The design of a small top floor penthouse flat in Chelsea revolves around maximising natural light and using it at its best.

At Studio 29 we love sunlight. As true Londoners, we are obsessed with the changing weather. Natural light is the most basic asset of built space: it is what make us thrive, put us in a positive mood in the morning, tells us about the changes of the seasons. 

The mansion block apartment our client bought as a pied-a terre for when he stays in town enjoys beautiful views across South London and receives continuously changing light during the day.

When the client bought the flat the kitchen was at the rear, overlooking a dark courtyard and one of the two best South facing rooms was used as a bedroom blocking the best light and view from the rest of the flat. Not much use for a busy executive that wakes up very early and goes to bed very late.

We re-organised the flat layout, joining the two South facing rooms creating an open plan kitchen/dining/sitting area and carving a small bedroom suite with a tiny walk-in-wardrobe at the rear of the building, away from the busy road.

When decorating the space, we selected materials and textures for their decorative qualities, as we knew our client is too busy to want to add many decorative or personal objects to this second home.

Two types of marble, brushed brass, oiled oak, faceted and bronzed mirrors, leather and double toned boucle wool form an elegant and masculine palette and play in subtle ways with the ever-changing light. As we know only too well, there are days in London when natural light can be far from flattering or cheerful, so we dressed all windows with textured and sheer fabrics to filter and beautify the spaces with a golden glow.

We chose a small selection of contemporary classic pieces by B&B Italia and Flexform, we complemented it with a few iconic lamps by Oluce and a wool and silk rug by The Rug Company. The apartment now feels welcoming and relaxing, perfect for any impromptu trip to London .

Read more about this project, published on Homify here.