Project Rivet was a rather cold feeling apartment in an old factory in Manchester, converted by Urban Splash around 2000. The ceiling was a pale grey cement, the walls flat & white, the overall feel somehow impersonal and unwelcoming. This was all very architecturally & design modern in 2000 but when you live in a place like that, it can be soul-less and lacking in any warmth or comfort.
The challenge from my client was to keep the space essentially the same but inject life, warmth, style and glamour, and I wanted to do this whilst very much retaining a sense of the building’s industrial heritage, bringing out the style of the huge steel beams and the ‘bigness’ of the apartment.
This was an online moodboard I created initially last September, as a kind of starting point and though it changed and altered in the sense that the individual items on it weren’t used, it does give that glamorous, heritage, vintage yet urban look I wanted. I moved away from purple towards deep blue, for example, but kept the feel of the rivets on the wallpaper and the buttoning on the sofa. My interior design schemes are ALWAYS a little organic 😉
The original bed was expensive & in good condition but a little dated in design so I re-loved it using chalk paint and copper spray, the beautiful deep Farrow & Ball Hague Blue I spec’d to bring down the immense ceiling was reflected in the Designers Guild bedding and also in the redesigned Ikea side tables.
The amazing padded effect Koziel paper is available at Rockett St George. I wanted to bring some contemporary glamour into the apartment master bedroom without it feeling flouncy or too feminine, this wallpaper hit the spot perfectly.
The huge pendants were originally white but transformed into a beautifully shiny copper after a quick trip to B&Q for some Plastikote spray 😉