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Cockleshells and silver bells: how to design a bathroom

Where to start when designing a bathroom?

Simple, by using natural materials found on the beach.

A pink tinged cockle shell inspired this look with a calm pick foreground against the light blue watery mosaic tiles interspersed with silver highlights.

Mimicking the reflections of the sea, this finish is used on the walk-in shower, bespoke deep tiled bath tub and in the many cubby-holes carved in the walls.

In contrast, darker wood tones are used for the vanity units to create an elegant, natural finish.

see also on site photographs: http://www.studio29architects.co.uk/on-site-house-in-west-london/

Completed projects: apartment in Maida Vale

Have a look at our new completed project!

Thanks to the clients for trusting or vision and being open to new ideas and walls that are not parallel to each other for their flat in Maida Vale.

Also thanks to Gavin Codd for the lighting, James Tarry for his photographs and Yvonna Demczynska at Flow Gallery who lent us beautiful pieces from the gallery to accessorise the space for the shooting.


Apartment in Maida Vale

Studio 29 has completely re-designed, refurbished and extended this maisonette apartment in Maida Vale, W9 to suit the needs of a young couple with one child.

In the basement an open plan living area contains dining area, kitchen, enclosed cloakroom, storage units and utility area and a sitting room facing the garden.

The rear garden has been partially excavated to provide a terrace for eating outside and again to allow more light to the interior. Internal lighting was chosen carefully and used to visually enhance the space so it feels taller and wider.

On the upper floor three bedrooms and a family bathroom are  laid out to maximise the existing space.  New glazed doors and a Juliet balcony fitted to new opening opened up the rear elevation and sliding glass panels at basement level have been installed to increase the light entering the open space.

The result is a spacious, airy, light flat that functions well as a family home.

On site: a partial refurbishment in West London

Not every project is a full refurbishment.

Some time we are asked to intervene only on one or few areas of a property.

In this case the clients felt the need to review their basement and to build an extension at first floor level to house their master bathroom, so that the current one could be converted in a dressing room.

We are now half way through the building works and we start seeing the improvements of the new design.

The basement walls have been remodelled opening up the chimney breasts to contain the kitchen and adding a fireplace towards the garden end and, at first floor, the bathroom extension is completed and new big openings let natural light in to the central dressing room.

Also the details are coming together: white plaster on the walls that reflects light and provide a neutral warm background, raw concrete for the fireplace cantilevered hearth, walnut wood in the bathrooms to add some natural touch and the big bespoken bath clad in white and silver mosaic to provide a mini home-spa.

Finishing touch for Christmas : the red silk tassel

As tassels are a finishing touch to both furnishings and garments, and everybody loves a little touch of luxury, we thought we would add one to our Christmas cards this year, in seasonal red to add some pop to the mantelpieces.

Comfort and joy are the key words of all our projects, so the wishes were an easy choice!

and as the finishing touch…

Finishing touch: the red silk tassel

Best Wishes for Christmas to everyone,

from all of us at Studio 29


You may also be interested in this link: http://www.studio29architects.co.uk/christmas-blush/

Studio 29 in the Resident magazine: collaboration is what brings ideas to life

Home comforts nov 15 resident
top image: house in Holland Park middle of page: Louise Glynn and Margherita Thumiger, founder of Studio 29 Architects. bottom of page: flat in Belgravia

Nice little piece about our studio with beautiful photographs by James Tarry (top image) and Alex James (below left).

Neville Stephens’ fireplaces

We have worked with Neville Stephens to elevate the atmosphere of our projects with his fireplaces and fire arrangements, always fine-tuned to complement the spaces we design.

He creates exciting centre pieces that our clients enjoy and engage with forever.

Neville is an artist and his skills bring an important finishing touch to any project.

020 7371 5070


Maida Vale flat refurbishment update: almost there!

Our project in Maida Vale, West London is now almost complete.

A floating opaque glass kitchen by Lago has been installed at the centre of the open living space, as are the large glass garden doors by Fine Line Aluminium.

The builder has formed the circular skylight in the sitting area and the joiner is installing the many cupboards which will provide copious storage for the needs of the client’s young family.

Looking forward to seeing the finished article.

Serpentine Pavilion 2015: Cosmic Spectrum


Sitting like a shimmering badly wrapped Christmas present the structure glistens in the sun. This year’s Serpentine Pavilion is whimsical and fun.

The delicate hues of the plastic skin give the building a delicate, living, light feel almost like it is hovering. Plastic woven ribbons contribute some texture and direction and project interesting silhouettes.

Once inside one feels rather like standing inside a rainbow, but for the distinct smell of hot plastic.

The floor is white and slightly reflective and strangely dips to the centre of the space contributing to the organic feeling of this “creature”.

It does have an oasis-like charm to it and in a heavy downpour it could create a pleasant hideaway.  The pavilion is quite a novelty but indeed it was only built for temporary measures it cannot claim to be sustainable nor stringent in design but it is fun!

The Serpentine Pavilion is at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park until October 2015.