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Eighteenth-century iron lanterns from Beijing line a stone mantel. The sofa is covered in Irish linen from John England, and the armchairs in printed linen from Claremont. The eighteenth-century side tables, spindle-backed chairs, and benches are elm wood; the antique blue and white Chinese porcelain jars are from Mallet.
Not as pompous as Belgrave Square, not as bohemian as Chelsea, but a stylish mix of the two, Eaton Square is one of the smartest addresses in
London. Tall Regency terraced houses look out upon lawns and leafy
greenery. Downton Abbey’s Lady Rosamund Painswick and Henry James’s
fashionable heroines have their fictional homes in the square. In real
life, London’s most prominent landlord, the 6th Duke of Westminster,
makes it his residence. After all, the square is named for Eaton Hall,
his country estate, and the duke, whose ancestor developed the square
between 1826 and 1855, owns most of it as well as Belgravia and Mayfair.
Italian-born, London-based Swiss designer Mimmi O’Connell has
breezed into this historical enclave with her own fresh fusion vision of
establishment living. From a cosmopolitan background that includes
studies at Geneva University and art courses at the Sorbonne and London
Sotheby’s, she moved to London, then spent several years in Hong Kong.
There, she fell in love with antique Chinese and Japanese furniture,
from the simple designs of the Ming dynasty to the extraordinary lacquer
arts of the Japanese Shogunate. Back in London in the 1990s, she opened
a gallery showcasing her affinity for simple, high-quality Chinese elm
wood and huanghuali (yellow-flowering pear wood) furniture and other
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY MIMMI O'CONNELL
PRODUCED BY SHANNON BOWERS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA
WRITTEN BY JEAN BOND RAFFERTY
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