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
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.’