An international fashion and home ware designer collaborated with a top interior designer to create an exceptionally desirable apartment for himself near London’s Hyde Park. As only one bedroom was required, the existing space was recognized to maximize the living and entertaining areas, each room almost floodlit by the enormous original windows.
Built for a banking grandee in the 1860s, it was bought, newly decorated, from a developer in the 1990s. It is rare to find such balanced space and volume in London apartments, except where a lateral conversion has been carried out. Everything was replaced, apart from the magnificent windows, surviving paneling and moldings and a pair of floor-to-ceiling mirrors in what was originally ballroom.
Reclaimed oak floorboards were laid throughout, creating a neutral ground for the almost entirely white interior. Owner and designer both realized early on the project that scale was to be the dominant factor – the ceiling and windows heights would dwarf conventional furniture and antiques ~ so virtually everything would be designed and made specially for the apartment. Luxurious understatement created by the fine workmanship and materials sums up the much-admired interior.