We do like to get a peek into fabulous homes and apartments so when I saw this gorgeous place, I was really excited to get writing about it. This apartment is located in Barcelona (design mecca in my opinion). It’s the first development project by Anke Summerhill, the Creative Director at Minotti London.
It’s the clever use of materials combined with well thought out lighting that got me excited about this project.
When you step into the home, you are faced with a spacious central hallway and the majority of the rooms are led off from there.
The designer told us a little about the inspiration for this project.
“I loved the place as I wanted to buy something in the gothic quarter, but most properties there are in narrow roads/alleyways and so often quite dark. This property is on a square overlooking the side of the town hall and so very light.
In fact each room has natural light which is not often the case in that neighbourhood. It has a great roof terrace that we will also do up, but not done yet.
The flat was very dark with a lot of small rooms and false ceilings, I think this is the reason it was not sold as it did not look appealing inside at all. I, however, could imagine it with a lot of walls taken out and exposing the original ceiling.
The place is really transformed, you would not think it was the same place.”
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that lighting and textures are my favourite elements of design and this apartment has a lot of both.
If you study these images closely, you’ll see that the textures are quite different and there are a lot of varying textures in one room. This often doesn’t work, but here it does and it’s the lighting and the palette that keep it together. It’s a really pleasing space.
The beams help to give the space character, or else it might just be a white box, they work well with the blonde wooden floor, being a bit darker than the floor so attracting the attention they deserve.
I mentioned earlier that the lighting was a major appeal to me, and this fitting below creates quite a statement in the dining area, clearly zoning the space and ensuring that its ‘separate’ from the living area.
There’s a lot of glamour in the kitchen, the lighting creating a golden hue all around and the tiles reflecting the gold toned light. The brass/gold accessories work well in this space against the dark grey furniture and counter top.
The designer has solved the problem of having a small bedroom very well. Keeping the skeleton of the room clean and functional, but adding a glamorous lighting feature and the warm golden glow of the lights in the beams. By raising the design features away from the functional space, you get to have both a functional space and some glamour – great job!
The small bathroom has also been given a glamorous functional solution. The brass hardware, glamorous tiles and simple shapes keep the space functional, yet glamorous.
The apartment will be home to Anke & John Summerhill. John Summerhill is the MD of Minotti London.
This apartment has generated a lot of interest and Anke Summerhill has already purchased another apartment in the same building to develop. She will be continuing to work on and developing further properties.
The development and interior design was managed by Anke and the majority of furniture is Minotti. Some pieces are also from GUBI, accessories from various high-end brands, all available through Minotti London.