Maida Vale Apartment
Nestled on the top floor of a Victorian mansion building in the heart of Maida Vale, London, this park-facing stunning two bedroom apartment has undergone a full refurbishment. Through the collaboration of Atelier Ochre and Maison August, two London based design studios who have recently given a new lease of life to the popular offices of Edyn Group, have once again poetically materialised their latest sensitive and elegant British design project.
“We have been very fortunate to work for a client who is open minded: a worldwide traveller with a passion for African art, who trusted us with a carte blanche to complete this fantastic project. It was paramount for us to create a calm sanctuary, where our client could regenerate and ground herself in a restful home that reflects her personality while living in a busy and vibrant city.“ explains Églantine Sicat , Creative director of Maison August .
Muted hues and textural yet bright and light finishes have been carefully assembled to create a backdrop for the unique client’s artwork collection. Natural oak herringbone flooring in the living spaces has been combined with terracotta floor tiles in the bathrooms adding textural and earthy materials which enhance the nomadic and natural personality of the interiors.
Natural light is invited in throughout the layout, creating unique moments and washing the space with subtle hues of yellows, pink and beige. Located on the top floor of the building, the living room directly faces a quiet park, which gives the impression of being in an elevated and private living room high on the tree canopy. The palette of beiges and natural colours compliment beautifully with emotive pieces such as the colourful photo of African artist xxxx ( name) and the reclaimed marble fireplace. As an avid reader, the bespoke library joinery wall played the main character in the dining room and living room, with its shelves adorned with books collected on travels, or decorated with beautiful sculptures from Amélie Maison d’art in Paris, handmade ceramics from the Atlas Mountains, and several travels around the globe.
The reconfigured layout creates an instinctive route through the living spaces, defining a functional lobby space, a lounge area, a dining / library area and a kitchen facing North West, while the two bedrooms and bathroom are located more privately on the South East facade. Bespoke joinery makes use of every corner for hidden storage and display shelvings, making this flat a seamless response to the practicality and needs of everyday life.
“Attention to detail is a key element of our design methods, responding across the five senses. We introduced subtle curves to walls and joinery to soften corners and open spaces, and married natural and muted materials with various shades of marbles and woods while softening the whole space with washed linens and cotton textiles. The flow within the space intends to be effortless, intuitive and focused on feature artwork.“ adds Pauline Dellemotte, Creative director of Atelier Ochre .
The furniture is a curation of vintage pieces and icons of design, creating a timeless yet personal interior. Many of the fittings and fixtures have been sourced and designed through the interior designers' network of talented artisans and craftsmen, but also in collaboration with Dodds & Shute, a procurement house known for their sustainable engagements and dedications, in providing local and EU based suppliers to their clients.