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Belgravia’s Favourite – Catherine Milner By The Luxury Channel

Catherine Milner has been quietly acquiring, renovating and designing properties for her exclusive and international clientele for a number of years.

Catherine Milner Interiors

Catherine’s most recent project was described as a triumph in which the ‘style went above and beyond that offered by most top end developers’ (Knight Frank, Belgravia division). Clients and contemporaries alike speak of her reputation for excellence and impressive value-adding renovations, making Catherine the chief port of call for high-specification projects in Belgravia, Chelsea and Knightsbridge.

Guided by strong architectonic principles and classical influences, in Catherine’s view “every property possesses an inherent and rational logic that must be un-locked”. Once revealed, skilled artisans and her personal team of sub-contractors are employed to achieve optimum control over quality and finish. This, combined with her beauty and charm, ensures that notoriously difficult builders become obedient soldiers in her presence. Meanwhile, delighted clients come up with every ruse to keep Catherine in their lives post-renovation. Whether they instruct her to design their home or garden, build a conservatory or facilitate a long lease extension: these clients know that all projects will be completed on time, on budget with taste and aplomb.

Catherine maintains a ‘personal commitment’ to every project and takes pleasure in creating beautiful and timeless homes for her clients. She will stop at nothing in pursuit of the perfect finish and looks for inspiration wherever she goes. During a recent trip to Pompeii, Catherine was inspired by the classical cornicing in the Roman forum. Upon her return to London she instructed her architect and craftsman to lift the ceilings and replicate the proportions to magnificent effect.

For Catherine, it is ‘important that the interior design of the property reflects both the client’s lifestyle and their cultural history.’ Only then can the turn-key service be of true value to a client.

The Symbiotic Relationship of Architecture And Art By Antonia Pearce

Architecture and Art in modern urban landscapes – can a building be a work of art?

Architecture as Art

A building is functional. It provides shelter, control and instruction (press here for lift, move this way…). A building is a home, a haven and retreat. A building can demonstrate dominion over a lesser-sized architectural structure. It can house civilizations’ most treasured objects. But in 1964 (when, let’s face it, ‘‘architecture as art’’ hit a bit of a low point) the New York Times declared that “Architecture is the art of how to waste space.” Yet by 2007, modern philosopher Alain de Botton declared that architecture could lead to happiness. How so, and does that make a celebrated building a work of art? Two architects that say ‘‘yes’’ to this age-old question include Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel.

Zaha Hadid believes that ‘‘architectural buildings are all about the creation of pleasant and stimulating settings’’ and as such, they mimic the responses evoked when looking at a painting or sculpture. Art and architecture ‘‘both evolve with the patterns of life.’’ They take the same inspiration and context whether it is in art, architecture or fashion. An art critic praising say, a Picasso painting, may allude to the painter’s bold use of figurative lines and luscious curves whilst employing the same description for Hadid’s (and other) architectural structures. This interplay is fully explored when ‘‘Starchitects’’ are commissioned to create art galleries and museums. These ‘‘contemporary art containers’’ house celebrated historic and contemporary art, jewels and momentums, and commissioned architects will often hope to reflect this. One of Hadid’s projects: the MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, is a case in point.

Likewise, The Serpentine Gallery is a similarly noted commission. In 2010, the ‘‘10th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion’’ is being designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel. He has chosen to construct his pavilion in vivid red and out of geometric forms. Like a renaissance man of old “a key part of Nouvel’s process is his embrace of other disciplines, including music, literature and the moving image.” For Nouvel, “everything is image; architecture itself is image”. From 2D to 3D, architecture is art in physical form and ought to enforce the view that the material world can indeed be moulded to graceful ends.