Urban Glamour #11

This witty loft apartment breaks all the rules, with quirky theatrical props mixed in with vintage finds and design icons

Get the look: The vintage Percival Lafer seating is from Alfies Antique Market and was reupholstered by Ainsworth Broughton. The Willy Rizzo Bar table for Cassini was found at The Furniture Cave. The Twiggy floor lamp is by Marc Sadler for Foscarini. The rug is from SCP.

THE PROPERTY

A duplex loft apartment within a former Victorian bank depository building in east London. On the lower floor is a living area, kitchen-diner, studio, master bedroom, guest bedroom, bathroom, utility room and shower room. The upper floor houses a self-contained studio apartment and terrace.

LIVING AREA

In a corner of the East End, there’s a loft apartment that dazzles with its own brilliance, integrating a tantalising collaboration of whimsical and wonderful style.

This home has chucked out the interiors rule book by teaming stripped-back brick with ornate gold leaf and quirky theatrical props with vintage furniture.

The place already had a vast expanse of space, but renowned architect Gerald Levin came on board to add more, creating a whole new floor at rooftop level, including more rooms and a huge outside terrace. The project took 18 months to complete, during which time the roof was entirely removed and the whole building was enveloped in scaffolding.

Get the look: The graffiti is by the loft’s former owner, Mickey Wiggs. This is the Drift bench by Amanda Levete for Established & Sons at Liberty.

With such a huge expanse of floor space to play with, furniture was purposefully clustered at different points in the loft to create ‘pit stops’. Many of these are practical, others are intriguing and some are there simply for the fun of it.

The oak flooring was laid at a diagonal to counteract the uneven shape of the walls and ceiling – all of which adds to the kaleidoscope atmosphere around the loft.

Get the look: The flooring is from The Natural Wood Floor Company. The Papa Bear armchairs by Hans J Wenger for PP Møbler are from Themes & Variations and were reupholstered by Ainsworth Broughton. The upcycled stainless-steel travel trunk is by Birgit Israel. This Polish version of the New York, New York movie poster was found in Berlin.

The 19th-century maharajah’s day bed is a recent addition, bringing some personality to the space.

Get the look: The day bed is from Opium. This is a David Seyfried ottoman. The rug is from SCP. The reversed mirror is from M Goldstein – it was originally used at an American airport during the Forties to reflect light for incoming planes.

KITCHEN DINER

A raised floor gives the prep area a sense of separation from the living space, while the primarily white scheme radiates calm.

Get the look: The table (with a lazy Susan at its centre) was made by a designer in São Paulo, Brazil. This is the Big Bang pendant by Enrico Franzolini and Vicente Garcia Jimenez for Foscarini. The rubber floor is from The Rubber Flooring Company.

STUDY

The study come studio is an artful display pf curiosities.  You can tell a person’s personality by the stuff on their walls.

Get the look: The series of four photographs is by Rio de Janeiro artist Chico Fernandes. The Fifties military desk was upcycled by being lacquered by a car paint sprayer and the top was re-covered with gold leather. The floor lamp is from Atomic Antiques.

MASTER BEDROOM

The main bedroom been transformed into something really rather gorgeous with the gold-leaf ceiling, one raw concrete wall and lacquered green elsewhere. We love the mix-up of modern and traditional.

Get the look: The gold-leaf ceiling was applied by Clare Lewis. The Christy duvet cover and Biba pillowcases are from House of Fraser. The Infamous Sex Etching in the Boudoir print is by LE GUN at Cob Gallery. The parquet floor is antique charred Japanese ash from Victorian Woodworks.

BATHROOM

With its coffee and caramel shades exuding a Seventies feel, this bathroom is a luxe take on the warmest of hues.

Get the look: The marble floor is from Via Arkadia. The marble wall tiles are from Geology Ltd. The bath was found in an Essex salvage yard. The fittings and radiator are from Thomas Crapper. This is an Eames Rocker for Modernica.

TERRACE

The roof-top garden boasts some great urban views.

Get the look: The Peacock chair is from Dandy Apple Vintage on Etsy.

Contact Gerald Levin Associates on 020 7831 9582, or email geraldlevin2000@yahoo.co.uk. If you like this home’s style and are pining to escape the winter cold, check out their rental in fabulous Rio de Janeiro at ipanemapenthouse.co.uk

Photography ⁄ James Merrell

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