Ben studied History of Art at the University of Edinburgh before attending The Prince of Walesõs Institute of Architecture and later working for The Princeõs Foundation, an educational charity that focuses on sustainable development. He launched his own architectural practice in 2004. In 2008, he opened a design store, Pentreath & Hall, in London, selling furniture, lighting and accessories.
His new book, English Houses, will be published on September 8 (£30, Ryland Peters & Small)
Benõs practice works across a variety of disciplines, including master planning and urban development to commissions for private houses and interior decorating schemes. Highprofile projects include the remodelling of Lime Wood Hotel in Hampshire and Poundbury, an experimental new town owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.
3, Lamp Office Court, London WC1N ( 020Ð7430 2424; www. benpentreath.com) Things I couldn’t live without 1. Seagrass flooring 2. A pair of fine candlesticks 3. Fresh flowers 4. A strong armchair 5. An upholstered ottoman