A complete Interior Design and Decorative scheme created for a new Townhouse development built over four floors.
The Planning solution had to respond to the concept of "Art Gallery" and a new bespoke bookcase to fit in line with the vaulted ceiling within the newly built mezzanine extension.
Very simple ideas were achieved by juxtaposing linear and curved shapes, harsh against smooth surfaces to enhance the urban setting and add drama to the space. Clear references to a dynamic Architecture were achieved through balancing a range of details such as light, shade, alcoves, and accent colours to bounce the attention back to road track cycling, ideally the outdoors merging with the indoors.
Surfaces play a dual role in the effort to engage between the outdoors and the indoor. Referential elements were introduced through the use of Carbon Fibre and reflective metals that when combined, help to enhance the intensity of the sport against the strong presence of female figures emerging in numerous paintings displayed on the walls.
Townhouse Garden Design N1, Islington
A small city garden turned into a multi layered space achieved by redesigning the new garden plan and lighting layout to include a newly built wood fireplace, practical seating, and wood storage for this Townhouse development spread over four levels.
Clear references to a dynamic architectural style through the appropriate use of lights, shades, alcoves, accent colours to bounce the attention back to road track cycling, the outdoors merging with the indoors.
Surfaces reflect the duality of the outdoors and the indoor spaces merging in one. Extensive reference to cycling and accessories through use of carbon fibre, cement, grass, and reflective surfaces to bring this garden in line with the rest of the house.
House N8, Crouch End
A new planned layout and an eclectic Interior styling were sought for the initial concept intended for this four-storey Edwardian House located on a tree lined street in Crouch End near Highgate Village and Hampstead Heath Park.
The concept had to reflect the dynamic views of Italian Futurism along with a glimpse of surreal dream-like imageries.
Flat N1, Islington
A dynamic top floor Flat, part of this newly renovated Townhouse split into multi apartments set in busy Islington Village. The open space plan had a natural channeled vitality to it and plenty of light reflected across both floor levels. These elements gave the initial kick start to work on the basic colour scheme from where we picked up on a playful note.
The owners were greatly inspired by Kit Kemp's Designs as seen across the signature Boutique chain Firmdale Hotels and were obviously familiar with the colourful and elegant choice of furniture and accessories as seen in their London locations. Hence the scheme was centred around mauve greens and pinks but most important was to retain the natural agility and a sense of spaciousness ideal to suit the owners lifestyle which centred around entertaining friends and family. The whole concept taken with a pinch of fun along with hints of French character.
House Milan, Italy
A beautiful family house set back from the street in this tropical residential corner of Milan named San Felice on the outskirts of the city, located not far from Mondadori Headquarters, an iconic building designed by Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer who was commissioned to build the new project in 1975 by Giorgio Mondadori.
Much care was invested to embrace a little from the past, the East and a modern minimalism. Soft hues of beiges were used on the walls by working with Venetian Stucco balancing against the light gauze curtains and soft linens used to decorate and embellish sofas and armchairs. Tibetan influences were used alongside old Chinese rugs by selecting low height furniture and decorated items resulting in a gentle fusion of styles added to the quiet and serene ensemble.
Grade II Listed House
A superb project, involved as Design Coordinator on this large-scale Grade II Listed Terrace property restoration, refurbishment and extension in association with the conversion to single-family house alongside a Team of great professionals spanning between Italy and the UK.
The main structural changes revolved around building the new Sub-Basement level to host a new Swimming Pool, Spa area, Gymnasium and Wine Cellar in addition to a brand new Basement and Ground Floor rear extension to include the Breakfast and Kitchen Rooms, Games and Audio Room, the Japanese Garden and Staff accommodation and finally, topped by a newly remodelled roof.
Full refurbishment and Interior Design all by Studio Armani/Casa.
Flat N8, London
A complete Interior design service for a young couple for this one bedroom maisonette in the heart of Crouch End. We managed to capture a little of Scandinavia and touches of Japanese influences to make an alcove where materials were kept simple and earthily. The need for storage was carefully planned by building wardrobes that were disguised within niches and behind doors. Every inch available of the space was used for storage leaving the wide landing intentionally unfurnished to allow for the natural flow of people and bicycles.
The senses were somehow tingled by the soft fabrics and reclaimed furniture for nurturing comfort and by recreating a tiny Japanese bathroom for the pleasures of immersing oneself in the deep handmade soaking bathtub.
Six day chair-making with Jason Mosseri from Hopespringschair set in ancient Sussex woodland, 15 miles north of Brighton. Learning all the green woodworking skills you need to make a handsome and strong English Windsor chair, with free carbon footprint and powered by Barrington’s vegetarian food (@Bazfood)
Maria Sole is an Italian Interior designer and Feng Shui Consultant living and working in London.
Her work is liberally influenced by the Arch. Carlo Scarpa and the relevance of contained form, the Italian Memphis Group, the avant-garde black & White Photography together with the Japanese sense for aesthetics.