September is always a month dominated by talk of fashion, from all the SS catwalk shows held around the globe from New York to London, to the new season autumn winter styles hitting the high streets. Reminders that fashion inspires interiors too is also in abundance at the start of this season, from new collection launches by our favourite fashion designers for the home, to an influx of luxury property developers are partnering with interior designers that have taken their inspiration from the fashion industry.
An important part of the lives of many luxury property purchases, many clients want to see fashion translated into their homes too. Utilising inspiration from classic London tailoring to iconic Alexander McQueen scarves, Paul Smith stripes to incorporating large wardrobes that can accommodate even the most extensive fashion and accessories collections, homes and fashion continue to be intrinsically linked. The LuxPad takes a closer look at some of the latest homes that are as beautiful as the clothes that will be modelled on the catwalk at this year’s fashion weeks below…
One Tower Bridge – Inspired by Britain’s Greatest Fashion Designers
Developer: Berkeley Homes
Pricing: Prices for a one-bedroom apartment start from £1,450,000
A show apartment with links to fashion and tailoring has been unveiled at One Tower Bridge – a landmark development by Berkeley Homes. Located at the foot of Tower Bridge, the development benefits from uninterrupted views of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Tower of London.
Inspired by quintessentially British brands, the stylish three-bedroom apartment has been designed by interiors specialists, Johnson Ribolla, and combines classic craftsmanship with contemporary luxury design. Each bedroom is designed to resonate with three renowned British fashion designers: the Burberry master bedroom uses a sophisticated palette of the iconic ivory, beige and grey; the Paul Smith features a colourful striped headboard; and the Alexander McQueen room displays the fashion house’s exquisite hand painted silk scarves framed on the wall.
Set against a lustre palette, the kitchen and entertaining space feature Saville Row inspired soft furnishings including ‘Saville Suiting’ wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries and bespoke cushions with tailored detailing including soft leather and button work.
Giacomo Ribolla of Johnson Ribolla, commented:
“We chose to go for a Best of British theme to tie into the iconic historical location of One Tower Bridge. As part of this, we settled on fashion-inspired interiors because fashion is something which Britain does exceptionally well and because it can be easily translated into interior design in a way which truly brings it to life.
We looked at each designer in a completely different and individual way according to the room type. Burberry we approached from a more traditional viewpoint as this was the master bedroom. We looked at the products that Burberry is famous for – such as trench coats, scarves and bags – and based the design around key elements from these items.
The Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen bedrooms have been designed for younger members of the family so they take on a more contemporary design as a result. Paul Smith is targeted towards the male collection, with a particular focus on the brand’s accessories where colours are mixed with a much more traditional palette. The Alexander McQueen design was more challenging as his style changes the most. It is the brand’s attention to detail and exceptionally high quality of materials that are the true hallmarks of all the collections, so we ensured we selected fabrics and furniture that would reflect this.”
Clarges Mayfair – Influenced by Classic British Tailoring
Developer: British Land
Clarges Mayfair is a landmark new development by British Land in the heart of Mayfair, close to Bond Street and overlooking Green Park and Buckingham Palace. The super-prime residential-led scheme comprises 34 premium residences prominently located on London’s Piccadilly. The inspiration and thought behind today’s super prime Mayfair developments interiors all relate to craftsmanship, with several references to the Mayfair and St James’s manufacturing and tailoring heritage and the historic Devonshire, Norfolk and Ashburton family homes and the Portland Stone.
Squire + Partners, the architect, took inspiration from the ‘Picadil’ ruff collar (Robert Baker), and the bark of the plain trees found in Green Park with references to this in the metalwork of the balconies. Meanwhile the prestigious art work and gates to the development are a take on the ‘picadil’ ruffled collar.
In the apartments, interior design firm Martin Kemp Design has accommodated electric power in all wardrobes to allow for amenities such as fur fridges and cosmetic fridges, which are designed to keep garments and products at the optimum temperature. Martin Kemp and his team put residents’ needs at the forefront of their designs, ensuring each detail has a purpose and offers flexibility, as clients have many unique requirements and preferences for their wardrobes.
Lead interior designer for Clarges Mayfair, Martin Kemp, of Martin Kemp Design, comments:
“The interior detail at Clarges Mayfair draws on the heritage of the area and pays homage to the traditional skills and beautiful craftsmanship of tailoring, watchmaking and expert manufacturing that is synonymous with Mayfair. Our stylistic inspirations came from fashion, industry, style, geography and location.
This manifests itself in the design and attention to detail from entrance doors, through to the tight knit upholstery, and rich luxurious fabrics and detailing in the carpet in the main reception and circulation spaces.
Welcoming the neighbourhood back into the building, we have designed a series of Art Deco lift doors, using embossed metals, depicting a map of Mayfair as the main pattern. The result is as intricate as a tailored textile; informed by the tailoring traditions of Mayfair. “
Chiltern Place, Marylebone – Inspired by Local Architecture and Fashion
Developer: Ronson Capital Partners
Pricing: Prices start from £1.95m for a one bedroom apartment
Designed by world-renowned PLP Architecture and interiors by fashion-trained designer, Tomasz Starzewski and high-end design firms, Spinocchia Freund and Morpheus, Chiltern Place is set in the heart of Marylebone village and has had fantastic sales success with British-based buyers. Tomasz Starzewski is famed for designing fashion items and interiors for Royals and Duchesses and this is the first time he’s designed a residential scheme. The development spans 16 storeys and comprises 55 high quality apartments and a four-bedroom townhouse.
The unrivalled location ensures exemplary views of the London skyline including Regents Park to the North, Mayfair to the South and the City to the East. Chiltern Place is positioned on the corner of Chiltern Street and Paddington Street, where the charming Marylebone village is renowned for its lively café culture, specialist independent shops, designer boutiques and popular high street brands. Michelin-starred eateries and fine dining restaurants such as Trishna and Chiltern Firehouse are within a few minutes’ walk.
The contemporary building has been designed to complement the architectural heritage of the area. The development takes inspiration from the established character of the Marylebone neighbourhood with the use of carefully selected materials such as hand-set terracotta and a bronze façade. Designed to maximise natural light and views, all the apartments have ceiling heights of 2.75m and floor to ceiling glazing.
Tomasz Starzewski, Managing Director, Tomasz Starzewksi:
“My father was an architect and my mother was in the fashion industry – both worlds played a huge part in my creative education. As a fashion designer, I have always considered myself as a constructionist and colour blocking has been one of my favourite design details; this can be very clearly seen in the entrance lobby. In both fashion and interiors I’ve never been known to use prints in any design, only bespoke hand designed details.
In the show flat you can see the same treatments used on curtains and beds that was done in the couture workroom, the only thing that changed was the scale from a dress to a curtain drop.”