Library in the Woods

Dulwich, London

Type: Renovation and Interior Design
Client: Private
Contract Value:£20,000
Status: Completed November 2016

This is a property originally designed by architects Austin Vernon & Partners that lies within the Dulwich Estate. The house was built in 1959 sits within a row of 5 houses inside the Dulwich Woods. Externally the property is protected and cannot be modified, but internally the house has some very distinctive mid-century features that A Small Studio has concentrated on revealing and reinstating. This has been a full interior design job aimed at making the family’s large library a central aspect of the sitting room with a double layer of circulation. Vitsoe shelving was installed throughout this house and we commissioned a local upholster to make a daybed for the large window seat. Additional space was added to the house by installing a central heating system hidden within the skirting boards, thus freeing up wall-space throughout.

The majority of exemplar housing in the Dulwich Estate was designed by Architects Austin Vernon & Partners in the mid 1960s, so they are interesting spaces to work with. A good review of the Dulwich Estate housing was written by the Dulwich Society.