June 15, 2021|Style
Interior Design in The Pursuit of Love
Nancy Mitford’s most enduringly popular novel ‘The Pursuit of Love’ is the latest in a string of TV adaptions of period novels. Following on from the success of Regency-era series Bridgerton, The Pursuit of Love has made us fall in love with the 1920s as a design period all over again. First published in 1945, the extravagant costumes, maximalist interiors and majestic...
May 20, 2021|Style
Visual Trickery: Trompe l'Oeil
The visual trickery of trompe l’oeil has entranced viewers for centuries. From the French term meaning ‘to deceive the eye’, trompe l’oeil refers to the use of paint to create an illusionary scene, landscape or architectural feature. This style was first devised by the Ancient Greeks using a combination of pigment and wet plaster to produce colour. This was then used to...
April 23, 2021|Style
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...
March 11, 2021|Style
Bloomsbury Style in Interior Design
As a studio, we look to different movements and periods throughout history to inform our design. From the lavish interiors that defined the Regency period to the minimalist and contemporary feel of Mid-Century Modern, design provides an endless and rich source of reference. A movement in design history that feels particularly relevant at the moment is Bloomsbury style. Formed...
February 9, 2021|Style
How To Style A Luxury Bar Cart
A true icon of the Art Deco era, we love how a bar cart makes an instant style statement. Popularised during the 1920s-1970s, drinks trolleys are experiencing a revival once more as we currently spend more time at home. A practical, portable and stylish piece of furniture, keep reading to learn our expert tips to styling your own bar cart.
January 25, 2021|Style
Bridgerton: Our Love Affair With Regency Interiors
Celebrated as the ‘age of elegance’, the Georgian era is the backdrop for Netflix’s sumptuous new series Bridgerton. Inspired by best-selling author Julia Quinn’s novels, the plotline follows two competing families in London in the early 1800s: the understatedly elegant Bridgertons and the ostentatiously wealthy Featheringtons. The exquisite interiors reflects each...
September 11, 2020|Style
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....
July 28, 2020|Style
Jewellery for the Home: Passementerie
Passementerie is a French term, which encompasses ribbons, trimmings and tassels used to adorn clothing and furnishings. This age-old technique enhances curtains, pillows and upholstery through embellishment, transforming these commonplace items into works of art in their own right. These trimmings can be both bold and understated, adding the all-important finishing touch to a...
June 23, 2020|Style
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...
April 16, 2020|Style
The Colour of Hope: The Blue Edit
Colour authority Pantone unveiled Classic Blue as their Colour of the Year for 2020. One of the strongest hues within the colour psychology spectrum, blue instils a sense of calm and is associated with loyalty, security and trust. In solidarity with the NHS and all the incredible work they do to save lives, we have collated a sensory edit of our favourite blue-hued places,...
January 21, 2020|Style
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 20, 2020|Style
Luxury Soft Furnishings
Adding texture to a space is an all-important consideration when designing any interior scheme. Without texture a room will have the same visual tone and tactile feel, which can result in it feeling flat and uninspiring. Fabric is an effective way to instantly create an inviting atmosphere in a space, especially when contrasting materials are layered together to add visual...
January 15, 2020|Style
Project Focus: Belgravia Townhouse
In a charming Belgravia enclave, this Grade II listed white stuccoed residence with portico entrance represents Georgian grandeur at its best. Responsible for not only the design, but also the build, Oliver Burns acted as designer, development manager and main contractor for an international client on this inspiring project, solely responsible for crafting and delivering its transformation.
January 5, 2020|Style
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...
October 26, 2019|Style
Project Focus: Regent's Park Townhouse
Situated overlooking The Regent’s Park, this exquisite Grade I listed Nash townhouse has it all. From floor to ceiling windows and grand fireplaces, to sublime architectural details, the natural beauty of this Regency gem is breath-taking. Set over six stunning floors, we designed this family home for lovely long-standing clients who had just become new parents, so...
September 26, 2019|Style
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...
March 13, 2019|Style
Project Focus: The Lakehouse
Situated on the tranquil shores of the Italian lakes, with a stunning backdrop of mountains and cypress-fringed water, we created this stunning villa as a family holiday home for a dear long-standing client. A derelict property that had fallen into great disrepair through the generations, our client purchased the home four years ago and commissioned Oliver Burns to lead...
December 8, 2018|Style
No longer the domain of opulent, stuffy interiors, the fringe is back and it’s better than ever. Adorning catwalks and interiors this season and beyond, we explore why fringing is set to become the new classic, adding instant glamour to whatever it touches.
August 15, 2018|Style
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!
February 20, 2018|Style
Black and white will always be a classic; a colour combination that isn’t dictated to by changing seasons, it has a timeless, elegant appeal. Fresh, modern updates of this stylish palette have continued to feature on runways this season and it was a key look at Maison et Objet. Read on to find out what our designers think it takes to create the perfect monochromatic scheme.
February 19, 2018|Style
London Fashion Week AW18 Trends
From Erdem and Preen’s luxurious, textured florals to Emilia Wickstead’s mismatched prints, the capital’s runways were awash with innovative new trends this February. As always, we are drawing interiors inspiration from the unique craftsmanship of this season’s showcase – and if London Fashion Week can teach us anything, it’s that rules are there to be broken.
January 12, 2018|Style
Pantone Colour of the Year 2018
We love Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018 – our very own hue of Purple – Ultra Violet! The most complex of all colours, this deep, vibrant shade has always been the colour of ultimate luxury due to the effort it takes to produce; linking it to wealth, power and royalty.
December 14, 2017|Style
Our Christmas Wishlist
Christmas is coming and we can’t wait! We know that being with loved ones is what makes us happiest at Christmas, but for fun, we asked some of the team to share what they would like to find in their dream stocking on Christmas day. Read on for some stylish gift list inspiration.
December 2, 2017|Style
Christmas Interiors: The Top Three Design Trends
Christmas for most conjures up images of a roaring fireplace festooned with stockings, tables laden with a festive banquet and rooftops covered in a dusting of snow. It is these age-old traditions which make Christmas such a nostalgic and special time of the year. Typically associated with the colours red and green, a modern Christmas can be just as enchanting as a classic one...
June 16, 2017|Style
Modern Tailoring in Interiors
This week marked the 5th anniversary of the hotly anticipated Men’s Fashion Week in London. A firm fixture in the sartorial calendar, this 4-day event showcases the trends which come next spring will adorn shopfronts across the country. Vertical stripes, neon shades and playful layers where just three of the trends to emerge from this week’s offerings, showcased by...
June 9, 2017|Style
New York Loft Living
In New York City, the most iconic type of home is by far the loft apartment. In a city where every square foot is to be treasured, the open plan layout of a light and expansive loft is highly coveted. Considered to be luxury prestige homes, what makes these spaces so special is the combination of industrial heritage features combined with a light and airy aesthetic. We trace...
April 27, 2017|Style
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 6, 2017|Style
Design Diary: Salone del Mobile 2017
Our design team paid a visit to the bustling Italian city of Milan this week to attend the ever-inspiring Salone del Mobile. Running from the 4th-9th of April, this internationally renowned event showcases the very best in global furniture and homeware in a city celebrated for its creativity and culture. Running concurrently alongside Salone del Mobile is the International...
February 24, 2017|Style
London Fashion Week 2017: 3 Tailoring Trends
Studwork London Fashion Week showcased a plethora of trends that referenced techniques traditionally used in tailoring and dressmaking. From the understated glamour of studwork to timelessly stylish stripes, the Autumn/Winter 2017 collections incorporated aspects of gentleman’s tailoring in a modern and unexpected way. New York fashion house Altuzarra interpreted the...
January 6, 2017|Style
Pantone 2017 Colour of The Year: Greenery
Colour authority Pantone have revealed their highly-anticipated Colour of the Year for 2017, Greenery. A vibrant and revitalising shade of yellow-green, Greenery is symbolic of fresh beginnings. Evoking the first days of spring and stirrings of new life, Greenery is the ideal colour to welcome in the New Year.
December 15, 2016|Style
Mid-Century Modern Design
Mid-Century Modern style refers to a design movement which spanned two and a half decades, from the mid 1940s-1970s. Timeless in feel, this style is celebrated for its minimalist aesthetic, accents of vibrant colour and contemporary patterns. A response to the new-found optimism of post-war America, Mid-Century style gained popularity as the demand for lightweight, simple and...
December 9, 2016|Style
Nature has so much to offer in winter. From gathering armfuls of holly and ivy for decorating tables and mantelpieces to harvesting fresh berries and ferns to create the all-important door wreath; it’s wonderful to make use of this and bring a piece of the outside in during the festive season.
November 24, 2016|Style
Scandinavian Interiors: The Art of Hygge
With the long winter nights drawing in and shorter days stretching ahead, the attraction of a warm and inviting home is all the more apparent. Scandinavian-style interiors lend themselves particularly well to this time of year with their emphasis on light, bright and welcoming spaces to counteract the cold and darkness outside. At the heart of Nordic design lies the concept of...
September 23, 2016|Style
Decorex 2016: Our Top 5 Design Highlights
Decorex International, the UK’s longest running show for the luxury interiors market, is an unmissable event within the design calendar. Now in its 39th year, Decorex returns again for 2016 to Syon Park, a suitably elegant setting to showcase the very finest in luxury design and craftsmanship. Spanning 400 hand-selected exhibitors, from established brands to emerging talent,...
September 9, 2016|Style
Maison & Objet September 2016: House of Games
Twice each year Maison&Objet provides a creative playground for architects, interior designers, and stylists alike. As such, the theme of ‘House of Games’ for this September’s edition couldn’t have been more fitting. Hosted in Paris, the international trade show spanned three major sections this year: ‘Maison’ which explored interior decoration, ‘Objet’...