September 27, 2023|Luxury Insight
Penthouse view: The search for Super Prime| Jo Eccles, Eccord
After a busy summer, we turn our attention back to the UK ultra prime property market to find out how Jo Eccles, Founder and Managing Director of prime central London buying agency Eccord, is helping her clients to make the best investments.
August 24, 2023|Luxury Insight
OB Studio Musings: August
August is often a moment of reflection as the team travel, enjoy new locations and reflect on the year so far. With an exciting Autumn planned, the studio is buzzing with new ideas and as always, inspired by brands across the luxury spectrum from fashion, automotive and film. In this month’s OB musings we dive into luxury brands in the Metaverse, Valentino’s pop up at...
July 19, 2023|Luxury Insight
Penthouse view: Next generation Superyachts | Alex Holden, Edmiston
What better time to talk yachts than the height of the Mediterranean season! With much in the press about UHNWIs and their Superyachts we sit down with Alex Holden, Strategy Director of world-renowned yacht brokerage, Edmiston to find out what’s new.
June 21, 2023|Luxury Insight
Penthouse View: The Collector's Eye | Maeve Doyle, Maddox Gallery
With the warmer days upon us, we speak with Maeve Doyle, internationally renowned art critic, broadcaster and Artistic Director of Maddox Gallery, to find out the one piece of art she would keep and why its important to keep an open mind when collecting art.
June 5, 2023|Luxury Insight
OB Studio Musings
At Oliver Burns, we not only have a thoughtful and expert approach to our work, but a shared passion for all things luxury. We are lucky to have a beautiful studio space where we all come together and while the focus is on our clients and sharing creative ideas, we always have time for a chat about what’s new and as you can imagine, the topics can be far reaching! Join us for...
May 17, 2023|Luxury Insight
Penthouse View: Journeys of enlightenment | Nicholas Priest, The Luminaire
We are delighted to be talking to Nicholas Priest of the travel brand, The Luminaire to find out how a new generation of travellers are looking for more than just a luxurious experience. The Luminaire is a brand that strives to create journeys of depth and enlightenment, while promoting a deeper connection to the world around us.
May 3, 2023|Luxury Insight
King Charles III – An advocate for British Design
As we approach the coronation of Their Majesties, King Charles, and Queen Camilla, there is no better time to celebrate the enduring elegance of British design and how The King has been a passionate advocate for many years.
March 22, 2023|Luxury Insight
Penthouse View: Best of British | Helen Brocklebank, Walpole
This month we are excited to be launching our Penthouse View Series. Our interviews will take the form of a Q&A with experts within the industry, discussing their thoughts on current themes across the world of Luxury. Under our theme of ‘Best of British’, we talk with Helen Brocklebank, CEO of luxury institution, Walpole, to find out why 2023 is the year of jobs...
February 13, 2023|Luxury Insight
Fashion Houses with luxury homeware
Fashion has always been intrinsically linked with Interior Design, expressing ourselves through the way we dress and the way we dress our home. This month we will be exploring this link and looking at how we have used fashion to influence our work. We are starting the series by looking at Fashion Houses who have branched into Interiors themselves and how their fashion on the...
December 7, 2022|Luxury Insight
The Bespoke Pieces in House of Walpole
We worked with a number of British Designers on bespoke pieces for the House of Walpole project, a collaboration between ourselves, Northacre and Walpole. All designers worked within the brief of ‘a love letter to the Palace Gardens’, their work takes inspiration from nature which is woven throughout the apartment. Read our article below where we talk in more detail about...
December 7, 2022|Luxury Insight
Our Interior Design Predictions for 2023
Design is influenced by everything around us – fashion, architecture, the environment, even health and wellbeing. Looking forward to 2023, we share our predictions for styles and designs that will be gracing our homes next year.
October 5, 2021|Luxury Insight
Conversations in Craftmanship: Steinway & Sons
This week London Craft Week returns to the capital, showcasing exceptional craftmanship from both emerging and celebrated artisans. To mark this exciting event in the design calendar, we are delighted to speak with Craig Terry, the Managing Director of Steinway & Sons. Established in 1853, Steinway are world-renowned for crafting the very finest pianos. Craig shares with us...
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...