Peek inside an Art Deco London pad reimagined as a folly

Designer Neil McLachlan looks to Victorian glasshouses for inspiration

Art Deco is tipped to re-emerge in 2022 as a major design trend, and this London apartment combines a streamlined look with bold wallpapers and plenty of greenery.

The two-bedroom flat is located on the raised ground floor of Bloomsbury mansion Russel Court, built in 1937 to a design by BBC Broadcasting House architect George Val Myer. The 650 sq ft apartment was originally the caretaker’s workshop, and more recently, a photography studio. It’s since undergone a revamp courtesy of Neil McLachlan Design inspired by a Victorian orangery that sees its rooms daubed in rich colours and its modernist features celebrated.

Porthole windows recall the streamlined influence of the 1930s, and the living room is papered in a palm print by Mind the Gap that riffs on the steel-framed window panes of Victorian glasshouses. Mirrored glass exaggerates the proportions of the space – helped by three large light wells, installed during its previous careers – while antique additions include a reclaimed Victorian chimneypiece and patinated French doors to the bedroom.

Handmade wallpaper by Philip Jeffries and a Japanese paper roof light feature in this space, while a second bedroom doubles as a home office.

Inigo has the listing for the Bloomsbury property, which is offered at £745,00.

Photography: Inigo
Photography: Inigo
Photography: Inigo
Photography: Inigo

Inside an art deco gem in London’s Fulham



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