How an unusual brief for this Holland Park home brought out the very best in interior architecture and design studio, Lawson Robb

It’s not often that the sun plays a key role in interior design, but this Holland Park home had a rather unique brief: to co-ordinate fine artworks from The Tiroche DeLeon Collection as much as it was to enhance the interior architecture. ‘Principally, the artworks needed to be displayed to full effect, but away from direct sunlight and also away from direct view,’ explains Alix Lawson. ‘We therefore had to pay particular attention to the movement of the sun around the house and position the artwork accordingly.’

The ‘we’ referenced is Alix and her business partner Charlotte Robb, better known as Lawson Robb, an international interior architecture and design studio specialising in creating exquisite homes in the finest addresses of London and around the world. ‘The house is the home of a private client who has travelled extensively,’ Alex continues about this Holland Park property. ‘As such, their tastes are influenced by global encounters with the best of design, craftsmanship and service. Their home was to be a backdrop giving space and platform to their international artworks and referencing their international experiences. As a result, textures and themes are varied yet carefully co-ordinated, blending lacquered surfaces with granular texture, linear geometric shapes with curves and crescents. It is a fine art to create a look that is complete, not overdone.’

Responsible for creating an interior design for some of the rooms, the centrepiece has to be the stunning main reception room. ‘Absolutely,’ Alix nods. ‘The main reception room was designed around two magnificent pieces of art by Liu Wei and Bita Vakili. Exquisite silk velvet sofas, a bespoke verre eglomise coffee table and silk wool cushions allowed the pieces of artwork to shine and for Christopher Wray Iverson’s stunning crystal chandelier to complete the look. It was incredibly inspiring to be working with such interesting artwork.’

The work Lawson Robb created was not all about art, however. ‘We wanted to create a contemporary backdrop within this room to allow for the juxtaposition of the antique chairs,’ Alix explains about the formal dining room’s look. ‘An Armourcoat perlata finish was applied to the walls, coupled with exquisite Birgit Israel veneer and mirror drawers, and a beautiful Christopher Wray lamp.’

This was yet another West London-based project for Lawson Robb nestled within their extensive global CV, but certainly stands out for them – even if its existing architecture meant they had to work even harder. ‘The home, with floor to ceiling windows and impressive room sizes, made the space a joy in which to work,’ Alix insists, despite many opportunities for the sun’s rays to filter through. ‘Although we work globally, our work in London is focused on the prime areas like Holland Park and Kensington. We really enjoy working with new build and Grade II-listed residences within these areas.’

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