It is people like Roksanda Ilinčić that generate excitement for the future of the designer houses. An alumnus of the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade, and a favourite among the royals (The Duchess of Cambridge swears by her) London-based fashion designer Roksanda has now lent her creative touch to the interiors of an iconic apartment. After dressing A-listers and some of the most famous women across the globe, the Serbian designer has given a beautiful take on The Penthouse, in the heart of London’s King’s Cross.
One of the many achievements of Roksanda apart from being awarded the ‘British Designer of the Year’ at Elle Style Awards in 2016 is being featured in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition ‘Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950’. As expected, there’s an elegant amalgamation of her signature style to the three-bedroom duplex penthouse she’s effortlessly designed to perfection.
The Penthouse is part of a landmark residence, which sits within the “triplet” of Grade II-listed Victorian gasholder guide frames. Best known for her use of colour blocking and geometric patterns, it features Ilinčić’s unique combination of contemporary yet exclusively stylish art between all rooms. Ilinčić’s signature style and aesthetics come from her own inspiration when she was a previous resident of Kings Cross. “Iconic and beautiful Gasholders always captured her attention”, says the celebrated designer.
We can see Roksanda’s contemporary style transcend into this landmark project as well where she’s added murals and artwork by established female designers. From Paris-based artist Caroline Denervaud to stunning furniture creations by Lina Bo Bardi and Charlotte Perriand, you’ll see it all (not to forget textiles by Kvadrat and Lena Rewell). “Architecture, art, and design are disciplines which consistently inspire my own collections,” Roksanda told Forbes.
Two important elements of the apartment’s aesthetic are the spacious kitchen and the entrance hallway complete with a large open-plan living/dining room. Roksanda’s innate modernist colour palette has transformed this house whose balconies overlook King’s Cross and Coal Drops Yard.
By Mehak Anand
Artwork by Sasha Green