A bespoke design journey with Homes One Interiors
Chelsea is arguably one of the most desirable places to live in London. So when interior design atelier Homes One were tasked with furnishing two modern residential projects – two apartments – within the area they were keen to take a bold approach, ensuring that the properties would stand out within the marketplace through the incorporation of exquisite bespoke furniture and distinctive styling.
Having collaborated on previous projects with us, the Homes One team involved Kassavello in the modern residential project at a very early stage to determine the scope and possibilities for a variety of branded items and bespoke furniture. Not only were the aims of the project high but as with so many similar projects there was a strict timeline to adhere to and a budget to comply with. Facilitating early conversations ensured that the Homes One design team could keep on track creatively whilst making practical decisions regarding all elements of FF&E that would meet with budget and expectations.
Homes One are proud of their bold and innovative approach to colour and whilst the client was keen on a light neutral palette for many key pieces, he was also very open to the inclusion of striking hues through rugs, accessories, and artwork to create a truly unique scheme that would set the properties apart from others in the area.
The concept for the first apartment was inspired by the revival of England’s craftsmanship and manufacturing heritage, exquisite pieces of hand-crafted furniture and detailing would be combined with accents of cerulean blues, chill reds and mustard golds to create a dynamic and elegant space.
Grand opulent and opulent overtones inspired by the regal associations of Chelsea sit at the heart of the concept for the adjacent apartment. A neutral base is brought to life with accents of emerald green and soft dusty pinks whilst exquisite natural materials such as Nero Marquina marble, brushed brass, and ashwood add textural beauty.
Grounding the spaces through bold rugs
The living spaces in each apartment were grounded by two spectacular Rug Society rugs – the Heron and the Bauhau both available via Kassavello’s portfolio of brands. Incorporating bold hues inspired by the conceptual designs, the rugs formed the starting point for layering of fabrics and color across each of the rooms which complemented the bespoke and branded furniture, many of which were supplied by Kassavello.
Commissioning Bespoke Items
The Homes One team had a very defined vision which included commissioning a range of bespoke pieces influenced by leading interior trends. Taking inspiration from curvilinear shapes and geometric angles, Kassavello and Homes one collaborated on both the technical and aesthetic detailing of each piece. From initial sketches, through to material selection and technical drawings, each detail was discussed and debated with Kassavello’s team of expert artisans before going into production. One of the most distinctive pieces produced was an angular dining table with an exquisite veneer pattern that beautifully enhanced the unique design.
The art of display balanced with budget
Accessorising was key to the success of the project, enabling potential clients to envisage themselves within a more personalised space. To facilitate the display of vases, books, sculptures, and artwork sourced by the Homes One team there were a number of consoles, tables and plinths included within the scheme. Utilising the expertise of our team of craftspeople together with the design vision of Homes One we strove to make subtle changes to some of the original designs, either through material finish or structure to ensure that budgets were met whilst the overall look and feel to the scheme was not unduly compromised. We adore the combination of rich wood, brass detailing, and styling across these pieces.
Material finishes and finishing touches
As every designer knows combining different materials and finishes to create a cohesive scheme relies upon the nuances of tone, texture, and form to be in perfect harmony. In order to achieve the perfect wood stain, brass texture or RAL finish our team of artisans in Portugal produced samples of different options for the Homes One team and client to approve. Our upholsterers also worked painstakingly to make dozens of hand-piped cushions to compliment each space with detailing specified by the Homes One team to bring their distinctive vision to life.
Installation and challenges of a pandemic!
Notwithstanding the normal challenges of installation within a prime London development, delivery coincided with the complication of the Covid-19 pandemic. With government restrictions making it impossible to ship or install we worked with our local manufacturers in Portugal to safely pack and store all of the items for the project free of charge until we were able to move them. Once we were clear to proceed, we worked carefully and diligently to ensure a smooth installation. Goods lifts and communal hallways were carefully protected and our expert white glove team moved and unpacked items into their final placement as determined by the Homes One team.
Combining a selection of branded items with bespoke pieces ensured that the modern residential project remained true to the exclusivity of the properties but came in on budget and on time. Working as a key partner we were also able to deliver all of the items together which saved the Homes One team from being on site for multiple deliveries.
“We are delighted with the result we achieved – the style and design of the furniture remains true to our original vision and that of the client. Kassavello worked tirelessly to ensure that we found solutions which adhered to the brief and retained design integrity without impacting budget. Most importantly we have a very satisfied client and fantastic feedback from prime agents who anticipate high interest for both apartments across the luxury lettings market.”
Najwa Mroue, Founder, Homes One Interiors
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