This sophisticated study room formed part of a much larger project called Modern Farm House and sits prominently off to one side of a triple volume entrance hall. The thought behind the theme was ‘Indiana Jones meets funky design’. The house, although a new build, was designed to look like a Georgian farmhouse and while the interiors were much more cool and modern, we wanted to keep an element of a classical men’s study at the heart of the scheme for this work space. René Dekker Design prides itself in introducing and using unique and super glamorous finishes within all of our schemes and this room was no exception.
The blank canvas first had to receive its coat and we opted to clad the walls in a combination of fiddleback sycamore and matching stained oak in the form of recessed fielded panels. The oak was a nod to the traditional use of this timber as panelling and the sycamore, with its soft figuring and smooth surface, brought the room right up to date! We added to this a bespoke cream limestone fire surround with a deep profile as well as reclaimed wide width timber planks for the floor. The cornicing was made from solid oak to match the panelling and we further used cream limestone to clad the window cills. The hard landscaping was completed using a flocked ocelot on gold paper wall covering, by Ralph Lauren, in the book case and a patterned neutral wall covering on the ceiling
The client was a big fan of the wild interior decorations at a local country house called Aynhoe where they had used an abundance of taxidermy animals in the panelled study. We mimicked this engaging the talents of local fabric taxidermy artist, Carola Van Dyke, to build us a life sized lion head which took pride of place next to the client’s desk. The desk was a bespoke item which included tinted beech veneer, embossed leather and bronze handles (you can see this item in more detail in the furniture section of our site). We also included a small meeting table with 3 fully upholstered chairs and 2 matching arm chairs for more informal meetings at the desk. We completed the scheme with a modern glossy storage unit, a drinks tray and a smattering of antique brass accessories for authenticity.