Stockholm kitchen

We popped over to Sweden to make a compact kitchen in this funky apartment. The wall cabinet doors are designed to incorporate the handle, and the drawer fronts and base cabinet doors routed out in the same shape as the drop down 'jigsaw puzzle' pattern as the wall cabinets, then all lacquer sprayed in sage green, inspired by the success of this colour in a previous maple and sage kitchen. Multi-coloured glass tiles create the splashbacks. A PH5 lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulson hangs over the super-eliptical table designed by mathematician, scientist and poet Piet Hein, with some contributions from Arne Jacobsen and Bruno Mathsson, in 1968.

Some of my seascape photographs are hanging in the living room, and Stig Lindberg fabric cushions continue the owner's theme of bright and super stylish accessories. 

a peaceful bedroom and dressing room - north oxford house

Ash and glass wardrobes, handblown glass lighting, iridescent curtains.

Through the course of designing and researching for other rooms within the house, the design language for the bedroom became an extension of this yet with added softness.

We designed and built a fitted bed console with extending cupboard spaces either side as bedside tables. Small directional snake lights were installed for reading by. The wood is ash and was oiled for a soft finish.

Over the wooden chest in the bedroom (owners own- see above) hangs a stunning glass lamp by Italian designer Michele De Lucchi. It is hand blown by the designer as part of his design movement Produzione Privata, which is all about returning to the handcrafted and hand created using traditional methods. He is also a founding designer of the lighting giant: Artemide

We knocked through a full height opening linking this bedroom to a smaller adjoining room, to create a walk in dressing room. Both rooms have large windows virtually opposite each other, and the light floods through this linking opening, 

The colour scheme combines a heritage light teal with soft natural cream, to continue the naturalistic and healthy aspect. The bedroom was painted in a rich matt duck-egg blue, and the dressing room papered with a delicate design in ivory and blue of abstract poppies by David Oliver

The dressing room

features 3 large wardrobe units (designed and made by rogue-designs) made of solid ash and ash veneered panels with 8mm glass which is

 laminated and whitened through the centre of it making it opalescent in nature.Two tall units sit in alcoves either side of

the chimney breast. The third and main wardrobe has three sliding doors that open up to hanging space, and storage cupboards above making use of all the available room height.  It also incorporates a PIR sensor that lights the wardrobe when the door slides open.

We continued with the blond wood, ash, on this floor to keep the feel of lightness. We created a profile for the ash picture rail that would act as an architectural accent as well as a utility bar. Instead of a conventional picture rail, we took the idea and used it to great purpose i.e. unifying the two rooms. It made sense of the openings! It also housed hand crafted wooden pegs that act as clothes pegs. In the dressing room a mirror is created from the profile and integrated into the line. 

The curtain choice in both rooms always allows  light to be accepted through into the rooms, giving an ethereal quality to the room. The simplicity and continuity of glass, ash and deep soft natural wool carpet (from the fantastic range of natural flooring at Textures flooring) make the most of this space. 

Quiet luxury.

victorian terrace: bathroom with a bit of gothic glamour

The house was very unique and the owner gave a great deal of trust over to us when designing the spaces.  He was very open to new ideas and was encouraging in the process. This was opitomised in the bathroom area.

The requirements were simply, that it should be a most relaxed space where time could be spent. Given the space and our clients' tastes, we felt  that a distressed victorian glamour should be applied. 

With this in mind we knocked through a bedroom and a small bathroom to create the space you see below. 

The main features to the bathroom are the bisazza glass mosaic tiles in the shower block,  the bespoke concrete (one-off) top on the vanity unit, the painted, glazed green and gold effect walls, (crafted by Charlotte with lots of tins of paint) the hidden toilet (behind the shower unit) and the lighting that enhances all aspects of it. From uplighters to directional spots, to task lighting to inset low level wall lighting. 

All of the sink and bath tap fixtures were from Vola and wall mounted for a clean look.

The mirrors were used to dramatic effect in the pushing of light and space in different ways.

This room was also featured in Living Etc.