Discover the new London homes getting the luxury interior design treatment
Words Nigel Lewis
London was recently heralded as the ‘design capital of the world’ by The New York Times. And every year the London Design Festival pulls in 350,000 people from 60 countries to see one of the most vibrant creative sectors in the capital – along with fashion and film according to the Mayor of London.
This is particularly true in the world of interior design. There are now dozens of companies and interior designers offering the capital’s prime homeowners a huge range of styles. These include high profile names such as the queen of interior design, Kelly Hoppen, along with Abigail Ahearn, Tara Bernard, the Candy brothers and Oliver Burns as well as older names such as Anouska Hempel and Nicky Haslam.
But it’s not just private houses that get luxury makeovers. London’s plethora of new homes developers also now dip into this palette of talent to give their apartments ‘the look’. Here we reveal some of the best for sale at the moment.
Squire & Partners
The company’s been busy recently at Chelsea Barracks, South Bank Place and One Tower Bridge but we like this more boutique effort off Clapham Common on Macaulay Road. There the company has designed three townhouses, one of which is home to the company’s founder and senior partner Michael Square, while the other two are being sold privately. The six bed houses are modern on the outside, although inside they take their design cues from the Victorian houses that surround them.
According to the London Wildlife Trust there are approximately 3.8 million private gardens in the capital so being a high-profile landscape designer here is always going to attract attention. And that’s exactly what Brighton-based garden designer Andy Sturgeon has done after winning a Best in Show gong at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show for his Jurassic-inspired Telegraph Garden. But home buyers can also get the Sturgeon look if they buy an apartment at Lillie Square. The development, which comprises over 800 properties, is having its large communal gardens designed by Andy and work is already under way on the greenery.
Louise Wicksteed, 1508 London
This multi-disciplinary practice based in Pimlico works at the high end of the London interior world and its latest work, Project Pearl, is a four bedroom Belgravia mansion on Chesham Place currently for sale with Savills at £17.9 million. “The impressive scale and potential light of the principal rooms struck me as soon as I visited the property,” says Louise. “Throughout the design process we wanted to work with and enhance these elements. By re-introducing sympathetic period detailing but keeping everything in a consistent palette.”
Fiona Barratt and Bower James Brindley
Next time you’re near Millbank pop in to the show apartment at Riverwalk, a development of 116 apartments overlooking the Thames. The show home has been designed by a partnership of two British talents, designer Fiona Barratt and design firm Bower James Brindley. Fiona is a well known interior expert, a member of the Barratt property dynasty and also the wife of footballer Sol Campbell. Consultancy Bower James Brindley comes hotfoot from its most recent work; designing the interiors of Landmark Place.