StyleMarisa Docherty

Best of British: Part One

StyleMarisa Docherty
Best of British: Part One

We take a look at some of the best design talent the UK has to offer in our A-Z Brit List...

Throughout February, we’ve been celebrating some of the best interior design talent the UK has to offer. In the first edition of our Brit List A-Z, we’ll be exploring some of our favourite British designers, from the timelessly British Andrew Martin to kaleidoscopic creations by Iona Crawford. But what makes British interior design so different from the rest? Well, an eclectic fusion of influence, innovation and imagination creates an aesthetic that is uniquely British and timelessly stylish. Whether it’s a chic Chelsea townhouse, or a rustic cottage in the Cotswolds, British interior design is steeped in elegance and sophistication, with true artisan craftsmanship at it’s core.

A is for Andrew Martin

Still championing innovation, this beautifully British brand has gone from strength to strength in the last forty years. Founded in 1978, Andrew Martin designs are perfect for the curious home creator, wonderfully eclectic with a sense of escapism, each collection inspired by different corners of the globe. From multifaceted furniture, to fabrics and wall coverings, immerse yourself in the world of Andrew Martin and enjoy comfort, quality and true British style. Bring a sense of vintage nostalgia to your home with the Rebel Union Jack Sofa, a traditional Chesterfield style sofa with a deep dyed Union Jack design across the buttoned back for the ultimate Britania-styled interior. Or discover the sweet and stylish Tutti Frutti range, think giant Jelly Babies and Pick n’ Mix footstools. An interior full of classic sweet treats? It’s a childhood dream come true!



B is for Bespoke Atelier

Glasgow based design studio, Bespoke Atelier, specialise in creating innovative surfaces for interiors, architecture projects and the public realm. Established in 2011 by Yvonne Elliott-Kellighan and Marion Parola, each wall covering is tailor-made based on hand drawn designs inspired by nature and geometry. Taking inspiration from Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, Bespoke Atelier’s debut collection, Glasshouse, features 7 strips of interchangeable wallpaper, allowing for a unique design to emerge. Bespoke Atelier breaks the code of traditional wallpaper with their innovative interior creations, allowing you to make a real style statement in your home. With it's palm covered print and subtle hues, Bespoke Atelier's Glasshouse Dawn Jungle Wallpaper System is perfect for creating a tropical design statement just in time for the new season.


C is for Chelsom

Founded in 1947, the Chelsom lighting brand is known across the globe, providing glamorous lighting for various international businesses within the hospitality industry. Illuminating the world, Chelsom can deliver beautifully bespoke pieces alongside ready to buy retail designs. With an enviable reputation in the lighting industry, Chelsom’s extensive range of products range from table lamps, pendants, chandeliers, floor lamps and more, each making a wonderfully stylish interior statement. From classic to contemporary, Chelsom deliver true designer style with their range of dazzling lighting designs. Channel your inner Gatsby this season with the Art Deco Orb Ceiling Light, perfect for casting a glamorous glow over any interior with it's brushed brass finish and opal glass globes.


D is for Designers Guild

From humble beginnings in London to international success, Designers Guild bring true British luxury design to the everyday with impeccable elegance and style. Established in 1970 by Tricia Guild, Designers Guild combine creativity and innovation when designing their wide range of fabrics, wall coverings, upholstery, bed and bath products. Delivering superb quality and design with an extensively vibrant colour palette, Designers Guild define modern British interior design with their beautiful luxury homeware collections. Continuing to head the brand alongside her brother Simon Jeffrey’s, Tricia Guild’s commitment to British interior design has led to an incredible success for the brand, now sold in over 60 countries across the world. Add a final flourish of colour to your interior with the Eberson Aqua Rug, hand-woven on traditional broad looms, each rug has a unique aqua blue ombre effect with a plush, luxurious feel underfoot.


G is for Graven

An independent design studio based in Glasgow, Graven is owned and run by designers. Founded over 30 years ago, Graven works with countless global brands and ambitious start-ups. With a variety of traditional design skills, the team at Graven also embrace state-of-the-art immersive 3D visualisation to create their iconic British designs. With an incredibly talented design team, Graven aims to ensure all projects are delivered to the highest degree, which also includes the creation of bespoke furnishings, textiles and floor & wall coverings. Created exclusively for Houseology, the “British Heirlooms” collection has been a joint creative venture between Graven Founder Janice Kirkpatrick and graphic designer Bruce Maggs, resulting in an eclectic range of luxury cushions inspired by British heritage and regional symbolism.


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H is for Heathfield & Co.

Adored by design aficionados across the globe, Heathfield & Co are lighting up the world with their iconic designs. With the brand’s product development built around the best of British design, Heathfield are committed to delivering the highest quality lighting designs for clients around the world. Made in the UK, Heathfield showcase the very best of British design with their contemporary, yet classic luxury lighting solutions. Having previous collaborated with London-based design studio, Harris & Harris, Heathfield & Co combine Mid Century minimalism with Luxe glamour in their Harris & Harris Azzero Collection Featuring vibrant blue terazzo stone and golden finishes, this divine collaboration shows the true allure of British lead interior design.


I is for Iona Crawford

Scottish designer, Iona Crawford is a true homegrown talent. Inspired by rural Scotland and artisanal British cloth, Iona’s designs are truly unique with striking graphic prints and vivid colourways. Former alumni of Edinburgh College of Art, Iona established her name-sake brand in 2007 and has showed her fashion and interior collections in some of the biggest design capitals of the world. From cushions to wall coverings, the Iona Crawford aesthetic is eclectic and daring with a contemporary cool elegance. A kaleidoscopic wonderland, Iona’s innovative designs are truly magnificent, bringing any interior to life. Inject some vibrant colour in to your interior with the digitally printed Cuvee Rose Cushion by Iona Crawford, with it's jewel tone hues and velvet texture, this daring and decadent design is the perfect addition to any sofa, armchair or bed setting.


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By Marisa Docherty