Houzz Tour: A Luxurious Modern Penthouse in the City of London
Rich materials and a sophisticated palette create an interior with texture and depth in the heart of the City
Houzz at a Glance
Location The City of London
Size 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a study/guest room
Architect and designer Thomas Griem of TG-Studio
Eschewing tradition, the designer chose to clad one wall in floorboards to make it a feature. ‘The surface of the floor runs up the wall to give a sense of depth,’ says Thomas. It also brings in another layer of texture, adding to the rich linen wallpaper to the left. Inset into the bespoke matt white storage unit is a marble ledge with a blue-dyed stingray leather backing.
Wallpaper, Stereo. Sofa, Flexform at Campbell Watson. Simla rug, Jacaranda. Coffee table by Glas Italia, available at Glassdomain. Armchair and footstool, B&B Italia at Rankin Styles Interiors. Floor lamp, Tom Dixon.
The wallpaper in here adds intriguing texture – it’s folded fabric that was rather painstaking to hang. ‘It’s the sort of wallpaper that required us to hang it wearing cotton gloves,’ explains Thomas. ‘Extreme care had to be taken with the glue. We actually bought extra knowing there might be difficulties,’ he adds. The folded fabric creates a beautiful linear pattern on the walls and, in dark navy, adds drama to the space.
Pendant lamp, Flos. Side tables, Anna from Poliform. Console table, Heal’s.
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Sliding doors open out onto a large balcony, which in the summer becomes an extension of the living space.
Rug, The Rug Company. Dining chairs by CattelanItalia, Harrogate Interiors. Dining table, Octopus from Arflex. Balcony chair by B&B Italia, Chaplins. Garden coffee table, Alberto Brogliato.
To the right of the leather-clad barstools is a video-entry system, which also controls the audio for the ceiling speakers in the kitchen. The purple bar stools link back to the armchair in the seating area, uniting the spaces.
At the end of the hallway is the master suite, with the bedroom and bathroom leading off it to the left, and the dressing room to the right.
Vanity table by Giovanna Azzarello, Porada. Mirror, Miniforms at OneDeko.
Bed by Flexform, Campbell Watson. Bed linen, The White Company. Bedside table, Lema. Bedside lamps by Foscarini, Utility. Armchair from Flexform, Campbell Watson. Armchair fabric, Armani Casa. Black and white prints, Orson Welles.
To keep it clean and sleek, he chose light porcelain tiles for the walls, a light brown marble for the floor and a little bit of oak in the cabinet. There’s also a built-in TV to make it even more indulgent.
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As the rooms aren’t big, it was important to maximise the space. ‘We wanted a fold-out bed that would also be comfortable as a sofa, but didn’t want to waste any space on the sides,’ explains Thomas. These leather-covered metal sides are very thin, and are a smart design detail as well as saving on space. The artwork is two to three overexposed architectural photos placed on top of one another.
George Nelson desk, The Conran Shop. Cherner chair, Aram. Side table, Flexform at Minima. Sofa bed, Flexform at Campbell Watson. Crown cushion, Natural History.
Magnum bed, Flexform. Blanket, Urbanara. Hummingbird cushion, Natural History. Bedside cabinet, Lema. Tosca lamps, Foscarini at Design Shop UK.
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