‘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
In this sitting area of this room there is such a mixture of styles; a bust of Augustus, a seventeenth-century tapestry fragment featuring my preferred oversized figures, old master drawings, sculptures, antique books and more, all compiled in such a way as to combine things of value and no value.
One of my favourite sitting rooms in Paris embodies all that I love about colour, texture and scale. This shows my key vision of beauty, warmth, character and comfort in one glance - in effect what I call a sixth sense for design.
I like to use screens in my rooms as a way of creating drama, often to hang thing on. In this London sitting room the height of the screen adds height to the room.
Another of the principal rooms at Buscot Park that needed full restoration. It looks as though it has always been like this, but I have been all over it in every single detail.
The enfilade view through to the restored room, even the tassels and fringes were completely replaced.
The new hand-dyed, green silk damask walls are based on an old design, but I coloured the fabric to be unique to the house—the walls below the dado are painted trompe l’oeil sections designed to trick the eye into believing they are three-dimensional molded panels.
In this eighteenth-century London drawing room, I had to add an entirely new bookcase to fit in with the existing paneling, and you would never know that the two elements were separated by almost three hundred years. To my eye the room looks quite un-contrived, as though it has taken many generations; worth of input to achieve a graceful result.
This London den takse on its own mood as the natural light shifts from dawn to dusk - it is an enclosed, partially sunken space housing the many toys for music, movies, drinks and games. At night, preset lighting kicks in to enhance the cabinetry and glow of lioght within the seawater fish tanks.
This London den is really an entertainment room and is an illustration of how far you can go with the James Bond-style gadget filled space. A backlit, floor to ceiling, three-dimensional metal installation depicting sea creatuers by Anthony Critchlow characterizes one wall.
The marine theme is continued in the design of the vast, cut-metal panel that spans one wall of the den. The installation posed several challenges, not least of which how to achieve the gritty, sandy surface so the walls read correctly to the eye.