The Studio


From listed heritage buildings through to lakeside villas, we have had our work recognised through numerous design & property awards, including World’s Best Penthouse. During that time, the studio has flourished into a global multi-disciplinary practice that has a proven track record of thoughtfully designing and building the world’s finest homes.



  • We believe that luxury design should go beyond the aesthetic to reflect deeper values and meaning. The concept of Thoughtful Luxury underpins everything we do.  It is reflected in our designs, from the concepts we develop, through to the thoughtfully layered details we create with artisans and craftsmen. It is demonstrated in the unique understanding we have of our discerning clients and translated in our vision of client care. From concept to completion, this approach ensures that all of our projects are thoughtfully designed, thoughtfully built and thoughtfully finished.

  • Our


    Creative Partner

    As the ultimate luxury for our discerning clients is time, our turnkey design and build approach enables clients to have a single dedicated point of contact throughout their project, from initial concept and planning through to completion and handover. We act as a creative partner to craft our client’s vision for their project, creating original and thoughtful concepts that tap into all the senses, and are sensitive to the building, its location and its heritage, rather than a fixed house style.

  • Client


    Trusted Advisor

    Our clients expect the highest standards in every area of their lives, and these standards are reflected in the exceptional level of service we deliver. We are thoughtful to work with; respectful, accommodating and discreet, and provide trusted advice and support throughout the design and build process, demonstrating our value not only creatively, but also commercially.

    "Superlative Service"
"Superlative Service"


Concept Design

The initial stage of the design process is about establishing the overall look and feel of the project, interpreting the client brief, interrogating the architecture of the building and creating a narrative around which to build the design.


Design Development

The second stage of the process refines the initial mood boards and look and feel for each space. We design all bespoke elements and engage with all relevant specialist consultants at this point, and also produce perspective sketches for key areas, including CGI’s if required.


Detailed Design

The purpose of this stage is to produce a tender package that a main contractor can accurately price and then build from, whether that is Oliver Burns or another main contractor.  This means that every wall, floor, surface, interface and detail must be drawn so that the intended design can be converted into reality.



We manage and oversee the procurement of all FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment.) Prior to ordering, we create a detailed schedule which shows every single piece of furniture and fabric to be used in the project, for final approval and sign off.



Our turnkey design and build approach enables clients to have a single point of contact throughout their project, from initial concept and planning through to completion and handover. Whether a new build or listed heritage building, it allows us to take care of and guarantee every last bespoke detail.


Turnkey Delivery

The final stage of the process brings the initial narrative to life.  All furniture is installed by an experienced white glove delivery team overseen by us.  We carefully curate a collection of furniture, rugs, art, books and objets d’art and the project is fully dressed by our team prior to handover.

Our Design Process



At Oliver Burns we have a talented, thoughtful team of architects, designers, technicians, project managers and marketers that take pride in upholding our exceptional level of service. The combined business, technical and creative expertise that rests within our multi-cultural studio can address and solve the most demanding requirements of our super-prime projects.

Our senior management team not only have vast experience in design, project management and construction but also in luxury, innovation and marketing for world-leading businesses. Founding Partners Joe Burns and Sharon Lillywhite manage the seamless delivery of our projects.


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