April 27, 2011

Abigail Ahern is the focus of our next profile on British design.

Abigail Ahern is a London based stylist, designer, and owner of Atelier Abigail Ahern, which is an absolute treasure trove of unique and unusual furnishings and accessories, and regarded as one of the top interior design shops in London. After studying interior design whilst living in the US, Abigail began travelling the world in search of new inspiration. Instead she discovered a gap in the interior design market; Her hunt for extraordinary interior objects was falling short. This is what inspired her to open Atelier.

Atelier gave Ahern a platform from which to share her entire design philosophy. Abigail describes the shop as the following:

"An Aladdin's cave of gorgeousness, bang on trend, gracious, and grown up. Nothing is ordinaire everything is extraordinaire. Not a smidge of British stiff upper lip ness in sight. So says us."

Ahern's design style has been compared to an Alice in Wonderland approach, playfully toying with scale and colour. Her quirky and unique approach quickly alerted the British press to her fabulous sense of style, and she has become a tailblazer for the British design world. Not content to sit on her heels, she published a book, "The Girls Guide to Decorating" in 2009. This past fall, Ahern also debuted her first line of lighting, as Maison et Objet in Paris. The imaginative lamps feature porcelain animals, with fussy pleated and tasseled shades. Ahern is left teasing us with undeniable curiosity, what could she possibly do next?

Photo by Jonathan Player for the New York Times

Photo by Graham Atkins-Hughes via sfgirlbybay

Photos by Graham Atkins-Hughes for Atelier Abigail Ahern, unless noted otherwise.


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