OLD ST, LONDON, EC1 - A re-design of a 1 bed flat on the 11th floor in Old Street, London, designed by myself and executed by Frost + Massive. The views across London, and the ever changing clouds and cityscape, give this flat a remarkable, escapism quality. Once inside you’d be hard pushed to imagine there were another 100 flats around you. The dramatic view outside and a sense of space was something I wanted to bring indoors, whilst at the same time balance the space with white soft furnishings in the lounge, white and silver wallpaper in the hallway and luxurious white and gold wallpaper in the bedroom, in order to soften the hardness of the black gloss kitchen, furniture and black granite bathroom that we installed. The space was painted soft white and new wooden floor boards we’re laid throughout (except in the shower room) and painted satin white to give a sense of airiness, the previous wooden floor was stained black lacquered to a high sheen, which dominated the flat, creating a very dark look . The balcony floor was covered in mosaic, made up of green, black and cream smashed tiles, and the pattern created resembles a middle eastern rug, which in turn brings an element of interiors to a semi outdoor area. Black stained decking troughs were built and mounted on the balcony wall and filled with sculptural plants. The kitchen, originally located in a separate room was relocated and streamlined so that it could fit along a single wall at one end of the lounge, creating an open plan living space, and an office come second bedroom in the former kitchen. Large enough to house a double bed, the new second bedroom, come office was instead completed by adding a sofa bed and fitted wardrobes so that the room could function more effectively as an office, as the room was only a to be used as an occasional guest bedroom. The reflective surface of the black glass furniture in the lounge and the dramatic black gloss kitchen at one of the room reflected the cityscape at night, and the use of black gloss panels (instead of tiles) above the work surfaces enhanced the mirror like qualities. The main bedroom was compact yet functional due to the mirrored wardrobes that were installed along one wall, not only creating sufficient storage, but also the mirroring the cityscape from the window on the opposite wall, and the reflection of the room in the wardrobes also create an illusion of extra space. Living on the 11th floor with a balcony meant there was a lack of clothes drying space, so a hidden clothes drying area was built into the headboard area of the main bed, which also housed a central heating radiator, and plug points were hidden inside the box as well with outlets space under the bed, for plugging phone chargers etc into, keeping the space clutter free. The gold reflective flock wallpaper on two of walls in the bedroom provided a luxurious feel to the room, whilst the other two walls painted in soft white keep the wallpaper from overpowering the room. The reflective black surface continued in the bathroom where jet black granite tiles were installed, alongside minimal LED lighting. Although the bathroom has in the property has an intimate feel, the black gloss walls give an unusual sense of space, and the mirror placed above the sink create an ongoing reflection of the shower area, which comes to life when the room is full of steam, and a persons reflection is repeated in the mirror and the black granite walls. In the hallway another custom made cupboard was built around the radiator, again to dry clothes, but also at one end the storage unit contains shelves for wet shoes to dry out, when coming in from the rain. The alcove next to the front door contained a large upright fridge/freezer for extra food storage and a coat hanging area, both of which were covered by a silver reflective curtain on a track, which also covers the front door next to the area, allowing the resident to shut out the outside world, providing a sense of secludedness and privacy in a very fast paced busy central London location in the City of London.