From ELLE Decoration
Daunting though it may be, a blank canvas offers endless opportunities.
But how do you find focus? This was the challenge facing Danny Pine, founder of interior design and property investment company Pinzauer, and architect William Smalley when they took on their fifth project together – a large, empty shell of a building in Notting Hill.
They needed a muse. So, they invented one: a Jil Sander-clad fictional chatelaine who is a blend of Italian socialite and style icon Marella Agnelli and Tilda Swinton’s character from the film I Am Love. The duo imagined their own leading lady padding silently around the rooms of the Disco House, as the property was affectionately nicknamed.
With nothing but bare boards, stud walls and a staircase running like a spine through the building, William and Danny were free to arrange the internal layout as