For this private residence in London’s Notting Hill, we were tasked with using leather to soften some of the harder materials used within a remarkable modernist townhouse. Working alongside Gumuchdjian Architects; a practice renowned for their harmonising and sensitive approach to contemporary buildings, the client’s choice to integrate vegetable-tanned leather elements into their home brought a tactile quality to the space.
The architect’s sweeping balustrade runs the length of the six-floor building and is constructed from a ribbon of patinated steel, which contrasts with a polished plaster frame. Dark brown leather was moulded over the top of the handrail to overlap the steel and the polished plaster, bringing the two elements together. In the kitchen, a leather sideboard softens the hard, washable surfaces of the island and countertop. The front door is clad in full thickness bridle leather, with an edged and polished seam.
Architect: Gumuchdjian Architects
Date Completed: 2016
Location: Notting Hill, London