There’s a real buzz about Ben Pentreath’s busy architectural-design practice, which is now supplemented with a popular interior-design arm. Clients are attracted to his focus on traditional design and planning, as well as his interest in sustainability. As for interiors, he creates ‘rooms that are timeless but not locked in a historical style’. Think English country meets breezy modern colour.
Ben studied history of art and architecture at the University of Edinburgh and trained with a clutch of well-known architects before setting up his practice in 2004. At his Bloomsbury base, he presides over a seven-strong architectural team and two interior designers. His shop, , launched with business partner Bridie Hall, sells furniture and accessories.
Ben is currently working on a number of projects across the UK, including town houses in London, manor houses in the West Country and East Anglia, and the major redecoration of a Regency castle in Scotland. On certain commissions, he collaborates with other architectural firms.
‘I am drawn to designers who have a classical sensibility. Ben gives the classical a contemporary edge without compromising the balance, form and proportion that give his designs harmony and elegance,’ says Katie Fontana, creative director of Plain English and British Standard.