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A Visit to the Atelier of Robert Kime!

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Eyes Have It!

John always closes his eyes when I am taking his photo in front of interior design shops that cater to famous royalty. Egads! Anyhow, here's the exterior of Robert Kime's atelier near the British Museum in London. We are smitten.


On a recent visit to London, John and I decided to pay a visit to the shop-cum-design studio of interior designer Robert Kime. If you don’t know Kime’s name, you should. He’s the interior designer to Prince Charles, and his style is glorious–a mix of antiques and far-flung finds tempered with British country house chic.

So on a rainy afternoon the Madcap Cottage gents trundled off to pay a pilgrimage to Kime’s’ divine atelier situated just a few windy streets away from the British Museum (also a must visit if you have never been). And the folks at Robert Kime–including Mr. Kime who was lovely and sort of grandfatherly and charming–could not have been more helpful or more gracious. The shop is full of gorgeous finds–from intriguing furnishings to vintage ikat textiles to amazing, ruched lampshades that allow the most incredible light to pass through them. We ogled the ikat pillows, savored vintage throws, and feasted upon Mr. Kime’s stunning wallpapers.

So the next time you are in London, do pop into Robert Kime (Note the “By Appointment to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales Supplier of Antiques and Interior Decoration” emblazoned upon the sign–we just love a good royal warrant, n’est-ce pas?). You might just meet Mr. Kime himself!

The shop is located at 42-43 Museum Street and is anything but intimidating.

Princes Charming!

The various British princes in front of the Robert Kime-designed Highgrove House, Prince Charles' escape in Gloucestershire.

Paper Perfection!

A selection of Robert Kime's luscious wallpapers.

Is Everybody Lit?

John eyes one of Robert Kime's glorious lampshades with ikat fabric that is ruched just-so. You don't see shades like this much in America, so the Madcap Cottage gents are on a mission to introduce gorgeous lampshades into the US market. Good lighting is next to godliness, no?

Tip, Top Textiles!

A selection of amazing vintage textiles in the cozy basement at Robert Kime. Think lots of Turkish finds and fabrics that hail from those "stan" countries. Divine!