With a love of Italian 1950s furniture, Rebecca James believes that there is an undeniable place for vintage design pieces in the interiors world. And this powerhouse certainly knows a thing or two about the industry having founded the award-winning studio Interior Desires.
Rebecca’s stunning interiors shots speak for themselves. Each with their own distinct style, Rebecca’s priority is capturing a client’s personality within her schemes whilst honouring the architecture of a space.
Here, Rebecca shares the importance of a focal point in a room and why her own home acts as an ‘oasis of tranquility’…
Is there a signature Interior Desires UK look? If so, how would you describe it?
I don’t believe in signature looks, as I always feel you should never be able to easily identify a good designers work. With that being said there are as few elements I like to use on my projects including having a focal point like a fireplace and I believe the interiors should complement the structure and architecture of a room.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
I love a lot of Italian 1950s furniture and lighting designed by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte and Angelo Lelli. These designs were very radical when they were created and have stood the test of time.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Don’t skimp on comfortable bed linen and if you are not comfortable with mixing colours, stick with plain colours for your furniture and walls and accent with bolder colours through your Art and accessories such as vases, pots and flowers.
What does home mean to you?
A place to unwind and relax after a long day at work. It should serve as an oasis of tranquility for me and my family to enjoy. It should be a place that reflects my personality.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
I paint occasionally and have a large canvas of a lady I painted over a decade ago. This piece follows me wherever I move to. My walnut dining table and mirror which were one the first pieces of furniture I designed.
A perfect Sunday is…
Spending time with my husband and daughter walking in a park with our dog after a Sunday roast.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
I like the table lamp by Willy Rizzo which would probably go on my hallway console.
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