This month’s Mood Board was created by Andrew Bell of Stiff + Trevillion
This excerpt taken from the Stiff + Trevillion website describes them best:
“Stiff + Trevillion are a well-established West London practice. We have a strong reputation for elegant and sophisticated architecture. Collaboration is at the heart of the practice’s ethos. From the development of the brief and initial scheme with the client, to the delivery of the project with the design team, we work together.”
We caught up with Andrew to discuss this project and what inspires/d him and his process when working with his clients.
What inspired the colour palette and features in this project/mood board and what room or setting did you envision using it in?
This mood board was inspired by a project to combine, and refurbish, two mews houses. The mood board was influenced by the light industrial character that is the authentic essence of a typical mews property.
What colours/colour palletes do you predict to be big in 2018?
I try to avoid following trends. By their nature trends fade from fashion. Design should work with materials and palettes that withstand time.
What do you like about working with Chaunceys Timber Flooring?
The production methods allow for the tailoring of board grade, colour of finish, level of brushing. This enables bespoke products to be created to uniquely suit each project.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Inspiration can come from anywhere; however, the two consistent sources are the building and the client.
No two buildings, nor especially two clients, are the same; the most successful projects develop to be a personal reflection of this context.
What do you like about working with wooden floors?
Wood is fairly easy to work with, so wooden floors offer flexibility to add interest in the ways that they are installed through the pattern(s) they are laid in and in the finer details and accessories.
What do you look for in a supplier?
To take an interest in each project, and to then be able to offer solutions that are appropriate, rather than just their standard product.
Can you remember your first design project?
It was the restoration and refurbishment of a Grade2* Listed mansion in London.
I recall the process of lifting every floorboard and labelling them, having them kiln dried, and then relaid in the same location. I remember how much the contractor enjoyed that process!
What is your design signature/style?
Not to have a signature style! Every project is unique and a design should evolve to celebrate that.
What type of people do you love to work with as clients?
Engaged, involved and excited ones.
Does your home reflect your professional style?
I would like to think that my home reflects me, so yes.
If someone reading this was about to begin their own home redesign project, what would be your best advice to them?
Take your time to plan it. Start with the big things that you won’t change like the structure, bathrooms and kitchens.