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Tuesday 10 Jan 2012

Dandi Living completes new apartment project in historic Hampstead building

De Laszlo House is the perfect expression of 'Arts & Crafts' architecture combined with dynamic open living spaces and a stylish specification of the highest quality. Named after Philip de László - one of the most celebrated Royal portrait artists of the 20th century - who lived here from 1921 to 1937, it provides 18 two, three and four-bedroom residences, set in beautiful and extensive landscaped gardens. De Laszlo House offers the opportunity to live in harmonious, lightfilled and spacious surroundings, suffused by the creativity of unique playful and dynamic interior design, beautifully crafted construction and a heritage derived from the brilliance of a portraiture genius.

The new residences are located behind the façade of three former Victorian villas at Nos. 3, 5 & 7 Fitzjohn's Avenue, rebuilt to match the original facades from 1880s and capturing all that is best in the 19th century Arts & Crafts movement; the elegant brick, tile-hung and terracotta façade includes large bay windows and balconies; ornate pediments and decorative brickwork; carved brackets and terracotta gabling; feature chimneys and hand-crafted entrance porticos.

The specification of the apartment interiors include spacious garden-facing reception rooms with large windows, generous ceiling heights and panelled tulipwood doors. Natural light brings a generous glow to satin-white walls and white oiled solid wood Oak flooring. Illumination is provided by wall-mounted lighting including vertical ‘light pillars' that are flush to the wall surfaces. These dramatic floor-to-ceiling light sources are formed by columns inset with LED-lit strips finished with a frosted acrylic cover and are used to form dramatic entranceways, delineate different living areas and add glamour to reception rooms. These can be controlled by wall-mounted iPad panels that also control heating and air-conditioning, communications and security, entertainment and music. Flat-screen TVs and built-in speaker systems are situated strategically throughout each property, with all cabling discreetly hidden from view. Additional illumination is provided by advanced halogen florescent, wash and LED wall lighting

The apartments are large, bright and airy, ranging from 1,054 sqft to 3,060 sqft, with abundant space further enhanced by open-plan layouts and large windows. Residences at garden, raised ground and first floor level have ceiling heights up to 3.6 metres, and their bespoke specification includes rose motif cornicing with egg and dart detailing, panelled tulipwood doors, tall skirting, plus architraves around doors and windows. The upper-floor residences have a highly contemporary and minimalist style finish with ultra-clean lines, sleek doors and sliding wall panels.

The spectacular penthouses feature light pillars, sliding mirror panels, pitched roofs with skylights and ceilings up to 4.2 metres in height when opened up to the ridge height. The centrepiece of each penthouse is a glass indoor garden with a retractable roof light, creating a space which can be open to the outside, ideal for relaxation and entertaining.

Each of the 18 residences at de Laszlo House is entirely unique - yet all are unified by a style signature perfectly created by Dandi Living, design and development company specialising in premium quality residential projects.

Kitchens retain the simplest yet stylish of layouts, with appliances hidden out of view behind easily moved walls and dividers until needed. The sculptural fitted kitchens are artistic statements as well as functional and social spaces. Corian worktops are complemented by bespoke white storage units with bi-folding pocket doors that can entirely conceal the kitchen or open to reveal appliances and work surfaces. Dark plinths create an optical illusion, making the kitchen units appear to be floating above the flooring. Bathrooms and bedrooms are also deceptively simple yet entirely opulent, and extensive discreet storage space in bedrooms and other areas allows for minimal domestic clutter and maximum unfettered space - making these apartments ideal for both intimate entertaining and grand parties.

De Laszlo House is a perfect exemplar of the Dandi signature design which embraces light as an integral element of interior design and designer kitchens as artful social spaces. Integral works of art created in mosaic. Kitchens, bathrooms and communal entrance foyers feature bespoke designed handmade mosaics made from the finest Thassos and Crema marble. Designed and installed by individually commissioned artisans and craftsmen, these unique works of art add a flourish entirely at home with the inherent artistry of each apartment and de Laszlo House.

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