Leighton House Musuem Re-Opens to Great Acclaim

Lisa Warren gives a round-up of press highlights following the recent re-opening of Leighton House Museum.

Working on the refurbishment and upgrade of Leighton House Museum, the exquisite former home of Lord Frederic Leighton in Holland Park, has been a very special project for Jackson Coles. Its re-opening has now been met with great critical acclaim, and after all the hard work we’re delighted to see this overwhelmingly positive reaction.

The Telegraph’s Daisy Dunn described the space as “picture perfect” and “magnificent”, giving it a 5-star rating.

“The latest additions respond thoughtfully to Leighton’s own… It’s all very aesthetic – much as Leighton liked it.”

In The Times, Laura Freeman notes that “Now, after an £8 million spruce-up, the house is back to its old self, blue and glittering, emerging like a genie from a lamp.”

Writing in The London Evening Standard Melanie McDonagh is similarly effusive in her praise, describing how the refurbishment means that Leighton House is now “returned to its former glory”.

“So hurrah for Leighton House, a gem of Victorian orientalism five minutes from the Design Museum. We all need an exquisite retreat, do we not? If you haven’t been, go.”

Click here to read Melanie’s article in full.

Hand-painted staircase by Iranian artist Shahrzad Ghaffari

I was fortunate enough to get a sneak-peek around Leighton House shortly before it re-opened and was really struck by the way the new design elements enhanced and complimented the existing ornate rooms. I was particularly impressed with the beautiful, tactile helical staircase, hand-painted by talented artist Shahrzad Ghaffari. So in short I wholeheartedly agree with Melanie McDonagh, the museum is a must see!

Click here to read more about our work on Leighton House Museum.

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