When inside designer Ed O’Donnell met Richard Angel at a London-based design studio in 2017, he had a sixth sense that they had been going to create a enterprise collectively. One 12 months after that fateful encounter, Ed and Richard opened Angel O’Donnell with one pitch win and nil funding. Since then, they’ve develop into probably the most critically acclaimed inside design studios within the UK. On high of their awards success – which incorporates the coveted Total Winner trophy from the Society of British & Worldwide Inside Design 2021 – they’ve earned a popularity for considerate discretion, pleasant collaboration, and pin-sharp detailing, all qualities their UHNW purchasers prize.
From heritage properties to modern new builds, latest tasks of Ed’s embody a Cubist-inspired villa on the Greek island of Paros, two luxurious penthouses in One St. John’s Wooden, and an impressive house in The OWO Residences by Raffles within the coronary heart of Whitehall.
As Artistic Director, Ed approaches each temporary with recent eyes, unhampered by a singular signature model. This permits him to include every shopper’s character, aesthetic tastes, and necessities into his work. Nobody-size-fits-all course of. No cookie-cutter model. Simply lovely, bespoke interiors impeccably delivered.
Immediately, Ed O’Donnell is becoming a member of us for Friday 5!
1. Shirt Detailing
Simply as I really like small elaborations in an inside – a faceted wallpaper, an appliqué border on a curtain, a brushed fringe on a cushion – I dwell for these little particulars in a shirt, too. It could possibly be a distinction button comprised of an surprising materials, like wooden or metallic. Or a placket entrance in a velvet trim. Or colourful stitching across the yolk or cuffs. It’s a little bit artistry instead of utility; particulars that elevate the purposeful to the first-rate. Paul Smith and Gresham Blake incorporate these kinds of particulars as normal, which is enjoyable.
2. Pedro Almodóvar
The whole lot you can probably crave in a cinematic expertise, Almodóvar delivers in probably the most spectacular approach. Even when ambiguous femme fatales, fractured identities, gender conflicts, unrequited passions, frantic obsessions, and wanton jealousies don’t float your boat, the kaleidoscopic visuals absolutely will. Garish, clashing, kitsch – and at all times impeccably assembled. Nice storytelling and characterization apart, each movie he’s made is a masterclass in image-making, style, and inside design.
Smells, aromas, scents, perfumes, bouquets, no matter you need to name them, they’re intoxicating. I really like how summary and unimaginable to explain they’re. Maybe it’s as a result of I work in a area the place every thing is visible and tactile, whereas a perfume is airborne and invisible. Piquant, ambrosial, leathery, or gentle, none of those descriptions come near capturing the emotional and bodily response a odor can elicit. I’m relatively keen on Penhaligon’s Halfeti proper now, which, in the event you’re , smells of ‘vigorous grapefruit and rose tangle within the moonlight.’ Who knew?
4. London Fringe + Off-Broadway
There’s one thing oddly clandestine about fringe theaters. Their smallness someway sharpens the senses and heightens one’s emotions of anticipation. The Playhouse Theatre in midtown Manhattan is an efficient one. So, too, is The Public Theatre, the place I had the doubtful honor of tripping up Glenn Shut as she walked off stage following the execution of her daughter in ‘Mom of the Maid’. London’s additionally fab for fringe. Menier, Younger Vic, Almeida, Soho Theatre – too many to record. They’re immersive, very like the latest manufacturing of Cabaret, which has reworked each inch of the Playhouse Theatre (London) into the notorious Package Kat Membership. It’s a must-see.
For me, post-piste bliss is a slope-side bar thronged with individuals of all ages. Nice spots for people-watching and, very like airports or music festivals, regular guidelines of conduct don’t apply. Après-ski classes are at all times good naturedly raucous, foolish, and final hours longer than deliberate. La Folie Douce in Val d’lsère is a favourite hang-out of mine, as is Basecamp in St. Anton. Each serve nice meals, too, which is important.