The Rovers Return / Daniel Hopwood

The Rovers Return, Daniel Hopwood

Designer: Daniel Hopwood Studio
Project: The Rovers Return
Location: Chiswick, London, United Kingdom
Year 2016
Photographs: Andrew Beasley

Description by designer: After many years of living in the Near and Far East, our clients retired and returned to London. They wanted a base which is easy to manage, comfortable, feels stylish and new and is also a good backdrop for their art collection.

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They took a space in an old factory which is relatively small but not cramped, as it has high ceilings and large windows. I stripped the flat back to a bare shell in order to create a new layout that would reflect their newly acquired lifestyle.

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I convinced them not to go for a second bedroom, but instead lavish the space on themselves, with a bathroom each, generous storage space and a large living room with a connecting sitting room and kitchen diner. I managed to create a dressing room by pulling the bed forward and placing a low wall behind.

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Wanting to keep the feel of the original factory, the ceilings were only lowered in the middle, to accommodate air conditioning, lighting and to make the rooms feel a little cosier by correcting the scale.

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Finishes have been kept to a minimum in order to create a good backdrop for their art and to retain a balanced calmness. Using porcelain, man-made surfaces and materials ensures that the apartment is easy to maintain. The furniture? We went for the best with a mix of Minotti and B&B Italia and of course there’s that beautiful light over the dining table by Lyndsey Adelman.

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