Fun and filled with personality is how we’d describe the spaces designed by London-based studio, Frank & Faber. With a host of residential and commercial projects under their belt – including most recently the Flagship Bodyism Members Gym in Notting Hill, the Clean & Lean Cafe chain and the Aer Blowdry Bar – the founder, Sarah Ellison has certainly been busy.
Here we chat to Sarah about how she merges comfortable spaces with a personal touch, always including an element of surprise to keep the space exciting…
Is there a signature Frank and Faber look? If so, how would you describe it?
I don’t think there is a signature ‘look’ as our work is always tailored to the client and their space. However our work is unified by a feeling of inviting warmth and comfort, our spaces are very personal, non ostentatious and always feature an element of surprise.
Where possible we use natural, quality materials which have innate patina, neutral backgrounds are intentionally contrasted with bold pops of colour in art and accessories.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Follow your heart. That, and create a mood board.
People often anguish over what does or doesn’t work together. However rather than being a slave to a particular style or period, we say let yourself be the filter. If you like it, go for it, there are no rules and if you make a mistake don’t worry. People can get bogged down with all the decisions which is totally understandable but try and have some fun with it and be true to yourself.
If you are stuck or unclear then mood boards are fantastically helpful. We spend a lot of time and effort getting to understand our client’s tastes and lifestyles, all of our projects start with a design questionnaire from which we assimilate the information and create a series of mood-boards and concept which will be the start of the design process.
What does home mean to you?
Right now it is very much an extension of work as we are undergoing building work. It’s a good job I like being on site!
Generally home is about comfort, relaxation and more than anything it should be a reflection of it’s owners. My own home is very far removed from a show home, it is very lived in and definitely characterful with pieces that were given by family, reclaimed classics or even found on the street. Very little is new and that is what gives it a unique and welcoming aesthetic.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
My piano – best gift ever (even if it doesn’t get played enough)
A pair of prints by Sam Winston
Reclaimed brass kitchen taps which were a great eBay find.
A perfect Sunday is…
It does slightly depend on the season but I am very much in winter mode right now, so it would have to be getting out of town for a long walk or cycle followed by a roast in a great pub and a film on the sofa.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
I love the pair of vintage teal armchairs. They would be the perfect addition to the living room.