Creative Dialogue by Lawson Robb Studio
Two design souls harmoniously merge in Lawson Robb Studio’s projects. George Wolstenholme and Lena Cottray push the boundaries of conventional design with a tailor-made approach to each project. Explore their eclectic style that brings an out-of-the-ordinary twist to interiors.
London-based studio Lawson Robb has distinguished itself for pushing the boundaries of design for the past 18 years. Under the new direction of George Wolstenholme & Lena Cottray, the studio continues to envision never-before-seen spaces, drawing from the duo's collective 10-year experience designing super yachts, bespoke furniture and ultra-prime residential properties and hotels.
With a master's degree in Yacht Design, George is the master of details and the art of bespoke; Lena, hailing from a background in the art world, brings a wealth of experience in high-end residential and hospitality design.
We have both been working in the industry for the past 10 years and started working together about 3 years ago.
Our style overall is quite pared-back, with eclectic nuances and acute attention to detail. We are very much aligned when it comes to wanting to create something special and daring, yet still, be a space that is liveable and not uptight. Design for Lawson Robb means extracting the DNA of an idea or client brief and developing it further to be able to tell a story. Our key signature detail is our love and frequent use of mixed textures and materials. We love to have a play with various materials which ultimately elevates a space and gives them more depth. Lastly, it is fair to say that all our spaces have a certain element of organic shapes and fluidity, adding a bit of softness and tactility.
What epoch inspires you the most in terms of aesthetic?
You need to learn from the past to move into the future
Can we say everything? No, jokes aside, one thing that is fun for us is to curate the whole package of the decorative items and create a narrative of how they all work together. This could be from the ornaments on display, the rug or artwork we choose to emphasize right down to the tableware and barware – they all are important in both in their own right, as well as how they ultimately work together!
This is a hard question as all our projects have a special place in our hearts. We give so much attention and emphasis to each one that make them all unique that each were an important element in shaping who we are today. We have a few very exciting upcoming projects that we’re working on such as a penthouse suite for a luxury hotel in London and a super yacht launching at the end of the year that we are particularly proud of.
We don’t have one master alone that we look up to but rather have a big appreciation for our current contemporaries and past 20th century masters, whether they are in interiors, architecture or product design. For example, designers like Pierre Yovanovich, Flack Studio, Achille Salvagni Atelier, Vincenzo De Cotiis or modern masters like Gio Ponti and Charlotte Perriand are inspirational and push us to also think outside the box. Whilst we design a lot of our own furniture for projects, we also like to herald the craftsmen out there who are specialized in their fields and thus bring an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience, from which you can’t help but feel inspired by.
What would be your dream project to work on?
We love all sorts of challenges and don’t want to be boxed into solely one category, but one project we would love to design is a ski chalet. Being skiers ourselves and enthusiasts of the alpine lifestyle, it would be great fun to be able to design a chalet along with all of its amenities. It also gives us something to dream of away from London!