Tooting Common House
A 5 floor family townhouse refurbishment, including a basement, rear, side and 5th floor addition.
A warm purple-grey micro cement hallway floor strikes one straight away, picking up on the special stain glass front door and the purple heart and bronze console table. Polished plaster walls above painted paneling threads itself through the core of the house – a lovely backdrop to a special contemporary art collection. Every room off this staircase presents a slightly different decorative feeling, from a basement clad in felt walling, to the master bedroom’s raw silk wallpaper and the bathroom’s dirty pink polished plaster and bespoke terrazzo vanity, to dark grey painted boys bedrooms and a limed Douglas Fir floor and screen divider in the 5th floor study and library.
Ali Robinson designed a black and perforated steel room divider between the family room and kitchen to display some lovely ceramics and nick nacks – large enough to do its separating job but transparent enough to view the rear garden from the kitchen. The family room’s library unit hides a TV and so doesn’t dominate what is a very relaxing seating, socializing and reading area. Our clients are avid readers and so special attention has been made to create reading spots throughout the house and in particular in the 5th floor library where we designed a screen-cum-library on a split level to shield the study from a designated reading area.
Ali Robinson was very fortunate to be commissioned by our clients to design 3 original pieces (Haymerle, Woodview and Drakefield) that all became, in due course, part of his new collection and from which he has won a number of international furniture awards. Further to that his Twyford shelving unit was adapted for the basement and his vitrine and elliptical console refined for the reception.