“There’s always a certain pleasure that can be derived from looking into the private homes of artists and designers, as we actually get to see how they choose to live and how their creativity unfolds minus a client hovering over their heads. Not surprisingly, the private residence of eclectic and multitalented London-based interior designer Danielle Moudaber is a riot of unusual shapes and objects, all set against a dramatic backdrop of soothing blue walls and swirling white decorations. Of Lebanese origin, Moudaber has criss-crossed the world over the years, drawing inspiration from different cultures on the way; as a result, she has developed an idiosyncratic style that brings together contrasting elements to create a sense of surprise and uniqueness.
Moudaber’s London home is a two-storey maisonette in an 1870’s Victorian-style building that used to be two separate flats, which she bought at different times. The living space and kitchen on the ground floor are connected to the sleeping areas on the upper floor via a sculptural staircase designed by Moudaber herself (which rather resembles the backbone of some gigantic marine animal). The high-ceiling spaces on both floors were then filled with all sorts of treasures: items again designed by Moudaber (such as the large table and sofas in the living room, the chandeliers in the bedroom, the TV stand in the second bedroom and more), original works of art, as well as antiques and vintage furniture, like for example the large red lights over the sofa which once adorned a 1940‘s bank.
Reminiscent perhaps of the palace of some fantastical King of the sea, Danielle Moudaber ’s apartment was designed, as she says, to ‘‘sooth her soul’’ and remind her of the endless blue of the Mediterranean as seen from a seaside terrace. Indeed, whilst the apartment evokes the openness and light of the Mediterranean, at the same time it is so rich in detail that is also like an enormous live-in artwork. For Moudaber, the inspiration behind the design was in fact her own needs and tastes: ‘‘A space to think and work, to create and make things happen, to work out and maintain my enthusiasm and my imagination, to entertain, laugh and dance, to be in love and fall in love… I needed a backdrop for all of that, ideally one that is aesthetically pleasing and that promotes all these activities — and perhaps one that can inspire me to add some new ones too!’’
Text : Kiri Spirou Photo © Moon Ray Studio