Who says art should be confined to the walls? Artist Mark Humphrey’s London apartment is a gesamtkunstwerk – ‘part home, part gallery’ and inspired by the pages of Leonard da Vinci’s sketchbook.
The Battersea property is located inside Richard Rogers’ Montevetro building, completed in the 1990s. According to the Evening Standard, Humphrey bought his apartment in the 2000s and spent 18 months overhauling its 680 sq ft interiors.
‘I don’t see why artwork has to only be in a gallery or in a public space,’ Humphrey told the London paper. ‘I don’t see why an interior can’t be a work of art as an installation – except that it’s in a property rather than a gallery. Every little part of this apartment has been designed and crafted, right down to the taps, door handles, flooring, objets, dishes, floor lamps – everything.’
Stone agate floret tiles lead from the entrance hall into the living room, furnished with 17 hand-painted eglomise mirrors depicting dancing figures and inlaid with a patinated buffalo leather floor. The kitchen, meanwhile, is dressed in walnut cabinetry, onyx and marble.
The swanky studio is listed via Knight Frank for £1.35m and has open views of the river and St Mary’s church through floor-to-ceiling windows, and the balcony overlooks communal gardens. Montevetro’s other amenities include underground parking, concierge services, a gym, a spa, and tennis courts.