04 | Master Bedroom ...

The Brief

The client brief was to create a space that was warm and inviting, where they could retreat to and relax in at the end of the day.  So, how do you turn this ...

... into this?


To begin with, the internal environment of the room was a concern.  It was cold - even with central heating.  The property was built in 1910 and still retained the original solid brick wall construction.  The room was taken back to the bare bones and the three external walls were insulated.


Spatial Planning

We decided to locate the built-in wardrobe on the longest wall to maximise storage capacity.  A new chimney breast was built around the existing one - slightly wider than the bespoke bed which now rests against it.  An alcove was created either side of the chimney breast with mirrored walls above.  New sockets and switches were positioned to suit the new layout.  Power was also supplied to the wardrobe, providing LED lighting with internal sensors.


Colour Palette

A muted palette, with an injection of colour delivered by the walnut furniture and artwork.  Warmth is provided by layering textures – the wool bed, cushions, throws and the "Barefoot Ashtanga" wool carpet, supplied by Alternative Flooring.

Furniture

All the furniture is bespoke.  The wardrobe, bedside units and sideboard were designed in-house and manufactured/installed by our joinery specialist.  The bed was commissioned locally, the headboard and foot-board are of patchwork design with shallow buttons and framed by polished metal studding.

Lighting

A wall arm was installed on each alcove mirror to flood the room with light.  The "Retro" light type, supplied by Rothschild and Bickers was first seen as a ceiling pendant and so we liaised with R&B to see if they could manufacture a smaller version as a wall arm.  A ceiling pendant was installed to match.  Below are images which show the lighting bracket which allowed us to fit the wall arm directly onto each mirror.

The table lamp on the sideboard “Verdi” in gold, is from Heathfield Lighting.  The glass base adds yet another texture to the space. 


ARTWORK

We commissioned a piece by Louise De Weger, an Australian artist who we initially looked at on Instagram.  Through a series of emails we asked her to incorporate elements of concrete and metallic tones of silver and copper with a splash of colour.  Shipped from Adelaide, the piece arrived within a week.  All hail the power of social media, the jet engine, UK Customs and UPS.

DECORATION

The patchwork wallpaper is by Elitis, called “Natives Movida”, which is manufactured with faux animal hide.  We first saw this in the reception of the Malmaison hotel in Birmingham city centre.  We felt it tied in perfectly with the boutique hotel vibe that we were creating.  It also adds another texture to the room.

Soft Furnishings

Cushions – again are bespoke made from Thibaut fabric.  “Haven Herringbone” and "Nexus” from the “Kaleidoscope” and “Woven 7” collections respectively.  Both geometric patterns, they coordinate with the artwork, the bed and the bed throw.


So there you have it - the finished article.  We loved seeing the end result, but what we loved most was researching a project, collaborating with manufacturers, and finally translating the design that's in my head to a series of drawings so we can communicate our vision to the client.


Andrew Smith