What is it?
Roksanda Penthouse at Gasholders is a curated space of art and interior.
It’s nice to have the opportunity to explore different styles and concepts from other designers. So we were interested to hear that with her own background in applied arts and architecture, Roksanda has lent her artistic and unique aesthetic to a three-bedroom duplex penthouse. It’s located at Gasholders London. The result is an exquisite play on her signature sculptural form, textural depth and unusual colour combinations. It’s an elegant blend of furniture, art, ceramics, books and objet. The apartment truly reveals Roksanda’s passion for diverse disciplines in design and the arts from a female perspective. It’s creating a conversation between the rooms and those walking through them.
By establishing mise-en-scènes throughout the space, Roksanda puts emphasis on women makers. She includes established, contemporary and emerging females. To begin there are murals, artwork and textiles by Paris based artist Caroline Denervaud. They act as backdrops for furniture by Lina Bo Bardi and Charlotte Perriand. Objet and ceramics include works by Australian ceramicist Alana Wilson, Berlin-based potter Christine Roland and Londoner Annette Lantsoght. Textiles created by Kvadrat cover a Cordemeijer Cleopatra daybed in the Sun Room. Then finally, colourful bespoke upholstered beds with added texture from Lena Rewell’s merino wool blankets.
Interestingly in the Penthouse there is a mix of Postmodern and Mid-century modern pieces. For instance there is a coat rack from the Netherlands and a dining table by Angelo Mangiarotti. Pierre Jeanneret chairs from the 1950s are carefully sourced finds that come as second nature to the designer. Considered lighting appears in the form of a graphic Francois Châtain Floor Lamp. It contrasts with an undulating, bulbous ceramic sculpture by Enylee Parker. Finally the twisting ribbon lamps by Claire Norcross add depth. In our opinion it works and it’s a real celebration of female empowerment.
Inside you can discover handpicked scents are used by Lyn Harris of Perfumer H. In addition you can find curated literature from some of Roksanda’s closest confidants and inspirations. They include Eva Rothschild, Marina Abramovic, Alice Rawsthorn and Valeria Napoleone. Textural bindings and covers include retrospectives too by women that inspire Roksanda’s work. They include Phylidia Barlow, Roni Horn, Barbara Hepworth, Anni Albers, Isa Gensken and Marlene Dumas. On the bedside tables there are texts by Patti Smith, Nell Dunn and Joan Didion. One could say it’s bedtime reading for the woman who dreams big in Roksanda’s world.
Each of the nine elegant penthouses at Gasholders has its own dedicated roof garden. The discrete and sophisticated exterior space has been created by RHS Chelsea Flower Show, gold-medal winning landscape architecture practice, Dan Pearson Studio. Roksanda also worked with Suzanne Wallgren on a bespoke garden design for the rooftop of the apartment. She went ahead and choose a striking Pallas Table designed by Konstantin Grcic and teamed with Gitta Gschventer’s concrete stools. You’ve seen them already on our Instagram. They concrete stools are cast from moulds based on paper bags. They inject further personality into the space. Inside foliage, plants and florals provide moments of still life. They are absolutely stunning.
“As a previous resident of Kings Cross, one of the first people to build a home here when the first regeneration took place, the Gasholders were an iconic landmark that always captured my attention. It’s one which I found particularly beautiful. To be able revisit a neighbourhood that felt so familiar to me and which now hosts the institution which moulded me as a designer, Central Saint Martins, felt like an exciting opportunity. Architecture, art and design are disciplines which consistently inspire my own collections. So this project created the opportunity to expand my own ideas. Especially about creating a true reflection of my own aesthetic, beyond fashion.” Roksanda Ilinčić
There’s a combination of 145 distinctive apartments at Gasholders, London. Above all it’s a dynamic juxtaposition between old and new. The are spaces immersed in heritage, with the ease and comfort of a custom designed modern space. They also provide residents with access to a private gym and spa. There’s even a business lounge and an entertainment suite with screening room, games room, private dining room and even private rooftop gardens. Each designed by Wilkinson Eyre with interior architecture by Jonathan Tuckey Design, the nine exquisite penthouses are of the highest quality.
Make it yours…
The Penthouse sits over three floors. It has a double-height sunken courtyard garden and feature staircase providing access to a private roof garden. It also offers views of Coal Drops Yard, London’s newest shopping and dining district in the heart of King’s Cross. We were also surprised to hear that the apartment is available to buy fully-furnished. In fact you can purchase the Penthouse for £7,750,000. We enjoyed discovering what the Roksanda Penthouse was all about.
So what are your thoughts? We think the look is strong yet feminine. We’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. So do you enjoy her style and perhaps even own a piece of her clothing?
Finally, concluding with Project Credits
Interior Design: Roksanda Ilincic and Nick Vinson of Vinson & CoInterior
and Architecture: Jonathan Tuckey Design Gasholders and Wilkinson Eyre