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(1-3b) Veere
MDS INTERVIEWS
VEERE GRENNEY
Part 1

MDS- How would you define your style?

 VG- contemporary classicism with one eye on the past and one on the future. To put it simply, you should always be able to smell the street.

London Townhouse

Claridge’s Drawing Room

 

MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

VG- I grew up in Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. The influences were obviously living in a suburban environment by the sea. Neither of these show in my work at present but the glorious thing about suburbs is you begin to understand houses and how they work and, most importantly, how environments really relate to where the houses are; e.g., in Long Island, New York (a very similar environment to my childhood). It is a different kind of environment to that of very urban London.

Photo of an Auckland home

Photo of an Auckland home

 

 

MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

VG- I’d be a postman on Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand because I love walking, I love being by the sea and I love reading other people’s postcards!

Mailboxes

 

 

MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

VG- On a daily basis, my beautiful Lurcher, Rio (a cross-breed of greyhound/ sighthound/whippet/Bedlington), who loves to lie on mink blankets and, as always, walk in the English countryside.

Rio

Dedham Vale, England

 

 

MDS- What is your favorite room in your house?

VG- The salon of my country house, The Temple, facing east over the water and west over Constable countryside, and in perfect harmony with nature, incorporating the principles of Palladian architecture – simple, grand, country, luxurious and altogether composed and relaxed. It is my ultimate refuge.

The Temple, Drawing Room

The Temple, Drawing Room

The Temple, Drawing Room as seen in Veranda

The Temple, Drawing Room as seen in Veranda 

 

MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?

VG- Indian miniatures, Islamic pictures, Islamic calligraphy that are all going to adorn my new house in Morocco.

Veere’s Islamic Paintings 

 

 

MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many                  !”

VG- Books

The library in one of Veere’s former homes

 

 

MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house, who’s would it be and why?

VG- It would be a Regency Villa for the supreme architect Sir John Soane – a lovely modest, architecturally perfect villa on the banks of the Thames in Twickenham in about 1805.

Villa of JMW Turner– Twickenham, England

 

MDS- What do you want to be known for?

VG- Integrity, honesty and turning up on time.

Cartier Roadster

 

 

MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

VG- Upholstered walls, highly polished wooden floors, fresh flowers, real log fires, ‘Pyramide’ Georg Jensen cutlery and French 18th Century guilt candlesticks.

Upholstered Walls

‘Pyramide’ Georg Jensen Cutlery

French Ormolu Candlesticks

Veere’s Former home on Chelsea Embankment, London

“VEERE GRENNEY” - 4 Comments

  1. I love the cool approach he takes to honoring the past…it’s classic without stuffiness. Adore the pyramid pattern…i find it really challenging to find a pattern that i love.

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  2. mARK,

    tHANK YOU, i ENJOY AND lEARN FROM YOUR bLOG & LOOK FORWARD TO READING & SEEING GREAT PICTURES EACH dAY…… tHANKS AGAIN, al

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  3. Veere is a genius and hAppeNs to be my best friend! Great stoRy!

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  4. Hi Mark,

    I’ve only recently discovered your blog but it’s become my favorite- So much insPiration delivered in your down to earth style!

    Thank you,
    Peggy

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