Fletcher Cowan: The Perfect Party

Join presenter, comedian and model Fletcher Cowan and his partner, Topshop CEO Paul Price at their North London home and discover Fletcher's eight essentials to throw the perfect house party.

Number 1: Comfortable Seating

Nothing’s worse than having people standing around awkwardly at a party. Invite your guests to lounge sensually and seductively.

An Italian curved asymmetrical sofa by Ico Parisi, on brass feet and newly upholstered in grey silk velvet.

Number 2: An Instagram-able Item

Bespoke ice bucket side table complete with copper leaf and aged mirror top.

A successful Instagram upload is most certainly essential to any good party. Provide your guests with the perfect LOL OMG moment. After all - if no one Instagrams your party - did it really even happen?

Number 3: A Large Dining Table (for lots and lots of guests)

One idea which you could try is rotating the guests inbetween courses - because no one wants to get stuck next to a boring person. Not that any of my friends are boring… (obviously!)

Number 4: A well stocked bar

Wow your guests with a selection of unusual spirits - I’m a big fan of tequila. Funky.

Shop the Look

The mirror was designed by Peter Mikic using angled platinum-leaf glass. The customised fireplace is from Jamb. The blue painting is Fade XXIV (Turquoise Blue Green) by Oliver Marsden. The framed vintage painting was discovered in a Paris flea market.

Pair of black metal chandeliers by A.B Read for Troughton & Young. Exhibited in the Festival of Britain in 1951.

A wing-back armchair from the 1950s.

A pair of iconic mouth blown 'drop vases' by Danish glass designer Per Lütken for Holmegaard, Denmark, c.1960s.

A pair of 1956 modular seating series chairs designed by George Nelson.

Number 5: Mood Lighting

Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce style ceiling light, in lacquered brass with opaline glass shades.

Trust me, the dimmer switch is your friend. No one likes bright, unflattering lighting. Instead, look your best with something a little bit more low key.

A pair of hand-painted ceramic leopard sculptures, Italy, circa 1950s. In very good original condition.

Number 6: Animals

Cute, cuddly and all the rage. And after all, who doesn’t love a bit of heavy petting?

Number 7: A Cosy, Roaring Fire

A wood burning fire really is the dream for those seemingly endless freezing cold winter months. Keep firelighters and logs at the ready so you're always prepared.

Number 8: A Gym

Not for a genuine late night workout. I’m thinking more for flirtatiously showing off how much you can bench press. And yes, yes I do workout.

Shop the Look

This elegant space features leather armchairs and some gorgeous statement wall art. The watermelon piece is by Marco Walker.

A pair of 1960s lounge chairs in cognac leather with rosewood frames by Norwegian designer Fredrik Kayser for Vatne.

A 1970s goatskin coffee table in the style of Karl Springer.

Una Grande Storia Italiana, first edition and limited edition of 2000, with 250 artist’s proofs, published by Taschen, 2007.

A cyanotype print process on cotton paper of a statue in Mala Ludina, Croatia, an edition of 5, by Marco Walker.

10 Questions with Fletcher Cowan

A great set of blonde coloured cantilever chairs with cane seats.

What is your favourite piece on Kairos and what does it mean to you?

"I'm obsessed with your cantilever chairs. I've just been hunting for some new dining chairs for our place in LA and these would have been perfect! They are informal yet chic and perfect for giving an effortless, laid back mid-century look."

What is your favourite design era?

"I'd have to say Mid-Century for sure. It can be minimal, sexy and stylish or more playful and kitsch. The clean modern lines so often associated with the era are just so enticing to me. It's a period I absolutely love for its fashion, architecture, art and so many other things."

The sleek and elegant kitchen in Fletcher and Paul's house.

"Paul is at his happiest cooking in the kitchen and I’m at my happiest eating his food"
What is your favourite room in your house and why?

"I really love our kitchen. The white marble is so detailed and intricate. Against the black cupboards it's super sexy and definitely the place we spend the most time!"

What does your home mean to you?

"I love entertaining. I get so much joy from inviting people over. There's always a constant flow of new and old friends coming and going... and to me that makes home more exciting."

The bar at Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles.

What is your favourite design hotel to stay in?

"I'm not sure about a design hotel but if you can't have fun at The Chateau in LA there's something wrong with you. I'm a big fan of all Andre's hotels."

What is your favourite place to have breakfast?

"I don't normally go out for breakfast so I'd say my bed. Breakfast in bed with my boyfriend watching CNN is pretty much my happy place."

Tell us about the house you grew up in?

"I grew up in so many houses. My parents bought, restored and sold quite a few old houses over the years. They are both passionate about great architecture and so was I lucky enough to live in some pretty cool places. My dad used to be an antique dealer so the furniture in our house was always changing. Dining tables, chairs... you name it, it was on constant rotation."

The luxurious interior of London's famous Chiltern Firehouse.

"If you can't have fun at The Chateau in LA there's something wrong with you!"
What is your favourite place to go for drinks?

"In LA I like the roof of the Le Petit Ermitage for sun down cocktails. In London probably the Chiltern Firehouse for the luxie interiors and very strong drinks. But in the summer, drinks outdoors on a blanket in London Fields with my besties, is probably better than anywhere else."

A Mid Century "Kilin" natural leather armchair supported by a solid wood frame, designed by Sergio Rodrigues, c.1973.

Who is your favourite architect or interior designer?

"I dream of living in a Lautner house in the Hollywood Hills. One day!"

Is there anything that's quite bad taste but you can't resist?

"Anything with a cowboy theme."

Fletcher Cowan's Picks on Kairos