Hotelier Indonesia STERLING STUDIOS

Sterling Studios is a passionate authority in bespoke decorative finishes and artworks in glass, leather, paint, lacquer, resin, metal and plaster.   As well as specialist artisans in hand etched glass and verre eglomisé, the beautifully romantic gilt and reverse painted glass created in eighteenth century France. Craftsmen and luxury artisans design pieces with a magical combination of art creative design and uniquely developed skills.  Sterling Studios harnesses old-age techniques to interiors used especially for Palaces and contemporary materials creating spectacular finishes for interiors. Bespoke finishes can be used on furniture, walls, doors, or to create feature installations.  

Jewel-like metals and resins, embellished glass, gesso and leather and a huge variety of painted finishes and papers can be commissioned by international designers with both contemporary and classical vision.  Sterling Studios offer a myriad of techniques combining modern paints and resins in unexpected ways, from flat or raised to hand-painted, antiqued, printed and modern styles.  Restoring antique leather rooms and creating reproduction leather paneling inspired Sterling Studios founders to create new techniques with which to raise, patinate and decorate leather and paper for ceilings, walls and furniture.  Sterling Studios skill and creativity have helped bring to life the work of industry professionals including Alidad, Joanna Wood, Todhunter Earle, Terence Disdale, Sagrada, Nicholas Haslam and Anna Owens.  

Francois Lavenir and Fiona Sutcliffe combined as Founders in 2003, to build on their previous successes in antique restoration, design and painting.  Technical curiosity and familiarity and love of classical design underpins the work of Sterling Studios.  With backgrounds in antiques restoration, history and fine art, Sterling Studio’s bring new life to time-honored craftsmanship.

A strong team of 30 professionals means a limitless variety of decorative possibilities.   Modern machinery, CAD facilities and a large team housed in a 10,000+ square foot premises in London offer the ability to handle large or small projects to tight deadlines.  Recent commissions include a reverse painted glass jungle scenes for Selfridges International Services, eglomise glass and walllpaper for a penthouse in Baku; murals in a London penthouse; chinoiserie style glass with birds and foliage, reverse painted and hand silvered for an orangery; antiqued gilt and lacquered screens in a modernist design; abstract glass mural in silvers, bronzes and textures for a large AV cabinet.  Prestigious clientele includes Graff Diamonds, 5 Hertford Street, Selfridges, Berners Tavern, The Arts Club and Sartoria

Sterling Studios is a specialist decorative arts company which offers clients an extensive collection of exquisite bespoke finishes all hand crafted in our workshop in London.

We have engineered a unique balance between reaping the benefits of a large 10,000+sq ft workshop whilst simultaneously upholding personal relationships with all of our clients.Our core values are original design, technical innovation and efficient service.  


In 2003, Fiona Sutcliffe and François Lavenir, the directors of Sterling Studios, strived together to create a unique type of company which could offer clients both an excellent personal service and the resources available to a large studio.

The directors have transferred the vast artistic and technical knowledge acquired during their time as antique restorers to build Sterling Studios' skills and reputation. The rigour and precision required have provided them with the foundations and confidence to experiment freely with materials and techniques in order to produce truly original work of all genres.


Our clientele consists exclusively of design professionals; architects, interior designers, yacht builders and commercial designers, including Nicholas Haslam ltd, Alidad, Joanna Wood, Waldo Works, Todhunter Earle, Sagrada, and Studio Indigo.

We uphold the same professionalism with all of our clients, built on trust and confidence.

“Knowledge, inventiveness and creativity are assured when working with Sterling Studios. This rich and fun talent is instrumental in my designs for specialist decorative finishes” Alidad

“For many years the Sterling Studios team have helped us create the most amazing designs using their incredible range of skills in painted and decorative materials... They understand both our artistic requirements and realities of budgets and deadlines” Chris Watkins of Tessa Kennedy Designs (quotation)

Sterling Studios
Unit D, Trading Estate Road,
Western Trading Estate, London, NW10 7LU

020 8453 9360

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