Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sense of Pleasure

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sense of Pleasure

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Sexy furniture with organic shapes - one young architect has created an interior look that is a delight to us all, says Fay Sweet

AS ITS name suggests, the brilliant young architecture practice Sybarite is big on the pleasure principle. Which is why the world premier of its sexy new furniture and homeware designs - all flowing lines, luscious materials and organic shapes - looks set to be a crowd puller at this year's 100% Design show.

"Because so many of our interior design projects involve designing bespoke furniture and fittings, we decided to extend the work and complete our own collection," says Simon Mitchell, who co-founded Sybarite three years ago with Torquil McIntosh.

Although it is still a young practice (both men are in their early 30s), Sybarite has an impressive portfolio. It has completed projects in more than a dozen countries and among the high-profile jobs in London are the playful red, white and chrome interiors for fashion store Marni, the casket-like shop for jeweller Cox & Power and kids clothing store Guys & Dolls.

Ideas in development include the intriguing Plectrum House, designed as part of the Homes & Property Challenge staged earlier this year for ideas to build homes costing [pounds sterling]60,000.

At 100% Design, Sybarite will be showing items from three new collections.

First is the 100 Range, which spans from an amazing circular bed, complete with built-in headrests, lighting, side tables and sockets for your laptop ([pounds sterling]6,200), to sculptural leather sofas ([pounds sterling]4,200), elegant stainless-steel cutlery (from [pounds sterling]99) and bone-china tableware (from [pounds sterling]75).

The other two collections are for Shanghaibased manufacturer Suzaar. The Suzaar Collection includes sofas (from [pounds sterling]3,200), armchairs (from [pounds sterling]420), tables (from [pounds sterling]400) and fabrics (from [pounds sterling]180 a square metre), and the Midollino Collection is a range of stunning organic-style stainless-steel and rattan garden furniture including sun loungers ([pounds sterling]425) and a swing ([pounds sterling]490).

As part of the prolific output of this team, Mitchell has also just completed remodelling his 560sq ft ex-council flat in Chelsea, which he shares with partner Mette Baklund, a stylist and trend forecaster. "It has been a natural extension of our other work, particularly shop design," he explains. "We are always trying to enhance the sense of pleasure, improve functionality and make the most of every scrap of space."

The budget for the flat, part of a 1960s block, was fixed at [pounds sterling]25,000, which included gutting the place, taking down walls, adding new central heating, wiring and fitting out. "When spaces flow properly they feel a great deal bigger," says Mitchell. …

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