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Design Research Studio presents its avant-garde version of a collector’s home for the penthouse apartments at One Park Drive in London.

Since 2007, Tom Dixon and Helene Bangsbo Andersen have been creating the spaces and objects of tomorrow through Design Research Studio. The radical vision of this innovation consultancy lends itself to the notion of a research and design laboratory. With the duplex penthouses at One Park Drive, the duo has created a bold concept that aims to be “an avant-garde incarnation of a collector’s home, breaking away from conventional show apartments”. The homes are located in a residential skyscraper, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf District. “Too many show apartments have a particular design aesthetic,” explains Helene Bangsbo Andersen “Here, we decided to imagine the space through the persona of an international collector, seasoned traveller and lover of architecture who has decided to make London his home; rich in collectible art and design acquired over the years by a discerning eye.”

Fluid Volumes and Futuristic Touches

The two-storey interiors, served by a spiral staircase, have a “gallery” feel, displaying a play of materials, textures and shapes. The atypical configuration of the premises offers a deliberately fluid circulation, with no corridors or lost spaces. “This unconventional, open layout called for an unusual design response,” explains Tom Dixon. The overall effect is in harmony with the building’s cylindrical geometry. Like the DS-600 sofa by Swiss brand De Sede, which follows the curve of the windows. Upon entering, visitors are greeted by a Stack LED luminaire in the shape of a geometric tower, designed by Design Research Studio. The rooms then feature an incredible selection of furniture and objects by iconic 20th-century designers such as Arne Bang, Alvar Aalto, Ingo Maurer, Verner Panton, Tobia Scarpa and Frans Vossen.

Ambitious Expression

The studio consolidates its manufacturing skills through artworks and custom-made furniture. Just as it demonstrates a strong interest in woodwork, natural materials, industrial materials and highly stylised accessories (Poul Henningsen’s piano). The apartment project thus serves as a “test bed” for both revisiting classic models and creating prototypes that reflect new ways of working and entertaining. “A space can become a place to play music or dance, as well as a meeting place,” emphasises Helene Bangsbo Andersen. Through its singular narrative, this Collector’s House concept infuses the spirit of the place, creating a true cohesion between art, design, decoration and architecture.

Nathalie Dassa

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