The world-class neighbourhood of Belgravia, London is permeated by a sense of its Georgian past. The area cover parts of The City of Westminster and the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, however its districts are all bound by regency-style streets with a mix of grand mews houses, stucco terraces and embassy buildings.
Belgravia is well-loved by families for being welcoming and unhurried, with modern conveniences on-hand to offer contemporary living in a historical setting. This tall Georgian terrace certainly never lacked any regency from its exterior, however the interior was in need of modernization after sitting untouched for over 50 years. London based architect and interior designer Andrew Hayselden was appointed to apply his skills in both sectors to consider how this Georgian home could be modernized, starting by stripping the property back to its concrete floors.
Much of Belgravia is known as the Grosvenor Estate with many properties still under management by property company Grosvenor Group. As a result, large scale renovations can be a difficult or lengthy process, meaning that residences may still include the small rooms formerly used as servants quarters, anterooms or sculleries.
Hayselden applied his skills in period architecture to create an effortless flow within the property: "We opened out the living and kitchen and took down some walls more suited for modern living, with glazed pocket doors to link spaces and provide more light into other areas of the apartment. By opening up the wall between the kitchen and living this gives a through view from one balcony to the other and through the entire flat."
A strong emphasis was given to natural materials and well-designed joinery items for storage, which bring the property up-to-date with exquisite British craft. Natural stones, timbers and a paired back yet sophisticated palette were chosen to provide a modern minimal aesthetic.
Changes to the wider architecture paired with the bespoke joinery created what Hayselden described as a “staggering change” to the apartment. The bathroom is a poignant example of the meeting of the two, made possible by the client trusting the design team in their confident choice of materials. Bold slabs of book matched Pietra Grey marble were used throughout, which were then accented by Samuel Heath Xenon bath, shower and basin brassware in a Polished Nickel finish.
The fixtures symbolize pure and modern design while highlighting a merger of British craftsmanship, which are befitting for this fine Georgian residence.
"Samuel Heath brassware was used throughout due to its British heritage and quality of design & material, which suits the area of the property." – Andrew Hayselden