Rose Uniacke is a well-known British designer specialized not only in interior design but also in antique art as well as furniture and lighting designs. Daughter of the well-known antique dealer, the renowned designer found her love for interior design when she started storing furniture with her father. Before being recognized as one of the best antique dealers, Uniacke developed her skills as a furniture restorer, gilder, and specialist in paint and lacquer.
In love for the antique craftsmanship techniques, Rose Uniacke‘s design studio is based in Pimlico, London, and works with some of the best independent craftspeople in the country. Besides being the creative hub for the renowned designer and her team, this incredible space is also an incredible design showroom where some of her latest work is showcased.
Whether she is creating a unique residential design or an incredible commercial project, the renowned designer always tries to get to know her clients, in order to understand their needs and preferences. Recognized for her minimalistic approach, Rose Uniacke‘s interiors always reflect some details of her personal aesthetic preferences, such as her predilection for light, air and space; her pursuit of both simplicity and refinement; her emphasis not only on restraint but also on softness; and the importance she attaches to materials and to texture.
Currently married to David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter films, Rose became known to a wider public after taking over the decorating job of Beckham’s house previously given Kelly Hoppen. With a history in the world on antiques and passionated about the modern style, the renowned designer is an expert when it comes to combining the old and the new in their fabulous design projects. This incredible combination, that can take you back in time, truly represents Rose’s incredible signature style as an interior designer and curator.
In 2013, Rose Uniacke won the Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Award, often described as the Oscar of the interior design world. “Rose is a remarkable talent, charting a route utterly distinct to her. Her austere interiors hum with the atmosphere; every corner is an essay in balance, restraint and exquisite quality”, said Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year Award 2013. Considered “The Queen of Serene” by The Sunday Times, Uniacke’s inspiring design approach are filled with warmth, weightlessness, character and an extraordinary serenity.
With amazing interior design projects spread throughout the country, Rose Uniacke created some especial interiors for several clients, like the Goodwin House Project. The house was originally built by E.W. Godwin between 1878-1879 for Frank Miles, a society portraitist, and friend of Oscar Wilde.
The current homeowners wanted to keep its history but also wanted to create a home appropriate for a busy, modern family. Using the wealth of archive material as a starting point, Rose peeled away the layers and additions, restoring the spaces purity, architectural integrity, and authentic spirit whilst delivering a fresh timeless quality and new functionality.
The interior design Jo Malone Headquarters is another of Rose Uniacke‘s most famous projects. Jo Malone commissioned Rose to design their global headquarters which was a Regency townhouse, in central London, comprising offices, a generous drawing-room, a room for large meetings and a smaller, cozier garden room for more intimate gatherings.
A luxury fragrance and lifestyle company, for which Rose Uniacke has created a fresh, light, airy interior that is both peaceful and uplifting. It is a space that is understated yet characterful, with some dramatic details and distinctive, high-quality antiques. The definition of understated luxury, it pays subtle homage to the 18th-century grandeur of the townhouse in which the offices are located.
When questioned about her style icon, Rose Uniacke considers Eugian Errázuriz, pioneer of the modern style a real inspiration. She was one step ahead of her time, stripping greatness out of interiors at a time where the design was unheard. Errázuriz was also mentored to Jean-Michel Frank, who said he owed everything he did to her. Late in life, she became a lay nun, outfitted in a plain black habit designed by another minimalist, Coco Chanel. Uniacke considers her simplicity a true work of art.
Her amazing interiors and bespoke homeware collection have been published in several worldwide famous design magazines, such as The World of Interiors, House & Garden, interior designer, Country Life, Living, etc, Architectural Digest, Elle Decoration Country, LuxDeco, among others.
Rose Uniacke recently exhibited at this Summer’s Masterpiece 2019, in the grounds of London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea. In case you didn’t know Masterpiece is widely acknowledged as the World’s most prestigious international cross-collecting fair for furniture, art, design, and jewelry.
Surrounded by the many exceptional collections, Rose’s stand typified her ethos of juxtaposing and arranging the very finest antique objects and furniture in a thoughtful, contemporary way. Curated across diverse time periods and geographies, her selection this year was centered around a free composition of Ceramic Briquettes by Pierre Digan, framed by sumptuously upholstered Cedar Velvet walling from the RU Fabric Range.
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