A Family Goes Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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By Jordan Kushins / Published by Dwell
A spiral staircase provides a prismatic path from floor to floor in this London Home.

Designer Ab Rogers approaches commissions with the élan of a specialty chef, providing clients with what he calls a "minestrone of ideas" in the planning stages, which are then distilled down to the selected essentials. In the case of the Rainbow House, however, one essential ingredient was consistent in each incarnation presented—a multihued spiral staircase that would be visible from nearly everywhere within the west London house. Situating the double-height flight within the tight width available proved extremely challenging. In the end, small divots were made in the wall to allow hands running along the curving banister to continue without interruption. "Design is not complete without movement," Rogers says of his Technicolor pièce de resistance. "People move around and over and onto it—I want people to engage with their space."

A Family Goes Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Photo 1 of 6 - Ab Rogers dons a bold suit that suits the spirit of the accompanying decor he designed.

Ab Rogers dons a bold suit that suits the spirit of the accompanying decor he designed.


A Family Goes Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Photo 2 of 6 - "We edited down until the house just became a pure white box," Rogers says. "By the end of it all, we rethought everything except the internal walls." The bright, skylit master bedroom is accented with Richard Woods’s iconic grains, which grace the floor.

"We edited down until the house just became a pure white box," Rogers says. "By the end of it all, we rethought everything except the internal walls." The bright, skylit master bedroom is accented with Richard Woods’s iconic grains, which grace the floor.

For more images of the project, please view the extended slideshow.

A Family Goes Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Photo 3 of 6 - "The amount of work that was done to get things to look so naïve was phenomenal," Rogers says. "We are quite hedonistic in our play on space." This custom sofa offers a soft landing for the roundabout slide, which emerges from a trapdoor in the master bedroom above.

"The amount of work that was done to get things to look so naïve was phenomenal," Rogers says. "We are quite hedonistic in our play on space." This custom sofa offers a soft landing for the roundabout slide, which emerges from a trapdoor in the master bedroom above.

 

A Family Goes Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Photo 4 of 6 - The ground floor is a music room with a kind of blue vibe, thanks to the Richard Woods flooring.

The ground floor is a music room with a kind of blue vibe, thanks to the Richard Woods flooring.

A Family Goes Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Photo 5 of 6 - "The staircase is the hub, the soul of the project," Rogers says. "It’s meant to be enjoyed." From the ground, the steps start with the cool colors of the earth, then get warmer as they reach up to the sky.

"The staircase is the hub, the soul of the project," Rogers says. "It’s meant to be enjoyed." From the ground, the steps start with the cool colors of the earth, then get warmer as they reach up to the sky.

A Family Goes Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Photo 6 of 6 - A view of the kitchen, with a glimpse of the spiral staircase in the background.

A view of the kitchen, with a glimpse of the spiral staircase in the background.