Mayfair Meets Miami

by Charlotte Duckworth in Interior designed homes

From its rather unassuming exterior, you’d expect this bachelor pad in a Mayfair mews to reveal a maze of compact rooms and ill-lit corridors. But you’d be wrong.

Inside, the whole property has been completely gutted, with a new interior created from scratch. The result is simply astonishing – a home which feels very firmly 21st century.

‘If I had to describe this house in three words I would say it is breathtaking, bright and unexpected,’ says Mark Howorth of Callender Howorth, the interior design atelier behind the scheme. ‘Like most mews houses, it’s small in size, so we opened it up completely to create the illusion of space.’

Glazed walls on each of the three levels in the home now overlook an impressive white marble courtyard, complete with water feature, making the space feel incredibly light and open.

‘It is such a bright space, which feels very contemporary,’ explains Mark. ‘The client wanted something with wow factor. And the simple backdrop really helps ensure the exquisite furnishings and art take centre stage.’

‘I always think it’s better to have a mixture of furnishings and art so you get that funky, eclectic look.’

The homeowner is a single man, who likes to entertain guests. In designing interiors for clients, Mark likes to work closely alongside them, to ensure the result truly reflects their character. ‘When I first visited the property, I spotted a very large vintage James Bond poster,’ explains Mark. ‘This was the starting point from which the whole interior was designed.’ Mark then visited a number of galleries with the client to source more pieces to suit the space.

Sticking firmly to the bachelor pad theme, the home now boasts a wine fridge in the bedroom, a fabulous home cinema, and plenty of clever gadgets, such as automated blinds. ‘The design for the kitchen was really interesting, as the client likes to entertain, but isn’t so keen on cooking,’ Mark explains. ‘So we designed a kitchen with a club-like feel, with LEDs under the Corian island unit as well as all the cabinets, allowing the mood of the room to be changed easily.’ A geometric aluminium chandelier above the kitchen island adds more drama to an otherwise clean-lined and minimalist room.

Lighting was a hugely important part of the scheme, and follows the ‘boy’s toys’ theme, with lots of clever tricks working hard to increase the dramatic effect. ‘We also wanted to make sure at night the house is properly lit to mirror its brightness during the day,’ says Mark. ‘So there’s lots of recessed lighting hidden in the walls.’

One of the focal areas of the home is the grand master suite – created from three pokey bedrooms on the top floor. The luxurious room now houses a mirrored dressing room as well as a bar area and the cinema – with an underlit raised platform for the bed.

The overall effect is clean and sophisticated, with plenty of fun thrown in. ‘I always think it’s better to have a mixture of furnishings and art so you get that funky, eclectic look,’ says Mark. ‘It’s a very inspiring and interesting house.’

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