Bloomsbury, London

Bloomsbury, London

A premises which lent itself to showroom and residential use, the project was one of reorganizing the ground floor rooms, creating a capacious residence on the upper floors with opportunities for taking in views of the neighbourhood’s architectural gems, such as St George's Bloomsbury, which Robert felt was Hawksmoor’s finest work. 

In considering how to transform the building on Museum Street into both a ground floor showroom and a residence above - Robert and team combined three of four ground floor rooms to create a showroom, removing the lantern, adding a glass ceiling for a view of the famous Hawksmoor church steeple. Upstairs, the main residence comprises a library, bedrooms, a dressing room  and a sitting room and roof garden. 

The interior is classic Kime - plain walls (with one notable exception) and ceilings, colourful rugs, furniture and decor of varied origins and histories,  comfortable seating and simple curtains.

The dining room is lined in deep red eighteenth century Venetian silk, trimmed with gold braid. Needleworks and pictures decorate the wide stairwells.  An Arts and Crafts desk in the library balances an oversized English portrait of a hound and a tall Italian mirror at the other end. A small reading room is reached through an archway and the sitting room’s loose slipcovers create a contrast to the large scale furniture. The  new bathrooms are endowed with Robert and teams’ signature timeless quality. A Barnsley desk sits comfortably in the dressing room, next door the canopy is lined with bed’s a delicate white textile.  A guest room is made useful with a sofa bed and reading lights and here, cheerful colours.
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Bloomsbury, London
Bloomsbury, London
Bloomsbury, London
Bloomsbury, London
Bloomsbury, London
Bloomsbury, London
Bloomsbury, London
Bloomsbury, London
With a focus on creating an environment that reflects the interests and tastes of the client, with inspiration from their travels and collections, this project, in a handsome London neighbourhood was led first by identifying the structural changes that would enhance the livability of the house, followed by a full interior design project.
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