Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler was founded in the 1930s and is the longest established interior decorating firm in Great Britain, as well as one of the most respected. Its reputation for work of the highest quality remains unchallenged. The company’s current generation of designers have over 150 years of collective experience between them, and are as practised at creating 21st century interiors as they are at working on historic buildings.
The company’s reputation is not confined to the British Isles. There is demand for the designers’ very particular skills and experience world-wide, and even in Great Britain many of the projects carried out are for international clients. The client list (resolutely confidential) includes royalty and celebrities, businessmen and women, bohemians, and many in between.
The majority of commissions are private and residential, ranging from some of Britain’s most notable stately homes to modern city apartments, from ranches in America to ski chalets in Europe and tropical beach houses in the Caribbean. Boardrooms, restaurants, yachts and private jets add occasional variety to the mix.
The seven interior decorators, each with a support team, all work independently and have distinctive areas of expertise – and also have the great advantage of being able to exchange knowledge with one another when necessary. Clients have a choice of which designer they feel is right for them, knowing that all of them work to the same high standards.
Clients find that collaborating on a project with their designer can be both enjoyable and rewarding. Whether their taste is classic or cutting edge, they can be confident that the project is being tailored, with great attention to detail, to suit their individual requirements. The end result will not only be beautiful to look at and deeply comfortable – subtle, unobtrusive luxury is taken for granted – but also, crucially, entirely personal.