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Who are they? Be­fore set­ting up their de­sign stu­dio in 2015, in­te­rior de­signer Pernille Lind and ar­chi­tect Richy Al­mond had a sig­nif­i­cant amount of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der their belts. Hav­ing stud­ied at the Royal Dan­ish Academy of Fine Arts and the Univer­sity of the Arts Lon­don, Lind spent time work­ing at Tom Dixon, Con­ran + Part­ners and Soho House, while Al­mond, a grad­u­ate of Northum­bria Univer­sity, the Univer­sity of West­min­ster and Glas­gow School of Art, had worked with Dixon Jones ar­chi­tects and fur­ni­ture mak­ers Based Upon. The pair met when they were both em­ployed at Anouska Hem­pel De­sign, af­ter which Pernille was ap­proached to cre­ate the in­te­rior for Ho­tel San­ders in Copen­hagen. ‘ We re­alised that it was a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity,’ she says, ‘one that we felt more equipped to take on as a duo.’ What’s their style? Spa­ces that are mod­ern yet nos­tal­gic. ‘ We use a mix of vin­tage and be­spoke fur­nish­ings,’ says Al­mond. ‘ We also come from very dif­fer­ent back­grounds, which pro­vides in­spi­ra­tion.’ Half Dan­ish and half Thai, Lind spent her child­hood in her mother’s an­tiques shop in Thai­land and in a Dan­ish fam­ily home filled with de­sign clas­sics. The son of ship­builders in north­east Eng­land, Al­mond grew up around the fam­ily busi­ness. ‘I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in in­dus­trial de­sign and how it can be redefined as lux­u­ri­ous,’ he says. Which ho­tels have they de­signed? Ho­tel San­ders in Copen­hagen, which opened in 2017. ‘Our client didn’t want the ho­tel to feel typ­i­cally Dan­ish, so we looked out­side for in­spi­ra­tion,’ says Lind. ‘ We used rat­tan and bam­boo to cre­ate a colo­nial feel, as well as sexy red vel­vet at the bar to add a touch of French chic. There’s also a dose of English ec­cen­tric­ity and flam­boy­ance that comes from the printed fab­rics.’ Dan­ish de­sign is ref­er­enced in the guest rooms, how­ever, which are more pared back than the public ar­eas. ‘Al­though we took ideas from else­where, we felt a re­spon­si­bil­ity to a city renowned for its global de­sign in­flu­ence. We like to think of the ho­tel as a Dan­ish home be­long­ing to some­one who’s trav­elled the world,’ adds Lind.

Also part of the duo’s port­fo­lio is Bob & Cloche, the new hair and beauty salon at the re­cently re­fur­bished Gle­nea­gles ho­tel, Scot­land. For­merly the venue’s sales of­fice, it is now fan­tas­ti­cally glam­orous, with an Art Deco vibe, soft pas­tel vel­vets and mar­ble. What are they work­ing on now? Lind runs Pernille Lind Stu­dio, de­sign­ing res­i­den­tial and re­tail projects in Den­mark, while Al­mond heads up a team of de­sign­ers and crafts­peo­ple called Novo­cas­trian, who cre­ate be­spoke fur­ni­ture and in­stal­la­tion pieces from metal and stone. ‘Ho­tel San­ders was pretty much our dream project,’ says Al­mond. ‘To cre­ate some­thing that will out­last our­selves was spe­cial. We’d love to con­tinue work­ing on ho­tels in in­ter­est­ing places, per­haps some­where a lit­tle warmer next time.’ lin­dal­ ➤

‘ We like to think of Ho­tel San­ders as a Dan­ish home be­long­ing to some­one who’s trav­elled the world’

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