Having lived in South West London (SW3 and SW6 between 2003 and 2011) and as an owner of a flat in the up and coming Sands End near Chelsea Harbour, I have become quite familiar with an area that spans all the way to Wandsworth to the South and Putney to the West. There's no denying that both have changed considerably in the last 10 years with the a new generation of buyers who want to live in London and enjoy the proximity to large shopping centres like the King's Road and Westfield in Shepherd's Bush.
Today's post will introduce you to an exciting new development by Pocket Living, Mapleton Crescent, in the heart of SW18. But first, let's talk about the area.
Wandsworth residents can enjoy access to large parks like Wandsworth Common and King George's Park, while Richmond Park is only a short drive away and Wimbledon Park (and the village) are easily reached on bike.
With good transport links and the A214 taking you straight into Fulham (or to the nearest IKEA in Croydon, 30 min drive away), good schools and a variety of trendy cafes and restaurants, it is the place to be investing in. And having looked extensively to the north, east and SW London over a period of time, it is in my personal view one of the best places to live in London.
Mapleton Crescent SW18
In the heart of central Wandsworth and next to the River Wandle, Pocket Living have recently unveiled their latest development, Mapleton Crescent SW18. Set on an unusual triangular-shaped plot, the building's slender structure adds much interest to Wandsworth's skyline.
Designed by award winning architects Metropolitan Workshop, well known for their innovative work, the building seems connected to its surrounding area and community with the use of colour. Green glazed tiles have been used to clad the building. The architects felt that the outside of the building needed a material that was durable, beautiful, reflective and low maintenance.
Most manufactured materials fade over time but colours remain vibrant when used in ceramics, meaning Mapleton Crescent SW18’s glazed tiles will stand the test of time with minimal maintenance.
Materials that stand the test of time
But how did Metropolitan Workshop achieve this beautiful green shade for their cladding? River Wandle was the inspiration but as the perfect shade seemed to be elusive, they turned to a collaboration between architectural design and art – ceramic art. So they commissioned fine art ceramicist Loraine Rutt, to consult on the glaze colour.
The two-tone quality, a silvery, blue-green with depth was achieved after many trials. Loraine said, “Glaze is more than colour, it is a quality of surface. The richness can come as much from the depth of the glazes as the depth of the colour.” If you know anything about glazes, you definitely understand how achieving the right shade is down to a lot of trial and error!
Mapleton Crescent Supper Club
To celebrate this latest development in their portfolio, Pocket Living hosted a supper club last month to explore how colour influences all aspects of design. With speakers like Abigail Bruce, Marketing Director Pantone EMEA who offered insight in Greenery (colour of the year 2017) and Loraine Rutt herself, the inspirational evening was definitely all about colour.
Pantone's presentation focused on one key message: being innovative and different through use of colour and shape. Trends that will be taking hold in 2019 are the following:
2019 trends that will shape interiors
Experience - We move away from being passive consumers of information. Instead we want active participation - I could not think of a better example for this than the recent rise of interiors trends through Instagram. Never before have I seen so many homeowners actively participating in the annual trends and showing each other how they have implemented them in their homes.
Well being - We slow down and connect with what really matters: friends and family.
Nature - The green in nature (as manifested with the Colour of the Year 2017 Greenery - has restorative and re-charging powers. We all want to spend more time outdoors. This is also enhanced by the Florals trend - think murals, cushions, bedding. Also Digital Printing which can help take your ideas further (murals, pictures on walls).
Natural materials - combining modern technology with those textures that feel familiar and organic.
Hand crafted - consumer want to be able to connect to products, and those hand made, hand crafted ones always tell stories! The texture, an intended dimple in a ceramic plate, helping us connect with the artist.
Ultra violet - Pantone's Colour of the Year 2018 is complex and contemplative, suggests the mysteries of the cosmos and the intrigue of what lies ahead, says Abigail Bruce. See a video on this trend: Ultra Violet.
The Mapleton Crescent offering
One, two and three bedroom homes
Low service charges
Small number of homes per floor
Ready to move by Summer 2018
Close to parks and local amenities
Next to Wimbledon, Fulham and the King's Road
Good transport links
The new building features 36 competitively-priced Pocket Edition two and three bedroom homes and 53 one bedroom Pocket homes available at a discount of at least 20% to the surrounding market rate, specifically for first time buyers who live or work locally.
Trends: Texture, florals, hand crafted, Greenery
Trends: Raw materials, greenery, hand crafted
With clever joinery, the space can open up and feel light and airy.
A spacious landscaped roof terrace on the 23rd floor, for all residents to enjoy, benefits from uninterrupted views of the city’s iconic skyline. The large residents’ lounge on the 1st floor is the ideal environment for flexible working and the art deco inspired foyer provides a beautifully light residents entrance, all available with low service charges.
The small number of homes per floor gives the development an intimate feel, whilst exclusive access to shared spaces provides the perfect balance of both collective and private living. A number of the competitively priced two and three bedroom Pocket Edition homes are still available for sale. The scheme will be ready to move into by Summer 2018.
What does it look like inside?
Kitchen - dining and living open plan space: enough space to create a breakfast table, separate dining space and a good proportionate living space with views from two sides.
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Metro tiles in a variety of similar colour glazes in a kitchen that has plenty of storage and feels light and airy. Organic materials are used throughout the show room, including these bar stools.
Bedrooms - designer look and feel. We love the clever use of upholstered headboard with piping all around. Pocket Living can help buyers source similar products for their own new homes.
We love showrooms - they can show you the true potential of a new home.
The design is compact - all precious square feet have been used. There's even room for a workspace/ reading nook. The calming sage green on the wall works with the beautiful flooring.
The doors can close, allowing privacy and quiet for reading. Or open up to join the spaces.
The bathrooms - whether ensuite or family bathroom, they are fully tiled and even feature wet rooms.
Be quick - limited availability
If the show room photos are anything to go by, these homes will make their new owners really happy.
The Pocket Living mission is to help city makers make London their home. Their Pocket homes provide compact one bedroom affordable homes for young Londoners local to the development, whilst their larger two and three bedroom Pocket Edition homes are available to all.
A limited number of Pocket Edition homes are still available at Mapleton Crescent SW18! To find out more visit mapletoncrescentsw18.com or call 020 7291 3683 to arrange a visit to their newly launched show home.