‘Award winning international designer Alidad has had over thirty years’ experience in interior architecture and design. His extraordinary projects have led him to be included year on year in Architectural Digest’s AD100, Elle Décor’s A-List, House and Garden’s Top 100 Interior Designers and Country
The mirrored forest design used to front the cupboards in this London dressing room were first sandblasted to create the relief pattern on the reverse of the glass before being gilded in various shades of gold. This creates a depth, and that slightly dusty quality that is so charming and satisfying to the eye.
The pullout shoe unit contains a double-rack system in order to store two layers of shoes - I was not prepared to waste even one inch of space as above all, a lady's dressing room must function according to very specific needs and uses. Numbers of shoes, dresses, coats, gowns, trousers and shirts were all recorded so the dressing room closets accommodated everything precisely to ensure there was the right kind, size and amount of storage.
This gentleman's dressing room in London had to exude masculinity while being interesting in finish and mood. The banquette is classic Alidad, as I love to use the boldness of a wide stripe - here a woven stripe is set into the chenille upholstery.
Each door was made using honey-toned leather slats within a mahogany framework that was edged with a brass bead.
Careful use of space, practicality and creating a unique area are the essential goals in designing a dressing room. The idea of using a slightly kitsch rendition of a European lady wearing Oriental costume appealed to my client for her Beirut home.
Having three doorways to and from this London dressing room left very little wall space for closets so the room had to be worked out in such a way as to create enough storage whilst retaining the air of a properly appointed room.
Woven Empire-style gold and red fabric has been used to conceal the closets on either side of the fireplace in this London dressing room - the remaining walls were then covered in the same red fabric, but without the pattern.
An early example of faux inlaid marquetry and parquetry completed over 15 years ago illustrates my fascination with creating artistry and special effects through the use of hand painted and hand printed papers for this London dressing room.