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.
Interior/Lighting Designer Ben Rousseau’s House in Chiswick, London by Rousseau Design Ltd
May 30th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Rousseau Design Ltd
Overlooking the Thames, the 1970s townhouse owned by lighting designer Ben Rousseau backs onto a small marina and is located where the London boat race finishes at Chiswick Quay. The design was relatively modern when Ben bought, but the four-storey property still needed a lot of work.
A new kitchen and office were put in, the bathroom on the second floor was updated, the master bathroom completely reconfigured and another bathroom added to the ground floor garage, which was impressively converted into a spacious guest suite. ‘Decoration wasn’t just restricted to painting,’ says Ben.
‘We even knocked down walls to make more sense of the space; the master bedroom, for example, needed room to accommodate my bespoke walnut wardrobes and dressing table, which run the length of the room.’ Everywhere are examples of Ben’s ingenuity as a designer including prototypes of his custom-made furniture such as his leather ‘Caillou’ chair, an illuminated coffee table and his wall-mounted ‘Claw’ light, but more noticeably stunning examples of how he integrates lighting into almost all interior fittings.
The master bathroom uses colour changing LED lights to stunning effect and features an illuminated shower panel, dramatically-lit shelving and special effects below the cabinetry and above the sink.
One of the most inspired touches is where Ben cut a large hole in the kitchen and living room wall where the serving hatch once was and lined the inside edge of the wall with LEDS and opal white diffuser. ‘If I hadn’t done so much of the work myself,’ says Ben. ‘You could easily add another 20-30K in labour, but designing lighting effects is my passion and it was great to experiment. It’s such a fabulous result. I love it here!’
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