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Back in July when normal people were thinking about summer the HGD studio turned their thoughts to Christmas, launching a competition in the studio to find a bauble design to decorate the Showroom for festive season. The idea was to create a decoration in the signature Helen Green Design style – timeless and elegant with understated glamour – with playful festive touches. While all were beautiful – merit went to a bauble made from delicately detailed silks folded to create an orb – not all fulfilled the specifications! The winning entry was selected by Design Director Natalia and on a rainy afternoon in early November the team gathered together with champagne and mince pies to start the production of the HGD 2015 Christmas decoration!
The finished effect was a Christmas tree decorated in rust hues with accents of petrol blue to complement the showroom scheme. Brushed copper baubles sit alongside the HGD decorations to give greater depth to the decorations and crystal drops add a little sparkle. At Helen Green Design we have long been an admirer of ‘at home’ bars; many of our projects feature bespoke pieces which serve as the backdrop to a civilised cocktail hour. From the Collection, the Manhattan Cocktail Cabinet is a nod to an altogether different era of elegance; it is the perfect statement piece for any home looking to bring a touch of glamour to an entertaining area. No bar is complete without beautiful glassware – cut crystal for sophistication – an array of bottles in unusual shapes and striking colours to add interest and a cocktail shaker.
Bottle openers, cocktail jiggers and straws will add a playful touch while agate coasters and crisp linen cocktail napkins give a sense of occasion. Warm metallics will soften the utilitarian feel of a bar cart; accessories in copper or brass will also add glamour.
We like to use small arrangements of fresh seasonal flowers or bowls of citrus fruit to add a bright pop of colour. The drinks trolley in the HGD Christmas showroom, complete with our favourite Pol Roger champagne! This beautiful nursery in our Garden House London project is our room of the month for July. The delicately neutral colour palette has a calming effect in the room, bought to life with hints of pink and touches of copper; we used a palette of dusty pinks to keep the space from feeling overly feminine.
Additional accessories such as an oversized ball foot stool and the chevron rug bring further fun elements to the nursery. Incorporating soft textures – silk, velvet and cashmere – ensures the nursery is a comfortable and relaxing space for both parents and baby.
Consisting of three push catch drawers, the bold elegant shape works well in any bedroom, contemporary or classic.
The Thallo Chest of Drawers is part of the Helen Green Design Collection which can be viewed in full here. To celebrate the third annual Dog Day at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Helen Green Design was on hand with some little helpers! A day of canine fun for pooches (and their owners!), the event was held to raise awareness – and funds – for the fantastic charity, Medical Detection Dogs. On the hottest day of the year, guests were treated ice cold champagne and a delicious afternoon tea of dainty sandwiches and miniature scones and clotted cream.
Design Director Natalia Miyar entered the competition for ‘Perkiest Pooch’ with team mascot, Maxi who won best in class.
The Helen Green Design studio had designed some fun paw print dog toys, which were sold on the day with the proceeds going towards Medical Detection Dogs. Helen Green Design proudly sponsored the best in class category for ‘Dog with the Waggiest Tail’; with so many eager entrants, Natalia had her work cut out choosing a winner. The fair, which brings together collectors, curators, patrons and exhibitors from around the world, is overseen by committees of independent experts specialising in everything from cartography and furniture to jewellery and ceramics; these influential specialists assess each piece destined for the fair to reassure buyers and collectors alike of their authenticity. Degas sculptures, Picasso prints and jewels from some of the oldest maisons in the world sit alongside contemporary works of art; the fair is open to the public as well as collectors and there is something for everyone. To some it is an exhibition and an opportunity to see some of the finest antiquities and objet d’art from around the world. For the Helen Green Design team, it is an opportunity to source collectibles for clients and to visit the fabulous Faberge Salon, home to HGD Collection pieces for the week. Faberge have unveiled the first of a one of a kind set of objet d’art masterpieces ‘Four Seasons Eggs’ which launched exclusively at Masterpiece.
A pair of Robsjohn Gibbins slipper chairs sit gracefully at the entrance of the Gordon Watson Gallery; their dusty pink velvet upholstery a perfect complement to their elegant walnut frames. The Gordon Watson Gallery pays homage to exquisite 20th century design with their space offering an expertly curated collection of furniture and objects. Robert Goossens was a jewellery maker and silversmith of the 20th century who worked extensively with some of the most esteemed French fashion houses collaborating on haute couture collections. The design team maintained many of the original period features – including the cornicing and fireplace – and updated the room with contemporary bathroom furniture; the oval bath complementing the clean finish of the marble.

As a naturally occurring material, marble can vary greatly in appearance; to achieve the finish in this bathroom, our team of interior architects travelled to Italy to hand select the stone which was all cut from one piece of marble for consistency. Complementary wall colours and pared back accessories make the marble an understated commanding feature of the room while its pale tone gives the space an uplifting feel.
The crisp lines of the floating vanity and recessed lighting add further contemporary touches to the room which are in turn softened by the addition of an occasional chair; an elegant nod to ‘liveable luxury’. Metallics are an effortless way to introduce a sophisticated appeal to a room; warmer tones like brass, rose gold and copper add contemporary glamour while nickel, steel and silver are more subtle in creating a cooler modern edge. In this bedroom, embellished gold cushions are balanced by muted pewter grey and silver toned textiles. The crisp white of this elegant room is made warmer with the addition of gold details, further complemented by swathes of yellow fabric; warm lighting softens the space enhancing the metallic tones. In this bedroom and reception room, metallics have been used to create bespoke features; unusual golden fret work flanks the oversized headboard creating contrast and a bespoke panel in burnished copper is used to conceal a television whilst adding interesting texture to the space. The reflective nature of the delicately patterned silver wall covering is perfectly offset by the bold colour of the headboard which gives a warm lustre to the room. Gold tones also feature throughout the Helen Green Design Collection; seen here, the gilt metal legs of the Juno Centre Table which contrast with the stunning pale grey veneer to striking effect. Our second wallpaper collection was created following the success of collection one and to provide a paper alternative to our first collection of hand painted silk wall coverings.
To view the full wallpaper collection take a look online here or pop in and take a look around our Chelsea showroom. Summer is on its way which has us thinking about outdoor spaces; if you are a Londoner this means roof terraces, courtyards and balconies. We love this compact Belgravia courtyard hidden in our Grand House project; a sanctuary from the bustling city, the ultimate sun trap for balmy summer days and our Room of the Month for May. Seen above left in our Betula finish with gold trim, above right in our Oro finish with pearl trim and below again in the Betulla finish but with pearl trim.
The Luna Bedside Table is part of the Helen Green Design Collection which can be viewed here.
This contemporary living area created from a soft tonal palette of blues and greys is the perfect room in which to relax. The tranquil backdrop of the palette contrasts with and enhances the touches of bronze seen on the bespoke panelled cabinet cleverly concealing the television; the texture of the panel adding generous depth to the room. Enriching these aged bronze tones and giving the room warmth, the fireplace is important for the welcoming feel it creates. Oversized bespoke coffee tables, with an overlapping step detail in burnt walnut and graduated antique gold gilding, compliment and add glamour to the space. Deep seated and sumptuous velvet and wool sofas are complimented by luxurious cashmere throws and fur cushions which keep the room feeling relaxed yet sophisticated; the very interpretation of ‘liveable luxury’ which lies at the core of every project. Today, Laure oversees the quality and integrity of all bespoke and collectible furnishings in each project. In the studio, Laure works with the designers, guiding them in everything from how to scale a piece of furniture to which fabric to use on an upholstered chair.
A crucial and particularly interesting part of Laure’s day to day job is the sourcing of antiques and collectibles by scouring auctions, liaising with galleries and visiting PAD.
Arriving in London as a student, Laure had planned to stay for a year but finds herself still in London 20 years later having established herself at Helen Green Design amidst the thriving London Interior Design scene. Seen here upholstered in our very own HGD Collection ‘Grove’ fabric, the panama weave of the linen adds texture and the contrasting piping gives a more tailored feel, all the while retaining the characteristic Helen Green style.
The Vogue Sofa can be upholstered in any fabric making it versatile and fitting for either a classic or contemporary room.
This past weekend, the British interior design world was plunged into sadness due to the death of designer Helen Green. Helen herself had been battling cancer for several years, and sadly leaves behind a husband and two young children. I found out about her death yesterday morning, and subsequently opted to postpone the post I had planned for today.
She was warm, friendly and very easy going with the subject to the show and her collection. Helen Green, one of our most distinguished graduates who went on to found the Helen Green Design Studio, tragically died very young in 2012. In conjunction with Helen Green Design, Inchbald has inaugurated the Helen Green Memorial Prize.
I wanted to say first and foremost how much I enjoyed the past year at Inchbald, and how much I have learnt from the experience. Jacqueline Duncan spent this morning at the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea Park and was interested to see that decoration appears to have overtaken the public interest in antiques. The result was an array of decorations which drew inspiration from elements of the HGD Collection; a glass bauble with sparkly Juno Weave detailing and an origami flower fashioned out of Collection wallpaper were among the designs.

The decoration was made from  HGD Collection wallpapers, trimmed in contrasting metallic grosgrain and hung by a golden ribbon. These accessories add a youthful element to the space but can easily be switched out as a child grows.
The world map, created using magnetic paint, allows locations to be added in an educational way; a nod to the globetrotting lifestyle of the clients. Available in a variety of finishes including betula, classic and oro with a gold or pearl trim. Home to the famous Chelsea Pensioners it is also the setting for one of the world’s most glamorous art and antiques fairs, Masterpiece London. For others there is the excitement of discovery with collectors snapping up priceless works of art; last year over ?100m traded hands over the course of the week. Drawing inspiration from these objet d’art as well as their ‘Secret Garden’ collection, the Salon was adorned with peacocks and flowers in the brightest jewel hues. A Paul Belvoir mirror – in bronze and rock crystal – is selected for a client project by the design team. The dedication to quality and craftsmanship involved in each piece means the atelier produce no more than 10 per year, each as unique and rare as the next.
Beyond these collaborations however, he is notable for his collection of decorative objects – chandeliers, mirrors, frames – which all use and draw inspiration from rock crystal, wheat sheaves, coral and gold plated bronze (mirror pictured). The same Carrara marble is used throughout, honed on the floor and polished on the walls giving the room a seamless and sophisticated look. The bed throw complements the wall covering adding further depth while contrasting with the gold accents of the lamps and bedside tables.
Another successful collaboration with Fromental resulted in a collection of five new wallpapers including the popular Victor.
This is a particularly popular piece within the Helen Green Design Collection and is often used by our design team.
She works with quality suppliers throughout Europe, fostering relationships and forging new ones when sourcing the latest items, for which she travels extensively visiting fairs including Decorex and Maison et Objet.
Daily meetings with the team ensure that every detail is produced to the exacting standards for which HGD is known.
She now travels between London and her apartment overlooking Parc des Buttes Chaumont in Paris and is currently designing 2 new pieces for the Helen Green Design Collection; stay tuned for further news! It has been revitalised with shallow tufting and stuffed over upholstery giving it a crisp, more structured look.
Helen was an award-winning designer whose company gained international acclaim since being set up ten years ago. Instead, I thought I’d share some of my favourite images from her portfolio, which show just why this designer was such a driving force on the UK scene.
She was passionate about the structure and educational support of the Interior Design Profession and before she died she started the Helen Green Design Foundation to encourage those wishing to make interior design their career.
I am currently interviewing for a project management position at Savills, which will expose me to the entire scope of developing and managing property.
Here at Inchbald we understand the hesitation felt by those embarking on a new career and the move into such a creative profession is bound to intensify these feelings.
The combination of finishes gives this piece a bespoke feel and emulates the Helen Green Design ethos of liveable luxury. His two children continue their father’s vision today and the atelier continues to garner loyalty with the world’s finest design and fashion houses as well as private clients searching for unique pieces for their homes. Although separate, the effect of the continuous marble clad walls into the shower and WC makes the bathroom seem even more spacious. There is a greater focus on the artistry and craftsmanship of furniture and having an original piece by an important designer is the jewel in the crown for many clients. Her signature look mixes modern and traditional elements seamlessly, usually with a sophisticated neutral palette and always with glamorous overtones. A real shock to hear that she is no longer with us and unable to share her inspiration with us. This is where HGD really can add value, we offer more than just an Interior Design Service”. Laure works very closely with Natalia Miyar, HGD’s Design Director in delivering this service which ensures Helen Green’s own vision of excellence is maintained.
Pendant lights give the effect of the courtyard as another room, adding atmosphere at night time.

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