A CERAUDO look at Eltham Palace.
Designed by Seely & Paget for Stephen and Virgina Courtauld, this palace combines one of the largest and best preserved Medieval great halls in England, and a luxurious house reflecting the artistic and intellectual interests of its owners, Stephen and Virginia Courtauld.
Renowned for its striking Art Deco features, Eltham Palace has the rare ability to balance a range of styles by allowing them to work harmoniously. In addition to these infamous design traits, we wanted to share our appreciation of the intricate reception room marquetry, bold tiling and the beautiful dusty pink marble that prevails (to us, anyway!) throughout the palace.
A real example of craftsmanship at its finest, and a unique combination of styles, colours and details.
English Heritage explains that the palace’s “typical features include wall surfaces lined with a range of native and exotic woods, the use of pale paint colours – a contrast to the strong colours favoured by the Edwardians – and ceilings designed as an integral part of the room. Furniture was designed with clean lines and an absence of applied decoration.”
Rolf Engströmer, Swedish designer and architect, created the dramatic entrance hall interior. The wall surfaces are made of blackbean veneer with marquetry depicting scenes from southern and northern European civilisations.
The combination of subtle grey intricate wall paintings strikes an impressive contrast with one of the blue tiled bathrooms.
Fixtures and fittings throughout the palace add detail and a sense of fluidity within the space – the veneer marquetry guides you up the stairs where the eyes can feast upon the rest of the palace’s striking, yet somehow subtle design.
Photography by Tine Bek.