A perforated cornflower-blue staircase, a stretch of similarly electric custom cabinetry, a maze of elegant wood-slat walls . . . at first glance, this London apartment reads out of my league. We are happy to report that’s a very wrong assumption. “Done well, we find that great design is not about the best and the most expensive, it’s about what that item can bring to the project, and how it can work with other items around it,” Eryk Ulanowski, the founder of the architecture firm behind the penthouse’s transformation, Studio Ulanowski, told us. Surprise, surprise, we wholeheartedly agree. That wasn’t the only gem Eryk shared with Clever about the project – below are are five more pieces of his wise advice. (Bonus tip: File these away for when you do your own remodel.)
1. It’s possible to make engineered wood flooring look like the real thing: Those gorgeous oak planks? Fake. “We asked for it untreated (no lacquer or oil), then used a combination of Danish lyes and natural oils to get a finish that kept the oak looking like the original natural product,” Eryk explains.