Having successfully completed the interior design for their home in Hampstead, when it came time for London’s pre-eminent specialist to create his new private clinic situated on the world famous Harley Street, he headed straight back to René Dekker Design.
Set within a classic Harley Street house, the new consulting rooms occupy most of the lower ground floor. The architect had already put in (and had approved) an application to strip out and completely modernise and update the space to create a modern interior. The new layout included two new bathrooms and a kitchen as well as several principle rooms. Building works were already well underway when our client agreed contracts with the developer but there was still time for London’s Top Interior Design studio to confirm small power and lighting locations that would better suit the preferred general arrangement.
The layout occupies approx. 170 square metres or 1 829 square feet and loosely covers an entrance hall, secretary’s office, principle waiting room, small waiting room, kitchen, nurses room with en suite and principle consulting room with en suite. One of the major draws for our client was the fact that the principle rooms centred on an internal courtyard, giving the main consulting room heaps of natural light, of significant importance in this line of work.
Our interior design studio started with the planning, to ensure a good lighting plan and small power layout. Building work was speeding ahead but we worked closely with the client to confirm as many details as possible. This included choosing fittings as well as agreeing circuits. We were also asked to confirm finishes throughout which included not only approving the developer’s specification, but choosing wall coverings for some of the areas.
Our main task though was the scheme selection for the furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E). It had already been agreed that the brief would be to achieve an elegant and understated clinic that didn’t feel ‘clinical’ and so a soft white RAL colour was chosen for the walls and woodwork throughout, a white that felt clean yet had some warmth to it. The client was a big fan of Minotti Furniture and was keen that we incorporated pieces from their new range within the scheme. Further, the space would act like a ‘gallery’ highlighting other iconic pieces of furniture as well as art, emulating the craft of perfection, much like the client’s work! The final aspect included designing bespoke furniture items such as the display joinery and the client’s all important desk and filing cabinets.
We started with the furniture layout, agreeing in minute detail where everything should be located. This process was pivotal to confirming quantities and types of seating. Several trips were made to the Minotti showroom to sit on chairs and choose fabrics. The final colour scheme included a very particular blue that the client was keen on and this found its way into all aspects of the furniture, from the velvet sofas in the principle waiting room to the upholstery of the consulting room chairs. The client also settled on a particular timber called Sucupira for the joinery, a delicate brown timber with strong linear figuring that would be used for the two built in display units, the desk and drawer units as well as the consul cabinets. The acquisition of the art and the sculpture was a very personal journey for the client and is testament to his attention to detail and nuanced understanding of its significance. Liberally scattered you will see faces in not only wall paintings but even in the fireplace design. Again these are not just 2 dimensional faces, but ’sculpted’ faces, faces created by artists with an acute understanding of the perfection of form, colour and proportion. Finally the scheme was completed with rugs, soft furnishings and window treatment.
Walking down the stairs, you arrive in the entrance hall, a soft, white space filled with natural light that streams in through the French doors off the courtyard. You are greeted with a fabulous and colourful oil on canvas portrait which heightens your sense that you have arrived in a very special place and yet at once calms as well. The principle consulting room is again a bright, peaceful space decorated in various shades of white, where light bounces off the polished marble floors. Around you there is a collection of iconic furniture and lighting pieces as well as an evocative portrait and a Dali sculpture, all emulating ‘the face’. At the other end of the hall is the principle waiting room, a large, inviting space, loosely arranged to feel like you might be at home, an essential yet subtle prerequisite for anyone undertaking a visit of this nature. It is a tranquil and peaceful setting where one can relax, read or just enjoy the space which again is filled with art and sculpture that underpins the reason for its choice!
A thought provoking bronze ‘Dali-esque’ sculpture. Depending on whether you look at it or through it, this optical illusion projects more than one image
A stunning and thought provoking collection of artworks adorn this inspiring gallery of ‘faces’