“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”.
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.
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.
Lights and lamps are a huge part of an overall design scheme, and well chosen lighting not only illuminates but gives life and ambience to a space.
In this five story Victorian town house, the first light we see is the chandelier in the hallway. Crafted from Murano glass, it is made up of mottled tubular glass pieces on two tiers and is a great choice for high ceilinged entrances such as this.
Lighting, as well as being beautiful, must be functional and these two elements are brought together seamlessly in the Scandinavian cascading pendant lamp hanging from the top floor staircase.
Made up of three blown smoked glass spheres in ascending sizes, it displays the combination of simplicity and sophistication that goes to create an elegant and timeless piece.
In the living room, taking pride of place on an Italian brass console table – also supplied by Circa – is a Charles Maison pomegranate lamp. The pomegranate lamp is part of an iconic range of 50’s nature-inspired designs and really complements the clean lines and contemporary edge of the console table.
The Hungarian point bespoke flooring and Victorian marble corbel fireplace in the living room were supplied by Circa’s sister company, Marmorea.