A London Penthouse with Decadent Layers and Finishes

by Becky Hoh in Interior designed homes

The award winning design consultancy Hill House Interiors have filled this exclusive London riverside penthouse apartment with opulent textures and pattern, high-end couture and glamour.

There are touches of a global outlook but an overall classic feel. All the while, it feels like a flowing, open vast space, a signature aesthetic the Hill House duo Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves, specialise in.

‘The client was an international businessman with homes across the globe,’ describes Jenny, ‘who was looking for a London base for himself and his family, with several of his children being educated in London.’

Everywhere you turn the finishes are interesting and enticing, mother of pearl inlays and door furniture adorn the bespoke cabinetry in the marble floored entrance hall. The cabinetry incorporates two supersized coat cupboards, with doors in high gloss lacquer, inlayed with mirror and tactile Shagreen leather. Lit apertures display stunning objets by Michael Aram and L’Objet.

‘We relish in fusing diverse textures, we love the effect of mirror which reflect the immensely tactile fabrics.’

The huge reception room has a fresh, light palette, ranging from champagne to creamy lattès. The latter being brought in, in a large way, by the two deep buttoned floating sofas and arm chairs, all by Ipe Cavalli, upholstered in butter-coloured Italian leather. There is a cluster of bespoke pearl topped plinth-like coffee tables, by Cornelio Cappellini. The owner’s own Persian rug adds a rich Middle Eastern flavour and intricate pattern to the mix, warming the space further. There is also a very grand, bespoke, art deco inspired mirrored cabinet and TV unit which provides a statement piece that also doubles the sense of space.

‘We relish in fusing diverse textures,’ explains Helen on the use of mirror throughout the project, ‘we love the effect of mirror which reflect the immensely tactile fabrics.’

The client also requested the importance of an al fresco living space, which lead to the creation of the dedicated shisha room. The colour pop palette refers to the Middle East once again, with the tones of Schiaparelli pink and deep purple, echoed in the client’s own metallic butterfly sculpture, mounted above the sofa. A backlit quartz bar completes the room.

The decadent use of pattern, finish and fabric continues through to each of the five bedrooms suites, which all have the feel and specification of the luxury hotel rooms to which the client is accustomed.

The master suite, dominated by a full ceiling height headboard, has a palette of soft, oyster hues that make it the perfect tranquil retreat.

There is a u-turn from this in the undeniable masculine crisp, navy guest bedroom which features an equestrian theme afforded by the horse racing wall covering by Hermès and a bedside lamp with a brass stirrup motif. Another room has an innately feminine feel with an unusual pale violet palette, with Rubelli and Lizzo fabrics. All the headboards and cabinetry are bespoke and are finished in sumptuous velvets, crocodile and snake skin as well as  leathers and suedes.

The silvery soft carpets are in a high tech, faux silk material by Sylka.

The outdoor living space is one of the key features of the penthouse, with amazing terraces which were again design inspired by Hill House Interiors

This penthouse is bursting with innovative, luxury materials that deck it out in layer upon layer of character, making the owner feel spoilt and pampered in the surroundings in every single room. A great apartment for the international client and his family, with no compromise on luxury and glamour.


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