A home-from-home, with a British twist
Interiors inspired by London’s colourful boutique hotels
Our client, who lives mostly overseas but whose children attend boarding school in the UK, tasked us with creating a quintessentially British pied-à-terre.
First, we set about defining what ‘quintessentially British’ means to us. We concluded that it’s about craftsmanship and the assemblage of unique and creative pieces.
Once we settled on this definition, we worked on producing a series of lively and vivacious interiors, filled with expressive prints, rich hues and beautiful detailing.
Life’s rich pattern
For maximum impact, we upholstered this Rococo-inspired Savoir Bed in a sumptuous, embroidered cotton satin fabric that depicts bountiful flora and fauna.
The large figurative painting is by British artist Jack Penny. His explosive brushwork plays beautifully with the other dynamic shapes and textures in the room.
We wanted to create something magical for a 12-year-old girl in love with Japanese culture.
So, we upholstered her bed in a hand-painted fabric, depicting Mount Fuji, cherry blossom and dainty maiko.
Then, for an extra touch of whimsy, we added a pale pink cuckoo clock, origami bird-shaped light, and wallpaper with hand-drawn mountains, clouds and temples.
Over the moon
Constellations, distant planets, spaceships – these were the preoccupations of our 10-year-old client.
We treated him to a planetary mobile, cloud mural wallpaper, and circular wall lights – aptly named ‘Luna’ – which, when turned on, cast cosmic shadows on the wall.
A delicate balance
We took care to harmonise densely textured fabrics and bright pops of colour with warm neutrals and smooth finishes. That way, the house would ebb and flow with pattern and calm.
Bells and whistles
Brush fringes were added to cushions, leather-trim pelmets to curtains and stud detailing to bespoke furniture – all with a view to creating a series of surprise-and-delight moments for our client.
“Clients always ask me to put them in touch with various trades. Anyone I recommend becomes an extension of me and the service I provide. So trust is paramount. I knew Angel O’Donnell would do a great job – and they did.”
Down to a fine art
We lavished each room with an exciting mix of media, including oils, prints, hand drawings, ceramics and wooden wall sculptures.
Hope springs eternal
We couldn’t resist this original Damien Hirst. It’s one of eight in a series called The Virtues – and it adds a blazing punch of springtime energy to a quiet corner of the kitchen.
In a scheme that venerates British creativity, even the guest cloakroom has been transformed into an enchanted forest, bursting with vegetation.