Designer Visit: Ebba Thott of Sigmar in Notting Hill
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Designer Ebba Thott of Sigmar creates a distinctively cosmopolitan vibe in this Victorian flat in Notting Hill. Originally from Sweden, Thott lived in New York before settling in London ten years ago. She's the cofounder (with furniture specialist Nina Hertig) of Sigmar , an interior design consultancy and shop located on King's Road. For this project, a Victorian flat in the fashionable neighborhood of Notting Hill, Thott used a blend of Scandinavian modernism and English eclecticism in the interiors—an apt reflection of the far-flung travels of both designer and client (who is an American in London). Photography by Petr Krejci . Above: Thott brings an Old World feel to the entrance hall (reminiscent of those in prewar New York apartment buildings) with a traditional Thonet bench and coat hook. Above: The floor in the entrance hall is inset with stone; the change in texture signifies arrival. Above: Reclaimed oak floors throughout the flat introduce a relaxed warmth. Above: A painting from the owner's contemporary art collection hangs in the hallway. Above: Thott designed the custom shelving; the library ladder is from Sigmar. Above: Thott used London Cloud from the Damo Collection (her own line of paints) on the lounge walls. "The green on the lampshade and cushion is a lovely pea green," Thott says. "I was inspired by the green in some of the paintings in the client's beautiful and quirky art collection and used it to tie the room together. Above: Thott used a dark brown paint shade (Cocoa from the Damo Collection by Sigmar) for the trim and baseboard. Above: A steel four-poster bed adds a modern note to the wallpapered bedroom. Above: A steel bookshelf hovers against the hand-blocked Oak Leaf wallpaper by Marthe Armitage for Hamilton Weston. Above: The bath is enlivened by an installation of Blueware tiles, patterned with photographic-negative images of pressed weeds from London streets.