100 years since it was built, this former Edwardian sorting office is now one of Islington’s most desirable addresses
It’s always a big decision when decorating a period property how much the interior should reflect the age of the building. Should you choose classic designs that are in keeping with the home’s era or does contemporary décor provide a more forward-thinking alternative for today’s lifestyle? And how can you successfully combine the two? This apartment at Islington Square opts for the best of both worlds; it sits inside a restored sorting office, which is one of three main buildings surrounding a square hailed as London’s new Covent Garden, including a new-build with a grand Edwardian façade and a striking new curvaceous design. ‘The idea of ‘three sitting architecturally as one family’ is a theme that is picked up on throughout this apartment’s interior,’ says designer Jaki Amos who created the schemes. ‘For example, there are interlinking triple mirrors above the bed, which come together as one statement piece.’ The master bedroom also boasts a generously sized bespoke wardrobe, and there are handles that emulate a detail found on the Edwardian fittings left in the mail centre. The bed doesn’t feel dwarfed in the room either with thanks largely to a 2.4m wide headboard, which is also made up of three luxuriously padded panels.
In the adjoining en suite, the feel is distinctly industrial, with metro-style wall tiles inspired by ones used in the original stairways and smart black brassware. The finish is seamlessly carried through on to the trio of heated towel rails, custom-made shower enclosure and bespoke mirrored cabinet above the WC. ‘We love the master en suite with its wall-to-wall mirror behind the bath, which really opens up the room,’ says Jaki. ‘It’s reminiscent of a boutique hotel suite and fits the brief perfectly for creating a luxury space for modern living that is sympathetic to the Edwardian building without being a pastiche.’
Jaki’s favourite design element is the brass detailing that runs throughout; from the wardrobe handles and electric fascias to the lamps and taps specified in the kitchen and second bathroom. ‘These are reminiscent of the Royal Mail crest that appears on all of the original Post Office’s branding,’ she explains. ‘And although it took a very long time to find gold tap finishes that would stand up to the specification criteria, we were committed to getting every detail exactly right in creating the perfect bedroom and en suite.’
The interior of this apartment follows a brief for contemporary luxury with historically inspired details. High ceilings, large original windows and heritage colours are complemented by plush fabric finishes in the master bedroom while the master en suite boasts a striking utilitarian look. Design schemes by Amos and Amos start from £15,000. Apartments start from £715,000 and are for sale with Savills, Knight Frank and Beauchamp Estates. Visit islingtonsquare.com for more information.
Photos by Grant Silverman
Article by: Sally Narraway