„THE STUDIO, ARCHITECTURAL AND INTERIOR DESIGN’: was created in 1985 as a sister atelier of
the main studio founded in the U.K.
Since 1976, The Studio has been regularly commissioned by English Heritage, responsible for historical sites belonging to the Crown and Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK. Such were interiors in Hampton Court, Banqueting Hall in Whitehall Palace, Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, Chicks and Priory. Among private commissions were many successful projects of interiors of private houses such as Loseley Park, Renishaw Hall, and others.
In 1985 The Studio was awarded by English Heritage for successful reconstruction of the 18th c residence at Northaw Place in Hertfordshire, UK.
The restoration of murals in Bower House and the architectural project of reconstruction of the old wing of the palace housing the paintings collection of Ford Motor Company, was followed by the appointment of the director of The Studio as Curator of the collection.
After the political changes, the studio opened a branch in Poland, undertaking a number of architecture and interior design projects. The most serious challenge turned out to be the interior design of the Former Chamber of Deputies of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, partially financed by the British government fund "Know - How". Jacek Czeczot - Gawrak prepared the project, and Anna Kozłowska (died 2.03.2022), the studio's senior partner is the author of this largest fresco of the 20th century in Europe. Since then, the studio has completed a number of architectural orders and interior design projects in the country. One of the most comprehensive orders was a long-term reconstruction of the interior of a private historical residence in eastern Poland, together with a unique painting complex in the al fresco buono technique.
In 2004, The Studio was commissioned by Ambassador Christopher Hill to design the Guard House to conceal the existing building of US Embassy in Warsaw. The project, following the style of the 19th century town villa demolished in the early sixties. Although very well received still awaits its realisation.
Further works included interiors of the Royal Dutch Embassy, the design of the Chairman’s office of the Law firm Wardynski and Partners, the project of interiors for the Polish Roundtable Club and the concept of a large pergola in the Sobanski Palace. Further commissions included the full reconstruction and decoration of interiors of a palace near Lublin, and several private residences in Kostancin, a fashionable residential part of Warsaw.
In 2010, the studio handed over a color design for the south-eastern facade of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The concept was assessed as exemplary by Professor Tomaszewski, chairman of the Architecture Committee at the Mayor of the City.
In December 2011, The Studio prepared the decoration of the Reception Hall in the President of Poland Palace in Warsaw.
In 2012 the work on the project of the decoration of the Palace „Under Tin Roof” in Warsaw was accepted and implemented.
In 2013 The Studio’s highly successful design of the historical colour scheme of the south-east fasade of the Royal Castle in Warsaw was completed.
The Studio’s Senior Partner, Lady Sitwell ALMC is for many years highly regarded and highly experienced authority on the interior design matters, specialising in important historical buildings in UK.
Jacek Czeczot-Gawrak, BSc., MA, lIC UKIC, Senior Partner and the Director of the Polish branch of the Studio, obtained his BSc, MA at the Warsaw University. This was followed by a post graduated course at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Member of International Institute for Conservation, British Society of Interior Designers, Georgian Society and others.
Ms Anna Kozlowska, Senior Partner obtained her MA in Art with distinction at the University of Warsaw. Author of comprehensive study on pigments and wall paintings.
From 1981 to 1989, she specialized in painting conservation in Great Britain. She worked as a conservator, among others in palaces: Hampton Court, Strawberry Hill - Kingston upon Thames, Bower House - Romford and others. In 1989-91, she reconstructed a 600 sq m fresco - al fresco buono - in the former Chamber of Deputies (the hall of the first Polish parliament) in the Royal Castle in Warsaw. In 2012, she made a trompe l'oeil decoration in the vestibule of the Roofless Palace in Warsaw in the fresco secco technique.