Lawson Robb recently featured in The Art of Bespoke, “The Joy of Home Cinemas”, where the publication has sourced and listed its most favoured home cinema designs.
“A home cinema sounds like the stuff of millionaire country piles; a luxury reserved for homes with plenty of spare square footage to convert, and the necessary cash required for all that specialist technology.”
Lawson Robb has designed and installed several home cinemas, including the one featured in the article, in the lower ground floor of a private house in Knightsbridge. In the cinema design, we deliberately avoided the typical cinema seating;
“Cinema seats are great if you are at the Electric Cinema, or somewhere similar, but at home you want to be able to stretch out, put your feet up and be able to cosy up under a blanket. So, instead we chose this soft, golden velvet soda. It is more relaxed, and people can ‘pile on’ to it.”
Inside this Knightsbridge residence, we also avoided the more traditional dark and womb-like feel that home cinema design often follows.
“We kept the colours light but kept the luxurious feel by using layers of different textures and a fireplace for added cosiness.”
As well as the velvet sofa, there are cream leather side-tables that double as trays and the walls are clad in silk that has been lined with acoustic lining for soundproofing. Another nice touch is the clever LED lighting which glows at the edges, giving the impression that the suspended ceiling is floating. It really opens up what is in fact a fairly small space.
“We just didn’t want it to feel like a cave but create a relaxing space you might want to spend time in during the day, too.”