Anouska Hempel’s transition from Hollywood actress to Interior Designer proved an effortless one. One look at her chic, opulent, yet eclectic designs reveals a refined eye and carefully curated aesthetic aptly suited for the world’s most luxurious environs. A talent one is born with, not learned. A sophisticated vision so special her talents are coveted by tastemakers the world over.
She mixes touches of Hollywood Regency’s gloss and glamour with exotic treasures in rich, saturated materials and colors, heavily influenced by the Far East. Lush, inviting, but with loads of character. Pairing down the glitz but elevating the simplistic. Respecting tradition but not hampered by the past.
Perhaps best known for outfitting boutique hotels such as the Blakes Hotel in London and Amsterdam, along with stores such as Van Cleef and Arpels, her signature “look” reigns throughout every property she touches.
Her own English country estate, Cole Park, mimics the same design principles followed in her more public spaces. Every inch is lovingly designed with no space untouched. Even the gardens reflect a majestic sculptural wonderland, whether it be a grand stone table or intricately refined shrubbery. In an interview with Architectural Digest, Hempel reveals:
“The decor is an ever-evolving combination of traditional Englishness and exotic Orientalism, characterized by deep colors and ingenious theatrical effects.”
“I had a very strong, very straightforward vision right from the beginning,” Hempel says. “I’m a conservationist at heart, so I didn’t want to lose any of the house’s heritage. But my role is to enhance—to make things look as good as they can at every level.”