Experience, suitability and interest are on the basis of Robert Kime Design Limited’s work. With, collectively, over 35 years together, the design team, led by Claire Jackson, delivers the interior decoration ethos for which Robert Kime is known. The design philosophy is unwavering, allowing both client and designer to center on answering the most essential question – how does the client want to live? Robert, Claire, Orlando and the team’s ability to deliver an environment that reflects the interests and tastes of the client and their desire for a comfortable house is at the heart of the Kime reputation. Embracing the three strands of Robert’s expertise as an antiques dealer, textile and fabric collector and interior designer, Robert Kime Design creates a signature atmosphere of comfort and ease, in projects of all sizes and styles, for a worldwide clientele.
As with all Robert Kime Design projects, the process began with a thorough review of how the client lives and what they like around them, to better understand what reorganization was required. Alterations to the room layout included the creation of a comfortable and colorful family room, where a collection of Japanese prints could be hung and admired, an arched hallway to the cloakroom tucked behind a de Gournay covered jib door, a small, but impactful cathedral ceiling in the master bedroom and a sleek kitchen and glass enclosed dining space – leading out to the mews and the office behind.
A rambling but well-ordered house became the goal and the approach included important architectural components. A large sitting room, with a high ceiling, so that tapestries and large pictures could be hung was balanced by the addition of a Victorian conservatory, found on a buying trip, to the kitchen and a link from the kitchen to the barn for entertaining. A seventeenth-century fireplace was added to the large sitting room and big windows, tile floors throughout and distempered walls completed the envelope.
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. Noted for its belvedere, or attic room, with windows on both sides from which to view the hunt, the Duke identified the kind of decor he desired as that with “an air of mellowness declining to extinction”.
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. A simplicity of architecture unifies every room – no cornice, dado or skirting board confine the 12-foot distempered walls; a stone cantilever staircase leads to five comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms on the floor above. Under the watchful attention of Robert and his team, a thoughtful, beautiful expression of the local vernacular by local craftsmen using their traditions makes the design of this project so pleasing. Wall-depth bookcases, tiled floors, planked doors and shutters are all simple layers of influence, shown in the new structure.
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 exterior of Ardagh was treated with the sensitivity that Robert devotes to all buildings – after the restoration – it appeared as if nothing had changed, but a comfortable atmosphere was in place. The scope for the project included a kitchen extension, and decoration that relied on large-scale furniture against plain white walls, arranged according to the demands of the rooms, their shape and use. Later a detached guest tower in place of several pigsties, northwest of the cottage was erected, with such perfect proportions that even passers-by were fooled that it dated from the fourteenth century.
A London project that takes a well-proportioned set of rooms, resonant to an architectural style to create an environment that is companion to the heritage the architect envisioned. The client wanted a light-filled setting, but described a wish for a jewel-box effect. Creating an elegant scheme that speaks to both a wish for light and for envelopment required a plan for transformation in this London flat. Robert and team sourced a beautiful, antique fireplace decorated with the crests of 2 London families – its size and grandeur sets the tone in the large drawing room, with seating at one end and a library at the other, with a matching pair of glazed bookcases. Colorful rugs lay over matting; antique fabric shades on every lamp while eighteenth-century mirrors reflect light and views. Pale blue-grey walls provide calm background to art and detail.
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Married to Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI was the last reigning French monarch. Influenced by the Rococo style, the Louis XVI mirror features a large frame characterized by beautifully hand-carved lines and traditional traits, and with similar design elements as its Marie Antoinette counterpart. A classic made modern.
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