In­te­rior de­signer El­liot James Bar­ratt dis­cusses the el­e­ments of British-style in­te­ri­ors and the decor trends to watch

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Tell us more about your de­sign phi­los­o­phy. Our com­pany ethos is about bring­ing the British hall­mark of qual­ity to all ar­eas of the com­pany, be it per­sonal ser­vice, the qual­ity of build or the at­ten­tion to de­tail. We be­lieve our clients are the most im­por­tant. It’s about re­flect­ing their needs and their per­son­al­i­ties, and to make sure that the de­sign con­cept works for their life­style.

How does this in­flu­ence your aesthetic? The El­liot James style is un­der­stated and re­fined; we do clean lines for the floors and walls, then in­ject pops of colour through ma­te­ri­als and fab­rics. Our start­ing point tends to be a par­tic­u­lar chair or art­work that the client al­ready owns and we’ll build the de­sign around that. Crafts­man­ship is also very im­por­tant so we make sure that peo­ple get well-built fur­ni­ture, de­signed in a style that’s built to last.

In your opin­ion, what are the quin­tes­sen­tial el­e­ments of British style? I think the British do eclec­tic very well, plus we have a lot of an­tiques and his­tory when it comes to in­te­rior de­sign. We en­joy mix­ing the con­tem­po­rary and the mod­ern with the tra­di­tional and clas­sic. I like work­ing with rich ma­te­ri­als like leather, brass and vel­vet. I also love nat­u­ral wood, which brings a cer­tain warmth to the in­te­rior. What are some emerg­ing in­te­rior trends you have ob­served in Asia? There are a lot more vel­vet and me­tallics, with the emer­gence of cop­pers, brass and gold, and that’s a trend that I see con­tin­u­ing. I re­ally en­joy mix­ing shades of grey against the cop­per tones; blues have re­placed greys and now I am see­ing rich greens com­ing through. Peo­ple have been play­ing it safe for a long time. Now they are start­ing to get more cre­ative with in­ject­ing pat­terns on fab­rics and us­ing more tex­tures. Go­ing be­spoke is an­other emerg­ing trend. Get­ting some­one to cus­tom build can make an in­te­rior unique and more de­sir­able. We’re work­ing with a com­pany to de­sign a bar cart and pro­vide a be­spoke ser­vice for built-in home bars—this is a trend I keep read­ing about, with home­own­ers be­com­ing more in­ter­ested in cock­tail mak­ing and en­ter­tain­ing at home.

What’s in the pipeline for El­liot James? The goal is to grow our team and to do more over­seas projects. At the mo­ment we have res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial projects in Sin­ga­pore and the UK, and vil­las in the Gili is­lands in Indonesia. We’re also work­ing with shoe maker Sep­tieme Largeur, who of­fers patina fin­ishes for its men’s shoes, to do a be­spoke col­lec­tion. Clients who wish to buy fur­ni­ture from the Patina col­lec­tion can have a fin­ish in any colour they like. We can even do a whole gra­di­ent of colours if they wish, for some­thing truly be­spoke.

LEFT TO RIGHT The Avry night club in Sin­ga­pore; British in­te­rior de­signer El­liot James Bar­ratt; a daybed from the Patina col­lec­tion by El­liot James

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