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Dan Hopwood Daniel Hopwood Ltd

Think Big, Live Small - Bayswater, London

This is a classic exercise in small apartment living. Located next to a square in Bayswater, this is Dan’s own home. Resisting the temptation to squeeze in two bedrooms, the flat was reconfigured from a wreck into a spacious 1 bedroom home. A sombre hallway with very tall double doors veneered in macassar ebony is in deliberate contrast to the bedroom and sitting room to make them feel even lighter and fresher. It is possible to leave the doors open and see from one end of the flat to the other, extending the eye and making the flat feel bigger.

The kitchen was handmade to squeeze into a fairly tight alcove and to wrap around next door’s staircase and yet was still good value. The key to successful small flat living is decent storage and here extensive joinery has been installed which tailors around the space for maximum effect.

Not wanting to lose the high ceiling in the bathroom yet also wanting to keep the proportions of the room, Dan created a pyramid top which was then up lit, perfect for mood lighting when taking an evening bath. Consistency of light colour with splashes of orange and green throughout the flat has kept it bright and friendly. The furniture is a collection of twentieth century classics combined with vintage glass and pottery.


The flat features splashes of orange and green throughout.

The flat features splashes of orange and green throughout.

The bathroom features a pyramid top.

The bathroom features a pyramid top.

Doors are veneered in macassar ebony.

Doors are veneered in macassar ebony.

The kitchen was handmade to squeeze into a fairly tight alcove.

The kitchen was handmade to squeeze into a fairly tight alcove.

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It is possible to leave the doors open and see from one end of the flat to the other.

It is possible to leave the doors open and see from one end of the flat to the other.