Celebrating its 7th anniversary this year, 1508 London is an outstanding multidisciplinary design practice. With a team of over 40 talented individuals from around the world, they work collaboratively to create the most remarkable interiors and architecture. To date, 1508 has completed over 35 projects, with a combined GDV in excess of £226m, in more than 10 countries across the globe.
1508 London brings together some of the industry’s most forward-thinking and creative minds. The diverse and talented team are the DNA of 1508 London, which is a design collective led by four partners – Louise Wicksteed and Ben Johnson, Creative Directors; Hamish Brown, Sales & Marketing Director; and Shona Patel, Development Director.
Creating exceptional interior spaces, the designs 1508 London produce are not formulaic or style driven but are derived from measured principles. The team don’t simply respond to the client’s brief but interpret their personality, the character of the property and its history and surroundings, and weave these elements together into a compelling design. The 1508 house principles are at the core of every scheme, resulting in a unique project portfolio of interiors with unparalleled detail and style. They share one of their grand projects with The LuxPad below…
Project Name: Project Sinatra
Project Time Taken: We began the design process in September 2011 and it was completed July 2015.
1508 London were asked to develop two Georgian townhouses at a prestigious address near Hyde Park in London. They had previously been joined together but 1508 were tasked with converting them from offices into 7 luxury apartments.
The brief was to create very contemporary apartments but respect the classical language and details of the buildings’ heritage. Each space was a different size, meaning that the finished apartments each had its own unique layout from a small duplex which includes ground and lower ground to a penthouse apartment on the 5th floor and a large duplex which as the largest space includes 4 bedrooms and the addition of a snug, cinema, gym, spa facilities and wine store.
The client wanted to ensure that we created a family environment, which meant making larger family sized kitchens and dining spaces particularly for the Lateral apartments.
Creation / planning process
As the building is Grade 2* listed, the façade had to remain relatively unchanged, and internally there was an original staircase between the ground and first floor that had to be retained but it was able to create a beautiful feature for the entrance hall.
The rest of the building had been stripped of any original features in the previous development. It used to be used as offices, and the two original town houses had been knocked through so in terms of interior layouts it gave us a large amount of creative freedom.
Favorite room / part of the project and why?
It would have to be the entrance hallway and staircase in the ground floor duplex. This space best embodies the concept behind the project – a modern interpretation of panelling sits away from the wall and classical architectural details show a clear distinction between classical design and any contemporary insertions.
The monolithic block of stone used to anchor the staircase slices through the floors like a modern piece of sculpture demonstrating a clear modern element that has been added within a classical building
Any issues / problems you had to overcome during the project?
As the buildings had previously been used for offices – each one was a different size and we therefore had to really consider each space to bring out the best in terms of layout, function and design for the individual apartments.
It always takes more careful consideration when trying to balance the classical with the modern especially when adapting it for 7 different spaces however 1508 London has an exceptionally skilled team with many years of experience working on properties where classical details need to be restored so this did not present any issues.