Blue Ivy House delves deep to respond to the design personality of the semi-retired clients. Rejecting polite conservatism and instead, reflecting their deep appreciation for art and literature with some bold material and colour selections. Blue Ivy House is inspired by the artistic provocations of the material palette whilst responding to the redefined spatial settings created in the floor plan. The design accommodates a significant book collection and walls were designed to accommodate the clients' existing substantial art collection. Materials, furniture and coverings were chosen to respond to both the clients brief and references from literature and art. Furniture was carefully selected together with the client, including dining room pendants ( AJ Royal Pendant by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen from Cult Design), kitchen pendant and spotlights from Darkon, the Mark Tuckey timber table, the dining chairs from Danish Red in Armadale, black steel planter boxes from Redfox & Wilcox, a wool and silk floor rug from Jenny Jones Rugs and the Nook sofa, cushions and bed linen from Jardan. 

Each room on the ground floor interlinks spatially with the next, and the hall wall creates a circulation zone that serves as gallery and entry. The Kitchen and Dining space is organised around the generous island bench, complimented by the adjacent timber dining table. Open timber shelves increase the practicality of the high overhead cupboards and allow for display of glassware. The dining room wall is fully lined with the cantilevered timber shelves which work with the Mark Tuckey timber table. The marble is also used as shelving, fashioned into a full-height bookshelf between kitchen and lounge, and a hybrid marble- timber bookshelves in the end of the kitchen island itself. Upstairs the material palette deepens, with a hand- stitched leather bedhead layering autumnal tones, light timber veneer and blue carpet.


Specified materials are low-voc and ethically and sustainably sourced. The engineered floorboards and oak shelves are  FSC Chain of Custody Certified. A new lighting design together with additional glazed doors opening to the rear courtyard bring significantly more natural light to living area and zoning together with light sensors minimises electric light use during the day.