In my career as a designer I have often encountered walls that are showing their age with the wear and tear of layers of wall papers against plaster with several faded colours showing through. But unfortunately, I never had the thought to leave them there. Part of myself said that is kind of cool - that is the history of the place, and perhaps I even tried to visualize how the previous owners used to live there. The talented Beirut-born designer and gallery owner Rabih Hage, and his sensibility in design saw precisely that in the space and he deliberately left some walls half-finished to create something new with something old. Rabih Hage's keen eye brought contemporary touches, such as the photograph of Gilbert and George in the lobby by Jonathan Root, adding the 'luxe' element to the 'rough'
If there is a 101 lesson here it is not to be afraid of mixing textures - trust me, the result will be elegant and unique.