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Final touches: a top floor mansion-block flat in Chelsea

The completion of a project is always a very satisfying moment for all of us.

Yesterday we worked at the final touches to a flat that we have completely re-designed and fitted for a client.

Once the furniture, just arrived from Chaplin’s, was positioned and Pat’s team hung the sheer blinds, the vision we have been nurturing for months – with drawings, mood-boards, meeting and the occasional headache – finally came to life!

With uninterrupted views towards South-West, this flat gets the best sunset light. We chose sheer metallic fabric for the simple blinds and blond oak parquet floor by TuttoParquet to set the background. A striking brushed brass cladding for the kitchen island by Espresso Design enhances the natural golden light.

On the corridor wall facing the sitting room’s bay window we installed a multifaceted geometric mirror  – Mirallmar by BD Barcelona. It multiplies the light and reflects a de-constructed image of the space.

Few carefully chosen pieces furnish the rooms, all selected among the modern classics of Italian big firms. A Flexform sofa is covered in a gold speckled black and cream boucle wool (very Chanel!), smoky glass wall lights by Oluce line the corridor and a tan, low profile leather bed by B&B Italia takes centre stage in the bedroom as side tables, wardrobes and shelving are all built-in and decorated to match the walls.

This flat deserves a dedicated photo-shooting … we will organise it very soon.

On Site: a town house full refurbishment in Kensington

We are very pleased with the progress of our job in Kensington.

The contractor has completed the rear extension and now the full size of the new basement can be appreciated: it is going to be such a generous space with the TV room at the front, the spacious staircase lobby and at the rear a giant kitchen and dining room for twelve looking on to the terraced garden!

A few images showing the progress of the works – starting from the top – :

Water underfloor heating being laid on the new basement slab.

New plasterboard partitions and original lath and plaster walls during restoration.

New opening between the master bathroom and the dressing room to allow natural light to filter in.

Forming a niche in the new dining room.

The dining room skylights in place.

Farrow & Ball wall paper and colour samples for the dressing room.

Soon will be time for the Ebony&Co parquet flooring to be fitted and the walls to be skimmed and then the magical transition from building site to house will start with all the fun of finalising colours, curtains and furniture layouts! We can’t wait.

House extension in Queens Park: new family dining room

The owners of this property in Queen’s Park asked us to add a house extension to enlarge the existing open space kitchen.

The brief called for a big dining area off the kitchen for family weekend meals and parties. They also asked us for lots of natural lights and openings to look on to their beautiful garden they personally design and care for, but they specified they absolutely did not want a “glass box”.

The materials of the new house extension mimics the ones of the original house, with reclaimed brick walls and timber French doors, while the design is a very simple pitched gable, in perfect axis with the very graceful and symmetric rear elevation of the house.

Brick details frame the pitched roof wall and a round window adds a touch of quirk and an eye to the sky.

Inside the walls are painted a light terracotta shade to reflect the clients’ love of colour.

Glass hand made pendants by Album hung at random lengths and add interest, creating an intimate light over the big dining table that fulfils the client’s brief “no unflattering down-lighters above my head when I am entertaining!”.


Completed apartment refurbishment in Little Venice

We have just completed the refurbishment of a flat in Maida Vale and we are very happy with the result!

The flat is a beautiful maisonette in the heart of Little Venice with views on a glorious communal garden and it is going to be used by our clients who live in the country as their pied-a-terre in London.

We have completely re-designed the space and we have added an en-suite bedroom under the front pavement at basement level.

For a full description of the project, see:

Thanks to all involved in the works of this refurbishment:

For the construction phase: Dunedin Construction (main contractor), Tony Guerguis at Davis Brown for the party wall matters and Structure Haus (structural engineer).

For the finishes and fittings : Fabiela at Tuttoparquet for the dark oak board flooring in the basement and Andy Bendell at AJB flooring for the parquet on the ground floor. Molteni & Dada for the kitchen.

For the interior design: Roast Designs for the glass chandeliers. Neville Stephens for the fireplace creation. Gavin Codd of ECSAV for the lighting solutions.  Pat Giddens for the window dressing.

Yvonna at Flow gallery and Bryan Reeves at Tribal gatherings for the ornamental pieces and art. Thanks to James Tarry and Edward Fury for the photographs and lighting respectively.

Views of the  main living space showing the central kitchen and the sitting and dining area by the tall sash windows.

Note the Lumix marble illuminated splashback, the mid-century originals table,  dining and armchairs and the bespoke glass chandelier.


Basement extension and refurbishment of an apartment in Little Venice, Maida Vale W9

Studio 29 Architects refurbished apartment Little Venice.

The clients bought the maisonette apartment on two levels in one of the best street of Little Venice in Maida Vale and asked us to re-design and refurbish it to be used as their family’s pied-à-terre in London.

The flat had very well proportioned room, tall ceilings on the ground floor and great views on a mature private garden with access to the large communal garden to the rear of the house.

Extra space was needed for a bedroom suite for the clients’ teenagers daughters, so we added a basement extension to the front, overcoming struct planning rules and technical challenges.

The Victorian fabric of the apartment was restored, including plaster mouldings and original sash windows with built-in shutters and it forms a rich background to the clients’ e mid-century furniture.

A rich dark oak parquet floor in a basket weave pattern provides a visual background to the white walls and golden ’50s veneers.

In order to highlight the height of the living rooms we designed two chandeliers in mouth blown glass baubles, as a modern twist on the traditional chandelier. The combinations of amber, cyan and pale leon yellow nods to the colour schemes of the ’50s and ’60’s.

The new bespoke kitchen was designed to visually disappear against the walls, so that the decorative bay windows and outlook take centre stage. In the white scheme, one extravagant detail is the splash-back in translucent Lumix marble, which is back lit to show the beautiful pattern of the stone.

The original timber staircase was painted charcoal grey to create a connection between the dark timber finish of both floors. Three en-suite bathroom are decorated in a minimal style with embossed tiles in plain colours to reflect the clients’ love for Japanese design and the culture of onsen, the traditional Japanese spa.

Photo-shoot in Little Venice and a little bit of styling

We were all involved yesterday in  a photo-shoot of our latest project in Little Venice.

Our client has just moved in and did not yet complete the decor with art and accessories. The flat looked a bit empty and we know from experience this is a problem when taking professional pictures of interiors. Lots of layering is needed to create seductive images, therefore we needed some serious styling!

After a quick revision of Studio 29’s personal styling bible  – Carlos Mota‘s  A touch of Style – we all set out to the task. With plenty of scene setting,  artwork from our favourite local galleries Flow, and Tribal Gathering and even a small magnolia tree from Russell’s, we got there in the end!

We worked with the very talented photographer James Tarry and lighting specialist Ed Fury, who provided the very atmospheric lighting.

We are looking forward to publishing the final photos.

Dreaming of a not so secret garden, in London!

I’ve always dreamed of having a secret garden and then filling it with lush interestingly plants and crazily shaped and oversized jungle foliage. It reminds me of countries I love and I have travelling to like Malaysia, Bali and Mexico.

Imagine my surprise coming across Conservatory Archives on Hackney road filled to the rafters with a variety of unique and beautiful indoor plants!

From banana plants, ferns,  cheese plants and cacti – this is the place to pick up something extraordinary for your interiors.

House & Garden article Holland Park house September 2016

House & Garden article Holland Park house September 2016

House & Garden article Holland Park house September 2016
Bulthaup cantilevered applewood veneered kitchen in House and Garden

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Completed projects: Wimpole Street dental surgery

Our latest completed project is a dental surgery re-design in Wimpole Street, Marylebone.

The clients –  a couple of successful young dentists who had just leased the 200 sqm basement  from the Howard de Walden Estate – asked us to create a modern surgery with a homely feeling.

The idea of a relaxing and elegant environment, with a nod to the Georgian style of the house in which the surgery is housed was very important to the clients, who missed the elegance of their previous practice in Cavendish Square.

We started with the lighting design, as the practice gets very little natural light and used gold rimmed minimal down-lighters to flood the reception with warm light, up-lighters in the surgeries for a caming working environment and traditional table lamps for the waiting rooms in a traditional drawing room style.

The colour scheme is calm and elegant and provides a good contrast with teh technical equipment and pale blond oak floor.

Thanks to everyone involved: Stanley Reid (contractor), Giovanni Premi at Artemide (lighting consultant and supplier), Pat Giddens (window dressing).

Thank you also to all the staff and the patients at 55 Wimpole street for all the nice comments!

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Dental surgery in Wimpole Street, Marylebone

Dental surgery in Wimpole Street

​The clients –  a couple of young dentists –  had just leased the 200 sqm basement  at 55 Wimpole Street from the Howard de Walden Estate and employed us to design a modern twin surgery for their thriving dental practice.

The brief was for a relaxing and elegant environment, with a nod to the Georgian style of the house in which the surgery is housed. The clients were initially not taken by the new basement space and missed the elegance of their previous practice in Cavendish Square.

We had to include two dental rooms, two hygienist rooms, reception, waiting areas, technical rooms and storage, toilets and changing rooms and kitchen for the staff. The design of the layout was constrained by the strict rules of the Grade 2 Listed Georgian building in which the surgery sits.

To make good use of the space the existing under pavement vaults were used to house equipment, increase storage capacity and even for the staff shower room.

In terms of interior design the biggest challenge were the low ceilings and the lack of natural light.

We solved this issue with a very careful lighting design and used gold rimmed minimal down-lighters to flood the reception with warm light, up-lighters in the surgeries for a calm working environment and classic table lamps for the waiting rooms in a traditional drawing room style.

Materials and finishes also work to maximise light and reflectance: the panelling and joinery are sprayed in a satin finish, the staircase lobby is formed from glass and the fabrics used in the furniture and curtains have a  textured and subtle sheen.

Completed projects: Wimpole Street dental surgery