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I’m pretty sure Abigail Ahern never succumbed to the Keep Calm and Carry On craze back in the day. (Edit: Okay, I’m partially right; you’ll see her unique version of “Keep Calm” in the images below.) Instead, she is the British interior designer who conquered the world–or at least the internet design world–with her dark rooms, bright touches, and a wire chandelier. Earlier this year, The Telegraph listed Ahern as one of the 10 most influential female British interior designers (along with international design stars like Tricia Guild and Kelly Hoppen). Taking a look at her portfolio, it’s easy to see how she landed on that list:

Too Much is Great

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

As these pictures–all by her husband, photographer Graham Atkins-Hughes, taken from their book, Decorating with Style–show, Ahern seems to go by the philosophy “if a lot is good, too much is great.” She has said she advocates having three focal points in each space so the eye will continually move and find something new. She clearly practices what she preaches. Dark walls, rich colors, tons of stuff–and it all works. I’d ditch the (artificial–she sells them in her shop) flowers and thin the herd of accessories, but the overall aesthetic is terrific.

Hot Pink

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Let it first be known that “hot pink” is something I never thought I’d be typing on Japanese Trash.

Ahern’s previous book, A Girl’s Guide to Decorating, featured her sister Gemma’s home; that’s where these photos–again by Abigail’s husband, Graham Atkins-Hughes–come from. They show her signature dark paint treatments and use of hot pink accents. One of her design tips is to paint shelves the same color as the surrounding walls, and you can see she’s done that in these rooms. I really like the kitchen with those deep blues.

Keep Calm…

Abigail Ahern's take on "Keep Calm". | japanesetrash.com

And here it is… By the way, if you like this style, you should follow Abigail Ahern on Pinterest.

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Does it seem odd for a week devoted to British influence on interior design to kick off with a feature on famed minimalist John Pawson? Were you expecting Union Jacks, Chesterfields and “Keep Calm and Carry On”? Never fear, those are on their way as well; but when I was considering designers to feature this week, John Pawson was a given. Once you see these examples of his work, I think you’ll agree.

Pawson House

Minimalist kitchen by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Baron House

Baron House by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Baron House courtyard by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Baron House living & kitchen by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Baron House living room by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Baron House bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

With Baron House, in southern Sweden, Pawson reimagined and elevated traditional Swedish farm buildings into a compound of minimalist shelters surrounding a central courtyard. Using contrasting textures–rough cobblestones in the courtyard and smooth concrete floors inside, wood and upholstered furnishings, and concrete elements in the bathroom–the result is a feast for the senses.

Get the Wishbone Chair, used by John Pawson in the Baron House, here:

Montemaggio Estate

A Tuscan estate by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Montemaggio Estate's eat in kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

Montemaggio Estate by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

Pawson infused his style into this Tuscan estate, keeping the existing structure–a former monestary–but “regularizing” the form via minor adjustments. Inside, you see minimalist forms executed using exquisite millwork and stone detail. Note the soft light emanating from beneath the floating stone hearth.

The table lamp there on the hearth is reminiscent of the PH 3/2 lamp; here’s the floor lamp version of that:

John Pawson Housewares

John Pawson cookware for Demeyere. | japanesetrash.com

Demeyere cookware. | japanesetrash.com

Tableware by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

When Objects Work | japanesetrash.com

Like many successful designers these days, John Pawson’s influence extends beyond architecture and interiors and into our everyday experiences of home. His tabletop and cookware designs help bring the masterful minimalist feeling of his spaces into your hands.

The Demeyere John Pawson Stainless Steel 6 Piece Cookware Set is available here:

Want to own a distinctive design by British minimalist John Pawson? The Demeyere John Pawson stainless steel cookware set is available here:

Books by John Pawson

Pawson has published a number of books on subjects from how photography inspires him as a designer to eating and entertaining. Here is a selection for you:

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