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Decorator Index: Pernille Lind

The London-based designer whose Thai-Danish heritage is reflected in her warm, understated interiors

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Who is she? Pernille Lind’s love of interiors is a legacy of her eclectic childhood. Her Thai mother ran two antiques shops in Bangkok, while her Danish engineer father was always scooping up craft pieces on his travels.‘My childhood home in Copenhagen reflected their two merging cultures, but I sometimes felt a bit awkward because it wasn’t as Scandinavian and “minimal” as my friends’ homes,’ she remembers. ‘I was allowed to rearrange the furniture in an attempt to make things calmer, and today, I draw a lot of inspiration from my layered background.’ Before setting up her Kensal Road studio in 2018, Lind studied interior design at University of the Arts London and completed an MA in Spatial Design at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in Copenhagen.

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Pernille Lind
Pernille Lind

What’s her style? Influenced by Lind’s cross-cultural heritage, it fuses Scandinavian simplicity with the warmth of contemporary Asian style – you won’t find loud colours in her designs, which are all about refined neutrals, wood and materiality. ‘I try to find a balance between key elements like masculine and feminine, old and new,’ she says. ‘I also love to use a lot of natural finishes, warm colours and atmospheric lighting. For me, there has to be a rhythm of bold, elegant, soft and strong.’

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The Cosy living room in an apartment at Windshell, a luxury development in Bangkok
Pernille Lind

What are her recent projects? Windshell, a luxury residential development in Bangkok, presented Lind with a challenge thanks to its monumental concrete architecture. ‘My task was to soften the spaces and make them inviting,’ she says. She did this by using dark woods, brass and marble, alongside plenty of exotic plants and antiques (her preferred method of adding character to a space). Closer to home, she’s revamped cult Notting Hill boutique Couverture & The Garbstore. She gave it a fresh look by covering the walls in white Italian relief tiles, complemented by oak counters and terracotta lighting.

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The interior of Couverture and the Garbstore in London’s Notting Hill
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What is she currently working on? A couple of residential projects in Copenhagen and another in Chicago. As well as her own studio projects, Lind is one half of interior design duo Lind+Almond with architect Richy Almond. They have their own furniture collection and also designed Copenhagen’s Hotel Sanders.

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Windshell, a luxury development in Bangkok
Pernille Lind

She says: ‘It’s usually either the client’s personality or the challenge of the location that attracts me to a project. Layering with unique pieces is very important for me, in order to add an element of storytelling – anything that evokes nostalgia, craft and effortless style, I find compelling.’ pernillelindstudio.co

Pernille Lind’s little black book
Every project has its own unique list of suppliers and craftspeople. Part of making it special is finding the right mix…

Salvage As our projects are spread all over the world, I often come across local suppliers or antiques dealers as I travel. In Chicago last year, I discovered Salvage One, where I bought a beautiful white fibreglass and black metal floor lamp. It looks like a flower crossed with a piece of Chanel jewellery. The store is also great for vintage doors, hardware and kitchen and bathroom fittings. salvageone.com

Vintage curiosities When I was working on Hotel Sanders, I found some lovely vintage pendant lamps at Drew Pritchard in Wales. His website is also a wonderful source of quirky pieces, such as antique wooden furniture, old signs and industrial objects. drewpritchard.co.uk

Ceramics Klassik Copenhagen is my go-to shop for most of my projects. Its stoneware is beautiful, as are the mid-century-modern design classics it sources so well. Among the makers are Arne Bang, a mid-century Danish sculptor influenced by Japanese pottery, and Gunnar Nylund, who designed ceramics for Swedish company Rörstrand. klassik.dk

Lighting I use Howe London on Pimlico Road a lot. Run by antiques dealer Christopher Howe, it sells pieces in a variety of styles. I recently bought a set of 1960s Swedish ‘Lollipop’ pendants for a Copenhagen home. Made of striped yellow glass, they will add character and warmth to a long hallway. howelondon.com

This article appeared in ELLE Decoration June issue

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