Pa­ris in Lon­don

THE HO­ME OF A FREN­CH COUPLE IN THE BRI­TI­SH CAPITAL IS AN ECLECTIC BLEND OF VIN­TA­GE AND CON­TEM­PO­RA­RY.

AD (Italy) - - English Texts - words DORIAN MAY – pho­tos KA­TE MAR­TIN

For­mer mo­del and now de­si­gner Ca­ro­li­ne Sciam­ma-Mas­se­net, wi­th her hu­sband Ar­naud Mas­se­net, fi­nan­cier and co-foun­der of Net-a-Por­ter, ha­ve all of the right in­gre­dien­ts to crea­te an ef­for­tles­sly chic li­ving spa­ce: Parisian sty­le and fa­shion pe­di­grees, de­li­ve­red wi­th a con­tem­po­ra­ry Lon­don view­point. The seven-be­droom Vic­to­rian to­w­n­hou­se in Lon­don’s Hol­land Park area de­spe­ra­te­ly nee­ded so­me warm­th and per­so­na­li­ty. The bu­sy couple en­li­sted friend and de­si­gner Pe­ter Mikic to or­che­stra­te a hi­gh-speed, hi­gh­sty­le in­te­rior tran­sfor­ma­tion. The co­lor sche­me fell in­to pla­ce or­ga­ni­cal­ly, star­ting wi­th the mu­stard vel­vet cur­tains in the dra­wing room that fra­me the mas­si­ve spa­ce. An­cho­ring the enor­mous room was es­sen­tial, to fo­ster a sen­se of co­zi­ness in a spa­ce that might other­wi­se feel cold. So Mikic de­si­gned a be­spo­ke wool car­pet ba­sed on an Art De­co pain­ting, per­fec­tly pro­por­tio­ned for the room. A pair of mid-century brass star­bur­st chan­de­liers and an ico­nic mo­der­ni­st Flem­ming Las­sen sheep­skin chair coun­ter the for­ma­li­ty of the vel­vet so­fas. The for­mal Eu­ro­pean di­ning room still boasts hi­gh cei­lings, clas­sic mol­dings and a wor­king fi­re­pla­ce. The ad­ja­cent kit­chen con­ti­nues in its ro­le as a sim­ple fa­mi­ly-sty­le ga­the­ring pla­ce. Up­stairs, the ma­ster be­droom sui­te is an amal­gam of fe­mi­ni­ne and ma­scu­li­ne, com­bi­ning mi­xed me­tals, to­nes and tex­tu­res to crea­te a sen­se of ini­mi­ta­ble poi­se. The stri­king four-po­ster bed de­si­gned by Mikic has a head­board smar­tly uphol­ste­red in Her­mès En­tre­lacs-Ce­dre. Gold leaf bed­si­de ta­bles from Lon­don’s Ta­li­sman add spar­kle again­st the tex­tu­red gray gras­sclo­th walls and fit­ted gray car­pet.

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