John Cullen Lighting has been enhancing spaces with the power of light for over 40 years, across 45 countries. Their discreet and luxurious architectural luminaires are designed in house, with manufacturing taking place in the UK. Miniaturisation is at the heart of their DNA, ensuring elegant and expertly engineered fittings that endure, designed with the environment in mind. John Cullen Lighting has the ability to transform architecture, interiors and landscapes with an understated sophistication that evokes exceptional effects.
Founded in 2002, Powell Tuck Associates is an award-winning architecture and interiors practice based in West London. The practice take on both new and existing buildings, weaving their passion for detail and commitment to honest materials into every undertaking. Crafted quality is the key to their elegant spaces, which are developed in constant and inclusive conversation with all stake holders, every step of the way.
Powell Tuck Associates’ current directors, Adrian Lees and Angus Shepherd, have worked with the practice since its founding. As such, they bring the strength of their long association with the studio’s overarching collective experience to execute projects with conviction and creativity, never compromising on function and an effective build. The practice look to use sustainable materials and energy systems wherever possible, ensure the future-proof potential of every project.
Image credits: London House (cover and 1-2); Camden House (3-4); Barlby Road (5-8); Oxford Gardens (9-10); and Thornhill Road (11-12).
Christopher Farr unite heritage textile craftsmanship with contemporary design to produce handmade custom rugs for leading interior designers and architects. Founded over 30 years ago, they are dedicated to quality and the pursuit of beauty, with a mission to elevate rug making to Fine Art status. Believing that much of a rug’s beauty and tactility is down to the materials used, Christopher Farr carefully and responsibly source fibres using their expert knowledge and well-established networks. They continually push material possibilities in new aesthetic directions, and work with non-profit organisations, such as Label Step, Care & Fair and Turquoise Mountain, in order to play an active role in maintaining fair labour practices and improving welfare throughout the carpet industry.
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Magri Williams is a design studio specialising in residential architecture, bespoke interiors and furniture design. The studio’s work is centered around finding a considered solution to clients’ briefs by taking the big idea and resolving it back to its simplest form, to a point where there is nothing more to add or to take away. They strive to find the delicate balance between craft, materials, functionality, sustainability, light and nature, whilst sensitively considering each detail to create a refined design.
Through this approach, Magri Williams’ projects use a restrained material palette with the aim of elevating the beauty of the natural materials selected. The architecture becomes soft, light and sensitive, creating an environment that is beautiful, peaceful and timeless.
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Suzy Hoodless founded her eponymous studio in 2000, and it has since grown into one of Britain’s most exciting interiors brands. Based in West London, Suzy and her team create characterful spaces that combine contemporary and vintage elements with a distinguished use of colour, whilst remaining mindful to both comfort and function. The studio’s designs feel good to live in, and are inspired around their owners’ personalities in an authentic and thoughtful way.
Suzy herself was part of Wallpaper* magazine’s founding team, acting as Interiors Editor. Her experience art directing shoots for the publication formed the foundations of, what’s now, her unrivalled reputation as an interior designer. Suzy Hoodless regularly appears on House & Garden’s list of the top 100 interior designers. Most recently, the studio won ‘Best Residential Project’ at the Home & Gardens Design Awards 2021, and appeared in By Design: The World’s Best Contemporary Interior Designers (Phaidon, 2021).
Image credits: A sophisticated townhouse by Anthony Crolla (1-2); A slow-designed home by Paul Massey (3-4); A modernist home by Will Pryce (5-6); A home of bold contrasts by Lucas Allen (7-8); A curated family home by Elsa Young (9-10); and A highland haven by Tom Mannion (11-12).
British architect Adam Richards BA(Hons) BSc(Hons) DipArch(Cantab) RIBA founded his eponymous practice in 2000. Based in London and Sussex, Adam Richards Architects encompass a broad remit, with projects across the arts, cultural, heritage and residential sectors. ARA aim to create engaging, critical, spatial and social environments that transform the deeper cultural themes which contextualise each project.
Despite often being challenged with unusual sites or unique objects, Adam Richards Architects have built a reputation for the quality of their designs. Working collaboratively, their approach combines inspiring, inventive and affordable ways to realise their ideas. The practice has won national and international awards, such as the Royal Institute of British Architects National Award for Walmer Castle and Wallpaper* Magazine Worldwide Best New House 2020 for Nithurst Farm.
Image credits: Nithurst Farm by Brotherton Lock (1-7); Quinta da Serra (8-11); and Mission Hall (12-14).
Nice Projects is lead by Simone McEwan – former Design Director for Soho House and Project Director at Studioilse – and Sacha Leong, who spent the last 15 years working across the architecture and design industries, most notably for Studioilse and Universal Design Studio, where he designed and delivered London’s Ace Hotel and Singapore’s Odette.
Their combined cross-disciplinary skillset allows them to work holistically across the entire creative process, on a range of projects. The studio focusses on creating spaces that are welcome, enjoyable and inspiring, be them residential homes or commercial environments. Sustainability and longevity act as guiding principles for every brief.
Image credits: Dairy Farm, Hertfordshire by Tom Mannion (1-8); Highgate House (designed by Michaelis Boyd) by Taran Wilkhu (9-12).
Adjaye Associates was founded in 2000 by Sir David Adjaye OBE – an award-winning Ghanaian-British architect who infuses his synonymous practice with a dedication to community-driven projects and acute artistic sensibilities. His clever use of materials, bespoke designs and unique vision are widely recognised. So much so, he was awarded a knighthood in 2017, and listed as one of the 100 most influential people of the year in TIME magazine.
Adjaye Associates have a stellar portfolio that spans a wide range of projects, from commercial and cultural buildings to educational facilities, and even product design. Their residential projects never fail to both innovate and inspire, whether through their creative use of site, homage to a home’s history, or meticulous mix of materials. Adjaye Associates have studios in Accra, London and New York and, most recently, won the 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal.
Image credits: Dirty House (1-2); Mole House by Ed Reeve (3-6); Carriage House (7-8); Hill House (9-10); Nanjing House by Ed Reeve (11-12); Nkron Private Villa (1-14); and Sunken House / Ed’s Shed by Ed Reeve (15-16).
Design Haus Liberty was founded in 2013 but Dara Huang, who brought together a team of highly experienced architects and designers, and gave them the freedom to create without limitation. The outcome is a showcase of imagination and innovation, from some of the world’s brightest design minds. With a base in London and a satellite office in Hong Kong, DH Liberty have completed residential, commercial and civic projects all over the world; from lighting installations for Cartier and contemporary office towers in China, to serene lakeside villas in Italy and penthouse apartments in London. DH Liberty deftly combines collaboration, communication and creativity throughout each project, producing outcomes that are as practical as they are aesthetic.
This award-winning architecture practice was founded by Katerina Dionysopoulou and Billy Mavropoulos. The pair combine their architectural expertise with their passion for playfulness to create spaces, products and environments that feel innovative and intriguing. Both trained at Foster+Partners; while Katerina joined Heatherwick Studio and led the team designing the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo (winning the Lubetkin Prize), Billy worked as an independent design consultant and featured in Wallpaper* magazine’s next generation issue in 2010, as a designer who will change the face of design within the next 30 years.
In 2018, the practice’s work was selected as part of the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, coordinated by Grayson Perry RA. Bureau de Change has won numerous awards, including the FX Breakthrough Talent of the Year 2016, the Sunday Times Architect of the Year award 2019 and, most recently, was shortlisted for the RIBA Awards 2020. Both Billy and Katerina currently teach UG4 at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
Image credits: Long House (1-3) and The Interlock (4-6) by Gilbert McCarragher; Cast House (7-8) by Caroline Charrel; Folds House (9-10); Slab House (11-12) and Step House (13-14) by Ben Blossom.
Studio Knot was founded by Mark and Sinead Hanlon, after their idea to collaborate with artists to create one-off rug designs took off, selling out at its debut exhibition at Truman Brewery. From there, a host of private commissions kept the pair busy for a couple of years, leading them to found Studio Knot in 2014. For Mark and Sinead, rugs are a journey of story and creativity; they hold meaning and feel so personal that they transcend aesthetic fashions and fads.
Whilst the rugs are designed in Studio Knot’s Bruton-based workshop, they are handmade in one of three mills in either Nepal, India or Iran. Traditional and modern design methods are combined with age-old craftsmanship to create each rug. The process is intricate and expert, with as little as only 10-15cm of carpet made each day, meaning a rug can take months – or even years – to create. Studio Knot’s previous commercial clients include The Conran Shop, Locke Hotels and P Joseph.
Robert Stephenson founded Sedilia in 1998, as a bespoke furniture-design and -making business that cut through the popular pre-fab trends of the time to focus on purity and quality. With over 20 years experience working on commissions for some of the best interior designers out there, Sedilia continue to celebrate the elegance of the essential by blending timeless design and innovation with edge, ease, balance and proportion.
Sedilia launched their own collection of furniture in 2019, which includes the ‘curvaceous croissant of indulgence’ – the Roll Top Chair, and the Sennen Sectional, which is designed to be a striking centrepiece. All of Sedilia’s designs take comfort as seriously as style, and combine a traditional approach with modern making methods to ensure long lasting results.