Unique London Living
When The Robinson apartments in west London were designed by Quintain Living specifically for young professionals, the developer set about delivering an innovative new take in the build-to-rent sector. In addition to trendy living accommodation, the shared residential areas were designed to be bright and fun to encourage cooperative living and offer relaxed community spaces where the residents could enjoy socialising and working together. Fossey Arora, a leading architectural and interior design studio, was challenged with the creative brief for the project while Ecoism Manufacturing was approached to construct the quirky and bespoke joinery. The award-winning cabinetmaker, who specialises in high quality sustainable joinery, leapt at the challenge to craft the innovative furniture to Fossey Arora’s exciting concept based on an Alice in Wonderland world!
Barrel Window Seats
The oak barrel window seats are a joyful way to add functionality to the residential lounge. Whether it’s to work from, enjoy a good book or soak up some sun, the oak seating required protection from wear, dirt and moisture. Ecoism used OsmoPolyx®-Oil Rapid in the Satin 3232 finish. The Polyx®-Oil Rapid enhances the wood’s natural grain, providing a beautiful rich colour which offers durability and water resistance. Osmo oils provide a microporous, breathable finish which does not crack, peel or flake, exactly what is required for a frequently used area.
With suspended pod chairs and natural walnut panelling, the striking reception area provides a dramatic welcome to the building with a wonderful contrast of classic and contemporary design. The dramatic wall of walnut panelling and oversized reception desk were both finished in Polyx®-Oil Original 3032 satin. And, in a nod to the ‘Down the Rabbit Hole” theme, Ecoism created a series of crazy circular oak ceiling features, also protected with Osmo.
The Robinson’s residents have access to a range of spaces including an open-air cinema, several bars, outdoor kitchens, games terraces and a stunning library featuring a bespoke 16-seater table. With 32 hidden plug sockets and 16 USB ports it’s the ideal set-up whether work or study is underway. The classic American black walnut is offset with red leather as favoured by bankers worldwide but this fun library is accessed via a slide!
Fossey Arora certainly let their imagination run wild and Ecoism Manufacturing expertly delivered the fairytale… ensuring all the wood was finished with Osmo oil for a happy ever after ending!
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Project Designer: Fossey Arora
Project Joinery Company: Ecoism Manufacturing
Photographer: Kilian O’Sullivan