They say that it’s not what you’ve got but what you do with it that matters, which is certainly the case with this flat. This split-level apartment, forming the upper levels of a corner building on Westbourne Grove, occupies the top two floors (second and third) and measures just over 1,000 square feet in total. Despite the modest size, the owner managed to make it feel phenomenally vast and voluminous, undoubtedly through the use of clever design and a minimalist décor.
The property was architecturally designed with flair and imagination by west London practice Camu & Morrison, offering stylish living in great surroundings. Gael Camu and Stephen Morrison made the most of the space by furnishing it with functional utilitarian furniture without fuss or fads, which blends seamlessly throughout the property. In fact the pair designed and made a large share of the furniture themselves, including the built-in dining area, various chairs and the study desk.
When we spoke to them about this project, their love of furniture was clear and as considered as their passion for interior design and architecture. “Furniture means an awful lot to me,” said Gael. “It can provide comfort and style in a sometimes restricted space.” Stephen on the other hand at first joked: “It’s something to sit on while I’m waiting for Gael!” But he added: “In all seriousness, and with regards to Camu & Morrison, furniture is an accent on architecture – as we design our own, it’s of course extremely important to us. It adds scale and proportion to a space.”
Aside from furniture, storage was obviously a necessity in a flat like this, and this was well provided for in the form of the walk-in dressing room, large vanity units and a nook especially designed for bikes, coats and umbrellas. Period curios and salvage yard finds were cleverly juxtaposed with contemporary furnishings to create a flat that was beautiful as well as fun.
In terms of the property itself, the top floor is occupied by what one can only describe as a perfect living space, where a superb kitchen/dining room leads to a double-aspect living room. The style here is versatile and clean ¬– the epitome of an urban sanctuary, oozing with cool. Below is the master bedroom with walk-in wardrobes and an office/second bedroom. The bathroom is a masterpiece of design and comes with a separate walk-in shower. There is a further shower room on the lower half-landing.
Colour is the name of the game here, with vibrant primary reds and greens used to incredible effect throughout. These themes continue to the roof terrace with its bright colours and uninterrupted views over Notting Hill. This flat was as quirky and unconventional as its owner, but clearly just as creative.
Discover more about Camu & Morrison on the Domus Nova Architect Guide