An amazing selection of the most talented London interior designers who are constantly
at the forefront of the interior design industry.
‘We love to design to a narrative; every space has a story and its own sense of place,’ says Marie Soliman, who co-founded Bergman Interiors four years ago with Albin Berglund. Both have a background in hotel design and decided to team up on what turned out to be a big break: the Anthony Joshua-backed BXR London boxing gym in Marylebone where they channelled industrial-chic (they have since finished a second site in Canary Wharf and Battersea Power Station is slated for 2021).
Playing with light and shadow by using interesting dividing screens is a recurring detail: ‘once we used braided straps to act as a partition which cast thousands of shadows on the floor,’ says Marie. Past clients include Eagle Lodge Belmond Botswana, the Ritz Carlton in Oman and Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square; residences are ongoing in India, the Middle East and the UK.
Owned and operated by Aaron and Laura Hammett, Laura Hammett designs is bringing hip and elegant interior designs to London. From Notting Hill Penthouses to Chelsea Townhomes, in addition to a wide variety of interior national properties, Laura Hammett is one of London’s top interior design firms.
Laura and Hammet has been featured in a variety of publications, including the Lux Pad, Prime Resi, Luxdeco, Sua Casa, the London Evening Standard, The Wall Street Journal, The Resident, The Telegraph, Country & Town House, Art of Design, Bricks and Mortar, International Property, Embark Home & Decor, Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and In Design Magazine.
Shayne Brady and Emily Williams first met while working for RPW Design before going their separate ways (he went onto David Collins Studio; she did a stint at Louise Bradley). Then in 2013, they decided to set up a studio together and Brady Williams was born. ‘Across the board there is a common language of timeless, classic design but our residential style focuses on refined elegance whereas the hospitality side is more dramatic,’ says Shayne, of which the latter include big name restaurants such as Fischer’s, Café Wolseley in Bicester Village and Brigadiers in the City.
Although the studio is roughly split – Shayne oversees the commercial side, Emily is more involved with residential – they both give input to all projects. ‘Within residential, we love mixing textures with neutral tones and caramels. Maximising any beautiful features is key while at the same time ensuring that the layout works for the functionality of the space,’ concludes Emily.
CELINE INTERIOR DESIGN
‘A Celine Interior Design home is synonymous with opulence and luxury whilst simultaneously feeling cosy too,’ explains director Noor Charchafchi, a former aviation finance lawyer who switched careers eight years ago. She is renowned for her flawlessly finished spaces which often feature hand- painted chinoiserie wallpapers (‘there’s a subtle extravagance in using such unique wallcoverings and it’s a real privilege to be able to do so’) and light, neutral tones.
‘We want to make sure that the shapes and forms of the interior speak for themselves so rather than allowing too many bold colours to overshadow the balance of the room we use soft accent colours like blues and greens.’ Projects in the pipeline span the globe from London to Pakistan, the Middle East to Monaco.
DAVID COLLINS STUDIO
Having completing Thomas Keller’s TAK restaurant within the Hudson Yards development in New York, designed new lodges on the Delaire Graff Estate in South Africa and unveiled the Dining Room at Harrods within the Grade I-listed tiled hall, it’s understandable that David Collins creative director Simon Rawlings names 2019 as one of his favourite yet. ‘It really illustrated the depth of design quality we are producing at the moment and emphasised the global reach of the studio,’ he says.
Whether working on commercial spaces such as these or residential commissions, he likes to use materials and techniques, such as tapestry in unexpected ways. ‘For instance, each of the stools within Harrods Dining Hall has an embroidered detail, which I love, as it adds a whimsical touch and there is always embossed leather, marble and timber somewhere.’
FIONA BARRATT INTERIORS
Sophisticated neutrals interlaced with interesting and unusual materials are characteristic of Fiona Barratt-Campbell’s highly textured spaces. For instance, for an in-progress ski chalet in Chamonix she has chosen micro-cement over more traditional marble in the bathrooms, paired with contrasting dark gunmetal and bronze sanitaryware finishes. Of her design style, she says, ‘Provenance, a sense of locality and a love of objects with a narrative meld together to bring the client’s vision alive.’
Alongside the interiors studio, she is also behind FBC London (the collection includes furniture, lighting and kitchens): a New York showroom is opening in imminently and she is working on the first FBI/FBC London branded residence, just off Cadogan Square. Her mood boards for spring include marquetry (she has just commissioned a headboard in an Aztec-style pattern) and boucle fabrics.
A trained architecht who was a director at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler before setting up on his own 18 years ago, Guy Goodfellow is an expert in restoring grand listed houses (noteworthy properties include West Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire, Hopetoun House in Scotland and Garsington Manor in Oxfordshire), as well as more modern homes and new builds. He describes his design style as ‘rich and clubby’, often incorporating furniture from all eras, red for warmth and antique textiles.
He has also developed his own range of wallpapers and fabrics (his most famous is ‘Fez Weave’ which has been adopted by the Soho House Group). ‘We are working on a new print inspired by a Persian tile and striving to get the tones as close to the hand painted original as possible whilst playing with a new palette for the additional colourways,’ says Guy.
HELEN GREEN DESIGN
Since being founded almost 20 years ago, Helen Green Design has become known for its considered, understated style. ‘The brand is synonymous with a very British aesthetic which we fashion around the skilful use of layering and pared-back detailing, ever faithful to Helen Green’s legacy,’ says new studio director Ivana Allain, who joined the company last summer from Martin Kemp Design and is working on a family penthouse in St Petersburg and a London townhouse, among other projects.
‘I believe simplicity is the key, and steer towards a look that is unfussy and clean-lined but thoughtfully curated. Working with specialist artists and artisans, I like to create a piece specific to the client, location or property which always makes an interior feel personal.’ Expect warm, earthy neutrals as a backdrop, interspersed with engaging pops of colour.