Profiling For Design: A Notting Hill Studio


Profiling For Design: A Notting Hill Studio

I struck a bit of luck last year when I was given accommodation for university first year halls right in the centre of Notting Hill!

I am definitely missing that prime spot; Portobello Road was just around the corner. I intend to work my way back there and secure a London Notting Hill pad.

But for now I can dream…

Imagining life as a quirky, hardworking, stylish and social member of this world is so much fun and is in turn the justification of this particular profile for this post: A Notting Hill Studio.

I found a mix of places and stores recently which grabbed my attention (especially for this post). With no financial budget in mind or space restriction, it was all the more enjoyable searching through inspiration and discovering layout ideas. Here’s a list of the links and locations for a few of Design Chum’s favourite places and finds from London, online and everywhere! Have a nose at their sites:


2 North Terrace, Alexander Square, London SW3 2BA

Designers Guild

265-277 KING’S ROAD


245-249 Brompton Rd, London SW3 2EP




223-225 Brompton Road SW3 2EJ London

Tom Dixon

Portobello Dock, Wharf Bldg, 344 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5BU

Design Chum Notting Hill Studio Layout:


Links from Design Chum Layout:


Twirled Bench, £2,800.00

“Antique French” Floor Mirror

Copper Ladder

Neptune Chichester 6ft Grand Bookcase, Shingle, £2,670.00

Svaja Scarlet Orchid Stemmed Vase, £195

Cappellini Alodia Bar Stool, £324

TULIPANI GRAPHITE RUG, was £1495 – £1995, now £1196 – £1596

Woodland, (Hedgerow), Solid Oak

Driade – Miss Lacy Chair, £1,965.00, (was shaped by the star designer Philippe Starck for the Italian manufacturer Driade in the year 2007).

Mint, Turned Steel Table (black)

Tom Dixon Beat Light Stout – Grey, £725

Muuto Oslo Three Seater Sofa, Dark Red (660), £2,895

Kartell Bookworm Bookshelf, £258

Knoll Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise, Polished chrome, £7,260

Distressed French Chest In Red, £473

This set up is all about the mix of simplicity, the use of iconic pieces, a large and open space to work with, and the physical ability to work in a flexible space; reflecting your own personality (for the ‘Notting Hiller’ – quirky and tasteful sophistication). Large and interesting art works are the first step to achieving this engaging style. Introducing different materials that complement one another, into a studio space is key .Such as, antique French wood (Distressed French Chest In Red), crystal/glass ceramic work that makes a high quality and artistic/ creative statement (Svaja Scarlet Orchid Stemmed Vase), and modern industrial shining metal (e.g. Stainless Steel or Copper or Rose Gold colour) gives a reflecting and exciting finish (Aeris Hanging Cocoon Fireplace). Another major tip for success when designing out a studio room with bold and brilliant elegance is to not buy everything from the same shop/store or place. Explore and mix it up! That is how you find the best buys and interesting investments! Look for limited pieces or objects you know you won’t get from anywhere else, that hold either vibrancy in their colour, form, function or shape. Bring in the light! Big windows. Powerful and unique lights. Use mirrors and objects that reflect your work and style around the studio.

Gallery of devices/ products/ works in the layout

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If you are going to produce exquisite work, you need to be in striking surroundings.

Best Wishes C.

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