Oliver Burns: Beau House
Posted on July 27 2017
Oliver Burns designs the Brummell Penthouse at Beau House, spanning the top three levels of the property, including an under floor heated roof terrace.
Nestled amongst the famous streets of West London is Beau House, named after George Beau Brummell, an iconic figure in Men's fashion during the Regency era. An area famed for the finest of luxuries, from men's tailoring to members clubs for over three hundred years is still the centre of attention for fine luxuries including art galleries, restaurants and even the renowned Fortnum and Mason, just a stone's throw from the building itself. With all of this surrounding luxury comes a property development to mirror the opulence and glamor with no detail overlooked. Join me on a tour of the incredible Brummell penthouse, designed by Oliver Burns.
The penthouse spans the top three floors of the building and contains outdoor space on every level. Designed by Oliver Burns, the interiors have been inspired by the works of Beau Brummell and his love of immaculate tailoring. Showcased within a range of soft and natural tones, small injections of vivid colours are present within some of the interior's most desirable features.
Adjacent to the main living space is the formal dining area. Perfectly placed next to the large full height windows, this eight seat dining table is flooded with natural light and views out into the sixth floor terrace. Windows slide back to extend the dining experience into the outdoors, perfect for a Summers days, allowing guests to absorb the city whilst enjoying fine cuisine and entertainment in unparalleled luxury. Hand crafted Aiveen Daly dining chairs have been upholstered in blue metallic tones, attracting the eye, adding a contemporary touch to the sycamore stone dining table.
At the heart of a home is the living room, a place to relax after a busy day, entertain guests and socialise with the family. The open plan living space in the Brummell penthouse is in the very centre of the sixth floor, connecting to the other social spaces, allowing a natural flow of everyday life. Suspended about the coffee table is the crown jewel and centrepiece, a large contemporary square chandelier, sparkling against a recessed backdrop of bronze copper leaf. Fine detailing such as stitch work, button tufting and stud work are all present within the furniture and accessories, in reference to Beau and renowned British Tailoring. Bespoke high gloss cabinetry provides a space to conceal a state of the art media unit, revealed only when needed, keeping clean lines, smooth surfaces and elegant artwork are on display at all other times.
The kitchen, a service area that was once hidden away at the back of a house, out of view from guests, takes centre stage and is now an integral part of everyday living. This beautiful showcase of contemporary design features impeccable joinery from Boffi, elegant smoky grey oak cabinetry that has been topped with Quartzite Calacatta worktops. Select appliances are on display, integrated within the clean lines and surfaces of the cabinetry whilst others are concealed away to produce a sleek, minimalist environment. Extracting colour from the dining area, the bar stools have been upholstered in teal velvet, injecting a warmth and familiarity to the space. The kitchen has also been accessorised with items that add a sculptural and artistic presence, from the Lee Broom Carrara marble pendant lights to abstract vases, display glassware and an incredible brass mesh frame fruit bowl, a subtle material reference to the brass stoppers on the bar stools.
With three spacious bedrooms, each with their own unique design and en-suite bathroom, the Master suite that is sure to attract the most attention with its impressive design and layout. The handcrafted Oliver Burns bed forms the centrepiece to the room, complemented by the geometric fretwork wall design directly behind. The muted colour palette selected for the bed linens, curtains and upholstery have been interrupted with the introduction of orange, yellow and green cushions and accessories. Adjacent to the bed is a long vanity desk with large mirror, perfect for the morning routine and as a way to emphasise the amount of natural light flooding into the suite. Directly behind the bed is the walk-in wardrobe, a place to show off and protect the most prized possessions whilst keeping clothes and accessories organised and easily at hand.
Whether it is the morning routine or evening wind down, the en-suite bathroom has been designed to cater for every need. Polished white Aqua Bianca marble encases the room, adding a pristine quality that directs attention to the features and detail within the room. Beveled mirrors reflect the natural light, capturing the sparkles from the bespoke tiered droplet chandelier. The vanity unit containing the twin octagonal shaped basins is finished in sycamore veneer, floating off the ground and completed with silver leaf handles.The centrepiece to the space is the freestanding oval bathtub, located next to the terrace windows, providing privacy and allowing natural light to flood the room. For long sensuous soaks, a 27-inch Aquavision television combines pampering and entertainment together.
A rarity for any central London property is a large open rooftop space and what Oliver Burns has designed for the Brummell Penthouse is on an entirely new level for luxury living. A retractable glass roof opens the property to the outdoors, an extension of the home below with relaxation and entertainment at the heart of the design. George Smith outdoor sofas surround a large television for evening movie nights whilst a fire pit offers warmth and beauty for social nights under the stars. An eight-seat dining table replicates the setting of the space below with the addition of underfloor heating to allow for outdoor dining even during the cooler periods of time. Food can be prepared and cooked directly on the roof terrace with an impressive outdoor kitchen, complete with self-lighting barbecue, antique brown satinato granite worktops and stainless steel cabinets for storage.
Beau House is the finest example of luxury living, transforming a property in the very heart of the city into a precious jewel that embraces its surroundings. Oliver Burns has showcased an intricate level of detail and respect to the rich history and arts that have transformed the area dating back hundreds of years. it is this level of understanding and execution that defines Burns and his work as truly remarkable.