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BRAHM, the creative sibling of Belgravia rentals giant Henry & James, intend to revolutionise London's residential lettings sector utilising the talents of an everchanging group of Britain's hottest young interior designers and architects. Neisha Crosland, her sister Charlotte and Allegra Hicks are among the individuals chosen to create the sumptuous interiors.
Neisha trained in textiles at the Royal College of Art in Kensington and was then hired by Osbourne & Little. Now in business for herself, her range includes everything from wallpaper, paint and cushions, to stationery and handbags. Her lush tactility and her attention to detail have been translated into a dramatic and sophisticated apartment.
Allegra's apartment echoes her fashion collections making full use of exquisite fabrics, textures and subtle colours. The overall effect emphasises the space and light of the property without overwhelming its period charm.
Masterminding this wealth of talent is Pierre, son of Henry Brahm, a pioneer of post-war property letting in Belgravia and Chelsea. His loyal clientele included icons such as Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Shrimpton and Catherine Deneuve. While prepared to take the risk on hell-raiser Peter O'Toole, Henry famously turned down The Beatles, believing they would trash his elegant apartments. Last year, Pierre decided that the time was ripe to launch something utterly unique to recapture the glamorous, design-conscious clientele who have been drifting away from private lettings and towards boutique hotels or short-term purchasing solutions. The glitterati will no doubt be very grateful.
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A striking observation A specially commissioned tapestry has been woven at the West Dean Tapestry Studio to celebrate the life of Garry Weston, 1928-2002. The weaving has been placed in Weston House, a temporary home for parents of long-stay children in the Great Ormond Street hospital. The home’s recent refurbishment was made possible through the generosity of the Garfield Weston Foundation.
The Weston Tapestry is a collaborative work by artists from the Slade School of Fine Art and West Dean College. The starting point was a piece of text based on observations collected by Taiseer Shelhi in Queen Square and gardens close to the hostel. John Aiken, Pat Taylor and Taiseer Shelhi worked together on the project arranging the hand written text in the form of a flat spiral. A quiet palette of smoky greys and cream was selected to off set the dynamic qualities of the spiral; an optimistic and inclusive motif that best reflects Garry Weston's qualities of generosity and modesty.
The West Dean tapestry was installed in Weston House in March 2005. www.westdean.org.uk/tapestrystudio