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sneak peek: florence rolando

by anne

Florence Rolando is a children’s fashion and design specialist, co-founder of Bubble Trade shows, contributor to Milk Magazine, consultant for children’s brands, blogger of Pirouette and oh yeah, she’s a mother of three. So it’s no wonder that her home is full of toys and elements of play. Being half Swiss and half French also makes her a bit of a mountain girl, influencing her alpine style. She’s lived around the world and has collected things along the way, but these days central London is home. The building was originally constructed as an office, giving it a greater sense of space. The apartment is on the top two floors with good, natural light and a great view overlooking the city (and the Gherkin) from their rooftop terrace. Thanks, Florence! — Anne

Image above: This is the guest room. A nod to travel as people (friends and family) who visit us usually come from abroad/far. The world map comes from the Spitafields market; the globes were gathered a bit everywhere.

Image above: When I moved from NY to the UK, I got fascinated by the royal family. I bought the Pearly Queen of Marylebone from artist Ann Carrington. It is made of hundreds of mother of pearl buttons. Also shown: Noguchi table, Flos lamps, pony skin rug from ABC Carpet & home. Couch is Ikea and cushions are Michelle Varian.

Image above: Above the fire place hangs a painting by Tim Braden with a family of toy deer by Schleicht.

Image above: Bookshelves by Vitsoe, collection of vintage toys from markets in the US and UK.

Image above: In my daughters’ rooms, a collection of little chairs by Molly Meg, chest of drawers by Skandium, mirror is Caravan Style and homemade tulle pompoms.

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Image above: Over the bed are wall stickers with the girls’ names. The tutu dresses are by Dagmar Daley. I like the two beds in a row like a long bench or couch, which is perfect for reading stories.

Image above: Landing — vintage creatures from the mountains gathered in thrift stores in Switzerland, rocker Bear by Netto Collection, and dress by Cos Kids.

Image above: The staircase.

Image above: Lower landing — chairs by Molly Meg and photograph by Alessandra Sanguinetti.

Image above: The industrial steel kitchen table was bought in NY (Paula Rubinstein, Prince Street corner of Crosby), the chairs are Tolix, the metal letters spell “loup” (wolf) and the photograph is by Paolo Ventura. That day I have covered the table with posters from a giant YSL catalog.

Image above: Another view of the kitchen.

Image above: The solid oak table in the studio was designed by Sir Terence Conran, Mickey is from the 50s, the photo is by Polly Braden and the pendant light is by Christian Raeder from Skandium.

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