THE NAME TO KNOW STU­DIO NO. 12

De­sign­ers Emma Rayner and Katie Earl ( from left) aim to bring fresh vi­sion to the world of lux­ury in­te­ri­ors

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What makes Stu­dio No.12 unique? ‘We set up the stu­dio be­cause we have a shared pas­sion for want­ing to change the way that lux­ury in­te­ri­ors are seen,’ says Earl. ‘Rather than be­ing carbon- copy beige, we try to show that lux­ury can come in many forms, show­cas­ing pieces of de­sign in a more ar­chi­tec­tural way,’ con­tin­ues Rayner. ‘For in­stance, rather than hav­ing an arm­chair with a trim and lots of cush­ions, we would up­hol­ster it in a lovely fab­ric,’ she adds. ‘That way it be­comes some­thing sculp­tural.’

First project? ‘We were lucky that it was work­ing on the Gash­old­ers de­vel­op­ment in Lon­don,’ says Earl. ‘It was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort, with the ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­ri­ors sym­pa­thetic to the in­dus­trial build­ing.’

Are there any in­te­ri­ors you’re par­tic­u­larly proud of? ‘We worked on The All­bright, the UK’S first fe­male- only mem­bers’ club in Blooms­bury, tak­ing our in­flu­ence from the women in­volved in the Blooms­bury Set,’ ex­plains Earl. ‘We started with a light pal­ette on the ground floor, work­ing up to dark colours in the cock­tail bar.’

Do you have a de­sign sig­na­ture? ‘Our schemes can be re­ally quite mas­cu­line, from the shape of the fur­ni­ture we use to our de-sat­u­rated colour pal­ette,’ says Earl. ‘We would al­ways use bur­gundy red, for ex­am­ple, rather than pil­lar-box red.’

What are you work­ing on now? ‘All of our work has been thanks to per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tions, and in the past six months we have been work­ing on more res­i­den­tial projects, in­clud­ing a house in Hamp­stead,’ says Rayner. ‘It’s been a lovely shift for us.’ (no12s­tu­dio.com).

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