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27th Apr 2017

Lux Styling with a capital L in the heart of Little Venice

On this project, in the heart of Little Venice, we had the privilege of working with a team of true professionals. Gemma May-Brown of Kingdom Projects and Irene Gunter of interior design house Gunter and Co. are both heading up organisations with a set of values very similar to our own.

To quote Irene Gunter, “At Gunter & Co. we believe that true luxury is having the opportunity to express who you are in every aspect of your life. Your home should say 'THIS IS WHO I AM'. Luxury is in part a promise of quality. We create interiors for a discerning clientele to the highest of standards. Great quality is related to great design; you rarely get one without the other”.

Gemma May Brown, in turn, offers ruthless organisational skills and the ability to really make things happen, qualities invaluable on any high specification build. Her professional project management acumen sit hand-in-hand with her natural flair for lux styling, making the perfect complement of skills for this project.

As is often the case, this commission found its way to us through word of mouth: where quality of workmanship is appreciated, our details are passed on from one client to the next. The scope involved remodelling and refurbishing the apartment to offer luxury accommodation including entertaining and living spaces, master suite, guest accommodation and study as well as high-specification kitchen and bathrooms.

Made-to-measure internal joinery was key to this project and BarrJoinery stepped up to the translation of design renders into manufacturing drawings and detailed specifications. Each piece is a one-off, designed specifically for the space. Features such as fabric wrapped panels, “Luxholdups” handles, specialist high-polish steel frames and inlaid brass antique trims add a touch of individualism and intrigue to each item. Finishes on every surface are carefully thought out from textured wall coverings to specialist spray-finishes, which draw out the natural patina of wood grain. Every feature calls out for a closer look, drawing one deeper into the space.

Wonderful items such as the stunning ‘Bolle’ light fitting by Italian lighting specialists Gallotti & Radice, seems to hover over the dining table. The Boffi kitchen, complete with Brompton shelving system and Cararra marble-effect island, sourced from the Wigmore Street kitchens mecca, is beautifully framed by glass backdrops and dark wood panelling.

The living and entertaining space take the dark wood panelling through the apartments with bespoke BarrJoinery cabinetry. Oak veneer with a dark spray finish provides a bold contrast to the matt spray finished ‘Hardwick’ white shelves with inlaid antique brass trim. Detailed period panelling is set off by a subtle paint pallet with contrasting charcoal grey doors and window frames.


The main challenge for the StuartBarr CDR team was the position of the apartment. On the fourth floor with apartments surrounding it above, below and on either side, consideration to all residents was paramount. Strict party wall agreements had to be adhered to and the final specification demanded acoustic flooring and wall coverings for ultimate sound deadening luxury.

The StuartBarr CDR team thrived on the challenge, the design and the pure lux of this project. Thank you to all involved for making the finished product a true masterpiece.

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