Celia Sawyer is the perfect example of a powerful and successful businesswoman. She started her own small project 25 years ago, she went on to design residential properties in London, now in its 20th year designing luxury residential homes, superyachts, aviation, commercial properties and projects in the leisure industry worldwide. Today, Modern Chandeliers brings you an inside look at the amazing project. If you want to know more, check out this exclusive interview with the designer!
Celia Sawyer is so much more than an interior designer: Entrepreneur, TV personality, style icon, property developer, dealer, and businesswoman. As a dealer both on and off the big screen, she became one of the four dealers in the TV program “Four Rooms” and, following her success, she went on to become the host of the factual prime-time, entertainment show for BBC One “Your Home in their Hands”, which debuted September 2014.
She is the winner of the Inspirational Woman of the Year 2013 Award and was named in the Top 100 Most Influential British Entrepreneurs and Top 250 Most Powerful Women Leaders. Her passion and dedication are completely transcendent and visible in every design aesthetic, creating spirited environments and inspirational projects like this bold contemporary luxurious interior.
Set in the amazing view of Dubai’s landscapes, this apartment interior design is for a high calibre VIP. With extraordinaire use of black and golds, completely corresponding to the demands of what to expect from the characteristics opulent interior design aesthetic of Dubai.
The client’s brief was to create a very dramatic statement in the main reception area, with a slightly masculine feel, but with softened areas so that it didn’t look too hard and austere. Celia used a lot of gold accessories, and textures to soften things up, and with the entrance into the main reception, created lightboxes to show off the client’s crystal. As the reception walls and floors were to be very dark, she also used plenty of mirrors, created the screening around the piano area, to reflect the outside, and also strips of the mirror on the back wall of the room for interest. For Celia, lighting was very important and, in such a black and intense room, the lighting had to be one of the eye-catching pieces.
“Lighting was very important and it really needed to ooze luxury and glamour, the chandeliers and wall lights were to be our “star” pieces… works of art in themselves. I also mirrored the ceiling above the piano area so that the chandelier would reflect into it creating pools of light and drama.” – Celia Sawyer
The client wanted to see how Stephen Cawston’s work would sit in his home, as it is called “Shahin” and is an Arab gentleman on an Arabian horse, with a bird of prey on his arm, of course, covered in 24-carat gold. Stephen leaned the golden skeleton masterpiece for the project and for the shoot, and for the client to see it in situ. In the center of the living area, right above is a lavish and grandiose Empire Chandelier. A piece with a striking and eye-catching appearance, a masterpiece with an extravagant shape, transforming the living room into a stunning scenario and creating an exclusive atmosphere.
A bit more discrete, but still merging with the gold hues from all the living room and with a more down to earth exuberance are the little accessories and case goods, that complete the overall look, but are still very subtle compared to the exuberance of all the lighting, crystals and mirrors used in the project. Refined lines and with elegant geometric aesthetic, the side and center table along with the sofa provide a more sober look to a room filled with awing pieces.
Every mixture of colors was thought to the millimeter, having the gold standing out, either from the lighting, the statue or simply in the crack of the sideboard, demanding the attention to it. Besides answering the client’s needs, Celia also put much of her own personality into this project. Strength. Vivid. Emotional. The qualities are visible in this project but also in Celia herself. Noticeable in every little detailed of the composition on the project, more than her taste it’s able to get a taste of her own inspiring personality.
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