Name: Mayfair Townhouse
Location: Mayfair, London
Date completed: Autumn 2015
Interior designer: Katharine Pooley
Architect: Katharine Pooley Ltd

Katharine Pooley was briefed with the complete renovation of this 11,000 square ft Grade II listed property in the heart of London’s Mayfair from former office block to a complete family residence. In particular, the client wanted the restoration and reinstatement of the architectural detailing, achieved sensitively, but with a contemporary finish. Being a Grade II listed property, the brief stated that it was important for the design to respect the classic, period detailing but to also be workable as a family residence. Katharine was therefore inspired to use a fresh, light palette and contemporary furniture and accessories in order to complement the traditional detailing.

This rare gem of a property in the centre of Mayfair consists of 7 floors of property, including a basement and a roof terrace. The redesign included extensive building works and project management with features including a glass lift shaft, several bespoke chandeliers, hand painted and embroidered wallpapers and complete designs for all spaces, including 7 bathrooms and a white onyx spa.

The brief also called for the extension of habitable space, to include the addition of a roof terrace and basement build. This was designed and executed from start to finish by the Katharine Pooley Ltd team. The glass lift shaft running through the six floors of the property, elegantly connects the floors with skylight at the top which beautifully floods the period staircase with natural light. The design works so well because it seamlessly blends a modern, contemporary finish with the traditional, classic architectural details of this Grade II listed building.