September 27, 2023|Guest Editorials
Penthouse view: The search for Super Prime| Jo Eccles, Eccord
After a busy summer, we turn our attention back to the UK ultra prime property market to find out how Jo Eccles, Founder and Managing Director of prime central London buying agency Eccord, is helping her clients to make the best investments.
August 24, 2023|Luxury Design
OB Studio Musings: August
August is often a moment of reflection as the team travel, enjoy new locations and reflect on the year so far. With an exciting Autumn planned, the studio is buzzing with new ideas and as always, inspired by brands across the luxury spectrum from fashion, automotive and film. In this month’s OB musings we dive into luxury brands in the Metaverse, Valentino’s pop up at...
July 19, 2023|Luxury Design
Penthouse view: Next generation Superyachts | Alex Holden, Edmiston
What better time to talk yachts than the height of the Mediterranean season! With much in the press about UHNWIs and their Superyachts we sit down with Alex Holden, Strategy Director of world-renowned yacht brokerage, Edmiston to find out what’s new.
June 21, 2023|Luxury Design
Penthouse View: The Collector's Eye | Maeve Doyle, Maddox Gallery
With the warmer days upon us, we speak with Maeve Doyle, internationally renowned art critic, broadcaster and Artistic Director of Maddox Gallery, to find out the one piece of art she would keep and why its important to keep an open mind when collecting art.
June 5, 2023|Trends
OB Studio Musings
At Oliver Burns, we not only have a thoughtful and expert approach to our work, but a shared passion for all things luxury. We are lucky to have a beautiful studio space where we all come together and while the focus is on our clients and sharing creative ideas, we always have time for a chat about what’s new and as you can imagine, the topics can be far reaching! Join us for...
May 17, 2023|Luxury Insight
Penthouse View: Journeys of enlightenment | Nicholas Priest, The Luminaire
We are delighted to be talking to Nicholas Priest of the travel brand, The Luminaire to find out how a new generation of travellers are looking for more than just a luxurious experience. The Luminaire is a brand that strives to create journeys of depth and enlightenment, while promoting a deeper connection to the world around us.
March 22, 2023|Guest Editorials
Penthouse View: Best of British | Helen Brocklebank, Walpole
This month we are excited to be launching our Penthouse View Series. Our interviews will take the form of a Q&A with experts within the industry, discussing their thoughts on current themes across the world of Luxury. Under our theme of ‘Best of British’, we talk with Helen Brocklebank, CEO of luxury institution, Walpole, to find out why 2023 is the year of jobs...
March 8, 2023|Uncategorized
IWD: The women who inspire us
At Oliver Burns, we are always striving for positive change, not only in business but also through our impact on the world around us. With this in mind, this International Women’s Day, we are taking a moment to stop and recognise the women who inspire us and who we are lucky enough to work with.
February 13, 2023|Luxury Design
Fashion Houses with luxury homeware
Fashion has always been intrinsically linked with Interior Design, expressing ourselves through the way we dress and the way we dress our home. This month we will be exploring this link and looking at how we have used fashion to influence our work. We are starting the series by looking at Fashion Houses who have branched into Interiors themselves and how their fashion on the...
December 7, 2022|Luxury Design
The Bespoke Pieces in House of Walpole
We worked with a number of British Designers on bespoke pieces for the House of Walpole project, a collaboration between ourselves, Northacre and Walpole. All designers worked within the brief of ‘a love letter to the Palace Gardens’, their work takes inspiration from nature which is woven throughout the apartment. Read our article below where we talk in more detail about...
December 7, 2022|Luxury Design
Our Interior Design Predictions for 2023
Design is influenced by everything around us – fashion, architecture, the environment, even health and wellbeing. Looking forward to 2023, we share our predictions for styles and designs that will be gracing our homes next year.
November 28, 2022|Luxury Design
Project Focus: House of Walpole
Our House of Walpole project is a collaboration between Walpole and Northacre Properties, to showcase ‘The Home of British Luxury Craftmanship.’ We were entrusted to design the space which sits in one of London’s most coveted addresses adjacent to His Majesty’s official London residence; an ultra-luxurious 4,000 square foot duplex apartment with stunning listed Italian...
November 11, 2022|Architecture
Press Release: House of Walpole
House of Walpole – The Home of British Luxury Craftsmanship brings together Britain’s best luxury brands within one ultra-luxurious space. It is a collaboration between Northacre Properties and Walpole to showcase and highlight British luxury within a bespoke one-off residence designed entirely by Walpole member Oliver Burns. Steeped in history, No.1 Palace Street, The...
July 18, 2022|Architecture
Project Focus: Cotswolds Barn
Nestled in picturesque countryside, our Cotswolds Barn is the ultimate rustic luxe hideaway, which we designed as a second home for a lovely, longstanding client and their young family. Responsible not only for the architectural interior design but also the complete refurbishment of the barn, our brief was to create a contemporary, yet comfy weekend retreat with wraparound...
October 5, 2021|Guest Editorials
Conversations in Craftmanship: Steinway & Sons
This week London Craft Week returns to the capital, showcasing exceptional craftmanship from both emerging and celebrated artisans. To mark this exciting event in the design calendar, we are delighted to speak with Craig Terry, the Managing Director of Steinway & Sons. Established in 1853, Steinway are world-renowned for crafting the very finest pianos. Craig shares with us...
September 16, 2021|Luxury Design
How We Find Inspiration In The Oliver Burns Studio
We are often asked as a design studio, where do we source our creative inspiration from. The answer is not a short one! We like to live by the philosophy that design is everywhere around you, you just have to know where to look. From the buildings that tower above you to the organic shapes in nature, we look far and wide for the influences that shape our luxury homes. Below we...
August 18, 2021|Luxury Insight
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...
June 28, 2021|Guest Editorials
Conversations in Craftmanship: Davidson
In our third edition of ‘Conversations in Craftsmanship’, we are delighted to speak with Alexandra Davidson, the Managing Director of luxury furniture brand DAVIDSON. Established in 1986, this family-run company have become renowned as a purveyor of the finest British craftmanship, specialising in contemporary designs in luxurious finishes. Alexandra shares with...
June 15, 2021|Trends
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 28, 2021|Luxury Insight
Conversations in Craftmanship: Lalique
In our fascinating 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 this second edition, we speak to Frederick Fischer, the UK Managing Director of Lalique. An iconic symbol of French luxury, Lalique was founded by glassmaker and...
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|Trends
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 18, 2021|Trends
Savoir Beds: Creating A Sleep Sanctuary
We all know good sleep makes us feel better, but we may not have considered the powerful role it plays in helping build our immune system. With studies revealing that a lack of quality sleep can mean we are more susceptible to falling ill after exposure to a virus, the value of a good night’s rest is more important than ever. Major events in our lives can create...
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...
January 18, 2021|Luxury Design
Pantone Colour of the Year 2021
For only the second time in Pantone’s 20-year history, the colour institution have chosen two shades instead of one for their Colour of the Year. As we look to fortify ourselves with energy for the year ahead after the ongoing uncertainty of 2020, it makes sense that we should want to surround ourselves with colours associated with joy and resilience. ‘Illuminating’ a...
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|Uncategorized
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...
November 4, 2020|Guest Editorials
Savoir Beds: The Art of Tailored Sleep
Each year, the clocks going back signifies the transition from summer to autumn as well as the start of a new season. This coupled with a second lockdown, means we are spending more time in the sanctuary of our homes than ever before. With a third of our lives spent in bed, the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, providing a restful space to dream, recover...
September 11, 2020|Luxury Design
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....
September 3, 2020|Luxury Design
Spotlight On: The Bedside Table
When designing the interior scheme of a bedroom, we like to think of the bed as the focal point of the room and the bedside tables as the perfect bookends that frame this key feature. A thoughtfully considered bedside table should not only reflect your unique personal style but also be functional, providing space to store practical items. In this blog, we share our expert...
August 28, 2020|Luxury Design
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...
August 20, 2020|Architecture
An Introduction to Elizabethan Style
This week we pay homage to 400 years of illustrious playwright and national treasure, William Shakespeare. Coinciding with St. George’s Day, April 23rd will truly be a quintessentially British celebration. This coupled with Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday this week means there is no better time to celebrate the enduring elegance of British design through the ages. In...
July 28, 2020|Trends
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...
July 26, 2020|Luxury Design
Top 3 Ways to Accessorise a Luxury Outdoor Space
When designing a home, accessories can be viewed as the final layer that adds an all-important touch of personality and visual interest. A thoughtfully curated selection of accessories, that complements the overall design scheme and colour palette, has the ability to elevate a space to the next level. As a result, outdoor accessories are just as important as indoor accessories...
June 23, 2020|Luxury Insight
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...