This stunning house in Highgate designed by architects Stanton Williams already had the beautiful bone structure and muscles for us to add the flesh to. We were asked to style up existing furniture, books etc. So we brought in some key pieces including chairs like the Cherner, Danish side chairs and a Danish ‘yoga’ chair by Eric Magnussen, a Danish desk, a few ‘boxes of tricks’, ceramics, glass, wood, metal and some muted pastel linens and plants to add to existing pieces while stripping away some pieces that may not appeal to a wider Modernist loving audience.
The bedroom had some lovely warm sunlight coming in through the sliding door. We added blues and pinks to enhance the grey and black cupboards and stunning wood flooring mixing krenit bowls with white ceramics, a Danish pointy candle and a wooden Chinese rice carrier.
We softened the sitting room with a handmade Berber rug placed under the coffee table and some cushions on the settee. We put side chairs and a plant leading the eye to the view outside and made a feature out of existing ceramics on the daily dining table. Sometimes you do not need much to enhance an already beautifully decorated house. We took out half the books out of existing shelves and in every other shelf put installations of ceramics and glass (not seen here) .
Another Berber rug desk and Cherner chair plus plant on the grand piano softened a gallery area and made it suitable to be used as an office.
The chairs by a window cast a beautiful shadow.
We stripped the stair area of some large existing ornaments so your eye would go to the marble Stanton Williams used to create the stairs to complement wooden floorboards with a plant bringing the outside in, styling up an existing sideboard with a Sophie Cook vase and Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala glass jug from the Ultima Thule series designed in 1968 and created in blue for the Wirkkala centenary.
All condiments were removed and some existing bowls from cupboard were put into play and a huge cased glass bowl we sourced from Vessel by Lena Bergstrom filled with a plant made a beautiful table centrepiece to complement the stunning glass lights above the kitchen counter.
Our Tapio Wirkkala centenary set also looked great in the shoot staged with a Jens Quistgaard wooden meat board and some blossom.
We were very pleased with how our simple low-cost styling turned out in this dramatic piece of architecture.
Stylists: Lucy Ryder Richardson and Petra Curtis of Modern Shows Property staging modernshowspropertystaging.com and modernshows.com
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