Listen to our very own Petra Akro discussing ‘Where is the Value in Real Estate’? alongside fellows in the industry: Dara Huang from Design Haus Liberty, Rory Cramer from HomeViews, and Nicolas Roux from Rive Gauche. Panel led by Eporta’s Melissa McCafferty.
Bergman & Mar, in partnership with Pocket Living, have recently curated a very unique show apartment. Located in the heart of West London, the project was designed specifically to celebrate great British design and craftsmanship.
Take a quick tour of the project below.
From the furniture chosen to the art and accessories on display, everything in the 'Makers Apartment' was designed and manufactured by skilled artisans in the UK (many of whom also work with eporta).
The intention was to offer local makers the opportunity to see and display their pieces in a residential space, while the overall aesthetic showcases how natural materials and craftsmanship can create a beautifully warm, liveable space in a modern building.
The living area continues the harmonious pairing of contemporary style and craftsmanship. At its centre sits a coffee table designed and made especially for the apartment by Nottingham-based designer, Olivia Aspinall.
With bronze detailing and wide tubular legs, the table not only works well in the apartment but also showcases a great example of some of this year's top interior trends.
On venturing into the bedrooms, we see more evidence of recent interior trends in play. Dusky toned paints from Bauwerk Colour are used to created textured walls which replicate a concrete-like feel - a trend we noted on the rise in 2019/20.
These walls are paired with a selection of structural furniture and accessories, notably the pairing of Charles Dedman's award-winning Turner Carver chair and Novocastrian's Port Freestanding mirror creates a subtle aesthetic interest.
In the Master Bedroom (pictured above), Naomi Paul's crocheted lights also make an appearance. Intricately woven in wool, these hand-made lights bring an additional element of tactility to the space.
Adding a final touch of authenticity, an eclectic collection of oil paintings and wallhangings run throughout the apartment. Paintings from Lisa King, Sarah Needham (pictured below) and Petra Arko (the founder of Bergman & Mar) are featured, alongside a ceramic wall hanging from Unit 89. Each piece of artwork helps contribute to the vibrancy and uniqueness of the interior.
Find a number of the pieces mentioned in this article, along with a few other examples of the beautiful craftsmanship featured in The Makers Apartment on Eporta’s website: https://www.eporta.com/buyer-home/
To find out more about Bergman & Mar, you can recap Eporta’s interview with their founder, Petra Arko.
Written by Eporta’s Jessica Walker
The studio, led by Harvard educated architect Dara Huang, designed Villa Mosca Bianca as a holiday home for a retired couple who wanted a place where they could host family members on the shore of Lago Maggiore.
"The terraces were organically drawn almost as wings coming off the house," Huang says. "Each petal provides an opportunity to create a platform for the owner's hobbies such as yoga, eating, barbecue or hot tubbing."
The lakefront site dictated many aspects of Design Haus Liberty's design, including the need to raise the house three metres above the waterline.
Design Haus Liberty conceived of the house as comprising three layers, with a large sheltered deck connecting the outside space with the internal living area. At the heart of the building is a circular courtyard containing a 70-year-old bonsai tree.
Interiors were decorated in a neutral palette, chosen to minimise any distractions from the scenery. Stone is used throughout the to introduce a natural tone and texture to the otherwise minimal aesthetic.