This private house was originally designed by Pip Horne for Anish Kapoor. The current owner had the opportunity to acquire the building and chose to finish what had been started – staying true to the original specification and commissioning Horne once more, to guide the interior to its logical conclusion.
At first floor level, a dramatic corridor with red leather wall panels links the two principal living spaces that are awash with natural light. The choice of whole vegetable-tanned saddlebacks allows very large panels to be used; secured in place with vertical handstitched detailing.
In the master suite, the brief was to use techniques more commonly seen in the construction of traditional briefcases – such as pinched and handstitched details – to create architectural features of a headboard, cupboard and fireplace. The same saddleback leather in a different colour was selected.
For the bathroom, a traditional English tannage of oak bark, which ages to a rich fawn colour was chosen to offset the cooler tones of polished concrete and Roman stone.
The client’s desk; an original BAS design, was crafted from black American walnut, with stainless steel legs and a top cut from the same full-grain saddleback leather used in the corridor panelling.
Architect: Pip Horne Studio
Date Completed: 1996 (additions completed 2004)
Location: Notting Hill, London