Nicholas Sunderland of NS Interiors has advised clients from Kate Moss and Jeffrey Archer to the former president of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. One of his more recent projects is for a “straight talking” client who bought this penthouse apartment in a new build in Euston.

Ham & High: The views stretching across LondonThe views stretching across London (Image: Archant)

The flat is used as a base for weekend and summer entertaining, so the design needed to be functional but high spec enough to be sold on as an investment in future.

“The apartment is bright with windows on three sides and balconies with impressive views across the city in one direction and the Heath in another,” says Sunderland.

“I wanted the balconies to be part of the apartment and linked as a garden. I wanted to retain this light airy arrangement and allow the client to appreciate these views whichever room he was in.”

The contrast between light and dark is seen throughout the interior, with the huge amounts of natural light and pale flooring balanced by dark and mid tones in the furnishings.

Ham & High: An arrangement of contemporary furniture and art, including a terrariumAn arrangement of contemporary furniture and art, including a terrarium (Image: Archant)

“With light walls and large open spaces I wanted individual focus in each room. The reception/dining area had a wall separating the kitchen which I painted in a chocolate brown, and hung a large 9 piece circular mirror to reflect the entire room,” explains Sunderland.

“The dark colour between the mirrors creates a three-dimensional effect. This was my client’s favourite aspect.”

Modern contemporary fittings were chosen in advance then personalised to create a high end, unusual look.

The light oak wide board floors keep the space open and Sunderland accentuated this with dark wood. He replaced the door frames throughout with hand-stained Jacobean oak with a strip of light oak inset, merging the floors with the furniture.

Ham & High: The bedroom, with floor to ceiling windows offering views over the cityThe bedroom, with floor to ceiling windows offering views over the city (Image: Archant)

The colour of the 1920s-style dining table – sourced from Davidsons of London – was chosen to soften the dark wood in a matte sycamore black. This has an almost purple tone, with a bold ebonised line inlay to the upper and lower edges of the top.

The Christine dining chairs from Robert Langford were covered in two fabrics to contrast the front and the back.

“Being the first things you see as you enter the reception, the trio of colour, wood and fabric create a statement the client was keen to achieve.”

The bedroom was a challenge as, despite the floor to ceiling windows, the client requested a complete blackout for sleeping, so the full-length curtains are layered and heavy.

Ham & High: An artwork chosen by Nick to complement the decorAn artwork chosen by Nick to complement the decor (Image: Archant)

Despite this, the windows remain clean and sleek, and when open the curtains still allow the expanses of city below to be appreciated.

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