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'Robert Kime, distinctly amongst decorators, has risen to eminence in the profession via antique dealing, textile gathering and an abiding passion for putting rooms together. His 3 strands of competence run side by side as he createsdecorating schemes for a remarkable, discreet and global clientele.' Minutes Hogg While an undergraduate at Worcester College, Oxford, Robert Kime handled antiques to supplement his income, selling to dons, the Master's other half and incredibly to the Ashmolean Museum. He convinced the Bursar to let him keep his rooms on staircase 7 so that his customers would understand where to discover him. A house party at Ashton Wold, the birthplace and home of Miriam Rothschild, resulted in an offer to sell the furniture packed into the top storey of your home and, after 3 years at Sotheby's, a more permanent store in Oundle, Rutland. The business developed throughout the 1970s, along with friendships with designer Christopher Gibbs, Tom Parr of Colefax and Fowler, and veteran antiquarian Geoffrey Bennison. Christopher Gibbs mentions Robert's complete vision of how the world must look.' It is this sense of history and sense of place that give Robert a method of anchoring a house to its setting; it's historicist, subtle, comfy, stunning and never repulsive. He has a genuine sense of consistency, a talent for balancing out the easy with the grand. Decoration jobs start with the carpeting and the space thereafter is layered.' Here are the twelve conclusive Robert Kime jobs, ranging from Bloomsbury to the Bahamas, from the Irish countryside to la France profonde. Stunning, specially-commissioned photography by Tessa Traeger is accompanied by a text which incorporates illuminating descriptions of the choices and challenges involved in each task with an account of how this most cultured of designers developed his eye.