James Thurstan Waterworth founded Thurstan Interior Design Studio in 2018. At the heart of Thurstan’s approach is a desire to create environments which bring together buildings, furniture and objects in ways which embrace and display the stories that lie behind them. Thurstan’s careful curation combines an expertise in design with a passion for sourcing antiques and the creation of bespoke furniture. This shapes eclectic and original interiors true to the client and in keeping with the original architecture and surroundings, equally suited to both residential projects and the hospitality industry.

As former European Design Director at Soho House, James worked across houses in Istanbul, Miami, Barcelona and London, leading with a strong focus on comfort, practicality, and consideration for the origins and history of a building. His background and experience, living and working in LA, New York, London, Hong Kong and Barcelona, has honed the Thurstan aesthetic and informs individual projects from the social and cultural to private residences. Chelsea Nelson, a previous colleague at Soho House, brings to Thurstan’s core team a decade of experience and development in Europe as Creative Director.

Thurstan is today commissioned to design across a varied portfolio of creative ventures. Current projects span a country estate in Wiltshire, boutique hotels and developments across Europe, a series of new concept eateries in London, the refurbishment of a 17th Century Masseria in Puglia and a new-build on one of the few remaining untouched Greek islands. 



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