January 12, 2020

The Inspiration | Roksanda Ilinčić’s fashion-forward King’s Cross apartment.

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‘The Penthouse’ by Roksanda Ilinčić for Gasholders London.

If you’re looking for a little bit of Sunday night interior inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been dying to get this house up on the blog since visiting it in September over London Design Festival and even just looking back through these photos has me wanting to redecorate. Welcome to ‘The Penthouse’ folks. Designed by fashion designer Roksanda Ilinčić, this really is a feast for the eyes. Enjoy…

pink sun room and textured walls
Entrance with postmodern coat rack and sun room with Roksanda X Linck Ceramics vases

Situated in the landmark King’s Cross building of Gasholders London, an iconic Grade II-listed triplet of cast iron gasholder guide frames, the three-bedroom apartment is a quiet urban oasis in the heart of one of London’s busiest areas. Roksanda was invited to apply her hand to the space, creating a curated world of art and interiors where fashion meets colour and texture.

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abstract art in living room
Living room with artwork by Caroline Devernaud, sofa by Christophe Delcourt for Collection Particulière.

Walking into The Penthouse, it’s clear that every little detail has been carefully considered, right from the postmodern coat rack at the door. The apartment features Roksanda’s signature sculptural form, textural depth and unusual colour combinations, all of which come through in her fashion line too. There’s something truly unique about the interior choices, but they’re liveable and cosy, which we all know is something hard to achieve in a show home.

Earthy tones of pink, reds, brown and blues from the core interior palette throughout the property. While the majority of walls remain a creamy white, murals, artwork and textiles by Paris-based artist Caroline Denervaud provide that burst of muted colour that helps to bring life and vibrancy to every room.

contemporary kitchen with abstract mural on wall
abstract mural with flowers in ceramic vase
Kitchen and dining room details with hand-painted mural by Caroline Devernaud.

Another key feature is the sculptural furniture that act as additional artworks within the room. Roksanda has a passion for sourcing vintage pieces and much of The Penthouse is filled with postmodern and mid-century modern treasures she has picked up throughout the years. If there was ever a case for checking out your local vintage store, this is it.

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Living room details with wooden sculpture and Henry Moore lithograph, plus vintage desk and curtains by Kvadrat.

One of Roksanda’s aims with the apartment was to showcase female makers, both established and emerging, and it’s true that the penthouse does have a feminine appeal. Alongside Devernaud’s artwork, Roksanda also chose furniture pieces by Lina Bo Bardi and Charlotte Perriand as well as objects by Australian ceramicist Alana Wilson, Berlin-based potter Christine Roland and London-based Annette Lantsoght.

Textiles created by Kvadrat cover a Cordemeijer Cleopatra daybed in the Sun Roomand colourful bespoke upholstered beds with added texture from Lena Rewell’s merino wool blankets.

contemporary office with sculptural chairs and pink curtains
master bedroom with pink curtains and wood panel wall
Master bedroom details with Skin lamp by Eny Lee Parker and custom-made bedding by Ege of Germany.

They say the devil is in the detail and The Penthouse is the perfect example of how to style your home. An elegant blend of furniture, art, ceramics, books and objet d’art, the apartment is a reflection of Roksanda’s personality and a hub of talking points throughout.

For those interested in Roksanda’s inspiration, the home features nods to Phylidia Barlow, Roni Horn, Barbara Hepworth, Anni Albers, Isa Gensken and Marlene Dumas. On bedside tables, there are texts by Patti Smith, Nell Dunn and Joan Didion; some of my favourite authors too (so when can I move in?).

statement wood panel design room with leather chair
Master dressing room and snug featuring warm tones and textures.

Overall the apartment is a reflection of Roksanda’s aesthetic, but it’s a lesson to all of of us that we can create our own world with our interior design. Similarly to the apartment I shared last year designed by Bella Freud, there are beautiful design features that are truly unique. Of course, that comes at a price but I’ll never tire of architecture, art and design coming together. What do you reckon?

Project details:

Design & curation by Roksanda Ilinčić and Nick Vinson of Vinson &Co.

Interior Architecture: Jonathan Tuckey Design. Gasholders

Architecture: WilkinsonEyre

Photography by Michael Sinclair. Styling by Olivia Gregory.

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Emma Jane Palin is a freelance art consultant, interior stylist and multi-award-winning blogger residing in Margate, UK. She has worked with various home and lifestyle brands not limited to West Elm, Apple, John Lewis, Habitat, MADE, Caran D'Ache + No.3 Gin. Emma is also a regular contributor to Hunker where she writes about design trends and interior advice.

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