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Robert Angell

Date published: September 09 2015

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There is a classic sense of heritage and timelessness in his approach to projects

Robert Angell Design International is synonymous with luxury, timeless design. Prior to establishing Robert Angell Design International in 2010, Robert worked alongside David Collins as Creative Director for 15 years. Robert has designed some of the most renowned and prestigious restaurants, bars, hotels, commercial headquarters, residential and retail interiors for many of the world’s leading luxury brands and influencers. “Every design we create is unique to each client” says Robert, “We deliver what is the ultimate luxury interior for them.”  

From initial conception through to completion Robert is fully involved in every part of the design process and is something that he is very passionate about, “we have an individual, unique approach to every client and project. I oversee every project and direct the studio to ensure that every part of it has been considered and designed with the closest attention to detail. Our aim is always to exceed expectations. We want to push the boundaries of luxury design.”

Recent commissions for Marcus Wareing, his two-Michelin starred MARCUS at The Berkeley and his latest venture Tredwell’s saw Robert and his team conceptualise and create everything entirely bespoke to Marcus and his brief. “Everything at MARCUS was created by us” Robert says, “For example all the pale blue leather upholstered chairs with beautiful appliqué contrast studded leather strapping, are from a sketch that I did for Marcus which he loved.” His interiors for Tredwell’s included the design and construction of a bespoke centre-piece clock, made entirely of antique bone-handled knives in reference to Agatha Christie’s, ‘The Seven Dials Mystery’ - the origin of the restaurant’s name and also co-incidentally the location of Tredwell’s in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials.  

Robert finds most of his inspiration from travelling and time spent wondering around antique markets and art and design fairs “I always discover something new or light on a new idea”. 

There is certainly a sense of heritage and timelessness in the studio’s approach to their projects. Their design for the Lime Wood Study at Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire evokes a classic and familiar Britishness. It’s a room where you can go and just lose yourself. “I wanted to create a warm and relaxed room for hotel guests to unwind and it is clever in that the low coffee tables can be rearranged to create a dining height table for anyone who wants to take the room for a different use.” It is this ingenuity that Angell thrives on and where he is at his creative best. Likewise the design for Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill at The Savoy was entirely novel with its intricate sculpted scalloped knit floor design, achieved by using the latest innovative technology to cut the marble. The design also celebrated the particular heritage of the Savoy by creating an exciting ‘Savoy first’ – they designed a bar top drawers which extend so you can sit opposite the person you are with and share oysters and sip champagne at your own personal and individual table.  

Robert’s time with David Collins continues to inspire him, “I still think of him every day and all the time I am designing I have his voice in my head, asking me questions and pushing me forward”. It is a hugely exciting time for Robert Angell Design International with major luxury projects in the pipeline in Baku, a range of projects with leading hotel brand the Maybourne Group as well as various residential projects across Europe. Robert says, “We are always growing and evolving to deliver the next ultimate luxury design. My favourite project is always the next one.”

Designer: Robert Angell

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