The de­signer’s room

Oak join­ery and sleek con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture com­bine seam­lessly in this West Sus­sex house trans­formed by the in­te­rior de­signer Rui Ribeiro

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It was a de­sire to study in­te­rior de­sign at London’s Guild­hall Univer­sity that brought Ribeiro to the UK from Por­tu­gal in 1982. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, he be­gan his pro­fes­sional ca­reer at an ar­chi­tec­tural firm de­sign­ing spa­ces for cor­po­rate clients be­fore jump­ing over to the res­i­den­tial side, first join­ing Jonathan Reed and, later, set­ting up his epony­mous prac­tice.

Although based in Not­ting Hill, he works on houses both in the UK and overseas, in­clud­ing a flat in the Albany, Pic­cadilly, an Arts-and-crafts house in Chelsea and a res­i­dence in Porto.

the clients at this house in West Sus­sex were par­tic­u­larly keen to bring a lighter and more eclec­tic feel to the 400-year-old, Grade Ii-listed build­ing. Although the bones of the sit­ting room in this fam­ily house would re­main grounded in the 16th cen­tury—with a stud­ded oak door, ex­posed beams and open brick­work —the scheme suc­cess­fully jux­ta­poses these pe­riod de­tails with a more mod­ern look through the use of con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture. the eye-catch­ing redleather wing chair is by Howe and the cus­tom-made cor­ner sofa and ot­toman were de­signed in-house by Rui’s team and up­hol­stered in a mix of fab­rics, in­clud­ing linen, mo­hair and vel­vet.

these new pieces are set along­side an­tique ta­bles and ta­ble lamps picked up at var­i­ous deal­ers and art­works from the clients’ own col­lec­tion. On the floor is wall-to-wall sisal over­laid with rush mats, in keep­ing with the semi­in­for­mal look of the room. Light is pro­vided by dis­creet bronze direc­tional down­lighters hid­den in the heavy oak beams, art­fully com­bin­ing clas­sic style with con­tem­po­rary ease. Rui Ribeiro, 4B, Led­bury Mews North, London W11 2AF (020–7243 4209; www.ruiribeiroin­t­e­ri­ors.com)

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