Luxury interior design studio Gordon-Duff & Linton celebrates a successful first year of business this month, working on over 20 projects across central London, creating remarkable plush interiors throughout developments in residential, commercial and hotel interior design sectors.
Based in Battersea, the success of Gordon-Duff & Linton is a result of an alliance of renowned developer Gary Linton, founder and CEO of the Linton Group and interior design expert and director of the studio Gemma Gordon-Duff. The privately owned predominantly residential, luxury property development company is design led and focused.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Gemma Gordon-Duff, Director of Gordon-Duff, to discover some key information with regards to the collaboration. Gemma told us:
“I was Design Director at my previous company, during which time I worked on several developments with Gary. One day Gary approached me, explaining he had a fantastic pipeline of projects coming through, suggesting a partnership through an interior design practice. I had a long think about it, and decided that it was a great idea, and accepted his offer.”
The largest project that the team have tackled is Kentish Town, comprising 60 units made up of 53 stylish apartments and seven lavish penthouses layered on the top floor, with beautiful terraces displaying stunning glass curtain walling that looks out over the picturesque city. The site also features a double height reception, emphasising the elegance and spaciousness of the building.
The residential scheme began with Gary and Gemma obtaining planning permission for what was originally a Victorian warehouse, followed by an office; with a plan to transform the space into chic residential units. Kentish Town as an area is growing in popularity, with new developments nearby; however the partnership wanted to extend this by adding a touch of luxury, creating something special.
Featuring herringbone floors throughout, the sumptuous penthouses also have comforting outdoor fireplaces situated on the attractive terraces. All high specification properties boast bespoke kitchens, bespoke joinery and hi-tech equipment. There has been speculation of the addition of a unique, innovative garden room also being introduced into the developments in the near future.
Kentish Town was Gordon-Duff & Linton’s very first project, and is due for completion May 2016, conveying the scale of the project. The contractors that the alliance worked alongside were Blenheim House Construction, contributing to an ongoing successful development project.
“There has been an enormous amount of support from contractors I work with, all of the consultants, the trade suppliers and clients. Everyone has been very supportive; it has been an eye-opener and a real learning curve. It’s all about the working relationships and being open and honest, the skills, and bringing momentum into the project.”
Other key schemes that Gordon-Duff & Linton have embarked up on include a refurbishment of the Marylebone Hotel, a four star upscale hotel that features mod-cons and fantastic views of London. Another is the development of luxury offices on Sloan Street, which entailed creating trendy hexagonal rooms, a club room and partner offices, and incorporating bespoke carpets, all within a listed building.
Furthermore, the partnership has also worked on a high-end scheme at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, transforming one of the beautiful buildings surrounding the popular square into nine apartments. The site encompasses elegant, spacious rooms, as well as three apartments at the rear – one of which is a duplex. The partners have given the duplex a contemporary touch due to it being a new build, therefore mixing classic design with contemporary to produce a fun and quirky style.
The design team led by Gemma Gordon-Duff ensure that they keep up to date and ahead of current trends, maintaining a fresh approach. This is critical due to developments all being individual and unique, boasting a boutique concept.
Speaking to Gary Linton, Premier Hospitality discovered a few things. He commented:
“The relationship that I and Gemma have is critical to our business – when I’m pitching for an investment, our close working relationship is a big part of our offering as it enables us to carry out all areas of the job smoothly. The ethos of the company is interior design-led so we get Gemma and her team involved in the early stages with each project, so they can form part of the brief involving architecture and concept of brand, right through to the finished product.
“The project list has grown tremendously; the number of clients has grown quicker than we ever imagined so it’s great. We currently have £205million gross development pipelines under management, and 12 different schemes at various stages of construction or planning.”