The World of Interiors March 2020

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
12 期号



1 ‘Gorgeous light fittings and accessories are the lifeblood of our business,’ says Lee Lovett, of Soho Lighting. For proof, look no further than the company’s ‘Schoolhouse’ collection, which is based on early 20th-century designs and made with the original moulds and castings. Shown from top: ‘Warwick’ strip light (£960) and ‘Glasshouse’ pendant (£420). Ring 020 3314 1433, or visit 2 Little Greene and the National Trust have renewed their acquaintance, with seven wallpapers that span 200-plus years of interior-decoration history. ‘Clutterbuck’ (shown) is named after an owner of the Tudor hunting lodge Newark Park, where a fragment of the c1805 paper survives. Available in five colourways, it costs £85 per 10m roll. Ring 020 7935 8844, or visit 3 With the introduction of its first passementerie range, designed by…

the laing view

THE NIGHT OF 14 November 1940 was clear and crisp. The full moon shone over the English Midlands, glinting on the frosty roof of the Cathedral Church of St Michael in Coventry. And then the fires came: for more than five hours, the incendiary bombs of the Luftwaffe hailed down on the city, destroying its Medieval centre and some 4,300 houses, killing 568 people, and reducing the 14th-century cathedral to a burnt-out shell. The decision to rebuild the cathedral was taken the next day. But it was not until 1947 that a public competition was launched to find a suitable architect from within the Commonwealth, which elicited 219 entries. The winning design, by the Scot Basil Spence, was one of the most radical: rather than rebuilding on the site, he proposed…

antennae roundup


pretty as a pitcher


FRINGE, FROG AND TASSEL: THE ART OF THE TRIMMINGS MAKER IN INTERIOR DECORATION (by Annabel Westman; Philip Wilson, rrp £50) In this book a distinguished textile historian traces the use of trimmings from 1320 to 1970. It is a scholarly, painstakingly researched and well-written account, copiously illustrated. Medieval royal, noble and episcopal households had, of necessity, to lead a peripatetic life, and precious textiles could be easily loaded on to a cart and hung anywhere to bring an instant sense of luxury, power and prestige. Westman has used paintings to show details of trimmings from the early centuries, many of them simple tassels and fringes of gold thread, or brightly coloured silks. In Salome with the Head of St John the Baptist, German School, c1450, the charger with the saint’s head…

serious pursuits

Anyone who gets a kick out of watching other people doing housework – and who doesn’t? – should head to BLENHEIM, where staff and specialists are conducting their annual deep clean of the 300-year-old palace in full view of the public. At a time when the house would ordinarily be closed, this is a rare chance to see what goes into making it ready for spring, from high dusting to delicate repairs. ‘This process is much more than just cleaning,’ says Kate Ballenger, the head of house and collections. ‘It is a careful review of the entire collection followed by a thorough cleaning programme alongside the ongoing conservation and restoration work.’ The effects of that restoration are there to admire in the north portico, where a 1928 ceiling mural by…