This in­te­rior de­sign duo are putting the spark back into his­toric homes with con­tem­po­rary be­spoke fur­ni­ture

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Who are they? Hus­band-and­wife team Alis­ter Robin­son and Carolyn Van Noort set up their in­te­rior de­sign prac­tice in 2001, and now work out of a con­verted loft in their Ed­war­dian home in Cam­ber­well, south Lon­don. The two bring their re­spec­tive skills to their stu­dio’s projects – Robin­son loves be­spoke join­ery and has re­cently launched a range of dis­play vit­rines un­der his own name, while Van Noort has just un­veiled her new tex­tile col­lec­tion, which was in­spired by a Vic­to­rian math­e­mat­i­cal par­lour game. What’s their style? ‘The ma­jor­ity of our work seems to in­volve the al­ter­ation of his­toric build­ings,’ says Robin­son. The duo de­scribe them­selves as ‘eclec­tic Modernists’, with in­flu­ences rang­ing from the Arts & Crafts move­ment to Scan­di­na­vian Modernism and ex­per­i­men­tal Ital­ian de­signer Joe Colombo. What are their no­table projects? The most grandiose is Mead House, a his­toric eight-bed­room man­sion in Berk­shire dec­o­rated in a rustic-meets-modern style. In ad­di­tion, sev­eral Robin­son Van Noort projects have in­volved join­ing apart­ments or houses to­gether, from two Vic­to­rian prop­er­ties in Lon­don to a pair of ul­tra-modern chalet-style apart­ments in the French Alps. What are they cur­rently work­ing on? A chal­leng­ing new pri­vate dwelling in Corn­wall – planning per­mis­sion wasn’t granted for a per­ma­nent dwelling on the site where it’s lo­cated, so Robin­son and Van Noort cre­ated a struc­ture with char­coaled larch cladding and a zinc roof that can the­o­ret­i­cally be split in two and trans­ported off-site. ‘It had to be clas­si­fied as a por­ta­ble struc­ture or car­a­van,’ ex­plains Robin­son. Their dream pro­ject? ‘ We would love to de­sign a hotel re­sort, com­plete with a spa, sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a se­ries of restau­rants, as well as ar­ti­san stores and an art gallery.’ robin­son­va­n­; al­is­ter­robin­; car­olyn­

From top An apart­ment bed­room in the ski re­sort of Flaine, France. For­est green walls in Mead House, Berk­shire. A kitchen with units painted in Lit­tle Greene’s ‘Basalt’ in Bel­size Park Gar­dens, Lon­don

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