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Pa ul Br o a dley Interior Design

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Br ief & C o n ce p t The brief for the interior design of this this super-sleek yacht was simple: the seamless beauty of the exterior had to be matched inside. However, simple is not how this project can be described.

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The Magnum 60 is one of the fastest yacht’s of it’s kind; reaching a speed of over100 km/h. Therein lies the first challenge. At such high speeds there has to be a degree of flex in all the fixtures and fittings as well as the strength to survive the impact of the waves. Secondly the handling of the boat depends on a perfect weight distribution on all sides. And finally all the mechanical, electrical and service ducting had to be cleverly incorporated into the scheme without diminishing the seamless finish.

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Working closely with an Italian fit-out specialist, the design used a series of horizontal lines that flowed continuously around the side & ceiling panels to evoke a sense of speed. These also acted to separate the lightweight panels, allowing some to be removable. This rectilinear approach was offset by the gentle curves of the furniture detailing to provide a balanced feel.

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The space was evenly divided to accommodate two comfortable double staterooms each with with separate head, a large salon and a galley. A minimal colour palette of shades of taupe endorsed the seamless approach, whilst punches of black referenced the hull and added drama.

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The success of the scheme undoubtedly came from the choice of materials: carbon fibre, titanium, corian, and lacquer all combined to emphasise the sleekness. Suede, leather and silk softened the look in the comfort areas.

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In true ‘James Bond’ style everything was designed to be controlled from the touch of a button including the bespoke champagne chiller built into the salon table and the flute chillers that rise from the corners of the banquette. A fitting touch to an unmatched yacht.


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Br ief & C o n ce p t This Edwardian townhouse, situated in the heart of London, had lost its period charm over the years. The original proportions had been broken up to create a warren of nameless rooms. At the same time, incongruous additions had diluted the character: the result was soulless.

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The brief was to restore the faded grandeur and create a home that fused elegance with comfort. A venue for entertaining on a grand scale, the rooms had to have a sense of occasion right from the front door. An ambiance of tradition was important, whilst the scheme also had to accommodate the owners love of contemporary art.

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The objective was to preserve the historic identity of the building and so original period details such as cornicing and fireplaces were retained. All the later additions were discarded. Key issues were to maximise the available natural light and create a harmonious free-flowing space. To this extent the rooms were opened up to reveal their true scale and a walk-on glass skylight was introduced to give natural light to the heart of the house.

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All the expected modern amenities were seamlessly incorporated into the stripped down shell before the new scheme was added: a blend of traditional with contemporary elements; wall panelling, parquet floors, frescos and bespoke furnishings. Finally we suspended a Murano glass chandelier with an eight meter drop through the central staircase - a dramatic feature without parallel.

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M ayfa ir M a n sio n , Lo n do n


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Br ief & C o n ce p t The concrete shell was situated on the 17th floor of a landmark building in the centre of Berlin and extended to some 1000m2. Benefiting from generously proportioned ceilings and full height glazing, it afforded spectacular 360° views of the Berlin skyline.

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The brief was threefold; to create a prestigious office environment that reflected the high-level international standing of the company, to design a workplace that reinforced the brand values of the business and to develop a scheme that could be simply translated for future office expansion worldwide.

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The key element of our scheme was to create a fluid transition between work, meeting and relaxation zones. The layout therefore was arranged with spaces that were adaptable from intimate, informal meetings to larger scale gatherings. Equally the design promoted the panoramic views from any position within the building with the use of transparent or semitransparent screening.

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Given the volume of the space it was important to add warmth and character to structural elements such as wall, floor and ceiling finishes. The use of bronze and timber panelling was offset by glass, acrylic and stone finishes to create a dynamic between the traditional and the contemporary. This dynamic was also reflected in the choice of furniture and the colour palette - combining the refinements of a Gentleman’s Club with the functionality of a 21st century office environment.

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C o r p o r a te H ea d qua r ter s, Ber l i n


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Br ief & C o n ce p t This compact apartment is situated in an exclusive development overlooking the port at Fontvielle. The one bedroom arrangement perfectly suited the owner, however the finishes were somewhat dated and the whole feel was bland. The brief therefore was to inject both refinement and character without compromising the layout of the space.

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It was important to layer different textures and shapes to create visual interest. At the same time colour was kept to a narrow palette of muted tones in order to provide a backdrop for the unusual decorative furniture: the antiques quarter in Nice was an excellent source. The essence of the design was in the contrast of bespoke items such as the sofa, chairs and footstool and the sharp contemporary pieces.

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The walls were simply paneled to break up the large flat surfaces, give a structure to the rooms and finally to frame the owner’s art collection.

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The only source of natural light was at the rear of the apartment leading on to the covered terrace. This meant that the principal rooms were gloomy. As such, it was key to develop a layered lighting scheme to provide a greater depth of light throughout each room. A mix of ambient, task and decorative lighting was used including cutting edge designs like the Marcel Wanders pendant.

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Lux ur y Pied-Ă  -Ter r e, M o n a co


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Br ief & C o n ce p t This compact 1930’s apartment had been untouched for years. The interior was gloomy, over-stuffed with heavy built-in cabinetry and dark furniture quite oppressive. Internally there were no period features as such.

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The brief was to design and refurbish the property to a standard commensurate with securing a high level yield for the purposes of short-term letting. In short, the scheme had to appeal to a broad range of potential tenants with differing tastes, yet still have enough impact to catch the eye.

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The objective was therefore to update the interior to create a comfortable, elegant and practical space. In line with the letting requirement, the accommodation was designed to be on a par with a 5* hotel environment, with consideration given to ease of maintenance and durable finishes.

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The key focus was to introduce light, with a consistent flow of colours and materials throughout the scheme to give greater harmony and flow. For example solid oak flooring was specified throughout the flat (except for the bathrooms) and stained with a bespoke silver grey to compliment the neutral palette on the walls. The use of mirrors and selected overscaled objects introduced an interesting dynamic by playing with the sense of space.

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It was a challenge working within such a tight budget and such a tight space, but the end result looked simple and effortless.


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M ayfa ir A p a r tmen t, Lo n do n


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Br ief & C o n ce p t The brief was to create a sophisticated retreat for a busy
 professional couple with flexible living accommodation. The
 clients spent a lot of time travelling and wanted a space which was both welcoming and relaxing on their return home. Equally the apartment had to be adaptable for larger scale entertaining.

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The scheme had to combine state of the art technology with
 effortless style. Harmony and flow through the apartment was achieved by employing a muted colour palette with tonal variations throughout. Visual impact was added in selected zones using sculpture artwork and dramatic wall finishes: the use of suede wall paneling in the dining area and master bedroom helped to ‘soften’ the scheme.

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A key consideration for the scheme was the seamless integration of audio visual, lighting, air conditioning and curtains using a completely remote and wireless solution. Everything was controllable from the touch of a button including the low voltage lighting that could be preset to eight mood settings from ‘daylight’ to ‘feature’.

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The 65” widescreen television was a must-have specified by the client. This had the potential to dominate the relatively low-ceilinged room. So, rather than hiding it, the solution was to make it a feature. The television wall was clad in italian onyx which could be backlit at night to create a dramatic feature, particularly for parties. It also housed a living flame fireplace.

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The success of the design was highlighted in several magazine features and on the ITV “Homes & Property’ show.


Kn igh tsb r idg e A p a r tmen t, Lo n do n


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Br ief & C o n ce p t The interior design brief for this ultra-modern home was to create balance and harmony between the spaces of the open-plan layout. The owner was keen to minimise ‘visual noise’ whilst at the same time endowing each room with it’s own distinct character.

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The scheme was therefore based around ‘Zen’ aesthetic principles: in particular elimination of clutter, understatement and asymmetry (controlled balance). In practice these ideas were expressed using a muted colour palette which was brought to life with the variation in material choice and the contrast between vertical and horizontal design elements; whether it be monolithic travertine walls or the decorative Japanese-style screening.

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Storage units, display shelving and chill-out seating were all set into the walls to maintain the clean lines and seamless approach. Wall panelling (either fabric-lined or timber veneer) helped to break up the large flat surfaces, give a structure to the rooms and to frame the owner’s art collection. Continuing the Zen concept, the veneer lining on all the doors was laid in horizontal and vertical bands to give a subtle visual contrast at the point of the bronze handle recesses.

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Each space was designed to slowly reveal itself as you move around the house: being part of the whole but not dominating it. At the same time familiar design elements and materials brought the scheme together with accents of bronze metal and empress green marble to add depth without disturbing the overall tranquility.

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Completion Spring 2015.


C o n tem p o r a r y V i l l a , Ph n o m Pen h


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Br ief & C o n ce p t Situated on one of the few pedestrian thoroughfares, just off a fashionable shopping street in the heart of the city, this bar had to stand out from the crowd. The clients wanted a contemporary urban vibe without losing that sense of intimacy which encourages customers to chat, drink and of course spend.

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A key consideration in the design was the different ways that people use a bar: for a quick drink in passing, a social night out with a group of friends or a more intimate evening for couples. To this end, the layout was zoned using a mixture of seating types from benches and lounge chairs to bespoke curved sofas and stools.

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The tone of the bar experience is set right from the point of entering. A narrow passage, extending out from the front facade, draws customers in before opening up to the organic shaped bar counter and revealing the space in full. This deliberate element of surprise takes the form of a curved canopy which folds down from the frontage to the rear of the entrance “box’. The concept is given further detail with a series of vertical louvres, which allow just a glimpse of the interior.

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In keeping with the ‘warm’ urban vibe, the mix of raw and more refined materials maintained the visual dynamic without dominating. In particular the polished concrete finish on the walls was offset by oak veneer panelling that flows continuously around one side of the bar. This feature also allowed the creation of display niches for the wine ‘library’.

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In any bar, lighting plays a critical part in the design and commercial success. Here the lighting scheme was built around the idea of creating “pockets of conversation’ with diffused pin-spots highlighting the different seating areas. at the same time the backlit wall panels and feature full-length artwork provide a soft glow to the entire space. Opening in November 2013.


U r b a n Lo un g e Ba r, Ph n o m Pen h


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Br ief & C o n ce p t The location of this 44 apartment development was the inspiration for the concept: ‘urban living on the edge of nature’. Situated close to the banks of the Mekong river and yet only 10 minutes from Phnom Penh’s commercial district, meant that prospective residents could benefit from the best of both.

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And with that in mind, it was important to maximise the exposure to the surrounding environment with floor to ceiling windows and balconies that allowed access to the views. The stone cladding on the exterior walls also feature as decorative panels in the interior; merging the barrier of inside/outside and adding to the urban vibe.

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Each unit was designed around an open-plan layout - a sequence of connecting spaces that affords greater multi-functionality in terms of how the rooms are used. Zoning was achieved by a change of floor surface or wall texture or by adding partial screening to denote the transition. Level changes in the ceiling construction allowed for recessed accent lighting to be incorporated and the introduction of an accent paint colour.

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Although the colour palette for the scheme was kept fairly neutral it was important to raise the design level above that of the standard development fit-out. So each space has it’s own design characteristic; whether it be polished plaster, mosaic tiles, built-in bedheads or floating upholstered benches - the aim was to add a unique perspective on contemporary living in the city. Completion Spring 2014.


C o n d o m i n i um D evel o p m en t, Ph n o m Pen h


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Br ief & C o n ce p t Expanding to nearly 1000m2, this contemporary mansion had to function as a private family home as well as a venue for large-scale entertaining. In addition the service areas had to be separated from view whilst still having easy access when required.

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By creating a central core to the house it was possible to divide it into individual wings. On the ground floor this takes the form of a double-height entrance hall with sweeping staircase which emphasised the grandeur of the space, whilst maintaining clean, contemporary lines. Arches either side of the hall give access to the key public areas: reception and dining rooms, thus allowing all three to be used in unison for public events.

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On the upper floors (also benefiting from elevator access) the central core is used as a lobby area off which the private rooms are reached. The lobbies on each floor are connected by a triple-height void with balconies, allowing light and a sense of volume to pervade the space. They also make an excellent space to exhibit the family's art collection.

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In a house of this size, it’s important to give each room it’s own character, whilst providing design elements which help to unify the whole scheme. This was achieved by using a limited palette of colours which vary in depth and tone between each room. At the same time bolder accents in the form of soft furnishings and accessories introduce the variety necessary to make a room appealing to the eye. Completion autumn 2014.


C o n tem p o r a r y M a n si o n , Ph n o m Pen h


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Br ief & C o n ce p t Accommodating a grown-up family, this new-build villa in a prime residential district of Phnom Penh, had to give the individual members their own space, without compromising the scheme as a whole. Everyone had their own perspective on how the villa should look and therefore the challenge was to bring all of these ideas together as one concept.

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One thing that they were all united in agreement about was their love for wood as a natural element in a contemporary design. And so beginning with the idea of timber-lined arches to connect the spaces, the concept was further developed to include inset panels that formed niches to display furniture, display and t.v. cabinets and drawer fronts for the vanity counters.

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By varying the extent to which the wood was used, it was possible to build a unified look without allowing it to dominate the scheme. The key was to decorate with a neutral scheme of greys, taupes and mauve to accentuate the timber framing. The addition of Emperador marble borders to the flooring acted as a horizontal mirror to the vertical plane design and was reflected by the ceiling recess detail, bringing the whole scheme together.

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To bring ‘softness’ to the overall result, it was important to to add curved edges in the form the staircase line, the shape of the furniture and light fittings, all the way down to the accessories such as mirrors and cushions. To this end the initial concept evolved into a sophisticated family home that brought together everyone’s vision in one design. Completion end 2014.


Lux ur y Villa , Ph n o m Pen h


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Br ief & C o n ce p t The regional headquarters for a luxury goods manufacturer forms the heart of a complex that will eventually extend to 20 factories housing over 4,000 employees. Located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, the brief was to develop the office accommodation for the design, production and marketing teams as well as meeting rooms, catering facilities and leisure activities (including a basketball court and table tennis hall).

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The scheme itself was based around an open-plan concept with each division separated from the others by glazed partitioning. The client wished to maximise the views of the surrounding mountains where possible, but avoiding thermal gain from direct exposure to the sun. To this extent the roof was designed with a significant overhang and all the windows featured horizontal louvres and automatic roller blinds to mitigate heat gain. In addition air circulation through the roof void itself provided a natural cooling system for the building as a whole.

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Although budget considerations were key in many of the design choices, it was still possible to deliver a scheme which would promote a positive working environment. Break-out areas and pantries were deliberately decorated in a brighter palette, but also one that reflected the immediate natural environment.

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The canteens and management restaurant had to be designed in such a way that they could be transformed to accommodate a variety of different event functions, whilst remaining a point of gathering on a daily basis. Again, the success of the scheme was to bring the outside in; making a visual connection with the surrounding landscape to the benefit of employee welfare.


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A b o u t me

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A business studies graduate from Edinburgh University, I spent the early part of my working life in the marketing and brand development of luxury goods. It was a career that took me all over the world and allowed me to experience many different cultures and styles.

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Making the decision to follow my passion, in 2006 I graduated with an Honours Diploma in Interior Design from KLC School of Design. There I was presented with awards for: Contemporary & Innovative Design, Professional Presentation and second in the year prize.

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I subsequently worked with Candy & Candy in London before co-founding Gush Design in 2007. In 2010 I was co-opted to the board of the British Institute of Interior Design where I advised on special projects. I was also a regular lecturer on professional practice and marketing for Interior Designers.

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Now based in S.E. Asia, as part of my journey to explore diverse style references and broaden my design language and application.

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#51 e4 Street 172, Phnom Penh. Cambodia. Mobile: +855 (0)1294 6815 Contact: pbroadley@gmail.com


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My vision as a designer embraces the idea of metropolitan luxury: where beauty and functionality are made to work seamlessly. For me the essence of luxury is in the details that you don’t see: those that create a sense of comfort that is uniquely personal.

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The nature of this approach is highly collaborative and requires the determined skill of craftsmen, carefully chosen for each project, and the imagination of the client. My role is to bring both together.

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I have worked on private commissions for both residential and commercial clients. Past projects have varied from a period mansion in Mayfair, a penthouse office in Berlin to a super-speed yacht. But regardless of scale or budget, my aim is always to apply the same expertise and detail focus to each project.

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