Shading a city house with elegance & masculinity
Our client had always dreamed of a sophisticated home where he could have everything he had always wanted in one 200m2 space. He wanted to display art, he wanted a slick kitchen that blended into the rest of the dining area, he wanted walk-in wardrobes and he wanted guests to be amazed. Dark wood parquets, grey stone covered walls and clean-cut finishings were his style. We were very lucky that we had a blank canvas with this project – we laid out the house in a new configuration, opening up the living room and kitchen and we remodelled the master bedroom to allow for a luxurious ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. We had ‘carte-blanche’ on the interior concept – just that the client wanted it to be slick, minimal, masculine and contemporary, but warm.
The client is classy and the interior needed to match. Being a business man and an organised person, he wanted clean-line storage which we designed and deatiled. Using a local joiner who has worked on projects at this level of detail and quality, we sourced the veneers and the stones to design the highest quality of joinery items including the wardrobes, kitchen unit and living room storage units. Ironmongery is hidden where possible.
The colour palette is neutral because the client wanted a calm interior, nothing shouting out, everything was to be subdued, rich and moody. Shades of brown and grey dominate the house with warm, natural wood coatings, soft well-shaped furniture and, to add texture and green we accessorised the house with a variety of natural plants, all very sculptural and minimal. The textures were as important as the shades and luxury was the key word in the client’s mind – luxurious textures, rich velvets, silk wool rugs, polished marble accent walls all add layers of sophisticated masculine glamour.
Dark & moody
The client has two children who needed a lot of space, so the brief included designing the large terrace and a Turkish bath, spa and pool for the children and guests to enjoy. The Spa brings in more greenery and lusciousness and a new function that is very Turkish and traditonal. In the Spa area we also designed the showers and a kitchen and healthy juice bar area as well as a small gym. The ultimate in luxurious living, many of our clients are now asking for luxury Spas within their homes.
The high ceilings in the home allowed us to use the dark material palette – dark wood floors and dark panelled wood wall which feature behind the beds to create a dramatic bedroom. We designed the bed with a leather headboard that wraps around the sides in a curved form to break up and contrast the repetition of the linear language. Glass sliding doors into the dressing room and ensuite are seamless, allowing light through to accentuate the space.