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House in Holland Park

The clients had been searching for a new home for a while and had found this property located in a Conservation Area overlooking Holland Park.

The current layout of the house was not suitable for the new owners and they appointed us for the full service.

We re-designed the layout, moving the circulation space to the centre of to the floor plan, so that the main rooms could benefit from the views the extra natural light.

Following Planning Approval the house was completely stripped out. The construction works included new steel work for the central staircase, a new low energy LED lighting system, underfloor heating, insulation to the external walls and roof and new plumbing system with water softener and pressure booster.

A neutral interior scheme highlights the views as well as capitalising on the natural light. With the use of simple timber, glass and grey hues the property has been given a soft minimal look.

Outside the rear and front gardens have been re-planned in collaboration with a landscape designer and gardener to create a low maintenance garden.

James Brennan Associates

James Brennan Associates has been providing us with detailed survey drawings for all our projects since we started Studio 29, We use this company again and again as they are reliable and consistent in their accuracy and organisation.


Pat Giddens

Pat Giddens has always gently steered us to the best fabrics to enhance the interior design of our projects, from delicate voiles, semi-sheer blinds to rich textured curtains – Pat’s expertise is indispensable.


Stanley Reid Construction

We have been working with each other for a number of years and Stanley Reid consistently delivers high quality refurbishments. Stanley Reid are a friendly and approachable team who are always willing to help with all aspects of the project whilst providing exceptional customer service.


Original Double Glazed Ltd

Daniel and Chris always give us a professional high quality service giving good advice as to what can be achieved. Original Double Glazed supplies beautiful windows that have enhanced all our projects and Studio 29 has continued to use their services as they are reliable, helpful, consistent and nothing is too much trouble. 


Jack Trench Kitchens

We have worked on a number of projects with Jack Trench. Jack’s creativeness, attention to detail and interest in materials are second to none and he is always willing to try something new giving our clients a unique and high quality look bespoke to our designs.


Design Junction 2015

So it was raining hard and after a long meeting I marched to New Oxford Street to see what the latest designers could offer me. After issuing my self-vandalised ticket I was presented with a yellow band to enable me to quickly bypass the long queue into the exhibition. The existing sorting office was a spectacular space which had been temporarily revitalised with people, furniture, lights and fabric. It was built in the 60’s and is 40,000 sqft, often holding events from fashions shows to small concerts today it was the turn of London Design Festival to hold Design Junction.

I have to say that I have been to a lot of various events like this and have mixed feelings about them. Today was no exception, as an architect the surroundings were lively but not particularly engaging. It focuses mainly on design products which is no bad thing, but I feel I always get the feeling I have seen them before. Of course there were some items that I would say are firm favourites like the String book shelving system which are delicate but functional and also some neutral but interesting patterned encaustic tiles by Lindsay Lang were affixed to the walls which when looked at closely give that beautiful raw chalky effect. Unfortunately the building has much more to offer than the contents with interesting mechanical equipment, beautiful corkscrew metal spiral staircase land rough, worn concrete floors and baffle ceilings.

This is the first event I have attended for the London Design Festival so I’m trying to ‘keep an open mind’ . I have included some photographs of pieces which I thought I would use in the future.

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Salone Del Mobile 2015

Architect@work: our favourite trade show in London

If you can dream it, you can do it

On our way from Marche to Liguria this summer we stopped in Modena to visit the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari or Enzo Ferrari Museum.

For a family like ours, with an architect mum and a 4 year old who dreams to become a “mechanic for Ducati when I am 5″ this was a great way of spending a summer afternoon.

The house where Enzo Ferrari, founder of the mythical Formula 1 brand, spent his childhood and which he sold to finance the construction of the first Ferrari racing car has been restored and contains an exhibition about his life, while the new, stunning building with the yellow roof is a gallery where at the time of our visit a collection of racing cars, from the early days of Formula 1 to now, that almost brought the budding mechanic and his dad to tears.

The museum is housed in two buildings: Enzo Ferrari’s family house, which he sold to finance the construction of the first Ferrari racing car and a new stunning building by Future Systems and Shiro Studio. Andrea Morgante of Shiro Studio is an old friend and a designer who I admire. I truly enjoyed the space and the surprise of discovering Andrea’s touch in many exquisite details (the door handles! the chairs in the cafe’! the delicious basins in the cloakroom!).

I also loved learning about the remarkable person who was Enzo Ferrari: a true Italian mix of genius, passion and entrepreneurial spirit.

We are adopting his motto “Se lo puoi sognare, lo puoi anche fare/ If you can dream it, you can do it” here at Studio 29!

At the foot of the Monte Rosa

My Italian summer started in Gressoney, a tiny village high in the Alps at the foot of the Monte Rosa.

Gressoney is one of the few Walser communities in Europe. The Walser people, originary from Switzerland, abandoned their homeland, the canton of Valais, and between the X and the XIII century settled in various locations in Switzerland, France, Italy and Austria.

The Walser heritage is still very much alive in Gressoney, in the unique language spoken by the inhabitants, called Titsch (a German Walser dialect), in the architecture of the traditional houses and in the beautiful red, black and gold dresses worn by the women on important occasions.

The style of the typical Walser houses has been determined by the very cold Alpine weather, by the building materials available on site (stone and timber) and by the local economy based mainly on high mountain agriculture and cheese and butter manufacturing.

Usually the houses have a ground floor built in stone and upper floors in timber. The timber logs are squared and notched to form a square self supporting structure. Traditionally moss and resin were used to fill the gaps between the logs. The roof structure is in timber and is covered with stone tiles. The building date is usually carved on the main beam. Often the house has balconies, traditionally used to dry crops.

Tips for friends: garden furniture for a Ligurian paradise

During my Italian holidays we stayed with friends at their house on the hills above Bonassola, a picture perfect sea-side village in Liguria.

The house is a beautifully restored typical old Ligurian house, with green shutters, airy rooms and breath-taking views of Mediterranean beauty and is set in a terraced garden complete with olive trees, a glorious kitchen garden and a pizza area with wood fire oven and the biggest Carrara marble traditional sink that doubles as pizza kneading bench.

My friend asked me tips to furnish her favourite spot with garden furniture, a small terrace away from the house and with a view on the gulf below.

I put together 3 “tips” for garden furniture.

First tip: Timeless & Classic. I adore Milanese historic brand Azucena and their Nogaro range is perfect for timeless understated elegant outdoor furniture, which can be brought in in winter and will look perfect with my friend’s Gervasoni sofas.

Second tip: Glamorous and Comfy. None can beat Dedon for dreamy, whimsical garden furniture. Their Rest Nest and Swing Rest are little masterpieces. For a more feminine style, B&BItalia’s Canasta round sofas are a beautiful option which I would couple with one or two Crinoline chairs.

Third tip: Just Wow! Moroso M’Afrique range has been one of my favourite since it came out. I love each individual piece, the colours and the technique and I love how they look in a natural setting. A treat for the eye.

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House & Garden article Holland Park house September 2016