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House in Notting Hill guards plenty of art

Private art collection mixes with design icons and high-end furniture: here’s a stunning flat in London’s most sought-after neighbourhood

Andrew Beasley

Lavish apartment in London’s Notting Hill neighbourhood is converted into a private art gallery: shown above, the inner patio with custom furniture by Louisa Holt

What if the moving checklist leaves your private art collection behind? Ask the adult couple with grown-up children (now at college) who opted for fleeing the Kensington district in London in favour of Notting Hill and a smaller property that still could accomodate their generous art collection. Then, how to combine more discreet volumes with the wish of fully appreciating loads of precious artworks in need of being displayed within inevitably large environments?

Well, here comes Louise Holt, who revamped a sumptuous flat in London’s most esteemed neighbourhood according to the owners’ artistic requirements. Based in London and New York, the couple asked for urban-inspired interiors blended with sophisticated and essential design – in other words, a friendly habitat for their private art collection in terms of lighting and finishes. To this end, Holt drastically restyled the flat’s spatial layout and finishes to evoke the actual feel of an art gallery.

Wide herringbone wooden floorings of contemporary inspiration were paired with total-white walls aimed at reflecting natural light and providing a neutral frame to relevant art and furnishing pieces. An open floor plan with four separate zones was created, each one boasting its own peculiarity and twist: the first area comprises the living and a music corner, with sofas by B&B Italia and a chair selection by Minotti. A marble fireplace and lifted bronze cabinet that opens up to reveal the TV are set to complete the scenario; lastly, a large coffee table by Ochre is towered by a custom-made chandelier coming straight from Lindsey Edelman Studio in New York.

At the center of the room, the owners’ piano and rounded dining table by Parisian designer Nerve Van Der Straeten were artfully arranged. An additional Lindsey Edelman chandelier enhances the area’s sculptural feel, while a more private zone was installed at the rear of the room. It features a few vintage touches: a 1950’s semi-circular Italian sofa, a chair by Ico Parisi, a 1950’s French coffee table by Mangemartin, and a floor lamp by Serge Mouille matched with a velvet armchair by Tom Dixon. The room smoothly opens onto the outdoor terrace equipped with a custom semi-circular sofa, a wood floor, a black-painted semi-dome structure, and a rounded table which doubles as a fire pit in fresh nights. 

The Bulthaup kitchen is a work by London-based Kitchen Architecture, and includes a Roll and Hill bronze chandelier alongside a series of sliding doors meant to enclose the area depending on particular circumstances. The hallway itself was turned into an art gallery thanks to the use of walls clad in chalkboard panels with bronze and glass finishes, and wall appliqués by Paul Mathieu. The night-area comprises two huge bathrooms and just as many dressing rooms, together with one guest-room and master bedroom whose dark look results from glossy finishes on the wall, silk carpet and custom wardrobes made of bronze and ancient glass. Minotti provided both the bed-frame and two-seater sofa, here coupled with a pair of bedside table lamps by Porta Romana and an Ochre chandelier.


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