Exploring the Fifth Wall
Don’t forget to look up as you tour the WOW!house – designers have lavished detail on the so-called ‘fifth wall’ and decorated the ceiling with stylish alternatives to a plain painted finish.
Linda Boronkay’s rumpled, reflective silver surface amps up the opulence in her Egyptian-themed Pierre Frey Salon (above left) while Freddy van Zevenbergen of Lambart & Browne worked with Fromental to create a bespoke paper (above right) that was inspired by a brooch by legendary US designer Tony Duquette.
Fabric coverings are also a recurring theme: Schumacher’s ‘Luca Satin’ lines the ceiling in Campbell-Rey’s Garden Room, while next door, Kit and Minnie Kemp have opted for the trellis-like ‘Trevi’ by Gaston y Daniela (above right); and in Joanna Plant’s Tissus d’Hélène bedroom (above left), the handsome tented ceiling is in Namay Samay’s ‘Kadva’.
Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen have added a looping painted motif around the perimeter of the ceiling in their Drawing Room – the ultimate in artless, understated chic that is an homage to Jean Cocteau, whose print hangs on the wall.