Bri­tish glam

Come 2014, malaysian homes can opt for a makeover, bri­tish-style.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SPACE - By LEE MEI LI star2@thes­tar.com.my

IT’S a scary world out there and “home” is the an­ti­dote. That’s ac­cord­ing to glob­ally­ac­claimed Bri­tish in­te­rior de­signer Lau­rence Llewe­lyn-Bowen, who feels that “noth­ing beats the feel­ing of con­tent­ment that clos­ing your own front door on the out­side world cre­ates”.

Best known for his ap­pear­ances on the BBC TV pro­gramme Chang­ing Rooms and as head judge on Star World’s The Apart­ment re­al­ity se­ries, Llewe­lyn-Bowen is all for mak­ing homes “look as good as they should”, al­beit in a very Bri­tish way.

The Bri­tain-based de­signer re­cently launched the House of Lau­rence in Asia, a brand new global home col­lec­tion en­com­pass­ing fur­ni­ture, a din­ing range, bed linen sets, dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories and a se­ries of home fra­grances. So far, the brand has a firm foot­ing in China; when it ar­rives on the shores of Malaysia (hope­fully by Spring 2014), we will get a first-hand look into the Bri­tish world of de­sign style and liv­ing, helmed by con­cepts of “ev­ery­day lux­ury” and “de­sign democ­racy”.

“My brand is def­i­nitely less about a look, and much more to do with an at­ti­tude. It fol­lows the tra­di­tion of Bri­tish brands like Vivi­enne West­wood, Alexan­der McQueen and Paul Smith – all of th­ese brands are ul­ti­mately about an in­di­vid­ual’s take on the world they live in,” said Llewe­lyn-Bowen in a phone in­ter­view.

Hav­ing spent a good amount of time in Kuala Lumpur film­ing the past three sea­sons of The Apart­ment

Op­u­lent home: a din­ing room set from the House of Lau­rence. The brand is all about bring­ing the posh­ness of the bri­tish way of liv­ing to the peo­ple.

Quaint cush­ions that ex­ude the quirky in­di­vid­u­al­ity and old-school chic of bri­tish glam­our.

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