Waldo Works unveils modernist-inspired penthouse at Television Centre

The expansive interiors are inspired by the cultural heritage of the host Helios building

Waldo Works apartment at Television Centre
Television Centre

Waldo Works may be last, but is no means least, in a host of interior designer headline acts who have transformed a series of penthouse apartments, in collaboration with leading architects, at west London’s Television Centre development.

Tom Bartlett, founder of Waldo Works, portrait
Tom Bartlett pictured inside the Television Centre apartment
Michael Sinclair

The east London-based studio, which specialises in high end residential but also counts Smythson, Selfridges and Wartski among its clients, is led by Tom Bartlett and he follows in the footsteps of Suzy Hoodless and Bella Freud (who teamed up with Retrouvius to create her 1970s themed apartment), in completing penthouse interiors at the former home of the BBC in White City.

Waldo works penthouse at Televisinon centre
The dining area features a bespoke high gloss lacquered table, combined with Verpan Series 430 dining chairs upholstered in burnt orange De La Cuona fabric
Michael Sinclair

Designed by architects Alford Hall Monaghan Morris and measuring 4,068 square feet with four bedrooms, this is by far the largest penthouse and commands the top two floors of the iconic doughnut-shaped Grade II-listed Helios building, with four outdoor terraces offering master-of-the-universe panoramas of London.

waldo works apartment at television centre
Michael Sinclair

As with fellow design studios and also Soho House, who share space at Television Centre, Waldo Works looked to the cultural heritage of the building for inspiration, making subtle nods to its TV past in textiles – such as pixellated sofa upholstery by Cristian Zuzunaga – and artworks.

Waldo works penthouse at television centre
The paper sculpture by Deepa Panchamia was commissioned for the project and is a nod to sound waves
Michael Sinclair

Renowned for a bold, expressive use of colour, Bartlett has used a post-war inspired modernist palette with accents of mustard, burnt orange and teal present in wallpapers, upholstery and graphic custom-designed rugs, woven for the scheme by Christopher Farr. The open-plan living space is anchored by a central black timber-clad contemporary fireplace with the dining side dominated by a glossy teal table for eight, bespoke designed by Waldo Works.

waldo works penthouse at television centre
AHMM’s black timber lined kitchen
Michael Sinclair

This area leads into a black timber lined kitchen, with contrasting Carrara marble splashbacks. The lounge, on opposite side of the hearth, is organised around an Annie Albers rug with seating provided by an curved Living Divani Rod Bean Sofa, Glas Italia nesting tables and two shapely armchairs, one by Christophe Delcourt and the other Felix McCormack.

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Dedar wallpaper by Hermès lines the media room, furnished with a Wendelbo Raft Sofa and antique armchair from Retrouvius and lit by the Moonati wall light by Ingo Maurer.
Michael Sinclair

The two levels are connected by a winding steel staircase, designed by the architects, with the atrium pierced by a Deepa Panchamia paper sculpture. Bedrooms are contained on the lower floor, while upstairs there are three reception rooms, a marble-lined cook’s kitchen, library, study and media room. Luxurious finishes abound in the bathrooms, with travertine-lined walls and 18-carat gold-plated fittings.

waldo works penthouse at television centre
Bedroom by Waldo Works
Michael Sinclair

‘The design of the penthouse was inspired by the incredible history of the site and the exciting exterior architecture by Graham Dawbarn of Norman & Dawbarn,’ says Bartlett of the project, which is on the market (unfurnished) for £7.6m, ‘It was an honour to work on such a landmark building.’ waldoworks.com

Residential enquiries can be made via the website televisioncentre.com

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