Instagram Stories: The British Boy Wonder of the Design World

Meet Luke Edward Hall, the young Londoner who's changing the way we look at traditional English decor

The designer at New York City's Margaux restaurant. Portrait by Taylor Jewell for Lonny.
The designer at New York City's Margaux restaurant. Portrait by Taylor Jewell for Lonny.

When it comes to style, Luke Edward Hall is an original through and through. From his illustrated textiles and artfully styled vignettes to the places he travels and the dashing clothes he wears, everything that the 25-year-old decor prodigy does echoes the timeless sensibilities of the historically rich elements that influence him most. Hall’s Instagram account provides a youthful, candy-colored view into the long-established London design world, where his career is currently enjoying a steady rise to the top.

Instagram Stories: The British Boy Wonder of the Design World
Instagram Stories: The British Boy Wonder of the Design World

The creative outlets

“I work for architect and interior designer Ben Pentreath, and I also have my own homewares range. I design fabrics and ceramics (and furniture, soon!). I do the odd bit of styling every now and again. I work on drawings and paintings for commercial and private clients, and also for myself—I just love to draw. I like drawing landscapes and objects, but I like drawing people the most. I try to draw every day. I just want to capture moments—much like I do with Instagram, I suppose. A man eating an oyster; a martini on a bar, waiting for its owner to take the first sip.”

the journey

“I knew that I wanted to be a designer from a very young age, but I've always wanted to design lots of different things. As a child, it was cars and dresses. Then I got into graphic design at college, and later moved on to menswear at London's Central Saint Martins. But whilst I was at university I was also selling antiques, which got me into interiors. I very much enjoy working with interiors. Essentially I feel that what you surround yourself with reflects your personality more than what you choose to wear.”

Instagram Stories: The British Boy Wonder of the Design World

THE AESTHETIC

“My style is Greco-Roman meets crumbling English country house with a dash of Palm Springs. Homes should be stylish, of course, but comfortable and welcoming, too. A mix of antiques with modern furniture and an eclectic art collection often create the best interiors. I like the idea of an Old Master painting hanging next to a scribble on a napkin, for example, or a very old and battered sofa sitting next to a '70s glass side table. I think creating a home should be about collecting things that interest you over time and combining them to make something that is truly 'you.' Personally, I just pick up things that I love with the hope that they'll all work together.”

Instagram Stories: The British Boy Wonder of the Design World

The inspiration

"I go on holiday to Italy every year and always find inspiration in the culture of the cities and the colors of the landscape. In regard to time periods, the idea of the traditional 18th-century Grand Tour—when young European men of means would embark upon an educational tour in search of art and culture—is very inspiring. I'm also obsessed with 1920s London and the Bright Young People, that group of young bohemian socialites who got up to all sorts of trouble in the name of fun and beauty."

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