When you consider the quality of projects that make our
way to ELLE Decoration, choosing the best interior designers from Britain isn't
an easy task.Instead of
an endless A-Z, we've picked 10 to be in your mind right now.
We celebrate the most sought-after designers and names in
interior design. some of whom blur the boundaries between residential,
commercial and furniture design by creating beautiful and chicly designed
spaces.We're eager to see what they'll do in the future...
Director of Ilse Crawford's StudioIlse Architect Ben
Thompson initially worked at an unassuming firm that specialized in the
renovation of old country homes."I was
fascinated by the importance of a sensitive design in addition to the
architecture layer,' he says.
The appreciation for period homes will be evident from
his largest project to this point, Heckfield Place in Hampshire.The gut reaction was to upgrade to five star
according to Thompson from the hotel's country home."We
wanted to offer the same level of service, and being able to provide less , and
to give guests that is unique and has a more intimate feeling.Also, we
wanted to be a part of the surroundings.'
The biggest reward the company has received, he claims,
was bringing together like-minded people and craftspeople to bring his vision
Duncan Campbell met Charlotte Rey in 2007 when they were
just teenagers. They both worked as editors at Acne Studio's biannual
publication Acne Paper.While
Campbell was a law student, as well as Rey the history of fashion along with
theory, the artistic collaboration grew organically until they began Campbell
Rey in 2014."We have slowly developed an industry-wide
design practice that encompasses commercial and residential Interior design and
creative direction as well as product and furniture design.'
Their current projects range across branding and
designing hotels to creating a variety of marble tables for occasional tables
as well as Murano glassware, redesigning Kartell's storage units called
'Componibili and designing furniture for the Punch Room Bar at The London
Edition hotel and even putting together an award for The Elton John AIDS
Foundation in 2017.Also, their
book design direction, as well as styling and rebranding the hotel.
In recent years, the main focus of the business is interior
design. the current projects including 2 restaurants and a penthouse located in
Mayfair and a home in Kent.Campbell's
north London home is featured here.They work
closely however they often collaborate with small teams, depending on the
project - which, going by their previous records is almost everything.campbell-rey.com
charles mellersh residential project
After completing his studies in the field of architecture
Mellersh started his career in design as stylist and journalist before
establishing his own studio in the year 2006.His style is described as 'warm and
contemporary' frequently asking clients questions to ensure that they
completely are aware of how they plan to utilize their space.
To add character, he travels across the globe for
original items that are often collectible like this west London property ,
which also includes unique orders from emerging designers such as Marcin Rusak.He is currently creating an eatery and retail
area located in Notting Hill and a large New York apartment with Central Park
RUN FOR THE HILLS
Created by husband-and-wife team Interior designer Anna
Burles and graphic artist Christopher Trotman in 2011, Run for the Hills is an
all-disciplinary company which's projects include bar, restaurants, homes
hotels, and even cinemas (the Tivoli in Bath; above).
Their fun designs blend modern elements with an
industrial look, think bold prints that feature raw surfaces.In this year's Decorex The duo have constructed
a bedroom within their Design Encounter pop-up home.The next
project on the list is the renovation of a house located in the south of France
and an old barn that is listed located in the Cotswolds.runforthehills.com
Transatlantic Practice Nune is managed by the interior
design duo Sheena Murphy as well as Tor Sauder, British and Canadian
respectively.The two have
met at New York where they have an office, but Murphy is now located at home in
Together, they've implemented their modern and clean but
diverse design to the homes of New Yorkers (above) and hospitality projects,
like One the Hotel Brooklyn Bridge - think pale textures, greys, and warm
whites, with black accents.
With the conviction in which thoughtful designs can
improve well-being, Nune incorporates locally sourced natural materials as well
as the work of independent makers, and even flea market finds into its designs.The duo cites their work to Louis Khan, Carlo
Scarpa and Axel Vervoordt as inspiration.nunenune.com
THESE WHITE WALLS
These White Walls
The opening of the restaurant Hide in London's Piccadilly
in the year 2000 caused a controversy not only for the food (the chef in charge
Ollie Dabbous is the head chef Ollie Dabbous) but also for the interiors.
The designer Rose Murray, founder of These White Walls,
had collaborated closely with the artist Rachel Dein - who produced the
hand-cast botanical wall panels (above) organic material artist Jeanette
Ramirez as well as Paper artist Su Blackwell.Murray knew that the restaurant would offer a
'phenomenal 3D canvas for showcasing their artwork'.
Hide has proven to be an international call card. Other
projects currently in development include private homes situated in Dubai as
well as Hong Kong, as well as the boutique spa and hotel located in Northern
SARAH DELANEY DESIGN
Sarah Delaney's design practice has been in operation for
more than 20 years. Her expertise is in TV and production of films.Her designs are characterized by a calm posture,
with a sluggish color palette and well thought-out furniture pieces, many of
which are antique.
Her work is focused on the creation of interiors that
reflect our clients' personal tastes and preferences', therefore it's no
surprise that she's received a number of repeat orders for their homes all over
the globe and this particular west London house in West London.The close collaboration with top architects has
given her a sharp understanding of the construction process and an unwavering
attention to particulars'.sarahdelaneydesign.co.uk
Alongside creating furniture Fred Rigby has created
various shop interiors as well as The Villa Lena Hotel-Cult-Art foundation
located in Italy as shown here.
He has also recently worked along with Rosa Park,
editor-in-chief of Cereal magazine, to design the interior design of her most
recent project which is the Francis Gallery situated in Bath and also designed
the "Pebble" sofa for the House of Grey, a design firm. House of Grey.
restaurant and bar in Shoreditch and a jewelry showroom and his own collection
of furniture designed around the concept of contemporary elegance, which is the
way he describes his styleas'modern with a slant towards the past and drawing
inspiration from nature and the surroundings'.fredrigby.com
COVET & NOIR
After working together for many years as residential and
commercial Interior designers for projects across London as well as New York
City, Adele Lonergan and Maria Lindgren set up their joint venture, Covet &
Noir, in the year 2000.
The company has already built a variety of London-based
homes that include the Notting Hill villa (above) and a mews-style house that
was part of the renovation of a legendary recording studio in Portobello Road.A townhouse styled in the Flemish Renaissance
style of London's Marylebone and an apartment in Ibiza are also to be announced.
Lonergan as well as Lindgren have described their design
as timeless and thoughtful', they are keen on their designs to last rather than
becoming dependent on trends' and they 'love mixing antique pieces with modern
ones and combining more sophisticated features with organic elements'.covetnoir.com
Director of her own studio, Tiffany Duggan says that her
first taste of interior design began while she worked with ELLE Decoration some
ten years ago.
Her talent for theatre is apparent that she was a student
of Scenic Art at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and loves to add a
touch that's a bit unexpected' by using clever layers of colour, furniture with
strong colours and prints set against walls that are slick in shades like this
north London home.