David Mlinaric

Designed and decorated renowned interiors all over the world.


David Mlinaric, Interior Designer and Decorator, born 1939, educated Downside School, trained at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London. Started David Mlinaric Ltd. in 1963, Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi Ltd. formed in 1989. Offices in London, (38 Bourne Street, London, SW1W 8JA, t. 020 7730 9072, f. 020 7823 4756) and Paris, (44 Rue Sainte Anne, Paris 75002 t. 331 42 96 08 62, f. 331 42 97 44 92), and previously New York. Retired as partner & director July 2005.

The practice has usually carried out traditional but interpretive Interior Design and Decoration, often in historic buildings which involve restoration and research, both for private clients and institutional or commercial organisations, including restaurants, shops and offices. Previous work includes Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire, Bath Assembly Rooms and other houses open to the public for The National Trust; parts of the British Embassies in Paris, Brussels and Washington, (the three principal historic buildings of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office); work at St. Johns’s College, St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, and Magdalen College, Cambridge; the chapel of Trinity College, Dublin; The National Gallery, London; Spencer House, London; Curzon House, London; The National Portrait Gallery, London; West Dean House (college of applied arts and crafts), Sussex; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; British Galleries at The Victoria & Albert Museum London; Waddesdon Manor (The Rothschild Collection), Buckinghamshire; Arundel Castle, Sussex; Asprey’s, London and New York.

The partnership has worked in private houses in France, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, U.S.A., Ireland and Germany as well as the U.K.; in some cases doing external landscape and garden work as well as interiors.   The practice continues with projects worldwide.

David Mlinaric was a Peer Reviewer for English Heritage at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, a Trustee of the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath and is Hon. Fellow BIDA, Hon. Fellow RCA. In 2008, “Mlinaric on Decoration,” by Mirabel Cecil and David Mlinaric was published by Frances Lincoln in the UK and the USA.

In retirement, David Mlinaric worked on the restoration and decoration of Apafi Manor House, Transylvania for the Mihai Eminescu Trust and is a decoration consultant at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, Broadlands, Hampshire. In 2009, he was awarded C.B.E. for services to Interior Design and Heritage. He is still advising on houses for private clients.

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