REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST: HAMISH BOWLES’S NEW YORK APARTMENT



 

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Hamish Bowles needs little introduction. Especially if you read this blog. Most of you are now familiar with A-Gent of Style’s fascination (understand obsession/crush on his persona and also homes) with Vogue‘s international editor at large, also ultimate modern dandy, tastemaker and style arbiter (you can see my past features on Bowles here).

The World of Interiors is spoiling us once again with the November issue which this time reveals the new and magnificent Manhattan apartment of Monsieur Bowles, not only a treat but also an assault on the eyes, courtesy of Studio Peregalli, makers extraordinaire of history-imbued interiors (the book of their work evocatively titled “The Invention of the Past” is a must by the way).


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Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli

Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli



Bowles The Dapper entrusted the Milan-based design and architecture firm composed of Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini, for their notorious, uncanny skills to capture the  historical styles and sensibility, beauty and romance of past eras. In these visually intense interiors, the classicist duo have mixed the British, French and Russian styles treasured by their discerning client, that are evocative somehow of Marcel Proust, Madeleine Castaing and also a bit of Henry James and Luchino Visconti for good measure.

The beauty and magic of using makers and dreamers of interiors such as Peregalli with the impecccable taste and wonderfully eclectic antiques and objets of a globe-trotting acquisitor such as Bowles, is that this project already looks and feel centuries old, timeless and timeworn. And already a favourite of your A-Gent of Style. You wouldn’t believe at first glimpse that a huge overhaul had been needed – until you read the article penned by Bowles himself – when you see this grand, stately home. The result is quite staggering: great proportions, double-height windows, custom-dyed fabrics, ravishing chintzes such as the Lee Jofa and of course the soon-to-be iconic antique lilac print that envelops the master bedroom (for those who are not in the know, lilac is Bowles’s favourite colour; his Instagram account is ‘hamishinlilac’), bespoke joinery, wood-panelling, boiseries, pediments, Palladian arches, paintings and artefacts, and of course illusional tricks such as trompe-l-oeil, typical of Renzo Mongiardino, legendary decorator who took Peregalli and Sartori Rimini as his protégés (see my special features on the Italian master of visual trickery here).

 Thanks to superb artistry and craftmanship, the duo, who would “strive for the atmosphere of a Vermeer painting”, have created layered, textured, patterned mises-en-scène with an intoxicating sense of theatricality (names like Tony Duquette and Oliver Messel come to mind) that capture the essence of the jet-setter and also the ‘Englishman in New York’ who has stayed true to some beloved English decorating traditions and sensibilities such as the seemingly mismatched, cluttered, piled-on but also cosy, bold and studied look, fearless of any trends, types and conventions.

In Bowles (and Peregalli) We Trust.


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by David Downton

by David Downton, at Claridge’s, 2013



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LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2014: THE HIGHLIGHTS



 

 

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Until the next installment of Design Week next spring, here are A-Gent of Style‘s picks of his favourite stands at Decorex this year at Syon Park (including the Redloh House Fabrics stand he worked on, of course) and some of the highlights he had the great fortune to attend. A busy, enthralling week.


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De Gournay

De Gournay

 

De Gournay

De Gournay

 

De Gournay

De Gournay

 

World of Interiors

World of Interiors

 

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Front

 

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Eley Kishimoto

 

Redloh House Fabrics

Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics

 

Redloh House Fabrics

Redloh House Fabrics

 

Redloh House Fabrics

Redloh House Fabrics



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Vanderhurd

Vanderhurd

 

Vanderhurd

Vanderhurd



The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company

The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company

 

 

Sir John Soane museum

Sir John Soane museum

 

Sir John Soane museum

Sir John Soane’s museum





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Fromental

Fromental

 

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Locker & Riley

 

Little Greene

Little Greene

 

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Little Greene

Little Greene

 

Tape Cafe

Tape Cafe

 

Dering Hall

Dering Hall

 

Dandelion

Dandylion

 

Konig colours

Konig colours

 

Bert Frank

Bert Frank

 

Munna

Munna

 

Christopher Jenner

Christopher Jenner

 

House & Garden

House & Garden

 

Pouenat

Pouenat

 

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Stevensons of Norwich



Atkey & Company

Atkey & Company Ltd

 

Atkey & Company

Atkey & Company

 

House of Hackney

House of Hackney

 

Studio Lucid

Studio Lucid



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A Rum Fellow

A Rum Fellow

 

A Rum Fellow

A Rum Fellow




Loomah

Loomah

 

Thibault

Thibault

 

A Rake's Progress

A Rake’s Progress – The Heir by Edward Bulmer with Soane Britain

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Heir by Edward Bulmer with Soane Britain

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Levee by Nigel Coates



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A Rake’s Progress – The Levee by Nigel Coates

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Marriage by Kit Kemp with De Gournay

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Marriage by Kit Kemp with De Gournay

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Orgy by Russell Sage with Fromental



A Rake's Progress

A Rake’s Progress – The Orgy by Russell Sage with Fromental

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Arrest by Peter Phan with Andrew Martin, Samuel & Sons and Simpsons



A Rake's Progress

A Rake’s Progress – The Arrest by Peter Phan with Andrew Martin, Samuel & Sons and Simpsons



Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

 

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

 

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

 

The LAPADA dinner

The LAPADA dinner

 

The LAPADA dinner

The LAPADA dinner

 

The LAPADA dinner

The LAPADA dinner, guest at the Soane Britain’s table

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

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BOOK END No16






October’s deep dew its wet gossamer threw

Upon Leipzig’s lawns, leaf-strewn,

Where lately each fair avenue

Wrought shade for summer noon

– Thomas Hardy –



Here are A-Gent of Style‘s picks of noteworthy publications for September and October. It was worth waiting for autumn!

Don’t forget you can hover your cursor over each image to see the rest of the book cover or click on the image to see the cover in full in a new window.




All books are available or can be ordered from The Bookshop at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour +44 (0) 20 7351 6854 / @theBOOKSHOPat

And if you’ve missed the previous instalments of Book End, you can catch up and see the other fantastic books A-Gent of Style selected over the months:Book End No1Book End No2, Book End N03Book End N04Book End No5Book End No6, Book End No7, Book End N08, Book End No9Book End No10Book End N011Book End N012, Book End N013Book End No14, Book End N015


Happy reading!



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