‘Focus on weaving your character into the décor,’ says Abigail Wright of Vivere Design, and we love this ethos.
Abigail herself subscribes to a deluxe bohemian style – using both contemporary and heritage designs to honour original architecture and inject modern playfulness. This layering (excuse the pun), creates warm and character-filled spaces which lend themselves well to calm, meditative lives.
We chat to Abigail about her Sunday morning yoga sessions in Peckham (we’ll see you there!) as well as her affinity for designs by Harry Bertoia, Finn Juhl and Eero Saarinen.
Is there a signature Vivere Design look? If so, how would you describe it?
Vivere’s signature look is understated luxury using a calm meditative palette, balancing contemporary on-trend pieces whilst honouring the architecture of the space. I love to create a deluxe bohemian feel if that works with the client’s brief.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
Design classic furniture pieces that stand out for me are Knoll’s Harry Bertoia diamond chairs in 18ct gold (swoon!), the Finn Juhl Cheiftain Chair FJ49 (a grand masterpiece!) and the Eero Saarinen Oval Tulip table in Statuario marble (timeless and elegant in any space) teamed with a Danish classic chair such as the Series 7 by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen in cognac leather.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Focus on weaving your character into the décor – balancing this with appropriateness, comfort and harmony. Creating a flow throughout your home is essential to achieve a sophisticated look I like to keep wall colours in a subdued palette throughout. Using texture and detail in the finishing touches such as the artwork and accessories to bring the scheme to life.
Satin brass is big news right now and looks set to stay, think about this warmer finish for door furniture, lamp and pendant bases, bathroom fittings instead of traditional stainless steel. In this project in Chiswick I used the same herringbone tiling scheme in both bathrooms, also the same finishes for fittings – all that luxury look brass!
What does home mean to you?
Home is about the layers and experiences of life, a reflection of your story where you are the most authentic version of yourself. It’s a place of comfort, laughter and soulful vibes.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
The Michael Anastassiades Flos pendant in brass
My original Harry Bertoia dining chairs, inherited from family friends who emigrated to the US in the 1970s. Still so comfortable and good looking after all these years. I recently updated them with new white leather seat pads.
My shell collection – beach combed and purchased from various locations on my travels. The Nautlius being my fave – I have it on the back of my business card. The spiral forms of its chambers are associated with the golden ratio or phi and exhibit the sense of balance, harmony and beauty in design that we find in nature.
A perfect Sunday is…
Perfect Sundays begin with rooftop yoga at Yogarise in Peckham in the summer or in the studio in the winter months. Followed by brunch with friends nearby at Pedlar or Brixton market.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
One piece, or pair of pieces from Layer would be the 1950’s American wicker armchairs by John B. Salterini. They’d live very well in my apartment. I love the clam shape sculptured base.
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