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Somerville Scott designer's stylish mansion flat

On the penthouse floor of a mansion block, furniture designer Amy Somerville has created a chic family home with the delights of city life right on the doorstep

Posted: 1 September 2011
by Junior

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Look around the apartment and, to many anxious parents’ eyes, there are lots of beautiful pieces of furniture that could easily come to grief. In the main living room, for example, there’s an imposing Fazioli grand piano (a 40th birthday present from Lorne to himself) and chic, white, leather-upholstered Swedish Modernist armchairs, not to mention a custom-made dining table with a pristine red leather top. Don’t the children ruin the furniture? Amy laughs and points to one end of the red leather table. “That’s their end, where they like to sit – the leather is getting a nice patina from various stains!” As for the grand piano, this is a musical household and nothing is off-limits: Ella often sits down to play the piano, not to mention the recorder and saxophone. Leading off the drawing room is the original glass conservatory – a favourite spot for the family to sprawl.

Amy co-runs Somerville Scott, a company specialising in beautifully crafted bespoke furniture, so it’s second nature for her to have beautiful items all around. She and Stuart Scott, her business partner, launched the company in 2006 after Amy commissioned Stuart to create built-in furniture for the apartment. “At any one time I have a thousand ideas in my head – I’m always looking at antiques, then filter these down into something useful,” she says. It’s a career that also fits in well with the children. “I’m back for the 3pm pick-up, and can work from my home office while the children hang out in the kitchen.”

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