our shoot location, the disco house, in London’s notting hill, is the fifth collaboration between architect William Smalley and danny pine, founder and creative director of property investment company pinzauer. from the shell that they found five years ago, this dynamic duo has fashioned five floors of decorative delight, using a blend of Italian and bespoke pieces.
Smalley’s challenge was to recreate the character of a Victorian townhouse while incorporating 21st-century essentials, such as the display kitchen, the twin walk-through wardrobes in the master bedroom, the home cinema and a peter Zumthor/vals-inspired spa room in the basalt-lined sub-basement. The house is full of meticulously designed details, such as the reeded oak stair rail that takes the curve of the original newel post on the ground floor, the alabaster windows or the brass fillets in the ceiling of the first-floor den that link the centre of the back window to the centre of the opening to the drawing room.
Italian influences abound, with vintage pieces by Gio ponti, paolo buffa and melchiorre bega mixed with modern classics by b&b Italia and flexform, but perhaps our favourite room is the Villa necchi campiglio-inspired winter garden, all glass and polished brass, with a heated black marble floor. It may all look madly opulent, but Smalley says, ‘I think there is a clarity underpinning the richness.’ All it needs now is for Tilda Swinton to move in, dressed from head to toe in prada.