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Challenge No. 3 – A Penthouse Master Suite

House & Garden Magazine – April 2020

In the third of a new series the editors of House & Garden Magazine have challenged our interior design team to create a Penthouse boudoir for an art-deco loving fashion designer.

Janine Stone bedroom house and garden

About the design :
This month’s brief challenged us to create the design scheme for a fashion designer’s master suite. The brief entailed transforming an unfurnished (since the 1970’s) penthouse pied-à-terre in Marylebone and embueing it with a combination of haute-couture and art-deco style, which the client themselves embodied in their personal sense of style and taste.

The term ‘Boudoir’ has had various meanings histrocially, but in essence is a place to rest and recuperate – usually a private bedroom with it’s own comfortable seated area. Our scheme extends this by including a generous dressing room area and en-suite, situated behind custom-made “Shoji-style” sliding panels to the right of the bedroom.

Showcasing our designer’s talents, the scheme wonderfully combines antique with contemporary furniture that reference the art-deco era between the 1920’s and 30’s. This is eveident in pieces including the demi-lune Jean de Merry armchairs, the jewel-like Mari Ianiq ‘Wave’ sideboard and fan-shaped ‘Spectrum’ wall lights, as well as gilt accents of the magaine rack and gold-leaf coffee table.

bespoke furniture janine stone
The side-table is bespoke design by Janine Stone & Co. design director, Anthony Bevacqua.

Comfort is created not just through through the sue of soft, naturally textured fabrics and a relaxing pallete of ivory taupe, blush and ebony, but also through the ligting design. Back-lighters have been placed behind the custom made fabric panelling that line the walls. This diffuses a soft light throughout the room, creating a gentle and calming atmosphere. These sliding screens along with the fan shaped wall lights evoke oriental influence, that was a distinctive feature and curiosoty during the height of Art-Deco era.

Janine Stone comments:
“In particular, this scheme demonstrates Janine Stone & Co.’s philosophy that is to tailor interiors to the personal tastes and lifestyle of our clients.”

“The inspiration for every interior we create is the person, we are not about undertaking projects that rely on interior design by cookie cutter mould.”

“Bedrooms are among the most challenging spaces to design, purely becuase they are so personal. ”

House & Garden comment on Janine Stone’s creative response:
“The entire room shows the importance of research in the craft of an interior designer: the team at Janine Stone has done extensive research into the styles of the Twenties and Thirties, exploring images from film sets and fashion magazines to accurately capture the feel of the period.”

How To Follow The Series …

A summary version of Janine Stone & Co.’s third design challenge and their response is available to read on the House & Garden website.

Further exclusive content and behind the scenes information is available on the Janine Stone website and Instagram (@janinestone_co), where you can keep up to date with the various design challenges House & Garden will be setting us over the course of this year .

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