AW18 Campaign

A “private palace of art”, the magnificent Leighton House Museum provided a captivating location to shoot House of Hackney’s new-season campaign. The former home of the Victorian painter, sculptor and President of the Royal Academy, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830 – 1896), it contains an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures by Leighton and his contemporaries, but it is the house’s artful and eclectic interior design that led House of Hackney to its door. The unassuming exterior of the house gives no hint to the splendours inside where a richly sumptuous haven of colour, pattern and texture awaits.   

Leighton House was built by the architect George Aitchison entirely to Leighton’s requirements, creating a space that could showcase his passions, display his collection of fine and decorative art and serve as a library, workplace and home. A source of fascination for many, the house regularly featured in the press and was open to the public on ‘Show Sundays’, significantly contributing to the idea of what it was to be an eminent artist in the late Victorian period. 

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Leighton House is the glittering Arab Hall, a two-storey internal courtyard bedecked in a thousand tiles imported from Damascus. Its design was inspired by a reception room at the Sicilio-Norman palace of La Zisa at Palermo in Sicily. There is a Mashrabiya window that was relocated from a building in Cairo, an impressive gold frieze designed by Walter Crane and a mosaiced fountain in the centre of the room.  

AW18 Campaign

 Connecting the Arab Hall to the rest of the house is the Narcissus Hall, so called because of the bronze cast of Narcissus at its centre. A metallic ceiling mirrors the deep turquoise of the tiles to create a watery effect that is heightened by the light thrown by the striking gasolier in the centre of the room. The mood evokes the story of Narcissus, a young man who falls in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. These two halls showcase Leighton’s varied inspirations, from Italy to the Middle East. 

In comparison to the Arab and Narcissus halls, the rest of the house feels almost understated yet by most standards it is truly decadent. The dining room played host to Leighton’s legendary parties, with a table that could seat over twenty guests. Leighton was deemed an exceptional host and would reportedly ‘sit a little higher than his guests, on a seat from which he could dominate the tale.’ Flocked red wallpaper, around fifty decorative ceramic plates displayed on the walls and a large oak fireplace contribute to a sense of majesty. 

Upstairs – via a dramatic staircase – the Silk Room is lined in green silk which gives the space an iridescent quality, ideal for showing off Leighton’s varied works. Next door is Leighton’s large well-lit studio, its sheer scale signalling its importance. Today its appearance is very different from the cluttered space it once was, where numerous easels would hold works in various stages of completion. Other canvases would be propped up against furniture and the scent of oil paint would have filled the air. 

Leighton’s bedroom is modest in comparison to the rest of the house. Rather than presenting a bespoke decorative finish as seen elsewhere, the walls are covered in dark-blue William Morris ‘India’ paper, unfussy frames line them and a narrow bed sits to one side. Small and bare, it supports the idea that Leighton House was designed and built to be seen – more a museum than a home – to display its owner’s eccentric personality and tastes.  

 

BESPOKE CURTAIN ESTIMATE FORM

House of Hackney now offers an exceptional in-house bespoke curtain and blind-making service tailor-made to our customer's requirements.

Our service offers you a wide choice of headings, fabrics and styles to create a truly bespoke window dress. All you need to do is supply your window measurements and follow the easy instructions on screen.

To receive a quotation simply follow the 4 steps below and a member of the team will respond with a quotation within 24 hours:

  • Step 1

    Choose your fabric

  • Step 2

    Select your heading type

  • Step 3

    Enter your measurements

  • Step 4

    Choose your lining

For any queries or if you would like to talk through your needs with the team please contact the customer services team on + 44 (0) 207 739 3901 e-mail : bespoke@houseofhackney.com.


STEP 1 Choose your fabric

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STEP 2 Select your heading type

  • Pencil
  • Double Pinch
  • Triple Pinch

STEP 3 Enter your measurements (cm)

STEP 4 Choose your lining

BESPOKE BLIND ESTIMATE FORM

House of Hackney now offers an exceptional in-house bespoke curtain and blind-making service tailor-made to our customer's requirements.

Our service offers you a wide choice of headings, fabrics and styles to create a truly bespoke window dress. All you need to do is supply your window measurements and follow the easy instructions on screen.

To receive a quotation simply follow the 5 steps below and a member of the team will respond with a quotation within 24 hours:

  • Step 1

    Choose your fabric

  • Step 2

    Select your
    mechanism type

  • Step 3

    Enter your
    mechanism pully

  • Step 4

    Enter your blind size

  • Step 5

    Enter your lining type

For any queries or if you would like to talk through your needs with the team please contact the customer services team on + 44 (0) 207 739 3901 e-mail : bespoke@houseofhackney.com.


STEP 1 Choose your fabric

FOR ALL FABRIC OPTIONS PLEASE SEE HERE

STEP 2 Select your mechanism type

  • Casset
  • Clean Batten

STEP 3 Enter your mechanism pully

STEP 4 Enter your blind size (cm)

STEP 5 Enter your lining type

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