The restoration of this London home is inspired by the designs of English author and furniture designer Thomas Hope. Hope's directory of "Household Furniture and Interior Decoration" of 1807, details decorations of bronze angels, male masks, acanthus and eagle mounts. These motifs were incorporated into the new scheme.
Our client's extensive travels spanning the great cultural centres of Europe inspired his desire for an extensive library and study. To this end, the basement was transformed into a dedicated space for business, education and contemplation. The room, with handmade pannelled fire exit doors, was divided into three separate areas by a pair of bookcases and a small staircase.
The beautiful period rosewood desk belies the fact that here cutting edge technology is used to aid the conduct of daily international business.
Bookcases and display cabinets surround a period mahogany meeting table. A staircase gallery leads to a quiet area featuring leather arm chairs surrounding an alabaster fireplace. A drinks cabinet completes this area.
The rooms above the study, library and work centre served to offer a handsome and comfortable refuge from busy London life for family, friends and business colleagues. Antique furniture was added to the existing collection throughout all four floors. Handmade furniture of reduced proportion was created where awkward spaces proved difficult to fill satisfactorily with an antique piece. All radiators were covered with cabinets and fitted with 23 karat gilt mesh. All doors were fire rated, veneered in Pommele, moulded in a geometric design and fitted with solid brass handmade furniture. All technology and electrical equipment such as a fridge, wine cooler and sound system was concealed within fine cabinets.