‘The oak clad wall created a special surface on which we hung the bespoke cabinet,’ describes Griem. ‘In contrast to the organic properties of the wood on the wall, we used harder and richer materials for the cabinet: Matt white lacquer, polished arabascato marble and fake blue shagreen leather.’
And the addition of suave, somewhat masculine furniture choices like the Papillo armchair from B&B Italia, Glas Italia coffee table and Flexform’s oversized Grandemare sofa give it a man-cave-esque edge, most likely to appeal to the city bankers who would be perusing and hopefully inhabiting it.
The dining area has an similarly moody charcoal textured wallpaper, and a statement monochrome Skygarden suspension light by Flos above the Arflex Octopus table. Matthew Williamson’s graphic Peacock rug, from The Rug Company, lightens the palette and gives a little bit of decoration to the dark block colours and shapes.
The other end of this open plan space houses the kitchen, where Griem applied more lighting and lighter tones for efficiency reasons. ‘I believe that every room deserves a different level of mood and lighting. For example, where a corridor can carry a lot more mood as the only task it fulfils is to travel through, – however for practicality a kitchen must be bright and light,’