Eighteenth Century, cosy Devon pub and restaurant with eccentric and surprising design touches
The brief was to create a traditional feeling pub and more formal restaurant that also reflected the owners flamboyant style and taste.
Reclaimed oak and natural flagstone flooring are the backdrop to colourful fabrics, luxurious banquette seating and playful taxidermy.
British furniture makers, craftsman and artists played a crucial role in achieving the overall aesthetic, whilst traditional methods were called upon with key features like the Windsor chairs and bespoke, hand carved stone fire place.
An elevated Victorian cottage to reflect our client’s lively style
Our client asked us to bring their traditional Victorian cottage into the 21st century with colour, texture and rich materials. To use interesting wallpapers was also a key part of the brief, so we found unique surface designers who supplied us with incredible hand-printed papers. Modern floor and wall tiles added another layer of pattern to the kitchen and bathrooms, while traditional herringbone flooring gave a cosy and authentic feel. A refurbished Victorian icebox created an impressive home bar and focal point and bespoke furniture from George Smith gave the house a luxurious ‘wow’ factor.
Welcoming, relaxed restaurant with a Hygge theme and theatre kitchen
Asked by our clients to create a mixture of private and communal seating that adapts seamlessly for families and couples, we decided to design a mixture of bespoke furniture that gave the large, open plan space character and atmosphere, as well as being flexible. Tall sofas, banquettes and booths all work together to create a comfortable, cosy feel, whilst the theatre kitchen is both stylish and fully operational so that guests can enjoy the view. A stunning, panoramic wood burner takes centre stage and immediately sets the tone of Hygee (the Scandinavian word for cosy conviviality and wellness).
Contemporary woodland pods with a Scandinavian, vibrant look
These incongruous tree perches needed to be playful and fun but at the same time be true to their tree house roots. Natural materials have been mixed with layers of different timbers and patterns to give an overall fresh and colourful feel. Luxurious design elements like the large, bespoke daybeds and adult bunks have been cleverly designed to fit the awkward curves and maximize the space. Each perch has it’s own, large, private deck, with a nostalgic, suspended rope bridge and pair of rustic bathtubs.
Taking cues from the Neoclassical architecture of the hotel’s two townhouses, we brought an opulent, characterful style to the bedrooms and public spaces, featuring Persian rugs, ornate mirrors, luxurious fabrics and unique artworks. The rich, earthy colour palette was inspired by the landscape of the Orkney Islands, birthplace of the hotel’s owners Derek and Shirley Mowat, while Derek’s classic car collection was referenced by a carefully chosen selection of motoring memorabilia, subtly dotted throughout the hotel.
A contemporary-country hotel with an industrial edge
Opened in June 2015, The Fish is a 47-bedroom boutique hotel set on a 400-acre Cotswolds estate, and the sister hotel of Dormy House and Foxhill Manor. We were commissioned to design the interiors in a manner that stayed true to the ‘family resemblance’ between the three hotels, but which gave the Fish its own distinct personality. Our scheme takes inspiration from the Fish’s spectacular countryside surroundings, incorporating elements of agricultural industry inspired by neighbouring farms.
Invited by Terry Venables and his wife Yvette to help design their countryside boutique hotel near Alcoy in Spain, we brought a contemporary and colourful finca-style aesthetic to its 10 bedrooms and hilltop cabins. ‘Escondida’ translates as ‘hideaway’, which inspired us to use wild, organic prints to tell the hotel’s story and reflect its serene natural surroundings.
We worked alongside our good friends at Calico Interiors to restore a 14th-century hotel in Cirencester, with 45 bedrooms, bar and restaurant, giving it an elegant 21st-century look, while remaining in seamless sympathy with the listed building’s history. The bespoke fabrics and overall interior style are heavily influenced by the building's heritage and surrounding area.
Inspired by retro Bombay café culture, Dishoom has become one of London’s most beloved casual-dining experiences. The group invited us to dress its London restaurants in celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival that marks the victory of light over darkness. We incorporated flower garlands and, of course, lights to create a stylish and celebratory atmosphere.
Kensington’s Ampersand hotel opened in 2012 in the heart of London’s museum district. We were asked to help bring the hotel’s surroundings into its interiors, taking inspiration from the Natural History Museum and the V&A nearby. We curated a number of different styling stories throughout the hotel, including its Apero restaurant, where a huge cabinet showcases a range of objects that illustrate the Mediterranean menu.
This luxurious Arts and Crafts manor house on Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds brought us on board to style its public spaces in time for its launch as an eight-bedroom private-house hotel. We were commissioned to redesign its dining room and to add homey touches to the rest of the manor, including dressing the kitchen so guests would feel welcome to come in and watch the chef at work.
Our services have been called on by boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith on numerous occasions. Over the last decade, we have styled their book covers and photoshoots, produced and styled hotel videos, and designed and orchestrated their annual awards show. In the process, Hannah herself has been lucky enough to visit and review more than 100 Smith hotels worldwide.
The inspirational homeware brand asked us to style the catalogue shoot for its Spring-Summer 2016 furniture and accessories range. In response to their request for a clean and simple style, we created settings that presented the products at their best, giving them a sense of place and an engaging lifestyle story, while keeping the props to a minimum.
For the restaurant at its Renaissance hotel in Vienna, Marriott Hotels asked us to tell the story of a 19th-century traveller on the Orient Express’ inaugural journey via the items he collected along the way. The result was a series of cabinets containing objects and artefacts from the worlds of natural history, geology, ethnography, archaeology, religion and art.