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!
August 13, 2018|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.
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...
April 20, 2017|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...
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...
January 29, 2016|Luxury Insight
Maison & Objet January 2016: A Walk On The Wild Side
Driving change in consumer behaviour, Maison & Objet (M&O) set an inspirational theme for each of their international shows. With the Paris bi-annual shows being the jewel in the crown of M&O, January 2016’s show introduced WILD as the central theme to kick off their 20th anniversary. The aim was to inspire from the natural rhythm of the wilderness through to...
January 14, 2016|Luxury Insight
A Blue Plaque: The Sign of A Legacy
London has been long been a hub of talent and success with famous residents ranging from actors and politicians to scientists, poets and authors. With many of history’s greatest personalities such as Shakespeare and Beau Brummell having lived in our capital, it seems only fitting that London should pay homage to these and similar residents who have elevated London’s...
November 27, 2015|Luxury Insight
Popping the Cork on the Wine Cellar
Wine collecting is becoming an increasingly popular and profitable pastime for the super wealthy. For our UHNWI clientele, wine collecting is seen as much of a hobby as it is an investment strategy. Throughout history wine cellars were seen as dark, cool, windowless spaces in basements, which allowed wine collections to be stored. These spaces served a more functional...
November 16, 2015|Luxury Insight
The Luxury Kitchen: The Theatrical Hub of the Home
Over the last few years, we have noticed views on luxury kitchen design change quite drastically. Social trends and influencers from celebrities such as Gwynth Paltrow, and celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver are leading people to pay more attention to what they eat as well as how their ingredients are cooked. These trends have impacted and evolved the space where food is prepared and consumed.
September 23, 2015|Luxury Insight
The Rise of the Super Home
Last year we were asked to quote on designing a small palace in Riyadh. It hadn’t been built yet and when we met the young Middle Eastern couple, they asked us how much experience we had of building palaces. As I pondered the raft of super-prime homes in London we have worked on, I realised that what they were asking was considered a very normal question in their world. What...
September 17, 2015|Luxury Insight
Maison & Objet: A Precious Experience
The start of September welcomed the fifth annual Paris Design Week with Maison & Objet remaining at the heart of the festivities. This year saw Maison celebrate its 20th anniversary and the City of Lights was illuminated by stars of the design world with the likes of Tom Dixon, Insane Luxury Design and Elitis providing much of the glamour and excitement. The trade show...
September 16, 2015|Luxury Insight
The art of styling super-prime developments
The success of our prestigious residential developments lies in our thorough understanding of the requirements of the discerning individuals with whom we work. Ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWI’s) are often constrained by the demands of a busy international schedule, so when we create a super-prime development we always take care of every last bespoke requirement with...
September 7, 2015|Luxury Insight
The Selling Features of Super-Prime Property
A golden postcode, striking architecture and on hand amenities are some of the key requirements that ultra high net worth individuals have when they are looking to purchase a property. However, with the market still sensitive following stamp duty rises for £2m+ homes and tax changes for non-domiciled individuals, buyers are becoming increasingly selective about their purchases...
August 13, 2015|Luxury Insight
The Value of Investment Pieces
When it comes to creating luxurious homes, we are driven by a desire to create unique spaces that will with stand the test of time. In order to achieve this, we focus on investing in pieces created to the highest level of craftsmanship using only the finest of materials. We take time to develop the perfect piece that will continue to look beautiful for years to come. With a...
July 23, 2015|Luxury Insight
London Golden Postcode Appeal
With the Conservatives taking back full political power and mansion tax buried for the next few years, London is gathering renewed pace after a subdued few months in the run up to the election. As a result, I am regularly being asked which areas I am looking to invest in around London. A few years ago, my answer was simply ‘the golden postcodes’, because we work at the top...
June 23, 2015|Luxury Insight
Over the last five years between 2009 and 2014, the number of super yachts have more than doubled*, making these twenty four metre plus vessels one of the key assets in an UHNW investment portfolio. Used exclusively by their owners or chartered out for business, luxury yachts are built to the highest standards with exceptional detail to design to ensure the best use of the...
May 12, 2015|Luxury Insight
London Living: St James's
Known as London’s grandest quarter, St James’s is currently seeing a resurgence, sparked by a £500m investment from The Crown Estate into further refining this elegant area. This month has also seen the Royal Academy of Arts unveil their new redevelopment plans for their 250th anniversary in 2018, which will bring yet more renewed interest to the area. It is an...
April 30, 2015|Luxury Insight
V&A: What is Luxury?
The new exhibition at the V&A in partnership with the Crafts Council explores interpretations of luxury in the context of how they are made. It looks at the individual characteristics that make an item luxury and the techniques, materials and work that go into creating them – traditional and modern. The first part of the exhibition is dedicated to the portrayal of luxury...
April 20, 2015|Luxury Insight
UHNW Holiday Home Hotspots of 2015
The Wealth-X and Sotheby’s global luxury residential real estate report earlier this year stated that over half of ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWI’s) own three or more residences, and many of these second, third or even fourth homes are tied to holiday destinations. But where is it that they like to spend their down time and what is it about these places that make...
March 23, 2015|Luxury Insight
The Future of Super-Prime Property
I often get asked for my predictions on the UK’s super-prime residential market. It’s a popular topic for discussion because the performance at the top end often signifies what’s to come for the rest of the market. It is also very timely to discuss the future projections for the market with the general election coming up and the looming prospect of increased taxation....
January 29, 2015|Luxury Insight
The Growing Demand for Bespoke Interiors
When it comes to designing homes for the most discerning clients in the world, going above and beyond the norm comes as standard. Bespoke is a word used frequently in the world of luxury design but is often confused with made-to-measure and customised which are adaptations of off the shelf items. Bespoke design is fundamentally about creating a product that is precise to a...
October 27, 2014|Luxury Insight
From Runway to Room Spring/Summer 2014
When presenting the new Pantone colors for Spring / Summer 2015, the Executive Director for Pantone described the season as ‘en plein air’, taking a cue from nature. The collections that were presented for Spring Summer 15 certainly echoed this sentiment, with a sense of calmness that at times lent itself to an almost nostalgic nod to the past. “Many feel compelled to...
September 22, 2014|Luxury Insight
Beyond Commercial Value
Whether we are designing and building a super-prime development or private client’s home, we always consider the end sales value of the property. With developments, this is a given; from the commencement of the project the property is appraised and redesigned to maximise the saleable space. When it comes to private client projects, the approach is often different. Some of our...
September 9, 2014|Luxury Insight
Styling Beautiful Bookcases
There is a definite art to styling a bookcase. I like to think of it as a well curated collection of favourite books, art and objects that showcase your personal style and tell a story. The end result should look effortlessly chic, but to get it right can take some work, so here are some top tips to help. When viewed from a front perspective, the key to a sophisticated...