Granit recently took some time out of the office for an inspirational visit to a world-renowned Interior designer and the Battersea Power Station development. Firstly, we took the short trip down to Chelsea and visited Rose Uniacke’s two stores on Pimlico Road.
On entering the fabric shop at number 103, we were greeted by a member of the Rose Uniacke team who kindly gave us a private tour of their Spring 2022 Collection.
The store presented a versatile display of fabrics, seamlessly transitioning between colours, tones and textures. Our team spent some time exploring the fabrics, sifting through of a variety of velvet, wool, silk, linen, hemp, cotton and corduroy, which are all made from the highest quality 100% natural, organic materials. We were intrigued to find out the ways in which these fabrics are produced, and fascinated to find out how much of the process is derived from ancient techniques! From upholstering furniture, to drapery, and wall coverings, we all thoroughly enjoyed seeing the different ways in which these fabrics can be put to use.
We then crossed the road to the flagship store at Number 76-78, featuring a carefully curated range of furnishings and finishes, some designed by Rose herself. Seeing the store populated with an accumulation of vintage antiques and original pieces by Rose, demonstrates the hard work and skill that goes into designing an interior, and how, in her case, this skill comes so naturally and effortlessly for some.
On a whole, it was inspiring to see how versatile and well-crafted these fabrics and furnishings were, a testament to Rose Uniacke’s ethos to pursue the use of ethically sourced and sustainable materials, which is something that we, at Granit, are extremely passionate about.
We then moved on to view Circus West Village, the first completed chapter in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, and the riverside neighbourhood. We could see the Battersea Roof Gardens, with stylish new apartments designed by Foster + Partners, Battersea Roof Gardens will provide a unique green space in the sky with 360 degree views of London.
The first London homes by acclaimed architects, Gehry Partners, have been designed to evoke the billowing sails of ships. The undulating facades of the two buildings will mean that no two of the 310 homes will be the same…an architectural masterpiece or architectural dogs dinner? The team were undecided on this one.