Makepeace Mansions Apartment

Makepeace Mansions Apartment

Architect
Surman Weston Ltd
Location
Makepeace Mansions, Makepeace Avenue, London, UK | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Apartments
Surman Weston

Makepeace Mansions Apartments

Surman Weston Ltd as Architects

Surman Weston was commissioned by a graphic designer couple to overhaul their compact two-bedroom apartment in a unique 1920s mock-Tudor mansion block in Highgate. The design scheme references and graphically subverts the aesthetic of the existing building and others typical of the era – Charles Holden's historic art-deco tube stations being a notable point of interest.

 

The scheme is tied together by a motif of deco-inspired curves which are present – either boldly or more subtly – in every room. Within the extremely compact kitchen, repeating curves are found in fluted oak cabinetry which is complemented by the bold blue timber terrazzo surfaces, sustainably produced with British oak. A circular window has been introduced in the wall dividing the kitchen and living room, to connect the two spaces. The oak-framed, stained-glass window rotates smoothly in the slightest of breezes and forms a subtly shifting focal point from both rooms. On the opposite living room wall, the fireplace was reinstated and framed with a bespoke arched concrete and terracotta fire surround, which was handmade for the project by the studio.

 

The fireplace was one of several items designed and custom-made by Surman Weston for the project. In the bathroom a ‘super-graphic’ of hand-decorated tiles, designed in collaboration with the homeowners, brings the monochromatic mock-Tudor of Makepeace Mansions’ exterior inside the apartment. The doorknobs – also designed by Surman Weston – reinterpret the classic doorknob profile into an understated minimal form. The concept for the doorknob was borne out of a frustration trying to source high-quality ironmongery which was sympathetic to both a contemporary and period interior. The doorknobs are made of solid unlacquered brass, and each one is finished by hand to achieve a burnished surface. To manufacture the handles, the studio worked closely with Birmingham-based ironmongery manufacturer Frank Allart, who brought over 100 years’ experience to realise an exceptional high-quality finish.

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