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FRIDAY LECTURE & LUNCHEON

“Designing to the Rhythms of Time”

JANUARY 10, 2020 • 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Ben Pentreath | Photograph © Simon Bevan

Ben Pentreath

Ben Pentreath is one of the UK’s leading architectural and interior designers.

His London-based design studio has established a powerful reputation across a wide-ranging variety of disciplines. Projects range from large-scale urban development projects across the country; on large and small private houses; and on interior decoration projects from romantic castles, to English country houses, to smaller homes in the country and London.

Above all, Ben enjoys designing places that work beautifully for the long term.

Ben's aesthetic is inspired by tradition and a respect for carefully detailed, authentic materials and design, but combined with a love of contemporary culture, which means that life is never dull.

In 2008, Ben opened a tiny eponymous design store, Pentreath & Hall, which has become one of the most influential design shops in London. His weekly blog, Inspiration, is followed by many thousands of readers in the UK, America and around the world.

Ben’s background is in art history, which he studied at the University of Edinburgh before attending the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture. He worked for five years in New York and then with the Prince’s Foundation, before starting his own practice in 2004.

Ben Pentreath’s book English Decoration was published in 2011. A sequel interiors book, English Houses, was published in 2016, and in 2021 he will publish a monograph of the firm’s work over the last 15 years with Rizzoli.

Ben lives with his husband, Charlie McCormick, in London and in a Regency parsonage in West Dorset—and now also in a tiny cottage on the far west coast of Scotland.


Schedule (preliminary):

  • 10:00 am: Registration Opens

  • 10:30 am: Lecture

  • 11:30 am: Luncheon

Advance reservations required.