Christopher Hodsoll

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Well known for his idiosyncratic taste in antique furniture - a sort of English country house grandeur seen through a quirky Eighteenth century connoisseur’s eye - Christopher Hodsoll worked as an antique dealer in London for many years with the great Geoffrey Bennison. He has continued Bennison’s tradition of boldly luxurious, but slightly faded, aristocratic taste but has added his own enthusiasms, such as his love of architectural antique furniture. Like his late mentor, Hodsoll himself is increasingly turning his hand from simply being an antique dealer to decorating, having recently completed a number of overseas commissions and a substantial London townhouse.

Hodsoll's own brand of the English country house look became increasingly in demand. In 1991 he designed a luxurious tent in the grounds of Windsor Castle for the Duke of Edinburgh's 70th birthday, filled with grand antiques and old master paintings, whilst more recently he has worked for Mick Jagger in London. This variety of clients demonstrates Hodsoll's ability to adapt his style to any interior, whether period or modern. In more recent times Hodsoll is known for Soane, a company that reflects his own style and offers complement and contrast to the modern interior. Soane recreates timeless designs and offers striking original pieces made by British craftsmen.

Soane's designs mirror Hodsoll's interiors by being elegant, unique and carefully researched, he confesses; 'I've got a big library. I love siting up all night looking through books and getting inspiration from the past and present.' He admits that he doesn't keep up with current trends religiously but admires comtemporaries such as Rose Uniacke and Will Fisher of Jamb, Hodsoll also refers to Belgian designer Gert Voorjans whose work he admired at Mick Jagger's home in Cheyne Walk

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