Stunning. That’s the word that springs to mind whenever I set eyes on the double height kitchen area in this London home by interior designer Amanda Durham. The renovation and extension in collaboration with Snell David Architects created a coherent family home from what was originally a rabbit warren of disjointed rooms. The new interiors are timeless and stylish, marrying modern and traditional but for me it’s still the kitchen that is the standout, a fabulous hub for a family home.
This renovated 200 sq m apartment by Note Design Studio could not be more beautiful. Here is its story…
An office space – an apartment without either bathrooms, kitchen or storage – the former head office of a fashion brand in the center of Stockholm and a client that hoped to transform it into a home. Traces of the old 19th century splendour were there – worn wooden floors and ornaments in the form of stucco and carpentry as well as three old tiled ovens – but the beautiful, old characteristics were painted in thick layers of white color and modern spotlights in the ceilings that reinforced the feeling of an impersonal office.
We noted the colours of the three tiled ovens; green, pink and a yellowish white. Behind a wall that was torn down to access the old piping, we found original 19th century paint on a door frame, suddenly illuminating the entire white space with its powerful mustard yellow tint. We added tones to the original color scale, which worked as a bridge between the powerful original hues, finally ending up with an 8-tone palette that originated from the hidden traces of the old apartment.
Since we aimed to disturb the original features of the apartment as little as possible, all new elements were placed in the spaces between the old ornaments. All cabinets designed for the apartment hover on the walls between base boards and stucco, or are free-standing on the floors. Two new walls were added and they inherited the same markings as the cabinets – a veneered surface with crossing lines in squares taken from the most beautiful pattern in the apartment; an original parquet in one of the corner rooms.
A color palette based on original colours, three expressive tiled ovens, decorations in ceilings and carpentry and an original pattern from a floor – these old traits and peculiarities were the clues we needed to take a white office space into a contemporary direction. The result is a harmonious but rich color experience – inspired by the original splendour – and a new home for our client and his children.
It’s not your usual luxury. Yes there are rich colours and high end finishes. Velvet sits with marble, gleaming metals reflect statement art. Yes it’s sumptuous and tactile, lush and sophisticated but it’s just a little edgy, a little sharp. It’s the new luxe. Diagonal Residence by Barcelona-based interior designer Jaime Beriestain.
Sssshhh! I’m stalking the home of Bonnie and Neil, the Melbourne-based studio creating beautiful hand crafted products for the home. I don’t know why I feel so coy. It’s not as if I know the owners but I’ve been a serious fan of their work for years. Now I get to see how they live in their own home. Think bright and colourful, botanical prints, artwork and their signature wooden tiles. It’s fun and fresh and it could be yours. Link here while it lasts.