A firefighter’s pole in the kitchen and a slide down the stairs? Nobody said minimalism couldn't also be fun.
An eight-bedroom house in west London, constructed with a ground floor beneath two circular towers and connected by a staircase ‘bridge’. There’s an entrance hall, WC, kitchen-diner, living room and office on the ground floor. The first tower has a bedroom, shower room and utility room on the first floor, and the main bedroom suite, with a shower room and separate WC on the second floor. The other tower has three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and a further three bedrooms and bathroom on the second floor. Each tower has a roof terrace and garden and there’s also a courtyard garden with an outdoor swimming pool on the ground floor.
The property’s curved towers are linked by an external covered staircase – the bridge – to avoid blocking out light from the neighbours. The radical shape has turned the house into a talking point.
Inside, the decor has an almost powdery softness, given definition with black-framed internal and external glazing. The plaster has a rustic honesty plus it absorbs sound beautifully. Elsewhere, surfaces are gently tactile, from the deep quilting of the sofa to the silky pile of the living room rug, but it’s the collection of artworks that provides the real drama in the space.
Despite the serious materials and design, there’s a whimsy to this west London property, thanks to the three-metre firefighter’s pole descending into the kitchen and the children’s slide that run alongside the staircase.
But there is nothing kitsch to see here. Pale wood floors, bare plaster walls and a series of organic spaces give it a softness and serenity. It’s meditative, despite being a family home.
The owners of this property installed a slide on the inside of the staircase, offering a fun – and quick – way down.
Each artwork has been painstakingly sourced. The shapes of the house are organic, with every curve and corner functioning as part of a whole.
Get the look: The Love artwork is by Harland Miller. The chair was an antique find.
The curved wall of the family bathroom nods to the property’s organic shapes but was also created for practical reasons – the property needed to fit into a tight space between existing houses.
The bedroom sits in an oval tower, so the furniture curves into the space, being gently hugged by the walls.
The porthole windows in the bedroom add to the ocean-liner look.
See more of the designer’s work at michaelisboyd.com
Photography ⁄ Paul Massey