Design Detour: Samantha Todhunter


Samantha Todhunter is known for expertly layered rooms suffused with an easy, modern glamour: never fussy, always chic and perfectly at home in cosmopolitan London. From the urban enclaves of Chelsea and Notting Hill to the pastoral landscapes of Dorset and Sussex, Samantha and her team elevate relaxed rooms with luxurious details ready to delight those who seek to find them—a fine balance that has become the company’s signature. “A dream client for us is one where we’re able to be really fluid with the design brief,” Todhunter says. “And trust is at the core of that.”

Photography: Courtesy of Samantha Todhunter


"La Famiglia on Langton Street in Chelsea is one of our favourite haunts. It's the quintessential spot for Italian food in London and it happens to be near our studio. I'd love to have dinner there with Soane Britain's fabulous founder, Lulu Lytle, designer Nina Campbell, Schumacher CEO Benni Frowein, and since this is a dream dinner party, design doyenne Nancy Lancaster and Cecil Beaton, for the stories."


"From the fabrics to the furniture, a visit to Soane Britain on the Pimlico Road feels like walking into the most utterly elegant and gracious house."

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"The Halle Large Wall Lantern by Ian K. Fowler has really strikingly beautiful architecture placed either externally or internally, running down a hallway or over a bathroom vanity."


"Furniture maker and fine-finisher Rupert Bevan is an absolute masterclass in technique and skill."


"Phillip Jeffries grass cloth adds texture, depth and colour without taking over, which makes it a wonderful canvas for a design scheme. It can be sophisticated, traditional and cool all at the same time, and we use it literally everywhere."

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“The Vendome Double Sconce by Thomas O'Brien is super elegant, and it sits comfortably in so many schemes.”


”The Boston Functional Single Arm Library Light by Chapman & Myers is a brilliant multipurpose task light—great in kitchens, libraries, anywhere.”


"The Modern Table Lamp by Ralph Lauren has a classic and timeless design, perfectly blended on a console behind a sofa or lighting up a cosy corner, equally making a statement when needed."