In conversation with designer and artist, Luke Edward Hall
Luke Edward Hall is a british designer, artist and columnist. His work is shaped by his love of storytelling and fantasy and this comes through in his broad range of projects. Since launching his studio in 2015, Luke has worked on commissions spanning interior design, fashion, murals and illustration for brands such as Burberry and Lanvin. We caught up with Luke to learn about what he looks for when shopping for vintage and antique furniture and how he puts a space together. He also collated a wishlist of his favourite items currently in our sale, which can be shopped below.
Tip: At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a link to Luke Edward Hall’s exclusive Vinterior wishlist.
How do you describe your personal interior style, how has this evolved over the years?
I am not tied to any particular decade or country or style. I like the mix: old and new, high and low. A painted English Regency chair next to a French giltwood console table, say, with an Italian 1970s plastic lamp on top and an abstract painting on the wall. What I aim to do is make colourful, comfortable rooms, full of objects to delight the eye. I like a dash of romantic fantasy, which is why I’m drawn to the Baroque and the Rococo. I like clean, bold colours and geometric patterns. I’ve always loved colour and pattern and antiques, but my interior tastes are constantly evolving, because I’m forever discovering new things to take inspiration from.
How do you incorporate vintage / antique shopping when you are choosing furniture for a space?
I tend to start with antique and vintage pieces, because I love the character they add to a room. Often I’ll find a piece and then build a room around it. The Dutch cabinet in our dining room in the country, for example, was the first thing we bought when we moved in. Everything else – the wall colour, dining table, chairs and so on – came afterwards. Most of the furniture we have at home is antique; generally I find that old things have much more personality compared with their new counterparts. Plus, it’s the sustainable choice!
Your home looks beautiful with a really bold identity. Do you have any advice on how to choose strong vintage furniture?
I think it’s best to ignore trends, follow your instinct and buy the pieces you fall in love with. There are pieces I regret not buying that I know I won’t find again. Don’t worry too much about things ‘going together’ – for me the mix is what makes a room exciting. Also, think imaginatively. Consider painting furniture, reupholstering chairs… There are countless ways to give old pieces a new lease of life, if you think outside the box.
What are your favourite bold vintage/ antique looks?
I’ve got a real thing for Venetian grotto furniture: silvered and giltwood chairs and tables with arms and legs in the shape of shells and dolphins. It’s a strong look, and completely fantastical. I have a throne-like chair and a side table at home and am always on the lookout for pieces. I also absolutely love furniture with special paint finishes – fake marble is a favourite.
Is there anything you specifically look for when buying vintage / antique. Any tips?
Not particularly. Naturally I like to buy things of good quality, so I often turn to dealers I know well and trust. On the other hand, inexpensive, probably rather rubbish things often catch my eye and I have to have them. I am not obsessed with provenance: for me it’s more about aesthetics and atmosphere.
Are you on the lookout for any items at the moment?
I’m thinking about a lampshade update. I’d like to replace a few at home with some more exciting versions. I might paint a few myself. I’d also like a bar cart for my studio, which I’ll use to drag my paints and pots of paintbrushes around.