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Eye of The Storm

Date published: August 08 2017


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This London Penthouse acts as an escape from the hustle and bustle of they city

A London penthouse has been transformed so that you wouldn’t guess it actually lies in one of London’s busiest areas, with water and serenity being buzzwords, according to designer, Elisabeth Johnsson. She explains that, being in such a busy area, the feeling of being within the eye of the storm was another concept for the home.

The brief was to maximise the feeling of space and light within, but there was also a desire to retain a sense of minimalism. A wall of bamboo surrounds the entire tiled terrace, but back inside, the colour white is key.

The main problem that the team had to overcome was the terrace. Elisabeth says the 120 square metres of white porcelain tiles were hauled up the side of the building by crane but were actually less than satisfactory and had to be replaced - no mean feat! This meant a delay of only three weeks, however.

While there was a very simple scheme of white, grey and brown for the interior, that’s not to say there isn’t colour elsewhere. Vast artworks and a stunning fish tank offer contrasts, and at the centre of the room is a coffee table made from an old door, which Elisabeth sourced. The rug is from the Rug Company, chosen as the designer knew she wanted a pattern here, something absent in the rest of the room’s design. The sofa and armchairs were custom made with white linen loose covers, while further texture can be seen in the fireplace’s filetto marble.

Finally, in the living area, the stunning artworks which hang come from Anders Brinch, Chrstian Lemmerz and Erik A. Frandsen, sourced from the Hans Alf Gallery in Denmark.

Designer: Elisabeth Johnsson

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