Industrial meets glamour for Suzy Hoodless in this two-year collaboration with Michaelis Boyd Architects, creating a family home of distinction. The bones of the house, including a glass extension to the rear and the mandatory west London basement extending beneath the garden to house the kid's media room and playroom, was created by the architecture firm to allow for Suzy to start with an elegant, clean slate. Materials were carefully chosen, from rough-oak chevron flooring, to handmade Moroccan tiles and powder-coated steel doors.
Suzy worked with the owners of this west London six-storey townhouse to deliver a magical home, using mid-century pieces [predominately sourced from Milan] and a dark colour scheme with the casual splash of brightness too. Pieces by designers including Arne Vodder, Gabriella Crespi, Gio Ponti and Paavo Tynell sit beside contemporary works by Michael Anastassiades, Eames and Muuto.
A bespoke black marble kitchen island is the heart of the home, flanked by grey oak cabinetry. Critall glass divides the hallway from the study, where an Italian walnut and metal desk from the fifties by Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi sits gloriously. The extensive bookshelves that line the walls were custom built to a design by Suzy herself. The space is successful in visually opening up the traditional townhouse layout while delivering a unique corridor at the same time. Of this part of the home, Suzy admits that she likes the idea of a house having a sense of rhythm, where you can have "quite challenging extremes but then other areas where the style is more 'reined in'".
The feature ornate staircase subsequently leads to the first-floor sitting room where a pair of Warren Platner 'Platner Easy Chairs' - a Sixties design - stand next to the oversized sash windows and painted-black walls. The lacquered coffee table is a Seventies design from France while the metal and oak shelving was inspired by a Charlotte Perriand design. "I wanted to give some scale and shape to the very large rectangular space, but also keep it modernist and simple", explains Suzy.
The owners of the property commented on Suzy's work: "Suzy has the ability to mix things up while keeping it contemporary and avoiding design cliches".
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Suzy Hoodless, Courtyard Studio 4, 326 Kensal Road, London W10; suzyhoodless.com