Charlotte & Rob’s World
Charlotte is one of the founders of Charlotte Frances London and shares her Hackney townhouse with her partner Rob. Between the two of them, the couple have lived in London, New York, California, Hong Kong, Moscow and Basel. The influence of their time spent immersed in foreign cultures and exploring different corners of the globe can be seen throughout their home and has clearly shaped their style identity.
Rob’s contemporary and functional interior style is combined with Charlotte’s love of unusual curiosities and vibrant colour – the two have managed to find a compromise that is reflected in their characterful and elegant home. Here Rob and Charlotte give us a window onto their world.
Describe your interior style in five words.
Well-travelled, modern, functional, comfortable.
What’s your most lusted after interior item?
Charlotte For a while I have had my eye on a Flag Halyard chair by Hans Wegner designed in the 1950s – it is such a unique and striking design and super comfy, plus I’m currently obsessed with shaggy sheepskin!
Favourite piece in your own home and why?
Charlotte Our Paolo Piva for B&B Italia Alanda coffee table made in the 1980s – I had been searching for one for ages and found the steel frame in a Dutch antique store, I restored it myself and had a new piece of glass made for the top. It is a really simple design, elegant but tough at the same time. I also love the Sophie Derrick artwork Rob gave me for my birthday; it’s a really special piece.
Rob It would probably have to be the dining table made by Pigeon Vintage. I spotted one of their designs being used as a display table in a store near our house and thought it would look great in our home. The table was made to order, I chose a bright, royal blue finish for the steel frame and the top is a dark burnt oak herringbone. The contrasting materials, colour and texture make it a favourite. Another close contender is a recent addition to the living room, the Paulistano chair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha designed in 1957. A single piece of steel for the frame and a single piece of leather for the seat. So simple and so comfortable.
What does home mean to you?
Both Rob and I have such hectic lives, our home is our sanctuary where we enjoy time out together – relaxing, cooking, reading or entertaining. Our home is a combination of both of our personalities; it is full of reminders of places we have lived, trips we have taken and people we have met along the way. It is a shelter from the outside world where can fully unwind and be comfortable, somewhere we always look forward to coming back to.
Where would be your dream place to live, in London or elsewhere?
We have a dream of one day building a cabin in the woods in Sweden, somewhere peaceful, overlooking a lake or the sea – we have a very romantic idea of what it would be like, however we are both very much city-dwellers so the reality might not be quite as idyllic!
What has been your favourite holiday destination and why?
We recently spent 10 days in Patagonia as part of a holiday to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Patagonia is an absolutely breath-taking landscape, vast and isolated (no phone reception or Wi-Fi was bliss!). We spent four days staying at Aguas Arriba Lodge near El Chaltén, perched on the edge of a lake with a view of Mount Fitzroy – the lodge is the most peaceful place we’ve ever been (and well stocked with incredible Argentinian wines), there are jaw-dropping views in every direction and plenty of places to walk for hours without seeing another soul.
Favourite places to visit in London?
We are huge fans of Hackney, the area we live in – we are within walking distance of a favourite restaurant Primeur and great wine bar P. Franco. We try to visit Colombia Road flower market as often as we can, it is such a riot of colour and sound and I love buying flowers for the house. We often follow that with brunch at Bistroteque, which does the best Bloody Mary. If we have time on a Sunday morning we like to make the short drive out to High Beech to walk in Epping Forest, followed by late Sunday lunch at our local boozer, The Prince.
What are you aspirations for the next 12 months?
Growing Charlotte Frances London – there is so much to do but I’m loving every minute of working with Camilla and seeing the business take shape.
Which is your favourite Charlotte Frances London print design?
Charlotte My favourite print changes all the time, currently top of the list are Chamonix, Kew and Ibiza.
Rob Hands-down the Angus print. I think it’s beautiful and totally unique.