Designer Eva Gunderson is known for her work with Missoni; here we see inside her marvellous W2 home
With wonderful interiors and a 45ft west-facing private garden, this two-bedroom duplex forms part of an immaculate stucco-fronted house in Hereford Road, W2.
The apartment has been extended and refurbished with great attention to detail by designer Eva Gundersen, who has worked extensively for Italian brand Missoni. Her close work with Rosita Missoni, who together with her husband Ottavio is the founding influence behind Missoni’s colourful, dynamic and playful aesthetic, has exposed Gundersen to the Missoni matriarch’s tastes for colour, pattern and textiles. It was Rosita who launched Missoni Home after passing responsibility for the womenswear collections to her daughter but then finding retirement boring. Missoni Home was an extension of her own home, which she had always dressed in Missoni fabrics, and in 1997 she launched the first collection of cushions, throws, rugs and ottomans. The current exhibition at the Fashion and Textile museum showcases the fashion house’s long-standing relationship with wool and knitted pieces – and Gundersen’s own home, too, reveals a love of fabric and pattern.
Set against a muted backdrop of white walls and oak floors, her interior is full of colour and energy, fusing contemporary pieces with midcentury classics, bold artworks and plants in a well-designed, light-filled space.
The apartment measures approximately 1,100 sq ft internally, and is accessed via its own front door at garden level. There is a modernised kitchen at the front, with a sash window and a sliding serving hatch. This leads in turn to a reception room, with a dining area and study in the aluminium-clad extension. Glazed folding doors open on to the charming garden, which is largely paved and has access to Bridstow Place via the garden gate.
A new timber staircase leads to the first floor, which has very high ceilings. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room, and a dressing room in the extension. There is a second bedroom at the front with a large window and a period fireplace.