Stepping from quaint suburban streets into a high class, luxurious home for opulent living, isn’t something you’d expect. But that’s exactly what award-winning Matteo Bianchi Studio (MBS) has achieved, with its latest project. The spectacular transformation of a five-bedroom home and garden in Beckenham, London.
The extension of the home consists of a dining room, lounge area, guest bathroom, kitchen, and garden, all impeccably tied together to create a harmonious journey through the space. It was important to the clients that the space is not only unique by design but is liveable and empathetic to their lifestyle.
For MBS this meant understanding how they interact with their home, to create something that is both visually alluring and functional. As you step into the dining area, you are completely transported to a European haven of sophistication and charm.
Taking inspiration from The Delaunay, MBS used stunning panelling of antique mirrors, archways, and dramatic velvet curtains, which can be closed to create a dining room that oozes confidence. Dark flooring is chic yet masculine and continues throughout the whole space, with an industrial style high bar and contemporary stools.
Perfect to wind down at the end of the day, we have the lounge area and piano corner. Complete with comfortable armchairs and soft furnishings in natural colours, it is an inviting, cosy area that contrasts perfectly with the rest of the space. Flowing through from the lounge, sits the modern high-shine Kawai Piano, backed up against an exciting feature wall of bold patterned wallpaper.
The clients wanted their garden to be an extension of their new space and for the interior mood to continue outside of the home. MBS enlisted trusted landscape designer Emma Whitten, who met the brief perfectly. Whitten mirrored the style and ambience of the indoors throughout the exterior, offering a seamless transition from the inside to the outside, completing the journey perfectly.
Back inside, the dream kitchen was to be stylish yet functional. For MBS this meant really listening to how the clients use their kitchen and applying this to create the perfect blend of convenience and cutting-edge design. The area boasts a minimalistic industrial style with a black and white finish. Sleek storage solutions are seamlessly hidden, almost becoming invisible. Features such as high dining areas and a neatly tucked away wine fridge make this space perfect from morning through to night.
As a direct contrast to the minimalistic kitchen, the open larder is a really special area. With a functional structure placed in a dark area that adds depth and complements the existing fireplace. The aim of this piece was to create a vibrant corner, bringing life and personality to the area with perfect storage for cooking materials and for entertaining guests.
The guest bathroom was designed to surprise, and it does just that. Tucked away beneath the stairs, what you find inside is truly unexpected. MBS used every available inch of space, pops of colour and a bold, vibrant cactus print wallpaper to transport guests to the bathroom of a high-end restaurant.
To set the desired mood, lighting was key. Dimmable downlights were located throughout, creating a warm and comforting environment. As you walk through the home, you can truly appreciate how the architectural and decorative lighting is speaking the same language, to establish a seamless ambience, synonymous with that high-end restaurant or lounge bar feel we have throughout the space.
Matteo Bianchi, Founder of Matteo Bianchi Studio, commented:
“This project was a special one…There are so many different zones within the space with their own function and design, from the kitchen bar, to the piano corner, to the larder. Every perspective has something completely original. The proportion, attention to details, and the look achieved from a practical point is outstanding.”
“The clients were amazing because they were fully on board with us and trusted us and they were so comfortable to push the boundaries and embrace the design journey, allowing us to create something truly extraordinary.
About Matteo Bianchi Studio:
Founded in London in 2007, Matteo Bianchi Studio is a distinguished international Interior Design practice composed of creative and talented designers. It has successfully developed over 150 projects worldwide and considers every project to be unique. Matteo Bianchi Studio embraces each client’s vision to create an elegant, original and clever way to bring dreams to reality. Creating bold and stylish interiors is at the very heart of the business which seeks to ‘turn chaos into order with style’.