To boldly go


Every January heralds a fresh start. James Matthews spoke to some of the hottest interior designers around to discuss their style predictions for the year ahead


The most important aspect of design is seeking components that are authentic and that will stand true in time. I’ve often sought inspiration from modern architecture and the use of industrial elements, such as exposed brickwork or structural ironmongery with warmer tones and textures. It’s a great way to bring character to a space.

We’re incredibly fortunate to have so many exciting projects in the pipeline. We were appointed last year by a prestigious hotel group in Japan to create the design DNA for a new hotel brand and 2019 will see the first one open its doors in Osaka.

We will also be working with Four Seasons once again at the Four Seasons Park Lane in London and we’re terribly proud to have been chosen by Equinox to work alongside the incredible Frank Gehry, to bring their new hotel brand to LA. 2019 will be a thrilling and busy year for us.

Style tip - Flooring is often underestimated in design; however, it can completely change the attitude of a room and is crucial to that all-important sense of arrival. Patterned ceramic tiles, such as the ones we used on the floor of the Gordon Bar at New York’s SIXTY SoHo, really uplift a space and can inject a sense of fun.


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Maximalism is on the rise. More and more people are embracing exuberance, an aesthetic that has more decoration and more detail, making it an exciting time to be in the world of interiors. I hasten to add, we are definitely not talking diamantes on everything, but instead elevating spaces to the max through unique details, such as monogrammed handmade game boards, or bespoke door handles.

When it comes to design - particularly these personal little details – it’s important to go with your gut instinct. If you love something then go for it, and if you’re not 100% on something then get a second opinion, but always trust your instinctive reaction.

In the coming months, we anticipate an increased focus on locally sourced furniture and interior accessories – supporting local artisans and furniture makers that are making beautiful pieces across the country. AUTHOR will be focusing on increasing the make of our own bespoke range of furniture and interior accessories such as occasional tables, trays and mirrors.

Style tip - Balance and symmetry will always be staples in design. Balance doesn’t always necessarily mean it has to be symmetrical. As long as you have one or the other, you can’t go wrong. www.authorinteriors.com


Trends come and go, so I always advise clients to avoid them fastidiously. Style is about self-expression, so people should go against following brief fashions and opt instead for making a personal statement.

For 2019, our work will embrace a softer and more rounded look. It will be more feminine than has been seen before from our brand. We’ll be delivering a wide range of projects including two yachts, a private plane, a very special home in the Alps, a magnificent house on The Mall in London, a breath-taking sub-penthouse in New York and much more. We are also developing a range of home accessories which is gathering pace. I am sure Abode2 readers will absolutely love them.

Style tip - Never be influenced by fashion. Always go for a classic elegant canvas on which to paint your dream home and use muted colours which never tire the eye. Choosing elegance over dynamism is a sure-fire recipe for long-lasting style.



Interiors run hand-in-hand with fashion and we’re already seeing the inevitable trickle through to our homes. The Autumn/Winter 18 catwalks were brimming with tassels and fringes, swishing their way to-and-fro on every runway, and now they are taking over our homes.

The super cool scalloped upholstery trend is also on the rise and is set to be a strong influence in 2019. Headboards and sofas are particularly big, making an elegant, sculptural addition to any interior while offering something comforting and cosy with their soft rolling shapes.

In the coming year, we have some incredibly exciting projects on our books; with a particular favourite being the renovation of a 95-acre estate outside London for a Saudi client. We’re also set to start work on a 130-acre Cheshire country estate for a lovely couple who are very design-led in their thinking. I’m really looking forward to that.

Style tip - Think big. Art, curtains and rugs all look more elegant and luxurious if they are oversized. Curtains should always be full length otherwise they look cheap, a large piece within a miss-matched collection of art makes a relaxed statement, and large rugs, which allow the furniture to sit within the border, will look gorgeous forever.




Classic florals never go out of style, as they are forever open to new and innovative interpretations to keep up with the ever-changing world of design and style. Whether that be deepening the hues of the colours used or introducing a fresh new look with multi-coloured mid-tones, there’s always something fresh to bring to the table.

As with any aspect of fashion or design, signature looks are also vital as they bring diverse influences to the forefront of society, and express different points of view. Personality is everything when it comes to interior spaces, and by bringing that extra dash of individual flair to furnishing, it elevates a house to a home.

For the Jane Churchill Spring/Summer 2019 collection, we will be featuring new country looks that combine pattern and colour with globally inspired designs. We are extremely excited for the launch as this will be something bold and different, while maintaining that signature style and elegance that Jane Churchill Interiors is known for.

Style tip - Be true to yourself and your lifestyle. The use of fabrics and wallpapers in your home will enhance your sense of well-being and comfort.



At YOO we don’t really like to follow trends or fashion - though we might have caused a few. Philippe Starck and I always agree that we should try to create designs that have longevity and are not just a seasonal fashion statement. We create and deliver designs and projects that are cutting edge but also timeless. All projects have a certain sophisticated and elegant style but inspired by the project and destinations (and the people living and staying there). Our design concepts are very different for each project, but it’s to do with the project and local inspirations and people not because we follow trends.

I’m very much looking forward to the launch of our projects in Kuala Lumpur (8 Conlay) and Sri Lanka (Sapphire Residences), both projects directed by our creative directors, Philippe Starck, Kelly Hoppen, and Steve Leung as well as our own Yoo Design Studio.

Both are stand-out developments that we’re very proud of, with distinctive communal spaces that represent what we aim to create with our design: it has always been our ambition to create beautiful, tempting spaces that create and enhance communities. In Sapphire Residences, Colombo for example, residents will find a club house, cinema, event spaces, multiple fitness studios, a library, theatre, spa, and even a dedicated studio for art, crafts, workshops and seminars to cater for all age groups.

Style tip - Focus on the space as a whole first and then the finer touch-point details. Architects call it ‘Quality of Space’ - no amount of fine finishes, materials or furniture will compensate if the basic 3D volume and proportions are poorly designed.



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