LIND + ALMOND
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.’ lindalmond.co ➤
‘ We like to think of Hotel Sanders as a Danish home belonging to someone who’s travelled the world’