Earn your stripes
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)