DEC­O­RA­TOR IN­DEX

We talk to the Aus­tralian-born, Lon­don-based de­signer and dis­cover how he puts his bold in­te­ri­ors to­gether

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Who is he? Peter Mi­kic ar­rived in Lon­don in 1992 and is renowned for his colour­ful, glam­orous de­signs. His con­fi­dent style is the legacy of his fash­ion ca­reer – after study­ing the sub­ject, he de­signed wom­enswear and accessories be­fore mov­ing to Lon­don and set­ting up a menswear la­bel with a col­lege friend. Fash­ion re­mained his fo­cus un­til 2006, when prop­erty en­trepreneurs Candy & Candy com­mis­sioned Mi­kic to de­sign uni­forms for staff on a lux­ury yacht. The ki­monos he pro­duced, em­broi­dered with Ja­panese cranes, proved so pop­u­lar with the duo that they asked him to cre­ate match­ing cush­ions, cur­tains and up­hol­stery. ‘That was the be­gin­ning of my new ca­reer,’ he says. Mi­kic set up his stu­dio in 2006 and now has an of­fice in Shored­itch, as well as a Not­ting Hill show­room. What’s his style? He de­scribes it as ‘per­sonal and lux­u­ri­ous’, ex­plain­ing: ‘I aim to cap­ture the client’s per­son­al­ity and what their house wants to be. Tex­ture, colour and pat­tern play key roles in my in­te­ri­ors, and I like to mix high­cal­i­bre an­tiques with mod­ern pieces and flea-mar­ket finds’. Mi­kic also says that the clear Aus­tralian light in­spires his vi­brant colour pal­ette, while his fash­ion ex­per­tise helps him to ‘un­der­stand shapes, lay­ers and vol­ume when build­ing an in­te­rior’. Other in­flu­ences in­clude mid- cen­tury mod­ern art and ar­chi­tec­ture – such as the work of Mies van der Rohe and Giò Ponti – and the nat­u­ral world. ‘Nature’s colour pal­ette is full of in­spi­ra­tion – I’m ob­sessed with moss and bark,’ says Mi­kic. ‘Coun­try walks help me clear my mind and fo­cus.’ What are his no­table projects? Mi­kic is as likely to be found kit­ting out a pri­vate jet as he is to be rein­vent­ing a home. His first solo project, a 1970s yacht called the Elis­a­beth F, was fur­nished with mid­cen­tury mod­ern fur­ni­ture and her­alded a new, more re­laxed ap­proach to boat in­te­ri­ors. Among his res­i­den­tial projects, the Is­ling­ton draw­ing room he de­signed in pink, turquoise, yel­low and spring green ( top right) demon­strates his flair for pulling off dar­ing colour schemes. What is he currently work­ing on? The pent­house at The Glebe – a de­vel­op­ment of seven in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed apart­ments in Chelsea. ‘I’m us­ing burnt orange fab­rics on the walls and vel­vet so­fas,’ says Mi­kic. He’s also de­sign­ing a Chelsea gym called KXU, a Ja­cobean-style house in Wind­sor and a con­tem­po­rary home in Ox­ford­shire. He says ‘In­te­rior de­sign should be fun, so find a dec­o­ra­tor that you en­joy be­ing with. Go and have cock­tails to­gether! I of­ten take my clients an­tiques shop­ping, or to art fairs.’ pe­ter­mi­kic.com

‘I aim to cap­ture the client’s per­son­al­ity – tex­ture, colour and pat­tern play key roles in my in­te­ri­ors, and I like to mix an­tiques with mod­ern pieces and flea-mar­ket finds’

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