EMMA JANE PILKINGTON
What can't you live without?
I can't live without Paris right now; I am completely in love with the city again after leaving it in my 20's. I also couldn't live without my books, even if they are taking over my life currently!
Who are your mentors, or who is a designer whose work you admire?
I have always admired Axel Vervoordt's work; his sense of history and patina and austerity. I was recently in Madrid and visited the atelier of Lorenzo Castillo which I found to be very chic and inspired in the way he mixed pieces. The whole collection was housed in an old palace that was charmingly rustic, intimate and grand at the same time.
What aspects of your work would you describe as "traditional"?
I am drawn to pieces with classical influences and appreciate the fine workmanship of old-world fabric houses such as Zuber and Fortuny. My work is traditional in the sense that I incorporate antiques and decorative detailing but I am also drawn to the discipline and restraint of modern design.
Did you decorate your childhood room?
I have always had strong opinions about decorating, much to my mother's chagrin. In my favorite room growing up, I chose a hand blocked floral wallpaper with layers upon layers of hydrangeas. Pink, coral and terracota flowers on a dark chocolate back round. I chose an antique pale pink silk spread for the walnut four poster bed and a mahogany cheval mirror. I loved the wallpaper so much that I insisted having it again when we moved.
How do you weave luxury into your design during this recession?
Incorporating a statement piece or two is always a wise investment and especially at this time. Buying a piece that one wants to live with forever, rather than spending money just filling space helps to nourish a sense of security and permanence.
Emma Jane Pilkington Fine Interiors