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Project of the Week

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features a contemporary loft apartment situated above the famous Soho Theatre. Angel O’Donnell redesigned and reconfigured this central London duplex apartment on behalf of a private client. The apartment, which spans 1750 sq ft across two floors, boasts a generous open plan living and entertainment space with a spacious kitchen centred around an island and a large, yet cosy living room providing the perfect place to relax above the hustle and bustle of Soho. The show stopping centrepiece of the space is an 20 ft tall retractable roof which can be pulled back almost entirely, opening the room up and flooding it with natural light, creating a sense of inside/outside living.

Practice: Angel O’Donnell

Project: Soho Loft Apartment

Location: London, United Kingdom

What was the client’s brief? 

The client hadn’t touched the property for 15 years and needed to bring it up to date before putting it on the market. They wanted a fresh looking scheme that reflected the location of the apartment and were concerned that the apartment lacked proper zoning – currently arranged as a totally open plan, one bedroom, totalling 1750sqt  – they wanted our help to maximise the cost per sq ft.

What inspired the interior design of the project? 

Soho provided us with a wealth of inspiration, from its architecture, nightlife, creativity and its unique blend of old and new that works so perfectly in this part of town. We took inspiration from nearby venues like Soho House Dean St which is directly opposite as well as of course the theatre downstairs. We don’t have a ‘house style’ as such, we prefer to take our lead from the properties we work with and the nearby surroundings to create an environment that we believe best suits each particular project.

To further enhance the feeling of bringing the outside in, we adopted an organic and natural colour palette in the living room with green, blue and turquoise hues. A dramatic feature wall was painted in Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue and creates ambience at one end of the room, whilst bar stools in a forest green velvet provide a subtle reminder of Soho’s nightlife. An ivory coloured sofa is also decorated with a mix of cushions in Mulberry and Zinc textiles.

What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?

The toughest hurdle was how to turn the huge open plan space into something more commercially viable without breaking the bank & keeping that airy, light filled feeling. Our proposition was to build a wall across the original snug area, with sliding pocket doors. This created a separate room which was multi-functional; snug, study or second bedroom. We also advised the client to keep the kitchen and spiral staircase. These looked dated but by adding the dramatic dark paint colour behind them, gave them a new lease of life and made them look contemporary once again.

What was your team’s highlight of the project?

Really the highlight was the client’s reaction at the result. They were literally lost for words when they saw the transformation and even though we had created a second room in an open plan space they thought that the space felt bigger. They genuinely felt like this was the home they had been wanting to create for years.  Hugs all round !

Questions answered by Ed O’Donnell and Richard Angel, founders of Angel O’Donnell

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If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring beautifully bespoke, authentic and consciously curated interiors for a boutique hotel in the mountains of Italy, click here to see more.

Project of the Week: SBID Awards Finalists 2019

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features Interior design that synthesises Eastern and Western styles. The interior design plan of this luxury property unites the Eastern and Western classical elements, giving it a bold and alluring character. The captivating Roman vault structure built at the entrance creates impact thanks to its remarkable detail and decor. The achromatic colours soften the visual impact, the soft whites, which serves the main colours, blend with oriental natural landscape scenes. YZ Environment Design used decorative details diversely to incorporate elements from the oriental architectural while infusing the Western design style with ink-based art, creating a blended and innovative Chinese classical style.

SBID Awards: Residential Design Over £1M finalist sponsored by THG Paris

Practice: YZ Environment Design

Project: Synthesis of Eastern-and-Western Classical Styles

Location: Beijing, China

What was the client’s brief? 

The proprietor is China Resources Group, a respected developer in China. This case is a model room of high-end luxury apartments, located near Beijing Medical University – which is an excellent location. The main customers have rich wealth and knowledge. The proprietor’s request is to make the clients feel elegant and to provide a unique experience.

What inspired the interior design of the project? 

Chinoiserie is a decorative style in Western art, furniture, and architecture, especially in the 18th century, characterised by the use of Chinese motifs and techniques. European countries absorbed the Chinese culture; particularly the symbols and cultural elements, however, the meaning and value of the elements are often ignored. Such surface-level cultural input made “Chinoiserie” not able to be widely applied and it eventually disappeared into the history of design. Although the Chinoiserie style represents the Europeans’ yearning for China, the imitation of Chinese art crafts and the shallow understanding of the culture make it hard to get deep into and extend the Chinese culture. People just see what they want to see about Chinese culture instead of the whole picture of it. Capturing the essence of Chinoiserie therefore was a key inspiration for this project’s design scheme.

What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?

The toughest challenging was how to let the engineers and product processing staff understand the concept of the theme and intrinsic classic detail to create a transformation which is great enough to compete with the classics. The design involved many important craft processes such as hand-printed wallpaper, stairs, and mosaic with a large number of sketches and 3D drawings to develop.

What was your team’s highlight of the project?

Visitors are introduced to classics from different periods and different regions when they enter the property. There are design distinctions and differences among the classic features, but they have been curated to blend so naturally and elegantly they are not noticeable. It gives people a whole new feeling. At the same time, exquisite and rigorous technologies have helped provide technical support to creating these new classics.

Why did you enter the SBID Awards?

We found SBID Award is a high-quality competition when we entered the award in 2015 for the first time. The judges are concerned not only about technology, materials and the undergoing changes in them, but also value highly culture and art and human spirit.

Questions answered by YZ Environment Design

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If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring a Victorian family home with modern, industrial aesthetic & open plan living, click here to see more.

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Project of the Week: SBID Awards Finalists 2019

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features an exceptional new build residence with 5 ensuite bedrooms, off street parking and leisure suite in the heart of Notting Hill. Fenton Whelan redeveloped and designed the property to create a boutique mansion townhouse, complete with a wellness centre comprising of a gym, sauna, steam room and Notting Hill’s longest swimming pool at 15 metres! The 6,225 sq.ft house is designed with a fresh colour palette and eclectic, contemporary interior pieces, to reflect the properties geography and the vernacular architecture of the surrounding area, whilst still retaining bespoke, luxury detailing throughout. 

SBID Awards: Residential Design Over £1M finalist sponsored by THG Paris

Practice: Fenton Whelan

Project: Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill

Location: London, United Kingdom

What was the client’s brief? 

The brief was to redevelop and redesign the traditional Victorian property and create a 6,225 sq ft boutique family town-house whist retaining the original facade. The interior design juxtaposes the traditional and heritage elements of the property by introducing clean lines, large volume spaces and modern pieces to create a luxury family home.

What inspired the interior design of the project? 

Inspiration was drawn from the buildings historical proportions and the vernacular architecture of the surrounding area, which has been emphasised in the design and married with meticulously designed and crafted pieces for an elegant and contemporary interior style. By combining these two inspirations the design has created a fresh and light home whilst still retaining the bespoke, luxury feel throughout.

Capitalising on ceiling heights and adding large bi-folding doors to the rear of the property on both the ground and first floors, we maximised the amount of light that flows through the property. The design and layout of the property, notably the creation of a dual aspect reception room, further emphasised the architectural volumes, making spaces feel open and bright.

What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?

The property was originally a Victorian era pub for which the façade was listed and therefore had to be retained. The process of transforming this into a modern luxury five bedroom home with leisure suite and home cinema came with a number of planning and spatial hurdles that our design team had to overcome By adding additional floors, both above and below ground, the volumes of key rooms could be maintained, and allowed spaces to remain open, maximising the flow of light throughout. Light was on the lower floors was managed through the addition of beautifully designed light wells creating private outside areas below ground. The introduction of a 4 floor sweeping staircase gives a sense of space and volume, from the first moment on entering the property.

What was your team’s highlight of the project?

Our team’s highlight of the project was our success in creating a unique design that harmonises a contemporary and luxurious feel whilst enhancing the buildings attributes. One example of this is the entrance hall and its sweeping four-storey staircase, fitted with made-to-measure balustrades and housing a full height drop chandelier, with custom-made lights inspired by the leaves from the tree-lined road outside.

Why did you enter the SBID Awards?

The SBID International Design Awards are a recognition of talent and achievement, which is very important to use being placed amongst world recognised design companies who are all leaders in their respective fields.

Questions answered by Desariot Ademaj, Creative Director of Fenton Whelan

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If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring a design which emulates the eclectic scene of downtown Frankfurt with an urban aesthetic and cool, artistic flare, click here to see more.

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Project of the Week

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features a stunning Shanghai residence located in the heart of Shanghai’s Pudong district. Elicyon was commissioned to design a luxurious apartment in a contemporary British style. With sophisticated colour palette, lacquered veneers and marble, the design scheme blends perfectly with the existing architecture of the building, and by using joinery, furniture and lighting crafted exclusively in the UK – Elicyon created a home true to the client’s vision.

Practice: Elicyon

Project: Shanghai 

Location: Shanghai, China

Residential design by Elicyon

What was the client’s brief? 

The client was a young Chinese professional who wanted to create an apartment with a real sense of British craftsmanship within this prestigious residential development. The client had a very strong design ethos with long-term vision – it was very important that the fittings, furnishings and palette chosen would be impactful but at the same time, wouldn’t date. It is always exciting to work with a client who has a defined vision and makes highly informed, considered design choices.

What inspired the interior design of the project? 

British craftsmanship definitely inspired the design of the apartment. This translated into our choice of suppliers – we worked with a lot of British and European artisans and suppliers. We also chose a colour palette with quite a British sensibility – lots of dove grey and pale blues which were then given a twist through contrasting against areas of high black glossy, lacquered veneers. We were conscious of not creating a cliché or pastiche of British design, so we also took inspiration from the Shanghai location, paying homage to the river and incredible views, to create a marriage between east and western influences in the final product.

What was your team’s highlight of the project?

This project was very special for many reasons – the fit-out of the apartment was almost entirely built in Britain and then flat packed and air freighted to Shanghai. It was an incredibly challenging and exciting brief to transpose a completely British-made design for the client. The end result was absolutely fantastic, true to the initial vision of a space with a limited, and in most part, high contrast palette.

Questions answered by Charu Gandhi, Founder and Director, Elicyon

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Project of the Week: SBID Awards Finalists 2019

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features a truly magnificent residential design for a home befitting of its prime location in Wentworth; one of the UK’s premier private estates. This 6 bedroom, 7 bathroom detached house offers inspiration and excitement at every turn. Having worked extensively with the client over the last twelve years on multiple overseas properties and a limited edition Oyster yacht, Hill House Interiors were the natural choice to transform the home, using inspiring fabrics, innovative textures and complementary tones to seamlessly integrate the 3,000 sqft extension into the rest of the home.

SBID Awards: Residential Design Over £1M finalist sponsored by THG Paris

Company: Hill House Interiors

Project: Private Estate, Wentworth

Location: Surrey, United Kingdom

Residential design by Hill House Interiors featuring luxury bar area

What was the client’s brief? 

Hill House Interiors were commissioned to design the interior scheme for this prestigious property in 2006, since which, they have further worked with the owners on their stunning villa in Zagleta and limited edition Oyster yacht. It was, therefore, sheer delight to be contacted again to revisit the client’s Wentworth home to devise the scheme for a vast refurbishment and 3000 sqft extension of the already sizeable 9000 sqft home.

Initially born from the desire for a much larger, walk in closet and dressing area for the master suite, the clients swiftly realised their dream of considerably larger entertainment spaces to include on the wishlist; a stunning new dual aspect fireplace, feature bar, and sumptuous cinema room.

Residential design by Hill House Interiors featuring kitchen dining room

What inspired the interior design of the project? 

Hill House drew inspiration for this remarkable space from the Art Déco era – that fascinating period in history when bold geometry, artistic mirrors and exquisitely rich materials started to be incorporated into private homes.

What was your team’s highlight of the project?

The hallway is the first thing guests see when they enter a home, so it is always a key feature and starting point of any scheme. This transitory spot was the perfect place to sweep guests off their feet and was utilised to add elegant décor details that helped to elevate the overall ambience of the home.

Upon entering, guests are met with a stunning Jerusalem crema grey marble staircase with glass balustrade and leather handrail. This installation is a beautiful contrast to the bespoke, hand sculpted artwork – a single bonsai tree – spanning the 20ft wall. Specially finished in a shimmering hand-applied pearlescent coat, subtle, soft recessed lighting enhances the incredibly intricate detail of this favoured far eastern tree. The sublimely elegant hand-blown floating crystal leaf chandelier that presides over the space – apart from making a stunning sculptural visual centrepiece – creates a beautiful light and shadow play across its surrounding surfaces, enhancing the space further.

Residential design by Hill House Interiors featuring master bedroom

Why did you enter the SBID Awards?

The SBID Awards are highly respected within the design industry, and every year it’s incredibly inspiring to see such a wide variety of skills and styles represented across the various categories, showing the amount of diversity within the interior design industry.

The projects that take home an SBID accolade are truly the best in the business, and the awards evening is an event we look forward to every year. We continue to be delighted to take part in the SBID International Design Awards, and are keeping our fingers crossed for 2020!

Questions answered by Jenny Weiss, Co-founder of Hill House Interiors

If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring luxurious, golden age glamour for the Hilton Imperial Hotel Dubrovnik, click here to see more.

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SBID Awards 2019 | Residential Design Over £1M finalist sponsored by THG Paris

Residential design by Hill House Interiors featuring walk-in wardrobe dressing room

Residential design by Hill House Interiors featuring master bathroom

Project of the Week: SBID Awards Finalists 2019

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features a total interior renovation which was designed to create a residence that better reflected the family’s dynamic and appeal to their personal tastes. Nestled in picturesque Forest Hill, Toronto, this Georgian styled 10,000 sq ft house has six bedrooms and nine bathrooms for five children and two adults; an upgrade from their previous three bedroom home! Powell & Bonnell incorporated a blend of pattern on pattern, bold furnishings and courageously contemporary art pieces into this playful residential design to enrich each space with unique character and charm. The result is a home fit for family fun and entertainment, for all that pass beyond the threshold of this lively, design-led home.

SBID Awards: Residential Design Over £1M finalist sponsored by THG Paris

Company: Powell & Bonnell 

Project: The Well Hued Home

Location: Ontario, Canada

Residential design by Powell & Bonnell with dining room interior for the Well Hued House

What was the client’s brief? 

A total interior renovation, to create a residence that better reflected the family’s dynamic and appeal to their personal taste. The client called for an abundance of colour and whimsical personality as a principal inspiration for this new residence. An inventory of existing furnishings, mostly from the previous residence, also needed to be restyled and upholstered to be incorporated into the new design. Our goal was to mix pattern on pattern, bold furnishings and courageously contemporary art pieces to enliven every room.

Residential design by Powell and Bonnell
Residential design by Powell and Bonnell

What inspired the interior design of the project? 

Without a doubt the client’s love of art and travel. Family trips to London and New York with stays in boutique hotels had exposed the client to an informal more effervescent design style and helped their curiosity for contemporary art and design blossom. Much of the art was selected by the homeowner themselves which gave us a starting point for colour schemes and concepts for each room, making this residence just right for showcasing the client’s eclectic interests!

Residential design by Powell & Bonnell with bedroom interior for the Well Hued House

What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?

To think back, the idea of making all those colours work in one house was really the biggest hurdle! We knew the house, we had worked with the client before, the contractor we worked with also executed the family’s first renovation with us, so the usual difficulties that arise in those “getting to know you” areas, wasn’t a problem when it came to working on this project.

Residential design by Powell & Bonnell with living room interior for the Well Hued House

What was your team’s highlight of the project?

The house is entertaining, even the “serious” rooms like the dining room and living room, which children are often discouraged from using have a youthful and fun loving flair, without being juvenile. The key is in the fabrics – we used quite a bit from our collection of textiles when upholstering items for this house. The Powell & Bonnell textile collection is made of commercial grade fabrics that have a residential feel and appearance.

Why did you enter the SBID Awards?

We were attracted by the opportunities and potential exposure for international design in the competition. It is well run and well respected. We have entered it many times, and love the awards presentation!

Residential design by Powell & Bonnell with bedroom interior for the Well Hued House

Questions answered by Fenwick Bonnell, Partner and Albert Limshue, Senior Designer at Powell & Bonnell

If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring SBID Award winners for the stunning residential design which showcases sophisticated luxury for a 19th century apartment, click here to see more.

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Residential design by Powell & Bonnell with living room interior for the Well Hued House

Project of the Week: SBID Awards Winners 2019

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features the SBID Award winning project for Residential Apartment Under £1MLocated in the centre of Kiev in a property whose architectural heritage dates from the 19th century, the apartment boasts high ceilings, a clear rhythm of windows and good proportions in every room. The project is created in the American classic style with an Art Déco theme, balanced with a welcoming and comfortable aesthetic; there isn’t any overblown show of luxury to distract the eye. 

SBID Awards: Residential Apartment Under £1M winner sponsored by Lalique

Company: Kolomoiets-Project

Project: Apartment with History

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

What was the client’s brief? 

The customer has expressed a wish to completely re-plan the apartment, considering the habitation of a couple. In terms of the interior design, he has suggested finding a balance of historic style, respectability, sophistication and functionality.

Residential design by Kolomoiets Project
Residential design by Kolomoiets Project

What inspired the interior design of the project? 

In one of the Kyiv salons, we acquired a chair in the style of Louis XV; classic in shape, modern in decoration with ebony and wool upholstery of a local fuchsia colour. Later, it took the place of the dominant subject in the living room. The balance of classic architectural forms and aesthetics using colour and materials of the 21st century became our main idea and motto. The fact that the apartment is located in a late 19th century building with a rich facade in the historic city centre inspired some of the design decisions and solutions throughout.

What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?

While reconstructing the old wooden floor, the floor level has rose by 250mm. This led to the arrangement of two steps in front of the front door. The home office also inherited a passage to the laundry room, namely a disproportionately low opening in the load-bearing wall. We made the decision to decorate this passage with a double-leafed, stained glass door which became a particular highlight in this room.

Residential design by Kolomoiets Project with living room interior for Apartment with History

What was your team’s highlight of the project?

We achieved a good design solution in the living room area by using a boiserie of old Venetian mirrors. They extended the space somewhat and enhanced the decorative effect of the room.

Why did you enter the SBID Awards?

Design is a creative method, process and result. No less important for the development of creativity is the professionals’ evaluation, especially on a global scale – and that is why it was so important for us to participate in the SBID Awards!

Questions answered by Alla Kolomoiets of Kolomoiets-Project

If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring the SBID Award winners for Development Sales Centre which combine traditional culture with modernity and contemporary spaces, click here to see more.

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SBID Awards 2019 | Residential Apartment Under £1M Winner sponsored by Lalique

Project of the Week: SBID Awards Winners 2019

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features stunning residential CGI visualisations from the SBID Award winners for the CGI & Visualisation category with their cool, skyscraping penthouse project in London. Straddling the border between the Square Mile and Old Street, the Atlas Building takes in the best bits of both the City and East London. At 152 metres tall, it is Tech City’s newest and tallest residential addition, towering over all its surrounds. Ken Shuttleworth’s award-winning architecture practice MAKE has designed the building around nine enormous architectural blades, with a staggered design which creates a series of balconies and terraces.

Angel O’Donnell were commissioned by their client to design the incredible penthouse on the 38th floor. The design needed to be art-deco inspired whilst remaining current and cool, fit for the tech-titans that would be living in the building and working nearby. The client requested that Angel O’Donnell create CGIs in order to visualise the design within the space that would then also serve for marketing the apartment for letting purposes. Teaming up with the tech geniuses at Intermarketing, the team created CGIs that were truly astonishing, completely realistic and then topped off with a 360 degree walk through the penthouse.

SBID Awards: CGI & Visualisation Winner sponsored by Vectorworks

Company: Angel O’Donnell 

Project: The Atlas Building 

Location: London, United Kingdom

What was the client’s brief? 

Whilst the client had a very strong idea of their design aspirations, the penthouse was ultimately to be a rental investment, so AOD needed to use as much commercial insight into the designs that they were producing as possible, to ensure it was fitting of the penthouse setting but equally that the fit-out cost was affordable whilst commensurate to a high-value rental property.

Given the long lead time before the building’s construction was due to be finished, the client requested that Angel O’Donnell produce CGIs that would provide complete clarity on the designs AOD had produced, featuring the exact furniture, colour schemes and fabrics as they would need to serve for marketing purposes.

What inspired the interior design of the project? 

We started with the idea New York City and the Great Gatsby, inspired by our client’s love of art deco and being a Shoreditch sky scraper, it really was London’s answer to New York! The view is like no other in a tall building in London, you really can see an entire London cityscape, North, South, East and West, completely panoramic! So of course, if one thinks Gatsby design, they think retro Gatsby scales and we wanted to have this as a feature in the master bedroom headboard but how we could incorporate that in a modern sky scraper in East London was a challenge, to go all out art deco wouldn’t be right and it very much had to be a modern interpretation. Then on a trip to South of France, we were inspired by the all-round arches of the Pont Du Gard bridge near Nimes and felt by rounding off the Gatesby scales into arches, it gave the more modern look we were after! From there the design flowed, mixing modern, art-deco inspired loft with edgy Shoreditch penthouse.

What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?

Builders! Once the client had seen the fabulous CGIs and 360 degree walk through we had produced on our virtual reality goggles, he wanted the project complete as soon as possible. The challenge, however, was the main contractor who was struggling to finish the building so they could handover to the client and in turn to ourselves. We ended up having to work around the contractors which had impacts on snagging, the number of people on site and of course damage to our very expensive FF&E. However, at Angel O’Donnell, we take the view that there is no such word as “can’t” and everything is resolvable, so we put in some long shifts finishing at gone 1am to get the project finished and meet the client’s high expectations.

What was your team’s highlight of the project?

The comparison between the CGIs and the real thing! The CGIs were so realistic, it was easy to think that they were actual photographs, and when wearing the goggles, to believe you were in the actual apartment! Everyone was thrilled with the result and Intermarketing were able to add finesse to the visualisations that you just wouldn’t achieve from a typical render.

Why did you enter the SBID Awards?

Between Ed O’Donnell and myself, we’ve got 20 years’ experience within the design and real estate industry but always working for others. Having established Angel O’Donnell only a year ago, we wanted to enter an awards where just being shortlisted would be a huge honour and provide us with industry recognition of our own. We never imagined that in this short space of time we would be recognised for our talent and being shortlisted (let alone actually winning!) is testament to the hard work and long hours we’ve been putting in over the last 12 months!

Questions answered by Richard Angel, Co-Founder of Angel O’Donnell

If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring the SBID Awards’ Overall Winner 2019 with the non-invasive and nature-inspired property in Mexico, click here to see more.

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Project of the Week

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features a prestigious residential property in the heart of Mayfair with the restoration of a grade II listed townhouse in one of London’s most illustrious addresses for the rental market. Working in close collaboration with Schiller Beynon Interior Design, Shape London, and Cumming Corporation, Portview applied their artisan skills in craftsmanship to uncover a plethora of classical, period features that complement the chic, contemporary interior. Spread over five floors, the spacious property is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city living, with large, expansive rooms that boast opulent ceilings and ample natural light. Positioned just 0.1 miles from Hyde Park and 0.6 miles from Bond Street, the property offers the city’s most popular leisure destinations just around the corner.

Sector: Residential Design

Company: Portview Fit Out Specialists

Project: Mayfair Townhouse Restoration

Location: London, United Kingdom

What was the client’s brief? 

The brief was to inject the house with a new lease of life by restoring the beautiful period features throughout the property and combine them with new, premium quality finishes and a contemporary colour palette. Essentially, our task was to mix the old with the new to create a very understated, yet luxurious interior that is compatible with modern living.

What inspired the interior design of the project? 

As this was a residential refurbishment for the rental market, we used our experience in restoring listed properties to deliver an interior that retained its historical integrity to uncover and develop period features into a number of unique selling points.

The house comprises of two reception rooms, a large dining room, and a ground floor drawing room that is located just off the main entrance hall where a stunning console table made of marble, metal and painted wood, awaits. The vestibule area on the first floor – dressed minimally with beautiful basket weave oak flooring – is particularly impressive as an ideal space for entertaining guests.

The master bedroom occupies the second floor and benefits from a separate dressing room and marble clad bathroom that has been finished with a bronze trim and matching brassware. An additional three bedrooms are located on the third floor, each tastefully dressed to the same exacting standard.

From top to bottom, elements of surprise await guests at every level. A great example of this is a roof terrace which boasts stunning views of the surrounding area, ideal for relaxing in the sunshine or socialising casually with friends.

For the lower ground floor, a further bedroom (and bathroom) can be found. In addition, the family kitchen offers a more informal dining space and features a rear, private entrance via the patio garden.

What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?

Working with a listed building presents a number of unique challenges. In this case our biggest challenge was the grand nineteenth century staircase, which was actually installed in the mid-1800s from another building. To make it structurally sound, we had to work closely with our engineers and the listed building officer to position the staircase in the correct place, level it out and make it fit for purpose.

In addition, the basement comprised of a lot of small, tiny rooms that needed to be opened out to create more classically proportioned spaces that are in keeping with the architectural style of the building.

What was your team’s highlight of the project?

The transformation has really been quite remarkable and it’s all largely down to the great relationships we have with our project partners. The Portview team work tirelessly to ensure every detail is carefully considered and that every finish is crafted to the highest standard. The biggest highlight by far is the fact that we exceeded the client’s expectations and that they are very happy with the finished look.

Questions answered by Simon Campbell, Managing Director at Portview

If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring Discovery’s new, inspiring and 5-star green rated head office which stands as an architectural landmark in South Africa, click here to see more.

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Portview Fit Out

Portview Fit Out residential design project images for SBID interior design blog, Project of the Week
Portview Fit Out residential design project images for SBID interior design blog, Project of the Week
Portview Fit Out residential design project images for SBID interior design blog, Project of the Week
Portview Fit Out residential design project images for SBID interior design blog, Project of the Week
Portview Fit Out residential design project images for SBID interior design blog, Project of the Week
Portview Fit Out residential design project images for SBID interior design blog, Project of the Week

Project of the Week

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features a harmonious blend of artistic, Oriental concepts with modern design. The environment, light and temperament of the space was designed to imbue occupants with a sense of calmness. Elegant materials set the tone while the design strives for simplicity with an undercurrent of Oriental influences. The furnishings are also simple in style, their lightness, outline and clean lines of the interior scheme achieves a perfect balance. The pure colours, rustic materials and changes in light and shadow are unique, graceful and restrained throughout. Together they combine a modern design language with traditional culture, infusing the Oriental artistry with the minimal aesthetics.

Sector: Show Flats & Developments Design

Company: INNEST Interior Design

Project: Foshan Green Island Lake Villa

Location: Foshan, China

What was the client’s brief? 

This project was designed for our client, YANGO Group. Established in 1995 in Fuzhou city, Fujian Province, China, YANGO has now become the top 500 enterprises in the world, providing services in real estate, business operation and property management. It has now set up more than 30 branch offices around China.

What inspired the interior design of the project? 

As designers, we think to convey a cultural temperament through a space is necessary for interior design. Every era has its own design language. This particular project brings an oriental artistic conception into each room with unique design techniques so as to enable more people to enjoy its artistic atmosphere, which us designers hope can also exert positive influence on the next generation with a nod to the heritage which inspires it.

What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?

Integrating all the design concepts we developed for the space to convey the right tone and impression for the interior. As the images demonstrate, in the shape of modernity, the project portrays Oriental connotations, integrates elements of nature and architecture, as well as cultivate an atmosphere of tranquillity and prosperity. With history and culture reflected in the details, it emphasises the simplicity and low-key oriental luxury. The overall space conveys a subtle and restrained temperament. The project also uses the changing natural light and shade in the space to achieve a balance between oriental perception and fashion.

What was your team’s highlight of the project?

The environment, light and temperament of the interior creates a supreme sense of calmness and underlying luxury. The materials used create the luxurious temperament of the space while the overall design strives for simplicity. Furnishings, which are also simple in style and structure to complement the minimal aesthetic, are placed in careful alignment together to create synergy; with amiable styling and the integration of oriental design features, we achieved a good balance so this is a key highlight for us.

Why did you enter the SBID International Design Awards?

To share our design concept with others around the world in the interior design industry and to better improve ourselves.

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