Eight interiors types – as seen inside designers’ personal properties

Eight interiors types – as seen inside designers’ personal properties

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From Scandi re-imagined to heat minimalist, every of those properties – positioned around the globe – displays a key fashion of décor. Dominic Lutyens takes a peek inside.


A brand new ebook, Inside, At Dwelling with Nice Designers, revealed by Phaidon, is a compendium of 60 properties that main architects and inside designers around the globe have beforehand lived in or at present occupy. When creating their properties, designers and designers are in a position to give free rein to their private style, untrammelled by constraints usually imposed by purchasers. Consequently, their properties are a purer, extra private expression of their imaginative and prescient – an area the place concepts could be examined out freely.

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“A designer’s personal area is an experiment in dwelling as they want and never as a shopper instructions,” William Norwich, who wrote the ebook’s introduction, tells BBC Tradition. He cites the house of architect Hugo Grisanti, whose apply in Santiago, Chile is famend for its use of vibrant color. And whereas his dwelling displays this, its color palette is extra adventurous nonetheless. “In his dwelling he might relish functions of vibrant colors his purchasers may solely dabble in,” says Norwich.

The ebook can be symptomatic of an age when high-profile inside designers – jettisoning considerations about privateness – willingly topic their properties to public scrutiny, eagerly posting pictures of them on social media to lift consciousness of their model. The ebook inevitably highlights these designers’ individuality, since each has a particular aesthetic. We picked out eight properties that illustrate key interiors types immediately.

Bold use of colour creates a vibrant atmosphere in designer Hugo Grisanti's Santiago home (Credit: Ana María López)

Daring use of color creates a vibrant ambiance in designer Hugo Grisanti’s Santiago dwelling (Credit score: Ana María López)

The colourist

Hugo Grisanti, who co-founded Grisanti & Cussen with Kana Cussen in 2007, lives in a single-storey Nineteen Forties home. He lives alone and as such has complete freedom to experiment with methods to embellish his dwelling, which he does in collaboration with Cussen. Initially, the home had 4 small bedrooms however these have been reworked into a big bed room and an workplace. The duo is obsessed with color, and by creating this bigger, open area, the affect of their chosen hues – described within the ebook as “a symphony of cerulean, verdant and coral tones” – is heightened. Paint is liberally utilized over ceilings in addition to architectural mouldings. Grisanti says that color alone can alter or refresh our envionments: “We use completely different colors to create new atmospheres.” Such bursts of color are a part of a maximalist sensibility that encompasses a love of sample and historic references. Within the bed room, that is conveyed by a portray of an 18th-Century dandy by Argentinian artist Stanley Gonczanski and chairs by Gianni Versace.

A quirky, mid-century mood pervades the Los Angeles home of high-profile designer Jeff Andrews (Credit: Grey Crawford)

A unusual, mid-century temper pervades the Los Angeles dwelling of high-profile designer Jeff Andrews (Credit score: Gray Crawford)


Los Angeles-based Jeff Andrews is a fan of mid-century trendy, a mode he extensively explored at his dwelling in a Thirties Spanish Colonial home, the place he lived from 2012 to 2020. The designer, whose purchasers embody Woman Gaga and Kourtney Kardashian, left its inside largely untouched, altering it as a substitute by introducing new textures, patterns and finishes in addition to mid-century furnishings and modern items within the mid-century idiom. He retained a sunken front room, and lined the gaps between the beams on its ceiling with unmistakeably retro wallpaper. In a single wood-panelled room with brown partitions and a hearth, which triggered fond recollections of his grandparents’ dwelling, he hung Fifties and Nineteen Sixties summary, impasto work and a chandelier fabricated from ceramic orbs created by LA-based designer Heather Levine. The largely monochrome inside might have appeared flat however for an abundance of textures that present visible curiosity, as do a number of eye-catching sculptural items, corresponding to some mid-century sputnik-shaped chandeliers in the lounge.  

British designer Ben Pentreath's home in London reflects his 'English eccentric' style (Credit: Jason Ingram)

British designer Ben Pentreath’s dwelling in London displays his ‘English eccentric’ fashion (Credit score: Jason Ingram)

English eccentric

Architectural and inside designer Ben Pentreath’s affection for traditional, hand-crafted British designs – from Marianna Kennedy’s lamps with vibrant, candlestick-like bases, bought at his Bloomsbury store Pentreath & Corridor, to basic William Morris wallpapers – pervades his London dwelling. Appropriately, he lives within the Artwork Staff’ Guild constructing based within the Eighteen Eighties by followers of Morris. Pentreath is thought for his cosy however fashionable aesthetic and cozy interiors, with offbeat color mixtures. Precisely becoming one wall in his sitting room are 24 framed maps of London produced by the French-born, British 18th-Century cartographer John Rocque, which type a dramatic, surprisingly ornamental backdrop. Elsewhere there are vibrant, summary, pop-inspired works by British artist Robyn Denny, Morris’s Willow Bough wallpaper, Wedgwood jasperware, a mint-green armchair and cushions purchased on his travels to Stockholm, Paris and New York.

The modernist London home of Faye Toogood has been furnished in a restrained, warmly minimalist style  (Credit: Henry Bourne)

The modernist London dwelling of Faye Toogood has been furnished in a restrained, warmly minimalist fashion (Credit score: Henry Bourne)

Heat minimalism

Transferring to a modernist home in Highgate, North London influenced designer Faye Toogood to stick to its aesthetic when it got here to the inside. She had beforehand lived in a Georgian dwelling, a lot of it painted shades of blue, redolent, she mentioned, of a few of Vermeer’s work. Her husband, Matt Gibberd, co-founder of property agent The Trendy Home, found their dwelling – a boxy modernist constructing, designed by Swiss architect Walter Segal. Toogood determined to not tamper with its unique, clean-lined structure, and opted for a restrained monochrome palette. Nevertheless, an natural fairly than rectilinear model of modernism was uppermost in her thoughts when it got here to furnishing her new dwelling. “This Nineteen Sixties home was like dwelling with a Barbara Hepworth sculpture or a Lucie Rie white pot,” she muses within the ebook. The home integrated some heat parts, together with a wall clad with vertical wooden slats, and Toogood additional softened the inside by masking dressing-room doorways with clotted cream-coloured felt, and made curtains out of uncooked canvas. She additionally furnished it together with her new designs in primarily white or ecru tones, together with her chunky Roly Poly chair with a generously curved seat that cradles the sitter and a sculptural white plaster espresso desk.

There is a lavish, eclectic feel to the interior of Emiliano Salci's Milan home and studio (Credit: Dimorestudio)

There’s a lavish, eclectic really feel to the inside of Emiliano Salci’s Milan dwelling and studio (Credit score: Dimorestudio)


The Milan home-cum-studio of Emiliano Salci, co-founder and inventive director of Italian design outfit Dimorestudio, mirrors the studio’s intriguing, moody, nearly louche aesthetic. Salci lives in an condo in a Nineteen Forties constructing that overlooks a palm tree-filled backyard. Dimorestudio designs atmospheric interiors with a decadent vibe for vogue boutiques, personal properties, eating places and motels. The ebook precisely describes the shared, lavish aesthetic of Dimorestudio and Salci’s dwelling as follows: “The agency’s designs emit an amber glow that lends a theatricality and lounge-like sexiness to the rooms clad in luxurious velvets and gleaming satins… This strategy is not any completely different in Salci’s dwelling the place he opted for heat tones of brown, hazel, ochre and dusty orange.” In his dwelling, Salci has combined designs from Dimorestudio’s product line, Dimoremilano, together with a leopard-print carpet within the hallway and a cocktail desk in the lounge, with mid-century items, corresponding to an oval mahogany desk by the US designer George Nelson. A wall-hung triptych depicting a Madonna and youngster provides one other opulent contact, as do purple satin curtains eccentrically wrapped round Salci’s wardrobe.

The Copenhagen apartment of David Thulstrup showcases a re-imagined Scandinavian mood (Credit: Irina Boersma)

The Copenhagen condo of David Thulstrup showcases a re-imagined Scandinavian temper (Credit score: Irina Boersma)

Scandi reimagined

The Copenhagen condo of Danish architect and designer David Thulstrup places a contemporary, playful spin on the famously functionalist Scandi aesthetic that has proved so widespread over the previous 20 years. When the designer, who created the inside of world-renowned Copenhagen restaurant Noma, purchased his flat, he modified its structure, radically changing a warren of small bedrooms into a big, open-plan, loft-like area. The sparsely furnished condo options a few of his designs, lots of which depart from the usual, mid-century Scandi aesthetic. Total, the lounge has a Nineteen Eighties hotel-lobby really feel, extra stagey than homely. Its furnishings is without delay stark and pop: a settee upholstered in fawn sheepskin resembling teddy bear-fabric with a fire-engine pink body stands reverse a gray marble-patterned espresso desk. The condo can be furnished with a bespoke blackened metal eating desk impressed by his assortment of Swedish designer Hertha Bengtson’s streamlined however curvaceous Blå Eld (Blue Hearth) tableware, created in 1950. In the meantime, battleship gray Venetian blinds fronting a row of repeatedly spaced, floor-to-ceiling home windows as soon as once more conjure up the Nineteen Eighties.

Madrid-based designer Isabel López-Quesada has combined rustic and industrial elements in the interior of her home (Credit: Miguel Flores-Vianna/The Interior Archive)

Madrid-based designer Isabel López-Quesada has mixed rustic and industrial parts within the inside of her dwelling (Credit score: Miguel Flores-Vianna/The Inside Archive)

Industrial meets rustic

Madrid-based designer Isabel López-Quesada’s initiatives show that the humblest constructions could be transformed into fashionable environments, even when largely furnished with discarded furnishings and salvaged supplies. One significantly difficult mission for her was remodeling some concrete henhouses close to her dwelling – a former pheasant farm in Biarritz on the French Basque coast – right into a guesthouse that gives additional lodging for friends, not least for quite a few relations (she has three grownup youngsters and 6 sisters). The guesthouse’s kitchen bears many hallmarks of López-Quesada’s fashion, mainly performance, conveyed by open cabinets on which all utensils are seen and accessible. It additionally has an earthiness combined with romanticism within the type of strong, rustic furnishings. Her fashion makes a advantage of improvisation, too: different parts within the cabin-like guesthouse embody a picket console rescued from the road and an outdated trunk used to retailer kindling for the fireside.

Italian interior designer Paola Navone has created an idiosyncratic, bohemian home in Milan (Credit: Enrico Conti)

Italian inside designer Paola Navone has created an idiosyncratic, bohemian dwelling in Milan (Credit score: Enrico Conti)

Boho idiosyncracy

Italian designer Paola Navone has an impeccably avant-garde pedigree. Within the mid-Seventies, she was a member of the experimental Italian collective, Studio Alchimia, which debunked what it thought of to be drained tenets of modernism, corresponding to its emphasis on rationality and streamlined types. It ought to come as no shock then that Navone’s dwelling in Milan is totally idiosyncratic. It has a brand new metallic roof which Navone had put in after the unique one was destroyed by a hearth. Navone has painted white spots on a black iron staircase, whereas a tree trunk painted with white stripes penetrates a staircase, then protrudes via a mezzanine. Her rejection of conventional good style is most dramatically expressed in her bed room, the place a bathe unit is encrusted with ceramic vessels, lots of them total vases, urns and dishes, an impact that wittily subverts the conventions of loo ornament.

Inside, At Dwelling with Nice Designers is revealed by Phaidon on 6 October.

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