London based interior design company Maisha Design is headed by Almas Shamsee. As Creative Director Almas brings together her unique combination of expertise in all aspects of the design process which enables her and her team to provide a truly exceptional service. Offering a full design service which encompasses everything from initial concept to instruction and supervision of builders through to finishing touches, Maisha Design is renowned for timelessly elegant and luxurious designs for both residential and commercial projects. Almas Shamsee shares one of the practice’s most recent London projects with The LuxPad…
Project name: Butlers Wharf riverside apartment
Floor Area: 1250sqft
Project time taken: 8 months
Completion of Project: August 2016
Our clients’ Thames riverside three bedroom lateral appartment is situated in the famous and listed Butlers Wharf building. It is a stunning warehouse conversion with beautiful exposed brick and characteristic cast iron windows. Situated on the third floor it has a stunning view of Tower Bridge, which is just 200 metres away, and provides the perfect backdrop for a stunning interior design.
Our clients wanted a London home for entertaining their friends and guests – a space that was exciting and spectacular where they could stay and be very comfortable. The project took one year to complete and included a full reconfiguration of the floor plan, electrical plan and bespoke furniture and finishes.
What was the creation / planning process?
The internal floorplan needed some reorganisation for better flow and to allow light from the riverside end of the apartment to reach the darker Shad Thames end of the apartment where the bedrooms are. Working with the relevant planning as the building is Grade 2 listed we achieved all we had hoped to and have given a feeling of space and openness to the apartment.
How did the project go?
The vision for the design was to create an elegant and comfortable space with luxurious touches and a spectacular bar for when entertaining. The floor and lighting plan was redesigned to allow more open spaces and more light to fill the flat, as the ceilings were low and the original design left the flat felling dark and claustrophobic. We used recessed wall radiators throughout the apartment to ensure a clean and sleek finish. The sitting area is highlighted with rich burgundies and creams, with smoked glass and dark wood accents, while the bedrooms have distinctive pops of colour and pattern – each with bespoke joinery and individual upholstery. Each area throughout has its own theme yet is connected to one another through its beautiful custom-made furniture and running brass and smoked glass theme. It was very important to us that each element in the design followed a subtle continuity.
Overall, we concentrated on a design that allows more light to shine through the apartment to eradicate the dark corridor-like feeling. The double doors of the middle bedroom were removed and replaced with a fixed glass panel to allow light from the riverside end of the flat to flow down the hallway and lighten the middle guest twin bedroom. This creates a new focal point in the apartment and has transformed a dark and claustrophobic area to a welcoming and light flooded space.
What was your favourite room or part of the project and why?
For me and our client the favourite feature was definitely the spectacular illuminated Alabaster bar. It was handcrafted by Atelier Alain Ellouz and was carefully designed to fit perfectly into the panelled wall. This requested feature adds to the overall design elevating the apartment to a higher sense of luxury. We designed the bespoke bar with tailored panels on each side, framing both the bar and pocket doors to the kitchen. This ensured that the main focus of the living area is the alabaster, which is simply stunning and deserves to be celebrated in this way.
As a designer the highest form of approval is of course the one of our clients, who were delighted and quite emotional when we took them to see their new flat for the first time and told us that they had never imagined the flat could look as beautiful as it does.
Were there any issues or problems you encountered during the project?
The only issues we came across were the listed building consents but we worked with the relevant department and explained fully the reason for the change of layout and why it should be done.