White City Penthouse
A West London Penthouse decorated with iconic furniture.
Greek god Helios was designed by British sculptor T.B Huxley-Jones representing the radiation of television worldwide. The ring-shaped building is lined with mosaic tiles and sharp, smart windows made from Crittall – a window/door type we’ve often used in our projects. We aimed to complement the complex’s unique Graham Dawban mid-century architecture with iconic brands from famous designers of a similar period. For example, pieces by Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, and Le Corbusier feature prominently.
This rental apartment had yellow curtains, a bright green rug and a sofa which faced the wall (rather than the view). It was obvious (to me) that there were quick and easy ‘wins’ to snap this apartment from garish to cool. The landlord removed all the furniture and window dressings and I quickly got to work by installing floating drapes, iconic furniture to fit the environment and adding touches of calmer colours. Textures and patterns play a huge part in breaking and softening up each section and to achieve this here I chose marble in the dining table, a geometric soft rug and tapestry art. Applying a neutral tone to the walls gave the open plan area depth and warmth. The flat is inviting, contemporary with a nod to the reference of the original architecture. It’s a pleasure to work on homes such as these.