The ‘Den’ at our London House project, was really an amazing exercise in creating a modern take on a traditional gentlemen’s study. The design needed to hide the air conditioning ducting so we included grilles at the bottom of the unit, within the plinth and then lowered the coving and added a slot panel grill for the return air. At low level we added closed storage with doors that matched the panelling and at high level where the unit was narrower due to the ducting, we added adjustable shelving for the clients vintage toy car collection.
In the manufacture, instead of oak we used Black American Walnut, we re-imagined square and rectangular panelling and made it hexagonal, like honeycomb, we then edged each panel with a gilded moulding and instead of using this only on the walls we also added this to part of the ceiling, like a honey-comb cocoon! And just to create an even more luxurious effect, we added racing green Galuchat embossed leather to each panel. We also used traditional Anaglypta wall covering on the ceiling in the traditional pub sense but painted it gloss black.