Rachel - Eclectic Top Five (Six!)


Rachel - Eclectic Top Five (Six!)

 

Isn't it fascinating that people have such different personal tastes and styles.  One object or colour may really make your heart sing, whilst make no impression at all on someone else.

Interior designers often work to a particular style or architectural period.  We may be working within a colour scheme, lighting conditions or a particular use for the room.  But one thing we must always consider is our clients personal taste, style and most importantly the brief.  A great deal of time is taken talking with our clients, researching their style and understanding their aspirations for a new living space.  There is absolutely no point creating a scheme that you love as a designer, but the client can't imagine themselves living in.  The client/designer relationship is always founded on trust.

Often designers are influenced by a particular style and that is why a client chooses to work with them, but flexibility is key along with a strong desire to create a cohesive scheme that meets the brief and equally that the client falls in love with. 

Rachel's personal style is eclectic.  Eclectic done well can bridge the gap between different styles and create something truly stunning and unique. Rachel appreciates the fundamentals of good design whilst having confidence in choosing things that she loves. Here are her top five (plus a sneaky extra) favourites from London Design Week

1. Porta Romana - Duck Feet Lamp with Ostrich Feather Shade

This may be my favourite thing ever, not just from the London Design Week.  I have always had a strange thing about ducks feet, the texture and design of them is superb and also immensely functional.  As a potter, I went through a phase or making bowls with ducks feet, so to find someone that shares my love of these unique appendages is an absolute delight.

This design by Porta Romana was inspired by a visit to a surrealist exhibition, it is shown here with its special 25th anniversary Ostrich feather shade. The company is also based in Farnham, Surrey, not far from our Showroom so a visit will soon be scheduled as many of their products are crafted and produced locally. This is definitely on my Christmas list!

DUCK FEET LAMP - DECAYED GOLD WITH OSTRICH FEATHER SHADE

DUCK FEET LAMP - DECAYED GOLD WITH OSTRICH FEATHER SHADE

2. Lizzo - Garrett Leather, Capelli - Specialty Navy

This is a speciality hide from Garrett Leather available from Lizzo. I was immediately drawn to the exquisite texture and depth of colour.  Other hides in this collection are created using various techniques including lazer cutting, embossing and metallic printing.  These hides are generally used for rugs, wall hangings and upholstery.  I am imagining an over-sized, comfortable armchair where clients can sit, therapeutically stroking the hair on hide whist sipping a chilled martini cocktail.

3. Victoria + Albert, Tombolo Bath Rack

Who wouldn't fall in love with this ingenious design.  Not only are the Victoria + Albert baths large enough for two, they have recently created this stunning bath rack, so there is now somewhere to rest your favourite tipple whilst having your back scrubbed.

As the ultimate statement in quality and style, Victoria + Albert have an inspirational collection of free standing baths. 

4. Fromental - Hand embroidered Wallpaper and Custom Design Layout

The Fromental showroom is luxurious, the ultimate in exquisite style and a testament to the very fine detail and craftsmanship that enables them to produce timeless and contemporary interiors.

I especially loved the painstaking craftsmanship of the hand-embroidered silk wallpapers, simply stunning.  This, coupled with their unique, non-repeating design layouts would enable you to create the most enchanting and exceptional living space.

Fromental - Design Layouts, reference: c008 sylvaner

Fromental - Design Layouts, reference: c008 sylvaner

Fromental - Embroidered nonsuch in custom 'aviary'

Fromental - Embroidered nonsuch in custom 'aviary'

Fromental - Detail of Paradiso in fern

Fromental - Detail of Paradiso in fern

5. Original BTC - Drop One, Large Pendant Light, White Matt

This choice could be any of the iconic Bone China Collection from Original BTC.  I loved all of their ceramic lights, but I loved that fact that they are still manufactured in Stoke on Trent even more.  The video highlights the care, attention to detail and passion that goes into crafting every single product. 

Original BTC - Drop One, Large Pendant Light, White Matt

Original BTC - Drop One, Large Pendant Light, White Matt

A British design classic in translucent bone china. With its moveable shade and smart cotton braided flex, the Hector table light and its accompanying floor light perfectly marry style and function. The range includes a selection of simple bone china pendants and practical, space-saving wall lights for a subtle source of ambient light. 

6. Nobilis - Vitamines-Atelier Saint Germain, Phosphore

I absolutely had to sneak in this extra from Nobilis, solely based on the feeling the showroom evoked when I stepped inside.  The large flowing swathes of colour and texture were a total delight.....far too many designs and colourways to choose from. Any of their patterned or plain fabrics would shine as part of a design scheme, delicious!

Nobilis - Vitamines-Atelier Saint Germain, Phosphore

Nobilis - Vitamines-Atelier Saint Germain, Phosphore