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Q&A With Rachel Dein

Behind The Scenes At Janine Stone & Co.

In the light-filled attic studio at her north London home, the artist Rachel Dein gently peels back a clay mold to reveal a plaster cast of flowers in amazing details and extraordinary beauty. The representation of nature has been the province of artists since the late Minoan painters and potters decorated palace walls and pottery with lilies, saffron, and other flowers thousands of years ago.

Rachel’s plaster casts record all the texture, pattern, and delicacy of plants and flowers in exquisite detail. Her composition can be as simple as a single stem or as complex as a field of wildflowers, leaves, and grasses. That’s why this month our design team decided to include Rachel’s art into the vaulted ceiling of a contemporary-classic poolhouse they created in response to a brief given to them by the editors of House & Garden magazine.

In a brief Q&A session with Janine Stone, Rachel kindly gave us an insight into her personal style and tastes.

1. My signature wardrobe item …
a pair of scruffy jeans that I work in.

2. The last music I listened to …
Fats Waller and His Rhythm (1934 – 1936 LP)

3. A book on my bedside table …
Bringing Up The Bodies by Hillary Mantel. Really enjoyed Wolf Hall a few years ago so I’m slowly reading this.

3. My guilty pleasure …
Chocolate and whisky.

4. A place that inspires me …
The Victoria and Albert Museum, especially the room of Cast Courts.

5. Something I do when I’m not working …
Gardening and watching films.

6. A project/creation I’m proud to recall …
Hide, the restaurant in Piccadilly that opened in 2018. I was given a basic brief and a lot of freedom within this. The designer very much understood my interest in site specific and using significant objects. The restaurant looks out onto Green Park so the panels by the window feature casts of plane trees branches, just like those growing in the park. Previous commissions had involved objects that were personal to the client. So with this project in another area of the restaurant I was given objects. They belonged to everyone involved, from the owners to the chef, from the designers to the waiters and sommeliers.

Follow the #creativeresponse series, where Janine Stone & Co. are set a series of interior design briefs by the editors of House & Garden Magazine the House & Garden website. Further behind the series interviews (like this article) and stories about our designs are available on our’s website’s House & Garden section.