Through the archives with Studio Ashby
In House and Leisure's August 2017 issue, we explore a Soho apartment in London by interior designer Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby. The home was transformed into a simple and elegant space, dotted with contemporary artworks and tactile materials reflective of the style for which Ashby has become known. We explore a few of her eye-catching projects from the past.
one crown place
Studio Ashby gave nine penthouse apartments and multiple communal areas in London a sense of domesticity by using a natural base palette and layers of texture and pattern. Celebrating the striking architecture, the layout of the interiors includes a bold division of spaces, while the strong trusses are softened through the selection of art. This private dining room features elegant Formakami paper lanterns by &tradition, designed by Jaime Hayón.
the robertson small hotel
A particularly special project for Ashby, who grew up in the Western Cape Winelands before moving to the UK, the redesign of The Robertson Small Hotel took inspiration from the local scenery as well as the heritage of the hotel itself. The hotel was built in 1909 and has original period features, including cast-iron fretwork and lofty grand ceilings, which the renovation highlights beautifully.
In the UK capital, this Covent Garden apartment's redesign features a careful layering of objects, furniture and lighting to create an authentic home. Modern art is a theme throughout, with an eclectic mixture of antiques and statement pieces evoking a sense of place. The furniture was chosen to fill the room with character without competing with the surroundings. Strong colours form the apartment’s core character.
apartment on radstock street
Like the previous project, this penthouse apartment in Battersea, London, was also based on an imagined inhabitant: a purveyor of taste with a discriminating eye and the passion to search for something real. The resulting space is clean and uncluttered with a serious eclectic edge. The colour palette brings the outside in, evoking an earthy, urban feel.
cleveland court mews house
Drawn to the rich artistic and architectural heritage of the area, Ashby placed a strong focus on modern art in this home in St James's, in the West End of London. The overall colour scheme was inspired by the work of British Abstract Figurative artists, whose works hang in the nearby National Gallery. Rooms are filled with texture and earthy tones, creating a calm and peaceful retreat within its bustling surrounds.