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Publication Date: 2014-12-17

On Eaton Square

London designer Mimmi O’Connell made her Regency townhouse on Eaton Square into a home where cultures blend.

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 Oriental antiques.

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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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