KENSINGTON PARK ROAD
MmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmLet me entertain you! Robbie Williams once owned this flat but it really came into its own once it was purchased by the last vendor. With an eye for visual flair, he set about transforming it into a true showstopper with assistance from local architect firm 23 Architecture. Bright colours popped out from unexpected places whether it was the orange and yellow cushions on the purple sofa, the canary yellow lampshades or the psychedelic patterns on the armchairs.
The Niamh Barry suspended lights that hung from the lightwell over a mid-century antique table and chairs looked more like an art installation than a lighting concept. Ditto the pendants in the kitchen that looked more akin to a box kite than your typical kitchen lights.
Upstairs, a Bruno Matthson chaise lounge reminded us how the Swedes were champions of contemporary design long before the invention of 'flat-pack' while a reindeer hide on the bed was reminiscent of something out of the Ice Hotel. Juxtaposed with all these mid-century antiques were some surprising art choices; life drawings, impressionist street scenes, antique maps and only a small scattering of contemporary art. Then again with such a fine collection of mid-century antique furniture, this flat was a museum piece in and of itself.
Finally, a trip outside to the Caspar Gabb (Chelsea Gold medallist) decked-roof terrace ensured a treat with incredible views on arguably Notting Hill's chicest spot.