An interview with Taylor Howes
What are the next interior design trends/looks on the horizon this year?
We are seeing a real boom in interiors as we are all focussed on our homes. We are seeing the return of the home study and dining room and colour and texture are key. Brining green into the home both in colour, texture, and plants.
As designers of interiors, how has the pandemic impacted your vision for projects?
We have always loved designing homes for our clients – a place where everyone has their special space, a beautiful but functional home is key and a home that is a great space to entertain family and friends – so in some respects this has been heightened during the pandemic but even more so now our homes are our sanctuary and havens.
If you could give people one piece of interior design advice, what would be?
Do a floor plan to focus on how you are going to use the space – then pick up the phone to a good Interior Designer!
What type of materials do you like to work with and why?
We love working with materials that have a lot of texture – whether it is an amazing piece of stone that we have hand selected, to very special veneers for joinery, the use of metals in both joinery and furniture and then texture, texture when it comes to fabrics.
Who inspires you in the interior design space?
We work with the most amazing suppliers and craftsmen and the collaborations we have with them inspire us to create really beautiful and unique pieces for our projects.
What is the dream TH project?
We are so lucky that we get to work on amazing projects with great clients from the amazing duplex in Charles Street, a crazy hotel in Soho and a new build 50,000 sq ft estate house – we love different and varied challenges – but we haven’t done a Castle…..yet!
Can you talk to us a little more about your product lines and collaborations?
As designers we are always looking for unique pieces for our clients and the projects we do so working with incredible craftsmen and artisans is key to our interiors. We were so proud to do our first collaboration with Urban Electric on a wonderful lighting collection that is timeless, then a fabulous ironmongery collection with S A Baxter inspired by some of the original designs we discovered when working on the Old War Office in St James’s to a wonderful wallpaper with De Gournay and more to come.
What is the interior design vision/inspiration for REDD’s Charles St?
Once an area where notable cabinet makers such as Marsh & Tatham and upholstery businesses flourished, Charles Street sits at the heart of London’s most prestigious district of Mayfair. We have drawn our inspiration from British artisans, and we will reflect the attention to detail through intricate finishes, joinery craftsmanship and a curated selection of furniture and fabrics.
What is your favourite feature from the Charles St plans?
The staircase gallery, facing the internal courtyard, becomes a glazed link, which marks the transition from existing to new, traditional to contemporary designs.
Can you give us an update on where you are at on the plans?
The project is currently progressing with the FF&E design, giving the property its final shape and bringing to life our vision for a contemporary British look.