Clever juxtaposition is the key to success in this London home. Beneath highly decorated, Victorian ceilings sits an array of mid-century and modern furniture, alongside the occasional antique added for good measure. ‘I wanted to modernise the space,’ says the owner of the listed property, ‘but I was conscious that it was a beautiful old building that needed to be preserved. Any changes would have to encompass both elements.’ The landing, seen here, serves as a dining space and a dance floor for parties.
Two earlier conversions meant there were rooms scattered over four levels, so the owner and architect restored the sitting room (seen here and next) and kitchen to full size, and moved the bedrooms to the top floors, reached via new a new staircase. Here in the sitting room, the owner created two focal seating areas – around the fireplace and the television (see next picture) – as he felt that putting the two together would create a distracting effect.
Vintage industrial clock
Andrew Nebbett Antiques
The sculptural forms in front of the window are double-sided stools designed by Alister Robinson, of FT2, who also worked as architect and designer on the house. The stools are made from brushed steel and squash balls and are meant to be picked up and used as shared seating, wherever needed, with the movable rubber balls as their upholstery.
Game sculpture/seat, architecture and design
FT2 Architects + Designers