A Young UK Designer with an Old Soul by

Issue 49 · Haute Holiday · December 5, 2012

A Young UK Designer with an Old Soul

Issue 49 · Haute Holiday · December 5, 2012

Cabinetmaker, furniture restorer, worldly antique dealer: Meet Max Rollitt, a young designer with an old soul, as we tour the project that launched his interior design career.

The owners of a recently purchased Hampshire vicarage found themselves in Rollitt’s nearby antiques shop wondering about a sofa from his bespoke furniture line. Soon realizing that they probably needed more than just a sofa, they ended up hiring Rollitt as their dealer and decorator. With his expertise in antiques and his well-chosen inventory, Rollitt was able to test things out and source them as required. The result? Within the space of a few months, Rollitt managed to turn the vicarage into a well loved and lived in home. To see more interior design work by this emerging talent, go to Max Rollitt.

Photography by John Hammond and Dave Gibbons.

Above: Max Rollitt, an antiques dealer turned designer.

Max Rollitt, Hampshire Vicarage sitting room, antique rug on bare floor boards, antique mirrors on walls, antique furniture

Above: The vicarage has three formal reception rooms, including the sitting room. The fireplace mantel was sourced at Jamb.

Max Rollitt, Hampshire vicarage, sitting room, corner of fireplace mantel, holiday garland over vintage mirror, brass fireplace surround

Above: The brass candlestick and fireplace surround have a worn patina that matches the antique gold framed mirror. A holiday garland adorns the wall over the mirrors. (N.B. See our Easy Holiday Garland video to make your own.)

Max Rollitt, Hampshire vicarage, gold framed painting of hung on wallpapered wall, chinoserie table with three paintings hanging above it

Above: Rollitt's eclectic style with a mixing of objects in style and value is sure of touch but not heavy handed.

Max Rollitt, Hampshire vicarage, dining room, antique round table with glass chandelier, 18th century bust in corner of room

Above: One of the three formal reception rooms is the dining room.

Max Rollit, Hampshire Vicarage

Above: Color accents are achieved through soft textiles.

Max Rollitt, Hampshire vicarage, church pew, pine floor boards with colored markings, church pew with row of hats hanging above

Above: In many of the rooms, Rollitt used broad pine planks from the drying shelves of Victorian potteries as the flooring material.

Max Rollitt, Hampshire vicarage, vintage flags frame doorway into informal sitting room, stone floors, wood bookshelf

Above: Vintage flags frame the doorway to the back of the house, where there is an informal sitting room.

Max Rollitt, Hampshire vicarage, kitchen, curtain across shelves

Above: A working kitchen is designed around daily use.

Max Rollitt, Hampshire vicarage, fireplace mantel in bathroom, wood framed mirror, small side lights with lampshades, two small framed bird prints

Above: The fireplace mantel in the bathroom.

Max Rollitt, Hampshire vicarage, toilet with commode at ceiling, gold framed paining of bird, vintage candle holder and small landscape painting

Above: Even the bathroom offers design opportunities.

Max Rollitt, Hampshire Vicarage, bedroom with large print wallpaper, vintage muted carpet on painted floorboards

Above: Rollitt's mixture of textiles and colors creates a welcome retreat in the bedroom.

N.B. Does it stand to reason that antique dealers are good designers? See At Home with London's Antiques Whisperer and tell us what you think.

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