Project: Inspired by Coachella

By Matt Balmer
June 27, 2019

June 2019

The owners of this three-bedroom split-level apartment in Marylebone envisioned a boutique hotel-style for their daughter to live in. Maurizio Pellizzoni set about achieving this look through using a mixture of colours and textures inspired by music festival Coachella.

The clients requested refurbishing the apartment to create a two-bedroom, two-bathroom space that would maintain the value of the property, combined with a design that could be used to let out the property or use it as an Airbnb sometime in the future.  The layout was a key requirement for the owners. “My first job was to understand how to create a more space friendly connection between the two floors, whilst also adding extra room for the master bathroom and small shower room,” says Maurizio Pellizzoni.

Due to the small size of the flat, storage and available floor area were maximised. Despite the horseshoe-shaped layout, the light kitchen with wooden worktops has no dead space between cupboards. Built-in wardrobes allow extra storage in the bedrooms and the pale floors emphasise the feeling of a bight airy interior. “The flooring is a beautiful rustic oak with a white oil – the same oil was used on the kitchen worktop to keep the consistency and streamline the design,” Pellizzoni says.

Glass has been used in imaginative ways to create a brighter, open feel. “When working with a small space, there are plenty of ways to create the illusion of space,” says Pellizzoni. The windows in the living area have been left free from treatments so the terrace becomes a part of the room. In other areas blackout blinds have been mounted either side of the window frames, making the rooms appear larger. A frameless glass balustrade has been fitted to connect the lower floor with the open living space on the top floor.

The Coachella-inspired colour scheme uses soft pastels and a mixture of polished brass and chrome for a more feminine look. “The colours, textures and finishes associated with this upscale festival marry boheme chic with luxury style,” Pellizzoni explains. A pop of colour is added throughout the apartment using artwork combined with vintage and antique accessories.

Many of the furniture pieces have been sourced from Minotti, “I love the design and colours of the Minotti sofa, it’s perfect for this size of apartment.” Through the flexible living scheme from Bang & Olufsen, light, sound and television can be synchronised throughout the apartment, creating a harmonious transition between each room that complements the open plan feel of the interior.