Designers are bringing fashion home
different, too. “We looked at a lot of presentations from top interior architects, and they felt very much the same,” she says. “We wanted something a bit out of the box.”
Textiles naturally play a large role in his scheme, from the cocooning suedeand linen-lined walls to the shaggy lamb’s wool that effervesces out of the black lacquer vintage dining chairs. His workroom made the curtains, the borders of which are sewn with bright red chenille thread, like a supersized tacking stitch on a garment. He also commissioned the embroidery on the cushions from the same Indian supplier he uses for his fashion work (who also works for Armani and Valentino).
“I don’t use print in my fashion, and that’s another thing that has carried through,” says Starzewski. Instead, the visual interest comes from the variety of textures, as well as distinctive furniture pieces that he designed himself. Sixties gouache paintings that were the original artwork for Hermès’ famous scarves grace the living room walls, and tribal jewellery has been mounted on stands in one of the bedrooms – fashion repurposed as objets d’art.
Starzewski is not the only designer crossing over. Bella Freud, best known for her irreverent slogan knitwear, is teaming up with architectural salvage expert Retrouvius to furnish a threebedroom apartment at Television Centre, the former headquarters of the BBC in London’s White City.
Sitting atop the Helios Building (better known as the “doughnut” back in the BBC days), the apartment’s design is an intriguing prospect: Freud’s pop-punk attitude and Retrouvius’s intuitive ability to reinvent old materials and objects for new
A Tomasz Starzewskidesigned flat in Chiltern Place, above; Sharpei sofa, below left, from £11,650, Roberto Cavalli Home