The Dark Queen of Design Anouska Hempel

Posted on Wed, 23 May 2007 by midcenturyjo

Actress, designer and hotelier Anouska Hempel is a doyen of design. As an actress her most memorable role was as Blond (Lust) in the questionably tasteful The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins in the 1971. As designer and owner of the renowned hotels The Hempel and Blakes her style is epitomised by intimate luxury, fine detail and theatre. When asked back in 1998 about future trends her answer was that there will be a reaction to technology and a trend away from minimalism and back towards more opulence. There will be more comfort zoning in people’s surroundings. How right she was.

kim. says:

This is WILD. I don’t know that I could live with so much darkness, but a dining room done up like this would be so dramatic!


Stunning!! it’s very theatrical, definitely not for homes with toddlers. 🙂 It’d be a sin to mess up a home with such fine interiors. Oh well, I could just drool..

Phoebe says:

so inspiring. i love the cameo shot. it’s hard to do dark design without having it be goth or campy, but this stays on the right side of the line as far as i’m concerned.

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