After reading the much anticipated Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Review which is now in its 24th volume, we were so inspired by the exploration of the worlds best 100 designers we thought we would share the top 20 Interior Design Studios based in the UK (according to Andrew Martin).
“Curated, crafted, considered, characterful.”
Elicyon are working on some really interesting projects at the moment, so their inclusion in the design review is no surprise. Additional to the projects listed in the book, Daedalian Glass Studios have been in discussions about various collaborations with Elicyon – look out for more news on this in 2021! Elicyon’s style combines contemporary timeless glamour with an ‘industrial luxe’ feel.
“Detailed design with a unique mix of texture.”
Fiona Barratt-Campbell’s signature style features “sophisticated neutrals interlaced with bursts of accent colour”. We loved seeing her experimental design style of bringing 20th century antiques into her interiors, which provide a striking combination of modern and traditional styles. Her attention to detail sees her recognized internationally as one of Britain’s leading faces in interior design.
“Refreshingly unique and personalised.”
Irene Gunter, the founder of Gunter & Co, creates interiors inspired by vintage furniture and contemporary sculptures with historical architectural details. Her passion for design shines through her refined and sophisticated interiors, and we are particularly drawn to her combination of colour.
“Laid back luxe.”
Harriet’s interiors look almost effortless and have the rustic charm of exposed wooden joists, exposed floorboards, and unplastered / weathered walls often incorporated.
In the image below, for example, there is such a juxtaposition between the perfectly clean oven, the crisp white towel hanging on its front, and the neatly ordered sauces / accompaniments on the table-top against the exposed painted brickwork, the pans seemingly unordered against the wall, and the baskets on the shelves with one having handles pointing outwards and the other to the sides. Not to mention the obvious detail of the traditional broom leaning against the wall next to the straw dogs bed spilling across the floor.
“Do it with love or don’t bother.”
Honky Design utilise bespoke wall features to personalise their project and add a splash of colour to the signature monochromatic soft furnishings and soft lighting. We love the slightly Scandi Style touch in Honky’s interiors paired with a vibrant splash of colour.
“Dare to be different, sophisticated, and sexy.”
Quirky, eclectic, and playful are the words that come to mind when viewing Jimmie Martin’s designs. Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar’s style is epitomised by their bold use of modern kitsch ornaments alongside a classic luxury staple – purple velvet chairs, Sir William Beecheys iconic portrait of Lord Nelson with a gold background and spray painted lettering, and a bouquet of flowers in a vase (reminiscent of Claude Monet paintings) sitting atop a graffiti clad table.
7. Kit Kemp
“The devil is in the detail.”
Kit Kemp MBE is both the Founder and Creative Director of Firndale Hotels, and a rather successful author on the subject of interior design! Her passion and individualistic approach to design is demonstrated by the colourful storytelling throughout her interiors – with bold colours, textures and patterns creating a classic yet modern approach.
“True elegance transcends time, location and trend.”
Katharine Pooley is renowned for its technically complex and ground-breaking projects, making them one of the most sought after interior design companies worldwide. Their interiors speak for themselves, with subtle colour combinations and as always a luxury aesthetic.
9. Kelly Hoppen
“A subtle fusion of East Meets West, intuitively balanced with an opulent warmth.”
Kelly Hoppen is a woman that needs no introduction, she is probably the most publicly recognised designer in the UK from her TV work – and even managed to land a cameo in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Neutral tones paired with clean lines, charming warmth from lighting and textures, and opulent design all result in Kelly’s renowned and unmistakable design style.
We worked Kelly Hoppen a few years ago on the Samsung Home Innovation Luxury Living Space at Harrods Department Store.
10. Laura Hammett
“Tailored and timeless.”
Laura Hammet’s signature style combines an architectural feel with classic contemporary designs and bespoke finishes creating luxurious interiors with neutral pallets and simple forms. Subtle touches of elegance decorate the interiors where inspiration is drawn from the clients, the building, and also the location of the project. We worked alongside the talented designers at Laura Hammett last year for a private residential project (1702) featuring kiln formed glass designed as a feature panel.
11. Muza Lab
“Limitless holistic design innovation, connecting hearts and minds.”
Launched in 2017, Muza Lab is fast becoming a name to know in the luxury interior design world. The studio already has an impressive design portfolio, including the redesign of a 1931 vintage super yacht (currently ongoing) that Daedalian Glass Studios have been collaborating on.
Key to Muza Labs work is the element of storytelling and this is evident in the incorporation of the local culture, history, and legends within the designs of their international portfolio.
12. Nicky Dobree
Classic and comfortable contemporary design, blended with a timeless elegance would describe Nicky Dobree’s design style. Nicky has set the trend for ‘Alpine luxury’ creating eye-catching interiors, with a strong sense of place, enabling the clients individual style to be translated throughout the interiors.
13. Olga Ashby
“Tailored sophistication with the personal touch.”
Olga Ashby are specialists in high end interiors, where each project is tailored to the clients unique design tastes to create comfortable, yet bespoke interiors. Offering a combination of gorgeous textiles and finishes, functionality, bespoke furniture, and most importantly a high level of creativity – Olga Ashby’s attention to detail is evident throughout her interiors.
14. Pippa Patton
“Respect the past to create the future.”
Specialising in contemporary transformations of period Cotswold homes, Pippa Patton works to reflect the unique character of the interior with her consistent “unwavering focus on the bones of the structure”. After reading her feature in Andrew Martins Interior Design Review, the thing that struck us the most was her clever combination of contemporary materials and their textures. Materials such as wood, linen, stone, leather, polished concrete and plaster, resin and steel play an integral part of her design of creating timeless and luxurious homes.
15. Shalini Misra
“Respectful, responsible, sustainable, layered, balanced, versatile.”
Shalini Misra has gained a loyal clientele through its timeless, functional, and characterful interiors. Their design philosophy centres around the holistic approach of merging old with new, using textures and patterns, playing with volume and layering lighting. Art and sustainability also play an integral role in their interiors where eco-friendly paint, reclaimed wood, and vintage pieces are incorporated to create spaced filled with unique individuality and creativity.
16. Sims Hilditch
“Elegant, contemporary, English living.”
The best way to describe Sims Hilditch design style is a British take on countryside style, filled with elegant and contemporary touches with an urban edge. The designs radiate a tranquillity using the texture of natural materials, fresh colours and creating areas of light and shade.
17. Sophie Paterson
“Homes that feel as good to live in, as they are to look at.”
A mixture of rustic chic and classic contemporary styles result in Sophie Paterson’s comfortable, timeless and beautiful interiors. Sophie’s bespoke vision enables her to create personal interiors for clients through a delicate use of colour, texture and prioritising the functionality of the space.
18. Studio Ashby
“Driven by beauty, discovery, and the potential for telling stories.”
Studio Ashby’s interiors combine a homely feel with an eclectic use of colourful layers. Sophie’s approach to design is to inspire clients and deliver function and warmth using photography, modern furniture, antiques, and contemporary art.
19. Taylor Howes
“True design for living.”
What we love the most about Taylor Howes interiors is how the spaces have a subtle glamour about them with bold uses of colour, symmetry in the design, little details to create a classic and contemporary look. Her interiors all seem to perfectly capture the balance between functionality and elegance which keep her strong client base returning time after time.
20. Terence Disdale
Terence Disdale are a constant source of inspiration for us at Daedalian as they are the leading yacht design specialists. Terence Disdale’s design style is undeniably beautiful with its layers of texture, colour palettes, and relaxed interiors which are often described as “beach-house not penthouse”.
For more design inspiration, check out Andrew Martins Interior Design Review 2020, the definitive guide to the world’s top 100 designers.
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