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The Design Brief
The property had not been touched for many years, but the client wanted to inject some sophistication and comfort. All in building that was not originally intended for comfort. The first thing the designers considered was how this building would be used as a home. It was critical that they retained the existing wall arrangements, the staircases and the finishes. It was important to ensure a natural evolution of the property. They have said that exposing and regenerating finishes that have been there since the property was formed was extremely satisfying and incredibly enjoyable. Although time consuming!
But they also knew that they had to make some big changes to how the building was to be used in the 21st Century. Forming bedrooms with ensuites and kitchens with services was the biggest challenge. All the while not compromising the history of the building, as this was a key factor to the design authenticity.
Covering the length of Italy and further throughout Europe, the designers have sourced an assortment of antiques and contemporary, tailored furniture pieces. It was important to ensure that the spaces were dressed with a mixture of found pieces along with bespoke items. Acquiring these antiques took around 6 to 8 months, involving many early visit to markets and antique dealers. Lille road in Fulham also provided many of the pieces purchased. Alexander says “I loved the small desk we picked up which fitted so well in the property, it was just meant”.
Each of the 8 bedrooms maintain their own singular identity. Naturally sourced pastel colours blend seamlessly, providing a light, yet romantically dignified feel to compliment the magnificent views.
The end result is a timeless, rustic yet comfortable home, that feels as if it has been this way for many years. If not centuries. Which it has.
Design by Alexander Waterworth.