Special Spaces: Blenheim Palace

Blenheim PalaceAs experts in small space living, the Futon Company team is rather partial to anything which is beautifully designed. Whether it’s interior or fashion focused, a studio flat or stately home we love learning about design-focused products, places, events, ideas and people. So when we heard about Blenheim Palace and its recent hook-up with fashion label Christian Dior we were very excited, not least because we have a Futon Company store in Oxford which isn’t a million miles away!
So what’s the story?
The Background
Six decades after Christian Dior dazzled the aristocracy at Blenheim Palace, the label returned there to wow fashion royalty with its 2017 cruise collection, says fashion writer Richard Dennen @richarddennen in You Magazine (26th June 2016). The 600-strong audience of fashionistas, film stars and socialites included Bianca Jagger, designer Elizabeth Olsen and actress Gemma Arterton, while Princess Margaret’s 14-year old granddaughter Margarita Armstrong-Jones made her fashion debut at the show.

Now compared with then
Then: The original event, hosted in November 1954 was hosted to raise funds for the British Red Cross. A young and glamorous Princess Margaret was guest of honour, presiding over 1,500 paying guests
Today: Was all about the fashion, with Christian Dior’s 2017 cruise collection taking centre stage while celebrities and high profile guests watched with interest
Then: 12 French and 1 English model walked through the library to live organ music, curtseyed to the Princess before carrying on through to the state room
Today: Models sauntered through the state rooms but this time to Radiohead, Queen and the Beatles. Bella Hadid, the new face of Dior Beauty, took centre stage

The real star of the show
A celebration of style, design and celebrity, there was much to inspire. However, the real star of the show, in our opinion, was Blenheim Palace. We call it a special space, and here’s why…

Blenheim Palace
This is a grade-1 listed palace with 187 rooms set in 2,000 acres. It was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and built between 1705 and 1722. It was given to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, by Queen Anne for his victories over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. Today, Blenheim is home to Jamie Blandford, the 12th Duke of Marlborough, who inherited the title in 2014