Located in Blackheath, an area of south east London, the project you are about to tour through will quite literally, leave you floored. Completed in 2012, it is the mastery of Carl Trenfield Architects, who have successfully merged an eclectic, mid-century style of design together with clever interior partitions and stunning material details. The attention to detail reigns supreme inside this apartment, as does access to natural light. The architects have exemplified the notion of how size does not matter; as this petite home is loaded with big features. Take a look…
The outside, which appears to be just a fairly typical mid-century apartment block, actually has a whole score of wonderful interior design secrets hidden inside. The design of the apartment building is from a firm called Span Developments, a company that was responsible for the construction of many suburban apartment complexes around England in the late 1950s. Their ethos was
to span the gap between the suburban monotony of the typical speculative development and the architecturally designed, individually built residence that has become (for all but a few) financially unattainable. Running alongside the key theories of the modernist era, these apartment complexes were designed with a clever spatial layout and affordable for the average person.
Inside, the modernist era is apparent through the use of stunning retro finishes and a choice of sleek, contemporary furniture. The spatial arrangement, while simple, is cleverly thought through. The couches are arranged against the wall to make the room feel wider and larger, with the dining table positioned at the other end of the room to form a subtle distinction between the two zones. The large window to the rear of the space, which essentially takes up the entire wall, bathes the open plan living and dining space in natural light, making it feel airy and spacious despite its obviously petite dimensions. An unmissable feature is the parquet, which appears incredibly, as a feature wall!
The kitchen is also small in size, but doesn't lack imagination or a feeling of openness. This is thanks to the large window in front of the sink that allows a generous amount of light to flow through and bounce off the stark white walls. Again, the furniture and fixtures have been kept around the perimeter of the space, allowing easy access and movability throughout the kitchen area. Again, there is an eclectic, retro feel in this room, through the use of high-gloss cabinetry, extruded forms and neutral colour palette. This earthy feel is brilliantly highlighted gently by the pop of bright orange-red on the little table to the left of the image.
The bedroom, too, is simple in spatial arrangement, colour palette and furniture selection. The bed, which sits proudly in the middle of the room, has a clean and uncomplicated headboard, with detailing instead shown through the pillow and large wall sticker. Just like in fashion, horizontal stripes help to bring the eye outwards, creating a clever illusion of additional width. The largely white-on-white colour palette feels ethereal and serene—the perfect adjectives to describe a bedroom.
As we saw earlier in the living room, parquet has been cleverly used as a feature wall. In this instance, we see it in the bathroom! What a wonderful contrast against the steel fixtures, glossy white ceramics and raw concrete. A material palette such as this is both exciting and intriguing, and is definitely not something you'd see every day in a bathroom. It just goes to show that if you can imagine it, you can do it. So, why not think outside the box and place traditional material finishes into unconventional spaces—you'd be surprised by the result!
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