Get the Look: European Elegance

  • European elegance is a decor in its own right. But what constitutes this style ethos? Some say it’s the subtle balance of old and new. Perhaps it’s the reinterpretation of European design traditions made relevant for today. Or maybe it’s a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ achieved through composition, texture, volume and light. We say it’s all of the above.

    Who better to show us the way than the modern-day queen of European refinement herself- Swedish designer Louise Liljencrantz. Providing a lesson in classical, yet contemporary grace via her trademark use of texture, colour and objects Liljencrantz has built an impressive portfolio full of luxurious spaces (take a peek at her own home previously featured on est here). Far from stuffy, her projects play with layered, rich materials and the placement of beautiful, interesting pieces to create an easy sense of old-world glamour.

    Interiors | The Home of Designer Louise Liljencrantz | est living
    Atollo 238 Table Lamp Euroluce

    Atollo 238 Lamp

    A luminous sculpture to say the least. Nothing even comes close to the recognition this lamp gets. Earning itself iconic status over the years, the ever-elegant Atollo 238 lamp was designed by Italian Vico Magistretti in 1977 and is available from Euroluce.

    Lacanche Cluny Classic Oven

    No European kitchen is complete without a Lacanche oven range. Hailing from the French Burgundy village of Lacanche (aka the heart of food and wine) since the 19th century, these are serious cookers built in the spirit of a long tradition of craftsmanship.

    Cognac Glasses

    Staying true to the Northern hemisphere tradition of a wee tipple, these cognac glasses by Normann Copenhagen combine function with pure pleasure.

    Alanda Coffee Table

    Italian designers B&B Italia produce this iconic glass and steel framed piece as a homage to 80’s architect Paola Oiva. Not only is the Alanda a functional coffee table it also doubles as a glamorous sculpture. Available at Space Furniture.

    Faye Cushion King Living

    Faye Cushion

    Never underestimate the power of the humble decorator cushion. We love the classic square design of King Living’s Faye cushion in a buttery leather with its pinched edges and hidden zip.

    Chester Moon Sofa

    Representing a true mix of modern and classical designs, Baxter is a contemporary Italian luxury brand devoted to craftsmanship. Their quilted button Chester Moon sofa is constructed using a traditional approach, available from Criteria.

    Ercol Desk

    As quintessentially British as it comes, Ercol has a heritage dating back to the 1920’s. The handcrafted Treviso desk designed by Matthew Hilton captures this timeless European elegance beautifully. Available at Temperature Design.


    Let’s be honest, what European influenced home doesn’t showcase a decent fireplace? Taking cues from the stunning JR Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek, we love a sophisticated stone framed fireplace that doubles as a living room focal point.

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