Ochre is probably best known for its lighting designs – the Arctic Pear and Seed Pebble chandeliers are the two probably best known to me, although the breadth of their creativity is seemingly endless – screens (featured here the other day), chests of drawers, mirrors – even table mats, yet everything is perfectly muted and cool to the point of sombre. It is worth noting that Harriet Maxwell McDonald’s New York loft is anything but gloomy though!
Ochre is one of those design studios that amazes me with their perfect taste and impeccably natural-seeming design. Texture, material and form are wildly different throughout their collection, but all perfectly cohesive. Tarnished mirrors and glass you want to touch, coupled with modern shapes and tactile fabrics make it a very welcoming and comfortable range, that you know you could (if you were lucky enough) easily live with and take pleasure in.
Arctic Pebble, Coco Mirror in Black, Seed Cloud – all available to order from Ochre.
Harriet Maxwell McDonald’s home in New York in Elle Decor, via Niche Modern.
46 – 47 britton street
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3 Fournier Street in Spitalfields houses Marianna Kennedy’s calm and atmospheric studio and home, hidden behind a shopfront that almost looks derelict, but for the glimpse of her famous cast resin standard lamps with their bookcloth shades through the squares of glass.
Her house is probably better known to you thank you think, as it is regularly loaned out for photo shoots, and the brightly coloured lamps, arsenic green art and muted walls may already be familiar to you.
I came across her first through Ben Pentreath, who has been championing her lamps for many years, and I was delighted to find out about her wonderful coloured foliate mirrors too with curved or rippled glass in bright blue or pink, and detailed frames in black, silver or gold.
Her work perfectly combines contemporary sensibilities with an ability to sit in the most historic surroundings, and her renovation of 3 Fournier Street has clearly been a process of just that – designing and restoring, while carefully maintaining the spirit of the house.
Images via Remodelista and Marianna Kennedy, with thanks.
3 FOURNIER ST
LONDON E1 6QE
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I won’t say that it’s a new concept, but I really like the townhouse showroom that some of the most stylish retailers have been employing lately. I talked about Rose Uniacke’s design of Jo Malone’s London showroom the other day, and today I want to admire Jessica McCormack’s showroom, housed in a beautiful building at 7 Carlos Place in London.
This terrace of houses was built in 1893 with a slightly Jacobean tone which comes across now as somewhat gothic, which suits Jessica McCormack’s taste perfectly. She has furnished the house with antiques from her family’s collection, added to with finds from Lassco, such as the stunning salvaged flooring, and although the house had been converted into rather grim offices when she bought the building, the stunning Georgian fireplaces were intact.
The house doubles as her home and her showroom, and the principle rooms have been arranged in a welcoming manner, suited to relaxed private appointments, all the more covetable since she withdrew her designs from all other retailers.
7 Carlos Place,
London W1K 3AR
+44 (0)20 7491 9999
Tennant and Tennant have been quietly making their presence felt in the last few weeks with their exhibition at Pentreath & Hall. A collaboration between Isabel and Stella Tennant, the collection informs us that Isabel has been gilding professionally for an astonishing thirty years, and reminds us that Stella was studying sculpture when she was discovered as a model.
The sisters work together out of their studio in Scotland where they practice traditional techniques of water and oil gilding, using many shades of gold leaf, palladium and caplain.
Their designs are naturally exactly the sort of thing we love at Tradescant & Son – lavishly and intricately painted beetles and butterflies adorn the range of mirrors, lamps and tiles, and we look forward very much to seeing their forthcoming London showroom.
Visit their website at tennantandtennant.com
Images with thanks to The Telegraph.
We have loved Merchant Archive for many years, ever since we first came across them when they stocked our range of homewares from Natural History. Over time Sophie Merchant has developed her own, beautifully made range of designer clothing taking full advantage of the wealth of experience she has gathered from years working with vintage and antique textiles. Everything in the collection feels wonderful to the touch, and fabrics have been made in the UK where possible.
Passionate as I am about style, I can’t help being drawn to the details for the home though, and one of Merchant Archive’s newest products is a collection of wonderfully produced candles, presented in copper containers instead of the usual glass, and packaged elegantly in black. The three fragrances are Blue Chamomile & White Tea, Wild Fig Cassis Orange Blossom and (my absolute favourite) a wonderfully rich-smelling Feu de Bois.
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