For clients wanting a subtle take on classical English style, featuring a muted palette and carefully curated art and antiques, Philippa Devas is the designer to call. Understated and with a sure hand, she likes to weave in clients’ own treasured possessions with commissioned one-off pieces, and she genuinely relishes working with craftsmen and artists.
Philippa set up her Chelsea-based practice in 1998, having worked for Percy Bass. She was also assistant to Chester Jones at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, and subsequently at Chester’s own company. Supported by a team of two, she works closely with the client and emphasises that finding out how they want to live is a rewarding part of the job. ‘My approach is to focus on creating a home where they can really relax and be themselves,’ she says.
At the moment, Philippa is working on a Kensington town house, flats in Chelsea and Belgravia, and a country house in Kent. She recently completed the painstaking restoration of an eighteenth-century doll’s house.
Most inspiring place?
‘Sir John Soane’s Museum is full of interesting architectural details, in particular the inset convex mirrors, which reflect candlelight in the evenings.’