Duplex Penthouse I, St Katharine Docks, London This 10-year old apartment had not been decorated since the builders left. We provided our clients with a complete turn-key service which included installation of a new heating system, bathroom design, lighting design and bespoke joinery throughout; on site project management was essential. The windows on both flank walls of the reception were blocked in leaving only the doors to the west terrace. The extra wall depth this created allowed for the new radiators to be recessed. The existing door to the east terrace (now accessed through the kitchen), was blocked in to allow room for the large painting. The double doors were designed with glazing to allow as much light as possible into the hall, which was finished in Venetian polished plaster. Our clients have an extensive art collection, which they frequently move around; we fitted a discrete picture hanging system to avoid making holes in the walls. On the upper floor, the colours were inspired by the clients¹ paintings; downstairs we took our inspiration from the marina and the Thames, which the apartment overlooks.
Apartment, Shoreditch, London Two schemes for a bike loving couple living in a small apartment in Shoreditch. The first scheme is inspired by the industrial heritage of the area, mixing concrete floors with plywood lined walls. The hard surfaces are contrasted with a comfortable sofa, an aged leather butterfly chair and deep pile rug. Bench seating for guests is incorporated into the bespoke cabinets, Scheme two for the same apartment uses pops of colour against a mainly white and light grey backdrop. The floors are whitened oak and the furniture is mainly mid 20th century classic in 21st century colours. This time we have used two matching off-the-shelf sideboards and a Florence Knoll bench for guest seating. Both schemes employ an automated screen and ceiling mounted projector to replace a conventional TV. The bike and extra dining room chairs are wall mounted.
Town House, Hertfordshire This house is for a professional couple buying their first home together. It is a standard 1980s end of terrace house but the couple wanted to bring a touch of London, where they work, to the Hertfordshire garden city. The clients wanted an eclectic mix of furniture and vibrant colour. Walnut furniture with a mid century feel is juxtaposed with a sleek gloss kitchen. The look is pulled together by the use of colour, rich turquoise, golden yellow and orange add warmth and cohesion to the scheme.
Golf Centre, Essex Our challenge when we refurbished the golf centre was to update the bar, clubhouse and cloakrooms within a limited budget. The flooring was replaced and we added new furniture, artworks and plants. We fitted illuminated frosted glass at the back of the bar and designed a new fascia. In the cloakrooms, we replaced the existing sanitaryware, installed plenty of mirrors and Dyson Airblades. We managed to remain within the budget and to exceed the clients expectations.
Restaurant, Kashmir This restaurant is located in Kashmir, India. The brief included the interior design of the restaurant, which had to incorporate private dining booths, specialist kitchens plus fully accessible washrooms and baby changing facilities. In addition, we designed the landscaped gardens and outside dining areas. Construction is expected to start soon.
Retail Shop, Dehli An established fashion brand in the suburbs of Mumbai, the client plans to roll out more showrooms to add to his portfolio. The signature all white showroom is enhanced by the addition of various textures and shapes in white, including a studded rubber floor and white and pale grey wallpapers. The many glamorous mirrors and translucent nesting display tables add to the crisp yet ethereal ambience.
Christine May Interiors was founded in 2000. Christine was originally an award winning graphic designer but her attention turned to interior design in the mid 1990s when she was asked to create first a restaurant and then reception areas and prestige offices in a London university. After gaining formal qualifications in interior design she went on to establish her own interior design practice.
In addition to working across London and the UK, Chrsitine May Interiors is partners with K-Tribe Studio an India based design practice specialising in architecture and interior architecture for residential and commercial projects.
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