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domus
nova

Domus Nova reflects and evolves. It's what we do. In
this issue we explore how the talented creatives around
us navigate the dynamic interplay between creativity,
relevance and engagement.

Muza Lab

Quick draw

Sofi Tukker

Gucci Decor

Kjetil Berge

Crossrail

Road trip USA

muza
lab

the story
tellers

Founded by Inge Moore and Nathan Hutchnis, Muza Lab is an award-winning design practice
based in Notting Hill. With their combined, longstanding experience in interior design and
architecture, the duo has so far proven to deliver every project intelligently, intuitively and
imaginatively. Their exceptional spaces are inspired by heartfelt passion for re-telling the
stories that make every special. Excercising a global outlook and a dedication to the
authentic, the team infuses each project with the natural and cultural heritage of its location,
creating design that engages body and mind and evokes magical memories.

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£4,850,000 / EPC = D

St Quintin
Avenue W10

Making the most of its luxuriously broad proportions, this beautifully restored Edwardian townhouse encompasses four floors and five bedrooms of sublime family living space. Its owners, who had lived in the building previously when it was two separate apartments, have done an incredible job of uniting the spaces and modernising throughout.

Except for the exterior walls, just about everything about the property was given a total overhaul. They moved back to brick, insulted the whole house and installed underfloor heating and an air exchange. The architect, Abi Abiri, has created fantastic living space that includes two vast reception rooms, as well as a functional, modern kitchen that flows out onto a tiered garden.

The interiors reference original detailing with a contemporary twist, teaming striking geometric tiling and dark paint with an aligant array of mid- century furnishings and classic wood-burning stoves. There are, in fact, historical surprises throughout; the hallway doors are (incredibly) salvaged from the Natural History Museum and the basin in the master en suite is a 1930's Jacob Delafon!

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£8,500,000 / EPC = E

Newton
Road W2

Arranged over five floors and steeped in history, this imposing Arts and Crafts building was designed by pioneering architect Edward Robson. Over its lifetime, what is now a seven-bedroom house has been home to various arts and cultural groups.

Renovated by Tchaik Chassay in the 90s, the clean modern approach paired with exquisite period architecture of its original era make this wildly cool and truly exceptional space.

On the raised ground floor, a breath-taking double- height reception space with a sensational barrel- vaulted ceiling is just one of the character spaces to dwell in. It's rare find whether taken for versatile living, working or entertaining - or all of the above.

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It's 2018, so whether you like it or not, you know you've 'done good' if Apple picks your song to soundtrack the first ever talking poop emoji... as well as the entire ad for their long- awaited iPhone X. Sofi Tukker's single Best Friend was the perfect choice. It's a peppy blend of cool, tropical sounds punched out with percussive cowballs, horn stabs and a baseline as infectious as the band's sunny disposition. The duo, Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, formed in 2014 and dropped their first EP, Soft Animals, in 2016. Their hit single Drinkee was soon after nominated for a grammy and they have been making waves on the music scene ever since.

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£1,500 P/W LONG LET
£2,750 P/W SHORT LET / EPC = C

Golborne
Road W10

Set over three floors with its own staircase and entrance, this three-bedroom maisonette boasts grand proportions that make it feel more like a townhouse. Recently refurbished, the home has been installed with cutting-edge smart technology, negating the need for a boiler and producing much of its electricity from solar panels.

These modern innovations are met with a gorgeous interior and artistic flair that elevates the overall aesthetic. An open-plan living, dining and kitchen area occupies the entire first floor, peppered with design relics like a golden Buddha from Thailand and a Rose Uniacke table.

Gorgeous reclaimed wood flooring runs throughout the home, all the way up a dramatic stairwell which leads directly onto a large roof garden. The outdoor space is almost as well-equipped as the indoor – with its own kitchen, integrated seating, a sauna and even a glass-walled shower!

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£2,950,000 / EPC = D

Cleveland Square
W2

This awesome property is the crux of cool – where soft colours, paired with scandi furniture and exuberant finishes, deliver an explosion of style layered in with timeless elegance. Located on the second floor of a Grade II listed, white stucco-fronted building, the lateral three-bedroom apartment has a traditional entrance but springs a surprise as soon as you walk in.

The star of the show is the open-plan reception space with high ceilings and large sash windows that give incredible views of the award-winning square. The decor is pretty immense, too. Beautiful handpainted birds and white blossom rest upon a sea of gold on intricately painted sliding doors that lead to the kitchen. 

Where the kitchen is understated with its sleek white units, it is elevated by floor-to-ceiling jade green metro tiles and the vintage mid-century chandelier. There is also enough space for a family-style bench table so that any budding chefs can be kept company.

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quick
draw

There is an undeniable confluence between architecture and furniture design. The border between the two has been traversed by many before (Starck, Hadid and Jacobsen, to name a few) and will continue to be crossed, its boundaries pushed. With so much talent in west London, we wanted to explore this by asking some of the area’s most prolific architects their views on the relationship… and challenged them to translate their thoughts into a sketch for us.

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£15,000 P/W LONG LET / EPC = B

Rede Place W2

Tucked away in an enclave within the exciting confluence of Notting Hill and Bayswater, this astounding five-bedroom house stands out amongst some of the most premium properties the area has to offer. Sophisticated architecture and indulgent volumes capture contemporary, flexible living granting ease of flow and myriad opportunities for spontaneity throughout.

From the sprawling open-plan reception and dining area (punctuated by a tropically-styled garden) to the refined bedroom suites, each space has been approached with reverent attention to detail. Pairing a considered layout with quality interior styling, the design provides a stunning background for modern living.

In addition to the media room and gym, a striking swimming pool is not only a source of luxury entertainment but also somewhat a design showpiece, its glass wall directing views right into the mesmerising aquatic expanse.

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£3,950,000 / EPC = E

Oakwood Court
W14

Interior designed by Caroline Legrand and moments away from beautiful Holland Park, this exciting four-bedroom apartment draws on its lateral layout to deliver striking visuals and a brave, yet considered approach to luxury design.

With direct access to a private terrace, the vast reception pushes contrasts to a new level, pairing dark herringbone floors and black lacquer with a stunning white coffered ceiling. Carrara marble enhances the grand hallway, whilst an eclectic array of chic patterns and artwork inject a sense of character and style.

The furnishings rock a distinctive 70’s vibe with furniture sourced from vintage specialists around London. Nowhere else could we quite imagine a bronze, ram’s head dining table teamed with lucite-framed dining chairs, but in such sweeping spaces as these, what might otherwise seem outrageous can be drastically tempered. So what the hell – bring it on!

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Pantone has declared 2018 the year of Ultra Violet. While some may be struggling to come to terms with the post-Christmas fallout of amethyst accessories, lilac linens or periwinkle pantsuits gifted by uber design-savvy relatives, we have chosen to embrace Pantone’s purple reign. It seems like a good year for Ultra Violet – most duly because 2018 is also the year of Crossrail, and with it the (very purple) Elizabeth line.

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£3,695,000 / EPC = C

Highlever Road
W10

Spanning five floors, the interiors of this chic five-bedroom garden home draw on eclectic design to stunning effect. An interior designer in her own right, the owner worked alongside Naomi Astley Clarke and the architect to make sure the bones of the house stayed classic but with some modern, artisanal aspects.

Despite remaining aesthetically sympathetic to much of the original detailing, a complete gutting of the property has opened the space up, allowing for several architectural liberties, such as repositioning the staircase and heightening all the doors.

The grand proportions set the perfect stage to showcase bold colours, ornate wallpapers and statement art; as a prime example, the master bathroom has been hand-painted by Freddie Wimsett – also known to have painted a bespoke mural in Kate Moss’s home.

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Somehow, one of the most notoriously disastrous road trip movies makes a weirdly compelling argument for taking a similar trip – whether you’re going it alone, Easy Rider, or in true Griswold style want to teach your kids (but really yourselves) about a time before snapchat.

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£2,850,000 / EPC = E

Westbourne
Terrace W2

The makeup of this fantastic loft home creates a spatially dynamic aesthetic that welcomes a bold interior style. Set within a Grade II listed building, the three-bedroom apartment has been reworked by Urban Future Architects to establish a warehouse-chic look, incorporating exposed brick, raw concrete, glass veneers and structural beams.

There’s something incredibly ‘transatlantic’ about it all. The hugely open-plan approach to the living space embodies a relaxed nonchalance of an American inflection, yet the sharp punctuation of European design and artistry is unmistakeable.

Italian craftsmanship, delivered by Boffi, Agape and Fontini, is subtly weaved into the interior canvas for the eclectic collection of art and designer pieces that sit against solid Belgian wood floors and Hungarian concrete finishes.

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£4,500 P/W LONG LET /
£6,500 P/W SHORT LET /
EPC = E

St James's
W11

Maybe beige is all the rage, but sometimes it’s nice to be splashed in the face with a really good wallop of colour (properly orchestrated, of course) and woken from our caramel comas. Lucky for us, art-collector Vanessa Branson has a house at St James’s Gardens which delivers just the hit we’ve been looking for.

Bursting with awe-inspiring eclectic design, this astonishing five-bedroom house is the ultimate antidote to neutral tones, blurring the line between gallery and living space. The layout is refreshingly simple. Encompassing an entire floor, the main reception room is nothing short of spectacular, boasting beautifully-maintained period features such as herringbone parquet floors, notably high ceilings with cornice detailing and two impressive fireplaces. The first and second floors mirror each other; two double bedrooms and a large family bathroom on each.

If the rest of the house doesn’t have your jaws on the floor, the master bedroom suite on the third floor will no doubt take your breath away. It’s white. Like a pure white light that’s about to hit a prism and get turned into an array of rainbow colours. So actually, given the menagerie of colour below, that makes sense...

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Gucci is in fashion. Gucci is in art. It’s in film, in graffiti, in street slang – and now it’s in our homes. Over the last decade, this titan of couture has made astronomical strides to establish itself as an all-encompassing creative house. Gucci isn’t just a brand anymore; it’s a culture.

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£17,500,000 / EPC = C

Lonsdale
Road W11

Incredibly rare to the area, this equisitely designed five-bedroom townhouse provides entirely bespoke, luxury interiors throughout. Immense architectural volumes have been thoughtfully paired with a tasteful colour pallate, radiant finishes and captivating selection of modern art.

Creating powerful first impression, the grand entrance hall showcases a dramatic stairwell before guiding visitors through into a kitchen / dining area with views out to the patio garden. This is perfect laid-back space for entertaining, while there is a more formal double drawing room on the first floor for anything little more ceremonial.

The second floor gives way to an entire master bedroom suite with its own dressing area and a private terrace. Equipped with a variety of outdoor pockets, a tranquil cinema room, swimming pool, gym, steam room and sauna, there is almost no reason to leave this sensational family home.

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Art Now : Andreas Siegfried - a narrative on Kjetil Berge

"As humans, we were built to think and contemplate, but sometimes it’s nice for our deep thoughts to be met by something akin to answers. In response to these important topics and questions that are permanently in our minds, I recently invited Norwegian artist, Kjetil Berge to create an exhibition – The Weather in Russia is Fine – in my gallery space that would investigate the nature of these topics."

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£9,250,000 / EPC = C

Powis
Mews
W11

For the past two decades, this quiet cobbled mews has been both the cradle of family life and a working studio for one of the world’s most influential design partnerships, that of Ross Lovegrove and his wife Miska Miller-Lovegrove.

Housing a full working studio and a three-bedroom home, the four-storey, former steel-framed factory building, originally created by Richard Seifert and later reconfigured and extended by Miller-Lovegrove, has played host to the creation of some of Lovegrove’s most significant product designs. Today it remains a design archive of bespoke pieces that were created specifically for the property.

Central to the success of the redevelopment of this late 1950’s commercial building was the addition of the much-feted DNA Staircase, which creates movement between floors through a significant design statement.

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£1,500 P/W LONG LET / EPC = E

Hereford
Road W2

At this two-bedroom house, raw materials of modernist architecture engage in striking contrasts with whatever eclectic array of specialist furniture or art lines its walls; the prominent structure is like the partly formed chapters of a good book eagerly awaiting its main character.

Set over four floors, the unique home provides dramatic volumes encompassing a pitched glass roof, dark-wooden flooring, concrete surfaces and a floating staircase. The house offers inspired contemporary urban living in a chic minimalist environment.

The space, and there is a lot of it, has been generously apportioned, affording each bedroom its own floor with a bathroom and the addition of a private terrace leading out directly from the master suite.

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£1,750 P/W LONG LET /
£3,000 P/W SHORT LET /
EPC = B

Wornington
Road W10

Designed by Emulsion Architecture in 2017, this sublimely cool three-bedroom home provides a modern and flexible living space that has been meticulously styled with a holistic approach to materials and construction. The chic interior is peppered with skylights and pockets of open space, while a contemporary cast-iron staircase leads up to a relaxing roof terrace with 360-degree views.

Set behind a striking but unassuming architectural façade just off Golborne Road, the scope of what lies behind the front door is astonishing. Without compromising on proportions the house is equipped with a kitchen / living space, a huge master bedroom suite, two further double bedrooms, a cinema room and two terraces.

Set in one of the coolest neighbourhoods of Notting Hill, Wornington Road is a stone’s throw from all the boutiques, bars and eateries of vibrant Golborne Road and Portobello Road.

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over
in
ibiza

Whether you’d like to soak up the sun at a remote beach, taste the best of the local agro-tourism offering or rebalance at a yoga retreat, here is our pick of villas you can call home for a week, or more…

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BACK CATALOGUE

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