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With its cov­etable ad­dress, a dra­matic dou­blevol­ume space and abun­dant day­light, this mod­ern apart­ment in Lon­don al­ready had a few qual­i­ties of a dream home, and more. Added to the mix: an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of paint­ings, sculp­tures and fur­ni­ture that show­cases the home­own­ers’ im­pec­ca­ble eye for art and de­sign. To pull all of these el­e­ments to­gether to cre­ate a stun­ning in­te­rior, the home­own­ers en­trusted the task of de­sign­ing their new home to Kelly Hop­pen MBE and her name­sake firm. Among the top pri­or­i­ties for this project was to op­ti­mise the amount of nat­u­ral light that the prop­erty en­joys. “Cap­tur­ing the nat­u­ral light within this de­sign scheme was key, and us­ing me­tal crit­tall doors and win­dows where pos­si­ble has al­lowed me to cre­ate a more open and invit­ing space,” says the de­signer.


One of the home’s most strik­ing fea­tures is its dou­ble-vol­ume liv­ing area on the ground floor, where there is am­ple sun­light. The scale of the space is en­hanced by the mar­ble fea­ture wall, that ex­tends to the ceil­ing. “The dou­ble-height space al­lows for the whole de­sign to breathe and to cap­ture ev­ery mo­ment of the nat­u­ral day­light there is,” ex­plains the de­signer. The her­ring­bone par­quet on the ground floor is flanked by a stone run­ner, which com­prises black slate tiles with pol­ished brass me­tal in­lay spe­cially de­signed by Hop­pen. The run­ner guides the eye along the hall­way and into the liv­ing area, draw­ing at­ten­tion to­wards a sil­ver sculp­ture be­side the fire­place and the grand height of the space. Lac­quered pivot screens con­nect the liv­ing area to the en­ter­tain­ment lounge; these cus­tom-made ro­tat­ing pan­els can con­ceal or open up the area when needed. The am­ple use of glass par­ti­tions and door­ways fur­ther ex­pand the sense of openness, adding to the stream­lined look of the apart­ment while op­ti­mis­ing the amount of day­light that floods the home. These in­clude the full-length glass pan­elled doors by the din­ing area, which were cus­tom-made with a me­tal frame; as well as the sleek par­ti­tions by the stair­case and along the hall­way.


Nearly ev­ery cor­ner of the home is thought­fully dec­o­rated with art ob­jects and col­lectible items. “The mix­ture of key pieces of fur­ni­ture within a mod­ern and time­less de­sign al­lows each piece to be­come an art in­stal­la­tion within them­selves,” ex­plains the de­signer. White lac­quered wall pan­els along the cor­ri­dor con­trib­ute to the seam­less look of the home, while con­ceal­ing am­ple stor­age space within. The built-in light­ing at the base of its grooved doors gives the cor­ri­dor an in­ti­mate glow.

In the be­d­rooms, tran­quil­ity reigns—the rooms fea­ture a neu­tral pal­ette and a plush mix of vel­vets and Swedish linens. It’s the lively cu­ra­tion of art­works that add in­di­vid­u­al­ity to the spa­ces, be it the glass in­stal­la­tions and large paint­ings in the mas­ter bed­room or the Yayoi Kusama pump­kin sculp­ture that sits in their child’s bed­room. Tak­ing a year to com­plete, the in­te­rior has cap­tured the home­own­ers’ per­sonal style and taste, while be­com­ing an ur­ban sanc­tu­ary for the fam­ily. “The project was a won­der­ful brief as the client has a su­perb col­lec­tion of art, a great eye for de­tail and was very hands-on in the process,” re­calls the de­signer. “This is a mod­ern and time­less apart­ment with all the com­forts a home should have, with that spark of in­trigue and ex­cite­ment that I am proud to have de­signed.” And the client’s fi­nal re­ac­tion? “To­tal joy and more, which is al­ways the cherry on the cake,” quips Hop­pen.

The mar­ble fea­ture wall draws the eye to­wards the grand height of the liv­ing area

LEFT TO RIGHT Bri­tish in­te­rior de­signer Kelly Hop­pen MBE; Utrecht arm­chairs from Cassina and so­fas from Minotti com­plete the stylish tableau at the liv­ing area

THIS PAGE Rus­tic fur­ni­ture and a Tracey Emin neon light­ing art­work dec­o­rate the din­ing area; wall shelv­ing cre­ates am­ple ways to dis­play trea­sured items

OP­PO­SITE PAGE Metal­lic de­tail­ing, leather and mar­ble tex­tures up the luxe fac­tor in the liv­ing area; piv­ot­ing screens con­ceal or open up the lounge area when needed

LEFT TO RIGHT A mix of art­works and fur­ni­ture en­liven cor­ners through­out the apart­ment; the black plas­ter wall with a waxed fin­ish gives the stair­way a rugged touch; glass screens and doors con­trib­ute to the sense of openness in the apart­ment; travel mem­o­ra­bilia and favourite toys make the child’s bed­room a cosy space

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