Design | Sims Hilditch for GP&J Baker at London Design Week 2020

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We are thrilled to be collaborating with GP&J Baker to design their ‘Curated Space’ at London Design Week 2020.

The design centres around the archive ‘hydrangea bird’ fabric which we first saw when we visited Ann Grafton and the team at GP&J Baker. The colour palette that has been recreated in this amazing collection was a difficult choice – we were torn between two colourways but ultimately felt that the green brought a sense of optimism which reminded us of Spring. To celebrate the launch of the Spring collection, we chose a colour palette including rich emerald greens and calming teals which works beautifully for a country house bedroom.

We love to decorate our bedrooms in a way that is both elegant and restful, but this time we wanted to explore a new direction and follow the theme of the daring hydrangea bird fabric to take the design to a new level. We chose a bolder scheme influenced by contrasted colours and patterns. The curated space was then developed to include a statement half tester bed and shaped headboard which added drama.

The scheme evolved as we introduced a pair of Chelsea Textiles mid-century chest of drawers either side of the bed. We were delighted to hear about the launch of this new collection which features T-bar handles. This modern look works so well with a country house aesthetic as it brings the overall design up to date. We then visited the Vaughan showroom and spotted a pair of Handford vase lamps in a deep blue glaze which had a wonderful organic nature to them and would make a real statement beside the bed. With this strength of colour and contrast, we elected to calm the scheme by using the new GP&J herringbone wallpaper in a stony, neutral and off-white. We wanted to keep the scheme looking fresh with a sense of modernity alongside the traditional nature of the half tester bed.

We liked the idea of using a selection of small-scale prints, particularly the block prints which we chose for the lining of the curtains and a lampshade on the desk. This is what we love so much about GP&J – the fabrics are so flexible and can be used in so many different environments. We then looked at bringing in another texture through the desk or dressing table. A dressing table is the ultimate luxury in a country house or a city bedroom; for us, every sophisticated bedroom needs to have this piece of furniture whether it's a modern piece or an antique. Finally, we created a small seating area for added luxury as a place to sit and enjoy reading a book in front of the fire.

We would like to extend special thanks to all those who partnered with us on this projects to help make it such a success:

It was a real pleasure to work on this project with such a great team, we loved creating this unique and beautiful design, combining materials, mixing formality with informality and juxtaposing finishes along with multiple patterns to create a fun, contemporary scheme.