The Russell Apartment – London by Spring and Mercer

Converted buildings are always inspirational and The Russell Apartment in London’s Covent Garden section follows suit. A modern dream dwelling, this flat was designed by local studio Spring and Mercer which splendidly accentuated historical elements while adding an elegant, fresh edge to the interiors.

This urban apartment is situated on the first floor of a Victorian-period building, which was formerly a warehouse space. Overlooking the piazza, the interior design manages to magnificently balance the existing touches of grandeur, such as the wide crescent-shaped windows, with industrial simplicity like the exposed bolted-steel ceiling beams painted black.

Prints and texture abound in this contemporary space, with houndstooth and herringbone playing well with geometric-patterned rugs against washed oak flooring. It’s a cool illusion how the black-and-white area carpets initially appear as marble floor tiling. I’m a bit smitten with the walls of one of the bedrooms which features a richly textured wall resembling weathered, vertical wood grain–amazing!

The predominant black-and-grey palette stands out in this decidedly eclectic space, which is furnished with a melodious mix of antiques, mid-century modern pieces and though-provoking artworks, some which are rather exotic. Take a closer look and you’ll notice the understated, yet perky lemon-yellow accents–from books to bowls, wall art to candlesticks–which delightfully offset this otherwise muted color scheme.

There is definitely a warm energy here which is further provoked by the custom-built  wall-unit shelving, which is filled with various-sized cubbies displaying a plethora of books. This focal point resides in the open living room, which also features a central dining table. A cool addition to this space is the glass-globe chandelier which adds a touch of whimsy.

This modern dream apartment is a livable, sophisticated space which holds the best of everything–merry British flair doused with a chic, urban vibe. (via est magazine)

PHOTOGRAPHY by Phil Durrant

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