The Lobby at Onyx Apartments

Jigsaw Interior Architecture was first approached back in 2015 by Taylor Wimpey Central London to design an interior architecture and FF&E scheme at the inception of Onyx Apartments, their proposed canal side development in King’s Cross. Jigsaw Interior Architecture’s early vision for the development was one of industrial luxe, where the juxtaposition of raw with refined materials would reflect the transformation of the King’s Cross area from a commercial hub to a high end residential one.

The lobby has a real impact upon visitors and residents, setting the tone for the aesthetic quality of our interior architecture and interior design schemes and within the remainder of the development. When designing every element of a development Jigsaw Interior Architecture appreciates that the design and finishes selected for each aspect of the building must have a relationship to one another and be cohesive. We feel the initial impression the lobby design makes successfully conveys the original concept of industrial luxe. The walls of the double height space are clad in oversized concrete sheets, the matt and mottled finish of which is contrasted with a high shine metallic brass edge. Details are added by embossing the concrete in places to make signage wording, patterns of holes ( representing the scaffolding framework) and cog shapes (a nod to the area’s industrial heritage). Inlaid brass is also used with the concrete for signage and decoration.

The double height concrete walls are a perfect backdrop for a collection of architectural brass Allegro pendant lights by Foscarini, whose metallic spokes echo the cog details on the walls. The lobby’s reception desk grounds the space in a block of solid, angular Emperador marble, with the natural veining in the stone complementing the mottling of the concrete and adding the polished luxury element to the space. Behind the reception desk hangs a curtain made from chainmail providing a playful and edgy twist.

The contrast of darkness and light, natural and man-made materials is further explored with the selection of wood effect porcelain floor tiles in a light oak and installed in a chevron pattern. For the furnishings Jigsaw Interior Architecture’s Interior Design department selected practical and hardwearing faux black leather with buttoning details for the large sofa and recessed banquette seating. Within the communal hallways Jigsaw Interior Architecture’s lighting design perfectly highlights artworks, designed in-house and specially commissioned, creating atmosphere and interest against the backdrop of textured grey wallpaper.

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