You can’t not notice the sheer number of cranes that dot the London sky-line at the moment. There are new buildings popping up everywhere. In particular, I have my eye on the Battersea and Chelsea developments, most of these being near the river. Chelsea Island is just such a development, right near the Chelsea Harbour development. It’s a new addition to this popular little enclave and right near the Chelsea Design Centre.
The Private Property Group were instructed to sell the apartments and furnished them beautifully. While new builds are usually boxy and limited with space, it’s always interesting to see how designers overcome this challenge to create spaces that are appealing to these high-end buyers.
In May 2016 we installed the furniture in the Show House of Chelsea Island, an exclusive development of 89 Luxury apartments with river views. The design for this was simple, elegant and luxurious with a simple colour palette of cream and gold with hints of green. We worked with high end designers such as Neill Strain, Minotti and David Linley to create this beautiful space. We built a bespoke bar on the roof terrace to create a fabulous area for entertaining, featuring Minotti outdoor sofas and furniture for guests to sit.
It’s clear from the images that the designer used this incredible feature lighting in the dining room to do two things. Firstly to ‘zone’ the space, and you know I love talking about space planning. And secondly, to create a focal point as there aren’t many architectural features to focus on. Using lighting like this is very clever as they are limited with space so to raise the feature to ceiling height is a good idea. The artwork and large vase help to divide the room into separate dining and living spaces too.
As the space is quite small and open plan, it made sense to choose a vibrant colour to create a give the space personality. The Minotti Aston dining chairs do just that, the zingy green energises the space.
The bedroom is rather large and how luxurious is it to have a private patio. Those large windows and mirror do make the room feel light and airy. The Minotti Andersen bed and that fabulous green day bed help to anchor your attention in the room and not drift away out the large windows. The styling works well and I think the trend for those super tall headboard is finally drifting away from us. I like having art above the bed, it’s a great place to hang a piece of work.
A close up of that fabulous day bed. You probably won’t spend much time on it, well except for putting your socks on, but if your open plan living space is filled with family and you need somewhere to escape to and daydream, then this is the spot.
A bespoke bar was built on the roof terrace to help make entertaining that much more fabulous. Who doesn’t want their own bar? I certainly do, complete with waiter hopefully! Minotti outdoor furniture was used again, and this cool Italian brand certainly understand outdoor entertaining and make pieces that work well in all elements.
The space is functional and the focus is again on clean classic pieces that work hard in this small space.
There are a lot of tips and ideas to take away from the way that this development has been styled and furnished, sticking to 1 style throughout helps to keep the look of the property sleek.