Has mixed an­tiques, bold colours and his own de­signs to cre­ate a colour­ful scheme that art­fully evokes the spirit of the past in a Spi­tal­fields house

Country Life Every Week - - Interior Design -

De­spite be­ing based in ru­ral Hamp­shire, Max Rol­litt has clients all over the world and, al­though his aes­thetic is firmly rooted in the clas­sic english tra­di­tion, he uses a mix of bold colour and fur­ni­ture with strik­ing sil­hou­ettes to cre­ate a highly dis­tinc­tive, al­most con­tem­po­rary look.

His style is based on his deep un­der­stand­ing of the an­tique fur­ni­ture in which he has been deal­ing since his early twen­ties—knowl­edge he used to de­sign his own range in 2006, which in­cludes up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture such as this Katzic sofa, based on a 18th-cen­tury piece he bought from a Lan­cashire manor house. Both the sofa and the stool are up­hol­stered in the same an­tique French linen he dyed a vi­brant yel­low. the pair of chairs is based on orig­i­nals made for the earl of Mo­ray in 1808.

this scheme was cre­ated for an 18th­cen­tury house in spi­tal­fields. it’s typ­i­cal of Mr Rol­litt’s work in that it com­bines both new pieces from his own range, as well as rare an­tique pieces, such as a late-18th-cen­tury mar­quetry chest dec­o­rated with a sea­weed de­sign, a wrought-iron Lib­erty lamp from the late 19th cen­tury and a lamp base made from a Chi­nese vase.

the scheme also fea­tures the work of the de­signer Mar­i­anna Kennedy, who de­signed the over­man­tel above the fire­place and a blind in semi-trans­par­ent cloth used to bind books (020– 7375 2757; www.mar­i­an­nakennedy.com).

Max Rol­litt (www.maxrol­litt.com; 01962 791124)

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