International interior architecture and design practice Argent Design were commissioned to undertake the full refurbishment and interior design of a six storey townhouse, located in London’s Mayfair.
The Grade II listed Georgian property, built in 1757, is located in one of Mayfair’s most prestigious streets. Having been used as offices for much of the previous 20 years it had fallen into disrepair and many period features had been removed or damaged.
The client’s brief for this exceptional property was to return it to residential use, as a single dwelling, and its former glory, and to reinstate original period features, of which fireplaces were key. The brief also to include some additional new modern facilities, bringing the property firmly into the 21st century and included a passenger lift, roof terrace and spa.
The planning consent for the work required reinstatement of many original period features throughout, including fireplaces, which required full consideration of mantels, pilasters (legs), corbels, aprons, surrounds, plinths and hearths, in order that designs be true to the period and in keeping.
To achieve the results the client desired and to the necessary standard, the only realistic route to achieving this was to strip back the building. This created an opportunity for every detail of the house to be fully considered, allowing Argent Design to create something truly spectacular, adding and re-instating features, including exceptional fireplaces. This included the installation of a custom nero marquina fireplace surround with a bronze & brass grate and burner in the master bedroom and a stunning fireplace in the entrance hall. Entrance hall fireplaces were typical of the period, yet are often removed. The re-instatement of the entrance hall fireplace allowed Argent Design to make it the focal point: limestone with inset gold portoro panel and bronze metal fender with leather seating.
Fireplaces were also used in all the principle rooms, with an open air reception room being created on the top floor roof terrace through the installation of full fireplace, complete with hearth, mantel and a mirrored over mantel, carefully camouflaging a flat screen monitor.
Argent Design is an international interior architecture and design practice, head quartered in London, with offices in Miami and Melbourne. Creating exceptional homes and spaces, for both private and corporate clients, Argent’s portfolio of work encompasses luxury private residences, yachts, jets, mixed use developments of scale, in addition to destination venues for the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors.
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