Interior architect Maurizio Pellizzoni has design in his DNA. It’s no surprise, as he grew up near Lake Como and comes from a family who work in the business. Since founding his consultancy Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd, more than seven years ago, he has applied his Italian appreciation of style and design to a range of residential and commercial projects. Based in the Chelsea Design Quarter, Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd has many of Europe’s best suppliers and services on its doorstep and over the years Maurizio has fostered relationships with the most highly skilled builders, architects and specialists in the field. Personal relationships with clients are central to Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd’s work ethos. Maurizio believes that close, direct contact creates a better project. He will interpret his clients’ tastes and styles – rather than imposing his own – to ensure a unique and characterful end-result. He is also equally comfortable working on a project from scratch, with an open brief and a blank canvas.
Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd has created interiors for listed, period properties, new buildings, spacious country mansions and bijou townhouses in the UK and abroad. Maurizio’s aesthetic is inspired by the glamour of Lake Como, cosmopolitan New York, and daily life in London where he lives. He spent more than a decade as part of the creative team at Ralph Lauren Home where he directed the presentation of collections in London, Milan and Brussels. Aesthetic rigour and discipline reigned and Maurizio developed a meticulous eye for detail and a complete understanding of how to create a luxe interior.
Alidad is an award winning interior designer, world renowned for his opulent yet supremely comfortable interiors.
Alidad decided to found his eponymous studio whilst working at Sotheby’s where he was the youngest departmental director for Islamic works of art and textiles. While there, he realised that he was more interested in styling the space than the actual objects themselves.
Since 1985, Alidad has cleverly combined his elegant and luxurious style with a necessity for comfort and homeliness. His unique aesthetic was very quickly acknowledged and he was widely acclaimed for creating rooms which were extraordinarily richly textured and eclectically furnished. The colours evoked the faded beauty of 17th and 18th century textiles and interiors.
Alidad’s design style is inspired by an idyllic childhood spent in the ancient, rich and mysterious land of Persia. His deep appreciation for history means that he can completely immerse himself in any true design aesthetic from Baroque to Neo-Classicism, Chinoiserie to Orientalism or even Regency.
Alidad sets himself apart through his ability to create completely bespoke environments though a combination of highly skilled craftsmanship and a deep knowledge and respect of history and tradition. Invariably his rooms combine a mix of antique, vintage and modern designs, with colour, pattern, texture and scale combined. His inimitable eye allows him to create rooms from scratch which look as though they have come together over decades.
Alidad comments: “My rooms are evolved as though they had developed over generations, each one contributing its own layer of individuality and history. I don’t believe in fashion which is often transitory, I prefer a sense of timeless elegance and matured nonchalance. Life is so hectic and stressful that home is a vital haven in which to relax and forget the outside world. I like to think I help clients create something very special to them which will left their spirits every time they step through the door”.
The painstaking attention to detail coupled with the highly skilled artisanship that is key to everything that Alidad designs and produces has resulted in many prestigious projects such as the architectural restoration of Buscot Park for the National Trust, as well as numerous homes for private individuals from Beirut to Vienna, London and Kiev.
Alidad continues to grow from strength to strength and is very much a global business with recent projects including a traditional residence in Kuwait, two historical Parisian apartments and a family home in Cornwall.
In recent years, Alidad has expanded his design offering to include Studio Alidad which adapts the traditional Alidad aesthetic to offer a younger, fresher and more accessible design service in residential interior design. It was established after frequent requests from clients to take on smaller projects with quicker timelines.
Juliette Bigley is an artist-silversmith who uses base and precious metals to explore objects, their characters and our relationships to them, especially the ways in which we use objects to structure and explore the world in which we live. Focussing particularly on line and form, her work is both sculptural and functional and has relationships – between people, between people and objects and between objects themselves – at its heart.
Hatta is the editor of House & Garden magazine. She arrived at the magazine as Features Editor in 2006, and became the Deputy Editor in October 2013. Hatta studied History of Art and Architecture, and has also worked as an interior designer, as well as a two-year stint for the South African edition of House & Garden whilst living in Cape Town. She lives in west London with her husband and two small children.
Nina Campbell is one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers. Her list of clients and design expertise is unparalleled. Renowned for her contagious wit and brilliant sense of style, her designs appeal to both young and old and sit well in both contemporary and traditional interiors.
Hannah Cecil Gurney took an unconventional path to overseeing the development of her family’s hand painted wallpaper business. Her father Claud founded the company in 1986, as a result of being unable to find someone to restore an antique Chinoiserie paper in his family home. Starting the business was a natural progression for him having always harvested a very keen interest in the arts with a particular passion for Chinese history.
His daughter, Hannah graduated from Bristol University with a first class degree in Physics, before following her father’s advice, and his own early career path, and training as a chartered accountant at PriceWaterhouseCooper in London. After four years Hannah left to join her family business and continue it’s global expansion. Since she joined in 2012, she has overseen the opening of new showrooms in Paris, New York, Beijing and Shanghai. Her inimitable enthusiasm and drive, combined with a lifelong passion for her family business, is ensuring that the company is continuing to grow and flourish.
Her involvement has propelled de Gournay into high profile collaborations with brands ranging from Chanel and Christian Dior, who have used the designs for their advertising campaigns and windows at their flagship showrooms, to renowned fashion designers such as Jenny Packham and Misha Nonoo, who have used the hand painted silks to create haute couture dresses. She has also brought the brand into a more contemporary foray; with her direction de Gournay has continued to push the boundaries and has recently revealed innovative new techniques and contemporary colourways for reinterpreting classical 18th century chinoiserie and 19th century scenic designs with a modern twist, thus making them adaptable to contemporary interiors and widening the audience for de Gournay wallpapers.
Hannah Cecil Gurney comments: “My father could have made widgets, but he didn’t, he made exquisite hand painted wallpapers. How could I not have joined the family business? I wake up every day excited about my work. I am so lucky to get to work alongside my family, in particular my father who inspires me every day with his intelligence and never-ending energy.”
Hannah’s home is in London, where she lives with her husband of two years Edward Harden and her two dogs, Jiminy Cricket and Olaf. Hannah's day to day is mostly spent in Europe, America or Asia overseeing each showroom, however when she is in the UK for a weekend Hannah recuperates at her father's home in Kent riding horses, which is one of her true passions, or walking her dogs in the Welsh mountains on her husband’s estate.
Shaun Clarkson has been closely involved with the UK hospitality industry for over twenty years and has forged an exciting career since completing his degree in Fine Art. With a penchant for the avant garde and the extravagant, Shaun Clarkson ID is one of the leading interior design practices, acclaimed for their creative pulse and prolific works. Working with both global and boutique brands, designs are unique and outstanding.
Shaun Clarkson ID’s understanding of design and the company’s inherent style has created venues that have shaped the industry. The press and media have paid constant attention to Shaun’s designs with features in many UK and international publications including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times, Elle Decoration, Elle Decor, Livingetc, World of Interiors, Vogue and The Wall Street Journal. Shaun Clarkson became a household name in 2013 starring in Channel 4’s Four Rooms.
Sebastian Cox is a designer and craftsman dedicated to proving that sustainable design does not have to result in a compromised product. He established the Sebastian Cox workshop to design and make fine objects from sustainable hardwoods, often overlooked by other designers and makers. Like coppiced hazel.
Today, with the help of his team he uses his devotion to wood, curiosity, inventiveness, award-winning designs and exquisite craftsmanship to make beautiful, useful and completely sustainable objects. He wins awards and is entrusted with prestigious individual client commissions; collections for iconic retailers like Heal’s and The New Craftsmen; partnerships with interior designers; and collaborations with Benchmark.
Iris graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (BFA). She soon joined Federated Department Stores where she worked in the advertising department at Lord & Taylor’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. She rose to the position as an Art Director and remained there for thirteen years. She then founded her own interior design firm Iris Designs which has since evolved into ID Creations by Iris Dankner.
Iris resides in Manhattan and Southampton, New York and currently divides her time between her residential interior design work and various activities on behalf of breast cancer, her largest endeavor being her own interior design showhouse, Holiday House.
As a breast cancer survivor, Iris was inspired to combine her two passions — interior design and fundraising for breast cancer research — when she saw a lack of high profile interior design events in the New York City area benefitting women’s issues. After its inception in 2008, Holiday House became the first designer showhouse in New York City to benefit a breast cancer organization, attracting talented designers from across the country to transform the historic Academy Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side each fall. Holiday House has since created a summer expansion in the Hamptons and is now established as one of the premiere showhouses in the country.
Proceeds from Holiday House events benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, which was founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993 and works tirelessly towards achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer by providing critical funding for innovative clinical research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness bout good breast health.
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Tim founded Gosling in 2005. After 18 years as a director at Linley, Tim wanted the freedom to design in a wider range of materials and stylistic parameters, whilst continuing his working relationships with interior designers, landscape designers and architects worldwide. Tim picked up a pencil at a very early age and it is his ability to sit with a client and sketch the design, which gives clients the unique ability to get a sense of proportion and scale.
Gosling has an impressive portfolio with furniture and interior commissions worldwide. Commercial projects include the Goring Hotel, The Berkeley Hotel, BP Headquarters in London, the Oriana cruise ship and many more. In 2013 Gosling launched Gosling Marine, a stunning range of carbon fibre deck furniture, which is perfect for Superyachts, gardens, spa and pool areas.
Tim is a consummate public speaker and lectures regularly at architectural and furniture events throughout the UK. He has published three books, the most recent "London Secrets – A Draughtsman’s Guide” a collection of his own sketches, was published to coincide with the London Olympics 2012. Tim’s third book, Classic Contemporary– The DNA of Furniture was published by Thames & Hudson in October 2015.
Patrick Grant is a British fashion designer and creative director of bespoke tailors Norton & Sons of Savile Row. As a media figure he is best known as a judge on the television series, The Great British Sewing Bee.
Editor of The English Home
Amira Hashish is the digital features editor and weekly Homes & Property columnist at the London Evening Standard. She is also the design writer for the Independent, property expert for Waitrose Weekend and a TV personality on London Live. A renowned industry voice on all things interiors, she can regularly be spotted on broadcast platforms or hosting live events.
A passionate advocate of British craftsmanship, Amira is launching her first home collection with Royal Warrant Holder and luxury bed manufacturer Hypnos. The collaboration pairs traditional furniture making skills with cutting edge technology and merges interior design with the art of fashion (amirahashish.com).
Chris Haslam is a freelance journalist specialising in consumer technology, lifestyle and eco-living. He spends his days writing about and reviewing everything from headphones and hi-fi to mobile phones and microwaves. You name it, he has probably reviewed it. Previously Consumer Editor for Ideal Home Chris has since carved out a freelance career contributing to a wide range of titles including WIRED, Sunday Times, T3, Stuff, British Airways High Life, Mail on Sunday, Metro, Grand Designs, Ideal Home, House Beautiful, LivingEtc and many others.
India Hicks was born in England to famed decorator David Hicks and Lady Pamela Hicks. Her grandfather, Lord Mountbatten, was the last viceroy to India, granting their independence in 1947. She was a bridesmaid for the wedding of her godfather, Prince Charles, to Lady Diana. A celebrated model, India lives with her partner, David Flint Wood, and their five children on Harbour Island, in the Bahamas. With David, she wrote her previous book, Island Life.
In 2015, after a decade of successful licensing partnerships with notable companies such as Crabtree & Evelyn and HSN, India launched India Hicks London-Harbour Island – a luxury direct sales lifestyle brand that seeks inspiration from her British Heritage and Island Life. Composed of accessories, jewelry, home and bath & body, the India Hicks brand is shared through remarkable women as a foundation for them to become entrepreneurs, in their own time and on their own terms. For more information, please visit www.IndiaHicks.com
Jonathan Holmes is the Founder and CEO of LuxDeco.com – the curated online store to discover and shop luxury interiors, founded in 2012. His vision was to make shopping for beautiful furniture and home decor pieces as effortless and enjoyable as possible. With a 30-strong team, based in London, LuxDeco.com has become a leading destination showcasing the most desirable home products and helping thousands of customers from around the world create interior spaces they love.
Jonathan is passionate about design and tech and spent over 10 years helping brands successfully navigate the digital sphere, prior to launching LuxDeco
Suzy Hoodless is a British taste maker who set up a design consultancy in 2000 after five years as Interiors Editor at Wallpaper* magazine, from its inception. Suzy Hoodless works for international clients across the globe on both residential and commercial projects.
Projects include the London HQ for Working Title Films, the Hoxton Grill for The Soho House Group, a hotel in East London, a hunting lodge in Scotland and a private beachside house in Barbados. Our own collection of products include a rug collection for The Rug Company, a wallpaper collection for Osborne & Little, cashmere blankets for Johnstons of Elgin as well as fabric and furniture. In 2006, Suzy Hoodless set up a showroom and studio in West London
As principal for twenty years of one of London’s leading interior design companies, Studio Hopwood, Daniel is an experienced designer with a portfolio of high end residential properties and stunning commercial projects. After graduating with a degree in Architecture, he joined the Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture where he gained a classical training.
While Daniel specialises in contemporary design, he does so with a deep understanding of the provenance of the building. Daniel’s work has been featured in publications across the globe. He is a guest tutor at the KLC Design School in London and is a renowned speaker on interior design at UK and international events. He presented and judged the Channel 4 series, ‘Britain’s Best Homes’ and has now followed that up by working alongside Sophie Robinson and Tom Dyckhoff as a judge on the popular BBC 2 show, ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’ which returns for a second, much anticipated series this Autumn. Daniel was elected as President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) in June 2014, prior to this he served as the Director of Continuing Professional Development on the BIID Council.
Karen Howes, a warm, intelligent, witty and personable designer and entrepreneur, is the driving force behind the success of London-based interior design practice Taylor Howes, that was founded in 1993.
Passionate about interior design from an early age, Karen Howes’ real love affair with interiors began when, at just 18 years old, she rented a room in a tiny house in King’s Cross owned by Martin Waller, worldwide furniture retailer and founder of Andrew Martin. This was a real treasure trove, full of unusual artefacts which shaped her eye for design and love of interiors.
By the age of 21, Howes had launched her first interior design business and was steadily climbing the property ladder. Howes met her future business partner Gail Taylor when they started working on an important show apartment for a leading house-builder, which in turn led to fifty more commissions of this kind. This fruitful collaboration led to the birth of Taylor Howes, which was launched from an office located in the London home of fashion guru, Isabella Blow and the newly graduated Philip Treacy.
In 2011, Karen took sole charge of the company when Gail moved to the offices of their joint venture, th2designs, to drive the business forward with the team. Supported by an excellent, passionate and committed team comprising of over 30 members, four of which are right hand senior directors, Karen has expanded and cemented the reputation of Taylor Howes as one of the world's leading interior design practices.
The DNA of this company is very much Howes’ own vision: a positive, approachable and refreshing energy that not only produces great work creatively, ensures clients enjoy the whole experience and also prides itself on being approachable and down-to-earth. It is no surprise that Taylor Howes has an impressive track record of returning clients.
As Karen says, “We are known in the industry as being totally professional but at the same time very friendly – it imbues what we do with a softness and an approachability that people who commission us clearly appreciate. Our clients are often opinion formers who are big on taste but short on time – what we do is give them a home that is personal to them and perfect for their needs. At the same time, with over 1000 projects under our belt, we are one of a very few companies who have such a vast wealth of experience.
A member of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Designers), and a well-respected representative of the industry, Karen participates on a regular basis as a guest lecturer at the design school KLC as well as in numerous panel talks and speaks in London and abroad.
John Jones, Matthew’s father, began making bespoke frames for galleries and artists in the 1960s, and the quality of his work soon led to commissions from some of the biggest names in the art world - including Francis Bacon and David Hockney. He made the frame an art form in its own right, and turned the niche business he established 40 years ago in north London into a global concern. Matthew joined the family business straight from school in the 1980s, learning the ropes as a master framer in his father’s footsteps. Celebrating his 30th anniversary at John Jones this year, Matthew Jones now heads the company as Chairman. With more than 60 skilled staff and a client list that includes Victoria Miro, Hamiltons Gallery, V&A, and many private collectors and corporate collections, John Jones remains a family-owned and run business.
Today the focus of the company is centred on the protection of art. John Jones’ in house Conservation Department houses a team of conservators who offer expert advice to clients for artwork that requires treatment or specific museum standard presentation processes to be employed in the frame design. A Collection Care service encompasses reviewing and condition reporting on artwork, conservation treatment, frame design, delivery, and project management. Matthew Jones’ vision is to continually research and develop innovations in frame design, utilising the latest technology and materials, to deliver their promise as global leaders in the protection and presentation of art.
Corinne Julius is a respected design critic, curator and journalist. With an inspirational passion for contemporary crafts and design, and an established career spanning both journalism and interior design, Corinne is a revered figure within design collecting circles.
A career in fashion and luxury leathers, endowed Fameed Khalique with a feel for the exceptional. A skill he has turned into an internationally renowned company that specializes in exquisite materials for the interior design industry. Designers are free to roam his extended library of samples, often arriving with a blank canvas only to leave an hour later with 20 brilliant ideas. Fameed knows that if he can make a designer go ‘Wow’ then the client will be bowled over. Fameed’s approach balances creative panache with practicality. Offering designers the ‘moon & stars’ while ensuring they materialize come the installation date. His company shares the passion of its clients, which ensures a superior product and service.
Giles Kime is a creative executive with extensive experience of innovation, content development and strategy across a range of leading consumer brands including The Telegraph, Decanter and Homes & Gardens.
Quintessentially Art is an international fine art advisory and consultancy based in London. Through an extensive international network of artists, dealers, galleries and auction houses they strive to help clients, both new and established collectors and corporations build interesting and well-rounded art and design collections. As a senior consultant at Quintessentially Art, Nicole’s role includes managing the operational side of the business as well as private advisory and corporate consultancy. Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Australia with a Masters in Art Curatorship, Nicole has worked in the curatorial field at some of the most noted art institutions in Australia.
Having also studied in France, Italy and attended the Sotheby’s Institute in London, Nicole’s in depth knowledge of the international art world provides her with a vast network and a solid foundation for her internationally based clients and complex projects she manages. Nicole has been involved in the research and operational side of internationally acclaimed exhibitions as well as worked very closely with young artists to promote their work both in the commercial and curatorial realms. Nicole’s particular area of interest is in helping clients build exciting collections that are not only investment savvy but also reflect the values and personal interests of the collectors.
Kim Kuhteubl is an award-winning producer, writer and member of the Producer’s Guild Of America. She has packaged stories about interior design, real estate and development in print, for television and on digital platforms since 1999. As a filmmaker, her work has screened nationally and internationally in the United States, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the country where she was born, Canada. In 2011, she founded MeByDesign, an idea boutique for the design industry. They boost the brand value, visibility and audience engagement of boutique interior design firms and legacy design brands with a range of cross-platform, data-driven tools including digital story telling, influencer and social media marketing and bespoke video. They also consult with executives and their teams on leadership and personal branding. Follow MeByDesign on Instagram or Twitter @mebydesigntv or on Facebook.com/mebydesign.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-awardwinning Los Angeles based interior designer and is renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and always inviting interiors. Martyn’s extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim. His work has appeared in over 4000 publications worldwide including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Garden, Interior Design, W, Vogue, House Beautiful, both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and many more.
Currently his projects are featured in over 10 coffee table books. Martyn’s first book exclusively covering his work was released by Rizzoli in 2011. A second book called ‘Design & Decoration» was released in 2015.
An established professional with over 15 years of business experience and education in retailing, spatial design, buying and product development. With a home and lifestyle focus, Lucio’s specialism is finding the perfect balance between trends, aesthetics and desirability along with commercialism, business acumen and strategic planning. His experience in buying and retailing comes from a multitude of brands including some of the UK's leading design stores such as Skandium and Heals. Results driven and determined, Lucio can provide consultancy to retailers, suppliers or designers on anything from a product range to retail business advice to trend analysis. A judge for the 'Homes and Gardens Designer Awards' Lucio is also involved in many additional industry pursuits and enjoys building upon his expertise.
Carmen Lyngard hails from a long line of ceramic artists and potters stretching back to 1829, with many of the unique decorative techniques passed down through the generations.
Born as a ceramic restorers daughter, Carmen was taught from an early age how to restore high end antique ceramic pieces. Her father taught her how to sculpt missing parts as well as how to paint often old techniques. She decided not to pursue a career in restoration and followed her own path.
After gaining a BA Honours in Fashion and Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University, Carmen started her career as a womenswear fashion buyer. Moving to London meant that she could be trained by the Arcadia Group. Later to gain more experience, develop ranges and take the opportunity to work closely with factories and suppliers around the world to source the latest look, Carmen moved to the Alexon Group and later helped Tesco's to shape the new Florence and Fred range.
Taking a career break to have her two boys, Carmen started buying and selling high end ceramics. A draw back to the pottery industry that I guess was inevitable. Finding herself showing at fairs in London, Dallas, Baltimore and elsewhere, it was at the prestigious New York Ceramics Fair that Carmen and Iain (her husband and co founder of Lyngard) were nestled between contemporary dealers and antique dealers. The consumer was buying old and new. They soon realised that todays consumer just wants to buy something beautiful for their home and something that can be passed down to their children.
It was almost a light bulb moment when they realised that they had all the knowledge at their fingertips. The brand "Lyngard" was born as an idea in New York. It took a couple of years to regenerate and perfect the ancestral knowledge then finally in 2014 Lyngard launched their first collection of unique finishes on ceramics
Hannah Malein has worked as a consultant at Colour Hive (previously known as Global Color Research) since 2009, leading the creative consultancy team and as Head of Trends for MIX Magazine. With a background in textile design, and a passion for colour and trend forecasting, Hannah has developed a significant understanding of material and surface innovation across multiple industries, including interiors and products, paint and coatings, and consumer electronics. She hosts the bi-annual forecast meetings for Colour Hive, working with a network of international experts from various industries to develop accurate and reliable colour trend information both on a global and regional basis.
In the past 6 years she has applied this specialist knowledge to projects for companies such as Kimberly Clark, Homebase, DuPont, Schott, Formica, Comex, Panasonic and Addis, helping clients to understand colour and trends from research and developing, through to the marketing process. Her experience and dedication her clients has seen her take an active part in product launches for leading brands and hosting trend forums around the world. Hannah is a frequent international speaker at events such as 100% Design, Decorex, Tent London, Furnitex Australia, Interiors UK, Neocon Chicago, Interior Design Forum Moscow and Surface Design Show, and is also an active panel member for several leading organisations, including MoOD Brussels and Nova Club.
Natalia Miyar Atelier is a newly launched interior design studio founded by one of the strongest international interior design talents to in emerge in recent years. Natalia Miyar began her professional career as an architect working with notable architectural firms in Miami. During eight years of study and six years in practice she developed a true love of materiality, space and proportion which led naturally into design of the interiors. Several years on, her own interior atelier in London promises both a capacity for original, exciting design and the professional skill of a leading practice. Led by her passion for developing an own-brand studio, this important step unveils a unique style identity and design philosophy fuelled by a love of texture, colour and the contrasts of the visual world.
Janie Money studied Art History and German at Leeds University, with particular focus on architect James Gibbs, under Dr Terry Friedman, Keeper of Decorative Art Studies at Temple Newsam House. Subsequently an academic year in Vienna was spent researching and writing a paper on the unexecuted friezes of Gustav Klimt for the University of Vienna.
Establishing a reputation as an authority in antique architect-inspired furniture and architectural drawings, her first job was working for a dealer in Pimlico Road, specialising in furniture from the 17th Century onwards, often made to European design but using exotic woods and materials and executed in the Dutch East Indies, India and South America. During this time she undertook a lecture tour of America, selecting the influence of textiles and the cross fertilisation of their designs across the world as her subject. Later, she specialised in architectural drawings and architect-derived furniture, a primary interest. Janie has remained a keen member of the Furniture History Society.
Joining Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler in 1998 prompted a reminder that Nancy Lancaster had owned and restored two of James Gibbs's most significant domestic commissions in the form of Ditchley Park and Kelmarsh Hall.
Janie has led her own interior design team since 2003. Her commissions have included Consultant on the repainting of the central areas of Weston Park, Shropshire and more recently the redecoration of the Drawing Room and the Temple of Diana. Recent commissions include the curtain treatment for a large, privately-owned 17th Century Palazzo in Italy and part of a team involved with the design and decoration of a yacht, which won the International Super Yachts Best Refit Award 2015. She has two ongoing projects in the US and several across Europe.
Much of Janie's work is highly contemporary, featuring rigorous architectural references, derived from her art historical and specialist furniture background. She frequently commissions pieces of furniture, pottery and glass from contemporary craft sources across the world.
Jeremy Musson is a writer and historian, with a special interest in the world of the English country house. He has been a contributor to Country Life for 20 years, and was on the staff as Architectural Editor in 1998-2007. Presenter of BBC2's Curious House Guest in 2006-07, he was also a National Trust curator in East Anglia. His various books include English Country House Interiors, The Drawing Room and The Country House Ideal and he continues to write, lecture and apply his experience to advisory work on historic houses and estates.
Shona studied at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and after graduating in Architecture she went on to work for Chapman Taylor Architects. Having completed Drake Circus shopping centre in Plymouth, Shona decided to concentrate on Interiors. She was then appointed Head of Design for a prestigious London property developer where she gained a range of experience on a variety of luxury projects; she designed, design managed and project managed a number of teams on behalf of the client. She is proud to have completed 45 Berkeley Square as well as Buddha Bar London.
Shona previously lived in Dubai where she met Fouad and became 1508 London’s first employee. On behalf of 1508 London she project managed a 30,000 square foot luxury villa in Emirates Hills. Since moving back to London she has project managed a number of high end residential properties for key clients in Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Kensington.
Ben Pentreath opened his architectural practice in 2004. A decade later, the firm is still small in size but works at many scales, from large-scale urban and master planning projects to the design one-off houses, interior decoration and furniture. In 2008, Ben opened a tiny eponymous design store which has become one of the most influential small shops in London.
Ben's aesthetic is inspired by tradition and a respect for carefully detailed, authentic materials and design, but combined with a love of contemporary culture which means that life is never dull. He writes regularly for the Financial Times, and his weekly blog, Inspiration, is followed by many thousands of readers in the UK, America and around the world.
Grant Pierrus is the founder of Interior Style Hunter - the UK's leading luxury interior design blog. Having trained as an Interior Designer and Interior Stylist at Central Saint Martins and KLC School of Design Grant set up the Interior Style Hunter as a way to share his passion and knowledge of interior design. Grant is a passionate spokesperson on the importance of craftsmanship and storytelling in luxury design.
Tom Pike has had a long and fulfilling career in architecture and design, during which he has been involved with a wide variety of disciplines.
Tom Initially studied fineart and 3D design at Farnham School of Art and then went on to study architecture at Kingston University. On graduating in 1978, he co-founded the architectural and interior design practice of Tilney Pike Shane. The firm flourished during the 1980s and soon became one of London’s foremost practices of commercial interior design.
In 1987, Tom started up his own firm, The Pike Practice, and began to focus more on architectural work. The Pike practice enjoyed a sustained period of growth, both in scale and in the breadth of projects. Everything from factories to fashion showrooms, Harley Street clinics, barristers’ chambers, restaurants, art galleries and office interiors, formed an important part of the firm’s workload.
In 2008, Tom joined partnership with Matthew Giles who had been working at the firm since 2003, and the practice then changed its name to Giles Pike. The firm now specialises in high-quality residential work, ranging from domestic refurbishments and extensions to new-build houses and developments.
Away from the office, Tom’s passions lie in both art and sport. He is a part-time painter, an art collector, a cricketer, tennis player and a keen follower of rugby and football.
Elfreda Pownall is a freelance Interiors writer for such publications as House & Garden, The World of Interiors and Architectural Digest. She began her career under Min Hogg at The World of Interiors and then for 17 years was Interiors Editor of The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine.
Charlotte Rowe originally studied art history before spending 15 years in public relations and marketing in London and Sydney. During that time she worked with a number of international communications consultancies, advising at board level on corporate communications issues. Her client work covered a wide range of marketing communications and corporate sectors and included many household names such as Guinness, Kellogg and Unilever.
On returning to London after eight years in Australia in 1997, she joined the London Tourist Board (LTB) as Director of Communications and was for three years media spokesperson for the LTB and for tourism to London. She then moved to the Greater London Authority (GLA) in 2001 where she was Director of Communications and a member of Mayor, Ken Livingstone’s Cabinet with responsibility for the marketing, design, information and media communications for London. After leaving the GLA she re-trained as a landscape designer and set up her design studio in 2004.
Since then she has worked on over 200 urban and rural design projects for clients both in the UK and overseas including an olive estate in Northern Italy, a Moroccan style garden in California and roof terraces in Manhattan. She is currently working on a range of country projects in Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey but she is perhaps best known for her town gardens and roof terraces. Her gardens range widely in scope and style, but all have strong architectural form, clean lines, good lighting, careful detailing and styling, and rich, luxuriant planting. Charlotte Rowe regularly lectures at the Inchbald School of Design and has given talks at conferences around Europe including at I Maestri del Paesaggio at Bergamo, FlorMat in Padua and at the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Conference in London in November 2015.
She designed the Gold medal-winning show garden at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, No Man’s Land which marked the centenary of World War One. She has won a number of industry awards including most recently Best Small Residential Garden in the Society of Garden Designers Awards 2015 and Best Small Residential Garden, Best Garden Lighting and Best Hardscape in the 2014 SGD Awards. She also won Best UK Landscape Architecture in the 2015/6 International Property Awards and Best Garden and Best Renovation Project in the New Homes Gardens Awards in 2014. She has a strong presence in the media and her design work has appeared in a large number of publications and books as well as on TV. In 2008 Channel 4 broadcast a one-hour documentary about her transition from PR and communications into garden design.
Susie is the founder and creative director of Tessuto. Since establishing the business in 1993 Susie has built up a prestigious portfolio of commercial and private clients. She is President Elect of the British Institure of Interior Design and appears frequently in the national and trade media community on ID issues. Prior to her ID career, Susie worked as a Merchandiser in the buying office at Topshop. She was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia.
Barbara Sallick co-founded American bathroom and kitchen brand Waterworks in 1978 with her husband, Robert, and serves as the company’s senior vice president of design. She is the arbiter of Waterworks influential design aesthetic and oversees creative decisions that span from the details of product development to the logistics of store layouts.
Using her education and lifelong interests in art and travel, Barbara employs formal principles of architecture and decoration to elevate the bath to a space that is as beautiful, personal and inviting as it is practical. In addition to writing a weekly blog, The Perfect Bath, Barbara is the author of three books: The Definitive Guide to Designing the Perfect Bath (2006), Waterworks: Inventing Bath Style (2001) and The Perfect Bath (September 2016).
Margo Selby studio is a woven textile design company that produces exceptional quality textiles for interiors. Margo’s design philosophy is focused on pushing the boundaries of weaving to create contemporary stylish fabrics for a range of interior textile applications, uniting the very best weavers and high quality fibers to produce beautifully crafted products. Margo’s expertise in weaving is central to all the product development. The design process begins with hand-woven textile concepts, which are then developed with specialist mills and artisan weavers to create unique textile products that include furnishing fabric, carpet, rugs and accessories.
Margo trained in textile design at Chelsea College of Art and Design and then followed this with a postgraduate degree at The Royal College of Art, graduating in 2001. On graduating Margo initially worked as a woven textile designer for industrial mills. It was during this time she united her innovative hand-woven constructions with industrial machinery to create the unique 3-dimensional fabrics that were to become the trademark of the Margo Selby Brand.
Timorous Beasties was established in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow school of art. Today, the studio is a diverse operation and has emerged as a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed icon.
Tanya is a Human Biologist & Neuroscientist by training who converted her skills to a fifteen year-long career in the Hedge Fund and Private Equity sectors, raising in excess of $500M for her clients’ equity portfolios. Tanya’s love of design comes from her culturally diverse upbringing in Africa, Turkey, Poland and Switzerland, where each locally-bought piece of furniture came to represent a specific time in her life. She decided to create The Kairos Collective to give independent boutiques a centralised online presence, reach a wider audience and help the consumer find ‘that special piece’.
Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, eldest daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, is owner of Interior Design Company, Spencer-Churchill Designs Ltd T/A “Woodstock Designs” in the UK and of Spencer-Churchill Designs Inc in the US. She specialises in the renovation of country house properties, including all aspects of building work to a complete Interior Design service and is one of the pre-eminent names in Classical English Interior Design. Current International projects include Restoration of a Colonial Hunting Lodge in India, a partly new build house in Jersey, a Chalet in Gstaad and new build house in Ireland.
In addition to authoring numerous books related to classic English Interiors, which have been published in both the UK and the US, Henrietta is an International Lecturer, is on the advisory board of the New York School of Interior Design and teaches there and at other schools in London. She is also a trustee of The UK and US Blenheim Foundation and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and remains continuously involved with restoration projects of her family home Blenheim Palace and many of the properties which are renovated for letting.
Arabella St John Parker is the Houses and Gardens Editor for Britain's oldest decorating title, Homes & Gardens. Launched in 1919, the brand is aspirational, stylish, sophisticated and indulgent, a showcase for classic design that stands the test of time.
Neil established the business in 1984 and he has managed its sustained growth to become a highly regarded bespoke design and furniture maker. Initially making the furniture himself Neil has built the company to the level it's at today. Possessing a particular ability in problem solving and project management Neil has equipped the company to undertake ambitious projects at the same time as developing its manufacturing base and developing new markets. Prior to starting the company Neil trained at Ryecotewood College – Thame, before working for a number of cabinet making companies. One of which seconded him to a company in Indonesia to advise on design and construction of traditional European furniture.
Neil is now the company Managing Director and a leading figure in the industry. He is a Royal Warrant holder to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and a Brother and Trustee of the Artworkers Guild. Formerly Neil was Industry Director for the British Institute of Interior Design, Chaired the National Training Board for Furniture and sat on the Board of Proskills the Sector Skills Council for Process and Manufacturing.
Sally Storey, Design Director of John Cullen Lighting, is one of the country’s leading lighting experts. Much of her time is spent traveling all over the world to design lighting schemes for individual and corporate clients. She has written three very successful, well-received books on the subject of lighting and is regularly asked to speak at top interior design events. Sally was awarded a scholarship to train as an architect at Bristol University (1980 - 83). During this time, she started to work with John Cullen, widely acknowledged as a pioneer of modern lighting in the UK. On his death in 1986, Sally began to run the business. She recognised that, in addition to the individual clients’ domestic design schemes, there was a need for a separate area of the business as a lighting design consultant on larger commercial projects such as office developments, museums and hotels.
As a result, Lighting Design International was set up, with Sally as Design Director. Sally draws inspiration from her work at Lighting Design International for her designs at John Cullen. Recent Lighting Design International projects have included The Corinthia Hotel and Spa and The Ham Yard Hotel in London, The Savoy, Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, Cote D’Azur, Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland and Four Seasons in Marrakesh and Geneva, Hammersons and Morgan Sindall.
Sean Sutcliffe co-founded Benchmark with Terence Conran in 1984. Furniture makers, Benchmark are one of Great Britain’s most technologically advanced workshops and are widely regarded as the UK’s powerhouse of craft, with an unrivalled depth of knowledge of wood. They have worked on many iconic projects from St Paul’s Cathedral, the British Museum and The Gherkin to the more diverse such as Hogwarts Castle, a replica of the No 10 door that has travelled the world showcasing British creativity and technical talent, and most recently a life size sculpture of Kate Moss.
Letitia Taylor brings more than 15 years’ experience in the luxury interiors industry to the role of heading up Harrods’ first end-to-end bespoke design service, Harrods Interiors.
In her previous role in the Harrods Home buying team, Taylor worked closely with Director of Home Annalise Fard on the redevelopment of the Harrods Home and Furniture departments, creating new concepts and sourcing brands from across the world. That culminated in a carefully curated range of products that champion provenance, craftsmanship and heritage, helping shape Harrods Home into the exciting design hub it is today.
Taylor has extensive experience across the design, retail and online-luxury sectors. As such, she offers an in-depth understanding of the needs of any client, from a professional designer working on a bespoke architectural scheme to a customer with a passion for design who is choosing curtains and cushions from The Fabric Library at Harrods.
The Harrods Interiors team has the support and resource of the 600 brands stocked across the Second and Third Floors. It also benefits from Taylor’s strong relationships with many international brands and bespoke suppliers. The result is a level of service from Harrods Interiors that is simply unparalleled.
Staffan Tollgard Design Group is listed on House and Garden's Leading 100 Designers and has become internationally known for its bold take on residential interiors. Born and raised in Stockholm, Staffan uses the Swedish expression of the ‘red thread’ to explain the design narrative or creative DNA that underpins every project. An architectural detail, a family heirloom, or a collection of art: each project has a unique red thread that tells the client’s story using the language of design.
Recent work includes an award-winning contemporary Arts and Crafts mansion in Surrey, an art-collector's Belgravia apartment and an eclectic family home in Notting hill. They are currently working on a Swiss chalet, two bold architectural new builds in Berkshire and the Algarve, a couple of grand lateral conversions in Knightsbridge and refurbishments of period residences in Belgravia and Chelsea.
Christine Van Der Hurd set up her design company, VANDERHURD in 1980. Over her career she has designed and manufactured collections for companies such as Cappellini and Liberty’s of London.
Tamsin van Essen is a British ceramicist, living and working in London. Her work is primarily concept driven, exploring notions of beauty and impermanence through examining scientific, medical and social historic themes. She is interested in aesthetic ambiguity, particularly the fragile boundary between attraction and repulsion, and how these seemingly contradictory sensations can exist simultaneously. Material experimentation is a strong characteristic of her work, probing the technical qualities of ceramics and the limits of its behaviour.
Rebecca Weir, is Creative Director and founder of Light IQ, an award winning London based practice who specialise in international lifestyle projects. Rebecca’s passion for lighting and her ability to harness and maximise the creative process, to explore and push the boundaries of illumination has lead to the successful completion of over 1000 projects world-wide. Rebecca’s enthusiasm and depth of knowledge is highly regarded, she regularly lectures at industry events as well at KLC School Of Design.
Louise has been working exclusively on high end projects since graduating in Interior Design and Design Management. Beginning her career with luxury developers Candy & Candy, she worked on a number of high profile projects, most notably the 62 metre Benetti yacht Candyscape II. With over 10 years of high end residential and nautical experience, Louise has worked on numerous international private and developer led projects.
Most recently Louise has been working on 26,000 square foot property for a private client in Chelsea, a lateral rooftop Penthouse in Mayfair and a Spa and Private Members Club for a prestigious London hotel. Louise has extensive experience working with both city and country properties and her work has been featured in Homes & Gardens, Boats International and Country Homes and Interiors.
Joanna Wood is recognised as one of Britain’s leading figures in the international world of Interior Design, a reputation built over 25 years. Joanna brings to each project her care and attention to detail, creating a classic style that combines traditional and contemporary elements to produce a result which is both practical and visually exciting. She is a Fellow of both The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and a member of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Tangent is a London-based design and invention brand established in 2015. The brand explores and proposes unique ideas which bring the latest technology to people's lives. Its approach is, however, not to impose technology for its own sake. Instead, by interweaving technology with design at the most sophisticated level, tangent promises its customers a wholly novel yet somehow familiar experience.