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Prestigious London Rowhouse Gets a 'Contemporary Edge'

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Fifteen years ago, interior designer Veere Grenney outfitted this posh slice of London real estate, a neoclassical townhouse on London's Regent's Park designed in the 1820s by prestigious London architect John Nash, according to a "traditional genre," one that was "quite chintzy, with a Colefax and Fowler feeling," or so he told AD in a feature published in this month's issue. When the owners, philanthropists with three children, asked Grenney back to rehash the space, they wanted something, well, totally different: "they have become major collectors of contemporary art so the decoration had to be more pared down. The house's architecture became more important, as did the quality of the finishes."

And so they went minimal, placing pristine vintage pieces alongside Matisse drawings and neon-and-mirror works by contemporary artists. In the study (↑) for example, a midcentury leather desk and chair by midcentury French art deco modernist Jacques Adnet sits nearby a neo-expressionist work by Philip Guston—and then Grenney painted the walls pink.

The sleekness of the spread is most clearly seen in the drawing room (↑), which features op art by English painter Bridget Riley, plus a 1953 lacquer cocktail table by Jean Royère and a wing chair of Grenney's own design.

In the entrance hall (↑), neon work by Tracey Emin is reflected in the polished black granite and marble on the floors. See all the photos over at Arch Digest.

· Veere Grenney Updates a London Rowhouse with Cutting Edge Art and Sleek Interiors [Architectural Digest]
· All The Printed Page posts [Curbed National]