The pair of snarling neon lips on the wall of the study in this colourful London home are a big clue as to who lives here. The daughter of style icon Bianca and Mick Jagger – lead singer of The Rolling Stones, and proud owner of perhaps the most famous lips in history – Jade Jagger wears her rock heritage with a sardonic wit.
Born in Paris in 1971, Jagger was an aspiring artist from an early age and later moved to New York, where she mixed with the cream of the Pop Art scene. Andy Warhol once said of her, ‘I taught her how to colour and she showed me how to play Monopoly’. These dual talents, an eye for design and a head for numbers, helped Jagger when launching her first business in the early 1990s, producing one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces.
She has since worked as creative director at crown jewellers Asprey & Garrard, started an eponymous accessories brand and collaborated with John Hitchcox and Philippe Starck, founders of interior design firm Yoo, to create chic properties around the world, from Mumbai to the Cotswolds.
She has lived in the Hamptons, Morocco, the Caribbean and at her father’s château in the Loire Valley, but her most recent move was much closer to home – from Notting Hill Gate to east London. ‘It’s more of a design district,’ she says of her new neighbourhood. ‘I felt that all of my contemporaries, whether in fashion or architecture, were here.’
Jagger shares the home with her husband Adrian Fillary and their four-year-old son, Ray. ‘It’s one of the first houses I’ve bought that didn’t need a complete renovation,’ the designer remembers. It’s an incredibly light space, thanks to cleverly placed skylights, but there are very few windows, gifting the property a level of privacy and calm that she appreciates. ‘It makes me feel very secure,’ she says. ‘It’s great for designing, because I’m not distracted by curtain twitching or people walking past.’
How would she describe her interiors style? ‘We just sold our house in Ibiza and got all of the furnishings back, so lately everything’s become more eclectic,’ Jagger admits. ‘I guess my look has a sense of history, to do with all of the things I love to collect and the stories that go with them.
‘I have a huge collection of textiles, mostly from India and South America, as well as linens from Europe,’ she continues. Phulkari fabric (embroidered silk from India’s Punjab region) has been used to cover chairs in the bedroom, while the carpet in the living room is from Jaipur. ‘Adrian and I call it the magic carpet, because we got married on it,’ she adds.
‘The work I do can encroach on my life, with fabrics and designs spilling out everywhere. That’s why you end up wearing black and white – to keep a sense of discipline,’ she jokes. ‘I do like colour and pattern, but I also believe in restraint.’
Jagger tempers her natural decorating exuberance by pairing pattern with a selection of sleek design classics, such as Vitsœ shelving, a ‘Charles’ sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia and a stylish ‘Signature’ lounge chair by Frits Henningsen for Carl Hansen & Søn.
Her favourite pieces, however, are personal – from the box made out of Japanese cards that her husband built for her as a birthday present to the plants that have travelled with her on her many moves. ‘I find the transience of fashion and design very bad,’ she says. ‘I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money, but you should think of things as heritage pieces. Buy things you will love forever – things that will become part of the architecture of your life.’
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