London-based design studio Maddux Creative breathes sophistication, modernity, and colourful charm in the interiors of a 1920’s pied-à-terre in chic Marylebone residential district.
When a Los Angeles based couple wanted to find a base to house their expanding art collection in London, they turned to the art, craft, history, travel, and fashion obsessed team at Maddux Creative to revive their English period two-bedroom apartment.
Under their artistic eyes, the residence with its incredible handcrafted mouldings, high ceilings, wall panelling, and parquet flooring reminiscent of a Haussmanian Parisian style apartment in the very heart of the leafy 7th arrondissement oozes quintessential timelessness.
Period features, vintage finds, and modern art pieces with streamlined aesthetics beautifully collide with soft and bold wall paint colours and materials that help harmonise past, present, and future into a cohesive yet unique story under the same roof.
Cutting edge creativity gives centre stage to artistic inspirations, where a sophisticated blend of life-enhancing colours, organic materials, centuries-old textures, and contemporary items blur the line between the old and new worlds. Like in transitional design style, the whole apartment ambience is both a reverence for the past and a celebration of sophisticated modern day living.
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The main room brings together elegant sitting and dining areas where an enchanting blend of subtle and bold materials and colours from different time periods co-exist to deliver a visually captivating experience. Period features such as the beautiful herringbone parquet flooring, the intricate mouldings, and a superb fireplace help anchor the main living space.
The rug-free living area features a number of curvaceous furniture pieces that help to soften the space. The sculptural soft white coffee tables from Pierre Augustin Rose ground the living area by effortlessly mirroring the subtle wall shades and medium oak flooring.
A vintage saarinen sofa in soft blue-grey sits next to a painting by Ross Chisholm and two decorative objects. A beautifully crafted daybed in red leather is positioned opposite the fireplace to add balance to the living area. A mirrored artwork in silver and red hues from Sabine Marcelis and Brit van Nerven adds vibrancy to the living area and complements the daybed shade.
In one corner of the fireplace, a vintage furniture piece hosts two modern artworks. A contemporary looking chandelier with brass gold, black, and white shades from Charles Burnand adds another layer of texture and colour to the living area.
Subtle shades of soft white, pink, grey, and olive paint expertly applied to the beautiful mouldings help the eyes to smoothly transition into the dining area. A beautiful round table on top of which sits an off-white bowl and a vase with geometric designs in blue and red sets the scene. Curvy-looking dining chairs upholstered in shearling fabric bring softness to the dining area.
Just next to the dining area, the adjacent library is separated from the main room by see-through pocket doors that allow for much needed privacy without obstructing the open and airy feel which characterises the apartment. Boundary-pushing colour experimentation continues in the library, where three complementary shades of green paint help accent the beautiful room mouldings, helping to breathe a modern touch in the space.
The library is home to a Christophe Delcourt sofa in a soft green-grey hue and a Paolo Buffa armchair in a gorgeous burgundy colour that helps to complement different shades of red in the living area. In a clear departure from the living area, a rug from James Tufenkian grounds the library room.
A black, white and grey painting entitled “Explosion” from Charles Gaines adorns the library room ‘s main wall. A vintage pendant light adds depth to the room. Sculptural objects and books found both on the glass coffee table and in the library room corners help accent the room allowing the eyes to rest on different decor pieces when reading or sharing a light conversation.
The hallway painted in a soft hue epitomises the residence’s mixture of bespoke, contemporary, and vintage pieces. The mirrored doors in the entrance hallway make the corridor look bigger and brighter by helping the light travel through the space into other rooms.
An antique Bulgarian runner dresses the floor next to a very slim terrazzo console table with black legs and aged brass gold on the tabletop surrounds. Vintage lamps with a brass base and white and brass lampshades take centre stage on the console table.
The black theme from the console table legs travels through a black vase placed next to the vintage lamps and four black and white botanical photographs that form a restrained yet beautiful gallery wall layout.
A contemporary black sculpture graces a corner of the entryway hall to temper the glitzy mirrored doors and brass gold accent pieces elegantly dispersed in the space. The overall hallway ambience, in par with the rest of the home, exudes understated elegance that is evocative of a residence aimed for cosmopolitan living at its best.
For their London pied-à-terre, the owners have deliberately opted for a compact galley kitchen with exquisite details that beautifully align with the sophisticated yet approachable tone of their residence.
Superb kitchen cabinetry in aged brass finish acts as a focal point off the main hallway. The kitchen sink and faucet in aged brass materials pair well with the kitchen cabinets to showcase an Arabescato verde marble kitchen countertop that infuses hints of colour and pattern thanks to the marble’s beautiful veining.
A subtle cream paint colour with yellow undertones adorns part of the kitchen wall and the whole ceiling to allow a beautiful vintage painting of a young girl and decorative black vessels and wall sconces to pop, creating a beautiful vignette.
The homeowners opted for a playful powder room with faux wall panelling that was painted on the walls in soft olive, pink, and grey hues to add warmth into the space. A beautiful marble countertop in chocolate brown hues and soft white veining adds another layer of colours and patterns into the room. A countertop bowl in a terracotta hue prominently sits on the bathroom sink, adding another layer of contrast to the room.
The property contains two ensuite bathrooms. To create a unifying theme across both wet rooms, the design team used polished plaster walls in soft green in the primary bathroom and a dusty pink in the guest bathroom. Mosaic tiling inspired by French designer and artist Jean Cocteau beautifully decorate the flooring of the two bathrooms.
In keeping with the unifying theme across both bathrooms, complementary sanitary ware in aged brass help elevate the interiors of the wet rooms. Curvaceous walls and arches appearing in both bathrooms help soften the wet spaces and infuse a touch of old school charm into the residence, as a throwback to 1920’s glamour, intrinsic to the architecture of the building.
The instagram-friendly pink guest bathroom is a delightful experience for the eyes. The bespoke metal shower screen with its arched details and soft green accents help tie in both bathrooms and the guest bedroom that is also colour drenched in soft pink akin to millennial pink. The sink surround is a Jordan Pink Portuguese marble that complements this stunning bathroom and provides for elegant function.
The different shades of blue in the primary bedroom deliver a restful atmosphere. All the walls feature a beautiful French blue grasscloth from Altfield London that helps to effortlessly luxuriate and cocoon the bedroom. The trim together with the wardrobe mouldings showcase lighter shades of blue that pair well with the grasscloth darker hue. To add a subtle touch of coastal decor in the bedroom, a set of vintage bamboo mirrors create a wall feature on each side of a large painting with very calming hues. The side tables and the end of bed bench
The soft pink in the guest bedroom with its flow of natural light makes for a room which feels bright and fresh. The added vintage objects from different periods and styles add depth and character to this very feminine room.
The guest bedroom walls display a soft pink wallpaper that infuses texture in the space. Similar to the primary bedroom, the original wardrobe cabinets and decorative mouldings feature complementary shades of pink that make for an arresting visual experience. The small vintage rattan and bamboo desk freshens up the space and helps to create a relaxing ambience in the bedroom.
Overall, this London-pied-à-terre expertly embraces period, vintage, and contemporary elements to deliver a home living experience that exudes warmth and celebrates the art world without turning into a museum. An avant-garde spirit guides the creative process where new ways of using colours, materials, and textures are explored to expand our human understanding of different cultures, places, styles and time periods. The outcome of this experiment is a well-loved home that enables us to appreciate the kaleidoscopic genius of the human spirit worldwide.
Interior design: Maddux Creative
Photography: Michael Sinclair