Carlton House Terrace
TG Studio were tasked to reimagine this 1970’s two bedroom apartment near Buckingham Palace in the heart of Central London for a Hong Kong based family. As their international base, their brief was to create a thoroughly British feel for the property – from the furniture and accessory selections to the finishes throughout. The end result is a stunning home away from home for a client who has it all. The apartment was completely stripped back to a bare shell before being reconfigured to suit modern life. A generous entrance foyer separates the entertaining and private spaces, with the two large bedrooms sharing a secluded study area in the hallway.
Previously separate rooms, the living and dining room were combined along with a bar area to create a large entertaining space for the family and their guests. Pieces from British brands such as Rothschild & Bickers and Julian Chichester were selected to furnish the room. A pair of Hurricane table lamps (designed by Thomas Griem) provide ambient light for the room whilst the hand blown glass pendants and brass clad sideboard sit opposite a beautiful leather feature wall, with niches to display various items from the client’s collections and plenty of concealed storage.
The entertaining space is equipped with a wine fridge and a fully stocked leather-clad bar with its design in hand-hammered studs facing out onto the main seating area. Behind the bar area the mottled-mirrored wall is broken up with solid brass bands to amplify the depth of the room, and create a point of interest through the use of a seemingly random yet rhythmic pattern. A pair of Alexander McQueen Monarch Cushions sit on the customised Flexform sofa. The original back sofa cushions have been removed and re-covered with nubuck leather, giving a velvet like surface. The Casablanca rug is one of Thomas Griem’s designs, using a sequence of geometric shapes to compose a contemporary take on the traditional embroideries of the Middle East.
The pair of Pall Mall armchairs from Chesterfield add a sense of history to the eclectic mix of furniture chosen for the room. The bespoke Corduroy and Balmoran window bench seat was produced by Paul Christopher. The art for the room and the rest of the property is all reminiscent of England, with the large feature pieces coming from LUMAS London, and the statues coming from a selection of British sculptors including Carol Peace.
For the office area the biggest concern was to ensure that it was large enough whilst not encroaching too much into the hallway. To this end, a bespoke storage unit was designed to allow plentiful space for the display of books and family photos. The slim leather Waldorf desk from Selva was a perfect fit for the space. Above the desk, the photo showing the view looking up at the interior dome of St Pauls Cathedral from LUMAS grounds the office firmly within London. The entrance foyer is simply furnished and contains a mirror designed by Thomas Griem. Called the Origami mirror, the various facets capture and reflect different views of the apartment as you pass into the combined living and dining rooms.
From the parquet flooring to the lighting and down to the paint on the walls, British companies and suppliers were used where possible.
Simplicity was again the key in the kitchen, where TG Studio replaced the dated kitchen with an elegant and functional white kitchen.
Warm tones and varying textures were used throughout the master bedroom to create a cozy, inviting space perfect for relaxing. The luxurious linen wallpaper was sourced from Stereo Interiors to envelop the space, here combined with plush carpet and generous furniture.
Atmospheric lighting is provided by a pair of pendant lights from Holloways of Ludlow which flank the super-king Thurman bed from Meridiani. The rich woollen fabric used on the bed offsets tactile smoking room velvet used on the classic Amy Somerville Wing chair.
A clever reconfiguration of the master suite allowed TG Studio to create a new walk in wardrobe incorporating bespoke joinery handcrafted in London. Here, cedar wood has been used throughout which emits a clean, crisp scent perfect for a wardrobe.
The calm and relaxed master bathroom features a wide double vanity recessed into the wall and is surrounded by edge-lit glass in British racing green. The deep recess, combined with full height mirrors behind creates an impressive sense of scale. Clean lines flow throughout both bathrooms, each with concealed storage behind the mirrors and fittings from Waterworks provide a timeless luxury to the space. Forbes and Lomax produced the switches and sockets for the entire property, as these are constantly being handled and used we like the feeling of quality that the solid metal provides.
The second bedroom houses a pair of customised double beds layered with English linen and offset by Paul Smith cushions which bring added colour and texture into the room. Discrete wall mounted lights beside each bed allow the children to read at night whilst the marble topped night stand is generous enough to hold a beautiful Foscarini lamp along with a collection of books. The teddy bear was a gift for the client’s youngest son on his first visit to London and now follows the family around the world.
Within the second ensuite bathroom, timber wall cladding wraps its way around the room and over the door allowing it to disappear within the room. TG Studio have used Olivari Twist door handles throughout the property – the combination of straight edges and subtle curves resting easily in the hand.
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