Echlin: Kenure House II
Posted on 15 May 2017
Echlin London is an architecture and interior design studio founded by Mark O'Callaghan and Sam McNally. Earlier in the year, I was lucky enough to have a tour of one of their latest projects, Kenure House. The first part of the tour in earlier post covered the Basement and ground floor spaces within this luxurious property located close to Holland Park. Now, it is time to move upstairs to view the main living space, guest bedroom and master suite located on the top floor.
Adjacent to the kitchen, running alongside the light well is a set of stairs to take us to the higher levels and into the main living area. This large living room takes up the entire floor plate of the previous two mews houses. The space predominantly uses soft, calming tones of white, grey and green which embrace the large amount of natural light that fills the room from giant windows on either side. Vibrant injections of colour have been introduced through the beautiful abstract artwork on the back, the colours echoed in select accessories such as the velvet pillows, scented candles and decorative ornaments. Sofas surround an upholstered four piece coffee table, creating the perfect place for larger gatherings, whilst a smaller, intimate area can be found at the back, a place to sit back and admire the art.
A smaller guest bedroom (not featured) is also located on the first floor at the front of the property. Decorated with warming caramel colours and featuring a large built in wardrobe that sits behind two large sliding antique style mirrors, this bedroom captures the essence of calm and creates a private retreat from the rest of the house. Each of the four bedrooms exhibits a unique personality, utilising the surrounding features to define the style and character of the space. The lower ground front bedroom (featured above) mixes rich chocolate and neutral tones, embracing the Victorian feature windows, complimented by contemporary copper coloured accessories. The lower ground floor back bedroom presents a contemporary charm, mixing smooth concrete surfaces with soft woods and burnt orange fabrics.
If it is the ultimate in luxury that you are after, the master bedroom is sure to impress. The entire second floor has been dedicated to the Master bedroom, a spacious en-suite and connecting dressing room. Adorned in soft natural tones with small pops of colour introduced through select accessories and artwork, the master bedroom has comfort and style covered with luxurious bedding for the perfect night's sleep and plush carpets to ease the morning ritual of getting up and ready for the day ahead. The en-suite combines white marble with dark wood for a striking effect. The centrepiece of the room is the very beautiful double sink marble unit backed with a large mirror and framed by two pendant lights, large enough for two people to get ready at the same time.
Located behind a screen that joins directly with the bedroom, the dressing space and walk in wardrobe continue the theme of light natural colours paired with dark wood. Whilst most clothing and contents can be concealed behind large paneled doors with brass trim, there is additional space to show off the most decorative of pieces as well as a built in dressing table facing the window to make the most of the natural light. A further staircase is located in the room, leading up to the design's crown jewel, the private rooftop bathroom. This partially glazed space allows users to have privacy whilst enjoying all the elements of the outside world in the comfort of a warm bubble filled, free standing tub.
I would like to take the time to thank the Echlin team for arranging the visit and giving me access to such an amazing and luxurious design. View the video directly above to see the design tour of Kenure House. For further details on the studio and this project, please visit the official Echlin website.
Photography and video: Martyn White