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Landmark Tower Bridge Apartment Transformed.
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In an iconic Victorian brewery warehouse next to Tower Bridge, this enormous apartment had not been updated since its original conversion over twenty years ago. The steel balustrades and white walls had a distinct pre-millennial feel creating a cold and uninviting environment.
The owner could see the potential for this outstanding property but it required a total refurbishment and so she turned to Andrew Hall of Woodstock Furniture and interior designer Alex Gardner to create a spectacular interior worthy of the scale of the site and unique location on the bank of the River Thames.
Starting with the kitchen, horizontal Walnut grain cabinets set the opulent tone throughout the entire apartment. The floating discs of light from Italian decorative lighting brand Henge, are perfect for a kitchen, maximising the space between worksurface and ceiling. Distressed antique mirror wall cladding behind the appliances, marble-look quartz worktops and gold sink and taps reflect light and capture the desired luxurious feel.
Working closely in a team with their recommended builders, NTJ London, Alex and Andrew reconfigured the spaces to create the perfect layout. An architect wasn’t required. Walls were removed in the kitchen and low level hall to open up the interior, allowing for a much larger open plan kitchen and living area.
The round dining table is positioned over what was a store room. The ceiling was raised so that you step up to the dining area, creating a full height bespoke wine room below.
The corridor above the dining area had originally been decorated with a plain wall of opaque glass. Whilst this functioned well, bringing light into the centre of the apartment, it did nothing for the look and feel. The client loved the stained glass she had seen at The Ivy Brasserie and so Alex contacted the same glass designer, Maya Stanic and commissioned her to create this statement glass wall which was then backlit for more effect at night.
The metal balustrades were replaced with clear glass to maximise the view to The Thames.
The bar area is the focal point for social gatherings. Designed by Andrew and hand-crafted in his Hampshire workshop, the walnut bar features burr walnut panels and backlit onyx effect shelving. Alex sourced brightly coloured spiral bar stools from the Sofa and Chair company.
In the corner of the master bedroom, where there had once been stairs, they created a curved compact dressing room to eradicate walls of wardrobes in the bedroom. The space that had originally been a landing was incorporated into the master bedroom with a curved wall of windows overlooks the living space. For privacy, the windows can be obscured with the flick of a switch.
This amazing but dated apartment has become a warm and welcoming home with a truly luxurious interior coupled with integrated state of the art lighting, home automation and entertainment using Rako systems allowing control by touchpads, tablet or phone it’s now the perfect balance of hi tech, comfort & glamour.
“I love every aspect of this apartment and could happily live there. The client had lots of ideas and it was fantastic to work with Alex to bring these together and watch her fall in love with the property again as the project evolved.” Andrew Hall, Woodstock Furnture.
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All cabinetry designed by Woodstock Furniture
Interior Design by Alex Gardner
Builders: NTJ London
Kitchen Lighting: Henge
Antique Glass Cladding: Opicolour
Marble Flooring: Porcelanosa
Walnut Flooring: The Solid Wood Flooring Company
Bathroom Equipment: SB Concepts
Bathroom Tiles: Mandarin Stone
Hallway Chandelier: Diadema from Twenty Twenty One
Stained Glass Window: Maya Glass Studio
Bar Stools: The Sofa and Chair Company
Bar Lighting: Tom Dixon
Bar Artwork: Ben Lowe
Living Room Rug: Amy Kent
Other carpets: Alternative Flooring
Dining Table and Side Tables: Tom Faulkner
Bespoke Sofa: John Miller Upholstery
Master Bedroom Lighting: Tiger Moth Lighting
Glass Balustrades: Ion Glass