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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).

The hunt for a small sofa: small rooms deserve small furniture

Recently I was looking for a new sofa for my small flat and the hunt proved not easy at all, even if as an architect and interior designer I have access to thousand of brands.

I was looking for a model with a low back not to block the view from my large windows, small size in both length and depth and soft  arms as I like to lay sideways.

The sofa had to have legs to allow light underneath, come in a good range of fabrics and colours and finally have removable and washable covers.

Sofa companies tend to make large bulbous sofas that alone fill a room (that is if the object can even get into the room!), but it is very difficult to find something smaller.

My research ended when I found Sancal,  a Spanish company,   who produce beautiful small sofas and chairs all in different shapes and sizes. The range is super fun with a rainbow of colours and styles to choose from. My pick was a sofa called Copla, heavily cushioned with tall legs and a vaguely 50’s design.

It  comes as one piece or two modular units to allow future expansion if one were to move somewhere bigger (dream, dream).

I am also intrigued by the Air Sofa from Lago. This is quite an exciting piece that comes is a variety of modules that can be clipped together, including back rests and side rests. One can custom build any combination and then to take apart the sofa and rearrange it is very easy.

Air stands on glass legs, so it looks like it is hovering above the ground. All this makes this sofa very flexible and easy to transport and be taken to a new home or even to be temporarily dismantled to use the cushions as a guest bed.

Now which sofa do I pick?

You’re making me blush: a flat near Sloane Square

Adding colour to a property can be difficult, but in our latest project in Chelsea, just a few steps from Sloane square, the colour scheme is subtle and vibrant at the same time.

The walls are treated with polished plaster which adds a radiant warm glow throughout. The interior design pieces were carefully selected from rose tinged fabric of the curtains to the slim crisp black details of the accompanying tables and lights.

Comfort and aesthetics play together to create an interior that could transport one to an elegant Parisian salon.

Highly detailed ceilings juxtaposed against angular timber parquet floors create a classic backdrop.  The polished walls reflect natural light and colour around the room – see link http://www.studio29architects.co.uk/2015/apartment-in-sloane-square/

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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.

see also:

House & Garden article Holland Park house September 2016