15 January 2021
15 January 2021
Dashing to the countryside
Aged brass, dark wood, soft velvet, precious fabrics, printed wallpaper and dull colors skillfully coordinated. One could claim English codes have such a sophisticated and intimate aesthetic because they originate in the elegance of the British bourgeoisie and the opulence of royalty.
The English label, Little Greene, successfully embodies British heritage by bringing a modern twist to countryside aesthetics. Absolute Matt Emulsion is one of the brand’s most popular paints due to its classic chalky matt finish, whose dark shades give depth to spaces, reflecting the climate and the reliefs of Great Britain.
The humid atmosphere of the countryside, greenhouses and sheds is almost palpable on the fashion designers’ catwalks. Aristocracy, the Edwardiana silhouette, and the romanticism of the countryside are re-appropriated by Chanel in a contemplation of English nature. Beside, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi is immersed in the story of Vita Sackville-West, a British queer poet and gardener from the 1930s.
The golden autumn of the English countryside is relished in discreetly luxurious establishments, by a clientele that must be a member of the club. This is the case at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, a one hour and thirty-minute journey from London. Inspired by rustic American cabins, this perfect country club was designed for urban dwellers in search of peace and quiet. Many activities and amenities are offered to visitors allowing them to embrace a sophisticated culture: spa, tennis, horse riding, designer concept store, cinema, and a British restaurant make the experience unique.
Durslade Farmhouse stands out with its ambitious rural art center. Trendy art duo, Manuela Hauser and Iwan Wirth have invested with passion in this timeless getaway in the Somerset countryside. With the help of the Argentinean architect Luis Laplace, they have imagined a unique spot where a sculpture by Calder overlooks an organic field.
The style ‘like a Brit’ is both the caricature and the expression of the British elite. Cardigan knotted on the shoulders, tweed suits, briefcases and coat-of-arms in evidence… The description of the English gentleman draws its inspiration from the aristocratic heritage reminiscent of The Riot Club – a film inspired by the Bullingdon Club of which Boris Johnson was a member – which depicts a secret club for the elite society of Oxford University.
Lunch in a refurbished country chapel? Impossible is not English. The restaurants and rooms of The Clockspire and At the Chapel hotels are unforgettable due to their modern decorations in old religious buildings. The cherry on top is that The Clockspire, designed by Studio Indigo, is ranked one of the world’s most beautiful restaurants in the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2020.
If you would like to inject a bucolic English note to your interior, you can discover Little Greene‘s showroom in the 6th arrondissement in Paris.
One can unearth a thousand and one shades of British charm and make the most of precious advice, both technical and aesthetic.
Showroom Little Greene
21 Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6eme