Verity Woolf, founder of WOOLF Interior takes The Resident on a tour of this beautiful Chelsea design project, which brings together the best of English and American design
My company WOOLF collaborated with MWAI on this elegant refurbishment and extension of a Victorian terrace family house in the Boltons Conservation Area, Chelsea SW10. The kitchen, bathrooms, extensions and architectural interiors were undertaken by MWAI Architects, with WOOLF undertaking FF&E interior services.
WOOLF have collaborated with several eminent architects on demanding, complex and detailed schemes towards a common design objective. We love the collaboration process because it creates great, exciting synergy on projects.
The Little Boltons project was lead by an emphasis on a cool consistent palette throughout, luxurious textiles and bespoke modern antique furniture. The brief reflected the Anglo/American heritage and sophisticated style of the owners.
The completion point was the most exhilarating part of this project because it was the culmination of a number of consultants’ work and expertise combined with so many great suppliers and trades from around the world. Joinery from Austria, rugs from Nepal, stone from Italy, furniture made in England, artwork and accessories from an array of fabulous artists – to have all that energy consolidated in one residence is really mind blowing.
Joinery from Austria, rugs from Nepal, stone from Italy, furniture made in England, artwork from an array of artists – to have all that energy consolidated in one residence is mind blowing
Fortunately, the process was incredibly fluid despite the fact that the project included numerous trades and consultants. Behind any re-modelling of a fabulous new commercial or residential space, there will be any number of logistical and technical complexities that run alongside the brief and the overall design objective.
The continuity of specialist trades such as furniture makers and metal workers are often the biggest challenges that have to be overcome before you reach the sexy stage of the project.
We looked at superb American designers like Nate Berkus and Kelly Wearstler and then tuned it to a London context, mixing in tailored British furniture and textiles for colour and character. The project is a blend of LA and London. The residence has a subtle international twist running through the space planning, fabrics, lighting and furniture choices.
We looked at superb American designers like Nate Berkus and Kelly Wearstler and then tuned it to a London context, mixing in tailored British furniture and textiles for colour and character
We took our inspiration largely from our client who has a very stylish tailored aesthetic. Whilst working together we were able to draw upon a variety of influences and unexpected visual references which shaped the design.
The interior works by synthesizing textured joinery, inlay metals and the layering of fabrics and accessories. We wanted to combine one off quirky items with really beautifully handmade crafted pieces. Sourcing unusual statement accessories is a key requirement of any characterful home.
The most important consideration was that existing accessories would blend well with the new ones. We considered how accessories tie into the overall space, providing focal points without cluttering surfaces.
In this project our lighting design focused on introducing characterful feature lighting throughout. MWAI created high ceilings and lit the space using traditional windows, a modern glass extension, skylights and multiple interior light sources.
Our favourite room is probably the study area because when our client is working at their bespoke desk, they are surrounded by all of their favourite familiar accessories and family photos.
The space is also functional and includes a lovely warm fire, the bay window seat and textiles are incredibly comfortable and luxurious. For an intrepid traveller, greeting this space when you return home acts as an immediate welcome.