The study at our London House Project encompassed a guest WC, often referred to as ‘the pod’. The original concept was to clad the pod in timber panels, emulating a contemporary take on traditional study panelling.
It was never really developed further until our last trip to the Milan Fair (Salone di Mobile) where we happened upon Italian specialist furniture makers Alchymia. This Ginkgo tree in bronze on dark timber background was one of their new designs and we understood then that this was the elusive concept we needed to complete our study design. The idea would be to have the main trunk on the panels in the study (behind the desk) and then pull the branches and leaves around all 4 sides of the pod as a continuous design. Several drawings were marked up and sent back to the manufacturer ensuring we were happy with every detail. In advance of the installation, we provided the manufacturer with the exact size of each panel and the details on how this would be installed on split battens. We received regular photos and updates from the factory highlighting the progress and quality. Finally the panels arrived and a team of 2 installers were despatched from Italy to install the final product.
The finished installation is a masterpiece of engineering, hiding not only the guest toilet but also integrating sliding doors so that the study can be turned into two separate private areas.