industrial vibe #26

Interior designer Tara Bernerd wanted an elegant yet edgy apartment for relaxing with friends and chilling alone. She found it by the Thames and has the best view in town...

The ProPerTy

A riverside apartment in south London. It has a large open-plan living/kitchen/dining space, a hallway with concealed storage, a master bedroom, bathroom and dressing room, a guest bedroom with en suite, a guest cloakroom and a terrace.

Living area

Interior designer Tara Bernerd is known for her distinctive luxe-with-an-edge style. Her projects have ranged from design hotels and super-yachts to a high-end residential development in China, as well as her own London riverside apartment.

Top of the list for her own home was to create a place that makes her feel warm and comfortable, but inspired too.

Originally a three-bedroom apartment, the space has breathtaking views of the River Thames – which clinched the deal. Once she’d bought it, Tara set about opening it out as far as possible.

Get the look On the wall are Harland Miller’s A Decisive Blow Against If screen print from White Cube and a photograph of a tarantula by Guido Mocafico from Hamiltons Gallery. The Bell side table is by Sebastian Herkner. The Powell sofa in Mid Grey and Wilson side table in Granite, right, are by Minotti. The cushions are from left, Tattoo Union by Tara Bernerd; and Hummingbird by Alexander McQueen for The Rug Company. The ikat rug was custom-made by Luke Irwin. The Merrow Associates coffee table is from For similar, try Chaplins.

Tara wanted an open-plan vibe with an industrial yet luxurious feel, but without the sense of living in a loft.

Within the large living space she has created different zones which, give the eye lots of different points of interest wherever you sit.

Creating a space where Tara could cleverly hide her TV and display her favourite possessions and books inspired the central, concrete and wood bookcase.

Get the look The bookcase is Tara’s own design. For a similar ashtray, try

An area by the window on the other side of the bookcase, complete with a vintage coffee table and stools, is a great spot for grabbing a cup of coffee in the morning and ‘embracing the view for just a few moments.’

Get the look The pigeon photograph is part of Geoff Weston’s Messengers series from Hamiltons Gallery. View his portfolio at geoffweston. The New Objectivity American black walnut and leather stools in Havana are by Amy Somerville and the vintage interlocking coffee tables are from Retrouvius. This is the Linley Max armchair, upholstered in Romo’s Delano Shingle with leather piping.

A bathroom was reworked as a guest cloakroom, a bedroom turned into a dressing room and she replaced the solid living room doors so there is now a view of the river from the front door right through to the balcony.


Throughout the apartment, Tara’s trademark mix of rough and smooth textures – concrete and velvet, marble and glass, wood and metal – is set against neutral walls and a pale oak floor.

The kitchen was constructed to have the feel of a cool bar and features a marble-clad island where friends can sit and chat while Tara cooks.

Get the look The bespoke kitchen, designed by Tara Bernerd & Partners, includes black iron-framed sliding fluted-glass panels, limed-oak shelves and a Carrara marble-clad island. The Shadows glass and wood pendant lights are by Brokis. The OD 61 bar stools, upholstered in Zanzibar velvet by Vescom, are by Erik Buck.

One thing Tara has learnt is to sketch a floor plan that indicates where the furniture will sit before she goes shopping. That way, she knows what she needs and what she has room for. It stops her from impulse buying the wrong thing.

master bedrooM

Tara wanted the bedroom to be serene and enveloping. It’s a contrast to the open-plan space of the living room where she spends a lot of her time.

Get the look The painting above Tara’s bed is by James Nares from Hamiltons Gallery. The Onda platform bed by Paolo Piva for Poliform is teamed with a Fifties bedside table from Retrouvius. The curtains in Caravan Natural wool by Donghia were made by Edge Interiors.

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The build of the apartment was by James Donovan of Cumberland Construction.

Photography / James Merrell 


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