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Fashionable Living: A Miniature Covent Garden

Henry Li 2019-09-10 11:15

Every city has such a corner. It's called West Street here or Les Halles there. In London, this lively corner is called Covent Garden. The colourful colors, the aroma of all kinds of gluttony and the happy music interweave into a unique urban symphony



It is here that an exceptional three-bedroom penthouse with interior décor by Studio Ashby, at Capco’s Floral Court Collection, has launched. Spread across nearly 5,000 square feet, the penthouse has a strong sense of understated luxury, craftsmanship and features bespoke furniture by British artisans, commissions from British artists as well as four private terraces offering striking views of famous London.


Artsy Palace 


Entering the  penthouse, you can’t ignore the art pieces all around you, with paintings dictating the colour palette, materials and sumptuous furnishings used throughout.  A large reception area where a bespoke central sofa is positioned around a live edge organic elm coffee table and atop a handmade rug inspired by Abstract Impressionist art. Majestically overlooking the reception room is a canvas by London-based artist, Christabel Forbes. And some other art pieces are the private collections of the wide travelling designer, from various corners of the world.  



Colourful Carnival


There is an overwhelming rainbow of colours everywhere in the penthouse. From the painting canvas to the furniture, or to the painted walls. Your eyes are attracted to a kaleidoscope of colours.  


The most attractive of all is a spectacular table in the dining room created in collaboration with florist, Mary Lennox, which in itself is a work of art. It incorporates intricately selected dried flowers meticulously arranged beneath a glass surface. This ties in with the overall green, rust, red and golden palette of the room. Above the dining table sits an organic light canopy with twisted metal florals and foliage, designed in collaboration with British makers Cox London.



Sophie Ashby, the designer said that although there is not a specific theme of design for each room, there is an overall design theme that flows through the whole penthouse.  And indeed, despite the various colours used in design, she always can find a perfect balance as if she was a magician. 


Green and Natural


Apart from the cultural features, natural living design is interpreted by four private terraces spread across 1,132 square feet. Studio Ashby has collaborated with celebrated landscape and garden design practice, Hay Designs, to create seasonal planting of undulating florals, meadow planting and foliage. Stylish fixed seating and low-level planting create a tranquil atmosphere, for elegant alfresco entertaining.


Brian Girard, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates: “The rooftops of Covent Garden inspired the interior architecture of the penthouse. Tall, elegant windows frame views both of the distinctive texture and character of the neighbourhood and the familiar landmarks beyond. The penthouse was conceived as a continuous space that blurs the boundaries between inside and outside, allowing the resident to feel both immersed in this theatrical neighbourhood and at peace within a well-proportioned, calm interior.”



Sophie Ashby, Director of Studio Ashby said: “we have created a space that is not only luxurious but full of character and personality. This penthouse has been designed to appeal to someone interested in the arts and travel, an individual who will truly make the most of Covent Garden’s rich culture and everything it has to offer.”



On the market for £20 million, the striking lateral penthouse, one of the largest to come to market in Covent Garden, completes The Floral Court Collection which comprises 31 apartments in total. Architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), blended new-build and heritage architecture to create this rare collection of homes incorporating the former Westminster Fire Office which dates back to 1717. Many of the building’s original features remain including the heraldic crests in the grand concierge lobby. 


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