The brief for Shalini Misra Ltd was to create a show home with great character displaying London and local craftsmanship, along with a global design influence, to appeal to a buyer that appreciates modern luxurious comfort infused with contemporary and vintage art and craftsmanship. The house is a Victorian villa, previously stripped of original features, which required the reinstatement of historical elements for a sense of British heritage and craftsmanship.
The layout of the home needed to encompass flexible living, incorporating flow between the spaces alongside intimate seating areas. The lower and upper ground floors needed to be open and communal in order to be used as entertaining spaces in conjunction with private areas. Aesthetically, the house needed to showcase beautiful finishes, with an emphasis on a luxurious, bright and spacious feel. There needed to be interest in every space, on every surface, with a flow between the spaces but for each to have individual character. It was essential for modern technology to be integrated seamlessly along with ambient lighting mixed with sculptural lighting.
Shalini Misra Ltd designed the layout to maximise the space and flow, reconfiguring the second floor to accommodate three evenly sized bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, and making the whole of the first floor a master suite. The living spaces on the lower ground floor were enhanced, increasing the flow, aided by the significant change in the staircase which was retracted into a striking red tiled shaft allowing full use of the lower ground floor. A lift was also incorporated into the layout to ensure future-proofing of the property and ease of use for anyone with limited mobility.
A large part of the project was sourcing great British craftsmanship. A detailed research of cornicing, plaster moulding, decorative crafts and unique furniture was undertaken to adorn and furnish the space. A range of techniques from gilding to cabinet making was employed for various furniture and surfaces. The variety of textures, materials and colours creates an overall palette of tactile quality with interest on every surface, whilst bringing in period elements through cornicing and ceiling moulding. There is a play between old and new through existing pieces, vintage and contemporary lighting and furniture.
Shalini Misra Ltd incorporated a perfect mix of statement entertaining spaces, showcasing cutting edge design, and more paired down spaces which still have their own unique, defining elements.
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