Dwelling in Ortega y Gasset

The challenge of this project: at the owner’s request, to modernise the image of this magnificent 20th century residence and bring it into line with their personality and requirements, but keeping all the character of the property intact.

An outstanding feature is the use of primary colours which draw in the eye. Deep red, cheery yellow and, most important of all, intense indigo blue hues on some of the walls give character, whilst at the same time respecting the essence of the residence. Another essential priority was to keep the natural daylight that enters through the balconies, their original 20th century woodwork preserved.

Elements that give the space new textures, such as textiles and Cole & Son wallpaper on walls, ceilings and coving. An eye-catching feature is the black skirting, the thread which brings the entire project together and mimics the rapid stroke of a pencil. Oak wood parquet flooring with inlaid boards around the perimeter give the welcoming touch that the owner desired for meetings with friends, and visits.

To round off the makeover, my design for some of the furnishings including the headboards, dressing room and even the mirrors, was entirely customised. The icing on the cake came in the form of some real treasures unearthed in antiques shops and selected one by one: fixtures and decorations that provide the finishing touch to a room’s character.

The final outcome is a warm, welcoming home in which to enjoy fine times with good company, work on new projects or simply enjoy moments of solitude.