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How many times you wished to purchase an entire home decoration from a catalogue? What you’re about to see it is an elegant and eclectic interior design styles collaboration between Nina Yashar (owner of Milan’s Nilufar Gallery) , interior designer Shalini Misra and real estate investor Ekta Varma.
In the heart of London’s Mayfair, the 230-square-metre Victorian lateral corner apartment with three metre high ceilings has been turned into “a high-concept decorative living space” with designs, old and new.
The hallway and living room/dining room act as extensions of each other and offer a somewhat open environment which guests are instantly drawn into. Monochrome Art Deco patterned flooring (inspired by Gio Ponti and mirrored in the custom cabinetry) leads through to apartment’s largest room via an oversized 2007 David LaChapelle photograph which rests against the wall.
The mirrored bronze and mahogany dining table inspired by Tây lake in Hanoi; the green leather David/Nicolas armchair by neo-colonial Lebanese pieces.
Nevertheless – and despite a traditional gallery space – the artistry of each piece is not lost on design minds. The room has an appealing configurable energy – each piece acting as a moveable part in the overall whole – and one can only imagine the variety of arrangements.
A woven palm rug, an arrangement of rattan and croc-effect cast bronze low tables (which together create the definition of the new coffee table) and 1950s Federico Munari velvet upholstery are just some of the interesting textures Shalini alludes to.
The bedrooms decoration are, expectedly, very distinct. The master bedroom – an otherwise serene space of dove grey linen wallpaper, faux suede cabinetry and soft eggshell linen curtains – is pepped up by a full-size verdant Caturegli Formica rug, geometric Martino Gamper screen headboard and wool Viggo Boesen chairs.
Its bathroom is a masterpiece of calacatta marble and dark grey stone with its two illuminated bronze-framed mirrors and bath mirror reflecting its beautiful veining in all directions.
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Even the utilitarian spaces – the kitchen and bathrooms – are something to be admired. The kitchen and informal dining area is completely state-of-the-art (Gaggenau and Miele appliances throughout) without compromising on aesthetics. The glistening copper of a domed Patricia Urquiola pendant and the lower cabinets’ brushed brass enhances the striped wood and chevron-patterned door fronts.
This first project certainly sets them off on a good pace, and the success is speaking for itself. Would you want to live here?