Maisha Design is a London-based interior design practice headed by founder & creative director Almas Shamsee. Renowned for their timelessly elegant and luxurious design solutions, Maisha Design work on both residential and commercial projects largely in the country’s capital. Priding themselves in offering a complete design service to their clients, Maisha Design’s projects encompass everything from initial concept to the finishing touches so clients only need open the door and settle into their transformed home. Almas shares ones of Maisha Design’s most recent projects with The LuxPad…
Project name: Concordia Wharf riverside apartment, Tower Bridge, London SE1
Floor Area: 950 sqft
Project time taken: 3 months
Completion of Project: December 2016
Our client’s brief was to redesign and reconfigure a large fully open plan studio apartment to create a more functional space with areas that could be partitioned off for privacy without compromising on the open plan feeling of the space. In addition, he asked that we maintain an element of the industrial warehouse feel in keeping with the unique character of the building. Maisha Design also had to provide a neutral enough backdrop to house the client’s eclectic collection of artwork and accessories. As part of the project we had to obtain all the necessary listed building consents from the council.
What was the creation / planning process?
The starting point for our design involved the internal reconfiguration of the apartment. The original layout was a large studio with a bathroom and kitchen in one corner and the only source of light, two windows and a balcony, on the other end overlooking a dock. Our reconfiguration saw the creation of two ‘rooms’ and an additional ensuite bathroom along the back wall of the apartment. For the ‘rooms’, a study/guest bedroom and master bedroom, we created large openings with sliding timber and steel doors. This allows for the spaces to be closed off for privacy without compromising on the feeling of the open-plan space when pulled back.
Great attention was paid in designing the bespoke sliding doors made of painted reclaimed wood and steel. We used an industrial-looking visible sliding mechanism and edgy handles from Buster and Punch to maintain the warehouse feel. The kitchen is housed in the middle of the large living area where a large island clad in polished concrete with low hanging pendants from Mullan Lighting creates a focal point. Continuing with the industrial theme, all the electrical wiring is housed in steel pipes and conduits which run along the ceiling and exposed brick walls.
How did the project go?
Once building permissions were gained and the initial design layout approved the project took just three months from start to finish.
What was your favourite room or part of the project and why?
My favourite parts of the project are the theatre spot lights which work perfectly throughout this artist’s space in terms of the style and how they showcase his artwork collection like a gallery. I am also proud of the barn style doors on sliding hinges that also are true to the building’s warehouse origins which were built with reclaimed wood and stained to look old. The finished project provides a perfect backdrop for our client’s colourful and eclectic art (much of which he has painted himself) and furniture and accessories accumulated from his travels around the world.
Were there any issues or problems you encountered during the project?
Getting the layout and the pipework for the bathrooms was the trickiest part of this project. Water sprinklers had to be fitted to allow this new layout to meet building regulations. Once these were sited the project ran smoothly to budget and on time.