Collett Zarzycki

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Collett Zarzycki's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Collett Zarzycki is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Anthony Collett, partner and
Chelsea apartment
Collett-Zarzycki is one of the very few design practices
to offer a multi-disciplinary approach that embraces
architecture, interior design, furniture design and
landscaping. This enables us to offer a fully comprehensive
service to our clients – from initial architectural concept designs
through to the final styling and handover of harmonious
spaces. In addition to design services we also offer project
management and contract administration. We are therefore
able to lead all elements of the conception, creation and
delivery of a variety of architectural, interior or landscape-based
design projects.
The design practice is best known for its work in the high-end residential field for
private clients, although it has in the recent past also been contracted to design
and consult on large speculative residential developments as well as designing hotel
interiors, health spas and restaurants. Notable examples of these include 56 Old
Church Street, which was mostly a 30,000 sq ft new-build extension to an 8,000 sq
ft Georgian rectory and includes a two-and-a-half-acre garden – the largest private
garden in London after Buckingham Palace; the Bath & Racquets Club, Mayfair, for
the late Mark Birley; and a five-star ski hotel in Lech, Austria – the Hotel Almhof
Schneider. What we deliver in all instances is an understanding of luxury living and
an empathetic awareness of the needs of the end users.
Collett-Zarzycki was established 34 years ago by two designers, Anthony
Collett and Andrzej Zarzycki, who continue to lead the London-based practice
today. Our expertise is driven by an understanding of luxury and the desire to
»Partners and directors:
Anthony Collett and Andrzej
»Associates: Silvia Doria and
Barnaby Chapman
»Established in 1984
»Based in London
»Services: Architecture, interior
design, furniture design,
landscape design, project
»No. of employees: 20
create timeless homes, interiors and
gardens. The practice has a vibrant,
creative team of over 20architects
and designers who work closely
with a complementary network of
independent artisans, consultants,
craftsmen and specialists sharing a
broad range of interlocking skills. This
gives us the opportunity to embrace
every aspect of architectural, interior
and landscape design, and enables
us to create some truly spectacular
A global luxury brand
Our clients are mainly British and
are owners of some of the most
prestigious residential properties
in London, the UK and Europe,
the US and the Far East. Collett-
Zarzycki is respected for its attention
to detail and the considered use
of elegant, distinctive and natural
materials. Particular hallmarks of
Collett-Zarzycki’s work, aside from
unremitting quality throughout, are
the sensitive but bold use of colour
and the ability to design across a
range of architectural styles. With an
appreciation of fine craftsmanship
and specialist finishes, we also nurture
relationships with numerous traditional
artisans and craftsmen. We will often
design bespoke fixtures, fittings
and furniture in collaboration with
Collett-Zarzycki considers that this
brings both a sense of quality and
individuality to our projects. Our
progressive, innovative and flexible
design approach is fundamentally
informed by a deep-rooted
understanding of classical architecture.
Order, symmetry and the
understanding of proportion, coupled
with an attention to detail, underpin
all our schemes and designs. However,
this approach remains evolutionary;
we create tailored homes that
respect tradition while reflecting
But, while our reference is often to
the classical disciplines – and on many
occasions where our work is involved
with historic buildings we would
respect and follow the architectural
vocabulary of the building – we
are also able to introduce modern
facilities within the style and
atmosphere of the property while
remaining sensitive to the character of
the building.
Preserving history and culture
Many of the buildings that we work
on in the UK are listed and we believe
that our intrusion and modernisation
of these properties should be done
with care and respect but without
creating a pastiche. Therefore, whether
exterior elements such as masonry and
brickwork, or interior detailing such
as joinery, metalwork and upholstery,
the design team always aims for the
While drawing upon the past for
inspiration, Collett-Zarzycki’s goal is
for a contemporary feel in the use of
space, form, colour and comfort.
Andrzej Zarzycki, partner
and director
Townhouse, Paris
Our progressive,
innovative and
flexible design
approach is
informed by a
understanding of
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For Collett-Zarzycki, every project
and client is unique. Some clients
come to us with design ideas of
their own, looking for guidance and
interpretation, while others are more
than happy to hand over the entire
creative process to a trusted team
of professional architects, designers
and artisans. In all instances we
listen to our clients, whatever their
needs may be, as we know that a
sensitive approach is paramount when
translating a client’s vision intoreality.
As a practice, Collett-Zarzycki prides
itself on the breadth and depth of
its client services, encompassing a
full design and project management
programme. Our programme includes
the production and oversight of
concept design, planning and
statutory approvals, tender and
construction documentation,
contract administration, furniture
design, procurement and installation
and styling. Following an enquiry
from a new client, our design team
extends an invitation to attend an
initial series of creative meetings to
establish a clear brief for the project,
to determine our client’s expectations
and how Collett-Zarzycki can assist in
Essentially, the extent of the services
we offer means that if necessary we
can lead a project from inception right
to completion. This has numerous
advantages but, fundamentally, it
ensures a high level of quality can be
maintained, and without compromise
in the delivery of an artistic vision.
While drawing
upon the past
for inspiration,
Zarzycki’s goal
is for a
feel in the use
of space,
form, colour
and comfort
Eaton Square apartment

This article was sponsored by Collett Zarzycki. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister