The Palace Gate Apartment: A Soothing Sanctuary in London
Discover the opulence and timeless elegance of The Palace Gate Apartment, designed by Tala Fustok Studio in the heart of South Kensington, London, United Kingdom.
Neighbouring Hyde Park and on the fourth floor of a Victorian mansion block, the 252sqm (2700sqft) four bedroom apartment is inspired by the owner’s European and North African travels. Soft colors reflect a sunset setting, whilst contrasting stoney textures and earthy coatings of fabric create a harmonic tension. The apartment exudes understated luxury and features contemporary artwork from around the capital, creating a soothing sanctuary for the owner.
About The Palace Gate Apartment
Nestled in the heart of South Kensington, Tala Fustok Studio was tasked with designing a classic and calm residential space to perfectly fit the owner’s lifestyle. Located on the fourth floor of a Victorian mansion block, with Hyde Park as its neighbour, this southwest-facing four-bedroom apartment was inspired by the owner’s European and North African travels.
Calming Colors and Contrasting Textures
Soft colors reflect a sunset setting, while contrasting stoney textures and earthy coatings of fabric create a harmonic tension. Enriched with subtle tones balanced with deep indulgent hues, the apartment carries an air of savviness, depth and intrigue with layers of juxtaposed texture and light-flooded rooms. Tala Fustok played confidently with bold statements to build a backdrop for artwork, vintage furniture and simple furnishings to enhance the calming powers of this soothing sanctuary.
Structural Work to Create an Inviting Space
Studio founder Tala Fustok and her team executed important structural work to open up the living and dining room arenas, as well as merging two bedrooms to create a large master and dressing room. This resulted in a 252sqm (2781sqft) London pied-a-terre dusted with a collection of contemporary artwork from around the capital.
Understated Luxury and Timeless Elegance
The paired back entrance boasts an old venetian mirror, a woven chair, an antique mirrored niche housing a metal vide poche, and a singular plinth vase focal point by M.A.H Gallery and Flow Gallery. This naturally weaves into the apartment’s dining room, boasting an unusual centrepiece by Vessel Gallery, a London brick ivory-painted fireplace, and a 1970s Italian vintage travertine table alongside a snug sofa for casual dining. Tala Fustok opened up the adjacent kitchen space through the introduction of double arched doors, while timber cabinetry and brass elements add contrast while maintaining a relaxed setting. Large curved walls between the dining and living quarters integrate shelving to nest future finds. Softly illuminating the objects at twilight, this effortlessly becomes a light room divider.
The living room radiates a timeless elegance: a travertine fireplace echoes that of the dining space with smoky mirroring by The Antique Mirror Company; cloudy patina drapes the walls, sculptural pieces by M.A.H Gallery pepper the space, whilst a Tim Page circular shaggy rug of varying pile height brings extra texture. A beautiful layer of sheer by Lizzo dresses the space, whilst bespoke bleached plywood, brass and timber adds that rustic nod.
Master Bedroom with Moroccan-Inspired Bathroom
A bespoke 1960s-inspired bed takes centre stage within the master bedroom, entirely upholstered in dusty pink velvet with layers of linen by Larusi and Society Limonta. Above the bed sits a tapestry found in one of Tala’s most treasured London galleries, Schmid McDonagh, whilst a neighbouring stone fireplace maintains the earthy nature throughout the space, adorned with a bespoke mirror by French creator Christophe Gaignon. An open dressing area is lit by a PINCH fabric pendant piece hovering over a bespoke leather, plywood island.
The primary suite leads into a Moroccan-inspired master bathroom, home to a bespoke travertine sink with Watermark taps and zellige moroccan tiles in the shower. A bordering powder room of the same dusty pink houses a matching pink Kast concrete sink and vintage mirror sourced from The Lillie Road London.
Classic Comfort with Contemporary Design
Tala Fustok Studio’s work oozes opulence, theatre and self-indulgence, through Tala’s use of rich materials and the construction of hidden passages that transform everyday spaces. She brings back the comfort of the classic while championing contemporary design.
Photography by Michael Sinclair
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