Your practice draws on architecture, interiors, furniture and art through a ‘classic modernist’ lens. How does La Cornue’s showroom design straddle these disciplines?
Thomas Hamel: The showroom exterior, a classic High Street shopfront, could be found in many a city in Europe. Internally, we wanted to celebrate the incredible finishes the La Cornue product offers. So we complemented them with things like the Worldstone New York marble splashback, thick floating art shelves and generous bull-nosed bench edges, all working well with the cleaner lines of the white, chrome and brass Matthew Quinn Chateau 180 cooker and the custom hammered brass range hood.
A gloss bronze subway tiled wall behind classic La Cornue Black and Brass cabinetry anchors the bar display alongside integrated stainless steel Liebherr Monolith wine cabinets as a further modernist and slightly unexpected twist to the traditional La Cornue look. The still-life artwork and commissioned ceramics further add to the interplay between modern and classic.