Founded by Andrea Milward and Alison Teverini, Milward Teverini is a London based interior design and interior architecture studio specialising in luxury residential projects for private clients, investors and property developers throughout the UK and abroad.
The talented studio has a wealth of experience and an established reputation for creating decadently elegant interiors. As well as designing beautiful schemes, they also offer a full design implementation service, dealing with interior architecture, space planning, kitchen and bathroom design and build and site co-ordination. Here they share one of their favourite projects from recent years…
Project name: Kensington Apartment
Floor Area: 2500 sqft.
Project time taken: 9 months
Completion of Project: Autumn 2017
The property is located in a prestigious development in Kensington but it had an extremely tired and dated 1990’s look throughout when we took the project on.
The design brief was to reflect that our clients although permanently based in the Far East, travel extensively throughout the world. They wanted to update their second home to give it an exclusive ‘boutique hotel’ look and a feel that was luxurious, classic and yet contemporary. Also, on a practical level the property needed to function as a comfortable home for use when they were in the UK.
What was the creation / planning process?
With this in mind, the space was completely redesigned providing two bathrooms, (one master en suite and one family) two bedrooms, a study/ third bedroom and also the kitchen was reconfigured to adjoin the living/dining room making best use of the flow around the space. The scheme would be complemented by bespoke joinery throughout to maximize the available storage. The apartment was then completely stripped out and renovated, resulting in a beautifully detailed and luxurious city pad with bespoke furniture pieces and finishes.
How did the project go?
To meet the brief and achieve the minimal lux look we felt was required, we wanted the essential bare bones of the scheme to be opulent but with the emphasis also being on the simplicity and beauty of the product.
Additionally we wanted to accentuate the theme of quality and craftsmanship, and this is echoed throughout the apartment, from its bespoke floors, silk rugs, handcrafted full height doors from floor to ceiling, joinery made with the finest figured veneers, and the stunning custom built bathrooms with exquisite marbles. Providing an elegant yet natural look.
We worked hard to ensure that the interior had some character and felt like a home. Overall we used some key materials that give a cohesive look through the scheme as a whole, however, we really wanted each room to still have an individual feel so we ensured that different colour palettes and slightly different looks were used in individual rooms to ensure this was the case. The owner constantly said he didn’t want a ‘cookie cutter’ scheme but something luxurious and unique to him that we feel we achieved.
What was your favorite room or part of the project and why?
For us the living room was our favourite room because of it features a simple use of a contrast colour with the inclusion of a bespoke armchair in a burnt orange. This acts as the perfect accent to the blue toned greys used on the walls. To further highlight this, we also commissioned London based artist Maria Luisa Hernandez to paint the oil painting hung in the dining room which includes a subtle use of orange and provides a unique focal point for the scheme. The huge antique glass mirror also provides a stunning feature and opens up the space, giving it a sense of depth and glamour.
Were there any issues or problems you encountered during the project?
In the hallway to solve the problem of this being a long dark corridor, we worked with a specialist company that provided the hand finished, beautiful pearlised polished plaster, which really reflects and lifts the available light, whilst being a striking contrast against the dark floor.
This finish was also used to great effect as a feature wall in the dining room area where the rich pearlised taupe colour was mixed exactly to match the Birgit Israel vintage 1950’s glass topped dining table.