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We've made no attempts at hiding what huge fans we are of design due ‘2 Lovely Gays’. Made up of Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, this self-taught pair have built their design empire from humble beginnings at Greenwich Craft Market where they would sell home made textiles.
Fast forward a few years and the pair have a hit TV show behind them, Jordan competed on The Great Interior Design Challenge which he made the final, and a thriving interior design agency.
We were thrilled to be involved with their latest project, aptly named ‘Smash Hits’. Created for couple, David and John, the brief was to simply create a space that was bright and modern. Jordan explains ‘they wanted the home to be fun and not take itself too seriously’.
With the initial idea centred around the client’s love for Star Wars, Jordan and Russell came up with a design that kept a playful element but was also super stylish.
Gathering inspiration from the client’s favourite TV shows and films (this included Queer as Folk and Star Wars) Jordan and Russell embraced their client's passion and grabbed their best Jedi outfits and headed down to the Star Wars secret cinema club. They actually managed to bump into David and John whilst rocking their costumes!
Along with Star Wars, the duo pulled inspiration from a David Hockney painting. As the ideas developed and evolved it became apparent that reproducing the painting would be impossible due to copyright. Taking a more modern route they landed on one of our favourite photographs from Slim Aarons – Poolside Gossip. It was decided that this would be framed and set against the pale pink stripes in the hallway.
For the lounge Jordan and Russell picked one of our Museum of London poverty maps, Jordan reveals ‘when we found the map of Soho by Charles Booth it pulled together all elements of the design and picked up on the colours. It was a perfect fit.’
The final look is a low key, modern and bright space that has an understated style. The fusion of beautiful red and blues alongside the pastel pink in the bedroom work seamlessly to complement each other. Great work guys!