Kia Designs has been creating unique homes for nearly 9 years. Offering clients a complete design service, from initial concept through to a fully finished home their expertise lies in all aspects of interior design, interior architecture and furniture design. Run by Kia Stanford, they work on creating homes here in the UK working with clients both based here and overseas, and they also work on projects abroad. Kia Designs share a Mid-Century Penthouse interior project with The LuxPad below…
Project Name: Mid-Century Penthouse N7
Floor Area: 900 ft squared
Project Time Taken: 3 months
Completion of Project: July 2017
To decorate and refurbish a newly purchased, listed 2 bedroom flat in a converted Post Office building, the landmark Beaux Arts building. The design would incorporate the client’s taste for mid-century modern interior design, infused with loft-style industrial touches to keep the look modern and emphasise the beautiful height and airy feel of the property.
The designs would focus on carefully selected furniture to create an organic, rather than a curated feel throughout the flat, with soft lines and interjections of colour from furs and fabrics to soften the harder lines of the industrial pieces of design.
The outside space will be brought in, with the use of plants and foliage, whilst living would be extended to the outside terraces by creating a space that is welcoming and user friendly, ideal for larger gatherings and summer evenings.
Creation / Planning process
As the client would not often be in the property, the design needed to be low maintenance, stylish and designed, without looking too of the moment, with the risk of becoming dated.
The previous style was bland but functional so the idea was to give back some character to the space and combine industrial soft living with the client’s love of mid-century furniture, creating a mid-century penthouse interior for today.
In the bathroom we created an industrial feel through the dark towel rail and slightly rustic wooden unit, with clean white lines across the walls using timeless Metro tiles, with a little fun injected into the design with the novel toilet roll wall storage. Our client was very tall so by switching the toilet and shower positioning, we were able to provide the client with a much more generous showering space.
We tried to save on costs by not changing the kitchen and we re-sanded the parquet flooring to remove the yellow 90s tint and exposed the beautiful natural wood finish.
Favourite room / part of the project and why?
One of our favourite parts of the project is the staircase because, as mentioned, the change has been huge. It has been completely transformed by the contrasting soft pink and bold blue, which bring in fun and excitement to what could potentially be a forgotten area. It is now an exciting section of the apartment in its own right.
We also probably say the terrace. It was a previously unloved space and now it is welcoming, with the option of cooking and dining outside and offers many different seating spaces to look out at the amazing views of London.
Any issues / problems you had to overcome during the project?
It had previously been a Post Office building, which was converted into flats. It was a very bland conversion from the early 90s and as it was not previously a residence, it was the case of trying to insert character into the space. The apartment was a penthouse, so was very lofty; we wanted to emphasise that feeling so we put in the crittall window. The client loved the mid-century penthouse interior style so we chose a mix of vintage and new pieces for his home.