Star in the east: Wallpaper* Composed kits out an apartment on London’s City Road Basin

The dining room
The dining room, which opens out on to a balcony with panoramic views of East London, features accessories by Georg Jensen, Louise Roe and Menu. Pictured, ’Light Blue’ Estate Emulsion, by Farrow & Ball; Transmitter Mast by Theo Simpson; ’Kaari’ table, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, for Artek; ’Belleville’ chairs, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, for Vitra; and ‘Matégot’ trolley, by Mathieu Matégot, for Gubi. Interiors: Amy Heffernan
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Ben van Berkel’s buildings are traffic stoppers; sweeping sci-fi edifices wrapped in kaleidoscopic, dot-matrix exteriors, high-rise moiré exoskeletons and ceramic plate stacks with op-art scoops for windows. Projects such as Five Franklin Place in New York’s Tribeca district, Austria’s Graz Music Theatre, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, and Taiwan’s Talee Isetan building, all designed by Professor van Berkel’s Amsterdam-based UNStudio, define a new urban aesthetic, reimagining architecture as sculptural form and quickly characterising themselves as contemporary landmarks.

And now London has its own van Berkel landmark; Canaletto, a 31-storey tower adjacent to the City Road Basin, features a unique, curving façade of aluminium and glass that breaks the building’s volume into a series of three-to-five storey clusters.

Punctual’ Shelving

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Bedroom shelving. Pictured, ‘Punctual’ Shelving, by Ferm Living. ‘L’Etourdi’ Decorative mobile, by Volta. ‘Mist’ Vase, by Tamer Nakisci for Nude. ‘Still’ Vase, by Nick Rennie, for Normann Copenhagen. ‘Serif’ TV, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Samsung

Canaletto’s recently unveiled three-bedroom apartments, the Beaumont Collection, located on the building’s 25th to 28th floors, are modern sanctuaries with spectacular panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling glazed façades. The state-of-the-art amenities (swimming pool, gym, spa with treatment rooms, restaurant, private cinema and residents’ club) establish the building as a social and creative hub at the creative crossroads of Islington, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and the City.

Wallpaper* Composed, our bespoke interior design service, was invited by Canaletto’s developers to create a distinctive furnishing scheme and tonal identity for one of the Beaumont Collection’s show apartments. Wallpaper* interiors director Amy Heffernan selected pieces by both established and up-and-coming designers, choosing to tell the story of a frequent-flying, constantly collecting, cultured resident who is design conscious and aesthetically aware.

The ‘Cosmopolitan Collector’ apartment boldly mixes new and old, incorporating quirky and classic items and acclaimed and naive artworks. The look is both eclectic and contemporary, revealing the Cosmopolitan Collector’s character as you move from room to room. This is high-rise luxe in the heart of east London.

As originally featured in the May 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*218)

The apartment’s living area

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The apartment’s living area, in muted tones of blue and beige, are dotted with plants by new online company, Patch, and art books published by Taschen and Laurence King. Pictured, Conn, by Joël Tettamanti, from Eyestorm; ‘Bellevue AJ7’ floor  lamp, by Arne Jacobsen, reissued by & Tradition; ‘Cubo’ cabinet, by Theo Williams, for Another Brand; ‘D.154.2’ armchair, by Gio Ponti, for Molteni & C; vintage daybed, from The Peanut Vendor; ‘Palette’ desk, by Jaime Hayon, for &Tradition; and ‘Borg #04’ rug in Royal Blue, by Louise Roe.


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One of three bedrooms, designed as a haven for it’s frequent-flying, cultured resident. Pictured, ‘Captain Flint’ floor lamp, by Michael Anastassiades, for Flos; ‘Palissade’ lounge chair, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, for Hay; ‘Inchyra Blue’ Estate Emulsion, by Farrow & Ball; ‘Ruben’ bed, by Zanotta; ‘Nati Tati’ bedside table, by Broberg & Ridderstråle, for Asplund; ‘Triomphe’ and ‘Morphée’ bed linen, by Yves Delorme.

‘Billy’ floor lamp

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The living area. ‘Billy’ floor lamp, by Ilse Crawford, for Kalmar; ‘Pli’ side table, by Victoria Wilmotte, for ClassiCon; ‘Eloro’ sofa, by Rodolfo dordoni, for Cassina; ‘Romi’ wool fabric in Crème, by Pierre Frey; ‘Spanish’ chairs, by Børge Mogensen, for Fredericia; ‘45°’ coffee table, by Ron Gilad, for Molteni & C; and ‘The Moor’ rug, by All The Way To Paris, for &Tradition.

The walk-in wardrobe

The walk-in wardrobe. Fashion, by Cos; ‘Belleville’ Chair, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Vitra; and ‘Pepe’ Mirror, by Studiopepe, for Menu.

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The study area

The study area. ‘Palette’ desk, by Jaime Hayon, for &Tradition; ‘Rival’ chair, by Konstantin Grcic, for Artek; and ‘Borg #04’ rug in royal blue, by Louise Roe.

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’Kaari’ table

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The adjoining dining and kitchen area. ’Kaari’ table, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Artek; ‘Belleville’ chairs, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Vitra; ‘Spanish’ chairs, by Børge Mogensen, for Fredericia; ‘Eloro’ sofa, by Rodolfo Dordoni, for Cassina; ‘Alfi’ bar stool, by Jasper Morrison, for Emeco; and ‘The Moor Rug’, by All The Way To Paris, for &Tradition.

The breakfast bar

The breakfast bar. ‘Alfi’ bar stool, by Jasper Morrison, for Emeco; and ‘Alfredo’ carafe, by Alfredo Häberli for Georg Jensen. 

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‘Palissade’ chairs and table

The balcony featuring ‘Palissade’ chairs and table, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for HAY.

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‘Rietveld’ chair

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The hallway. ‘Rietveld’ chair, by Gerrid Thomas Rietveld; ‘Speculum’ mirror table, by AYTM; curtains in ‘Riko’ in paper, from the Tomoko Collection, by Scion; ’Kaari’ table, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Artek; and ‘Belleville’ chairs, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Vitra. 

The second bedroom

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The second bedroom. ‘Yale’ Bed, upholstered in ‘Soda’ fabric in ‘Deep Teal’ from Kirkby Design, by The Sofa & Chair Company; ‘Classic Hotel’ bed linen set by Tielle Love Luxury; ‘Samba’ throw in Grey by Klippan; ‘Font’ low tables by Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo; ‘The Standard’ table lamp by Sylvain Willenz for Menu; ‘Light Colore’ tumblers by Ichendorf; Wallpaper* City Guides published by Phaidon; ‘Riko’ in steel, from the Tomoko Collection, by Scion; ‘Confetti Grey’ wallpaper by Ferm Living; and ’Cream Tea’ carpet by Axminster


For more information, visit the Canaletto website


Canaletto Tower
257 City Road
London EC1V 1AD