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Isabella Oliver founder's tangerine dream house

Vibrant and eclectic, Baukjen de Swaan Arons’ home is the perfect space for her family. It also reflects the design ideals behind her stylish clothing brand…


Posted: 2 September 2011
by Junior


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Many of the house’s original features have been retained, such as the ornate ceiling mouldings and wooden fireplaces, but Baukjen and Geoff were keen to add their own touches. Hanging in the living room is a sculpture by Abigail Ahern of a lady with a tiny head and enormous feet. “We call her Big Foot,” says Geoff jokingly. Then there are the resin handbags on the mantelpiece, a present from their artist friend Debra Franses Bean.

One piece with a story to tell is the map of Britain with a sequinned Union Jack pattern that hangs above the fireplace. “That was another present from Debra,” says Baukjen. “She was studying at Central Saint Martins and this piece was part of her degree show. During the exhibition, some separatists cut Scotland away from the top and it had to be stuck together again.” What do they make of having such a controversial artwork hanging in their living room? “We don’t think about the politics. To us it’s just an artwork by a friend.”

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