Modernist Italian design meets a listed Victorian building in Notting Hill, London and the result is not a chaotic clash but a beautifully curated, family home by Francesca Oggioni. Key features are the muted palette and natural finishes, the preservation of lovely old features like the stone staircase and the streamlined storage that fades into the spaces allowing that minimalist look devoid of necessary, everyday clutter.
Stunning! The view and the apartment. But as much as I’m blown away by the history outside the windows it’s the interior that has me swooning. Think classicism meets contemporary values, new and old balanced just so but with a slight misalignment for the brivido, the frisson, the thrill. The beautiful old bones, the stark beauty of the white walls, the bespoke furniture, the light all create this urban classic by Rome-based architect and designer Stefano Dorata.
pied-à-terre (noun) french /piˌeɪ.dætˈeər/ – a small house or apartment in a city that you own or rent in addition to your main home, where you stay when visiting that city for a short time.
Who needs a primary residence when your out-of-towner looks this good? Time to move to Beverley Hills! Apartment by L.A. based interior designer John De Bastiani.
Laurence Simoncini has moved towards the light. Black still features in her next home, an apartment created from a warren of office space, but more as an accent along with pops of gold. The emphasis is on textures playing off the white walls. Industrial meets vintage meets high Parisian style. Which do you like the dark or the light? Hard choice isn’t it? I think I might just have to take both.
Photography by Romain Ricard