Formed over 14 years ago, the Katharine Pooley design studio is one of the most sought after firms in the world with a host of luxury clients and projects to prove it. This particular project is one of the studio’s most recent completions. At the edge of Hyde Park, this apartment offers panoramic views of the green space and was originally designed by architect Septimius Warwick in 1937 in classic Art Deco Style. Containing two bedrooms, an open plan living/dining area and a small kitchen, the client wanted it to be completely stripped back and renovated but the original spark of the property kept in place. The LuxPad unearths the modern art deco design of the new interior…
The key focus areas for the client was their love of entertaining, their bespoke art collection and their jet set lifestyle, which the new design needed to incorporate. Impressive luxury that played on the Art Deco nature of the property was chosen as the main theme to be infused throughout. Modern Art Deco design was created using inlaid bronze detailing, classic Italian marbles and high gloss woods to form a sleek and sophisticated look, juxtaposed with fabrics and embellishments with delicate hand embroidery details.
The client wanted a bar in the open plan space to make the most of entertaining in the apartment but still wanted to retain an intimate feel for film watching. To accommodate these two desires they formed a plush seating area near the 75” TV which is also part of a larger seating plan with occasional chairs to sit 17 people. The new bar area was then created to hold 50 people standing. The dining room also needed to retain a separate feel so the table could be set and cleared out of sight. To achieve this a bespoke semi-permanent partition was made to close off the dining room. The folding screens were crafted by a specialist metal and eglomise craftsman and fulfilled the client’s desire for bling – with opulent polished brass and gilding.
The screens were one of the most difficult aspects to install and needed to be lifted in via crane through the window. The effort was more than worth the trouble however and the screens added drama, mystery and intrigue for the guests being wined and dined in the apartment. Another key aspect of the design was the client’s love of art. The formal living section is dominated by an art piece Katharine Pooley specially commissioned from Brendan Stuart Burns which is a blast of colour for the largely tonal colour palette. A Lorenzo sculpture and two antique silk prints found in India also join the art on display in the home which the modern Art Deco design has been sculpted around.
As with any project there were a few restrictions that had to be traversed. Sound restrictions in the building were high and Katharine Pooley had to complete extensive research on ditramatting and employ numerous sound engineers to find suitable sound blocking flooring which didn’t involve adding a step up. The building’s strict rules on working times on the site were restricted to just four hours a day for noisy work. This meant the programmed had to extend longer than expected. The studio, used to the unusual restrictions on high-end sites, took this in their stride and after completion were able to hand the keys back to the client with their dream home inside.
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