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Going Above and Beyond

29.07.21

The Randle Siddeley design team’s creativity is underpinned by simple but meticulous rules and practical common sense. It’s this pragmatic approach, combined with great vision, that enables them to go on transforming spaces into beautiful, flowering havens the world over.

With the usual summer surge in al fresco dining, exacerbated by months of lockdown, Randle Siddeley found the perfect antidote to soggy pizzas wilting in their cardboard boxes.  They advise their clients to invest in an Ooni Koda 16”, a portable gas-fired pizza oven that creates superb stone-baked pizza in seconds. It’s typical of their passion for good design paired with efficient functionality, an ethos they carry into building swimming pools.

Their basic rules will prevent a pool from being either a headache or an eyesore.  Rule one is to landscape the pool so you feel you’re stumbling across it rather than having it dominate the garden and thrust itself into your eyeline. Rule two is to keep some lawn to soften the edges of the paved or decked area and to try beautiful framing around the pool like ornamental grasses.  Rule three is to avoid scented plants like lavender that attract bees, always a mistake in hindsight around stung bare feet.  Rule four is to use creamy instead of blue tiles, as they turn water a beautiful aquamarine (Randle’s favourite is Italian Dotticino mosaic).  Rule five is always to use a cover, particularly near trees and finally -  extremely important for British pools in our uncertain weather - Always find a sheltered spot, as no-one wants to catch a blast of icy air leaving the pool.

All Randle Siddeley pools are designed to be full of individuality, reflecting the owner’s personality, and are far from the garish, over-bright blue rectangles that people dread. In Hong Kong they created a majestic 25 metre pool for a garden that echoes the terrain’s natural contours by creating sweeping curves and wavy lines with views over the South China Sea.  Even the steps down to the pool and the hand-crafted Jesmonite walls around it are wavy. In Stanmore, they built an indoor-outdoor pool, divided by a sliding glass screen and continued the grey limestone bordering the new house round the pool to blend exterior and interior. At one end of a St. Tropez pool, a stone wall with a modernist mural designed by Tim Gosling, providing a focal talking point.  In Montreal, they kept the pool design very simple so as not to distract from the views over the lake. In Chelsea, they transformed a tiny, bijou garden into an urban oasis with a quirky but elegant perfume-bottle-shaped pool, with a jet-stream to swim against.  However challenging or awkward the space, Randle Siddeley’s practical approach ensures magical transformation every time.

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