns, carved wooden screens and glittering mosaic tiles. Special mention must go to the kids' club with its aquamarine walls and whimsical wooden sheep. beachcomber-hotels.com

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L e ch , Au s t r i a ll the character of an Alpine cabin with significantly more mod-cons, Blumen Haus Lech will be opening its doors to the general public this December. Luxury is the watchword here and its not hard to see why; the boutique hotel will be made up of nine supersuites bedecked with lavish furnishings by Italian studio Minotti. The rustic style will be tempered by a hypoxic chamber for high-altitude training, state of the art gym and fitness facilities and partnerships with brands like Pol Roger so guests can expect a little more from their après ski than a simple mug of glühwein.

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LUX* SOUTH ARI ATOLL Maldives Much like the rest of the Maldives, the island of Dhidhoofinolhu is pretty close to paradise. LUX* South Ari Atoll plays on these surroundings by employing a beach house aesthetic throughout a mixture of over-water and beach villas and pavilions. A nautical feel is achieved with sea blues and sand whites sprinkled with a few fun touches like light fixtures created using nets and the odd dolphin fin side table. luxresorts.com

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he private Scottish island of Eilean Shona on the west coast of Scotland - the inspiration for Neverland in JM Barrie’s Peter Pan – is home to the newly converted Old Schoolhouse. Now a boutique, two-bedroom idyll, it was originally the long-gone island community’s school. It is here, during summer holidays taken on the island in the 1920s, that JM Barrie took inspiration from the magical surroundings to create the screen adaptation of Peter Pan. Following a full year’s restoration, the much-loved derelict outpost on the remote north shore has been transformed into an uber-romantic bolthole by hotelier and founder of the Marrakech Biennale, Vanessa Branson (sister to Richard) and philanthropist Robert Devereux. The result is a jaw-dropping hideaway, completely off-grid – there is no electricity, wi-fi or mobile phone signal – which combines splendid isolation with noexpense-spared comfort. As with the island’s six other cottages and the main house, all available for rentals, the interiors are an utter delight: Vanessa Branson has used her design flair to create a living space that is both chic and welcoming.  Rugs, throws, baskets, pottery, handmade hooks and bathroom fittings have been sourced from Marrakech, where Vanessa owns luxury boutique hotel El Fenn, while John Lewis has been raided for its gorgeous retro kitchenware and Loaf for its contemporary beds (complete with Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels), desks, tables and leather chesterfield sofas; the rest is down to antique shops in Bath. The result is a super-stylish, calming space that mixes the best of contemporary chic with naturally pared-back surrounds.  

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“A living space that is both chic and welcoming”

It was only through chance correspondence with film director Joel Coen that the current owners came to appreciate that the Old Schoolhouse is in fact a design classic by the hand of acclaimed Highlands architect, Alexander Ross, and worthy of painstaking renovation. It took a year to refit the house and all building materials had to be brought onto the island by barge (the nearest hardware shop is 47 miles away, across the sea). The results are brand new floorboards, tongue and groove panelling, skylights cut into the south-facing roof and contemporary glass doors that flood the interior with natural, draught-proof light. Two wood-burning stoves keep the open plan sitting room/kitchen warm and provide hot water for the double-ended, roll top Victorian bath. The five mile long island boasts 1,300 acres of pristine moor, wild open hills, secluded

paths and woodland, and invites visitors to disconnect from the outside world and turn back the clock to a slower, gentle pace of life. Dolphin, seals, minke whales and basking sharks can all be seen in the surrounding waters. Eilean Shona is reached either by air or rail from Glasgow which is a three hour drive through the Highlands to Dorlin Pier where the island boat will pick guests up for the five minute crossing. Alternatively arrive by sleeper to Fort William which is an hour’s drive away or, for a more dramatic entrance, by helicopter. One week’s rental of the Old Schoolhouse costs £1,250 including return transfers to the mainland. Available from 26 March to the end of October. For more information and bookings contact Eilean Shona eileanshona.com, +44 (0)1967 431249.

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The mittel-Europa vibe oozes glamour. Kaffehäuser, with their deco lighting, mirrors and marble, are so stylish that they can even infuse dumplings with a touch of magic. The German Gymnasium in King’s Cross channels the latter, while keeping the actual German food to a token minimum (and playing Weimar cabaret tunes in the loos). 1 King’s Boulevard, N1 germangymnasium.com

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Illustrating that there is more to him than just the behemothic Chiltern Firehouse, Nuno Mendes has gone all understated and Taberna do Mercado is the outcome. The interior is uncomplicated, with untreated wooden tables and chairs, industrial-style windows and iron pendant lights. Old Spitalfields Market, E1 tabernadomercado.co.uk

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A self-proclaimed ‘cocktails cantina club’, Barrio East is not necessarily London’s coolest hangout, but the interior has clocked some points design-wise. Stepping away from our comfort zone, the interior here is vivid and textural, in keeping with the bar’s playful vibe. Go against the Shoreditch grain, sip on a gingerbread colada, and tap your foot to Wham!'s ‘Club Tropicana’. 141-143 Shoreditch High Street, E1 barrioeast.com

The barbecue is the focal point of the restaurant, while the rest of the furniture is Scandi-minimalist: clean white walls and wooden tables and stools. Specialising in Nordic cuisine, Rök's name means ‘smoke’ in Swedish, so expect plenty of delectable smoked meats, provided by Cobble Lane smokehouse in Islington. parsley cream. 26 Curtain Road, E1 roklondon.com

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SUBLIME AND RIDICULOUS All in candy pink and adorned with quirky prints by David Shrigley, there's a fun, feminine feel to Sketch. Pink leather banquettes create a luxe feel, while different and changing-themed rooms include The Glade with its decoupage forest and the Parlour with its Louis XIV seating – plus. of course, those space-age pod loos. 9 Conduit Street, W1 sketch.london

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I N S P I R E | TREND VERSACE HOME ‘Palazzo Empire’ sofa, £25,725; versace.com

G-STAR RAW BY JEAN PROUVÉ FOR VITRA ‘Prouvé RAW Office Edition Fauteuil de Salon 1939’, £2,535.60; g-star.com

BOTTEGA VENETA HOME Folding family lamp, £POA bottegaveneta.com

HOME Loves ARMANI/CASA ‘Club’ limited-edition cocktail cabinet, £POA armanicasa.com

DOLCE & GABBANA & SMEG ‘FAB28’ hand-painted fridge, £POA smeg.com

LA PERLA ‘Mia’ vanity table, £POA, by Walter Terruso laperla.com

ARMANI/CASA Armani Casa store in Corso Venezia by Davide Lovatti armanicasa.com

COUTURE CRAFTSMANSHIP ANSHIP MAISON CHRISTIAN LACROIX & MOOOI Malmaison Citrus rug, €2,299 moooicarpets.com

MARGERET HOWELL & ANGLEPOISE ‘Type 75™’ desk lamp, £130 anglepoise.com

These fashion houses and designers are taking on furniture with sartorial flair By J E S S I CA K L I N G E L F U S S FENDI CASA ‘Anya’ coffee table, £POA fendi.com

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