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.
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.
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!
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?
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