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Gian Mantelli interview

(August 25, 2010)

 At home with interior designer, Gian Mantelli


I've long been a fan of the work of Gian Mantelli. We are former school friends and, even at that young age, I recognised his rare talent. His beautiful images (which have featured in a past edition of Cymru Culture) are awe inspiring, and his home is just as beautiful and unique.

I've always thought that the ability to reflect one's personality and style influences, especially in the home, is a true gift.  As you can see - courtesy of the images provided by Gian of his stunning home (accompanied by narrative explaining his influences etc. - he achieves a very high level of sophistication and individuality, seemingly with ease.

Enjoy ...


Gian Home 1 
Guest bedroom


The guest bedroom

My primary inspiration came from having such a small bathroom upstairs. I decided to knock the wall through to the guest room creating a spacious en suite. The look was brought together with a number of natural elements including: teak furniture and flooring; Sandstone wall tiles; and a Crema Marble basin in the en-suite from Thomas Gardiner.


The wall / base colour used to hold the concept together is Sisal (estate emulsion) from the Farrow & Ball  collection, giving an extra matt finish.


To make the setting more contemporary and a touch of glamour was added with black 'Inari' flock wallpaper by Romo , the pendant light fitting, black and gold acrylic table lamps by Flos  and black string room divide by Habitat.  


Gian Home 2 

Guest bedroom, en suite 


Gian Home 3

Guest bedroom, en suite


The kitchen

They say the kitchen is the heart to any home and it is particularly true with ours. Because we do so much entertaining I wanted to design the room so that I could interact with guests while cooking. The island gives a fantastic work area as well as somewhere for guests to gather round and talk over drinks.

The 'Shaker Oak' style kitchen from Llantrisant based sigma 3 merges a classic style door with contemporary finishes and gadgets. The dark granite worktops give a sharpness that takes the look away from being too rustic.

I decided to run 400x600mm travertine (limestone tiles) throughout the ground floor because it is extremely hardwearing and ages well.  But most of all it ties in with so many design concepts and colour variations.


Gian Home 6



Gian Home 7


The Lounge

I purchased the house for two reasons:  the first being the mature garden.


Gian Home Garden

Mature back garden


Secondly, the real fireplace in the lounge. The room was stripped back to a bare shell, apart from the fireplace.


The floor was tiled in 400x600mm travertine and the main walls plastered and painted in 'Down Pipe' ( Estate Emulsion ) by Farrow & Ball.  The window wall, however, was painted in super matt black as a back drop to the curtains. The curtain fabric was chosen in a black and gold vertical stripe by Debenhams. The curtain heading being finished with a pinch pleat. The bind is in a grey faux fur from  Eclectics  which, although being extravagant sits softly behind the curtains, adding texture to the window area while complimenting the down pipe walls.


The 30 bulb chandelier is a Gino Sarfatti design by Flos. The room needs bold statement pieces to make it work. A glass light fitting would be too delicate for the room and would clash instantly, so this chrome and black light fitting was perfect.


GT Lounge 2



 I think with any eclectic design it is a case of trial and error, especially when it comes to accessories. The cerise orchid by M& S pops against the dark wall colour. The cushions and rug are in a electric blue 'Bovine' by London designers O'Hare & D'Jafer (Stephen O'Hare    and Mevlit D'Jafer  ).


Gian Home 5

Lounge accessories


Gian Home 8

Lounge (lighting detail)



Not only does Gian have a stylish, contemporary home, he also designs spaces for clients. Here are some of his recent creations. I'm sure you'll agree they are absolutely stunning ...


Elevations 1&2 - are for a master en suite in Penarth. To create the look I want I am using vanity furniture from Duravit. The glass panel is made by Bridgend designers Hot Glass Design. I am using a limestone for the walls and floor. The matt finish to complemens the gloss rosewood finish of the furniture. The venitian handmade mosaics are by Bizazza.


GT Elivations 1 Elevation 1. Master  en suite design


GT Elivations 2 Elevation 2. Master en suite design


'B&W' is a penthouse loft appartment design. Villeroy and Boch porcelain tiles (black & white) are key to the look. Vanity black oak furniture by Burgbad. 'Seadream' bathtub by Duravit.


GT B&W 1

'B&W' bathroom design


GT B&W 2

'B&W' bathroom design


Jerico Stone - shows the beauty of the bespoke Welsh glass against the natural stone. I have used walnut vanity furniture and chestnut leather accessories to contrast and sharpen the look. Feature lighting throughout sharpens the design to stop it looking too rustic.


GT Jericho Stone 1

Jerico stone, bathroom design


GT Jericho Stone 22

 Jerico stone, bathroom design


GT Jericho Stone 222

 Jerico stone, bathroom design


The 'Diva' range of bathroom furniture is part of the 'Masterpiece' collection by Burgbad. Using resin, the manufacturer is able to achieve an ultra sleek and hardwearing finish. High gloss rosewood doors create a glamorous, classic interior - enhanced with sculpted chrome legs. Other finishes include high gloss, walnut and black - with the option of having gold finishings for extra opulence. 'Diva' also includes its own dressing table, illuminated mirrors and tall cabinets, making it a pleasure to design with, especially the en suite bedroom concepts.


GT Jericho Stone 3

 Diva, bathroom design


GT Jericho Stone 2

 Diva, bathroom design


GT Diva 3

 Diva, bathroom design

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