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Interiors: Ideas for How to Bring The Outside into a City Flat from Lena Cottray

The Times

August 7, 2020

Lawson Robb has featured in The Times in their article which details Senior Designer Lena Cottray’s work on a Lateral Apartment in the heart of Mayfair. The article discusses how Lena “has given this London flat a soothing green colour scheme”.

“There are no harsh lines and nothing is super-lacquered nor too glossy in this Mayfair apartment in central London, a home away from home for a family with two teenagers who love to entertain and spend time together.

“The clients wanted an elegant, light and airy space that had a happy and tranquil feeling,” says Lena Cottray, the interior designer at Lawson Robb who led the project. Cottray opted for a soothing palette of sage greens and celadon blues to echo the colours from the silvery plane trees in the private garden.

The central, glass-topped coffee table has a bent brass base. It’s light and airy, but classic at the same time. The chandelier was flown in from New York. It’s a contemporary version of a branch, without becoming a pastiche. The ceramic discs act as leaves and because it’s porcelain, it creates a really soft effect.
The two armchairs swivel — the client wanted to be able to turn out to look out over the gardens. The backs are a bit of a surprise: we upholstered them in a subtle statement fabric, which makes them feel a little like a piece of art.

The custom bar cabinet is a feature piece. It’s large and is a real talking point that draws the eye. We came across these beautiful sycamore veneers, which became the basis of the rest of the colour scheme in the room. The two handles are hand-cast brass of replicas of two branches that we went out and found. The irregular geometric pattern creates an ombré effect and varies from a champagne to a dark green.

The large marble dining table is a lovely slab of calacatta oro — a white base with gold veining — which felt as if there were branches going across the table. The family loves entertaining and this irregular, almost teardrop-shaped table means that everyone sits hugging the table, so it feels quite intimate. It’s on three brass legs, each is a slightly different size with a lovely imperfect patina.

The dining chairs are large and comfortable enough to sit in for hours. The brown frame complements the dark timber flooring and they’re upholstered in a leather in a warm beige hue.

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