The new-build Kenshington House project which is London based is built by British architect and the interior designers SHH. The architect is commissioned to create a complete interiors scheme for the six level houses. The property inside the house is comprised of a very generously reception room, a family room, cinema and a pool room which all of them are located on the lower 3 floors. The master suite is placed in the first floor, with the remaining two floors taken up by 5 further bedrooms and a suite bathroom. The order which comes from the client itself is so simple. The architect is ordered to create a house which has to suit the needs of an international couple with a large family, with the look of ‘Cream, off-white and funky’. The new-build house is a contemporary take on a Georgian terrace house which is set within a classic square and it is combining all the conveniences of the modern living with the state-of-the-art AV and a comfort cooling, without compromising on space and the traditional proportions.
UPPER GROUND LEVEL
The house which architect built is entered at the upper ground level which consist of a double volume entrance foyer, a free-floating staircase and the principle reception room. The wallpaper from Brian Yates is perliasing the entrance hall. The double door which centrally located is ushering the visitor into the 66 square meters reception room. The bespoke is made from a wool and silk mix with the pattern based on the weave of the formal scatter cushion. The garden site of the room has a less formal feel and it is using a low Italian style modular seating in the form of the Dune by Emmemobile from the EDC which is upholstered in light pewter velvet from J. Robert Scott. It is combined with the pearlised leather upholstered Dragonflies from the interior Supply. The chandelier is the small and medium light shade, and the art is an original mixed media on canvas by Scottish Artist Elidh Macaskill. The second entrance door to the room has been skillfully blanked off, it is by using two laser cut metal panels which is designed on the traditional damask pattern and hung with the crystal. Curtains throughout are full height, lined silky linen with the over curtains done in a crocheted type cream leatherette both from Sahco Hessline The whole scene is beautifully encased within the pearlised polished plaster walls, applied by DKT.
The garden level is reached through to the main staircase and it is comprises a passage which is leading into the family room at the back and the dining room at the front. Both of it can be accessed through the central located internal kitchen. The passage houses a specially made the giant Scheherazade light by artists Eric de Dormael and Sylvie Janvier for Ombré Portée. It is supplied in the UK by Cameron Peters. The family room is comfortable, warm and it is airy. It is decorated using a soft cream and natural shades. The covering wall is a basket weave vinyl by Vescom UK with the floor is consisting of layers of the sumptuous carpet and shag pile rug both by Stark carpets.
Which is specially made by Page Lacquer, the wall unit is focus of this room. The design is based on the architect team. It is artfully combines the two complimenting color lacquers into a floor and the wall unit. The minimalist Italian table, the Raj from Galotti and Radici and chairs from Minotti is used as the formal proportion of the dining room. It is to create the great effect against the spectacular backdrop of the cross combed polished plaster fire breast which is applied by DKT
This floor is located in the basement of the house it is encompasses several room such as the cinema, utility room, large pool leisure room, plant room and staff quarters. The pool room is unique in its sheer size, which is covering in almost 104 sq m – a luxury considering the space restrictions of most modern living! By far the largest area is taken up by the pool, with ancillary areas housing the open double shower and the jacuzzi as well as the plant room and changing area.
The far short wall is hung with a retro design. It is washable wall paper by Elitis from Abbott and Boyd, whose the design itself is inspired by the rest of the silver and white scheme. To soften the room, the long elevation to the right makes use of banners in a striped sheer also from Abbott and Boyd. Both long elevations are hung with giant glass fibre sculptures which were specially chosen, enlarged versions of the design on the wall paper, 3 in silver and 3 in white, unifying the whole scheme (made by DKT). The occasional furniture consists of a polished chrome chaise and an accompanying seat both by Megaron, the floor light is the Luna Nel Pozzo by Catellani, it is a silvered sphere with small exposed light bulb, sub-merged under water, and the side tables are the Rock Meteors by Arik Levi. The scheme is complimented by the crocodile embossed leather upholstered workout bench and matching dumbbells. The jacuzzi and changing area have used silver lacquered pieces from a range by Odue, designed by Marco Maggioni and Giorgio Gurioli and supplied by Cameron Peters.
In the entrance passage, just outside the cinema, a selection of silicone pots, made of floppy soft white silicone, sit comfortably together on a sand blasted crystal drappé. The Foulard console resembles a draped sheet of fabric, instantly frozen in time. The cinema room, originally larger but reduced to add a small staff room, is never the less a great family sized entertainment area, covering 36 sq m. At the far end of the room is the 62 inch plasma screen TV and accompanying speakers.
1st FLOOR – MASTER SUITE LEVEL
The master suite occupies the entire 1st floor and includes a mezzanine entrance foyer which overlooks the front door and entrance foyer below, a large his and hers bathroom, a dressing room and the bedroom.
The suite, entirely done in off-white, is entered by way of a small foyer off which the other three rooms lead. Together with the dressing room, the walls here have been hung in a delicate genuine mother of pearl wall tile laid out in a ¾ staggered brick format, ingeniously hiding the tile joints, making the whole area ‘seemingly seamless’. A bespoke contemporary plaster and wood sculpture sits proudly at the entrance to the dressing room. This Rabih Hage creation called the Semi Semainier, resembling a tall piece of furniture, was specially made by the artist to suit the narrow wall that it guards. Originally in dark fumed oak, the dressing room wardrobe doors have been upholstered in a pearlised faux leather and the handles have been replaced with a chrome and acrylic design to soften the overall feel. A plush wall to wall, carpet finishes off the room.
This off white, pure wool trellis design from Stark runs through into the bedroom, where the walls are hung in the most delicate moiré covering. Called Silver Snow from the Precious Metals Collection by Maya Romanoff, this subtle take on a classic style makes use of a gossamer-thin silk expertly glued to a silver leaf backing. This method makes the watermarks delicately dance across the wall depending on where the viewer is standing and how much light is being reflected.
Upon entering the room, one is immediately aware of the contemporary chandelier ensemble. Made up of solid Swarovski crystal and hollow glass candles, the master lighting designer, Ruhl Haagmans has created a modern version of the traditional chandelier, called The Balance. With the two main groups, each component is suspended separately from the ceiling by thin tension wires and is hung to look like a traditional fitting. No power is supplied to the actual components, rather they are spot lit by recessed l/v ceiling down lights. Between them, single ‘Little Balances’ float ethereally as if, like tiny bubbles, escaping the two main groups, over a tall silver plinth from Boffi. The ’18 arm’ sits in the right hand corner at high level, over two Narciso arm chairs, finished in chrome and upholstered in pearilsed mock croc and a small round ‘Stars’ table, both from Boffi at Interdesign. The full length Ice mirror from Mint completes this vignette. The 8 arm, suspended slightly lower, sits over the Phillipe Starck Darkside console table from Baccarat, the chrome Yvette chair by Boffi and the specially designed, 3 drawer bevelled glass make up unit, from Johnny Egg.
Floating in front of the sheer voiles from Fox Linton, a giant, shaped headboard float buttoned with Swarovski crystals, crowns the super king bed base by Ipe Cavali, both upholstered in faux kidskin. The bed is scattered with a collection of different sized cushions in silks and linens, delicately trimmed with crystals and feathers, along side the fur throw and the linen bedcover from Romo. The picture is finally framed with two bespoke bevelled glass and mirror side tables from Johnny Egg, clear glass bobble lamps from Davidson and silver silk lampshades by A Shade Above.
Bedroom two was designed to reflect the taste of a young stylish adult with a penchant for Schiaparelli pink. Greige strie carpet by Stark is used on the floor and the window treatment includes self-patterned silk/cotton curtains by Rubelli and voiles by JAB. The barely damask design, done in minute glass balls on the oyster wall paper by Ulf Moritz from Brian Yates, envelopes this sophisticated scheme. The complimenting bed in faux kidskin with its deep buttoned headboard and plain bed base is a classical style used in this contemporary idiom and sits well next to the simple chrome tables with classical leg from HB. The humour is brought in with the Set up Shades by Moooi from GVUK and the felt cushions by Anne Kyyro Quinn, as well as the large fun fur floor cushions. Extra wardrobes were designed to include a high-gloss silver lacquer carcass and sand blasting on the mirrors using the wall paper repeat. The plexi glass desk and chair by K2, designed by one of the team, was made in a 30mm material and then added to with sandblasting and coloured up with a pink cushion. Task lighting comes in the form of the Giant curved floor lamp from Dwell.
Bedroom 3 has a slightly more 60’s feel to it, defined by the Missoni rug that dominates the room. The slight floral, painted anaglyptic on the wall, glass beaded covering behind the headboards and the white silk and voile curtains act as a blank canvas for the multitude of colours used in this scheme. Bespoke headboards in bubble gum colours, scatter cushions in silks, satins and mohair all expertly detailed with special trimmings sit playfully on the pink Mr Sam beds by Il Loft from Interdesign. The finishing touch is given by the fitted cream floral bedcover by Sahco, framed by the contrasting throw in green mohair velvet. Added lighting uses pendant shades in matching fabrics next to the beds and a large floor standing lamp, swathed in matching fabric and topped with a fun drum both by A Shade Above. Other occasional items include bespoke fun-fur bean bags, chrome side tables on zebrano bases from HB and the over scaled Govinda dresser from GVUK, detailed with porcelain daisies.
The turquoise bedroom (bedroom 4), although considered and quite mature, was in fact created for the youngest member of the family who had quite a definite opinion on her room. Layers of window treatment allow for the creation of a multitude of moods. Strict geometric voiles from Zimmer and Rohde sit between the plain black out silk curtains and the laser cut turquoise panels from Abbott and Boyd. When drawn, these panels cast exquisite shadows over the thick luxurious rug from Tim Page Carpets. Again, bespoke headboards in exaggerated curves, draw the viewer to look at the beds, both upholstered in turquoise fabric from Abbott and Boyd. This is in stark contrast to the soft cream shades of the ribbed velvet bedcovers from Romo, mohair throw from Abbott and Boyd and the scatter cushions from Jason d’Souza, Donghia and Anne Kyyro Quinn. The leisure area consists of the Curly turquoise leather chair from Interdesign and white storage boxes from Cheetah Design, with the work space dominated by the Klemm table and the Phillips side chair (both from EDC) upholstered in Donghia. Other features here are the floral plexi glass mirror and matching clear bedside tables designed by the team as well as the tall Camp light and the Cobra bedside lamps both from Conciluce. The walls are in ‘crosses’ from Brian Yates.
Bedroom 5 was designed according to the strict oriental theme, which dominates the life of this family member. The bamboo partition headboard, dark wood bedside tables and lamps as well as the bed itself are all from the Otto range by Gervasoni from Roger Oats. Further furniture includes two Japanese wardrobes designed by the team and made by Interior Joinery, finished in aged oak and using horsehair panels from in the doors. The repertoire is completed with a contemporary upholstered chair from Wychwood and reproduction Japanese footstool. Walls are hung in raw silk from Vescom UK and the panel glide window treatment uses alternate banners of taupe mohair from Fox Linton and sheer and leatherette fabric by Elitis from Abbott and Boyd.
Bedroom 6 belongs to the oldest sibling in the family, whose request was to use greys, buttermilk and a smattering of red. Although the smallest room, it does not feel cluttered in here with the large Italian bed from Minotti, upholstered in faux elephant from Lelievre. Simple complimenting grey wools, from Fox Linton, were used in the scatter cushions and the burst of colour comes from Donghia. A lined silk strie from J Robert Scott makes up the bed cover and this is complimented by the mohair and satin throw. The bedside tables are wall hung drawer units from GVUK as are the simple yet effective Luce Che Dipinge wall lights from GVUK, which use reflected light on a white-framed canvas to maximum effect. New zebrano doors by Interior Joinery, replace the plain taupe ones originally fitted by the developer, to add some personality to this small room. Additional items include the Barr cube polished table and the Barr cube stool in leather, both from HB and a mirrored cube, swivel storage unit from Interdesign.
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