Absolute Abode: A Contemporary Marylebone Mews House

by Becky Hoh in Interior designed homes

Absolute Abode keep it light, airy and Rock n Roll in a contemporary Marylebone Mews House.

Wimbledon interior design and architecture firm Absolute Abode were called in to this tired, three bedroom three storey mews house in Marylebone to create a contemporary, sleek open plan home for a family with two teenage boys.

‘Our clients, a British/American professional family, requested that we completely renovate and fully project manage the project,’ describes Absolute Abode’s Kirsty McMorron who worked on the project with former business parter Sophie Mills.

‘It was quite a tight brief in terms of how they like to live and the overall style they wished to achieve in their new home.’

‘But we we were then given free rein to propose full concept and spatial solutions to reconfigure the ground floor into an open plan family space, and open up the top floor to be a light filled, contemporary living area and roof terrace.’

Absolute Abode have been inventive and stylish at all points to ensure they fulfilled the ultra contemporary brief, but with a warm feel that caters for the real liveability that a family needs, with chunky textures and layering with welcoming colours alongside clean lines and white space. They worked closely with furniture resource company Coexistence, who have a library of knowledge on great UK-based suppliers, gathered over the 40 years that they have been championing design in Britain.

The home is modern all the way, with light woods such as white oiled oak and earthy toned tiles, industrial hammered metals as well as oranges, red and blacks for the music and media loving teenage sons.

‘One of the main challenges was the open plan ground floor,’ says McMorron. ‘We had to use large fire curtains to ensure we fully complied with fire regulations, as the kitchen and dining area is open to the staircase and the rest of the home.’

This space has been designed with white and grey tones, with larch wood flooring and a contemporary, minimal fireplace by Real Flame. There is an artist in the family so much of the artwork is the client’s own, such as the modernist piece, shown in the main image, which also picks out the hot orange colours mimicked in the Christopher Farr fabrics.

Moving onto the Bulthaup kitchen, industrial materials add to the light filled, open atmosphere, with white oiled oak breakfast bar, engineered stone work surfaces and aluminium lighting seen in the Original BTC Stanley pendants hanging over the laminate dining table and chairs from Unto This Last.

Absolute Abode designed the shelving, storage and joinery here as well as the bathroom, and bedrooms.

A bespoke larch staircase with glass balustrades, provides a focal point to one of the coolest areas of the house, with exposed brick work and client’s own artwork. This leads on to the bedrooms, where the personality of the boys can really be felt and has definitely been catered for, with favourite movie artwork from Reel Posters against the masculine toned and masculine named Downpipe Farrow & Ball colourway wall finish. The cowhide rug from City Cows, adds a little fun beside further grown up bachelor pad touches with the Lampe Gras desk lamp and monochrome tones of the classic Fender guitar.

‘This son in particular wanted his guitars as a feature of the room,’ McMorron explains, ‘so we ensured that when we designed the room, the guitars were planned as ‘artwork’ on the walls. There are about 3 or 4 in total in his room!’

The boys both love Playstation and playing the drums so this influenced the ‘Garage’ where Absolute Abode have created a space for the drum kit and Oficina Inglesa sofa bed in Christopher Farr upholstery, as well as beanbags optimum Playstation positions.

A calmer, relaxed tone takes over in the master bedroom and its ensuite but not without hints of where the boys’ passion for rock and roll originated from. A black and white photo depicts a man in a business suit being blasted by an amp and the Tom Dixon mirror ball bedside pendent light keeps things interesting.

The ensuite has a lighter feel, almost sanctuary-esque, with a minimal Corian and veneered American Walnut sink unit and a custom HiMacs basin. The grey textured wall cladding is porcelain tiles by Life Lava from Reed Harris, with a full bodied linear textured finish. Absolute Abode designed the wet room lighting so it can be changed from fresh and subtle, to something more dramatic, for daytime and night-time or simply for mood.

Both Absolute Abode and the client are extremely pleased with the result and it’s easy to see why. It has real and truthful personality, tailored completely to this family’s requirements, but with plenty of open space and a lightness that keeps it very of the moment as well as supplying the visual breathing space every family needs.


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