Natalia Miyar has long-championed a bold and joyful approach to interiors, eschewing minimalism in favour of earthy glamour. She chooses rich colors, warm textural layering and contrasting graphic patterns for maximum impact. As an architect, Natalia developed a passion for materiality which has now translated into a signature aspect of her eponymously named atelier’s design style. Layered fabrics, exquisite finishes, beautifully crafted objects and wallcoverings are used to create depth. Favorite textures include rich cut-velvets for upholstery, deeply grained woods, hammered metallics, vintage mirroring, colored marble, lustrous gemstone finishes and raffia wall coverings. The LuxPad delves into one of the designer’s favourite interiors simply named ‘The Textured Project’…
Located in the Kensington neighbourhood between High Street Kensington and Notting Hill, Natalia Miyar Atelier were instructed to completely redesign the 4250sqft property for the avid collector who loves to travel. They wanted a home which felt unequivocally like London today with myriad influences and styles which work harmoniously together. Natalia Miyar Atelier projects express a high note of everyday beauty; a glamour that is tactile and immersive whilst being deeply comfortable and easy to live with making them the perfect choice for the task.
All of the atelier’s projects express a high note of everyday beauty; a glamour that is tactile and immersive whilst being deeply comfortable and easy to live with. The apartment itself was contemporary and it was the firm’s aim to add softness and warmth to create a comfortable family home. Part of the Vicarage Gate House development, which consists of 13 apartments designed by architect Eric Parry Architects, the beautiful architectural details provided an elegant backdrop to the space. With the foundations of building already expertly designed, Natalia Miyar Atelier turned their attention to the interior and used the layering of textures and materials to enhance comfort and give new depths to the sleek, modern architectural lines.
Key elements used to achieve the glamorous, textural interior look was the specially-commissioned furniture made from bronze, timber, liquid metal, gesso and parchment which juxtaposed with the vintage pieces also seen throughout the space. Natalia then utilized 19th-century accessories combined with contemporary craft by young British makers working in glass, ceramics, concrete, metal, an area of the industry the designer loves to feature and support where ever possible.
Another key highlight of the project is the bespoke joinery piece in the living area, which was made from cold cast metal and rustic timber to showcase a collection of contemporary artwork. To Natalia this piece encapsulated the concept behind the whole design of the apartment, which was a combination of tactile materials with contrasting textures interspersed with striking artworks. The rich blue sofa also instantly catches the eye and was Hockney inspired with cocooning proportions and upholstered in a glamorous velvet. Despite the curved shape and form, its lines are slick and contemporary, in keeping with the modern feel for the apartment’s interior.
The apartment is a space that combines glamour with comfort, the use of contrasting textures and patterns feels individual and creates a one-of-a-kind home. The apartment has a rich palette filled with pattern and textural layering, which still manages to come together to feel soothing and harmonious. Although there is very few plain materials throughout, it feels calm rather than frenetic. Harmonious colors ground the vibrant fine art, whilst walls papered in linen, silk and herringbone and furniture in velvets, linens, patterned silks, mohair and embroidered raffia emphasize the tactile nature of the home.
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