Kate Monkton is a creative with layering at the very core of her design ethos. She advocates the use of colour, textures, sustainable and reclaimed materials mixed with contemporary elements to create unique and compelling spaces. Her work is both elegant and comfortable simultaneously (who wouldn’t want to cosy on down with a good book on that sofa?!), and speaks to her own belief that home is a place to wind down, cook and relax with friends – a space that not only is aesthetically pleasing but also works for its inhabitants.
We speak to Kate about her love of the Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair, her love of a Sunday spent watching the Antiques Roadshow and how mixing it up is part of creating a truly textured and comfortable home.
Is there a signature Kate Monckton look? If so, how would you describe it?
I’m not sure I’d say I have a signature look but my work does tend to feature an eclectic mix of ideas, layered together to create an individual and personal feel to each room.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
There are three collectors pieces which I think are design classics, are listed below. They are all beautifully designed, original and timeless.
The Stud Coffee Table in black leather by Bethan Gray.
The 637 Utrecht Armchair, 1935 designed by Gerrit T. Rietveld produced by Cassina.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Mix it up and add some colour and pattern always.
What does home mean to you?
Time to relax, cook, entertain friends and generally switch off.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
A sculpture by artist Merete Rasmussen which I bought many years ago at her RA show. Not sure I could afford to buy a piece nowadays! A patinated brass candlestick by Carl Aubock, bought from the fantastic design store Sigmar in London. A 150 year old African tribal wedding veil in leather and cowrie shell (used as a wall hanging) from tribal art dealers Owen Hargreaves and Jasmine Dahl in the Portobello Road.
A perfect Sunday is…
I start the day with a meditation, followed by listening to the Archers in bed with a big mug of tea, then a late breakfast, lunch with friends, Autumn walks with the dogs, sitting by an open fire and ending with watching Antiques Roadshow!
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
I’d choose the delicious Shanxi province Chinese red lacquered tall cabinet and turn it in to a TV cabinet for my living room.