Robert Kime: 10 amazing interior design projects
Robert Kime is a top interior designer known for his unique style inspired by antiques, with great use of rugs and textiles, and capable of telling beautiful stories. One of the most interesting aspects of the designer’s style is the use of striking fabrics and textiles – this is his brand image. Today, on Home & Decoration we will talk about the 10 amazing interior design projects of Robert Kime!
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About Robert Kime
He starts his career selling antiques to his professors and colleagues when he was studying Medieval History at Worcester College in Oxford. Now, his brand, Robert Kime Limited, is based in Ebury in Ebury Street, London, and Marlborough, Wiltshire.
The most important for this designer is to create spaces that respond to client needs – how does the client want to live? So, the most important for Robert Kime and his team is to create an environment that reflects the interests and tastes of the client and their desire for a comfortable house. Embracing these ideas and Robert Kime’s expertise as an antique dealer, textile and fabric collector, and interior designer, Robert Kime Design creates a signature atmosphere of comfort, in projects of all sizes and styles, for a worldwide clientele.
Robert Kime Design Projets
1. Kensington, London
‘In this interior design project, an eclectic art collection provided the direction for this extensive architectural planning and interior design project in an Edwardian townhouse in Kensington.’
2. Pimplico, London
‘A London project that takes a well-proportioned set of rooms, resonant to an architectural style to create an environment that is a companion to the heritage the architect envisioned. The client wanted a light-filled setting, but described a wish for jewel-box effect.’
‘An isolated position in a clearing in a wood, with uninterrupted views to the bay, a rough-cast render granite cottage was transformed into a seaside holiday home, with a comfortable and harmonious anchorage. A pale backdrop – walls and ceilings – lets the view come forward and selected furniture and accessories set the tone.’
‘The Wiltshire farmhouse was an agglomeration of an early stone walled two-up, two-down onto which late eighteenth, the early nineteenth-century brick building had been grafted. In 1910 a flint walled kitchen and three Lutyens-like gables completed the scene. A complete refashioning was completed to create a manageable house and garden under the specter of the Roman fort.’
‘Built-in 1703 for the second Duke of Beaufort, Swangrove sits on the edge of Badminton Park and had been long let to tenants, when Robert was asked by the then Duke of Beaufort in 1996 to bring the building back to its original function and utility creating a comfortable and handsome house.’
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6. The Luberon, France
‘Set in a hill village in Provence, among lavender fields and goat cheese farms, the opportunities at La Gonette were not limited by any structure; the transformation of the shell at La Gonette was paramount. The simplicity of architecture unifies every room – no cornice, dado, or skirting board confines the 12-foot distempered walls; a stone cantilever staircase leads to five comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms on the floor above.’
7. Provence, France
‘A simple farm building and outbuildings formed the basis of the project and Robert admired and sympathized with the client who wanted the house’s origins to be squarely dealt with, not hidden – making the history intelligible to others while working successfully as a residence.’
‘A simple, square, white clapboard building, surrounded by a verandah, comprises a light-filled large room on the upper floor with a gym and kitchen below. The client wished for a quiet building to which she could retreat and clarity for the decor too. Robert avoided all-island pastiche, filling it simply, but decidedly.’
‘The Long family, London cloth merchants, began building in the 15th century, with successive generations adding to it. South Wraxall Manor’s random rubble stone edifice’s facade is punctuated by stone-mullioned windows, but the Wiltshire manor house had been badly neglected when Robert and his team began their work in 2007.’
‘A townhouse with elaborate cornices and a commanding staircase bore evidence of a previous owner’s additions – of plasterwork paneling, gilded mirrors, and chimneypiece. A grand three-bay first-floor drawing room gave way to simpler spaces for an informal living – all expressing sympathy for the house in design and function.’
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