It’s not far-fetched to say that Nikki Lindman, Creative Director of Advertising, has been showing off her current home in central London. Having spent 20 years studying, working and living nearby, she often walked past this warehouse apartment building thinking: one day I will have an apartment in this building. Fast forward to the eve of 2020, just when her divorce was fully tied down, and Lindman got her set of keys.
The appeal of the exposed brickwork and huge industrial windows of the old tannery (leather was still dyed in space until two decades ago) was undeniable, but Lindman still had to use his imagination to see beyond it. beyond the existing bachelor style decor. . “There were lots of white leather tiles and frosted glass cubes,” she recalls. “I had met the owner, who admitted he had bought it as an investment – and it showed; there was no heat about it.
Lindman resisted attacking the interiors right away, preferring to gain an understanding of the space by first living there for a few months. Meanwhile, she took to Instagram to find the right interior designers for the job, landing on James and Saskia from Howark Design, whose mission was to restore the building’s dignity and reconfigure the rooms. Here’s how they collaborated to bring the blingy old apartment back to life with surprising and charming touches at every turn.
Take the kitchen out of the shadows
Lindman and his partner are avid cooks, so the small kitchen, which had been locked up next to the bathroom, had to be repositioned. The solution was to get it out into the main saloon, which flows into the living room. An island was at the top of Lindman’s list; the copper surface nods to the past industrial life of the building and acts as a “guest book” for every guest who stops by. “Dinners are taken there and drinks are served there, and all the uses are marked on the patina of the copper, which makes it even more special,” says Lindman. James and Saskia suggested olive green for the kitchen cabinetry, which pops against the bright orange Smeg Portofino oven. “I like the use of colors; they have an impact without being overbearing,” says Lindman.
A self-confessed magpie, Lindman already had a good supply of household items, trinkets and artwork from around the world to furnish the space, which James and Saskia happily incorporated. Lindman’s mother gave him antique rugs from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey at important times in his life, and they all found a home in the apartment, like under the Matthew Hilton dining table.
“It’s my practical madness. I bought it hoping it would be used, abused and loved in equal measure,” Lindman says.
Create a flexible guest space
The previous owner’s extensive shoe collection was housed in a three-high loft with a bed precariously accessed by a ladder. “I don’t know how anyone would want to sleep up there and negotiate the descent,” laughs Lindman. She’s asked James and Saskia to better understand the space, but since there’s only herself and her partner living in the apartment, don’t relegate him just to function as one. second bedroom.
Their solution was to replace the mid-level shelves with a daybed, bolstered by an ikat-printed headboard. The setup is actually a trundle bed that converts into a plush double (Lindman’s mom slept on it for three weeks and gave it a thumbs up). On the mezzanine level is the storage, while the steps lead up to a comfortable office.
Soak up the style
The old kitchen has been integrated into the existing bathroom, creating a large space that now fulfills Lindman’s desire to shower and a bath. Unsurprisingly, the flocked wallpaper and chrome fittings had to go, with James and Saskia adopting more traditional elements, such as wooden panels to hide the pipework (painted in Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic) and a roll top bath in red cherry.
“I take a bath every night now; it’s very naughty and indulgent, but it’s so quiet here,” says their delighted customer. Lindman still hopes to call this place home when she turns 80: “I still have hard times. It’s a real woman’s apartment; this is my absolute bachelorette pad, but with a partner!”