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9th Jul 2020

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Based in our home base of Notting Hill, Dorin and Coppel is an experienced and exceptional interior design and architecture studio who are at the forefront of bespoke and elegant design. Their impressive portfolio ranges to include unique residential homes, automotive interiors and high-end hospitality. Not afraid to use bold materials, colours and concepts, each project results in a harmony of eclectic, sophisticated and daring design to create one of a kind spaces. Founder and Director Christian Dorin detailed his personal interior design style, how lockdown changed his home and what the future holds for Dorin and Coppel. 

Where is home for you?

Home for me is in Italy, specifically the Le Marche region. Our family moved to the central part of Italy some years ago and ever since it's been a very peaceful place where I can call home.

What does your daily routine look like?

I tend to start with a good breakfast and head to our design studio in Notting Hill. Spending most of the day between projects locally, client meetings or online for our international based developments. I usually end the day at my local tennis club or gym.

What’s the style of your home interiors?
The style of my home is a contemporary Scandinavian / Italian mix, and elements of colour on neutral base.

Where’s your favourite room/spot in your home and why?
My kitchen is without doubt the hub of the house. It goes back to my Italian side where the kitchen is such a key player in the home. It is where we entertain, meet, create and socialise.

Please can you share your top tips for how our readers can easily refresh their interiors for summer?
For the summer it’s all about fresh home decor accessories, large format vases and bringing greenery inside. Indoor plants are a great tip to freshen up for summer and use pastel coloured large format ceramic vases to bring colour too. In West London, Indor sells beautiful large format vases and unique home decor items great to refresh for the summer months.

You’ve got a day to spend at home with no obligations or distractions. What would we find you doing?
You would find me painting. Ever since I was young I have always painted large format landscapes and in recent years with our business taking off this has been one of those activities which has disappeared.

Lockdown caused everyone to spend more time at home than ever, which renewed everyone’s interest in their interiors and gardens. What design changes, if any, did you make to your home or wish you could have made to improve your home environment for this period?

I am fortunate enough to have a garden and ever since the lockdown I spend my time improving our outdoor space and linking this to the interiors of my home. As the world stopped, it brought out new wildlife and plants seemed to grow with more abundance so it really was a great time to get into the garden.

What did you learn from spending so much time at home and what do you think we can all take away from this period?
We have learned a great deal from spending much more time at home and enjoying those things which are close to home and in fact in the home! The importance of home and the environment in which we live is of paramount importance and ever since the lockdown we have noticed a great deal of new clients giving far more importance to their gardens and home interiors than in previous years. It goes without saying that your home environment can be a place of peace and beauty, which can impact on your day to day behaviour and inner feelings.

What exciting projects are you currently working on?
We are designing a very exciting project in Edinburgh, Scotland which involves a large townhouse very close to the American Embassy. The works include a full interior renovation of the Grade I listed townhouse, a modern rear garden house extension and the design of garden landscaping. As with many of our current projects we are working on the architectural, interior design and project management element along with providing the loose furniture, fitted joinery and kitchens from our sister furniture business Indor.

What projects do you have in the pipeline?
Ever since the pandemic we have had a large increase in country home project enquiries based outside of London and we are looking at some interesting proposals in the home counties following a successful project which we completed in Henley-on-Thames last year.

With many more exciting projects yet to be announced, we can't wait to see what's next in store for Dorin and Coppel.