The interior styling/curating service, specialising in C20th and contemporary furniture, objects, art and textiles, that give homes a sense of timeless quality, beauty and wonder.

Modernground is a contemporary design and decorative arts gallery which advises on the layout and content of private and public spaces to make them more conducive to a sense of well being and human connection.

The agency specialises in reworking slightly dull or tired-looking rooms to create elegant, timeless and original interiors using a clever mix of objects of the past with objects from the present, so that the result is a space which feels lived-in, welcoming and beautiful. Depending on the needs of each project, Modernground has associate partners with whom it works to provide a full service of interior design, art curation and architectural renovation. Its partners include Philip Gumuchdjian, Gael Came, Cornelia Lauf and Teodora Montanaro.

We live in a time of such luxury that many of our personal spaces now feel too perfect, possibly sterile. My goal is to stop the hotelification of our homes and to give them back their sense of intimacy, patina and beauty. Equally to make offices and reception rooms elegant and inviting to give visitors a more individual and memorable experience. The secret ingredient is adding the odd piece which has a flash of daring and quality. I love mixing a valuable Franco Albini table with a set of Jasper Morrison chairs with an old, inexpensive vase sitting on it.
— Rachael Barraclough

Recent developments are Modernground’s new craft workshops aimed for groups of 20-30 people to learn new craft skills, create authentic connections and an increased sense of well being. Please go to workshops section for more information.

Rachael Barraclough has spent twenty years curating contemporary design exhibitions and advising clients on building collections of C20th and contemporary furniture, ceramics, glass, textiles, woodwork and metalwork. For five of those years she curated the annual Sotheby’s Decorative Arts Selling Exhibition and showed many well known names such as Ron Arad, Hiroshi Suzuki, Mattias Bengtsson and Herzog and Demeuron. For another five years, Barraclough set up the design programme at the well known London art gallery, Haunch of Venison, showcasing work by designers such as Barber Osgerby and Stuart Haygarth. For many years she has advised the star of British design, Thomas Heatherwick, selling his limited edition furniture to museums and collectors from around the world. Barraclough has built up an extensive network of hugely talented makers and designers with whom she works to commission bespoke furniture, lighting, textiles and other decorative art pieces.