Marking ten years in the business, the team talks us through ten of their most memorable projects…
Last year, Studio Indigo celebrated its tenth anniversary in typical quirky fashion, with a theatre performance at The Print Room at The Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill – where they are working on the early stages of an ambitious restoration project.
The firm’s national and international projects include private homes, luxury residential and commercial developments, and superyachts. Alongside a major project base in London, Studio Indigo is currently working in Mumbai, Amsterdam, Baku, Somerset and the Cotswolds, with previous projects in St Moritz, St Petersburg, South Africa and New Zealand.
Design is a conversation which results in projects which feel eclectic, comfortable and, above all, personal
At Studio Indigo, design is a conversation which results in projects which feel eclectic, comfortable and, above all, personal. The team – a diverse bunch of professionals from over 20 countries (the office buzzes with individuality and 17 different languages), led by Creative Director, Mike Fisher – draw on varied cultural experiences to bring a client’s vision to life. Whether working on a townhouse, a country house or a superyacht, every detail is crafted to suit the client’s individual needs.
The diversity of ideas, language and culture and Studio Indigo’s collaborative approach are what set it apart, allowing innovative design processes to flourish. While preserving the beauty of the past, creative designs complement and enhance the fabric of a building to suit the modern day needs of their clients.
The team’s talent for unlocking the potential of a property and extensive knowledge of the prime residential market, both in the UK and across the world, is due to its vast collective experience, including Studio Indigo’s own residential development ventures. It is no surprise that they have a history of breaking sales records in areas such as Kensington, Holland Park and Notting Hill.
Studio Indigo assists many clients with their developments from start to finish. For clients looking for investment properties they provide a “turn-key” service, helping to find, appraise, plan, build and sell their property.
To celebrate the business’ ten-year milestone, Studio Indigo’s team has picked ten of their favourite projects, both current and past, for this exclusive PrimeResi retrospective.
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- Location – Notting Hill
Studio Indigo were appointed architect, interior designer, landscape architect and project manager for this double-fronted, stucco family home in Notting Hill.
The clients wanted memorable and characterful interior spaces, elegance and comfort
Working within the confines of this classic 19th century house to create a modern home, the interior has been re-planned to provide a classic, contemporary feel, while maximising light and spaciousness. The clients wanted memorable and characterful interior spaces, elegance and comfort, and were keen to follow Studio Indigo’s lead in retaining the character of the original 1840s building.
The house was stripped back to its shell and a flexible, open plan layout was achieved using cellular spaces which interconnect through sliding double doors. To create a ‘wow’ factor Studio Indigo added a double-height entrance hall with a cantilevered stone staircase. This, together with large glass skylights and a glass infill in the kitchen, made the house much lighter.
The team worked closely with the client to create an interior style with a mixture of antique and contemporary furniture and art blended together within the framework of strong, identifiable architectural spaces. A celebration of bold colours, fabrics and materials were used to bring life, vibrancy and joy to the house, taking classical tradition into the next century.
2. South End
- Location – Kensington
The family was relocating from overseas, therefore timing was a key factor for them. The 7,000 square foot house, plus the garden, was redesigned and rebuilt in seven months from start to finish.
The home exudes the personality of the clients, providing the appropriate backdrop to a warm and loving family life filled with children, pets and home-cooked meals
The house had been built by a developer approximately seven years before Studio Indigo was asked to reconfigure it. Architecturally it was uninspiring and poorly laid out with three staircases and a maze of rooms.
The three staircases have been rationalised into one, which integrates all four floors of the house and adds some drama. The drama continues in the master bedroom suite with a stunning vellum lined 1930s inspired dressing room. The ‘Great Room’, which links to the formal dining room, has a vaulted ceiling and beautiful big arched doorway leading to the garden.
The home exudes the personality of the clients, providing the appropriate backdrop to a warm and loving family life filled with children, pets and home-cooked meals. Each of the rooms has been designed with its own distinct identity, using vibrant colours and texture, ensuring comfort, while still emanating elegance and luxury.
3. Holland Park
- Location – Holland Park
Ambassadorial in style but homely in character, the house was created for a couple who entertain endlessly but also enjoy kicking off their shoes and snuggling up in the cinema for the latest Hollywood blockbuster
This is a street of imposing houses each set behind ornamental gates. It’s a country house in London set within a large lush green garden. Despite a lengthy planning battle, Studio Indigo convinced the planning authorities to grant permission to double the size of the house turning this early Victorian building into a grand family home.
Grand houses need to be made comfortable and homely, so although the rooms are large and imposing they are paradoxically intimate and warm. This has been achieved through a strong sense of colour, not bright Mediterranean colours, but earthy tones, more naturally suited to our northern skies. Simple elegant spaces are connected by overtly tall double doors and openings, allowing you to wander around the house ‘enfilade style’. The result is a series of flexible spaces, which can be opened up on those grand entertaining occasions or closed off for more intimate soirees or family occasions.
The sweet ‘Dolls House’ facade was retained and beautifully restored, while this brand new house was created behind using traditional materials and detailing to create an authentic period look.
Every detail has been meticulously thought out and beautifully crafted, from the horn and aged brass handles in the dressing room to the suede walls and leather and stud detail in the media room.
Ambassadorial in style but homely in character, the house was created for a couple who entertain endlessly but also enjoy kicking off their shoes and snuggling up in the cinema for the latest Hollywood blockbuster.
Comfort, style, glamour and the unexpected surprises makes this house unusual and different from so many other houses of this ilk. It now bursts with light, drama and character.
4. South Kensington
- Location – Kensington
Purchased in 2013 by the clients, the property had been derelict for ten years and was formerly a block of six Victorian artist’ studios built in 1892. Despite major architectural challenges, the owners were determined to create a unique, modern single family dwelling, which made use of all the light and space once provided by the original studios.
The property had been derelict for ten years and was formerly a block of six Victorian artist’ studio
Due to the unusual nature of the house, the requirements and building context required unusual solutions which have resulted in a unique house. The six-metre long and over three-metre tall windows remind the visitor of the original use of the space, but their location meant a split-level approach has been incorporated in order to maximise space while keeping the original proportions of the front rooms. These rooms command four-metre high fireplaces and four-metre high Wenge and bronze finished doors – a modern interpretation of the only original door found on site.
One of the key inspirations for the interior design of the house derives from the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. His timeless approach to a clean geometry and elegant simplicity is reflected throughout, from the inlaid stone floor on the Ground level, to the solid bronze handrail and floating stone steps supported by a 17-metre high monolithic travertine stone wall.
This very contemporary 12,000 square foot home provides open-plan living with a rich palette of materials including precious stone from India, Italy and the UK; recycled barn wood from Canada and lighting from Australia, Latvia and USA. The outstanding display of unique artworks in each room is witness as well as a tribute to the past origins of the house.
Even the family dogs have been considered with a lift feature to take them unaccompanied to the large winter garden on the top floor. This has a retractable roof and windows with glazed sliding screens which enable the interior space, linked to the family living areas, to become open to the elements at the touch of a button. Looking out over the beautiful square, with sweeping views over London, it is hard to think of a finer place to enjoy a Martini – shaken not stirred. Completion is due in time for barbeques on the roof terrace this summer.
5. India Blu
- Location – Mumbai
Working on such a massive scale has needed to be balanced by the ‘rules’ of Vishwakarma – the Hindu god of architecture
Mumbai, India’s skyline is set to change with one of the largest skyscraper apartment blocks in the city currently under construction. Studio Indigo are designing the entrance lobbies of all four towers, as well as all the amenity areas that serve the complex. The amenities include an extensive pool area with swim-up bar, a clubhouse with health spa, sauna and steam rooms, gymnasium and massage suites. Residents can also enjoy the 100 seat cinema, tennis, badminton and squash courts, plus cricket and football pitches. The towers will also benefit from several party and banqueting spaces, a nightclub and a garden bar.
The towers are each around 50 to 60 storeys high, with the third tower in the top 100 tallest residential buildings in the world. Working on such a massive scale has needed to be balanced by the ‘rules’ of Vishwakarma – the Hindu god of architecture. A further challenge for Studio Indigo has been creating four lobbies with their own strong sense of personality, while staying true to the gentle Art Deco theme preferred by the client.
The style has been kept contemporary with the use of bold colours and materials. The warm and humid Indian climate lends itself best to bright colours, with the abundant use of cooling marbles to create strong and memorable architectural spaces filled with light.
Studio Indigo have also been invited to design two of the penthouses within the towers. One of the penthouses occupies the top nine floors of the tallest tower – resulting in an 85,000 square foot single family home with expansive views across Mumbai and the Indian Ocean.
6. Kensington II
- Location – Kensington
Located in a lovely street, but with a modest frontage, this pretty little terrace house really delivers the unexpected.
Studio Indigo’s favourite themes of simple, clear planning while maximising space and light and using a big entrance statement with timeless architectural detailing and understated luxury are all prevalent here
From the moment you open the front door and are greeted by a large double-height entrance hall, the spaces continue to unlock and reveal a surprisingly grand home.
Its huge potential lay primarily in its unusual width and south facing aspect but it had been added to again and again in very different styles, leaving a mess both internally and externally. These extensions, done in the 1930s and 1980s were removed, with only the front façade retained.
Studio Indigo’s favourite themes of simple, clear planning while maximising space and light and using a big entrance statement with timeless architectural detailing and understated luxury are all prevalent here.
The internal spaces are quite traditional in form but unlike anything you would have originally encountered in an early Victorian house of this date. The large double-height entrance hall opens on to a large lateral drawing room overlooking a south facing garden. This is repeated on the lower ground with a family room and on the first floor with the master bedroom. These lateral spaces make the most of this unusually wide terrace house.
The traditional architectural detailing creates a backdrop for a more elegant and classic interior design look, mixing old and new, but using the best of modern fabrics and contemporary art. Soft earthy colours used in fabrics, paints and wallpapers give distinct identity to each space but also create cohesion and unity in different parts of the house – helping to form that illusion of bigger space.
The quintessentially English qualities of the street and neighbouring homes has been echoed through the renovation. However, every modern day essential and luxury has been included – the archetypal ‘Lilliput’ house, with everything you could want, just on a smaller scale.
7. Hanover Square
- Location – Mayfair
Inspiration for all the bespoke pieces was drawn from the crystalline structures in precious stones, giving the essence of luxury a practical, contemporary and distinctive spin.
Located on the ground floor of an office building in Mayfair, this project involved the sub-division of an existing reception area, to create a marketing suite for one of London’s most prestigious developers.
With only six weeks to design the space, obtain all approvals and carry out the phased construction works to subdivide the space, whilst still maintaining access for all the offices, and then just seven weeks more to strip and fit out the shell – it was a near impossible deadline.
The brief was unique, requiring creativity, sophistication and functionality blended in seamless harmony, with the design vision creating an environment that fused commercial function with the luxurious touches that are synonymous with high-end residential interiors.
In order to make the space as unique as possible almost all furniture, fixtures and equipment is bespoke, with finishes, fabrics and details carefully selected from around Europe. The design team worked closely on the furniture design with industrial designer Alexander Purcell Rodrigues to create exclusive pieces which are not only objects of art but contain the full suite of cable management, power and data services required in a fully functioning office.
Made in Slovenia, the faceted cantilevered black wood marble entrance desk was created using high-tech marble construction techniques utilised by the superyacht industry. Inspiration for all the bespoke pieces was drawn from the crystalline structures in precious stones, while combining traditional craftsmanship and cutting edge fabrication techniques, giving the essence of luxury a practical, contemporary and distinctive spin.
8. Hull 812
- Location – Undisclosed
Studio Indigo is designing the interior of a 70-metre superyacht with world class custom yacht builders, Feadship.
The interior style is a blend of contemporary with classic 1930s touches invoking a sense of elegance and richness.
The radical exterior has been designed by Bannenberg & Rowell who have contributed to the fruition of the owners wish to bring something new to the superyacht world. The wide walkways are without precedence on a motoryacht of this size and the vast exterior spaces have been used to great effect.
These spaces, known as winter gardens, are easily extended just by opening the glass doors onto the main, owner and bridge decks aft. ‘These air conditioned outdoor-in zones are part and parcel of the fundamental leitmotif of blending exterior and interior spaces,’ explains Studio Indigo’s Creative Director Mike Fisher. The feeling of space has been further enhanced with the clever use of over 250 different finishes and materials, making the exteriors feel like they are extensions of the interior. These have also ensured a sense of individuality between spaces, while cohesive architectural detailing brings the boat together.
The interior style is a blend of contemporary with classic 1930s touches invoking a sense of elegance and richness. The scrupulous planning of every detail by Studio Indigo to create a rich palette of colour and luxurious styling has been achieved by commissioning each piece of furniture, cushion, art work and accessory.
A centrally-located cantilevered timber spiral staircase that wraps around a glass elevator connects each deck and provides a reference point giving guests a sense of orientation no matter which deck they are on. A sculptural piece of artwork frames the stairs, whilst mirror and artwork together add opulence and a sense of space to the corridors which link the forward and aft of the boat.
The result will be a showcase for some of the best craftsmanship and yacht workmanship available. The launch is planned in early Summer 2016 in time for the clients to enjoy the summer season.
9. Listed House in Chelsea
- Location – Chelsea
Studio Indigo even measured and counted their clients’ shoes to provide the optimum space in this eclectic house
This unique project nicknamed ‘The Light House’ involved the refurbishment of a Georgian Grade II listed terraced house in Chelsea.
It is first and foremost a family home with exuberance, personality and eclectic style. Studio Indigo spent the time getting to know the clients and their way of life to guarantee every detail was customised to what worked best for them. So much so that even their shoes were measured and counted to provide the optimum space.
Maintaining the integrity of the house was of the utmost importance to both the client and Studio Indigo and to achieve this years of antiquated additions have been removed and the original layout reinstated. The remaining fabric of this historic building has been preserved in a manner befitting both the age and style, with the original details respected and enhanced. This provides a stunning canvas to the contemporary pieces effortlessly shaping this vibrant 18th Century home.
Strong, English colours are incorporated throughout with modern furniture, lighting and art. The fresh style is continued in the bathrooms and through the use of bespoke joinery which creates a series of quirky and interesting spaces, blending into a seamless fusion of old and new world London.
10. Arts and Crafts House
- Location- Undisclosed
This project is a Grade II listed Arts and Craft house built at the turn of the century, sitting within 12 acres of extensive landscaped gardens in North London. Studio Indigo’s involvement in the project was a labour of love that lasted for five years.
Studio Indigo’s involvement in this North London project was a labour of love that lasted for five years
Sadly the house had been neglected and abused by a succession of owners who had added, altered and destroyed parts of this wonderful rambling house.
The original spaces and architectural details have been sensitively restored and recreated inside and out and a warm, comfortable home for a large and growing family has been created. A new contemporary leisure wing designed to complement the existing house, uses the same handmade brick but with crisp contemporary details and styling. This extension contains a swimming pool, gymnasium, family room and kitchen and is where the family spend most of their time, with the main house being used for entertaining and sleeping.
Much of the new work is buried into the hillside – beneath new terraces – so that its true size is concealed and remains in harmony with the main house. The integration of existing and new was helped by the transformation of the 12 acre gardens with a new contemporary twist on Harold Peto inspired garden.
Most importantly to Studio Indigo, the client had a vision of what he wanted to achieve which has been realised through a working relationship that lasted for many years.
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