The homeowners gave the Hill House team a specific brief. "They emphasised their love of strong colour, particularly red," explains co-founder Helen Bygraves. "They also told us about their passion for the exotic wild tiger, and their desire to incorporate a few quirky surprises that would entertain guests as they explored the main reception areas.
The project in a nutshell
The property: A 22nd floor penthouse apartment in London
Who lives here? A professional couple with global business interest
Sitting on the 22nd floor of an exclusive apartment block in London, a glass-walled lift delivers you straight to the flat's entrance. On stepping out, the couple's love of all things eclectic is instantly evident: full-height mirrors on the right-hand side reflect the deep padded scarlet leather panels on the opposite wall," explain the designers.
Step a little further into the property and you'll see 'hand carved metal panels featuring a vibrant jungle scene, complete with prowling tigers' stretching across two walls. It's as impressive as it sounds. (Spot another reference to their tiger adoration with that strikingly patterned rug, too.)
In the kitchen, liquid metal doors and cabinets are inset with bronze detailing; cosmic black marble worktops have been laid on top for a luxurious finish. "Top of the range appliances - such as the fridge, freezer and dishwasher - are hidden within the custom finishes," the Hill House team tell us, "while red leather panels sit beneath the breakfast bar".
A second bespoke cabinetry unit by Hill House is inset with bronze art deco style detailing, and separates the kitchen from an informal seating area, which leads onto a light and airy garden, offering uninterrupted views of the Tate Modern and beyond...
With a love of entertaining, the homeowners were keen to make sure their dining area was suitably chic. The super-sized one off table was constructed out of a rare piece of recycled sugar wood and matched with a dozen upholstered red velvet chairs. The finishing touch? A unique Sharon Marston contemporary coral and silver chandelier. Jenny Weiss, co-founder of Hill House Interiors, explains: "The chandelier was custom made, each strand measured to a specific length to line up with the ascending height of the overhead lofty glass ceiling. Each strand was hung separately to ensure a sleek and perfectly level finish above the table".
Pocket doors lead to the dressing rooms and en suite bathroom, with the design team shifting the configuration to change the flow of the space. "We decided it made much more sense to have the amazing views from the en suite bathroom rather than the dressing room," says Helen. "Who doesn’t want to be looking out across the capital’s bright city lights when lounging in the luxury tub?"
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