One thing about this business I thoroughly enjoy is I never know where something is going to take me – especially when I ask. This week, on my personal Facebook page I asked for suggestions for the names of other designers and architects who had designed beautiful large residential interior spaces. Much to my delight, fellow ICA&A member Eric Daum of Merrimack Design Associates responded with a suggestion. “Look up Sir Edwin Lutyens.” Which I promptly did… He’s an English Architect born in the latter half of the 19th Century, whose practice ranged from beautiful English country cottages to helping plan the city of Delhi, India. His classical roots are evident in the following examples of his work. And you’ll see why I was so delighted with Eric’s suggestion. (I do not know the original sources of the following two images.)
Then I came across an article in Architectural Digest covering the renovation of a Lutyens designed English country estate. I remember reading the article when it first came out. I re-read and studied the pictures with renewed interest.
I initially focused on the windows and the exterior walls, coming back to absorb the incredible paneling and millwork detailing.
I will leave you with a shot of a room designed by Bobby McAlpine… It’s simplicity is breath taking…
I think I’m beginning to get a feel for tall rooms…
On the other hand, do you have any suggestions?
PS: A book devoted to Edwin Lutyens was published in 2000. It is available on Amazon. I’m adding the book to my Christmas wish list… Lutyens grand daughter owns and operated a furniture business devoted to reproducing Lutyens designed furniture.
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