How do you make the perfect living space? A good eye is a starting point, but it helps to have an excellent architect on board to form the structure, craft the contours and ensure that real life flows easily from one room to another. Colour, light and material come together to create a canvas upon which life can be lived. Once the essentials are in place, you can introduce another essential: music.
Teaming up with audio specialist Sonos, Wallpaper* Composed, our bespoke interior design service, enlisted high note-hitting designers Philippe Nigro and Hunting & Narud to create a perfectly pitched listening environment in a Shoreditch apartment. Watch the action unfold in this short film.
Photography: John Short
Interiors: Amy Heffernan
Writer: Jonathan Bell
Living room & kitchen, by Philippe Nigro
Paris-based designer Philippe Nigro turned his talents to creating a kitchen/living room. Known for his elegant furniture collection for Hermès, Nigro has an eclectic approach, with a portfolio that encompasses a variety of materials and forms. 'The idea was to mix very different pieces,' explains Nigro, 'because what gives an interior soul is the mix.' The sofas, with their foam and fabric structure, are intended as places to relax and soak up sound, as well as to help the music diffuse around the room.
Pictured (from left): 'Flax' armchair, by Philippe Nigro, for Ligne Roset. 'Chiaroscuro' cabinet, by Philippe Nigro, for Mogg. 'Play: 1' compact hi-fi wireless speaker (on cabinet), by Sonos. 'TU' table, by Philippe Nigro, for Ligne Roset. 'Solo' chairs, by Studio Nitzan Cohen, for Mattiazzi, from Aram. 'Ply' tables and stool, by Lievore Altherr Molina, for Arper. 'Mohair slate' rug, by The Rug Company. 'Pilotis' sofa, by Philippe Nigro, for De Padova
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Living room, by Philippe Nigro
'Passé ladder', by Philippe Nigro, for Ligne Roset. 'Yellow/Black', 1970, by Ellsworth Kelly, from Alan Cristea Gallery. 'Olimpia' chair, by Massimo Scolari, for Giorgetti
Bedroom by Hunting & Narud
Amy Hunting and Oscar Narud shaped the ultimate bedroom and study, turning the space created by architects Patrick Theis and Soraya Khan into the definition of flexible living with the Sonos wireless hi-fi system at its heart. Hunting & Narud have won plaudits for their elegant 'Copper Mirror Series', seen here, a fusion of refined raw materials that is both functional and sculptural. Like Nigro, Hunting & Narud chose to install Sonos's latest device, the 'Play: 1', an ultra-compact cylinder that delivers crisp, lifelike audio from a multitude of sources - computer, phone, tablet or even the near-infinite playlists of Spotify and the world of internet radio. Sound, form, space and light come together to shape the ultimate environment.
Pictured (from left): 'Copper Mirror' by Hunting & Narud from Libby Sellers. 'Keel' stool, by Oscar Narud. 'Brentwood' bed, from Muji. 'Bunad' blankets, by Andreas Engesvik, for Mandal, from Really Well Made. 'Island' by Martina Lindqvist (on the wall), courtesy of The Photographers' Gallery. 'Paper' rug, by Scholten & Baijings, for Hay, from SCP. 'Rise and Shine' mirror, by Oscar Narud. Cork stools by Moooi. 'W132' lamp, by Nendo, for Wästberg
Bedroom by Hunting & Narud
'Ship Shape' shelves, by Oscar Narud; console by Oscar Narud; Colorplan Monoprint: Green Oxide, 2012, by Ian Davenport, from Alan Cristea Gallery; 'Nepal' chair, by Paola Navone, for Baxter, from Anna Casa Interiors
Study by Hunting & Narud
From left: 'Play: 1' compact hi-fi wireless speaker, by Sonos. 'Narciso Piatto' vase, by Petite Friture. 'Potluck' stool, by Lola Lely, from Mint. 'Last' stools, by Max Lamb, for Discipline. 'Doric', 2011, by Sean Scully, from Alan Cristea Gallery
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Jonathan Bell has written for Wallpaper* magazine since 1999, covering everything from architecture and transport design to books, tech and graphic design. He is now the magazine’s Transport and Technology Editor. Jonathan has written and edited 15 books, including Concept Car Design, 21st Century House, and The New Modern House. He is also the host of Wallpaper’s first podcast.
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