Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Regency House in Kensington, London by Daniel Hopwood
March 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Daniel Hopwood
A Regency house which featured in House & Garden in the 1970’s had been purchased by a newly married couple ready to start their family life. Whilst stunning in its time, the house had become tired and needed updating, which paved the way for the rooms to be reconfigured to maximise space and views of the beautiful garden to the rear of the property.
Still learning the parameters of each other’s design tastes and wanting to achieve the best for the long-term, every detail needed to be considered from practical spatial requirements to selecting the right furnishings, so we were engaged to guide them through the possibilities and processes of this undertaking.
Evenings were spent with them pouring over drawings and samples in order to fully understand their needs, and to get a feeling of what they really wanted from their home. This process highlighted their differing tastes and shared desire to have a uniquely crafted interior with character, rather than relying on recognisable designer brands.
The key was to create rooms with individual personalities that would unite with consideration and attention to detail in material and colour choices. It would be a marriage of individuality and craftsmanship, with carefully sourced craftsmen and artists creating commissioned pieces for various rooms.
Spaces were configured to create specific areas for formal entertaining as well as private spaces for relaxation. The ground floor was the main family space with a kitchen that led into a conservatory-style dining room with doors leading out to the garden. These rooms were painted in a tranquil grey, soft greens contrasted with the striking red chairs in the conservatory, and black granite surfaces in the kitchen offset the bespoke cabinetry by Plain English. There is something re-assuring and familiar about the drawing room without it being old fashioned.
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