Apartment 1: Clink Wharf
Chiara Ferrari's transformation of a former photographic studio into a contemporary residential space
We take you on a tour of three stand-out interiors, from the contemporary flat in Clink Wharf and the Tex-Tonic penthouse both in London, to the modernist make-over of an apartment in the iconic Louviera building in Sao Paulo.
Located on Clink Wharf, right by the Thames and off London's bustling Borough Market, designer Chiara Ferrari (opens in new tab)'s latest interior work involved the transformation of a former photographic studio into a contemporary residential space.
The flat, a comfortable three-bedroom conversion, was designed around a central circulation axis -- the main corridor that leads the guest to the ample open plan living and dining area overlooking the river. The river is instantly visible through the corridor, living space and a large central opening towards the balcony. 'It reinforces and balances the geometry of the interior,' says Ferrari.
As well as acting as the flat's main focal point, the living spaces also feature a series of bespoke commissions. A solid walnut wood dinning table, a series of glossy lacquered wood cabinets, a kitchen island and a curved Corian splashback surface, were all specially designed to accompany the wharf flat's complete redesign.
Linked to the central corridor on both sides, are the flat's more private areas; two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a main bathroom and a guest room that doubles as a study area, cleverly making the most of the building's high ceilings. This represents Ferrari's approach throughout. The aim was to maximise the space as much as possible, so that nothing goes unused, so in a similar approach to the study, Ferrari used the bathroom's double height for storage space.
The young designer opted for a balanced combination of modern material and some of the industrial building's original features and textures. Elements like the existing structure's rough bare brick walls are contrasted throughout by the smooth Dinesen Douglas Fir flooring. The high-quality timber floor softens the interior and was treated as a key feature in the design, further highlighting the apartment's contemporary yet homely character.
Apartment 1: Clink Wharf, London
Apartment 2: Louveira building, Sao Paulo
Apartment 3: Tex Tonic House, London
Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
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