We talk to our favourite in­te­rior de­sign­ers about their work and ask them to share their styling tips

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style | Decorating - OLIVER GUS­TAV

Who is he? Oliver Gus­tav is an in­te­rior ar­chi­tect, a gal­lerist and prod­uct de­signer. In 2007, he be­gan do­ing fash­ion show set de­sign for the likes of Louis Vuit­ton; four years later, he launched his in­te­rior de­sign stu­dio (right) in an old sta­ble build­ing near the Amalien­borg Palace in Copen­hagen. In 2016, he opened a sec­ond stu­dio at the gallery space in the new 11 Howard ho­tel in New York. He sells a cu­rated edit of be­spoke pieces by de­sign­ers and artists from Faye Too­good to Vin­cenzo De Cotiis. ‘Be­ing both a gallery and in­te­rior prac­tice comes nat­u­rally to me; it’s a way of com­bin­ing what I love,’ he ex­plains. ‘I rep­re­sent a hand­ful of in­ter­est­ing artists that speak to my DNA – some are very fa­mous and oth­ers are rook­ies in whom I have spot­ted a spe­cial tal­ent.’ What’s his style? For in­te­ri­ors, Gus­tav con­trasts mod­ern pieces with rare finds and cu­riosi­ties, and a pal­ette based on grey tones and mono­chrome sur­faces ( he adds in sepia shades for a softer touch). ‘You will no­tice mono­chrome spa­ces in my projects. I al­ways try to unify the colours of the walls and ceil­ings to make a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment. I love the in­dus­trial – be it old or new, dis­tressed or sim­ple.’ He’s also some­one for who tex­ture is essen­tial. ‘I bal­ance soft and edgy to cre­ate an aes­thetic full of beau­ti­ful con­trasts.’ What are his re­cent projects? Gus­tav, who usu­ally takes on three large projects a year, has al­most ex­clu­sively worked on res­i­den­tial projects ( be­low, right). ‘I mostly work with pri­vate clients be­cause I want to help them re­alise their dreams. I lis­ten, in­ter­pret and get in­spi­ra­tion, but I al­ways stay true to my­self: if a project doesn’t look like a match, I will step away. I don’t like to com­pro­mise.’ Re­cently, he has started to branch out into the com­mer­cial world – de­sign­ing Ze­leste restau­rant in a listed, 17th-cen­tury build­ing in Copen­hagen (far left).

What is he cur­rently work­ing on?

A beach house on the coast near Copen­hagen. ‘It’s an 18th-cen­tury house that is in a very sad con­di­tion. We are us­ing paint on the walls that has an amaz­ing, cloudy-like tex­ture. The house has very blue, Nordic light, but it will be soft­ened through ob­jects.’ He says ‘ When you’re work­ing on projects, you need to think about the light. For ex­am­ple, in Lon­don it’s very dif­fer­ent from Los An­ge­les, and the type of light has an im­pact on the de­sign.’ oliv­er­gus­tav.com

‘I want to help pri­vate clients re­alise their dreams. I lis­ten, in­ter­pret and get in­spi­ra­tion, but al­ways stay true to my­self’

Turn over for Oliver Gus­tav’s ad­vice on choos­ing art

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