Philippa Thorp’s bustling design
practice is the choice for the
high-end homeowner or property
developer who wants a bespoke
service. She’s a powerhouse of energy and
travels frequently to oversee far-flung jobs, loving
nothing better than finding solutions to knotty
design problems. Her philosophy is: ‘Never
give up or compromise.’ She favours a cool,
easy palette and exquisite tailoring.
Philippa established Thorp in
1985 and heads up a team of 12 architects,
interior architects and designers at super-smart
offices in Belgravia. Over the years, she has
gained cast-iron experience on a broad
spectrum of commissions, from private homes
and chalets to luxury yachts, jets and health
clubs. The lion’s share of furniture and fittings
is designed in-house.
Current work includes an ‘amazing’
development in Chelsea, transforming an old
church into two luxury properties, and building
a family holiday home in the Bahamas. She has
large projects in Kensington, Holland Park and
Marylebone ongoing, bespoke garages for
a client’s extensive car collection.
Most unusual design request?
‘To build a
tunnel from a client’s house to the beach.’