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Living Etc Magazine|February 2021
Fashion designer Filippa Knutsson has brought a sense of lightness, fluidity and family functionality to this gorgeous Georgian terrace
Juliet Benning

LIVING ROOM

Painting the shutters and architrave in the same dusty pink tone brings a chic uniformity to this scheme.

Walls in Setting Plaster, Farrow & Ball. Sculpture (left of fireplace), André Bloc. Painting, Jacques Nestlé

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THE OWNER

Swedish-born fashion designer Filippa Knutsson who set up her sustainable fashion brand, Filippa K, in 1993. She lived in the house with her children Nina, 25, Tom, 22, and Dylan, 19, from her previous marriages.

THE PROPERTY

A Georgian town house in Islington, north London, built in 1828 and laid out across five floors. The lower ground floor has two bedrooms, a utility room and cloakroom. The ground floor has a dining/living room, kitchen and cloakroom and leads out to the garden. On the first floor is another living room and home office. The second floor has the master bedroom and large en-suite bathroom. The third-floor bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and balcony.

HALLWAY

The original panelling from 1828 was restored and new solid oak floorboards were laid.

Flooring, Havwoods. Sisal stair runner, Alternative Flooring. Walls and woodwork in Cornforth White, Farrow & Ball

When Filippa Knutsson grew up in Chelsea in the 1970s she remembers the north London borough of Islington as ‘feeling like the end of the world’. Yet several decades later, she honed in on Barnsbury, finding it the ideal location for her home, which has recently been sold through The Modern House.

Despite having been born in Sweden, the fashion designer’s formative years in the capital imprinted on her heavily. ‘I came to London when I was three and didn’t leave until I was 21 so I do feel culturally part-British,’ says Filippa. Following a period of living in Paris, her children’s educations prompted the move to London and now that they are all independent, Filippa is readying herself to move to Corsica to live with her partner Thomas Fourtané, a French architect, who is based there.

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