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06. property Waldo Road, Addison Road, Cheyne Court

Notting Hill 17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU 020 7727 1717

14. DESIGN: TABLE TALK A leg above the rest …

16. Architecture: A LIFE LESS ORDINARY Domus Life speaks to extraordinary architect Alfred Munkenbeck

20. PROPERTY The Old Courthouse, Princes Mews, Treadgold Street, Westbourne Terrace

Bayswater 78 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5RT 020 7221 7817 Management 37 Alexander Street, London W2 5NU 020 7908 9338

32. DESIGN: Different strokes Say no to beige. Domus Life catches up with Camille Walala

38. PROPERTY Park Street, St Quintin Avenue, Marloes Road, Powis Mews, Portobello Road, Westbourne Terrace, Treadgold Street


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62. PROPERTY Emperor’s Gate, Westbourne Park Villas, Clarendon Road, Westbourne Terrace, Harrow Road, Westbourne Park Road, Montrose Avenue

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80. PROPERTY Clifford Gardens, Warwick Avenue, Uxbridge Street, Alexander Street, Bassett Road, Portobello Road, Westbourne Park Villas, Ledbury Road, The Talisman Building

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HOUSE MASTER Outstanding, imposing and iconic WALDO ROAD, NW10 ÂŁ1,995,000 Contemporary four-bedroom house Munkenbeck+Partners epc=c

At the heart of an area that’s set to become the Docklands of west London, Waldo Road is a superb example of visionary housing for the 21st Century. This beautifully detailed new home of over 3,500sq ft was designed by renowned architect Alfred Munkenbeck of Munkenbeck+Partners Architects. Known for his functional minimalist environments, this is the only collection of houses that Munkenbeck has created in a career that spans almost five decades. The terrace of three houses completes an existing 6

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street scene, backing onto the wide open space of one of London’s largest cemeteries. Huge windows inform the design of each house, where whole floor, open-plan reception, dining and kitchen areas are central to the living space. Exposed concrete on the ceiling and shuttered-concrete on the walls is offset by oversized Dinesen floorboards which elongate the space. The same warm wood is continued upstairs into the master bedroom suite on the second floor, where exposed ceiling joists, a curved wall and a big picture window further soften the utilitarian space. Three further bedrooms follow the same design ethos, and wood is also picked up in the exposed ceilings of the two family bathrooms and the doors throughout. The basement space, so often defined for use, has been left as a blank canvas. The high ceilings and natural light offer a multitude of residential and creative uses, including conversion to a swimming pool, following the precedent set by a neighbouring house. Off-street parking, that most covetable of assets in west London, provides space for two cars to the front of the property, and city garden is located to the side. Opportunities to develop in this way are rare in this part of the city and the no-through road location of this beautiful family home is unique in itself. College Park is part of a small group of streets located between Harrow Road and Scrubs Lane in a fast changing part of North Kensington. It is set to benefit from Crossrail and the potential development of Old Oak Common to create the HS2 interchange, as well as good access to existing shopping and lifestyle facilities in Notting Hill and Maida Vale. Read our interview with Munkenbeck+Partners at 9

URBAN SANCTUARY See the light with this refined and effortless home

Lacklustre pied-à-terres can be a recurring theme in any city, but that’s most definitely not a label you would attach to this sensational pad. Recently remodelled, this fastidious duplex apartment occupies the first and second floors of a fantastically located apartment block in Holland Park.

The first floor also incorporates the kitchen and dining spaces, cleverly zoned by Crittall glass walls, adding a further contemporary element to it all. The eat-in kitchen is notably inviting, featuring bespoke wood surfaces and marble walls. If one word could be used to describe this property, it could easily be luxury.

The owner has combined contemporary furniture with subtle yet immaculate design touches to bring the space to life. Take the west-facing living space with its grey-wash walls, wood floors and delicate sheer curtains. Just the right amount of light is allowed in via a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, casting a sensational ethereal feel over the property.

The second floor is occupied by the three bedroom spaces: the master bedroom with dressing room, guest bedroom with en suite, additional double bedroom a family bathroom. To top it off, the property also offers a generous roof terrace, a secure single garage and a gated off-street parking space.


ADDISON ROAD, W14 £2,575,000 Luxurious three-bedroom duplex Styled by the owner epc=e

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PEAK PERFECTION Refined, eclectic and precise


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This pocket of Chelsea, beside the River Thames, is one of the earliest examples of London apartment living. Old red brick, solid and squat with gabled roof detailing and minaret towers at each corner, this property sits atop one of two mansion blocks which were built in c.1890. Once a rabbit warren of dark rooms, some of which suffered from a lack of natural daylight, inside, old has been juxtaposed with new. The property has undergone extensive remodelling with the former loft space incorporated into the new living spaces to create double-height ceilings, in addition to a definite division between living and sleeping. Working with steel, solid wood, glass and specialist plaster finish, each room in the apartment is completely bespoke, and where

there is scope for drama, chimneys and fire surrounds have been extended upwards to the ceiling line.Industrial yet welcoming, there are clever creative touches in every corner of this family apartment, including the ‘puzzle’ floor, an intricate design that plays on the scale of the floor space and elongates some of the rooms at an offset angle. In the kitchen, raw recycled wood units by emerging Belgian design house Dirk Cousaert are straddled with rough-hewn stone, cut to almost four inches thick and supported by professional catering appliances from Wolf and Sub Zero. Bathrooms, which can so easily make or break the overall design of a property, have been worked from solid blocks of beautiful marble with sanitary ware cut from single pieces to emphasize the beauty of the material. Bathroom fittings were also commissioned in dark grey powder coated steel and add a further element of drama.

Five good-sized bedrooms leave you in no doubt that this apartment was designed for a family. Clever concealed storage is everywhere, enabling the inhabitants to live their lives fairly transparently with personal belongings hidden from view. A fine curated collection of individual pieces of furniture, textiles, artworks and glass is available to buy alongside the apartment as a turnkey home, portraying the owner’s own impeccable taste in design.

CHEYNE COURT, SW3 £7,750,000 Pioneering five-bedroom penthouse Styled by the owner epc=e 13



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TABLE TALK Ten examples of the world’s most-brilliant and artistic table designs



A modular table system, oval or round, in white Carrara marble with a matte-polished finish.

Originally envisioned as cocktail sticks twisted with bent wire and elegantly arranged.





With a distinctive Z mark, the table was inspired by Johnston McCulley’s most famous character.

A playful trompe l’oeil, giving the impression of a glass top suspended by balloons.



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Honest and elegant, pale ash table tops with trestlestyle walnut legs and brass underframe.

Sculptural, surreal and crafted from a single sinuous brass tube base and a Carrara marble top.

Made of oak, a round side table constructed from six wedge sections of varying radii.




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Three fin-like legs seem to be in motion and appear as gradients on the undulating table top.

A sculptural sandwich of white Carrara and black Nero Marquina marble with acid yellow glass.

Art deco meets contemporary digital imagery with Pixel Table’s playful form and mix of materials.






From the restoration of brutalist architecture to the transformation of period buildings and the creation of exciting contemporary new work, we meet the extraordinary architect that is Alfred Munkenbeck . . .

American architect Alfred Munkenbeck came to the UK 40 years ago from Harvard Graduate School of Design. In the late-1970s he began his UK career with James Stirling, before working towards a practice of his own. Fast forward four decades and Munkenbeck is still at the helm of the company that bears his own name. Begun in the mid-1980s, at a time when excess was the name of the game, Munkenbeck began to make his mark in a quiet and considered


fashion, elevating contemporary architecture from the realms of mere functionality, adding excitement and interest to every project his company was involved in. A whole host of accolades has been collected along the way, including six RIBA awards and consistent recognition from CABE and the Civic Trust. Munkenbeck has a body of work and awards that any architect should be proud of, and one that should endear

both he and the practice to the powers that be in the communities where they work. But that’s not necessarily the case, and one of the practice’s recent private residential projects, a terrace of three houses in Notting Hill, was subject to two years of planning scepticism. It’s indeed ironic that the same council that had opposed the project later endorsed it with their 2015 ‘Environmental Main Award’. One of the houses that form the terrace is currently for sale.

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Tell us about the houses at Waldo Road. It sounds like their creation was very much in the face of adversity. Sadly this was the case, although the outcome is delightful. The site forms the end of a street of terraced houses and someone in the planning committee insisted on Victorian pastiche rather than anything different. We argued that this was inappropriate as our design formed a natural existing end to a terrace facing an industrial view. Our contemporary interpretation of the terraced house has a very small environmental footprint as it utilises heat sourced from 400 foot deep chalk boreholes and ventilation through a ducting system that effectively cleans, cools and warms the air without the need for traditional heating systems. The houses also have an alternative division of space, with more modest bedrooms and loft living space that you could argue is far more suited to 21st-century lifestyles. I have a family and for me the most exciting spaces are the basements. They are large enough for table tennis tournaments, football games, swimming pool – all the things that you might normally have to do outside, you can do in this indoor garden. Recreational facilities feature heavily in your residential homes. Is this element driven by the client or do you have a personal mission to see us all in better shape? We lead busy lives, so for many people working out at home is more of a necessity than a luxury. Secretly we would all like a little bit of the Soho House magic at home and, executed properly, it is possible to create wonderful spaces almost 18

anywhere, that serve as relaxation areas too. Something simple such as the steam showers in the Waldo Road properties add a discreet element of luxury, while a pool with a rising floor, such as the one we created for a private castle in Ireland, makes a great dual use of available space, turning into a terrace when not in use. On a grander scale though, the new hotel we are designing at Noss Marina will have the ultimate in rooftop swimming with far reaching views over the River Dart Estuary. Noss Marina is a huge project. How did the concept for this special part of the coastline develop? Noss Marina is an interesting project. The existing boatyard has been there for over 150 years and the harbour is much loved and much used – a little too much in fact as demand for moorings is so incredibly high. The redevelopment will increase the amount of berths available to 300 boats and introduce 150 new homes at the edge of the water. We have set all of the properties in the scheme on stilts to compensate for high tides and made provision for homeowners to sail into and out of their own private pontoons. There is also a hotel with facilities to support the very family friendly residential community and independent visitors. I grew up on the water in Connecticut and sail regularly on The Solent, so this particular scheme has more than a professional interest for me. You’re currently developing residential homes in St Lucia and West London. How does the parallel management of these projects differ?

The house in Notting Hill is a beautiful testament to period architecture, situated on one of the most desirable streets, adjacent to an important garden square. Here we have created a complete open living area on the lower ground floor, which has helped us to redefine the space. This is a complex and difficult project to execute but we have been able to apply futuristic structural techniques and draw upon some of the best available engineers and materials. This has enabled us to create a space that, combined with the upper floors, will give the owners a very marketable home when their children flee the nest in a few years. This whole process has taken a four plus year development period and we were their third architects on the project. I have recently returned from St Lucia where we have completed a nine-bedroom villa with four swimming pools surrounded by hummingbirds in bougainvillea. It is easier to build whatever you want in a location like this than it is the UK but the availability of materials and access to skilled labour is challenging. We used concrete and lots of greenheart timber from Guyana and sustainable teak from colonial plantations in Trinidad, which was shaped into louvered shutters, external panelling and furnishing. The build programme includes the creation of a 33ft bridge that spans the void from the front door to the entry point to the site, and a huge cantilever section that relies on slender crisscross timbers. The local planners and builders said that it couldn’t be done so we created a step by step ‘how to manual’ to ensure that the construction was executed

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exactly as it needed to be. And it does all stand up! You can see the outcome at Your particular style of architecture has been described as ‘modernity without austerity’. Which project do you feel best illustrates this statement? I like to think that we challenge the perception of modernity by purposely making our buildings feel welcoming. The houses we have built at Waldo Road were designed to provide a relatively minimalist living environment through the use of classic industrial rather than domestic construction materials. Raw concrete walls and ceilings with heavy timber floors — a bit like ‘50’s brutalism — are on show. By creating spaces that need little enhancement from decorative possessions, it is possible to inhabit the spaces in a more purposeful way. On a larger scale we recently completed a refurbishment of the Jerwood Space, a public community space and rehearsal facility that is used by many West End theatre companies. The design is functional and simple and its modernity has refreshed the existing architecture of the building. What are the greatest challenges facing architects today? Since the Paris Agreement, we have all been trying to adopt a more energy efficient approach. As a practice, for some time now we have been creating buildings that have a more effective influence on their environment. We are always looking for new ways to improve in all kinds of spaces.

We are currently working on an office building in Clerkenwell where we have turned the brick stock around to expose the porous elements as part of the façade, which gives an inkling to the way that the interior has been approached. Modern office environments do not need heating, as sufficient heat is generated from the computer equipment and people that inhabit the space. It is cooling that is needed. Our scheme has created a natural ventilation system that relies on huge roof vents which open at night to cool the concrete fabric, which then stays cool during the day. We have applied a similar system to the houses on Waldo Road, which also use heat and cooling from the ground and passive solar. At Noss Marina we have pitched the buildings on stilts to compensate for the high tides in the area. None of it is revolutionary, just a more considered approach. Where in the capital are you based and why? We were in Shoreditch for many years but in the end we moved our practice west. We are situated at the junction between Old Oak Common and Scrubs Lane. This is about to become the biggest building site in London, making way for Cross Rail and HS2 and the Mayor of London’s plans for a new Docklands type Development in the west. It’s an incredibly interesting and exciting time to be in this part of London and fantastic for incoming investment. How does an American in London spend time when he’s not working? I have spent more of my life in the UK than I have in the USA and I continue to love the international

communities that exist here and the cosmopolitan atmosphere that prevails in cities like London. There really is nowhere like it. We have access to world class cultural facilities on our doorstep from the Royal Ballet to the West End theatres, independent cinemas and restaurants and some of the greatest museums in the world. I can spend endless hours at the Tate Modern. Most weekends I escape to Hampshire for a bit of quiet sea or nature. Design obviously occupies a large part of your mind but what else is allowed to take up space? Food! I love Greek food and I daren’t tell you where my favourite restaurant is, as I don’t want it to become too popular. When your time is up, how would you like to be remembered? It was a great privilege to work with the architect Denys Lasdun on the refurbishment of Keeling House in Bethnal Green, shortly before he died. The buildings had been designed in the 1960s and had been earmarked for demolition before we secured their future through restoration and private sale. I would like to think that the practice is remembered for the role it played in this. Personally my greatest inspiration is the architect Louis Kahn who rose from academia to become the most important American architect of our time. He is a great man to look up to and I would hope that some of my projects have excited and inspired others in the same way that Lou Kahn’s work has for me. 19


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Holding Court Former courtroom now a sensational living space THE OLD COURTHOUSE, W14 ÂŁ2,495,000 Dramatic vaulted apartment Sigmar London epc=c


Originally Court Room No1 at this Grade II listed building in West Kensington, The Old Courthouse is now an ode to stunning conversions. The owners, one of whom is president of a global luxury retail brand, fell in love with the sheer grand space of this tri-level apartment. But it’s their quest for quality and attention to design detail that has us enthralled. Anchored by the striking 35 ft vaulted reception room, this recent conversion also features a superb 22

open-plan kitchen, dining room, mezzanine area, media room and a flexible bedroom plan. The owners have worked closely with Sigmar to bring a contemporary twist to the original detail of this outstanding property. The German kitchen includes the restored jury box, now a pantry. The lighting fixtures are by designer Christian Liaigre, and the bespoke chandelier in the reception is by Workstead. The colour palette is from Sigmar’s tailored paint line, Damo, while the wallpaper in the bedrooms is by Phillip Jeffries. The carpets

have been updated with sisal and the wide plank hardwood floors have been extended into the formal dining room. This beautifully presented and precise home offers an incredible space and undeniable presence. Read our interview with Sigmar London at

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DEEP IMPACT Truly breathtaking and pushing the boundaries in modern design

Take a few minutes to catch your breath as we present to you the ultimate contemporary pad. Located in a quiet cobbled mews in Notting Hill, this futuristic home tells a completely different story inside, with its extreme style and fierce presence. At its core is an imposing, glass staircase that powerfully connects all four levels and allows streams of brilliant natural light to cascade from top to bottom via an overhead skylight.

PRINCES MEWS, W2 ÂŁ3,250,000 Spectacular four-bedroom mews house Styled by the owner epc=c

The sub-basement level incorporates a media room and guest bedroom, while upstairs at basement level is the dining room and kitchen, featuring a surprise stained-glass window. The formal reception and a second bedroom are on the ground floor, with the master bedroom suite and fourth bedroom on the top [first] floor. 25

A SPACE ABOVE Light, space, views

The first thing you notice when opening the door to this west London apartment is space. It reaches out to greet you before you’ve drawn breath. The next thing you see is the incredible light that highlights the unusual angular elevations throughout. As one-bedroom places go, this is one of the most impressive and innovative around. Accessed through its own private entrance, the first floor is one huge reception, kitchen and eating area. At one end, the kitchen is unobtrusive and the area is defined by the sloping roof trusses. Elsewhere on this floor the space opens out into double height ceilings, unusual windows and double doors onto a private balcony. A separate study enables home working in a private independent area. At the foot of the stairs additional space has been cleverly utilised as a shower room.


The second floor is occupied by a spacious bedroom suite with clever built in storage and a freestanding bath, which is framed by a huge triangular window. The vaulted ceiling and mezzanine allows light to circulate to the floor below. Throughout, there are clever design touches everywhere, and a really imaginative use of the space that will enable many lifestyle configurations.

TREADGOLD STREET, W11 ÂŁ1,350,000 Spacious one-bedroom apartment Styled by the owner epc=d

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eclectic flair A home that’s full of style, class and comfort


WESTBOURNE TERRACE, W2 ÂŁ3,950,00 Captivating two-bedroom home Styled by the owners epc=d

If we had a list of our top-ten properties, this would be on it. Arranged over two floors of a grand stucco-fronted building on Westbourne Terrace, it is elegant, sensuous and most definitely alluring. This rare home evokes a traditional interior with beautifully original detail that has been exceptionally considered and cared for over the years. Its outstanding proportions and impressive ceiling heights remind us why west London is unrivalled for property.

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The ground floor is solely occupied by the property’s living spaces which comprise a formal reception room, dining space and kitchen. Doors have been removed to allow a fluidity and synergy between the doubleaspect spaces, and an all-round feeling of grandeur and magnificence. From here, a private balcony overlooks the leafy patio garden below. Almost like a secret garden, it is magically tucked away from the rest of the world. An urban Zen, indeed. The lower level features a more relaxed living area and the two bedroom spaces. One of these is the inviting master suite comprising a walk-in wardrobe, bathroom, private study, gym space and access to a patio. Set back from the main thoroughfare, the property is located off a tree-lined street close to Hyde Park and in particular, the Italian Gardens. 30

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After years of being told that we should ‘believe in beige’, things are changing. Boldly taking us to new places is Camille Walala …


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What began as a quiet renaissance of the art group known as the Memphis Movement, has turned into a newly discovered collective love of colour that is sweeping the UK. At its heart is a French designer, Camille Walala. Though you may not know Walala, chances are you’ll know her designs. Inspired by the founder of Memphis, Ettore Soxttsass, Walala’s designs fly at you from the page like a champagne cork from a bottle. Her murals currently decorate the façade of several east London buildings, and her homewares are sold at London boutique Aria. A product designer, art director, interior designer and digital artist, Walala honed her considerable talent at Brighton College of Art and has been enticing us with a wash of colour and graphic design ever since.

Camille, how did 2015 treat you? What were you most proud of? There’s a building in Old Street which has a façade of four floors that I was privately commissioned to paint. It’s the largest mural I’ve been charged with and took eight people four days to paint, and a further two people an extra day to finish off. We needed a cherry picker to reach the top of the building as it was 15m high. Before it was a very dull and uninspiring building and I hope we have made it better. The building is close to a local primary school and so the children also got involved. It has been my favourite community project to date. Your work is gaining a reputation as highly original and happy art. What inspires you on a daily basis? I didn’t look for anything in particular, I like to play around with ideas but I think some inspiration comes from the architecture of a building and the shapes that it throws. My father is an architect, so he taught me about architecture from an early age. Through my work I like to give buildings some extra dynamism which is why I add features like cross angles, as they draw the eye away from the sharp external lines. I love optical illusion and in particular I like the work of Bridget Riley. She is very talented. Talk us through one of your designs from concept to public unveiling. I have to work everything out to a proper scale when my work is to appear on the side of a building. The way I do this is to take a picture of the building and then do a mock up directly onto that image so that I can see what it might look like. Then I can begin to work out the scale, the materials, the manpower and the approach. I don’t look to put meaning into my art. It’s more about how it looks and how it makes people feel.

You are fast covering all available street façades in East London with your work. How has it been received? I think well. I don’t have an agent and so I get contacted directly for private commissions. The work keeps on coming and so I think perhaps people like what I do. What has been your most ambitious project to date? I think it’s a project that I haven’t yet started the interior of the Quark Gallery in Geneva - This commission will really take me out of my comfort zone. As the gallery exhibits the work of many artists that I admire, I really want my work to be amazing. What does 2016 hold for you? Aside from the Quark Gallery commission, I am doing a collaboration with Floor Story - to create several geometric rugs. This will be my first rug project so I am very excited. I have also arranged an exhibition of my work but it is too soon to say anything more about this. Aside from that am looking at a department store project in central London and also three installations for private residential homes. We’ve seen artworks, textiles, ceramics and decorative accessories all adorned with your designs. What’s next in homewares from the Walala hit factory? I really want to launch my own brand of textiles. I think for those who want to lift their interiors with fun design, my fabric would be perfect. I am in the very early stages of development.

Is your own home a riot of pattern and colour? Not as much as I would perhaps like. I am in a rented property right now but I have a great landlord who doesn’t mind what I do in his flat. The décor was already quite bright but I’ve added my own touches by taking out the carpet and painting the floor and walls white. My sitting room has a yellow striped wall and huge mirrors. My father is an architect in Paris and his mantra is to keep things minimal. My mother lives in the south of France and so her house is the complete opposite, lots of colour and texture. I like to mix both – the plain defined architecture with bold colour furniture and accessories. Which building, artwork or piece of design do you covet most? I love anything designed by Ray and Charles Eames. I saw their recent retrospective at The Barbican which was incredible. They were the most inspiring couple who have really left their mark on the world. Tell us about you and your local area? I live very close to Borough Market, which is such a feast for the senses, lots of colour and shape, people and life going on. It’s very creative and I love being close to the river. What are your favourite places? My favourite place is Towpath café on the Regent’s Canal where I go for breakfast. There is also a great deli called Cabouche – it was one of the first to open in Borough Market. I also love the E5 Bakehouse in Victoria Park. It is owned by people who are really passionate about bread.



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Quickfire Questions If you were a colour what would you be? Very strong blue. What’s your favourite gallery? I love The Tate and The Barbican in equal measure. What’s the ideal age to be? I think 40. It took me a long time to decide what I wanted to do. Now I know I am in the right field. I’m comfortable and happy with what I’m doing. Which famous person would you like to paint for? I would love to do a collaboration with Ray and Charles Eames ‘Zero Tolerance’ or ‘Life’s too Short’? ‘Life’s too Short’. Talk or text? Talking. We should all talk more to each other. Most read book? What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. Life motto? Long Life in the Sunshine.

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BOLD MOVE The sensational architectural rejuvenation of a Georgian property PARK STREET, SE1 ÂŁ3,350,000 Exciting four-bedroom house Camu & Morrison epc=d


No 23 Park Street is an architecturally handsome Georgian house, part of a pair that look eastwards down Park Street, a traditional cobble stone street which runs down the south side of Borough Market. In this most picturesque of Central London locations, which has played a key role in many much-loved films (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Bridget Jones, American Werewolf in London), it’s hard to imagine that a property of such architectural significance could be left to go to ruin. But the state of the building, when it was purchased by architect Gael Camu and her family, indicates that that was very much the case. Formerly used by Southwark Council as housing, at the point of sale, both houses were derelict and on English Heritage’s ‘At Risk’ register because of their condition. They would have required the Council to carry out significant amounts of restructuring to divide them into individual units – something that wouldn’t have 40

been allowed because of their listed status. When the houses were auctioned in 2012 they were in very poor condition and held up by scaffolding. Working with the Council and local amenity groups, Gael Camu’s practice, Camu and Morrison, reintroduced a proper internal brick structure, replaced stud walls and door openings, redefined the interior layout and re-introduced many of the houses’ fine features. A badly rotting Regency balcony to the rear of each house was replaced with an enclosed ‘winter garden’ with a modest footprint, so as not to appear too prominent or out of context. The old cellars and the attics were reinvented as light and usable rooms. The simple but highly acclaimed style of Georgian architecture and its generous proportions is celebrated at no 23 Park Street through Camu’s signature playful portrayal of history. Exposed

original flagstones and brickwork, skirting boards and window frames combine with new texture and colour. Camu has used materials such as cork, copper, marble, brass, stainless steel and coloured glass, combined with striking paint colours to create a welcoming environment. To the rear of the property, an unusually large garden is laid to lawn with fruit trees and established bushes that frame the fine views of the Shard and the skyline, reminding you that you are actually in the heart of the city. Now complete, Camu definitely sees this labour of love as worthwhile and comments, “London has lost so much of its listed architecture over the years because a pathway to securing its future hasn’t been made available. With the loss of these buildings goes the history and stories behind them”.

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Law oF attraction A modern home with a creative licence

Tucked away on a tree lined avenue, far from the hustle and bustle of Ladbroke Grove, is a beautiful garden maisonette that perfectly defines the simplicity that is Notting Hill style. The foundations for this beautiful home are great bones, original parquet flooring, marble fireplaces, high ceilings and huge windows — the perfect foil for the owner’s own eclectic design. Bespoke cabinetry has been installed throughout this apartment, which includes two reception rooms and a state-of-the-art raised ground floor kitchen with a spacious winter garden extension leading onto a private terrace. Crittal windows afford a fine view of the street below. Below stairs, the spacious garden level houses a master bedroom suite complete with private sitting room which overlooks the larger than average garden, a second bedroom and a family bathroom.


Throughout the apartment, rooms have an element of subtle drama about them. Dramatic paint colours, original and contemporary artworks and wide original floorboards create a backdrop for a lifestyle that needs no explanation.

St QUINtIN AVeNUe, W10 £2,500,000 Two-bedroom garden maisonette Styled by the owners epc=e

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FAMILY PORTRAIT Creative, captivating and charming. A home full of curiosities


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Offering entirely lateral space, a unique and very flexible family apartment located within a red-brick mansion block in Kensington. Steeped in character with bohemian allure, this sensational home is enchanting. Dark wood floors and original detail create the perfect setting for the owner’s eclectic collection of furniture, textures and prints, as if every part tells a story.

Incredibly bright throughout, the owners enlisted Goater Jones to remodel the property and knock through various walls to accomplish the openplan nature that the property enjoys today. The apartment is also set back from the street and located at the end of the building, so that natural light is encouraged even more.

MARLOES ROAD, W8 ÂŁ2,795,000 Creative five-bedroom family home Goater Jones epc=e

The property includes a formal reception space, second living area open plan to the kitchen, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a private terrace.



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pioneering presence Step inside design heaven; the London home and studio of Ross Lovegrove POWIS MEWS, W11 £12,000,000 Iconic mews house Miska Miller-Lovegrove epc=c

For the past two decades, a quiet mews in London’s Notting Hill has been both the cradle of family life and a working studio for one of the world’s most influential design partnerships, that of Ross Lovegrove and his wife Miska Miller-Lovegrove. Now, with an eye to the next phase of their lives, the pair plan to move on. 47


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The four-storey, former steel-framed factory building, originally created by Richard Seifert and later reconfigured and extended by MillerLovegrove, has played host to the creation of some of Lovegrove’s most significant product designs. Today it remains a design archive of bespoke pieces that were created specifically for the property. Central to the success of the redevelopment of this late 1950s commercial building was the addition of the much-feted DNA Staircase, which creates movement between floors through a significant design statement. With workspaces located on the ground floor to allow direct access from the street, the upper floors were designed to follow the principles of upside-down living. The bedrooms and study areas are on the central floor while the entire top of the building is given over to a 30m living / dining area and a private roof garden which capitalises on the view and the lion’s share of natural daylight. Elsewhere, integral details such as the kitchen cabinetry, created from honeycombed fibreglass aircraft flooring, the carbon fibre sinks in the bathrooms and the huge 2.5m sliding doors in each room will remain in the building as a testament to the couple’s love of utilitarian design. For fans and design purists this is an opportunity to buy a unique piece of history within the shell and core of the building. Powis Mews is a quiet north Notting Hill enclave close to the independent shops, cafés and restaurants of Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road. With more than 5,000 sq ft of space, the footprint of the building offers a completely unique lifestyle opportunity. Read our interview with Ross Lovegrove at 49

A CALM OASIS The old telephone exchange gets an up-market makeover

Long-time residents will remember the old telephone exchange, now transformed into luxury apartments, but not without their original charm. Located behind its own gates, the dramatic and industrial apartment offers warehouse living in Notting Hill. With original windows and simple interiors, the essence of the building has survived the development. The minimal feel is accented with high ceilings and lots of natural light, resulting in an excellent lateral space that’s perfect for entertaining. Featuring a bulthaup kitchen, it ticks all the boxes on your contemporary home check list. The property further includes a master bedroom suite, additional bedroom, guest bathroom and a private walled terrace.


PORTOBELLO ROAD, W11 ÂŁ2,350,000 Cool two-bedroom conversion Styled by the owner epc=c

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LET THE LIGHT IN Creating connection through layout and light

Initially charmed by the beautiful high ceilings and amazing garden space, the owner has transformed what was a derelict basement flat in this listed building into a superb modern threebedroom apartment offering entirely lateral space. With historic chic as inspiration, and Ben Smith Architecture engaged, the new layout and execution seem effortless.

The consideration taken in getting a seamless connection throughout extends to the detail of the renovation. This apartment has been refurbished to an exceptional standard with elements such as underfloor heating and engineered oak flooring. With its minimalistic and easy-going interior, and the pockets of private outdoor space, it is hard not to see it as the perfect space to unwind in.

“The project was about creating additional space and perfecting the layout. The idea was to create a series of interlinking rectangular spaces with direct and indirect relationships. Opening the sliding and bi-folding windows to both terraces creates complete synergy between the internal and external spaces. The absence of doors and the flow it generates is ideal for living and entertaining,” says Ben Smith.

Read our interview with Ben Smith Architecture at WESTBOURNE TERRACE, W2 £1,895,000 Modern garden apartment Ben Smith Architecture epc=d 53

COLOUR-FULL The ultimate contemporary home: light, bright and radiant


This architect-designed home is perfect for anyone seeking the unconventional. As a brilliant example of modern design, the curved structures and straight lines provide an interesting mix within this spacious home. The interior is crisp, white, clean and minimalist throughout, with vibrant furnishings and bright artistic stripes adding vitality and character.

There are four bedrooms – a spacious master bedroom with en suite bathroom and three further doubles. Elsewhere is a large mezzanine study overlooking the reception space below, a further family bathroom and a guest cloakroom. This property is equidistant from Notting Hill, Clarendon Cross and Holland Park, and offers cool living in a highly attractive location.

Floor-to-ceiling glass doors and impressive skylights make the extraordinary ground-floor living space a sun trap, with French doors leading out to a decked patio. This space also incorporates a contemporary bulthaup kitchen.

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TREADGOLD STREET, W11 ÂŁ1,495 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Modern three-bedroom house Stiff + Trevillion epc=d



The mountain vistas of Europe have their own charm, as do their chic lodges. Some have really climbed the heights of design to bring a new style to your ski holiday . . .


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ski lodge engelberg ENGELBERG, SWITZERLAND Ski Lodge Engelberg, in the resort town of the same name, is a long-time dream of two Swedish friends whose holidays often consisted of endless hours on snow peaks and variable lodging experiences around the world. Who better to develop a ski lodge than two connoisseurs of what mountain escapes do and could offer. Donning carpenter’s pants in 2009, the pair transformed a run-down

house into a stylish hive of activity. The design throughout feels masculine and practical, yet very sophisticated. They’ve retained some of the original character, but modernised it with darker, neutral paint shades and contrasting dark finishes on the woodwork and panelling. The furniture is considered too. Modest black frame chairs, wooden blocks, fabric stools; nothing fights for attention,

but rather it all works together to subtly reinforce the refined atmosphere. Delivering well-designed rooms and spaces to relax in is not the only focus at the lodge; the owners ensure that the gastro offering contributes equally to the overall experience. 57

Baita 1697 SESTRIERE, ITALY Nestled in an old mountain village near Sestriere, interior designer and owner, Lucie McCullough, has converted this 17th century Piedmontese farmhouse into a stunning luxury ski lodge. With room for 12 adults and six children, well thought-out spaces and a distinctive style create a sumptuous escape from the cold outside. There’s a harmonious interplay between the original stonewalls, exposed beams, oriental furnishings and luxe textures such as fur and felt. The new also references the old; ‘1697’ is engraved into the beam above the fireplace and one of the floors was inspired by the local costume museum floor. Bedrooms are furnished with custom made Egyptian cotton bed sheets, while bathrooms come with under-floor heating, top of the range fittings and salon standard hair dryers. While there’s no shortage of comfort indoors, braver guests can enjoy the eight person wooden hot tub and roof terrace with a vista of Monte Banchetta. 58

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LE pedevilla SOUTH TYROL Nestled high in the Dolomites, La Pedevilla is a remote haven set in the hillside among only a few other houses. A modern take on the ‘Paarhof ’ construction method, this vacation home is the work of La Pedevilla Architects. It’s bold in its intent, yet retains respect for the surrounds in its execution. There’s no strong boundary to mark where the home ends and the mountain begins. The interior is an extension of what’s beyond, with sunlit, angular rooms.

Made from local materials, the light interior is an ode to what makes up its context; pine wood floors and doors, white Dolomite concrete walls, and soft local Loden cloth curtains. The simplicity is also reflected in the minimalist approach to the design, with objects placed carefully to balance form and function. The selection includes contemporary, aged and custom made. This isn’t just a sanctuary from the cold outside; this is a discreet enchantment for the senses. 59

HOTEL DE La Feline Blanche SAINT GERVAIS, FRANCE Set in the heart of Saint Gervais, this boutique hotel oozes contemporary design. The former mansion has been refined and restyled with a seamless union of modern design and pure home comfort. There are ten bedrooms, organised into four categories depending on size, orientation and service - Gold, Vermillion, Silver and Bronze. At first glance the

overall effect is of natural tones and textures in the wood, wool and linen. But look closer at the soft furnishings such as the lights, mirrors and rugs; all demonstrate considered attention to detail, quality and quirkiness. Shared spaces offer a relaxing retreat from the crisp air outside. Bathe in the morning sun in the breakfast room,

or enjoy a drink in the softly lit, spacious living room with its huge linen sofas. The owner, Antoine Marie, with his extensive experience in luxury hotels, ensures the hotel atmosphere continues to set new expectations for a winter retreat. In 2016 he’ll introduce treats such as the Les Bouillottes de BÊa hot water bottle. 60

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BRÜCKE 49 VALS, SWITZERLAND Situated in the village of Vals, Brücke 49 was built in 1902 by a local Valser. Unlike other houses in the area, this charming four-bedroom villa has bigger rooms, higher ceilings and larger windows. After three generations in one family, the villa was bought in 2010 and carefully renovated in 2011 by a Swiss-Danish couple, Ruth Kramer and Thomas Schacht. With careful planning, construction, craftsmanship and love, Brücke 49 combines a touch of Parisian style with homemade furniture and natural finishes. There are four bedrooms in the villa - Brücke Suite, Valser, Tomül and Zervreila. Though each has its own character, they share a dedication to good design in the diverse choice of chairs, use of detailed wallpaper and in the soft pillows and quilts. The common areas bask in the light streaming through the windows — there’s no shortage of understated luxury to recline in and observe the mountain life and the snowy peaks beyond. 61


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SPACIOUS DELIGHT One of Kensington’s unique finds

Imagine classic London architecture and it’s likely that you’ll see handsome terraces such as Emperor’s Gate. Tall, decorative, late Victorian townhouses with elegant portico entrances in sweeping terraces are amongst the Capital’s most popular buildings. The sympathetically created apartments in these buildings are among the most sought after of all London homes. This property was first developed in 2000 and has been completely reconfigured in recent years. Architect designed, elegant, serene and calm, this two bedroom property has extraordinary double aspect views in the central living space, which opens onto a balcony that captures the morning sun. Incredible double height ceilings are emphasised by huge windows and central support columns, while depth is created by solid wood flooring which anchors the eye back to the open plan space. The generous size of the room makes it perfect for entertaining, and definition between the kitchen and living area has been simply created with a chainmail room divider and clever positioning of furniture. A bespoke stainless steel kitchen is backlit with colour changing light to create a different look and feel as the day progresses. Italian bathrooms are a beautiful addition to the master bedroom and guest bedrooms, where an emphasis on beautiful cabinetry has created a minimal, relaxing environment.

The introduction of technology played an important role in the refurbishment of this apartment, where state of the art Lutron lighting is married with an integrated media system. Rental properties of this size, in buildings such as this, are rare. The elegant interior will offer a perfect city retreat.

EMPEROR’S GATE, SW7 £1,500 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Impressive two bedroom split-level apartment Styled by the owners epc=d


THE WHITE HOUSE Anchor the senses in a floating world of white

An undeniably unique and iconic Notting Hill property, noted for its breathtaking light, space and perfect backdrop of crisp white. Purchased ten years ago by Australian designer Claire Lloyd, the home was originally part of The Westbourne pub. “We have the three floors above the pub. The proportions of the rooms are fantastic and one of the reasons why I was so drawn to the place”, reveals Lloyd. The 33ft sitting room is undeniably stunning and would have formed part of the pub dining or club room. Countless objects were found during the strip out, including clay pipes, toys, coins, a leather glove and even seafood shells. Today, the original floor-to-ceiling windows front the space and invite natural light in, creating an impression that is unmistakably sensual. “I like my living spaces


blindingly bright no matter what country I’m in. My aim is always to create a beautiful, simple, calm, nurturing home to relax and feel rejuvenated”, continued Lloyd. Reinterpretations of the space are achieved using simple splashes of colour or thought-provoking pieces of art, many of which are by Lloyd’s partner Matthew Usmar Lauder. Additional pieces include those of Marlene Dumas and Boo Ritson, in addition to a lightbox of one of Lloyd’s own photographs on display. The property also includes a contemporary vaulted kitchen, a master bedroom suite with lounge area, a utility room, and a study. Another set of stairs was built to the top floor to create access to an additional double bedroom and bathroom and a south-facing roof garden.

WESTBOURNE PARK VILLAS, W2 £3,500,000 Minimalist two-bedroom apartment Claire Lloyd Design epc=e

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FIRST GLASS One of Notting Hill’s greatest hidden treasures

A home that wows from the minute you walk in. Set within a modern terrace built in the 1960s, the property has been completely refurbished and redesigned throughout. It has a contemporary, light-filled interior. The double-height ceilings and huge windows immediately engage you, and give an impressive sense of volume and space. Below is the brilliantly designed kitchen, dining and informal living area which leads onto the private decked patio and communal garden beyond. Elsewhere is a formal reception room, master bedroom suite, two double bedrooms and three bathrooms.

CLARENDON ROAD, W11 £1,100 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Unique four-bedroom house Styled by the owners epc=d

It has been described as ‘contemporary, pared down and light’. The best materials have been used for maximum effect: wood floors and stairs with glass balustrades, and mezzanine levels that appear as if they are floating. Combined with the top-floor skylights, the result is captivating. 67

DESIGN CALLING A most stylish addition to Westbourne Terrace

Oozing Euro cool, this recently configured apartment has been finished to exacting standards by someone with finesse and style. The building itself is beyond impressive; the grand, stuccofronted structure used to be two flats back in the 1970s, and was converted into one by the current owner in 2010. The first-floor reception boasts soaring ceiling heights, space and light. South facing, it has a balcony spanning its width. The room acts as a showcase for the owner’s collection of modern furniture, each piece with its own personality and function, all in impressive contrast to beautiful original features. Adjoining is a formal dining space with a wonderful display of art that leads further, by stairs, to the master bedroom suite and private terrace.


Downstairs on the ground floor is the bespoke kitchen/breakfast room, complemented by high ceilings and again an abundance of natural light. Upstairs on the lower-first floor are two sleek double bedrooms and one bathroom.

WESTBOURNE TERRACE, W2 £2,800 per week / short let [Admin fees apply] £1,950 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Classic three-bedroom apartment FT2 Architects + Designers epc=c

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STRIKING statement Pushing boundaries while gracefully blending into its surroundings Silverlight is a significant individual house designed by internationally acclaimed architect David Adjaye. Summed up in a single description it is ‘a direct interpretation of the architect’s ability to find beauty anywhere, even within the urban landscape of the Grand Union Canal and the Harrow Road in Notting Hill’. A narrow strip of land that was once the Caressa Khan powder puff factory was replaced by a brand new three storey house, the first new build house that David Adjaye had created. Its pure white façade which portrays elements of silver picked up from its waterside location, are what gave the house its name and to date Adjaye still cites it as his favourite residential project.

Silverlight is a building that turns the idea of urban living on its head and within the framework of the house every space sits where it rightfully belongs. On the first floor an angular enclosed courtyard makes the most of canal side views, opening directly from the master bedroom. The colonnaded gallery on the second floor gives way to the relaxed formality of the vast living spaces. Acting as a main artery, offset to the heart of this huge home is a concrete clad stairway that connects all three floors and acts as a void, separating the main house from the noise and daily life of the road beyond. As if floating, heavy-duty stainless steel sides define this structure while punched metal incorporates the steps and glass screens the sides. At the top of the stairs the main apex of the house gives way to possibly one of the Capital’s greatest private living spaces where the possibilities for partying or complete Zen like seclusion are endless.

glass and torn bank notes, bamboo and tortoiseshell are just some of the rare, contemporary and ordinary materials that combine to make something quite exceptional. Since completion, David Adjaye has risen to become one of the most prominent architects in the world and the parallel importance of Silverlight, makes it one of the most exciting contemporary houses currently for sale in the capital. SILVERLIGHT, HARROW ROAD, W10 £5,500,000 Groundbreaking house Adjaye Associates epc=e

Throughout the house, the collaboration between architect and owner is evident in the choice of materials used. There are no painted finishes anywhere. Mirrored surfaces, concrete-fashioned furniture and woodchip ceilings, lacquer, recycled


charm offensive A touch of eclectic in the heart of Notting Hill


People often say ‘keep it simple’, but it’s a lot easier said than done, especially when it comes to interiors. Achieving a classic, pared down aesthetic is challenging, given that the interiors not only have to look nice but have a functional element. The owners of Westbourne Park Road have achieved it however, and the result is a stunning maisonette in the heart of Notting Hill. By reigning in the design, the owners have made the living room feel spacious and bright. An unusual arrangement of a carefully curated

art collection has emphasised the ceiling height, while the neutral palette ties the scheme together. A similar level of restraint is seen in the sleek white kitchen which effortlessly blends the contemporary units with a period stone fireplace. The same design ethos has also carried over into the garden. Rather than leaving it as an afterthought, the owners have made the outdoor space an extension of the interior, bringing the same bright modern aesthetic into this tranquil urban oasis.

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WESTBOURNE PARK ROAD, W11 ÂŁ2,150,000 Superb three-bedroom garden maisonette Styled by the owners epc=e


RAW BEAUTY A gorgeously mellow Queen’s Park home


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This awesome family home on Montrose Avenue fuses raw design with Scandi cool. Styled by the owners by the owners, the final result of lightfilled spaces and immaculate-styled interiors is outstanding. One of our favourite spaces is the exceptionally bright open-plan kitchen / dining area at the rear of the property and at ground level. Its tactile mix of materials — white-washed brick, concrete and timber — is a winner, while the penny mosaic tiles which form the full-height splashback provide intricate detail. Opening out to the leafy south-facing garden via floor-to-ceiling glass doors, the inside and outside are one. We imagine bliss come spring, sitting at the window seat with light streaming in. Hello Scandinavian summer house.

The ground level includes two further living spaces; the more formal at the front of the property takes full advantage of brilliant bay windows and fantastic proportions. One of the most-defining features of the home is the stunning neutral colour palette that carries the flow of new design elements and the existing features of this period property. Or perhaps it’s the timber cladding in one of the bedrooms and bathrooms – rustic, earthy and raw — that transports you to a woodland retreat. The upper levels are occupied by the four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with the master bedroom suite encompassing the entire second floor.

MONTROSE AVENUE, NW6 £1,450 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Contemporary four-bedroom family house Styled by the owners epc=d



Scarlett Carlos Clarke is an artist, photographer, filmmaker and magazine art director with no one medium taking precedence over another. The daughter of celebrated photographer Bob Carlos Clarke, and partner of artist Tim Noble, art is a pivotal aspect of her world . . .


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Still young at 24, Carlos Clarke has already made her own mark on the art world. The youngest person to be exhibited at the National Gallery, with her now iconic shots of her father, she has produced her own magazine, Hate, which challenges the readers’ perception of art in differing forms. She recently completed her first music video, an abstract story told with the dramatic backdrop of the south coast, for emerging band Fat White Family. As we speak, Carlos Clarke has a book in production that follows the theme of her recent collection of photographs of plus size model Felicity Hayward. She continues with her publicity shots of friend Eliot Sumner as she launches herself onto the music scene, and is musing over the idea of a possible portrayal of her late father.

Scarlett, with so much going on in your life, is there time to exhale?

Tell us about Hate. The first issue was a sell-out. What does the spring launch hold for readers?

I find it hard to cut off from work. I’m almost always thinking and planning my next shoot. We live in a digital age where saturation of information can be a problem, so for me the hardest thing is to move away from the computer. To remedy this we take long walks and go fishing.

Luisa [Le Voguer Couyet] and I found the same sanitised and established portrayal of mainstream culture in everything we read and the freedom to challenge the establishment wasn’t even evident online. So we decided to start our own magazine, to have a voice that wasn’t commercially directed. The first edition was a sort of teaser, to see if people would like what we wrote and it completely sold out. The next issue is all about sex but not as you know it. I’ve looked for the sensual elements of all sorts of everyday things including fruit and veg. Think pomegranates and carrots as you’ve never seen them before.

Fishing? Is there an artistic connection there that I’m missing? Fishing is a hobby which distracts me from work. I like the sea’s unpredictability - you never know what you’re going to catch. I’m the only female who fishes on the pier which I think is strange. More women should get into fishing! The same stretch of Dover coastline was the setting for your video for Fat White Family’s new single Whitest Boy on the Beach. What was your inspiration? I had always thought the white cliffs would be a stunning setting for a film, so when we were asked to shoot whitest boy on the beach I thought it would be really great to capture the vastness of the cliffs using a drone camera. We were inspired by that portrait of Frances Bacon where he sits between two halves of a pig carcass. So we drove into town and made them cut a pig down the middle and stitch the head back on. It was a really strong visual. We disposed of the body in a field about a mile away...not realising how difficult it is to drag a pig carcass. We returned a few weeks later to find it humming with maggots. The stench was unreal.


The suggestion of sex played a big part in the dramatic pictures that your father created. Is this sensual exploration of form something that is ingrained in your subconscious? My dad was so interested in form and nowhere was this more evident than in the human body, hence the body of work that he left behind. For me there is an element of legacy but I also draw my own conclusions. My dad kick-started it by giving me a book on Jeff Koons’ work when I was small. I loved the fantastical aspects of his work. It’s only now as an adult that I can see the certain suggestion that runs through every aspect of his work. Comically, I discovered another copy of my book which my dad had placed his own censorship on. Loads of pages were missing! One thing that my dad did do through his work was challenge perceptions of what beauty was. This is something that I’ve been proud to continue through my images of plus-size models. When I did a similar shoot with a very skinny girl, the

pictures weren’t so well received. It’s contradictory as we all think we want to be thin and yet there is a perception that overweight people are jolly and happy with their lot. Happiness ticks more boxes with people than the size of their waist. Photography is the medium that most people will relate the Carlos Clarke name to. Have the opportunities of digital imagery enabled you to separate your work from that of your father’s? It was and is definitely important for me to be recognised independently but aside from the possibilities that digital manipulation offers. Photography is still driven by your own private interpretation of what you see. Grain and pixel just give you a different finished effect. Obviously digital photography is more commercially viable when you’re shooting for a client and we all need to manage the day job as effectively as possible. Shooting for my own exhibitions is more of a private and personal choice where I can be more selective in the way I choose to take pictures and in what medium. The world that I live and work in as an artist is a very different place to the one that my dad inhabited. On one side of the fence you have a society that is conformist and sanitised because that is the way the commercial world drives us to think how we should be. As a paid photographer you do have to conform to this line of thinking for the benefit of what you deliver to the client. On the other side there is a group of freer minds that do look at life very differently. In my personal work and in the book that I’m planning I have the chance to get this point of view across.

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A book sounds like an enormous project. It is and it will be a long term project, gathering a body of work. I’m excited about it as a project though and it feels good to be working towards something significant, something that will give me a personally curated platform for my images. Talking of enormous projects, there was discussion about a film of your father’s life. Is this something that you might tackle yourself? We [my father’s estate] were in talks about the possibility of a film of his life and it is something that would make sense for me to do myself. There is so much about my dad’s private life that is still very private but would help to make greater sense of him as an artist if it were shown to the outside world. It still requires so much thought though. There are so many significant individual stories that need to be linked together. It sounds like there is no lack of opportunity on the horizon. What’s next for Scarlett Carlos Clarke?

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I would love to work overseas, particularly in Japan. I have never travelled anywhere in the Far East. Where do you live in London and why? I live in an old Victorian studio in Parson’s Green. The area feels quite parochial but I don’t leave the premises when I’m working so it doesn’t matter. When I’m not there I spend every free minute at my house in Kingsdown a tiny fishing village a few miles from the white cliffs of Dover. Tell me something that nobody knows about Scarlett Carlos Clarke? I can play the drums.

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PERFECTLY FORMED A new-build that exudes character

Blink and you could miss this incredibly discreet bijou house, tucked alongside the traditional late Victorian architecture of Langler and Pinkham. Award winning architecture practice RDA called on their vast experience of developing difficult spaces to create this perfectly formed modernist inspired gem. The house was completed in 2010, replacing three former derelict garages.

The current owners have used both soft and dramatic colour to great effect, creating a warm and welcoming yet highly contemporary space for living and entertaining, defined by areas to eat, relax and cook. A soft grey, linear corner sofa contrasts against a farmhouse table and upcycled chairs, which sit comfortably alongside the sleek, glossy façade of the kitchen units.

Laid out over two floors, lower ground and ground, entry to the building is at mid-level, inviting you upstairs or downstairs. Unlike some subterranean spaces, the design and construction of this house has been thoughtfully executed with natural light flooding into the large kitchen, living and dining areas from a terraced garden which runs around the building on two sides. A green oasis that is spacious and completely private, during the summer months it becomes an extension of the lower ground floor with large sliding doors opening up to bring the outside in.

Properties of this kind are few and far between as urban spaces such as this command a premium. Contained and secluded, yet without restriction, this home provides everything needed for life in the city.

CLIFFORD GARDENS, NW10 ÂŁ899,950 Dynamic freehold house RDA epc=c

Upstairs, as a direct contrast to the lower ground floor, windows situated just below the ceiling create a cocoon like feel, making the rooms completely private and serene, with views into the garden below.


MAKE OVER A purifying space for a London lifestyle

A very cool two-bedroom property that has been completely refurbished to offer a unique and modern lifestyle opportunity in the heart of Maida Vale. The layout of the home was recently changed to give the space a new and dynamic flow, while introducing contemporary design and materials. The property is arranged over one floor and features a sensational living space at the centre of property, and acts as the core of the home. The modern kitchen is incorporated here, along with the space for dining. Adjoining this room is a light-filled conservatory, currently used as a more informal lounge space that overlooks the walled patio. Midcentury furniture has been sourced and placed to perfection to create the perfect synergy between modern architecture and good design. Another London homeowner influenced by Scandi design.


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sweet DREAMS An inspiring feat of architecture, in a very traditional part of town Architecturally noted as the most important building in Uxbridge Street, the space was formerly the Duke of Sussex public house and more recently the Dreamtime Gallery. Spink Property refurbished the building in the 1990s, and it was subsequently remodelled by Found Associates. Now the property is a modern masterpiece where space, light and volume truly steal the show. Richard Found of Found Associates describes the concept as “simplicity and elegance, while maximising natural light”. With an inverted layout, the first floor is encompassed by an impressive open-plan living space measuring over 600 sq ft. Extensive ceiling heights give way to an elevated canopy that provides awesome overhead space and incredible natural light, enhancing the exhilarating feel even more. A door to the side leads to a south-facing terrace.

The entirely white Corian-surfaced kitchen adjoins the main living space yet is tucked neatly away so not to impose. The terrace can be accessed from here too. Downstairs, the vast master bedroom suite has access to a second terrace while the level further includes a double bedroom with en suite shower room. The basement also features a cinema room with surround-sound system, an enviable widescreen and a bar. Should you wish, the space can be transformed into a second living space or even an in-house gym. The property is fitted with numerous interior systems including multi-room hi-fi and Lutron lighting, and comes complete with an integral garage space for one large car.

UXBRIDGE STREET, W8 £3,000 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Contemporary three-bedroom house Found Associates epc=f


FLOWER POWER An owner’s personal design project that has blossomed into one of London’s finest homes


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This gorgeous townhouse is owned by one of London’s leading florists, who as well as casting her creativity over our city, has also worked wonders on her Notting Hill home. Revealing her love of all things floral, it is feminine yet cool, pairing colourful patterns with contemporary statement furniture and vintage finds, much sourced by design duo Carden Cunietti. Encompassing five floors, the property offers exceptional living space across three. The relaxed lower-ground floor has recently been remodelled to include an informal lounge, dining area, home study and modern kitchen. Sliding glass doors open onto a walled garden, further enhancing the sense of space.

Up on the ground floor, a more mature living area hints at the property’s past with stunning retained detail. Bold Ellie Cashman wallpaper and curtains give a retro feel. The owner reveals, “I discovered Ellie’s wallpaper on Instagram and wanted it immediately for my home. It brings the outside in”. Glass bugs crawling up the wall, Nika Zupanc cherry pendant lights and canine portraiture further hint at the owner’s love of nature. Adjoining is a second styled living space. The more formal of the living areas, and perhaps the most elegant, is on the first floor. Here is a stunning palette of pastels and original features including floor-to-ceiling sash windows with access to a street-facing balcony. “It’s a great place for reading the papers on a Sunday morning because the room gets lots of light, and

then at night it becomes very magical with lots of flickering tea-light candles”, says the owner. The vast master bedroom suite is set on the second level. With a dressing area and en suite bathroom, this is as indulgent as the rest of the home. Two further bedrooms and a family bathroom are on the third level. Set on a tree-lined street in one of the area’s most sought-after residential pockets, the property comes with off-street parking for two cars.

ALEXANDER STREET, W2 £3,950 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Vibrant three-bedroom townhouse Styled by the owner epc=e 87

BOUTIQUE HOME It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it


This gorgeous two bedroom property occupies the entire second (top) floor of an imposing doublefronted villa on North Kensington’s Bassett Road. Allowing existing period features to shine, original wood floors and ornate fireplaces have been buffed up and polished to perfection to complement the owner’s stylish touch and collection of modern furniture. The superb south-facing living space is testament to this; generous in size and open plan to a significant kitchen and dining area, it has a wonderfully inviting feel.

The property further includes two large double bedrooms, just as charming as the rest of the home, a bathroom, and a welcoming entrance hall offering an abundance of natural light. Located on a beautiful tree-lined street close to St Helen’s Gardens and Golborne Road, this appartment is a perfect introduction to the vibrancy of North Kensington.

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BASSETT ROAD, W10 ÂŁ895 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Stylish two-bedroom apartment Styled by the owner epc=f



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A FEAT OF ENGINEERING Skilfully redefining a building with a unique modern style

A sensational property with a modern industrialist design, refurbished by CUBIC Studios and furnished by House to Hold. The bold concept has ripped through the entire period fabric of a terraced building. “We demolished everything behind the front façade,” said CUBIC, “and rebuilt four floors from the ground up, where three previously existed.” The property now presents an extraordinarily individual and muscular-designed maisonette, that balances superb living spaces with generous bedrooms and bathrooms.

Set on the ground and lower ground floor of a Victorian townhouse, it includes a living space, kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. With no shortage of concrete, iron and copper on display, the home exudes a solid industrial veneer mixed with softer natural tones from engineered-wood flooring. There’s lots of natural light from an impressive light well, and a living wall.

PORTOBELLO ROAD, W10 £795 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Urban two-bedroom maisonette CUBIC Studios with House to Hold epc=c

The unrivalled location is on the North Kensington stretch of Portobello Road, on the doorstep of Golborne Road and its cool hangouts. 91

NEW HEIGHTS A taste of New York

Unique rental properties are rare; this one will never fail to welcome its tenant home. A late Victorian house, it has been converted into two flats, each with their own private entrance and off-street parking. This cool apartment has been extensively remodelled and extended into the roof space to create a split-level home — reminiscent of a stunning New York style loft style apartment in the heart of Notting Hill. The first floor has two large double bedrooms with traditional warehouse doors replacing conventional windows. Each room has a dressing area. There is also a bathroom and a separate cloakroom on this floor and access to a private terrace overlooking the garden. A central spiral staircase rises up to


the second floor into one huge single space, which can be zoned for cooking, eating, entertaining and relaxing. This is where the flat comes into its own. Clever extending upwards has created vaulted ceilings with exposed beams where light floods into the space. Westbourne Park Villas is a street of largely late Victorian houses which were created from the former Westbourne estate. Today it is part of Notting Hill’s most vibrant and changing area, close to the independent businesses of Westbourne Grove, the secret garden squares of Bayswater, meandering canal pathways along the Harrow Road and the leafy expanses of Hyde Park.

WESTBOURNE PARK VILLAS, W2 £895 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Split-level loft apartment Styled by the owner epc=e

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PURE PERFECTION A modern home with creative impact This was a hugely personal project for the owner who, after two years of searching for the ideal property, worked hand-in-hand with Clive Sall Architecture to create his dream home. Taking two years to complete, the house has been entirely rebuilt with the use of a significant steel-frame structure and is arranged over five remarkable floors, totalling nearly 2,500 square feet. The result is filled with intelligent design, sophisticated interiors and the latest technology. The architect flipped the traditional ground and lower-ground floor living configuration so that the everyday living space and contemporary Poggenpohl kitchen are on the raised-ground floor. To the rear, an impressive gallery overlooks the reception below, allowing light from above to flood

down with magical effect. On the lower level, with fantastic ceiling heights, is a sexy formal reception area that feels like the ultimate lair in which to retreat. Complete with bar area, cinema-size screens and vast dining space, the room is perfect for entertaining and unadulterated fun. A luxurious main bedroom occupies the first floor, featuring decadent fabrics and textures to roll around in. An elegant en-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower makes it even more special. The second floor is occupied by two large bedrooms that also have that boudoir-chic feel.

LEDBURY ROAD, W11 ÂŁ7,000 per week / short let [Admin fees apply] ÂŁ5,000 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Elegant four-bedroom home Clive Sall Architecture epc=c

The upper floor has a further bedroom/office leading onto a west-facing roof terrace.


TOP OF THE WORLD The very best in lateral penthouse living


To see the Talisman building today, fully restored as one of London’s rare beacons of Art Deco architecture, it is inconceivable to imagine that its continued existence was once in jeopardy. Named for the antiques company that now occupies its ground floor, the property dates to 1939. Its sleek geometric lines are typical of industrial Art Deco architecture and its original use as a car garage. The site is a local landmark and just eight years ago was destined for demolition before local resident and owner of Talisman Antiques, Ken Bolan, came to its aid. Bolan’s connection to the site goes back 40 years, to a period when he looked for vintage

cars for wealthy clients. The delivery address was the garage housed in the Talisman building and through its adaptation in the 1970s to a petrol station, Bolan dreamed of one day owning the site and restoring it to its former glory. Sold to a developer in 2000, the project to demolish and rebuild the Talisman building was abandoned in 2004, when Bolan bought the 18,000sq ft, four-story property. Unsure how to use the vast space, he engaged Gumuchdjian Architects who created a distinct retail space for Bolan’s antique business. The space became one of the most celebrated antiques businesses in

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Europe, framed externally by the refurbishment of the fine detailing which included commissioning copies of the railings and glass lanterns that once lined the front entrance, and the recreation of the sweeping in and out driveway. Today the building now looks much as it did originally. Fast forward five years, and with Bolan then also operating from Central London and Somerset, the internal layout of the building was once again revisited. Paris-based architect Joseph Dirand imagined the two upper floors as extraordinary single private residences, spanning over 5,600 sq ft each. Benefiting from an entire wall of original

Crittal windows on both floors, the vaulted ceilings and open plan entertaining spaces are simply extraordinary. Throughout the apartments, fine natural materials play a supporting role to the beautiful bones of this historic and elegant building which overlooks a leafy common, close to the independent shops of Parsons Green.

THE TALISMAN BUILDING, SW6 ÂŁ10,000 per week / short let [Admin fees apply] ÂŁ6,500 per week / long let [Admin fees apply] Contemporary four-bedroom penthouse apartment Gumuchdjian Architects epc=b

Since completion, it is widely celebrated that the two properties which occupy the upper floors at the Talisman building are amongst the most outstanding private apartments ever created in this part of London.



iconic The Biophilia chair is one of the most iconic creations from Ross Lovegrove the designer and visionary whose work is considered to be at the very apex of the design world.

Presented during Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milan, Biophilia explored a new design dialogue between time, space and form. The chair’s characteristics are synonymous with Lovegrove’s sophisticated style while also reminisce Antonio Gaudi’s organic design of Sagrada Familia and its thin, peak-like back of the seats. Developed by Lovegrove for VONDOM, the furniture collection employs roto-moulded technology, pushing the boundaries between material structure and form.

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