After a long gestation period our peripatetic clients are now enjoying their redesigned apartment in Central London. Located on the fourth floor of a five-storey block their two-bedroom apartment has views across rooftops to the BT Tower on one side and a large English Gothic church at the rear. The apartment is the London home of a couple who are domiciled in Hong Kong for large parts of the year but travel regularly to London for pleasure and business.
The spur for our brief was the transformation of offices on the ground floor into apartments by the property’s landlord. These new apartments highlighted the dated look and cramped circulation of our clients’ own. They also revealed how antiquated the apartment’s services were and how poor its space allocation and storage was. We were briefed by our clients to transform their apartment, their stricture being that we create the maximum effect with the minimum physical alteration to the space’s existing structure.
Our first task was to re-plan the space, which consisted of living/dining room, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen and a balcony. Our solution reconfigured all of the rooms, giving our clients a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe (with a niche for a shrine), a guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom, living and dining room spaces, a kitchen, laundry room and significantly more storage space (including a new guest cloakroom in the entrance lobby).
The overall aesthetic of the apartment is modern, with an international style in terms of materials, finishes and colours - both in terms of the built elements and the fixtures, fittings and lighting chosen. To create defined areas - without closing off the overall space which is flooded with light from windows along two sides - we designed a slatted screen between the living and dining rooms. This screen also features a large format TV on the sitting room side.
The kitchen, which now sits right next to the dining and living room, features a sliding polished concrete pocket door, allowing it to be closed off completely, or kept open for socialising while preparing meals.
The apartment’s services have been completely updated. Underfloor heating has been installed throughout, driven by an eco-friendly heat pump (providing savings of 25%) and capable of being controlled remotely. Air conditioning has also been installed throughout the apartment, as has energy-efficient LED lighting. Standard storage systems have been chosen for cupboards and kitchen units but these have been given bespoke finishes, such as polished concrete and wood veneers.
In total our work involved space planning, ‘look & feel’, design concepts and detailed specifications, FF&E design and specification, project management and FF&E procurement.
For Mick Nash, Sedley Place’s Managing Director, the project has been particularly interesting: “The result has been transformational. The apartment feels bigger in all areas and the aspect - overlooking London’s Marylebone skyline - is now a great asset thanks to the re-orientation of the principal rooms. Our client’s well-chosen artwork adds the perfect finishing touch to the interior design”.