It takes a group of talented collaborators to launch a new TOG building. For United House in Notting Hill, TOG's latest opening, the design team joined forces with the award-winning Universal Design Studio. Here, the studio’s Daisy Roth and Becky White chat with TOG designers Nasim Koërting and Emma Archer about how they made it happen.
Daisy: Notting Hill has a rich history and the building itself also was inspiration. It was designed by architectural firm Squire & Partners, and taking on a shell and working with it respectfully is always really exciting. There are some interesting features – timber ceilings and exposed structures, for example – and the floor plan itself is quite unusual. It meant we could get creative with how we planned the space.
Nasim: I find the bones of the building really interesting, and the elements we inherited are really nice to work with.
Daisy: A lot of our process was about taking what we had and creating a space that felt like a home from home.
Becky: One of our references was [the artist] David Hockney's former flat, which is in west London. He had a really eclectic apartment with quite a neutral background that took on this lively but lived-in feel.