Growing up against the backdrop of the Sudety Mountains on the border of Poland and the Czech Republic, Ania Choroszczynska has an inherent affinity for the natural world and the freedom of space. This focus on the environment plays out in her designs – with reworked, organic materials playing a large part in the minimalistic schemes she favours in her work as founder of Anya Fennet Designs.
Ania also understands that good design can’t be rushed and advocates taking time to make the right decision. She says, ‘Your home is your masterpiece and your ideas should reflect this.’ Here at Layer we completely subscribe to the idea of taking time to select the perfect pieces for your home. After all, good design is timeless.
Here, we chat to Ania about her favourite designers and how she loves foggy mornings in the English winter…
Is there a signature Anya Fennet look? If so, how would you describe it?
Anya Fennet Design focuses on natural elements, urban greenery and the freedom of space. I have a minimalistic approach to design, and I enjoy restoring already existing spaces.
During a loft project, I stripped a wooden kitchen counter top, which was a shame to throw away. So I added retro style metal legs and sanded and oiled the timber. This created a unique dining table.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
I don’t have a particular era that I am inspired by, but Charles and Ray Eames furniture, as well as Le Corbusier or Eero Saarinen always inspire me. Paul McCobb, Milo Baugham and Hans Wegner are amongst favourites too.
These designers are the pioneers of modernism and having the clients who appreciate them is a dream for every interior designer.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Take time deciding what you want. Draw the room, check if all fits and think and think again, don’t be afraid to second guess. Rushed projects will put your home at risk, and you could potentially waste time and money restyling and solving problems. And consider timings and delivery dates. Plan for 12-week delivery of items including lighting or furniture. Your home is your masterpiece and your ideas should reflect this. Think and select carefully. I believe that creating a home should take time and every piece should be selected carefully.
What does home mean to you?
Home means everything to me. My partner is also a designer, and we have worked on our house together. And though we don’t always agree, we do compromise and listen. We want to build a home that has parts of both of us. I don’t always get what I want, but that’s the beauty of sharing a space with another human being and partner. Home is where we relax, build our family, work and host our friends and loved ones. The design and style represents this.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
Firstly, an Accent Chair Miss Dorn 1983 by Philippe Starck.
Secondly, six Eames style Ero by Kartel and Starck dining chairs.
And finally, a large artwork by Lebanese contemporary artist brought from trip to Beirut.
A perfect Sunday is…
A perfect Sunday is a morning walk at Walpole Park, Ealing, especially in the winter as I love English weather and foggy mornings. Then a roast with our cast iron Stovax fireplace glowing in the background. I would be over the moon if I could also squeeze couple hours in my ceramics studio.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
There is such a great choice, I have had a good, long search (laughing). But I am a big fan of low level lighting and I believe every room should have a floor lamp or table lamp to soften light in the evenings. I would choose the JJM Hoogervorst ANVIA floor lamp, as it would work great with our minimalistic interiors.