Our current refurbishment of a large, period mansion block flat in the heart of Knightsbridge, incorporates key elements of the deco style through use of exotic woods, geometric motifs and strong vertical lines, but toned down with added softer, more modern silhouettes and furnishings and state of the art technology and materials. The result will be a stately and timeless home with distinctive drama and elegance.
Pocket doors in bold smoked oak, with inset chrome flush pull handles, slide away to reveal unimpeded views throughout the entire flat and allow the client to really open up and make the most of the floorspace. The skirting, in tulipwood, allows for a smoother finish, as the fine grained texture rarely results in knots and burls. The skirting is also higher than usual, making the most of the generous ceiling heights and balancing nicely with the stepped cornicing, reclaiming the room’s original, grander, proportions. Likewise the plaster architraves are all generously deep and create framed vistas throughout.
In the bathrooms ceramic tiles create bold mosaics in geometric motifs on the floors. Contemporary moulded basins are paired with hexagonal mixer taps. Marble lines the walls and all fixtures and fittings are in chrome. In the master suite a feature, back-lit, slab of translucent onyx creates the most luxurious of statements.
The kitchen area is more focused on the 21st century, with a clean, scandinavian feel. A large marble-topped Roundhouse kitchen in Farrow and Ball chalk paint with contrasting bronze fixtures, is the focus of the room. Handleless cupboards, mitered edges and state-of-the-art appliances combine symmetry and balance with a high level of comfort and technical innovation. Key philosophies of the art deco movement. Nods to deco are introduced through the mirrored splashback, which adds glamour and light, and through the hexagonal floor tiles, which cascade spectacularly into the wooden floor in the dining area.