Design Services
1508 London
Established experts in interior design and architecture

1508 London was born from design. The name 1508 is the year that the Pope at the time invited the great and good of the design world to pitch for the commission of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and an unknown artist called Michelangelo turned up with a pencil and drew a perfect circle free hand. The Pope was so impressed that he commissioned him to paint the ceiling of the chapel. Accordingly, all of 1508’s designs have a story around them, and a reason for being.

 

The practice was established around 12 years ago, working mainly with private clients in London. As the company expanded its expertise has developed, and now the team also works on residential developments, hospitality projects and yachts. However, the way each project is developed is completely unique and bespoke. To best assist clients abroad, 1508 London opened an office in Dubai in 2018; more recently, offices have also been added in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Sao Paulo and North America.

We invest a lot of time in understanding our clients’ every need in order to best tailor a design to meet their exacting specifications

The ethos at 1508 London is what makes it stand out from the competition. ‘We are an open, expansive company not led by one design style,’ confirms CEO, Stuart Horwood. ‘We invest a lot of time in understanding our clients’ every need in order to best tailor a design to meet their exacting specifications.’ There is huge strength and experience within the senior team, with eight design principles, so each client can expect a tailored interior scheme and dedicated attention.

 

In addition, the practice has a collaborative philosophy. To define the look and feel of each project, three different parameters are considered. The first of these is the vision: the company endeavours to provoke a distinctive brief that drives any overarching concept. The second is the sense of place, where the team considers the proportion, form, order, symmetry and materiality in the site context. Finally, there’s the transformational opportunity which is when the design team interprets the brief and delivers the client’s vision.

‘We have worked on projects all over the world which look completely different one to another, from traditional to contemporary and everything in-between,’ says partner, Hamish Brown. ‘However, if we analyse the common threads in all our projects, it would be quality of materials, the attention to the details and immersing ourselves in the local vernacular and culture, but most of all, in our clients.’ Working exclusively with private clients remains the foundation of the studio and the practice is currently working on the design of an important historical town house in London, an incredible property in Reykjavík and villas in the South of France and Italy.

1508 London’s dedicated team also has a wealth of experience designing larger scale projects such as the Raffles Residences at the OWO (the Old War Office), a landmark in London, the Four Seasons Resort in the Middle East, and the Rosewood in Doha which will be ready for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Its most recently completed project is the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge, along with its flagship restaurant, Al Mare. The company was involved from concept to completion, appointed to bring its exceptional vision and design expertise to the architecture, interior design and FF&E of the full hotel and public spaces.

1508 London 7 Howick Place, London, SW1P 1BB +44 (0)20 7802 3800

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