The World of Interiors

magazine Feb 01 2021 · The World of Interiors

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Get The World of Interiors digital magazine subscription today for the most influential and wide-ranging design and decoration magazine you can buy. Inspiring, uplifting and unique, it is essential reading for design professionals, as well as for demanding enthusiasts craving the best design, photography and writing alongside expert book reviews, round-ups of the finest new merchandise, plus comprehensive previews and listings of international art exhibitions.

antennae • What’s in the air this month, edited by Nathalie Wilson

antennae roundup • On the pull for a new chest of drawers? Settle down for Max Egger’s slide show

Vein Glorious • Stone Objects showcases antique marble basins and sinks sourced from all over Europe. Each piece has its own individual story to tell

books • Fuji to Muji, doing the Charleston, the antiquary’s road show

LAID TO ARREST • If your best platter, serving dish or plate has cashed its chips, culinary consolation is at hand. From faience to porcelain, faces to parakeets, Maude Smith’s eye-catching centrepieces can end your china crisis. If your best platter, serving dish or plate has cashed its chips, culinary consolation is at hand. From faience to porcelain, faces to parakeets, Maude Smith’s eye-catching centrepieces can end your china crisis.

SERIOUS pursuits • Auctions, antique fairs and diverting activities, chosen by Gareth Wyn Davies

ARRIVAL OF THE FITTEST • Nature’s bounty, shaped by evolution over eons, remains a peerless source for fabric designers. Gathering fruits of the forest, orchard and sea, Max Egger welcomes a natural selection.

network • Sophia Salaman chooses the best merchandise and events worldwide


OLD SCHOOL TIES • Marie-Victoire Poliakoff has been steeped in the art world since childhood, thanks to her devoted Russian grandfather, Serge, an abstract painter who was a lynchpin of the Ecole de Paris. The tastes of his circle had a deep influence on her future direction as a gallerist, but as the samovar and painted eggs on show in her Saint-Germain apartment attest, so too did his yearning for the mother country.

TRIPLE HELIX • Three concrete spiral staircases rise like contorted vertebrae along the length of this early 1960s house by Christophe Gevers near Brussels. Firmly in the ascendant at the time, though unsung now, the uncompromising owner and architect saw it as something of a manifesto and Gesamtkunstwerk. And while that meant no light switches – lest they blight his pristine painted-brick walls – he wasn’t above the occasional fun. Marie-France Boyer follows the twists and turns.

PAINTSTAKING • You thought Michelangelo et al had it hard decorating the Sistine Chapel, but photographing it inch by inch for weeks on end has proved almost as biblical an undertaking. The result – a true-to-scale facsimile of all the frescoes in fold-out-book form – is a revelation. Laura Freeman detects the hand of God in the details

FINDERS’ SLEEPERS • Salvage-hunter John Morfoot and the customer he now calls his wife alighted on an inspired idea to turn a trio of goods wagons into tasteful berths for visitors to Norfolk. Proving love and marriage go together like a wild meadow and freight-train carriage, the newly-weds tracked down some rolling stock, shunted it into a field and coupled together their skills on the first-class refit. It’s paradise reclaimed, says Jo Leevers.

SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE • That Mehmet and Dimonah Iksel met over breakfast in Rajasthan is altogether fitting for two such cosmopolitan designers. Their company’s decorative panels, steeped in the Indian miniature tradition, find the perfect showcase in the duo’s South Kensington flat, a rich fusion of Sicilian marquetry, Miami palm garden and more. But in this Proustian world, spiced with Turkish...

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