November 17, 2018|Trends
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.
September 19, 2018|Trends
London Fashion Week SS19: Our Highlights
In the past week, fashion lovers from over 50 countries have poured into the capital to see collections unveiled by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung and Matty Bovan. Just as interiors trends and style references hark back to bygone eras, many of this season’s strongest looks doffed a cap to the most memorable collections of AW18 and beyond. Drawing on Prada’s...
September 2, 2018|Trends
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 Design
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 Design
Bold patterns and geometrics have been key in design for a number of seasons now. However there is one pattern that we can always rely on to produce outstanding results and striking spaces; sophisticated stripes. With a timeless appeal in so many variations, from pinstripe to thick bands and vertical to horizontal, the possibilities for using the simple stripe are endless.
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 11, 2018|Trends
Bottled Sunshine: Decorating With Yellow
From the softness of dappled sunshine to zingy lemons on tabletops, via the paleness of soft butter and burnt saffron tones of market spices, yellow hues burst with hope and warmth. NYFW18 catwalks were awash with yellows and WGSN’s Interiors Trend Report for 2018/19 highlights that blondes continue to have more fun – yellow is the fastest rising colour behind orange...
June 5, 2018|Architecture
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|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.
March 13, 2018|Architecture
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|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...
February 20, 2018|Luxury Design
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|Trends
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|Trends
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|Christmas
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|Trends
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...
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...
October 18, 2017|Trends
Our S/S18 Trend Edit
The trends to emerge from the latest fashion shows where decidedly feminine in feel, offering an alluring glimpse into the styles we can expect to see come next spring. In anticipation of this, we have curated below an edit of our favourite trends from September’s catwalks shows and how these sartorial styles can be translated into interiors for a subtle nod to next season’s trends.
September 22, 2017|Luxury Design
Our Highlights From London Design Festival 2017
Keep reading to discover a curated edit of some of our team’s highlights from London Design Festival, ranging from breakfast at the home of de Gournay founder, Claud Cecil Gurney, to discovering a miniature Knightsbridge neighbourhood.
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...
August 25, 2017|Luxury Design
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...
August 18, 2017|Uncategorized
Decadent Dressing Rooms
A dressing room is not only a place to get dressed; it’s a luxurious personal space where some of peoples most precious belongings reside. Therefore, when designing dressing rooms we often look to represent a person’s individual style. Some like the organisation of ‘a place for everything’, with built in units and hidden storage but on the other hand, there are those...
August 10, 2017|Uncategorized
The Lustre of Brass
For years cool metal tones have dominated interiors however brass has made an unforgettable come back during a period of nostalgia, bringing sophistication and a modern glamour to furniture, lighting and decorative accessories. With a more colourful past, there’s a history to brass that can feel unbelievably classic, evoking the pre-digital era of hand-wrought craftsmanship...
July 19, 2017|Uncategorized
The Rise of The Super Prime Student
Over the last few years, we‘ve been working with a new type of ultra high net worth individual - the super-prime student. These are the children of the wealthy who are approaching their late teens, about to start their university education and fly the family nest. Yet as we reach completion of our most expensive student home ever, a £12m townhouse in Mayfair, it reminds me...
June 16, 2017|Trends
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|Luxury Design
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...
May 25, 2017|Trends
The Value of a Luxury Branded Residence
Luxury branded residences are rising in popularity with the world’s wealthy for their unique combination of cachet, convenience and prestige. From a glittering penthouse designed by crystal specialists Baccarat to a spectacular show home conceived by sports car manufacturer Bugatti, these residences are the ultimate trophy homes. However, the appeal of a branded residence...
May 19, 2017|Trends
Thoughtful Detail: Parquet Flooring
Parquetry dates back to 17th century France, where intricate patterns carved from wood graced the floors of the very finest palaces and stately residences. Today, this elegant style is enjoying a renewed appreciation as a beautiful and yet hard-wearing flooring option. Not to be mistaken for marquetry with its curved patterns, parquet flooring is easily identifiable thanks to...
May 5, 2017|Luxury Design
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|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 20, 2017|Luxury Design
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...
April 6, 2017|Trends
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...
March 30, 2017|Uncategorized
5 Minutes With: Artist Terry Rodgers x Lalique
Terry Rodgers is an internationally recognized artist who is renowned for his large-scale cinematic paintings which hold up a mirror to contemporary society. Exquisitely detailed and realistically rendered, Terry Rodger’s work captures the glamour and hedonism of high society to captivating effect. In a marriage of contemporary and classic, Terry Rodgers has collaborated...
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March 20, 2017|Trends
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 17, 2017|Uncategorized
London Design Week 2017 | Unlocking The Science of Design
Last Sunday saw London Design Week return to the glass domes of the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour, where 80 of its galleried showrooms opened their doors to both the trade and the public. Showcasing collections from 650 brands, from specialist wallpaper to show stopping lighting, there was a wealth of inspiring design to uncover. Keep reading to discover the colours,...
March 10, 2017|Luxury Design
Colour Psychology: Celebrating Holi the Oliver Burns Way
The Hindu Holi Festival celebrates colour and at Oliver Burns we love all things colourful. We couldn’t imagine a world without it, so to honour the festivity we explore the psychology that lies behind the colours we love. Colours induce and prompt, often subconsciously, certain emotions in our minds, therefore it is vital to consider their application when designing a...