‘PAVILION ROAD – INTERIOR DESIGN TODAY AUGUST 2015’
PEEK Architecture + Design’s latest scheme, on Pavilion Road in London’s Knightsbridge, defines a different kind of mews house aesthetic .
Georgina Turvey of PEEK Architecture says: ‘’We were aiming to create a refreshing antithesis from the usual style prevalent of the high end residential market in this area. We specified Scandinavian inspired timber cladding, used different mixes of muted stones and tiles with the aim of achieving a light and fresh palate’’. And the outcome certainly makes for a surprisingly bright and airy haven in this tight mews site.
The existing building had a new basement and mansard roof extension installed, doubling the size of the property. The kitchen and living space to the ground floor, has a natural look European oak engineered floor from the Reclaimed Flooring Company. The kitchen is a bespoke designed piece by PEEK Architecture. They worked closely with the team who manufactured this, and the rest of the joinery in the project, Joiners Art. The worktop is a Silestone reconstituted stone, with the splashback being a beautiful book matched ‘Atlantic Stone’ slab, mixed with back-painted glass. Dynamic shadows are cast onto a curved wall in the lobby, from Alexander and Pearl’s ‘Galleria Industrial Wire Pendant’.
The staircase is constructed from a cut steel stringer with open oak treads. Georgina wanted an industrial bronze finish to the metal work, so they were recommended Anderson & Walters, who expertly applied a hand finish to create the look.
Internal glass panels serving the first floor reception and the basement media room provide an abundance of natural light from the staircase with rooflight above, flooding the centre of the house with daylight.
The new basement level installed, has 3.2m ceilings, and is a pleasure to inhabit, feeling unexpectedly voluminous. The comfortable media room has a long wall of useful spray lacquered storage complete with mood lighting. The textured carpet, bordered with an oak trim, is from Crucial Trading’s ‘Wool N Country’ range, and along with the Thai silk wallpaper from the ‘Seraph’ range at Atfield Ltd, creates a cozy feel for movie nights in.
A guest bedroom with ensuite shower room, are positioned adjacent. The generous height of the shower room is accentuated with vertical, linear cladding in oak and rib cut Bianco Carrara ‘Bambo’ marble tiles, from Stone House Tiles.
The mansard roof, houses a spacious master suite. The bedroom has an inset carpet from Jacaranda (‘Abha’ in natural grey) and the bed is flanked by two industrial style light fittings from Heals. The dressing room was designed with a ‘his and hers’ layout in mind, and the gloss lacquered walnut veneer finish, reflects light from the dormer window at the end. The master ensuite bathroom cleverly positions a large steam shower under the eaves to the rear. A mix of porcelain, limestone and ‘Filetto Light’ cross cut marble, is fitted with perfect junctions. The long vanity unit is formed from the same gloss walnut of the dressing room, with a concrete-like, grey sandstone top.
It is evident that the quality and texture of the materials, was at the forefront of the design intent. The end result is a calm and tranquil home, with honest, industrial elements, harking back to the buildings roots as a mews house.