Earn your stripes

Country Life Every Week - - Interior Design -

is­sues such as the noise of tele­vi­sions and pri­vacy raise their heads—not to men­tion the fact that open-plan spa­ces don’t con­tain heat as ef­fec­tively as a room with four walls. None of these are is­sues in en­closed spa­ces, which also have the at­trac­tion of feel­ing cosy and in­ti­mate.

As ev­ery good in­te­rior de­signer knows, there are plenty of ways to max­imise space with­out con­sign­ing in­ter­nal walls to a skip— not least, well-planned rooms with care­fully con­fig­ured ar­range­ments of fur­ni­ture. And talk­ing of skips, there’s no bet­ter way to max­imise space than hav­ing a good chuck­out. There’s some­thing won­der­fully nutty about the fur­ni­ture de­signed by Rhubar­blon­don. For mil­i­tary types, there are chairs dressed in a Royal Air Force over­coat or a Royal Sig­nal Corps uni­form. For the rus­tic at heart, there are chairs in tweed and city slick­ers can re­lax in a wing chair in a city suit. Prices start at £2,800 (020—7262 0749; www.rhubarb lon­don.com)

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