Designers at Debenhams Take Over Luxury London Hotel Apartment

We’re excited to announce our year-long partnership with luxury five star apartment hotel, Cheval Three Quays. Over the next year, some of our most loved Designers at Debenhams will be exclusively dressing an apartment within the hotel in their own fabulous style and showing off their newest home collections.

The takeover kicks off with iconic designer, Ben de Lisi who has styled the apartment with his bold spring/summer 2016 collection. The beautiful open plan room, which boasts unrivalled floor-to-ceiling views of the River Thames, The Shard and Tower Bridge, is brought to life with a lively combination of hand drawn graphics, geometric accessories and bright multicolours.

We sat down with Ben to hear all about his new home collection, his interior inspirations and his top styling tips…

Savannah Miller

Why did you want to be part of this collaboration?

I wanted to participate in this collaboration as I respected the attention to detail and finish at Cheval Three Quays. I felt with such a quality canvas, my collection would bring a sense of fun, whilst being modern; it would bring interest and humour and have that ‘artist studio’ chic feel.

Why did you choose these pieces to decorate the room?

I chose these pieces for their light heartedness and bold level of colour, as well as their strong point of view and capacity to make you smile… just look at my LUCA cushion.

What sort of atmosphere are you hoping to create in the room?

The atmosphere that I am going for is a look that is modern, clean and happy with a Museum of Modern Art twist.


Cheval Residences and Debenhams


What inspired your latest homeware collection?

My bench mark is always the 1950s for colour and a no-nonsense approach to design. The most important characteristic of my collection is that it is strong without being too dominant. It’s a look that portrays youth.

Describe your interior style…

My interior style would be best described as ‘Artist studio chic’. Think layers and layers that live beautifully together and have a way of transporting you to simpler times. I want to create a look that makes you smile.

What are your essential pieces for refreshing your home for spring?

Bold coloured ceramics or glass, interesting accessories. i.e. a quirky text lamp, a colourful globe and a hand drawn illustrative cushion. Choose pieces that speak volumes about who you are and where you have been.

 Cheval Residences and Debenhams


What is your design philosophy?

I would say keep it simple, make sure that your rooms flow with one another and that there is a synergy by way of colour of walls and choice of flooring. Art and accessories can always bring life and richness alongside personality to any interior.

What are you best travel tips?

Pack light but always bring classics and spark them up with colour, it will never let you down. I recommend visiting Chile for it’s amazing versatility of landscape, Mykonos for the smell, the people, the food and the beaches, Ibiza for the low key hippy glamour and amazing sunsets and for heaven on earth visit Mustique, a very laidback chic island in St Vincent & The Grenadines.


Cheval Residences and Debenhams



You must travel a lot, what makes a hotel room feel like home to you?

The hotel rooms that feel like second homes to me are the ones that I continue to visit year on year – for example, room 722 at the Belvedere in Mykonos is my room and I have been staying there for 22 years in a row same time each year. I arrive, unpack, hang sarongs over doors and curtain rods, hats on lamps, necklaces on doorknobs… and voila, I’m home.

What are your three essentials pieces to make a house a home?

Quality art pieces that mean something to you, collections that make you beg for more, things that have a story and speak about you.  Every piece in my homes I have a relationship with, a journey about where it all began, where we are and where we might be going.  When I am home and look around that’s how I feel.


Shop the full Ben de Lisi Home collection to achieve this five star look in your home.

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