Studio Nomad was founded in London by Sara Oliver and Mary Shackleton
We source for designers, architects, landscapers, set designers, hotels and select private clients to save you time, money and stress.
We operate discreetly.
From tracking down treasures in dusty warehouses to commissioning skilled craftsmen around the globe - Sara and Mary find inspiration in historic references and street culture for their work on residential projects and film sets.
What inspires you?
Sara's projects over the last 35 years have been happily diverse in scale, type, budget and location, ranging from the refurbishment of the 15th century Queens' College, Cambridge - to numerous houses and apartments in Hong Kong, Delhi, Tokyo, London and throughout the UK - and the design and construction of a major new house in the Moroccan desert. Sara is now based in London.
Mary's attention to detail is second to none; a ceramicist by training, she has worked on film sets, designed furniture in Rajasthan, sourced artisans in Marrakech, textile suppliers in Laos and always negotiates the best deal for clients ... "like a Berber wife" ... wherever.
SOURCING | PURCHASING
- artwork, furniture, lighting, rugs and textiles, antiques, garden statuary and unique architectural elements.
- pieces from ateliers and craftsmen in the UK and around the world.
- interior design consultancy for private clients with Sara Oliver, founder of the company.
THE TREASURE HUNTERS
Sara, originally based in Asia, has travelled extensively whilst gathering suppliers and artisans for her international and UK projects over the last 35 years.
Mary has collaborated with workshops as far-reaching as India and Morocco creating unique pieces, as well as working alongside art directors on movies.
For designers, landscapers, set designers and architects
We will collaborate on your projects and source key elements on request.
FOR PRIVATE CLIENTS
It can be daunting embarking on a project.
People often ask: “Where do you start? There are so many decisions to be made."
Sara can help you draw up a masterplan - once you have good checklists, spec sheets and directories of suppliers any project becomes a whole lot easier.
Four simple questions:
1. What do you want to achieve?
2. What do you like?
3. What don't you like?
4. How involved in the decision making process do you want to be?
An example of the timeline and planning of one of sara's London PROJECTs
brief - to create a bedroom with an open-plan bathroom.
process - first assess the space / then gather ideas and source the key components / strip out / fine-tune the working drawings and then implement the work.
Inspiration - Lutyens' Delhi - i.e. to incorporate antique Indian elements into a traditional panelled room.
main challenge - every task in life has unexpected challenges. In this instance it was tackling a very low RSJ (i.e. socking great big steel beam) that was revealed in the ceiling when the old wardrobes were removed, so ... how to find a way to incorporate the steel beam into the plan for the new room?
The magic - the last few items that turn your project into a jewel.
SOURCEd, designed and installed
If you would like to see a little bit more, following are a few examples of items found and commissioned by Sara and Mary: they range from rare textiles, art and antiques to bespoke furniture and architectural artefacts.
( under construction )
Please contact us for further information
let us make the magic happen
"Sara has worked on several projects for us over the years. No one has a better eye for design and a more innate style. She has a fantastic talent for spotting the hidden gem as well" (SO -Sussex project)
"Sara sourced treasures for our house that we'd never in a million years have found... No one is better" (SDE - Cambridge project)
"Sara has done the interior design on two houses for me, one in London and one in Marrakech. She has a fantastic eye for design and style . She has sourced nearly all of the furniture from many different countries, the results have been exceptional" (DSS - London and Marrakech projects)