The apartment is on Portland Place, a central road in London. The building was constructed at the beginning of the 20th century with views of Regent’s Park and near the well-known shopping district of Oxford and Regent streets. The apartment comprises two bedrooms had been renovated relatively recently, but the new owner wanted to add an en-suite bathroom to the main bedroom. With that as a starting point, she decided to give a new look to the whole flat. It was our first project in a full building with many regulations and obstacles to overcome. As it usually happens in expensive areas of London, we had to take into account the dominant conservatism and protectionism. While there were several changes to our initial sketches, we maintained our main philosophy of designing the space:mixing modern and classic design and finding new and bold solutions to open up the space and make the rooms feel bigger.When designing small flats, if it is impossible to drastically change the space, we emphasize the feeling of the space - the aura of it. This includes the lighting and textures,and the choice of every material and finishing. These details are very important. We were trying to create a black and white canvas using materials such as black granite, white lacquered plywood, white decorative bordures, and Carrara and Portoro marble, combined with a warm “carpet” of wood made especially for this project in a herringbone layout. Juxtaposing the texture and feel of the polished monochrome cold granite with the rough,aged wood floor was the basis of the transformation of the flat.
design by KLAb Architecture - Konstantinos Labrinopoulos
design team Enrique Ramirez, VERONICA VASILEIOU , ELENA SKORDA
interior decoration by Blossom creative decoration - MARIZA PAPADOPOULOU
construction managment by T constructions - Alexandros Triantafyllidis
photography © GEORGE FAKAROS