LIGHT & SHADE
Airlie Gardens, W8
The term ‘bachelor pad’ has been used for decades and tends to describe either an unloved, messy space for a single man to rest his head or a property featuring way too may gadgets and gizmos. This one bedroom flat is neither but instead, is simply a well designed space that provides for easy living in one of London's most enviable locations.
With all the restaurants and bars of Notting Hill Gate just outside the door, it is unlikely the owner did a lot of entertaining at home but nevertheless, there was a sleekly designed kitchen with polished concrete worktops should he fancy a spot of cooking. You could even go so far as to say the grey minimalism harkened back to Goldfinger-esque Brutalism. There was a kind of beauty in its harshness.
The open plan living area with its polished concrete feature wall was certainly big enough for a few parties and should he fancy some more personal entertaining, the double bedroom with its floor to ceiling windows and master shower room complete with a glass walled shower was waiting.
If we were to pick only one word to describe the space, we would most definitely opt for 'discreet'. Storage and technology is concealed and hidden, so that it doesn't distract from the simplicity of the home. Instead, statement furniture and emotive art takes centre stage, that sit together perfectly. A place that one may think would sit better within East London's cool, we actually think it's an awesome contrast Kensington's sense of tradition.
Outdoor space came in the form of a beautiful communal garden for the exclusive use of residents.
Small, yes, but perfectly formed.