Best Interior Designers

Best Interior Designers

ANDREW MARTIN

best interior designers: ANDREW MARTIN

Since he founded Andrew Martin more than 40 years ago, Martin Waller has garnered a reputation for translating his far-flung travels into interiors. ‘Homes should be the backdrop to life, full of memories and things that have been collected,’ says Martin, who considers art and artefacts the key to individuality. His design projects run the gamut from James Bond movie sets to a global bank. ‘The  bank has strong links with Asia, so we reconstructed a Thai sala in the entrance hall, complete with its original wooden stilts and an antique Buddha on a plinth under the beams.’ He has also recently completed a home in London where he hung a yellow submarine on the red brick wall of an internal courtyard (‘that was pretty dramatic,’ he admits), and collaborated with Kit Kemp on a fabric and wallpaper collection. andrewmartin.co.uk

AXEL VERVOORDT

AXEL VERVOORDT

Since the 1960s, famed Belgian art and antiques dealer turned decorator Axel Vervoordt has been creating harmonious interiors that eschew the overly decorative in favour of authentic materials. Today, Axel’s eldest son Boris heads up the interior design division as well as the Home Collection and Axel Vervoordt Gallery at Kanaal, a multi-use real-estate development in a former gin distillery on the outskirts of Antwerp. ‘Art has always been integral to our work,’ says Boris. “I’m drawn to the idea of the contemporary ‘kunstkammer’ – a classic art room – and living with artefacts from different cultures.’ Past studio highlights include the penthouse at The Greenwich Hotel in New York which was inspired by the Tribeca neighbourhood’s industrial heritage fused with the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi (the notion of seeing beauty in the imperfect). ‘Building a future that respects the past is a central philosophy in all our work,’ he concludes. axel-vervoordt.com

BEATA HEUMAN

BEATA HEUMAN

‘Playful and irreverent’ – that’s how Beata Heuman describes her style. Since setting up her studio in 2013, the Swedish interior designer has quickly become known for her simple palettes embellished with bespoke furniture, colourful pattern and surreal details. ‘I’ve been using a lot of tonal blues and I’m getting excited about a particular shade of raspberry red,’ says Beata, who always starts with the furniture layout first. ‘When we produce a scheme we tend to not leave anything out, even in an initial presentation. It’s about the whole room and every item contributes to the overall feel.’ She only takes on projects that are a good fit for the studio, which means she is thrilled about all her ongoing work, from designing the interiors of a waterfront new build in Hamburg to refurbishing a 20th-century townhouse in Rotterdam and adding the finishes to a 19th-century, Greek revival, white-clapboard building in Nantucket. ‘It is our first big project in America. The house was absolutely stunning even before we began but I think we have managed to help make it a proper home.’ beataheuman.com

BEN PENTREATH

BEN PENTREATH

Influenced by historical interiors of all periods, Ben Pentreath’s architectural and interior design studio has been championing English country style for the last 15 years, for a roster of A-list clients that includes Liv Tyler and Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge (whose Kensington Palace apartment he revamped). Alongside stand-alone residences, such as a Regency country house in Hampshire and a townhouse in London, he is working on a new development in Truro for the Duchy of Cornwall that features a Royal Crescent (‘to bring an architectural edge to the city’). He is also master planning and designing Tornagrain, a new town in the Scottish Highlands with 5,000 homes and an enormous park at its heart, for the Earl of Moray. At the end of last year he celebrated ten years of Pentreath & Hall, the Lambs Conduit Street furniture, lighting and homeware shop he set up in London’s Bloomsbury with decorative artist Bridie Hall. benpentreath.com

BRADYWILLIAMS

BRADYWILLIAMS

Co-founded by Shayne Brady and Emily Williams in 2013 (who previously worked at David Collins Studio and Louise Bradley respectively), Brady Williams specialises in timeless elegant schemes. ‘Our work reflects what we both value in design, which is acute attention to detail, pared-back style and a love for combining materials influenced by nature and art,’ says Emily,who names French interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot as an inspiring contemporary. They are especially drawn to using interesting wall finishes, whether linen panels or hand-painted high-gloss. ‘We also like to mix periods of furniture and vary our colour palettes from very calm and neutral to rich and punchy, depending on the space and brief,’ says Shayne. Past commercial spaces include Cafe Wolseley in Bicester Village and the beauty and fragrance departments in Fenwick; more recently they have completed two apartments for the Floral Court Collection in Covent Garden and a Regency house in central London. Last year, the duo also launched the London Collection, their first furniture edit. bradywilliamsstudio.com

CAMPBELL-REY

CAMPBELL-REY

Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey met more than a decade ago while editing Acne Studios’ bi-annual in-house publication, Acne Paper. They set up Campbell-Rey in 2014, first as creative directors and brand consultants before branching out into interior design to create spaces that are playful, almost fantastical. ‘The way a room makes you feel is the most important thing,’ says Duncan, listing a house in Kent and a cinema, bar and entertaining space in the south of France as two of their ongoing commitments. Their decorating schemes often feature an element of surprise, such as a hidden bar or a piece of furniture that rotates to perform a second function, as well as plenty of colour and texture. ‘Trompe l’oeil is something we return to and greenery is always fun. We love materials like coloured marble, rattan and beautifully veined rosewood, and have been working with Murano craftsmen for a number of years so handmade glass is also integral to our practice.’

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