Spinocchia Freund

London calling

Photo by Kate Martin & Julian Abrams

Notting Hill: It’s not all bookshops with Hugh Grant behind the counter anymore. The current, worldly incarnation of Notting Hill finds an alluring counterpart in Brigitta Freund’s own home, thanks to her taste for venturesome design from the workshops of Jean Royère, Jean Prouvé, Jacques Adnet, Pierre Cardin, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Fredrikson Stallard and Mathieu Lehanneur — to name a few standouts. The living room’s bold positioning of the Prouvé screen smack dab by the front door has proved to be a thought-provoking move, the designer says. “Interestingly, visitors have told me that while they initially thought the screen was a little odd, having then spent time in the space, they went on to find the choice inspiring. The screen has lived another life in a school in Cameroon —  and it brings a unique reflective light and personality to the space.” 

Photo by Sarah Weal

“Creating joy in spaces for people is really the essence of every job. I always ask, How can you live your best life in whatever the space is, and whatever the size?”
— Brigitta Freund

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"Neblina", 2014, by Joana Vasconcelos, Offered by Composition Gallery

“My husband and I collect toads, and this piece is one of my favorites, alongside an image taken by Mary McCartney of a toad her mother, Linda McCartney, was holding. Joana Vasconcelos’s toad faces the door on the raised ground floor, by the entrance (adopting the Chinese feng shui approach). Vasconcelos is a Portuguese artist known for her large-scale crochet installations. I’ve always wanted to own one of her works, and the toad was the perfect fit. A client of mine recently commissioned Vasconcelos to cover her piano. It looked incredible. Her work is thought-provoking and surprisingly tactile.”

Persian Tabriz Botanic Wool Rug, Late 19th Century, Offered by Antique Rugs by Doris Leslie Blau
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“When I was growing up in Istanbul in the early years of my life, our house had many Persian rugs. So I’ve always had an affinity for them. With their unique patterns and botanic-dyed wool, they bring warmth and grounding to any interior space — a classic piece that, like the best classic design, can cross genres.”

Fernando and Humberto Campana Bolotas Armchair, 2020, Offered by Friedman Benda
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“It’s almost impossible to not to sit, curl up with a book and take a moment in these Campana Brothers chairs. Their invitation is loud and compelling!!”

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“Christian Astuguevieille’s works are heavily inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi and furoshiki — the art of wrapping objects in textile bundles. All his textile creations are unique additions to any space. As he says, ‘They are new ways of experiencing the senses.’ I adore the blue of this particular piece and am finding it works well in a very classical-inspired penthouse interior I am working on in the studio.”

Jean Prouvé Beziers Brise-Soleil, 1956, Offered by Magazzino76
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Jean Prouvé Beziers Brise-Soleil, 1956, Offered by Magazzino76

“Jean Prouvé was a French metal worker, architect and designer. Bold choices can sometimes be difficult for clients to visualize. In this instance, we used this Prouvé African school ventilation door as a screen, and it was quite a break from the norm, in design terms. The screen was a direct replacement for the more traditional vestibule in the reception space, and by using it, we opened the raised ground floor into one large open space.”

Pierre Cardin Pair of Nightstands, 1970s, Offered by MORENTZ
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Pierre Cardin Pair of Nightstands, 1970s, Offered by MORENTZ

“Pierre Cardin is perhaps more often celebrated for his fashion design, however his furniture and lighting are even more striking and impressive to me. We purchased an original Pierre Cardin desk from Themes and Variations on 1stDibs, and apart from the very seventies James Bond–style electric panel at the front of the desk that changes color, I am so drawn to the hue of the desk’s lacquer finish, which reminds me of my favorite nail polish, Chanel Rouge Noir.”

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