HOMES / ETC THE BLUEPRINT BATHROOM KITCHEN TERRACE Striking pineapple wallpaper upgrades a simple ply vanity to MASTER BEDROOM create a stylish one-off bathroom. DINING ROOM ENTRANCE Get the look Find similar wallpaper at F&F. Explore the Lok Nayak Market in New Delhi for wall lights. Find similar floor tiles LIVING ROOM at Kajaria. The Shop at Meharchand Market has similar baskets. Check out Oma Living for liquid soap dispensers and FCML for fancy towel rails. Find similar radiators at Havells. BATHROOM WC GUEST BEDROOM GROUND FLOOR FIRST FLOOR August 2018 Livingetc I 101
KIDS’ ROOM The goemetric design on the wall creates an attic-like look and adds character to the classic bunk bed. Get the look Check out Habios for kids’ bed and accessories. Find similar cushions and bedcovers at Pee-ka-Boo Patterns. NICHES The awkward corners have been converted into serene oases for the busy mother to catch a break. Get the look Find similar occasional chairs at Maison De Lux. Visit The House Of Things for floor lamps.
HOMES / ETC IDEAS TO STEAL Unusual colour combinations and quirky accessories create a home that’s never boring HOMES / ETC LIVING ROOM Like the bubbles in champagne, little pops FR ENCH of pattern and colour add fizz to the pastel tones of FA NCY the living room. It’s the details – woven bottles, hexagon trays, a graphic rug – that make the difference. Get the look This Charlotte armchair is by India Mahadavi, while the coffee tables are by Gubi, available at Le Mill. Find similar rugs at The Carpet Cellar and mirrors at Mirror Concepts. Check out The Decor Kart for interesting wire jars and vessels. Find colourful trays at Muuoto. i ian designer Mathilde Bazire has used feminine shades and patterned wallpaper in her chic family home – partly to ounteract all the testosterone living there… *u Suet/Basset Images Production and styling ⁄ Laurence Dougier *s ⁄ Andréa Childs Indian Research ⁄ Team Livingetc CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Tiles, price on request, The Tiles of India; rug, price on request, The Carpet Cellar; flooring, price on request, HKS Flooring. FOR CONTACTS, SEE STOCKISTS PAGES CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Mirror, `5,990, The Furniture Republic; lamp, price on request, AKFD; wall art, price on request, Grishma; cushion, price on request, Versace; tray, `1,870, indiacircus.com; side table, `31,270, This and That; dining table, `19,900, furnspace.com; chair, `35,170, AKFD.
HOMES / ETC HANDSOME AND GLAMOROUS… That’s the house we’re talking about, but owner George Spiteri knows how to bring both elements to a home that celebrates gorgeous interiors sitting perfectly on strong foundations * * *Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside Production ⁄ Mary Weaver Words ⁄ Jo Leevers Indian Research ⁄ Team Livingetc HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS George Spiteri, who co-runs family building and design business Sitwell Investments, and his wife Sarah. The couple often dog-sit Brady, their neighbour’s Italian greyhound. THE PROPERTY A Victorian house in west London. On the ground ﬂoor is a large open-plan living/dining room, study and WC. On the lower-ground ﬂoor is a kitchen-diner with a garden room area, utility room and WC. The master suite and a guest bedroom suite are on the ﬁrst ﬂoor. On the second ﬂoor are three bedrooms, a bathroom and steps leading up to the terrace. 104 I Livingetc August 2018
STAIRCASE ‘My favourite view in the house is looking up at the spiral of stairwell – possibly because I know how much hard work went into creating it,’ says George. Added curves come from Brady the Italian greyhound. Get the look The staircase is bespoke. Check out D.S. Doors for customisation. Check out Squarefoot for flooring. Find similar shoes at Decathlon, and books at CMYK.
HOMES / ETC RIP IT spaces, which work far better for contemporary living.’ No clunky dividing beam between front and back – just an easy flow, adorned with authentic period architraves. UP AND Redrawing the walls also meant George could address another START surprise this unusual house had up its sleeve. ‘From the front, the house appears to be double fronted, while at the back it’s the same width as the rest of the houses on the terrace,’ he says. ‘So the footprint is triangular. You actually get a house and a half.’ George and his team rebuilt spaces so that this quirk is only apparent in certain smaller (and more functional) rooms, such as the master bathroom and the trapezium-shaped study. AGAIN Elsewhere – in the wide hallway and the main living areas – what mostly shines through is space and opulence. ‘My favourite stage of the rebuild was poring over drawings and floorplans, to work out the best layout,’ says George. ‘I devoted most could be the theme tune for this house’s of the first floor to a generous master transformation. Eighties indie classics LIVING ROOM suite and I nudged the hallway walls aside, George Spiteri was already a dab slightly to make the entrance bigger.’ hand at knocking through, building up A vintage sideboard gets a fresh breath of life. and performing feats of engineering Get the look Find similar sideboards at Inhabit. For similar The original house had a central glass vase, check out Apartment9. These Mick Jagger staircase with beautifully turned trickiness. ‘But, at points during this and Johny Cash photographs are from the Michael Ochs banisters. Sadly, it wasn’t in good project, even I began to wonder if I’d Archive at Getty Images. enough condition to keep, but George taken on more than I could handle,’ he brought in an old-school carpenter says with a smile. to recreate it. ‘It was painfully slow Today, the interiors radiate serenity, work, but we now have a perfect with design inspiration from Brazil’s replica, which helps light flow from Jader Almeida and 19th-century France the top-of-the-house skylight down reflected back in sumptuous leather and into every floor,’ he says. antiqued mirror glass. All is calm, all is It was these architectural details bright. But a year ago, it was a different that George wanted to celebrate. story. Before they could even think about ‘With this kind of house, you want paint swatches and choosing furniture, to hold on to its history – and then George and his wife Sarah had some rework the interior so it works for life heavy-duty building work to get through. now,’ he says. In a similar vein, the At first glance, the house didn’t look old iron balconies at the front of the too difficult a proposition. Okay, so it house were sandblasted back to their was a dilapidated Victorian number, but original pattern. ‘What had been thick it had a handsome façade and was slap globules of paint was restored to intri- bang at the heart of the couple’s favourite cate detailing,’ says George. neighbourhood, close to London’s Back inside, the living room Portobello Road. However, says George, now combines the best of period beneath the stucco surface lurked the grandeur and modern design, while stuff of a surveyor’s nightmares. the kitchen-diner has a more urban ‘The roof had holes and, rather than feel, with concrete flooring flowing replace the slates, the previous owner had slung up huge sheets of plastic inside to through to a chic, city-dwellers’ version of a garden room. make a tent – it looked like a gigantic waterlogged hammock,’ says George. Then Sarah had more of a hand in the interiors, as George explains: ‘My there was the small matterofa tree. A few years back, a wayward self-seeded oak had natural habitat is the building site, making yes/no decisions. Not the taken root in the next door garden. But roots know no boundaries and had spread gentler – and slower – process of mixing materials, contrasting textures out, muscling their way into walls, burrowing deep into this house’s foundations. and creating moodboards. So we made a good team.’ ‘Basically, the house’s back had been broken,’ says George. ‘It needed taking Antique and vintage furniture was bought locally on Golborne Road, apart and shoring up.’ Several months of work saw all the internal walls removed, while the rugs were haggled over in Marrakech. ‘It’s not all about getting a new foundations laid and a massive steel H-frame inserted inside the external bargain, but finding something you really love that holds good memories,’ walls. It was a nerve-wracking process: ‘You have to weaken a building in order to says George. make it stronger,’ he explains. The end result not only created ‘an Iron Man of a Those woven rugs now work alongside plush velvets, sheeny-shiny house’, but also opened up a whole world of design possibilities. glass and gleaming brass to create a supremely comfortable home. ‘Layers ‘With the internal walls down, I realised I could redraw the rooms exactly of textures have brought this home to life,’ says George. ‘But I kind of how I wanted,’ says George. ‘So the two main living floors now flow as open-plan like knowing that, beneath the soft surfaces, there lies a heart of steel.’ 106 I Livingetc August 2018
LIVING ROOM ‘I wanted luxurious comfort, but relaxed enough that it’s okay if Brady jumps on the sofa,’ says George. ‘Which is just as well, because he’s his own master.’ Get the look Find similar sofa at Vanto. This is the Pedrera coffee table by Barba Corsini for Gubi available with Le Mill. Tranceforme has similar patterned rugs. Find similar chandelier at House Of Heirloom. The stone wall lights are by Tom Dixon available at Vis à Vis. For vases, on the table, check out Pinakin Retail. Find similar cushions at Sarita Handa.
HOMES / ETC LIVING ROOM In keeping with the mood of the renovation, antiques mix with contemporary designs ‘we couldn’t resist this rocking chair, with its high shine and butter-soft leather,’ says George. Get the look The lounge chair is by Jader Almeida. Roche Bobois has a similar range of nesting tables. The floor lamp is by Michael Anastassiades for Flos available at Vis à Vis. CLOA K ROOM Playful architectural wallpaper is an apposite choice for the neat, triangular WC. Get the look The Procuratie Scimmie wallpaper is from the Fornasetti II collection at Cole &Son. Find similar basin at Jaquar. STUDY This is one room where the ‘Toblerone’ shape of the house reveals itself. ‘I had a desk made bespoke for the space to keep the room uncluttered,’ says George. Get the look The chair is by GamFratesi for Gubi available at Le Mill. Check out Lightkrafts or lightandyou.com for similar desk lamps. The wall is painted in Hague Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. 108 I Livingetc August 2018
‘OUR AIM WAS ELEGANTSIMPLICITY, BUT WITH ADDED CHARACTER FROM A COUPLE OF OFF-BEAT FINDS’ DINING AREA Gentle curves are subtly repeated in the formal dining zone to take the edge off the architectural grandeur. Get the look Check out Solid Bench for similar dining tables. The Beetle dining chairs for Gubi is available at Le Mill. Check out Gallery Threshold for similar artworks. Vases as before.
HOMES / ETC HOME TRUTHS What you can’t live without? Electrical insulation tape. It’s my maxim that you can fix anything with it. Favourite shop or website? Pure White Lines in Hackney wins favourite shop – for me, a real shop always beats web shopping. At school, you were always… A nightmare. First job? Bricklayer’s labourer. Great in summer, getting a suntan. Less fun in winter, tramping through mud. Most used app? BBC Sport and Instagram – just so I can like Sarah’s posts. Desert island album? Who Is William Onyeabor?, or anything by The Rolling Stones. K ITCH EN-DI N ER ‘For this hard-working room I went back to the most classic, enduring surfaces – brass, marble and timber – and then used them in a contemporary way,’ says George. Get the look This is a bespoke kitchen with Buster +Punch closet bar handles, marble worktops, Gaggenau Appliances and Quooker tap. For splashback glass, check out JB Glass. These ceiling lights are from Flos available at Vis à Vis. Find similar stools at Inliving. COSY CORNER The vintage elements, such as the bar trolley, radio and the glassware make for a comfortable niche. The colour-blocked accent chair gives the area its warm vibes. Get the look Find similar armchairs at Sarita Handa. Check out The Rug Republic for similar carpets and pepperfry.com for vintage bar trolley. DINING AREA ‘I saw Tim Hall’s photographs in a local gallery around the same time as Sarah spotted him online. We still can’t decide who discovered him first!’ says George. Get the look The Eames DSW chairs are from Vitra. This is the Ines Cole’s singer table. Check out Ottimo for cabinetry. 110 I Livingetc August 2018
HOMES / ETC THE BLUEPRINT GARDEN LOWER ROOM GROUND FLOOR KITCHEN- DINER WC UTILITY ROOM DINING GROUND FIRST AREA FLOOR FLOOR GUEST BEDROOM EN SUITE LIVING WC AREA STUDY MASTER MASTER BEDROOM EN SUITE MASTER BEDROOM The fringed chair is a favourite antique find. ‘It’s all about context – in a dodgy B&B this would look completely different,’ George says with a smile. Get the look Chair can be customised at Furniture Library. Floor lamp by Gubi available at Le Mill. Find similar mirror at The Great Eastern Home. Check out Mikasa for the flooring. MASTER EN SUITE ‘Because we started over with an empty shell, I redrew the walls to create a good-sized bathing space off the master bedroom,’ says George. Simple ovals, marble and a micro cement floor keep things serene and uncomplicated. Get the look Check out Etreluxe for similar basin and vanity unit. For similar bath tub, check out Jayanthi Tradelinks. Find similar mirror at Indi Store. 112 I Livingetc August 2018
MASTER BEDROOM Bespoke herringbone parquet flooring flows from the ground floor, up the stairs and through the bedrooms. ‘I didn’t want anything to jar or feel disjointed,’ says George. ‘It’s as seamless – and restful – as possible.’ Get the look Find similar bed at Gulmoharlane. Check out Shades Of India for bed linen. Find similar cushions at Good Earth. The table lamp is by Flos available at Vis à Vis Find similar chandelier at Jainsons. For flooring check out Mikasa. LIVINGETC LOVES How 19th-century grandeur feels liveable and relaxed, thanks to a well-judged balance of old and new designs. The urban garden room: An inspired way to bring greenery into a slender city space. Quiet seating nooks worked into the larger living spaces – very Soho House at home. How flooring helps spaces flow: Parquet all the way for the upper floors, but poured concrete for the more playful kitchen-diner. The bold brass touches – George’s favourite metal is a common thread, used for handles, lighting and furniture.
GARDEN ROOM Free-flowing foliage is contained within a structured grid in this urban version of a garden room. A petite triangular garden lies beyond. Get the look Cole-Parmer India has a wide range of shelving units. Find similar tables at BoConcept. Check out Exotic Greens for plants. Check out Saint Gobain for mirrored panels.
HOMES / ETC IDEAS TO STEAL An old property re-built with indulgent care can be glam-ed up with exotic ﬁnishes HOMES / ETC STAIRCASE ‘My favourite view in the house is looking up at the spiral HANDSOME of stairwell – possibly because I know how much hard work AND went into creating it,’ says George. Added curves come GLAMOROUS… from Brady the Italian greyhound. Get the look The staircase is bespoke. Check out D.S. Doors for customisation. Check out Squarefoot for flooring. Find similar shoes at Decathlon, and books at CMYK. That’s the house we’re talking about, but owner George Spiteri knows how to bring both elements to a home that celebrates gorgeous interiors sitting perfectly on strong foundations * * *Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside Production ⁄ Mary Weaver Words ⁄ Jo Leevers Indian Research ⁄ Team Livingetc HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS George Spiteri, who co-runs family building and design business Sitwell Investments, and his wife Sarah. The couple often dog-sit Brady, their neighbour’s Italian greyhound. THE PROPERTY A Victorian house in west London. On the ground ﬂoor is a large open-plan living/dining room, study and WC. On the lower-ground ﬂoor is a kitchen-diner with a garden room area, utility room and WC. The master suite and a guest bedroom suite are on the ﬁrst ﬂoor. On the second ﬂoor are three bedrooms, a bathroom and steps leading up to the terrace. ANTI-CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Flooring, price on request, Mikasa; carpet, `34,490, Eddis by The Rug Republic; wallpaint, 70BG 14/243 Soldier’s Pride, price on request, Dulux. CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT Mirror, price on request, AKFD; bar stool, price on request, Inliving; ceramic planters, `2,500, Marble Art Palace; planter, `600, The Wishing Chair; chair, price on request, Timothy Oulton; console table, price on request, Nivasa; basin, `2,890, Kohler; cushion cover, `1,190, The House Of Things. FOR CONTACTS, SEE STOCKISTS PAGES August 2018 Livingetc I 115
HOMES / ETC papsrtesent Jackie has celebrated the beautiful bones of her historic home, while bringing it up to date with design, classic furniture, contemporary art and vintage pieces DINING ROOM A soft grey shade tones down the decorative panelling on the walls and ceiling, linking with gunmetal-effect velvet curtains. Mid-century furniture and mesmeric lighting provide modern focal points. Get the look These are vintage series chair for Fritz Hansen, available with Haworth India. Find similar swivel chair at Ventura Interiors. For similar crystal pendant lights, check out Vis à Vis and Alankaram for the dining table. N Square Studio has similar upholstered bench. Morphy Richards has a range of room heating radiators. * *Photography ⁄ James Merrell Production ⁄ Mary Weaver Words ⁄ Jo Leevers * Indian Research ⁄ Team Livingetc 116 I Livingetc August 2018
HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Jackie Mitchell and her husband Francis, a lawyer, who live here with their terrier-cross dogs Rafa and Rolo, and Smokey the cat. The couple have six grown-up children, including son Tom, 21, who currently lives here as well. Jackie helps out with daycare for Arlo, her three-year-old grandson. THE PROPERTY A Georgian house in Kent, with Victorian and Edwardian additions. The ground ﬂoor has a kitchen-diner, dining room with an adjoining family room, living room, utility room and WC. Upstairs on the ﬁrst ﬂoor, there are ﬁve bedrooms (one en suite), an office and two bathrooms. There are three more bedrooms on the top ﬂoor and a media room and gym on the lower ground ﬂoor.
‘i’m always on the lookout for objects or art that add an unusual right up to pieces by contemporary makers – to create spaces that touch,’ says Jackie Mitchell. Architecturally, her house is a are coherent yet varied. The reworked rooms now have an elegance masterpiece of balance and measure, designed by leading that suits the historic setting, but created with designs that hail from 19th-century architect Decimus Burton, with Regency Revival a wider, more interesting spectrum. pillars, a portico and elegantly high windows to prove it. But, as her home demonstrates, sometimes it’s good to give history a bit For example, in the kitchen-diner, Justine respected the of a nudge. ‘I wanted to celebrate the setting, but without feeling room’s original dark oak woodwork, but added gleaming pieces weighed down by the past,’ she explains. and sculptural shapes that give the frame a lighter feel. A cluster The result is a style that blows the dust off the house’s of oversized vintage Holophane lights from Paris, bespoke brass handsome features, while adding the odd surprise. It’s a home shelving and iridescent glazed Moroccan tiles combine to give the where you can admire delicate cornicing and carved oak banis- darker features a style lift. ters, but then spot a Banksy or an audaciously glam Eighties coffee table – and where Persian rugs come in acidic green and In the dining room, a pale grey paint shade was used to soften the pink rather than traditional shades. Think less English Heritage, period decoration that gambols across the walls and ceiling, leaving more English eccentric. just some key areas – the fireplace and a set of sliding doors – in the To help her achieve this vision, Jackie called up Justine original dark oak, while the gentle curves of furniture by mid-century Hodgson-Barker of Barkerdesign. She admits she was initially masters Arne Jacobsen and Yngve Ekström sit comfortably in the cautious, as previous adventures with interior designers had setting. Softness comes in the form of superbly plush velvet curtains steered her towards trad plaid wallpaper and fancy florals with a gunmetal finish. Justine’s ability to mix eras and styles was (and not in a good way). She needn’t have worried. ‘Right from something that also chimed with Jackie’s outlook. ‘I’m a bit of a the start, Justine “got” me,’ says Jackie. ‘She saw that my art magpie when it comes to interiors, fashion and art,’ she says. collection erred towards the eclectic and that I love a bit of hotel-style glamour. Her first moodboard featured an Ochre As the project continued, hotels and restaurants provided chandelier, which, coincidentally, I’d just spotted and already another rich seam of inspiration. ‘The Greenwich Hotel in New coveted. I knew then that we were on the same page.’ York is my absolute favourite, for the way it reinterprets luxury,’ says While the house’s core dates from Burton’s heyday (the mid- Jackie. ‘Hotels are also great at showing how modern design and art 1800s), later additions have brought Victorian panelling and can work inside a historic setting.’ One trick that Jackie and Justine some Arts and Crafts features into the architectural mix. ‘The borrowed from hoteliers was to create small break-out seating areas in dark panelling and carvings are beautiful, but had started to feel the hallway and landing, turning unused corners into relaxing spaces. rather overwhelming,’ says Jackie. Justine’s approach was to bring in influences from other eras – ranging from the Sixties icons To add zing to the main stairs – previously a dark zone, due to an abundance of oak panelling – a bespoke runner was re-dyed in a mini rainbow of sharp shades. ‘I spotted a similar rug in New York and it’s just the kind of unusual beauty I’m drawn to,’ says Jackie. Final flourishes include pulp fiction, art and a sprinkling of offbeat but glam finds. In the family room, the centrepiece is a split-level brass coffee table that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Stringfellows nightclub, circa 1983. ‘It might not please an architectural purist,’ says Jackie, ‘but I think adding a “little bit of wrong” is always right.’
LIVING ROOM HOMES / ETC The house came with an ornate wallpaper FA MILY ROOM that was too beautiful to lose, even though it errs towards a more traditional mood. A dark, shimmering chandelier ‘The solution was to paint the other walls echoes the shapes of the and ceiling in a pale green shade and architecture, while striking a add mid-century furniture for contrast,’ more contemporary note. says Jackie. Get the look The is an Eclipse Get the look This is a hand painted chandelier by ochre.net. Check wallpaper by De Gournay available at Villa out MKM Luxe for a similar sofa. D’Este. Find J Hans Wegner chairs at Defa For a vintage coffee table, check Solutions. Find similar sofa at Iqrup+Ritz. out Accurate Demolisher, and This is a B&B Italia coffee table available Hands Carpet for rugs. with Vita Moderna. For faux plant, check out Exotic Greens. Check out Sedie Design for a similar side table. August 2018 Livingetc I 119
HOMES / ETC KITCHEN Tiling is taken up to the picture rail to accentuate the height of the room, while vintage lighting, fluted glass-fronted cabinets and shelves that replicate luggage racks add the glam quotient. Get the look Check out Country Villa Decor for customiseed kitchens. Try Kajaria for similar wall tiles. Check out Moorthy’s for similar pendant lights. For vintage bar stools, check out Country Collections. 120 I Livingetc August 2018
‘I gravitate towards colours that have a strong presence, such as amber, green and orange’ KITCHEN HOME TRUTHS THE BLUEPRINT UTILITY ROOM Jackie’s old kitchen table A day in London – what’s on your ENTRANCE was stripped of its previous hit list? Coffee at Monmouth, a WC glossiness for a softer finish browse in Liberty’s homeware and partnered with mid- department, then a bus over to LIVING ROOM HALL century chairs. A pinkish paint Shoreditch for a wander down shade gives the oak panelling a Redchurch Street. I’d then head FAMILY DINING ROOM KITCHEN fresh feel. to Red Rooster or Cub for drinks ROOM Get the look For art and supper, or Rudie’s in Dalston. installations, check The Next trip abroad? Planning on BATHROOM GROUND FLOOR Lohasmith. Try Art and Park City, Utah. Aesthetic for paintings. Era to time travel back to? BEDROOM Dining chairs can be The glamorous Twenties BATHROOM customised at Furniture would be fun. OFFICE HALL EN SUITE Library. Most used app? Find My iPhone BEDROOM or iPad, depending on which one FIR ST-FLOOR I’ve lost. L A N DI NG Current box set? True Detective. I’m on Season 1 and I’m hooked. The thick, vibrant rugs in The Favourite hotels for inspiration? Greenwich Hotel in New York The Zetter Townhouse in London were the inspiration for this and The Greenwich Hotel in New space – with an added dash York – both do tradition with a of British artistic licence. twist so well. Get the look Find similar rugs at Hands. On the floor is a GUESTTOM’S MAIN BoConcept satellite lamp. BEDROOMBEDROOM BEDROOM FIRST FLOOR
HOMES / ETC TOM’S BEDROOM There’s a hint of locker-room luxe in here, with a hefty headboard made from an old leather gym mat and metal lockers as bedside tables. Get the look Find similar rug at Jaipur Rugs. Visit Art4u.com for artworks. Check out BoConcept for similar throws. D OW NSTA I R S CLOA K ROOM Pops of colour and hyper-real photographic art liven up the downstairs cloakroom. Get the look Find similar basin at Kohler. Find similar stool at FCML. STAIRCASE A stair runner dyed in rainbow shades gives the house’s dark wood detailing a new vibrance. Get the look Check out The Rug Republic for similar runners. Check out Marshalls for wallcoverings and Gallery Espace for contemporary artwork. 122 I Livingetc August 2018
HOMES / ETC IDEAS TO STEAL Bring the vintage back to style with interesting accessories and a touch of vibrant colours. HOMES / ETC HOME DINING ROOM A soft grey shade tones down the pedriroadma PROFILE decorative panelling on the walls Jackie has and ceiling, linking with celebrated the THE OWNERS Jackie Mitchell gunmetal-effect velvet curtains. beautiful bones of and her husband Francis, Mid-century furniture and her historic home, a lawyer, who live here with mesmeric lighting provide while bringing their terrier-cross dogs Rafa modern focal points. it up to date and Rolo, and Smokey the Get the look These are vintage with design, cat. The couple have six series chair for Fritz Hansen, classic furniture, grown-up children, including available with Haworth India. contemporary art son Tom, 21, who currently Find similar swivel chair at and vintage pieces lives here as well. Jackie helps Ventura Interiors. For similar out with daycare for Arlo, her crystal pendant lights, check out three-year-old grandson. Vis-A-Vis India and Alankaaram THE PROPERTY A Georgian for the dining table. N Square house in Kent, with Victorian Studio has similar upholstered and Edwardian additions. bench. Morphy Richards has a The ground ﬂoor has a range of room heating radiator. kitchen-diner, dining room with an adjoining family room, living room, utility room and WC. Upstairs on the ﬁrst ﬂoor, there are ﬁve bedrooms (one en suite), an office and two bathrooms. There are three more bedrooms on the top ﬂoor and a media room and gym on the lower ground ﬂoor. Production ⁄ Mary Weaver Words ⁄ Jo Leevers * *raphy ⁄ James Merrell * Indian Research ⁄ Team Livingetc CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Berwin carpet, `9,490, The Rug Republic; wallpaper, price on request, christian-lacroix.com; wall paint, price on request, Bright Jade by Asianpaints. CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT Painting, `17,699, Bent Chair; chair, `13,990, Iqrup and Ritz ; cement planter, `700 onwards, amazon.in; planter, `4,088, Plusch Decor; lounge chair, Zanotta, price on request, Vivono Designs; sofa, price on request, Timothy Oulton; light, price on request, Studioavni. FOR CONTACTS, SEE STOCKISTS PAGES
HOMES / ETC FRIENDS’ ZONE Architect David has HOME designed this ingenious PROFILE home with a THE OWNER Architect modern David Money, who lives blend of in the house with shared and his friend and co-owner Kane and private Kane’s partner Donald; spaces for plus another friend who rents the attic. him and THE PROPERTY his three A three-bedroom friends to live Edwardian terrace under the in south London. same roof The inside has been rebuilt to create an open-plan kitchen- diner/living room on the ground ﬂoor, and a separate study. The ﬁrst ﬂoor has a double-height main suite, comprising David’s bedroom and mezzanine gym, and a bathroom accessed from his bedroom and the landing. Kane and Donald have a bedroom, sitting room and en suite on the same ﬂoor. There’s also a loft conversion with a bedroom and en suite. H A LLWAY ‘This is one of my favourite features in the house,’ says David of the clever birch ply stairway that conceals a laundry area, bike store and entrance to the cellar behind its panelling. The stairway and storage system was designed and built by David Money Architects. 124 I Livingetc August 2018
*Photography ⁄ Paul Massey Production ⁄ Mary Weaver *Words ⁄ Andréa Childs Indian Research ⁄ Team Livingetc
HOMES / ETC hink of a Chinese puzzle box – shapes fitted within shapes, hidden LIVING latches and concealed compartments – and you get some idea of the AREA intricacy of David Money’s house. From the bike store and laundry tucked beneath the stairs to the single-tread steps-cum-bookshelf in ‘I wanted to get away the main bedroom, each room holds secrets and surprises. At the same from shiny white walls time, the exposed joists and bare brick walls give tantalising clues as to and choose natural how it’s all put together. ‘I must be one of the few home owners thrilled to materials,’ says David, have a house with subsidence,’ says David. ‘The walls were riddled with who used bricks cracks and at risk of falling down when I bought it. By taking everything salvaged from the away and supporting the new structure with steel joists, it removed the demolition of the problem. I literally rebuilt the property from the ground floor up.’ building’s interior to create the side The house is in a conservation area, so it would have been difficult extension wall. to get planning permission for major additions. Instead, David’s aim Similarly, the wood was to create as much space as possible within the shell of the building. ceiling joists are left By lowering the ground floor by 30cm, adding a skinny 1-metre side exposed, giving an return and converting the attic, he’s created an enviable modern home indication of how the – part luxe loft, part smart townhouse – within the confines of an structure fits together. Edwardian terrace. Get the look Find similar sofa at SCASA. T‘The changes were about being radical with the interior architecture Check out This and That to solve the problems of a long 17-metre house that was dark and gloomy for similar side table. in the middle,’ he explains. His solution: a glazed roof on the side return Find similar coffee table and a glass floor on the first-floor landing that filters light through to at Room Therapy, rug the living area beneath. ‘The study at the front of the house is a really at ABACA and vase at bright room, so I also fitted sliding doors that can be opened up to bring INV Home. the light into the kitchen,’ he continues. All the better to highlight the kitchen’s show-stopping table – a concrete structure that levitates above the screed floor, supported by a piece of steel that rises from the foundations. ‘It’s totally indulgent as I can never move it, but that’s one of the main advantages of being my own client.’ Well, kind of – he and his friend Kane invested jointly in the property. ‘Fortunately, he was very trusting of my design process, which was about getting away from that shiny white walls look,’ says David. ‘I wanted natural materials in their elemental state, so I used bare wood, bricks salvaged from the demolition and concrete. There’s no white porcelain or chrome in the bathrooms – instead, the basins are basalt and the toilets are “prison-issue” stainless steel.’ Ceiling joists in the living area and David’s bedroom are left exposed, both to reveal the structure of the property and to create extra height. But the hero surface is premium birch-faced ply, used for the kitchen cabinets, study bookshelves and staircase, where the balustrade is seamlessly integrated into the side panelling, with under-stair storage secreted behind its slats. ‘I realised when working on architecture projects for clients that I often prefer the house when it’s half-finished – it seems to lose personality the closer it gets to perfection,’ says David. ‘I like that the smooth ply lives with the original rough walls quite happily in here.’ Every inch of the interior is considered and not just so David and Kane have a place to stash their bikes. ‘There’s a cupboard, but we hang the pretty one on the wall,’ says David, laughing. In addition to the two of them, Kane’s partner Donald lives here and another friend rents the attic room. ‘I did a hell of a lot of drawings and geometry before we started work on site to make sure the layout would work,’ David adds. Kane and Donald have a self-contained suite with its own separate sitting room and bathroom, while David’s double-height bedroom provides space for his own mezzanine gym. ‘It’s designed so that we all have our own private areas, but most of the time, you’ll find us hanging out around the kitchen table.’ This could be the coolest house share ever. To see more of David’s work, visit davidmoney.com 126 I Livingetc August 2018
HOMES / ETC LIVING KITCHEN HOME AREA TRUTHS The bespoke cabinets ‘Creating a view of the were designed by What’s on the menu garden was key, so the David and built in when you’re cooking room is designed to premium-grade for guests? One of my take your focus birch-faced plywood, housemates is vegan, outwards,’ says David. which has a smooth, so we mainly eat To prevent the glazing knot-free finish. plant-based food at appearing as a black ‘The tall cabinets draw home – such as spicy ‘wall’ when it’s dark your eyes upwards,’ dal with flatbread. outside, the garden is says David. ‘Plus, it What three qualities strongly illuminated. helps prevent my do you look for in a ‘It looks a bit like an phobia about the friend? Independence aquarium at night,’ grease and dust that of mind, sociability and David adds. usually collects at the house-trained! Get the look The womb top of cupboards.’ Favourite place for chair footstool is by Get the look The DSW a weekend getaway? Knoll. Find similar floor chair by Charles Newcastle to lamps at BoConcept. and Ray Eames is reconnect with my available at Vitra. roots, or Brighton to Check out BGSB see my family. Concrete solutions Biggest indulgence? for concrete work The remote-control surfaces and flooring. blind to the roof light in Kohler has a range of my room. It’s my Roger similar faucets. Moore moment. Your favourite journey? Down the Havasu creek to the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon. 128 I Livingetc August 2018
‘THE TABLE IS SO LARGE, WE CAN PREP FOOD AT ONE END AND EAT AT THE OTHER. WE CAN SEAT 16 PEOPLE FOR A DINNER PARTY’ DINING AREA ‘I originally hung bare bulb lights on cables, but it looked like a forest of wire and you couldn’t see through to the living area,’ says David. ‘The wires of these globe lights are ideal – they hang like a cloud above the table.’ Get the look For customised concrete dining table, check out Convow at MG Road. This 14 series pendant by Bocci is available at Lightbox. Check out Moonriver for similar crockery.
HOMES / ETC ‘I WANTED TO USE A LOT OF NATURAL MATERIALS – BRICK AND WOOD, SLATE AND STONE – IN THEIR ELEMENTAL STATE’ KANE AND THE BLUEPRINT DONA L D ’S BEDROOM DAV ID’S LIVING AREA HALL BATHROOM STUDY Two rooms were knocked KITCHEN-DINER into one to create a ‘It’s dark in here, but I self-contained suite, with wanted to get away from GROUND FLOOR the idea that they could be white porcelain and divided to create two chrome that’s the norm in MAIN BATHROOM SITTING bedrooms if the friends bathrooms,’ says David. BEDROOM ROOM decide to sell the house Instead, a basalt basin later. ‘It gives Kane and forms the foundation of an KANE/DONALD’S Donald their own space,’ inky palette. A horizontal says David. window lets in light and FIRST FLOOR BEDROOM EN SUITE Get the look The Aim acts as a mini hothouse for pendant lights are by a row of ferns. The ATRIUM EN SUITE Flos available with Vis à mirrored cabinets have Vis. Find similar bed been designed to conceal MEZZANINE GUEST covers and cushions at the plants’ pots. GYM BEDROOM Apartment9. For a quilted Get the look Check out headboard, check out C. Bhogilal West End for SECOND FLOOR Iqrup+Ritz. Find similar similar basins and Bharat decorative ladders at Flooring and Tiles for floor pepperfry.com. tiles. Grohe has similar showerheads. 130 I Livingetc August 2018
LIBR A RY There are books everywhere in David’s home. There is an alternate-tread stairs that doubles up as a bookshelf and this cosy corner that is an ideal reading nook. Get the look This is an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, available at Kraftly. The rug is from Ikea. Check out CMYK for books.
HOMES / ETC IDEAS TO STEAL Architectural tweaks and natural materials make this old property come alive HOMES / ETC FRIENDS’ ZONE Architect HOME David has *Photography ⁄ Paul Massey Production ⁄ Mary Weaver designed this PROFILE ingenious * *Words ⁄ Andréa Childs Indian Research ⁄ Team Livingetc home with a THE OWNER Architect David Money, who lives modern in the house with blend of his friend and shared and co-owner Kane and Kane’s partner Donald; private plus another friend spaces for who rents the attic. THE PROPERTY him and A three-bedroom his three Edwardian terrace friends to live in south London. under the The inside has been same roof rebuilt to create an open-plan kitchen- diner/living room on the ground ﬂoor, and a separate study. The ﬁrst ﬂoor has a double-height main suite, comprising David’s bedroom and mezzanine gym, and a bathroom accessed from his bedroom and the landing. Kane and Donald have a bedroom, sitting room and en suite on the same ﬂoor. There’s also a loft conversion with a bedroom and en suite. H A LLWAY ‘This is one of my favourite features in the house,’ says David of the clever birch ply stairway that conceals a laundry area, bike store and entrance to the cellar behind its panelling. The stairway and storage system was designed and built by David Money Architects. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Wallpaper, price on request, printawallpaper.com; rug, `13,990, Pavon by The Rug Republic; flooring, price on request, Square Foot;. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Sofa, price on request, Vilaasita at The House Of Things; chair, `8,998, urbanladder.com; chandelier, price on request, axolight.it; chair, price on request, italiacollezione. com; table, price on request, mdfitalia.com; planter, `1,299, fourwalls.in; salad bowl, price on request, pro.villeroy-boch.com; side table, `5,156, furnspace.com, planter, `5,096, nurserylive.com. FOR CONTACTS, SEE STOCKISTS PAGES 132 I Livingetc August 2018
DESIGN INSPIR ATION ⁄ PEOPLE ⁄ PL ANNING ⁄ SHOPPING 141 DESIGN PROJECT Upgrade the corners of your home into designer storage with our list of innovative ideas. 134 136 150 DESIGN NEWS DESIGN PROFILE EDITED CHOICE Discover the latest Milan based design duo Presenting our list of products in the market Roberto Palomba and Ludovica consoles & sideboards for your big ticket buys to keep your space neat of ps+a, who have deﬁned and more... the looks for numerous yet stylish. luxury brands. August 2018 Livingetc I 133
DESIGN NEWS Discover the latest in the market for your big-ticket buys and more... NEW IN TOWN The latest design from Aster Cucine, launched at Salone Milano 2018, is here in town. The range is available in muted colours with lacquered or veneer ﬁnishes. www.ottimo.in WA R M A PPE A L Looking for durable and sustainable f loors? Your search ends here. Span Floors has a plethora of wooden floorings with varied patterns to fit any decor style. w w w.spanf loors.com Luxe appeal BASK IN FUN It’s the craft and details that You can count on Loom Craft to provide elite lounge seating. deﬁnes a quality product, Their loungers are in varied hues of black, grey, white, green and cream that complement gardens, pools and patios. Designed with just like Kristall Basin Mixer by unique stitching and refined finishing, it could well be talk of the Sternhagen. The faucets are town at outdoor events. designed with metal and chrome www.loomcrafts.com ﬁnish to match any interior. The range is extremely durable and meets the traditional aesthetics with modern touch. Price on request. www.sternhagen.com
Class Apart DESIGN / NEWS Searching for smart, intelligent WC? Somany NATURAL FINISH Ceramics Evita i-Gen is the perfect pick. Classic Marble Company’s Magma stone porcelain slab is inspired with magma’s natural formation under earth. The range is designed to maintain hygiene It carries ﬁre patterns on a dark frame and comes in and deliver the well travelled consumers 3 mm thickness and format of 3000 mm x 1000 mm. better living. Priced at `99,999 www.somanyceramics.com Price on request. www.classicmarble.com M U LTI FU N C TI O NA L Tech Smart Tumidei brings the smart space saving solutions that are apt for Honeywell has recently introduced their Vector compact spaces. It has a foldable bed that can be used as a sofa Space Sense, a software solution that provides the details of where, when and how building spaces will or a storage unit. The smart furniture has easy mechanism. It be used at a particular time. The IoT-enabled system also comes with a study table and side cabinets. www.ottimo.in aims to give an insight of the work by connecting organisations. www.honeywell.com FCDI takes its ‘Moments in Architecture’ exhibition to Mumbai. [CAR WASH] On at reD Architects warehouse-look office till the 13th of August. TheHarleyrangeoffaucetby Graff, inspired by the automative world,isforautoenthusiasts. Theycomeinwall,flooror deck-mountedmodels. Priceonrequest. www.graff-faucets.com COMFORT ZONE Kurl-on has launched a new sofa collection called Home Komfort. They come in diverse variants such as leather, premium upholstery and fabric. From ‘Palette’, a single seater sofa cum bed which offers the perfect combination of utility to Armada, a complete set of 3, 2 and 1 seaters, the range is comprehensive to meet vastly different tastes, homes and budgets. www.homekomforts.com August 2018 Livingetc I 135
ROBERTO PALOMBA + LUDOVICA The uber-cool Milan based design duo Roberto Palomba and Ludovica of ps+a who have deﬁned the looks for numerous luxury brands with their mature approach to design DWords ⁄ Mridula Sharmaefying rules and trends, they have, for the last 25 years, made an indelible mark in the design world with their work, be it furniture design, architecture projects, indulgent products for the home, spa or bath fittings. Their signature style reflects a harmonious blend of organic forms and geometric angles, creativity and details, nature and the mysterious. Roberto and Ludovica were invited to actualise Driade 's theme of 'Fifty years of Landing on the Moon' to celebrate the furniture company's 50th anniversary. For this ps+a, designed three major seating pieces, The Full Moon, The Moon and The Neil Sofa, named after Neil Armstrong, which has a light, cushiony feel, inspired by the weightlessness of being in space. In a quick conversation, Roberto discusses the coming together of this design theme... Your inspirational emotion for this collection? When Driade said that they wanted to work around the theme of 50 years of Landing on the Moon, my mind travelled to a recent visit to Japan. In a town by the river, just outside Tokyo, the municipal authorities have created THIS PAGE Roberto Palomba and Ludovica Serafini of ps+a; fabric upholstered the Full Moon seat designed for Driade's 50th anniversary. 136 I Livingetc August 2018
DESIGN / PROFILE a platform for people to watch the reﬂection of the moon in The Driade stall at Salone this year, had an unusual light the river water. During my latest visit, standing there, watching quality that made it appear awashed in moonlight. It was the the reﬂection on a full moon night, I had a magical moment. particular shade of white, reflective surfaces and finishes It was an overwhelming feeling to be part of such a pristine working in tandem with the layout, that conjured an imagery moonscape, so to say. The imagery of being wrapped in a bright of being enveloped in bright moonlight. On speaking with silvery light is something that has not left me... hence when Roberto, we discovered that it was part of the plan, to drive Driade came up with this theme, it was the resurgence of that home Driade's theme of Apollo. Effusive and affable, Roberto overwhelming feeling. It is the spirit of that moment, which with his typical sense of humour and charm showed us around I have tried to infuse in this collection. It gets reﬂected in and spoke of his thought-process—special moments and colours, shades, ﬁnishes, shapes and the quality, and the pieces emotions that were at play when he designed the collection. are named Full Moon and The Moon and the Neil Sofa, which has a slight bouncy feel that co-relates to the weightlessness of FROM TOP: Ecoes landing on the moon. Fifty years ago Driade was investigating mirror for Kartell; ways to add touches of art to the interiors realm. Combining the Metropolis the works of artists and designers, design+art has become their wallpaper designed DNA. Till today they continue to make pieces that make a for Texturae; the statement. The new collection is a continuation of their design Neil sofa designed core values. and named after Neil Armstrong; Which part of the design process is the most exciting for you? Arrival light for Creativity is beautiful in every part. I would say that Artemide and The everything that is not found in nature, someone must draw Moon chair for it, whether it be a mobile, a faucet, a car or a house. This also Driade. implies a designer’s responsibility in making good design. There isn’t a part that I prefer throughout the creative process. August 2018 Livingetc I 137 I like to invent, to create. Making the design work, constructing its functionality, I like to see my projects grow. So right from drawing to the ﬁnal product, each stage of work is equally exciting! \"No matter what we design, our designs are 'free' in the sense that we are always curious and challenging ourselves,\" said Roberto and Ludovica on an earlier occasion.
DESIGN / PROFILE Your creative feed? Certainly, for inspiration, one has to travel far and wide. Fortunately for me, I can travel distances in my head! I travel very far, everyday… (happily) in my head. Everyday, for me, it is as if I get onto a plane and a part of me is transported to the subconscious world of memories to ﬁnd inspiration and new ideas. Thank God, I do not have to pay for tickets and I don’t use drugs! Favourite activities to recharge your batteries, so to say! I love to travel, even though much is with my imagination, I do make the time for physical travel, and ﬁnd the time to read a good book. This is all that I need. I also love to spend time with my friends and to visit the cities of the world. Your dream project would be...? The next one...! Roberto's most recent city of love is Jaisalmer. He was in India recently and travelled to Rajasthan. He came back all exhilarated about the golden glow in the city. 'It was almost surreal to be surrounded and bathed in the hue (of the Jaisalmer stone)'. Roberto is also totally in love with Indian food and can even make 'naan' back home in Milan. Just as he can't wait to be back in India, we can't wait to have him here with us! ‘Verses that emerge when something awakens an emotion already internalised’ Lines by Ludovica who also writes poetry. Here 'Verses' refers to designs. CLOCKWISE from top: Bathroom furniture for Kartell for Laufen, the collection includes accessories as well; the latest flat-face handheld shower WaterCandy for Zuchetti.Kos that has been making news lately; Rubineto faucet for the same company; the Come Together sofa designed for Poltrona Frau and the Quadrat MiniPool Relax an outdoor bathtub designed for personal wellness, for Kos. 138 I Livingetc August 2018
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ADGESEINGDNA//SSHHOOPPPPININGG Gramercy, price on request, MisuraEmme Kerwan, price on request, Visionnaire Townser, price on request, Dash Square Junction, price on request, Timothy Oulton The Premier Wood Drive, price on request, Cattelan Italia Cocoon Oval, price on request, Cipriani Homood 140 I Livingetc August 2018
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY SHUTTER STOCK DESIGN / PROJECT CLEVERSTORAGE SOLUTIONS Words /Nandini Banerjee There are many corners in your home that can be converted into storage. Browse through our list of innovative ideas and choose one for your space. ALL PLAY AND NO WORK Who said that display cabinets have to be boring and functional? This interesting storage unit that is also an in-built wardrobe for a teenager’s room has been designed like a model project of an office. It can hold books, toys, collectibles, clothes and accessories, including shoes, while looking extremely stylish. Sapna & Ankush Aggarwal, Ansa Interiors August 2018 Livingetc I 141
DESIGN / PROJECT PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY RED ARCHITECTS; [TOP] SHUTTER STOCK QUIRK FACTOR Reinventing crates to create extra storage is ingenious. Their versatility keeps a space dynamic. But, beware, old crates are full of nails and sharp edges and therefore can be dangerous. First, extract the nails, then use a wood buffer to smoothen the crates, inside, out. Then, apply a high-gloss varnish to bring out the natural wood shade and smoothen the crates completely. Arrange them as per your space availability. Pile them on top of each other or on the sides. Nail them together lightly, just to hold the structure. Taamaa Design Studio The best locations for storage are those which are cool, dry, and well ventilated. Also, avoid locations in direct sunlight because the heat can ruin the contents. HIDE AND SEEK Smart storage is the need of the hour, where you can use every inch of space in a perfect manner. Such storage plays a vital role in the beautification of any space. Hidden in plain view, the grey wall in this room is actually a concealed storage space. With compartments that open seamlessly with just a touch, this concept requires just 1.5 feet space for execution. www.redarchs.in 142 I Livingetc August 2018
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY PAUL MASSEY DESIGN / PROJECT SLIDE UP This bookcase can be created in any unused corner or an awkward niche in your home. Or you can use your existing staircase to make an innovative book shelf. Random curving shelves add to the aesthetics of the room while being functional as to fit all sizes of books and accessories. www.davidmoney.com August 2018 Livingetc I 143
WALK IN PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY MOMENTI; (TOP) SHUTTERSTOCK When short of space, corners and small areas can be used to create smart shelves for shoes or books. Keeping the shelves colour neutral or even stark white and matching with the walls, lets it blend into the room decor. The shoes or books will be enough to add pops of intense hues. Nidhi Aggarwal, Indo Innovations MASTER OF DISGUISE Make your closed display unit homogenous with the wall. Cover the unit using the same wallpaper or paint, and to break the monotony, place a few photo frames and books. This technique works well for smaller room where different furnitures can close up the space and make it look cluttered.
DESIGN / PROJECT PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK; (TOP) PLUSCH LIVING SEAT UP This walk in closet has floor-to-ceiling wardrobes with multiple drawers and different sized niches to fit odd shaped items. With ample built-in storage, the space has an open, airy feel due to the use of neutral, uniform colours. The table with the sofa at the centre adds style in addition to providing more storage space and a convenient counter for placing clothes or accessories while deciding what to wear. Plusch Living ON THE ROOF In such a tiny space, which has a rustic décor style, look up for creating storage. Carve out a shelf on the roof to put those books and winter clothing. Use, suitcases as movable storage objects, and that also makes it easy for you to change the look of your room as often as you want. For an illusion of bigger area, let in as much natural light as possible. Gobind Kapur, Maison Du Luxe August 2018 Livingetc I 145
DESIGN / PROJECT PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK STAIR AWAY The spot under staircases, although difficult, can be transformed into an area of utility and beauty. It may be used for creating a workstation area or a cosy study. Make sure that the furniture is arranged horizontally to create an illusion of expanse and make the compact space look bigger. Also, the furniture should be in sync with the surroundings, so use stools and folding chairs that can be locked away in the room. Bright lights are a must. Nidhi Aggarwal, Indo Innovations 146 I Livingetc August 2018
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY ESSENTIA ENVIRONMENTS; (TOP) SHUTTERSTOCK CURVED LINES For an odd shaped room, consider a curved closet in the corner that opens to reveal a lot of space for storing. The curving wardrobe is adorable and immensely practical. It can be used as a wardrobe or a pantry. The wardrobe is built in a modular system that allows it to be adapted for awkward spaces by narrowing depths, shortening heights and reducing widths where necessary. TREE OF LIFE Let your imagination soar when designing your kid’s closet. Small drawers, cubbies and storage bins make it easy for kids to find what they’re looking for without making a mess. Put toys and books on open shelves in plain sight where they are easy to grab and put away. Use baskets and boxes to keep lesser used and small, easily lost items like stationary. The layout of this unit gives plenty of space to store treasured items like old photographs and report cards, for longer term. Hardesh Chawla, Essentia Environments To keep damp away from storage, regularly air the area and sun the items, minimum for a day. You can spray citronella oil to keep insects away.
DESIGN / PROJECT BED REST This bed is the ultimate statement of functional beauty. The shelves created at the bottom of the bed can be used to stock your favourite books, soft furnishings, shoes and keep gadgets, without adding any extra storage in the room. The low raise bed keeps the room tidy and creates space for easy movement. Namit Ajmani, IOTA CLOSE DOORS The headboard of this bed hides a closet! The door is concealed as a cover and slides away to reveal shelves and hanger space. The design is seamless and it is difficult to even detect the opening. On top, there are more drawers for storage. A marvel design indeed! PHOTOGRAPHS SHUTTER STOCK 148 I Livingetc August 2018
PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK WEAVE AWAY For light, movable storage ideas, look towards baskets made with natural fibres. They look beautiful, and have ample space to store bed linens and clothes, and moderately heavy items like shoes, and toys. Match the colour of the basket to the décor style of your room. You can also colour your baskets and give it a coat of lacquer to make it glossy and exude style. HARDY BOY This innovative storage unit was created using old vegetable plastic boxes. Since, they are very sturdy and can hold onto immense pressure, they were repainted in interesting shades and a matt white wooden frame was created a to hold the crates. Each of them can be pulled independently. Lastly, to give a quirky touch, a discarded cycle wheel was attached. This unit is used as a shoe case and it holds close to 100 pairs! Rupa Joshi, Designs Unlimited
The Edited Choice CONSOLES & SIDE-BOARDS Presenting our list of must-haves to keep your space neat yet stylish Kolkata cabinet, price on Melting Light sideboard, request Etro Home Interiors price on request,Turri Loft coffee table, `52,800 Ottawa sideboard, price on Mois Mobiliya, available request, BoConcept Taylor cabinet, price at IOTA on request Flexform Madheke multi storage, price Lexington Coffee Table, on request LOCO Design `36,995 It’s All About Home Storage unit, price on request East County Co. 150 I Livingetc August 2018