Private Residence, London, UK

This unique, early 20th Century, Grade II listed property has been carefully designed and detailed by the Interior Designer T E Smith and Architect BLDA, creating a modern home whilst revealing and reinstating many of the original building’s features such as the mosaic frieze in the master bathroom and the majestic double height gallery space.

The lighting design strategy concentrated on illuminating the client’s carefully crafted art collection, revealing the beauty of the artworks, whilst providing inter-reflected borrowed light to provide a soft ambient base. Layers of light were added through the revealing of details and highlighting of surfaces such as coves, coffers, nooks and reveals. The traditional lathe and plaster ceiling prevented the use of recessed downlights, so for spaces where higher illumination levels were desired, discreet miniature surface mounted downlights were sparingly used.

The result is a carefully curated project which integrates the historic building architecture, with art gallery aspects, and the warmth of a welcoming home.

Architect: BLDA in collaboration with T E Smith Dip Arch RIBA
Interior Design: T E Smith Dip Arch RIBA
Services Engineer: QODA Consulting Ltd
Quantity Surveying: Sampson Associates Consultants Ltd
Structural Engineer: Constructure Ltd
Main Contractor: Chelsea Construction Company
Photography: Adam Parker