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The best London-based interior designers and studios

Looking to revamp your space with the help of a talented interior designer in London? Check out our curated list of the best designers and studios for inspiration and expert guidance.

Eclectic house by Rachel Chudley
Interiors by Rachel Chudley
The best London-based interior designers and studios
Clara Carlino de Paz
March 24, 2023

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There are few cities as bustling and creative as London. One look at the city’s studios and the beautiful interiors they create, to know the town’s got something special. There are hundreds of studios we’re totally obsessed with, but we’re trying to whittle it down to give you a curated list of our favourites. Whether it’s for inspiration or to work with them or for them, these studios are a sure way to get a stunning, individual interior unlike anything you’ve seen before. As we meet more studios we love, we’ll add them to this list. If you think your studio should be here, send us an email!

Without further ado, here are some of our favourite studios.

Banda Property

Banda is a design company that seeks to achieve a balance between intuitive design and meticulous planning, resulting in a distinctive and enduring style. The company believes that homes should be more than just a place to live and that spaces should be built with love in mind.

Banda's interiors are a fusion of contemporary and timeless elements, transforming ordinary spaces into extraordinary ones. Their designs are just the starting point of the journey when they work with clients.

Banda offers a range of services beyond design. Their skilled project managers have expertise in all aspects of the design and build process, including assessing development potential, concept development, architecture, planning applications, costing, and contracts. Whether collaborating with an existing team or overseeing the entire process in-house, Banda ensures a seamless journey from the initial concept to the final result.

Banda's comprehensive services include architecture, interior design, product design, FF&E procurement, and project management.

Salvesen Graham

Salvesen Graham is a comprehensive design service provider, founded in London by Mary Graham and Nicole Salvesen. Both founders have over 25 years of experience in the design industry and trained with some of the world's top designers, working on residential and commercial projects.

Salvesen Graham creates designs that exude warmth and softness and evoke a sense of retreat from the everyday bustle. The elegance of Georgian England influences their designs, particularly in terms of architecture and furniture. They also draw inspiration from the colourful and intricate chintz designs of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries made specifically for the English export market. To create their designs, Salvesen Graham has developed its own fabric and furniture ranges under The Salvesen Graham Collection.

As professional creatives, Mary and Nicole are focused on creating authentic Future Heritage interiors that are classically beautiful and carefully curated spaces, designed to be stylish and comfortable in the present and in years to come. Their design pedigrees give them a sensitivity to historical and traditional interior schemes, combined with a confident and playful flair for colour and pattern.

Salvesen Graham is currently working on several projects, including a large country house in England, chalets in the Alps, a family home in the USA, and various townhouses in London for both UK and US clients.

All photography for Salvesen Graham by Simon Upton


Retrouvius is a London-based architectural salvage and design company. First founded by Adam Hills and Maria Speake in 1993, this studio had a vision of creating beautiful designs through the innovative use of discarded materials. Their philosophy is centred around the idea of finding value in objects that are often overlooked and underappreciated, and repurposing them in creative and sustainable ways. By salvaging materials that might otherwise end up in landfill, Retrouvius is able to reduce waste and environmental impact while creating unique and beautiful spaces. The company's website showcases a range of projects, including residential and commercial spaces, that demonstrate their expertise in designing with salvaged materials.

Retrouvius offers bespoke design services for clients who are looking for something truly unique. The company's team of experienced designers and craftsmen work closely with clients to create custom pieces and installations that are tailored to their specific needs and aesthetic preferences.

If you’re looking for a smaller commitment than a full project, Retrouvius also operates an online shop that features a range of salvaged materials and vintage items that can be used in design projects. From reclaimed flooring and antique lighting fixtures to salvaged doors and windows, the shop offers a wide range of options for designers and homeowners who are looking for something with character and history.

Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler 

Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler is the longest established interior decorating firm in Great Britain, having been founded in the 1930s. The firm has become synonymous with the English country house aesthetic over nearly a century of operation. The pioneering approach of Sibyl Colefax, which effortlessly mixes old with new and luxurious with humble, is still interpreted today by the firm's seven decorators, who are supported by an architectural interior designer.

The decorators recently moved from their iconic Mayfair showroom, home to Nancy Lancaster’s Yellow Room, to Pimlico Road, heralding a new era for the firm. They are skilled at creating 21st-century interiors as well as working on historic buildings. The firm's commissions range from some of Britain's most notable stately homes to modern city apartments, ranches in America, ski chalets in Europe, and tropical beach houses in the Caribbean. They also work on boardrooms, restaurants, yachts, and private jets for a resolutely confidential client list that includes royalty, celebrities, businessmen and women, bohemians, and many in between.

The seven interior decorators, each with a support team, work independently and have distinctive areas of expertise. They can exchange knowledge with one another when necessary, giving clients the advantage of a team of experts working on their project. Clients can choose the designer they feel is right for them, knowing that all of them work to the same high standards.

Collaborating on a project with one of the firm's designers is both enjoyable and rewarding, according to clients. Whether their taste is classic or cutting edge, clients can be confident that the project is being tailored, with great attention to detail, to suit their individual requirements. The end result is not only beautiful to look at and deeply comfortable, but also entirely personal, with subtle, unobtrusive luxury taken for granted.

Maddux Creative

Maddux Creative is a Peckham-based award-winning design studio, helmed by two creative visionaries - Scott Maddux and Jo Le Gleud. Their incredible partnership has resulted in the formation of one of the most unique and sought-after design studios in the UK.

Known for the studio’s use of colour and eclecticism, Maddux Creative’s distinctive aesthetic can be traced back to Scott Maddux's early career. Shaped by his experimentation with the contrasting styles of maximalism and minimalism, his background undoubtedly influenced his current eccentric approach to design. He honed his craft under the tutelage of renowned interior designer Ann Boyd, with whom he worked on numerous restoration projects for Forte Heritage hotels.

Jo Le Gleud, on the other hand, is a skilled craft expert with a wealth of experience in the fashion industry. She has worked with leading fashion designer Koji Tatsuno, where she perfected her skills as an embroiderer. She is also trained in silversmithing, tailoring and shoemaking, and her unique skill set is instrumental in creating distinctive pieces for Maddux Creative's projects.

The studio's style is a seamless blend of elegance and variety, with each project exuding its own unique charm. Maddux and Le Gleud draw inspiration from a range of sources, including neoclassical architecture and the vibrant fashion of Dries Van Noten. They encourage their clients to embrace the use of colour and texture, believing that history and modernity can coexist and that craftsmanship should always take precedence.

Rachel Chudley

Eclectic. Chic. Totally beautiful. Rachel Chudley is a highly accomplished interior designer, who has honed her craft through academic and practical training, as well as years of experience working for prestigious firms in both the UK and the USA. With a degree from The Courtauld Institute of Art, as well as having attended The Interior Designers Institute, California, Rachel has developed a keen eye for creating visually stunning spaces that incorporate unique combinations of colour and texture.

Throughout her career, Rachel has become widely respected for her innovative and creative approach to interior design, consistently producing interiors that are both functional and visually striking. She has worked for some of the most well-known interior design companies in both the UK and the USA, earning a reputation for her ability to transform even the most challenging of spaces into beautiful, comfortable, and practical living areas.

At Rachel Chudley's studio in East London, a team of talented artists and designers work alongside architects and specialists to ensure that every aspect of a project is thoughtfully considered. Their approach is centred around helping clients to create their ideal living spaces, with a focus on reflecting the personality and quirks of both the environment and its inhabitants. By collaborating closely with clients, Rachel and her team are able to create spaces that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, tailored to the specific needs and desires of the individuals who will be living in them.

Rigby & Rigby

Rigby & Rigby is a London-based design studio with a team of multi-disciplinary professionals who specialise in ultra-luxe design. They offer clients a complete turnkey solution from the initial concept through to the final completion, drawing upon their expertise in development management, architecture, luxury interior design, construction, and private client services. The studio's ultimate aim is to create the most exceptional properties in the world.

As a founding member of the luxury design group Allect, alongside Helen Green Design and Lawson Robb, Rigby & Rigby brings a unique perspective to their work, blending research and development influenced architecture, interior design, and delivery.

At Rigby & Rigby, critical thinking is an integral part of the design process. They understand that every project is unique, and as such, they approach each one with a fresh and analytical perspective. Their focus on critical thinking allows them to consider all aspects of a project, including individual elements of architecture and interior design, to integrate with sophisticated yet usable technology. The end result is a fully resolved and refined interior that is both functional and luxurious.

The team at Rigby & Rigby understands that functionality is just as important as luxury when it comes to creating exceptional living spaces. They believe that great design should be both beautiful and practical, providing seamless integration of form and function. Through critical thinking, they are able to design spaces that not only look stunning but are also tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.

Helen Green Design

Helen Green Design is renowned as one of Britain's foremost luxury interior design practices, proudly serving clients for over two decades. Their dynamic team has built an impeccable reputation for creating elegant, sophisticated, and timeless interiors for private clients around the world, along with prestigious developments and luxury hotel projects.

Currently, Helen Green Design Studio is working on several high-profile projects, including a Lateral Apartment in Knightsbridge, Villa in the Middle East and multiple residences around the world. The studio's ability to deliver exceptional results for clients is founded on their unwavering commitment to providing personalised service that reflects each client's unique needs, tastes, and aspirations.

At Helen Green Design Studio, quality, attention to detail, and an unparalleled understanding of materials and craftsmanship are the hallmarks of their work. By combining contemporary and traditional elements, the team creates interiors that are both functional and beautiful, seamlessly integrating form and function. Their portfolio showcases their ability to create bespoke interiors that are tailored to each client's lifestyle, resulting in exceptional spaces that stand the test of time.

Studio’s Creative Lead Alexandra Jurkiewicz is truly passionate about the design, which is evident in every aspect of her work, from the meticulous attention to detail to the use of the highest quality materials and finishes. With an unwavering focus on creating interiors that are both luxurious and functional, Helen Green Design Studio remains at the forefront of the industry, delivering unparalleled results for their clients.

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