In the ‘Home Front’ section in an article entitled ‘Paradise Regained’ featured in a recent Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine, there’s a very familiar pendant light on page 53. The piece is an interview with Interior Designer, Rachel Richmond. Having taken on the restoration of a four-storey Georgian house in 2015, Rachel talks about the challenges of restoration. I particularly like her idea of moving art and furniture regularly from room to room to “…change the look of a room immediately.”
The Edinburgh house is part of a World Heritage site, so like listed buildings, there is a limit on what can be added or taken away. From the relevant web site, it says “The World Heritage Convention recognises the way in which people interact with nature, and the fundamental need to preserve the balance between the two.” Quite. Rachel was keen for the authorities to understand that her work was restoring what was and updating the work of the designer from the 80s, which had not been altered for over three decades.
For the kitchen she chose Made by the Forge’s Farrier’s Cage Five Bar Long pendant light designed by Anthony Dickens and purchased from Heal’s. This choice seems like a metaphor for the needs of the entire restoration; reinstating the house’s Georgian character from the past while installing modern works to complement it. The timeless design and handcrafted nature of the light reflect both aspects of the restoration. To see the recent Stella article, the Sunday Telegraph’s magazine, click here.