The owner of this spacious apartment in one of London’s premier squares turned to an old friend to advise on every aspect of the interior design. The designer divides her time between working in finance and dealing in antique Asian and Ottoman textiles, and well understood that the apartment on the lower-ground and ground floors should provide a calm environment as well as a place to hang a growing collection of works of art. A beautifully balanced mix of contemporary and antique furniture was chosen by the pair in Paris, Hong Kong and London.
Certain items such as side-tables, headboards and cupboards were custom-made and covered in various leathers and vellum, tactile and rich. Twentieth-century pieces are prominent plates by Duncan Grant, 1920s mirrors, and tables from the 1950s work well against the contemporary and neutral backdrop of pale painted walls and wooden floors. High quality finishing and attention to the smallest detail is evident throughout. Much is made of texture in design today and the contrast here between leather, silk, velvet, shagreen, polished hardwoods, bronze and hand-woven Turkish fabrics are an important element in the overall design.