"Clad entirely in grey oak panelling, the core appears as a box-like insertion into the loft space," says Lee. "The idea of a wooden box is reinforced by grey oak ceilings in the kitchen and hallway to the master suite the kitchen looks as if it is carved out from the box. The lowered ceilings also give the enclosed spaces an intimacy and make them feel more dramatic."
The effect is heightened by the apparent 25cm thickness of the walls between the rooms.
"This detailing appears wherever the box is penetrated," says Lee. "It provides a real sense of substance and solidity."
In contrast, the rest of the spacious interior is light-filled, but reflects a similar colour choice.
"The controlled palette helps ensure that the spaces all relate to each other, rather than appear as separate rooms surrounding a monochromatic box," says the designer. "For this reason, also, the polished walnut flooring is consistent through all the living areas, two home offices and the master bedroom."
Because the owners are avid collectors of art, especially bronze sculpture, the interior is designed to provide a refined, subtle backdrop to their collection. Many of the furniture pieces have an appropriate sculptural quality.
"The owners like to reposition the art, so this is not a static interior, but rather a space that keeps changing," says Lee. "Extra-large sliding