Modern English

Todhunter Earle Interiors
By: Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle
Text by Helen Chislett
256 pages
10¼ x 
11¾ in. 
 (260 x 
300 mm.), 
color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-86565-393-1
Hardcover with jacket
US $60 / 
CAN $75 / 
GBP £50
PUBLISHED: Oct, 2021

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Founded by Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle in 1998 and based in Chelsea, London, the design studio Todhunter Earle is renowned for creating beautiful, sensitively considered interiors around the world. With a hugely diverse mix of projects, ranging from traditional country estates and contemporary town houses to ski chalets, boutique hotels, private banks, superyachts and fashionable restaurants, one key element remains constant: their commitment to imbuing interiors with passion, dedication, and sensibility to place. Here, 18 private house projects showcase their extraordinarily varied catalogue of work, revealing the pivotal factors and challenges encountered on each design journey.

This sumptuous book encapsulates Todhunter Earle’s instinctive approach: relaxed, unpretentious, and discreet interiors that whisper rather than shout, each one embodying the right feel for the client. Including original photography plus specially commissioned concept illustrations by renowned watercolorist Marianne Topham, Modern English will inspire design enthusiasts and fellow professionals alike.

Helen Chislett is a widely published English journalist and author who specializes in design and decoration at a luxury level, encompassing everything from interiors, art, antiques, and architecture to craft, gardens, and decoration. She is the author of twenty books and also runs her own consultancy, London Connoisseur, devoted to championing artisanship in design.

Marianne Topham is a well–known visual artist whose artistic heritage runs deep, directly descended from Francis William Topham, a close friend of Charles Dickens and an illustrator of his work, and Richard Topham, the distinguished 17th century art collector and connoisseur. Marianne Topham’s work has influenced leading modern interior designers and architects, and she has worked closely with Todhunter Earle for more than twenty years. She lives in England.

Leading figures in British design, Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle have been devising impeccable schemes for more than 20 years. This book encapsulates Todhunter Earle’s design ethos: creating striking interiors in sympathy with a building’s architecture.

House & Garden

Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle’s first book, Modern English, features an inspiring range of projects by Todhunter Earle.

The English Home

Todhunter Earle sit not only in the first rank of British interior designers, but of international decorators too. Their sheer range, their ability to lead in so many different styles and projects, their…modern Englishness with a global twist, marks them out as players of considerable importance.

Nicholas Coleridge CBE
Chairman, Victoria and Albert Museum

For the last two decades, Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle’s eponymous design studio has become a byword for chic, smart interiors. Now, they are releasing a new coffee table tome, Modern English: Todhunter Earle Interiors, profiling 18 private house projects for the first time.

The overstuffed English cottage archetype is nowhere to be found in this compendium by Helen Chislett on the clean, modern work of design studio Todhunter Earle.

[Todhunter Earle] bring deep English-y undercurrents to their work—restraint that summons Jane Austen; curtained window seats straight out of Jane Eyre—but their backgrounds in philosophy, psychology, and art push them to take a fresh approach to proportions, flow, the “feel” of a room. The book looks at 18 private-house projects and is divided into three sections: country, town, and abroad. Every page holds inspiration.


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