Tucked away in the heart of London, Chelsea House by OZADesign explores balance and harmony through every design element to create an urban refuge.
Situated in London’s bustling Chelsea and designed by OZA Design in collaboration with art advisor Maria Abramenko, Chelsea House is designed with tranquillity in mind. The London pied-à-terre features a series of interconnected yet independent spaces; timeless, minimalist and refined in design, rooted in calmness.
The contemporary kitchen “is a study in contrasts”, featuring hot-rolled steel cabinetry and geometric Frama pendant lights.
Custom-made charred oak plinths feature in the kitchen.
OZA Design, a London-based architecture and design studio founded by architects Özge Öztürk and Alexandre Simeray, is a testament to their passion for creating distinctive design experiences by focusing on curation, craftsmanship, and culture. Their latest project, Chelsea House, is no exception. Built initially as a small outbuilding behind the historical Cranleigh Garden residence, they’ve preserved its rich history through thoughtful design moves that have modernised the interiors. “This is not what you would expect from a traditional Chelsea house,” Özge Öztürk says. “There is no pretentious architectural detailing, no fake patina to shine, and every material comes in its raw appearance to enhance its natural beauty”.
The pied-à-terre harmoniously merges private and public spaces. The ground floor features communal living spaces, and the upper floor serves as both a private area and a secluded workspace; every space in the house seamlessly flows to create an inviting yet calm atmosphere. “Each room has been drawn with the same rigorous line, tying together the architecture, the concealed joinery, the fittings, and the furnishing,” Özge says. “We deliberately removed all unnecessary doors and increased the size of the architraves to allow light to flood the space, creating a visible thread that connects each area.”
The dining area features an integrated wine cellar and custom-patterned timber flooring by OZA Design.
The transitional dining room features boxed wall panelling, playing with symmetry and form.
Classic French doors and windows create beautiful light play in the living area.
OZA Design sought to “convey feelings and emotions through space and materiality”; embodied through their commitment to authentic craftsmanship. The living area features carefully curated, custom-made furniture from their first design collection, ‘Warrior’. The dining area features bespoke pieces, including an integrated wine cellar, sculptural charred oak plinths, and custom-patterned timber flooring – also designed by OZA Design.
A textural yet neutral palette plays to the soft and calm theme throughout. The light-filled living area features marble stone, travertine accents, and light oak timber flooring, as well as clay-clad walls in warm beige that initiate a considered interplay between form and texture. “Playing with light and creating different shadows and depth at different times of day made this project unique,” Alexandre Simeray reflects. “It was like creating art on these large-scale walls.”
Alexandre believes “The essential is invisible to the eyes” in the Chelsea House, adding, “It’s a beautifully crafted balance between light and shadow, feminine and masculine, traditional and unusual”.