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The Sa-born de­signer now calls an el­e­gant London flat home

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The London home of sa-born de­signer Im­raan Is­mail

Im­raan Is­mail says he is some­one who al­ways sees po­ten­tial and so­lu­tions, which is ev­i­dent in the cen­tral London flat he de­signed for him­self and his part­ner. They bought the 120-square-me­tre space set within a grade-ii listed ge­or­gian town­house in 2015. south-fac­ing and flooded with light, Im­raan was lured in by the draw­ing room with its orig­i­nal floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows, mar­ble chim­ney­p­iece and 3.8-me­tre-high ceil­ings.

his first step was to re­move the un­sal­vage­able floor­boards and an ugly kitchen ‘pod’ that was en­closed by stud walls. ‘I trained as an in­te­rior ar­chi­tect, so spa­tial is­sues are fore­most for me,’ says Im­raan. he fo­cused on claw­ing back dead space. ‘We fore­short­ened the long hall: now it ends with a newly built stud wall and, tucked be­hind it, the main be­d­room and en suite.’

While Im­raan of­ten mixes de­signs from dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods, for the bones of this project he re­searched ge­or­gian de­tails. Within this clas­si­cal frame­work, he has cre­ated a fresh, mod­ern aes­thetic, opt­ing for a grey scheme through­out ‘be­cause our col­lec­tion of art is so colour­ful’. The eclec­tic col­lec­tion in­cludes mod­ern col­lages by artist Ketna Pa­tel and bronze sculp­tures by south african artist Mau­reen Quin that echo Im­raan’s own her­itage. a‘ rt tells the story of your jour­ney,’ he con­cludes. ‘I like to de­sign in­te­ri­ors that do the same.’ ii­in­te­ri­ors.co.uk

clock­wise, from above de­signer im­raan is­mail; the open-plan draw­ing room and kitchen has lelièvre linen cur­tains and a sofa up­hol­stered in mo­hair vel­vet; a quartzite is­land pro­vides a fo­cal point in the kitchen

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