There’s no shortage of writing about Anouska Hempel. As a London socialite, Bond girl, and former soft porn actor turned self-made hotelier, Anouska’s fascinating life has been profiled numerous times.
However until this year, her interiors were mostly documented in periodicals and around the web. Now there’s a book of her marvelous work over the past four decades.
Her work is a bit of a paradox: highly varied yet unified. Her approach at Blakes London and Cole Park was over-the-top maximalist (my favorite flavor of her work) but she pared it all back to the most essential in her work at The Hempel and later La Suite West.
Throughout her work, one can see her hand in trademark elements. Strongly opinionated on color, Anouska limits her palette to just a few colors, of which black is often used in large doses. Stripes make frequent appearances, sometimes wrapped around poles that recall Venice’s mooring poles. Her intricate screens bolster the East-meets-West feel while thin candlestick lamps of her own design create dramatic pools of light.
Let’s take a look.
All images from Anouska Hempel by Thames & Hudson