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‘French invasion’ – a drawing room that showcases French arts and crafts

Creative Response – February 2020 Issue


Bonus Material & Insights

In the first of a new series, this month see’s the Janine Stone & Co. interior design team respond to a brief set to them by the editors of House and Garden Magazine. The February issue brief (available in January), asks our team to design an elegant entertaining space for a high-flying couple with a taste for contemporary design. In response our interior design team have created a wonderfully eclectic drawing room that showcases the beauty of French arts and crafts.

In addition to the details of the original design brief and our response, which have been published online and in the print edition of House & Garden magazine – we have decided to share with you some of the bonus material that details some of the beautiful furniture, fittings and object that our design team have included in this month’s challenge.


Bronze side table, by Herve van der Straeten

The polished bronze top of this side table creates a wonderful reflection of the ceiling light above and adds a luxurious jewellery-box quality to the space. The bronze top helps to reflect the sun’s rays and reduce heat build up in summertime.

Armchairs by Christophe Delcourt for Collection Particuliere

Upholstered in canvas linen by dela couna, our design team liked how Delcourt’s work is heavily inspired by nature and the use of natural materials— this fitted with our scheme. The curved shape, allows guests to face each other comfortably from many different angles – facilitating conversation.

Delcourt cites french legends such as Jean Prouvé, Pierre Chareau, and Jean-Michel Frank as strong influences in his work. This was very much in keeping with the strong French influences in this design.

Antique Swedish armouries

Two hand painted armoires with gilding, that our design team discovered on 1st Dibs. The design is based on a Scandinavian cabinet circa 1680, created for a Scandinavian manor house, circa 1680-1700.

The Gualala table lamp by Jonathan Browning

The Gualala Table Lamp is inspired by weathered river rock found on the beaches for which it is named. With a single, unglazed 3 cm thick white bisque porcelain shade the light is encased and diffused to cast a golden glow. Exclusively designed by Jonathan Browning for McGuire, the Gualala collection mixes two finishes – oil rubbed bronze and lite antique brass – as well as a white metal horn to embody that timeless 1970s cool. The material choices help the antique and modern furniture objects blend in well with each other.

Flat Silk Rug via Doris Leslie Blau

We know that any room our clients expect to use heavily for entertaining, not only needs to look and feel like luxury, but needs to durable enough to cope with these demands.

This beautiful contemporary black and white abstract rug is hand knotted using high quality blend of wool and silk. This makes it incredibly durable, but also delightfully soft to touch.

Furthermore seemingly random scribbles on the bare background look as if they once were part of a greater composition that was destroyed by time. The fits in with the concept of blending contemporary design into a period architecture.

Next Months’s Creative Response …

Pick up next month’s issue of House & Garden Magazine, to see what design brief our interior designers have been set. Follow us on Instagram for sneak peak behind the scenes look at our work …