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.
Harley Street Apartment in Marylebone, England by Red Deer
March 9th, 2020 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Red Deer
International architecture and design studio Red Deer design period Grade II-listed home in Central London.
The two-storey 18th-century apartment, part of a larger Georgian townhouse, is located in London’s Marylebone. Built in 1750 the two-bedroom property is comprised of a ground-floor open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, bathroom, master bedroom with ensuite and outdoor terrace. On the upper first-floor is a second bedroom which overlooks the outdoor terrace.
Stripped back to its shell, the layers of history begin with the property’s Portland Estate 1750s layout, which underwent some alterations in the early 19th century.
Reconfiguring the layout further, Red Deer removed the apartment’s bathroom and cloakroom and narrowed the hallway in order to accommodate two smaller bathrooms, one being ensuite. Additionally, the kitchen was reoriented to create an open-plan social kitchen and dining space for entertaining.
Original Jacobethan mouldings and new-classical plasterwork make up a marriage of styles which were all carefully restored by Red Deer. Period fireplaces were also sourced and reinstalled, along with reclaimed Douglas Fir floorboards.
A palette of black, white and grey flows across the property allowing the sharper lines of one-off furniture pieces and brass fittings to shine. With a distinctive mid-century American styling, the interior is effortlessly elegant and eclectic.
About Red Deer
Red Deer design spaces & objects, seeking to demystify the process of working with an architect in both residential, food & beverage and hotel design. The practice was founded by architects Lionel Real de Azúa, Ciarán O’Brien and Lucas Che Tizard in an attempt to better engage with the world around them. A love for the ‘unexpected form’ is a starting point in their design work, studio ethos and adventures in travel. Describing themselves, the founders say they are ‘grown men with crayons’ referencing their approach to work as creative, without boundaries and excited by challenges. Red Deer consider design as the playful pursuit of studied carelessness, forging strong relationships with their clients on each project in order to fully understand how they can bring their language of design to each collaboration. Red Deer’s founders have an ancestry from France, North America, Uruguay, Argentina, Great Britain and Ireland, all sharing a common inhabitant of the red deer species. The international practice has since grown and now employs nine architects from eight nationalities with offices in London and Europe.
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