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 A pair of statuesque ladies very much inspired by Hagenauer designs flank a sideboard by the American Brutalist sculptor and furniture maker, Paul Evans.

A pair of statuesque ladies very much inspired by Hagenauer designs flank a sideboard by the American Brutalist sculptor and furniture maker, Paul Evans.

There's no doubt about it, this homeowner likes a bold, graphic shape. You can see it in the star-shaped chandelier, originally a table base. You see it in the roller-painted ceiling. There are triangles and curved silhouettes just about everywhere. "The bolder everything is, the calmer I feel," says Catharine Vernon-Smith of her rebellious semi-detached Edwardian home in London's district of Kew. Shying away from pretty, Catharine favours strong, Brutalist furniture and '30s through to '80s design. A star home in my book The New Art Deco, Catharine shows us how to be daring when it comes to decoration. If you have an expanse of space, why not cover it? 

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