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Sumptuous & Spacious

The Resident

November, 2016

Clapham-based architect and interior designer Chris Dezille should be on your radar. From his base on Bromell’s Road, he delivers full design services with his signature creative edge and set up his design house, Honky, back in 2001.

We meet in SW4 to garner inspiration from one particularly stylish, spacious project in Wimbledon, Maryatt Place, which Dezille describes as typical Wimbledon Village. ‘It has a certain afliuence to it. It’s skinny jeans, a wafty top, coffees and yoga,’ he laughs.

But jokes aside, the interiors schemes in the five townhouses he designed at Maryatt Place mean business, and make the most out of the vast floor space. Each is complete with convivial open plan kitchens and the requisite island units, and an ample selection of beckoning seating options. ‘Although we provide interior decoration, that’s only a small part of what we do,’ he says.

‘We look at the bones first, and then try to maximise and influence the space. You can usually see where the sofa should go, because we’ve already made the space more functional.’

Dezille admits that in properties such as these, the reality is that families spend most of their time in the open plan living and kitchen area, rendering the more formal living spaces redundant with the exception of Christmas Day, or as places in which to occasionally relax after dinner with a glass of wine. When it comes to entertaining, he says, it’s important for the transition between kitchen, living and dining to be as seamless as possible.

Upstairs, Honky have created bedrooms as impressive as those in a five-star hotel. Dezille suggests that it’s always best to walk in and look at the headboard of the bed head on. ‘That’s the most impressive viewpoint,’ he says. ‘We create all of our headboards with a number of different upholsterers and joiners. We’re always trying to do something different with them — combining metal trim with upholstery, for example. Stand-out headboards became popular when people started looking for hotel-quality interiors at home.’

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Sumptuous & Spacious

November 18, 2016

Clapham-based architect and interior designer Chris Dezille should be on your radar. From his base on Bromell’s Road, he delivers full design services with his signature creative edge and set up his design house, Honky, back in 2001.

We meet in SW4 to garner inspiration from one particularly stylish, spacious project in Wimbledon, Maryatt Place, which Dezille describes as typical Wimbledon Village. ‘It has a certain afliuence to it. It’s skinny jeans, a wafty top, coffees and yoga,’ he laughs.

But jokes aside, the interiors schemes in the five townhouses he designed at Maryatt Place mean business, and make the most out of the vast floor space. Each is complete with convivial open plan kitchens and the requisite island units, and an ample selection of beckoning seating options. ‘Although we provide interior decoration, that’s only a small part of what we do,’ he says.

‘We look at the bones first, and then try to maximise and influence the space. You can usually see where the sofa should go, because we’ve already made the space more functional.’

Dezille admits that in properties such as these, the reality is that families spend most of their time in the open plan living and kitchen area, rendering the more formal living spaces redundant with the exception of Christmas Day, or as places in which to occasionally relax after dinner with a glass of wine. When it comes to entertaining, he says, it’s important for the transition between kitchen, living and dining to be as seamless as possible.

Upstairs, Honky have created bedrooms as impressive as those in a five-star hotel. Dezille suggests that it’s always best to walk in and look at the headboard of the bed head on. ‘That’s the most impressive viewpoint,’ he says. ‘We create all of our headboards with a number of different upholsterers and joiners. We’re always trying to do something different with them — combining metal trim with upholstery, for example. Stand-out headboards became popular when people started looking for hotel-quality interiors at home.’

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