Bella Freud and Maria Speake, co-founder of design and salvage mecca Retrouvius, have a long-standing history after having collaborated on not only the designer's flagship store, but also her two London homes. Now, they're bringing the fruits of their combined design vision further afield in the form of Helios 710, a three-bedroom, two-floor penthouse in The Helios, a circular Grade II-listed building at Television Centre, the former BBC headquarters in White City. Now available to buy fully furnished for £3,925,000, the space is as stylish as you'd imagine from the duo. A 70s theme runs throughout - think block colours used to frame vintage furniture and wall hangings, and special-edition rugs inspired by the wording on Freud's framed jumpers. Then there's the views, with east and west vistas of the London skyline. Whether you're in the market for a new property, or just need some interiors inspiration, Freud's penthouse is a good starting point.
"This was an opportunity for us to continue working together," said Maria Speake. "On this occasion we had the chance to explore a fantasy home for Bella, how she would live without having to think too practically."
"It is a continuation of the other spaces we have created, a natural progression," added Speake. "We thought of the previous locations as ‘Bella’s Home’ and Bella’s Shop’. Now we’re imagining ‘Bella’s Penthouse’."
"Whenever we make decisions about a space our conversations tend to be about how lovely a certain colour is, or a beautiful object, rather than dreary storage solutions." said Speake. "The idea was that things should be rooted in west Manchester which is why everyone was keen for Bella to be involved."
"I wanted the space to be calm, sexy, elegant and spacious," said Freud. "Somewhere you can retreat and come up with ideas. A place where you feel as comfortable spending time alone as having a big group of friends over."
"If you have a favourite colour use it as an anchor," said Freud. "Bring in items that are dear to you: it will make your home feel very personal."
"The penthouse is all about looking out: looking out of the windows and enjoying the view of the London skyline; looking out and feeling connected to the building and the people around you," said Freud.