Design for light and space
Commissioned to re-design the interior of a private house in Holland Park, London, Grain was asked to grow and improve the existing living space by designing extensions within planning constraints. Responding to the client’s aspirations, Grain worked with light, space and materials to create an exciting and happy living experience.
We expanded our initial brief for interior design with architectural elements to tackle the underlying problems of poor space planning and lack of light. This was achieved through the open relationship we enjoyed with our client. Together we explored the various structural and design alternatives before finalising the project specification.
Grain’s Creative Director for Environments, Christoph Geppert, comments: “The core idea is a design that we facilitate for the client, not a design that’s imposed; our task is to discover what our client aspires to and what makes them tick, to help express their individual ‘personal brand’.”
The property was extended in two separate areas, gaining 40 square metres. Two light wells were created, one by the main entrance capturing light from the south, the other carrying light into the heart of the building through a glass staircase. The house employs innovative technologies in lighting, audio-visual equipment and structural glass.
Grain transformed the property, raising it to the premium standard of its location. Highly individual, the house combines modernism with a human feeling, with meticulous attention to details, materials and fixtures. Channel 4 used the property in two episodes of The Home Show as examples of architect George Clarke’s successful design references. Having lived there for four years, our client sold the property recently for nearly twice the original purchase price.