About Us

Robert London Design is a design studio founded by Robert Thake in 2016, specialising in three main areas: interior design, space planning and furniture design.

The team create beautiful, practical and intuitive interior design solutions for residential, retail and hospitality clients. Above all, their work is responsive to the unique needs and requirements of the people who will be using the spaces created. With an emphasis on use, longevity and honesty in materials and configurations, each design is sensitive to location and context. The Robert London process is defined by efficient coordination and open communication with their clients, and services can be incorporated at any stage of the build, from pre-planning through to furniture specification and installation.

The team are space planning specialists. For their work to be successful, it is crucial that they have a detailed understanding of the way a home is used, and the process starts with having an in-depth conversation with the client. By listening, asking questions and observing how the space behaves and is used, they can create highly bespoke solutions that respond to the needs of a family, couple or individual, as well as to the nuances of the property itself. The team consider the unique ways in which each of their clients live, their individual requirements and priorities, and respond with highly personalised design solutions that are sensitive to the context.

Robert London also designs bespoke furniture and joinery for its clients. Our foremost preoccupations when designing objects are proportion, use, longevity and relationship to space. The team takes an intuitive approach to creating beautiful, purposeful furniture pieces which respond to the spaces they inhabit and the people they serve. They collaborate with small scale fabricators who align with their commitment to honesty, care and rigour in construction processes and materials. These values are present in every object they create.

What services do you provide?

Interior Design, Space Planning, Bespoke Furniture Design and Production

How would you describe your style?

"We create beautiful, practical, intuitive interiors which respond to our clients’ unique needs and requirements, as well as to each project’s original setting. Visual harmony, consistency and flow are very important to us, as is using natural, hardwearing materials that improve with age and use."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"We recently completed the renovation of a semi-detached house over four floors in west London, bringing minimal tones and a calming natural palette to a spacious Edwardian family home.

We approached the project with detailed consideration to the configuration of the space and how the family would use it. Rather than proposing an oversized rear extension which would draw activity to the back of the building, we looked at the home as a whole, designing a balanced scheme to create flow throughout the home. 

In the bespoke kitchen, a carefully proportioned glazed extension sensitively aligns with the original architecture, while bringing natural light, connection to the garden, and a contemporary feel. Also on the ground floor are dining and living rooms, and a snug which acts as an informal TV room for the children.

The entire first floor was reconfigured to create a series of spacious, comfortable rooms with a grown-up focus. The master bedroom opens on to a full-size double dressing room and a spacious en-suite bathroom with tadelakt walls, a large walk-in shower, and freestanding bathtub. A study, equipped for home working, is accessible from the hall. Two children’s bedrooms and a guest room can be found on the second floor, along with a family bathroom.

The basement provides a playful space for family time and entertaining, with a cinema area, built-in bar, and access to the garden. A utility room, wine store, and further living space can also be found in this area.

Responding to our client’s preference for a clean Scandinavian aesthetic, timber flooring was prioritised over carpet. A neutral, pared-back colour scheme runs throughout the home, and furniture was selected from sources such as B&B Italia and Benchmark. We created bespoke joinery for the home office and wardrobes, as well as a one-of-a-kind dining table. We also designed an elegant balustrade which runs throughout the house.

We wanted to unify the look and feel of the house and create a harmonious environment, which meant giving equal consideration to major interventions like the glazed extension as to the finer details, such as the period mouldings and architrave, and the naturalistic lighting scheme. Peace and consistency were key themes to our approach."

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