Shanade McAllister-Fisher is a designer with a style that is both eclectic and un-serious. Her work features bold, often dark colours, peppered with textures such as decadent brass, chrome, feathers and wicker mixed unceremoniously together. This style is typified perfectly in this project located in Little Venice, West London where a vintage rattan peacock chair is mixed seamlessly with cozy furs and bold prints clash happily with patterned wallpaper.
We chat to Shanade about her favourite sofa, why bold makes for a much more beautiful space and how a set of our Willy Rizzo dining chairs are sure to get the party started…
Is there a signature Shanade McAllister-Fisher look? If so, how would you describe it?
It’s ultimately my client’s vision peppered with some of my colourful eclecticism.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
I love mid century modern. The Ico Parisi comma sofa is a real showstopper; its curved lines and sweeping form is so elegant, glamorous and grown up.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Take risks! Use big prints and heavy patterns in small spaces, paint rooms in bold colours and mix up styles. It makes for a much more interesting space.
What does home mean to you?
Home is a feeling, its somewhere that is filled with personality, creativity and love.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
I stumbled into a popup art fair in East London and fell in love with a Malika Favre graphic print that takes pride of place in my hallway. Secondly, my collection of West German pottery. And finally, a white feather pendant light designed by Young & Battaglia, It’s soft, delicate and adds a touch of retro glamour to my living space.
A perfect Sunday is…
A lazy morning with my husband reading the newspapers, then a yoga class at my local studio followed by a late Sunday Roast in a cosy pub with family and friends. Not to mention a few bottles of obligatory red wine!
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
The Willy Rizzo dining chairs, I love their shape, metal detailing and bold upholstery. I’d place them in a dining room along with some oversized statement lighting and abstract artwork to create some serious drama. Setting the scene for an evening of great entertaining.
Photographs by Nathalie Priem.
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