10 Unforgettably Mesmerising Spaces From Livingetc’s Archives

We've picked 10 droolworthy rooms from top designers for our showcase of amazing talent...

Here are ten stand-out spaces that are packed with inspiration:

1. Living room design by Banda Design Studio

Glamorous, sexy and sophisticated, this dreamy living room is by Banda Design Studio. We can’t resist this space, where perfect period bones meet vintage and modern pieces. ‘The Victorian fireplace was missing but we’re happy with its Marquina marble replacement,’ says Banda founder Edo Mapelli Mozzi.

Photograph: Simon Upton

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2. Fran Hickman’s warehouse

Fran Hickman’s carefully curated warehouse-style kitchen plays with scale and an idiosyncratic mix of furnishings. Hard to believe that this sympathetically modernised loft space, which exudes atmospheric calm and diverse design ideas, was an NCP car park in a previous life. ‘We deliberately conceived the kitchen – and the whole apartment – to feel eclectic, while retaining a sense of the building’s character,’ says Fran.

Kitchen, Plain English. Worktop, Belgian Blue stone. F-444 lounge chair in tan leather, Pierre Paulin for Artifort at 1stdibs. SM05 wire chairs, Cees Braakman for Pastoe at Viaduct. Spin candelabra, Tom Dixon. Endless Straight pendant light by Jason Miller for Roll & Hill at The Future Perfect. Coffee table, Axel Vervoordt

Photograph: Annabel Elston

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3. Entrance by Kingston Lafferty Design

Entrance envy abounds in this penthouse apartment by Kingston Lafferty Design that combines greenery and graphic lines. This fabulous foyer just oozes calm and serenity and is oh-so inspiring. Its creator Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design says, ‘We centred it around natural materials like charred-oak floors and various tones of marble to add depth and interest to the overall palette.

Bespoke scheme with timber and fluted-glass sliding door, black marble walkway with recessed LED strip lights and green marble cladding, Kingston Lafferty Design. Faux olive tree, Plant Art. Banquette upholstered in Blendworth Velvet

Photograph: Barbara Corsico / Styling: Colin King

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4. Oliver Gustav’s Design Studio

Oliver Gustav’s spellbinding design studio draws inspiration from botany, nature and organic textures. This space looks contemporary but there may be a thousand years between objects in it. ‘I get attracted to the same universe; pieces that fit together despite millennia separating them,’ says Oliver. Emma the dog is the perfect accessory.

Linen upholstered sofas; antique benches; urns, all Studio Oliver Gustav. The Jude sofa at Love Your Home is similar. Find antique pieces at 1stdibs. Source pale parquet flooring at Fired Earth

Photograph: Nicole Franzen. Taken from Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone (£30, Abrams)

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5. Giancarlo Valle’s Dining Room

Giancarlo Valle’s diverse dining room thrives on the contrast of the familiar and the unexpected. Opposites attract in this remarkable room that celebrates rich yet understated materials, highlighting the individuality and integrity of each piece. Says Giancarlo: ‘The client was very trusting in the process and wanted to be taken to a new and unusual place but without losing a sense of home.

Onyx table; Fin chairs in velvet, all custom made by Studio Giancarlo Valle. Lampada 048 pendant light, Dimoremilano at Dimore Studio. Chinese panel is antique elm. Painting, Paula Rubenstein. Ceramics, Dobrinka Salzman Gallery. Similar wall paint colour, Pointing by Farrow & Ball

Photograph: Stephen Kent Johnson/OTTO. Styling: Colin King

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6. Jonathan Adler’s Dining Room

Jonathan Adler’s hedonistic hotel dining room celebrates all things louche and luxe. We wouldn’t expect anything less than vibrant hues, standout art and punchy pattern from one of our favourite US designers. ‘This room is about high voltage eccentricity. Hotels are like theatre — an opportunity for drama,’ says Jonathan of the space he created at the Parker Palm Springs hotel.

Bond dining table; Maxime dining chairs; Talitha credenza; Constantine table lamp; Herringbone reversible rug; Caracas chandelier, all Jonathan Adler. Artwork, Provocation by Robert Uyvari, sourced at 1stdibs

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7.  AllBright’s Bathroom By Suzy Hoodless

Suzy Hoodless’ bathroom in the AllBright club is both glamorous and functional, indulgent and restorative. We’re taking inspiration from Suzy Hoodless, who says: ‘The bathrooms are the hidden spaces where we wanted an element of surprise, using bright wallpapers, bespoke vanities and mirrors and ergonomic sanitaryware. I wanted to put a smile on people’s faces, to encourage curiosity and discussion.

Taraz Le Manach wallpaper, Pierre Frey. Vanity in brass and Arabescato marble; bespoke mirrors, all Suzy Hoodless Design. Basins and taps, Drummonds. Solus floor tiles; wall tiles, both The Winchester Tile Company

Photograph: Taran Wilkhu


8. Amelia Carter’s Bedroom Design

Amelia Carter’s bedroom paradise takes inspiration from the magic of the Bahamas. Sweet dreams are guaranteed in this exotic space designed around palm trees, jungle motifs and vibrant velvet. ‘The colour, ebullience and magical feeling of being on the smaller islands, with low jungle around you and wonderful birdsong, was the starting point for my ideas,’ says Amelia.

Stella bed, Amelia Carter at Kuhn Interiors; upholstered in Milford cotton velvet, Blendworth. Amazonia wallpaper, Aquazzura x De Gournay. Antilocarpa carpet in Smoke, Stark Carpet. Vintage Lucite bedside tables, eBay. Brass bedside lamps, Tyson London

Photograph: Emma Lewis

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9. Palácio Príncipe Real boutique hotel

Gail and Miles Curley have created this serene and seductive en suite in their beautifully restored historic hotel. Who wouldn’t love to chill in this divinely delicious bathroom, complete with silver bathtub and ornate stucco ceiling? You’ll find it at the beguiling
Palácio Príncipe Real boutique hotel in Lisbon, built as a private house in 1877, now with all the comforts of modern living.

Tay bath with polished exterior; Mull Classic bath and shower mixer on H-stand; Mull three-hole basin mixers; Dalby lights with fluted shades, all in polished nickel finish, Drummonds. Basins, Arch Valadares. Chandelier, Copenlamp. Pele de Tigre marble flooring, find similar at Stone Applications

Photograph: Francisco Nogueira

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10. Ladies’ Powder Room By Martin Brudnizki

Martin Brudnizki’s Iconic and irreverent ladies’ powder room at Annabel’s is where fantasy meets fabulousness. We’re right there with design supremo Brudnizki, who says: ‘This might be one of my favourite rooms in the whole club, despite not being allowed in it. I love the tented ceiling, layers of materiality and its cosy, comfortable vibe. Plus, everyone knows the best gossip happens here!

Pink marble basin, bespoke. Gold taps, Cristal et Bronze. Tented fabric, Alton Brooke. Trim, Watts of Westminster. Chandelier, Arteluce. Shades, A Shade Above at Villa Verde. Wall covering, Verel de Belval at Abbott & Boyd. Glass flower lights around mirror, Rocco Borghese

Photograph: James McDonald

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