Newsletter – May 2023



The Taylor Howes Team have recently transformed a four-bedroom duplex apartment at One Kensington Gardens, the prestigious development overlooking Kensington Gardens.


The duplex apartment unfolds over the two top floors of One Kensington Gardens, a premium nine-storey development designed by Sir David Chipperfield. The building is situated on Kensington Road, which runs along the south side of the 265-acre Kensington Gardens, home to the Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Palace and the Albert Memorial.


Influenced by the client’s two years living in Paris, the Taylor Howes team took as their primary inspiration the chic and effortlessly timeless French Parisian apartments that line Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

The apartment’s fresh, clean base palette of whites and creams is emboldened with accents of warm yellows and blues. A nuanced mix of period and mid-century furniture, subtle textures and bespoke design contribute to the elegant, Parisian aesthetic.

The Taylor Howes team sourced items by French furniture makers, fabric suppliers and artists, as well as British brands such as Fromental and Holland Cassidy. Artworks throughout the space were sourced from Tanya Baxter Contemporary.



Tall sash windows, overlooking the rooftops and trees of Knightsbridge, are dressed with floor-length cream curtains. On the facing wall, the Taylor Howes team installed a sequence of bespoke plaster panels by applied arts specialists Rima & McRae.

A curving sofa and elegant armchairs in shades of white and cream gather around a feature fireplace. Accent tables from French company Ginger Brown feature polished rock-crystal tops and brass decoration.

The chandelier in this room was crafted by Nutly Bespoke, and its textured circular shades and golden accents provided inspiration for the room’s large bespoke rug from Holland Cassidy. The Taylor Howes team worked closely with Holland Cassidy – from sketching early designs of the pattern to selecting the colour palette and fabrics – to craft a rug that was completely tailored to the space.



Adjoining the reception room, the dining room complements and continues the light, elegant aesthetic, taking the stormy sea blues of the fireplace as a point of reference.

Wallpaper from British brand Fromental was designed specifically for the room to match the colour of the dining chairs, and features a striking landscape of windswept trees on a riverbank. A reclining bronze sculpture by French sculptor Marie-Pierre Weinhold sits on a polished rock-crystal console at the entrance.

The elliptical shape of the central marble dining table is reflected both in the shape of the green chandelier above and the soft rug that lies beneath it.

Another set of panels line the far wall of the room, hung with a painting by celebrated British artist Lubaina Himid. The artwork again picks out the blue and yellow accents of the reception room.



Situated on the top floor of the building, the master bedroom benefited from plenty of natural light. The Taylor Howes team introduced a cosy feeling by installing a thick, soft carpet and darker, grey-blue wallpaper. An inviting cream armchair and accent table sit at the foot of the bed.

The wide, bespoke headboard was upholstered on site in rich cream fabric. The headboard curves gently at either edge as if to envelope the bed, adding to the warm and welcoming feeling in this room. A luxurious burnt-orange throw lends further warmth to the space.

Bowl-shaped glass pendants either side of the headboard in the master bedroom were sourced from British lighting designers Heathfield, while the Art-Deco style glass chandelier is from Arteriors. The master bedroom also features a colourful pop art painting by British artist Bridget Riley.


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