The brief was to create a ladies dressing room which was sumptuous and elegant.
The main window has wonderful views across the hills towards Manchester.
The Regency house consisted of two parts, with its shorter later addition (where the dressing room is located) abutted to its taller, earlier predecessor (where the master bedroom is located).
Because the floor levels between these two parts of the house do not run through, we were presented with the issue of how to link this dressing room to its master bedroom above.
To link the master bedroom with the dressing room, Artichoke designed a flight of steps with a stopped chamfered staff bead which runs around the opening.
This provides the client with her own personal space with direct access to the master bedroom and small kitchenette. We purposefully wanted to design the staircase with a shallow rise and a broad step, which makes the staircase comfortable to walk on. To achieve this shallower flight, we designed a coffered ceiling for the panelled library below. This gave us the depth needed to run the flight at the required angle.
The arched tunnel shape was created by a plywood former created in our workshops. The tunnel created was then plastered in lime. To overcome the dilemma of how to light the stairwell we introduced a pair of arched niches to both sides of the stair.
Each door panel is upholstered in padded fabric; we chose a fabric with a matching wallpaper, a delicate detail which brings the space together.
The interiors of the wardrobes are lined in faux suede adding a further discreet touch of luxury.
The dressing table is topped with a honed Carrara marble, another understated by luxurious material.