This stunning modern home (opens in new tab) sits in a Georgian apartment building at the end of a terrace in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Designed by architecture studio Michaelis Boyd (opens in new tab), the interiors contrast stunning period features with striking modern design, playful details and a floating red staircase.
Michaelis Boyd combined two existing flats into this four bedroom maisonette ten years ago. A decade later, the architects returned to incorporate quirky design details that would reflect the creative personality of the owners and their children.
Having previously lived in apartments, the owners enjoyed the social and open nature of horizontal living. Now spread across three floors, the finished maisonette comprises four bedrooms, open plan living, dining and kitchen spaces, TV room, a study, dressing room, four bathrooms and a utility room.
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The building’s external appearance reflects the established vernacular of the borough, and the owners valued the ornate period features of the house, but also believed their new home should have strong elements of contemporary design.
Michaelis Boyd installed striking bespoke joinery throughout the Georgian property, and introduced bright colours to liven it up. Crittall screens, a modern kitchen, geometric bathroom tiles and a stunning roof terrace all help to bring this property bang up to date.
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This Bulthaup kitchen comprises a stainless steel clad worktop and island with simple white units sitting on a limestone floor, and a cosy dining area set in an adjacent bay window. The family TV room is separated from the kitchen by dark metal Crittall screens, with built in dark grey joinery concealing storage for board games and AV equipment.
The contemporary spaces are warmed and softened by traditional oak floors, panelled walls and ornate cornices. Drawing on the family’s own heritage for inspiration, Michaelis Boyd’s interiors combine classic furniture pieces with an impressive and eclectic collection of art and photography.
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On the first floor, a study formed by dark metal Crittall glazing faces the open lounge space.
But the real statement here is the dramatic staircase. The owners wanted to 'live' with their art, rather than just have it on display. This led to the design of the new staircase, inspired by the floating red “Staircase-III” by Doh Ho Suh, exhibited at the Tate Modern.
Collaborating with Diapo and Webb Yates Engineers, Michaelis Boyd's team created this unique sculptural staircase, made from perforated red steel and floating above the living room floor. “With this staircase we wanted to create a statement piece that was both sculptural and functional,” Alex Michaelis tells us.
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This bold addition reflects the general design approach to the home’s living spaces, which are designed to be as open as possible with steel and glass partitions providing separations without restricting natural light.
A small cloakroom space features very clever space-saving design; a clever ledge that's made to fit on the edge of the basin, a wall-mounted tap, alcove shelving for hand soap, plus a clever a tall mirror to make the space feel larger and vertical striped wallpaper to accentuate the height of this bijou space.
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Up on the second floor, dappled light hits the white painted walls that surround the staircase and herringbone oak flooring leads through to four bedrooms, a shared bathroom and two en-suite bathrooms.
The main bathroom features geometric floor tiles, a modern freestanding bath, his and hers sinks, and a large glass walk-in shower.
The children's bathroom is clad in curved geometric wall tiles.
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The terrace features a glass retractable roof, allowing the owners to enjoy this space even when it's cold and rainy.
This indoor area leads through to a large balcony space which looks down onto the Chelsea street below.
Courtesy of Michaelis Boyd
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