design et al are delighted to announce that Angel O’Donnell has been shortlisted for City Space (Apartment/Penthouse) – London Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2019.
This project was originally part of a converted grain store from the 1800s, Angel O’Donnell were enlisted for the interior design of this apartment. The interiors have been sympathetically designed to integrate a sense of the buildings history into modern living spaces with oak panel flooring, glimpses of exposed brickwork and coffered concrete ceilings.
The design ethos was to create a sense of pared back but eclectic luxury, reflecting the clients love of travel and design. Angel O’Donnell wanted to make sure that interior was reflective of the area which is steeped in history but also has a unique mix of residents. There was also a consensus that the design had to be sympathetic to the architecture of the building. The hard finishes of exposed brick and concrete needed to be celebrated but also softened to make them liveable. This was particularly relevant as you enter the apartment with the bedrooms having the majority of these features.
Angel O’Donnell chose a neutral palette with some bursts of colour and pattern highlighted by a curated mix of artwork. There is a masculine aesthetic to the design, but this is softened with the use of velvet and abstract floral prints. The designers wanted to make sure that all of the furniture pieces had their own story and the combination of periods from which they hail, created a solid narrative. The Wishbone chairs really defined the herringbone-top dining table and the abstract art, hung just off centre, inspired by the surrounding buildings and the Thames which you can see from the terrace. There is also a simplicity to the accessories, including the Alexander Calder mobile, that add the finishing touches but allows for future additions from far-flung travels and gallery finds.
The key aspect of the apartment is the living space. With a small terrace at either end it floods the space with light. It feels opulent but in a subtle, curated way; the mix of textures of not only the fabrics but also the furniture, bring the whole space together.