Michael Ruh is glass designer based in London creating hand-blown glass objects of exquisite texture, colour, and form.
The studio is run by Micheal Ruh and partner Natascha Wahl who met in a Belgian glass blowing studio in 1995 and after travelling extensively, set up a workshop near home in South London in 2004. The studio uses traditional techniques to produce covetable glass tableware, lighting, and home accessories. They also work on custom commissions with private clients, designers, and architects. One such collaboration is with Perfumer Lyn Harris engaging Michael Ruh for her Perfumer H bespoke and monogrammed fragrance bottles in her atelier in Marylebone.
The well-travelled duo draws inspiration from nature, light, and destinations as disparate as Norway and the central coast of California. Finding specific beauty, for example in rusted industrial landscapes, the bright light after a thunderstorm, ephemeral Midwestern sunsets, and the patterns and hues of the Dakota harvest.
The elegant harmony of shape, surface, and shade, together with the shared passion of traditional techniques and inspiration from adventurous travel create objects that are enormously collectable. The Chelsea Jars are first on the list…
The home that Caroline Sieber, the London-based Austrian fashion stylist, shares with husband Fritz von Westenholz is both elegant and a little daring too.
The chic interior strikes a pleasing balance between tradition (with references from both their Austrian and English heritage) and a whimsical modernity. You can see they’ve also had some fun decorating their first home.
When the couple found the classic Victorian residence in Notting Hill, Sieber saw potential. A 1980’s renovation had successfully integrated double-height spaces, a generous glass wall, and additional windows, bringing both the light and the garden (seemingly) indoors.
“I had a very strong idea of what I wanted and I wasn’t that worried about making mistakes, because this is for us, you know? So we went for crazy colors and lots of patterns.” Sieber tells Amercian Vogue’s Hamish Bowles.
The fashion stylist (and Chanel brand ambassador) has certainly left her mark: the bespoke botanical wallpaper by Zuber in the living room was recoloured into a sea-green hue to match that of a beloved Rochas dress. Beneath, a pink sofa sits pretty in front of a custom contemporary marble table, juxtaposed with an eclectic array of furnishings including nineteenth-century chairs, and table lamps shaded with vintage sari fabric. The bathroom is perhaps the boldest departure from a classic English décor, with marble and chrome surrounding lacquer-look Tiffany-blue glass cabinetry.
“I would always insist on doing it on my own,” Caroline tells Vogue. “I can dress myself—why wouldn’t I be able to decorate my own house?”
The shocking-pink stair runner in the entry is perhaps the first clue to who was really in charge of decorative decisions in this personal, imaginative and of course, extremely stylish, home.