Rose Uniacke has long been one of my favorite interior designers, and as her profile has risen into mainstream awareness in recent years, she has attracted more and more admirers who share her refined tastes and a love of understated elegance and comfortable interiors with quiet strength. One of Uniacke’s most recently completed interiors in Holland Park has cemented itself as one of my favorite designs of hers with its sense of serenity, balance, restrained strength and understated elegance…all of which are well-recognized hallmarks of a Rose Uniacke interior.
Details of the project from Rose’s website:
“The vision for Holland Park Villas is one of understated luxury and reﬁnement. Using natural materials and organic textures Rose links the interior spaces to their dramatic exterior context. Soft drapes frame verdant park views through the full-height windows, blurring the boundaries between inside and out.
Impeccable workmanship and superlative organic materials unify the scheme of stone, marble, leather, velvet and cashmere, linen and hard-woods. Every modern convenience is seamlessly integrated including under-ﬂoor heating, comfort cooling, Lutron lighting, Dornbracht and Duravit bathroom ﬁttings and an AMX Home Automation system.
Light-ﬁlled and serene, every detail is thoughtfully considered and diligently perfected with antique furniture presented alongside contemporary pieces, many designed by Rose and bespoke for this apartment. To complete the scheme, the walls throughout have been softened with a specialist paint ﬁnish and hung with an expertly curated collection of signiﬁcant artworks and photography including pieces by Michael Landy, Anish Kapoor, Ibrahim El-Salahi and Victor Passmore.
This juxtaposition of old with the new is characteristic of the eﬀortless blending of antique and modern elements that has formed the cornerstone of Rose’s international reputation. (continued below)
In the dramatic entrance hallway an early 1900’s Secessionist Pendant Light hangs above a Black Kilkenny Centre Table in solid marble by Rose Uniacke. To the right of the study door, a bespoke Rose Uniacke Bench In Pippy Oak sits beneath “Girl On A Swing” by the celebrated photographer Johnnie Shand Kydd.
The ﬁrst passageway is hung with “The Group” – 12 signed etchings by Ibrahim El-Salahi. The cool Elegance of a Swedish hall sofa is oﬀset by a rustic vine-wood side table.
In the Kitchen 3 Hand Blown Murano Glass Lanterns are hung over a sleek island unit.
Dining is deﬁned by an oak Drapers Table, and eight Oak Theatre Chairs by Rose Uniacke beneath two copper ‘Tallerkenlampan’ pendant lights by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen and a striking pair of etchings by Anish Kapoor.
In the Reception Room, a bespoke Rose Uniacke generously proportioned Drawing Room Sofa, two Large Rosewater Armchairs and a pair of Frits Schlegel Beech and Sea Grass Armchairs are grouped around an over-scaled custom coﬀee table of rough-hewn oak. Aesthetic period and Arts and Crafts side tables display a collection of sensuous ceramics complimented by botanical Etchings by Michael Landy from his ‘Nourishment’ series.
The fabric choices include soft natural linens, luxurious cashmeres, rust coloured and bottle green velvets and cushions in vintage Fortuny silk (one of Rose’s favorite mediums to work with).
The Master Bedroom is a masterclass in serenity and monastic calm. Bespoke Carrara Cone Lamps by Rose Uniacke ﬂank the canopied bed, swathed with tonal layers of white on white cotton and soft linens. Book-matched Library Chairs and a Rose Uniacke Hoof Occasional Table are placed beneath a pair of abstract etchings by Victor Passmore. A Limited Edition Writing Table by Rose Uniacke in veneered Amboyna Wood and a caned Stitched Armchair, wrapped with soft cream leather, stand before the full-height windows, the light diﬀused through billowing layers of cotton voile
In each of the subsequent Bedrooms, the sense of timeless calm prevails. Employing the subtlest of palettes – blush, yellows or the lightest of bluey greens, Rose has furnished each with its own distinctive character and charm. Pieces here include Floating Side Cabinets by Rose Uniacke, veneered in 1930s ‘Lob Lolly’ pine, and bespoke benches and cushions upholstered with vintage Fortuny fabrics.
The organic narrative is established in the masculine retreat of the study where textured linen upholstery and full soft curtains are oﬀset by a striking Terrão Bench by the Brazilian designer Domingos Tótora. The perfect place to read, a sculptural arm chair by the Danish designer Oliver Gustav is paired with a bespoke Hoof Table by Rose Uniacke.”
The entire project is aesthetic and practical perfection, but my favorite rooms are the Living / Reception Room and the Dining Room!
xx Georgia Grace