When it comes to this historic gem hidden in the heart of London, there is certainly no shortage of conversation starters. Housed within a Grade I listed architecture originally designed by legendary British architect John Nash in 1820, Regent’s Crescent reveals a masterly mix of the glorious past, modern comfort and contemporary glamour.
“We envisioned the residents to be buying into a lifestyle of English heritage when we set out to design the residence, so the essence of the project would be about celebrating the historical significance of the building,” share Helen Westlake and Alexandra Nord, creative directors of London-based architecture and interior design house Millier, as they reminisce the creative journey of one of Regent’s Crescent’s 67 apartment residences. “We anticipated that the end users would either occupy this home as their primary residence or as a pied-à-terre. Either way, the apartment should be extremely comfortable and include all luxuries readily available.” Scroll through the gallery below (Photography: All courtesy images) to experience the alluring interiors:
The decidedly simplified and light base build finishes embrace the volume of space - the soaring 4.2m ceilings and to enhance the flexibility for owners to adopt different colour schemes and furnishing styles. “Throughout the project, we have been extremely careful and respectful towards the heritage and soul of the building, while bringing it into the modern day,” Helen and Alexandra continue.
“This is why we incorporated traditional elements such as decorative beading for walls and ceiling cornices, with a contemporary reinterpretation integrated with decent lighting and modern profiles.” In the kitchen, showers and ceiling cornices, you will find carefully integrated concealed illumination features that sit comfortably with the natural daylight and yet bring drama and a sense of mystery to the space.
A delicate edit in art and furnishings is a testament of the creative duo’s talent. Designed by Thomas Pheasant for the Baker collection, two elegant armchairs and a side table in the living room add a contemporary dimension to classic design principles by seamlessly bringing together the past and present with beautiful silhouettes and distinctive materials.
The contrasting juxtaposition is further elaborated through unique art collectors’ pieces with traditional oil paintings flanked by modern sculptural works. Complementing the serene vibe are antique restored demilune console tables and a marble mantlepiece, achieving an elegant yet lived-in home for discerning tastemakers. Telling the tale of the past also include the hallway’s gilded specialist ceiling finishes, the master bedroom’s headboard in hand-painted eglomisé glass panels that pay subtle tribute to the Royal Astronomical and Horticultural Societies during the Regency period.
Different types of marble add elegance and drama to this alluring kitchen.
Adding a warm grace note to the composition are luxuriously tailored seating and upholstery details incorporating buttoning and smart pleats inspired by Savile Row.
“It was always a challenge to design an interior space housed within a sweeping curvature facade,” the creative duo express.
“Our goal was to craft a residence that conveys modern elegance in a neutral palette layered with comfort and tactility, allowing occupants to enjoy living inside a new heritage building and experience the luxury of a traditional English house.”
The inviting study is informed by subdued shades and tactile materials.
The apartment boasts a sizeable walk-in closet that keeps the clutter under control.
An impactful wall treatment adds drama to the tranquil bedroom.
The bathroom adopts an all-white palette with black accents to deliver a sense of modern elegance.
Another restful sanctuary of the home.