Alison Henry is an interior architect and furniture designer known for interiors that cater to the needs of the modern family while invoking a sense of grandeur and timelessness. Whether it’s a home, a hotel or a luxury yacht, Alison creates entirely livable spaces that speak to the architecture they inhabit and are made to stand the test of time.
Born in New Zealand, Alison spent much of her childhood in Asia, eventually returning home for her secondary education and university degree. She has since spent much of her lifetime travelling between Europe, Asia and New Zealand, and US giving her work a truly worldly perspective.
Alison first made a name for herself working for Richmond International taking on major hotel projects working on the team undertaking the refurbishment of the Dorchester Hotel in London and the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, and establishing the company’s first office there.
She eventually founded her namesake design studio Alison Henry Design in Hong Kong in 1992 and continued to work on the Peninsula Hotel an to take on high calibre hospitality & residential developments & design projects such as Michael Kors’ Celine retail stores in Hong Kong, and the redesign of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, as well as private yachts and her own brand of furnishings and accessories sold in Europe and in Asia. Over the years she has become known for creating interiors that are not just luxurious and aspirational but comfortable and inviting to one and all.
Alison has since settled her practice in her design & consultancy studio in Belgravia, London. Here, she focuses on residential clients both in the UK and Internationally. Whether it’s a short consultancy on how best to optimise the perfect space, or a full period home refurbishment that begins with knocking down walls and ends in appointing bespoke furnishings, Alison’s years of experience make the process simple and streamlined.
Not only that, but in her time travelling the world, she’s amassed an impressively curated contact list of suppliers and craftsmen whom she often calls on for custom pieces. If she can’t find it, she will design and create it, and this includes her own line of scents and home accessories.
The hallmarks of all Alison Henry’s designs are her dramatic playfulness with scale, a deep respect for the original architecture, attention to fine detail, a reverence for historical and cultural influences, and an understanding of the daily life practicalities that influence the making of a true home.
Her latest project is a full renovation of her own unique Georgian villa in London, which she shares with her four daughters.
The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
The Dorchester Hotel, London
The Observatory, Sydney, Australia
Orient Express Hotels
The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne
Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Cheung Kong Holdings Limited
First Pacific Land
Celine Boutiques, Hong Kong
Apollo Tyres, House & Garden
Charles Street, Mayfair, London, UK
Scalini Restaurant & Bar, Dubai
XJet, Stanstead, London, UK
Private Homes, Belgravia, London, UK
Private Homes, Chelsea, London, UK
Private Home, Mayfair, London, UK
Private Home,s Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, UK
Private Home, St Jean Cap Ferrat, France
Private Homes, Hong Kong
Private Apartment, Sydney, Australia
Private Home, Auckland, New Zealand
Private Home, Koh Samui, Thailand
Private Home, Deli, India
Private Residential development in Malibu, USA
Based in a stylish mews house in Belgravia, London, the Studio is not just where the design work happens, but a beautiful space in and of itself, where clients can stop by for meetings and get steeped in Alison’s particular take on timeless elegance.
Along with her work on residences in the UK and abroad, the Studio is also Alison’s personal testing ground and gallery for new products from her growing line of home accessories and custom furnishings.
“Alison took the time to understand the needs, wants and expectations of the hotel and it’s guests.”
– Liam Lambert, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Alison Henry Design has been awarded several accolades for its design work in
Hospitality & Residential Interior Design Internationally.
Winner | The World of Interiors – Award of Excellence, Decorex 2018
Winner | International Property Awards 2019 – 2020
Winner | Interior Design Scheme – London at The International Design & Architecture Awards 2021
Interior Design association Hong Kong
Member of The Chartered Society of Designers UK
Member of The Society of British & International Design (SBID)
Member of The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)
Member of The Chelsea Design Centre
Andrew Martin, Interior Design Review
Sally Storey, Lighting
Contributing writer to Sea & I Magazine
TELEVISION / FILMS
“Alison designs everything around her to be beautiful—yet livable. She turns a house into a home.”
– Melissa Odabash
AHD Housewares Line
Alison in Studio
AHD Cashmere Collection
“Alison understands and interprets design detail into pure luxury.”
– Julien Macdonald
Alison is a strong believer in giving back and spends much of her time outside of work and home life aiding a selection of charities that are close to her heart by hosting events, running donation drives, and more. Learn more below about Alison’s favourite charitable organisations.