• The world according to Ben Pentreath and Bridie Hall

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    Ben Pentreath is an architect, design commentator and urban designer and since his store opened in Bloomsbury’s Rugby Street in 2008, a purveyor of unique home wares and objet. Decorative artist and maker Bridie Hall has a background in antiques and runs the shop along side creating beautiful things from her London studio. Ben Pentreath Ltd is part of the Christmas pop-up shop The Fourth Floor Corner Shop, where there’ll be plenty to inspire  shoppers looking for perfect Christmas pressies.

    When did you realise you wanted to work with interiors? BH: As long as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated with how surroundings and objects affect people, and I think I sort arrived at it rather than making the decision. 

    BP: When I was about 12, or in fact younger.

    Where do you go to find inspiration? BH: I’m a total homebody, so its books and magazines. I basically go to Amazon to find inspiration.

    BP: I keep my eyes open all the time; books, old buildings, old magazines. My current inspiration is 1960s houses and gardens.

    What is your favourite building in the London and why? BP: I don’t have a favourite building, for me that’s like having one favourite thing to eat, I like lots of things! But I’m not that keen on medieval buildings.

    BH: The Bank of England gives me a bit of a thrill when I go past it. It is so so serious! I have a crush on it.

    If you could go back in time to any era, which would it be? BP:  Today; I don’t like the thought of time travel. Being gay, you’d probably be miserable of lynched. If I had to live in an era in the past, it would be 17th-century Holland, it was about as tolerant a society as ever existed, plus they had nice tiles.

    BH: I think I’d prefer to stick to this one, so much change and freedom.

    Who or what helped you shape your sense of style? BP: Early copies of The World of Interiors.

    BH: Ben has been a big help! And living in the UK (I’m from New Zealand) it’s stunning and so proper here.

    What is the best way to curate a collection and avoid clutter? BH: I think it’s a pretty organic process, if you like a lot of clutter or things, you’re going to accumulate them, so de-cluttering just becomes a natural thing to do every now and then. I’ve noticed the older I get the less time I have for holding onto stuff. Being relaxed about it probably helps avoid too much hoarding.

    What have you got on your wish list at the moment? BH: A sparse light-filled studio of my very own that is an equidistant between my home and the shop – I don’t wish for much!

    BP: Free days at my drawing board!

    What can we expect at the 4th Floor Corner shop? BP: The Corner Shop is beautiful, what was fascinating to me was to see how many neighbouring shops had a style that was unique to each, but felt unified in the space as a whole.

    BH: The space is fantastic and the views are something else. The pop-up has been really well curated to show all sorts of local stores wares in a different environment to how they are normally displayed and it works, everything looks very cool.

    As well as designing interiors, I’m also good at… BH: crosswords (I wish) Cooking, it’s the most important thing in the world.

    BP: designing buildings, gardening, inviting friends to stay and answering questionnaires!

    The 4th Floor Corner Shop will be open until 22nd December.

    One Response to The world according to Ben Pentreath and Bridie Hall

    1. November 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      This is such a great interview and The Fourth Floor looks fantastic-I’ll definitely visit before xmas! :-) Caroline

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