Four interiors styles – as seen inside designers' own homes

Four interiors styles – as seen inside designers' own homes

Each of these homes, spread out over the globe, illustrates a significant interior design trend, from warm minimalist to reimagined Scandi. Dominic Lutyens looks around.

Inside, At Home with Great Designers, a brand-new book from Phaidon, compiles 60 residences that eminent architects and interior designers from all over the world have either lived in or are presently occupying. Unlike when working with clients, designers and architects are free to express their particular preferences when designing their residences. As a result, their houses are a purer, more intimate reflection of their beliefs and a place where experimentation is encouraged.


According to William Norwich, the book's introduction's author, "A designer's own environment is an experiment in living as they wish and not as a client requires," BBC Culture. Hugo Grisanti's residence in Santiago, Chile, whose office is noted for its use of brilliant color, is one example he uses. And while his house does reflect this, the color scheme is even more daring. According to Norwich, "In his home he could enjoy applications of bold colors his clients might only dabble in."

The book also represents a time when prominent interior designers actively publish pictures of their houses on social media to promote their brands while freely exposing their homes to public scrutiny. The book necessarily emphasizes the distinctiveness of these designers.



The color expert

Hugo Grisanti, who along with Kana Cussen co-founded Grisanti & Cussen in 2007, resides in a 1940s single-story home. He works with Cussen to experiment with different methods to decorate his home because he lives alone and has complete flexibility to do so. The home originally had four modest bedrooms, but they have been converted into a sizable bedroom and an office. The pair is extremely passionate about color, and by constructing this wider, open space, the impact of their selected colours - described in the book as "a symphony ofCerulean, lush, and coral tones are intensified. Architectural mouldings and ceilings are also extensively painted. According to Grisanti, a single color can change or revitalize our surroundings: "We employ different colors to create new atmospheres." Such color explosions are a component of a maximalist aesthetic that also values pattern and historical allusions. An 18th-century dandy picture by Argentinean artist Stanley Gonczanski and chairs by Gianni Versace in the bedroom help to portray this.



the Los Angeles area Jeff Andrews admires Heather Levine's mid-century modern style. Without the plethora of textures and some eye-catching sculptures, such as some mid-century sputnik-shaped chandeliers in the living room, the predominantly monochromatic space could have appeared flat.

English oddball


Architectural and interior designer Ben Pentreath's love of traditional, hand-crafted British designs is evident throughout his London house, from the William Morris wallpapers to the Marianna Kennedy lamps he sells in his Bloomsbury boutique Pentreath & Hall. He appropriately resides in the Art Workers' Guild building, which Morris devotees founded in the 1880s. Pentreath is renowned for his cozy but fashionable style, cozy interiors, and unconventional color schemes. 24 framed maps of London, created by the French-born, British geographer John Rocque in the 18th century, perfectly fit one wall in his living room and create a striking, surprisingly colorful backdrop. Additionally, there are paintings by British artist Robyn Denny that are colorful, abstract, and pop-inspired, wallpaper by Morris, Wedgwood jasperware, a mint-green recliner, and pillows that he purchased on his visits New York, Paris, and Stockholm.

Faye Toogood's modernist London home has been outfitted with restrained, softly minimalist pieces (Credit: Henry Bourne)
Faye Toogood's modernist London home has been outfitted with restrained, softly minimalist pieces. (Henry Bourne credit)

Pleasant minimalism

Moving into a modernist home in Highgate, North London encouraged interior designer Faye Toogood to follow its style. She had previously resided in a Georgian house with a lot of blue paint that, in her words, was reminiscent of some of Vermeer's works. Their property, a boxy modernist structure created by Swiss architect Walter Segal, was discovered by her husband, Matt Gibberd, co-founder of the estate agency The Modern House. Toogood made the decision not to alter its chosen a restrained monochromatic color scheme and a unique, clean-lined layout. When it came to outfitting her new home, she had more of an organic modernism in mind than a rectilinear one. She writes in the book, "This 1960s abode was like living with a Barbara Hepworth sculpture or a Lucie Rie white pot." The home had a wall covered in vertical wood slats and other warm accents. Toogood softened the decor even more by covering the dressing room doors in clotted cream felt and creating raw canvas drapes. Her hefty Roly Poly chair, which has a generously curved seat and cradles the sitter, as well as a sculptural white plaster coffee table were among the new items she added to the space, which was mostly decorated in white or ecru tones.