Robert Kime, uniquely amongst interior designers, has risen to eminence in the profession via antique dealing, textile collecting and a passion for putting rooms together in a way that reflects a sense of place and suitability.
Whilst studying Medieval History at Worcester College, Oxford, Robert found himself selling antiques to his professors and dons, travelling every week to the surrounding towns buying furniture and accessories to sell out of his rooms in his college - thus establishing his future career.
A lifelong interest in rugs and textiles, frequently admired or collected for the story they may tell, make robust appearances in Robert’s homes and projects. Having decorated some of England’s foremost houses, with an air of natural permanence, his large stock of antique textiles started to dwindle. This led Robert to begin designing his own fabrics in 1983, a practice that has carried on since, based on his extensive collection and sourcing of document pieces.
Today, Robert Kime Limited is based in Ebury Street, London and Marlborough, Wiltshire. The company, under the leadership of Managing Director Orlando Atty embodies the broad and unique sensibility of Robert Kime.
Placing an emphasis on the experiential, Robert and Orlando have worked together seamlessly, for 10 years, with an inherent understanding of suitability and intuition to source antiques, rugs, textiles and art that sit perfectly alongside our collection of fabrics, wallpapers, furniture and lighting. This collection marries Robert’s vast knowledge and personal document archive with a passion for travel, antique dealing and decoration together, they create a beautiful and broad range for designers and enthusiasts alike.
This same approach, of experience, suitability and interest, is shared by Robert Kime Design Limited. With, collectively, over 35 years together, the design team, led by Claire Jackson, delivers the interior decoration ethos for which Robert Kime is known. The design philosophy is unwavering, allowing both client and designer to center on answering the most essential question - how does the client want to live? Robert, Claire, Orlando and the team’s ability to deliver an environment that reflects the interests and tastes of the client and their desire for a comfortable house is at the heart of the Kime reputation. Embracing the three strands of Robert’s expertise as an antiques dealer, textile and fabric collector and interior designer, Robert Kime Design creates a signature atmosphere of comfort and ease, in projects of all sizes and styles, for a world-wide clientele.