Archive : September 2011

27 Sep 2011
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

Colin Tennant, as the late Lord Glenconner then was, became a legendary figure: the most languid and sardonic of men, tall as a lamp post and dressed even then often in white. I remember first meeting him, perhaps with his uncle Stephen Tennant with whom he shared many characteristics, about the time of Princess Margaret marriage to Tony Armstrong-Jones. Colin had just bought Mustique and gave her a beautiful part of the island to build a house as a wedding present: it seemed generous beyond belief. Luckily, Oliver Messel was on hand as he lived in Barbados, to come and advise on creating this and a dozen or so other beautiful houses. Colin’s own, Beau House, contained many of the things now on sale in Bonhams. His totally idiosyncratic eye accompanied by tart humour, he, along with his beautiful wife Anne, made Mustique a must-go destination. In the mid 80s I remember him coming into my previous showroom in Pimlico and thumbing through references and fabrics and selecting furniture for schemes in Mustique. In the end, as usual, he changed his mind as he so often did, so sadly, I never went to Mustique until much later, after he had transferred his affections to nearby St Lucia.

This sale at Bonhams exemplifies his strange exotic taste, love of the ephemeral and romantic- the most romantic being the silver bed (Lot 73), its trellised head and foot board surmounted by peacocks. But there were precious things too, such as the exquisite celadon Chinese bowl (Lot 24) and the intricately crafted cloisonné incense burner (Lot 161) of the highest Qianlong workmanship.

Fascinating too are many photographs, some possibly by Robert Mapplethorpe, of the astonishing parties and glamorous guests that flocked to Mustique.

Among their friends at the viewing last night were Mustique house owners such as Princess Rupert Loewenstein, Mark and Katie Cecil, Georgie Channon, Chips Channon’s grand-daughter, Brian Alexander who used to be the Chairman of the Mustique company and Colin’s cousin Suzannah Johnston who is determined to bid for the Victorian peeress’s coronet (Lot 16) which belonged to their mutual great grandmother. All these objects displayed Colin’s unique taste and though it’s sad to think of them being dispersed, Colin was in a strange way completely undevoted to possessions, and now, as his vision of Mustique fades into mystique, a new generation can transport these memories back to that Caribbean idyll.

26 Sep 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director
Just a few of our incredible team…who have worked so hard and enthusiastically….thank you thank you…with much love, as always.

23 Sep 2011
avatar Author: NH Design

The countdown has begun……………

 Decorex draws closer and the NH Design team are working overtime to complete the spectacular entrance as envisaged by Nicky.  Decorex opens on Sunday 25th September and will be open to trade from 10am. Those who are unable to visit, here is a small preview for NH Design blog followers. More pictures will follow!

20 Sep 2011
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

Yesterday Colette and I went to Claridge’s for the unveiling of the House of Worth Couture Lingerie.

We were amazed at the most stunning collection designed by Giovanni Bedin, young, French, and handsome, and the in-house designer for Worth, the legendary Parisian maison de couture house, most famous for its classic scent  Je Reviens, Giovanni has, for this season, created incredible soi disant lingerie,  made entirely of lace and trembling bows and rosettes of velvet stiffened with whale bone, but as Colette said she would want to wear any one of these exquisite frou-frous  to go out pour une soiréeavec les shorts tres tres miniscule ‘-typical Colette- she is French-Canadian after all!

This season Giovanni has also added ravishingly beautiful dresses in shades of smoky black and ivory white. One dress that particularly caught our eye was a full length black lace and cobweby net column, the net overskirt haphazardly strewn with black burrs, as it you had run through a midnight glade. Unfortunately this amazing spectacle was for only one day but it will be in Browns any minute. Je will Reviens many many times to see them and I’m certain you will to.

20 Sep 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

It’s gettin’ hot in here…