A full architectural and interior design project in Kensington results in an elegant and relaxed family home.

Moving across Europe to a big but unloved house in Kensington, with two households worth of furniture, two families to merge and an architect that decides to retire two weeks after the first meeting. It can all be too much.

We met a rather disheartened client at the start of this full architectural job. By working with her on a detailed project plan, putting together the right team of specialists and taking care of all the necessary permissions, we got the project to a good start. We  stripped the house back to its bare bones, providing a blank canvas for a complete redesign.

The works took eighteen months, during which we restored most original features - traditional timber windows and doors, plaster mouldings and two stone fireplaces. The basement was extended towards the garden and the house went through a complete modernisation - underfloor heating, thermal insulation and a new audio-video-data system.

For the decoration, our clients asked for a neutral colour scheme to offset the art pieces and furniture they were bringing from their previous home. By putting together a palette of greys with yellow and pink undertones and a customised silver-grey oak parquet in an oversized pattern by timber specialist Ebony and Co we made sure that the decor is neutral, but at the same time warm and welcoming.

With the technical help of lighting specialist Luxologie we designed lighting that includes concealed fittings, task lighting, natural brass and glass chandeliers by David Chipperfield for Viabizzuno and a giant piece by Bocci - a cluster of cast glass spheres - that hang like a sculpture under the skylight of the main stairwell.

Once our clients’ modern classic furniture - mostly by B&B Italia and Maxalto - paintings and objects were in place and a few new pieces were added, the house was ready to welcome the family to their new home.