ELLE Decoration UK

ELLE Decoration UK

August 2021

ELLE Decoration UK showcases the world’s most beautiful homes and makes good design accessible to everyone through its mix of styles, products and price points. Combining all the inspiration, information and ideas you need to bring your home to life, it is the authority on trends, style and contemporary design.

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2 min.
sea change

If you were to launch a chain of chic seaside hotels in the South East, where would you start? Perhaps Margate, Deal, Hastings... Brighton for a really safe bet. Instead, the inaugural Port Hotel has landed in Eastbourne. ‘It’s a beautiful Victorian town,’ says co-founder Peter Cadwallader of the seaside resort, which once had a decidedly sleepy reputation. Occupying a smart row of black townhouses on the seafront, this 19-room boutique hotel and restaurant has been shaped by London-based interior designer Imraan Ismail with a quiet modernity. Perhaps the formula is by now a familiar one – cork floors, poured concrete sinks and terrazzo tiles – but it’s minimalism at its most cocooning, evoking calm rather than coolness. That’s partly thanks to a well-judged selection of Scandinavian furniture and lighting, from the…

3 min.
joe lycett

British comedian, presenter and master of mischief Joe Lycett – who briefly and brilliantly changed his name to Hugo Boss – is the host of The Great British Sewing Bee, and a regular fixture on perennial television favourites such as Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. His own show, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, elevates the consumer complaint to an art form, while an appearance on Grayson’s Art Club (and a particularly memorable portrait of Chris Whitty) revealed a love for letting loose with clay and acrylics. Fans follow him for salacious gardening updates and images of Britain’s bins. He is on tour next year. joelycettcomedy.co.uk The first album I loved was When it Falls by Zero 7 (4). I’ve always loved filmic, gentle…

4 min.
groove is in the house

THIS LONDON HOME’S STORY BEGAN ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE WORLD, in Laurel Canyon, high in LA’s Hollywood Hills. It’s here that music producer Ben Garrett was working on singer and songwriter Rae Morris’s debut album, Unguarded. The couple fell not just for each other, but for the feel-good, 1970s-infused vibe of the place. It was that atmosphere that they were looking to recreate when, in 2018, they began work on their 1970s two-bedroom terrace house and recording studio in Primrose Hill. To help them achieve the laid-back look, Ben and Rae approached architect and interior design firm Studio Hagen Hall. It was owner Louis Hagen Hall’s renovation of his own home, for sale at the time, that attracted them. His love of mid-century American architect John Lautner’s work and the…

5 min.
made for tomorrow

‘Alexander House is our working prototype to test ideas,’ says Jeremy Bull, principal at architecture and interior design studio Alexander & Co. ‘It is a building that can perform as an office, a space for reflection to nurture the creative spirit, and a testing ground for sustainable technologies.’ Situated next door to the home Jeremy shares with his wife, Alexander & Co’s marketing director Tess Glasson, and their four children, it is also, more prosaically, an extension – albeit a very unconventional one. Joined by the garden path, this separate four-storey property offers the comfort of working from home, but with a level of disconnect that many of us have been craving this past year. Taking eight months to complete during last year’s various lockdowns, the 250-square-metre building in Sydney’s Bondi Junction…

2 min.
tower of london

When the Carlton Tower opened in 1961, it was a beacon of luxury for a buzzing London – quite literally, too, as the capital’s tallest hotel at the time. ‘It was the epitome of glamour. The place to see and be seen,’ says Ailsa Connery, design director of interior and architecture studio 1508 London, who were charged with masterminding the most extensive makeover in its history. Now complete, the new-look Carlton Tower Jumeirah features a new foyer, restaurant and cavernous spa, which houses a swimming pool swathed in natural light. ‘LUXURY HAS EVOLVED TO BECOME MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL FINISHES’ ‘Working with the structural constraints of a 1960s building was challenging,’ admits Connery. ‘To open up the lobby we removed a central column and raised the ceiling to create a double-height entrance.’ With…

2 min.
faye toogood

‘Having these paintings as the starting point meant that every material, antique and piece of furniture that we bought was British’ The clients are serious collectors and we were able to use their Ivon Hitchens paintings and a Peter Lanyon. They formed the entire scheme for the apartment in terms of colours, palette and materials. The ‘Britishness’ was very important to me; having these paintings as the starting point meant that every material, antique and piece of furniture that we bought was British. It’s speaking the same language, physically coming from the same place. I commissioned Tobias Harvey to do a beautiful landscape triptych and Max Lamb contributed pieces. It’s interesting to work with your peers and with some of my favourite antique dealers from Pimlico Road. All the colours were…