Houzz Tour: Serene Japanese Style in a City Centre Flat
Fond memories of Japan informed the renovation of this flat, which is filled with beautiful timber and spaces to relax
Transforming her client’s home took a little over a year. Today, the unique ambience is based on a modern yet respectful interpretation of Japanese aesthetics.
“The challenge was to explore and understand Japanese traditions and translate them into an authentic-looking space,” Charlotte says.
CH25 lounge chair, Carl Hansen & Son.
Opposite these is a wooden open shoe rack, as is common in Japan. Dark green fabric lines the back wall of the shelf and softly frames the round mirror.
This is another haven of peace in the penthouse, which can be enjoyed whether alone or with company.
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CH22 lounge chair, Carl Hansen & Son.
The tea corner, along with the kitchen, was designed by Charlotte and built by joinery company Bau+Art. “The ceiling of the tea corner features an illuminated, slat-like structure and is made of traditional Japanese wooden elements. The tatami mats were tailor-made in Japan,” Charlotte says. “Behind the Japanese paper there’s an LED frame.”
DC10 chairs, Miyazaki. Jiff table, Flexform.
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Cherner armchair, available at The Conran Shop.
“The existing bathrooms were completely remodelled,” Charlotte says. “The walls as well as the floor have a plaster finish. This creates an overall clear and calming feeling. Nothing should distract from the tranquillity and purity here. Only the vases, which tie in the Japanese design element of ikebana, attract attention.”
The basin and back wall are made of natural stone to match the plaster.
Fittings by Boffi and Fantini. Basin with natural stone splashback, Salvatori.
Midnight bed, Flexform.
Again, the room demonstrates the successful interplay between silence and movement. All rooms are harmoniously balanced, making this penthouse a sanctuary of inner peace for its owner.
Hand-painted wallpaper, de Gournay.
Unsurprisingly, Charlotte was awarded a Callwey Best of Interior accolade in 2022 for the design of this apartment.
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