Interior designer Lucy Goddard is a Creative Director of studio NoChintz, alongside Natalie Gray. The pair first met working on the Harvey Nichols’ design team, and NoChintz was launched in 2007. Lucy let us quiz her about the design and re-fit of a stunning two-bedroom apartment in Manchester’s Century Buildings. The buildings are in the central conservation area and feature a 1960s glass-fronted office block fused with a Grade II listed building. Take a closer look here...
Love the idea that you can create a home cinema without a huge basement room. How did you do it?
The blackout blinds were stitched in way that when they were lowered they became the projector screen. As the room was fully glazed bar one wall this meant that the client wouldn’t be restricted with its layout, and to having a TV on just one wall. Surprisingly this was also a cheaper option.
This living-dining area is streamlined and sleek but you’ve added warmth with the copper clad pillar and the quirky artwork. Can you tell us more?
We loved the quirky artwork – and the story behind it. It was all painted by the client’s grandmother so it not only made the space bright and colourful, but also brought some homely sentiments into it. The copper-clad pillar was born out of the team’s desire to disguise a functional column that stood in the living space. We decided that the best way to go was to make it into a piece of art in its own right.
We like the way you’ve given this modern kitchen a country twist with pan racks. Why did you choose to add these?
It was intended to be a juxtaposition against the sleek hard lines found inside the apartment layout and visible out of the windows. They bring a homely dimension into the space and create a distinction between the kitchen and the other living spaces.
The wraparound gold colour gives this bedroom a glamorous feel. How could we create the same effect at home?
I would advise people to break convention and use wall coverings on other surfaces: ceilings, doors, anywhere that isn’t a wall. Using inexpensive materials in a different way is a great method of making a bedroom – or any other space for that matter – a little bit different.
The perfect place to get ready! Can you give us some tips on creating a contemporary dressing table?
I love the concept of using feature materials such as leather straps and belts hanging from wooden pegs to create space to hang things like jewellery from. I also love the use of vintage boudoir pieces: for example, collect a stack of vintage hand-held mirrors and display them all round the dressing table for a special look. If you don’t want to overdo the vintage look, fuse it with a contemporary idea. You could paint a vintage dressing table with a matt black colour to create a modern look.
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