It was with great pride that I attended the launch of Interior Portraits, by SJ Axelby, a former student of mine who is now also a good friend.
The book showcases her beautiful paintings and witty and observant commentary on a diverse selection of interiors including homes of designers, taste-makers and others.
It was a pleasure to celebrate this achievement with her, and also to see my own work included.
In this bathroom we used salvaged antiques from churches, repurposing them for our needs. The bath front is made from a reclaimed altar, with its repeating Gothic arches producing a delightful rhythm. A salvaged church font inset with a Moroccan bowl is installed as an unusual washbasin.
The combination of Gothic and Orientalist motifs is something that was relished by the Victorians, as you can see if you visit Leighton House for example. We achieved this same heady sense with the Moroccan touches and repurposing an Indian jali screen as window blinds.