Rory Dobner’s home

I’m a huge fan of Rory Dobner’s illustrations and so it seems are a host of interiors magazines, which have recently featured his home on their glossy pages. Rory’s ‘Intricate Inks’ are fine illustrations depicting anything from letters, as above, to beautiful girls in lingerie, a commission for the Los Angeles Agent Provocateur store and my favourite shop Liberty recently started selling his work in several of the store’s departments so he is definitely one to watch.

I love the mix of antique, vintage and new in the home he shares with his wife Claire and their two children. Their home is warm, inviting and comfortable yet full to the brim with personality and quirky little touches.

Vintage colour pops!

This home reflects, for me, what good design is all about. The owners have created a comfortable yet stylish home that effortlessly combines vintage and antique finds with good modern design. The end result is a home that reflects their personalities and is warm, colourful, comfortable and chic. Love it.


Photographs via Shootfactory.

Central St Martins Degree Shows 2009

st martins shows


If you want to be among the first to spot the stars of the future in British fashion, art and design then get yourself down to the Central St Martins degree shows this month. Alumni include Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Katharine Hamnett and Hussein Chalayan in fashion, Lucien Freud in fine art, Anthony Gormley in sculpture and David Hicks in interior design. Shows run throughout June and the full list can be found on the college’s web site at this address


I think red is one of the most difficult colours to use in an interior, yet it is probably one of our favourite colours, being primeval and powerful in its symbolism. Red is one of the strongest colours in the spectrum and is the colour that can be best seen from a distance, ensuring it makes a real impact.

Used well red can be vibrant, life affirming and powerful. One of my all time favourite designers, Suzy Hoodless, uses red to fantastic effect because she uses it in small doses with real impact and she has really changed my attitude to this amazing colour. The inspirational images below are all from Suzy’s interiors and show how red can bring a scheme to life.


Suzy Hoodless Barbados


Suzy Hoodless Barbados

Beach house, Barbados 


Suzy Hoodless LondonTown house, London


Suzy Hoodless London


Suzy Hoodless LondonThe Hospital, private members’ club, London

Japanese Gardens, Kyoto


I visited Japan recently and was really inspired by the beautiful gardens and temples in Kyoto. I spent hours visiting different gardens from perfect examples of zen gardens to contemporary garden design. These photos give an idea of some of the beautiful gardens in Kyoto. The Japanese pay such attention to every detail and each garden was exquisite in its own way.


One of the elements of design that I found most inspiring was that doorways and windows are used to frame beautiful plants so that your attention is drawn to that particular scene. Beautiful trees or magical moss gardens are brought sharply into focus by using wooden structures to create a picture within the garden. This is definitely something I have brought home with me to use in the future.


We were lucky to visit during the autumn when the Japanese flock to Kyoto and surrounding areas to view the amazing colours of the trees in autumn, just as they do when the cherry blossoms bloom in May. The Japanese culture places enormous value on natural beauty whilst controlling it in such a stylised way, yet still managing to create beautifully harmonious design.

The Bouquet Chair

Designed by Tokujin Yoshioka for Moroso



Tokujin Yoshioka has created an innovative and beautifully simple design for Moroso. 
“I got the idea for Bouquet from the installation I created last October for Moroso’s New York showroom. I used about 30,000 paper tissues to recreate a cloud-like atmosphere. The Bouquet makes people who sit on it happy, just as a bouquet makes the person who receives it happy. The vibrant, delicate colours trigger different sensations in each of us.” 
The Bouquet Chair “blooms” on a slim, chrome-metal stem that blossoms with white or delicately coloured “petals” made of hand-folded fabric squares sewn one by one, with great care and patience, to completely cover the internal surface of the egg-shaped, wrap around shell.



David Collins, Interior Designer

David Collins is the interior designer behind some of London and New York’s most opulent and highly acclaimed interiors. Collins’ interiors combine British style with Hollywood glamour and are simultaneously simple and luxurious. He has designed many of London’s key bars and restaurants including the Blue Bar at the Berkley Hotel, The Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel and The Wolsey on Picadilly as well as Nobu, Locanda Locatelli and the eateries at the National Gallery. Collins has increasingly been designing stateside in New York and counts Madonna as a residential client.


Residential Projects







Nobu, Berkley Square, London


Maze, The London, New York




The Artesian Bar, The Langham Hotel, London


The Blue Bar, The Berkley Hotel, London


The designer’s home



Images from David Collins Studio and Qvest