Philippa Devas is at the helm of Devas Designs, and we are delighted to highlight her work in today’s Designer Spotlight. Philippa trained at Colefax & Fowler and at Chester Jones before starting her own firm in 1998. Philippa is renowned for her exceptional use of art within interiors, whether it be a London townhouse or country cottage. As she says herself, ‘decoration should be a backdrop for works of art.’
The photograph shown above is from one of our favourite projects by Philippa because of its impeccable use of antique furniture within a home featuring plenty of traditional architectural details. The parcel gilt chairs bring out the gilding on the rococo mirror above the fireplace, while a charming lacquered cabinet on stand can be seen in the corner.
Another room in the same house shows more thoughtfully selected antique furniture amongst a collection of Old Master drawings. The richness of the mahogany commode with its marquetry detail works well with the various framed pictures.
In this cosy library with its fireplace blazing, the rich burgundy walls serve as the perfect backdrop for the baroque giltwood mirror and mahogany tub chairs with caned backs.
And last but not least, we wanted to share one our favourite projects by Philippa: a carefully restored antique dollhouse that perfectly recreates a Georgian interior. The dollhouse dates to the late 18th or early 19th century, and the miniature furniture within the house is decorated with the same degree of attention and care as a full-scale project. The Zoffany toile de Jouy in the bedroom is charming, as is the upholstered wing chair in the sitting room. To read a full article on the dollhouse featured in House & Garden Magazine from December 2016, click here.
We are looking forward to seeing Philippa’s upcoming projects, and in the meantime, we follow her on Instagram here to see what art and design has caught her eye.