Claudia Dorsch is a highly sought after luxury designer based in London. With an extensive background in property development and antiques collecting, Claudia reflects her client’s taste in every project she works on, as well as advising them on the best way to create value in their homes.
When Claudia came to us with the option to showcase a luxury home styled for the festive season, we simply couldn’t resist! Here we chat to Claudia about her own Christmas traditions, the design classics she is drawn to and how she loves to ‘mix things up’ – a true Layer kindred spirit!
Is there a signature Claudia Dorsch Interior Design look? If so, how would you describe it?
At Claudia Interiors, I have a ‘signature philosophy’ – to help clients translate their inspirations and ideas into practical and aesthetically beautiful homes that will stand the test of time. I put their tastes, requirements and lifestyle at the heart of my designs and I consider all components of a scheme from all angles until the best solutions are delivered for any space and any budget.
There is no signature look. I deliberately want each and every project to have unique elements and I love dealing with different styles and periods. My aim is to create homes rather than houses. This means that the result will look and feel personal, comfortable and be a reflection of the owners tastes.
I often incorporate the owners’ belongings, their art collections and antiques or I help to find and build such personal treasures. I see my role as guiding clients to a stylish, well balanced, elegantly edited interior without prescribing a signature look. I love researching new topics, themes or styles extensively to ensure a scheme is successful.
I have a passion for blending and artfully employing textiles, textures, colours and patterns, natural materials and antiques. Which is why I will always spend time hunting for unique pieces on websites like Layer or at auctions.
In terms of furniture, what design classics stand out for you?
I truly love mixing styles and periods such as French, Scandinavian or Italian 18th or 19th century furniture with mid-20th century pendants in design classics. I believe the skill and beauty of interior design lies in blending an entire scheme of colours, fabrics, patterns, lighting in such a way that most pieces of furniture could be styled, paired and accessorised to look great.
Having said that, I love furniture that has a beautiful shape, or texture, with interesting materials, that is comfortable and practical. I love using console tables with extra shelves or drawers, as well as commodes with interesting shapes and finishes.
What would be your top tip for getting your home ready for Christmas?
I always order my fresh tree, fresh garlands for the stairs and all the fireplaces and wreaths for the doors by the first week of December and I have great contacts for sourcing beautiful fresh decorations. I adore the scent of fresh cut fir and eucalyptus in the house.
I keep the tree outside in the garden lying under a covered porch to keep it fresh and bring it inside on the morning of the 24th and it is a family tradition that my husband and I decorate the tree in the morning and nobody is allowed into the living room once the tree is in there. We put up festive lights outside in the front and back as well as along the staircase and in the windows and switching those on around 4pm when the kids come home from school is one of the nicest things in those weeks leading up to Christmas.
Christmas baking is another important tradition which takes place in the first week of December.
How will you be spending Christmas Day? What is your favourite Christmas tradition?
Our ritual starts with 4 o’clock tea and a huge tiered stand of home made cookies on Christmas eve followed by a walk to our local church for the 5pm Children Service. Back home we get changed and everybody dresses up in their special Christmas outfit and we wait for Christkind to ring the bell that it has flown by and dropped off presents, this is a German tradition. When the children storm into the living room, the French doors to the terrace are open and a few white feathers are floating down and they have once again just missed it!
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
This beautiful bureau could be a feature piece in an entrance hall, with endless storage space for all the bits you need to have handy when you rush in and out. Little drawers for your keys, change, stamps, space for the phones and chargers, tissues etc and larger drawers for hats and scarves and much more. It’s the perfectly dressed entrance hall storage.
Photography by Marek Sikora.
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