House of Walpole brings together the biggest British luxury brands

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Walpole, the not-for-profit industry body that promotes, protects and develops British luxury, has brought together leading British brands of crafts and art in a unique residence and event space – called House of Walpole – created by the London-based interior design studio Oliver Burns.

The three-bedroom, 4,000 square foot duplex residence is located at No. 1 Palace Street, The St Regis Residences. Its building (one of five in the development), dating from 1860 and inspired by Italian Renaissance villas, once housed the Palace Hotel – one of Britain’s first five-star establishments, and has now been restored and Sensitively refreshed by developer Northacre and architects Squire & Partners.

House of Walpole: “a love letter to the gardens of Buckingham Palace”

Interior of Walpole's House

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House of Walpole’s balustraded balconies overlook the gardens of Buckingham Palace, which provide a verdant backdrop as well as design inspiration for Oliver Burns’ interiors. “It’s a love letter to the lasting beauty, transformation and resilience of gardens,” says Sharon Lillywhite, founding partner of the design studio. “Everything here – designed by us and created by craftsmen, primarily Walpole brands – is a modern retelling of the stories of the garden.”

Take, for example, the console table in the hallway, one of the first pieces visitors to House of Walpole encounter. Crafted by Anka Bespoke, specializing in liquid metal technology, the serpentine piece pays homage to the lake in the gardens and combines layers of hand-cast resin and metal for a watery effect.

Sofa, piano and fireplace and chandelier in the interiors of House of Walpole London

Sofa by Ben Whistler and grand piano by Edelweiss, based in Cambridge. Murano glass chandelier by Rocco Borghese

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The ode to nature continues in the entertainment area, where a custom double-sided sofa by Ben Whistler recreates the shape of the lake, and a grand piano by Cambridge-based Edelweiss has been given a motif of anemone, using mother-of-pearl. inlay courtesy of Welsh studio Aryma. A Murano glass chandelier by Rocco Borghese also recreates flower petals, while the solid quartz coffee table by Linea Luxe below encapsulates the silhouette of a tulip.

At the center of the master bedroom is a feature wall by textile artist Aiveen Daly, sculpted in silk and faux suede and depicting two plane trees. “Over 170 years ago Queen Victoria and Prince Albert planted two trees in the garden. These now stand tall and proud and touch each other in the middle,” says Lillywhite. Echoing the same love story, Peter Reed’s bed sheets are made from Victoria’s favorite Sea Island cotton, and the pillowcases have been embroidered with excerpts from a love letter that Albert had written to him.

Bedroom, part of House of Walpole London interiors

Hand carved faux suede and silk wall/headboard by Helen Amy Murray (a tribute to a pair of plane trees named Victoria and Albert, after Queen Victoria and her prince consort). Bedside tables by Shaw Stephens, rugs by Axminster Carpets

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Another king who caught Lillywhite’s imagination was Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. “She had a menagerie full of many exotic animals, including a zebra she received as a wedding gift. Hilariously, the zebra became known as The Queen’s Ass,” says Lillywhite, who commissioned Cole & Son to create hand-painted wallpaper for the guest toilets, based on a painting of the animal. of 1763 by George Stubbs. The wallpaper, which further features butterflies, monkeys and birds amidst lush foliage, is the crowning glory among many House of Walpole custom pieces.

What sets House of Walpole apart from the usual showcases of centuries-old craft traditions is its skilful combination of craftsmanship and contemporary design. The color palette – neutral undertones, muted shades of gray and blue, warm earth tones and soft shades of green – not only evokes the colors of the gardens, but also provides an understated backdrop to the meticulously crafted furnishings. The impression of luxury is unmistakable, but nowhere does it feel visually outdated.

Seating and table inside House of Walpole London

Curved bench and table by Ateliers London, Gaia pendant lamp by Ocher and ‘Fat’ chairs by Tom Dixon

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Equally important is the juxtaposition of exquisitely detailed bespoke pieces with fine examples of contemporary British furniture. A pair of Tom Dixon’s ‘Fat’ chairs adorn the informal kitchen dining area, facing a weeping willow wall mural by abstract painter Jan Erika, while Bohinc Studio’s ‘Saturn’ chair, which has a semi-circular backrest and armrest, brings geometric statement to a dragonfly themed bedroom. “We’ve taken a thoughtful, multi-sensory approach that blends both timeless British institutions and the new guard in a thoroughly modern way,” says Lillywhite.

Banksy triptych in staircase landing at House of Walpole London interiors

Banksy triptych in the staircase landing

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Not to mention the art, which was curated by Walpole member Maddox Gallery. The inclusion of royal-themed artwork, such as that by Chris Levine lightness of being and the blurred portrait of the Miaz brothers of Queen Elizabeth II (Royal blue) is to be expected; just like Cherry Blossoms and Butterflies by Damien Hirst. More surprising and delicious, a triptych by Banksy in the staircase landing, and a series of works by David Shrigley in the smallest bedroom (“The love letter you wrote was gibberish”, we read in front of the bed.)

“House of Walpole showcases British luxury on a scale rarely seen,” concludes Helen Brocklebank, Managing Director of Walpole. “This is a beautifully crafted, immersive and celebratory presentation of the skill and richness of design this country has to offer.”

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Bathroom House of Walpole London

Hand painted Cole & Son wallpaper, smoked glass mirror by Sterling Studios and hand blown pendant light by Rothschild and Bickers

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

Interior of Walpole's House

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

Interior of Walpole's House

Nulty Bespoke light installation is inspired by the vibrant nature of the palace gardens and mulberry leaves handcrafted in London by Aiveen Daly

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

Interiors of Walpole's House in London

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

Interiors of Walpole's House in London

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

Interiors of Walpole's House in London

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

Interiors of Walpole's House in London

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

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