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.