As a member of House & Garden magazine’s prestigious directory of designers ‘The List’ and a favourite amongst corporate clients, entrepreneurs and familiar faces, Anouska Tamony Designs is an award-winning studio. The eponymous founder, Anouska, trained at KLC School of Design before cutting her teeth working on luxury multi-million pound refurbishments. The boutique design studio creates individually beautiful spaces, merging elegant styling with charming, unexpected details. As a self-proclaimed fan of vintage furniture, Anouska manages to merge this with sleek influences to create stylish homes that each reflect their individual owners.
We’re delighted to chat to Anouska about her signature look, her favourite design classics and what makes a perfect Sunday!
Does your studio have a signature look? If so, how would you describe it?
As the granddaughter of a couture seamstress whose studio proved a treasure trove of interesting finds to me as a child, colour and pattern usually make an appearance, though the chemistry and contrasts could be subtle and delicate or playful and bold depending on the mood I’m seeking to conjure.
My designs often mix classic with contemporary and almost always include statement lighting, interesting rugs and unexpected flourishes.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
An avowed fan of deco and oriental pieces, my boyfriend who studied furniture design, introduced me to the beauty of linear modernist pieces when we met around 5 years ago and I’ve grown very fond of the simple elegance of design classics, such as Hans Wegner’s Wishbone and China chairs (though ironically the latter was inspired by 17th century Chinese classics) and Mart Stam’s cantilevered chair.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Be daring. I understand where fitted kitchen and bathroom furniture is concerned you’ve got to be particularly prudent but where decisions are not too expensively changed, like paint colour or soft furnishings, try not to fear the odd mistake and enjoy the experimentation.
What does home mean to you?
A place for relaxing with and entertaining family and friends, as well as a place for indulging in the occasional solitary evening with a glass of whiskey and a good book.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
Our home is filled with lots of treasured bits and bobs, I jokingly call them ‘artifacts’ – some collected on our travels, some sourced from dealers and antiques markets, and some inherited.
If I had to pick my three favourites would be; The wonderfully fluffy and soft Berber rug my boyfriend and I bought in one of Marrakesh’s vibrant bazaars, an orthodox icon I bought in a basilica in Sofia, because it’s so delicately gilded and detailed I can’t help admire it and finally, a late 19th century rosewood opium table I inherited that was shipped over from Malaysia when my mother moved to England in the 1950s with my grandparents.
A perfect Sunday is…
Brunch and cocktails at Pedler in Peckham before a post-prandial stroll across the Rye.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
This bobby dazzler…
It’s so pretty I’d like to find a home for it.