Keston Park, Croydon
4,300 sq ft – 400 m2
Family Home, 4 Bed
International Design & Architecture Award 2011
The brief for this modern Greater London property was to create a comfortable space for entertaining friends and taking time out from the city. Maurizio Pellizzoni drew on the style of a classic Hollywood lifestyle that suited the modern architecture of the house and met the client’s desire to create a fun bachelor escape.
Maurizio started with an empty but pristine shell and transformed it with new furniture, soft furnishings artwork and accessories. Some existing fixtures were kept and updated in respect of the client’s budget, for example the main staircase was given a makeover with new paintwork and wallpaper to give it a more masculine edge, but otherwise Maurizio was given carte blanche to ring in new changes.
The open plan living room has double doors into the garden was large enough for a generous corner sofa from Flexiform to frame the space and create a cosy corner in front of the fire. Custom made units provide ample storage for electronics, gadgets and a large DVD collection.
The bedrooms were each designed with a different theme, a fun element borrowed from the style of boutique hotels for the client’s guests. Upstairs the large attic space was given over to a cinema room, which has a pool table, 20-seat Poliform sofa and retractable cinema screen. Two life-sized figures of Batman and Joker belonging to the client flank the entrance and add a touch of humour. References to Hollywood continue throughout and the moody colour palette provides a suitable backdrop for after hours entertaining.
"I basically wanted to create a comfortable space where I can live and entertain friends away from the city – something modern, as I’m fairly young, but not minimalist."
M.N, the Client
"Classic Hollywood style was the inspiration behind the interior design for this London bachelor pad. The home needed to transform from a family dwelling to a trendy, masculine abode worthy of its young new owner."
" “Whenever my clients have more than one bedroom, I try to make each one like a hotel room with its own theme,” Maurizio explains. (...) The master bedroom also oozes contemporary style and masculinity with its assembly of black and brown wooden furniture – even the door and skirting boards have been painted black for extra impact."