Cre­ative cap­i­tal

On the eve of London’s de­sign fes­ti­val, Ara­bella Youens asks four lead­ing de­sign­ers why the city is home to some of the world’s most in­spir­ing in­te­ri­ors

Country Life Every Week - - Interiors - Il­lus­tra­tion by Sholto Walker

The Bri­tish have a long tra­di­tion of em­brac­ing the in­flu­ences of oth­ers—in the 17th cen­tury, the sim­plic­ity and del­i­cacy of blue­and-white porce­lain in­spired a whole gen­er­a­tion of our own ce­ramic de­sign­ers, who quickly made the style their own. Along with lac­quer, chintz and pais­ley, it be­came one of the many bor­rowed in­gre­di­ents in the de­li­cious mix that de­fined coun­try-house style.

Nowhere is this en­dur­ing spirit of stylis­tic di­ver­sity in Bri­tish de­sign more ap­par­ent than on London’s Pim­lico Road, where the win­dows of Sibyl Cole­fax & John Fowler, Robert Kime, Lin­ley, Soane and Rose Uni­acke swing dra­mat­i­cally from eclec­tic ‘anti-style’ to looks that are care­fully con­sid­ered and pared down.

how­ever, in­creas­ingly, it isn’t just aes­thetic depth and breadth that London offers, but also ac­cess to the rich tra­di­tion of crafts­man­ship that un­der­pins the city’s po­si­tion as an un­par­al­leled source of beau­ti­fully made fur­ni­ture and tex­tiles.

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