The stunning custom-made fireplace and over mantel create an elegant focal point in the living room and are flanked with a pair of matching white bookcases. Read more on page 80. Inside the December issue, we have the latest from the world of interior design. John Demsey, the cosmetics kingpin, opens the doors to his debonair and exhuberant New York townhouse. Thomas Messel, a renowned furniture designer, has carefully adapted his quintessential English manor to accommodate his family and provide the perfect setting for his art and antiques. A derelict barn is turned into a beautiful £2m Swiss Chalet. A Virginia Design Project provides the perfect backdrop for vintage furnishings. A review of Tim Gosling’s brand new book, ‘Classic Contemporary, the DNA of furniture design’. Brent Cooper, from Simon Horn, gives advice on choosing a feature bed and Joanna Bibby, from Ochre, talks about the lure of leather. Also included is the brand new Ana Barreto catalogue, a company who has been creating exceptional furniture and interiors for over twenty years.

The stunning custom-made fireplace and over mantel create an elegant focal point in the living room and are flanked with a pair of matching white bookcases. Read more on page 80.

Inside the December issue, we have the latest from the world of interior design. John Demsey, the cosmetics kingpin, opens the doors to his debonair and exhuberant New York townhouse. Thomas Messel, a renowned furniture designer, has carefully adapted his quintessential English manor to accommodate his family and provide the perfect setting for his art and antiques. A derelict barn is turned into a beautiful £2m Swiss Chalet. A Virginia Design Project provides the perfect backdrop for vintage furnishings. A review of Tim Gosling’s brand new book, ‘Classic Contemporary, the DNA of furniture design’. Brent Cooper, from Simon Horn, gives advice on choosing a feature bed and Joanna Bibby, from Ochre, talks about the lure of leather. Also included is the brand new Ana Barreto catalogue, a company who has been creating exceptional furniture and interiors for over twenty years.


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Design News The latest from the world

of interior design

Books Tim Gosling’s ‘Classic

Contemporary, the DNA of furniture




Fabrics & Wallpapers New collections

from Juliet Travers, Barneby Gates, Ian

Mankin, Korla Home, Blendworth and


The Fabric House We take a look at

Redloh House, the fabric and wallpaper




Design Trends Brent Cooper gives

advice on choosing a feature bed and

Joanna Bibby talks about the lure of


Virginia Design Project the perfect

backdrop for vintage furnishings


Kitchens Four great designs from Cue &

Co, Officine Gullo, Espresso Designs and



Rugs 12 great rugs and we profile

designer Jennifer Manners





Lighting Christopher Hyde’s

Lanesborough table lamps, Martin

Huxford launch a trio of pendant lights

and more

Bathrooms New collections from West

One Bathrooms, Drummonds and Albion

Bath Company


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Cover story:

The stunning


fireplace and

overmantel create

an elegant focal

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Swiss Design Project A derelict barn is

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Inspired by John Demsey the cosmetics

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THIS STYLISH end table shown in a striking

Gunmetal finish with stainless steel accents

and complementary mirror is accompanied

by an elegant sofa in a neutral fabric.

Matching pillows are highlighted with

luxe leather; both fabric and leather are

exclusively by Dorya.

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INSPIRED BY the joie de vivre of the French Regency style, the Antibes mantel by Suzanne

Tucker for Chesneys is at once romantic and restrained. This classically proportioned and

elegantly detailed mantel combines restrained lines and proportions to make it suitable for

numerous applications lending itself to a wide variety of materials and decorating styles.


HARNESSING THE elegance and

craftsmanship of the Taj Mahal, the new

additions to the Brabbu AGRA family are a

celebration in marble. The delicate work of

the robust white stone softens the imposing

structure of the pieces, while touches of

brass reflect warm tones to the polished

surface. www.brabbu.com

ARTIST, BEN MOSLEY, has taken two Doll chairs from the latest Novamobili collection

and transformed them into unique artworks. Taking inspiration from British and Italian

landmarks, Mosley captures the two nations’ vibrant creativity and design excellency,

and encapsulates them on the artisanal craftsmanship of Novamobili’s quality

furniture. www.novamobili.it

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ROMO’S ORNARE is a lustrous collection

of velvets and modern jacquard

weaves featuring delicate, organic flora,

contemporary geometrics and timeless

stripes. www.romo.com

THE ABILITY of The Oasis to mix and match different raw but precious materials and

textures enables them to provide an overall concept in interior design based on a

coordinated effect. Offering a bespoke, distinctive ambiance suitable for any Country

and culture, they create classical and traditional interior designs in an innovative

fashionable style. www.oasisgroup.it

ALL MARI IANIQ items are haute couture

and collectable jewellery inspired. Covered

from top to bottom in our exclusive hand

cut fluting, finished with our refined,

signature patinas, crowned with a row of

Swarovski pearls, this Perlage cabinet is a

masterpiece of luxury design, an artistic

treasure for any stylish interior.

T: +44 (0) 795 122 8666 | www.mariianiq.com

WITH AN ATTRACTIVE angular frame design and floating seat, the Eclipse Collection

from Pride Family Brands is a definite show stopper. Expertly engineered with multple

banding layers and sleigh bed legs, Eclipse captures a luxury contemporary look.

Sling dining as well as traditional and sectional deep seating also available.

T: 001 855 612 9800 | www.pridefamilybrands.com

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HICKORY WHITE’s Custom Elements cabinet

shop program provides an opportunity to

choose and mix a variety of looks. Available

with a wide array of custom base options,

all available with several decorator finishes

as well as a mix of stylish hardware.

Pictured is the Frank low four-door cabinet

with a double leg X-stretcher base and

shown in a warm Sable finish accented with

gold leaf striping. T: 001 828 322 8624


One To Watch:

Volta Ceilings

is a craft collaboration between two highprofile

Belgian artists, Eddy Dankers and

Thierry Thenaers, who have marked the

rediscovery of painted canvas ceilings,

writes Katy Briscoe.

First seen in classical Greece,

painting scenes on fabric became an

increasingly refined art, direct ancestor

of the illusionist ceilings of Renaissance,

Baroque and Rococo times. In the theatre

too, painted canvas has always been a

medium of magical illusion. As a bespoke

art form, it has dazzling potential for both

traditional and modern ceilings.

Eddy’s family have been artists since the

17th Century and Thierry is a renowned

master painter, operatic set designer and

interior designer. Individually, both have

worked on many of Europe’s historic

buildings, including the restoration of the

Palace of Versailles.

Inheritors and developers of the art of

painted canvas ceilings, Thierry and Eddy

set up Volta as an international interiors

brand and their teams work all over

the world. Through using old and new

techniques and technologies, they can

create anything from a perfect facsimile

of a Baroque masterpiece to a dazzling

ultra-modern trompe l’oeil ceiling. Highly

eco-sensitive; they work on natural linen

canvas, using natural casein paints, with a

passion for authentic plant and mineralpigmented


Their stand at Decorex 2015 included

an extraordinary virtual reality tour, with

visitors donning advanced VR headsets

to ‘travel down’ a grand corridor allowing

them to view a series of rooms with

unique Volta ceilings. Proving that,

ancient as it is, this classical art form

has most definitely made the move into

contemporary interiors.


FLORRIE AND BILL’s collaboration

with textile designer Abigail Borg sees a

somewhat gothic twist on the recurring

florals trend - Dark Blooms. Its bold and

eye-catching Botanical collection features a

palette of deep, moody hues offsetting the

delicate nature of scattered flowers for this

sultry print trend. www.florrieandbill.com

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The secret of a

memorable night’s sleep

TOM FAULKNER’s table has a top made from rippled harewood,

an oxidised sycamore with a unique silvery-grey colour which is

perfectly partnered with the bronze patinated finish on the water

cut steel legs. Measuring 280cm x 110cm, it is available with a wide

variety of tops and finishes and can be custom sized.

T: +44 (0)20 7351 7272 | www.tomfaulkner.co.uk

Hypnos ‘secretly’ knows that it is a supremely

comfortable bed that is at the heart of a truly

memorable night’s sleep. With over 100 years

experience of making made-to-measure beds, using

the finest natural materials, and with a Royally

Approved reputation for hand crafting the most

comfortable beds in the world, it is no surprise that

Hypnos beds and their sublime comfort can be

found in the finest homes, palaces and hotels.

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2014 at Design Centre,

Chelsea Harbour is the perfect

way to inspire with over 500

brands of the international

design scene represented in 99

showrooms, The latest fabrics,

furniture, wall coverings,

lighting, accessories, and floor

coverings will be on show from

March 9th-14th

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MUTED FINESSE pervades Villa

Nova’s latest contemporary

sheers, which are softly

translucent with a supple

handle. Evoking an air

of sophistication are the

Atmosphere sheers from Trevira

CS, an ethereal range of room

high and wide-width sheers

presented in a cool, calm and

neutral colour palette.

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A custom weaving house specialising in hand woven carpets

Purely bespoke and exclusively to design specification

Muga ~ Pashmina ~ Silk ~ Veedon ~ Wool

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LIKE A SLICE of veined marble hewn

and polished by craftsmen, the subtle wave

design of CARRIERE, by Lelievre, is

woven in rich heavy satin with the optical

effect of marbled stone. The fluidity of

curtains creates curving columns for a

sensuous look while walling in the fabric

fools the eye with the impression of

luxurious marble walls. www.lelievre.eu

DURESTA OFFERS a stylish solution for upholstered sofas and chairs. Every piece is

handcrafted to order in the Duresta workshops in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire.



has been causing quite a stir since its recent

arrival to our London showroom. Beautifully

hand gilded with contrasting textures of

matte and burnished white gold leaf, this

mirror promises to bring daily joy to a

luxurious house. www.davidsonlondon.com

SAVOIR BEDS has announced its latest collaboration with world-renowned Parisborn

architect and designer, Robert Couturier. Handcrafted by Savoir’s expert team

in London, both the unusual sleigh-shape and arctic colourway of Couturier’s design

evoke a winter style perfect for the festive season. www.savoirbeds.co.uk

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Bespoke hand embroidered Couture fabrics and cushions

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MODERN, ECLECTIC and chic, the

Notorious collection by Marioni is now

available exclusively through Andrew

Kornat Designs. Using finest materials and

craftsmanship, these pieces will elegantly

stand the test of time.


INSPIRED BY the German Bauhaus aesthetic, Birgit Israel’s majestic brass Walter Desk

seamlessly combines sleek, contemporary elegance with the timeless solidity of German

craftsmanship. The rich depth of colour in the surface is achieved through a bronze patina,

which is lacquered and polished to give the desk its distinctive glossy finish.


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BARR specialises in

the manufacture of free

standing furniture, both contemporary and traditional.

Featured piece is the extending dining table in American

Black walnut with stored leaf and polished stainless steel

inlay to cruciform base. www.cleyndertandbarr.com

THE OCEAN speaks to you in this handsome Oceana

buffet from its namesake collection by Alden Parkes

which shows off finely sculptured and flowing lines.

With the use of rich book-matched crotch walnut

veneers, this stylish stand-alone piece offers an exotic

feel. The graceful hardware has a warm Champagne leaf

finish. T: 001 904 279 1617 | www.aldenparkes.com

THE CITY COLLECTION by Hurtado puts a lot of emphasis on line and form

to provide spaces with energy and elegance. As in all Evolution collections

by the company, the visual impact of City shows subtle interplay of geometric

shapes, fine quality materials and intricate detailing. A choice of lacquer

finishes offers designers several looks from which to choose.

T: 001 336 885 6660 | www.hurtadofurniture.com

Stableford’s lamps are

hand-made to order, unique

and will rarely be seen

elsewhere; a lamp for the

truly discerning buyer.



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The New Piazzetta Stoves Collection

P943M pellet stove

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Round M in Rosso Lava Bonny in Anice E924 in Bianca

Robeys latest collection of woodburning, pellet and gas stoves includes innovative technical solutions

combined with a style and design that are the hallmarks of Italy’s Piazzetta. With ample opportunities for

product customization, you can select from a wide choice of contemporary colours and installation types to

suit your home. And naturally, the friendly team at Robeys will assist you with expert help and advice.

Come and see the extensive range of pellet and woodburning stoves at our showroom in Belper.


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ABOVE: The dining room table and sideboards all feature elements on Robert Adam’s

designs. They are framed by three spectacular double-barrel vaults

LEFT: The main hallway of a house in Sarasota, Florida, has a hand cut marquetry

panel as its focal point, which was created to extend the perspective by continuing

the line of chandeliers on the architectural axis. Its design is based on a Rome Palazzo

Classic Contemporary

The DNA of Furniture Design

TIM GOSLING is a British designer with an

international reputation for his beautifully crafted

furniture, exquisite interiors and a commitment to

working with highly skilled British craftsmen.

Gosling is a designer fascinated by capturing the

essence of design and in his new book, Classic

Contemporary, he articulates his philosophy: Encoded in the very

DNA of designed objects are multiple stories, if we understand

these, and the elements of historical design and its make up in

furniture, we will be better able to break the rules of design and keep

it moving forward. Featuring Gosling’s original drawings as well as

archive drawings and photographs of the work of the architects and

designers who have inspired his own aesthetic, each chapter begins

with the ‘Design Rules’ of a particular historial period and details the

materials and leading figures associated with the era and style, from

Christopher Wren to Thomas Chippendale, John Soane to William

Morris. These are followed by plates showcasing Gosling’s interiors

and furniture.

With a foreword by Michael Palin, a fellow committee member at

the Athenaeum in London where they worked together to protect,

enhance and display one of London’s finest buildings, in the pages

of Classic Contemporary Regency Victorian, Art Deco and Modernism

are revealed in a new light. The result is a book that provides a

unique insight into the work of one of today’s

most popular and respected designers.

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Classic Contemporary

by Tim Gosling

Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd


me and my morsø

I simply don’t need anything else.

Just me and my Morsø. The gentle

warmth of the fire, a cheeky glass of

something special and the crackle

of the flames, there’s no better way

to round off a great day.



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designs, Cox London are always looking

ahead towards new and exciting ideas.

Their wall mounted White Hart Sculpture

features cast antlers and plaster on a

wood mounting with a raw timber frame,

producing a striking feature for any wall.

T: +44 (0) 208 880 3923 | www.coxlondon.com


Andre Benis

Half Japanese, half American, Andre has

spent most of his life in London, where his

family moved shortly after he was born.

He left a safe advertising career in

London, to devote his life to bringing

‘beautiful, high quality Japanese textiles

to the western world’. This passion for

textiles was inherited from the Japanese

line of his mother’s family, who have been

designing, making and selling fabrics for

eight generations. The Aoki family created

unique pieces for the Imperial family: their

kimonos honoured as ‘national treasures.’

He spent childhood summers in

Japan with his grandmother, who still

sells exquisite decorated silks from a

traditional Japanese house in Kofu,

surrounded by mountains. She gave him

his first textile screen print, a flock of

cranes migrating for the winter - it holds

an honoured place in his home.

Having decided to launch Shogun

Designs he travelled throughout Japan to

meet artisans and source designs, which

he has developed into three collections,

called Icons, Legends and Festivals. They

are all made in Japan and hand-finished

in the UK. He has introduced the ancient

‘katazome’ screen printing method to the

UK for the first time, a technique which

he says ‘produces vibrant colours, texture

and depth.’ Some of the ingredients

for the dyeing process, all organic and

indigenous, sound like a smoothie, for

example; soya bean milk, glutinous rice

and persimmon juice.

Japanese design has long been

admired in Europe, influencing

Impressionist artists, furniture, tableware,

fashion, even turning French cuisine

towards minimalism. These prints are

versatile, easy to use in almost any room,

traditional or modern.



OF its Private

Collection Rupert

McBain Furniture have collaborated with

Britannicus Stone to create an exquisite

bespoke Hall Table made from three

natural elements: Oak, Gold and Stone.

The ecclesiastical nature of the design and

use of natural materials have undoubtedly

created an antique of the future.


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WITH OVER 20 stove

ranges to choose from, Morso

has worked hard to create a

well-rounded collection that

can suit all interior styles

and tastes. Offering both

cast iron and steel quality

designs, Morso continually

strives to develop its wood

burning stoves to meet the

requirements of today’s

consumer. www.morsoe.com

THE TAURUS fireplace surround by

J Rotherham is inspired by Victorian

heritage and engineering. Framed

with steel bolt studding to create

a modern aesthetic which nods to

the architectural influences of the

Victoria era. The Taurus fireplace is an

impressive and dramatic focal point

to any interior.

T: +44 (0) 845 388 1927


TO COINCIDE PLACE TO FILL. www.rochebobois.com


SURROUND with majolica base

available in a wide range of colours.

This compact surround is particularly

suitable for rooms where space is

restricted. Marble base support, steel

vertical element with black enamel

finish. The firebox with three glass

panels offers a perfect view of the

fire. www.robeys.co.uk



THE PLATONIC FIREPLACE have not stopped over the summer,

recently launching their new website and completing The

Metropolitan Hotel lobby fire, which can be seen both from the

inside and outside. This visual shows their bespoke Driftwood

within a limestone recess and warming fires.

T: +44 (0) 208 891 5904 | www.platonicfireplaces.co.uk

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THIS MAHOGANY and parcel gilt throne

chair by Brights of Nettlebed is based on

a George II original circa 1735. Serpentine

fine cow hide upholstered back and seat

enclosed by lion head arms, on lion mask

and leaf carved cabriole legs terminating in

hairy paw and ball feet.

T: +44 (0)207 610 9597


LUXURY LIGHTING specialist Christopher Wray has introduced a new collection of sofas

and armchairs from Italian upholstery brand Carlo Tanzi Salotti. Hand crafted from high

quality materials, this luxurious collection embraces traditional upholstery techniques with

innovative designs for stunning sofas that will fit both contemporary and conventional

interiors. www.christopherwray.com

WOVEN WITH 80 percent sisal and

20 percent wool, the new Sisool Plaid

collection from Crucial creates a beautifully

textural flooring which is not only visually

impactful but creates a tactile surface

suitable for every room in the home.

T: +44 (0)156 274 2747


FOLLOWING THE successful launch of the console and mirror set, Artmax introduce

the full Chantilly collection with equally beautiful pieces ranging from assorted accent

furniture to tabletop accessories. A true twist of classic Parisian combining with a

modern element. T: 001 773 376 6266 | www.artmaxfurniture.com

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THE INSPIRATION for this striking

Allure king headboard by Alden Parkes was

a mirror frame in a Palm Beach Resort.

The headboard is a beautifully hand carved

mahogany frame with gold leaf finish

aged to perfection. Just like the original

inspiration, this stylish headboard design

comes in a linen fabric or COM option. It

is designed to be mounted to the wall.

T: 001 904 279 1617 | www.aldenparkes.com

THIS STYLISH pair of chairs by Hancock & Moore is shown in a beautiful fabric/leather

combination of Lavish Taupe and Angelo Loden. The complementary driftwood finish and

carpenter’s nails lend a light and airy vibe to this sophisticated and fresh setting.

T: 001 828 495 8235 | www.hancockandmoore.com

TERENCE CONRAN’s Matador armchair is

a modern take on the traditional winged

armchair. With its distinctive curved sides

and tapered back it has a dynamic thrust to

its sheer sixties elegance. www.conran.com

ITALIAN furniture company Luxury Living has just set up home in London’s

Brompton Road. Designers gave the decidedly Victorian building a uniquely Italian

twist installing marble floors and large-scale cityscapes of Milan and Rome on the

ground and basement floors. The first floor is dedicated to Bentley Home (above) a

collection designed by celebrated architect Carlo Colombo. www.luxurylivinggroup.com

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PALM BEACH Royal Lounge Chair from

the Richard Frinier Collection for Century

shown with resort white Sailcloth fabrics

from Sunbrella also designed by Richard

Frinier www.centuryfurniture.com/frinier

DAVID HARBER’s award-winning Chalice redefines the relationship between fixed and

moving sculptural forms. Made of two mirror-polished stainless steel hemispheres, water

overflows from the Chalice’s outer rim and, via surface tension, continues to conform to

its side. T: +44 (0) 123 5859300 | www.davidharber.com

BITANGRA’S FURNITURE pieces are a bright

and modern twist on stained glass, brought

to life by the hands of master artisans. Each

piece is a tribute to the ancient tradition of

hand painted glass tiles, and are created to

complement the decoration of any interior

setting. www.bitangra.com

BESPOKE SOFA LONDON strive to create unique and desirable handcrafted furniture,

using the finest materials and craftsmanship. Using luxury fabrics and blending

traditional with modern techniques, creating some of the most beautiful handcrafted

furniture available. T: +44 (0) 207 736 9900 | www.bespokesofalondon.co.uk

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GROUNDED IN luxury, Abigail Ahern’s new

collection is nuanced, personal, layered

and luxurious. From blustery English

gardens to dripping tropical rainforests,

their faux plant range wows with cacti,

oversized single stems and jaw dropping

banana leaves and trees, perfect for

embellishing every interior.


AN ANTIQUED stone or reclaimed floor will inject character into any room - as proven

by Natural Stone Consulting’s range of bespoke, hand-finished antiqued tiles and flagstones

which features a number of exclusive materials from quarries around the world.

T: +44 (0) 845 521 8700 | www.naturalstoneconsulting.co.uk


Athlete bust, an exquisite replica taken from

a bronze created in 1889 by the renowned

Sabatino de Angelis of Naples. This bust

would make a charming addition to an

exterior or interior setting such as a hall,

drawing room or library.

T: +44 (0) 160 477 0711


ALL OF THE pieces in Delcor’s Chelsea range have a timeless look with perfectly

placed curves and there’s no denying these designs add Chelsea charm to any interior.

Featuring sumptuous high-density cushions, fully sprung bases and backs, plus springs

that each move independently, these pieces create a smart and comfortable space to

sink into. T: +44 (0) 207 352 5551 | www.delcor.co.uk

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Charles Templeton Crocker’s 1929 home

in the Russian Hill section of San Francisco

was considered one of the most important

interiors of the period described by US Vogue

magazine as ‘perhaps the most beautiful

in the world.’ Here’s where Michael S Smith

took inspiration for his latest collection of

fabrics named Templeton available at Jamb.

Templeton is a bold, modern approach to

textiles created by the world’s most talented

master craftsmen.

T: +44 (0)207 730 2122 | www.jamb.co.uk​

Vital, exuberant and full of the promise of bright horizons, the new Aloha collection

from Pierre Frey captures the spirit of his recent travels. Multi-coloured embroidered

fabrics are juxtaposed against classic plains and stripes, perfectly illustrating Pierre’s

take on exotic chic. T: +44 (0)207 376 5599 | www.pierrefrey.com

Izora collection by Romo features multicoloured

stripes and geometrics in colourful

combinations of ice-cream shades, calm

neutrals and flashes of vivid contemporary

tones. Izora stays on the cool side of sweet.

T: +44 (0)162 375 6699 | www.romo.com

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The new Feroe geometric print by French

fabric brand, Boussac enlivens any outdoor

setting. Designed by the artist behind Hermes’

magical sets, Hilton McConnico, the bold

primary colours of these reversible fabrics

gives multiple colour options and ensures

memories of heady summer days live on well

into autumn.

T: +44 (0)207 376 5599 | www.pierrefrey.com

Kerry Joyce Textiles pays tribute

to the spectacles of nature in a

textile collection of botanical images

adapted from the book Wildflowers

published in 1888. Rendered in a

watercolour technique, the cloth is

the finest pure Belgian linen.

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INSPIRED BY a collection of antique

Indian textiles, Barneby Gates’s pretty

paisley features a super bright print on a

softly aged background.


THE SAFARI COLLECTION by Juliet Travers takes you on a journey through East Africa,

exploring some of the varied wildlife found on the continent. Using mixed media materials to

create life like textures, the wallpapers and fabrics appear hand painted, giving a high-end finish

to any interior. www.juliettravers.com

THE NEW Korla collection is an exciting mix

of contemporary geometrics and painterly

designs. The collection’s name, Dalasini,

meaning ‘cinnamon’ in Swahili, hints at this

season’s colour inspiration with a palette

reflecting the ancient spice trade routes

with its earthy tones. www.korlahome.com

IAN MANKIN recently launched its first navy blue ticking, a highlight of the Britannia

collection. The perfect neutral, it is easily mixed with other patterns and easily incorporated

into all manner of room schemes, bringing subtle depth and interest to upholstery, window

treatments and more. www.ianmankin.co.uk

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from Swaffer delivers two masterpiece

prints, Rosa and Calla. A modern and

artistic interpretation on the traditional

floral design, the collection is available in a

broad palette of colourways.


GEOMETRIC SHAPES of honeycomb, concertina to graphical stars make a statement

in Sketch Twenty3’s unique collection at Blendworth. It is all about texture as metallic

grit, glass beads, suede and flock adorn these wallcoverings in rich hues of ruby, fuchsia,

tea, gold and charcoal. www.blendworth.co.uk

THIS STRIKING velvet from Black Edition features contemporary blooms immersed

beneath a soft flow of rippling water, digitally printed on a sumptuous cotton-viscose

velvet to give a multitude of rich, intoxicating shades. www.blackedition.com

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as something well made


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Marshall & Stewart beds are available from:

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The fabric house

A collection of printed linens based on historic

textiles coloured using a soft and natural palette

inspired by the English countryside

Cloth & Clover

Founded in 2013 by

London designer


Cloth & Clover’s prints

are inspired by historic

textiles and traditional

arts and crafts, which

she reinterprets using

a mellow colour palette

created by blending and matching pigments

to found objects collected on her travels.

Favouring relaxed and comfortable interiors

and embracing the gentle art of eclecticism

- combining old with new and mixing styles

and genres, the collection has a crafted yet

pretty handwriting.

Keen to support and encourage British

manufacturing and craftsmanship, Cloth

& Clover designs are screen printed in

England on a Scottish linen base cloth that

echoes the texture of antique linen.


a fresh, exciting and

unique co-operative

established to showcase an

ensemble of highly talented

artisan fabric and wallpaper


Each member offers their

own individual and eclectic

designs; for example, hand

or screen printed on natural

fabrics in unusual colourways;

delightful artistic florals;

exquisite textured embroidery

with traditional influence;

naïve etchings and muted

abstracts. The residing

impression is one of undulating pace, mood,

tone and scale and an intriguing, alluring

contrast to the ‘other world’ of mainstream

urban standardization.

All the designers are just starting out on their

fabric/wallpaper journey and have a story to

tell; whether it be fabrics from a childhood

home in Jamaica (Bird in the Hand) or the

layers of wallpaper in the house of Swedish

Grandparents, (Astrid & Rudolf). Each

collection is chosen for its creative story and

to work alongside the other collections with

no pressures from third parties and rather

than routinely launching new collections every

Spring and Autumn, each designer launches

their own collection in their own time.

Furthermore, Redloh House enjoys a

wonderfully unusual setting. Nestled in the

heart of the Old Gasworks, just two minutes

from the hustle and bustle of King’s Road

Chelsea, is a country style

white cottage set in an oasis

of tranquility.

Where else can one peruse

and enjoy inspiring new

fabric collections, whilst

relaxing over a cup of tea in

a charming room flooded

with natural light. Redloh

House is a rare jewel and

presents a refreshing antidote

to today’s mass-market


T: +44 (0) 207 351 7787


Astrid & Rudolf Selma Wallpaper

ASTRID & RUDOLF came to be after Nicole De Young came

across remnants of vintage Scandinavian wallpapers hidden

beneath several layers of plaster and paint at her grandparents

house in Sweden. Inspired by the delicate long lost fragments

she set about creating her own modern designs with patterns

and colours taken from the surrounding countryside. Each

one reminiscent of her childhood holidays spent fishing and

picnicking by the lakes. Named after Nicole’s grandparents,

Astrid & Rudolf wallpapers are printed in the UK using

Flexographic printing techniques.

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Virginia White

Carolina Irving Textiles

“I have always been obsessed with

fabrics, colours and textures...and

I have always wanted to have my

own collection of textiles.” CAROLINA

IRVING says she loves colours, but in an

impressionistic way, mixing different

patterns similar to a Vuillard painting.

She has ransacked sources in France,

England, Sweden and India for her toiles

and chintzes, and in Turkey, Greece

Hand-printed in charming colours, the collection includes both large and small designs

When it came to creating

her fabric designs interior

designer VIRGINIA

WHITE chose to collaborate

with artists in

order to create fabrics that

look like paintings and

artworks. Virginia gives

the artists she works with

pictures, photographs and

works of art that have a particular significance to

her - often related to her time in Scotland - for

them to produce the design. She then works on

the screens herself so that she can create exactly

the right shades and balance of colour. Virginia’s

fabrics are all about colours and painterly

patterns, they are all hand block printed in London

on Belgian linen.

and other Middle

Eastern countries for

riotous colours and

patterns that she

has reinterpreted.

The collection

includes several

multi-coloured designs, many others

printed in single colours both in large and

small patterns that all work together.

Small-scale production allows creative freedom to

experiment and innovate

Rapture & Wright

RAPTURE & WRIGHT is one of the few

remaining British artisan studios to hand print

fabrics and wallpapers. Small scale, in-house

production is time consuming, but it allows the

creative freedom to experiment. By adapting

age old techniques in clever ways, they develop

innovative solutions to satisfy the renewed taste

for bespoke design in fabrics and wallpapers.

Their latest experiments have produced some

subtle and unexpected results impossible to

achieve by machine imposed regularity.

Hand block printed in London on Belgina linen, Virginia’s

fabrics are all about colour and painterly patterns.

Kerry Joyce’s fabrics mirror the firm’s refined

aesthetic; combining his powerful visual perspective,

with reduced historical reference and nuanced colour


Kerry Joyce Textiles

Lauded as one of

today’s preeminent

designers, KERRY

JOYCE embodies a

passion for timeless

design, attention to

detail and impeccable

execution which has

earned him a broad

array of honours on nationally esteemed best

design lists. Joyce’s unique point of view marries

clean lines and graceful, understated colours

and textures with comfort, warmth, grace and

elegance without undue formality. Luxurious

hand-woven fabrics and hand-screened prints

are interpreted with an artisanal approach, celebrating

the natural beauty of materials, paired

with sophisticated colour palettes and textures.

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Bird in the Hand

Artist LAURA HAMILTON grew up

in Jamaica surrounded by vivid colours

and textures. Her family home

was decorated in bright botanical

fabrics designed and printed by

‘Textiles of Jamaica.’

Combining her Caribbean sense

of colour with her British design knowledge she has redrawn

and updated the fabrics she found on her travels,

breathing new life into the designs to create a bold and

vibrant collection.

Founded in 2008, Bird in the Hand has taken inspiration

from original Jamaican prints from the 1960’s and 70’s.

A bright, vibrant, stylised collection

Inspired by treasured finds from her global travels

Jennifer Shorto

sees textiles as historical maps. Her first woven

collection is concerned with texture and allowed

her to use her much loved Bourette de Soie,

a rough uneven silk which encourages the

brilliance of colour without the pedantic shine

of smooth silk. The pattern inspired by Chinese

minority fabrics.

Designs from the 1940s and 50s revived

Flockhart Fabrics

was created by the

painter Eileen Guthrie

and sculptor George

Kennethson, who met

whilst at the Royal Academy

in London. They

hand-printed their designs

using lino blocks and silk

screens embracing experimentation

in technique and colour to delightful

effect. Over the years the fabric and blocks have

been carefully stored and today Guthrie and

Kennethson’s grand-daughter, Lucy MacKenzie,

is reviving the beautiful prints.

Designs based on old Turkish and Indian patterns

Penny Morrison

has been decorating for over 30

years. She focuses on comfortable

living incorporating classical and

contemporary elements to create

elegant interiors that are individual

and welcoming, a deliberate

jumble of old and new. Her fabric

collection is a natural progression born out of her extensive

decorating experience and having trouble finding

the fabrics that she wanted to use in her schemes. Her

designs are adapted from historical documents and

symbols mostly Turkish, Anglo Indian or ancient Greek

in soft colours.

Inspired by original archive documents and textile finds from

around the world, these weaves, prints and embroideries

comprise an unusual and eye-catching mélange of rustic

motifs and classical design


has designed distinctive

fabric collections for over

8 years. Hand printed

linens in striking colours

are created in the UK,

while the machine

embroidery collection,

Broderie, is produced in India. Vanderhurd also

creates hand embroidery designs, which can be

adapted for individual needs, for cushions, bed

covers and head boards.

Guy Goodfellow

and Jaine McCormack’s

inspiration is largely taken

from ethnic and vintage

fabrics which are re-designed

and adapted for use in many

of Guys interior projects. The

favourites are then given more

colourways and form the core

of the collection.

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Design expertise for chic interiors

Harlequin London provides a unique service, working closely with interior designers,

private clients and architects, to help design and source all the finishing touches necessary

to create a truly magnificent and well considered interior scheme. The company specialises

in the supply of tableware, decorative accessories and lighting.


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A good bed is the anchor piece of any bedroom says Brent Cooper


good bed is the anchor piece of any

bedroom – from the master suite to

a child’s room or a guest room. Whether

a project is domestic or commercial, the

right choice combines three considerations;

comfort, good looks and the correct

emotional signals. These can range from

pure romance and escapism to, at the other

end of the scale, no-frills masculinity.

Looking back in time, beds have always been key feature points

–their importance signalled by the fact that they were by no means

always designed for sleeping. Ornate state apartments with their

magnificent suites of furniture were where rulers held court. Their

actual sleeping space was often a more private apartment, where

the bed itself was relatively small.

It is said that antique beds, especially French ones, are small

because their occupants were shorter people. In fact, their shorter

dimensions are usually because occupants slept propped up on

pillows and bolsters rather than lying at full stretch as we do today.

Today, we want beds to be both a cocooning retreat and a clear

statement about our personality. We also place immense value on

quality of sleep, which makes the choice of mattress system just

as crucial as the frame or divan. Therefore, the size of beds has

changed appreciably in recent years with Kingsize becoming the

default double and Emperor an increasingly usual specification.

The rule of thumb for bed size is to choose the biggest size the

room will allow, ideally leaving space for reasonably sized bedside

tables on both sides. Not only do bigger beds look more luxurious,

they also offer a better night’s sleep, undisturbed by partners’ body

movements or temperature.

With countless different types of mattress on the market, the

ultimate remains a handmade pocket sprung construction. Ideally

too, steer clients towards mattresses with natural fillings such as

horsehair, wool and cotton, which regulate body temperature at

night far better than manmade materials. Don’t forget that the

divan is the foundation for the mattress.

Style-wise, there are some iconic beds which transcend fashion

and stay always on trend, especially with the option of modern

finishes, from mirror glass to metallics. These icons range from

four posters (the epitome of romance) to the period French styles,

especially those of the Rococo and Empire, first reintroduced to

the UK by Simon Horn in the 1980’s.

People have particularly enduring affection for the sleigh bed

(lit bateau) and this look in particular has been resized and

reworked into countless offshoot styles, accommodating the

needs of modern bedrooms whilst still remaining a recognisable

decorative theme. You’ll find sleigh beds in wood, in fabric,

caned or upholstered in buttoned leather, with headboards and

footboards high, low and every height in between. Suggesting

solidity and exceptional comfort, it’s a fruitful seam to explore for

both feminine and masculine interiors and a classic for children’s

bedrooms too.

Today’s confident fusions of classic and contemporary style are

also bringing even more elaborate and splendid period beds back

into focus. Carved, caned and painted or gilded styles of the 18th

and 19th Centuries can comfortably hold centre stage in otherwise

modern interiors, with bespoke finishing and an emphasis on

luxury uniting the two elements.

If a project calls for luxury with an altogether modern feel,

divans paired to custom-upholstered headboards give an equally

sumptuous look. The key to getting it right is to supersize

headboards– in some projects we’ve been asked to make them

up to 2 metres tall, so that they virtually become wall cladding.

Bespoke-made and upholstered in your choice of fabric, with

design detailing such as piping, buttoning or studding, headboards

can be matched to custom upholstered divans for the seamlessly

smart finish which all of today’s bedrooms demand.

Brent Cooper, Managing Director of Simon Horn


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A timeless material that just seems to sing in its surroundings says Joanna Bibby


eather is such an ancient durable

material that has been used in

interiors going way back to caveman

days. It’s basic, primal and pure. It can

be tough yet fragile, soft yet strong and

incredibly versatile.

We have been working with leather,

in all its variations from the very early

days at Ochre. It all started with our

love of colour. Creating a range of incredibly simple stools

in different subtle colours of nubuck that were playful and

worked well together. We have learnt a lot since, but colour

and leather is still our passion and this combination is a

strong trend in interior design.

As we are noticing the return of comfort in the home,

leather is welcome as it’s a sensual material that appeals to

the senses on so many different levels. Its evocative smell

makes homes feel loved and inspired the first ever Hermès

perfume, Eau d’Hermès. On the touch and even on the ear,

with that deliciously comforting squeaky sound only leather

can make. Leather’s beauty just increases with age, the

splashes, the spills, and the repeated touches in specific areas

that become darker or shinier with time are part of its charm.

It ages gracefully like an old friend.

Leather can take colour well, which is why it’s a material

of choice for interior designers. It does have a very strong

memory though and some colours fade with time and others

darken. This is the charm of leather, it carries a story.

After decades of black and brown leather, colour is back

and is spilling over to larger pieces of furniture with leathers

being dyed in a range of new beautiful shades.

The blue-grey palette works together so you can have a

family of dining chairs in the ever-changing colours of the

sea and the sky. The colour of stitching leather can be fun.

A red thread on a simple brown leather piece can make

a discreet but beautiful detail statement. Play with colour

changes. Be brave. Have a flash amongst the subtle.

Designers are exploring leather techniques - wrapping,

stitching, stretching, punching, laser cutting. It’s terribly

exciting. A wrapped leather chair where the material is

wrapped tightly around a frame is a smart design trend.

Hand stitching is no longer the preserve of handbags or

saddles. Leather furniture with hand sewn pinched seams

and scalloped corner details is stunning and gives leather in

interiors a couture look.

Fine Leather is perceived as a luxury market. It is because

it takes incredible craftsmanship to execute such work with

this material. In the hands of a master craftsman leather can

create works of extraordinary beauty.

Bill Amberg is one of the most notable leather pioneers,

using leather in its purest form and taking it in different

directions. He made people sit up and think. This is a

beautiful material.

There are huge possibilities for decorative leather.

Eponymous label Helen Amy Murray’s hand sculpted

leather and textiles create arresting works of art for interiors,

furniture and installations. She combines the old and new

design trends – the traditional cutwork with contemporary

techniques to sculpt her designs giving the flat leather surface

a carved, layered aesthetic.

Leather furniture can sit beautifully on a wooden, carpeted

or concrete floor, against a stone, painted or brick wall. It’s a

timeless material that just seems to sing in its surroundings.

Joanna Bibby, co-owner-designer of OCHRE

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Virginia Design Project


The Brief: To showcase vintage

furnishings and modern art by

creating a neo-classical background


lthough purchased 13 years ago, the home has constantly

been improved to suit the family’s needs but, in the latest

incarnation, the designer remodeled the main level from an

open floor plan to a more enclosed set of private spaces. In

the process, creating a classic backdrop with neo-classical

details including an enfilade that leads the eye from the entry to the very back

of the house.

New walls were raised, wide entry ways were shortened creating fourteeninch

thick walls and framing the views from room to room with custom

mouldings. At this stage the home started to feel like an apartment in the fifth

arrondissement. And as the decoration plans began, adding large scale murals

layered yet another level and set the mood firmly for a classic European feel.

But the surprise comes in so many levels as the designer started placing

collectible modern furnishings around the house and the cherry on the cake

goes to the mid-century modern art collection deftly juxtaposed against the

classical murals and mouldings creating the perfect diaoluge between 18th

century Europe and the world in the 20th and 21st century.

Raji Radhakrishnan


ANTICLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: A vintage French sofa in its original red velvet fabric from

the 1940s brings the much needed character along with the parchment covered 1970s coffee

table the scale of which perfectly anchors the space. An Al Held lithograph with it’s colourful

circles is placed over a console table made out of an 18th Century French balcony but the gold

“tooth” stool the designer found at an antiques dealer is the piece de resistance. The kitchen

was a case of subtraction rather than addition, removing upper cabinets and then painting the

background blue became a delightful change like a china cabinet in the middle of the kitchen.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The master bedroom’s first decision was a mural - Louvre #1 from Raji’s collection, setting the tone and the mood of the room, calm yet composed with nothing but a

comfortable bed and a pair of Gio Ponti chairs that add a splash of colour to the quiet space. The dining room’s composition is based on a single colour note - blues among a sea of white - a rare

Ettore Sottsass sofa anchors the wall hung with a collage of vintage serigraphs by Yves Klien, Matisse and Don Kunkel. A vintage modern sofa from the seventies is upholstered in a mix of dark

brown velvet and gouffrage fabrics and topped off with an array of Jacquard throw pillows that seem perfectly in sync with the mural behind while Willy Rizzo’s modern coffee table with it’s own

little bar.

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1 2

3 4

1 All Cue & Co of London cabinetry, lighting and furniture is handcrafted onsite at its workshop in Parsons Green, London. Each piece

is tailored to individual specifications. www.cueandco.com 2 Officine Gullo presents a wall unit in woodwork and oven-enamelled steel

with chrome-plated finishes, featuring professional quality fitted appliances and a refrigeration area with wine cellar. The ultimate in stylish

yet functional kitchen décor showcasing their technical and design capabilities. www.officinegullo.com 3 Espresso Design creates stunning,

award-winning contemporary interiors, from kitchens for the serious cook to warm and luxurious living spaces. Visit their airy St John’s Hill

showroom to see the latest Italian kitchen and furniture ranges. www.espressodesign.co.uk 4 The Tillingham collection by Davonport is

a beautiful example of shaker style cabinetry. The combination of top quality timber, expert craftsmanship and elegant design creates an

understated and sophisticated kitchen. T: +44 (0) 845 468 0025 | www.davonport.com

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3 4

1 A combination of end grain timber, quartz, hand painted cabinetry and carrara marble create a distinctive, architectural room. Accents

of copper, bronze and glass enhance this kitchen’s industrial feel. T: +44 (0)845 468 0025 | www.davonport.com 2 La Cornue W. melds La

Cornue’s heritage with the radical thinking of French architect, Jean-Michel Wilmotte. While preserving La Cornue hallmarks, Wilmotte

deconstructs the kitchen, re-assembling key functions into supremely elegant pieces www.lacornue.com 3 McCarron & Co’s Hampton

Design brings together the traditional values of craftsmanship and a sympathy with period architecture to a tangible focal point in the

home. T: +44 (0)207 584 5736 | www.mccarronandco.com 4 Designed from a union of contrasting and complementary materials such as

stainless steel, white ash, clay and titanium, this sophisticated kitchen will enhance any environment. T: +39 049 657311 | www.arancucine.it

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rugs & flooring

WELL KNOWN for striking and smart

flatweave runners in pure wool, woven

and hand finished in the UK, Roger Oates

now offers a bespoke option for customers

who want to choose their own colours

from the Roger Oates colour palette. A

customised route to totally unique, quality

floorcoverings for your home.


WORKING WITH classical oriental themes,

Wendy Morrison’s use of vibrant colour

and pattern has produced a collection of

striking contemporary rugs, pictured above

is Enchanted Wood.



Jennifer Manners

As a recent arrival to the interiors world, it

was rug designer Jennifer Manners’ former

career as an international news reporter

that informed her eclectic style writes

Jacky Parker.

‘I had the privilege of living around

the globe,’ she says. ‘My designs are

influenced by my travels. They are a

marriage of colours, images and objects

from Mumbai to Monte Carlo and

everywhere inbetween.’

Having settled in London thirteen

years ago, Jennifer retrained as an

interior designer at Central Saint Martins.

However, she struggled to find rugs to

suit her unique taste. After designing her

own rug, she set out on a treasure hunt to

find the most skilled artisans to bring her

sketches to life. This search brought her to

Nepal and India where the ancient craft of

weaving rugs has evolved with modern

interpretations of design. ‘That journey

gave birth to my business,’ says Jennifer.

‘Being able to see my vision come to life

through these patient and skillful artists

was captivating. A rug can completely

transform any space and being able

to create the piece and watch how it

harmonises a room is thrilling.’

Jennifer now produces exquisite rug

collections, which vary in theme from

Geometric, Graphic and Estate to Culture

and Nature. However, each rug is unique: a

hand crafted, custom made piece that can

be created in each client’s choice of colour,

size, scale, wool or weave.

‘If you are creating a piece for your

home and expect it to last for many years,

why wouldn’t you create that piece in

the exact colour, size, pattern and style

needed for that space?’ Jennifer will also

create a personalised design too. ‘The

character of a room can be enhanced by

the particular style of rug that suits it,’

she says. ‘Someone might bring an image

from a photograph or a vintage scarf and

we can create something special from

that.’ Either way, the result is a personal,

bespoke piece.

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2. Sapphire by Deirdre Dyson www.deirdredyson.com

3. Rusty by Loomah www.loomah.com

4. Pompadour Sky by Edition Bougainville www.editionbougainville.com

5. Summer Fantasia by Veedon Fleece www.veedonfleece.com

6. Makrana Ⅱ by Bazaar Velvet www.bazaarvelvet.com

7. CHAD by Atlantico Rugs www.atlanticorugs.com

8. Persian Qum by Ramezani Carpets www.ramezanirugs.com

9. A Silk Rug by Alton-Brooke www.alton-brooke.co.uk

10. Shyrdak rug from Felt www.feltrugs.co.uk

11.Monet by Matthew Wailes www.matthewwailes.com

12. ECLAT by Esti Barnes for Top Floor www.topfloorrugs.com

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inspiration from

the Brutalist



the rugged

textured base

of Heathfield &

Co’s Bayern Turquoise

lamp is both striking

yet elegant. Available

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ivory crackle finish, it is

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THIS DINING ROOM highlights the exquisite lighting designs of Susan Ferrier of

McAlphine, Booth and Ferrier exclusively for Solaria Lighting. From the handcrafted

roofless Gandi lantern series, these chandeliers are elegantly framed allowing for a

stately presentation in any room. Solaria offers customised sizing and finishes.

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This stylish ivory finished iron chandelier

with beaded glass and soft brass accents is

from Celerie Kemble for the Maitland-

Smith collection. Celerie of Kemble

Interiors, is a renowned interior designer

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This striking Black Tie

chandelier captures the

imagination with its elevenlight

pendant effect and

warm black

fabric shade

with gold

lining. The


crystals are

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decorative metal

settings cut on the bias

for extra effect. From

a special collection

by John-Richard, this simple but elegant

lighting design brings to mind a more

romantic and vintage era.

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The creative team at

Waterworks has had a genuine

light bulb moment with their

new Watt Collection. The shapes

and colours of telephone pole

insulator covers inspired the

collection of wall and pendant

lights. Available with either

ribbed or plain glass shades in

clear, amber or blue along with

three metallic finishes, the lights

lends themselves easily to both

contemporary and traditional


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As an established supplier of decorative antiques to the

interior design trade, Marshall Phillips have developed

a system of support for the interior designer aimed at

helping on jobs where there may be a lot of restoration of

antiques and rewiring and cleaning of lighting needed.

Full inventories can be produced to keep track of

those items that will remain after restoration for a full

redecoration project.

For more details contact Marshall Phillips.

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a diverse line of

specialty lighting

products such as

the one pictured

here; all carefully crafted in distinctive,

weathered European style. These designs

range from rustic sconces to formal

distressed ceiling fixtures and beautifully

embellished chandeliers, each styled to

bring an elegance and grace that will

illuminate the home.

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CHRISTOPHER HYDE has supplied brass Lost wax cast putti table lamps to The

Lanesborough. The lamps are finished in Ormolu gold plate with a Marble base and a

full lead crystal bowl. Complete with hand decorated metal shade. Other finishes and

colours to order. T:+44 (0)207 351 0863 | www.christopherhyde.com

A GREAT SUCCESS at their Decorex launch,

Martin Huxford’s decorative trio of Lily

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lamps are bespoke

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ADD AN ethereal feel to your bathroom with these dreamy mirror jewel glass tiles from

Paris Ceramics. The new Fiona tiles, shown here in aquamarine and dawn can be

configured in a variety of intricate and flowing patterns, including this interlocking circle

design. T: +44 (0)207 371 7778 | www.parisceramics.com

Nothing is more stylish or practical than a

marble clad bathroom. In this bathroom

designed by Thomas Griem of TG Studio,

with some clever planning, the designer has

been able to continue the marble veining

across the alcove, creating a sense of space

and continuity.

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

The master craftsmen

at luxury bathroom

supplier, Catchpole &

Rye have teamed up

with Harrods to create

a collection of exquisite

baths and marble

washstands as part of

Harrod’s Made with Love

Exhibition. Crafted using

the traditional artisanal

techniques the true

gem in the collection is

the stunning bespoke

Mayfair Bath cast with

the intricate Harrods

Coat of Arms upon it.

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For a true one-off statement basin look

no further than the Onyx Basin by stone

specialists, Lapicida. These counter-top

basins are hand-carved from Onyx, a

crystalline stone known for its distinctive

mineral banding ranging from pure white to

subtle greys, pinks and browns. The basins

come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.

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KALLISTA believes that

exquisite craftsmanship brings

extraordinary beauty to the

everyday world. Rich materials,

innovative technology, intricate

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THIS PROJECT conveys Maison Valentina’s

mission to interpret in an exquisite way the

modern consumer’s desire for exclusive

decor products, all the while maintaining

the balance between the timeless values of

decoration and utmost quality with an evergrowing

modern vision.


WEST ONE BATHROOMS brings you Agape’s new range, designed with fluid functionality

unlike any other. Agape, with its Italian heritage, offers pieces that are not only classic, but

contemporary and versatile. The full collection offers a range of multi-dimensional furniture

and accessories, ensuring optimum integration within the rest of the room.

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Ladybower vanity, one of the first elements

of their collaboration with leading designer,

Martin Brudnizki. Contrasting classic white

marble and gleaming brassware, this simple,

refined design also has many functional

details including a storage shelf and shaped

towel rail. T: +44 (0) 207 376 4499


ALBION BATH COMPANY’S Tubby Torre Duo features luxurious double ended

curves and a purpose built plinth, cleverly concealing the waste system. The Tubby Torre

bath, as with other Albion roll top baths can be finished in any Dulux Trade colour, one

of Albion’s special finishes, Polished Pewter or Aged Copper. . T: +44 (0) 1125 583 1605 |


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collection continues to expand with The

Bijou. Our fresh take on a classic, distinctly

French single slipper bateau bath first used

in 19th Century. The unusual high ended

design comes available in two sizes, perfect

for smaller spaces.


OB LONDON, a new collection of furniture from Original Bathrooms which focuses on

‘Furniture - The way you want it’. Bathrooms are a very personal space and this collection

ensures that the client is getting a high quality product which is tailored to their own

tastes and requirements. T: +44 (0) 208 940 7554 | www.original-bathrooms.co.uk


Bathrooms - simple elegant lines with

angled detailing and the thin Ceramilux

basin range with a stunning range of

colours. T: +44 (0) 203 544 4002


SPECIALISING IN luxury bathroom fittings and accessories, THG is a fusion of

wonderful craftsmanship, know-how and creative flair. With stylish fittings and original

designs, often embellished with semi-precious stones and crystals, the THG collections

embody the wealth of a luxury tap fitting that is synonymous with high end bathrooms

and washrooms. www.thg.fr

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Design Project


Wolfgang Winter and Andrew Barons took five years to

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On our first trip to Switzerland to look for a new home,

we fell in love with the hamlet of Lauenen, a small

unspoilt village, five minutes drive above the exclusive

resort of Gstaad. We had gone there after hearing

about a farmhouse restoration project in the Swiss

mountainside carried out by some school friends of ours. We were

intrigued by their story and as we were ready for a change and looking

for a new project we decided to investigate.

The mixture of green pastures and high, snow topped mountain

peaks was irresistible.

As the village largely consisted of working dairy farms, there was no

immediate property for sale. But having ruled out any other location in

the area and set our heart on living in Lauenen we decided to rent an

apartment there to use as a base to scout for our future home.

A derelict farm built in 1867 by a local farmer, on a sunny hillside

above the village, caught our attention. The grandson of the farmer

who had built the farm had died in 1985 and the building left empty

had started to fall to ruin.

We approached the owner with an offer to buy it, but it took us

five years to finally agree on a sale – as we quickly found, the local

community takes pride in farming and they view real estate and land

LEFT: The original facade of the farm dates from 1867 and was restored while it remained

standing in its entirety

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ABOVE: A North American cedar hot tub was sunk into the garden with breathtaking views onto

the snow topped mountain peaks. In front, a sunny terrace with lounge seating to enjoy the summer


not as a commodity to buy and sell, but as a sacred commodity to be

passed on to future generations.

The barn was traditionally wooden built - like all other construction

in the area - chalet style, with a living part in the front of the building,

and an attached barn and cow shed at the back.

It took us a year to get the necessary permissions as the plot had

to be taken out of agricultural land to be changed to residential use

and as the living part was listed as an historic building it was subject

to a number of restrictions. But having jumped all the hurdles, work

finally started on April 1st 2012.

Most of the structure had to be completely replaced, but the

facade as well as some of the interior walls had to remain standing for

the restoration. These were propped up in order to dig out and create

solid foundations.

The traditionally built walls were made from solid five inch thick

timbers. Even though having suffered from years of neglect and

water damage from the leaking roof, the local craftsmen, who revere

the integrity of aged wood, were able to restore them by a repeated

process of sanding and application of gentle cleaning solutions to

maintain the patina of the walls without showing the damage from

the years of neglect.

The roof had to be completely amended in order to support the

new heavier stone roof, and to eliminate several pillars in the barn, to

create the open space of the new drawing room that we wanted.

From the very beginning we had a clear vision of the farm. It had

to retain its integrity as an old building in its natural surroundings but

at the same time it had to be comfortable and usable for modern life.

The building was fitted with underfloor heating to avoid

having radiators. Seven bedrooms were created, each with their own

en-suite bathroom. Miles of cable was installed to support WiFi, TV

and entertainment systems as well as the home cinema.

When designing a home we always start from the basis that while

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ABOVE: The former hayloft was transformed into a generous drawing room. The natural height difference of the attached buildings was filled with panoramic glass panels with a

view onto the distant glacier

different areas have different needs, they all need to have various

percentages of the three key ingredients: comfort, practicality and

style. While the drawing room needs to have a greater percentage of

style, the bedrooms need to be more comfortable and the kitchen

more practical, for example.

Being a skiing chalet it had to be cosy, yet we wanted a more

contemporary feel, not minimalist, but light and relaxing.

We approached each room from a different starting point. The

drawing room’s focus was the fireplace; we chose three solid local

grey granite boulders to give it presence and a link to the surrounding

landscape. The seating in the 85sqm room needed to be smart, yet

comfortable for a skiing chalet and also be cosy for four or 20 people.

Hence we created three different seating areas, each with a slightly

different feel. All the sofas were made to measure in Windsor in the

UK. The colour scheme was developed around pastel heathers and fig

tones. All the fabrics used were chosen from the UK, sofas in neutrals

from Linwood and Ian Mankin, cushions from Osborne & Little.

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The floor was another important feature in this big room. We tried

to use as much of the old wood rescued from the old building, but

we knew we would not have enough. Then one day our carpenter

delivered by mistake a load of old ceiling and floor beams, which had

been removed from the old barn. Luckily for us we tried to brush them

and they cleaned up beautifully, giving just the right patina and look

that the rooms demanded.

The entrance hall was another critical transformation. The

previous house was separated from the barn by a one metre wide

empty space. We were able to push back the barn walls to create

a generous volume, with double height and allowing a lot of light

coming from the panoramic windows above. A ‘floating bridge’

connects the landing with the drawing room and the master suite on

the other side.

We decided to use natural stone floors in the entrance as well as

in the bathrooms. On a trip to Provence we found a warm honey

coloured Burgundy stone, which had been given a hand finished aged

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ABOVE: The chalet commands total privacy and peacefulness, the only sound coming from a

little stream running through the woods

LEFT: Even from the free standing bathtub of the master suite, one enjoys a stunning view

LEFT BELOW: The breakfast room features a double open sided fireplace towards the study

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patina, blending well with the old building.

This big space was a perfect showcase for the marble sculptures we

have been collecting, most of them by English sculptor Jonathan Loxley.

The mixture of those together with old master paintings, modern abstract

paintings, antique furniture and photos gives a relaxed atmosphere of a

home that has been lived in, rather than a completely new construction.

Jonathan Loxley was also commissioned to create the coffee table in front

of the fireplace. Dictated by the fireplace and seating area, we did not want

the table to appear too solid, henceforth we ruled out stone and wood. The

glass and steel piece complements the beautiful old wood floor and stone


We felt the kitchen had to be modern and as there was so much wood

all around it had to be painted. The colour was custom made, a grey tone

with a hint of fig to link with the colours in the breakfast room and study.

The matt polished back granite (nero assoluto) and the flat induction hob

finish the sleek look.

The dining room needed to suit dinners of various sizes so the table was

commissioned in Woodstock, England, and has two extensions which can be

slotted in to seat 20. The elegant but comfortable chairs were custom made









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ABOVE: The chalet’s roof lit with traditional Christmas lighting to which added some

architectural light on the side walls

in Windsor and upholstered using three different shades of Osborne

and Little’s crushed velvet. Dress curtains with coloured voiles from

Colefax and Fowler break up the large expanse of windows.

Each bedroom has a different colour scheme, curtains and the

soft furnishing were all created by Hampshire based interior

designer Susan Isin at The Officer’s Mess. Fabrics with soft colours

and textures from Colefax & Fowler, Romo and Andrew Martin

were chosen to give the more contemporary design of the rooms a feel

of warmth and depth.

The chalet would not have been complete without a sauna/steam

room and a gym and massage room. The Jacuzzi, an all wooden

construction of North American cedar wood, was sunk into the

outside terrace, enjoying the breath-taking views over the valley and

glacier, the perfect place to relax with a glass of champagne after a

hard day’s hiking or skiing.

The outside spaces and garden were again created to merge with

nature. Large local stone boulders hold up a bank, creating structure

for flower beds and terraces. No local farm would have been complete

without a vegetable garden, interspersed with some flowers to give

colour and balance which already produced a healthy crop of herbs,

salads, strawberries and carrots.

While it has taken eight years to restore Chalet Lottie, our dream

has been realised.

Chalet Lottie is available to rent through Haute Montagne

T: +41 445 864 994 | www.hautemontagne.com

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A little entrance hall to the formal dining room

provides a bar area with fridge and sculpture by Jonathan Loxley. The

entrance hall stairs were fitted with indirect soft LED lighting underneath

each step. Instead of railings, large glass panels give a feel of light and

space. A bedroom suite now occupies the former horse stables. For ski

touring or snow-shoeing fans, the chalet offers ski in/ski out to one of the

most sought after touring hills in the area.



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Inspired by


The Manhattan townhouse of the cosmetics

kingpin exudes a debonair and exuberant style


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When the subject is personal style, judging a book

by its cover can be as misleading as it is with

literature. John Demsey is a prime example. A

strong, silent type given to dark suits and perfectly

dimpled ties, the group president of the Estee

Lauder Companies is perhaps best known for making the cult brand

M-A-C cosmetics a household name by enlisting over-the-top divas for

its ads, among them drag queen RuPaul, ecdysiast extraordinaire, Dita

Von Teese, and music stars, Mary J. Blige and Lil’ Kim. The Viva Glam

campaign, not coincidentally, also raised more than $145 million for the

M-A-C AIDS Fund. Demsey thereby memorably established the brand

as both insouciantly fun and socially aware.

Similarly eye-opening is his Manhattan residence. Guests arriving at

the front door of the unassuming 1840 townhouse are invariably taken

aback when they step into the emerald-green entrance hall, where the

staircase treads are cloaked in zebra-stripe carpet and the walls are hung

with neon-bright paintings depicting flamboyant hydrangeas, roses, irises,

and tulips. These are the work of his mother, Renee Demsey, a glamorous

socialite and free spirit who was an illustrator for Bergdorf Goodman in

the 1950s and has had a major impact on her son’s aesthetic.

‘John’s style is anything but traditional,’ says Bibi Monnahan, his

decorator and long-time friend. ‘He’s sophisticated, urban, and a little

quirky.’ Demsey’s home, after all, is probably the only place you’ll find a

vintage Willy Rizzo dining table standing near a bronze bust of a

LEFT: The stunning custom-made fireplace and overmantel create an elegant focal point

in the living room and are flanked with a pair of matching white bookcases

TOP: Portrait of John Demsey standing amongst his large collection of framed

photographs in a corner of the large living room of his Manhattan town house

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lioness sculpted by, of all people, soul singer Minnie Riperton’s motherin-law.

The latter piece, with its retro, near-celebrity association, puts

a grin on Demsey’s face, as does the bold macaroni-and-cheese-yellow

paint enlivening the room around it. ‘It’s a non-New York kind of place

- colourful, sunny, and happy,’ the native Ohioan observes of the rooms

and their palette. ‘This is more what I grew up with: a bit of country in


Back in the 60s, when the property was owned by actor Montgomery

Clift, the townhouse was four floors of noncommittal pale beige. By the

time Demsey and Monnahan came on the scene a year ago the interiors

had been expertly renovated, but they were painted unrelieved white.

‘Colour was the easiest way to bring in John’s personality,’ the decorator

says. She picked out the entrance hall’s brilliant green - it matches one

that shows up in a painting by his mother-as well as the dining room’s

yellow. For the living room, Monnahan selected lipstick-red, a sultry

shade with a direct connection to Demsey’s profession. ‘John’s in the

glamour business,’ Monnahan says, and that statement explains a lot

about the intricate interiors they have crafted together. In the words

of one visitor when he first got an eyeful of the décor, ‘This would be a

perfect setting for John Steed,’ referring to the suave secret agent on the

60s TV series, The Avengers.

Rather than leaving his work at the office, Demsey happily heads home

to exuberant spaces that reflect it. Though the colourful ground floor of

the home, which opens onto a shady garden, is outfitted as ‘a homage

to my mom,’ Demsey says, the upper floors are a compelling portrait of

one man and his world. The living room’s deep-dish upholstery and low

lighting project a gentleman’s-club atmosphere. His

TOP: The dining room is suffused with warmth and light from yellow painted walls

and the monkey hiding in the fireplace is one from of a large collection

RIGHT: The walls of the study are painted in grey, a Venetian mirror hangs above

the ornate fireplace with a painting by John Clem Clarke in the adjacent alcove

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TOP: Behind the Saarinen tulip table and chairs in the breakfast area a collection of

framed cartoons is exhibited against a backdrop of kitchen-themed wallpaper

RIGHT: A bright red vase placed in front of a large mirror in an orange frame creates a

note of intense colour in an otherwise black-and-white scheme in the living room; the

lacquer table is a Robert Koo design

extensive photography collection, much of it displayed floor-to-ceiling

in half of what was once a double parlour, has a decided fashion bent;

classic images of supermodels, Jean Shrimpton and Penelope Tree, a

paparazzi snap of Yves Saint Laurent chatting with Diana Vreeland,

comedian, Milton Berle, in sequined drag, William Klein’s photo of a

model smoking through a veiled hat.

Many of the furnishings throughout the house have a runway

connection too, such as the Roubini rugs in the bedrooms from the

debut floor-covering collection by Tuleh designer Bryan Bradley. ‘I

think I was the first person to buy any of them,’ Demsey proudly says

of the carpets, some of which depict curvaceous women in come-hither


The private spaces are nearly as fashion-centric. The fourth-floor

bedroom occupied by Marie-Helene, the toddler daughter of Demsey

and his former wife, is full of fanciful paintings of elaborately costumed

animals by Mark Gagnon. A drawing by illustrator Ruben Toledo,

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The little girl’s toy-filled bedroom is painted a cheerful crimson with a painting by her grandmother, Renee Demsey, displayed above the fireplace.

A Fornasetti-inspired rug is one of the bright red accents in the master bedroom which is painted a deep “Caribbean” blue; the bench at the end of the bed is an Anthony Todd

design. In the living room the sofa and club chairs are Patrick Naggar designs and the deep red walls and warm red and yellow upholstery create a cosy and welcoming feel. The

large living room of the New York town house is filled with an eclectic collection of furniture and artworks.

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TOP: One end of the sunny yellow dining room is furnished with a sofa and

armchairs, the large painting above the sofa is by Renee Demsey

LEFT: Three large chrome-framed prints are displayed against the deep turquoise

walls of the master bedroom above a chest of drawers laden with interesting


husband of clothing designer Isabel, hangs in a guest room that, in

a neat twist, is currently on long-term loan to Demsey’s pal Cornelia

Guest, the engaging actress daughter of the best-dressed socialite C.Z

Guest and source of his new dog, Winston, a sweet Jack Russell puppy.

And Demsey’s office features a chair and rug by designer Andree

Putman, a fashionista favourite.

As for the collection of monkeys, however, fashion has little to do

with it. ‘I was a big Curious George fan as a kid,’ Demsey says of the

assemblage of simians spread around the house, including vintage Kay

Bojesen monkey toys found on eBay as well as Gagnon’s whimsical

depiction of a solemn-faced primate in a Thom Browne suite. Hey, even

John Steed has his secrets.

Bibi Monnahan


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An English manor adapted to be a family

home and apt setting for arts and antiques


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The owners of this quintessentially English manor house

have carefully decorated and adapted it as a family home

and an apt setting for their art and antique.

Asked to describe their perfect house, the chances are

that many people would suggest an old Cotswold manor

house, its grey stone gables crowning as picturesque and not quite

symmetrical façade, the heavily studded oak front door approached by

a lichen-encrusted, stone-flagged path between ancient topiary hedges;

the whole nestling in a green fold of country with still unspoilt views

to distant hills. An impossible dream? Well, Thomas and Pepe Messel’s

house in Gloucestershire is just such a gem, the almost too-good-to-betrue

perfection of its setting and its air of ancient calm making it the very

quintessence of idyllic Englishness.

The Messel’s bought the house 24 years go, through the happy

intervention of Thomas’s cousin, Lord Snowdon, who was a friend of

the previous owners. The building of the main house probably began

about 470 years ago, but a great event during recent patient restoration

of the building by local stonemason, Rory Young, was the discovery of a

stone carved with the date 1559. Utilizing local stone and also rendered

brick-it lies at the border of Cotswold limestone country and the

predominantly brick-built area of the Severn-valley - the house conforms

to the typical long, narrow, one-room-deep plan of Tudor hall houses.

Two handsome stair turrets were added to the front later in the sixteenth

century, aggrandizing the house as well as making it more convenient-but

little else, apart from the substitution of Georgian sash windows for the

LEFT: A fountain sits in the middle of the parterre in front of the 16th century manor house

TOP: Portrait of furniture designer Thomas Messel standing in the door of his summer

studio and airy gallery from which to view the array of portraits and tapestries

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TOP: The rear wing of the house, designed by Anthony Keck and added in the

1790s, has commanding views of one of the lawns and pond

RIGHT: A Regency mirror hangs above the fireplace in the drawing room which is

filled with artwork

original Tudor mullioned versions, has changed since a detailed bird’seye

view of the estate by the meticulous topographical artist and engraver

Johannes Kip was published in a book of 1712.

This rare engraving, a framed copy of which Thomas has hung in

the entrance porch, is particularly valuable because it shows not only the

house but also the precise arrangement of the garden walls, the gazebo

(‘modernised’ in about 1700), the old stable block and the planting of

the more distant parts of the estate. The current appearance of the

surroundings of the house owes much to Pepe Messel’s inspired replanning

and careful tending. Having trained originally at Camberwell

College of Art and the Royal Academy, she has more recently turned her

painter’s eye to landscape gardening. Taking her inspiration from Kip’s

print, she swept away an ugly parking space at the front of the house to

create a perfectly contrived box parterre, while at the back of the house,

she bulldozed a run-down tennis court and replaced it with a sunken lawn

that opened up vistas to a replanted orchard and the view beyond.

Inside the house, the same mix of quiet continuity and inspired

reinvention has resulted in a sequence of rooms full of delights. Much

of the internal appearance of the house came into the possession

of Thomas Dawes, a rich local cloth merchant who ‘gained his great

estate by his own industry’. Delightfully, it is recorded in the 1727 The

Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire by Sir Robert Atkyns that,

the better to enjoy life in his pretty manor house, Dawes then ‘left off

his employment because he knew he had enough.’ It was most probably

he who transformed the old Tudor hall, eliminating the, by then,

outdated enclosed screens passage and big, draughty chimneypiece, and

introducing cosy, modish fielded panelling both here and elsewhere in the

house. Following Thomas Dawes’s death, the house passed several times

from one branch of the family to another, and gradually it ceased to be

a principal residence, instead being let out to tenants. This gentle neglect

had the happy consequence of preserving much of the interior largely

untouched for almost a century.

Only at the very end of the eighteenth century were major changes

undertaken when a new addition was built at the rear. This 1790s wing,

designed by West-Country architect Anthony Keck, added a high-

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TOP: A sofa and chairs are arranged around a carved chimneypiece in the library

LEFT: The bed and half tester in the master bedroom were designed by Thomas

Messel and the chandelier is Venetian glass

ceiling drawing room of elegant proportions, with fine plasterwork

cornices and three tall windows commanding views of the gardens

and, above, two grander and more fashionable bedrooms.

Over the years, the house has been fortunate to have sympathetic

and artistic owners. In the seventies, Adrian Garnett and his

journalist wife, Polly Devlin, did much to maintain the beauty of

the place. They built the grotto in the grounds and asked John

Stefanidis to advise on the decoration of the hall. Thomas and Pepe

Messel have made the house both a lively base for the activities

and a reflection of their wide tastes and talents. Their thorough

restoration of the structure included converting small, cluttered

rooms into a large kitchen and dining room, and the removal of

an awkward corridor on the upper floor to allow the reinstatement

of the original enfilade arrangement of the bedrooms. Describing

their varying levels of architectural grandeur and decorative

elaboration or simplicity Thomas designates these rooms as ‘first

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TOP: A long dining table with chairs made by designer Thomas Messel is laid for dinner

LEFT: A collection of Sunderland lustreware is displayed in the bathroom

class’, ‘club class’, ‘world traveller’ and ‘economy’.

In the main rooms such as the drawing room, which is painted pale

stone colours inspired by a visit to the villas of Vicenza, Thomas and

Pepe have created ravishing and slightly theatrical backdrops for an

eclectic mix of objects. Both of them inherited furniture: from Pepe’s

parents house in Cumbria came eighteenth-century and Regency

pieces: from Thomas’s family are seventeenth-century items including

a superb marquetry cabinet, which was previously at Nymans, his

grandparents’ house in Sussex. In addition, many of the rooms are

enlivened by a number of more flamboyant baroque items, including

chandeliers, Venetian mirrors and carved blackamoors inherited from

Thomas’s uncle, stage designer and decorator Oliver Messel.

It was Oliver Messel’s encouragement that led Thomas to use his

artistic talents to design and make fine furniture. He counts among his

clients leading decorators such as Colefax and Fowler, Michael Priest,

Amanda Murray and Alidad, and works increasingly to commissionhe

recently created a scagliola-topped centre table for Lady Derby. He

longs, too, to create complex ‘metamorphic’ dining tables. Already his

house is a showcase for Thomas Messel’s designs-with its long history

and beauty, it would be hard to imagine a more sympathetic setting for

these timeless pieces.

Thomas Messel

T: +44 (0) 145 384 3220 | www.thomasmessel.com

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