Flowers informed the design of this chic London duplex for a look that’s calm and playful.
Dreamed up as a family home conducive for work and living, Chelsea Barrack’s Blossom Apartment is exactly as its name suggests—a beautiful and refined space swathed in creamy blush and warm neutral tones. Curved forms and lush textures imbue the duplex with cosiness, while lighthearted decor accents inspire a sense of whimsy.
As it is sited in Belgravia, one of London’s most desirable districts, this show flat for Qatari Diar’s super-luxury development inspired Charu Gandhi, Founder and Director of award-winning studio Elicyon, to draw ideas from the nearby private parks and the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show. The apartment’s design is also a nod to Belgravia’s idyllic heritage in the early 19th century, when the area was “full of orchards and pastures for grazing sheep,” she shares. “Today, it is one of London’s most exclusive residential districts.”
When designing the flat, Charu wanted a pleasing flow between the spaces. “This is increasingly in keeping with the flexible manner in which we find people using homes the size of this apartment,” she explains. Noting that dual-storey layouts of duplexes tend to enhance the separation between the public and private spaces, Charu looked at “balancing having a connection, while also bringing in a more distinctive variation.” To make the two floors feel different, the lower level employs a more high-contrast palette, yet it flows seamlessly into the upper level through the use of an ombre rug going up the stairs and a stalk-like bespoke brass chandelier that trails through both storeys.
In this home idealised for present needs, high-quality furnishings, stylish custom storage and dreamy workstations mean there’s no need to compromise between comfort and efficiency, a boon for those who now work from home. Coupled with the apartment’s glamorous interiors, “where every room has elements that draw the eye,” one thing’s for sure, there is no shortage of gorgeous spaces to take a Zoom call.
This post was adapted from an article originally published in the March 2021 issue of SquareRooms.