November 17, 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!
March 13, 2018|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...
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’...
August 5, 2016|Style
Rio Inspired Interiors
This week will see the colourful city of Rio de Janeiro play host to the 27th Olympic Summer Games. A city of juxtapositions, Rio’s contrasting landscape of sea, concrete and jungle is as eclectic as its approach to design. Separating the land from the sea is the iconic Calçadão de Copacabana, a mosaic walkway crafted from contrasting white calcite and black basalt stones....
July 27, 2016|Style
Thoughtful Detail: Glass
The iconic French designer, René Lalique, described his chosen medium of glass as a ‘marvellous material’. Lalique’s mastery of glass, in particular crystal, into exquisite works of decorative art showcased not only the splendour of this material, but its diversity. Crafting everything from perfume flacons to graceful fountains, Lalique was a true visionary of his time...
February 26, 2016|Style
Studs In Our Eyes at London Fashion Week
Last week saw the start of the 63rd edition of London Fashion Week (LFW) showcasing the A/W16 collections. Over 200 designers and a global audience of 37 million people eagerly looked on as shows that will lead the thriving fashion industry, valued at £26 billion, took place. LFW in collaboration with Ocean Outdoor Media secured 60 locations where shows were projected live...
December 22, 2015|Style
All You Need For Christmas
With Santa’s sleigh bells ringing in the distance, it can only mean one thing… Christmas is upon us. Adding those thoughtful festive touches can often be challenging with the sheer choice of Christmas décor available. A few members of Team OB give you their expert advice on creating a thoughtful Christmassy experience which means an even merrier festive season for you and...
December 14, 2015|Style
Designing Around An Existing Art Collection
At Oliver Burns it’s always a pleasure to work with our client’s personal art collections to inspire a thoughtful and well-curated interior scheme that’s personal to them. Whether a sculpture or a large canvas piece, art can help to set the tone of a room and provide an important focal point, or ‘quintessential sweet spot’ that every space needs. Once we know our...
December 9, 2015|Style
Soft and Subtle - Pantone's Colours of 2016
Pantone have taken an interesting turn with their choice of not one, but two colours of the year for 2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity. These soft hues which evoke the colours of spring are a departure from the strong tones of previous years – Masala in 2015 and Radiant Orchid in 2014. The soft rose pink and lavender blue have been chosen by Pantone for their calming...
November 19, 2015|Style
Security and the Super-Prime Home - James Bond Style Living
Whilst the stunning penthouse, bespoke wardrobe by Tom Ford and Tom Dixon cocktail shaker are design staples for the budding 007, we take a look behind the scenes at the smart technology and security we use in super-prime properties that underpins James Bond style living.
September 16, 2015|Style
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...
June 18, 2015|Style
The Finest of Finishes
Bespoke design is fundamental to our Thoughtful Luxury ethos, enabling us to create unique spaces that are perfectly tailored to our clients’ lifestyles. One of the best examples of this is cabinetry. It is a necessity in most rooms in the home and can make both a dramatic statement or subtly tie a design together. We carefully specify all aspects of our cabinetry finishes...
April 20, 2015|Style
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...
October 27, 2014|Style
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...
October 7, 2014|Style
Geometric prints are easily transferred onto soft furnishings however in furniture, the appearance of geometrics takes on a different, more subtle form. Through using graphic outlines at the bases of tables and chairs or wire in caged lighting, it can offer an alternative way to introduce geometrics into your home. This season I have seen a lot of triangular geometrics which...
September 26, 2014|Style
Thoughtful Detail: Gold Leaf Gilding
Attention to detail is very important in all that we do, particularly when it comes to the small elements and we ensure that each and every detail is thoughtfully considered. In our Fitzrovia Apartment we wanted to bring a warm glow and glamorous feel to the neutral colour palette, choosing the richness of metallic gold leaf for the entrance hall ceiling and window arches in the living area.
September 9, 2014|Style
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...
August 18, 2014|Style
The Art of Accessorising
When it comes to choosing accessories for the home, this takes custom home design to next level. Mirrors, art, cushions, rugs and decorative objects are the important finishing touches that will add colour, shape and texture to complete the ‘look’ of your home, and at Oliver Burns it is the final opportunity to showcase the personality, style and interests of our clients...
August 12, 2014|Style
A Luxury Take on Exposed Bulbs
Since their invention in the 1800s, designers have largely focused on hiding or screening the basic light bulb within an interior scheme. Viewing the harsh direct light as unattractive, exposed bulbs are almost never considered for classically luxurious interiors, but instead reserved for industrial style lofts and commercial spaces. In luxury interiors, we tend to...
August 4, 2014|Style
Designing for Cultural Differences
The continual influx of international buyers has helped shaped prime central London’s property market over the last few decades. Earlier this year London was named as the city with the best real estate investment opportunities for foreign investors*, so international buyers are certainly here to stay. Whether buyers are purchasing a property as a second home, as a rental...