Interior decorator Trilbey Gordon works with a London businessman to create a stunningly eclectic home that’s an exquisite interplay of contrasts | 室內裝飾師Trilbey Gordon
When the London-based COO of a large property company sought out Trilbey Gordon’s design services for his home, she remembers how enjoyable the experience was – from planning to conception – because they had a clear, shared vision of the ultimate look and feel. "We wanted the home to be an eclectic mix of old and new, and raw and refined, with a sense of playfulness and decadence that also evoked drama and moodiness," she says.
Originally a typical Victorian house with a warren of small rooms, Trilbey recalls that the initial goal was to open up the spaces of the residence and move the rooms around. "We moved the kitchen to the centre of the house and the reception room to the front, while a huge living room combining the media room, bar area and dining room was extended at the back of the house onto the garden," notes Trilbey. "I opened up the entire first floor to create a huge master bedroom suite with a large bathroom, steam room and a walk-in closet. Then we turned three of the other existing bedrooms into a two-floor Moroccan-style mezzanine bedroom and sitting room for his daughter. The top floor was turned into another huge bedroom suite for his other daughter."
To retain a sense of history, Trilbey inserted some architectural features back into the house, including deep dentil cornices, high skirting and wooden floors. Confiding her love for mid-century furniture and a 1970s vibe, the designer explains that the look was very much on the agenda. "My interiors are very influenced by fashion – I used to work at Vogue, so the styling side of things comes naturally to me. I view a room as a stage set and style it in the same way I would for a photography shoot. Details are the essence to me and nothing is overlooked."
Trilbey lived in Los Angeles for a few years in her early 20s; she recalls it as a time when the mid century-modern aesthetic was practically unknown in London. "That period was such a huge influence on me – from architects like John Lautner and Frank
Lloyd Wright to the maximalist homes furnished by Tony Duquette, I also discovered wonderful, creative mid century furniture by designers like Milo Baughman, Aldo Tura, Paul Evans, Karl Springer and Willy Rizzo," she says. "It was also during this period that my own style began to emerge."
For this home, Trilbey feels that her unexpected choices give the space its spirit and edge. She confesses to loving colour in her work, but for this project, she wanted this home to feel both masculine and sexy. The starting point for the design was a handwoven star rug by jewellery designer Solange Azagury-Partridge. As a huge fan of her jewellery work, Trilbey saw the rug in the designer’s showroom and instantly fell in love it. "We wanted to create that wow factor as soon as you walk into the house," she says. "I cut the rug up into individual pieces and had them put onto each stair, so that each one was different."
The reception room was designed to feel like a modern version of a classic English gentleman’s club – a place where the homeowner can enjoy a whisky, read a book and smoke a cigar. "I love bookshelves in a home, so I carefully curated a selection of the most beautiful antique leather and
Trilbey在20來歲時曾於洛杉磯住上數年，那時候的倫敦對中世紀現代美學仍然不太熟悉。「這時段對我影響甚深——建築師如John Lautner和Frank Lloyd Wright，以及Tony Duquette裝飾的浮華家居，也是如此令人振奮，另外也發掘了Milo Baughman、Aldo Tura、Paul Evans、Karl Springer和Willy Rizzo等設計師的中世紀傢具。」她指：「我的自家風格也從那時建立而來。」