THE NATURAL COLLECTION
Portland Road, W11
There was a brief period in the 1980s when interiors trends veered towards the Orient. Back then, people thought Japan was going to be the world’s next superpower, so Japanese screens, black lacquer and other influences crept into our homes. While that trend inevitably faded, it left behind some lasting legacies. One of them is the use of bamboo in homes. It’s an incredibly durable material, environmentally friendly and makes for a striking grain. In this house designed by Crawford and Gray Architects, the rich bamboo wood on the floor also extends to the bespoke shelving cleverly concealing all the AV equipment. Eco-friendly natural materials abound in this environmentally sound home and we particularly liked all the exposed brickwork.
Downstairs, a new extension was added by the architects to allow for a larger kitchen. Marble was used to create a beautiful floor but then the theme continued to the splashback behind the cooker, creating a unified effect. More colour was to be seen on the lower-ground floor with the Philippe Starck Ghost stools and the Ferruccio Laviani coloured pendant lights. Natural light flooded the kitchen thanks to the living wall to the left and the circular skylights, which allowed light to flow down despite this being a subterranean space.
There was more bamboo in the cinema room. It looked like the perfect place to curl up and watch a film while eating popcorn – a far cry from the dark cinema rooms we sometimes see. When the projector screen was rolled away, a Lichtenstein-esque pop art poster grabbed your attention.
Upstairs exuded a kind of Zen quality that was definitely influenced by Japanese design. With a pared down aesthetic, the rooms here were oases of calm. This tranquillity extended to the bathroom with its magnificent, reclaimed, double-ended bath and polished concrete wall.
Our favourite part of the whole house, though, was the roof terrace. The outdoor kitchen provided the perfect space for entertaining and the views across the rooftops were amazing.
Positioned on Portland Road, moments from Holland Park and Clarendon Cross this property well and truly offered it all.
Discover more about Crawford and Gray Architects on the Domus Nova Architect Guide.