When it was bought, this spacious penthouse overlooking the River Thames in west London was an empty shell; with not even a staircase linking what would become two levels. An architect and his client were therefore able to divide the space without constraint. The interior designer started from scratch and took her inspiration from the often grey and white watery scene beyond. A wall of enormous windows lights the main living spaces, but also, for night-time drama, a lighting designer was called in provide a complex mix of effects.
A broad range of materials in a neutral pallet was used to create changes of tempo and colour throughout the interior. Pale oak sliding panels divide the hall from the kitchen, and floors are either oak or limestone. With carpeting in the bedrooms and media area. A walnut panel provides a backdrop to the glass-topped desk in the study, while the media-room wall are lined with crocodile leather. Although quite masculine in style, there is a softness apparent in the choice of cashmere, mohair and satin for bedroom curtains, of grass paper for the walls, and of a curvy 1940′s inspired chair to balance the large boxy sofas.