A Fitzrovia Apartment by Oliver Burns

by Jennifer Hamilton in Interior designed homes

Many luxury interior design concepts are sparked by one key piece – an artwork, a candle, sometimes a family heirloom – that ties the scheme together.

In this two-bedroom apartment close to Regent’s Park by interior design practice Oliver Burns, the client had a clear vision of what she wanted; something bold, contemporary and masculine, softened with feminine accents.

“To aptly interpret her style we came up with a muted grey palette, inspired by a chic grey leather Natuzzi sofa chosen by the client herself. Combined with metallics and crystals, we created a concurrent theme of sophistication throughout the scheme,” says Katia Perez, Head of Design at the practice.

Based on a foundation of cool grey tones, Oliver Burns has added carefully selected splashes of glamour, colour and texture to bring personality and comfort. In the living space hangs a statement chandelier of three interlocking crystal rings, Jewel by Windfall, that perfectly aligns with the modern, subtly feminine theme. Lightweight metallic sheer fabrics frame the windows, which maintain the contemporary feel while making it inviting and comfortable, and a luxurious Fendi rug adds texture underfoot. Richer details such as the antique gold brass side tables, Missoni cushions and high gloss wooden cabinets bring a warm glow to the space.

The entrance hall features a gold leaf gilded coffered ceiling that boosts natural light, and a decadent oversized chandelier, “creating an immediate sense of grandeur,” says Perez. Likewise, in the impressive kitchen stretches a beautiful island of sleek Cararra marble that acts as an integrated, high-seat dining area. According to Perez, it was important to the client that the dining and entertaining spaces be, “inviting yet informal, tailored to the social aspect of London living.” Key elements link this space to the living room, such as the high-shine cabinetry, the delicate sheer curtains, and the lighting, a row of five decorative mini-chandelier pendants, that add a feminine aspect (as do the glittery barstools).


“To create a luxurious feel, we used a dynamic play of textures where sleek, highly polished surfaces are contrasted with tactile, luxurious fabrics.”

The master bedroom continues the project’s opulent atmosphere, with dark, silvery hues and geometric designs that side more with the modern, masculine facet of the client’s brief. It also exemplifies Oliver Burns’ knack for textural balance, used to a tea in this project. “To create a luxurious feel, we used a dynamic play of textures where sleek, highly polished surfaces are contrasted with tactile, luxurious fabrics,” says Perez. The practice designed and custom-made the dressing table in high gloss veneer and polished chrome (with a suede-lined drawer) to fit this idea, amid a palette of silks, velvets, linens and metallic touches. It also contrasts the soft, leather-clad bedside tables from Fendi, a brand coveted by the client.

Next door, the guest bedroom is still contemporary with, “hints of old-fashioned femininity,” with flocked feather wallpaper, Baga lights, fabrics in soft pink, cream and caramel, and a mirrored gold headboard frame.

“She wanted her apartment to feel like a luxury boutique hotel,” says Perez of the finished scheme, “and since she’s moved in, she feels like she’s entering her own individual hotel whenever she walks through the door, warm, welcoming and luxurious.”

Oliver Burns – www.oliverburns.com

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