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06. PROPERTY Chiswick Green Studios, Woodfield Road, Vernon Yard

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22. PROPERTY Portland Road, Princess Louise Walk, Ladbroke Grove, Ladbroke Gardens, Queen’s Gardens, Chepstow Place

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36. ARCHITECTURE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM TEAM Wander through this year’s Serpentine Pavilion

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62. PROPERTY Sinclair Road, Airlie Gardens, Kensington Park Gardens, Brooksville Avenue, Westbourne Gardens

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76. TRAVEL: LOST AND FOUND When you stray off the beaten path …

86. PROPERTY Rede Place, Colville Terrace, Ladbroke Grove, Randolph Avenue, Elgin Crescent, Hayden’s Place

100. DESIGN: ICONIC Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI Museum - as ingenious as its creator

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TWO BECOME ONE The extraordinary marriage of two exceptional penthouse apartments

CHISWICK GREEN STUDIOS, W4 £1,250 per week / long let [admin fees apply] Stunning two-bedroom apartment Styled by the owner epc=d 6


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A quiet corner of desirable Chiswick is perhaps the most unlikely location to find a RIBA award-winning development. But Chiswick Green Studios is an extraordinary building, and this apartment – combining the building’s two penthouses – must be one of the most inspiring rooftop homes in West London. Soaring ceiling heights, curved glass walls and a breathtaking mezzanine are key features of this 2,500 sq ft apartment. Here, raw materials reign supreme. Polished concrete walls, steel Crittal windows and acres of solid wood flooring serve to create a sublime interior, offering two bedroom suites, a media room, open-plan kitchen and a vast reception space. Outside, the architectural execution continues to wow, with an extensive wrap-around balcony offering far reaching views across London. Few properties so beautifully combine a London ‘village’ location with the most stunning modern architecture. 9


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WHITE OUT Lofty aspirations with designer effects

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This refurbished, two-bedroom warehouse-style apartment is a west London alternative to the traditional Victorian flat. A stunning, all-white, first floor property, the apartment’s unique character is emphasised by black Crittal windows and skylights. Triple ceiling heights give the open-plan reception room and kitchen, best viewed from the stairs that lead to the second floor master bedroom suite, an almost cathedral like feel. Everywhere you look in this apartment, the sense of light and space is incredible. This cool backdrop of white walls and white resin floors has created scope for the use of strong colour elsewhere, with strong statements made through use of the steel grey cabinets and appliances in the

kitchen, and the burst of vibrant orange cabinetry in the master dressing room. Woodfield Road is located just off Harrow Road, one of London’s most ancient thoroughfares. Today, Maida Vale is an oasis of quiet residential streets within easy reach of the independent shops and restaurants of Westbourne Grove and the wider amenities of Notting Hill.

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SPACE LINE CONTINUUM Where living spaces and art converge, inside and out

A superb contemporary four-bedroom mews house arranged over three floors, featuring an integral garage, media room, and fully integrated kitchen. With all of the bedrooms located on the lower two floors, the top floor is dedicated to an openplan reception room; an ideal hosting platform for statement art pieces, as demonstrated by the current owners. The bright living spaces open onto an intriguingly abstract roof terrace — arguably the property’s star feature — designed by prolific architect firm, Helm Architecture. Having started as an entirely blank canvas, the terrace has been transformed into a diorama of fragmented geometric patterns which heightens awareness of the changing skies

and adds another dimension to urban living. A definitive ambassador for the encompassing property, the roof terrace has been astutely considered on all fronts, from its booming acoustic to the light-reflectivity. Read the interview with Nicholas Helm at domusnova.com/helmarchitecture

VERNON YARD, W11 £4,000,000 Contemporary four-bedroom mews house Helm Architecture epc=c

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BLUE EYES Blue once again takes centre stage, this time at The Collins Room at the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. And the effect is thrilling…

Sixteen years ago David Collins Studio created The Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel in London. The now iconic bar was the inspiration behind the Studio’s design at the 2016 Decorator Show House. Now in its 44th year, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House raises funds for the charity by inviting celebrated interior designers to transform a

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Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings and art. David Collins Studio is the only British designer to be selected for this year’s show and has taken centre stage with its design of the grand entrance. For the show, the design of The Blue Bar has been reinterpreted for a private home while

simultaneously paying homage to the Studio’s eponymous founder and his love of the colour blue. The luxurious combination of colours and textures, which is the hallmark of David Collins Studio’s projects, is complemented by various collaborations with the Studio’s partners. Welcome to the visual world of David Collins Studio.


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CUSTOM CARDINAL HAT LIGHTS BY LUTYENS FURNITURE & LIGHTING The lights have been originally commissioned by David Collins Studio for The Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Lutyens Furniture & Lighting was formed in 1988 to promote the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens. David Collins Studio has collaborated with Candia Lutyens, granddaughter of Lutyens, to create the pendant light installation in The Collins Room, which is inspired by the original collaboration at The Blue Bar. lutyens-furniture.com

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BEYOND THE SEA (ULTRAMARINE) BY ALEXANDER INNES, 2016 Nine piece polyptych, acrylic, oil and mica particles on canvas, commissioned by David Collins Studio for The Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Alexander Innes is an artist and designer based in New York City. Armed with pen, paint and pixel, his colourful and curious works have conquered everything from tabloid newspapers and movie posters to some of the world’s most luxurious spaces. Alexander has collaborated with David Collins Studio for almost a decade, creating artwork for several of the Studio’s iconic projects. For Kips Bay, he presents a playful suite of nine canvases, which dance with luminous blue foliage and OpArt-inspired colour flips. alexander6.com 16


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CHAIRS FROM THE LONDON COLLECTION BY DAVID COLLINS STUDIO FOR PROMEMORIA

FLOWERS BY EMILY THOMPSON FLOWERS

Launched in September 2015, The London Collection created by David Collins Studio in collaboration with Romeo Sozzi for Promemoria, builds upon The Capsule Collection created in 2013. At the heart of The London Collection is an appreciation of exceptional craftsmanship and a dedication to producing pieces that exemplify the cultivated luxury that defines both David Collins Studio and Promemoria.

David Collins Studio has collaborated with Emily Thompson to create a hidden floral installation. This eruption of plants and vines including wild bramble, rambling roses and wisteria is evocative of a lush English garden. The landscape of the installation creeps into The Collins Room, and subverts, surprises and delights. emilythompsonflowers.com

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CHIYOGAMI WALLPAPER BY DAVID COLLINS STUDIO FOR BAKER

THE ALBRIZZI DESK FROM LIZ O’BRIEN BY ALESSANDRO ALBRIZZI

Hand-screened wallpaper in lapis, claret and gold specifically commissioned for The Kips Bay Decorator Show House. This is a preview of the first wallpaper by David Collins Studio for Baker that will form part of a complete collection of fabrics and wall coverings launching officially in Fall 2016.

Trestle desk in brass trim and base with matte laminate and three dovetailed drawers with inset pulls.

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CUSTOM HARDWARE BY GRETCHEN EVERETT Clear and black striped acrylic pole, polished nickel bracket and curtain rings. gretcheneverett.com

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LIBRARIAN AND HIGHLINER BUSTS BY KATHY DALWOOD A 21st century re-interpretation of the historical portrait bust; these busts are casted rather than sculpted from clay or stone. kathydalwood.com

PLASTER SCULPTURES FROM COCOBOLO GALLERY BY YOUNG MI KIM AND SUZY GOODLEMAN Simon Rawlings, Creative Director of David Collins Studio, has curated a collection of ceramic and plaster artwork from British and European artists. cocobolodesign.com 19


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SAVONA TABLE LAMP IN NICKEL BY VAUGHAN LIGHT AND DESIGN

NEST BOX BY KATHARINE MORLING

Stylish lighting also created in brass and bronze.

Antique box in porcelain and black satin.

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CANDLE IN GORSE SCENT BY LABORATORY PERFUMES

AMARANTH LAMP TABLE BY ALEXANDER LAMONT

One of a range of unique fragrances by the British scent specialist.

Table of straw marquetry, gesso, natural lacquer, cashew pigment, bronze and walnut veneer.

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AURORA TRIPTYCH FROM LIZ O’BRIEN BY MARIE SURI Three panel wall hanging in copper with steel and bronze. The Aurora Triptych complements the palette of the The Collins Room in shades of red and gold. The beauty of the piece derives from the layers of texture, created by artist Marie Suri, that are developed into a patina working with the raw metals. lizobrien.com mariesuri.com

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SPINK AND SPAN An architectural masterpiece PORTLAND ROAD, W11 £12,750,000 Striking five-bedroom house Spink Property, Seth Stein Architects and Christopher Bradley-Hole epc=d

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The neighbours might be pretty Victorian numbers, but this incredible property couldn’t be anything other than 21st Century. Commissioned by Spink Property, whose high-end developments dot glamorous locations around the globe, the house was created by RIBA awardwinning Seth Stein Architects, with a large garden designed by Chelsea gold medal-winner Christopher Bradley-Hole. This stunning three-storey, five-bedroom property is arranged around two courtyards that allow daylight to permeate the 5000 square foot floorplate. The detailing in the structure is exacting – from the cantilevered staircase constructed of a six metre single-cast acrylic balustrade panel and the twostorey central atrium, to the domed ceilings in the bedroom. 24

The huge internal volumes and corridors of glass that overlook the private internal terraces create a series of connected yet distinct spaces. In the main living area, a wooden TV cabinet is used to divide the expansive reception, while a curved wall seamlessly connects the lines of the interior with the terrace beyond. The invigorating architecture is punctuated by the considered use of natural materials and neutral tones in the design. The effect is a faultless backdrop for the minimalist furnishing and bold art that have been strategically placed to heighten the senses without detracting from the overall calm. The house, complete with staff accommodation, is hidden away behind electric gates on Portland Road, but it longs to be seen and admired.


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GLASS HOUSE When walls create no bounds

Something is happening in Notting Hill. At the north end of Ladbroke Grove, west London’s newest residential village is rising faster than developers can build, redefining what was once a lost location. Princess Louise Walk is a small gated development where contemporary architecture is complemented by green views overlooking Kensington Memorial Park and Gardens. Few homes can claim such an extraordinary protected vista, and still be just a stone’s throw from Portobello Road. Unusual angles and double height ceilings emphasise the use of glass in the small collection of houses. Its use aids visual appeal, the transference of natural light, and creates areas of quiet space within the central reception room. Internal space has been cleverly thought through. The open plan spaces of

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the ground floor, which link the reception room to the dining room and kitchen, are complemented on the lower ground floor where the layout includes two bedroom suites and a third bedroom or study. Seventeen individual homes form this established development. It’s designed by west London based Graham Ford Architects, who are known for their expertise in creating superior urban homes.

PRINCESS LOUISE WALK, W10 £1,650,000 Contemporary three-bedroom house Graham Ford Architects epc=b


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RAGS TO RICHES Stairway to the latest in contemporary architecture

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For many years the corner of Ladbroke Grove and Elgin Crescent was home to a modest two- storey house. Looking back, it was only a matter of time before the potential of this perfectly situated plot would be realised. Now, thanks to specialist developers Landmass London, the site features an elegant family home. Landmass London has a reputation for clever, thought-provoking properties where a prominent feature creates an individual identity. Here, the central spiral staircase that rises through the building like a spine is an incredibly beautiful

feat of engineering that steals the show. Linking the three upper floors with basement levels, the staircase lets natural light flood through the core of the house. An elegant palette of oriental influenced interior design completes the turnkey solution. With an inherent understanding of the local market, Landmass has developed Ladbroke Grove with desirable lifestyle spaces such as a gym and media room.

LADBROKE GROVE, W11 ÂŁ6,495,000 New build five-bedroom home Landmass London epc=b

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PAST PRESERVED The intersection of history and modern day living The wild and wonderful green space of Ladbroke Gardens, and the proud stucco fronted terrace of houses that overlook it, are a testament to the endurance of their original creator. The former grandeur of Ladbroke Gardens has been preserved through the skilful conversion of the houses there. The high ceilings and huge windows of this split-level flat are a throwback to its previous use as a ballroom, leading onto an ironwork balcony that overlooks the gardens. The first floor space has been cleverly reimagined; a curved staircase leads to a large mezzanine, created to incorporate the master bedroom suite upstairs and a stylish wall of hidden storage below.

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In the bespoke kitchen, a glazed wall frames the gardens below like a moving artwork. The same view can be seen from the bedroom suite below. Offering the best of both worlds, Ladbroke Gardens is just a stone’s throw from bustling Westbourne Grove and Notting Hill.

LADBROKE GARDENS, W11 ÂŁ1,200 per week / long let [admin fees apply] Charming two-bedroom apartment Styled by the owners epc=e


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BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Solid design intertwined with elegant details

Beautifully executed and extensively refurbished, this three-bedroom duplex marries traditional proportions and features with refined contemporary detail. Cleverly appointed feminine and masculine touches converge harmoniously to enhance the exquisite 33-foot reception room and its original features, which include delicate crown moulding and an antique fireplace.

bedroom leads onto an open terrace, and, like the second and third bedrooms, is equipped with an en-suite bathroom.

With its own private entrance the ground floor features a main artery hallway, which links the living and dining area affording an excellent flow through. The same concept is echoed in the lower ground floor through the bedrooms. The master

QUEEN’S GARDENS, W2 £3,750,000 Impressive three-bedroom period duplex Styled by the owners epc=d

A great opportunity to experience London at its greenest, Queen’s Gardens is located on one of the area’s most desirable communal garden squares.

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DYNAMIC DISRUPT A cool mix-tape of disparate textures

Featuring a remarkable compilation of different finishes, this beautiful two-bedroom apartment offers a spacious reception area, ample storage, and a decked outdoor patio. The home is equipped with all the functional conveniences of a modern build, which include underground heating, a modern Gaggenau kitchen and an integrated sound system in every room. Its character reads more of organic warmth, something achieved by the considered variety of textures and materials used.

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An industrial-looking feature wall in the kitchen has been stripped back to reveal original brickwork and exposed concrete, the combination of which provides striking contrast to the sleek cabinetry and marble countertop. Continuing in this vein, the bathroom has been fitted with limestone bricks and a solid limestone sink, which then break up the consistency of the neutral bedroom walls. These disparate elements, all tied together by beautiful, solid walnut flooring, work with each other to create a truly dynamic environment.

Chepstow Place, with its Victorian street lamps and stucco-fronted buildings, is a charming Notting Hill road.

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ARCHITECTURE

Each year the Serpentine Gallery commissions a leading architect to create a temporary Summer Pavilion as part of The Serpentine Architecture Programme. For 2016, they’ve expanded the programme. Not only does it feature ‘starchitects’ BIG, the whole installation is now bigger…

With the goal of introducing contemporary architecture to a wider audience, the Serpentine Architecture Programme presents a unique exhibition of international architecture in the built form, rather than through an exhibition of models, drawings and plans. Usually featuring just one pavilion, the gallery has expanded its programme for 2016 and this time it’s multifaceted. This year’s Summer Pavilion has been designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). However, visitors will also see the addition of four newly commissioned Summer Houses;

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these are by Kunlé Adeyemi – NLE (Amsterdam/Lagos), Barkow Leibinger (Berlin/New York), Yona Friedman (Paris), and Asif Khan (London). The Summer Houses are inspired by Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house built in 1734 by William Kent, in Kensington Gardens, just a stone’s throw from the gallery. Though perhaps not immediately discernible – all five commissions are structurally and aesthetically disparate - there does seem to be a common thread linking

the Pavilion to each of the accompanying summer houses. The essence of each structure is based upon some idea of metamorphosis, through either illusion or allusion. In all five designs, things are purposefully not quite what they initially seem, channelling the sort of impish trickery reminiscent of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this, we see the Pavilion and Summer Houses as a mischievous band of architectural ‘Pucks’ that will undoubtedly bring curiosity and delight to this summer’s wanderers.


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PAVILION: THE BIG ZIPPER BY BJARKE INGELS GROUP The 16th Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is an ‘unzipped wall’ that is transformed from a straight line to a threedimensional space, creating a dramatic structure that, by day, will house a café and provide free family activities. By night, it will become a space for the Serpentine’s acclaimed Park Nights programme, providing a performance space for artists, writers and musicians. It has been conceptualised as a play on the brick wall. The bricks however, are a far cry from the archetypal red variety, and can be named as such in only the most illusory of manners.

They are made of pultruded fibreglass frames, whose hollow structures make provision for its intended state of flux. As well as, and maybe more so than through its visual appearance, the pavilion is ‘zip-like’ in its guaranteed polarity. As one moves through and around the structure, it will ‘unzip’ itself; each shift in perspective creating a new shift in physical configuration. “We have attempted to design a structure that embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form yet

rigorous; modular yet sculptural; both transparent and opaque… The North-South elevation of the pavilion is a perfect rectangle. The East-West elevation is an undulating sculptural silhouette. Towards the East-West elevation, the pavilion is completely opaque and material. Towards the North-South, it is entirely transparent and practically immaterial. As a result, presence becomes absence, orthogonal becomes curvilinear, structure becomes gesture, and box becomes blob.” – Bjarke Ingels big.dk

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SUMMER HOUSE: THE INSIDE-OUTER BY KUNLÉ ADEYEMI (NLÉ) Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple – a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a new sculptural object. Though built out of similar sandstone building blocks, it mainly alludes to the historic building by exploiting its negative space instead of through direct aesthetic replication. Here, a reversal of roles takes place; the interior is allowed to interact with its external environment,

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and the exterior cannot be seen (it isn’t really there!). Adeyemi has chosen to locate his Summer House close to a stand of trees, through whose canopies he aims to provide an extension in the shaded areas of the structure’s abstracted forms. “By rotating the temple’s interior void space, we expose the structure’s neo-classical plan, proportions and architectural form… The design

is based on projecting an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple – a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a bold new sculptural object.” – Kunlé Adeyemi nleworks.com


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SUMMER HOUSE: THE RUBBER BANDIT BY BARKOW LEIBINGER Barkow Leibinger were inspired by another, now extinct, 18th century pavilion, also designed by William Kent, which rotated mechanically and offered 360 degree views of Kensington Gardens. Here, the architects have explored the options of changeability in a structure that is, unlike its 18th century stimulus, physically immobile. They use plywood and timber as their main building materials, intended to have intrinsic harmony with

the looping geometry of the structure. It is, at first glance, a tangle of bands, but, subject to viewing point, is able to visually unravel into formulaic coils, similar to those of a blind contour drawing.

we have designed a Summer House in-the-round. Standing free with all its sides visible, and conceived as a series of undulating structural bands.” – Frank Barkow & Regine Leibinger

“This small pavilion rotated mechanically… offering various panoramic views of the park and, reciprocally, different views of itself when seen from the park… With this absent structure in mind,

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SUMMER HOUSE: THE COPYCAT BY ASIF KHAN Asif Khan’s design is inspired by the fact that the Queen Caroline’s Temple was positioned in a way that would have once allowed it to catch the sunlight from The Serpentine Lake. In an attempt to replicate the intimate experience of this lost moment for a visitor, this Summer House incorporates a highly polished metal platform and roof which mimic the reflectiveness of the lake. In explaining his take on the brief, Khan emphasises the attention paid to the changing history of the surroundings.

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Essentially reinstating the past through design, he is indirectly addressing the transformation of the Gardens over the course of the centuries. “Through sun path analysis, I realised that Kent aligned the temple toward the direction of the rising sun on 1st March 1683, Queen Caroline’s birthday. This effect would have been amplified by the reflection off the newly created Serpentine Lake… a landscape-sized mirror to reflect the

sun, a possibility which John Rennie’s 1826 bridge [now] obscures. In our Summer House design, a polished metal platform and roof provide an intimate experience of this lost moment for the visitor.” – Asif Khan asif-khan.com


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SUMMER HOUSE: THE HEAVYWEIGHT BY YONA FRIEDMAN Where the other Summer Houses tackle varying concepts of metamorphosis, Yona Friedman’s creation takes a more literal approach in the form of a modular structure that can be physically assembled and disassembled in different formations. It builds upon the architect’s pioneering project La Ville Spatiale (Spatial City), which was begun in the late 1950s. The project, based on the principles of elevated city space and the implication of occupant-modified housing

design, is symbolised brilliantly as a summer house in a simple, but compelling delivery. “The manifesto for this project, published in 1959, was based on two pillars or principles: firstly, a mobile architecture that could create an elevated city space and enable the growth of cities while restraining the use of land; secondly; the use of modular structures to allow people to live in housing of their own design. The Summer House

is a space-chain construction of 4+1 levels, it is composed of cubes defined by 6 circles of 1.85m in diameter and made with steel tubes of 16mm in diameter. The cubes are composed into irregular geometrical shapes that rest on the ground… It is essentially a movable museum and exhibition.” – Yona Friedman yonafriedman.nl

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A BRUSH WITH STEEL Phenomenal reinterpretation of an expired townhouse

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This grade II listed townhouse in the heart of Notting Hill was in poor, uninhabitable condition before CUBIC Studios came to its rescue. Renowned for pushing boundaries in design, the developers have further refined their skills to achieve the impossible in this thoughtful renovation. Literally rebuilding the house ‘brick by brick’, Cubic’s major structural overhaul includes a rebuilt front façade, a subterranean rear extension, and a glass infill extension. Mixing contemporary flair with original detail, and rustic warmth with raw industrial materials, the integrity of a family home has been preserved without compromising on characteristic edge. The layout is generous, offering ample indoor and outdoor living space and a master bedroom that spans the entire first floor. The top floor is dedicated to two further bedrooms leaving the option for a fourth bedroom on the basement level, which is currently dedicated to a cinema room. Though the kitchen may seem like just another pretty face, underneath its sleek stainless finishes, function surpasses form with state of the art features like the La Cornue cooker with an integrated brick ventilation hood and a custom built wine cellar.

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Set within a gated mews development, this unique three-bedroom house is the very definition of successful open-plan living, providing tremendous lateral flow from the kitchen to the verdant garden. The design throughout is dynamic and effortlessly adaptable, whether for relaxing or entertaining.

as an excellent DJ booth when the workday is done. Arranged over two floors, the house makes the most of its vertical scope, affording all three top floor bedrooms the advantage of unusually high vaulted ceilings, creating bright, airy spaces, while exposed beams add the kind of comfortable character that we love to enjoy in our ‘nesting areas’.

Often we are sceptical of novelty throwbacks in modern design; however, this home’s 70s-inspired sunken study has real style, offering sleek finishes and sophisticated functionality. Located directly off the reception room, we’re told it also doubles

Located moments from the trendy boutiques and restaurants of Queen’s Park, Opal Mews is also well situated for Kilburn High Road, West Hampstead, and Notting Hill.


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OPAL MEWS, NW6 £2,000,000 ‘Neo-postmodern’ three-bedroom mews house Styled by the owner epc=c

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WOOD STOCK Walking the transitional line between iconic mid-century modern and 60s retro

Set over four floors, this substantial family apartment is housed in a classic double-fronted Victorian property. Boasting three bedrooms, three bathrooms and two reception rooms, it offers almost 2,000 sq ft of inviting interior space. The interiors have been thoughtfully designed and combine traditional ceiling heights and huge windows with contemporary elements such as oversized doorways and stainless steel cabinetry. A palette of mid-century and retro style furnishings amplifies the natural light and spacious layout throughout, while pieces of art add pops of vibrant colour.

WESTBOURNE PARK ROAD, W2 ÂŁ2,500 per week / short let [admin fees apply] Retro three-bedroom apartment Styled by the owners epc=f

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SECRET GARDEN Traditional proportions, modern appearances

Starting as one of 12 units built post-war, Old Brompton Road has evolved into a modern charmer. The current owner, also the architect, has re-opened the living space and capitalised upon the its floor to ceiling windows, double height spaces and blonde wood floors to create a gallery-like aesthetic. The space throughout creates the perfect backdrop for a collection of mid-century furniture and contemporary artwork. Nowhere is this more evident than in the vast reception room, where the scale of the space is further enhanced by the symmetry of double aspect windows. When the lure of the outdoors becomes too much, step through the ‘secret’ door from the living space onto a private terrace that leads onto the communal gardens, the real ‘pièce de résistance’ of this most alluring of garden flats.

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The garden square is one of London’s most revered institutions and properties with private access to these hallowed green spaces are amongst the most sought after in London.

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ON FORM Functional living meets creative thread

Who needs a trip to the museum when you’re living in your own gallery-space? The dazzling volumes of this refurbished maisonette are well-equipped to host the ensemble of contemporary art and furnishings that currently fill them. Proudly described by the owner, award-winning interior designer Staffan Tollgard, as an architectural white box, the first-floor living spaces offer incredible flexibility to adapt to their contents and intended function. Tollgard, of Tollgard Design Group, points out just how easily the spaces have evolved over time; from dining room to playroom to study. Arranged over two floors, and with its own private entrance, the three-bedroom apartment brings immense ease to either couple or family living.

The master bedroom benefits from an en-suite bathroom, direct access to the courtyard, and an indulgent amount of wardrobe space. As well as the outdoor terrace, the apartment also has access to a private residents’ garden.

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TAKE ONE 1940s film set reimagined for contemporary living

This apartment is a cool customer; sleek, pared back but elegant and refined. St Stephen’s Gardens, just behind Westbourne Grove, is at the centre of a nexus of quiet residential streets. This one-bedroom apartment, on the raised ground floor of a Victorian terrace, features a central entrance hall with reception room and kitchen on one side, and master bedroom suite on the other. Beautifully proportioned, the marble fireplace, wood floor and smooth white plaster of the reception room are a great foil for the dark and industrial cabinetry of the separate eat-in kitchen. Enormous windows frame both spaces, affording views of the property’s quaint, almost village-like surroundings. Located at the back of the apartment, the master bedroom is a zen-like white space, where you can shut away the world outside.

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Teatum Jones is the award-winning London-based design partnership of Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones. They are united through their love of human narrative and the way this translates into fabric and ultimately design. The duo’s love of bold pattern, exquisite fabric and modern and refined shape speaks to an audience of super smart, confident and creative women, and has seen them referred to as London’s young ‘textile pioneers’ and ‘innovators’. These justifiably applied accolades have been reaffirmed recently with Teatum Jones winning the 2015 FT Womenswear Designer of the Year and the Woolmark Prize – the first British designer to secure the award in its 63-year history. Catherine, tell us about winning the Woolmark Prize and what this has meant for your business? The Woolmark Prize means so much to us. In a creative sense it represents the best possible outcome of the amazing educational journey that Rob and I went on in order to create the six look collection for entry. Our collection represented the British Isles – we wanted to draw on our experience of working with wool in previous collections but anchor this back to our heritage and what was once a core industry here. We wanted to get into the mindset of British wool and the British mills. Each of our collections begins with a story and we treated this capsule collection in the same way. I’m from the West of Ireland originally and, while I was visiting my parents, I read about a very inspirational woman, Agnes Morrogh-Bernard, who in 1892 founded County Mayo’s Foxford Woollen Mills. That was a time of great famine for Ireland and she saw the mill as a diversionary industry to farming – the land is poor in that part of Ireland and its inability to support farming meant that people were starving. The mill produced luxurious blankets from fine wool, spun locally, which were then sold all around the world. Agnes faced so much adversity and opposition to her plans but succeeded in spite of this – the mill is still going today. We used the original blankets and their embellishment as the model for the Woolmark collection and looked at ways to create a new angle for the story, modernising them with geometric foil prints and hand embroideries on skirts and jackets. The ‘lace’ that finished the pieces was created in collaboration with a French lace mill, who were persuaded to spin with Merino wool instead (a requirement of the competition). The effect was quite beautiful and something that hadn’t been seen or done before. That same mill has continued to produce wool lace since we introduced the idea and this has informed the conversations that they themselves are now having with designers about bespoke commissions. 58


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What usually happens at the point of judging is that the Press love the very creative brands for the visual impact that they will have in the media, while the retailers definitely look for commercial viability. Andre Leon Tally told us after we had won, that this was the first time that both sides were united in their decision on a winner. From a commercial perspective, winning the Woolmark Prize has given our company the financial clout to allow us to grow and develop through the next phase of our business life. You have just shown on the main schedule at London Fashion Week, after your retailers ‘encouraged’ the British Fashion Council to respond to their customers’ demands to see you included. How important is it to be on schedule? We have been showing on the official schedule since 2014 and before that we showed ‘off schedule’. The British Fashion Council’s decision to put us on schedule has paid huge dividends, particularly for our international buyers and the global Press. Since we’ve been on the main stage we have been really well received, meaning we’ve had to increase the size of the venue in response to the number of requests for invitations to our shows. Last year we moved from showing on the Friday to the Saturday, which is great for the American audience, who come over on the red eye and just see a small number of shows before heading out of the country again. We are now included in the shows that they see. The US audience is huge for us, and so very important when you consider their vast number of internationally revered retail outlets. The UK holds some of the most iconic stores in the world, but If you compare a store like Saks, which has over 100 outlets in the US, to Harvey Nichols, which has four shops in the UK, you can see why America has such enormous buying power. We officially launch in Saks in New York this August and will fly there to formally open the space ahead of the start of Fashion Week. What inspired your latest collection for A/W 2016? We have never looked at fashion periods or eras for reference. Instead we like things that are not affected by fashion. The starting point for us is always a human narrative, and if the person that we are interested in is still alive, then we try to meet them, speak to them and build the story from there. Our last collection was inspired by the Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee. I was watching a documentary about Hilary Clinton and her role in the US Primaries and listened to Gbowee speak. She played such a small role in the documentary but her voice had such resonance that we decided to find out more. Gbowee had led peaceful protest in her homeland and tried to affect change by bringing down the dictatorship of Charles Taylor. It took many months of phonecalls and conversation before we finally got to meet Leymah Gbowee - we met her for dinner here in London. We based our collection on patterns and shapes that have their foundation in Gbowee’s culture and the way fabric is draped and worn in Liberia.

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Your designs are stocked all over the world as well as being featured on some of the most prestigious fashion websites. How important is the digital marketplace to the world of fashion? Incredibly important. Its importance plays right into the dialogue that is happening around the new shift in fashion to consumer retail and how this should be re-structured. For me as a consumer the delivery and return services are probably the most important when you’re buying into a product online. As well as how a luxury product is visually and clearly presented. Building a Teatum Jones e-commerce site is part of our current strategy and it will be launched in the latter part of this year. Who would be your ideal celebrity ambassador, or who would you like to see wearing your designs? From a personal perspective, I would love to say the civil rights activist Maya Angelou. She has been a hugely important global figure and has had a profound impact on the world. In Hollywood, I would love to see Tilda Swinton wear our designs. She is a very unique talent and has an incredible look. Fashion is very demanding and physically challenging. How do you think the industry is changing and what is directing that change? The conversations that are being had at the moment focus around the business model rather than the creative side. In recent years the consumer has become much more of a dictator in terms of the way they buy, what they want to buy and how they buy it. In an age where everything is instantaneous, the consumer wants to buy as soon as new designs roll off the catwalk. There’s a real tug of war at the moment between the brands to have prominence through change. Burberry for example is merging some of its menswear and womenswear in one big show, and making certain items available immediately after their show. You do need a swift and responsive manufacturing process behind you to be able to execute this though and for any emerging label (us included) to be able to invest in this kind of structure is nigh on impossible. In the US, designer Rebecca Minkoff has completely changed the way its business presents to the public. By re-presenting their S/S 2016, rather than their A/W16 offering in February, they made the pieces, which had seasonal resonance because of when they were shown, available just eight weeks later. This meant that the social media excitement that’s generated when a brand shows a collection hadn’t died down by the time the pieces were available to buy, thus satisfying the desire for immediate gratification, and the consumers’ willingness to pay full price for something that’s ‘of the moment’. It makes sense really, but adopting it across the board will mean turning the global fashion industry on its head, resetting timings and placing your designs in the hands of a wider audience, all of whom you have to trust implicitly to embargo what they see until the time of launch and sale. That said, it’s a really exciting time to be in fashion - everything is evolving and we are a part of that.


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What’s next for Teatum Jones? Any plans for menswear or interiors? Rob and I met in Italy, when we were designing menswear, and so we have thought a lot about this transition. The fabrics that we design work so well with tailoring so there should be a natural progression there. There’s a gap in the market for exciting and interesting but grown up clothes for men who want something different to the standard uniform of black, grey and navy. In fact, we hope that our designs offer a welcome relief from this camouflage that we all seem to have adopted. We have also recently been looking at shoes and how to incorporate these into our collections, and as a stand alone offering. We have already worked with leather artisan Una Burke, and shoe designer Kat Maconie, so are actively looking once more at what we can do in partnership. Interiors wise we are speaking to one of London’s most iconic stores about collaborating on homewares using signature Teatum Jones bold fabrics. This is a really exciting development for us because ultimately we are building Teatum Jones to be a lifestyle brand that encompasses a vast scope of design disciplines. You work in London. If you weren’t here, where would you choose to be based? Probably somewhere the sun shines! That said, Rob and I are both Londoners born and bred, which is pretty unique at London Fashion Week. London has something that nowhere else can quite match so I don’t feel we could leave. We could establish a sister studio though, and if that were an option then somewhere like Barcelona would be amazing. Tell us about a favourite ‘secret’ place in the Capital? There’s a cool old scooter cafe on Lower Marsh, near where we work, which has hot chocolate you can stand your spoon up in, as well as really good French wine. We often head there before or after meetings, or see if we can get people to meet us there. After hours there is a whisky shop in Soho called Milroy’s. There’s a bookshelf at the back of the shop and, after 6pm, this opens up to reveal a hidden bar that does fantastic whisky cocktails. It’s our new favourite place. teatumjones.com Discover more of the Teatum Jones designs at domusnova.com/teatumjones

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SCANTLY SCANDI A newly refurbished apartment reaching for the skies

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Once a tired second-floor apartment, this property recently underwent an extensive refurbishment and redesign. After a comprehensive gutting, a third floor was constructed and a roof terrace was added. The resulting three-bedroom maisonette is a striking conversion.

to build from scratch has resulted in the myriad of beautiful shapes that now form the architecturally rich interiors. Bathed in sunlight from dual aspect windows and a retractable skylight, the entire third floor is dedicated to the resolute open-plan reception, Shiffini kitchen and dining area.

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modern furnishings, brought over from Belgium, slot perfectly into their deluxe surroundings, rather than veiling them. The sprawling roof terrace, on the other hand, aided by the increased stature of the property, is notably different to its surroundings, offering phenomenal views over west London.


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RECONNECTED Architecture and space take center stage

AIRLIE GARDENS, W8 £1,450,000 Light one-bedroom apartment Ben Smith Architecture / Studio Smith epc=d

Originally one home, the former owner decided to divide this property to create two individual apartments. Executed with speed, the original conversion didn’t fully realise the potential of the apartment. The current owners saw that the space could be so much more and called in architect Ben Smith to set things right. Reconfiguring the apartment into a flexible space that can work as a one or two-bedroom home, Smith created an informal reception room, dining area and kitchen on the first floor, leaving the second floor mezzanine as an open plan space, topped by a master bedroom suite. Oversized floorboards, a glass-sided staircase and acres of smooth white walls all help to emphasise the feeling of space and light that greets you as you walk through the door.

Interior designer Felicity Luther, of Studio Smith, used a carefully edited collection of pieces by British and European designers such as Zeus, Tom Dixon and Ligne Roset, as well as a few antique and mid-century flourishes to complete the look. A commissioned painting, visible from multiple levels and viewpoints in the property links the various elements of the scheme and adds colour to the apartment’s mostly monochromatic palette.

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HIDDEN TREASURE The perfect canvas for vintage and antique treasures from around the world

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Elegant, yet bohemian, the roots of old Notting Hill are perfectly portrayed in the interior proportions and design of this wonderful one-bedroom flat. Situated on one of W11’s most desirable roads, with views and access to neighbouring Stanley Gardens, this property has been superbly created within a classic Victorian townhouse. Simple and elegant, the huge open plan reception room and kitchen is dominated by three pairs of floor-to-ceiling French windows that open onto a private balcony. The original fireplace and ornate plasterwork remain, and are beautifully complimented by a polished wood floor that bounces light around the room. The 1950s Venetian chandelier, the French brasserie mirror, brass side tables from India, Julian Chichester

dining table and paintings by renowned Russian artist Zernova work together to give the spaces an air of progressive collection. This is the perfect opportunity to try life in this leafy part of Notting Hill, a favourite with longtime residents and those coming to be part of the ‘something special’ that’s hard to find anywhere else in London.

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ARTISANAL AESTHETIC A touch of Tuscany

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Queen’s Park is an area carving out its own reputation for design, and this family home is leading the way. Styled by its owner, this house is nothing short of magazine worthy. Every fixture, finish and item of furniture – from the oversized artworks to the Moroccan floor tiles – has been thought through and executed beautifully. Partition walls have been removed to open up the traditional Victorian layout, which now features walls of washed and polished plaster. An industrial twist has been added with a bespoke, raw wood kitchen and linear fireplaces, while double aspect Crittal windows and a glass ceiling open up the rear of the house to the contemporary courtyard garden. It’s hard to find fault. Look beyond the interior flourishes and you’ll find a large reception room, kitchen/diner and three stylish bedroom suites, each with their own look and feel. However, all simply united by good taste.

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AT THE ZOO Warm textures and patterns bring this home to life

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Artfully designed by Different Like a Zoo, and in keeping with the company’s name, the interiors of this engaging three-bedroom maisonette play host to a carefully chosen menagerie of patterned wallpaper, where the illusion of texture adds a rustic depth to an otherwise pristine period property.

bedroom could also be used as a study or playroom, and features French windows that open onto the wrap-around patio. The generous layout of the apartment is such that the wide variety of finishes enhance, rather than over-clutter the space; a rare, but happy occasion.

Boasting original features and detail, this home offers a wealth of entertaining and living space on both floors, as well as three generously sized bedrooms and a private patio garden. Complete with an en-suite bathroom, the master bedroom, like the second bedroom, is brightened by large windows looking onto patio areas. The third

WESTBOURNE GARDENS, W2 ÂŁ2,295,000 Eclectic three-bedroom maisonette Different Like A Zoo epc=e


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Puebla is thought to be one of the most European of all Mexican colonial cities with its mix of architecture in renaissance, baroque and indigenous styles. Once an ice factory, La Purificadora is now a boutique hotel whose architecture respects its past as an industrial building and its design reflects the modern. Renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta of Legorreta + Legorreta, undertook this project as a unique challenge. Famous for his use 78

of bright colours and natural light, he’s blended a strong understanding of the building’s context in the historic centre with Mexican architectural traditions to create a sense of monumental space. The impressive stairway that bisects the mail lobby is just one example of this. The materials used throughout the building are archaeological stone from the original construction, old wood recycled for the vaulted ceilings, onyx indigenous to Tecalli, and a specially fabricated floor tile reminiscent

of Talavera ceramic. The authentic and traditional elements are juxtaposed with a glass-walled swimming pool, while the colour palette is completely monochromatic. The only colours in use are black and white, accented with ‘bishop’ purple. Most of the hotel’s 26 rooms have spectacular views of the hotel gardens and the city centre beyond, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One really doesn’t have to venture far for relaxation or culture.


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SILVER BAY VILLA SHELLEY POINT, SOUTH AFRICA SILVERBAY.CO.ZA SILVERBAY.CO.ZA

SAOTA Architecture and Design skilfully designed Silver Bay Villa to respond to its context. While capitalising on the stunning views to both the mountains and the sea of St Helena Bay, the architects also considered the villa as a shield from the outdoor elements such as the South-Easterly wind. The L-shaped upper level acts as a single space, encompassing the living areas and the north-facing pool courtyard that not only soaks up the sun but provides a wind-free outdoor space all year round.

Broken up by level changes to form distinctly different areas, the space pivots around a conical flue made from Corten steel, the rusted surface reflecting the coastal environment. Downstairs, the bedrooms have a serrated façade with corner glazing for uninterrupted views. The architects have integrated a plethora of materials in the construction and finishing – steel tie rods, thatched roof, granite floors, timber walls, double-glazed glass and concrete slabs.

Blended with arrangements of contemporary African-style furnishings, courtesy of OKHA, this villa has a distinctive yet sophisticated chic worth straying off the beaten path for.

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VILLA N°174 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL VILLA174.COM VILLA174

Villa No. 174 offers a Rio experience with a difference. Set high in the historical neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, also known as Carioca Montmarte, it is the vivacious and bohemian vibe within that has our senses energised. This somewhat avant-garde boutique hotel is a conversion of an old mansion situated in the heart of a tropical garden. An eclectic mix of art-deco, colonial and 60s-era style and furniture create vibrant spaces from which to soak up the sun and the views across to Guanabara Bay and 82

Sugarloaf. The old and new harmonise throughout the shared and private spaces – from the antique armchairs restored with fine Italian fabrics to the striking contemporary paintings custom-made by Bosnian painter Radmila Dapic Jovandic. There are four suites each with their own distinct aesthetic, a result of the unrestrained imagination of the property’s host, fashion entrepreneur Srdjan Prodanovic. From the seductive headboard made of mirror in the Mirror Room and the Amazon jungle theme of the Pool Suite to the

sophisticated use of lines in the Geometric Suite and contemporary styling of the Master Suite, Villa 174 offers an option for whatever vacation mode you fancy. And for an added touch of colour and entertainment, there is the resident parrot Nino to engage with.


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MARATABA TRAILS LODGE LIMPOPO, SOUTH AFRICA MARATABA.CO.ZA MARATABASOUTHAFRICA

Perched on the side of the mountain with views into Waterfall Valley, Marataba Trails Lodge is both a sanctuary and a springboard to explore the reserve where a rich abundance of wildlife roams free. Responding to the demand for unique and extraordinary experiences that are authentic and uncontrived, the result is an off-the-grid ‘Scandi-Safari’ lodge catering to no more than eight intrepid travellers at a time. The design brief was simple – every ledge, window, piece of furniture and soft finish had to take its cue from the natural

environment. There is a warm mixture of textures – wood, brick, stone, leather, hide and concrete. While the clean lines of the contemporary furnishings are contrasted by the intricate detail of the ethnic pieces. Each of the five eco-suites has a king sized bed, a private viewing deck, a fireplace and an en-suite bathroom with a rain dance shower. There is very little of modern technological conveniences; however no compromise has been made on the quality of the creature comforts and overall experience. Only the

finest of materials, from timber to cotton sheeting, have been used. The interiors effortlessly connect to the vast and expansive views of the mountains and valleys beyond. With no wi-fi or reception, this might just be the perfect spot for a digital detox.

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WHAT LIES BENEATH A world class interior behind an unassuming mews facade REDE PLACE, W2 £7,000,000 Fastidiously executed three-bedroom house Guy Stansfeld / Maddux Creative / Adolfo Harrison epc=c

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For purists, Rede Place represents a perfect example of a 1960s interpretation of the classic mews house; linear, modest and architecturally private. Behind the façade however, the house tells another story, revealing itself as a carefully curated celebration of international design. Originally designed by Guy Stansfeld Architects, the threebedroom property has recently been refinished by London-based interior designers Maddux Creative and garden designer Adolfo Harrison. The interior references the iconic American lodges of the late 1960s. The owner’s US heritage instilled a love of all things outdoors and Maddux Creative took on a brief that requested that this be combined with the kind of relaxed luxury city interior. Special pieces have been sourced to combine with bespoke furniture and fine finishes. The focal point, a 45-foot first floor reception room which spans the property front to back, is mirrored in a master bedroom suite of the same size on the floor above. Elsewhere, a wine cellar is tucked into the lower ground floor, while a snug and terrace on the third floor make the most of the property’s rooftop views. Read our interview with Maddux Creative at domusnova.com/madduxcreative 89


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BACK TO THE FUTURE Offering the best of both worlds

Colville Terrace forms part of a small grid of stucco-fronted properties overlooking a central garden square, best viewed from this apartment’s huge demised roof terrace. This cleverly converted two/three-bedroom maisonette has been laid out over the third and fourth floors. The space has been zoned into two areas, with the lower floor offering a reception room, dining area and kitchen, and a separate study/playroom that could also be used as a third bedroom. Upstairs, both of two large bedroom suites have access to the roof terrace. Working with Paper Project, the owners have channelled Scandi-style through the use of clean lines and modern styling. The thing that you notice most about this apartment is the incredible light

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that bounces off everything from the Germanengineered kitchen to the expanse of pale wood floors. No expense has been spared in specifying beautiful finishes, fixtures and bespoke joinery to complement the high ceilings and period casement windows. Artworks by Sangeeta Sagar add a touch of colour without distracting from the general tranquillity achieved.

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POWER OF THREE Three floors of impressive living

Lateral houses may have their appeal, but there is nothing like a triplex to layer your interior arrangements and put your living, sleeping and eating areas into their rightful (British) place. Add to this the kerb appeal of a period property on a leafy Notting Hill street and this place really does have it all. Measuring in at almost 2,000 sq ft, this house has the kitchen/dining area and courtyard garden on the lower ground floor, a double aspect reception room and terrace at ground level, and bedroom suites above. Huge sash windows allow light to pour into the rooms, while sliding doors offer easy separation.

Remodelled by London-based Formwork Architects, the angular white plaster walls, which are softened with recessed lighting and acres of polished wood floors, successfully provide the perfect cocoon for a London lifestyle.

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UPSIDE DOWN Scandi-style apartment turns traditional living on its head There is a very good reason that this stylish Maida Vale duplex has turned traditional living upside down. Laid out over the third and fourth floors of a classic Victorian block, the upper reception room and private wrap around terrace offer near panoramic views across London. At night the views become a spectacle of light and movement.

RANDOLPH AVENUE, W9 ÂŁ1,450,00 Modern two-bedroom duplex apartment Styled by the owners epc=d

Back inside, this apartment has very recently been completely refurbished by the owner. No expense has been spared in creating a superior living space that combines a palette of elegant materials, including marble and pale wood, with mid-century furniture, subdued paint colours and lots of natural light. The simple unfussy environment is very Scandinavian – clean, cool and calm. Proportionally this is a sizeable apartment, with two bedroom suites and generous entertaining space. Its separation of spaces over two floors enhances this feel and also gives privacy to the bedroom suites, located as they are, on separate a floor. Randolph Avenue is located close to Little Venice Gardens and canal basin and the central spine of Warwick Avenue. 95


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Ask anyone in the know to pinpoint the beating heart of Notting Hill, chances are they’ll tell you it’s the corner of Elgin Crescent and Portobello Road. From here you can see it all; the cafés of Kensington Park Road, the Electric Cinema, the famous market and the independent businesses of Elgin Crescent. With a view to the hub of life below, above the street, all is quiet. This calm and serene twobedroom flat mixes pale greys, blonde wood

and elegant furniture to create a Scandinavianinspired interior that makes the most of the natural light. Laid out over two floors, an open-plan reception room, dining area and kitchen occupy the first floor, while the second floor offers a master bedroom suite, second bedroom and bathroom.

ELGIN CRESCENT, W11 £1,950,000 Stylish two-bedroom flat Styled by the owners epc=d

This is a flat that is grown up and poised to make a good impression.

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SCENE-SETTER Former film studios, now a light-filled home Located on the site of the old Portobello Film Studios, Hayden’s Place is a small hidden scheme of modernist-inspired private houses designed by Orefelt Associates and built just over a decade ago. Each property has its own sense of place within the scheme and is cosseted by communal gardens. Internally, angular elevations, recessed lighting and materials such as stone, granite, wood and plaster add to the sense of drama, the highlight being the incredible barrel-vaulted ceiling in the first floor reception room. Designed by renowned interior decorator Michael Reeves, a former Andrew Martin International

Designer of the Year, the house offers a flexible living and working space with two bedrooms and a master suite located on the first floor. A selfcontained bedroom suite is hidden away below stairs. The top floor can be given over entirely to a tranquil working environment with a separate home office overlooking a large roof terrace.

HAYDEN’S PLACE, W11 £4,500,000 Serene four-bedroom house Orefelt Associates / Michael Reeves epc=d

Hayden’s Place has been a haven for artistically minded residents including celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor. It’s also continued its connections with the film industry, most recently featuring as a location in a James Bond movie.

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Fearless. Pioneering. Icon. Words that epitomise Rome’s MAXXI Museum as much as they do its creator, the late Dame Zaha Hadid…

Completed in 2010, the museum, in Via Guido Reni, remains a beacon of architectural ingenuity – a permanent art installation through which to wander while experiencing other ‘art’. The expressive fragmented geometric forms of the building’s exterior hark back to the architect’s earliest drawings and projects. But the interior is decidedly curvilinear, and looks ahead to Hadid’s maverick exploration of fluidity in both architecture and design. Both facets embody the trademark dynamism associated with Britain’s most revered architect of the 21st century.

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Domus Life Summer 2016  

The Summer issue is dedicated to the bold and brave. Those who have changed and those changing the shape of architecture, design and fashion...

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