November 22 2012
The world may not need another website with the word “lux” or “deco” in the
title, but in the case of members’ site LuxDeco.com, it does actually offer
something to sit up and take notice of. Founded by e-entrepreneur Jonathan
Holmes (who also founded i-kandi online interiors store a few years ago)
the site brings something new to the selling of luxury design on the web.
It’s a tricky task to tackle, but Holmes’s edit (aided by buying director Sue Smart, the former Harrods high flyer who came out of retirement for this project, and ex-Selfridges senior buyer Caitlin McCann) is fresh and interesting, full of highly desirable luxury homes items.
Some of the brands – such as Volga Linen, Calvin Klein Home, Karl Lagerfeld for Orrefors, Kenzo Home, Gingerlily silk bedding – are familiar, but there is plenty of exciting new blood here, too: Stuart Scott, formerly of Somerville Scott, now produces his own hand-carved, wooden tables (a highlight is a chess-piece shaped, oiled walnut side table, £1,475); Delightfull lighting, whose offerings include a lovely brass chandelier inspired by a pipe organ, £6,150; the stylish, historically influenced Belgian brand Flamant, that has always been tricky to track down (the Cerea Cabinet, £1,525, is a weathered oak cupboard atop a metal frame, with a fab interior painted as black as night); and the rather crazy but lovable designs from Boca do Lobo, a Portuguese company offering kooky pieces, such as the gem-shaped, amethyst-coloured cabinet complete with gold-leafed, lion-head feet (sounds appalling, but is really fun, £17,720) and the Equator Globe Bar (third picture, £4,935). Also worth taking a look at are the Nanimarquina handmade rugs – most notably the wool Do-Lo-Rez, designed by Ron Arad (second picture, £2,240) – and Glas Italia XXX Tables in pink, orange and yellow glass (first picture, from £975).
The site aims to keep things simple – it categorises according to object, function or style. At the same time, its tools edit as they learn individuals’ tastes and allow members to create style pin boards. But perhaps the main difference between this and other interior e-stores is the bespoke service – the LuxDeco team will track down a piece, or have one made (where possible) in a chosen finish, as well as offer interior-design advice. Being a founder member allows special extras, too, including free shipping on first orders, a 10 per cent initial discount and previews of certain new private collections. The early bird, as it were…