Scandi Cool #9

This fabulous family home is designed as both a fun space for the kids and as a social destination for eating and entertaining.

Get the look: This is Poul Henningsen’s PH 50 pendant for Louis Poulsen. For concrete flooring in this style, try Lazenby. sells children’s balance bikes.


A reconfigured Thirties Arts and Crafts-style house in west London, comprising a hall, living/dining room, kitchen, office/den and WC on the ground floor, with a playroom, utility room and larder in the basement. The main bedroom with an en suite and dressing room is on the first floor, alongside two of the children’s bedrooms and a bathroom. Two more bedrooms and a shower room are in the loft.


From the hall, a curvaceous, Deco-style staircase (pictured above) now leads simultaneously to the basement dug out below and to the bedrooms and bathrooms above. The sweeping staircase, designed by architect Guy Stansfeld, is a central feature in the large, lobby-style hall. Built-in storage helps keep the space sleek and clean.


The ‘family hangout’ is a warm, mellow den used both as an office and the TV room/library.

A period portrait of the owner’s great-grandfather contrasts with a striking piece of fashion photography.

Get the look: The desk is vintage Danish – find a similar design at Pamono. The photograph by Irving Penn, called Mouth (for L’Oréal), is from 77 Broadway Market. This is Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby’s Tip Ton chair in Glacier Blue for Vitra. The Sixties dining chair is part of a set that was inherited.


The home owners worked alongside architect Guy Stansfeld and builder Richard Ilendo, demolishing the interior before opening up the entire ground floor into one flowing space. By removing a series of awkward steps leading up and into the building, this new level was markedly lower than before, allowing the builders to lower the floors above, all supported by a long, reinforced side wall and a new double-height extension to the rear, artfully designed to echo the look of the original façade at the front.

This wide, lateral floor space offers easy access to the garden as well as flowing straight through to the kitchen.

Get the look: This is the CH163 black leather sofa by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. The William sofa is by Damian Williamson for Zanotta. The Multi Bargello Windmill cushion, on the William sofa, is by Jonathan Adler. The coffee tables are vintage Fritz Hansen – for similar, visit This is the Sinatra floor lamp by DelightFULL. The large silkscreen print is Brisk Day by Alex Katz – limited editions sometimes come up for auction at leading art sellers.

The living area’s wide expanse stretches across the back of the building, with each curated collection of furniture creating pockets of interest without ever distracting from the room’s epic architectural form.

A chic arrangement of books, plus ceramics, sculpture and photography, encapsulate the owner’s creative interests.

Get the look: The floral photograph is by Jeremy Coleman – see more of his work at Find the Alex Katz Jessica plate by Ligne Blanche, shown left of the two Katz ceramics, at Tate Shop.


The dining and living areas are lined with built-in storage and display shelving.

The space is full of functional, simple pieces – Mid-century modern and Danish designs by Hans J Wegner and Louis Poulsen.

Get the look: These are Concert P3 pendants by Jørn Utson for Lightyears at Republic of Fritz Hansen. This is the Super-Elliptical dining table by Piet Hein, Arne Jacobsen and Bruno Mathison for Fritz Hansen at Republic of Fritz Hansen. The DKR Wire chairs are by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. The artwork is by Brett Amory – find his work at Saatchi Art. The wall-hung storage unit is by Vitsœ. The Volta mobile is from The Conran Shop.


The kitchen stars a show-stopping island that’s able to seat eight, ideal for the supper clubs.

The owners mentally unpacked all of their kitchenware before designing the storage so everything they need is close to hand.

Get the look: The kitchen was designed by Hanna and made by Richard Ilendo at RAI Developments. Find similar Carrara marble work surfaces at Stone World. These are Kaiser idell pendants by Christian Dell for Lightworks at Republic of Fritz Hansen; the Series 7 bar stools by Arne Jacobsen are also Fritz Hansen.

A sliding door demarcates the kitchen from the rest of the space.

An ever-expanding selection of kitchenware and cookery books can easily be housed in the modular shelving system.

Get the look: The 606 shelving is by Vitsœ. The cake stands are from a selection at Jansen+co, Iittala and RE, plus vintage buys. Find Kilner clip-top jars at John Lewis.


The extra-long panelled headboard was designed both for maximum comfort and to utilise additional storage.

Get the look: The headboard was created by Richard Ilendo at RAI Developments. This is the J16 rocking chair by Hans J Wegner for Fredericia at Skandium. The Air ceiling fan is by Giulio Gianturco for Boffi. The curtains are made in a Marimekko fabric. The artwork, left, is by Dorothy Napangardi – find her work at The harbour painting is by Nancy Patz Blaustein.


Tucked beneath the eaves at the top of the house, the youngster’s bedroom is a snug, well-ordered retreat.

Get the look: Find a similar rattan bed at The French Bedroom Company. The colourful cushion was brought back from South Africa. The blind fabric and rug were sourced from The Cloth Shop on Portobello Road. This is the 1B chest of drawers by Unto This Last.


Perfectly fitting the proportions of the space, the sleek shower area is tiled in a bold swimming pool blue.

Get the look: The shower screen was created by Richard Ilendo at RAI Developments. The wall tiles are from Johnson Tiles. The bathrobe is from The White Company.

Check out Guy Stansfeld Architects portfolio at

Photography ⁄ James Merrell

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