Bring Me Sunshine
The Solis Piano debuts in a Designer Hollywood Home by Celia Sawyer
World re-known Interior Designer Celia Sawyer has been designing homes and spaces for over 25 years. As well as residential properties, Celia and her team design luxury interiors for superyachts, aviation, commercial properties, and projects in the leisure industry worldwide.
One such project was for a VIP client based in Hollywood, Los Angeles and owner of a 16,000 square foot, 1990’s contemporary home with elevated views across the Hollywood Hills.
Bought for its views, the original house is very square, and dull in its architecture and interior style. The client reserved Celia’s design services giving her team full reign on the restyle.
Celia’s main aim was to make the space more inviting, inject some personality, warmth and soften the blocky edges ‘I wanted to create a style throughout that had great flow, but also was very textural and stylish.’
The main living space incorporates a lounge area and dining room to be used practically by the client for leisure and entertaining. The interior needed to compliment the beautiful views from the elevated windows and work in harmony with the setting. The perfect setting for entertaining and enjoying family time and the inclusion of a self-play piano.
‘When I first saw the piano (The Solis), I just knew it would be the “Star piece” of the design, the thought process behind it as an art piece fitted just perfectly into the space. I felt it needed its own platform to be displayed (and played) on, and the room could take something of this size and design shape beautifully.’ Says Celia.
The Solis, which was designed by Goldfinch, for Edelweiss the UK based bespoke piano manufacturer, was inspired by the setting sun across the California desert. With its liquid metal veneer and curved shape, the Solis is a statement piece that seamlessly mixes music and art.
Celia goes on to explain the colour combination used in the design ‘I was also using a lot of bronze tones, and textural warm materials, lots of marble, mixed with soft velvets, and great shapes in the room, and the Solis took the hard edge off of the interior space. ‘
Celia is a judge for The International Property Awards and The International Hotel Awards and as such is at the forefront of the interiors industry. Her inclusion of the Solis was based on the design and unique product but also a trusted reputation.
‘I like using trusted suppliers who are on time with their deliveries, and I know the quality is up to standard, but I always look for new ideas to incorporate into my designs.’ Says Celia.
What is most apparent from the design is the timeless quality of the interior while maintaining the individuality and flair of great design.
‘I don’t follow too much trend on my design as my clients really want it timeless, not to go out of fashion in a year. I always advise the public to be wary of trying to be too trendy, just pick those smaller items that are easy to change’
Celia’s clients reach as far and wide as Brussels, Barbados and India and the team have several residential refurbishments on the books for 2022.
‘If I could use a piano in every project I would, they are elegant pieces, and the Solis is something else in the way that it is designed that will really turn some heads.’ Celia Sawyer.
Based in Mayfair, London you can see more of Celia’s design projects at www.celiasawyer.com