At Home in London with Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen

Upon entering the London home of designers Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen, you would never guess that it was once a dismal five bedroom Victorian flat. But their experienced eyes saw something more and after an extensive gut renovation, the apartment was transformed in a glamorous city residence where the design team spends evenings during their busy work weeks, retiring to their country residence in West Sussex on the weekends. Now a large double sitting room, dark jewel box dining room and master and guest bedroom suites complete the elegant residence. Please join me and Susanna for a visit with Paolo in his and Philip’s gracious London home.

As the design duo expressed in their book, Signature Spaces, “Essentially, our mantra is: architecture takes a lot of effort, should be perfect and look perfect; interior design takes an equal amount of effort, should be perfect, but never look perfect.” And the comfortable mix of styles and ever-rotating collections in their London home perfectly express this maxim.

At Home in London with Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen via Quintessence

While there may now be fewer rooms, each has its own distinct character. Even the two halves of the large sitting room, divided by a Coromandel screen,

Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen London apartment via Quintessence-1have their own ambiance. The glamorous mirrored side, above, serves as a cocktail area when Paolo and Philip entertain, and the cozier “clubby” side, below, is perfect for after dinner drinks and where the pair relax and watch TV (elegantly concealed in the right hand cabinet) when home alone.

Paolo Moschino & Philip Vergeylen London sitting room via Quintessence-1

The comfortable rooms belie an exacting attention to detail that Philip and Paolo employ in all their projects around the world for their company Nicholas Haslam Ltd. After working with Nicky Haslam for years, Paolo kept the side of the business selling interior furnishings, which eventually morphed, with Philip, into an interiors firm.

Nicholas Haslam Ltd London-1There is both a chic retail showroom in Belgravia, not far from Pimlico Road, above, which in addition to antiques, home furnishings and accessories is also the exclusive European stockist for Belgian Shoes, and nearby a separate studio and trade showroom, below, which carries their collection of furniture, lighting, fabrics and accessories as well as housing the design studio.

Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam trade showroom in London-1

And if you couldn’t get enough of Paolo’s and Philip’s adorable French bull dog, Jack, in the video, stay tuned. This spring Jack will star as the cover boy on Susanna’s latest tome, At Home in the English Countryside: Designers and Their Dogs (available for pre-order on Amazon), shot on location throughout England and Wales by moi.

At Home in the English Countryside: Designers and their Dogs

So thank you Paolo (and Philip in absentia)! We are thrilled to be able to share your glamorous London flat and look forward to sharing more of your charming West Sussex home in March!

Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen at their country house

all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

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8 Responses to At Home in London with Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen

  1. Hazel Lavelle says:

    As ever , thankyou Stacey and Susanna , for the lovey video , of Paolo and Philips beautiful apartment ,
    So elegant ” so rich and so lnspiring too ,
    I always look forward to your post
    Hazel (Manchester UK)

  2. Deb says:

    I absolutely agree with Hazel.
    Thank you for sharing, Stacey.

  3. Ellen Brandt says:

    Stunning!!! Great job by both of y’all.
    I’ll be purchasing the book💙

  4. LA CONTESSA says:

    Love what he said about BUYING WHAT YOU LOVE!
    Enjoyed this tour very much…………….XX

  5. What a lovely video. I adore the false door and storage window idea – genius! A pleasure to watch and learn, as always. Cheers

  6. Sheila in SF says:

    Such a treat to enjoy videos of such lovely homes….thanks.

  7. Patrick says:

    Very cool as always.

  8. Wow, what a wonderful video. I enjoy every one of these tours and the people behind the name, Paolo and Philip. Such a treat of elegance and stories behind the pieces of pleasure. ” When you are a guest, it is always a delight to look around and discover something new. It’s like a gift.” Poetry in every idea.

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