August 18, 2021|Super Prime Property
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...
December 10, 2020|Super Prime Property
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 27, 2020|Super Prime Property
Wellbeing in a Post-Covid World
The impact of Covid-19 this year has seen domestic, work and leisure aspects of life all combined into our homes. With the requirement to work from home and our lives increasingly digitalised, the value of a home that is centered around wellbeing is even more apparent. For today’s Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) buyers, a spa, gym or swimming pool simply isn’t sufficient to...
November 18, 2020|Super Prime Property
Technology in a Post-Covid World
Our homes have always been our sanctuaries, but this cherished space has become all the more important as a result of the pandemic. From the need for a dedicated workspace, to an emphasis on cleanliness and wellbeing in the home, the virus is shaping new priorities. This is especially true at the top end of the market, where emerging trends pre-Covid 19 are now transforming the...
November 12, 2020|Super Prime Property
Super-Prime Property in a Post-Covid World
As we enter a second lockdown in England, this brings new significance to the saying ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’. A place of sanctuary in these testing times, the first lockdown saw our clients reconsider how they use their home. In spite of a backdrop of unprecedented global uncertainty, the luxury property market has surprised us in its resilience and strong...
August 28, 2020|Super Prime Property
How To Design a Luxury Outdoor Space
With summer approaching and warmer days ahead, our focus shifts from the indoors to the outdoors. Much of the appeal of a garden is that it offers a multifunctional space; a place to enjoy alfresco dining with family and friends, a welcome retreat to read a book or room for children to play. As such, when beginning the process of designing an outdoor space, it is important to...
May 7, 2020|Super Prime Property
Travel The World From Your Home
The luxury of travel is something many of us are looking forward to post-lockdown. From a tropical island escape to a culinary city break, travel offers enriching and memorable experiences that stay with us long after our trip ends. Although we currently aren’t able to visit these destinations in person, carefully considered design can provide a way to take a journey from...
January 21, 2020|Super Prime Property
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 15, 2020|Super Prime Property
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|Super Prime Property
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|Super Prime Property
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|Super Prime Property
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|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 12, 2019|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...
January 25, 2019|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.
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!
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.
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...
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...
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 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...