London based design studio Kitesgrove were asked by the owners of a tired mansion block flat to transform it into a light-filled, elegant pied-à-terre. The clients’ brief was to revamp the apartment, to reinstate its original proportions, and to create an elegant, well flowing space. They were also tasked to incorporate the clients’ impressive art collection, source one-of-a-kind antiques and commission quality bespoke pieces. The result is stunning.
The starting point for the project was the reconfiguration of the flat, a complex programme of knocking down walls, switching layouts and restoring the grand proportions and original features of the apartment. Kitesgrove worked with architects Studio McLeod to remodel the space, ensuring the architectural beauty of the original building was allowed to sing. Extending into the loft, spaces were opened up to achieve a better flow between rooms and a feeling of refined grandeur.
The overall palette of the apartment is mainly neutral, not only to create a sense of calm but to allow Kitesgrove to layer the space with richer tones and textures, which took inspiration from the client’s art collection as well as the natural vistas and changing seasons seen through the vast bay windows.
Sitting Room Details
The ethereal pale faded pink of Atelier Ellis’ ‘Faded Blossom’ on the walls provides a calming backdrop for the grand proportions of the room. The Donegal Arts & Crafts rug attributed to Charles Voysey with vibrant jewel tones dictated the palette of the furniture in the room. The client has a keen interest in craft and antiques, and the rug in particular will be treasured for many years to come. Paintings from Chilean artist Nicolas Radic flank the fireplace and the 1960s pendant light comes from Sambataro.
Kitchen and Hallway Details
Continuing the neutral theme, the kitchen is a Teddy Edwards hand painted Shaker style kitchen with Joseph Giles dark bronze handles. The foundation of the white walls, Zellige tiles and the off-white cotton pendant light from Kalmar allow the blue floor stone from Artorius Faber to make a statement.
In the hallway, Kitesgrove extended into the loft space, resulting in an elegant double height hall with an impressive domed ceiling. The raw plaster finish and tiled floor makes a striking first impression and sets the tone for the rest of the apartment.
Master Bedroom Details
The master bedroom exudes comfort and elegance. The client’s own artwork was the inspiration – a portrait by Cuban artist Miguel Padura whose subject appears to be enjoying the bedroom’s vista. The designers wanted to emphasise the blue shades in the portrait and chose Dhongia’s Oasis wallcovering fabric in Sky as a backdrop for the room. The Durham headboard in collaboration with Ensemblier, and is upholstered in a coordinating dark blue Lelievre cotton velvet with Holland and Sherry wool piping.
Guest Bedroom Details
The joinery niche created for a Kingcome sofa bed in the Guest Bedroom was an effective way of utilising space, while providing a focal point to the room as well as a cosy library and seating corner to retreat to. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cromarty, a light green grey that brings a pared back atmospheric colour and softness to the room. The Durham headboard is upholstered in Guy Goodfellow fez weave in Cognac.
Design by Kitesgrove.