Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Must visit London pop-up stores

Wicklewood 123 Sydney Street, SW3, 19th-29th Nov. 10am-7pm.

Remember the amazing pop-up that Wicklewood did last Summer? Well, get ready for more pattern, colour, irresistible gifts and new arrivals at their Winter Shop. Throughout the pop-up, they’ll be also welcoming leaders of design into The Revolving Room to transform the space using their own signature style. Each designer will makeover and take over the room, using their favourite pieces from Wicklewood and their partner brands: BlithfieldPookyPartnership Editions and Arlo & Jacob

Matilda Goad 297 Westbourne Grove W11, 7th-18th November. 10 am-7pm 

Decorated in a palette of handpicked hues from Farrow & Ball’s new colour collection, Matilda Goad’s pop up store will offer her covetable homeware collection – including her iconic scallop lampshades, glazed jugs, ribbed beeswax candles and tole planters – amongst an eclectic mix of antiques and other treasures sourced by Matilda. It will also unveil brand-new Matilda Goad products including richly coloured table lamps and a tabletop collection as well as Matilda Goad x TART London Christmas crackers.

Cabana Magazine  Burlington Arcade, Unit 68-69,  51 Piccadilly, W1 From Nov 7th until Christmas. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12pm-5pm

Cabana has brought its exquisite maximalism to one of London most iconic shopping destinations: Burlington Arcade. A selection of handcrafted and one-of-a-kind tableware (including the new collection of Carolina Irving and daughters), home accessories, antiques and many other desirable things.

Salvesen Graham 364 Old York Road, SW18, 15th November, 10am-8pm  

This pop-up brings together a carefully curated selection of gift ideas of things that this design dynamic design duo love. The shop will be packed full of wonderful pieces including fabulous accessories for the home sourced or designed by them (including their new cushion designs) as well as a cast of design-makers, including Edit58, Punica and ERA Calligraphy, renowned for their unique gift ideas.

Salvesen Graham Pop Up

The Mews 340 Kings Road, 20-25th Nov. Tues-Fri 10am-6pm Sat-Sun 11am-5pm

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to meet The Mews’s founder, Annabel Haan.  She distributes fabrics, quilts, table linens and accessories from one of my favourite Australian interiors shop, Pigotts Store as well Alice Peto gorgeous fine English china. Grandy Art will be also part of the pop up with an exhibition of Emerging British Artists.

Morpho and Luna 123 Sydney Street, SW3, 12th-14th Nov, 10am-6pm

For three days this fabulous luxury brand will be having a special Christmas shopping event with exclusive discounts up to 50%  on selected items. Morpho and Luna refined, exquisitely crafted nightwear and pyjamas are made in Italy using only the highest quality materials.

Maximalism in Seville

There are so many things I love about this home in Seville: the chinoiserie room, the neoclassical library, the baroque salon, the sculpture courtyard inspired by Sir John Soane London home or the not-so-easy task to make a new building look like has been there forever. But what I  love the most about it is the interior designer who created this dreamy abode, Amaro Sanchez de Moya. He’s one of my favourite Spanish interior designers and I was beyond happy to see this home featured on Elle Decor US October issue.

Congratulations Amaro on this beautiful project and a so well deserved international feature and cover!

Amaro Sanchez de Moya Elle Decor US October 2018

Chinoiserie room in Seville designed by Amaro Sanchez de Moya Elle Decor October 2018

A courtyard in Seville by Amaro Sanchez de Moya inspired by John Soane home

Bedroom in Seville designed by Amaro Sanchez de Moya Elle Decor October 2018 A living room in Seville designed by Amaro Sanchez de Moya Elle Decor October 2018

A home in Seville designed by Amaro Sanchez de Moya Elle Decor October 2018 A bathroom in Seville designed by Amaro Sanchez de Moya Elle Decor October 2018

A tented bedroom in Seville by Amaro Sanchez de Moya

Images: Elle Decor, Ricardo Labougle photography

In Conversation: Kirill Istomin

After completing his fine arts degree in interior design and decoration at Parsons School of Design in New York, Kirill Istomin began his career with one of the leading New York society interior design firms, Parish-Hadley.  He started his own firm, Kirill Istomin Interior Design and Decoration, in 2002 with offices in New York and Moscow. Maintaining the main focus on high-end residential and commercial interior design and decoration, the company manages projects in France, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan, the United States, and Great Britain.

Istomin has become known for his exuberant interiors filled with colour, sumptuous fabrics and exquisite details. In today’s conversation, we are getting to know the  interior designer with the most opulent eye,

Kirill Istomin portrait by Mikhail StepanovKirill Istomin portrait by Mikhail Stepanov

Dear Kirill, first of all, I would like to know when did your passion for interiors start?

I decided to become an interior designer when I was around 8 years old. I was very much inspired by ‘La Traviata’ movie by Franco Zeffirelli. I was so amazed by the set design, that I wanted to recreate something like this on my own. My first decorating project was sofa throw pillows for my grandparents country house terrace – I designed round ones out of multicolored floral on yellow ground fabric trimmed with red fringe. Back then it seemed to me as a complete sensation! I thought Zeffirelli would have approved :)) ha ha!

Indoor winter garden with daybed by Kirill Istomin Indoor winter garden with daybed by Kirill Istomin

What are your biggest sources of inspiration?             

While studying at Parson’s, I received an internship at Parish-Hadley. It was an unparalleled experience! I was the youngest intern at the time, and the only foreigner to be ever employed by Paris-Hadley. Mr Hadley’s works are still a great inspiration to me. I also admire the whimsy and refined beauty of Russian historical 18th-century decor and architecture. Palaces of St. Petersburg are an eternal source of inspiration.

The dining room of Babe and William S. Paley’s Fifth Avenue apartment decorated Parish-Hadley. Architectural Digest John M. Hall Photography.

The dining room of Babe and William S. Paley’s Fifth Avenue apartment decorated Parish-Hadley. Architectural Digest John M. Hall Photography.

 

When it comes to decorating, how would you define your style?

I work in all styles, and I love color! Even if it’s a very stark, modern space, a touch of color makes it vibrant and inviting.

A storybook country house by Kirill Istomin. The client's collection of Russian icons is displayed in the daughter's study. The throw pillows are Lee Jofa and the cotton woven rug is from Vandra Rugs. WSJ

A storybook country house by Kirill Istomin. The client’s collection of Russian icons is displayed in the daughter’s study. The throw pillows are Lee Jofa and the cotton woven rug is from Vandra Rugs. WSJ

 

What’s the best advice you could give to someone who is trying to start their career in the interior design field?

Interior decorating requires a very broad education, from technical and practical aspects to more fundamental disciplines, like Art History. To develop your own style, you need to train your eye!  From my childhood until today, I’ve always loved looking at books and magazines and absorbing the images. Young designers are so lucky to have Instagram and Pinterest as their tool today…We didn’t have that when I was starting years ago.

A Summer cottage decorated by Istomin. Tour this chinoiserie filled home here. Fritz von der Schulenburg photography.

A Summer cottage decorated by Istomin. Tour this chinoiserie filled home here. Fritz von der Schulenburg photography.

 

Do you have any tips for mixing different prints in the same room?

I’m a huge fan of mixing different prints! It’s fun but requires an eye for edit.

Perfect Pattern mix by Kirill IstominDetail of a vibrant pattern mix on a project by Istomin shared on his Instagram

 

Who are the past or present interior designers that you admire the most? 

Among design legends that I admire are Henri Samuel, John Fowler, Rose Cumming, Mario Buatta, William Haines, and Stephane Boudin of Maison Jansen.

A Palm Beach bedroom by Mario Buatta. Architectural Digest. 
A Palm Beach bedroom by Mario Buatta. Architectural Digest. 

 

For more information visit http://www.kirillistomin.com