INTO THE BLUE
Portland Road, W11
People are used to conventional shapes. Rooms are generally square or rectangular. Furniture is generally square or rectangular to fit into those rooms. Create a circular room and most people don’t know where to start. All too often they feel awkward and it becomes a case of literally trying to fit square pegs into a round hole.
The owners of this beautiful maisonette in Clarendon Cross were not daunted by the building’s curves and not only embraced them but used them to create a stunning home. In the dining area, deep-hued paints emphasised the room’s shape, while a well-positioned round table was surrounded by Robin Day chairs. An oblong side table echoed the curving lines and even a table lamp continued the round theme thanks to its ball shape and round shade.
The soft curves of an Arne Jacobsen chair echoed the Flos Arco floor lamp and Noguchi coffee table in the open-plan living room, which was clearly designed for entertaining. The stark white lines of the kitchen were softened by the contrasting aqua paint, with chairs conveniently arranged so that guests could chat over a glass of wine while the host made final preparations.
Upstairs, the curving lines continued in the master bedroom with the bed positioned to take advantage of the unconventional shape. Interestingly, the former owner opted to make this the master bedroom because of the impressive room shape, even though it is the smaller of the two. We were particularly enamoured with the television that popped up out of the console at the end of the bed. The guest suite, although more conventionally shaped, was the perfect place to take in a film thanks to the lounge area and projector television. It opened onto a glorious roof terrace that took in the rooftops of London.
For us, though, the biggest draw was not the fantastic interiors, the unique design or the state-of-the-art entertainment system. It was the fact that the Cowshed spa is downstairs! With all But then it’s so beautiful inside, would you want to leave?