Designers Emma Rayner and Katie Earl aim to bring fresh vision to the world of luxury interiors

Portrait of Emma Rayner and Katie Earl of Studio No. 12
Studio No. 12

What makes Studio No.12 unique? ‘We set up the studio because we have a shared passion for wanting to change the way that luxury interiors are seen,’ says Earl. ‘Rather than being carbon-copy beige, we try to show that luxury can come in many forms, showcasing pieces of design in a more architectural way,’ continues Rayner. ‘For instance, rather than having an armchair with a trim and lots of cushions, we would upholster it in a lovely fabric,’ she adds.‘That way it becomes something sculptural.’

First project? ‘We were lucky that it was working on the Gasholders development
in London,’ says Earl. ‘It was a collaborative effort, with the architecture and interiors sympathetic to the industrial building.’

Are there any interiors you’re particularly proud of? ‘We worked on The AllBright, the UK’s first female-only members’ club in Bloomsbury, taking our influence from the women involved in the Bloomsbury Set,’ explains Earl. ‘We started with a light palette on the ground floor, working up to dark colours in the cocktail bar.’

Do you have a design signature? ‘Our schemes can be really quite masculine, from the shape of the furniture we use to our de-saturated colour palette,’ says Earl.‘We would always use burgundy red, for example, rather than pillar-box red.’

What are you working on now? ‘All of our work has been thanks to personal recommendations, and in the past six months we have been working on more residential projects, including a house in Hampstead,’ says Rayner. ‘It’s been a lovely shift for us.’

This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration April 2019

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