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Designing with art is an art form in itself. When unique interiors display art in the home and best showcase the client’s private collections, the results can be utterly dazzling especially when the boundaries between art and decoration are blurred.

Following the success of last year’s exhibition “From the Gallery to the Room”,
Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, the worldwide renowned interior decorators’ practice, are delighted to present the 2015 exhibition, in association with Jenna Burlingham Fine Art.

 Starting on Wednesday 17 June until Friday 26 June, “A Room with a View: Art and the Interior” will return to the company’s iconic 39 Brook Street, Mayfair venue, and will have on show works by leading Modern British artists including Ivon Hitchens, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Elisabeth Frink, Winifred Nicholson, Mary Fedden and John Piper.


 “The exhibition gives us the opportunity to show what an exciting dynamic can be created in our Brook Street showroom by mixing our furniture and antiques with modern paintings” says Philip Hooper, design director for Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. “Jenna’s eye for the decorative means that her works are the ideal foil for our antiques. A Room with a view: Art and the Interior gives a true insight of how we consistently find ourselves decorating houses for the 21st century.”

Visitors will be able to enjoy and appreciate the work of these artists, and engage with Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s interiors in a new and unusual way.  This, once again, is a great way of broadening up the art’s appeal where classic, modern and contemporary style connect and merge harmoniously.

 “The exhibition is a wonderful chance for me to work with accomplished interior designers, and to exhibit carefully chosen Modern British and Contemporary art, drawings, sculpture and ceramics in the unrivalled setting of Brook Street” says Jenna Burlingham


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Exhibition opening times: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm

For further information, contact:

Colefax Group Press Office Trudi Ballard Email: trudi.ballard@colefax.com Tel: (0)207 493 2231

– All imagery by Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler –



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Lepidoptera. Like moths, butterflies are part of this animal order and symbolise transformation, metamorphosis and rebirth. Throughout the centuries, the brightly coloured winged insects with their conspicuous, fluttering flight and their enigmatic, fragile allure have been a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.

Damien Hirst, one of the UK’s most significant and recognised contemporary artists, has featured butterflies repeatedly in his work since the late 1980s as a symbol of both the beauty and fragility of life, thus making it one of his most distinctive and enduring representations.

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It therefore comes as no surprise that this year, world-renowned French crystal and glass manufacturer Lalique have collaborated with Hirst on a limited edition series of crystal panels representing the butterfly.

Lalique, with its 130-year heritage of craftsmanship and mastery of crystal, is exploring the modern possibilities of this form with exceptional talents, such as Hirst, whilst still preserving the iconic and timeless Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences embodied in René Lalique’s original Flora and Fauna pieces; the master was known to take pleasure from strolling in the country to observe the flight of insects.

Crystals being notoriously difficult to work with, these masterpieces once again demonstrate the boundless artistry of Lalique’s artisans who rose to the challenge of interpreting the artist’s vision, resulting in a visual tour de force showcasing a confluence of contemporary styles and traditional craftsmanship.

A-Gent of Style at the launch of Eternal, London February 2015

A-Gent of Style at the launch of Eternal, London February 2015

This exquisite collection, aptly coined ‘Eternal’, is available in three series – LoveHope and Beauty – each depicting a different butterfly in twelve colourways. As opposed to the more florid and multifarious specimens of his past work, Hirst’s monochromatic butterflies in this edition remain simple – even serene – in their depiction, only to be counterbalanced by the striking, colourful backgrounds of the panels. Each panel is numbered and comes with the artist’s signature engraved in the bottom right-hand corner, and a signed edition certificate.

Versatility is another appeal here; the rectangular-shaped panels can be displayed in numerous ways including mounted on an easel, framed and hung across a wall partition, or inset into a wall, the latter option offering the effect of stained-glass windows, which in turn give a quasi-religious dimension to Hirst’s work. “I love that the panels have an almost religious feel”, the artist explains. “They make you think of stained glass windows which I’ve always adored, it’s the way they manage to capture colour and light so completely and then throw it back out at you.” Whilst butterflies might look static and lifeless in art that verges on taxidermy, Hirst adds that “I’ve always loved that they look identical in life and in death, but when the light shines through these panels, it feels like they’re brought back to life in some way.”


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“I’ve always loved crystal”, continues the iconoclastic Englishman. “It’s both beautiful and difficult to work with, so I’m really excited about the project. It’s amazing being able to use all the expert craftsmanship and incredible history of Lalique for something new, and the results are beyond all my expectations”.

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The Lalique store, London, February 2015

Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique, states: “An artist of immeasurable talent and worldwide renown, Hirst perfectly embodies his generation of artists, unafraid to embark on experiments, calling into question the strict definitions of art and what constitutes a work of art. Eternal, the magnificent result of this collaboration, takes as its motif the butterfly – close to the hearts of René Lalique and Damien Hirst, who shared a sense of the magical and paradoxical beauty of the butterfly, ephemeral and eternal at the same time.”

The Lalique store, London

The Lalique store, London, February 2015

The collaboration was first unveiled at Lalique’s stand at Maison&Objet in Paris in January and at their Paris store shortly after (11 rue Royale, 75008).

The collaboration is now on show at Lalique’s London boutique (47 Conduit Street, W1S 2YP). For more information, please visit Lalique’s website.

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Lalique Interior Design Studio

Lalique Interior Design Studio

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Lalique Interior Design Studio.

Lalique Interior Design Studio

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– Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates, copyright Damien Hirst and Lalique 2015 –


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In with the old. The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire are hosting until October, 23 at their stately home Chatsworth House in Derbyshire a new exhibition based on chairs. Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth will display some chairs from their private collection alongside modern ones, some of which have been newly commissioned specially for the event. Some of these creations are by established designers such as Thomas Heatherwick, Piet Hein Eek and Marc Newson, others by emerging talents including a collaboration with students at Sheffield Hallam University.

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This fun exhibition is not meant to be a historical overview of chair design and, uncharacteristically to the setting, the chairs are meant to be sat on thus providing a totally different experience with a view to encouraging visitors to reinterpret the historic house in new and surprising ways.

Until he makes the trip to Chatsworth House, A-Gent of Style had to rely not only on official photographs but also on social media (where else these days!) to find photos circulating to be able to make this feature. A big thank you therefore to my fellow instagramers for some of the great shots below.

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Participating designers/brands

  • Amanda Levete – Drift bench
  • Assa Ashuach – 501 chairs
  • Catherine Aitken – Fade stool
  • Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm for Skagerak – Georg bench and stool
  • Daniel Schofield – Veil chair
  • Deborah Bowness – Souvenir wallpapers (Chatsworth)
  • Deger Cengiz – Chaise Lawn
  • Freyja Sewell – Hush
  • George Wood – Leftovers
  • Joseph Walsh – Enignum I and Enignum II chairs
  • Jung Myung Taek – Seating for Communicating: Over the Rainbow
  • Liliana Ovalle – Fragment of a Staircase
  • Maarten Baas – Clay chairs
  • Marc Newson – Lockheed Lounge
  • Moritz Waldemeyer – By Royal Appointment
  • Nest Design – Fin de Voyage, Swansong chairs and The Siren chairs
  • ·nobody & co – Bibliochaise and Bibliopouf
  • Piet Hein Eek – Kröller Müller chairs
  • Psalt Design (Richard Bell and David Powell) – Chatsworth chair
  • Raw Edges – Endgrain
  • Sebastian Brajkovic – Lathe V
  • Shang Xia – Da Tian Di chair
  • Sheffield Hallam University MDes students – Victoria dining chair by Robert Hamilton, Cavendish chair by Hayley Lightfoot, Hart chair by George Heath
  • Tamasine Osher – Play & Eat saddle seat
  • Thomas Heatherwick – Spun chairs
  • Thomas Mills for ifsodoso – Long-Form-Library
  • Thomas & Vines – Louis clear chairs
  • Tokujin Yoshioka – Water Block
  • Tom Price – Counterpart
  • YOY for Innermost – Canvas sofa and chair

    – photos from Chatsworth House and The London Design Festival websites – 

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