Established by Emma Hooton in 2010, Studio Hooton specialises in high-end holistic interiors, from the initial planning and architectural layouts to full kitchen and bathroom design.
The brand’s friendly, experienced team – which includes interior architects, textile designers, lighting designers and joinery experts – has long-standing relationships with talented craftsmen
and specialist tradesmen who deliver to their own exacting standards.
‘Whether you’re a homeowner, investor or developer, we go beyond the visual aspect of a property and focus on the feeling of a space,’ says Emma, a graduate from the prestigious KLC School of Design who began her career working for interior designer Hugh Leslie. ‘From initial concepts right through to the completion of a project, we lead each phase of the design and build process from the technical to the decorative.’
To ensure the studio remains focused, Emma is strict about the number of projects it takes on. Due to the location of its offices in London and Winchester, these are typically based across the south east of England in areas including London, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, Dorset and Sussex.
Studio Hooton’s friendly, experienced team has long-standing relationships with talented craftsmen and specialist tradesmen who deliver to their own exacting standards
‘We mainly take on country houses: refurbishments of historic properties, often with a contemporary extension,’ Emma says. One such recent project was The Grange in Hampshire, which involved the addition of a glass box at the back, which is now the kitchen. ‘It’s first and foremost a family home so the interiors were formed with this in mind. We restored the original features of the main house in a very classic way, bringing the property back to its former glory. The main daytime living areas were kept neutral and child-friendly, and these flowed into darker, more atmospheric reception rooms for winter evenings. The challenge is to merge old and new in a sensitive, natural way.’
In contrast, Studio Hooton also often works on new build houses, teaming up with an architect right at the start of a project. ‘At the moment, we’re doing a particularly interesting LA farmhouse-style new build in Berkshire. It has lots of dark wood cladding and Crittall windows; we’re adding in elements of the country aesthetic but with an original twist,’ Emma continues. Art is always integral – the studio typically includes a full art plan as part of the scheme – as is choosing gorgeous fabrics from its extensive library (which includes rare, hand printed designs from America and Europe) and, where possible, using furniture from British designers such as George Smith and Benchmark.
This year, the studio’s key mission is to champion sustainability in interior design through its new concept: Planet Hooton. It has four core messages that cover everything from the ethical approach the studio takes to its sourcing of paint, fabrics and furniture, and being an advocate for a better, more environmentally friendly industry.
‘Our values underpin everything that we do for our clients,’ says Emma. ‘Whatever we source, we ask questions about the supply chain. We’re also going to monitor the carbon footprint of the average project and give clients the option to offset their emissions. Eco-minded interiors that don’t compromise on quality or beauty, that’s our aim.’
Studio Hooton Worlds End Studios, Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0RJ
+44 (0)20 7349 7090
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