Inside an art deco gem in London’s Fulham

A polished jewel

With its sleek, linear appearance and bold geometric ornamentation, Talisman House is a 1930s Art Deco jewel built initially as a garage and petrol station to service the playthings of London’s rising middle class.

In 2011, BDLA Architects converted the former garage on New King’s Road in the Chelsea Design Quarter into four sprawling lateral lofts, with this one spanning 5,000 light-filled square feet. The studio also designed its interior, with three bedrooms set around the perimeter of the London apartment to create a vast, open-plan living space.

Crittall windows span the width of the London property, which is listed with The Modern House for £6.5m, while glazed doors at the rear help funnel light through the recesses of the space. BLDA has cleverly concealed storage and shelving across the property and installed what the agent called a ‘network of movable walls’, which roll out from colossal oak doors to divide the 21-metre-long plan into smaller living spaces.

Bookshelves and pivoting library shelves help to maximise storage and create cosy corners
Photography: The Modern House

Polished concrete floors hark back to the building’s industrial origins, as do sliding steel doors which can separate off the kitchen, and provide privacy in the bathrooms. Glazed brickwork and steel pillars heighten the vibe, but the real devil’s in the detail, though: a set of kinetic bookshelves that can be closed off to create a library room via the turn of a handle adds excitement, while the 7.5-metre-master bedroom suite features floor to ceiling leather wardrobes and an en-suite with a steam room.

Peek inside the London property.

Polished concrete floors run across the apartment which retains an open and adaptable floorplan courtesy of moveable walls
Photography: The Modern House
Steel beams, glazed brickwork and bright blue cabinetry in the kitchen
Photography: The Modern House
Cabinetry is custom-designed for the space
Photography: The Modern House
Glazed bricks, steel supports and crittal glass hark back to the building's origins as a garage and service station for cars in the 1930s
Photography: The Modern House
Jigsaw like oak panels reveal concealed wardrobes
Photography: The Modern House
The practice has added oak panel walls that are moveable
Photography: The Modern House
The Talisman House has been converted into ground floor showrooms and four lateral apartments
Photography: The Modern House

Satish Jassal Architects transforms London garage plot into a secluded haven

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