Vicarage Gate is a historic building in the London neighborhood of Kensington that dates from around 1877-1880. Laura Hammett set to work with her team to turn it into four luxurious residences with bespoke design and a high degree of finishes.
Laura Hammett has been realising unique architecture and interior design projects since 2008. The signature style of Hammett and her team combines classic and contemporary elements, taking every project to a higher level, while also taking into account the location and architecture as well as the wishes and lifestyle of the client. In addition to some commercial projects and numerous residencies in London and the United Kingdom, Hammett has also already proved her worth in India, Hong Kong, Switzerland, New York, Paris and even in Brussels.
The interior design studio brings a historic building back to life with unique and exclusive design
The most recent achievement of Laura Hammett is Vicarage Gate, an exceptional renovation project of a historic building in the London neighbourhood of Kensington. With a preference for bespoke furniture and interior design, the designer created an extremely luxurious and exclusive atmosphere here as well. The building is divided into four residences — a penthouse of 150 m2 and an apartment of around 180 m2 each with three bedrooms and spread over two floors, a duplex of over 120 m2 and a stylish lower ground studio of 50 m2 — each of which is decorated slightly differently and therefore has its own layout, character and colour palette so that the rooms still radiate individuality and reflect the personal preferences of the residents. The overall neutral colour palette with mainly white, sand and almond shades in the walls and ceilings is given a more vibrant touch by adding colour accents in lighting and decoration. For example, where the penthouse uses amber and bronze to create a warmer feeling, we see elegant shades of teal in the other three-bedroom apartment.
Each residence naturally shows a high degree of finishing. The craftsmanship with which the renovation was carried out can be seen in the decorative walls, ornamental mouldings, ironwork and custom-made joinery and furniture. "The attention to detail and quality is evident throughout, and the spaces feel sumptuous, liveable and work harmoniously within the period style of the building,” says Laura Hammett herself.
Luxurious residences with bespoke design and a high degree of finishes
Some special materials in the various living units really stand out and make the rooms truly unique and timeless. We spot tables, cupboard elements and bathrooms in Statuario marble, fireplaces in Noir St Laurent marble and floors in Calacatta and Pietra Grey marble. Bronze accents reappear in many places and not only give the residences extra character but also match the original atmosphere of the building.
With its very well thought-out and meticulously executed interventions, this project is a perfect example of what Laura Hammett can do. We are already looking forward to discovering more residencies like this, which will undoubtedly blow us away all over again. Photography © Julian Abrams