Homes and Gardens magazine

David Flatt at Circa Battersea sources the best 20th century designs and has been wonderful at spotting the right pieces for us. These days, he’s so attuned to my taste that he’ll see a piece on a buying trip and know it’s perfect for our home.”  Christina Reti.

Christina Reti recently restored a London townhouse, previously converted into bedsits, back into a family home. Not only is Christina a specialist in fine art and identifying forgeries, she is a mid century modern design enthusiast and a valued client of ours, so we were delighted to see so many of our pieces in her recent article for “Homes & Gardens”.

Pictured in the sitting and dining room are a pair of large, bespoke, Victorian Carrara marble surrounds, each with a cast iron arch interior, and a pair of 1970’s Kalmar ice glass chandeliers – chosen for Christina’s love of their texture and refracted light – can be seen hanging in the sitting room and over the dining table.

The highly polished black and chrome sideboard by Willy Rizzo for Mario Sabot is a very handsome addition to this supremely tasteful living space and is well complemented by one of a pair of brass topped circular occasional tables –  actually a cafe table – and a small French bar cart in brass and glass.

The whole area is fitted with double smoked, white oiled chevron which continues throughout the kitchen and hallway and, in the guest bedroom – where Christina wanted to recreate a Canadian feel reminiscent of her family’s log cabin – we fitted the walls with Yaccona oak. Both were taken from Marmorea’s exclusive range of wood flooring.

When speaking of the moulded glass 60’s sputnik chandeliers in the bedroom and bathroom, Christina says that it was worth waiting for the right pieces to come along, and we can see that this ethos is echoed throughout her “stylishly individual but eminently practical home”.

Holland Park Lighting

It is always a pleasure to see our pieces integrated into their new homes, and never more so than when they become part of a beautifully designed residence such as this Holland Park town house where we recently installed a diverse selection of mid century lighting.

Hanging in the drawing room are two drum chandeliers by Zero Quattro, a little known but innovative Italian design house that produced sought after work of the highest quality from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.

With an inner ring of clear, Murano glass prisms and an outer ring of amber prisms, the chandeliers reflect the light from the bay window and make a fine addition to this effortlessly elegant space.

Moving to the reception we see a large, brass chandelier attributed to Arredoluce. With 18 gracefully curved arms and ivory painted bulb holders it creates a very pleasing aesthetic with the understated ceiling rose and is an ideal choice for the classic style of the room.

Lastly, we have a 1960’s Italian, three arm pendant attributed to Cristal Arte. In brass with green glass diffusers, its modernist design and bright but soft light is perfect for this large hallway.

We look forward to installing more Circa lighting in this tastefully appointed home very soon.

Illuminate your life

Following on from one of our recent Marmorea blogs featuring installations in two Belgravia apartments, here are some images of lighting we supplied to the same residencies along with mid century furniture throughout.

Our first chandelier is by renowned Italian entrepreneur and designer, Gaetano Sciolari.

In brass and chrome, the sculptural, modernist piece has eight columns acting as bulb holders and zig zag arms that complement the apposing wall whilst creating a pleasing contrast between the symmetry of the chandelier and the ornate ceiling rose.

Although it is not uncommon to see brass and chrome together these days, it was Sciolari who broke the rules of tradition by introducing the combination in the late 1960’s, and futuristic, edgy creations such as this became synonymous with his name.

The next room is home to another Italian chandelier, this time a typical mid century design in brass and black with elegantly curved arms, each supporting two white tubular glass diffusers.

It is a graceful piece of lighting that casts a bright but warm glow creating an atmosphere of tranquility and style.

Belgravia installations

Circa, in conjunction with sister company Marmorea, have recently undertaken the installation of wood flooring, fire surrounds, furniture, lighting and artwork in five Belgravia apartments.

All the flooring is from our exclusive range produced in the Netherlands and, for this project, we chose Pale Grey, Black Forest and also some herringbone.

Three of the apartments have been fitted with original Louis XVI fire surrounds, and two with Louis XV surrounds in either marble or, as pictured above, French limestone.

In the large living room of one of the flats, an 18 arm sputnik style, brass sputnik chandelier by Stilnovo, Italy, hangs alongside a beautiful and unusual lead crystal Murano prism chandelier; the contrast creating an individual and appealing aspect.

The entrance to the penthouse flat is home to yet another style of lighting – this time an elegant French, bronze cast lantern with a decorative balustrade and a four tree light within – which adds a finishing touch to the already superb combination of tiles, brick wall and glass.

Also in the penthouse is the shot of a vintage, Los Angeles optician sign by renowned photographer, Jack English. Very much in keeping with the New York industrial style, it is a perfect complement for both the decor and the Louis XVI limestone surround it hangs above.

Watch out for another blog featuring more mid-century furniture, lighting, and artwork throughout these prestigious apartments.

Belgravia Installations

Our collaboration with Roma

In June 2015, following the opening of the Marmorea Kensington show-room, we developed a collaboration with property investment and refurbishment firm, Roma. We sourced a number of vintage furniture and lighting pieces for Roma’s spectacular two bedroom, 1100 square foot period apartment in fashionable Pimlico. The newly refurbished flat which was once the London pied-à-terre of Lord Parkinson, Margaret Thatcher’s favourite cabinet minister, has attracted attention for its stylish design. It is currently on the market for £1.595 million – please click this link to view the details.

Please contact one of the joint agents, Marsh & Parsons or Savills, if you would be interested in viewing it.

Stylish Pimlico Apartment.

Circa is delighted to announce a recent collaboration with Empire development as part of the refurbishment plan for this stylish Pimlico flat which is to be sold as furnished.

It was fantastic to be involved in creating such a stunning living space incorporating the eclectic mix of styles that is such a big part of our ethos at Circa, and we look forward to updating you with more images soon.

For now though, let’s start in the living room where the classic 1950’s Italian armchairs – reupholstered in a sumptuous charcoal velvet – are a great complement for the more modern feel of the settee and an excellent choice of colour to go with the pale walls and flooring.

The 1970’s two tiered Lucite and Nickel coffee table – featured in one of our recent blogs and now part of this chic room – is a really great addition to a light and airy space such as this. The clean lines and contemporary edge create a centrepiece that makes a statement without dominating, and epitomises the kind of French elegance that can have a quiet but very powerful impact on interior design.

Moving on to the bedroom we have a pair of sculptural wall lights by Poliarte, Italy. Poliarte are known for their innovative and unique designs and these 1960’s wall lights bear testament to that. Crafted from clear and amber glass pieces they cast a soft glow on to the blue wall and flank the central piece of artwork to great effect.

Watch this space for more news.

Pimlico installation