23rd August 2023 | IN PROJECT OF THE WEEK | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn This week’s instalment of the Project of the Week series features a family apartment design by 2023 SBID Awards Finalist, Studio 95 Interiors. This project entailed designing a new three bedroom apartment for a family that was downsizing from a large five bedroom property nearby. The apartment was located on the tenth floor giving spectacular views of the River Thames and the city beyond. The clients wanted to use some of their existing furniture and artwork in the new schemes and this resulted in a pleasing mix of old and new. SBID Awards Category: Residential Budget Up To £50,0000 Practice: Studio 95 Interiors Project: Kew Bridge Apartment Location: London, United Kingdom Studio 95 Interiors - Kew Bridge Apartment What was the client’s brief? The brief was to make the most of the amazing views, create a homely and comfortable space, use some of their existing antique furniture and artworks, cater for extra guests as needed (extendable dining table & sofa beds). Plus create space to store and display their large collection of books, make the most of two large storage cupboards to keep all clutter out of sight, a calm restful colour palette for their master bedroom, and design a multi-functional space in their third bedroom so that it would work as home office/guest bedroom/lV room and Yoga space. Studio 95 Interiors - Kew Bridge Apartment What inspired the design of the project? My inspiration for this project was it’s amazing location and it’s prime view over the Thames. As you essentially receive a blank space with white painted walls, I added character and personality by way of some mid-century styled furniture to the main living area with pops of strong colour and adding some Japanese themed elements to the master bedroom to bring some calm and zen. Studio 95 Interiors - Kew Bridge Apartment What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project? There really weren’t too many hurdles on this project. Maybe one that comes to mind was the specification for the window blinds as controlling the light coming in to this south facing apartment was a key part of the brief. The big challenge was to meet the functional requirements while also being visually attractive and blending with the interior schemes. Studio 95 Interiors - Kew Bridge Apartment What was your team’s highlight of the project? At the very beginning of the project, before the client had moved from her Edwardian home, I advised her which existing pieces of their furniture, antiques and artwork would work in the new apartment in terms of style and space. The highlight was seeing how these antique pieces worked so well alongside the new décor. Lastly but certainly not least is seeing that the client and her family are very happy in their new home. Studio 95 Interiors - Kew Bridge Apartment Why did you enter the SBID Awards? Although I’m an experienced interior designer and have previously worked for well respected interior design studios in London, my studio in Ealing is relatively new and I wanted to see how a project of mine faired against other interior designers in the UK. Studio 95 Interiors - Kew Bridge Apartment What has being an Award Finalist meant to you and your business? Being an Award Finalist has meant a great deal to me. Although I have worked as an interior designer for over 20 years and have had many successful projects and very happy clients, having your work recognised by fellow design professionals feels really good. Stephanie Gilsenan Director of Studio 95 Interiors Questions answered by Stephanie Gilsenan, Director of Studio 95 Interiors. View the project We hope you feel inspired by this week’s design! If you missed the last instalment of Project of the Week, featuring a masculine flat design by Diego Correa Interior Design, click here to read it.