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Gardenista Professional UK Winner 2017

We are so excited to be voted best Gardenista Professional UK Winner 2017 : Inspired by Africa, by Studio 29 Architects

Gardenista Professional UK Winner 2017

A beautiful article about our urban jungle garden inspired by Africa, which recently won the UK professional award.

The garden design is a lush, colourful space designed to remind the client of her childhood growing up in South Africa. Colour played a large part of the design , keeping warm hues throughout to make the garden appear welcoming even on the darkest of days. A combination of materials such as slate flooring, copper coloured mirror screening and galvanised steps all contribute to a mixed palette both raw and refined to give interest to the overall appearance.

For the publication please click on the link below:

Gardenista Winner August 2017

Urban Jungle publication – House and Garden magazine

Ginger Landscapes

Studio 29 have worked with Sylvie from Ginger Landscapes on many domestic projects. Sylvie has designed and realised different types of gardens, including simple low maintenance terraces, a sunken courtyard filled with exotic plants and planting schemes to match to the colours of our interiors. Sylvie has always exceeded Studio 29’s and our client’s expectations, with her beautiful schemes, her technical knowledge and reliable after care.


Town House in Holland Park

This house in Holland Park required complete refurbishment, which was carried out from the early planning stages to full interior design services.

The property was an existing five floor Victorian townhouse. The clients had recently relocated back to London and were looking to fully refurbish the dwelling to create a family home. The brief was to utilise every space in the house and the client was incredibly interested in colour, textiles and fashion so it was an opportunity to fuse these elements into the design.

The layout was designed for a medium sized family, with large living, dining and kitchen area to accommodate modern day life and more traditional style rooms to the main formal floors. Materials such as Marmorino plaster were used to give texture and depth to the walls of the main rooms, the fireplace and mouldings were purposefully decadent to add interest to the spaces and give a nod to the Victorian tradition. Walnut parquet floor was used throughout the property but was given a modern take using an oversized pattern and bordering.

Interior furnishings and details were all part of a purposeful contemporary look. The traditional staircase was repainted in dark grey paint and livened up with a bright yellow wool runner, a new coat cupboard and mirrored wall was commissioned by furniture designer Paul Kelley to hide away coats and accessories. In the main study area a large B&B Italia bookcase was chosen to house the extensive range of the client’s art books, the shelving system was a very modern design in bright yellow and bronze but fitted in perfectly due to the fine profile of the system so it created a strong, but not overpowering statement. The ceramicist, Natasha Daintry, was commissioned to produce two art pieces, a collection of small glazed cylindrical pots to the lower ground floor and a larger more striking set of larger vessels to the ground floor, all reflecting the colours picked for the palette of the house.

At the lower ground floor level the client was convinced to remove an existing glass 80’s conservatory from the rear garden to reclaim space for a new sheltered garden. Inspired by the client’s childhood spent in Kenya and South Africa, we designed a bold planting scheme (with the help of Sylvie Gabbey from Ginger Landscapes) and sculptural landscape, for which we recently just won a Gardenista award!

To the lower level there is an open kitchen, sitting area and dining room. The spaces are divided discretely by a floating unit of kitchen cabinetry which cantilevers from the wall and a circular fabric screen which can close off the circular dining space. The wall treatments were also bespoke in the dining area with a commissioned hand-painted finish to the circular walls to visually separate the area.

At first floor the master suite was designed to create a practical space with plenty of storage and beautiful lighting to highlight the client’s sculptures and fabric collection.

The traditional character of the house in Holland Park was retained but layered with colour, furniture, modern pieces, lighting and the client’s artwork and sculptures to create a truly refreshing modern feel to a Victorian dwelling.

James Tarry – photography

Paul Kelley – Designed hallway coat cupboard and mirrored wall

Pat Giddens – curtains and upholstery

Sylvie Gabbey of Ginger Landscapes – planting scheme for the gardens

Natasha Daintry – for the ceramic artpieces

Contractor – 800 Group

Published in a feature and front cover of House and Gardens magazine June 2014 

House and Garden website 2014

We have been lucky enough to be in the latest House and Garden website on urban gardens. This is a collection of beautiful garden ideas to inspire all.

Article 15 ideas for unique urban gardens –


house and gardens website June 2014