Simplicity is probably the quality I value most in interiors. I don't mean the cooler-than-thou chastity of minimalism but more a modesty in the relationship between architecture, furnishings, location. light, and the implied insouciance of life.
One of the most impressive decorators alive today is David Mlinaric part of whose pied-a-terre on the Chelsea Embankment is pictured here. If you look carefully you will see that there's an almost unholy amount of curl in these two rooms - everything atwirl like the branches outside the window. Yet these are serene spaces, caused to be so by the space allowed to each object, the warm palette, and the quality of the light reflected off the river.
The red twig table by bed is Garouste and Bonetti, the other bedside table is a 1950s prototype table made by Angus McBean for the long defunct Pavilion Restaurant at the Academy Cinema in London. The sofa is a 19th century velvet covered chesterfield, the Verner Panton Amoeba chairs flanked by 1960s storage tables are from the 1970s, a coffee table, enamel on steel by Roland Mellan, and the glass and steel table in the embrasure is by Grillo Demo of the Argentine.
As subtle and simple as this flat is it must be a pleasure to inhabit even if the light, grey and leaden, lurks in the windows rather than spills all over the place. But, in decorating the sun always shines.
Photos by Derry Moore, copyright Conde Nast Publications Ltd., from Mlinaric on Decoration by Mirable Cecil and David Mlinaric, 2008.