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In the words of its owner, this home is designed to be inviting, somewhere to linger in, and it is an aura he has created inside and out. Be it in the sitting room or out on the adjoining roof terrace (to the left in this photograph), furniture, fabric, ornaments and plants knit together seamlessly. The result is the blueprint for the whole apartment. Symmetry is paramount in a garden, says the owner. Colours and textures should echo one another and that’s what I’ve tried to do throughout the apartment.
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The apartment is set within a converted office block, but all evidence of its original use disappears as soon as you step into the small entrance hall that leads immediately into the open-plan space that serves as sitting and dining rooms and the kitchen. I bought the property from a developer, the owner explains, and I havent done a lot to it structurally, apart from knocking down the wall in the sitting room to create a larger space.
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Cool, silver hues and natural textures bring the outside into the flat, where a mix of bespoke pieces of furniture sit with older things brought from previous homes.
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The owner's love of architectural symmetry and natural materials is clear as you stand looking out at the roof terrace. Using blocks of birch wood, he designed the stacked columns to hold a pair of Art Deco lamp bases he is particularly fond of. The same design recurs in the base of the coffee table outside. A vast slab of marble was used to make the dining table, the kitchen worktop and a large table (not seen) on the roof terrace.
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The roof terrace has been designed to look and work as a comfortable garden sitting room, with a huge marble-topped table at one end for outdoor dining. The sofas and cushions are all covered in all-weather fabric so they can be used as much as possible, and the owner makes sure that the over-sized plant pots are always planted up with seasonal flowers, so the colour scheme is constantly changing.
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The open-plan kitchen was already in situ when the owner bought this converted industrial space, but he has customised it with the marble worktop. He also lined the cupboards and splashwalls with mirrored glass, to create a luxurious feel and to bounce yet more light around the whole space.
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Glass in all its forms helps turn the tiny room into a light and airy tardis, from the privacy-inducing smoked-glass pocket door and the startling transparency of the glass shower enclosure, to the shiny mirrored walls in place of tiles.
The concrete basin stand was specially made from poured concrete, to look like an abstract sculpture.
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