August 18, 2021|Luxury Insight
How to break into the design industry
We are fortunate enough to receive multiple CV’s, portfolios and applications for internships arriving in our inbox daily, alongside requests for advice on how to become an interior designer. We speak to our Co-Founder, Sharon Lillywhite, on her top ten tips for how to break into the design industry and what it takes to be an Interior Designer working at the very top end of...
June 28, 2021|Luxury Insight
Conversations in Craftmanship: Davidson
In our third edition of ‘Conversations in Craftsmanship’, we are delighted to speak with Alexandra Davidson, the Managing Director of luxury furniture brand DAVIDSON. Established in 1986, this family-run company have become renowned as a purveyor of the finest British craftmanship, specialising in contemporary designs in luxurious finishes. Alexandra shares with...
May 28, 2021|Luxury Insight
Conversations in Craftmanship: Lalique
In our fascinating new series ‘Conversations in Craftmanship’, we will be showcasing the work of our favourite artisans and reveal the high level of skill and craftmanship that goes into creating their designs. In this second edition, we speak to Frederick Fischer, the UK Managing Director of Lalique. An iconic symbol of French luxury, Lalique was founded by glassmaker and...
April 23, 2021|Luxury Insight
Conversations in Craftmanship: Cole & Son
In our exciting new series ‘Conversations in Craftmanship’, we will be showcasing the work of our favourite artisans and reveal the high level of skill and craftmanship that goes into creating their designs. In our first edition, we speak to Carley Bean, the Design Director of prestigious wallpaper and fabric company Cole & Son. Carley leads a team of four...
February 18, 2021|Luxury Insight
Savoir Beds: Creating A Sleep Sanctuary
We all know good sleep makes us feel better, but we may not have considered the powerful role it plays in helping build our immune system. With studies revealing that a lack of quality sleep can mean we are more susceptible to falling ill after exposure to a virus, the value of a good night’s rest is more important than ever. Major events in our lives can create...
January 18, 2021|Luxury Insight
Pantone Colour of the Year 2021
For only the second time in Pantone’s 20-year history, the colour institution have chosen two shades instead of one for their Colour of the Year. As we look to fortify ourselves with energy for the year ahead after the ongoing uncertainty of 2020, it makes sense that we should want to surround ourselves with colours associated with joy and resilience. ‘Illuminating’ a...
December 10, 2020|Luxury Insight
Luxury Amenities in a Post-Covid World
Super-prime property is all about the superlative, from the very finest materials to world-class amenities, the standard expected is nothing short of exceptional. Our globally mobile clients have experienced the world’s most exclusive hospitality, and therefore when they return home, they expect this same level of luxury at a minimum. As a result, hotel-style services such...
November 4, 2020|Luxury Insight
Savoir Beds: The Art of Tailored Sleep
Each year, the clocks going back signifies the transition from summer to autumn as well as the start of a new season. This coupled with a second lockdown, means we are spending more time in the sanctuary of our homes than ever before. With a third of our lives spent in bed, the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, providing a restful space to dream, recover...
September 11, 2020|Luxury Insight
Art Deco Style in Interior Design
Art Deco first appeared in France and is short for ‘Arts Décoratifs’ after the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. Considered the epitome of glamour in the Roaring Twenties, this eclectic movement references the geometric forms of Cubism, the machine-style of Futurism, as well as its predecessor Art Nouveau....
September 3, 2020|Luxury Insight
Spotlight On: The Bedside Table
When designing the interior scheme of a bedroom, we like to think of the bed as the focal point of the room and the bedside tables as the perfect bookends that frame this key feature. A thoughtfully considered bedside table should not only reflect your unique personal style but also be functional, providing space to store practical items. In this blog, we share our expert...
July 26, 2020|Luxury Insight
Top 3 Ways to Accessorise a Luxury Outdoor Space
When designing a home, accessories can be viewed as the final layer that adds an all-important touch of personality and visual interest. A thoughtfully curated selection of accessories, that complements the overall design scheme and colour palette, has the ability to elevate a space to the next level. As a result, outdoor accessories are just as important as indoor accessories...
June 23, 2020|Luxury Insight
Craftsmanship in Design: Our Top 5 Artisans
Craftsmanship in design has a rich and long legacy, which has seen time-honoured skills and expertise passed down from generation to generation, but adapted to meet modern tastes and requirements. At the top end of the market, our clientele are seeking exclusivity and exceptional quality, and this is where we enlist the skill of artisans and craftsmen to create something...
May 18, 2020|Luxury Insight
Home from Home: How to Recreate Your Favourite Hotel
While travelling is temporarily on hold, we find ourselves dreaming of the luxuries we enjoyed at our favourite hotels. From sumptuous bedding to decadent spa experiences, a stay in a hotel offers a much-need retreat from everyday life. While we are not able to visit these places in person, we can still recreate the feeling of sanctuary that a luxury hotel brings. The added...
May 1, 2020|Luxury Insight
How to Virtually Redesign Your Home
During this period of lockdown, we are spending more time in our homes than ever before. As a result, we are discovering a new sense of gratitude for spaces within our homes that may have been previously under-appreciated; a sun trap in the garden for eating alfresco or a freestanding bath for moments of relaxation. However, this extended period of time inside can also...
April 29, 2020|Luxury Insight
Tips for Creating An Inspiring Home Office in Lockdown
Of all the rooms in a home, the office is the most important space to achieve a balance between style and practicality. With many people now working remotely from home during this period of lockdown, the need for a clearly defined space for productivity is more essential than ever. Our expert guide shares our top tips on how to create an inspirational home office that marries...
April 2, 2020|Luxury Insight
Our Top 5 Tips for Styling With Books
A true home to Oliver Burns is a treasure chest of thoughtful accents and pieces that together transform a space from ordinary to extraordinary. When adding the finishing touches to our luxury residences, we handpick a discerning selection of books to tell a visual story behind the design and inject personality into the space. Thoughtfully chosen books styled on coffee tables...
January 21, 2020|Luxury Insight
Super-Prime Bathroom Design
At Oliver Burns, we are thought leaders in luxury bathroom design. In an increasingly fast-paced and technology-driven world, we understand the practical and emotional value of a beautiful bathroom. Traditionally a private domain within the home, we are seeing the division between the bedroom and bathroom removed to create expansive, open plan areas and suites that maximise the...
January 5, 2020|Luxury Insight
Art in London’s Finest Residences
London is one of the greatest artistic epicentres, with world-renowned galleries such as The Royal Academy, The National Gallery and the Tate Galleries displaying some of the finest and most highly valued masterpieces. From Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières to Diego Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus, London is a treasure trove of iconic and celebrated works of art. However, it is no...
September 26, 2019|Luxury Insight
Art in Super-Prime Interiors
Artwork has been traditionally viewed as the finishing touch to dressing a home, providing the proverbial cherry on top. However, recently we have observed a reverse trend where art can inform how the structure of a home is designed. From reinforced floors, to freight elevators to bear the weight of heavy paintings, the architectural fabric of the building is now carefully...
January 25, 2019|Luxury Insight
The Real Value of Roof Terraces
When a super-prime buyer is spending up to £7,000 per sq.ft on a property in London, they get the very best; an iconic address, world-class interiors, private spa facilities and underground parking. But there is one highly sought-after feature that doesn’t come as standard with a multi-million pound London home and that’s a roof terrace.
September 2, 2018|Luxury Insight
The Art of Scent Styling: The Power of Scent in Interiors
Our sense of smell is the most powerful and emotional of all the senses, as it is directly hardwired to the brain. Scent styling is fast becoming the next frontier in interiors as we strive to cater for all five senses. Our studio doesn’t underestimate the importance of a multi-sensory approach to design. We know that scent has the ability to instantly transform a space...
August 15, 2018|Luxury Insight
Please Vote For Us!
On your marks, get set, vote! We are delighted that Oliver Burns has been nominated for “Best Interior Designer Blog’ in the prestigious #IBA18 awards, celebrating the most authoritative and respected blogs in interior design. Please take the time to vote for our blog, OB World, here – it would mean so much to us to have your vote!
May 22, 2018|Luxury Insight
A Week in The Life of Alex Holden
Ever wondered what it takes to run a luxury architectural interior design studio? From journalists to site meetings and everything in between, read the diary of Alex Holden and discover a week in the life of Oliver Burns’ Managing Director.
February 20, 2018|Luxury Insight
The Top 10 Things Developers Should Know
The role of the luxury architectural interior designer has evolved over the last decade. Luxury designers must now deliver more than just good design; they also need to consider how they can elevate a scheme and contribute to the end sales value of a development. Whilst the commercial responsibility usually sits with the developer, the designer should play a more fundamental...
November 14, 2017|Luxury Insight
One of the biggest purchasing factors that influence the ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWI’s) with whom we work is space. For many, it is a must-have luxury. But with a lack of space in London’s highly sought after golden postcodes, this proves to be an on-going issue. The majority of London’s super-prime homes are listed, which imposes strict planning limitations...
August 25, 2017|Luxury Insight
Our Top 10 Blog Posts
From the allure of Elizabethan interiors to why roof terraces remain such a highly sought after feature, we have collated together our top 10 most popular blogs. Covering a broad range of diverse content on luxury interior design and property, keep reading to be transported all the way from the Georgian era to the age of Art Deco and to learn why geometric and Scandinavian...
May 5, 2017|Luxury Insight
London Craft Week 2017: Fine Printing and Bookbinding at Barnard & Westwood.
2017 marks the third year of London Craft Week, an annual celebration of the capital’s finest craftsmen and artisans. The event showcases the very best of both British and International creativity through a carefully curated programme of over 200 inspiring events. Exploring everything from millinery to saddlery, London Craft Week highlights the skill and talent required to...
April 27, 2017|Luxury Insight
Quintessentially British Style
Quintessentially British style can come in many guises, from a stately home nestled in the countryside to an elegant Georgian townhouse, the essence of British décor remains charmingly elusive. The unique marriage of eccentricity, elegance and subtle wit has ensured British interior design has remained enduringly popular, offering an attractive alternative to the prevalence of...
September 30, 2016|Luxury Insight
The debut of LuxuryMade last week marked an exciting new addition to the inaugural London Design Festival line-up. Adopting an editorial approach to showcasing the very best in contemporary decorative interiors, the first edition of LuxuryMade presented a discerning selection of only 50 exhibitors. This exclusivity was reflected in the choice of location; the faded grandeur of...
September 19, 2016|Luxury Insight
How To: Create A Gallery Wall
September has become synonymous with industry-leading design events. Passing on the baton to October, an equally impressive line-up awaits. Led by the prestigious Frieze art fair, a wealth of other events around the capital are ensuring that all eyes are firmly fixed on London’s vibrant art scene. In celebration of London’s artistic talent, follow our guide to creating a...
September 16, 2016|Luxury Insight
Super-Prime Client Care and How To Deliver It
There is one important aspect of what we do that’s as critical to the success of our business as the quality of our design work. Exceptional client service or client care as we call it, sits at the heart of our brand and is underpinned by our Thoughtful Luxury approach.
September 2, 2016|Luxury Insight
Spotlight On: His & Hers Ensuites
The bathroom is generally considered a private domain within the home; a space offering much-needed solitude and relaxation in an increasingly fast-paced world. Whilst the living room and kitchen are spaces intended for entertaining and socialising, the bathroom is viewed as a welcome retreat which offers homeowners the option to temporarily press pause. An ensuite bathroom has...
May 10, 2016|Luxury Insight
London Craft Week 2016
We are thrilled to have attended the second year of London Craft Week 2016. The aim of the week is to exhibit outstanding and innovative craftsmanship, and there is no better place to do this than in the world’s creative capital and the home of Oliver Burns, London. This week we saw hidden workshops and exhibitions of flagship pieces as well as attending a few drink...
February 4, 2016|Luxury Insight
Super-Prime Market View 2016 - Part Four
In the final part of the Super-Prime Market View series, I look at the changing requirements of ultra high net worth individuals; the role of bespoke design, increase investment in communal areas and why delivering thoughtful luxury is an essential part of our design process. Delivering Super-Prime Design In today's market, the quality of the end product is becoming more...
February 3, 2016|Luxury Insight
Super-Prime Property Market View 2016 - Part Three
The third part of our Super-Prime Property Market View series highlights the changing demographics of the ultra wealthy which will impact the market, including the growth in British buyers, female entrepreneurs and most notably, the increase in younger wealth. Understanding the Super-prime Buyer London is home to the highest number of wealthy residents in the world and...
February 2, 2016|Luxury Insight
Super-Prime Property Market View 2016 - Part Two
In part two of this series of blogs on the Super-Prime Property Market, I look at how emerging super-prime areas are fast becoming hot alternatives to the traditional golden postcodes of London. The Changing Map of Super-Prime The golden postcodes of London have been a magnet for the world’s super rich for several decades. However, whilst location is still extremely...
February 2, 2016|Luxury Insight
Super-Prime Property Market View 2016 - Part One
London is the most desirable global city for the super wealthy. But with property prices reaching record-breaking levels and ongoing tax concerns, what does the future hold for the super-prime sector? This week, in a four part series on the Super-Prime Property Market, Joe Burns discusses his thoughts on how 2016 will play out for super-prime London, and the emerging trends...