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Thorp Design
Creating immaculate bespoke spaces that fuse function and form

Founded by Philippa Thorp, Thorp Design is a highly creative, multi-disciplinary practice of architects and designers with a wealth of experience and a heritage spanning four decades. The company’s international portfolio ranges from new build private houses to classical refurbishments (often with a contemporary twist), private jets, yachts, health clubs, restaurants and hotels. Each project is unique but what unites them is Thorp’s ethos. The studio prides itself in designing every element with the client’s needs as the focus, working hand-in-hand to create impeccably designed, integrated spaces that respect the building and its location.

For me, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a space come to life, and distilling a client’s personality into distinctive designs

The aim of the practice is to exceed client’s expectations, both in terms of design, creative thinking and spatial use, together with a high level of service. Philippa believes good design is the fusion of function and form. It stems from understanding the brief and the context at the outset, and translating this into reality with environments that are effortlessly practical as well as beautiful. ‘I always strive for perfection, so when it comes to defining the requirements I take a meticulous approach to every aspect of the process,’ she says. ‘For me, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a space come to life, and distilling a client’s personality into distinctive designs, whether for a residential or commercial space.’


Taking an artistic and holistic overview, the team never follow the crowd and ensure that what they do best serves the client. Each finished project has its own distinctive character and sense of place, wherever it is in the world. Every commission is a journey into the history and cultural significance of that particular site and its surroundings. Recently completed works include the conversion of a listed chapel in Fulham into two separate five storey houses, each finished to the highest of standards for luxury living; the spatial planning and interior design of an apartment within the wellknown Surf Club in Miami; and the extensive refurbishment of Wentworth Golf Club, Tennis and Health Club.

Thorp’s 360-degree design vision continues to grow, and landscaping gardens and outside rooms are now an integral part of most projects. Colour, shape, form and vistas are all taken into account. Art is also a consideration that can tie a whole space together and Thorp has an in-house gallery where clients can view rotating exhibitions and pieces available to buy including artists such as Sandra Blow, Victor Pasmore, Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth and, currently, Damien Hirst.

At present the practice is working on projects both in the UK and overseas that include the refurbishment of a Victorian house in Hampshire, a riverside house in Devon, the design and build of a large villa on the edge of Lake Como, and the design of a private mountain ranch residence in Yellowstone, Montana. ‘Living spaces are emotional places as much as physical ones. Thinking about a home in terms of its light and volume helps to create a beautiful backdrop, designed to reflect a calm and serene life,’ concludes Philippa. Such a mentality means unforgettable designs come as given.

Thorp Design 190/192 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9QX +44 (0)20 7235 7808

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