De­sign­ers are bring­ing fash­ion home

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dif­fer­ent, too. “We looked at a lot of pre­sen­ta­tions from top in­te­rior ar­chi­tects, and they felt very much the same,” she says. “We wanted some­thing a bit out of the box.”

Tex­tiles nat­u­rally play a large role in his scheme, from the co­coon­ing suede­and linen-lined walls to the shaggy lamb’s wool that ef­fer­vesces out of the black lac­quer vin­tage din­ing chairs. His work­room made the cur­tains, the bor­ders of which are sewn with bright red che­nille thread, like a su­per­sized tack­ing stitch on a gar­ment. He also com­mis­sioned the em­broi­dery on the cush­ions from the same In­dian sup­plier he uses for his fash­ion work (who also works for Ar­mani and Valentino).

“I don’t use print in my fash­ion, and that’s an­other thing that has car­ried through,” says Starzewski. In­stead, the vis­ual in­ter­est comes from the va­ri­ety of tex­tures, as well as dis­tinc­tive fur­ni­ture pieces that he de­signed him­self. Six­ties gouache paint­ings that were the orig­i­nal art­work for Her­mès’ fa­mous scarves grace the liv­ing room walls, and tribal jew­ellery has been mounted on stands in one of the bed­rooms – fash­ion re­pur­posed as ob­jets d’art.

Starzewski is not the only de­signer cross­ing over. Bella Freud, best known for her ir­rev­er­ent slo­gan knitwear, is team­ing up with ar­chi­tec­tural sal­vage ex­pert Retrou­vius to fur­nish a three­bed­room apart­ment at Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre, the for­mer head­quar­ters of the BBC in London’s White City.

Sit­ting atop the He­lios Building (bet­ter known as the “dough­nut” back in the BBC days), the apart­ment’s de­sign is an in­trigu­ing prospect: Freud’s pop-punk at­ti­tude and Retrou­vius’s in­tu­itive abil­ity to rein­vent old ma­te­ri­als and ob­jects for new

A To­masz Starzewskidesigned flat in Chiltern Place, above; Sharpei sofa, be­low left, from £11,650, Roberto Cavalli Home

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