On the first Tuesday of every month, Christie's keep their doors open late. Anyone can drop in to Christie’s South Kensington between 6pm and 8:30pm for a post-work drink, to hear experts talk about art, interior design and collecting, and to see what happens behind the scenes at 85 Old Brompton Road. Whether you’re an auction regular or just curious about art and collecting, you’re invited to explore Christie’s Lates.
Rachel has been invited to give the main talk on Tuesday 7th February at this wonderful Christie's event and has invited special guest, Fabrice Bana, A-Gent of Style, to join her.
Brighten up your winter with an evening devoted to colour and form. On 7 February at Christie’s South Kensington, interior & product designer Rachel Bates and A-Gent of Style Fabrice Bana will discuss “The Most Important Colour in the Universe.”
After graduating from university, Rachel's career began as a journalist & researcher for Good Housekeeping Magazine. After learning her trade at National Magazine House, she moved to the City to work for Finsbury Financial PR to gain business experience. It wasduring her time in the City that she met her husband Justin and after leaving London and moving home to Cheshire she worked within the Family business for her Father and ran her own Jewellery design business. It was just 11 years ago when building her own home that she fell into interior design. Something she had always wanted to do but had no formal training, then after years of freelancing, Rachel Bates Interiors Limited was established in May 2012. Followed by the launch of her own label collections & stunning e-commerce boutique rachelbatesinteriors.com in November 2015.
Rachel’s Interior & Product Design Style has often been described as, 'Colourful, elegant, exquisite, timeless and of the finest artisan quality’ Valuing craftsmanship and championing artisan skill, Rachel’s elegant design style prides itself on exquisite quality and appreciates the value of bespoke, handmade production. She is an ambassador for wonderful centuries old techniques that she feels are often lost and forgotten about in our fast paced and disposable modern world. Her legacy is to create the antiques and heirlooms of tomorrow. Rachel carries a very strong sense of colour through all her designs and her work can be recognised for its inherent vibrancy. Designs reference the elegance of a bygone era and are often inspired by nature – birds and botanicals appear throughout her work and collections. She is heavily influenced by the Baroque, Rococo & Georgian eras and loves to create her own contemporary take on these wonderful periods of history.
How the press have described Rachel and her style both as an interior and product designer:
Oracle of Time:
Rachel was recently interviewed by Isabel Dexter from Oracle of Time in feature entitled 'Baroque & Roll' about the new baroque interior designers.
“....Bates’ strong sense of colour and her respect for unique craftsmanship and bespoke, handmade production have made her a champion of artisan skill and an inherent vibrancy, which runs through all her work…..”
The English Home:
Rachel Bates Described as one to watch for 2017, English Home, New Years Honours List:
“Vibrant, vivacious, joyous – all words that could equally describe both Rachel Bates’ home interiors creations and the woman herself. ……. We can’t wait to see what she does next….”
The Sunday Telegraph, Stella Magazine:
“If your Christmas wish would be a luxe interiors makeover, consider Rachel Bates your fairy godmother. Her online boutique, Rachel Bates Elegantly Curated, lives up to it’s name …..”
House & Garden:
“We love Rachel Bates Interiors colourful, contemporary take on traditional design”.
Financial Times ‘How To Spend It’:
“Rachel Bates : Bright & Brilliant Homeware – A super chic e-boutique of exclusive collaborations.
Rachel Bates is know for interior design that puts traditional artisanal techniques centre stage, but pushes them so that they reach new heights of excellence……….the visuals are extensively & beautifully shot. It’s seductive stuff”.
Homes & Antiques:
“Interior designer Rachel Bates is not afraid of a dramatic look”
“Rachel Bates Home is a lesson in decorating with colour, pattern & elegance. Antiques are teamed with new textiles and even used as the inspiration for Rachel’s own designs. This is a home where pieces from the past are taken very seriously indeed”.
Fabrice Bana, is founder and editor of Design & Interiors blog, A-Gent of Style and also a French Interior Designer who has lived in London for 18 years. He draws his inspiration from design, interiors, architecture, the arts and antiques as much as fashion, music, travel, nature and food. With an inquisitive mind, impulsive sense of style and discerning eye for detail, he keeps his finger on the pulse and is always on the look-out for anything inspiring, intoxicating, sybaritic or simply authentic. He decided to create A-Gent of Style to document his musings, express my interests, creativity and individualism, put the spotlight on what assaults his senses and lifts his spirits but also to chronicle his everyday adventures and occurrences.
Fabrice, A-Gent of Style, graduated from KLC School of Design in 2009 with both Best Student of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Interior Decoration awards. Whilst studying there, he furthered his expertise by working at Tissus d’Hélène, the boutique fabric showroom in Chelsea’s Design Centre, experiencing first-hand the diverse talents and creativity of elite Interior Designers but also gaining an appreciation of the history of styles and evolving trends thanks to the in-depth knowledge of its founder, Helen Cormack.
He then gained invaluable experience and exposure at Veere Grenney Associates where he honed his skills working on high-end residential projects for a discerning, art-collecting, international clientèle. He quickly developed a new passion for antiques and furniture, particularly of the 20th C, which today sends him seeking new inspiration and scouring for coveted pieces in flea markets, auction houses and antique dealers in the UK and around the world.
Fabrice Bana strongly believes in the enduring design principles of proportion, symmetry, clarity, and balance without ever compromising on comfort. His aesthetics can be described as refined, clean-lined, detailed, multi-layered yet uncluttered and he never shuns from being bold, quirky or having focal pieces. He embraces both classical modernism and modern classicism whereby past and present are mixed into a harmonious confluence of styles thus transcending passing trends and giving his interiors a timeless symphony and a history to tell.
He mostly draws his inspirations from the decorative and applied arts, architecture, fashion, food and nature and also his travels, some of which are documented in his blog A-Gent of Style.
Design journalist Kassia St Clair will tell “Five Colourful Stories” behind her new book, The Secret Lives of Colour.
Kassia St Clair is a design journalist and author based in London. She graduated from Bristol University with a first-class honours degree in history in 2007 and went on to do a master’s degree at Oxford. There she wrote her dissertation on women’s masquerade costumes during the eighteenth century and graduated with a distinction.
She has since written about design and culture for publications including The Economist, House & Garden, Quartz and the New Statesman. She has had a column about colour in Elle Decoration since 2013, and is a former assistant books & arts editor for The Economist. You can see a selection of her published work under the journalism tab.
Her first book, ‘The Secret Lives of Colour’, was published in the UK by John Murray in October 2016; it will be published in America in the fall of 2017 and is being translated into six other languages. To find out more, visit the books tab. She is currently working on her second book while launching Always Take Notes, a podcast about writers and writing in collaboration with fellow journalist Simon Akam.
Felicity Aylieff, a ceramic artist and Senior Tutor of Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, will lead a tour of the RCA’s pop-up ceramics exhibition, and Christie’s specialist Imogen Kerr will discuss highlights from our upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art sale.
Felicity Aylieff is acting head of Ceramics & Glass and an artist of international standing, recognised for her research into large-scale ceramics. Working from her studio in Bath for more than three decades, she has more recently developed a collaborative relationship with factories in Jingdezhen, China, where she makes monumental pots. The surfaces of these pots explore contemporary translations of traditionally used techniques. Her work shows her passion for material and process through its use of colour, pattern and decorative techniques.
Education has always played a prominent role in her career. She was awarded a Professorship in Ceramics from Bath Spa University in 2000 and has been teaching Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art since 2001. She has work in numerous international private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and she is represented by Adrian Sassoon, London.
Discover the art of top-tier handbag collecting with Christie’s specialist Matthew Rubinger, and purchase bespoke stationery from Armorial, the renowned Parisian stationers.
To top it off, Morag Iona Young, a personal stylist at House of Colour, will stage a series of short workshops demonstrating how colour can transform the way we look and feel about ourselves.
Morag's educational background in Psychology, Teaching, Training, Personal Coaching and Business has given her the perfect tools to identify, assess, advise and adapt her Colour and Image expertise to clients seeking change. Morag provides the knowledge, insight and inspiration to make and adapt to these changes in a fun, informative and thought provoking way. With over twentyfive years in the Image Consultancy business she has not only established her own unique business she has travelled extensively throughout the U.K. and USA holding workshops in Miami, Boston, New York and Washington. Her many television presentations include guest appearances on BBC2, Worldwide Now and Sky. Her client base again is extensive, consisting of individuals seeking advice on Positive Personal Impact and large Corporate businesses seeking solutions to Corporate Image and forms of Professional Dress. Twenty seconds away from the bustle of kensington high street and a five minute walk away from the nearest tube Morag has created a quiet and relaxing oasis for her clients.