13 Jul 2016
Behind the scenes: creating a truly bespoke interior
Aliva’s Metropolis range of paints and polished plasters has recently been used to create a bespoke luxury interior in London’s Notting Hill. This blog from the project’s Design and Build firm Create Bespoke Beauty takes you behind the scenes.
The serpentine staircase, finished in Aliva’s Metroresin in highly polished azure blue, is a central feature of the design.
For the last few months, the Create Bespoke Beauty team has been working on an incredibly inspiring project. We were asked to come on board by Italian-based design agency EligoStudio who had been commissioned by a private client to create an entirely bespoke interior for a five-storey London residence.
The walls are finished in a subtle pearlescent Senso effect in orchid tint, with Metrostone cement-effect floors in the same shade.
The entire concept for the design was developed by EligoStudio to be ‘scenographic’. In other words, the individual rooms were different ‘scenes’ within the building, all of which were linked together by the central feature of the serpentine blue staircase.
The entire project was sketched through 3D visualisations before work began, with everything from the staircase design to individual pieces of furniture being taken into consideration. Aliva’s Metropolis range was selected to provide a wide range of the wall and floor finishes and we also used bespoke wallpapers, glass chandeliers and light sculptures to create the finished look.
Every element of the design, from wall coverings to furniture and light fittings was developed through 3D visualisations before work began.
The completion of this completely bespoke design required a team of specialist craftsmen who were able to translate the concepts into reality. We commissioned experts who we’ve worked with before to install the complex lighting systems, while our own in house team completed the interior finishes and custom joinery.
Aliva’s Metroresin in highly polished azure blue was used to create the staircase. The walls are finished in a subtle pearlescent Senso effect in orchid tint, with the Metrostone cement-effect floors in the same shade. The ceiling is in Metropolis aqua divina and the doors and windows are finished in Metropolis enamel matt paint.
Metropolis finishes provide the perfect backdrop to showcase this bespoke light sculpture.
As with any project, we did find challenges along the way. Probably the biggest one was updating the existing lighting and electrical control system to function with the modern and innovative lighting features. However, having a team with such a combined breadth of knowledge and expertise meant no challenge was too big to overcome.
It’s been a fantastic project to work on and we’re incredibly pleased with the overall aesthetic and the interesting combinations of texture and colour. We’re certainly leaving the project with fresh ideas and innovative materials, techniques and finishes which we can take into future work.
The sweeping staircase provides a central focus which connects all the rooms together.