Cheyne Gardens Apartment

Originate designed a 1,600 square foot minimalist, art-filled apartment in Chelsea for an entrepeneur and collector. The client has homes in Frankfurt and Mumbai, hence wanted his London home to have a ‘sense of place’. We wanted to design new architectural elements that would act as modern interpretations of the lost historic details. We created the full height doors that give the apartment its distinctive look accordingly.

Originate used a minimalist palette for this apartment. We chose of materials that included natural oak floors, coupled with basalt stone and white walls. We designed full height doors to enhance the proportions of the rooms and maximise the feeling of height and space. As a contrast to the Yves Klein gold leaf perspex coffee table, we selected fabrics in neutral tones. Originate designed the shelving to house the client’s collection of antique Indian silver. We designed the joinery in a warm-hued oak, chiefly to complement the lighter floor and walls.

Originate worked closely with the owner’s art consultant to carefully place the art within the design in order to maximise its impact. The client commissioned an artwork comprising a large glass vitrine of butterflies. We placed this at the end of the hallway leading to the bedrooms. In the master bedroom, the client chose a dark blue abstract artwork. This piece contrasts beautifully with the natural oak of the floor and dark leather of the bespoke headboard and side tables.

Furthermore, Originate carried this design idea through for the walls of the dressing room leading to the ensuite beyond. We used grey limestone as the main material in the master ensuite, similarly including the double vanity unit. As a contrast, we lined the shower in Calacatta marble. We found marble with bold lines, which we bookmatched. The project has been featured in various design magazines.