Few properties make an instant statement like ‘Art Deco Empire’. The property, in London’s desirable Chelsea district, is one of our agency’s most arresting properties with a clear mission; to capture the opulence and zing of the age of the British Empire, but hone the style gracefully. The property gently fuses many different details from the old empire from Egypt to Britain’s former Asian territories. The owner is an interiors expert, being an esteemed supplier of antique and bespoke furniture, and an appreciator of art, particularly 20th Century paintings. His specialty in Art Deco and Biedermeier style furniture is exhibited throughout the property, with many intriguing examples on display.
The main living area on the ground floor is the room that best exhibits the colonial style attributes of the property. The light, complex parquet flooring, white walls, large windows and French doors (that lead immediately out in to the garden) are brightened by a flood of light that consumes every inch of the room. This brilliance of light makes this London-based home suggestive of a prosperous, old-world property on a distant plantation. Despite conjuring images of a hot climate, the room feels airy thanks to the ample ceiling height and crisp, white walls.
The owner’s distribution of colour in this room is striking, but not distracting from the pureness of the white walls. The centre art piece is a painting that adorns the back wall; a classical-style, panelled piece that brings entertainment and revelry to the space. The sumptuous carpet exhibits geometric blues and golds, reinforcing the serene-yet-opulent balances apparent through the location.
The dining area is colourful, presenting a different option to white walls for filmmakers and photographers. The room presents detailed paintings of empirical scenes, these dominate the ample wall space. Here palm trees, pyramids, classical ruins, flowers and vines create a luscious backdrop that (coupled with the large chandelier, plasterwork and gold-panelled windows) give any dinner party a profound, dramatic atmosphere.
In the bedrooms the colours are solid and sure of themselves, dictating a rich, unique style not found in any other location house. Deeply patterned wallpapers and expanses of carpet offer an alternative sense of space to the main rooms.
One of the most popular elements of the property is its exterior. The garden is rich and green, with an outdoor swimming pool. The pool, overlooked by palms and Buddhas, has been the delight of many photographers seeking untypical scenes within the confines of London. The owner’s dedication to the immersive experience of the property, taking one on an expedition away from the city, extends to every inch of the exterior.
This inviting, unique property is avaialble via our agents at jj Location for film and photo shoots… get in touch and let us transport you to one of our most luxuriant and inspiring houses.
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