Boo­gie wonderland

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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.

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