Design in Clerkenwell Quarter (posted 1st July 2013)

London Metric commissioned Suna Interior Design to design two apartments for their new development, Clerkenwell Quarter located in EC1, London. The development was launched in May – this is what the two designers who worked on the project had to say.

The inspiration behind both designs was the location with Old Street and the City being key. The brief given for both apartments was to be young, trendy, hip and quirky with definite Shoreditch-style. The one bedroom apartment was to be slightly off-beat and intriguing while the two bedroom apartment was to be slightly more classic and sophisticated.

The Mind The Gap wallpaper from Linwood in the entrance hall of the one bedroom apartment sets an international tone, enhanced by a handsome leather porthole mirror, hanging on the wall.

Design in the Clerkenwell Quarter

The colour palette chosen in the one bedroom apartment comprises blues and steely greys, inspired by Linwood’s London Skyline fabric and further enriched by walnut and oak. The walls were kept light, bright and interesting – powder blues and white on white with geometric patterns, as can be seen in this image of the bedroom, which also includes a chair covered in the London Skyline fabric from Linwood.

Design in the Clerkenwell Quarter

Along with the bespoke chair, this bedroom boasts a low upholstered divan bed with pleated suede detail fabric, stud-detailed stainless steel bedside tables with a matching cabinet, an industrial steel-framed mirror and Anglepoise lamps which combine to create a strong and contemporary feel in the room.

Design in the Clerkenwell Quarter

Continuing the theme of white on white we have used the Young & Battaglia Bookshelf wallpaper in the living room, which is both captivating and quirky. Each of the pieces of furniture adds to the young, trendy and hip atmosphere.

Through the clever use of furniture, such as the round table in the kitchen with stools that tuck underneath, the feeling of space is maximised. Throughout, texture and colour have been combined with a retro, handcrafted feel. The result, to quote the designer, Gabrielle Ramacciotti, is “a very cool apartment. I absolutely love it, the design is a combination of retro styling, textures and colours that all hold together really well for me, throughout the apartment. The antithesis of a formulaic show flat.”

The palette for the second apartment comprised neutrals with a hint of purple and grey – a sophisticated selection of colours. The apartment is well sized and the challenge in the design was to fill the space. The kitchen is sleek and spacious with clean lines. 

Design in the Clerkenwell Quarter

Quirky clock wallpaper in neutral tones was chosen for the living room, which also features bespoke artwork and unique purple wishbone chairs in the dining area.

Design in the Clerkenwell Quarter

In the master bedroom wallpaper from Cole and Son's Fornasetti range creates the feature wall with the continuation of the colour palette of neutral walls, purple and grey.

Design in the Clerkenwell Quarter

Designer Ellen Piercey commented “this design appeals to me - the unusual wallpapers, complemented by the injection of tones of purple create a quirky and alluring environment”

The result: two Shoreditch apartments that are intriguing and captivating and will have you taking a second or third look, while enjoying the comfort and personality that they have to offer.