British interior decorator Colin Orchard is responsible on our Emerald Isle for the magnificent interiors of Ballyfin Demesne, one of Ireland’s grandest Regency country house hotels.
One of the most fascinating decorators in American history, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 –1933) was an incredible, multi-faceted designer. His artistic flairs included painting, interior design, glass crafts and architecture, and he excelled in each.
“Understatement is extremely important and crossing too many t’s and dotting too many i’s make a room look overdone and tiresome.”
From Buckingham Palace, to Nancy Lancaster’s Brook Street yellow drawing room at Colefax and Fowler, through to the use of yellow at The White House by designers such as Stéphane Boudin and Kenneth Blasingame, this tale presents grand, opulent yellow designs through history.
“Lighting is such a large part of the visual arts – architecture, most of all – I’m sure the best we can do today will be inadequate tomorrow”
“Color is to the eye what music is to the ear.”
Probably one of the most powerful influences in the elements and principals of design, lighting plays a phenomenal impact on the mood, enjoyment and visual aesthetic of an interior design scheme.
Defined by the prominent use of strong blues, bursts of reds, white, and often turquoise, this colour palette was originally an homage to the Turkish craftmakers’s Oriental neighbours, China, and the Ming dynasty ceramics.
“If it looks right, it is right,” Dorothy Draper
The history of wall murals in interior design took an interesting turn in the early twentieth century, when a number of fine American hotels and hospitality establishments approached famous artists to create huge artworks to lavish their interiors.
“I’m completely addicted to luxury. I have no ability for anything else.” Robert Couturier
“If a client wants a nineteenth-century Gothic library, it is up to me to create the best nineteenth-century […]
Arts & Crafts Movement: Designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1924 as an outpost of the Midlands Bank, “The Ned” reopened as a luxury hotel 2017, named in his honour.
“There will never be great architects or great architecture without great patrons.” Edwin Lutyens
Less of a coincidence, and more a decree of history and design theory, is the influence Adolf Loos’ (1870 – 1933) interior schemes have had on commercial interiors in Dublin.