Design | February 21, 2023 |
The Bryanston Show Apartment by David Collins Studio
Location: London, UK
Almacantar has unveiled a new show apartment at its latest completed development, The Bryanston, Hyde Park. Marking the release of the Tower Apartments, the three-bedroom, 2,923 sq ft apartment sits on the 11th floor of this landmark development, which is renowned architect Rafael Viñoly’s first luxury residential building in the UK.
Responding to the needs of the world’s global elite, Almacantar appointed award-winning interior architecture practice David Collins Studio to design The Bryanston‘s second show apartment, with guest curation from design editor Nick Vinson of Vinson&Co. Known for its creative designs in international residences, as well as hospitality and retail, the brief for David Collins Studio was to draw on its previous projects and combine the best ideas from around the world, applying them in a new sense to suit a London home. The result is an eye-catching, playful apartment which takes inspiration from Bryanston’s surroundings, namely the expansive Hyde Park, and champions contemporary British design.
The furnishings include David Collins Studio‘s celebrated archive, vintage pieces, and new specially commissioned works. The Bryanston is the tallest residential building to overlook Hyde Park, offering residents unparalleled views through the picture-frame, and curved windows which run along the length of the apartment. David Collins Studio has ensured the distinctive interiors do not take away from these views, using colour palettes that complement the natural surroundings and furniture which is positioned to act as viewpoints for the ever-changing exterior landscape.
Creating a sense of arrival, the entrance lobby and hallway set the tone of the apartment with a Wedgwood Jasperware-inspired, floral artwork which unfolds through the ten-metre-long hallway. Created by London-based sculptor Lucy Smith, the three-dimensional relief reflects the park outside with flora and fauna cast forms – all meticulously hand moulded and applied by the artist herself – in a pale pink colour palette. Depicting a field of irises, including wildlife such as squirrels, butterflies, birds and a hare which appear to be moving across the scene, the installation creates an otherworldly feel, inviting the viewer into the apartment and through to The Bryanston’s impressive view of Hyde Park which Lucy has reflected in the piece.
Other commissions by British makers include custom study furniture by Simon Hasan featuring a free-form desk and shelving unit, both of which have been crafted using European oak, antique brass detailing and iconic Bentley Green Connolly Vaumol leather. Two vintage Italian desk chairs reupholstered in green linen sit alongside the desk. These items are complemented by the rich colouring of John Allen FRCA’s Autumn in Orkney landscape wall hanging which sits behind the desk. From the kitchen, residents can look across the paths which strike through Hyde Park and beyond to Kensington.
Responding to the surroundings, the dining and living spaces feature a palette of yellows, silvers and golds, and the large dining table is crafted by London-based Sebastian Cox from a felled London Plane tree sourced from a local park. Other striking pieces include custom-designed klismos dining chairs, lacquered in sunburst yellow and upholstered in soft yellow mohair by Bruno Triplet. The yellow colour palette is a thread throughout the room – for example, The Connaught Bar’s iconic martini trolley by David Collins Studio has been reimagined for this residential space, realised in limed oak and rattan, with the interior lacquered in the same sunburst yellow.
The use of low furniture in the living and dining spaces suits the building’s curvature and maximises the breath-taking views. Considering every sense, each room has been adorned with a scent from Perfumer H, including a custom cedarwood scent/candle in the principal bedroom created exclusively for the apartment, ivy in the hallway and pine in the study. The principal bedroom provides another striking design moment – the walls have been upholstered in Loro Piana’s ‘Shaded Cloud’ cashmere-wool fabric, along with the bedroom furniture and curtains. Couture embroiderer Geraldine Larkin has also been commissioned to create a unique applique artwork comprising three shades of Loro Piana cashmere wool for the bedroom.
The ultimate decadence, the cashmere-wool fabric is soft to the touch and creates a sense of calm and serenity. The second and third bedrooms are colour-blocked in teal blues and indigo blues respectively. Design highlights in the second bedroom include a custom-designed bed with a teal velvet headboard which extends to the ceiling, commissioned still life artworks by London-based artists Jessica Rose Bird and emerging talent Sam Wood and a brutalist iron wall mirror from the 1950s.
Whilst in the third bedroom, the walls are lined in indigo raw silk and the white beech timber bed creates a focal point for the room – a piece commissioned from London-based designer Bethan Laura Wood and an exclusive version of her design which was originally developed with Philippe Malouin for the 2016 ‘Friends+Design’ exhibition at Dresden State Art Collections.