Designer Sean Cochrane transforms a Chelsea townhouse into his dream home設計師Sean Cochrane把一間位於切爾西的市區住所打造成專屬的夢想家園
When house-hunting, there’s a moment you realise you’ve found the neighbourhood you want to call home. Sean Cochrane, the CEO and creative director of Cochrane Design, was so enthralled with the Chelsea location of his own home that he decided to redesign it from the bottom up, more than doubling its size and completely transforming the layout. “The location was perfect – just off the King’s Road, near a coffee shop,” he says. “We did everything from scratch. It’s one of the biggest, most complicated structures I’ve done.”
The townhouse was extended over three storeys to the side and rear, and a basement larger than the first level was added. “We kept the front wall and the roof, but we took every other wall out,” explains Sean. To make room for the basement, the existing foundations were demolished, along with most of the internal elements of the structure, from the staircases to the partitions. “Before, the home was like a series of boxes – lots of tiny, cut-up rooms,” he says. “I love having an open-plan layout, so I created a double-height expanse that joins the living areas together to get that feeling of space.”
The need for so much volume can be explained by Sean’s family of five, including three teenagers. “You want your areas to be close
尋找新居過程中，你總有一刻覺得自己終於找到最合適選擇，並想以此為家。Cochrane Design的行政總裁兼創意總監Sean Cochrane就在切爾西找到一個能把他深深吸引住的居所，並決定要進行一個翻天覆地的大改造，擴大住所原有面積一倍、徹底改變原來布局。「居所位置極佳，鄰近King’s Road，就在一間咖啡廳旁。」他回憶說：「我們從繪製草圖步驟做起，這是我處理過無數工程中最大型和複雜的結構之一。」
enough together – but not too close,” he says. A double-height garden room – dubbed the Coach House – was also added, accessible from the main house through a tunnel that runs under the length of the garden. Aside from providing a wealth of space, the new layout’s vaulted, symmetrical ceilings really open up the home and allow for plenty of natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The luxurious style of Cochrane Design is evident throughout the space, but Sean also infused some of his own personality into it, too. “I like things slightly darker, while a lot of people tend to go
very light,” he says. “Everything in the home piques the senses, too, from the fabrics to the lighting.” Each item was custom-made for the abode by the design studio, including the cabinetry and the staircases. While the aesthetic of the space is timeless and classic, it has been adapted for modern living thanks to a home-automation system by Crestron that allows the family to control the LED lighting, curtains and air conditioning with a simple swipe on their smartphone screens.
Walk through the home and you’ll find that everything has been carefully considered, right down to the last detail, but the most attention has clearly been paid to the bespoke kitchen, which is Sean’s favourite space in the home. Macassar bark and marble worktops combine with high-tech appliances and fixtures by the likes of Sub-Zero and Wolf for a kitchen that oozes sophistication, all the while providing everything a home cook needs to whip up a stunning dinner party. The layout of
the kitchen not only allows for the entire family to move in and out with ease, but also makes the space an ideal location for entertaining and chatting with guests.
Indeed, the ingenuity of the home lies in how thoroughly each element has been infused with the family’s personality – from the art deco chandeliers to the carefully selected accessories, each piece reminds you that you’re in the realm of the Cochranes. //
DARK AND DRAMATIC Cochrane Design's signature aesthetic is evident throughout Sean Cochrane's home, while also infused with his personal style. 深邃魅力 Cochrane Design的標誌美學可見Sean Cochrane家居四周，同時不失他的個人風格。
LET THERE BE LIGHT Floor-to-ceiling windows were integral in introducing plenty of natural light into the space. Pops of colour, art deco chandeliers and wood parquet flooring combine to stunning effect. 光明天地 落地玻璃引進無盡天然光。偶爾活現的鮮色、裝飾藝術吊燈和鑲木地板成就出悅目效果。
COMFORTABLE CORNERS Beautiful art photography adds character to this corner. An opulent chandelier cascades from the apex of the eaves in the master bedroom. 舒適角落 美麗藝術攝影作品為這小空間注入個性。豪華吊燈從主人房拱型天花的最高對稱點瀉下光線。
IN THE GARDEN Plenty of outdoor areas were added, providing more space for entertaining, and giving the family common areas in which to gather – or to collect their thoughts on their own. 樂在園中 空間加設大量戶外天地，提供更多款客地方，方便家人聚首一堂，又或靜享獨處時光。