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13 architecture and interior design should work seamlessly together in order to deliver the best end result. We are currently managing the complete design and build for several projects including a townhouse in Mayfair and country mansion on the outskirts of London. Its complex and a lot of hard work but seeing the end result always makes it worth it. The team at Oliver Burns is truly international. Carol Seikaly Ward one of your interior architects has Arabic as her native language and is a specialist in the conservation of cultural heritage. Is this a growth area for Oliver Burns Our client base is international so we feel that having a mixed team really allows us to appreciate individual cultural preferences. We have designers who have worked in the Middle East Dubai Malaysia and Singapore. First and foremost we look for exceptional talent and expertise but this often comes from designers who have worked in different countries around the world before coming to the UK. We have worked on a number of period properties to date so for us its an added advantage that Carol has a wealth of expertise in heritage buildings. The art market is playing a bigger part in the prime property market as owners seek to present their properties in the best light. Are you seeing this trend in the work you are undertaking Yes I would say its a long term trend. Art and sculpture continue to play a key role in the homes we design. Sometimes we design around a key piece a client already owns and other times we hand-pick the artwork for them. Most of the artwork and sculpture we selected for Walpole Mayfair was sold with the home. The super-prime owner has moved away from gold and glitter and is looking for a bespoke products from cabinets to lighting. This is encouraging the resurgence of craftsmen. Are you supporting these innovative suppliers and young designers It is true that tastes are becoming more understated and elegant as the trend moves away from conspicuous consumption and overt displays of wealth. Without a doubt one of the main ways to realise a clients aspirations for their home is through incorporating bespoke pieces. Increasingly we are designing individual features ourselves from lighting through to cabinetry. We regularly use British craftsmanship to make these pieces because it contributes to making the interiors genuinely special. You have a bespoke approach to property. A client can ask you to find a home obtain the necessary planning consents and use your interior architects and interior designers. Are you seeing a growth in the turnkey solution We offer clients a full turnkey service from sourcing property designing and building it through to handing them the keys to their completed home. They can select any one of our services or all of them. We are definitely seeing an increase in clients wanting us to manage the whole project. Our clients are extremely busy individuals with international schedules so it makes sense that they have one company to oversee everything. It also means they only have one key point of contact for their project which is a huge advantage. How would you describe your own home and what has inspired you Modern classic with a twist. We are currently redesigning our own house and the end result will be very elegant and timeless whilst at the same time a very liveable home. However we try not to be too serious and are quite happy to add in some quirky pieces especially in the rooms my young son occupies such as his bedroom and playroom. Which is your favourite shopping destination and your favourite restaurant Sirocco in Bangkok which is an outdoor restaurant on the top of Thailands second tallest building. The food and views are amazing and they have live jazz music which really adds to the atmosphere. My favourite shopping place is Capri in Italy. It has fantastic shops lining cobbled streets from fashion to art and collectables. What do you do to relax You are pretty much on call 24 hours a day in this business so I try to spend all my spare time with my family. For more information on Oliver Burns please visit www.oliverburns.com