Notting Hill Paradise

On one of Notting Hill’s most iconic garden squares is a new family oasis.

Together with Capital Architects and developers Thornsett, this classic Notting Hill house was completely refurbished and a new basement was added to the already generous footprint.

Our team carved out a liveable, modern family home over five floors, maintaining an appropriate gravitas and formality in some of the important entertaining spaces, and carefully concealing all the creature comforts of modern living throughout.

On the ground floor the scene is set with a palette of dark herringbone floors, bespoke joinery and dramatic sculptural pendants. On the family floor below, though, the atmosphere is lighter and more tropical as the openplan kitchen, dining and living room extend into the private garden space beyond. One floor lower and the cinema and wine room create intimate and cozy spaces. The top three floors contain a luxurious master suite and four further ensuite bedrooms.

True to its Notting Hill setting, the house thrives on dramatic discourse, on the energy of contrasts. Old and new sit side-by-side with natural stone, parquet and deep cornices meeting new age ceramics and corian, laser-cut aluminium and crystal-clear glass. The natural vibrancy of the garden cuts into the calm architectural palette on every level, adding life and colour.

In the master bathroom the interplay between the strongly featured Fiori di Bosco and the clean lines of the corian bath and basin is vibrant and engaging. This dialogue between materials is reflected and repeated in other areas of the house to create a strong red thread.

Creative director and founder Staffan Tollgard explains “We are great believers in honest luxury and the power of a good story. This home uses solid, valuable materials in a clean, architectural and truthful way – and the outcome is refreshingly authentic. There is drama and impact in the rooms that need this energy, but we temper this with cleaner, quieter, purer materials.” Moments of calm at the heart of the action … just like Notting Hill’s famous garden squares.

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