This London pied-à-terre presents a collection of works of art
Central to this renovation was creating a comfortable base in London, location of many of the best homes in the world, for a family living in Gloucestershire. “The end result had to be able to make this family of five feel spacious yet practical, with lots of stylish storage solutions,” says Emma Pocock of interior design studio Turner Pocock. (opens in a new tab) who were brought on board to update the property.
The apartment is located in a mansion from the end of the 19th century. “London mansion buildings are notorious for being difficult to work with, with strict rules and regulations, and the pipe lines require special attention as they tend to be repaired,” says Bunny Turner. “For this project, we felt strongly that we wanted to open it up and keep it as nice and light as possible.”
Turner Pocock also worked on clients’ apartment in Switzerland. “We wanted to give their London apartment a similar feel in terms of opening up tight spaces to improve circulation and living areas without using too many walls,” says Emma. “We are very satisfied with the result of this project, and above all, the client and his family were also delighted. The space has been transformed into a light, bright place to stop and enjoy, rather than being a crash pad with a very long hallway running through it.
The interior is now chic and classic with a mix of mid-century and modern design. “The owner has a wonderful collection of 20th century art and furniture – and a crucial part of the design was making sure we could integrate her collection seamlessly into the project,” says Bunny. “We often commission art consultants such as Rebecca Gordon and gallerists such as Lyndsey Ingram to work with us and our clients to develop art collections. We’re always thrilled when a partnership comes together and we’ve created a space that’s a home that sounds a lot like the owner’s voice, with a sprinkling of Turner Pocock.
Kitchen ideas included sleek, handleless cabinetry for a minimalist look, while a white palette keeps the look bright and airy.
This large space ties into kitchen and dining room ideas of keeping the space white and simple to serve as a gallery for the artwork the customer has collected.
The table and fixture were chosen to complement the existing 20th century upholstered dining chairs, which have been re-upholstered.
Among the living room ideas, making sure the room was super cozy was paramount. “The large bespoke corner sofa allows the whole family to gather and entertain guests and also helps to zone the open-plan living space,” says Emma. “We wanted to keep the furniture to a minimum, but we loved incorporating the family’s iconic 20th century furniture.”
“This room had been judged by the owners to be too small to be really pleasant,” says Bunny. “However, by filling the width of the room with a huge sofa to sit on opposite a built-in TV wall, the room was used to the best of its ability, creating a fabulous view for the Harland Miller impression. “
One of Bunny and Emma’s favorite rooms is the master bedroom. Among their bedroom ideas to transform the space was creating a much larger room by removing all existing joinery and installing a walk-in closet, with a bathroom exiting the bedroom. “Seemingly small changes like these often have the biggest impact,” says Emma.
Customers have fallen in love with a beautiful ocher fabric that is used for the bed cushions. An invigorating headboard fabric and blanket cut through the shades.
The starting point for this fun and light scheme was the Emily Crookshank prints that flank the bed and inspired the color scheme.
The main focus of this space is the start of a gallery wall, which will eventually expand to fill the wall, so a simple scheme was chosen to provide a calm backdrop.
The son’s room
The space is to serve the son, the youngest in the family, well into adulthood, so Turner Pocock chose a slightly more masculine scheme to differentiate from the girls’ spaces. “We love the use of lacquer paint for the side table – it’s a finish we use often,” says Bunny.
The brief was for a luxurious but not too grand program. The bathroom ideas were inspired by the great photography of Massimo Vitali, which is part of the client’s collection. An aqua sink brings out the color of the artwork.
Interior Design / Turner Pocock (opens in a new tab)
Photographs/ Alexandre James (opens in a new tab)