Working within the footprint of this contemporary glass penthouse was challenging. Shaped like the bow of a ship the central living space is pointed in shape and required some planning to incorporate its many functions: relaxing, entertaining, and working. We chose to use bold design pieces to give definition and to separate each area.
The living space is designed around the Paul Smith Carnival rug. Its colours are bright and playful contrasting with the muted colours of the cityscape beyond. We chose brave orange velvet from Lewis and Wood for a contemporary sofa, with bolsters adding character and comfort. The ottoman, upholstered in a rich teal ribbed velvet from Fox Linton, and side chairs, upholstered in Lewis & Wood orange velvet with contrasting backs in Osborne & Little Masque Carnival, are a bespoke design by Lucy Marsh Interiors, commissioned for this scheme. Contrasting back fabrics adding layers of textural interest to tie in with the Paul Smith’s rug.
We chose the Saarinen marble table in Black from Conran for the dining area, the sleek black oval shape a bold statement and in keeping with this city location. The Louis Poulsen Artichoke pendant is another mid-Century piece from Denmark, a striking feature for this City setting.
The Lassen Tired Man Armchair – a design piece from Copenhagen dating from the 1930’s and upholstered in soft grey sheepskin creates a space for relaxation and contemplation. The chair was designed by Flemming Lassen and in his own words, one should be “as warm and safe as a polar bear cub in the arms of its mother in the middle of the ice cap”. His aim for this piece of furniture was to invoke domestic cosiness and socialising by candlelight. The perfect piece to meet the brief and provide a place to relax after a long day’s work in the office.
The kitchen is monochrome and minimalist, a functional area seamlessly blending into the open plan scheme. The luxurious cool white Carrara marble providing a striking backdrop to the black high stools by Norman Cherner, whose mid-century design is of international appeal and has been showcased in exhibitions worldwide since 1958, including the Vitra Design museum in Germany.