Located in a grand Art Nouveau building, the apartment spans across its top two floors, including an adapted attic. Our task was its complete transformation from floor plan to furniture and fixtures. Inspired by the location, history of the building and the client’s lifestyle, we created an apartment that combines the old and new. It is an apartment of playful yet elegant contrasts.
Historically, the front-facing interiors would have been more lavish, while the back of the building was reserved for low-key staff quarters. This is one contrast we preserved. We also ensured a change in feeling and aesthetics between both floors. A dramatic, statement staircase seems to levitate and guides residents between the two levels both physically and psychologically. Any new volumes such as the silver bathroom unit are designed to stand out against the historical setting.
The apartment is home to two adult gentlemen – a father and son. Our choice of robust natural materials and the colour palette are an interpretation of masculinity. The backdrop with features such as bespoke wood panelling and marble surfaces creates a strong setting for the handpicked designer furniture. Yet we haven’t forgotten about fun and features to facilitate balancing work and play. Lighting helps conjure different sensations and atmospheres. The sauna area is a space to relax and let loose in the comfort of one’s own home. And the quirky tower becomes a grown-up treehouse or man cave.