House of Walpole residence came together as a collaboration between Walpole, the non-for-profit membership organisation championing British luxury craftsmanship, and Northacre with a mission to bring together the best British brands within one ultra-luxurious space.
The one-off residence was designed by Walpole’s member – a luxury interior design studio – Oliver Burns. With its rich history, No. 1 Palace Street – The St. Regis Residences – is one the London’s most coveted addresses adjacent to His Majesty’s official London residence, overlooking the Palace and its private gardens.
And it is indeed the gardens that play a central part of the design concept entitled “A Celebration of the Palace Gardens”. While walking through the 4,000 sq ft duplex 3 – bedroom House of Walpole apartment, references of the garden are introduced through even the smallest detail. From the four bespoke scents that represent each season created by Rachel Vosper, the bespoke Menagerie wallpaper by Cole & Son, to the carefully curated artworks by Maddox Gallery and the stunning cultural lighting installation by Nulty Bespoke, the space is bursting with colours brought in through the seasonal stories of the Palace Gardens.
Helen Amy Murray, Aiveen Daly and Savoir Beds are also among the hero luxury craft or art-led brands that have contributed to the House of Walpole, as well as Asprey, Bentley Motors, Axminster Carpets and luxury e-commerce destination, Bazaar, who feature within the space, too.
As Sharon Lillywhite, Founder, Oliver Burns, says, “Our concept for House of Walpole seeks to celebrate the enduring love affair between the very best of British luxury and the English garden. Steeped in history and intrigue, the palace gardens provide the most unique backdrop for House of Walpole and have long been a focus for national and royal celebrations. Our design vision is to re-tell the stories from this treasured sanctuary in a modern way, a love letter to the garden’s enduring beauty, transformation and resilience.
The aesthetic for our concept is ‘Majestic Modern’ – a contemporary response that honours the heritage of this enchanting garden in all its splendour, giving the internal space as much gravitas as the external architecture. The design looks to nature’s palette to inform the colour scheme. Alongside neutral base notes, muted tones of grey and blue that reflect the ever-changing surface of the lake and sky meld with warmer earthy tones and soft shades of green, reflecting the seasons and inviting nature indoors.
The palace gardens provide an endless source of inspiration, with flora and fauna abound. From floral and winged motifs to organic lines, the narrative is weaved through the design using the subtle geometry, abstract pattern and repetition found in nature. Our multi-sensory approach blends traditional details with cutting-edge design, with a contemporary take on traditional materials such as antiqued glass, metal and stone.
We have taken a thoughtful, approach to the brief that mixes both timeless British institutions and the new guard in a thoroughly modern way. This design goes beyond the aesthetic to reflect ‘Thoughtful Luxury’ in practice, all underpinned by The Northacre Way.”
Helen Brocklebank, Chief Executive, Walpole adds, “House of Walpole showcases contemporary British luxury on a scale rarely seen. Capitalising on the desirability of UK luxury goods to both international and domestic customers, it is a beautifully curated, immersive, and celebratory presentation of the skill and wealth of design talent this country has to offer.
With its proximity to Buckingham Palace, House of Walpole at No. 1 Palace Street takes the very best of British luxury craftmanship, including brand collaborations and bespoke pieces to evoke a harmonious yet unique sense of place that will appeal to any future owner. As the sector body for British luxury, we were delighted to be able to convene the brands shown in the apartment and it’s been a pleasure to partner with Walpole members, Northacre and Oliver Burns to bring this captivating project to fruition.”
Northacre was founded over 30 years ago with the single-minded vision to preserve and celebrate some of London’s most treasured addresses. Through an intrinsic understanding of luxury, where passionate attention to detail, knowledge and sensitivity is combined with an appreciation for craftsmanship, heritage and innovation; Northacre leads the way in creating exceptional living experiences in the most sought-after locations in London. Northacre celebrates its successful 30-year history in preparation for the next 30, creating beautiful spaces that will be cherished by generations to come.
About No. 1 Palace Street, The St. Regis Residences
No. 1 Palace Street, The St. Regis Residences is where world-class facilities and impeccable service are encapsulated in an impressive 300,000 sq ft. island site overlooking Buckingham Palace. This extraordinary heritage revival is unique in London for its seamless integration of five architectural styles – Italian Renaissance, Beaux-Arts, French Renaissance, Queen Anne, and 21st-century Contemporary.
The latter, a new modern component that forms the main Palace Street entrance, is a bespoke collaboration between Northacre and celebrated architects, Squire + Partners. Behind the five distinct façades, 72 generously proportioned private residences are equipped with state-of- the-art luxuries and carefully curated interiors.
No.1 Palace Street, The St. Regis Residences is the epitome of luxury modern living.
Walpole is the UK’s only business association for luxury brands, it speaks on behalf of more than 250 of Britain’s finest brands across a wide range of sectors, which collectively are worth £48 billion to the UK economy and contribute 2.4% of the UK’s GDP. A not-for-profit organisation, Walpole members include Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Claridge’s, Farfetch, Glenfiddich, Harrods, McLaren, Rolls Royce and Wedgwood and is recognised in both Westminster and Brussels.
With a mission to protect, promote and develop the business of luxury in the UK, Walpole brings its members together to collaborate and connect both digitally and in-person. Key events include the annual British Luxury Summit and the Walpole British Luxury Awards. It also provides a collective voice for luxury on key topics, commissions industry-leading research and works with government on issues affecting the sector.
Walpole runs the flagship ‘Brands of Tomorrow’ programme to develop new British luxury brands – alumni include Orlebar Brown, Nyetimber, Bremont and Emilia Wickstead, and works with the London Business School MBA programme to help develop the talent of the future with ‘Luxury Leaders of Tomorrow’. Walpole also spearheads the British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto, with the vision of making British luxury the global benchmark for luxury sustainability.
About Oliver Burns
Oliver Burns is a luxury architectural interior design studio that thoughtfully designs the world’s finest homes. Working across an exclusive portfolio of international turnkey projects, the team has a world-class reputation for bespoke commissions, super-prime developments and elegant spaces that are synonymous with a luxury lifestyle. Their exceptional credentials together with the highest levels of personal service, enable them to act as trusted advisors to some of the world’s most affluent families, super-prime developers and luxury brands.
Sharon Lillywhite has worked on UK and International projects that have a combined value of over £1 billion and is one of Walpole’s 50 most influential people in luxury – ‘The Walpole Power 50’ 2022
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