Eclectic Apartment- Portobello Road, London

Eclectic apartment in the heart of the iconic Portobello Road…

The Brief:
Our client wanted this beautiful split-level apartment to very much represent and reflect the location in which it’s in- the vibrant and eclectic Portobello Road. She had a 1960’s poster, which was very strong in terms of colour and movement, incorporating bold shapes and mix of pattern; she wanted us to use this as our inspiration and concept for the design. She loved orange tones: rust, amber, tangerine as well as browns and ochre’s. She was inspired by the bohemian style of London in the 1960’s and 1970’s and this was the feel she wanted to replicate.  The apartment was to be used by her and her family so it was important to get the balance right: a comfortable, relaxing retreat with just enough of a nod to this era.

The Style:
With this poster as our inspiration, we wanted to use strong colours with a more neutral backdrop, while also introducing a mixture of pattern and texture. It was also important to keep true to the style and feel of the apartment so we chose to mix the 1960’s style with some more 19th century pieces. We sourced the chairs in the bedrooms from our local antique market and had them re-upholstered and recovered in a Liberty fabric. In the sitting room we chose this striking chair in burnt orange velvet which adds interest and texture, this follows through into the dining room with the use of the bold, curvilinear 1960’s inspired pendant light over the dining table. This project encapsulates how clever design can mix different styles from different periods in one cohesive look.