Tuesday 21 Dec 2010


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SHH design in Kensington

SHH took on the new-build Kensington House project with a commission to create a complete interiors scheme for the six storey, 1114 sq m house.

The client’s brief was simple. The house had to suit the needs of an international couple with a large family. As for the look? ‘Cream, off-white and funky’. The property is comprised of a very generously proportioned reception room, large formal dining room, family room, cinema and pool room, all located on the lower 3 floors. The entire first floor is occupied by the master suite, with the remaining two floors taken up by 5 further bedrooms and en suite bathrooms.

The house is entered at upper ground level, which consists of a double volume entrance foyer, a free-floating staircase and the principle reception room. The garden is reached via the main staircase and is comprised of a passage leading into the family room at the back and the dining room at the front, both of which can be accessed through the centrally located internal kitchen. The dining room, with is formal proportions, uses a minimalist Italian table and chairs from Minotti to great effect against the spectacular backdrop of a cross-combed polished plaster fire breast. The pool and leisure level is located in the basement of the house and encompasses the cinema, utility room, large (104 sq m) pool leisure room, plant room and staff quarters. The standout bedroom is the first floor master suite, entirely done in off-white. Together with the dressing room, the walls here have been hung in a delicate genuine mother of pearl wall tile, ingeniously hiding the tile joints, making the whole area ‘seemingly seamless’.