Access All Areas – Four Interior Designers Whose Style We Admire17 December 2020
Interiors inspiration abounds. From the magazine titles to which we subscribe to the influx of schemes-to-die-for that fill our Instagram feed, decorating ideas to want and wish for are hardly in short supply. There comes a time though that you need to home in on your favourites, to narrow down your options, and to focus on the sources that inspire you most – otherwise, you’ll never make it from scheme dream into reality. To let you in on a secret, here are the four of those that we admire most in the world of interior design.
Barlow & Barlow
First up, the energising and exuberant British designer, Barlow & Barlow – with a golden pineapple as their brand motif, you get an immediate idea for their design philosophy.
A family affair, the studio is spearheaded by brother and sister Lucy and Max. Lucy leads on the decoration side while Max is their in-house lighting designer; Barlow & Barlow is a rare breed in London that offers a specialist service on interior architecture, decoration and lighting.
What we love most: how they shake up the classic English interior with fearlessness that leads to interiors that are bold, eclectic but also warm and welcoming.
Favourite project to date: The Event’s Director project in Notting Hill – a home awash with mood-boosting pattern and colour that crash courageously but look all the better for it. The peacock green and watermelon pink combination had us swooning and is one that repeats from sitting room footstool to herringbone tiles and pink bowl sink in the bathroom.
An Artisans of Devizes collaboration: head to the Restauranteur project to spy our Milan tiles in the master bathroom.
Follow them at: @barlowandbarlow
Founded in 1998 by Emily Todhunter, this second British interior design firm is a constant in the Top 100 Interior Designers lists seen annually in the likes of House & Garden and Homes & Gardens. And for good reason, Todhunter and her business partner Kate Earle specialise in interior decoration ranging from restaurants and yachts to ski chalets, and of course many of the world’s most extraordinary homes.
What we love most: their innate sense of scale that means they can master the perfect assembly of materials to enhance the proportions of the space with which they’re working. With Todhunter Earle, a room can feel ever more light, bright and spacious.
Favourite project to date: the grand-as-you-like Surrey Hills project where period features meets contemporary restraint as Todhunter Earle present the most beautiful selection of fine antiques against a pared-back palette. Those flared wingback shearling chairs in the sitting room window – swoon.
An Artisans of Devizes collaboration: Todhunter Earle took our tiles to the bathrooms, bedrooms and hallways of Oxfordshire’s finest, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – a loyal client of hers for more than a decade.
Follow them at: @todhunterearleinteriors
A Wiltshire and London-based studio that has fast become renowned for its command of heritage British design but with a fresh, clean perspective giving rise to interiors that feel utterly timeless. From its art and antique-sourcing consultancy to its lighting plans and bespoke joinery services, it offers a great deal more than interior decoration for properties than range for rural estates to city townhouses.
What we love most: its reinterpretation of the quintessential English country house aesthetic. A Sims Hilditch interior is as classic and comfortable as it gets and is recognised for its quiet colours, natural materials and warming textures.
Favourite project to date: we’d have to pick its founder’s country cottage home where shiplap-clad walls and ceilings, an elevated library in the family sitting room and landscaped gardens (complete with orchard) are amongst its most appealing traits.
An Artisans of Devizes Collaboration: Sims Hilditch might take our tiles to many of the properties in their portfolio, but we’re also underfoot in their own two design studio locations. Amaya Limestone lies in the working kitchen of their Parsons Green design house with Grafton Limestone on the terrace floor, whereas Buscot limestone lines the floors of the Sims Hilditch Headquarters in Wiltshire.
Follow them at: @simshilditch
John Evans Design
One of the longest established practices in our top five, John Evans Design was founded in 1980 and is recognised as a leading architectural interior designer collective with an international clientele. Spatial planning and a natural understanding of flow is at the heart of their approach with its founder John Evans remaining instrumental in every one of its commissions.
What we love most: its meticulous application of Georgian-inspired architecture into its projects. John is an admirer of the period’s love of symmetry and minimal structure in a space to allow for maximum natural light to flood through.
Favourite project to date: the bespoke bar project that resulted in a tan leather, quilted suede, dark wood and burnished brass symphony of detail – sultry and sophisticated indeed.
An Artisans of Devizes Collaboration: Lulworth sandstone and Amaya limestone flagstones filled the floors of a recent new-build country home on which John Evans Design was commissioned, chosen to add convincingly aged character to the property.
Follow them at: @johnevansinteriordesign