With a background in luxury retail at the likes of Harvey Nichols, Nicole Farhi, Jasper Conran and Donna Karan, João Botelho’s first love was fashion and retail. But during an extensive property renovation of his four-storey townhouse in East London, João discovered a passion for home design and interiors that has since blossomed into a full-flung love affair and a growing business, Casa Botelho.
Here, we chat to João about his signature ‘masculine glamour’ look and his top tips for interior design.
Is there a signature Casa Botelho look? If so, how would you describe it?
I call it Masculine Glamour. Our signature style is recognised by the use of strong lines, neutral colour pallets blended with jewel tones furnishings, together with rich and natural materials that age beautifully, symmetry and optimal use of space and attention to extraordinary detail. To turn the schemes up a notch I like to play with the old and new element.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
I like mid-century with a twist as well as Art Deco. A lot of our collections have a touch of Art Deco, especially the metal pieces. The symmetry in the designs is what attracts and inspires me the most.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
I have a lighting obsession and one that keeps growing. You can never have enough lighting, so if you are embarking on an interior journey make sure to plan for floor flight, up-light, down-light, table light, chandeliers and LEDs and if you can afford add a smart home technology like Loxone to ensure you can create seamless and moody lighting across all rooms. I always say to clients to do a budget than double it.
What does home mean to you?
Home is where my story begins and where I feel safe. Within my four walls I can express myself, dream and be creative. It is a source for inspiration for my designs and where I showcase our collections and interiors.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
A signed lilliam Basman fashion photography, 2 pairs of 1930’s Stag Head chandeliers from Belgian and my crocodile biker jacket from Donna Karan.
A perfect Sunday is…
Seating down in my garden with my two cocker spaniels and my husband, enjoying the sunshine, listening to Bossa Nova and drinking a Martini.
Photography by Julie Murphy | Kitchen portrait by Anthony Coleman | João portrait photography by Paul Raeside.