September 2, 2018|Super Prime Property
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|Super Prime Property
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|Super Prime Property
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.
June 5, 2018|Super Prime Property
Project Focus: Mayfair Residence
Situated in one of the most exclusive and secure private enclaves in Mayfair, overlooking picturesque private gardens, we designed this beautiful Georgian townhouse for a lovely family that we have worked with for many years. A technically challenging listed building in a state of disrepair, we were responsible for the architecture, architectural interior design and...
May 22, 2018|Super Prime Property
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.
March 13, 2018|Super Prime Property
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|Super Prime Property
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|Super Prime Property
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...
September 11, 2017|Super Prime Property
Luxury Lakeside Living
From Italy’s mountainous backdrop to the rolling glens of the Scottish Highlands, a lakeside property provides instant cache as well as offering a secure financial investment. This coupled with the privacy afforded from these often-sheltered locations and the accepted use of helicopters from private launch pads makes these properties an enduringly popular choice with...
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March 20, 2017|Super Prime Property
Luxe Mountain Living
Alongside the country estate and city pied-à-terre, a mountain hideaway is considered a valuable addition to any global property portfolio and remains one of the most popular secondary home markets. It’s not hard to see why; from the incredible natural scenery to the expanding range of luxury amenities on offer, an alpine home can be enjoyed all year long. Once a base for...
March 1, 2017|Super Prime Property
Knight Frank |The Wealth Report 2017
I’m delighted that once again Oliver Burns has asked me to share my thoughts on the latest edition of The Wealth Report, Knight Frank’s flagship thought-leadership publication, which I am lucky enough to edit. This time last year, the report was celebrating its 10th anniversary and I remember writing on the pages of this blog that “it had been eventful decade”. Well...
February 2, 2017|Super Prime Property
Project Focus: Contemporary Country House
Nestled in the heart of the English countryside, our latest luxury project is a harmonious marriage of classic and contemporary style. Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, this expansive family home showcases an array of bold colours and graphic patterns against a backdrop of stunning architecture. Thoughtfully designed to cater to our client’s love of colour and mid-...
September 16, 2016|Super Prime Property
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 14, 2016|Super Prime Property
Regent's Park Residences
Regent’s Park, an elegant area of London celebrated for its graceful sweep of white stucco terraced homes, boasts a combination of unique benefits which has made this exclusive neighbourhood a highly-sought after place to live. Bordered by the affluent areas of Marylebone, Primrose Hill and St. John’s Wood, properties located in Regent’s Park enjoy both the amenities of...
September 12, 2016|Super Prime Property
John Nash's Iconic Architecture
The legacy of the esteemed regency architect, John Nash, can still be observed in the architectural fabric of our capital. From the sweeping grandeur of Regent’s Street to the elegant stuccoed façades of The Park Crescent, Nash left an indelible mark on London. A master of diverse architectural styles, Nash’s repertoire spanned everything from neo-Classical Gothicism to...
August 25, 2016|Super Prime Property
Sublime Surroundings: Luxury Interiors With A View
From a dramatic cliffside location to an eco-home nestled amongst woodland, exceptional surroundings can inform and shape the fabric of a home. Architects and designers have long since looked to nature for cues, drawing on organic patterns, shapes and colours to create a continuity between the inside and out. With advances in digital technology, and more recently 3D printing,...
July 14, 2016|Super Prime Property
Views From The Top: London Penthouse Terraces
Perched high above the city and exquisitely framed by spectacular vistas of London’s skyline, a penthouse in the capital is the definitive status symbol. Sought after for their generous proportions, luxurious interiors and show stopping locations, the penthouse is truly the jewel in the super-prime crown. However, the most valuable and unique feature of these exclusive...
July 1, 2016|Super Prime Property
Ascot Luxury Residences
A firm fixture in the British sporting calendar, Royal Ascot is now globally recognised not only as a fine example of thoroughbred racing, but also as a luxury property destination. Offering a unique combination of privacy and exclusivity in a peerless location, Ascot and the neighbouring areas of Sunningdale, Wentworth and Virginia Water has been attracting attention from a...
June 14, 2016|Super Prime Property
Designing for Middle Eastern Clients
At Oliver Burns, we take great pride in working with a culturally diverse clientele, which has imparted an invaluable and comprehensive insight into their unique requirements. This expertise is further strengthened through our multilingual team and their collective experience of designing homes for diverse nationalities. With foreign buyers now accounting for 50% of prime...
May 27, 2016|Super Prime Property
Building Blocks: How art is shaping interiors
Art work has been traditionally viewed as the finishing touch to a home, providing the proverbial cherry on top. However, recently we have observed a reverse trend where art is forming the building blocks of a home. From reinforced floors, to freight elevators to bear the weight of heavy paintings, the architectural fabric of the building is now carefully considered to best...
May 24, 2016|Super Prime Property
Why 2016 could be a very British year for super-prime property
When we completed on the sale of the fifth apartment at Walpole Mayfair in 2012, many industry experts were surprised that three out of the five apartments had been bought by British buyers. At that time in the super-prime market, purchases were very much internationally driven with big ticket properties being snapped up by Middle Eastern, Indian and Russian investors. Overseas...
April 19, 2016|Super Prime Property
Billionaire Holiday Home Hotspots of 2016
Almost 80% of ultra-high net worth individuals own on average a minimum of two homes, and most own at least three*. In fact, the typical billionaire owns four properties scattered across the globe**. These discerning clients are becoming increasingly impulsive and adventurous in the selection of the locations for their holiday homes. As a result, the luxury property market has...
March 2, 2016|Super Prime Property
The Top 5 Features of Super-Prime Property
Super-prime property is all about the superlative; from the very finest materials to world-class luxury amenities, the standard is nothing short of exceptional. The crème de la crème of real estate, super-prime is typically defined as the top 5% of the market with a price tag of £10m plus. There are a number of elements which classify whether a property falls within this...
February 15, 2016|Super Prime Property
Attracting the Next Generation of Wealth
Working with ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWI’s) on a day-to-day basis, we are regularly exposed to changes in this sector of the market. At the moment, we are seeing a shift in wealth demographics across the world, which is creating an increasingly global group of UHNWI’s. With rapid wealth creation and rising affluence coming from emerging markets, there has been...
February 4, 2016|Super Prime Property
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|Super Prime Property
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|Super Prime Property
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|Super Prime Property
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 21, 2016|Super Prime Property
Project Focus: Family Residence Entrance Hall
The design brief for this well-appointed entrance hall was to create the wow factor whilst opening up the space and maximising natural light. A chequered grey Nero Marquina and white Cararra marble floor delivers a glamorous welcome and sets the scene for what lies within this beautiful family home:- a contemporary take on Georgian style. The neutral colour palette of...
January 14, 2016|Super Prime Property
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 25, 2015|Super Prime Property
Wealth Preservation Through Property
Working in super-prime property for over a decade, I have seen a fair amount of highs and lows. At the moment, this sector of the market is on a gentle upward curve with new schemes setting record highs almost every few weeks. The growing values of the property market are attracting investor interest and this is evident amongst our clients, who, like many of their peers, have...
November 19, 2015|Super Prime Property
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.
November 3, 2015|Super Prime Property
Super-Prime Turnkey Property
Turnkey properties in the super-prime sector are in high demand by ultra high net worth individuals, yet the term ‘turnkey’ is not always fully understood. ‘Turnkey’ means that the buyer or client just needs to ‘turn the key’ to be able live in the property. This has significant appeal to individuals who want to be able to move in straight away and don’t want the...
October 7, 2015|Super Prime Property
Decorex and the Future of Luxury
During London Design Week our ‘go to’ show is Decorex, which showcases some of the most innovative and inspiring brands of the design world. In its 38th year, and held at the fabulous backdrop of Syon Park, it’s one of our favourites as it has become synonymous with luxury interiors, and the place to experience the best new products and trends at the top end of the market...
October 2, 2015|Super Prime Property
London Fashion Week SS16: Runway to Living Room
Last weekend saw the kick off of London Fashion Week. With the fashion industry contributing £26 billion to the UK economy annually, fashion week remains a highlight for many fashionista’s diaries, running alongside London Design Festival and design events such as Decorex and 100% Design. The change in location from Somerset House to Brewer St car park in Soho was a...
September 23, 2015|Super Prime Property
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 7, 2015|Super Prime Property
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 17, 2015|Super Prime Property
Technology in Traditional Homes
Historic or period properties make up a lot of the super-prime property in London which is part of the attraction for the UHNWI. However when they purchase these properties, often they are not fully equipped for 21st century living. It is our job to integrate state-of-the-art systems and technical solutions whilst balancing them with the heritage features that attracted the...
July 30, 2015|Super Prime Property
Luxury Hotel Living
The latest branded residence to come to London is the Wanda Vista complex. Once built it will offer 103 private apartments ranging from one bedroom flats to duplex penthouses, all sharing in the Wanda Vista Hotel experience. On top of the expected valet parking, spa facilities and concierge services, buyers will also benefit from a hotel style ‘turn down’ service, in-home...