Ingenious design transformed a tiny neglected London flat into a stylish, space-savvy, multitasking home
Words by Joanna Simmons
Olga Alexeeva, of interior design firm Black & Milk Residential, likes a challenge, and when she was asked by a firm of developers to modernise a small studio flat in central London, that’s exactly what she got. ‘Not only was it tiny, it had not been touched in more than 30 years and was a real wreck,’ says Olga of the fourth floor apartment. ‘But I was lucky it came along. It was such an exciting, challenging project.’
Exciting it may have been, straightforward it was not. The flat sits on the top floor of a block, situated in a quiet courtyard in central London. ‘There was no road access to it and never anywhere to park nearby,’ laughs Olga. ‘We had to carry everything on foot to the property!’ In addition, building and safety regulations limited how Olga could reconfigure the space, and the age of the property – it’s about 150 years old – also threw up issues. Once the two-month build was underway, for example, moving ancient pipework provoked a huge leak.