The vast expanse of white ceramic tile and oodles of natural light pouring in from the courtyard and the skylights, sets the tone for this truly magnificent project. At the far end of the hall is an open plan stairway that leads to the elegant master suite, to the right another stair that takes you up and over a glass bridge into the three bed guest wing and further down to the left, the children’s wing.
The approach to the Master Suite takes you under some very cool, 1970’s style pendants, announcing in a way the importance of the space. Set completely apart from the rest of the house, this first floor suite encompasses a large master bedroom with fireplace overlooking the terrace and the park beyond. The architects had already created an exciting space here, cleverly curving the roof so that the windows looking out over the park were extra tall, yet the modern dressing room ceiling height was a lot cosier. The metalized champagne coloured timber floor extended into this space as well so it made sense to mirror this on the tongue in groove ceiling. The scheme the client wanted in the sleeping quarters was ‘a bit of heaven’ so here we see a symphony of cream, off white and pearl? The design team, at London’s top interiors studio started with the joinery which was finished in a pearlised lacquer. The doors and drawer fronts were then upholstered in a pearlised leather and given a magical three dimensional makeover using a cleverly designed floral embroidery treatment. Further finishes included platinum embossed leather, sparkly silica wall paper, and cream satin and fun fur. The ‘heavenly’ touch was completed with the long glittering crystal wall lights. The dressing room is open plan to the bedroom and is really an extension of the space. Here the serpentine wardrobes snake around the room enveloping it like a cocoon. Deftly placed in the centre of the space is the almost full height mirrored wardrobes that reflect all the exciting shapes and finishes in a dreamlike way.
Just a few steps down and you are in the en suite, again architecturally exciting with its use of curvy walls and windows. To the left is the bath, positioned to make the best use of the view across the park. Above the bath hangs another heavenly crystal chandelier and above that yet more curvaceous ceiling lines with integrated lighting. Behind the bath the vanity seems to wind its way around the room, hugging the curved wall from the bath all the way to the balcony door. The shower enclosure and the separate toilet room are bedecked in a wonderful floral design mosaic, in shades of grey and white, which mirror each other pulling the scheme together. Little pops of red appear in this otherwise neutral scheme in the form of the Marcel Wanders taps.
The family wing is reserved for the kids and visiting parents. Here the boys’ rooms are masculine shades of grey and taupe, ceilings have been sloped to give an extra dynamic to the spaces and the walls are adorned with modern veneer pattern wall coverings. The parents’ bedroom on the other hand is like a little jewellery box, all bright and sparkling…literally! The walls in this room are hung in a geode glass ball wall covering which transforms the room into the most glamorous bedroom suite when the sun shine in. A delicate shade of lilac pervades the space used in the velvet headboard, scatter cushions and accent paint colour. The open plan en suite follows on with the use of sparkling cream wall tiles, a modern glass baroque mirror and an acanthus leaf design heated towel rail.
Finally the guest wing, accessed across a glass bridge over the main entrance hall, is a suite of three very different design bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms plus a ‘guest lounge’. The lounge is a modern mixture of decorative African pieces from the clients past travels and classic Danish chairs which relate to the clients heritage. The floor is a smart polished concrete floor in dark grey and the walls are hung with a verdant green veneer wall covering. This open plan space has vistas across not only the garden but also the entrance hall below.
Guest bedroom 1 is a black and white panelled room, elegant yet playful with its use of mouldings. There is a black poured concrete floor black silk effect walls and even the bath, placed squarely in the centre of the room, is black and white! The finishes are luxe, combining leather, silk, velvet and lacquer creating an extraordinary space. Beyond the bath is the en suite shower room, with its dark polished plaster walls and cool vanity which matches the bath. Guest bedroom 2 is all curvaceous with a sexy curved wall, fully upholstered from floor to ceiling that runs from the bedroom all the way into the bathroom. The scheme again makes use of a polished grey concrete floor, this time paired up with a polished plaster wall and super cool gesso leaf gesso wardrobes. The scheme is complimented with stylish Italian leather bedroom furniture. The bathroom is an extension of the bedroom and both the shower enclosure as well as the toilet room make great use of the Bisazza silver leaf Murano mosaic, mimicking the silver on the wardrobes. To one corner there is a small but perfectly formed bath tub with a view out onto the courtyard and above it hangs a chandelier of delicate glass, emulating water droplets. The last bedroom design is dark and sumptuous with a collage of black and rose gold shades mixed in with the velvet leopard. The room is dominated by a large round leather bed, surrounded by a rose gold net curtain and dark curved velvet wardrobes. The en suite feature wall in rose gold ceramic wall tiles highlights the black graphic radiator like a stunning sculpture.
This sophisticated dining space with specially commissioned Murano chair bases, up-lit hand blown glass table bases and a bespoke chandelier all the way from Cape Town, does not fail to take your breath away!
A delicate glass pendant emulating miniature droplets suspended above the bath