A chic designer with her finger on the pulse, Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay is a favourite for families wanting smart, vibrant living spaces. She’s expert with colour and pattern, and goes the extra mile to find the perfect artwork or vintage piece. ‘My design style is fluid,’ she says. ‘I balance form with function, old with new, charged with peaceful.’
Henri started out in advertising and worked as an art director in New York, followed by a brief stint as a fashion editor at US Elle
magazine. After she moved to London, her own family home appeared in a magazine, and word-of-mouth commissions rolled in. She launched her business in 2004.
Right now, Henri and her team of three are finalising the complete renovation of a Georgian town house in Richmond, a flat in the Barbican and another in Notting Hill. She has just started the overhaul of a Thirties art-deco manor house in Shropshire.
‘Henri’s interiors are super cool and tasteful. She has great vintage style, always refreshing and almost playful,’ says furniture designer Rupert Bevan