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A View of the Michelin Man

A VIEW OF THE MICHELIN MAN

LIVING ROOM

The one antique, a Louis XVI giltwood sofa in turquoise silk. The coffee table I painted to look like a random mosaic in reds and pinks. To hide an ugly glazed door, I hung a banner of Assyrian-inspired embroidery I'd made in India ten years before. The X-frame ottoman is covered in needlepoint to my design, worked by prisoners via the wonderful charity Fine Cell Work.

LIVING ROOM

A rented flat's living room with ugly windows, low ceiling and beige carpet. Hell. I covered the right-hand window (looking straight at a dreary block of flats opposite) with a transparency of my own photo of Bernini's St Teresa in Ecstasy which made a nicely baroque background to the dining area. On the walls, I painted a strong, random geometric design in warm earth colours to make the most of the beige carpet.

LIVING ROOM

The baroque dining area with its little, bronze-legged banquette seat in an old David Hicks Clinch weave. My dining table in oak with cast metal Adam supports. The huge white door was there, and very ugly it was too. I added a half-sphere in chrome upholstery nails which transformed it. 

ETAGERE

I made the tapering, grey étagère as a focus for the room since it had no fireplace. Its shelves were edged with some French 1940's chenille border; on top, three gilded flame finials. In front, one of my old Klismos chairs.

LIVING ROOM

My poor attempt at a Horst interior photograph, the room 'hunted' from behind jungle undergrowth - in this case, some Parrot tulips.

LIVING ROOM

The view of the living room from the corridor, with a simple, cream-painted obelisk drawing the eye into the room.

DESIGN OFFICE DOORWAY

The door open into the small design office, where more nails on the side of an oak storage unit made a complete oval.

DESK

The view from my orange perspex-topped desk, across to the Michelin building and the Fulham Road. I painted the cheap linen roller blinds with white lines echoing the wall design.

LIVING ROOM

I made the console table, gilded steel with a white shagreen top, to hold the bit of twisted, old oak from my wood in the country, like a caged bit of wilderness in the city.

LIVING ROOM

My sofa, with cast bronze feet modelled on ancient Egyptian wooden ones, in fact bulls' legs, with a printed linen that I adapted from a Renaissance velvet. The side table is my Guéridon design with an onyx top. On the wall, a framed piece by Langlands and Bell and a painted, carved object I made myself, like a bit of Klingon sculpture.

LIVING ROOM

The only lighting was by truly awful track lights, which I replaced with cheap pendant fittings that I customised with handmade shades of copper sheet, painted with black stripes. To hide another ugly bit of window, I made the folding oak screen covered with an 1862 map of London.

LIVING ROOM

Looking down the corridor where I hung a group of David Hicks portraits from 1967, four with added orange perspex for extra punch.

HALLWAY

Looking towards the living room obelisk from the tiny hallway. My black Ledoux armchair is covered in a custom ottoman print of mine, with a cushion made from some Ikat silk bought in Istanbul years ago.

BEDROOM

The bedspread, appliquéed with grosgrain ribbon echoing my David Hicks embroidery cushions. I painted the lampshades; the bedside tables are my Crescent design with terracotta-enamelled legs.

HALLWAY

To give the long, white corridor a bit of style, I added borders of red vinyl and striped webbing. I made the little console with a faceted, pink-lacquered top and a carved, bronzed camel's leg myself. On it, a Piranesi print and, above, a painting by James Brown.

BEDROOM

I turned the ugly wardrobes of the bedroom into collector's cabinets with stuck-on vinyl prints of my own pictures of objects in the Louvre and the Met. On the wall, a faceted console in brown lacquer and an old African skirt with cowrie shells below a French 18th century engineer's drawing and an 'inconvenient' painting by James Brown.

KITCHEN

The kitchen was pretty grim, but cheered up by a big, digitally-printed roller blind with a detail of some ottoman silk in the Victoria and Albert Museum, recoloured by me. The chair is a dining room carver sample for a client, my design in my Openweave print. The picture is of Russian Revolutionary lovers Mayakovsky and Lily Brik, by Kate Boxer.

BEDROOM

My Tom Ford for Gucci jacket, inspired by my father's iconic print, on one of the faux museum wardrobes.

MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom, where I injected colour and pattern with a couple of screens covered in Cole & Son's Hicks Grande wallpaper and an elaborate draped bed to match, with hangings from a big, white hexagon that I carved. The cheap walnut chest of drawers, bought online, had nasty aluminium pulls which I transformed into white coral branches using epoxy clay. The chair is covered in a Jennifer Shorto African-inspired fabric, with a cushion in my David Hicks York Castle velvet.

GUEST BEDROOM

The bed had apple green grosgrain ribbon, hangings in my Openweave print and Brunschwig leopard needlepoint cushions. The simple white lampshades I customised with some pheasant feather braid.

GUEST BEDROOM

The narrow guest bedroom was enlarged by a couple of big mirrors, found in the flat, put together with a strip of old Italian wool braid covering the join. Her bed had an elaborate pagoda top in my Openweave print, with a bit of white coral hanging from it. The chaise was covered in old David Hicks Ambrosia Rose linen, the cushions backed with teal leather.