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Ask the designer: Annabella Nassetti

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From recessed cocktail bars to a state-of-the-art cinema room, interior designer Annabella Nassetti was charged with creating the ultimate living space for the owners of one four-storey South Kensington home 

What was the project?
The architectural interior design, project management and construction of a 2,500 sq ft four-storey house in South Kensington to create the ultimate living space with harmony between floors. The project involved adding a 750 sq ft basement.

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What was the original brief?
As this was the second project we’ve carried out for the client, we were given carte blanche and included touches like the in-floor fireplace, glass and steel recessed cocktail bars, and a state-of-the-art entertainment/cinema room. All kitchen finishes are bespoke, from the onyx recessed into the wooden worktop to the metallic laquer finish, and we have incorporated special wall and ceiling finishes throughout, which is our trademark. The colour scheme has been kept neutral with hints of contrast and some exciting textures from luxurious fabrics and natural materials.

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What was the biggest challenge?
Removing 1,000 cubic meters of soil 5m below ground level, laying new foundations, inserting steel beams on all upper floors, new plumbing, new rewiring, new bespoke finishes throughout and fully furnishing it in ten months, on time and on budget.

What are you most pleased with?
The overall outcome – not only it is attractive but everything has been thought through and the design provides a very practical yet elegant space. All walls and ceilings have special bespoke finishes that make the owner feel spoilt and unique. One of our trademarks is good lighting design and completely hidden home-automation equipment. This project demonstrates the importance of the ‘infrastructure design’ behind walls; if well designed the house will deliver a perfectly reliable, seamless and easy-to-use audio, video, lighting, temperature control, window treatment controls and video communication between all floors. Our client’s life is made easier.

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Client involvement – hands-on or hands-off?
Hands-off. The client visited the house only once during the excavation, but received regular updates. My direct relationship with them creates 100 per cent trust.

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What next?
Designing and building a luxury 5,000 sq ft house in Wimbledon, a luxury pied-a-terre in Marylebone, a mews house in South Kensington and a luxury 4,000 sq ft apartment in San Diego.

For more information, visit Annabella Nassetti