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 took18 months to complete, during which time the roof was entirely removed and the whole building was enveloped in scaffolding.

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 theresimply for the fun of it.

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

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

KITCHEN DINER

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

STUDY

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

MASTER BEDROOM

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

BATHROOM

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

TERRACE

The roof-top garden boasts some great urban views.

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