Christopher Dezille Honky Design Ltd

Penthouse, Avant Garde

Situated on Bethnal Green Road, The Penthouse at Avant-garde is at the very epicentre of Shoreditch, East London’s vibrant creative heartland.

Awash with artistic hubs, independent pop-ups and the gritty urban sprawl of ramshackle bars and street art; the rich cultural diversity of the Shoreditch served as inspiration for the design, heavily influencing the choice of materials and colour palette.

The brief was to take what was originally planned as a three-bedroom property and create an interior reflective of the cultural backdrop. The challenge was the initial layout felt pinched, confused, and extremely restrictive.

By starting again, reconfiguring the internal walls and removing a bedroom; Honky was able to create a space that was more evenly proportioned and flowed cohesively.

The reordering of the space allowed for an impressive master suite complete with a generous walk in wardrobe, and access to the roof terrace with enviable panoramic views across the capital.

A striking timber planked headboard wall was set in juxtaposition against loop pile woollen carpet finding the balance between sophistication and raw urban grit. This delivered the perfect backdrop to the beautifully designed Papilo bed by Naoto Fukasawa, upholstered in acid drop yellow.

In keeping with the heritage and character of the area, materials with a “dry” quality were selected. Fumed oak flooring was installed thought-out the lower floor and staircase. This was paired with matt finished ironmongery, lacquers & wool.

Downstairs a feature timber wall, mirroring the reclaimed timer flooring, was created to conceal, generous storage and a hidden bar and cocktail cabinet.

Furniture, in bold colours and metallic finishes, were used to punctuate the grey scale tonal palette. This provided the interior with an identity reflective of the stylistic bravery synonymous with Shoreditch as an area.