NS interiors - Press Release
A recent purchase of a lateral apartment over two mansion blocks, by a client living in Singapore is our latest project. Viewing the nsinteriors website prompted a flying visit to ask Nicholas to design the interior for this young family, with a new born and a 2 year old. They wanted a haven to escape to whilst visiting London and wanted Nicholas to do this in their absence.
This South African gentleman with a Swedish wife, and living in Singapore, meant they had a mixed view on how their home should look, blending lifestyles from all three countries but looking for something unique in their London home.
Nicholas explains the process.
"I’m used to clients having opposing views on what they want to achieve. Its rare that a couple both agree and there is usually a stronger bias with one of them. Not so in this case! James has very clear views on what he wants and is equally accepting of Rebecca’s requirements, but this proved difficult in that neither wanted to upset the other. As usual its "What do you think nick", and off I go!
"The apartment needed to have a wow factor and I worked with some existing furniture being sent over from Geneva where they also lived. Leaving Geneva meant furniture was to be split between London and Singapore and I viewed the photographs with Rebecca and we decided which items to use in London. This gave me a good mix of styles, contemporary glass, antique cabinets and beautiful works of art. Using these pieces and in particular the art, we built our colours and styles around these signature pieces. I find working in this way more exciting and challenging than having a blank canvas."
The main reception being over 3m high had the most amazing bay window and views over the square and I did not want to spoil this with drapes and blinds. Privacy wasn’t an issue as no one could see into the apartment on the first floor so I arranged simple sheer blinds in a soft self stripe from Jab, to be lowered when they were travelling, set behind a simple false Roman blind. Set at the top of the window to soften but not hide these dramatic windows added warmth to the room in its rich turquoise Chinese silk. The pale blue corner sofa from Robert Langford and simple Rebecca chairs in matching fabric with silver moiré fabric on the back set the style as you walked in through the double doors. The Mech glass coffee table sitting on a hand made rug designed by NSI and made by Stark was the centrepiece to the room. The oversized wall units were used to house the individual antique statues and bowls bought on their travels. The Swarovski crystal ceiling globe and individual ambient lighting sitting on the Armani dresser and side tables gave this room the wow factor they wanted."
"The kitchen diner with its hand made white gloss kitchen overlooking the square and double balcony was also the dining room. I wanted the glass table imported from Geneva to sit on top of the large Stark made rug designed by NSI using the individual colours from the wall painting in a splash effect across a crackle design. I chose an Illuminati Ripple light to sit over the table, and in the bay I set a small breakfast table and two chairs from Interior Supply for that early morning break before the children awoke."
"The master bedroom incorporated a beautiful antique Chinese cabinet which Rebecca insisted we use and the colours worked from this, with Armani side tables and lamps. The oversized bed head provided a backdrop to the Armani side tables and lamps and rose high above the bed reducing the height of the 3 m ceilings. Double layered roller blinds and roman black outs turned the room into a peaceful but dramatic bedroom.
The children’s room and guest room benefited from 2 double beds and reflected the colours in the unique fabric from Desigual cover the two chairs by the dresser. Soft lilac Chinese silk blinds and black out rollers created a room for any age.
The design continues to develop as we grow the individual pieces in the project, but so far we are all very pleased with the design.