Upmeads is a Grade II* listed property designed by Edgar Wood and considered as a piece of pioneering work of the modernist movement. The house was built in was built in 1908 and is one of the most remarkable buildings of its date in England, but nevertheless signs of age were apparent with water damage to the flat roof as well as the interiors being in need of a refresh.
Base were commissioned to oversee the careful restoration work to the arts and crafts property and to carry out the interior design. The interior design was sympathetically considered to ensure it reflected the style of the property from the sourcing of cast iron radiators down to Bakelite light switches.
Fabrics were largely sourced from the archives of William Morris, a contemporary of Edgar Wood, with classic designs such as ‘Acanthus’, ‘Branch’ and ‘Strawberry Thief’ being specified in the entrance hall and dramatic double height reception.
A custom designed carpet from Riviere Rugs was commissioned for the dining room as well as bespoke upholstery and furniture throughout. The bathrooms were redesigned to incorporate Cole and Son wallpaper alongside luxurious finishes, custom designed lighting and carefully sourced fittings and accessories.
The only departure from this aesthetic was the ultra-modern kitchen which was completely remodelled with the design and cabinetry by Bulthaup in Cheshire. The brief was to create a minimal space that contrasted with rest of the house.