An artist’s eye for spa­ces

Robert Kime’s lat­est project demon­strates a rare abil­ity to com­bine fur­ni­ture, ob­jects and tex­tiles that create rooms with a painterly beauty, says Giles Kime

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Much of what has been writ­ten about Robert Kime—his work at high­grove, for in­stance, and at clarence house—de­scribes him as an in­te­rior de­signer, but he doesn’t feel this is an ad­e­quate de­scrip­tion. ‘I put things to­gether,’ he states in the sit­ting room of his Lon­don home, a short walk from the Pim­lico Road, SW1, where his new shop opens next month.

This is a star­tling sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of an abil­ity that has made him one of the world’s most sought-af­ter in­te­rior de­sign­ers. And the ef­fect is far from sim­ple; he trans­forms spa­ces with a com­bi­na­tion of tex­tiles, ce­ram­ics and fur­ni­ture from dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods and parts of the world, some of it very grand, some of it less so. ‘Look over there,’ he says, point­ing to a low cup­board on which a row of Mid­dle Eastern tiles is dis­played. ‘It’s not a great cup­board—i doubt it’s worth more than £80—but, when you put them to­gether, they work.’

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