Rugs in residence at 8 Holland Street St James’s Park Flagship Gallery

Rugs in residence at 8 Holland Street St James’s Park Flagship Gallery

Once more, we make ourselves at home in the 8 Holland Street St James’s Park Flagship gallery in London, in some of the finest Queen Anne architecture, with Christopher Farr rugs including designs by figureheads Anni Albers and Marian Pepler and contemporary artists such as Gavin Turk.

The impressive space provides the backdrop for 8 Holland Street’s now much identifiable combinations of collected vintage furniture and found objects, woven, stitched and knotted textiles, art rugs and modern and contemporary artworks. All put together under the watchful eye of founder Tobias Vernon, each of 8 Holland Street’s locations beguiles the visitor into wondering if the owner has just popped out the door, and who is this person, an art collector, an artist, or just someone that you really want to know.

'Beach'by Marian Pepler
chair by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, table by Angelo Mangiarotti

Flooded with light across the floor from the huge sash windows that overlook St James’s, the grand proportions of the space hold the canvases of Luke Hannam’s expressive paintings, the current exhibition. The artist whose work known for his strong lines and punchy colours, worked as a perfect foil to the designs of the Christopher Farr handmade rugs, which held their own with bold colour or pattern.

Christopher Farr rugs can also be found in the 8 Holland Street Bath Townhouse, a guesthouse, for a getaway where you might just leave having bought some of the fit out.

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Photography by Antonia Blunt

'Benin' by Marian Pepler
'Cave rug' by Gavin Turk
'Djinn chaise' by Olivier Mourgue
'PL 106’ by Gunta Stölzl

With an on-going series of exhibitions, the environments are ever-changing and the playfulness shines through. Out with the old rule books, and in with a instinct for what feels right, from antique furniture next to mid-century designs, Magistretti plastic chairs rubbing up against English studio pottery, it’s taking the best from engineered to artisan, to create a very personal world.

'Border’ rug made in partnership with Turquoise Mountain in Ghazni wool, next to ‘Shifts of Sand Porthmeor’ Sandra Blow artwork
‘CF117’ Josef Herman
‘Homage to the Square’ Josef Albers CF Editions, art on LHS wall ‘Champion’ 2004 Albert Irvin, 70s desk Parigi and Prina for Molteni, on floor ‘Space Cowboy’ John Hoyland, Viscontea pendant light by Piero and Achille Castiglioni
Rugs in residence at 8 Holland Street St James’s Park Flagship Gallery