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Retro Sophistication in Hyde Park

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This 2,750 sq ft duplex apartment by Intarya is an exercise in expressing a client’s passion for vintage design without creating a home that is stylistically stuck in a bygone era.

This bright and punchy home in Hyde Park is full of Art Deco and Mid-century influence and objects but retains a fresh and contemporary feel.

‘The clients are young, cosmopolitan professionals,’ says Intarya’s managing director, Daniel Kostiuc. ‘Ultimately they wanted a glamorous interior that delivered instant impact and a tangible influence of their love of twentieth century design. The brief was great but as always it came alongside the importance of delivering our trademark level of sophistication. The overall scheme needed to be focused on encompassing the theme without it becoming a cliché or diluting its impact.’

Further to that requirement, the couple asked Intarya to conceptualise and create bespoke joinery throughout that would provide storage and display, as well as the concealment of television and AV equipment. In fact 80% of the project has been designed and manufactured by Intarya specifically for this home. ‘This is the key tool in achieving the perfect scale and proportion, quality of craftsmanship and an unleveled attention to detail for any project,’ asserts Kostiuc.

The entrance hall kicks off with a bang, showcasing key colours in the palette for the rest of the project – teal and taupe.

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Intarya used textured silk with a black warp from The Silk Gallery that was paper-backed and applied to the walls. Setting the tone of Mid-century meets Art Deco immediately, a Pollock-esque abstract artwork, commissioned from the US, hangs over a bespoke three metre long burnished gold console table, with a strong geomtetric form inspired by 1930s design.

Geometry appears in much of the custom made objects, the next prominent example being the large coffee table in the living space, ‘It features rather complex intersecting geometric bands in a stippled gold finish, with inlaid antique mirror sections’ says Kostiuc.

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It can also be seen beneath the coffee table in the interlocking box motif in the rug design that was created in conjunction with Riviere.

Echoed again in the camel wool upholstered armchairs by the ornate fire place, which have a bold black grosgrain square embroidered to the fabric. As specified by the client, the high gloss lacquer cabinetry hides away the television and AV equipment whilst also providing storage. The use of golds and oranges bring the midcentury feel but within a backdrop of buff neutrals and pared back fabrics that cover the sofas, keeping it eclectic.

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Artwork and sculpture play a strong part, reminiscent of the trendiest of 1960s offices on Madison avenue, but as the original brief set out they have used choice, statement vintage and retro pieces sparingly.

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The piece above the fireplace was formed using a collection of exclusive coloured porcelain plates from Willer. The Botti brass trumpet chandelier, from Portuguese lighting manufacturer, Delightfullhas a vintage feel and also serves to draw the eye up, exaggerating the dramatic height of this formal room. Two retro metallic bird sculptures from Artisan House have been combined to make striking wall hung installation too.

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The main feature of the Dining Room has to be the striking teal and black artwork commissioned for the back wall, providing a dramatic backdrop for an elliptical table from Julian Chicester.

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Overlooking the reception room is the mezzanine Study area. A 50s inspired desk with splayed leg design takes centre stage beside a orange suede legged chair upholstered in a geometric patterned fabric from Robert Allen.

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The white lacquer and black honed granite Poliform kitchen brings a little space and punctuation within the decorative and vintage-inspired scheme, with an almost completely contemporary feel, before moving onto the more private areas of the home.

Pale blues and silver come to the fore in the master bedroom and dressing room, giving a more restful and slightly glamorous Deco edge, especially the sunburst style bespoke headboard. Mid-century is not forgotten with the Murano glass chandelier, a bespoke commission from Venice based on an 1960s design.

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There are two guest bedrooms, one is a slightly more masculine version on the master, with darker shades of blue and grey with plenty of silks and shimmery metallic finishes. The Second Guest Bedroom has a more playful feel, returning to stylish 60s retro with a black and white bubble graphic artwork series above the bed. And a little punch is given by the mustard yellow velvet and subtle olive wool upholstery and bed linens.

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Intarya have certainly achieved what they set out to do, providing the client with a super sophisticated apartment full to bursting with high end materials, finishes, design classics and bespoke pieces which pays homage to the client’s favourite era, rather than recreating a copy.

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