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Mono cHrOME

North Kensington W10








Full refurb, Interior fit out


Kitchen, Joinery & Bathrooms, Curation

Our client could not afford to move but had outgrown the existing compact 2-bedroom flat in a mid-terrace property resulting in full flat refurbishment in Oxford Gardens Conservation Area in Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC).

The client’s brief was to refurbish the property and add another bedroom if possible.

Through careful interrogation of the sections through the outrigger, we were able to squeeze in a new bedroom with additional storage.

To do so we lowered the ceiling in the corridor & bathroom & installed a shallow floor structure to maximise the space both in and below the room.

The addition of the extra bedroom allowed the clients to continue to live in the area, where they had established roots.

By opening up cellular living spaces & removing the redundant ceiling under an existing loft conversion, we were able to create a modern open plan living space with a feature stair. The extra height adds a grandeur not seen in similar properties in the area.
“The very best where interior architecture and interior design meets is what you can expect from the Variant Office team. An absolute dream working alongside Ash who will push the design ideas and concepts to the maximum.”

― Omar & Rosanna

All the materials were chosen for their “Wabi-Sabi” appeal. A palette of Blackened steel & oiled black Valchromat contrasting with the white concrete and light walls form the basis of the design which gave the house a strong monochromatic graphic.
The simplicity of the processing of these materials allowed our client to work with the blacksmith to prepare and blacken the stairs himself, connecting him with the process of designing and building their own home.
We focussed on the little details to deliver a wonderful set of spaces that were elegant yet cost effective.

Project Team


Structural Engineer: Ian Harban Consulting Engineers


Photography: Rachael Smith Photography, Variant Office

Main Contractor


SP Imperial Homes

Sub Contractor


Metalwork: Bradwell blacksmiths



Ironmongery: G Johns


Tiling: Mandarin Stone


Specialist Lighting: Jean Prouve


Specialist Lighting: Nordlux


Specialist Lighting: Thomas Hoof


Brick Screen

Mono cHrOME

Room in the roof

The Verandah

Fin House

Corner Glazed

Lustre House

Block Colour

Southside Quarter


If you have a project in mind we’d be very happy to help you bring it to life.

E: info@variantoffice.com

T: 0203 985 1381

241-251 Ferndale Rd

London SW9 8BJ