Antonia’s brief from this returning international client was to create a comfortable space for living and entertaining for his occasional trips to the UK. The client owned several pieces of large artwork and a collection of Chinese sculpture and ornaments that he wished to display. We designed a pair of matching stained oak joinery bookcases for the main living area – based on the look and mathematics of traditional Chinese furniture – to house the sculpture and ornaments. Within these units we also housed all the a/v equipment and a large television on a lift so that it could be hidden away when not in use. Painting locations were proposed in tandem with the furniture layouts and the interior soft furnishing schemes developed around the colours in the paintings. Dramatic dark purple silk walls and a mixture of new and antique furniture gave the living area a refined, smart yet distinctly masculine edge.
In the master bedroom, to continue the Chinese spirit, we incorporated meticulously designed lattice-work to the bespoke wardrobe fronts. These, plus the oversized headboard and cantilevered bedside tables enabled us to make the most of the limited space whilst maximising on storage.