With the Olympics wrapped, we thought a great way to extend the spotlight on London would be to go behind the scenes with the five Dering Hall designers who are based, or have an office, in the United Kingdom. These fab four include
Jamb, Bespoke, Soane Britain, and Collier Webb. 87
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When asked the defining hallmark of British style, Will Fisher, founder of
Jamb, states unequivocally that it’s “English Country House,” explaining it is “effortless blending, collections, paintings, curiosities, fabrics and furniture in a timeless and personal style.” This timeless quality is apparent in Jamb’s exquisite reproductions. From chimneypieces to a lantern collection, Jamb’s pieces embody the English Country style with a fine attention to detail that harken to a time long ago. When discussing the differences between British and American style, Fisher notes that the “the UK being a small island has always retained a very unique and strong visual identity.” And it is designers like Fisher than continue this tradition today.
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Straddling both sides of the Atlantic with workshops stateside and in the United Kingdom,
Bespoke founder Keith Morgan says that having a location in the UK provides ”huge advantages for us as we do a fair amount of work there, everything from being immersed in European design for half of the year to being able to see how other professionals create their projects.” For Bespoke, which prides itself on an unparalleled commitment to quality and fine craftsmanship, a location in the UK allows them to have a presence closer to many of their international clients and affords their clients the level of attention and care that the company is known for. However, the draw is not purely logistical, for Morgan adds that “one of the biggest advantages is the change of scenery, I tend to find that by working in different countries I am constantly being refreshed for the next project.”
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When asked about how being based in the United Kingdom influences her style, Lulu Lytle,
Soane’s Founder and Creative Director, says that London provides ”a proximity to brilliant craftsmen (saddlers, precisions engineers, blacksmiths and traditionally trained chair makers amongst others) [which] encourages innovative product development.” Quickly adding that ”of course, Britain’s extraordinary architectural heritage cannot fail to influence every area of interior design.” These two traits are clearly evident in each and every item created by Soane, from a rattan console to leather covered chair, each piece is defined by clean lines and high quality construction that impart a quiet elegance that shines without overpowering.
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For Andrew Webb and Geoff Collier of
Collier Webb, making their lighting, furniture and hardware lines is more than just work, it’s art. And the focus of their business is the care they take in designing and creating each piece. Marrying intricate and exacting techniques with the highest quality materials, each resulting piece sets a standard unto its own. Perhaps the Collier Webb aesthetic is best articulated in their Dering Hall profile where they write “our work is based on a design philosophy that values traditional techniques, forms and materials, and on the principle that good design is that which is elegant, practical and widely appealing.”