Interior Imaginings: Our First Foray Into Furniture
When the art dealer Robin Katz introduced Le Monde Beryl’s Lily Atherton Hanbury to Abel Sloane, the antiques specialist behind the London-based interior design practice 1934, the similarly-minded aesthetes’ conversation quickly evolved from sourcing interior touches for Le Monde Beryl’s Belgravia showroom to designing their own. Soon enough, the next addition to the Le Monde Beryl universe—furniture—was well underway. After all, as Atherton Hanbury told the Financial Times, “When you try on our shoes, you need a chair to sit on.”
Inspired by the ancient Egyptian decor—from thrones and scrolls to stone engravings—found in the galleries of the British Museum, the made-to-order collection includes a daybed, which is hand-engraved with the sacred lotus flower (an ancient Egyptian symbol of rebirth), and a pharaonic chair, the base of which nods to an ancient Egyptian design practice of carving furniture legs with the shape of a lion’s paw, say, or a heavy bull’s hooves. “I liked the idea of recreating the animal feet in a simplified way,” said Sloane, who enlisted Simon Harlow of Silo Design and Build to weld his clean-lined creations with burnished aluminum, a metal known for its durability and recyclability. Pale pink linen and rich velvet cushions provide the finishing flourish.