The aperture opens. A access of abatement sweeps through the air, and the agreeable awareness of actuality home wraps itself about you. It is this abstruse activity of customized affluence that British artist Daniel Hopwood finds to be so basic back designing a space. Renowned for his assignment predominantly in residential properties, the above admiral of the British Institute of Autogenous Design—and adjudicator on BBC’s The Great Autogenous Architecture Challenge—has a way of demography a drab, rather forgettable autogenous amplitude and transforming it into a bespoke masterpiece.
As a allotment of his process, Hopwood sits bottomward with his audience over tea and takes a moment to absolutely accept their wants and desires—from how they absorb their weekends to their agitated Monday-morning routines. As he sees it, architecture should chase this bespoke nature—if one takes the time to clothier a brace of trousers, why not additionally booty the time to clothier your home? It is with this appearance that Hopwood agitated his eyes to the chic London adjacency of Hyde Park, area he would actualize a alone autogenous accepted as the Sound of Silence.
The two-story abode in London’s West End accustomed a above anaplasty back he came in and absolved the abode from its boastful chains (think gold swan curtains and an affluence of tech). In accord with artisan and woodworker James Ransley of Whetstone Oak, Hopwood created a showstopping floor-to-ceiling bank accession composed of raw copse and agate, which anon brightened up the amplitude and added a adamant aspect to both floors. The bank additionally lends itself to the blush palette of the home by aggregate dark, animal browns with yellows, oranges, and dashes of gold. “I capital article that would articulation the two floors visually, that would be sculptural and add balmy ablaze into the affection of the house,” says Hopwood.
Interior by artist Daniel Hopwood for his activity The Sound of Silence in Hyde Park, London. Photo: Andrew Beasley
Sitting at the abject of this mega bank accession is a rustic board table that, at aboriginal glance, appears to accept been broken from the block of an age-old oak timberline and cut in half. The allotment brings a all-important affluence of character, depth, and arrangement to the modest-sized kitchen and dining area—coasters required. Added ability in the kitchen can be begin via the bend nook, which is adorned with orange and dejected bandy pillows, while the slate-gray hexagon architecture is a auspicious best for the flooring.
To accompany added personality to the room, Hopwood expertly deployed arrangement and color. Not for the aside of heart, the wallpapered emphasis walls in the bedfellow bedchamber are a bewilderment of azure designs accent by shades of brown. On its own, the architecture would best be ill-fitted for a scarf, but back akin with the furnishings, the wallpaper is decidedly beneath overwhelming—a attestation to Hopwood’s eye for design. “It’s accessible to be chancy with agrarian wallpapers and colors, as they can be repainted in time,” says Hopwood. “Even the orange Minotti daybed awning can be afflicted as it is absolutely removable, and new covers can be purchased from the supplier. Annihilation is a accident back it has been considered.”
Master apartment by autogenous artist Daniel Hopwood for his activity The Sound of Silence in Hyde Park, London. Photo: Andrew Beasley
In the adept bedroom, attenuate white and gold wallpaper plays off the august drapes, alms the allowance with glamour. No bean was larboard unturned in the Sound of Silence. From the astronomic applicant closet—fully customized for the client’s amazing wardrobe—to the bathrooms accessory with aciculate curve and abreast fixtures, Hopwood ensured that the home reflected the needs, individuality, and appearance of the owner. He alike went so far as to accommodate a hydraulic dog ablution for the client’s two rather ample bristling friends.
It’s a amplitude that is as adapted for absorbing as it is for lounging about on a continued weekend. “The adorableness of modern-day drafting agency that I can actualize visuals so the applicant knows what they are getting. Still, though, annihilation beats a human’s imagination,” says Hopwood. “As my applicant said back he aboriginal saw the completed project, “I knew aggregate that I was getting, but now I accept apparent it all together. That’s what assault my apperception away.”
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