Home Critic Interview: Julian Sudre
We're catching up with Julian, our Home Critic in Paris and London about all things design, travel and beyond
The London Edition, by the visionary hotelier Ian Schrager. The multi-functional lobby makes a great impression with its high ceilings and ornate mouldings fitting for a grandiose 1835 building. I particularly love the Jason Atherton restaurant the Berners Tavern, which brings substance to Schrager’s suave study-style decor.
Favourite architect/interior designer:
I don’t have any favourites but I appreciate many such as Michael Coorengel and Jean Pierre Calvagrac for their lavish interiors or Frederic Mechiche for his ability to transform spaces with dramatic flair.
Favourite visual aesthetic / style:
I am a bit of a collector. My style is a mixture of vintage and contemporary with a focus on clean lines. I also enjoy a bit of flamboyance so if I can throw this into the mix, the more the merrier.
Unusual quirky fact about you:
I can’t live without sunshine - and that’s rich of me as I live in London! I like to hit the pool on a daily basis to keep balanced and focused. I have always stuck to the motto: a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Prior to being a Plum Guide Home Critic...
I started my career in hotels believe it or not, so I understand the hospitality industry quite well, but my creative instinct drew me towards fashion, where I worked as a personal stylist. This is where I learned about textures, composition and colours. I also trained as an interior designer. I love how I get to exercise my passion for design and my hospitality expertise every day in my role as a Home Crtic.
Favourite place in London:
I love Hampstead and Kenwood House, designed by Scottish architect Robert Adam. This is a peaceful pocket of London which does not feel like London and perfect to wind down. Plus Hampstead has beautiful houses, which always inspires me.
What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
A vacation should be the antithesis of daily life. It’s all about switching off. So it has to be somewhere quite dramatic, far away, close to blue waters in a country with a foreign language. Surprise me. I love adventure and the unexpected.
Your personal style signifier(s):
That would have to be my glasses which I found through a family business based in Norfolk. They sell vintage frames only.
The place that inspires you is:
The V&A in London. I think it is one of the best museums in the world for pure design inspiration. Otherwise, the London parks are genuinely brilliant. London has the best urban parks in the world and they are a definite source of inspiration.
A recent “find” is:
There is a small bookshop called Bookcase in Chiswick that sells discounted books and this is where I keep going back for more art & design books. I have become so addicted to this place that I am now well-acquainted with the owners!
If you had to limit your shopping to one neighbourhood in one city...
I would stick to the West End, because you get both Dover Street Market and Brown’s Boutique, for the best that fashion has to offer.
The last thing you bought and loved...
I think it was a book on Interior Design - Mlinaric on Decorating. I always get inspired by books.
And the thing you’re eyeing next...
I am always keeping an eye out for the next auction. I have to say I am quite obsessed with them but I don’t win the bids all the time unfortunately!
The last meal that truly impressed you...
I went to Pidgin in Shoreditch. It is a simple space and the food was incredible. They were recently awarded a Michelin star.
Your favourite websites ..
It has to be 1stDibs, as I love scouring for interiors pieces. Otherwise, it’s the FT for its Weekend Arts section.
Favourite Plum home...
This is a difficult one as there are so many. I would go for The Butterfly for its sleek design or Brutus & Caesar for its extravagance.
Best feature you’ve seen in a Plum home...
It has to be a mini Roman-style bath - which was really unexpected in a house just moments from the bustle of Portobello Market!