The interplay of contrasts became the driving force behind this renovation of a Covent Garden penthouse for a Hong Kong-based jewellery designer and the changing needs of her family.

The design needed to be approached with absolute freedom. The interior was completely remodelled to do away with any former boundaries that made the existing space so unapproachable and rigid, but also to ground the project in both its exterior and interior contexts of London, and the Client. This introduced a new playful flow of movement, and unexpected layers of depth and intrigue.


The new apartment was kept clean and clear. By redesigning the layout and opening up windows and doorways, new views could be created. Bespoke commissions with artists, crafts-people and industrial manufacturers dot the space with moments of intensity, colour, and delicacy.


A winding neon light punctuates a perforated staircase of anodised aluminium which becomes the pivotal centre of the apartment. The staircase, whose pierced form emits its own iridescence when moved around, leads up to the master bedroom, lined with soft and scented cedar wood walls hiding the bathroom of copper hardware and handmade details. In the centre of the room is a bespoke bed in deep forest green, lacquered with gold, silver and copper, and carefully protected with a silk velvet cushion.


Elsewhere, concealed doors, marked by industrial brass door handles lead to two other bedrooms. Around the walls, a line runs through these spaces, constantly drawing the mind to the main living space and gives reference to the setting in Covent Garden. A modular and movable design in the living area allows the room to be multifunctional and versatile, blurring the boundary between kitchen, dining, and living.


After the completion of the project, the life of the apartment has slowly begun as the owners and their careful curation of new art pieces and commissions cohabit the space.

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Modern home with Staircase, Metal Railing, and Metal Tread. Jewel in the apartment: The industrial form of the anodised aluminium staircase is precision manufactured and finished to be iridescent and soft the touch. Beneath, the ephemeral neon light contrasts with it natural flowing shape. Photo  of House for a JewellerView Photos

Jewel in the apartment: The industrial form of the anodised aluminium staircase is precision manufactured and finished to be iridescent and soft the touch. Beneath, the ephemeral neon light contrasts with it natural flowing shape.

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Tread, and Metal Railing. A glimpse of the iridescent blue aluminium staircase through an arched doorway leads up to the Master Suite Photo 2 of House for a JewellerView Photos

A glimpse of the iridescent blue aluminium staircase through an arched doorway leads up to the Master Suite

Modern home with Living Room, Accent Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Lamps, and Shelves. The soft light from the neon sculpture, sitting on a jesmonite shelf interacts playfully with the perforations of the stair above. Photo 3 of House for a JewellerView Photos

The soft light from the neon sculpture, sitting on a jesmonite shelf interacts playfully with the perforations of the stair above.

Modern home with Kitchen, Refrigerator, Range Hood, Stone Tile Backsplashe, Undermount Sink, Dishwasher, Stone Counter, Concrete Counter, Wood Cabinet, Marble Backsplashe, Concrete Backsplashe, White Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Colorful Cabinet, Recessed Lighting, Stone Slab Backsplashe, Marble Counter, and Range. Bespoke kitchen Cabinetry: hand painted timber fluted panelling, with solid terrazzo work surface - the kitchen wraps around the room in a bold blue, anchoring it in place, yet keeping the space light Photo 4 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Bespoke kitchen Cabinetry: hand painted timber fluted panelling, with solid terrazzo work surface - the kitchen wraps around the room in a bold blue, anchoring it in place, yet keeping the space light

Modern home with Kitchen, Recessed Lighting, White Cabinet, Refrigerator, Light Hardwood Floor, Stone Counter, Colorful Cabinet, Range, Stone Tile Backsplashe, Concrete Counter, Marble Backsplashe, Stone Slab Backsplashe, Wood Cabinet, Range Hood, Concrete Backsplashe, Undermount Sink, and Marble Counter. Brass details stand bright against the dark cabinets and terrazzo drawers. Hand painted in blue, the timber grain comes though the slatted detailing Photo 5 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Brass details stand bright against the dark cabinets and terrazzo drawers. Hand painted in blue, the timber grain comes though the slatted detailing

Modern home with Dining Room, Ceiling Lighting, Table, Storage, Shelves, Bench, Chair, Recessed Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. Modular and Versatile space, the kitchen and dining break away from rigid form to blur the boundaries between the two areas as the kitchen cabinets wrap around the room. Soft natural oaks unite each element together. Photo 6 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Modular and Versatile space, the kitchen and dining break away from rigid form to blur the boundaries between the two areas as the kitchen cabinets wrap around the room. Soft natural oaks unite each element together.

Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Table, Rug Floor, Chair, and Light Hardwood Floor. Open plan kitchen and dining, brought together with soft and natural materials with a backdrop of the deep blue cabinetry of the kitchen Photo 7 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Open plan kitchen and dining, brought together with soft and natural materials with a backdrop of the deep blue cabinetry of the kitchen

New opening to the hallway and Master bedroom allow views to the bespoke sculptural elements of the stairs and the Master Bed Photo 8 of House for a Jeweller modern homeView Photos

New opening to the hallway and Master bedroom allow views to the bespoke sculptural elements of the stairs and the Master Bed

Modern home with Living Room, Table, Sofa, Media Cabinet, Recessed Lighting, Ottomans, Bookcase, Storage, Chair, Sectional, Shelves, and Light Hardwood Floor. The blue cabinets of the kitchen run through into the living area with a softer natural oak top tying the room together. A modular sofa can be moved in different configurations. Photo 9 of House for a JewellerView Photos

The blue cabinets of the kitchen run through into the living area with a softer natural oak top tying the room together. A modular sofa can be moved in different configurations.

Modern home with Bath Room, Recessed Lighting, Concrete Counter, Enclosed Shower, Stone Tile Wall, Light Hardwood Floor, Marble Counter, Wall Mount Sink, Stone Counter, Ceiling Lighting, Mosaic Tile Wall, and Ceramic Tile Wall. A clever use of space: due to constraints of ceiling height, the Master Bedroom En-suite has been opened up with slatted cedar wood screens, and the sinks separated out so that you pass through on your way to the bedroom. The sinks can be concealed away in a wardrobe to hide them from view Photo 10 of House for a JewellerView Photos

A clever use of space: due to constraints of ceiling height, the Master Bedroom En-suite has been opened up with slatted cedar wood screens, and the sinks separated out so that you pass through on your way to the bedroom. The sinks can be concealed away in a wardrobe to hide them from view

Modern home with Bath Room, Ceiling Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Stone Counter, Mosaic Tile Wall, Undermount Sink, Concrete Counter, Stone Tile Wall, Ceramic Tile Wall, Recessed Lighting, and Marble Counter. Concealed sinks in the Master Bedroom: Handmade Moroccan tiles, copper Vola taps, and a bespoke terrazzo sink create a delicate and intimate moment hidden inside the bedroom cupboards Photo 11 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Concealed sinks in the Master Bedroom: Handmade Moroccan tiles, copper Vola taps, and a bespoke terrazzo sink create a delicate and intimate moment hidden inside the bedroom cupboards

Modern home with Bath Room, Stone Tile Wall, Ceramic Tile Wall, Ceiling Lighting, Enclosed Shower, Recessed Lighting, and Mosaic Tile Wall. Slatted cedar wood screens hide the shower, giving glimpses of more handmade tiles and copper details as you pass Photo 12 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Slatted cedar wood screens hide the shower, giving glimpses of more handmade tiles and copper details as you pass

Modern home with Bath Room, Ceiling Lighting, Enclosed Shower, Light Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, Stone Tile Wall, Mosaic Tile Wall, and Ceramic Tile Wall. Closed off: softly scented cedar wood sliding door shuts off the Master Bedroom from the rest of the apartment. The sinks can be hidden away from view Photo 13 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Closed off: softly scented cedar wood sliding door shuts off the Master Bedroom from the rest of the apartment. The sinks can be hidden away from view

Modern home with Lamps, Storage, Recessed Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, and Accent Lighting. A bed finished in a traditional lacquer by master craftsmen sits as a central sculptural items in the centre of the master bedroom. Behind the slatted wardrobes follow back into the bathroom Photo 14 of House for a JewellerView Photos

A bed finished in a traditional lacquer by master craftsmen sits as a central sculptural items in the centre of the master bedroom. Behind the slatted wardrobes follow back into the bathroom

Modern home with Recessed Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Accent Lighting, and Lamps. Green steel side table inspired the geometric sculptural form of the bed, with a background of slatted cedar wood wardrobes Photo 15 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Green steel side table inspired the geometric sculptural form of the bed, with a background of slatted cedar wood wardrobes

Modern home with Light Hardwood Floor, Lamps, Storage, and Bookcase. Boys Bedroom: vintage furniture, fun lighting, and colourful fabrics create a playful yet cool bedroom for the families young son. A datum line runs around both children's bedrooms at the same height of the living room floor Photo 16 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Boys Bedroom: vintage furniture, fun lighting, and colourful fabrics create a playful yet cool bedroom for the families young son. A datum line runs around both children's bedrooms at the same height of the living room floor

Modern home with Storage, Shelves, Light Hardwood Floor, Lamps, Chair, Recessed Lighting, and Bookcase. Mid-century modern desk and wall shelving create a perfect workspace Photo 17 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Mid-century modern desk and wall shelving create a perfect workspace

Modern home with Bath Room, Light Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, Ceramic Tile Wall, Wall Mount Sink, and Ceiling Lighting. Clean lines and industrial fittings continue from the bedroom into the En-suite Bathroom Photo 18 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Clean lines and industrial fittings continue from the bedroom into the En-suite Bathroom

Modern home with Light Hardwood Floor, Bookcase, Shelves, and Chair. Soft colours, and natural oak inside the hidden writing desk makes an intimate space for creativity in the Girls Bedroom. Photo 19 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Soft colours, and natural oak inside the hidden writing desk makes an intimate space for creativity in the Girls Bedroom.

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Tread, and Metal Railing. Precision engineering: the staircase is milled from 20mm sheets of industrial aluminium, shot blasted and anodised to create a soft to the touch finish Photo 20 of House for a JewellerView Photos

Precision engineering: the staircase is milled from 20mm sheets of industrial aluminium, shot blasted and anodised to create a soft to the touch finish

Interior Design
Photographer
  • Michelle Young

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Structure
  • Condo
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 1450
  • Press

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