Combining old and new

By Jo Weaden
September 19, 2019

Located within Marylebone Village, the Chiltern Place show apartment designed by Elicyon, presents an intriguing combination of antique and bespoke furniture and accessories creating a bold, bright and geometric space.

The three-bedroom apartment offers a modern design with a feminine touch within the 16-storey building that includes on-site concierge, 24-hour security, a fitness suite and access to a private club with meeting spaces and a lounge area. “We had a very strong and coherent brief to create a bright, light and fresh space,” says Charu Gandhi, founder and director of Elicyon.

Elicyon chose to combine antiques with bespoke and off the shelf products. “The whole project had to be completed in 13 weeks, which proved challenging for sourcing a lot of bespoke pieces,” remarks Gandhi. “We also worked with our suppliers to tweak pieces in their existing lines to make them unique for this project.” A console table by Porta Romana with sculptural legs and a marbled concrete-effect top gives the hallway a grand appearance. A bronze torso and other antique furniture and accessories, from Alfies Antique Market on Church Street, adds character to the bedrooms and living room space. The combination of the old and new creates an eye-catching environment.

The colour scheme injects splashes of aqua, sky blue, peach and raspberry against the textured wallpapers and polished plaster backdrop. Dyed peach pink silk paper by Phillip Jeffries adorn the walls, complemented by the collection of artworks. A cluster of pictures in the living room have been curated by Projects on Walls, it features collages, oil pastels, screen prints, photography and drawings that fuse together to add depth and colour, “they gave us a few options and we selected a compilation that we felt worked beautifully,” says Gandhi. Other artwork includes abstract and figurative oil paintings and a pink sculpture, made from layers of pencils, that hangs in one of the bedrooms.

The finishing touches add a bespoke and warm feel to the property. Property developers, Ronson Capital Partners, “went the extra mile with both the base build – our canvas – and their finishing touches, and we really wanted to celebrate these efforts,” adds Gandhi. A bespoke scent of fresh watermelon summer fills the space, created by boutique candles. Millar Harris toiletries and large organic shaped ‘bowl candles’ by Rachel Vosper furnish the bathroom. Faux blossoms and wildflowers in romantic blush tones complete the modern interior.