Show Flat in Converted Victorian Perfume Factory in South London

I worked on this project for an existing client. Because of the shape of this building, there were several flat types and sizes. Firstly I designed the electrical layouts for all the flats, and then we chose the flat type with an extremely small footprint, as our show flat, on the basis that it might be the most difficult one to sell. Its saving grace was its four metre ceiling height.

We decided to sand the old timber floor, which had added character due to various chemicals having been spilt on it during its history, giving it slight hues of pinks and greens etc. in places. The flat comprised of a small lobby, a kitchen/living/dining room, a bedroom and a bathroom. Instead of putting conventional artwork on the walls, I suggested to the client that we could be a bit more conceptual by having a 'word piece' sign written on the main wall by the dining table, using a quote from Patrick Suskind's book, 'Perfume'.

I used the perfume theme again by designing a water feature in the form of a long trough running the whole length of the front entrance hall to the building, which was set on a timer to bubble and smoke (like dry ice) for 5 minutes every time anyone entered the space. We then commissioned three tall oil paintings by Harland Miller of perfume bottles which glowed majestically at the far end of the entrance hall.

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