We’ve often tackled a diverse range of interior design projects – both in their location and the style of the properties. This variety makes the job of an interior designer challenging, and it’s also a big part of what makes the work so rewarding. And as a result we never end up doing the same thing twice.
Earlier this year we started on two new projects that couldn’t be more different. Both are Grade II listed and of special interest, but the similarities end there. One is a stone-built 17th century cottage in Wiltshire, and the other a flat in London’s modernist Barbican Estate.
Redesigning a historical stone-built cottage in Wiltshire
In Wiltshire, this home needed a complete redesign and refurbishment, and we worked with the owner on a complete redesign.
Along with the design of the interior style, we reworked the internal layout and made structural alterations to transform how the home could be used.
Another interior design project in London’s Barbican Estate
Meanwhile in the City of London we’re back in the Barbican Estate. We’ve completed an interior design project in London’s Barbican Estate before, when we worked in Shakespeare Tower. This time we’re in Seddon House, and redesigning a flat which needs a lot of updating.
It’s the same modernist setting of course, but a different client means different needs, different proposals, and a different result. And that environment is a stark contrast to rural Wiltshire.
This flat has had a lot of ad-hoc alterations and additions, so many of the basic services are original, with pretty unsympathetic alterations made over the years.
It’s so important to get the ‘foundations’ right when doing a complete interior refurbishment – the services can be updated during the work and should then last for decades. So we’re updating all of the electrics and plumbing, before reinstating a clean and uncluttered contemporary design through the flat.
Our interior design approach and philosophy
The style of our work is always a response to our clients’ individual projects of course. I believe that there are three elements to this – the client’s style, the nature of their property, and the wider area in which they live.
As well as catering for their owners’ individual styles, the interiors of these two properties need to be handled sensitively – to respect their origins and also their locations.
Bringing all of these together is what will ultimately make the projects successful, with a longevity which makes them feel like home to their owners for many years to come.
You can read more on our interior design approach and philosophy here.