Houzz Tour: A London Town House That Swapped ’70s for Scandi
A dramatic redesign turned a dark and dated interior into an all-white idyll that’s both practical and personal
Architect Thomas Griem had worked for the Norwegian owner before and happily took on the challenge. ‘It was really 1970s inside,’ he says. ‘Nothing was open plan and the whole place was very dark.’ It was a far cry from the owner’s idea of home, which owes a lot to her Scandi roots. ‘She pretty much only likes white and really pushed for a minimalist look,’ says Thomas. Structurally, interior walls were removed to allow light to flow from the back to the front of the terrace. The chunky imposing staircase, which joined the six half-floors, was replaced with floating treads and a glass balustrade, and angled to create a better connection between each floor.
In many ways, this is a classic minimalist interior, but the combination of matt white walls, reflective white stone and white-oiled wooden floorboards, along with the owner’s collection of artworks, adds texture to the space and gives it personality. Six months in the planning and a further six months in the execution, it’s a project that boosted the mood of both the property and its owner. ‘The owner was confident it would look good,’ says Thomas, ‘but she was absolutely delighted with the finished result.’
Houzz at a Glance
Location Highgate, North London
Year built 1970
Architect Thomas Griem of TG-Studio
Size 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Globe Lights, Skyline.
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Dining Chairs, Hudson by Philippe Starck for Emeco. Table, Ikea. Giant Pencil, Alan Becker.
Flooring, 400mm-wide pine from Dinesen.
Armchair, Louis XIV. Desk Chair, Eames EA208. Desk, Bespoke by TG-Studio.
Marble, Thassos White.
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