A deep, distressed Pompeiian red begins at the entrance of this London house and goes all the way up the staircase, setting the scene for a home that was designed for the owners and their very special collection of Roman sculpture.
The rather complicated red-brick Chelsea house was originally designed as a home and studio, which suited the new incumbents, both of whom are collectors and dealers. The collaboration of owner and interior designer produced an extremely individual environment in which the collection takes precedence over the more usual domestic comforts.
The studio spaces on the ground and top floor are high-ceilinged and airy, and were designed as simple backdrops for the massive carvings they hold. The living spaces provided more a challenge but by reworking the comices and woodwork and creating a living room cum library on the first floor, the small rooms took a more important air.
As well as designing two staircases, cornicing and french paneling, the designer also made furniture: a pair of stools in the manner of Thomas Hope, simple side-tables and a pair of bookcases in white and gilt were added to a collection of seventeenth and eighteenth century English and Italian furniture.