Ivar London’s interiors meld the exceptional with the relatable. Those two things don’t always go hand in hand. The world is full of homes, offices and hotel rooms that look sharp but where you never truly feel at home. They are sterile environments – museums of taste – rather than places with which you can forge a meaningful relationship. We think that’s the wrong approach.
Whether we’re designing a breathtaking penthouse, a villa in the Mediterannean or an intimately proportioned living room, our priority is for the results to feel personal and to elicit an emotional response. Therefore, although our style is contemporary, clear-lined and human-scale, we do not strive to stamp a rigid “look” onto our work. Instead, we take each project on its own terms, coming up with original ideas that are authentic to the task at hand. From there we make decisions that are right not only for the space but for the people who will be interacting with it for
years to come.
It’s not the easy path, but we believe that it’s worth it. As Winston Churchill famously put it: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
We love working with charities that carry out such amazing work for those in need including Haven House, NSPCC, Cancer Research, Caudwell Children and Wings For Life.
That’s only possible thanks to the breadth of our expertise. From interior architecture to decoration, lighting strategies to furniture, we have the in-house know-how – and long- established connections with top-flight craftsmen – to realise a vision in its totality. It also means that we are well placed to solve any creative challenges that might present themselves, finding an optimum solution rather than an undesirable compromise. History has shown just how powerful this can be: the most agenda-setting interior designers from the past have had the skills to oversee all aspects of their projects. We have deliberately followed in their footsteps.
Ivar London has thus developed into a design brand in its own right. From footstools to drinks cabinets, television units to coffee tables, we have created a whole range of unique products. These have allowed us to expand the suite of options that we can offer our clients, and can also be found lending a dash of our philosophy to third-party design schemes in houses, hotels and yachts all over the world.
The beauty of a finished space is of course about its aesthetics – its proportionality and artistry – but it’s also about how it works as a system. Since 2013, we have worked hard to ensure that each of our projects has a carefully considered sense of “flow”. This is the way in which spaces and rooms interlink, and our layouts put that quality front and centre. Each plan works as part of a coherent whole.