If it’s not enough to be inspired by top interior designers, why not move into a property they had a hand in designing? The Resident takes a look at the London developments with impressive interior design credentials, from Cavalli to Starzewski
Words: Fiona Brandhorst
Lead image: One Tower Bridge by Berkeley
At Fairwater House by St George at Chelsea Creek, the interiors arm of acclaimed Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli has transformed a one-bedroom show apartment with fabrics and accessories sourced and produced in Italy. Luxurious velvets and silks reminiscent of the catwalk are teamed with glass and metalwork designs to woo buyers. Apartments are priced from £890,000.
Designer Daniel Hopwood took some artistic risks when he was asked by Mount Anvil to design its vast three bedroom penthouse across the top four floors of the 31-storey Dollar Bay tower in the Docklands.
‘I imagined the owner to be a high achiever – someone who revels in being daring,’ reveals Hopwood. ‘The architecture is impressive and forward-thinking, so the interiors needed to live up to it.’
Rich golds, teal tones and the occasional kiss of ruby red reflect success and warmth. ‘The interiors contrast old and new, raw and polished to give each room a dimension,’ adds Hopwood. With uninterrupted views of the London skyline and docks below, the property includes two-storey winter gardens and is priced at £3.2m.
Coloured leather is on the rise, a nod to the smoking rooms of old. At One Tower Bridge, the latest show home features distressed olive green leather. And expect a lot more faux fur in 2018 to follow the trends of the fashion houses like Gucci.
London’s landmark residential developments certainly share the wow factor: marble is everywhere. A penthouse at The Heron in the city is currently on the market for £13.5m where polished Sahara Noir marble is the focus for floors with smokey quartz and black granite in the master bathroom.
Expect a lot more faux fur in 2018 to follow the trends of the fashion houses like Gucci
Lisa Ronson, Commercial Director at Ronson Capital Partners, The Heron’s developer, also heads up her own interior design company. ‘This year it’s all about creating originality, mixing vintage and one-off bespoke pieces,’ says Ronson.
Colourful prints from photographers such as Slim Aarons, who captured the private homes of the celebrity jet-set from the 1950s, are an affordable way of injecting life and interest she suggests.
At Chiltern Place in Marylebone Village where the remaining apartments are priced from £2m, Ronson is showcasing the work of fashion guru turned interior designer Tomasz Starzewski and acclaimed interior expert Spinocchia Freund for the eclectic show apartments.
Communal areas are seen as an extension of living space for meeting guests so need outstanding curb appeal. At White City Living the residents’ lounge has an impressive sunken seating area with a fireplace at its centre reminiscent of a 1960s conversation sofa pit. Studio apartments are priced from £620,000.
Fashion guru turned interior designer Tomasz Starzewski and acclaimed interior expert Spinocchia Freund created the eclectic show apartments at Chiltern Place in Marylebone Village
A former £10-a-night hostel in Bayswater has been transformed into a collection of 10 luxury homes within a pair of stucco-fronted Grade II listed buildings on Inverness Terrace. Prices range from £2m for a two bedroom apartment to £4m for the three bedroom duplex penthouse on the market with Kay & Co and Knight Frank. Each apartment follows a different design to reflect the cosmopolitan village of Bayswater and retains many original features.
Knight Frank is also selling Leverton House, a classically fronted townhouse, renovated to create one large, turn-key five bedroom family home on the market for £9.75m.
The architecture and interior design by Echlin uses hand-crafted textiles and fabrics from artisans across the UK, while London-based Rachel Vosper has created the latest must-have – a ‘scentscape’ inspired by the flora of nearby Kensington Gardens to permeate throughout the home.