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Rigby & Rigby Shortlisted for The International Design and Architecture Awards 2020

Rigby & Rigby is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for two awards in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2020 in the “Luxury Residence & Residential Architectural Property” and “Luxury Residence – UK” categories for our projects CV37 291 and OX7 149, respectively.

Hosted by leading interior design magazine design et al, The International Design & Architecture Awards recognise the best in design from across the globe. An opportunity for designers, architects and developers to showcase their work, design et al celebrates some of the best design schemes, product launches and innovation in the world.

Project CV37 291

The client had found a site that would provide the quietness and tranquillity that they were after as well as being close to local amenities and family. The client created their own brief during the months leading up to acquisition and then on a flight back to London from New York at the end of their honeymoon they translated the vision onto paper – to create their forever home. The space was always going to be impressive as the floor to ceiling in the main house is 6 metres high. The key was to make it homely and comfortable.

The property has a comfortable, paired back aesthetic with wide whitened oak planks on a white backdrop with graphite window frames with deep architecture pressed revels and key designer pieces of furniture. Rigby & Rigby maximised the main space, which is warm, cosy and acoustically allows for conversation, the open plan dining opposite the kitchen is great when hosting dinner parties and then allows guests to collect around the fire for drinks after. The real beauty of the project is the parallel Dutch barn which frames a courtyard space to the main house. The Dutch Barn features an annex with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/living facilities. There is also a gym and a workshop garage to house the client’s classic bike and car. There is the covered BBQ area for the summer months and a kitchen garden for vegetables and herbs. Another focal element to the design is the custom staircase – in particular the Sofitt and transitions from ceiling to circulation and the handrail.

Project OX7 149

The design brief was to create a contemporary feel to a traditional countryside home highlighting the architectural details. The inspiration for this project was strongly led by the client, as they had clear aspirations about what they were looking to achieve. Rigby & Rigby guided the client to ensure we could turn their ideas and concepts into a working reality, as well as ensure that all the disparate ideas came together in a harmonious fashion. Striking, but welcoming, with a calm underlying palette that creates a comfortable backdrop and enables the more dramatic elements to come forward without being too overpowering.

Traditional Cotswold architecture, with its think stone walls, doesn’t usually lend itself to light interiors, but Rigby & Rigby achieved this by keeping the palette light and having a clever use of artificial lighting. The house is surrounded by nature and set in a vast estate in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, so it was important to bring the outside into the interiors. A conservatory was added as an extension for the client to enjoy the views and have a place to unwind. The colour palette chosen was also calming and tranquil using shades of blues throughout the house. Specialist decorative artisan skills were used to create the client’s unique metal artwork in the lobby area. The client wanted to have a photograph that he had taken in Tuscany, Italy transferred into a beautiful textured bronze art piece.