Chadwell – Underground House
Our fantastic clients Tasou Associates were so pleased with our first staging they commissioned another one for their highly prized sunken house where living spaces wrap around a private courtyard tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Angel, Islington.
We wanted to give this perfect pad for entertaining a more punchy feel with a huge BE MODERN sign we have had for years and often display at our Midcentury Modern shows (modernshows.com) We always get comments and top dealers trying to buy it so we knew it would be the perfect thing for this ultra cool bachelor pad.
Accessed from both bedrooms and the kitchen we decorated the outdoor space that also works as a lightwell suffusing light through the interior, with a simple slatted table and benches so as not to take away too much from the planting.
The grey polished concrete floor needed plenty of softness added so we bought in Kvadrat covered green Arne Jacobsen chairs, rugs and our signature soft textured furnishings. But we very much had in mind that we wanted this to be a little more blokey than the larger Chadwell property.
It was important to lead the eye around the place and really enjoy its gallery feel. We added pops of colour and graphic Swedish patterned blankets on the beds you can see from the courtyard bringing the outside in.
We brought in some black glass bottles and midcentury collectables to make the most of the composite stone island in the kitchen area.
Black and white midcentury and modern items were brought in like an Arabia enamel bowl, some midcentury porcelain and loved art books were mixed with pops of colour and plants. A Japanese cast iron pan with wooden handle was tucked into the shelves.
Our main aim was to soften up the space which has concrete floors throughout from the sitting room into the bedrooms. We also wanted it to look like the kind of space you would dip in and out of buying things in nearby Islington and Exmouth market and popping back home with your treasure.
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