Home is Where the Art is
When designing Regent’s Crescent, international architecture and interiors studio Millier chose to incorporate prints from the 1800s, giving an insight to the rich history of the Crescent; they also chose art pieces with botanical themes to reflect the Regency Era inspiration through nature.
“When specifying art for show apartments in developments, it is important to consider the audience and wider appeal; the pieces cannot be too taste dividing and have to translate across all cultures,” Millier’s creative director, Helen Westlake, explains. “In all of our selections the context of the building plays a key part in the pieces we curate for the interior.”
The interior scheme within Regent’s Crescent is a careful balance of contemporary and classical detailing, which is something Millier have carried through into the artwork chosen for the development. “Some pieces are more sculptural and abstract, whilst others reflect a more classical technique, such as oil paintings,” says Westlake.
“Where contemporary pieces are selected, they draw inspiration through tones and brush strokes from art of the 1800s,” she continues. “The eclectic mix of styles and references is very much reflective of the Regency Period. Artwork can also be incorporated thought specialist features such as oversized headboard panels with a more classical eglomise glass technique.”
THE BRYANSTON, HYDE PARK
Designing The Bryanston, Hyde Park’s interior scheme was international studio Millier; the close proximity to Hyde Park and the spectacular views provided the design team with context to emphasise the ‘parkside living’, and meant that the team was able to reference the natural elements within the development’s interior. Millier also worked closely with an art consultant for the scheme, who was responsible for curating the main pieces of art.
“We moved away from the traditional approach to art on walls and rather expressed these themes through interesting curated pieces within the furniture design itself. By using nature’s colour palette through seasonal changes we can inform and inspire the colour narrative of our bespoke furniture items and artwork to create a holistic and striking interior scheme,” explains Alexandra Nord, a creative director at Millier.
“We are collaborating with Dutch artists, Demakersvan, on creating decorative screens for the residential entrance lobby at The Bryanston, Hyde Park,” she continues. “The delicate bronze fretwork provides subtle separation from the outside, whilst letting in dappled light and casting playful shadows indoors as if cast by leaves.”