The client, an outwardly conservative-looking pillar of the establishment, unexpectedly asked Bannenberg & Rowell to develop a sharply contemporary interior without straying into any uncomfortable minimalism. Our initial scheme was actually questioned by the shipyard as to whether there had been a mistake of some sort. There hadn’t. To this day, Abeking’s interior subcontractor reminds us not to design a staircase like that again.
Interior photography by David Churchill