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
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.